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Join a caravan club --
enjoy a new experience!
Caravan Clubs News
What is a caravan club?
A caravan club is a group of caravan
owners with an interest in meeting one
weekend in each month. They are families,
young and old, who own caravans or
RVs and travel to towns, national parks or
destinations that members would like to visit.
The distance travelled is usually up to 200
kilometres, with some longer trips once or
twice a year, and destinations are decided by
the members when planning the next year's
calendar. The committee plans a program for
the weekend, which is of a social nature and
sometimes includes trips to local attractions.
These are all optional, and members are not
obligated to attend all activities. At a rally
there is no need to feel that you are required
to do everything together -- some members
go off and do their own thing and then return
to tell everyone about their activities during
happy hour and dinner. Rallies normally
commence on Fridays and finish on Sundays,
except for long weekends. If members are
free to arrive early or stay longer, that's no problem. All clubs
have a newsletter to give members details of forthcoming rallies
and events, together with rally reports.
Potential members are invited to attend two or three
club rallies as visitors with no requirement to pay fees or feel
committed to join. We would also suggest you visit a couple of
different clubs to see how things are done.
Members of clubs are also encouraged to attend their state
rally (varies from annually to bi-annually) to meet with other club
Why join a caravan club?
You have made an investment in your van and it is important
to make use of it more often than just at Christmas and Easter.
You can enjoy using your van all year, visiting new areas and
meeting friends who have similar interests. Caravan clubs are
often able to access many venues that are available to club
members only. You will visit places off the beaten track that
would normally be bypassed on a holiday trip. Entertainment
is organised at club rallies to include all age groups. Meeting
new friends is an important part of life in a caravan club. Our
clubs cater for all age groups and interests. Some clubs cater
for specific types of vans (Jayco, A'van, Coromal), and Masonic
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Members come from a variety of trades and, along with
experienced caravanners, can share many valuable hints with
you. Clubs are able to organise industry experts to visit rallies
and provide product updates, new safety equipment information
and helpful hints to make caravanning more enjoyable and
Our state associations are in continual contact with
industry organisations -- park owners, the Recreational Vehicle
Manufacturers Association and the State Trades Industries
Association. These groups provide updated information
regarding their section of the industry. This is then provided to
club members through the state associations.
How do you join a caravan club?
At the back of the Caravanning Australia magazine there
is a listing of all clubs throughout Australia, together with their
contact details. When you contact a club, they will invite you to
join them at a rally. If you enjoy the weekend, go again. Most
clubs invite you to attend as a visitor for two or three rallies prior
to joining. As some clubs have a limit on their membership, do
not be disappointed if the first club that you contact has reached
its limit -- there are others that do have vacancies or some that
have no limits. There will always be a club in your area that you
would be welcome to join.
The costs involved are minimal, with a joining fee and annual
membership to cover club operating costs -- for example public
liability insurance and state association membership. The annual
fees are usually about $30 per van member. Each member pays
their own site fees covering the nights that they stay.
Joining a caravan club can offer a whole new experience
when it comes to caravanning, so if you're the kind of person
who likes to meet people on your adventures, a club might be
the perfect thing for you. ●
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