Caravanners told ‘go home’ as health advice changes

Published: August 22, 2021
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Many grey nomads will no longer be able to extend their stays in the New South Wales caravan parks where they are … and are instead being told to ‘go home’.

NSW Health has changed its advice around travellers, putting some in an uncomfortable position.

A NSW Health spokesperson said caravan parks and campgrounds across the state should now be closed to anyone that doesn’t have an exemption.

“Caravan parks in NSW should be closed to everyone except permanent residents, local workers and people who have no other place of permanent residence,” a spokesperson said. “These restrictions limit interaction between people from different households and reduce mobility to prevent the further spread of Covid-19 in the community.”

The Reflections Holiday Park at Lennox Head is just one of the parks that has had to adjust its approach in line with the latest health orders.

“For the safety of guests, visitors and staff, Reflections complies with all government-mandated Public Health Orders,” a park spokesperson told the ABC. “All guests onsite as of 5pm Saturday, August 14 can stay for the duration of their booking, but no bookings can be extended as per the NSW Health Orders for guests that can return home.”

It would appear to mean that for many grey nomads who haven’t sold up their home or rented it out to travel permanently, the big adventure is over … at least for the foreseeable future.

For caravan travellers like, Rob Tweedie, it means a long trek home. He told the ABC that he would now have to drive from Lennox Head through locked-down NSW to his hometown of Pambula on the far south coast.

“We received a message to say once your booking runs out you must return immediately home wherever that may be in NSW,” he said. “We’d been booking week to week just to monitor the situation and that was acceptable before but it’s not now, so we’ve got to pack up and drive 1,300 kilometres.”

But Mr Tweedie says that some travellers face far bigger issues than a long drive. He told the ABC that his neighbours at the Lennox Head park, an elderly, unvaccinated couple, are among the travellers now being forced to return to a hotspot.

“They’re basically saying on Sunday you’ve got to leave and return down to the western suburbs of Sydney and straight into a red zone as elderly, unvaccinated people … it doesn’t make much sense to me,” he said. “I’m also just concerned that people are going to move all around the state during a lockdown when the medical advice is to stay put where you are in your place of residence, whether that be in a caravan park … we really shouldn’t be moving people around until the lockdown is lifted.”

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Jean Winterfield
4 months ago

Awful situation

Ian
4 months ago

What about the Victorians that can’t go home.

Christine Brown
4 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Read the advice it says if you can go home, They are trying to stop the spread by not allowing anyone to travel from place to place when they live within the state. All others travelers can be exempt as they can’t travel interstate but must stop moving about

DianneEnsinger
4 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Why can’t they go home ?

Brigid
4 months ago
Reply to  DianneEnsinger

Why are elderly unvaccinated? We have been able to have Astra Zeneca for months. Very remiss. Have your first dose and go home and isolate

Maree
4 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Yes., we are in that position… can’t get home!

Louise
4 months ago

We are Qld residents trying to get home but can’t drive car and van in and isolate we have to fly. So we have just booked our car and van with a towing company and booked flights. This is a very expensive exercise but they are the rules. Spoke to friends today that arrived on hold coast yesterday and apparently prisoners would get treated better than people going into quarantine.

Maria
4 months ago
Reply to  Louise

I’m about to go into quarantine as an essential worker. I’m double vaccinated and a registered nurse working in an emergency department. Im leaving my palliative father in nsw to quarantine in Brisbane. My employer is asking for an exemption. I don’t think even i will get am exemption. Good luck everyone.

Patricia Lindner
4 months ago

Can a friend who has been housesitting in Queensland drive through NSW and Victoria to her home in regional Victoria?

Jan.
4 months ago

The person would have to apply for permits to enter NSW on the government permit website.
If allowed into NSW the person would have to then apply for a permit into Vic.
I doubt that this would be allowed as the exemptions to enter are extremely strict now.
The only other option would be to obtain permits into SA and then another permit into Vic from SA. This one should go through okay as SA hasn’t got a lockdown at the moment.

Peter
4 months ago

Yes you can travel from QLD through NSW to Vic.
You need a “Transit Pass” There are requirements of time and documentation of fuel stops and prohibitions on overnight stays etc.
Check the Services Victoria site for advice.

Bruce
4 months ago

I am in S..A. and live in nsw, central coast, can I get home via Vic and stop along the way to home

Colin Davis
4 months ago

How do you get permit to travel through NSW to QLD.

Greg
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin Davis

You don’t right now.

Maria
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin Davis

You can’t take a car into Queensland at all. You must fly or stay where you are.

DianneEnsinger
4 months ago

Why are these travellers unvaccinated? Old or young it would be the most responsible thing to do . Vaccinations have been readily available e especially for the older generation for a long time. Obviously it is their choices not to vaccinate. If for health reasons then maybe they should of stayed put & put all their own selfish wants to out and about on hold and not risk spreading things.

Helen parsons
4 months ago
Reply to  DianneEnsinger

That is not true vaccinations are not readily available in regional nsw

Annette
4 months ago
Reply to  DianneEnsinger

The vaccine isn’t available in some places yet.

Jeannette Walsh
4 months ago

Is there a formal process to apply for an exemption or is it sufficient to show a rental agreement for your own property?

Maria
4 months ago

There is a formal process to apply for an exemption. You must do it online via a link and upload as much information as you can to support your application. Only essential workers will get exemptions and they are not guaranteed to be successful. At this point in time, a transit permit is your best option to return home, and try to apply for an exemption to quarantine giving at least a week ( may be longer) for that exemption to be approved/dissaproved. Call covid hotline. They are very knowledgeable with individual situations.

Jeannette Walsh
4 months ago
Reply to  Maria

Thanks for that, but we don’t have a home to return to; our caravan is our home. Is there a permit associated with this?

Greg
4 months ago

Same as 2020 lockdown. I have no permanent place of residence. Therefore, the caravan park was, legally, allowed to have me there for lockdown. Why is this time around being put up as different?

Annette
4 months ago
Reply to  Greg

Reread it. They are saying only those that have a place to go. So if you have sold your house or it’s being rented out then this doesn’t apply to you

Joanne
4 months ago

What about those of us who have no fixed address. What are we meant to do?

Annette
4 months ago
Reply to  Joanne

Reread the post

Zol
4 months ago

… and the madness continues!

Pat in the Top End.
4 months ago

Scratch my head in wonder why on this forum people ask for Covid info, restrictions and rules. Some of which could change daily…so it could be old, incorrect or second hand info..!
I would have thought looking up the latest info and changes on the relevant sites would be a better option. But I’m not a technical whiz or an on line savvy educated bloke. Cheers

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