Frequently Asked Questions
Booking a Campervan, Motorhome or 4WD Camper couldn’t be easier than right here at Compare Campervan Hire! We’ve got all the answers below, but if you need to know more, give us a call!
Most budget campervan hire companies like Jucy Rentals, Hippie Campers and Travellers Autobarn require drivers to be at least 18 years of age.
Motorhomes & 4WD Rentals:
For Motorhomes and 4WD Rentals, drivers need to be at least 21 years of age (Provisional licenses will most likely not be accepted).
All information about driver age is available when selecting your camper on our booking platform.
Option #1. Standard Cover:
This is the hire company’s standard insurance offering and comes inclusive with the daily rental rate. It means you pay $0 per day for cover, but your Excess and Bond are fairly high (between AU$2,500 – AU$7,000).
Depending on the rental company, bonds can be either (a) charged in full to your debit/credit card at time of collection and held for the entirety of your rental period; or (b) pre-authorised, but not deducted from your account (the bond amount is ‘frozen’ in your account and released after a certain time period, usually 5-30 working days).
Option #2. Bond/Excess Reduction Cover:
Every rental company offer some sort of excess reduction cover. We highly recommend choosing the highest level of excess reduction cover when booking as it will:
(a) Reduce your Excess significantly (usually to $0)
(b) Reduce the Bond required (usually to $0)
(c) Offer coverage for damage to such items as Tyres, Windows. The level of coverage offered is different for each company, so please thoroughly read the terms and conditions of your rental agreement prior to booking your camper.
Compare Campervan Hire also recommends purchasing Travel Insurance for all holidays in Australia, it’s not expensive and it could save you thousands of dollars in the event of a major incident. Some credit cards companies, such as Visa & Mastercard will offer complimentary travel insurance if the trip was purchased using their cards (It’s worth confirming this with your Credit Card company prior to travelling).
If your campervan rental supplier doesn’t offer Toll Passes, you can easily purchase them online from the following companies:
- In Sydney, google ‘Linkt’
- In Melbourne, google ‘Citylink’
- In Brisbane, google ‘Linkt’
Be sure to buy toll passes if you intend to travel around Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. If you don’t, the campervan rental company will receive a small fine which, in most cases, they will charge to your credit card PLUS an administrative fee up to AU$70! It pays to plan ahead.
All 2WD Campervan suppliers forbid use of their vehicles on unsealed roads and sand tracks – this is a big no-no that you need to remember when planning your trip. If you need to traverse dirt tracks, hire a 4WD Camper – we have an excellent selection available.
For Area of Use policies relating to your rental, check out the Terms and Conditions provided by your rental company (available when selecting your vehicle on our booking platform).
Drivers License + Translated version if license is non-latin alphabet (ie Arabic, Japanese, etc)
Credit Card (the same card used to make the booking – this may be used for an Imprint on your rental agreement).
Other Stuff to Consider:
Depending on the rental company you choose, pillows and linen may not be provided. Some companies may also require additional forms of ID, so bring your passport as well if possible.
Be sure to read the terms and conditions of the rental company prior to booking (these are available on our booking platform).
National Parks are great places to camp and usually either free or at most about $10 per night. Check in with park rangers prior to setting up and remember to clean up your mess before leaving.
Try to avoid hiring a campervan during peak tourist times, like over Christmas, Easter or major festivals. Apart from the fact that you will pay loads more for your rental, you might also find it difficult to find accommodation in Caravan Parks and National Parks – particularly near Sydney.
Don’t bring too much stuff – especially if you’re in a budget camper. There’s nothing worse than having to continuously re-arrange your van before going to bed every night.
Find a good space to put your shoes at night! Trust me, after a day of exploring in the bush, the last thing you want is to mess up your nice clean bed with a muddy pair of shoes!
Plan your trip before hitting the road and try not to spend too much time behind the wheel each day. If you plan for a maximum 250kms per day, you’ll have a great time and you won’t run the risk of fatigue-related incidents on the highway.
Research where you’ll be travelling before you go. There are many variable involved when considering a roadtrip in Australia, particularly if you’re planning on exploring the top end or outback regions. In Summer, the outback can reach temperatures of over 50 degrees celcius, while the top end around Darwin and Cairns can be inundated with monsoon-like rain. It doesn’t take long, just do a little research and you’ll be guaranteed to have the best roadtrip experience. As they say – “Always take the weather with you”. Unless you’re from England…then you can leave it at home.
- Can you drive Manual Transmission?
- Will you be exploring isolated outback regions?
- Will you be travelling in Summer or Winter?
- How old are the drivers?
Our online booking platform can answer all these questions and more! And if you need to know more, please feel free to contact us here.