Mar
13
2019

Sydney & surrounds Easter school holidays fun

By New South Wales / Sydney /

Easter and the school holidays are just around the corner and Sydney and surrounds is a hive of activity. Hire a car from Sydney Airport and experience these great events and tourist attractions over the Easter period. Sydney Royal Easter Show, 12-23 April Dating back to 1823, the Royal Easter Show in Sydney (picture courtesy Destination NSW) is Australia’s largest ticketed event and is attended by 850,000 people every year. It’s a unique celebration of the Australian way of life with agricultural experiences, fresh produce, animal displays, arts and crafts, baking, carnival rides, live entertainment and much more. Snorkelling and diving off Montague Island Montague Island, about 10km off the coast of Narooma on the Sapphire Coast, is one of Australia’s best snorkeling and diving sites. In April, the waters are still warm (before the temperature drops sharply in Winter) and there are plenty of seals and their pups frolicking in the water, and it’s prime time to spot the rare…

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Feb
28
2019

East Coast events to keep you busy this autumn

By Australia /

The great thing about living on Australia’s East Coast is that there are East Coast events year round. It doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining. You can always find an entertaining and unique festival or event to fill your weekend. Just grab a bargain car rental from your nearest capital city and you’re ready to start exploring! Here are our top five East Coast events for autumn. Melbourne International Comedy Festival 27 March – 21 April, 2019 The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the world’s top comedy festivals. It’s a must for anybody who is up for an evening of non-stop laughter. Comedians from across the world come to Melbourne with their sell-out shows. This year’s line-up includes names like Adam Knox, Aaron Chen and ‘the funniest woman on Earth’ Maria Bramford. High Country Harvest, Victoria Early to mid May Discover the delights of North East Victoria with the annual High Country Harvest, just…

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Feb
25
2019

5 magical places for a romantic autumn break in Australia

By Australia /

The arrival of autumn around Australia in March has everyone yearning for a romantic autumn break. It’s the season of misty mornings over rolling hills, golden crisp leaves across footpaths and tucking into scrumptious meals. Don’t let the chill keep you from venturing from your nearest capital city to experience a magical autumn break. Hire a car from your closest capital city and go exploring for a few days. Here are five great spots that we recommend for an autumn break. Bright, Victoria Venture towards North East Victoria’s high country to discover nature’s wonders. From late April to early May, you can soak up the gorgeous autumn atmosphere at the Bright Autumn Festival. Get ready for music in the streets, fresh produce at the markets and a grand parade. Proud locals also allow tourists to come into their homes and take a look at their impeccable gardens. Just look for the ‘Open Garden’ signs. Huon Valley, Tasmania Drive through the…

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Feb
08
2019

Easter gems along the Mighty Murray

By New South Wales / Victoria /

There’s no other river like the Mighty Murray, which spans across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. With the legendary Murray stretching 2,500km, you’ll find hotspots for water sports, nature, wineries, galleries and events. You can also find quiet spots that are ideal for a quiet camping trip. Grab a set of wheels (a cheap campervan to hire or check out the great car deals from DriveNow) and go exploring. Here are five wonderful experiences to have along the Murray River this Easter. Have a go at fishing Of course, you can’t holiday to the Murray without attempting this classic Murray experience. The native Murray cod is Australia’s largest freshwater fish and a prized catch. But anglers will often look for the golden perch (yellow belly), trout and freshwater cray, to name a few. Some of the hotspots for fishing include Yarrawonga, Albury, the Narrows near Barmah, and Kings Billabong. Spend your days relaxing by the riverside or fishing…

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Feb
06
2019

8 ways to spoil a loved one in New South Wales

By New South Wales /

Looking for romantic ideas for your adventures with a loved one in New South Wales? We dig up 8 great ideas thanks to the Destination NSW team. Grab a car rental from Sydney and get ready to explore to your heart’s content… Step back in time Immerse yourself in nostalgia with a short break to the historic Blue Mountains. Stay in one of the most famous hotels in the area, The Hydro Majestic, with stunning valley views and old-world charm. At Katoomba, sip an elegant apéritif at Champagne Charlies inside the heritage Carrington Hotel, dine at charming and good-value French bistro, The Rooster, and don’t miss the sunset from famous vantage point and wedding-photo fave, Lincoln Rock in Wentworth Falls. Wellness for two For a wellness escape steeped in luxury, stay at the remote and heavenly Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley (pictured). With an established reputation as one of Australia’s top retreats, it boasts 40 heritage-style villas with private…

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Jan
25
2019

5 Great Reasons to head for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

By Melbourne /

Great wine? Check. Yummy food creations? Check. Good company? Check. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has everything you need to guarantee an incredible day of fun and indulgence. Sample Australia’s world-class wines, meet chefs who can teach you some unique tips for the kitchen and relax. This year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival runs from March 8 – 24, promising many opportunities for an unforgettable culinary experience. Tip: for those who are travelling from out of town, you can snap up a bargain car hire deal from Melbourne Airport with DriveNow. Here are five must-have experiences at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The Village Feast March 16 Travel just one hour from Melbourne to the tiny dairy farming town of Jindivick in West Gippsland. This is where The Village Feast takes place, making for the ultimate country getaway. Several pop up stalls and big names line Jindivick’s main street with exceptional food, produce and drinks. Soak up the…

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Jan
20
2019

5 Aussie sites every campervanner should bookmark

By Australia /

Whether you’re roadtripping in Tasmania or at the Top End, way out Wests or on the east coast, Australian campervanners will always have a better holiday experience with a few handy resources at hand. That includes resourceful websites or apps. But you’ve gotta know where to find them. Yes, sometimes the thrill of adventure can include taking a motorhome into foreign ground without knowledge of what’s ahead of you. But why wouldn’t you want to know how to quickly check the cheapest fuel available? Or what some of the experts say is “must do” in a city you’ve never been before? Or cashing in on super cheap holiday activities via a particular site or app? Whether you own your own campervan or have a Campervan rental for a couple of weeks, save these onto your favourites list to help make that motorhome adventure even more special. Petrol Spy Australia www.petrolspy.com.au Pretty obvious, this one. A tool (available in android or…

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Jan
15
2019

5 reasons to visit the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival

By New South Wales /

Get ready for one of the most exciting events on the annual calendar for beer and cider lovers. The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival runs over the Australia Day long weekend (26 – 27th January). Beer, music and food enthusiasts will have plenty to celebrate in the Southern Highlands, which is just a 90 minute drive south of Sydney. Here are five reasons why you should visit the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival. It’s only a short drive from Sydney Drive just 90 minutes south of Sydney and you’ll arrive at Bowral, the home of the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival. The proximity to Sydney makes it the perfect choice for a weekend getaway. If you don’t have a set of wheels available, then you can snatch up a last minute car hire bargain at Sydney Airport thanks to DriveNow. Let the weekend road trip begin! It’s all about the beer and cider! The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival is…

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Jan
03
2019

New South Wales summer beach destinations for the family

By New South Wales /

Planning a road trip to the New South Wales coast? A summer holiday has never been easier! New South Wales offers some of Australia’s most exciting beach destinations and the good news is the sun shines for months after if you’re looking to plan a trip into the Aussie autumn. There are beach destinations to suit every traveller, whether you’re looking for a surf beach, calm waters or somewhere to relax on. All you need is a set of wheels (you can hire a bargain Sydney caravan hire deal from DriveNow). Then you’re ready to start your coastal adventure. Byron Bay This is one of the most exciting beach destinations for adventurers in northern New South Wales, just like Tallow Beach (pictured). It’s famous for its surfing and scuba diving sites. Just 15 minutes from the centre of town you’ll encounter several exciting walking tracks at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Look out for the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse and…

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Dec
31
2018

5 unique outback experiences for the summer

By Australia /

Australia is the place to be if you’re looking for unforgettable outback experiences. Many people imagine the Red Centre when they think of ‘the Great Outback’. But the good news is you’ll find   ncredible outback experiences all over the country. If you’re looking for a taste of Australia’s laidback lifestyle, then one of these outback experiences will be perfect for your next getaway. Just hire a campervan from your nearest capital city, and head inland. See Australia’s largest lake 700 km north of Adelaide Lake Eyre’s vastness in the South Australian outback is bound to blow your mind. Most of the time the lake is dry, but about every eight years it swells into an oasis with significant rainfall. It can reach 9,500 square metres, attracting wildlife, including thousands of waterbirds. On a clear, sunny day the lake creates the illusion of merging with the horizon. It truly is an incredible sight. Visit the Opal Capital of the World 850…

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Dec
20
2018

5 beautiful Australian islands to visit this summer

By Australia /

Spend your summer days lazing away on an island in the sun. Did you know there are more than 8,000 Australian islands? They all have something to offer, whether it’s adventurous hikes, scenic lookout points, great diving spots or gorgeous beaches. Check out DriveNow’s website for a bargain car hire deal from your nearest capital city this summer. It’s the easiest way to hit the coast to visit some of these incredible Australian islands. Fitzroy Island, Queensland Imagine gorgeous blue water, white sand in a lush rainforest setting. Fitzroy Island is home to what’s regarded as one of Australia’s best beaches, Nudey Beach. Snorkel with turtles and spend a lazy day in the sun, admiring the stunning mountain peaks on the mainland near Cairns. You could also spend a couple of hours hiking to the lighthouse and island summit. Good news is it’s just a 45-minute ferry ride from Cairns. Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory Venture 80 km north of Darwin…

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Dec
18
2018

Best Australian waterfalls where you can cool down this summer

By Australia /

Australia is home to some of the best beaches and countryside scenery. But did you know there are hundreds of incredible Australian waterfalls spread across the country? Here’s our pick of some of the most beautiful Australian waterfalls. Grab your togs and a bargain car hire deal from any major Australian city and you’re all set! Behana Gorge, Far North Queensland Half an hour south of Cairns Escape the tropical heat of the Far North with a trek to a tranquil spot away from the tourists. Once you reach Behana Gorge it’s easy to see why locals consider this serene 45 minute walk to be ‘the Cairns Hike in Paradise’. Cool swimming holes surrounded by large granite boulders and lush rainforest. Just make sure you bring a bottle of water and snacks with you. Fitzroy Falls, NSW 2 hrs south of Sydney Venture to the Kangaroo Valley to see the amazing Fitzroy Falls. Feel the cool spray of the falls,…

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