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
18
2018

The Chair’s Where? Balranald in southern New South Wales

By New South Wales / Sydney /

So you have been to the coast, done the theatre and eaten at enough gourmet restaurants. Looking for something different and feel like a road trip to somewhere unique? Well then, I suggest you pick up a motorhome, or fuel up a car and head to Balranald in southern New South Wales. Oh… may I suggest you bring some sturdy shoes or boots, you will discover why a little later. LOCATION Balranald is strategically placed just over the border in NSW.  It is a bit over 400km from Melbourne, and a bit over 500km from Adelaide. It is near to Swan Hill, a tourist attraction of its own standing.  All routes to Balranald are sealed bitumen roads and give access to assorted wineries, view and photos, farm produce like free range eggs, antiques, arts and crafts and a myriad more similar opportunities. DISCOVERY CENTRE Having arrived in Balranald can I suggest an immediate visit to the Discovery Centre. Here are…

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Aug
20
2018

Sensations in Spring – top South Australia events for your calendar

By South Australia /

  South Australia events are all the rage this spring. As the weather improves, thousands of people come together to celebrate food, wine, fashion and art. There’s no better time of year to consider hiring a campervan from Adelaide airport. Then make sure you experience some of these top South Australia events. Ceduna Oysterfest Sept 28 – 30, 2018 The Ceduna Oysterfest is one of the Eyre Peninsula community’s proud gems. It boasts family activities, cooking demonstrations, arts and live music. You’ll also get a taste of some of the region’s best wine and food including the fresh, juicy Smoky Bay Oysters. In addition there’s also the legendary Oyster Shuck and Eat Competition. Best of all, it’s free entry! Where to stay: Ceduna Foreshore Caravan Park, BIG4 Ceduna Tourist Park Royal Adelaide Show Aug 31 – Sept 9, 2018 Every year the iconic Royal Adelaide Show attracts about half a million people. The much-loved Show treats families to 10 days of rides,…

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Jul
31
2018

Set sail for Hamilton Island Race Week

By Queensland /

Hamilton Island Race Week takes place every August. It’s the largest sailing regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, set in one of the most beautiful destinations too. Grab your campervan and stay at one of Airlie Beach’s many caravan parks. You’re spoilt for choice – and for views, as you’re surrounded by stunning blue waters and lush, green forest. Here are five ways to treat yourself during Hamilton Island Race Week. See the races in action Hamilton Island Race Week is one of the hottest events on the sporting and social calendar, attracting more than 2500 sailors and race-goers. Hundreds of yachts with crew come to the Whitsunday Coast from around the world. They spend the week racing through the island courses and the crew that comes out on top has plenty to celebrate! Visit Whitehaven Beach Whitehaven Beach consistently tops the list of best beaches not only in Australia, but the world. It’s seven kilometres of pure while silica sand and…

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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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Jul
13
2018

The Chair’s Where? Silo Art Trail, Central Victoria

By Melbourne / Victoria /

So you are based in Melbourne, staying in Melbourne or you have just arrived. You have done the footy, the restaurants, the coast. It’s time to get out and about and flex your driving muscles. But where to go? Why not try something different and mix a good drive, a great stay, and a terrific art experience all into one and the same. Are you keen? Yes, then jump in your Melbourne car rental and set your GPS to the Wheatbelt region of Victoria TRAVEL WEST Whether you use the Calder Highway or the Western Highway, you are assured of some great opportunities for visiting wineries, antique stores, ‘famous’ bakeries, and assorted fishing, art, sculpture and alternative distractions. But ultimately, you need to travel through to the Yarriambiack Shire, based either side of Hopetoun. At this point some wondrous art is made available to you. Art that is 40 metres high, art that is as unique as the townships nearby,…

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Jun
14
2018

The Chair’s Where? Beachport, South Australia

By Australia / South Australia /

Limestone Coast splendour The Limestone Coast of South Australia is a truly wonderful destination to visit. Magnificent sandy beaches, serious cliffs and rocky outcrops, blowholes, caves and being at the end of the world renowned Coonawarra wine district makes this a ‘bucket list’ location. Proximity helps, as both Melbourne and Adelaide are a comfortable and drive-able distance from this locale. The Limestone Coast extends for a couple of hundred kilometres, so never fear that you will get crowded in, or miss out on a spot. There is room for every one, so jump in your Adelaide car rental or bring your motorhome or campervan, tow your caravan, bring your family, bring your relatives and bring your friends. Along the way OK, so you have picked up a hire vehicle and made plans to explore the Limestone Coast area. Why not turn “getting there” into “an adventure”? Wineries, antique shops, arts and crafts boutiques will all compete for your attention as…

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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
06
2018

How to Make the Most of your New Zealand Campervan Rental

By New Zealand /

Hiring a campervan can be an exciting way of exploring New Zealand with the whole family, especially for your kids – imagine the delight on their faces at the prospect of living in a house with wheels! If it’s your first time travelling in a Campervan in New Zealand or anywhere for that matter, here are some things to keep in mind.

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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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Dec
14
2017

Where to stay for the Tamworth Country Music Festival

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The Tamworth Country Music Festival is held every year in January. The city in northeast New South Wales draws massive international acts and about 50,000 fans from across the world. Country Music plays a pivotal role in culture in the city with the famous Big Golden Guitar. The Tamworth Country Music Festival is often regarded as one of the world’s top music festivals, and it’s the second only to the Nashville Music Festival in terms of its size and reach. With the influx of visitors to the area for the two weeks, accommodation completely book out up to a year in advance. Your best bet is to find a campervan hire deal at Sydney and drive nearly five hours to Tamworth to park your wheels at one of these places. Make sure you book early. Riverside Camping Grounds When in town for the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Riverside Camping Grounds are just a short walk away from all the…

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