MONTO is now officially classified an RV Friendly Town by the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA).

The classification comes six months after tourism action group Monto Magic took a lease of the caravan stop at the bottom of Newton St.

Camp hosts Kerry and Paul Bowerman have seen the area transform over that time.

"We had a dump point and water supply set up three months ago - both are criteria for being recognised as an RV Friendly Town," Mrs Bowerman said.

"The initial set-up of the stop has now happened, and we are working on promoting the town.

"We are waiting for free internet and are trying to find ways to make people stay.

"A lot of people use internet and word of mouth."

The hosts have helped travellers from France, Canada, England, Poland, Ukraine and the Netherlands, amongst other nationalities, find their way around Monto.

Phil Watkins and Rose Koursaris are two recent travellers who have used the spot.

They found out about it through phone app WikiCamps Australia.

"We are planning to stay the full three nights," Ms Koursaris said.

Monto Magic president Liz Robertson said although summer was on the horizon, travellers continued to visit.

"A lot more grey nomads are travelling outside peak periods," she said.

"People are still touring here, as the weather has been behind us with the low humidity.

"Hopefully becoming an RV Friendly Town will encourage vehicles to come and stay, whereas some bypass now to a free spot."

North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Don Waugh looks forward to the economic boost he envisions the announcement will make. The main criteria for an RV Friendly Town classification is access to a general shopping area, provision of appropriate low-cost overnight parking, access to portable water and a free dump point.

Biggenden, Eidsvold, Gayndah and Mundubbera are also classified as RV friendly towns.


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