The Australian CamperTrailers
Group's 17th national meet was held over the week from Monday 25th
to Friday 29th September 2023 in the Eugowra Showground at Eugowra,
located in Central Western New South Wales.
The week attracted 137 people in
trailers, caravans, motorhomes & tents from Queensland,
New South Wales & Victoria. It was great to see such a diverse group of people attending
from all walks of life enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded people.
Half of the members arrived on Friday when gates to
the showground were
opened. The rest arrived over Saturday & Sunday in anticipation for
the week to come.
The entire week was the warmest of any national meet
held. The days were warm to hot, thankfully with a pleasant breeze, while the nights were
cool enough to enjoy an evening around the campfire with friends. The
temperature dropped to single figures most mornings. A thunderstorm rolled through one afternoon
and some rain fell, just enough to wet the ground. A big thank you goes
to the woodchoppers who attended the Eugowra Show the week before for
donating firewood & also to the Eugowra Showground who made sure
there was plenty of wood on hand.
Independent state member for Orange Mr Philip Donato MP & wife Nadia were
in the area & dropped in to say hi & to thank the group for choosing
Eugowra to hold its 17th national meet. Philip donated a two person pass
to attend NSW parliament question time & lunch on him in the dinning room for the
The Monday morning
opening kicked off the weeks activities. Kevin Phillips welcomed members & went on to
tell of the groups Yahoo beginnings in September 2001 & how the group has
grown to the present day owing to the popularity of camper trailers. The
website has progressed from the old Yahoo days to a Forum &
Group for members to exchange tips, tricks & travel information.
Eugowra Show Society
President Sean Haynes attended the opening &
welcomed the Australian CamperTrailers Group
to Eugowra. He thanked the group for choosing Eugowra to
hold this years national meet & wished all a
pleasant visit to the region.
Rob Sanderson highlighted the events
& workshops over the week hosted by members
& invited guests on
a variety of subjects relating to camper trailers & camping in general.
Jason Cox outlined the showground
housekeeping over the week.
David & Joy Wilkinson
hosted a 'Getting to Know You' which allowed members
attending their first national meet to introduce themselves.
The Australian CamperTrailers Groups 17th national meet was then
declared officially open. Members were invited to a morning tea.