Things to do using a Campervan in Tasmania Easter 2018

By Australia / Tasmania /

Tasmania is beautiful any time of year with its countryside being the perfect place to relax and unwind. Just a couple of days away from the hustle and bustle of the city and you’ll feel as if you’ve been on holiday for weeks in beautiful Tassie.

Thinking of heading somewhere beautiful for the Easter break? All you need to do is grab a great campervan deal to enjoy a cheap weekend at one of these destinations to do using a campervan in Tasmania Easter 2018.


Located within a beautiful valley, Rosebery is a zinc and gold mining town. It’s surrounded by dense forest and volcanic mountains known as the West Coast Range. If you like walking then there’s a scenic loop that offers superb views of the town. Rosebery also isn’t far from Montezuma Falls, which is one of Tasmania’s highest falls. To get there you just need to take a short walk along an old mining tram line or you can even get there along a 4WD track.

Snug Beach

Are you searching for your own beachfront paradise this Easter 2018? You’ll find it at Snug Beach. It’s only a 30 minute drive from Hobart. Relax by the beach as you ready a book or have a picnic with the family. It’s a great location to swim, fish or go boating. You’ll also find a beach tennis court and a children’s playground not too far away. Venture a little further into the Huon Valley and you’ll be kept busy with plenty of scenery and popular attractions.


Beautifully preserved colonial buildings and cafes line the town of Stanley. A history tour will help you learn all about Stanley’s past. Another popular activity is climbing the path to the top of the Nut, which is a flat topped hill rising about 150 metres from the water’s edge. You’ll enjoy 360 degree views of the town. If you’re feeling tired then you can just take the chairlift to the top. However, it’s a good idea to base yourself in Stanley if you want to discover some of the best wilderness experiences that Tassie has to offer.


Tasmania’s second largest city is still a fantastic place to enjoy a relaxing weekend away for Easter 2018. It offers a fantastic mix of city and country charm with its elegant Victorian and Colonial buildings. Launceston is also known for its surrounding natural beauty. The stunning Cataract Gorge is only a short distance from the centre. While if you follow the Tamar River north then you’ll encounter the state’s finest wine-growing region. You could easily stop by many wineries along the way!

Coles Bay

This part of the world is unforgettable. Long after you leave the lovely seaside village you’ll be thinking about when you can return. Coles Bay sits between the bottom of stunning granite mountains and crystal clear waters of Oyster Bay. The best part about Coles Bay is that the beaches aren’t crowded. Enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, etc. while feeling as if you have this little slice of heaven all to yourself. From here you can also explore the stunning Wineglass Bay, which is consistently rated among the top beaches in the world.



Pick up your campervan rental and explore one of these top destinations

By Australia / Las Vegas / New Zealand / North Island / Northern Territory / United States /

At any given time, DriveNow has an extensive list of bargain campervan rental deals. As the company continues to expand its influence worldwide, we’re able to offer more great motorhome and campervan rental deals than ever before.

The latest development includes DriveNow becoming the new sales and operational partner for motorhome and campervan rental company, Camper Travel. Essentially, DriveNow will handle and process all of Camper Travel’s bookings.

This means you can comfortably book and pick up your campervan rental from one of these destinations and trust that DriveNow has it covered. While you’re travelling in one of our most destination countries, we suggest you enjoy one of these road trips.

Australia – Kakadu National Park

Kakadu is a fantastic place for travellers to head with their campervans. This world-class national park boasts an abundance of wildlife, pristine wetlands, protected Aboriginal art sites and spectacular waterfalls. There’s little wonder why it has earned itself a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. You’ll find it to be very camper-friendly, with many camping areas scattered throughout the park and close to natural attractions.

New Zealand – North Island

You could easily spend weeks traversing the natural wonders of New Zealand’s gorgeous North Island. Many people who are travelling to New Zealand overlook the North Island for the South. But this amazing part of the world treats your to active volcanoes, top quality wineries and sandy beaches. Pick up your rental in Auckland, explore the city and make sure you add to your itinerary places like Rotorua, the Bay of Plenty and Hobbiton (also known as ‘the Shire’ on the Lord of the Rings). Thrill-seekers may even decide to add death-defying activities like skydiving to their list at Taupo.

Don’t forget there are plenty of fantastic car rental deals available through DriveNow. Choose one and explore a place like North America.

USA – Las Vegas to Grand Canyon

If you’re up for an epic drive, say about 1,500 km, then we say look no further than a Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon road trip. From exploring the bright lights of Sin City to hiking through the desert wildnerness, this type of trip will allow you to explore something different at every turn. Witness the crazy rock formations at Valley of Fire State Park. Jump on board a boat to see the beautiful Lake Mead. Of course, take the Historic Route 66 to arrive at the Grand Canyon’s south rim, where the hiking tours begin!


DriveNow’s new rental vehicle excess insurance giving you more choice

By Australia / Christchurch / Great Ocean Road / New Zealand / United States / Victoria /

Rental vehicle excess insurance is a great option for many people who are choosing a self-drive holiday. Driving holidays are becoming more and more popular both in Australia and overseas. That’s why DriveNow has partnered with Hiccup Insurance to give customers the option of taking out affordable new product for rental vehicle excess insurance.

It’s for anyone who is hiring a car in Australia, and also Australians who are travelling overseas.

Check out some of the rental vehicle excess insurance deals that you can pre-purchase. There’s also the options of buying excess reduction when you arrive to pick up your car! Or you can stick to the standard insurance policy and not take out additional cover.

There’s an option for everybody, so check out these destinations where we recommend a self-drive holiday!

New Zealand – Christchurch to Te Anau

The best to see New Zealand’s most impressive terrains is to drive. Pick up your hire vehicle in Christchurch. After a day of sightseeing around the city, make your way to Franz Josef for your first stop. Spend a night or two here so you can trek the famous glacier of the same name. Your next stop includes a visit of Mt Cook village, where spectacular views await. Continue onto Queenstown, which is the South Island’s adventure playground. Whether you want to relax and admire pristine views or do something as daring as skydiving, Queenstown has it all. After a few nights you can head to the famous Milford Sound, where you can visit waterfalls, go trekking and admire wildlife. Next stop is Te Anau, where you can explore the surrounding nature by walks and even see the incredible glowworm caves!

Australia – Great Ocean Road

After picking up your rental vehicle in Melbourne, head west to explore one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. Make Lorne your first stop. From here you can explore the surf beaches at nearby Apollo Bay and Torquay. You can also visit the spectacular Sheok Falls in the Great Otway National Park. Head along the Shipwreck Coast to visit famous sights such as the Twelve Apostles. There are limestome formations like Loch Ard Gorge and the Bay of Islands which are also worth a visit. End in Warrnambool with a history lesson at places like the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum. Throughout this entire trip you can visit scenic towns and lookouts along the way.

USA – Route 66

The good old Route 66 is the USA’s most famous self-drive itinerary, the quintessential American road trip. It often ranks at the top of travellers’ must-do lists. Driving from Chicago to LA will take four days, but there are many stopovers you’ll want to make for at least a day or two. Some of these towns include Holbrook, Arizona where you should spend a night in a tepee. While in Arizona most people also detour to spend a few days exploring the magnificent Grand Canyon. Other great sights to see include Cadillac Ranch in Texas, Santa Monica Pier in California and the Galena Historic District.


Tasmania a hot holiday prospect for summer

By Australia / Hobart / Tasmania /

TASMANIA was once the forgotten little state separated from the rest of Australia by Bass Strait and no real desire from most Aussies to mark it down as a summer destination. But it seems now we can’t get enough of the Apple Isle so start thinking about your Hobart car rental now with an eye on scooting way down south for the summer holidays.

Let’s not forget what happened earlier this year when Tasmania loaded up with gold across five categories at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. Not only that, Tasmania collected seven silver, two bronze and The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel was inducted into the Hall of Fame. What’s more, Tassie picked up the most awards out of every state.

Such is Tasmania’s charm that Roy Morgan Research earlier this year revealed Hobart now outranks Perth and Brisbane as a capital city holiday destination Australians want to visit.

Awesome walks

When Lonely Planet rated Tassie among the world’s top regions a few years ago they named the Three Capes Track a must-do adventure in bushwalking … even before the first steps were taken! But it hasn’t taken long for the walk to clean up with awards. The four-day Tasman Peninsula walk features dolerite chasms, architecturally-designed lodging, Eucalypt forests and towering sea cliffs. The Tasmanian Walking Company also was noticed at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards bagging gold. With over 25 years of experience beneath their boots, not only is the trekking terrific, it can be served with affable guides, wine and plush pillows. Walking in some of Tasmania’s most iconic locations, they add more than a touch of class to the experience with the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, Bay of Fires Lodge Walk (and spa) and more recently the Wineglass Bay Sail Walk.

Luxurious lodgings

As Tourism Tasmania wrote after cleaning up at the awards, “mix the words luxury and Tasmania together and you’ll get Saffire Freycinet. Saffire breathes luxury and class. It’s been named the world’s best boutique hotel. It’s no stranger to first place.” As it turns out the East Coast resort can now add a new accolade – Gold for Luxury Accommodation. “Saffire appears to have the indulgence recipe just right.” Others well worth a stay include The Henry Jones Art Hotel, wth a to die for waterfront position and housed in the landmark historic colonial building, The Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, and Edge of The Bay Resort at the gateway to Wineglass Bay. The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel is also hot to trot with some major awards and ever-growing popularity for its location on the middle of the Hobart waterfront.

The great outdoors

Blessed with a natural playground where mountain peaks and ocean are always nearby, and “where a short walk can feel a world away from our major cities”, as the Tourism Tassie crew tell you. “If you’ve not heard of RiverFly 1864, it’s time to pack your rod. The outfit won Gold for Specialised Tourism Services and offers three-day guided fly fishing trips up at the Western Lakes in private eco-friendly huts. Others include Bruny Island Cruises, the coastal wilderness experience featuring ancient sea cliffs among the southern hemisphere’s tallest, sea caves and the occasional whale encounter. Par Avion Wilderness Tours also venture to places inaccessible on foot, taking silver for Major Tour and Transport Operators.

Great drives

The Great Eastern Drive follows a coastline of 176 kilometres of spectacular beauty; dramatic coastlines, world-famous beaches and unique natural attractions. Some say it rivals the best coastal drives on the planet. Check out our Car Hire Tasmania section.

For more visit Discover Tasmania


Best campsites and hidden gems in NSW this spring and summer

By Australia / Australian Capital Territory / Canberra / New South Wales / Sydney /

Destination NSW know better than anyone about the best camping spots for the warmer weather that comes with spring and summer. As the team says “It’s the ideal time of year to discover some of the NSW’s secret campsites and hidden gems.”

Rent a car or campervan at Sydney airport, then off you go on a camping adventure!”

According to Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase, “NSW is filled with hidden camping gems waiting to be discovered. NSW has amazing coastal and bush camping spots that continue to stay under the radar and would make an ideal weekend away this spring.”

“These hidden camping gems are just that, secret spots that locals across NSW love due to their unique location and easy access to beautiful beaches, stunning national parks and pristine wilderness environments.”

“Tourism managers across the state have shared their favourite secret camping spots with Destination NSW for this short-list, however this does not exhaust the multitude of amazing campsites just waiting to be discovered. I encourage everyone to get out and explore NSW’s hidden gems this spring,” Ms Chipchase said.

Here are some of Destination NSW’s best secret camping spots along the coast and inland:

1. The spectacular and secluded Honeymoon Bay at Point Perpendicular on the northern end of Jervis Bay on the South Coast allows camping on weekends and during school holidays only. Allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, this rustic bush camp site is a true bush camping experience and just moments to the beaches of northern part of Jervis Bay.

2. Camp by the beach and amongst banksia trees at Picnic Point campground in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Find the perfect fishing spot, swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy scenic views of the stunning Sapphire Coastline.

3. An unknown gem, Lakesea Caravan Park Durras near Bateman’s Bay, has grassy shaded sites with BBQ drums and a campground that is kitted out for the more novice camper including a camp kitchen with free gas BBQs, fridge and oven. Just moments to Durras Beach and Lake Durras, enjoy surfing, kayaking, fishing and bush walking in nearby Murramarang National Park.

4. While many know the Central Coast’s Glenworth Valley for its horse riding and quad biking, it is it’s amazing bush camping sites will surprise people. Expect pristine, bush style campsites along the river bank with wood-fired BBQs, hot showers and plenty of peace and quiet.

5. For absolute beachfront, Beachcomber Holiday Park at Potato Point (pictured) is the place. Backing onto Eurobodalla National Park, expect to be camping amongst kangaroos and wallabies whilst cooking on the pizza oven and relaxing around the communal camp fires.

6. Outside of Mudgee in Central NSW is the pristine Dunns Swamp in Wollemi National Park. Set on the banks of the Cudgegong River and nestled amongst stunning sandstone pagoda rock formations, Dunns Swamp is a nature lovers dream with plenty of walking tracks and canoeing and swimming spots.

7. The pet-friendly Mystery Bay Camp Ground, near Tilba on the South Coast, is just moments from the beach, which has off-leash areas. Enjoy this bush camping site and all that Mystery Bay offers – snorkelling in the bay, surfing at 1080 beach, cheese tasting in nearby Tilba and of course the stunning views of Montague Island.

8. Camp under the stars and experience a true Australian outback station stay at Corynnia Station near Hay in Outback NSW. Camp under ancient black box tree on the edge of a 1,000 acre dry swamp on this working farm and discover this immense property on nature walks, paddock picnics and farm tours.

9. At the end of the dead-end road, North Coast Holiday Park Corindi Beach, on the NSW North Coast, has just 6 cabins and 64 shady campsites to choose from. Nestled beside the beach, within a bush setting enjoy gentle sea breezes and stunning bush and coastal views. Spend days fishing, snorkelling, surfing, swimming and kayaking in nearby beaches, lakes and rivers.

10. Camp in the middle of the mighty Tapin Tops National Park, in the NSW North Coast, at Dingo Tops and explore the park’s stunning waterfalls and creeks and relics from the areas forestry past. Surrounded by ancient rainforests and eucalypt forest, Dingo Tops is a quiet campground where parma wallabies, red-legged pademelons, greater gliders (at night) and koalas are frequently spotted.

For more ideas on camping in NSW this spring go to visitnsw.com/camping


Sydney to the Blue Mountains: 5 ways to play

By Australia / New South Wales /

The beautiful Blue Mountains are known for dramatic cliffs, lush forests and pristine waterfalls. The national park sits one hour west of Sydney. This World Heritage Site is ten times older than the Grand Canyon. It also has more than 300 walking tracks which span hundreds of kilometres.

Hire a car from Sydney airport, and discover these five highlights.

This picturesque region is home to some of Australia’s most beautiful waterfalls. One of the most popular is Katoomba Falls. It sits in a rainforest gully surrounded by ancient trees. Spectacular views of Bridal Veil Falls await if you walk from Govetts Leap to Evans Lookout. Then there’s the impressive Kanangra Falls.

Featherdale Wildlife Park
This attraction is home to more than 1700 animals. Featherdale has more than 280 species, from echidnas and kookaburras to crocodiles. Watch little penguins play, cuddle a cute koala and hand feed kangaroos and wallabies. Then there’s the Reptilian Pavilion, where you can come face to face with lizards and snakes.

The Three Sisters
The view of the Three Sisters is picture perfect. Standing nearly one kilometre above sea level, the Three Sisters have a fascinating dreamtime story that gives insight into their existence, according to local Aborigines. Take an easy walk from the Echo Point Visitor Centre to Lady Game Lookout for a superb view of this special rock formation. On the way back, detour with one of many walking trails.

Katoomba Heritage Walk
The lovely township of Katoomba offers cosy cafes and traditional shopping. Walk through town and stop by art shops to buy locally-made creations. Throughout the shop-front windows are historical photos and information. Admire the town’s variety of old architecture. You’ll find miners cottages of the 1800s and Federation style buildings.

Blackheath Lookouts
Drive through the highest point of the Blue Mountains between Katoomba and Mount Victoria. These are known as the Blackheath lookouts. They offer some of the most awe-inspiring views of dramatic mountain scenery of the national park. Anvil Rock and Evans lookouts are some of the most popular. Blackheath is heaven for photographers!

Also check out Seven of Australia’s best waterfalls and 5 Amazing Things To Do With The Family 1 Hour From Sydney


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 backfrop 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. Theres 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 hour drive north east of Hobart. If you want to do a walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout, then allow up to two hours for the return hike. The white sandy beaches and clear waters


About two and a half hours north of Hobart is the lovely riverside city of Launceston. It’s famous for its green City Park, which is teaming with flowers in the spring. Cataract Gorge is also a major attraction worth visiting. Get a bite to eat while overlooking the water. If you have some extra time, travel a bit further north to squeeze in a trip to Beaconsfield. Visit the Mine and Heritage Centre where you can learn about the region’s history and life in the beautiful Tamar Valley.

Remarkable Cave

Just five kilometres south of Port Arthur is an incredible site that many travellers don’t know about. You’ll come across a pathway with 130 stairs, which take you down to a viewing platform. Where you’re standing is where the cave once collapsed. From here, you can admire a spectacular view that looks through the cave and out to sea. What’s so remarkable about this cave is that the opening, when viewed from the platform, is the shape of Tasmania.


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 guide books. 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 (pictured)

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 ANZAC history and the deeply personal stories tied to this seaside city.

Nobbys Beach

It’s Newcastle’s highest profile beach. Nobbys Beach is also a hit with swimmers who want to enjoy a day in the sun in this gorgeous part of the world. Lifeguards patrol the area, making it a safe place to take the family. Read a book in the sunshine, build a sandcastle or take a dip in the cool ocean. Nobbys Beach is the place where you can relax and let time pass you by.

Merewether Baths

Merewether Beach was famously declared a National Surfing Reserve in 2009. But talented surfers have called this beach home long before that. The conditions make it an ideal place for competitive surfers. It’s also a popular spot to soak up the sun and get some exercise at the nearby Merewether Baths. All while enjoying stunning ocean views.

Glenrock State Conservation Area

This natural paradise is just 5km from Newcastle. Hire a guide to explore the park’s beaches, rainforest walks and waterfalls while learning about the local history. If you just want to get back to nature and enjoy the sounds of birds and gushing rivers, then grab a mountain bike and ride through one of the many scenic trails.

Hunter Valley Wineries

Make the most of your hire car by driving about an hour into the scenic Hunter Valley, visiting boutique wineries, cafes and restaurants. You’ll sample some of the region’s best drops and exquisite cheeses, among other delicious treats. With the freedom of your own car you can stop by towns like Pokolbin in the heart of the Hunter Valley and enjoy the peaceful surrounds.


Where to go with your campervan in Western Australia

By Australia / Western Australia /

Western Australia has plenty to offer travellers with a campervan. Whether you want to soak up some sun on the beach, taste some of the states best drops or go on an outdoor hiking adventure, Western Australia has something for everyone.

You just need to check out DriveNow’s website for the best campervan hire deals at Perth and make your way to one of these amazing destinations nearby.


One of the best things about Fremantle is its amazing coastline. This is the place to go if you want to see Fremantle’s famous sunset! This lively port city has four main beaches along the Indian Ocean, and each are unique and perfect for swimming. Soak up the sun and visit the charming Cappuccino Strip for a coffee and a meal and don’t forget to check out Little Creatures Brewery, another fantastic lunch option or for a casual beer with mates. The great thing about this city is almost everything is within walking distance.

Margaret River

Drive three hours south of Perth and you’ll arrive at one of the most charming places in Western Australia. Margaret River is famous for its premium wines and food with more than 120 world-class wineries to explore. If you want a more active holiday, you can go surfing at some of the best beaches, mountain biking through old forest tracks, or even caving. You can also hire a kayak and spend the day travelling up the beautiful river.

Swan Valley

The Swan Valley is another popular wine growing region. In fact, it’s Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region and has now become the first ‘Humane Food Region’ in all of Australia. You’ll find superb gourmet foods, like specialty cheese, marinated olives, dried fruits and handmade chocolates. The breweries and wineries are to die for. Not to mention this food-lovers paradise is less than a half an hour drive north east of Perth.


Who would have known a laidback fishing village could be so nice? Drive two hours north of Perth and you’ll discover the beautiful white, sandy beaches of Cervantes. The turquoise waters are full of marine life, making it an exciting place to head with the family. It’s also Western Australia’s gateway the the magnificent Pinnacles. Explore sand dunes, offshore reefs and islands.


Things to do along the Santos Tour Down Under route

By Australia / South Australia /

The Santos Tour Down Under is a world-class, international cycling event. The nine-day festival celebrates everything to do with cycling. Athletes travel from all over to cover 860 kilometres in an attempt to win Australia’s great cycling race.

There’s no reason why you can’t explore attractions along the route when you’re not watching the race. If you’re heading to the region in January then definitely shop around for some of the best Adelaide car hire deals with DriveNow. 

Here are our top picks for what to do while tagging along for the Santos Tour.

Stroll through Victoria Square

The People’s Choice Classic sees competitors ride around the city centre. While you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth checking out iconic attractions like Victoria Square. This central park is a great place to explore on foot. You can either bring your own picnic or check out one of the many trendy cafes nearby. At the west side of the square is the Adelaide Central Market, which is South Australia’s most visited landmarks.

Visit the Lyndoch Lavender Farm and Cafe

Just an hour north of Adelaide is an entire farm dedicated to one of the world’s most versatile herbs. Lavender is said to deliver many benefits for the mind and body. At the Lyndoch Lavender Farm you take take a guided tour to learn about its uses. You’ll also explore how workers on the farm cultivate it. Once you’re done, sit down at the cafe and enjoy a lavender biscuit and tea. It’s quite delicious!

Explore the Murray Mouth near Victor Harbor

Drive half an hour from Victor Harbor and you’ll come to the famous Murray Mouth, where the Murray River meets the sea. You can relax on the beach with a walk or fishing. You can even jump on board a cruise that takes you up and down the river, where a guide fills you in on the local history and the ecosystem. You’ll be treated to scenic views of the Coorong sand dunes and you may also spot some wildlife, including birds.

Step outside McLaren Vale to go sightseeing in the Onkaparinga River National Park

Hikers will love this gorgeous slice of paradise near McLaren Vale. Choose from diverse walking tracks that take you to cliff tops down rivers and even into rock pools. In whichever direction you head, the views are magnificent. The Onkaparinga River is South Australia’s second longest river. It attracts all sorts of wildlife that you may even get a glimpse of during your travels.


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 the best idea. But you can actually do it safely at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin and take home some pretty epic photos to remember the experience! The Cage of Death protects you and puts a safe distance between you and the croc. Watching these monsters open their powerful jaws for a feed while right next to them is a once in a lifetime experience.

Discover Katherine Gorge (pictured)

The Northern Territory is home to some of the country’s most stunning landscapes. Katherine Gorge is right up there. The best part about it is Nitmilum National Park spans 180,000 hectares and is home to 13 beautiful gorges. Explore this pristine region on foot, by canoe or by helicopter. While making your way through the park you can also explore Aboriginal rock art, culture and history.

Go stargazing in the Red Centre

Outback Northern Territory is home to some of the most beautiful starry nights you’ll ever witness. Stargazers say this region is one of the best in Australia to see various constellations on a clear night. Just drive from the nearest town, pick up some beers and snacks along the way. Then stop in a sandy patch, away from light, so that way you have the sky all to yourselves that night. But if you prefer company, you might want to join a tour where guides teach you how to take awesome photographs of the Milky Way.


Monkey mayhem at Stoke on Trent: 5 things to do

By UK /

Stoke on Trent is one of Staffordshire’s most charming cities. It’s home to England’s pottery industry. People even famously refer to the area as ‘The Potteries’. But there’s more to Stoke on Trent than meets the eye. It’s a place full of many. Hire a car from Stoke on Trent and tick off these five things to do.

Visit the Trentham Monkey Forest

The Monkey Forest at the Trentham Estate is one of the most charming places you’ll ever visit. Walk along a path to see them swinging in the trees and interacting with each other. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with more than 140 Barbary macaques from Algeria and Morocco.

Admire Trentham Gardens

While your at Trentham make sure you also put aside the time to visit the glorious Trentham Gardens. It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit the gardens, you’ll find an intriguing landscape. Admire the Trentham Lake as you take a quiet stroll along the lakeside walk. There’s also exciting activities for kids at the children’s adventure playground, like sand pits, a zip wire and a maze.

Have fun at Alton Towers Resort

Nemesis and Galactica are some of the thrilling rollercoasters that you can hitch a ride on at this world-famous theme park. Alton Towers also has plenty of other rides that are suitable for people who aren’t chasing such an adrenaline rush. There’s plenty of options for kids too, like Nina’s Science Lab and the In the Night Garden’s magical boat ride.

Discover the Gladstone Pottery Museum

Here you’ll find one museum that shares the complete history of The Potteries. Stoke-on-Trent has become famous around the world for its pottery.  Therefore, a visit to the Gladstone Pottery Museum should be high on your priority list. Visit the workshops, watch daily demonstrations and let a guide describe the industry’s significance to the city. You can even buy some souvenirs at the end.

Step back in time at Ford Green Hall

It was home to the Ford Family for nearly two centuries. Today, you can still walk through the furnished rooms which feature old textiles and ceramics. The historic farmhouse museum takes visitors back to the 17th century and gives an interesting insight to life during this time. The award-winning museum is open Monday to Thursday from 1-4pm.