First Time Motorhome in Australia

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First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby VIncent U » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:08 pm

Hi guys,

my name is Vincent from Germany. My wife and I are planning to rent a motor home (RV) and discover South/West Australia with a rented motor home.

Starting: Perth
Duration: 4- 5 days
Ending: Perth

I have never been to Australia before and I am also a newbie to motor homes.

Do you have any recommendations or experiences on following points:

Renting a motor home

Camp sites around that area that we have to visit

Costs of camp sites

Threats especially in South West Australia

Important things I have to bring, that are in the rented motorhome

Thank you so much for your help!


Best regards,

Vincent & Sally
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Re: First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:01 am

VIncent U wrote:
Starting: Perth
Duration: 4- 5 days
Ending: Perth



Hello Vincent and WELCOME to the forum.

Need to qualify something in your post please.....are you serious about the duration of only 4-5 days to tour the south of Western Australia??
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Re: First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby xmasbaby67 » Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:01 pm

:hello: Welcome Vincent & Sally.....

What time of year are you wanting to travel and exactly how far do you want to go in those 5 days???

Western Australia is a massive size....where are your must sees so then we can help you a little more.

Always make sure you have sufficient water supplies, bug repellant (depending on what time of year you plan on travelling), proper clothes for the climate as some places can still get quite cool in summer at night & of course food supplies.

Not sure what the rental companies include in their prices eg: linen, cutlery, crockery, cooking tools, etc.

Looking forward to hearing where you plan to go so we can chat more about what you need to know. :cheers
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Re: First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby VIncent U » Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:56 pm

Hi guys,

thanks so much for the quick reply!

Well, unfortunately I only have those 4-5 days left for my holidays. I will go to Australia in September for a business trip and then combine it.

My trip will start in Perth and I was thinking to head to the south and end up somewhere around Albany, before i go directly back to Perth then.
I would love to spend some time in national parks but also on the beach.
I hope the weather wont be that hot, I currently live and work in Indonesia and the its always aroung 31 degrees here. I need something more cold....

Are you guys recommending to go to the south or rather heading north of Perth?


Best regards,

Vincent
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Re: First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby xmasbaby67 » Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:04 pm

I am from New South Wales and have never been to Western Australia (it's on my bucket list though)

Perth to Albany is only a little over 400kms so say 4.5 hrs to get to Albany. Also the Stirling Range National Park is only 100kms from Albany and it looks great. I found this link with prices etc for your info.

http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/component/option,com_hotproperty/task,view/id,63/Itemid,755/

Also this website is a good one for driving distances and what to see

http://www.drivewa.com/item/257/driving-distances.html

Also try and fit in Margaret River is you are a wine lover as that is one of Australia's most famous wine districts.

You could see a little bit to give you a real taste to come back to Oz and see some more.... ::)
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Re: First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby GypsyLady » Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:10 pm

I am the same as XB....never been to WA so cannot give you any advice of there at all, I am sorry to say. I am in Qld....opposite side of the continent.

The information XB has supplied looks like it might be on the mark and I am not sure if we have any members here from WA.......let's hope we do and they come forward to help out.

Rosco used to live there so maybe he can offer some assistance.
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Re: First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby Lockyer » Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:30 pm

I'm the same as Gypsylady, I do have inlaw's who are German and without knowing if you have been to Australia before, my inlaw's thought they could hire a car and drive to Ayres Rock and back in a day, we explained to them that it would take them 2 days non stop to travel there and another 2 days back. It seemed the travel agent had them thinking Australia isn't that big, that soon changed when they arrived..

enjoy your travels down under, cheers
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Re: First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby xmasbaby67 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:16 pm

I have found a map that may help you to visualise just how BIG Australia is compared to other countries....

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Re: First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby Paul M1 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:46 pm

Great pic that really sums it all up at once

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Re: First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby xmasbaby67 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:37 pm

I found it really amazing as you just really get the picture of how BIG our great country really is!!! :armsup
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Re: First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby VIncent U » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:17 pm

Hey guys,

thanks for the great comments!

I think its amazing how big your country is and its a pity that only have those 5 days to see it.
Anyway I'm really excited!
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Re: First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby GypsyLady » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:14 am

VIncent U wrote:Hey guys,

thanks for the great comments!

I think its amazing how big your country is and its a pity that only have those 5 days to see it.
Anyway I'm really excited!



Maybe....it will inspire you to come back for a longer visit Vincent.
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Re: First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby Poodle Jewel » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:35 pm

I toured the whole western Australia coast line about 20 years ago,Albany has all the history of the whaling but i could not stand to see the videos of the slaughter so did`t hang around there long. September IS whale season and i did see many Southern Right whales off the coast line they also have the swimming with the Tiger sharks. the weather can change very suddenly and although it was summer (Novemeber) when i went there were many cold windy 12 degrees Celcius days. the actually coastline is beautiful and rugged and there are places just inland from Perth such as Wave Rock that are worth seeing. Perth itself i found was a great city.yes 5 days is a short time so i hope you make the best of it.
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Re: First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby VIncent U » Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:47 pm

So this will be the route:

Perth
Dunsborough
Margaret River
Denmark
Albany
Perth

Anybody any recommendations what to see, where to go, and where to park the camping van?

Best regards,

Vincent
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Re: First Time Motorhome in Australia

Postby xmasbaby67 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:27 am

Sorry Vincent but I'm not much help there.... :?

All I can say is enjoy and have a wine for me while at Margaret River!!! :cheers

Please post a trip report when you get back as some of the places you are going are on our bucket list to visit one day when the kids have become independent... :+ :+ :+ and I would love to hear what you thought of them.

HAVE A GREAT TIME!!!!! :?#
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