Aussies are rediscovering Australia in a “road trip” style of discovery, with new figures showing caravanning and camping trips are on the rise, according to a press release.

Despite a tough economic dollar slowing down domestic travel, Caravan RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA) research found that between 2008 and 2011 up to 14.7% more travelers took their vacations to the road with over 474,000 registered RV products throughout Australia.

Of the Australian states, Western Australia held the highest combined caravan and campervan registration per 1,000 people to 29.8 per 1,000 followed by Tasmania and South Australia.

Citing better value in “on-the-road” vacations, CRVA chief executive Stuart Lamont said people see it as the “most affordable holiday” with the bonus of lifestyle and health benefits.

“It’s the freedom from daily routines that is so appealing about a caravan and camping holiday,” Lamont explained. “Bonding with like-minded people over happy hour, swapping recipes and travel stories and making friends for life- these priceless experiences you have on the road are what matters most.”

Lamont added that caravan and camping holidays are also playing a role in maintaining domestic holidays and the number of Aussies exploring their homeland.

“Caravanning and camping promotes Australians holidaying at home, and offers one of the best value holiday options in Australia today, in many cases supporting regional communities due to the locations of caravan holiday parks, and the nature of caravanning and camping,” he said.

According to the company’s findings, up to 7 million Australians have visited a caravan holiday park in the last two years with a further 9.3 million planning a holiday in the caravanning and holiday parks industry over the coming two years.