2018 Orana Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Fish Show draws families, grey nomads

Family time: Bella and Nerida Burton of Dubbo look at options for future holidays at the Orana Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Fish Show. Photo: AMY MCINTYRE

Family time: Bella and Nerida Burton of Dubbo look at options for future holidays at the Orana Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Fish Show. Photo: AMY MCINTYRE

A life in the great outdoors, seeing new places across Australia is tempting people across multiple generations in western NSW.

Exhibitors came from across NSW and as far away as Queensland, Victoria and even Western Australia for the annual event at the Dubbo Showground.

Couples dreaming of a retirement of freedom and parents of young families used the occasion to do their homework.

Dubbo’s Brett Smith was planning for life after work.

“I can see myself as a grey nomad,” he said.

He said there was so much to see at the Orana Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Fish Show.

“We’re working out what’s most suitable for us… and what’s within the budget,” he said.

Dane and Natalie Holden of Dubbo were looking at the caravans ahead of the arrival of “baby number two”, to see what was available to accommodate a young family.

Mr Holden said they would like to “hit the road” in the future, which would be a fun holiday.

“It’s great, peaceful, family time, no distractions,” he said.

“The perfect van” they found suggested the extent of what the market could offer in 2018 - it had bunk beds, a washer and dryer and kitchen.

A tour with Elaine Baillie through a caravan that caught her eye also revealed there was no need to rough it while travelling.

The model came with a rear ensuite, slide-out club lounge, queen bed, washing machine, air conditioner, digital television antenna and much more.

The Dubbo-based traveller said she and husband Donald were up to their fifth van.

“We started out with a tiny van - an eight-foot Phoenix,” she said.

“We’ve just got bigger and bigger.”

Those vans have taken them to northern Queensland, Darwin, across Victoria and out west to Broken Hill.

Nerida Burton said her children loved going away in the family’s camper trailer, so they were investigating going “up to a caravan”.

“We went to Alice Springs last year, and we’ve been to Forster,” she said.

Rural Scene Promotions manager Loretta Payne said by mid-Sunday afternoon 8085 people had come through the gates, from across western NSW.

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