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23 September 2021 Posted by 


Camping and caravan adventures are alive
ONE positive aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the seismic shift in Australians rediscovering their own country.
A national survey has found NSW is a top 10 dream destination for an outdoor adventure and revealed locals want to spend time exploring their own backyard.
When overseas holidays disappeared literally overnight and cruise ships stopped running, Aussies took to the road in record numbers. Caravan and motorhome manufacturers struggled to meet demand and  good second hand caravans were at a premium.
Now a Great Outdoors National Survey by Great Northern brewing has revealed 80% of NSW travellers have committed to keep up their camping and caravanning adventures even after international borders reopen. 
More than half said they would like to spend more time outdoors this year.
When asked where they would travel if they could choose anywhere in Australia, NSW respondents nominated holidaying at home with Northern NSW their top spot followed by Southern NSW and the NSW Central Coast.
Great Northern Great Outdoor National Survey top 10 destinations were:
1 Cairns/Far North Qld.
2 Whitsunday region.
3 Sunshine Coast/Noosa region.
4 Uluru/Alice Spring, southern Northern Territory.
5 Kakadu Northern Territory.
6 Gold Coast region.
7 South Australia.
8 Central Victoria and High Country.
9 Northern NSW.
10 Outback Queensland.
Ian Giles of Great Northern Brewing Co said the survey results showed the tough circumstances had inspired Australians to get out and really immerse themselves in the natural beauty Australia had to offer.
“NSW has some great spots to explore – and the local pubs serve great beer,” Mr Giles said.
“The Great Northern survey shows Australians have a renewed interest in their own backyard and we hope this will eventually translate to a financial lifeline for towns across NSW.
“We know businesses, pubs and clubs across the state have done it tough so Great Northern Brewing Co has been working to drive tourists back to Australia’s tourism hotspots since international borders closed.
“To get people motivated, we are giving away $M worth of BCF vouchers to help fund their passions to get out into the great outdoors.
“Camping or caravanning is a great boost to the place where you pitch your tent but along the way travellers stop to buy fuel, pick up groceries, sightsee, enjoy lunch – it’s all the places along the journey, not just the destination, that benefits.”
The national survey also revealed NSW respondents were not only keen to get out and about but wanted to squeeze more activity in with a third of locals wanting to go camping and fishing more often.
“Almost 43% of NSW respondents spent between up to $2000 on outdoor equipment, with 22% of that expenditure on camping and fishing gear,” Mr Giles said.
“Every person we get out and about, whether it’s a local or a visitor, we hope will pour dollars into the local economy.”


Michael Walls
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