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21 Aug 2014

Wodonga Border Caravan and Camping Expo lifts to new size, display, variety levels

Wodonga's 4th annual Border Caravan & Camping Expo set a whole new standard for the size and variety of displays last weekend and patrons liked what they saw.

Exhibitors reported an enthusiastic response to the spacious new layout and the greatly increased variety of products on display, with strong sales across the board.

The Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIA Vic) was more than happy with the result for its official industry show, with attendance close to last year's figures of 11,500.

9 Aug 2014

Game changer challenge for tourism says VicParks CEO

Tourism businesses are being challenged to rethink their business models in the light of constant change and diversity, VicParks CEO Elizabeth White says in a report to members.

The advent of the retired and permanently travelling Baby Boomers has challenged caravan park operators to provide safe, secure and quieter accommodation for this demographic, she said.

8 Aug 2014

Goldstream delivers adventure caravan design options at Wodonga Expo

Goldstream responded to the rapidly expanding Australian buyer demand for adventurous time-out caravan and camper experiences at Border RV & Camping Expo at Wodonga Racecourse from 15 to 17 August.

Goldstream created the 16ft 6in Rear Ensuite caravan designed to travel well behind smaller 4WD and AWD vehicles with tow ratings of about two and a half tonnes.

Goldstream uses quality suspensions and builds in strength with double ply walls.

Recent Articles
8 Aug 2014

How a Ferret learnt to deal with Rabbits while caught in an Ice storm

Police say we have a Crystal methamphetamine 'Ice' storm epidemic. So here is informed advice on how to handle the situation whether travelling or at home.

First and foremost another person's behavior is their responsibility.

Only support an individual if they change their violent behavior.

Being supportive does not mean that you have to be at risk.

It is OK to talk about it.

Get support for yourself, even if the violent individual does not want help.

The words of Martin Luther King offer a resounding direction to what is the best thing to do for all concerned. He said 'Thus far and no further!'


5 Aug 2014

Now we have your attention GoSee offers some thoughts on safe towing

Now we have your attention GoSee offers some thoughts on safe towing. It is essential to take the time to read the Owner's Manual for both the tow vehicle and the caravan.

This may be a War and Peace challenge, but the rewards the knowledge gained gives is worth the trouble.

Have towing fit-out work done by a registered professional provider who understands what is required for modern caravans and towing safety.

1 Aug 2014

GSA Road Show snugs down on big gale day at Wellington SA Caravan Park

GSA's Alan Pam and Chloe rode out a 7 deg gale snugged down in the lee of Wellington Caravan Parks sheltering fence as a series of severe weather events marched east through South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

.Chloe was happy because pets are welcome on site. Alan was happy because he had all reefs in early in a sheltered anchorage and his crew were comfortable despite the storm weather.

31 Jul 2014

GSA participating Caravan, Holiday and Tourist parks of the Murray

This Information Article profiles the huge range of options and experiences GSA's participating Caravan, Holiday and Tourist Parks offer in the Blue Sky Sunshine Country of the Murray River and its related towns and attractions from Wodonga to Mildura.

To access this extensive free Victorian and NSW touring information quickly knock the parks name into the unique Multi-search box at the top right of the GSA Home Page. Click the down arrow on Select Search Area. Click Caravan Parks. Click search.

30 Jul 2014

Murrayville, possibly most peaceful, cheapest, greenest caravan park in Australia

In the heart of the Mallee Murrayville Caravan Park says it is possibly the most peaceful, cheapest and greenest caravan park in Australia.

Up the main street, just past the swimming pool there are eight powered sites and unpowered sites for campers to enjoy the experience.

GSA rolled into the caravan park after leaving the sunny banks of Lake Boga, near Swan Hill bound for Victor Harbour SA to attend the annual SA Caravan Parks conference.

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.

21 Jul 2014

GoSeeAustralia's Alan, Pam and Chloe make their home on road full time

After a staff meeting at GoSee's Head Office in Canberra in December 2013, it was decided that our marketing direction 'go back to grass roots' and GoSeeAustralia would go back 'on the road'.

Our Agnes and Nick went 'on the road' in March this year with a three week working trip around Tasmania in a Tassie Motor Shacks sponsored Hi-Top Campervan. Then Alan, Pam and Chloe decided to 'go indefinitely' with no time limit, no restrictions,no ties.

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.

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.

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