MORE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Cabins or motels ... a pet theory
REGARDING last month's story on
Redlands' bid to attract caravans (see story
I grew up in Wynnum and Lota, near Brisbane, and many caravan
parks are now closed.
Hard for people travelling to enjoy the city and the great
experience of the Redlands.
There are two groups of people ... the grey nomads who do not want
pools and kiddie things.
They want power and a dump point, campfires, peace and relaxation,
hot showers, toilets and washing machine facilities.
They do not want to pay any more than $20 a night.
Then there are the younger families who want the BIG4 experience.
Maybe two parks could be considered, one by the council for grey
nomads and tent sites with power and water.
Maybe tender out for a BIG4 at another location for the family
Personally, I like the peace and quiet. While I haven't got a 'van
yet, I do have my tents and the camping gear.
Another thing is people who are travelling with pets.
We did have three dogs and three cats but now have two Kelpies and
two cats ‒ cage-trained show animals
‒ and are always staying at caravan
parks and motels which are pet friendly.
Pet-friendly motels let us have our pets inside in the bathroom
But in Canberra we stayed at a caravan park in a cabin as it was
very cold overnight ... and our poor pets had to stay on the
We only stayed two nights because we found the motels more
Able to put on the reverse cycle air conditioner so our motel room
was warm for all of us.
We would stay at the motels again.
Cabins need to be pet-friendly to
compete with the motels.
We paid $110 a night in Fyshwick, Canberra, for a non pet-friendly
cabin ... but $89 a night for a two-bedroom pet-friendly motel
room in Taree and $85 for a pet-friendly motel room in Woodburn.
Most people do the right thing. You could have certain cabins that
are pet friendly. There is big demand for this.
Where are parks?
WOULD be nice if there was
somewhere to stay.
Where are the caravan parks in the
Except for Capalaba, there is none.
ONLY just found your site and I am very
impressed with your good work.
I live in Rockhampton where our free site is causing a fair bit of
We don't free camp ourselves but it's good to have them available when
parks are full.
Thanks for the current information you supply ... love it!
$5-a-night fee no problem
REGARDING the new $5 fee for staying at
SS Ellen Park in South Australia (see story here).
I would certainly feel better about staying there.
It is sometimes embarrassing to be seen as a freeloader.
But I do not like regimented caravan parks and prefer the openness of
free range camping.
So paying a small amount suits me ... especially as I am a solo
traveller and 'van parks charge me for my non-existent partner.
WHY not ... we don't expect anything for
I wouldn't think anyone would complain
about paying $5 a night.
THE sooner we all pay a small cost
recovery fee the sooner the heat will disappear from the various CCIAs'
argument that we are all freeloaders.
Five dollars a night appears to be very fair and I look forward to using
the location one day.
GREAT spot ... happy to pay!
Peter and Irene Rea.
WE have stayed at Lyrup, a great site
with excellent facilities.
Five bucks a night is a good idea if it keeps this site open.
We have paid $10 a night for a council site with nothing but a long-drop
bush dunny as its only facility.
Also, $5 is a lot cheaper than $50 a night for facilities that are not
I am referring to those resort-type cabin parks that sell themselves as
WE are aged pensioners and have been fulltime caravanners
for a couple of years, but have decided to treat ourselves to a cruise.
Off we go to Centrelink to dutifully report that we will
be out of the country for a couple of weeks.
"Oh, you soon won't have to bother to tell us," a very
helpful lady at reception told us ... "Unless you're going on a cruise!"
Now where's the logic in this?
We can take a holiday at, say, one of the Whitsunday
islands which would cost a lot more than we're paying for our cruise.
We could even fly to Hawaii and not have to tell
But if we cruise there
we would have to inform them.
Crazy? Nope, it's just government in action!