In just a few days, the 49th annual Queensland Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow will open its gates to the public. And with 900 caravans, 300 camper trailers and over 100 motorhomes on display, there is a whole lot to see and do.
“We start planning about six months out from the event. Organising a show where you've got over 250 exhibitors, and nearly 45,000m2 of exhibition space is quite a feat,” says show manager Jason Plant.
Running from June 7 to 12 at the Brisbane Showgrounds, the six-day event will also showcase a huge array of off-road recreational vehicles, gadgets, accessories and camping equipment. And although it’s in its 49th year, the show promises to bring new innovations to this year’s visitors.
“There are always new products released at the show, and we’ve got some really exciting new releases this year,” says Plant.
The Winnebago X-Country Caravan, for example, is the first Winnebago designed for the rugged Australian terrain and boasts AL-KO Enduro independent suspension, an off-road tow hitch and an array of additional upgrades.
The new Winnebago X-Country
Show-goers will also get a first look at the Goldstream K Series: a full off-road camper trailer, complete with AL-KO off-road independent suspension and a range of new features built specifically for the Queensland market.
In addition to this, Avida RV will be showcasing their new electric pop top caravan, the Avida Wave, alongside the new range of completely redesigned Franklin Arrows and the ‘Desert Thunder: a luxury off-roader from Sunseeker Caravans.
As well as its offering of new products, the show features a standout seminar program. Instead of booking TV personalities and high-profile people from the media, the program focuses on industry experts who deliver detailed, practical information.
“These seminars are full every year. This year, as well as seminars on working while you travel, towing, and solar energy systems, we have a great talk on communication while you're on the road. It’s run by Darren Maggs who’s an ex-SAS soldier and an expert in satellite communication.
“We’ve also lined up some fantastic entertainment. This year we've got 'The Camp Oven Kitchen'. This will see camp oven specialist Ron Wilson (aka King Brown) cooking non-stop daily.”
King Brown learnt the dying craft of camp oven cooking from drovers and shearers cooks, while cooking for working bush camps west of Bourke. He has been cooking, teaching and promoting his passion for camp oven cooking for over 30 years. And he’ll be sharing his wealth of knowledge over an open fire each day at the Supershow.
But the entertainment’s not just for the adults. With over 50% of caravan purchases being made by families, the organisers make sure they put on an engaging kids’ program over the weekend.
“We have a whole area dedicated to kids’ entertainment and when they come through the gate every child gets their own ‘kids camping pass' that they hang around their neck and there's a competition they can enter to win $400 worth of camping gear.
“We have a stage show running as well as street science demonstrations, reptile shows (kids can even hold a baby saltwater crocodile), face painting, badge making and more. So there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained and the parents happy.”
Visitors to the Supershow have the opportunity to win one of two caravans: either a Windsor Seka Lowline valued at $51,990 or a Coromal Element E552s Caravan valued at $56,990.
“There's something for everybody at this year’s Supershow. Whether you're a family, a retired couple or a young couple without kids. The Queensland Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow really does cater for every demographic,” says Plant.
For more information, check out the Supershow’s website.