Caravanning and RVing in Australia

About Lionel
Lionel Mussell has lived and travelled in Australia for more than fifty years and during that time he has clocked up nearly two million kilometres. Much of this travelling has been done towing a caravan (travel trailer) and he writes about caravanning in Australian and overseas publications including his monthly column 'On the Wallaby' in Australia's leading caravanning magazine 'Caravan World'.

(Since writing this page Vi has died but I've left it unchanged as she was so much a part of what we did together for 56 years)

Lionel and his wife Vi live at Mornington on the Mornington Peninsula nestled on the shores of beautiful Port Phillip Bay just an hours drive away from Melbourne, the bustling capital of Victoria.

Their home town, Mornington, is a thriving commercial and tourist area with modern shopping centres, wide sandy beaches and easy access to the Peninsula's scenic countryside.

He spent many years of his working life as Public Relations Manager of two Melbourne hospitals and officially retired in 1986.

Since then Vi and Lionel have travelled extensively during their stint as school photographers, managed a caravan park during the summer months for five years and have run their mail-order business from their home and on the road for the past few years. 

Lionel has also conducted seminars on 'Preparing for the Big Trip' and 'Touring Australia with Lionel' at caravan shows around the country.

Playing the trombone and other instruments in the local brass band is one of Lionel's hobbies and he was for some years the musical director.

Many newcomers to caravanning seek Lionel's advice by phone or e-mail and he is always ready to share his experience with anyone needing advice. 

He is a regular at Caravan Shows around the country and people seek him out to yarn and talk about caravanning and travel.

See 'Ask Lionel'

With about two million kilometres behind him - many with a caravan on tow - he has encountered nearly every conceivable situation but still drives with the expectation that every other motorist is an idiot and liable to do unexpected and stupid things. He is seldom disappointed!

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