Caravanning News

Budget Camp of the Month

Our Budget Camp for the month of March is Underbool Rest Area Campground situated on the Mallee Highway at Underbool in Victoria.  The Campground has barbecues, toilet facilities, a shower and a 24 hour limit.  Unpowered sites are free and powered sites are available for $10.  There is a fee of $3 for shower use.   Pets are permitted.

Underbool is the gateway to the Pink Lakes area of Murray Sunset National Park.   If you are into history, while at the Campground visit the Pioneer and Early Settler Memorial, the replica of the Sailor Salt Co. train and the town's police cells, decommissioned in 2000.

 

Giving Safety Education a High Priority

Towing safely was on the minds of the East Gippsland Roadrunners and Gippsland Gypsies branches of our Club when they ran a ‘tug and van’ weigh-in muster at Mallacoota, Victoria last weekend.   Victorian Police and Vic Roads representatives attended to weigh in the rigs.

Members attending loaded up their RVs to full capacity as if they were going on an extended trip rather than just a few days for a branch muster.   Generators were loaded, and water tanks and gas bottles filled to capacity.

On the Friday afternoon of the muster, 20 tugs and vans were weighed in five areas – Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM), Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM), Gross Combined Mass (GCM), ball weight, and Gross Trailer Mass (GTM).  This was followed by a two hour Question and Answer segment on the Saturday morning.

While some of our members’ vans failed to meet their legal weights in one or more areas, for most, all that is required is a reconfiguration of how they carry their load.  The exercise was a public relations / educational exercise by Victorian Police and Vic Roads, and no infringement notices were issued for tugs or vans.

Members left the muster with a far better understanding of towing weights.  All attending considered the exercise was well worthwhile.

Not only is towing overweight illegal, but it can cause an accident.  It could also void a claim under your insurance policy.  We encourage all RVers who have not had their tugs and vans weighed recently to do so when departing on your next trip, fully loaded and with water tanks and gas bottles filled to capacity.  You may be as surprised as many of our members were at Mallacoota.

The Australian Caravan Club would like to extend special thanks to our members Derek Hale and Dennis Carstairs for their work in organising this event, to the Victorian Police, to Vic Roads, and to the many members of East Gippsland Roadrunners and Gippsland Gypsies who participated.
 

Solo Travellers Welcome in the Australian Caravan Club

Are you travelling solo? The Lone Trekkers is a special interest group for Australian Caravan Club members who travel around this beautiful country of ours on their own.

Our Lone Trekkers have their own Facebook page and communicate on their own members’ forum so that no matter where they are in OZ, Lone Trekkers can join up with each other for a tagalong, give support, share experiences or just meet for a cuppa or Happy Hour.

So if you are travelling solo, why not join the ACC today?

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Park of the Month - Big4 Highlander Van Village

If you like waterfalls, scenic views, bushwalking and history, why not stay for a few nights at the Big4 Highlander Van Village at Armidale, New South Wales?  All it requires is a short detour off the New England Highway Armidale by-pass into the town.
Located close to tourist attractions, waterfalls, and a shopping precinct, the Park has generous sites and cabin accommodation to suit all budgets.  It is a great base from which to explore all that the New England and Armidale region has to offer.
The Park’s features include a pool, barbecue, camp kitchen, and clean amenities.  Drive-through sites are available, all set in a peaceful environment.
Big4 Armidale Highlander Village is one of our Club’s supporters and proudly display an ACC RVSTAY sign.  They offer us a 10% discount on overnight stays, and to stay for 7 nights and pay for 6 nights.  Don’t forget to show your ACC membership card when booking in.
Travelling along the New England Highway soon?  Sue and Michael would welcome you to call in and stay.


The Park is located at 276 Glen Innes Road, Armidale.  Further information about the Park can be found by telephoning 02 6772 4768, online at www.highlandervanvillage.com or by emailing Sue on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

ACCL Farm Stays

Did you know that as a member of the Australian Caravan Club, you can short term stay for free at one of our member host Farm Stays situated in various locations around Australia?

So why not join the Club for ALL RVers

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Australian Caravan Club Filling Showgrounds to Capacity

The Kingaroy Showgrounds is expected to be filled to capacity next month when the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) holds its first Chairman’s muster for 2017, Club Chairman Craig Humphrey said today.

The Chairman’s muster will be held at the Kingaroy Showgrounds from 9 to 14 March 2017.

“All sites that can be serviced with power and water are taken and we are now only able to accept registrations from members who have RVs with their own power and water,” said Mr Humphrey. “In fact, we have a waiting list for serviced sites.”

“When we first mooted the idea of a Chairman’s muster at Kingaroy, there was quite a lot of interest from our members.”

“Usual attendance at a Chairman’s muster is around 50 RVs, or about 100 people.  Registrations for the Kingaroy muster have more than doubled the usual Chairman’s muster attendances.”

“As a South-East Queenslander myself, I knew that there was a lot to see and do in and around Kingaroy and our Club has extensively advertised this to our members.   We knew registrations would be higher than usual but we had no idea the interest would be more than double.”

“The larger than expected number of registrations has proved logistically challenging, but nothing that has not been able to be resolved.”

Mr Humphrey said that the Club holds one National Muster each year which attracts over 400 people in over 200 RVs.   As well as the National Muster, two Chairman’s musters are held annually at different regional locations.

“Chairman’s musters are less formal than National Musters.  They were introduced to provide an opportunity for the Chairman to engage with members at Happy Hour and other events and chat about the Club in a casual and friendly environment.”

“There is also plenty of time for members to take in the various attractions that the region has to offer and to share friendships and adventure with like-minded people,” Mr Humphrey said.

 

Share Knowledge and Experience

The opportunity to gain RV knowledge and experience from fellow RVers is one of the many advantages of membership of the Australian Caravan Club.

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