Tourism industry pioneer Brendan Heenan says if the NT borders are not open by July then his, all other Alice caravan parks, the pubs, clubs, restaurants, accommodation, tourist attractions, souvenir shops won’t have a 2020 season. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: In a normal season the space behind Brendan Heenan is filled with caravans.
UPDATE 6.40pm May 17: Half a million caravanners and campers are ready to hit the road within two months.
Camping on show grounds: End government permission acting "to the detriment" of the industry, says Brendan Heenan, president of the NT Caravan Park Association. IMAGE: Show Society advertises caravan accommodation on its website. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Why an A'van? That's easy: you can fold it down to half its height in 20 seconds and it won't cause the fuel-guzzling drag a normal caravan does.
The A'van – starting price $25,000 – is strong. None of the walls are made from canvas.
The triangles on either side fold on top of each-other, and so do the quadrangles front and back, all resting on the bench tops inside for towing.
They are great for two people on a trip of a couple of weeks (although too small for extended living, having no bathroom, for example).
Why these simple advantages spawned a veritable cult – very benign, to be sure – is a bit of a mystery, until you discover the friendly like-mindedness of the owners.
Photos: Like Doctor Who's telephone box – it's so much bigger inside: June Hicks in her A'van in Alice today, at the MacDonnell Range Caravan Park. Chilling outdoors in The Alice after couple of days of rain. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.