GREAT OUTDOORS: Alison, Rick and son Roy Donaldson, check out the Caravan, Camping, Boating and Fishing Expo at Nambour Showgrounds.
GREAT OUTDOORS: Alison, Rick and son Roy Donaldson, check out the Caravan, Camping, Boating and Fishing Expo at Nambour Showgrounds. Iain Curry

Expo inspires families’ next big adventure

IF YOU noticed more caravans on Sunshine Coast roads during the school holidays you weren't dreamin'.

What was once only a retirement dream has become reality for plenty of Sunshine Coast families - both young and old.

The humble caravan trip has become trendy with families more keen than ever to pack up the car, the dog and the kids.

And they're not going far either with 90% of people who own a caravan, camper trailer or motorhome travelling a maximum of four hours from where they live.

As the South Queensland Caravan, Camping, Boating and Fishing Expo continued yesterday, local families headed out to grab a new portable home for their next big adventure.

Organiser Bob Carroll was not surprised to learn a large number of Sunshine Coast residents were packing up the campervans to holiday at local parks and tourist spots like Cotton Tree, Caloundra or Mooloolaba.

"Often they are people who live in suburbia, have busy work routines and find the thought of driving only a few kilometres to their holiday park of choice is very appealing," he said.

"Teenagers are more likely to join in because they can still catch up with friends and do things they want to do locally but can enjoy the camping, caravanning, beach experience with mum and dad."

He said Imbil was becoming a popular spot for families to go during school holidays, and towards the Southern Darling Downs region.

Martin Edwards with kids Freya, 5, and Oliver 7.
Martin Edwards with kids Freya, 5, and Oliver 7.

The Donaldson family from Palmwoods looked forward to taking trips out to Imbil and Mt Tamborine during the holidays.

Parents Alison and Rick said their family of five often liked to take short trips with the kids Jessie, Eli and Roy.

While the family enjoyed holidaying local, they hoped to find a new motorhome to take a trip around Australia in 2017.

With more than 7000 people through the gates yesterday, Mr Carroll hoped families would take advantage of the last day of the school break and head to the expo at the Nambour Showgrounds today.

Highlights

  • Ranger Nick's camp oven cooking delights from 10.30am.
  • Creek to Coast's Scott Hillier's fishing tips 12.30pm.
  • Fishing guru Dave "Mossy" Moss demonstration from 10am.
  • Caravan Part Auction with Happy Mike from 2.30pm.
  • Luke's Reptile Kingdom all day.