Nov
07
2018

A quaddie of hotel openings in Queensland this month

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Business travellers heading to Queensland have even more great hotel options at the ready as the Sunshine State wins the Quaddie in a head-spinning race to launch four new hotels this month: Riley in Cairns, Ruby Apartments Gold Coast, The Westin Brisbane, and Ovolo The Valley. Tourism Queensland reports the new hotels come hot on the hooves of The Calile, The Emporeum and W Brisbane. And, when it comes to the grazing paddock, the Sunshine State has launched a spate of winning new gastro choices starting with Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves. Sleep with a good conscience at Riley The much-anticipated five-star Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, will open its doors in Cairns today (November 6) putting #responsibletourism at the forefront with a pledge to donate $100 to Citizens of Great Barrier Reef from every room booked at crystalbrookcollection.com for stays in the first week of the hotel’s operation. Mark Davie, CEO of Crystalbrook Collection said the initiative speaks to Crystalbrook’s…

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Oct
30
2018

Million dollar barramundi on the loose in the Northern Territory

By Darwin / Northern Territory /

Not that long ago the Northern Territory’s Million Dollar Fish competition was scheduled for the start of October, but rumours suggested the chosen ones, barramundi, had been tagged and released across fishing locations in the Top End. One of those “barra” carried a lofty $1 million prize tag. The question had to be asked: what if we landed the big one before the contest even began? Even just hauling in one of the other 75 with $10,000 prize tags could well and truly have been a fishy case of the one that got away. Million reasons to head to Darwin “Well …” our rough and ready guide Carl, from Darwin Barra & Crab, said with a cheeky grin, “we’ll either eat it or tether him over there where it’s hidden”. It wasn’t to be, unfortunately, and certainly only a rumour the “big one” was already out there. The good news is the Million Dollar Fish comp is back for a…

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Oct
26
2018

Halloween Adventures in New South Wales

By New South Wales /

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
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
22
2018

Best campsites and hidden gems in NSW this spring and summer

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Destination NSW know better than anyone about the best camping spots for the warmer weather that comes with spring and summer. As the team says “It’s the ideal time of year to discover some of NSW’s secret campsites and hidden gems.” Rent a car or campervan at Sydney airport, then off you go on a camping adventure! According to Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase, “NSW is filled with hidden camping gems waiting to be discovered. NSW has amazing coastal and bush camping spots that continue to stay under the radar and would make an ideal weekend away this spring.” “These hidden camping gems are just that, secret spots that locals across NSW love due to their unique location and easy access to beautiful beaches, stunning national parks and pristine wilderness environments.” “Tourism managers across the state have shared their favourite secret camping spots with Destination NSW for this short-list, however, this does not exhaust the multitude of amazing campsites just…

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Oct
19
2018

Your guide to Melbourne’s 2018 Spring Racing Carnival

By Australia / Victoria /

Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival is one of Australia’s great sporting highlights. It attracts race-goers from across the nation and the word. But some of the best Spring Racing Carnival highlights aren’t only in Melbourne, but they’re in country Victoria too.  All you need to do is hire a car from Melbourne and then you can travel to these fantastic events on the racing calendar. Cox Plate – 27th October Every year in late October, the Moonee Valley Racecourse plays host to the famous Group One WS Cox Plate over 2040m.  It’s widely known among those in the racing community as the best weight for age race in Australasia and one of the most exciting race days in the world. The Cox Plate carries a total prize money of $3,000,000, and is Australia’s second richest race after the Melbourne Cup. This is one event you surely don’t want to miss. Melbourne Cup – 6th November Melbourne Cup, Australia’s best-known horse racing…

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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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Oct
10
2018

5 amazing Sydney hotels in summer to park your wheels

By New South Wales / Sydney /

Summer is officially here in 7 weeks (and a few days) and there is no better Australian city than Sydney to experience the sunshine and all the action the fun of the warmer months. So whether you’re flying into town and grabbing a car rental, or wheeling your way into town by road, here are 5 hot hotels worth looking at right now and booking in for your summer of fun in the New South Wales capital. Felix Hotels by 8 Hotels (Mascot) Sometimes you just need something right next door to the airport to provide the home base to explore. In which case you can’t go past the nearby Felix, only 10 minutes walk from the baggage collection area of the Sydney airport domestic terminal. It’s a hotel oozing simplicity and a Catch-Me-If-You-Can feel from yesteryear. It’s hip, simplistic, and there’s easy access to hit the road yourself, by Uber, catch a train or bus. Felix Hotel’s design is…

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Sep
26
2018

Take me to the river: Victorian river escapes from Melbourne

By Melbourne / Victoria /

As spring and summer starts to sizzle, pack your bags and head to a Victorian river for a day or two. There’s nothing like relaxing riverside in the sun, or swimming through pristine waters while surrounded by nature and wildlife. For an affordable weekend break, hire a campervan in Melbourne and set off on your riverside adventure. The great news is you don’t have to drive far from Melbourne to reach one of these incredible Victorian river escapes. Murray River, Echuca-Moama Head north to the mighty Murray, which separates New South Wales from Victoria. Here you’ll truly unwind and relax by reading a book or soaking up the sun at one of the sandy riverside areas. A popular attraction is to ride an old paddle steamer and learn about the area’s fascinating history. Where to stay: NRMA Echuca Holiday Park Warrandyte River When the beach feels too far away, join the locals at Warrandyte River on a summer’s day. The…

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Sep
21
2018

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

By New South Wales /

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
21
2018

Tassie day trips in Spring – within a three hour drive

By Australia / Tasmania /

Tassie day trips are a great enjoyable way to explore the beautiful Tasmanian countryside without breaking the bank. You can enjoy incredible seaside views, go hiking in old forests and dine at historic towns along the way. Browse DriveNow’s selection of cheap car hire deals from Hobart, and embark on one of these Tassie day trips. Salamanca Market Luckily, you won’t have to venture too far from Hobart Airport to enjoy this attraction. The Salamanca Market is an iconic outdoor market, with a picturesque backdrop of yachts and fishing boats. Every Saturday, Hobart’s waterfront comes alive with great food and music as thousands of people browse more than 300 stalls. There’s everything including arts and crafts, fashion, gourmet food and wines. Wineglass Bay (pictured) It’s the number one spot on every itinerary. The good thing to know is if you’re short of time, Wineglass Bay is easily manageable as one of your Tassie day trips in Spring. It’s about a two and a half…

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Sep
15
2018

Spring sensations in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Spring is one of the most sensational times to visit Melbourne. Not only are the flowers across the city’s gardens in full bloom, but the sun starts to come out after a long, cold winter. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and explore one of these events. AFL Grand Final (pictured) (29th September) After a season of suspense, every footy fan in Australia has their sights set on the AFL Grand Final. The big game is full of excitement and drama, with the two top teams battling it out in front of a packed area. Be one of the 100,000 screaming fans watching the game unfold inside the MGG. Royal Melbourne Show (22nd September – 2nd October) The show is perhaps Victoria’s most iconic event. There are colourful lights, exhibits, rides and 450,000 people who pack the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds for eleven days in September. There are exciting activities, plenty of competition and pop up restaurants of some of the city’s…

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