RUFF ROAD: Camps Australia Wide has the low-down on pet-friendly travel.
RUFF ROAD: Camps Australia Wide has the low-down on pet-friendly travel. welcomia

LIVE + SAVE: Save money camping with these memberships

AUSTRALIA is an oyster of budget conscious travel options for avid camping enthusiasts and grey nomads.

Big 4 Holiday Parks have big membership perks, including discounts of up to $40 each stay at their holiday parks and a range of events and retail, with more than 1000 businesses a part of this initiative.

Perks include travel and transport discounts, from 10% off Apollo Motorhomes, through to spa, beauty and wellbeing discounts. Members earn credits for rewards and can ultimately upgrade to Gold Member status.

Camping supply stores, like BCF (Boating, Camping, Fishing) offer membership rewards programs, including Club BCF. Hop online at bcf.com.au/Member/ Register to join. You'll need an email address, password and to provide your full name, phone number, street address, date of birth and your preferred store.

You can choose to provide the site with some of your interests (that consist of boating, camping and fishing) and opt to receive email marketing highlighting exclusive club specials, event invitations and advance catalogue notifications.

They'll send a confirmation to your email, just follow the link and then you can log in and subscribe to product special notifications, order online, create wish lists. Alternatively, you can visit your local store and become a member there.

When shopping in store, make sure you swipe your card to go in the draw to win $70,000, with individual stores giving away a $50 voucher each month.

Camps Australia Wide is great for those who prefer a book, instead of the web.

The latest guide is due out in March next year, and is available for pre-purchase at campsaustraliawide.com and a variety of retail outlets including RACQ and BCF.

Touted as one of the most comprehensive guides to free, low cost and unique camping, the new guide lists 3300 pet friendly sites. Highlighting facilities with toilets, mobile coverage, site access and more.


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