Residents holiday in style as caravan ownership increases

MORE people in Gladstone are ditching the swag for swagger.

In a 12-month period, Gladstone has seen a remarkable increase in caravan and campervan ownership.

According to figures released by Caravan, RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia, the city has recorded a 13.2% increase from 2012 to 2013.

The figures reflect trends throughout the country.

Australia as a whole has experienced an increase in caravan and campervan registrations, reaching a combined total of 502,025.

Between January 31, 2011, and January 31, 2012, the number increased by 27,219 vehicles or 5.73%,

Caravans make up 89% of all registrations, and campervans 11%.

It seems more travellers are opting for comfort over camping, with visitors to tourist and national parks also on the rise.

In 2012, about 255 million kilometres was travelled by all caravans.

This represents an average of about 5000km each.

A survey of 1500 holiday makers provided an insight into the caravanning culture in Queensland.

Of those interviewed, 18% said protection from the elements was a determining factor in their choice to purchase a caravan.

Another 38% of caravanners suggested portability and creature comforts such as beds, showers and cooking facilities were the most important aspect of their decision.