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Goldfields Outdoors Spectacular
The Caravan Industry Association of Victoria is hosting the Bendigo Caravan & Camping Leisurefest for 2017 to be staged from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November at the Bendigo Racecourse.
Opening hours are Friday & Saturday 9.30 AM to 5 PM, Sunday 9.30 AM to 4 PM and this year, the show is set to showcase more manufacturers and suppliers of caravan, camping and touring equipment than ever before.
For anyone into caravanning, camping or most outdoor activities the 2017 Bendigo Caravan & Camping Leisurefest is the place to be with a long list of exhibitors displaying the very best on offer. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Bendigo Caravan & Camping Leisurefest will feature displays by more than 50 caravans, motor-home, pop-top & camper-trailer manufacturers and retail outlets, as well as manufacturers and suppliers of caravan & camping and RV accessories. There'll be experts on hand to provide advice on holiday parks, communications, cooking & kitchen systems, annexes, awnings & canvas products and publishers of magazines, maps & travel guides.
As well as all the grown-ups toys, there'll be a fabulous kid's playground featuring free rides and an entertainment program to keep the youngsters happy.
And what better venue than a caravan & camping show to have a Reptile Awareness Display presented by reptile specialist Allan Burnett and his team who'll let you get up close and personal with snakes and other reptiles and educate you on snake awareness and the best ways to avoid snake bite. Shows will run every 30-minutes from 10 AM located near Site #67.
The Bendigo Leisurefest will have everything you'd find at the big city shows but displayed in a relaxed country environment. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
The show will also feature a Passport to Freedom competition giving every visitor the opportunity to win some great prizes.
To be eligible you need to grab a Passport at the gate and follow the passport map around the show, having your passport clipped at each of six nominated stands, fill in your details and pop it into the yellow entry bins as you exit the show.
1st Prize is a Dometic Waeco CFFX 35W Portable Fridge/Freezer values at $1199. 2nd Prize a Caravan & Motorhome Carry-Pod valued at $950. 3rd Prize is two Coast to Coast RV Coaster Fold-up bikes valued at $300 each. 4th Prize is 2-nights accommodation in a Poolside Villa at BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park valued at $400. 5th Prize a SAVVY Level Caravan Levelling System designed not only for caravans but also Campers, 4WD's and RV's valued at $242.
The winner of this promotion will be notified by telephone and sent written confirmation. Results will also be published on the Bendigo Leisurefest website by Friday 8th December 2017.
There'll be all-manner of accessories for caravans and tow vehicles,.....
.....aftermarket spares and accessories for 4WD's......
.....and information on everything caravanning & camping, including presentations by caravan and holiday parks. Photos: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Online tickets available at www.leisurefest.com.au cost Adults $11.70, Concession/Pensioner $9.90, Adult 2-Day Pass $16.20, Concession/Pensioner $14.40.
At the gate tickets cost Adult $13, Concession/Pensioner $11, Adult 2-Day Pass $18, Concession/Pensioner $16. Children 15 and under FREE when accompanied by an adult.
The Bendigo Caravan and Camping Leisurefest has everything that the big city shows have but in a readily accessible and relaxed country style location.
There's plenty of car parking available at Bendigo Racecourse and Disabled Access is available throughout the venue. Bendigo Racecourse is accessible by both VLine train and bus. Visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au to use the Journey Planner.
Bendigo Racecourse is 163 Kilometers north of Melbourne, a little under a 2-hour drive via the Calder Freeway/M79.
Don't miss the 2017 Bendigo Caravan & Camping Leisurefest at Bendigo Racecourse from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank