Australia by campervan: guide to the 15 best things to see and do
Posted on 22/06/2018 by Spaceships Crew
Australia is a great country for campervan travel. It is a vast nation of which a huge majority is still unpopulated and genuinely there to be explored, though most travellers prefer to stick fairly close to the coast, where most of the action is, as well as the people Australia by campervan guide will get you off the beaten track, so you can experience the real Australia.
A campervan is a perfect way to cruise along the golden coasts of the Land Down Under. It gives you the freedom to stop and explore whenever you feel like it, to travel at your own speed, and to any destination you choose. It’s easy to hire a top camper over there too, so all you have to do is fly out and be ready for an adventure.
But what should you do and where should you go when you get there? As mentioned Australia is a huge country so there is an endless list of things you could do, but that’s not really very helpful is it? Well, here is a proper Australia by campervan guide so you can find the places you should visit and things you really should do
Australia by campervan: your guide to 15 must-see things
Pfew, that was a massive task... Listing only 15 must-see things in Australia. The country has so much to offer. Check out this Australia by campervan guide and you'll see incredible sights and will do some amazing stuff.
1. Sydney Opera House
This is a must for most travellers to Australia and you can’t really miss it if you visit Sydney. The iconic Opera House was created by world-renowned architect Louis Kahn, who famously (if somewhat arrogantly) said: “The sun did not know how beautiful its light was until it was reflected off this building.” Make your own mind up and don’t forget to examine the amazing auditoriums and spaces inside.
And if you're a big fan of city life there are more unforgettable things to do in Sydney. Just make sure to start your road trip after some time as Australia has so much more to offer. Picking up a Spaceships campervan in Sydney is easy and the friendly crew will get your road trip going in no time. Let's go explore this amazing country.
2. The Great Barrier Reef
Believe it or not, the Great Barrier Reef is bigger than the Great Wall of China and it is the only living thing that can be seen from space. It is a real wonder of the natural world so it is worth taking a look while you are in that part of the world. There are of course boat trips, snorkel and scuba activities around the reef, which are all good ways to see it and the plethora of sea life dependent on it for their survival.
It's definitely a must-see item that is high on our Australia by campervan guide for a reason... And should be on your travel bucket list. Great Barrier Reef is also part of our 6 sights in Australia you have to see to believe.
3. Karijini National Park
If you find yourself in Western Australia you should definitely head to Karijini National Park. It is very popular among walkers and rock climbers, and there are gorgeous pools where you can swim. The scenery here is unlike anything else so it’s a great spot for photography and for cruising around in your campervan.
4. Uluru (Ayers Rock)
This is another must-visit part of OZ. Uluru is the home of Ayers Rock and this vast plain is a sacred part of the Northern Territory. Be warned that this is the middle of nowhere, but that is part of the appeal. There are numerous walking tours of the area or helicopter tours for those with a head for heights.
5. Great Ocean Road
If you are driving through Australia you just have to cruise down Great Ocean Road (GOR). This road hugs the shoreline for 150 miles and offers a dramatic view of the ocean, the needles of rock that were once part of the mainland and the golden beaches and bays below.
To prepare for your Great Ocean Road trip, we've created the Ultimate Guide to Great Ocean Road. It's packed with info & facts about this awesome road trip. GOR should be high on your travel bucket list. The views are amazing. Therefore we've listed it on the 5th place in our Australia by campervan guide.
6. The Blue Mountains
Less than two hours from Sydney lie the astonishing Blue Mountains. The Three Sisters are the most famous peaks in this mountain range, where there are group hikes you can take part in along various trails. When you have walked enough you can take a relaxing river cruise back to Sydney, or maybe explore the Jenolan Caves.
Check out the blog post our intern Karolien wrote about her first road trip to the Blue Mountains. Her photos will convince you that the Blue Mountains are another must-see. Our Australia by campervan guide wouldn't be complete without it.
7. Gibb River Road
This is a real journey for real travellers. The Gibb River Road is known to many as the “last real adventure in Australia”. If you love going off the beaten path then this is the place for you. Gibb River Road will take you through some of the most remote areas of Western Australia.
Sounds good? Then make sure to read our Ultimate guide to driving Gibb River Road as well. That one has all the info specific for that area. It's the perfect addition to this Australia by campervan guide.
The island of Tasmania may be most famous because of an animated ‘devil’, but it has plenty of other things to offer if you head over in our motorhome. MONA is the new Museum of Old and New Art, which has been described as a “subversive adult Disneyland”. When in Tas you should also explore the historic Port Arthur and the Waterfront in Hobart.
9. Sunshine Coast
If you find yourself driving your motorhome in the Queensland area you will probably come across the Sunshine Coast. This is an area in south-west Queensland that borders the city and the Pacific coast. There you can hit the beach, visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo or one of the numerous national parks that can be found close by such as Mapleton Falls National Park or Kondalilla National Park.
There are no Geordies in this Newcastle, as it can be found a short drive from neighbouring city Sydney. In 2011 it was voted number 9 in the top cities to visit anywhere in the world and it does have plenty to offer. It’s less flash than its neighbour city but its people are friendly and welcoming, and they are usually more than happy to recommend the best proper Aussie eating and drinking spots, shops, beaches and more.
11. Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC)
If you are in Melbourne and you have a taste for sport, you should pay a visit to Melbourne Cricket Club. The MCC is a world famous cricket oval, and it is a humblingly huge arena where you can see some top class cricket and Australian rules football.
You'll also find a Spaceships depot in Melbourne, making it easy to start or finish your road trip in this funky city.
12. Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park is a protected area in Australia’s Northern Territory, south-east of Darwin. The park is located within the Alligator Rivers Region, so you can be sure of seeing some ‘interesting’ animals, as well as amazing verdant scenery with rushing rivers, dramatic waterfalls and gorges of epic proportions.
13. Barossa Valley
Northeast of Adelaide in South Australia you can visit the Barossa Valley, a major wine making area. There you can go wine tasting and visit the many vineyards in the district, and of obviously pick up a few bottles for gifts/later that evening.
14. Eureka Tower
The Melbourne Skyline is notable for the sky-scraping Eureka Tower, a structure built in 2006 that climbs almost 300 metres high. A trip to the top will give you the best view possible of Melbourne and all it has to offer.
15. Sydney Harbour Bridge
Just a (good) stone’s throw from Sydney Opera House is the almost equally iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is another Sydney sight that you have to check out, and if you are daring you can even climb it! Obviously, this has to be on a properly organised bridge climb – which is a real thing over there. What better way to get the best view of Sydney than the 440-foot summit?
Enjoy your epic Aussie road trip
If you want to take a road trip to remember Australia is the perfect country. It is vast so there is a huge amount to see; it is largely dry with good roads and it is full of fun, adventure and culture, from ancient to modern. You should now have enough information to pack up and get ready to go, so why not head out on an Australian adventure that you’ll never forget.
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