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6 Feb 2016

$5.2m Waikerie Caravan Park agreement worth $2m to regional economy says Edwards Group CEO

An agreement between Edwards Group and Loxton Waikerie Council means Waikerie will get a new $5.2m caravan park.

It is the first new caravan park of its size to be build in South Australia in a decade.

Waikerie has all the creature comforts. This includes diverse shopping, cafes and wineries, first class health services, the Waikerie Hotel and Club, golf club and the Murray River.

Waikerie is 1.5 hours from Adelaide.

5 Feb 2016

GoSeeAustralia salutes Bob Farmer caravanning industry mentor, friend

Bob Farmer President of VicParks from 2003 to 2006 died on Thursday, Feb. 4.

He was a good man. The caravan industry has lost a friend with a unique ability to apply statesman like logic for the good of all concerned.

Bob had a proven ability to assist the hesitant. ContACT Internet Solutions and GoSeeAustralia Managing Director Graham Wallace said today: 'His efforts contributed to making the industry better than when he entered it.'

24 Jan 2016

On Australia Day words like flexible, agile, responsive bring to mind a tiny nation with a big message

Australia Day, 26 January, is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip.

Current Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, identifies flexibility, agility and speedy response to opportunity as essential to success for our nation.

GoSeeAustralia has been spending time in northwestern Europe with expatriates, British, Americans, Irish and Australians plus of course Luxembourgers, French, Germans and Belgians who are part of a shining example of what sound leadership based around a flexible response to opportunity produces.

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22 Jan 2016

This is 'The Little Sydney Harbour Bridge' on the Hume Highway near Tarcutta, NSW

The bridge is rare both on a local and a State level, being one of only two reinforced concrete bowstring arch bridges to be built in New South Wales.

GSA think it is a marvelous venue for something special. Maybe a wedding. Or what a base to build a remarkable house on.

The long and lat is: S 35 deg 10.665 E 147 deg 52.405.

The bridge now stands in a field which is part of a sweepingly beautiful NSW rural valley about 100m off to the side of the Hume Highway.

22 Jan 2016

Here are tips from behind the wheel in a Big Rig hot-seat, on how to give everybody a fair go.

Road courtesy and a bit of patience may save your life; it could also prevent road rage. Better a wave of thanks, than a shaken fist.

Improved driver education and awareness of heavy vehicles, can only improve safety for all road users. A loaded B-Double can weigh 40 to 50 times that of the average sedan; don't risk being hit.

Simple physics means trucks take more distance to stop. As a pedestrian you wouldn't step out in front of a bus, so don't do it in your car, with a truck.

19 Jan 2016

Kui Millicent Lakeside Caravan Park kick-back experience in SA scenic Limestone Coast

Millicent is the Tourist Hub of the South East, about 50km from Mount Gambier, South Australia.

Millicent Lakeside Caravan Park is family owned and set in picturesque, grassed, tree lined surroundings close to the town centre with access to Millicent's man made swimming lake.

A range of comfortable cabins together with lawned sites for caravanners and campers and excellent park facilities ensure a pleasant stay in the park.

19 Jan 2016

Kui Kojonup Caravan Park puts WA country into genuine Australian cultural experience

Just three hours south of Perth in the rural heartland of the Great Southern region is Kojonup. It is a thriving country town steeped in history offering visitors the opportunity to experience Australia's rural way of life.

It is the kind of place which underlines Aussie in the Australia Day experience. That extends to Kojonup's Australia Day races.

Join the people of Kojonup for a chicken and champagne lunch and picnic races at Wandelca Race Course on Australia Day, Saturday, February 6.

21 Dec 2015

Holiday Parks Business Confidence Monitor heralds busiest ever NZ summer

As thousands of Kiwi families pack their camping gear in readiness for summer getaways, holiday parks are expecting their busiest-ever season.

The latest Holiday Parks Business Confidence Monitor confirms that holiday parks are looking forward to healthy business this summer.

There is still space available through January in many holiday parks. But it will definitely pay to check park websites and book ahead.

18 Dec 2015

Kick back in the shade hot tip from Halls Gap campers when Summer comes to stay

Kick back in the shade is the hot tip from Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park today. This camper is a fine example of what to do when Summer comes to stay.

The relaxed lady in the shaded hammock is a European backpacker travelling Australia for three months.

Looking around the Tourist Park, those not in the pool are sitting in a comfy chair under a shady tree with a cold drink, book or iPad.

The message is relax, be cool and stay hydrated.

18 Dec 2015

Geelong Recreational Vehicle welcome mat includes short-stay-long-bay shop parks

VicParks has officially launched its new Community Welcomes Recreational Vehicles program at the Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine headquarters with its launch partner, the City of Greater Geelong.

The City of Greater Geelong will provide welcome packs to RV travellers at various locations and 'short-stay-long-bay' parking spaces in shopping areas. The welcome packs detail where to go and what to do, as well as offering information on where to stay, where to find dump points.

15 Dec 2015

Victoria drops cost of camping fees across range of parks from Dec 18

The Government has dropped camping fees for a range of Victoria's parks in time for summer, following a state-wide review.

'We have some of the best parks in the country and we will continue to make sure they are accessible and affordable', Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville said today.

In total, there are 55 campgrounds around the state where fees have been reduced. Parks Victoria will immediately begin to process refunds for these campgrounds, which will continue in to 2016.

10 Dec 2015

Chiltern courtyard hides giant surprise, Australia's mightiest grapevine

Hidden in a pleasant courtyard behind The Vine Bar in Chiltern's Main St Australia's biggest grapevine is one among the authentic gold town's surprises. The authoritive Guinness Book of records says this is the biggest grapevine in Australia.

The Chiltern vine is 148 years old. It was planted in 1867 from a cutting of the Baxter Sherry variety.

It has never had fertilizer, nor is it watered.

It bears fruit in March each year. In 1936 it produced a bumper 2.5 tonne crop. One bunch weighed 6.5kg.

10 Dec 2015

Jingle bells at Chiltern as GSA joins the Bates family in Kui Christmas hat-trick of firsts

Lake Anderson Caravan Park, is now a Kui Parks member and sits near the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park, home to the Regent Honey Eater as well as a unique variety of birds.

The pretty, country-style caravan park offers exceptionally well presented cabins, plus grassy, shady powered and unpowered sites for caravans and campers too. It is a first for the Bates family as owner operators. They were celebrating a first when GoSeeAustralia booked in.

This week they joined Kui Parks and I am the first Kui customer to use my Kui Parks loyalty card. It was a first for me too as I joined in the excitement as I used my Kui Parks Loyalty Card discount to pay for my particularly comfortable cabin.

7 Dec 2015

Unique drive-through, undercover powered ensuite sites and comfortable cabins mark Gundagai Cabin and Tourist Park oasis

Quiet, roomy and shaded from the worst of the summer afternoon sun Gundagai Tourist Park is two minutes drive off the Hume Highway, midway between Sydney and Melbourne as the highway crosses the Murrumbidgee River.

It is an excellent stopover point for travellers bound north or south on the Hume Highway, or just exploring the Riverina. It is an oasis. We relaxed in the cleanest, best equipped cabin GSA has used this year in extensive cabin touring.


4 Dec 2015

Kui Dwellingup Chalets and Caravan Park one for your bucket list

Dwellingup Chalets and Caravan Park is one of Western Australia's most unique developments.

Set in the heart of Dwellingup state forest, the park has beautiful night light effects in the relaxed peaceful setting.

The park is walking distance to Dwellingup town centre, and a short drive to nearby Murray River.

3 Dec 2015

$3.85 m Swan Hill laser show emblazons Heartbeat of Murray pioneers as digital insights enhance tourism experience

The new $3.85 million Swan Hill Heartbeat of the Murray Experience project is a fantastic example of the State and Federal Government working together with local organisations, councils and communities to deliver outstanding outcomes for regional Victoria, The Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria, Danielle Green says.

The project is a new night-time entertainment experience on the banks of the Little Murray which uses water and laser lighting to recreate stories from the Murray River region.

2 Dec 2015

No holiday peak price rise as Kui Ibis Caravan Park offers wallet shock antidote

Tired of paying inflated holiday prices? Here is an option to avoid wallet shock. Ibis Caravan Park's rates stay the same all year.

Ibis Caravan Park is located on the main highway from Melbourne to Mildura. Ibis Caravan Park has lots of shady trees and grass. It is an ideal park for a game of cricket with the kids.

There is plenty of room for dogs to have a run. Ibis has a special tariff for Parkup Only (self-contained vehicles). The large sites are motorhome friendly, the park can easily fit large buses. Ibis Caravan Park cabins and onsite caravans are comfortable and affordable.

24 Nov 2015

Complicated caravan insurance needs real professional understanding working for you

The sudden death of three friends, all within a month showed Alan and Pam, a Victorian couple aged in the 55 - 65 bracket the reality of life. Could it happen to them?

You betcha!

They decided to wind-up their home, go on the road, and work and live in their 21ft caravan.

Pam and Alan need cover for their vehicle which is being used for business, their caravan, tools of trade plus computers, printer, cameras, phones, WiFi etc, all at no fixed address, and then additional contents cover for personal and camping items at any location in Australia.

It is essential to use a broker who actually understands what you are really doing, Alan says.

21 Nov 2015

AL-KO Electronic Stability Control (ESC) wins Mobility Engineering Excellence Award

The AL-KO engineering team has secured a gold award at the 2015 Mobility Engineering Excellence Awards.

AL-KO was formally recognised in the 'professional' category for the impact of AL-KO Electronic Stability Control (ESC) on caravan safety and stability. The Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia (SAE-A) Mobility Engineering Excellence Awards are the industry's premiere event.

AL-KO has a long history of innovation and has recently invested in a multi-million dollar Recreational Vehicle Technology Centre in Dandenong South, Victoria.

20 Nov 2015

Caravan industry donates $5000 to Annie North to equip family violence facility

The Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIA Vic) has donated $5,000 to domestic violence service Annie North to help equip a new purpose-built family violence facility in Bendigo.

CIA Vic's donation coincided with the 14th annual Bendigo Caravan & Camping Leisurefest at Bendigo Racecourse. 'It is satisfying to help equip a refuge that will give comfort and practical support to women and children at a time of great need,' CIA Vic President Nat Schiavello said.


18 Nov 2015

BIG4 Beacon Resort Vic. Caravan and Holiday Parks award Destination winner

Victorians who are working hard to grow the State's tourism and provide memorable experiences to visitors have been recognised at the 2015 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards.

BIG4 Beacon Resort Vic. Caravan and Holiday Parks award Destination winner is notable for its contemporary villas that set a trend of 'city style by the beach'. A family owned and operated business Beacon has seen the caravan industry grow over more than four decades.

18 Nov 2015

Jayco Newcastle nails major auto industry first as MTA names it new vehicle dealer of year

Jayco Newcastle has done it again. This time it received the top gong for the Motor Traders Association's (MTA) New Vehicle Dealer of The Year award.

This is a remarkable achievement for the dealership as it is the first time a non-car dealer has won the prestigious motor industry award.

The MTA represents more than 4000 motor trade businesses in NSW and ACT. The dealership is described by owner of the Jayco Corporation Gerry Ryan as world class.

18 Nov 2015

Recreational Vehicle Industry Association Supershow wins Silver at RACV Victorian Tourism Awards

The 2015 Victorian Caravan, Camping & Tourism Supershow made an impressive debut at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards.

Competing against other major event nominations which included the Australian Open, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Royal Melbourne Show and the 2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival, it took a Silver, second only to Gold winner the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Today, the Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow is the largest travel and lifestyle show in the state.

17 Nov 2015

Collie River Valley Tourist Park Kui tree lover haven and relaxed family experience

Here are the numbers to a unique Western Australian experience GPS: South 33 deg 21.45 East 116 deg 8.43

Drive 200kms south of Perth toward Bunbury, pass magnificent tall Jarrah trees and arrive at Collie River Valley's magnificent arboretum. Planted in 1922 using Australian native trees this arboretum is floodlit at night and creates a magic appreciated by visitors and locals.

The area is ideal for bush walking, horse riding, picnics, water skiing, canoeing and swimming. Fishing is a favourite too as perch, trout and marron frequent the Collie rivers and streams.

17 Nov 2015

Kui Millaa Millaa Tourist park cool, clean, natural Queensland tropic highland getaway

Millaa Millaa is just 60km from Innisfail, or 100km from Cairns, at the southern entrance to the Atherton and Evelyn Tablelands.

Whether backpacking, camping, caravanning or staying in cabins, surround yourself with tropical highland rainforest, tree kangaroos, platypus, brightly coloured birds and butterflies.

The accommodation options include Ensuite Family Cabins, Standard Cabins, Single or Backpacker units, and Powered and Unpowered Sites.

16 Nov 2015

Adventure Whitsunday wins Gold at Queensland Tourism Awards

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in Airlie Beach is the Queensland Tourism Awards 'Caravan and Holiday Parks' category winner for the fourth time.

Multi-award winning BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort has won the Whitsunday Tourism Award in the category 'Tourist and Caravan Parks' 20 times as well as the Queensland Tourism Award four times and the Australian Tourism Award in 2012.

16 Nov 2015

New e-go Platinum 200 moves big Aussie caravans and trailers like nothing else

Caravan accessory manufacturer Purple Line's e-go 200 has upgraded electronics, a wider 200mm tyre roller and a re-engineered engagement mechanism, it is designed to deliver maximum power to the road wheels of the heaviest caravans and trailers.

The upgraded e-go Platinum remote control electric caravan mover delivers maximum manoeuvring power for big, tough Aussie caravans. .

16 Nov 2015

Tania Kernaghan tops Bendigo Leisurefest bill

Golden Guitar winner Tania Kernaghan tops the entertainment bill at this year's Bendigo Caravan and Camping Leisurefest, with two big days of free public performances and meeting her fans.

The 14th annual Leisurefest opens on Friday at Bendigo Racecourse. Tania will perform on Friday at midday and 1pm, and will meet and greet her many fans on Saturday.


13 Nov 2015

Impressive new caravan, camping and 4WD products make Bendigo Leisurefest debut

CIA Vic Chief Executive Officer, Rob Lucas, said today that the industry was bringing new products to Bendigo Caravan and Camping Leisurefest that have never been seen outside the capital city shows.

The Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIA Vic) has product launches, from new caravan and camping accessories to new caravan models from leading manufacturers at Bendigo Racecourse, Epsom, from Friday to Sunday, 20-22 November.

11 Nov 2015

Lest we forget

South Australia's most unusual cultural tourism experience was launched at State Heritage listed West Terrace Cemetery on Friday March 4, 2011. The self-guided interpretive trail, named Heritage Highlights, reveals many surprising stories of eminent and everyday South Australians buried at the historic cemetery.

The Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) cemetery opened in 1920 and provided a burial ground for men and women who served in the First World War. It was the first soldiers burial ground in the Commonwealth. Among those buried in the AIF cemetery are four of the five South Australians awarded the Victoria Cross during the World War I.

7 Nov 2015

Industry pays tribute to passing of National caravanning, camping and accreditation pioneer Richard Davis

'Yesterday we lost one of the great legends of the Australian caravanning and camping industry', the Caravan Industry Association of Australia President Mark Lindsay said today.

In a moving tribute just a couple of months ago at a celebratory dinner for his service to the Caravan Parks Association of South Australia, fellow national Board member Dennis Austin described Richard in eight words: Leader, Dependable, Loyal, Visionary, Genuine, Successful, Server, and finally Passionate.

5 Nov 2015

Fantastic fishing in Waychinnicup National Park setting key Kui engredient for Cheynes Beach Caravan Park

Whether you are travelling from Albany or Esperance, Cheynes Beach Caravan Park offers an attractive relaxed area for the holiday maker.

It is a great place for the family.

Experience a diversity of activities from fantastic fishing, boating, surfing, diving, water sports, and seasonal whale watching tours.

Waychinnicup National Park surrounds the caravan park.

5 Nov 2015

In the Land of the Giants Manjimup Central Caravan Park Kui gateway to WA tall timber country

Manjimup is located 307km South of Perth with a beautiful 30 minute drive to Pemberton, Bridgetown, Nannup, and further on a magnificent 90 minutes drive to Walpole.

There is lots to do in Manjimup and the absolute best is a wooden treetop tower called the Diamond Tree Lookout. Located at the top of 51m karri tree which is 600 years old.

Nearby there is a Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park and a 100 year old forest. The Four Aces which has 230 year old Karri trees lined up in Indian rows near the roads.

28 Oct 2015

NZ Tourism growth boom blows away its own targets

New figures show that one in eight New Zealanders are directly or indirectly employed in tourism, reinforcing the industry's value to communities around the country.

Tourism supports jobs in every part of New Zealand, often in areas where few other opportunities exist, Total tourism expenditure in the year to March 2015 was $29.8 billion, an increase of 10.3 percent on the previous year.

International tourism expenditure increased 17.4 percent to $11.8 billion, while domestic tourism expenditure increased 6.3 percent to $18.1 billion.

25 Oct 2015

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort continues award collection with Aussie family holiday commitment

Multi-award winning BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort has won the Whitsunday Tourism Award in the the category 'Tourist and Caravan Parks' 19 times as well as the Queensland Tourism Award and the Australian Tourism Award in 2012.

Now BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in Airlie Beach has won the top award in the category 'Tourist and Caravan Parks' at the Whitsunday Tourism Awards in Airlie Beach on Saturday, October 24.

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort has been in the McKinnon family for 22 years.

24 Oct 2015

Archibald exceptional as Ballarat Gallery captures a gambit of precise portrait emotion

I went to the 2015 Archibald Prize, as I do every other year today at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and it is exceptional. Not just the Archibald Prize entries which are the best I have seen, but the Ballarat Gallery itself and its standing exhibits which are unique by any standards.

I walked in and was drawn to the third gallery by Thirteen Noahs. The work hit me right between the eyes. From a distance it looked like a collage, as I got closer I saw the subject was Noah Taylor by the artist Paul Ryan. I have had a secret love affair with the actor Noah Taylor my whole adult life.


21 Oct 2015

Jayco Newcastle builds on prestige profile with Best NSW Regional dealer industry excellence award

It is clear that Jayco Newcastle is thriving in its five acre dealership in Heatherbrae which is described by owner of Jayco, Gerry Ryan, as world class and 'The best RV dealership in Australia,' Jayco Newcastle has been honoured with a win in the Best NSW Regional Dealer category at the 2015 NSW Caravan and Camping and Industry Association's annual Awards of Excellence.

This is the second prestigious award to be presented to the dealership this year.

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