Reasons for campervan hire - Perth? The west of Australia is probably some of the most untouched and uninhabited land in Australia, dominated by desert. Towns cling to the coast and most are small with the exception of Perth.
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In order to fully explore Western Australia, you will need to have lots of time, as the distances are expansive. You will also need to ensure that you pack appropriate provisions for any trips away from the southern western tip of the state. Most campervans are exceptionally well looked after, however it is best to be prepared, however unlikely it is, for a breakdown.
There are a number of handy hints for travelling in remote regions, but the main ones that will save your life are to ensure that you have spare fuel, a large store of reserve water, some food, a first aid kit and to remain with your car. Never try to walk for help.
With the hazards stated, you are in for an amazing experience. Many travellers take the WA coastal tour on a larger circuit, which winds around the entire coast of Australia. This option helps avoid the need to double back, which you will most likely have to do if you choose to start and finish in Perth. Another alternative is to find a one-way campervan rental, going from Adelaide to Perth across the Nullarbor Plain or from Darwin to Perth via the northern coastal route.
So with those routes in mind, the following campervan rental companies have locations in Perth and at least one neighbouring state.
Travellers Auto Barn is located around Australia with a location in Perth and in Darwin. In addition they have locations on the East Coast, the only major town missing is Adelaide. This hire company offer hire to licensed drivers over 18 years of age and you can select from three different types of van. You will find Travellers Auto Barn close to the city centre.
Are a young and fun campervan company with plenty of options for all types of travellers, but it is fair to say this company is aimed at the twenty something local and international visitor. Hiring is available to all drivers who have held their license for at least 6 months and are over 18 years of age. They have plenty of specials and allow one-way trips. Best of all they have a location in Perth, Darwin and Adelaide, including a depot in Exmouth and Broome. Look out for specials and super cheap deals with Wicked Campers.
For a larger range than Wicked or Travellers Auto Barn, why not consider Dolphin Campervan Hire in Perth. They have at least seven vans to select from including a six-berth van if you have a family. Rates start from $72 per day and are available to drivers who are 21+ years.
In our introduction we touched on a few of the key trips you can do in Western Australia, and that circular tours are not as easy to accommodate. They are however not impossible, but you will be limited to going north to Port Hedland and east to Norseman due to the inland desert and lack of sealed roads.
For this reason, we strongly recommend considering coming into Perth from either Adelaide or Darwin. If you choose to do this, you will need to ensure that you share your travel plans with your campervan hire company as they may have some restrictions on travelling at certain times and for particular locations.
We do have one round trip to share with you, and it starts in the capital of Perth. You can take this trip either way, but we start by heading south to Fremantle a harbour town with a strong maritime history and a great street called the Cappuccino Strip. Keep heading south to Mandurah, Bunbury and the magnificent and world renown wine region of the Margaret River. Follow the coast through Augusta and Pemberton (with the huge Karri forests) to Albany where you can visit the stunning Stirling Ranges and the old Whaling Station. Detour to Bremer Bay for some whale spotting and perhaps take a fishing charter.
Stay on the coast until you reach Esperance and then head north to Kalgoorlie a gold mining town. Here you can see the huge Super Pit, an open cut gold mine that is reputed to be visible from space. Continue north till you join the Great Northern Highway, which will take you up to Port Hedland where you will rejoin the coast and can start working your way back south.
There are many interesting Aboriginal sites in the Pilbara region, including carvings and cave paintings. Next stop requires a detour up to Exmouth through the Cape Range National Park with its wonderful beaches before heading south again crossing the Tropic of Cancer to Carnavon.
Return to Perth taking in the amazing coastal landscapes and the rich history of the towns you pass through.