If you are considering hiring an RV, Campervan or Motorhome for the first time, no doubt you will have many questions about this style of holiday. If you are from overseas, then you probably will have questions about Australia as a holiday destination.
Hopefully this page will answer most of your questions.
Below is a series of frequently asked questions and answers.
Is a motorhome holiday a cost effective way to see  Australia?
What are the advantages of this style of holiday?
Do you have to stay in holiday parks?
What about staying in national parks?
What is the best time of the year to travel in Australia?
 

You will find the most of the answers to your questions about vehicles, on the individual vehicle pages. If not,
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  What about driving distances in Australia?
What driver’s license is required and is there any age
restrictions on the drivers?
Is there anything that I should avoid or take extra precautions
with, when driving in Australia?
In planning and budgeting for my motorhome holiday,
do I have to worry about any additional cost, for the hire
of the vehicle, above the standard rates?
All the vehicles, in the various categories, do look similar
and have similar specification. How do I decide on which
vehicle to hire?

 
   
     
   
     
   
     
     
     
     
   

Is a motorhome holiday a cost effective way to see  Australia?
Its difficult to make a price comparison between a traditional touring holiday, where you hire a car and stay in hotels or motels each night, and an RV, Campervan or Motorhome holiday. We have a wide range of vehicles available from luxury motorhomes to budget campers. One of the main cost benefits is that many holiday parks are in prime locations such as beachfronts. Beachfront hotels and motels can be very expensive whereas you can be paying as little as AUD $20-$30 per night (higher in peak season) in the holiday park. Another cost advantage, is that you are not reliant on cafes, restaurants and take-away for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The majority of our vehicles have excellent cooking facilities and utensils.


What are the advantages of this style of holiday?
You choose the standard of accommodation and that standard is consistent throughout your trip.
You don't have to be concerned about availability of accommodation.
You have the flexibility to change your itinerary without being locked into pre-booked accommodation.
You only have to unpack once.
You can stay in prime beachfront locations, where normal accommodation can be very expensive.
You can stop and prepare a meal wherever and whenever you like in magnificent locations.
You can stop and rest under the shade of a tree, at a beach, beside a river, at a 'lookout', ...........
You can meet friendly Australians who are traveling around Australia like you.



Do you have to stay in holiday parks?
We recommend that you do stay in holiday parks (more commonly known as caravan parks in Australia) mainly because of the fabulous locations and access to 240v AC power to run your air-conditioning, microwave oven and television in those vehicles with these facilities. The standard of most holiday parks in Australia is high, offering shower and toilet amenities and recreational facilities such as swimming pools, games rooms, barbeque areas etc.etc.

Generally you don’t need to book these holiday parks in advance as it does limit your flexibility and restricts you to an itinerary. During peak school holiday times, or if you are attending a popular sporting event or festival, it may be wise to book in advance.

All the rental companies supply a holiday park directory when you pickup the vehicle.



What about staying in national parks?
If you are considering staying in our magnificent National Parks, Australia has huge and diverse range with the majority having campgrounds. There are two factors you have to consider. 1. Many only have dirt road access into the park and campgrounds and some companies have restrictions on taking their vehicles off sealed roads. You would have to read their terms and conditions. 2. You don’t have access to 240v AC power, and would have to rely on the vehicles 2nd DC battery for lights and refrigerator. You can’t operate the air-conditioning, microwave or television.

If staying in national parks is a major attraction for you, and it should be because we have some of the most spectacular national parks in the world,  then you should consider the Kea range of vehicles. Kea is the only company to have solar panels on all of their vehicles, thus greatly extending the battery life, and Kea allows their vehicles to travel on well maintained access roads, up to 20 km each way.

Apollo, Britz and Kea have 4wd campers to get you further into the National Parks and elsewhere (conditions apply)



What is the best time of the year to travel in Australia?
Australia is such a vast continent, that temperatures can vary considerably between, say Darwin in the north and Hobart in the south. There is a great advantage for potential tourist wanting to holiday in Australia, that is you can visit Australia, anytime, and find a location or tourist routes that have a climate conditions that appeal to you. For instance, touring Tasmania is very popular in summer and Cairns is ideal in winter. Then again, you might like to go skiing, in winter, in our uniquely beautiful Australian high country and snowfields. Or you can visit south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales from Byron Bay up to Noosa, and the weather is mostly beautiful all year around.

On our ‘Where To Go’ page, we have a bar chart for each city and major tourist route in Australia, showing you the best time of year to travel.



What about driving distances in Australia?
Australia is a huge country. Driving from Adelaide to Darwin would be comparable, in road distance, between London and Moscow or from the East Coast to the West Coast of the USA. Some of the distances are great, but the rewards in experiencing the diverse and spectacular natural attractions is even greater.

On our ‘Where to Go’ page, we show the driving distances, between cities, on the major tourist routes. You don’t want to spend all of your Australian holiday driving, so we have also included the minimum time you should allow for the journey.



What driver ’s license is required and is there any age restrictions on the drivers?
Any valid, non-provisional, driver’s license with English text and characters is acceptable. This includes State, Country of origin and International.

The driver or drivers need to be between 21 and 75 years of age.
Exceptions: Hippie Camper – minimum age 18 and have held provisional license for at least 2 years.

Some companies will accept drivers, over the age of 75, with a medical certificate (Need to check terms and conditions
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Is there anything that I should avoid or take extra precautions with, when driving in Australia?
Driving at night, and around sunrise and sunset, should be avoided when driving outside cities, in the country and in outback Australia. Kangaroos and Wallabies are startled by vehicle lights. They are most active around sunrise and sunset. Take particular care where there are warning signs.

Like driving, anywhere in the world, commonsense should prevail, especially when it comes to warning signs. Some of the most spectacular drives are through mountainous country. When warning signs say STEEP DECENT – TRUCKS USE LOW GEAR, then you should be careful and obey the warning signs.

It is very important that you are aware of the vehicle’s height, especially motorhomes with sleeping modules built over the cabin. Some companies, even with the maximum insurance excess reduction, do not cover damage on top and/or under the vehicle. (Check the terms and conditions) Extreme care should be taken driving under trees or entering car parks.



In planning and budgeting for my motorhome holiday, do I have to worry about any additional cost, for the hire of the vehicle, above the standard rates?

YES! Most definitely!GoOzGo has avoided including an automatic quoting calculator in this site for the very reason, that the standard rate is not always indicative of the final cost.

With the standard rate the maximum Insurance Excess applies, and that is equal to the Bond you need to pay when you pick up the vehicle. The Excess and Bond applying to the standard rate, can vary between $5,000 and $7,500. GoOzGo suggests that you carefully consider the Excess and Bond reductions options on the individual vehicle's Quote & Availability page. As well, some companies include everything in their base rate whilst others have a base rate plus optional extras. We advise clients to compare what is and what is not included in order to make a fair comparison.

If you do decide to go with the standard rate, then your credit card limit will have to cover the bond that is required when you pick up the vehicle, which in some cases may be $7,500.




All the vehicles, in the various categories, do look similar and have similar specification. How do I decide on which vehicle to hire?

Apart from doing careful comparisons on rates, inclusions and options, click onto the companies’ logos and read what they have to say about themselves. Around Australia Motorhomes, Apollo, Britz, Kea and Maui are the leading and most reputable Campervan and Motorhome rental companies in Australia.


 





















 

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