Five Australian shopping experiences every woman must consider

By Australia / Brisbane / Sydney /

Every woman loves a bit of retail therapy and luckily, Australia has everything from designer labels and vintage fashion stores to unique shopping tours.

Here are five Australian shopping experiences every woman must have.

Go Get Around Tours, Melbourne

Are you ready for a jam-packed day of some serious bargain hunting? Visit up to 15 factory warehouses of some of the most popular brands in Australia with Go Get Around Tours in Melbourne. The tour allows you to start at whichever warehouse you want and escort you around town.

Ugg – Meet the Maker Factory Tour

Tour the birthplace of the Ugg boot, one of Australia’s iconic fashion items. These comfy, warm and fuzzy boots are a part of almost every girl’s wardrobe. From the factory in Brunswick, watch workers craft freshly cut sheepskins into Ugg boots. You can even grab a pair while you’re there too.

Strand Arcade, Sydney

Built in the 1890s, the Sydney Strand Arcade is one of Sydney’s most beautiful buildings. Located in Sydney’s CBD, the historical building is home to stylish beauty salons and coffee shops. You’ll also find Australian designer labels such as Alex Perry, Alannah Hill, Fleur Wood and Victoria Buckley Jewellery. You could easily spend hours pouring through these high fashion stores, admiring the elegant architecture.

Op shopping in the big city

Snag a great second hand bargain in Sydney with an op shop tour. You’re not only giving once-treasured items a new life but you’re also supporting some worthy charities. Experienced guides take you to some of the best vintage stores, helping you pick out an extraordinary, unique outfit.

Brisbane’s Hidden Gems

Discover the city’s secret treasures with Brisbane’s Hidden Gems tours. A local guide takes you on a relaxed walking tour around the city, visiting local designers in the CBD and also exploring antiques and vintage designer fashion in Paddington’s lovely historical precincts. You’ll encounter many one-off shops that only the locals know about.



Top snorkeling spots in Australia

By Australia / Brisbane / Cairns / New South Wales / Perth / Port Douglas / Queensland / Sydney / Western Australia /

AUSTRALIA  has some of the best snorkeling spots in the world. If you’re heading to the Australian coast this summer, consider discovering the beauty of the underwater world with snorkeling. Join a guided tour or grab your snorkeling gear and swim through some of the most spectacular marine areas – anybody can do it.

Here are some of Australia’s best places to snorkel.

Ningaloo Reef, WA

Check out the whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and humpback whale at certain times of the year around this incredible section of the world. Some of Ningaloo’s hotspots are:

The Oyster Stacks. Five isolated islets which protrude from the reef and are covered with oysters. It’s also home to a variety of colourful fish. Best accessed during high or incoming tide.

Turquoise Bay. Absolutely stunning and is widely considered by many to be one of the area’s best snorkeling spots. Beginners who don’t want to deal with currents can simply step off the beautiful sandy beach of Turquoise Bay and swim right into the coral section.

Geographe Bay, WA

While Geographe Bay has many popular attractions, snorkeling off this pristine coastline in the state’s south-west is the number one experience for anybody visiting the region.

Busselton Jetty. The heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, extending 1.8 kilometres across the bay. Dive into the surrounding waters surrounding to discover the 300 different marine species living below the jetty.

See something different at Shelly Cove, located at the end of Bunker Point. It’s a wonderful place to snorkel, with limestone cliffs towering above and gorgeous pebbles and shells of all colours and patterns scattered across the seabed.

Great Barrier Reef (pictured)

The world’s longest coral reef system has inner reefs, which comprise of softer corals, and outer reefs, where you’ll find harder corals. It’s definitely worth visiting both if you’ve got the time. However, the GBR stretches for over 2,300 kilometres, so we’ve narrowed it down to the three best snorkeling spots for you.

Agincourt Reef: located on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Because of its distance, fewer travellers visit. Here, unique reefs known as ‘ribbons’ run parallel to the continental shelf, offering vibrant coral gardens.

Lady Elliot Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef: the lagoon on the island’s eastern side is ideal for beginners, with an abundance of colourful coral and tropical fish, along with sea cucumbers, starfish, sea urchins and gorgeous turtles. More experienced snorkelers can head to the deeper western side, where you’ll encounter mantas, reef sharks and dolphins.

Orpheus Island: this world-class snorkel site is situated just north of Townsville. Researchers regularly study this gorgeous section of the reef because of it’s fantastic variety of marine life. There are thousands of damsel fish and hundreds of giant clams, which have been seen to squirt water at low tide!

Lord Howe Island, NSW

Situated at the crossroads of five major ocean currents, Lord Howe Island is renowned for its pristine waters. Some of the best snorkeling spots include:

North Bay: a secluded beach, accessible only by foot or water. In these waters explore the colourful fish and coral, and also the shipwreck of the Favourite, which has been lying on the ocean floor since 1965.

Erscott’s Hole: among the luscious coral garden, including Staghorn coral, you may spot the amazing Double Header Wrasse or the Blue Fish, which can change its body colour from dark green to sky blue within seconds.



Five awesome markets on the Sunshine Coast to make you remember the simple things in life

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

THE Sunshine Coast in Queensland has just about every reason why you would want to jump in a Brisbane airport campervan rental and have a holiday in the sand, sun and explore the region’s beaches.

While it has a very cosmopolitan cafe scene, and opportunities for such adventures as swimming with the whales with the gang at Sunreef Diving, have an almighty feast at Spice Bar, and visit Australia Zoo, the one thing that is always underrated when you’re on a campervanning adventure is hitting the local markets. Problem is, there’s so many of them in this part of Australia.

Which are best? After spending a patch of time in one of Australia’s hottest destinations, here are five you simply won’t be able to resist.

1. Eumundi Markets (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
Yep, this one’s the king of them all so you’d better allow a full day to meander around checking out fresh food, homewares, artworks, skincare products, awesome stalls offering foodie delights including churros, pizzas, Asian food, paella and so much more. There’s also no shortage of tarot card readers and mediums if you want to know what’s in store for the future, otherwise kick back and relax with a massage, take the kids on pony rides and check out some of the coolest music at various points on the vast Eumundi Markets grounds.
More www.eumundimarkets.com.au

2. Caloundra Country and Farmers Market
From 6am at the Currimundi State School in Buderim St you’re in for a treat for fresh fruit and vegies, plants, pastries and collectables. It’s a pretty simple offering but a beauty.

3. Noosa Farmers Markets (Sundays)
Footies are locked up in the clubrooms, while market stalls invade the Noosa Aussie Rules footy club facilities at Noosaville every Sunday. Freshly landed seafood is a specialty as well as fresh organic produce, freshly squeezed juices, tasty marinades and sauces, beautiful and aromatic skin care products, nuts, freshly baked bread and creamy cheeses among many more treats for the senses. More www.noosafarmersmarket.com.au

4. Big Pineapple Market (Saturdays)
Deli products, meats, fresh fruit and vegies and loads of other goodies can be snapped up for a bargain at the Big Pineapple Market from 6.30am to 1pm at Nambour Connection Rd in Woombye. More www.bigpineapple.com.au

5. Nights On Ocean (every second Friday night of the month)
Now here’s one with a point of difference that brings Ocean Street in Mooloolaba to life every second Friday with artists, designer stalls, pop-up bars, musicians, and all sorts of gourmet food on offer. It’s an artistic, crafty and cultural event that must be experienced. More www.nightsonocean.com.au



Five great spots on the east coast to beach yourself after a beautiful drive

By Australia / Brisbane / Cairns / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria /

It’s easy enough to fly in to any capital city along the east coast, but one of the tougher tasks is knowing which way to go to reach a great beach. Due to the sheer volume of beaches Down Under, the options can even confuse you. Without rolling out pages of recommendations or offering up a best of, we’ve tracked down five beautiful beaches in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland where you can’t go wrong once you’ve jumped in that car rental from the airport and hit the road.

1. Lennox Head

Where: Summerland Coast, 755km north east of Sydney

Thrill seekers from all over the country journey to Lennox Head to surf its hardcore waves. The relaxed seaside village is famous right-hand point break and it’s also home to one of Australia’s biggest and longest warm water surf breaks. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.

2. Hyams Beach

Where: Jervis Bay, 190km south of Sydney

One of the country’s most beautiful beaches and many say Hyams Beach has “the whitest sand in the world”. You have to witness Hyams Beach in person to believe the powdery, white sand and the contrasting blue water aren’t photoshopped. Surrounded by forests and marine parks, it’s the perfect place for families to relax, swim and absorb their natural surroundings.

3. Noosa Main Beach

Where: Sunshine Coast, 140km north of Brisbane

Noosa’s Main Beach is popular with families, as it offers gentle waves and is perfect for swimming all year round. With it’s gorgeous, crunchy sand and relaxing ambience, Noosa Main Beach is one of the few beaches in Australia that face north. Enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants, only steps away from the beach, as you admire the amazing scenery.

4. Palm Cove

Where: 30km north of Cairns

Experience the ultimate tropical paradise only a short drive from Cairns. The quiet, seaside village of Palm Cove is hidden behind several “paperbark” Melaleuca trees which like the walkway. A postcard setting, with a rainforest backdrop and surrounded by coconut trees and the Coral Sea, Palm Cove is a dream come true for couples seeking a relaxing holiday.

5. Ninety Mile Beach

Where: Gippsland, 245km east of Melbourne

Separating the Gippsland Lakes from Bass Strait is a 90-mile long stretch of stunning, golden sand and sand dunes. Those who visit the south-facing beach say it’s one of the most natural and unspoiled beaches they’ve ever come across. You can go swimming, fishing, dolphin-spotting or simply walk along this majestic beach.



4 ways to get lost on a road trip at Australia’s historic sites and monuments

By Adelaide / Australia / Brisbane / Hobart / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Sydney / Tasmania /

From dogs on tucker boxes and underground houses to a haunted old jail site in Tassie and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, there’s something very Australian about these historic sites and monuments where  it’s well worth the drive in your campervan rental around Australia. We also give you the lowdown of some great caravan park suggestions where you can park your wheels.

Coober Pedy underground houses, SOUTH AUSTRALIA (pictured)

THIS Outback park is on the corner of the Stuart Highway and Hutchison St in Coober Pedy, only 30km south of the mighty Breakaways. The family owned and operated park has access to a range of facilities including a swimming pool, kids’ playground, barbecues, a camp kitchen and an onsite pizzeria. The park also taken a hands-on approach to supporting local tourism by hosting daily coach tours of Coober Pedy and the beautiful desert surrounds including the Breakaways, Dingo Fence, opal fields, Moon Plains, Opal Mine and Museum, underground Home, underground Church and the Coober Pedy town area. Tours leave early afternoon daily in the high season and start from $65 for adults and $28 for children. When you aren’t exploring the Outback,  rest up either at your site or in one of the one and two bedroom apartments or a superior king spa suite featuring a luxurious living area, full modern kitchen and dining with a separate laundry. The park also has cabins and motel-style rooms that give guests a cost effective accommodation option that includes 24-hour use of a communal kitchen, BBQ facilities and laundry. Campers and caravanners are also catered for with a choice of 160 powered and unpowered sites.

Where to stay – BIG4 Stuart Range Outback Resort stuart-range-caravan-tourist-park.sa.big4.com.au

Port Arthur Historic Site, TASMANIA

The Port Arthur Historic Site is one of the best-preserved convict settlements in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites in the world. When your not kicking back and relaxing in the beautiful grounds of the Port Arthur Holiday Park, just one kilometre from the town’s centre, experience a guided tour with a local guide at the Port Arthur Historic Site, climb aboard for a short cruise to the Isle of The Dead, or brave a ghost tour in the early evening. The Port Arthur Holiday Park garden and waterview cabins sleep up to five or six people, the bunkhouse is dorm style and sleeps up to nine in each of eight rooms, while powered, unpowered and ensuite sites are separated by shrubs or trees to offer privacy for campers and vanners.

Where to stay – Port Arthur Holiday Park portarthurhp.com.au

The Dog on the Tucker Box, NSW

When it comes to iconic landmarks, there’s no bigger Aussie name than the Dog on the Tuckerbox in Gundagai, just outside of Wagga Wagga. The statue was inspired by a bullock driver’s poem, Bullocky Bill, about the life of a loyal dog that guarded the man’s tuckerbox until death. An annual Dog on the Tuckerbox festival has been held each year in November since 1992. Experience the largest inland city in New South at BIG4 Wagga Wagga Holiday Park, one with the lot, and the perfect base for caravanners and campers to explore the region including the famous Dog on the Tuckerbox. Complete with all the comforts of home, the range of accommodation at BIG4 Wagga Wagga Holiday Park caters for all travellers, from large families to single campers. Choose from a large two-bedroom cabin with a flat screen TV and spacious balcony or a large grassy powered site to pitch the tent or park the caravan.

Where to stay – Big 4 Wagga Wagga Holiday Park easts-riverview-holiday-park.nsw.big4.com.au

Stockman’s Hall of Fame, QUEENSLAND

Exploring the history and heritage of the Australian Outback is no better than at Longreach. After setting up camp, or unload into an air-conditioned deluxe cabin, or hook up to a powered site in your van or camper at Longreach Tourist Park, your first port of call should be the Stockman’s Hall of Fame which tells the story of our famous rural areas from the arrival of the Aborigines more than 40,000 years ago, to being settled by the British, exploration, the establishment of grazing, agriculture, mining, forestry and other industries in country Australia. It covers everything right up to the present day where technology is now playing such a big role in reshaping the way farming, business and communications are carried out including themes of Outback properties, life in the Outback, and life as a stock worker. Other nearby places to pop on your hitlist could be the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach Powerhouse Museum and Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton an hour and a half drive away.

Where to stay – Longreach Tourist Park www.longreachtouristpark.com.au



7 places in Australia where you can shoot a whale … relax! With a camera, we mean

By Australia / Brisbane / New South Wales / Queensland / Sydney /

EVERY year thousands of whales make the journey from Antarctica to the warmer waters along Australia’s east coast. From July to October it’s easy enough to hit the road in your hire car from Sydney or Brisbane and drive along our coastline to catch a glimpse of migrating Humpback whales. Here are seven places you can shoot one – with a camera, of course. We love them.

Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Where: 165km south west of Brisbane

Australia’s most easterly point, Byron Bay, is perfect for whale watching. The 3.7 km Cape Byron walking track is the conservation park’s main trail. Begin at the Cape Byron Lighthouse, where you’ll learn from volunteers about these fascinating creatures before strolling through rainforest and beaches where you’ll spot breaching humpbacks.

Port Macquarie whale watching tours
Where: 385km north east of Sydney
The abundance of marine life off Port Macquarie’s shoreline makes it ideal for migrating whales between June and October. Observe them closely in their natural environment with one of the area’s popular whale watching cruises.

Caves Beach Coastal Walk
Where: Wallarah National Park, 130km north east of Sydney
Not only does Wallarah National Park have incredible ocean and lake views, but its Cave Beach Coastal Walk has several spectacular whale watching spots. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for migrating whales as you follow the cliff line down to Quarries Head, passing beautiful beaches and caves.

Muttonbird Island
Where: 400km south of Brisbane
The island’s stunning environment is one of the Coffs Coast’s best areas for whale watching. Walk to the viewing platform at the eastern end of the island and you’ll understand why other travellers have labelled it “the perfect place for bird and whale watching”.

Look at Me Now Headland
Where: Emerald Beach, 390km south of Brisbane
This relatively easy trail takes you through a significant Aboriginal site and treats you to a wonderful array of flora and fauna. From the headland, you can also clearly see the scenic South Solidarity Island and its surrounding waters, where humpback whales pass between May and November.

Point Danger Lighthouse
Where: Tweed Heads, 100km south east of Brisbane
The lighthouse, which straddles the border between NSW and Queensland, attracts thousands of visitors each year. Many say the lighthouse, which was originally built to commemorate the bicentennial of Captain Cook’s first voyage, is a “must see” when crossing the border. Meanwhile, others come to this interesting site primarily to watch whales in the distance.

Pilot Hill, Yamba
Where: 280 km south of Brisbane
The Clarence Coast is home to many vantage points and lookouts, including Pilot Hill, which is a prime spot for whale watching. With panoramic ocean views from the top, people come from all over just to watch whales during migration.


5 outrageous views that may force you to never return home from Australia and New Zealand

By Australia / Brisbane / New South Wales / New Zealand / Perth / Queensland / Western Australia /

WHEN you discover holiday parks with such incredible views, there’s no choice but to spread the word. Grab a car rental from your nearest capital city and check out these holiday parks with views so outrageous, that you may never want to return back home.

Beachcomber Holiday Park offers sensational ocean views, with cabins and campsites spreading from the edge of the beach and sloping uphill. Beachcomber has won tourism awards and its owners guarantee kangaroo and wallaby sightings. How could you not want to stay forever?

Approximate travel time: 50 mins south of Sydney

Cowes Caravan Park in Phillip Island faces a stunning, white sandy beach, with front cabin and caravan sites overlooking Westernport Bay. In this tranquil haven, rock pools, shore fishing and other attractions are only a short walk away.

Approximate travel time: 2 hours south east of Melbourne

Cotton Tree Holiday Park on the Sunshine Coast has direct access to the idyllic Maroochydore Beach and Maroochy River, so you don’t have to choose! There’s a quiet corner for everybody – you can read under a shady tree, play beach cricket, surf or go fishing.

Approximate travel time: 1 and a half hours north of Brisbane

Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park in New Zealand is nothing short of exceptional, showcasing breathtaking views of Lake Te Anau and surrounding mountains (pictured). In this tranquil corner of the world, sunsets are beautiful, nearby walking tracks are divine and wildlife is everywhere you turn.

Approximate travel time: 7 and a half hours south west of Christchurch

Panorama Holiday Cottages and Caravan Park treats you to wonderful waterfront views of Albany’s Princess Royal Harbour. There’s amazing birdlife, fishing while night is almost magical, with streetlights from across the harbour lighting up the landscape.

Approximate travel time: 4 and a half hours south east of Perth



Sizzling summer of Australian music festivals

By Adelaide / Australia / Brisbane / Gold Coast / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Sydney / Victoria /

Love hanging out with your friends and listening to great music during the summer? Then why not grab a hire car or an Australian campervan rental and head for a caravan park near some of our hottest music festivals this summer.

Here are five to ponder, complete with recommended caravan parks where you can park your wheels.

SUMMADAYZE (January 5, Gold Coast)
If you have spent all winter rocking to the beats of Fedde LeGrand, Adrian Lux and Icona Pop, then don’t miss Summadayze this summer! Park your wheels: Gold Coast Holiday Park, Helensvale. Powered sites starting from $36.

BIG DAY OUT (Jan 18, Sydney)
What’s a good summer without a big day out? If you’re down for a party and a killer line up, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Bloody Beetroots, head to Sydney Olympic Park. Park your wheels: Bass Hill Tourist Park. Powered sites starting from $35.

PYRAMID ROCK FESTIVAL (December 29 – January 1, Phillip Island, Vic)
Party your way into the new year with the annual Pyramid Rock Festival at Phillip Island. You and your mates are sure to have a blast and cool down at the nearby beach when you’re not tuning into an incredibly good line-up that includes Kate Miller-Heidke, Pnau and Tame Impala. Park your wheels: Big4 Phillip Island Caravan Park. Powered sites starting from $32.

A DAY ON THE GREEN (Nov 24 – Dec 1, Coldstream, Vic)
A one hour drive from Melbourne along the M3 and Maroondah Hwy. A day on the green under the sun in the country is all you need for the perfect day of summer fun. Daryl Braithwaite, Lisa Mitchell, and Simple Minds are some of the big names starring in this festival running throughout the country from November through to March. Park your wheels: Big4 Badger Creek Holiday Park, Healesville. Powered sites starting from $45.

WoMAD (March 8 – 11, Adelaide, SA)

Here’s one that you have a bit of time to plan for. If you’re looking for a friendly family atmosphere in a lovely setting, then the WoMAD festival in Adelaide’s Botanical Gardens in early March is the place to be. Catch a glimpse of some street theatre, browse some charity stalls and enjoy some of the world’s best traditional and contemporary musicians and dancers. Park your wheels: Adelaide Caravan Park. Powered sites starting from $36.



Girls just wanna have fun: 5 great Aussie road trips

By Adelaide / Australia / Brisbane / Hobart / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Sydney / Tasmania / Victoria /


CYNDI Lauper made the call back in 1983 and there’s no doubt one of the best ways for girls who wanna have fun Down Under is to head off on the great Aussie road trip. But where to go?

With Spring in the air and Summer just around the corner, I called upon five friends from five different Australian states and asked the question: What’s your ultimate girls’ weekend road trip getaway after you grab a car hire at the airport? Here are their answers …


Daylesford. A 90 minute drive from Melbourne along Western Hwy/C141 (115km).

“No question, has to be Daylesford, the perfect road trip for girls as it’s not to far and once you get there it’s heaven. In this former gold mining town surrounded by mountains you will find Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa. Wow. It’s definitely a treat. Hepburn is known for its natural spring mineral spas, where you can treat yourselves to well-deserved massages and body treatments. It’s also great to take in the thick forest scenery from your window as you sit back and relax. You also have to dine out at Frangos & Frangos.” – Amy, 36, Bentleigh.


Byron Bay. A 2 hour drive from Brisbane along M1/Pacific Hwy/National Route 1 (165km).

“It’s becoming a little bit more commercialised every year, but it still doesn’t mean Byron Bay is any less appealing. In fact, it’s still as amazing as ever with a really relaxed vibe. Byron has several spas to choose from, including the Kiva Spa and Bathhouse, which has a Southeast Asian atmosphere. Spend some time in Kiva’s spas, sauna and plunge pool before pampering yourselves with massages and skin treatment. After that, relax at Byron Bay’s world famous beaches, only 15 minutes away.” – Renee, 51, Brisbane.


Hunter Valley. A 3 hour drive north of Sydney along Tourist Drive 33 (220km).

“You’ve got to visit Chateau Elan, a $40 million spa retreat, which has an extensive spa menu where you and the girls can choose from a range of different massages, including Balinese Palming. With its French inspired café, a golf course and a hair salon, the girls are in for a treat!” – Sheree, 45, Pagewood.


Barossa Valley Wine Region. A 1 hour drive from Adelaide along Princes Hwy and Sturt Hwy (70km).

“If you feel like some delicious wine and a relaxing weekend away then then Barossa Valley is the place to go! Most definitely without question. Sample some wine at one of the several vineyards on the way to the Endota Spa, an award-winning franchise. Relax with the girls and enjoy all kinds of treatments fit for a princess.” – Lisa, 29, Glenelg.


Freycinet National Park. A 3 hour drive north of Hobart along A3 (200km).

“Head straight to Tassie’s Freycinet region, home to Wineglass Bay, and you will find the Saffire Freycinet – it’s perfect for a girls weekend away in Australia. With the Freycinet National Park Campground not far away, the Saffire overlooks Great Oyster Bay’s pristine coast. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, venture out to the surrounding white sandy beaches to soak up the sun after your luxurious spa treatment.” Fiona, 41, Hobart.



Got the drive and the car rental deal? Here’s four road trip ideas in Australia

By Australia / Brisbane / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria /

There’s no better time for a road trip than spring. But how do you make the most of that red-hot car or campervan rental deal you just snapped up on DriveNow? Here are five destinations worth punching into your GPS.

Brisbane to Caloundra

Tune in to the sixth annual Caloundra Music Festival (right) held over the September 28-30 weekend at Kings Beach.

Just over an hour’s drive north of Brisbane in your car rental, Kings Beach fires up to some of the best names in the Australian and international music industry. This year features acts such as The Living End, John Butler Trio and The Cat Empire. There’s a street parade, roving performers, beach-side carnival, buskers and children’s entertainment as well.

Roll up to the Sunshine Holiday Park at Dicky’s Beach or the Caloundra Waterfront Holiday Park and be only a couple of kilometres away from the action.

Check out http://www.caloundramusicfestival.com/

Melbourne to Deniliquin

Give yourself a leisurely four hours to get to Deniliquin in your Melbourne car rental. Get onto the Hume Hwy and then follow the long snake of utes making their way via Echuca, to the Cobb Hwy which takes you to Deni.

The Deniliquin Ute Muster and Play on the Plains Festival runs September 28 to 29 and appeals to all ages. Don your blue singlet to be a part of a world record count, then watch The Australian National Circle Work Championships, ute driving and show ‘n shine events. Kelly Clarkson, Lee Kernaghan and The McClymonts form part of the music festival line-up.
You didn’t rent a ute? Never mind, the festival site has camping for utes, cars, caravans, tents and campervans.

Check out http://www.visitnsw.com/events/deni-play-on-the-plains-festival-and-world-record-ute-muster

Sydney to Evans Head

Soak up some sun and nostalgia at the Annual Malibu Classic, held September 29 to October 1.

See 120 long-boarders from Victoria to the Sunshine Coast take part in this prestigious event and relive glory days as the “retro” divisions go through their paces. You’ll need to allow an eight-hour drive in your Sydney car hire  via the Pacific Hwy, so, if you’re in a camper, pull up at the Silver Sands Holiday Park when you arrive at Evans Head and take advantage of its relaxing facilities.

Check out http://www.visitnsw.com/events/malibu-classic

Adelaide to Wallaroo

Love to fish and then feast on the catch? Then check out the fourth Copper Cove Marina Festival on October 6 and 7.

About a two hour drive in your Adelaide car rental, the Wallaroo event combines the best products and produce from local boating, seafood and wine suppliers, all displayed at the multi-million dollar Copper Cove Marina. Stay nearby and enjoy the beach at Wallaroo North Beach Tourist Park.


Thirst for adventure quenched with Father’s Day weekend away

By Australia / Brisbane / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria /

Take the driver’s seat and let Dad relax on Father’s Day by picking up a DriveNow campervan rental and hitting the road for a couple of days of sight-seeing, fishing and a few quiet ales with the bloke who brought you up. It’s a great way to say “cheers Dad, have a good one.’’


Where: Brisbane to Bundaberg. Grab your Brisbane campervan rental and jump on Bruce Highway (M1) for four hours for a cool Queensland road trip weekend escape.
What to do: Head for the Bundaberg Rum Distillery for a tour – and a tasting, of course – find out how our country’s famous rum is made, watch out for drop bears and pull up a stool at the bar to finish the day with some Bundy cocktails.
Park your wheels: At Bargara Holiday Park, only 10 minutes east of Bundy and on the beach. Close to cafes and restaurants, golf courses, fishing and surfing. Powered sites start from $32 a night.


Where: Sydney to the Hunter Valley. A couple of hours’ drive in your Sydney campervan rental on the F3 and then take the Cessnock exit.
What to do: Visit the Hunter’s only microbrewery, the Hunter Beer Co at Potters Hotel and Brewery. Join a tour, talk to the brewers or just sit back in the beer garden, have a meal and sip some award-winning beers.
Park your wheels: At BIG4 Valley Vineyard Tourist Park where you will find powered caravan and tent sites at $35 a night. For those who want to stay put, there is a BYO Thai Restaurant, resort pool and BBQ facilities.


Where: Melbourne to Healesville, just an hour’s drive in your Melbourne campervan rental on the Maroondah Highway.
What to do: Think Alice in Wonderland and high-tail it to the White Rabbit Brewery, where tradition is mixed with imagination and the result is some amazing beer tasting experiences.
Park your wheels: At Big4 Badger Creek Holiday Park, five minutes away from the White Rabbit. Nestled in a bush and lake setting, the park offers great walks and fishing, and the wineries of the Yarra Valley are close at hand. Powered sites are $35 a night.



DriveNow caravan and camping park of the month: Gold Coast Holiday Park

By Australia / Brisbane / Gold Coast / Queensland /


SO, you’ve packed the kids in a Brisbane campervan rental and you’re ready for adventure, but suddenly find you’re not quite sure to go from there? The answer is a no-brainer. Hit the motorway, head south for an hour, take exit No.60 and Gold Coast Holiday Park (www.goldcoastholidaypark.com.au) awaits.

Gold Coast Holiday Park is perfectly located in Helensvale, right in the heart of theme park territory, and it’s literally walking distance away from Movie World, Wet’n’Wild and the Australian Outback Spectacular, while only a short drive from Dreamworld, Whitewater World and Seaworld.

Park owner Theo Whitmont told me that one of the big bonuses for families staying at Gold Coast Holiday Park is the seamless way those families can score great deals and be organised for the theme parks the minute they arrive.

“Absolutely, simply let our Tour Desk arrange all your tickets and if you contact us before you arrive, your tickets will be ready to pick up on arrival and you can avoid the queues and walk right in through the VIP entrance,” Theo explained. “We have great packages, VIP access and offers – no one beats our ticket deals with the theme parks in Queensland.”

Gold Coast Holiday Park is a destination in itself. It’s the preeminent holiday park on the Gold Coast with a young, fresh, happy team who love the fact that they can bring people drea m holidays that they remember for years. Set on 32 spacious acres, there are accommodation options for all walks of life from camp grounds to powered sites and exceptional villas. The facilities are spotless and cater for everyone with a great camp kitchen, laundry, giant jumping pillow and buggy hire for the kids.

Just about everything in the place is brand new or beautifully renovated including a spectacular pool with a fantastic water slide and poolside cabanas, poolside alfresco dining, a great little cafe, 5 star villas that are out of this world, big rig sites and gorgeous riverside camping. You can hire a kayak, sink your fangs into free pancakes and sausages sizzles every week. There’s also a little moonlight cinema under the stars which lets you relax on a balmy evening with the family and enjoy an open air movie. For more info visit www.goldcoastholidaypark.com.au