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1. Posted by mrussell (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

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Me and my girlfriend are thinking or using a campervan for travel up the east coast of oz in 2 weeks time. We are just not sure if you have to book an actual camping ground every night or if you can just park anywhere that you can find? If you have to park in proper camping grounds roughly how much do these cost and are we ok to just turn up during march or would we still need to ring ahead?

Cheers.

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

I would very much doubt you can park anywhere you find a suitable spot - from what l have been reading that is not really the done thing. You should head to the camping grounds - which should have amenties - shower blocks etc etc which you wont get at the side of the road

The costs will vary l suppose on whats on offer but l would put a ball park figure out there of around AU$40-50 a night. Again availability in March is not something l know about but l would suggest ringing one or two and seeing what the general consensus is from the camping grounds themselves. Im so anally organised l would probably have them booked for the entire road trip!

Have fun and good luck - let us know if you find out anymore info - we are looking into campervan hire for WA next Feb and l would be interested in what you find out!

Heather

3. Posted by pabear (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Hi there is a caravan park in most towns in Australia they cost from $20.00 to $35.00 for a power sight the main web site parks are
familyparks
toptouristparks
big4
just put com.au after each and you will get there prices

4. Posted by Buckra (Budding Member 61 posts) 9y

Okay you have a choice. You can get off the road if you find a track and park there but there will be no facilities to talk about and if you strike any trouble you may not have anyone close to help you. Camping grounds/caravan parks are not going to be overloaded with customers in March so you can look around but again wisdom would suggest booking ahead. Go into a newsagency when you arrive and ask for a copy of a caravan park/camping directory for the East Coast. There are a few published and they are not expensive. They will give you all sort of detail about facilities, cost etc but around $20-40 is reasonable at that time of year. If you get into Easter, April 1 on then definitely book ahead because lot of holiday makers do travel with their kids. Weather in March should be mild as East Coast begins Autumn, Queensland very nice warm weather, Sydney still warm with occasional cool days, Victoria tending to get cooler. If you get a chance go to the National Capital in Canberra, about few hours from Sydney, during Autumn. Magnificent colours in the foliage at that time of year. Have fun.

5. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 9y

Go to the local motorist organisation and buy the caravan & Camping Guide. It will give you all the caravan parks, ratings, costs, contact numbers etc. for the whole of Australia.
Ask anyone or go to the following sites to find their ofices. Depending on which City / State you will be starting in:-

. Brisbane (Queensland) the RACQ - http://www.RACQ.com.au/
. Sydney (NSW) the NRMA - http://www.NRMA.com.au/
. Melbourne (Victoria) the RACV - www.RACV.com.au

Cheers ;)

6. Posted by clansman (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

camp sites are about that price and renting a camper could cost around $100 to $150 a day. then dont forget fuel(campers eat petrol) and camping costs. when i camped in Oz i got a book book called "camp3" which gave every camp/rest stop in Oz + what facilities they had. also it had a road map as well. it saved me loads of $ because Oz has lots of rest spots which are free and some have good facilities as in toilets and bbq's and even cold showers. so you dont have to pay 25p/p per night. more money for beer...

also about parking any where, if you get caught you could get fined but most times you will be asked to move on. which can be a pain in the ass if it happens at 4am......

7. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 9y

Oz has lots of rest spots which are free and some have good facilities as in toilets and bbq's and even cold showers. so you dont have to pay 25p/p per night.

Yeah, lot's of rest stops along the main highways, the parks are great for meeting people though, and a warm shower is always good. $20-$30 per night.

Check out wicked campers http://www.wickedcampers.com.au/ prices from $57 to $77 per night. These things are everywhere in queensland, they look cool, all got a different theme on them.