Aug
28
2012

Eyre Peninsula – a road trip where memories are made

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

THE stunning Eyre Peninsula (pictured right), located in the west quarter of South Australia on the west coast of the Spencer Gulf, is a place where real memories are made once you reach it after picking up your South Australia campervan rental. But most people miss it – too excited to be heading onto the Nullabor Plain, they don’t deviate or are tired from months on the road and after completing the Nullabor they just want to get home. But in reality, they are missing one of the most amazing parts of Australia. It’s an easy drive for any big rig, too, and in no time we started seeing the sign posts for Steaky Bay. The Streaky Bay Foreshore Family Park yet again is absolute beachfront. Again, we couldn’t get any closer to the water. The inlet at Streaky Bay is just gorgeous with calm water and no waves, which is perfect for the kids. If you have a Quintrex…

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May
16
2012

Heading to Arno Bay – a South Australian road trip for your bucket list

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

THERE is not a lot at Arno Bay, but that’s exactly what we wanted. A great pub, a few local shops and a caravan park so close to the water that at one point I thought the waves were going to crash into the campervans and caravans! It is truly a ‘get-away’ place. If you are in South Australia and choose an Adelaide campervan rental, getting there is easy. Pick up your camper in the city and head north-west about 530km. Or, like we did, you can take the car and passenger ferry from Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula, just north of Adelaide, and cross the Spencer Gulf to Lucky Bay in under two hours. After negotiating Adelaide’s peak hour traffic only hours beforehand, Lucky Bay, with its awe-inspiring outback scenery, was a welcome sight. Arno Bay was an easy 20-minute drive from there. We fell in love with the place – and we weren’t the only ones. The people…

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Mar
31
2012

Check out beautiful Esperance on the south coast of Western Australia

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria / Western Australia /

FOR a lot of us who live on the east coast of Australia, Esperance in the west is just that little bit too far away. Being situated along the south coast of Western Australia, the only way to get there from the east is usually along the Nullabor and a great way to travel the Nullabor  is with a campervan rental, preferrably booked through DriveNow of course! And for those of you who have never done it, you don’t know what you are missing out on! Esperance really is a remarkable place, full of surprises … good surprises, of course. Did you know that on part of the Nullabor Plain there is the world’s longest perfectly straight piece of road? The views along the rugged coast line of the Great Australian Bight are second to none and then at the end you are welcomed with huge open arms when you arrive at the town of Esperance! We actually did it in reverse…

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Jul
21
2011

Tranquility on the road to Killarney

By Australia / Queensland /

KILLARNEY is the jewel of the Queensland hinterland, so we decided to bask in its glow for a while. Only a two-hour drive in a southerly direction in your Brisbane campervan rental, Killarney is an easily accessible, stunning little country village nestled at the bottom of some remarkable ranges and waterfalls. The waterfalls, while a steady, hard walk to reach, are worth the effort – Queen Mary Falls and Dags Falls are the best options. Killarney is the starting point of Australia’s longest river system and a tight-knit community with all the amenities a traveller needs – including great meals at the pub! The local RSL features a museum with a wonderful collection of old photos that offer a fascinating glimpse into the history of the area. We pulled the campervan into the Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park; a leisurely 1km walk from town and with great views over the valley. The park is tranquil, with cows patrons can…

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Jul
11
2011

Sitting by the Top in the Bay – a road trip to beautiful Byron

By Australia / New South Wales /

LEAVING the cold of the south behind, team Everitt moved on to the beachside haven of Byron Bay. And what a welcome sight! After three weeks of grey skies, unloading and the campervan rental and setting up at the First Sun Holiday Park in full sunshine was glorious. We thought this was the best camping park in the area because it was located right in the heart of the action. Looking for adventure, we headed south along the stunning beach and took the one-hour return walk around the coastline and up to the famous lighthouse. It’s a fairly easy walk, the kids coped well and the views were gorgeous. Ocean waves crashed against the jagged rock face, and we almost fell off the walking track when we spotted three whales. They were frolicking without a care in the world and we couldn’t believe how close to the shore they were. Upon reaching the lighthouse you can just sit around and…

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May
27
2011

A beauty by the beach on Great Ocean Road

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / Victoria /

Barwon Heads was next on the agenda for the Everitt clan and it was an easy 90-minute road trip from Melbourne or if you are coming along the Great Ocean Road in an Adelaide campervan rental then its only a 20-minute deviation from Geelong. Barwon Heads is the most beautiful beachside village you are likely to see, especially in Victoria. There’s a tonne of beach for everyone to enjoy, including ocean, river and estuary – you name it, they have it. The Barwon Heads Caravan Park was built on multi-million dollar land which runs right along the river/estuary. There are a stack of powered sites right on the water’s edge plus they have spacious villas up on the hill with outrageously great views from their deck … and the couch. The park is massive with its own footy field in the middle, so no whinging kids here! Barwon Heads thrives on the tourism trade, with great little knick-knack shops and,…

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May
10
2011

Goondiwindi and the mighty Gunsynd legend

By Australia / Queensland /

AT about a leisurely four hours after you pick up your rental car in Brisbane or on the Gold Coast, Goondiwindi is easy to get to with great roads all the way. It’s a great little town and well-known for being the home of famous racehorse, Gunsynd. The legendary galloper still adorns the street murals and even has his very own statue and museum at the town’s Tourist Information Centre. Gunsynd’s story is a beauty and you get a real feel for the town upon discovering it. A hard-working country town built on trust and loyalty. Goondiwindi is home to some of Australia’s biggest cotton fields and you just have to take the town tour (which departs from the Information Centre). You are taken around town, given all the lowdown on the history of Gunsynd and then head out to the cotton fields to see just how these farms work. It’s awesome seeing all the massive machinery working – the…

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Mar
09
2011

Head for the hills in your Melbourne car rental

By Melbourne / Victoria /

Omeo is one of those places in Victoria you wouldn’t automatically slot into your itinerary, but it’s a great little destination in the east of the state and worthwhile road trip experience from Melbourne. Omeo is tucked away at the base of the Snowy Mountains, just a 90-minute drive north of Bairnsdale or a five-hour drive along the Princes Freeway, Princes Highway and Great Alpine Rd after you grab a Melbourne car rental in the CBD. There’s much to explore along the way if heading along the southern route through the Gippsland region. The town itself flies under the radar but boasts some of Australia’s best scenery and outdoor pursuits. Only 30 minutes up the mountain you will find Dinner Flat Plains, a place pumping with activity in both the summer and the chilly winter. We lobbed here in early May, so no snow for us, but what we did find was a great alternative – snow dog sledding, summer-style!…

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Feb
19
2011
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On the road to Tin Can Bay – a quick road trip from Noosa to meet wild dolphins

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Where is Tin Can Bay? Just near Gympie in Queensland, that’s where, and only a leisurely three-hour drive in a campervan rental from Brisbane or a quick-fire 45-minute cruise if you pick up a Car Rental in Noosa. And boy, what a great little spot it is. Tin Can Bay is a very sleepy little coastal village, with some of the most stunning scenery. The beautiful harbour area is just fantastic dotted with a ton of yachts and people enjoying the area. It’s great for fishing, water sports and a super spot to explore the area. The best part, though, is the wild dolphin feeding which happens every day. The dolphins come ashore to meet and greet you (there’s my wife Sheree, pictured right), and for just $5 you can get a bucket of fish and stand in the water as they scoot around you – it really is worth the wait, too, and we had to wait three hours…

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Dec
28
2010

Darwin and the Tiwi islands paradise

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

BEING surrounded by water means Australia has some of the most spectacular off-shore islands, none the least being the beautiful Tiwi Islands. Located 80km north of Darwin where the Arafura Sea joins the Timor Sea, it’s well worth parking your Darwin campervan rental and spending a day or two on the Tiwi Islands. We boarded SeaCat’s passenger ferry Arafuru Pearl just out of Darwin at Cullen Bay and set sail for the Tiwi Islands community of Nguiu on Bathurst Island. The Tiwi Islands are just a two hour sail by boat. The islands will give you the best insight into the Indigenous way of life. The Arafuru Pearl operates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays leaving at 7.30am each morning and returning at 2.30pm. It costs only $70 per adult each way. Arriving at the port of Nguiu you are pleasantly surprised by a war welcome from locals who are fishing the waters either side of the boat ramp. It’s here where…

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Nov
30
2010

Let’s Keepit a secret – one helluva road trip to a cool NSW destination

By Australia / New South Wales /

HITTING the highway for a six hour road trip from Sydney and heading for Tamworth in country NSW, Lake Keepit is the best kept secret in the land! So lets ‘keepit’ a secret! Having talked to so many caravanners, campervanners and campers, we have discovered it is their mission to go where no others have been before … or they have a hidden treasure they visit every year, but refuse to reveal where it is. Well we found ours. But stupidly, we are telling everyone all about it. Even though Lake Keepit has been around for many years, it has slipped under the radar for the most part until now. With new managers on site it’s a park and lake that is moving ahead in leaps and bounds. Owned by the State Government, it recently had a lot of time to do some work and had a lot of money spent on it. And it’s not at all off-the-beaten path:…

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Nov
22
2010

Mildura to Renmark – a Murray River highlight

By Melbourne / Victoria /

RENMARK is a town often left off the itinerary of campervanners and roadtrippers, but we believe you would be doing yourself an absolute injustice by not stopping by this beaut place. Only a two-hour drive from Mildura (which is a six-hour drive from Melbourne), Renmark also is set on the banks of the mighty Murray River and is home to the River Rambler. This amazing houseboat takes you on an afternoon of discovery that you are unlikely to forget. The River Rambler crew collect you from your campervan door (right outside the Renmark Riverfront Big4 Holiday Park, that is) and whisk you away for an afternoon of cruising … and great scones! It’s great to also get a good feel for the area and also learn the all important history of the mighty Murray River. The Renmark township has all services and amenities you will need and if you love olives, then there are some great little olive farms in…

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