Jan
16
2019

Motorhome holiday planning for Aussie winter break

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Right now is a great time to get organised for a campervanning holiday in the Australian winter. With Summer holidays pretty much done and dusted on the planning front for this season, but now is as good as ever to organise a fun escape on wheels in 6 months’ time. Here are seven tips to get you started with your motorhome holiday planning. Hunt for a bargain set of wheels For under a couple of grand, you can line up a 4 or 6 berth campervan for a fortnight exploring any Australian state.  You can hire a cheap campervan from your nearest capital city with DriveNow. There’s a huge selection (go in and test it if you want), and there’s a variety of brands including the popular Britz, Maui, Apollo, Elite models. Also consider the type of holiday you’re aiming for and what extra features you will or won’t need. Lock down accommodation early It’s true, sometimes you can save…

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Jan
15
2019

5 reasons to visit the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival

By New South Wales /

Get ready for one of the most exciting events on the annual calendar for beer and cider lovers. The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival runs over the Australia Day long weekend (26 – 27th January). Beer, music and food enthusiasts will have plenty to celebrate in the Southern Highlands, which is just a 90 minute drive south of Sydney. Here are five reasons why you should visit the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival. It’s only a short drive from Sydney Drive just 90 minutes south of Sydney and you’ll arrive at Bowral, the home of the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival. The proximity to Sydney makes it the perfect choice for a weekend getaway. If you don’t have a set of wheels available, then you can snatch up a last minute car hire bargain at Sydney Airport thanks to DriveNow. Let the weekend road trip begin! It’s all about the beer and cider! The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival is…

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Jan
03
2019

New South Wales summer beach destinations for the family

By New South Wales /

Planning a road trip to the New South Wales coast? A summer holiday has never been easier! New South Wales offers some of Australia’s most exciting beach destinations and the good news is the sun shines for months after if you’re looking to plan a trip into the Aussie autumn. There are beach destinations to suit every traveller, whether you’re looking for a surf beach, calm waters or somewhere to relax on. All you need is a set of wheels (you can hire a bargain Sydney caravan hire deal from DriveNow). Then you’re ready to start your coastal adventure. Byron Bay This is one of the most exciting beach destinations for adventurers in northern New South Wales, just like Tallow Beach (pictured). It’s famous for its surfing and scuba diving sites. Just 15 minutes from the centre of town you’ll encounter several exciting walking tracks at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Look out for the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse and…

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Dec
31
2018

5 unique outback experiences for the summer

By Australia /

Australia is the place to be if you’re looking for unforgettable outback experiences. Many people imagine the Red Centre when they think of ‘the Great Outback’. But the good news is you’ll find   ncredible outback experiences all over the country. If you’re looking for a taste of Australia’s laidback lifestyle, then one of these outback experiences will be perfect for your next getaway. Just hire a campervan from your nearest capital city, and head inland. See Australia’s largest lake 700 km north of Adelaide Lake Eyre’s vastness in the South Australian outback is bound to blow your mind. Most of the time the lake is dry, but about every eight years it swells into an oasis with significant rainfall. It can reach 9,500 square metres, attracting wildlife, including thousands of waterbirds. On a clear, sunny day the lake creates the illusion of merging with the horizon. It truly is an incredible sight. Visit the Opal Capital of the World 850…

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Dec
26
2018

Tips to avoid 5 common travel scams when overseas

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Sometimes as a tourist you feel like you just have a target on your head wherever you go. Ask anybody… usually the most frustrating part of a holiday is having to put up with travel scams. Expect there’s a chance you’ll find yourself at the centre of a scam in any destination from Europe to Asia. We’ve gathered a list of some of the most common ones to look out for to help you on your next journey. Drivers not knowing the way to your hotel, or your hotel has “closed” Travellers arrive at Delhi airport overwhelmed and exhausted from their flight. Unfortunately, when you first arrive in a country and completely unfamiliar with the place is often when you’re a prime target. Stay alert, because taxi scams can involve drivers doing laps to run up the taximeter and when you question it, the surrounding area appears dodgy and you may not want to get out of the cab alone….

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Dec
20
2018

5 beautiful Australian islands to visit this summer

By Australia /

Spend your summer days lazing away on an island in the sun. Did you know there are more than 8,000 Australian islands? They all have something to offer, whether it’s adventurous hikes, scenic lookout points, great diving spots or gorgeous beaches. Check out DriveNow’s website for a bargain car hire deal from your nearest capital city this summer. It’s the easiest way to hit the coast to visit some of these incredible Australian islands. Fitzroy Island, Queensland Imagine gorgeous blue water, white sand in a lush rainforest setting. Fitzroy Island is home to what’s regarded as one of Australia’s best beaches, Nudey Beach. Snorkel with turtles and spend a lazy day in the sun, admiring the stunning mountain peaks on the mainland near Cairns. You could also spend a couple of hours hiking to the lighthouse and island summit. Good news is it’s just a 45-minute ferry ride from Cairns. Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory Venture 80 km north of Darwin…

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Dec
18
2018

Best Australian waterfalls where you can cool down this summer

By Australia /

Australia is home to some of the best beaches and countryside scenery. But did you know there are hundreds of incredible Australian waterfalls spread across the country? Here’s our pick of some of the most beautiful Australian waterfalls. Grab your togs and a bargain car hire deal from any major Australian city and you’re all set! Behana Gorge, Far North Queensland Half an hour south of Cairns Escape the tropical heat of the Far North with a trek to a tranquil spot away from the tourists. Once you reach Behana Gorge it’s easy to see why locals consider this serene 45 minute walk to be ‘the Cairns Hike in Paradise’. Cool swimming holes surrounded by large granite boulders and lush rainforest. Just make sure you bring a bottle of water and snacks with you. Fitzroy Falls, NSW 2 hrs south of Sydney Venture to the Kangaroo Valley to see the amazing Fitzroy Falls. Feel the cool spray of the falls,…

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Dec
13
2018

Get excited for these hot Brisbane festivals this summer

By Brisbane /

With Summer heating up, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors for some Brisbane festivals. The sunny city has everything from music and art to food and wine events. Most festivals encourage camping, which offers convenience and affordability. Are you stuck without a set of wheels? Then all you need is a rental car. Grab a bargain car hire deal from Brisbane Airport with DriveNow. Then you’re all set to check out these hot Brisbane festivals! Woodford Folk Festival Dec 27 – Jan 1 Every year the Woodford Folk Festival showcases Australia’s largest gathering of performers. More than 2000 performers come out for six days and nights, which consists of more than 450 acts. Expect not only music and singing, but dance, cabaret, street theatre, comedy and visual arts. The festival takes place on a 500 acre site, about an hour’s north of Brisbane. Brisbane International Dec 30 – Jan 6 This is one of the Brisbane festivals you definitely…

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Dec
05
2018

Sydney summer events – five reasons you have to be there!

By Australia / Sydney /

  Longer days, warmer nights, BBQ season- summer is when Sydney really shines. Not only do the stunning beaches and coastal walks look their best in the glorious sunshine, but the city comes to life with a whole host of exciting events to keep visitors entertained. Ready to pack your bags? After hiring a car from Sydney Airport, make sure you check out what’s on the Sydney events calendar during your stay. Sydney NYE Sydney is the New Year’s Eve capital of Australia, if not the world! From here you can be among the first major cities in the world to welcome in the New Year. The city is famous for its midnight fireworks at Sydney Harbour. Each year, more than one million people come to the various vantage points around the harbour to watch the colourful show and celebrate the end of the year in style. Chinese New Year More than one million people took part in Sydney’s Chinese…

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Dec
03
2018

Top South Australian caravan parks in wine country

By South Australia /

South Australia has everything to offer – relaxation, indulgence and beautiful scenery. It’s particularly famous for its wineries. South Australia is also a family friendly destination, thanks to its great variety of caravan parks – the perfect places to park your wheels while venturing off for a tipple or two in the vineyards! Pack the family in a campervan rental from Adelaide and head to one of these parks. McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park Drive 40 kilometres from Adelaide to the heard of McLaren Vale and a magnificent stay awaits. McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park is 38 acres of tranquil bush, with unspoiled scenic views. It’s also very close to some of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s best wineries and restaurants. Within the park, kids can entertain themselves with a swimming pool, tennis and volleyball courts. Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park This place is a holiday park and a vineyard rolled into one! It’s a gorgeous spot for functions, including weddings, so you…

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Nov
28
2018

5 horrid travel diseases to avoid overseas

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There are so many exotic travel destinations around the world, each with their own national treasures. You can easily access many of them at your own pace with a bargain car rental. But it’s easy to forget the dangers, particularly travel diseases, that will no doubt leave you miserable. Some can really put a damper on your holiday. The good news is most are preventable and just require a bit of extra caution. Here’s how to avoid five horrible travel diseases when your on the road exploring the world. Malaria This nasty disease is found all over the developing world, from Africa to Asia and even South America. Malaria, which spreads by mosquito bites, kills more than 200 million people worldwide every year. This is why you can never be too careful when travelling. Watch out for flu-like symptoms, fever and chills. Protect yourself by taking anti-malarial pills and wearing mosquito repellent. They say a Gin & Tonic is a…

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Nov
26
2018

Gold Coast fun parks for summer holidays

By Gold Coast /

The Gold Coast is blessed with good weather all year round. But summer is the best time to take the kids, who are on school holidays, to the beach for a few weeks. Even beyond summer, now is also a good time to start planning your trip for Autumn and Winter. Search and compare cheap car hire deals from Gold Coast airport with DriveNow. Once you have secured your rental car, stay at one of these fantastic local accommodation options. Ashmore Palms Gold Coast If you don’t want a hotel, motel or apartment, then a self-contained cabin at Ashmore Palms is for you. Choose from budget or luxury holiday cabins, which have everything you need to feel at home. Ashmore Palms facilities include beautiful swimming lagoons, kids playgrounds, a tennis court and a BBQ. There’s also a general store – just in case you forget one of your ingredients while cooking dinner! One of the highlights is the free family…

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