It's grey nomad season

29th May 2017 8:00 AM
LIFELONG FRIENDS: Tom and Lola Cox, Ian Teakle and  Claire and Pete Hirt with Monty the dog enjoying time together as grey nomads on the Dawson River in Theodore. LIFELONG FRIENDS: Tom and Lola Cox, Ian Teakle and Claire and Pete Hirt with Monty the dog enjoying time together as grey nomads on the Dawson River in Theodore. Vanessa Jarrett

GREY NOMAD season is in full swing as the temperatures down south get colder and Queensland offers hotter weather.

The banks of the Dawson River in Theodore are alive and thriving with caravans lined and set up.

Among the happy campers are a group of friends, Tony and Lola Cox from Chirnside Park, Victoria, Pete and Claire Hirt from Kerang, Victoria and Ian Teakle from Loxton, South Australia.

"We come here every year, we are on our way to Port Douglas so we stop here on the way and the way back,” Tony said.

Coming from South Australia weather, Ian is happy to be escaping the chill.

"Where I come from it was zero degrees last night,” Ian said.

"That is why I am here.”

For Peter and Claire, they travel as they please.

"We will probably go home through Alice Springs and through Mareeba and we haven't been to Mount Isa yet,” Claire said.

Making friends is one of the best parts of travelling around the group say.

"One year there was 26 of us all sitting at the lunch table at

the pub in Theodore,” Claire

said.

"We all talk to each other, where they have been and where all the good places are,” Tony said.

"We met at Ian seven or eight years ago at Sarina and Tony five or six years ago at Yamba up near Rockhampton,” Peter said.

"We phone each other up and see what they are all up to and plan to meet up,” Ian said.

For many outback towns, it is the grey nomads who keep the town economy flowing.

"The year before last year we were here for 10 weeks and we spent $10,000 at the shops,” Claire said.

"And that is just us, there is a lot of people who stay longer.”

Without grey nomads passing through and spending money on fuel, groceries, alcohol and other supplies, some towns can really suffer.

"Every year you go through some towns and there are more shops closing each year,” Ian said.

"And we would hate to see that happen here,” Claire said.

Life on the road is a pleasurable one for the grey nomads as they journey wherever life takes them.

"I just come up here, stay a while, go home maybe,” Ian said.

"I just don't know, it's too early to tell, I could even go north or west.”

With the peacefulness of the Dawson River in the background, the group love their grey nomad life.

"It's a good life I tell you,” Claire said.

"There is something to see everywhere.”