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Campervan hire in Adelaide - Gateway to South Australia

Capital of South Australia and coastal gem, Adelaide is home to about 1.3 million people. It is a bustling city, known for its incredible museums and nearby wineries. Australia’s fifth largest metropolis, Adelaide will keep you entertained and enamoured, but don’t stay too long - there’s a lot to see when you venture out with your Adelaide motorhome rental.

Prefer to start your Australian adventure somewhere else? Check out campervan hire in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Tasmania.

Rent a campervan in Adelaide

Choose from a variety of motorhome fleets in Adelaide, there are options of every shape and size. Simply type your dates into our powerful search engine and filter based on brand, group size and even price. Book with Motorhome Republic to secure a great deal and enjoy 24/7 customer service access.

Where to go with your Adelaide campervan

Browse our selection of itineraries that begin or end in Adelaide and chop and change as you see fit to make the most of your time in the region. Head north to the Outback, east to Sydney or cross the Nullarbor Plain on your way to Perth.

If you’re keen to explore the outer stretches from Adelaide, check out these highlights:

  • The Barossa Valley. Love wine? This region is one of Australia’s most famous, providing visitors with tastes of vino, craft beer, cheese and more.  

  • Fleurieu Peninsula. Try the famous wines at McLaren Vale and enjoy a seaside visit to the cute town of Victor Harbour.

  • Mount Gambier. Be dazzled by the mysterious lake on top of the mountain that changes colour throughout the year. Next go underground and stop by the Tantanoola Caves for an exciting tour.

  • Baird Bay. Water based activities are where it’s at in this seaside town. Dive, boat, fish, swim with dolphins, interact with sea lions - you name it this place has it.

  • Flinders Ranges National Park. This is a gorgeous mountain range and the nation’s largest. Learn about Aboriginal history, get stuck into incredible nature, and explore by bike, motorhome, foot or plane.

  • Lake Eyre. This natural wonder becomes the largest lake in Australia when it fills with water. At 15 metres below sea level, it’s the nation’s lowest point.

Adelaide campervan hire - when to go

Everyone has their preferences when it comes to holidays and seasonal favourites are no exception. Here’s what to expect in Adelaide throughout the year:

  • Summer: From December through February, Adelaide gets pretty hot. Pack sunscreen! Average highs are around 28 degrees Celsius. This is the most popular time for motorhome holidays in Australia, so book early.
  • Winter: From June through August, the temperature drops to the mid to late teens (degrees Celsius). You can expect some rain but fewer crowds.
  • Spring and autumn:  From September to November and March to May respectively, enjoy mild temperatures and fantastic colour.

Everything you need to know about Adelaide campervan hire

Adelaide boasts many attractions for the intrepid traveller. The city proper is easy to navigate with a vehicle and offers abundantly beautiful beaches and landscape in close proximity. It is also the gateway to heaps of exciting destinations in nearly every direction including the Great Ocean Road.


Make sure to book well in advance, campers sell out fast.

Adelaide at a glance

This expanding state capital offers an incredible arts scene, buzzing night life, fabulous vineyards and so much more. With a favourable climate and untouched beauty, you are sure to be taken in by Adelaide’s charms.

Adelaide Accommodation

Tourists can rest easy - literally - in Adelaide. There is a place to lay your head for every budget. If you pick up your motorhome rental from the airport, you can head for a lovely campground along the coast or one of the few inland options.


Those looking for luxury hotels should check out the Adamco Boutique Hotel, a heritage building with all the trappings of a first class experience. Mid-range budgets might look in the CBD - Stamford Plaza and a handful of options on North Terrace are worth a gander. Budget conscious travellers should try motels mostly situated along Princes Highway.

Hostels and backpackers of varying quality are generally located in the CBD.

Adelaide Events

The capital city of South Australia hosts the annual Royal Adelaide Show. This is an extravaganza of carnival rides, exhibitions, food and wine tastings – something for everyone. It generally takes place early September. The Clipsal 500 Adelaide is described as Australian motorsport’s biggest event – four days of petrolhead heaven, with the V8 Supercar Championship Series coming to town.
On the music calendar is WOMADelaide in March. Held at the Botanic Park, it’s part of the WOMAD concerts, incorporating international performers, and dates back to 1992.

Adelaide Food & Drink

When talking about Adelaide, you can’t go past its wine production. With 18 regions in South Australia, it’s a huge contributor to the national economy. The Adelaide Plains and Hills offer numerous ‘cellar doors’ – in fact, a journey to the likes of Barossa, the Clare Valley and Limestone Coast should be on your list of top ten things to do in Australia.
Food wise, Adelaide is expanding its restaurant and bar scene. A reputation for quality produce is enhanced by the Central Market – South Australia’s most visited tourist attraction, with more than 80 stalls. But it you do want to eat out, Gouger Street has a great reputation for international cuisine, from Italian to French and Asian. But a hidden little gem is the gourmet pub Daniel O’Connell, which has been getting rave reviews. Also try Rundle Street, for an eclectic choice of eateries.

The Culture and Geography of Adelaide

It has been called ‘the most liveable city’ in Australia – and is a regular in the top ten lists of places to reside for quality of life. The make-up of the region is multicultural, with around 30% of residents born overseas. Numerous international cultural fairs encourage a sense of community and belonging.
Industries such as education and research illustrate how Adelaide is a key centre of learning, and while it is a ‘planned’ city, Adelaide is not afraid of expansion.

Adelaide Things To Do And Main Attractions

Much like the rest of the Australia, outdoor activities are de rigueur in Adelaide. Wineries are of course near the top of the list, as is Adelaide Zoo. Giant pandas are a must-see - always friendly staff will make your day trip extra special. Or you can be slightly more adventurous and swim with dolphins! Various cruises offer you the chance to get up close and personal with these extraordinary animals. A campervan rental will help you to get around to these activities on the city’s outskirts.
If you wish to take more of a touristy route, then Haigh’s Chocolates should hit the spot. However, for a more cultural adventure, the Art Gallery of South Australia has a glittering heritage and outstanding collection of work. But it’s impossible to list all the attractions of Adelaide – there are so many things to do.

Getting from A to B in Adelaide

Literally a 12-minute drive to the CBD, Adelaide Airport is a hub for Qantas. The city enjoys a Metro service, covering bus, tram and train transport. There are also express services for Adelaide Oval for Aussie rules and other sporting events.

The Hot and Dry Adelaide Weather

Hot and dry summers are par for the course in terms of the weather forecast, with average high temperatures pushing 30 degrees. Winters are mild, although they can be wet.

Motorhome rental brands in Adelaide

Type your desired dates of travel into our search engine and browse from a selection of international and local suppliers. From well known brands like Britz and Apollo to smaller local companies like Kangaroo Campers and Travel Wheels, you can decide what works best for your travel plans.

Real Value RV, Apollo Motorhomes, Cheapa Campers

Real Value RV has a selection of campervans for travellers looking to start their journey from Adelaide, including a two-berth Toyota Hiace hitop that also has room for a child, and a two-berth campervan with a toilet and shower on board for a fully equipped trip. Plus, you can also hire a two-berth 4WD or a six-berth motorhome from Real Value RV. Apollo Motorhomes has several options in campervans and motorhomes, such as the four-berth Endeavour camper, the two-berth fully contained Tourer camper, and the six-berth deluxe motorhome. Cheapa Campers offers everything from a standard hitop, to a 4WD motorhome or trailfinder, and a large six-berth motorhome. These three brands share a depot at 969 Port Road Cheltenham, which is 11 kilometres from both the city and the airport, which costs approximately $27 in a taxi either way. The branch is open daily from 8am to 4.30pm between September 1 and March 31, and has the same opening times for the rest of the year but is closed on Sundays. Generally speaking, the depot is closed on public holidays, but you can pick up or drop off your motorhome on April 25 or December 26 for a $100 fee. 

Britz Campervans, Maui Motorhomes and Mighty Campers 

Britz, Maui and Mighty are owned by the same company, which is why they are all located at 376 Sir Donald Bradman Drive in Brooklyn Park, Adelaide. However, they each offer a different range of motorhome and campervan rentals. Mighty’s selection starts at simple vans and hitops, includes a two-person van that has a bathroom on board, and has four-person vans and motorhomes, as well as a large six-berth RV for larger groups. Maui also offers a six-berth motorhome - the River - which is designed with families in mind. Other rental vehicles in Maui’s range include a four-person Beach compact motorhome, a three-berth Ultima plus, and their smallest, a two-berth Ultima campervan. Britz has the largest selection, from hitops and large vans to 4WDs and spacious motorhomes suited to groups of six. The Adelaide branch is only 2.1 kilometres from the domestic airport and 1.1 kilometres from the international airport. A taxi to or from either of these won’t cost you much more than $5. Plus, the closest supermarket, Woolworths, is just 1.5 kilometres away on the corner of Burbridge Road and Bagot Avenue. The depot is open from 7.30am to 4pm daily from September 1 to April 30, and from 10am to 4pm May 1 to August 31, bar Sundays. Note that Britz, Mighty, and Maui do not operate on public holidays. 

Around Australia Motorhomes and Awesome 

Around Australia Motorhomes is located in the Acacia Airport parking area at 91 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton. It also acts as an agent for Awesome, which is why you’ll find this brand at the same spot. The depot is 5 kilometres from Adelaide Airport, which will take about 10 minutes by taxi, or 15 minutes by bus. Awesome Campers have a range of affordable vans - many of which are painted with bright graphic designs - from standard to deluxe, all suited for pairs or couples. Around Australia Motorhomes has a very large range of comfortable RVs suited for three to six adults. This selection includes a fully contained three-berth van, to a super luxurious six-berth Grand Tourer Iveco Daily motorhome. All rentals from Around Australia come with 24-hour roadside assistance, travel maps, outdoor tables and chairs, and more, as part of the deal. The Adelaide depot has hours from 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday, and on Saturday mornings from 9am to noon. If your flight gets in late or you need a late drop off, you can pre-arrange after-hours service to as late as 11.30pm at the discretion of the vendor for a fee of $100. 

Energi Motorhomes, Kangaroo Campervans and Calypso Campers

Sharing a location at 315 Sir Donald Bradman Drive in Brooklyn Park, Energi, Kangaroo and Calypso are just a kilometre from the airport. You can walk there within 15 minutes, or jump on one of the buses that departs every 30 minutes (there are no transfer services). Hours of operation are 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to noon on Saturdays. Energi Motorhomes and Calypso Campers share some of the same campervans for hire. This includes the two-berth Funkampa budget van, the three-berth hitop Princess or Sturt, and the four-berth Hume. In addition to these campers, Energi adds a selection of fully contained motorhomes and vans suited for two to six people. Kangaroo Campervans offers several vans, a micro deluxe four-berth camper and a deluxe six-berth RV. When hiring with Kangaroo, your basic insurance, unlimited kilometres, and use of outdoor table and chairs are free with the hire. 

Camperman Campervans

Camperman Campervans has all the extras to make hiring a motorhome or camper with them attractive. They allow drivers from the age of 19, offer unlimited kilometres, include free roadside assistance, don’t charge for extra drivers, and all rentals come with comprehensive insurance for peace of mind. One of their most popular rentals is a four-person hitop Paradise campervan that has 50 per cent more space than your usual camper, and an on-board toilet and shower. There are also campers with space for three sleepers, all of which (including the Paradise) have seating space for five, meaning you can bring a tent and take the whole family on holiday. The oldest of these vans are from around 2001, while the newest are 2009 models. Camperman Campervans’ depot is found at 127-129 Richmond Rd, Richmond, 6 kilometres from the airport and 15 minutes away by taxi. The depot is open 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 11am on Saturdays. If you need to pick up your rental vehicle on a Sunday, this can be arranged when you book for an $80 fee. If you return the vehicle later than agreed, you will be charged $150 minimum. 

Tips for driving a motorhome in Adelaide

Arm yourself with knowledge about driving in Australia before you head out on your adventure.

  • Stay on the left side of the road!

  • Do your research for long road trips - equip your vehicle with extra supplies if you plan to explore remote areas.

  • Book early to get the motorhome you want and take advantage of early bird offers.

  • Don’t rush through your itinerary. There’s so much to see in Australia - enjoy every minute!

  • Download our handy app to find the nearest fuel stop, campsite, and so much more! It’s free.

Vans are likely to sell out during the school holidays. Make sure to get in early to make your booking!

Plan your motorhome road trip from Adelaide

Start your Australian motorhome adventure from the cosmopolitan coastal city of Adelaide. Tucked away in South Australia, the state capital is a great spot to begin your holiday with fewer tourists than the east coast.


Here you’ll find a list of activities to do in the palm-tree city, where to go next and when the top annual festivals are taking place. Choose from numerous routes exploring the Red Centre, the Nullabor, the Great Ocean Road or tackle a cross country trip to Sydney. With our help, your trip will be planned in no time.


Be sure also to access information about local campsites, dump stations, rest stops and other motorhome travel tips on our ‘On the Road’ tab to the right of this page for the best road trip outcome.


Let’s plan your Australian motorhome route!



While it doesn’t get as much press as its east coast sisters, Adelaide offers its own charms.


Itineraries beginning or ending in Adelaide

Head in any direction for an adventurous road trip, each offering unique destinations, activities and places to explore. Follow one of our planned itineraries or create your own route with your desired hotspots.


Red Centre Adventure: Adelaide to Darwin (or Darwin to Adelaide)


Start from the tip top of Australia in Darwin or on the southern coast in Adelaide for a once-in-a-lifetime experience through the Red Centre. Take as little as 18 days or as many as 36 for this Outback adventure. Head into the Australian desert and visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for a sunset at Uluru, a sacred fiery red rock monument. Admire ancient cave paintings, take a sunset camel tour, try an exhilarating quad bike cruise and more. Stop in the colourful Red Centre city of Alice Springs to stock up on supplies before heading north to Katherine Gorge and Kakadu National Park for an adventure-filled trip through one of the most biodiverse nature reserves in the world.


Don’t forget to read up on safety tips for driving through the Outback.


Down Under Wonders: Sydney to Adelaide (or Adelaide to Sydney)

Travel across southeastern Australia through four territories starting in Sydney. Head towards Canberra, the nation’s capital, visiting the Royal National Park and the disappearing Lake George. Next, drive down to Melbourne, making sure to visit Kinglake National Park for a perfect view of where you’re heading, plus the Great Dividing Range and Yarra Valley. Hang out in the artsy, diverse Victorian capital, then cruise down the Limestone Coast with stops at Mount Gambier and Naracoorte Caves. Wrap up the trip through Coorong National Park before ending in Adelaide. This trip takes anywhere from 12 to 25 days.


The Nullarbor: Adelaide to Perth (or Perth to Adelaide)

In 10 to 21 days, cross the Nullarbor beginning in Adelaide. First swing around Spencer Gulf with the chance to visit Barossa and Clare Valleys, both popular wine-making regions. Dive with sharks and chow down in the seafood capital known as Port Lincoln. Swing through Nullarbor town visiting its national park and caves. After this stop, the landscape changes dramatically to one long straight road through the Australian wilderness. Visit the Super Pit in Kalgoorlie, one of the biggest producers of gold before making your way across to WA’s capital city. While in Perth, check out Fremantle, the city’s favourite neighborhood for its history, architecture and culture.


South Coast Drive: Adelaide to Melbourne: (or Melbourne to Adelaide)

This itinerary will knock off a major Australia bucket list item - a cruise down the Great Ocean Road. Experience one of the top road trips in the nation visiting epic land formations carved along the ocean including the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Swing through some of the best surf towns in Australia before wrapping up the trip in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city known for its diverse culture and artistic influence.


Don’t miss: Torquay, a famous surf town known for Bells Beach and Jan Juc Beach. Take the Surf Coast Walk trail at Point Impossible Beach, only a few hours from Melbourne.

Annual Events in Adelaide

Adelaide’s calendar is packed with events celebrating culture, music, art and more. Check out what’s on during your motorhome adventure:




For over 55 years, Adelaide Festival has been celebrated recognising the city’s cultural affairs. Enjoy theatre productions, world-class musicians, dance performances, renowned writers and visual art displays over a 2-week span.


Feast on mouth-watering BBQ and wash it down with Australia's best craft beers at this 3-day Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival. Plus, enjoy live music and DJs playing all weekend long.


SALA is the South Australian Living Artists Festival held each August to promote local visual artists. Innovative art exhibits are placed in galleries, studios, cafes, restaurants and more for public viewing.


This 11-day film celebration is held biennially showcasing Australian and International work across the city.


Feast is Adelaide’s biggest Queer Arts & Cultural Festival celebrating diversity and sexuality through art, cabaret, comedy, music, film and more.



If you catch a sunny day in Adelaide, head down to the golden sands of Glenelg Beach.


Activities in Adelaide

Not sure what to do during your stay in Adelaide? Read on for the city’s favourite nearby activities.


Culture in the city


For a leisure day exploring the city, pick up a self-guided walking map from the main tourist office to stroll by the city’s 19th-century buildings, classic pubs and old wharves. Stop by the North Terrace neighborhood to soak up the city’s cultural institutions.


Outdoor adventures


It’s easy to spend all day outdoors in this coastal gem. Grab one of the city’s free bikes (available in the daytime) to cycle the city and take a trip to Henley Beach along Linear Park. Sip wine in the Adelaide Hills (over 50 cellar doors), a perfect way to spend the day. Ferry over to Kangaroo Island from Cape Jervis to visit a sea lion colony, view crazy rock formations and stay at one of the world’s best hotels.


Waterfront activities


There’s almost as much to do on the waters surrounding Adelaide as there is in the city. Kayak with dolphins down Port River. Enjoy a sunset cruise or choose to swim with the bottlenose mammals. Consider hitting the waves for a surf - you can take a class if it’s your first time. Drive an hour and hop on a boat tour for a chance to see seals, whales and stunning islands.



It’s a bit of a drive from Adelaide to the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, but well worth it for avid roadtrippers.


Extra motorhome travel tips and inspiration

For helpful advice regarding travelling in your motorhome in Australia, check out our informative blogs and articles:


  • National Park Tours

Love visiting national parks? Read about the top 5 Australian National Parks great for campervans.


  • Types of motorhome rentals

Confused about the names and different styles of campervans available to rent? You are not alone. We break it down for you in our easy guide to campervan lingo.


  • Winter road trips

Prefer less tourists on the open road? Try visiting in winter when you can save on motorhome rates, plus visit the extra warm places when the weather is cooler.


  • Understanding Aussie slang

For help with the eccentric Aussie language, read our guide “Traveler’s Guide to Australian Slang.”


  • Essential guide to camping in Australia

Is this your first motorhome rental in this country/continent? Learn the essential tips for camping in Australia.


  • Short campervan getaways in Australia

Only have time for a long weekend getaway? Check out where to go with an Adelaide motorhome rental in just a few days.