The Roustabouts RV Club Inc. was established in 2016 when a group of like-minded people who had been caravanning together for a number of years saw the opportunity to share the enjoyment and the spirit of caravanning with others.
From that small beginning, the Club membership has grown dramatically. In February 2018, the Club membership was 91 rigs and comprises quite a diverse range of rigs, age-groups, vocations and interests where members share a common love of the outdoors and of the freedom to explore Australia in a caravan or RV.
The aim of the Roustabouts RV Club is to be one of the most widely recognised, well run and organised clubs throughout the RV world.
This is achieved by promoting the use of caravans, recreational vehicles and the RV lifestyle; promoting unity, respect and good fellowship among its Members; and providing social, dining event opportunities, weekend musters, longer Long Paddock Drives, Mystery Tagalongs and coffee mornings for Members.
Our Club motto of 'On the Country, In the Country, For our Country’, reflects this.
Photo: Morney Rest Area, half way between Windorah and Birdsville, 2015 Birdsville Races & Lightning Ridge Long Paddock Drive
Membership of the Club is open to owners of caravans, motor homes, camper-vans, fifth wheelers and camper trailers.
At the February 2018 General Meeting, members approved a cap on membership at 100 rigs and commence ‘Associate Membership’ so the club can continue to prosper with fresh ideas, with new members coming on line to assist in all areas of club activities.
‘Associate Membership’ allows intending members to pay our Joining Fee; enjoy club camaraderie and participate in events while waiting for a member to resign or not renew their yearly membership in July. Once a vacancy occurs, Associate Members are invited to join as a full member and only pay the annual membership fee.
The Roustabouts RV Club primary catchment area for members is South East Queensland, ranging from the Tweed, Gold Coast, Sunshine and Cooloola Coasts and west to Toowoomba, but is not limited to those areas. Our 'country' membership currently extends from Townsville (Qld) to Batemans Bay (NSW)
Some members are retirees; some are singles, some are still in the workforce and looking towards travelling and caravanning a lot more. We’ve discovered that our members have interesting and diverse backgrounds and skill sets and these make for great discussions at happy hour, and quality contributions to new projects that we may undertake.
Being a member of a caravan and RV club is a great way to share caravanning knowledge and experiences and you will find that the Roustabouts RV Club members are always there and ready with a helping hand. Prospective and new members are warmly welcomed and quickly made to feel at home.
Muster Weekends and Long Paddock Drives (Tagalongs)
The Roustabouts RV Club manages its musters and longer trips in a professional manner and has been recognized as one of the better organisations that caravan parks and tour operators have dealt with.
A strong combination of weekend musters, social events and the longer “Long Paddock drives” provides a solid platform that encourages our members to “use” their RV’s regularly.
Musters: Every 5-7 weeks, an average 3 to 5 day weekend muster is held. We use a range of different locations throughout the year from caravan parks to show grounds, scout camps and National Parks. We undertake mystery tours and utilise free camping sites.
Our muster events are planned three years out and and organised 12 months in advance to enable our members to budget and plan their yearly calendar.
They are held at locations within 300 kilometres of Brisbane and the core days are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, although some members extend their stays. Each event generally attracts around 35 “rigs” and usually on the Friday night a low cost hamburger sizzle is provided and this is well received.
Members are encouraged to participate in a range of social activities at our muster weekend. Sitting around a campfire and talking with other caravan owners makes a great chance for socialising, getting tips on caravanning, being exposed to new ideas, or just relaxing in good company. We also have a Happy Hour each evening, community dinners and many other fun events. Members are asked to volunteer and share the workload for such things as the hamburger sizzle.
Long Paddock Drives & Mystery Tagalongs:
Each year the Club undertakes a longer tagalong trip. These are called Long Paddock Drives and encompass planned itineraries, pre-booked negotiated discounted accommodation, events and tours. There is a support team that is part of the Drive to assist Roustabouts as well as manage the Drives’ administrative and operational requirements on a daily basis.
Photo: Rainbow Valley, Central Australia, 2016 Flinders Ranges & Red Centre Long Paddock Drive
The Long Paddock Drive is in keeping with the outback station theme.
- In 2015 we “drove” a mob of ten caravans on a 35 day Outback Queensland trek that included the Birdsville Races and Lightning Ridge.
- In 2016, the Long Paddock Drive was a much longer 65 day trip with 21 caravans to Central Australia which included Broken Hill, the Flinders Ranges, Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs.
- In 2017, a shorter Long Paddock Drive of 24 days went to south western Queensland (Goondiwindi, Eulo, Yowah, Thargomindah, Noccundra, Eromanga, Quiplie and Charleville) to support local communities; in particular, support the Eromanga School P&C gain funds for the student body to undertake a holiday to Cairns.
These trips have cemented our reputation for presenting and organising quality Drives. We received many compliments along the route and there were many great memories.
Our Long Paddock Drives are planned and organised at least three (3) years in advance and are usually limited to a maximum of 20 rigs.
During the year we hold Mystery Tagalongs; a trip between 7 to 14 days, where participants do not know where they are going until each morning. These trips comprise budget camping, caravan parks, showgrounds and are accompanied by a support crew.
Normally one trip is organised a year and these are especially popular with members who cannot attend a Long Paddock Drive that particular year.
Our primary activity is musters and longer caravanning trips, however, the Club also has a full social calendar offering dining events, social events and regular coffee mornings as avenues for members to meet their friends. All social events are optional.
The Roustabouts RV Club is ‘pet-friendly’ and has a pet policy that must be adhered to. This allows pets to accompany members at those sites or venues where pets are allowed. Pets are not allowed in areas where food is being prepared and consumed, at club meetings, social activities or other caravans. Pets must be under control at all times.
To ensure our Club operations are open, transparent and available to all members at the press of a button all our members have Members Only access to our website.
J’aroo (meaning Jackaroo or Jillaroo),
J'aroo is the Club’s newsletter; is published every 2 months, notifies our members of Club news, forthcoming musters and other events and of the advertisers who support the Club. The Club exchanges newsletters with other Queensland and interstate Caravan Clubs and these are available for members.
In addition we have 'Updated Information' placed on the website and when needed, we send E-mail broadcasts to members. These methods of communication are the quickest, efficient and least costly of the communication mediums and ensures that all members are kept up to date.
The Roustabouts RV Club is affiliated with the State Association, Caravan Clubs of Queensland Inc., and the National Association of Caravan Clubs. This means that a member can attend State, Interstate and National events.
Sound interesting? It’s easy to join. Just fill out the Membership Application at 'About Us / Join the Club' and submit your application. Your membership will be considered at the next management meeting and you will be contacted accordingly. The joining fee for Roustabouts RV Club is presently set at $5.00 per person and Members pay an annual fee of $10.00 per person. The membership year runs from 1st July to 30 June.
Photo Happy hour in the desert, 2015 Birdsville & Lightning Ridge Long Paddock Drive