The Camplify diaries of a city guy and Tonka the campervan.

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Camplify Roadtrip
Camplify Roadtrip

If I told you that I was going on a road trip, sure, your response would be ‘where are you going?’. If I said to you, “I’m going campervanning”, you would have laughed.

I’ll give most things a first-try and with Camplify, it was a seamless process. Think of it as your one-stop-shop to search for next vehicle for your next road trip adventure. With Camplify, you can find the perfect campervan, motorhome or caravan for couples, families and pet friendly.

For piece of mind all vehicles have:
* comprehensive hire insurance
* NRMA roadside assistance
* 24/7 customer support
* all members verified

Restrictions have eased in New South Wales, making it possible for you to travel with caution and it feels great to be back on the road. Yes, you need to be more cautious, plan, and make bookings for holiday parks, but at least you can get out there and enjoy the open road.

Meet Tonka, the 2008 Toyota Hiace 200 series automatic.
* sleeps/seats 3 (converted lounge/bed, top berth)
* lounge comfortable seating, cushions
* manual awning
* mini fridge-freezer
* 2 burner gas bottle stove, microwave
* pump water sink
* crockery (pans, cups, plates, utensils etc)
* camping table, 2 chairs
* electrical cable and water hose (to attached at holiday parks)

Additional costs
* linen
* early pickup / late drop-off

David is the owner of Tonka and is a down-to-earth guy that takes pride of his campervan. At pick-up, David went through all the facilities and how certain things work. Like the opening/closing the awning, the cable attachments, how to covert the lounge to a bed etc. Tonka had all the necessary items for this road trip, plus you can stand up comfortably (I’m 179cm tall).

Tonka drives well and it was a first for me to drive a large/heavier vehicle. Make sure to secure all your belongings as luggage and esky will move around (just secure it under the table).

Renting a campervan and the cost in staying at a holiday park doesn’t always mean it will be cheaper than an Air BNB or hotel. It is about the experience of being in the open road and staying at open spaces. It’s all self-contained, so there is no room service and be prepared to cook your own delicious meal.

Some holiday parks offer great perks, kids playground, pool, tennis court, games room, communal bbq and modern shower/toilet facilities.

Campervanning is such a unique and adventurous way to experience the open road of Australia. Sure, some places will take a little longer than you think, share the wheel and take a break every couple hours. Remember to research the covid-19 travel restrictions, plan accordingly and be flexible.

Holidays Parks I stayed at.

Reflections Holiday Parks Jimmys Beach
Coorilla Street, Hawks Nest NSW 2324, Australia
T: +61 2 4997 0466 | E: jimmysbeach@reflectionsholiday.com.au

Shoal Bay Holiday Park
71 Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay NSW 2315, Australia
T: +61 2 4988 0990 | E: shoalbay@beachsideholidays.com.au