The First Timer’s Guide to The Great Australian Road Trip

Evening camp wit a fire on a quiet Sunshine Coast beach in a JAWA Off Road Camper

There is little as quintessentially Australian as hooking up the caravan and going on a road trip to explore the great outdoors. Admittedly, it can take weeks of meticulous planning and packing, but once that’s taken care of, you can embrace the freedom to go wherever you please! No wonder so many of us embrace the nomadic lifestyle in retirement. There is something truly wonderful about having the autonomy to explore remote locations, national parks and other natural wonders whilst also enjoying all the comforts of home that having a caravan, motorhome, or RV affords. 

Choosing the right camper or caravan for your travels is where the fun begins. It’s going to be your very own portable hotel room, so it pays to take your time and find one that will suit your needs. Personally, we opt for an off-road caravan for several reasons. Not only can we access locations that are off the beaten track, no matter how rough and rugged the terrain is, but they are also built from durable materials that can withstand the harsh Australian elements. No matter what weather conditions we encounter, we feel safe and protected in our comfy off-road caravan. Although they are slightly more expensive than a standard caravan, they can also be a very smart investment, as well-maintained campers can often hold their value, and it’s worth it for the added peace of mind they bring. 

Tips for a Fun and Safe Road TriP

The key to a successful road trip is all in the planning! Here are some things to consider before hitting the open road. 

Plan Your Route

Half the fun of going away for a break in your caravan or motorhome is being able to do exactly what you want, when you want, at a moment’s notice. So, whilst you may not want to tie yourself down to a tight itinerary, it is helpful to have an idea of the route you plan to take, and where you’ll stay when you get there. Knowing how long the journey is likely to take also allows you to plan those all-important breaks to stretch your legs and go to the bathroom. 

Prepare Your Vehicle

Before going on a long-haul road trip, it is always advisable to have a mechanic or someone knowledgeable about cars check over your vehicle. Some important things to check are; 

  • Tyre tread and pressure 
  • Oil levels 
  • Windscreen wiper fluid 
  • Brake fluid 
  • Coolant levels 
  • Car battery 
  • Brake lights 
  • Headlights 

Pack the Necessities

In order for your adventure to be as stress-free as possible, it’s important to pack all the necessities you’ll need such as; 

  • Medication 
  • First aid supplies 
  • Jumper cables 
  • Flashlight 
  • Maps  
  • Phone chargers 
  • Healthy snacks
  • Insect repellent 
  • Emergency fire extinguisher
JAWA Camper stopped at Uluru while on Australian road trip

Take Regular Breaks When Driving

Whilst it can be tempting to push through to get to your destination sooner, regular pit stops are a must. Researchers have found that when truck drivers take regular breaks of around 30 minutes, the crash risk is reduced. In some cases, an overnight stay may be needed so that you can get the restorative sleep needed to continue your journey safely. 

Now all that’s left to do is to remember to enjoy the journey – after all, it’s not just about the destination! Travel is a fantastic way to keep your mind and body active during retirement. Investing in an off-road camper could be the best thing you ever do. Nowhere is off-limits in a caravan that’s equal parts tough and comfy, leaving you completely free to roam the far-flung reaches of this beautiful land we call home! 

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