Retro Camper Road Trippin!!

Remember back in the old days, being packed up into the Kombi and setting off on a good old Aussie weekend away with the family?  

I don’t ! I’m not that old! ha ha. However being a kid from the 80’s & 90’s it certainly didn’t stop my love affair with the Kombi. 

When I was married my husband bought this great little Kombi book and I think it was the only book I ever seen him read and get into. It was about the Kombi icon and I believe someone taking a journey around Australia and his discovery of becoming a dad. 

I’d long wanted to do a lap of Australia and hoped this would convince him to pack up and go! But my ever so sensible husband was against the thought of trekking around the country with a our then 2 yr old in tow.  I personally couldn’t think of anything more fabulous! However it was quickly popped on to the, when we retire list. 

So nearly 4 yrs on and having done my mini road trip with 3 kids in tow on my own, thank you very much!  I am always looking for my next adventure or something that peaks my excitement. 

So imagine the excitement when I found these guys? 

Retro Campervans!!

Retro campervans are a vehicle hire company in Byron Bay. They offer a range of Kombi campers and even a VW Buggy oooh! am I getting some high school memories coming back.

But lets stay on topic! 

Let me introduce the fleet


Bettsy is a 1974 VW Kombi T2 Campervan 

Sleeps up to 2 adults and 1 child (under 60kgs). If you only want to hire her to drive and not camp then it will seat 4 comfortably. 

Restored in 2014 with updated interiors and respray. She is fully equipped for camping old school with fridge (battery or mains operated), 2 burner camping stove, on board water supply, and ample storage space. Cookware/crockery and bedding are available as optional extras. 

Being an older Kombi it is recommended that you do stay within a 200km radius of Byron Bay with her. 

The Colonel 

The Colonel is a 1974 VW Kombi T2 Campervan 

another little pop top VW kombi T2 seats and sleeps 2. Comfortable sleeping on a fold down bed or if your traveling with a child the above bunk is still able to be used to have separate bedding (under 60kgs again here).

Again fully equipped with a battery run or 230V fridge, camping stove, on board water supply, and storage space. Cookware/crockery and bedding are available as optional extras. The Colonal can push a 300kms radius. If you desire or require to go further it is something that needs prior approval.


Lily is a 1977 Kombi T2 Campervan

That can seat and sleep up to 4 people. 2 adults and up to 2 children on fold out bunks above. 

Lily can again only keep within the 200km radius of Byron Bay and is also well equipped with setup including a 230V powered fridge, camping stove, on board water supply and storage space. Cookware/crockery and bedding are available as optional extras.

Retro campers also have 3 more options as well. 


The Mitsubishi Express – Budget surf VAN/Traveller 

Sleeping 2, this 2007 van is a great option if your on a tight budget but would like a bit of a road trip ex Byron. Being more modern your more free to take her further. Again this van comes with camping stove, on board water supply, fridge and storage space. Cookware/crockery and bedding are available as optional extras.


A 1989 VW Mini Bus /Surf Bus

Now who else is getting there Scooby Doo flash backs with good old Trev here?? 

Can easy seat up to 8 people so for those larger size families looking for something cool to drive around in this is your guy! All though can a car really be a male? 

Trev is pretty popular for day trips and festivals, he’s confined to the 300km radius and its advised although he can be hired with camping facilities he’s not really made for that so we highly recommend you look at “Bob” the T3 Camper-van.


A 1985 T3 camper

The more modern again 1985 T3 camper that can sleep 2 and a fold down bench seat if you want  a child to sleep separately. Camping facilities, 230v cables for campsite hook up, second battery systems for running fridge and lighting when 230v, NSW east coast map for old school navigating ( I feel people will cheat here ha ha), 2oL water capacity, Road side tools, CD player with AUX input  and fire extinguishers.  

All of the vans have the equipment just mentioned except Lily does not have a back up battery. You may not be able to travel too far and as old cars go thats very sensible as I know that even the best re done golden oldie can still have some issues and you don’t want to be caught out. 

Byron Bay has plenty of beautiful spots to park up by and if you couple it with your Wiki Camps app you’ll find some good places to camp. 

Hire options available in high and low season, weekends Fridays – Sunday, Mid week Monday to Friday with a min 2 night and weekly rates.

What a fun and different option and completely suites the vibe of Byron! 

To book one of these awesome vehicles, just pop on over to our Road trips area and complete the booking form >

Just had top add Daisy isn’t she just so cute!!!

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