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It’s recommended you stay in a holiday park or designated campsite. Free camping is not allowed in the city itself and is only allowed at designated sites throughout Australia. Most caravan parks are located away from the city centre.
Some popular campsites include: NRMA Lakeside Holiday Park, Cattai National Park Campground and Patonga Camping Ground.
If you wish to explore Sydney CBD and other city attractions like Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach or the Opera House, plan ahead. It's best to avoid peak traffic hours and to plan where to park ahead of time, especially if you're in a large motorhome.
Currently, all the major motorhome rental brands have their Sydney branch close to Sydney Airport, on the southside.
While there are no camper rentals directly in the terminal at Sydney Airport, there are several campervan rental companies within 6–18 km (4-11 miles).
The depots are easily accessible by taxi, Uber or public transport.
When renting a vehicle, it is standard to be charged a bond (security deposit), also known as ‘excess’, which is the amount the renter is liable to cover in the event of an accident or damage to the vehicle.
The bond amount fluctuates based on the insurance package selected at the time of rental and is charged and debited on the renters’ credit or debit card.
Yes, a large number of rental companies allow for one-way rentals. Our comparison tool will show you availability on your preferred route and automatically factor in any one-way fees charged by the campervan hire company.
Popular one-way routes for a motorhome holiday along Australia's East Coast include:
For same-location returns, popular road trip destinations include the Blue Mountains, Royal National Park, the Central Coast and Byron Bay.
Yes, generally unlimited kilometres are included for standard vehicle rentals in Australia. Limits are placed on some types of vehicles, e.g. 4x4 campers. The comparison tool will show you whether your preferred vehicle has unlimited or restricted kilometres.
Free camping is allowed in Australia; however, it is heavily regulated. Free camping is only allowed at designated sites around the country, and parking overnight is prohibited. If you are caught free camping in a restricted area, you will often receive a hefty fine.
Fortunately, there are plenty of great free or low-cost sites available. The national Parks are popular choices. You can learn which sites are available for each area by checking the national parks website for each state.
You can also park up overnight at certain rest areas. Keep an eye out, as these are usually sign-posted.
A stay at a caravan park will usually cost $20–$60 (AUD), depending on the state and level of facilities available.
Yes, it’s standard for most campervan rental companies to allow an additional driver. This driver and any others must be named on the rental agreement, and there may be a nominal fee.
Additional drivers must also hold an appropriate driver’s licence and must meet driver age requirements.
Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.
One of the larger motorhome rental suppliers, Apollo has been operating since 1985 and is well known among the RV rental community. Apollo vehicles are available in multiple locations around the world. An Apollo motorhome is generally less than 3 years old. The company has a wide variety of vehicles, from smaller vans to larger luxury motorhomes.
An Australian campervan hire company specialising in budget vehicles, all of its vehicles are 2-berths and are generally older. Awesome Campers is popular with the backpacker community and those looking for a low-cost getaway.
Britz is one of the larger campervan brands, with multiple depots in different countries and a wide selection of vehicles. Britz maintains a fleet of newer vehicles, with campervans generally being less than 3 years old. Britz is part of the THL group, which also includes Maui, Mighty Campers and other international motorhome hire brands.
A family-owned campervan rental company catering for groups of 2–4, Calypso’s fleet generally consists of older vehicles. Calypso is popular with those looking for a budget holiday and has depots along the East Coast and in Adelaide.
Camperman is a motorhome hire company with multiple locations in Queensland as well as depots in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. It offers a range of fairly priced vehicles and allows drivers under 21 to rent.
Cheapa Campa is part of the Apollo group and rents vehicles that are considered too old to be part of the main Apollo brand. Cheapa remains a very popular choice and is available practically everywhere Apollo is. It offers slightly older, quality campers at a lower price.
Cruisin’ is a campervan hire brand especially well known in Tasmania but currently operates around Australia. It has a wide variety of vehicles available, including 6-berth luxury models. Most of its fleet is relatively new, and a Cruisin’ motorhome often comes with a few extras included. Cruisin’ also operates a lower-cost brand called Go Cheap.
A budget campervan brand with vehicles for 2–5 people, Driveabout is popular with backpackers and those looking for a cheaper alternative. Driveabout offers free airport transfer in many of the top locations. Many of these vehicles are older and come with the basic essentials.
Go Cheap is a motorhome hire brand partnered with Cruisin’ Motorhomes and rents older models considered too old for the main Cruisin’ brand. Because of the vehicles’ older age, Go Cheap can rent these vehicles at a lower price.
Hippie is a budget camper brand that is part of the Apollo Group. It caters to the young traveller and allows drivers under 21. A Hippie camper is a small vehicle with beds for 2–4 people.
A popular campervan rental company operating in New Zealand, Australia and USA, Jucy offers smaller campervans (2-berth and 4-berth) and will rent to drivers over 18. While not extremely cheap, Jucy still offers reasonably attractive prices for the budget traveller.
An independent Australian campervan hire brand headquartered in Sydney, Kangaroo also has vehicles available in several other cities, including Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. The company is Australian owned and operated, with depots in a variety of locations. A Kangaroo camper is generally older, though various models are available (2-berth to 6-berth).
Maui is another well-known NZ motorhome hire brand that is part of the THL group (Britz, Mighty and other international brands). Maui specialises in larger luxury motorhomes, with all its vehicles being less than 2 years old. A Maui campervan is often a good choice for larger groups and those looking for a comfortable road trip holiday.
Mighty is another campervan hire brand that is part of the THL motorhome rental group (Britz, Maui and other international brands). Mighty Rentals has vehicles for groups from 2 to 6. Mighty's camper fleet is made up of ex Britz and Maui vehicles that are considered too old to fit the main brands. It offers quality older vehicles at a cheaper price.
This is a well-known budget campervan rental brand offering a sleepervan camper. Spaceships are popular with backpackers and smaller groups (2–4) looking to travel on a budget. Spaceships also rent to drivers under 21.
A budget RV rental brand aimed at backpackers, Travellers Autobarn has campervans in multiple international locations. The company offers a wide variety of vehicles, from station wagons to 5-berth family models.
The Blue Mountains are located west of Sydney in NSW, Australia. The mountains, which are part of a national park, are located in an area offering many outdoor activities.
There are numerous hiking trails in the area, with some offering the opportunity to see the famous Three Sisters, an unusual rock formation that is considered a popular tourist attraction.
Located north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is a famous wine region in Australia. The region is home to many outdoor activities, including golf courses, cycle tracks and hiking trails. Many of the wineries in the area offer guided tours as well as tastings.
A view of the famous Opera House, iconic Harbour Bridge, and majestic Sydney skyline is often the highlight of a stay in Sydney, and seeing the unique perspective from the water truly shows off the city’s charm. Several long-time cruise operators offer sailings of varying lengths: short narrated sightseeing trips, brunch and dinner cruises, and whale watching excursions.
Just across the harbour, in the suburb of Mosman, Sydney’s Taronga Zoo was initially established by the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales in 1884 and has been in this picturesque waterside location since 1916. The zoo is divided into eight zoogeographic regions and showcases over 300 species, many of which are native to Australia. Popular activities include keeper-led tours, bird and seal shows, and a recently added ‘wild ropes’ course.
Envisioned in 1968 and opened in 1981, the 309-metre-tall Sydney Tower is the city’s tallest structure and second only to Auckland’s Sky Tower in the Southern Hemisphere. While the shopping centre at the base is operated by the Westfield Group, Merlin Entertainment takes charge of the fully enclosed Observation Deck at 250 metres, billed as the Sydney Tower Eye. In 2005, the open-air glass-floored Skywalk opened at 268 metres; this level, which is twice the height of the Harbour Bridge, can only be accessed with a guided tour.
Often labelled as a science institution, the Powerhouse Museum is the flagship unit of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and contains over 400,000 items within a dozen permanent exhibits, relating to a wide range of related topics: transportation (including steam engines), communications, decorative arts, costume, furniture, computers and technology, space, media. 125 years old, the Powerhouse has occupied a converted 1902 electric train power station near Darling Harbour since 1988.