Expert Tips for an Amazing Australian Campervan Road Trip Experience

Apr 2, 2014 by

Campervan and motorhome holidays are among the best ways to really experience and see something of a vast landmass like Australia, and as you probably know from experience, the best holidays are those that are planned well in advance and in order to properly plan your upcoming holiday you’ll need to understand a few things, starting with which vehicle to hire.

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Choosing your vehicle

Most campervan and motorhome hire companies have a few vehicles to choose from, and in quite a few cases these days, more than a few. There are a few factors that you’ll need to consider before deciding upon a vehicle to hire, starting with the number of berths you require and where you’re planning on travelling to.

Campervans are generally, though not in all cases, RVs with 2-3 berths, though there are a few 4 berth models about, whilst motorhomes on the other hand are generally 3-6 berth vehicles.

In addition to the number of berths you require, and taking into account that campervans have a separate cabin and sleeping area whilst with motorhomes you can walk between the two, you’ll also need to think about where you’re travelling and therefore whether you’re looking for a 2WD or 4WD campervan or motorhome for your adventure.

Choosing your route

Australia boasts seemingly no end of excellent campervan routes so depending on where you’re starting and ending your trip, not to mention how much time you and your companions have to spend travelling, you’ll find that you’ve many excellent routes to mull over before making arrangements with a motorhome hire firm in Australia of which there are many to source quotes from to compare.

Here are five routes to consider.

1. Red Centre Way, Northern Territory

If you’re travelling by 2WD ask the information centres at Alice Springs or Glen Helen Resort about road conditions as it’s advisable to travel by 4WD for this route.

Starting in Alice Springs, this is a 4-7 day trip on which you’ll see some of the most iconic sights in the Red Centre, including Uluru, Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta/Mount Olga.

2. Great Tropical Drive, Queensland

One of the lengthier campervan journeys at 8-14 days, there are some areas that you’ll need to have a 4WD for due to road conditions.

This road trip explores the tropical hinterland between Cairns and Townsville and can include the Great Barrier Reef if you wish.

3. Great Southern Touring Route, Victoria

Starting and ending in Melbourne and taking in the sights of the Great Southern Road over 4-7 days, you can witness the splendour of the Twelve Apostles and enjoy some of the best hiking in the country.

4. South Coast, New South Wales, and Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Beginning in either Canberra or Sydney, this 5-8 day drive includes some of the best coastline in the south of the country as well as the opportunity to experience the Snowy Mountain Range.

You can also visit Parliament House as well as Sydney, Australia’s largest metropolis.

5. Tasmanian Journey, Tasmania

Select from Hobart or Launceston as your beginning and ending points on the Tasmanian Journey route, an 8-14 road trip through the country’s most pristine state.

Billed as ‘two contrasting journeys’, you can experience the rugged mountains of the West and the tranquil beaches of the East with highlights like Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay to look forward to.

If you’d like more campervan routes to consider for your road trip around Australia you’ll find this link very informative.

Australia and RVs are a match made in heaven – plan to have the time of your life.


About the Author:

Salamanda Travel is a camper and motorhome hire in Australia that provides holiday vehicles to tourists to help them explore the Australian Outback as well as other lovely destinations in the land down under.

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