5 Money Savvy SA Destinations

It is regarded as the hottest state in Australia, literally and figuratively! Its climate and rich earth have blessed its inhabitants with an abundance of produce, making South Australia the food basket of the commonwealth. Its vineyards and sweet wines are also one of the most popular in the country and a campervan hired to tour the state capital Adelaide, as well as the other cultural hubs, ensures a wonderful holiday.

However, some of you might have apprehensions when travelling to South Australia. You might think that it might be too expensive to travel to the southern state especially that its capital is home to several cultural galas and artistic events. But you’d be surprised to learn that there are several ways to enjoy a cheap holiday on a campervan and tour one of Australia’s famous states.

 1. The Cultural Centre that is Adelaide

The state capital was originally intended to be only 1 square mile. Colonel William Light founded the city with a desire to surround it with wide open avenues and lush green parks. The planned community was designed so that the garden city would have a ring encapsulating Adelaide’s heartland.

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Because of the colonial design of most of the structures as well as the parklands within the ring area, these are now regarded as “State Heritage Listed parklands.” At present, the city lives to its reputation as the centre of culture in South Australia. It is home to several pubs and clubs as well as art galleries.

The best part about the “City of Churches” is that they have caravan parks surrounding the collection of gardens surrounding the city. You can even hire a campervan in the city if you arrived via air or sea. Our office is just around 11 km away from the airport and within the city’s central business district.

From Adelaide, you can begin touring the magnificent destinations in South Australia thanks to the web work of major thoroughfares and regional roads that connect a holiday destination to the other. One of the legendary routes in South Australia is the Southern Ocean Drive which connects the city to the state’s tip. Another route is the mythic Barossa valley grapevine trail which is a trail away and back to Adelaide and around the lush vineyards of the valley.

 

2. The Food Basket that is Barossa

Arguably, Barossa Valley is home to some of the best wines in Australia and the World. In fact, Barossa wines are being exported to major cities in East Asia and in Europe. Apart from their collection of wines and spirits, Barossa is home to several vineyards and farms that are guaranteed to arouse your senses.

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Follow the route and visit the picturesque villages around the valley like Angaston, which is recorded as the highest point of the valley. Angaston is also host to the Barossa Farmers Market. It is here where you can purchase fresh produce that you could prepare a lovely feast, which would complement the sweet wines in the region.

Meanwhile, Nuriootpa is considered as the business centre of the entire Barossa Valley. Here you can hire a bike, ride on modified tricycles or even get in a hot air balloon as you admire the magnificence of the lush green valley.

On the other hand, you can also visit the Nuriootpa Linear Park for a fascinating trip to memory lane with your kids. Just along the North Para River, the park offers a joy ride in a steam-powered locomotive that would surely bring peals of laughter to you and your children as you safely make rounds throughout the playground.

 

3. Hopping Around Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is one of finest examples of nature unspoilt by the embellishment of modernisation. The island is just a ferry ride from Cape Jervis. Be greeted by dolphins as you cross the sea into a different world devoid of human interference.

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Upon arriving on the island you would be greeted by echidnas (spiny anteaters), endemic birds, and kangaroos! Many would feel that the island was left behind by modernity, but that’s what makes its rustic beauty truly admirable. If you scratch beneath the surface, you’ll find that you’ve just found a diamond in the rough.

Head to Flinders Chase National Park and check-out its sugar-gum forests. There are also patches of mallee scrub, which accentuate the park. Of course, there’s also the Ravine des Casoars which serves as the island’s western door where you can lose yourself to the vastness of the ocean.

Then, there are the eastern settlements on the island. This is where you can get a taste of Kangaroo Island’s fresh produce as well as amazing spirits. You’ll never forget the elaborate flavours you’ve tasted in the island.

 

4. Freedom at the Flinders Ranges

Free your mind from all the stresses of city life at Flinders Ranges. This is where you’ll see the majestic Wilpena Pound. The vast bowl of red earth is one of the most remarkable destinations in the Outback. If you’re lucky you might even see fog covering the entire natural formation turning it into a cauldron of water vapour drifting freely in the sky.

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Flinders Ranges is also home to the legendary Lake Eyre, which is a catch basin of several bodies of water from the Northern Territory and Queensland. Once it floods, it is the largest lake in Australia. The flooded lake opens a lot of opportunities for both men and beast to enjoy the waters that rarely rupture its banks.

Sailors come during the occasional floods to conquer the vastness of the placid waters. Meanwhile, there are several species of birds that benefit from the waters that find the parched earth inescapable and hard to resist. It fills the lake with a variety of fish, which makes for a great fête for migratory fowl welcoming the turn of the seasons.

 

5. Remembering the Murray

Finally, there’s the Murray and its river cruises. Hop on any of the available houseboats which are actually restored paddle wheelers or steamboats from an era long lost but not forgotten. This is how the first Australians voyaged at the heartland as they discovered new habitable regions.

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Before the first European settlers lived and thrived in the Outback, the aboriginal people have long called this place home. Now, their imprint is still visible from the mythic waters of the Murray to the “canoe trees” that whisper a thousand memories that drift in the wind.

Enjoy the tour where you’ll also have a taste of Murray’s finest delicacies. Their produce is guaranteed fresh. Also, try freshly caught Coorong Mullet that are sold along small stalls nearby the highway.

 

The best thing about these destinations is that they have campervan or caravan parks where you can park your hired motorhome for the night. Whether you begin your campervan holiday in Adelaide or in any of the popular destinations in South Australia, you’re certain there are affordable places where you can write your epic adventure!

These are just some of the best and affordable destinations in South Australia. Actually, there are more attractions out there to be discovered. Just be ready for all the fantastic possibilities that you might encounter.

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Top Adventures To Take Aboard Your Australian Campervan Hire

Hired campervans are one of the best ways to see tourist destinations around Australia, considering these destinations are connected by major thoroughfares. Most tourist spots remain unspoilt,  giving them a rustic beauty that definitely make for great memories.

Since there are plenty of places to go, we’ve compiled 5 of our favourite destinations aboard an Australian campervan hired for a fun filled holiday!

 Bendigo Vineyards

Bendigo is home to some of the finest winemakers in Victoria. These wine cellars first opened their doors during the 19th-century gold rush. Deep red shiraz and cabernet sauvignon are famous wines created by Bendigo’s masters.

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The gold rush also made the town rich in history. Early settlers contributed to Bendigo’s well-preserved classical colonial architecture. The line of colonial shops and houses command attention from visitors. Indeed, this town would take your breath away.

 Gold Coast Surf

This city is a popular surfing destination, with its 57-kilometre coastline perfect for walks or swimming. The Spot or Mermaid Beach is the best spot for surfing. Afterwards, you can bring the kids to Surfers Paradise for an ice cream cone.

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Gold Coast City is not only about sand, sea and surf. There are also plenty of theme parks for the whole family. For a more scenic holiday, visit Green Hinterland Walk. Lamington and Springbrook are World Heritage Rainforests where you can observe local wildlife.

Brave Tasmania

You can bring your hired campervan to Tasmania via ferry (like the Spirit of Tasmania) from Melbourne. The island has several national parks that are also great campervan destinations. Take pictures of local wildlife including, of course, the famed Tasmanian Devil.

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Include Hobart in your day tour. Be blown away by what this centuries old city has to offer. They have shops and award-winning restaurants you’d surely love. There are also historical tours along Battery Point. Visit Hobart Town and learn about the first European settlers on the island.

 Ningaloo Reef Snorkeling

Head to Ningaloo Reef for a day of snorkelling in Western Australia and marvel at its marine ecosystem that has over 200 coral species. The Ningaloo Marine Park is also home to different species of fish. You can even spot a whale shark, the biggest fish in the world.

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There’s also a scuba diving course you could take while at the UNESCO World Heritage site or buy souvenirs at any of the shops at the beach. After your day tour, why not have dinner as you enjoy the lovely sunset on the Indian Ocean?

 Toowoomba Blooms

Toowoomba is known as Queensland’s Garden City. The city, which is 700 metres above sea level, has over 150 parks and gardens. Take a leisurely stroll on the city’s central business district and admire the churches and well-preserved architecture from decades ago. Toowoomba’s annual Carnival of Flowers is a spectacle to behold, so take pictures of the colourful parade of flowers.

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Take a sip of sparkling champagne or have a cup of hot coffee in any of the restaurants in the city. The flavours of Toowoomba would surely melt your heart and take you back home.

These are just some of the best places in Australia to bring your hired campervan. The destinations are connected to the major cities through major highways. The best part about this is that there are other amazing tourist spots along the way and all you need to do is make a stop.

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Awesome Adelaide Campervan Holiday Adventures

Adelaide is not only South Australia’s capital, it’s also the cultural and culinary centre of the state. The city was established as a home to the region’s first European settlers. Colonel William Light, Adelaide’s founder, helped in envisioning a “City of Churches” and gardens that could only be described as divine.  So if you’re planning to visit this sublime city,  a hired campervan can easily take you to any of the scenic destinations.

For a hassle-free tour of Adelaide, we have come up with a list of destinations guaranteed to inundate your senses with exceptional sights, sounds, and flavours.

  1. The Adelaide Central Market

Before travelling to any of the fantastic tourist destinations in Adelaide, why not buy some of the freshest produce in the city at the Adelaide Central Market first? Apart from being the cultural hub of South Australia, Adelaide is also one of the best places to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as premium cuts of meat at surprisingly affordable prices.

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Adelaide Central Market is also the oldest in the state, and has withstood several developments since 1869. From the first 500 farmers selling home-grown produce, the market is now known as the “Heart of Adelaide.”

The market even offers tours for first time visitors. You can meet locals as and observe their daily routine at the market. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience and fully understand the local culture. 

2. The Adelaide North Terrace

Tourists and art connoisseurs are guaranteed to have a splendid time at the North Terrace. Its array of art galleries, memorials and libraries provide cultural immersion like no other. North Terrace is also home to Adelaide University, where South Australia’s young local talents are honed.

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Among the major bureaucratic buildings in the North Terrace are the State Library and Parliament House; as well as the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the “Walk of Fame”. So whether you’re interested in the cultural, entertainment, and natural attractions of the city, you won’t run out of places to check out.

3. The Adelaide Oval Stadium

Popularly known as one of the prettiest cricket grounds, not only in Australia, but also the world. The first stadium was erected in 1871 but an agreement made within the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) paved the way for the oval’s redevelopment in 2011.

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Currently, the oval is host to several sporting events in the state like SANFL. Interestingly, the oval has also hosted several functions like weddings and other intimate celebrations thanks to the renovations made over the years.

Nonetheless, the true spirit of sportsmanship in the Adelaide Oval Stadium lives on. The earth still rumbles with the energy of the first sportsmen that honoured its grounds with their determination to claim victory for their team and their country.

 

4. The Adelaide East End

In the afternoon, buy a bottle of wine or a cup of hot coffee at Adelaide’s East End. You can get either and so much more in one area- the Ebenezer Place. The street has several independently owned shops that sell fine wines and exquisite food. 

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A trip to the Ebenezer Place is also a trip down memory lane. The area was originally a place where fresh produce was sold by local farmers. In fact, the Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange stood in the area for more than 80 years. It was only in 1988 that the market was shut down and the structure was given a fresh coat of paint.

Amazingly, the East End withstood the test of time despite undergoing several changes. And as old habits die hard, Ebenezer Place remains a food haven. Only now, it’s a centre of fantastic restaurants and cafés that serve gourmet meals. Its shops serve strong flavoured coffee and crisp sweet wines.

5. The Adelaide Hills

Speaking of wines and spirits, Adelaide Hills is one of the best places to grab a bottle of that sweet wine you’ve been craving. Amid panoramic views of the rolling hills, you can buy wines that would complement the sumptuous food served in any of the cafés in the area.

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Add to that, there are also shops that sell fresh local produce like olives and cheese. Both should never be absent on the served entrée. The seasons also bring different flavors like strawberries and other fruits that are ripe for the picking.

However, the greatest prize in visiting Adelaide Hills is the destination itself. There are several spots in the area where you can meet an occasional koala or feed farm animals when you visit any of the local vineyards.

Indeed, there are a lot of possibilities when you head out to Adelaide. From being a small community of European settlers, it has grown to include several national parks, art galleries, theatres and wineries. Its up to you how far you’d like to go on a hired campervan for a memorable vacation with family and friends.

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5 Campervan Pet Holiday Hacks

Dog owners have one major concern when planning a holiday: “Should we bring the pets or not?” This question gets asked because one, not all tourist spots in Australia and New Zealand allow pets in the premises. Two, dog owners on a camper van hired for a weekend with family and friends come with challenges, mostly with keeping pets healthy and happy throughout the trip.

Should you decide to bring your furbaby with you on a hired campervan on a holiday in Oz or NZ – and we really don’t see why you won’t -We have prepared a list of hacks for pet owners that hopefully can help you enjoy that much needed holiday with your four-legged baby.

 

Fleas off, please

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Dog owners should pay a visit to the local vet and have their pet checked before letting them inside the vehicle.

If your dog has ticks and fleas, don’t bring them on the trip and leave them under the care of a vet while you’re on a holiday. Bringing a dog with fleas on a long road trip can spell a lot of problems, chief among them fleas and ticks falling from your pet’s fur and getting in every nook and cranny of your hired campervan.

That’s why it is best to have your pets dewormed and checked for other diseases before that trip around Oz or NZ in a campervan. Remember, a healthy pet makes for a happy owner.

 

Beddings for your buddy

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When you’ve had your pet checked for ticks and fleas, as well as worms and diseases, you might want to check-out a sturdy collapsible cage for your pet. This makes it easier to transport your pet or keep them secure while you’re on the road.

Add to that, your pet would have their own place for the night instead of sleeping on the floor or outside the campervan. A collapsible bedding for your pet adds extra protection while you are travelling. Dogs can be prone to carsickness and if they are not kept on a stable platform.

 

A Feast for Pets

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Okay, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be a feast. Just don’t forget to bring pet food when you bring your dog with you. Your pet would be fine eating the same hearty meals you prepared for your holiday. However, it would be great if you bring pet food that would suit their dietary needs.

Add to that, bringing pet food saves time. Just open up the can or bag and pour in your dog’s food and let them have a filling meal without waiting for you to finish your dinner before they can have theirs. Aside from feeding them well, you must make sure your pets are well hydrated throughout the trip.


Bring separate bowls for food and water to keep your pets in tip-top shape while you’re on a campervan holiday to any of the popular destinations in Oz or NZ. Having separate bowls for food and water ensures your dogs have enough water even if they are in the middle of their meals. Just remember to keep the water bowl filled so your dog can 
have a drink anytime.

 

Locate with Dog Tags

When you go on a campervan holiday, your dog may wander off. This is normal for pets love to explore and, well, mark their territory. That’s why it’s always great to have a dog tag (with your name and contact number printed clearly) safely clipped on your dog’s collar, so your pet can be returned to you if they go missing.

 

Pet-friendly destinations

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Finally, don’t forget to plan your destinations! Choose pet-friendly holiday routes. Luckily, most of the pet-friendly destinations are just along the Great Ocean Road which offers an array of holiday destinations for tourists that would like to bring their pets with them.

These destinations have amenities specifically designed for your little loves. You can take your dogs for a walk in the park and meet other dog owners and their pets. There are even areas where your dogs can do their “business” without feeling guilty about it!

Your dogs are considered part of the family. So, treat them with all the love and care that you would to a family member. They are loyal friends that you can always trust whether it be for security purposes or as a companion to your campervan holidays in Oz or NZ.

Have you ever travelled with your pets? We’d love to hear your story! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and be part of a community of campervan enthusiasts in Australia and across the globe.

5 WA Holiday Safety Tips

Western Australia is the biggest state in the commonwealth. Because of its size, it also guarantees a lot of surprises for both regular tourists as well as new backpackers and visitors of the golden state. A hired campervan can surely take you to your destination of choice, like from Perth to Broome or in Australia’s heartland – the Outback.

However, you must always remember to watch your step when travelling in the great wilderness of Western Australia, even if you are in a comfy Cheapa campervan. There are real dangers when you step out of your campervan and explore the vastness of the state, even if it’s at one of the pristine beaches or the national parks of your choice.

As the adage say: “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” So, we have prepared some important reminders for when you visit Western Australia or any other location in Australia, for that matter. So, read on and learn more about the things you can do at the dangerous destinations in the golden state.

Sun’s Out Guns Out!

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Apply as much sunscreen as possible before you go out. Western Australia is mostly hot, arid land. From the long coastline down to the orange sands of the Outback, you need to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays.

Get the SPF50+ sunscreen that is highly recommended by experts in Australia. Also, remember to apply the lotion 30 minutes before exposing yourself to sunlight.

Although sunscreen would protect you from some of the harmful effects of  UV exposure, it is also great to protect your eyes and face by wearing a good visor and a pair of sunglasses before stepping out.

Swim Safely

The beaches of Western Australia are famous for their cool blue waters and abundant marine life. However, most of the marine life dwelling in these calm seas are untamed. That is why you need to take some precaution when swimming in open water.

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The sea is full of sharks and other wild aquatic animals that have been thriving in the waters. However, this shouldn’t prevent you from fulfilling your dream vacation to, let’s say, swim with sharks.

Actually, there are great ways to enjoy being one with the marine wildlife of Western Australia. 

Visit one of the many national parks in the state where you can observe marine animals at a safe distance, like the Aquarium of Western Australia. They offer tours where both kids and kids at heart can watch sharks up close, separated only by a thick industrialised strength glass.

If you’re a true adrenaline junkie, you can still swim with sharks under close supervision, of course. There are several tours in Western Australia that offer shark cage diving tours. You can observe these giant sea predators in their element inside the safety of a stainless steel cage.

Slithering Snakes

The Outback is teeming with of wildlife even if most of the region is covered by desert sand. The loose, orange-hued sand hides some of the most fantastic species of insect and snakes. One thing to remember while walking amidst low shrubs and the stony terrain is to be on the lookout for insects and reptiles that may be venomous. Their stings or bites could even be deadly if you are allergic to its toxic composition.

The best way to avoid these hidden desert creatures is to go on a tour of the Outback with a reliable guide. Or if you want a more intimate vacation, always follow the familiar footpath which has been used by previous visitors. Avoid taking off on your own, especially if you have never toured the desert before. 

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Being lost in the desert is something you would want to avoid. Aside from the creatures lurking in the sand, there is also the threat of dehydration if you wander too far from your campervan. Add to that, it would be very difficult to contact anyone using your mobile phone if you lose your way in the desert.

To avoid getting lost in the desert, it would be better to move in pairs so that you have enough resources as well as instant help when the need arises. Always bring a bottle of water when walking in the desert to avoid dehydration as you take in the smouldering beauty of the legendary Outback.

Wild Western Australia

The “Golden State” is home to many endemic species. These creatures live in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries where they can be observed by both locals and tourists at a safe distance. Some of the most popular animals in these parks are the kangaroos and wallabies.

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Although you may be allowed to come close to these marsupials, you must approach with caution. Kangaroos could pack a wallop if they feel threatened. It is best not to provoke these animals by teasing them or showing them food that you do not intend to share with them. Those things might rub them in the wrong way.

The best way to observe these wild animals is at a safe distance. If you want to come close, at least have someone from the park 

nearby so that you’ll have someone to assist you when something goes awry. Also, remember the other golden rule that is “do not feed the animals.” Most of the attacks were caused by people trying to feed these cuddly by wild animals.

Actually, this rule applies to all wild animals that you come close contact. No matter how cute or cuddly they may appear, they are still untamed and must be approached with caution.

Campfire Cares

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When you set-up a campfire in the woods, always remember to put it out before leaving the campsite. There had been incidents of bushfires caused by campfires that weren’t properly attended to.

Wildfires destroy several kilometres of forested areas, which would make several wildlife species homeless. Add to that, the plants that once covered the earth would take years to grow. These plants hold the soil together, which prevents soil erosion.

It is only common courtesy to put out your campfire properly before you leave the campsite. In this way, the next visitors would also have a great time in that holiday destination, just like you did.

So these are just some of the things you need to remember when going on a tour of Western Australia. What’s more important is that you enjoy every minute of your holiday. What other safety measures do you have in mind when touring the wilderness of Western Australia? We would love to hear from you. Connect with us on Facebook and on Twitter and share the destinations you’ve been while in a campervan holiday.