Cairns Great Tropical Winter Destinations

“Winter is Coming.”

– House Stark

Like migratory fowl, some people could not bear the cold would rather move elsewhere where the climate is warm and the warm air invites you to take a dip in the cool waters. If you are one of those who can’t stand the cold, you certainly caught our drift. Although you don’t have wings, a cheap motorhome for hire could definitely take you to that ideal winter escape. Continue reading “Cairns Great Tropical Winter Destinations”

3,512 kilometres, 14 days, 3 states, 1 Hippie Camper and a lot of fun and memories

This great story is courtesy of our Reservations Consultant Julian, who recently took a Hippie trip around Aus: When one of my mates from Germany told me that he’s coming to Australia for a visit we agreed in the most important point: We have to do a road trip!

Some months later and just a short taxi ride from the airport we finally picked up our Hippie Camper in Sydney, needless to say how excited we were to finally hit the road. Our first destination were the impressive Blue Mountains just a one drive out of the city. If you are heading there, get a map from the info centre and drive to some of the remote spots away from the mayor tourist bus stops. The landscape is beautiful, you can go for different walks or a swim in a creek and there is hardly anyone else around.

After our relaxed start, we drove south to Canberra visiting some of the cities free museums and the Australian parliament. Overall the city was worth stopping over, but it’s not a place you would like to spend all your holidays in. So we continued our journey towards Melbourne, stopping for lunch in the country town of Albury. Our Hippie Camper scored some brownie points with a local shop owner and some entertaining stories about road tripping and a free meal later we departed to Melbourne.

Unfortunately we underestimated the caravan park situation in the city and had to make some phone calls before finding a nice park in Coburg not too far out of the CBD. The following day we left our Coburg base by public transport to discover one of Australia’s most amazing cities, and trust me there is a lot to discover. Within the city centre, it is the most convenient to take a walking tour or hop on the free tram which takes you from the CBD to all the big sports facilities,  the Docklands and lots of other good places. My personal recommendation for the city is the Eureka Skydesk, a skyscraper lookout with memorable views over the whole city.

Two days later we left Victoria’s capital with many new friends, photos and big city impressions to spend a day in Phillip Island. Even though the island is populated, it still seems to be a place with a lot of nature and some great wildlife (wallabies, penguins, koalas, wombats and all kinds of birds), some of it in nice wildlife parks. Having ticked off some island fun off our list, we spend the night in Geelong to start one of the must dos in Down Under on the next day: The Great Ocean Road.

If you have been in Australia and haven’t done it, come back and make sure you do it self driving! We took two days for our experience of a road, I would rate the most attractive I have ever travelled. There are so many places to stop (almost every car park is worth it), go down to the ocean, or hike/drive up a mountain (Apollo Bay is quite awesome for that), the possibilities are numerous. We felt the biggest advantage in having our own camper was to be able to take the roads less travelled (e. g. Cape Otway Lighthouse or Triplet Falls Park).

From the ocean we went inland to the mountain ranges of the Grampians National Park. Just the drive to Halls Gap, where we made camp, would have been worth it as we were driving through the most original Australian towns with just a couple of hundred inhabitants.

All the driving made us want to go for some serious hiking and you bet the Grampians are the right place for that. Impressive rock formations, breathtaking views until the horizon and pure natural pools inviting for a swim, in other words we had a stunning time.

As time is flying by when you are having a good time, we started to make our way back east towards the coast, driving past Melbourne and spending the night in the chilled out coastal town of Lakes Entrance. Two days later which were packed with some nice national parks and sunny hours at beaches we arrived back into Sydney. At the start and end point of our journey we put the icing on the cake by visiting the Sydney icons Bondi Beach, Botanic Gardens, Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. And after precisely 3,512 kilometres it was time to waive our loyal and fun loving companion goodbye: Thank you Hippie Camper we will take you for another journey soon!

We love giving things away – October giveaway winners announced!

The competition to win our road-trip giveaway was absolutely fierce this month. We were absolutely inundated with amazing videos, photos and blogs from our happy clients. It was a difficult decision, but ultimately there were a couple of stand out entries who have scored some fantastic prizes.

Lesley Van Loo captured this incredible photo of a Kea flying away from her Hippie, and we gave her a digital camera for her efforts.

Alex Krasinsky put in a mammoth effort with his 74 day “Crossing Oz” blog. Alex scored a video recorder, as well as heartfelt admiration from the Hippie team! Please check out the blog if you have a chance, it is a detailed travel-log which really offers an in-depth insight in to what it means to travel Australia (whether you choose a campervan or not).

Here’s one of the highlights from Alex’s story:

After the short detour we set off in direction of Atherton. This drive turned out to be long, straight and soporific. Not long and the juicy green rainforest turned into red dirt and outback feeling.

In Tolga we actually took a turn and headed on a small and deserted road to Lake Tinaroo. There we got to go for a swim and sunbake a bit. Because it was getting late we decided to have a look at the Tinaroo Falls and look for a place to sleep, instead of continuing the drive to the other falls. Unfortunately the Tinaroo Falls werent ‘available’ because they were working on the dam. Although it kinda was waterfalldisasterday we kept driving and a beautiful part of the lake opened up in front of us.

You may have noticed that we have changed the prize structure to 1st, 2nd and 3rd, rather than allocating a specific prize to a type of entry. That way, no matter what your creative forte, you’ll have the opportunity to win any of the awesome prizes on offer.

Annika Guuther wins Sydney Expo prize!

Congratulations to Annika from Germany, who was the lucky winner of our 7 day campervan giveaway at the Sydney Adventure Travel and Backpacker Expo on the weekend! We asked people who visited our stand why they should win a 7 day camper holiday, and Annika won with the following entry:

I´m a 19 year old girl looking for the best method to get from Cairns to Sydney with a friend. In these expensive days Hippie Camper would be the best way!”

Congratulations again Annika, we hope you have a great trip.

We also received some other great entries in the comp, which really reflect the love out there for road-tripping and for Hippie! Here are just a couple:

“I have always wanted to travel around Australia” – Corey

“there is no better way to see Oz!” – Louise

“While visiting from Canada I would like to see as much of the country as possible! Pick me!” – Christina

“I love to travel! Driving gets you in closer than bus tours + campers are fun!” – Robyn

See you in Sydney for the Adventure Travel & Backpackers Expo!

Are you in or around Sydney from November 6-7? If so, we’d love to see you at the annual Adventure Travel and Backpackers Expo!

The expo will be held at Town Hall, Sydney this year and over 200 travel companies will be exhibiting. It’s a great opportunity to research your next trip around Australia or abroad. There are also countless freebies and some awesome competitions.

The cost to attend is a measly 5 bucks – and you can score a 2 for 1 deal by joining the online Expo Community.

Hippie Camper will be there with flying colours. Representatives Mia and Elysha will be available to tell you everything you need to know about campervan rental in Australia or New Zealand. You can even book your trip at the expo if you’re super keen.

Hippie Camper Sydney Backpacker Expo

Also, since we love giving away free stuff at Hippie, we’ll also be GIVING AWAY a 7 day campervan holiday in Australia or New Zealand!! All you need to do is visit us at stand 28 and fill in a simple form telling us why you should win.

FREE Campervan Holiday with Hippie at the Sydney Expo
When you see this poster, you've found us.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you there very soon. Peace out.