RVs held up in caravan stopover
A GROUP of travellers stopping over in Monto found themselves staying for longer than they bargained for.
About 20 motorhomes from Motorhomes Australia arrived at the Monto RV stop over in the middle of a tag-along tour of regional Queensland.
However, their arrival coincided with the torrent of rain which came as a result of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, causing road closures that effectively trapped them in town.
As the group had originally only planned to stay two nights, Monto RV stopover caretaker Paul Bowerman said they didn’t charge them for the extra night’s stay.
“It’s just not fair for them to pay while they can’t get home,” Mr Bowerman said.
On the second day, a number of them had to move from the stopover to the caravan park to recharge power.
Group founder Robert James said before the flood warnings they hoped the rain wouldn’t interfere too much with the plan.
“One reason we wanted to stay here two nights was to give people the opportunity to check out Cania Gorge,” Mr James said.
“Some people talked about cutting it shorter or going a different route, but I think wherever they go they were going to get rain anyway.
“Monto fitted into the loop nicely, we like the area and all of them spend money in the towns.”
They started in Brisbane and travelled up through Benarkin, Kingaroy, Monto and eventually planned to end at Theodore, stopping over at a number of small towns along the way.
Mr Bowerman said it was the biggest group of travellers they’d had at the stopover in nearly a year, the second-highest overall.
“They love the place, and a lot of them have been here in the past through the years, supporting local businesses,” Mr Bowerman said.
They were able to leave Saturday morning when the roads re-opened, cutting the trip to Theodore and heading back to Brisbane.
Mr Bowerman said the group had spent $4500 in town, based on the receipts they’d left at the tourist kiosk.
“If it wasn’t for the RV stopover, we wouldn’t have got that,” he said.
Motorhomes Australia’s Facebook group consists of travellers, grey nomads and motorhome enthusiasts from all across Australia.
Mr James started the group to create a centralised hub for motorhome travellers in Australia.
“Most of them are elderly, not all are retired and a lot of them live full-time on the road,” he said.
“Some of them spend their whole life just travelling, all the time, others have got houses and will go back home and then back on the road.”
CLEAR SKIES: Members of the group the day after the storm, waiting for road closures to end so they could return home.