While it may be infeasible to travel internationally in the short term, as the Coronavirus restrictions continue to ease across the country domestic travel will be very much in vogue once again as people opt for interstate travel over an overseas getaway.
Camping and caravanning is touted to thrive once restrictions are eased, as it is a lower-cost alternative that enables people to holiday on a smaller budget.
According to the Caravan Industry Association of Australia, there are over 710,000 registered RV’s waiting to holiday and stimulate the market.
“With over 18 million Australians indicating they are connected to the caravan and camping lifestyle, this presents an unrivalled opportunity to be active in the market quickly as soon as the time is right,” the Caravan Industry Association of Australia said.
“The potential of the camping sector with its significant interest and audiences puts it uniquely suited to stimulate domestic tourism and provide a lifeline to the thousands of tourism businesses eagerly awaiting a return to business.”
With this in mind we’ve compiled a list of great spots that will cater to both bowlers and non-bowlers, not only are these fantastic spots for a holiday but they are areas where local businesses will be in need of the trade after a tough few months.
Queensland – Townsville:
Northern Queensland’s often-overlooked major city Townsville’s is one of the state’s best looking cities and features an endless esplanade which looks out over the fabulous Magnetic Island. Townsville is a pedestrian-friendly city that offers refurbished 19th-century buildings along with loads of landmarks including
a brilliant museum and aquarium. If in doubt, join the throngs of the fit and fabulous marching up bright red Castle Hill to gaze across the city.
Townsville is also home to a number of well-respected bowls clubs who are more than happy to cater for visitors looking to play social games on their well- maintained greens.
With a large number of campsites, Townsville provides plenty of options to choose from and can cater to every travelling bowlers’ needs.
New South Wales – Merimbula:
After seeing the coastline for the first time, early European explorer, Jules Sébastien César Dumont d’Urville (1790 – 1842), called it “the Coast of Sapphire”.
The Sapphire Coast is undoubtedly spectacular and at the heart of the coast sits Merimbula, the enchanting seaside town offers rugged ocean beaches and tranquil coastal lakes. Wonderful things to do and see include a range of water sports, whale watching, exploring the aquarium and wildlife sanctuary, and tasting the divine local seafood.
Merimbula is derived from a local Aboriginal word meaning ‘two lakes’, a reference to Merimbula Lake on the southern side of the town and the smaller Back Lake on the northern side. These calm waterways on Australia’s Oyster Coast are popular with adventurous types who like to sail, kayak and stand-up paddleboard.
Beaches are also a major attraction. Surfers enjoy the 6km Merimbula Main Beach – when the swell is pumping, the sandbank at the northern end of Main Beach creates a good break. Short Point has consistent surf and million-dollar views. Bar Beach is great for snorkelling, and shallow Spencer Park Beach and playground is ideal for families.
Merimbula’s also home to Club Sapphire, one of the region’s preeminent clubs. Club Sapphire boasts an impressive undercover green, high- quality restaurant food and four bars, the club was the venue of choice for last year’s Australian Championships.
The region has several campsites, including free public sites for those on a budget.
South Australia – Port Lincoln:
The Eyre Peninsula boasts fantastic food and wine, luxury accommodation and abundant wildlife, but it’s best known for its world-famous aquatic activities. In
Port Lincoln, you can hop aboard a shark cage dive or swim and play with sea lions off the coast. Watch whales and their calves frolic under towering, wave-ravaged cliffs. Dubbed the seafood capital of Australia, Port Lincoln is renowned for its local legendary oysters and freshly-caught seafood at the local fishmongers, you can wash it all down with some drinks at the region’s signature wineries.
With many great bowls clubs on the peninsula, bowlers will be spoilt for choice, the Coffin Bay Sporting Club is a great one to visit and is located just a short drive away
from Port Lincoln. Nestled at the foot of the sandhills, the club features a 9 hole
golf course with greens, synthetic bowling green and pool tables. The clubrooms provide a picturesque outlook, great atmosphere to meet with friends or chat with the locals over a drink.
With more than 20 idyllic camping spots up and down the peninsula, travellers will have plenty of options on hand.
Victoria – Warrnambool:
Warrnambool is a picturesque seaside town based in a region famous for budding a number of sporting stars including golfer Marc Leishman and some AFL footballers. Its main beach, the sandy Bathing Beach, runs in front of vast Lake Pertobe Adventure Park. The nearby Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village explores the area’s seafaring history through a large shipwreck collection. There’s also Thunder Point Coastal Reserve, with its rocky ocean scenery, encompasses Shelly Beach and to the East is Logans Beach Whale Watching Platform.
Located 200 metres from the main beach and camping grounds is the
Warrnambool Bowls Club, open seven days a week to cater for all your needs
while offering two all-year-round grass greens. Join in the fun during the club’s
social bowls on Wednesdays and Fridays. Also in this great town is Warrnambool City Memorial, which boasts four synthetic greens with a very popular offering for visitors of $5 green fees plus a $3 voucher to use at the club cafe or bar!
Western Australia – Rottnest Island:
Rottnest Island is Western Australia’s very own Island getaway, featuring a casual atmosphere, picturesque scenery and some of the world’s finest beaches and bays, is located just 19 kilometres off the coast of Fremantle.
It’s a special place for Western Australians and a popular destination for interstate and international visitors. Mediterranean-style climate and the range of flora and fauna on this island provides the backdrop to a special holiday experience.
Rottnest Island is probably best known for its residents, the quokkas, due to the lack of predators and the availability of food on Rottnest Island, population numbers of the teddy bear-like marsupial have soared to approximately 12,000. The quokkas have massively helped boost tourism to the island. Besides the fauna, the island also has the Rottnest Island Country Club which is home to a full-sized synthetic green.
While you won’t be able to take a campervan or caravan over to the island, there are plenty of campsites available near the ferry departure terminals for the island.