- Published: 27 September 2017 27 September 2017
Our September Park of the Month is Home Valley Station.
Planning on travelling the Gibb River Road, or on visiting the Kimberley region?
You will find Home Valley Station not far from the Pentecost River at the foot of the Cockburn Range.
Home Valley Station has both powered and unpowered sites with amenities blocks equipped with hot showers and flushing toilets, laundry facilities, a children’s playground and a refreshing lagoon-style pool.
You can camp near the Station and be close to the famous Dusty Bar & Grill, Station store and free entertainment most nights on stage in the Dusty Bar or around the campfire. Camping is also available at the Pentecost River Bush Camp, 4 kilometres from the Homestead. The river camp is famous for its stunning sunsets over the Cockburn Range, abundance of wildlife and excellent fishing spots.
You will find other accommodation available in luxury Grass Castles, comfortable guesthouse rooms, and safari-style eco-tents.
Activities at Home Valley Station include picturesque walking trails and horse treks, plus there’s a heap of tours including helicopter tours from which to choose.
Home Valley Station offers ACC members a 20% discount for camping on presentation of a current ACC membership card. Dogs are allowed in the campground on a leash.
- Published: 25 September 2017 25 September 2017
400 members of the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) from around Australia in 200 RVs are expected to be travelling to Bingara next month, for the Club’s 2017 Annual National Muster.
The National Muster will be held from 15 to 22 October 2017 at the Bingara Showgrounds.
Come October, the Bingara community will find the Showgrounds undertake a major transformation from Showgrounds to a large RV campground with sites with power and water, and a grand marquee for functions and seminars.
“Our National Muster team under the Chairmanship of Tom Smith, has been very busy over past months with arrangements to ensure the muster and its venue will cater for our members’ needs,” said ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey.
“A team of around 20 ACC volunteers will be arriving in Bingara a few days early and work preparing the Showgrounds for the event will start on Monday 9 October. There will be a lot to do in a short time before the first round of caravans, motorhomes and other RVs start rolling in on the Friday.”
“Sites must be mapped out, marked and numbered, and power and water laid out to every site. Here, we are thankful to the Gwydir Shire Council which will be providing fantastic support to us with the preparatory work. A lot of this will be done with the assistance of the Council.”
“On arrival, our members will approach the vehicle check in at the Showgrounds gate, be directed to their allocated site, then check in at the muster office and collect their Bingara Welcome Bag and National Muster booklet. This will be a busy time for our muster team, particularly when members travelling in groups all arrive at the same time.”
One of the most visible transformations will be the giant marquee to be erected on the site. This will house members for their functions at night and seminars in the day.
“Given the warm welcome that our National Muster team members received on a recent pre-muster visit to Bingara, we know that our members will be receiving a very warm welcome from the Bingara community,” Mr Humphrey said.
“Our National Musters are very popular with our Club members, with some travelling thousands of kilometres across the Nullarbor from Western Australia. They provide an opportunity for our members from around the country to not only get together annually and share stories about their own adventures, but there are always lots of educational sessions and entertainment on the go.”
“This year we have some very interesting speakers including a speaker from the National Road Transport Association who will be educating RVers on RV and truck etiquette.”
“With a country location, the muster will have a country theme. Members will have the opportunity of touring The Living Classroom which is about regenerating 150 hectares of little used town common into food production, a solar-powered home and workshop on a farm, and a self-drive tour of a cattle property. There will also be a working dog demonstration.”
“Our more energetic members can play a round of golf or join in a game of barefoot bowls.”
“A daily Happy Hour event will allow members from everywhere to come together and exchange travelling tales. Every night will bring social interaction and different entertainment.”
“There will be something for everyone at our 2017 National Muster including the beginning of many new friendships and the sharing of new adventures. That’s why we are the Australian Caravan Club, the Club for all RVers …where Friendships and Adventure begin,” Mr Humphrey said.
The ACC invites all RVers interested in finding out more about their Club to come along and join them at one of their happy hours over the week. Anyone interested in attending, should contact Club Chairman Craig on 0409 605 890.
- Published: 21 September 2017 21 September 2017
The ACCC Product Safety Australia has issued a recall notice for certain Ford Ranger vehicles built from 29 October 2016 through 24 February 2017 and certain Ford Everest vehicles built from 29 October 2016 through 27 January 2017 stating that the ‘airbag initiators within the side airbag modules of certain Ranger and Everest vehicles may contain an incorrect chemical mixture’ which ‘could cause the airbag inflator not to initiate, resulting in the side airbag not deploying in the event of a crash and increasing the risk of injury to occupants.’ If you own a Ford Ranger or Ford Everest built within those timeframes, you can see if your vehicle is on the list and what to do, by going to the ACCC Product Safety Australia recall notice which can be found at: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/ford-motor-company-of-australia-limited-ford-ranger-and-everest
- Published: 21 September 2017 21 September 2017
ACCC Product Safety Australia has issued a recall notice on some Toyota LandCruiser vehicles stating there is a risk of injury. Airbag with incorrect specification assembly may have been installed. If you own a Toyota LandCruiser, you can see if your vehicle is on the list and what to do, by going to the ACCC Product Safety Australia recall notice which can be found at: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/toyota-motor-corporation-australia-limited-toyota-landcruiser
- Published: 19 September 2017 19 September 2017
ACC Members - Check your email Inbox for your Spring 2017 Nomad which issued via our email chimp on Monday!
The Spring edition is the very first edition published electronically as a new FlipBook version and we have been receiving fantastic feedback on how much our members are loving it! Don't forget to click on the email to open it, and click on the links to The Nomad. For any members having difficulties using the FlipBook, our webmaster Rob has published some instructions under the Help tab above.
For our members who receive hard copies of The Nomad, this is currently with the printer. You should receive the hard copy later this week or early next week.
- Published: 17 September 2017 17 September 2017
ACC Members – Just a reminder that as a Special Introductory Offer that up until 30 September 2017, Sunbuster is offering all ACC Members the following -
Purchase two Sunbuster Solar Shades, either Longwalls or End walls or combination, paying regular prices (eg 1 x Longwall + 1 x Endwall; or 2 x Endwalls; or 2 x longwalls) and
· Receive FREE a Grasshopper Stop Flap/Anti Flap Kit valued at $239 to suit a Roll Out Awning
· Receive for $60, a Grasshopper Stop Flap/Anti Flap kit valued at $299 to suit Fiamma/Prostor/Carefree/Dometic Box Awning
AND also Receive FREE a Grasshopper Storage System valued at $60.00.
Information for ACC members on how to claim your Sunbuster Special Introductory Offer and other Sunbuster products as listed in our member benefits listing, can be accessed by clicking on the orange member benefits non-accommodation button on the right hand side of this webpage. Don’t forget to log in first, otherwise the special ACC discount codes will not appear.
- Published: 17 September 2017 17 September 2017
The Australian Caravan Club welcomes our 33 new members who joined our Club at the Townsville Expo in September.
Our Townsville based branch, the ACC Tropical Tourers, had fun staffing our Stand and have described their experience as ‘thoroughly enjoyable’. It was the first time members of the branch had been involved in this kind of PR exercise, and the first time the ACC has held a stall at the Townsville event.
The weather threw its own challenges at our industrious members. It was hot and very windy. The afternoon winds tested the stability of the gazebo and the strength of fastenings used for banners and posters.
It was a tremendous opportunity to promote our Club to the Townsville community, and to the region’s visitors.
Useful connections with caravan parks, business owners, and Queensland Transport were made.
Members staffing the stall were able to share the benefits that come with joining a truly national RV Club. In particular, there was strong interest in our ACC Farm Stay Scheme.
Most new members who joined, also joined the ACC Tropical Tourers branch. The branch quickly organised a ‘meet the new members lunch’ before branch members heading to Bingara for our National Muster began their journey South.
“On behalf of the members of the ACC, I would like to sincerely thank the many members of the ACC Tropical Tourers who gave up their own time to volunteer on our Club’s Stand at the Expo,” said ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey.
“33 new members is a great result and we welcome and encourage our new Townsville members to take advantage of the many benefits that membership of our Club brings,” Mr Humphrey said.