Road trips are the all the rage right now. And it’s a trend we’re going to see stick around well into 2021. With coronavirus putting a dampener on any overseas trips you had planned, it’s likely you’re on the hunt for a new adventure to take its place.
Enter: the campervan. Or more specifically, the custom-made campervan. Because if we’re going to rent a house on wheels, we want all the mod cons our tent lacks. Keep reading for three local businesses who are making Queensland campervan hire a cinch, and dishing up cosy interiors perfect for all the Instagram content you’re going to be putting up.
Holidaying in a van doesn’t need to be disorganised, ugly or uncomfortable—just look at the goods being dished up by Sunshine Coast business, Drifters Campervans. With two campervans for rent—going by the names of Huey and Hendrix—these custom-built spaces have been finished with the finest materials and packed with awesome local products. Expect to roll open the doors to find hotel-quality bedding, coffee by Noosa roastery, Padre, built-in power outlets, camping furniture, stovetop and fridge. There’s no limit to how many kms you can travel, insurance is included and the only requirement is that you pick up and drop off the vans on the Sunshine Coast, which doesn’t sound too hard at all. Prices start at $99 and you can find out more here.
Little Camper Co.
If you’re on the hunt for cheap campervan hire in Queensland, off-the-grid company Little Camper Co. is your go-to. Perfect for loading up with your favourite road tripping partner and travelling anywhere your wanderlusting heart takes you, these vans are like teeny tiny cabins you can take with you. Complete with a fully-functional kitchen—including sink, fresh water, pots and pans—and a self-sustainable solar power system, if a night in the middle of nowhere under the stars is right up your alley, consider your accommodation and transport, sorted! Prices start at just $79 per night and you can find out more here.
For all the city-slickers who are ready to escape the lights for a long weekend drive, Brisbane campervan hire company Cosy Campers has just the thing. Upping the ante on what comes to mind when you think of campervans, Cosy Campers offer super-stylish accommodation thanks to their Mercedes camper conversion. Channelling a chilled Southern Californian vibe, you’ll appreciate the reclaimed timber details and high-end linen when you’re living and sleeping in such a small space. Whether you want to hunt down secluded national parks or some of Queensland best camping spots, this home away from home is about as comfy as they come. Prices start at $190 per day and you can find out more here.
What's better than a cosy vintage campervan? A dog-friendly cosy vintage campervan. All furry friends are welcome in Ventured Campers lodgings on wheels, and while they've only got one available at the moment, there's two more currently being kitted out that will coming online soon. For now though, you can rumble off in Bilbo, their 1988 Nissan Urvan, that's been given a millenial-worthy makeover using upcycled materials with a fully equiped (and even tiled) kitchen, a queen bed that transforms into a cosy table, a 22" TV and inbuilt bluetooth speaker system. The van is totally self-sufficient, with solar panels,100L fresh water capacity and grey water tank, a toilet and an en-suite shower tent. They've even thrown in some board games, so all you have to do is pack the snacks. Prices start at $99 a day and you can find out more here.
Dolce Sole Camper
With a custom vintage interior design by digital creators Tegan and Ned, this yellow Fiat Ducato has a simple and sleek appearance on the outside and explodes with Italian charm and character on the inside. Heavily inspired by the colours and decor of the beautiful Amalfi Coast, this tall spacious layout has a warm homely feel to it and the height you can comfortably walk around in without having to crouch. You won’t ever feel blue when driving around in this charming yellow camper. Prices start at $200 and you can find out more here.
The Slow Lane
For fans of living life in the slow lane, this 2013 Toyota Coaster fits that bill perfectly. It’s one of the most unique vans you’ll see too: The Slow Lane is a custom-built motorhome fitted inside a Coaster bus and decked out with quality furnishings and fittings. A coffee machine, barbecue, stereo, fridge and freezer are just a few of the many amenities. Prices start at $160 and you can find out more info here.
Would you like your road trip to be in a converted 1970s Mercedes bus? If so, check out Mojud, a uniquely converted Mercedes O309D for 70s-style adventures in an 18-feet vehicle. Mojud sleeps two and has a large queen-size bed as well as an indoor and outdoor kitchen, stereo and fridge. Live out your childhood fantasies of taking an excursion in the Magic School Bus. Prices start at $145 and you can find out more info here.
Get groovy in this Toyota Hiace that is packed with unique features, from its gorgeous interior to its huge range of luxuries. Among many other facilities, Omeo has a Nutribullet and a French press, a premium quality foam mattress and reading lights with USB. The owners are easygoing about distances and bookings too: Omeo offers one-way trips along the Eastern Coast from any major city between Melbourne and Cairns and has flexible pick-up and drop-off times. Better still, discounts apply for longer trips. Who doesn’t love a discount? Prices start at $139 and you can find out more info here.
Hit the ground running in this camper. Owner Paul calls The Sprinter “the ultimate campervan”, fitted out with luxury amenities but designed to look like a cargo van for easy free or urban stealth camping—not that we're encouraging you, of course. We also love the fab features of this converted 2015 Mercedes Sprinter, including full insulation, heating, full-size kitchen sink, plenty of socket and charging points, and a permanently fixed queen-size bed with memory foam mattress. Prices start at $139 and you can find out more info here.
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Image credit: Drifters Campers, Little Camper Co., Cosy Campers, Ventured Campers