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Motorhome hire from Brisbane: A road trip to remember
A campervan rental from Brisbane presents ample opportunity for adventure. Sunny Queensland is a state full of variety: white-sand beaches, wildlife parks, wine regions, vast stretches of Outback, and even beautiful tropical rainforest. Cross the border into nearby New South Wales and the possibilities expand even further.
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Make the most of your motorhome hire from Brisbane
Brisbane is bright, sunny, bold, creative, and bursting with life and activity. The city itself can keep anyone entertained for days with bars and restaurants, the vibrant South Bank entertainment precinct, riverside paths, and charming neighbourhoods. To the south lie the action-packed theme parks that draw many people to the area, and to the north there is a string of fantastic beachy destinations where visitors flock to enjoy Queensland’s year-round warm weather.
A guide to driving your Brisbane campervan rental
Setting out in a camper hire from Brisbane is always an adventure. To enjoy it to the fullest, you should be prepared to drive in a way that’s safe for you, your traveling companions, and anyone else you encounter along the way. Take a look at the tips we’ve put together to help you hit the road safely and without stress.
- Stay left in your Australia campervan hire! Traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road, so if you aren’t accustomed to this, we recommend taking an hour or two to practice before you hit the busy highways.
- Be aware of the size of your vehicle! A camper, RV, or motorhome is likely to be larger than what you are used to, so take care in tight spaces.
- Brisbane is a big city and experiences a lot of commuter traffic. Try to avoid urban driving during peak times—this includes routes between the city and the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast.
- If you are venturing into the Outback, be prepared. Take plenty of water and food with you in case of a breakdown in a remote area. Always take your chances to fill up with petrol as they can be sporadic at best.
The number one tip for a smooth and enjoyable road trip is this: listen carefully to the supplier’s advice and instructions when you pick up the camper van rental! Bring a pad and pen to write things down and you’ll be off to a good start.
What to see and do during a Brisbane campervan hire holiday
The city of Brisbane itself is full of urban activities for a traveller, featuring all the usual suspects: bars, restaurants, shopping, cafes, street art, galleries, and museums. The theme parks and surf beaches of the Gold Coast are extremely popular with families and anyone seeking some retail therapy. But for intrepid campervan renters, it’s usually the destinations farther afield that feature on the itinerary. Here are a few ideas to make your motorhome road trip unforgettable.
Meander northwards up the coast from Brisbane and you’ll come across the stunning Whitsundays region. Although it’s about two days’ drive, this destination is well worth the trip—and there are lots of places to see and stay along the way. From Airlie Beach, the biggest mainland town in the area, you can explore stunning white sands, dreamy islands, Conway National Park, and of course the Great Barrier Reef. This incredible natural asset is one of Australia’s most famous landscapes, located underwater off the northern Queensland coast.
Do you want to see kangaroos, koalas, crocs, wombats, kookaburras, and more of Australia’s unique and amazing wildlife? You’re in luck—there is so much opportunity to do this even within half a day’s drive on your campervan hire Brisbane airport. The Irwin family’s Australia Zoo, which is 1.5 hours north in Beerwah, is iconic. You could add to your list the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the Snakes Downunder Reptile Park in Doobi, and various conservation areas and preserves where animals and birds are commonly spotted in the wild. The Boondall Wetlands are very close to the city and popular with birdwatchers.
Make your way inland and the true Aussie exploits begin. The Outback is vast, sparsely populated, and sandy—but far from boring. Spot some wildlife, marvel at the vastness of the region, experience the otherworldly red landscapes, discover stunning gorges and rock formations, and enjoy the hospitality of friendly small-town pubs along the way. You won’t regret an intrepid trip into Australia’s “Red Centre”, whether you just make it as far as Longreach or venture all the way to Alice Springs.
New South Wales and Sydney
A Brisbane motorhome rental doesn’t limit you to just Queensland. Just 1.5 hours’ drive south will see you at the border with New South Wales, another diverse and exciting state. A road trip from Brisbane to Sydney in your campervan is a great choice. With some thoughtful route planning you could hit plenty of fantastic destinations along the way. Surfers will love Byron Bay, country music fans should definitely visit Tamworth, and nature enthusiasts have a string of National Parks to experience on their way south.
How old do you have to be to rent a campervan in Brisbane?
Most rental companies require customers to be at least 21 years of age. Some companies permit those over 18 to rent a motorhome, but this may incur an extra fee and documentation.
How much does it cost to rent a campervan in Brisbane?
This varies greatly depending on the supplier, the type of vehicle, and the time of year. A motorhome rental from Brisbane can cost anything from AUD$30-40 per night for a basic 2-person sleepervan without shower or toilet to AUD$350 per night for a self-contained 6-person RV kitted out with all of the luxuries.
With GoSee’s simple-to-use search engine, you can compare a wide range of results for your chosen dates and find the vehicle that suits your needs and your budget.
What type of licence do you need to drive a campervan in Brisbane?
Temporary visitors to the country will need a full, valid licence from your home country to rent a camper in Brisbane. If it is not written in English, you should also carry an accredited translation or International Driving Permit.
When's the best time of year to hire a campervan in Brisbane?
Australia’s winter (June to August) tends to be the peak travel time in Brisbane as it is the most temperate. Rainy season runs from November to May. There is no right or wrong time to travel here—it is warm year-round!
What type of fuel do the campers use?
Your rental campervan will take either petrol or diesel. Always check with your supplier which type of fuel your vehicle requires and be careful not to fill up with the wrong one as this will leave you stranded!
Can I pick up a campervan in Brisbane and drop off in another city?
Yes, many suppliers with depots in multiple cities allow a one-way rental. You will need to specify this when you book and confirm it with the supplier. Some will charge a one-way relocation fee.
Can I hire a campervan in Brisbane with automatic transmission?
Yes, there are plenty of motorhome rentals in Brisbane with automatic transmissions. If you would like to ensure you get one, use the handy “Features” filter to the left of your GoSee search results and choose “Automatic” to see the options.
Can I hire a campervan in Brisbane with a toilet and shower?
Yes, you definitely can rent a campervan in Brisbane with a toilet and shower! These are often—but not always—certified self-contained, which is handy for those wanting to use free or low-cost campsites. Again, you can specify that you want a vehicle with these features by using the filters to the left of your search results.
How long does it take to drive a campervan from Brisbane to Cairns?
The trip from Brisbane to Cairns totals 1,700 kilometres and this will take around 20 hours of solid driving in your Brisbane motorhome rental. We would recommend that you spread this over 3-5 days for a more enjoyable experience.