5 great ways to discover Cairns and Surrounds

By Cairns /

Cairns is a tropical paradise for any person who loves the great outdoors. It’s world famous for being one of the best spots to explore the Great Barrier Reef. But what many people don’t realise is Cairns has absolutely everything to offer those who enjoy nature – including pristine rainforests, tropical islands, hiking trails and more.

Hire a car at Cairns Airport so you can easily get around to some of these incredible attractions. Make sure you book your car rental well in advance if travelling during peak season around September.

Swim at Babinda Boulders

The Babinda Boulders is a glorious swimming hole that’s popular with the locals. The cool, crystal clear waters feel like heaven in the summer. But it’s also worth visiting the attraction at any time of year. The flowing creeks are surrounded by lush rainforest and a short walk away from the main swimming area are the magnificent, tall boulders. Here’s a tip: make sure you stop by the famous Babinda Bakery on the way there!

Babinda Boulders

Hike Mt Bartle Frere

This quest isn’t one for the faint-hearted! Mt Kosciusko holds the title of Australia’s highest mountain, at 2,228m. But not far behind is Mt Bartle Frere, at 1,611m. You can hike the challenging eastern approach or opt for the easier western approach. Either route will take a full day with an early start and you should be prepared with water, food, insect repellent, and don’t forget your sunblock. The views at the top are well worth the challenge!

Mount Bartle Frere

Visit Fitzroy Island

One of Australia’s most beautiful beaches is on Fitzroy Island. Nudey Beach is stunning at any time of year, with sandy shores meeting turquoise waters. It’s only a short boat ride from Cairns and you can stay for just a few hours or several nights. Fitzroy is a popular swimming spot to see turtles. There’s also a walking track that takes you to the top of the island, where stunning views await.

Fitzroy Island

Feel the fear with Bungy Jumping

Get the adrenaline pumping at AJ Hackett in Cairns. Take a leap of faith as you throw yourself off a 50 m tower towards a pond below. It’s a thrilling adventure that you must try at least once in your life. So why not try it while surrounded by lush, tropical rainforest?

Bungy view at AJ Hackett, Cairns

Relax at Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation in the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is one of the most unspoiled natural wonders. If you come in the off season, you’re likely to find you have the entire beach at Noah Bay to yourself. There are many great hikes, cafes and restaurants to explore around the area, as well as the famous crocodile spotting tours.

Robinson’s lookout at Cape Tribulation


Things to do in Los Angeles in the Spring

By United States /

Los Angeles in spring is unlike any other time of year. March to May is one of the best periods of the year to visit, as the weather remains warm and pleasant and the City of Angels isn’t overwhelmed by crowds. It’s also a great time if you enjoy the buzz of being at the centre of all the hype and activity.

If you need a way to get around Los Angeles just visit DriveNow’s website to search for a bargain car hire deal from Los Angeles Airport. 

Once you’re ready to go, check out these five main attractions around the area.


Disneyland is every child’s dream destination! You simply can’t miss a visit to this iconic resort, which is world-famous for its magical theme park adventure, glamour and effects. Not only are there rides for the children, but the big kids will get a thrill too! Race through the desert with Radiator Springs Racers or go on the daring Grizzly River Run. With two Disney themed parks in the complex, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to magical rides.

Disneyland parade for LA Lakers, LA

Yosemite National Park

Nature lovers will adore the dramatic peaks and valleys that enchant every visitor who explores this region. Walk along pristine rivers and visit waterfalls. If you’re the adventurous type then you may hike or climb to the top of the mountains. In the springtime watch the flowers bloom and region come alive with animals of all kinds.

Yosemite National Park

Hollywood Walk of Fame

This attraction consistently rates as one of the top traveller experiences for Los Angeles. Hollywood Boulevard is lined with more than 2,500 stars along 18 blocks. Musicians, actors, directors … there’s no shortage of them! Here you’ll also find many tourists searching for their idol’s name along the sidewalk to have a photo taken.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Join in for one of California’s greatest celebrations of Asian traditions. More than 200,000 people flock to the Cherry Blossom Festival every year, to witness the beautiful colours throughout San Francisco’s Japantown. Dazzling cherry blossoms are on full display and so are cultural performances, martial arts and food stalls.

National California Cherry Blossom Festival

Whale Watching off Newport

Go whale watching in Newport Bay. Trips depart daily and these magnificent creatures travel through these waters year-round. From December to April is the best time to see the Grey Whale migration, when hundreds of whales appear in the harbor. Then the warmer waters from May to November attract blue whales, finback whales and dolphins.

Whale watching


Try these great adventures in Western Australia

By Perth / Western Australia /

Western Australia is a year-round destination. No matter what season you travel in, you’ll find a gorgeous place to spend your holiday. WA has everything to offer – such as pristine beaches, forests, rugged outback scenery and more.

If Western Australia is next on your adventure list, then check out DriveNow’s car hire deals. You’ll find a good price for a car rental at Perth Airport

Once you’ve picked up your wheels, visit one of these five destinations for adventures.

Ngilgi Cave

Have an authentic cultural experience by venturing into the famous Ngilgi Cave. It’s one of the gems of Western Australia. Admire the beautiful stalactites, stalagmites and other unique formations. With an Indigenous tour guide you’ll also learn some Aboriginal dreamtime stories, including how the legendary cave formed.

Ngilgi Cave, Yallingup, WA

Cape Leveque

Admire the dramatic red cliffs that contrast against the white sand and turquoise waters of Cape Leveque, which is 240 km north of Broome. Cape Leveque offers some of the Dampier Peninsula’s most stunning scenery. While here you can also join a scenic flight to view the incredible Horizontal Waterfalls at Talbot Bay. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.

Cape Leveque, WA

Shark Bay

Australia’s most westerly point is an incredible place to visit. This region of WA is World Heritage Listed and is home to one of the largest and most diverse seagrass beds in the world. Some of the most popular activities here include daily dolphin feeding at Monkey Mia Marine Reserve and simply relaxing on these pristine beaches.

Shark Bay, WA

Hike Australia’s largest rock

When it comes to famous rocks, everyone thinks of Uluru. But it’s actually not the largest. That title belongs to Mount Augustus in Western Australia. It stands 715m high, making it more than twice the height of Uluru. You’ll have to drive 1000 km north of Perth but hiking the 12km-return summit trail is definitely worth the journey to see this stony red rock. Just make sure you leave early to avoid the heat of the day and take water and food.

Mount Augustus, WA



How to Enjoy a Luxury Holiday in Sydney

By Sydney /

Looking for a luxury holiday?  You don’t have to stray too far from Sydney. This lively city is home to some sensational sights, extravagant experiences and fantastic food.

All you need is a set of wheels so you can make your way from one site to another. Hire a car at Sydney Airport and then let your luxury holiday begin! Here are five ideas to get you started.

Twilight cruise on Sydney Harbour

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Take in the stunning landmarks of the Sydney Opera House and harbour bridge from the comfort of a cruise boat. Source: Pixabay

Sydney Harbour is paradise for anyone who loves being on the water. There are many different boat tours to choose from them. A popular one for couples is the two-hour sunset cruise on board a sailing yacht. Staff will serve up some tasty treats and wines and beers while you sail pass the Sydney Opera House and other major attractions.

Dine at the Icebergs

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Enjoy a meal with a side of magnificent views at Bondi Icebergs. Photo: Simon Rae on Unsplash

Enjoy a meal while taking in the famous, panoramic views of Bondi Beach. It’s the perfect backdrop day or night while you get comfortable in an elegant and intimate dining room. The Icebergs’ menu is constantly changing to accommodate for seasonal flavours, and it has a modern Italian focus.

Stay overnight at the zoo

This experience will make you feel as if you’re right in the heart of the African jungle. Spend the night in a glamping style tent at Taronga Zoo, where you’ll fall asleep to the sounds of roaring lions and wake up to elephants trumpeting. Not only do you get to stay close to the animal enclosures, but you’ll have incredible views of the city skyline.

Make the most of a helicopter flight

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Enjoy views of the city and beyond from above in an exhilarating helicopter ride. Source: Arran Bee on Flikr

Sydney is an amazing city when viewed from above. On any given day you can sign up to a helicopter ride, which will fly you past iconic attractions like the Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you’re particularly adventurous, you can even choose an experience where you get to learn to fly a helicopter under the supervision of a qualified trainer.

Pamper yourself at a day spa

Spa treatment is the best kind of treatment if you just want to relax. Sometimes an hour or two isn’t enough. So why not go all our and spoil yourself with massages, facials and other spa-treatment packages for an entire day? The Day Spa By Chuan at the Langham Hotel is a great place to start. You’ll feel refreshed and energised.


There’s no need to book a flight to Bali to relax and unwind. Looking for something a little more adventurous? Check out our itineraries for car and campervan rental in and around Australia.




The 5 Great Comedy Festivals of the World

By UK /

If you love a good time and a good laugh then you’re sure to love a night out at one of the world’s top comedy festivals. Across the world different events bring talented comedians together. The end result? So audiences can laugh their socks off.

One of the most famous comedy festivals is Edinburgh, which takes place in August. Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, offering music, dance, comedy and other entertainment. Many people go to see family-friendly events on stage like Absolute Improv. There are also stand-up acts like the Amused Moose Comedy Award Grand Final.

It’s best to start preparing your trip six months in advance because this festival draws big comedians and easily sell out shows at the larger venues. Accommodation and DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals in Edinburgh can also book out well in advance!

Here are some other comedy festivals to put on your radar, if they aren’t already.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne will be turned into a barrel of laughs in March and April when Australia’s most popular comedy festival showcases some of the best Aussie stand up, film, theatre, cabaret and workshops for the world to see and hear. Come and giggle and laugh uncontrollably as the plethora of comical talent takes over every corner of Melbourne. Kicking off the festival is The Opening Night Allstars Supershow which is set to be a one-night only bonanza of comical legends and emerging talent. This will really set the tone for the rest of the month which will have the city in stitches with the most prominent performers on the Australian comedy scene and international talent to keep an eye out for, and free events for the whole family.

Doug Anthony at the MICF Allstars Supershow in 2016

Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival

For 10 days in July, Canada comes alive with comedy as some of the world’s best acts travel from across the world to Montreal. It’s the world’s largest comedy event, attracting two million fans to see the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen and Jim Carey, to name a few. You can pick from funny films and television specials, to an incredible open-air theatre on the streets of Montreal’s Quartier Latin. Here’s a fun fact for you, back in 1989 Rowan Atkinson tested out the ever-popular Mr. Bean character on the Montreal audience. Continuing with the last 34 years of showcasing the legends of the comedian world, this year will not disappoint.  Expect to see comedy greats, old and new take the stages of this side-splitting festival.

New York Comedy Festival

The New York Comedy Festival is one of the city’s milestone events in November each year. Performances for this laugh-fest are held at comedy clubs across New York, including Manhattan’s stunning Carnegie Hall and Beacon Theatre. It’s a perfect five-day showcase of local talent alongside some of the top names of comedy in the United States. The line up is yet to be released but if previous years are to go by you can expect to see the likes of Brian Regan, Grammy nominated Ron White, among hilarious female duo Corrine Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson.

Carnegie Hall, New York

Women in Comedy Festival

This is Europe’s only comedy festival that’s dedicated to boosting women’s presence on the international comedy scene. Since launching in 2013, founded by Dulcet Sounds’ Hazel O’Keefe, the profile keeps growing every October. The event features stand-up, open mics, and training events and workshops. Previous year’s festivals have taken place in Manchester featuring a tonne of female comedic talent with the likes of Jo Brand, Jayne Godley, Zoe Lyons and Andrea Barnes. Keep an eye out for this year’s line up.


Top events at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

By Melbourne /

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is one of Victoria’s most impressive events. Every year, more than a quarter of a million visitors flick to Melbourne’s restaurants, bars, laneways, and rooftops for 10 days. You can visit award-winning wineries, breweries, have cultural food experiences and taste the delights of innovative, high-profile chefs.

This year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival runs from March 16 to 25. There are more than 300 events across Victoria.

Track down a bargain car hire deal from Melbourne Airport and make your way to one of these unforgettable festival events.

10k Gourmet

Enjoy a divine five course meal, comprising of fresh seafood, locally-crafted cheeses and cool climate wines. The Bellarine Peninsla is rich in beauty and just as diverse in the types off food it produces. Sit down for panoramic views and a delicious meal at Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Each bit of food on your plate or drop of wine on your table is sourced within 10 km of the venue.

Cooking for family

Sign up for this hands-on cooking class, which isn’t just for the adults. Kids and teenagers are invited too. The aim is to encourage children to eat healthy and the class demonstrates how fast-cooked home meals can be nutritious and delicious. The class is led by Nellie Kerrison, founder of Relish Mama.

An Ethiopian Banquet

Throw down the knives and forks for this meal, as you don’t need them to experience an Ethiopian buffet the traditional way. Instead you use flat bread to scoop up the different foods. Imagine an exquisite array of spicy meat stews, lentil dishes and home-made honey and barley drinks. Enjoy your feast at a communal table with strangers and forge new relationships with the people sitting beside you.

A historic cocktail journey

Make sure you reserve your spot for this fascinating, elegant event, where you get to explore the innovations of the Dinner by Hestom Blumenthal cocktail list. Treat yourself to a tasting size of different cocktails, each of which has its own historic worth learning about. The infusions are unique, tempting your taste buds like never have before.



WA: 5 Dreamy Autumn adventures along the west coast

By Perth /


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Escape to wonderful WA for your fix of sun, sea, and surf. Source: Nick Duell on Unsplash

As summer comes to an end, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking the holiday period is over. That’s not true. The West Australian coast is home to plenty of autumn adventures, from swimming with whale sharks to discovering the golden, picturesque valleys. In fact, March to May is the best time to see many of Western Australia’s top attractions.

Down south, the trees in the valleys turn gold and orange. While the weather remains warm further north. In this part of Australia there are many great autumn adventures waiting to happen. Hire a 4WD at Perth Airport and drive to one of these experiences.

See Broome’s Cable Beach at sunset

Forget your summer holiday and save it for autumn! Not only does Broome’s sunny, dry season kick in from April, but it’s also the end of the stinger season. Enjoy the long stretch of white sand and turquoise waters at Cable Beach. Between March and October at Roebuck Bay you can also witness one of Australia’s most spectacular natural phenomenon’s, Staircase to the Moon.

Blackwood Valley

Journey an hour and a half inland from Margaret River to discover the majestic Blackwood Valley. This part of the world is spectacular at this time of the year. Wake up inside a cosy B&B in one of the small towns dotted along the countryside. Autumn is perfect weather for bushwalking in Balingup Tree Park. Near the end of autumn the beautiful karri trees shed their grey bark to expose the golden and pink tones beneath. It’s a lovely sight.

Swim with whale sharks

Add swimming with whale sharks to your list of autumn adventures in WA. Escape 1150 km north to the Ningaloo Coast, where there are beautiful beaches and it’s hot all year round. Just off the coast is a marine oasis. Many people come here to see the whale sharks, which arrive in autumn each year and leave in winter. Snorkel alongside these magnificent creatures as they glide effortlessly through the water.

Relax along the Quobba Coast

About 900 km north of Perth is a spectacular stretch of coast, known to for its gorgeous rugged scenery. It’s a great spot to go for a walk by the beach, or to take the family swimming or fishing in these crystal-clear waters. Another popular attraction to explore is the 1988 Korean Star ship wreck, which has been at Cape Cuvier since 1988.

Travel to the Buccaneer Archipelago

This is one of the most spectacular sites in all of Australia, yet so few people make the effort to venture to the state’s north to see this natural gem. The Buccaneer Archipelago is made up of about 1000 rocky, sandstone islands which are up to 2,500 million years ago. This paradise has white sandy beaches, pristine rainforest, gorgeous reefs and Indigenous rock arts. An incredible sight to see it the horizontal reversible waterfall in Talbot Bay.



Head north for your southern winter escape in a caravan

By Brisbane / Queensland /

It seems just about everyone has the idea to head north for their southern Australia winter escape. Can you blame them? When the north’s tempting you with blue skies, hot days and perfect beach weather, it’s hard not to think about leaving the winter blues behind. But your winter escape holiday to the north doesn’t have to be expensive. DriveNow offers a range of bargain campervan rental deals from Brisbane. Snap up one of these offers and be on your way to one of these adventures.

Have a magical encounter with turtles at Bundaberg

Bundaberg is another destination that doesn’t always rank high on the list of priorities for travellers, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Apart from being home to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, which pays tribute to one of the pioneers of flight, it’s also the site of the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific. Learn about the important work that conservationists are carrying out at Mon Repos. It’s also possible to get actively involved in the project by helping rangers relocate eggs and watching eggs hatch at certain times of the year.

Explore towns along the Sunshine Coast

Drive a couple of hours north of Brisbane and you’ll find one of Queensland’s most beautiful stretches of coast with plenty to do. Noosa is the star attraction of the Sunny Coast, with its boutique stores, upmarket restaurants and glorious surf beaches. However, you certainly won’t be disappointed if you venture into the beautiful villages of Montville and Maleny on the Hinterland. Here you’ll find stunning lookout views of the coast, unique art shops, cafes and other rare treats.

Relax at Seventeen Seventy

The sleepy town of 1770 near Agnes Water is a five and a half hour drive north of Brisbane. It’s an ideal spot to base yourself while exploring the outer Great Barrier Reef, especially if you’re interested in visiting Lady Musgrave Island. This gorgeous town is known for its natural beauty. It’s surrounded by scenic bush walks and the pristine Deepwater National Park. Yet most travellers have never heard of this incredible place. This also means you can have a relatively quiet winter escape without the crowds.

Get beached at Byron Bay

This is the place to go if you want to spend your entire holiday in or by the water. Either relax on the sandy shores or swim at some of Australia’s famous beaches. Learn to surf, kayak, or try stand-up paddle boarding or go scuba diving. Byron Bay is the perfect place for any of these activities. The Arakwal National Park and the Cape Byron coast also have many scenic bushwalks that visitors rave about. Byron is also conveniently just a two hour drive south of Brisbane.



Top London spring attractions and things to do

By London / UK /

If you’re planning a London spring holiday then a self-drive itinerary is the way to go. Between March and May, the dreary winter comes to an end, leaving the city’s parks and sidewalks blooming in a sensational London spring.

Browse DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Heathrow Airport to begin your self-drive holiday. With a hire car you’ll have the freedom to embark on day trips outside the city and admire the beautiful countryside.

Here are some of London’s best attractions and things to do in the springtime.

Get inspired by London’s exquisite parks

Spring is the best time of year to visit London’s famous parks, where you can admire a variety of colourful flowers in full bloom. Make sure you take a walk through the tranquil Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. Incredibly, you’ll discover more than 30,000 types of plants in the one place, with a 250-year history to go with it!

Rent a rowing boat at Hyde Park

From Easter until late October, members of the public are welcome to hire a pedalo or rowing boat on the Serpentine Lake. It’s Hyde Park’s famous recreational lake, spanning 40 hectares. Spending a peaceful afternoon on the water and you’ll leave feeling completely at ease.

Get up close with the city’s roaming wildlife 

Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve that’s famous for its roaming deer. The 1,000 hectare park is home to about 650 of them and they’ve all been roaming freely since 1637. Photographers love to spend some time here capturing the Red and Fallow deer and learning about the areas history. From May the young are born and can be spotted keeping close to their mothers.

Jump on board a Thames River boat cruise

One of the quintessential London experiences is a Thames River boat ride. The famous Thames River flows right through the heart of London. This makes it a perfect vantage point to admire the city’s skyline and major landmarks. You’ll pass the Tower of London, Big Ben and the spectacular London Bridge, to name a few.

Take a day trip to Hastings and 1066 Country

Hastings, a charming old town on England’s southeast coast, is just a two hour drive from London. Delve into local history as you visit the site of the famous Battle of Hastings and explore the stunning castles of Bodiam and Herstmonceux. Use any spare time to simple wander through 1066 country, where the beautiful landscape has inspired artists for generations.



Last minute Brisbane relocation deals that are cheap as chips


Planning an affordable holiday isn’t just about being smart with your money. You have to be patient as you actively seek out the best deals. One of the easiest ways to lock in a bargain is to keep a close eye on the deals that feature on DriveNow’s relocation page. This includes top Brisbane relocation deals for as little as $5 a day, with plenty of extras such as free fuel.

Customers reap the benefits of an affordable holiday while hire companies don’t have to pay relocation costs to move their vehicles interstate where demand is highest.

Every day one-way rental bargains are published, according to when the companies need to move their cars or campervans across the country. The list goes up on the DriveNow website between 8.30 and 9.30 every morning. Whether you’re looking for Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane relocation deals, there’s always opportunities waiting to be snapped up.

Even better, sign up to DriveNow’s relocation watch list which will give you easy access to the different deals popping up.

Here are some of the types of incredible Brisbane relocation deals up for offer…

Brisbane to Melbourne

This deal is available for a minimum of four days and a maximum of five days. For just $5 a day you can secure a Venturer that comfortably fits a couple. Travel nearly 1700 km to Melbourne, while stopping off at locations like the Gold Coast, central New South Wales and Victoria. Your deal also includes up to $50 free fuel and 2233km free.

Brisbane to Sydney

Just over 900 km south of Brisbane is Sydney. It’s worth considering one of DriveNow’s Brisbane relocation deals for this trip, because the route takes you almost entirely along the coast. Spectacular views await as you stop off at surf beaches south of Brisbane, Byron Bay and Newscastle. You can pick up a Highball campervan for $5 a day over three days. The vehicle features a double and a single bed.



How to Spend a Family Easter Weekend in Sydney 2018

By New South Wales / Sydney /
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Sydney is a fantastic place to spend Easter 2018 with your loved ones. Photo by Frances Gunn on Unsplash


Still not locked in your Sydney Easter plans with the family? You’re not alone. Every year thousands of families find themselves with the same conundrum.

The great news is there are plenty of options for how you want to spend the long weekend in Sydney for Easter 2018, without having to leave the city.

The annual Easter Markets

The Grounds of Alexandria made headlines for featuring Australia’s largest chocolate egg, which gets smashed up and shared on Easter Sunday. The 3 m high, 300 kg chocolate Easter egg is why so many families come back year after year. But the venue also attracts people from all walks of life with its magical Easter Markets over the long weekend. See storybook characters roam around and browse different pop up stalls, many which feature delicious food.

The Great Centennial Park Egg Hunt

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Give the kids a treat with an Easter Egg hunt in Sydney this year!

Make the journey to central Sydney to see the city’s largest Easter egg hunt in action! More than 1,000 children jumped on board the adventure last year, and plenty more are expected to return. The egg hunt is full of surprises and challenges, all of which are rewarded with chocolate! The hunt takes just over half an hour to complete, making it an easy and enjoyable time out with the family. You just need a map to help navigate the route, which costs $17.50.

The Australian Museum Egg Hunt

For some Sydney Easter family fun, take the gang to the galleries of the Australian Museum to begin the search for Aussie animals and their eggs. All you need is a trail map and a love for adventure. Along the way, the kids will learn about the different animals, such as snakes, dinosaurs and even insects, that lay eggs. Not only will you get to eat your very own chocolate bilby, but you’ll get to witness real ones too! The hunt runs every half hour on Easter Saturday and Sunday, at a cost of $15 each.

Sydney Royal Easter Show

From late March to early April, thousands of people flock to the famous Sydney Royal Easter Show. It’s a perfect fit for people of all ages. You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to showbags, scoffing delicious food and cuddling farm animals. Expect highly competitive agricultural and art and craft competitions, which attract a large and enthusiastic audience. You can’t miss this milestone event in the Sydney Easter calendar.

If you feel like escaping the city for a bit of an adventure, make sure you snap up one of DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Sydney Airport. Then you’re in a great spot to explore all of what the glorious NSW countryside has to offer.



Places to visit this summer in Victoria

By Victoria /

Victoria in the summertime is magnificent. It’s glorious and there’s no place you’d rather be than enjoying the sunshine while hiking through pristine forest or swimming at one of Melbourne’s iconic beaches. Or perhaps your idea of summer means staying indoors to escape the unbearable heat.

Whatever you want to do this summer, Victoria is a place that has endless opportunities for anyone. You can easily pick up a cheap car hire deal from Melbourne Airport with a DriveNow bargain. Once you’re all set, hit the road to explore one of these destinations for the day.

Melbourne bayside

On a hot summer’s day, southeastern beaches are a godsend with their cool waters. They don’t seem to heat up no matter how high the mercury rises. Do you fancy roller skating along St Kilda’s famous shoreline? Relax at Brighton Beach or there’s Mentone Beach, which is a great spot to take a picnic for the family and have a dip.

Escape the heat via an ice rink

In the heart of Docklands, the O’Brien Group Arena is a major drawcard for professional ice skaters and anyone who’s daring enough to give it a try! Ice skating is fun, no matter how much experience you have. Have a laugh with your friends as you listen to some pumping beats and cruise around the rink where it’s always cool.

Hike to Masons Falls, Kinglake National Park

Drive just over an hour north east of Melbourne City to Kinglake National Park. Pack your lunch in a backpack and some drinking water and begin the full day 13km walk. It’ll treat you to scenic views of the spectacular falls. You’ll spot incredible wildlife and discover how the area has regrown since the devastating Black Saturday fires of 2009. You can also do the easy Masons Falls Walk, a 700m one-way walk to Masons Falls lookout.

Take a road trip to Lake Daylesford

The beautiful Lake Daylesford is a magical spot to take a dip in the summertime. Daylesford is one of the most beautiful, historic towns in all of Victoria. It’s full of gold rush history and charm. Walk around the lake, go kayaking or just enjoy an iced coffee at one of the nearby cafes with stunning views. Best of all, it’s only an hour and a half drive northwest of Melbourne.