If the idea of camping in the outback excites you, but the idea of Australian critters creeping into your tent does not, it is time to invest in an RV. RVs are great options for those who enjoy camping but who also enjoy the comforts of home.
Depending on how often you’re planning on going camping, purchasing your own RV might be a good investment. But if you’re only planning on going camping on occasion, renting an RV is also an option.
What to Look for in an RV
Not all RVs are created the same. More basic campers are designed with the intent to provide a sleeping space, while more luxurious campers offer features such as kitchens and bathrooms. When you’re selecting an RV, you’ll have to keep in mind your budget. Here are some features you’ll want to take into consideration.
Think about how many family members you’re planning on bringing with you. Do you want to be in close quarters with one another, or would you prefer to spread out more? Larger RVs are also more likely to have full-size kitchens and multiple bathrooms. The size of your RV will also determine how much stuff you can bring with you.
If hauling your RV, you’ll also want to find a camper that has a weight limit that your vehicle is capable of pulling.
Think about what features are important to you. Is having an indoor kitchen something you really need, or would you prefer to cook open an open fire? Do you want an RV that has a cable hookup inside or are you planning on enjoying the outdoors as much as possible?
You might also want to consider the safety features the RV has. For example, if you have children or pets running around, you might want to invest in an RV with a good backup camera.
If purchasing or renting a used RV, you’ll want to steer away from RVs that might have issues. Check the roof for any cracks, look for any leaks from appliances, inspect corners and cabinets for traces of mold, make sure the tires are in good condition, and check for any mysterious odors.
You don’t want to spend money on an RV only to have it break down or create health issues for you.
Where to Go?
Once you’ve picked out the best RV for your camping trip, it’s time to choose your location! There are some great RV-friendly campsites all over Australia. There are plenty of websites out there that will help you find a campsite that is right for you.
Some favorite campgrounds include:
Maca’s Camping Ground
Located in the Northern Rivers region, this campsite offers a peaceful wildlife retreat. It’s also only 20 minutes from the coast, 15 minutes from Mount Jerusalem National Park, and 40 minutes from Byron Bay.
If you’re looking for a campsite where you can spend some time enjoying nature before heading out to explore, this is the ideal location. This location is especially great for birdwatchers. You’ll get the chance to see bush turkeys and peacocks strutting around camp.
Yamba Waters Holiday Park
A caravan park near the Clarence River, this campsite is for those that enjoy a mix of coastal activities and luxurious living. There are 11 beaches nearby to choose from, so you can spend your days surfing, swimming, fishing, sunbathing, snorkeling, and more.
After your day at the beach, you can head back to camp. This campsite offers a pool, lounge chairs, a playground, a guest kitchen, and more.
Padthaway Caravan Park
This campsite overlooks the Padthaway Valley and is the perfect location for animal lovers. You can explore nearby bushlands at The Padthaway Conservation Park to spot native Australian creatures such as koalas, kangaroos, and wallabies.
The campsite also has some animals of its own. Sheep, chickens, ducks, an emu, and a goat can all be found on site.
What to Pack
While you’ve probably already thought of the essentials, such as food, clothing, bedding, and hygiene supplies, here are some other handy items you’ll want to have in your RV.
Very important! There are over 62,000 insect species in Australia. If you don’t want to spend your trip getting bit by mosquitoes, bring some bug spray.
Australia has some powerful sunshine. To protect yourself from dangerous UV rays, bring hats, sunblock, and sunglasses.
A Cell Phone
If you find yourself in an emergency situation, you’ll want to be able to call for help. This is especially important if you’re traveling to locations you’re not familiar with.
Don’t forget to take pictures of your trip! Especially if this is the first time you’re exploring Australia, you won’t want to miss out on some great photo opportunities of the scenery and wildlife.