Whether you’re a grey nomad or young 20-30yr old looking for some fun and adventure, there’s a few things you need to know first before heading to that caravan dealership.
Here, we’ve created a list of the most important road trip tips and caravaning advice you need to be aware of before hitting the road.
Purchasing a caravan
- The first thing you need to consider when purchasing a caravan is how much your budget is. Motor homes can end up in the hundreds of thousands, so it’s best not to look at anything that’s not within your price range.
- Safety always needs to come first. You need something that you will feel comfortable towing around. If you’ve never towed a caravan before, caravan towing classes might be helpful.
- Fuel consumption is a big point of difference between different sized caravans. Large motor homes can guzzle up plenty of fuel, while a compact campervan will use a lot less.
- Make a list of everything you want your caravan or campervan to have. Do you want something that has a shower and toilet in it? How much space you will need will also depend on how many people will be travelling and staying in the van.
Before hitting the road, consider these important points.
- Always double and triple check that you’ve fitted your caravan with special rear-view
mirrors, and that the towbar is secure and the correct fit.
- Ensure that you’ve attached the electrical cable for the stoplights on your caravan.
- Check the weather conditions for the days you’ll be travelling. Look at both the weather you’ll be leaving in, and what you should expect to experience on your arrival.
- Do your research and plan your route, booking in all of your caravan park spots on the way. These parks do get booked out, especially in peak seasons, so you don’t want to risk missing out and having nowhere to stay.
Places to go
Australia has so many wonderful places to caravan to. Here is our pick of some of the best spots:
Broken Hill, NSW
Broken Hill is a great outback destination to head to. The roads to access Broken Hill are all sealed, and there are two caravan parks here that offer the complete range of caravan park services.
Rainbow Beach, QLD
If heading to the beach is more what you had in mind, Rainbow Beach in Queensland is the place to go. Bordering the incredible Great Sandy National Park, here you’ll see the magnificent coloured sands and surrounding woodlands.
Because Broome has such great weather all year round, it’s a popular destination for caravanners. With 8 big caravan parks both inside and outside town, there’s plenty of room for everyone. The Cable Beach caravan park is one of the best spots here.
Alice Springs, NT
Tourists flock to Alice Springs in the Red Centre, and there are many camping options to choose from. Whether you want to stay close to where the action is, or further out in a quieter bush location, it’s entirely up to you.