“The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) is pleased to welcome its newest branch – the ACC Blue Mountains Explorers. The branch continues the strong growth of the Club around Australia and I’m pleased that RV travellers are attracted to the ACC where we pride ourselves for being the Club where Friendship and Adventure begin.” announced Club Chairman Craig Humphrey.
On Sunday, 26 August 2018, and under the guidance of Lorraine Theodoros, the NSW ACC Membership Support Committee Representative, 31 like-minded people met at the Blackheath Glen Tourist Park in the NSW Blue Mountains.
Shortly afterwards, and with great enthusiasm from those attending, the ACC Blue Mountains Explorers Branch (Branch Number 53) was formed.
At the time of writing this article, the new branch has 15 member units.
Foundation members generally come from the Blue Mountains area but from as far west as Orange.
Lorraine Theodoros also noted that “ACC members in general would also be pleased to know that one comment the group made was that when they have met up with ACC members on the road, the ACC members were always very friendly and always invited them to join them. They were impressed!”
The ACC Blue Mountain Explorers will hold their first muster back at Blackheath Glen Tourist Park from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd of September. A meeting is planned for Saturday (22nd) at 2pm and an early look at the meeting agenda indicates that members will be strongly encouraged to think about travels and activities.
Gwen Aspinall is the Branch President and Ken Newton the Secretary. Ang Newton is working in the background assisting with the branch badge design etc. Further contact details are on the ACC website.
Over the past months there have been many updates in the press about the crippling drought affecting regional and rural Australia. The plight of those working on the land is dire, with seemingly no weather relief in sight.
The Board of the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) has been seeking a way that the whole Club can assist to provide support to our farmers. By travelling throughout the affected areas, members are assisting the regions with direct spending in local communities, however the Board would like to show further direct Club support.
The Board is encouraging members to donate as little as $1 to a drought relief fund with the Club intending to make a further contribution of up to $2,500.
Members will receive an email detailing the method of contributing.
Club Chairman, Craig Humphrey said “it is difficult to single out a specific charity for a donation so we will endeavour to place our donation across a number of different charities in affected states or territories”.
The ACC was founded in September 2006 and is now the second largest multi brand RV club in Australia.
The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome Ceduna Shelly Beach Caravan Park to its member benefits programme.
Located in Ceduna “the Oyster Capital of Australia”, on a natural coastal conservation reserve with secluded camping area, 1km of beach frontage and magnificent views.
Whilst here, take a relaxing stroll along Bosanquet Bay. Experience the best views Ceduna has to offer with the Ceduna Shelly Beach Dune Walking Trail…A unique trail through coastal sand dunes, weaving across 55 acres of the caravan park…Spot native birds and wildlife…Or bring along your camera to capture incredible photos of the scenic views and stunning sunrises or sunsets…
December to April our grape vines and fig tree flourish with fruit and these are all available for guests to enjoy at no extra cost. During the months of March and April we have some very talented guests who offer free live music once a week. So bring along a chair and a drink to our camp kitchen and enjoy the relaxing vibes.
- Park facilities include 24 hour reception, modern clean amenities, disabled facilities, ensuite sites, free BBQ’s, car & boat washdown area, dump point, TV room, direct access to a walking track or the beach.
- Ceduna Shelly Beach Caravan Park offer ACC members 10% off sites to a maximum of $20 per stay. Pets are not permitted – conditions apply.
Our park of the Month for August is Coalmine Beach Holiday Park at Walpole, Western Australia – 2515 Coalmine Beach Road, Walpole WA 6398
Walpole the Winter Wonderland
Now is the perfect time to head to Western Australia’s amazing South Coast region. With the rivers flowing and the waterfalls cascading, the walk trails are calm in the winter months, there is great lookout points to view the Southern Ocean and even spot a whale on migration. The Frankland River is perfect for kayaking, the National Parks that surrounds us are home to many species of wildflowers including orchids and there is plenty of wildlife to be seen. So, bring your camera and a cosy jacket and plan your next adventure in the Walpole Wilderness where there is so much to explore.
We are offering all Australian Caravan Club Members our winter special, Stay 4 pay 3.
*Bookings must be made directly with our office – Ph 08 9840 1026
*Offer expires 21st September 2018
(Very kindly extended to allow ACC Members travelling to the annual Muster in Denmark the opportunity to take advantage of this offer)
*New Bookings only
Yesterday the National Farmers Federation put out a media release about our finalised project exploring large agricultural vehicles on roads in Australia. The ACC assisted us in circulating the community survey to our club members and when completed the club requested an update on project outcomes.
As part of the project a project report was published which provides an overview of the project and the key findings. This can be located on the ACC website as as follows- Download Franklin Project Report.
The link to the media release is here: https://www.nff.org.au/read/6104/dont-forget-share-road-slow-down.html
In particular a key point that related to caravans on page 20 in the report - most large agriculture vehicle related incidents and near misses involve cars. the researchers posited on page 21 that the reason that caravans and trucks might be perceived as posing high risk when interacting with LAV, and more generally, is due to the fact they are memorable. Likewise the quote from a focus group participant on the same page indicates some similarities between LAV and caravans. Such that caravan drivers/towers may also experience the brunt of other drivers frustrations, similar to that of LAV operators, due to the fact there can be a small speed differential with other road users and that the road may not always allow for pulling off to let others pass.
RVERS urged to check vehicle AIR BAG - IsMyAirbagsafe.com.au
The hunt for deadly airbags at the core of Australia’s largest safety recalls has taken a new turn, with motorists now able to check whether their car is safe through an online portal.
Led by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the Australian car industry has grouped together to create a common website where users can enter a vehicle’s registration number to see whether it is equipped with problematic airbags. People can also check vehicles owned by friends or family, as you only need number plate details to see whether a car is safe.
vehicle makers have also pooled resources to create “Don’t Die Wondering”, a provocative advertising campaign encouraging people to ensure their airbags do not pose a deadly threat to vehicle occupants.
The FCAI says 24 people have died - including a Sydney man - around the world as a result of airbags which can rupture when triggered, propelling metal shrapnel throughout a car’s cabin.
The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) is proud to announce that the Club will be establishing a new branch in the Blue Mountains and surrounding country area (including Bathurst, Lithgow and the Hawkesbury area).
An information session and initial meeting has been set for 10.30am on Sunday 26thAugust at the Blackheath Glen Tourist Park, 67-69 Prince Edward Street, Blackheath. The meeting will be held in the park’s camp kitchen.
“I welcome all locals who own a caravan, fifth wheeler, camper trailers or motorhome to attend. If you want to use your RV more this is a great opportunity to join with like-minded people from your local area. I will be attending with other ACC members to welcome all at the Blackheath Glen Tourist Park on the 26th of August.” said Lorraine Theodoros, ACC State Membership representative.
Whilst there is no requirement to be staying at the caravan park to attend the meeting, members of the ACC will be staying over the weekend and would welcome your company should you decide to stay in the park.
The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) was founded in September 2006 and is now the second largest multi brand RV club in Australia.
The Club’s main objective is to ‘promote the use of recreational vehicles and the RVing lifestyle throughout Australia’.
If you are a member of the ACC and have not yet joined a branch or if you are the owner of an RV and would like to become involved with a dynamic and progressive RV club, join us at Blackheath on 26th August and become a foundation member of the newest branch of the ACC.