Feb
14
2015

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…

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Jan
05
2015

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…

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Sep
26
2014

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…

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Sep
12
2014

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…

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Aug
12
2014

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…

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Jun
30
2014

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…

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Jun
29
2014

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…

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Nov
19
2012

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,…

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Sep
05
2012

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…

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Aug
17
2012

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.’’ QUEENSLAND 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…

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May
24
2012

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…

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