Jun
21
2019

4th of July events and attractions in New York City

By New York /

Heading to New York next month and wanting to know where all the action will be? The good news is NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organisation, has just announced a line-up of events and attractions that make the 4th of July weekend in New York City irresistible. Every Independence Day, all eyes are on the City thanks to classic events watched around the world, including Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks—this year launching from the Brooklyn Bridge. Visitors who are in town for the long holiday weekend shouldn’t forget to book their New York car rental with the best deal available before they encounter a destination that offers an opportunity to explore several “hidden gems” in the five boroughs that perfectly complement the festivities taking place July 4. Check out these key events and attractions to explore for a complete NYC 4th of July experience. Macy’s 4th of…

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Jun
20
2019

Sydney hot spots where the celebrities like to hang

By Australia / Sydney /

  Wonder where celebrities hang out during their Sydney holidays? After all, Sydney is known to be one of the Southern Hemisphere’s cultural capitals, favoured by the glitterati of Australia and beyond. With the help of the team at PARKROYAL Darling Harbour we unveil some of the best locations in the Emerald City for a celebrity sighting or two. If you need quirky Sydney activities to fill your day, or ideas for fun things to do in Sydney at night, take your cue from Sydney’s celebrity visitors, and make a stop at the city’s hippest spots. Grab your wheels via a car rental at Sydney airport and get ready to live like the stars. Have Breakfast at Bills Restaurant Why begin your day at Bills? It’s run by Bill Granger, Aussie celebrity chef and the “egg master of Sydney.” Bills at Surry Hills was pop superstar Taylor Swift’s first stop — fresh from the airport — when she arrived in…

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Jun
17
2019

What’s hot in Perth and surrounds in winter and spring

By Perth / Western Australia /

With Tigerair and Jetstar unleashing some hot one-way deals to Perth in their weekly specials for subscribers (some in the mid $100s), it’s a cracking time to consider a trip way out west for those living on the east coast of Australia. We ask the Tourism WA team for all the hot tips. Perth, Fremantle, Scarborough and Rottnest are just some areas of Western Australia with great things to do this Winter and Spring, so grab your Perth Airport car rental and park your wheels in some great West Australian holiday parks or hotels. Winter markets Scarborough beach A winter edition of the popular Scarborough Beach Sunset Markets will warm up the newly revitalised Scarborough Beach precinct. only 20 minutes from Perth’s CBD. It runs every Saturday from 3pm to 8pm until August 10. Up to 40 of Perth’s mobile food vendors and retailers will meet around the Scarborough Clock Tower and along the Scarborough Square to showcase global cuisines,…

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Jun
12
2019

The Chair’s Where? Barham & Koondrook on the mighty Murray

By Australia / New South Wales /

TIME TO DISCOVER THE MIGHTY MURRAY For all of us in southern Australia, whether a local, a visitor or an overseas traveller –  the need will arise to see the Murray River. Often referred to as the Mighty Murray, this river is the lifeblood of numerous agricultural endeavours, the actual border between Victoria and New South Wales, a mecca for fisherman, a delight for paddle steamers… and the list goes on. It is the perfect reason to hire a Melbourne motorhome, grab the wife or partner, the kids, the dog or just travel solo and head off on a great adventure. The Murray covers a huge area with access from numerous states and cities.  There are some well known destinations such as Echuca-Moama, Swan Hill and the like.  My preference, however, tends to the slightly smaller, less busy environs of Barham and Koondrook. LOCATION The townships of Barham and Koondrook sit on opposite sides of the Murray river – only…

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Jun
06
2019

Time to explore Victoria’s tasty food bowl offerings

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Are you ready to taste regional Victoria? Farm to table dining is no longer exclusive to regional restaurants with Melbourne’s top chefs championing Victorian produce, according to the Visit Victoria team. Regional Victoria’s status as a world class food bowl has been underlined as the country’s leading chefs increasingly adopt low food mileages practices to prioritise local producers as their primary source of fresh ingredients.   Flying from interstate? Then check out our incredible Melbourne car rental deals, loosen your belts and hit the road! Read on as Visit Vic’s experts reveal what’s hot in the kitchen. What Grows Together Goes Together St Kilda’s famous Stokehouse, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year as one of Melbourne’s most iconic culinary institutes, will continue their popular dinner series  What Grows Together Goes Together over winter. Head Chef Ollie Hansford, Group Sommelier Gavin Cremming and the team have been hard at work to coordinate four dinners that will each highlight a Victorian region. Victoria’s Macedon…

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May
31
2019

10 hot new hotels in Los Angeles for business travellers

By Los Angeles / United States /

There’s no more happening a place in the American summertime than Los Angeles whether you’re heading to a game of baseball at Dodgers Stadium (pictured), travelling there for business, or some fun at the many attractions. One of the world’s most popular cities for business travel or simply a holiday, there’s also a lot to look forward to with several new hotels on the way giving visitors to Los Angeles even more choice than ever. After starting your Los Angeles adventure with a great car hire deal at Los Angeles airport with DriveNow consider parking your wheels at one of these new hotels. Soho Warehouse (Arts District, Downtown) July 2019 The London-based Soho Warehouse is the third in LA and set to open in the south Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. Soho Warehouse will span more than 110,000 square feet, making it one of the biggest standalone Houses and the first with guestrooms on the West Coast. The property will…

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May
29
2019

Driving the USA – Road trip Route 66 in a motorhome

By United States /

A Route 66 adventure is the ultimate road trip with friends or family. Route 66, which is also known as the ‘Mother Road’, spans nearly 4000 kilometres across eight states, from Chicago to California. Since earning its name ‘Route 66’ in 1926, it has inspired songs, films, TV shows and books. But even though it was officially decommissioned in 1985, people from all walks of life still come together to travel one of the world’s most famous highways. Just hire a campervan from Los Angeles Airport so your adventure can begin. As you drive this iconic highway, check out some of these roadside attractions, while staying in vintage motels and seeking out American road food. Santa Monica You can either begin or end your Route 66 adventure in Santa Monica. Either way, you’ll have plenty of fun exploring where the west coast meets the Pacific Ocean. Drive along the Santa Monica Boulevard and stretch your legs for a walk along…

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May
27
2019

Sleepless in Seattle with these 5 great museums

By Seattle /

Seattle may be home to the headquarters of global giants like Microsoft and Amazon, but it’s so much more than just a tech city. Washington State’s largest city is surrounded by water, mountains and thousands of acres of forests and parks. Another tick is that it has plenty to offer the ones who love culture, art and history. Seattle has a range of fantastic museums to explore and most have free entry on some days of the week. Start your trip by snapping up a great car hire deal at Seattle Airport with DriveNow. Then check out some of these top museums. Seattle Art Museum The Seattle community regards this cultural gem as the city’s most prestigious museum. It’s famous for its non-stop special exhibitions that give you something new to look forward to each time and there’s even more artwork on display since it underwent a recent major expansion. Expect everything from Impressionism to cultural showcases from across the…

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May
24
2019

Dry season dreaming in the Northern Territory

By Northern Territory /

The dry season is the best time of year to explore the Northern Territory. From May to October, the weather becomes cooler and drier. This makes it easier to go off-road and explore all corners of the Northern Territory, instead of worrying about heavy rains and potential floods. If you plan to explore the Northern Territory, then you just need to hire a campervan from Darwin Airport. With your set of wheels, follow our guide for the top things to do in the Top End during the dry season. Berry Springs Nature Park Drive 50 kms south east of Darwin city and you’ll encounter the picturesque Berry Springs Nature Park. Have a picnic under a shady tree after cooling off in one of Berry Creek’s beautiful swimming holes. The clear waters are teeming with aquatic life. There’s also a fantastic walking track that takes you through forest and woodlands. Where to stay: AAOK Lakes Resort and Caravan Park Kakadu National…

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May
21
2019

London calling – 5 must-see landmarks for music lovers

By London /

Some of the world’s best in music were born and bred in the United Kingdom. The London music scene has delivered icons such as The Beatles, Oasis, The Spice Girls and Elton John. But just because you may never meet the stars in person doesn’t mean you can’t feel close to them by visiting music landmarks, which can be found all across London. When you arrive in the UK, make sure you hire a car from London Airport and check out these top music landmarks. Abbey Road Crossing No trip to London is complete without visiting Abbey Road Crossing. If you’re a Beatles fan then this is one of the music landmarks you can’t miss. All you need is three friends and a photographer to re-create the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album. Talk a walk to the Abbey Road Studios nearby to check out where the Fab Four recorded many of their hits. Queen ‘We Will Rock You’…

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May
19
2019

5 regional adventures this winter in Western Australia

By Western Australia /

Western Australia is the place to be if you want the ultimate winter road trip. Not only is Western Australia home to some of the country’s most stunning natural scenery, but it also boasts great weather and awesome events all year round. You can experience the best of everything… sport, art and culture. It’s a large state so you’ll want to secure a cheap car hire deal from Perth Airport. Then make your way to these highlights of Western Australia this winter. Albany Classic Motor Event June 1, 2019 Drive 400 km south east of Perth to this beautiful city at WA’s southern tip. This is where the Albany Classic Motor Event takes place. Crowds line the streets just to see vintage and classic cars drive through the heart of Albany’s CBD and the harbour. You’ll also get to see a re-enactment of the famous 1957 Hill Climb. With all this motorsport history on display, you just can’t get enough!…

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May
13
2019

Campervan trip tips – why consider a Family Parks Australia membership

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Are you planning a campervan trip in Australia, but you’re not quite sure where to start? Make your dream campervan trip come true with our handy little trick that will make planning a campervan trip easier. Importantly, it will also save regular travellers money. Start by renting a campervan, which you can do in every state of Australia with DriveNow. Then check out places to stay with a Family Parks Australia and we recommend signing up for a Family Parks Australia membership. It’s a small fee every two years, but the rewards are priceless. We caught up with Family Parks Australia’s Dennis Werthenbach about of the benefits of membership and the latest of what’s happening in the industry. What is Family Parks Australia? “Family Parks is a network of independently owned and operated parks and campgrounds. We represent 40,000 members across Australia. We aren’t a franchise but what we do is promote holiday destinations for travellers of all ages. Our…

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