Australia road trip: North of Brisbane in a camper van

| January 26, 2010 | 23 Comments
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Wickedcamper vans sure are wicked: certainly used, not the nicest of the lot and most display psycodellic graffiti that makes you stand out very much anywhere. This said they are usually the cheapest company and the oldest in the sector, making them a benchmark for any possible renter and do not require carefull driving which comes in handy when road conditions are not good:dents are ok.

Our wicked camper van

35 AUD worth of petrol and a 10AUD map later we merged into the highway and headed north towards Noosa Heaads, but decided to pull out in Maroochidore because … well simply because it seemed like a good idea. And it was. It has a very long beach with clean water and a nice walkway along Morooboora, the town right by. What was even better was that we found out that in OZ (Australia) there are public showers (cold water only), toilets and electric barbecues in almost every town, making our camping gas almost useless. Plus you get to cook outdoors and don’t need to clean up after eating (sometimes you have to do so before though).

Mooroorooba is a somewhat posh town with a nice beach and crystal blue water, and were it not for the strong cool wind it would have felt almost tropical. It was relatively easy to find a place where to sleep, following the well known camper van traveller rule: park the van in a quiet, sleepy neighbourhood where cops don’t drive often and you should be OK. It is so nice to be able to eat and sleep almost anywhere, waking up in the beautiful spot of your choice and having all you need with you. Except the toilet, which was not much fun when needing one in the chilly wee hours of the morning.

We decided to head inland our last night and eventually found ourselves in Kilcoy. Not for any reason in particular, but on the map it appeared to be besides a lake and we guessed it would be nice.

Kilcoy Lakes

Arriving late in the night we looked for a secluded place where to park the van and slept until early in the morning, waking up to a wonderful day. Following the best route we drove around a few lakes and meandered between gentle hills, enjoying the great views and being on a constant lookaout for a possible kangaroo siteing that never materialized. Making sure we missed as little as possible we made our way back to Brisbane, where we spent one night at a hostel and got our free 5 day wicked camper rental after participating in a discussion group they were holding at the hostel. Go Wicked!

Road towards Brisbane

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23 Responses to “Australia road trip: North of Brisbane in a camper van”

  1. Great pictures! I like the scenic landscape that you took while traveling in your campervan. You must have a great time during the entire road trip. If you plan to travel in the future, you need to invest in good RV seats such as a motorhome pedestal Please feel free to visit my site for more information. Thanks!

  2. I love the photographs.. i really want to go now..

  3. yes agree with many facilities for camper vans, and the weather is the best!

  4. Without a doubt, I think that Brisbane is such a beautiful place!

  5. The people are very friendly, beach towns are nice and have many facilities for camper vans, and the climate was the best we had while in OZ. We actually regreted not having made it all the way up to Noosa Hedas- people kept telling us we should have made the effort. Thank you for the information.

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  7. Envision Video and Photography says:

    The peo­ple are very friendly, beach towns are nice and have many facil­i­ties for camper vans, and the cli­mate was the best we had while in OZ. Thanks to you guys! Great pic­tures and short and sweet text that was fun to go through.

  8. EB Organic Salon says:

    That was a great road trip in Australia. I hope I can visit that place. I think the place was so nice. Thanks to you guys! Great pic­tures and short and sweet text that was fun to go through

  9. I have to say… I’m completely jealous that you didn’t pay for camping. When we took our camper van trip along the east coast, we paid anywhere from $25-$55/night! Where would you take a leak if you are parked in a neighborhood though? Might be difficult for a girl.

    People suggested we stop in Noosa Heads too. As far as I can tell, you didn’t miss much. Although, It’s quite possible that we didn’t find the good part of Noosa.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Christy!
      Paying to camp overnight ends up costing way too much and campervans stop being such a good option. We decided against this, and the heighbourhoods we chose always had a forrest very close- we would park with the main door facing it. :) In NZ the campervan agency provided a portable toilet, which became very valuable during the often rainy nights. Good to know Noosa isn’t that big of a deal! :)

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Christy!

      We usually parked somewhere near a park or some bushes in case we need to take a wee during the night- which we did most often. I also noticed who expensive the RV parks were; had we paid that amount renting a camper van wouldn’t have made much sense financially…

      By the way, thanks for letting me know we didn’t miss much in Noosa Heads. Did you surf at all?

  10. Monica says:

    Bacana Federico, las fotos dos lugares ! É de babar :)

  11. Yoshay says:

    My first encounter with wicked vans! great to know that they exist making camping trips cheaper and easier in OZ. Thanks to you guys! Great pictures and short and sweet text that was fun to go through!
    Your blog would indeed be helpful for our site which is still under construction. So here it is!
    http://www.favoritecampings.com/australia/camping-in-australia/

    • maitravelsite says:

      Not sure how WW are doing today…they were being sued when we left because of safety reasons…

      Federico

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  13. Hahaha! i heard on the radio that 90% of those wicked campers were taken off the road due to safety issues. Glad you made it out alive.

    • maitravelsite says:

      lol…In fact we first learned that wicked campers were being investigated because of that reason when using the internet in a McDonald’s. I remember we looked at each other because the brakes of ours didn’t work too well, and a lady who was eating saw our van and made a funny comment too! We made it, yes, and had a blast too!! Thanks for dropping by!

  14. Great post. Looks like a fun time in Brisbane.

  15. maitravelsite says:

    Good point, and one I should not have missed. We both thought that this leg of all the road trips we did in eastern OZ was one of the best. The people are very friendly, beach towns are nice and have many facilities for camper vans, and the climate was the best we had while in OZ. We actually regreted not having made it all the way up to Noosa Hedas- people kept telling us we should have made the effort. This said, making it to Kilcoy was something unplanned and was a lot of fun as well. On good days the scenery is stunning. Thanks for the comment!

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