Caravanning and Camping- the Experts Advice

Caravan and camping holidays have been the fastest growing tourism sector in Australia for the past 15 years and definitely don't appear to be taking a back seat. Caravan and camping getaways are the number one choice for many holiday makers throughout Australia and as the trend continues more families and couples are likely to dip their toes into the water and trial this great holiday option. However, there are a couple of things that everyone should know before they purchase a caravan or set up camp for the night.

We asked Barry Baillie, the CEO of the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW for any tips and hints he has for beginners.

"The best thing about a caravan or camping holiday is that there is something for every budget. From a $200 tent to a $500, 000 motorhome whatever you choice of accommodation everyone can still enjoy their greatly deserved holiday.

Many caravan parks throughout NSW are situated in some of the best locations throughout Australia, often neighbouring shopping centres, national parks and pristine beaches. You can have a five star holiday without the expensive price tag.

Caravan and camping holidays cater for every lifestyle and the first step of any touring holiday is finding the type of holiday that suits you. Generally speaking, retirees travel in caravans or motorhomes, depending on how they feel about towing. Families and young couples usually prefer camping or staying in a cabin.

I would suggest that beginners who want to go caravanning should hire a van first to see if they are happy towing and, most importantly, like the lifestyle. First time buyers should also do a towing course. 

Comfort is another must when going camping and there is definitely no shortage of luxury accessories available to give you that home away from home feeling. You won't regret the choice of a good quality mattress or camp chair.

Two elements that are crucial on any caravan or camping holiday are the first aid kit- health and safety are always a priority and… a great esky to keep the beer cold. An increasing number of parks are accepting dogs so you don't have to leave your favourite pet behind any longer.

My greatest piece of advice would be to try to get the best equipment you can so you can spend more time relaxing and enjoying your holiday and less time doing the dirty work.  Find a park with a good feel about it with lots of trees, grass and water. Make the most of interacting with the great outdoors and the new friends you will make along the way. Take the time to say G'day."

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