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25 Mar 2015

Hand-crafted poppies heartfelt Aust-NZ tribute to 100th anniversary of ANZAC landings at Gallipoli

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

Kui's Ayr Sailean Chalets, Camping and Cottages allows guests to kick back WA country-style

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 Wangaratta Caravan and Tourist Park convenient base camp for regional touring

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.

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22 Mar 2015

Victoria's Milawa Gourmet Region definitely a destination to savour

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

Drought bites hard as Burrinjuck Dam ebbs to 32 percent of capacity

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 ask GoSee about Weight Distribution Hitch (WDH) for Jayco Starcraft caravan

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

Kui Parks Lakes Bushland real Gippsland country retreat with special welcome for pets

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

Kui Parks Mersey Bluff Caravan Park fine base for Tassie experiences

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.

13 Mar 2015

Bonnie Doon Caravan Park handy city escape haven for memory making water lovers

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

'Just a look' wins major Victorian Supershow Passport Nova caravan prize

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

OPUS plant, unique caravan mover examples of caravan industry Purple Patch says CIA Vic CEO

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

Grey 'loss of control' area raises need to better inform caravan buyers

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.

10 Mar 2015

National industry body streamlines strategy direction with landmark independent nine member board

State associations unanimously voted to move to an Independent Board to strategically direct Caravan Industry Association of Australia.

The new Board, replacing the existing structure of state association nominees on the Board, will shrink from 14 to nine Board members.

The state associations will continue to have a close working relationship with the National Body, and will provide operational input through an Advisory Committee made up of state association representatives.

5 Mar 2015

12 months in The Alice locks Margaret Wallace into spell of Outback

I arrive, it's hot raining and humid and I am anxious and excited; January 2014. Fast forward; March 2015. I am back in the South physically however my spirit stays in the Alice with my adopted family Marjorie and Phyllis.

They have taught me an aboriginal aspect to 'mindfulness'and also a deep love and respect for the changing land. They have told me many aboriginal tales/lore like the story behind the willy-willy.

They are very tolerant of me and with skin names and position; they have decreed my position would be a cousin to Marjorie but a mother to Phyllis.

4 Mar 2015

CIA VIC appoints New Industry Development Manager with strong compliance skills

The Caravan Industry Association of Victoria, (CIA VIC) has appointed Daniel Sahlberg to the new position of Industry Development Manager. He will also assist with the ongoing implementation of CIA VIC's Industry Blueprint in conjunction with the Blueprint Working Group.

Daniel Sahlberg conducted compliance audits at the recent Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow.

Over the last few years, CIA VIC has been building and implementing more services to drive growth in the industry and Daniel's appointment compliments this.

4 Mar 2015

Happy Birthday GoSeeAustralia, 12 years old today!

We have achieved a lot with more than 2700 caravan parks and campsites listed almost 13,000 Travel Smart Club Members, 1,100 Editorial articles, 9,000 pages of information are read daily, hundreds of supporting Industry businesses and Caravan Parks around Australia.

Thank you to all of our supporters and social media followers.

Supported by the caravanning industry and CIA Vic in particular GSA has helped thousands of Newbies through seminars at industry Supershows, Leisurefests and Expos. There is no such thing as a silly question on GSA or its Kiwi sister website GoSeeNewZealand.co.nz


3 Mar 2015

ContACT Internet Solutions beats sticky start to celebrate 18th great cake birthday

Tuesday March 3 2015: Today is our birthday. ContACT Internet Solutions Pty Ltd is 18 and its great cake time. Founder and Managing Director Graham Wallace allocated staff cake shares at the Fyshwick, Canberra ACT office this morning in lieu of breakfast. The birthday cake is a great fit as ContACT was registered in sticky circumstances.

ContACT is fully PCI DSS compliant and rated to Level 1. ContACT has an established firewall configuration approved by Trustwave.ContACT is the sponsor and mother company of GoSeeAustralia.com.au and GoSeeNewZealand.co.nz

2 Mar 2015

First Supershow at Melbourne Showgrounds springboards more growth

The first Victorian Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow at Melbourne Showgrounds laid the foundation for even bigger Supershows in the years ahead Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIA Vic) CEO, Rob Lucas, said today.

He said he was delighted with the Supershow's first trip to the Melbourne Showgrounds. Despite searing heat, a new location and a new time, attendance was over 51,000.

2 Mar 2015

GSA's Pam and Alan find Melbourne a great place to Go Make Some Memories

Melbourne has many must see and do activities close to the city.

We visited attractions over two days and looked at city transport options too.

For caravan park accommodation close to Melbourne CBD, we chose BIG4 Ashley Gardens Holiday Park at Braybrook as it was also close to Melbourne Showgrounds for daily attendance at the 2015 Melbourne Caravan Camping & Touring Supershow.

GSA supporting park Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park at Coburg should also be considered.

25 Feb 2015

$28 big shady powered sites don't blow the budget at Kui's Highlands Caravan Park

At $28 big shady powered sites don't blow the budget at Highlands Caravan Park in Victoria's Goulburn riverside Seymour and unpowered camping sites at $25 for two per night are easy on the wallet too.

Some sites are drive-through and there is a free undercover gas barbecue.

The Goulburn River is about 400m from the caravan park via popular walking tracks.

Pets are welcome at Highlands Caravan Park with site bookings.

24 Feb 2015

Part 2 of Libby and family question GoSee about caravans and tow vehicles

Libby Wilson of Lower Hutt New Zealand and her family of two adults and two children asked GoSee to help them buy their first caravan and a tow vehicle.

On both sides of the Tasman thousands of Newbies have had their questions answered. The collective knowledge of the 'Old Heads' who assist newcomers to GoSeeNewZealand.co.nz and its sister website GoSeeAustralia.com.au is based in practical experience.

Here is the second run of questions GoSee is posting for general information with the agreement of Libby and family.

24 Feb 2015

Deeming exemption boosts annuity interest for part age pension, Com. Sen. Health Card seekers

Maggie Tagg, who writes Citadel 'Financial Info on the Go' for GSA, says an annuity works like a regular pay cheque in retirement.

The advantage of buying an annuity within super is that your annuity payments are tax-free once you turn 60.

The downside is that you will then be subject to the minimum annual withdrawal amounts which range from 4 per cent for those under 65 to 14 per cent for those aged 95 or more.(ii)

24 Feb 2015

Granny's aspirations die as elder abuse chains her to selfish soul destroying child care savings

In an article in Crikey on December 19, 2013 Everald Compton said Seniors become five days a week slaves because their children prey unashamedly on granny's undeniable love of grandchildren:

Today his comments are even more relevant as Australia faces the real prospect of a succession of one-term governments.

Australia is abusing its Seniors and 'Volunteer' workers many of whom are victims of New Start and job training rorts.

23 Feb 2015

Benalla Leisure Park something special for travellers among Kui real deal options

Picturesque Benalla, in Victoria's High Country is a two hour drive from Melbourne on the Hume Highway.

GSA often uses Motel Room, Studio Ensuite Cabins and Standard Ensuite Cabins when travelling. Sometimes these are older accommodation, but for clean, basic comfort the price is hard to beat.

18 Feb 2015

Range Rover Sport premium diesel Hybrid tows 2.5 tonne Airstream 4023km to the Arctic Circle

Land Rover has teamed up with Airstream on an adventure to the Arctic Circle to demonstrate the capabilities of the new Range Rover Sport Hybrid. The world’s first premium diesel hybrid towed the 2.5 tonne travel trailer 4023 km to Land Rover's cold-weather test centre in Arjeplog, Sweden, then on to the Arctic Circle.

The hybrid towed the 13.1m long rig through some of the worst winter weather Scandinavia has experienced in living memory.

18 Feb 2015

Let's Go Caravan and Camping Lifestyle Show explores SA's diverse outdoor options

The Let's Go Caravan and Camping Lifestyle Show from tomorrow Feb 19 to Monday Feb. 23 at Adelaide Showgrounds explores South Australia's largest range of caravan and camping gear and accessories. There are more than 200 different exhibitors on show.

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 Feb feature children's activities. The Top Tourist Parks Camping Kids Zone activities include a giant mural for the kids to paint, mini golf, giant puzzle with camp scene and Miners Den prospecting.

15 Feb 2015

Full plaster interior sets off Jayco Leisure Homes 2015 Melbourne Supershow release

Jayco Leisure Homes new 2015 release at the Melbourne Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow was 15m x 5.2m and includes full plaster interior.

The 2015 example is an impressive three bedrooms.

The design comes with a lounge, dining table, chairs and all beds. Curtains, floor coverings, the cooktop and a fridge come standard.

14 Feb 2015

Most of biggest and best Melbourne Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow under cover

For the first time most of the Melbourne Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow is under cover. What luxury GSA share the CIA Vic stand 234 and we are airconditioned and sun and rain proof.

GSA is in the Tourism Pavilion.

It is next to the Green Room in which the free seminars are held.

Look for the seminar sign board. The Free courtesy buggies run right to the door and around the whole show.

The volunteer drivers do a great job.

13 Feb 2015

Greens on the run grow your own as you go seminar puts nutrition into camping meals

Neville Passmore's seminars in the Green Room at Melbourne Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow include how campers can grow their own greens while they are on the road. Neville and his partner like quality crunch with their salads and this is achieved with a mini version of a GreenWall vertical garden. This brings healthy camper-grown greens into the travelling diet.

Sprouts are a tasty addition to many dishes, and the leaves and tiny blossoms are used for herbal remedies.

12 Feb 2015

Caravan industry refreshing good news story minister tells Melbourne Supershow launch

Victorian Minister for Industry Energy and Resources, Lily D'Ambrosio, says the caravan and camping industry is a refreshing good news story.

She launched the biggest and certainly the best representation of the abilities of the caravan industry at Melbourne Showgrounds for the first time with comments which point to a positive attitude on caravanning and camping. Caravan Trade and Industries Chief Executive Officer, Robert Lucas, said today that seven million Australians have had caravan or camping experiences in the last two years.

10 Feb 2015

Mark has perfectly polished the Opal Caravan Park Lightning Ridge to show WOW factor

Mark Walsh drew on his own camping and caravanning experience to design Opal Caravan Park Lightning Ridge and added many features that he believes make his guests stay even more enjoyable.

He says he wants people to have the WOW factor in the park, to enjoy themselves so much that they have to come back.

GoSee chose the Opal Caravan Park for our stay in Lightning Ridge in 2012 and found this member of the Top Tourist Parks of Australia outstanding.

9 Feb 2015

Kui Cape Paterson Caravan Park designed to tap natural Victorian seaside beauty

Cape Paterson is about families, beauty and the sea. The coast has something for everyone. The bay beach is a child's delight and the modified rock pool allows supervised swimming.

Kui member Cape Paterson Caravan Park is laid out to take advantage of the natural setting and the proximity to beaches. There are more than 100 powered tourist sites located throughout the park, all in natural, shady bush settings.

It's a perfect spot for children, not only because of the playgrounds and walking tracks, but it's only a short walk to the beach with no roads to cross.

9 Feb 2015

Peaceful Arderns friendly family Kui park central to Ovens Valley attractions

Arderns Caravan Park is a friendly family Kui park in the Ovens Valley, about a kilometre from the Myrtleford post office.

It is adjacent to the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail and backs onto Happy Valley Creek.

The park has: Barbecue area, tennis court, spotless amenities, guest laundry, and dump point. The caravan park has spacious powered or unpowered caravan and camping sites, where pets are welcome.

6 Feb 2015

$64,000 in prizes at first Melbourne Showgrounds based Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow

From Wednesday until Monday Feb 16 every visitor to the Victorian Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow at Melbourne Showgrounds has the chance to win some great prizes in the Passport to Freedom competition.

The Supershow entry ticket is the Key to win some great prizes worth over $64,000. Make sure you have registered your ticket, scan the barcode at each site highlighted on your ticket and you could be taking home one of four fantastic prizes.

See all prizes at the Go Make Some Memories Passport to Freedom Stand 375A.

3 Feb 2015

Newbies Libby and family ask for help as they plan to buy their first caravan and tow vehicle

Libby Wilson of Lower Hutt New Zealand and her family of two adults and two children asked GoSee to help them buy their first caravan and a tow vehicle.

On both sides of the Tasman thousands of Newbies have had their questions answered. The collective knowledge of the 'Old Heads' who assist newcomers to GoSeeNewZealand.co.nz and its sister website GoSeeAustralia.com.au is based in practical experience.

These are the first questions in a series GoSee will post for general information with the agreement of Libby and family.

29 Jan 2015

Kui Park's Mount Gambier Central Caravan Park lives up to its name

In a quiet street in the heart of town Mount Gambier Central Caravan Park lives up to its name. It is central to shopping, dining, cinema movies and unique attractions.

This Kui Parks member park in South Australia's Limestone Coast Region is a base from which to explore World Heritage listed caves, Mount Gambier's mysterious crater cradled Blue Lake, wineries which hold their own in the best of company and nearby towns which are the essence of the Limestone Coast.

28 Jan 2015

Pam's Pink DreamPot transforms the taste of beef with veggies mushrooms and tomatoes

Any cut of meat takes on a completely different flavour when it is slow cooked in Pam's Pink Dreampot. Pam uses the 6 litre DreamPot which comes with a 2 litre inner pot.

The DreamPot has one or two stainless steel inner pots and lids, which are the saucepans. This allows cooking variety with recipes which run from soup to cake and most things in between.

On the road the secured DreamPot cooks along until it is meal-time. DreamPot is also a rice cooker, Bain Marie, cooler and yoghurt maker.

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