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.
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.
Splendour in the Grass pulls in top international acts and thousands of fans annually
The music festival began in 2001, originally to gather people together for the winter season, which had previously seen the region low on events during this time. 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.
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.
Brisbane to Sydney Road Trip – a weeklong adventure
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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