Imagine the perfect road trip. Now imagine that perfect road trip cutting through the Australian outback in a campervan, spending the nights under the picturesque night sky and ending up at the beautiful beaches of southern Australia.
Many people dream of driving for miles and miles to explore this beautiful continent. But it’s hard to figure out where to start in planning this huge adventure.
Below are the top things you need to think about while planning your campervan road trip in Australia.
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- Get your budget sorted out.
The first step to getting ready for your Aussie road trip is to save up enough money and budget wisely for this trip.
Even if it seems like it may be cheap to just go out on the road and explore the wide open wilderness, you would be surprised at how expensive it can be after you factor in all costs.
From the cost of camping spots to the cost of fuel, make sure you do plenty of research before heading out. For a two-month trip it’s been estimated that you would need at least $4000.
Always make sure that you take more than you estimated, just in case of emergencies.
- Where do you actually want to go?
OK, this should be an obvious one to decide on before you set out on your road trip.
Where do you actually want to go and see in this huge continent? Australia has many diverse places to visit, there is a road trip for everyone no matter what your preference.
You can either choose a trip that cuts straight down the middle of the country, giving the chance to adventure through the outback, or take a trip along the coast, which gives you a more sunny and tropical experience.
- Choose your victory van.
Next, you’re going to make one of the biggest decisions of the trip. What campervan are you going to be renting or buying for this adventure of a lifetime?
Start off by researching some options before you set out. Make sure to choose one that fits your budget and other needs.
Some things to remember before you set off are that most campervans are going to have a manual transmission and of course, they drive on the left side of the road in Australia.
- Research free or low cost camping spots.
You may not have realized it before, but you can’t just park on the side of the road at night to sleep in your campervan or caravan.
You have to purchase a camping spot, which will take a big bite out of your road trip budget. The good news is, there are plenty of sites that offer free camping spots, but be sure to get down early to claim your space.
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- Pay attention to the cost of fuel.
The farther and farther you get from the big Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne, the higher the cost of gasoline (“petrol” in Aussie English), is.
Be sure to research the cost of gas thoroughly and factor that into your budget. No one wants to be stuck in the middle of the Australian outback without money for gas!