Jun
25
2019

Head for the Tweed Coast of NSW for some winter wonders

By Gold Coast /

The Tweed region in northern NSW is where the days may be shorter and the air cooler as winter hits its stride, and a hum of events and new experiences are just warming up, offering those on the road the perfect excuse to escape the cold. Some say there’s no better time to grab a campervan rental on the Gold Coast in the winter months and head down south to the Tweed region for some fab experiences. Along with enjoying average winter tops of 20 degrees plus, holiday makers to the Tweed can also renew their love of the region with craft gin and rum tastings, nationally significant art exhibitions, delicious food events and a rare opportunity to get up close with the big three of the sea – whales, dolphins and turtles – in under 3 hours! We chat with the Tweed Tourism Co. team to dig up and present some of their recommendations. Husk Farm delight Lovers of…

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Jun
12
2019

The Chair’s Where? Barham & Koondrook on the mighty Murray

By Australia / New South Wales /

TIME TO DISCOVER THE MIGHTY MURRAY For all of us in southern Australia, whether a local, a visitor or an overseas traveller –  the need will arise to see the Murray River. Often referred to as the Mighty Murray, this river is the lifeblood of numerous agricultural endeavours, the actual border between Victoria and New South Wales, a mecca for fisherman, a delight for paddle steamers… and the list goes on. It is the perfect reason to hire a Melbourne motorhome, grab the wife or partner, the kids, the dog or just travel solo and head off on a great adventure. The Murray covers a huge area with access from numerous states and cities.  There are some well known destinations such as Echuca-Moama, Swan Hill and the like.  My preference, however, tends to the slightly smaller, less busy environs of Barham and Koondrook. LOCATION The townships of Barham and Koondrook sit on opposite sides of the Murray river – only…

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May
13
2019

Campervan trip tips – why consider a Family Parks Australia membership

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Are you planning a campervan trip in Australia, but you’re not quite sure where to start? Make your dream campervan trip come true with our handy little trick that will make planning a campervan trip easier. Importantly, it will also save regular travellers money. Start by renting a campervan, which you can do in every state of Australia with DriveNow. Then check out places to stay with a Family Parks Australia and we recommend signing up for a Family Parks Australia membership. It’s a small fee every two years, but the rewards are priceless. We caught up with Family Parks Australia’s Dennis Werthenbach about of the benefits of membership and the latest of what’s happening in the industry. What is Family Parks Australia? “Family Parks is a network of independently owned and operated parks and campgrounds. We represent 40,000 members across Australia. We aren’t a franchise but what we do is promote holiday destinations for travellers of all ages. Our…

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Apr
30
2019

The Chair’s Where? Narooma, New South Wales

By Australia / New South Wales /

TIME TO DISCOVER NAROOMA Comes a point where you have enjoyed checking out the bigger cities, like Melbourne and Sydney, but feel it is time to do some beaches, do some chillin’ out, and maybe go for a road trip. I couldn’t agree more, so grab yourself a vehicle, perhaps hire a motorhome rental, and look no further than the Sapphire Coast and the wonderful township of Narooma. LOCATION The relaxed township of Narooma is a steady four hour drive south of Sydney, or a slightly longer six hour drive from Melbourne. All roads are fully sealed major routes and are all weather accessible. The journey to Narooma will allow for numerous scenic photo opportunities from seascapes to landscapes and stunning hillside viewing platforms in between. Smaller townships along the way will provide options for ‘bric a brac’ browsing, antique purchases, local farmers’ produce, and everywhere will have a bakery with ‘the best meat pie’ award. In other words, the…

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Apr
26
2019

Campervan Holiday – 8 Reasons Why You Need To Take A Road Trip

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A campervan holiday is many things – fun, adventure and even a bit of relaxation. Not only is a campervan holiday a great way to see the great outdoors or switch off from work. It can actually be good for the soul. Here are eight reasons why you should take a campervan holiday. 1. Take the financial stress out of a holiday Is your bank account running low? A campervan holiday is easily one of the most affordable ways to travel. Forget about costly flights. You have your night’s accommodation and transport covered with a campervan and there are so many affordable holiday parks where you can park your wheels. You can also snap up cheap campervan deals or relocation deals for as little as $5 a day with DriveNow. 2. Freedom and convenience Daily life is stressful and it feels like you’re doing everything to a schedule. Campervan holidays are the opposite. There’s no need to worry about the…

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Feb
19
2019

Hot relocation deals as we speak – one way rentals

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Do you know people who always seem to get lucky with travel deals? Did you know that rental companies will often rent their campervans and cars for an incredible cheap price and even throw in free fuel. It’s so they can relocate vehicles around the country, to cities where demand for rental cars is highest. Luckily, you can be one of those people! It’s so simple. Just sign up for DriveNow’s watchlist for one way rentals and relocation deals for Australia and New Zealand and you’ll be the first to know when a bargain is up for grabs. The list is updated on a daily basis. Here are five incredible one way rentals that are available right now at the time we publish this blog. You’d better jump in quickly, but if you miss these never fear – there are always more on the way. Melbourne to Sydney For just $5 a day you can secure a Britz Voyager. The…

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Dec
10
2018

Top tips for a summer of camping fun in Victoria

By Melbourne / Victoria /

Mountains, rivers, beaches, forests – Victoria has it all when it comes to camping locations, according to the team from Parks Victoria. While Mother Nature provides the magnificent backdrop and Parks Victoria provides campgrounds in more than 100 parks, it’s the little bit of additional planning and care that will really take a camping holiday from ho-hum to ho-ho. So grab your Melbourne campervan rental Check out these Park Victoria tips for making sure you are a happy camper these holidays. Research your campground Make sure you know what to expect before you pack the campervan or tent. Campgrounds in Victoria’s vast parks and reserves vary greatly. Some are remote with no toilets or running water, while others can be easily accessed, and include showers and cooking facilities. Either way, there’s something for everyone. To get started, visit the Parks Victoria website. Book ahead or arrive early Once you know where you want to go, make sure you’ve checked how…

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Nov
19
2018

Campervanning Top Tips For Summer Adventures

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Summer is the best time of year to snag a bargain campervan hire deal from your nearest capital city. With summer just around the corner, we’ve prepared some campervanning tips to help make things easier for your next adventure. Here are our top five campervanning tips: 1. Finding a campervan One of the best campervanning tips we can share, of course, is where to find the best campervan hire deals if you don’t own one. DriveNow rents campervans, giving you a wide choice of vehicles at affordable costs, with no booking fees. You can rent a campervan for as little as one dollar a day with DriveNow’s campervan relocation rentals or even start planning for your American summer road trip in a motorhome mid-year 2019. 2. Stock up! There’s the obvious list – bring food, sunscreen, bug spray, a first-aid kit, hand sanitiser, bin liners, extra towels. However, something that travellers commonly overlook are battery chargers. There’s no point in…

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Oct
23
2018

5 reasons to tuck into the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

By Perth / Western Australia /

Just while the west coast’s colourful wildflowers put on a show in the Spring, the chefs also come out to play as food lovers converge on the Margaret River Gourmet Escape. It’s one of the premier foodie events on a global scale, let alone Australia so grab a Perth campervan or car rental and get ready for some seriously tasty treats come November 16-18.  And here’s a warning – you may just forget about returning home and stay on for summer as you explore the regions amazing attractions. Nigella’s Tea Party Margaret River Gourmet Escape is a unique event attracting local, national and international visitors to enjoy a food and wine 3 day festival program. Cumulatively since the inaugural 2012 event 80,000 passionate foodies have shared in the unique local flavours, incredible landscapes, fun atmosphere and the personal experiences of their favourite attending food and wine celebrities. Could any be more popular than Nigella? “I have always had a slight…

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Oct
07
2018

7 Nifty Apps For Campervan Road Trippers

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Campervanning adventures in the modern world is a whole lot different to yesteryear, especially with a gazillion digital tools to help you on your way. Looking for some little digital helpers for your next roadtrip? Apps for your mobile phone are the most convenient way to get access to all the information you need. It doesn’t matter where in the world you are travelling, you can have all these tools at your fingertips. Once you collect that campervan rental just make sure you’ve downloaded at least one of these apps and you’ll be set for some digi assistance on the road. Finding a carpark: INRIX ParkMe It’s one of the worst parts of road travel, especially when driving to inner city areas or small towns with narrow streets and limited parking. One of the biggest complaints for drivers is you can easily waste half an hour circling busy areas to find a carpark. That’s about to get so much easier…

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Sep
05
2018

Campervan escapes are music to our ears

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Road trips. Could there be anything better? Right now we’ve launched into Spring and life on the road becomes an extremely enticing proposition when there’s an opportunity to jump in a campervan and explore. It’s music to our ears, in fact! As Walt Whitman once said: “I take the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” In the spirit of Walt’s celebration of life on the road, here are 7 great reasons why the humble road trip ticks all the boxes for a memorable holiday. No.1 Australia is best explored with a road trip We love and live on a massive continent in Australia and with that comes thousands of destinations and many worlds in one. Tasmania anyone? What better way to explore than in a campervan through Tasmania’s rugged West Coast routes, or Wildflower season in the Mid West of Western Australia where carpets of colours are on show. Maybe Victoria’s High Country or the New South Wales…

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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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