Hire a campervan and travel around Australia
To see the real Australia you need to get out of the cities and enjoy the countryside -- and hiring a campervan is a cheap and easy way to enjoy all the different landscapes; from wide open desert in the outback to temperate rain forests in Tasmania, and in between there are plenty of mountains and sandy beaches to enjoy.
A holiday in a hired campervan is ideal for families, friends, couples or retirees, either Australians wanting to discover their own country or visitors from overseas.
Overnight stops in your campervan
You have a choice of where to stay in your campervan. There is a wide range of caravan parks around the country but there are also plenty of free or bush camps that you can explore. You may need a powered site in a caravan park to recharge the batteries in your van and to run some appliances but you can save money by staying in National Parks and other camping grounds.
Types of campervans for hire
The range of campervans and motorhomes available for hire in Australia is extensive. The vehicle you decide on will depend on your answers to a long list of questions, depending on where you want to go, where you want to stay and how much comfort you require. It would be nice to have a large motorhome with all the latest in modern conveniences, but are you going to be comfortable driving it? You need to find a balance between something big enough to live in and small enough to drive around.
Campervan hire companies
As well as a range of vehicles, there is also a range of campervan hire companies, each with their own vans and options.
Campervan hire conditions
Before hiring a campervan you need to be aware of the conditions attached to the rental -- the cheapest per-day rate may not be the best option for you when you consider the additional costs and what is and is not included. You need to consider such things as where and when you're going to pick up and drop off your campervan, the rental period, driver and travel restrictions and insurance.
Driving in Australia
Australia is a big country and towns can be a long distance apart, especially in outback or remote areas. Observing some driving tips will help you to enjoy your holiday. You are required to know the Australian road laws while you're driving around Australia in your hired campervan -- ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse. Your cheap holiday may become very expensive if you break the law.
Fuel is likely to be one of the highest costs of your travel in Australia. You will need to be aware of the type of fuel required for your hired campervan, and the best places to refill to save some money.
There are restrictions on carrying items such as fruit, vegetables and nuts when crossing state and territory borders.
Australia is a very safe, secure and stable country, however accidents can and do happen. There are a number of things you can do to ensure a safe and happy visit.
There are many National Parks in Australia that are worthy of a visit and there are different requirements re entry and camping fees.
Money, banks and credit cards in Australia
It is recommended that you check with your bank before you leave home to obtain details of any arrangements they may have with Australian banks. Banks are open during normal business hours and you also have the option of ATMs (automatic teller machines), EFTPOS (electronic funds transfer at point of sale) and credit cards.
Travel insurance should be considered both by visitors to Australia as well as Australians travelling within the country. There are a number of reasons why you should consider travel insurance. Check out these tips to assist you when deciding on how and where to buy travel insurance, or even whether or not you need travel insurance to go with your cheap campervan hire.
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