Jun
09
2012

Campervan of the Month: June – Maui Platinum River Campervan

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The Maui Platinum River Campervan has been designed from the ground up for family space and comfort and ticks all the boxes and then some. Vehicle Maui Platinum River Campervan Rental – 6 berth Style Mercedes or Volkswagen 2WD Engine 2.2L Turbo Diesel Fuel 13 litre per 100km / 75 litre tank Features Automatic, Power Steering, ABS Bed  3 x Double (linen available for rental) Kitchen  4 Burner Gas Stove & Grill, Microwave, 140 Litre Fridge Bathroom Toilet & Shower -pressurised hot & cold water Storage Lockers in rear of cabin and large external storage locker Features  Leather upholstery, Reading lights, External Awning, DVD/TV, CD/Radio Included Fly screens, 82 litre Fresh water and 82 litre waste water tanks, 9Kg Gas bottle, Safe, Upper bed Safety nets Optional 2 x Booster & Child Seats, Outdoor Table & Chairs This modern spacious motorhome was created with family travel in mind and in true Maui fashion delivers everything you need and then some….

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May
09
2012

Top 10 Travel Apps (+ 1) according to DriveNow’s Smart Phones

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The advent of smart phones and the online app store have added a whole new dimension to travel giving you the ability to plan, purchase, explore, share and record your travels all in real time from virtually anywhere in the world with virtually anyone in the world. Today there are over a staggering 500,000 apps available on iTunes of which close to 20,000 cover travel alone. Although a later starter Android has played fast catch-up and has an equally impressive 500,000 apps although travel has yet to gain quite the same numbers as iTunes.  The third and most recent player in the market is BlackBerry with BlackBerry World and over 60,000 apps and around 3000 travel related. With these sorts of numbers determining a top 10 is a hard ask, so we took a closer to home approach and checked out the apps we were using on our phones in the office. Here’s the result in no particular order of course …….. Our Predictable standout…

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May
01
2012

Campervan of the Month: May – KEA 4 Wheel Drive Rental

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Discover what makes this 4 Wheel Drive the perfect companion for two to take you off the beaten track and discover the ultimate Australian camping adventure. Vehicle:      Kea 4 Wheel Drive Rental – 2+1 berth Style:           LandCruiser Wheel Drive Camper 2011 and later models Engine:        4.5L Turbo Diesel Fuel:            14 litre per 100km / 2 x 90 Litre tanks Features:     Manual, 5 Speed, Power Steering, ABS, Air Bags Beds:           1 x double and 1 single – linen provided Kitchen:       1 Burner Gas Stove, Fridge, all Cooking utensils Bathroom:    External Shower, 90 Litre Fresh water tank Storage:       Internal in rear area Features:     AC (Driver Cabin), Heating, Radio, CD Player Included:     Fly screens, volt meter, fuel tank monitors Optional:     Portable toilet for hire Built on Toyota’s durable LandCruiser the Kea 4WD Pop-Top fleet are all 2011 or later models and come equipped with a 4.5 litre V8 Turbo diesel engine, manual transmission and long range fel tanks (2 x 90 litres)…

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Apr
02
2012

Campervan of the Month: April – Britz Renegade Family Motorhome

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  FAR from being a wild rebel April’s Camper of the month, the Britz Renegade 6 Berth Motorhome, is ideal for family travel with some great features thrown in. Vehicle:        Britz Renegade 6 Berth Motorhome Style:                 Dual Cab 6 Seater Engine:              2.4L Turbo Diesel Fuel:                  18L per 100km / 75 Litre tank Features:          Automatic, Power Steering, ABS, Rear View Camera Beds:                3 x doubles OR 2 x doubles and 2 x singles – linen provided Kitchen:            4 Burner Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, all Cooking utensils Bathroom:        Shower, Toilet and Basin. 75 Litre Fresh water tank Storage:           Internal in rear area and large external storage locker Features:         AC Heating, TV, DVD, MP3 jack, automatic awning Included:         Rear Front Seat TV/DVD Players, Front Seat Fridge Unique in the Britz family the Renegade is a dual Cab configuration with seats up front for 6 ensuring the family travels together. The rear bench seat can accommodate 4 booster seats (albeit with a tight fit) and there…

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Mar
26
2012

Campervan Rental Auction in Support of The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal

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  Feel Good about your next holiday and help support this year’s Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. DriveNow’s inaugural Campervan Rental auction is up and running and waiting for your bid! In support of the 2012 Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, DriveNow is auctioning 7 days of all inclusive Campervan Rental in Australia or New Zealand. The winning bidder could find themselves discovering fabulous New Zealand in a 6 Berth luxury family motorhome or exploring the great Aussie Outdoors in an adventure off-road 4 Wheel Drive Camper. You get to choose the type of camper you want to rent and where. Bidding is easy, simply visit the DriveNow Campervan Rental Auction – Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal page for full details, sign up and start bidding. The auction closes at 3.00pm (Sydney time) on Friday 6th April 2012 with all proceeds going to the Good Friday Appeal. The winning bid will be published on the DriveNow auction…

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Mar
19
2012

British and Irish Lions Australia Tour 2013

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2013 sees the return of the British and Irish Lions to Australia for a 9 game tour featuring three Test matches against the Wallabies, in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and 6 provincial games against Super 15 teams across the country. The last visit in 2001 was an invasion of red with over 10,000 touring fans watching the Lions take an early series lead with a convincing 29-13 win in Brisbane. The turning point of the series came just after half time in the 2nd test at the Docklands stadium in Melbourne when the Wallabies seized control of the game to run out 35-14 winners and clinch the series in Sydney a week later with a 29-23 win. Whilst Wallaby supports will be happy to look back on 2001, Lions fans will be hoping for a repeat of their 1989 success when the visitors became the only Lions team ever to come back from 1-0 down to win a series 2-1. The…

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Sep
26
2011

Discoveries Down the Great Ocean Road

By Australia / Great Ocean Road /

One of Victoria’s most popular and most written about Car journeys is the Great Ocean Road. Officially starting at Torquay and finishing at Allansford the road is just over 240 kilometres long and includes some of Victoria’s premiere attractions. For our Trip we picked up a hire car in Melbourne through DriveNow (that’s the Ubiquitous plug out of the way) and headed south down the freeway to Geelong about 60 mins away. We decided to make the outward journey down the Great Ocean Road and cut inland for the return trip via the Princes Highway. First piece of advice – if a fellow traveller is prone to car-sickness have them sitting up front – the road and journey whilst stunning does weave, twist and turn! Tip Number two – if travelling down the road during the summer, expect to take your time, it’s a popular spot. Our first stop breakfast at the Arab Cafe (in our humble opinion the best…

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Aug
09
2011

Relocate a campervan from $1 a day

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FAMILIES, backpackers and road-tripping couples looking to save money on their next holiday will love DriveNow’s campervan and car rental relocation scheme which can set you off on a dream road trip from as little as $1 a day. As long as you have time and flexibility on your side, you could save hundreds of dollars in travelling costs with DriveNow’s one-way specials. Seasonal changes between the states, or an increased demand for vehicles because of festivals or events, means there are campervan rentals forever on the move and in need of relocation. Each morning DriveNow publishes its latest deals for travel in the next two to three weeks. Imagine taking the kids from Darwin to Brisbane in a six-berth dual-cab camper for $5 a day – and having a whole week to get there. Or how about a five-day trip from Adelaide to Brisbane in a six-berth motorhome? Fuel subsidies are offered and there are no booking fees, but…

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Jun
02
2011

Great Ocean Road & The Grampians – Victoria driving holiday itinerary ideas

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Victoria /

The Great Ocean Road region hugs the contours of Victoria’s rugged south west coast and offers visitors one of Australia’s greatest and most spectacular coastal drives. Start your journey in Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula and discover beautiful beaches, great eateries, a fascinating heritage and an enormous range of recreational opportunities from fishing and golfing to diving and surfing. Take in the colourful and lively ambience of bayside Geelong, Victoria’s second largest city, or visit quaint Queenscliff and discover the town’s rich maritime history, excellent restaurants and heritage hotels. Along the coast, seaside resort towns such as Lorne and Apollo Bay are the perfect base for a seaside escape. They offer stunning beaches and water sports as well as some of Australia’s best rainforest scenery in the nearby Otway Ranges. One of the most visited stretches of the road is Port Campbell. Buffeted by wild seas and fierce winds, the coastline around Port Campbell has been sculpted over millions of…

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Apr
14
2011

6 Tips for Stress Free Car Hire

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There’s no need for car hire to be a stressful process, here’s a few tips on how to ensure things run smoothly and avoiding nasty surprises: Book Earlier – Always the best advice as this ensures the best rates and locks in the vehicle you’re after. With no Credit Card details required when booking through sites such as DriveNow.com.au and no booking or cancellation fees locking in Car Hire has never been easier. Booking Optional Extras – If you need Baby or Booster Seats, Sat-Nat aids or other optional extras ensure these are requested when making your initial booking as there will be limited numbers available in each location. Read the Contract – Not the most interesting of things to do, however ensure you know and understand what your obligations are and what the rental company is responsible for. Check your Car – Before leaving the rental depot check the inside and out of your vehicle for any damage or markings and compare against the…

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Apr
13
2011

5 Money saving Tips when Hiring a Car

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Here’s some great tips on how to keep the cost of renting a car down to a minimum: Book Earlier – Possibly the best tip. The earlier you book generally the cheaper the rental rate you will secure especially around peak times such as Christmas, Easter and School Holidays. Many rental companies have automated pricing systems that raise rates depending upon how close the pick up date is and vehicle availability. With no need to provide credit card details and no cancellation fees you’ve nothing to lose plus you secure the vehicle you’re after. This is particulary important if you’re in the market for a People-Mover (7 seater) around a peak time. Compare and you will save – Make use of booking sites such as DriveNow.com.au, offering a free service with no booking or cancellation fees you can compare cars and prices from all the major rental companies. Your booking is made directly with the rental company and confirmed to you via email with no payment required until you pick up…

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Feb
09
2011
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Port Fairy Folk Festival Accommodation – The Campervan Rental Alternative

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Port Fairy Festival Campervan Hire – Melbourne RAPIDLY becoming Australia’s leading Folk event, the Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place over the Victorian Labor Day long weekend each March And this year falls on 11-14th March. Located 290 kilometres west of Melbourne, Port Fairy attracts performers from around the world and 2010 saw it complete its 34th festival with record number of visitors and artists. The increasing popularity has meant the limited Port Fairy accommodation is in much greater demand including Campervan and Motorhome hire. In recent years, particularly 2010, DriveNow has had to turn away many Festival visitors as our Victorian Campervan suppliers have quickly run out of vehicles even 2 weeks out from the event. The secret is to get in early; you’ll find better rates, more choice and have a much better chance of securing the vehicle you’re after.  For those who are new or returning to campervan hire much has changed over the past few years….

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