Town on the map

RELAX: Trakmaster Off-Road club members Jenny, left, and David Thomas relax in their caravan with tour organiser, Murray Davidson.

RELAX: Trakmaster Off-Road club members Jenny, left, and David Thomas relax in their caravan with tour organiser, Murray Davidson.

THE Quambatook Caravan Park saw its biggest booking ever when more than 100 caravans and 200 people arrived for a week-long stay last week.

The Trakmasters Off-road Caravan Club held their annual gathering in the small town, which threw open its doors and showed the very best of the area to the visitors.

The club consists of Trakmaster caravan owners, who travel together and hold an annual gathering to help raise money for small towns by spending money on services and holding fundraising raffles.

Quambatook has been on the club's destination list since mid-2016, and all the planning culminated in a week-long exploration of the region which included visits to Salute Oliva, Simply Tomatoes and an evening at Quambatook's Silo Cinema.

Meals and entertainment were provided by the Quambatook Football Club and Quambatook Football Club Ladies, Amity, Community Development and others. 

Caravan Park committee member, Norma Bennett described the week as "buzzing."

"The whole community has pulled together. It's been a fair old buzz all week," she said.

Despite the sheer workload of hosting more than 200 people at the park, Mrs Bennett wasn't ready to stop.

"I hope they don't go home - I'll be bored," she said.

Club member and event organiser, Murray Davidson applauded the small town's welcoming attitude.

"We've been overwhelmed by the local community's generosity in organising all the catering and accommodation," he said.

The club often raises funds in the thousands for small towns, with the record being around $50,000 for one expedition.

"We organise activities in the local district to showcase various businesses and attractions," Mr Davidson said.

"The aim is to find a small rural community struggling financially. We come in and use all the services, use the sporting and community groups for catering and accommodation and so on, therefore putting all that money back into the community."

Mrs Bennett said the caravan park had never seen such a large number of people at once.

When she found out the town had been earmarked for a visit, Ms Bennett was blown away.

"Wow - for our community, for our town, you've got to take these opportunities when you're a small community," she said.

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop