Our Club History
|The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) was initially founded in September 2006 at the Golden Beach Caravan Park at Caloundra in Queensland.
A group of caravanners felt that the then existing RV Clubs did not focus enough on protecting and representing the interests of owners of caravans.
Since then our Club has grown and evolved to include the owners of pop top caravans, motorhomes, slide-on campers, camper-trailers, campervans and fifth wheelers. While our membership base has changed, our simple foundations have remained. Our focus now is to protect and represent the interests of all RVers, not just caravanners.
Under its Constitution, our Club’s main objective is to ‘promote the use of recreational vehicles and the RVing lifestyle throughout Australia’.
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 47 branches at various locations around Australia from Cairns 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.
✽ Evernew Owners Group. For further information, click here.
✽ Jeep Owners. 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
✽ 2018 – Denmark WA
✽ 2019 – Warrnambool VIC
✽ 2020 – Not held due to COVID lockdown
✽ 2021 – Rockhampton QLD
Our club can also host State & Territory Musters which are smaller and differ from our National Musters. All our events provide an opportunity for members to have fun, exchange information and experiences in a friendly and welcoming 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.
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.
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.
✽ 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
Chairperson, - Ken Newton has a background in the financial services, medical, health, manufacturing, tourism and retail service industries in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America.
Secretary – John Porter – from NSW, is retired after 40 years in the financial services industry with the last 18 years involved with technology. Together with wife Elaine, they have been RVing for the past 14 years in both motorhomes and caravans. They became ACC members in 2013 and then joined the Sydney City Slickers. Since joining the Sydney City Slickers, John has spent time as the branch vice president with the most recent position being that of the branch secretary.
|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.|
Member Benefits – Darrell Phillips – from South Australia, an Electrical Engineer retired after working across many facets of the Electrical Industry during his career, in the last 20 years as a Reginal Manager Switchgear and Controls Asia/Pacific for a Global Diesel Power Generation Company. Together with his wife Sandra have been caravanning over 16 years in both Caravans and now a Motorhome. Since joining the club in 2014 Darrell has been a Branch President, Branch Secretary, SA Rep for the ACC Policy and Advocacy team and the South Australian Club Representative. When not caravanning Sandra and Darrell are involved with SA Royal Society for the Blind. Guide Dogs Service.
Anja Carruthers is a management accountant specialising in hospitality with 30+ years of experience in both industries. Anja grew up in Austria starting her career in an accounting firm and continuing as CFO of her fathers business at the age of 22. After her parents passed away and her brother took over the family business she invested into a hotel-restaurant project in Austria that she soon took over as CEO. This established her deep love and understanding of hospitality on both an operational and financial level.
In 2007 Anja came to Australia to start again in the country she admired for its free spirit and acceptance on skills rather than pedigree. She worked her way up in the hospitality industry and managed various restaurants along the way. In 2011 she became General Manager of the newly branched out Austrian Schnitzelhaus on the Central Coast NSW which made her focus back onto her initial skill set of accounting. She founded her own business soon later and grew Anconsult Business Solutions into the well established boutique management accounting business that it is today.
Anja always loved to travel, so to finally get her own caravan in 2020 was a natural step. Since then she is travelling all over the region getting the caravan out nearly every weekend and school holidays. She is proud lone trekker showing that it is not a problem for the female gender to get up and go by themselves, even in a caravan. There are lots of female lone trekkers on the road nowadays that enjoy the freedom and lifestyle of the open land and Anja is proud to represent this market segment on the board.
Director – Michael Homann has a trade background and in his early career studied manufacturing management, procurement and services management at night school, attaining a Diploma in Services Management. He is also a trained auditor.
Over his 48 year career he has worked in several senior executive and general management roles in a wide variety of commercial and industrial sectors including the aircraft industry, motor vehicle components, chain and lifting gear, commercial windows, industrial roller shutters and for the final 12 years as a general manager in the disability support sector implementing the NDIS.
Michael has also, over the years been highly active in volunteering for community not-for-profit organisations having been a board member on the local primary school parent teacher council, Third Sunbury Scouts, Sunbury Neighbourhood house, Citizen Advocacy and Sunbury Connecting Communities organisations. He is married to the lovely Elizabeth, a member of the Ulysses Motorcycle club, a gym junkie and has a black belt in Taekwondo (so does Elizabeth).
Retirement has fueled Michael’s passion to travel our wonderful country and he believes that being relatively new to caravanning there’s no better way to meet like minded people and ‘learn the ropes’ than to get involved and help.
Director – Rod McCulloch is an immediate past Head of School of Communication and Creative Industries at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and prior to this, at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales. He holds a Doctorate in Communication as well as a Masters Degree in Marketing. He is a researcher and publisher and is internationally recognised as an academic and as a communications practitioner, having spoken at conferences and industry events around the world.
Prior to moving into academia in 2002, Rod had over 25 years’ experience in the advertising and marketing communications industries, working both in Australia and internationally. He was a Partner and Director of the Sydney-based advertising agency Barnes McCulloch Advertising. During his practitioner years, as well as throughout his 20 years in academia, Rod travelled extensively in the United Kingdom, Europe, America, the Asia- Pacific and the UAE.
Rod’s love of travel started in 1972 when he and his wife Dinah embarked on a 2-year working holiday in the UK. Since then, Rod has visited over 50 countries around the world. His overseas activities combined with his love of travel and a professional background in copywriting has prompted him to embark on a new career in travel writing and publishing. Now retired from academia, Rod and Dinah continue to travel. They are both avid RV-ers and travel extensively in Australia, visiting some amazing locations in our own country. In 2018, Rod launched his own travel website ‘GOCTHEPLANET’ reflecting his and Dinah’s travel experiences and offering advice and guidance to other would-be travellers. A number of these stories have been published in travel and recreation publications in Australia and in Asia.
You can visit Rod’s travel blog at: www.goctheplanet.com