Tips for Traveling with Campervan through Australia

Australia is a captivating country

Australia is a captivating country and offers some of the most unique experiences you’ll find anywhere. It provides amazing sightseeing opportunities and plenty of adventurous activities. You can enjoy natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef, the breathtaking Blue Mountains and the sacred Uluru. Australia’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world with miles of pristine sand and waves for surfers. You can explore the wilderness of the outback and observe wallabies, kangaroos and dingoes in their natural habitat. There is no better way to see the beauty and wonder of Australia than by campervan. Traveling by campervan allows you the best view of Australia’s spectacular landscape and is one of the least expensive.

 Making a list of items you need to bring with you will prevent unnecessary stress and save money. You will need to include personal care items such as shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant. Grooming items such as hairbrushes, razors and toothbrushes should be added as well. Basic first aid supplies including band aides, antiseptic, antacids and pain and fever reducer are also important. Even if you are visiting Australia in the summer, your list should include some warm clothing. It may get cool in the evenings. Sunscreen may also be advisable since you will be spending a great deal of time outside. If you are planning on camping, don’t forget the tent, sleeping bags, air mattress and outdoor furniture. You’ll also want to bring pillows and blankets. A few games, books or toys will keep children amused during long travel times.

Booking your campervan ahead will save you time and money. You can research them online to check availability and choose one that meets your needs. If you rent for a week or longer, you will usually get a lower rate than if you only rent for a few days. Campervans are available in a variety of sizes. Most have a kitchen with a stove, refrigerator and sink. Some are equipped with a toilet and shower while others are not. Campervans may have one or two beds and a fold out table. Arranging the rental in advance will assure that you get the best price and a size that accommodates your needs. Campervans may also include a bike on a bike rack. This can be a great way to explore a scenic area.

Australia is a large country with substantial driving distances between many of its popular destinations. It is recommended that you plan out your travel route in advance and anticipate covering between 150 and 250 kilometers per day. This will allow you to enjoy the landscape and attractions Australia has to offer at a leisurely pace. Keep in mind that driving everyday may become tiresome so you may wish to stay more than a day in some of your favorite locations. Sharing the driving can make the trip less tedious. It may be helpful to decide which locations you’d like to visit, and then map them out. This will ensure that you have sufficient time for the distance you need to travel to see and do everything you want.

When traveling by campervan in Australia, you can save money on fuel costs by purchasing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Fuel prices are 5 to 10 cent per liter cheaper on those days. Avoid purchasing fuel on Saturdays and Sundays when prices may rise as much as 25 cents per liter higher. Look for coupons on store receipts.

You can also save money on water by bringing your own bottles and filling them up at the public water fountains rather than purchasing bottled water. Camp booklets list free and legal places to park which can save you as much as $35.00 per night on camp sites.

When driving in Australia, it is important to know the laws. They drive on the left hand side of the road, and the steering wheel is on the right hand side of the vehicle. Australia has strict laws prohibiting drinking and driving. Drivers may be stopped randomly for a Breathalyzer test. Seatbelts are required for the driver and all passengers. You can be fined for using a hand held mobile device while driving. The speed limit on most highways is 100 kph and 50 to 80 kph in urban areas. It is recommended that you do not drive after dark. The frequency of animals crossing the roads makes it hazardous.

Images credits: Richard Gifford ,  Zhang YuSophie Masure

 By Bob Gorman

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