Sorry we had to call time but the GoSeeAustralia top caravan park cabin holiday winners at the RV & Camping Leisurefest are . . .

October 03, 2006
Sorry we had to call time but the GoSeeAustralia top caravan park cabin  holiday winners at the RV & Camping Leisurefest are . . .

GoSeeAustralia three cabin holiday prizes for the GoSeeAustralia booth at the 15th RV Camping Leisurefest at Sandown Racecourse, Springvale were Cabin accommodation for a family of five, within an easy drive of Melbourne to be taken during off peak periods.

The three prizes were drawn at 4:30 PM Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Leisurefest with the help of Family Parks of Australia CEO Noel Guthrie, Gail from BIG 4 Adelaide Shores and Peter Wright's Leisurefest team who acted as scrutineers

Results of the Draw:
Big4 Goldfields Holiday Park BallaratVic Prize won by
Kim Dummett, Dromana Victoria

Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park Anglesea Vic
Family Parks of Australia CEO Noel Guthrie draws the Lake Hume Cabins prize winner
Family Parks of Australia CEO Noel Guthrie draws the Lake Hume Cabins prize winner
Prize won by
Jonathan Leone SurreyHills Victoria

Lake Hume Tourist Park Albury NSWPrize won by
Faye Mays Yarra Glen Victoria

Lake Hume Tourist Park Albury NSW(see the FPA Prize Flyer)
02 6026 4677 (Murray River)
4 nights accommodation Deluxe Cedar Cabin, 2 adults and up to 3 children Valued at $548.00

Big4 Goldfields Holiday Park BallaratVic (see theBig4 Prize Flyer)
1800 632 237 (Central Victoria Goldfields)
3 nights accommodation in 3 bedroom Villa, 2 adults and up to 3 children Valued at $528.

Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park Anglesea Vic(see theTop TouristPrize Flyer)
1800 040 455 (Great Ocean Road)
3 nights Superior Cabin for 2 adults and up to 3 children Valued at $459.00

* See Editors note.

Call at GoSeeAustralias booth from 10am till 5pm during the three days RV Camping Leisurefest. Big caravans are on the boil too. Read on for a Leisurefest preview . . .

Employees and theirfamilies of Big4, Top Tourist, Family Parks, ContACT Internet Solutions (GoSeeAustralia) are not eligible to enter this competition

Big luxury, comfort top cashed up caravan buyers wish list

And the Top Tourist Parks of Australia Anglesea Beachfront winner is named
And the Top Tourist Parks of Australia Anglesea Beachfront winner is named

Australians want bigger caravans with all the creature comforts and luxuries like ensuites, DVD players and LCD and fully equipped kitchens RV Camping Leisurefest Show Organiser Peter Wright told GoSeeAustralia today.

People want all the luxuries and this is driven by the cashed up baby boomer generation who are planning for their retirement years, he said.

Fuel prices have no bearing on the trend and growth over the past year in the manufacture and purchase of larger caravans, motorhomes and fifth wheelers is significant he said.

Leisurefest attracted many informed caravan and motorhome buyers who know exactly what they want.

Gail from Adelaide Shores draws the BIG4 Cabins prize winner
Gail from Adelaide Shores draws the BIG4 Cabins prize winner

The preference for bigger recreational vehicles will escalate as we move towards 2007, Peter Wright said.

In response to such strong demand, therewas a huge range of luxury caravans, motorhomes and fifth wheelers on display at the 15th RV Camping Leisurefest at Sandown Racecourse, in the Melbourne suburb of Springvale from 10am to 5 pm on Friday October 6 to Sunday October 8.

Visitors to Leisurefest saw a distinct trend towards larger, twin axle caravans decked out with all the modern comforts available on four wheels.

Its the baby boomers that are buying them, Peter Wright said.

Theyve worked hard for years so they feel they deserve a little luxury. Priced in the $45,000 $80,000 bracket, these caravans feature bathrooms with vanities and vacuum flush toilets, home entertainment equipment, fully-equipped kitchens and solar panels.

Ballarat Goldfields  Holiday Park cabin 2 bedroom, GoSeeAustralia pic.
Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park cabin 2 bedroom, GoSeeAustralia pic.

There were more than 20 caravan brands on display at Leisurefest ranging from the small to the not-so-small including a host of new local manufacturers like Nova, Opalite and Aussiewide, he said.

Fifth wheelers have emerged as a popular choice among consumers, Peter Wright said. They are a niche market, preferred by people taking longer holidays because you can disconnect the tow vehicle and do day trips from each destination.

The growth of fifth wheelers has been astonishing, he said. The key benefit is the stability gained through hauling them via a pin coupling.

Lake Hume Tourist Park pool and water slide
Lake Hume Tourist Park pool and water slide

Therewere a number of fifth wheeler exhibitors at Leisurefest offering products ranging from smaller units capable of being towed by a standard Ute to 11 metre long models towed by a Ford F250. Exhibitors included Trailblazers, Travelhome, King of the Road, Forest River, Escape, Venture and Fifth Wheelers Australia.

Motorhomes continue to grow in popularity as more Australians hit the road to do the big lap of Australia in comfort and style. Prices range from $50,000 to $750,000.

Motorhome brands at Leisurefest included Winnebago, Jayco, Sunliner, AVan, Kea, Matilda and Wirraway.

The latest effort from Melbourne-based manufacturer Scenic Caravans has custom built a twin axle caravan featuring a host of off road extras. The new caravan has 15 inch wheels, solid tank guards, independent suspension and tailored shock absorption.

Annette Terrill Ballarat Goldfields full kitchen facilities
Annette Terrill Ballarat Goldfields full kitchen facilities

Leisurefest was bigger with more than 350 of the latest caravans, motorhomes, campervans, tent trailers, pop-tops, off-road campers and 4WDs. Plus therewas a great collection of tents, camping equipment, accessories and clothing, and off-road equipment, parts and accessories.

Organisers said campers and tent trailerswere popular, with growing demand by the more adventurous travellers driving record sales.

We had some serious 4 x 4 parts and accessories and alternative power technology on display that excited off road enthusiast, Peter Wright said. Roughing it just isnt what it used to be.

Last year, tent trailer and camper trailer manufacture grew by more than 15 per cent, particularly the off road sector which caters to the more adventurous 18 to 45 year olds. Industry experts expect this segment to continue growing, particularly in the $10,000 - $20,000 price bracket.

Relaxed living, Lake Hume Tourist  Park, Deluxe cabins
Relaxed living, Lake Hume Tourist Park, Deluxe cabins

As the industry grows so too do the vast range of products and accessories. From suspension systems, solar power and navigation and communications equipment to roof racks, driving lights, tyres and more, there are thousands of products and accessories available to improve any off road adventure.

The 4WD and off road displays at Leisurefest are hugely popular year after year and visitors are always interested in the latest gadgets and accessories, Peter Wright said.

These products make off road travel safer and easier and therefore more accessible, especially for people who previously didnt have the confidence to stray off a bitumen road.


Visit www.leisurefest.com.au for more information.

Superior Cabin Anglesea Beachfront.
Superior Cabin Anglesea Beachfront.

Where: Sandown Racecourse, Dandenong Road, Springvale

When: 10 am to 5 pm, Friday 6 October to Sunday 8 October 2006

Costs: Adults $10; Pensioner/Senior Card holder $8; Kids under 15 Free (when accompanied by an adult)

Getting there: Car parkingwas free, disabled parking at main entrance, Sandown Park train station on the course



Products

  • Latest release caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, off-road vehicles, campervans, slide ons, pop tops, tent trailers and 4 x 4s
  • A range of towing and touring vehicles from leading manufacturers including Jeep and Nissan
  • A huge range of touring accessories from leading suppliers
  • Tents, camping accessories, annexes, equipment and clothing for the outdoor enthusiast
  • Trailers, towing equipment, parts, aids and accessories for all touring needs
  • Serious 4 x 4 parts and accessories from ARB, Duncans and more
  • RV telecommunications products, alternative power, and off road equipment and services from leading industry suppliers
  • Drive tourism destination information, products and services
Forest River 5th Wheeler
Forest River 5th Wheeler

Features

  • Over 350 new Recreational Vehicles on display including the latest designs
  • More than 60 individual RV brands and over 50 touring tents of all shapes and sizes
  • Leisurefest covers over eight acres at Sandown Racecourse
  • 20,000 visitors over three days attend The RV and Camping Leisurefest at Sandown
  • Leisurefest is great fun for the whole family with free kids activities on the weekend
  • Food, beverages and heaps of free parking available

*Editors note: Pictures of cabins and experiences in this feature are typical of the caravan parks which provide the GoSeeAustralia cabins holiday prizes. They do not necessarily reflect the actual cabins prize winners will enjoy.

Motorhomes make camping so comfortable, GoSeeAustralia pic
Motorhomes make camping
so comfortable,
GoSeeAustralia pic
Family Fun at Leisurefest Sandown
Family Fun at Leisurefest Sandown
Leisurefest 04 Caravans
Leisurefest 04 Caravans
Winnebago Motorhome
Winnebago Motorhome
Scenic Caravans has custom built this twin axle caravan featuring many off road extras you could dream of
Scenic Caravans has custom built this twin axle caravan featuring many off road extras you could dream of