Aug
17
2018

5 ways to play in Madrid when you have your own set of wheels

By Europe /

The bustling city of Madrid is a city of elegant boulevards, historic palaces and plazas and rich European art. Spain is also home to many other historic regional cities, towns and scenic countryside. Lock in a cheap price to hire a car at Madrid Airport with DriveNow and get ready to explore one of Europe’s most popular destinations outside the capital. Here are five places to visit after you’ve explored Madrid.  El Parque Natural del Cabo de Gata Five and a half hours south of Madrid. When people think of Spain’s beaches, most imagine the Mediterranean’s crowded seaside resorts. However, El Parque Natural del Cabo de Gato is a stunning stretch of coastline where you can discover flawless, tranquil beaches without the crowds. This area in sunny Almeria comprises of quaint villages, green mountains, rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and stunning blue waters. Ubeda  Three hours south of Madrid. Travel south to the beautiful province of Jaen to witness one of…

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Aug
13
2018

Tassie adventures for a winter escape

By Tasmania /

Tassie in winter is one of the most underrated winter adventures. When the cold snap hits then Tasmania is the place to go if you’re searching for beautiful scenery, unique sites and less crowds. Here are six great sights to see and places to visit in Tassie this winter The Southern Lights Aussies travel to Norway to witness the incredible Northern Lights. However, what many people don’t realise is its southern equal, the Aurora Australis, is right in their backyard. The incredible, colourful Southern Lights can be seen year round from Tasmania, although the best time is during winter. You can literally witness this magnificent natural phenomemon from anywhere in Tassie – so long as you have an unobstructed view of the sky to the south! Tour Port Arthur (pictured) Port Arthur is a haunting site but one worth visiting. It doesn’t matter whether your familiar with the horrors of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, which killed 35 people, or…

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Aug
10
2018

Spring festivals in Australia – where to celebrate the season

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Many people would agree that spring is the loveliest time of year. So why not get out and explore some of the best spring festivals that Australia has to offer… Whether you’re a passionate gardener, a food lover, or an art and film buff, there are spring festivals for every niche. For an affordable getaway, check out DriveNow’s website for some cheap campervan hire deals. Then make your way to one of these incredible spring festivals. Sydney Fringe Festival 1-30 September 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales. Every September, Sydney presents more than 300 productions or events across more than 50 venues. They all celebrate the innovative creations of independent artists, art makers, and performers. There are interactive art exhibitions, artists talks and foodie feasts. Brisbane Spring Festival 8-29 September 2018 Spend 21 days celebrating one of Queensland’s most exciting arts festivals. More than a million people attend every year. Not only do…

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Aug
09
2018

5 unmissable Melbourne events in the lead up to Christmas

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‘Tis the season to be jolly! With a heap of events taking place across Melbourne in the lead up to Christmas, why wouldn’t you be happy?! It’s the time of the year when people are feeling festive, the weather is warming up and world-class events and festivals draw thousands of people to the city. As the race to Christmas begins, look into hiring a car from Melbourne Airport to easily get around to some of Melbourne’s highlight events. Here are five fantastic events you can’t miss! Royal Melbourne Show ‘The Show’ as Melburnians affectionately call it, has been running for more than 160 years. It’s Victoria’s largest annual celebration of agriculture, while tempting families with rides, stunts, live performances, animals and all kinds of entertaining activities. The carnival atmosphere is exciting for kids of any age. Before you leave, don’t forget to swing by the pavilion to bag a showbag! Melbourne Marathon Join thousands of other people as they hit…

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Aug
06
2018

Rooftop bars are all the rage in Adelaide

By Adelaide /

Some of the best rooftop bars can be found throughout one of Australia’s friendly capital cities, Adelaide. Scattered across bustling suburbs, in sneaky laneways, or even along the waterfront, you can find rooftop bars to match any vibe of the evening. With DriveNow, you can pick up a bargain car hire deal from Adelaide Airport, and start exploring the city. Make sure you end your day at one of these highly recommended rooftop bars. Gallery It’s one of the city’s largest rooftop gardens and it’s right in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD. You’re surrounded by towering buildngs, while modern art hangs on the walls, as designer furniture decorates the remaining space. Gallery is a great spot to relax with friends while enjoying some fine wine and admiring unique, creative artwork. 2KW Bar and Restaurant (pictured) On the eighth floor of a stunning historic building is a stylish rooftop bar that overlooks some of the city’s gorgeous old buildings. From here…

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Aug
04
2018

It’s not too late to book your last minute New Zealand ski holiday

By New Zealand /

A ski holiday is one of the best ways to spend winter with the family. Most people start to hit the slopes when the snow season begins in June. But the great news is you can wait until October to go skiing or snowboarding and the trip is still going to be just as great. A New Zealand ski holiday offers you postcard views at every turn and terrain for different experience levels. Check out some of the cheap car rental deals on New Zealand’s north and south islands, then make your way to the slopes. Mt Hutt, South Island Mt Hutt is the ideal place for you if you want a laidback skiing holiday. The terrain, which includes 365 hectares of treeless slopes, is best suited to beginners and intermediates. Mt Hutt is usually never too crowded and best of all, it’s just an hour and a half drive from Christchurch. The Remarkables, South Island This incredible resort is,…

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Aug
01
2018

A winter break in the Northern Territory – 5 things to do

By Australia / Northern Territory /

Are you desperately in need of a winter break? Luckily for you, winter is the best time to visit the Northern Territory. Instead of battling some of Australia’s highest temperatures in summer, you’ll get to enjoy sunny weather that southerners are missing out on. To get your winter break started, look into cheap car hire deals from Darwin. Here are our recommendations for top things to see or do on your winter break. Explore Uluru No trip to the Red Centre is complete without visiting Ayers Rock, or Uluru, as it’s known in Aboriginal tongue. The giant sandstone is right up there on many tourists’ bucket lists, and it should be on yours too. Get a local Aboriginal guide to take you on a tour around the rock and teach you about Uluru’s cultural significance. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to photograph the rock. Take a dive at Crocosaurus Cove Jumping into the water with a five-metre saltwater crocodile probably isn’t…

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Jul
31
2018

Set sail for Hamilton Island Race Week

By Queensland /

Hamilton Island Race Week takes place every August. It’s the largest sailing regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, set in one of the most beautiful destinations too. Grab your campervan and stay at one of Airlie Beach’s many caravan parks. You’re spoilt for choice – and for views, as you’re surrounded by stunning blue waters and lush, green forest. Here are five ways to treat yourself during Hamilton Island Race Week. See the races in action Hamilton Island Race Week is one of the hottest events on the sporting and social calendar, attracting more than 2500 sailors and race-goers. Hundreds of yachts with crew come to the Whitsunday Coast from around the world. They spend the week racing through the island courses and the crew that comes out on top has plenty to celebrate! Visit Whitehaven Beach Whitehaven Beach consistently tops the list of best beaches not only in Australia, but the world. It’s seven kilometres of pure while silica sand and…

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Jul
30
2018

Looking for fun in a family campervan in Far North Queensland?

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  A family holiday in a camper is the best way to spend an adventurous holiday in the wild Far North Queensland.  Secure your cheap campervan hire deal at Cairns Airport and start exploring the region with these top destinations. Undara Lava Tubes Drive three hours west of Cairns to Gulf Savanna country. This outback experience is unlike any other. Venture through ancient lava caves and tunnels. These mysterious formations are the result of a volcano eruption about 300 million years ago. An expert tour guide will point out unique wonders like Indigenous rock art. There are even tree roots hanging from the ceilings, searching for water. An underground wonderland! Cooktown People call it “the last frontier” of Far North Queensland. It’s not until you drive 30 seconds out of the centre of town that you gain a true appreciation for how rugged and remote this place is. One of the best places to go off-road and explore is the…

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Jul
25
2018

Break the winter blues with a quick getaway to Queensland

By Australia / Queensland /

Queensland is the place to be in the colder months when you’re searching for the ultimate winter getaway. With average daily temperatures hovering around the mid-20s, it’s little wonder why people call it the Sunshine State. If you’re shivering through gloomy, grey skies, then you’ll love a last-minute winter getaway to the north. All you need to do is book a flight, pick one of DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Brisbane Airport. Then the hard part will be picking just one of these destinations for your winter getaway. Sunshine Coast (Noosa, pictured) The Sunny Coast, as the locals affectionately call it, is exactly that. One of the sunniest places you’ll ever visit. From the high-class bars and restaurants along Noosa’s main strip to the quieter, relaxing spots like Peregian Beach, you’ll easily find your own slice of paradise. Make the time to take a day drive to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Here you’ll discover quaint, historic towns like Maleny, which are full of character. Gold Coast This…

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Jul
20
2018

A foodie’s guide to the best San Francisco restaurants

By California /

San Francisco is a beautiful city by the bay, which has everything to offer. Whether you love being outdoors, visiting cultural sites or dining at incredible San Francisco restaurants, you can find what you’re looking for. San Francisco is a paradise, especially for food loves because it has a variety of diverse restaurants, cafes and street food stalls. Certainly, this means the options are endless. Hire a car with DriveNow and spend enough time in the city to explore these great San Francisco restaurants. The Citrus Club The Citrus Club on Haight Street gives a whole new understanding of how simple changes with a focus on local ingredients can transform a dish. This Asian restaurant serves up noodle dishes from Vietnam to Indonesia with a unique twist. The Citrus Club even substitutes citrus fruit for oil, which therefore puts the best of California’s fresh fruits onto your plate! Udon Mugizo Fresh, homemade udon noodles in the heart of Japantown. What…

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Jul
12
2018

Best Aussie adventures you should experience

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Aussie adventures are waiting for you in every corner of every state. But we’ve narrowed the list down for you so you can tick off the top five list. Just hire a car from your nearest capital city with DriveNow and then let the Aussie adventures begin! Here are our five top experiences. Dine under the stars in the Red Centre It’s a dinner unlike no other, which makes this one perfect for the romantics. Visit Ayers Rock Resort on a clear night to admire the stars. The experience begins with sunset drinks on a viewing platform that overlooks Uluru’s landscape. As night falls, you can enjoy a delicious buffet or four-course dinner while admiring constellations and the stories of the night sky. Hot air ballooning in Melbourne At any time of year, you can go hot air ballooning for sunrise in Melbourne. It’s an early start but one that’s rewarded with stunning views over Melbourne city or the rolling…

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