Our Club History

The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) was initially founded in September 2006 at the Golden Beach Caravan Park at Caloundra in Queensland.

A group of caravanners felt that the then existing RV Clubs did not focus enough on protecting and representing the interests of owners of caravans.

Since then our Club has grown and evolved to include the owners of pop top caravans, motorhomes, slide-on campers, camper-trailers, campervans and fifth wheelers. While our membership base has changed, our simple foundations have remained. Our focus now is to protect and represent the interests of all RVers, not just caravanners.

Under its Constitution, our Club’s main objective is to ‘promote the use of recreational vehicles and the RVing lifestyle throughout Australia’.

With a strong focus on advocacy, our Club is a voice for all RVers to all three tiers of government and the RV industry on issues ranging from freedom camps and rest areas, to RV lifestyle issues and manufacturing defects.

While many RVers join our Club to strengthen our impact as a strong force to protect our RV lifestyle, RVers also join for the social environment or member benefits that membership of our Club brings.

Our Branches

The first branch of the ACC to form was the ACC Sunshine Nomads on 13 April 2007 in Queensland.

The second branch, the ACC Southern Nomads, was established later in the year on 12 October 2007 with a view to establishing a branch of the Club for caravanners living in Victoria.

From these humble beginnings, the ACC has grown from strength to strength. We now have 52 branches at various locations around Australia from Cairns to Perth, including Tasmania.

Our branches provide a great social environment for members to get together with like-minded people, discuss tech tips, and share friendships and adventure at branch musters, tagalongs, and other branch activities held throughout the year.

To find a branch near you, click here.

Our Special Interest Groups

Catering to the special interests of our members is something that our Club feels strongly about. So with a diverse membership base, to cater for our members who share similar interests, our Club has established a number of Special Interest Groups (S.I.Gs) –

✽ The Lone Trekkers (for solo travellers). For further information, click here.

✽ F.T.T. (Full time Travellers). For further information, click here.

✽ Armed Forces Personnel. For further information, click here.

✽ Owners of English Vans. For further information, click here.

✽ Owners of LOTUS Vans. For further information, click here.

✽ Pets Co-Operative. For further information, click here.

Our S.I.Gs are in addition to our branches. Club members can be a member of a branch and a member of a S.I.G. at the same time.

Club and Branch Events

Each of our branches organises upwards of six musters per year.

Branch musters are always an enjoyable occasion for all attendees. Musters are generally held over a weekend at a location within easy reach of branch members. The number of attendees varies at each muster depending on the size of the branch and availability of its members.

Each year a National Muster is held to coincide with the Club’s Annual General Meeting. The National Muster is a much larger, organised gathering held over a number of days at various venues around Australia –

✽ 2007 – Byron Bay NSW

✽ 2008 – Casino NSW

✽ 2009 – Mildura VIC

✽ 2010 – Maryborough QLD

✽ 2011 – Bingara NSW

✽ 2012 – Mallacoota VIC

✽ 2013 – Mudgee NSW

✽ 2014 – Lucindale SA

✽ 2015 – Beaudesert QLD

✽ 2016 – Shepparton VIC

✽ 2017 – Bingara NSW

Our 2018 National Muster will take place at Denmark in Western Australia from 14 to 21 October 2018. As well as hosting the Club’s Annual General Meeting, the National Muster includes seminars conducted by various experts on RV related topics, traders’ stalls, Club committee updates, happy hours, a muster dinner, games, and craft. Tours are usually arranged to local attractions. There is always something for everyone.

Our Chairman also hosts at least one Chairman’s muster per year. Our Chairman’s musters are smaller and differ from our National Musters in that they are less formal. These musters are held in a different State each year. They provide an opportunity for members living in the region to chat one on one with our Club Chairman and other directors in attendance, on RV and Club issues in an informal atmosphere.

The Nomad

Our Club publishes a full colour magazine, The Nomad, containing a wealth of topics including articles on Club News, technical tips, RV lifestyle and travel, RV product profiles, upcoming musters, branch contacts and our Club Shop catalogue.

The Nomad is issued electronically to members each quarter. Members can elect to pay a small annual fee and receive a hard glossy print version by post.

Club Website

Our Club maintains a dynamic website containing a large amount of information of interest to our members and website viewers.

Latest news, an events calendar, a membership directory, an active members’ forum, lists of member benefits and Farm Stays, an Ask the Caravan Guru service for members only, useful links and a What’s On page, are a few of the facilities on the site available for our members.

Our Facebook page

The ACC Facebook page is another news source and social tool for our members and other RVers to keep abreast of RV and Club issues and to contact us via message or visitor post. To view our Facebook page, click here.

We welcome both members and non-members to ‘Like’ our page and ‘share’ posts of interest.

Becoming a member

To find out more about Club membership, click here.

Contacting our Club

Contact details for the Club’s –

✽ administration can be found by clicking here.

✽ branches can be found by clicking here.

Club Management and Operational Structure

A board of directors controls and manages the affairs of the Club according to its Constitution. It consists of six directors elected by the membership. A number of committees have been established to assist the board in specific areas. All directors are dedicated volunteers who receive no remuneration for their work. Details of our Club’s directors are listed at the end of this page.

Dynamic Committees

Our Club has several dynamic teams who constantly work for the betterment of our Club members and all RVers.

Our teams include –

✽ policy, advocacy and town support

✽ finance and administration

✽ RVSTAY (Farm Stay and Freedom Camping)

✽ membership support

✽ marketing and member benefits

✽ annual national muster

✽ communications and publicity

Registered Company

Unlike other clubs that are State-based incorporated bodies, the ACC is an Australian Registered Company that reflects our truly National identity. 

We have a comprehensive Constitution which clearly sets out our objectives and governs the operation of the Club.

To view our Constitution, click here.

The document is in Adobe pdf format and an appropriate reader may be obtained free from Adobe by clicking the following button.

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The Club Directors

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Chairman - Craig Humphrey, Queensland, Retired Public Servant. Craig has been caravanning with his family for the past 10 years. He is a past president of our Family Firesiders branch. He has tertiary qualifications and extensive management experience.

 

Secretary – Maria Minchin - Maria has been caravanning since 1990 and joined the ACC when it formed in 2006. Her background is in retail and administration which included several years in the RAAF.  Maria has been involved in the formation of the six WA Branches and is a past Branch Secretary of the Swan River Rovers and WA State Representative on the Membership Support Committee. 

 

Treasurer - Graeme Tree - is retired after 45 years in financial services industry. Graeme has also spent just over 20 years as Director /Trustee of an Independent school serving on the finance committee.  Together with his wife Gloria they have been caravanning for almost 35 years. They became ACC members in 2010. Over the past 5 years Graeme has been coordinating the ACC Policy and Advocacy team.

 

Director - Graham Christie, is retired after 35 years in the telecommunications industry.  Joining the club in early 2007, Graham is a past president of the Sunshine Nomads and has been Queensland’s representative on the Branch Support Committee and in this time has seen 7 new branches formed.  Graham and his wife Kaye have spent several years on the road and have been caravanning for 15 years.  He is keen to improve the lifestyle of all RVers by striving to attain  the objects of the ACC.

  

Director – Deb Bott – together with husband Ian, has enjoyed caravanning and meeting new friends for many years.  Since joining our Club in 2013, Deb has had a significant involvement across many areas.  She was the founding secretary of our ACC Limestone Coasters, served as an assistant coordinator of our Club’s 2014 Lucindale National Muster, was assistant secretary of her branch until her appointment, and assisted a former director for 6 months with member benefits.  Deb is also one of the organisers of our 2019 Chairman’s Muster at Murray Bridge in South Australia in March next year. 

Director - John Snell - John retired in 2011 after 44 years in the financial services industry.Together with his  with wife Kathy they immediately took up caravanning and joined the ACC. John has held many roles across the ACC including  Branch Vice President and Secretary and with the ACC policy team.   John lives in Sydney and besides caravanning enjoys spending time with their two married children and five grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

Other Executives

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Coordinator - National Muster Futures - Tom Smith,  He's been a caravanner since 1991, and has extensive agricultural representative experience. His main goals with the ACC include freedom of choice for camping locations and promoting safety through education.

 

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Webmaster - Rob Tudor.  Rob retired in 2003, bought a caravan and went travelling.  Prior to retirement he worked for over 30 years in the Information Technology industry both in Australia and overseas. He maintains the Club's web site.

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Publicity Officer - Lionel Mussell, Victoria, Author. Lionel has over 40 years and 2 million kilometres experience travelling this great land. He has written a range of books on travelling Australia, operates his own web site which provides advice to caravanners and tourists who look for answers to their wide range of questions about travel in Australia.  Lionel wrote a monthly ‘On the Wallaby’ column for Caravan World for twenty years and now writes a column and articles for ‘GoRV’ digital magazine.

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Nomad Editor - Alan Lazarus, Victoria. retired following 35 years in the telecommunications industry, both at home and abroad. He is an avid caravanner, clocking up thousands of kilometres in the last few years. He also has interests in aviation - as pilot and builder of his own aircraft, and journalism. He is currently co-editor of the ACC magazine, the 'Nomad'.

 

Ralph Jordan - Chairman RVSTAY Committee - Ralph is a retired primary producer, stud master and administrator, with a degree in psychology.  Previously he held responsible positions within Queensland universities and served as a director of the Australian Limousin Society.  More recently Ralph was a Quality Auditor and Environmental Auditor, and has been Secretary of the ACC Northern Bushwhackers branch for the past three years.  He is now a full-time caravanner, and has caravanned many iconic Outback Australia tracks.