A road trip in a motor home is the ideal way to see Australia when visiting on vacation. You can travel at your own pace and fit as much or as little as you like into one day. You have the freedom to decide where you want to go and your vehicle becomes your home away from home. You will need to find somewhere to park the motor home at nights and a holiday park is the recommended place to stay.
A camper van is a van style vehicle without a shower and toilet; usually 2 to 3 berth but some options can accommodate up to 4 people. These campers are usually have a permanent hi-top roof but some options will have an easily erected pop-top roof. The advantage of a pop-top roof is a lower center of gravity and less wind resistance while driving; the disadvantage being the need to raise the roof.
You also have the choice of a wide variety of holiday parks; catering to almost every need. There are 2 major chains of holiday parks in Australia; Top Tourist Holiday Parks and Big4 Holiday Parks. In additional there are many independent holiday parks and campgrounds that may be operated by local town councils or state National Parks authorities.
Top Tourist Holiday Parks have 190 parks operating under their banner and Big4 Holiday Parks have 170 parks, both spread throughout every state in Australia.
An example of this choice is displayed in the popular tourist destination of South West Rocks in New South Wales. Although the town is quite small in population the traveling tourist is well catered for with 4 holiday parks and camp grounds
There is a park operated by the Big4 chain, one operated by the Top Tourist chain, one operated by the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, and one operated by the local Kempsey Council. Each provides powered sites for motor homes along with other facilities and each has a unique character and locality.
To assist in locating a park the Big4 website allows users to select from a map based navigation and will display all parks in each state in Australia. The Top Tourist website also has a feature search where ‘motor home’ or ‘powered site’ can be selected to display only parks with the selected facilities.
When booking a site at a holiday park you need to keep in mind what your needs are. Are you traveling with children? What facilities do you require? Does the park offer security for peace of mind?
Many people hiring a motor home will be families with children so check out what the holiday park has to offer them before you make a booking. Most holiday parks offer a range of facilities just for the kids: swimming pools, mini golf, tennis and basketball courts, toddler pools and safe and secure playgrounds.
During the summer holiday periods many parks now offer Kid’s Club Activities with games, movies, face-painting – all sorts of activities to amuse the kids and give the parents a well-earned break. Many parks now put together package deals where the kids can enjoy Kids Club activities and extras such as movie tickets or ten-pin bowling games, while Mum and Dad can enjoy a massage or a relaxing dinner.
By taking all the factors in consideration motor homes should be preferred over camper van for traveling in Australia.