Important Things You Need to Know About Booking a Campervan in Australia

Things you need to know before booking a campervan guide

If you're new to hiring a campervan, there are some things you may not be familiar with. Australia is a great country to explore in a campervan, with plenty of miles of open road. Some rules regarding campervan hire are unique to Australia, and you will need to be familiar with the local rules and regulations. VroomVroomVroom has put together a list of ten important things you need to know before you rent a campervan.


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 vehicles are ideal for couples, but often they do not feature amenities such as bathroom and kitchen facilities. Larger motorhomes can sleep up to six people, and have more amenities.

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 18 years old. You will need to check the terms and conditions of your supplier to see if any additional restrictions apply.

3. You'll need a credit card

While you can pay your deposit with a debit card, you will need to pay for the bond with a credit card. Campervan rental companies will not accept cash. 

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

A valid driver's licence is required to hire a vehicle. It must be printed in English, or you will require an International Driving Permit. You are not permitted to drive on a provisional licence. 

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

Basic insurance is included in the rates, however the vehicle which also has an excess amount for which you are responsible to pay in the event of an accident. 

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

You can request a child seat for your young children, although they may not be allowed to be seated at the front of the vehicle. Children up to seven years old a required to have a child seat in Australia.

7. Vehicles are often fitted with tags for toll roads

If you use any toll roads, you are responsible for paying the fees. While some motorhomes come fitted with tags, if they do not you may need to set up an online account to pay. You will find toll roads in Southeast Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. There may be extra charges for larger vehicles. 

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

You are not permitted to take the vehicle on ferries in Australia. This will void any insurance and you will be liable to pay the full cost of any damage incurred. Certain suppliers will allow travel to Kangaroo Island, however you will need to check the specific terms and conditions of your rental.

9. There may be exclusions to roadside assistance 

When you rent a campervan, you will have roadside assistance. This may not cover things like locking the keys in the vehicle, flat batteries, flat tyres or incorrect fueling. 

10. Pets are not permitted in the vehicle

Pets are not permitted in the vehicle. Service dogs are sometimes permitted, but this will need to be pre-authorised. Make sure you inform us before you book your vehicle and we can check with the supplier. 

Need extra assistance with booking a campervan in Australia? Find answers to frequently asked questions here. You can also find more information in our guide to choosing a campervan. 

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