It’s been over two years ago since we visited Australia for the first time; we had three days in Sydney before 16 days on the road along the East Coast up to Cairns. We fell in love with the country and the freedom of traveling in a campervan. So ever since we’ve dreamt of going back and see more of this beautiful land down under.
Early in January 2016 we saw an opportunity to take a whole month off and go traveling, the only problem was that we had to do it in February/March. That meant we had a few weeks to plan a trip, and our thought wandered straight all the way to Australia. Could we make it? We started the research and found a few vans available, but we knew which company we wanted to use, and after reading reviews online of other companies we were convinced; we had to go with Britz Campervans also this time. We LOVED the Venturer 2 Berth we traveled in the last time, but it wasn’t available from Sydney at the time we could go, actually we only had one van to choose from; Britz Hitop 2 Berth. We were a bit hesitant because this looked a little small, and we really enjoyed the Venturer, BUT that morning we checked the flight fare and found some really cheap flight tickets we immediately booked them and decided to go for the HiTop.
It was Monday 8th of March around 9 we arrived the Britz office to pick up our van. This lovely woman, Julie, greeted us; she was so helpful and kind, and everything we needed to meet after traveling for over 30 hours… We signed the documents, watched an instruction movie and got the key before we went out to see the campervan. We were ready to hit the road!
After shopping for groceries we detected that the shelves in the fridge was cracked and it wasn’t possible to put anything in it because it kept on falling down. We made a call to Britz, and they were so nice to talk to. We just wanted to ask if we could just fix them with some tape, and it was no problem. And if we wanted we could stop by any of the other offices on the road to get some new.
When we arrived Adelaide we stopped by the office, but not to change the shelves; they worked just fine after we taped them, but we wanted to rent an awning. Yet another time it was so nice to meet them, and the lady (we don’t got her name) was so kind and we got it for free.
When we dropped off the van at the office in Cairns we had drove for 12.054km and we had absolutely no problem with the car. It was less than one year old and in good shape. The interior was fine, and even it was a bit small we made it work for us.
As last time we didn’t use the sitting group inside, so we had it as a bed the entire trip. We also organized the cabinets and we took out everything we knew we were not going to use and put them in storage under the bed. We also unpacked our bags and made two “closets”, one over the bed and one over the drivers cabin.
Otherwise the van was equipped with microwave, gas stove, pots and pans, cold pressurized water, cutlery and cooking utensils.
We also had automatic transmission, air-condition in drivers cab, rearview camera and GPS (extra), also a cd-player/radio with USB, Bluetooth and AUX.
Not sure how it works now as I think there has been some changes to the package, but we had an all-inclusive package with picnic table, chairs, gas bottle, extra driver, one-way, liability reduction option etc. Linen and bedding per person are included when renting a motorhome/campervan/4WD: pillow and pillowcase, sheets, doona/duvet and towel.
There are pros and cons of renting a small campervan as this HiTop which is a Toyota Hiace, it’s small and got less space for storage, but it’s also normal sized car and it is easy to park in around in cities (not in parking houses because of its height: 2,5m). It is not shower or toilet in it, but in the other hand we didn’t use that facilities when we rented the Venturer either. The one thing we were missing was AC in the main cabin (we went in the hot season, and at the warmest it was 44degrees Celsius), but we bought a cheap fan at Target for 20AU$ so we at least got some air circulation. The campervan didn’t use too much petrol (about 1,1l).
Also worth mentioning that as a Britz costumer you get 10% off at all Big 4 Holiday parks.
We feel so satisfied with renting this HiTop from Britz which is a brand under thl (Tourism Holdings Limited), and would not hesitate to rent from Britz or the other companies under thl again; Maui, Mighty and Kea.
Hopefully one day we will… We still have the Western Australia and Tasmania left 😉