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Hit the road and head for the beach Down Under

THE weather is heating up as we move into the Southern Hemisphere warmer months and that means we can start thinking about hitting the road in you Australian car rental and heading for the beach. After all, Australian road trips don’t get much better when there’s a beach on the end of it!
With hundreds of hotspots to park your wheels (and your beach towel), we dig up five great beach destinations within 2 to 5 hours away in your DriveNow car rental.
Apollo Bay, Vic
The journey: Only two and a half hours from Melbourne (along M1/ Great Ocean [...]

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Got the drive and the car rental deal? Here’s four road trip ideas in Australia

There’s no better time for a road trip than spring. But how do you make the most of that red-hot car or campervan rental deal you just snapped up on DriveNow? Here are five destinations worth punching into your GPS.
Brisbane to Caloundra
Tune in to the sixth annual Caloundra Music Festival (right) held over the September 28-30 weekend at Kings Beach.
Just over an hour’s drive north of Brisbane in your car rental, Kings Beach fires up to some of the best names in the Australian and international music industry. This year features acts such as The Living End, [...]

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Thirst for adventure quenched with Father’s Day weekend away

Take the driver’s seat and let Dad relax on Father’s Day by picking up a DriveNow campervan rental and hitting the road for a couple of days of sight-seeing, fishing and a few quiet ales with the bloke who brought you up. It’s a great way to say “cheers Dad, have a good one.’’
QUEENSLAND
Where: Brisbane to Bundaberg. Grab your Brisbane campervan rental and jump on Bruce Highway (M1) for four hours for a cool Queensland road trip weekend escape.
What to do: Head for the Bundaberg Rum Distillery for a tour – and a tasting, of course – [...]

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The road to fun and friendship drives a girls’ weekend away

A weekend away with the girls is a great way to take some time out to recharge the batteries. Whether you want to get away from the kids for a while, have some fun with your bridesmaids before the big day, or catch up with old school friends you haven’t seen in ages, there are some fabulous packages around that are designed to spoil you rotten.
When it comes to choosing a Australian hire car, find a vehicle that is roomy and comfortable enough for several adults. You might even decide to stay in a holiday park, so a [...]

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DriveNow caravan and camping park of the month: Gold Coast Holiday Park


SO, you’ve packed the kids in a Brisbane campervan rental and you’re ready for adventure, but suddenly find you’re not quite sure to go from there? The answer is a no-brainer. Hit the motorway, head south for an hour, take exit No.60 and Gold Coast Holiday Park (www.goldcoastholidaypark.com.au) awaits.
Gold Coast Holiday Park is perfectly located in Helensvale, right in the heart of theme park territory, and it’s literally walking distance away from Movie World, Wet’n’Wild and the Australian Outback Spectacular, while only a short drive from Dreamworld, Whitewater World and Seaworld.
Park owner Theo Whitmont told me that [...]

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Pick up a car rental and go cruisin’ with your pooch

WANTING a road trip and accommodation for the whole family, four-legged friends included?
Gone are the days when pet-friendly accommodation consisted of mildew walls and flea ridden couches, or when you had to re-mortgage your home to pay the kennel to keep your beloved pooch fed, watered and entertained.
These days, there are a range of pet friendly holiday accommodation options that will ensure fun for all the family, two and four legged creatures alike.  Here are some of our favourites:
Puri Pantali Beach House – Byron Bay New South Wales
With pooch in your Gold Coast hire car, head [...]

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Water world awaits at Lake Cania

ABOUT 380km north west of Brisbane, Lake Cania is an easy spot to reach for a cool Queensland road trip idea.
Lake Cania itself is situated just north of the Cania Gorge. The lake has a capacity of 88,500 megaliters, so they tell me. There are many facilities available at the dam which caters for some great fishing and other water sports with boat ramp access, picnic areas, public conveniences, kiosk and two camping and caravan parks.
Lake Cania, when full, covers an area of about 1,200 hectares – now that’s a bit of fishing! We set out in our [...]

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Bundaberg, bears and Bargara Beach – what a beauty with a capital ‘B’!

So, you’ve jumped in your Brisbane hire car or campervan rental after lobbing in Queensland and don’t know where to head next? Head north, hug the coastline and you won’t be disappointed.
Bundaberg is a city with plenty of “big” appeal. Start with the mighty Bundaberg Rum Distillery and Bondstore, a place where you get to meet a world famous big “drop bear” called Bundy R. Bear and explore the distillery in one of its daily tours taking place at the Queensland landmark. Bundaberg is also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, is also home to the world’s finest [...]

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Being part of a tribe brings its own rewards

OK, so you’ve decided to take the family on a road trip, or you’ve roped in a friend or partner to hit the road with you. You’ve then picked up your DriveNow rental camper or car hire in either Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and you’re staring at the open road. Where to now?
Sometimes it’s good to be spontaneous and have no set plans, but often its better to have a broad idea of what you want, with plenty of room for change along the way – a tribal rewards membership with Family Parks Australia could be just what you [...]

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Big things in store on your next Australian road trip – Part III

SO, you’ve hit Brisbane, picked up the keys to your DriveNow campervan rental and thought, ‘wow, Queensland is big. Where do I start?’
Well, Nambour, 101kms north of Brisbane is the home of three “big’’ attractions, so that’s a good jot down for later. But to begin with take advantage of a few days on the Gold Coast, enjoy the fabulous holiday parks and check out the Big Golfball in Broadbeach and the Big Hard Rock Café guitar in Surfers Paradise during your stay.
When you are ready to head north again, the obvious attraction to see first in Nambour [...]

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