Jul
20
2018

Drive to the coolest Airbnbs in Australia

By Australia /

If you’ve booked a hire car to explore Australia, chances are you’re going to need somewhere to rest your head at night. But before you make a beeline for the nearest hostel, check out some of these incredible offerings from our friends at Airbnb. Whether you fancy a night in an enchanted cave, a treehouse or a shipping container, one thing’s for sure: you won’t forget these trips in a hurry. The Tree House Source: Airbnb If waking up in a forest high above the trees sounds like a good time to you, you’ll love The Tree House in the Blue Mountains. It might not be the cheapest night’s sleep you’ve ever had, but the views, built in jacuzzi and photo opportunities will be worth it. Grab a hire car from Sydney and you can be relaxing in your forest getaway within 2 hours. Luxury Yacht Source: Airbnb Sometimes there’s no better place to be than on the water. Why…

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Jul
20
2018

A foodie’s guide to the best San Francisco restaurants

By California /

San Francisco is a beautiful city by the bay, which has everything to offer. Whether you love being outdoors, visiting cultural sites or dining at incredible San Francisco restaurants, you can find what you’re looking for. San Francisco is a paradise, especially for food loves because it has a variety of diverse restaurants, cafes and street food stalls. Certainly, this means the options are endless. Hire a car with DriveNow and spend enough time in the city to explore these great San Francisco restaurants. The Citrus Club The Citrus Club on Haight Street gives a whole new understanding of how simple changes with a focus on local ingredients can transform a dish. This Asian restaurant serves up noodle dishes from Vietnam to Indonesia with a unique twist. The Citrus Club even substitutes citrus fruit for oil, which therefore puts the best of California’s fresh fruits onto your plate! Udon Mugizo Fresh, homemade udon noodles in the heart of Japantown. What…

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Jul
17
2018

Splendour in the Grass Spotify Playlist

By Australia /

Splendour in the Grass is back this weekend for its 17th year and if you’re heading to Australia’s largest music festival you’re in for an eclectic mix of top musical talent. To get you excited for the weekend ahead, or to avoid any FOMO, we’ve created the ultimate playlist including all the artists performing at North Byron Parklands. With Lorde, Vampire Weekend, and Kendrick Lamar headlining this year’s festival, it’s already set to be an unforgettable weekend. We’ll also see performances from the likes of international stars, Khalid, Miguel, MGMT, Franz Ferdinand, CHRVCHES, and The Wombats. As well, as more homegrown artists such as Angus & Julia Stone, Hilltop Hoods, Baker Boy, and Gang of Youths. So, if you’re lucky enough to have bagged yourself a ticket and road tripping it to Byron Bay this weekend in your DriveNow camper, make sure you whack on our playlist to get you pumped. For those who are missing out on Splendour in the…

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Jul
13
2018

The Chair’s Where? Silo Art Trail, Central Victoria

By Melbourne / Victoria /

So you are based in Melbourne, staying in Melbourne or you have just arrived. You have done the footy, the restaurants, the coast. It’s time to get out and about and flex your driving muscles. But where to go? Why not try something different and mix a good drive, a great stay, and a terrific art experience all into one and the same. Are you keen? Yes, then jump in your Melbourne car rental and set your GPS to the Wheatbelt region of Victoria TRAVEL WEST Whether you use the Calder Highway or the Western Highway, you are assured of some great opportunities for visiting wineries, antique stores, ‘famous’ bakeries, and assorted fishing, art, sculpture and alternative distractions. But ultimately, you need to travel through to the Yarriambiack Shire, based either side of Hopetoun. At this point some wondrous art is made available to you. Art that is 40 metres high, art that is as unique as the townships nearby,…

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Jul
12
2018

Best Aussie adventures you should experience

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Aussie adventures are waiting for you in every corner of every state. But we’ve narrowed the list down for you so you can tick off the top five list. Just hire a car from your nearest capital city with DriveNow and then let the Aussie adventures begin! Here are our five top experiences. Dine under the stars in the Red Centre It’s a dinner unlike no other, which makes this one perfect for the romantics. Visit Ayers Rock Resort on a clear night to admire the stars. The experience begins with sunset drinks on a viewing platform that overlooks Uluru’s landscape. As night falls, you can enjoy a delicious buffet or four-course dinner while admiring constellations and the stories of the night sky. Hot air ballooning in Melbourne At any time of year, you can go hot air ballooning for sunrise in Melbourne. It’s an early start but one that’s rewarded with stunning views over Melbourne city or the rolling…

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Jun
29
2018

5 Great Melbourne Pubs for a winter lunch

By Melbourne / Victoria /

Melbourne is famous for being a wonderland for foodie lovers. However, what you might not know is that Melbourne pubs are right up there with some of the best in the world. Pick up your cheap car rental at Melbourne Airport and consider having a drink and a hearty meal at one of these top Melbourne pubs. The Napier Hotel The Napier Hotel echoes the years since it was founded in 1866, with its stained glass windows and original high ceilings. It’s a great place to take your mates for a night out at an old-style pub. Enjoy a traditional menu with plenty of choice when it comes to hearty steaks and burgers. You can truly relax in this truly old-fashioned Aussie pub. Mt View Hotel Richmond’s award-winning hotel proudly describes itself as effortlessly merging “classic sports pub and crafty cocktails”. Mt View Hotel is just a short walk from Richmond’s sporting district, making it the perfect place to have a…

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Jun
27
2018

Let it snow … 5 great places for a ski holiday in the Victorian Alps

By Australia / Victoria /

The Victorian alps are some of the most picturesque in all of Australia. In winter, the region turns into a winter wonderland, as skiers and snowboarders flock to the High Country. Are you planning a ski trip this winter? Make sure you find a great Melbourne car hire deal with DriveNow, then make your way north.  Here are some of our top picks for where to stay in the Victorian Alps. Mount Hotham The resort is built on a spectacular mountain ridge with stunning views of Victoria’s High Country. Ski or snowboard from an altitude of 1845m. There are 13 lifts and more than 80 runs with options for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. You’ll also find trendy bars and plenty of activities to keep you busy when you’re off the slopes.   Lake Mountain Lake Mountain is a great spot for cross-country skiers, with 37 km of cross-country trails. Its highest altitude is 1480m. Although it’s one of the smaller destinations,…

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Jun
21
2018

Canberra and the national capital’s chill thrill

By Canberra /

Canberra is almost famous for its winter chill factor. However, don’t let that stop you from checking out some of the best sights near the Australian capital this winter. The cold weather means two things. Not only do you get to rug up and get cosy by a fireplace or at indoor venues, but it also means you escape the tourist crowds that come with summer holidays. Hire a car from Canberra Airport and drive to some of these top places and things to do. Australian War Memorial The most touching attraction in Canberra is undoubtedly the Australian War Memorial, which is dedicated to the lives lost serving Australia in war. Walk through the memorial and you’ll notice the names of every Australian who died in war since 1885 inscribed in bronze. It’s free to enter this site and learn about Australia’s armed conflicts and the stories of war heroes. Exhibits are constantly changing, so there’s always something new to…

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Jun
21
2018

Travel Hacks That Will Make You a Happy Camper

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A campervan holiday is a fantastic way to explore the great outdoors whilst giving you an unforgettable experience. Having the freedom to get up and hit the road to your next destination is the beauty of hiring a DriveNow campervan. You’ll get off the beaten path and enjoy a completely unique travel experience. To make the most of your travel adventure, we’ve decided to share our handy travel hacks that will make you a happy camper on your campervan road trip. Enjoy! Hack 1 – Saving Water When travelling in your camper, you’ll use a water tank for cooking, cleaning, and, washing. To avoid refilling the tank numerous times, as well as being more water conscious, there are some hacks to be more water efficient. When boiling the kettle to make a round of brews, fill the wash basin with the leftover hot water to clean any dirty dishes. You’ll save having to use the hot water tap from your tank….

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Jun
20
2018

Head for the ski resorts near Sydney this snow season

By Australia / New South Wales /

Ski resorts in New South Wales are some of the best in the country. The beauty is most of them are just a few hours’ drive from Sydney. There are ski resorts perfect for everyone, whether you prefer to ski, snowboard or even play around in the snow and build snowmen. Find a cheap Sydney car hire deal with DriveNow and visit these awesome ski resort. Thredbo Thredbo is Australia’s most famous ski destination. Not only is it the highest at 2,037m but it also has the largest vertical downhill drop, at 672m. Two-thirds of the resort is for an intermediate skill range. Choose from more than 50 runs and some of them are even great for beginners and advanced skiers. There are so many activities to do on and off the mountain. Head down to Thredbo Village at night for an evening of live music and entertainment in the alpine village surroundings. Perisher Resort Perisher is the largest ski resort in the…

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Jun
20
2018

Escape the winter weather with these five great Northern Australia attractions

By Australia /

The beautiful, rugged, vast landscapes of Northern Australia earns its reputation as an incredible place to visit. Northern Australia has more than just a handful of scenic attractions. In fact, the possibilities of where you can go in Northern Australia are endless. You’ll find a bargain car hire deal when you rent a car from your nearest capital city with DriveNow. When you’re all set with your wheels, head to one of these destinations. See the beauty of Katherine Gorge (above) Drive just under 250 km southeast of Darwin to this ancient sandstone country. There are 13 stunning gorges waiting to be explored on foot, by boat, canoe or even from the air. It’s a world-famous park, known for its vast scenery, pristine waters, beautiful swimming holes and hiking trails. There’s also plenty of Aboriginal rock art and wildlife to see as well. You could easily pass weeks exploring this amazing part of the Territory. Explore the Great Barrier Reef…

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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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