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Big No-nos When on a Solo Campervan Trip in Australia

Jul 22nd 2014 at 11:52 PM

The Land Down Under: it is one of the world’s greatest motorhome destinations thanks to its expansive roads, amazing scenery, and unique wildlife. With somany travellers crisscrossing the country each year, you may be tempted to follow in their footsteps and explore this spectacular nation. Before you departthough, there are some things you need to be aware of before renting a campervan and hitting the road.

1. Assuming You Can Drive Everywhere

Most visitors arriving from the USA or Europe plan their Aussie road trip in the same manner as they would at home. This can be a fairly risky move thoughas Australia is one of the sparsest populated countries on Earth. With the exception of the East and Southwest Coasts, you can drive for days withoutseeing a human settlement. In fact,some Aussie roads are deemed off limits by certain campervan rental firms due to their isolation. You will also have to double check the conditions of certain roads before attempting them in your motorhome. For example, yourroute may include:

  • Corrugated surfaces
  • Unsealed roads
  • Flooded causeways

In these cases, your motorhome may be unable to pass, leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Avoid these risky circumstances by finding out aboutyour route prior to setting off.

2. Leaving without Adequate Food and Water

Since you’ll be travelling alone, it’s also important to bring along enough food and water to sustain you. Include how many days you think you’ll be on the road to your next destination and bring along a week’s more supplies on top of that. In this way, you will have enough to survive off if your campervan breaks down thousands of kilometres from the nearest town or homestead. This is especially important if you are travelling off the beaten path as some ofthese roads don’t experience much traffic on them at all. You may have to wait days before anyone else passes you!

3. Making Assumptions about Pick-ups and Drop-offs

While it’s standard for Australian rental companies to let you pick up and drop off their vehicles at different points, never just turn up expecting thestaff to be there. The rental branch should be open when conducting campervan hire in Perth or another big city. However, if dealing witha small town location, you may find the premises shut if you arrive on the weekend or a public holiday. Again, it’s easy to avoid this mistake by making anenquiry with your motorhome firm. Find out when their offices are open so you can plan your schedule and be there at the right time.

4. Travelling without Prior Bookings

It’s also easy to let the freedom of the open road go to your head. While there is a high level of independence when touring Australia in your campervan,you can’t just assume that a certain camping ground or caravan park will have space available for you. Always make bookings at least a day or two inadvance, especially if you are visiting a smaller town without much accommodation. It’s illegal for motorhomes to simply park on the roadside in Australiaso you don’t really have this alternative. Luckily, there are plenty of choices available from powered campgrounds in local national parks to parking spotsin nearby caravan parks.

5. Being Unaware of the Natural Dangers

Since you’ll be on holiday, it’s likely that you’re eager to just get out there and see the Aussie sights as soon as possible. Those without an idea of the risks will put themselves indanger of injury or worse when touring the Australian outback though . This is amplified since you are travelling alone too. Prior to your trip, be aware that the country has the following hazards:

  • Poisonous snakes
  • Venomous spiders
  • Deadly jellyfish
  • Shark attacks
  • Freshwater crocodiles

The chance of an attack by one of these creatures is minimal if you obey the signage and follow the right precautions. After all, the locals have livedthere for a long time without being killed off!

By following the above advice, you should then be ready to tackle your next solo RV adventure in Australia while minimising any inconveniences and risks.Safe travels and good luck!

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