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Best Place / July 29, 2021


The best way to see Australia is on a roadtrip. If you’re planning a trip and are thinking about renting or buying your own vehicle then read on. We’ve put together a full guide on do’s and don’ts, top tips and expert recommendations for travelling around Australia by road.

  1. How to choose the right campervan or car for you
  2. To buy or rent? That’s the question…
  3. Top tips for selling your vehicle at the end of your trip
  4. 5 best places to visit in Australia in a campervan
  5. Survival Tips for Living in a campervan
  6. Australian Driving tips: Rules of the road
  7. Show your vehicle some love

How to choose the right campervan or car for you

Fridge vs. no fridge – lots of space vs. not so much space – proper campervan vs. stationwagon … decisions decisions decisions.

Buying or renting a car or campervan for the first time can be pretty daunting and with so many options out there it’s sometimes a little bit confusing to decide on what the best option for you is. Read on for top tips and expert advice on how to find the right vehicle for you.


These trusty vehicles are cheap, reliable and most importantly easy to pick up all over the country.

  • Travellers who are more than happy to bunk down on a mattress in the back of the wagon or to sleep in a tent.
  • Travellers on a budget – they are cheaper vehicles to run than vans or campervans.
  • Groups of mates who are travelling together (this is a great way to save on the cost of petrol)
  • People who prefer automatic vehicles (over 85% of stationwagons are auto)
  • People who are planning to mix it up between camping and staying in hostels.

We recommend stationwagons for:Cost: Travellers Autobarn offer stationwagons to rent from a day, or you can buy one for about 00 – 00


The perfect vehicle for groups of two who are planning on living life on the road for a long period of time (6+ months).

We recommend campervans for:

  • People who have some extra cash to spend on a vehicle
  • Travellers who prefer their home comforts such as fridge, kitchen sink and gas stove.
  • Travellers who are planning on sleeping in their vehicle every night and are looking for a little more room.
  • Travellers who are confident with driving a manual

Cost: Bag yourself a campervan for anything between $9900 – $16, 000 or rent one from $45 a day.


The perfect choice for a couple or two mates who are looking to cruise around Australia at a chilled out pace.

We recommend vans for:

  • People who can be flexible with their budget and are happy to spend a bit more
  • People who are planning on spending most nights on their trip sleeping in their vehicle
  • People who planning on roadtrippin’ for a couple of months
  • People who are happy to drive a manual

Kuga CampervanCost: Pick up a van from Travellers Autobarn from around 00 – 00 or rent one from a day


We recommend 4WD’s for:

  • Travellers who have some cash to spend
  • Travellers who are looking to head off the beaten track
  • Groups of 2 – 5 who are planning on sleeping in hostels and motels at night.
  • Experienced drivers who will be confident handling such a big and powerful car
  • Nature lovers who want to explore the most remote parts of Australia.

Cost: A 4WD from Traveller’s Autobarn will cost you between 00 – , 000.

To buy or rent? That’s the question…

Once you’ve decided on the vehicle that’s right for you and your trip the next decision you need to make is whether to buy or rent your vehicle in Australia.

Below is a list of some important factors you need to consider before you make the call:

  1. How long are you going to be travelling around Australia for?

This is the most important factor to consider when you’re debating whether to rent or buy your campervan or car. If you’re only planning on hitting the open road for 3 – 4 months (or less) then we recommend you rent. The benefits of doing this are:

  • They come equipped with all the campervan essentials you need
  • 24 / 7 roadside assistance
  • Toll free service number
  • Access to free camp grounds

If you are planning on staying in Australia for as long as possible then buying probably makes the most sense for you. If you are travelling in Australia for a year or 2 then it’s likely you’ll have to find work at some point and having your own vehicle will help to open up lots of possibilities for you – especially if you are planning on doing the farm work that’s essential for getting your 2nd year visa.

  1. How much money do you have?

At the end of the day it all comes down to how much dollar you are willing to spend. If you are a backpacker with cash to spare (lucky you), then renting is an easy option that offers no worries, no hassle and extra security.

If you are working to a tight budget then we recommend you take the time to shop around for a good deal on a vehicle. Don’t forget to consider how much you will get back when you sell it at the end of your trip.

  1. Looking for complete freedom?

If you want to come and go as you please, you want the option to change your route whenever, paint it, bump it – then buying your own vehicle is for you.

There are a number of benefits to renting your vehicle but if you’re really looking for the ultimate freedom out on the open road then owning your wheels is the way forward.

  1. What kind of traveller are you?

If the idea of breaking down on the side of the road in the outback and having to flag down a stranger to tow you to the nearest local garage is your idea of a nightmare then owning your vehicle might not be for you and renting gives you extra security and minimum fuss if something happens.

On the other hand if you’re adventurous, confidant and more than happy to deal with unplanned scenarios then buying is the way to go.

Top tips for selling your vehicle at the end of your trip

When it’s time to pack up your bags, dust the sand off your flip flops and start wearing all white to show off your awesome tan it’s also time to sell your vehicle on.

Vans 4WD’s are one of the best cars to travel around Australia in. They are expensive to buy, and expensive to run – but don’t let that put you off. If you’re planning a adrenaline filled Aussie roadtrip adventure then this could be the car for you. TO BUY- ORTO RENT- Untitled design