ON A long journey back to Victoria, Malcolm Fletcher welcomed a free overnight stop in Rockhampton.
After only parking in Kershaw Gardens for the afternoon on their way to Townsville, Malcolm said he was pleasantly surprised to find he could park overnight on their way home.
Malcolm and his wife Veronica are just two of the travellers who have taken advantage of the opportunity to stay at the gardens after Rockhampton Regional Council's decision to allow free overnight stopovers last month.
But the council's decision came under fire from people concerned about how the move would affect local caravan park operators.
Although they didn't pay to park in Kershaw Gardens overnight, Malcolm said they did spend money refuelling their motorhome at a Rockhampton service station and in several stores at Stockland Rockhampton.
Another person camping in the park, who didn't want to be identified, was also pleased to be able to stay in Kershaw Gardens instead of a caravan park.
"(Caravan parks) have got all the bells and whistles that we don't need," he said.
"I can't see the point of going to a caravan park... for things we don't want."
He said he spent money at local shops and service stations.
He believed making Kershaw Gardens RV friendly was a good move for Rockhampton.
He said during his travels he always stayed in RV friendly towns.
"I'll spend money at a town that wants us," he said.