May
07
2019

Southern Highlands counter is set for Pie Time

By New South Wales / Sydney /

WITH the winter chill in the air there’s no better time to have a pie festival! And the ingredients are prepped, organisers have added some extra ‘spice’ to this year’s recipe and the oven timer is set – it’s less than a month until Pie Time 2019 is ready to be served up piping hot to all visitors to the NSW Southern Highlands, so grab your Sydney car rental and loosen your belts! “Pie Time is 30 days and 100s of ways to enjoy pies in the Southern Highlands,” said Steve Rosa, Group Manager Tourism and Economic Development, Destination Southern Highlands, or the ‘Pie Man’ as he is affectionately known. “In one month from today the Southern Highlands truly becomes the Southern Pie-lands for this celebration of the great Australian pie, with many delicious pie themed events, festivals, tours and activities throughout the entire month of June,” Steve continued. Steve went on to say that with just one month to…

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Apr
09
2019

Great Ocean Road top tips during the Rip Curl Pro

By Great Ocean Road / Victoria /

Great Ocean Road remains one of Australia’s treasures, let alone Victoria’s, and as the famed Rip Curl Pro descends on Bells Beach it’s well worth planning your trip to make the most of the Great Ocean Road that surrounds the surf break. Once you pick up your wheels from Melbourne Airport, follow the hot tips below from the Visit Victoria team. If there’s anything more impressive than a packed Bells Beach watching the world’s top ranked surfers carve up the waves every Easter, it’s the breathtaking ocean views to be had along the spectacular Great Ocean Road. All adventures lead to the 12 Apostles, and what adventures they’re bound to be. Whether it’s getting active, lingering over a coffee in a beachside cafe, tasting wines in acclaimed vineyards, or exploring dramatic scenery, there’s something for everyone on the Great Ocean Road. With so much to do in and around Bells Beach during the Rip Curl Pro, our advice is to…

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Mar
29
2019

Sporting events: Go sports crazy in Sydney and surrounds

By New South Wales /

Aussies love their sport. Luckily, we can still expect some awesome sporting events to hit our shores in autumn and winter – especially in Sydney and surrounds. If you’re visiting from interstate, you can pick up a cheap car hire deal from Sydney Airport with DriveNow. Then you’ll be able to hit the road for one of these popular NSW sporting events. Harlem Globetrotters World Tour 13 April, 2019 Luckily, you won’t have to travel far for the Harlem Globetrotters World Tour. A night of endless entertainment is coming right to Sydney! The team is known for their amazing performance and humour on the basketball court. The Harlem Globetrotters combine athleticism, theatre and comedy in their style of play. They have played more than 26,000 exhibition games for fans in more than 100 countries across the world. It’s possible to meet, take photos with and play alongside your favourite players. You just need to secure a spot at Magic Pass, which is an exclusive pre-game event….

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Mar
12
2019

Winter wonders in South Australia – winter events

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Many people head north when winter sets in. But there are many winter wonders down south, particularly winter events around Adelaide. The city’s cooler months bring exciting food, drink and even art events. Hire a car from Adelaide Airport and experience these winter events. SALA Festival 1 – 31 August The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is Australia’s largest community-based visual arts festival. It features pop up exhibitions in cafes, galleries and wineries across South Australia. Witness incredible creations, which include sculptures, paintings, photography and moving images. You’ll be glad to know that this festival is free. Adelaide Beer and BBQ Weekend 12 – 14 July 2019 Get ready for an epic showcase of the best beer and cider. The refreshing drinks come from Australian and overseas creators. Then there’s talented chefs who will happily cook up a BBQ storm with mouth-watering meats. More than 80 exhibitors gather to offer a diverse selection of brewers, cider makers and chefs….

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Feb
28
2019

East Coast events to keep you busy this autumn

By Australia /

The great thing about living on Australia’s East Coast is that there are East Coast events year round. It doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining. You can always find an entertaining and unique festival or event to fill your weekend. Just grab a bargain car rental from your nearest capital city and you’re ready to start exploring! Here are our top five East Coast events for autumn. Melbourne International Comedy Festival 27 March – 21 April, 2019 The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the world’s top comedy festivals. It’s a must for anybody who is up for an evening of non-stop laughter. Comedians from across the world come to Melbourne with their sell-out shows. This year’s line-up includes names like Adam Knox, Aaron Chen and ‘the funniest woman on Earth’ Maria Bramford. High Country Harvest, Victoria Early to mid May Discover the delights of North East Victoria with the annual High Country Harvest, just…

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Jan
17
2019

5 Great Music Festivals in Queensland in 2019

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Queensland is home to some of the most exciting music festivals in Australia. Every music lover can find a festival to suit their tastes – from country and rock ‘n’ roll in the outback to jazz and blues by the seaside. Here are five of the best music festivals that Queensland has to offer in 2019, starting mid-year, so there’s plenty of time to get organised. (And if you need a set of wheels to get you there, look at DriveNow’s car hire bargain deals from Brisbane). Birdsville Big Red Bash 16 – 18 July, 2019 Venture into the Simpson Desert for what has become known as the world’s most remote music festival. As you’d expect, this one would be a decent trip by car – 1582 km from Brisbane, to be exact. But every kilometre is definitely worth it. Midnight Oil (pictured) is set to headline the desert festival this year, with other Aussie rock bands also taking centre stage….

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Jan
15
2019

5 reasons to visit the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival

By New South Wales /

Get ready for one of the most exciting events on the annual calendar for beer and cider lovers. The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival runs over the Australia Day long weekend (26 – 27th January). Beer, music and food enthusiasts will have plenty to celebrate in the Southern Highlands, which is just a 90 minute drive south of Sydney. Here are five reasons why you should visit the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival. It’s only a short drive from Sydney Drive just 90 minutes south of Sydney and you’ll arrive at Bowral, the home of the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival. The proximity to Sydney makes it the perfect choice for a weekend getaway. If you don’t have a set of wheels available, then you can snatch up a last minute car hire bargain at Sydney Airport thanks to DriveNow. Let the weekend road trip begin! It’s all about the beer and cider! The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival is…

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Sep
20
2018

Tempt your taste buds with these food events around Australia

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With a country so vast and a climate so varied, Australia has food events for every type of foodie. Explore the cool climate wines down south, or have a tropical feast further north. Whatever you choose, Australia is sure to have it all. Enjoy this foodie’s paradise on the cheap with a bargain campervan hire deal with DriveNow. Pick up your set of wheels from your nearest capital city, and treat your taste buds with these food events this spring. The Good Food and Wine Show From October 27-29, the Good Food and Wine Show hits Brisbane. Sample some of the best food and drink on offer from top chefs and restaurants, such as Matt Moran and Maggie Beer (pictured above). There’s a varied program serving up superb beer and booze masterclasses and free wine tasting events. Bicheno Food and Wine Festival Held on Tasmania’s gorgeous East Coast, this festival will help you understand why Tassie’s reputation for producing exquisite…

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Sep
12
2018

Aussie drinking events – the boozy experiences you don’t want to miss

By Australia /

As the weather warms up, you’ll feel like an afternoon in the sun, sampling some of the best beer, wine and ciders. Throw in some live entertainment and gourmet food, and you have yourself an awesome afternoon of drinking events with friends. Hire a car from your nearest capital city with DriveNow, and get pumped for one of these popular drinking events. The good news is you won’t have to travel too far! Sydney Beer Week Sydney’s largest celebration of beer runs from October 26 to November 4. More than 7,000 beer lovers and industry experts unite for one of Australia’s world-class drinking events. Pubs, bars, breweries, cafes and restaurants across Greater Sydney sign up for this exciting festival. Some of the hottest events include the Opening Gala and even the Sydney Beer Awards. Adelaide Hills Oktoberfest Save the date for October 27 and head for the Adelaide Hills. Organisers proudly claim this boozy event to be a traditional and…

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May
18
2018

Vivid Sydney Drive Now Spotify Playlist

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Vivid Sydney 2018 Heading to Sydney during May or June? Well, you’re in for a treat as Sydney’s annual light, music and arts festival, Vivid Sydney is here from 25th May to 16th June. The world’s leading artists and Imagineers come together to illuminate the city in a truly immersive light spectacle. Now, in its 10th year, Vivid 2018 is one that won’t disappoint. From the illuminating pathways around The Royal Botanic Garden to the breathtaking light art at Barangaroo, there’s plenty to see by foot. Or, for an unforgettable experience take a harbour boat cruise and see the jewels of the city around Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Luna Park and Harbour Bridge. Now, Vivid isn’t just about the brilliant light shows, Vivid Music also showcases some of the best musical talents at iconic Sydney venues and intimate clubs and bars. To get you in the mood whilst driving to Sydney in your DriveNow car hire, we’ve put together an eclectic…

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Dec
31
2017

Summer food festivals around Australia

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Food festivals are the best type of event for food lovers. The great thing about summer in Australia is you’ll find incredible food festivals across the country. Whether you’re after fresh, tasty raw produce, scrumptious sweets and deserts, international cuisine or hearty meats, there’s an event that’ll tempt every taste bud. Snag a bargain car hire deal from DriveNow in your nearest capital city and make your way to one of these fantastic food festivals. Taste of Tasmania December – January For a whole week, Hobart’s beautiful waterfront comes alive with the iconic Taste of Tasmania. The event features more than 70 stalls that offer everything from seafood, cheese, fruits, vegetables and small goods. Snatch up some cool-climate wines and boutique beers and ciders on offer. Crush Festival January Celebrate the best of food in the beautiful Adelaide Hills during the annual Crush Festival. Take your senses on a journey as you sample wines and scrumptious produce grown in the region. There’s…

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Dec
14
2017

Where to stay for the Tamworth Country Music Festival

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The Tamworth Country Music Festival is held every year in January. The city in northeast New South Wales draws massive international acts and about 50,000 fans from across the world. Country Music plays a pivotal role in culture in the city with the famous Big Golden Guitar. The Tamworth Country Music Festival is often regarded as one of the world’s top music festivals, and it’s the second only to the Nashville Music Festival in terms of its size and reach. With the influx of visitors to the area for the two weeks, accommodation completely book out up to a year in advance. Your best bet is to find a campervan hire deal at Sydney and drive nearly five hours to Tamworth to park your wheels at one of these places. Make sure you book early. Riverside Camping Grounds When in town for the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Riverside Camping Grounds are just a short walk away from all the…

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