Price, seating, sleeping, off road access and cooling are probably core factors in selecting the right vehicle for your travel dreams. Consider if you you want to drive on gravel roads or camp off road ?
Free 24 hour camping is available at highway rest stops. Longer camping in state forests but must check for gravel roads and read contract.
During the Australian Summer I would definitely want to good ventilation or carry a 240V fan ($20.-) if the rental van has no fan or air/com. Better vehicles have an energy efficient 12V fan or an air conditioner.
To get started have a look at Brix's vehicle spec sheet
and for more details gto http://www.discovery-campervans.com.au/whichcampervan.php
Budget A station wagon or van, an inflatable mattress, a cool box, a camping cooker, a few boxes and a tent
Options (low cost to high)
- Station wagon , blow up air-bed, camping cooker and cool box (under $200)
- Roof top tents (James Barough)
- Toyota Estima / Tarago Spaceships Juice vans
- Toyota Hiace High Tops (no air/con and could be trapping more heat than a canvas pop top van)
- VW T6 Pop Tops
- Slide on Campervans
- 4WD for off road Travel
Fly screens / mosquito mesh - Keep sand flies (midges) away
Staying cool (natural ventilation / fan / air/con)
Enough Seats with seatbelts
Big enough Bedsize
Off road Travel permission if its not a 4WD
Buying a camper ?
Entry level new is about $70k .. 90k for a pop top campervan. A conversion of a second hand vehicle costs $30..40k. Slide on's cost ca $80k..90k. Roof top tents are the cheapest conversion ! Motorhomes start at ca $100k