Caravan and campervan sales booming
FREE-WHEELING holiday-makers are driving up caravan and campervan sales and putting more money in our pockets.
Registrations of these vehicles increased 6.4% across the region last year.
The rise was 1.1% above the national average of 5.3%.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive officer Stuart Lamont said regional and rural areas were the biggest winners.
"We are in a boom at present - and this flows through suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and caravan parks," Mr Lamont said.
"But what is most important is that 90% of all activity is in regional Australia.
"About $17.44 billion is the estimated size of contribution to the Australian economy by caravanning and camping, and many regional centres receive welcome money from the expenditure conducted by caravanners and campers as they explore the country."
Travel writer Cindy Gough said caravanning holidays were cheap and cheerful.
"You can go wherever you want to," the co-author of The Grey Nomad's Guidebook and website said.
"You can get into the outback, and you can get in tune with nature."