Dec
13
2018

Get excited for these hot Brisbane festivals this summer

By Brisbane /

With Summer heating up, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors for some Brisbane festivals. The sunny city has everything from music and art to food and wine events. Most festivals encourage camping, which offers convenience and affordability. Are you stuck without a set of wheels? Then all you need is a rental car. Grab a bargain car hire deal from Brisbane Airport with DriveNow. Then you’re all set to check out these hot Brisbane festivals! Woodford Folk Festival Dec 27 – Jan 1 Every year the Woodford Folk Festival showcases Australia’s largest gathering of performers. More than 2000 performers come out for six days and nights, which consists of more than 450 acts. Expect not only music and singing, but dance, cabaret, street theatre, comedy and visual arts. The festival takes place on a 500 acre site, about an hour’s north of Brisbane. Brisbane International Dec 30 – Jan 6 This is one of the Brisbane festivals you definitely…

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Dec
10
2018

Top tips for a summer of camping fun in Victoria

By Melbourne / Victoria /

Mountains, rivers, beaches, forests – Victoria has it all when it comes to camping locations, according to the team from Parks Victoria. While Mother Nature provides the magnificent backdrop and Parks Victoria provides campgrounds in more than 100 parks, it’s the little bit of additional planning and care that will really take a camping holiday from ho-hum to ho-ho. So grab your Melbourne campervan rental Check out these Park Victoria tips for making sure you are a happy camper these holidays. Research your campground Make sure you know what to expect before you pack the campervan or tent. Campgrounds in Victoria’s vast parks and reserves vary greatly. Some are remote with no toilets or running water, while others can be easily accessed, and include showers and cooking facilities. Either way, there’s something for everyone. To get started, visit the Parks Victoria website. Book ahead or arrive early Once you know where you want to go, make sure you’ve checked how…

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Dec
05
2018

Sydney summer events – five reasons you have to be there!

By Australia / Sydney /

  Longer days, warmer nights, BBQ season- summer is when Sydney really shines. Not only do the stunning beaches and coastal walks look their best in the glorious sunshine, but the city comes to life with a whole host of exciting events to keep visitors entertained. Ready to pack your bags? After hiring a car from Sydney Airport, make sure you check out what’s on the Sydney events calendar during your stay. Sydney NYE Sydney is the New Year’s Eve capital of Australia, if not the world! From here you can be among the first major cities in the world to welcome in the New Year. The city is famous for its midnight fireworks at Sydney Harbour. Each year, more than one million people come to the various vantage points around the harbour to watch the colourful show and celebrate the end of the year in style. Chinese New Year More than one million people took part in Sydney’s Chinese…

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Dec
03
2018

Top South Australian caravan parks in wine country

By South Australia /

South Australia has everything to offer – relaxation, indulgence and beautiful scenery. It’s particularly famous for its wineries. South Australia is also a family friendly destination, thanks to its great variety of caravan parks – the perfect places to park your wheels while venturing off for a tipple or two in the vineyards! Pack the family in a campervan rental from Adelaide and head to one of these parks. McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park Drive 40 kilometres from Adelaide to the heard of McLaren Vale and a magnificent stay awaits. McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park is 38 acres of tranquil bush, with unspoiled scenic views. It’s also very close to some of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s best wineries and restaurants. Within the park, kids can entertain themselves with a swimming pool, tennis and volleyball courts. Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park This place is a holiday park and a vineyard rolled into one! It’s a gorgeous spot for functions, including weddings, so you…

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Nov
30
2018

Hit the road in Canada on the Alaska Highway

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The Destination Canada team says Aussie road trippers seeking the ultimate driving holiday can’t go past the renowned Alaska Highway in Canada’s Yukon Territory. “The term ‘scenic drive’ doesn’t begin to describe the rugged beauty along this wilderness route, with snow-covered mountains, spruce forests, ancient glaciers and abundant wildlife making this a driving paradise,” Team DC points out. As this iconic route winds through historic communities and soaring mountain ranges, you won’t want to miss the key photo opportunities along the way. Read on for five unmissable stop-offs on this unforgettable journey. Sign Post Forest As you cruise through Watson Lake, east of Yukon’s capital city of Whitehorse, keep your eyes peeled for a road-side collection of more than 77,000 from around the world. This unique time capsule dates back to 1942 when US Soldier, Carl K. Lindley erected a sign marking the direction and distance to his hometown, Illinois. The trend caught on, with locals and visitors from across…

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Nov
29
2018

Five top Aussie festivals around Australia

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From country music events to spectacular Outback festivals, or food and wine extravaganzas to riverboats and jazz, there’s something worth driving to just about anywhere in Australia all-year round. Here are five diverse festivals worth packing your bags for and hitting the road in a DriveNow campervan for a unique Australian cultural experience. 1. Riverboats, Jazz, Food & Wine Weekend – Echuca, Victoria. 15th – 17th February Pick up your DriveNow Melbourne Rental Car and a leisurely three-hour drive along the Hume Freeway and Northern Highway will take you to the riverbanks of beautiful Echuca where this annual event creates a buzz in February every year. The region’s finest food and wine are on show, jazz musos from far and wide strut their stuff and the paddle steamers from yesteryear chug along the mighty Murray River. It’s a treat for the eyes, ears and taste buds! 2. Tamworth Country Music Festival – Tamworth, New South Wales. 18th – 27th January This one’s popular for…

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Nov
28
2018

5 horrid travel diseases to avoid overseas

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There are so many exotic travel destinations around the world, each with their own national treasures. You can easily access many of them at your own pace with a bargain car rental. But it’s easy to forget the dangers, particularly travel diseases, that will no doubt leave you miserable. Some can really put a damper on your holiday. The good news is most are preventable and just require a bit of extra caution. Here’s how to avoid five horrible travel diseases when your on the road exploring the world. Malaria This nasty disease is found all over the developing world, from Africa to Asia and even South America. Malaria, which spreads by mosquito bites, kills more than 200 million people worldwide every year. This is why you can never be too careful when travelling. Watch out for flu-like symptoms, fever and chills. Protect yourself by taking anti-malarial pills and wearing mosquito repellent. They say a Gin & Tonic is a…

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Nov
28
2018

The most magical Christmas markets to visit in France this year

By Europe /

A European Christmas is very different to an Aussie one. There’s no scorching heatwaves, sizzling BBQs or Christmas Day at the beach. But, there are the twinkling Christmas lights, warming up by a fire with a mulled wine, and our favourite, the magical Christmas markets that pop up around European cities. If you’re heading to France this festive period, you’re in for a treat. There are plenty to choose from, from the grand to the cute and quaint, it can be a difficult task on deciding which ones to visit. DriveNow has rounded up the most magical Christmas markets to visit in France this year. Enjoy. Strasbourg For a true festive French experience, head to France’s oldest Christmas market. Strasbourg Christmas market dates all the way back to 1577. Today, over two million tourists visit here every year to take in the beauty of the hundreds of miles of twinkling lights, a living nativity and live Advent concerts. Sample the…

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Nov
26
2018

Gold Coast fun parks for summer holidays

By Gold Coast /

The Gold Coast is blessed with good weather all year round. But summer is the best time to take the kids, who are on school holidays, to the beach for a few weeks. Even beyond summer, now is also a good time to start planning your trip for Autumn and Winter. Search and compare cheap car hire deals from Gold Coast airport with DriveNow. Once you have secured your rental car, stay at one of these fantastic local accommodation options. Ashmore Palms Gold Coast If you don’t want a hotel, motel or apartment, then a self-contained cabin at Ashmore Palms is for you. Choose from budget or luxury holiday cabins, which have everything you need to feel at home. Ashmore Palms facilities include beautiful swimming lagoons, kids playgrounds, a tennis court and a BBQ. There’s also a general store – just in case you forget one of your ingredients while cooking dinner! One of the highlights is the free family…

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Nov
24
2018

Get set for some Singapore fun in the coming weeks

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Pop Singapore into the Google flights app and you’ll quickly realise return flights from Australia are spectacular value at the moment with a non-stopper on Jetstar from Melbourne costing less than $500 round trip (at the time this blog was published). Scoot’s cooking up hot deals too, as is Qantas for those looking for a step up in class. As most of us know, Singapore is a melting pot of cultures, with great food, restaurants and nightlight, as well as plenty to see and do. Once you arrive, jump in your Singapore rental car and get ready for a variety of fun things during a quick trip before Christmas: Christmas Wonderland Embark on a magical journey at Christmas Wonderland 2018. The fifth edition of Christmas Wonderland – the European-style Christmas fair will feature brand new highlights and a new take on crowd favourites when it returns to Gardens by the Bay this 30 November to 26 December. Brand new iconic…

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Nov
20
2018

Country adventures galore in New South Wales

By New South Wales /

Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. What better way to spend this marvelCous time of year, other than with one of these New South Wales country adventures. Hire a cheap car rental from Sydney Airport, then embark on a trip to regional New South Wales. These great country adventures are within a few hours’ drive from Sydney. Tamworth The regional town that’s home to the famous Golden Guitar comes alive every January comes alive with the Tamworth Country Music Festival. It’s 10 days of 700 performers, including some of country music’s biggest names like Troy Cassar-Daley and Kasey Chambers. Most of the events are free. When this music mania is over there are scenic lookouts, museums, bars and beer tasting experiences to enjoy. Hunter Valley Just two hours north of Sydney is one of the state’s most romantic and relaxing country adventures. The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most famous wine growing regions….

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Nov
19
2018

8 Places to Spend the Christmas holidays in Australia

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Christmas is almost upon us and what better way to spend the extra time off work than on an adventure with your loved ones? Australia is so vast, from its red earth rocky terrain to crystal clear waters, luscious rainforests, and uber-hip cities, there’s plenty of places to explore. Struggling on where to choose for your Christmas break? We’ve come up with a list of places to inspire you on where to explore next. Cairns Cairns should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. The adventure capital is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, and an archipelago of 600 islands. This beautiful Queensland city is a dream holiday destination for its tropical climate, eclectic mix of cafes, bars, and shops. Explore the vibrant city centre before heading off on an adventure. Enjoy a jungle trek through the world heritage Daintree Rainforest, a scuba dive on the world’s largest coral reef, or admire the local wildlife. Enjoy your Christmas break…

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