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

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney events in the summer…

It’s the best and busiest time of year to visit. 

After hiring a car from Sydney Airport make sure you start checking out what’s on the Sydney events calendar during your stay. If you need more convincing, then here are five reasons why you have to be in Sydney this summer!

Sydney NYE
Sydney is the New Year’s Eve capital of Australia. 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 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.

Mardi Gras
Coming up in early March is the most colourful LGBTIQ celebration. Held in the heart of the city, the Sydney Mardi Gras draws 70,000 people from across the world. The parade is the highlight of the event, with epic costumes, loud music and colourful floats taking up Oxford and Flinders streets. It’s like a non-stop party that celebrates everything LGBTIQ while making a political and cultural statement.

Chinese New Year
More than one million people took part in Sydney’s Chinese New Year this year, as they were treated to more than 22 hours of live performances. The festival’s highlight is Lunar Lanterns, which features giant, colourful lanterns that represent the 12 Chinese zodiac signs.

Australia Day
People from across the country come together every year on January 26 to celebrate what it means to be Australian. The national day commemorate the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet, which changed the course of the nation forever. Sydney is Australia’s oldest city, making it the ideal location for several key events across the city.

Australian Open of Surfing
Kicking off in late February, the Australian Open of Surfing is one of the most exciting sporting events on Sydney’s calendar. Manly Beach becomes the home of Australia’s largest (and best) surf, skate and music festival for 10 days. World-class athletes and artists come together to celebrate surf and skate culture at what’s considered to be the birthplace of modern surfing.

Also try Five Ways To Play – Sydney to the Blue Mountains


Road trip Sydney and beyond – 5 great drives this summer

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

If you are to Google Earth our beautiful country you would quickly realise we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to road trips throughout our enormous continent. You can get your rental car from Sydney Airport and then every road leads to a great adventure. But where to start? Try these suggestions.

Sydney to Leura (pictured)

Set your sights in a westerly direction and head for Wentworth Falls via the M4 Motorway. Catch some gorgeous little towns along the way including Glenbrook, Faulconbridge, Hazelbrook and continue on to magnficient Wentworth Falls. The views over the Jamison Valley are hard to beat and there are some great opportunities for  a walk through the Blue Mountains National Park. After that take the 10 minute drive to Leura where you can take a stroll checking out the local shops, galleries and craft stores while having a bite in one of the gourmet cafes.

Grand Pacific Drive

This southerly sensation is arguably Australia’s best, a spectacular driving route that takes in ocean views, countless beaches and such hotspots as Stanwell Tops, Bald Hill Lookout and Sea Cliff Bridge, a sight to behold that swerves out from the cliffs over the sea. Heading off from Sydney, it all starts in Royal National Park before cruising through Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama (a stop off at Easts Beach Big4 Holiday Park is a must!).  Explore quaint seaside villages, drive through rainforests and enjoy a stellar coastline with an endless supply of views.

Discover the Poachers Way

It may be a three hour journey (no stops) from Sydney, but it’s both the journey and the destination that provide loads of highlights with this one. The journey south will take you through such touristy treats like Bowral and Goulburn before you reach the region surrounding Canberra. Welcome to the Poachers Way, a tourist route where you can sample the fine food, wine and art produced by local chefs, winemakers and artists. Visit the towns of Yass, Hall and gorgeous Murrumbatemen along the way and enjoy the high quality produce and discover the handcrafts and local produce of local businesses and artisans.

Hunter Valley

Wine country, yes, but you don’t necessarily need to be a big fan of the grape! Hunter Valley is a two and a half hour drive from the heart of Sydney and while it has a smorgasbord of beautiful rolling vineyards, wineries and great cellar doors, there are also such attractions as Hunter Valley Gardens (with 10 stunning storybook feature gardens), luxury retreats like the Chateau Elan at The Vintage, a splendid golf and spa resort, restaurants galore, and national parks with great walks on offer.

Port Stephens

Head north and hug the coast for a couple of hours and providing you can avoid beautiful distractions like the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle you will stumble upon Port Stephens. There’s a lot to do here, from enjoying “blue water paradise” with 30km of pristine coastline for a swim, fish, whale watching expedition or a dolphin cruise, otherwise hit the sand dunes at Stockton Beach on a quad bike or discover national parks and a superb marina at Nelson Bay for a shop or bite to eat.

Also try Six Summer Sensations in Sydney and Sydney To The Blue Mountains – 5 Ways To Play


Top five things to see or do in England this autumn

By UK /

As England leaves behind a lovely summer, many people are more inclined to spend the days indoors. The days may be shorter and the evenings cooler, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel around England to explore some of its best attractions.

There are still plenty of great festivals and sights to see around England in autumn. You just need to book one of DriveNow’s great car hire deals from Heathrow Airport and be prepared to get up a little earlier in the morning.

Here are our top picks for things to see or do in England this autumn.

See the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace

It doesn’t matter what month you visit, there’s the iconic Changing of the Guard outside the Queen’s palace every morning at 11.30. This colourful display of marching and music is always popular with tourists. You can also join a tour of Buckingham Palace, which includes a walk through the Queen’s Gallery, State Rooms and afternoon tea.

Check out the London Design Festival

You may not have thought about visiting this festival before, but if you’re around London in autumn then it’s worth having a look. Events for the eight-day festival are held at different locations across London. Explore some of the best and latest in craft and design as local artists show off their creative exhibits. Their talent will blow your mind.

Visit Avebury

Avebury is a two hour drive west of London and it also isn’t far from the famous ancient site of Stonehenge. The real shame is that Avery’s massive stone circle is just as interesting as Stonehenge, but so few international travellers actually know about it. Construction of these stones began around 2900 BC. There are also other mysterious monuments like Silbury Hill and an ancient tomb within walking distance.

Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival

This is possibly one of the funnest festivals you’ll ever attend! During the last weekend of September, the seaside city of Portsmouth comes alive with traditional English and American folk music. Learn about the nation’s proud history of exploring the high seas. Celebrate the local seafaring and maritime heritage throughout pubs, cafes, churches and even the streets of New Hampshire.

Explore the Museum of London

More than a million visitors decide to take a journey through London’s museums every year. Learn about the city’s history, from prehistoric to modern times. The museum particularly focuses on social history and the people who lived in this great city over the years. It boasts the world’s largest urban history collection, featuring more than six million objects.


Melbourne attractions you should add to your holiday bucket list

By Australia / Melbourne /

Are you planning a trip to one of the world’s most liveable cities anytime soon? There are many great Melbourne attractions that you can’t say no to. We’ve done the ground work to help you figure out what you should be adding to your holiday bucket list.

Begin your journey by sussing out DriveNow’s website for Melbourne Airport cheap car rental deals before adding one of these top Melbourne attractions to your itinerary.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

It’s the Southern Hemisphere’s only giant observation wheel. There’s no way you can visit Melbourne and miss seeing an incredible birds eye view of the city. The 40 storey high structure offers 360 degree views of the city. Visit during the day, at sunset, or night to see this amazing city from a different perspective.

St Kilda Beach

If you’re visiting Victoria in the summer, then you simply must make St Kilda Beach one of your must-see Melbourne attractions. Thousands of people line the golden, sandy beach when the weather is perfect, making it the hub of Port Phillip Bay. There’s people roller blading by, others licking an ice cream while children scream with joy on the Luna Park rollercoaster ride nearby.

National Gallery of Victoria

Melbourne is an amazing place for art lovers. The National Gallery of Victoria is Australia’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum. It houses an extensive collection of 70,000 paintings, sculptures and fascinating displays. Here you can learn about Australian, Indigenous and international history and culture.

Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

Cruise down the Yarra River during the day or sunset to capture the city’s beautiful skyline. The boat ride takes you past the lush river gardens, Herring Island, Docklands and the iconic Westgate Bridge. You’ll appreciate these amazing Melbourne attractions from a different perspective, all while a narrator fills you in on each landmark’s significance.


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.


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.


Bathurst: 5 things to do on your next trip to the Central Tablelands

By Australia / New South Wales /

Bathurst is a gem of a destination in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales. Many Australians head to New South Wales for Sydney and the beaches but fewer travellers venture west of the coast. As you’ll discover with Bathurst, there are historical sites, breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders hidden in this part of the state.

All you need to do is check out the DriveNow website for a cheap car hire deal from Sydney Airport. Drive about 200km west and you’ll reach your destination.

Here are five things to do when you’re there.

Abercrombie House (pictured)

You can explore one of the region’s heritage treasures with a tour guide or at your own pace.This Scottish-baronial mansion, which was build in the 1870s, features 50 rooms, exhibitions and displays. There’s also 18 hectares of gardens with walking trails through beautiful landscapes.

National Motor Racing Museum

Mount Panorama is the scene of one of the world’s most famous motor races. Right alongside it is the National Motor Racing Museum, perfect for car enthusiasts who aren’t visiting in when the Bathurst 1000 is on. This way you can visit at any time of the year and still experience the best of Bathurst 1000 and the speedway’s history.

Bald Hill Tourist Mine

Here you can learn about what life would have been like for a goldminer in the 1870s. Join a guided tour where you can step back in time and experience the challenges of working in an underground gold mine. You’ll walk down original mine shafts, tunnels and even get to see the tools and techniques that miners would have used.

Bathurst Farm Experience

Now, this is one experience you wouldn’t come across if you’re living in the city! The Bathurst Farm Experience lets you see how a real farm operates, and it’s very popular with children. They’ll have the change to feed the chickens, join a pony ride and cuddle up to lambs. Bookings for the farm experience are essential.

Jenolan Caves

This is one of the oldest and most spectacular cave systems in the world. The Jenolan Caves are about an hour from Bathurst and the site is open every day of the year, so local tour guides can teach you about the underground rivers and formations that make up this intriguing world under the ground. Thrill seekers can even join night tours or go adventure caving.


The best of Birmingham in the English summer

By UK /

English summer in Birmingham is absolutely glorious. The city in West Midlands is one of the greenest in all of England, with more than 3,000 hectares of green park spaces. It also has more kilometres of canals than Venice! There’s also plenty of activities to keep you busy in Birmingham during the summer months.

Snap up one of DriveNow’s great car hire deals at Birmingham Airport and add these ideas to your bucket list.

Aston Hall

Aston Hall is one of the last great architectural masterpieces from the Jacobean era. This seventeenth century red-brick mansion overlooks a gorgeous public park. Step back in time by joining a guided tour, who explains Aston Hall’s history as you walk through the detailed interiors. Learn about those who lived here and the 1637 government attack on these walls. If you want to relax and admire the site’s beauty in peace, take a stroll in Lady Holte’s Garden.

Kingsbury Water Park

Drive half an hour North East from Birmingham and you’ll find yourself at one of the region’s most exciting destinations. It boasts 15 lakes across nearly 250 hectares of parkland. You can go for a quiet stroll or along the paths, go bird watching, or take the kids on a donkey ride. There’s even a mini railway that takes you through this breathtaking landscape. There’s something for everyone at Kingsbury Water Park.

Summer Market

The Birmingham Seasonal Markets put the city’s best food, drink, arts and music on show. Birmingham’s Summer Market is held at The Bond at Digbeth, which is one of the city’s creative hubs. For one day each summer you can enjoy a family day out where you can pick up unique, hand-crafted clothes and crafts. It’s also a great place to find delicious street food and beer. You’ll be spoiled for choice!

Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival

Moseley’s famous festival attractions thousands of people every summer. Why not be part of all the fun? The Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival brings some of the world’s best musicians right to south Birmingham’s doorstep. Throw on your dancing shoes as you move to blues, funk, soul and jazz at the gorgeous Moseley Park.


Dallas activities you must experience in Texas

By Texas / United States /

There are plenty of Dallas activities suitable for all travellers. This city continues to amaze millions of tourists every year. The stadiums, the museums, the food portions in the restaurants – everything is so big! If you’re heading to the deep south, make sure you find yourself a great car hire deal before checking out some of the best Dallas activities on offer.

Join a JKF history tour

One of the must-do Dallas activities is a history tour that’s all about one of US history’s most famous presidents, John F Kennedy. Dealey Plaza is perhaps the most famous site, as it’s where he was shot dead in 1963. There are other significant sites as well, such as the theatre where assassin Lee Harvey Oswald fled to after the shooting. Hire a local guide who can fill you in on the grim but fascinating history.

Dig in with a food tour

Explore some of the most trendy restaurants and bars that Dallas has to offer. The Dallas Uptown Food Tour is one of the stand outs. It takes you to the trendy West Village, before you venture on foot to off-the-beaten-path eateries. Other tours take you to chocolatiers, wineries or popular eateries that serve up a traditional Texas BBQ. It’s just a matter of hopping online and seeing what type of food tour suits your taste buds!

Saddle up at Texas Horse Park

This will probably be one of the best Dallas activities for travelling families. You’ll find yourself in the heart of the Great Trinity Forest where people of all ages can get a taste of Texas ranching. Learn the basics of  horse riding on more than 300 acres of natural forest landscape. The great thing about this destination too is that it’s only minutes from Downtown Dallas.

See the Dallas Cowboys in action

In Dallas, footy isn’t just a game or entertainment. It’s almost a religion within itself. If you want a true Dallas experience, then make sure you visit the city during footy season to catch hometown heroes the Dallas Cowboys in action. The team’s home ground, the AT&T Stadium, is just a 20 minute drive from the city centre. It’s a modern jewel with one of the world’s largest scoreboards and luxurious suites.


Spring into action with these great Berlin attractions

By Europe / Germany /

Berlin attractions are at their peak in spring. The sun is shining, the parks are green and the streets are alive with smiling locals as the weather warms up.

Are you planning a trip to Germany’s capital this spring? Find a cheap deal to hire a car from Berlin Airport and check out these Berlin attractions.

Berlin Wall

You can’t visit Germany without exploring the world’s most famous wall. For nearly 30 years it was a symbol of the Cold War, dividing Berlin and the world. The destruction of the wall was one of history’s most celebrated moments. As a result, there’s little left of it. There’s a section of the wall that’s about 1km long with more than 100 paintings. They document the city’s history and pay tribute to the lives lost while trying to escape to freedom.

Beer Gardens

One of the most popular Berlin attractions is the beer gardens. With spring beginning and as more people take to outdoor venues to enjoy the weather, you’ll find there’s no better time to enjoy them. The Luftgarten is a relaxing green oasis in the heart of the city. It’s popular for the beers and the BBQ. There’s also the gorgeous Brachvogel which sits right on the Landwehr Canal. Here, you can enjoy draft beers, seasonal dishes and miniature golf while you’re at it.

Cycling tour

Berlin is one of the best places to rent a bike to explore the city. It’s a well-connected place and you can get from places like the Brandenburg Gate to Charlottenburg Palace in minutes. If you’re worried about travelling solo then you can also join a group cycling tour. A guide will take you to all the main sites and explain their significance.

IGA Berlin International Garden Festival

There’s no better time to hold a garden festival than throughout all of spring. The IGA Berlin International Garden Festival runs from April to October. The exhibition features up to 8,000 exciting events. Explore the gardens of the world, the modern ideas focused on the future and sustainability of urban parks.


This beautiful town is home to some of Europe’s most impressive palaces of the last three centuries. Prussion kings built architectural masterpieces surrounded by landscape gardens. Babelsberg Castle is one of the top sites to visit. It brings a taste of England to Germany. The baroque buildings within Sanssouci Park are absolutely marvellous.


Quirky Paris attractions you must visit

By Europe / Paris /

You know of all the most famous Paris attractions. There’s the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and The Louvre, to name a few. But did you know there are so many unconventional things to see and do.

Find a cheap car hire deal at Paris Airport so you can travel off the well-worn path to experience these quirky Paris attractions.

Explore the Catacombes de Paris

Authorities believe more than 300 km of tunnels exist underneath the streets of Paris. This maze of tunnels are full of mystery and some areas are open to public tours. It includes a section that has the skeletal remains of millions of Parisians, dating back to the 18th Century when cemeteries were getting full.

Go souvenir shopping at the Saint-Ouen Flea Market

Love shopping? Then the Saint-Ouen Flea Market is definitely worth including on your list of things to do in Paris. It’s not far from the Sacre Coeur Basilica in North Paris. It was once one of the world’s largest flea markets and today continues to amaze buyers. You could easily spend hours here hunting for books, vintage clothes, furniture or antique jewellery.

Visit the Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures

This museum will surely send chills up your spine. Plastic bats and human remains greet you as you enter. Eccentric scholar Jacques Sirgent gathered his lifetime of research into vampirism and demonology, among other folklores. Learn about the superstitions that have haunted Parisians over the centuries.

Gaze upon one of the most unusual Paris attractions: 59 Rivoli

It’s a sight that you shouldn’t miss! This mid-1800s Haussmann era building is perhaps the quirkiest building you’ll see in all of Paris and maybe even Europe. It’s one of a kind thanks to its emergence as an artist squat for many years. An artist group KGB claimed the building in 1999 and began hosting popular exhibitions and performances.


New York dreaming – 5 famous attractions in the Big Apple

By New York /

New York City is one of America’s greatest cities. It’s at the top of nearly every traveller’s list. Whether you’re searching for love in the Big Apple, moving there to follow your dreams or simply stopping by for a quick tour of the city, NYC is an amazing experience for everyone who ventures there.

When you land in New York, hire a car from JFK airport and make your way to these famous attractions.

Times Square

It’s one of New York City’s most iconic attractions (main image, picture: JoeBuglewicz). No trip to the city is complete unless you’ve immersed yourself into the hustle and bustle of Times Square. About 330,000 people walk through Times Square every single day. It’s big, the flashing neon lights are bright and the experience is priceless. Costumed characters and musicians also help bring this area to life during the day and night. You can visit Times Square at any time, although the billboards look best when they’re photographed at night.


About 13 million people pay a visit to Broadway to see one of its world class shows. There are 40 Broadway theatres, with most of these located between 41st and 52nd Street and Sixth to Eighth Avenue. See some of the modern takes on the classic theatre productions that have been around for decades. There are plenty of megamusicals with talent from all over the world gracing the stages of Broadway. These curtain raisers are well worth the time and chances are that one production won’t be enough to satisfy you!

Statue of Liberty

Lady Liberty is synonymous with New York. She’s stood proudly with her torch in the city’s harbor since 1886, when the French giften the marvellous 92 metre tall statue to the United States. It forever stands as a symbol of freedom and the Great American dream to migrants who arrived in New York over the years seeking a new beginning. Learn about the statue’s history during a visit to the site. Climb to the top of the statue where  you can also admire panoramic views of the city’s gorgeous skyline.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is the city’s tallest skyscraper. The 102-storey building towers above the rest of the city. Admire the Empire State Building’s distinct architecture from a distance but did you know you can also gain entry to the top? The Observation Deck is open to the public every day between 8am right through until 2 o’clock in the morning. The timing makes it convenient for you, whether you want to visit in the early morning, watch the sun set over the city or watch lights take over the city at night.

Central Park

Any big city is bound to be more concrete buildings than green spaces. But one of the most interesting features of the Big Apple is Central Park. Millions of people flock to this beautiful, green space every year. There’s 840 acres to explore, making it perfect for a picnic in summer. You can also spot lots of wildlife in Spring when the animals come out to explore. In the cooler months, the park transforms into a winter wonderland with snowmen and an outdoor ice skating rink.