Idea to bring more travellers to Camden

Adventurers: Michael and Carole Wheeler regularly take their rig out and around the country. They believe Camden could be the perfect caravan pit stop.
Adventurers: Michael and Carole Wheeler regularly take their rig out and around the country. They believe Camden could be the perfect caravan pit stop.

"Camden is a great little town - we have galleries and museums and hundreds of cafes for people to enjoy - but there is nowhere to park a caravan for free."

That's the belief of Camden South resident Michael Wheeler.

Mr Wheeler and his wife Carole have travelled the country in their beloved caravan.

"We've been across the Nullabor, to Uluru, across the west coast and up to Cape York - so we know what people want in small towns and Camden has it all," he said.

"But we don't have any free RV friendly camping and dump points for people travelling with their caravans."

RV and caravan travellers can camp and use the dump point at Poplars Tourist Park in Elderslie.

But Camden does not have any free camping sites or dump points for visitors to use.

Mr Wheeler would like to see that change.

"There are thousands of people - not just the grey nomads - who travel for long getaways or just a weekend away in their vans," he said.

"The biggest cost for caravaners is fuel and with rising costs, that can eat up a lot of the budget.

"So having a free site to pull up for the night or for a couple of days will encourage them to spend more money in town.

"They might get their groceries, and have some breakfast or stop into some of the shops on the main street."

A Camden Council spokeswoman said Camden was fortunate to have the Poplar Tourist Park but they would investigate possible areas for an RV friendly site.

"Council is currently preparing a Destination Management Plan and Activation Strategy," she said.

"As part of these plans, council will investigate opportunities for additional designated camping areas and dump points."

Wollondilly Council recently allocated funds to create an RV Friendly Site at the Warragamba Recreation Reserve.

The council hopes the 12-month pilot program will bring more tourism to the shire.

The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia and the NRMA list approved RV Friendly locations on their websites.

Mr Wheeler said he hoped to see Camden on there one day.

"It's a beautiful place to live and it's a beautiful place to visit," he said.

[Camden is] a beautiful place to live and it's a beautiful place to visit.

Michael Wheeler