Police in Victoria have warned caravanners they could
be stopped for safety checks. According to media, Ballarat and Moorabool
Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant Stuart Gale said that patrols will be
intercepting caravans and "if necessary weigh them to ensure compliance".
Council-owned caravan parks on the Queensland's Gold
and Sunshine coasts have reportedly been advised to refuse requests for
entry from anyone in Greater Brisbane during the current COVID lockdown
Victorians snapped up 50,000 Regional Travel Vouchers
in just over three minutes yesterday. The $200 vouchers are for a minimum
two-night stay in accommodation including caravan parks, campgrounds.
Brisbane-based Apollo Tourism and Leisure shares
opened at a 2021-low of $0.265 on the Australian Stock Exchange today.
Larger sites and dog-friendly spaces are among the
key features of a $17m plan to redevelop the four beachfront caravan parks
operated by Fraser Coast Regional Council. At its March meeting, it adopted
master plans for the Burrum Heads and Scarness Beachfront Tourist Parks.
Rental reforms in Victoria mean that caravan park owners will be banned from
increasing rents more than once a year.
A man who has tested positive to COVID-19 called at
the Miriam Vale Star Roadhouse and Caravan Park on Queensland's Bruce
Highway while visiting Gladstone from March 25 to 27, it was revealed today.
A spokeswoman at the park told Caravanning News that an update would
be released by Wide Bay Public Heath later today. "No restrictions have been
imposed on us and we have been advised he did not enter the shop, so it is
low risk," she said. The shop and caravan park were still operating normally
but "with a concentration on hygiene practices". The man also visited the
Gin Gin Bakery at Gin Gin, a popular stopping off spot for grey nomads on
the Bruce Highway. He also used the rural town's men's public toilets. In a
Facebook posting today, the bakery said all its staff who worked on
that afternoon were in quarantine and have had their COVID test. "We are
waiting for the results to come back," it wrote. "Please be advised that it
is safe to shop at the bakery. We follow strict guidelines for COVID-19."
Victorians will be able to benefit from the Regional
Travel Voucher Scheme when 50,000 vouchers come up for grabs on March 30.
The $200 vouchers will be limited to one per household and a minimum
two-night stay is required in paid accommodation including caravan parks,
South Australia's City of Victor Harbor has decided to abandon its trial of
the free RV overnight camping site at Dump Beach car park, following
complaints from the local community. A motion calling for another six-month
trial at a more suitable site, such as the town's information bay where a
dump point is located, was lost. Cr David Kemp said most problems seemed to
stem from tent campers who frequently sat around campfires and partied,
leaving behind large amounts of rubbish when they left.
Spirit of Tasmania sailings have been introduced on May 16, 23, 30 and
June 6, 13 and 27 to cope with number of vehicles, including caravans and
motorhomes, crossing the Bass Strait.
Three people injured in crash involving truck and car towing
caravan on New South Wales New England Highway at Deepwater.
Mount Remarkable District Council in SA seeking
experienced caretaker for 12-months at its Melrose Caravan and Tourist Park.
Northern Territory police have appealed to travellers
to take extra care during the upcoming Easter holiday. "Before heading out
for the break, we ask that everyone checks their trailers, campers, caravans
and vehicles are registered and roadworthy," they said. "Addressing any
mechanical or safety issues now could very well save lives."
They will be operating a
Territory-wide road safety campaign between April
1 and 5, targeting drink driving, vehicle registration and
Caravan Industry Association of Australia today announced it
is again actively promoting registrations for this year's National
Conference on Gold Coast between May 4 and 7.
Bundaberg's newest caravan park has been awarded a
million dollars by the Queensland Government. The $1.086m will come from its
Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund and will be spent on 65 powered and
non-powered campsites and eight, five-star luxury eco-tents at Splitters
Farm, which is predicted to attract 66,000 visitors a year. Completion is
expected in late July.
A convoy of caravans, trailers and exhibitors will
make its way to Nambour Showgrounds for the South Queensland Caravan,
Camping, Fishing and 4X4 Expo from April 9 to11 April, it was announced
More than 340 motorhomes and caravans have converged
on South Burnett's Blackbutt Showgrounds in Queensland for the CMCA Solos
Network week-long rally.
Family-owned and operated Euroa Caravan Park in
Victoria was able to remain open during the COVID epidemic thanks to
accommodating crews working on the $235 million north east rail line
upgrade, according to Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie.
Australian Caravan Club's Lower Murray Gadabouts branch in South Australia
is holding its first muster for 2021 at Murray Bridge after a tumultuous
2020. The 16 members will discuss this year's future events before wrapping
up the gathering on March 22.
SeaLink is offering two travellers free return ferry fares
to Kangaroo Island between May 15 and September 14 when they travel with
their car, camper trailer or caravan. But it warns: "Camping is only
permitted in designated areas on Kangaroo Island." Meanwhile, than a
thousand caravanners are taking advantage of a special Spirit of
Tasmania deal in which RVs will cross the Bass Strait to the Apple
Isle on the cheap until June 30.
Queensland's Whitsunday Regional Council has apologised
after mistakenly advertising for someone to take over management of
Wangaratta Caravan Park. "The current contract does not expire until May
2022, with the new tender expected to be released early 2022," it said in
a Facebook statement.
Country Road Caravan Park on the New England Highway at
Uralla in NSW, which is under new ownership, has joined the Kui Parks
Australian Caravan Club's Golden Westerners group has
enjoyed its first muster for 2021 at Wooli on NSW's northern coast.
Jayco Sterling 21ft caravan with Qld rego 653QUF stolen
from Ocean Shores in NSW.
Aspen, which operates a chain of lifestyle and holiday
parks, announces that from March 19 its registered office will change to
285A Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010.
Caravanning Queensland claims to have set a new record for
the largest caravanning, camping and outdoor expo on the Gold Coast, with
almost 20,000 attendees rolling through the gates of Metricon Stadium on
Caravanners ran for cover when bull escaped from livestock
truck and caused chaos at SA's Murray Bridge showgrounds, damaging
campervan during its hour-long rampage.
Queensland-based Majestic Caravans is advertising for
repair technicians and stressing: "Time wasters, clock watchers, prima
donnas, people with attitudes or anyone who cannot come to work on time
need not apply."
Enthusiasts who have been overseas in the last 14 days are
being asked to stay away from the five-day Perth Caravan & Camping Show,
which opens on March 17. Caravan Industry Association Western Australia
said it would continue monitoring all WA Department of Health COVID alerts
and Federal Government advice before the show. "If the situation worsens,
we may need to postpone or cancel the event to ensure the safety of all
patrons, exhibitors, volunteers and staff," it added.
The Queensland government today lifted restrictions on the
number of people allowed at camping sites in the Sunshine State. Premier
Annastacia Palaszczuk said it would mean Easter camping holidays with more
friends and more money for tourism towns.
Man in 40s killed by falling tree branch as he slept alone
in his tent at BIG4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park north-east of
Melbourne early today. WorkSafe officials investigating.
Jayco reportedly employs 200 extra workers at its Victorian
factory to cope with soaring orders for RVs as COVID restrictions ease.
Crows Nest Tourist Park near Toowoomba in southern
Queensland has joined the G'day Parks chain.
Seventy members of Queensland Retreat Caravan owners group
to hold their first get-together of the year at Kenilworth showgrounds
from March 15 to 22.
Caravan reported to have burst into flames, leaving a
pile of charred remains on Queensland's Ipswich Motorway near Logan
Caravan Industry Association WA will sponsor the caravan
and holiday parks category in this year's WA Tourism Awards. Nominations
open March 8 and close on May 11.
Shares in Aspen Group, which operates a chain of lifestyle
and holiday parks, closed at a six-month high of $1.24 yesterday.
Young boy was fighting for life today after being
rescued from a swimming pool at Ulladulla's Kings Point Retreat caravan
park in NSW. Police described the four-year-old boy's condition as
"critical". The boy was airlifted to Sydney Children’s Hospital at
Randwick after receiving CPR at the poolside. Officers attached to South
Coast Police District attended and have commenced inquiries into the
circumstances surrounding the incident. A spokeswoman at the park declined
to comment when contacted by Caravanning News.
Man, 37, helping police after LandCruiser and Galaxy caravan exploded in
flames when allegedly forced off Mansfield-Woods Point Road at Mansfield,
Victoria. A couple in their 70s are recovering after being airlifted to
Queensland paramedics reported no injuries after
crash involving a vehicle towing caravan on Queensland's Bruce Highway at
Morayfield on the outskirts of Brisbane.
More than 260 exhibitors will showcase a huge range
of products at the Caravan Camping Holiday Supershow which will be back in
full swing from April 13 to 18 at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.
New camping restrictions will limit Easter camping,
including caravans, on North Stradbroke Island in Queensland's Moreton
Victorian firefighters saved the life of their lieutenant who suffered a
heart attack while battling a caravan blaze at a Glenlyon house. They used
twice to revive him before he was rushed to hospital. He is now recovering
at home. The caravan was badly damaged.
The NT Government today announced higher camping fees for
its parks and reserves. Changes from July 1 include the introduction of an
online booking system and increased camping fees of up to $3.40 a night.
There will also be multi-day walking fees for some trails. Parks and
Rangers Minister Selena Uibo commented: "Camping and walking fees for
Territory parks have not been increased in over 20 years, and increasing
fees will help to generate some of the funds required to support our
Queensland police are hunting thieves who made off
with a Jayco camper trailer in Bundaberg. The 2009 Jayco Swan was stolen
between February 17 and March 2 from an address on First Avenue, Woodgate.
It carried Queensland registration 034UHW. Anyone with information about
the theft or location of the caravan should contact police and quote
Blown tyre on rear of Prado believed to have caused it and caravan under
tow to roll on Queensland's Bruce Hwy near Federal south of Gympie
Grey nomads have been flocking to the Barramundi
Discovery Centre & Hatchery Karumba on Queensland's Gulf of Carpentaria.
In fact, the attraction is so popular it scooped the Best of the Best Grey
Nomad Award after taking out the highly coveted Best Grey Nomad Attraction
or Tour category earlier in the evening. The awards were held on the
Sunshine Coast last night.
SA police are investigating the theft of a 24 inch
LG television, a REDARC inverter and a sleep apnoea machine from a caravan
on McQuarrie Street, Murray Bridge.
Queensland police have charged four boys who
allegedly attempted to enter vehicles at a caravan park in Brown Street,
Traveller treated for minor injuries after singe vehicle towing caravan
rollover on southbound lanes of Queensland's Bruce Hwy on Sunshine Coast.
Victoria's Strathbogie Shire Council has approved plans for new caravan
and camping park (up to six people in one camping site only) at Tamleugh.
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