So I have been mentioning about Driving a Campervan in Perth a lot in the previous few posts. So now it is 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 fantastic and yummy Yabbies in Cambinata and going to Margaret River etc.
Too many places, too little time. Western Australia is amazing. And of course, how can you not be visiting and taking Instagram photos at the amazing Blue Boat House.
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Driving a Campervan in Perth with Chan Brothers
I joined a tour organised by UFM 100.3 and Chan Brothers travel agency which has organised a lot of such campervan tours since my tour (I think I am the first of such tours in their company). They even join with other radio stations such as this one in 2023.
Here’s a map from the organiser of this tour which showed where we went with our Campervan. It was a circular loop. Very well planned.
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 Youtube video !
A video of a convoy of Campervans in Perth
Renting a Campervan 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 and do every night (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.
Or you can check out this post on Chan Brother Facebook.
Collecting our Campervan at Britz Perth
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.
Our Campervans parked at the collection office:
From there, we started our wonderful holiday driving a campervan in Perth !!
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 (there is one more bed at night which you can convert from the 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.
Meet our Beautiful Campervan
Hey baby ! You are mine for the next few days…
A tour inside a Campervan
Driver’s area with a nice big view and a DAMN Good GPS from TomTom. I am guessing by now in 2023, you might be using your phone with the latest driving apps instead.
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 🙂
A good storage space above the driver. Put a bluetooth speaker there, and u have music all the way from ur phone 🙂
A video of the interior of a campervan
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Sleeping in a Campervan
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.
Another sleeping quarter above the driver seat
Lots of privacy at night, with curtains to close off the sleeping area above the driver seat and the front driver area
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 !)
Cooking in a Campervan
There was a kitchen and boy did we cook. Australia’s fresh food are so yummy (the vegetables, the meats, the fruits…)… Actually the whole fun of holiday in a campervan in Perth is that you get to cook your meals using the Australia’s fresh food !!
In this photo, you can see lots of storage above the kitchen.. we used it to store our food to be cooked:
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 !
Some of the food we cooked…
Chai Siew even !
Watch this video on what are the essential food to buy and prepare for campervan cooking !!
Relaxing and Dining out in the Open
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.
Toilets in a Campervan : I know it is important for us all
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..
Driving Tip : Be Very Careful of the Tall Height of a Campervan
Do be very careful of the height of the campervan. Check out how close I was to destroying a petrol kiosk roof top!
Be Careful !! 🙂
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 !
Conclusion of Driving a Campervan in Perth
It was a brilliant trip of driving a Campervan in Perth. I totally enjoyed the drive and it helped that all the logistics stuff has been settled by the Chan Brothers tour agency. I just enjoy the ride and the food and the scenery. The work at the end of the day to prepare for the night and the next day was rather fun even though it was work.
Most importantly… I know my children loved the trip and the wife loved the cooking.
For me, it was really a different way of holidaying in Perth. I would definitely consider to do a campervan drive in other parts of Australia.