GREY nomads from all corners of Australia have travelled to Townsville to escape the southern winter for the 16th annual Dam Fine Rally.
A spotlight on the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia’s calendar, the Dam Fine Rally at Ross Park, Kelso, is North Queensland’s premier motorhome occasion attracting up to 350 motorhomes annually.
Val Howard, 64, determined to flee the freezing Victorian temperatures to journey north for 4 months together with her caravan.
“It’s lovely to be back in short sleeves,” Ms Howard stated.
“We have lots of zero temperatures where I live in the morning and some days only get up to 11C or 12C.”
A former Townsville resident for 25 years, Ms Howard and her husband bought up and left the town in 2011 to turn out to be gray nomads.
“We travelled for four years. It was a very relaxing lifestyle,” she stated.
After her husband died in 2016, Ms Howard determined she needed to proceed travelling round Australia.
“It’s the freedom to be able to pack up and travel to a new place,” she stated.
She and 10-month-old cavalier king charles spaniel Charlie determined to benefit from the North Queensland winter and expertise their first Dam Fine Rally and WATPAC Townsville 400.
“The rally is a good excuse to come and meet new people here, to get away from the cold winter in Victoria and to catch up with a lot of old friends,” Ms Howard stated.
She stated the Dam Fine Rally, which wraps up right now, was a well-liked motorhome occasion for like-minded individuals to discover North Queensland.
“There’s lots of chinwagging with different people, everybody’s got a great story,” Ms Howard stated.
Tourism Research Australia figures present in the 12 months ending in March 2018 greater than 11.84 million in a single day caravan and tenting journeys have been made, a three.5 per cent improve on the earlier yr.
Camping can also be one among regional Australia’s most essential tourism sectors with a Caravan Industry Association of Australia report discovering 90 per cent of caravanning expenditure occurred in regional areas.
“You’re always putting money back into all the towns you visit through groceries, fuel, coffees and cafes,” Ms Howard stated.
Townsville Enterprise Tourism and Events Director Bridget Woods stated drive tourism was very important.
“We will always welcome the organisers of the Dam Fine Rally and we love the huge amount of visitation it brings to the region,” Ms Woods stated.
“The grey nomads love to visit Townsville because they enjoy the beautiful natural attractions the region has to offer.”