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1. Posted by mark_r_l (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,
i and two friends are going to Australia in August on the WHV.
We have a rough route worked out but will also take it as it comes a bit.
Our biggest dilemma is whether to hire/buy a camper van, or to use trains and buses to get around.
can anyone offer any advice on this? are the bus cards you can buy good value? what were your experiences like when using either of these methods?
thanks a lot
mark

2. Posted by gnangarra (Full Member 59 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

The issue would be on where your travelling,

If your plan is for east coast (Victoria, NSW, Queensland) then Public transport is readily available,

If you want to add South Aust to this then its limited but still reasonable.

For WA outside Perth Metro area, and NT forget it you'll need your own transport.

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Mark,
Try www.travellersautobarn.com.au

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Go the camper van option. Public transport is pretty poor and the van will give you a means of getting around and a place to sleep.

5. Posted by mark_r_l (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

thanks for your responses, i do like the idea of the camper van, its just the fear of it breaking down in middle of nowhere!
will check that site out thanks stevie...
an gnangarra: our rough route is to land at perth, go on to adelaide, melbourne an then up the east coast as far as cairns.
also getting ayers rock in somewhere, i guess after adelaide or cairns would be best? what would your guys advice be regarding that?

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

If you buy a van, take it to a mechanic and get him to give it the once over. Check the connections, the battery, oil levels, etc and you should be sweet.

7. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'd always go for the option to buy a van. Having your own vehicle will make you so much more independent and I remember some places on the East coast (Town of 1770) weren't even accessible with public transport. I also think it's way cheaper because you don't need to pay for accomodation every single night.
As for breaking down in the middle of nowhere, definitely get the car checked before you hit the road as James suggests and I'd also join the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), who'll come whereever and fix the problem.

Steff

8. Posted by mark_r_l (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

thanks for your replys, very helful on these boards!