Motorhomes descend on Mt Panorama

By: Malcolm Street, Photography by: Malcolm Street

Almost 1000 motorhomes descended on Mount Panorama near Bathurst, NSW, for the Campervan and Motorhome Club Australia’s long-awaited 30th anniversary rally in April.

Motorhomes descend on Mt Panorama
Hundreds of motorhomes at Mt Panorama for the CMCA Anniversary Rally.

CW was also there, to review Trakka’s new Trakkaway 700 and the new Jayco Iveco Daily-based Optimum 28ft motorhome. Photographer Nathan Jacobs, a die-hard motorsport enthusiast was very excited to visit the rally at the famed racing circuit and, indeed, after more than a few laps of the race course, which is a public road, in the both the motorhomes and the company vehicle, we almost had to take the keys off him…

Mt Panorama, with its large, hard stand behind the pits and adjacent caravan park area, proved more than ideal for parking the 950 or so motorhomes, fifth wheelers and even a few caravans which turned up with their owners. The large crowd certainly made an impressive site from the top of the race track summit.

Most of the major motorhome manufacturers, including Trakka, Jayco, Sunliner, Wallaby, Wirraway, Truelux, Swagman and Britz, among others, also attended, along with accessory companies, creating a very popular trade show area near the impressive food truck park which kept attendees well fed and watered all week.

Being an anniversary rally, there was a lot going on all day and night, including concerts, seminars, tours around Bathurst and to the National Motor Racing Museum, line-dancing, a huge disc golf tournament, banner parade, evening ball and even a cake cutting by one of the CMCA’s founders, Erica Whitworth. But, as always, the all-important happy hour, was a major highlight for most people – and the benefit of a the rally is that you don't actually have to drive to a camping spot each day, you merely pick up your camping chair at around 4pm.

After another successful week, CMCA members are now looking forward to another get-together later this year at the national rally, in Canberra from October 8-14.