Motorhomes, often referred to as RVs or campervans, have grown in popularity among Australian residents and tourists alike. These versatile vehicles offer a unique way to explore Australia, from the sandy beaches of Queensland to the rugged terrains of Western Australia, to the wondrous scenery and unique wildlife from the state of Tasmania.
However, before embarking on your Australian road trip, it’s crucial to understand the licensing requirements. At LeisureRent, we’ve prepared this article to keep you informed and educated about the rules in Australia.
Understanding Motorhomes and Licensing in Australia
Motorhomes come in various sizes and weights, affecting the type of car licence you’ll need. In Australia, the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) or weight, plays a pivotal role in determining the necessary licence. For vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes, a standard Class C licence suffices, which is what most Australian residents hold.
The motorhomes we supply at LeisureRent are eligible to be driven under a standard driver’s licence. If you’re interested in another automotive solution, read about our Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Motorhome or Campervan For Hire.
In general, for those larger motorhomes and campervans, an MR (Medium Rigid) or LR (Light Rigid) licence might be necessary. These licences cover vehicles with 2 axles and a GVM of more than 4.5 tonnes but less than 8 tonnes for MR and less than 4.5 tonnes for LR.
Overseas Licence Holders
If you’re an overseas visitor, you can use your foreign licence to drive the same type of vehicles you are allowed to drive in your home country. However, be sure it’s in English or accompanied by an official translation. Always cross-check the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website for up-to-date regulations. We also recommend you plan your trip well ahead of public holidays in Tasmania and know the Best Time to Visit Tasmania.
Motorhome Size, Weight, and Payload
Our motorhomes at LeisureRent have the following dimensions:
- Length: 5750mm (5.75m)
- Width: 2091mm (2.091m)
- Height: 3000mm (3m)
- Internal Height: 1930mm (1.93m)
Tare Weight represents the vehicle’s weight when empty, while the payload includes the weight of everything added, including passengers and cargo.
Ensuring your vehicle’s total weight (Tare Weight plus payload) doesn’t exceed its legal weight is crucial to avoid fines from the Australian police.
The Versatility of Motorhomes
Apart from licensing, it’s worth understanding the advantages of motorhomes. The allure of motorhome travel has captivated many, from retirees to young families, and for good reason. The sense of freedom and convenience it offers is unparalleled. It’s also our recommendation if your needing to hire a motorhome for exploring Tasmania while travelling with kids.
Here are some of the main advantages of renting a motorhome:
With a motorhome, you dictate your itinerary. There’s no need to adhere to hotel check-in/check-out times or rush to catch a flight. You can choose to linger at places you love or quickly move on from those that don’t capture your interest.
Even on the road, you can enjoy the comforts of your home, be it your favorite pillow, your cherished coffee mug, or a stocked fridge with your preferred foods. You can even take a nap on-the-go (but make sure you’re parked legally!)
Over time, a motorhome can save you money. Think of all the costs associated with traditional travel, such as hotel rooms, dining out for every meal, transportation, and many more. With a motorhome, you have your accommodation and transportation in one.
Connect with Nature
Most motorhome campgrounds are located in picturesque locations. This gives you a unique opportunity to be closer to nature, often parking right next to beaches, forests, or mountains.
Community and Camaraderie
The motorhome community is a tight-knit one. Campgrounds and RV parks often host events, allowing you to meet and bond with fellow travellers.
When to Hire a Motorhome Instead of a Car
The motorhome isn’t just for cross-country trips; there are various scenarios where using a motorhome can be more beneficial than a car during your trip in Tasmania.
- Family Reunions – Instead of renting multiple hotel rooms or cramming everyone into a family home, a motorhome provides additional sleeping and living spaces.
- Festivals – Many people use motorhomes to attend music or art festivals. They offer a place to retreat, freshen up, or sleep, ensuring you don’t miss a beat of the festivities.
- Sporting Events – Tailgate in style! A motorhome offers a comfortable base to enjoy pre-game and post-game festivities.
- Extended Road Trips – For those week or month long journeys, motorhomes allow you to explore various cities without the hassle of repacking at every stop.
Where Can You Park a Motorhome?
Finding the right place to park your motorhome is crucial for a stress-free experience. Some examples of typical spots where you can park your motorhome in Australia include, but are not limited to:
Campgrounds and RV Parks
These are specifically designed for motorhomes and offer a range of facilities from power hookups to laundry rooms.
National and State Parks
Many parks in Australia have designated areas for motorhomes. However, it’s essential to check regulations and book in advance during peak seasons.
These are commonly found on highways and are great for short breaks. However, overnight stays might not be allowed in all rest areas.
With permission, you can park on private land or farms. Some websites connect motorhome travellers with landowners willing to offer a parking spot for a night or two.
In some cities, you can park on the street overnight, but always check local regulations and signage to avoid fines.
Other Information About our Motorhomes for Hire
Key Features and Specifications
- Anchor points: 2
- Fuel capacity: 80L
- Shower, toilet, sink, stove, microwave, and fridge included
- Dinette converts to a double bed
- Double bed over driver’s cabin
- Economical automatic petrol engine
- Seat belting for 4 people
- Solar panel
- and many more equipment supplied
Hire Equipment Available
- Pillows Protectors & Slips
- Bath Towels (2 per person) & Soap
- Doona & Cover
- Tea Towels (3)
- Table & Chairs
- Child Restraint