My girlfriend and I are living in Melbourne for one year, doing our Master in this fantastic city and are going to do a road trip from Brisbane to Melbourne, starting in two weeks.
I have some questions according advantages and disadvantages of campervans. Hopefully someone can help us out with some personal experiences...
1. Which campervan rental companies are the best? We know there´s Britz, Aussiecampervans, Qualitycampervans, wickedcampers and many more. For us it´s important to have a fully comprehensive insurance, even though it´s more expensive. Has someone any experiences with these companies or can recommend others?
2. Which type of campervan would be the best option for 2 people and a travel time of approximately 4 weeks? We don´t need a shower in the car, but we would prefer sufficient sleeping space and at any rate a sink.
3. Does someone have experience with sleeping in campervans at night? We are worried about the temperature in the car. If it´s very hot outside, is it possible to sleep well inside? The air condition probably is not usable at night. Or is there an additional car battery included?
4. What´s about wild camping? Is it allowed to spend the night in the van at any place? Or is it just possible to park the campervan at specific camping/parking areas? What are the usual fees to park the campervan over night at specific camping sites? A shower now and then would do no harm...
Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Would be very very helpful!
Have you decided on a route from Brisbane to Melbourne? I'd take the coast from Brisbane to Sydney and possibly down to Jervis Bay and then travel through the Snowy Mountains and on to Melbourne.
1. The best will probably be the most expensive, usually full comprehensive insurance is an option, make sure you ask about it and read the fine print. Britz, Thrifty and Hertz seem to be the 3 biggest rentals, and Wicked, Spaceship, Hippy Campers seem to cater for the backpacker market. I've only ever rented a car from Hertz and it was fine.
2. I'd go for a smaller van, not the winnebago type ones you see around. As it's summer look for opening windows and tailgates, some provide a mosquito net for the tailgate so you can sleep with it open. Some have dual batteries and a sink which is also good.
3. As above, the more ventilation the better, if it comes with a mosquito net you can sleep with the tailgate and windows open, park so that the breeze goes through the van. If there's no breeze it'll be hot everywhere and you just have to live with it, a small 12V fan might be an option in this weather.
4. Wild camping as you call it is only permitted in certain areas, usually in the less populated areas of Australia. Rest areas provide good overnight stops and are free, but often not close to tourist attractions. National Parks campgrounds cost from $3.50 per person to about $10 per person depending on how popular they are and what facilities are provided. If you need more info on camp sites send me a message.
Further to Tim's comments, there is a book available called Camps 6, which has become the campers bible in Australia. It lists thousands of free or very cheap campsites around Australia and is available from many bookstores and travel stores. Also direct from the pulishers at campsaustraliawide.com
We use it all the time. They costs from $60 upwards depending on which one you buy.
Hope that's of some help to you Ben.
Happy and safe travels,
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