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Are you ready to travel around your own backyard and travel Australia by Campervan? If you are planning a staycation, hire a Campervan Rental and travel around Australia to visit some of Australia’s best beaches and national parks including Sydney, Byron Bay, Melbourne, Cairns, Perth and beyond. Finding a Campervan for Rent in Australia can be overwhelming when you are doing your research and the RatPack Travel team are here to help you book your campervan rental (at a discounted rate) and answer all your questions.

We’ll be sharing all of our Campervan Australia tips with you including:

  • Which campervan hire is best for you and your road trip?
  • Where to visit on your Australia roadtrip, East Coast or West Coast?
  • How much it costs to hire a campervan in Australia
  • How to hire and book a campervan rental for your trip.

Ready to hit the road?….

LETS GO!

Where to visit on an Australia Roadtrip?

There are so many different roadtrip routes around Australia to choose from. Whether you want to travel on Australia’s East Coast, the West Coast or South Australia you’ll find that choosing to drive around Australia by Campervan or Motorhome is the best option for your roadtrip. Wherever you choose for your route, you will find some of the best national parks in Australia and some of the best beaches in the world!

Did you know that there are lots of camping spots all over Australia where you can park your campervan or motorhome? The campsites have toilets, showers and power for you to hook the campervan up to.

The most popular campervan roadtrip routes in Australia:

Sydney to Cairns Campervan Roadtrip

  • Pick up the campervan in Sydney and drive up the east coast, stopping off at camping spots and beautiful destinations including, Blue Mountains, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Fraser Island, Noosa, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays and Cairns.

Cairns to Brisbane Campervan Roadtrip

  • Pick up the campervan hire in Cairns and travel around Cape Tribualtion and the Daintree Rainforest before driving down the East Coast stopping off at amazing national parks and visiting bucketlist destinations including Magnetic Island, Airlie Beach, the Whitsundays, Fraser Island, Noosa and the Sunshine Coast. 

Brisbane to Sydney Campervan Roadtrip

  • Pick up the campervan rental in Brisbane and drive down the east coast towards Sydney stopping off at the Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Blue Mountains. Palm Beach and dropping the campervan off in Sydney. 

Sydney to Melbourne Campervan Roadtrip

  • Pick up the campervan hire in Sydney and drive along the coastline towards Melbourne stopping off at national parks including Figure 8 Pools, Jervis Bay, Eden, Phillip Island, Mornington Peninsula and dropping off the campervan in Melbourne. 

Melbourne to Adelaide Campervan Hire

  • Pick up the campervan hire in Melbourne city or Melbourne Airport and drive along the famous Great Ocean Road in your campervan, stop off at campsite and explore the beautiful beaches including the 12 Apostles, Bells Beach, Torquay and more before driving through the Grampians and dropping the campervan off in Melbourne or Adelaide. 

Perth to Perth Campervan Hire

  • Pick up the campervan rental in Perth and drive north or south of the west coast! Here you can visit the beautiful Margaret River, the Pinnacles, Esperance, Monkey Mia, Coral Bay, Exmouth and more before dropping the campervan off in Perth. 

Which campervan is right for my trip?

There are lots of different types of campervan and motorhomes available to rent at many locations around Australia, you can pick your camper rental up from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns, Perth and more! 

We can help with all needs, whether you are travelling on a budget and looking for a 2 person campervan to travel the Great Ocean Road, or if you are planning a trip with a group of friends and need a campervan to fit 3 people or more to travel the East Coast of Australia from Cairns to Sydney.

2 berth campervan rental AKA the 2 seater 2 sleeper, is perfect for 2 people travelling on a short campervan roadtrip.

3 berth campervan rental AKA the Hi Top is the best option for 2 or more people travelling on a longer roadtrip.

6 berth motorhome rental AKA the Motorhome is most suitable for large groups or families no matter the duration.

How to hire a campervan in Australia

When you tell us your dates, start and end location we will run a comparison with some of the best campervan rental companies in Australia to find you the cheapest rate for your campervan hire. We work with companies such as Camperman Australia, Jucy, Spaceships Campers, Apollo Motorhomes, Cheapa Campa, Travellers Autobarn who have experience in renting campervan and motorhome rentals in Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane and beyond. 

Once we’ve found the best rated and best value campervan rental for your roadtrip, we’ll add on a 10% discount to the direct rate, saving you money and helping with your backpacker budget. Once you are happy with the campervan for your roadtrip, we will book it in directly with the campervan rental company and take a deposit from you, the rest of the amount will be paid when you pick up your camper hire in your chosen pick up location. 

How much does it cost to hire a campervan?

  • Daily Rental – The campers are priced based on a daily rental price which we can apply our discount on to, which saves you money!
  • Insurance – we ALWAYS recommend insurance for your roadie, better to be safe than sorry! This can cost $30+ a day. If you don’t take the insurance option expect to put down a bond of $3000.
  • One Way Fees – in the case of some routes you’ll be travelling one way as opposed to a loop, sometimes we can help to waive these fees.
  • Premium Location Fees – to avoid these, chat to us and we’ll help you choose your locations to save you even more money
  • Admin Fee – most campervan companies have an admin fee with any booking
  • Extra Add ons – if you wish to add on table and chairs, GPS or additional insurance cover
  • Petrol – You’ll have to top up the petrol as you go. Most companies will expect you to return the camper with a full tank.  To give you an idea of how much you’ll have to spend – on her Great Ocean Road roadie, RatPacker Mollie spent $140 on petrol over 5 days.
  • Food and drink – You’re going to have to keep that fridge topped up. Try and do a big food shop every week or so
  • Campsites – There are plenty of campsites all over Australia and some are free camping spots where you can camp for free. 

Time to hit the road?

Travelling Australia by campervan is a great way to explore all of the amazing destinations on the east coast and beyond! Here at RatPack Travel we LOVE a roadtrip, so much so we even did a camper conversion to an office where we can all work from.

  • Be careful of comparison sites that show ‘to good to be true deals’ these will often not be true and you’ll end up paying more as the cheap camper will be ‘unavailable’
  • Chat to us about your campervan rental, we can save you 10% off the direct rate
  • If you find a camper online that you like the look of, send it over to us and we’ll help you!
  • The further in advance you book your camper, the better deal you’ll get!
  • You don’t have to pay in full for the camper when you book it, just a deposit.

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Heads up RatPackers, did you know that we can ALSO help you find an epic campervan rental to travel New Zealand too? 

And of course including that epic 10% discount!

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