Getting Around Australia on a Dollar per day

Getting Around Australia on a Dollar per day

Visiting #Australia can turn into an expensive endeavor. But if you play your cards right, you can have an #active and #affordable holiday. One of the secret ingredients could be a camper van, which are NOT just for retirees. Here's a list of a few websites you can use to score a rad camper van for as low as $1 per day.

Australia is known to be one of the most expensive countries for travel. On average prices in Australia are 20-30% higher compared to some of the most expensive cities around the world, like London, New York and Singapore, so finding a way to travel Australia on a budget can be a difficult task.

But don’t despair! If paying $30-$50 a night for accommodation and another $50-$100 every time you want to head to a new city doesn’t sound like your idea of cheap travel, there is an alternative; travel in a CAMPER VAN!

While camper vans may not be a popular method of transportation in your home country, they are extremely popular in Australia. There are over 500,000 camper vans registered in Australia and despite some rumours that camper van users are grey haired retirees, over 50% of camper vans are being driven by 19-30 year olds. 

over 50% of camper vans are being driven by 19-30 year olds
Camper vans are extremely popular in Australia
Camper vans are extremely popular in Australia

Great! So now we know that you won’t look silly travelling around the country in a camper van, but the biggest question is, does it make your trip cheaper? At a first glance, it may not look that way. At $30-50 a day, your camper van will cost you anywhere between $800-$1,500 a month plus cost of fuel! Cheaper than staying in hostels, but still a hefty price.

So here’s a trick. Due to the popularity of camper vans in Australia, many travellers rent a camper van in one part of the country, drive it to the other part, hop on the plane and head back home. There are hundreds of camper vans being driven and dropped off in the same locations on a daily basis. Camper van companies are desperately looking for someone to relocate those camper vans back to their original home-base and are willing to offer incredible deals for someone to do it! 

Camper van companies are desperately looking for someone to relocate those camper vans back to their original home-base

With a bit of flexibility at your end, you can score a 4 -6 berth camper van for $1 a day! And on top of that, if you are booking last minute, the companies will often also throw in reimbursement for your fuel expenses, in some cases, they will even reimburse you for all of the fuel!

Some things to remember when booking camper van relocations:

Watching the sunset from our camper

1. Insurance is not included in the price. If you are worried and don’t have good insurance, get it, but it’s all a matter of luck and, of course, your driving skills.

2. The $1 a day advertised rate is set for a limited time only. You will typically be given enough time to drive for only 2-4 hours a day to get to your final destination. It’s up to you where you stop along the way and how you break up your journey.

3. The kilometres you have are somewhat limited. The companies will build in some extra kilometres for detours for you, but if you want to take a massive detour inland to check out something off the beaten path, this may not be the best transportation option for you.

4. Some deals come with sleeping bags, pillows, towels and the whole set up, but some don’t. Check to make sure the offer has what you need or you’ll end up paying extra for it.

5. Book shorter trips. Don’t look for a camper van from Cairns to Melbourne. There won’t be lots of relocation offers available and the ones that pop up will not give you enough time to explore the entire East Coast. Instead look for a relocation from Cairns to Harvey Bay and once you get there, look for another one down to Fraser Island, etc.

6. In many cities and towns in Australia, it is illegal to park camper vans on the street overnight, so you will have to find a campsite to park in overnight. These are unfortunately not free. Best campsite deals (as low as $5 per camper van per night) can be found in National Parks. Alternatively, if you want to be parked closed to the center of activities, look into hostels. They often have reduced fees for camper van parking.

7. Your camper van will have a self sustained kitchen. Use it along with free BBQs in parks and in picnic areas in most cities to save on eating out

There are dozens of websites out there with great deals on camper van re-locations. Below is a list of the most popular ones to get you started. 

Imoova – largest relocation agent in Australia and New Zealand.

Drive Now – online booking facilities for last-minute and year round Motor Vehicle rentals for major destinations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America and the UK.

ApolloCamper – one of the world’s largest privately owned leisure vehicle operators, Apollo is dedicated to world class customer service and great rates.

from  $160


 432-434 Sheridan Street, Cairns, Queensland, 4870, Australia
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Relocations2Go – match customer to customer – rental campervan and RV owners needing their vehicle to be moved, to people wanting to move, between cities anywhere in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa.

Wicked Campers – discount camper rentals with some relocation deals.

from  $152


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Check out the sites, sign up for their alerts and be ready to pack and head on a road trip adventure at a moment’s notice!

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