How to Hire a Campervan in Australia for $1 a Day

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Hiring a campervan for $1 a day?! Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not and I’m going to tell you how it can be done.

As many of you know, I spent the month of January travelling around Australia. I started in Sydney, flew to Cairns and the plan from there was to book a flight down to Melbourne for a few days and onwards to Adelaide.

How to Hire a Campervan in Australia for $1 a Day - Bondi to Coogee Coast Walk, Sydney

We left our schedule pretty flexible from Cairns onwards, as our plans weren’t set in stone and, with it being summertime (typhoon season in Queensland), we weren’t sure how the weather would treat us. So, with no return flights booked, we left our schedule open to spontaneity.

And it’s a good job we did. The day before I flew to Cairns, we stumbled across a website called which offers thousands of relocation campervans across Australia.

If you’ve never heard of relocation campervans, it’s a van that has been driven in one direction from one city to another, in our case from Sydney to Cairns. The van is left by its previous occupants in said city, which means the company has to return it themselves.

How to Hire a Campervan in Australia for $1 a Day - Driving East Coast Australia

Rather than sending a member of staff to drive the van home, the company offers the campervan to travellers at a seriously reduced price, often as low as $1 a day. If you’re lucky, they may even throw in fuel allowance! The only catch…you have a set period of time to complete the journey in. If you miss the deadline, you will have a hefty fine to pay (often in the region of $1000!!!!)

The relocation deal we found included…

  • driving a campervan from Cairns to Sydney (2,605 km if you take the coast road)
  • $5 a day campervan hire
  • $100 fuel allowance
  • Six days to complete the journey

Yes, that’s right…six days to drive 2,605 km. That’s approximately six hours driving for six days in a row. I know it sounds like a lot, but with only four weeks in Australia, this was our only chance to drive the east coast from Cairns to Sydney, so we snapped up the opportunity.

How to Hire a Campervan in Australia for $1 a Day

After four days exploring Cairns, we collected our campervan and hit the road. With no plans for where to stop, eat or sleep along the way, we left everything to chance and let the journey unfold. Sometimes we can be so eager to see and do everything, we plan our every waking minute to fine detail. But having no set plans and just going with the flow is sometimes the best way.

And I’ll talk more about this in the next post…

To be continued…

So, that’s how we did it! Have you ever managed to nab an awesome campervan deal? Or any other travel related deal for that matter?
How to Hire a Campervan in Australia for $1 a Day

14 thoughts on “How to Hire a Campervan in Australia for $1 a Day

  1. Great value, a lot of driving, however great way to explore. Didn’t know this existed so thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for your comment Paul and Carole! I had never heard of it either, but if your tight on time and money, it’s a great way to save money and enjoy yourselves too! It was a lot of driving but we had a blast and are so glad we did it.

  2. That’s such a good trick. That’s a lot of driving indeed but it’s perfect for budget travelers who don’t want to spend money on flights! However, I would feel a bit frustrated not to be able to stop in all those awesome places on the way – but the $1,000 fee is motivating lol

    1. Thanks for your comment Eloise. I agree, there are pros and cons to the idea. Ideally driving from Cairns to Sydney should take 2-3 weeks and we did it in six days. But although we didn’t see everything, we saw more than we would have done if we hadn’t got this deal! And we chose the places we really wanted to see, like Byron Bay, and made sure to stop there for the night. And yes the $1000 fee was VERY motivating ha!!

    1. It was a fab experience but yes a huge challenge. Obviously if I had more time I would’ve loved to spend 3 weeks exploring the coast but with only one week spare it was the only option! And I’d do it again! Loved it. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  3. You’re welcome. 3 weeks would have been nice. When driving in Australia, there is always so much more to see and do. So I can imagine how tough it would have been to not be tempted to venture off-track.
    I hope that you get the chance to do it again 🙂

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