Jun
05
2018

Head off on a Royal Roadtrip this Queen’s Birthday Weekend

By Australia /

  For many of us (sorry Queensland and WA, not you this time) the Queen’s Birthday long weekend is fast approaching. If you haven’t got plans yet, it’s time to act. Queenie wouldn’t want you to spend the weekend watching Netflix, so don’t let her down. Long weekends are the perfect length of time for a road trip, so we’ve gathered some of the best short adventures in NSW, SA, Tassie and Victoria to help you get the most out of that extra day off work. Grab yourself a hire car or campervan and celebrate Queenie’s big day in style. NSW Sydney to Jervis Bay Just three hours’ drive from Sydney; Jervis Bay is a peaceful, scenic weekend getaway. You might not be able to soak up the sun on the famous Hyam’s Beach like you would in summer, but you can still enjoy plenty of activities like hiking, eating and exploring. Take a detour via Kangaroo Valley on your…

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May
28
2018

Where to find the best ‘Big Things’ in Australia

By Australia /

If you’re planning on travelling around Australia and have never heard of the ‘Big Things’, well you’re in for a treat. These giant, seemingly random structures are dotted all over the country, ready to be hunted down and take centre stage in your selfies. From prawns to koalas to giant gumboots, you’ll certainly know when you’ve seen one. There are over 200 ‘Big Things’ in Australia, so scouting them all out could take you several road trips. Here are just a few of the best-loved and most popular Big Things for you to factor into your  next Aussie road trip itinerary. Jump in your hire car and get your selfie sticks ready!  The Big Banana Pacific Highway, 3km north of Coffs Harbour, NSW If your travels are taking you along the north coast of New South Wales, keep your eyes peeled (get it?) for the Big Banana. Constructed in 1964, this is one of Australia’s very first Big Things, built…

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May
18
2018

Vivid Sydney Drive Now Spotify Playlist

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Vivid Sydney 2018 Heading to Sydney during May or June? Well, you’re in for a treat as Sydney’s annual light, music and arts festival, Vivid Sydney is here from 25th May to 16th June. The world’s leading artists and Imagineers come together to illuminate the city in a truly immersive light spectacle. Now, in its 10th year, Vivid 2018 is one that won’t disappoint. From the illuminating pathways around The Royal Botanic Garden to the breathtaking light art at Barangaroo, there’s plenty to see by foot. Or, for an unforgettable experience take a harbour boat cruise and see the jewels of the city around Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Luna Park and Harbour Bridge. Now, Vivid isn’t just about the brilliant light shows, Vivid Music also showcases some of the best musical talents at iconic Sydney venues and intimate clubs and bars. To get you in the mood whilst driving to Sydney in your DriveNow car hire, we’ve put together an eclectic…

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May
07
2018

Get a Taste of Tassie on this Ultimate Food Tour

By Australia / Tasmania /

Tasmania has become one of the focal points of the Australian food scene, with incredibly fertile fields and fantastic farmland producing some of the finest ingredients in the land. While MONA, amazing trekking trails and the city centres of Hobart and Launceston certainly have plenty to see and do, you’d have to be plum crazy to skip the chance to devour the delectable dishes and drinks while on the island. Grab a hire car and set course for these hotspots, which cater to a wide variety of tastes and interests and put a whole new spin on what this great state has to offer. Check out the map to plan out your itinerary!  Tamar Valley Just north of Launceston Tassie’s tasty Tamar Valley is a wonderful chance to check out the state’s thriving wine region. With about 50km of wonderful vineyards and orchards to check out along the winding banks of the Tamar River, you won’t be short of stunning…

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Apr
26
2018

Five Fail Safe Recipes for Campervan Cooking

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For those with a sense of adventure, a campervan holiday is the perfect way to travel. Not only do you get to explore new places and see epic sights, you also get to relax in your own little home on wheels. One of the best parts of this is coming up with inventive ways to cook your favourite meals in your new campervan kitchen. If you’re lacking inspiration, here’s a roundup of some classic campervan cooking recipes for you to whip up after a long day of exploring. Three Ingredient Chilli Duration: 20 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients: 500 grams of Ground minced beef 1 can of red kidney beans 1 can of chopped tomatoes This dish is super quick and easy to make and perfect for warming you up on a cold evening. Start off with three ingredients, and add in spices to give it a fiery kick. You’ll need a pound of ground minced beef, a can of chopped tomatoes, and a…

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Apr
16
2018

7 Types of People You Don’t Want to Road Trip With

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Planning a road trip is almost as fun as the trip itself. Picking the route, packing up the hire car and prepping the snacks will get you pumped up for the adventure ahead. However, there’s one element of this process that you might want to give some extra thought; and that’s who you’re taking on your travels with you. Now, we aren’t suggesting you ruthlessly tell your friends and family that they’re no longer invited, but some people are just made to be co-pilots, and some, (as you will see from our handy guide) are not. Check these out before you select your crew and you should be in for a hassle free cruise. 1. The Sleeper We all get sleepy now and again, it happens. But when travelling in a party of two, everyone knows it is passenger etiquette to stay awake and keep the driver company at the wheel. The sleepy passenger will tend to put their feet…

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Apr
12
2018

Coachella Spotify Playlist

By California /

Coachella returns this weekend for its 18th year and if you’re heading to the infamous music and arts festival, you’re in for a treat with our Coachella Spotify playlist. The festival organisers never fail to disappoint on the eclectic mix of unbelievable music talent, and this year isn’t any different. With three incredible headline acts; Beyonce, The Weeknd and Eminem it’s already set to be an unmissable gig. The Queen B herself had to bow out of the 2017 event due to being pregnant with twins. So, she’s back this year and it’s her first major gig since giving birth which is bound to be as fierce as ever. Headlining on Friday is The Weeknd who has recently dropped his new single, Call Out My Name just in time for his highly-anticipated performance. And, closing the festival on Sunday is the rap god himself, Eminem. After making a comeback in 2017 and collaborating with some huge talent, we wonder if he’ll bring…

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Mar
23
2018

Bluesfest Road Trip Spotify Playlist

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Byron Bay’s Bluesfest is back for its 29th annual event this long Easter weekend at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm. With an ever-impressive line-up, the hedonistic party town will turn into a haven for some of the world’s top blues and roots artists. With the legendary Lionel Richie and CHIC on the headlining list, you’ll be dancing all night long to the beats. Joining the legends of disco and soul is Ms. Lauryn Hill who is returning to Australia for the first time since her tour back in 2014.  And, she’ll be performing a catalogue of her music career including her debut solo album; The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Alongside these music legends, there will be names you’ll know well and also up and coming artists to get to know. A few of our top picks to keep an ear out for in our Bluesfest road trip Spotify playlist is Dan Sultan, Citizen Cope, The Wailers, and The Strides to name just…

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Mar
08
2018

How to Conquer Campervan Travel with Kids

By Australia /

  Adding kids to the campervan holiday equation can put a new spin on an already amazing trip. All it takes is a bit of planning, a bit of preparation, and maybe a few extra chocolate bars. Take a look at these top tips for campervanning with youngsters to best prepare your travelling crew for a smooth and enjoyable ride.   1. Pick the right vehicle While you may love the idea of living your hippie dreams in a rustic VW camper, your kids might have other ideas. Hire a campervan in which everyone can sleep without too much of a squeeze, particularly if your kids already struggle with bed time. Unless you don’t mind sharing lights-out time with your little ones, think about picking a vehicle with an awning or separate section for the adults to relax in to avoid having to talk in whispers! On-board toilet facilities and showers may also come in handy when you’re travelling as…

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