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Security Bond Options & Exclusions

When it comes to security bond options it can get quickly very confusing…so let’s talk about it and provide as much information as we can for you.

Basically, the security bond is how much you need to have available on your Visa/Mastercard credit card (please note that we don’t accept cash cards) at the time you hire your vehicle.  We will pre-authorise this amount, which means placing a hold on the funds for approximately 14 days, we do not actually deduct the funds at this time. 

In the event your vehicle or third-party property is damaged, the amount of the security bond will be deducted from your credit card account and you will need to pre-authorise a 2nd security bond before you continue with your hire.

You can choose different options to reduce the amount of your security bond as outlined below.

IMPORTANT: In the event any damage is caused to your vehicle or third-party property by you breaching our Terms and Conditions or the damage is caused due to one of the Exclusions listed below, the amount that is payable by you could be in excess of the security bond that you have chosen.

STANDARD PROTECTION – $0/day – $3000 security bond

If you choose our Standard Protection package your security bond is $3,000.  This is our default package and is included in your daily hire rate. On pick-up we will freeze the amount of $3,000 on your credit card for approximately 14 days from the pick-up date.

Under this option, you will also be responsible for the full cost of damage caused by Single Vehicle Rollovers or the market value of the vehicle if a Write Off up to a maximum amount of $50,000.

MIDWAY PROTECTION – $20/day – $1500 security bond

If you choose the Midway Protection package your security bond is $1,500. To reduce your security bond to $1,500 you need to pay an extra $20 per day (for the 1st 50 days only – afterwards it is for free).  On pick-up we will freeze the amount of $1,500 on your credit card for approximately 14 days from the pick-up date.

Under this option, you will also be responsible for the cost of damage caused by Single Vehicle Rollovers or Write Offs up to a maximum amount of $10,000

PROTECTION PLUS – $30/day – $0 security bond

If you choose the Protection Plus package your security bond is $0.  To reduce your security bond to $0 you need to pay an extra $30/day (for the 1st 50 days only – afterwards it is for free). On pick-up we will take an imprint of your credit card – no amounts will be frozen on your credit card.

This Protection Plus package also includes cover for single vehicle roll-overs and write-offs (something many other rental companies don’t cover).


At all times the Hirer is fully responsible for all fees, damages, expenses and/or costs for:

  • Loss or damage caused by or resulting from a breach of the terms of this Agreement by the Hirer (including any authorised driver).
  • Loss or damage caused due to use of the Vehicle in contravention of clause 11, 22 or 25 of this Agreement.
  • Damage caused to the Vehicle by not driving in a prudent and cautious manner.
  • Damage caused to the Vehicle by driving on unsealed roads or beach driving.
  • Damage caused to the Vehicle in any way by part or total water submersion including in flood water, river water, salt water, or any other source of water.
  • Damage caused to the Vehicle by the Hirer’s wilful conduct or reckless e.g. sitting or standing on the bonnet or roof of the Vehicle.
  • Damage caused to the Vehicle due to use of incorrect or contaminated fuel.
  • Damage caused due to the use or misuse of snow chains.
  • Damage or loss caused to any personal belongings.
  • Damage to the awning, overhead (roof) or under-body of the Vehicle.
  • Damage caused to the Vehicle because the Hirer has failed to perform tyres checks and maintain all fluid and fuel levels or failed to immediately rectify or report to us any defect of which you become aware.
  • All costs to replace keys which have become lost, broken, damaged, stolen or of retrieval of keys which been locked in the Vehicle, or where the Vehicle has been stolen due to it being unlocked.
  • Loss or damage caused where it is deemed by local authorities to have been careless or willful in failing to comply with any legislation or regulation controlling vehicular traffic, resulting in damage to the hired Vehicle and/or Third-Party Vehicle or any other property.
  • Damage caused by the Hirer’s failure to take reasonable measures for the safety of the Vehicle, its parts or accessories, or failure to comply with all restrictions on the use of the Vehicle or otherwise abuse or misuse of it.
  • The cost of recovering the Vehicle in the event it becomes stuck or bogged in wet ground, sand or mud.
  • Damage to or loss of personal belongings of the Hirer or any other person within the Vehicle

For more details on all our Security Bond Options and Exclusions, please refer to our Terms and Conditions, which can be found here…

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If you prefer to speak to us directly please contact us on 1800 674 374 or via any of our international/skype phone number.
In the meantime why don’t you get prepared for your Australia roadtrip adventure with our beginner’s guide to travelling Australia in a campervan and our roadtrip itinerary recommendations!
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Australia is a big country…bigger then all of Europe. Travelling from Sydney to Darwin to Perth is like travelling from Istanbul to Oslo to Lisbon. What a journey, what an adventure!!!

If you really want to get the most of your experience in Australia, you’ve got to try camping through hiring a campervan vs. taking a bus tour. Australia has the climate and the most unbelievable range of campsites available: from totally wild to incredibly free or those with 5 million star creature comforts.

And as Australia is so big the best way to see the country is by campervan renting/buying vs. bus tours – you will experience the ultimate freedom in Australia. Often people think “WOW, a campervan – that must be expensive”…it really isn’t. Don’t forget with the bus tour comes also extra costs such as accommodation & tours….

Let’s compare bus tours vs. campervan hire costs through some samples…

SAMPLE 1: Sydney to Cairns 28 days – 2 people


2*bus tickets$960Chubby Camper $55/day$1540
8 dorm room $18/night for 28 nights$1008Petrol$350
Extra tour costs not included…$0Camping$0*
TOTAL COST: $1968 or $984/personTOTAL COST: $1890 or  $945/person


For a two people the campervan is already cheaper….imagine if you are three or four…savings will be much higher. Of course, if you are travelling on your own we recommend the bus…just more fun :-)


SAMPLE 2: Brisbane to Melbourne 21 days – 4 people


4*bus tickets$1100Stationwagon $39/day$819
8 dorm room $18/night for 21 nights$1512Petrol$220
 Extra tour costs not included… $0Camping$0*
TOTAL COST: $2612 or $623/personTOTAL COST: $1039 or  $260/person


BIG SAVINGS in this sample…..


SAMPLE 3: Perth to Darwin 35 days – 3 people


3*bus tickets$2500Kuga Camper $69/day$2415
8 dorm room $18/night for 35 nights$1900Petrol$700
Extra tour costs not included… $0Camping$0*
TOTAL COST: $4400 or $1466/personTOTAL COST: $3115 or  $1038


Another big saving taking one of our newer campervans, the Kuga campervan, for 35 days…

So, don’t be afraid of the costs of a campervan – calculated it properly and you will see the savings you can make! *Remember, all of Travellers Autobarn vehicles come also with the famous CAMPS6 booklet which will advise you of all the FREE legal campsites you can park! And as you can see in our calculations there is still room to spend money on camp grounds – just like you would need to spend some money on extra tours/public transport taking the bus 😉

Relocations are a fast, cheap way to travel for FREE! We update our relocations list every Monday morning.

Please contact our reservations team on 1800 674 374 (please see our overseas contact numbers here).

Cairns To Sydney

  • 1 x Hi5 18/01 – 18/02

Sydney to Melbourne

  • 2 x Budgie   18/01 – 5/02
  • 2 x Chubby 18/01 – 5/02


Relocation Conditions

Normal Terms and Conditions still apply.

Are subject to the standard Terms & Conditions of Travellers Autobarn.

Relocations must be delivered in the set days we outline and will be offered at $1.00 per day.

A standard bond of $3000 applies.

Any late deliveries will incur large penalties if we are not advised.

Any request to extend relocations will be considered subject to availability, and if approved will be charged at the standard daily vehicle rate from day one. Minimum rental periods may also apply.

Don’t miss out on these budget campers for hire – they are very well loved and as such are a bit more worn around the edges but still very comfortable and reliable.

The key difference of the Budget Campers to HiTops Campervans are:

  • 2006 – 2008 models
  • Higher mileage
  • More wear & tear

As for their namesake – if you are on a ‘budget’ –  then hire yourself one of our Budget Campers. Like our other products within the Travellers Autobarn range, these budget campervans are routinely serviced and maintained to ensure that you have a safe and carefree on-road travel holiday.

Rent an Aussie Classic! Hire the legendary Aussie Ford Falcon Station Wagon to today! Dating back to the ‘60’s The Ford Falcon Wagon is about as Aussie as it gets. These wagons power up hills, boasting a straight-6 4.0 litre engine that can carry up to 5 people AND anything else you care to pack in without missing a beat. A Backpacker Classic, A  Bush Mechanics Dream, A surfin’ wagon, a bush basher, whatever you want to call it these machines hold a special place in Aussie Automotive History. Tough, reliable and low-tech – perfect for Aussie distances and Aussie conditions. Driving one of these around Australia is not just a road trip it’s a cultural journey of enlightenment, before the world went mad and the entitlement pandemic broke out these were consider the 1st Choice for any Aussie Road Trip.

Not only that – the Classic Aussie Falcon Wagon is very cheap! Prices vary according to season, availability and length of rental but if we take an average price of $40 per day and split that between 4 travellers – THAT’S ONLY $10 PER DAY EACH!!!!! A beer costs more than that at many pubs!

We can configure the wagon to suit your needs – you can either sleep in a hotel, sleep in one of the tents provide to you or in the back of the Station Wagon like in the 80s (you can hire a mattress, sleeping bags & pillows for $45/rental from us!!!).

Read more on why you should hire a Stationwagon here

Travellers Autobarn is presenting its biggest vehicle – the Hi5 Camper. The Hi5 Camper is ideal for groups or families who would like to travel around Australia. Campervans like this which are taller (you can actually stand in it!), roomier and full of features, can be very rare for backpackers/budget travellers looking to travel around Australia on their own pace. The Hi5 Camper can accommodate the following groups:

  • 4 mature adults; or
  • 5 young adults; or
  • 2 adults & 3 kids

Our Hi 5 campervan comes with a large fridge, a microwave, sink and gas stove. They are fully equipped for travelling and living comfortably in the outback, the city, or just down at the beach.

Our most popular campervan model, the Kuga Campervan is perfect for travelling and living comfortably during your Australian road trip.

Our Kuga Campervan features a practical and comfortable interior, with the kitchen and bedding fit-out being newly built by us (fit-out 2016-20). It further provides you with extra storage room and extra internal height, compared to the traditional Hitop Campervan. Spacious enough to stand up and move around inside, this is the perfect choice for 2-3 travellers.

The Kuga Campervan also comes fully equipped with a fridge, microwave, and gas stove in the kitchen, as well as 240V power points and USB ports so you can charge your devices on the go. All you need when you rent this campervan is to throw in your sense of adventure!

The HiTop campervan is a thoughtfully designed vehicle that sleeps 2 to 3 people. Functional cooking and storage areas included.

Cheap, thrifty, economic, whatever you call it, don’t be misconceived by the price. You won’t miss out on anything in these wonderfully fitted HiTop campers for hire from Travellers Autobarn whilst you are in Australia.


The Chubby Campervan is the perfect 2-berth van for the Australian road trip of a lifetime! Whether you are setting off down the coast or exploring far and wide, this savvy and compact camper has all your road trip needs covered.

The Chubby Camper is ideal for two people with lots of internal space to eat & sleep as well as a built-in kitchenette with lots of space to cook PLUS funky LED internal lights PLUS 2 USB CHARGERS!!!

And yes – it comes with a TROPICAL ICE BOX that will keep your ice much colder & last longer than a usual esky (plus you save on any campsite fees as it doesn’t require any electrical power to recharge). With plenty of storage for your personal items as well as two electrical power-plugs to charge your electrical appliances (only at powered campsites) all you need to throw in is your sense of adventure.

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