The 15-site, $10-a-night TYTO Self-Contained RV Park
at the Ingham Information Centre in Queensland has reopened until November
Since launching in June, nearly 700 people have
attended Royal Automobile Club free caravan safety lessons in Perth and
regional WA. "If you're interested in attending, we would encourage people
to book your session as soon as you can," communications manager Rhys Heron
told Caravanning News.
In its annual report, holiday and lifestyle parks
operator Aspen is predicting a "subdued" operating environment over the next
12 months because of COVID.
Caravan Industry Victoria today confirmed it will
postpone the 2021 Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow, scheduled
for next February, to a later date in 2021. "We must comply with the current
Victorian Government restrictions to keep everyone safe, no matter the
effect it has on consumers, business and livelihoods," chief executive Rob
Lucas said . "We are committed to supporting our industry and providing
events to help business connect with consumers in a new COVID normal, but we
are just lacking the support and leadership by the Victorian State
Government to allow us to make the strategic moves required to deliver
consumers the State’s biggest caravan and camping show."
Dungog Shire Council in NSW has announced that
caravan and camping facilities at the Dungog Showground will be resumed, but
with camping fees being collected electronically.
Victoria's Central Goldfields Shire Council has
agreed to re-register Talbot Caravan Park, a major fundraiser for the Talbot
Football Netball Club, for the next three years following major
Clean-up continuing today after 60-second "mini
tornado" wrecked 18 caravans at NSW's Country Acres Caravan Park in
Two caravanners had a lucky escape when their
twin-axle caravan rolled on Queensland's Bruce Highway today. Their Pajero
remained upright but the Genesis caravan ended up on its side, blocking the
highway's southbound lanes at Pomona. It is believed the driver lost control
of his rig when it began fishtailing after passing a truck. Nobody was hurt.
Police have used new "unexplained wealth" laws to
seize a suspected stolen Roadstar caravan from a property at Bateman's Bay
Whitsunday Regional councillors in Queensland have
voted unanimously to reject a request from Bowen Palms Caravan Park to waive
new infrastructive charges after the park converted eight caravan sites to
cabins. "The development does not qualify for dispensation under the
council's economic development incentives policy," the council said.
Tumbarumba Caravan Park in southern NSW partially
evacuated as heavy rains cause local creek to burst its banks.
Feral campers evicted and fined after caravanners
complained of fireworks and fighting at Hat Head National Park campground on
NSW's mid-north coast near South West Rocks.
More than 50 caravanners in 30 RVs attending Coromal
Owners Club get-together at Crows Nest Caravan Park near Toowoomba in
Uralla Shire Council in NSW is seeking quotes for
painting the amenities block at its Uralla Caravan Park.
A new 16-year lease on the Boomerang Motel and
Caravan Park on Darwin's outskirts is for sale for $295,000. It has had the
same owner for more than 30 years.
Queensland's Livingstone Shire Council is looking for
"enthusiastic and motivated" managers to run its 67-site Keppel Sands
Caravan Park on the Capricorn Coast.
Brisbane-based Kedron, one
of Australia's most reputable caravan manufacturers,
is hopping mad after discovering that a copycat Chinese company is using its
National Parks and Wildlife Service is today
conducting a reduction burn at Tapitallee Nature Reserve in NSW's Shoalhaven
area between Bangalee Scout Camp access road, the caravan park access road
and Koloona Drive.
Australia's consumer watchdog has dealt with 214 bogus online caravan sales
this year in which potential buyers have lost more than $129,000. The
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has now warned people to
always arrange physical inspections before handing over cash for "too good
to be true" deals.
Police in South Australia are investigating the theft
of a camper trailer from Tailem Bend. The Jayco Swan, rego number S784TBF,
disappeared from a front yard of a Bolton Place property between 6.30pm on
October 19 and 7.30am the following morning. Anyone with information is
urged to contact Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at
Australia's largest manufacturer of RVs Jayco has
told ABC radio that all solar panels fixed to caravan roofs should be firmly
screwed or bolted. The advice follows a terrible road accident in which
three people were killed when a caravan's solar panel came adrift on a
WA's recent Mandurah Boat, Caravan, 4WD and Camping
Show attendance up 25 percent over last year, with 20,552 visitors and sales
reportedly "off the Richter scale".
Caravan Industry Association of Australia research
indicates that 79 percent of caravanners and campers are at least "fairly
confident" of hitting the road during the coming months as border
restrictions are lifted.
Company members today decided to put the Sundowner
Tiona Caravan Park and its conference centre at Pacific Palms in NSW into
liquidation. Meanwhile, Tiona Holiday Park general manager Margaret
Shannon has reassured guests that her park is not in liquidation. "A
liquidation notice was issued by the company members of the company "Sundowner
Tiona Holiday Park Pty Ltd" to liquidate the company, and the associated
trading names of "The Palms Conference Centre" and "Tiona Palms Holiday
Park", she said. "This company sold the holiday park in December, 2019, to
the current owners, who are a completely separate entity trading as Tiona
The homeless, vandals and illegal dumpers are being
blamed for the proposed permanent closure of popular camping grounds at
Lilydale and Copmanhurst in northern New South Wales.
Woman, 57, dies after her campervan rolled and struck
her while she was setting up camp at Coopernook Forest Campground at
Lansdowne Forest north of Taree in NSW. Police have appealed for witnesses.
COVID-19 and its rules are a source of frustration
and the hardest part of operating a caravan park, according to Victoria's
Mitta Mitta Caravan Park. Guests arriving from today are being handed a
printed sheet outlining state laws which affect their stay. In a social
media posting, the park warns that it was expecting spot checks from police
and authorised officers. "The park cannot afford $10,000 fines and we don't
want guests fined either," it added.
Ingenia reports that forward
bookings at its holiday parks for the next 12 months are more than 50
percent higher compared to October last year. The eventual opening of
Queensland and Victorian borders is also expected to drive further strong
demand on NSW's South and Far North coasts and tropical Queensland, it adds.
Queensland's Townsville City Council planning and
development committee has given the thumbs-up to an application for a new
tourist park Balgal Beach. It will go before the full council on October 27.
South Australia's Onkaparinga City councillor and
avid caravanner Martin Bray claims a towing hitch pin bought from ALDI
failed while he was towing along the unsealed Strzelecki Track towards
Queensland. Consumer Affairs are investigating. Meanwhile, ALDI Australia
told Caravanning News today that it investigated all complaints
thoroughly to ensure current and future products met its high quality
standards. "We can confirm that this is an isolated incident," the
Aspen reports it has started to "pivot back" to more
profitable short-stay business at its holiday and mixed-use parks as summer
approaches and state borders begin to reopen. In its report for the first
quarter ending September 30, it says its three NSW parks ‒ Barlings Beach,
Tween Waters and Koala Shores ‒ are almost fully booked for the peak summer
period from late December to late January "at average prices above the
previous corresponding period". Adelaide Caravan Park had performed "poorly"
and was Aspen's only property to experience a fall in net operating income
in the quarter. Aspen's revenue in the quarter was $8.79m., up eight percent
while operating profit was up 66 percent to $2.85m.
Grey nomad, 75, died after his ute towing a caravan
lost control while a overtaking road train on the Barkly Hwy near Mount Isa
and crashed into a tree. Police said he was travelling alone.
Fleetwood's RV Solutions has taken a pounding due to
the Coronavirus epidemic. In a letter to shareholders today the company
said: "With the domestic travel industry virtually shut down on the east
coast, and in New Zealand, customer demand for our products and services has
been severely curtailed. Further, our factories and distribution centres in
Victoria were forced to close ... not once, but twice." It reassured
shareholders that the business would quickly recover after lockdown
restrictions are eased.
NSW government expected to announce "significant"
reward for information on 2005 murder of German backpacker Simone Strobel
who was last seen at Lismore Tourist Caravan Park.
Owner of Euroa Caravan Park Kristy Hourigan, whose
Victorian park stands on council land, has defended her right to nominate as
a Seven Creeks Ward candidate in the upcoming Strathbogie Shire Council
Staff at Potato Point's Beachcomber Holiday Park on
NSW's South Coast leapt into action and tackled a caravan blaze before fire
crews arrived. But despite their brave efforts with a pump and hose the
caravan was destroyed. Two people in the 'van escaped unharmed.
Travellers arriving at the BIG4 South Durras Holiday
Park in a New Age caravan before December 18 will receive a 30 percent
discount on site fees after the NSW park forged a partnership with the
popular RV manufacturer.
Thieves made off with a blue and white TEBCO electric
bicycle from Port Lincoln caravan park in Hindmarsh Street, SA.
Victoria's Mitchell Shire Council is building two new
pedestrian bridges which will improve safety for people wanting to access
Kilmore Caravan Park from the Clarke St intersection.
Family-owned and operated Caravan Park Escapes group
is looking for management couples-teams to help run its 11 caravan parks
across the country.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia predicts
that next year's national caravan conference from May 5 to 7, which marks
the peak body's 25th anniversary, will attract over 1000 guests.
Lifestyle and holiday park operator Ingenia will hold
its annual general meeting via an online platform on November 10.
Caravan Industry Association of
Australia welcomes Budget's Building Better Regions Fund which
includes $100 million for tourism-related infrastructure projects. "This
funding program will be ideal for caravan parks and regional businesses
looking to undertake CapEx projects," the association said. "This year's
Federal Budget was a vital one for Australians and the caravan and camping
industry, as the government aims to navigate the economy through a recession
and into a post-COVID world."
Thirty-one-site Sapphire Caravan Park at Sapphire in
Central Queensland is for sale.
Nominations for a place on the Caravanning Industry
Association of Australia's board close tomorrow.
caravan and tow vehicle erupted in flames after rolling on Queensland's
Gregory Development Road about 100km south of Charters Towers this
afternoon. Two people airlift to Townsville hospital. Queensland Fire and
Rescue spokesperson said the fire spread to adjoining grassland.
Caravanners report that free camping areas in NSW's
north-west are "chock-a-block".
Rider, 31, died after his motorcycle and a 4WD towing
a caravan collided on Killarney Gap Road at Narrabri in NSW's north-west.
Investigations into yesterday's crash are continuing.
Police are hunting gang of four they believe is
responsible for thefts from caravans on Victoria's Surf Coast. "With the
influx of 80 odd thousand people to the Surf Coast police service area we
are seeing an increase in valuables being stolen from our caravan parks -
particularly Lorne and Anglesea," Lorne police station manager Sergeant John
Parish said. "What we know is that a group of four people aged 18 to 21
appear responsible and are stealing from unlocked cars, caravans and things
of value left under annexes. Anyone with information or sees anything
suspicious is urged to contact police.
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