Cars, Motorhomes and roadtrips

Driving and Roadtrips – Within Australia

Australian Automotive Assoc. – http://www.aaa.asn.au/touring/driving.htm
Australian Explorer – http://www.australianexplorer.com/

Australian National Transport Commission (Australian Road rules) – http://www.ntc.gov.au/roads/rules-compliance/about-the-australian-road-rules/
Australian Tourism – Driving – http://www.australia.com/explore/itineraries-ideas/drive-australia.aspx
Australian Travel and Tourism network – http://www.atn.com.au/maps/australian-road-maps.html
Australia’s Big things – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia’s_big_things

Drive Australia (RACV) – http://www.driveaustralia.com.au/racv/
OZY Road Tripper – http://www.ozyroadtripper.com.au/
Road Conditions around Australia (RACV) – http://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/racv/Internet/Primary/travel/before+you+go/driving+tips/road+conditions+around+australia
RACV Fuel watch – http://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/racv/internet/primary/my+car/fuel/petrol+prices/search+for+petrol+prices+around+melbourne
Travel Mate Australia – http://www.travelmate.com.au/


Driving and Roadtrips – Within Australia – State Road services / Automotive societies

Australian Automotive association – http://www.aaa.asn.au/

Wikipedia – Automotive associations in Australia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Automobile_associations_in_Australia

Summary of Australian Road service organisations – http://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/racv/Internet/Primary/membership/membership+reciprocity/australia

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory Driving Club— NRMA – http://www.mynrma.com.au/
Roads and Maritime service (Government Roads authority – NSW) – http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/ and (Road traffic report) – http://m.livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au/

Northern Territory Driving Club — AANT – http://www.aant.com.au/
Transport NT – Roads (Government roads authority) – http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/ntroads/about-us and (Road report) http://www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/roadreport/

Queensland driving club— RACQ – http://www.racq.com.au/
Transport QLD- Roads (Government roads authority) – http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/ and (Road report) http://131940.qld.gov.au/Home.aspx

South Australia driving club — RAA – http://www.raa.com.au/
Transport SA – Roads (Government roads authority) – https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/transport-travel-and-motoring and (Road report) – http://traffic.sa.gov.au/

Tasmania driving club — RACT – http://www.ract.com.au/
Transport Tasmania – Roads (Government roads authority) – http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/ and (Road report) – http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/closures_delays

Victoria driving club — RACV – http://www.racv.com.au/
Vicroads Roads (Government roads authority) – https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/ and (Road report) – http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/

Western Australia driving club — RAC – http://rac.com.au/
Transport WA – Roads (Government roads authority) – https://www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx and (Road report) – https://www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/Pages/Alerts.aspx


International – State Road services / Automotive societies

International automotive federation – http://www.fia.com/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%A9d%C3%A9ration_Internationale_de_l%27Automobile
– List of Members – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_FIA_member_organisations

Notable countries:

Canada – Canadian automotive association – https://www.caa.ca/
Italy – Automobile club of taly – http://www.aci.it/
New Zealand – http://www.aa.co.nz/
Spain –
United States of America – American automoive associatin – http://www.aaa.com/


Driving and Roadtrips – Australia and International – Handy Tools / Apps

Traffic – Waze (Community-based traffic and navigation app) – https://www.waze.com/
Traffic – Local radio stations and tv news outlets.


Driving – International Regulations and Customs

Includes:
– Which side of the road to drive on (Right Vs Left)
– Understanding the street signs and meanings
– Speed limits
– Requirements for Car insurance
– Requirements after a car accident

Driveaway – International motorhome parks location portal and road travel links – http://www.driveaway.com.au/motorhomes/travel-links

Driving Overseas Portal – RACV – http://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/racv/Internet/primary/travel/driving+overseas

European Car equipment (Mandatory) – http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas/compulsory_equipment.html

Europe traffic policy network – Safe driving, and country driving guides – https://www.tispol.org/

International driving permit – for Australians – https://www.internationaldrivingpermit.com.au/
International Driving Permit (RACV)- http://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/racv/Internet/Primary/travel/driving+overseas/international+driving+permits

International Driving requirements (RACV) (Right or left sided) – http://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/racv/internet/primary/travel/driving+overseas/international+driving+requirements

International Road signs (PDF) – http://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/b16039804a55f629a242b706fb39e30a/RoadSignsLeafletOnlineVersion2011.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=b16039804a55f629a242b706fb39e30a

Overseas Road Assistance – Australian Automotive Association http://www.aaa.asn.au/storage/AAA_Handbook.pdf

Smartraveller (Australian Government) – Road travel International portal – https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/road-travel.html

World Standards – Summary of Left and Right sided international driving – http://www.worldstandards.eu/cars/list-of-left-driving-countries/

Worldwide fuel prices (RACV) – http://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/racv/Internet/Primary/travel/driving+overseas/worldwide+fuel+prices

Wikipedia – Right Vs left hand driving in each country https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right-_and_left-hand_traffic

Driving – Toll road considerations

  • Toll roads around the world

Driving – International Roadtrips and Notable drives

Discover America (Official USA Tourism) – USA road trip route planner and attractions / sights along the way interactive page – http://au.discoveramerica.com/usa/road-trips.aspx
National Geographic – Road trips – http://travel.nationalgeographic.com.au/travel/road-trips/

Highway Maps EU (Portal detailing major routes in Europe) – http://www.highwaymaps.eu/

Italy Roads Authority – http://www.autostrade.it/en/home
Michelin – Viamichelin Driving Route calculation and guidance in Europe – http://www.viamichelin.com/
Rick Steves – European Driving tips and resources – https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/transportation/driving-europe-tips

Roadtrip USA (Guide to the best roadtrips in USA) – http://www.roadtripusa.com/
Roadtrippers – Mainly USA road travel planner – https://roadtrippers.com/”>https://roadtrippers.com/
https://roadtrippers.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Roadtrippers/
https://roadtrippers.com/stories/
https://roadtrippers.com/road-trip-planner
https://roadtrippers.com/guides/classic-usa-road-trips

Rough Guides – World’s greatest road trips – http://www.roughguides.com/gallery/worlds-greatest-road-trips/
USA and Canada road trip planner –
http://aaa.com/TripTik/?association=ITL&club=309

US Federal Highway Administration (United States major roads and highways portal) – http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/
Wikivoyage – Driving (Information Portal) – http://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Category:Driving


Driving – Car rental

Car relocation deals (Cheaper prices for longer distance one way rental – helps the car rental company relocate the vehicle to the other branch)

Types of Car rental
– Drive type – Automatic VS Manual
– Car style – Hatchback VS compact VS Van VS Sedan VS Campervan/Motorhome

Costing considerations
– Per km or unlimited kms
– insurance coverage

Rental company considerations
– Reviews
– Price
– Support service
– Collection and pick up times
– Location of the car rental place (especially near to public transport)

Car Rental Portals / Companies
Apollo Car Rentals – http://apollocarrentals.com.au/
Auto Europe – http://www.autoeurope.com.au/
Britz Campervans and RV’s – United States (Includes Road Bear RV sister company) – http://www.britz-usa.com/

Camplify – RV and campervan rental Australia – https://www.camplify.com.au/
Cheaptickets (USA Car rental) – http://www.cheaptickets.com/cheap-car-rental/

Driveway (Int. Car Hire and roadtrip agency) – http://www.driveaway.com.au/

Driveaway – Campervan / Motorhome rental – Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, United States – http://www.driveaway.com.au/motorhomes

Drive now – https://www.drivenow.com.au/

Flight Centre (Int. Car Hire) – http://www.flightcentre.com.au/booking/cars
Firefly car rental – http://www.fireflycarrental.com.au
Global Cars (Int. Car hire) – http://www.globalcars.com.au

Go Rentals (New Zealand) – http://www.gorentals.co.nz/
Jucy Car rental – Campervans, Cars and El cheapo vans – Australia, New Zealand and United States – http://www.jucy.com.au/

Maui Campervans and Motorhomes – Australia (Includes – Kea,Britz and Mighty sister companies) http://www.maui.com.au/
Maui Campervans and Motorhomes – New Zealand (Includes – Kea, United, Britz, Alpha and Mighty sister companies) – http://www.maui.co.nz/

Motor home Republic – By Travel factory – http://travelfactory.motorhomerepublic.com/
Orbitz – Cars – https://www.orbitz.com/carsearch
Park my van – Australian van and camper rental portal – plus portal of parks and free park locations around Australia- https://parkmyvan.com.au/

Jucy Car and campervan rental (Australia and New Zealand) – http://www.jucy.com.au/

Rental cars.com (Car rental portal) – http://www.rentalcars.com/

Spaceship Campervan rentals (Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand) – http://www.spaceshipsrentals.com.au/
STA Travel – Campervan / motorhome rental (Europe, USA/ Canada, Australia, New Zealand) – http://www.statravel.com.au/campervans.htm
STA Travel – Car rental portal – https://cheap-car-rental.statravel.com.au/
Sugarland Car rental (Cairns and Mission Beach – Queensland, Australia) – http://www.sugarland.com.au/

Travellers Autobarn (Australian campervan rental) – http://www.travellers-autobarn.com.au/
Travel Factory Australia – Car hire – http://www.travelfactoryaustralia.com.au/general/car-hire.html

United States Tourism authority – Car rental providers directory – http://au.discoveramerica.com/usa/official-links.aspx
Vroom Vroom Vroom (Worldwide cheap car and motorhome rental portal) – http://www.vroomvroomvroom.com.au/

Car hire relocation/transfer deal portals –
Coseats – http://www.coseats.com
Imoova – http://www.imoova.com
Transfer Car – http://www.transfercar.com.au



 General Worldwide

Information / Booking Portals

Wikipedia – List of longest tunnels in the world – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_longest_tunnels_in_the_world
Wikipedia – List of long tunnels by type – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_long_tunnels_by_type

 

 

Australia, New Zealand and Pacific

Information / Booking Portals

Notable Roadtrip Journeys

Road trip – Sydney to Byron bay

 

Great inland way (Sydney to Cairns) – http://www.queensland.com/journey/great-inland-way
Great southern touring – http://www.greatsoutherntouring.com.au

New South Wales – Grand Pacific Drive (Wollongong to Southern NSW) – http://www.grandpacificdrive.com.au/
New South Wales – Greater blue mountains drive – http://www.greaterbluemountainsdrive.com.au/
Queensland – Great Beach Drive (Between Noosa and Harvey Bay) – http://www.australiasnaturecoast.com/
Queensland – Great Green Way (Cairns to Townsville – Tropical North Queensland)

Queensland – Cairns Region Circuit (Atherton Tablelands)

Sydney Melbourne touring – http://www.sydneymelbournetouring.com.au

Victoria – Great alpine road –
Victoria – Great southern touring route (Melbourne to Adelaide) – Melbourne to Adelaide touring – http://www.melbournetoadelaide.com.au

Southern Scenic route – New Zealand – http://www.southernscenicroute.co.nz/

 

Providers (Also Booking)

 

 

Asia

Information / Booking Portals

Notable Roadtrip Journeys

Providers (Also Booking)

 

Americas (North, Central and South)

Information / Booking Portals

Wikipedia – Routes by State – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:U.S._Routes_by_state
Wikipedia – Scenic highways in the USA – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Scenic_highways_in_the_United_States
Wikipedia – United states numbered highways – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Numbered_Highways

Notable Road trip Journeys

– Florida’s overseas highway
–              Hana highway – Hawaii
Highway 1 up the Pacific Coast (California)

–              Route 66 (California to Chicago)- http://www.roadtripusa.com/route-66
Route 66 – http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/maps66.html and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_66

–              Blues highway – Memphis to Clarksdale

–              Pacific coast highway – San francisco to Los Angeles – http://www.california.com/trip/highway-one-classic

–              Michigan coast

Icefields Parkway – Canada (Through national park between Lake louise and Jasper via Banff) – http://www.visiticefieldsparkway.ca/

 

Providers (Also Booking)

 

Europe

Information / Booking Portals

Notable Road trip Journeys
Ring road – Iceland
Hidden Highway – United Kingdom (English and Welsh border between Ross-on-Wye to the south and Chester to the north)
Stelvio Pass – Italy (road straddling the Swiss/Italian border with its notorious wall of 48 hairpin turns between Bormio and Stilfs (Stelvio) – http://www.stelvio.net/
La route des grands alpes – France (French riviera to Lake Geneva through the alps) – http://www.grande-traversee-alpes.com/en

Providers (Also Booking)

 

 

Africa / Middle East

Information / Booking Portals

Notable Road Trip Journeys
Garden route – South Africa – (South eastern coast)

Providers (Also Booking)

 

 

 

Motorhome Rentals: Helpful Travel Links

DriveAway Holidays has put together a list of helpful travel links to assist you with planning your motorhome holiday. The links below contain information about overseas tolls, fuel prices, driving distances between destinations, campground information, places of interests and all other destination information you require to plan the perfect self-drive holiday! Visit the Helpful Travel Links page for additional links that have information on specific countries.

Roads & Routes

Mappy provides useful information for the driver planning a tour in Europe. From this site you can check the availability of petrol stations, plan you itinerary, calculate fuel consumption, and find out current fuel prices in Europe.

and The AA website lists overseas fuel prices and is the best place to find differences between petrol and diesel in Europe.

Also:
Europe Route planner – http://www.theaa.com/route-planner/index.jsp
United Kingdom Traffic news and live updates – http://www.theaa.com/traffic-news/index.jsp

Via Michelin website is a handy website for overseas fuel prices, maps, driving itineraries & distances. A comprehensive route planner is built into the site also.

Map Quest is a very helpful site when dealing with directions in the USA. This site has comprehensive maps and point to point driving directions.

Tune in to the Tourism Radio Guide and be kept up to date with where you are, where to go and what to see and do in the area you are travelling through. The Tourism Radio Guide simply plugs in to the vehicles cigarette lighter.

Extended / long road trip holidays (Such as 6 months or a year)

Holiday Parks

For information on motorhome parks in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, the UK and Europe follow the links below.

Australia

  • The Big 4 Holiday Parks has information on motorhome parks and campsites throughout Australia.
  • Top Tourist Parks all information on different motorhome parks in Australia. Search by locations, park specials, pet friendly parks and more.
  • Family Parks has a range of family friendly parks on their website. Search for motorhome parks by location, facilitates and more.

New Zealand

  • Kiwi Holiday Parks has a list of holiday parks in New Zealand. Look at the different parks and what they have to offer.
  • Top 10 is a great website for those trying to find accommodation on a budget. See the motorhome parks that you can stay at no matter what your budget.
  • New Zealand Camping Guide has information on the different locations to stay in New Zealand. Order you guide for in-depth information on the North and South of the Island.

Canada

  • Canada Campgrounds allows you to search for campsites and motorhome parks in different Canadian regions.

USA

  • RV Parks has a great list of RV parks throughout the USA.
  • National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds has information about RV parks, campgrounds and upcoming events.
  • RV Park Hunter allows you to search for RV parks throughout the US via n interactive map.
  • RV Parks USA website means you can search for motorhome parks in desired cities and towns all over the United States.
  • Adventure Bound Camping will assist you in your search for a campsite with heaps of family friendly activities.
  • KOA is a great website for those whoa re looking for a campsite location or RV park. Explore their website to see all their offerings.
  • Woodalls is a RV travel guide and campground directory perfect for the first time travellers or the experienced looking for something new.
  • Free Campgrounds use the interactive map to select the state you want to stay in and prices of each park or site will be revealed.

United Kingdom

  • Motor Home Stop Over has information regarding mortohome parks in different parts of the UK including England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and more.
  • Campsites website allows you to look at different accommodation depending if you are camping or have a motorhome. Take a look at the different options.
  • East Coast Holidays has different family friendly motorhome parks on their website. Check out the different facilities and activities.
  • Euro Campings has over 9,000 campsites and motorhome parks. Search by selecting your destination on the map or by the holiday site you want whether it be seaside or winter sports.

Europe

  • Siblu websites allows you to search for different campsites and motorhome parks in France.
  • Camping France is a great place to search for different campsites, good deals and more. Look at videos and pics of search a particular campsite in France.
  • Camping France allows you to search campsites in France using the interactive map or data base.
  • Europa Camping and Caravanning allows you to search for many different camp sites throughout Europe. Pick the your destination and search the different countries, cities, towns and regions.
  • Easy Camping websites is a guide to camp sites and motorhome parks in Italy. Search the different areas to fine the perfect spot for you.
  • Euro Camping Car is a great motorhome database. Search different parts of Europe to find a motorhome park suited best to you.
  • France Passion welcome motorhomes to rural France with over 9000 free stopover locations.

Note: As these websites are from overseas providers, any rates that may be found on them are not applicable. Please contact DriveAway Holidays for the best deals.

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