Two nights in Goondiwindi and $739 later

Lees Reserve. Free camping at its best according  to the Goondiwindi Regional Council.
Lees Reserve. Free camping at its best according to the Goondiwindi Regional Council.

A free camper has told her story of staying, and spending, in Goondiwindi.

Doug and Glenda Jones.

Doug and Glenda Jones.

Glenda wrote to us after reading comments from the Goondiwindi Regional Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu who said he wasn’t totally convinced free camper spent as much money in town as suggsted by councillors Lachlan Brennan and DaveTurner.

“I just wanted to tell you my experience of camping in Goondiwindi a couple of weeks ago,” Glenda said.

“We knew there was a camp as listed in WikiCamps so decided to stay there to watch the AFL grand final. (Glenda is a passionate – aren’t they all? – Collingwood supporter)

We spent $177 at Coles.

“We spent $92 on fuel for our car.

“We spent $321 on diesel for our motorhome. 

“We spent $32 at bakery on bread, coffee and morning tea.

“We spent $31 at hardware store.

“We spent $102 at bottle shop.

“We spent $15 in the reject shop. 

“So that free camp wasn’t really free, the town did benefit from out two nights there. 

“Some may say the caravan park missed out but I believe, and we have travelled for two years now, that it is a different demographic that will stay at caravan parks or those that need to charge batteries, laundry, to do things like that, that can’t be done in a free camp. 

“I was disappointed to learn the camp had been closed down and I believe the town will miss out on business as people will travel through to where they can camp within walking distance to the cbd.”

In the Argus this week Cr Scheu said there were a number of free camp sites close to goondiwindi.

They have recently been upgraded.

“It’s not fair to say we don’t have free camping,” he said.

We told Glenda about the riverside free camps and asked if they would stay there.

Here’s what she said.

“It would depend if the sites were big rig friendly as we are classed as that towing a trailer, whether they were wet weather friendly and if there is phone coverage, which is important if you’ve been without it for a few days. 

“A lot of people prefer to be in walking or push bike distance to town so they don’t have to unhook the car for touring the local attractions.

“I did forget to say we went to the museum and did the old pub tour while we were there as well,” she said.

PS. And the only bad thing about their visit to Goondiwindi? Collingwood went down to West Coast Eagles. But at least Glenda had bragging rightd, Doug is a Carlton supporter.

We are still keen to hear your views. Especially ratepayers. Send them to ian.jones@fairfaxmedia.com.au