Explore the highways of Australia with a rental campervan
When you picture Australia, you might think of empty highways stretching across the outback, or busy coastal highways following the rocky coastline. Whatever your preference, there is no doubt that Australia's roads are made for exploring with a campervan. VroomVroomVroom can help you find campervan rentals in destinations across the country.
If you haven't driven a campervan before, you probably have a lot of questions. You may even be new to driving in Australia, where the traffic laws may be slightly different. There are some fantastic, scenic highways to explore, so here is a quick guide to help you understand the basics of renting a campervan in Australia.
What sort of campervan should I hire in Australia?
If you see the term “berth” while you are comparing campervan rentals, this is referring to the number of people that a campervan can sleep. This is the first question you need to ask yourself when you are deciding what type of vehicle to hire. RV's can generally sleep anywhere from two to six people, and the included amenities can be different between vehicles. If you're driving on urban roads, or navigating winding mountain terrain, you may want a smaller vehicle. Our website lets you easily compare campervans of all sizes.
Campervan driving tips in Australia
- Australia is a big country, and travelling between popular cities like Melbourne and Sydney can take a long time. Plan to stop along the way, and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
- Caravan parks can be booked out, so it is a good idea to book ahead if you are planning on staying at a specific location.
- Keep left when driving in Australia! Vehicles overtake to the right.
- You are required to wear a seatbelt always while driving.
- Not used to driving on round-a-bouts? Australia has a lot of them, and some can be quite confusing for people who have not driven on them before. You must give way to any vehicle already on the round-a-bout before entering.
- Australia is home to some unique wildlife, but when you're driving on the highways (particularly at dawn and dusk), you need to look out for animals like kangaroos on the road.
- If you're heading into the outback or any remote, country areas, remember to take plenty of supplies in case you have any trouble with your vehicle.
- In cities like Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane you will encounter toll roads. Make sure you pay the fee or risk being charged.
- Check the weather before you depart so you can avoid getting caught in any hazardous conditions.
Recommended caravan parks and campgrounds
Travelling by campervan is a popular choice in Australia, and therefore you will find plenty of caravan parks throughout the country.
- Cable Beach Caravan Park – If you're heading north, you won't want to miss the chance to explore Broome. The park will give you somewhere to stay in this remote corner of Australia.
- Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park – While visiting Cairns, take a detour into the Tablelands and stop by this holiday park on the shores of Lake Tinaroo. Enjoy plenty of water activities.
- Great Ocean Road Tourist Park – Planning to drive the famous Great Ocean Road? Stop at this park with great views over the ocean, and convenient access to some great attractions.
- Stockton Beach Holiday Park – Head north from Sydney to explore the interesting city of Newcastle. This park is centrally located, close to local restaurants and shops.
Which regions will you be exploring in Australia? Here are some of our recommendations.
AUSTRALIA'S SOUTH WEST
Fly into Perth and rent a campervan to start exploring this stunning region. From spotting kangaroos on the beach, to sampling world-famous wines in a beautiful setting, there is no end to what you can experience in Western Australia.
THE RED CENTRE
Of course, a road trip in Australia would be incomplete without a visit to the iconic Uluru. While you're exploring the national park, visit the incredible Kata Tjuta as well, and stop by to marvel at the views from the King's Canyon Ridge.
If it's straight roads and endless horizons you are after, the vast New South Wales outback is a fascinating destination to explore. From the Living Desert at Broken Hill, to the other-worldly landscapes of Mungo National Park, this is a place you won't forget.
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