Me and the Missus are traveling to Oz in October, first to Cairns and then the train down to Brisbane. From there we plan to get a Campervan or car for about 12 days and drive to Sydney.
Unlike most the decision between a car and campervan is more about convienience than cost. We'll probably being stopping in most of the touristy areas aswell as some of the smaller towns. So are the camp sites located a fair distance away from the town centres in which case a car would be better. On the other hand do most of the hostels in the towns have parking if not then is it a pain and expensive to park a car overnight??
Its a dilly of a pickle so any feedback will be great.
You will love the GBReef. I live near Brisbane and although i havent hired a campervan and driven it to Sydney, I have driven from Brisbane to Sydney before.
if you are planning on taking the M1 (the coast route), you will find heaps of beautiful seaside towns all the way down the coast. Most of them have caravan parks where you can stay in your van and you'd be really comfortable. Most of these towns dont charge for parking overnight if you were to stay in a hostel and hire a car instead. I think you'd find a campervan enjoyable. Strangely enough...we did that through England and Scotland and loved it too. Great to be able to just pull over to the side of the road and make a cuppa tea whenever you want it.
If you want to check out roads and caravan parks, there are lots of internet sites, but maybe you could start with racq.com.au which has a trip planner in it. Click on Travel, and then Trip planner.
For caravan parks, try http://www.caravancampingnetwork.com.au/nsw/caravan_parks_nsw.html
Then for New South wales info - http://www.visitnsw.com.au/
Brisbane is located in the very south of Queensland.
The Gold Coast is about 1 hour south of Brisbane and the Gold Coast extends to the border between New South Wales and Queensland.
So, most of your car travel will be in new south wales.
Good luck. Enjoy
I would definitely go with the campervan if money is no option. You'll find in most of the small towns the camping ground will be almost in the centre of the town and if you decide to stay in a hotel/motel they would always have room for parking, at the very least you could park on the street free of charge.
Hope this undillies your pickle.
we just got back from a bit of a camper holiday
we rented with Campette.com and they were fine. Good prices too, about as cheap as Wicked Campers but newer vans and without the way-out-there designs!