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Caravanning shows no signs of slowing down in Australia.

Words by Matt Kurvink, general manager, Bushtracker Caravans

I’ve been in the recreational vehicle (RV) industry for more than 20 years and caravanning has certainly been a big part of my life. It’s a very social lifestyle – you can pull up anywhere and everyone you meet is very open and willing to chat. A lot of people make lifelong friends on the road.

The entire RV industry is experiencing high demand for everything from motorhomes and campervans to camper trailers and caravans. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and not being able to travel overseas, more people want to go caravanning at the moment and have the freedom to go anywhere and everywhere.

A caravan really is your home away from home – it’s somewhere comfortable where you have your own bed, pillow, food and other things you are used to, which makes the trip a lot more relaxing when you’re not living out of a suitcase.

Bushtracker Caravans specialises in luxury off-road caravans. Each caravan is completely customised to the owners’ specifications and in 25 years of operation, we’ve never built two vans that are the same.

It’s worth investing in a quality, heavy-duty caravan that is built to last and fully self-sufficient with solar power and the capability to carry a lot of water, especially if you plan to go around Australia or travel to remote regions.

My advice is to take the time to do your research. Narrow your search to five caravan builders who you feel can build the right caravan for your needs, then go on factory tours to see the construction process and inspect the product quality. You want to have the confidence that the van you decide to buy is going to meet your needs in the long term.

Our customers have some really interesting road trips on their bucket lists. Many want to go up to Cape York and do The Savannah Way in Queensland as well as drive through the Kimberley region or from Perth to Broome in Western Australia. A lot of people are keen to do the desert tracks at least once, such as the Tanami Desert in Western Australia and the Donohue Highway from Queensland’s Simpson Desert to the Northern Territory border.

My favourite caravanning location is the outback. I love just getting out there and camping. There’s nothing quite like sitting by the fire in the outback and seeing how many stars are up in the sky because there are no city lights around you.