[hr] This time of the year is perfect for many caravanners and campers to explore ‘off the beaten tracks’, and experience the true Australian outback, writes Frida Horbino. [hr]
Australians are well-known for their laidback nature, love of the outdoors and passion for travel, so it comes as no surprise that caravanning and camping holidays are becoming one of the most popular ways for Aussies to explore their own backyard.
Since the birth of the automobile, Australians have been piling into their cars and setting out onto the open road to their favourite holiday destinations. Caravan, RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia chief executive, Stuart Lamont says this type of holiday is the one holiday-option that allows Australians to combine their love of travel and the outdoors with the freedom and flexibility that is not always feasible in holidays.
“Caravanning has always been a huge part of the Aussie way of life and for decades, families hit the road to enjoy their holiday at picturesque caravan holiday parks all over the country,” Mr Lamont says. “It’s the freedom, flexibility and fun experience that come with caravanning that is so appealing. “It’s the perfect experience to enjoy the outdoors.”
Travelling with a caravan or motorhome in Queensland’s Outback is easy. All major roads are sealed and well signposted, with most towns no more than two hours apart. The Matilda Highway will take youall the way from Barringun on the New South Wales border to Karumba, passing through many great outback towns along the way. Running from Townsville to Tennant Creek, the Overlander’s Way follows the route of our pioneers across North West Queensland.
For those wishing to adventure a little further there are many sealed byways and loops that can be incorporated into your itinerary to enable you to immerse yourself in outback life.
Queensland’s Outback has it all – from the magnificent natural diversity of the Channel Country in the south west, the heritagerich Matilda Country of the central west and the ancient lands of the Dinosaur, Fossil and Mining Country in the north west.
[hr]“Caravanning has always been a huge part of the Aussie way of life and for decades, families hit the road to enjoy their holiday at picturesque caravan holiday parks all over the country,”[hr]
There’s plenty to do in Queensland from fossicking for opals to marvelling at the brilliant night skies, or simply exploring the many natural wonders and sitting back to enjoy a peaceful Outback sunset.
The Australian Caravanning and Holiday Parks Industry has seen an exceptional level of growth in recent years with record levels of new RVs being manufactured and registered, and caravan holiday parks seeing record levels of revenue and higher than average occupancy. While this growth has slowed in the last twelve months, industry is still above CPI, and 10 percent of all visitor nights in Australia are spent in caravan holiday parks.
Where to stay:
BIG RIG TOURIST PARK
Just a few minutes’ walk from the Main Street, Roma Big Rig Tourist Park is perfect for your Darling Downs holiday. Often overlooked as a simple transit town, Roma is much more than that. It is a celebration of Australia’s proud cattle and resource industry history. Follow the Big Rig Trail, which aims to educate and entertain visitors with stories, photos, facts and exhibits of Australia’s oil and gas industry, with the spectacular night show not to be missed. Witness what few in the world have, at the Roma Bungil Saleyards, Australia’s largest cattle marketing centre, with sales held every Tuesday and Thursday. Nature lovers will enjoy the bushwalking trials in Carnarvon National park, a short drive to the North.
[hr]CANIA GORGE CARAVAN & TOURIST PARK
Just minutes from the stunning Cania Gorge National Park, this picturesque caravan park has a humble rural feel that guests fall in love with. 4WD drivers have a world of choice when it comes to adventure, with Monto Shire having several trails to challenge and excite drivers of any skill. If you’d rather leave the car at the park, Kroombit Tops National Park contains some beautiful walking trails, and even the historic relic of ‘Beautiful Betty’, a liberator bomber that crashed in the area during WWII and lay undiscovered for 50 years!
[hr]MUNDUBBERA THREE RIVERS TOURIST PARK
Located in the Wide Bay Burnett region of regional Queensland, this self-proclaimed ‘Citrus Capital’ is home to the Auburn River National Park. Resting on the banks of the
Burnett River is the Mundubbera Three Rivers Tourist Park, which hosts a variety of self contained cabins, ensuite units and log cabins, and large spacious powered and unpowered sites. Mundubbera to beautiful cascades, great swimming spots, caves balancing rocks and exquisite sceneries; this park is an ideal location for bush walkers, rock climbers, and adventure enthusiasts.
KILLARNEY VIEW CABINS & CARAVAN PARK
Set on five acres with spectacular mountainous views, sits the award winning Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park. Enjoy the comforts of their 3.5 and 4 star rated cabins, whilst marvelling at the stunning Australian landscape. Fit with self contained cabins and flat grassed camping areas, enjoy mingling with other visitors around the open fire place. A communal camp kitchen is also available for campers, fit with a gas barbeque, microwave oven, refrigerator, and pot belly stove for those colder nights.[hr]
HITTING THE ROAD
For all your caravanning and camping needs, visit ExperienceCaravanningandCamping.com.au. The website offers a range of over 800 quality caravan holiday parks conveniently found using the ‘Find a Holiday Park’ function on the home page. While there, you can also sign up to the FREE VIP Club for interesting and exciting editorials which can help assist you with planning your next adventure on the road.
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