Things to do at Port Fairy Folk Festival

By Great Ocean Road /

Port Fairy in southwest Victoria is a quiet seaside town and a popular stopover for couples travelling the Great Ocean Road. This beautiful and charming place is also home to Australia’s premier folk music festival. It’s held every year in March and showcases national and international acts. The streets of Port Fairy come alive with buskers and people who love and appreciate everything to do with folk music.

This March grab a bargain car hire deal at Melbourne Airport and drive three and a half hours west of Melbourne. Here are some of the best things to do when you get there.

Enjoy the music

Of course, the Port Fairy Folk Festival is all about the music! The festival includes dozens of acts acts performing folk, acoustic roots, bluegrass, blues, jazz and country roots. Admire to some of your favourite folk artists live on stage while also discovering new talent you haven’t heard of before. There’s the award winning Western Australian artist Gina Williams, and groups like The Teskey Brothers (pictured), Tex, Don and Charlie and All Our Exes Live In Texas. You’ll also get to see international legends like Andy Irvine and Violons Barbares in action.

Explore the art and craft stalls

The festival also boasts some top notch craft and market stalls. The Port Fairy Folk Festival has a reputation for its vibrant craft scene. Its stalls sell unique, handmade itesms. There are sites available across the town. There are also workshops for children, where they can learn to make some of these amazing gifts.

Hike Tower Hill

Drive to Tower Hill so you can walk across what was once an active volcano, about 4 km wide. In decades past it was full of fields to grow crops, it became a motorbike racing site, and eventually a rubbish dump. But since the area started to be reforested with more than 300,000 trees over the past 40 years, native animals have flocked to the area. It’s now a beautiful area of state park with five scenic self-guided walks. You’ll uncover old lava flow, stunning wetlands and a variety of birdlife.



Summer food festivals around Australia


Food festivals are the best type of event for food lovers. The great thing about summer in Australia is you’ll find incredible food festivals across the country. Whether you’re after fresh, tasty raw produce, scrumptious sweets and deserts, international cuisine or hearty meats, there’s an event that’ll tempt every taste bud.

Snag a bargain car hire deal from DriveNow in your nearest capital city and make your way to one of these fantastic food festivals.

Taste of Tasmania

December – January
For a whole week, Hobart’s beautiful waterfront comes alive with the iconic Taste of Tasmania. The event features more than 70 stalls that offer everything from seafood, cheese, fruits, vegetables and small goods. Snatch up some cool-climate wines and boutique beers and ciders on offer.

Crush Festival

Celebrate the best of food in the beautiful Adelaide Hills during the annual Crush Festival. Take your senses on a journey as you sample wines and scrumptious produce grown in the region. There’s also delightful music, theatre, art and markets to keep you busy for this one-day festival.

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival (pictured)

Grab the family and a picnic rug and head to Apollo Bay, just two and a half hours south west of Melbourne. This enchanting seaside town becomes a fabulous location for a feast for one day in February, with local and fresh seafood plentiful. There are loads of top drops, market stalls, live entertainment and cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs.

Great Australian Bites

Spend your Australia Day stuffing your face with some of the best food this great country has to offer! By the Brisbane River you can enjoy culinary delights from award winning local bars, restaurants and cafes. Pop up Great Australian Bites events are also held across regional cities and towns in Queensland, including Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays.


How to do your Canada snow holiday – visit Whistler


If you’re planning a Canada snow holiday then Whistler is surely at the top of your list of destinations to visit. Many professional skiers and snowboarders consider it one of the world’s greatest winter destinations.

Your Canada snow holiday at Whistler will provide you with more than 200 trails along with more than 8000 acres of terrain for skiing or snowboarding.

Pick up a hire car or campervan at Vancouver airport, and drive 2 hours north to Whistler. Here are some of the most exciting things to do during your Canada snow holiday.

Surfs Up

There are many incredible trails to explore during your time at Whistler. But which one is the best depends on who you’re talking to. However, Surfs Up consistently ranks as one of the best among experienced skiers and snowboarders. There are steep cliff drop offs to thrill you while beginners can still have a go at other parts of the mountain, such as Burnt Stew Trail. One of the best things about this trail is the stunning 360-degree view.

Explore Whistler Village

Whistler Village isn’t your average indoor escape from the cold elements. Whistler Village is an attraction within itself. It has more than 200 shops, cafes and restaurants to explore. Food lovers will praise the chocolate shops and eateries with award-winning chefs. There are art galleries, bookstores and other specialty shops to keep you busy for hours.

Admire the views

There are incredible views surrounding Whistler. If you’d like to see one of the most popular, then head to Panorama Ridge. It’s a scenic hike located between the towns of Whistler and Squamish. Stroll through forests and meadows full of wildflowers. The peak sits at 2133m and offers views of two stunning mountains and Garibaldi Lake. This hike can easily be accomplished in a day, but make sure you’re prepared and leave early.



5 great places to park your wheels and discover Perth attractions


Perth is Australia’s sunniest capital. It’s also one of the world’s most liveable cities, largely because there’s so much to do. Perth attractions include pristine beaches, exciting bushwalks and a vibrant food and wine scene,. ‘

These Perth attractions make the west coast such an appealing holiday option for families in caravans. Pick up your keys after securing a cheap Perth caravan deal with DriveNow and visit these places.

Perth City

Perth (pictured) is a great city for dining and for exploring beaches. It’s also a perfect spot to base yourself if you want to explore Perth attractions. One of the best places to admire in the hills just east of Perth is Lesmurdie Falls. There’s a two kilometre walk circuit that takes you to the base of the falls. You can also take a short ferry ride to Rottnest Island. Spend the day snorkelling with colourful fish and surfing. Or just relax on the beach.
Where to stay? We recommend Karrinyup Waters Resort.


This town, about an hour and a half east of Perth, oozes historical charm. Set in the heart of the picturesque Avon Valley, it’s like you’ve stepped back in time to the early colonial days. Walk past beautiful Victorian and Federation-style early buildings along lovely streets. Even just go for a drive and get lost in the valley.
Where to stay? We recommend York Caravan Park and Camping Grounds


Travel about half an hour from Perth, where you can explore Kalamunda. It’s famously known as the beginning of the Bibbulmun Track. People don’t realise that you don’t actually have to hike the full 100km trek to enjoy the trail’s beauty. You can actually stop in at certain parts of the track like Mount Cooke and take in the views.
Where to stay? We recommend Banksia Tourist Park

Margaret River

This small town, just south of Perth, is known for its boutique wineries and breweries. Not just that, but you also have incredible surf beaches, limestone caves to explore and short but picturesque hikes. Margaret River is also a great place to base yourself if you want to go whale watching. June to November is the best time to see these magnificent creatures make their annual migration.
Where to stay? We recommend BIG4 Taunton Farm Margaret River

Swan Valley

The Swan Valley is one of those incredible places where you’re surrounded by postcard perfect views. It’s almost too good to be true! Rolling green hills and fantastic vineyards away. Yet it’s only about half an hour from downtown Perth! Take a tour of a distillery and sample fine wine and cheeses.
Where to stay? We recommend Swan Valley Tourist Park



Where to stay and park your campervan for Parkes Elvis Festival


Every year the small town of Parkes comes alive with a festival to celebrate the King of Rock n Roll’s birthday. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held in the second week of January, to coincide with Elvis Presley’s birthday. It boasts more than 150 events over five days of all things Elvis.

The Parkes Elvis Festival attracts more than 22,000 fans from across Australia and the world. The event features non-stop live entertainment, including the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, a street parade and a renewal of vows ceremony.

You just need to find a cheap campervan hire deal at Sydney and travel five hours west to be part of this iconic even. It’s an epic celebration of the life and music of Elvis Presley. Park your wheels at one of these places!

Spicer Caravan Park, Parkes

This quiet park is only a short walk from the town centre. Yet it’s far away enough from the highway that you won’t be kept up at night with noisy traffic. The park features barbeque facilities, nearby sporting fields and shady sites to keep you cool during the summer.

Double D Caravan Park, Peak Hill

This is another lovely park where you have the convenience of being close to the Newell Highway but minus the noise of traffic. It’s a quiet space that’s pet friendly and features a barbeque and fish pond.

Peak Hill Caravan Park, Peak Hill

The friendly town centre of Peak Hill is just an easy walk away from your accommodation. Come home to a lovely natural bush setting. But you’ll also have free wireless hot spots and TV access from all sites. It’s also a pet friendly site.

Apex Riverside Tourist Park, Forbes

This scenic park is known for its stunning views of the Lachlan River. Relax in a quiet and peaceful surrounding with riverside access. It’s a great spot if you love fishing or going for a swim without a hassle. It’s also just a short drive from the historic town of Forbes.



Your travel guide to Coffs Harbour and surrounds

By New South Wales /

Coffs Harbour is a beautiful town on the North Coast of New South Wales. It’s a great summer getaway favourite for many travellers, thanks to its stunning beaches and iconic attractions like the Big Banana. But it’s also known for its many natural wonders. To do the region properly, you need a car to explore the region. You’ll easily find a cheap car hire deal with DriveNow. Drive six hours north to Coffs Harbour, where you can get started with some of these must-do activities.

Explore Bindarri National Park

This pristine park has many walking, bike and 4WD trails that are just waiting to be explored. It also has plenty of scenic spots that are great for a picnic or birdwatching. The clear, cascading Bangalore Falls should be at the top of your list. It’s a 500m walk from the carpark, but you’ll feel like you’re in your own private oasis.

Take a Segway tour

Go off-road with an eco-friendly Segway. Your guide teaches you how to operate the Segway before taking you on a tour of the coastal city. Enjoy fresh air as you breeze past attractions and stunning scenery, while getting a little history lesson along the way. Choose from a morning or afternoon your.

Visit Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

Enter the home of more than 400 Australia butterflies in a tropical rainforest setting. Every colour you can possibly imagine flashes before you at the award-winning attraction The best time to see them is between 10 and 2pm, when the butterflies are generally more active.

Do the Mobong Walking Track

Pack a picnic and begin a leisurely walking track, that initially follows a historic tramway once used for timber logging. Follow a tranquil creek, with beautiful pools, waterfalls and lush forest of the way. Listen out for birds and rare frogs while keeping an eye out for ancient trees along the way.

Relax at Diggers Beach

This is a great place to spend the afternoon if you want some R&R. It’s a popular sport for surfers and tourists who love the summer weather. But if you’re one to hide from the sun’s harsh rays, then the wide beach also has a lot of shade. Diggers Beach is also right across the road from the iconic Big Banana.



Where to stay for the Tamworth Country Music Festival


The Tamworth Country Music Festival is held every year in January. The city in northeast New South Wales draws massive international acts and about 50,000 fans from across the world. Country Music plays a pivotal role in culture in the city with the famous Big Golden Guitar. The Tamworth Country Music Festival is often regarded as one of the world’s top music festivals, and it’s the second only to the Nashville Music Festival in terms of its size and reach. With the influx of visitors to the area for the two weeks, accommodation completely book out up to a year in advance. Your best bet is to find a campervan hire deal at Sydney and drive nearly five hours to Tamworth to park your wheels at one of these places. Make sure you book early.

Riverside Camping Grounds

When in town for the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Riverside Camping Grounds are just a short walk away from all the action in the Tamworth CBD. This central location is also just next to the beautiful Peel River, where you can relax after enjoying non-stop music.

Tamworth North Holiday Park

Tamworth North Holiday Park is set in a good location. It’s within easy reach of several parks, museums, cafes and shopping centres. Powered and unpowered sites are available. Landscaped gardens surround the park, which also features a swimming pool and BBQ facilities.

Fossickers Tourist Park Nundle

If you can’t find somewhere to stay in town during the festival, then Fossickers Tourist Park at Nundle is a great option. It’s a 50 minute drive from the capital of the Golden Guitar but here you can relax in a tranquil setting in the hills. It’s the start of the famous Fossickers Way, which is a scenic 380km tourist drive.

Chaffey Dam Camping Reserve

Here’s another option that’s also a 50-minute drive from Tamworth. But the scenery makes it well worth the drive. Set on the Peel Valley, you can enjoy plenty of swimming, fishing and boating on a beautiful lake. Not to mention the abundance of wildlife in the area. Great music and great scenery… who could ask for more?



Coonawarra region for a summer holiday


The Coonawarra region is famous for its superb wine, festival and food scene. The town is just under 400km southeast of Adelaide, making it a great destination for a weekend getaway, if that’s all the time you have.

But if you have a week or two, then Coonawarra is a great place to spend the summer. There’s plenty to do, from sussing out wine cellars to exploring the area’s history. Just hire a car from Adelaide with DriveNow and tick these activities off your bucket list.

Katnook Estate

In the heart of the beautiful Coonawarra region, lies Katnook. Its history dates back to 1867, and today it has numerous accolades to its name. For example, it’s the official wine for the country’s largest arts organisation, Opera Australia. Katnook Estate vineyards include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinot Noir.

Hells Hole Sinkhole

This large sinkhole has existed for thousands of years. It sits in the depths of the Lower Glenelg National Park’s pine forest, near Mt Gambier. It’s less famous than Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake, but these deep blue hued waters are worth seeing at least once in your life. Admire this spectacular sight from the viewing platform.

Mary MacKillop Historical Centre

Penola is about a 15 minute drive from Coonawarra. You should consider stopping by this small town to explore the Mary MacKillop Historical Centre. It’s dedicated to Australia’s first saint of the Catholic Church. You’ll find it interesting to learn about the difference she made to the lives of many Australians through helping them.

Fishing along the Limestone Coast

Head for the coast, where the Limestone Coast has many great fishing spots. You’ll find places that are perfect if you want to case out by boat, beach or jetty. Some of the best fishing hotspots in the region are found off Cape Jaffa, Port MacDonnell, Beachport and the Glenelg River.



Easter campervanning along the Murray River


The Murray River is a stunning, iconic wonder. It forms the border for New South Wales and Victoria and encompasses various landscapes. The great thing about the Murray River is that it stretches more than 2,500 kilometres long, meaning you can find your own quiet paradise anywhere from the Victorian alps to the sandy shores of Goolwa Beach, South Australia. Even if it’s peak period for school holidays, you can escape the crowds for a few weeks by the Murray River.

Hire a campervan from Melbourne, travel north and stay at one of these places.

Echuca Holiday Park

Stay riverside to the Murray River, while also being within walking distance to the historic Port of Echuca (see pictured). One of the best things to do while in town is to jump on board paddlesteamer to learn about the area’s history, dating back to the 1800s. Echuca Holiday Park also has great BBQ and entertainment facilities, including a shared lounge and tennis court.

Lake Hume Tourist Park

Travel just over three hours north of Melbourne and you’ll find a picturesque gem on the Murray. Lake Hume Tourist Park offers lakeside accommodation, perfect for families looking for a relaxing getaway. It’s also a great spot for water sports. But you’re also close enough to the border city of Albury if you’d like to duck into the centre for shopping or dining.

BIG4 Yarrawonga Mulwala Lakeside Holiday Park

Here you’ll find yourself staying right on the shores of lake Mulwala. You’re close to the boat ramp if you want to launch your boat on the lake and go out fishing for the day. Yarrawonga is most famous for water skiing. Many locals even call Yarrawonga a water skier’s paradise!

Clearwater by the Upper Murray Caravan Park

This is a peaceful, pet friendly park in the tiny town of Tintaldra. The historic village sits beneath the Snowy Mountains, right on the Mighty Murray. It’s just over 20km from Corryong, which is famous for its Man from Snowy River Bush Festival, held every April.



Western Australia road trip – Perth, Margaret River and Albany


Everybody has to experience their own Western Australia road trip at least once in their life. WA has some of the most scenic attractions in the country, and most of them are in the south west.

Pick up your campervan rental deal with DriveNow in Perth. Your Western Australia road trip takes you from WA’s capital to Margaret River and Albany.

Stopover 1: Perth

Begin you 1100km Western Australia road trip in Perth. Pick up your campervan rental from Perth Airport. While in WA’s capital, you can squeeze in a cruise along the beautiful Swan River. For an epic day, take a 90 minute ferry across to Rottnest Island, where you can go snorkelling or relax on stunning beaches.

Stopover 2: Bunbury

Drive just under two hours south of Perth to arrive in Bunbury. One of the most popular activities for visitors is to go dolphin spotting. The main bay is home to more than 150 bottlenose dolphins, all of which can be admired from the shallow waters. Or, like many nature lovers, you can take a tour and go swimming with wild dolphins.

Stopover 3: Margaret River

The next stop on your Western Australia road trip takes you a further 100km south to Margaret River (pictured above, supplied by margaretriver.com). Thrill-seekers can catch a break with the incredible surf beaches nearby. It’s also a great place to watch migrating whales between June and November. There are plenty of wineries to visit, with Margaret River being a major wine producing region of southwest WA.

Stopover 4: Augusta

Adventure just half an hour south of Margaret River and you’ll come across a coastal town that’s often left out on most traveller’s itineraries. Australia’s most south-western town is close to the stunning Jewel Cave, Boranup Forest and Hamelin Bay. Augusta’s hiking tracks and bayside scenery make it an ideal place for adventurers and keen fishermen.

Stopover 5: Walpole

Walpole is about 245km southeast of Augusta. Walpole is famous for its Valley of Giants Tree Top Walk. This nature-based ecotourism attraction boasts a scenic 600m walk which takes you high into the canopy, allowing you to explore the world from the trees above.

Stopover 6: Albany

Your end destination is the stunning Albany. You could spend days relaxing by the turquoise waters of West Cape Howe National Park or Torndirrup National Park. You also have many nature walking tracks to choose from. If you’d like to learn about the region’s whaling past, visit a museum which was a former whale processing plant, the Historic Whaling Station.


Your self-drive itinerary from Adelaide to the Eyre Peninsula


The Eyre Peninsula is one of the most beautiful regions of South Australia. We’ve organised an itinerary guide for you to see the highlights of the Eyre Peninsula. It’s about a 1500 km round trip, with visits to Port Augusta, Port Lincoln and Venus Bay.

Find a bargain car rental deal from Adelaide Airport with DriveNow and begin your journey.

Night 1: Port Pirie (pictured)

Drive 220 km north of Adelaide to arrive at your first stop, Port Pirie. Between the sheltered waters of the Spencer Gulf and the gorgeous Southern Flinders Ranges, is this lovely coastal city. A visit to the local Historic and Folk Museum is a must. Step back in time as you explore buildings from the late 1800s and the remains of the largest marsupial that ever lived.

Night 2: Port Augusta

The second stop on your Eyre Peninsula self-drive holiday takes you to Port Augusta. This small city is full of things to do if you like getting outdoors. There’s the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, the Wadlata Outback Centre and the famous Water Tower Lookout.

Night 3: Cowell

Cowell is the perfect destinations for families who love swimming at the beach and fishing. One of the best spots for swimming with young kids is Lucky Bay, which is just 16 km north of Cowell.

Night 4: Port Lincoln

Drive 160 km to reach one of South Australia’s destination for adventure-lovers, Port Lincoln. The town’s most popular (and famous) activity is shark cage diving. This terrifying but thrilling experience lets you come face to face with the ocean’s greatest predator.

Night 5: Venus Bay

If you love exploring rugged coastlines and local wildlife, then make the time to do the South Head Walking Trail. Visitors who do this walk often spot sea eagles, dolphins and sea lions, to name a few. If travelling between May and October, keep an eye out for whales on their migration.

Night 6: Port Broughton

This is another great fishing spot on your tour of Eyre Peninsula. Port Broughton is a fantastic place to go out on a fishing charter. It’s perfect if you’re not very experienced, as you’ll have the help of local guides who can teach you a few tricks to improve your luck. There’s also a Heritage Centre in town, where you can pour through old photos and artefacts about the town.

Night 7: Adelaide

Travel another 170 km and you’ll come to the end of your journey of the Eyre Peninsula. Stay in Adelaide as long as you like. There’s plenty of things to do, including spending time on the beach at Glenelg, visit the zoo or the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Garden. You can even go shopping at Rundle Mall or base yourself here and take an overnight trip to Kangaroo Island.


Your next Darwin road trip: from NT’s capital to Broome


If you’re planning a Darwin road trip then be sure to check out DriveNow’s car and campervan rental deals from Darwin.

We also have an itinerary planned out for you. Make sure your Darwin road trip takes you through Kakadu, the Kimberleys and onto Broome.

Night 1: Darwin

Begin your Darwin road trip to Broome by picking up your campervan. Make sure your supplies, food and water are stocked up. While you’re in Darwin you should also try to visit Crocosaurus Cove, where you can dive into the cage of death and come face to face with a crocodile under water. Also visit the Mindil Beach markets and stick around for sunset.

Night 2: Kakadu (pictured, Ubirr rock area)

Just over 250 km southeast of Darwin is the small town of Jabiru. This is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to explore famous attractions like the Nourlangie Rock Art site. You must also make time to visit the stunning Ubirr rock art and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jim Jim Falls.

Night 3: Katherine

Drive more than 300km along the Kakadu and Stuart highways to Katherine, southwest of Jabiru. Some of the most popular activities for travellers include canoeing along the Katherine River between majestic cliffs, beaches and gorges. There are waterfalls, rock pools and Aboriginal rock paintings along more than 100km of walking tracks.

Nights 4, 5: Kununurra

Travel about 500km west to arrive at Kununurra, one of Western Australia’s youngest towns. Take a scenic tour flight of the Bungle Bungle Ranges, which is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most spectacular geological landmarks. You can also go swimming in the stunningly blue Lake Argyle, which is also known at the ‘jewel of the Kimberley’. The lovely Ord River is perfect for a boat cruise or a leisurely canoe trip. The Argyle Diamond Mine is also popular with visitors to this spectacular region.

Night 6: Halls Creek

Discover Halls Creek, which is located on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. Use your time to discover the nearby Purnululu National Park if you haven’t done so already. It’s also worth taking the time to sign up for a tour of the Wolfe Creek Crates, which is the world’s second largest meteorite crater.

Night 7: Fitzroy Crossing

Just under 300km from Halls Creek is Fitzroy Crossing, the gateway to the Geikie Gorge National Park. This place holds spectacular scenery, waterways and majestic cliffs. Some of our top picks for activities include exploring Windjana Gorge National Park, taking a cruise along the Geikie Gorge River and Barramundi fishing.

Night 8: Derby

Northwest of Fitzroy Crossing is Derby. This small town is famous for its tidal mud flats, which has the highest tidal range of any port in Australia. The Boab Prison Tree is a 1500 year old tree, just south of the town, is iconic and widely visited by travellers. Horizontal Falls is another place worth visiting.

Night 9: Broome

Travel more than 220km southwest of Derby to arrive at your end destination, Broome. You’ll find yourself in one of Western Australia’s most beautiful natural areas, with white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and historic attractions. China Town, Matso’s Brewery, Gantheaume Point and a camel ride along Cable Beach are some of the things you should add to your to-do list.