Why Toowoomba people go crazy for caravanning

ON THE ROAD: Toowoomba caravaner Chris Martin said he's not surprised to hear the Garden City is a breeding ground for grey nomads.
ON THE ROAD: Toowoomba caravaner Chris Martin said he's not surprised to hear the Garden City is a breeding ground for grey nomads. Tom Gillespie

CHRIS Martin is not surprised to hear Toowoomba is one of the caravanning capitals of Australia, because he can only see the activity getting bigger.

People in Toowoomba have been called some of the keenest caravanners in the country in motorhome rental platform SHAREaCAMPER's Adventurous Australian Cities Index.

Mr Martin, who is involved with caravan clubs and has more than a decade of experience in the activity, said Toowoomba had perfect conditions for caravanners to start their adventures.

He said the city's high baby boomer population, access to the different climates and high prosperity made it an obvious breeding ground for grey nomads.

"We do see people who aren't retired and start off doing that sort of thing, but the majority of the people in our chapter (of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia) are retirees, who want to see their own country," Mr Martin said.

"It's fantastic, because if you drive down some of these streets in Toowoomba, you see motorhomes, caravans and campervans in people's yards.

"We have a high population of country people here, who retire here and because they're country people, they want to get back out into it.

"The number of people getting travel conveyances is increasing, whether it's a caravan, campervan or something else."

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The Adventurous Australian Cities Index found Toowoomba was fourth in Australia for caravanning, and ninth overall for adventurousness.

The report was based on Google Analytics results taken for Australian cities during 2016.

While Mr Martin said it was a great thing to see more grey nomads, he cautioned against couples instantly hitting the road without any practice.

"One thing I would recommend is to make sure you do a lot of trips before you go on the road permanently, because there is an art to working in a combined space for a long time," he said.

"There are people who have sold their house, bought an expensive motorhome, gone on the road, and six months later they're back.

"As much as they love each other, they had no experience living in a confined space for so long."

Topics:  caravanning general-seniors-news outandabout toowoomba travel-australia

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