THIS year's Melbourne Leisurefest attracted over 32,000 visitors,
organisers have revealed.
The Caravan Industry Association of Victoria said sunshine across the
whole four-day event added to everyone's enjoyment while viewing the best
the industry had to offer.
"Once again it was an overwhelming success and enticed some outdoor
adventurers to attend who would not normally do so," association chief
executive Rob Lucas commented.
"The stable of exhibitors continues to improve and become more diverse
with a trio of furry visitors at the show
"This year in particular we noticed and appreciated the extra effort they
went to in order to give our visitors the best possible day out."
Mr Lucas said that with 70 percent of caravanners and campers travelling
with pets these days, plus positive consumer feedback from allowing dogs
to attend last year's Melbourne Leisurefest, all the association's events
were now dog friendly.
More than 220 exhibitors showcased their products ranging from camping
accessories to luxury motorhomes valued at over $300,000.
Celebrity speakers Dr Katrina Warren and Merv Hughes were crowd favourites
with large numbers enjoying Dr Warren's presentation on travelling with
A display of vintage caravans was very popular with many visitors taking a
trip down memory lane to eras long forgotten.
The Go Make Some Memories Passport to Freedom competition was as
popular as ever, with the Bowens of Berwick taking home the major prize of
$5000 for their next outdoor adventure from the Caravan Industry
Other winners, all from Victoria, were:
2nd: A Blanch – Pakenham.
3rd: L Daniel – Clyde North.
4th: V Stevens – Beaconsfield
5th: M Rogers – Seaford.
6th: B Taljaard – Wheelers Hill.