Traveling vans in Oceania

Wicked Campers typical graffiti

Wicked Campers typical graffiti

After my previous post about grey nomads here in Australia, you might be inspired to travel by caravan…only you’re not grey.  You might be nomadic, though.  In which case, perhaps you might want to investigate the following: small campervans made out of DIThemselves converted minivans.  These wee inclusive vehicles include a queensize foldout mattress, fridge, stove, cutlery, bedding, storage, and in the case of the one I got, a DVD player and choice of free (terrible) DVDs from the head office.

The cheapest, wackiest of the rental options comes from Wicked Campers, whose graffitied panel minivans are no doubt returned reeking of patchouli and other, probably more illegal, odours.  They have rocking special deals and discounts, and can be found in Australia, New Zealand, Europe (specifically the UK), Africa, Thailand, and both North and South America.

Spaceships, the next step up for those in Oceanic regions, are slightly nicer although still a bit loose around the edges, and each come with their own moniker; mine was called WAR GOD.  The one next to it was called DR EVIL.  I appreciate any campervan company with a sense of whimsy.  These are only available in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, but on the plus side, you can say you’re renting a spaceship.

Jucy Campers, the well-polished green-and-purple vans easily visible in Australia and New Zealand, are also pretty funky, and provide a two-person and a four-person rental option.  The four person one has a pop-up top, presumably so you can put your kids on the roof and forget they’re there while you drive blithely down the highway.

Posted by | Comments (3)  | June 29, 2010
Category: Family Travel, Female Travelers, Oceania, Solo Travel, Travel Bargains

3 Responses to “Traveling vans in Oceania”

  1. Rebecca Says:

    These are really cool and a great alternative to hostels. How do they a get queensize sofa in there along with a fridge, stove, and other amenities?

  2. Natalia Says:

    When we lived in Darwin, come the tourist season we would have great fun spotting all the different Wicked vans and their often very clever graffiti bodywork.

  3. Leanne Says:

    Leanne, a Wicked Evangelist from Wicked Campers here… thanks for the recommendation! Cheapy and wacky is exactly what we are!!