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Queensland caravan & camping show draws 78,236 to budget holidays in Australia

May 20, 2009
Queensland caravan & camping show draws 78,236 to budget holidays in Australia

Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show drew 78,236 people. Up to 19,000 people a day generated an estimated $40 million in sales for the touring holiday industry in Australia.

Tourism bodies report many show visitors plan their next holiday in Australia, show organisers said today.

Caravanning Queensland CEO Ron Chapman said the strong attendance had translated into strong sales for exhibitors.

The highest attendance was on the long weekend when up to 19,000 people per day visited the show.Of the 78,236 people who visited the show, we had people from across Queensland, and from across Australia, converge on Brisbane as this is the nations largest caravan show, he said.

Importantly, visitors didnt just look at camper trailers, motorhomes, caravans and travel accessories, but many bought as well. Tourism bodies at the show also reported that many visitors were actively planning their next holiday in Australia.

Touring holidays are no longer just for Grey Nomads. They are now a popular holiday choice for couples and families as they are fun, affordable, and give you the freedom to discover new places. In fact this year, the number of at families visiting and buying at the show markedly increased.

A popular choice that doesnt break the bank, touring holidays are relaxing and much more economical than other holiday types, with lower accommodation, entertainment and food costs.

Australian swimming champion Dawn Fraser
and country singer Tania Kernaghan appeared at this years Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show,and illustrated the broad appeal of Australian touring holidays.

Olympic champion Dawn Fraser,was at the Winnebago stand signing autographs on the opening day, Wednesday 3 June.

Dawn, the Winnebago Ambassador, is a touring holiday enthusiast and travels Australia in her motorhome.

Country singing star and Discover Downunder host Tania Kernaghan performed daily at the show as part of her Livin the Dream tour.

Tania is no stranger to touring holidays, she grew up caravanning around the country with her father Ray as he performed all around Australia. She still enjoys caravanning today.

At the 1956 Melbourne OlympicsDawn became an Australian national hero and world swimming star, winning the 100 metres freestyle gold medal in world record time as well as taking gold in the 100 metres freestyle relay and silver in the 400 metres freestyle.

Dawn won two more gold medals at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales, and another gold at the Rome Olympics in 1960 for the 100 metres freestyle. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Dawn was honoured by the Atlanta Olympic Organising Committee as one of seven greatest athletes of all time and also carried the Olympic torch on its way to the main stadium.

At the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Juan Antonio Samaranch, President of the International Olympic Committee made Dawn, First Lady of the Olympic games partnering him to the Opening Ceremony in which she was one of seven Australian women to run with the Torch in the main Stadium. She also was the Attach to the Australian Olympic Team in 2000. She remains one of Australias best-loved identities.

Dawn Fraser
Dawn Fraser

In 1993 Tania Kernaghan caught the attention of ABC Country and released her first single, Ill Be Gone, which was co-written by her younger sister Fiona and featured Keith Urban on guitar.

She officially signed with ABC Country in 1995 and in January 1996 delivered the triumphant debut, December Moon. The album went platinum, spawned a massive six hit singles and earned Tania three Golden Guitars.

December Moon is one of the most successful country debut albums ever released in Australia and continues to sell strongly even over a decade later.

The follow up, Dancing On Water, arrived in 1999 and included the Top 5 hits Dunroamin Station and When I Ride. Big Sky Country was released in 2001 featuring Steal Away and Goin Bush while her fourth album, Higher Ground, landed in 2005 featuring the revved up Harley McTaggart and the hit Life Dont Get Much Better Than This which stayed at the top spot for 4 weeks.

2009 looks set to be another big year for Tania with the release of her highly anticipated 5th studio album, Livin The Dream.

Tania was the right fit for Nine Network's lifestyle program, Discover Downunder.

In February 2007 Tania made her debut as co-host of the program. Each week Tania heads off to discover some of Australias most beautiful tourist destinations.

Tania was the first female performer to be inducted into the Galaxy of Stars Country Music Walk of Fame in Tamworth in 2005.

The Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show covered an estimated 70,000 square metres at Brisbane's RNA Showgrounds in Fortitude Valley.

Tania Kernaghan
Tania Kernaghan

The overall Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show included about 300 exhibitors and showcased the latest innovations, services, and destinations, along with informative and entertaining seminars and displays.

The Motorhome and Campervan Show ran in conjunction with the Caravan and Camping Show, giving visitors two shows for the one admission price.

Editors Note: Here are some interesting and informative stands whichwere part of the Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show.

Get Advice on any product or spare part available in the caravan and camping world:

Coast to Coast Caravan and Leisure is a supershow caravan and camping supermarket with offices in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

After more than 25 years in the industry Coast to Coast is one of the biggest wholesale-retailers in Australia.

Coast to Coast distributes brands like Fiamma, Suburban Recreational Vehicle water heaters, Winegard, Coleman airconditioners, WAECO, Faulkner and Kipor.

Kakakadu makes  living space with a rollout awning
Kakakadu makes living space with a rollout awning

Coast to Coast covers eight general product categories. These include caravan accessories, chassis equipment, caravan hardware, camping equipment, hatches and vents, electrical, gas and TV equipment,hotwater services, air conditioners awnings and privacy rooms.

The impressive, diverse stock of plumbing fittings stretches from tank monitors to fuel safe all plastic cans.

On website the eight categories link to easily scanned PDF files. To use them Adobe Acrobat Reader must be among your installed programs. A link to Adobe is provided.

Coast to Coast representatives offer advice on any product or spare part available in the caravan and camping world.

Southern Cross Caravans:

The Southern Cross Expedition Range of Recreational Vehicles reflects original ideas and innovative technology.The showpiece from the Queenland RV builder is the Southern Cross designed trailing arm air bag suspension.

GoSee Jayco Discovery on Glen Cromie $18  site
GoSee Jayco Discovery on Glen Cromie $18 site

The design has heavy duty mounts and adjusting cams. It provides camber and toe-in adjustment and the rolling sleeve airbags have an impressive 200mm travel, Southern Cross says.

The design operates on a low air pressure, which gives a smooth and rattle free ride which soaks up rough roads.

Brakes are 12in. CAD steel disc brakes. Southern Cross says these are virtually maintenance free and give safe, smooth, even stopping power.

Southern Cross chassis are supagal treated and made in the custom builders own jigs. Southern Cross RV's are engineered, designed and tested for maximum strength with minimum weight, the body construction is a fully insulated triple composite fibreglass shell.

The lightweight custom-built interior, is produced with new modern colours and finishes.

Southern Cross says the walls, floor and roof are bonded together to form a seamless one piece shell. The body is strong and has great insulation and sound-proofing qualities, is easy to clean and will maintain its shine for many years.

Southern Cross Caravans are at Meadowbrook, Queensland.

Southern Cross soft-ride  long-travel air suspension
Southern Cross soft-ride long-travel air suspension

All Seasons can help with almost any requirement in vinyl or canvas:

Gold Coast based All Seasons Vinyl and Canvas are the makers of Kakadu annexes. The Kakadu annexe comes in vinyl or canvas and adds living-space to caravans, poptops, campers and motorhomes.

All Seasons Vinyl and Canvas has been in the industry since 1987 and their factory at Currumbin Waters, Queensland can help with almost any requirement in vinyl or canvas. That includes ute backs. All Seasons has agents in Newcastle, New South Wales and Geelong and Bendigo in Victoria.

All Seasons services south to Ballina and north to Noosa. For people outside their service area three weeks notice on a date to call at their Currumbin Waters, Queensland factory will produce a measured and fitted annexe in three days, All Seasons says.

Real-Ezy Folding Boat Trailers:

Real-Ezy Folding Boat Trailers in MacLean Northern NSW, Australia, is a family run business operated by husband and wife team, Rob and Linda Shawyer, along with their two sons Ian and Brett.

Kakadu annexes suit Jayco, Goldstream and Coromal campers
Kakadu annexes suit Jayco, Goldstream and Coromal campers

Rob is the inventor of the Real-Ezy Folding Boat Trailer. He has been involved in the design and manufacturing field for 29 years.

His workmanship and skills earned him a Churchill Scholarship to Oxford University to hone his engineering.

The continuing growth and renewed interest in caravanning Australia wide, led to the Real-Ezy Folding Boat Trailer being conceived.

The Real-Ezy Barcoo and Barcoo Lite coil suspension models are the latest to be released and are popular as the one trailer can do both around home towing and also be folded up and taken away on holidays.

The Barcoo with independent coil suspension is designed to take boats up to 3.9 metres, plus inflatables, and is suitable for On or Off Road use. It has two main sections, the rear folding suspension and the front draw bar section, which can be stored seperately or all together.

This model is the most versatile trailer of its kind, and can be easily mounted on front or rear of Caravans and Camper Trailers.

Real-Easy Folding Boat Trailers has distributors in Raymond Terrace, New South Wales, Blacktown NSW and Welshpool, Western Australia.

Real-Ezy Barcoo coil suspension
Real-Ezy Barcoo coil suspension
Do-It-Yourself kit saves on annexe set-up costs and towing time:
Captain Cook Annexe top of the range
Captain Cook Annexe top of the range

Austaliawide Annexes provides high quality Australian made caravan annexes for all types of rollout awnings at a budget price in kit form.

The family-owned company operates from Kunda Park on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Austaliawide Annexes has created a standard annexe to suit all roll-out awnings with sufficient windows and doors positioned to suit all weathers.

Austaliawide Annexes easy-to-use measuring kit allows easy DIY measurement and fitting and saves hundreds of dollars plus driving time through direct delivery anywhere in Australia.

The kit form annexes come in three styles from the traditional through more modern to an ultimate fully optioned kit form annexe.
website includes How To videos. There are also PDFs which step through the measurement process. Printed instructions and a DVD are supplied with the kit.

Professional support is built-in too. Austaliawide Annexes has fitting agents in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

DiY windscreen repair kit saves dollars and time

The patented Do It Yourself Ufixit windscreen repair kit allows vehicle owners to quickly repair their own windscreen with a product that is simple to use, cheap and effective.

The Ufixit DiY Windscreen Repair Kit Repairs multiple chips and cracks in windscreens. It restores the windscreens original strength and repairs all types of laminated windscreens.

A bottle of resin lasts up to five years once opened.

Ufixit stops damage from spreading.There are easy to follow instructionand the process is simple, cheap and effective.

It Will repair all types of damage (including cracks) no matter how old they are.

Ufixit works best on small round damages no larger than a 30 mm in diameter and cracks no longer that 100 mm in length.

The product comes from the DEMS Group Pty Ltd which distributes high-quality, affordable products to the Australian and New Zealand market place.

Ufixit is available through Burson Autoparts outlets, Repco and through selected stores at Autobarn and Auto One.

Meals ready when they are wanted when they are wanted

Editors Note: The Shuttle Chef Thermo Cooker which is the major prize in the May draw for GoSee TravelSmart Club members is on display at stand 2096. TravelSmart Club membership is free to all GoSee website visitors and includes the opportunity to win prizes each month supplied by our generous industry supporters.

And caravans come with a garden too

Todays caravans are a home away from home, an Australian caravan manufacturer has created what is believed to be the worlds first caravan with a garden. Kratzmanns Franklin Caravan showcases a herb garden for those green thumbs who like touring holidays.

The herb garden is contained within an extendable side of the caravan and is designed for caravan cooks who miss their fresh mint, parsley and chives when they hit the road.

Caravanning Queensland CEO Ron Chapman said the Franklin Caravan was just one of the many innovative displays at the show.

Where to stay: Alison Huth says SE Queensland is not sinking. All the S E Qld parks on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Hinterland are all fine, she said from Lilyponds Holiday Park, Mapleton.

We are all nice and dry and open for business. And, right now, we have a touch of blue sky and not a drop of rain, Alison said.

Lilyponds is a members of the Top Tourist Parks of Australia chain. The caravan park carries a GoSee motorhome friendly logo and can cope with RV's to 12 metres.

Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park, Ashgrove, Brisbane with 100 tourist sites is the closest caravan park to Brisbane City Centre (four kilometres).

Ufixit windscreen repairs save  money
Ufixit windscreen repairs save money

Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park is close to the RNA Showgrounds and adjacent to shops and public transport. All the attractions and facilities of Brisbane, Queensland's capital city are accessible and easy to visit. It does not have a pet friendly policy (no pets allowed).

Pets are welcome although they must be contained at all times at James Sharp Memorial Park. This is a family bush camping ground situated five kilometres from the township of Canungra about an hour (90km) from Brisbane.

Sharp Park River Bend Country Bush Camping has five hectares of managed and well maintained camping and recreational grounds set amongst the hills on the Upper Coomera River, which is ideal for swimming or throwing in a fishing line.

Septic toilets on site, solar shower available on request. Campfire facilities and fire wood also available. Mount Tamborine, Lamington National Park, Killarney Glen, O'Reilly's and Binna Burra Resorts are just a few places to visit for day trips. Sharp Park is a peaceful bush camp with a country feeling. You can play cricket, kick a football or just relax and laze around.

Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show contact details:
Phone: 07 3862 1833

Editors Note: Here is a GoSee selection of Information Articles from the extensive GoSee library which will helpinform caravan and camping showgoers about what to look for when making buying choices.

Adria Caravan group therapy
Adria Caravan group therapy