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Eco-Friendly Tips For Travelling Around Australia In A Motorhome

When you think of eco-friendly holidays, travelling in a motorhome may not be the first thing to spring to mind. Yet the truth is, most RV travellers take great care of the environment and are very mindful of sustainability practices.

Why travelling sustainably is important 


Australia’s community of motorhome travellers is growing fast. More and more holidaymakers are recognising the benefits of seeing the country in the comfort and convenience of their own RV. With so many of us enjoying the lifestyle, the little things we each do can add up to make a big difference. As an added benefit, we can help set an example for others by demonstrating sustainable eco-travel practices. Being mindful of how much water and power we use is second nature to most RV travellers. We can also abide by the Leave No Trace principles which promote and inspire responsible travel.

In this helpful guide, we’ll share some top tips to make your next Australian road trip more eco-friendly.


1. Go solar 


One of the most cost-effective ways to reduce your power consumption when you’re travelling Australia in a motorhome is to tap into the sun’s free supply.

By using solar power, you don’t need to plug into mains as often. That means you’re free to go off-grid in remote areas and make the most of freedom camping. Solar power can be as small or big as you want it to be. You might decide to start with a portable power bank for charging up devices. If you want to go off-grid, you’ll need solar panels, a charge controller, and a storage battery. It can cost a bit to set up, but the savings will soon start to add up.


2. Say no to plastic packaging 


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If you’re old enough to remember the 70s and 80s, you’ll remember days when plastic packaging barely existed. Today, the opposite is true. Plastic is so pervasive that it’s estimated that by the year 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. That’s a big worry, so we all need to play our part.

Where possible, opt for products that are plastic-free, including their packaging. Many supermarkets and produce stores are happy for customers to supply their own containers for buying deli items and meat. Doing this will reduce your waste and help to send the message to retailers that consumers want alternatives to plastic.


3. Travel close to home 


Whether you travel by car, motorhome, or any diesel- or petrol-powered vehicle, pollution is a factor. To help keep this to a minimum, add some of the beautiful spots near home to your road trip planner. In every state of Australia, there are stunning areas to visit and discover. You may even have some hidden gems close by that you haven’t seen yet. And when you travel by motorhome, you often don’t need to go far to feel like you’re on holiday.


4. Use less water 


Travelling by motorhome means having a limited water supply. To make your water last, you’ll need to take shorter showers, reuse water where possible, and turn taps off when brushing your teeth, etc. Many motorhome travellers find they continue these habits when they’re back in their homes. Remember to also check your water tanks and pipes regularly for leaks.


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5. Choose eco-friendly cleaning products 


Many commonly used cleaning products aren’t good for the environment. And that’s a worry when runoff or leftover grey water gets into neighbouring parks or waterways. To mitigate damage, research and choose products that are proven eco-friendly (while also being effective!).


6. Dispose of your waste correctly 


Correctly disposing of your grey water and toilet waste is a must when you're travelling Australia in a motorhome. This should only be done at a dump station where the waste is processed through the sewerage system.

It’s just as important to dispose of your rubbish and recyclables appropriately. That may mean carrying your rubbish with you for a few days if there are no bins available. Avoid adding rubbish to overfilled bins as this is likely to fall out and pollute the environment.

It’s a good idea to have a separate bin in your motorhome for storing waste that can be recycled. Most campgrounds have recycling bins available.

To help you find dump points, refuse stations, recycling depots and more, it’s a great idea to download the thl Roadtrip app. This handy, easy-to-use app is the perfect travel companion for motorhome and campervan travellers. It’s packed full of great information for your Australian road trip.


7. Ease up on the gas 


Although it varies from vehicle to vehicle, driving at about 80 km on the open road is most efficient. This is because your engine isn’t working as hard. More efficient driving means less gas being used, which is better for the environment and your pocket.

Some other simple steps to maximise fuel efficiency include:


  • Keep your motorhome well maintained. If you haven’t had a service in a while, it’s a good idea to book this in with the trusted professionals at KEA Motorhomes.
  • Ensure your tyres are in good condition and are correctly inflated. Worn or deflated tyres are not only unsafe, but they’ll also increase your fuel consumption.
  • Watch your weight – the more weight you carry in your motorhome (payload), the more fuel you’ll use. Think twice before loading up with gear ‘just in case’.


8. Follow the rules 


  • National parks and protected areas have rules and regulations to help protect the environment, its waterways, and the wildlife who live there. Some of these rules include:
  • Take your rubbish home with you.
  • Camp only in designated areas and leave your campsite better than you found it.
  • Respect marine sanctuaries, geological, cultural, and heritage sites.
  • Keep our wildlife wild – do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Be careful with fire. It’s best to use a fuel stove or fireplace where provided, not an open fire. Put the fire out with water when you leave your campsite. Bring your own clean firewood – don’t collect firewood from the park. Check and obey fire restrictions.
  • When walking, stay on the tracks and walk with care.
  • Leave pets at home. Domestic animals are not permitted in national parks. Protect creeks and lakes. Detergents, soaps, sunscreen lotions, insect repellents and toothpastes pollute water and harm aquatic life. Wash yourself and your dishes 100 m away from waterways and lakes. Apply sunscreen after your swim.
  • Don’t take anything from the park. Leave rocks, shells, flowers, logs, plants, and anything else you may find interesting, as is.


9. Support eco-friendly businesses 


Where possible, support attractions and businesses that are sustainably minded. When planning your trip, research those you’re considering visiting. Do a quick background check on how they operate and whether they’re eco-friendly.


10. Use eco-friendly heating


On those chilly winter nights, it can be tempting to set the diesel heater on high. But before you do, you may like to try one of these winter warmers.

  • Check that your RV has good insulation installed. This can make a big difference in keeping your motorhome comfortable.
  • Consider having your windows tinted. This simple step can help prevent heat from escaping your motorhome, so you don’t need to spend as much energy on heating.
  • If your curtains and blinds are not up to the task, you may like to have new ones installed.
  • Use hot water bottles and extra blankets.

Keen to have your windows tinted, or curtains and insulation installed? Contact the team at KEA Motorhomes who can take care of it for you.


Want to travel with a smaller environmental footprint? 


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Now that you have some helpful tips on travelling sustainably, you’re all set to start planning your Australian road trip.

KEA Motorhomes designs and manufactures quality motorhomes to suit Australia’s unique environment. From compact two-berth campervans to spacious six-berth motorhomes, we’ve got an RV to suit every traveller.

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