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A couple from the Mt Lofty Bushies RV chapter take time out during the 2017 Coonalpyn RV Fest.

A couple from the Mt Lofty Bushies RV chapter take time out during the 2017 Coonalpyn RV Fest.

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Small SA town set to host festival for RV lovers from across Australia.

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VISITORS from across the country are packing their RVs and setting their sights on South Australia for the second Coonalpyn RV Festival.

Silo Sights: RV Basecamp Coonalpyn from March 1-4 will see hundreds of recreational vehicles descend on Coonalpyn for a jam-packed program of events.

Hosted by Coorong District Council and the local community, the event builds on the success of the inaugural 2018 festival, which coincided with renowned artist Guido van Helten putting the final touches on the now-famous 30-metre high silo mural.

Taking in the impressive silo art and other Creating Coonalpyn art installations, such as the giant mosaic, are cornerstones of the festival … but they’re only the start.

The program includes visits to the Careship Coorong snail farm and yurt, Coorong National Park, Point Malcolm Lighthouse, the Birdman of the Coorong ostrich replica, Meningie’s lakefront and Raukkan – birthplace of preacher, author and inventor David Unaipon, who features alongside the Raukkan church on the $40 note.

There will be entertainment, themed dress-up nights and activities including yoga, local produce tastings, barefoot bowls and a market and car boot sale.

Four-legged travellers haven’t been forgotten, with a Doggy Day Tour also on offer.

Mayor Paul Simmons said the program offers a range of experiences visitors won’t have seen anywhere else – “from the natural beauty of the Coorong environment to the hands-on experience of fossicking for mega fauna fossils”.

“Just in case we receive a repeat of January’s hot weather, the Coonalpyn swimming complex – which celebrates 50 years during the RV fest – will be open to visitors during the event,” he said.

“We have been working to make our district more welcoming to RV travellers,with a new RV dump point installed in Tintinara last year, and development of tourist attractions such as the Murray Coorong Trail.”

See the full program at www.coorong.sa.gov.au/rvfest or pick one up from the council offices or visitor information centres in Tintinara, Meningie and Tailem Bend.

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