Vanpackers mess up areas near Australian coast

Published on : Tuesday, December 13, 2016

vanpackers-mess-upTamarama in the eastern suburbs of Sydney is known as Glamarama due to the number of beautiful people who sunbathe on its golden sands. Although there are no hotels in Tamarama, a night in a multi-million- dollar home overlooking the strip with letting agency Luxe Houses will cost one around A$2,500. But many travelers and backpackers have found cheaper options of staying there, saying, “This is a beautiful country, a great country where I can sleep anywhere for free”. Many sleep in vans and use beach toilets and showers.

 

These tourists have been termed as “vanpackers”, who leave behind a lot of mess. Cost of the amenities and cleaning up the mess are mostly left to the ratepayers. Sally Betts, mayor of Waverley Council says, “It’s very complicated from a legal point of view. We wanted to put up a big sign that says no camping or sleeping cars in all of Waverley but legally we couldn’t even do that. All we can do is put up signs on individual streets, and then we have to send our parking rangers down to fine them.” There are many other attractions in Sydney which have parking restrictions and fines for violating certain rules. Theo Whitmont, president of the Caravan & Camping Industry Association (CCIA) of New South Wales, says that vanpacking shows that there is an unsolved need for affordable accommodation in Australia. He said, “The tourism industry should come together to offer them an array of places to stay. All we have to do is identify land in transit corridors near coastal areas for no-frills camping.”

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