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1. Posted by brycemil (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Hey all,

I am planning a trip to oz with my gf. We are planning on flying into australia in mid-oct and staying for about 5 months. We were wondering if it is worth it to rent a campervan. We want the flexibility of a camper, but cant decide whether to buy or rent.


2. Posted by Jo Ann (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

[quote=brycemil]Hey all,

>>I am planning a trip to oz with my gf. We are planning on flying into australia in mid-oct and staying for about 5 months. We were wondering if it is worth it to rent a campervan. We want the flexibility of a camper, but cant decide whether to buy or rent.<<

Great idea to do a campervan. We are "old folks" and rented one in Alaska for only four weeks, but we could have done fine with it for a much longer time. So nice to be able to decide on where to stop for the night whenever we felt like it....of course you need to find out where you can park it. In Alaska there are state parks, with and without hookups, but also RV parks which charge for the hookups but also have showers and laundromats. (The tiny showers in the campervan get old after awhile.)

As whether to buy or will need to compare costs. Could you sell it back after 5 months if you bought it? How much per day to rent? What about insurance?

Australia is fun to drive around....I envy you....good luck.

3. Posted by moonschein (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

hi, we'll be traveling around OZ starting in Oct/Nov. we're looking into buying a campervan, and someone on this site recommended (or something of that sort) to someone else. the site looks pretty helpful and does have a buyback plan as well as rentals if you prefer.
do a search for "campervan" you should pull up some helpful leads.
we're trying to find out about transporting one over to NZ (or vice versa) after our time in OZ; it'll help justify spending a bit more on a good one if we know we'll have it longer.
my email is, please let us know if you find something really helpful; we'll buy y'all a drink in OZ!

4. Posted by castle (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Me and a friend are going about that time for 5 months and so far have narrowed it down to renting a campervan from

20 weeks is only $38 a day - should be brilliant...maybe see you there

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Both 'wicked' and 'travellersautobarn' are reputable companies that have been around a while and know their stuff when it comes to affordable and flexible rentals. The autobarn also do cars by the way...

I reckon a campervan is definitely one of the best ways to see Australia though! There is so much to see off the beaten track and if you don't have to worry about a place to sleep, you're going to get an even better experience out of it!

6. Posted by moonschein (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

hi again, I remembered who it was re: campervan responses. stevieh.
I'm still new to this site, and have been having fun checking the profile of people who make sensible comments to topics that interest me--following other topics they responded to for more advice. as you've already found castle, stevieh campervanned around OZ w/ his family and seems to give some good advice.

also, Sam, I need to say I appreciate your confirmations of the companies. we saw castle's note re: wicked campers and were wondering how you can judge based on a website, and resigned ourselves to waiting till we get there to actually see the vans; but that limits our options for a long term rental if we so choose. thanks for reassuring some of our doubts re: the companies. any other suggestions?

any thoughts on freighting a campervan from OZ to NZ or vice versa?

since the 3 of us will all be around in the same time frame, I think it'd be cool to meet up at some point, and compare approaches...


7. Posted by castle (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

So which route is everyone taking?

I think i would like to go either from Perth along the coast road to Sydney and then spend a while doing the east coast or

Start in Darwin and straight down through the northern territory to Sydney, then east coast it again

Anyone know how long it takes re:
Perth - Sydney
Darwin - Sydney

Hi anna,
Yeah would be good to meet up and find out what everyone has done differently and have a drink.

8. Posted by moonschein (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

I know on a previous thread, someone mentioned not going in the water around Cairns/Darwin in Dec/Jan--something about jellyfish or someother stingy unpleasant thing (don't remember the comment exactly, just the association in my memory)
and I also remember a few years ago how common fires were from Sydney and up during winter (not the best time to be camping it seems to me)

so since we'll be heading over in OZ Spring, I figured on starting in the south where it'll be cooler and making our way north as fall and winter approach. But as Castle asked about timing, cuz if it takes less than 3 mos to do southern OZ, then that means we'll be getting North of Sydney in the Hottest months of the year.
things to make you go HMMMM....

I really wanted to show my husband the whales between Melbourne and Adelaide, anyone know if they'll still be there in Oct since that's their winter nursury. I think the bay is called Wharnabool or som'in like that

figure prolly just fly to Perth from Adelaide or Darwin since nothing in between and time and money are issues.

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