Funding the trip, having the right vehicle, having a budget, knowing where you are going, what you want to see and how you are going to continue to school your kids are some of the main thought provoking topics that flood your head once you start down this path.
So here is a few notes and starting points for you, answering that same question I had of “Where do I start when planning a road trip around Australia with kids?”
1. Get yourself a map of Australia. HEMA maps seem to be the pick, but any brand of map is fine. You can get a map from most book shops, service stations, map shops, or your local auto club (RAA, RACV, NRMA, RACT etc.)
2. Map and list places you want to visit. Being in Facebook groups, or watching the Big Lap, or following some travelling family bloggers will help with inspiration. Knowing where you want to go will help guide you into what kind of vehicle and accommodation you might need. Whether you want to stay along the coast, stay on sealed roads or if you want to get off the beaten track to see some of the amazing hidden wonders of Australia will all factor in.
If you are heading off the beaten track, a 4WD & soft floor camper might be a better option then a motor home (like a Winnebago or Jayco). Another thing to consider is the size and weight. There are restrictions on what you can drive just using your standard state issued Drivers Licence (Car). Some states may vary slightly with inspections on vehicles and rulings but the first thing to know is that a car licence (C) Covers vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass (GVM).
GVM is the maximum recommended weight a vehicle can be when loaded. There are motor homes and caravans etc under this weight but there are also some that go over the 4.5 tonnes and if you are interested in one over the weight it will mean you will need to get yourself a Light Rigid licence (LR).
A light rigid covers a rigid vehicle with a GVM of more than 4.5 tonnes up to 8 tonnes. A holder of a LR licence is also permitted to drive vehicles in class C. (Some motor homes and bus conversions will need a LR licence.)