Synopsis: Australian company Wheelie Campers hire self-drive wheelchair accessible camper vans in Australia that can accommodate up to 5 passengers plus driver and a wheelchair.
Attention thrill seekers and adventurers... we'd like to introduce you to Australia's first self-drive wheelchair accessible campervans... Wheelie Campers.
Whether you're planning that all important visit to family, or simply want to go travelling, Wheelie Campers gives you the freedom to get out there and see it all.
This awesome new initiative originates from the mind of a man who, as a child, saw his grandfather miss out on everyday activities and family outings as he was physically impaired in a time that accessibility was not deemed a right. With this in mind, and after years of travelling the world, Scotty decided to make a change. After driving a maxi-taxi for years, the idea slowly became a reality, with the first van on the road this year, breathing new life and experiences into people that had thought travelling was out of reach.
The vans we use are Mercedes Sprinters, which have lots of internal space to manoeuvre manual or motorised chairs. Each van has two sets of Q Straint restraints, so chairs are secure during the journey. Vans are equipped with an external hoist (max weight 300kg), a double bed that lowers from the ceiling, and a rotating passenger seat that allows transfer from a wheelchair into the front of the van for a first class view of our beautiful country.
Photo of a Wheelie Camper with iconic Australian artwork on the side in a parking lot next to a beach.
Although large, the vans are relatively easy to drive (following a short video training) and a normal car licence is enough to get you going. Prior to being released, the driver is provided with a full run down of the vehicle and safety operation of the hoist, bed, and wheelchair tie down points. All vehicles have a range of insurance options, and have full roadside assistance.
Our vans are manual or automatic (hand controlled) and can be rented as self-drive with pick up on the Gold Coast or delivered to from Sydney to Cairns on the East Coast. They accommodate up to 5 passengers, plus a driver and a two wheelchairs.
For those who are unable to drive themselves, a professional driver is available to join you on your adventures and take you where you'd like to go. They can then either take you to your destination and leave, for you to enjoy the van with your relatives, or stay with you. Most of our drivers have spent the majority of their lives living and working in Queensland, and one thing they all share is their knowledge and enthusiasm to show off our beautiful country.
The rear of a Wheelie Camper showing a wheelchair access lift/hoist.
Other features include a sink, fridge/freezer, television, air conditioning, hotplate, awning, front/rear dashcam, GPS tracker and Bluetooth connectivity.
Each vehicle is converted with 240v and has options to charge the system via the engine, external power soured and mains inlet.
We also provide a toilet/shower tent and 10 mn sleeping tent. A mobile lift is supplied to enable users to sleep in the tent if they wish.
Photo of a Wheelie Camper showing some of the included accessories and six people seated beneath the extended awning.
So don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today - contact Wheelie Campers at www.wheeliecampers.com for more information and a chat with one of our experienced and passionate team members. We can guide you on how to get travelling with Wheelie Campers, and to make the most of your adventure with advice on things to do and see, and places to stay that accommodate wheelchair travellers.
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