Three’s company on road for camper at almost empty grounds
THE Benaraby camping grounds were almost empty on New Year's Eve as Edward Allen and his two companions turned up there.
Mr Allen had been travelling up to Cairns to spend Christmas with his sister and family for a week and was making the trek home to Adelaide on the year's, hoping to make it Maryborough by midnight.
"The New Year celebrations don't really faze me, I'll probably pull over somewhere to have a beer and a nap," he said.
"I've got my map, my two dogs, Peggy Sue and Peppy, my wonderful campervan, and a good spirit, so I'll be right."
What had surprised Mr Allen most was the lack of people on the roads and at the camping facilities.
"I've pulled into the camping grounds here and I'm the only one, with the exception of some native wildlife," he said.
"All that's missing now is some electric barbecues and we'd really be cooking with gas.
"I do, however, think that the driver revivers are a life- saver for travellers, especially over this festive season."
The retiree said he enjoyed driving so much that there was no decision needed when planing his journey.
"I find it quite therapeutic, and knowing that I can take my beloved pooches with me and stop off wherever is convenient is grand."
A dozen others had the same idea as Mr Allen this holiday season, choosing to take their motorhomes out for a road trip.
Tannum Sands Holiday Park manager Andy Forsyth said the park was slowly filling.
"It's not at 100% capacity but after being a work camp for four years the new turnout is better than expected," he said.
For the Rogers and Clarke family, the park's New Year's Eve party was just what suited them.
"We've been camping all together now for around three years, just wherever and whenever we can, and no doubt tonight is going to be another cracker," said Rachel Rogers.