THE 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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THE 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 Turu.com.au, 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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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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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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FORGET 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 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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ON 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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ARE you willing to give up your top camping or fishing spot?
Carlton & United Breweries will be in Bundaberg tomorrow to chat to locals willing to share their top outdoor spots, which could feature in the Great Northern beer’s next advertising campaign.
Great Northern brand manager Mick McKeown said when it comes to the top spots in Bundaberg why not ask the people who live here?
“We can’t say too much yet, but we can tell you Great Northern will be featuring and investing in Bundaberg as part of its next phase of marketing,” he said.
Great Northern is urging locals to share their best fishing, 4WDing, camping, barbie or adventuring spots while enjoying a beer at The Club Hotel, tomorrow night from 5pm-7pm.
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A NATIONWIDE motorhome club with about 70,000 members has praised moves by Sunshine Coast schools to open up their ovals as low-cost camping grounds in the school holidays.
Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia chairman Vincent Moran said an “urgent need for low-cost camping options” existed to cater for the increasing number of grey nomads.
“This demand will only increase in coming years as more baby boomers reach retirement age,” he said. Read more here. (Source: www.coolum-news.com.au)