What is Youcamp?
Youcamp is the share economy for rural and regional Australia. It is Australia’s new favourite place for all types of accommodation and leisure activities on private land. We started in 2013 with the goal of opening up a whole new frontier of Australian tourism – letting responsible visitors enjoy the wonders of Australia’s private properties. On the other side of the coin, Youcamp has wanted to give landholders a whole new income stream and, importantly, another reason to sustainably manage the special places on their properties. In effect we are like a dating agency for landholders and guests.
Why private land?
Many people who head off to the great outdoors are looking for an experience that is particular to them. They may want a campfire or to bring their pets, escape crowds, find peace and quiet or make lots of noise. Commercial tourism sites are often developed to fit in a lot of people and have restrictions that can limit choice. Private landowners can set their own rules, which means that a guest has a greater chance of finding exactly what they want and where they want it.
How do I use Youcamp as a guest?
Youcamp has hundreds of interesting properties to stay and play. On the homepage, enter the location you want to visit and then refine this search by number of guests, booking dates and the type of accommodation, activities, tours and amenities you’re looking for. You can make an informed decision based on photos, descriptions and property reviews. Once you have chosen a property you can either make an enquiry, request to book (some hosts want to know a guest before they accept a booking) or book instantly (some hosts prefer to reduce time and offer live bookings).
How do I use Youcamp as a host?
You create a free property listing by following a number of steps – property name and location, description, attractions, what you are offering (accommodation, activities, tours and extras), pricing and availability. You set your rules and conditions including a cancellation policy and choose how guests can make a booking. Guests will contact you to ask questions and to request bookings. Youcamp collects the payment upfront from the guest so you don’t have to deal directly with money. Funds are released to you within 24 hours of check-in, it can take up to 3 business days to arrive in your bank account after we’ve released the funds.
You can choose the way you want to receive bookings:
Request to book (some hosts want to know a guest before they accept a booking)
Instant book (some hosts prefer to reduce time and offer live bookings)
If you opt for booking requests, it is important to know that you have 24 hours to respond before the booking request lapses.
Hosts are paid directly into the bank account of your choice. Your payout is released within 24 hours of the arrival date and check-in time. It can take up to 3 business days to arrive in your bank account after we have released it. You do not need to send us any paperwork or wait for payment at the end of the month. The payment is automatic and hassle free. You will be emailed weekly Payout notifications of the amounts that have been paid to you.
How long does it take to create a property listing on Youcamp?
Building your Youcamp listing is like taking a stroll down an interesting street! We have built our new property listing process to allow landowners maximum flexibility and to ensure they are able to list the various accommodation options and attractions that they offer.
We encourage hosts to firstly just run through the listing process, filling in only what is necessary to move through. This will give you a feel for how the website works and what is involved. At any time you can go back and add more photos, write more text, create more accommodation, activity and extra options. At first glance it may seem a little overwhelming, which is why we recommend to rough out your listing at first and then flesh it out before you publish.