May
08
2018

The Chair’s Where? Fraser Range, Western Australia

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

Home on the range So you have decided you want something a bit different. You have decided you are happy for a “good drive” to get to somewhere different. You have hired a Perth campervan or you have booked accommodation and sorted a Perth car rental. You have checked the map, worked out fuel locations, worked out shopping opportunities and you have pegged some terrific sightseeing opportunities to keep you interested on the trip. Wow! I can only think of one place you’re talking about… Fraser Range Station and Caravan Park. Location and history For starters, the Fraser Range Caravan Park is set in the Great Western Woodlands of West Australia. This is the western end of the Nullabor, and constitutes the largest temperate woodland in the world. Many travellers, heading either east or west, pass by the gates of the Fraser Range station. Originally founded by John Forrest while doing an expedition from Perth to Adelaide in 1870, it…

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May
07
2018

Get a Taste of Tassie on this Ultimate Food Tour

By Australia / Tasmania /

Tasmania has become one of the focal points of the Australian food scene, with incredibly fertile fields and fantastic farmland producing some of the finest ingredients in the land. While MONA, amazing trekking trails and the city centres of Hobart and Launceston certainly have plenty to see and do, you’d have to be plum crazy to skip the chance to devour the delectable dishes and drinks while on the island. Grab a hire car and set course for these hotspots, which cater to a wide variety of tastes and interests and put a whole new spin on what this great state has to offer. Check out the map to plan out your itinerary!  Tamar Valley Just north of Launceston Tassie’s tasty Tamar Valley is a wonderful chance to check out the state’s thriving wine region. With about 50km of wonderful vineyards and orchards to check out along the winding banks of the Tamar River, you won’t be short of stunning…

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Mar
08
2018

How to Conquer Campervan Travel with Kids

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  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…

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Dec
23
2017

5 great places to park your wheels and discover Perth attractions

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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…

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Dec
12
2017

Coonawarra region for a summer holiday

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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…

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Nov
19
2017

Your self-drive itinerary from Adelaide to the Eyre Peninsula

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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…

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Nov
14
2017

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

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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…

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Nov
08
2017

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

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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…

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Nov
06
2017

Sydney driving holiday ideas – head for Melbourne

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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…

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Nov
02
2017

Great Queensland drives: Brisbane to Cairns

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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…

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