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
Overview of Brisbane, Australia
Just about as far east as you can go in Australia is the city of Brisbane. A hilly location situated on the Brisbane River, it operated as a crucial station during World War II, has undergone major transformation in recent decades and is now one of the country’s premier tourism spots. Just head north for the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and so much more – basically the ideal location for getting behind the wheel of a motorhome.
Blisteringly hot at times, you can’t help but relax here. The infrastructure is built for outdoor adventure, with the glories of nature on your doorstep. An ever-growing arts and entertainment scene, alongside the most gorgeous beaches on the planet, present a unique travelling experience and the ideal starting point for a campervan rental holiday.
Top hotels and budget camping
You won’t be short of places to stay, with so many accomodation options on offer in Brisbane. There’s a big cluster of hotels in the CBD, close to the Botanic Gardens and Treasury Casino. You can opt for major chains, such as Pullman or Marriott, or look at Metro or Best Western for a slightly cheaper deal. It’s a haven for backpackers and hostels, especially near Coronation Drive and down in the West End. Rent a campervan or motorhome for a laid-back place to stay and way to travel, and check out the campgrounds and holiday parks around the edges of Brisbane. Here are a few Brisbane campsite around Brisbane for you to spend the first night or two before heading out on your adventure.
Newmarket Garden Caravan Park - 199 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove, Brisbane, QLD
Aspley Acres Caravan Park - 1420 Gympie Road, Aspley, Brisbane, QLD
Brisbane Events – a league of its own
The Queensland Performing Arts Centre always plays host to the best of music, dance and performing arts, so check out their timetable when you arrive. Annual agricultural show Ekka (Royal Queensland Show) is a massive event, bringing in hundreds of thousands of visitors around August time. The ultimate contest in rugby league is the State of Origin three-match series. This is a truly unique contest, where battle lines are drawn between Queensland and New South Wales. Suncorp Stadium hosts this clash of the titans – certainly one of Australia’s top 10 things to do if you’re a sports fan.
Brisbane’s dishes of the day
Brisbane is awash with fresh produce and markets – the Saturday Fresh is a particular favourite during summertime. For restaurants and entertaining, there is an eclectic selection on offer. From Moroccan to German and the Asian precinct, you will find something for every palate. The CBD is the obvious place to start, but surrounding districts pride themselves on enticing you away from the bright city lights. But near the Botanic Gardens you will find degustation only Esquire and Aria for high-end dining. Try Burnett Lane for something a bit less pricey.
The geography and people of Brisbane
Brisbane is the ideal destination for travellers, as it sits on the east coast and is a main focal point for trips to Byron Bay, 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.
Things to do/Attractions in Brisbane
Family-friendly and the ideal day out, Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands is beautiful and well-maintained with so much to see and do. From a ferry ride to public swimming pools and cafes and restaurants, there’s something for everyone. Get in your campervan and drive to the Botanic Gardens and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which is popular with locals and tourists alike, as is Australia Zoo – famous for its connection with the late Steve Irwin and his family.
Sport is a way of life in Brisbane. The Broncos are a rugby league institution, with Suncorp Stadium and cricket’s The Gabba hosting fantastic sporting occasions the whole year round. The Reds are a regular high-flying team on the Super XV rugby union ladder, with Brisbane Roar considered one of the best A-League football sides.
Transport options in Brisbane
Located around 20 minutes north-east of the CBD, Brisbane Airport is an award-winning facility with international and domestic terminals. A huge public transport bus fleet is in operation and water trips are very prevalent – CityCat and ferry services offer a regular timetable. Translink deliver train services within the region. There’s also a network of motorways and main roads – for campervan travel, check online for toll roads and major roadworks.
Humid outlook for Brisbane
The Brisbane weather forecast isn’t particularly difficult to get right – hot! With average highs of well over 30 degrees in the summer, there’s only a 10-degree drop in winter. The climate is described as humid and subtropical so the’ what to wear’ advice is simple: not too much.
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Motorhome Rental Companies in Brisbane
Pre-booking your campervan/RV rental on Motorhome Republic is the best way to plan your Brisbane road trip and get the best deal possible. The city has no shortage of rental depots, with big-name brands alongside smaller local companies. Our site makes it easy to search for and compare all the options, so that you can find the most suitable and cheapest vehicle for you. Be it a 2-berth Jucy sleeper-van or a 6-berth RV from Cruisin’ Oz, you can find it in Brisbane.
Useful Campervan Rental Tips for Australia
Give yourself plenty of time to plan and book your van - they can sell out quick at peak times!
Australians drive on the left – worth keeping in mind!
Heading to the Outback? Make sure you keep an eye on the petrol and water levels in your vehicle - there can be long stretches of road with no service stations or people
Don’t forget about insurance. Total cover is the way to go for peace of mind while on your campervan rental holiday.
When traveling outside the main metropolitan areas, avoid driving at dusk and dawn if possible. It's when wildlife is most active and a collision with a kangaroo can seriously derail your holiday plans.
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.
One of the biggest events in Australia's festival calendar, Splendour in the Grass attracts top international acts and passionate fans every year.
Starting off in 2001 as a one-day gathering to cater for Australia’s winter season, Splendour in the Grass has grown into a massive three day extravaganza that attracts some of the biggest names in international music. With a crowd capacity of 30,000, Splendour transforms the serenely scenic North Byron Parklands into a thriving, vibrant community of music lovers.
Veterans of the fest include Coldplay, Ben Harper, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Florence + the Machine - and that’s just a taste. Many more artists with names just as big have made the hour and a half drive south of Brisbane to take part in an event that has become an Australian music institution. Splendour in the Grass is, without a doubt, the biggest winter music event in Australia and shows no sign of stopping its growth, with bigger crowds and more recognizable names turning up every year.
Whether you’re attending as a small group or great gathering of friends, we have a Brisbane motorhome rental to suit your fancy.
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