Dec
13
2018

Get excited for these hot Brisbane festivals this summer

By Brisbane /

With Summer heating up, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors for some Brisbane festivals. The sunny city has everything from music and art to food and wine events. Most festivals encourage camping, which offers convenience and affordability. Are you stuck without a set of wheels? Then all you need is a rental car. Grab a bargain car hire deal from Brisbane Airport with DriveNow. Then you’re all set to check out these hot Brisbane festivals! Woodford Folk Festival Dec 27 – Jan 1 Every year the Woodford Folk Festival showcases Australia’s largest gathering of performers. More than 2000 performers come out for six days and nights, which consists of more than 450 acts. Expect not only music and singing, but dance, cabaret, street theatre, comedy and visual arts. The festival takes place on a 500 acre site, about an hour’s north of Brisbane. Brisbane International Dec 30 – Jan 6 This is one of the Brisbane festivals you definitely…

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Nov
26
2018

Gold Coast fun parks for summer holidays

By Gold Coast /

The Gold Coast is blessed with good weather all year round. But summer is the best time to take the kids, who are on school holidays, to the beach for a few weeks. Even beyond summer, now is also a good time to start planning your trip for Autumn and Winter. Search and compare cheap car hire deals from Gold Coast airport with DriveNow. Once you have secured your rental car, stay at one of these fantastic local accommodation options. Ashmore Palms Gold Coast If you don’t want a hotel, motel or apartment, then a self-contained cabin at Ashmore Palms is for you. Choose from budget or luxury holiday cabins, which have everything you need to feel at home. Ashmore Palms facilities include beautiful swimming lagoons, kids playgrounds, a tennis court and a BBQ. There’s also a general store – just in case you forget one of your ingredients while cooking dinner! One of the highlights is the free family…

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Nov
07
2018

A quaddie of hotel openings in Queensland this month

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Business travellers heading to Queensland have even more great hotel options at the ready as the Sunshine State wins the Quaddie in a head-spinning race to launch four new hotels this month: Riley in Cairns, Ruby Apartments Gold Coast, The Westin Brisbane, and Ovolo The Valley. Tourism Queensland reports the new hotels come hot on the hooves of The Calile, The Emporeum and W Brisbane. And, when it comes to the grazing paddock, the Sunshine State has launched a spate of winning new gastro choices starting with Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves. Sleep with a good conscience at Riley The much-anticipated five-star Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, will open its doors in Cairns today (November 6) putting #responsibletourism at the forefront with a pledge to donate $100 to Citizens of Great Barrier Reef from every room booked at crystalbrookcollection.com for stays in the first week of the hotel’s operation. Mark Davie, CEO of Crystalbrook Collection said the initiative speaks to Crystalbrook’s…

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Sep
05
2018

Countdown to Spring: 10 Places to Visit in Australia Now the Weather is Warming Up

By Australia / Esperance / Great Ocean Road / Perth / Queensland /

Excited for spring? You should be. Springtime brings warmer weather, which means it’s the perfect time to plan your next campervan adventure. But where should you go? Here are 10 places to visit in Australia now the weather is warming up.   1. Margaret River, Perth Famous for its many wineries and gorgeous coastlines, Margaret River is located just three hours south of Perth. It is an ideal spot to visit in spring, with many pristine beaches where you can soak up the sun. Take a drive around the region and visit quirky country towns such as Busselton, Dunsborough, and Augusta, and admire the beauty of the Boranup Forest along the way.     2. Uluru, Alice Springs Visit Australia’s spectacular sandstone formation, Uluru. Right in the heart of the Australian desert, Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is sacred to Indigenous Australians and is believed to be formed more than 550 million years ago. Stopping by in spring means the climate won’t be too cold or too hot in this…

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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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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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May
21
2018

5 Great Places To Stay On The Tweed Coast

By Gold Coast /

The Tweed Coast is home to many amazing, natural treasures. The area is known for its stunning golden beaches, surf competitions and great restaurants. The Tweed Coast sits in northeast New South Wales on the Queensland border, making it close to the theme parks. Hire a campervan from Brisbane airport and take a short drive south into New South Wales. Here are five great places to stay on the Tweed Coast. Tweed Coast Holiday Parks: Boyds Bay This gem of a caravan park is set along a protected stretch of Terranora Creek near the Tweed River. The location makes Tweed Coast Holiday Parks at Boyds Bay a great spot for families, especially those who love water sports. From here you can go swimming, fishing, launch a boat from the park’s ramp. There’s also a swimming pool with a waterslide for the kids. BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park (pictured) It’s easy to relax at this award-winning holiday park. Its great attraction…

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Apr
10
2018

5 Reasons to Head for the Hills on The Gold Coast

By Australia / Gold Coast /

The Gold Coast is one of Queensland’s premier destinations. With sun, sand and surf waiting for you all year round. If you’re there for the Commonwealth Games and fancy seeing something a little different, hire a car from the Gold Coast and head for the hills. Drive thirty minutes inland from the beaches and you’ll find the Hinterland, which is full of rainforests, farms and vineyards. Here are five things to do when you’re there. Sip some wine The Gold Coast Hinterland is a fantastic destination for wine-lovers. It’s one of Queensland’s fastest growing wine regions, thanks to the range of micro-climates creating perfect growing conditions for a variety of grapes. Mount Tamborine (pictured), Mount Nathan, Lamington and Canungra are full of top-notch wineries. Some wineries that we recommend include Albert River Wines and O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. Hiking in Springbrook National Park Hiking is a popular pastime in Springbrook National Park. The track to Natural Bridge, which has formed…

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Feb
16
2018

Head north for your southern winter escape in a caravan

By Brisbane / Queensland /

It seems just about everyone has the idea to head north for their southern Australia winter escape. Can you blame them? When the north’s tempting you with blue skies, hot days and perfect beach weather, it’s hard not to think about leaving the winter blues behind. But your winter escape holiday to the north doesn’t have to be expensive. DriveNow offers a range of bargain campervan rental deals from Brisbane. Snap up one of these offers and be on your way to one of these adventures. Have a magical encounter with turtles at Bundaberg Bundaberg is another destination that doesn’t always rank high on the list of priorities for travellers, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Apart from being home to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, which pays tribute to one of the pioneers of flight, it’s also the site of the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific. Learn about the important work that conservationists are carrying out at…

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Feb
05
2018

The Chair’s Where? Coolum Beach, Queensland

By Brisbane / Queensland /

The state of Queensland is a high profile tourist destination visited by locals, domestic and international visitors alike and Coolum Beach is no exception. Queensland is a truly great destination with an array of tourist attractions often based on natural drawcards such as ‘the reef’, the rainforest and the Outback. A truly common theme for Queensland is an emphasis on ‘sun, sand and surf’. Where better to enjoy this trifecta than the Sunshine Coast. Sunshine Coast The ‘Sunny Coast’, as it is called by the locals, is a favourite of many.  A wonderful tourist mecca, flanked by rolling green hills, the eerie shapes of the Glasshouse mountains, long stretches of golden beach all giving way to the deep blue sea. An hour’s drive from Brisbane via the motorway from Brisbane airport, or by flight direct to the airport at the Sunny Coast where you can hire a car or campervan, this magnificent location is readily accessible to all. Coolum Beach…

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