Start your Australian adventure from the north, traversing the enormous island country in all directions in a campervan. In a mobile home, you can get to wherever you want to go, even with the kitchen sink. This means that all of the country’s famous sights and destinations are at your fingertips, or at least after a few days’ driving.
Picking up in the Northern Territory capital of Darwin, you can visit the outback town of Alice Springs, passing breath-taking national parks like Litchfield, Kakadu and Nitmiluk. These areas are dreamlike landscapes for the adventurous type, with rivers to canoe, rocks to abseil and caves to…cave. The first thing you’ll notice the further you head into the outback, is that you have a freedom to stop off and admire the remarkable views of craggy rocks, orange sand and dry vegetation that seemingly goes on forever.
The drive from Darwin to Alice Springs takes a consecutive 18 hours along National Highway 1 and 87, but with the comfort of a campervan, you can take a break from the road and cook up a lunch of sausages or visit a rare natural spring. When you arrive in the quintessential outback town of Alice Springs, you can park up in one of the caravan parks and explore. Pop into a pub for a cool drink, visit the galleries of local artworks, check out the residents of the reptile centre or experience a camel ride through desert-like terrain. Alice Springs is also your gateway to the Red Centre and its awesome scenery. Blessed with features like the great Uluru, Devils Marbles, Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta, you could spend a week in Alice Springs and you won’t have seen everything.
With the use of a campervan, you can be your own tour guide and decide where to go next. You could head south to The Flinders Ranges and Adelaide in South Australia, where the hills roll into the distance, the food and drink is always local and the coast is alive with wildlife. Or, you could stay in the north of the country and take the drive to Cairns in the tropics of Queensland. About 28 hours from Alice Springs via National Highways 87, 66, A2, A6 and A1, Cairns is the complete opposite of the outback. Between the dense greenery of the Daintree Rainforest and the gloriously blue waters of the ocean, Cairns is a springboard to the Great Barrier Reef, so you can swap the campervan for a boat and spend a day or two cruising and snorkelling around the coral.
Now you’re on the East Coast, you can do the ultimate drive down to Brisbane or Sydney, passing through seaside towns with coastal views, ocean activities and island escapes. The 18-hour drive from the north to the south of Queensland includes numerous whale-watching locations between July and November including Mackay and Hervey Bay. As well as being a premier destination in its own right, Hervey Bay is also the door to Fraser Island, possibly the most unique island in the world. Not only does it boast a 175-mile coastal highway, 4WD heaven and rainforest, it’s also entirely built on sand. The paradisiacal Whitsunday Islands are just a short hop from Airlie Beach, where clean white sand, turquoise waters and beach games await.
Brisbane is your first experience of a big city in Australia. Sandwiched between the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, it might just be Australia’s number one entertainment district with casinos, theme parks, resorts, shopping and more. Rather than staying in the city, drive south to the Gold Coast, and see if Surfers Paradise, Mermaid Beach and Broadbeach Waters are as good as they sound.
When you’ve had enough of Brisbane, it’s time to head to Sydney, but take it leisurely by stopping in the famously laidback Byron Bay, exploring the beauty of Bundjalung and Yuraygir National Parks, and catching sights of migrating whales from Coffs Harbour, Nambucca Heads, and Port Macquarie. There are undisturbed views of the ocean along this 10-hour coastal drive, and regular idyllic towns for when you need to fill up on fuel, grab some food or rest.
As one of the most popular drives in the world, this road is used to those travelling in campervans. When you get into Sydney, drive over the Harbour Bridge and take in one of the most iconic cities in the world. The glory of the Sydney Opera House, the history of The Rocks, the trendy suburbs of Surry Hills
and Darlinghurst where coffee flows, and the beach vibes of Bondi, Bronte and Coogee all make Sydney the city you can’t help but love. The hustle and bustle of this major city may make it difficult to park your camper, so head for the outskirts and travel into the centre on public transport.
With Mighty Campers, you can choose to travel as far and wide as you like. With pick-up and drop-off locations in Darwin, Alice Springs, Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney, as well as Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, you can truly experience Australia. You can choose your destination when booking, but if you want to extend your journey, you can call them up and let them know – phone signal dependent!
Not only do Mighty Campers provide a range of campervans in Australia, they’re also available in New Zealand, where you can discover the mountains, crystal-clear lakes and alpine regions of the North and South Islands.
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