Take a holiday and help communities recover from bushfires

Caravanners and campers are being encouraged to visit bushfire-affected regions.

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia’s is behind an initiative urging travellers to consider areas affected by summer bushfires when planning their holidays.

The south coast of New South Wales and the Gippsland region, which were hit hard by the fires, rely heavily on their tourism industries.

Tourism Research Australia figures show caravan parks in those regions account for the largest market share of commercial accommodation at 38% (NSW south coast) and 42% (Gippsland).

With these figures in mind, the Caravan Industry Association of Australia has launched its Keep on Camping website to keep caravanners and campers informed when planning a visit to the regions as they recover from the bushfire disaster.

Caravan Industry Association of Australia CEO Stuart Lamont said tourism would play a vital role in helping communities get back on their feet.

 “The devastation that we have seen due to bushfires is heartbreaking and our sincerest appreciation goes out to all communities and those volunteers on the ground who have been battling these conditions to save lives and property in the most trying of circumstances,” Mr Lamont said.

“Many of the affected areas should be in absolute peak season brimming with tourists and yet whole regions remain closed with some caravan parks suggesting they may be weeks before re-opening.

“Once these affected areas re-open, the need for tourist visitation will be vital to assisting these communities and businesses to start the long process of getting back on their feet.”

Mr Lamont said when taking a caravan or camping trip to these regions travellers invested money directly into the communities.

“They visit local attractions, they shop at local cafes and boutiques, they buy seafood and groceries, and stay in local holiday parks when they visit,” he said.  

“Through travelling to regional destinations, caravanners and campers are supporting communities, spending their money and helping those towns who need it most.”