If you're new to renting a campervan in Australia, there may be some things you aren’t familiar with. There are some specific requirements for campervan hire in Australia, so it’s best to be familiar with the local rules and regulations before booking, and to read the terms of your rental agreement before you sign.
In the meantime, VroomVroomVroom has put together a list of ten things you should know before you rent a campervan.
Campervans are measured by berth, which refers to the number of people the vehicle can sleep. Two-berth campervans are ideal for couples but often don’t feature amenities, such as bathroom and kitchen facilities. Larger, six-berth motorhomes can sleep more people and generally include amenities. Keep this in mind when choosing a campervan.
In Australia, the minimum age to rent a campervan is 21 years old (sometimes 18 years old, depending on the campervan provider). You’ll need to check the terms and conditions of the campervan provider to see which age restrictions apply.
Although you can pay your deposit with a debit card, ain the name of the primary driver is required for the security bond and additional charges. Campervan rental companies will not accept cash.
A valid driver's licence is required to rent a vehicle. It must be printed in English, otherwise, you’ll need to present an International Driving Permit. Provisional licences and learner permits are not accepted.
Basic insurance is included in the rates, however, the campervan will also have an excess amount. You’ll be responsible for paying this excess amount in the event the campervan is damaged or lost. Furthermore, it’s a good idea to check your campervan or motorhome rental upon pick up for any existing damage; take photos of the vehicle to prove its condition prior to you driving it.
You can requestupon booking. In Australia, children shorter than 145cm legally need to be secured in some form of child seat.
If you travel on toll roads, you are responsible for paying the fees; you may need to set up an online account to pay. In Australia, toll roads can be found in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. There may be additional charges for larger vehicles.
You are not permitted to take campervan rentals on ferries in Australia. This will void any insurance, and you’ll be liable to pay the full cost of any damage incurred. Certain rental providers will allow travel to Kangaroo Island, but you’ll need to check the terms and conditions of your rental or ask your rental provider about ferry exceptions.
When you rent a campervan, you’ll be able to request roadside assistance via your rental provider. Keep in mind, this may not cover things like flat batteries, flat tyres, fuel depletion, or keys being locked in the vehicle.
Service dogs are sometimes permitted, but this will need to be pre-authorised with the rental provider.
So, now that you know what to consider when booking your campervan, why not take a few minutes to read about returning your campervan?