Coronavirus might have delayed Michael and Marcelle Lyons' plans to travel around Australia in a caravan, but that didn't stop them from checking out the industry's latest and greatest on Friday.
The newly retired couple from Beaconsfield were among thousands who filled the Silverdome for the first day of the Tasmanian Outdoor Boat and Caravan Show.
Looking for some new gear and the chance at a new adventure, Mr Lyons said they were excited to see more of Australia in their caravan.
"We have done a little bit of travel [around Tasmania] so far, but we are waiting for borders to open up so we can head over to the mainland," he said.
"We have had to change our booking twice already because of COVID.
"But we are interested in getting around the country and seeing what's out there.
"This is the perfect event to prepare for that."
Show co-organiser Ken Gourlay said up to 8000 people were expected to attend the three-day event.
Among the more than 50 exhibitors on Friday was Cameron Harwood, of on-site caravan and vehicle weigh-in specialists Weigh Forward.
Along with showing off the features of a custom-made Condor Ultimate Family caravan, Mr Harwood said their message was all about safety.
"These days vehicle weighing is very important. You have to travel safely and you have to understand what your trailer weighs and what your vehicle weighs," he said.
"We just wanted to come here and get the awareness out that people have to understand what they weigh, and how to travel safely. That's what it's all about."
The expo continues today from 9am to 5pm and 9am to 3pm on Sunday.
All attendees are required to wear a mask and the event is cashless.
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