19 April 2024

Caravan, camping and boating extravaganza on display in Albury this May

| Vanessa Hayden
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Caravan and camping enthusiasts are in for a treat

Caravan and camping enthusiasts are in for a treat at the Albury Wodonga Caravan Camping 4WD Fish and Boat Show on 3, 4 and 5 May. Photo: Supplied.

If you’ve got the travel around Australia itch, you might want to get along to Albury in May for one of the largest mobile displays of caravans and campers.

The Albury Wodonga Caravan Camping 4WD Fish and Boat Show will showcase more than 150 exhibitor products, with 39 of those caravan brands.

Spread over three acres at the Albury Showgrounds, the leisure show is in its 27th year, with around 8000 people flocking to the event in 2023.

Organiser Loretta Payne, from Rural Scene Promotions, said the show had something for everyone who loved the outdoors, with the caravan display the biggest ever seen on the border.

“There is an unbelievable number of brands represented,” said Loretta.

“It is amazing for a regional show to get that sort of quality; normally people would have to go to Melbourne or Sydney to get that and we don’t want them to go there, we want them to discover what’s available in Albury.”

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Products, gadgets, gizmos and all the latest and greatest equipment you’ll need for an adventure into the great outdoors will be on offer, along with family entertainment, food stalls and cooking demonstrations.

“Aussies are so innovative and the products are the appeal, they are forever changing and people come to update product and have a look at what’s new.”

There'll be a marine theme at the event

There’ll be a marine theme at the event, with boating recreation well covered and the Australian Travelling Fish Show set to entertain guests. Photo: Supplied.

Loretta, who has owned Rural Scene Promotions for 40 years, said she had noticed the demographic of attendees changing over the years.

“When I first started doing the shows it was primarily the grey nomad that we were attracting.

“That has changed over the last 10 to 12 years. The grey nomad is still there but there is a big increase in the younger generation and families now buying vans.

“I’ve chatted to them and they’ve said to me they watched their parents work all their lives and then waited until they retired to go around Australia only to end up getting sick or having some other age-related barrier that stopped them. That’s a reason why the younger generation are doing it now, rather than waiting.

“They also love taking their kids on family adventures to the various caravan parks and camping spots, getting them off their devices, outdoors and engaging and interacting with other children and the environment around them.

“They are outdoors all the time and it’s a healthier alternative and more exciting for them than sitting inside in a holiday unit somewhere.”

Discover the latest technology and new gadgets to make your next camping holiday a dream

Discover the latest technology and new gadgets to make your next camping holiday a dream at the three-day leisure and recreation show. Photo: Supplied.

Loretta said the event was family friendly with children up to the age of 16 free of charge. Tickets are available on the gate each day of the event and cannot be prepurchased online.

“We aim to do it this way as the event is very community based and is an important fundraiser for many local community groups as they get a percentage of the money taken.

“If we went the way of online bookings then the community groups which rely on the event for part of their fundraising for the year would miss out.

“It’s wonderful for places like the Hume Weir Boat Club, Men’s Shed Thurgoona, the Rural Fire Brigade, the Albury Wodonga 4WD Club and others who assist in putting the event together and also raise thousands of dollars which go back into the local community.”

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This year Flair Action Sports will be providing some high adrenalin entertainment during their freestyle stunt bike shows held three times daily on Saturday and Sunday.

Australian daredevil freestyle motorbike rider Jack Field has performed a backflip 297 metres in the air, without safety barriers, on top of Melbourne’s Eureka Tower, and admitted at the time “this certainly takes the cake in terms of nuts”.

“Jack and Rhianna are an awesome pair,” said Loretta.

“Jack has been a stuntman for quite a few movies including Mad Max and Wolverine, he’s also a world champion bike rider and has won world championship events. Rhianna was the first Australian male or female to be invited by Monster Trucks and she comperes the show.”

There will also be camp oven cooking demonstrations, the Australian Travelling Fish Show and a $3779 door prize donated by Wangaratta Caravans and Marine (winner drawn 4 pm Sunday, 5 May).

The event is being held on 3, 4 and 5 May. Gates are open Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 9 am to 4 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for pensioners per day.

For more info, visit Rural Scene Promotions.

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