How to Organise a Self-Driving Holiday Down Under
If you have already decided on renting a campervan, you are not alone, as millions of tourists, both foreign and local, prefer to spend their downtime in this unique way. Assuming you are now looking further ahead and are about to plan your route, here is some useful information to help make the holiday a memorable experience.
- Choose your Vehicle
There are online rental companies that offer campervans for hire in Australia with a choice of a campervan that sleeps 2 adults and 2 children, or the larger motorhome, which can sleep up to 8 people, making it ideal for large families. The website would be full of useful information about every aspect of a self-driving holiday, with informative articles on local attractions and hints on what to bring. Booking the vehicle is a simple process, and it will be fuelled up and ready to go when you arrive at the airport.
- Plan your Route
Australia is a very big country, which means you need to select a region unless you have a few months to explore, and while some are drawn to the Northern Territories, others prefer the Gold Coast or perhaps Western Australia, the home of the wineries. If you use a nationwide rental company, you can decide where to collect your campervan. If for example, you wanted to sample the delights of the Hunter Valley, Sydney Airport is but 2 hours away, so this would be ideal. Darwin would be the best choice for an outback adventure, and then there’s Brisbane, the best solution for the southern coastal route. The rental company can help you plan your holiday, and they would know of some local attractions that are off the beaten track.
- Licence Requirements
If you have a driving licence in your home country and it is in the English language, you are legally allowed to drive in Australia. In the event you come from a non-English speaking country, you must obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) prior to your departure. They drive on the left-hand side of the road in Australia, and all passengers in a vehicle must wear seat belts. The drink driving laws are very strict, so avoid drinking until you have safely parked up for the night. You can, of course, nominate extra drivers, which shares the load somewhat, and then you sample a cold beer during the day. Hiring a campervan is a straightforward process and if you drive sensibly and obey the laws, there should be no problem.
- Pack the Right Things
The rental company’s website would list all the items you should take, and that won’t be too much, as the vehicles have all mod cons. A first aid kit and a set of warm clothes would always be a good idea and don’t forget sun protection.
Your bags are packed and you are ready to experience the holiday of a lifetime, and by using a reliable rental company, you can rest assured your campervan will be the ideal transport to take you around this wonderful country.