October 12th, 2015
Ever feel like a little holiday away with the family but you don’t feel like driving too far away from home?
Here are five places with great family activities, which are only about an hour’s drive from Melbourne.
Sovereign Hill, Ballarat (pictured)
Step back in time to the 1850s, when Australia’s gold rush drew fortune-seekers to Ballarat from all over the world. This 25 acre outdoor museum is brought to life with horses, carts and dozens of characters in costumes and an original mining site. There are also old-fashioned shops, hotels and schools to explore at Sovereign Hill. Before you leave, […]
September 30th, 2015
Summer is quite possibly the best time of year to visit Victoria. Not only is the weather perfect (save for the occasional thunderstorm) and the public gardens perfectly manicured for a lazy afternoon picnic, the warmer weather sees the southern state host a huge calendar of music festivals as the highly anticipated party season kicks into gear.
Queenscliff Music Festival, 27-29 November
Now in its 18th year, this quirky and colourful music festival will feature the likes of Angus and Julia Stone, Kate Miller-Heidke and funny gal Cal Wilson, just to name a few. The huge festival encompasses beachfront stages, […]
September 30th, 2015
Destination NSW know better than anyone about the best camping spots for the warmer weather that comes with spring and summer. As the team says “It’s the ideal time of year to discover some of the NSW’s secret campsites and hidden gems.”
According to Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase, “NSW is filled with hidden camping gems waiting to be discovered. NSW has amazing coastal and bush camping spots that continue to stay under the radar and would make an ideal weekend away this spring.”
“These hidden camping gems are just that, secret spots that locals across NSW love due to […]
September 28th, 2015
Melbourne is known for its incredible food and is the perfect travel destination for those with a weakness for gluttony. While your taste buds are celebrating the amazing produce, fresh micro-brewery craft beers and local wines, why not indulge your visual and olfactory senses by grabbing a bite at Melbourne’s most unconventional eateries.
Ponyfish Island, Yarra River
Floating under the pedestrian bridge between Flinders St Station and Southgate and surrounded by water on all sides, the quirky Ponyfish is only accessible by the stairs descending from above. On a relaxing summer’s day the views over the river set the scene […]
September 28th, 2015
Are you heading off on your next holiday and you’re not sure whether to hire a rental car or be part of a group tour? There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so it’s important to carefully consider your options before making a decision.
Here are five reasons why a self-guided car rental holiday is the best.
Freedom to change plans last minute
Many tourists enjoy travelling in a group tour because it’s easy and the itinerary is planned for them. However, the downside is that they’re often stuck with a strict itinerary and little room for flexibility. In a […]
September 24th, 2015
Every season there are stacks of groovy music festivals being held across Australia. Whether they’re being held in the capital cities, or a few hours inland, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Here are some music festivals coming to a venue near you this Spring/Summer.
Indulge yourself in this annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression in the wild Australian bush. Held over three days in The Wildlands, which is only a few hours from Melbourne, this boutique music festival provides a platform for 150 upcoming young and local talent. They’ll treat you to non-stop electronic […]
September 23rd, 2015
Tasmania is one of Australia’s most unspoilt destinations. It’s also an ideal place to camp or explore in a campervan or car rental. With more than 50 caravan parks across the state, mostly in parks and reserves, Tasmania is the perfect place for your next affordable holiday.
Here are five great places to stay in Tasmania.
Big4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park, Coles Bay
This holiday park sits opposite the stunning Muirs Beach at Coles Bay, which is located on Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast. Big4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park, with its park cabins, powered sites and tent sites, makes […]
September 17th, 2015
Spring is heavenly in South Australia’s Barossa Valley. The Barossa is only 60km northeast of Adelaide and it’s one of Australia’s oldest wine-producing regions. Not to mention the romantic rolling green hills and range of interesting activities.
Here are five great things to do in the Barossa Valley this spring.
Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop
Located on the outskirts of Nuriootpa, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is well worth a visit. Wander around the Farm Shop, tasting all of Maggie Beer’s delicious products. Whether its fresh fruit from the orchard, wine, ice cream or a delicious coffee and cake, Maggie Beer’s wonderful […]
September 15th, 2015
If you’re heading out west this spring/summer, then there are many exciting festivals and events waiting for you.
Here are five great events in Perth and surrounds to add to your calendar.
Kings Park Festival
For the month of September
This beautiful inner city park is home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden, which has more than 3000 species of the state’s unique flora. For the first month of spring each year, Kings Park hosts an annual festival, which is ideal for wildflower lovers and gardening enthusiasts. For the entire month, you can sign up to guided walks and tours, visit outdoor […]
August 31st, 2015
Are you travelling across the country and looking for a last-minute deal for a campervan? Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane are just some of the cities where you can pick up a cheap rental.
Visit DriveNow relocation rentals, which is updated every day, to browse the different deals available.
Here are five hot campervan deals for just $5 a day!
Adelaide to Melbourne
Start off in the beautiful city of Adelaide, where you’ll pick up the Maui Ultima – a wonderful 2 Berth campervan from September 8th. Keep it until September 11 and drop it off in Melbourne. The Ultima also […]
August 30th, 2015
It’s no secret we Australians are absolutely crazy about our sports and springtime is arguably the most action packed time of the sporting calendar. To get into the sporting spirit, here are five huge upcoming events that everyone can cheer about.
1. Australian Football League grand final, October 3 (Victoria)
Now complete with a pre-final public holiday, the AFL Grand Final weekend will see fanatics swarm the city on Grand Final eve for the annual parade. Here, you can catch an up close view of players from the two competing clubs as they eye each other off before Victoria’s largest […]
August 28th, 2015
The best time to get out and experience nature in Victoria is undoubtedly during the springtime, when wildflowers begin to blanket the landscapes in colour and rivers and lakes swell thanks to the melting alpine regions. Here are five of the best attractions in Victoria for enjoying all that nature has to offer this season.
1. Tower Hill Reserve at sunset
Nestled in a dormant volcano, the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve offers nature lovers five differently themed self-guided walks through wetlands, islands and grassy, wildflower dotted plains. The large lake in the middle of the reserve was originally a crater, […]
August 26th, 2015
Spring is in the air, which means it’s the perfect time to visit Australia’s oldest wine-growing region, the Hunter Valley. Only two hours from Sydney, you’ll find more than 150 wineries and cellar doors, offering flavours that are unique to the Hunter region of New South Wales.
Here are five gorgeous wineries worth visiting in the Hunter Valley.
Tyrrell’s Wines is renowned for its Semillon, which is the region’s most popular variety. This Australian family-owned business is steeped in history, dating back to 1858. It offers a superb line-up of sparkling wines, and then there’s the Vat […]
August 24th, 2015
THE Spring School Holidays are only weeks away, from September 19 to October 5, and NSW offers families plenty of exciting short breaks and fun-filled getaways.
GETAWAY IDEA 1: Get Wet and Wild – Beat the summer crowds, don your swimmers to slip, slide and float your way down Wet’n’Wild Sydney’s waterslides. Make a real break of it, spend the night at Atura Blacktown and take the family along to the Skyline Drive In whilst in the area. Wet’n’Wild’s summer season kicks off in time for the Spring School Holidays, opening on September 19. For more water based adventures, visit […]
August 22nd, 2015
TO see a whale up close is one thing, but to float above them is another and certainly an Australian first that Sunreef Mooloolaba can lay claim to. It’s an experience you can’t miss while staying at beautiful Maroochydore Beach Caravan Park just up the road.
“I just love the sound of awe that comes up through people’s snorkels as a sort of muffled squeal when they spot their first whale,” Sunreef Mooloolaba’s Dan Hart says after taking our small group through our paces for whale swim protocol. “Mostly it’s just great to see everyone’s excitement before, during and after […]
August 20th, 2015
Looking for a girls’ weekend away? Here are five resorts, which are absolutely perfect for a some relaxing time with the ladies.
Smiths Beach Resort, Margaret River, WA
Experience the ultimate beachfront lifestyle at Smiths Beach Resort, which is nestled between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia. It’s heaven for beach lovers who are looking for a sunny weekend away with the girls. Spoil yourself with self-contained accommodation that boasts ocean views. In the resort you also have a cellar door, bar and restaurant at your disposal. Not to mention the many spa treatments available.
The Mineral Spa, Daylesford, VIC
This retreat is […]
August 11th, 2015
Australia is home to so many natural wonders, such as magnificent waterfalls. There are so many waterfalls in every state and territory, that you won’t be able see them all in your lifetime. So we’ve narrowed it down to seven of the country’s best waterfalls.
Millstream Falls, QLD
Millstream Falls comprises of two sets of waterfalls – Big Millstream Falls and Little Millstream Falls. They’re located about 500 metres apart, with the largest waterfall known to be the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia. Water flows over the edge of an old basalt lava flow in one of the most beautiful parts of Far […]
August 7th, 2015
Nothing spells a romantic weekend away like an overnight stay at a B&B in the Blue Mountains. The World Heritage listed region lives up to its reputation as a major tourist attraction, with its gorgeous mountain views and nature walks.
Here are five romantic B&Bs in this beautiful part of New South Wales.
Silvermere Bed and Breakfast
Relax on this picture perfect country estate, which is restored from the 1920s. There are several unique accommodation experiences at Silvermere, but the standout for romantic couples is Chauffeur’s Cottage. It’s hidden in the gardens, with shops, restaurants and Wentworth Falls Lake only a […]
July 31st, 2015
Food, fabulous food. Everyone loves it – that’s why we celebrate it with food festivals.
As we gladly wave goodbye to winter and welcome springtime with open arms, both seasons offer the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy the incredible fresh produce and diversity in food that Australia is gifted with.
Is there anything more indulgent than sitting by an open fire, sharing a charcuterie board or an aged bottle of deep, woody Shiraz? To celebrate the country’s love affair with all things delicious, here are six upcoming food and wine festivals from around Australia.
Barossa Gourmet Weekend, SA, 14-16 […]
July 29th, 2015
Museums are places where curious minds can explore and learn about history. Sydney has so many wonderful museums with interactive and interesting displays. Here are five of the best museums that you must see in Sydney.
The Australian Museum (pictured) was established in 1827, which makes it Australia’s first museum. Its fantastic displays feature extensive collections of natural science and cultural artefacts. Take a closer look at Australia’s unique animals or hear in-depth stories about the plight of Indigenous Australians. You can also delve deep into history of the dinosaurs to explore how they lived and died.
Sydney Jewish Museum