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April 2017



Mt Larcom caravan parkAPRIL 30:
Three new parks have joined the ever-growing Kui chain. They are the Red Cliffs Caravan Park at Mildura, Four Seasons Holiday Park at Busselton and Mt Larcom Caravan Park near Rockhampton.

Shares in NSW-based Collaborate Corporation, whose core business segments include MyCaravan ‒ claimed to be Australia’s leading peer-to-peer caravan rental business ‒ had soared to a year-high of $0.031 at close of business on Friday.

Reports coming in of a car and caravan accident on the northbound lanes of NSW's Hume Highway at Kyeama. Emergency services on scene but no further information available.

Traffic gridlock on NSW's M1 Pacific Highway at Alison this afternoon following crash involving truck and car towing caravan. Emergency services on scene but no reports on condition of truckie or caravanners. One of two southbound lanes blocked and rubberneckers creating problems for northbounders. Police warned drivers to expect "significant delays".

Caravans involved in two separate accidents in NSW this morning. Emergency services at scene of first collision at North Arm Cove on Pacific Highway, while traffic was brought to standstill after accident involving car and caravan at Jugiong on the Hume Highway. No further details available.

Ingenia Communities Group will build 114 new permanent homes at one of the premier tourism parks on NSW's South Coast. Shoalhaven City Council has given its approval for the development and associated community facilities at the group's swish Ingenia Holidays Lake Conjola.

Stolen camper-trailerAPRIL 26:
Travellers staying at caravan parks and campgrounds have been urged to be on the lookout for a stolen camper-trailer. The grey Trailer Solutions camper-trailer, registration S291TBK, disappeared from a property on Wudinna East Road at Kyancutta, South Australia, between April 21-22. Police said it contained a large quantity of camping equipment. Anyone with information on the theft or whereabouts of the stolen items is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at

Woman in 70s taken by ambulance to Kingaroy Hospital in Queensland with hand injury following incident involving a caravan at Boondooma today. No further details available.

APRIL 25: Wollondilly Council in NSW has decided to finance a 12-month trial of an RV-friendly site at the Warragamba Recreation Reserve.

Stolen Boroma caravanAPRIL 23:
A well-travelled Boroma caravan has been stolen in WA. The Boroma Di Lusso 700ST, registration 1TJW 631, disappeared from a rural property in the northern suburbs of Perth. Its chassis number, BR00742, has been welded onto front drawbar. Padlocks on the property's gate and on the tow-ball proved no deterrent to the thieves. Owners and members of the Boroma Roamers group Leon And Carmel Wall have hauled the luxury caravan around Australia many times and it holds great memories for them. Anyone who sees the Boroma can either contact Caravanning News or their local police station.

Loddon Shire Council in Victoria is seeking a suitably experienced manager to take over its new 115-site riverside Bridgewater Public Caravan Park for a 12-month term. Located on Crown land with the council appointed as the Committee of Management, the park said to have "a solid visitor base".

West Australian cop Greg Martyn plans to hitch up his caravan and become a grey nomad after 40 years in the force. The senior constable was stationed at Bunbury.

Caravan and two cars involved in accident on NSW's Pacific Highway at Eungai Creek. Southbound traffic affected. Emergency services attended but no further details available.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads today confirmed it has been contacting caravan owners believed to be the victims of illegal rebirthing of written-off caravans. It is believed more than 70 owners could have fallen foul of the scam, which is being investigated by police.

Missing caravan

Police are anxious to trace a former Victorian caravan park employee after a caravan disappeared from Henty Bay Caravan Park at Portland. It is thought Anthony Leigh could be driving a Volkswagen van with Queensland registration plates. The missing caravan is described as a 16ft 2007 Majestic Knight,  valued at $30,000. "We believe Mr Leigh will be able to assist us with our inquiries," a police spokesperson said. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Public meeting planned for Sunday over fears Victoria's Moira Shire Council plans to close Barmah Caravan and Camping Park on the banks of the Murray River following a poor response to calls for expressions of interest in taking over its lease. The meeting will be held at 3pm in the local pub.

The Australian Caravan Club expects up to a hundred members to attend its six-day Chairman's Muster beginning on May 18 at Peak Hill in NSW's central west.

Caravanner escaped unhurt when he woke to find his caravan ablaze at Cloncurry in Queensland. Police were investigating the cause of the early-morning fire behind a property in Ham Street. The man managed to scramble to safety before gas cylinders exploded at the height of the blaze, which destroyed all his possessions and caravan.

Thief makes off with Engel portable fridge worth over $1000 after cutting through chain securing it to back of a ute at Lake Purrumbete Caravan Park near Camperdown, Victoria.

BIG4 Holiday Parks is targeting the Chinese tourist market with launch of the indstry's first Chinese-registered .CN website. "At this stage, our objective is not to promote individual parks but rather to create greater awareness of the holiday park sector as a whole in China," chief executive Steven Wright said.

Councillors will tonight decide whether or not to approve a development application for a new 109-site caravan park in River Road at Palmers Island in NSW. Ten objections to the plan, including a 59-signature petition, have been lodged with the Clarence Valley Council.

Croydon Shire Council in Queensland's Gulf region is seeking a couple to manage its 72-site caravan park at Croydon for the next two years. The state government recently announced a near half-million dollar grant from its Building our Regions program for upgrades at the park. The park caters predominately to tourists travelling along the Gulf Savannah Way which links Cairns in the Sunshine State to Broome in Western Australia.

Greens Hill camping areaAPRIL 15:
Young camper reportedly suffered serious burns at Greens Lake free camp at Corop, Victoria. Airlifted from Shepparton hospital to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Said to be in serious but stable condition. One report claimed a jerry can erupted in flames while he was attempting to light a camp fire. Nearby vehicle also caught fire.

THE Bungle Bungle Caravan Park in WA is looking for a "bush mechanic" to help maintain its services and operations. It says the successful candidate will need to be a "problem solver" to do the job well. Daily tasks include maintaining tour buses, diesel generators, electricity network, air-conditioners, water systems and pumps. The remote seasonal "self-sufficient business" comprises powered sites, tents, amenity blocks, staff quarters, full kitchen and other services required to support the accommodation and tour business operating in the dry season into the Purnululu National Park.

Stolen New Age caravanAPRIL 14:
Thieves made off with a New Age Manta Ray caravan from Roadknight Street at Lakes Entrance, Victoria. A secured gate and towball lock proved no deterrent to the crooks. The 2015 singe-axle caravan bore the registration number X00044 with VIN/chassis number 6KJNEWAGEFC00145/NA7229. It is white and has an aluminium stone guard on the front. Anyone with information should contact police, quoting reference: Victoria Police Incident 170125811.

Truckies block in caravanners at Morayfield servicesAPRIL 14:
Thoughtless caravanners continue to upset truck drivers by taking over their parking bays. The latest episode happened at the Morayfield BP service area on the Bruce Highway north of Brisbane and has been highlighted on the truckies' On the Pads Facebook page ... accompanied by many colourful comments from outraged members. The Facebook posting, complete with photograph, reads: "BP Morayfield southbound truck parking very limited due to caravans and cars, so a couple trucks locked up the designated 'van parking bay!" Some comments turned the tables and criticised the truckies ... for blocking in caravanners who were doing the right thing and parking in the designated RV area.

Caravanners and campers hit the nation's highways and byways in their droves today as they headed to bush and coastal areas for the upcoming Easter long weekend holiday break. Caravan parks on the Gold and Sunshine coasts in Queensland reported bumper bookings, while state and national parks were also echoing to the sound of annexes and tents being erected.

Roadstar caravansAPRIL 13:
Roadstar Caravans has appointed Caravan World as its new, exclusive Queensland dealer. Founded almost 40 years ago, Caravan World relocated from Woombye to Chevallum on the Sunshine Coast in 2015. Roadstar director Ken Nazim said the Queensland market was experiencing huge growth. "We only search out the best dealers who can cope with the demand in wanting our product with the best customer service at the right price," he said

Up to 1000 grey nomads and other RVers have descended on Wagga Wagga in NSW for the fifth annual Stone the Crows festival. Held every Easter at the town, the unique event will conclude with a gala night on Monday. Describing it as a "great" gathering, local mayor Greg Conkey commented: "The three Chief Crows and their band of amazing volunteers will ensure everyone will leave this event with many wonderful memories." The festival is being held at the Australian Clay Target Association grounds.

Police were investigating a fatal collision involving a caravan on Victoria's Midland Highway at Bannockburn this afternoon. They said a Nissan sedan collided with a 4x4 utility towing a caravan. The 79yo driver of the sedan died while his passenger, a woman in her 70s, was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital. The occupants of the utility, a man and woman and small child, were taken to hospital in Geelong with minor injuries.

Greenhills Caravan Park floodAPRIL 12:
There are fears the flood-ravaged Greenhills Caravan Park at South Murwillumbah in NSW may never open again. Resident Mark Austen, 45, died in his caravan as the March 31 floodwaters reached its rooftop. He had reportedly refused pleas to leave as the water levels rose. Park owner Graeme Bolton told the ABC that all the caravans and cabins had been destroyed and floods were not covered by his insurance.

The 98-member Sunland Caravan Owners Group is planning a get-together at Glenreagh Recreation Reserve between Coffs Harbour and Grafton in NSW from September 8 to 17.

Tasmania's Latrobe Council has decided to defer a decision to scrap a long-term management agreement for Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park. The 128-site riverfront park near Devonport has been run by the local Lions Club for about 30 years. Angry members have protested over the council's plan to take control at the end of this financial year and are now organising a petition demanding a public forum.

Caravan parks in north-west Queensland will benefit from the latest round of grants from the state government's Building our Regions program. There will be caravan park upgrades in Croydon, with $487,644 from the government and another $64,920 from Croydon Shire Council. Meanwhile, a new caravan park in Richmond will receive $300,000 from the government and $390,000 from Richmond Shire Council. The $375 million Building our Regions program has so far provided almost $156.7 million across 109 projects.

Grey nomads and other travellers urged to take extra care after a hijacking at a NT rest area. Police say the driver of a small truck stopped at the rest area about 35km north of Alice Springs to check his load restraints when a man jumped into the cab and drove off. A 47-year-old-man was later arrested on the Sandover Highway near Arlparra. Drivers have been advised never to leave keys in the ignition.

Caravan and truck in crash on NSW's Pacific Highway at Boundary Creek Road, East Wardell. Emergency crews at scene and traffic affected in both direction. Not known whether anyone injured.

Owner of NSW's Leeton Caravan Park Maree Dalzell believes there should be restrictions on free-camps. "They shouldn't be allowed 50km to 100km from towns that have caravan park facilities," she reportedly told her local newspaper, The Irrigator. "People will use those facilities for three or four days and then come to us for a night to do their washing and use the showers."

Caravan wrecked when fire broke out in shed in Albion Street, Sebastopol, Victoria, this afternoon. Firemen managed to save two kittens from the inferno.

Caravan Industry Association of Australia is seeking nominations for several high-profile industry awards, including the Eric Hayman Award for Excellence, Future Leaders and the Caravan Industry Employee of the Year gongs. Award winners will be unveiled at the industry's night of nights – the Industry Gala Dinner – on 12 May at the National Conference at the Gold Coast's Jupiters Hotel & Casino.

Scarness caravan parkAPRIL 11:
Thieves have struck at a Fraser Coast caravan park in Queensland just days after crime prevention police visited it to warn guests to be more security conscious. The opportunist crooks stole German and Swedish passports, airline tickets and other personal belongings in the overnight raids. Vehicles targeted were a car and a backpacker's caravan, which had been left open for ventilation at the 3.5-star Scarness Caravan Park.

Somerset Regional Council has given the go-ahead for a new tourist park on private land west of Brisbane. But the proposed development at Mount Archer will be for camper trailers and tents only because the site is unsuitable for caravans and other RVs.

High winds and rain hit attendance figures at this weekend's 73-exhibitor Mount Gambier Great Outdoors Expo in SA, but organiser Richard Hiscock told Caravanning News the event at the local showground was still proving "very successful".

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan ParkAPRIL 9:
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park at Karumba in Queensland's Gulf Country plans to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service on April 28. The fundraiser will coincide with a Rotary Tag Along Tour which will be staying at the park. "As we all know, the RFDS provide a vital service to remote areas such as ours so we're hoping people will dig deep for this important cause," a spokesperson at the park said.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is struggling to access national parks and State forests to assess damage from Tropical Cyclone Debbie and restore public access to camping areas and visitor sites. "It will take some weeks for the full impacts of TC Debbie across a huge swathe of Queensland to be identified. In some instances it will take months for safe access to be re-established," National Parks Minister Steven Miles said. To keep up to date with park access and closures, visit Park Alerts at

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BIG4 has provided updates on the state of its parks in the wake of Cyclone Debbie. Some within Queensland and NSW were badly impacted by the recent storm, including six in the region where the ferocious cyclone made landfall. Many coastal parks were evacuated before Debbie hit, leaving a damages bill estimated to be in the billions. Some are still struggling to recover from the destruction caused by the torrential rains and fierce winds which made their way down the Queensland coast and into New South Wales. It even reached the Bay of Plenty township of Edgecumbe on the North Island of New Zealand.

Victoria's Auburn Combined Probus Club will hold caravan rally at BIG4 Grampians Parkgate Resort, Halls Gap, from May 15 to 19.

Fire crews tackling caravan blaze at junction of Tuaggra and Slma streets in Maryborough, Victoria.

Police hunting driver of stolen car who crashed through boom gate of Darwin's Hidden Valley Caravan Park and into a toilet block.

Car and caravan in accident this afternoon on Princes Highway at Jeremadra in NSW. Emergency services on scene but no further details available.

BBQ being engraved at Pialba caravan parkAPRIL 4:
In Policing and Crime Prevention unit volunteers are visiting caravan parks on Queensland's Fraser Coast to take property security to a new level ... by offering guests free engraving. This follows a spate of thefts at local caravan parks. Yesterday they were at Pialba Beachfront Caravan Park and today they moved to Scarness Caravan Park. Tomorrow they plan to visit Torquay Caravan Park. "What better way to increase police presence and also increase property security than to walk through, have a chat and offer free engraving to the happy campers," a police spokesperson said. "After a few mixed reactions, usually most were 'Oh, is everything ok officer?', but after establishing the reasons for our visit, mostly all were very keen to have their property engraved. One gentleman in particular from Brisbane had his chairs, kayak and paddle and BBQ engraved and finished off with some prevention stickers for outside his caravan."

Australian Caravan Club board approves two new branches in Victoria and one in Western Australia.

Newly formed Matilda Way Committee hopes to attract more grey nomads to the legendary outback Queensland route between Cunnamulla with Karumba. The committee has brought together nine regional councils from across outback Queensland to promote and position the Matilda Way as the premier drive in Queensland.

Greenhills Caravan ParkAPRIL 2:
Police are investigating after a man’s body was located in a flood-ravaged caravan park in NSW. It is not clear whether the death was flood-related, but friends have claimed he refused to leave his small caravan after being alerted to the danger. Emergency services were called to Greenhills Caravan Park on Tweed Valley Way, South Murwillumbah, following reports a 45-year-old resident's body had been found. A post mortem examination is expected to be conducted next week to determine the cause of death. A report will be prepared for the coroner. Cabins and caravans were wrecked as the floodwaters rose in the early hours. Residents and guests were raised from their beds and fled to safety. Some had to be rescued by boat.


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