Sep
21
2018

Labour Day – Top things to do in NSW this long weekend

By New South Wales /

Another long weekend is almost upon us! On 1st October, it’s Labour Day in New South Wales giving us a much needed long weekend. So, what better way to spend three days off work than by travelling around NSW and experiencing something new? To give you some inspiration on where to go and what to do, we’ve noted our top things to do this long weekend. Balloon Aloft Fiesta (28th – 1st October)   Head to the Hunter this long weekend to see the spectacle of the Balloon Aloft Fiesta fill the skies with a magnificent display of colour. From the 28th September to 1st October, twenty-five or more balloons will take to the sky each morning to drift majestically over the vineyards. You can either follow the excitement from the ground or for an experience of a lifetime, book on to one of the hot air balloons as a passenger. The Celebrations continue on landing at Peterson House Winery…

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Sep
21
2018

Tassie day trips in Spring – within a three hour drive

By Australia / Tasmania /

Tassie day trips are a great enjoyable way to explore the beautiful Tasmanian countryside without breaking the bank. You can enjoy incredible seaside views, go hiking in old forests and dine at historic towns along the way. Browse DriveNow’s selection of cheap car hire deals from Hobart, and embark on one of these Tassie day trips. Salamanca Market Luckily, you won’t have to venture too far from Hobart Airport to enjoy this attraction. The Salamanca Market is an iconic outdoor market, with a picturesque backdrop of yachts and fishing boats. Every Saturday, Hobart’s waterfront comes alive with great food and music as thousands of people browse more than 300 stalls. There’s everything including arts and crafts, fashion, gourmet food and wines. Wineglass Bay (pictured) It’s the number one spot on every itinerary. The good thing to know is if you’re short of time, Wineglass Bay is easily manageable as one of your Tassie day trips in Spring. It’s about a two and a half…

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Sep
15
2018

Spring sensations in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Spring is one of the most sensational times to visit Melbourne. Not only are the flowers across the city’s gardens in full bloom, but the sun starts to come out after a long, cold winter. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and explore one of these events. AFL Grand Final (pictured) (29th September) After a season of suspense, every footy fan in Australia has their sights set on the AFL Grand Final. The big game is full of excitement and drama, with the two top teams battling it out in front of a packed area. Be one of the 100,000 screaming fans watching the game unfold inside the MGG. Royal Melbourne Show (22nd September – 2nd October) The show is perhaps Victoria’s most iconic event. There are colourful lights, exhibits, rides and 450,000 people who pack the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds for eleven days in September. There are exciting activities, plenty of competition and pop up restaurants of some of the city’s…

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Sep
07
2018

Adelaide’s unmissable events in Spring

By Adelaide / Australia /

Adelaide is known for its amazing food, wine and culture. Spring is the best time of year to visit Adelaide, as the city comes alive to celebrate those things. Hire a car from the Airport and get ready for these spring events. OzAsia Festival  The OzAsia Festival has been touted as Australia’s premier Asia-focused arts festival. It runs between September and early October. It offers the latest in dance, music, film, theatre and visual arts outside of Asia. Its flagship event is the Moon Lantern Festival, where thousands of people will gather to watch Australia’s largest lantern parade. Royal Adelaide Show South Australians will flock to the Royal Adelaide Show every September. It’s one of the state’s biggest entertainment events of the year. There’s something for everyone at the show. Mystery show bags, live entertainments and thrilling rides are always popular. Every night there are fireworks to celebrate this iconic event on the city’s calendar. Adelaide Fashion Festival This fashion festival celebrates innovative design and style. The festival runs over…

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Sep
06
2018

5 reasons to visit Newcastle for your next holiday

By Australia / New South Wales /

Newcastle was once an industrial town that hardly rated a mention in traveller guidebooks. These days, nothing could be further from the truth. The city has well and truly evolved into not just an exciting place to stop over on a road trip, but a standalone tourist destination in itself. What makes Newcastle so attractive as a holiday destination (apart from the beautiful beaches, incredible hikes and trendy cafe culture) is that it’s only a two-hour drive north of Sydney. This makes it an easy pick for your next weekend getaway. Compare the latest cheap Sydney car rental deals, then check out one of our five reasons to visit Newcastle. Newcastle Memorial Walk If you want to enjoy 360-degree views while undertaking one of New South Wales’ most beautiful coastal walks, then this is for you. The Newcastle Memorial Walk, which features a cliff top walkway, was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in World War One. Learn about…

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Sep
05
2018

Campervan escapes are music to our ears

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Road trips. Could there be anything better? Right now we’ve launched into Spring and life on the road becomes an extremely enticing proposition when there’s an opportunity to jump in a campervan and explore. It’s music to our ears, in fact! As Walt Whitman once said: “I take the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” In the spirit of Walt’s celebration of life on the road, here are 7 great reasons why the humble road trip ticks all the boxes for a memorable holiday. No.1 Australia is best explored with a road trip We love and live on a massive continent in Australia and with that comes thousands of destinations and many worlds in one. Tasmania anyone? What better way to explore than in a campervan through Tasmania’s rugged West Coast routes, or Wildflower season in the Mid West of Western Australia where carpets of colours are on show. Maybe Victoria’s High Country or the New South Wales…

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Sep
04
2018

Australia’s Best Places for Whale Watching Season 

By Australia /

One of the best things about winter in Australia is being fortunate enough to be able to witness the spectacular sight of whales migrating the vast and scenic coastline.  With thousands of the world’s whales found in the nation’s waters between May and October, you’re bound to spot a few humpback and southern right whales at one of our best places for whale watching season. Sydney There’s an abundance of spots around Sydney to see a whale or two breaching, but our top pick has to be the Fairfax Lookout at North Head. Its infinite ocean views and panorama of the Sydney harbour and skyline make it one of the best viewpoints in the city. Spend a sunny winter’s afternoon up on the clifftops and you’re bound to see at least one whale fin slap, tail slap, or if you’re really lucky breach. North Head is about 11km from the city and you can drive all the way up to the car park…

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Aug
24
2018

Tokyo road to the best ski resorts in summer

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Tokyo is famous for sushi, fashion and high speed trains. But it’s also a gateway to some of the world’s best ski resorts year-round. You can get to ski resorts within 1-2 hours of Tokyo, making it easy and exciting for snow lovers. Come December, when Australia’s ski season has well and truly ended and summer is here, get ready to head to the land of the Rising Sun. You can find some awesome car hire deals at Japan Airport. Pick up your set of wheels and hit up some of these slopes. GALA Yuzawa Ski Resort One of Japan’s most popular ski resorts in Niigata region has three fields, with GALA Yuzawa being the largest. You can ascend to 800m above sea level via cable car. Once you’re at the top you not only have a beautiful view to admire, but a thrilling ride back down the slopes follows! Treat yourself at the nearby hot springs after a long…

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Aug
10
2018

Spring festivals in Australia – where to celebrate the season

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Many people would agree that spring is the loveliest time of year. So why not get out and explore some of the best spring festivals that Australia has to offer… Whether you’re a passionate gardener, a food lover, or an art and film buff, there are spring festivals for every niche. For an affordable getaway, check out DriveNow’s website for some cheap campervan hire deals. Then make your way to one of these incredible spring festivals. Sydney Fringe Festival 1-30 September 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales. Every September, Sydney presents more than 300 productions or events across more than 50 venues. They all celebrate the innovative creations of independent artists, art makers, and performers. There are interactive art exhibitions, artists talks and foodie feasts. Brisbane Spring Festival 8-29 September 2018 Spend 21 days celebrating one of Queensland’s most exciting arts festivals. More than a million people attend every year. Not only do…

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Aug
04
2018

It’s not too late to book your last minute New Zealand ski holiday

By New Zealand /

A ski holiday is one of the best ways to spend winter with the family. Most people start to hit the slopes when the snow season begins in June. But the great news is you can wait until October to go skiing or snowboarding and the trip is still going to be just as great. A New Zealand ski holiday offers you postcard views at every turn and terrain for different experience levels. Check out some of the cheap car rental deals on New Zealand’s north and south islands, then make your way to the slopes. Mt Hutt, South Island Mt Hutt is the ideal place for you if you want a laidback skiing holiday. The terrain, which includes 365 hectares of treeless slopes, is best suited to beginners and intermediates. Mt Hutt is usually never too crowded and best of all, it’s just an hour and a half drive from Christchurch. The Remarkables, South Island This incredible resort is,…

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Aug
01
2018

A winter break in the Northern Territory – 5 things to do

By Australia / Northern Territory /

Are you desperately in need of a winter break? Luckily for you, winter is the best time to visit the Northern Territory. Instead of battling some of Australia’s highest temperatures in summer, you’ll get to enjoy sunny weather that southerners are missing out on. To get your winter break started, look into cheap car hire deals from Darwin. Here are our recommendations for top things to see or do on your winter break. Explore Uluru No trip to the Red Centre is complete without visiting Ayers Rock, or Uluru, as it’s known in Aboriginal tongue. The giant sandstone is right up there on many tourists’ bucket lists, and it should be on yours too. Get a local Aboriginal guide to take you on a tour around the rock and teach you about Uluru’s cultural significance. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to photograph the rock. Take a dive at Crocosaurus Cove Jumping into the water with a five-metre saltwater crocodile probably isn’t…

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