Australia in a Campervan – a weekend trip from Sydney

Finally, a free weekend! The typical travel recommendation for taking a holiday in New South Wales is to visit the beautiful city of Sydney! Climb the Harbour Bridge, take in the spectacular view of Sydney Opera House from the Manly ferry and surf at Bondi Beach.

But what about the locals who have already climbed the Harbour Bridge twice, who see the Opera House every morning on the way to work and who regularly surf at Bondi Beach? They want to leave the city on their free weekends, but where do they go?

Hop in a campervan you have booked through Salamanda Travel and get ready for a great weekend getaway, Sydney’s surrounding areas offer a variety of places to see and activities to escape from the fast pace of the city.

Our supplier’s Sydney campervan hire location is only 11 km from the city centre. Once checked in and after the vehicle show-through is complete, you are as free as a bird to start your adventure across this beautiful region.

Go whale spotting at Whale Beach – 50 minutes
Whale beach is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery. It is beautiful and one of the least crowded of the northern beaches. The beach is hidden away south of Palm Beach and the approach to Whale Beach from either directions is spectacular. Go up to the cliff and you might see plenty of whales showing up during the sunset, don’t waste your money on whale watching cruises, just buy a $3 parking ticket.

Climb the Blue Mountains – 1 hour
The Blue Mountains national park is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage. The most famous attraction in the national park are the ‘Three Sisters’ rock formation. It is the most spectacular landmark, and definitely a must-see.  Explore The Blue Mountains Bushwalks which are spectacular. When you want a more adventures way to see the ‘Three Sisters’, you should catch the steepest passenger skyway in the world, the Scenic Skyway. Glide between cliff tops and gaze at the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the Scenic Skyway! The Blue Mountains are easily accessible via Katoomba and only two hours from the harbour city of Sydney which will be easy with your campervan.

Hike the Royal National Park, Bundeena – 1 hour
The Royal National Park, know to locals as the ‘Nasho’ or ‘the Royal’, is the worlds second-oldest national park. It contains a wide variety of terrains and it is perfect for a bush-walk to see the fascinating plants or for a hike along the dramatic coastal cliffs. Pack your picknic and head down to Garie Beach in your Salamanda camper for a surf.

StarRV_PhoenixRV_4Berth_PicnicGo fishing at Jervis Bay – 1 ½ hours
Jervis Bay beaches are world famous for their white sands and crystal clear waters. Walk the beach at Jervis Bay beaches and witness for yourself the stunningly white — and uncrowded — beaches. If you like fishing you should visit Jervis Bay. It is well known for its abundance and variety of marine life, whether you fish on land or from a boat, there is a great variety of fish here.

Observe the the Kiama Blow Hole – 1 ½ hours
Kiama is an idyllic little town, with lots of nice cafés & unique shops. However the main attraction is the Blow Hole. Wait for high tide and the south-easterly winds for a spectacular 260 degree view. Don’t forget to follow the coast south, it is a pleasant walk to the little blow hole, which on some days is even better then the main blow hole.

Take a dip in the Bogey Hole – 2 hours
Newcastle is located in the heart of the Hunter Region and bordered by a stunning coastline with beautiful beaches. Take a dip in the Bogey Hole. The hole was hacked out by convict labour in 1819. Once you the Bogey Hole yourself you will realise what an achievement this was. It was constructed for personal use by order of a commandant.

Discover the ‘Great Lake Marine Park’ in Port Stephens – 2½ hours
Port Stephens offers a unique diversity of activities.  Discover the ‘Great Lake Marine Park’, which is a 98,000-hectare marine reserve. You can enjoy eco-tourism activities such as diving, snorkelling, surfing, swimming, take a boat tour or spot dolphins and whales. The marine park was established by the NSW Government in December 2005, and has since developed into a stunning habitat full of diverse wildlife thanks to its rich variety of ecosystems.
StarRV_AquilaRV_2Berth_CoupleLifestyle_Champagne-Get tipsy in the Hunter Valley – 3 hours
If you have a passion for wine, you should definitely visit the Hunter Valley. It is home to some of the oldest wine families of Australia. They produce a range of tempting wines that use traditional methods and techniques. Visitors describe the Hunter valleys as charming, romantic and picturesque. But remember, don’t drink and drive in your campervan. Give your campervan the afternoon off, there is a wide range of wine tours; which can pick you up and drop you back off to your camp site.

Surf & Golf at Mollymook – 3 hours
Mollymook is one of the South Coast’s most popular beaches. The golden stretch of sand has ideal conditions for experienced surfers and anyone else who is keen to learn to surf. Besides its gorgeous beach, Mollymook also offers two golf courses with absolutely spectacular views.

Ski the Snowy Mountain – 5 hours
Across all four seasons, the Snowy Mountain Australia’s ultimate playground is a true alpine wilderness and offers a long list of year-round activities. The roots of Australia’s Indigenous culture stretches back thousands of years. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture and take a Wiradjuri Wonders Tour in the Snowy Mountains. A must-do is one of the Segway Eco Tour, they offer the highest Segway tour in Australia at 1200m above sea level, a unique ‘off piste’  experience. In addition, visit the Yarrangobilly Caves. The location is divine; breathtaking scenery, kangaroos, fantastic bushwalks and spectacular rock formations. After you’ve visited the Caves, don’t forget a dip into the thermal pool.

Australia in a Campervan – Winter Fun

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White sandy beaches, perfect waves for surfers, kangaroos and a lot of sun block; that’s the image of Australia. But did you know Australia also has snowfields?

An Australian winter holiday is a well kept secret. Many Australians have never even seen the snow, yet it does exist. You just have to know the right places. Lucky you, because this article will reveal all.

The best times to travel to the snow are June, July and August, because that’s the low season. But the season can last until October in some places.

Hiring a motorhome for your snow holiday is a great experience, something totally different and definitely recommended to all the snow lovers out there. You will be free as a bird because you can take your motorhome or campervan anywhere you like, which means you will be able to experience a broader area than if you just stayed at a resort. Make sure you stay on the sealed roads and always be careful while driving, because snow can be dangerous.

Three out of six States of Australia provide ski slopes. All of them are located in the southern states of Australia – New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. In New South Wales there is even an alpine region called “The Snowy Mountains”.

The alpine region of Australia stretches through New South Wales and Victoria. Be aware of the fact that the weather can change quickly in the mountains and temperatures vary greatly across the area. Did you know that the coldest temperature ever measured in Australia was -23 Celsius? Here is an overview of the most popular ski slopes:

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New South Wales:

  1. Charlotte Pass
  2. Mt Selwyn 
  3. Perisher 
  4. Thredbo

Victoria:

  1. Mount Hotham 
  2. Falls Creek 
  3. Mount Buller 
  4. Mt Baw Baw

Tasmania

  1. Ben Lomond 
  2. Mount Mawson 

Hitting the slopes is a perfect family getaway. Get the whole family in the motorhome and drive towards New South Wales, Victoria or Tasmania. Build a snowman together, the best way to start your holiday! Go skiing, snowboarding, start a snowball fight, race downhill on a sledge, tobogganing, snow tubing, dog sled tour or take part in other amusing snow activities.  If you have never seen the snow and  never skied before, join a class; there is a range of learn to ski classes. You don’t have to purchase your own gear for your snow holiday, because the ski slopes offer equipment hire.

When taking part in any of those activities it is not uncommon to see Australian wildlife. Kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, possums and even wild horses (called brumbies) are seen in the Australian snow country.

Sun-block is part of the image of Australia, you should definitely not forget it when going on you snow holiday. Summer is not the only time you need sun-block. The sun will reflect off the snow and bounces 80% of its rays back at you. In addition wear your sunglasses, to protect your eyes too. Furthermore, drink enough water, it is cold and you will be active in the snow, so dehydration is a risk. Bring some good snow shoes and remember that they should be water-proof. It is important to keep your feet dry.

Hit the road  slopes Jack!

A Salamanda Campervan Experience in Canada with CanaDream

Imagine the world’s second largest country stretching out before you … Canada, the ultimate playground for road trippers. If you’re looking for the adventure of a lifetime, a round trip through Canada in an RV is definitely the stuff dreams are made of. Canada is one of the best countries in the world to travel around in a motorhome or RV. It is safe, quiet, and there are plenty of well-equipped campgrounds. Above all, there are a range of dramatic and incredible natural landscapes to see as well as interesting things to experience and the friendly locals to meet.

An RV road trip in Canada is a fascinating adventure, no matter what part of the country you intend travelling in. It’s an experience you won’t find elsewhere in the world; the rugged coastlines, the mountains, the interesting roads and the sincere kindness and openness of the locals.

Salamanda Travel specialises in campervan, motorhome and RV hire for self-drive holidays in other countries, with a special interest in Canada. If you are looking for a great deal on campervan hire in Canada, we can certainly help you. Salamanda Travel is a preferred agent for CanaDream, one of Canada’s premium RV and motorhome hire companies. CanaDream offers 7 locations across Canada, free airport/hotel transfers, a 24-hour toll-free helpline and insulated RVs for winter use.The_New_Highway_upgrade_at_Lake_Country_Okanagan_Valley,_BC,_Canada

Salamanda Travel offers great specials on RV hire in Canada throughout the whole year. The most popular special is the ‘Early Bird Booking Special’, which can be booked between October and March for the following year. This offers massive savings such as 50% off the one-way fee, unlimited kilometers, free convenience kits, free additional drivers or travel free to the USA. So keep an eye on our Campervan specials in Canada because we regularly offer new specials, so you can take the advantage of these discounts when you hire your RV in Canada. Apart from this, Salamanda Travel offers a Price Match Guarantee, which means that we promise that whenever you shop at Salamanda Travel you are getting the best prices.

Canada is the world’s second-largest country by area; therefore we recommend planning your trip well in advance. Do some research especially on the distances; know where you are going and how long it will take you to get there. We know you’ll want to see a fair bit of the country, but we recommended not driving more than 250 km per day. This way you can really experience Canada at a leisurely pace.

What kind of Camper?
Such a big country of course has big roads which means you can drive safely in a large vehicle. Canada also has an excellent highway system.

Salamanda Travel offers five different vehicle types in Canada. All the vehicles in the fleet are automatic.

Deluxe Van Conversion
If you are travelling by yourself or as a couple the Deluxe Van is the Campervan for you. This compact vehicle offers a comfortable and functional interior, with kitchenette, spacious dining and a lounge area. It will give you all of the essentials and the comfort you could ask for  and on top of that, the vehicle is economical and easy to drive.

Maxi Travel Camper
The Maxi Travel Camper provides exceptional comfort and it is suitable for two adults and one child. The camper is mounted on a current model 4×4 truck and has a lot of features that make this a great home away from home.

Super Van Conversion
The Super Van Conversion is perfect for families and couples. It offers beds for two adults and two children, plenty of comfort and has an extra space for relaxing. This vehicle is still compact and easy to drive.
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Midi Motorhome MHB
The Midi Motorhome sleeps four adults and two children. It provides all the features in a slightly more compact design than the Maxi Motorhome.

Maxi Motorhome  MHA
The Maxi Motorhome has everything you could ask for in an RV and sleeps four adults and two children very comfortably. It is the perfect choice for friends or families. It is the largest vehicle in the fleet.

Learn more about our the Canadian fleet; vehicle details, specifications, floor plans and gallery.

When and where to travel to Canada?
Canada is a huge country; generally speaking May until October has good weather in most regions.

East Coast
Once upon a time this was where the Vikings first landed. The country has a massive Atlantic coastline. The landscape varies from sheltered coves of pine-covered offshore islands to high rock cliffs battered by waves and wind, bordered by expanses of grey-blue ocean. Here you will find storybook lighthouses and quaint villages. If you are planning on visiting more than three historic sites, ask for a season pass to save money. Before May or after October, the East Coast will be freezing cold and be aware that many campgrounds are closed in the wintertime. CanaDream has a branch in Halifax which is a hub of live music pubs, summer festivals and historic architecture.

Central Canada
Central Canada is a region consisting of the two largest and most populous provinces; Ontario and Quebec and is home to Canada’s two largest cities, Montreal and Toronto. Central Canada offers very diverse scenery. The Great Lakes and St Lawrence region is “maple syrup” country, and of course the maple leaf is Canada’s national symbol. If you’re taking your RV to Toronto, a visit to Niagara Falls is a must. Be prepared to get wet while experiencing this world wonder, it’s a fantastic sight. Canadream has branches in Toronto and Montreal.

Great North
The Great North has pristine rivers and lakes, never-ending forests teeming with wildlife, and a fascinating Gold Rush history. The Great North of Canada is lucky enough to be home of the seasonal spectacle, the famous Northern Lights. It appears only at high latitudes on dark nights from September to March, and are actually present all year long, but can only be seen in winter when it is dark enough. The more north you go the more chances of seeing this colourful spectacle of the sky. Candream has a branch in Whitehorse.
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Prairies
Imagine yourselves walking through the spectacular landscape of the movie ‘Brokeback Mountain’. If you have not seen the movie, watch it (it’s a must see!) and recognise the places where Jack and Ennis fell in love. This region is often described as endless fields of wheat under a never-ending sky.  Sculpted by ancient rivers, the moon-like Badlands was once upon a time home to dinosaurs. Discover the two billion-year-old rocks and observe the largest collection of dinosaur skeletons in the world. Canadream has locations in Calgary and Edmonton.

West Coast
The west coast borders the Pacific Ocean and is recognised for its mountains and forests. The First Nations people were the first to inhabit this region. They developed a unique form of art which often represents nature, and the west coast is well known for its totem poles. Hike along the epic coastline and mountain trails, and spot the wildlife when you go bear or whale watching. CanaDream has  a location in Vancouver.

Rocky Mountains
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xperience enchanting hot springs and rugged mountains. This area offers everything from railway history to outdoor activities. You could also consider a trekking holiday to different ski resorts, or see the local history and geography up close. If you are taking an RV through the national parks in July and August make sure to book your campsites in advance, so you don’t waste precious time finding a campsite. The Rockies stretch all the way to Western North America, and it is possible to cross the border and visit the USA. There is a surcharge of $10 for each night you spent in the USA; simply call before you cross in to the United States and you are good to go.

Canadream has branches in Calgary and Edmonton.

Please contact us if you have any questions at all. We look forward to hearing from you!