- Published: 14 January 2018 14 January 2018
Why Join the ACC?
We are a truly National voice for all ALL RVers. The more members we have, the greater the voice and impact we have when representing and lobbying all levels of government and the RV industry on issues affecting our RV lifestyle.
Some members join to protect our RV lifestyle, and some join for the social aspects. Whatever your reason for joining, by joining you become a member of a fun-loving modern, progressive and growing Club providing plenty of activities and opportunities to assist you to make the most of your RVing experience.
Equal membership rights for ALL eligible RV owners
It doesn’t matter if you have a caravan or a motorhome, a camper-trailer or a 5th wheeler, a slide-on camper or a pop top. All eligible RV owners are treated equally and have equal membership rights.
Make new Friendships and share Adventures
Our Club membership provides an opportunity to make new friendships and share fantastic adventures in your RV with like-minded people. As an ACC member, you are entitled to attend the musters or tagalongs of any of our 49 branches throughout Australia.
Gain RV knowledge and experience
You have the option of attending our Annual National Musters held at various locations around Australia each year, with seminars on a wide range of topics of interest to RV owners. Our branch, National and Chairman’s musters all provide an opportunity to gain RV knowledge and experience from experts and from fellow RVers.
Access a broad range of member benefits
As an ACC member, you have access to a broad range of benefits including discounts at Caravan Parks and Tourism attractions, RV repairers, service and RV related products and Wine Club and Magazine subscriptions.
Stay for free at one of our member Farm Stays
ACC members can short term Farm Stay for free at our member host Farm Stays at various locations in Australia.
A Club managed by its members
We are a Club managed for the members by a Board of Directors who are all Club members, volunteers and dedicated RV owners.
Regular Club Updates
Through our Club’s quarterly magazine The Nomad, our dynamic website, quarterly Member Benefits e-Newsletter and active Facebook page, members are constantly updated with Club News, upcoming events, technical matters, travel information and other RV lifestyle issues.
An Option to join A.C.C.E.S.S.
The ACC has a Code of Conduct for self-containment under its A.C.C.E.S.S. (Australian Caravan Club Environmentally Sustainable Scheme) scheme. Our members who join A.C.C.E.S.S. receive an A.C.C.E.S.S. COMPLIANT sticker as an indicator that the RV operator has accepted to abide by a Code of Conduct and will engage in lawful and environmentally acceptable practices. When joining, you will be asked if you wish to join A.C.C.E.S.S. To find out more about A.C.C.E.S.S., click here.
Together we can make a difference - and enjoy the
great outdoors at the same time.
Our constitution states that an Ordinary Member must own a qualifying unit, which is defined as a Recreational Vehicle (RV) which is a form of mobile living accommodation that is, or can be, combined with a motor vehicle either as a towed combination or as a self-propelled unit which is designed to be used upon Australian roads. This includes, and is not limited to, caravans, motor homes, campervans, camper trailers, slide-on units, 5th wheelers, etc.
If you don’t qualify to join as an Ordinary Member, you may still be eligible to join as an Associate Member. An Associate Member may be any person who is interested in RVing or the RVing lifestyle.
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- Published: 12 January 2018 12 January 2018
Our Club History
With a strong focus on advocacy, our Club is a voice for all RVers to all three tiers of government and the RV industry on issues ranging from freedom camps and rest areas, to RV lifestyle issues and manufacturing defects.
While many RVers join our Club to strengthen our impact as a strong force to protect our RV lifestyle, RVers also join for the social environment or member benefits that membership of our Club brings.
The first branch of the ACC to form was the ACC Sunshine Nomads on 13 April 2007 in Queensland.
The second branch, the ACC Southern Nomads, was established later in the year on 12 October 2007 with a view to establishing a branch of the Club for caravanners living in Victoria.
From these humble beginnings, the ACC has grown from strength to strength. We now have 49 branches at various locations around Australia from Townsville to Perth, including Tasmania.
Our branches provide a great social environment for members to get together with like-minded people, discuss tech tips, and share friendships and adventure at branch musters, tagalongs, and other branch activities held throughout the year.
To find a branch near you, click here.
Our Special Interest Groups
Catering to the special interests of our members is something that our Club feels strongly about. So with a diverse membership base, to cater for our members who share similar interests, our Club has established a number of Special Interest Groups (S.I.Gs) –
✽ The Lone Trekkers (for solo travellers). For further information, click here.
✽ F.T.T. (Full time Travellers). For further information, click here.
✽ Armed Forces Personnel. For further information, click here.
✽ Owners of English Vans. For further information, click here.
✽ Owners of LOTUS Vans. For further information, click here.
✽ Pets Co-Operative. For further information, click here.
Our S.I.Gs are in addition to our branches. Club members can be a member of a branch and a member of a S.I.G. at the same time.
Club and Branch Events
Each of our branches organises upwards of six musters per year.
Branch musters are always an enjoyable occasion for all attendees. Musters are generally held over a weekend at a location within easy reach of branch members. The number of attendees varies at each muster depending on the size of the branch and availability of its members.
Each year a National Muster is held to coincide with the Club’s Annual General Meeting. The National Muster is a much larger, organised gathering held over a number of days at various venues around Australia –
✽ 2007 – Byron Bay NSW
✽ 2008 – Casino NSW
✽ 2009 – Mildura VIC
✽ 2010 – Maryborough QLD
✽ 2011 – Bingara NSW
✽ 2012 – Mallacoota VIC
✽ 2013 – Mudgee NSW
✽ 2014 – Lucindale SA
✽ 2015 – Beaudesert QLD
✽ 2016 – Shepparton VIC
✽ 2017 – Bingara NSW
Our 2018 National Muster will take place at Denmark in Western Australia from 14 to 21 October 2018. As well has hosting the Club’s Annual General Meeting, the National Muster includes seminars conducted by various experts on RV related topics, traders’ stalls, Club committee updates, happy hours, a muster dinner, games, and craft. Tours are usually arranged to local attractions. There is always something for everyone.
Our Chairman also hosts at least one Chairman’s muster per year. Our Chairman’s musters are smaller and differ from our National Musters in that they are less formal. These musters are held in a different State each year. They provide an opportunity for members living in the region to chat one on one with our Club Chairman and other directors in attendance, on RV and Club issues in an informal atmosphere.
Our Club publishes a full colour magazine, The Nomad, containing a wealth of topics including articles on Club News, technical tips, RV lifestyle and travel, RV product profiles, upcoming musters, branch contacts and our Club Shop catalogue.
The Nomad is issued electronically to members each quarter. Members can elect to pay a small annual fee and receive a hard glossy print version by post. To view electronic versions of The Nomad on our website, click here.
Our Club maintains a dynamic website containing a large amount of information of interest to our members and website viewers.
Latest news, an events calendar, a membership directory, an active members’ forum, lists of member benefits and Farm Stays, an Ask the Caravan Guru service for members only, useful links and a What’s On page, are a few of the facilities on the site available for our members.
Our Facebook page
The ACC Facebook page is another news source and social tool for our members and other RVers to keep abreast of RV and Club issues and to contact us via message or visitor post. To view our Facebook page, click here.
We welcome both members and non-members to ‘Like’ our page and ‘share’ posts of interest.
Becoming a member
To find out more about Club membership, click here.
Contacting our Club
Contact details for the Club’s –
✽ administration can be found by clicking here.
✽ committees can be found by clicking here.
✽ branches can be found by clicking here.
Club Management and Operational Structure
A board of directors controls and manages the affairs of the Club according to its Constitution. It consists of six directors elected by the membership. A number of committees have been established to assist the board in specific areas. All directors are dedicated volunteers who receive no remuneration for their work. Details of our Club’s directors are listed at the end of this page.
Our Club has several dynamic teams who constantly work for the betterment of our Club members and all RVers.
Our teams include –
✽ policy, advocacy and town support
✽ finance and administration
✽ RVSTAY (Farm Stay and Freedom Camping)
✽ membership support
✽ marketing and member benefits
✽ annual national muster
✽ communications and publicity
Unlike other clubs that are State-based incorporated bodies, the ACC is an Australian Registered Company that reflects our truly National identity.
We have a comprehensive Constitution which clearly sets out our objectives and governs the operation of the Club.
To view our Constitution, click here.
The document is in Adobe pdf format and an appropriate reader may be obtained free from Adobe by clicking the following button.
The Club Directors
Chairman - Craig Humphrey, Queensland, Retired Public Servant. Craig has been caravanning with his family for the past 10 years. He is a past president of our Family Firesiders branch. He has tertiary qualifications and extensive management experience.
Secretary – Maria Minchin - Maria has been caravanning since 1990 and joined the ACC when it formed in 2006. Her background is in retail and administration which included several years in the RAAF. Maria has been involved in the formation of the six WA Branches and is a past Branch Secretary of the Swan River Rovers and WA State Representative on the Membership Support Committee.
|Treasurer - Graeme Tree - is retired after 45 years in financial services industry. Graeme has also spent just over 20 years as Director /Trustee of an Independent school serving on the finance committee. Together with his wife Gloria they have been caravanning for almost 35 years. They became ACC members in 2010. Over the past 5 years Graeme has been coordinating the ACC Policy and Advocacy team.|
|Director - Graham Christie, is retired after 35 years in the telecommunications industry. Joining the club in early 2007, Graham is a past president of the Sunshine Nomads and has been Queensland’s representative on the Branch Support Committee and in this time has seen 7 new branches formed. Graham and his wife Kaye have spent several years on the road and have been caravanning for 15 years. He is keen to improve the lifestyle of all RVers by striving to attain the objects of the ACC.|
|Director - Lynne Friis – Prior to retiring in 2013, Lynne worked as a lawyer in a prominent Brisbane law firm. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She has served on management committees of various community groups. Lynne and her husband Ray have extensive caravanning experience spanning 30 years. She resigned her position as founding President of the Eastern Explorers branch to take on her Board position.|
Director - Greg Sonter is from Queensland and has been camping and travelling with his wife Clare in tents, camper trailers and caravans since 1991. Soon to retire from public service, where he was an Executive Manager in the Qld government’s mapping authority, he plans more travelling. He also has 16 years’ experience on sports association committees, 12 years as President.
|Coordinator - National Muster Futures - Tom Smith, He's been a caravanner since 1991, and has extensive agricultural representative experience. His main goals with the ACC include freedom of choice for camping locations and promoting safety through education.|
|Webmaster - Rob Tudor. Rob retired in 2003, bought a caravan and went travelling. Prior to retirement he worked for over 30 years in the Information Technology industry both in Australia and overseas. He maintains the Club's web site.|
|Publicity Officer - Lionel Mussell, Victoria, Author. Lionel has over 40 years and 2 million kilometres experience travelling this great land. He has written a range of books on travelling Australia, operates his own web site which provides advice to caravanners and tourists who look for answers to their wide range of questions about travel in Australia. Lionel wrote a monthly ‘On the Wallaby’ column for Caravan World for twenty years and now writes a column and articles for ‘GoRV’ digital magazine.|
|Nomad Editor - Alan Lazarus, Victoria. retired following 35 years in the telecommunications industry, both at home and abroad. He is an avid caravanner, clocking up thousands of kilometres in the last few years. He also has interests in aviation - as pilot and builder of his own aircraft, and journalism. He is currently co-editor of the ACC magazine, the 'Nomad'.|
|Ralph Jordan - Chairman RVSTAY Committee - Ralph is a retired primary producer, stud master and administrator, with a degree in psychology. Previously he held responsible positions within Queensland universities and served as a director of the Australian Limousin Society. More recently Ralph was a Quality Auditor and Environmental Auditor, and has been Secretary of the ACC Northern Bushwhackers branch for the past three years. He is now a full-time caravanner, and has caravanned many iconic Outback Australia tracks.|
- Published: 19 July 2017 19 July 2017
Special Interest Group of the Australian Caravan Club for Owners of LOTUS Vans
If you're an owner of a LOTUS caravan the club has established this group to encourage conversations on all things LOTUS.
If you're not yet a member of the Australian Caravan Club you can join us here. If you're a member and owner of a LOTUS, Sign-In to join the Owners of LOTUS vans Group
- Published: 13 November 2017 13 November 2017
Special Interest Group of the Australian Caravan Club for a Pets Cooperative
This group is for Club members traveling with pets to be able to enjoy our National Parks. Musters would be planned to explore our National parks and areas where you cannot enter with pets. On an alternating daily basis one day half of the group would visit the parks and facilities whilst the other half look after the pets.
If you're not yet a member of the Australian Caravan Club you can join us here. If you're a member and wish to join thie S.I.G., Sign-In to join the ACC Pets Cooperative Group
- Published: 16 March 2017 16 March 2017
Our Club Continues Expansion in Western Australia
One of Australia’s largest RV Clubs, the Australian Caravan Club (ACC), proudly welcomes the formation of the South West Wanderers, a new branch at Busselton, following a successful ‘meet and greet’ last Sunday, Club Chairman Craig Humphrey announced today.
“Our Club is delighted to see the establishment of our sixth branch in Western Australia,” Mr Humphrey said. “Western Australia continues to see our Club’s fastest growth in membership.”
“Our South West Wanderers branch is the first branch to be established outside the Perth metropolitan area. It will service members living in the Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Augusta and surrounding districts.”
“Sixteen members representing eight RV units have come together to form the new branch.”
The inaugural meeting was officiated by ACC Secretary and board director Maria Minchin. “We have had several members in the south west area for a long time and they were delighted to finally come together to form their branch,” Mrs Minchin said. “Last Sunday was a very exciting time for the new branch members as they selected the branch name. All committee positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer were filled.”
“Congratulations to all the members of the ACC South West Wanderers and their committee,” said Mr Humphrey.
“The ACC is one of the largest RV Clubs in Australia. Our Australia-wide membership is currently around 4,500 and growing.”
“We are the Club for all RVers. We welcome owners of caravans, pop tops, motorhomes, campervans, slide-on campers, camper-trailers, and 5th wheelers without discrimination.”
“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 RVers to all levels of government and the caravan manufacturing industry.”