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25 Jul 2014

Authentic Aussie Heartbreak Hotel quirky campsite for NT road travellers

You have got to love the Heartbreak Hotel and Caravan Park near Borroloola particularly with The Lost City just down the road. As the address is authentic Oz, Cnr Carpentaria and Tablelands Highway, Cape Crawford, Northern Territory what's not to love?

It is a roadhouse, it has motel style accommodation, a restaurant, a Dinki Di Outback bar, a beer garden with its own pool and of course a Caravan Park and Camping area.

24 Jul 2014

Leitchville welcomes road travellers with friendly, energetic pro tourism approach

Leitchville, 262km from Melbourne, is a small, peaceful stopover with a progressive approach to road tourism. For example Betty came today from the Progress Association to welcome GSA to the Travellers Rest Area.

It is the family friendly country atmosphere which is also the nearby Leitchville Hotels attraction, huge counter meals, and excellent fresh coffee are underlined by Publican Ryan's and the locals' positive attitude to tourism in the area.

18 Jul 2014

Hypnotic Gulpilil imprints exceptional message in Charlie's Country performance

Charlie was born in the bush and in Charlie's Country actor David Gulpilil is the complete hunter.

He is a fluid part of the land, the ferns and trees.

He is more than in his country. His lithe body, fluid grace and shining presence hypnotise in every scene. He is the country. A living First Australian.

Recent Articles
17 Jul 2014

Unified caravanning and camping industry body starts operations

On 12 July 2014, Caravan Industry Association of Australia, the new entity resulting from the merging of Caravan, RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA) and RVM Australia, formally commenced operations.

'Our whole-of-industry approach will result in much needed, unified accreditation and compliance activities that will encourage consistently high standards of quality across both the parks and trades sectors of the industry,' Stuart Lamont said.

17 Jul 2014

RV parking area benefit for Ballarat tourism says CMCA

The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) says it supports the City of Ballarat Council in establishing a Recreational Vehicle (RV) parking area at Pioneer Park, Wendouree, for the benefit of the Ballarat community.

CMCA Chief Executive Officer Richard Barwick said today analysis shows that CMCA member travellers spend up to $700 a week exploring road tourism options.

14 Jul 2014

Ballarat Council vote stalls over dump points and camping issues

GSA notes that the venerable Ballarat Courier's Melissa Cunningham reports that: THERE was public outcry in the City of Ballarat's council chambers as councillors voted to defer two contentious items in Wednesday night's council meeting agenda.

All councillors except Councillor Amy Johnson voted to defer the two items including a proposal to establish free dumping points for caravans, campervans and motorhomes to dispose of their waste and another proposing free camping for recreational vehicles in Pioneer Park.

14 Jul 2014

Phil Jones looks at the enjoyment of staying in an RV Friendly town

G'day all We are on our annual Grey Nomad meanderings across outback areas in northern NSW and Queensland.

We enjoy this part of the country for many reasons. Probably the greatest being the ability of staying anywhere it suits us as a result of our motorhome being classed as 'self contained'.

11 Jul 2014

Corin Forest closest Canberra snow play experience

Corin Forest about 1200m above sea level is Canberra's closest and easiest to get to snow experience

Today Corin Forest has heaps of snow, so building a snow man is a can do.

Corin Forest is about 45 minutes from Canberra CBD off the Tidbinbilla Circuit Drive.

9 Jul 2014

Ben Binns pays tribute to smooth blend of operations as caravanning industry unites

Caravan, RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA) and Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Association of Australia (RVMA) become the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA) this month.

RVMA technical advisors have been conducting RVMAP audits in Queensland and New South Wales. GoSeeAustralia's Editor Garth Morrison took part in and reported on an RVMA audit in Campbellfield, Victoria in May.

8 Jul 2014

Australia's Adventure Drive Savannah Way touring options are open

The Savannah Way routes are open and welcoming travellers.

Explore sealed and unsealed section of the route. Many unsealed roads have been recently graded so it is a great time to be on Australia's Adventure Drive, Savannah Way News reports today.

Savannah Way links Cairns in Tropical North Queensland with the historic pearling town of Broome in Western Australia's Kimberley, via the natural wonders of Australia's tropical savannahs and the Northern Territory's Top End.

2 Jul 2014

Bigger, better caravan industry HQ launch faces fat vans challenges

Victorian Minister for Ports, Major Projects and Manufacturing, David Hodgett, accentuates the positive for caravanning industry growth.

David Hodgett uses and understands caravans and the value they provide to families through affordable road tourism holidays.

With so much current knowledge available, GSA took the opportunity to ask industry members whether the new black for caravan buyers is Outback...

23 Jun 2014

Easy access Canberra links caravanning and camping across Aust. capital

Canberra is Australia's best planned modern city with an exceptionally easy to use road network so towing through and across Canberra is a pleasure on wide, smooth road links.

This GSA Information Article is based on seven days of visiting and photographing caravan and Recreational Vehicle (RV) caravan and camping options which are convenient to Canberra and its attractions.

This GoSee article uses a Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel tow vehicle and a 21ft dual axle caravan as the yardstick for comments made.

19 Jun 2014

GoSee's Pam, Alan and Chloe start making memories on the road in Bendigo

Our Pam and Alan are now at their first campsite, on the first day of their new fulltime life on the road adventure to make some memories.

They are camped with Chloe, our famous follower of canine fashion, in Bendigo at Central City Caravan Park.

They have completed the move from a 3BR house to a 21ft caravan, plus dog.

Pam is noted for her cooking so here is a 4 Ingredients recipe the GoSee crew all enjoy...

17 Jun 2014

Canberra attractions include low cost and no cost experiences for all ages

Canberra's attractions showcase Australia's science, art, history, culture, sport and lifestyle through vibrant and interactive displays, a blend of exhibitions, performances and local activities and events.

For example Questacon the National Science and Technology Centre allows people of all ages to engage with science in extraordinary ways with more than 200 hands-on exhibits in eight interactive galleries,as well as the foyer and outdoor Science Garden experiences.

16 Jun 2014

Unique modern Canberra brilliant balance of city and bush

Canberra is unique among centres in Australia and is one of the worlds few planned cities.

For caravans and Recreational Vehicles(RV's) it is mostly flat, easy going with a road system which makes getting about logical and direct.

There are caravan parks between four and seven kilometres from the CBD.

This thriving modern city has fun for families, a busy calendar of events and festivals, plenty of outdoor activities and stylish restaurants, bars and shops.

5 Jun 2014

Up the middle DVD new TravelSmart prize for free GoSee club members

Free GoSee TravelSmart Club member Gerry Morton of Eltham Victoria is the winner of a new GoSeeAustralia prize for May.

It is the DVD Touring Australia's Outback Adelaide to Darwin produced by South Australian filmakers Brian and Joy Grant.

The hands-on video takes this iconic great drive of Australia via the Stuart Highway. All TravelSmart Club members are automatically in line for the chance to win monthly prizes.

5 Jun 2014

Parks Vic. gains in drive to re-open fire damaged Grampians NP walks and sites

The Mt Zero Rd (North) in Victoria's Grampians National Park will re-open on Saturday morning for the weekend, providing visitor access along the north eastern boundary of the park.

Parks Victoria says considerable progress is being made towards the reopening of fire affected areas of the Grampians National Park.

5 Jun 2014

Chrysler, Mazda, Holden report strong May results in SUV and towing models

Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to be Australia's best-selling large SUV.

Hyundai's May result is up +4.7% compared to the same period last year, making it the highest May sales result for the brand on record.

Holden remains the fastest growing of the Top 10 brands and has bucked the industry trend yet again, with the overall Australian new car market down 2.9 percent.

In May the Mazda CX-5 was Australia's most popular SUV of any size and type.

3 Jun 2014

$78,990 one-off prize caravan built to aid fight against youth homelessness

The caravan industry has united to help Kids Under Cover in its fight against youth homelessness and the result is there is now a one-of-a-kind $78,990 family caravan prize to be won in October.

The United Haven caravan prize winner will be draw at Leisurefest, Sandown Racecourse at 2pm on Sunday, October 5.

The United Haven benefits from the collective experience of its builders in the construction and fit-out of family caravans.

29 May 2014

Up to 60,000sq.m. available to exhibitors says CIAVic Supershow Manager

CIAVic Melbourne Showgrounds Supershow Manager Scott Leahy says up to 60,000 sq.m. of exhibition space is available for the 2015 Melbourne Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow.

At a presentation in the Boulevard Pavilion at the Showgrounds on Wednesday he said his aim was to get the maximum benefit possible for industry from the display space provided by Melbourne's biggest 19 hectare exhibition venue.

GSA includes through the lense impressions of the CIAVic Melbourne Showgrounds Supershow Orientation day -

27 May 2014

Sunny NQ Mareeba offers True Blue two week mix of icon Australian country action

Queensland's iconic Mareeba Rodeo and Festival, 65th Rodeo and seventh Annual Agricultural Show runs from June 28 to July 13. The Rodeo will be held on the July 12 and 13 at Kerribee Park Rodeo Grounds.

The Festival runs for two weeks and covers a variety of functions and competitions.

Over the Rodeo weekend Kerribee Park Camping Grounds is free (fees apply at any other time), Campers pay the rodeo gate admission fee for the weekend.

20 May 2014

Budget comment: Gradual return to surplus as Treasurer promises just about right

This year's Budget contained spending cuts, tax hikes and other measures to counteract the long-term effects of an ageing population.

Maggie says the Government promised it would make 'no major changes', to superannuation or the age pension in the first term and has largely honored this pledge, she says. A gradual return to surplus over the next decade as the Treasurer promises is just about right - fiscally prudent but not so tough that it kills off economic growth.

20 May 2014

Showgrounds shift frees Melbourne Supershow to make massive memories

The new Melbourne Showgrounds venue for the next Melbourne Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow fits the Caravan Industry Association Victoria (CIAVic) 'Go make some memories' call to action.

The new show runs six days from Feb 11 to 16, 2015 at Royal Melbourne Showgrounds.

'CIAVic will stage the biggest Australian show with new products, diverse exhibitors and fresh attractions', CEO Rob Lucas said today.

19 May 2014

Stuart Lamont named CEO of Caravan Industry Association of Australia

19 May 2014: At a meeting of the members of the Transitional Board of Caravan Industry Association of Australia last week it was confirmed that Stuart Lamont would lead the organisation as Chief Executive Officer.

'Stuart has shown an ability to challenge the status quo in driving Caravan RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia Ltd forward since being appointed Chief Executive Officer in November 2011,' Mark Lindsay, Chairman of Caravan Industry Association of Australia said.

16 May 2014

Caravan compliance potential long-term win for both buyers and builders

Two essentials need to be addressed by manufacturers and major industry bodies if the Australian caravan industry is to move forward to compliance which gives buyers and industry assurance of a consistently quality product.

In the caravanning industry RVMA processes now allow the assurance of a consistently quality product through total industry compliance. It is a potential win for both buyers and the industry long-term.

16 May 2014

Peak industry body relieved following handing down of Federal Budget

The Caravan, RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA), the peak national body representing the caravanning and camping sector, has expressed relief following the Federal Budget.

'This Budget demonstrates recognition of the importance of tourism to the Australian economy, and though there continue to be concerning elements, this Budget provides a greater level of certainty for our industry,' CRVA CEO Stuart Lamont said today.

14 May 2014

VACC supports shared role in future, but Budget concerns include indirect impacts

'We were expecting a Budget of savage cuts, of slash and burn, but in reality, Treasurer Hockey outlined a clear vision for the future that will not directly impact small business as much as we first thought. But the detail has revealed that, indirectly, small business will be hit as consumer confidence will slacken and households have less disposable income', VACC Executive Director, David Purchase, said.

12 May 2014

Increased fuel excise will milk more from motorists, says VACC

Industry website AutoNews reports today that Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, is expected to announce an increase in the excise on fuel of between three and five cents per litre (cpL) and a return to fuel excise indexation in the Federal Budget tomorrow, Tuesday May 13.

Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce opposes the reported increase in fuel excise and is against the reintroduction of fuel excise indexation, which was removed, for good reason, prior to the introduction of GST.

9 May 2014

Ford Ranger runs down pick-up competition in New Zealand and Australia

The Ford Ranger is outselling its pickup segment of the auto market competition in both New Zealand and Australia.

Ford says the pick-up has been a huge hit in New Zealand where it outsold the Toyota HiLux for the month of December last year and it has become the top selling pick-up year-to-date this year, according to NZ sales data.

9 May 2014

AL-KO system drops instant anchors as iQ7 applies whoa to runaway boats

In a contribution to towing safety in Australia and New Zealand AL-KO launched its AL-KO iQ7 at Sandown Raceway Melbourne this week.

The AL-KO iQ7 is power assisted braking, which AL-KO says significantly improves stopping performance and safety for large boat trailers.

It allows immediate brake application the instant it is required.

8 May 2014

TravelSmart Club winners benefit from 4WD, towing safety experience

GoSee free TravelSmart Club winners for April are both from New South Wales.

They both benefit from the collective experience of Vic Widman's latest book Classic Outback Tracks and GoSeeAustralia DVD (Driving and Towing to Stay Alive by South Australian film makers and writers Brian and Joy Grant.

The GoSee TravelSmart Club adds extra benefits and features when using this website plus automatic prize give aways.

6 May 2014

CIAAust set to deliver industry compliance says transitional board chair

'The ability to properly market the benefits to consumers, media and Government of compliance and accreditation will feature strongly as we strive to improve product quality within the industry, provide a genuine point of difference, and develop an open and level playing field for compliant and accredited businesses', Chairman of the transitional Board of Caravan Industry Association of Australia, Mark Lindsay says.

5 May 2014

NZ motorhome and caravan industry divides over moves for one North Is supershow

A group of six industry industry leaders have triggered Covi Motorhome Caravan & Outdoor SuperShow moves to limit North Island motorhome and camping enthusiasts to one show in the North Island in 2015.

But Lisa Rountree of Classic Events said today that - ' It is business as usual', for the Campercare NZ Motorhome and Caravan Show in Hamilton in Feb-March 2015.

Covi 2015 show dates have been confirmed for the NZ peak summer holiday season.

30 Apr 2014

Thames-Coromandel freedom camping decision reserved as laws branded overkill

Thames-Coromandel District Council has batted off claims that its measures to control freedom camping on the peninsula are a 'complete overkill' and infringe people's human rights.

The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) has sought a judicial review of three council bylaws which, they argue, unfairly restrict freedom camping in the district.

Justice Mark Cooper reserved his decision.

24 Apr 2014

Diverse cross-section of Wagga Wagga RV Crows tie GSA up in ukulele cords

Grey Nomads rolled up in force for the second Easter Stone the Crows Festival in Wagga Wagga NSW.

The Recreational Vehicle (RV) mix is the thing which sets the festival apart. Caravans, motorhomes, campervans, 5th wheelers, tents and campers which included an Owl set up campsites. In perfect weather any flat campsite was home. Mike Jacksons Ukulele sessions were a popular part of the festival and led to GSA's Lisa and Nick becoming disciples.

24 Apr 2014

Seymour offers us all an ANZAC contemplation of Australians at war

Pun intended, GoSeeAustralia stumbled on Seymour's Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk. We found the 150 year old Prince of Wales Pub has fair dinkum country-size meals, but we were a little early so we set off to see Seymour and found the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk.

This is not a traditional memorial.

It is not intended to be.

It belongs equally to the Vietnam Veterans and also to those who opposed Australia's involvement.

14 Apr 2014

Venue change causes Wagga Wagga Stone the Crows flutter, but Easter festival is go

The Stone the Crows Festival in Wagga Wagga, NSW over Easter is a celebration for all grey nomads, no matter what sort of RV, from Thursday April 17 to Tuesday April 22.

Stone the Crows is five days of entertainment, poetry, seminars, workshops and fun and games for Grey Nomads. The venue has changed to the ACTA grounds near the corner of Copland Street and Tasman Road.

This relocation means the festivals full schedule is uninterrupted.

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