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News and Events – June 2022

From expos to domestic tourism rates, we’ve rounded up all the news and events for June 2022.

2022 Let’s Go Queensland Caravan & Camping Supershow - Brisbane - 7-12 June 2022

Come and joing Hema Maps at the biggest caravanning event in Queensland which will return to Brisbane Showgrounds from the 7 – 12 June 2022. The Let’s Go Queensland Caravan & Camping Supershow is an “Official Caravan Industry” event and is the only Caravan and Camping Supershow that features almost every major brand available on the market today. The very latest models of caravans, motorhomes, campervans, camper/tent trailers and slide-ons, plus much, much more will be on display during the three day event. Come and see us at the Hema stand!.

The Great Outdoor and 4X4 Expo - Mildura - 24-26 June 2022

The Great Outdoor and 4x4 Expo on 24–26 June at the Mildura Racecourse. The event will feature the camping and 4x4 industry’s latest innovations and products. Entertainment and daily activities will enthrall showgoers each day.

Camper Trailer of the Year 2022 - Coffs Harbour - 13-23 June

It’s almost that time again! Camper Trailer of the Year run by Camper Australia is back for 2022. Held at the Big4 Sawtell Beach Holiday Park, the showcase will be displayed on Saturday 18 June, from 10am until 2pm. If past years are anything to go by, this is sure to be an event to remember. So come on down and see the best camper trailers in Australia judged in all their glory.  

Emprise Group CEO Rob Gallagher said, “The CTOTY event is a fantastic opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their latest products to both our respected judges, who critically assess each van, and the local community who are seeking inspiration from the best products on the market.”

Mundi Mundi success

The inaugural Mundi Mundi Bash has been declared a success after the show closed on 23 April 2022. Hema Maps was an attendee at the outback event, which is the largest of its kind. Headliners of the musical festival included Paul Kelly, who closed the show by performing for 10,000 travellers.  Attendees at the festival dusted off their dancing boots in an attempt to break the world record for the largest ‘Nutbush City Limits’ dance. While the attempt was unsuccessful, it did raise almost $42,000 for the festival’s charity partner, the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The second Mundi Mundi Bash will be held on 18-20 August 2022 and is set to be even bigger with Midnight Oil, Jimmy Barnes & Missy Higgins headlining as well as a host of other Australian acts. Hema Maps will be there again with its full range of navigation products.

Gibb River Road now open 

Only Charnley River remains closed which is scheduled to open on 5 June 2021. Almost all destinations along the Gibb River Road are now open but, as is the case at the start of the season, not all waterfalls and gorges at parks or stations will be accessible.

This currently applies to Wunnamurra Gorge on Mount Elizabeth Station which is unlikely to open before July as the track still needs to be repaired. The season is well underway with camps filling up early. Plenty of trailers and caravans are making their way up the west coast so the region is set to see extreme crowds over the next couple of weeks.

Due to the already heavy season, some campgrounds are already booked out so planning ahead this season is recommended. The user-generated app, WikiCamps, can help inform visitors but be aware that many of the entries of ‘free’ campsites are often from users illegally camping on private property — so act responsibly and respectfully while camping. Tunnel Creek currently has head-height waters, rather than the knee-deep it usually has, meaning visitors will have to swim to explore the area.

Be advised that there is currently no towing between Tunnel Creek and Yiramalay, south of Tunnel Creek on the Farfield-Leopold Down Road as it is still wet. No official information has been released on the opening of Home Valley Station.

 Domestic travel is on the rise

TripTech’s Summer Report reveals domestic travellers have filled the gap left by international visitors. Commissioned by Tourism Australia, TripTech’s road trip dashboards have seen strong evidence in a renewed interest for regional getaways in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

TechTrip’s Summer Report on the In-Trip behavious of the Domestic Traveller and the Evolution of the Australian Road Trip reveals the Australian Independent Traveller’s behaviours and travel patterns over summer 2020/21.

The report shows a 43 per cent increase in app engagement over the summer compared to the previous year, highlighting the domestic market’s contribution to the recovery of tourism in Australia.

TripTech and CamperMate CEO, Nick Baker, said that the analysis of the unique pre and in-trip behaviour of domestic travellers helps show trends in travel. “[It] pinpoints exactly where domestic travellers have stepped up to fill the gap left by international travellers, what regions have benefitted and those that have been hardest hit by the pandemic,” he said.

Wineries and breweries, and walks and trails were the most popular local attractions, up by 381 per cent and 281 per cent respectively. Routes popular with international travellers, like the Great Ocean Road, saw understandable declines in visits.

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