A major concern for us before hitting the road was, how are we going to receive mail while travelling Australia full-time in a caravan with no fixed address?
Receiving your mail on the road may feel like a tricky task, but it’s actually very simple.
There are a variety of ways to receive mail while travelling Australia, including 24/7 Parcel Lockers and local Post Offices. You can also utilise addresses of friends and family, plus Caravan Parks. Once you get a system in place, getting the mail becomes easy and automated.
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Receiving Mail While Travelling Australia
Prior to hitting the road
It’s super handy to be able to receive online purchases and birthday presents while travelling Australia. But, you don’t want to be chasing bills and other important mail all over the countryside.
Before hitting the road, it’s important to convert all of your bills to paperless, so you receive them via email. Setting up many of your bills as Direct Debits will also help to streamline your expenses.
24/7 Parcel Lockers
Australia Post’s 24/7 Parcel Lockers are definitely the easiest and most convenient way to receive mail while travelling without a permanent address. With over 330 locations around the country, they’re very easy to find. Locations range from Post Offices, Train Stations, Petrol Stations and Supermarkets.
If there are no 24/7 Parcel Lockers in the town where you need your mail sent, just select a Post Office instead. Smaller towns are generally happy to hang on to your stuff longer than the bigger, busier cities. But don’t worry, if you can’t get there in time, just ring the Post Office and let them know. They will either hold it longer or forward the post to another location for you.
24/7 Parcel Locker Features:
- Accessible any time (day, night, weekends, after hours)
- 48 hours to collect (then it goes to the nearest Post Office)
- Notifications via SMS & Email
- Change your address as you travel & the system automatically updates the delivery location
- Track your parcels with tracking numbers
How to Use 24/7 Parcel Lockers
Setting up a 24/7 Parcel Locker is really simple. Start by downloading the Australia Post App on your mobile device and create an account.
When you’re ready to shop online or give your Mum an address, just ‘Add Parcel Locker’ and find the location you need. The address and number that is generated now becomes your new ‘Address.’
Your Customer Number will always stay the same, only your address associated with it will change. You will receive notifications via SMS and email when the parcel has arrived, then you can use the barcode you are issued, to scan and open your locker.
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Local Post Offices
When you’re travelling in the Outback, there are no Parcel Lockers. You are still able to use the Australia Post App to choose (ahead of time) a Post Office to have your stuff delivered to.
It’s worked out really well so far when we’ve travelled through those areas. The Post Offices are usually happy to hang on to your mail a little longer if you get held up somewhere. Just be sure to ring ahead and have a chat to the staff.
TIP – Always include your ‘Customer Number’ in your address so that you receive the notification when the parcel arrives.
The hardest part is trying to figure out where you’re going to be when the parcel is expected to arrive. Just to give you an idea, it took 3-5 weeks for post to be delivered to us in Mount Isa, Queensland! But packages along the East Coast were arriving within a week.
Below is a great video of how Sparky’s on the Loose get their mail from local post offices as they travel.
Friends & Family
If you know that you’re going to drop in to visit friends or family members in the near future, it makes for a really safe and easy option to receive mail while travelling (as long as they don’t mind).
A bonus is that you don’t have to worry about getting to a Post Office or missing deliveries if you end up in the wrong town at the wrong time! This is especially the case when ordering stuff online from overseas, which can arrive quicker than expected or even get delayed somewhere along the line.
If you’re staying in a Caravan Park for a while, you can ask if they mind you using their address for mail. Most don’t mind and it’s pretty convenient if you don’t have a fixed address.
We did this when we were stopped in The Gemfields for 6 weeks work. The Caravan Park owner collected all mail from the Post Office once a week. She would go around and hand it all out to the relevant people. Be sure to order things ahead of time so you don’t hit the road before your packages manage to arrive.
Hopefully you’ve now got a good idea on how you want to be able to receive mail and parcels while travelling Australia. It’s actually a really simple process once you’ve got everything in place.
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