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April 2020




AIRCAMP has published a site listing the status of more than a thousand caravan parks around Australia. It is a useful guide for grey nomads and other travellers seeking accommodation during the coronavirus crisis. To visit the site, click here.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has issued a stern warning to anyone shunning the coronavirus rules and heading for a caravan park during Easter. "We will be going through caravan parks early, issuing warnings to people that may think they can get around these laws," he said.<p>

Australia's domestic overnight travel continued to perform well over the year ending December 2019. The latest figures (pre-coronavirus) released by Tourism Research Australia show that 59 million nights were spent at caravan parks and camp sites. Holiday visitors spent their nights in many different accommodation types, with 26 percent preferring caravan or camping. Top state was NSW with 39 million visitors with a $23.7 spend followed by Queensland with 25.9 million and $19.4 billion.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said people travelling over Easter could cop hefty fines. "If you've got the whole family with you and a caravan on the back, you might get a $1000 ticket," he warned. Meanwhile, Queensland's Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson has issued a similar warning, saying there would be a major police crackdown on the roads targeting grey nomads, caravanners and holidaymakers.

Work on stage two of the Stuarts Point foreshore area redevelopment in NSW is progressing well. A new amenity block has been installed in the caravan park as well as new footpaths.

Some Toyota models used by many caravanners for towing have been recalled for safety reasons. Affected vehicles include Hilux, Prado and LandCruiser sold between October, 2013, and April 3 this year. The recall warns that the fuel pump on affected vehicles could fail resulting in a loss of power which could increase the risk of a crash. For more information click here.

Bundaberg Regional Council in Queensland has banned overnighting in rest areas at Childers, Sharon Gorge and Lions Park near airport to comply with the Chief Health Officer's directive.

Three people have been charged with trafficking in a controlled drug after police allegedly found drugs inside a cabin at a Semaphore caravan park in SA. They will appear in court on October 8.

Illegal campers have forced the closure of Crescent Head's foreshore car park in NSW. Kempsey Shire Council said it had been forced into the action after reviewing and assessing the numbers of visitors to the popular holiday destination. General manager Craig Milburn said that while a swim in the ocean or walk on the foreshore fell under allowable exercise, concerns had escalated over the number of illegal campers staying in the reserve overnight or for long periods during the day. "It is heartbreaking to have to take such determined measures and effectively close off one of our iconic tourist hot spots but the message remains clear, now is not the time for extended stays at the beach," he added.

Anger in NSW town of Coffs Harbour when the coronavirus crisis closed caravan parks, resulting in tourists and travellers illegally overnighting at boat ramp carpark.

NSW Health and Medical Research Minister Brad Hazzard has released revised restrictions for the state's caravan parks. They can now accept permanent residents of the park or camping ground, overnight travellers, local workers and people with no other place of permanent residence or whose primary place of residence is temporarily unavailable.

Travellers have been warned that WA borders will close to the rest of Australia from midnight tomorrow. "We are living in extraordinary times, it's something we have all never experienced before," Premier Mark McGowan said. ""These new harder border closures essentially mean we will be turning Western Australia into its own island, within an island ... our own country."

WA Arson Squad Detectives are appealing for information relating to a caravan fire at a property in Kelmscott on Monday, March 30. About 3.55am police and fire crews responded to the blaze at the Banyard Avenue property. The fire is being treated as suspicious and detectives are urging anyone who saw suspicious activity, people or vehicles or who has any dashcam footage of the street around the time of the fires to come forward.

WA Police's deputy commissioner Gary Dreibergs has warned that caravanners who are not heading directly to their homes will be prosecuted.

New Queensland border restrictions came into affect today to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Non-Queensland residents or those without exemptions from the restrictions are not being allowed into the Sunshine State. Police Minister Mark Ryan said strengthening border crossings and reducing the number of people travelling to Queensland would assist in minimising the spread of the virus. "Now is not the time to be travelling interstate unnecessarily," he said.

The Spirit of Tasmania has scheduled extra day sailings on April 3, 4 and 6 to enable all non-essential workers and visitors with caravans and campervans to leave the Apple Isle.

NSW-based Kimberley Kampers is exporting its caravans and campervans costing up to $US135,000 to America where road trips are becoming increasingly popular.

Owners of static caravans at parks which have closed because of the virus crisis complain of still having to pay site and electric fees.

o comply with the directive issued by Queensland's Chief Health Officer, Bundaberg Regional Council's holiday parks will close their gates to any new visitors.

Nova Caravans closes factory as Victorian government ramps up restrictions to protect against corovirus ... but promises: "We'll be back".

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