TOUGHER economic times no doubt means Aussies are steering clear of what remains in their wallets but, according to the Caravan, RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia, many people are “rediscovering the simple pleasures of time spent together, on the road caravanning, campervanning and camping”. Numbers are well and truly on the rise for people hitting the road as they hand for caravan parks and camping grounds in every state. In fact, they have been for years, and now’s as good a time as any to try a DriveNow campervan rental when bargains are on the boil every week and we move towards warmer weather.
Just as the CRVA launches a new campaign for Australians to “experience caravanning and camping” – check out the free new ebook at www.experiencingcaravanningandcamping.com.au at the website – everyone from single travellers to couples and families are flocking to caravan holiday parks, which, according to CRVA marketing manager Keelan Howard says “have long been places where holidaymakers have enjoyed each other’s company; friendly faces waving hello, sharing a beer during happy hour, mums and dads chatting about where they’ve been and where they’re going and kids running off to explore together”.
As any roadtripping campervanner knows, an Australian road trip is priceless. And if you haven’t ventured into a caravan or campervan lately, you’re in for a surprise. As Howard points out: “These days they come with entertainment systems, flat-screen TVs, DVDs, large fridge, reverse-cycle air conditioner, and even a Sat Nav.Caravan holiday parks have upgraded too, adding top-of-the-line cabins, swimming pools, playgrounds, internet kiosks, tourist information centres, conference centres, playgrounds and high-end cabins.”
In the CRVA’s new ebook aimed at newcomers or those interested in rediscovering this holiday type, they point out how many caravan holiday parks also offer several activities that provide guests with more opportunities to make new friends, including such things as outdoor movies, bushwalking and bird watching groups, learn to surf lessons and free morning teas or sausage sizzles.
There’s something for everyone. After all, there are more than 2,500 caravan holiday parks around the country, each offering something unique, and priced to suit all budgets.
“The look may be new, but the caravan holiday park experience remains unchanged. People come to relax, get back to nature and get-together with family and friends – and make some new friends along the way,” Howard says.
The CRVA was happy to share with DriveNow some top tips for choosing a caravan park:
No.1: Look for holiday parks that suit your needs, interests and hobbies.Some cater more so to young families, some to those travelling with pets, while others are great spots for those looking for a quiet, romantic escape. Most caravan/holiday parks today have very good websites with useful information and photos to help you get a better idea of what the park offers
No.2: Don’t be shy – say hello to your new neighbours, share a cuppa or invite them to your cabin, camp or campervan site for a meal and a chat. By exchanging stories you’ll pick up suggestions on places to see and routes to take while having a great time.
No.3: Get involved in social activities or organised tours if they have them, and don’t be afraid to try a new activity – you might just uncover a hidden talent!