How to Conquer Campervan Travel with Kids

By Australia /


Adding kids to the campervan holiday equation can put a new spin on an already amazing trip. All it takes is a bit of planning, a bit of preparation, and maybe a few extra chocolate bars. Take a look at these top tips for campervanning with youngsters to best prepare your travelling crew for a smooth and enjoyable ride.


1. Pick the right vehicle

While you may love the idea of living your hippie dreams in a rustic VW camper, your kids might have other ideas. Hire a campervan in which everyone can sleep without too much of a squeeze, particularly if your kids already struggle with bed time. Unless you don’t mind sharing lights-out time with your little ones, think about picking a vehicle with an awning or separate section for the adults to relax in to avoid having to talk in whispers!

On-board toilet facilities and showers may also come in handy when you’re travelling as a family, saving you from supervising every bathroom trip in a random outhouse.

2. Check the extras

 One of the best parts of renting a campervan is that you often have your pick of helpful extras you can choose from or already come with your rental. See if your choice has an awning that can provide adequate shade so your kids can play outside without you fearing the elements as much. Or check to see if you can grab a high chair to make mealtime easier.


Packing kids campervan

Camping with the family. Photo by Steinar Engeland via Unsplash.

3. Plan your travel

 Got a 10-page itinerary to tick off? You may want to tone it down a bit. The holiday will be more fun for travellers young and old if you can keep timelines and stress to a minimum. Rather than trying to pack too much in, take time to make the most of a few destinations with short trips in the surrounding area. If you do have long journeys, try to break them up with walks or fun activities to keep the kids as entertained as possible. As you know, things often take longer than you think they will with kids. Factoring in the extra time just might help keep you sane.

4. Come prepared…

 Some kids are angels on long journeys; some like to make things a little more difficult. No matter which category yours fall into, it’s always good to be prepared. Whether you download a stash of films to your iPad, stock up on snacks or come up with fun games or tasks for them to check off during the journey, you can never be over prepared when it comes to entertainment.

5 …But not too prepared

The same can’t be said for bringing the entire contents of your house. It may be tempting to bring all your creature comforts, but consider the size of your campervan rental when packing. Pack lightly with just the essential outfits, shoes, and accessories and your campervan won’t feel like a garage sale.


Campervan travel with kids in tow doesn’t have to be a headache. Pick your vehicle, plan your travel, and with any luck you’ll find yourself with a bunch of happy campers.

Ready to jump in and book your family campervan adventure? Head over to DriveNow to browse a wide range of campervans and motorhomes to get the show on the road.



The 5 Great Comedy Festivals of the World

By UK /

If you love a good time and a good laugh then you’re sure to love a night out at one of the world’s top comedy festivals. Across the world different events bring talented comedians together. The end result? So audiences can laugh their socks off.

One of the most famous comedy festivals is Edinburgh, which takes place in August. Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, offering music, dance, comedy and other entertainment. Many people go to see family-friendly events on stage like Absolute Improv. There are also stand-up acts like the Amused Moose Comedy Award Grand Final.

It’s best to start preparing your trip six months in advance because this festival draws big comedians and easily sell out shows at the larger venues. Accommodation and DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals in Edinburgh can also book out well in advance!

Here are some other comedy festivals to put on your radar, if they aren’t already.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne will be turned into a barrel of laughs in March and April when Australia’s most popular comedy festival showcases some of the best Aussie stand up, film, theatre, cabaret and workshops for the world to see and hear. Come and giggle and laugh uncontrollably as the plethora of comical talent takes over every corner of Melbourne. Kicking off the festival is The Opening Night Allstars Supershow which is set to be a one-night only bonanza of comical legends and emerging talent. This will really set the tone for the rest of the month which will have the city in stitches with the most prominent performers on the Australian comedy scene and international talent to keep an eye out for, and free events for the whole family.

Doug Anthony at the MICF Allstars Supershow in 2016

Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival

For 10 days in July, Canada comes alive with comedy as some of the world’s best acts travel from across the world to Montreal. It’s the world’s largest comedy event, attracting two million fans to see the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen and Jim Carey, to name a few. You can pick from funny films and television specials, to an incredible open-air theatre on the streets of Montreal’s Quartier Latin. Here’s a fun fact for you, back in 1989 Rowan Atkinson tested out the ever-popular Mr. Bean character on the Montreal audience. Continuing with the last 34 years of showcasing the legends of the comedian world, this year will not disappoint.  Expect to see comedy greats, old and new take the stages of this side-splitting festival.

New York Comedy Festival

The New York Comedy Festival is one of the city’s milestone events in November each year. Performances for this laugh-fest are held at comedy clubs across New York, including Manhattan’s stunning Carnegie Hall and Beacon Theatre. It’s a perfect five-day showcase of local talent alongside some of the top names of comedy in the United States. The line up is yet to be released but if previous years are to go by you can expect to see the likes of Brian Regan, Grammy nominated Ron White, among hilarious female duo Corrine Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson.

Carnegie Hall, New York

Women in Comedy Festival

This is Europe’s only comedy festival that’s dedicated to boosting women’s presence on the international comedy scene. Since launching in 2013, founded by Dulcet Sounds’ Hazel O’Keefe, the profile keeps growing every October. The event features stand-up, open mics, and training events and workshops. Previous year’s festivals have taken place in Manchester featuring a tonne of female comedic talent with the likes of Jo Brand, Jayne Godley, Zoe Lyons and Andrea Barnes. Keep an eye out for this year’s line up.


5 great places to park your wheels and discover Perth attractions


Perth is Australia’s sunniest capital. It’s also one of the world’s most liveable cities, largely because there’s so much to do. Perth attractions include pristine beaches, exciting bushwalks and a vibrant food and wine scene,. ‘

These Perth attractions make the west coast such an appealing holiday option for families in caravans. Pick up your keys after securing a cheap Perth caravan deal with DriveNow and visit these places.

Perth City

Perth (pictured) is a great city for dining and for exploring beaches. It’s also a perfect spot to base yourself if you want to explore Perth attractions. One of the best places to admire in the hills just east of Perth is Lesmurdie Falls. There’s a two kilometre walk circuit that takes you to the base of the falls. You can also take a short ferry ride to Rottnest Island. Spend the day snorkelling with colourful fish and surfing. Or just relax on the beach.
Where to stay? We recommend Karrinyup Waters Resort.


This town, about an hour and a half east of Perth, oozes historical charm. Set in the heart of the picturesque Avon Valley, it’s like you’ve stepped back in time to the early colonial days. Walk past beautiful Victorian and Federation-style early buildings along lovely streets. Even just go for a drive and get lost in the valley.
Where to stay? We recommend York Caravan Park and Camping Grounds


Travel about half an hour from Perth, where you can explore Kalamunda. It’s famously known as the beginning of the Bibbulmun Track. People don’t realise that you don’t actually have to hike the full 100km trek to enjoy the trail’s beauty. You can actually stop in at certain parts of the track like Mount Cooke and take in the views.
Where to stay? We recommend Banksia Tourist Park

Margaret River

This small town, just south of Perth, is known for its boutique wineries and breweries. Not just that, but you also have incredible surf beaches, limestone caves to explore and short but picturesque hikes. Margaret River is also a great place to base yourself if you want to go whale watching. June to November is the best time to see these magnificent creatures make their annual migration.
Where to stay? We recommend BIG4 Taunton Farm Margaret River

Swan Valley

The Swan Valley is one of those incredible places where you’re surrounded by postcard perfect views. It’s almost too good to be true! Rolling green hills and fantastic vineyards away. Yet it’s only about half an hour from downtown Perth! Take a tour of a distillery and sample fine wine and cheeses.
Where to stay? We recommend Swan Valley Tourist Park



Coonawarra region for a summer holiday


The Coonawarra region is famous for its superb wine, festival and food scene. The town is just under 400km southeast of Adelaide, making it a great destination for a weekend getaway, if that’s all the time you have.

But if you have a week or two, then Coonawarra is a great place to spend the summer. There’s plenty to do, from sussing out wine cellars to exploring the area’s history. Just hire a car from Adelaide with DriveNow and tick these activities off your bucket list.

Katnook Estate

In the heart of the beautiful Coonawarra region, lies Katnook. Its history dates back to 1867, and today it has numerous accolades to its name. For example, it’s the official wine for the country’s largest arts organisation, Opera Australia. Katnook Estate vineyards include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinot Noir.

Hells Hole Sinkhole

This large sinkhole has existed for thousands of years. It sits in the depths of the Lower Glenelg National Park’s pine forest, near Mt Gambier. It’s less famous than Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake, but these deep blue hued waters are worth seeing at least once in your life. Admire this spectacular sight from the viewing platform.

Mary MacKillop Historical Centre

Penola is about a 15 minute drive from Coonawarra. You should consider stopping by this small town to explore the Mary MacKillop Historical Centre. It’s dedicated to Australia’s first saint of the Catholic Church. You’ll find it interesting to learn about the difference she made to the lives of many Australians through helping them.

Fishing along the Limestone Coast

Head for the coast, where the Limestone Coast has many great fishing spots. You’ll find places that are perfect if you want to case out by boat, beach or jetty. Some of the best fishing hotspots in the region are found off Cape Jaffa, Port MacDonnell, Beachport and the Glenelg River.



Your self-drive itinerary from Adelaide to the Eyre Peninsula


The Eyre Peninsula is one of the most beautiful regions of South Australia. We’ve organised an itinerary guide for you to see the highlights of the Eyre Peninsula. It’s about a 1500 km round trip, with visits to Port Augusta, Port Lincoln and Venus Bay.

Find a bargain car rental deal from Adelaide Airport with DriveNow and begin your journey.

Night 1: Port Pirie (pictured)

Drive 220 km north of Adelaide to arrive at your first stop, Port Pirie. Between the sheltered waters of the Spencer Gulf and the gorgeous Southern Flinders Ranges, is this lovely coastal city. A visit to the local Historic and Folk Museum is a must. Step back in time as you explore buildings from the late 1800s and the remains of the largest marsupial that ever lived.

Night 2: Port Augusta

The second stop on your Eyre Peninsula self-drive holiday takes you to Port Augusta. This small city is full of things to do if you like getting outdoors. There’s the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, the Wadlata Outback Centre and the famous Water Tower Lookout.

Night 3: Cowell

Cowell is the perfect destinations for families who love swimming at the beach and fishing. One of the best spots for swimming with young kids is Lucky Bay, which is just 16 km north of Cowell.

Night 4: Port Lincoln

Drive 160 km to reach one of South Australia’s destination for adventure-lovers, Port Lincoln. The town’s most popular (and famous) activity is shark cage diving. This terrifying but thrilling experience lets you come face to face with the ocean’s greatest predator.

Night 5: Venus Bay

If you love exploring rugged coastlines and local wildlife, then make the time to do the South Head Walking Trail. Visitors who do this walk often spot sea eagles, dolphins and sea lions, to name a few. If travelling between May and October, keep an eye out for whales on their migration.

Night 6: Port Broughton

This is another great fishing spot on your tour of Eyre Peninsula. Port Broughton is a fantastic place to go out on a fishing charter. It’s perfect if you’re not very experienced, as you’ll have the help of local guides who can teach you a few tricks to improve your luck. There’s also a Heritage Centre in town, where you can pour through old photos and artefacts about the town.

Night 7: Adelaide

Travel another 170 km and you’ll come to the end of your journey of the Eyre Peninsula. Stay in Adelaide as long as you like. There’s plenty of things to do, including spending time on the beach at Glenelg, visit the zoo or the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Garden. You can even go shopping at Rundle Mall or base yourself here and take an overnight trip to Kangaroo Island.


Your next Darwin road trip: from NT’s capital to Broome


If you’re planning a Darwin road trip then be sure to check out DriveNow’s car and campervan rental deals from Darwin.

We also have an itinerary planned out for you. Make sure your Darwin road trip takes you through Kakadu, the Kimberleys and onto Broome.

Night 1: Darwin

Begin your Darwin road trip to Broome by picking up your campervan. Make sure your supplies, food and water are stocked up. While you’re in Darwin you should also try to visit Crocosaurus Cove, where you can dive into the cage of death and come face to face with a crocodile under water. Also visit the Mindil Beach markets and stick around for sunset.

Night 2: Kakadu (pictured, Ubirr rock area)

Just over 250 km southeast of Darwin is the small town of Jabiru. This is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to explore famous attractions like the Nourlangie Rock Art site. You must also make time to visit the stunning Ubirr rock art and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jim Jim Falls.

Night 3: Katherine

Drive more than 300km along the Kakadu and Stuart highways to Katherine, southwest of Jabiru. Some of the most popular activities for travellers include canoeing along the Katherine River between majestic cliffs, beaches and gorges. There are waterfalls, rock pools and Aboriginal rock paintings along more than 100km of walking tracks.

Nights 4, 5: Kununurra

Travel about 500km west to arrive at Kununurra, one of Western Australia’s youngest towns. Take a scenic tour flight of the Bungle Bungle Ranges, which is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most spectacular geological landmarks. You can also go swimming in the stunningly blue Lake Argyle, which is also known at the ‘jewel of the Kimberley’. The lovely Ord River is perfect for a boat cruise or a leisurely canoe trip. The Argyle Diamond Mine is also popular with visitors to this spectacular region.

Night 6: Halls Creek

Discover Halls Creek, which is located on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. Use your time to discover the nearby Purnululu National Park if you haven’t done so already. It’s also worth taking the time to sign up for a tour of the Wolfe Creek Crates, which is the world’s second largest meteorite crater.

Night 7: Fitzroy Crossing

Just under 300km from Halls Creek is Fitzroy Crossing, the gateway to the Geikie Gorge National Park. This place holds spectacular scenery, waterways and majestic cliffs. Some of our top picks for activities include exploring Windjana Gorge National Park, taking a cruise along the Geikie Gorge River and Barramundi fishing.

Night 8: Derby

Northwest of Fitzroy Crossing is Derby. This small town is famous for its tidal mud flats, which has the highest tidal range of any port in Australia. The Boab Prison Tree is a 1500 year old tree, just south of the town, is iconic and widely visited by travellers. Horizontal Falls is another place worth visiting.

Night 9: Broome

Travel more than 220km southwest of Derby to arrive at your end destination, Broome. You’ll find yourself in one of Western Australia’s most beautiful natural areas, with white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and historic attractions. China Town, Matso’s Brewery, Gantheaume Point and a camel ride along Cable Beach are some of the things you should add to your to-do list.


Driving Tasmania’s East Coast – a guide to your self-drive holiday


Tasmania’s East Coast is the place with all the spectacular scenery, white sandy beaches and ancient forests waiting to be explored. The best way to see it all is with a self-drive holiday.

You just need to hire a car or campervan from DriveNow. Your itinerary of Tasmania’s East Coast begins in Hobart and ends in Launceston.

Day 1: Hobart

Collect your DriveNow hire vehicle in Hobart to begin your trip of Tasmania’s East Coast. Use this day to explore the city centre and waterfront. Just 30 minutes west of Hobart is Mount Wellington. Make your way to the summit of the mountain, which stands 1271 m tall. You’ll see incredible views of the Tasman sea on a clear day.

Day 2: Port Arthur (pictured)

It’s one of the country’s most eerie places. The British created the penal settlement, known as Port Arthur, in the 1830s. Take a guided tour to learn about the convicts who were imprisoned here and the hard labour they endured. The World Heritage-Listed attraction is only 95 km from Hobart.

Day 3: Triabunna

Drive another 105 km north and you’ll arrive at Tribunna, the gateway to the beautiful Maria Island. Stay here to explore the nearby wildlife sanctuary as well as the walking and cycling trails. On your way you can stop by Marion Bay for lunch as you admire the crystal clear waters.

Day 4: Bicheno

Continue north for Bicheno, one of Tasmania’s most beautiful seaside towns. This natural wonder is also a great spot to go whale watching or get up and close with penguins with a guided tour. Make sure you visit the gorgeous Coles Bay. From here you can also see Tasmania’s most famous attraction, Wineglass Bay.

Day 5: St Helens

About 75 km north of Bicheno is St Helens. This is the best place to base yourself if you’d like to discover the Bay of Fires, which stretches more than 50 km from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point. It’s famous for its white sandy beaches and orange granite boulders. There’s a good chance you won’t be able to put down your camera.

Day 6: Scottsdale

Head inland to Scottsdale. It’s a 98 km drive, which will only take you about an hour and a half in travel time. This means you have plenty of opportunities to stop and admire scenery along the way. On the top of your to-do list in this lively agricultural town is a visit to the Bridestowe Lavener Estate, where you can learn about lavender’s uses for cooking and perfumes, while surrounded by beautiful, rolling hills of purple.

Day 7: Launceston

Your journey through Tasmania’s East Coast comes to an end when you arrive at your final destination, Launceston. People who enjoy the outdoors will want to flock straightaway to Launceston’s famous Cataract Gorge. The nature park is truly spectacular, with activities like white water rafting available. But if the weather isn’t too good, then art lovers should head indoors, beginning with a visit to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.


Sydney driving holiday ideas – head for Melbourne


Feeling like a self-drive trip that encompasses the best of New South Wales and Victoria? Our recommended Sydney driving holiday will take seven days to get to Melbourne, which is just enough time to let you stop off at key attractions along the way.

Pick up a campervan and follow our Sydney driving holiday itinerary.

Day 1: Sydney

Pick up your campervan from DriveNow and explore some of Sydney’s famous heights like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the one and only Bondi Beach.

Day 2: Goulburn

Drive 195 km south west to Goulburn. On the way you can take a detour to visit the area around Bowral, home to the Wombeyan Caves and the International Cricket Hall of Fame. Once you arrive at Goulburn you should visit the ‘World’s Biggest Merino’. The 15.2 metre high was built in 1985 to honour the region’s proud wool industry history. The Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum, which explores the town’s war past, is another fascinating place to see.

Day 3: Canberra

Canberra is only 90 kilometres from Goulburn. Here you can explore Australia’s rich political history with a guided tour of Parliament House. The Australian War Memorial is also something you have to do while in Canberra. The shrine and its museum is a memorial to Australians who fought and died in war.

Day 4: Wagga Wagga

Travel another 240 km and you’ll arrive at Wagga Wagga. The Temora Aviation Museum is a popular spot for travellers. Learn about the different types of aircraft on display and the men and women who flew them during Australia’s wars. The city’s Botanic Gardens swwill also be a lovely spot to have a picnic or walk around especially if you’re visiting in Spring.

Day 5: Albury

Drive to the border town of Albury, where people love to do any sort of activity on or by the water. Walk or go for a bike ride along the famous Murray River. It’s also a wonderful spot to go canoeing. Water skiers and boat lovers also enjoy hitting the nearby Hume Dam, which is surrounded by rolling green hills.

Day 6: Glenrowan

Visit one of the most significant sites in the life of Victoria’s most infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly. Glenrowan is where Ned Kelly and his gang were finally captured after being on the run from authorities for two years. If you’re fascinated about this man’s life, it’s worth stopping by Beechworth on the way to tour the Old Gaol. It’s a haunting place and Ned Kelly is one of the many criminals who were held here. Make sure you stop by the famous Beechworth Bakery for some homemade, scrumptious pies afterwards.

Day 7: Melbourne

Your last section of your Sydney driving holiday sees you drive 230 km all the way to your end destination, Melbourne. There, attractions like the MCG, Eureka Skydeck, the Observation Wheel, St Kilda Beach and Lygon Street await. But if you’d like to enjoy some more country views, take a detour to the lovely town of Alexandra for lunch and travel through the Yarra Valley wine region into Melbourne.


Great Queensland drives: Brisbane to Cairns

By Brisbane / Queensland /

This Brisbane to Cairns itinerary is without a doubt one of the world’s most stunning coastal drives. This self-drive holiday is full of stunning coastal spots that you wouldn’t believe existed until you saw them.

Spend 10 days following DriveNow’s 10-day Brisbane to Cairns itinerary.

Days 1, 2: Noosa

It’ll take roughly two hours to travel 145kms from Queensland’s capital to your first destination. Surf beaches, white sand and crystal-clear waters await. But if you like a quieter, more relaxed local vibe, then Peregian Beach is the place. Travel inland to explore the rolling green hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Pay a visit to the Maleny Cheese Factory to taste some of the most scrumptious Buffalo Brie. Montville is another great stopover where you’ll discover the amazing French-style Poets Café, which boasts a gorgeous interior and sweeping countryside views.

Days 3, 4: Hervey Bay

Drive 190kms north and you’ll arrive at the lovely Hervey Bay. From mid July to early November, visitors flock to the area to watch humpback whales migrate up and down the coast. The sight is truly mesmerizing. Make sure you’re ready bright and early to get on a tour boat to witness this annual migration. Make sure you also find time to visit the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island. Get ready for clear rivers running over white sand and lush rainforest. There’s also the famous Lake McKenzie, where the water is so stunningly clear that it cleans your jewellery as if it were brand new!

Day 5: Gladstone

A three and a half hour drive north of Hervey Bay brings you to Gladstone. But no trip to this part of Central Queensland is worth it without a stop at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. Take a tour to learn about the town’s history linked to rum. Once you arrive at Gladstone you’ll want to head straight to the beach or hire a boat to go fishing.

Days 6, 7: Airlie Beach

Airlie is a bustling tourist town, which also acts as the gateway to the Whitsundays. There are many sailing tours to choose from. You can sail to Hamilton Island, Daydream Island or Hook Island, to name a few. Whatever you do, you must not miss a trip to the incredible Whitehaven Beach. It’s radiant white sand and turquoise waters regularly earns its reputation as Australia’s number one beach.

Day 8: Townsville

Another 275kms north of Airlie Beach is Townsville. On the way you can stop for lunch in Bowen and enjoy some of the region’s famous mangoes. Once you arrive in Townsville, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Visit Magnetic Island for a day in paradise or climb the city’s iconic Castle Hill.

Day 9: Mission Beach

About an hour and a half from Townsville is Australia’s highest single drop waterfall. At 268m high, Wallaman Falls is a must-see for anyone who loves a good swim in a rainforest. It’s situated in UNESCO World Heritage listed Wet Tropics. Continue north to Cardwell, and if you’re prepared to go off the beaten path for a while you can see the stunning natural beauty of the Cardwell Spa Pools. You’ve never seen water so blue in your entire life. Before the end of the day, land yourself a spot at Mission Beach to relax.

Day 10: Cairns

Your Brisbane to Cairns itinerary is coming to an end. But the good news is that once you reach Cairns there’s still an entire world of exciting activities waiting for you. Whether you’re adventurous and want to hike some of Queensland’s highest mountains, set off to explore the Great Barrier Reef, or chill at a cafe by the beach, Cairns has something incredible to offer everyone.