Although we share a name with other organisations, we are a completely autonamous club associated with only caravan organisations.
The idea of forming a new caravan club was first conceived during 1974.
Clubs at that time had waiting lists so the idea was to form a new club with the primary aim of “furthering and protecting the interests of caravaners, and to increase their enjoyment of this past-time”.
The founders were all members of the Caravan Club of South Australia.
The new club was to be somewhat different to the others, as members could run their own rallies if they desired which over the years, has displayed tremendous talent and very enjoyable rallies.
A CLUB IS BORN
The setting up of the new club was achieved by the kind cooperation of the then President of the Caravan Club of South Australia and his committee, who after some convincing that the new club could set a high standard, handed over a copy of their waiting list with their blessings.
During the October 1974 rally, the title of Southern Cross Caravan Club came about. An inaugural meeting was held, the Constitution and By Laws were set out and the first committee elected.
Each family provided funds to cover initial expenses and the Club was duly registered in November 1974 and was to officially become the Southern Cross Caravan Club inc.
A FLAG IS RAISED
The Club flag was displayed for the first time at the Dubbo National Rally which was made by four ladies of the Club from material purchased during the journey and handed from car to car.
Still being members of the Caravan Club of South Australia, the new club was announced at the rally and duly invited to raise the new flag for the first time.
THE CLUB HAS ARRIVED
Now established, the waiting list was the main hurdle. Would anyone turn up for the first rally of the new club?
Twenty-four caravans attended the inaugural rally with nervous families finding that they “clicked” giving the committee encouragement to pursue their aims.
The Club then grew, never looking back with a member limit of fifty having to be established.
The original intention of using ovals as venues provided some picturesque and relaxing locations.
As time went on, because families grow up and lifestyles change, the attendance numbers dropped off to the extent that there needed to be a change of rally venues from ovals.
The answer to this was caravan parks which were more suitable for the rally numbers.
After a taste of the luxury of power, water, hot water showers and sullage points, to settle for these luxuries was a bonus.
ASSOCIATION of CARAVAN CLUBS of SOUTH AUSTRALIA inc.
The Club was one of the founders of the Association of Caravan Clubs of South Australia.
Having been formed, the Association gave the Club the insurance of setting standards for caravan clubs in South Australia that were to share venues. The Association also enabled the Club’s voice to be heard on future caravanning laws and has assisted, over the years, to make its mark with the Caravan Trade and Caravan Parks Association.
INTO THE FUTURE
The Club is not unmindful of the difficulties and problems that have arisen along the way, nor of the anxiety over the health of our loved ones and Club members.
Together they have overcome all their difficulties with the Club being firmly established as a place where members can all enjoy the good life together.
The Club’s members have and always will be, very special people; people who you feel proud to be able to share with and call friends.
Many close friendships have been formed with more forming in the future.
The members can feel proud of their club as they take the Club into the future.