undertaking my first month of regional work (to extend my visa) and they had cars which varied from a battered old ford which was rusted to the max but had some sure fire character, right through to a bright green camper van with varied graffiti up both sides which was purchased for $5000 between three German people. Either way they are easy to find and can save you a tidy wedge of money on accommodation, which in Oz, is on average between $15-$25 a night for a dorm room. Not to mention your dorm room can’t roll around the coast and shack up wherever it so desires. Now, if you don’t have the funds but still want to experience the coastal stretches and freedom which a car or van offers then you can take part in schemes which these hire car companies have in place.
I walked in to one of these car/van rental places whilst walking around the Kings Cross area in Sydney and troubled a very chirpy lady for some details on these schemes. The one which is by far the most popular among the travelling community is the delivery service by which you inquire within the garage one week beforehand stating where you are currently situated i.e. Sydney and you would like to ‘deliver’ a van/car to say ‘Brisbane’. This was the example I used whilst conversing with this particular lady. As a general overview gathered from our conversation she said it would cost me $1 a day for the privilege plus however much fuel we wanted to use. You can go anywhere you want and spend as much on fuel as you like but just bear in mind that with this example of Sydney to Brisbane (900 km) you have 3 days to get the vehicle to their Brisbane branch. It is entirely your choice on how you do it. You can boot it up the freeway through the night and enjoy a couple nights free accommodation in the camper van in Brisbane, or you can stop off and see the coastline and flare up a BBQ (recommended). You can use this scheme all around Oz and is a much more affordable and enjoyable way to see the country. No one will be interested in the fact that you have been to every airport in Oz waiting in queues, being pissed off with waiting, and finally being annoyed that you have missed hundreds of kilometres of unspoiled scenery. So opt for the heroes choice and hitch the van up! Plus you can always pick up some waifs and strays on route and make some great new friends, which after all is part of what it’s all about.
As I am writing this post I am sitting as a passenger in the work van only 30 minutes away from shell harbour ready (or not) to put yet more tactiles into the ground…but on the plus side I have 3 weeks to go until I set off with Scotty in the dream machine (whatever it may be) up the east coast to Brisbane. Happy days. And on a side note, I have never eaten as many McDonalds as I have in the last few days whilst working on the road, I’m disgusting! They taste too good though as I’m sure you’ll agree. Bon voyage for now and any questions/queries then please just pop them in the comment box below and I’ll respond as soon as possible.
Here is a link to the website we will be using ‘ALOT’ to see the coasts for free in a variety of vehicles! Remember just apply one week before you fancy moving on and the car or van is yours. Quick, simple and cheap as chips. It’s a no-brainer for me 😉