We are a couple who will come to australia in november and stay until may. We want to buy a van and want to know what is the best option and tips for doing so. Can you park and sleep wherever you want or is it forbidden? are there any special areas where you can do it or you have to go to a capmsite.
Thanks in advance, any help would be very helpful.
I'm pretty sure it's illegal to park on the side of the road and sleep, at least in NSW though it may be different for other states or if you're driving in the outback. Along the freeways there are regular rest and truck stops, I'm assuming it is legal to sleep there. If you are driving to tourist areas or beaches, it is normally illegal to park overnight in the carparks and they are sometimes patrolled by rangers.
I'm not sure where you are planning to travel to, but the following government website from the roads and traffic authority should give you some idea about the road rules in NSW. It will also give you links to the authorities in different states.
I'd also check out the NRMA website, although you have to be a member for some services on the site, it will give you a good starting point about your trip and campsites where you can see. http://www.mynrma.com.au
Hope it helps
You can legally camp I believe in the outback (countryside) only if you are a certain distance from a townsite or campsite.
Not the best idea near roads as roadtrains often drive at night and apart from the noise and van rocking as they go past their spotlights light the place up like day.
You can camp on some of the more remote beaches but you'll need a decent 4wd to get there, and the ability to drive it and tow a van in the soft sand.
There are some camping areas in the bush where travellers camp for free with little of no facilities. These are marked on the better map books, we have one but it's currently with our motorhome which is at present rented out so I can't tell you what it's called.
You will need to use caravan sites if you want 240 electrical power unless you also buy a generator to power airconditioner, microwave, TV, etc and of course to empty your toilet cassette, if you have one.
However it takes all sorts, you may find you like camping wherever there are no Rangers or Police to move you on, and as long as you take your rubbish with you why not, but I think after a while you may be drawn to the caravan parks, which I think you will find a little different to those in the UK.
They open all year round here and most of them have facilities only offered at the flashier English ones.
You'll have fun one way or the other. There's plenty of open space for you to enjoy over here