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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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Tranquility on the road to Killarney

KILLARNEY is the jewel of the Queensland hinterland, so we decided to bask in its glow for a while.
Only a two-hour drive in a southerly direction in your Brisbane campervan rental, Killarney is an easily accessible, stunning little country village nestled at the bottom of some remarkable ranges and waterfalls. The waterfalls, while a steady, hard walk to reach, are worth the effort – Queen Mary Falls and Dags Falls are the best options.
Killarney is the starting point of Australia’s longest river system and a tight-knit community with all the amenities a traveller needs – including great [...]

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Goondiwindi and the mighty Gunsynd legend

AT about a leisurely four hours after you pick up your rental car in Brisbane or on the Gold Coast, Goondiwindi is easy to get to with great roads all the way.
It’s a great little town and well-known for being the home of famous racehorse, Gunsynd. The legendary galloper still adorns the street murals and even has his very own statue and museum at the town’s Tourist Information Centre. Gunsynd’s story is a beauty and you get a real feel for the town upon discovering it. A hard-working country town built on trust and loyalty.
Goondiwindi is home to [...]

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On the road to Tin Can Bay – a quick road trip from Noosa to meet wild dolphins

Where is Tin Can Bay? Just near Gympie in Queensland, that’s where, and only a leisurely three-hour drive in a campervan rental from Brisbane or a quick-fire 45-minute cruise if you pick up a Car Rental in Noosa.
And boy, what a great little spot it is. Tin Can Bay is a very sleepy little coastal village, with some of the most stunning scenery. The beautiful harbour area is just fantastic dotted with a ton of yachts and people enjoying the area. It’s great for fishing, water sports and a super spot to explore the area.
The best part, [...]

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The Gold Coast – the sun is still shining and the roads are clear

Despite the devastation of recent flooding and cyclones in Queensland, the sunshine state is still, and always will be, one of the country’s best destinations for a road trip whether it’s by rental car in Brisbane or a Brisbane campervan rental and you can rest assured the pathways are clear in the bottom half of the state which is brimming with magical experiences and, as Queensland Tourism’s Shelley Winkel faithfully points out, “is incredibly resilient”.
None more so than the beautiful Gold Coast region. After grabbing your hire car or campervan rental in Brisbane, head for a one-hour southerly spin [...]

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Brisbane to Bundaberg, and a swim with the loggerhead turtles

The strip of coastline between Brisbane and Bundaberg is a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of natural treasures – glorious beaches, pristine patches of wilderness hopping with wildlife, and humpback whales breaching offshore during the winter months.
But we’re here to see another endangered and fascinating marine creature – loggerhead turtles, who choose the beaches south of Bundaberg to perpetuate the cycle of life each summer. Mon Repos Beach is one of the two largest turtle rookeries in the South Pacific, which means it’s one of the best places to see them up close as they lay their eggs in the sand, [...]

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