May
06
2015

The hills are alive – five great ways to holiday in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

LOOKING for somewhere to sweep your loved one of his or her feet? Then head for the Hills. Adelaide Hills, to be precise, just a 20-minute drive from Adelaide’s CBD in South Australia. It’s a land of the long lunch, with nature’s eye candy at every turn, delicious locally grown food and wine, and accommodation to match the country’s best when it comes to small luxury. Here are five ways to enjoy your time in this little gem of a region tucked away in South Australia. No.1: Sticky Rice Villas and Cooking School. Now here’s a place you can get really messy … in the kitchen! The Sticky Rice Cooking School is where some of the best chefs on the planet, including Ty Bellingham, Mark McNamara, David Thompson and Katrina Ryan take a small class and guide them through creating a culinary feast fit for kings and queens. The dining room setting is beautifully oriental with warm, soft colours, chunky…

Read More
Mar
31
2015

5 great Aussie caravan parks in wine regions

By Adelaide / Australia / Brisbane / Melbourne / New South Wales / Perth / Queensland / South Australia / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

Where there’s a wine there’s a way, so jot down these five holiday parks close to vineyards throughout Australia. 1. BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park, SA SOME travellers say Australia’s greenest wine region is the McLaren Vale, a must-see destination when in the South where the wine regions are some of the world’s best. Only 10 minutes from the wineries, BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park is considered the hot ticket venue for caravanners and campers to set up camp before experiencing the delicious home grown food and wine, popular beaches and nearby art galleries. Famous for producing great reds and chardonnays, some of the best wines in the world feature among the 75 cellar doors you can explore in the region. Try Woodstock Wine Estate, Aramis Vineyard, Angrove McLaren Vale Winery and Cellar Door, and d’Arenberg for a real taste of the area. Even create your own food and wine trail by taking a car, walking or bike riding around…

Read More
Mar
23
2015

7 ways to escape to Adelaide for a weekend away

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

Adelaide’s a gorgeous city, with a blend of historic and modern architecture, sandy beaches and scenic trails. Explore them all in a weekend away in Adelaide. Mt Lofty Just 20 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD, the Mt Lofty Summit attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The peak offers panoramic views of Adelaide’s coast and city skyline and is the perfect stop on a clear, sunny day. The summit also has a gift shop and interactive touch screens which tell you more about the summit and nearby tourist attractions. Glenelg Only 10km from Adelaide’s CBD, Glenelg is famous for it’s white sandy beaches. Dine at Glenelg’s trendy bars or restaurants, admire Holdfast Bay’s stunning coastline from the Glenelg Pier or go for a dip in this popular swimming spot. Adelaide Hills The countryside in the Adelaide Hills resembles a fairytale. Admire the gorgeous flowers and charming streets in Stirling, arguably one of the prettiest towns in South Australia. Drink beer and go…

Read More
Feb
23
2015
no image added yet.

Seven South Australia events you cannot miss in Adelaide and surrounds

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

From arts festivals to music celebrations, food and wine, and sports events, there’s something for everyone in Adelaide and surrounds in coming months. Try these six … 1. Adelaide Festival The Adelaide festival is a multi-arts event with great diversity and a big tradition of innovation with a program including opera, dance, theatre, music, cabaret and visual arts. In addition, there’s the Adelaide Writers’ Week. The party has already started, but continues to March 15. Visit www.adelaidefestival.com.au 2. Fork and Cork With a name like Fork and Cork, there can only be two things at the forefront of everyone’s mind – food and drink, and it’s all quality. Mount Gambier’s Garden Square will host a fun-filled day that’s set to include masterclasses, workshops, music and a chance to learn tips and techniques from the best local chefs in the region. The big event on the Limestone Coast takes place on February 28. More visit www.forkandcork.com.au 3. WOMADelaide WOMADelaide has been…

Read More
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…

Read More
Jun
12
2014

99 experiences for road trippers that have the rest of the world jealous of Australia

By Adelaide / Australia / Great Ocean Road / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Tasmania / Victoria /

JEALOUS? you bet they are. But anyone who lives beyond Australia’s coastline is more than welcome to head down to the Southern Hemisphere and experience the places that make we Aussies spoilt for choice. We live in a big, bold land, an entire continent in fact, and relish the fact we have different worlds of discovery around every corner, inland and along our vast coastline of Oz. To pick up a campervan or rental car in Australia and hit the road is magical, especially when you have no plans and open your eyes to real exploration and stop off at a random place knowing you’re about to discover something new. Road trips in Australia are in. It’s the buzz style of travel Down Under especially given the large amount of caravan holiday parks at just about every city, town or hamlet you drive through. So what are five recommendations from the bunch of fantastic experiences in every state of our…

Read More
Feb
26
2014

Park in profile – Marion Holiday Park, SA

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

Where: 323 Sturt Road, Bedford Park, SA Website: http://marion-holiday-park.sa.big4.com.au 10 words or less: Splish-splash, snazzy,  family friendly, state-of-the-art, intimate. The lowdown: Either grab yourself an Adelaide campervan rental or Adelaide car hire and make the 12km journey to Bedford Park. As easy as that! With brand new state-of-the-art aquatic playgrounds, the water park at BIG4 Marion Holiday Park is the largest slide activity centre in the Southern Hemisphere and the tallest in the world built by the company Water Play, with one of the slides more than three metres high. Why wouldn’t you want to stay at this park when holidaying in South Australia?! The new water park, located just 12km out of Adelaide, boasts three slides, a huge dump bucket and water cannons. Suitable for all ages, the water park has ground sprays for younger children and is a zero-depth complex, offering parents peace of mind. The new water park complements the park’s existing family-friendly facilities including a 45 metre outdoor lagoon swimming…

Read More
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,…

Read More
Aug
28
2012

Eyre Peninsula – a road trip where memories are made

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

THE stunning Eyre Peninsula (pictured right), located in the west quarter of South Australia on the west coast of the Spencer Gulf, is a place where real memories are made once you reach it after picking up your South Australia campervan rental. But most people miss it – too excited to be heading onto the Nullabor Plain, they don’t deviate or are tired from months on the road and after completing the Nullabor they just want to get home. But in reality, they are missing one of the most amazing parts of Australia. It’s an easy drive for any big rig, too, and in no time we started seeing the sign posts for Steaky Bay. The Streaky Bay Foreshore Family Park yet again is absolute beachfront. Again, we couldn’t get any closer to the water. The inlet at Streaky Bay is just gorgeous with calm water and no waves, which is perfect for the kids. If you have a Quintrex…

Read More
Aug
08
2012

Toast the good life with a scenic drive through classic wine country

By Adelaide / Australia / Melbourne / New South Wales / Perth / South Australia / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

AUSTRALIAN wines have taken their place amongst the best in the world. Combined with a stunning landscape, wineries offer a great Australian drive-tour experience. The first thing to do is nominate a driver – maybe take it in turns if an overnight stay is planned. The next thing is to select your DriveNow rental vehicle. A roomy sedan or four-wheel drive might be handy, or why not pick up a campervan and have your accommodation sorted as well? Those in Western Australia have the acclaimed Margaret River to explore. Pick up your Perth car rental and head about 280km south to Margaret River, home to 20 percent of Australia’s premium wines. Take advantage of the area’s beaches and forests by staying at the Riverview Tourist Park and making it your base.  Xanadu winery is a popular and picturesque place to start, with an award-winning restaurant and sweeping views. In NSW the Hunter Valley is considered the grand old daddy of…

Read More
May
16
2012

Heading to Arno Bay – a South Australian road trip for your bucket list

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

THERE is not a lot at Arno Bay, but that’s exactly what we wanted. A great pub, a few local shops and a caravan park so close to the water that at one point I thought the waves were going to crash into the campervans and caravans! It is truly a ‘get-away’ place. If you are in South Australia and choose an Adelaide campervan rental, getting there is easy. Pick up your camper in the city and head north-west about 530km. Or, like we did, you can take the car and passenger ferry from Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula, just north of Adelaide, and cross the Spencer Gulf to Lucky Bay in under two hours. After negotiating Adelaide’s peak hour traffic only hours beforehand, Lucky Bay, with its awe-inspiring outback scenery, was a welcome sight. Arno Bay was an easy 20-minute drive from there. We fell in love with the place – and we weren’t the only ones. The people…

Read More