Jun
14
2018

The Chair’s Where? Beachport, South Australia

By Australia / South Australia /

Limestone Coast splendour The Limestone Coast of South Australia is a truly wonderful destination to visit. Magnificent sandy beaches, serious cliffs and rocky outcrops, blowholes, caves and being at the end of the world renowned Coonawarra wine district makes this a ‘bucket list’ location. Proximity helps, as both Melbourne and Adelaide are a comfortable and drive-able distance from this locale. The Limestone Coast extends for a couple of hundred kilometres, so never fear that you will get crowded in, or miss out on a spot. There is room for every one, so jump in your Adelaide car rental or bring your motorhome or campervan, tow your caravan, bring your family, bring your relatives and bring your friends. Along the way OK, so you have picked up a hire vehicle and made plans to explore the Limestone Coast area. Why not turn “getting there” into “an adventure”? Wineries, antique shops, arts and crafts boutiques will all compete for your attention as…

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Jun
06
2018

Sunshine and Santa Monica – top spots for your summer holiday

By California / United States /

      Santa Monica, the end of the line for Route 66, is famous for its sunshine, surf and sand. It’s a paradise for anybody who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, and enjoy everything this gorgeous, sunny patch has to offer. The first thing you should do when you fly into LA airport is hire a car with DriveNow, and head west towards Santa Monica.  Check out these five top attractions and activities. Venice Beach The buzzing beachside town of Venice Beach is among LA’s top attractions. It’s graced with stylish boutique stores, cafes, live entertainment and awesome surf. It’s also just a short distance from Santa Monica. The Venice Boardwalk is a popular spot where you can casually stroll or take a bike tour as you enjoy the ocean scenery and nearby canals. Sailing Cruise Imagine sunset out on the water, where you can enjoy stunning views of the coast….

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Jun
05
2018

Head off on a Royal Roadtrip this Queen’s Birthday Weekend

By Australia /

  For many of us (sorry Queensland and WA, not you this time) the Queen’s Birthday long weekend is fast approaching. If you haven’t got plans yet, it’s time to act. Queenie wouldn’t want you to spend the weekend watching Netflix, so don’t let her down. Long weekends are the perfect length of time for a road trip, so we’ve gathered some of the best short adventures in NSW, SA, Tassie and Victoria to help you get the most out of that extra day off work. Grab yourself a hire car or campervan and celebrate Queenie’s big day in style. NSW Sydney to Jervis Bay Just three hours’ drive from Sydney; Jervis Bay is a peaceful, scenic weekend getaway. You might not be able to soak up the sun on the famous Hyam’s Beach like you would in summer, but you can still enjoy plenty of activities like hiking, eating and exploring. Take a detour via Kangaroo Valley on your…

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Jun
05
2018

Five Melbourne hotels within walking distance of the MCG

By Australia / Melbourne /

  For any footy fan heading to the mighty MCG to experience an AFL match at this iconic stadium, you’ll want to make sure you’re staying close by. There is an abundance of hotels in Melbourne, but where to start to make sure you’re in the heart of the atmosphere? Here are our top five recommendations for hotels within walking distance of the MCG.  Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and book one of these Melbourne hotels. Adara Richmond Adara Richmond is only a 10-15 minute walk from the MCG or a five-minute tram ride. It’s hardly a hassle when you’re enjoying contemporary and spacious living in an inner-city serviced apartment. You’ll have a full kitchen, washer, dryer and high-speed WiFi in your room. There’s no doubt that you’ll feel right at home Quest East Melbourne Quest East is situated opposite the iconic MCG, simply walk just 7 minutes along Wellington Parade after the footy Grand Final and you’ll be at your…

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May
31
2018

Aussie winter adventures to escape the winter blues

By Australia /

Are you feeling the winter blues and want to escape for a little while? The great thing about Australia is the landscape is so vast and versatile, there are Aussie winter adventures to suit every traveller. You could go for a trip to the snow, rug up beside a fireplace and indulge in top drops. You could even escape the cold altogether and head north for the tropical islands. Hire a vehicle from your nearest capital city and embark on one of these top Aussie winter adventures. Thredbo Southeastern Australia’s Snowy Mountains are paradise for anyone who loves the snow. Enjoy the fresh winter air while zipping through the country’s longest ski runs. The ski resort attracts thousands of daring skiers and snowboarders every year. Another good thing about making Thredbo as your winter snow destination, is you can admire panoramic views from Australia’s highest mountain as you ride up the Kosciuszko Express chairlift. Broome Leave winter behind and venture…

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May
28
2018

Sweet home Chicago – Hottest Hotspots beyond the city

By United States /

Chicago is one of the United States’ largest cities. Famous for its architecture, art and cultural institutions and top restaurants, the ‘windy city’ draws millions of tourists every year. But many people don’t make the time to travel out of the city to explore some of the amazing gems nearby. Land a bargain car hire deal with DriveNow, and venture out of the city. Here are some exciting destinations within a few hours of Chicago. Hike the Empire Bluff Trail Drive five hours from Chicago into Michigan for one of the region’s most popular short hikes. The 2.4 km trail leads you through beech-maple forest to coastal boardwalks that overlook Lake Michigan. The hike rises above the deep blue waters and sand dunes, offering spectacular views of the coast. Beware of some steeper sections, but for the most part it’s a family-friendly hike. Pack some lunch so you can enjoy the scenery before heading back to your car. Kayak Chicago…

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May
28
2018

Where to find the best ‘Big Things’ in Australia

By Australia /

If you’re planning on travelling around Australia and have never heard of the ‘Big Things’, well you’re in for a treat. These giant, seemingly random structures are dotted all over the country, ready to be hunted down and take centre stage in your selfies. From prawns to koalas to giant gumboots, you’ll certainly know when you’ve seen one. There are over 200 ‘Big Things’ in Australia, so scouting them all out could take you several road trips. Here are just a few of the best-loved and most popular Big Things for you to factor into your  next Aussie road trip itinerary. Jump in your hire car and get your selfie sticks ready!  The Big Banana Pacific Highway, 3km north of Coffs Harbour, NSW If your travels are taking you along the north coast of New South Wales, keep your eyes peeled (get it?) for the Big Banana. Constructed in 1964, this is one of Australia’s very first Big Things, built…

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May
21
2018

5 Great Places To Stay On The Tweed Coast

By Gold Coast /

The Tweed Coast is home to many amazing, natural treasures. The area is known for its stunning golden beaches, surf competitions and great restaurants. The Tweed Coast sits in northeast New South Wales on the Queensland border, making it close to the theme parks. Hire a campervan from Brisbane airport and take a short drive south into New South Wales. Here are five great places to stay on the Tweed Coast. Tweed Coast Holiday Parks: Boyds Bay This gem of a caravan park is set along a protected stretch of Terranora Creek near the Tweed River. The location makes Tweed Coast Holiday Parks at Boyds Bay a great spot for families, especially those who love water sports. From here you can go swimming, fishing, launch a boat from the park’s ramp. There’s also a swimming pool with a waterslide for the kids. BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park (pictured) It’s easy to relax at this award-winning holiday park. Its great attraction…

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May
18
2018

Vivid Sydney Drive Now Spotify Playlist

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Vivid Sydney 2018 Heading to Sydney during May or June? Well, you’re in for a treat as Sydney’s annual light, music and arts festival, Vivid Sydney is here from 25th May to 16th June. The world’s leading artists and Imagineers come together to illuminate the city in a truly immersive light spectacle. Now, in its 10th year, Vivid 2018 is one that won’t disappoint. From the illuminating pathways around The Royal Botanic Garden to the breathtaking light art at Barangaroo, there’s plenty to see by foot. Or, for an unforgettable experience take a harbour boat cruise and see the jewels of the city around Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Luna Park and Harbour Bridge. Now, Vivid isn’t just about the brilliant light shows, Vivid Music also showcases some of the best musical talents at iconic Sydney venues and intimate clubs and bars. To get you in the mood whilst driving to Sydney in your DriveNow car hire, we’ve put together an eclectic…

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May
18
2018

5 Great Ways to Roam in Rome – check out these Rome day tours

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Millions of tourists travel to Rome every year to indulge in Italian food, art, history and architecture with Rome day tours. Most tourists spend only a few days in Rome, when in reality there’s so much to explore that to do it properly would take months. Next time you visit Rome hire a car so you can drive to some of these destinations. Within the comfort of your own vehicle, embark on one of these Rome day tours. Lose yourself in the Tivoli gardens The Tivoli gardens are just outside of Rome. Explore the historic town of Tivoli and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Villa d’Este. The 16th Century villa has amazing gardens, not to mention the incredible Bernini-designed fountains. You can also visit the nearby Hadrian’s Villa, another UNESCO site. It was the luxurious 2nd century holiday home of Emperor Hadrian, full of temples, theatres and thermal baths. Walking tour of Ancient Rome Explore the ancient world with a walking…

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May
14
2018

Winter heaven in the beautiful Hunter Valley region

By New South Wales /

The Hunter Valley is a magical sight in winter. The crowds disappear, leaving a pristine and untouched natural scene. The rains arrive to nourish the soil. The early morning frosts make for a good excuse to rug up and visit some of the region’s excellent restaurants, cafes and wineries. It’s the perfect place for a quick getaway in winter, especially if you love your gourmet food and wines. Hire a car from Sydney with DriveNow and travel three and a half hours south to the Hunter Valley. There you’ll begin your winter adventure with these five great experiences. Have fun with Snow Time in the Garden This is a fantastic family-friendly event. During summer, the Hunter Valley Gardens is a web of right kilometres of walking paths through gorgeous, landscaped gardens. In winter, it transforms into an icy wonderland for three weeks. There’s an ice skating rink, an ice toboggan and the chance to build a snowman. Entertainment every day…

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May
10
2018

Flash Camp Kakadu returns for winter fun near Darwin

By Australia / Darwin /

Tents in the heart of Kakadu Set in beautifully shady grounds, Flash Camp @ Kakadu offers bespoke bell tent accommodation in the heart of Kakadu National Park, ideal for those looking for an effortless camping experience while exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Listed wilderness, so grab your wheels in Darwin and get set for the adventure in Australia’s most famous outdoors! Accommodation will include double and twin bell tents with spring-foam mattresses on pallet bases, quality bed linen, fresh towels, bamboo furniture, toiletries and Armadillo & Co rugs. Tents have power, lighting and a fan, though nights are usually mild throughout the “winter” season (18 – 20C). Flash Camp tents can be configured especially for families, allowing two adjacent tents to be allocated for family groups and a communal Flash tent will be available for relaxing and enjoying complimentary tea and coffee. Flash Camp guests have access to communal toilet and shower facilities, barbeques, as well as a restaurant, bar…

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