Author: Riwka Mevissen
Traveling the East Coast of Australia by campervan is an amazing experience. You will get to explore hidden beaches, national parks and villages you won’t be able to visit by bus. We made a list for you about (almost) everything you need to know before hitting the roads! Here are our insider tips and tricks for campervan hire Australia and how to make the most out of your East Coast roadtripl!
Download an app for the best camping spots
Before traveling up the East Coast it is important to download an application which gives you all the locations you need about campingspots (free and paid), toilets, showers, washing machines and so on. Spaceships Campervan has an own application which they will advise you to download upon arrival but other applications like Wiki Camps and Campermate will also do. Reading comments from other travelers, finding hidden gems and sharing your experiences is what will help everyone travelling by campervan.
Starting from Gladstone up to the Outback, Croc Country starts. You will see signs at campspots, national parks and beaches which will warn you for crocodiles. A lot of Australians will tell you horror stories about how travelers make mistakes like swimming in the dark and ending up in the wrong spot. Just make sure to be crocwise and take warnings seriously. Saltwater crocodiles live in both saltwater and freshwater areas. Make sure to camp at least 50m from the water’s edge if you are near water with crocodiles and avoid returning to the same spot at the waters. You can read more information here. Crocodiles prefer fish over human flesh though, so don’t worry.
It is hard to guess distances in Australia if you are not used to traveling in such a big country. Driving from Sydney to Cairns would take you about 27 hours, and that’s without any traffic issues. Make sure to add on a few hours since Google Maps isn’t always accurate. You could do this in a week but we recommend to take at least two or three weeks to explore the East Coast. When traveling long distances it is advisable to take enough breaks and make sure not to drive after nightfall since kangaroo’s and other animals will crossroads!
Traffic rules in Australia
In Australia, people drive on the left side of the road. At the start this might feel a little bit weird for people coming from rightside driving countries. Be alert and make sure to be fresh when driving since your old habits of driving on the right-side return when you get tired. Read more about traffic rules in Australia here.
You don’t want to leave your baby
You will start to develop feelings for your campervan. Spaceships Campervan has a name for every campervan which will make it even harder to leave your baby. You don’t want to leave the campervan and you definitely don’t want to leave Australia.
Interested in car or campervan hire Australia? Contact one of our agents or simply fill in our hire enquiry form and we will help you to find the best rental fitting your need for any Australia or New Zealand location!