…and some things for the more experienced to consider
Today’s Road Trips
Road into Distance
If you haven’t heard, the camp and travel culture in Australia is growing in unprecedented numbers.
Brisbane’s newspaper, The Courier Mail, reported today (10 March 2021) that “24 per cent of Aussies are planning more road trip holidays this year” (2021).
Interestingly, this research also found that “…those in their 20s and 30s… will take more day trips and weekend adventures to nearby destinations” and “…77 per cent of Queenslanders surveyed planned to drive to their destination on holidays this year”.
The Courier Mail Reports Some Interesting Figures
The Courier Mail also reported that “…in the September quarter alone (2020), camping , caravans and Campervans accounted for almost half of all holiday accommodation nights across the country”.
Further, Daniel Gschwind (CEO, Queensland Tourism Industry Council) is reported as saying that “If the caravan and 4WD sales are anything to go by, there will be an enormous amount of road trips in Queensland this year”.
Camping grounds are seeing more travellers
It’s also interesting to read that “Queensland has more registered campervans and caravans than any other state, representing more than a quarter of the Australian total” (The Courier Mail, 10 March 2021). And let’s not forget that this doesn’t include motorhomes and campers (whizz-bangs), perhaps use the the fact that their registrations get caught up in other car and truck types.
Finally, and from general observation, the campgrounds and caravan parks are certainly more full nowadays than they have been in past years – and I’m talking during the week and most weekends not school holidays. Just look at the traffic on the major highways on any given Friday or Saturday morning; or Sunday afternoon.
Let’s hope that similar trends (perhaps not as big yet) are occurring in the other states and territories of Australia. I’d love to hear your experiences.
Here’s one of my recent road trips (or Pastry Runs) down the Darling River: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhEMvw46EsMiR4NDeYTW9ux7vrw77iDbR.
Welcome to the World of Road Tripping
While all this leads to busier roads and more crowded getaway places, it does also mean that more and more of the good stuff (money) is flowing into the regional areas and smaller country towns.
As such, I welcome any new camper and traveller to this exciting world; and offer you a safe place to learn and explore through my webpage www.campandtravel.com.au and my socials @dayvcampandtravel and #outandaboutwithdayv. – plus YouTube account “Out and About with Dayv”.
Here’s a link to a few resources that may help you when planning your next big trip: https://campandtravel.com.au/camp-and-travel-planning-resources/.
This blog on travel times and distances you may travel in a day might also be helpful: https://campandtravel.com.au/camping-times-and-being-on-time/
What to Expect from a Camping Experience
But there’s so much to learn…
And I’m not just talking about what size tent peg to use in sand – although that would be a great blog.
I’m also talking about the cultural and people aspects of this travel and camping experience.
From my experience, when travelling away from the ‘big smoke’, you will have a far better experience if you slow down (in all senses of those words) and taking the time to look around (refer: https://campandtravel.com.au/are-you-at-the-wrong-pace/).
A phrase I often use is “lower your gaze and lower your expectations”. And I mean this is the nicest possible way.
Car and Rocket
When you travel past the mystical ‘Black Stump’, or perhaps today’s ‘Golden Stump’ (refer: https://campandtravel.com.au/the-golden-stump-camping-australia/), you wont find too many bright lights; neon signs; WiFi; night clubs; waterparks; five-star restaurants or amusement parks.
But, you will find stars, planets and satellites; campfires; new friends (many just like you); great creeks, rivers and billabongs; hearty good pub feeds; great publicans and camp hosts; and native animals aplenty.