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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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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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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The road to fun and friendship drives a girls’ weekend away

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

A weekend away with the girls is a great way to take some time out to recharge the batteries. Whether you want to get away from the kids for a while, have some fun with your bridesmaids before the big day, or catch up with old school friends you haven’t seen in ages, there are some fabulous packages around that are designed to spoil you rotten. When it comes to choosing a Australian hire car, find a vehicle that is roomy and comfortable enough for several adults. You might even decide to stay in a holiday park, so a campervan may be the way to go. So if girls just want to have fun, where do they go? In your Melbourne car rental head for Daylesford. This beautiful town in Spa Country in Victoria has an excellent reputation for accommodation, restaurants and relaxing spa treatments. It’s a 110km (one and a half hour) drive from Melbourne taking the Western Freeway…

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Broome to Cape Leveque

By Australia / Broome / Darwin / Northern Territory / Perth / Western Australia /

A HOLIDAY in Broome and the far north coast of Western Australia requires more commitment than any other destination in Australia. This sunny, sparkling city is more akin to an island resort than a bustling hub – totally isolated, surrounded by wilderness, and possessing that chilled ‘manana’ attitude that pervades the South Pacific. Getting here is not only a chore, but it’s expensive. You either have to take the long haul up the coast from Perth – ideal if you want to take your time and have the luxury of a campervan rental campervan rental in Western Australia – or trek across the Gibb River Road from Darwin via Kununurra: once again, the perfect adventure for 4WDrivers with plenty of time on their hands. But what if you only have a week of precious vacation, yet still want to see something beyond the town itself? While Broome is a pleasant distraction for two or three days, once you’ve thawed out on…

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Perth to Broome Campervan Tale – Grey Power Touring

By Australia / Broome / Perth / Western Australia /

On the must do list was finding out what it was like to join the “grey army “that travels around the camping grounds of outback Western Australia and escapes the Melbourne winter. In May 2010 We convinced friends to join us – 4 people, two vans and plenty of open road. As non-seasoned campers the starting point was the DriveNow website to look at options for Campervan Rental in Western Australia. Being chardonnay travellers we settled on a Mauri motor home with on board kitchen shower and toilet facilities. The planned route over 30 days was Perth to Broome via the coast and inland to Tom Price and the Pilbara region. The DriveNow website made arrangements easy but we arrived at the Maui office in Perth for check in with some trepidation. The efficient reassuring staff provided a DVD of the on board facilities and their operation -gas /taking on water /power/and the toilet discharge. First task was to turn…

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