Caravanning News

Important Message from the ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has today issued the following statement –
“Consumers who have a caravan built with a chassis manufactured between May 2015 and June 2016 or have a chassis that has been manufactured by G&S Chassis that has a Control Rider TS Suspension System should immediately cease using their caravan.”
The ACCC states that there “is a risk of insufficient weld penetration and/or overgrinding of the weld on the suspension trailing arm elbow resulting in reduced material thickness” and that “the suspension arm may break causing the chassis to become unstable, potentially becoming a hazard to other road users.”
For further information and chassis numbers, please visit the ACCC website at:

ACC Great Ocean Roadsters

ACC Great Ocean Roadsters have held our second muster at Koroit Victoria on June 23rd to 25th. Seven members and two guests from the ACC Limestone Coasters attended the muster held at the edge of a dormant volcano. Members were encouraged to explore the many craft and antique shops around Koroit which resembles old style Irish village as well as taking a drive through Tower Hill (dormant Volcano). The weather was not kind to us which put a damper on the planned afternoon activities including Finska.

Members were excited to pose with our new branch banner for our group photo. Saturday evening saw our small group head off to Micky Bourke’s Irish pub for a buffet meal. Everyone departed on Sunday morning hoping for better weather at Gellibrand for our next muster.

Freedom Camp of the Month

Our Freedom Camp for the Month of June is the Rocky Creek War Memorial Park at Tolga, Queensland.  Tolga is just north of Atherton or just south of Mareeba.  There is a large grassed camping area next to the War Memorial site.

Rocky Creek

Fully self-contained RVers are permitted to stay for 72 hours and they ask for a gold coin donation to assist with upkeep.  Pets are permitted, but generators and open fires are not. There are flushing toilets and a dump point in nearby Atherton.

The camp is close to the Atherton Tablelands where there is so much to see.

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.