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18 Dec 2014

Downward $ has strong upside for Aussie based manufacturers and service providers

Maggie Tagg, who writes Citadel 'Financial Info on the Go' for GSA, says companies that manufacture or provide a service in Australia and compete with the now more expensive imports should do well.

The decline against the US dollar to its lowest level in four years will be particularly welcomed by the Reserve Bank which has talked about the currency being uncomfortably high for some time.

18 Dec 2014

Hamilton Mystery Creek Show free TOP 10 rally open to all campers

The Camper Care New Zealand Motorhome, Caravan & Leisure Show from Feb 27 to March 1 2015 says that TOP 10 Holiday Parks will host the Show's Rally.

The TOP 10 Rally will be held at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton, is FREE OF CHARGE.

All members of the public with a motorhome, caravan or tent are welcome to attend. Entrance to the Rally is via Gate 2, Mystery Creek Rd.

18 Dec 2014

Drab to Fab Caravan Do Up Challenge returns to Camper Care Motorhome, Caravan and Leisure Show

The Resene Caravan Do Up Challenge returns to the Camper Care Motorhome, Caravan & Leisure Show at Mystery Creek, Hamilton February 27th to March 1st 2015.

Two teams will once again compete to make over their caravans in just three days, on site at the show at Mystery Creek, a unique addition to the shows 10th birthday celebrations, and tying in the all new 'Everything Outdoor and Leisure zone'.

Recent Articles
12 Dec 2014

Get your towing head together and be a safer Christmas caravan camper

The closer a tow ball is to the rear axle of the tow vehicle the better. This really is a case of getting your towing head together. It is one big reason 4WD's are often chosen as tow vehicles. In addition to being heavier vehicles the design requirements of a 4WD, which must have serious entry and exit angles front and back to cope with off-road work, means the tow ball is not way aft, waving about. This means better, safer towing.

4 Dec 2014

Unique islands link to a true Aussie Out There Western Australia experience

The Abrolhos Islands, with their rich flora and fauna and surrounding coral reef communities, form one of Western Australia's unique marine areas.

The Abrolhos Islands lie about 60 kilometres west of Geraldton, on the Western Australian coast, and consist of 122 islands clustered into three main groups: the Wallabi Group, Easter Group and Pelsaert Group, which extend from north to south across 100 kilometres of ocean.

3 Dec 2014

BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park a rare SA roost devoted to bush peace

BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park, Aldinga, South Australia is all about peace and quiet.

It is 46km from South Australia's capital Adelaide between the townships of Maslin Beach and the Historic Port Willunga in the Aldinga area.

So don't drive to Aldinga township to find it.

3 Dec 2014

GoSeeAustralia Christmas wish is the gift of RV safety to those you love

It is important that a Recreational Vehicle, be it caravan, camper, motorhome or 4WD which has been sitting in the drive-way or under a carport for months be serviced before it is taken off to the summer holiday spot.

Professional service is essential both for safety and also to retain a high re-sale value in the RV.

Internal fixtures like stove, refrigerator and sink plumbing need to be checked over too.

The spin-off Christmas New Year gift to you and yours is a safe trouble free holiday.

28 Nov 2014

Ranger moves to No. 2 Ute in Oz as it challenges Hilux 32-year New Zealand run

Twenty fourteen has become a milestone year for the Ford Ranger as it has broken each of its monthly sales records through October in Australia while closing in on Toyota Hilux's record of 32 consecutive years as New Zealand's best-selling Ute.

Ranger sales in NZ are 31 per cent up to the end of October compared to the same time last year. Ranger is within striking distance of the top-selling Toyota Corolla as there are only 26 units separating the two.

26 Nov 2014

14,100 drawn to Bendigo Leisurefest as CIA Vic focus on first Melbourne Showgrounds Supershow

For the fourth time in four years Bendigo's 13th annual Caravan and Camping Leisurefest drew crowds near 14,000.

CIA Vic CEO Rob Lucas said CIA Vic's focus now was on the Victorian Caravan Camping & Touring Supershow, which moves to Melbourne Showgrounds for 2015 on the new dates of 11-16 February.

The RV & Camping Leisurefest will return to Bendigo for 20-22 November 2015.

25 Nov 2014

CIL Insurance sponsors Australia's biggest Caravan, Camping and Touring Outdoors Show

The Victorian Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow will celebrate the move to their new home, the Melbourne Showgrounds with CIL Insurance returning as the major show sponsor in 2015.

Announcing the new sponsorship arrangement, CEO of the Caravan Industry Association Victoria, (CIA Vic), Rob Lucas, said he was delighted that CIL Insurance had returned to team up with the event to showcase the very best outdoor exhibition space in the state.

24 Nov 2014

What do you think rolled this caravan over and put the tow vehicle in the ditch?

What speed do you think the rig was travelling at when the caravan went into uncontrollable fishtailing?

Look carefully at the picture.

There is something GSA thinks is obvious.

It may not be the cause but we think it is certainly a prime suspect.


12 Nov 2014

Consumers benefit as ANCAP steps up international safe car criteria

November 12 2014

Consumers to benefit from higher safety standards.

From 1 January 2015, the criteria against which new cars will be assessed will again rise for all star rating levels meaning even safer cars for consumers.

Increasing ANCAP standards and a comprehensive development and expansion path in partnership with Euro NCAP will see even higher levels of safety in cars from 2015.

11 Nov 2014

Volunteer Heritage Heroes produce $1,030,000 in added value at historic Farina

The Farina Restoration Group Enews letter says that since 2009 when a working bee of 30 caravanners and campers recognised the potential of the historic inland Australian South Australian township $1,030,000 has been produced in added value.

The Farina Restoration Group Inc works each year in stabilizing the historic buildings and explaining the history of Farina. Farina Restoration group are winners of the South Australia 2012 Heritage Heroes Award.

10 Nov 2014

Coromal Appeals to hip pocket among Bendigo Leisurefest regional debute launches

Bendigo's 13th annual Caravan & Camping Leisurefest will host several major regional product debuts and a whole new sub-brand from a top national caravan maker.

Leisurefest runs from 21 to 23 November at Bendigo Racecourse.

Coromal launches its Appeal companion range priced under $50,000 drive-away.

9 Nov 2014

148 nights of full-time life on road memorable experiences bring practical change

Our Pam and Alan report on 148 days of their new full-time life on the road adventure to Go Make Some Memories. They moved from a 3BR house to a 21ft caravan with guard dog Chloe in June.

Experience brought them back to their start point storage unit to reshuffle 'essentials'.

Sadly Chloe left in October. There is a hyperlink to a helpful story on the stressful challenges for long-term travelling pets at the end of the Information Article.

31 Oct 2014

Lest we forget - Dust-off copter landmarks Seymours remarkable Aussie Vietnam memorial

Seymour's Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in High Street at the junction of Emily Street and Tallarook Street, Seymour, Victoria is an experience which spans past and present and is certainly among Australia's Go Make Some Memories road travel attractions.

Mitchell Shire Council is creating caravan and bus parking at the eastern end of Seymour's Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk about two hours from Melbourne. The council aims to cope with big rigs.

30 Oct 2014

VACC appalled by potential fuel price politics windfall, says Exec. Director

VACC is appalled by the Federal Government's threat to reimburse not motorists, but fuel companies if the Senate does not approve the fuel excise increase.

Labor, the Greens, the Palmer United Party and other Senators have been told by the Federal Government that fuel companies would have a 'windfall gain' if the Senate does not approve the recently announced fuel excise increase.

28 Oct 2014

D-shackle confusion resolved by RVMAP industry recommendation, says tech alert

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia, along with the state associations, has developed an industry recommendation for D-Shackles when they are used in conjunction with Australian Standard (AS) compliant safety chains when towing caravans.

An RVMAP technical alert has been released by Caravan Industry Association of Australia to end long-standing confusion about the use of D-shackles in the caravan towing context.

28 Oct 2014

Celebrate 21 years with $21 sites at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

The McKinnon family is celebrating 21 years of owning BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in Airlie Beach and they are offering all guests the very special rate of $21 per night for powered sites for two people, for stays from Monday, 3 November through to Sunday, 30 November.

There are 119 powered sites, extensive tropical gardens, 32 staff and a host of facilities and services.


23 Oct 2014

Change in itself stressful challenge for long-term travelling pets

There is a lot more to travelling with pets than just putting them in the back of a vehicle and heading off. Change in itself is a challenge for a travelling pet.

GoSee's Pam and Alan found constant travel and the lack of familiar places the cause of some stress to their Maltese Shitsu Chloe. Finding a pet friendly park is not hard but keep in mind most parks do not allow pets during peak periods.

21 Oct 2014

Tribute to Chloe devoted companion and friend

This is a tribute to Chloe a constant friend who looked after GoSeeAustralia's Alan and Pam for 10 years. Chloe went to sleep for the last time yesterday.

On the day Chloe left she started the day guarding the car. She was a devoted companion and worked hard 'looking after' her humans for the past 10 years. She had just turned 13 last week. Chloe will always be remembered with affection.

17 Oct 2014

Govt super stall drops retirement heavy lift on shoulders of individuals

Maggie Tagg, who writes Citadel 'Financial Info on the Go' for GSA, says the recent government decision to defer the planned increase in the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) to 12 per cent to 2025-26 puts the onus squarely on individuals to save more for their retirement if they want to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.

The changes will leave some people tens of thousands of dollars worse off, but the actual amount depends on your age and financial circumstances...

10 Oct 2014

Thetford to sell unique prize caravan and donate to Kids Under Cover

Thetford will sell the United Haven Kids Under Cover custom-built caravan won by John Simmons of Thetford at the Melbourne Leisurefest draw and give all the proceeds raised to help Kids Under Cover.

Irene Viergever Marketing Communication Coordinator Thetford said:

'We believe Kids Under Cover needs the money much more than we need a caravan'.

'We believe that Kids Under Cover can never get enough support and that is why we will sell the caravan and donate all the raised proceeds to Kids Under Cover'.

8 Oct 2014

OECD says Canberra and Australia lead world on key living standards measures

An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report ranks the 362 regions of its 34 member nations according to nine measures of well-being and Canberra is Number One.

The report also says Australia is the best country to live in. OECD rankings for Canberra are: Safety 10, housing 8.5, Access to Services 9.6, Civic Engagement 10, education 9.1, jobs 9.6, environment 9.5, income 10, health 9.9.

3 Oct 2014

Caravan Industry Association of Australia presents Accreditation Key

At a Manufacturing Update Meeting,at Melbourne Leisurefest the Caravan Industry Association of Australia presented the RVMAP Accreditation Key, soon to be the standard in compliance and accreditation branding for the Australian RV Manufacturing Industry.

The stylish three-dimensional key is visually dynamic, and is aimed at providing consumers with peace of mind and security when they purchase a new RV product.

29 Sep 2014

Ranger towing figures underline benefits of GSA six year DPChip use

Over the last six years six GoSeeAustralia vehicles have benefitted from the addition of DPChip.

DPChip is an interactive computer which exploits the full potential of modern EFI diesel engines.

The GSA Ford XLT Super, P/U HR 3.2 diesel DPChipped Ranger has been towing on the road as part of a full-time travelling office for more than three months now. So we can offer practical experience based on carefully compiled numbers. Its performance is satisfying.

23 Sep 2014

Unacceptable caravan sway forces tow bar change on GSA Ford Ranger

GoSee Australia has found that fitting a Hayman Reese shank to a Ford tow bar can produce unacceptable sway in the caravan being towed.

Despite a series of trials and adjustment attempts the Hayman Reese 78003F cast shank and the Ford tow bar receiver are an unhappy sloppy fit.

At normal towing speeds the result is unacceptable sway, as the shank neck moves in the tow bar. This can be unnerving.

21 Sep 2014

Clued-up cast of dollar saver free seminar presenters at Leisurefest

GoSeeAustralia.com.au is among a clued-up cast of dollar saver free seminar presenters at the 7th annual Melbourne Leisurefest from October 2 to 5. The free seminars are a first at Melbourne Leisurefest.

The seminars run at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 3pm each day.

At 10.30am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Darren Maggs, MGLSAT Sat Phones and survival tips opens the seminar batting with a fascinating insight into getting the best from what is really difficult equipment to use well.

17 Sep 2014

GSA looks at Canberra Caravan Park and Camping Reserve profiles

This GSA Caravan and Camping Canberra research is based on visits to park and camping options. It specificially addresses:

Where are they?

How easy are they to access?

What do they charge?

What can they handle in terms of RV's?

What do they offer in terms of amenities and campsites?

These practical, informed answers, are based on a hypothetical big caravan (21ft) and Jeep Grand Cherokee tow vehicle.

10 Sep 2014

Quirky, colourful Canberra events turn Spring into Australia's BIG celebration

Canberra is home to Australia's biggest celebration of Spring, the 27th Floriade Festival, in Commonwealth Park from September 13 to October 12. This year's flower beds reflect a literal representation of things that people are passionate about including romance, hobbies, nature, fashion, music and mythology.

Canberra's Capital Region Farmers Market celebrates 10 successful years of operation this year.

The powerful bonds and enduring relationships between Australians and their horses are the focus on the National Museum of Australia's new equine exhibition.

8 Sep 2014

Bill Pycroft retires a point of difference for Top Tourist Parks of Australia

After 19 years with TTPA Bill Pycroft retires a successful long haul CEO. Bill is a driving force for TTPA from 1995 forward.

That track record includes a time when driven, demanding, innovative, persuasive Hugh Deidrich was president. Bill talked about Hugh in his farewell speech.

Hugh and Bill where a fit to fast-track TTPA's growth. TTPA and Bill Pycroft took that innovative strength into brave new territory. It bred the TTPA point of difference and always looks for benefits it can return to its members.

1 Sep 2014

Means Test goal posts are about to shift for self-funded retirees

Maggie Tagg, who writes Citadel 'Financial Info on the Go' for GSA, says the goal posts are about to shift for self-funded retirees, with changes to the way income from superannuation pensions is means tested.

The result could be that fewer in the future will qualify for a part-age pension or the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

From January 1, 2015 income from super pensions will be deemed, putting it on a level footing with assets held outside super.

1 Sep 2014

No specifications or set standards for shackles used in caravan and trailer towing

David Gunner Co-ordinator Vehicle Standards Department Planning, Transport & Infrastructure, South Australia says there are still no specifications or set standards for shackles used in conjunction with Australian Standards (AS) rated safety chains on caravans and trailers.

Under the Australian Road Rules the driver of a vehicle is responsible to: Control the movement of the trailer and; Ensure that it is safe to tow the trailer.

28 Aug 2014

Buyer beware don't get caught in 'fat van' towing trap

GSA gets regular requests for help from caravan buyers related to industry compliance and in particular tow vehicles and whether they are fit for the purpose intended.

Consumers have the right to expect that a business will not mislead or deceive them. Advertising by a business should never lead a consumer to believe something that isn't true. This might relate to the value, capabilities or quality of goods and services, source Fair Trading Qld.

Here is a cautionary tale...

26 Aug 2014

Burketown's first Morning Glory Festival rolls Sept 25 to 28

Savannah Way News reports that the first Morning Glory Festival is set for September 25 to 28 at Burketown near the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The festival celebrates the unique phenomenon that is the unusual cloud formations that roll in once a year, called 'The Morning Glory' cloud.

These clouds are so rare that most people will never see one in their lifetime.

26 Aug 2014

NZ High Court directs council to revoke amended Freedom Camping bylaws stance

The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) President Bruce Stanger is hailing the long-awaited High Court judgement over the Thames Coromandel District Council's consolidated freedom camping bylaws as 'a tremendous result' for the organisation.

Bruce Strange also raises the question of the council refunding unlawfully-gathered fines.

26 Aug 2014

Bonegilla's reef knots of recall bind fabric of multi-national New Australia

Bonegilla was the first Australian home for about 310,000 refugees and assisted migrants from more than 50 countries. Over time Bonegilla became Victoria's 'Little Europe'.

It was showery and cool as we met Australia's biggest and longest operating migrant centre.

The weather added reality to the experience of the remnant huts and buildings of Block 19. Spartan corrugated iron roof and walls, but this heritage centre touches the core of current day Australia.

Bonegilla speaks of courage. People game to have a go way outside their comfort zones.

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