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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Mar
29
2012

Pick up a car rental and go cruisin’ with your pooch

By Australia / Brisbane / Cairns / Gold Coast / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

WANTING a road trip and accommodation for the whole family, four-legged friends included? Gone are the days when pet-friendly accommodation consisted of mildew walls and flea ridden couches, or when you had to re-mortgage your home to pay the kennel to keep your beloved pooch fed, watered and entertained. These days, there are a range of pet friendly holiday accommodation options that will ensure fun for all the family, two and four legged creatures alike. With pooch in your Gold Coast hire car, head for the hinterland and beach all rolled into one in the beautiful areas surrounding Byron Bay. Nestled on the exclusive Tallow Beach, Puri Pantali House affords absolute beachfront location in luxury Balinese style.  The house has four bedrooms, each with ensuite, catering for up to eight people comfortably.  Open plan living and a kitchen complete with state of the art appliances will ensure you feel right at home.   A private salt water solar heated pool will…

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Feb
13
2012

Water world awaits at Lake Cania

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

ABOUT 380km north west of Brisbane, Lake Cania is an easy spot to reach for a cool Queensland road trip idea. Lake Cania itself is situated just north of the Cania Gorge. The lake has a capacity of 88,500 megaliters, so they tell me. There are many facilities available at the dam which caters for some great fishing and other water sports with boat ramp access, picnic areas, public conveniences, kiosk and two camping and caravan parks. Lake Cania, when full, covers an area of about 1,200 hectares – now that’s a bit of fishing! We set out in our two-man inflatable Coleman canoe (these little beauties are great for fishing!) and head to a little spot that ‘Jack’, a local who has been coming here for 43 years, told us is where the fish live. So out we paddle to this remarkable spot, which is so quiet and with a ton of animals and wildlife – just check out…

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Dec
23
2011

Bundaberg, bears and Bargara Beach – what a beauty with a capital ‘B’!

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

So, you’ve jumped in your Brisbane hire car after lobbing in Queensland and don’t know where to head next? Head north, hug the coastline and you won’t be disappointed. Bundaberg is a city with plenty of “big” appeal. Start with the mighty Bundaberg Rum Distillery and Bondstore, a place where you get to meet a world famous big “drop bear” called Bundy R. Bear and explore the distillery in one of its daily tours taking place at the Queensland landmark. Bundaberg is also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, is also home to the world’s finest ginger beer (Bundaberg Barrel), and there’s also a beaut interactive museum in town that pays homage to one of our country’s great aviators at Hinkler Hall Of Aviation. Reaching “Bundy”, as it’s affectionately known, is easy from Brisbane. Hit the Bruce Highway (or M1) and the signs will do the rest for the four hour journey. While Bundy has plenty by way of…

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Feb
19
2011
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On the road to Tin Can Bay – a quick road trip from Noosa to meet wild dolphins

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Where is Tin Can Bay? Just near Gympie in Queensland, that’s where, and only a leisurely three-hour drive in a campervan rental from Brisbane or a quick-fire 45-minute cruise if you pick up a Car Rental in Noosa. And boy, what a great little spot it is. Tin Can Bay is a very sleepy little coastal village, with some of the most stunning scenery. The beautiful harbour area is just fantastic dotted with a ton of yachts and people enjoying the area. It’s great for fishing, water sports and a super spot to explore the area. The best part, though, is the wild dolphin feeding which happens every day. The dolphins come ashore to meet and greet you (there’s my wife Sheree, pictured right), and for just $5 you can get a bucket of fish and stand in the water as they scoot around you – it really is worth the wait, too, and we had to wait three hours…

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Aug
14
2010
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Brisbane to Bundaberg, and a swim with the loggerhead turtles

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

The strip of coastline between Brisbane and Bundaberg is a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of natural treasures – glorious beaches, pristine patches of wilderness hopping with wildlife, and humpback whales breaching offshore during the winter months. But we’re here to see another endangered and fascinating marine creature – loggerhead turtles, who choose the beaches south of Bundaberg to perpetuate the cycle of life each summer. Mon Repos Beach is one of the two largest turtle rookeries in the South Pacific, which means it’s one of the best places to see them up close as they lay their eggs in the sand, with the babies hatching several months later. To capitalise on all this area has to offer, having secured a great deal on our Brisbane Campervan Rental with DriveNow we are driving north,  so we can feel at one with our stunning natural surrounds. That’s the beauty of life on the road – you can pull up where your whim leads you, and…

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Mar
27
2010

Great driving holidays – Brisbane to Townsville (Qld)

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

FAR North Queensland is a region like no other in Australia and this drive is clearly a Top 10 campervanning adventure in the country. It’s a long drive (18-20 hours straight, a few days including stops) that hugs the coast from Brisbane all the way up to Townsville. Most importantly, there are loads of great stops to make along the way. The direct route on the Bruce Highway is more than 1300km, so it would be well worth allowing a couple of weeks at least if you have the time as there are at least five stops that simply shouldn’t be missed. Pop these down for consideration when planning your itinerary: STOP 1: Maroochydoore. God’s own country with one of the most magnificent little beaches you’ll find Down Under. It should take you no more than 2 hours to reach from Brisbane. Maroochydore boasts some super family attractions including Top Shots mini golf park, Underwater World to meet some of…

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