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.

Hippie revealed as Golden Backpacks finalist 2010

The Golden Backpack Awards reward those companies who work hardest to make backpacking around Australia & New Zealand that extra bit special. They are a bit like the backpacker industry Oscars, but are driven by votes from you, real backpackers! Each year, we’ve tried our hardest to promote Hippie as a candidate at these awards – as we feel that our product is pretty special. This year, our hard work and all your support has finally paid off!

Thanks to your votes, Hippie Camper has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Best Car / Camper Rental Australia award. The winner will be revealed in November. Even if we don’t win, the whole team is very proud and grateful for the vote of confidence from our many happy clients!

Hippie Road Trip Giveaway September winners revealed!

It’s time again for us to showcase more winners from our fantastic Road-Trip giveaway competition (you know, the one where we give away iPads, videos and cameras?)!
We’re thrilled to share a short except from the awesome winning blog entry, which really illustrates the awesome adventures you can have if you do a trip down the East Coast of Australia in one of our fantastic campervans:

Going Nowhere Slowly

We chose a Hippie camper as the most cost effective package of essentials needed to ensure a trip of pure sun soaked hedonism: a fridge to chill the beers, air con to help the sea-breeze, a sound system to raise eyebrows and a back seat kitchen and double bed. Yes, it’s possible to be hippie these days without forgoing life’s modern luxuries…

The east coast of Australia is littered with excellent beach-front tourist parks and camp sites. The freedom of a campervan allows you to choose to linger at the most stunning beaches, where you can hit the beach before sunrise (such as the sunrise at Yeppoon, showing the the Keppel islands on the horizon) and linger until the great milky wheel of stars rise wet and shimmering from the waves. Read the rest of the blog post here
We also had some simply awesome photos from our happy Hippie campers, including team favourites such as this retro shot from James:

And this spectacular New Zealand pic from Jane:

Don’t forget, the competition is still running, so there’s still plenty of chances to win. Keep up the good work!

Bec Woods on travelling Australia’s East Coast

Today we’re delighted to share a story from Bec Woods, a Pro Surfer who is sponsored by our parent company Apollo. First of all, here’s a quick intro video about Bec:

The last few months have been quite eventful as a Pro Surfer. This was supposed to be my downtime between World Tour events and for majority of it I was on the Gold Coast for training and enjoying the warm winter of Queensland.

However as a surfer you tend to move around a lot searching for the perfect wave. For people traveling on the east coast of Australia I recommend heading to Lennox Head and Byron Bay in the cooler months of winter. These small coastal surfing towns have such epic vibes, great coffee and many waves to choose from. Cruising from one to the next is a great way to spend a weekend and how I generally spend mine whilst around the Gold Coast.

Between training I spent a bit of time shooting for a TV segment and working on a proposed surfing event I am planning to have in my home town of Copacabana (NSW, Central Coast).

Which brings me to my next point. Driving from the Gold Coast to Copacabana is 9 hours if you do it straight. However if you have time and are driving your accommodation (a camper) please, please stop in at:

1. Angourie- It is a beautiful place with much national park and a hidden gem of the east coast. It is about 1 and a half hours south of Lennox Head.

2. Point Plomer/ Crescent Head- Point Plomer is where I learnt to surf. You take a right before hitting Crescent main town. There are 4 beaches to choose from all protected from different winds, the fishing, surfing, trails and wildlife are amazing. It is off the coast of Kempsey which is about 4 hrs south from Lennox head or 5 hours north from Sydney.

3. Boomerang Beach/Pacific Palms- Another of the hidden Gems of east coast Aus. So many white sand beaches, hidden cafe’s and lush national Parks to explore as well as cute cafe’s scattered around, it is worth exploring 3.5 hrs north of Sydney, 6.5 hrs south of Lennox Head.

I am now at Copacabana which is one and a half hours north of Sydney and getting ready for my next stint of events overseas starting with the Rip Curl Pro Search event in Peniche, Portugal early October. I need a solid end to my year currently sitting in 9th on the World Rankings and hoping to finish strongly.