Located on the coast of sunny Queensland, Brisbane is the perfect place to enjoy a motorhome rental adventure. Sandwiched between the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, both regions are wonderful places to holiday and soak in a few rays. Inland from Brisbane lies the mighty Outback, and to the north it gets tropical in Cairns, Townsville and the Whitsundays, with the Great Barrier Reef just offshore. Brisbane has a lot to offer any campervan traveller.
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Campervan Hire in Brisbane – the best way to travel Queensland
Brisbane, Australia at a glance
One of the most popular tourist spots in Australia, Brisbane has become a must-see destination for many travellers. Galleries, restaurants, and bars fill the streets of this Queensland city, which is a hive of activity just as much in the evening hours as it is during the day. Soak up the sun and sand on one of the numerous beaches, step into art and culture in the local museums, and eat delicious food at the many restaurants along the river.
Brisbane is located on a main coastal route, which means it’s perfect for trips south to Byron Bay and north to Cairns, and the famous Great Barrier Reef. It also offers easy excursions to the Sunshine Coast, where it’s not only the beach that will take your breath away but the lakes and subtropical forests too. There’s something for every kind of traveller here, and there’s no better way to experience it all than with a campervan rental holiday.
Where to stay in Brisbane before your motorhome trip
Where to stay in Brisbane before your motorhome trip
Whether you’re after big name hotels or you’re sticking to a budget, you’ll be sure to find just what you’re looking for in Brisbane. In the heart of the CBD, find hotels such as the Marriott and the Pullman, close to some of Brisbane’s most wonderful spots, like the Botanic Gardens. In the West End you’ll find backpackers and hostels in abundance, which provide a cheaper option if you’re working to a budget. Renting a campervan also means you have the option to stay at the amazing holiday parks and camping areas on the fringes of the city. Check out some of the campsites around Brisbane before you begin your Australian excursion.
Newmarket Garden Caravan Park - 199 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove, Brisbane, QLD
- Aspley Acres Caravan Park - 1420 Gympie Road, Aspley, Brisbane, QLD
Brisbane Events – from arts to sports
Brisbane is never short on fabulous events for you to enjoy.The Queensland Performing Arts Centre has a full timetable of music, dance and performing arts. Splendour in the Grass, a music festival with international artists, happens in late July/early August each year and continues to grow in popularity. Also around August each year, the Royal Queensland Show (the agricultural event also known as Ekka) draws in tourists and locals alike for a weeklong event of entertainment, fashion, live music, and more. If you’re a sports fan, the Suncorp Stadium holds the State of Origin rugby league contest which is a big deal in this corner of the world.
Splendor in the Grass
Beginning in 2001, originally to gather people together for the winter season. Since then, it has grown significantly, and is now a thriving three-day spectacle, which brings some of the world’s biggest names in music down under. Hosting 30,000 guests, Splendour spills out over North Byron Parklands and turns the usually tranquil area into an effervescent hub of music lovers.
Previous acts include Ben Harper, Queens of the Stone Age, Florence + the Machine, Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay – just to name a few. Artists make their way just an hour and half south of Brisbane for the festival, and Splendour has become a highlight of Australian music events for both locals and travellers. Splendour in the Grass is by far the grandest and biggest winter music event in Australia, and with more people and bigger names attending each year, it’s not going to let up anytime soon.
Whether you’re attending the festival with a few friends or a large group, we have a campervan rental to suit your festival needs.
Where to eat in Brisbane
Both a seaside city and a river town, Brisbane is flowing with fresh produce and farmers markets. For a taste of the east, head to the Asian precinct, or visit one of the German or Moroccan restaurants in the CBD. For high-end dining, try the degustation menus at Esquire and Aria, or for something a little less expensive, Burnett Lane is the place to go.
Brisbane is the ideal destination for travellers, as it sits on the east coast and is a main focal point for trips south to Byron Bay, north to Noosa and further up the coast to the stunning Great Barrier Reef. The Sunshine Coast offers acres of sandy beach, rivers and lakes and subtropical forest if you want to get your feet a bit dirty. The make-up of the people is similar to other cities in Australia – multicultural. Around 30% of residents were born overseas, with the region enjoying economic growth and expansion – technology and science are particular success stories.
Attractions and things to do in Brisbane
From the city lights to the wide open spaces of national parks, there is plenty to do and see in Brisbane and the surrounding area. Taking a trip in your rental campervan is a great way get around some of these amazing attractions.
The beautiful and extremely well-maintained South Bank Parklands is the ideal place to take the kids for a day’s outing. Ferry rides, swimming pools, restaurants and cafés, there’s something for the entire family. Jump in your motorhome and head to the Botanic Gardens and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to get up close to Australian wildlife. Popular with both tourists and locals, the Australia Zoo is a highlight of Brisbane, a place you might recognise for its connection with the late Steve Irwin and his family.
In a country where sport plays a huge part in the culture, Brisbane is no exception. The Suncorp Stadium and The Gabba - home to cricket matches - host numerous sporting events throughout the year, all highly attended and enjoyed by many. With the rugby league team, Broncos, Brisbane Roar football team, and Super 15 Reds, you will not be short on sporting events while you holiday in Queensland.
Transport in Brisbane
The Brisbane Airport is located about 20 minutes from the CBD, towards the northeast, and has both international and domestic terminals. Pick up your Brisbane motorhome rental here, or if you’ve organised to spend a few days in the city, both train and bus services are available to take you there. Within Brisbane, public transport is easy and efficient, offering regular services on trains, busses and CityCat boats and ferries. The Queensland capital also boasts a reliable network of main roads and motorways, making driving in your campervan a breeze. Check online for information about any major roadworks or toll roads before heading out.
Humid outlook for Brisbane
When you think of Australia you think ‘hot’. In the summer months between December and February, the temperature rises to well over 30 degrees, and in winter - June to August - it cools to about 20 degrees. The climate is subtropical which means humidity rules and you can likely get away with just a light rain jacket most of the year. Pack clothes accordingly, and you’ll be enjoying the sites no matter what the weather.
Brisbane campervan rental companies
The best way to plan your road trip and the get the best deal in Brisbane is by pre-booking your campervan/RV rental on Motorhome Republic. With big names and smaller local companies, Brisbane has no shortage of rental depots. We make it easy to compare all the options available, so you can find the vehicle best suited to your road tripping needs in your price range. Whether you’re after a 6-berth RV from Cruisin’ Oz, an El Cheapo 2 Sleeper, or a 2-berth Jucy sleeper-van, you can find it all from us quickly and easily, and for a great price.
Tips for Campervan Rental in Australia
In peak times, vans can sell out! Make sure you get in early and book with plenty of time.
Motorists drive on the left in Australia.
If you plan on adventuring into the Outback, always check your petrol and water levels. There are often long stretches of road without service stations.
Remember to take out vehicle insurance. Better to be totally covered for your campervan rental holiday.
- Wildlife is a predominant feature of Australia, with many creatures most active during dawn and dusk. Avoid driving at these times if possible to ensure safety.
Motorhome rental brands in Brisbane
Apollo Motorhomes and Cheapa Campa
Apollo offers late model motorhomes in a range of sizes and configurations to cater to all your rental needs. You can hire small Toyota hitop vans through to top of the range luxury 6 berth motorhomes. All vehicles include unlimited kilometres in the rental rates. The Apollo depot is located at 733A Nudgee Road, Northgate, Brisbane and allows pick up between 8am and 4.30pm Monday to Sunday. Please note that the branches are generally closed on public holidays. There are no complimentary transfers included in the rates so you will need to make your own way to the depot to pick up your campervan. The branch is only approximately 14km from Brisbane CBD and so a taxi ride should be less than 15 minutes, the airport is even closer at 6km. Bedding, linen and kitchen equipment are included within the base rental rates as is 24 hour assistance for that extra peace of mind while you are on your motorhome holiday.
Cheapa Campa and Real Value Campers Brisbane
These guys operate from the same branch as Apollo but offer a cheaper campervan rental option. The vehicles are generally older than the Apollo branded vehicles but are still well maintained and have a lot of life left in them. For those people looking for a cheap campervan rental the aptly named Cheapa Campa may be the option. Taxi fares are approximately $25 from the airport and $35 from downtown Brisbane.
Spaceships Australia run a range of converted sleepervans which are essential converted people movers. These vehicles offer an inexpensive camper rental option in Brisbane. The vehicles are not self contained so you will need to spend each night at a campsite to use the facilities. The vehicles do however contain portable stoves and are quite roomy despite the small size. If you are a backpacker looking for a budget campervan hire then this may be the vehicle for you. Spaceships Brisbane depot is in Northgate close to Brisbane airport; 20 Noble Avenue, Northgate Brisbane. The depot operates from 10am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and reduced hours on the weekend.
Maui are a well established operation and offer first class motorhome rental vehicles in Brisbane. These vehicles are generally no older than 1 -2 years, which is great for those wanting a more refined campervan experience. Maui have a range of vehicle types from the Maui Ultima - a self contained 2 berth vehicle with toilet and shower built on the Mercedez Sprinter chasis, through to the Maui Platinum River - a 6 berth motorhome with all the bells and whistles for those looking for a little more space or those traveling in a large family group. Maui motorhomes Brisbane depot is at 21 Industry Court, Eagle Farm, Brisbane, a short 6 km journey South from the international airport. Those staying in the city have a 12km journey North along the Brisbane river to the Maui depot to pickup their rental campervan. Free transfers are not included in the rates so renters will need to make their own way to the depot.
The Jucy brand is one of fun and the spirit of adventure. Their campers are small and easy to drive and great for those looking to travel on a budget. Their location in Brisbane is 771 Kingsford Smith Drive, Eagle Farm and is quite close to Brisbane international airport. The depot is open 9am to 4pm during the week and 9am until 2pm on weekends.
Britz and Mighty Campervans
Both Britz and Mighty Campers belong to the THL group that own Maui Motorhomes. These brands are both second tier fleet which means that as the vehicles that were originally Maui get older, they get passed down to Britz and then Mighty accordingly. All vehicles are well maintained and you get the great THL support and service whilst paying less for your rental. In Brisbane the Britz and Mighty depot is at 21 Industry Court, Eaqle Farm, Brisbane. No transfers are included but the depot is close to the Brisbane international airport (around 6 to 7km).
Cruisin are an Australian owned and operated business and run a decent range of supply across Australia. In Brisbane their depot is around 8km from Brisbane international airport and 13 km from Brisbane city centre. Brisbane campervan rental hours are between 8am and 4.30pm Monday to Saturday but the depot is closed on Sunday. The depot is at 47 French Street, Eagle Farm and a taxi fare will cost approximately $25 from the airport to the depot. The Cruisin vehicles are generally late model, betwwn 1-4 years old and so they offer great value if you are looking to hire a motorhome in Queensland.
The Kea name is synonimous with quality campervan manufacture and their rental fleet is no different. Brand new vehicles all under one year old and are built with the purchaser, not the renter in mind. This means you can expect a high quality of design and a few features that you won't find in a rental fleet. In Brisbane the depot is also at Eagle Farm between the city and the airport.
Travellers Autobarn and Comet Campers
Travellers Autobarn or TAB for short run a range of hitop van conversions mainly based on Toyota chasis'. They offer a great deal for the budget conscious traveller looking to rent a cheap campervan in Brisbane. The Travellers Autobarn depot is at 37 Butterfield Street, Herston, Brisbane and is open between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday and with reduced hours on the weekend. Herston is a suburb quite close to Brisbane town centre and so would be around $15 in a taxi from town to the rental depot. The supplier recommends that you make contact 24 hours prior to your departure to schedule your vehicle handover. This will ensure that they have the necessary paperwork completed and prevent any unneccesary delays on your rental.
Travel Guide for your Queensland Adventure
With Brisbane’s location on the Queensland coast, on the cusp of incredible beaches in every direction, visitors often pick up their Brisbane motorhome rental and head straight for the sparkling white sand and crashing waves. While this is tempting, we must insist that you stick around at least for a day or two to visit some of the incredible attractions this subtropical city has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a glimpse into the local culture, some adventurous heart-pumping fun, or simply a delicious meal, it’s worth your time to take a breath in Queensland’s capital before heading out on your campervan road trip.
Go Bribie Island
Escape to the Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre for activities, adventures, and some serious fun. The facility is especially suited for groups, whether that’s a school camp, a sports team or a gathering of colleagues. You’ll stay on site in either the main auditorium or in one of the cabins, and you’ll spend your days trying out the endless activities on site and nearby. The camp offers a low ropes course, basketball, darts, badminton, archery, and a climbing wall, or you can head to Woorim Beach for stand-up paddleboarding, flag runs, cricket, and more. Make a stop on your way north after you’ve rented your campervan in Brisbane to experience some of what Bribie Island has to offer.
Where: 2-12 Third Ave, Woorim QLD 4507
The didgeridoo is a thousand-year-old instrument and one that is synonymous with ancient Aboriginal culture. Its unique sound can be recognised anywhere but to learn all about this special instrument, a visit to Didgeridoo Festivals is your best bet. Didgeridoo Festivals specialises in all things didgeridoo, so whether you want to watch a live performance, purchase one of these wind instruments as a souvenir for your travels, learn to play one yourself, or even learn how to make one, this is the place to do it. If you’re around on a Thursday evening, be sure to drop in to either join or simply watch the weekly didgeridoo jam. Bellbird Park is just over 30 minutes southwest of Brisbane, so it’s a good first stopping point for any road trip with your Brisbane motorhome rental.
Where: 10 Lorikeet Lane, Bellbird Park, 4300 QLD
One Thornbury is a luxury home away from home that’s both close to Brisbane’s central city, and quiet enough for a relaxing stay. This character heritage listed property offers several accommodation options, such as the top-floor suite with city views, and the King and Queen superior rooms with their own private bathrooms. Or, opt for the budget-friendly king or heritage twin room, where the private bathroom is just across the hall. If you’re looking to spend some time exploring the city before you pick up your Brisbane campervan rental, One Thornbury is a relaxing and welcoming place to stay.
Where: 1 Thornbury Street, Spring Hill, Queensland
Waterloo Bay Hotel
If you’ve ever wondered where the best pub in Brisbane is, the Waterloo Bay Hotel is the answer (according to listeners of Triple M radio station at least). This family-friendly hotel offers accommodation, as well as fantastic dining and a great pub atmosphere. The building itself is a gorgeous heritage-listed property having been built in 1889, and today it prides itself on tasty meals at the Fig Restaurant & Bar, cosy accommodations in its serviced rooms, and an enjoyable atmosphere in its sports bar and gaming lounge. The hotel is only 30 minutes from the city, so swing by with your Brisbane motorhome hire for a bite to eat and a good night out before you hit the road.
Where: 75 Berrima Street, Wynnum, QLD 4178
Beccofino is an Italian pizzeria and restaurant in the heart of Brisbane right by the river, and it’s the perfect place for a feast after a busy day discovering the city’s attractions. This is an eatery where you’ll struggle to decide what to order, as there are countless delicious options on the menu. Try the calzone, the classic margherita, or the prosciutto pizza, or opt for something a little different with something off the antipasti menu. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to visit before you begin your road trip with your camper rental from Brisbane - and then again when you return to try something else from the menu as well.
Where: 10 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe, QLD 4005
Brew Cafe & Wine Bar
Whether you’re warming up for the day or preparing for a big night out, Brew Cafe & Wine Bar has just what you need. The all-day breakfast includes a delicious avo on toast option, as well as a healthy bircher, a classic Big Bang Breakfast, and bagels. Or stop by for lunch or dinner, and pair your delicious meal with something refreshing from the full cafe or bar drinks menu. There are gluten-free and vegan options to suit special diets, and convenient snacks available throughout the day. Make your way to the Brew Cafe & Wine Bar with your Brisbane motorhome rental for a hearty meal before you hit the road.
Banana Benders is a backpackers on the fringe of the Brisbane CBD, operated by people who know what’s truly valuable in a hostel. Clean facilities, a friendly social atmosphere, and a decent night’s sleep are the hallmarks of Banana Benders, and you’ll enjoy all three when you book a stay in this affordable location. The dorms only sleep four to a room, so you won’t be crammed in with nine other people, and you can opt to stay in a double, twin or triple private room instead. Book a stay before you set out on your travels with your Brisbane RV rental so you can spend a little time exploring the city first.
Where: 118 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Whether it’s adventure, fun, food, or accommodation you’re after, Thunderpark Park has it all, and some incredible rainforest scenery to boot. The park offers visitors a huge range of activity options, such as horseback rides, ziplining, laser tag, and a mini golf course. If you’re hungry, pay a visit to The Terrace Kiosk for a tasty breakfast or lunch, or grab a table at the Rainforest Restaurant for a full dinner. Thunderbird Park is also the perfect place to bring your Brisbane campervan, as there are camping options as well as lodges and bunk rooms should you wish to extend your stay.
Where: Corner Cedar Creek Falls Road, Tamborine Mountain, QLD 4272
Should you need a little down time in Brisbane, it’s hard to go past a stay at Goldsborough Place. This Teneriffe location offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment options, many of which look out over the Brisbane River, and some of which offer balconies as well. You’ll be minutes from the city CBD, and the building includes free access to a gym, including a 25-metre swimming pool, as well as a BBQ area on the pool terrace. You can book your stay here for nightly, weekly, or monthly rentals. Take your time exploring the city with a stay at Goldsborough Place before or after your adventures with your Brisbane motorhome rental.
Where: 39 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe QLD 4005
Transport yourself to the streets of Mexico when you visit Comuna Cantina and taste the authentic dishes and delicious cocktails on offer. Get creative with a DIY tacos board, or pick one of the classic options off the menu. Go for the healthier option with ensaladas, or grab a quick corn chip and guacamole snack to share with a friend. The cocktail and drinks list includes everything from sangria to Dos Equis, and if you keep an eye on the events calendar, you may even catch a salsa night to learn a few moves while you’re in town. Comuna Cantina also has a Gold Coast location, so you’ll be able to try it out twice if you’re heading south with your campervan hire from Brisbane.
Where: 175 Albert Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000
There’s something special about zipping around a go kart track that makes for exceptional fun for the young and young at heart, which is why Kingston Park is a favourite Brisbane attraction for both locals and tourists. Visitors have three race tracks to tackle, and there are 100 karts available for various ages and skill levels. Kids as young as five can get behind the wheel, but the adult ‘Schumacher’ karts are suited for those aged 16 and over, reaching speeds of up to 70 km/h. There are also amusement rides and computer games on site that can help keep the kids entertained while you sneak in a few extra laps. Don’t forget to leave your inner race car driver behind as you step back into your Brisbane campervan rental!
Red Hill Gallery
Brisbane is a city of arts and culture, and this is clear to see during a visit to the Red Hill Gallery. The gallery boasts a wide variety of art, such as paintings, glassworks, ceramics, sculpture, and even a section it calls ‘treasures’. It’s where you can discover new local artists and perhaps even pick up a new treasure for yourself. Special exhibits change often, so there’s always something new to see when you’re in town. Red Hill is just 10 minutes north of the city centre, so it’s a good place to stop before you head out of town with your Brisbane motorhome rental.
Where: 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill, QLD 4059
Need some travel inspiration for things to do around Brisbane and Queensland? Read some of these articles below to begin planning the road trip of a lifetime.
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One of the most exciting road trips in Australia is the journey from Brisbane south to Sydney. A captivating coastal drive beside beautiful beaches and numerous outdoor attractions, the trip has everything campervan travel should hold. Along the way you’ll see rainforest, national parks, coastal towns, and a vast array of wildlife you can only experience in Australia. While we recommend staying in private camping grounds along the way, there are many free and cheap locations in Australia where you can park your motorhome for the night. Read more.
Tips for camping in Australia
Camping is a cheap way to travel Down Under. You can keep your costs to a minimum, even when staying in the most well-equipped campsites. The smaller campervans are reasonably cheap to rent and to run, with the bonus of travelling with your accommodation. We’ve put together a camping guide for Australia, so you know where to go, what to do and everything you need to take with you. Read more.
Campervan and motorhome apps for Australia
Despite the urge to get away from technology, camping with a smartphone can make things easier and less stressful. Motorhome Republic has put together a collection of Australia’s best motorhome apps to ensure that you are well prepared and have the greatest holiday possible. Read more.
Splendour In the Grass Music Festival
A road trip an hour and half down the coast to the annual music festival of Splendour in the Grass should be a high priority on your must-do list. While some people travel to North Byron Parklands and hope they get accommodation, picking up a motorhome rental from Brisbane or the Gold Coast means when you arrive you can set up camp in the event’s campground, and be in prime location for this fantastic 3-day festival. Read more.
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