300 to take part in caravan rally
AFTER 42-and-a-half years of working for the RTA, Robert Brown and his wife Jeanette from Winmalee, north-west of Penrith, hung up their working hats, got a caravan, and hit the road.
“A lady I worked with and her husband were very keen caravanners,” Mr Brown said.
“And they wanted us to try it. So for our first trip we hired a caravan to see what we thought, then we bought our own.”
That was 12 years ago and now Mr Brown is vice-president of Caravan Clubs of Australia and State president of the NSW Association of Caravan Clubs while Mrs Brown is vice-president of the Coromal Club based in the Blue Mountains.
They are two of about 300 caravanners taking part in the 25th NSW Association of Caravan Clubs’ 2010 State rally being held this weekend in Lennox Head at Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park.
It’s the first time the rally has come to the Northern Rivers.
Caravan Clubs of Australia national president, Kevin Hill, is impressed with the help they’ve received in setting up the rally.
“The park management has bent over backwards to cater for us,” he said.
“And we’ve received support from Ballina Shire Council and the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce.”
Despite losing their awning in the wild weather that hit the Northern Rivers on Thursday Mr and Mrs Brown are undeterred.
“Lennox Head is a holiday resort area and one of the good ones,” he said.
“This park in particular.”
They’ve been around Australia twice and done many trips to other states but the Browns haven’t tired of their caravanning ways.
“This country is so vast and has so much to see,” Mr Brown said.
“The diversity in culture and environment is the attraction.”
This is also the first rally that the Browns have attended as a married couple.
After 20 years together they got married only last November.
“I think our exes got sick of waiting for us,” Mr Brown laughed.