Horsham Caravan Park traveller tales - part one

HORSHAM Caravan Park was on Horsham Rural City Council’s agenda many times in 2013, with council considering leasing the park to a private company. Mail-Times journalist ERIN MCFADDEN talked to campers to find out what they thought of the region, the park and what made them come to the Wimmera. Today, we bring you the first of four stories in the series.

KEV and Di Tuohy are veteran travellers, having been on the road for about three years.

The couple are from Mandurah, WA, and were in Horsham for two nights before moving on to Keith in South Australia.

"We are travelling around Australia," Mr Tuohy said.

He described the Wimmera as fantastic.

"Our daughter came here in 2008 and absolutely loved Horsham," he said.

"She told us we had to stay at the caravan park by the river.

"We don't normally stay in parks because we are self-contained in our caravan."

The couple travel with their two dogs, Johnny and Frankie.

"We are happy this is a dog-friendly park it's what we look for," Mr Tuohy said.

Mrs Tuohy said many caravan parks tried to charge them extra because their caravan was so big.

"It's ridiculous what some councils are doing," she said. "We pay for a site it shouldn't matter what we put on it."

She said since the couple arrived in Horsham on Monday, they had spent more than $1000 in the city.

"We bought a new camping fridge and we spent more than $100 on petrol, plus food," she said.

"We also had lunch at one of the cafes. We spend money wherever we go but a lot of people don't seem to like travellers."

Mr Tuohy said the couple often spent the night in truck stops rather than caravan parks.

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