EXPLORING THE OUTBACK IN STYLE
by Kristof Haines
Those hunting for a taste of the real Australia need to experience the Outback at least once, but what many people don’t realise is that there are some ways of exploring this extraordinary environment that are superior to others.
Campervan or motorhome hire in Australia is a much loved local tradition and particularly well suited to Outback travel. Any kind of Outback road trip
is bound to be a memorable experience, but taking this journey in a campervan or motorhome provides an extra level of convenience, flexibility and
luxury for an adventure that you’re sure to remember for years to come.
Whether you choose to hire a vehicle in Melbourne, which allows you to incorporate the stunning Great Ocean Road into your trip; start in the south with an Adelaide hire and cruise up the remote Stuart Highway; or give yourself the option to explore vibrant national parks like Kakadu and Litchfield with a Darwin rental, Australia’s Red Centre is your goal.
Your accommodation goes with you
It should come as no surprise that accommodation options in the Outback are fairly limited. If you’re travelling by car, you have to plan each leg of your journey carefully, to arrive in time at the few places in this vast desert that offer shelter. With a campervan or motorhome, however, there’s no need to worry about where to lay your head at night. Having your 'motel' with you provides an immense amount of flexibility in the way you can travel, not to mention savings on accommodation.
Free camping is possible in many places in the Outback and even if you’d like to opt for a little more comfort, booking a campervan site will still be a good deal cheaper than other accommodation options. Remember that if you’re planning to free camp (parking up outside of designated campgrounds) then you’d be best to hire a campervan or motorhome that is certified self-contained, so you don't negatively affect the environment.
The perfect mix of luxury and adventure
The Australian Outback is a rugged and unforgiving place. The isolated, almost-alien nature of this environment forms a large part of the region’s appeal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little bit of luxury to your Outback adventure. Rather than roughing it in a tent or hopping from roadhouse to roadhouse, you can take many of the comforts of home along with you on your journey through the desert.
At the same time, it’s easy to bring along everything you need to set out on foot and get among the red rock and rare oases of the Outback. Choosing between comfort and discovery just isn’t necessary when you use a campervan or motorhome to traverse Australia’s Outback.
More time to do what you love
Looking at a map of Australia, it’s easy to underestimate the distances involved in an Outback expedition, but it only takes a quick glance at the kilometres to realise that this is a journey of epic proportions.
No matter how you tackle the trip through Australia’s Red Centre, a lot of your time will be spent driving. There’s nothing wrong with that of course - much of the charm in an Outback road trip lies in the serenity provided by the immense empty spaces stretching much further than the eye can see. This does mean however that those who are on a tight schedule will have limited time to explore Outback attractions such as the iconic Uluru or the incongruously lush environment of King’s Canyon.
Things like packing and unpacking clothes or setting up a tent become more than mere annoyances: they steal precious time that you could be using to delve into the secrets and wonders of this amazing place.
With a campervan or motorhome, Australia’s most famous inland place is at your doorstep. Everything you need is with you all the way, so there’s no need to waste time on anything other that experiencing and enjoying the Outback to the fullest.
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