What is the best way to see the most of Australia: rental car or campervan?
Posted on 02/04/2020 by Spaceships Crew
The best way to experience Australia like a local is by self-drive. Hiring a rental car or a campervan is the perfect way to do this. Driving in Australia is easy – you just need to remember to stay on the left side of the road and master driving the right way around a roundabout (especially in places like Noosa!).
The independence of a self-drive holiday has huge benefits
Avoid the crowds. You can check out attractions when no one else is there. Instead of arriving on a tour bus with 40 other tourists. Allowing you to get the best photos and have the best experience possible.
Flexibility. Driving a rental vehicle allows you to make your itinerary and change it at the last second. Stay an extra day for local markets or events that you only just found out about. Hungry? Stop at a cool café you drive past. Hot day? Stop at the beach for a swim.
Is it easy to rent a car in Australia?
Renting a car in Australia is no different to any other country. Various sizes are available, Compact, Midsize, Full size, SUV. You go to the rental company, sign some paperwork and off you go. Which is great as you are on the road. You have your car, but that is it, just a car.
Road trip survival in a rental car
Australia is a large country, it is also a hot country. There is nothing in your rental car to keep your drinks and food cold. Yes, you could by an Esky (coolbox), buy ice and get by. Then the ice melts, food gets waterlogged and at the end of your trip, you have a large bit of plastic to go into landfill. Not helping the war against plastic!
Will your Esky heat up the kettle for an afternoon coffee at the next scenic rest stop? How much extra money are you going to end up spending on takeaways and drinks?
Take your rental car experience to the next level
The Ultimate Road Trip!! Spaceships Campervans are here to help! Our vehicles are designed to be just like a car to drive but with all features of a larger motorhome. You might not think that “camping” is for you, but travelling in a Spaceship does not need to be a camping holiday!
The Beta 2S is our premium model that is here to provide that perfect upgraded rental car experience to explore Australia. It has a discreet and sleek look with a little branding. Some features you will find with the Beta 2S:
- Fridge – to keep your drinks and food cold
- Cooking equipment (even a kettle) - Everything needed to cook a delicious breakfast by the beach – or just to brew a coffee to perk you up during your afternoon drive.
- USB ports – to keep phones and other devices charged for your road trip (especially the GPS)
- Bluetooth Stereo with aux cable – What is a road trip without a good playlist
- Camps Australia wide map book – An easy way to plan your route and find attractions/petrol stations/free campsites/rest areas.
No better way than by campervan
What’s more Spaceships goal is to make things easy for you! We don’t have all the extra fees that Rental Cars have:
- No one-way fees
- No additional Driver fees
- Unlimited kilometres
- No younger driver fees
- + We include everything you need for your ultimate road trip
We mentioned flexibility earlier, part of being flexible on your Spaceships Roadtrip is you don’t have to sleep in your Spaceship every night or any night! The cost of hiring a Spaceship is comparable to hiring a car! But it gives you an extra option! You can stay at Eco-retreats/Hotels/Air BnB’s every night and just use your Spaceships for driving + the extra features like cooking equipment+fridge.
One night you might find a beautiful National Park with a free campsite – change your plans – kick back, watch the sunset and stars come out then sleep in the serene silence that can only be found away from the urban hustle and bustle.
Even more advantages when travelling in a Spaceship
Storage Space. There is plenty of storage space for your luggage. You can forget about needing to lug your heavy suitcase in and out of a rental car. You can leave it where it is, even if you are staying in alternative accommodation, you can easily just take what you need in a daypack and leave the rest in the secure/lockable storage compartment.
Add table and chairs to be able to soak in the beautiful surrounding in comfort with a glass of wine and cheese and crackers (all kept cold in the fridge!). Friendly Staff. Our staff are passionate about travelling in Australia, a bit different from normal rental car staff. All our customers are going on holiday and are here to enhance that holiday! We will spend time with you showing you how all the features of your Spaceship work and give you plenty of secret tips about where to go and what to see!
Making changes to your booking is free! No hidden fees at all – we stand by this – the rental car industry has a lot of rogue operators who add on extra fees when you pick up your van. We promise the price you see online is the price you’ll pay!
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