Caravanning News

Sugar City Pioneers continue quest to save lives

The Sugar City Pioneers branch of our Club continues on its quest to help save lives with a donation of $250 to the RACQ CQ Rescue service operating in Mackay.

Last year, several members of the branch undertook a Senior First Aid Course in Mackay, with an aim of not only benefiting fellow branch members, but all members of the travelling public.

RACQ CQ Rescue service operates two rescue helicopters from its Mackay base.  For more than two decades, the Mackay-based rescue helicopter has been providing rapid response, critical care, and aeromedical retrieval services across Central Queensland 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The service has completed more than 7,700 missions.

ACC Sugar City Pioneers branch president Paul Eyles said that the branch had called for member donations to support a worthy cause at its Christmas Party last year.  “We collected $250 from branch members and members chose RACQ CQ Rescue Service to be the recipient,” Paul said.  “We were delighted to be able to present a cheque for $250 to Ian Rowan, the Chief Executive Officer of RACQ CQ Rescue.”

“We chose RACQ CQ Rescue Service as we believe this service could not only save the lives of caravanners and other RVers, but all travellers and users of our highways.”

“Without RACQ CQ Rescue, many lives would be lost or changed forever.”

“Our branch is very supportive of the work conducted by the RACQ CQ Rescue Service and recommends other members of the public, companies and community groups to donate to this worthy service, as it relies heavily on donations,” said Paul.

The ACC Sugar City Pioneers branch formed just under 3 years ago and through its musters and other activities has had strong membership growth.  It now boasts 81 members in 45 RVs.

ACC Chairman Craig said he was very proud of the ACC Sugar City Pioneers branch.  “This branch is a very active branch of our Club,” said Craig.  “Its members not only put in a great effort within our Club, but they also work hard for the betterment of all RVers and road users.”

“While our members enjoy the social camaraderie at our branch musters, improving the lifestyle for the RVer is our Club’s main objective.  This includes health and road safety issues and the efforts of our ACC Sugar City Pioneers are to be commended,” Craig said.

RVers wanting to find out more about the ACC or its ACC Sugar City Pioneers branch are welcome to contact the branch secretary Frank Casey by emailing  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning the ACC on 1800 734 493.

ACC Welcomes Cooktown Holiday Park

The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome Cooktown Holiday Park to its member benefits programme.

Cooktown is the gateway to the Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. 

The Park, set in 8 acres of tropical award-winning gardens, is just a short stroll into town where you can discover the unique history of Cooktown's colourful past – including the site of Captain Cook's arrival on the banks of the Endeavour River in 1770.


While in Cooktown you some MUST DO’s include James Cook Museum, take in the 360 degree views from Grassy Hill, stroll down the main street and see some of the old Historical Buildings and visit the Botanical Gardens. Surrounding area drives out to Archer Point, Black Mountain and numerous waterfalls are all within easy reach. Make it your starting point for your Cape York Adventure.

Cooktown Holiday Park offer ACC members a 10% discount off powered sites to the value of $40.   Pets are not permitted.

ACC members will find contact details and further information on Cooktown Holiday Park by clicking on the green Member Benefits – Accommodation button on this webpage.  ACC members – don’t forget to log on first.


Recall on Hyundai Santa Fe (DM)


A recall notice has issued for Hyundai Santa Fe (DM) sold nationally between 15 June 2017 and 28 December 2017. 

The recall notice states that a manufacturing fault may cause the steering wheel assembly and column to separate.

The notice further states that this may cause a hazard as if the steering wheel assembly and column separate while in use, a vehicle may lose steering control and cause an accident.

To see if your vehicle is affected and for further information, go to


ACC Welcomes BIG4 Bungalow Park on Burrill Lake

The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome BIG4 Bungalow Park on Burrill Lake to its member benefits programme.

BIG4 Bungalow Park on Burrill Lake is set on 26 acres of landscaped lawn and gardens with absolute lake frontage onto beautiful Burrill Lake in the South Coast region of New South Wales.

With access to the beach, private boat ramp, two jetties, tennis courts, kid’s entertainment, canoes, solar heated swimming pools, two camp kitchens, and nine undercover barbecues this really is a location to behold.


The estuary provides the angler with good fishing with many species encountered including flathead, bream, blackfish, whiting and blue swimmer crabs. The local beach also provides fishing where anglers can catch Australian salmon, whiting and tailor.

Other Park facilities include:  Security Boom Gate, disabled/reduced mobility amenities block, ensuite sites, internet Kiosk, laundries and a dump point.

BIG4 Bungalow Park on Burrill Lake offer ACC members 10% off accommodation.

For further information and contact details for Big4 Bungalow Park on Burrill Lake, ACC members should click on the green member benefits – accommodation button on this webpage.  ACC members – don’t forget to log on first!


Tassie Travellers celebrate 5 years of growth

Club Officials from Queensland and Victoria attended the 5th anniversary muster of the Tassie Travellers branch of our Club last month.

30 members in 17 RVs made their way to Myrtle Park Camping Ground North East of Launceston where members were joined by ACC membership director Graham Christie and his wife Kaye who travelled from Queensland for the event which ran from 16 to 18 March 2018.  To further enhance the celebrations, former ACC Chairman and Club Life Member Lionel Mussell from Victoria attended a barbecue lunch on the Saturday with members.

ACC Chairman Craig congratulated the members of the ACC Tassie Travellers on the success of the branch.  “Our ACC Tassie Travellers have been great ambassadors for our Club over the past 5 years and I congratulate them on reaching 5 years,” Craig said.  “Several members of the branch have made overall contributions to our Club that extend well beyond Tasmania.”

At the cutting of the anniversary cake ceremony, ACC Tassie Travellers branch president Ed Glover proudly stated the many achievements of the branch.  “Our branch has seen many great friendships formed since its humble beginnings of 8 members in 5 vans to today’s 60 members in 37 RVs,” Ed said.

“To our members who helped form the branch, and to those who have served over the years on the branch committee, a big thank you.  It was one of our branch members Bernie Barnwell whose efforts helped form the ACC’s Lone Trekkers Special Interest Group,” said Ed.

5 of the original 8 foundation members of the branch joined with former Club Chairman Lionel Mussell in the cutting of the anniversary cake.

ACC membership director Graham also congratulated the branch on its milestone.  “Clearly the ACC Tassie Travellers branch is a great group of our members and an excellent example that we are the Club where friendships and adventure begin,” Graham said.

Any RVer requiring further information about the ACC or its Tassie Travellers branch can contact the ACC on 1800 734 493 or click here

Recall Notice for 2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra

A recall notice has issued for 2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Heavy Duty and 2007-2008 GMC Sierra 2500/3500 Heavy Duty.

The notice relates to the Airbag inflator: As it gets older, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause the airbag inflator propellant to degrade. If an affected vehicle is involved in a collision triggering the airbag, the metal inflator housing may explode/rupture under too much internal pressure.

The notice further states that this may become a hazard in the event that a defective airbag inflator ruptures, as metal fragments may propel out through the airbag cushion towards the vehicle occupants causing serious injury or fatality.

To see if your vehicle is affected and for further information, go to


Recall Notice for MY2018 Range Rover Velar

A recall notice has issued for MY2018 Range Rover Velar for specific vehicles within VIN range SALYA2AV6JA700308 to SALYA2BK0JA740310.

The notice states that the linkage that controls the fresh air flap in the heating system  may become disconnected and that when the right atmospheric conditions exist, condensation may form on the front windscreen and other windows in the vehicle.

The notice further states that this may become a hazard as if the interior windows are not demisted quickly the condensation can restrict the driver’s field of vision increasing the risk of a collision.

For further information and to see if your vehicle is affected, go to