Bendigo LeisureFest attracts thousands

MORE than 14,000 camping and caravanning enthusiasts descended on Bendigo over the weekend for the annual LeisureFest. 

Organisers said bumper crowds turned out for the three day festival. 

More than 250 motor homes, caravans, camper trailers and fifth wheelers were on display. 

Caravan Industry Association of Victoria chief executive Rob Lucas said Bendigo had turned on the sunny weather bringing more people from around the region to the festival than last year. 

He said the Bendigo festival was the biggest regional show of its type in Australia. 

“People just love coming to Bendigo,” he said. 

“We have grown the show again so there is more to see, more variety. 

“As we keep growing, we get more people walking through. 

“People drive up to Bendigo just for the show and they tell me they love coming up here every year.”

Mr Lucas said the success of the show had proved that caravanning and camping were as popular as ever. 

“We are seeing people say that this industry is actually affordable,” he said. 

“Families are actually taking it up and because of that more and more exhibitors want to be here, that’s what grows the show, the demand from the consumers.”

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