- Published: 06 July 2018 06 July 2018
Ten years ago, a caravanner living at Lake Macquarie decided to contact other caravanners living on the New South Wales Central Coast, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle regions to gauge support for the formation of a branch of our Club.
His dream was realised when 9 vans and 18 people turned up at Taylors Beach Caravan Park for a “meet and greet” and the ACC Hunter Ramblers branch was born. Since its foundation, the branch has grown in size to 32 members.
In April this year, members of the Hunter Ramblers mustered at South West Rocks to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the branch. At the muster, branch president Ken outlined the history of the Ramblers, and praised those involved with the early establishment of the branch.
“Members of the Hunter Ramblers had a great time celebrating our 10th anniversary,” Ken said. “We had a very special morning tea and dinner to mark the occasion. In fact, the celebrations went on for an entire day.”
“Branch foundation members Ian and Cheryl cut our 10th anniversary cake at the morning tea.”
The morning tea was followed by some frivolity and fun with old fashioned games. A birthday dinner was held at the South West Rocks Surf Club in the evening. “Many stories of past musters created lots of laughter and maybe a little embarrassment between us.”
Ken said he put the long term success of the Ramblers down to the friendships and adventures shared between members of the branch. “We are a friendly group. We have around six musters every year and when one muster is over, we all start looking forward to meeting up for the next one.”
Our ACC Chairman Craig congratulated the Hunter Ramblers on the success of the branch. “The ACC Hunter Ramblers was one of our Club’s early branches to form and has successfully served RVers living in the Hunter region now for ten years. On behalf of all ACC members, I congratulate the branch.”
Any RVer requiring further information about the ACC or its Hunter Ramblers branch can contact the ACC on 1800 734 493.
- Published: 05 July 2018 05 July 2018
Adventure beckons, so ACC members can sail by day or night on the Spirit of Tasmania from $79* per person each way. Offer extended for a limited time!
This offer is available on selected night sailings between late August and mid-December 2018.
The offer is available until sold out. To book your adventure online today, ACC members should log onto this website, click on the orange member benefits – non accommodation button on our home page, and click on the special Spirit of Tasmania webpage for ACC members under the Spirit of Tasmania listing.
- Published: 04 July 2018 04 July 2018
Our Park of the Month for July is Big4 Hopkins River Holiday Park at Warrnambool in Victoria.
Located only 5 minutes from Warrnambool, the Gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Big4 Hopkins River Holiday Park is located on the banks of the beautiful Hopkins River.
While enjoying your stay at Big4 Hopkins River Holiday Park, you can make the most of the many facilities that the Park has to offer. Here you’ll find a resort style lagoon pool complete with ‘grotto’, waterfalls and a water slide for all ages. There is a children’s playground, mini golf, tennis court, jumping pillow, gym and indoor heated pool and spa so you can swim all year round, camp kitchen and barbeques.
There’s just so much to do in the Warrnambool area. It’s only a short drive to Hopkins Falls and the world famous Twelve Apostles, experience whale watching in Winter/Spring, plus there’s the Tower Hill Nature Reserve, Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show, and Flagstaff Hill Historic Maritime Village to see.
The Park has ensuite and powered grassed sites and can cater for large 5th wheelers. Dogs are welcome year round and special pet friendly studio cabins are available.
Big4 Hopkins River Holiday Park offer all ACC members a 10% discount off accommodation up to the value of $40 per stay. Don’t forget to show your membership card when booking.
Up to 31 August, the Park has a special offer available to all guests. Guests can Stay for 3 nights and pay for 2 on all powered and ensuite suites. (Cost is $80 for 3 nights on a powered site and $104 for 3 nights on an ensuite site).
ACC members can find contact details for Big4 Hopkins River Holiday Park by logging onto this website and clicking on the green member benefits – accommodation button.
- Published: 04 July 2018 04 July 2018
With a number of members travelling on the mainland, it was a small but hardy group of Tassie Travellers who attended the muster at St Helen’s Big 4 Caravan Park in June. The nights were cold but the days were lovely and sunny and some even stepped out in T Shirts!
The sightseeing in the area included a Tagalong to the Loila Weir which is just south of St Helen’s and features beautiful views to the coast, and also an adventure to Eddystone Point, Deep Creek and Ansons Bay, areas which some members had not previously visited.
Of course it wouldn’t be a muster without the food, a shared meal and a Sunday brunch and apparently the best jelly slice in Australia!
The Tassie Travellers welcome any visitors to their state to attend their musters - just check the muster calendar on the website if you are heading their way.
- Published: 29 June 2018 29 June 2018
On a dry but cool winter’s day, 58 of our Club members attended the Sydney City Slickers annual Branch Picnic day at the Auburn Botanical Gardens last weekend . Our Slickers members were joined by several couples from our recently formed branch, the Sydney Freedom Seekers.
This event was started several years ago and is now a featured event on the Slickers’ calendar. It provides an opportunity for branch members who are not travelling in June to enjoy the company of other members. Several branch members delayed their departure from Sydney so they could attend.
As has been the case in recent years, a covered venue was hired and this allowed the event to take place irrespective of weather conditions. Those attending paid a small donation to partially offset the cost of the venue hire.
Our Slickers’ muster coordinator, Gary, took the opportunity to present the 2019 Muster Calendar to those attending. It was generally agreed that 2019 looks like an exciting year with a variety of events being offered!
As is the normal case, the six hours allocated for the picnic proved to be well short of the time that is required for all members to engage in conversation and share what they have been doing since their last get together.
All in all, an enjoyable day was had by those attending and it looks like this midyear event will become a permanent feature of the Slickers’ branch calendar.
(Words and pictures by John Porter)
- Published: 29 June 2018 29 June 2018
With a name like Awesome Bundy Cruisers, a new branch of our Club to service RVers living in the Bundaberg and surrounding region is sure to attract attention and become a successful branch.
The Awesome Bundy Cruisers was officially formed in mid-June. The branch brings the total number of branches in our Club to 52.
“Our Club is delighted to welcome the formation of our 52nd branch,” said our ACC Chairman Craig. “I congratulate and thank our Club’s membership team and our members in Bundaberg who have worked tirelessly to bring the branch to fruition.”
Bargara resident, RVer and ACC Awesome Bundy Cruisers branch convenor Janelle said that inaugural branch members had recently met at the Innes Park Country Club. “The meeting gave everyone a good chance to get to know each other,” Janelle said.
“We are all very excited about our new Awesome Bundy Cruisers branch of the ACC and we are keen to see our membership grow. We welcome RVers living in the Bundaberg and surrounding region interested in joining us or finding out more about us to contact the ACC on 1800 734 493.”
“We are really looking forward to our first muster planned for Arvos Campground between Maryborough and Biggenden from 27 to 31 July,” Janelle said.
Craig said that the ACC is one of the largest RV Clubs in Australia, having experienced a 12% increase in membership over the past year. “Our Australia-wide membership is currently around 5,000 and growing.”
“ACC membership brings with it a huge range of advantages including member benefits, free Farm Stays, and social and fun activities including muster and tagalong events where our members share RVing experiences with like-minded people.”
“We also have an active team who advocate on issues affecting our RV Lifestyle, working to promote and protect it,” Craig said.
- Published: 28 June 2018 28 June 2018
A recall notice has issued for 2014-2018 (KL) Jeep Cherokees.
The recall notice states that the computer software for the Power Control Module (PCM) is faulty and that in certain circumstances this may affect cruise control and the possible locking of speed or cause acceleration of the vehicle.
The notice further states that if the driver does not shift to neutral or apply the brakes to stop the vehicle, this condition can cause a vehicle crash without warning.
To find out if your vehicle is affected and for further information, go to https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/fca-australia-pty-ltd-2014-2018-kl-jeep-cherokee