Feb
24
2015
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Nature’s best in Western Australia – five unmissable natural attractions

By Australia / Broome / Perth / Western Australia /

SO you’ve jumped in a Perth car rental for an adventure in Western Australia. The problem is, you’ve just lobbed in Australia’s biggest state, with an area of more than 2,500,000sq/km, a 12,500km coastline and spanning 2400km from north to south. For an entire state being a third the size of a large continent, quite simply you’ve got to know where to go and we’ve hand-picked five unmissable natural attractions while you’re on the road in WA. 1. Cable Beach (pictured, photo James Morgan) Could there be a better way to catch a sunset than by cruising along on the back of a camel on pristine white sand stretching 22km? We think not. The beach is steeped in beautiful Broome’s history, earning its name from the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in the late 19th century that connected Australia’s secluded North West with the world. Stay at one of the resorts near Cable Beach or visit for the…

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Feb
13
2015

Six great reasons to visit Perth

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

PERTH is said to be the world’s most isolated capital city, closer to Singapore than it is to Australia’s capital, Canberra. One thing is certain – despite its distance, every Australian and visitor to our country should spend at least some time in this glorious city. Here are six great reasons to head west: 1. It’s the sunshine capital Ever booked a beach holiday but it turned into a holiday on the couch because there was hardly sun? Weather is unpredictable but Perth has more sunshine than any other Australian capital city, so you could visit Perth at almost any time of the year and you’re likely to enjoy plenty of outdoor activities. Perth enjoys 3000 hours of sunshine a year (8.8 hours each day on average) and summer sees temperatures remain around 30 degrees celsius. 2. Beautiful beaches Facing the Indian Ocean, Perth is within close proximity to several gorgeous beaches. The crystal clear waters at Cottesloe Beach, about 15 minutes…

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Jan
05
2015

Top snorkeling spots in Australia

By Australia / Brisbane / Cairns / New South Wales / Perth / Port Douglas / Queensland / Sydney / Western Australia /

AUSTRALIA  has some of the best snorkeling spots in the world. If you’re heading to the Australian coast this summer, consider discovering the beauty of the underwater world with snorkeling. Join a guided tour or grab your snorkeling gear and swim through some of the most spectacular marine areas – anybody can do it. Here are some of Australia’s best places to snorkel. Ningaloo Reef, WA Check out the whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and humpback whale at certain times of the year around this incredible section of the world. Some of Ningaloo’s hotspots are: The Oyster Stacks. Five isolated islets which protrude from the reef and are covered with oysters. It’s also home to a variety of colourful fish. Best accessed during high or incoming tide. Turquoise Bay. Absolutely stunning and is widely considered by many to be one of the area’s best snorkeling spots. Beginners who don’t want to deal with currents can simply step off the beautiful sandy…

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Dec
31
2014

Seven stunning lookouts in Australia

By Australia / Broome / New South Wales / Northern Territory / Queensland / South Australia / Tasmania / Victoria / Western Australia /

WHEN it comes to lookouts Down Under, there may not be another country in the world that matches Australia for sheer diversity and absolute stunning sights whether be inland or coastal. We fetch seven from throughout the continent to consider during that next road trip. 1. Staircase to the Moon (WA, pictured) One of the world’s great mystical wonders for sightseeing, visit Broome in the north-west from March to October and you can witness the Staircase to the Moon, a natural phenomenon when the moon rises over the mudflats at Roebuck Bay at low tide. 2. Echo Point (NSW) The famous view of the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains is one of the best in the world, let alone Australia. Situated on the north escarpment of the Jamison Valley. An absolute stunner. 3. Mount William (Victoria) Mount William is the highest point in the Grampians National Park at over 1100 metres and offers 360-degree views of mountain ranges. Make…

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Oct
25
2014

Go retro with these 4 Australian drive in venues to catch a movie under the stars

By Australia / Darwin / Melbourne / Perth / Sydney /

GOING to the local cinema always guarantees a good night out, but nothing compares to the nostalgic charm of jumping in a car with your partner, or the family, and watching a movie at the drive in theatre. Whether you’re with your partner, friends or family, everybody loves a night under the stars. It’s an old-fashioned way to have some fun, but it’s a goodie. 1. Skyline Drive In Blacktown, 38km west of Sydney CBD When it comes to drive in movies Sydney does as well if not better than anyone with its only drive in featuring a 50s-in-America theme, perfect for anybody who wants to go back to the days of Elvis, Rock’n’Roll and puffy dresses for an evening out. The staff at the diner even bring you burgers and hotdogs in their ’50s style costumes. It’s serious retro fun at a Sydney drive in threatre that offers the lot! 2. Deckchair Cinema 13km south east of Darwin Airport…

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Aug
19
2014

5 incredible ways to go missing in your Perth car rental in Western Australia

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

WAY out west there are plenty of reasons to lose yourself from the daily grind of city life. Western Australia is overflowing with great escape options, so get yourself a Perth car rental and hit the accelerator as you head for one of these sublime destinations for some serious R&R. 1. Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages (pictured) TWO hours south of Perth (246km) along the coast is all it will take to reach one of the highest accommodation locations in WA’s South West – and most enchanting – the multi-award-winning Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages. This venue’s has only just unveiled a fresh look for its five rustic timber cottages following a major renovation. A Spring Special is on for stays up until December 20 this year (2014), so get in quick – stay a minimum of three nights in your choice of cottage and receive a complimentary farmhouse breakfast hamper, a gourmet cheese platter and bottle of award-winning Smallwater…

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Jul
31
2014

Three spine-tingling Australian haunts

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

AFRAID of ghosts? What about paranormal activity? There’s plenty of spooky places around the planet but Australia has many of them. It’s not for everyone, but if you have hired a car in Sydney, Melbourne or Perth here are three places that promise to spook the hell out of you. 1. Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee NSW – Could this old mansion be the most haunted place in the world? Many say it is. The resident ghost is said to be Mrs Elizabeth Crawley, the original owner, who apparently is fiercely protective of her property. In addition to spooky visions there’s believed to be poltergeist like activity as well. Yikes! From Sydney, Junee is a four hour drive. We suggest you get a room at the Mercure in Wagga Wagga just a racing heartbeat away. Don’t forget to do a tour of the mansion. 2. Princess Theatre in Melbourne Victoria – This gorgeous building was built in 1854 and is known as the…

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Jul
24
2014

7 amazing things to do in Australia’s great outdoors before your croak it

By Melbourne / Northern Territory / Perth / Port Douglas / Queensland /

AUSTRALIA’S landscapes are so vast and diverse, with so much to offer travellers who love an unforgettable outdoor experience. Hit the road and explore the great outdoors (and underground!) with one of these exciting adventures. 1. Hang gliding in one of Queensland’s popular seaside towns Where: Port Douglas, 67km north of Cairns Hang gliding is probably the closest you’ll ever come to experiencing what it’s like to fly like a bird. Admire Port Douglas’ stunning beaches and blue waters from above, while enjoying the thrill of take off and landing. 2. Horse riding in the Snowy Mountains Where: Bago State Forest, 240 km south west of Canberra Explore a stunning landscape on horseback with Mountain Ash Trails’ half day and full day rides. Ride through the gorgeous Tumbarumba region and spot kangaroos, brumbies and kookaburras along the way. 3. Cave exploring in Gippsland Where: Buchan, 355km east of Melbourne Underground a wonderland of ancient caves awaits, formed nearly 400 million…

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Jul
15
2014

5 Australian caravan parks with killer views so good you won’t be able to return home

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

With a campervan rental in Australia at the ready, there are plenty of parks dishing up views that are a feast for the eyes. Here are five to ponder when considering where to park your campervan while cruising Down Under. VICTORIA – Cowes Caravan Park, Phillip Island CAN anything top the sound of waves lapping at the shoreline and views right over the Western Port bay? It’s the recipe for a perfect night’s sleep – right after you’ve exhausted yourself exploring beautiful Philip Island in the morning and afternoon. Cowes Caravan Park is a beauty, just over two hours south of Melbourne, with sites right near the beach. The park is also pet friendly so your pooch can even enjoy the views when they’re not biting the breaking waves. The beauty of this park facing a Phillip Island quiet bay beach is that it’s an ideal family holiday park with some safe shallows providing endless entertainment for youngsters. It’s also perfect for swimming,…

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Jun
29
2014

5 outrageous views that may force you to never return home from Australia and New Zealand

By Australia / Brisbane / New South Wales / New Zealand / Perth / Queensland / Western Australia /

WHEN you discover holiday parks with such incredible views, there’s no choice but to spread the word. Grab a car rental from your nearest capital city and check out these holiday parks with views so outrageous, that you may never want to return back home. Beachcomber Holiday Park offers sensational ocean views, with cabins and campsites spreading from the edge of the beach and sloping uphill. Beachcomber has won tourism awards and its owners guarantee kangaroo and wallaby sightings. How could you not want to stay forever? Approximate travel time: 50 mins south of Sydney Cowes Caravan Park in Phillip Island faces a stunning, white sandy beach, with front cabin and caravan sites overlooking Westernport Bay. In this tranquil haven, rock pools, shore fishing and other attractions are only a short walk away. Approximate travel time: 2 hours south east of Melbourne Cotton Tree Holiday Park on the Sunshine Coast has direct access to the idyllic Maroochydore Beach and Maroochy…

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Apr
18
2013

Park in profile – Taunton Farm Holiday Park, Margaret River

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

PARK IN PROFILE: Taunton Farm Holiday Park, Western Australia Where: 8113 Bussel Highway, Cowaramup, set right in the heart of Margaret River, part of Western Australia’s famous wine, food, nature and surf region. Website: www.taunton-farm-holiday-park.wa.big4/com.au 10 words or less: The great Aussie farm outback experience. Family-friendly, tranquil setting. The lowdown: After grabbing your Perth campervan rental it’s a beautiful three and a half hour drive from Perth to reach Taunton Farm Holiday Park, the ideal place to park your Western Australian campervan wheels – especially given April is “Aussie Wine Month”. Nestled amongst forest and close to Margaret River’s attractions, the farm-themed park spoils its visitors with its peaceful environment and friendly atmosphere. Margaret River is known as one of the world’s best fine wine regions and is highly regarded for its chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet blends. Some cellar door highlights include Evans & Tate, Cullen Wines, Peacetree Estate, Voyager and Leeuwin Estate. With around 150 wine producers in…

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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…

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