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October 2013
G'day from BIG4,
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Welcome to another edition of BIGNEWS. We have put together a newsletter full of travel tips for on the road, a destination profile to inspire your next adventure and found some interesting facts on the benefits of camping.  There are also some great prizes up for grabs for those who are feeling lucky.  The BIG4 Loyalty program has recently been refreshed and with even more value on offer, it's a great time to join and experience the warmer weather that spring is offering.

Happy Campers

We all know that getting away and spending time exploring the great outdoors puts a smile on our face but now we have the proof.  According to research, campers are happier, have closer family relationships, are healthier and less stressed. Camping also improves social interaction, facilitates children’s learning and creates memories, traditions and special places that stay with participants for life.  These are findings of a Liverpool John Moores University study who surveyed both adults and children and both non campers and campers (campers include anyone who regularly camps in a tent or caravan).

Some of the key findings include:

93% of campers say camping can make you happier,
77% of campers are satisfied with the quality of their life compared to 59% of non campers,
91% of all children say spending time exploring the outdoors with their parents makes them happy,
79% of kids who have never camped say they would like to go camping


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WIN a Blackwolf Tent

To help you reap all the health benefits that camping has to offer and to relive those childhood memories we have one Blackwolf Turbo Lite FS 300 tent valued at $999 to giveaway. The Turbo Lite FS Tent is an innovative fast pitch tent perfect for those quick overnight stops. The simple front awning tensions off the main frame so there are no extra awning poles to confuse you with.


To win this great prize, supplied by our friends at Blackwolf, complete the entry form below and tell us in 25 words or less your favourite family camping memory as a child.  


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BIG4 Loyalty Club for Members

The BIG4 Loyalty Club kicked off on July 1 and brings some valuable additions for our BIG4 Members to take advantage of.

BIG4 Club Members started earning status credits from 1 July 2013 for each stay in a BIG4 Holiday Park, earning 1 status credit for each site night and 4 status credits for each cabin night (to a maximum of 44 credits per stay).  If these Status Credits reach 100 within a 2 year period, Members earn Gold Status.  Gold BIG4 Members have access to additional offers from our Loyalty Partners and receive an uncapped 10% off their BIG4 Holiday Parks stays (currently capped at $40 for existing Members).

All BIG4 Members can set up their personal account details online at My Membership which will allow access to exclusive offers, ability to view status credits, renew online and update Member profile details.


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5 Great Reasons to visit Margaret River
With thanks to Guest Blogger Scott Podmore

MARGARET RIVER is a world away from the rest of Australia in one direction, and about 10,000km of Indian Ocean before you hit South Africa in the other. Charmed with some of the world’s best beaches and famous vineyards, its isolation is what lends it so much charm in that there’s a big dose of tranquility served with its natural beauty.

Best of all, it’s only a three hour journey south of Western Australia’s capital.


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Holiday Motoring Tips
Supplied by Repco Authorised Service, BIG4 Loyalty Club Partner

1. Sleep at Home not at the Wheel
Around 30% of all serious crashes are the direct result of motorists who insist on driving on, even when they know they’re too tired to continue.

2. Take your Time
You will use up to 25% less fuel travelling at 90km/h than you do at 110km/h.

3. Minties come in Handy
To temporarily fix a hole in your petrol or radiator tank, a half chewed Mintie can act as a sufficient seal until you can limp to a service station or your local Repco Autorised Service centre.

4. Blow-outs
If this occurs, do not make sharp changes in any direction and don’t slam on the brakes. Ease up on the accelerator and bring the vehicle under a gradual and controlled slow down.

5. Car Sickness
To avoid it, try sitting in the most ‘stable’ part of the vehicle. Don’t move around too much and look to the horizon, rather than at the road or trees.

6. Overtaking
Before overtaking, take a glance over your shoulder to see if a car is in your blind spot. Remember it can take one and a half kilometres to overtake a truck travelling at 100km/h.

7. Towing
When towing, don’t attach the rope to any steering, suspension equipment, rear axle or bumper. See your owner’s manual for the correct towing points on your vehicle and the best procedure to follow.


Repco Authorised Service is a Partner of the BIG4 Loyalty Program and has over 300 independent mechanic car service centres Australia wide. BIG4 Loyalty Club Members can take advantage of their BIG4 Loyalty Club Member Only Offer of a Free Air-conditioning system treatment.

Give the Gift of a Holiday

We are making it even easier for people to get out and about and experience the wonders of Australia with BIG4 Gift Vouchers.

The perfect gift for someone who loves to travel, BIG4 Gift Vouchers are available from just $20 and can be used for accommodation costs at BIG4 Holiday Parks around Australia.

What's more, our Gift Vouchers are valid for 24 months from the date of purchase, so you can choose to visit one of our 180 parks across Australia at a time suitable to you!

Why not treat yourself or a friend and experience Australia by BIG4 with a Gift Voucher.


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Trouble Waking Up?
Camping could be the answer

A new study has found that camping out for a few days and nights can re-set the biological clocks of people who have trouble sleeping and getting up in time for work.

According to researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder, given the chance, our bodies naturally adjust to the light-dark cycle of the rising and setting of the sun.


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Guarding your Eyes from Damaging Rays
Supplied by OPSM, BIG4 Loyalty Partner

You protect your skin from UV Damage with sunscreen, but how are you protecting your eyes while you are on the road or enjoying the great outdoors?


As well as being a major cause of skin cancer, ultraviolet (UV) radiation can also damage the eyes in many ways. UV damage is irreversible and repeated exposure can cause eye conditions such as cataract, macular degeneration and pterygia. To protect your eyes make sure you wear sunglasses with a high eye protection factor (EPF). According to ARPANSA Australian and New Zealand Sunglass Standards, sunglasses with a value of 4 and 5 absorb almost all UV radiation.

OPSM make sunglasses that are protective and great looking; and can show you how to gain protection through prescription sunglasses, prescription glasses and contact lenses too.

OPSM is a partner of the BIG4 Loyalty Program. BIG4 Members receive 20% off up to a maximum of $80 per product

Win Cash and Fuel with CIL
Cashed Up, Fuelled Up Competition

Get cashed up or fuelled up for your next caravaning getaway with CIL Insurance - Australia's leading Caravan and RV insurance specialist.

Find out how you could win one of 11 prizes.

1st Prize: $10,000 Cash!

2nd Prize: 5 x $1,000 Caltex Fuel Cards

3rd Prize: 5 x $500 BIG4 Holiday Park Gift Vouchers

CIL Cashed Up Fuelled Up Competition is conducted by AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 trading as CIL Insurance (“CIL”) of Level 11, 447 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria.  Competition starts at 9am on 1/10/2013 and closes at 5pm on 28/02/14 (AEST).  The competition is only open to individuals who are aged 18 years and older.  Winners are drawn at random.  Total value of prize pool is $17,500. Prize draw to be held at noon on 13/3/14 at Salmat Digital Pty Ltd, Level 2, 116 Miller Street, North Sydney NSW 2060.The name of the prize winners will be published in the Australian on 21/03/14. Permits: ACT TP 13/03148, NSW LTPS/13/06780. SA T13/1581 & VIC 13/2096. View Full Terms and Conditions.

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