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JULY 2018


Missing KelpieJULY 21:
Caravanners and other travellers, particularly in caravan parks and camping grounds, have been urged to keep an eye out for a missing dog in Western Australia. Meg, a black and tan Kelpie, disappeared from the Meeragoolia Homestead a few days ago and it is thought she may have befriended a grey nomad. The owner's mother, Courtney Robinson, told Caravanning News the retired and microchipped working dog was well loved and was last seen on Tuesday heading towards Gascoyne Junction Road 4km east of the Meeragoolia turnoff. "She had a distinct right paw which looks quite flat, an injury she received during a run-in with a cow," she said. It is thought she may have been picked up by a traveller roughly halfway between Carnarvon and Gascoyne Junction. "If you know of someone that suddenly has a nice, calm older Kelpie please check if it's Meg. Her flat foot will easily help identify her," Courtney said. Anyone with information is urged to phone 0899485002 or 0899425949. Caravan parks and camping grounds.

JULY 21:
Melbourne-based Caravan Parks of Australia is advertising for a caravan support officer for its Carrum Downs Holiday Park ... and advises: "This job is not for the faint-hearted."

JULY 19:
Girl, aged 3, taken by ambulance to Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital with lacerations and abrasions to leg and forehead after accident involving slow moving car at Sussex Inlet caravan park in NSW.

JULY 19:
Caravan rolls on Hume Freeway near Barnawartha in Victoria. Emergency services on scene.

JULY 19:
Man who died after his sedan collided head on with 4WD towing caravan on Mitchell Hwy south of Wellington in NSW thought to have suffered heart attack. Caravanners treated for minor injuries.

Overturned caravan on New England HwyJULY 19:
A caravanner fled the scene of an accident in which another caravanner's rig rolled, it has been revealed. Police are now looking for the driver whose caravan is believed to have the word 'Winnebago'” written on it. They have also appealed for witnesses of Tuesday's crash, which happened as the caravan was overtaking another on Queensland's New England Highway. The callous driver of the overtaking rig failed to stop, despite the other caravan and tow vehicle flipping onto their sides at St Aubyn, just south of Cooyar. The driver escaped serious injuries. Both rigs had been heading south along the highway, towards Crows Nest. Anyone with information or saw the incident should contact Cooyar Police on (07) 4612-5055.

JULY 19:
Site of the former Crossroads Caravan Park on the corner of Deakin Avenue and Fifteenth Street at Mildura in Victoria is to get a new lease of life ... as home to an Aldi supermarket.

JULY 19:
Three people have been charged after a stolen caravan was recovered from a large rural property at Calavos, Bundaberg. Queensland Police told Caravanning News today that two men, aged 28 and 38, and a 23-year-old woman would appear in court at a later date. The 17ft 2016 Jayco Starcraft Outback twin-axle pop-top caravan disappeared from outside a house in La Frantz Drive, Tinana.

JULY 19:
Two people treated in hospital for burns after gas exploded in a caravan at Silverwood Drive in Cooroibah, Noosa, Queensland, last night.

JULY 18:
Emergency services attended scene of caravan accident on Newell Highway at Eumungerie in NSW today. No further details available.

Stolen caravanJULY 18:
Thieves made off with a Jayco caravan from a home in Maryborough, Queensland. The crooks were captured on CCTV as they towed the 2016 Starcraft Outback twin-axle caravan away in the early hours from the house in La Frantz Drive Tinana. Its registration number is 603UCY.

JULY 18:
Gladstone Show Society told to close its overnight RV facilities at Gladstone Showgrounds in Queensland or abandon the $25-a-night charge after complaints it was operating as a commercial caravan park.

JULY 17:
Shares in Apollo Tourism & Leisure, which now has a broad range of RV businesses in Australia, New Zealand and the US, soared 4.73 percent yesterday.

JULY 17:
Winnebago motorhome crashes into tree after careering off Victoria's Great Alpine Road near Europin, killing the 60-year-old lone female driver. Police have ruled out speed as the cause of the accident.

Salt Creek RoadhouseJULY 16:
Owner Adam Stewart has closed his Salt Creek Roadhouse on the Princes Highway in South Australia in protest against alleged government mismanagement of his region, the Coorong. But he has made sure grey nomads will not be too seriously affected ... the caravan park adjacent to his roadhouse will remain open for camping throughout the closure,. "I have chosen to do this to make a statement to the powers that be that Salt Creek is an important little area and that council, highways and the National Parks Department can't go on mismanaging the region," he says on his Facebook page. "Salt Creek is a very important half-way break, tourist destination, camping, fishing and 4x4 area with a strong indigenous culture that generates tens of millions of dollars into this state's economy." His roadhouse will reopen on September 1.

JULY 16:
Locals in South Australian outback towns are up in arms about thoughtless grey nomads using valuable town water supplies ... to wash their rigs.

Geurie caravan blazeJULY 15:
Grey nomad couple in their eighties are mourning the death of their beloved pet dog which died in a fierce NSW caravan blaze. The travellers managed to scramble clear of the inferno on a rest area alongside the Mitchell Highway at Geurie, but their eight-year-old Pekingese could not be saved. They had stopped after towing their caravan from Orange, about 120km away. Police said they were in the caravan when a fire ignited from what they believe was a leaking gas cylinder inside. Passers-by helped the couple to safety shortly before the caravan burned to the chassis. They escaped serious injuries but were taken to Wellington Hospital for observation. "Quick action from the RFS prevented significant damage occurring to the car towing the caravan," a police spokesperson said.

JULY 14:
Melboourne-based Jayco Caravans is advertising for new factory workers and enticing them with a range of benefits ... including an onsite health club with personal trainers and a salt room. The company, which has snared almost 50 percent of Australia's RV sales, has been building recreational vehicles for over 43 years.

JULY 14:
Hobart's Lord Mayor Ron Christie is anxious to turn the city into an RV-friendly destination, by providing grey nomads with overnight camping facilities at the historic 9ha Macquarie Point adjoining Hobart docks and waterfront.

Seal Rocks caravan park firepitJULY 13:
Following the completion of a $6 million revamp in February this year, the team at Reflections Holiday Parks Seal Rocks is celebrating the announcement that the park is a finalist at the upcoming 2018 North Coast Regional Tourism Awards. The popular holiday park is part of the Reflections Holiday Parks group and has been recognised in the Caravan and Holiday Parks category. The awards are a celebration of the outstanding achievements of tourism operators throughout the region, with the winners to be announced on July 25. Photo: Seal Rocks park managers Eddy and Justine Syme say their new firepit is a winner with guests.

Hair-raising event for cancer charityJULY 13:
Nick Skipper is a cut above the rest ... and he is about to prove it. The Perth Central Caravan Park's assistant manager, who has been growing his hair for two years, is donating it to the Children's Cancer Foundation. Nick has already taken part in fundraising events such as Run for a Reason and Daffodil Day after seeing many loved ones lose their battle to the horrible disease. He hopes his hair-raising effort will raise at least $500 before August. The Foundation funds clinical research, clinical care and provide family support to ensure the highest standards of diagnosis, treatment and support for both child and family. If anyone wants to help, contact the caravan park on 1300 060 or (08) 9277 1704.

Kirra Beach dog photo competitionJULY 12:
Kirra Beach Tourist Park on the Gold Coast will soon boast a new self-service dog wash facility. And to celebrate, Gold Coast Holiday Parks has launched a Face of the Dogwash photo competition. "We all like to freshen up after a day out exploring and soaking up the great outdoors, including our four-legged companions," it said. "We're calling on dog-loving owners to enter their cutest canine, proudest pup or most magnificent mutt in our photo competition." The event is open to all dog owners available to stay at the park and take part in its photo shoot before the end of this year. First prize is valued at $2000 and includes accommodation, photo print and complimentary dog wash package. There will also be consolation prizes worth $100 each.

Caravan loses tyreJULY 12:
Caravan lost tyre on busy southbound lanes of Queensland's Bruce Highway south of Rockhampton today. The rig partially blocked the highway near the CQ University entrance from around 8am, causing a build-up of traffic. Large trucks were only just squeezing past the disabled New Age caravan. No one was injured.

JULY 12:
Shares in Ingenia Communities Group, which operates a nationwide chain of lifestyle and holiday parks, opened at a 12-month high of $3.20 today.

Carmila Beach campsiteJULY 12:
Grey nomads have reportedly launched a loud campaign to protest about the $10-a-night overnight camping fee at Carmila Beach in north Queensland. "Retired John" wrote on the web-based Caravaners Forum: "Apparently RVs of all sorts have adapted the attitude of tooting the horn as they drive right on by so the people are aware of just how many people are now bypassing the tiny town. I thought it was a great idea and could be adapted to other places that are not RV friendly." But fellow members have slammed the idea and have called for the noisy protesters to be fined. "I am horrified at the suggestion of tooting the horn just to annoy people," wrote one. "The caravanning-motorhoming public get a bad enough from the actions of a few inconsiderate people, but to suggest something like this will see that bad reputation enhanced." It was suggested travellers should contact local businesses and urge them to raise the issue with the local council.

JULY 10:
Victorian grey nomad seriously injured in a caravan accident five days ago on a remote Queensland highway died in hospital today. The 71-year-old woman was at the wheel when her vehicle towing the caravan rolled on the Kennedy Developmental Road near Minnamoolka. She and her 72-year-old husband, who received minor injuries, were taken to the Townsville Hospital. Police said Investigations by the Forensic Crash Unit into the cause of the accident are continuing.

JULY 10:
Victoria's Loddon Shire Council is looking for a "suitably experienced" caravan park caretaker to operate the Wedderburn Pioneer Caravan Park. Situated on Crown land and the former botanical gardens in Hospital Street, the park is reported to have a solid visitor base. It offers 60 powered sites and many unpowered and spacious camping ones.

dog levyJULY 10
Pet-loving grey nomads and other travellers with dogs are angry over news that Sunshine Coast Regional Council-owned caravan parks will slap a $5 daily levy on their canines. Caravanneer Frank Harding told Caravanning News it another blow for the travellers' pocket. "With ever-increasing site fees, some park owners are out to grab every dollar they can," he complained. "Fuel costs are out of control and now we have to dig even deeper into our pockets to meet these unreasonable charges for our pets. It's not as though they going to use any of the parks' facilities. Shame on the council." The council says it will pour the proceeds into providing facilities for the pooches.

JULY 10:
BIG4 Capricorn Palms Holiday Park on Queensland’s iconic Capricorn Coast is now operating under the NRMA banner. NRMA Parks and Resorts has bought the park and renamed it the NRMA Capricorn Yeppoon Holiday Park. The purchase brings the number of NRMA branded parks and resorts to 23, with further expansion expected in coming months. Chief executive Paul Davies said holiday parks were "the cornerstone of the quintessential Australian driving holiday". "NRMA's expansion in the industry is a tangible way for us to safeguard this wonderful tradition for future generations," he added.

Tropicana caravan park at Sarina in Queensland on the market for $1.6 million.

Man and female partner who took a 14,000km road trip in stolen Ford Ranger and caravan thought to have been stolen in Victoria have appeared in Kununurra Magistrate’s Court in WA. They journeyed through WA, South Australia, Victoria, NSW, South Australia again and up to the Northern Territory before being apprehended. The 43-year-old man was jailed for a year for taking the car and fined $700 for stealing fuel. His partner was fined $2000.

Residents of WA's tiny town of Walpole ‒ population around 500 ‒ up in arms after learning that two historic wooden guesthouses built by settlers almost 100 years ago will be demolished to make way for multi-million dollar redevelopment at Walpole Rest Point Caravan Park.

Caravan reportedly jackknifes and becomes unhitched from tow vehicle on Queensland's Cunningham Highway near Ripley exit. No further details available.

Manager of NSW's Brigadoon Caravan Park at North Haven offers $500 reward for information leading to conviction after thieves stole fishing rods, surf board and iPod dock from his on-site home.

Nova Caravans with Manufacturer of the Year awardJULY 7:
Nova Caravans retained the Caravan & RV Manufacturer of the Year title for the second year running at last night's Caravan Industry Association of Victoria Hall of Fame Business Awards. After receiving the Excellence in Caravan & RV Manufacturing gong, it paid tribute to its dealership network, customers, suppliers, advertising agencies and staff, saying: "Without your hard work and dedication this wouldn't be possible." The Excellence in Dealer/Retail Award went to Ian Grant’s Caravans while Harding Swift Caravan Services received the Excellence in Service & Repairer Award.

Emergency services at scene of car and caravan accident on Carnarvon Hwy north of Moree in NSW. No further details available.

Fleetwood Corp logoJULY 6:
Fleetwood, who recently announced it had offloaded its loss-making Coromal and Windsor caravan manufacturing operations for $1 million, has lost its company secretary. Yanya O'Hara has resigned, leaving the Perth-based company looking for a replacement. Chief financial officer Andrew Wackett has been appointed interim company secretary. Ms O'Hara joined Fleetwood as assistant company secretary in 2011 and was appointed company secretary three years later. She was previously a corporate attorney in New York and a barrister and solicitor in Perth. Fleetwood managing director Brad Denison said Ms O'Hara had made an "immense contribution" to the company over the past seven years and the board wished her well in her next venture. Meanwhile, arrangements are underway to switch the building of Coromal and Windsor caravans to a factory 4000km away. The two brands were recently sold to Apollo Tourism and Leisure following falling sales and heavy pressure from shareholders to offload its caravan business in the face of high production costs and savage discounting by other RV manufacturers in Victoria.

Two Victorian grey nomads in their 70s in hospital after car towing caravan rolled on Queensland's Kennedy Developmental Road near Minnamoolka yesterday afternoon. Female driver in critical condition while husband treated for minor injuries.

Three people taken to hospital after head-on collision involving car and a ute towing caravan on Princes Highway at Lake Conjola Entrance Road intersection in NSW.

Fair Work Commission orders Two Shores Holiday Village at The Entrance in NSW to pay former 62-year-old casual handyman Anthony Morley nearly $19,000 for unfair dismissal.

Two caravanners were taken to hospital after a smash on Queensland's Bunya Highway today. The accident at Pirrinuan, on the Western Downs about 20km north of Dalby, involved a truck and Izuzu ute towing the Jurgens caravan. One report said a man had to be freed from the Izuzu. A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson told Caravanning News two males were taken to Dalby hospital, one suffering a knee injury and the other with back pains.

Michael McIvorJULY 5:
Caravan Industry Association of Australia Future Leaders Committee chairman Michael McIvor (pictured) has praised younger members of the industry. But he has urged them to occasionally "step outside their comfort zones" and take risks so they can "grow along with our fantastic industry".

The first sod has been turned in a 50-acre development which will see Bulahdelah in NSW boast a new caravan park with 169 caravan and camping sites. The
River Myall Holiday Resort is expected to open within a year.

Hervey Bay caravan crooksJULY 4:
Opportunistic thieves have been busy robbing grey nomads and other travellers at Hervey Bay in Queensland. Maryborough Police said the crooks have raided caravans, tents and motorhomes and campers along Charlton Esplanade in the last couple of weeks. "As a result, police are asking holidaymakers to remain vigilant and ensure they lock up prior to retiring for the night," Senior Constable Melanie Ryan said. Thieves were targeting money, alcohol, cigarettes, food, passports, mobile phones, iPods, laptops, cameras, GPSs and fishing gear. "Reduce the risks of becoming a victim. Lock and secure your property before you leave (this includes caravan annexes and tents) and don’t leave items on display," Sen Const Ryan added.

Residents at Kin Kora Caravan and Residential Home Park in Gladstone lose battle to block plans for adjoining car wash facility.

Caravams were involved in two accidents within two hours this afternoon. The first completely blocked the New England Hwy between Crows Nest and Hampton, Qld. The second involved a rollover on NSW's Castlereagh Hwy at Walgett. Emergency services attended both crashes but no further information is available at this time.

Tour de France shirts from Let's Go MotorhomesJULY 3:
Australia's caravan and camping industry is now officially linked to the Tour de France. RV rental company Let's Go Motorhomes is sponsoring the Mitchelton Scott team and will take the Australian caravan and camping lifestyle to the international stage. General manager Tom Newsom said the company was keen to raise the awareness that the same style of holidays can be undertaken in Australia, exploring the fabulous Australian coast and outback. "The Tour de France is one of the most watched spectator sporting events in the world and increasingly people are choosing to holiday based on their personal hobbies, be it food, wine, golf or cycling," he said. Channel 7's Sunrise weather team will broadcast from NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park tomorrow morning for a special Tour de France event.

Gas drama unfolding at Queensland caravan park. Guests and staff are reportedly being evacuated from Lake Awoonga Caravan Park near Gladstone. Fire crews at scene after a large gas bottle began leaking.
UPDATE: Gladstone Area Water Board said the recreational area, including caravan park, has been re-opened. "Thank you to emergency services who were in attendance and helped resolve the issue as quickly as possible, allowing visitors to get back to enjoying this beautiful holiday weather," it said.

CIAA videoJULY 3:
A caravan is built in Australia at the rate of one every five minutes, says Caravan Industry Association of Australia chairman Grant Wilckens. He makes the point in the first of a new series of monthly videos on YouTube giving an updated overview of the caravan and camping industry. Each will focus on topics relevant at the time including news, reports, activities and events. The first edition, posted a few days ago, has already attracted nearly 100 viewers. To view, go to

Wire safety barrier has prevented an out-of-control car and caravan from veering into oncoming traffic on Calder Highway near Harcourt in Victoria. The caravanners escaped unhurt but it took several hours to disentangle the tow vehicle from the wires.

Caravan jackknifes on Kuranda RangeJULY 1:
Kennedy Highway on Kuranda Range in north Queensland blocked after 4WD and twin-axle New Age caravan jackknife. No other vehicle thought to be involved. Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said no one injured in the accident.

Queensland firefighters rushed to reported caravan fire at Oasis Caravan Park on the New England Highway at Warwick last night. Damage confined to battery, which owner had already removed before they arrived.

District Council of Loxton in SA is offering two-year contract for caravan park managers to run 146-site Loxton Riverfront Holiday Park on banks of Murray River.

JUNE 29:
Man dies in caravan fire on property at Girvan, south of Bulahdelah in NSW.

JUNE 28:
Military Jetty Caravan Park at Golden Beach on Queensland's Sunshine Coast understood to have been sold.

JUNE 26:
Car and caravan overturn on Gregory Development Road about 45k south of Belyando Crossing in Queensland. Spokeswoman at Belyando Crossing Roadhouse told Caravanning News that emergency services were on scene. No further details available.

JUNE 26:
Bruce Highway's northbound lane closed just south of Tiaro in Queensland after dual-axle New Age caravan flips onto roof. Accident happened on gradual bend and double white lines. Queensland Ambulance said they had taken two people with minor injuries to Maryborough Hospital. No other vehicle thought to be involved in the accident.

Ingenia's One Mile park

JUNE 26:
Ingenia Group shares soared nearly five percent to close at a 12-month high of $2.90 yesterday. The group's Lifestyle & Holidays portfolio comprises 35 communities in New South Wales, Victoria and South East Queensland, with over 4000 homes and tourism sites.

Cloncurry signJUNE 25:
Backpacker couples are being invited to apply for work at the Discovery Parks workers and tourist caravan park in outback Cloncurry, Queensland. "The work is hard and not very glamorous but you will join a multicultural team of good people who all pull together to keep the park running," it says on the online Backpacker Job Board. "You will be staying in the park or at a shared household and there is only accommodation for couples ... that be GF & BF, GF & GF, BF & BF."

JUNE 23:
Fleetwood Corporation, which has sold its iconic but loss-making Coromal and Windsor caravans business to Apollo Tourism and Leisure for $1 million, says it is "regrettable" that many of the 200 staff at its Perth factory will lose their jobs. Fleetwood decided to quit building caravans after heavy pressure from shareholders and falling sales of its Coromal and Windsor brands in the face of heavy discounting by other manufacturers. The two brands will be built at Apollo's factory in Brisbane. Shares opened at $2.33 yesterday and closed at $2.37.

JUNE 22:
Shares in Apollo Tourism & Leisure were slowly climbing today after they plunged 3.5 percent to $1.65 after yesterday's news the global company was acquiring Fleetwood's loss-making Coromal and Windsor caravan brands for $1 million. Apollo managing director Luke Trouchet said his company was "proud to add these established and well-recognised brands to our portfolio and will continue to build on their heritage in the Australian market".

coromalsJUNE 21:
Perth-based Fleetwood Corporation has sold its loss-making Coromal and Windsor caravan manufacturing operations to Apollo Tourism and Leisure for $1 million, it was revealed today. Sales of the once popular caravans have been struggling for several years in the face of tough discounting from other companies in Victoria, with Fleetwood expecting an $8 million loss this financial year. "Under Apollo's ownership the two brands will be part of a wider tourism and leisure platform and as such have a very positive future outlook," Fleetwood said in a statement.

JUNE 21:
Queensland's Flinders Highway at Reid River blocked following accident involving caravan. Townsville paramedics on scene but no one thought to be seriously hurt.

JUNE 20:
Man, 73, who died when car crashed into tree at Milang Lakeside Caravan Park south of Adelaide late this afternoon may have ill before the accident. The man from Milang was the only person in the Honda station wagon and died at the scene, police said. "Crash investigators have travelled to the site from Adelaide and believe the man may have experienced a medical episode before the crash," a spokesperson said.

JUNE 20:
BIG4 Karuah Jetty Holiday Park in NSW awarded 2018 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

JUNE 19:
JB Caravans is opening a new sales centre in Glossop Street, St Marys, NSW, and is looking for two new full-time salespersons.

Phillip StarkeJUNE 19:
Travellers have been urged to be on the lookout for a missing grey nomad. Phillip Starke, 71, is on a road trip accompanied by a female companion. He is hauling a caravan towed by a red Mazda BT50 ute. Police said he has not been in contact with anyone since June 8 and they and his family were "concerned" for his welfare. The pair was intending to travel from Peterborough in SA to Alice Springs through the Flinders Ranges. Mr Starke's Mazda carries number plates with WA registration 1GEO263 while the caravan has Victorian plates with registration Y18633. Mr Starke is caucasian, 173cm tall and has a grey goatee. Police said anyone who sees him, the ute, caravan or has information on his whereabouts or movements in recent weeks to contact them on 131 444.

JUNE 18:
Victoria Supreme Court is scheduled to hear an application from the Victorian WorkCover Authority on June 20 for the winding up of First Class Caravans (Aust) Pty Ltd.

JUNE 18:
Woman taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after blaze tore through caravan at Vara-Ville Caravan Village, Mooroopna, Victoria, late last night. Police investigating.

Colin Lancaster: missing from Queensland caravan park

JUNE 17:
Police are appealing for public help to locate a 62-year-old man missing from a caravan park in far north Queensland. Colin Lancaster was last seen on June 1 at the Atherton Holiday Park on Mountain View Drive. Police say he last contacted his family on May 31, advising he wanted to move away from where he was staying. He has not made contact with anyone since. A spokeswoman at the caravanning park told Caravanning News that Mr Lancaster is a long-term resident whose disappearance has baffled everyone. "He was trying to sell everything so we are very concerned for his welfare," she said. Mr Lancaster is described as caucasian, 180cm tall and of proportionate build. He has black hair and green eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police.

JUNE 14:
The District Council of Kimba in South Australia has set aside $194,739 in its annual budget to provide an additional amenities block at its free camping area.

JUNE 14:
Holiday and accommodation park owner and operator Aspen Group announces new major shareholder ... New Zealand's wealthy Cushing family.

Metal detectorJUNE 13:
Grey nomads brandishing metal detectors have been accused of straying onto private grazing lands in their relentless search for gold at Clermont in Queensland. The discovery of alluvial gold in 1861 triggered one of state's major gold rushes and the area still attracts gold-hunters. The Queensland Government this year opened two new fossicking areas about 22km north-west of Clermont, saying it hoped this would "bringing economic and social benefits to the community". But local graziers have accused prospectors, many of them grey nomads, of trespassing on their land and leaving gates open.

JUNE 13:
Car and caravan destroyed by fire in the early hours of this morning in Harper Street at Molendinar on the Gold Coast. No injuries.

JUNE 12:
Residents of Diggers Rest in Victoria, population around 2700, are battling to stop a 50-site tourist caravan park from being built alongside the Old Calder Highway.

JUNE 12:
Visitors to the 6-day Queensland Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow at the Brisbane Showgrounds, which ended last night, reported to have splashed out a staggering $55 million, with one exhibitor selling more than 200 caravans.

JUNE 12:
A new $4 million 87-site caravan park will be opened at Hervey Bay in Queensland this week. The Pier Caravan Park, on the site of the old Urangan railway station along Pier and Pilot streets, will open its gates for business on Friday after nearly a year's development. Facilities include a BBQ area, camp kitchen, games room and drying area. Local traders have welcomed the new park which, they say, will boost flagging business.

JUNE 11:
Cheeky thief makes off with caravanner's tow vehicle as the owner was inside his caravan on River Road, Gympie, Queensland. Police search for red 1991 Daihatsu van with Qld registration 215LJN.

Caravan on highwayJUNE 10:
NSW Transport Roads & Maritime Services says the newly announced 40 percent cut in caravan and camper trailer rego fees is being implemented "in response to community and caravan industry feedback around the lesser use of caravans compared with the average car". The state's caravan industry has already welcomed the decision, which will bring savings of between $46 to $471 depending on the vehicle's weight. The new fees will be introduced from November 1. Rego charges in NSW have been more expensive than other states because they are based on the weight of a vehicle "to reflect the damage that is caused to the road network," it added.

The open road ahead for caravannerJUNE 9:
NSW Caravan & Camping Industry Association has welcomed news that the State Government will slash caravan rego fees - which currently costs up to around $800 depending on weight - by 40 percent from November 1 this year. "This is great news for our industry and a great outcome for the large and ever-growing caravanning community of NSW," association chief executive Lyndel Gray said. "Our association has long been advocating to cut the cost of caravan and camper trailer registration fees and we are delighted we have been listened to and action has been taken. NSW has traditionally been one of the most expensive states for caravan registrations so this reduction will help bring costs more in line with others." Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Roads Minister Melinda Pavey said in a media release that the change would apply to towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers weighing up to 4.5 tonnes, "putting a saving of up to $471 back into the pockets of hard working families across the state".

Bruce Highway caravan accidentJUNE 8:
Another caravan has overturned on Queensland's Bruce Highway ... the second in two days. Reports say the caravanner has suffered injuries in this afternoon's accident on the northbound lanes at Rosemount near Nambour. Meanwhile his caravan lies in a thousand pieces in the highway's central ditch.

Suncorp Insurance reports spike in claims from caravanners as hordes of grey nomads head north for winter. At least three accidents involving caravan rollovers in the past week.

FreestyleRVs new showroomJUNE 7:
Melbourne's Freestyle RVs has opened its brand-new undercover dealership in Cooper Street, Somerton. It offers new and used caravans from Australia's leading manufacturers, including Newlands Caravans and  Concept Caravans. Freestyle RVs is also Melbourne’s exclusive dealer for Lotus and Universal caravans.

Reports coming in of caravan rollover on southbound lanes of rainswept Bruce Hwy near Caboolture north of Brisbane. Two people
taken to Royal Women's Hospital with minor injuries.

A Queensland caravan hire business is being sold for $2.195 million. The unnamed company, billed as one of the state's largest and most profitable of its kind, is being marketed by Brisbane-based broking and commercial sales firm Mercury 5 Sky. It says the single-owner operation provides flexible time input, with "this niche and unique caravan hire business producing high net income returns per annum". With assets of around $1 million, the company claims to offer one of the largest fleets of caravans for hire within the Sunshine State.

solar panel on caravan roofJUNE 6:
Two people were injured when a solar panel became dislodged from a caravan and struck a car following behind on Queensland's Bruce Highway. The solar panel smashed through the windscreen of the car, causing it to career off the highway near Aloomba south of Gordonvale. The driver and passenger both received injuries and were taken to Cairns Hospital. An ambulance spokesperson said one patient suffered a head injury while the other had a suspected broken collar bone. Police are now searching for the caravan. "Preliminary information suggests that at around midday today, a vehicle towing a caravan was headed south on the highway when a solar panel has become detached from the roof of the caravan and struck the windscreen of a vehicle which was following," a spokesman said. He urged anyone who may have been towing a caravan in the area at the time of the accident to check to see whether they are missing a solar panel. If they are, they should contact PoliceLink on 131 444 and quote police reference number QP1801033460.

Queensland’s Housing Minister Mick de Brenni lashes Gold Coast City Council over plans to evict aged residents from council-owned Kirra Beach Tourist Park to make way for more tourists.

1973 Viscount caravanJUNE 5:
A caravan built from 280,000 LEGO bricks will go on show at the 50th Queensland Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow, which opens in Brisbane tomorrow. Modelled on a 1973 Viscount Royal similar to the one pictured, the 2.2m tall and 5m long caravan is fully equipped with wardrobe, double bed, stove, sink, refrigerator, dinette and cupboards with sliding drawers. The Guinness World Records book says the largest caravan ever built with interlocking plastic bricks was unveiled at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England, in 2015. The LEGO model was built by a dozen professional LEGO builders and measured 2.2m tall by 3.6m long.

Police believe a caravanner "overcorrected" before his RV flipped on the NT's Stuart Hwy near the Tindal RAAF Base. The traveller escaped with minor injuries.

Whaleback Village caravan park in Newman, WA, has reopened after a $450,000 upgrade.

Kedron tri-axle caravanJUNE 5:
What is thought to be Australia's highest priced caravan has been turning heads in Brisbane. The triple-axle custom-built Kedron Top Ender TE7, thought to have been sold for over $200,000, will be unveiled at tomorrow's Caravanning Queensland Super Show. But it has already made several trips along the city streets, one for a comprehensive photo-shoot. The new owner's identity has not been revealed but Brisbane-based Kedron has said it will be towed by a "big American vehicle". The caravan has everything a caravanner would ever want, including 1000W solar system, 900 amps of Lithium, satellite TV, auto airbag levelling, heated leather seating, home theatre, four fridge/freezers ... and even a dishwater.

Two elderly caravanners escaped with minor injuries when their rig overturned on Mount Lindesay Highway at Laravale, Queensland.

Adult and child taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries after two cars, one towing a caravan, collided on Reid Hwy at Bennett Springs, Perth. Caravan destroyed.

Ratepayer Max Gregory vents his anger in Orange, NSW, newspaper over grey nomads being "subsidised" with free or drastically reduced camping areas. "So called grey nomads are not short of a few dollars, one only has to look at the rigs they drive around," he fumes.

Bailey caravan in outbackJUNE 2:
Bailey Caravans is taking next step in diversifying its range by assembling Bailey UK RVs on a specially-designed Australian chassis at its Melbourne factory. Its "Australianised" Unicorn IV Pamplona will have g
reater ground clearance, larger water tanks and a higher payload capacity. Managing director Adrian van Geelen commented: "It's extremely important to us that this new Aussie Pamplona remains quintessentially British ... it must be immediately recognisable as coming from the British stable."

Caravan among stash of stolen property and drugs recovered by police from Cudgera Creek property in north-eastern New South Wales. Tweed Shire man charged with a string of offences.

CaravanJUNE 1:
Australian Caravan Club disappointed with reports that Northern Territory Tourism Minister Lauren Moss was unable to comment to the NT News on whether southern grey nomads boosted the Territory’s economy. "With such a steady flow of RVs heading up the Stuart Highway each year and each spending around $100 a day, well that's a lot of money being poured into the Northern Territory by grey nomads," club chairman Craig Humphrey said.

Boy, 16, arrested in Batemans Bay, NSW, and charged after 17 cabins at a Sunshine Coast caravan park in Queensland were broken into during April. Bailed to appear in children's court on June 21.


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