Caravan Insurance 101

Caravan insurance

If you need comprehensive insurance cover for your caravan or trailer, it can be tough to find where to start. It’s important to keep your caravan secure when you are traveling Australia on the road, in your home or at a campsite.

Caravan Insurance will make sure your caravan is protected from damage, theft, fire and many other losses while it is on the road or secure at your home or caravan park. Many providers will also let you cover the contents of the caravan to make sure belongings remain protected for when your caravan isn’t being used.

What cover do I need?

Caravan

  • A caravan is an unpowered vehicle that is usually towed by your car. From traveling across Australia to relaxing in a caravan park, a caravan insurance policy should be the best for you.

Camper Trailers

  • These are basically combinations of caravans and tents. They usually have a pop top, where the roof raises up to create a living space. You can get cover for your camper trailer under a standard caravan insurance policy.

Motorhomes

  • The main difference between a Caravan and a Motorhome is the fact that you can drive a Motorhome and it doesn’t need to be towed. Which means Caravan insurance policies won’t cover your motorhome, and you’ll need to look into motorhome insurance

Do I need to get Caravan cover?

Different from Car Insurance, Caravan Insurance is not a legal requirement. Your car’s CTP will cover anything that happens on the road, but only if it’s attached to your car.

If your trailer comes off and collides with another car, you most likely won’t be covered. Having no insurance on your caravan is very risky and will mean that you’ll have to use your own cash if you’re in an accident.

How much does it cost?

The cost of caravan insurance differs from person to person and caravan to caravan. Some factors that might determine your cost include:

  • How much you insure on the caravan. It is up to you how much you want to Insure on your Caravan, you can do practically any amount you want up to its value. The higher you insure it for, the higher the premiums will be.

 

  • How much you’re going to use it. The cost will be different if you are using it routinely and are traveling frequently compared to if it is parked in the same spot all year round.

 

  • Your agreed out-of-pocket expenses. Your excess is the amount of money you agree to pay out of pocket any time you claim. You can often choose your own excess amount when getting your policy. A higher excess means lower premiums.

Which Caravan Insurance should I get?

There is no one ‘best’ caravan insurance or policy. It all depends on your situation and what types of cover you are looking for.

The way to go is decided what type of cover best suits you and your situation and compare their policies to other providers.

Find what you need for the best price.

Below are some companies that offer good caravan insurance options:

Youi

  • No matter the size of your adventure, or where you go or don’t go, our comprehensive caravan & trailer insurance has you covered. (www.youi.com.au)

CIL

  • CIL Insurance can provide caravan insurance anywhere in Australia and are Australia’s Leading Specialist Caravan & RV Insurer. (www.cilinsurnce.com.au)

NRMA

  • Protect your touring caravan or camper trailer with NRMA Touring Caravan Insurance. Includes cover for accidental damage, theft, fire, storm and more. (www.nrma.com.au)

GIO

  • Comprehensive cover for your caravan, trailer or horse float at home, on-site and on the road. (www.gio.com.au)

CGU

  • Whether you’re a grey nomad doing laps of Australia, or a family that cherishes a yearly caravanning holiday, it pays to protect your home-on-wheels. CGU offers comprehensive caravan cover, with plenty of options to tailor it to your needs. (www.cgu.com.au)

Allianz

  • Whether you have a caravan, camper trailer, horse trailer, or trailer, we have an insurance option for you (www.allianz.com)

QBE

  • Complete cover for your little piece of home – when you’re on the road, at a caravan park or at home. You’ll also be covered for damage to other people’s property. (www.qbe.com.au)

Apia

  • Protects your caravan for accidental loss or damage anywhere in Australia due to events such as accident, storm, impact, vandalism, fire and theft. (www.apia.com.au)

RACQ

  • RACQ Caravan and Trailer insurance provide the protection you need to get out and enjoy the freedom and adventure that touring offers. (www.racq.com.au)

RAC

  • Whether you’re heading up north, down south, exploring interstate or somewhere in between, the open road will be much more relaxing with trusted insurance for your caravan or trailer. (www.rac.com.au)

Suncorp

  • When you own a caravan, trailer or horse float, you want insurance that moves with you. (www.suncorp.com.au)

Thinking of another insurer that is not on the list? Leave a comment below!

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Conversation Reignites Over Uluru After Another Death

Written by avid camper – Rhys De Deugd

One of the great wonders of the world is Uluru, and for years it has been affirmed by Indigenous Australians as a sight of tradition, history, and importance, and not a rock that is to be climbed.

To the Anangu people, the sacred site has held much significance and many of the traditional owners say the rock holds many stories.

The stories are passed down generations and its sacred nature is exemplified by its beauty and importance to so many Australians.

With the recent news of a Japanese tourist dying after falling whilst climbing the rock, it has again sparked the conversation of whether the beautiful rock should be banned from climbing for safety and indigenous traditional reasons.

Northern Territory Police say the man, 76, was attempting to ascend one of the steepest parts of the climb when he collapsed and lost consciousness about 4:00 pm yesterday.

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The climb is extremely dangerous with over 37 people dying since the 1950’s when tourism began to come to central Australia.

The Anangu believe that in the beginning, the world was unformed and featureless, Uluru played a part in creating all beings and features.

Uluru is the physical evidence of the feats performed by ancestral beings during this creation time.

However, for many travellers there has been motivation to tick-off an item on their bucket list as they may not have the opportunity to achieve the feat that many other tourists have done.

Many may have climbed it but also many have lived in central Australia for thousands of years before us and are the traditional and spiritual owners of the land.

At this stage, it appears a ban will be taking place next year after the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board decided unanimously to ban climbing Uluru.

Regardless, it is one of the true beauties of nature and is still a great tourist attraction from the bottom and the top.

Have your say below in the comments

You need a Wooshka, here’s why.

Campfires are one of the best parts of camping. They provide warmth, atmosphere
and something to cook on.

My partner and I had been doing our research on the Wooshka, the reviews where
great so we decided to go and have a look at one in person down at our local
Bunnings store. We tossed up the pros and cons, and in the end, the pros definitely
outweighed. We arrived home after purchasing our Wooshka and we just couldn’t
wait to use it. We went all out and purchased most of the accessories for it,
including the hot water canister, flue oven, beads basket and the rotisserie.

We found that a lot of campsites we went to didn’t allow fires pits, but because of the
Wooshka isn’t an open fire, it’s fully contained and raised off the ground, most
campsites allow them.

What a great little stove the Wooshka is. We use it for heating, cooking and just for
the atmosphere both while camping and at home. Initially, we thought it might be a bit
large to cart around especially with the accessories, but when you consider its use
and the fact that it uses so little wood compared to an open fire, it is worth finding a
space for it.

Our first camping trip away with our Wooshka was over the Easter break, for
breakfast most days we cooked bacon and eggs on the hotplate but we also decided
to try the breakie boats everyone has been talking about. We put egg, bacon,
cheese, spinach, capsicum and mushrooms into the taco boats and cooked them in
the oven, they were so yummy!!

For dinner we cooked a roast pork on the rotisserie, it cooked so evenly! It was
definitely a hit. While our roast was cooking we put potato jackets and corn in the
oven, they came out beautifully golden and the corn was so juicy!

We had recently seen a family cooking pizzas in their Wooshka oven, on this
occasion we didn’t make them. But we can’t wait to use it again and try out so many
more recipes.

Our 17 Best Free Camps in Australia

Written ByKevin & Adele Hockey

In our 2 years in Australia, we have found some fantastic free places to camp.

For us, we love the ocean and therefore most of our best places are overlooking a beach.

There are many free camps around Oz but sometimes you pull up and are just blown away by how amazing it is. Friendly people, extraordinary views, fun activities the location provides or the sunrises and sunsets that welcome you or complete another magnificent day on the road in this incredible country we get to call home.

We all have our own perceptions of what that is for us, the following 17 places are the ones that have appealed the most to us from what we have seen so far.

No doubt we will continue to add to the list over time.

For clarity, we consider Free camps as totally free and are not campgrounds, Pub stays or other organized locations. Free camps mostly have no or limited facilities.

There are no designated sites at Free camps and no powered options. Usually, you are expected to be self-contained with your own toilets and showers, the capability of carrying your own water and storing your grey and black water.

All 17 are completely free, at the time of writing there was no charge to stay.

# December 2017 Update – Uluru has been removed as it is now closed. Wallangarra, Lake Wyangan, Quicks Beach, Lake Mulwala and Doolans Bend have been added.

17. Wallangarra Rest Stop

Location: At the Qld/ NSW border in the Southern Downs region

About: An excellent free camp area with lots of facilities and heaps of space when traveling the New England Highway. It is located directly on the border of Qld and NSW.

There are plenty of facilities making this an ideal stopover for free.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/G_7ACEoxYRk

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: Yes

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

16. Lake Wyangan

Location: Griffith, NSW

About: A beautiful lake with great fishing in a quiet country town and excellent wineries close by, what’s not to like.
Toilets and showers are available but in your drinking water.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/Tqtn1sSkXYQ

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        Yes

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly: No

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

15. 7 Mile Beach WA

Location: South of Geraldton, WA

About: A simple free camp spot with no facilities but lots of beach and amazing sunsets every night. A short few km from the Highway.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/AyBicHrnhdM

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

14. Lake Mulwala

Location: Mulwala, NSW near Yarrawonga on the Murray River

About: This is a fabulous free camp just a few km from town and right on the bank of Lake Mulwala, part of the amazing Murray River on the NSW/ Victoria border.

Known for its fantastic fishing you can find a campsite right on the banks and enjoy up to 2 weeks in this amazing location. There are no facilities, you will need to have your own arrangements for toilet, showers and bring your own water.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/HxI6YCiSt1w

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 14 nights in any 3 month period

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

13. Doolans Bend

Location: Murray River Browns Plains Victoria, 30 km from Albury.

About: One night here just wasn’t enough. A fantastic location directly on the banks of the Murray River. Set up a fire, cast out a line and enjoy this amazing location in a beautiful bush setting.

There are no facilities so bring your own water and you will need to take your rubbish back with you.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/sgX1KdX3nZ0

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

12. Cliff Head Campground

Location: near Arrowsmith, WA

About: Cliff Head has 3 free campgrounds, Cliff Head South, Cliff Head North which looks fantastic and this one which is in the middle. We chose this one as it had more space and good protection from the wind.

A beautiful beach with great sunsets and the campground has plenty of room to move.

When we were there new toilets had just been installed.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/71WRACdqIxg

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

11. Babinda RV stay

Location: North Queensland

About: This is a brilliant Free campground in North Queensland providing all the facilities you would need. A new shower block provides great hot showers for $2, there are a separate toilet block, good water, and a dump point.

Besides the campground is a great shallow creek perfect to lay in and relax.

Lots of space and plenty of good level space to park.Best facilities of any Free camp we’ve seen in Oz.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/I8Ju2MezaI8

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        Yes, $2

Potable water: Yes

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: Yes

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes. Also Vodafone and Optus.

10. Brown Bay, Port MacDonnell

Location: East of Port MacDonnell, South Australia

About: The opportunity to park with an extraordinary view directly from our Motorhome gets this one into our Top 10 Free Camps.

There is a bitumen car park with designated spaces perfect for staying the night, however, there is also a track to the beach and it leads to an awesome space to park right on the beachfront.

The beach is very popular with local surfers and you can swim and fish the day away or just absorb the fantastic views.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/3a2gcDfqztI

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 24 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        Yes, outdoor cold shower

Potable water: No but water is available back in town at Port MacDonnell

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

9. Garden Island

Location: Clarence Point, Tasmania

About: Located just north of Beaconsfield in Tasmania this is a great Free camp in the middle of the River Tamar.
If you like fishing you will love it here and we saw Seals playing in the River right in front of us.
Enjoy the views directly across the river to the town of George Town during the day and see big ships sail on by.
There are no amenities so bring plenty of water with you.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/puWpqsGSpVE

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: Unlimited

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

8. Lake Mackintosh

Location: Mackintosh Dam, Tasmania

About: Not far from Cradle Mountain is Lake Mackintosh, a very beautiful lake where even Darryl Kerrigan would be pleased with the serenity.
We built a fire and enjoyed the incredible views, peace, and tranquility.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/GhktiivXg_E

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: Unlimited

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: Yes

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

7. Robe Jetty

Location: Robe, South Australia

About: This is not well noted as an official free campsite however the information center in town made us aware of its availability. We further heard that it is known to be ok to free camp here.

It is used as a turning circle for vehicles so we stayed back out of the way to allow the traffic to easily use the area.

Swim, snorkel, and fish from the beach or jetty. Only 5 minutes to the town center.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/3IbygOXImfc

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No, we accessed water from the park nearby next to the BBQ’s.

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No but one is available in town approx. 5 minutes away

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

6. Kangaroo Island

anywhere you want to stay but Stokes Bay was great.

Location: Kangaroo Island, South Australia

About: The cost to travel to KI turns many people away so the island doesn’t have the issues of mainland Australia and at this point, whilst all the information provided to travellers consists of the caravan parks and campgrounds, we found there were almost no “no camping” signs on the island and no rangers to wake you early in the morning asking you to move. We spent 12 nights parked wherever we could find the most stunning location and there were many.

We were generally able to find water and arrange for access to a dump point. From one corner of the island to the furthest point is approx. a max 1.5 to 2 hours drive.

We really enjoyed Kingscote Jetty, Stokes Bay, Vivienne Bay, Pennington Bay

YouTube:
Stokes Bay – https://youtu.be/ndTU1iy15cc
Vivonne Bay – https://youtu.be/APrbzKsoXRw
American River – https://youtu.be/SNWhzh0Bdi4

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly:  Yes

Dump point:  At Penneshaw and Parndana

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Only at Kingscote and Penneshaw

5. Henty Park Campground

Location: Portland, Victoria

About: A superb Free camp and fantastic small town. We loved our stay here and spent almost a week in Portland (we left after 3 nights, was 72 hours, and came back for 2 more). We highly recommend the Seal by Sea tour at nearby Cape Bridgewater. There is so much to see and do in town.
You can surf, swim, snorkel and fish as much as you want. Take the time and explore this great little town.
The campground provides great level, grassed space to park. The Ranger came around each day but was friendly and fair.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/e5llKV3Dykg

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: Now 48 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        Available at Pool complex next door for $2

Potable water: Yes

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: Yes

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes, plus Optus and Vodafone

4. Quicks Beach

Location: Murray River, Barooga Victoria

About: Our favorite location along the Murray River, a sandy beach with a flowing river, space and freedom.

It can be very busy here however we got lucky and picked the perfect time to be there. Take your kayaks and tubes and enjoy the best place to swim along the Murray.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/0ro1Pq2dLNw

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly:  No

Dump point:  No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

3. Corella Dam

Location: Between Cloncurry and Mt Isa, Queensland

About: A fantastic free camp 50kms west from Cloncurry in Queensland. Easy short dirt road in, lots of space and if you’re lucky you might get a spot on the dam. Lots of Red Claw and you’ll also be visited by lots of cows.

An amazing free camp which fully deserves our Top 5 spot.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/hbcNx1Tabfs

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly:  Yes

Dump point:  No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Very limited

2. Bay of Fires

Location: North East coast of Tasmania

About: The Bay of Fires Campground in Tasmania provides a fantastic free camp on one of Australia’s most spectacular beaches. Located just out of the town of St Helens where you can access everything you need for your time there.

Be sure to wake early to witness the spectacular Sunrise each morning from the beach.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/5fYV4IuSmLc

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly:  Yes

Dump point:  No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Very limited

1. Gregory River

Location: Gregory, North Queensland

About: A magnificent location with a campground above the river or you can free camp beside the river.
Simply relax and enjoy the amazing scenery and the opportunity to float down the river.
This is a popular spot for those traveling on to Adels Grove and Lawn Hill National Park.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/d95fBExnR5Q

Cost:               Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            No, but free toilets are walking distance away in town of Gregory

Showers:       No, but free showers are walking distance away in town of Gregory

Potable water: No, but water is an available walking distance away in Gregory

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point:             No but dump point is available close by in town

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: No

 

How do you like the list of our favorite Free Camps in Australia?

Tell us of any we have missed and we will look to go there and add them to our list of Australia’s Best Free Camps.

Safe travels,

Campersway

Killer Double Chocolate Damper Recipe

Damper cooked on an open fire isn’t food. It’s an experience! Next time you go camping, you need to remember how to make the killer double chocolate damper feast!

CHOCOLATE DAMPER
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
– 2 cups self-raising flour
– 1 cup water
– 2 tablespoons cocoa/cacao powder (add more/less depending on how chocolatey you want it)
– 100g dark chocolate chips

 

 

METHOD
1. Combine flour and cocoa/cacao in a bowl, and stir in water with a wooden spoon, adjusting quantities until you get a doughy consistency.
2. Stir in chocolate chips, saving a small handful.
3. Knead on a floured surface until a dough ball forms, then press remaining choc chips into the top of the ball.
4. Place in camp oven, on a foil covered trivet, and cook on coals for about 10 minutes (if you have enough coals to put on the camp oven lid, this will speed up the cooking process).
5. Check and rotate camp oven if needed. When cooked it should have a slightly hardtop just like regular Damper.

To serve, cut into quarters and eat as is, no butter required; just enjoy the oozey chocolatey goodness!

Written by Ode To The Road

The Pyke Clan in a Caravan on Campersway

How much does it cost to go around Australia

How much does it cost to go around Australia

Ever wondered how much it cost to go around Australia? The Pyke Clan in a Van have narrowed down the exact amount of money you need to take a year off and travel our beautiful country.

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 12 MONTHS ON THE ROAD 

We’ve spent $35,919.20 in total. 
 Includes gas bottles, rego, phone bills, insurances etc.
= $690.75 per week

The total grocery bill is $7,205.77 
= $138.57 per week

We’ve visited 5 states so far. 
 Tom’s Favourite State – Tasmania
 Mikaela’s Favourite State- Northern Territory

Travelled 35,970 km’s.

Most we’ve paid for diesel – $2.50/L

Total fuel bill is $6,833.13
= $131.40 per week

We’ve had one baby 
 Welcome to the Clan Milla

Visited 124 playgrounds. 

Collected 61 stubby holders. 

We’ve gone through 8 pairs of thongs.
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 (3) Kane , Lucas
 (2) Tom
 (0) Mikaela, Milla

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We’ve had 1 flat tyre. 

Car servicing costs – $1368

We’ve had our towing mirrors and our Caravan stone guard stolen. 

We’ve replaced one Caravan door handle, one TV antenna handle, one 12V TV, two solar panels, one toilet pump, one cracked water pipe and our awning. 

Caravan costs – $3,560

We’ve stayed at 206 free camps. 
 Favourite free camp – Cosy Corner North in Binalong Bay, Tasmania 

We’ve stayed in 159 Caravan Parks. 
 Favourite Caravan Park – BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

Total accommodation bill is $5,602.35
=$107.73 per week

Most-played driving song – Ride With Me by Nelly (boys know it as “the money song”)

Total activities bill is $2,124.25
 Tom’s Highlights – Wineglass BayThe Daintree Rainforest
 Mikaela’s Highlights – West MacDonnell RangesGreat Barrier Reef Marine ParkUluru
 Kane’s Highlights – Gold Coast Theme Parks, all the water slides
 Lucas’ Highlights – Australia Zoo, all the playgrounds

Favourite Pub – Daly Waters Historic Pub

Total alcohol bill is $1602.43

A few essentials that make caravanning a lot easier –
 Our washing machine (saves us so much money!)
 12V fans (makes free camping a lot more comfortable!)
 Our Waeco (thank goodness for extra freezer space and cold beer) 

Families we have met along the way
 Mountain Sun Sea, The Blizzards’ Big Lap, Rogers Great Escape, Sunset Seekers, Aussie Wanderlust (plus a few more who don’t have FB pages) 

We’ve seen more then what we ever thought was possible. Australia truly is an amazingly diverse, beautiful country. 

There’s been campfires, red dirt, blue skies, waterfalls, sunsets and sand in our toes.

We’ve watched as our kids flourish becoming independent, knowledgeable, adventurous little boys. 

Our marriage has gone from strength to strength. 

We’ve shared a drink and a laugh with so many new friends. 

A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES ‍‍‍

And there’s still so much left to see and do —No regrets

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Meet The Brand New Lady Campers Moderators

 

Meet The Brand New Lady Campers Moderators

I’m Rachel, my friend Megan and I were out camping at the Grampians over Christmas and got thinking, there is nowhere for ladies to discuss camping activities, so we got thinking, the easiest way to create a ladies only community was a Facebook group. The group is a social, fun and informative ladies’ group, created to share information, events, special dates, ask for advice. This group is for ALL women. It is to share your camping photos, stories and experiences. Your favourite campsites. Your do’s and don’ts. Your camping lists. The highlights and lowlights of your adventures. Best fishing spots. Best or favourite kids’ activities. There are many, many places to see and things to do whilst out and about in the great outdoors – the sharing of information is endless!

 

Amy Slater:
Hi, I’m Amy. I am nearly 36 and live in Perth, Western Australia.
Born here, we moved over east (Canberra, Wagga, Seaforth/Frenchs Forest, Mosman) when I was 2.
I moved around a lot in my younger years as my dad was in the military. I’ve seen many camping grounds. Camping was life. Dad converted a standard Toyota Hiace into an amazing pop-top camper. Dad worked away a lot – so every school holidays (and weekends) we would be in the great outdoors somewhere, Hiace packed, ready to go. I’ve seen many many beautiful places. The Blue Mountains, along the Murray River, Kangaroo Valley, Sofala are a few of the many beautiful places we went. Moved to the good old Apple Isle, that is Tasmania. Camping there is stunning. As I grew older, camping became less and less as life took over. Now, I am trying to focus on the time that is now. Teach my children the love that is camping. I adore camping almost as much as I adore my children! I confess my favourite shops are BCF, Bunnings and Kmart, because, well who doesn’t love a good Kmart hack, a Bunnings snag or endless camping and fishing items?! I’m here to help all you wonderful ladies however possible. Once a week I will be featuring a campsite. I may pick one you’ve recommended, I may look for one, or use my own experiences, in the hopes to make your camping adventures perfect!

 

Shelly Pole:
I’m Shelly, 24, grew up camping every weekend at the beach with my family. We’d stay at Red Rock on the NSW North Coast religiously. My love of camping definitely came from my parents. As I got older, sport and school took over the weekends- still camping with the family for 2 weeks over Christmas. I lived in Sydney for 6 years and any trip away was a treat! Then moved down to Melbourne at the beginning of this year and work in sports competitions and events. I’m a fan of all things camping but weirdly have a phobia of fish. If I need a pick me up I’ll just search products on the BCF Website Accommodation of choice is the trusty swag. I’m here to support the group planning of weekends for Lady Campers!


Bek Keane:
Hi my name is Bek, and I am part of the admin team for Lady Campers! I’m 28 and I love going camping with my husband and our family and friends. My first trip ever was with my husband Darren, just three weeks after we started dating, where we went to Apollo Bay to ring in the New Year with a bunch of friends. Since then, we have gone from a little two man tent and no camping accessories – to a larger Boab (basically a room and a ½), a gazebo, bbq, tables & chairs, and actual designated pots & pans etc specifically for our trips. We love camping in the Otway’s – I love Stevenson’s Falls, the Grampians and anywhere along the coast of Victoria. Our next plan is to rid ourselves of our terrible Kmart airbed, (I think we may be on our fourth!) and purchase a self-inflating mattress, I have my eye on Darche. Since this group has grown in excess of 4000 members in a matter of days I am on board to help lead conversations regarding Great Camping Recipes & Meal Prep, Camping Storage Ideas and conversations relating specifically to us females such as pregnancy, periods and newborns whilst camping. I don’t have all the answers, but that is what 4000 members are for. Let’s use this group to its full potential and share ideas, ask questions, learn & teach.

 

Bec Bellsmith:
Hi all, my names Bec from Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, I am 20, close to my family (especially my twinny ), and LOVE camping! I grew up camping at Wilsons prom, but now go 4×4 in my 1992 Troopy. Once a week I will be posting a paragraph on some of Australia’s best beach beaches, with info about campsites, what’s near, attractions extra. Stay salty legends!

 

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Working hard? Or hardly working? My life as an agency Midwife!

Our indefinite trip around Australia is funded by us! We have tenants in our home that covers the mortgage so we work to live, to buy food, rego, insurances, accommodation fees etc. Life on the road is so much cheaper than at home but we choose to keep our savings in a ‘just in case’ account!

We have a loose aim to work for a few months then have a month off with Pez & I taking turns who works and who stays with the kids and leads the schooling! I have been the breadwinner thus far on our trip but have worked previously as an agency midwife in 2008 when Pez & I did a lap around oz pre-kids!

So let’s face it a hospital is a hospital, I have worked in quite a few public/private in 3 states of Australia so far. As a midwife it always comes down to three important things;

  1. Never trust a multi
  2. Late/earlys are terrible
  3. The ward clerks actually run the show to become their best friends.

In addition to my above observations below are some extra tips about choosing your agency, knowing your limits & doing your research!

  • Get ready!

My background is primarily midwifery – birthing suite to be even more specific! When we left I knew I would be working in rural/remote settings which means working both as a registered nurse & a registered midwife. My General skills were rusty so getting ready for me meant going back to my local ED to get some confidence back doing really basic ED stuff like wound dressings, ECGs & the getting up close & personal with the good old chest pain pathway. There are some fantastic organisations that run courses to assist nurses to transition to rural/remote setting – check out CRANA & RAHC. Having your immunisation certificate with current immunisation experience is also beneficial as is a current ALS.

  • Choosing an agency!

There are be many benefits to agency nursing/midwifery e.g. accommodation subsidies, travel subsidies etc. I recommend signing up to a few agencies initially, get a feel for what they can offer you; free uniforms? Do you even like the uniform? Education allowance? Do they return your calls/emails? It will quickly become clear which agency you want to deal with, you would be surprised inefficient some companies are!

There is a choice of working for the agency or the health service –these options come with their own benefits and your agency will explain all of this thoroughly and help you decide what is best for you!

I am with CQ NURSE and feel very looked after! I have Cat & Leah, my ‘contracts management consultant’ who knows our situation and exactly what I want from a contract & Sharon who regularly checks in on me during placements! So far the team at CQ have been fantastic!

  • Accommodation!

Good Nurses accommodation is very common – if you are travelling alone. Very few facilities are able to provide accommodation for both you & your family. Never fear, most facilities will have nurses accommodation – always accept this! Set the family up at a caravan park etc and use the nurse’s accommodation to sleep in for night shifts, late/earlys or just when you have had a gut full of them!

  • What are you comfortable with?

Do your research on the facility you are considering working at! I cannot stress this enough! Are you comfortable working somewhere with no Medical Officer on site? Are you comfortable being the only health care professional onsite? Would you be on call & if you are required to do call outs who will be with you? Most importantly is there a Kmart in town? By knowing what type of a facility you would be comfortable working in helps your agency find a contract that’s a good fit for you!

  • CPD points / Mandatory education…

These cheeky buggers still apply obviously and you need to be able to account for these should you be audited when you renew your Nurse/Midwife registration. There are apps you can record your ‘points’ in or if you are a bit old fashioned like me & use the ‘notes’ section in the back of your diary to record each CPD point. Mandatory education can be easily arranged by your agency who will either have their own modules to work through or be able to give you logins to access short courses etc.

  • NURSES UNION… make sure you let your union know where you be! Find out if you are still covered working when interstate etc.
  • Ask around…

There are some great Facebook groups where you can ask about people’s experiences, what the nurse accommodation is like etc. but again questions like this come back to your agency! A good agency will know the staff/patient ratios and have accurate feedback about facilities from nurses who have worked there!

Working around Australia as a midwife/RN is absolutely amazing! There is nothing quite like the community feel you get from a small country hospital, the characters you meet and the genuine appreciation from patients and families.  The staff at these places have taken myself & my family in & we have made forever friends!

I have learnt so much about general nursing e.g. like how much talc is too much when showering someone, MIMS has become my best friend and I have actually wanted to hug a helicopter that arrived for a retrieval! & I have loved every minute of it!

So to all you baby catchers & nurse out there get amongst it – this is living!

 

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Is Caravan and Camping Hire taking the industry by storm?

We all know the true costs of owning a caravan and the numbers always add up to more than the original budget we had planned when we bought one in the first place! That is where the brilliance of caravan hire comes into play. In recent years, the growth in caravan and camping hire businesses has been considerable. Why? That is easy when on a brand new caravan over five years you can save as much as 50% by hiring one instead, the numbers tend to stack up.

Now it’s not all doom and gloom for current caravan owners, which is where the boom in Peer-to-Peer Hire has also shown a huge uptake. Current owners are utilising peer-to-peer services (such as https://caravanandcampinghire.com.au/ ) to hire out their caravans when not in use. They have some control in where the hirer is taking the caravan but more importantly, they are making a great return on those annual upkeep costs when all it would be doing is getting dirty at home and needing another wash!

Outside of the main barriers to caravan ownership (costs & volume of use), more families are looking to holiday domestically and you can understand why –
1. Australia is a beautiful country
2. There is no threat of a volcano erupting and cancelling your flight home
3. Who wants to manage flights anyway
4. One of the kids almost always gets a stomach bug overseas… But seriously the interest in getting back to basics and exploring and enjoying our great outdoors is huge and doing so via the comfort of a caravan is a great way to keep a little bit of luxury in the experience.

So next time you want to feel like a caravan owner without the costs, consider the alternative – you’ll love it!

And if you’re an owner who’s wondering how to make easy money – make someone happy and money at the same time and hire yours out today!

The Benefits of Hiring a Caravan

As a non-caravan owner we have always felt left out – A group of our caravan owning friends all get together to go away several times throughout the year and explore and enjoy the great outdoors with their families. They always seem to easily agree on the destination, always ensure they have grouped powered caravan sites and they all chip in to allocate/manage one dinner per family per night for the entire group.

Our tent was getting on as was our camping equipment, so we hired a cabin instead and joined into the group for the getaway – Barwon Heads (Amazing!). Now for some, being in a cabin is great but the problem is you’re not really part of it as it depends on where the cabins are vs the groups sites and if you’ve got kids, it’s hard to manage the evening drinks & fun if you can’t leave them on their own yet!

So we decided we needed a solution – we need a caravan without the outlay of ownership – Caravan Hire! Caravans for hire would enable ANY family/couple/individual the opportunity to enjoy Caravan/Camping holidays

After a little research we found several reputable sites (we like https://caravanandcampinghire.com.au/ ) that hire out great caravans (they have over 250 beautiful Caravans/RVs/Campers available in all Aussie states for you to hire out for your much needed holidays!) that the following year saw us feel like we fit right in without the hassles (and arguments) of how we were going to manage caravan ownership. We were also able to hire an almost brand new Jayco Expanda which was the talk of the group!

Now anyone can enjoy the wonderful experiences of a Caravanning or Camping Holiday without having to own their own luxury RV. So next time you feel like not missing out, consider hiring a caravan and have an amazing time!

  1. Caravans for hire enable ANY family/couple/individual the opportunity to enjoy Caravan/Camping holidays by hiring any one of our beautiful privately owned listed Hire Vehicles
  2. Some companies have over 250 beautiful Caravans/RVs/Campers available in all Aussie states for you to hire out for your much needed holidays!
  3. Now anyone can enjoy the wonderful experiences of a Caravanning or Camping Holiday without having to own their own luxury RV

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