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On June 1, the ACC Cooloola Coasters left for a tag along tour to Cooktown.

The tour was attended by seven caravans who will meander along for about six weeks, taking in the scenery and points of interest in each town and their surrounds.

The Cooloola Coasters try to have something organised each month. If a trip is not planned, they organise to have a get-together lunch.

Cooloola Coasters’ are a branch of the Australian Caravan Club and are always looking for new members to join. {sentry !guest}  If you are interested or would like more information, please call President, Graham Wigley on 0402 409 336, Secretary, Joan Smith on 0438 387 948 or Treasurer, Suzanne Fountain on 0413 524 941. {/sentry}

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The Sunset Coast Travellers fourth Muster for the year was at Corrigin - a wheat and sheep town 230Km south east of Perth with 32 members attending the Muster.
Corrigin has a famous past. In 2002 it set a World record  for "Dogs in Utes" - a total of 1527 Utes with Dogs descended on the town.

Also of significance and  located 5 km kilometres out of town is a  dog cemetery that has become the town's premier tourist attraction. Local dog owners have gone to the expense of having quite elaborate headstones placed
over the remains of their faithful four legged companions.  It was started in 1974. By the late 1980s there were about 20 headstones and there are currently over eighty. The town, recognising the importance of the cemetery as an attraction, has clearly marked the cemetery with the statue of a large dog and the town's website informs the world that "Any person is welcome to bury their dog at the cemetery, and many have travelled from different towns to lay their pets in their final resting place."

Over the weekend the members travelled to Kulin -about 50 Kms away - to view the "Tin Horse Highway", a collection of about 80 horse statues in a variety of comedy situations made from 44 gal drums and bits of old farming equipment spread along a 10Km stretch of road. Branch members also visited the nearby "Gorge Rock" a local picnic and old swimming hole.

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A recall notice has been  issued for  Jaguar Land Rover Australia — Range Rover L322

The recall notice states that as  the  Airbag inflator gets older, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause the airbag inflator propellant to degrade. If an affected vehicle is involved in a collision triggering the airbag, the metal inflator housing may explode/rupture under too much internal pressure.

The notice further states In the event of an airbag inflator rupture, metal fragments could possibly shoot out, straight through the airbag cushion material towards the vehicle occupants causing serious injury or fatality.

To find out if your vehicle is affected and for further information,Owners of affected vehicles should contact their local Jaguar Land Rover dealership or Jaguar Land Rover head office directly via the website at https://www.landrover.com.au/ownership/contact-us/index.html (link is external) to arrange for a replacement airbag inflator free of charge.

Consumers who are unsure whether they are affected can also use Jaguar Land Rover's VIN look-up tool
https://www.landrover.com.au/ownership/vin-recall.html or contact 1800 312 828, or contact their preferred dealer.

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The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome Forbes Batteries & Electronics to its member benefits programme.

Forbes Batteries & Electronics are a family owned business and have operated in Toowoomba since 1982. 

Forbes sells an extensive range of batteries for any need including but not limited to: electronic devices, vehicles, deep cycle, off grid solar and dual battery systems.  They also sell power products and accessories such as battery chargers,
inverters, cables, plug, sockets and much more. Batteries are their specialty and they pride themselves on not only selling the best products based on a customer's requirements (e.g. budget, power, life-cycle) but also informing one on how to best use and maintain their battery. 

They have experts who can elaborate on any solar related questions and explain how to extract the most value out of their system. 

As a one stop shop, we also provide a variety of services to equip your new battery or fix your device as soon as possible. Our services include phone repairs for old and new models, vehicle installations for numerous auto accessories, free fitting and testing of batteries and lastly, satellite phone hire.

ACC Members will qualify for the Forbes discount card which affords members discounts between 5-15% off products throughout the store.   Let staff know in store that you are an ACC member and they will give you a VIP discount card to present when purchasing in store.

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The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome Gundagai Tourist Park to its member benefits programme.

Gundagai Tourist Park is located just a short 2 minute’s drive off the Hume Highway, midway between Sydney & Melbourne on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. 

The Park, set in 6 acres, is a short walk into the historic town centre where you will find cafes, antique shops, Woolworths, RSL & Golf and Bowling clubs.

Park facilities include 40 under cover drive through powered ensuites sites as well as grassy powered & unpowered sites, free BBQ and Free WIFI.

Gundagai is a great stop over if travelling along the Hume Highway.  While in Gundagai be sure to visit the Gundagai Gaol, Gundagai Railway Station, the Rusconi’s Marble Masterpiece, the Australian Road Transport Heritage Centre, the
Gundagai Historical Museum, the Gabriel Gallery and of course the Dog on the Tuckerbox.

Gundagai Tourist Park offer ACC members 10% off van sites.   Pets are not permitted in cabins.

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Ten years ago, a caravanner living at Lake Macquarie decided to contact other caravanners living on the New South Wales Central Coast, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle regions to gauge support for the formation of a branch of our Club.

His dream was realised when 9 vans and 18 people turned up at Taylors Beach Caravan Park for a “meet and greet” and the ACC Hunter Ramblers branch was born.  Since its foundation, the branch has grown in size to 32 members.

In April this year, members of the Hunter Ramblers mustered at South West Rocks to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the branch.  At the muster, branch president Ken outlined the history of the Ramblers, and praised those involved with the early establishment of the branch.

“Members of the Hunter Ramblers had a great time celebrating our 10th anniversary,” Ken said.  “We had a very special morning tea and dinner to mark the occasion.  In fact, the celebrations went on for an entire day.”

“Branch foundation members Ian and Cheryl cut our 10th anniversary cake at the morning tea.”

The morning tea was followed by some frivolity and fun with old fashioned games.  A birthday dinner was held at the South West Rocks Surf Club in the evening.  “Many stories of past musters created lots of laughter and maybe a little embarrassment between us.”

Ken said he put the long term success of the Ramblers down to the friendships and adventures shared between members of the branch.  “We are a friendly group.  We have around six musters every year and when one muster is over, we all start looking forward to meeting up for the next one.”

Our ACC Chairman Craig congratulated the Hunter Ramblers on the success of the branch.  “The ACC Hunter Ramblers was one of our Club’s early branches to form and has successfully served RVers living in the Hunter region now for ten years.  On behalf of all ACC members, I congratulate the branch.”

Any RVer requiring further information about the ACC or its Hunter Ramblers branch can contact the ACC on 1800 734 493.

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Adventure beckons, so ACC members can sail by day or night on the Spirit of Tasmania from $79* per person each way. Offer extended for a limited time!

This offer is available on selected night sailings between late August and mid-December 2018.

The offer is available until sold out.  To book your adventure online today, ACC members should log onto this website, click on the orange member benefits – non accommodation button on our home page, and click on the special Spirit of Tasmania webpage for ACC members under the Spirit of Tasmania listing.

*Conditions apply.

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Our Park of the Month for July is Big4 Hopkins River Holiday Park at Warrnambool in Victoria.

Located only 5 minutes from Warrnambool, the Gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Big4 Hopkins River Holiday Park is located on the banks of the beautiful Hopkins River.

While enjoying your stay at Big4 Hopkins River Holiday Park, you can make the most of the many facilities that the Park has to offer.  Here you’ll find a resort style lagoon pool complete with ‘grotto’, waterfalls and a water slide for all ages.  There is a children’s playground, mini golf, tennis court, jumping pillow, gym and indoor heated pool and spa so you can swim all year round, camp kitchen and barbeques.

There’s just so much to do in the Warrnambool area.  It’s only a short drive to Hopkins Falls and the world famous Twelve Apostles, experience whale watching in Winter/Spring, plus there’s the Tower Hill Nature Reserve, Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show, and Flagstaff Hill Historic Maritime Village to see.

The Park has ensuite and powered grassed sites and can cater for large 5th wheelers.  Dogs are welcome year round and special pet friendly studio cabins are available.

Big4 Hopkins River Holiday Park offer all ACC members a 10% discount off accommodation up to the value of $40 per stay.  Don’t forget to show your membership card when booking.

Up to 31 August, the Park has a special offer available to all guests.  Guests can Stay for 3 nights and pay for 2 on all powered and ensuite suites. (Cost is $80 for 3 nights on a powered site and $104 for 3 nights on an ensuite site).

ACC members can find contact details for Big4 Hopkins River Holiday Park by logging onto this website and clicking on the green member benefits – accommodation button.

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With a number of members travelling on the mainland, it was a small but hardy group of Tassie Travellers who attended the muster at St Helen’s Big 4 Caravan Park in June. The nights were cold but the days were lovely and sunny and some even stepped out in T Shirts!

The sightseeing in the area included a Tagalong to the Loila Weir which is just south of St Helen’s and features beautiful views to the coast, and also an adventure to Eddystone Point, Deep Creek and Ansons Bay, areas which some members had not previously visited.

Of course it wouldn’t be a muster without the food, a shared meal and a Sunday brunch and apparently the best jelly slice in Australia!

The Tassie Travellers welcome any visitors to their state to attend their musters - just check the muster calendar on the website if you are heading their way.

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On a dry but cool winter’s day, 58 of our Club members attended the Sydney City Slickers annual Branch Picnic day at the Auburn Botanical Gardens last weekend .  Our Slickers members were joined by several couples from our recently formed branch, the Sydney Freedom Seekers. 

This event was started several years ago and is now a featured event on the Slickers’ calendar.  It provides an opportunity for branch members who are not travelling in June to enjoy the company of other members. Several  branch members delayed their departure from Sydney so they could attend.

As has been the case in recent years, a covered venue was hired and this allowed the event to take place irrespective of weather conditions.  Those attending paid a small donation to partially offset the cost of the venue hire.

Our Slickers’ muster coordinator, Gary, took the opportunity to present the 2019 Muster Calendar to those attending.  It was generally agreed that 2019 looks like an exciting year with a variety of events being offered!

As is the normal case, the six hours allocated for the picnic proved to be well short of the time that is required for all members to engage in conversation and share what they have been doing since their last get together.

All in all, an enjoyable day was had by those attending and it looks like this midyear event will become a permanent feature of the Slickers’ branch calendar.

(Words and pictures by John Porter)

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