hello kind people.
firstly i jus want to ask the people who been round oz in a campervan how much is it 2 stay on a camp over night. also are there many places to stop and sleep?
drivin along the gold goast is it all the same ( once u seen 1 place u seen them all) or is it diff? few people have said its pretty much the same.
finally how much is the petrol on the campervans cheap 2 run?
scott & laura
Camping costs depend on where you're planning to stay for the night. Usually if you're around a populated area, especially on the east coast you'll need to stay in a caravan park or camping area. These range from $7 per person for a camp site to ~$35 for two for a powered site depending on how popular the city you're staying in is.
As you travel to more remote areas in central australia and the west coast you'll find road side stops that are suitable for camping for free, these stops have basic facilities like pit toilets and bins. Around attractions there are sometimes National Parks camping areas, facilities for these range from basic pit toilets to flushing toilets and hot showers, the prices range from $4.50 per person to $16 per person depending on which state you're in, what facilities are provided and how popular they are. If you're travelling and want to be prepared you can buy a book called Camps Australia Wide which contains maps and most roadside stops/camping areas/cheap van parks.
I've never travelled in a camper van, but would imagine it would do about 8km/L. The actual price of fuel varies heaps, starting at $1.04/L in major cities but the sky is the limit in remote areas, the most I paid was $1.95/L, if you need it you'll buy it.
I car camped in a tent over a year and a half, and north of Brisbane- starting around Bundaberg, the population diminishes and you leave the crowds behind. Go inland to some of the wonderful gorges- Cania, Carnovan, and the national parks like Eungella. Watch the weather as in the rainy season dirt roads become impassable. But in Queensland, it's pretty easy to get away from the crowds and be a camping vagabond. The mining towns offer one pub/one hotel and are an interesting experience. Kakadu is an amazing place if you can get there. I've been back to Oz in comfort several times since, but am convinced camping is the way to really experience it, heat, flies and all.
G'Day Scott and Laura.
I gather you would like to reduce your camping and fuel costs to spend more on better things. As you travel around Australia you will see thousands of what we call 'grey nomads' (mostly retired people in expensive campervans, motorhomes and caravans on long distance tours. A growing trend amongst many of them is to seek out rest areas off the side of the roads to camp for free. Camping is not actually 'allowed' at most of these sites but because these people are low impact, move on the next morning and are no trouble the police etc will not bother them. (Note, however, that some States like Western Australia have a number of these where overnight camping is permitted.) These sites can be in some very pretty locations near rivers etc with toilets and water, sometimes BBQs etc. A few of them will often band together for a bit of extra security so look out around 3.30 - 4pm for indications of this and quietly join nearby. Security can sometimes be an issue in some parts (e.g. on Saturday nights after the local boys have been to the pub) - so I suggest you don't just camp on the side of some remote bush road - ask the locals for advice and they will usually help you out. They may also let you know about other free camping in the area (more likely in a small country town than in cities). If you divert away from the coast road and go inland you will see many wonderful places others miss. Depends on the time you have.
Re fuel on campervans, it depends on the van and how you drive. If you have a smaller two person type camper with a low profile and a smaller engine (perferably diesel) and travel at 90 kph you can get reasonable economy (10-12 l/100km?) - today's fuel ranges around $1.20 / litre. If you have a huge motorhome weighing three tonne and travel at 110 kph then expect to visit many fuel stations. (Many grey nomads travel at 80kph regardless to save fuel and drive those behind them mad when they cannot pass).
Have a great trip.