Sep
29
2017

Best camping spots in Australia for the Christmas holidays

By Australia / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Tasmania / Victoria /

The Christmas holidays is the best season to go seeking out the best camping spots in Australia. If you enjoy warm weather and meeting new people, then this is the time to get out and about while you explore some of the most beautiful parts of Australia. 

All you need is to jump on DriveNow’s website to hire a 4WD from your nearest capital city, then go and explore one of these top camping spots.

Booderee National Park, NSW

Head to Jervis Bay to witness one of the most gorgeous white sand beaches. Admire stunning blue waters, which are full of marine life. Walking, fishing and bird watching are some of popular activities in the area. There are three un-powered camping areas in the park and it’s just a three hour drive from Sydney.

Lake Eyre National Park, SA

You’re surrounded by incredible, stark wilderness. It’s Australia’s largest salt lake, which spans 9,500 square kilometres. It’s truly a remarkable sight. At 12m below sea level, this is Australia’s lowest point to camp. There are a few camping areas to choose from, including Halligan Bay and near Muloorina Station.

Grampians National Park, VIC

If you feel like hiking through gorgeous bushland and exploring natural wonders like MacKenzie Falls, then the Grampians National Park should be high on your camping list. There are plenty of campgrounds surrounded by forest. They all have basic amenities and will accommodate up to six people and a vehicle. Book early for holiday periods.

Douglas-Apsley National Park, TAS

Tasmania’s coastline is gorgeous. But so are the rugged landscapes inland, such as the Douglas-Apsley National Park. One of the beset camping spots is just a stone’s through from the Apsley Waterhole. There’s no better place to be in summer if you want to go hiking and cool off at one of the park’s many secluded waterfalls or freshwater pools.

Bribie Island, QLD

Bribie Island is the only island in all of Queensland where a bridge connects it to the mainland. This makes it easy to get to via 4WD from Brisbane. Here, you can camp right on the beachfront to enjoy ocean views. The Ocean Beach camping area is popular, while the Lime Pocket camping area is another great spot to take the family.

Sep
28
2017

Top five things to see or do in England this autumn

By UK /

As England leaves behind a lovely summer, many people are more inclined to spend the days indoors. The days may be shorter and the evenings cooler, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel around England to explore some of its best attractions.

There are still plenty of great festivals and sights to see around England in autumn. You just need to book one of DriveNow’s great car hire deals from Heathrow Airport and be prepared to get up a little earlier in the morning.

Here are our top picks for things to see or do in England this autumn.

See the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace

It doesn’t matter what month you visit, there’s the iconic Changing of the Guard outside the Queen’s palace every morning at 11.30. This colourful display of marching and music is always popular with tourists. You can also join a tour of Buckingham Palace, which includes a walk through the Queen’s Gallery, State Rooms and afternoon tea.

Check out the London Design Festival

You may not have thought about visiting this festival before, but if you’re around London in autumn then it’s worth having a look. Events for the eight-day festival are held at different locations across London. Explore some of the best and latest in craft and design as local artists show off their creative exhibits. Their talent will blow your mind.

Visit Avebury

Avebury is a two hour drive west of London and it also isn’t far from the famous ancient site of Stonehenge. The real shame is that Avery’s massive stone circle is just as interesting as Stonehenge, but so few international travellers actually know about it. Construction of these stones began around 2900 BC. There are also other mysterious monuments like Silbury Hill and an ancient tomb within walking distance.

Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival

This is possibly one of the funnest festivals you’ll ever attend! During the last weekend of September, the seaside city of Portsmouth comes alive with traditional English and American folk music. Learn about the nation’s proud history of exploring the high seas. Celebrate the local seafaring and maritime heritage throughout pubs, cafes, churches and even the streets of New Hampshire.

Explore the Museum of London

More than a million visitors decide to take a journey through London’s museums every year. Learn about the city’s history, from prehistoric to modern times. The museum particularly focuses on social history and the people who lived in this great city over the years. It boasts the world’s largest urban history collection, featuring more than six million objects.

Sep
28
2017

Your guide to your next Aussie weekend getaway in a campervan

By Australia / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Tasmania / Victoria /

Aussies love to travel. It’s a huge country out there and there’s nothing better then getting the chance to explore parts of it with a quick weekend getaway from the capital cities.

Love the bush? The beach? Or perhaps even the mountains and lakes? Regional Australia has whatever you’re looking for in your next weekend getaway.

DriveNow always has cheap Australian campervan hire deals up for grabs. Hire a vehicle and choose one of these destinations if you’re having a hard time making up your mind!

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit the gorgeous Mornington Peninsula. The area always makes for a relaxing weekend getaway. It’s also just a short trip from Melbourne, about one and a half hours driving time. Blairgowrie is a gorgeous, family- friendly beach to spend your days. There’s plenty of activities around too, such as a hike up the 300m high Arthurs Seat and many shops to explore at Sorrento.

Nelson Bay, NSW

Drive two and a half hours north of Sydney to get to the beautiful Nelson Bay. On the southern shores of Port Stephens you can go for a swim or surf at this fantastic natural playground. The waters are clear, making it a great place for fishing or spotting dolphins. September to November is one of the best times to visit if you want to see whales migrating south.

Murray Bridge, South Australia

More than one million people visit Murray Bridge every year. It’s considered “the crown” of the Murray region with exciting activities for people of all ages. There’s everything from great conditions for water sports to hiking trails and even paddleboat tours down the river. Murray Bridge is only a one hour drive south east of Adelaide.

Launceston, TAS

Untouched and unspoiled, Tasmania showcases nature at its best. The lovely riverside city of Launceston, which is two and a half hours north of Hobart, puts your right in the heart of this beautiful countryside. Head further north to explore pristine beaches. Head east if you want to hike through the alpine wilderness of Ben Lomond National Park. Not far from Launceston city centre is the famous Cataract Gorge, where you can go swimming or go white water rafting for a thrill.

Noosa, QLD

Noosa is a stunning coastal town on the Sunshine Coast, about two hours north of Brisbane. It’s definitely the place to be in the cooler months when the weather down south turns cold. See crocodiles and other famous animals at Australia Zoo. Go for an afternoon walk through Noosa National Park to admire the stunning coastline. Noosa Main Beach is a popular spot to relax with the family and catch some waves.

Sep
24
2017

Melbourne attractions you should add to your holiday bucket list

By Australia / Melbourne /

Are you planning a trip to one of the world’s most liveable cities anytime soon? There are many great Melbourne attractions that you can’t say no to. We’ve done the ground work to help you figure out what you should be adding to your holiday bucket list.

Begin your journey by sussing out DriveNow’s website for Melbourne Airport cheap car rental deals before adding one of these top Melbourne attractions to your itinerary.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

It’s the Southern Hemisphere’s only giant observation wheel. There’s no way you can visit Melbourne and miss seeing an incredible birds eye view of the city. The 40 storey high structure offers 360 degree views of the city. Visit during the day, at sunset, or night to see this amazing city from a different perspective.

St Kilda Beach

If you’re visiting Victoria in the summer, then you simply must make St Kilda Beach one of your must-see Melbourne attractions. Thousands of people line the golden, sandy beach when the weather is perfect, making it the hub of Port Phillip Bay. There’s people roller blading by, others licking an ice cream while children scream with joy on the Luna Park rollercoaster ride nearby.

National Gallery of Victoria

Melbourne is an amazing place for art lovers. The National Gallery of Victoria is Australia’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum. It houses an extensive collection of 70,000 paintings, sculptures and fascinating displays. Here you can learn about Australian, Indigenous and international history and culture.

Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

Cruise down the Yarra River during the day or sunset to capture the city’s beautiful skyline. The boat ride takes you past the lush river gardens, Herring Island, Docklands and the iconic Westgate Bridge. You’ll appreciate these amazing Melbourne attractions from a different perspective, all while a narrator fills you in on each landmark’s significance.

Sep
22
2017

Tassie day trips in Spring – within a three hour drive

By Australia / Tasmania /

Wineglass bay in Freycinet National Park, 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 backfrop 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. Theres 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 hour drive north east of Hobart. If you want to do a walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout, then allow up to two hours for the return hike. The white sandy beaches and clear waters

Launceston

About two and a half hours north of Hobart is the lovely riverside city of Launceston. It’s famous for its green City Park, which is teaming with flowers in the spring. Cataract Gorge is also a major attraction worth visiting. Get a bite to eat while overlooking the water. If you have some extra time, travel a bit further north to squeeze in a trip to Beaconsfield. Visit the Mine and Heritage Centre where you can learn about the region’s history and life in the beautiful Tamar Valley.

Remarkable Cave

Just five kilometres south of Port Arthur is an incredible site that many travellers don’t know about. You’ll come across a pathway with 130 stairs, which take you down to a viewing platform. Where you’re standing is where the cave once collapsed. From here, you can admire a spectacular view that looks through the cave and out to sea. What’s so remarkable about this cave is that the opening, when viewed from the platform, is the shape of Tasmania.

Sep
20
2017

Christmas holidays camping: book your campers before they’re gone

By Australia / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Tasmania / Victoria /

The Christmas holidays is the busiest period for Australian caravan and camping sites. With the kids free and mum and dad away from work, it seems like everyone’s looking to get away for the festive season.

But you should make sure you get in early when it comes to hiring a campervan or caravan and booking a site.

Get across DriveNow’s cheap hire deals well before the Christmas holidays and consider heading to one of these incredible family destinations.

Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Drive about two hours south of Sydney for the Kangaroo Valley’s lush landscape. Some of the most popular activities include hiking through the pristine wilderness of Morton National Park, or admiring the spectacular 180m Gerringong Falls. You can also step back in time and experience life in the 1800s at the Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Museum.

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Spend your Christmas holidays exploring one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road. Magical views of rocky cliffs, beaches, waterfalls and forests greet you at every turn along this 240km stretch of road. While visiting, make sure you get time to gaze upon the iconic Twelve Apostles. You may even decide to learn to surf at the world-famous Bells Beach.

Agnes Water, Queensland

At the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef is the picturesque Agnes Water, which locals also know as the town of 1770. It’s the birthplace of Queensland, home to unspoiled coastal rainforest and also rich in history. The golden sand beaches and clear waters make it a beautiful spot for families. It’s a five and a half hour drive north of Brisbane. It’s somewhat surprising that this pristine are isn’t more well-known among interstate travellers.

Bicheno, Tasmania

If you want to venture into unspoiled wilderness with the family this Christmas holidays, then Bicheno is the place to go. This family seaside holiday town is just two and a half hours north east of Hobart. Just offshore are some of the best diving spots in all of Australia. One of the most popular family activities is watching cute, little fairy penguins return to the beaches at dusk.  There are also many free campsites in the area, making this one very affordable holiday.

Victor Harbor, South Australia

Drive just over an hour south of Adelaide and you’ll come across one of the most family-friendly destinations. The kids are bound to love a ride on the Victor Harbor horse drawn tram. It’s the only place in Australia where you can do this! No doubt the whole family will enjoy the ride from Victor Harbor to the scenic Granite Island, where you can do a bushwalk to scenic lookout points.

Sep
15
2017

5 reasons to visit Newcastle for your next holiday

By Australia / New South Wales /

Newcastle was once an industrial town that hardly rated a mention in traveller guide books. These days, nothing could be further from the truth. The city has well and truly evolved into not just an exciting place to stop over on a road trip, but a standalone tourist destination in itself.

What makes Newcastle so attractive as a holiday destination (apart from the beautiful beaches, incredible hikes and trendy cafe culture) is that it’s only a two hour drive north of Sydney. This makes it an easy pick for your next weekend getaway.

Compare the latest cheap Sydney car rental deals, then check out one of our five reasons to visit Newcastle.

Newcastle Memorial Walk (pictured)

If you want to enjoy 360 degree views while undertaking one of New South Wales’ most beautiful coastal walks, then this is for you. The Newcastle Memorial Walk, which features a cliff top walkway, was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in World War One. Learn about ANZAC history and the deeply personal stories tied to this seaside city.

Nobbys Beach

It’s Newcastle’s highest profile beach. Nobbys Beach is also a hit with swimmers who want to enjoy a day in the sun in this gorgeous part of the world. Lifeguards patrol the area, making it a safe place to take the family. Read a book in the sunshine, build a sandcastle or take a dip in the cool ocean. Nobbys Beach is the place where you can relax and let time pass you by.

Merewether Baths

Merewether Beach was famously declared a National Surfing Reserve in 2009. But talented surfers have called this beach home long before that. The conditions make it an ideal place for competitive surfers. It’s also a popular spot to soak up the sun and get some exercise at the nearby Merewether Baths. All while enjoying stunning ocean views.

Glenrock State Conservation Area

This natural paradise is just 5km from Newcastle. Hire a guide to explore the park’s beaches, rainforest walks and waterfalls while learning about the local history. If you just want to get back to nature and enjoy the sounds of birds and gushing rivers, then grab a mountain bike and ride through one of the many scenic trails.

Hunter Valley Wineries

Make the most of your hire car by driving about an hour into the scenic Hunter Valley, visiting boutique wineries, cafes and restaurants. You’ll sample some of the region’s best drops and exquisite cheeses, among other delicious treats. With the freedom of your own car you can stop by towns like Pokolbin in the heart of the Hunter Valley and enjoy the peaceful surrounds.

Sep
11
2017

Where to go with your campervan in Western Australia

By Australia / Western Australia /

Western Australia has plenty to offer travellers with a campervan. Whether you want to soak up some sun on the beach, taste some of the states best drops or go on an outdoor hiking adventure, Western Australia has something for everyone.

You just need to check out DriveNow’s website for the best campervan hire deals at Perth and make your way to one of these amazing destinations nearby.

Fremantle

One of the best things about Fremantle is its amazing coastline. This is the place to go if you want to see Fremantle’s famous sunset! This lively port city has four main beaches along the Indian Ocean, and each are unique and perfect for swimming. Soak up the sun and visit the charming Cappuccino Strip for a coffee and a meal and don’t forget to check out Little Creatures Brewery, another fantastic lunch option or for a casual beer with mates. The great thing about this city is almost everything is within walking distance.

Margaret River

Drive three hours south of Perth and you’ll arrive at one of the most charming places in Western Australia. Margaret River is famous for its premium wines and food with more than 120 world-class wineries to explore. If you want a more active holiday, you can go surfing at some of the best beaches, mountain biking through old forest tracks, or even caving. You can also hire a kayak and spend the day travelling up the beautiful river.

Swan Valley

The Swan Valley is another popular wine growing region. In fact, it’s Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region and has now become the first ‘Humane Food Region’ in all of Australia. You’ll find superb gourmet foods, like specialty cheese, marinated olives, dried fruits and handmade chocolates. The breweries and wineries are to die for. Not to mention this food-lovers paradise is less than a half an hour drive north east of Perth.

Cervantes

Who would have known a laidback fishing village could be so nice? Drive two hours north of Perth and you’ll discover the beautiful white, sandy beaches of Cervantes. The turquoise waters are full of marine life, making it an exciting place to head with the family. It’s also Western Australia’s gateway the the magnificent Pinnacles. Explore sand dunes, offshore reefs and islands.