Oct
09
2018

The 5 Co-Pilot Commandments

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Just because you’re not behind the wheel of a hire car or campervan doesn’t mean you don’t have a key role to play in the journey. Passengers, especially the one sitting in the co-pilot seat, are vital ingredients for a successful and safe road trip.  Here are five rules to stick by to keep your driver happy and ensure you’re invited back on the next road trip. Stay calm  We’ve all been there; in charge of giving directions and seeing instructions either forgotten or just plain ignored. Is taking the next exit on the left so hard? Sometimes it is. Between sketchy road conditions, unfamiliar surroundings and locals not letting you over, sometimes turns are just going to be missed.  Instead of freaking out, just breathe. Just give directions that will get you to where you need to go; take the next turn, or pull over to check the GPS for a suitable alternate route. If you’re doing it right, the driver won’t even know that he/she missed a…

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Oct
18
2018

The Chair’s Where? Balranald in southern New South Wales

By New South Wales / Sydney /

So you have been to the coast, done the theatre and eaten at enough gourmet restaurants. Looking for something different and feel like a road trip to somewhere unique? Well then, I suggest you pick up a motorhome, or fuel up a car and head to Balranald in southern New South Wales. Oh… may I suggest you bring some sturdy shoes or boots, you will discover why a little later. LOCATION Balranald is strategically placed just over the border in NSW.  It is a bit over 400km from Melbourne, and a bit over 500km from Adelaide. It is near to Swan Hill, a tourist attraction of its own standing.  All routes to Balranald are sealed bitumen roads and give access to assorted wineries, view and photos, farm produce like free range eggs, antiques, arts and crafts and a myriad more similar opportunities. DISCOVERY CENTRE Having arrived in Balranald can I suggest an immediate visit to the Discovery Centre. Here are…

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Oct
16
2018

Prince Harry and Meghan’s Australia and New Zealand Tour Destinations!

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Prince Harry and Meghan are set to embark on their first official Royal tour since getting married in May. The newlyweds will follow in the footsteps of Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their trip around Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji that lasts from 16th October to 31st October. Inspired by the Duke and Duchess’ tour around Australia and New Zealand, we’ve picked the ultimate hotspots for you to embark on your own royal trip. So, what are you waiting for? Book your DriveNow car hire and make like the Royals and visit the following destinations. Sydney A trip to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without visiting the iconic Sydney Opera House. Venture under the sails for a guided tour around one of the world’s most famous landmarks. For the ultimate bucket list activity, why not immerse yourself in the culture and see an opera performance just like Harry and Meghan will be doing on their stop. For the perfect…

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Oct
10
2018

5 amazing Sydney hotels in summer to park your wheels

By New South Wales / Sydney /

Summer is officially here in 7 weeks (and a few days) and there is no better Australian city than Sydney to experience the sunshine and all the action the fun of the warmer months. So whether you’re flying into town and grabbing a car rental, or wheeling your way into town by road, here are 5 hot hotels worth looking at right now and booking in for your summer of fun in the New South Wales capital. Felix Hotels by 8 Hotels (Mascot) Sometimes you just need something right next door to the airport to provide the home base to explore. In which case you can’t go past the nearby Felix, only 10 minutes walk from the baggage collection area of the Sydney airport domestic terminal. It’s a hotel oozing simplicity and a Catch-Me-If-You-Can feel from yesteryear. It’s hip, simplistic, and there’s easy access to hit the road yourself, by Uber, catch a train or bus. Felix Hotel’s design is…

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Oct
07
2018

7 Nifty Apps For Campervan Road Trippers

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Campervanning adventures in the modern world is a whole lot different to yesteryear, especially with a gazillion digital tools to help you on your way. Looking for some little digital helpers for your next roadtrip? Apps for your mobile phone are the most convenient way to get access to all the information you need. It doesn’t matter where in the world you are travelling, you can have all these tools at your fingertips. Once you collect that campervan rental just make sure you’ve downloaded at least one of these apps and you’ll be set for some digi assistance on the road. Finding a carpark: INRIX ParkMe It’s one of the worst parts of road travel, especially when driving to inner city areas or small towns with narrow streets and limited parking. One of the biggest complaints for drivers is you can easily waste half an hour circling busy areas to find a carpark. That’s about to get so much easier…

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Oct
03
2018

5 things to see in New York City at New Year’s

By New York / United States /

New York City has many charms, but nothing quite compares to the spirit of the holidays. It may be cold and snowing in the winter, but you can simply rug up and wear comfortable footwear to experience NYC’s festive events and decorations. If you’re travelling around the US, why not find a bargain car hire deal to get you from A to B? Once you’re in New York City, ring in the New Year by visiting some of the best attractions. Rockerfeller Center This iconic New York site is perfect for a Christmas visit. The huge complex gives you access to panoramic city views. On the ground level there’s an ice-skating rink, where you’re sure to have fun. Of course, you must make time to see the famous Rockerfeller Christmas tree in all its glory. Central Park There are many ways to enjoy New York’s great green space during winter. There’s outdoor ice-skating and the opportunity to hire a sled,…

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Oct
01
2018

New Zealand events you want to be part of

By New Zealand /

During the spring and summer months, New Zealand events are all the rage. Food, music, art and sport… you name it. Be part of the celebrations as Spring brings a burst of energy and adventure. Hire a campervan from Auckland so you can travel to one of these great New Zealand events and stay for days. The New Zealand Cider Festival 3 November, 2018 Travel to Nelson, which produces more than 60 per cent of New Zealand’s cider. The New Zealand Cider Festival showcases more than 80 different varieties of cider from across the country. Held in a gorgeous Founders Heritage Park, this is one relaxed event you don’t want to miss. Where to stay: Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motel Taste of Auckland 1 – 4 November Taste everything the amazing city of Auckland has to offer. Celebrate the city’s thriving restaurants, pop-up bars and feel inspired by local creations. Expose yourself to unique Maori culture by trying…

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Sep
26
2018

Take me to the river: Victorian river escapes from Melbourne

By Melbourne / Victoria /

As spring and summer starts to sizzle, pack your bags and head to a Victorian river for a day or two. There’s nothing like relaxing riverside in the sun, or swimming through pristine waters while surrounded by nature and wildlife. For an affordable weekend break, hire a campervan in Melbourne and set off on your riverside adventure. The great news is you don’t have to drive far from Melbourne to reach one of these incredible Victorian river escapes. Murray River, Echuca-Moama Head north to the mighty Murray, which separates New South Wales from Victoria. Here you’ll truly unwind and relax by reading a book or soaking up the sun at one of the sandy riverside areas. A popular attraction is to ride an old paddle steamer and learn about the area’s fascinating history. Where to stay: NRMA Echuca Holiday Park Warrandyte River When the beach feels too far away, join the locals at Warrandyte River on a summer’s day. The…

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Sep
23
2018

Perth highlights in a campervan – the unmissable list

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Perth has a lot to offer the Aussie traveller in a campervan. Perth highlights include trekking heritage trails, going to foodie heaven and exploring nature’s best-kept secrets. You can snag a bargain campervan hire deal from Perth Airport. Then your all set to start exploring some of these Perth highlights. Road trip to Margaret River Gourmet Escape This year the populat Margaret River Gourmet Escape (above) is back this November from the 15th-18th. The festival attracts more than 50 international and local chefs, including Adriano Zumbo and Rick Stein. Events include lunches, brunches and BBQs. What better way to explore one of Australia’s most celebrated food and wine regions? Trek the Scarborough-Trigg Heritage Trail Hike past gorgeous beaches and through serene bushland. You get the best of both worlds with the Scarborough-Trigg Heritage Trail. The 7.3km hike is widely considered to be one of Perth’s best walks. It’s made up of three loops, which allow you to explore Sunset Coast…

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Sep
21
2018

Labour Day – Top things to do in NSW this long weekend

By New South Wales /

Another long weekend is almost upon us! On 1st October, it’s Labour Day in New South Wales giving us a much needed long weekend. So, what better way to spend three days off work than by travelling around NSW and experiencing something new? To give you some inspiration on where to go and what to do, we’ve noted our top things to do this long weekend. Balloon Aloft Fiesta (28th – 1st October)   Head to the Hunter this long weekend to see the spectacle of the Balloon Aloft Fiesta fill the skies with a magnificent display of colour. From the 28th September to 1st October, twenty-five or more balloons will take to the sky each morning to drift majestically over the vineyards. You can either follow the excitement from the ground or for an experience of a lifetime, book on to one of the hot air balloons as a passenger. The Celebrations continue on landing at Peterson House Winery…

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Sep
21
2018

Tassie day trips in Spring – within a three hour drive

By Australia / Tasmania /

Tassie day trips are a great enjoyable way to explore the beautiful Tasmanian countryside without breaking the bank. You can enjoy incredible seaside views, go hiking in old forests and dine at historic towns along the way. Browse DriveNow’s selection of cheap car hire deals from Hobart, and embark on one of these Tassie day trips. Salamanca Market Luckily, you won’t have to venture too far from Hobart Airport to enjoy this attraction. The Salamanca Market is an iconic outdoor market, with a picturesque backdrop of yachts and fishing boats. Every Saturday, Hobart’s waterfront comes alive with great food and music as thousands of people browse more than 300 stalls. There’s everything including arts and crafts, fashion, gourmet food and wines. Wineglass Bay (pictured) It’s the number one spot on every itinerary. The good thing to know is if you’re short of time, Wineglass Bay is easily manageable as one of your Tassie day trips in Spring. It’s about a two and a half…

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Sep
20
2018

Tempt your taste buds with these food events around Australia

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With a country so vast and a climate so varied, Australia has food events for every type of foodie. Explore the cool climate wines down south, or have a tropical feast further north. Whatever you choose, Australia is sure to have it all. Enjoy this foodie’s paradise on the cheap with a bargain campervan hire deal with DriveNow. Pick up your set of wheels from your nearest capital city, and treat your taste buds with these food events this spring. The Good Food and Wine Show From October 27-29, the Good Food and Wine Show hits Brisbane. Sample some of the best food and drink on offer from top chefs and restaurants, such as Matt Moran and Maggie Beer (pictured above). There’s a varied program serving up superb beer and booze masterclasses and free wine tasting events. Bicheno Food and Wine Festival Held on Tasmania’s gorgeous East Coast, this festival will help you understand why Tassie’s reputation for producing exquisite…

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