NO­MADS DRIVE TREND

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - Escape -

The ser­viced apart­ment sec­tor is see­ing an in­crease in road-trip­ping tribes punc­tu­at­ing their trav­els with more com­fort­able stopovers, ac­cord­ing to Oaks Ho­tels & Re­sorts. Par­ents are pack­ing up the fam­ily home, pulling the kids out of school and set­ting Google Maps to “ex­plore” in search of an all-Aussie, off-road ad­ven­ture.

Re­cent fore­casts by the Car­a­van In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia tip Aussies will take off on 11.9 mil­lion do­mes­tic car­a­van and camp­ing trips this year. Hote­liers are recog­nis­ing the de­mand for af­ford­able, self­con­tained ac­com­mo­da­tion in key stop-off points to break up lengthy ex­pe­di­tions.

“What starts out as a two or three-month stint away from home can of­ten turn into 12 months or longer and sub­se­quently we’ve no­ticed a rise in fam­i­lies seek­ing a brief re­prieve from life on the road and the crea­ture com­forts a home base can bring,” Mi­nor Ho­tels Aus­tralia and New Zealand chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Craig Hoo­ley says.

“Our prop­er­ties in road-trip­ping hot spots such as Broome, Dar­win, Port Dou­glas, Port Stephens and the Sun­shine Coast have wel­comed no­madic fam­i­lies from all over.

“With the free­dom to travel off-peak, these fam­i­lies can also take ad­van­tage of ex­cel­lent ac­com­mo­da­tion deals.”

Tes­ta­ment to this move­ment is trav­el­ling tribe The Blonde No­mads (pic­tured).

Re­cently stop­ping off at Oaks Ca­ble Beach Sanc­tu­ary in Broome as part of their lap of Aus­tralia, Tracy, Rob, Marli and Ziggy aim to in­spire other fam­i­lies to leave rou­tine and em­bark on an ad­ven­ture.

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