As you know, Australia is both a country and a vast continent. The majority of the population live in towns and cities scattered along its coastlines. But there are plenty of hidden gems the further inland you travel.
The country has a good public transport provision, and many choose to fly interstate from one major city to another. Flying or even traveling by rail are convenient ways to get across the country from one destination to another.
But what if you want to explore all that Australia has to offer? Perhaps the best way of doing so is to travel in a campervan. If you have the luxury of a spare few months, it’s possible to travel across the length and breadth of the country in its entirety.
To travel across Australia by road, you need a campervan. You will come across places where staying in a hotel is not an option, and so you will need your own hotel on wheels! I don’t recommend renting a campervan as it will cost you a small fortune in rental fees.
Instead, you need to buy a campervan for your Australian adventure vacation. In today’s blog post, I will give you some hints and tips on how to travel across this iconic country the right way. Here is what you need to know:
Buy a reliable campervan
On the face of it, you might be thinking that buying a campervan will cost more than renting one. Depending on what you buy, this could well be the case. But when you no longer need your campervan, you can always sell it afterward and recoup some of your cash back!
What you choose is, of course, up to you. For example, you might have designs on a Volkswagen Type 2 bus from the 1960s or 1970s. Or you might want a modern Transporter van that’s only a few years old.
Regardless of what you buy, you need to ensure that it’s reliable. If your campervan breaks down in the middle of the desert, it could be days rather than minutes or hours before help is at hand.
When viewing campervans for sale, take a mechanic friend with you and have them check the campervan over. You could also pay for an independent inspection if you want added peace of mind.
Think about what you need
People new to campervan vacations in Australia might assume the country’s interior is empty. Well, apart from wild animals and desert that is! But nothing could be further from the truth!
Australia has over 516 national parks, for instance. In those parks, you can expect to find camping and caravan facilities such as showers, toilets and recreation areas. And you’ll often find other modern conveniences such as grocery stores.
It’s worth investing in a campervan that offers shower and toilet facilities in case you do have to park up in a remote area. Other usual features it should contain include a sink for washing, a microwave oven and a gas oven. A small fridge will also keep perishable items cool and fresh.
If you are seeking creature comforts, you should set your sights on a motorhome rather than a campervan. They are bigger in size, and are comparable to RVs in the United States. They can also sleep up to six people two, whereas you can only have a total of two in a campervan. Still, if you are traveling solo or with your better half, a campervan is all you’ll need!
Getting the right insurance
It doesn’t matter if you are visiting Australia or you live there. The one important thing you will need on any campervan adventure vacation is insurance! First of all, your campervan will need insurance before you can even drive it anywhere. The good news is that it’s easy to get quotes for campervan insurance down under.
Next you will need to organize medical insurance cover for yourself and anyone else in your party. As you might be aware, medical bills can often go into their thousands. If you injure yourself in Australia, you’ll have peace of mind that your bills will get covered.
Are you planning to take up any extreme sports in Australia like kayaking or hiking? If so, you might also want to get outdoor adventure insurance too. For the most part, campervan and medical insurance cover are the only things you will need.
Do you have legal entitlement to drive?
Before you spend any money buying campervans and paying for insurance, are you allowed to drive in Australia?
If you are visiting Australia from another country, you will need your home country’s drivers license. If it’s not in English, you will also need an International Driving Permit. You will also need to be between 21 and 75 years of age to drive a campervan in Australia.
Planning your journey
A lot of intrepid adventurers like to plan their own itineraries. It gives them the freedom to travel at their own pace, and visit only the areas they find interesting.
Thanks to the World Wide Web, planning a campervan adventure vacation in Australia has never been easier! Google Maps, for instance, can help you to plot your journeys and tell you how long each leg will take.
Websites like TripAdvisor offer reviews on points of interest, restaurants and more. Plus you can always visit the various tourism websites to learn more about where you might like to visit.
Where you visit will depend on how much time you can spend in Australia. The other factor you need to take into account is money. While there are plenty of free things to do, you still need to pay for stuff like food, campground fees and so forth.
By following the tips on this blog post, you can be sure to have an awesome time on your travels! I hope you have enjoyed reading this guide. Feel free to share it with your friends if they are planning such an adventure in the future. Thanks for reading!