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A Beginner’s Guide to Planning a Campervan Holiday.

Welcome to the ultimate beginner’s guide to planning a campervan holiday across the stunning landscapes of Australia. Whether you’re dreaming of coastlines, eager to explore dense forests, or hoping to uncover remote Outback gems, this guide will give you the essential steps to make your Australia road trip unforgettable. From selecting the perfect campervan hire to plotting your dream Australia itinerary across the most magical places to visit in Australia, we'll ensure you have all the information you need.  


Why Choose a Campervan Holiday?

Imagine waking up to the sound of waves gently crashing against the shore or the serene silence of the Outback, with nothing but the open road ahead of you. This is the essence of a campervan holiday in Australia. Opting for an Apollo campervan hire means embracing the freedom to explore at your own pace and discovering hidden gems while enjoying the convenience of having your transport and accommodation rolled into one.

Still wondering if a campervan hire is the best way to travel Australia for your upcoming Australia road trip? Here are a few compelling reasons:

  • Flexibility and Freedom: Chart your own course, change your plans on the fly and explore off-the-beaten-path locations.

  • Cost-Effective: Save significantly on hotels, flights, and restaurants by combining travel and accommodation expenses.

  • Comfort and Convenience: Enjoy the amenities of a home on the road, from a comfy bed to a fully equipped kitchen on board. 

  • Scenic Camping Spots: Spend nights at picturesque locations and fall asleep under a starlit sky.


How to Plan Your Campervan Adventure

A campervan hire journey requires some planning, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This section will guide you through choosing the right campervan hire, selecting the best places to visit in Australia, and everything in between to ensure your Australia road trip is as smooth as possible.

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Choose the Right Campervan

Selecting the right campervan hire is crucial to enjoying your travels comfortably. Consider the size of your group and what you’ll need to stay comfortable on the road. Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting your camper van rental:

  • Size and Comfort: Make sure the campervan hire fits your travel party and everyone’s comfort needs. From compact models ideal for couples to larger motorhomes fit for families, there’s an option for everyone.

  • Amenities: Check for essential features such as sleeping arrangements, kitchen facilities, and onboard bathrooms. Does the campervan support self-containment for remote adventures?

  • Type of Vehicle: Understand the difference between various campervans and motorhomes to match your travel style and budget.

Explore Apollo Campers' range of vehicles to find the perfect match for your Australia road trip. Whether you need a compact camper van rental for a couples’ retreat or a spacious motorhome for a family adventure, there’s a vehicle to suit every need and budget.


Select Your Destinations

Australia’s diverse landscapes offer everything from sun-kissed beaches and vibrant cities to rugged Outbacks and tropical rainforests. So it’s little surprise that choosing what places to visit in Australia on your campervan holiday can be a bit of a challenge. Here are a few tips to help you narrow down the best destinations for your Australia itinerary to ensure you select the best spots for you and your family:

  • Research Popular Routes: Look into well-loved campervan holiday routes that offer a blend of Australia tourist attractions, such as the Great Ocean Road or the Stuart’s Highway from Adelaide to Alice Springs. 

  • Consider the Climate: when it comes to the best time of year to visit Australia, the short answer is—anytime. This is because Australia’s vastness means there are varying weather conditions from north to south throughout the year. For example, when the southern states experience the harsh weather of winter, the northern tropics are at their peak and vice versa. As such, it becomes more a matter of planning and optimising your Australia itinerary to enjoy the best each region has to offer, avoiding extreme weather where possible.

  • Seasonal Attractions: Where possible, we recommend timing your Australia road trip to catch local events or natural phenomena like the wildflower season in Western Australia or the whale migration along the East Coast.

  • Local Events: If you enjoy a good festival, one of the best ways to enhance your campervan holiday is by aligning it with festivals or cultural events that offer a deep dive into local traditions and cuisine.


If you want more resources for planning your Australia road trip route, check out the Apollo Campers Australia campervan hire destinations page. This offers detailed insights into Australia’s must-visit destinations and is the perfect starting point to begin crafting your Australia itinerary.

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Create a Detailed Itinerary

Crafting a detailed itinerary is key to enjoying a stress-free campervan holiday, especially if you are traversing large distances. We recommend starting by outlining your daily route to determine the distance you’ll cover each day. Include ample time for sightseeing, participating in local activities, and unwinding. Being flexible is crucial; allow room in your schedule for spontaneous adventures and unexpected discoveries. If you are looking for inspiration, check out our ultimate list of Australia road trip itineraries.

Once you have an itinerary in mind, utilising tools like the thl Roadtrip App can help to personalise your planning. This app not only helps in mapping your campervan holiday route but also provides updates on local Australia tourist attractions and campsite information. It’s an invaluable resource for staying organised and informed on the go. 


Write a Packing List

When it comes to packing for your campervan holiday, efficiency is key. Prepare a checklist that includes clothing suited to various weather conditions, toiletries, cooking equipment, and essential camping gear. Don’t overlook crucial items like first aid kits, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Remember, space in a campervan is limited, so pack thoughtfully to make the most of the available storage without overpacking.


Get Familiar with Your Camper

Before hitting the road, spend some time getting to know your campervan hire. Familiarise yourself with its dimensions, how it handles, and its various features. This knowledge will boost your confidence and ensure a smoother journey. The thl Roadtrip App includes helpful how-to videos that guide you through your vehicle’s functionalities. Remember, campervans are typically larger than your average car, so be mindful of height clearances and the space you need for maneuvers. Oh, and we drive on the left side of the road! We recommend after picking up your camper, head to a nearby parking lot and just take a few minutes to get acquainted with your home on wheels and any unfamiliarities — it will be well worth it! 

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Stock Up the Motorhome

Ensuring your motorhome is well-stocked is essential for a comfortable start to your Australia road trip. After picking up your vehicle and taking it for a test drive, the next step is to shop for groceries and water. This is important to do once you already have the motorhome, as this way, you can accurately gauge the storage space available. Most Apollo branches are conveniently located near supermarkets, and the local staff are happy to direct you to the nearest one. Given that gas stations and shops may be sparse in remote areas of Australia, having a well-stocked camper will keep you prepared and relaxed throughout your campervan holiday.


Reserve Your Campsites

When booking your campsite, research the facilities offered at each site, such as power hookups and bathroom facilities, and consider their proximity to the Australia tourist attractions you plan to visit. Booking in advance, while advised, is especially important during peak travel seasons. To experience a variety of camping environments, mix stays at fully serviced campsites with nights in free camping areas. This allows you to enjoy the comforts of modern campgrounds without sacrificing the rustic charm of remote camping spots.


Stay Safe

Safety is paramount when setting out on a campervan holiday in Australia. Before you set off, familiarise yourself with your campervan's safety features and operational guidelines through the designated thl Roadtrip App. Rest assured, every Apollo camper undergoes a thorough check of tyre pressure, fluid levels, and engine conditions before it reaches you, ensuring your peace of mind on the road. 

That said, it is essential to always have emergency contact numbers at the ready in case of emergency; each keytag comes with a 24/7 on-road care team number for immediate assistance should you need it. Remember, being prepared and informed is your best defence against unexpected situations.


Follow the Rules of the Road

Respecting Australia's road and camping regulations is crucial when setting out on your campervan holiday journey. Always adhere to the ethos of "leave no trace," ensuring you leave environments as you found them, which preserves their natural beauty for future campervan travellers. Aside from this, it's important to conserve resources like water and energy, dispose of waste responsibly, and follow all campground rules. These practices not only protect the environment but also ensure a sustainable adventure for everyone.


Check What’s Not Included in Your Motorhome

Knowing what is and isn't included in your Apollo campervan can significantly impact your packing decisions. While basic necessities are included in your campervan hire (such as bedding, cutlery and cooking utensils), you might need to bring additional items, such as a first aid kit or extra bug spray. It is worthwhile reviewing the list of inclusions on your booking and plan accordingly to avoid surprises. This proactive step ensures you have all the essentials for a comfortable and hassle-free Australia road trip.

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Enjoy the Journey

Remember, a campervan holiday is as much about the adventure from A to B as it is about the destination. Here are a few tips to ensure you get the most out of your experience:

  • Keep your itinerary flexible: Avoid overpacking your Australia itinerary with activities or travel; instead, embrace the flexibility and freedom a campervan provides. 

  • Enjoy a mix of full-service campsites and free campsites: While campsite bookings are essential in peak seasons at popular spots, at other times, you can enjoy the spontaneity of the road—take detours, discover hidden gems, and linger longer at places that capture your heart.  


Inspired to go on an Australian adventure?

Feeling a little more inspired and confident in planning your campervan holiday across Australia? We hope so. From choosing the right campervan hire to exploring picturesque destinations and ensuring safety on the road, you’re now equipped with all the knowledge needed for a successful adventure. Ready to start your journey? Book your Apollo camper online and pick it up from any of our ten convenient Apollo branches to dive into your Australian road trip adventure!


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