Venturer Campervan Review Britz Rentals Hobart Tasmania Australia Campervan Hire Venturer Caravan

When you imagine traveling in a mobile home, you probably picture a big family packed into a big RV – the parents sit upfront and drive while the children pull each other’s hair in the back and look disinterested any time their parents stop to show them something interesting. That’s not the experience in the Britz Venturer. In fact, while the Venturer is bigger than some of the smaller family-sized campervans on the road, it can only accommodate two passengers. And accommodate them it does! The Britz Venturer is like a honeymoon suite on wheels. If you are planning a romantic trip around Tasmania, the Venturer can take you everywhere you’d like to go in incredible comfort.

The vehicle used for the Venturer is a Mercedes Sprinter Van (or a comparable Volkswagen vehicle), which often serves as a passenger van when it is configured differently. At 7.2 meters long and 3 meters tall, the Britz Venturer is bigger than a compact campervan, but still not as long and cumbersome as a full-length mobile home.

The Venturer has a powerful diesel engine and great handling for Tasmania’s windy roads. There are big windows at the rear of the cabin that make backing up and parking easier than you might expect.

The interior of the Venturer is laid out in an efficient and intuitive way to maximize the space available without feeling cramped. Ok, the bathroom feels cramped, but hopefully you won’t spend too much of your time in there. The toilet and shower are located in a phone booth-sized room just behind the cab, and across from the sliding door. You’ll find it more comfortable using the bathroom and showers wherever you stop, but the bathroom in the Venturer is good to have as a backup and for bush camping situations. Towels are included with the campervan rental. To avoid smelling the bathroom, you’ll want to empty the toilet cassette every few days, which can be done at a dump station (found in most holiday parks and campgrounds).

Behind the bathroom, there is a kitchen that’s more spacious than you might expect, making it easy to prep simple meals. The kitchen has many of the amenities that you are used to from home. There is a mini-refrigerator and freezer, a microwave, a three-burner gas stove, electric and stovetop kettle, French press, toaster, and a sink that provides pressurized hot and cold water. (You’ll need to turn on the gas-powered water heater to warm the water for the sink or shower.) There are pots and pans to cook with on the stove, and Tupperware for heating things up in the microwave. A colander, mixing bowls, cutting board, and cooking utensils are also included, as well as plates, bowls, cups, glasses, wine glasses, forks, knives, and spoons for two.

Adding to the comfort, there is a ceiling mounted air conditioning and heating fan in the celling of the main cabin. There are electric outlets for appliances and a flat-screen TV and DVD player that slides out of a drawer near the kitchen. The microwave and power outlets will only work when the campervan is plugged into an external power source (like an outlet at a holiday park). The refrigerator, television, water pump, and cabin lighting can be powered off this external source as well, but can also be run with battery power. This allows you to keep your food cold while you’re on the move. The campervan is equipped with a second battery, so that you can use amenities like the refrigerator without worrying about draining the same battery that starts the engine. This second battery will charge while you drive and when you hook the vehicle up to an external power source. If you keep the campervan in place for more than a couple days, you will want to plug it in to keep the battery charged and the refrigerator cold. The easiest way to do this is to stay overnight at a powered site at a holiday park. A perk of renting from Britz is that you’ll receive a ten percent discount at Big4 Holiday Parks throughout Australia.

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The bed configuration in the cabin of a Britz Venturer

The back of the campervan has big windows that allow you to enjoy Tasmania’s beautiful scenery from the comfort of your campervan. Curtains can be pulled across the windows any time you need the privacy. Below the windows there is an area that transforms from seating to bedding. Comfortable leather benches are arranged around the walls of the campervan in a U-shape, surrounding a swiveling removable table. Beneath the seats there is an abundance of storage for luggage and personal belongings. To create a king sized bed, take out the tabletop and rearrange the cushions to create a lavish leather bed. The bed can be made up with included pillows, sheets, and a comforter.

The table transitions to a bed on the inside of the Venturer

The Venturer even has a small safe for your valuables. If all of these amenities sound overwhelming, don’t worry. You’ll be given a video guide before you set out so that you’re familiar with all of the campervans features. If you are traveling from America or somewhere else outside Australia, renting a campervan can cut down on the gear you have to carry. With a campervan rental, you have the freedom to travel with just a suitcase of clothing. Hit the famous Salamanca Market in Hobart and pick up local food to enjoy meals in the campervan wherever you go.

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A Britz Venturer on Mount Wellington at sunset

The Venturer is 3 meters tall on the outside, so be aware of your clearance. Inside, the ceiling in the main cabin is 1.9 meters off the floor, high enough for anyone under 6 feet 3 inches tall to walk around without ducking.

In addition to the table and stove inside, the campervan comes with a second table that can be installed along the outside of the campervan. Next to the table, there is a drawer in the side of the van that you can open to pull out a two-burner gas stove. When the van is plugged in to power, there is even a power outlet that can be activated above the table. These additions bring the comfort of the Venturer outdoors as well. You can rent camp chairs (and other extras) from Britz if you don’t have your own chairs to sit at the outdoor table.

The Britz branch in Tasmania is located at the airport in Hobart, Tasmania’s main airport. It is a couple minutes walk from the terminal to the Britz branch office along the airport loop road. From September through April, the branch office is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. From May to the end of June, the rental office is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All vehicles must be picked up or returned by 3:30 p.m. The Hobart Branch is completely closed for the months of July and August. If you are flying into the Hobart airport after rental hours, it is worth noting that many of the hotels in Hobart offer an airport shuttle. This makes it easy to spend a night or two in the Hobart CBD before returning to the airport to fetch your campervan.

Check out the Britz website to get a quote for the Venturer 2 Berth or look at other campervans to rent in Tasmania or other regions in Australia and New Zealand.

Address: 14 Long Street, Hobart Airport, Cambridge, TAS 7170, Australia
Coordinates: -42.839818, 147.505281 (42° 50′ 23.34″S 147° 30′ 19.01″E)
Telephone: (800) 670-232 or +61 3 6448-4168


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These photos were taken in April of 2014. Click to enlarge.


The table is set up on the outside of the Venturer
The table transitions to a bed on the inside of the Venturer
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