We book campervan rentals every day so it’s nice when one of us actually get to take a camper away for a short break! Our reservations guru Jane recently took an Apollo 6 Berth Euro Deluxe motorhome away with her husband Danny for a couple of days. They travelled from Brisbane up to Coral Cove, which is on the coast near Bundaberg. Read on for more about her Queensland campervan hire adventure with the Apollo motorhome.
Danny and I collected the Apollo Euro Deluxe motorhome from the Brisbane branch early on Friday morning. We completed our paperwork and were then shown around the inside of the motorhome. We then moved to the outside of the vehicle. Here we were shown where the power lead and hose were stored, the gas bottles and the toilet cassette. In no time the check out was complete. The customer service officer had also completed the condition report and off we went. We were out of there by 9am.
We both worked that day so our adventure didn’t start until later that evening. We left Brisbane at 6pm and made it to Gympie by 8pm for dinner. It was nice to sit in the motorhome eating dinner. To my surprise the TV worked without mains power. We then left Gympie and made it Childers and fuelled up before continuing north. While at the Childers service station a lady was selling puppy dogs (shitzu x maltese x poodles). While I was paying for fuel Danny was thinking of buying a puppy. I so nicely told him pets are not allowed in the vehicles. From Childers we headed to Bundaberg and onto Coral Cove. We made to Coral Cove by 11pm.
The Euro Deluxe did not miss a beat but it took a little while to get used to the noises coming from the living area while driving. It is a bit different than driving a car. Once I was confident the doors were not going to fall off and the living area wasn’t going to lift off I could sit back and enjoy the drive.
Set up that night was a breeze. Our friends that live in Coral Cove had a 15 amp plug-in at their house. So we were lucky to park beside their house and plug directly into mains power. Once plugged into mains power we turned on the air-conditioner and starting setting up the bed in the rear of the vehicle. Once we placed the cushions in place to form the mattress we looked at each other and decided that we would like some extra comfort. So we managed to get the mattress from the overcab bed and place it on top of the cushions on the rear bed. This made the bed extremely comfortable. We left the bed set up for the entire time we were away.
The next day we drove around Coral Cove, Bargara and Bundaberg. The coastal beaches are very clean and there were lots of people enjoying the water. There were even some people kite-surfing in the strong wind. Parking wasn’t an issue and we were lucky to find a spot everywhere we went including Bundaberg’s city centre. I was initially concerned about driving a large motorhome through a town, but it wasn’t a hassle at all. If anything, being in a motorhome made our trip a very tidy one as we packed everything up before we left each site. And packing up was extremely simple – unplug the power lead, pack everything up and off we went!
We left Coral Cove the following morning. It was bright and sunny and a little windy. By the time we made it home to Brisbane it was wet and cloudy. On our way home we went via Elliott Heads, which is south of Coral Cove and very scenic. We fuelled up the motorhome at Childers again. Fuel consumption with the Apollo Deluxe was pretty good, considering that we travelled nearly 800 kilometres on our trip.
We returned the Apollo motorhome on Monday morning and were a little sad that our trip was over. I was glad I had the opportunity to take a motorhome away and overall thought the trip was fun and refreshing. I liked the Apollo 6 Berth Euro Deluxe and it was great to have the extra room. It meant we weren’t converting beds and tables all the time. I will now have to start planning my next campervan holiday (after I apply for some time off from work!).