Motorhome & Campervan rental Australia, this is your freedom pact to explore Australia & the Outback freely and at your own pace. Taking your "home" with you makes you really independent.
Exploring the vast continent of Australia needs some planning, especially for visitors from overseas with limited time. You can't see all of Australia within one holiday (except you have several months available). So it is wise to write down your "must see places" and create an itinerary that still allows you some extra detours within your time limit.
Once you know where you want to go, staying on bitumen, going off the beaten track, travelling the Australian Outback, or along the coastlines, you need to decide which vehicle is the most convenient for you. Then it is time to find a campervan / motorhome & a car rental company that allows you to do that trip.
I know how frustrating it can be when you are ready to hire your vehicle and learn from the terms & conditions that you cannot take the car to your dream destinations. Staying on the safe side, I wouldn't ignore the rules. If something happens to the car in a place you're not supposed to be, you are at risk to lose the insurance coverage and pay for the damage.
So, let me share my own experience and help you to find the perfect vehicle for your holidays in Australia.
First, let us talk about the different vehicles available. Motorhomes and campervans are commonly known as recreational vehicles (RV) in the USA and Canada. Other countries might have slightly different terms as well.
Actually, the terms motorhome and campervan are interchangeable. To make things easier, some people just call them a camper.
Apart from the 4WD campers, you won't be allowed to take a motorhome / campervan on unsealed roads. Some companies allow you to drive on an unsealed road for a few (5 to 10) kilometres in order to reach a great attraction, or an official campground. Check this with the camper rental company of your choice.
But... you can see a lot of the Australian Outback / inland when you travel on the sealed highways. So when you are looking for a bit of comfort, or travelling with kids and need more room, a motorhome or campervan is the right choice for you.
When you compare the different vehicles you will see that the equipment varies slightly. The larger the vehicle, the more stuff is included, or can be rented additionally (camping chairs & tables, awnings).
Now that you have got a rough overview about the choices you have when you consider hiring a motorhome or campervan, it is your turn to compile your route. When you know where you want to go you can decide about the kind of vehicle you need.
I won't add information about insurance cover and other terms of conditions. These vary widely depending on the rental company. You find all the information on the Discovery Campervans website.
Discovery Campervans is a booking agency for the major car rental companies. You can compare Britz, Maui, Backpacker, Kea and Apollo campervans on one website.
You will also find the rental conditions, information about the different insurance packages, payable bonds (and how to reduce them). It is a lot of small print to read. However, the good thing is that you have all the information on one website.
Take your time, do your "homework" and you won't get into troubles with your hired campervan in Australia.
If you want to travel the famous tracks in the Australian Outback you need to hire a 4WD camper van. Although there are a few different 4 WD models available, the most common is the camper based on the Toyota Landcruiser troop carrier.
The Landcruiser is considered the Australian working-horse, widely used by residents in the Outback. The big advantage is that you will get spare parts and tyres nearly everywhere, even in the remote places.
The Toyota bushcamper is usually fitted with