What Type of Campervan Traveller are you – Family Fun
One of the great things about a campervan road trip is that the journey, not necessarily the destination, is where the best memories are made. Indeed, a campervan allows you to not only explore off the map destinations, it is also a great way to bond with loved ones and family on the open road.
If you have taken the Britz "What type of campervan traveler are you?" quiz and primarily chosen Option A, then you no doubt understand the importance of making a campervan holiday a family affair. Indeed, there is something special about watching the kids explore and experience new things in a fun and safe way.
Planning your family campervan adventure
Taking a campervan holiday does require some planning and your first decision should be choosing the right vehicle for your family’s needs. Start by asking yourself questions like:
Do you need a campervan that is easy to drive?
Do you need something built to be a serious home-away-from-home?
Do you need a 2WD or 4WD vehicle?
Britz has 10 different styles of campervans available for hire, each with their own personality and features. A case in point, the Explorer campervan sleeps four people and is the perfect weekender for a small family, while the Frontier is ideal for larger families or even two small families. It sleeps six, has its own toilet and shower, self-contained kitchen and an LCD screen with DVD player.
Both options are great for long Australian road trips, a perfect segway to your next decision – where to go?
Deciding the destination
Travelling from capital city to capital city is a popular route for families with a hired camper as these well-travelled routes usually boast a larger variety of activities to keep the kids entertained. Luckily, the east coast of Australia has some of the nation’s premier road trips for families. These include drives such as the Great Ocean Road between Sydney and Melbourne, or the Legendary Pacific Highway between Sydney and Brisbane.
If you choose to travel from Melbourne to Sydney, take the kids to spot the fairy penguins and seals at Phillip Island as well as let them hear the quartz sand squeak beneath their feet as they run along Squeaky Beach (located in Wilsons Promontory National Park). Head north and snap a family photo in front of the iconic 12 Apostles before heading up to Jarvis Bay in NSW for a dolphin watch cruise. Finish the adventure by watching the hang-gliders soar along the picturesque Grand Pacific Drive from Wollongong to Sydney.
For those heading north to the Sunshine State along the Pacific Highway, start your trip with a stopover in the Hunter Valley. Parents can enjoy a wine tasting tour while the kids can check out the kangaroos, koalas and more at the Hunter Valley Zoo. Continue north past stunning Port Stephens until you reach Forster/Tuncurry. Here the kids can swim with wild dolphins or hire a kayak and paddle out to the sand islands at the head of the estuary. Stop off for a family photo in front of the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour and enjoy the boutique shopping and live music at Byron Bay before crossing the border into Queensland.
No family adventure to Queensland is complete without a day pass to the Gold Coast theme parks – Sea World, Dreamworld and Wet-and-Wild. It will be the highlight of the trip for many young’uns and for those grommets who prefer the waves, teach them to surf in the light swells of Surfers Paradise. Finish the tour with a stroll through Brisbane’s King George Square.
Where to stay
The beauty of a campervan holiday is that you can literally stay where ever you like. Indeed, there are many caravan parks along the way that have some great facilities and prime locations along the best beaches in Australia. A powered site can vary in cost from $30AUD up to $80AUD a night depending on the season and location, yet you will often get access to some quality facilities such as swimming pools, gaming rooms and restaurants.
If you are thinking about a campervan holiday this year, organize a quote from Britz and treat the kids to an adventure they will never forget.