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Park in profile – Marion Holiday Park, SA

Where: 323 Sturt Road, Bedford Park, SA
10 words or less: Splish-splash, snazzy,  family friendly, state-of-the-art, intimate.
The lowdown: Either grab yourself an Adelaide campervan rental or Adelaide car hire and make the 12km journey to Bedford Park. As easy as that!
With brand new state-of-the-art aquatic playgrounds, the water park at BIG4 Marion Holiday Park is the largest slide activity centre in the Southern Hemisphere and the tallest in the world built by the company Water Play, with one of the slides more than three metres high. Why wouldn’t you want to stay at this park when holidaying in […]

Take a day trip to Melbourne's east

VISITORS to Victoria’s capital looking for a weekend day-trip may not know the Yarra Valley is a prime location and only an hour from the CBD in your car rental. They also should know the Maroondah Highway is the most logical route. But, what they might not know is that for a few minutes extra, a whole new world of stunning views and attractions await.
Head out through Templestowe and Eltham and drive through the picturesque valleys of Kangaroo Ground, taking the Yarra Glen turn off  – just past the general store.  Watch out for Watson’s Creek Cafe and Antiques, […]

The Gold Coast – the sun is still shining and the roads are clear

Despite the devastation of recent flooding and cyclones in Queensland, the sunshine state is still, and always will be, one of the country’s best destinations for a road trip whether it’s by rental car in Brisbane or a Brisbane campervan rental and you can rest assured the pathways are clear in the bottom half of the state which is brimming with magical experiences and, as Queensland Tourism’s Shelley Winkel faithfully points out, “is incredibly resilient”.
None more so than the beautiful Gold Coast region. After grabbing your hire car or campervan rental in Brisbane, head for a one-hour southerly spin […]

Romantic drives … Coffs Harbour to Crystal Castle, Byron Bay

While Coffs Harbour and surrounds offer some wonderful sites, attractions and lovely beaches, take the time to head up the Pacific Highway for a coast-hugging journey of four hours or so to one of the most peaceful places in Australia – Crystal Castle in Mullumbimby.
Though the trip is easy on the eyes, it’s the final destination that truly treats all the senses. This beautiful place in the Byron hinterland is ideal to enrich your own spirit and that of your partner’s, so make sure you plan to spend a good day there. In a nutshell, simply get on Park […]

Five top Aussie festivals around Australia

From country music events to spectacular Outback festivals, or food and wine extravaganzas to riverboats and jazz, there’s something worth driving to just about anywhere in Australia all-year round. Here are five diverse festivals worth packing your bags for and hitting the road in a drivenow campervan for a unique Australian cultural experience.
1. Riverboats, Jazz, Food & Wine Weekend – Echuca, Victoria.
Pick up your DriveNow Melbourne Rental Car and a leisurely three-hour drive along the Hume Freeway and Northern Highway will take you to the riverbanks of beautiful Echuca where this annual event creates a buzz in February every year. The […]

Romantic drives … Devonport to Cradle Mountain to Strahan in Tasmania

PUT simply, anywhere you drive in this delightful little state known as the Apple Isle has romance written all over it. Best to allow a good 10 days at least to appreciate a full dose of romantic journeys, but for a trip with a difference, an idea might be to grab a DriveNow campervan from Melbourne and let it float a little while as you wine and dine in preparation for a tantalising Tasmanian road trip. By float we mean the Spirit of Tasmania, a charming overnight ferry trip across the Tasman. The value here […]

Romantic drives … Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie

THERE are some places in Australia where the weather has obviously been designed with romantics in mind – count this part of the world along the lower north coast of NSW as one such place where the sun always shines and where there are plenty of beaches to worship the rays or have a dip and ample charming little hamlets to explore.
A great place to park your camper is Emerald Beach Holiday Park, just 10 minutes up the road from the Big Banana (warning: the banana is overrated and will kill any notion of romance, so skip it – […]

Romantic drives … Sydney to Wollongong

THE Grand Pacific Drive departing from Sydney doesn’t take long to lose yourself in the chill factor as you leave the city behind and enter its southern fringe and into the sub-tropical lushness of the Royal National Park. It pays to stop off for a walk here and explore one of the oldest national parks in the world.
From here, it’s a leisurely drive  offering spectacular scenery, dramatic coastal cliffside views and sandstone heaths inland. Stop off at the Hindu Temple in Helensburgh or enjoy a spot of  horseriding at beautiful Otford to really fire up the romance-o-meter before jumping […]

Driving holidays – Melbourne's outer east (Vic)

If you’re into wineries, good food and quaint villages, you’ll find your little slice of heaven in the outer east of Melbourne. There’s some lovely drives that can be done in a day, so make sure you mark these down as must-sees.

Boys weekend – Gold Coast (Queensland)

The sun, the surf, the sights … the cheese. Ah, it’s what boys’ weekends are made of. The Gold Coast, Australia’s answer to Las Vegas minus a squillion casinos and bright neon lights, but certainly ample gambling opportunities, bands, great pubs and clubs, sunshine and sand – and that’s not desert sand, but the soft, powdery kind plonked right at the feet of some of the most spectacular beaches in the world.
Oh yes, then there’s the bikini clad babes wandering around here, there and everywhere. And plenty of buff male torsos for the ideal eye candy for a girls’ […]

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