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
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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May
18
2018

Vivid Sydney Drive Now Spotify Playlist

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Vivid Sydney 2018 Heading to Sydney during May or June? Well, you’re in for a treat as Sydney’s annual light, music and arts festival, Vivid Sydney is here from 25th May to 16th June. The world’s leading artists and Imagineers come together to illuminate the city in a truly immersive light spectacle. Now, in its 10th year, Vivid 2018 is one that won’t disappoint. From the illuminating pathways around The Royal Botanic Garden to the breathtaking light art at Barangaroo, there’s plenty to see by foot. Or, for an unforgettable experience take a harbour boat cruise and see the jewels of the city around Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Luna Park and Harbour Bridge. Now, Vivid isn’t just about the brilliant light shows, Vivid Music also showcases some of the best musical talents at iconic Sydney venues and intimate clubs and bars. To get you in the mood whilst driving to Sydney in your DriveNow car hire, we’ve put together an eclectic…

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Mar
08
2018

How to Enjoy a Luxury Holiday in Sydney

By Sydney /

Looking for a luxury holiday?  You don’t have to stray too far from Sydney. This lively city is home to some sensational sights, extravagant experiences and fantastic food. All you need is a set of wheels so you can make your way from one site to another. Hire a car at Sydney Airport and then let your luxury holiday begin! Here are five ideas to get you started. Twilight cruise on Sydney Harbour Sydney Harbour is paradise for anyone who loves being on the water. There are many different boat tours to choose from them. A popular one for couples is the two-hour sunset cruise on board a sailing yacht. Staff will serve up some tasty treats and wines and beers while you sail pass the Sydney Opera House and other major attractions. Dine at the Icebergs Enjoy a meal while taking in the famous, panoramic views of Bondi Beach. It’s the perfect backdrop day or night while you get…

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Jan
26
2018

Love is in air for Sydney and surrounds this Valentine’s Day

By New South Wales / Sydney /

With Valentine’s Day less than three weeks away, now’s a great time to book your Sydney car rental and treat your loved one to a special escape. AccorHotels have some fantastic options for lovebirds. Harbour Rocks Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel This Valentine’s Day guests at Harbour Rocks Hotel’s Scarlett Restaurant (pictured) are invited to enjoy a four course degustation dinner, plus a glass of bubbles on arrival and a red rose. Priced from $160.00 per person, or $130 per person for AccorPlus members. The meal must be fully prepaid and is non-refundable, subject to availability and conditions apply. To book, visit www.harbourrocks.com.au Novotel Lake Crackenback Guests are invited to rekindle their romance in the picturesque Snowy Mountains with the High Country Romance Package at Novotel Lake Crackenback. The package includes two nights accommodation, buffet breakfast daily, a two course dinner at Alpine Larder, a relaxing 45 minute massage for each guest, late check-out and complimentary resort activities including tennis courts…

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Jan
21
2018

How to Spend a Family Easter Weekend in Sydney 2018

By New South Wales / Sydney /

  Still not locked in your Sydney Easter plans with the family? You’re not alone. Every year thousands of families find themselves with the same conundrum. The great news is there are plenty of options for how you want to spend the long weekend in Sydney for Easter 2018, without having to leave the city. The annual Easter Markets The Grounds of Alexandria made headlines for featuring Australia’s largest chocolate egg, which gets smashed up and shared on Easter Sunday. The 3 m high, 300 kg chocolate Easter egg is why so many families come back year after year. But the venue also attracts people from all walks of life with its magical Easter Markets over the long weekend. See storybook characters roam around and browse different pop up stalls, many which feature delicious food. The Great Centennial Park Egg Hunt Make the journey to central Sydney to see the city’s largest Easter egg hunt in action! More than 1,000 children…

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Nov
29
2017

Sydney New Year’s Eve party hot spots to bring in 2018

By New South Wales / Sydney /

With Sydney set to throw the world’s most exciting New Year’s Eve party party featuring outstanding fireworks displays, we’ve asked the Destination NSW team to reveal some of the city’s best vantage points and parties for revellers to ring in 2018. As NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall says: “Every year Sydney erupts into a kaleidoscope of colour as the nation’s biggest-ever fireworks display welcomes in the New Year. With many locations across the harbour foreshore to view the fireworks, as well as festivities and parties to experience, celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney is another great reason to book a holiday to NSW.” Here are some great options to watch all the action The Rocks Campbell’s Cove is on Hickson Road north of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, offers front row views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Revellers are advised to arrive early as the area usually reaches capacity at around 4pm. Admission…

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Oct
11
2017

Seven incredible spots to go surfing in Australia

By Brisbane / Great Ocean Road / Hobart / New South Wales / Perth / Queensland / Sydney / Tasmania / Victoria / Western Australia /

Pro surfer Mick Fanning may be contemplating getting back into the ocean, but even his dramatic brush with a hungry Great White can’t put a stop to Australia’s 100-year love affair of combining the board with the breakwater. In a tribute to surfing, here are seven incredible suggestions on where to catch an epic wave around Oz. 1. Sheringa, SA While only accessible by 4WD or foot, a short hike is well worth it to discover these hidden gems in South Australia. On the southern side of a rocky outcrop, the mellow point break at Sheringa Beach offers up a challenge, but for those who really have a death wish, Sheringa Left to the north produces an unpredictable swell amongst a rocky, reefy, remote part of the Eyre Peninsula. Sharp rocks, dangerous rips, and even sharks make surfing at Sheringa something to write home about – if you survive. 2. Ningaloo Coast, WA Famous for its incredible UNESCO World Heritage…

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Oct
11
2017

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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Oct
11
2017

Five jacaranda hot spots in NSW

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Late October and November is a time Sydney and NSW is a purple explosion of jacaranda season signalling one of the most beautiful times of the year in the state. Set against harbour backdrops in some of Sydney’s most picturesque suburbs and historic regional towns in NSW, it’s the perfect time to visit Sydney to take in the stunning sight of the jacarandas. Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said: “NSW has so many jacaranda trees in bloom, we even have an annual festival dedicated to them in the historic town of Grafton.  From harbourside enclaves to regional towns, spring is a wonderful time to visit with family and friends to enjoy NSW in bloom during jacaranda season.” Here are a few of NSW’s fantastic jacaranda spots: 1. North Shore: The North Shore suburbs of Lavender Bay, Greenwich, Waverton, Hunters Hill, Woolwich, Longueville and Wollstonecraft all display a beautiful selection of jacaranda trees during the season. Make a day of it…

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