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Pros and cons of travelling Australia in a caravan

Are you planning a trip around Australia by caravan? Travelling around Australia on your own wheels and sleeping where you want to (within limits!) can be extremely rewarding, but it's not for everyone.

Here are some of the important points to consider that could help you decide whether the caravan life is for you.

Advantages of a caravan holiday

Reasons caravanning around Australia could be appealing include:

  • Freedom – you're on your own time schedule and don't have to worry about bookings, cancellations or check-out times. If you ever feel restless, just start your engine and look for somewhere new.
  • Saving money – campsites are cheaper than hotels and even hostels, especially if you're travelling with kids. A self-drive holiday also saves on flights.
  • Personal space – you always have a private room and don't have to deal with hotel guests and staff or worry about rules.
  • Comfort – when it rains, you'll be cosier in a caravan than in a tent or trailer. With luxury amenities like air-con and a TV, you don't have to miss the home comforts.
  • Convenience – you can take as much luggage as you want to, without having to carry it around. Campsites are generally easier to find than hostels and you won't have to struggle with putting up a tent.
  • Safety – your family and belongings are safe and secure in a locked caravan. You're also protected from bugs.

Downsides of a caravan holiday

If travelling Australia in a caravan sounds too good to be true, you also need to consider:

Initial cost – caravans can be a bigger up-front investment than paying for a holiday, but they pay for themselves over time. You also need to consider the cost of fuel and camping fees.

  • More time on the road – if you prefer a relaxing holiday or more time sightseeing, you might not like the idea of spending so much time behind the wheel.
  • Reversing – if you've never driven a long vehicle before, reversing can be a challenge at first, but it's something everyone can learn.
  • Limitations – caravans can take you to lots of places, but they can't go everywhere. You may feel restricted by the availability of campsites and suitable parking spaces or limited facilities at certain sites. More affordable caravans lack some of the comforts of luxury models.
  • Storage – when your holiday's over, you'll need to store and maintain the caravan for the rest of the year.

How to get a good night's sleep

Sleeping in a caravan is more convenient than booking a different room every night, but there can also be a greater risk of disturbances that could stop you getting the restful sleep you need.

Spending time choosing a quiet camping spot means you're less likely to be disturbed by other campers or traffic noises. Buying a pair of foam earplugs is a small investment that could make all the difference to getting a good night's sleep, and it's even more important to choose a good quality caravan double mattress that gives you the comfort and support you need.

Clark Rubber has partnered with Slumberest to offer exclusive customised mattresses for caravans and camper trailers. See the complete range here.