With the mercury dropping down south, Queensland’s caravan and tourist parks are preparing for the annual winter pilgrimage which sees thousands of visitors from Australia’s southern states head north in search of warmth.
It follows a strong Easter period and school holidays for the local tourism industry.
Winter is one of the peak seasons for Queensland’s touring holiday industry as “grey nomads” escape the southern chill and fill up the state’s caravan tourist parks.
Caravanning Queensland CEO Ron Chapman said despite the recent heavy rain, forward bookings at Queensland’s caravan and tourist parks were higher than last year, giving the industry greater confidence of a strong season ahead.
“From New South Wales and Victoria, across to South Australia, Queensland is the first choice for those wanting to desert their cold home towns and discover some of the country’s best destinations,” he said.
“It’s not surprising that southerners crave a winter pilgrimage to Queensland, which always provides an extra boost to the local tourism industry.
“It’s become a bit of a tradition for winter pilgrims to arrive in our state after Easter, staying for a short time or for the entire season. Many have a favourite spot, while others will take the opportunity to explore different places with each trip.”
The annual winter pilgrimage comes just in time for one of Australia’s largest caravan shows, the Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show, which will set up camp in Brisbane from the 5 to 11 June 2013.
The event, which is to be held at the RNA Showgrounds, will feature about 250 exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest in touring holidays. Regardless of budget, the show caters for singles, couples and families looking to explore their backyard on a touring holiday.
The Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show attracts about 70,000 people each year.
There are approximately 475,000 caravans registered in Australia, making it one of the most caravan-friendly countries in the world.