Uluru (Ayers Rock) is one of Australia’s most recognised landmarks. The sandstone masterpiece stands at 348m tall with a circumference of 9.4kms. There’s a reason this place is a world heritage treasure. A deeply spiritual site in the heart of Australia, it is thought that here, earth and memories exist as one.
Rich in indigenous culture, Uluru has a number of markings, caves and rock piles that tell the stories of the local tribes and their spiritual beliefs; learn more about their great significance at the cultural centre and hear about Aboriginal traditions associated with the rock.
Sunrise and Sunset at the iconic and sacred Uluru is something not to be missed, witness the stunning change of colours at the heart of the Red Centre.
Embrace the culture, stories, and wisdom of the indigenous natives as you explore The Dreamtime. Revel in nature’s delights as it paints a canvas of magical sunsets and starlit skies each and every day. Welcome to the magic of The Outback.
With 36 towering domes, Kata Tjuta dominates the skies glowing at sunrise and sunset. Be sure to make time for the “Valley Of The Wind”. Weaving its way through 546m high formations, this hike delivers a sense of peace, tranquility, and being like no other. Lesser known than Uluru, but just as spectacular, this place is 500 million years in the making.
Kings Canyon, home to the domes of a “lost city”, a Garden of Eden, and a Queen Of The Desert. What are you waiting for? Let’s go hiking. Suitable for most, it’s the first hundred or so steps that are the hardest, so don’t turn back. You will soon be revelling in some of the most beautiful nature made structures you may never have the chance to see again.
The gateway to the famous Red Centre and located at the base of the Macdonnell Ranges , there’s plenty of impressive landscape to be seen from the most famous outback town in Australia.
Home to the arts, traditional and new, it’s also home to many events. As a cultural epicentre, Alice Springs is a great starting point to any trip
Perhaps the lesser known rock counterpart to Uluru, but no less stunning, a trip to Walpa Gorge is a must do. Boasting towering walls, rocky terrain, and surprising clusters of colourful greenery and pink daisies, walk the track while you are enamoured by its surreal characteristics and close to silent atmosphere. It’s also important to note that this particular spot is very special to the Anangu people so when taking pictures, they kindly request you keep both sides of the gorge in frame to avoid revealing any sacred spots.
Another after-dark activity that needs to sit high on your to-do list is the jaw dropping Field Of Light, created by world-renowned artist Bruce Munro back in 2016. The exhibition originally named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara is a fantasy garden of 50,000 spindles of light, glittering in a rainbow of colours, spanning 49,000 square metres of desert (around 75 footy fields).
After throwing back some canapes and champagne from the viewing platform nearby, go ahead and walk amongst the art. It will be one of the more special experiences you didn’t know you were after in Australia.
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Whether you’re a first time traveller or a fully-fledged grey-nomad there are no limits here. Across roads around Australia and New Zealand, you’ll meet people of all ages loving life as they bounce from place to place living life on the road. Campervans are suitable for those with a thirst for adventure looking to see all the hidden gems along the way.
It’s common knowledge that Australia and New Zealand can be pretty expensive places to travel. Depending on your spending habits you can make travelling in a campervan as cheap or as expensive as you like.
We find that a campervan is considerably cheaper if you are travelling in a group of two or more compared to booking public transport and paying for accommodation as you go.
In most campervans you combine all your sleeping, travelling and cooking needs into one. This helps cut costs as the overall cost is rolled into one.
If travelling solo you definitely rent a campervan although we recommend booking a bus pass that you can combine with accommodation. This way you’ll get to meet more people along the way and save a few bucks compared to renting a campervan on your own.
In short.. No. You can’t just pull up at Bondi Beach and set up camp for a few days and wave good morning to the lifeguards on shift. You should expect to check into the odd campsite here and there but with tons of free campgrounds across the country you can certainly do van-life on a budget.
We recommend that you check out a mix of campsites whilst on your travels. Check out the site Hipcamp (this is like the Airbnb of campgrounds) you can stay on peoples properties in incredible locations from as little as $6 per night. National Parks are also a great shout, there are tons of campgrounds in world-class locations for next to nothing. If you’re searching for free camps then check out wikicamps for a list of freedom camping sites, they are a great shout too.
Depending on what style of camper you choose i.e. 2-seater camper car, hi-top or motorhome you’ll see that size matters. The smaller the vehicle, the easier they are to drive. If you’re looking for something that drives like a car then we recommend a 2-seater camper car or a mid-sized hi-top. These come in both manual and automatic transmission and drive just like a normal car.
If you didn’t already know, fuel in Australia is super cheap and getting around is much cheaper than in Europe, The U.S.A & Canada. If you want to know how much your trip will cost you, just message us with your start and end destination and we’ll calculate exactly how much fuel you’ll need for your trip and what it costs.
We always recommend pre-booking as many dates as you think you’ll need to reach your destination as extending is always subject to supplier availability. If on your trip though you decide that you’re loving van-life and want to extend then just contact us, we’ll contact the supplier for you and ask if you can extend. Booking with Happy Travels makes life easy. Like, super easy.
If your travel is cancelled due to government implemented travel restrictions then please contact us immediately. We will contact the supplier and cancel your travel. You may request a refund which is subject to supplier terms and conditions. Each supplier’s terms and conditions may vary so it’s important to read these carefully before booking.
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Good idea, but no. Unfortunately you can’t do that. Please follow government issued guidelines for all information relating to self-isolation and travel restrictions.