Aug
31
2017

Hire a people mover before they book out at Xmas

By Australia / Queensland / Tasmania / Victoria / Western Australia /

Are you thinking about hiring a people mover for your next Christmas holiday? It’s one of the most popular rental vehicles, especially during the Christmas holiday period. Which is why you should get in early to book your people mover!

You’ll be able to transport the whole family and more with one of DriveNow’s great people mover hire deals. Once you’re all set, travel to one of these amazing coastal destinations for an epic summer holiday. All are within three hours of a capital city.

Warrnambool

Drive about three hours west of Melbourne and you’ll arrive at a picturesque seaside village at the end of the Great Ocean Road. Some of the great places to visit nearby include the famous 12 Apostles or gorgeous Port Fairy. If you want to uncover some amazing history, then visit the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Here, you can learn all about the hundreds of ships that crashed into the Shipwreck Coast, the survivors and life in the 19th Century.

Port Stephens (pictured)

Just two hours north of Sydney is the perfect place for anyone who wants to spend a trip swimming at the beach. There are incredible surf beaches as well as sheltered bays, which are perfect for young families. You can even go snorkelling or kayaking in your spare time. A popular activity for thrill-seekers is the quad biking sand dune tour at Port Stephens. Ride along the largest coastal moving sand mass as you take in sweeping views of the beach.

Rainbow Beach

Rainbow beach is one of Australia’s most stunning and unique coastal locations. Coloured sands mark the dramatic cliffs, making a wonderful landscape for exploring. Rainbow Beach is a great spot not only for swimming, but also fishing, kayaking or even horse riding. The World Heritage listed Fraser Island, with its crystal clear waters running along sand, is just a short trip off the coast. It’s just three hours north of Brisbane.

Freycinet National Park

About two and a half hours north east of Hobart is the entrance to one of Australia’s most beautiful and unspoiled national parks. Freycinet is home to so many iconic natural wonders. Take a hike to the lookout at Wineglass Bay, which without a doubt, should be number one on your list of things to do in Tassie. Definitely don’t miss a trip to Coles Bay. This stunning seaside village boasts crystal clear waters right next to pink granite mountains.

Albany

The beautiful seaside city of Albany is surrounded by protected parks. This makes it one of the best destinations in the country for outdoor lovers, particularly those who enjoy hiking only to be spoiled with superb views at the end. West Cape Howe National Park has many great spots that you can enjoy privately. There’s also the gorgeous Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. This diverse coastline is about four and a half hours south east of Perth.

Aug
30
2017

Things to do along the Santos Tour Down Under route

By Australia / South Australia /

Aldinga Beach

The Santos Tour Down Under is a world-class, international cycling event. The nine-day festival celebrates everything to do with cycling. Athletes travel from all over to cover 860 kilometres in an attempt to win Australia’s great cycling race.

There’s no reason why you can’t explore attractions along the route when you’re not watching the race. If you’re heading to the region in January then definitely shop around for some of the best Adelaide car hire deals with DriveNow. 

Here are our top picks for what to do while tagging along for the Santos Tour.

Stroll through Victoria Square

The People’s Choice Classic sees competitors ride around the city centre. While you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth checking out iconic attractions like Victoria Square. This central park is a great place to explore on foot. You can either bring your own picnic or check out one of the many trendy cafes nearby. At the west side of the square is the Adelaide Central Market, which is South Australia’s most visited landmarks.

Visit the Lyndoch Lavender Farm and Cafe

Just an hour north of Adelaide is an entire farm dedicated to one of the world’s most versatile herbs. Lavender is said to deliver many benefits for the mind and body. At the Lyndoch Lavender Farm you take take a guided tour to learn about its uses. You’ll also explore how workers on the farm cultivate it. Once you’re done, sit down at the cafe and enjoy a lavender biscuit and tea. It’s quite delicious!

Explore the Murray Mouth near Victor Harbor

Drive half an hour from Victor Harbor and you’ll come to the famous Murray Mouth, where the Murray River meets the sea. You can relax on the beach with a walk or fishing. You can even jump on board a cruise that takes you up and down the river, where a guide fills you in on the local history and the ecosystem. You’ll be treated to scenic views of the Coorong sand dunes and you may also spot some wildlife, including birds.

Step outside McLaren Vale to go sightseeing in the Onkaparinga River National Park

Hikers will love this gorgeous slice of paradise near McLaren Vale. Choose from diverse walking tracks that take you to cliff tops down rivers and even into rock pools. In whichever direction you head, the views are magnificent. The Onkaparinga River is South Australia’s second longest river. It attracts all sorts of wildlife that you may even get a glimpse of during your travels.

Aug
25
2017

Spring festivals in Australia – where to celebrate the season

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Many people would agree that spring is the loveliest time of year. So why not get out and explore some of the best spring festivals that Australia has to offer…

Whether you’re a passionate gardener, a food lover or an arts and film buff, there are spring festivals for every niche.

For an affordable getaway, check out DriveNow’s website for some cheap campervan hire deals. Then make your way to one of these incredible spring festivals.

Brisbane Spring Festival

9-30 September, 2017

Spend 21 days celebrating one of Queensland’s most exciting arts festivals. More than a million people attend every year. Not only do you get the chance to explore thrilling opera, classical and contemporary music. You can also head along to comedy shows, circus, theatre and dance performances. There truly is something for everyone.

Bright Spring Festival

21 October – 7 November, 2017

Drive 320km north east of Melbourne to the charming town of Bright. Lush, green mountains surround you, while colourful flowers start to bloom again after winter. You’ll witnesses colourful flowers of all different types at the Bright Spring Festival. As the word gets out, more and more people are coming every year to admire Bright’s beautiful gardens.

Renmark’s Rose Festival

20-29 October, 2017

Here’s another stunning flower festival. This one is dedicated purely to roses. Drive 250km north east of Adelaide to discover spring in this quaint, rural town. Renmark is home to Ruston’s Rose Garden, which boasts 27 acres of beautiful roses and ornamentals. It’s the perfect place to explore by foot. Then relax with tea or coffee in the gardens afterwards.

Sydney Fringe Festival

1-30 September, 2017

It’s the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales. Every September, Sydney present more than 300 productions ore events across more than 50 venues. They all celebrate the innovative creations of independent artists, art makers and performers. There are interactive art exhibitions, artists talks and foodie feasts.

Aug
21
2017

A winter break in the Northern Territory – 5 things to do

By Australia / Northern Territory /

Are you desperately in need of a winter break? Luckily for you, winter is the best time to visit the Northern Territory. Instead of battling some of Australia’s highest temperatures in summer, you’ll get to enjoy sunny weather that southerners are missing out on.

To get your winter break started, look into cheap car hire deals from Darwin.

Here are our recommendations for top things to see or do on your winter break.

Explore Uluru

No trip to the Red Centre is complete without visiting Ayers Rock, or Uluru, as it’s known in Aboriginal tongue. The giant sandstone is right up there on many tourists’ bucket lists, and it should be on yours too. Get a local Aboriginal guide to take you on a tour around the rock and teach you about Uluru’s cultural significance. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to photograph the rock.

Take a dive at Crocosaurus Cove

Jumping into the water with a five metre saltwater crocodile probably isn’t the best idea. But you can actually do it safely at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin and take home some pretty epic photos to remember the experience! The Cage of Death protects you and puts a safe distance between you and the croc. Watching these monsters open their powerful jaws for a feed while right next to them is a once in a lifetime experience.

Discover Katherine Gorge (pictured)

The Northern Territory is home to some of the country’s most stunning landscapes. Katherine Gorge is right up there. The best part about it is Nitmilum National Park spans 180,000 hectares and is home to 13 beautiful gorges. Explore this pristine region on foot, by canoe or by helicopter. While making your way through the park you can also explore Aboriginal rock art, culture and history.

Go stargazing in the Red Centre

Outback Northern Territory is home to some of the most beautiful starry nights you’ll ever witness. Stargazers say this region is one of the best in Australia to see various constellations on a clear night. Just drive from the nearest town, pick up some beers and snacks along the way. Then stop in a sandy patch, away from light, so that way you have the sky all to yourselves that night. But if you prefer company, you might want to join a tour where guides teach you how to take awesome photographs of the Milky Way.

Aug
19
2017

Break the winter blues with a quick getaway to Queensland

By Australia / Queensland /

Queensland is the place to be in the colder months when you’re searching for the ultimate winter getaway. With average daily temperatures hovering around the mid-20s, it’s little wonder why people call it the Sunshine State.

If you’re shivering through gloomy, grey skies, then you’ll love a last-minute winter getaway to the north.

All you need to do is book a flight, pick one of DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Brisbane Airport. Then the hard part will be picking just one of these destinations for your winter getaway.

Sunshine Coast (Noosa, pictured)

The Sunny Coast, as the locals affectionately call it, is exactly that. One of the sunniest places you’ll ever visit. From the high-class bars and restaurants along Noosa’s main strip, to the quieter, relaxing spots like Peregian Beach, you’ll easily find your own slice of paradise. Make the time to take a day drive to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Here you’re discover quaint, historic towns like Maleny, which are full of character.

Gold Coast

This is where the surf beaches, the theme parks and the nightlife combine to create the ultimate destination. It’s a place where there’s something different for everyone, no matter what you’re looking for in a holiday. Burleigh Beach is easily the most famous sandy beach along the Gold Coast, which is also known as ‘the Bondi of Queensland’.

Fraser Coast

The Fraser Coast’s greatest asset is the beautiful, Fraser Island. The world’s largest sand island is also the only place in the world where rainforest grows on sand. It’s a great place to take the family on an adventure. There’s also Hervey Bay, which is one of the best places in the country to go whale watching during the annual migration. More than 3,000 whales visit Hervey Bay each year.

Whitsunday Coast

Whitehaven Beach is the number one destination on the Whitsunday Coast. It’s right up there with Australia’s best beaches. Incredible shades of turquoise water stretch across what’s bound to be the whitest sand you’ll ever see. It’s actually the purest silica sand in the world. One hour here and it’s nearly impossible to leave. The Whitsunday Coast is also paradise for those who enjoy sailing and snorkelling.

Cassowary Coast

Journey to the rugged Far North wilderness to explore one of the quieter spots along the Queensland coast. You won’t find massive surf breaks but what you will stumble upon is unique wildlife. Etty Bay and Mission Beach are idyllic beachside destinations where you’re guaranteed to see a cassowary. Many travellers say getting up close and personal with one of these wild, prehistoric-looking birds is a moving experience they’ll never forget.

Aug
18
2017

Your guide to Melbourne’s 2017 Spring Racing Carnival

By Australia / Victoria /

Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival is one of Australia’s great sporting highlights. It attracts race-goers from across the nation and the word. But some of the best Spring Racing Carnival highlights aren’t only in Melbourne, but they’re in country Victoria too. 

All you need to do is hire a car from Melbourne and then you can travel to these fantastic events on the racing calendar.

Cox Plate

Every year in late October, the Moonee Valley Racecourse plays host to the famous Group One WS Cox Plate over 2040m.  It’s widely known among those in the racing community as the weight-for-age championship of Australasia. This is one event you surely don’t want to miss.

Oaks Day

‘Ladies Day’ is the top Spring Racing Carnival event on every woman’s calendar. The Group One VRC Oaks is the signature race of the day. Off the field you’ll see a competition of another kind, as women from across Australia show off their best frocks as they contend for the winner of the famous Myer Fashions on the Field.

Kyneton Cup

The Kyneton Cup is one of the great country race days of the year. NMIT Kyneton Park, which is set next to the stunning Campaspe River, is also considered one of the country’s best picturesque racecourses. More than 6,000 peple visit the town in central Victoria for the high class horse racing and off the field entertainment.

Ballarat Cup

About 17,000 people flock to the Ballarat Cup every year in November. There’s non-stop racing, with more than $1m in prize money. There’s also fashions on the field competitions, live music and plenty of delicious food to help you indulge. The Ballarat Turf Club is one of regional Victoria’s premier racetracks. You wouldn’t want to celebrate this event at any other location.

Melbourne Cup

Australia’s best known horse racing event is held on the first Tuesday of November every year. More than 100,000 people, including celebrity VIP guests, pack Flemington Racecourse to witness ‘the race that stops the nation’. Dress up in your most stylish outfit, sip on some champagne and wait at 3pm on Cup Day approaches. It’s one of the greatest social events of the year.

Aug
17
2017

It’s not too late to book your last minute New Zealand ski holiday

By New Zealand /

A ski holiday is one of the best ways to spend winter with the family. Most people start to hit the slopes when snow season begins in June. But the great news is you can wait until October to go skiing or snowboarding and the trip is still going to be just as great.

A New Zealand ski holiday offers you postcard views at every turn and terrain for different experience levels.

Check out some of the cheap car rental deals on New Zealand’s north and south islands, then make your way to the slopes.

Mt Hutt, South Island

Mt Hutt is the ideal place to you if you want a laidback skiing holiday. The terrain, which includes 365 hectares of treeless slopes, is best suited to beginners and intermediates. Mt Hutt is usually never too crowded and best of all, it’s just an hour and a half drive from Christchurch.

The Remarkables, South Island

This incredible resort is, quite frankly, remarkable. Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced skier or snowboarder, the Remarkables has it all. The ski fields are family friendly, so you have childcare options, daily ski schools available as well as bargain family ski gear hire deals at your fingertips.

Whakapapa, North Island

New Zealand’s largest ski area hosts more than 65 trails across more than 1000 hectares. Happy Valley is the best place to learn to ski if you’re a beginner, as it’s far away from the fast-moving skiiers and snowboarders. The volcanic terrain at Whakapapa also gives variety to the runs. For intermediate and advanced skiers, there are many bumps, drops, bowls and chutes to contend with.

Turoa, North Island

On the south-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu is Australasia’s longest vertical descent. It also features New Zealand’s highest lift. There are 25 black and black diamond runs, featuring natural half-pipes and chutes. The terrain is challenging and thrilling – there will never be a dull moment. While beginners can build up their confidence at the Alpine Meadow, right next to the chalet where hot meals and snacks are ready at your convenience.

Aug
15
2017

Where to stay at the Queenscliff Music Festival

By Australia / Victoria /

The Queenscliff Music Festival is once again returning to the Bellarine Peninsula this November. The festival has been running since 1997, treating music-lovers to an intimate festival experience and seaside views.

This year’s line-up includes The Beautiful Girls, Bernard Fanning, The Tesky Brothers, Nai Palm and The Temper Trap.

If you’re heading to Queenscliff in late November, make sure you book your festival tickets early and check out some cheap car hire deals from Melbourne Airport. Travel an hour and a half west of Melbourne and consider staying at one of these great venues.

Vue Grand

Travellers consistently rate this accommodation as one of the best in Queenscliff. One of the most beautiful rooms is the Turret Suite, with stunning 180 degree seaside views. There’s also the Traditional Rooms, which take you back in time to the 19th century, when this extraordinary building first became a landmark.

BIG4 Beacon Resort (pictured)

Here, you are spoiled for choice. Whether you want to park your caravan, pitch a tent or stay in a spacious cabin, you’ll find accommodation to suit any budget. There is also a pool, gym, tennis court and day spa onsite.

Swan Bay Holiday Park

On the shore of beautiful Swan Bay at Queenscliff is this lovely holiday park. Choose from powered or unpowered sites, or even pretty cabins. There’s a walking track close to the holiday park too. Right near your accommodation is a boat ramp and jetty, which is perfect if you want to have a go at fishing so you can wind down after the music festival.

Seaview House

Here’s another place to stay where you can admire historic architecture. Seaview House’s history dates back to 1875 and continues to charm visitors with its traditional guesthouse atmosphere to this very day. Seaview House is also set in a perfect location – close to shops, the local maritime museum and other local tourist attractions.

Aug
07
2017

Bathurst: 5 things to do on your next trip to the Central Tablelands

By Australia / New South Wales /

Bathurst is a gem of a destination in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales. Many Australians head to New South Wales for Sydney and the beaches but fewer travellers venture west of the coast. As you’ll discover with Bathurst, there are historical sites, breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders hidden in this part of the state.

All you need to do is check out the DriveNow website for a cheap car hire deal from Sydney Airport. Drive about 200km west and you’ll reach your destination.

Here are five things to do when you’re there.

Abercrombie House (pictured)

You can explore one of the region’s heritage treasures with a tour guide or at your own pace.This Scottish-baronial mansion, which was build in the 1870s, features 50 rooms, exhibitions and displays. There’s also 18 hectares of gardens with walking trails through beautiful landscapes.

National Motor Racing Museum

Mount Panorama is the scene of one of the world’s most famous motor races. Right alongside it is the National Motor Racing Museum, perfect for car enthusiasts who aren’t visiting in when the Bathurst 1000 is on. This way you can visit at any time of the year and still experience the best of Bathurst 1000 and the speedway’s history.

Bald Hill Tourist Mine

Here you can learn about what life would have been like for a goldminer in the 1870s. Join a guided tour where you can step back in time and experience the challenges of working in an underground gold mine. You’ll walk down original mine shafts, tunnels and even get to see the tools and techniques that miners would have used.

Bathurst Farm Experience

Now, this is one experience you wouldn’t come across if you’re living in the city! The Bathurst Farm Experience lets you see how a real farm operates, and it’s very popular with children. They’ll have the change to feed the chickens, join a pony ride and cuddle up to lambs. Bookings for the farm experience are essential.

Jenolan Caves

This is one of the oldest and most spectacular cave systems in the world. The Jenolan Caves are about an hour from Bathurst and the site is open every day of the year, so local tour guides can teach you about the underground rivers and formations that make up this intriguing world under the ground. Thrill seekers can even join night tours or go adventure caving.

Aug
02
2017

Phillip Island MotoGP and where to stay

By Australia / Victoria /

The Phillip Island MotoGP is one of Australia’s greatest sporting events of the year. Rev heads definitely don’t want to miss the thrilling action against a scenic, coastal backdrop. But if you want to make sure you’re staying nearby so you don’t miss any of the action, then you’ll have to book your accommodation in advance.

Whether you want to stay at a hotel, camp or rent your own house, all you need to do is check out DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Melbourne Airport then make your way there! Here are some of the best places to stay when you’re visiting for the Phillip Island MotoGP.

Rent a holiday home

If you value privacy – for example, an entire garden or pool to yourself – then renting a holiday house is the way to go. Expect to pay higher prices if you’re after luxury, but the good news is it can actually be cheaper per person to rent a large house for a big group. Phillip Island Holiday Homes and Stayz are some of the popular websites where you can find whatever you’re looking for, whether it’s a house with seaside views, right on the sand or a quick walk from the Phillip Island MotoGP.

The Waves Apartments

If stylish and modern accommodation is you thing, then The Waves Apartments is the pick of the bunch. Each room features a kitchenette for your convenience, plus a two-person spa for your enjoyment. You can also pick up apartments with seaside views. It has all the amenities you need for your holiday and there are six different styles of accommodation to choose from. It’s less than 10 minutes from the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Ramada Resort Phillip Island (pictured)

Ramada Resort encompasses 65 acres of beautiful countryside, which includes natural bushland and gardens. You would never guess that this resort is just 4km from the entrance to the MotoGP track. You’ll have many great facilities right on your doorstep, including tennis courts, gyms, indoor and outdoor pools, biking trails, to name a few. You can enjoy a finely furnished studio or cottage.

Beach Park Tourist Caravan Park

If you want to stay close to the beach and don’t mind camping or staying in a cabin, then the Beach Park Tourist Caravan Park will be a great choice. There are 50 grasses sites for caravans, tents, RVs, etc. All are comfortable and only a short walk from Cowes Esplanade. To top that, it’s also just a 7 minute drive to get to the MotoGP everyday.