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Book a campervan hire for an epic road trip in Australia

Campervan hire in Australia

Kick-off your road trip adventure in Australia with a reliable motorhome rental. Australia’s exciting and diverse landscape is made for exploring, and VroomVroomVroom is offering you some amazing deals on campervan rentals. Southern Australian states such as New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria are perfect for campervan holidays thanks to their untouched wilderness and dramatic landscapes. The coastal regions in particular are ideal for summer outings while tropical states like Queensland are best explored during the dry season.

Why book a campervan in Australia?

A great way to enjoy the Australian outdoors.
A great way to enjoy the Australian outdoors.

Driving on the open roads with a campervan is a great way to travel as it allows you to stop anytime and explore the area. Australia’s magnificent outback lends itself to a family holiday in a campervan as everyone will have plenty of space to get comfortable while you’re on the road, and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the enormous night skies at the end of the day.

If you’ve never driven on the left-hand side of the road before — be prepared, as all driving is on the left-hand side in Australia. Make sure to always obey the road signs, and you’re not sure what they mean, you can see our explainer on Australian road signs here or check out this website.

Guide on hiring a campervan in Australia

For those visiting from overseas, what you might know as an “RV” or “motorhome” is commonly known as a campervan in Australia. In the industry, a “berth” refers to how many people can sleep on board comfortably — so this means a six-berth campervan can sleep six. It is important to note how many seat belts come with your campervan as the law requires all passengers to be wearing a seatbelt when driving.

Today’s campervans range in size, design and have a variety of facilities. Rental companies can offer you vehicles that sleep up to six people, with various extras including a microwave, gas stove, grill, refrigerator and reverse cycle air-conditioning.

Regardless of where you are driving your campervan in Australia, there are three types of camping spots to choose from: rest areas, state campgrounds and normal campgrounds. If you have a tight budget, look for rest areas — also known as free campgrounds. If you prefer to camp more comfortably, choose either state campgrounds or normal campsites.

Some of the things you need to consider before renting a campervan are age and licence requirements. Click here to learn more about these requirements.

Best campervan drives in Australia

Is there a better way to experience the Great Ocean Road than by campervan?
Is there a better way to experience the Great Ocean Road than by campervan?

The best way to experience Australia is by going on a road trip so here are our top three favourite scenic drives:

Grand Pacific Drive: This 140-kilometre scenic coastal drive will give you a glimpse of New South Wales’ magnificent beaches and amazing rainforests. You can start at Royal National Park located just to the south of Sydney and finish your trip in the Shoalhaven region.

Great Alpine Road: Stretching over 300 kilometres from Wangaratta to Bairnsdale, this road trip will take you up close to Victoria’s beautiful landscapes. The road is fully sealed so you can enjoy driving smoothly whilst enjoying views of Gippsland’s coast.

Great Ocean Road: This 250-kilometre road is considered to be one of the world’s top scenic drives. Starting from Melbourne and ending in Warrnambool, take time to enjoy the spectacular sights along the way including The Twelve Apostles, Great Otway National Park and Bells Beach.

FAQs about hiring a campervan in Australia

How old do you have to be to hire a campervan in Australia?

You need to be at least 21 years old to be able to hire a campervan in Australia. In certain instances, some companies may allow 18-year-old drivers but they may have to pay a young driver’s surcharge and purchase additional insurance cover.

Do you need a special licence to drive a campervan?

There is no need to present a special type of licence in most cases. However, you must make sure that your drivers licence is valid, meaning that it can’t be expired, provisional or probationary.

What type of fuel does a campervan need?

Some campervans use diesel and some use unleaded petrol so make sure to ask your rental agent the type of fuel is required when you pick up the vehicle. You can use the Vroom Fuel Price Compare to find the cheapest fuel in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

Can I pick up and/or drop off a campervan at any time?

No, campervan rental companies usually offer a specific period in which the campervan can be picked up and dropped off.

Can you park your campervan anywhere in Australia?

Unfortunately, you can’t just park your campervan wherever you feel like it. Look for designated areas that allow free or low-cost camping. There are also parking areas that can accommodate campervans.

Will my campervan be automatic or manual transmission?

Most rental companies run half of their fleet on automatic and the other half on manual. Make sure to filter the result or check the vehicle details when booking a campervan to get the type of transmission you require.

Do I have to pay a bond when renting a campervan in Australia?

Yes. At the time of collection, the rental company will debit the full amount of the bond from your credit card to ensure that the vehicle is returned on the agreed upon date and time.

What extra charges will I need to pay when I return my campervan?

To avoid any additional charges, make sure your campervan is returned clean with empty waste/grey water tanks and a full tank of fuel unless you have a pre-arranged alternative agreement.