Jul
13
2019

Unmissable events within a 3-hour drive of Sydney

By Australia / New South Wales /

There’s a lot happening within a three hour drive of Sydney in the coming months as we shift from winter to spring Down Under. Grab a Sydney car rental and get ready for some adventures in music, food and more. Folk By The Sea Kiama, September 27-29 Kiama will host the 6th Folk by the Sea Festival. Iconic Australian singer-songwriter Neil Murray has been announced as the lead of an already a stellar line-up of 51 acts, with a mix of international, national and local artists set to impress by the seaside. Murray’s songs have been recorded by artists ranging from Missy Higgins and Powderfinger to Adam Brand and Jimmy Little, while his best-known song is Christine Anu’s version of his iconic ‘My Island Home’ setting the stage for a performance not to be missed. The event boasts a mix of ticketed and public events with over 100 artists and 100 concerts, dances and sessions for attendees to enjoy. Bathurst Winter…

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Jul
07
2019

The Chair’s Where? Ararat, a beauty in country Victoria

By Melbourne / Victoria /

TIME TO DISCOVER ARARAT Only a two hour trip from Melbourne is the rural township of Ararat, a local service town and gateway to the Grampians. A town of contrasts, I would highly recommend hiring a car or Melbourne motorhome rental and spending a few nights exploring multiple attractions including the darker side of this unique township. ARARAT IN A NUTSHELL Ararat has its fair share of bric-a-brac, curio and antique stores. Supermarkets, specialty shops, cafes and hotels all make for a good day’s browsing, shopping, eating and sampling the odd beverage or two. A short drive will take you to the Grampians which are a chain of mountains with their own unique views, activities and opportunities. Like so many towns in this broader area, it started as sheep grazing country in the 1830s but the discovery of gold in the 1850s was the true inspiration for the town’s growth. With such growth came the Chinese prospectors who stamped their…

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Jun
12
2019

The Chair’s Where? Barham & Koondrook on the mighty Murray

By Australia / New South Wales /

TIME TO DISCOVER THE MIGHTY MURRAY For all of us in southern Australia, whether a local, a visitor or an overseas traveller –  the need will arise to see the Murray River. Often referred to as the Mighty Murray, this river is the lifeblood of numerous agricultural endeavours, the actual border between Victoria and New South Wales, a mecca for fisherman, a delight for paddle steamers… and the list goes on. It is the perfect reason to hire a Melbourne motorhome, grab the wife or partner, the kids, the dog or just travel solo and head off on a great adventure. The Murray covers a huge area with access from numerous states and cities.  There are some well known destinations such as Echuca-Moama, Swan Hill and the like.  My preference, however, tends to the slightly smaller, less busy environs of Barham and Koondrook. LOCATION The townships of Barham and Koondrook sit on opposite sides of the Murray river – only…

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Apr
30
2019

The Chair’s Where? Narooma, New South Wales

By Australia / New South Wales /

TIME TO DISCOVER NAROOMA Comes a point where you have enjoyed checking out the bigger cities, like Melbourne and Sydney, but feel it is time to do some beaches, do some chillin’ out, and maybe go for a road trip. I couldn’t agree more, so grab yourself a vehicle, perhaps hire a motorhome rental, and look no further than the Sapphire Coast and the wonderful township of Narooma. LOCATION The relaxed township of Narooma is a steady four hour drive south of Sydney, or a slightly longer six hour drive from Melbourne. All roads are fully sealed major routes and are all weather accessible. The journey to Narooma will allow for numerous scenic photo opportunities from seascapes to landscapes and stunning hillside viewing platforms in between. Smaller townships along the way will provide options for ‘bric a brac’ browsing, antique purchases, local farmers’ produce, and everywhere will have a bakery with ‘the best meat pie’ award. In other words, the…

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Mar
25
2019

Best Byron Bay resorts for the perfect winter escape

By New South Wales /

Byron Bay is famous for it’s stunning beaches and walking tracks. However, few people realise that it also makes for a wonderful winter getaway. When winter approaches, the crowds disappear, leaving Cape Byron Lighthouse, whale watching and epic markets to only a few! Many people want to know where are the most impressive Byron Bay resorts. An unforgettable experience awaits, no matter which one you choose. Pick up a hire car in Byron Bay and make your way to one of these amazing Byron Bay resorts. Elements of Byron (pictured) This is one of those Byron Bay resorts that will absolutely take your breath away. Elements of Byron is an award-winning beachfront resort, boasting world-class facilities and luxury accommodation. You’re surrounded by water in almost every direction. Relax by the central lagoon pool. You have uninterrupted views across the bay to Cape Byron. There’s also direct access to a secluded stretch of Belongil Beach, where you can ride on horseback. It’s easy to unwind…

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Feb
20
2019

Queensland sporting events worth waiting all year for

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From fun runs to professional Rugby League, the best Queensland sporting events are truly worth waiting all year for.  Don’t have a car to get around the Sunshine State? Hire a car from Brisbane Airport so you can make your way to these epic Queensland sporting events. State of Origin Series June – July  Be prepared for a wild crowd of proud Maroons fans when Queensland hosts the State of Origin. Watch the Maroons take on the New South Wales Blues in this epic sporting rivalry. League fans around the country look forward to the series every year. For the games played interstate, you can just soak up the atmosphere at a good old pub, anywhere across Queensland. IRONMAN Cairns 9 June 2019 This is one of the most scenic Queensland sporting events, taking place between the rainforest and the reef. IRONMAN Cairns has earned a reputation as IRONMAN in paradise. Watch swimmers tackle the gorgeous tropical waters at Palm Cove….

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Feb
13
2019

5 great holiday hotels in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Planning a trip to Canada? Then Victoria, the stunning capital of British Columbia, must be at the top of your list! Victoria sits on the southern end of Vancouver Island and its residents boast lush parkland and gardens and stunning Victorian architecture – a sign of the city’s British colonial past. Hire a car from Canada’s Victoria Airport when you first arrive in British Columbia. This will give you the freedom to explore the city’s history, while also giving you easy access to some of Canada’s most stunning natural attractions outside the city. Here are five hotels that we recommend staying in for your trip to the capital of British Columbia. Fairmont Empress Hotel Many prestigious awards recognise the Fairmont Empress Hotel as an outstanding venue. It is considered among the Top 21 Hotels in the World by National Geographic’s Traveler magazine. The hotel is in prime position and overlooks the scenic Inner Harbour. In 2017, the hotel completed a…

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Feb
08
2019

Easter gems along the Mighty Murray

By New South Wales / Victoria /

There’s no other river like the Mighty Murray, which spans across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. With the legendary Murray stretching 2,500km, you’ll find hotspots for water sports, nature, wineries, galleries and events. You can also find quiet spots that are ideal for a quiet camping trip. Grab a set of wheels (a cheap campervan to hire or check out the great car deals from DriveNow) and go exploring. Here are five wonderful experiences to have along the Murray River this Easter. Have a go at fishing Of course, you can’t holiday to the Murray without attempting this classic Murray experience. The native Murray cod is Australia’s largest freshwater fish and a prized catch. But anglers will often look for the golden perch (yellow belly), trout and freshwater cray, to name a few. Some of the hotspots for fishing include Yarrawonga, Albury, the Narrows near Barmah, and Kings Billabong. Spend your days relaxing by the riverside or fishing…

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Dec
20
2018

5 beautiful Australian islands to visit this summer

By Australia /

Spend your summer days lazing away on an island in the sun. Did you know there are more than 8,000 Australian islands? They all have something to offer, whether it’s adventurous hikes, scenic lookout points, great diving spots or gorgeous beaches. Check out DriveNow’s website for a bargain car hire deal from your nearest capital city this summer. It’s the easiest way to hit the coast to visit some of these incredible Australian islands. Fitzroy Island, Queensland Imagine gorgeous blue water, white sand in a lush rainforest setting. Fitzroy Island is home to what’s regarded as one of Australia’s best beaches, Nudey Beach. Snorkel with turtles and spend a lazy day in the sun, admiring the stunning mountain peaks on the mainland near Cairns. You could also spend a couple of hours hiking to the lighthouse and island summit. Good news is it’s just a 45-minute ferry ride from Cairns. Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory Venture 80 km north of Darwin…

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Dec
05
2018

Sydney summer events – five reasons you have to be there!

By Australia / Sydney /

  Longer days, warmer nights, BBQ season- summer is when Sydney really shines. Not only do the stunning beaches and coastal walks look their best in the glorious sunshine, but the city comes to life with a whole host of exciting events to keep visitors entertained. Ready to pack your bags? After hiring a car from Sydney Airport, make sure you check out what’s on the Sydney events calendar during your stay. Sydney NYE Sydney is the New Year’s Eve capital of Australia, if not the world! From here you can be among the first major cities in the world to welcome in the New Year. The city is famous for its midnight fireworks at Sydney Harbour. Each year, more than one million people come to the various vantage points around the harbour to watch the colourful show and celebrate the end of the year in style. Chinese New Year More than one million people took part in Sydney’s Chinese…

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Nov
29
2018

Five top Aussie festivals around Australia

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From country music events to spectacular Outback festivals, or food and wine extravaganzas to riverboats and jazz, there’s something worth driving to just about anywhere in Australia all-year round. Here are five diverse festivals worth packing your bags for and hitting the road in a DriveNow campervan for a unique Australian cultural experience. 1. Riverboats, Jazz, Food & Wine Weekend – Echuca, Victoria. 15th – 17th February Pick up your DriveNow Melbourne Rental Car and a leisurely three-hour drive along the Hume Freeway and Northern Highway will take you to the riverbanks of beautiful Echuca where this annual event creates a buzz in February every year. The region’s finest food and wine are on show, jazz musos from far and wide strut their stuff and the paddle steamers from yesteryear chug along the mighty Murray River. It’s a treat for the eyes, ears and taste buds! 2. Tamworth Country Music Festival – Tamworth, New South Wales. 18th – 27th January This one’s popular for…

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Nov
11
2018

The Chair’s Where? Coramandal Peninsula, New Zealand

By Auckland / New Zealand /

TIME TO DISCOVER CORAMANDAL PENINSULA So you have flown into Auckland in New Zealand and picked up your motorhome rental or car. You’ve done the local sights. Been over the bridge, checked out the harbour, had several doses of traditional indigenous experience and eaten at some great local cafes. But New Zealand is so much more than Auckland and its immediate locales. Indeed, a steady two hour drive can take you to the Coramandal Peninsula. Now this truly is a region suited to a few nights stay as you move from Wahai beach to Whitianga. Why? LOCATION You don’t have to go far in New Zealand to find some great views. The mountain climbs as you head to and through the Coramandel, so allow for a photographic delight. The walking tracks, the waterfalls, the intricately balanced ecology make for a learning curve at every step. But for me, it was about the east coast of the Coramandal. HIGHLIGHTS Waihi beach. Whether…

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