|14 May 2015||In what has been dubbed the 'have a go' budget, Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey has moved to restore the confidence of ordinary Australians in the country's growth prospects.|
The big winners are small business, families, farmers and job-seekers, with spending measures designed to stimulate spending, investment and growth.
There is also a big lift in spending on national security. Retirees and investors will be relieved that the government has repeated its promise to not make any changes to superannuation in this term of government.
|13 May 2015||Lake Leslie Tourist Park is a peaceful and quiet caravan park with cabins overlooking Leslie Dam only 13km from Warwick in the heart of Darling Downs, Queensland.|
The park has excellent freshwater fishing and is perfect for water sports.
It is a good place to base camp while exploring the surrounding country side attractions.
Lake Leslie Tourist Park accommodates both park style and bush style camping.
|13 May 2015||Lake Redbrook Holiday Retreat is set on 165 acre sugar cane farm setting and located just north of beautiful Childers on Queensland's Fraser Coast.|
Lake Redbrook Holiday Retreat has beautiful Moluccan Rusa deer and they are quiet and timid. Be gentle and respectful as they may eat out of your hand.
The cows are pretty spoilt and don't mind a biscuit for morning and afternoon tea, and the chooks cook up a great egg, which is perfect on the BBQ for breakfast.
|12 May 2015||Phil Jones and his partner Alayne Russell are often on the road.|
Phil is one of GoSeeAustralia's helpful 'Old Heads'.
Many a GoSee Newbie is better for his generous assistance over the last 11 years.
They have a sense of fun and an eye for the larconic humour of Australia's country men and women.
Examples are linked into this snapshot of some of their work in Queensland and Tasmania.
|8 May 2015||Everald Compton says:
My first visit to Parliament in Canberra to attend a Budget speech occurred half a century ago when Harold Holt was Treasurer and he delivered it in the old Parliament House.|
This year we must take the first deliberate steps to meet the fast growing challenge of Ageing, the restoration of the Environment, the creation of the right type of Housing in the right places at the lowest possible cost and, above all, create jobs.
I await Budget Night 2015 with anticipation and I wish Joe Hockey well as he attempts to blot out the sad memories of 2014 and in the process give voters a sense of hope that is currently lacking.
|6 May 2015||Lyndel Gray, CEO, CCIA NSW said today that: We had another hugely successful Supershow this year, the weather was favourable, and it coincided with the NSW school holidays, so we saw more young families turn out than in the past.|
Visitors to the Supershow are now able to find similar products all in the same zone including Camper Trailers, Camping & Accessories, Holiday Parks, Destinations & Accessories, Motorhomes & Fifth Wheelers and Caravans, Lyndel Gray said.
|5 May 2015||The 2015-16 Victorian Budget provides $1 million to host a Vietnam Veterans Parade commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and associated commemorative activities.|
Heavily outnumbered but supported by strong artillery fire, 108 young men from D company 6 RAR held off a regimental assault in a defining feat of Australian Arms.
In 1987 Prime Minister Bob Hawke designated 18 August as Australia's official Vietnam Veterans Day. The date commemorates the Battle of Long Tan.
|5 May 2015||Kilkivan Bush Camping and Caravan Park offers outdoor space to ride or walk the beautiful surrounds.|
Kilkivan is nestled in the foothills of the Oakview State Forest, next to Fat Hen Creek, in Queensland.
Kilkivan is a place to relax in total peace and quiet in a magnificent birdlife area. The park is situated near riding and walking tracks. All pets are welcome, including horses.
|5 May 2015||Relax under the shade of beautiful palm trees and take a dip in the crystal-clear water of the full-size saltwater solar heated pool, cook a meal in the large covered BBQ area, hire Pedal Go-Carts or try the games room.|
Kui Parks member park Twin Dolphins has options to satisfy the whole family. Powered and unpowered sites for caravanners and campers start from $28 to $50, depending on season and unpowered sites from $25 to $45.
|4 May 2015||Murrurundi Caravan Park is located in stunning countryside, in the Hunter Valley of NSW.|
The Kui Parks member park is located an hour from Tamworth and 3.5hrs from Newcastle on the New England Highway.
The pet friendly park can handle Recreational Vehicles to 20m. It also has one pet friendly cabin.
Powered sites $29 and Unpowered $24. Stay for seven nights and the seventh one is free. Discounts for CMCA, Australian Caravan Club.
|20 Apr 2015||Inverell Caravan Park is conveniently situated in the New England North West region of New South Wales, linking the New England and Newell Highways.|
It is a Pet Friendly park, with an off-leash designated area adjoining the park to exercise your dog.
Inverell Caravan Park accommodation options include an Eco cabin plus a range of Ensuite Cabins, together with spacious Powered and Unpowered Sites for caravanners and campers.
|20 Apr 2015||Tingha Gems Caravan & Camping Park is a quiet community run bush park perfect for those who enjoy fossicking, a campfire or just relaxing in a beautiful quiet setting next to a man-made lake suitable for fishing and swimming.|
Pets are welcome as long as owners clean up after them.
Powered sites are $20, unpowered sites $15. There is a single rate for a weekly booking of $90. Stay seven nights and pay for six.
|15 Apr 2015||Uralla Caravan Park is the only park in town set off the New England Highway. Its a friendly park with lots of tourist information.|
The Uralla Caravan Park provides mostly large sites and shaded and grassed areas and the park can handle Big Rigs up to 15.24m.
Powered sites are $28 and unpowered sites $20.
There is a definite advantage with the drive through sites.
|14 Apr 2015||Narrandera Caravan Park is conveniently located on the junction of two major highways the Newell and the Sturt in the heart of the Riverina.|
The park is another Kui Parks member and is owner operated with all the comforts travellers expect.
Powered sites are priced from $32. Unpowered sites from $28.
Pets are allowed on lead and under control, by arrangement and the park provide a dog exercise area.
|10 Apr 2015||Victorian families can now have a more affordable holiday and get the chance to experience Victoria's regional national parks.|
Minister for Environment, Lisa Neville, has announced that unfair basic camping fees are gone.
GSA notes that a number of campsites in the Wyperfeld and Hattah areas still need to be pre-booked.
But without mobile phone coverage booking problems will still exist.
|9 Apr 2015||The 2015 Caravan, Camping & Holiday Supershow at Rosehill Racecourse from Saturday, April 11 to Sunday, April 19 has a major safeguard built-in for potential product buyers.|
In a word it is Compliance.
Chief Executive Officer Caravan and Camping Industry Association NSW Lyndel Gray said today that the caravan and camping industry is committed to quality compliant products, not just for NSW, but nationally.
The 2015 Caravan, Camping & Holiday Supershow is open 10am-5pm daily (4pm on Sunday 19th).
|7 Apr 2015||The Double D Caravan Park is a small family owned and run park at the southern end of Peak Hill, 49km north of Parkes and 71km south of Dubbo.|
The Double D Caravan Park's 15 powered sites ($29) for caravans and five self-contained units are well off the highway and away from noisy trucks.
The sites are all drive through and powered, with flat concrete slabs for parking and a lovely green grassy verge for table and chairs. Pets are welcome with site bookings.
|7 Apr 2015||Colonial Holiday Park and Leisure Village is located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales in the seaside village of Harrington, 3.5 hours from Sydney and 15 minutes from Taree on the mid North coast of New South Wales.|
The park offers a range of Manning Valley tourist accommodation spread out over 12 acres.
The Park has powered (from $30) and unpowered sites (from $27) for caravans, motorhomes or camping.
Harrington is known as a fishing paradise.
|2 Apr 2015||It's all about the wine at Brown Brothers Milawa 120 years on and still growing. This is not a traditional wine maker.They quite probably produce the biggest range of different wine varieties of any cellar door in Australia.|
The Milawa Cottage Bakery's Big Brekkie Pie won a Gold Award at Australia's Greatest Pie competition in Sydney in 2013.
Snow Road Produce showcases the unique foods and wines of the Milawa region.
Red Stag Deer Stud and Emu farm Tourist complex is like dining in the Italian Alps.
|1 Apr 2015||The ANZAC Dawn Service in South Australian Outback Farina begins soon after 6am on April 25.|
It is followed by Gunfire Breakfast at the Caravan Park at 8am which leads to Reflections and Tributes at 9.30am.
ANZAC coffee will be available to fortify the troops. Traditionally it has a rum content.
The Farina Restoration Group will identify, recognise and honor the eight servicemen from Farina who died whilst on active service.
|27 Mar 2015||GoSeeAustralia is in Bright, Victoria after towing our travelling home office from Lakes Entrance to Bright via The Great Alpine Road.|
Was the trip worth it?
We would travel the Great Alpine Road again any day season and weather permitting.
If you drive to the conditions, you can do most things safely.
|25 Mar 2015||More than 200,000 poppies come to Melbourne's Federation Square for the Gallipoli centenary commemoration on Anzac Day 25th April 2015. The 200,000 hand crafted Australian poppies are made by volunteers one of whom is our very own GSA and GSNZ touring staff member Pam Hislop.|
NZ Poppies Program Kiwi co-ordinator Lisa Wallace says: We will have 28,000 crafted poppies on display at Navy Museum, Devonport, Omaka Aviation Centre in Blenheim and Airforce Museum in Christchurch this Anzac Day.
New Zealand is to host the world's largest Poppy (a football field in size) this year in the Auckland Domain to honour the ANZACS.
|25 Mar 2015||Ayr Sailean Chalets, Camping and Cottages are located between the Bow Bridge and Kent River on Hwy 1, midway between Denmark (35km) and Walpole (30km), in the heart of the Walpole Wilderness in Western Australia.|
It is backed by State Forest, National Parks and just 15 minutes from the Tree Top Walk and Valley of the Giants, and Peaceful Bay.
GSA agrees. The Valley of the Giants is well named.
|25 Mar 2015||Kui Parks member Wangaratta Caravan and Tourist Park is minutes from the region centres main shopping centre and close to historic Beechworth, Rutherglen, Bright and Glenrowan.|
Wangaratta is surrounded by historic hamlets, world renowned wineries and Ned Kelly legend. The park is located close to Winton Motor Raceway, Rail Trail, magnificent lakes, valleys and streams. Benalla is close and Albury is 40 minutes drive away.
Nearby Mt Hotham, Falls Creek and Mt Buffalo and surrounds are a skier's delight.
|22 Mar 2015||The Milawa Gourmet Region is a wine and deli food region with many speciality food stores and a plethora of wineries, cellar doors, restaurants and cafes.|
Travel 30km to Beechworth for a historic experience and learn more about the early settlers in busy boutique Beechworth.
One hour further up the highway there is colourful Bright.
Glenrowan is a must see for its historic memories of Ned Kelly in the local museum.
|20 Mar 2015||In the Murrumbidgee Valley, Burrinjuck Dam is now at 32 per cent of capacity and Blowering Dam is at 31 per cent capacity.|
Drought is biting hard in NSW hitting both tourism and rural industry.
Lake Burrinjuck is a NSW tourism asset as it is home to Murray Cod, as well as Golden Perch (yellow belly).
Other species such as trout, redfin and European carp are targeted seasonally on a regular basis by anglers.
|18 Mar 2015||Kees and Carol asked GoSee about a Weight Distribution Hitch (WDH) for their planned Jayco Starcraft caravan.|
A Weight Distribution Hitch (WDH) does not help you adjust ball weight.
It distributes the overall weight of the rig over all wheels- caravan and tow vehicle.
They also want to know about ball weight restrictions. With their Ok here is the discussion for the benefit of Goseers:
|17 Mar 2015||Between the Tambo and Nicholson Rivers, on 33 acres of rolling bushland lawns, Lakes Bushland Caravan Park is located 3.7 kms from the hustle bustle of the Princes Highway.|
Lakes Bushland Caravan Park is five minutes drive from the boat launching ramp at Nicholson, on the Nicholson River, with direct access to the vast Gippsland Lakes.
|17 Mar 2015||Imagine this: You are by the beach relaxing on the deck of one of Mersey Bluff Caravan Park's cosy units or in the comfort of your own camp chair, glass of wine in one hand camera in the other....|
Enjoy the serenity and picturesque views. Watch as the Spirit of Tasmania sails away. Mersey Bluff Caravan Park in Devonport is an ideal park to stay when exploring Tasmania. The park can handle motorhomes to 15m and has a pet friendly policy.
|16 Mar 2015||GoSee's feedback would be very much appreciated prior to me paying out $80k for a fancy model JGC (Jeep Grand Cherokee) with a QL (Quadra Lift) feature that may prove to be more of a problem than a feature.|
I have spoken to many Jeep dealers and none of them seem to have had any experience with towing issues on JGC's fitted with QL.
|13 Mar 2015||Waterside Bonnie Doon is just 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne, 39km from Yea and 22km from Mansfield, on the shores of Lake Eildon.|
It is an easy to get to escape for people who aim to Go Make Some Memories and we did.
So the three-day second annual Bonnie Doon Music and Buskers Festival 2015 was a great excuse for us to check out the serenity at this lovely lakeside town.
|12 Mar 2015||The winners of the Victorian Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow Passport Competition 18ft Nova Metrolink Family Caravan went to the Supershow - 'Just to have a look'.|
Norman and Kerry Orr of Launching Place Victoria have never been caravan or camping before.
Now they are the lucky owner of an 18ft Nova Metrolink Family Caravan worth over $48,000.
The Passport to Freedom competition at the Supershow was the biggest in years.
|11 Mar 2015||Purple Line Australia and Victorian Caravan Trade and Industries Chief Executive Officer, Rob Lucas shared a fourth birthday in their Australian roles today. Both have similar reasons to celebrate Rob Lucas said as he cut a Purple ribbon at the new Governor Rd., Braeside, Victoria factory to set Purple Line OPUS production formally in its Australian home.|
Purple Line Australia was established in 2011 by British expatriate Malcolm Hill. It combined its birthday celebrations with the official opening of its new OPUS Camper assembly plant. Rob Lucas and Purple Line Founder and Owner Jonathan Harrison both see continued growth as the future for the industry in Australia.
|10 Mar 2015||GSA met with Nova's National Sales Manager Nigel Lammiman at the recent Melbourne Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow to discuss the capsize of a Nova dual-axle caravan near Cann River Victoria.|
The owners of the caravan involved supplied the chassis number in response to a request from Nigel to allow checks to be made on the caravan's build-history.
Nigel Lammiman said checks show nothing which explains the Cann River capsize from a build point of view.