Caravan capers with Probus Club of Port Stephens

Cocktail hour with the Cowboy, the Cardsharp and the Gangster.

FORTY NINE members of the Probus Club of Port Stephens headed off on their annual Cara Camper Getaway trip recently, spending a very enjoyable few days at the Ingenia Holiday Resort in South West Rocks.

Ann Gibson told News Of The Area, “All enjoyed the activities arranged by Phil and Petah Dodd.

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“This included the first night, with Happy Hour and a welcome in the very comfortable games room.

“In the following days, members appreciated the big BBQ dinner, the bacon and egg roll brekky, the ‘not so trivial’ general trivia and a music version of trivia which was a lot of fun.”

Hilarious bush poetry was thrown into the mix, while members also enjoyed a photo presentation of past Cara Camper trips.

“The highlight was the traditional cocktail party when ‘the Cowboy’, ‘the Cardsharp’ and ‘the Gangster’ made another appearance to mix up a selection of brews to keep all in a happy mood,” Ann said.

The smooth running of this trip was attributed to slick organisation by Phil and Petah, and the cooperation of many members who volunteered to help with the activities throughout the week.

“It was so good to see so many men in aprons manning the BBQ!” Ann said.

“The last night was ‘Pizzas on a Trailer’ complete with a Pizza guy.”

Away from the park there was plenty to see in the area with interesting small towns nearby and the Trial Bay Gaol as a major attraction.

“There was a great selection of restaurants and cafes with the Trial Bay Kiosk serving up a tasty lunch to all of the mob; no mean feat with the dishwasher on the blink!”

The Club’s next big event is their 40th anniversary celebration.

The Port Stephens Probus Club is a mixed gender club that has activities to suit everyone, and welcomes retired and semi-retired seniors to check them out.

Visit the website on or attend a meeting on the second Thursday of the month 10.30am at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club.

The Membership Director is Marilynn who can be contacted on 0417 485 614.


Happy Hour was a highlight for the crew that went on the Cara Caper.

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