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Travelling around Australia in a campervan is a great way to see many attractions with the flexibility and freedom to do so at your own pace. You get to see the entirety of one of the most beautiful, largest countries, all from the freedom of your own little mobile home.
If you decide to take the leap and roam around Australia in a campervan, this post will give you some
Choose the Right Vehicle for Your Travel Needs: Campervan or Caravan
It doesn’t matter whether you’re renting or buying, they’re all so different, and you have so many factors to consider. Like, do you want a fridge? Lots of space? a toilet? Or would you prefer a smaller, more economical
It’s not as daunting as it might all appear. Firstly, consider the following things:
- How long will you be travelling around Australia – this will completely change your priorities.
- How much money are you looking to spend?
- What could you never do? Don’t worry, not wanting to sleep under the stars in the middle of a country you don’t know, doesn’t make you any less of a traveller.
- What luxuries would you like to have? Things like cookers, showers and toilets. You don’t need to have them because you’ll find them on the road, but they’re nice to have in a self-contained home on wheels.
With all this in mind, you can begin to decide which vehicle is for you.
Plan a little bit
We know, RVing is all about spontaneity and freedom…but we recommend planning a little bit.
Just the simple things like, say, the route you’ll take and the campsites you’ll stop off at. This ensures that you’re super safe, on schedule and not stressed out.
If there is an attraction or camp site that you just can’t miss, book ahead and plan around it. You can also plan based on your hobbies or interests from biking to hiking or traveling from beach to beach. A little bit of planning will go a long way in personalizing your experience.
Stock up on food at large supermarkets
You have your own RV – this means you don’t have to keep splashing the cash on meals out and takeaways. That being said, buying food from petrol stations and local shops can be really expensive. We highly recommend that you stock up on all your food at a big cheap supermarket. Not only is it cheaper, it will lead to healthier choices.
Don’t forget to buy food that will keep you sustained and healthy and include some easy snacks. One of the best parts of traveling by campervan is you can eat what you want, when you want; as long as you bring it with you.
Prepare for emergencies
Somethings are just inevitable, how you’re prepared for those said ‘things’ can make or break your trip. Take repair and breakdown supplies, take out insurance and always plan ahead.
Just like if you break down in your native country, garages will be able to help you along the way. However, it could save you a lot of money if you already have the parts to fix your RV or a roadside insurance package that takes care of it for you.
Sticking to your budget isn’t hard
Australia doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. You can stop at free rest stops or attractions you happen across. You can also stock up on food, make food in your campervan and just make fewer stops along the way.
Travelling in an RV means that the vast majority of your money will go on fuel, so driving slower can really cut down those costs.
Find out more of my tips for sticking to your budget.
Where can I camp in Australia?
It’s actually illegal to camp by the side of the road, meaning you’ll probably get ushered along if you’re spotted.
Car parks and rest stops are great, free places to park for the night. To find free and paid campsites, you can use the CamperMate App.
If you’re looking for a bit more comfort, you can always spend the night at a campsite. This might cost a little extra but it’s nice to have a hot shower and proper toilets, every now and then. Especially if you’ve spent the day in the sea. As well, some campsites are more like resorts offer clubhouses, pools and other amenities.
One of my favourite campsites in the world is Lucky Bay campground in Esperance, Australia.
Top places you need to visit in Australia
Here are our favourite places to visit in Australia in a campervan:
- Tasmania – Hobart, Wine Glass Bay, Freycinet National Park and Mount Field National Park are all worth a visit.
- Australia’s Red Centre – Uluru and Alice Springs.
- Drive across the Nullarbor for a once in a lifetime experience.
- The Great Ocean Road – From Adelaide to Melbourne!
- Tropical North Queensland.
- Western Australia South West!
- Gold Coast to Byron Bay.
Look out for Kangaroos
Australia is super easy to drive around. Most of the time you’ll be on open roads that are smooth, clearly marked and just downright beautiful.
Don’t forget to watch out for the kangaroos, they usually bounce out around dusk. A lot of cars in Australia have “roo bars” to protect them from the bouncy creatures.
Whatever you do, take time to enjoy the moment and the phenomenal views you will certainly see as you travel around Australia. From stunning coastlines to waterfalls, urban cultural centres and beyond, there is enough to do to keep you anticipating the next destination.