Nomad News from February 2020

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Grey nomads and downsizing

Downsizing on the up and up as over-55s hit the road

For grey nomads and wannabe grey nomads, hitting the open road long-term means making some tough decisions. Foremost of these is often ‘what... Read more

Grey nomads playing the ukulele

Uke-playing grey nomads enjoyed a Big Lap of note

When grey nomads Colin Pender and Jan Knight took off on their long-term Big Lap a decade ago, they always knew that they... Read more

Grey nomads and vehicle maintenance

‘How do you check tyres … and what is a dipstick?’

For grey nomads often travelling tens of thousands of kilometres a year, vehicle maintenance is an absolutely critical part of their on-the-road routine.... Read more

Grey nomads asked to record roadkill

Grey nomads asked to share photos of roadkill

With bushfires having killed so much native Australian wildlife, the amount of roadkill seen on our roads is doubly heartbreaking. The numbers are... Read more

Caravanner off road after airbags drama

Old airbag drama takes caravanner off the road

A 77-year-old gold detecting enthusiast has had his caravanning dreams shattered … by a faulty air bag. The Sunshine Coast Daily reports that... Read more

Underwhelming! Tassie's 'shop window' is set to get a facelift.

Tassie’s ‘tourist shop window’ set to get facelift

After widespread criticism of the underwhelming first impression given to grey nomads and other travellers when they disembark the Spirit of Tasmania after... Read more

Grey nomads are expected to desert the Gold Coast in favour of bushfire-ravaged areas.

Van park investment likely despite nomad downturn

Queensland’s Gold Coast is poised to spend $1.3 million on improving its council tourist parks … despite the fact that it expects the... Read more

Truck areas crowded out by caravans

Is there an obvious answer to the rest area ‘shortage’?

The news that the New South Wales Government is to trial ‘four-hour parking only’ limits at two of its highway rest areas, with... Read more

Bulahdelah Lions Parks

Gold coin donation camp at Bulahdelah ‘here to stay’

The town of Bulahdelah in New South Wales has long been held up as a model of how small communities can embrace the... Read more

Byron Bay campsite sinkhole

Pair discover the ‘pit-falls’ of camping in heavy rains

There are plenty of travellers who have had their Big Lap plans affected by the torrential rains that have been falling in many... Read more

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