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Get moving and exploring with a Gold Coast campervan hire
A campervan hire Gold Coast presents many possibilities. It’s fantastic accommodation and transport as you enjoy the area; once you’ve had your fill of “Surfer’s Paradise” you can embark on an unforgettable Aussie road trip. North up the coast towards Brisbane and Northern Queensland? South towards New South Wales and Sydney? Or west towards the Red Centre of Australia? Wherever you go, with a campervan rental you’re in for a fantastic adventure.
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Helpful information for your Gold Coast campervan trip
The sunny, youthful, and energetic Gold Coast is a place for fun in many different forms. Shining high-rises, malls, amusement parks, man-made lagoons, bars, and restaurants line the coast, and there’s no end of urban entertainment. Head towards the ocean and you’ll find that nature came to play ball, too. Stunning white-sand surf beaches are strung together from South Stradbroke Island to the NSW border. Visitors can spend the morning on the sand, the afternoon on roller coasters, and the evenings enjoying the iconic Gold Coast food and nightlife scene. Booking an Australia campervan rental in the beautiful Gold Coast is a fantastic way to get up and close with this exciting city.
A guide to driving your hired campervan in the Gold Coast
Get off to a great, safe start with these helpful driving tips. For many customers, driving a campervan rental is a brand new experience—so whether you are an international or domestic visitor, read up and be prepared.
- In Australia, traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road. If you are new to this configuration, we recommend taking an hour or so to become accustomed before hitting the highways in earnest.
- Parking around the Gold Coast is mostly subject to restrictions and fees. Read signs carefully—and be aware that a larger RV or motorhome may not fit in some spaces.
- 50 kilometres per hour is the default limit in residential and commercial area.100kph is the default in rural areas. Always look for speed limit signs to provide accurate information.
- There is often traffic at peak hours around the Gold Coast and on the roads to and from Brisbane. We recommend avoiding travel during typical commute hours where possible.
- The border between Queensland and New South Wales is immediately south of the Gold Coast. Be aware that there may be some minor differences in road rules between states: for example, tailgating is illegal in NSW and you must leave at least three seconds between you and the vehicle in front. In Queensland, it is illegal to have open containers of alcohol inside the vehicle.
- If you’re heading inland into the Outback, stock up with plenty of food and water in case of a breakdown in a remote location. Always keep your fuel topped up too.
Our top tip is simply this: listen carefully to the depot staff when they give you an orientation to the vehicle, and ask any questions you can think of. They are your best resource when it comes to knowing how to drive and operate your motorhome rental.
Top destinations for a Gold Coast campervan road trip
At the border of Queensland and New South Wales, the Gold Coast is a great location from which to explore either or both states. There are fantastic destinations in any direction; you and your travelling partners can choose what suits you best.
We’ve put together a few ideas for your perusal. Take a look and start dreaming of your ideal RV rental adventure.
Brisbane and beyond
The bold, vibrant city of Brisbane lies just an hour from the Gold Coast, and it’s definitely worth a visit. Continue north and the attractions become a little less urban and a little more focused on Australia’s natural assets. There are myriad access points to the Great Barrier Reef, where you can jump on a dive tour in a coastal town and explore this incredible underwater landscape. You can’t go past the spectacular white sand of the Whitsundays without stopping for a night or two. There are plenty of places in this part of Australia to encounter the country’s unique wildlife, whether at a zoo, a sanctuary, or in the wild.
Longreach and the Outback
For an experience of Australia’s incredible inland expanses, head towards Longreach. This heritage town is a fantastic starting point for an Outback adventure, and history buffs will enjoy the many museums which tell the story of the region and the people who have inhabited it over the centuries. You can head further into the Red Centre for an even more intrepid journey, and even take a week or so to drive all the way to iconic Alice Springs and Uluru.
Wine regions of New South Wales
Make your way south towards Sydney in your campervan hire and you’ll soon find yourself in wine country: specifically, the Hunter Valley which is the region’s oldest wine region. It’s known for its chardonnay, semillon, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot varieties, and there are myriad cellar doors where you can enjoy food, wine, and scenery. You can also play a round of golf or sign on for an outdoor adventure in this beautiful area. And of course, make sure that your motorhome rental stays safely parked in a campground if you’re enjoying a local glass or two—sign on for a chauffeured wine tour instead of driving yourself.
Sydney and the coast
If sun, sand, and surf are what you like, then head south in your Gold Coast campervan hire and enjoy the many laidback coastal towns between there and Sydney. Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, and Port Macquarie are the big names, but there are so many delightful locales to visit on this route. And then there’s Sydney: Australia’s largest city with iconic sights to see and endless things to do.
Thinking of other travel locations for your family? Experience the same quality service when you book a camper rental in Brisbane or get a motorhome hire in Perth, in Adelaide, in Cairns, or anywhere in Australia. Also, check out campervan hire from New Zealand, or make the United States your next pickup location. We at GoSee have you covered.
Which campervan hire companies are available on the Gold Coast?
Popular Gold Coast motorhome hire brands include Apollo, Barefoot, Big Sky, Britz, Camperman, Driveabout, and Jucy. However, they are not the only ones. Search for your desired dates to see the full range of rental suppliers with vehicles available.
When is the best time of year to hire a campervan on the Gold Coast?
The Gold Coast enjoys warm weather year-round, so there is no bad time to visit. May to October has slightly lower temperatures which some travellers consider to be more pleasant, but if you are heading south, the warmer months (November-April) may be a better choice.
How much is it to book a motorhome rental on the Gold Coast?
There is a wide range of prices to suit many budgets. The cost to hire a motorhome on the Gold Coast depends heavily on the supplier and type of vehicle. A simple 2-berth van may cost AUD$50 or less per day, while a luxury RV rental could cost several hundred dollars per day. Enter your dates into our simple search engine to see the options.
How old do you have to be to hire a motorhome on the Gold Coast?
In most cases, you must be at least 21 years of age to book a motorhome rental on the Gold Coast. Some suppliers may allow customers 18+ to book, but this may incur extra fees and require extra documentation.
Can you sleep anywhere in a campervan in Australia?
No, freedom camping is only permitted in specific locations. The regulations will differ from state to state and also between cities or regions, so it is best to visit local government websites or ask at local tourist information centres to attain accurate advice around free campsites.
What type of licence do you need to drive a campervan at the Gold Coast?
Driving a rented campervan or any other vehicle in Australia (for the first three months of your stay) simply requires a valid driver's licence from your home country. If your licence is not in English, you should carry an accredited translation or an International Driving Permit (IDP).
How can you find the nearest fuel in and around the Gold Coast?
There are plenty of petrol stations all around the Gold Coast, particularly along the Gold Coast Highway.
Is there a minimum rental duration?
This depends on the supplier and the time of year. Some rental companies have a minimum hire period and others don’t. This will be made clear in your search results.
Are there motorhome rentals with unlimited mileage?
Yes, many campervan rentals on the Gold Coast come with unlimited mileage. If applicable, this will be listed as “unlimited kilometres” in the features list when you click on any particular listing.
Are motorhomes for hire on the Gold Coast pet-friendly?
Some motorhome hire companies will allow pets in their vehicles. You can select this feature in the filters to the left of the search results.
Are one-way rentals available?
Many Gold Coast RV hire suppliers allow one-way rentals, but these may incur an extra fee. You can select different cities for pick-up and drop-off when searching. You can get your vehicle from Gold Coast and complete your campervan rental trip in Melbourne, Newcastle, or anywhere in Australia. Always double-check the details before confirming a booking.
What time can I pick up my campervan?
Opening hours vary between rental brands and suppliers. You can select different times for pick-up and drop-off when you search and see options that are available for those times. Be aware that you may have more choices if you change your selected times.