Free camping on the radar for Warialda and Bingara


The communities of Warialda and Bingara, in Gwydir Shire will start investigating sites for free or budget camping within the towns, following a series of workshops held by the Australian Caravan Club (ACC).

Free camping on the radar for Warialda and Bingara
A free camp on the Gwydir River.

The club held the RV industry workshops in April, with the aim of helping the communities understand the benefits RVers could bring, and how they could attract more of them.

 "Our RV industry workshops are aimed at assisting local communities to understand what many RVers may be looking for when visiting and staying in a region, whether for a short or long term stay, and what their requirements and needs might be," ACC chairman Craig Humphrey said.

ACC president Tom Smith, who presented at the workshops, said the results were inspiring.

"Community representatives present engaged in constructive discussions following the presentation and started immediately working together to identify potential sites that could accommodate freedom camping or budget camping to entice RVers to stay in the town and support local businesses," Mr Smith said.

Warialda currently has a rest area about a kilometre from town which allows a 24-hour stay, plus a caravan park in town.

"Plans are now a foot to improve another rest area near town and to develop longer term campsites on the banks of the creek where RVers might want to camp and stay for longer periods," Mr Smith said.

While there is plenty of groundwork and feasibility studies to be done, the response was positive.

Bingara businesses reported a positive response from RVers staying at a popular freed camp along the Gwydir River.

The ACC will be holding its 2017 National Muster at Bingara in October 2017.

Any other towns or communities interested in hosting an ACC RV Industry Workshops should contact the ACC.