History of the Club


Farewelling our Stateside SuperiorThe Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia Limited is a truly unique organisation. It was founded in 1986 by Don and Erica Whitworth N001, two individuals with a longing to form a Club for and by Motorhomers. Their aim was to create a Club which provided a place for Members to socialise, share experiences, and find support and advice. Their passion was infectious and many quickly caught the spirit of their concept.

Having travelled throughout Australia, Europe, U.K. and North America in variety of campervans and motorhomes, there was no doubt that their passion for this style of travel was strong.  Throughout their travels, the pair became familiar with various overseas Clubs designed for people with motorised camping vehicles. Without hesitation, the Whitworth’s signed up as members of the London based Motorcaravaners’ Club and the California based Good Sam Club. The possibility of having a similar Club based in Australia kept floating in and out of Don’s mind.

The Love of Motorhoming Starts. The Campmobile sets off for the 1972 big one

One sparkling August afternoon, Don was driving their HiAce into the Tweed Mall parking area when he suddenly saw a similar colour and model vehicle driving out. Don had never seen the driver of the vehicle before, but he smiled and waved to Don regardless. At that moment Don decided that he would do it, he would create a club for Australian campervan and motorhome enthusiasts.

Within 10 months, membership had passed 500, which was approximately 1,000 people. At the first Anniversary Rally at Swansea, NSW in May 1987, Foundation Member 600 was welcomed. Membership reached the 1,000 mark in July 1988,  with members scattered throughout Australia. The CMCA was incorporated in 1988 and, with expansion, became a company limited by guarantee in 2001.

Today the Club has over 66,000 individual, active members in over 31,000 recreational vehicles. Membership includes enthusiasts from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, America, Europe and numerous other countries. We are the largest RV club in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, and the sixth largest in the world. The Club celebrated its 30th Anniversary this year.

The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia Limited have achieved great success within the last 30 years. The hardworking and dedicated team at the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia Limited has seen the introduction of a variety of programs that  aim to assist and benefit their members as well as other campervan and motorhome enthusiasts Australia wide. Now with over 66,000 members and numbers continuing to grow, the Club continues to focus on preserving the RV lifestyle by providing a wide range of services and support to members.

Many of our past achievements are still continuing to flourish today

These include:

  • The monthly club magazine, The Wanderer, which is still our flagship communication and marketing tool.
  • Our vehicle insurance program through Ken Tame & Associates.
  • The formation and management of over 100 chapters and special interest groups; a national network   of our members enjoying the friendship of like-minded people.
  • Our RV Friendly Town™ program, now with well over 270 towns and 90 RV Friendly Destinations participating and benefiting.
  • Our dump point installation program in association with the relevant state government and sponsor.
  • Our two annual rallies, which allow us to exhibit our lifestyle to a wider group of people.
  • The establishment of a permanent National Headquarters in Newcastle, NSW.
  • Recognition of CMCA and what we stand for by government at all levels.
  • Our Leave No Trace® program as well as the acknowledgement from government that CMCA members are environmentally sustainable travellers.

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