Oct
14
2014

Campervan Hire in the Top End – Travel Tips

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

If you are planning a campervan holiday in the Top End of the Northern Territory and exploring more remote locations, here are some tips from our experience on the road. Much of this applies to travel any way in remote Australia. If you have ideas and tips you’d like to share, please send them into writeabout@drivenow.com.au. Tips: Walk round and thoroughly check your Campervan rental before you leave the branch. Take photos of any existing external scratches or damage. Check inside that everything is working. Your campervan supplier will be helpful and will work with you on this but photos are the easiest and clearest way to document and record   If your Campervan comes with a TV you may need to use the auto-tune feature when you move between locations to pick up digital signals. In the Top End these appeared to change between Darwin, Jabiru, Katherine and Batchelor   If your campervan has a toilet cartridge you will…

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Oct
12
2014

Travel Top End Loop – Litchfield Park – Marines on Falls Day 7 & 8

By Australia / Northern Territory /

Batchelor, Buley Hole and Wangi Falls The Final destination in our loop through the top end in our Maui Motorhome was Litchfield Park. Just 80 minutes south of Darwin, close enough for a day-trippers and 244km north of Katherine straight up the Stuart Highway. 14kms off the Stuart Highway the small township of Batchelor is the gateway to Litchfield Park. Made up of a couple of pubs, a Best Western Hotel, small supermarket, fuel, Post office and 3 holiday parks, Batchelor is also home to the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education . The Batchelor airport, a former World War II airstrip offers scenic flights of the Park starting from $99 for a short flight. As is the way in remote Australia there’s always an unexpected surprise to be found in the most extraordinary of locations and Batchelor is no exception. At the heart of this small township you’ll come across a model of Karlstein Castle, the original which still…

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Aug
22
2014

A visit to Mossman Gorge – Daintree Rainforest

By Australia / Cairns / Port Douglas / Queensland /

SITTING on the edge of the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge is part of the world’s oldest rainforest tracing its origins back over 130 million years and home to an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna. If you are visiting Far North Queensland take time out to spend a half-a-day visiting Mossman Gorge. Located just over an hour’s drive north of Cairns and 20 minutes from Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge is easy to reach with sealed roads and plenty of parking available at the Gorge Centre. DriveNow can help with car hire in Cairns and there are also rental locations in Port Douglas. The Mossman Gorge Centre is staff and managed by the local indigenous Kuku Yalanji people and through its Art Gallery showcases artwork from artists based locally and from across northern Queensland. There’s a retail shop with gifts and souvenirs designed by the local community and the Mayi Cafe allows you to experience locally sourced bush…

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Aug
02
2014
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Early Christmas Tip #1: Booking a 7 Seater

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If you are in the market to hire a people mover for Christmas, here’s a hot tip ….. book now. Get in early and get a cheaper rate and more importantly secure a vehicle. Of all rental cars in Australia, 7 seaters and people movers sell out more quickly and earlier than any other at Christmas. Every year DriveNow has to turn away travellers looking for these vehicles as suppliers across the country book out. There’s no deposit required and with no booking or cancellation fees charged by DriveNow you’ve nothing to lose by booking now and locking down a 7 seater for your Christmas holiday. DriveNow Reservations Team

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May
07
2013
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Splendour in the Grass Campervan Accommodation

By Australia / New South Wales /

Heading off to Splendour but don’t want to sleep in a tent? Why not try luxury camping and book a campervan with DriveNow instead? In conjunction with Britz and Mighty Campers we have a number of campervan accommodation packages designed specifically for those attending the 2013 Splendour in the Grass festival, held for the first time at North Byron Parklands, around 20kms north of Byron Bay. Below is a quick snapshot of what to expect – for more information visit our Splendour in the Grass Accommodation page. Special 4, 5 or 6 day packages from Bryon Bay or Brisbane. Book today, no deposit or payment required until June 13th. 4, 5 or 6 Day Mighty Packages: Mighty LowBall 2 berth – $222(sold out) Mighty HighBall 2+1 berth – $669 Mighty Jackpot 2+1 berth – $754 Mighty Deuce 2 berth with toilet & shower – $975 Mighty Double Down 4 berth – $600 (sold out) Mighty Double Up 4 berth with…

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Apr
18
2013

The Kiwi classic road trip game – Car Cricket

By New Zealand /

Hiring a car with your mates and road tripping to some outrageously fun campsite or batch is basically a rite of passage for Kiwis, and a no-arguments, no-excuses must-do for tourists. But as they say, life isn’t all about the destination. Once you’ve run out of ideas for eye-spy (or your mate gets a little too ambiguous on what he spies), give this Kiwi classic a try. You will need; a bag of lollies (for prizes, and sneaky nibbling). The sweets will be preferably something intrinsically Kiwi like pineapple lumps, snifters or jaffas – especially if your journey kicks off picking up or dropping off your rental car in Auckland. Rules of the game Each member of the car gets a turn as the ‘batter’. For every car that passes you from the opposite direction, the batter gets one run. If a car is towing a trailer, the batter hits a four. And if the car is towing a caravan,…

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Mar
30
2013
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Shush don’t tell Destination Secrets – Victoria – Bellarine Peninsula to the Great Ocean Road

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Victoria /

If you’re visiting Victoria or just looking for a great day or weekend away from Melbourne there’s plenty of places to visit just a stone’s throw from the city. Here’s our collection to tackle with your Melbourne Car Rental from the Bellarine Peninsula to the Great Ocean Road….. Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale How Far: 105km south-west of Melbourne (90 minutes) Getting there: Across the West Gate Bridge on the Geelong freeway and continue down the B110 Bellarine Peninsula Highway Point Lonsdale sits at the head of Port Philip bay on the edge of the Rip, the Bay’s narrow entrance. This quiet unassuming seaside town, has family friendly bayside beaches whilst on the surf back beaches there are amazing rock pools to swim and explore in and miles of empty beach to get lost on. Off-beach there’s plenty to do including tennis courts and a shopping strip with cafes, super-market, surf shop and restaurants. 2 Holiday parks in Point Lonsdale offer…

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Mar
19
2013

What is Car Hire Excess Insurance?

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One of the most common issues raised with us is that of Excess Car Insurance. How much am I liable for in the event of an accident? How can I reduce my liability and how much will that cost? Does my travel insurance cover me? To answer these questions and explain how excess car insurance works the DriveNow Res team put together a quick guide.   What insurance comes as standard with a Rental Car? All car hire companies supply vehicles fully insured with a standard amount that you are liable for in the event of an accident or damage to the vehicle whilst in your possesion. This amount varies between companies and type of rental vehicle. Small and Standard size vehicles attract an excess of around $3300 whilst for luxury and 4 wheel drive rentals this figure can be as high as $5700. If you choose not to take out an excess insurance reduction option then the standard excess amount…

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Jan
05
2013
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Let’s keep Easter at Easter and Christmas in December

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Christmas in July is one thing but Easter in January? Santa has no sooner garaged the sledge, turned Rudolph and friends loose for another 11 months of frolicking in the ice fields and put the kettle on when Easter has arrived.  No long hot antipodian summer, no frenzied Australia Day celebrations nor excitement of the first term in the new school year. No, it’s official, Easter is here – just visit your local supermarket where time beats to a different tune and you’ll find yourself thrown forward to Easter in January. Our local Victorian seaside purveyor of all things fresh and wonderful was offering Hot Cross buns on 28th December with Easter Eggs, so I was assured by Mr Checkout, to be on the shelves from this Monday, the first in January.  Is it just me or is this a wee bit early? Do they really believe that as we rush out to stock up on summer goodness that we”ll be struck by the need to beat the rush and pick out our Easter…

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Aug
02
2012

Campervan of the Month: August – 3 Berth Cruiser from Around Australia Motorhomes

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A relative newcomer to the DriveNow family, Around Australia Motorhomes offer a great Campervan for every road trip right Around Australia!  For August’s Camper of the month we’re focusing on small families and Around Australia Motorhome’s 3 Berth Cruiser Vehicle Around Australia Motorhomes 3 Berth Cruiser Style Mercedes or Volkswagen 2WD Engine 2.3L Turbo Diesel Fuel 11 litre per 100km Specifications 6 Speed Manual, Power Steering Bed  1 x Double & 1 x Single (linen included) Kitchen  Gas Stove with Grill & oven, Microwave, 90 Litre Fridge Bathroom Toilet & Shower -pressurised hot & cold water Storage Lockers in rear of cabin Features  TV, External Awning, Outdoor table and Chairs, CD/Radio, Road atlas & Camper ground guide Included Fly screens, 95 litre Fresh water and 65 litre waste water tanks, 4Kg Gas bottle, All Cooking & dining utensils, Power supply 12v & 240v mains Optional 1 x Booster & Child Seats (pre book) Ideal for small families, the 3 berth…

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Jul
08
2012

Campervan of the Month: July – Mighty Campers Double Down

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The Mighty Double Down 4 berth has everything you need to get on the road with the essentials and all at a great price. Vehicle Mighty Campers Double Down Campervan Rental – 4 berth Style Toyota Van 2WD Engine 2.6L Unleaded Petrol Fuel 13 litre per 100km / 70 litre tank Features Automatic, Power Steering, Driver & Passenger Airbags Bed  2 x Double bunks (linen included) Kitchen  2 Burner Gas Stove, Microwave, 80 Litre Fridge, Cold Water Sink Bathroom None Storage Lockers in rear of cabin Features  Cooking, crockery & Cutlery Utensils, CD/Radio Included 31 litre Fresh water tank, 3.3Kg Gas bottle Optional 2 x Booster & Child Seats The Double Down Campervan from Mighty Campers offers compact comfortable space for 4 with 2 double bed bunks down the back and all the essentials for a great road trip. Formerly known as Backpacker Campervans, Mighty Campers has recently been launched with new branding and new vehicle names across the fleet…

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