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Who says you need a caravan to become a grey nomad?

October 01, 2020

Who says you need a caravan to become a grey nomad?

A group of keen adventurers from Vision by Halcyon have joined in the fun of being a grey nomad – and they don’t own a caravan or an RV.

Vision homeowner John Richards said the group started at the Hope Island community few years ago and had gone from strength to strength (despite some time off during COVID) and were off again to Hervey Bay shortly.

“I inherited the organiser role a few years ago over a few beers at Happy Hour,” John recalled.

“It all started when a group of about 8 or 9 caravaners were planning a trip and a few others who didn’t have vans, said “can we come” and before we knew it, about 40 people were hitting the road for fun-filled adventures."

John said there were are few prerequisites when organising trips for the group, so everyone’s tastes are interests are catered for.

“We have to book somewhere where there are caravan sites and also cabins,” he said.

“There has to be a golf course nearby and we usually make sure there is a bowls or an RSL Club in walking distance.”

John said they also prefer to be near the beach or on a river or lake as there are keen kayakers in the group.

“We normally go for a week and on one of the nights we will take over the park’s community kitchen and have a theme or a dress-up night,” he said.

“Last time it was a Joke Night and we had lots of fun.”

The group will take off to Hervey Bay’s Discovery Caravan Park, where there are three different types of accommodation including caravan sites.

“We have a few single ladies who team up and have booked some glamping tents for the next trip,” he said.

“We all like to get away and its good for people to be able to kick up their heels.

“It’s a wonderful way to include everybody, there’s lots of social contact and everyone likes to be involved.”

John said there are at least 30 homeowners booked for the next trip and they’re already looking at potential locations for next year.

“Because of COVID, it’s become very popular again so a lot of caravan parks are booked out.”