Campervan hire on the Sunshine Coast | Where to book, what to know
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The Sunshine Coast isn't just about white sandy beaches and coastal views – and in a campervan, you'll get to discover absolutely everything that the region has to offer. In fact, its expansive offerings, stretching from Caloundra in the south to Cooloola National Park in the north seem to be made for travel by caravan.
Our guide to campervan hire on the Sunshine Coast includes where to find one, what your options are and some frequently asked questions to help you prepare for your trip.
Where to book a caravan on the Sunshine Coast
They may have originally started in New Zealand, but Jucy has taken the Aussie backpacker market by storm. Their bright green and purple custom campervans run the gamut from ultra-budget to a more luxurious option with a hot shower inside.
- Rentals for drivers 18+
- Dog-friendly campers available
- Some models have kitchens and toilets
Image: Travellers Autobarn
Established in 1993, Travellers Autobarn is a caravan hire company aimed at budget and youth travellers and are one of the few that rent to drivers under 21 years old.
- Rentals for drivers 18+
- No young driver fees
- Free 24-hour roadside assistance
- Access to free and discounted campgrounds and caravan parks
Maui is a long-standing luxury brand in the campervan market. Travellers can expect apartment-style living in a movable home, with stylish additions such as wine glasses, a coffee plunger on board and even a linen exchange and valet service.
- Vehicles with automatic transmission available
- Almost brand new vehicles
- Wide range of vehicles to choose from
Getting Aussies out on the road since 1985, Apollo is all about hiring out late-model caravans to holiday-goers willing to splash out a bit more for quality.
- Higher-end and late-model vehicles
- 24/7 roadside assist and unlimited kilometres included
- 2-berth hi-top caravans to 6-berth luxury motorhomes available
Image: Cheapa Campa
6. Cheapa Campa
Specialising in low-cost campervan rentals for budget-conscious travellers, Cheapa Campa's fleet of caravans include fuss-free options for couples all the way up to roomy 6-berth vehicles for families and groups.
- Most options are hi-tops so you can stand upright
- 3 to 5-year-old-vehicles
- 4WD vehicles available
Carmpervan hire pick-up locations on the Sunshine Coast
While you'll find smaller operators dotted around the Sunshine Coast (including Marcoola, Coolum Beach, Maroochydore and Noosaville), you'll have the biggest choice and availability by hiring your caravan in Brisbane which is an hour away.
Tips for driving a caravan on the Sunshine Coast
- Make sure to take breaks or share the driving time if travelling long distances.
- Keep an eye out for kangaroos in remote areas, especially at dusk when they're most active.
- Get up early to avoid driving at night.
- Most campervans will not fit in a standard parking space, so keep an eye out for oversized spots and avoid low hanging branches or sun shades in parking lots.
- Cyclists are very common in built-up areas, so look out for riders and only pass when it's safe.
- Avoid driving on unsealed roads as this might not be covered in your insurance policy.
- A 50km speed limit applies in most residential areas of the Sunshine Coast.
- Be prepared and drive carefully on the winding and narrow roads in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
What to know before renting a campervan on the Sunshine Coast
What type of driver's licence do I need?
You can hire and drive a caravan on the Sunshine Coast as long as you have a full valid driver's licence written in English.
Are there any age restrictions to driving a caravan on the Sunshine Coast?
Many caravan hire companies have a minimum age requirement and some will have a young driver's surcharge for those under 25 years old. Maui, Britz and Apollo will allow drivers from 21 years old, and Cheapa Campa, Travellers Autobarn and Jucy will allow drivers as young as 18 years old.
Do I need specific caravan insurance?
While not a legal requirement, caravan insurance is offered as an additional option with most rental policies on the Sunshine Coast or can be purchased separately.
What does campervan hire on the Sunshine Coast cost?
A two-person caravan hire can start from $29 a day with more deluxe models fetching up to $110 per day.
For larger vehicles, a six-person campervan starts from $140 per day with luxury models getting up to $285 per day.
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