So, you didn’t get to Coachella, Euro Summer was cancelled and you’re spending hours scanning websites for the ideal holiday, but nothing is popping up. We know planning a vacation seems impossible at the moment however keep reading because all isn’t lost. Aussie road trips and the humble camper vans are making a come back. Imagine yourself behind the wheel of a self-contained Hi-Top with your favourite people, the fridge stocked and enough M&M’s to last 10 days and get ready to hit the road.
From Byron Bay to Cairns and Tasmania, you can now book a campervan in your state with Play Travel from $19 weekly, total $298.
Here’s a guide to get you started.
Where you can go
Tasmania Cradle to Coast + Devonport to Hobart + Hobart to Mount Field National Park
Queensland Port Douglas + Cairns + Mission Beach + The Great Barrier Reef Drive
New South Wales Byron Bay + Blue Mountains + Waterfall Way + Kosciuszko Alpine Way
Victoria Great Ocean Road + The Twelve Apostles + Yarra Valley Wineries
South Australia Eyre Peninsula + Adelaide Hills + Kangaroo Island Spirits + Flinders Ranges
Plan your itinerary
Make sure your road trip caters for every person in the car not just the driver. What iconic spots are on your list? Will you head to the outback or skim the coast? What activities appeal, surfing, eating, vineyards, tick all the boxes to keep everyone happy.
Map out popular stops
Whether you’re heading for the giant prawn or the Gold Coast theme parks you’ll need to calculate driving time, fuel stops, where you’re going to park, if you’re going to stay overnight and where you’re going to eat. Do you need to make restaurant or campsite bookings?
You can’t control the weather gods but you can plan around predicted hail storms and cyclones. You don’t want to be driving at 20km’s all day on a 3 day road trip because there’s zero visibility.
Road trip fails
Just like 2020, you can expect the unexpected. Flat tyres, multiple bathroom stops and the odd traffic jam. Part of the fun of a road trip is the spontaneity so be prepared to go with the flow.
This is not Burning Man, you don’t need 10 outfit changes a day. Make sure your clothes are comfy, can dry quickly and won’t take up too much room.
Share the load, drive in shifts and don’t drive when tired and don’t be a back seat driver.
Find your camper van holiday https://www.playtravel.com.au/destinations/australia