Who can resist the opportunity to walk through new mobile homes, check out the latest technology and play with the toys at a caravan and camping show?
Camping shows are taking off around the country, and while the number of exhibitors might vary from one place to another, there’s sure to be a wide range of caravans, motorhomes, campervans, camper/tent trailers and slide-ons. You’re also likely to find demonstrations, seminars and loads of camping gadgets, from water purifiers and solar panels to cookware and storage.
Whether you are dreaming of a new caravan, wanting to upgrade your camping gear or looking for the perfect holiday destination, here’s a round-up of dates and locations for shows around the country in 2016.
- Newcastle Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo. From Friday 5 to Sunday 7 February 2016, Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Showground, Broadmeadow, NSW.
- The NSW Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow. From Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 April 2016, Rosehill Racecourse, Rosehill, NSW.
- Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Lifestyle Show. From Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 February 2016, Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville, SA.
- Illawarra Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Fish Show. From Friday 19 to Sunday 21 February 2016, Kembla Grange Racecourse, Wollongong, NSW. Check out the freestyle bike show and the reptile awareness exhibition.
- Victorian Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow. From Wednesday 24 to Monday 29 February 2016, Melbourne Showgrounds, VIC. Every visitor to the Supershow will have the chance to win prizes, including a Franklin iConic 1970 series caravan and 12 months’ insurance from CIL Insurance.
- Gold Coast Caravan and Camping Expo. From Friday 4 to Sunday 6 March 2016, Metricon Stadium, Carrara, QLD. This year the show will feature the Cast Iron Boys with their Campfire Cooking demonstrations and a new seminar program covering subjects like towing, preparing for your trip and going solar.
- Perth Caravan and Camping Show. From Wednesday 16 to Sunday 20 March 2016, Claremont Showground, WA. Includes live demonstrations on vehicle recovery, reversing and safe use of snatch straps, as well as cooking demos and seminars presented by industry experts.
- Sydney Caravan, Camping and Holiday Supershow. From Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 April 2016, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, NSW. With more than 300 exhibitors, this is one of the state’s biggest shows, so give yourself plenty of time to attend seminars and explore all the latest in caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, camping equipment, tents and accessories.
- South Queensland Caravan, Camping, Boating and Fishing Expo. From Friday 8 to Sunday 10 April 2016, Nambour Showgrounds, QLD.
- Hunter Valley Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show. From Friday 27 to Sunday 29 May 2016, Maitland Showground, NSW. Now going into its 21st year, the Hunter Valley Show has more than 300 sites.
- Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow. From Wednesday 8 to Monday 13 June 2016, Brisbane Showgrounds, QLD. Around 300 exhibitors will present the latest innovations, informative and entertaining seminars and displays for everyone from the budget camper to deluxe motorhome devotees.
- Lismore 4WD Caravan, Camping and Marine Show. From Friday 8 to Sunday 10 July 2016, Lismore Showgrounds, NSW.
- Gold Coast Midyear Caravan and Camping Expo plus Home and Living Ideas. From Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July 2016, Gold Coast Turf Club, Bundall, QLD. Combining this year with Home and Outdoor Living Ideas, this event is expected to be one of the biggest on the Gold Coast.
- Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo. From Friday 5 to Sunday 7 August 2016, Toowoomba Showgrounds, QLD. For inspiration and everything you could need for your next off-road trip.
- Border Caravan and Camping Expo. FromFriday 12 to Sunday 14 August 2016, Wodonga Racecourse, VIC.
- Mid North Coast Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show. From Friday 12 to Sunday 14 August 2016, Wauchope Showground, NSW.
- Penrith Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo. From Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September 2016, Penrith Panthers Exhibition Centre, NSW. Note: this is one of the few dog-friendly shows on the circuit.
- Melbourne Leisurefest. From Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 October 2016, Sandown Racecourse, Springvale, VIC.Features annexes, towing equipment, parts and accessories, off-road equipment, telecommunications and alternative power. Visitors will be able to ride in the passenger seat to experience how different caravans feel when they’re being towed, plus AL-KO will be demonstrating their electronic brake actuation system (ESC) on the track.
- Sunshine Coast Home Show plus Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo. From Friday 21 to Sunday 23 October 2016, Sunshine Coast Stadium, Bokarina, QLD.
- South Coast Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo. From Friday 4 to Sunday 6 November 2016, Mackay Park, Batemans Bay, NSW.
- Bendigo Caravan and Camping Leisurefest. From Friday 18 to Sunday 20 November 2016, Bendigo Racecourse, VIC.
It’s worth noting that most shows stipulate no pets are allowed on the grounds. If that’s an issue for you, check before you head out to avoid any problems.
Some shows are still finalising details of their programs and exhibitors for 2016, but we’re happy to announce that AL-KO will be at many of them. Come along and talk with our experts about the latest towing technologies that will make your caravanning safer and easier, such as iQ7, ESC, replacement parts and accessories.
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