Feb
09
2011
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Port Fairy Folk Festival Accommodation – The Campervan Rental Alternative

By Melbourne / Victoria /

Port Fairy Festival Campervan Hire – Melbourne RAPIDLY becoming Australia’s leading Folk event, the Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place over the Victorian Labor Day long weekend each March And this year falls on 11-14th March. Located 290 kilometres west of Melbourne, Port Fairy attracts performers from around the world and 2010 saw it complete its 34th festival with record number of visitors and artists. The increasing popularity has meant the limited Port Fairy accommodation is in much greater demand including Campervan and Motorhome hire. In recent years, particularly 2010, DriveNow has had to turn away many Festival visitors as our Victorian Campervan suppliers have quickly run out of vehicles even 2 weeks out from the event. The secret is to get in early; you’ll find better rates, more choice and have a much better chance of securing the vehicle you’re after.  For those who are new or returning to campervan hire much has changed over the past few years….

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Nov
22
2010

Mildura to Renmark – a Murray River highlight

By Melbourne / Victoria /

RENMARK is a town often left off the itinerary of campervanners and roadtrippers, but we believe you would be doing yourself an absolute injustice by not stopping by this beaut place. Only a two-hour drive from Mildura (which is a six-hour drive from Melbourne), Renmark also is set on the banks of the mighty Murray River and is home to the River Rambler. This amazing houseboat takes you on an afternoon of discovery that you are unlikely to forget. The River Rambler crew collect you from your campervan door (right outside the Renmark Riverfront Big4 Holiday Park, that is) and whisk you away for an afternoon of cruising … and great scones! It’s great to also get a good feel for the area and also learn the all important history of the mighty Murray River. The Renmark township has all services and amenities you will need and if you love olives, then there are some great little olive farms in…

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Oct
17
2010

GREAT SOUTHERN DRIVE & STAY … FOR FURRY FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS

By Melbourne / Victoria /

DO you have a four-legged family member holding you back from that relaxing dream campervan holiday? No problem. I’ve discovered the most incredible place in southern Victoria where you can take your furry best friend with you. Forget expensive boarding kennels and any idea of a last-minute calls to family and friends for doggy-sitting duties. And there will be no more separation anxiety and psychotherapy sessions for your pampered pooch if you dare to read on, so start packing those doggie bags and leads and prepare to hit the highway. Nestled among gently rolling hills of the enchanting Tarra Valley is one of Victoria’s best kept secrets. Less than a three-hour drive in your Melbourne Campervan Rental, and only 3km from the magnificent Tarra-Bulga National Park, Best Friend Holiday Retreat awaits in lush secluded rainforest surrounds, with all-year-round waterfall and natural rock-formed swimming pool. Beginning with an easy drive from Melbourne along the Monash Freeway and Princess Highway to Traralgon,…

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Sep
26
2010

The Grampians in Victoria – what a place!

By Melbourne / Victoria /

What a place! The Grampians , which are really easy to reach from Melbourne, are absolutely out of this world! In what is a leisurely three hour drive along the Western Freeway in our Melbourne Campervan Rental, this place is really worth the effort. We stayed at the Parkgate Resort and all of us agreed it’s heavenly. The minute you arrive there is a great sense of tranquility. It’s really quiet, yet there’s also so much to do! If it’s a relaxing break you desire then The Grampians is the place to go and the caravan park is second to none with superb facilities including a heated pool and spa. And it gets even better. For activities, most walks in the The Grampians are easy and have wheelchair and pram access. There are, of course, more strenuous options right up to what they class as the “Experienced” level. However, we did the most basic and the views were simply magical….

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Jul
31
2010

Great drives – Melbourne to Sydney (Tumut, a place to sweep you off your feet!)

By Australia / Melbourne / New South Wales / Sydney / Victoria /

MANY Aussies have done the famous trek from Melbourne to Sydney along the Hume Highway, but make sure you take the time to stop in a little town called Tumut. Once grabbing a campervan rental in Melbourne head north and you will arrive at this amazing little destination after about six or seven hours later. Tumut is just before Goulburn, and is only a 25-minute drive from the highway – you won’t be disappointed! This is where you will find Australia’s only remaining original broom factory that makes good old-fashioned straw brooms. Prices start at just $10 each and have an impressive 10-year guarantee! There’s some serious sweeping to be had in these brooms, so you can’t really go wrong. Furthermore, these brooms are an absolute must for your campervan, caravan or motorhome, as they get into all the nooks and crannies. No matter what it is you are sweeping up, nothing beats a straw broom! And while at the…

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Jul
08
2010

Great driving holidays – Melbourne to Nagambie (Victoria)

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

WE decided to try out somewhere close to Melbourne, our hometown, but somewhere where it felt like we were on holiday. So after a bit of research we chose Nagambie. This small town is only 90 minutes north of Melbourne, a great little place with all the services you need and a great little Victorian road trip. It has a great pub and an incredibly good bakery. In fact, people head from Melbourne to Nagambie for one reason – just to go to this bakery! There is nothing better than a loaf of extra-fresh bread. We stayed at Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park. It’s an accommodation venue out of this world. It’s also funny because the park is almost bigger than the town. And to be perfectly honest, you needn’t leave the park either; aside from going to the bakery, that is. This park has absolutely everything. It’s all new, luxurious and surrounded 360 degrees by water with the river on…

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Jun
20
2010

Great driving holidays – Melbourne to Warrnambool (Victoria)

By Melbourne / Victoria /

IF you are looking for a great weekend away from Melbourne in your caravan or campervan, then Warrnambool is the place. There are always some great Melbourne campervan deals on the go. Only a four hour drive from Melbourne, it’s easy driving with plenty to see along the way. There is great coffee in Colac and plenty of rest areas to stop off for a bit of driver reviver – pull over for a snooze if you’re a tad tired. Once you get to Warrnambool, make sure you stay down on Lake Pertobe. We stayed at Discovery Holiday Park, which has a fantastic location as you can walk to absolutely everything. The kids, especially, will love the Lake Pertobe playground. But you can’t really call it a playground as it’s more like 30 playgrounds all in one! It is easy to kill a day here and, besides, it will ensure the kids sleep very, very well that night after all…

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Jun
14
2010
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Daylesford Delights – a road trip from Melbourne to Daylesford

By Melbourne / Victoria /

BEING Sydneysiders, we didn’t want to visit another city on a romantic getaway from work and children, but after a friend’s big recommendation we hopped on a cheap flight to Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne after snapping up a hot last minute  Melbourne Car Hire deal from www.drivenow.com.au. The escape from Melbourne’s hustle and bustle was a breeze for a great Victorian driving holiday  – we picked up the Western Ring Road off the Tullamarine Freeway and followed all signs to Daylesford and an hour and a half later we entered the sleepy country town in Spa Country. It was Saturday morning so there was a gentle hum about the place, busy, but not hectic. The moment we set down our gear at Campari, our accommodation, the R&R truly kicked in. About 200 metres from Lake Daylesford, and easy walking distance to town, Campari is well priced and cosy. We spent the first day poking around Daylesford’s quaint shops and sampling…

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Oct
05
2009
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Driving holidays – Melbourne to Kangaroo Island

By Australia / Melbourne / South Australia / Victoria /

This is a must-do trip with your camper, enjoying the spoils on offer along the Great Ocean Road and keeping the navigation simple – stay in on your left-hand side! A shopping trip at Torquay should be first on your list and the best bargains are found in the warehouses located behind the main surf shop strip. Good quality wetsuits, fins, mask and snorkel are mandatory and easily packed in the camper.  For the more adventurous, a surfboard is worth the effort too. Stay on the Great Ocean Road from Torquay to Warrnambool.  There are many great places to stop along the way but Apollo Bay and Port Fairy are highly recommended – plan to stay at least one day at each town. A terrific little (and not well known) camping ground is at Yambuk about 30km west of Port Fairy which is sensational, with a beautiful ocean beach and inland river. It caters for all water sports and all…

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Jul
24
2009

Driving holidays – Melbourne to Lakes Entrance (Vic)

By Melbourne / Victoria /

Melbourne to Lakes Entrance We decided to check out our own “doorstep” and spent a few days looking around the Dandenongs, within an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD. It’s a leisurely cruise in the campervan, too, with loads of great sites as you wind your way up these hills east of the city. It’s such a beautiful place in Autumn. You just have to go to the Cuckoo Restaurant, it’s a damn good day out. Great food and very entertaining.  We parked the vehicle and took the Puffing Billy (pictured) up there – a place I haven’t been since I was 7. You forget what is right on your doorstep, you really do. A grand entrance Then we headed off to Lakes Entrance, which is an easy drive, nice open roads, flat and perfect for just cruising along. Lakes Entrance is so under-rated. Only four hours drive from Melbourne, it’s an easy weekend getaway with so much to do. We…

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