For a road trip to Cairns, is it cheaper to hire a campervan or to hire a car and stay at backpackers? We're 2 adults + 2 kids.
For a road trip to Cairns, is it cheaper to hire a campervan or to hire a car and stay at backpackers? We're 2 adults + 2 kids. Any other info you can share is appreciated. E.g., considering we don't have unlimited time, is it worth the extra time to go the Pacific route or are we better off taking the more direct route? And, any "can't miss" highlights along the way or should we just try to get up north to the reef (our main objective)?
We drove fromPort Douglas to Brisbane and for a lot of the route, we were inland, amongst the sugar cane fields and could not see the sea. If time is important, I would go the most direct route.
We did our trip as a car hire and stayed mainly in serviced apartments along the way. This was a fairly cheap way to do it, but if I was to do it again, I would probably do a campervan - which is how we saw New Zealand.
Much more flexible and you can push on and stay in nicer places, rather than spending time trying to find good accomodation for one or two nights.
I liked the following places:
The Atherton Tablelands
Daintree Rain Forest
I didnt like Cairns or the Gold Coast that much to be honest. Not my thing.
Hervey Bay for whale watching over 7 years ago
Call Travellers Auto Barn and ask them or visit the website. They've done some calculations about what's cheaper .
One thing about a camper is that you can stay in the amaaaaazing national parks and campgrounds along the way - some of the best part of this roadtrip is the ability to visit and stay in remote places. With hostels, you will nearly always be in a town or city. I'm sure I would never have seen a platypus if I hadn't wandered down to the still waters beyond the streams shortly after dawn in the Wallaman Falls campground!
My advice is to think about the kind of trip you and the kids really want (coffee shops/cities/towns and/or nature/parks/wildlife) and make a choice around that. over 7 years ago
Yes I agree with evilpandas and would have to say "Are you insane wanting to drive from Sydney to Cairns?" It is so far, such a long way and there are bits of the drive that are quiet boring. I would suggest perhaps drive Sydney to Brisbane and stop at the beaches all along the coast and then fly to Cairns or if you want to do a bit of a drive then fly to Townsville and drive from there to Cairns
Suzi over 7 years ago
Hey @evilpandas and @swatral - agreed that you need to allow enough time to do this and enjoy it! But don't put someone off and call them insane.
I did Cairns > Sydney and thought every single bit of it was amazing. I had about 2 months which was perfect for side trips and relaxing on the great beaches we found along the way. However, I also know someone who did it in 10 days last month... waaaaaay too quick. It was a crazy dash, not a holiday.
@segdeha - it'd be useful if you could tell us how long you've got planned as it really does inform how you'd manage it. over 7 years ago
Thanks for your replies! As we have limited time, we've decided to bite the bullet, money-wise, and fly to Cairns from Sydney. This way, though it costs more, we get to maximize our time at the reef.
Any tips for tour companies in Cairns (snorkeling, not scuba) would be greatly appreciated! over 7 years ago
take a look at Backpacking Queensland's website for some reputable tour operators out of Cairns.
http://backpackingqueensland.com.au/cairns-and-tropical-north/ over 7 years ago
The comparison feature at http://www.mydriveholiday.com.au is very useful for travelers who are in the planning stage to hiring a campervan. The website got a huge of campers from different companies and you can all compare and book them right then, just like expedia. But the advantage is yours because you can compare all rates and features quickly over 6 years agoAnswered by Sydney via Travellr.com