We are a couple who will come to Sydney the 2 of November. We are planning to buy a van for our 4-5 month stay to live and travel around with it. Any one knows places where we can buy one? We are specially interested in companies that sell the van and later on, at the end of you trip, they "re-buy" it for half the prize and during your trip you are under insurance and covered with possible mechanical failures.
We need to find, as well, cheap accomodation for the first week or so in Sydney, i.e. backpackers or similar.
Thanks very much in advance, we'll appreciate any tips or info about this.
Check out www.travellersautobarn.com.au
They have an office in Sydney and most other cities.
My name is Kathryn, a "travel helper" for Australia and your email was sent to me in case I may be able to help you with your request.
I don't live in Sydney but do know that you can purchase van such as you are looking for. Here is a site you can visit which could possibly get you started in your search.
Although I have heard of them I don't know what their reputation is like though.
Another way is to wait until you arrive and search Backpacker Hostels notice boards. They are full of information and recommendations.
With Backpackers Hostels - there are so very many of them. I know (from experience as I used to own two Backpackers in Western Australia) that many Hostels send representatives to the airports "touting" for customers so you will not have much trouble in finding a place to stay.
I would suggest you possibly look at this site to give you an idea of the range.
Do you have YH (Youth Hostels) in your country? They may be able to assist you in recommending a place to stay. Also if there is a backpackers industry in your country then they may have recommendations from previous travellers to Australia. VIP Hostels were always a good group/chain to stay in when I used to own Hostels - however I am sure things have changed since so I am not sure how big they are now.
Hope this helps you somewhat. Please let me know if I can help in any other way.
With regards - and hoping you truly enjoy your stay in Australia.
PS One piece of advice if you are travelling by vehicle by yourselves in Australia. It is a HUGE country, magnificent and beautiful - BUT can also be very dangerous if you are not aware of the conditions you are going into.
I always used to tell my backpackers to always let people know where you are going eg leave a message at your last hostel where you are going and then call them when you arrive. If you decide to change your direction let them know also. ESPECIALLY if you are travelling in the outback. (You can also do this with the Police.)
AND always remember that your families will be waiting to hear from you on a constant basis.