About Us

1992

Creator of Camps, Phil Procter
Starts 8 years of travels

Creator of Camps, Phil Procter starts eight years of full time travels and research, he says, Our main sources then were various atlases, Smedleys Bush Camps and Rest Areas Around, Through and Across Australia (a total of a few hundred sites in a black and white B5 publication) and other camping guides, which, although very comprehensive, werent that user friendly for travelling the highways.

Early 2001

Camps Australia Wide begins

Phil Procter said After eight years of travels I had amassed quite a collection of site notes, diaries and scribbled-on atlases, enough to put forward the idea of compiling a comprehensive database that could be shared amongst us motorhomers. He asks for contributions – with half a dozen replies, one member gave him a list of over 1,000 sites and CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE is founded!

November 2001

First edition is
now in print

3000 copies of the first book arrived – in hardcover with 2300 listings and hand drawn maps – with many pre-sold, and Phil said then the phone started ringing!

2001

Website updates included on the website to update your books.

February 2003

10,000 copies of CAMPS 2 released.

2004

Phil travels 50 000km in nine months, in an 8 foot Ross A-Class motorhome, with car and trailer – taking photos and updates.

February 2005

First edition of Camps Snaps produced

30,000 copies of Camps 3 with Hema Road Atlas and new symbols. Phil said, one forty foot container to HEMA Maps and another forty foot container to our house. The books filled up our three bay garage, but within a few months the pile had gone down quite a bit.

2006

New owners – Philip and Cathryn Fennell

New owners – Philip and Cathryn Fennell of what the first owner and creator of CAMPS describes as the most popular camping guide in Australias history and it has been the best selling publication for HEMA Maps

2007

Camps 4 released

Camps 4 first produced with another edition:
Camps Snaps in a hardcover

2008

Cathryn and Philip travel about
50 000km every year!

February 2009

Camps 5 released with over 3500 listings

2011

Camps 6 released.

Anytime 2006-2018 Philip and Cathryn
have their share of red dust and mishaps!

June 2011

Caravan Parks second edition released.


November 2012

Camps App 1.0 now available for
iPhone and iPad!

2013

Caravan Parks –
third edition arrives.

February 2013

Camps 7 released this is the edition current owners Heatley and Michelle took their family around Australia with six of them their six berth motorhome, making treasured family memories. Their lap was 23 000 km into every mainland state and territory!

 

June 2013

‘The Big Lap’ continues for the Gilmores

Wangi Falls, Litchfield National Park now our kids are a whole lot older but still hanging out at waterfalls together!

2014


Thousands of hours go into every book – here’s
Cathryn working hard, updating sites.

February 2015

Camps 8 on sale.

2016

Camps Australia Wide App 2.0
is on the market

April 2016

Caravan Parks 4 –
this new edition rocks
a green cover!

February 2017

Camps 9 has over 4000 listings

November 2017

New caravan for the Gilmores –
even Roxy likes it, although she’s not
sure why it is only 4 berth!

December 2017

Storming outside so it is board games at Charlie Moreland Reserve, QLD – kids are all grown up! Now it is swags and two vehicles

January 2018

Philip and Cathryn Fennell journeyed for 12 years, with
2 off road caravans, 2 4WDs and driving over 900 000 km,
in a dream job travelling this great country and
actually calling it work, an ideal lifestyle!

March 2018

New Owners: Heatley & Michelle Gilmore

New owners, Heatley and Michelle Gilmore continue on the tradition of travel and research to provide Australia’s most comprehensive and easy to use guides, to help you save money and travel further.

June 2018

Awarded Top 10
Australian Camping

September 2018

Direct orders grown so much we now have books packaged and fulfilled through in Sydney.

October 2018

Camps Australia Wide App 3.0 released and continues to be
updated with no monthly charge – just a flat $9.99 per year
for access to all the latest updates – there’s new symbols,
easier than ever navigation around the App

December 2018

Caravan Parks 5 arrived after Christmas – with the first fold out cover with a map of Australia inside and the very latest Hema maps.

February 2019

Camps 10 released

Camps 10 (the first time the Easy to Read edition with Camps Snaps
is available in a fold out soft cover) and the very latest Hema maps.
All CAMPS 10 books have the spiral bound now – and over 950 new
sites! The only difference is whether you want the “Easy to Read”
version with larger maps, slightly larger text and photos of campsites
OR the A4 CAMPS 10 without camp photos.

February 2019

Premium POI released

Premium POI released with Caravan Parks (to total 8088 locations) plus 3 updates – thats twice as many locations with updates every 6 months! Brian and Kirsten from GPSOz are great partners for CAMPS!

March 2019

App growth doubled February
2019 sales – people are loving
the easy to use format.

Early 2001

Camps Australia Wide begins

Phil Procter said After eight years of travels I had amassed quite a collection of site notes, diaries and scribbled-on atlases, enough to put forward the idea of compiling a comprehensive database that could be shared amongst us motorhomers. He asks for contributions – with half a dozen replies, one member gave him a list of over 1,000 sites and CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE is founded!

2001

Website updates included on the website to update your books.

February 2003

10,000 copies of CAMPS 2 released.

2006

New owners – Philip and Cathryn Fennell

New owners – Philip and Cathryn Fennell of what the first owner and creator of CAMPS describes as the most popular camping guide in Australias history and it has been the best selling publication for HEMA Maps

2008

Cathryn and Philip travel about
50 000km every year!

June 2011

Caravan Parks second edition released.


November 2012

Camps App 1.0 now available for
iPhone and iPad!

2013

Caravan Parks –
third edition arrives.

June 2013

‘The Big Lap’ continues for the Gilmores

Wangi Falls, Litchfield National Park now our kids are a whole lot older but still hanging out at waterfalls together!

February 2015

Camps 8 on sale.

2016

Camps Australia Wide App 2.0
is on the market

November 2017

New caravan for the Gilmores –
even Roxy likes it, although she’s not
sure why it is only 4 berth!

December 2017

Storming outside so it is board games at Charlie Moreland Reserve, QLD – kids are all grown up! Now it is swags and two vehicles

March 2018

New Owners: Heatley & Michelle Gilmore

New owners, Heatley and Michelle Gilmore continue on the tradition of travel and research to provide Australia’s most comprehensive and easy to use guides, to help you save money and travel further.

September 2018

Direct orders grown so much we now have books packaged and fulfilled through in Sydney.

December 2018

Caravan Parks 5 arrived after Christmas – with the first fold out cover with a map of Australia inside and the very latest Hema maps.

February 2019

Premium POI released

Premium POI released with Caravan Parks (to total 8088 locations) plus 3 updates – thats twice as many locations with updates every 6 months! Brian and Kirsten from GPSOz are great partners for CAMPS!

April 2019

Two months after the launch, CAMPS 10 is on track to be even more popular than CAMPS 9 – plus well have reprint CARAVAN PARKS 5 – months earlier than expected!

2019

Based on Queensland’s Cooloola Coast, Heatley and Michelle travel every chance they get.
You’ll see us in our Jayco Starcraft Outback towed by a Hilux SR5 dual cab ute, and hope to meet you on our travels!

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