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Melbourne Leisurefest Welcomes Dogs - Oct 5 to 8

The 2017 Melbourne Leisurefest (5-8 October) is a one-stop shop for holidaymakers looking to get a taste of the adventure ahead – and this year in a first, man’s best friend is invited, too! 

With 7.1 million Australian happy campers and caravanners, the Melbourne Leisurefest returns with 4x4 experiences, never seen before boating and camping exhibitors as well as exciting new TV celebrity appearances.

“There’s no doubt caravanning and camping in Australia is more popular than ever before, so we’re thrilled to be collaborating with some exciting new partners to make this year’s Leisurefest go from good to great,” says Rob Lucas, CEO of Caravan Industry Association Victoria (CIA VIC). 

“With our annual research revealing that almost 25% of all caravanners and campers now choose to bring their pets on the road with them, we’re also excited to be able to welcome patrons' dogs along this year, too.” 

Dr. Katrina Warren and Riley
This year in celebration of our furry travel companions, CIA VIC is excited to be partering with Australian veterinarian and TV personality Dr. Katrina Warren for the first time at Melbourne Leisurefest.

“Nothing is more fun than hitting the road and having a holiday with our four-legged friends and camping or caravanning with your dog is a fantastic, stress-free way to include your pooch on your family adventure,” Dr. Katrina Warren comments. “Our pets are considered valued family members and we want to therefore include them in all aspects of our lives,” adds Katrina Warren. “With more and more holiday parks providing excellent pet-friendly facilities it’s becoming easier than ever before, too.” 


Your dog deserves a holiday, too! 
Celebrity vet and pet travel expert, Katrina Warren will speak on travelling with pets, the benefits to both the family and dog and her top tips, tricks and advice for hitting the road with your four-legged companion in tow. 

Feeling brave? 
Why not climb in as a passenger for the ultimate 4x4 track experience, featuring an array of obstacles including mini rock crossing, log crossing, articulation mounds, a water crossing and two stall/stop hills? 

Australian cricketing great turned fishing fanatic, Merv Hughes will speak on all things angling, trawling and casting as well sharing his best catches from his national fishing show. Patrons will also have the opportunity to tour a variety of new exhibitors from boating and fishing, camping and outdoor accessories and the latest and greatest in caravanning technology from Australia’s leading manufacturers. 

• Colourful vintage vans from far and wide will also be on display with their owners happy to tell you about the history of their beloved van. 

When: Thursday 5th - Saturday 7th October, 9:30am to 5:00pm and Sunday 8th October, 9:30am to 4:00pm.

*Please note a limit of one dog per family will be welcomed into the show each day.

Where: Sandown Racecourse, 591-659 Princes Hwy, Springvale, VIC, 3171

Cost: $16 (at the gate) or $14 (buy online).

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