Aug
20
2018

Sensations in Spring – top South Australia events for your calendar

By South Australia /

  South Australia events are all the rage this spring. As the weather improves, thousands of people come together to celebrate food, wine, fashion and art. There’s no better time of year to consider hiring a campervan from Adelaide airport. Then make sure you experience some of these top South Australia events. Ceduna Oysterfest Sept 28 – 30, 2018 The Ceduna Oysterfest is one of the Eyre Peninsula community’s proud gems. It boasts family activities, cooking demonstrations, arts and live music. You’ll also get a taste of some of the region’s best wine and food including the fresh, juicy Smoky Bay Oysters. In addition there’s also the legendary Oyster Shuck and Eat Competition. Best of all, it’s free entry! Where to stay: Ceduna Foreshore Caravan Park, BIG4 Ceduna Tourist Park Royal Adelaide Show Aug 31 – Sept 9, 2018 Every year the iconic Royal Adelaide Show attracts about half a million people. The much-loved Show treats families to 10 days of rides,…

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Aug
13
2018

Tassie adventures for a winter escape

By Tasmania /

Tassie in winter is one of the most underrated winter adventures. When the cold snap hits then Tasmania is the place to go if you’re searching for beautiful scenery, unique sites and less crowds. Here are six great sights to see and places to visit in Tassie this winter The Southern Lights Aussies travel to Norway to witness the incredible Northern Lights. However, what many people don’t realise is its southern equal, the Aurora Australis, is right in their backyard. The incredible, colourful Southern Lights can be seen year round from Tasmania, although the best time is during winter. You can literally witness this magnificent natural phenomemon from anywhere in Tassie – so long as you have an unobstructed view of the sky to the south! Tour Port Arthur (pictured) Port Arthur is a haunting site but one worth visiting. It doesn’t matter whether your familiar with the horrors of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, which killed 35 people, or…

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Aug
10
2018

Spring festivals in Australia – where to celebrate the season

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Many people would agree that spring is the loveliest time of year. So why not get out and explore some of the best spring festivals that Australia has to offer… Whether you’re a passionate gardener, a food lover, or an art and film buff, there are spring festivals for every niche. For an affordable getaway, check out DriveNow’s website for some cheap campervan hire deals. Then make your way to one of these incredible spring festivals. Sydney Fringe Festival 1-30 September 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales. Every September, Sydney presents more than 300 productions or events across more than 50 venues. They all celebrate the innovative creations of independent artists, art makers, and performers. There are interactive art exhibitions, artists talks and foodie feasts. Brisbane Spring Festival 8-29 September 2018 Spend 21 days celebrating one of Queensland’s most exciting arts festivals. More than a million people attend every year. Not only do…

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Aug
06
2018

Rooftop bars are all the rage in Adelaide

By Adelaide /

Some of the best rooftop bars can be found throughout one of Australia’s friendly capital cities, Adelaide. Scattered across bustling suburbs, in sneaky laneways, or even along the waterfront, you can find rooftop bars to match any vibe of the evening. With DriveNow, you can pick up a bargain car hire deal from Adelaide Airport, and start exploring the city. Make sure you end your day at one of these highly recommended rooftop bars. Gallery It’s one of the city’s largest rooftop gardens and it’s right in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD. You’re surrounded by towering buildngs, while modern art hangs on the walls, as designer furniture decorates the remaining space. Gallery is a great spot to relax with friends while enjoying some fine wine and admiring unique, creative artwork. 2KW Bar and Restaurant (pictured) On the eighth floor of a stunning historic building is a stylish rooftop bar that overlooks some of the city’s gorgeous old buildings. From here…

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Aug
01
2018

A winter break in the Northern Territory – 5 things to do

By Australia / Northern Territory /

Are you desperately in need of a winter break? Luckily for you, winter is the best time to visit the Northern Territory. Instead of battling some of Australia’s highest temperatures in summer, you’ll get to enjoy sunny weather that southerners are missing out on. To get your winter break started, look into cheap car hire deals from Darwin. Here are our recommendations for top things to see or do on your winter break. Explore Uluru No trip to the Red Centre is complete without visiting Ayers Rock, or Uluru, as it’s known in Aboriginal tongue. The giant sandstone is right up there on many tourists’ bucket lists, and it should be on yours too. Get a local Aboriginal guide to take you on a tour around the rock and teach you about Uluru’s cultural significance. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to photograph the rock. Take a dive at Crocosaurus Cove Jumping into the water with a five-metre saltwater crocodile probably isn’t…

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Jul
31
2018

Set sail for Hamilton Island Race Week

By Queensland /

Hamilton Island Race Week takes place every August. It’s the largest sailing regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, set in one of the most beautiful destinations too. Grab your campervan and stay at one of Airlie Beach’s many caravan parks. You’re spoilt for choice – and for views, as you’re surrounded by stunning blue waters and lush, green forest. Here are five ways to treat yourself during Hamilton Island Race Week. See the races in action Hamilton Island Race Week is one of the hottest events on the sporting and social calendar, attracting more than 2500 sailors and race-goers. Hundreds of yachts with crew come to the Whitsunday Coast from around the world. They spend the week racing through the island courses and the crew that comes out on top has plenty to celebrate! Visit Whitehaven Beach Whitehaven Beach consistently tops the list of best beaches not only in Australia, but the world. It’s seven kilometres of pure while silica sand and…

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Jul
25
2018

Break the winter blues with a quick getaway to Queensland

By Australia / Queensland /

Queensland is the place to be in the colder months when you’re searching for the ultimate winter getaway. With average daily temperatures hovering around the mid-20s, it’s little wonder why people call it the Sunshine State. If you’re shivering through gloomy, grey skies, then you’ll love a last-minute winter getaway to the north. All you need to do is book a flight, pick one of DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Brisbane Airport. Then the hard part will be picking just one of these destinations for your winter getaway. Sunshine Coast (Noosa, pictured) The Sunny Coast, as the locals affectionately call it, is exactly that. One of the sunniest places you’ll ever visit. From the high-class bars and restaurants along Noosa’s main strip to the quieter, relaxing spots like Peregian Beach, you’ll easily find your own slice of paradise. Make the time to take a day drive to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Here you’ll discover quaint, historic towns like Maleny, which are full of character. Gold Coast This…

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Jul
23
2018

The Chair’s Where? Port Fairy in Victoria

By Melbourne / Victoria /

  TIME TO DISCOVER PORT FAIRY Across the length and breadth of this great land there exist numerous iconic, historical and must visit townships. This is especially so of our coastal areas as we remember the importance of fledgling sheep farming, aquaculture, whaling and the like as economic factors vital to the growth of a prosperous and viable nation that we now have. What were once economic hubs have often morphed into wonderful tourist oriented townships – just waiting for you to visit. One such township is Port Fairy, Victoria. Indeed, it is recorded that in 1853, 19 foreign ships and 56 coastal vessels entered the port. Exports that year included wool, gold and wheat. So jump in your Melbourne car rental and get ready to visit a town that represents the type of place that made the State of Victoria become a reality. A VICTORIAN COASTAL GEM This coastal port represents all that is good about old historic sea…

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Jul
20
2018

Drive to the coolest Airbnbs in Australia

By Australia /

If you’ve booked a hire car to explore Australia, chances are you’re going to need somewhere to rest your head at night. But before you make a beeline for the nearest hostel, check out some of these incredible offerings from our friends at Airbnb. Whether you fancy a night in an enchanted cave, a treehouse or a shipping container, one thing’s for sure: you won’t forget these trips in a hurry. The Tree House Source: Airbnb If waking up in a forest high above the trees sounds like a good time to you, you’ll love The Tree House in the Blue Mountains. It might not be the cheapest night’s sleep you’ve ever had, but the views, built in jacuzzi and photo opportunities will be worth it. Grab a hire car from Sydney and you can be relaxing in your forest getaway within 2 hours. Luxury Yacht Source: Airbnb Sometimes there’s no better place to be than on the water. Why…

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Jul
17
2018

Splendour in the Grass Spotify Playlist

By Australia /

Splendour in the Grass is back this weekend for its 17th year and if you’re heading to Australia’s largest music festival you’re in for an eclectic mix of top musical talent. To get you excited for the weekend ahead, or to avoid any FOMO, we’ve created the ultimate playlist including all the artists performing at North Byron Parklands. With Lorde, Vampire Weekend, and Kendrick Lamar headlining this year’s festival, it’s already set to be an unforgettable weekend. We’ll also see performances from the likes of international stars, Khalid, Miguel, MGMT, Franz Ferdinand, CHRVCHES, and The Wombats. As well, as more homegrown artists such as Angus & Julia Stone, Hilltop Hoods, Baker Boy, and Gang of Youths. So, if you’re lucky enough to have bagged yourself a ticket and road tripping it to Byron Bay this weekend in your DriveNow camper, make sure you whack on our playlist to get you pumped. For those who are missing out on Splendour in the…

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Jul
13
2018

The Chair’s Where? Silo Art Trail, Central Victoria

By Melbourne / Victoria /

So you are based in Melbourne, staying in Melbourne or you have just arrived. You have done the footy, the restaurants, the coast. It’s time to get out and about and flex your driving muscles. But where to go? Why not try something different and mix a good drive, a great stay, and a terrific art experience all into one and the same. Are you keen? Yes, then jump in your Melbourne car rental and set your GPS to the Wheatbelt region of Victoria TRAVEL WEST Whether you use the Calder Highway or the Western Highway, you are assured of some great opportunities for visiting wineries, antique stores, ‘famous’ bakeries, and assorted fishing, art, sculpture and alternative distractions. But ultimately, you need to travel through to the Yarriambiack Shire, based either side of Hopetoun. At this point some wondrous art is made available to you. Art that is 40 metres high, art that is as unique as the townships nearby,…

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