Drive Beyond Review

Customer rated 3.0 / 5 from 7 reviews

Editors Review

UPDATE AUGUST 2017 - Drive Beyond are no longer! Gone! Kaputski! We will leave the listing here for a while for those who are still researching them from other avenues but it's Gonski.

Drive Beyond are a relatively new company specializing in 4wd (4×4) rental across Australia.

We haven’t had a chance to really dive into the nitty-gritty of this mob yet, but on the surface, they are a small operation with big goals. With depots in nearly every mainland capital city (no Canberra) as well as Cairns, Alice Springs, and Broome, you should be able to pick up one of their campers close to where you want to get off the beaten track. Having said that, there is a “remote location” fee of $700!! if you want to pick up the vehicle in Broome (WA). They are headquartered in Queensland.

4wd’s or Bust

4WD campers by their nature are less luxurious than things like hi-top campervans and fully kitted out motorhomes, but those vehicles won’t take you where these things can. Designed for 2 peeps or 5, the Drive Beyond campers will help you, well, drive beyond.


Given that they are keen for you to get off the bitumen, they are pretty OK with getting adventurous, however, you have to let them know what tracks you are planning on going on and get written permission. This is not unusual and it is just as much for your safety as much as the protection of their camper. They will know the right places to check to see if a track is closed or in major disrepair. You might, for instance, want to go up a 200km track that is currently rutted to all-get-out. Doing this track in that state is no good for the vehicle or your sanity, so they may say no. You certainly don’t want to vibrate your camper to pieces and break it hundreds of miles from anywhere.

They get specific in their Terms and Conditions…

15. ROAD RESTRICTIONS AS FOLLOWS

A. 4WD vehicles can be driven on recognised unsealed tracks.>B. 4WD vehicles may only travel to the following areas with the written permission of BEYOND: Simpson Desert, Strzelecki Track, Gunbarrel Highway, Cape York, the Bungle Bungles, Oodnadatta Track, Birdsville Track, Tanami Track, the Plenty Highway, Gibb River Road, Burke Development Road from Chillagoe to Normanton, Savannah Way from Normanton to Borroloola, Finke Road (between Alice Springs and Oodnadatta), Central Arnhem Road and Arnhem Land in general, Canning Stock Route, the Old Gunbarrel Hwy, the Lost City in Litchfield Park, the Telegraph section of the road to Cape York, Boggy Hole (Finke Gorge National Park) and the Old South Road from Maryvale to Finke at any time. Travel to Cape York between the months of December to May. If the Customer chooses to take the vehicle to any of the above mentioned without the written consent of ‘BEYOND’, the Customer is responsible for any/all damage to the vehicle as well as all recovery costs associated with travelling on these roads.

Some of the places listed are strictly off limits with other campervan hire companies that rent out 4wd such as Britz and Apollo, so these guys are definitely trying to help out the adventurous traveler. I would also suggest that you might find you will be queried about your 4wd’ing experience for some of the listed tracks as some of them are pretty tough, whilst others could almost be done in a 2wd (almost but not recommended).

Sleeping

Roof tents are the accommodation of choice for Drive Beyond, so if you are not particularly nimble, they may not be the camper company for you. You will have to climb a ladder to get to bed at night, but the campers are well fitted out with a fridge, house battery, 2 spare wheels (awesome) as well as shower and toilet. The shower is a hand held shower head connected to the vehicle and you have to shower holding it standing next to the campervan so hope that you are either VERY remote or be prepared to shower with some clothes on.

Recovery Gear and Tires

Recovery gear is provided the standard which is a smart move some other hire companies don’t do (you have to pay extra) including a snatch strap, a pair of bow shackles a pair of gloves and a folding shovel. However, the best thing that REALLY sets Drive Beyond apart is the 12v air compressor and tire gauge. Fantastic!! Why? Because if you are going to be spending any length of time on a dirt track you should deflate your tires a little to help avoid tire blowout. You should deflate them even more if you are on the sand for traction, but without a compressor you can't re-inflate them when you hit bitumen, hence damaging the tires. So with this little device, you can both deflate and re-inflate your tires and the pressure gauge will let you know what level you are at. A great move by Drive Beyond, which save lots of blown tires. My favourite guide for tyre pressure has always been the simple, hand-drawn guide from the old owner of the Pink Roadhouse up the Oodnadatta track, whilst it is supposedly specific for the Oodnadatta, you can apply it anywhere really. See it here

Wrap Up

Anyway, if you are looking to do some serious 4wding then you should definitely look these guys up. They are not represented by the booking engine on this site so you will have to contact them direct to be able to compare prices to other players.

Hopefully, sometime soon, we will get to have a look around and a play with one of their campers and give a better run down on the quality, style, and drive.

Cheers,

Tim

SUMMARY:

On the surface, these guys have an impressive offering with some well thought out vehicles, I really hope the renters show respect for the vehicles when they are out there or this company might go belly up with massive repair costs before they can really get off the ground.

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7 reviews from our community

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, Netherlands
1 Review

"NOT trustworthy!!"

  • Reviewed 3 months ago

After long time managed to make booking for 4wd, 27/12/16 - 30/01/17. Email reply very poor.
Once in Australia contact and service from the local guys in Perth OK! Car and equipment complete and in good condition. Delivered the car in Broome, 30/01/17 in good condition, without defects and full tank as per contract!. At the moment still struggling to get my bond back. DB does not reply any email, call. After that took steps with Department of Commerce, also they received no reply. Next step to Magistrates Court will follow.
Now undertaking

1Service 4Mechanical 4Interior 1Value
, Germany
2 Review

"fraudsters"

  • Reviewed 8 months ago

The campervan is top, but they embezzled the secure bond. They didn´t asnwer at any mails or calls if you have leave Australia.

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, Germany
2 Review

"embezzle the Securebond"

  • Reviewed 9 months ago

The Camper was great, the Pick up and give back was good, but if you leave Australia you get no contact to the company and they didn´t give you back the secure bond.
There is no bill, no answers off mails, nothing.
Very bad company, a real shame!!!

1Service 5Mechanical 4Interior 1Value
, Australia
1 Review

"FRAUD!!!"

  • Reviewed 9 months ago

DON'T USE THIS COMPANY!!! They are not paying us our 7500$ bond back, for no reason!

-> Pick up location was Darwin, employees not to trust are Dustin and Nick.

We neither damaged the car nor did we put the wrong fuel inside (I'm used to driving Diesel 4x4s)

They actually just don't reply to us, they don't even bother making up some excuse. It's pretty bad actually.

We are already waiting 8 weeks now, Dustin told us it would take two weeks. Dustin is the guy who I was in contact with before and who dropped off the car and picked it up in the end. There was a huge change in his attitude when he dropped off the car in the beginning and then when he picked it up in the end. Even he probably doesn't feel that great when he's stealing 7500$ of a student.

DON'T DON'T DON'T TRUST THEM!! THEY ARE NOT TO BE TRUSTED!!!

1Service 1Mechanical 1Interior 1Value
, Australia
1 Review
  • Reviewed 11 months ago

We had a terrible experience with these guys. The car was worn and broke down due to wear&tear. It was a hassle to get it fixed and they blamed us. We're struggling to get our bond back and would expect a refund for the time we couldn't use the car. Don't use these guys!

1Service 4Mechanical 4Interior 2Value
, Australia
1 Review
  • Reviewed 1 year ago

Looking forward to our trip to Australia in july/august this year. Rented a vehicle with Drive Beyond ☺ good to read such great recommendations

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, Australia
1 Review
  • Reviewed 1 year ago

They are really awaesome! We have rented a 4WD (2 rooftop tents) by Drive Beyond for 6 (!!) months and it has been great. We went off road and did not experience any problems.

5Service 5Mechanical 5Interior 5Value