Jul
13
2019

Unmissable events within a 3-hour drive of Sydney

By Australia / New South Wales /

There’s a lot happening within a three hour drive of Sydney in the coming months as we shift from winter to spring Down Under. Grab a Sydney car rental and get ready for some adventures in music, food and more. Folk By The Sea Kiama, September 27-29 Kiama will host the 6th Folk by the Sea Festival. Iconic Australian singer-songwriter Neil Murray has been announced as the lead of an already a stellar line-up of 51 acts, with a mix of international, national and local artists set to impress by the seaside. Murray’s songs have been recorded by artists ranging from Missy Higgins and Powderfinger to Adam Brand and Jimmy Little, while his best-known song is Christine Anu’s version of his iconic ‘My Island Home’ setting the stage for a performance not to be missed. The event boasts a mix of ticketed and public events with over 100 artists and 100 concerts, dances and sessions for attendees to enjoy. Bathurst Winter…

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Jul
09
2019

10 unmissable events in Darwin and surrounds

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

Is there a better time to hit the road and explore some wonderful events in Darwin and surrounds in the Northern Territory? The NT Tourism team certainly thinks not, as a range of awesome adventures are guaranteed as of next month through to the end of the year in Darwin and surrounds. From the launch of Bruce Munro’s hotly anticipated Tropical Light exhibition to the rich Aboriginal traditions at Mahbilil Festival in Kakadu, the Northern Territory is teeming with events so grab your Darwin car rental deal and get set for some unforgettable moments. GREAT NORTHERN DARWIN CUP CARNIVAL Darwin, 6 July – 5 August (Darwin Cup Day – 5 August) One of the biggest events on the Darwin social calendar has already kicked off, but it runs for the next month. The Great Northern Darwin Cup Carnival features eight days of top-quality racing, fashion and events, and the largest outdoor ball in the Southern Hemisphere. The Great Northern Darwin…

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Jul
07
2019

The Chair’s Where? Ararat, a beauty in country Victoria

By Melbourne / Victoria /

TIME TO DISCOVER ARARAT Only a two hour trip from Melbourne is the rural township of Ararat, a local service town and gateway to the Grampians. A town of contrasts, I would highly recommend hiring a car or Melbourne motorhome rental and spending a few nights exploring multiple attractions including the darker side of this unique township. ARARAT IN A NUTSHELL Ararat has its fair share of bric-a-brac, curio and antique stores. Supermarkets, specialty shops, cafes and hotels all make for a good day’s browsing, shopping, eating and sampling the odd beverage or two. A short drive will take you to the Grampians which are a chain of mountains with their own unique views, activities and opportunities. Like so many towns in this broader area, it started as sheep grazing country in the 1830s but the discovery of gold in the 1850s was the true inspiration for the town’s growth. With such growth came the Chinese prospectors who stamped their…

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Jun
29
2019

Get a taste of Tasmania over the coming months

By Australia / Hobart / Tasmania /

The Tasmania Tourism team says over the coming months the Apple Isle is set to offer a new range of contemporary food experiences on a large and small scale. Enthusiastic newcomers are forging a fresh path as restaurateurs and producers. New experiences have been created to showcase the high quality of agriculture and aquaculture in Tasmania such as cooking schools and touring products. Grab a Hobart car rental and get ready to taste Tassie in the most beautiful ways this winter and spring. Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures As Fresh As It Gets Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures invites you to take a morning or afternoon tour cruising through Tasmania’s idyllic waterways while enjoying the freshest seafood caught right in front of you. The tour departs from the Hobart waterfront and offers five hours of cruising and feasting. You’ll see divers harvest periwinkles and sea urchins from the sea floor through two onboard plasma TVs linked to underwater cameras. You’ll visit a Tasmanian…

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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
20
2019

Sydney hot spots where the celebrities like to hang

By Australia / Sydney /

  Wonder where celebrities hang out during their Sydney holidays? After all, Sydney is known to be one of the Southern Hemisphere’s cultural capitals, favoured by the glitterati of Australia and beyond. With the help of the team at PARKROYAL Darling Harbour we unveil some of the best locations in the Emerald City for a celebrity sighting or two. If you need quirky Sydney activities to fill your day, or ideas for fun things to do in Sydney at night, take your cue from Sydney’s celebrity visitors, and make a stop at the city’s hippest spots. Grab your wheels via a car rental at Sydney airport and get ready to live like the stars. Have Breakfast at Bills Restaurant Why begin your day at Bills? It’s run by Bill Granger, Aussie celebrity chef and the “egg master of Sydney.” Bills at Surry Hills was pop superstar Taylor Swift’s first stop — fresh from the airport — when she arrived in…

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Jun
17
2019

What’s hot in Perth and surrounds in winter and spring

By Perth / Western Australia /

With Tigerair and Jetstar unleashing some hot one-way deals to Perth in their weekly specials for subscribers (some in the mid $100s), it’s a cracking time to consider a trip way out west for those living on the east coast of Australia. We ask the Tourism WA team for all the hot tips. Perth, Fremantle, Scarborough and Rottnest are just some areas of Western Australia with great things to do this Winter and Spring, so grab your Perth Airport car rental and park your wheels in some great West Australian holiday parks or hotels. Winter markets Scarborough beach A winter edition of the popular Scarborough Beach Sunset Markets will warm up the newly revitalised Scarborough Beach precinct. only 20 minutes from Perth’s CBD. It runs every Saturday from 3pm to 8pm until August 10. Up to 40 of Perth’s mobile food vendors and retailers will meet around the Scarborough Clock Tower and along the Scarborough Square to showcase global cuisines,…

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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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Jun
06
2019

Time to explore Victoria’s tasty food bowl offerings

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Are you ready to taste regional Victoria? Farm to table dining is no longer exclusive to regional restaurants with Melbourne’s top chefs championing Victorian produce, according to the Visit Victoria team. Regional Victoria’s status as a world class food bowl has been underlined as the country’s leading chefs increasingly adopt low food mileages practices to prioritise local producers as their primary source of fresh ingredients.   Flying from interstate? Then check out our incredible Melbourne car rental deals, loosen your belts and hit the road! Read on as Visit Vic’s experts reveal what’s hot in the kitchen. What Grows Together Goes Together St Kilda’s famous Stokehouse, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year as one of Melbourne’s most iconic culinary institutes, will continue their popular dinner series  What Grows Together Goes Together over winter. Head Chef Ollie Hansford, Group Sommelier Gavin Cremming and the team have been hard at work to coordinate four dinners that will each highlight a Victorian region. Victoria’s Macedon…

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May
24
2019

Dry season dreaming in the Northern Territory

By Northern Territory /

The dry season is the best time of year to explore the Northern Territory. From May to October, the weather becomes cooler and drier. This makes it easier to go off-road and explore all corners of the Northern Territory, instead of worrying about heavy rains and potential floods. If you plan to explore the Northern Territory, then you just need to hire a campervan from Darwin Airport. With your set of wheels, follow our guide for the top things to do in the Top End during the dry season. Berry Springs Nature Park Drive 50 kms south east of Darwin city and you’ll encounter the picturesque Berry Springs Nature Park. Have a picnic under a shady tree after cooling off in one of Berry Creek’s beautiful swimming holes. The clear waters are teeming with aquatic life. There’s also a fantastic walking track that takes you through forest and woodlands. Where to stay: AAOK Lakes Resort and Caravan Park Kakadu National…

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May
19
2019

5 regional adventures this winter in Western Australia

By Western Australia /

Western Australia is the place to be if you want the ultimate winter road trip. Not only is Western Australia home to some of the country’s most stunning natural scenery, but it also boasts great weather and awesome events all year round. You can experience the best of everything… sport, art and culture. It’s a large state so you’ll want to secure a cheap car hire deal from Perth Airport. Then make your way to these highlights of Western Australia this winter. Albany Classic Motor Event June 1, 2019 Drive 400 km south east of Perth to this beautiful city at WA’s southern tip. This is where the Albany Classic Motor Event takes place. Crowds line the streets just to see vintage and classic cars drive through the heart of Albany’s CBD and the harbour. You’ll also get to see a re-enactment of the famous 1957 Hill Climb. With all this motorsport history on display, you just can’t get enough!…

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May
07
2019

Southern Highlands counter is set for Pie Time

By New South Wales / Sydney /

WITH the winter chill in the air there’s no better time to have a pie festival! And the ingredients are prepped, organisers have added some extra ‘spice’ to this year’s recipe and the oven timer is set – it’s less than a month until Pie Time 2019 is ready to be served up piping hot to all visitors to the NSW Southern Highlands, so grab your Sydney car rental and loosen your belts! “Pie Time is 30 days and 100s of ways to enjoy pies in the Southern Highlands,” said Steve Rosa, Group Manager Tourism and Economic Development, Destination Southern Highlands, or the ‘Pie Man’ as he is affectionately known. “In one month from today the Southern Highlands truly becomes the Southern Pie-lands for this celebration of the great Australian pie, with many delicious pie themed events, festivals, tours and activities throughout the entire month of June,” Steve continued. Steve went on to say that with just one month to…

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