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How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Motorhome in Australia?

Updated on April 28, 2016
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How To Travel In Australia

The Four Most Popular Options for Traveling In Australia.

Whether you are coming to Australia for a holiday or are staying longer to have a working holiday you will need to know what your travel options are.

There are several options to choose from when deciding how to travel in Australia. Lets look at the four most popular ones:

1. How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Campervan or Motorhome In Australia?

I must confess this would be my choice above all the others, but I may be a little biased ;)

Campervan or motorhome hire in Australia gives you the freedom to explore where and when you like. It is a fantastic way to enjoy a totally flexible itinerary on your holiday in Australia.

There are also hundreds upon hundreds of free camp sites around Australia (mostly on the East Coast) that are sure to be a huge bonus if you are travelling on a budget or enjoying a working holiday.

Basically all you need to pay for is your campervan or motorhome rental fees and fuel.

That's it, nothing else to spend except perhaps some souvenirs, and the occasional visit to a laundrette along the way.

Many free camps only offer basic amenities such as toilets and garbage disposal and these are known as 'Rest Areas'. However there are many, many others that go a lot further and offer things like shady trees, beachside locations, fresh water, long stays permitted, showers, river side scenery etc so you will need to know how to find them.

A great resource for finding all the free camp sites in Australia is the Camps Australia book. It not only lists all the free sites, but also has a list of 'Dump Points' which you will need to know about if you have a toilet onboard your campervan or motorhome.

The book also comes with a complete set of HEMA maps for the entire country with the location of every free camp site clearly marked and numbered so that you can easily reference more information regarding the amenities provided. It is a must have and I would definitely not travel around Australia without one.

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2. Bus and Coach Services

If you want to see the countryside, but are not keen on driving in a foreign country then our buses and coach services just might be the answer.

Generally speaking Metropolitan buses offer a convenient way to travel, and in the City CBDs you will often find there is a free hop on, hop off service around a city loop which stops at tourist attractions and points of interest.

Longer distance coach travel in Australia is a relaxing way to sit back and take in all the wonderful unique scenery. My two favourite coach lines are: Greyhound with their Aussie Kilometre Pass which allows you to get on and off wherever you like, and the Ozexperience who cater to a youthful audience and offer the same deal with their Cobber Pass (Cobber is Australian slang for Friend).

3. Train services in Australia.

For the most part, suburban trains in capital cities do run on time and provide a cost effective way of travelling in the cities. However if you are wanting to go further afield and see some of the countryside then you should contact Countrylink who provide train services in New South Wales; Queensland Rail; or Vic Rail (short for the state of Victoria).

Great Railway Journey

Australia is also home to some of the great railway journeys of the world which are a magnet for train travel enthusiasts. The Ghan, Overlander, Indian Pacific, and Southern Spirit are all managed by Great Southern Rail. I have not traveled on any of these trains personally but would certainly love to do so in the future. They have a wonderful reputation for excellent service!

4. Most Popular Airlines In Australia.

There are many airlines that fly in Australian skies including International flights which may have seats at a discounted rate. Today we are just going to look at the most well known and popular airlines in Australia which are: Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Tiger Airways.

If you were going to ask me "Which Australian airline would you recommend?" I would have to say Qantas and Virgin, and the reason is for their reliability and great service.

You may be wondering why I am advocating flying with Qantas after they decided to ground their entire fleet in 2011 due to an industrial dispute. They are back on my list of 'good guys' simply because the government intervened and this is not ever likely to happen again, and they have a reputation for great service.

I actually fly with Jetstar most of the time because they are usually a little cheaper, but I am aware that some people have had difficulties with flights being delayed from time to time and for this reason I am hesitant to recommend Jetstar although I have only ever had one flight delayed by 1 hour.

The cheapest of all the airlines listed above will be Tiger Airways but they are constantly getting bad press about flights being delayed and/or cancelled. They also lost their licence to operate in 2011, but have now been allowed to resume flights.

Which Airline In Australia Provides The Best Value For Money?

That's a no-brainer. Without a doubt Virgin airlines are a clear winner. They always offer reliability, competitive pricing, and great service. It is extremely rare to hear anyone complaining about Virgin airlines. Well done to Richard Branson and his team!

Please be aware that this is advice only, and you should make your own enquiries regarding prices and reliability of services.

KittyKat likes to travel with Qantas
KittyKat likes to travel with Qantas

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Campervans and motorhomes are really good. I used to have one, but had to sell it when my husband was ill. Now I'm saving up and hoping, but I might be about 100 before I get there!

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Hi BlossomSB, Sorry to hear you sold your caravan, I don't know what I would do without mine! Yes it really is a fun lifestle. Perhaps a campervan or motorhome might be the way to go?

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Last year I travelled with my caravan and car (and little dog) from the Gold Coast to Melbourne and back, sold the caravan and drove back to Melbourne to live. Caravanning is such fun. I really miss it, but I guess as one grows older one has to be sensible, too.

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Hi freecampingaussie, you must be up the top end if you can see crocs in the lake. It must be pretty humid up there right now?

      I will pop on over and check out your hubs and photos. We are planning on getting back on the road full time with our van by the end of 2012 (I better produce a few more hubs between now and then!) Safe travels, Sharon

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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      Great hub ! We are loving traveling Australia with our caravan , where we are now we can see the crocodiles in the lake ! Have a few hubs with photos about our trip.

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Hi Mr. Happy, Great question! I guess our nasty creatures such as crocodiles and stingers (jellyfish) in tropical North Queensland would be a concern for some people. But I think a little bit of common sense goes a long way ;) i.e. I wouldn't go swimming in the ocean or rivers in the North of Australia.

      As for snakes and spiders they pretty much keep a low profile, and unless you go to a zoo you would be unlikely to come across any in the wild. Again I think it comes down to a bit of common sense. I wouldn't go walking in long grass in country areas, and I would be very careful if gathering firewood off the ground.

      Nice of you to drop by, thanks for the comment. Regards, Sharon

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Hi kellymom, great to hear from you and that you want to come to Australia. I'm sure you would love it here. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Camping in Australia sounds pretty good. Would bugs, critters, reptiles and the like be something of a concern? (I'm thinking of the poisonous types ...)

      Thanks for the write. Cheers and welcome to Hub-pages!

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      kellymom1970 5 years ago

      aboutaustralia, Very good tips! I love it one I want to go there, so bad!! thanks for the info