General Information about the world of Motorhome rental in Australia
If you chose to travel with a motorhome in Australia, you are probably adventurers, who are fascinated by the wild open spaces of the continent. But even if traveling with motorhome in the wilderness of Australia is a great experience for you, for those who like urban activities, long trips can be less interesting.
The solution for those who wish to combine traveling in the nature of the Australia with a family entertainment like shopping is to plan a round trip in the area, with a return to the city of origin. This allows you to combine visits to natural sites on the continent, with all the benefits offered by Australian cities.
A little bit information about Australia
Australia covers an area of 4,000 km along and 3,000 across the continent.
The climate is mostly desert.
Today, Australia is a federation under the auspices of the British monarchy. The original settlers of the continent are Aborigines.
Most of the continent's inhabitants live closer to the beautiful beaches which are a tourist attraction for tourists that visit the beaches to surf, dive in the great diving sites or spend time in parties that attract many tourists.
The country is a center for tourists engaged in extreme sports, Abseiling, paragliding, surfing and diving. During your stay in Australia, you can practice various sports.
Renting a motorhome in Australia
Unlike the US and Europe, you can rent a car from the age of 18.
It is recommended to rent a motorhome before you arrive in Australia.
Check in advance whether a license in the original language and not in English also requires an international driver's license.
Be sure to check the location of the branches where the rental company allows to return the motorhome (sometimes the rental company charges an additional price for returning the motorhome to a different branch).
Combined tours in Australia
It is recommended to combine your nature's trip a visit in the cities of Australia, which are impressively planned, combining modern architectural structures with ancient buildings.
The collection stations are usually close to the airports, and after returning the caravan and before returning to Israel, you can plan a stay in a hotel and combine your trip to the unique sites of the city.
The atmosphere in the big cities is special, and apart from museums and tourist sites, you can visit the varied shopping centers, most of which are for tourists, and on Sundays the markets and shopping streets are flooded with visitors.
Most cities have vibrant markets, bazaars and Sunday artist markets, and streets and exclusive shopping centers.
Prices in Australia are relatively expensive, but you can find bargains.
Trips to the wild nature
Northern Territory and Western Australia - are wild and uninhabited areas.
The beautiful scenery and the large cities along the eastern coast offer a complex and unique route. When planning a motorhome route in Australia, you can focus on tours in this area only. Suitable for planning a route for groups of friends, skiers and divers, and for family trips.
A relatively densely populated state along the east coast.
Brisbane - the capital city of Queensland. A modern city that attracts visitors.
Gold Coast - a prestigious beach strip with luxury hotels and casinos.
The Barrier Reef - the largest reef in the world, along the coast. A beautiful and unique natural structure.
New South Wales
Includes Sydney and the Canberra Capital Territory.
Sydney - The city is a popular starting point for motorhome trips for the whole family. The Sydney Fish Market is a colorful and interesting place where you can find a vast variety of marine species and marine creatures. There are also chefs of fine restaurants, and there are auctions. The market is bustling with buyers, who also come from Singapore. Most market activity occurs in the morning.
Byron Bay - A breathtaking and dreamy beach, attracting surfers and whales.
Blue Mountains - A nature reserve with breathtaking views, part of a mountain ridge that crosses the East Coast. About 100 km from the city of Sydney.
Canberra - the capital of Australia. An impressive and highly decorated city. In its center is a large artificial lake.
Melbourne - large shopping centers, which are also tourist attractions: malls, an antique-modern shopping street, an artists' market on Sunday, a luxury shopping area, and even Chinatown in the heart of Australia.
The adventurous route is acceptable to adventurers - between Perth and Darwin. An area that is mostly uninhabited. There are two million people in the country, most of them in the capital, Perth. A wonderful area for long-lasting motorhome trips.
The Nemburg Nature Reserve - Pinkels (limestone columns) in an enormous quantity poking out from the ground. The most spectacular sight.
The Karkini Reserve - a wonderful view of valleys and waterfalls.
An ancient landscape, roads that stretch to the horizon, are wonderful for long journeys.
Kakadu Nature Reserve - swamps and lagoons, and a variety of animals and water birds.
Litchfield Preserve - wild and ancient landscape.
Transportation in Australia
Getting to Australia can be a bit tiring, as there are no direct flights from Israel (and back).
Australia has efficient domestic transport, whether flights, trains or buses.
The rental branches are close to the airports. The motorhome must be picked up from the rental station.
The motorhome companies give the rental with certain restrictions, in accordance with the company's Term & Conditions:
Restrictions on travel on unofficial or maintained roads.
Traveling restrictions to North Australia.
Some areas can be traveled only with the approval of the motorhome rental company.
Driving in Australia is on the left side of the road!
Toll roads: It is mandatory to purchase in advance a ticket to the toll roads, which pass through Melbourne, and connect to the highways.
The speed of driving in the city is up to 50 km / h. Follow the rules. Australia has high fines for traffic violations.
Australia has camping grounds where you can stay overnight.
Tip: If you are planning a motorhome trip from Australia to New Zealand, it is recommended to check in advance what transit permits are required and if your contract allows you to leave with a motorhome to another country.
A motorhome from Australia to the islands
Australia has several small islands. Tasmania is a tourist island in the south of the continent, and the view is worth a visit. You can plan a motorhome route from Australia to Tasmania by ferry. Check in advance what the conditions are.
Campgrounds for motorhomes
Outside the city there are motels for tourists who do not sleep in relatively expensive hotels.
Passengers with motorhome can choose to sleep in many campgrounds, some of which even have permanent residents.
If you are traveling with motorhome, you will probably need the garage services for emptying the water, showers etc. Make sure that the parking you choose provides you with the appropriate services.
Even if you are traveling in motorhome and have everything you need in the motorhome itself, you have to stay in a familiar parking spot.
The sites are maintained at different levels. The parking facilities may include showers, barbecue facilities, a communal kitchen, washing machines, electricity and entertainment options.
The campgrounds are designed for those who live in motorhomes, tents and huts, and are usually pleasant and covered with lawns.
Most camping sites belong to networks that allow membership cards, meaning discounts. This could be a worthwhile deal for a motorhome from Australia to New Zealand because the networks in New Zealand honor Australian membership cards.
The camping sites are also close to the big cities, a proximity that allows for a planned hiking route in the city.
Tip: Before traveling to Australia, contact the camping site for details. In the tourist seasons the place can be full.
When to visit Australia
The inland areas are desert, arid, and hot in summer. The climate in northern Australia is tropical, warm and humid and accompanied by rainstorms. The coastal areas are air-conditioned.
The best seasons for the trip are spring and autumn.
During the tourist season, the popular sites are flooded with visitors. Prices are higher during this period.
Seasons in Australia
Summer - December to February
Fall - March to May
Winter - June to August
Spring - September November
Important notes for travel
Take a driver's license with you. It is better to take in addition an international license (Hebrew license may not be accepted). Unlike in Europe and the US, the minimum age required for driving is 18.
It is highly recommended to book a motorhome in advance. In doing so, you promise yourself the vehicle. In addition, rental companies usually lower prices on pre-orders.
Read the contract carefully. The conditions include a deposit and the date of return to the collection branch.
See if the insurance covers you. Check for add-ons. If you combine extreme sports you will need to expand your insurance policy accordingly.
Pack clothes that are suitable for the season in your area of trip.
Pack the equipment in a convenient way.
Electricity: Australian sockets are built differently from those in Israel. An electrical adapter is required.
Check the motorhome before you sign a contract. Go through the windows, the doors, the beds. Make sure that the storage in the motorhome is suitable for your needs.
Check the terms of the contract if the motorhome is not suitable for you.
Beware of Thefts!
Before going to a long route
If you are planning a long motorhome trip, you are probably already experienced on long trips, a long trip in the arid regions requires minimal skill.
Take maps and information on stops along the way.
Tip: The map does not necessarily describe the places as they are, the settlements you pass along can be just a few houses.
Keep the motorhome maintained.
There may be routes to which the rental company will forbid traveling with a motorhome. It is advisable to follow the guidelines, the company does not insure and can even sue you for damage. In the desert areas there is almost no way to shop on the way, and you will need to get ready in advance in Israel, or before you go on a trip. You will need to equip yourself with water and cooking equipment. Determine in advance what equipment the company provides.
The content is a recommendation only and its purpose is not to serve as a substitute for advice.