Caravanning News

Back to the 60's in Toodyay

Our ACC Western Wallabies took a journey back to the 60’s and 70’s at their March muster in Toodyay, about 90 minutes north east of Perth at the northern end of the Avon Historic Tourist Drive which follows the Avon River.

The muster got off to a good start on Thursday night with a meal at the local hotel where the food was as great as the company. On Friday when the rest of the group arrived, some ventured into town to try the yummy pies and pasties at the local bakery while those who are rostered on for dinner preparation were busy getting the food organised for the Tapas night which included prawn cocktails along with lots of other fantastic finger licking food.

 

The theme for the weekend was 60’s and 70’s …. no, not the ages, the era, and a Quiz night with questions from those two decades was held after the dinner.

On Saturday, some members walked the 5.6klm Bilya Track, some played cards, some did Tai Chi and others just relaxed and got ready for the Saturday night dinner when all the members got into the swing of things by dressing up in their colourful costumes and enjoying food from that era.

Sunday morning was pack up day but all enjoyed the farewell breakfast before heading off in any different directions. Thanks to all for another fantastic weekend. The original village of Toodyay was one of the earliest inland towns in Western Australia with the first village established in 1836.  This was later moved to higher ground and named Newcastle in 1860. The name was changed to Toodyay in 1910 to avoid confusion with Newcastle in NSW.

For further information about the ACC or our ACC Western Wallabies branch, please contact the ACC on 1800 734 493.

 

ACC Welcomes BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park

The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome the award winning BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park to its member benefits programme.

Situated on the Southern end of the Gold Coast with its unique private tidal saltwater billabong fed from the nearby Tweed River, this is the perfect retreat to fish, swim, visit all the Gold Coast has to offer or just relax.

 

Boasting ‘the most sociable Grey Nomad community’, they offer a huge range of activities throughout the winter, including, 

  • Free morning tea every Wednesday
  • Sunset drinks overlooking the billabong
  • Live Music on Saturday nights
  • Trivia nights
  • Various themed meals
  • …..and much more.

With ensuite, slab, grass and billabong sites available, there is something to please every RV’er.

BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park offer ACC members a 10% discount on powered sites to a maximum of $40 per stay.

ACC members, for further information and contact details, click on the green member benefits - accommodation button on this webpage.   Don't forget to log on first!

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ACC Welcomes BIG4 Saltwater & Yamba Holiday Park

The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome BIG4 Saltwater & Yamba Holiday Park to its member benefits programme.

Yamba has a stylish village charm, pristine beaches, national parks and award winning restaurants.  It was “the best town in Australia” as voted by Australian Traveller Magazine in 2009.

BIG4 Saltwater & Yamba Holiday Park is set on 130 acres of pristine parkland running alongside the Clarence River just 10 minutes outside of Yamba on the northern New South Wales Coast, and is hugely popular for its fishing and kayaking.

 

Offering easy access to a private boat ramp, free kayaks, lagoon pool, 2 camp kitchens and a fire pit, this dog friendly park is the perfect place to spend some time.

BIG4 Saltwater & Yamba Holiday Park offer ACC members a 10% discount on sites.  This is capped at $40 per stay during school holidays and is uncapped outside of school holiday times.

ACC members, for more information and contact details for BIG4 Saltwater & Yamba Holiday Park, click on the green Member Benefits - Accommodation button on this webpage.  Don't forget to log in first!

 

Sugar City Pioneers continue quest to save lives

The Sugar City Pioneers branch of our Club continues on its quest to help save lives with a donation of $250 to the RACQ CQ Rescue service operating in Mackay.

Last year, several members of the branch undertook a Senior First Aid Course in Mackay, with an aim of not only benefiting fellow branch members, but all members of the travelling public.

RACQ CQ Rescue service operates two rescue helicopters from its Mackay base.  For more than two decades, the Mackay-based rescue helicopter has been providing rapid response, critical care, and aeromedical retrieval services across Central Queensland 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The service has completed more than 7,700 missions.

ACC Sugar City Pioneers branch president Paul Eyles said that the branch had called for member donations to support a worthy cause at its Christmas Party last year.  “We collected $250 from branch members and members chose RACQ CQ Rescue Service to be the recipient,” Paul said.  “We were delighted to be able to present a cheque for $250 to Ian Rowan, the Chief Executive Officer of RACQ CQ Rescue.”

“We chose RACQ CQ Rescue Service as we believe this service could not only save the lives of caravanners and other RVers, but all travellers and users of our highways.”

“Without RACQ CQ Rescue, many lives would be lost or changed forever.”

“Our branch is very supportive of the work conducted by the RACQ CQ Rescue Service and recommends other members of the public, companies and community groups to donate to this worthy service, as it relies heavily on donations,” said Paul.

The ACC Sugar City Pioneers branch formed just under 3 years ago and through its musters and other activities has had strong membership growth.  It now boasts 81 members in 45 RVs.

ACC Chairman Craig said he was very proud of the ACC Sugar City Pioneers branch.  “This branch is a very active branch of our Club,” said Craig.  “Its members not only put in a great effort within our Club, but they also work hard for the betterment of all RVers and road users.”

“While our members enjoy the social camaraderie at our branch musters, improving the lifestyle for the RVer is our Club’s main objective.  This includes health and road safety issues and the efforts of our ACC Sugar City Pioneers are to be commended,” Craig said.

RVers wanting to find out more about the ACC or its ACC Sugar City Pioneers branch are welcome to contact the branch secretary Frank Casey by emailing  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning the ACC on 1800 734 493.

ACC Welcomes Cooktown Holiday Park

The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome Cooktown Holiday Park to its member benefits programme.

Cooktown is the gateway to the Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. 

The Park, set in 8 acres of tropical award-winning gardens, is just a short stroll into town where you can discover the unique history of Cooktown's colourful past – including the site of Captain Cook's arrival on the banks of the Endeavour River in 1770.

 

While in Cooktown you some MUST DO’s include James Cook Museum, take in the 360 degree views from Grassy Hill, stroll down the main street and see some of the old Historical Buildings and visit the Botanical Gardens. Surrounding area drives out to Archer Point, Black Mountain and numerous waterfalls are all within easy reach. Make it your starting point for your Cape York Adventure.

Cooktown Holiday Park offer ACC members a 10% discount off powered sites to the value of $40.   Pets are not permitted.

ACC members will find contact details and further information on Cooktown Holiday Park by clicking on the green Member Benefits – Accommodation button on this webpage.  ACC members – don’t forget to log on first.

 

Recall on Hyundai Santa Fe (DM)

 

A recall notice has issued for Hyundai Santa Fe (DM) sold nationally between 15 June 2017 and 28 December 2017. 

The recall notice states that a manufacturing fault may cause the steering wheel assembly and column to separate.

The notice further states that this may cause a hazard as if the steering wheel assembly and column separate while in use, a vehicle may lose steering control and cause an accident.

To see if your vehicle is affected and for further information, go to https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/hyundai-motor-company-australia-pty-ltd-hyundai-santa-fe-dm

 

ACC Welcomes BIG4 Bungalow Park on Burrill Lake

The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome BIG4 Bungalow Park on Burrill Lake to its member benefits programme.

BIG4 Bungalow Park on Burrill Lake is set on 26 acres of landscaped lawn and gardens with absolute lake frontage onto beautiful Burrill Lake in the South Coast region of New South Wales.

With access to the beach, private boat ramp, two jetties, tennis courts, kid’s entertainment, canoes, solar heated swimming pools, two camp kitchens, and nine undercover barbecues this really is a location to behold.

 

The estuary provides the angler with good fishing with many species encountered including flathead, bream, blackfish, whiting and blue swimmer crabs. The local beach also provides fishing where anglers can catch Australian salmon, whiting and tailor.

Other Park facilities include:  Security Boom Gate, disabled/reduced mobility amenities block, ensuite sites, internet Kiosk, laundries and a dump point.

BIG4 Bungalow Park on Burrill Lake offer ACC members 10% off accommodation.

For further information and contact details for Big4 Bungalow Park on Burrill Lake, ACC members should click on the green member benefits – accommodation button on this webpage.  ACC members – don’t forget to log on first!