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Ten things you must see and top tips on how to get the most out of your great Australian road trip

Ten Things You Must SeeTHE Big Trip is the dream of countless thousands of Australians. They picture hitching their caravan to the tail of their shiny new four-wheel drive and heading for the Outback and the travel experience of a lifetime.

It’s a dream that is often tied to retirement, when the shackles of day-to-day commitments are lifted, but can also be a multi-episode event that runs through holidays over a number of years.

If only they knew …

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Byron Bay Park’s Up There With Best

byronbayparkTHE BYRON Bay Tourist Village has been named as one of the country’s best caravan and camping parks.

In a survey of 3000 Australian holidaymakers conducted by, the Great Ocean Road Tourist Park in Victoria was named the overall winner.

Byron’s Tourist Village was included in a list of four other “overall winners” and in the list of New South Wales winners.

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Queensland’s Best Long-Weekend Camping Spots Revealed

Inskip-Point.-QLD Camping with the family over a long-weekend is an Aussie tradition that stirs great memories. From sitting around the campfire telling funny stories, swimming in the ocean ’til you’re wrinkled like a prune, to the time dad somehow forgot to pack the damn tent pegs!

Pat Callinan of 4×4 Adventures is one of Australia’s leading off-road and camping experts. Known as Mr 4X4, Pat and his family have camped their way all around our sunburnt country, from the outback to the ocean. Here he shares some of his secret spots for the best long-weekend escape.

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Make Sure You’re Gas Safe in the Great Outdoors

Safe Gas Use BUNDABERG residents are reminded to be gas safe when using portable gas appliances.

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said portable gas appliances were popular during holidays and long weekends as Queenslanders headed outdoors for backyard barbecues, to local beaches or popular camping spots.

“LPG cylinders and portable appliances such as barbecues, refrigerators and camping stoves, can cause serious harm or death if they are not used, stored or transported safely,” Mr Cripps said.

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Families opt for Easter fun at Leslie dam

Leslie DamFORGET eggs, free-range parenting was all the rage this Easter, as Leslie Dam campers embraced the freedoms that came with their laid-back lifestyle.

“We love the freedom that comes with camping, it’s nice and friendly and no-one is stuck watching the TV,” Toowoomba resident Pauline Bickhoff said.

This echoed the attitude of multiple families at the Washpool camp grounds.

Many listed the tight-knit community above budgeting as their main reason for choosing tent over tower.

Ms Bickhoff who has visited Leslie Dam with her family for a quarter of a century said it was the best holiday for children.

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Free parks vs caravan parks

caravanparkFREE RV and caravan parking is again under the microscope.

SA Parks last week released a document aimed at minimising the development of non-compliant camping areas in towns where caravan parks already provide facilities for travellers.

SA Parks said the development of non-compliant camping areas in the close vicinity of existing caravan parks was a problem that had been developing in recent times.

Kingston District Council has discussed the benefits and disadvantages at length on several occasions.

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Friday 9am – 5pm. Saturday 9am – 5pm. Sunday 9am – 4pm.
COST: Adults $10, Aged Senior Card $8, Children free with an Adult

The 2014 South Queensland Caravan, Camping, Boating and Fishing Expo will be one of the region’s largest events, showcasing the latest in caravans, camper trailers, boats, camping gear and accessories to get you outdoors in style!

If you are looking at upgrading or purchasing a new caravan, camper trailer, motor-home, boat, 5th wheeler or more, or you’re just keen to take a look at all the new products, you just can’t go past this event. Over 100 local and regional dealers will be onsite displaying a massive range of products and services. There will be fantastic show only specials and great deals, plus you get to view all the suppliers in one place!

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Tourism Minister launches camping guidelines in Hervey Bay

frasercoast_sourceON A visit to Hervey Bay, Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey has launched new camping guidelines to help councils attract more drive tourists.

Ms Stuckey said the Queensland Camping Options Toolkit was the culmination of 18 months of industry engagement via workshops and community consultation around the state.

“This toolkit will give local councils a solid platform from which they can formalise their own approach to attract more drive tourists,” she said on Wednesday morning.

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Aesent four-man dome tent features a built-in air mattress

AesentTentInflatable tents are nothing new, with offerings such as the Wedge, the Cave and the Kelty Mach 6 built around inflatable frames to speed up pitching times. But Utah-based start-up Aescent is turning things upside down with its four-man domed tent that features an inflatable mattress built into the base to provide a comfortable place to rest your weary bones after a day’s hiking.

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