- Published: 21 April 2017 21 April 2017
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.
- Published: 20 April 2017 20 April 2017
Australian Caravan Club (ACC) members travelling along the Newell Highway through New South Wales’ Central West will now have access to free accommodation at the Club’s newest Farm Stay near Dubbo, ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey announced today.
The ACC’s Farm Stay Scheme is an initiative that arose when a group of ACC members expressed an interest in making space available on their properties for fellow Club members to stay short term, free of charge. Strict rules are in place for users of the Farm Stay Scheme based on the laws of the relevant authorities. Current membership of the ACC is required.
“The ACC is delighted to welcome our newest Farm Stay in the Central West of New South Wales,’ said Mr Humphrey. “Camphorlaurel Farm Stay is conveniently located only 17 kilometres South of Dubbo. Set in a quiet rural area, the venue is a great base for ACC members to stay while looking around the Dubbo area and its surrounds.”
“The ACC is very grateful to Camphorlaurel Farm Stay hosts and ACC members Allan and Susan Glynn for opening up their property to fellow ACC members.
With Dubbo Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo Gaol, Dubbo Museum, Japanese Gardens, Wellington Caves, Parkes Telescope, and Narromine Aviation Museum all within driving distance, Mr Humphrey said he is sure the Farm Stay is going to be very popular with members.
Allan and Susan welcome members to use the fire pit/BBQ and run a generator during daylight hours. Dogs on leads are also welcome and members are asked to please phone beforehand to check availability.
Further details about the site and contact details for Camphorlaurel are available for ACC members on the ACC website under the On the Road / RVSTAY / Farm Stay tab. While the listing states a maximum of 3 caravan sites are available, the Farm Stay can accommodate a group of up to 6 who are happy to stay in close proximity to each other.
- Published: 19 April 2017 19 April 2017
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.
- Published: 17 April 2017 17 April 2017
Congratulations to Discovery Parks – Ballina, our April 2017 Park of the Month.
If swimming, fishing, glorious beaches, or maritime history appeals to you, then why not include a stay at Discovery Parks – Ballina in your itinerary when next passing through New South Wales picturesque Northern Rivers region.
Formerly Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park, Discovery Parks – Ballina is a great base from which to explore the Northern Rivers Region. Ballina has craft shops, markets, quality seafood and a naval maritime museum.
There is a large variety of different types of accommodation to suit the every need ranging from powered waterfront and ensuite sites, villas and cabins. If you would like to bring your furry friend along with you to stay, please call the Park first to confirm.
The Park features a barbecue, camp kitchen, dump point, kiosk, laundry, WiFi, playground, games room, heated pool, gym, putt-putt golf, disabled access, beach volleyball, bouncing pillow, movie room, conference room, family bathroom and a seasonal Kids Club.
ACC members who have taken advantage of the Free 12 months Discovery Holiday Parks loyalty membership offer are entitled to receive 10% discount off the cost of their accommodation for up to $50 per stay. Discovery Holiday Parks are happy to offer ACC members a free twelve months’ membership to their Loyalty Programme.
If you are an ACC member and have not yet taken up Discovery Holiday Parks’ free 12 month membership offer, go to www.australiancaravanclub.com.au, log in using your ACC login and password, click on the orange member benefits – accommodation button on the right hand side of the page, go to Discovery Holiday Parks, and follow the instructions on the listing. You should receive your card in about 15 days.
- Published: 16 April 2017 16 April 2017
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- Published: 10 April 2017 10 April 2017
Community representatives in the Warialda and Bingara regions of the Gwydir Shire were clearly inspired to attract more RVers into the region after attending RV Industry Workshops last week.
Two RV Industry Workshops were presented by the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) at the invitation of the Gwydir Shire Council, at Warialda New South Wales on 5 April 2017, and at Bingara on 6 April 2017.
“Our RV Industry Workshops are aimed at assisting local communities to understand what many RVers may be looking for when visiting and staying in a region, whether for a short or long term stay, and what their requirements and needs might be,” said ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey. “The Workshops also present facts and figures showing the economic benefits that can be gained by a community that can attract RVers.”
More than 40 community representatives attended the Workshops at Warialda and Bingara.
One of the Workshop presenters was ACC Deputy Chairman Tom Smith. “The Warialda Workshop was especially inspiring,” said Mr Smith. “Community representatives present engaged in constructive discussions following the presentation and started immediately working together to identify potential sites that could accommodate freedom camping or budget camping to entice RVers to stay in the town and support local businesses.”
Warialda currently has a rest area about a kilometre from town which allows a 24 hour stay, plus a caravan park in the town. “Plans are now a foot to improve another rest area near town and to develop longer term campsites on the banks of the creek where RVers might want to camp and stay for longer periods.”
“The feasibility of achieving this and who would be responsible for maintaining the freedom camping sites were all discussed. Further planning and discussions will be required by the local community, and a fair bit of ground work will have to be done. I am hopeful that the final result will be something that will benefit not only the Warialda community, but also RVers visiting the town.”
Mr Smith said that he received positive feedback from the Bingara Workshop participants about the economic benefits that Bingara businesses have received as a consequence of the popular freedom camping along the Gwydir River that was voted the number one freedom camping site by a national RV magazine.
The ACC will be holding its 2017 National Muster at Bingara in October.
“We are receiving a number of enquiries about our RV Industry Workshops. Our Club is happy to enter into discussions with local authorities and Chambers of Commerce about presenting at Workshops in their communities.”
“A big thank you to Tom and Sandra Smith, and John and Kathy Snell for their hard work and efforts, including travelling to the Gwydir Shire, to present these Workshops,” Mr Humphrey said.
- Published: 09 April 2017 09 April 2017
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