Caravanning the preferred Aussie trip

MORE and more Aussies are hitting the road and discovering their "backyard" rather than travelling overseas for their family holidays, research shows.

Last year, Australians accounted for $5.4 billion of the $7 billion spent by tourists on caravanning and camping, and made up 91 per cent of all camping nights.

The high number of local touring holidays is also due to the increasing number of younger generations discovering camping and caravanning.

Caravanning Queensland CEO Ron Chapman said touring holidays were certainly becoming the preferred holiday option for Australians. 

He said the sector continued to perform well, even in difficult economic times, as Australians were realising that their own backyard provided the most affordable and flexible holiday.

"The figures say it all, Australians are choosing to take their families on the road rather than travel overseas and why wouldn't you when our own country has such a vast range of things to do and see," he said.

"Today a new caravan is built every nine minutes highlighting the continued demand for touring holidays.  At the same time, new touring holiday parks and attractions are also catering for this growth."

Research also shows that touring holidays can have a positive effect on people's relationships, with the outdoors bringing people together to spend quality time. 

"Whether you're young or old, it's always a good time to escape together on a touring holiday with family and friends," Mr Chapman said.

The Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show will be staged in Brisbane from 6 to 12 June this year, featuring the latest and greatest equipment for the road traveler in a bid to tempt them back onto roads.

Today, there are about 430,000 caravans, motorhomes and camper trailers registered in Australia, making it one of the world's most caravan-friendly countries. There are 112,000 registered in Queensland alone.

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