Holiday with a Difference : Driving a Campervan in Perth

So I have been mentioning about the Campervan a lot in the previous few posts. Time for me to share the photos of our campervan which we used for 6 days and 5 nights. It took us to many places such as Swan Valley (1,2,3), Tin Horse Highway, Wave Rock, Lake Grace, Sheep Shearing in Springhills, Wagin, eating Yabbies in Cambinata, Margaret River etc. Too many places, too little time. Western Australia is amazing.

A map from the organiser of this tour (Chan Brothers) which showed where we went with our Campervan. It was a circular loop. Very well planned.
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

So we booked our tour with Chan Brothers, and among other things (e.g. Getting us the Australian visa, booking hotel stays for us in downtown Perth, detailed planning of the whole trip including farm visit and even organizing a campfire and a small wine tasting one night), they also helped to arrange the campervans (with GPS, insurance and even portable wifi router) and also the booking of campervan sites (every night) for the whole group. There were about 20-22 camper vans ! Very impressive. Very special. It was an experience I will never forget. It helps that we had a great tour leader, Tevin !

Check out these photos and a video !

A convoy of Campervans in Perth

A convoy of Campervans in Perth

A convoy of Campervans in Perth

You could, of course, rent your own Campervan and not join in such a big group. It was my first time driving a large vehicle like a Campervan and also was my first time driving in Australia, so I thought it was safer and better.

Indeed, there are many things you need to know (e.g how to clear grey water, black water, how to connect electricity and fresh water to your campervan, where to park them at night etc). And so it was actually very valuable to have Chan Brothers’ help and advice. They even got an expert in Campervan to accompany us on our tour. Nevertheless I will cover some of these useful information in my next few blog posts. Example here.

Or you can check out this post already. https://www.facebook.com/ChanBrothersTravelSG/videos/1533694283369506/

We collected our campervan at the Blitz office near to Perth airport (it is about 5-10 mins from the airport), so that’s where you can plan your trip to start.
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

Our Campervans parked at the collection office:
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

From there, it was a short drive to a nearby supermarket (e.g. Coles, IGV) to stock up on your supplies and then it was another short drive to Swan Valley and to spend the night at the nearby Discovery Park Perth Vineyard.

For my campervan, although we booked a four person campervan, the company was able to give us an upgrade to a 6 person campervan (one more bed, converted from dining table !). It was cool. The brand of our campervan was Maui but no difference lah. I think I am even the first driver as it felt so new.

Photos !

Hey baby ! You are mine for the next few days…
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

So let’s check out the inside…

Driver’s area with a nice big view and a DAMN Good GPS
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

And lots of storage areas in the car and two power plugs for your phones. One of them will be working at night (when you plug in at electricity point at the Campervan site) and one of them only works when the engine starts.

I know these are important to people ๐Ÿ™‚
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

A good storage space above the driver. Put a bluetooth speaker there, and u have music all the way from ur phone ๐Ÿ™‚
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

A nice bed at the back of the campervan where you have three big windows.. nice place to view and even nicer to sleep in…. don’t worry. Curtains are there to cover for privacy.
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

Another sleeping quarter above the driver seat
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth
Lots of privacy at night, with curtains to close off the sleeping area above the driver seat and the front driver area
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

Now in the daytime, this area are where the passengers’ seats (and you need to have a child seat in very strict Australia highway rules) and you can then convert this area first to a dining area and then later at night to a sleeping area (enough for 2 person !)
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

There was a kitchen and boy did we cook. Australia’s fresh food are so yummy (the vegetables, the meats, the fruits…)…

Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

In this photo, you can see lots of storage above the kitchen.. we used it to store our food to be cooked:
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

The campervan came with everything, even a bread toaster, a microwave, cooking utensils, plates, bowls, pots and pans (which make a lot of sound when you are driving). You really can cook up a decent meal !
Food to cook in a campervan

Food to cook in a campervan

Some of the food we cooked…
Food to cook in a campervan

Food to cook in a campervan

Food to cook in a campervan

Chai Siew even !
Food to cook in a campervan

And when the weather is good (well it was good every single day we were there in June 2017), you can move out your table and chairs for a nice dinner outside ! The table and chairs are very foldable and are kept at the back of the campervan. No worries.
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

Food to cook in a campervan

My Campervan came with a toilet (we will talk about how to get rid of the “stuff you passed out from your body” in the next blog post)..

Behind this small door is the toilet..
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

Do be very careful of the height of the campervan. Check out how close I was to destroying a petrol kiosk roof top!
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth
Holiday with a Campervan in Perth

Be Careful !! ๐Ÿ™‚

Will share more on what to do at night when you parked the car at a campervan site. And yes you must as you need to “recharge the car” and add fresh water to your car !

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