When hiring a campervan, you want to get the best deal that will allow you to get the campervan that you want to hire, without having to overpay. Booking a campervan in Australia is straightforward, however there are some things that you should keep in mind to help you get the best deal when you decide to hire a campervan.
In this post, we will share some helpful advice to help you find, book, and save when hiring a campervan for your Australian trip.
Book your campervan hire at least 6 months in advance.
Many people think that hiring a campervan is similar to hiring a car. With vehicle hire in general, it is always subject to the availability of the vehicle. And as it gets closer to the date, the vehicle may become unavailable due to the hiring schedule of the vehicle.
If you try to hire a campervan a few days in advance, there is a small chance that you will be able to hire the campervan. However, because campervans are usually hired over an extended period of time and the hiring company may have a limited fleet, you may find that you may miss out on hiring the campervan due to timings.
What should you do to make sure you can hire a campervan during your intended travel dates?
- Get quotes for the vehicle availability. You can do this online or you can contact a booking or travel agent to discuss the availability.
- Book the campervan as soon as possible so that your booking is locked in for your travel dates.
- Contact the company to confirm that your vehicle will definitely be available for the date that you intend to travel. The last thing you want to do is travel to pick-up your vehicle, only to find that the company has made a mistake by double-booking the campervan that you have hired.
Consider the type of campervan that you want to hire while visiting Australia.
The main thing you will need to consider is the size of the campervan, and whether you intend to stay on surfaced or unsurfaced roads, or if you want to go offroad. (This is likely to be travelling on the beach).
Most travellers will opt to stay on the main roads and take the main routes to see the different iconic Australian landmarks. This will be the ideal trip for many tourists and it will be the most convenient.
The limitation is that you won’t be able to take the vehicle “off the beaten track”. However, these can be substituted with specialized tours that can take you on beach or offroad drives.
For example, if you decide that you want to travel up the Australian East Coast. You may want to explore Fraser Island, which requires 4WD access.
Instead, the campervan can be taken to Rainbow Beach and a Fraser Island tour can be taken from the Rainbow Beach port.
Consider the transmission.
Can you drive a manual or an automatic? And will there be destinations that you plan to visit in Australia that will require you to change gears frequently.
If you plan to drive through mountainous or regional areas, then it’s worth hiring a manual campervan to better manage the vehicle speed and incline climbs.
However, get in touch with the hiring company once you have booked your campervan to get a better understanding about the vehicle’s transmission capabilities.
Consider the amount of sleeping berths.
This depends on the amount of people that are travelling in a campervan. The majority of campervans are designed for 2 people, however there are a few that can sleep 3 or 4 adults.
You can always opt to travel with others and setup camp as well.
If you want to have more sleeping berths for up to 6 people, then you will need to consider hiring a motorhome.
What should you budget for a campervan?
Expect to budget around $90-150 a day for a campervan. When you divide this between 2 or more people, it actually works out to be quite cost-effective.
In the off-peak season, you may be able to hire the campervan at a reduced rate.