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Australia’s capital city is far from staid—this cosmopolitan metropolis matches its museums and Australian parliament buildings with art galleries, a pulsing nightlife, and restaurants galore. The city also boasts some lovely green spaces which are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. With a motorhome hire from Canberra, you can head beyond the urban area and explore the many exciting destinations of southwest Australia.
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A guide to driving in Canberra and beyond
Staying safe on the roads is a key component of a memorable and enjoyable road trip. If you’re driving in Australia for the first time, driving a motorhome for the first time, or just new to the area, it helps to be prepared.
Before you hit the highways in your campervan rental, take a look at our tips. These will get you started on the journey of a lifetime.
- Drive on the left! Drivers who are unused to this may need some practice.
- Canberra has lots of roundabouts—in fact, it’s kind of famous for them! If you aren’t familiar with this type of intersection, know that you always turn left into one, drive in a clockwise direction, and give way to vehicles that are already on the roundabout.
- The default speed limit in the Australian Capital Territory is 50 kilometres per hour, and this applies in most urban areas. Keep an eye out for signs posted indicating a different limit. All speed limits and distances are posted in kilometres (per hour).
- If you’re taking your campervan hire from Canberra into the Outback or Australia’s more remote reaches, be prepared. Always have lots of food and water, and fill the vehicle with petrol when you get the chance—whether or not the tank is empty!
- If you plan to engage in physical activities like cycling or rock climbing, pack your equipment and gear. Bringing a backup or two of your main outdoor stuff is not a bad idea.
- The legal blood alcohol limit in Australian Capital Territory is 0.05%. It is the same in New South Wales, the state which surrounds ACT. It’s recommended that you avoid drinking altogether before driving.
The best way to get your Canberra motorhome road trip off to a good start is to listen carefully to the staff at the depot when they introduce you to the vehicle. They are the experts—so take notes!
Go and see: Where to take your Canberra camper
Surrounding the city of Canberra is the Australian Capital Territory, the small but diverse federal capital territory. You may start off with a cultural tour, visiting heritage pillars like the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum, the Old Parliament House, and the National Gallery; and conclude this first set by enjoying nature's wonders in Cockington Green Gardens.
An RV rental puts it all within easy reach—as well as New South Wales and all of the fantastic, exciting destinations that lie beyond. The southeast corner of the country is a fabulous place to travel for both urban and natural attractions.
The following are a few ideas for road trippers. These popular destinations could form the basis of an unforgettable campervan hire road trip itinerary.
The Sapphire Coast
Head out of ACT towards the southeast and you’ll find the Sapphire Coast, a stunning stretch of Tasman coastline known for its scenery, whale watching, and oysters. There are myriad beaches where you can park up, relax, and enjoy water-based activities from snorkelling to fishing. Tidal pools are perfect for kids, and there are plenty of tourism operators to take visitors out to watch whales or swim with seals.
Kosciuszko National Park
Whether you’re visiting Canberra in summer or winter, this popular national park is a must-see spot. This is one of the rare places in Australia where you can enjoy outdoor snowsports in the winter—the park is home to the Thredbo and Perisher ski resorts. There are also plenty of mountain trails, lakes, and outdoor recreation options to enjoy in all seasons, as well as many campsites.
Gibraltar Falls and Tidbinbilla
An easy short drive from Canberra, exploring this area is a fantastic way to kick off your road trip. The falls are a cascade of white water over stacked rocks, a very scenic place to enjoy a picnic lunch and get grounded with some short walks. The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is an expanse of protected bushland that is home to an array of wildlife. You can pay a visit to “The Sanctuary”, a fenced wetlands ecosystem with platypuses, native birds, and wallabies.
Sydney and the Blue Mountains
It’s only half a day’s drive from Canberra to Sydney in your motorhome rental, but there are plenty of things to see and do along the way. You’ll pass through Goulburn and the Southern Tablelands region, an area of scenic high-altitude plains. As you approach Sydney, there are some charming heritage towns to visit including Moss Vale and Bowral. The city itself needs no introduction: modern, cosmopolitan, and exciting. Inland from Sydney you’ll find the gorgeous Blue Mountains, a World Heritage region of eucalypts, waterfalls, rock formations, and bush tracks to explore.
If you have more time, you may opt to continue on your campervan hire trip to explore Brisbane or Gold Coast and enjoy the beautiful beaches and sunny weather of the East Coast. You may also head your motorhome to Melbourne and see the Victorian goldfields. You may also opt to visit Perth if you want to see the famous Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
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Canberra campervan hire: Frequently asked questions
Do I require a special licence to hire and drive a campervan?
No special licence is required! To drive a hired campervan in Australia, you only need a valid driver's licence from your home country. However, if your licence is not written in English you should carry with you an accredited translation or an International Driving Permit (IDP).
How much is the average campervan hire?
The cost of a motorhome hire from Canberra will depend on the type of vehicle and time of year. As an indication, prices start from around AUD$40 per night for a basic 2-person van and can cost closer to AUD$100 for a 4-berth self-contained camper.
You can use GoSee’s simple search function to set your preferences and compare all of the options that suit your needs. We make it easy for travellers to find and book a Canberra Australia camper hire that fits their budget and requirements.
Are there campervans with unlimited mileage?
Yes, some hire campervan Canberra suppliers allow unlimited mileage. Click on “vehicle details” in the search listing to check whether any particular vehicle offers unlimited kilometres.
Are campervan rentals pet-friendly?
There are a few motorhome hire Canberra suppliers who will allow renters to take pets on board. You can select this as a preference in the filters to the left of the search results—but double-check the details for each listing to ensure that pets are permitted.
Is there a minimum hire period?
This depends on the supplier, the type of vehicle, and the time of year. Your search results will notify you of this. Some camper van hire Canberra suppliers will allow you to hire for a shorter period but charge for their minimum hire period.
When's the best time to rent a campervan in Australia?
Australia has options for travellers year-round! Summer brings plenty of sunshine and is a popular time for a beach-based trip. A winter RV hire from Canberra opens up opportunities for snowsports and winter wonderlands.
What happens if I cancel my booking?
Take a look at your booking confirmation to see the cancellation terms. If the booking is a while away, you may lose your deposit. As the booking period gets closer, you will generally be required to pay more of the total cost in the event of a cancellation.
Are campervan branches open all year round in Australia?
Yes, most campervan branches are open year-round, particularly in Canberra which has a relatively temperate climate. In some parts of the country with definite quiet seasons, branches may close—for example, the wet season in the Northern Territory or Northern Queensland.
What kind of campervans can be hired?
The range of motorhome rentals in Canberra runs the gamut from small 2-berth sleepervans to big 6-berth RVs with all the modern comforts. There is huge variation in features and costs, so use the filters in our comprehensive search engine to narrow down your options and find the vehicle that suits you.