Nov
28
2018

The most magical Christmas markets to visit in France this year

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A European Christmas is very different to an Aussie one. There’s no scorching heatwaves, sizzling BBQs or Christmas Day at the beach. But, there are the twinkling Christmas lights, warming up by a fire with a mulled wine, and our favourite, the magical Christmas markets that pop up around European cities. If you’re heading to France this festive period, you’re in for a treat. There are plenty to choose from, from the grand to the cute and quaint, it can be a difficult task on deciding which ones to visit. DriveNow has rounded up the most magical Christmas markets to visit in France this year. Enjoy. Strasbourg For a true festive French experience, head to France’s oldest Christmas market. Strasbourg Christmas market dates all the way back to 1577. Today, over two million tourists visit here every year to take in the beauty of the hundreds of miles of twinkling lights, a living nativity and live Advent concerts. Sample the…

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Nov
19
2018

8 Places to Spend the Christmas holidays in Australia

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Christmas is almost upon us and what better way to spend the extra time off work than on an adventure with your loved ones? Australia is so vast, from its red earth rocky terrain to crystal clear waters, luscious rainforests, and uber-hip cities, there’s plenty of places to explore. Struggling on where to choose for your Christmas break? We’ve come up with a list of places to inspire you on where to explore next. Cairns Cairns should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. The adventure capital is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, and an archipelago of 600 islands. This beautiful Queensland city is a dream holiday destination for its tropical climate, eclectic mix of cafes, bars, and shops. Explore the vibrant city centre before heading off on an adventure. Enjoy a jungle trek through the world heritage Daintree Rainforest, a scuba dive on the world’s largest coral reef, or admire the local wildlife. Enjoy your Christmas break…

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Oct
26
2018

Halloween Adventures in New South Wales

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New South Wales is the oldest state in Australia, so it’s no surprise that it’s home to many supernatural sightings. From haunted isolated hospitals to dark and eerie caves, or the nation’s most haunted house, the state has plenty of spooky places to scare yourself silly on your Halloween car adventure with DriveNow. Q Station It may be in a beautiful setting but don’t let Q Station’s looks fool you, this historic quarantine station has a gloomy past rooted with suffering, disease, and isolation. It is said that there are over fifty spirits that wander the isolated hospital. If you’re a believer in the other side or not, the fascinating stories of this place will keep you enthralled. For the very brave book on to the spirit searching sleepover tour for the ultimate Halloween fright. Jenolan Caves The Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains aren’t only known for being one of the largest cave systems in the world, but also…

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Oct
16
2018

Prince Harry and Meghan’s Australia and New Zealand Tour Destinations!

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Prince Harry and Meghan are set to embark on their first official Royal tour since getting married in May. The newlyweds will follow in the footsteps of Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their trip around Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji that lasts from 16th October to 31st October. Inspired by the Duke and Duchess’ tour around Australia and New Zealand, we’ve picked the ultimate hotspots for you to embark on your own royal trip. So, what are you waiting for? Book your DriveNow car hire and make like the Royals and visit the following destinations. Sydney A trip to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without visiting the iconic Sydney Opera House. Venture under the sails for a guided tour around one of the world’s most famous landmarks. For the ultimate bucket list activity, why not immerse yourself in the culture and see an opera performance just like Harry and Meghan will be doing on their stop. For the perfect…

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Oct
09
2018

The 5 Co-Pilot Commandments

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Just because you’re not behind the wheel of a hire car or campervan doesn’t mean you don’t have a key role to play in the journey. Passengers, especially the one sitting in the co-pilot seat, are vital ingredients for a successful and safe road trip.  Here are five rules to stick by to keep your driver happy and ensure you’re invited back on the next road trip. Stay calm  We’ve all been there; in charge of giving directions and seeing instructions either forgotten or just plain ignored. Is taking the next exit on the left so hard? Sometimes it is. Between sketchy road conditions, unfamiliar surroundings and locals not letting you over, sometimes turns are just going to be missed.  Instead of freaking out, just breathe. Just give directions that will get you to where you need to go; take the next turn, or pull over to check the GPS for a suitable alternate route. If you’re doing it right, the driver won’t even know that he/she missed a…

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Sep
21
2018

Labour Day – Top things to do in NSW this long weekend

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Another long weekend is almost upon us! On 1st October, it’s Labour Day in New South Wales giving us a much needed long weekend. So, what better way to spend three days off work than by travelling around NSW and experiencing something new? To give you some inspiration on where to go and what to do, we’ve noted our top things to do this long weekend. Balloon Aloft Fiesta (28th – 1st October)   Head to the Hunter this long weekend to see the spectacle of the Balloon Aloft Fiesta fill the skies with a magnificent display of colour. From the 28th September to 1st October, twenty-five or more balloons will take to the sky each morning to drift majestically over the vineyards. You can either follow the excitement from the ground or for an experience of a lifetime, book on to one of the hot air balloons as a passenger. The Celebrations continue on landing at Peterson House Winery…

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Sep
05
2018

Countdown to Spring: 10 Places to Visit in Australia Now the Weather is Warming Up

By Australia / Esperance / Great Ocean Road / Perth / Queensland /

Excited for spring? You should be. Springtime brings warmer weather, which means it’s the perfect time to plan your next campervan adventure. But where should you go? Here are 10 places to visit in Australia now the weather is warming up.   1. Margaret River, Perth Famous for its many wineries and gorgeous coastlines, Margaret River is located just three hours south of Perth. It is an ideal spot to visit in spring, with many pristine beaches where you can soak up the sun. Take a drive around the region and visit quirky country towns such as Busselton, Dunsborough, and Augusta, and admire the beauty of the Boranup Forest along the way.     2. Uluru, Alice Springs Visit Australia’s spectacular sandstone formation, Uluru. Right in the heart of the Australian desert, Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is sacred to Indigenous Australians and is believed to be formed more than 550 million years ago. Stopping by in spring means the climate won’t be too cold or too hot in this…

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Sep
04
2018

Australia’s Best Places for Whale Watching Season 

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One of the best things about winter in Australia is being fortunate enough to be able to witness the spectacular sight of whales migrating the vast and scenic coastline.  With thousands of the world’s whales found in the nation’s waters between May and October, you’re bound to spot a few humpback and southern right whales at one of our best places for whale watching season. Sydney There’s an abundance of spots around Sydney to see a whale or two breaching, but our top pick has to be the Fairfax Lookout at North Head. Its infinite ocean views and panorama of the Sydney harbour and skyline make it one of the best viewpoints in the city. Spend a sunny winter’s afternoon up on the clifftops and you’re bound to see at least one whale fin slap, tail slap, or if you’re really lucky breach. North Head is about 11km from the city and you can drive all the way up to the car park…

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Jul
20
2018

Drive to the coolest Airbnbs in Australia

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If you’ve booked a hire car to explore Australia, chances are you’re going to need somewhere to rest your head at night. But before you make a beeline for the nearest hostel, check out some of these incredible offerings from our friends at Airbnb. Whether you fancy a night in an enchanted cave, a treehouse or a shipping container, one thing’s for sure: you won’t forget these trips in a hurry. The Tree House Source: Airbnb If waking up in a forest high above the trees sounds like a good time to you, you’ll love The Tree House in the Blue Mountains. It might not be the cheapest night’s sleep you’ve ever had, but the views, built in jacuzzi and photo opportunities will be worth it. Grab a hire car from Sydney and you can be relaxing in your forest getaway within 2 hours. Luxury Yacht Source: Airbnb Sometimes there’s no better place to be than on the water. Why…

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Jul
17
2018

Splendour in the Grass Spotify Playlist

By Australia /

Splendour in the Grass is back this weekend for its 17th year and if you’re heading to Australia’s largest music festival you’re in for an eclectic mix of top musical talent. To get you excited for the weekend ahead, or to avoid any FOMO, we’ve created the ultimate playlist including all the artists performing at North Byron Parklands. With Lorde, Vampire Weekend, and Kendrick Lamar headlining this year’s festival, it’s already set to be an unforgettable weekend. We’ll also see performances from the likes of international stars, Khalid, Miguel, MGMT, Franz Ferdinand, CHRVCHES, and The Wombats. As well, as more homegrown artists such as Angus & Julia Stone, Hilltop Hoods, Baker Boy, and Gang of Youths. So, if you’re lucky enough to have bagged yourself a ticket and road tripping it to Byron Bay this weekend in your DriveNow camper, make sure you whack on our playlist to get you pumped. For those who are missing out on Splendour in the…

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Jun
21
2018

Travel Hacks That Will Make You a Happy Camper

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A campervan holiday is a fantastic way to explore the great outdoors whilst giving you an unforgettable experience. Having the freedom to get up and hit the road to your next destination is the beauty of hiring a DriveNow campervan. You’ll get off the beaten path and enjoy a completely unique travel experience. To make the most of your travel adventure, we’ve decided to share our handy travel hacks that will make you a happy camper on your campervan road trip. Enjoy! Hack 1 – Saving Water When travelling in your camper, you’ll use a water tank for cooking, cleaning, and, washing. To avoid refilling the tank numerous times, as well as being more water conscious, there are some hacks to be more water efficient. When boiling the kettle to make a round of brews, fill the wash basin with the leftover hot water to clean any dirty dishes. You’ll save having to use the hot water tap from your tank….

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Jun
05
2018

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

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  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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