Tasmania may do away with free overnight caravan park sites in the future though the decision to do this has been postponed for now. Tasmania is becoming a place where only the wealthy caravaner can afford to visit. The cost of shipping the caravan and car accross on the ferry leaves very little left in the budget to pay for what in many areas are actually quite sub standard caravan parks.
Both times we toured Tasmania we did it with a car and stayed in motels or an in. That proved cheaper than taking our caravan. It is a shame as we love caravaning and much prefer to take our own bed. As a result of this preference we no longer visit Tasmania, it could just as well be another country to us, which is sad. Tasmanian government needs to try to provide incentives to gray nomad travellers, not deterrents.
It also is not just about the cost....I do not like having to back my caravan into a tight caravan park site, unhitch my van, park my car, just for an overnight sleep, then have to re hitch in the morning. We are talking about the needs of seniors here. Overnight we only need a clean toilet, some fresh water and some battery or solar lighting, a reasonable flat and safe area to pull over. We can carry the water, toilet and lighting with us...we just need a pull in, pull out with out unhitching space. We buy petrol and groceries in the towns that supply this for us and we are loyal and call by every year and refer our friends. Councils who supply a free overnight camp site for gray nomads greatly benefit their communities. Most of us still support the caravan park industry for our longer stays. If the caravan park industry wants the overnight stop over business they need to provide more drive though sites as those are the only ones I will use while touring. I will not unhook the caravan from the car, just to rest for the night while travelling.
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