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Campervan hire in Australia


On the global stage, Australia is something of a beautiful mystery. Its isolation from the rest of the western world means it’s not easily reachable, but we’ve all heard tales of its natural wonders, sunny cities, spectacular beaches, impressive Outback and weird wildlife. In reality, it has all of this and plenty more, so find a camper rental and take a trip to the bottom of the world.

An Australia campervan hire road trip is the best way to get up close and personal to this enigmatic country. Combining accommodation and transport, it allows you to set your own schedule and give in to the wanderlust that will certainly take hold. With a camper pick-up from any major Australian city, the options are endless and enticing. Head north to the subtropical heat, meander along a coastline of pristine beaches, or turn inland to experience the grandeur and warm-hued landscapes of the Red Centre.

 

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Where to Start: Set Your Rental Itinerary in Australia

Sydney

Sydney is Australia’s biggest city and primary international gateway, a likely spot to begin your campervan hire Australia road trip. It is a spectacular world city where cosmopolitan urban areas brush up against white-sand surf beaches and the beautiful Blue Mountains range. You could easily spend a week just in the city - but even more adventures await outside it. And it’s perfect for a family holiday.

Drive through a string of friendly beach communities in either direction and you will eventually arrive at Brisbane to the north or Melbourne to the south. The coastline of New South Wales offers everything from surf beaches and state parks to sheltered swimming coves and small-town cafes. Check if your camper hire has roof racks or enough space if you plan to pick up a cheap surfboard!

A short drive from Sydney is Canberra, the carefully laid out capital of the country. It is home to some fantastic national museums and art galleries. The surrounding Australian Capital Territory has nature reserves and forests aplenty - perfect for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits.

 

Brisbane

In the Sunshine State of Queensland, Brisbane is a great place to get your campervan hire in Australia off on the right foot. It’s notoriously laid back, with a fun and positive atmosphere, and is close to the wonderland of high rises, surf beaches and theme parks of the Gold Coast. 

In Queensland, the weather ranges from arid in the centre, to subtropical and all-out tropical near the ocean. Those travelling with a RV rental in winter will appreciate the year-round warmth! The Whitsunday Islands lie off the coast, along with the famous Great Barrier Reef, and Cairns is as far as most people go to the north. Inland lies the mighty Outback, dotted with friendly, small communities of people who carve a living out of this somewhat hostile but spectacular landscape.

 

Melbourne

Australia’s stately southern city, diverse a Campervan hire Melbourne allows you to experience fantastic art, history, dining, museums, parks and architecture. It also has a sports-mad population and many Australian Football League games take place there.

To the south-west of Melbourne is the Great Ocean Road, a famous coastal route which is the perfect place for a campervan rental day trip. The Twelve Apostles rock formation and Great Otway National Park are highlights of a route that is beautiful from start to finish. Continue following the coast to Adelaide in South Australia.

In the wintertime, Victoria (of which Melbourne is the capital) has the most ski fields of any state. So if snow sports are your intention, this is a great place to pick up your motorhome and head to the mountains.

 

Perth

Alone on the western coast of Australia, Perth is a relaxed and sprawling city with stunning beaches. Thanks to its international airport it is the most convenient base from which to explore this largely untouched and sparsely inhabited side of the country.

To the south of Perth, the Rainbow Coast makes for a scenic motorhome rental itinerary. Here you will find the Great Southern wine region, a dramatic coastline, stretches of incredible white sand and multiple forests and national parks. To the north, Highway 1 heads to Broome in a route which hugs the Indian Ocean. 

Directly east from Perth is the section of Australia’s central landscapes called the Golden Outback. With unending skies and a fascinating gold rush history, it is an excellent place for an Australia campervan hire adventure.

 

Hobart & Tasmania

Explore the wilderness of Australia's largest isle with a campervan hire Tasmania. Located in the south of the island state, the small and welcoming city serves as a centre for tourism and travel and is a fascinating place to spend a few days. 

From Hobart, the Midland Highway heads through Launceston and the Tamar Valley wine region to Tasmania’s well-populated northern coast. The Tasman Highway meanders up the eastern coast past Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay with its perfect crescent of sand. However, it is to the west where the real outdoor action is. The vast and wild Southwest National Park and Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park make up most of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and offer an escape from civilisation. Launceston and Devonport are also great alternatives if Hobart isn't your ideal locations for your Tasmania campervan hire roadtrip.

 

Drive Australia: Motoring Holiday Tips for Travellers

Driving in any foreign country can be difficult. Roads in Australia are generally well-maintained and road rules are strongly enforced, but there are a few things to keep in mind when hitting the Aussie highways. For those hiring cars and campervans in Australia, there are a number of things to remember when you get behind that wheel:

  • For starters, you must always carry your international driving permit on you, as well as your driver’s licence from your home country. Many travellers from overseas will be used to driving on the right, but in Australia, you must drive on the left hand side of the road. 

  • Australia is a massive country, and for those crossing it via campervan, RV or motorhome rental, it’s important to take regular breaks to avoid driver fatigue. You’ll find rest areas every 80-100 kilometres or so along main highways, so be sure to use them. 

  • Speed limits in cities and suburban areas are typically 50km/h, although this is lower around schools. Highways and open roads are 100km/h in most places or 110km/h in some parts of the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Note that enforcement of these limits is very strict, and there are no excuses for exceeding them. Ignoring the laws of the road can lead to harsh penalties including fines, demerit points or a loss of licence. Stay within the posted speed limits, do not use a mobile phone while driving and do not drive with a blood alcohol percentage of more than 0.05%.

  • All measurements are metric. Distances posted are in kilometres or metres, and speed limits are in kilometres per hour.

  • Parking can be difficult and expensive in CBD areas. Ensure that you are not parked illegally as this also attracts fines.

  • Toll roads are found only in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, near the big cities.


Safety tips

  • Avoid driving after dusk outside of cities when possible to avoid wildlife hazards

  • Stock up on food, water, and fuel for longer trips in remote areas

  • Don’t expect your mobile phone to work everywhere

  • Don’t drive straight away after a long international flight


Driving tips for the Outback

The Outback is a beautiful environment but can be a hostile one, so take precautions before embarking on a central Australia adventure. The highways are generally undivided, with no barrier between traffic directions, and are quite straight with higher speed limits. Caution is strongly advised as it is easy to lose concentration. Keep a lookout for animals on the road as larger ones can cause damages and accidents - dawn and dusk are peak times for animal traffic. Road trains and long, multi-trailer trucks, are another hazard. Allow plenty of extra open road for an overtaking attempt.

Isolation is a factor to consider on an Outback road trip. Civilisation and facilities like service stations can be few and far between, so top up on provisions wherever possible. It is a good idea to carry back-up fuel, food and water supplies and a mobile phone in case of emergency. Campervans provide plenty of room for this!

Stay safe on the roads and enjoy a fantastic campervan hire in Australia from Motorhome Republic.


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Know Before You Go - Your Motorhome Rental Australia Roadtrip

Taking an epic road trip around the Land Down Under with a campervan hire in Australia is on the bucket list for many. It’s a place of immense space, friendly locals, exotic wildlife, endless beaches, fascinating history and all the delicious food and wine you could ask for - it’s no wonder so many people are planning trips to this country. 

For those looking at a motorhome hire in Australia to make it all happen, it’s important to keep in mind that it will take a little more planning than simply booking your vehicle. You’ll need to consider when you want to visit, how long you want to stay, how you’ll go driving on Australian roads, and where you’ll park your Australia campervan hire each night. 

Here is a quick guide with everything you need to know for that awesome Aussie motorhome tour! 

 
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How much time do you need to explore Australia? 

How long is a piece of string? There really is no ‘correct’ answer to how much time you should give yourselves with an RV rental in Australia. Keep in mind that the country is close in size to the US, and while much of Australia is desert and farmland, there are still extremely sizeable distances between places. 

For example, there are six states and territories in mainland Australia. If you only visited the capital city of each one for just three days each, you’d already be looking at a three-week whirlwind trip. To ‘do’ the entire country, it would take closer to three months at a minimum.

Remember that you don’t only get one chance to see the Lucky Country. You could easily make several trips with a campervan rental in Australia and explore certain pockets each time you visit. 

 

Camping in Australia

Australia is one of the world’s premier locations for camping and motorhome & RV parks, so there is no shortage locations for either no matter where you are in the country. 

While there are free camping spots in the country, you will need to be sure that the spot is indeed free before parking there. The rules can change from council to council, and if you’re caught camping in an unauthorised area you can face steep fines. 

It’s highly recommended to instead stay in authorised locations such as campsites run through the national parks, or privately owned holiday parks. 

Holiday parks can cost anything from $5 to $40 per night, and each one will offer different amenities. There are more than 225 national parks dotted around the country, so check out the ones along your route to discover which are available for overnight stays. 

You can search for camping areas - free, national parks, and privately owned - on Camping Australia

 

Best times of year to visit Australia

Australia’s warm climate throughout the year tends to mean that for the most part, you can’t really go wrong no matter when you visit. It’s important to remember that the country does not operate on one season, as due to its size, the weather can be vastly different between north and south, east and west on any given day. That said, there are a few notable pros and cons of each season when you hire a campervan in Australia. 
 
Summer in Australia is through December, January and February, and can get quite hot in places. For areas in the north around Darwin, this time of year is synonymous with the rainy season, which brings in the highest rainfall and can be hot and humid. For Western Australia, summer can be uncomfortably warm, while cities on the east coast such as Sydney and Melbourne can enjoy fantastic warm weather without being uncomfortable. For all destinations, summer is a busy travel time as it’s when locals have holiday time over Christmas and New Years, and it’s also when schools have their long summer breaks. You will need to weigh up the pros of the warm summer weather and the festive holiday spirit with the possibility of too many crowds or too much heat for your Australia Motorhome Rental Roadtrip. 
 
Autumn, from March through to April and May, can be an ideal time to visit. Again, each region of Australia will have a different definition of autumn, as the rainy season will finish up in April or May and move into the dry season in the north, while Western Australia begins to cool down to temperatures you might enjoy in a normal summer. For southern and eastern regions, autumn can offer the perfect balance with fewer crowds and mild temperatures.
 
Unlike other countries, winter can even be a great time to visit Australia. The season is through June, July and August, and while it can get cool, it is very rarely cold. Southern areas of the country such as Tasmania and Canberra are most likely to drop to freezing levels on occasion, but the mercury will very rarely dip below that. If you’re planning on a trip to northern areas around Darwin, there is no real winter, but instead a dry season that offers gorgeous clear days and mild temperatures, so can be the ideal time to visit. In Western Australia, the average winter temperature in Perth sits at around 20 degrees Celsius, which is still on the warm side, although this area can receive occasional rainfall and storms. While other main cities such as Sydney do see cooler days through winter, they generally never touch the freezing mark. 
 
Finally, the spring season covers September, October and November, which is again different all over the country. Spring is quite similar to autumn all over Australia only in reverse, with the dry season turning to wet in the north, and the weather slowly warming everywhere else. Spring can be a great time with fewer tourists around as nature starts to put on its annual colourful show. 

Public holidays in Australia

Public holidays in Australia largely depend on the state or territory. Major holidays are generally the same, but the date can vary as you cross state lines. 
 
  • New Year’s Day - January 1
  • Australia Day - January 26
  • Good Friday - varies
  • Easter Saturday - varies
  • Easter Sunday - varies
  • Easter Monday - varies
  • ANZAC Day - April 25
  • Queen’s Birthday - varies (either June or October in all states except WA)
  • Christmas Day - December 25
  • Boxing Day - December 26
     
Note that each state and territory also tends to have its own additional regional public holidays throughout the year. You can check each one on the Australian Government website here. 

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A guide to driving a motorhome in Australia

Spanning roughly 7.6 million square kilometres, Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, outsized only by Brazil, the US, China, Canada and of course, Russia. Thanks to its vast size, Australia is a prime destination for motorhomers; you can spend months exploring this beautiful country and never get bored. From the pristine beaches of the East Coast to the stunning desert landscapes of the famous Outback and everything in between, there’s plenty to see – and a motorhome hire is by far the best way to explore. 

Before you jump behind the wheel and start ticking landmarks off your bucket list, it’s a good idea to brush up on the Australian road rules. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to driving a motorhome in Australia so you can enjoy a safe journey on the open road.
 

Before we get started, here’s an overview of the top five things to keep in mind:

  1. In Australia, you drive on the left side of the road, and overtake on the right.

  2. Always stick to the speed limit and never drink and drive.

  3. Do plenty of research before you drive in the Outback.

  4. Be aware of toll roads and pay for them online.

  5. Many parts of Australia are very remote, so carry a cellphone with you at all times. The nationwide emergency number is 000.

 
Kangaroos, Australia
 

Australia Road Rules

The rules for driving in Australia differ slightly depending on your location. The country is divided into eight states and territories: Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC), Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA), Western Australia (WA), Tasmania (TAS) and the Northern Territory (NT), also known as ‘the Outback’. 

There is a nationwide version of the Australian Road Rules, however these are ‘model rules’ only. Each state/territory has its own version of these rules written into local law. This is something to keep in mind, but fortunately the rules are similar throughout the country. For the purposes of this guide, we’ve focused on the rules which you will need to follow in every state with your Australia campervan hire. If you have state-specific enquiries, it’s best to visit each state or territory’s website.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

 
Licensing

If you plan to be driving in Australia for less than three months, you will be able to use your foreign licence – provided it’s written in English. If your licence is written in another language, you will need to obtain an International Driving Permit from your home country.

 
Speed limits

In Australia the speed is measured by kilometres per hour. You need to stick to the speed limit at all times; no exceptions. Limits are clearly signposted on the side of the road at regular intervals. There are also ‘end-speed limit’ signs to let you know when you are entering into a different speed zone. In most cases, you can travel up to 100 kilometres per hour on the open roads, 50 kilometres per hour in city and suburban areas and 40 kilometres per hour near schools. 

 
Blood alcohol limits

The legal amount of alcohol you are allowed to consume before you drive varies slightly from state to state, with the maximum blood alcohol limit nationwide being 0.05%. The limit is even lower for motorcyclists, learner drivers, heavy vehicles and other special categories. To be safe, we strongly recommend that you do not drink any alcohol if you plan to drive. 

 
Give way rules

In Australia, the three most common instances you will be expected to give away are at traffic lights, give way signs, roundabouts and stop signs. Here’s a general guide of what to do at each intersection.

 
Traffic lights

Firstly, learn the colour signals: green means go, yellow means come to a stop (if possible) and red means stop completely. Some traffic lights feature coloured arrows; these will let you know which directions you are allowed to turn. You may also occasionally see signs which read “left turn on red permitted after stopping”. If you see a flashing yellow light, this means you are able to proceed after following the standard give way rules for uncontrolled intersections (see below for more details). 

 
Roundabouts

Known as ‘traffic circles’ in other countries, roundabouts are common throughout Australia. At roundabouts, you are required to give way to all vehicles to your right, and to indicate your intended direction. In the seconds before you exit the roundabout, indicate left briefly to show other drivers you are getting off. 

 
Give way signs

At give way signs you must give way to all other flowing traffic. If there is more than one give way or stop sign at an intersection, the normal give way rules will apply (more on these rules later). At give way signs, you may slow down and continue through without stopping completely if the coast is clear. However, if you come to a stop sign you must stop completely. 

 
Pedestrian crossings

In city centres, most pedestrian crossings are controlled by traffic lights. However, in suburban areas you might come across marked white stripes on the road – these are also pedestrian crossings and you need to give way to anyone attempting to cross.

 
General give way rules

The general give way rules – otherwise known as rules for uncontrolled intersections – are as follows: 

  • Give way to your right, unless you are turning left into a side road, in which circumstance you have right of way over vehicles turning right.

  • If you are turning, always give way to flowing traffic. 

 

What about trams and buses?

Trams and buses often have the right of way regardless of the general rules; it’s best to give them plenty of space. You’ll see red and green ‘give way to buses’ signs on most of the buses to remind you.

 
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Are there any exceptions to these rules?

Yes. The above is intended as a basic guide only. An important exception is emergency vehicles; if any police cars, ambulances or other vehicles approach with flashing lights or the alarm sounded, everyone has to give way.  Please remember to drive carefully and courteously at all times, especially in a motorhome, as these heavy vehicles can be slow to come to a complete stop. 

 
Indicators and lights

The indicators will be located on different sides of the steering wheel depending on what type of motorhome you are driving. In most cases, they will be found on the right. You need to use your indicator ahead of every time you change direction, switch lanes, enter or exit a road or roundabout, make a U-turn, enter the road from a parked position and in any other circumstance in which you are joining the traffic flow. Indicating is a sign of intention only; it does not require other drivers to make space for you, so you must always wait until there is a clear, safe gap before joining the road. It is particularly important to be cautious and patient in a motorhome, as there may be vehicles sitting in your blind spot. 

As for headlights, you must turn these on in your Australia campervan hire after dark. However, it’s also recommended to turn them on at any point there is decreased visibility on the roads, such as at dawn or dusk, in heavy rain or very grey weather.

 
Overtaking

Since you drive on the left in Australia, all overtaking is done on the right. When travelling in a motorhome, you will probably be going slightly slower than others on the road due to the weight and size of your vehicle. This means smaller vehicles may attempt to overtake you; it’s important to be aware of this possibility and check your mirrors regularly, especially on the open road. 

If you do need to pass other vehicles, please exercise all caution and ensure you can safely do so within the speed limit. There are some situations in which overtaking is strictly prohibited; you may not overtake if there is an unbroken line on your side of the centreline, or if the vehicle ahead of you is indicating it wishes to turn right. 

 
Seatbelts

According to Australian law, your seatbelt must be worn at all times when the motorhome is moving. You must also wear your seatbelt if the vehicle is stationary but not safely parked. The same rules apply for all other occupants of the motorhome. Young children may need to travel in a booster or infant seat; it is the driver’s responsibility to make sure all children under the age of sixteen are properly restrained. Please remember it is illegal to wander around the motorhome and use its facilities while the vehicle is moving. If someone would like to use the toilet or stretch out on a bed, take a rest stop.

 
Road signs

Now that you have a better understanding of some of Australia’s basic road rules, let’s take a look at some of the common road signs. 

 
Speed limit signs

The speed limit signs are clear and easy-to-read, featuring black numbers in a red circle with a white background. In some cases, speed limit signs may include text explaining the reason for the limit, such as ‘school zone’ or ‘children crossing’. Another sign indicating speed is the ‘speed derestriction sign’; this features a black diagonal bar across a white circle and means the default speed limit is in place. If you come across a black circle with numbers on a yellow background and the words ‘AHEAD’ underneath, this means you are about to enter a new speed zone. 

 
Give way and stop signs

The give way signs are triangle-shaped with a white background and red border and have the words ‘GIVE WAY’ clearly marked in black letters. There are also separate give way signs for when you need to give way to trams, cyclists and livestock; these are square-shaped, black and white and feature symbols.

The stop signs are red hexagons with ‘STOP’ marked in white. Some stop signs feature three horizontal black dots; this means you need to stop if traffic lights are off or flashing. 

 
Prohibited signs

Keep an eye out for circle-shaped signs with a red border and a red diagonal bar across the middle. These signs let you know when something is prohibited; for example, ‘no u-turns’, ‘no parking’ or ‘no left or right turns’. 

 
Warning signs

These black and yellow diamond-shaped signs indicate upcoming hazards, such as forked roads, wild animals, sharp corners, slippery surfaces, pedestrian crossings or one way bridges.

 
Australia road sign
 
Directional

Signs featuring directional information are slightly different from state to state. Often, they are rectangular-shaped and green or yellow with white writing indicating what towns or cities are ahead and how many kilometres they are away. You may also see some brown signs – these are used to show nearby points of interest. 

 
Australia directional road sign
 
Parking

Finding a space to park your motorhome is one of the most challenging aspects of driving in Australia’s cities. When you’re visiting remote towns, parking will be a breeze, but in busy urban centres it’s important to be aware of parking rules and signs. You may find it better to leave your motorhome at your accommodation and use public transport to get around the cities instead. If you’d prefer to drive, below are some parking tips and rules to be aware of.

 
Paid parking 

In large cities there are plenty of parking buildings where you can pay to park your vehicle for the day. Most are owned and operated by private companies, such as Wilson Parking or Secure Parking. The price varies from place to place, but expect to pay a premium in the city centre – some cost around $40 per day. In busy areas, you may also have to pay to park on the street; keep an eye out for street meters or signs for more information. 

 
Parking restrictions

In some areas there will be parking restrictions in place. You should always carefully check for signs before you park. If you see a green ‘P’, this means parking is allowed. If there are restrictions in place, the sign will usually include information about these (for example, if the sign reads ‘3P’ this means you are able to park for three hours maximum). The ‘NO PARKING’ signs are clearly marked; they have a white background and red letters. 

There are some circumstances in which parking is always prohibited. For example, you may never park on double yellow lines, on a cycle path, on private land or in a disabled parking space. You must also take care not to block any driveways or park on the pavement. Parking in bus or tram lanes is only allowed if the lane is out of operation (for example, some lanes are only used by buses and trams during peak times).

 
Parking a motorhome

It’s important to take extra care when parking a motorhome. Depending on the size of your vehicle, you may be too large to fit inside conventional parks and may be required to occupy two spaces. Try to be courteous and avoid disrupting the cars around you. As aforementioned, it may be best to use public transport in busy city centres and save the motorhome for out on the open road. 

 
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What’s it really like to drive in Australia?

We’ve covered the major road rules and signs; now let’s talk about some of the quirks of driving on Australian roads. 

 
Sharing the road with public transport in Melbourne

Melbourne’s public transport network is excellent – but it does require drivers to be extra vigilant about sharing the road with trams and buses. In fact, there’s a driving maneuver particular to Melbourne roads called a ‘hook turn’. This maneuver may need to be performed at traffic lights – if you see a sign that reads ‘RIGHT TURN FROM LEFT ONLY’, this means a hook turn is ahead. What you need to do is a little counterintuitive. If you would like to turn right, you need to move into the left lane. Once the light goes green for straight ahead, move forward to the other side of the intersection, keeping left and clear of any pedestrian crossings, and wait. When you get a green light for turning right, you can do so - making sure you aren’t cutting off any other vehicles.. Although counterintuitive, it won’t take long to get the hang of this maneuver. In any case, it needs to be performed at controlled intersections, so if you are in any doubt, follow the traffic signals and do not proceed unless you have a green light. 

 
Driving in the Outback

Visitors flock to Australia from far and wide to experience driving in the Outback, a remarkable region well-known for its flat, barren landscapes and unique wildlife. Here are some important things to keep in mind on your Australia campervan hire road trip.

  • Research your route as well as possible so you have an idea of what types of roads you will encounter. There are a lot of unsealed roads in this region and your motorhome rental agreement may prohibit you from driving on them. It’s best to check with your rental provider whether there are any roads you must avoid.

  • Stock up on petrol and supplies. The Outback is very remote and you may find yourself driving for hours before coming across any signs of life. Make sure you have plenty of water and food to last the distance.

  • Try not to cover too much ground too quickly. Schedule in regular stops to minimise driver fatigue. If possible, share the driving responsibility. 

  • Sometimes in the desert, an imaginary body of water will appear; this is called a mirage. Unless it has been raining, the body of water is not real, so simply acknowledge that it’s a mirage and don’t panic.

  • Ensure you have a working mobile phone with an Australian sim card with you at all times. If you break down or hit a spot of trouble, this will enable you to call for assistance. 

  • Keep an eye out for kangaroos, wallabies, snakes and other wildlife. These creatures may occasionally wander onto the road. Try your very best to avoid a collision, as larger animals such as kangaroos may cause a lot of damage to your vehicle (not to mention give you a fright). However, if a small animal such as a bird comes into your path, try not to swerve sharply or take any risks to evade it – the most important thing is to stay in control of the motorhome. It’s recommended to avoid driving at dawn and dusk. Visibility is low at these times of day, and there also tends to be more animals out and about.

  • Stay on the main road. Don’t go off the beaten track or you could risk becoming lost.

  • Prepare for the heat. Temperatures soar in central Australia, especially in the middle of the day. Stay hydrated and avoid strenuous activity when the heat is at its peak.

  • When driving in the Outback, you’re likely to come across some road trains. These are huge trucks with 3-4 trailers behind the truck cab. Some weigh nearly 200 tonnes! If you need to overtake them, try to wait for a passing lane, as you’ll need at least two and half kilometres of clear space to overtake them safely. Due to their sheer size, these trucks take a long time to stop, so take extra precaution and follow at a distance. 

 
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The highway system

Australia’s original highway system is currently being phased out and a new one is being introduced. This means both systems can be found throughout the country at the moment. Here’s some information on both so you know what to look out for. 

 
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National highways

The original highway system was made up of numbered roads marked with black and white shields. These are slowly being replaced by alphanumeric routes signposted with green and yellow shields. You will still see both signs in operation as you travel around. The main road in Australia is called Highway One. This circular route goes around the edges of Australia and through Tasmania. 

 
State routes

Australia has a State Route system made up of important inter-regional routes and urban roads. These are signposted with blue and white shields. The numbering scheme is slightly different in each state. You may still see older routes, marked with plain blue shields – these are especially prevalent in Melbourne.

 
Alphanumeric routes

The new highway system uses alphanumeric codes to differentiate each route. Roads are given a letter – such as ‘M’ – and a number (which is often the same number from the original system). Each letter stands for something different. For example, ‘M’ means a dual carriageway or primary traffic route. ‘A’ is a primary highway, main urban arterial or an interregional single carriageway. ‘B’ is the letter designated to quieter roads, while ‘C’ is for very minor roads. 

 
 
Toll roads 

There are not many toll roads in Australia; you will only find them in three cities – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Here’s a brief overview of what to expect in each city. 

 
Toll roads in Melbourne

There are two toll roads in Melbourne: the CityLink and the Eastlink. Both connect some of the city’s major freeways. You can pay for both online before you travel, or up to 3 days after you’ve used the road. If you intend to drive on them regularly, you can purchase a Melbourne Pass; this will give you up to 30 days of unlimited travel on either road. 

 
Sydney

Toll roads are reasonably common in Sydney. Some of the main ones include the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, the Lane Cove Tunnel, the Eastern Distributor and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The cost varies for each one but you can pay for them all online at myE-Toll. You can also set up a casual pass, which will automatically deduct the toll from your credit card each time you use the road.

 
Brisbane

There are five tolls roads in Brisbane: the Gateway and Logan Motorways, the Go Between Bridge, Clem7 Tunnel and the AirportLink. You can pay the rolls online at the Go Via website

Each rental company will have a different system in place for tolls, so be sure to ask before you set out on your journey. 

 
Driving conditions in Australia

Overall, Australian roads are in great condition. Safe, clearly signposted and well maintained, main highways and routes are also well serviced by petrol stations and rest stops. Public toilets are often available but this isn’t a guarantee. Of course, driving in the Outback is a different experience altogether – please refer to the Outback section for relevant advice. 

In remote areas, you may come across some poorly maintained unsealed roads. Check with your rental company as to whether you are allowed to drive on these – many rental companies require you to be in a 4WD vehicle. As always, ask if you are unsure. 

 
Restricted roads

Most rental contracts will strictly forbid you to drive on certain roads in Australia. These of course differ from rental company to rental company, but here is a list of some of the most common roads to avoid:

  • As Australia is so large, you may be forbidden to take your rental vehicle too far from your pickup point. You may need to hire several vehicles along the way and fly between major cities.

  • You might not be able to drive above the snow line (this is only an issue in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania).

  • Other commonly forbidden roads include those on any offshore islands, the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Mt Isa in Queensland, the Jim Jim Falls Road in the Northern Territory and the Gibbs River Road and the Gorge Road in Western Australia.

 

Other important information

Emergency numbers

The nationwide emergency number in Australia is 000. You can call this number from any payphone, mobile phone or fixed line. Another emergency number to be aware of is 112; this can be reached via satellite phones or GSM mobile phones. If you have hearing or speech impediments, there is a text-based emergency number: 106. Making an emergency call does not cost anything. You will have the option of talking to police, ambulance or fire services.

If you would like to talk to police but it is not an emergency – for example you need to report stolen goods or a local disturbance – please call 131 444.

 
australian emergency number
 
Information centres

Looking for some travel tips while you’re on the road? Call into an Accredited Visitor Centre. These are located all around Australia; you’ll recognise them from the dark blue sign with a bright yellow ‘i’. Here, expert staff can help you plan your trip. They can provide you with maps, directions and some even offer a booking service. 

You may also come across some Visitor Information Outlets. These are marked with a light blue sign with a white ‘i’ in the middle. Although much smaller than the Accredited Visitor Centres, these are still great places to ask for travel advice. 

 
 
Useful websites

Here are some other great websites to check out as you plan your road trip around Australia.

 

Australia.com

As the official website for Australian tourism, Australia.com is brimming with great travel advice, photos and stories. You might also want to check out the websites for each state for more detailed local information:

 

Great travel apps

Mobile apps can be a lifesaver when you’re on the road. A veritable treasure trove of information, they are a great way to plan your trip. Here are some of the most popular:

 

There’s Nothing Like Australia

This is the official app of Australia Tourism, featuring stories, images, videos and more.

 

The Australia Bushwalking App

Available on iTunes and Android, this app helps you choose from some of Australia’s amazing bushwalks. 

 

Campin Australia

Never worry about finding a campground again! This app will show you which campgrounds, hostels and holiday parks are close by.

 

Free Wi-Fi Finder

Designed to help you find free Wi-Fi spots near you, this app will help you stay connected as you travel.

 

 

Thanks for reading our guide to driving in Australia – we hope you found it helpful. Motorhome Republic wishes you a safe and enjoyable trip!

 
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Everything You Need To Plan Your Motorhome Rental Australia Roadtrip

When you’re planning to visit somewhere as huge and wildly diverse as Australia, it can be hard to know how to go about getting ready for your trip. A motorhome rental in Australia will give you the freedom to explore this fascinating country on your own terms, but if you’d like a little guidance to refine your Australian motorhome rental road trip plans, this is certainly the right place. Creating an Australian holiday you’ll remember for years to come is easy thanks to the information below. Discover iconic Australian activities and events, find detailed motorhome itineraries that you can select from and modify to your heart’s content and gain access to a wealth of online material that will make planning your great Australian road trip a cinch. For specific information that will help you once you’ve picked up your campervan hire in Australia, like where you could find rest areas and dump stations along the way, select the On the Road tab above.
 

Itineraries

Not quite sure where your Australian vacation will take you, or what you could do and see along the way? Take a look below to find a wide array of itineraries starting from seven different cities. Even if you already have a pretty good idea of where you’re headed, this may just be the perfect opportunity to discover attractions and sights you would have otherwise missed entirely.

 

Australia’s east coast is renowned for its sunshine, beaches and the marine glories of the Great Barrier Reef, but if you thought you knew everything there is to know about this idyllic coastline, think again. Grab an Australia campervan rental and tick this beauty off the list.

 

To pack some of Australia’s most appealing attractions into one relatively compact road trip, it’s hard to go past a Sydney to Brisbane coastal road trip. Beaches, wildlife, vineyards, whale-spotting and partying are all on the menu, so no matter how you like to holiday there’s bound to be something for you on this Australia motorhome rental roadtrip.

 

Those who have a little more time to spend on their Australian motorhome hire road trip should consider starting their journey from the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, allowing you to get a taste of small town Australia and visit the country’s capital before moving on to Sydney and the east coast.

 

Tasmania shows off an entirely different side of Australia. Instead of deserts and shining coastal cities, visitors will find wild forests and remote beaches will rival some of the world’s best. Tasmania is an especially good choice for a campervan hire during the Australian summer as it’s much cooler than rest of the country.

 

Not only does this motorhome rental road trip include the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most beautiful coastal routes, but it also gives you the chance to explore four of Australia’s thriving cities and innumerable small character-filled towns along the way.

 

When many people think of Australia, it’s the red sands of the Outback that come to mind and that’s exactly what this road trip will treat you to. The red rock of Uluru, the oasis town of Alice Springs and the radical biodiversity of Kakadu National Park all feature on this epic trip through the Red Centre.

 

The Red Centre isn’t the only way to experience the Australian Outback of course. Driving from Cairns to Darwin will give you the opportunity to witness the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, with your own eyes before following an historic cattle driving route deep into the desert and then emerging in subtropical Darwin.

 

If you’ve only got a short amount of time available but still want a spectacular road trip, tackling the Great Ocean Road is the way to go. You’d be hard pressed to find superior coastal scenery anywhere in the world, and the entire trip can be easily accomplished in one long weekend.

 

The Great Ocean Road isn’t the only Australian short road trip that is perfect for your next three day weekend. Starting from a range of different major Aussie cities, these trips will provide you with the perfect little getaway no matter where your RV rental takes you in Australia.

 

For those who aren’t satisfied with anything less than the trip of a lifetime, a road trip starting from Sydney, swinging south to cover Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road and then heading north through the Red Centre certainly fits the bill. 
 

 
Other great Aussie roadtrips:
 

A Tropical Wilderness Trek.

 

Experience the Nullarbor.

 

Take a roadtrip on Australia’s wild and wonderful West Coast.

 

Events

Those who spend their vacation rushing from attraction to the next just trying to take in all the sights inevitably end up missing what’s really special about their destination. On the other hand, immersing yourself in local events is an easy way to make sure your journey gives you the very best that a country has to offer. There are numerous opportunities to get involved in a range of different events across the country - below you’ll find just a sampling of what could be in store for you on your next campervan or motorhome rental holiday in Australia.

 
National

Australia Day: This is Australia’s national holiday, celebrated as a public holiday in every state and territory. Most people have the day off, and if you’re in a major centre for January 26th you’ll probably have the chance to catch a spectacular fireworks display. Be aware that stores might be open for shorter hours than normal and some public transport may not be running. 
 

Christmas: While those from the Northern Hemisphere might be used to bundling up to enjoy the snow or sitting down to a hearty roast dinner for Christmas, Australia’s southern climes mean that everyone’s favourite holiday is done a little differently here. The summertime setting means you’re less likely to be tucking into a roast than throwing some meat on the BBQ and visiting the beach for a celebratory dip - with your Australia motorhome rental parked up. Conveniently, the holidays last for another two days after Christmas, so everyone is still in vacation mode almost right up until New Years Day (which is also a public holiday). 

 
 

Taste of Tasmania: An integral part of Hobart’s much loved Summer Festival, the Taste of Tasmania celebrates local Tassie delicacies while still offering delicious morsels from all around the world. Foodies should make a special effort to be in Hobart of the New Year period to take advantage of this mouth-watering event.
 

Falls Festival: Yet another good reason to be in the Hobart area around New Years, the Falls Festival is a music and arts fest held annually from December 29th to January 1st, in Marion Bay on Tasmania’s east coast - less than an hour from Hobart. The setting is spectacular and the entertainment is excellent. A campervan hire Tasmania is highly recommended for the event.
 

 

Melbourne Cup: Not only is the Melbourne Cup among the most famous horse racing events in the world, this is one of the biggest annual events in Australasia. An extravaganza of fashion, society, and of course racing, the Melbourne Cup is an experience you’ll want to be part of at least once in your lifetime.
 

Australian Open: Tennis fans will relish the chance to start off the Grand Slam season in style by attending the Australian Open in Melbourne. Traditionally held over a couple weeks in January, this event gives you the chance to see the world’s top tennis stars in action.
 

Festival of Sails: This is the largest keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, providing thrilling action on the water, but even if you’re not a huge boating fan the free community Waterfront Festival gives everyone the chance to enjoy the atmosphere, with live entertainment, craft stalls, fine food and wine and a dedicated kids zone.
 

 

Adelaide Fringe: This massive 24-day festival is the second largest annual arts festival in the world, and features art forms as diverse as circus, comedy, dance, puppetry, design and cabaret. The festival takes over the city, with pop-up performance spaces appearing in warehouses, laneways and parks as well as more traditional arts venues. Grab a campervan hire Melbourne and head along the Great Ocean Road to the Adelaide event.
 

WOMADelaide: With a strong emphasis on celebrating traditional music and culturally unique music, this huge annual event puts a slightly different twist on the stereotypical music festival. There’s even a Global Village marketplace where you can sample foods from all over the world.
 

Adelaide Festival: The Adelaide Festival is another arts event in the city’s ‘Mad March’ which includes the Adelaide Fringe and WOMADelaide. Suffice it to say that February and March are excellent months to be visiting the beautiful city of Adelaide. 
 

Tour Down Under: Attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators, and high ranking cyclists from all around the world, this iconic cycling race in and around Adelaide is one of South Australia’s biggest sporting events. Make sure you cover up and wear sunscreen if you’re planning on catching the action, as January in South Australia can get scorching. A campervan hire Australia is a great way to experience the event.
 

 

Fremantle Festival: Fremantle has the proud distinction of being Australia’s longest running community festival, having originally kicked off in 1905 and still going strong today. This is a vibrant celebration of the city’s music and arts scene, and visitors will appreciate that many of the performances are absolutely free.
 

Oxfam Trailwalker: If you’re looking for a radically different kind of event to involve yourself in, Trailwalker may be just right for you. Walking through the Perth Hills for 100km 48 hours or 50km in 24 hours is certain to be a lifechanging experience, and you’ll be fundraising for charity at the same time.
 

 

Vivid Sydney: Arguably one of Australia’s most visually stunning events, Vivid Sydney transforms the cityscape into a colourful canvas of light. When night falls, a combination of light sculptures, building projections and interactive works emerge to delight visitors and locals alike. 
 

Sydney Royal Easter Show: If you’re travelling with kids or have a strong affinity for the rural lifestyle, the Royal Easter Show is perfect for you. Live entertainment, carnival fun, animal experiences and much more make Australia’s largest annual event a well loved outing for thousands of Aussies.
 

Parkes Elvis Festival: This one’s for the Elvis fans. From humble origins as a one-night performance, the festival has grown to a five-day event that attracts so many people the population of Parkes doubles during the fest. It’s even endorsed by the estate of Elvis Presley! Celebrate the King in style at this annual event.
 

 

Brisbane International: If you’re a tennis fan looking for a lead in to the Australian Open, look no further. The Brisbane International is a staple of the Aussie sports calendar and is a great way for any sports fan to start (or finish up) their Australian journey.
 

Light the NightIt’s not a traditional holiday activity, but there’s no denying there’s a sort of magic that happens when thousands of people take to the streets at night carrying illuminated lanterns in support of the effort to beat blood cancer. 

 

Activities

Taking a vacation in another country opens up a whole new world of activities to those keen to dive boots and all into their holiday experience. A large part of the charm of taking a campervan around Australia is the fact that you can take the time to enjoy whichever activities catch your eye along the way. There’s certainly no shortage of amazing things for those with a campervan rental in Australia to do but going in without a plan and merely hoping you’ll stumble across incredible experiences may yield mixed results. To go in a little more prepared, take a look below and find a few little gems that will make your road trip really special.
 

 
Tasmania (Hobart, Launceston, Devonport)

Cataract Gorge: Located just outside of Launceston, Cataract Gorge provides a wilderness retreat virtually within stone’s throw of an urban centre. Walking and hiking trails abound and visitors can glide high above the floor of the gorge on the world’s longest single span chairlift. 

 

Mount Wellington: Less than half an hour west in your Australia motorhome rental from Hobart lies Wellington Park, a natural reserve with no entrance fees and no closing hours. Heading to the top of Mount Wellington provides visitors with an expansive view across Hobart, not to mention a prime picnic spot.

 

Cradle Mountain: Set in Tasmania’s sparsely populated northwest, Cradle Mountain offers serious hikers an excellent six or seven hour return climb, with stunning vistas of the surrounding wilderness at the summit. For those seeking a slightly easier experience, there are numerous day walks in the area surrounding Cradle Mountain.

 

The Blow Hole and Tasman Arch: Both of these visually arresting attractions are set within Tasman National Park, which can be found in the southeast corner of Tasmania. Tasman Arch and the Blow Hole can both be reached by motorhome rental, but it would be a waste to leave Tasman National Park before setting out, at least for a little while, on one of the park’s numerous bushwalks.

 

Bay of Fires: Much further north but still on the east side of the island, the Bay of Fires shows off Tasmania’s heavenly coastline at its finest. White sand beaches, deep blue water and bright orange granite create a startlingly beautiful landscape - many choose to take several days walking along the beaches of the bay just to make the most of this gorgeous place.

 

Salamanca Market: Salamanca is one of Australia’s most well loved outdoor markets, popping up in Hobart every Saturday morning. Delicious food, fresh produce, live music and artisan jewellery all make an appearance - this is a great way to start your weekend in Hobart.
 

 
Victoria (Melbourne)

National Parks: Melbourne is a very modern city, a cultural capital without rival in Australia, but you don’t have to travel far from the urban centre to discover a very different side to the State of Victoria. Whether you delve below ground into the caves of Lower Glenelg National Park, walk amidst the rainforest canopy in the Yarra Ranges National Park or try spotting cuddly-looking koalas in the gum forests of Mt Eccles National Park, heading to Victoria’s parks is a surefire recipe for amazing experiences.

 

The Great Ocean Road: One of the most famous of Victoria’s parks is Port Campbell National Park, which runs along the same coastline as the Great Ocean Road - a fantastic Australia campervan hire roadtrip. Without doubt the most iconic feature of the park is the Twelve Apostles, towering limestone pillars jutting out of the sea, carved by years of heaving tides. This isn’t the park’s only attraction of course - divers can find shipwrecks offshore and bushwalks in the nearby hills. You might even be able to catch some pro surfers in action at Bells Beach, thanks to the Rip Curl Pro competition.

 

Yarra Valley Wineries: Located just 45km from Melbourne’s CBD, Yarra Valley boasts an extremely varied landscape and climate, allowing for a surprising variety in its vintages. Leaving behind your Australia campervan rental for a day and taking a tour among the vines and cellar doors of Yarra Valley is likely to leave you with a considerably richer knowledge of local wines, a warm feeling in your belly and a happy heart.
 

 
South Australia (Adelaide)

Beaches: The east coast of Australia may get all the hype when it comes to beaches, but that doesn’t mean that South Australia doesn’t boast its share of superb beaches. Aldinga Beach is a southern coastal suburb of Adelaide - aside from the wide stretch of sandy beach, the area offshore is a marine reserve, allowing local sea life to thrive. Robe Beach is a little more out of the way in your campervan hire Australia than Aldinga, but it’s well worth the trip for the small town seaside atmosphere. Located about halfway between Melbourne and Brisbane, this fishing port is the perfect destination for those seeking a beach experience without the crowds. Henley Beach is another popular Adelaide spot to enjoy sun and sand - it’s also popular with early-morning walkers and joggers, thanks to the abundance of coffee shops nearby.

 

Zoos: Australia boasts an extremely unique array of wildlife, but you don’t have to limit yourself to witnessing animals which are native to the country - South Australia’s zoos allow you to get up close to an even broader range of amazing creatures. Adelaide Zoo is located right in the heart of the city and gives visitors the chance to walk almost within reach of ultra-rare animals like the Sumatran tiger and orangutan. For an entirely different kind of experience, head east of Adelaide to reach Monarto Zoo in your motorhome rental Australia. This open range zoological park allows animals to roam much more freely than a traditional zoo, and features five distinct habitats from arid north Africa to the Asian steppes.

 

Kangaroo Island: Australia’s third largest island is a hugely popular destination for those visiting South Australia, with over 140,000 visitors flocking here every year. Remarkable Rocks is one of the island’s most iconic landmarks, a collection of granite boulders that have been carved into fantastical shapes by 500 million years of wind, rain and waves. Another of Kangaroo’s Island’s famous attractions is Admirals Arch, an impressive rock bridge near the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse. The viewing platform here is the perfect place for spotting New Zealand fur seals - in the rock pools beneath Admirals Arch you can often see seal pups playing.

 

Wine country: Australia is known worldwide for its excellent vintages, especially when it comes to varietals like shiraz and riesling, and South Australia certainly pulls its weight when it comes to winemaking. Barossa Valley is the state’s most famous wine region and should be the first stop for oenophiles seeking fine wine. Barossa is also one of Australia’s oldest and most well established wine regions, and is located just an hour north of Adelaide. Aside from the allure of the vineyards, Barossa Valley visitors can also opt to soar high above this beautiful landscape in a hot air balloon - the perfect blend of exhilaration and relaxation. Clare Valley is a little further afield - about two hours in your Australia campervan rental from Adelaide - but fans of Riesling will find the trip more than worth it. Clare Valley is the Australian home of this sweet wine, and also produces Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. If you’d like to combine your cellar door visits with a leisurely scenic stroll, consider taking the Riesling Trail, a series of loop trails which travel past a variety of cellar doors and other Clare Valley attractions. 
 

 
Western Australia (Perth, Broome)

Karijini National Park: For a true taste of Western Australia, leave the coast behind and head into the Pilbara region to discover this stunningly remote park. Stay away in summertime or you’ll likely encounter storms and cyclones, but in winter, early spring and late autumn this is a wonderfully wild place that delights visitors with expanses of flowers, fascinating fauna and striking geological features. Just check with your motorhome rental supplier in Australia whether your vehicle is suitable for a visit to this region.

 

Fremantle Prison: This former prison, constructed in the mid-19th century by convicts, has become one of Australia’s top attractions and is the country’s on World Heritage Listed Building. A tour will provide an intriguing insight into the history of Western Australia. You can even opt for an eerie torchlight tour to add a spookily atmospheric aspect to your experience. The prison is located just half an hour southwest of the Perth city centre. 

 

Beaches: Surfers will love Perth’s Scarborough Beach. The regular swell and wide expanse of white sand attracts kite surfers, body boarders and wind surfers as well as traditional surfers and swimmers. Even when the sun goes down, the Scarborough foreshore area continues to be a lively hub of activity, especially in the summer. Cottesloe Beach, located about halfway between Perth’s CBD and Fremantle, is a great spot for a picnic alongside your motorhome rental with the grassy swathe of the Cottesloe Esplanade providing a lovely spot for a family day at the beach. In fact, in 2009 Lonely Planet named this the second best beach in the world for families. 

 

Nature highlights: There’s no question that one of Western Australia’s most iconic natural attractions is the Pinnacles of Nambung National Park. These pillars which jut eerily from the desert floor are composed of countless seashell fragments which broke down into limestone over millions of years. The bizarre spectacle of these jagged spires is well worth experiencing firsthand. The Pinnacles certainly aren’t the only unique natural attractions in Western Australia. The Horizontal Waterfalls of Talbot Bay (known colloquially at the Horries) provide spectators with the strange sight of a waterfall cascading horizontally, due to massive tidal movements between twin gaps in the McLarty Ranges. It’s hard to visualise the effect, but seeing it in person is a truly staggering once in a lifetime experience. If you’re in the Margaret River region (perhaps sampling the food and wine that the area is famous for) take a detour beneath the earth to Ngilgi Cave. Named for a legendary battle between spirits, visiting Ngilgi will certainly feel like descending into an otherworldly realm. Before you leave Margaret River, take a trip in your Australia campervan rental toward the coast to see the impressive sight of the Indian Ocean breaking itself against the Canal Rocks. A wooden walkway will allow you get right up close to the crashing waves while remaining perfectly safe. 
 

 
New South Wales (Sydney)

Sydney Opera House: Aside from Ayers Rock, there is no more iconic Australian image than that of the Sydney Opera House. This distinctive architectural wonder hosts a wide variety of performing arts productions, but even if you don’t have the time or money to attend one of these you can still get a close up look at this marvellous building. A variety of tours are on offer, including an option that will treat you to the mysterious world of backstage, and a tour that incorporates gourmet tastings. 

 

Bondi to Coogee Beach coastal walk: The charms of New South Wales beaches are no secret, but the cliff top Bondi to Coogee Beach coastal walk allows you to experience this sun kissed area in a whole new way. The entire walk stretches for six kilometres, but there are plenty of beaches, parks and cafes along the way to break up your walk. 

 

Darling Harbour: Darling Harbour isn’t just Sydney’s harbour  - it’s also a thriving leisure, shopping and entertainment precinct on the waterfront. If you’re planning to visit Sydney, don’t miss a trip down to Darling Harbour. Whether you’re seeking refreshment and relaxation at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, entertainment at the Star Casino or Madame Tussauds, book one of the many cheap cruises or enjoy a bit of family friendly fun at the Darling Quarter Playground or Sydney Wildlife World, Darling Harbour is sure to have something perfect for you before, after or during your Australia motorhome rental roadtrip.

 

Byron Bay: There’s more to New South Wales than just Sydney, of course. Byron Bay is known as the annual home of Splendour in the Grass, one of Australia’s biggest music festivals, but even if you’re not in town for the festival Byron Bay has plenty for curious visitors to do and see. This one of Australia’s favourite whale watching locations, with these gentle giants migrating offshore between the months of June and November. This town is also renowned for its ballooning opportunities. Ascend to the skies in a hot air balloon to enjoy a champagne breakfast aloft and take in the peerless views before cruising to your next Australia motorhome hire destination.

 

Dorrigo National Park: Just an hour away from Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo National Park is a natural sanctuary of rich rainforest and bustling birdlife. Spring is the best time to visit if you’re a keen birdwatcher - Lyrebird Link in particular is excellent for a getting a great view of these winged wonders. Summer is another good time to head to Dorrigo, as the thick canopy and spray from cascading waterfalls will keep you safe from the searing heat.
 

 
Queensland (Gold Coast, Cairns, Brisbane)

Port Douglas: For a true taste of tropical paradise, you’ll want to head to the far north of Queensland to discover the picture perfect environs of Port Douglas. Not only is the town near the Great Barrier Reef, with many companies offering daily trips out to the reef for snorkelling or scuba diving, it’s also a favoured location for kitesurfers seeking the southern trade winds that blow across Four Mile Beach.

 

Gold Coast Theme Parks: When it comes to pure entertainment value in Queensland, it’s hard to beat the theme parks of the Gold Coast. Whether you’re hitting the GC with a group of friends or taking the family on a special Gold Coast holiday, it’s not hard to find theme parks that will suit your vacation down to tee. Those with young children in tow will find that parks like Whitewater World and Sea World do a great job of keeping the little ones entertained, while those seeking more of a thrill from their theme park experience should seek out adrenaline fuelled attractions of Dreamworld and Movie World. 

 

Great Barrier Reef: If there’s one part of Queensland that you absolutely have to visit before you conclude your trip, it is the Great Barrier Reef. Widely acknowledged as one of the seven wonders of the natural world, it stretches for many miles along the coast of Queensland and is home to a wildly diverse palette of life including many endangered species. Snorkelling and scuba diving are both popular ways to experience the reef, and are unrivalled when it comes to getting a firsthand glimpse of the visually striking inhabitants of this wondrous place. Even if you’d prefer to stay dry, you can still get a great view of the reef with one of the many glass bottom boat tours. A motorhome rental Australia is a great way to experience this wonderful stretch of coast.

 

Beaches: A large part of Queensland’s appeal is the sun soaked lifestyle here, and the state’s beautiful beaches are a large part of that. Those planning to make a trip out to the Whitsunday Islands need to visit Whitehaven Beach - the white sands and aquamarine waters make this the most photographed beach in Australia, and is consistently lauded as one of the country’s very best stretches of sand. Surfers of all experience levels will find breaks to suit them at North Kirra - this is also a great place for beach fishing, or merely lounging on the sand before visiting one of the area’s many eateries. Coolangatta is only half an hour’s drive from Surfer’s Paradise but in spite of that it has a lovely small beach town feel which makes Coolangatta Beach the perfect spot for a family day out. These are only a few highlights of course - Queensland is positively littered with stunning beaches, and the best way to discover them is hitting the road in an RV rental Australia, seeking the sands for yourself.

 

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