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Spaceships Campervans were winners of the 2011 and 2013 Golden Backpacker Award in the category: Best Car / Campervan Rental Australia: Is there a good reason?
With no hidden costs, plenty of amenities and full 24-hour roadside assistance for those unpredictable times you run into problems, Spaceships Campervans Australia makes a good case for why it’s one of the country’s best campervan rental companies!
Spaceships Campervans Australia also encourages its own community of clients and enthusiasts that huddle around the company’s proprietary “Space Mates,” outposts along the road for Spaceship renters to meet up, collect information, swap DVDs to help pass the time on long trips, and generally touch base with other like-minded individuals as you pursue your adventure!
This emphasis on community building has surely helped to build the company’s great reputation. In fact, fans of Spaceships Campervans Australia are really ardent in their love! Proof of this love can be found quickly and easily by taking a look over at their Facebook page. With thousands of “Likes” and a very active community of individuals engaging directly and regularly with the company, it’s clear Spaceships Campervans Australia is deeply appreciated by their clients!
At the time of writing, Spaceships Campervans Australia offers 36 of these different “Space Mates” throughout the country. These stations are located conveniently, dotting the Eastern coast with a few planted in the south around Melbourne and in the Northern Territory around Darwin and Alice Springs. Keep in mind that not all of these Space Mates are fully-stocked depots. Despite offering a large number of Space Mates rest stops, Spaceships Campervans Australia only offers depots for picking up and dropping off your vehicle in Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney. While limited compared with some of its competition, Spaceships Campervans Australia’s small range of depots is located centrally enough that most people won’t have any problems hiring their services.
Spaceships Campervans Australia now offers its clients 3 kinds of campervans. The original “Spaceship” is a custom Toyota Estima called the Alpha 2 berth. It doesn’t come in 4WD or an external awningand it runs off a tank that can only take you 500 km without a refill. The cars themselves are stylish, iconic and filled with plenty of perks. Each Spaceship comes packed with a large double bed that can extend outwards for external sleeping, a dual-burner cooker, seating for 3-4, a DVD/CD player that can connect to your iPod, a large and secure storage space, a small fridge and even a solar-powered shower!
The Beta 2 Berth based on the Toyota Previa is very similar to the original Alpha 2 berth but has an extra side sliding door and an awning the comes out the back to help protect against the elements when cooking. Both models seat 4 people and I have come across a Dutch mob that was sleeping all 4 inside the campervan at night. I don’t recommend it for maximum comfort, but maybe if you get a small tent…
The latest additional model is the Beta 2S― a premium campervan that seats 2 people with a lot more space. However, the campervan has more or less the same features with Beta, except for a more roomy interior and lesser tank supply at 15 liters only compared to the previous ones at 20 liters.
Spaceships was founded in 2004 by a group of businesspeople who spent a quarter century catering directly to the needs of backpackers and other travellers. The minds behind Spaceships Campervans realised that most travellers wanted an option in between the bare-bones offerings of most budget campervan rental companies and the oversized, overstuffed, and overpriced alternatives rented out by the high-end companies. To this day Spaceships Campervans Australia has remained a small business focused on meeting the needs of independent travellers and backpackers looking to explore the world on a budget without sacrificing comfort and style! However, this vision was shared by another company – Jucy Campervans. Jucy is the only other campervan hire company in the market that has these type of vehicles
As a young company, Spaceships Campervans Australia offers late model cars. While Spaceships Campervans was founded in 2004 it didn’t reach Australia until 2007 (starting in New Zealand), and none of the campervans in their fleet is older than that, with new cars (complete with new features) developed regularly. Last year Spaceships Campervans Australia had about 200 campervans in its fleet with plans to expand up to 400 units in coming years.
For a small and young company, Spaceships Campervans Australia has done very well for itself. It’s found a unique place for itself in the market, it’s attracted a close-knit group of loyal clients, and it’s managed to grow at a fast rate without sacrificing what makes it so great!
Overall, these guys are great value for money and will try hard to please you. If you only have a small amount of luggage, prefer driving a car rather than a van and want to be welcomed by other drivers when you see them, this little campervan hire company are for you.