As the owners of a self-contained caravan which includes a grey water tank, ensuite etc, we require only somewhere to park.
The cost to do this in most caravan parks can be $35 to $55 per night. We do not require a games room, pool, bbq area, or Sat TV. Sometimes we wish to arrive late and leave late and vice versa, we don’t want to unhitch for an overnight stay, we use our own ensuite facilities (clean and convenient).
We require fuel and food and fish bait thus spending a fair amount of money in country towns.
I was challenged by a council employee for getting some water from a public tap. I advised him that I had just spent over $200 “fuel, food and bait” in his minor township and also had a run in my son’s boat where it is stored, at a cost of $1,250 “per annum” plus maintenance. He walked off in a huff.
Warracknabeal has signs along the river reading – no tents, caravans, motor homes etc and go to the caravan park. Well, I drove to a place called Brim (a few ks away), bitumen camp sites. “power” (pay at the pub) next day, “no power” free site. Well Brim, about as big as Upper Middle Tarwin, got my money.
Tasmania, four weeks with van, cost $10 at Hobart showgrounds, all other stops FREE, yep, park here, there, behind the pub etc.
I have travelled approx. 137,000km over 15 years, stayed at five caravan parks and nine showgrounds.
Many small towns, road houses, fuel outlets etc have benefitted by my visit.
To think that restricting free camping will improve caravan park attendance, banning supermarkets selling coffee to protect coffee shops or stopping vehicle parts outlets to boost mechanical workshops, bottom line is protectionist mentality.
I can assure you it will not work. We and others will just go where we are welcome.
Nev Smith, Korumburra.