Number of caravans dropping in Rockhampton

FREEWHEELING holidays have hit a speed hump in Rockhampton.

There was a 3.31% decrease in caravan and campervan registrations across the region last year.

The city is now home to 409 caravans and campervans - a drop of 14 on 2013's figures.

The fall went against the national average of a 5.3% increase.

Caravan Industry Association of Australia said the decline was not a significant drop and could be due to a range of factors, including owners leaving the area.

The association's chief executive officer, Stuart Lamont, said Rockhampton still benefited from the nationwide increase in registrations.

"We are in a boom at present - and this flows through suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and caravan parks," Mr Lamont said.

"But what is most important is that 90% of all activity is in regional Australia.

"About $17.44 billion is the estimated size of contribution to the Australian economy by caravanning and camping and many regional centres receive welcome money from the expenditure conducted by caravanners and campers as they explore the country."

Travel writer Cindy Gough said caravanning holidays were cheap and cheerful.

"You can go wherever you want to," the co-author of The Grey Nomad's Guidebook and website said.

"You can get into the outback, you can get into some of those far away places and camp and you can get in tune with nature."

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