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Things you need to know when booking a campervan in Australia

Campervan booking tips

If you’re new to renting a campervan in Australia, there may be some points 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 in Australia.

1. “Berth” refers to the number of people a vehicle can sleep

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.

2. If you’re under 18, you won’t be able to hire a campervan in Australia

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.

3. You’ll need a credit card

Although you can pay your deposit with a debit card, a credit card in the name of the primary driver is required for the security bond and additional charges. Campervan rental companies do not accept cash.

4. You will need an International Driving Permit if your licence is not in English

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.

5. An excess liability amount will apply if any damage is caused to the vehicle

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.

6. Australian law requires young children to have a child seat

You can request a child seat upon booking. In Australia, children shorter than 145cm legally need to be secured in some form of child seat.

7. You will need to pay for use of toll roads

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.

8. Taking the vehicle on a ferry will void any insurance

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.

9. There may be exclusions to roadside assistance

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.

10. Pets are not permitted 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?


Still unsure about renting a campervan?

If you have questions about campervan or motorhome rental, feel free to contact us for assistance or check out our content there on frequently asked questions.