Sep
12
2018

Aussie drinking events – the boozy experiences you don’t want to miss

By Australia /

As the weather warms up, you’ll feel like an afternoon in the sun, sampling some of the best beer, wine and ciders. Throw in some live entertainment and gourmet food, and you have yourself an awesome afternoon of drinking events with friends. Hire a car from your nearest capital city with DriveNow, and get pumped for one of these popular drinking events. The good news is you won’t have to travel too far! Sydney Beer Week Sydney’s largest celebration of beer runs from October 26 to November 4. More than 7,000 beer lovers and industry experts unite for one of Australia’s world-class drinking events. Pubs, bars, breweries, cafes and restaurants across Greater Sydney sign up for this exciting festival. Some of the hottest events include the Opening Gala and even the Sydney Beer Awards. Adelaide Hills Oktoberfest Save the date for October 27 and head for the Adelaide Hills. Organisers proudly claim this boozy event to be a traditional and…

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Sep
07
2018

Adelaide’s unmissable events in Spring

By Adelaide / Australia /

Adelaide is known for its amazing food, wine and culture. Spring is the best time of year to visit Adelaide, as the city comes alive to celebrate those things. Hire a car from the Airport and get ready for these spring events. OzAsia Festival  The OzAsia Festival has been touted as Australia’s premier Asia-focused arts festival. It runs between September and early October. It offers the latest in dance, music, film, theatre and visual arts outside of Asia. Its flagship event is the Moon Lantern Festival, where thousands of people will gather to watch Australia’s largest lantern parade. Royal Adelaide Show South Australians will flock to the Royal Adelaide Show every September. It’s one of the state’s biggest entertainment events of the year. There’s something for everyone at the show. Mystery show bags, live entertainments and thrilling rides are always popular. Every night there are fireworks to celebrate this iconic event on the city’s calendar. Adelaide Fashion Festival This fashion festival celebrates innovative design and style. The festival runs over…

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Sep
06
2018

5 reasons to visit Newcastle for your next holiday

By Australia / New South Wales /

Newcastle was once an industrial town that hardly rated a mention in traveller guidebooks. These days, nothing could be further from the truth. The city has well and truly evolved into not just an exciting place to stop over on a road trip, but a standalone tourist destination in itself. What makes Newcastle so attractive as a holiday destination (apart from the beautiful beaches, incredible hikes and trendy cafe culture) is that it’s only a two-hour drive north of Sydney. This makes it an easy pick for your next weekend getaway. Compare the latest cheap Sydney car rental deals, then check out one of our five reasons to visit Newcastle. Newcastle Memorial Walk If you want to enjoy 360-degree views while undertaking one of New South Wales’ most beautiful coastal walks, then this is for you. The Newcastle Memorial Walk, which features a cliff top walkway, was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in World War One. Learn about…

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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 

By Australia /

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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Sep
03
2018

Finals fever – Your guide to Melbourne accommodation for the AFL Grand Final

By Melbourne /

The business end of footy is almost here and it’s finals time with all 8 finalists eyeing a spot in the big one on Grand Final Day. So we’ve picked some of the best central Melbourne hotels close to the footy grounds. Richmond, Collingwood, Geelong and Melbourne are flying so the chances are there will be more than a couple of games in Victoria’s capital. Not to mention the festivities surrounding the grand final parade, Brownlow medal and other footy events in old Melbourne towns. When you’re buzzing about Melbourne and surrounds check out one of these convenient Melbourne accommodation options to park your wheels. Grand Hyatt Melbourne This is truly an iconic Melbourne hotel in the heart of the CBD on Collins Street. Luxury awaits at the Grand Hyatt, where you’ll enjoy spacious guestrooms and fine dining. There’s also access to an indoor swimming pool, gym and a rooftop tennis court. Step outside and high fashion stores and top…

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Aug
24
2018

Tokyo road to the best ski resorts in summer

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Tokyo is famous for sushi, fashion and high speed trains. But it’s also a gateway to some of the world’s best ski resorts year-round. You can get to ski resorts within 1-2 hours of Tokyo, making it easy and exciting for snow lovers. Come December, when Australia’s ski season has well and truly ended and summer is here, get ready to head to the land of the Rising Sun. You can find some awesome car hire deals at Japan Airport. Pick up your set of wheels and hit up some of these slopes. GALA Yuzawa Ski Resort One of Japan’s most popular ski resorts in Niigata region has three fields, with GALA Yuzawa being the largest. You can ascend to 800m above sea level via cable car. Once you’re at the top you not only have a beautiful view to admire, but a thrilling ride back down the slopes follows! Treat yourself at the nearby hot springs after a long…

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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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Aug
17
2018

5 ways to play in Madrid when you have your own set of wheels

By Europe /

The bustling city of Madrid is a city of elegant boulevards, historic palaces and plazas and rich European art. Spain is also home to many other historic regional cities, towns and scenic countryside. Lock in a cheap price to hire a car at Madrid Airport with DriveNow and get ready to explore one of Europe’s most popular destinations outside the capital. Here are five places to visit after you’ve explored Madrid.  El Parque Natural del Cabo de Gata Five and a half hours south of Madrid. When people think of Spain’s beaches, most imagine the Mediterranean’s crowded seaside resorts. However, El Parque Natural del Cabo de Gato is a stunning stretch of coastline where you can discover flawless, tranquil beaches without the crowds. This area in sunny Almeria comprises of quaint villages, green mountains, rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and stunning blue waters. Ubeda  Three hours south of Madrid. Travel south to the beautiful province of Jaen to witness one of…

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Aug
13
2018

Tassie adventures for a winter escape

By Tasmania /

Tassie in winter is one of the most underrated winter adventures. When the cold snap hits then Tasmania is the place to go if you’re searching for beautiful scenery, unique sites and less crowds. Here are six great sights to see and places to visit in Tassie this winter The Southern Lights Aussies travel to Norway to witness the incredible Northern Lights. However, what many people don’t realise is its southern equal, the Aurora Australis, is right in their backyard. The incredible, colourful Southern Lights can be seen year round from Tasmania, although the best time is during winter. You can literally witness this magnificent natural phenomemon from anywhere in Tassie – so long as you have an unobstructed view of the sky to the south! Tour Port Arthur (pictured) Port Arthur is a haunting site but one worth visiting. It doesn’t matter whether your familiar with the horrors of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, which killed 35 people, or…

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Aug
10
2018

Spring festivals in Australia – where to celebrate the season

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Many people would agree that spring is the loveliest time of year. So why not get out and explore some of the best spring festivals that Australia has to offer… Whether you’re a passionate gardener, a food lover, or an art and film buff, there are spring festivals for every niche. For an affordable getaway, check out DriveNow’s website for some cheap campervan hire deals. Then make your way to one of these incredible spring festivals. Sydney Fringe Festival 1-30 September 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales. Every September, Sydney presents more than 300 productions or events across more than 50 venues. They all celebrate the innovative creations of independent artists, art makers, and performers. There are interactive art exhibitions, artists talks and foodie feasts. Brisbane Spring Festival 8-29 September 2018 Spend 21 days celebrating one of Queensland’s most exciting arts festivals. More than a million people attend every year. Not only do…

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Aug
06
2018

Rooftop bars are all the rage in Adelaide

By Adelaide /

Some of the best rooftop bars can be found throughout one of Australia’s friendly capital cities, Adelaide. Scattered across bustling suburbs, in sneaky laneways, or even along the waterfront, you can find rooftop bars to match any vibe of the evening. With DriveNow, you can pick up a bargain car hire deal from Adelaide Airport, and start exploring the city. Make sure you end your day at one of these highly recommended rooftop bars. Gallery It’s one of the city’s largest rooftop gardens and it’s right in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD. You’re surrounded by towering buildngs, while modern art hangs on the walls, as designer furniture decorates the remaining space. Gallery is a great spot to relax with friends while enjoying some fine wine and admiring unique, creative artwork. 2KW Bar and Restaurant (pictured) On the eighth floor of a stunning historic building is a stylish rooftop bar that overlooks some of the city’s gorgeous old buildings. From here…

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