New South Wales regions have topped the list of the 10 most popular caravan and camping holiday destinations during 2008, according to the latest Caravan or Camping in Australia 2008 Snapshot released by Tourism Research Australia.
Topping the list was the South Coast of NSW which accounted for 2.7 million visitor nights, followed in second and third positions by the Mid-North Coast and Northern Rivers regions with 2.5 million and 1.7 million visitor nights respectively.
The Murray region also made the list in ninth place with 1.1 million visitor nights spent in the region in 2008.
Caravan sites Pleasurelea Tourist Resort Batemans Bay
During the year ending 31 March 2009, 27 million domestic visitor nights were spent in a caravan park or commercial campground nationally with around 34percent, or 9,317,000 domestic visitor nights, spent in NSW.
Barry Baillie, CEO of the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA) says that the caravan and camping sector has seen the emergence of first time campers entering the market.
Over the summer, many of our coastal parks reported an average 10percent increase in occupancy and a noticeable increase in people trying a caravan or camping holiday for the first time with many of them choosing to stay in larger tents and camper trailers.
The recent unrest of the global economy could see a trend towards Australians choosing holidays that offer value for money and let you see more of Australia.
Domestic visitors travelling with a caravan and staying in a caravan park accounted for the greatest number of domestic visitor nights across Australia in 2008 (30percent) followed closely by those staying in a cabin in a caravan park (22percent).
Modern cabins handle family needs
Our industry truly offers something for every budget, whether it is travelling in a caravan or motorhome, staying in a cabin or camping in a tent in a holiday park.
Many holiday parks now are destinations in themselves by offering great holiday activities, resort style swimming pools, clean and quality facilities and all in prime locations close to beaches or town centres.
The quality and luxury of todays caravans and other recreational vehicles is outstanding with many including bathrooms, kitchen facilities, living areas and spacious sleeping areas, Barry Baillie said.
For caravan and camping holiday ideas
Mogo Zoo Meerkats
Here is a GoSee idea to get travellers started - South Coast destinations include Mogo Zoo at 222 Tomakin Rd, Mogo. The zoo is minutes (10km) south of the water world of Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast. GoSee is proud to be a sponsor supporter of Mogo Zoo and their White Lion protection
program. The lions, which are white due to a recessive gene called leucism, hold a magical place in African folklore and are rarer than the legendary snow leopards of the Himalayas.Mogo Zoo's core focus is it is committed to the survival of endangered species. The collection of species under the threat of extinction is Mogo Zoo's driver.
The zoo's conservation work in relation to the endangered Red Panda is recognised internationally.
Sources: Caravan and Camping Snapshot 2008. Tourism Research Australia. Includes those staying in a caravan park or commercial campground and caravan and camping on private property.Travel by Australians: March Quarter 2009. Tourism Research Australia.
Editors Note: Here is a run of on the road pictures from GoSee caravan and camping experiences in caravan parks in NSW.
GSA Jayco Sterling and TD Toyota Sahara on road near Jerilderie NSW
Jayco Discovery sheds its Hayman Reese WDH as GoSee sets up camp
Diana Worner with her motor home
Ensuite site Pleasurelea Tourist Resort Batemans Bay
Look what I did Chloe has finishes setting up camp
Sunrise Pambula Beach NSW