Two accidents involving caravans in NSW today, one on
New England Hwy at Armidale and the other on Castlereagh Hwy 30km north of
Walgett. No further details.
Bundaberg Regional Council's Budget includes a
$620,000 handout for upgrades at Elliott Heads Holiday Park.
Caravan Industry Victoria today announced
cancellation of August's 10th annual Border Caravan & Camping Expo at
Wodonga Racecourse due to coronavirus pandemic.
Queensland caravan owners will pay an extra 1.8 percent
to register their RVs from tomorrow.
Caravan overturns on southbound lanes of Queensland's
Bruce Highway near Kiel Mountain overpass. Traffic being diverted through
Nambour. Paramedics on scene but only minor injuries reported. Police told
Caravanning News that the large caravan had jackknifed and that no
other vehicle was thought to be involved.
Plans for a major facelift at SA's Bordertown Caravan Park
have received a boost after a
$700,000 grant from the Federal Government's Building Better Regions Fund.
Queensland's Central Highlands Regional Council is
discontinuing overflow camping services at Emerald, Springsure, Blackwater
and Capella showgrounds while it explores options to legitimise their use
for passing caravans, campervans and RVs.
Caravan Parks of Australia is advertising for a couple to
work as support officers at its Chelsea Caravan Park near Melbourne but
stresses the job is "not for the faint-hearted".
Sixty-seven percent of Australians are more likely to
consider buying a caravan as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions,
according to a new poll by caravancampingsales.com.au.
Jayco Australia, has
partnered with Channel 10's 4WD
and adventure program
All 4 Adventure to encourage modern
day explorers and thrill seekers to experience
wild off-road expeditions for themselves.
Ingenia, which operates a chain of lifestyle and holiday
parks, has announced that non-executive director Andrew McEvoy has agreed to
stay on the board until a new director has been appointed. It says COVID-19
restrictions have hampered the search for a new director with the
appropriate skills and expertise to complement the current board
composition. Mr McEvoy, who was due to leave his position on June 30 will
remain until September 30.
WA motoring club RAC has warned caravanners to take extra
care on the roads as more and more take to the roads as COVID during the
easing of restrictions. "Many are likely to be travelling on unfamiliar
roads, for longer distances and towing a caravan for the first time," it
Caravan parks in WA report bumper bookings as tourists and
travellers shake off the coronavirus blues.
Six-dollars-a-night Freedom of Choice Parks for
campers, caravanners and RVs
at Queensland's Jericho, Aramac and Muttaburra will entice visitors off the
highways and into smaller communities, according to Barcaldine Mayor Sean
Dillon. "It is important our communities receive the benefits of the
travelling tourist, while ensuring they have a unique experience during
their regional stay," he said. "These Freedom Parks are affordable camping
options with dump points, free Wi-Fi and fire pits which were designed to
power our communities to prosper with increased long-stay visitation, while
exploring the wonders of our part of the Outback," he added. For more
SA Police reports traffic build up after caravan lost its
tyre on northbound lanes of South Road at Edwardstown.
Victoria's Central Goldfields Shire Council and Talbot
Football Netball Club are working closely to safeguard the future of Talbot
Caravan Park. Ongoing issues relating to electrical safety, water supply,
fire prevention and emergency management had put the park’s future in
jeopardy. A major revenue raiser for the club, the park attracts casual
visitors and is home to 11 permanent residents who pay $60 weekly in rent.
Locals want the park to remain open in the belief it could draw short-term
visitors looking for free and low cost, no frills camping and caravanning.
Remedial work is still ongoing and must be completed by late July.
UPDATE: The committee has rescinded its
decision, saying: "We
have now updated our decision based on advice from the Chief Health Officer
and will welcome all guests, including our Twelve Month Permit holders back
into our parks." Three
caravan parks managed by Victoria's Great Ocean Road Coast Committee have
been closed to guests from identified COVID-19 hotspots in Melbourne. They
are the Lorne Foreshore, Torquay Foreshore and Anglesea Family parks. All
bookings from the council areas of Hume, Casey, Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia
and Darebin have been cancelled to "protect the health and safety of our
staff, visitors and coastal communities," the committee said. "We will not
be lifting these restrictions until the Victorian Government advises that
community transmission in these areas is under control." Meanwhile,
information would be updated "as required" to add or subtract an area
identified by the latest government information, it added.
South Burnett Regional Council is looking for managers to run
its Boondooma and Yallakool caravan and recreation parks.
Injune Caravan Park in the foothills of Queensland's
Carnarvon Range is on the market.
WA motoring club RAC is offering free safety lessons to
caravanners about to hit the road. Professional instructors will teach them
how to safely reverse, check tyres and provide valuable information on
vehicle weights plus other tips. Training will be provided by
Driver Risk Management.
Claimed to be the first new private camping ground to open in
Queensland for over 20 years, Ivory's Rock Caravan Park and Camping Grounds
at Peak Crossing near Ipswich will welcome its first guests on June 27.
Queensland's Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey has officially
opened improvements at Elliott Heads Holiday Park which include a new camp
kitchen, office space and an outdoor projector area for movie nights.
WA's Wandering Shire Council in the state's Wheatbelt is
looking for someone to manage its caravan park but warns in its draft
agreement that their contract will be automatically terminated if they die!
Residents of the not-for-profit Churches of Christ-operated
Bongaree Caravan Park north of Brisbane outraged over a $40-a-month increase
Wattle Range Council in the Limestone Coast region of South
Australia decided behind closed doors that the Southend Caravan Park and
Bush Camp should be operated as an RV park only.
NSW drivers who tow caravans and boats on Sydney's toll roads
will now be eligible for a dedicated rebate after an outcry protesting they
were being slugged the same rates as huge trucks. But there is criticism
because travellers will still initially be charged the higher toll ... but
can apply for the rebate to bring the cost in line with regular cars. The
rebate is capped at eight toll trips a month.
Frustrated thieves let down the tyres on a caravan when an
anti -theft device foiled their attempts to steal it at Wongaree on
Queensland's Bribie Island.
Queensland's Esk Caravan Park has scooped the coveted 2020
Gordon Harris Turnaround Award. The gong recognises caravan park operators
who have made significant changes to their business to effectively "turn it
around". It is named after Gordon Harris, founding president of Caravan
Parks Association of Queensland in 1966.
Nineteen million Australians would consider staying in a
caravan park, according to new research released by Caravan Industry
Association of Australia.
Tourism Council WA has decided to scrap tthis year's 2020
WA Tourism Awards program and associated gala dinner due to the Coronavirus
Advance bookings are now required for all campgrounds
and campsites in NSW's national parks.
Traffic on NSW's Newell Hwy affected in both
directions after crash involving caravan at Wattle Springs this afternoon.
No further details available.
Victoria Tourism Industry Council chief executive
Felicia Mariani has welcomed the easing of COVID restrictions in the state
from June 22. "In particular, we're thrilled to see that the shared
facilities in our caravan and camping sites across the state can reopen,"
she said. "This is great news as we know these campsites have struggled with
limited, or no ability, to welcome visitors back. This has caused incredible
stress with operators having been in hibernation for the past three months."
Despite closed borders, Queensland's highways and
byways are seeing more caravans as the Sunshine State's grey nomads hit the
road following easing of COVID restrictions.
Shellharbour City councillors in SA have voted
unanimously in favour of engaging an external consultant to "progress
planning proposals" for seasonal camping areas at Ron Costello Oval,
Beverley Whitfield Park and Albion Park Showground. A report said the local
community could benefit from visitors using the sites through increased
economic activity. But it added: "This benefit needs to be balanced against
possible disruption and loss of access to existing amenities for our
Queensland's council-owned Gympie Caravan Park closed
after managers reportedly evicted following Supreme Court ruling.
Thieves struck with a vengeance at Edithburgh Caravan
Park on SA’s Yorke Peninsula over the long weekend. Stolen from five
different guests were three mountain bikes, two small blue Coleman eskies, a
black Weber Q BBQ and three fishing rods. Police said all items were an easy
target and it was "a timely reminder" for people beginning to get back into
their travel plans to ensure that camping and personal items were stored
An award-winning 1700-acre caravan park on the banks
of the Darling River near Wilcannia in NSW is looking for a couple with
their own management structure who want to profit share. Warrawong on the
Darling offers 40 powered and virtually unlimited non-powered sites. "This
contract is for three years and will suit an owner-mentality and not
employee with the ability to grow and improve an already great product," its
advertising materials says.
Grey nomads and other RVers travelling with pet dogs in
WA's Kimberley region have been warned of major restrictions controlling the
movement of canines. This follows an outbreak of tick-borne Ehrlichiosis.
For more information
Motorcyclist injured when he lost control while
overtaking caravan on bend at Comoon Loop, Innisfail, Queensland, cops a
$533 traffic infringement notice for careless driving.
Summerstar Tourist Parks is seeking a couple to work
as relief managers at its 11 caravan and holiday park in WA.
Expressions of interest are being invited for 5ha of
land south of Agnes Water in Queensland which has development approval for a
caravan park, camping and glamping. It is being marketed by Ray White and
Rollingstone Beach Front Resort in Queensland has joined the
Top Parks chain.
Guests booking into BIG4 holiday parks are having to sign
declarations saying they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
NSW's Clarence Valley Council has given the green light for
development applications which will result in the closure of Yamba Waters
and Grafton Gateway caravan parks.
Caravan parks in north Queensland say they were caught off
guard after state government announced new reopening date from June 12 to
June 1, creating sudden rush of grey nomads seeking winter sunshine.
The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula's strategic plan
for the next decade includes maintaining Coffin Bay Caravan Park to
"contemporary standards as a significant council-owned tourism facility".
Caravan Parks Association of Queensland chief executive Ron
Chapman will step down on June 30, with general manager Michelle Weston
taking over the role from July 1.
Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut Resort scooped two gongs at Caravan Parks
Association of Queensland Industry Awards. They were the Simon Warner
Memorial Young Achiever of the Year and the Ray Fitton Award for Innovation.
Reports coming in of caravan rollover on SA's Stuart Hwy at
Kootaberra, about 50km north of Port Augusta, No further details available.
new research by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia, around 80
percent of the population are looking at a caravan or camping holiday within
the next two months.
New research by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia
suggests around 80 percent of Australians are considering a caravan or
camping holiday within the next two months.
Ingenia, which operates a chain of lifestyle and holiday
parks, will issue about eight million new shares to successful applicants on
June 10 at a price of $3.45 each. Chief executive Simon Owen said he was
"pleased" with the take up from the group's investors.
Queensland's South Burnett Regional Council plans to include
overnight caravan parking during reconstruction of Kingaroy's Alford Street
Tasmania will ease its coronavirus restrictions at 3pm on
Friday, allowing overnight camping.
Bundaberg Regional Council chief executive Steve Johnston
warns that holiday parks will not be operating at full capacity and
occupancy will be managed in line with the COVID Safe Plan.
Queensland's Fraser Coast Regional Council has announced that
its caravan parks will reopen "in coming days" and will be able to take
bookings from people across Queensland, subject to availability and social
distancing requirements. Caravan parks and camping is now also allowed in
Victoria, though most shared facilities will remain closed.
Most National Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds in
NSW reopened today but bookings are now required for all sites, including
those without camping fees.
Jayco Dove camper trailer stolen from Seaforth home
in Queensland found abandoned on Maraju Yakapari Road, The Leap.
Camp Gregory Veterans Retreat at Woodgate in
Queensland will re-open for camping and caravans tomorrow. Travellers should
not turn up on spec but are requested to contact the retreat on 0499728800
camp is only for ex-service
people and first responders.
Breaking News - May 2020