Move over grey nomads, young Australian and families are joining the caravan revolution.
As Australia emerges from lockdown and international travel remains off the cards caravan sales are on the rise.
“Recent weeks have shown a shift in people’s behaviour – having been cooped up for months, Australians are now turning their attention to travelling within their own backyard,” said Stuart Lamont CEO of Caravan Industry Association of Australia.
Caravanning Queensland CEO, Jason Plant was very buoyed by recent activity, saying that “Since the gradual easing of restrictions in Queensland from early May, our retail members have reported a significant increase in retail inquiry and activity. ”
“This strengthened around the time of the Premiers announcement on the lifting of intrastate travel restrictions and continues to remain strong,” Mr Plant said
"With further travel restrictions easing in the coming weeks, there is now a light at the end of the tunnel for all Australians to be able to once again explore, reconnect and spend time with loved ones.
"The spike in demand across the country is reflective of the need to escape, with keen travellers reconsidering what they might want to do with the funds they had earmarked for a big overseas trip, to instead invest in a recreational vehicle to explore Australia.
Thankfully, Australia is in a much better place than it was back in March, where social distancing measures, health fears and general uncertainty made trading conditions particularly challenging not just for our dealers, but for most retailers, "Mr Plant said.
When is the best time for an Aussie raodtrip?
Autumn/winter is peak touring season for central and northern Australia, and the weather is at its most benign. From May to July, in the Red Centre, western deserts and WA’s Pilbara, you can expect mild sunny days, cool to cold nights and no rain. Perfect campfire weather.
It’s also dry across the Top End from May to November, so the time is right for exploring Cape York, the Kimberley, Kakadu and the Gulf.
In spring and summer, head south to Tassie, the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, the Snowy Mountains and the southern coast of Western Australia.