Caravanning News

Our Freedom Camp of the Month – Doon Doon

Doon Doon on the Great Northern Highway in Western Australia between Turkey Creek (Warmun) and Kununurra is our ACC Freedom Camp of the Month for February.

You will find the freedom camp with its scenic backdrop at the Doon Doon Roadhouse where you can camp unpowered for free on grassy sites, unpowered with use of shower is $3.50, and there is a charge of $25 for a powered site with water, shower and toilet.  It is pet friendly, and barbecues are available for use.

Our members who nominated Doon Doon tell us that the meals at the roadhouse are pretty good, and reports on WikiCamps agree.

Mark this one down for an overnight stop when travelling along the Great Northern Highway.

Torin Australia - Hydraulic Trolley Jack Recall

New Campground for Margaret River Region

A new WA Parks and Wildlife Service campground has opened in the Margaret River region.

According to the WA Parks and Wildlife Service website, the campground is ‘in a central location between Margaret River and Augusta with camp sites suitable for all camping equipment and facilities such as gas barbecues, fire pits, picnic tables, toilets and a dump station.’  24 camp sites are available.

The site was originally a timber mill dating back to the late 1800s and remnants of the old mill which closed in 1913 can still be seen.  The WAP&WS website states that work is being done on an interpretive walk passing through the old mill and additional camp sites.

The campground is suitable for caravans, motorhomes, camper-trailers and tents and is nestled within a mix of jarrah, marri and peppermint  bushland.

It is recommended that you book online before arriving.  Camping fees apply.  Pets are not permitted.  Drinking water is not available at the site.

Over 6,000 Volkswagen MY17 and MY18 Amaroks under Recall

Volkswagen has recalled over 6,000 of its MY17 and MY18 Volkswagen Amaroks fitted with a V6TDI engine.

The Recall Notice on the ACCC Product Safety Australia website states that ‘aclip fitted incorrectly during production may damage the power steering return hose. Hydraulic fluid could be discharged and a loss of power steering assistance would be experienced.’ 

The notice states that this is a hazard as ‘an unexpected power steering failure may affect the handling of the vehicle, causing a possible safety risk to the vehicle occupants and other road users.’

To check if your vehicle is affected or for further information, go to https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/volkswagen-group-australia-pty-ltd-my17-and-my18-amarok

Roadsafe Soft Shackle - Recall

Recall on Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Vehicle Recovery Straps 

FCA Australia Pty Ltd has issued a recall on vehicle recovery straps supplied with 2014 – 2018 (KL) Jeep Cherokee Trailhawks due to failure to meet legislative labelling requirements. 

The Recall Notice on the ACCC Product Safety Australia website states that ‘The vehicle recovery strap does not comply with the labelling requirements of the Consumer Goods (Motor Vehicle Recovery Straps) Safety Standard 2017 or the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard) (Motor Vehicle Recovery Straps) Regulations 2010 (Cth)’.

The notice states that this is a hazard as ‘The absence of suitable warnings or information on the strap's labelling could result in consumers using the strap in an unsafe manner.’

Consumers are warned to stop using the product immediately.

Further information can be found on the ACCC Product Safety Australia website at  - https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/fca-australia-pty-ltd-vehicle-recovery-strap-supplied-with-2014-2018-kl-jeep-cherokee-trailhawk