I'm a travel writer currently living in Sydney. My partner and I quit our jobs a year and a half ago to see and do new things across the globe - and we're still doing it!
Published September 23rd 2017
For those who aren't sure what a relocation is, it's when a campervan or car hire company requires some of their vehicles to be relocated for a dollar a day. The cost can vary, but the idea is the cost is very low. You see ,you're sort of doing the company a favour by driving the vehicle to a place where it is in demand. It means they don't have to pay people to do this and you get a good deal doing it for them whilst exploring.
We booked our 2 berth camper van on Imoova.com and had four days to drive it to Cairns from Brisbane (approx 19 hours away!). In all honesty, four days was never going to be enough to see all the main sights the beautiful east coast has to offer but you do have the option of checking availability to add on a few extra days for a higher cost. Nevertheless, we were quite happy to do our journey in this time and see what we could pack in.
Initially, our experience was ruined a little as we had booked to pick up the camper van on a Saturday morning from Apollo and this turned out to be a big mistake. There were so many people who were there to pick up their campervan and we ended up waiting for around four hours. Sadly, we didn't get to stop off at Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach as we had planned and drove straight to Bundaberg. All we did was drive in the dark on this day but on the plus side, our campervan was great. It had cruise control, Bluetooth, a comfy bed and cooking equipment - basically everything you need for camping except for a loo.
On day two, we woke up bright and early to ensure we had enough time to make enough ground. On this day we actually got to see a few places, Agnes Water and Rockhampton to name the few. However, it's important to mention that this was very much a fleeting visit. Our third day was the same, again fleeting visits to Mackay and Airlie beach. On day four we travelled to Townsville which had lots of traffic and diversions and sadly we had to leave before seeing anything because we had such little time. We had to drop the campervan off at Cairns for 3pm and didn't want to risk any extra charges. It's also worth pointing out, you have to return the vehicle in the condition it was when you pick it up, so we had to do a little tidy too.
Overall, we had a great experience as it was our first time travelling in a campervan and it was very comfortable - no complaints at all. The campsites on the way were very accommodating too. However, there are regrets that we didn't get to see as much as we would have liked. If I could do it again, I'd slow down a bit and do Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island, Whitsundays, Magnetic Island and Mission Beach. Saying this, we would definitely be doing another relocation in the future. It is certainly worth it, especially when you compare other modes of transport and the costs.
One word of advice to those who have foreign driving licences, please bring a translation of your driving licence if not in English. We saw a many people turned away and weren't able to pick up the vehicles they had already paid for with no refund for this reason. There were tears and everything.
Hope this helps you on deciding to do a relocation and we hope you have a great experience as we did!