Jun
05
2018

Five Melbourne hotels within walking distance of the MCG

By Australia / Melbourne /

  For any footy fan heading to the mighty MCG to experience an AFL match at this iconic stadium, you’ll want to make sure you’re staying close by. There is an abundance of hotels in Melbourne, but where to start to make sure you’re in the heart of the atmosphere? Here are our top five recommendations for hotels within walking distance of the MCG.  Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and book one of these Melbourne hotels. Adara Richmond Adara Richmond is only a 10-15 minute walk from the MCG or a five-minute tram ride. It’s hardly a hassle when you’re enjoying contemporary and spacious living in an inner-city serviced apartment. You’ll have a full kitchen, washer, dryer and high-speed WiFi in your room. There’s no doubt that you’ll feel right at home Quest East Melbourne Quest East is situated opposite the iconic MCG, simply walk just 7 minutes along Wellington Parade after the footy Grand Final and you’ll be at your…

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Apr
18
2018

Adventures in autumn – four awesome Victoria hiking trails

By Victoria /

Autumn is one of the best times of year to go on a Victoria hiking trip. The season in between the scorching summer heat and the cold winter means you’ll enjoy blue skies and comfortable temperatures. There are plenty of stunning Victoria hiking trails around, whether you want to trek for a few hours or a few days.  Hire a car from Melbourne Airport with DriveNow and explore some of these awesome Victoria hiking trails. Cope Hut to Pretty Valley Drive about four hours north east of Melbourne to the Heathy Spur car park just past Falls Creek. This is an incredible place to start if you’re looking for an overnight hiking adventure. It’s a relatively easy trek to Cope Hut, where stunning views from the top of Alpine National Park await. There’s also a scenic trail that leads to the aptly named Pretty Valley, where you can camp overnight. Make your way back towards Falls the next day, or…

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Apr
15
2018

Treat yourself to one of these Melbourne luxury experiences for couples

By Melbourne /

When in Melbourne you don’t have to travel far to lap up incredible luxury experiences. From taking to the skies to hitting boutique stores, Melbourne has a lot to offer someone seeking luxury experiences in the city. All you need is a set of wheels to get started. Save with a DriveNow hire car package and then sign up for one of these luxury experiences. Yarra Valley Balloon Flight It’s an early start to your day, but a flight over one of Victoria’s spectacular wine regions is well worth it. You’ll admire rolling hills, vineyards and surrounding forest, with the CBD skyline in the distance. You’ll be in a comfortable basket with a small group. At the end of the flight top it off with some cheese and wine in the Yarra Valley. Stay overnight at the zoo This is bound to be a night you’ll never forget. Werribee Open Range Zoo offers a Slumber Safari, which is a perfect…

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Jan
25
2018

Five great reasons for a summer escape to Queenscliff

By Melbourne / Victoria /

Steeped in history, Queenscliff’s modern, cosmopolitan touch is driving everyone south in Victoria to discover its charms in accommodation, dining, train rides and seaside appeal among dozens of other reasons. From its early beginnings in the 1850s when it became a strategic defence post close to the entrance of Port Phillip which in turn provided shipping access to Geelong and Melbourne, it’s become a hot-ticket item for “great escape” destinations in Australia. Only a 90-minute drive to the Bellarine Peninsula in your Melbourne airport, Queenscliff has dozens of reasons for a weekend – or week-long – escape, but here five standouts. 360Q – a waterfront feast for the senses Great ocean views, superb service, incredible food and live entertainment. There’s 10 words or less that should be enough to suggest you’d be crazy to avoid spectacular 360Q waterfront restaurant (pictured) at Queenscliff Marina. The venue was closed in 2014 but was reborn over 12 months ago under the management of…

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Jan
10
2018

Places to visit this summer in Victoria

By Victoria /

Victoria in the summertime is magnificent. It’s glorious and there’s no place you’d rather be than enjoying the sunshine while hiking through pristine forest or swimming at one of Melbourne’s iconic beaches. Or perhaps your idea of summer means staying indoors to escape the unbearable heat. Whatever you want to do this summer, Victoria is a place that has endless opportunities for anyone. You can easily pick up a cheap car hire deal from Melbourne Airport with a DriveNow bargain. Once you’re all set, hit the road to explore one of these destinations for the day. Melbourne bayside On a hot summer’s day, southeastern beaches are a godsend with their cool waters. They don’t seem to heat up no matter how high the mercury rises. Do you fancy roller skating along St Kilda’s famous shoreline? Relax at Brighton Beach or there’s Mentone Beach, which is a great spot to take a picnic for the family and have a dip. Escape the heat…

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Jan
03
2018

Things to do at Port Fairy Folk Festival

By Great Ocean Road /

Port Fairy in southwest Victoria is a quiet seaside town and a popular stopover for couples travelling the Great Ocean Road. This beautiful and charming place is also home to Australia’s premier folk music festival. It’s held every year in March and showcases national and international acts. The streets of Port Fairy come alive with buskers and people who love and appreciate everything to do with folk music. This March grab a bargain car hire deal at Melbourne Airport and drive three and a half hours west of Melbourne. Here are some of the best things to do when you get there. Enjoy the music Of course, the Port Fairy Folk Festival is all about the music! The festival includes dozens of acts acts performing folk, acoustic roots, bluegrass, blues, jazz and country roots. Admire to some of your favourite folk artists live on stage while also discovering new talent you haven’t heard of before. There’s the award winning Western…

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Dec
07
2017

Christmas spirit sweeps over Melbourne

By Melbourne / Victoria /

Melbourne comes alive for some serious Christmas spirit every year as shopping hotspots dress up for the occasion. The Visit Victoria team shared the news with Melbourne car rental specialists DriveNow on just where to go to find the Spirit of Christmas, along with what’s open and when. From markets to the Myer windows, selfies with Santa and a merry activation in Federation Square, there’s something for locals and visitors alike as Victoria celebrates. Try these: Federation Square (until 25 December) Federation Square will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland offering festive fun for the whole family. The jolly man in red is in residence, found beneath a 16-metre-tall tree and waiting to make his list of naughty and nice children. A light show takes over at 9:00pm every night, with a six-metre bauble glittering in the Square. State Library of Victoria Christmas Projections (until 25 December) The iconic State Library of Victoria will light up across December, with its…

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Oct
24
2017

DriveNow’s new rental vehicle excess insurance giving you more choice

By Australia / Christchurch / Great Ocean Road / New Zealand / United States / Victoria /

Rental vehicle excess insurance is a great option for many people who are choosing a self-drive holiday. Driving holidays are becoming more and more popular both in Australia and overseas. That’s why DriveNow has partnered with Hiccup Insurance to give customers the option of taking out affordable new product for rental vehicle excess insurance. It’s for anyone who is hiring a car in Australia, and also Australians who are travelling overseas. Check out some of the rental vehicle excess insurance deals that you can pre-purchase. There’s also the options of buying excess reduction when you arrive to pick up your car! Or you can stick to the standard insurance policy and not take out additional cover. There’s an option for everybody, so check out these destinations where we recommend a self-drive holiday! New Zealand – Christchurch to Te Anau The best to see New Zealand’s most impressive terrains is to drive. Pick up your hire vehicle in Christchurch. After a day of sightseeing around the city,…

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Oct
11
2017

Seven incredible spots to go surfing in Australia

By Brisbane / Great Ocean Road / Hobart / New South Wales / Perth / Queensland / Sydney / Tasmania / Victoria / Western Australia /

Pro surfer Mick Fanning may be contemplating getting back into the ocean, but even his dramatic brush with a hungry Great White can’t put a stop to Australia’s 100-year love affair of combining the board with the breakwater. In a tribute to surfing, here are seven incredible suggestions on where to catch an epic wave around Oz. 1. Sheringa, SA While only accessible by 4WD or foot, a short hike is well worth it to discover these hidden gems in South Australia. On the southern side of a rocky outcrop, the mellow point break at Sheringa Beach offers up a challenge, but for those who really have a death wish, Sheringa Left to the north produces an unpredictable swell amongst a rocky, reefy, remote part of the Eyre Peninsula. Sharp rocks, dangerous rips, and even sharks make surfing at Sheringa something to write home about – if you survive. 2. Ningaloo Coast, WA Famous for its incredible UNESCO World Heritage…

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Sep
29
2017

Best camping spots in Australia for the Christmas holidays

By Australia / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Tasmania / Victoria /

The Christmas holidays is the best season to go seeking out the best camping spots in Australia. If you enjoy warm weather and meeting new people, then this is the time to get out and about while you explore some of the most beautiful parts of Australia.  All you need is to jump on DriveNow’s website to hire a 4WD from your nearest capital city, then go and explore one of these top camping spots. Booderee National Park, NSW Head to Jervis Bay to witness one of the most gorgeous white sand beaches. Admire stunning blue waters, which are full of marine life. Walking, fishing and bird watching are some of popular activities in the area. There are three un-powered camping areas in the park and it’s just a three hour drive from Sydney. Lake Eyre National Park, SA You’re surrounded by incredible, stark wilderness. It’s Australia’s largest salt lake, which spans 9,500 square kilometres. It’s truly a remarkable sight. At 12m below sea level,…

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