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It’s recommended you stay in a holiday park or designated campsite. Free camping is not allowed in the city itself and is only allowed at designated sites throughout Australia. Most caravan parks are located away from the city centre.
Some popular campsites include: NRMA Lakeside Holiday Park, Cattai National Park Campground and Patonga Camping Ground.
If you wish to explore Sydney CBD and other city attractions like Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach or the Opera House, plan ahead. It's best to avoid peak traffic hours and to plan where to park ahead of time, especially if you're in a large motorhome.
Currently, all the major motorhome rental brands have their Sydney branch close to Sydney Airport, on the southside.
When renting a vehicle, it is standard to be charged a bond (security deposit), also known as ‘excess’, which is the amount the renter is liable to cover in the event of an accident or damage to the vehicle.
The bond amount fluctuates based on the insurance package selected at the time of rental and is charged and debited on the renters’ credit or debit card.
Yes, a large number of rental companies allow for one-way rentals. Our comparison tool will show you availability on your preferred route and automatically factor in any one-way fees charged by the campervan hire company.
Popular one-way routes for a motorhome holiday along Australia's East Coast include:
For same-location returns, popular road trip destinations include the Blue Mountains, Royal National Park, the Central Coast and Byron Bay.
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While there are no motorhome rentals directly at the terminal at Sydney Airport (SYD), there are several campervan hire companies within 6–18 km (4–11 miles).
The depots are easily accessible by taxi, Uber or public transport.
Most campervan rentals in Sydney cost between $35-$325 per day (when all fees are included). The average cost for hiring a motorhome in in 2020 was $94 per day. Rental rates vary depending on the size, age and features of the vehicle. The booking length, time of year and intended drop-off point can have an impact as well.
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The cheapest months for hiring a campervan in Sydney are right after the summer holidays in February and early March, as well as in the winter months from May to September.
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The Blue Mountains are located west of Sydney in NSW, Australia. The mountains, which are part of a national park, are located in an area offering many outdoor activities.
There are numerous hiking trails in the area, with some offering the opportunity to see the famous Three Sisters, an unusual rock formation that is considered a popular tourist attraction.
Located north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is a famous wine region in Australia. The region is home to many outdoor activities, including golf courses, cycle tracks and hiking trails. Many of the wineries in the area offer guided tours as well as tastings.
A view of the famous Opera House, iconic Harbour Bridge, and majestic Sydney skyline is often the highlight of a stay in Sydney, and seeing the unique perspective from the water truly shows off the city’s charm. Several long-time cruise operators offer sailings of varying lengths: short narrated sightseeing trips, brunch and dinner cruises, and whale watching excursions.
Just across the harbour, in the suburb of Mosman, Sydney’s Taronga Zoo was initially established by the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales in 1884 and has been in this picturesque waterside location since 1916. The zoo is divided into eight zoogeographic regions and showcases over 300 species, many of which are native to Australia. Popular activities include keeper-led tours, bird and seal shows, and a recently added ‘wild ropes’ course.
Envisioned in 1968 and opened in 1981, the 309-metre-tall Sydney Tower is the city’s tallest structure and second only to Auckland’s Sky Tower in the Southern Hemisphere. While the shopping centre at the base is operated by the Westfield Group, Merlin Entertainment takes charge of the fully enclosed Observation Deck at 250 metres, billed as the Sydney Tower Eye. In 2005, the open-air glass-floored Skywalk opened at 268 metres; this level, which is twice the height of the Harbour Bridge, can only be accessed with a guided tour.
Often labelled as a science institution, the Powerhouse Museum is the flagship unit of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and contains over 400,000 items within a dozen permanent exhibits, relating to a wide range of related topics: transportation (including steam engines), communications, decorative arts, costume, furniture, computers and technology, space, media. 125 years old, the Powerhouse has occupied a converted 1902 electric train power station near Darling Harbour since 1988.