Jun
06
2019

Time to explore Victoria’s tasty food bowl offerings

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Are you ready to taste regional Victoria? Farm to table dining is no longer exclusive to regional restaurants with Melbourne’s top chefs championing Victorian produce, according to the Visit Victoria team. Regional Victoria’s status as a world class food bowl has been underlined as the country’s leading chefs increasingly adopt low food mileages practices to prioritise local producers as their primary source of fresh ingredients.   Flying from interstate? Then check out our incredible Melbourne car rental deals, loosen your belts and hit the road! Read on as Visit Vic’s experts reveal what’s hot in the kitchen. What Grows Together Goes Together St Kilda’s famous Stokehouse, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year as one of Melbourne’s most iconic culinary institutes, will continue their popular dinner series  What Grows Together Goes Together over winter. Head Chef Ollie Hansford, Group Sommelier Gavin Cremming and the team have been hard at work to coordinate four dinners that will each highlight a Victorian region. Victoria’s Macedon…

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Apr
15
2019

Winter’s here and so are these 5 great Victorian pubs

By Victoria /

There’s nothing better than escaping the chill and bunkering down with a good red and hearty pub lunch. Victorian pubs offer fantastic food and beer while the down to earth atmosphere makes for a great get together with friends. It can be hard to decide where to go for your next pub experience. That’s because there are literally hundreds of Victorian pubs scattered throughout Melbourne and across the countryside. So we’ve made it easy for you. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and hit the road to get to one of these top Victorian pubs. (Just don’t drink and drive). Woodlands Hotel The north Melbourne suburb of Coburg has one great place that’s perfect for any special occasion. The Woodlands Hotel gives you something to look forward to each time you visit. It could be the modern Australian cuisine in the indoor dining room or a hearty meal in the outdoor garden area. You can sample craft beer in the…

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Apr
09
2019

Great Ocean Road top tips during the Rip Curl Pro

By Great Ocean Road / Victoria /

Great Ocean Road remains one of Australia’s treasures, let alone Victoria’s, and as the famed Rip Curl Pro descends on Bells Beach it’s well worth planning your trip to make the most of the Great Ocean Road that surrounds the surf break. Once you pick up your wheels from Melbourne Airport, follow the hot tips below from the Visit Victoria team. If there’s anything more impressive than a packed Bells Beach watching the world’s top ranked surfers carve up the waves every Easter, it’s the breathtaking ocean views to be had along the spectacular Great Ocean Road. All adventures lead to the 12 Apostles, and what adventures they’re bound to be. Whether it’s getting active, lingering over a coffee in a beachside cafe, tasting wines in acclaimed vineyards, or exploring dramatic scenery, there’s something for everyone on the Great Ocean Road. With so much to do in and around Bells Beach during the Rip Curl Pro, our advice is to…

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Feb
08
2019

Easter gems along the Mighty Murray

By New South Wales / Victoria /

There’s no other river like the Mighty Murray, which spans across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. With the legendary Murray stretching 2,500km, you’ll find hotspots for water sports, nature, wineries, galleries and events. You can also find quiet spots that are ideal for a quiet camping trip. Grab a set of wheels (a cheap campervan to hire or check out the great car deals from DriveNow) and go exploring. Here are five wonderful experiences to have along the Murray River this Easter. Have a go at fishing Of course, you can’t holiday to the Murray without attempting this classic Murray experience. The native Murray cod is Australia’s largest freshwater fish and a prized catch. But anglers will often look for the golden perch (yellow belly), trout and freshwater cray, to name a few. Some of the hotspots for fishing include Yarrawonga, Albury, the Narrows near Barmah, and Kings Billabong. Spend your days relaxing by the riverside or fishing…

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Jan
25
2019

5 Great Reasons to head for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

By Melbourne /

Great wine? Check. Yummy food creations? Check. Good company? Check. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has everything you need to guarantee an incredible day of fun and indulgence. Sample Australia’s world-class wines, meet chefs who can teach you some unique tips for the kitchen and relax. This year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival runs from March 8 – 24, promising many opportunities for an unforgettable culinary experience. Tip: for those who are travelling from out of town, you can snap up a bargain car hire deal from Melbourne Airport with DriveNow. Here are five must-have experiences at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The Village Feast March 16 Travel just one hour from Melbourne to the tiny dairy farming town of Jindivick in West Gippsland. This is where The Village Feast takes place, making for the ultimate country getaway. Several pop up stalls and big names line Jindivick’s main street with exceptional food, produce and drinks. Soak up the…

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Dec
10
2018

Top tips for a summer of camping fun in Victoria

By Melbourne / Victoria /

Mountains, rivers, beaches, forests – Victoria has it all when it comes to camping locations, according to the team from Parks Victoria. While Mother Nature provides the magnificent backdrop and Parks Victoria provides campgrounds in more than 100 parks, it’s the little bit of additional planning and care that will really take a camping holiday from ho-hum to ho-ho. So grab your Melbourne campervan rental Check out these Park Victoria tips for making sure you are a happy camper these holidays. Research your campground Make sure you know what to expect before you pack the campervan or tent. Campgrounds in Victoria’s vast parks and reserves vary greatly. Some are remote with no toilets or running water, while others can be easily accessed, and include showers and cooking facilities. Either way, there’s something for everyone. To get started, visit the Parks Victoria website. Book ahead or arrive early Once you know where you want to go, make sure you’ve checked how…

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Oct
19
2018

Your guide to Melbourne’s 2018 Spring Racing Carnival

By Australia / Victoria /

Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival is one of Australia’s great sporting highlights. It attracts race-goers from across the nation and the word. But some of the best Spring Racing Carnival highlights aren’t only in Melbourne, but they’re in country Victoria too.  All you need to do is hire a car from Melbourne and then you can travel to these fantastic events on the racing calendar. Cox Plate – 27th October Every year in late October, the Moonee Valley Racecourse plays host to the famous Group One WS Cox Plate over 2040m.  It’s widely known among those in the racing community as the best weight for age race in Australasia and one of the most exciting race days in the world. The Cox Plate carries a total prize money of $3,000,000, and is Australia’s second richest race after the Melbourne Cup. This is one event you surely don’t want to miss. Melbourne Cup – 6th November Melbourne Cup, Australia’s best-known horse racing…

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Sep
26
2018

Take me to the river: Victorian river escapes from Melbourne

By Melbourne / Victoria /

As spring and summer starts to sizzle, pack your bags and head to a Victorian river for a day or two. There’s nothing like relaxing riverside in the sun, or swimming through pristine waters while surrounded by nature and wildlife. For an affordable weekend break, hire a campervan in Melbourne and set off on your riverside adventure. The great news is you don’t have to drive far from Melbourne to reach one of these incredible Victorian river escapes. Murray River, Echuca-Moama Head north to the mighty Murray, which separates New South Wales from Victoria. Here you’ll truly unwind and relax by reading a book or soaking up the sun at one of the sandy riverside areas. A popular attraction is to ride an old paddle steamer and learn about the area’s fascinating history. Where to stay: NRMA Echuca Holiday Park Warrandyte River When the beach feels too far away, join the locals at Warrandyte River on a summer’s day. The…

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Sep
15
2018

Spring sensations in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Spring is one of the most sensational times to visit Melbourne. Not only are the flowers across the city’s gardens in full bloom, but the sun starts to come out after a long, cold winter. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and explore one of these events. AFL Grand Final (pictured) (29th September) After a season of suspense, every footy fan in Australia has their sights set on the AFL Grand Final. The big game is full of excitement and drama, with the two top teams battling it out in front of a packed area. Be one of the 100,000 screaming fans watching the game unfold inside the MGG. Royal Melbourne Show (22nd September – 2nd October) The show is perhaps Victoria’s most iconic event. There are colourful lights, exhibits, rides and 450,000 people who pack the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds for eleven days in September. There are exciting activities, plenty of competition and pop up restaurants of some of the city’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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Sep
03
2018

Finals fever – Your guide to Melbourne accommodation for the AFL Grand Final

By Melbourne /

The business end of footy is almost here and it’s finals time with all 8 finalists eyeing a spot in the big one on Grand Final Day. So we’ve picked some of the best central Melbourne hotels close to the footy grounds. Richmond, Collingwood, Geelong and Melbourne are flying so the chances are there will be more than a couple of games in Victoria’s capital. Not to mention the festivities surrounding the grand final parade, Brownlow medal and other footy events in old Melbourne towns. When you’re buzzing about Melbourne and surrounds check out one of these convenient Melbourne accommodation options to park your wheels. Grand Hyatt Melbourne This is truly an iconic Melbourne hotel in the heart of the CBD on Collins Street. Luxury awaits at the Grand Hyatt, where you’ll enjoy spacious guestrooms and fine dining. There’s also access to an indoor swimming pool, gym and a rooftop tennis court. Step outside and high fashion stores and top…

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