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Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia; an unsung state that’s conveniently sandwiched between the North Territory, West Australia and Victoria. By picking up your campervan rental in Adelaide, you can easily make your way to the cultural hub of Melbourne or go on an Outback adventure in Northern Territory. Road-trips are effortless from Adelaide but that’s not the only attraction to the city. Adelaide is a fine destination in its own right. Here you’ll find gastronomic delights, stunning architecture and a vibrant arts culture waiting for you. Further afield in other parts of South Australia, you’ll be wowed by undiscovered beaches and surreal space-like scenery. Love Australia but put off by the crowds of the East Coast? South Australia should be your next destination!
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Important facts Why you should hire a campervan in Adelaide
Taking a camper trip is the best way to explore this lesser-traversed state. Of course, there are plenty of cookie-cutter tours that will show you “the best of South Australia”, but we all know that real adventures happen after wrong turns and impromptu decisions. Independence is the true essence of travel and our selection of motorhomes for hire in Adelaide will give you the freedom to explore the region as you like.
Before setting out on your trip, spend some time exploring the city. A word of advice, though- if you find yourself scratching your head as you look through a Trip Advisor Top 10 list, you’re doing it all wrong. While Adelaide does have all the usual museums and Botanic Gardens that you’ll find in Aussie cities, at its core, it’s not a place to come to with a list of must-see places. Instead, this is a city that needs to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace- preferably with several shots of caffeine thrown in.
Eating and drinking is a very important part of Adelaidean life. The city is renowned for having the best foodie scene in the country with high-quality local produce and fine wines being at the forefront of this reputation. It’s not just about fine dining, though. Brunch is a ubiquitous element of weekends in Adelaide- a meal to take your time over, preferably with friends and an ocean view.
As far as chill out spots go, Glenelg Beach is one of the city’s favourites! Coincidentally, this a great place to base yourself for the first day of you your RV holiday! Because of its enviable west facing location, you’ll find plenty of bars, tailor-made for sundown drinks, lining the promenade.
Food and drink isn’t the only thing going for this city, though. Those seeking culture should head for the North Terrace Cultural Precinct where they’ll find points of interest around every corner. If you want to experience the city in all its glory, visit in March when the Adelaide Fringe is town. If you’re looking for a quick escape from city life, you’ll find plenty of national parks right on the city’s doorstep, too. With an enviable location like this, you can customise your trip however you please.
An Adelaide campervan hire is a great way to combine your city break with an escape into the great outdoors. With dry desert, rocky coastline and rich verdant national parks all within driving distance, you can be assured that you’ll have a trip to remember.
Arriving in Adelaide for your RV holiday
Adelaide Airport is Australia’s 5th biggest Airport, receiving flights from all over the world. The CDB is just 6km from the airport and can be easily reached using public transport. If you would prefer, it may also be possible to arrange to pick up your campervan rental in Adelaide at the airport and start your trip straight away. (Just be sure to factor in time to complete the Vehicle Handover Form before setting off!)
Otherwise, the most convenient way to reach the city is the Jet Express bus service. The journey takes just 18 minutes and stops at several of the big hotels around the city. Fares vary depending on whether you’re using a Metrocard and what time you’re travelling but a one-way ticket should never be more than $5.40. If you plan on spending a few days in the city, the 3-day visitor pass is $26.60 and allows users unlimited travel on the city’s buses, trains and trams, including the airport route.
Picking up and Dropping off your Camper
The last day of any road-trip is usually packed full of traffic jams and last-minute sightseeing stops. To help avoid hap-hazard driving on the way back to Adelaide, we recommend getting up earlier than usual and starting your day with time on your side. When you reach Adelaide, fill in the post hire vehicle inspection form carefully with your host. If there has been any damage to the vehicle, you should report it to us as soon as possible.
Our pick-up system is straight-forward, and we make sure that we keep complicated paperwork to a minimum. This way, you can start your holiday stress-free and get on the road as soon as possible! What we do ask of you, though, is to dedicate some time to fill out the vehicle handover form. This form takes the pre-hire condition of the vehicle into account and will be used in the case of disputes. It’s in your own best interest to take as much time as you need when filling out this form. We advise travellers to allocate at least 45 minutes to this task.
If you’re arriving in Adelaide after a long flight, we give you the flexibility to arrange the pick up of your Adelaide camper hire from wherever suits. Check with the owner if it's going to be convenient to pick it up at the airport or if you want some time to explore the city by foot, you can pick it up there. The choice is completely in your hands.
Whatever you decide on, just make sure that you’ve given your vehicle's owner plenty of notice before arriving and choose a drop off time to suit you both, too.
Our owners are all happy campers who will be more than happy to help you out with local directions and travel tips. If you’re a local yourself and need help getting your own car home after the pick-up, they should have some recommendations on the best place to park- don’t be afraid to ask! If they can’t help you out, it might be worth arranging for a friend to drive your car home on your behalf.
Campervans in Adelaide: A City Motorhome Guide
After touching down at Adelaide International Airport, the easiest way to reach the city centre is using the Jet Express Bus Service.
If you want to explore the city without worrying about parking your campervan, then you’ll be glad to hear that Adelaide has a fantastic public transport system.
Public transport fares vary depending on the time of day and whether or not you’re using a Metrocard but are between $3 and $5.40.
For the best value, visitors are advised to purchase the Adelaide visitors metro pass. This card is just $25.60 for 3 consecutive days of unlimited transport. If you’re going to be doing a lot of exploring, this is a great deal!
Food and Drink
What Adelaide might lack in notable sights, it makes up for in its drinking and dining scene. The city is renowned for its coffee culture and its caffeinated residents will be happy to share their favourite watering holes with you.
The focal point of Adelaide’s foodie scene is, undoubtedly, the central market. This market was established in 1889 and is now a prime destination for street food in Australia, featuring over 80 hawkers under one roof. This isn’t the only place for street eats in Adelaide, though, and you’ll find food trucks all over the city, too.
As if that wasn’t enough, to truly lament its reputation as a stellar gastronomic destination, you’ll find premium wineries in nearby Adelaide Hills. This region is well-known for its chardonnay and pinot noir. Further afield, you’ll find the world-class Barossa Valley with 170 wine companies offering up tasters of the region’s famous shiraz.
If you’re overwhelmed by the dining choices in the city, try out the following restaurants which are some of our favourites.
Peel Street’s menu features delicious shareable dishes made from fresh and local ingredients. Itt should come as no surprise at all that the wine menu is as impressive as the food at this Adelaide hot spot. It’s situated in the CBD so is perfect after a day of sightseeing before retreating to your camper.
No trip to Adelaide is complete without experiencing some of its cafes. Luigi Delicatessen is an Italian run coffee shop in central Adelaide where you can enjoy great flat whites and delicious brunches and lunches, too.
For a taste of South Australia’s craft beers and ciders, boutique wines and specialist spirits, pay a visit to Bank Street Social. The inhouse mixologists are on hand to whip you up a cocktail based on what you like, and the creative food menu features woodfire pizzas named after local areas.
Sports and Recreation
No matter which city you visit in Australia, you can be assured of an epic sports calendar. Adelaideans love their sports and there are plenty of opportunities to catch a game after picking up your campervan hire in Adelaide.
Adelaide Oval is the city’s hub for sports and is considered to be an attraction of its own.
The stadium hosts a variety of events including cricket, Australian rules football, rugby league, rugby union, football (soccer) and tennis as well as concerts.
Events and Festivals
When the temperatures start to fall in other parts of the world, most people take it as a sign that the party’s over. Not in Adelaide. For this city, Autumn is the prime time of the year with a packed calendar of events. If you’re going to visit in this time, be sure to check out these festivals.
Adelaide Festival is an arts festival which runs during the first two weeks of March. The programme features visual arts, live music and theatre productions by performers from Australia and beyond. Over the past 55 years since its beginnings, it’s become an internationally acclaimed event and one of Australia’s most popular festivals.
For 31 days each year, from mid-February to mid-March, The Adelaide Fringe takes over the city. Spaces across Adelaide- and beyond- are transformed into venues, hosting acts both night and day. Whether you want to catch cabaret, break-dancing or puppet theatre, the eclectic programme will have something to keep you entertained. Best of all, there are plenty of free shows, so you can enjoy the festival no matter what your budget.
Held at the Botanic Gardens, Womadelaide is a 4-day open air event held in March every year. It has a distinctly bohemian vibe with art installations and a line-up of music, arts and dance. Around the park, you’ll also find a variety of workshops and performances.
National Parks to Visit
With 500 national parks within its borders, a trip to Australia isn’t complete without spending some time out in the wilderness. South Australia is home to a whole host of quintessential Australian landscapes, from the vast other-worldly outback to pristine, undisturbed beaches. One of the easiest ways to explore these parks is with your Adelaide campervan hire.
Many of South Australia’s National Parks have convenient campsites available. Before you set off, check to see if you need to book the campsite online. If you’re travelling with furry friends, you’ll need to seek out a pet-friendly private campsite as South Australia’s National Parks don’t permit any animals (aside from the local wildlife!) And, most importantly, be courteous to the other visitors by following these simple dos and don’ts.
Just 35 km South of Adelaide, Onkaparinga River National Park makes for a pleasant day trip with your Adelaide motorhome hire. It’s home to Australia’s second largest river and a unique and varied landscape. Trips here entail winding hikes, magnificent views and plentiful opportunities to spot wildlife. At the time of writing, a state of the art camping site is being developed which is due to open in December 2017.
Belair is the oldest national park in South Australia; loved by generations of families and travellers alike. It’s located 25 minutes from the city centre but provides a complete oasis from busy urban life. The bushland is filled with woodlands and lakes, along with hiking paths and cycling trails. After exploring the nature that the park has to offer, pay a visit to Old Government House, an important historic building dating back to 1855.
Boasting 130 km of saltwater lagoon and a unique coastal setting, Coorong National Park is a haven for water-based activities. Visitors can enjoy the park from the comfort of a boat, kayak or from the shore. These wetlands are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna including various species of birds.
Things to Do
Adelaide might not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of an Aussie road trip but, as the gateway to Southern Australia it’s a convenient place to start yourRV rental. The city is filled with architecture, a buzzing art scene and enough gastronomic flavour to give foodie-tastic Melbourne a showing up!
Adelaide is known throughout Australia for its award-winning wines. Those wanting to sample them for themselves- without diverging too far from the city- should pay a visit to Adelaide Hills. It’s just 15 minutes away from the city and simple to get to by both public transport and campervan.
South Australia is unrivalled when it comes to postcard perfect beaches. Adelaide’s city beach, Glenelg is a delightful place, notably absent of the masses of people that you’ll find at Australia’s other big city beaches. As well as some fantastic bars and restaurants, there are two campervan parks here if you simply can’t tear yourself away.
Culture and architecture make up a strong part of Adelaide’s identity. For a concentrated dose of both these things, set your sights on North Terrace Cultural Precinct. This area is home to some of the city’s most important sights such as the Government House, State Library, Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the Migration Museum. This is also where you’ll find South Australia Museum; an interesting spot for learning about aboriginal culture.
Other Accommodation Options
Want to spend a few days relaxing in a brick and mortar room before your trip? You’ll be glad to hear that the city has plenty of hostels, hotels and boutique lodgings for you to choose from.
The bulk of the city’s accommodation lies in the CBD however, many travellers opt to stay in beachside Glenelg, tranquil Adelaide Hills or upmarket North Adelaide.
Looking for luxury before you hit the road? It doesn’t get much more swish than The Mayfair! This 5-star lodging in the heart of the CBD truly epitomises luxury, glamour and elegance. It features a state of the art on-site gym, a stylish rooftop bar and some beautifully decorated chambers!
If you’re all for boutique furnishings but not hefty price tags, Majestic Roof Garden Hotel is a much more modest option. Also in the CBD, Roof Garden Hotel puts you at the centre of all the city’s tourist attractions. The comfortable rooms contain everything that you’ll need on your trip.
No matter where you go in the world, hostels can’t be beaten when it comes to budget beds and a buzzing atmosphere. Hostel 109 Flashpackers offers up just that with the CBD on its doorstep. The hostel is kitted out with everything travellers need including a kitchen and lockers as well as little luxuries like free bikes and air-conditioning. Hang out in the hostel bar and you might even find other road-trippers to exchange campervan tips with!
Caravan Parks and Campgrounds
Despite the fact that Adelaide isn’t as established on the road-trip scene as the likes of Sydney and Melbourne, you’ll still find plenty of campgrounds to choose from. For a great start to your Adelaide campervan hire, spend a night at one of these relaxing spots.
Located in the Adelaide Hills, Belair National Holiday Park is a fantastic choice for anyone looking to enjoy the natural beauty of Southern Australia while still being within easy access of the city. Spend your morning relaxing in the campsite’s pools and then explore Adelaide City which is just 20 minutes away.
Victor Harbour is a fantastic family destination, just an hour outside of Adelaide. As well as stunning coastal scenery, this area also features fun activities such as steam train riding, whale watching and penguin tours. Victor Harbour Holiday and Cabin Park is the perfect base for a trip to this area. It’s close to the beach, a short walk away from the town centre and has plenty of fun features to keep your little ones entertained.
Just 7km away from the CBD and Adelaide Beaches, Adelaide Brownhill Creek Tourist Park offers convenience at its best. The camp features a small swimming pool, fully fitted camp kitchen and tennis court, all within a leafy, green setting. With its tranquil environment, you’ll forget that you’re a stone’s throw away from the busy city!
Adelaide is the gateway to South Australia, a stone’s throw away from the Great Ocean Road and the perfect city to start an outback adventure from. Picking up a motorhome in Adelaide will give you the freedom to explore these destinations as you like!
Best Time of Year for Motorhome Holidays in Adelaide
Located on the coast of South Australia, Adelaide enjoys pleasant and moderate weather for the majority of the year. With dry, warm summers and mild-winters, almost every month is the perfect month for an Adelaide motorhome hire holiday.
Summer runs between November and February in Adelaide with January and February being the hottest with average peak temperatures of 29 degrees Celsius. These temperatures are much milder than other Australian capitals and less humid, too. This is a great time to experience the best of South Australia’s beaches. Just make sure you have some awning or air-conditioning in your camper, so you can stay cool!
The Autumn months are between March and May, bringing vibrant, crimson foliage to the city. Not only do the tree-lined streets offer up some seriously cosy vibes, it’s also possible to enjoy fruit picking in the Adelaide hills. Road-trippers looking for photogenic landscapes will be spoiled for choice in South Australia during this time. Many of the city’s biggest festivals and events are held in February and March, making this a popular time to visit.
Although Adelaide’s winters aren’t as severe as other Australian capitals, they are known to bring fog and rain. Visitors from Northern Europe and North America shouldn’t find the “freezing” 15 degrees temperatures in July to be too bone chilling. If you want to visit Northern Territory, this is the best time to visit.
Weatherwise, Spring (September and October) can be a frustrating time to visit Adelaide. Although the temperatures are starting to rise, these months are also known for bringing rainy and blistery weather.
Adelaide: The Ultimate Guide to Motorhome Road-trips
Driving Tips for your Adelaide Road-trip
- Animals often come out at night and dusk so it’s best to keep off the road at these time. You don’t want to ruin a good Adelaide RV Hire holiday by hitting a kangaroo!
- If you know that you’re going to be driving in a lot of harsh conditions, a 4WD might be the best option for your trip.
- Australians drive on the left side of the road. If this is different from what you’re used to then be extra cautious until it feels natural.
- If you decide to go on a long rural journey, such as into the outback, stock up on essential supplies, including petrol before setting out.
- Take a break every 2 hours to help increase your concentration and never drive more than 8 to 10 hours in a day.
- Pay attention to the speed limits and be sure to drive within them at all times. Not only will this help protect yourself and others from accidents, it will also save you from being caught by the many speed cameras in Australia and being hit with a fine!
- Make sure you have an international driving license which has been fully translated into English if you are coming from a non-English speaking country.
- Overtaking can be very dangerous, especially in the outback. If you do need to pass a slow-moving truck or caravan, make sure to leave plenty of space.
- Familiarise yourself with the road signs used in Australia before setting off on your adventure!
Things to do on your Road-trip
After you pick up your RV rental in Adelaide, you’ll find plenty to keep you amused- no matter what route you take. These are a few favourites!
Spend a Night on Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is a bio-rich island just South of Adelaide. Although this is one of South Australia’s biggest draws, the crowds you find here are miniscule compared to comparable parts of Queensland or New South Wales. It’s brimming with wildlife such as seals, birds and dolphins.
Marvel at Ikara in Flinders Ranges National Park
22% of Australia is made up of National Parks. After a while, some can start to blend into one another but there are a few exceptions to that rule: Flinders Range is one of them. If the dramatic gorges and vibrant wildlife don't stamp this park into your memory then Ikara sure will! It’s an 80 km basin of the sunken elliptical valley that’s best enjoyed from the Wangarra Lookout.
Sip on World-Class Wines
Whether you have your sights set on the international superstar of Barossa Valley or the more modest Adelaide Hills, South Australia has plenty of options for those looking to reawaken their palette. This is considered to be the prime state for wine in Australia. If you ask us, it’d be rude to come and not sample some for yourself!
Experience another world at Uluru
To many, Northern Territory is like another planet. Not only does this state have a strong cultural heritage which is distinct from the rest of the country, the dry, orange, desert-like landscape is reminiscent of Mars. Uluru is the quintessential Northern Territory experience. The 3.6 km long rock-formation sits proudly above the sandy flats- especially at sunrise when the morning light casts postcard-worthy shadows across it.
Discover the Joy of Driving again on Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road epitomises the saying, “it’s more about the journey and less about the destination.” If your everyday driving experiences consist of road works and incessant traffic, Great Ocean Road will give you a fresh perspective. Along the route, stop in at the surfing beaches of Torquay and snap some pictures of the iconic limestone wonders, The 12 Apostles.
You’ve got plenty of options when it comes to road-tripping in South Australia. Whether you’re looking for those classic Aussie ocean views or the rustic outback experience, there’s a road-trip leaving from Adelaide to take you there.
Adelaide to Melbourne
The jaunt from Adelaide to Melbourne is one of the most popular driving itineraries you can follow after picking up your campervan rental in Adelaide. Those who start at the other end might just consider this route just to be an extension of the Great Ocean Road but it’s so much more than that.
After leaving Adelaide, the first stop on your itinerary will be kangaroo island. This sleepy island attracts its fair share of travellers but the raw wilderness, unassuming locals and untouched wildlife would make you think otherwise. It’s up to you whether you park up your campervan for the day or bring it over with you on the car ferry. When you get back to the mainland, hit up the McLaren Vale Wine Region. This coastal delight is often overlooked in favour of the more popular wineries but is a stand out destination worthy of a visit. You’ll then have the chance to see the eco-rich character of Coorong National Park before crossing the border into Victoria.
The Great Ocean Road is a highlight of many Australia road trips, and for good reason, too. Coming from South Australia, the star of the show, The 12 Apostles, will be one of the first sights you stumble upon on this iconic drive. Following this, don’t miss the chance to fly above the trees on a zip line tour in Otway National Park, spot whales at Tower Hill Game Reserve and catch waves at surfer haven, Torquay. Got your fix of the great outdoors? Begin your descent into Melbourne; Australia’s vibrant cultural hub.
Adelaide to Alice Springs
So many of Australia’s road-trips follow the coastline but those in the know agree that heading inland offers an experience not to forget. If you’ve got a taste for adventure and a bit of time on your hands, then the road North to Alice Springs is chock full of rewards. With otherworldly landscapes and untouched settlements around every corner, you can be sure of some interesting stories to tell around the dinner table!
Before setting off, just be sure that your campervan is fully stocked with everything you’ll need - particularly food, water and gas!
Start your trip by treating yourself to some gourmet cuisine- and a tasting or two- at Barossa Valley, one of the world’s most acclaimed wine regions. After that, you’ll drive North to Flinders Range, South Australia’s most iconic mountain range. From here, you’re going to make your way for Northern Territory- Australia’s unique and tropical state. On route, be sure to admire the dry desert scenery and pop into Coober Pedy: a barren opal mining town that was used as the location for sci-fi classics Mad Max III, Red Planet and Ground Zero.
Uluru should be at the top of any NT trip to-do list so it’s fitting that it will be your welcome to the state. This surreal rock formation will impress you at any time of day but especially loves to show off its crimson colours around sunrise and sunset. There are lots of walks that you can do in the area, too. Nearby Kata Tjuta is also worth a side trip for more rock formations to ogle at.
And, finally, it’s time to set your sights on your final destination: Alice Springs, a vibrant town rich in Aboriginal culture and strikingly beautiful landscapes. You’ll find lots of wildlife of all shapes and sizes in the park, including huge birds of prey and tiny unknown lizards. The town itself has a variety of cultural attractions including museums and botanical gardens.
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