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Australia Campervan and Motorhome Hire
A visit to Australia is a holiday of a lifetime! Plan a road trip across Australia in a small camper, a campervan or a motorhome.
If you live in Australia, a must-do is a road trip across Australia. It may be that your first trip is along the East Coast anywhere from Sydney or Melbourne to Cairns. The Northern Territories offer adventure and excitement.
But, How Do You Choose Which Campervan or Motorhome to Hire?
Travelling with a family means you have to make two choices:
Firstly you will need seatbelts and a bed for each passenger.
Secondly you will need to arrange the sleeping arrangements so that everybody who wants to share a bed can and those that don't - won't.
The range of campers starts from the small 2-berth sleeper cars. These are the best value for two people who want somewhere to sleep and need just the basic cooking facilities.
The vehicles are perfect for a budget road trip. There isn't a shower or wc on board but if you are travelling across Australia there are plenty of public facilities and campsites. There are free bbq areas too so keep a the chilly bin stocked up and cook outdoors.
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Campervans are cheaper to rent if they are older and smaller but there are good discountsd to be had if bookings are made well in advance. Top brands such as Maui, Britz, Apollo, StarRV all encourage early booking and offer great discounts on their daily rates.
Campervan and motorhome rental is also cheaper if the vehicle has less facilities on board. A low-top camper/sleeper car, a pop-top camper or hitop are the cheapest range. These sleep between 2 and 5 people.
Two people travelling together can rent a 2-berth with wc and shower. These vehicles are good value and not too expensive to run. They also have the option of two single beds or a large double.
4-berth and 6-berth motorhomes offer a good deal more space and also room for surfboards and bikes. Some companies offer bike hire as an additional rental option. They are handy if parked up on a campsite and a quick trip into town is made easier rather than take the campervan.
These larger vehicles offer great cooking facilities too. There are gas stoves. Very few campers or motorhomes have ovens (furnaces). They do have microwaves which will work when the motorhome is plugged into a "powered" site.
Powered Sites are supplied for those campervan and motorhomes that can be hooked up to electricity when parked in a campsite. This enables the microwave to work and an unlimited supply of electricity. Handy when all the laptops, cameras, mobile phones and tablets need a full re-charge. These can be charged up using the cigarette lighter with the appropriate adaptor. Some campers take an Invertor or have one built in, but in all cases laptops vary in their charging needs. It is worth checking online what you need for a particular model.
Long established campervan rental companies such as Traveller's Autobarn and Spaceships and Camperman specialise in cheaper, budget rental vehicles.
Depots are located throughout Australia. Most offer one-way hires between the two for an extra fee. However, some companies limit one way travel between depots only to the East Coast.
Other companies make a substantial surcharge for collecting or returning a camper to Broome in the Northern Territories. The drop-off fee applied to returns to Broome can also be expensive.
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Cairns are the most popular locations to start and finish a campervan road trip. Other smaller cities have depots.
Airlie Beach, Queensland - perfect for exploring the Whitsundays. Alice Springs, Northern Territory - start exploring the Red Centre and Uluru.
Broome, Western Australia. Good place to start to drive to explore the Kimberleys. Watch out for camels. Byron Bay, New South Wales - just surf and beach it. Canberra, Capital Territory. The choice of vehicles is limited.
Darwin, Northern Territory. Remote and wild. Plan to avoid the rainy season. explore Kakadu, Litchfield and Katherine Gorge. It is recommended that 4wd vehicles are rented if an off-road trip is planned. Gold Coast - popular as hosts the Commonwealth Games.
Newcastle in New South Wales. Limited supply of campers here. Townsville - Queensland - host to Camperman who have a good supply of budget campers.
Tasmania: Hobart, Hobart Airport, Launceston,Launceston Airport, Devonport, Devonport Ferry Terminal and Devonport airport. The ferry from Melbourne arrives into Hobart. The ferry does take campers but it may be cheaper to travel as foot passengers and collect a camper on arrival.
Taking a family holiday in a campervan has rewards in itself. Children love the experience of travelling and sleeping in a camper. Whether it is a night next to the beach or a night in the outback under the stars and sitting next to a bbq, it is a memory that will stick forever.
Australia campervan hire and motorhome rental companies are really good at including the much needed "extras" but more savings can be made by collecting and returning the camper to the same depot. Some companies waiver the one-way or relocation fee if the rental period is longer than 21 days.
Rental costs are not reduced by limiting the number of miles/kilometres travelled.
Apart from the daily rental cost the charges made for additional insurance cover can add substantially to the total cost of the hire. It is worth checking out alternatives to the full cover insurance with nil excess. Some banks or credit cards do cover the insurance excess on rental vehicles.
There are also independent insurance companies that will offer to cover the insurance excess too. If this cover is taken independently the insurance excess amount will be frozen or deducted from the main driver's credit card.This may limit the amount of spending power had on this card.
Full cover insurance is recommended as damage can occur through unexpected sources such as jumping kangaroos hopping into the road! We also recommmend that our customers don't drive at dusk, dawn or at night as the Australian wildlife is particularly active at these times.
Australia is the perfect country for a getaway. The freedom that campervan and motorhome hire is unmatched. Choose daily where to go and where to stay. Choose daily whether to stay put or go on to another exciting destination. Having an extra few beds on board when visiting friends or families is often very welcome.
Campervans and motorhomes are efficient travelling companions. Stop anywhere for a brew or a full blown meal.
Many campsites are in inaccessible areas that only motorhomes can stay. The options for spending a night inside a national park or in a remote area is only an option for the adventurous.
Campervans and motorhomes offer the ultimate freedom holiday and Australia offers a diverse range of sites to see and experiences to enjoy.
A campervan is your home on wheels for a long expedition or a short break. Visiting families and friends in Australia is made easier when you arrive in your own accommodation.
Budget prices help you to go further. Book early to get the best rates. Older vehicles are cheaper. Some customers book older vehicles so they can rent for longer. Other customers who want more facilities hire a camper with an onboard shower and wc.
Travellers who want the cheapest vehicles rent a small sleeper car and throw in a couple of tents to share the costs amongst a group of friends.
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