More than 150 caravans will set up camp at Surfside Holiday Parks for the annual Australian Caravan Club (ACC) National Muster from October 14-20.
The event will bring more than 300 people from around Australia to Warrnambool for the weeklong event.
Australian Caravan Club Chairman Craig Humphrey said that he expected vans to come from far and wide to attend the muster.
“The National Muster is the showcase event of our club. It is the event that attracts the greatest number of club members,” he said.
“Our research indicates that each of the attendees will spend up to $100 per day whilst visiting the region and previous National Musters have injected over $250,000 to the local economy.”
The muster will be co-hosted by Timboon couple Terry and Pam Hawkins, with Mr Hawkins thanking Council for its support.
“Put simply, without the support of Council, the muster wouldn’t be here,” he said.
Mr Hawkins said that there were plenty of activities planned to keep attendees entertained, with the Flagstaff Hill Sound and Light Show, Meet the Maremma Tours and trips to Tower Hill, Port Fairy and Timboon all garnering plenty of interest.
“The location is absolutely brilliant. There is so much on offer,” he said.
“We tried to plan activities that were different and that members couldn’t do anywhere else.
“At previous musters some people have commented that there hasn’t been enough to do to fill in the time. In Warrnambool, there are too many things to do, even with a week.”
Warrnambool Mayor Tony Herbert said that camping and caravanning had a long history in Warrnambool.
“For a city the size of Warrnambool to have caravan parks run almost the length of our foreshore speaks to the value this city places on offering classic Australian beachside holidays,” he said.
“With the beach on one side and Lake Pertobe on the other, I think Surfside is one of the best places in Australia to set up camp, and it’s the perfect location for a national caravan muster.
“The ACC has worked closely with the Warrnambool City Council Events and Promotions team over the past year to plan a wonderful week-long program to showcase all the region has to offer.”