Walkinshaw fully committed to Caravans

Walkinshaw fully committed to Caravans

The Walkinshaw Group has taken full ownership of New Age Caravans, and in conjunction with its Founder, Gabby Montagnese plan to continue to develop and differentiate the New Age Caravan range via design and engineering innovation.

The Walkinshaw name is well known for its association with Australia’s No.1 vehicle manufacturer Holden Special Vehicles, as well as V8 Supercar team Walkinshaw Andretti United.

“We are excited about our ownership of New Age Caravans”, said Ryan Walkinshaw. “We have been working steadily in the background to develop new aspects to the product, and we are looking forward to accelerating the outputs from our design and engineering teams”, added Walkinshaw.

As part of the change in ownership, New Age Founder and CEO, Gabby Montagnese will also take on a role on the Board of New Age Caravans. “What Gabby has achieved is truly remarkable, and with Gabby’s continued support we look forward to building on her legacy and creating the next chapter in this remarkable company”, commented Walkinshaw.

New Age Founder and CEO, Gabby Montagnese added, “One of the reasons I originally partnered with the Walkinshaw organisation was to bring new design and engineering innovation to the market, and I look forward to working with Board and executive team to keep developing and evolving”.

The Walkinshaw name first came to prominence in Australia when Tom Walkinshaw first started racing his Factory Jaguar XJS at the Bathurst 1000 in 1984, followed by a three-vehicle assault on Mount Panorama in 1985. This foray was the catalyst for a growing presence in the Australian automotive landscape, eventually seeing Walkinshaw becoming the engine room behind the iconic brands of the Holden Racing Team and Holden Special Vehicles.

Holden Special Vehicles has built over 95,000 vehicles and have developed some of Australia’s most iconic performance vehicles including the original ‘Walky’, the Coupe 4, W427, and the final Commodore incarnation the GTS-R W1. Recently, HSV announced the latest addition to its range with the launch of the ZL1 Camaro which is set to become its most powerful vehicle ever.

Walkinshaw commented, “We pride ourselves on pushing the limits, and as we continue our automotive transition and achieve growth in what is a challenging market, we believe this spirit and attitude will serve us and our customers well, in delivering unique caravan and camper product under the New Age banner.”

Travel Destination – Airlie Beach Markets

Wow, I loved these markets which are set up next to the water along the Esplanade of Airlie Beach – what a beautiful spot. The Airlie Beach Markets (Whitsunday Lions Airlie Beach Community Markets) are held every Saturday from 8 am until around noon – entry is free.

They are lively and colourful with lots happening during the morning – including live entertainment. There are plenty of stalls selling homemade products – artworks, handcrafts, locally made jewellery, clothing, souvenirs, glass blowing, fruit and vegetables – it took me ages to get around all the stalls! One of my purchases during the morning was a small wooden stingray made out of camphor laurel which has since been admired by many of our visitors.

The taller one also found lots to do, eating his way around the various food stalls which were offering a good range of local delicacies from mango sorbet, Asian delights, pies and the ‘world’s best’ sausage rolls (a self-proclaimed award, it seemed)!

Airlie Beach has a lot to offer, especially during the winter months! The weather is ideal, tropical islands are close and the locals are very friendly. We would definitely go back to these markets next time we visit Airlie Beach.
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Travel Destination – Wilpena Pound Resort Campground, Flinders Ranges NP, SA

The first stop as you head into Wilpena Pound is the beautiful building that houses the reception area, cafe and general store of the resort – fuel can also be purchased from this location. The car parking area is vast with ample space for cars and buses. We were towing our caravan and asked for a site on which we could stay hooked up as we were not sure how long we would be staying at Wilpena Pound. You can pay your park fee and site fee at reception before driving to the campground.

The Wilpena Campground has about 50 acres of powered or unpowered caravan and camping sites. This is all set in natural bushland and close to the start of the walking trails to view Wilpena Pound, Hills Homestead and various other locations within the Flinders Ranges National Park.

We were allocated a large site with privacy provided by a small native garden between our neighbours and us. This was a large site with plenty of room to leave the car hooked onto the caravan – these are gravel site but not dusty. Amenities are old but very clean with flushing toilets and hot showers. The track to the facilities is not lit up at night so make sure you have a torch with you. Native animals come in search of food morning and evening – a beautiful sight.

In addition to the campground, the Wilpena Pound Resort also has motel rooms and luxurious Safari tents, lovely restaurant and pool for the use of guests. We found the staff to be friendly and helpful and ended up staying in this beautiful spot for several nights – very relaxing.

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Travel Destination – Adels Grove Far North Queensland

Lawn Hill Gorge

Adels Grove is a beautiful place adjacent to Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and close to Riversleigh Fossils (in Far North Queensland not far from the Northern Territory Border). We would highly recommend you visit and stay for a few days – bring your caravan or tent, or book one of the permanent safari style tents or cabins available on site. We decided to leave our caravan at the Burke & Wills Roadhouse and use our camping gear for a few days.

Adels Grove has an excellent restaurant – dinner is a set price, a two course, pre-set meal with the menu posted on the board each morning. Several tours operate from Adels Grove – we took the sunset tour with Les (one of Adels Grove’s guides) which was amazing. We suggest you carry a torch as there were hundreds of small cane toads hopping around at night when we were there. This may have changed since our visit!

Adels Grove is a magic spot for a swim – the water is very green from minerals found in the spring. There are a number of walking tracks around Adels Grove and the National Park – marked trails that enable you to explore the area safely. Canoes are available for hire, allowing you to paddle around the gorge – this is quite easy if you stay in the main (middle) gorge. It is a little more challenging to get to the upper gorge as you will need to carry the canoe up over rocks – but well worth the effort.

This area is excellent for bird watching as well as fishing – we saw our first budgies in the wild at Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park (very exciting). This road is dirt but well maintained, and we saw lots of people heading into Adels Grove towing caravans and camper trailers. You can also fly into Adels Grove and land at an air-strip adjacent to the resort, perfect if you are on a strict time-frame. See more.