Caravan fanatics hit town

DARRYL Walker is a virgin and he’s proud to admit it.

The ex-air force chef and wife Barbara from Victoria Point are in Maryborough this week as first-timers at a national caravan muster.

“About 50 per cent of us are muster virgins,” Mr Walker laughed.

One hundred and fifty caravans from throughout Australia rolled into Maryborough Showgrounds this week for the fourth annual Australian Caravan Club National Muster.

Event organiser Russ Gerchow from the Wide Bay Burnett Nomads said the event was the first national muster to be held in Queensland and the first in Australia organised by a local branch.

“In 2008 we lobbied to have the muster in Maryborough because we could see the potential for the region,” Mr Gerchow of Hervey Bay said.

Mr Walker said the “free day” yesterday gave caravanners time to explore Maryborough’s historical Wharf Street precinct.

“We had a ride on that steam engine (Mary Ann) in Queens Park – it was very nice,” he said.

“Barbara and I have been members of a caravan club for two years but this is our first opportunity to get to a national muster.”

The muster was officially opened on Tuesday with a firing of Maryborough’s time canon by the Town Crier and Mary Heritage.

ACC deputy chair Tom Smith said the national club was still young at just four years old, but it already had a membership of more than 2000 people.

“It’s only the fourth national muster the club has held,” he said.

“Caravanners generally aren’t rich people, but they want a good lifestyle and would rather spend their money travelling.”

The national club will hold its annual general meeting during the muster, which runs until Tuesday.

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