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RV Friendly Towns

Caravanning Around Australia - RV Friendly Towns

RV friendly towns are a very sought after commodity when you are caravanning or motor-homing around Australia, particularly if you are on a budget and let’s face it, most of us are!

Smart local government councils will seek to have their town or city recognised and certified as an RV friendly town when they realise just how lucrative this can be for them. With many regional towns suffering from a downturn of interest from younger folk who seek the bright lights of the city, this can be a god send to revitalise the local business sector and the economy of the area. It can also save you a lot of money and provide you with excellent facilities whilst you explore the attractions the region has to offer.

Of course we all need to eat, visit doctors and dentists, have prescriptions filled, have our vehicles serviced, buy new tyres, visit the local attractions, go on guided tours, buy new walking shoes, find a podiatrist, and drink lots of coffee, so the benefits to the local businesses in RV friendly towns can be quite substantial indeed. In fact RV tourists spend an average of $500 per week!

The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) is the group responsible for issuing RV friendly status to towns around Australia. Certain criteria has to be met to qualify and this includes:
  • Must be able to provide access to 24 hour medical and pharmacy services
  • Appropriate short-term parking close to a general shopping area that supplies groceries and fresh food
  • A mechanical service centre which is able to provide tourists with basic vehicle repairs
  • Visitor Information Centre with appropriate parking facilities for RV’s
  • A prominent map of the town which shows RV facilities and essential services
  • Easy access to clean drinkable water
  • A dump point for sewerage waste and grey water tanks, within 50km of the town
  • Provide an easily accessible short-term parking area for 24, 48, or 72 plus hours
  • Provide longer term parking for RV’s within 5 to 20kms of the town centre, such as Showgrounds or Caravan Park, at a reasonable rate.
It is interesting to note that Coffs Harbour Council on the NSW coast, no longer allows free camping at the Coffs Harbour Jetty. I personally think this is a great pity because the area of unused land is so vast. I’m sure even a small portion sectioned off and out of the way would be very much appreciated by RV owners. If there is no parking available then they can’t assist the economy of the area, and will carry on up the highway to the next free camp instead. Considering that RV tourists spend an average of $500 per week, it seems ridiculous to me to turn down the grey nomad dollar in this way.

I am a dedicated fan of RV friendly towns as they provide such great facilities. They are often located in great regional country areas, and they really do make you want to stop for a day or two or even longer. The fact that they understand what you need as you are caravanning around Australia encourages you to stop and support the local community. To all the RV friendly towns out there – thank you and well done!

5 comments:

  1. Hey Guys!

    Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park certainly is RV Friendly

    Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park offers a range of affordable and quality services to ensure that RV’s have plenty of options when visiting the Greater Port Macquarie Region.

    Unpowered RV sized sites with FREE water and dump point
    Powered sites up with holding space for any RV on the planet!
    Amenity facilities that are cleaned daily and suitable for camper requirements
    Walking distance to the CBD without any parking issues
    FREE internet - FREE BBQ’s - RESORT STYLE FACILITIES

    Why stay in tourist parks?

    Safety - Service - Standards - Supporting local businesses – Supporting local communities Ensuring that local car parks, parks and facilities are not over burdened for the locals.

    Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park support and sponsor a huge amount of local festivals, events, sports teams and groups. We employee up to 50 local staff and receive the services of over 100 different local suppliers contractors and tradesmen.

    “Support our local communities by supporting local tourist parks”

    Thank you

    Simon Luke
    Manager
    Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park
    simon@sundownerholidays.com
    www.sundownerholidays.com
    FREE CALL - 1800 636 452

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  2. Summer is not yet over. Bring the whole family at Darling Harbour with a great line-up of free entertainment.

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  4. You are so right. I really get annoyed when the powers to be in tourism do not try to encourage more tourist to stay in their towns. I have written a few articles about this.

    We have seen some towns that put up a toilet or toilet and shower near either a shop, hotel or service station for free. This is a great way to get people to stay more than one night. By doing this people will not only stay longer they may buy a meal at the pub, buy groceries and fuel. This also increases employment and helps the town to survive. I know for a fact if a town helps us we will return the favor by shopping there.
    Yes I know some people are just out for themselves but most people will appreciate the effort.

    Many places we have gone you cannot even find a place to park your car and caravan to do some shopping. Therefore that is there loss we continue on and always shop at places that help us.

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