- Published: 01 April 2017 01 April 2017
Economic Benefits from RVers on the Rise
The economic benefits to be gained from RVers by communities is on the rise, according to Australian Caravan Club (ACC) Chairman Craig Humphrey.
This follows the recent release of figures by Tourism Research Australia showing significant increases in nights spent in both commercial and non-commercial caravan parks and camping grounds by Australians for the year ending December 2016.
Tourism Research Australia figures show that in the year ending December 2016, caravan parks and commercial camping grounds saw increases of 12% to 33.3 million nights. Non-commercial caravan parks and camping grounds increased by 22% to 18.3 million nights.
“There are over 620,000 registered RVs in Australia with an estimated 120,000 RVs on the road at any one time and this figure has been growing at around 9% per year,” said Mr Humphrey. “This increase in caravan park and camping ground usage only reflects the increase in RVers out on the road.”
“The RVer is becoming a valuable commodity in the survival of many regional towns. Many councils and chambers of commerce underestimate the economic value of having affordable and accessible caravan parks and budget freedom camps in their communities.”
“A survey of our Club members found that they spend an average of just over $100 per day when on the road with their RV,” said Mr Humphrey. “That can account for a lot of income for local businesses.”
“When providing freedom or budget camps, I encourage local authorities to allow these camps to cater for all RVers, not just those that are fully self-contained, and to provide spaces large enough to accommodate a tug and van, not just a motorhome or campervan,” said Mr Humphrey. “Councils that place too many restrictions will discourage or limit the capacities of many of our Club members and other RVers from staying in their regions, and businesses in those regions will lose valuable income. If there are too many restrictions, RVers will seek places that will accommodate them elsewhere.”
“The ACC has a Code of Conduct for self-containment under its Australian Caravan Club Environmentally Sustainable Scheme (A.C.C.E.S.S.). A.C.C.E.S.S. members must abide by the Code of Conduct and engage in lawful and environmentally acceptable practices but only at the level of containment prescribed for the specific area being occupied.”
“While staying in a region, RVers support local businesses and need to buy fuel and groceries. Some will dine out, sightsee, buy alcohol, require their vehicles or RVs servicing or repairing, and unfortunately some may require medical attention and pharmaceuticals. All this injects money into a community. The more RVers, the greater the economic benefits,” Mr Humphrey said.
- Published: 26 March 2017 26 March 2017
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.
- Published: 25 March 2017 25 March 2017
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- Published: 24 March 2017 24 March 2017
With the success of our Kingaroy Chairman’s muster now behind him, our Chairman’s attention is now turning to our second Chairman’s muster for this year. This muster will be held at the Peak Hill Showgrounds in the Central West of New South Wales from 18 to 23 May 2017.
With special thanks to ACC member Leighton of the Peak Hill Caravan Park, planning for special muster activities is well underway and it is promising to be every bit as sensational as the Kingaroy Chairman’s muster!
What is there to see and do in Peak Hill and its surrounds.
Photo credit: Dennis Mulholland
With antique stores and galleries in its quaint and leafy main street, Peak Hill also boasts a gold mine, Big Fish Fossil Hut, Nature Walk, Flora and Fauna Reserve, Bogan Weir, recreational facilities including a golf course, bowling club, ex-services club, public swimming pool, and Australia’s first upright silo. Nearby attractions include The Dish, Goobang National Park, Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo and the Aviation Museum at Narromine.
So don’t forget to put this exciting muster into your Diary for May, and watch for more details and how to register in the Notes from the Board to issue early April.
- Published: 21 March 2017 21 March 2017
Our club has a number of members who are property owners or have access to property, and who are prepared to make their properties available to fellow members for free short term stays under our Farm Stay Scheme.
Members Lindsay and Imelda welcome ACC members to Notre Maison (which translates to ‘our house’). They have a cleared area of bare ground on their property where it is open and easy to park your RV. A water tap is available for use. Small dogs restrained on a leash are permitted.
The property is not a farm but a private block of 5 acres of typical beautiful Darwin bushland. It is a quiet spot, with plenty of bird and animal life, especially at night. Severe fire restrictions apply in the dry season. There is a maximum number of 5 caravan sites available.
Members will find Notre Maison to be a perfect base from which to explore Darwin and its surrounds and for trips into both Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks.
While visiting the Top End in the dry season is popular, Lindsay and Imelda say that the wet season is absolutely spectacular. September to November can be unpleasant due to high humidity.Notre Maison and hosts Lindsay and Imelda have received glowing reviews in the comments posted under the Farm Stay tab on our club’s website.
- Published: 17 March 2017 17 March 2017
Our Park of the Month – Murrurundi Caravan Park
If relaxing surrounded by breathtaking scenery appeals to you, then why not include a stay at Murrurundi Caravan Park as part of your travels along the New England Highway in New South Wales Upper Hunter region.
Murrurundi Caravan Park (formerly Pages River Caravan Park), settled at the base of the Liverpool Range, is almost completely surrounded by picturesque mountains.
The Park offers powered, unpowered, and drive through sites. There are also special self-contained sites where RVers with fully self-contained RVs can stay for only $5 per night. Bunkhouse, cabin and retired railway carriage accommodation is also available.
The Park is pet-friendly for RVers in their own RV or tent and one cabin at the Park is pet-friendly.
There is a fully equipped camp kitchen, a barbecue, laundry, and a fire pit in winter.
Owners Doug and Carol have been RVers themselves, have first-hand knowledge of our needs and requirements, and welcome ACC members to come and stay with them.
Murrurundi and its surrounds have a lot to offer the RVer. The local community is regarded as the arts and cultural capital of the Upper Hunter. The town, once a busy railway town, now features art galleries, interesting shops, collectables, coffee shops, a golf course and a selection of pubs.
The town is well-known for its thoroughbred horse studs and in February, hosts the King of the Ranges Stockman’s Challenge.
Murrurundi Caravan Park offers all ACC members a 10% discount off their accommodation (excluding self-contained sites) and proudly displays an ACC RVSTAY sign at the entrance. Just look for our bright yellow sign as you head North through the town. The park is also a member of Kui Parks.Don’t forget to include a stay with Doug and Carol at the Murrurundi Caravan Park in your next trip on the New England Highway. The Park can be found at 11 Bernard Street, Murrurundi NSW. Bookings can be made by telephoning 02 6546 6288.
- Published: 16 March 2017 16 March 2017
South Burnett Region Receives Economic Boost from RV Club Muster
Australian Caravan Club (ACC) members injected over $50,000 into the economy of Kingaroy and its surrounds over the five days of the Club’s Chairman’s muster held at the Kingaroy Showgrounds from 9 to 14 March 2017, ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey said today.
96 RV units representing almost 200 ACC members attended the Chairman’s muster, at the same time supporting local businesses and spending money on accommodation, fuel, groceries, dining out, sightseeing and alcohol.
“Our members completed expense sheets so we could keep a tally of the amount of money spent,” Mr Humphrey said. “It averaged out that over the five days, each RV unit spent somewhere between $500 to $550 in the region with a total spend overall of around $51,000.”
“This shows that towns and localities that can attract RVers, can really benefit economically from the RV community.”
Also benefiting from the Chairman’s muster will be Lifeflight which is to receive the proceeds of a raffle for a week’s cabin accommodation at Lake Boondooma or Yallakool Caravan Parks donated by the South Burnett Regional Council and won by ACC member Jo Meier.
“$550 was collected from the raffle and I will be personally visiting Kingaroy to hand over a donation cheque to Lifeflight for this amount,” said Mr Humphrey. “Special thanks must go to the South Burnett Regional Council for donating this great prize.”
“On behalf of the ACC, I would like to extend special thanks to the Kingaroy Showground Society, South Burnett Regional Council, local businesses and service clubs, and to the South Burnett community at large for being such fantastic hosts to us during our stay in the region. We all felt so welcome.”
Over the five days of the muster, ACC members visited the Endeavour Foundation Biscuit Factory, had a night visit to the Kingaroy Observatory, had morning tea at Mulanah Gardens, attended the South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park festival, visited other tourist attractions, and dined out in the Kingaroy area.
The ACC’s next Chairman’s muster is scheduled to take place at Peak Hill, New South Wales from 18 to 23 May 2017.“We will also be staging our 2017 National Muster which will attract around 400 members in 200 RV units at Bingara, New South Wales in October,” said Mr Humphrey.