Mar
15
2017

Byron Bay highlights in the Autumn months

By Australia / New South Wales /

Byron Bay is only a two hour drive south of Brisbane, which makes it the perfect destination for a short getaway. The coastal town is famous for its beaches and it full of tourists in the summertime. But many find it’s actually better to visit in the cooler months, when the town is less busy and you have some of the stunning attractions all to yourself.  It’s probably a good idea to start thinking about this trip as autumn approaches! Pick up your cheap car hire deal from DriveNow at Brisbane Airport and let your journey begin. Do the Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk Make sure this walk is at the top of your to-do list once you get to Byron Bay. The iconic lighthouse sits on top of sea cliffs. You can reach it from the base of the hill, which is a difficult walk, or by simply driving most of the way and walking the last part. It’s the perfect lookout to admire…

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Mar
06
2017

7 stops on a road trip from Sydney to Coffs Harbour

By Australia / New South Wales /

A road trip from Sydney to Coffs Harbour is one of the most scenic routes in New South Wales. There are many stunning lookouts, beaches and rainforest areas along the way and that’s not to mention the many landmarks along the way. Grab a cheap hire car deal from Sydney and begin your road trip today! Surf at Boomerang Beach, Pacific Palms Begin your road trip with a surfing adventure at Pacific Palms. The area is renowned for its excellent surfing waves. Boomerang Beach is popular with families, especially in the summer months. Boomerang Beach has crystal clear waters and white sand. It also plays host to major surfing competitions every year. Talk about a beach that has everything! Visit the historic Crowdy Head Lighthouse The next stopover on your road trip of the mid north coast is the historic Crowdy Head Lighthouse which has been standing since 1879. It’s also one of only five small lighthouses on the NSW coast. The panoramic…

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Jan
30
2017

5 quirky accommodation options in NSW

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

NEW South Wales has loads of quirky accommodation whether it’s camping out with bison or stretching out in a private treehouse, say the Destination NSW who know better than anyone where to go for . From a selection of their recommendations, we’ve plucked out 5 accommodation hotspots that are much more than merely being a place to rest your weary bones.  Jump in your Sydney car rental and head for these quirky venues for a sleepover with a point of difference. One… Camp Native American style with bison (pictured) Believe it or not, but there’s an American bison farm on the NSW north coaast. Head for Aranyani Bison Adventure Park and camp in a Native American style teepee. These large teepees can fit up to a dozen. Besides the bison, the ranch has abundant native bird and animals. Enjoy spending your evenings around the campfire and your day exploring the farm. Two… A yurt on the Murray River Inspired by…

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Jan
16
2017

5 of the hottest nearby beach destinations from Sydney

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney’s beach destinations are some of the best in New South Wales. On a hot summer’s day, people will head to the coast in droves just to soak up the sun and the atmosphere. Grab a cheap car hire deal from DriveNow and travel a short distance to one of these incredible beach destinations. Bondi Beach It’s one of Sydney’s most iconic beach destinations. Bondi’s famous sandy shore can be explored all year round. Enjoy beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean as you relax in the sand on a summer’s day. You may even want to join thousands of other beachgoers in the middle of the day and hit the surf. Go for a nice stroll at sunrise or sunset. Socialise at one of the nearby cafes or restaurants at night. Whatever you decide to do, Bondi Beach is abuzz with energy. Manly Beach Only a short drive from the CBD you’ll discover the best of both worlds. On one side…

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Oct
13
2016

6 summer sensations in Sydney

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney is the perfect destination in the summer. It’s the time of year where you can spend pretty much your entire trip outdoors as you explore each attraction the city has to offer. Whether that’s a stroll along the beach, an adrenaline-filled activity or an evening of fine dining, Sydney has everything. But one of the best things about Sydney is its food scene. Hire a car from Sydney Airport and choose from these six summer sensations. Visit a dining precinct This city is bursting with fantastic places to eat and drink. There are plenty of lively and emerging dining hubs, including Surry Hills and Chatswood. In Chippendale you’ll find a chic restaurant called Ester. It’s tucked away with its arched openings and dimly lit space. Sweet tooths should consider heading to Black Star Pastry in Newtown. A mouthful of one of these delicious sensations will change the way you think about dessert forever. Explore a produce market Fill your…

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Sep
20
2016

Sydney summer events – five reasons you have to be there!

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney events in the summer… It’s the best and busiest time of year to visit.  After hiring a car from Sydney Airport make sure you start checking out what’s on the Sydney events calendar during your stay. If you need more convincing, then here are five reasons why you have to be in Sydney this summer! Sydney NYE Sydney is the New Year’s Eve capital of Australia. From here you can be among the first major cities in the world to welcome in the New Year. The city is famous for its midnight fireworks at Sydney Harbour. Each more than one million people come to the various vantage points around the harbour to watch the colourful show and celebrate the end of the year in style. Mardi Gras Coming up in early March is the most colourful LGBTIQ celebration. Held in the heart of the city, the Sydney Mardi Gras draws 70,000 people from across the world. The parade is…

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Jul
13
2016

Sydney to the Blue Mountains: 5 ways to play

By Australia / New South Wales /

The beautiful Blue Mountains are known for dramatic cliffs, lush forests and pristine waterfalls. The national park sits one hour west of Sydney. This World Heritage Site is ten times older than the Grand Canyon. It also has more than 300 walking tracks which span hundreds of kilometres. Hire a car from Sydney airport, and discover these five highlights. Waterfalls This picturesque region is home to some of Australia’s most beautiful waterfalls. One of the most popular is Katoomba Falls. It sits in a rainforest gully surrounded by ancient trees. Spectacular views of Bridal Veil Falls await if you walk from Govetts Leap to Evans Lookout. Then there’s the impressive Kanangra Falls. Featherdale Wildlife Park This attraction is home to more than 1700 animals. Featherdale has more than 280 species, from echidnas and kookaburras to crocodiles. Watch little penguins play, cuddle a cute koala and hand feed kangaroos and wallabies. Then there’s the Reptilian Pavilion, where you can come face…

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May
31
2016

Whales are all the rage along the NSW coastline this winter

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

FROM full breaches like this photo supplied by the Wild About Whales crew to tail, chin and peck slaps, there’s a lot of action in the waters along the NSW and Queensland coastline with more than 20,000 migrating Humpback whales carving a path in the ocean. Where to spot them? There’s plenty of options along the east coast. As the Destination NSW gang says, this winter is all about following a do-it-yourself whale trail along 2000km of scenic coastline between the Tweed and Eden offering a multitude of vantage points and experiences to spot these majestic beasts of the deep. Here are just some of their suggestions: Option 1 In the Camden Haven area south of Port Macquarie, walk through Kattang Nature Reserve to Perpendicular Point to spot the passing whales. Wander along the 9km Port Macquarie Coastal Walk, where boardwalks and viewing platforms hug the coastline to the historic Tacking Point Lighthouse, looking for tell-tale signs of whales passing – breeching, tale splashing and water…

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May
12
2016

5 ways to play in Sydney this winter

By Australia / Sydney /

In winter when you’re in need of a holiday, look no further than Sydney! While the coastal city comes to life in summer, it’s also an exciting destination full of things to do in winter. Hire a car through DriveNow, chuck on some warmer layers and check out this list of five ways to play in Sydney during the cold weather. Sydney Opera House The Opera House caused a controversial stir when it first opened in 1973. However, with time it became one of the twentieth century’s most iconic manmade attractions. It’s highly recommended that you get your hands on some tickets to see a show one night. You can also book a tour to gain VIP backstage access to the Opera House and learn about its fascinating history. Whale watching From April to November each year, thousands of whales migrate between New South Wales and Queensland to give birth. While on their journey to and from the warmer northern waters, the…

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Apr
18
2016
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Five things to do in Newcastle

By Australia / New South Wales /

There’s so much to do in Newcastle,  from surfing the waves at the beach, to chilling out at a trendy bar or café, to exploring the city’s great surrounds. Hire a car from Sydney Airport, drive two hours north and explore the incredible surrounds of Newcastle. Knobbys Lighthouse (pictured) A local icon since it was established in 1858, Knobbys Lighthouse is a must-see for anybody visiting Newcastle. Visitors walk 800m from the car park up a steep climb to marvel at the beautiful 360 degree views of the city and the Pacific Ocean. The Knobbys Lighthouse grounds are open every Sunday from 10am to 4pm and entry is free. Hunter Valley Zoo Get the family together for a day out at the Hunter Valley Zoo. There are popular daily shows, such as Wombat Talk and Patting and the Lion Lock Down and Meet the Keeper shows, which will keep you busy for hours. While your there you can also get…

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Mar
31
2016
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Port Macquarie for BBQs, bands and billycarts!

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

BBQs, bands and billycarts all feature in a bumper line-up of eclectic events in Port Macquarie this year. Plan your visit around one of the many foodie, cultural and sporting fixtures that will spice up any weekend in this gorgeous coastal town. Here are 7 to ponder: 1. Slice of Haven (29 May) – spend your day by the Camden Haven River and meet over 80 local producers of nuts, cheese, wine, beer, vegetables and bush-foods. This year’s ‘Magic beyond the plate’ theme will feature cooking demonstrations, workshops, dancing, quirky stilt walkers and games. 10am-4pm. Entry via gold coin donation. www.sliceofhaven.com.au 2. Hastings Landcare Farm Gate Tour (11-13 June, long weekend, pictured) – learn where your food comes from at this unique event run by Landcare that visits around 12 farms that aren’t normally open to the public. From the oyster farms of the Hastings River to the lush grazing valleys of the Wauchope hinterland, see cows being milked, chickens…

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Feb
29
2016

5 great foodie events to look forward to around Sydney

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney has a great reputation for its food and wine festivals, with many people travelling from across the country just to experience these top food events every year. Here are five Sydney foodie festivals to look forward to. Merivale Food and Wine Festival Merivale Food and Wine Festival is a month-long extravaganza of food and drink events – could you ask for anything better? Throughout March, you can attend exquisite lunches, dinners, wine tastings, food markets and cooking classes. There are also chef competitions to entertain, with each event offering a quirky theme. Thailand Grand Festival This incredible event started off as a small, simple food fair 20 years ago. It’s since morphed into a Grand Festival, held for a couple of days every March, to give Sydney residents a taste of Thailand. You’ll get to discover all of the delicious flavours used in Thai cuisine and attend cooking demos, while admiring traditional Thai performances. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve travelled to…

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