Buying A Campervan Vs Renting a Campervan
You don't necessarily need to buy a van as there are some great campervan hire companies that could save you a lot of hassle. Ultimately we would advise it comes down to how long you will be staying in Australia. If you want to do the classic East Coast Australia Roadtrip in 3 or 4 weeks then definitely look to rent. If you want to take on more of a challenge, such as a complete lap of Australia, then it is going to be much cheaper to buy a campervan. And when we say much, we mean it!
Renting a campervan in Australia can be expensive. On the other hand, buying a campervan can be complicated and time-consuming. Buying our campervan took around 1 month, and then it took roughly the same amount of time to sell it. If you only have 3 months to explore then you don't want to spend 2/3 of your time buying and selling a van!
There are a bunch of campervan rental companies in Australia. Having not rented a campervan before we can't vouch for any company in particular, however, the vans we saw the most were:
Some companies, such as Travellers Autobarn, can offer a service where you buy one of their older campervans to travel Australia. Then they will actually buy it back off you when you have finished your trip. This is more expensive than buying one from somewhere like Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace, but cheaper than renting one for months on end.
If you are not looking to hire a campervan and you have set your heart on buying one instead, then here are our top tips for buying and selling a campervan in Australia.