A friend of mine sent me a link to a Sydney Morning Herald article that she thought I’d be interested in: an interview with caravanners John and Elaine Tickner. They say they think of themselves as ‘geriatric gypsies’, rather than ‘grey nomads’. The difference, in their eyes, is that they ‘go bush’ rather than travelling from one caravan park to the next.
Here’s a brief quote from the article (I’ll add the full link at the bottom):
“He says there is a battle brewing for the caravan dollar and it’s getting ugly, with caravan parks lobbying governments to restrict “freedom camping” – forcing more people into the parks.
Mr Kipping says it has backfired in Tasmania, with caravaners heading to other states and bypassing the Apple Isle, taking its toll on the caravan parks in the process.
“Tasmania has pretty well shot itself in the foot, they’ve closed a lot of their freedom camping. People are now voting with their wheels.”
Very interesting! Rob and I have been adding more free camping stuff to our supplies – notably the ArkPak to charge up our laptop, phones etc, and a couple of solar panels that will power either the caravan batteries or the ArkPak.
We spent more time in free camps on our last trip than we ever had – and we plan to do more. We’ve been watching with interest the pressure being put on local councils to close or limit free campgrounds, but we didn’t know about the Tasmanian result.