Aug
18
2017

Your guide to Melbourne’s 2017 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 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 weight-for-age championship of Australasia. This is one event you surely don’t want to miss. Oaks Day ‘Ladies Day’ is the top Spring Racing Carnival event on every woman’s calendar. The Group One VRC Oaks is the signature race of the day. Off the field you’ll see a competition of another kind, as women from across Australia show off their best frocks as…

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Aug
15
2017

Where to stay at the Queenscliff Music Festival

By Australia / Victoria /

The Queenscliff Music Festival is once again returning to the Bellarine Peninsula this November. The festival has been running since 1997, treating music-lovers to an intimate festival experience and seaside views. This year’s line-up includes The Beautiful Girls, Bernard Fanning, The Tesky Brothers, Nai Palm and The Temper Trap. If you’re heading to Queenscliff in late November, make sure you book your festival tickets early and check out some cheap car hire deals from Melbourne Airport. Travel an hour and a half west of Melbourne and consider staying at one of these great venues. Vue Grand Travellers consistently rate this accommodation as one of the best in Queenscliff. One of the most beautiful rooms is the Turret Suite, with stunning 180 degree seaside views. There’s also the Traditional Rooms, which take you back in time to the 19th century, when this extraordinary building first became a landmark. BIG4 Beacon Resort (pictured) Here, you are spoiled for choice. Whether you want to park your…

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Aug
02
2017

Phillip Island MotoGP and where to stay

By Australia / Victoria /

The Phillip Island MotoGP is one of Australia’s greatest sporting events of the year. Rev heads definitely don’t want to miss the thrilling action against a scenic, coastal backdrop. But if you want to make sure you’re staying nearby so you don’t miss any of the action, then you’ll have to book your accommodation in advance. Whether you want to stay at a hotel, camp or rent your own house, all you need to do is check out DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Melbourne Airport then make your way there! Here are some of the best places to stay when you’re visiting for the Phillip Island MotoGP. Rent a holiday home If you value privacy – for example, an entire garden or pool to yourself – then renting a holiday house is the way to go. Expect to pay higher prices if you’re after luxury, but the good news is it can actually be cheaper per person to rent a large house for…

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Jul
26
2017

5 step guide to a Melbourne city escape between Christmas and New Year

By Melbourne / Victoria /

It’s a long way off but there’s a certain time of year the rest of the human race are either snoozing or have escaped to somewhere else when it comes to Melbourne city and inner city ‘burbs. With Christmas and Boxing Day out of the way and many catching their breath before New Year’s suddenly arrives, Melbourne’s a little sleepy and there are some great hotel deals on offer if you’re looking for a quick getaway. For a two night, three day stay and play in the big smoke, here are five suggestions for a great Melbourne short stay in 12 months time. The biggest tip of all is you have to be organised so get that calendar ready with reminders. Flights … the gang at skyscanner recently revealed some observations about the best time to buy flights for Christmas/New Year’s. According to Skyscanner’s research, the best time to buy a Christmas flight is during the week of November 21…

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Jul
10
2017

Great Victorian Campervan Adventures Within Two Hours of Melbourne 

By Australia / Victoria /

Victorian campervan adventures are some of the best in the whole of Australia. Whether you want to explore the stunning coast, inland lakes or historic cities, Victoria has it all. You just need to hire a campervan from Melbourne. Then you can truly get started on one of these Victorian campervan adventures. Blairgowrie It would be difficult to find anywhere quite like Blairgowrie. It’s one of the most simple but charming seaside locations in all of Victoria, especially in summer when the light brings out the ocean’s gorgeous blue. The beach is family friendly and you only need to drive for an hour and a half from Melbourne. Ballarat Ballarat, north west of Melbourne, is one of a kind. Sovereign Hill is the city’s most famous attraction. Go panning for real gold and learn about the hardships that migrants faced as they sought fortune during the 1850s Gold Rush. If you enjoy bushwalking, the Grampians National Park is nearby. Macedon Ranges This is…

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Apr
11
2017

5 of the best hotels for business travel in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Melbourne is a great city for the business traveller. The place has some of the best hotels for those in the business world. If you’re heading here soon for work, then hire a car from Melbourne Airport and head to one of these hotels in the city. Rydges on Swanston (pictured) Rydges Melbourne is a great venue for guests, whether they’re staying for leisure or business travel. The hotel staff can assist with whatever you need for your work-related stay. Whether you are hosting a conference or organising an intimate board meeting, Rydges have some excellent conference facilities. The stylish and modern rooms come with beautiful city views and large, work desks. Set on the city fringe, it’s super close to a foodie’s dream precinct – Lygon Street in Carlton. Pullman Melbourne Albert Park Stay at the Pullman at Albert Park if you want to be in the perfect location for discovering restaurants, shopping and cultural attractions. These features make…

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Mar
30
2017

Lap of luxury in Mornington Peninsula with Jackalope

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

A brand new luxury hotel called Jackalope in the heart of the wine country on the Mornington Peninsula is one of five great reasons to jump in a Melbourne car rental and head south for just over an hour. Jackalope Hotel A reimagination of luxury and a new voice in high-end Australian accommodation has arrived with the opening of Jackalope Hotel on the Mornington Peninsula. The hotel is a personal project of 29-year-old Melbourne-based entrepreneur, Louis Li, who moved to Melbourne in 2006 to study filmmaking. Rather than tell stories through film, hotel design is now the creative platform. In addition to luxury accommodation and idyllic vineyard views, Jackalope invites guests on a sensory journey—a delicate interplay between the ideal and the surreal—by reimagining the role of art, design, dining and storytelling in the hotel space. Jackalope’s 46 rooms introduce guests to a reverie of relaxation. 38 sqm ‘Terrace’ or ‘Vineyard View’ categories range through to 85 sqm ‘Lairs’. Floor-to-ceiling…

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Jan
20
2017

5 step guide to a Melbourne city escape between Christmas and New Year

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

It’s a long way off but there’s a certain time of year the rest of the human race are either snoozing or have escaped to somewhere else when it comes to Melbourne city and inner city ‘burbs. With Christmas and Boxing Day out of the way and many catching their breath before New Year’s suddenly arrives, Melbourne’s a little sleepy and there are some great hotel deals on offer if you’re looking for a quick getaway. For a two night, three day stay and play in the big smoke, here are five suggestions for a great Melbourne short stay in 12 months time. The biggest tip of all is you have to be organised so get that calendar ready with reminders. Flights … the gang at skyscanner recently revealed some observations about the best time to buy flights for Christmas/New Year’s. According to Skyscanner’s research, the best time to buy a Christmas flight is during the week of November 21…

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Jan
12
2017

This summer’s hottest beach destinations near Melbourne

By Australia / Victoria /

Summer is the best time to explore the great beach destinations that are only a short drive away. Whether you like to surf, fish, play around in the sand or lounge around by the sea, Victoria’s coastline has a beautiful slice of paradise for everyone. Grab a cheap hire car deal from Melbourne Airport and check out these fantastic summer destinations, which are less than two hours from the CBD. Phillip Island It’s the place where Victoria’s thrill-seekers flock all year round. Phillip Island offers great waves for surfing, body-surfing and body-boarding. Parents with small children can also enjoy family-friendly spots such as Smiths Beach on the southern part of the island. Vast sandy areas and shallow water make for a wonderful playground for toddlers. When the tide is out you can also explore rock pools at both ends of the beach. Larger pools are also an exciting snorkelling spot. Sorrento Beach Drive 90 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and you’ll…

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Dec
20
2016

4 great day trips close to Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Melbourne’s many exciting attractions and experiences draw in 2 million international tourists every year. However, too many people tend to confine themselves to the CBD. It’s worth taking a day trip from Melbourne. Why not add on a couple of days to explore some of the treasures of country Victoria with a day trip from Melbourne? Snap up a cheap hire car deal at Melbourne Airport and give one of these day trips below a go. Werribee Open Range Zoo (pictured) If you’re going to visit only one zoo during your stay in Melbourne, then this is it! Werribee Open Range Zoo is just 40 minutes west of the CBD. Step inside the zoo and you’ll feel as if you’re on another continent. Zebras, Rhinos and Giraffes roam the fields. You’ll also get to hand feed kangaroos and get close to many other Australian animals. Also make sure you take up a safari tour while you’re here. You won’t be sorry you decided…

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