Caravanning News

Park of the Month – Ibis Caravan Park

Shady grassed sites and the ability to accommodate RVs of all types and sizes, are some of the features why we have chosen Ibis Caravan Park as our Park of the Month for May.

You will find Ibis Caravan Park on the outskirts of Kerang in Victoria, between Swan Hill and Echuca.  It is only 20 minutes to Bendigo and 40 minutes to Barham.

Powered, unpowered and drive through sites, and a variety of cabins (some pet friendly) are available.  Pets are permitted and doggie day care is available.  Other features of the Park include a well-equipped camp kitchen and barbeque hut, fire pit, and swimming pool.

When staying at Ibis Caravan Park, you are within an easy drive of the Kerang Wetlands with its 50 lakes, swamps and lagoons.  Activities include fishing and bird watching as the wetland house thousands of beautiful water birds.

If you are partial to a glass of wine, there are a number of wineries producing exotic wines nearby.  The popular Murrabit Market operates on the first Saturday of each month with more than 200 stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables, local handicrafts, and tools, to fishing gear, clothes, shoes and hardware.

Ibis Caravan Park proudly display an ACC RVSTAY Sign and offer all ACC members a $2 discount on stays of 2 nights or more.  ACC Branch musters are welcome with a free sausage sizzle for members with a minimum of 8 RVs staying 5 nights. The Park is also a member of KUI Parks.

Up until 1 July 2017, Ibis Caravan Park are offering ACC members a special discount rate of 20% off a powered site on a minimum 2 nights’ stay.  ACC members should check out the special offer listed in the May Member Benefits Newsletter.
 

Freedom Camp of the Month – Spring Ridge Sports Ground

Spring Ridge Sports Ground on the Liverpool Plains in New South Wales is our Freedom Camp for the month of May.

Located on Darby Road, it is a great place to stay for a night or two when travelling east or west to or from Quirindi.

The campground has grassy, flat sites, with picturesque views to distant mountains.  There are flushing toilets, recently installed hot showers, and a few powered sites.  There is a donation box to assist with upkeep.

 

Set in a pretty, agricultural environment on the Liverpool Plains, Spring Ridge is surrounded by farming including the production of wheat, sheep, and cattle, sorghum, sunflowers, canola and a variety of other crops.

When staying at Spring Ridge, don’t forget to support the local community.  There is a general store with basic supplies.  The Royal Hotel at Spring Ridge, run by ACC members Tom and Robyn, has recently joined our member benefits programme and offers all ACC members 10% off meals and a complimentary standard drink with each meal.

While visiting the Liverpool Plains, don’t forget to call in at the Liverpool Plains Information Centre at Willow Tree.  Nikki will be more than happy to assist you with your sightseeing in the region which has many interesting attractions.

Spirit of Tasmania ‘Feel the View’ Special Offer

Planning on travelling with Spirit of Tasmania between 16 September 2017 and 16 December 2017?

If so, and if you are a member of the Australian Caravan Club (ACC), if you book a ‘Feel the View’ day sailing before 27 May 2017, passenger fares are available from $69* per adult each way and from $29* per child each way.  *Conditions apply.

To take up this offer, ACC members should log into the ACC website and click on the special ACC members’ Spirit of Tasmania webpage link that will then appear in this article.

Mackay Home Show & Camping, Caravan Expo

Yes, we are exhibiting at the Mackay Home Show & Camping, Caravan Expo at the Mackay Showgrounds from 19 – 21 May 2017!

If you’re planning on attending the Expo, why not call in at our stall and say hello?  Not a member, then come along and see what we are all about?  We are waiving our $10 joining fee for any new members who join at the Show!

You might like what you see and join the ACC, the Club for ALL RVers…where Friendships and Adventure begin.

Like to use your RV more?

Like to use your RV more?

If so, why not join us, the Australian Caravan Club, the Club for ALL RVers ...where Friendships and Adventure begin.

Our Chairman would like to extend an invitation to all RV travellers who will be in the Peak Hill region on 20 May 2017, and to all residents of Peak Hill and its surrounds who own an RV, to come and join us for Happy Hour at our Chairman's Muster at the Peak Hill Showgrounds at 4pm on 20 May 2017.  Interested RVers should RSVP to our Chairman Craig on 0409 605 890.

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Budget Camp of the Month – Camooweal Billabong

If freedom camping along the side of a picturesque billabong appeals to you, then why not contemplate stopping for a day or two at the Camooweal Billabong if your travels find you on the Barkly Highway in North-West Queensland.

The first group of sites along Lake Francis can be easily located heading west from Camooweal, by turning left after crossing Georgina River and a short drive down a gravel track.  With numerous sites stretching along the billabong, you will definitely find one that suits you.  About 2 kilometres further down the track brings you to Lake Canellan where more sites are available.

While the cost of a stay is free, there are no facilities provided and self-containment is a must.  There is a maximum stay of 48 hours.  A dump point is located in town.  Dogs are permitted.

If you want to do a little more than just relax and chill out, there are a few things to see and do in and around Camooweal.  The Camooweal Caves National Park is only a short drive out of town and the Drovers’ Camp, open from May to September, is a living acknowledgement to the contribution of Australian Stockmen and Stockwomen of all races to Australia’s cattle industry.  There is also the Barkly Tableland Heritage Centre and Camooweal Cemetery.

While staying at the billabong for free, don’t forget to support the town’s businesses by purchasing fuel and supplies in town, or buying lunch or dinner at the Post Office Hotel.

Just one word of warning.  This freedom camp cannot be used in wet weather.  If rain threatens, it is best not to stay.  The cost of a tow out might set you back some unbudgeted dollars.

RV Club Members Head to NSW Central West

The town of Peak Hill in the Central West of New South Wales is the venue for a Chairman’s Muster of the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) to be held next month.

The muster will take place from 18 to 23 May 2017 at the Peak Hill Showgrounds.

A full programme is in place for members attending.  The programme includes a farm visit, tour of The Dish, visit to Goobang National Park, a guided tour of Snake Rock including a traditional lunch and entertainment, a visit to the market night at the Services Club, a ‘Bring out the artist within’ art class with a well-known local artist, golf, barefoot bowls, an historic walk around town and a sunset tour of a Gold Mine.

“The purpose of our Chairman’s musters are three-fold,” ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey said.  “The first purpose is to provide a social event for our members.  The second purpose is to provide a venue where members can sit down with the Chairman and other Club Officials face to face at Happy Hour and provide feedback.  The third purpose is to provide economic support back into regional towns that support RVers.”

Mr Humphrey said that the Club are expecting from 70 to 100 members in 35 to 50 RVs to attend the Peak Hill muster.  The Club recorded an average daily spend per RV unit of between $100 and $110 at its Chairman’s muster at Kingaroy in South-East Queensland earlier this year.

“I’m really looking forward to the muster which will provide an opportunity for me to meet and chat with members which is what our Chairman’s musters are all about,” said Mr Humphrey.

“In addition to the attractions and sight-seeing, our members will naturally enjoy their daily Happy Hour,” he said.

The Chairman extends an invitation to fellow travellers and residents of Peak Hill and its surrounds who would like to use their RV more to join himself and Club members for Happy Hour at the Muster on Saturday, 20 May 2017 at 4pm. 

“This will provide an opportunity for other RVers to come along and learn more about the Club.  Interested travellers and residents with RVs should RSVP to me on 0409 605 890,” Mr Humphrey said.