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A campervan rental in Alice Springs is the start of a true adventure. Alice Springs is a unique and wondrous place in a remotely beautiful location, very close to the centre of mainland Australia. Many Outback roads lead to this hardy and friendly community, where function is more important than form—but awe-inspiring landscapes make up for the lack of elegant architecture. This town is 1,500 kilometres from the nearest major city.
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All you need to know for your motorhome hire adventure in Alice Springs
Iconic Uluru can be seen (not climbed) near Alice Springs, and there are many other Outback towns and places of interest to visit in the area. Of course, “near” is relative in the vast distances of the Red Centre. But with your accommodation on wheels, you have all the freedom you need to explore and experience this unique part of the world.
A guide to driving your camper
The Outback can be a whole new world, and hitting the endless highways of the region around Alice Springs is a novel experience not only for international visitors but domestic ones too. To ensure you have a safe holiday that’s memorable for all the right reasons, equip yourself with some knowledge of road rules and local conditions.
We’ve put together a few tips to cover some of what you need to know.
- The first thing to know is that all traffic drives on the left in Australia! If you are unused to this arrangement, we recommend taking an hour or two to get used to it before hitting the main highways.
- Always listen closely to the orientation provided by the staff at the rental depot! They are the best source of knowledge when it comes to operating your motorhome. Write notes if you think you may forget, and don’t hesitate to ask questions.
- You should always be prepared for the possibility of a breakdown in a remote area. Keep your vehicle stocked with food and water, and always have a method of communication. It can get cold in the Outback at night, so bring warm clothes too.
- Don’t underestimate distance! Always refuel when you have the chance.
- Stay well-rested. Driver fatigue is dangerous.
- Beware of animals on the road.
- Distances are listed in kilometres, and speeds in kilometres per hour.
- Most of the Stuart Highway, the main road passing north-south through Alice Springs and beyond, has a speed limit of 130 kph. This will change when the road goes through towns. Always see the posted signs for accurate information.
- The blood alcohol concentration limit for fully licenced drivers in the Northern Territory (including foreign drivers) is 0.05%. It is recommended that you avoid drinking altogether before getting behind the wheel.
Where to take your Alice Springs campervan hire
Right in the middle of Australia, Alice Springs presents intrepid travellers with an array of options for where to go and what to see. There are fantastic, other-worldly landscapes in every direction. What a dilemma for visitors trying to put together an itinerary!
To help, we’ve listed a few of the most popular destination options for anyone picking up a rental motorhome in Alice Springs. We hope these help you to create a journey you’ll never forget.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
You can’t leave the Northern Territory without seeing these iconic rock formations. While Uluru (previously known to some as Ayers Rock) is the most famous sight in this park, there is more to explore: the red domes of Kata Tjuta are just as stunning. The entire area is culturally significant to the local Anangu people, and a visit to the Cultural Centre on the main road into the park can be enlightening. Tourists can no longer climb Uluru, but viewing it at sunset is a highly recommended activity.
Coober Pedy and Adelaide
A day’s drive south of Alice Springs is Coober Pedy, the unique opal mining town where a large proportion of the population lives in underground “dugout” homes which maintain a cooler temperature much more efficiently than buildings on the surface. Visitors can shop for homegrown opals, wander through underground churches and art galleries, and tour historic mines. Continue along the Stuart Highway for another day or so and you’ll be in Adelaide, South Australia’s stately and cultured capital city.
Kakadu National Park and Darwin
Head north from Alice Springs for an epic Outback road trip. We recommend spreading the 1,500 kilometres of travel to Kakadu and Darwin over at least four days so you can fully enjoy the experience and make some side trips to explore—for example, a visit to Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Gorge. Vast Kakadu National Park is a timeless place of varied landscapes, ancient rock art, incredible wildlife, and history. Darwin is Australia’s tropical capital and a cosmopolitan, invigorating city with unmissable markets held during the dry season.
20 hours worth of driving to the northwest of Alice Springs on Tanami Road and the Great Northern Highway will see you in Broome. Of course, the journey there is what’s important—and we suggest you take a week or more to fully enjoy it. Visit the friendly Outback towns like Fitzroy Crossing, explore the incredible cave system at Dimalurru National Park, and discover the rugged Kimberley region. Once in Broome you can relax and enjoy a sunset on Cable Beach. You could even ride a camel on the sand!
How much does it cost to hire a campervan in Alice Springs?
There is a wide range of motorhome rentals available to suit different budgets. The cheapest campervan hire options in Alice Springs are small sleepervans which can cost as little as AUD$70 per day depending on the season. The most luxurious of RVs can cost as much as $350 per day.
To find a campervan hire that suits you, enter your dates and filter your search listings by price range.
How old do you have to be to rent a motorhome in Alice Springs?
In most cases, you must be at least 21 years of age to rent a motorhome in Adelaide. Some suppliers do allow younger customers (over 18) to book, but this may incur extra fees and documentation. Specify your age when searching to see the available options.
When is the best time to hire a campervan in Alice Springs?
The shoulder seasons are considered the best time to visit Alice Springs, as it is not too hot or cold. Spring runs from September to November, and autumn from March to May. While you can visit year-round, winter brings with it freezing nights and summer, extreme daytime heat.
What driving license is required to get a campervan hire in Alice Springs?
To rent a campervan in Australia you need a full, unrestricted driving licence from your home country. If it is not in English, you will also need an accredited translation or International Driving Permit. Heavy vehicle licences are not necessary.
Which campervan rental brands are available in Alice Springs?
Rental partners renting campervans and RVs in Alice Springs include Mighty Campers, Spaceships Rentals, Britz, Apollo, Autosleepers, Awesome Campers, Calypso Campervan Rentals, Camperman, Cheapa Campa, Cruisin’ Motorhomes, Go Cheap, Hippie Camper, Jucy Rentals, Let’s Go Motorhomes, Maui, Star RV, Tasmania Campers, Tassie Motor Shacks, and Travellers Autobarn
Is there a minimum rental duration?
Yes, some vehicles will have a minimum hire period of five days or more. You may be able to rent for a shorter time but will still have to pay the same amount as you would for the minimum period.
Do I have to return the vehicle with a full tank?
Yes, to avoid a refilling fee you will have to return the vehicle with a full tank of petrol. There are many petrol stations in Alice Springs.
Can I rent a campervan in Alice Springs and drop it off somewhere else?
Yes, most suppliers have depots in more than one city and will allow renters to make one-way trips. For example, you may start your adventure in Alice Springs and go on a motorhome road trip to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, or Hobart. If you’d like to do this, enter your desired pick-up and drop-off locations to see the options available. We recommend that you double-check the details before confirming your booking.
How can I find the cheapest campervan rental or the best deal?
Conduct a search on GoSee’s simple and easy-to-use search engine to find some of the cheapest campervan hire options in Alice Springs! The results are conveniently listed with the most affordable options first, making it easy to find a deal.