Is the era of the grey nomad drawing to a close? Will "the grey wave" close out? The "silver tsunami" break? Are we currently witnessing the last of a breed of retirees? The type that upon retirement, are still young enough, healthy enough and wealthy enough to do "the big loop". The majority of the current generation of retirees will witness the erosion of their wealth as well as their health over the next few years. Furthermore, the erosion of wealth may well further accelerate the decline in their health. The next crop of retirees are facing the possibility of a smaller nest egg with which to retire, and will be retiring later in life. They'll be financially and physically weaker - less capable of following their genetic code and travelling north. Take this shift in demographics and combine it with inflation in utilities and commodities and the days of the "last great migration" may well be doomed. In 10 years the waves of southerners jamming our highways doing 85kph will be an endangered species, and the specialist industries and small businesses in Qld, Nt and WA that have been flourishing and feeding on the fattened wallets of this annual migration north will likely decline as well. Goodbye caravan parks, roadside cafes, country restaurants, cheesy "Outback Experiences" and boosted memberships in local bowls and golf clubs. Not to mention caravan manufacturers and repairers, petrol stations, sat TV and HF radio suppliers and installers, potato scallop (cakes) manufacturers and makers of cheap bottled wine destined for consumption in "happy hours" in every caravan park across the country. If I owned a successful caravan park I'd be putting it on the market now. The phenomena that has been the grey nomad may well be endangered.