Northbound lanes of NSW's M1 Princess Hwy at Cataract
reopened after caravan accident. No serious injuries reported.
Reports coming in of car and caravan rollover on SA's
Eyre Hwy at junction with Stiggants Rd, Kyancutta. No other details
Queensland's acting Attorney-General Mick de Brenni
has warned bargain hunters to beware of online shopping for vehicles,
including RVs. "Between January 1 and November 30, 2020, Scamwatch received
more than 250 reports of Queenslanders being scammed when trying to buy a
vehicle, caravan or motorhome," he said.
Caravan Haven Pty Ltd, former owners of Jayco Sydney,
has gone into liquidation. Simon Thorn of Newcastle accountants and business
advisers PKF has been appointed liquidator. Caravan Haven, which disposed of
the trading assets some months ago, has nothing to do with the current
Police investigating accident on NSW's Hume Hwy near
Pheasants Nest in which caravan rolled. One person treated by ambulance
crews at scene.
Tasmania's Break O'Day Mayor Mick
Tucker has slammed "ghost campers" who pitch their tents and RVs weeks
before actually staying at popular campsites. Claiming sites in advance is
un-Australian and unacceptable, he says.
Thirty-two-year-old driver of ute towing caravan
handed three and a half year suspended prison sentence, suspended after 12
months, after eight-year-old boy died when the door of the moving caravan
opened and he fell out. Three other children were allegedly travelling in
the caravan when the tragedy happened near Katherine in the NT in June this
year. Police said five others were unrestrained in the ute.
Former Nationals leader and deputy prime minister Doug Anthony, who ran the
country from a caravan on his NSW beach block while Prime Minister Malcolm
Fraser was on Xmas holidays, has died aged 90. "I'll probably be remembered
for the caravan more than anything else in my political career," he once
Robe Holiday Park on SA's Limestone Coast has
brightened up the festive season for its guests and locals. A member of the
Kui chain, it has won first place in the local Business Christmas Display
Yankalilla District Council in SA has invited public comments on its Draft
Normanville Foreshore and Caravan Park Masterplan.
There were 232 casualty crashes involving a vehicle
towing a caravan on NSW roads between 2015 and 2019, reports NSW's Road
Safety - NSW GOV body. They resulted in 14 fatalities and 392 people
injured, including 126 seriously injured.
Great Southern Police Sergeant Derek Grimes has urged
caravanners to take extra care on Western Australian roads, which are
expected to see one of the busiest festive seasons on record.
Southern Downs Regional Council's masterplan for
Maryvale Railway Reserve includes a short-term caravan area with public
amenities and septic dump point. Talks will be held with members of the
local community on delivering "the dream" for their Queensland township.
NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park has closed due to new NSW
Health public health order relating to the city's Northern Beaches. Guests
being contacted to arrange credit or refund. At this stage, the park ‒ which
can accommodate over a thousand people ‒ plans to reopen on December 24.
Caravanning Industry Association
of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont has posted a six-minute video on
YouTube in which he discusses the COVID challenge. He also deals with
what can be expected in 2021. To view, go to
Crocodile Caravan Park at Lightning Ridge, NSW, is on
the market for $1.2 million.
The new RAC Karri Valley Resort caravan and camping
ground in WA opens today, offering 66 powered and 50 camp sites. A modern
camp kitchen, recreation room, nature playground and BMX track are among the
Guests at Ballina's Seabreeze Caravan Park in NSW
will be offered a 50 percent reduction in weekly ferry tickets until
Australia Day while construction work continues on the nearby Carrs Bridge.
Fire and Rescue NSW has urged caravan and motorhome
travellers to make sure their smoke alarms are fully working "to ensure your
holiday memories are good ones".
Richmond Valley Council's Coraki Riverside Caravan Park has
been inundated with floodwaters as torrential rains hammer northern NSW. The
council said the park, which stands at the junction of the Richmond and
Wilson rivers, is likely to be closed for the next two weeks. The park had
gone through a much-needed makeover, with the council investing
substantially in landscaping the grounds, upgrading the power supply, fixing
drainage issues, sealing the internal road and marketing it to a much wider
audience. It was fully booked for the holidays and the sudden closure has
ruined the festive plans of many families.
Seabank Caravan Park near Port Albert in Victoria closed
after reportedly heading into receivership.
A woman whose car collided with a LandCruiser towing a
caravan on the Princes Highway south of Batemans Bay in NSW on Sunday has
died, police have confirmed.
NSW's Clarence Valley Council has given approval for the
64-site Woombah Woods Caravan Park to be turned into a 59-site manufactured
home estate. "It is considered that whilst there may be a loss of tourist
accommodation, the development will provide much needed long-term housing
solutions to the area," a report to the council said. "This loss of tourist
income may be offset through the additional long-term occupants spending
money in the area which would in turn not be affected by seasonality or
dependent upon occupancy rates."
Police hunting vandals who damaged panels on a caravan at
Nathalia caravan park in Victoria.
Queensland's Bundaberg Regional Council has given the green
light for expansion plans involving 19 new caravan sites, two freestanding
ensuites and a mini golf course at the popular Woodgate Beach Holiday Park.
Police investigating accident in which car towing caravan
collided with cyclist on Deniliquin's National Bridge in Victoria. Rider
airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.
Greenhills Caravan Park at Murwillumbah and Tweed and
Heritage caravan parks at Chinderah braced for evacuation as floodwaters
threaten northern NSW.
No serious injuries reported after a caravan accident on SA's
Riddoch Highway just north of Mount Gambier Airport. The road was closed for
a short time while emergency services cleared the scene.
Founder of peer-to-peer caravan hire company Camplify Justin
Hales has been named Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the
Hospitality and Tourism category of this year's Business News Hospitality
and Tourism Awards.
At least 20 caravans evacuated from Murwillumbah Showgrounds
in northern NSW as torrential rains hit the region where many roads are
Caravan Industry Association of Australia predicts that over
the next three to five years, caravan and camping will experience a "golden
era" as Aussies look for safe local ways to enjoy their down time and
reconnect. "A $23 billion industry that accounted for 60 million visitor
nights last year, the industry really is a quiet giant which is now ripe for
new business and innovative products," it said.
Queensland Ambulance has advised campers and caravanners to
pack extra medications and supplies in case they are stranded by sudden
Caravan parks and campgrounds in low-lying areas of NSW's Mid
North Coast and Northern Rivers are bracing themselves for heavy rainfalls
through to Monday, with the SES warning of possible flash flooding.
Partnership between Victoria's Central Goldfields Shire
Council and Dunolly Caravan Park could see a public dump point established
at the park for visitors and locals.
Sunshine Coast Council has erected new signs at Obi Obi Creek
west of Mapleton in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland warning that
overnight camping is no longer allowed.
Bundaberg's newest caravan park opens for business today. The
65-site fully equipped Queensland facility at Splitters Farm, a 10-minute
drive north of the Rum City's CBD, offers a unique rural camping, glamping
and farm-stay experience on a 160-acre property well known as a safe haven
and sanctuary for rescued farm animals.
Caravan Industry Victoria estimates there are RV job
opportunities available for over 400 people in both a professional corporate
setting and in manufacturing and labour-based roles.
Grey nomads camped in Queensland's Mackay and Whitsunday
region treated to spectacular light shows as storms delivered over 200,000
lightning strikes in past couple of days. No reports of serious damage.
Budget chain Kui Parks reports that despite the savage COVID
pandemic, it has welcomed five new parks to its network this year.
NRMA Parks and Resorts has taken over the reins of
Shellharbour Council-owned Beachside Holiday Park in NSW. It was awarded the
management role after a council tender process.
Ingenia, which operates a chain of lifestyle and holiday
parks, advises that the new address of its registered office is Level 3, 88
Cumberland St., The Rocks, Sydney.
Inskip Point's Sarawak and Sarawak West camping areas west of
Gympie in Queensland reopened today after severe gastro outbreak, with a
warning to campers to take extra care.
Queensland's Sunshine Coast, NSW's north and south coasts and
Victoria's Great Ocean Road are all enjoying a resurgence of grey nomads and
other caravanners as COVID restrictions are lifted, says the Caravan
Industry Association of Australia.
Caravan Industry Victoria confirms the return of the
Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow at Sandown Racecourse from
May 13 to 16 next year.
NSW's Richmond Valley Council is trialling a 48-hour, 12-site
free camp at the Casino Showground for self-contained RVs.
Grey nomads and other travellers have been invited to take
advantage of the Queensland Government's new Give it a Go jobs
campaign designed to fill thousands of positions throughout the state. "We
know there are many older people travelling around the state in campers and
caravans who also want to work to cover petrol costs or extra spending
money," Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe said. "Queensland boasts some
of the world's greatest tourism experiences and this is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to see the sights the Sunshine State and get paid for it."
Port Pirie Regional Council in SA is seeking public
expressions of interest for establishing an RV park near Port Pirie's CBD.
It already offers a free overnight area for RVs near Globe Oval but has held
discussions with the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia about
improving the offerings to caravanners and other RV travellers to capitalise
on this strong tourism market. The closing date for submissions is December
Reports coming in of accident involving caravan on Princes
Motorway below Berkeley Road overpass at Unanderra in NSW.
Share prices in Brisbane-based RV rental and Windsor and
Coromal caravan manufacturer Apollo Tourism and Leisure continue to rise,
trading at a six-month high of 0.370c this morning.
Car and caravan involved in accident on Princes Motorway
near Bellambi Creek in NSW. No further details available.
THE Tasmanian caravanning industry risks a bleak
summer despite Aussies embracing caravanning and camping in other states as
lockdown and borders start to re-open. November figures released by the
Caravan Industry Association of Australia shows the Apple Isle is the worst
performing caravanning destination for the month, with falls of 40 percent
on last year. Overnight rates for cabin accommodation also saw the greatest
decrease of any state.
The Land and Environment Court has deferred its
decision on whether to allow Ingenia to go ahead and build an over-55's
village on the site of its former caravan park at Blueys Beach on NSW's
Central Coast. The local community is fighting to retain the Palms Oasis
caravan park which poured much needed tourist dollars into the community.
Tawonga Caravan Park in Victoria is "looking fit for
purpose" and may soon be reopened after its $2m upgrade, according to local
mayor John Forsyth. The popular park on the banks of the Kiewa River was
closed earlier this year partly due to wastewater problems.
Severe outbreak of gastro has forced caravanners and
other campers to pack up and leave two popular camping areas at Inskip Point
near Gympie in Queensland. MV Sarawak and MV Sarawak West will not reopen
until December 9.
Ararat's family-run Acacia
Caravan and Tourist Park in Victoria has opened two Tesla electric car
charging points for travellers.
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