Five great reasons to escape to The Star Gold Coast

By Australia / Gold Coast / Queensland /

The hype is building as the countdown begins for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next year. The good news for travellers looking for a bit of sun and sand on our most famous beach strip is all the action taking place with hotels upgrading or being built – none more impressive than mighty The Star Gold Coast, formerly known as Jupiters. Best of all, once collecting your Gold Coast car rental there’s only a quick 15 minute drive north and The Star Gold Coast will have you checked in within a flash.

What’s all the fuss about? Plenty. The Star Gold Coast is in the midst of an $850 million remake. Since 2014 this star of the show in beautiful Broadbeach has already undergone some serious make over work, including the snazzy refurb of more than 590 rooms refreshed Lobby area and much more. Try these five great reasons to escape to The Star Gold Coast – no matter where you’re from.

One… The rooms are dreamy

Any hotel refurbishment generally means rooms are going to hit a certain standard with a beautiful fresh look and new feel, but The Star Gold Coast has put a lot of consideration into this. Ours was a King Superior Deluxe Room, spacious and super functional. Think blinds that automatically open upon entry, strategic bedside-placed switches and buttons for lighting, aircon and other functions, all complemented by beautifully inviting interiors. But the winning move is a specially designed pillow menu and ‘The Cloud’ mattress topper exclusive to The Star and bathing amenities by L’Occitane.

Two… The food!

The locals tell me food has always been top quality at the venue, but the reinvention of The Star has introduced some world-class stunners in restaurant terms. Elegant and oozing a dimly-lit atmosphere is incredible Kiyomi, a multi-award winning hatted Japanese restaurant infusing a tapas-style approach to small dishes with intense flavours and immaculate presentation. The menu is packed with sashimi (raw), izakaya (small plates), tempura (fried), binchotan (grill), other sushi, salad, soup and desserts as well as degustation and set menu alternatives. Other newbies include scrumptious new Chinese restaurant Imperial (brand new, in fact), the earthy and spectacular Garden Kitchen & Bar, complete with huge outdoor dining and party area with a giant big screen, more Asian influence with Mei Dumplings restaurant, Cucina Vivo, and Food Fantasy, one of the best buffet experiences you’ll ever have for either breakfast or dinner. The smorgasbord offers more than 80 dishes from around the world, including an irresistible hot and cold buffet selection, roast meats and salads.

Three… Entertainment

Yes, there’s still a casino and all the fun one can have with top bars, roulette wheels and card tables, but there’s a lot more these days including a bold and bright theatre being the perfect platform to showcase some of the world’s best performers, stage shows and exclusive film premieres. Its modern architecture and cutting-edge technology make it a leading entertainment venue.

Four… Broadbeach

Literally 5 minutes walk over the bridge is Broadbeach central with loads of bars, food options, shopping and a beautiful beach to soak up the sun, sand and surf or catch a friendly game of beach volleyball in full swing. Surfers Paradise is only a 15-20 minute walk away, too, so everything’s quite close.

Five… Day trips

Take your pick. Want to head for the hinterland and more alternative charms of Byron Bay in the south? Or how about heading north for some theme park action at all the worlds including Wet ‘N’ Wild, Movieworld, Seaworld, Dreamworld and more? Head even further north and you’ll be in Brisbane. It’s a beaut location with lots to do nearby with a comfy and exciting hotel to come back to for dinner and snooze in sublime comfort.


Your guide to your next Aussie weekend getaway in a campervan

By Australia / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Tasmania / Victoria /

Aussies love to travel. It’s a huge country out there and there’s nothing better then getting the chance to explore parts of it with a quick weekend getaway from the capital cities.

Love the bush? The beach? Or perhaps even the mountains and lakes? Regional Australia has whatever you’re looking for in your next weekend getaway.

DriveNow always has cheap Australian campervan hire deals up for grabs. Hire a vehicle and choose one of these destinations if you’re having a hard time making up your mind!

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit the gorgeous Mornington Peninsula. The area always makes for a relaxing weekend getaway. It’s also just a short trip from Melbourne, about one and a half hours driving time. Blairgowrie is a gorgeous, family- friendly beach to spend your days. There’s plenty of activities around too, such as a hike up the 300m high Arthurs Seat and many shops to explore at Sorrento.

Nelson Bay, NSW

Drive two and a half hours north of Sydney to get to the beautiful Nelson Bay. On the southern shores of Port Stephens you can go for a swim or surf at this fantastic natural playground. The waters are clear, making it a great place for fishing or spotting dolphins. September to November is one of the best times to visit if you want to see whales migrating south.

Murray Bridge, South Australia

More than one million people visit Murray Bridge every year. It’s considered “the crown” of the Murray region with exciting activities for people of all ages. There’s everything from great conditions for water sports to hiking trails and even paddleboat tours down the river. Murray Bridge is only a one hour drive south east of Adelaide.

Launceston, TAS

Untouched and unspoiled, Tasmania showcases nature at its best. The lovely riverside city of Launceston, which is two and a half hours north of Hobart, puts your right in the heart of this beautiful countryside. Head further north to explore pristine beaches. Head east if you want to hike through the alpine wilderness of Ben Lomond National Park. Not far from Launceston city centre is the famous Cataract Gorge, where you can go swimming or go white water rafting for a thrill.

Noosa, QLD

Noosa is a stunning coastal town on the Sunshine Coast, about two hours north of Brisbane. It’s definitely the place to be in the cooler months when the weather down south turns cold. See crocodiles and other famous animals at Australia Zoo. Go for an afternoon walk through Noosa National Park to admire the stunning coastline. Noosa Main Beach is a popular spot to relax with the family and catch some waves.


Christmas holidays camping: book your campers before they’re gone

By Australia / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Tasmania / Victoria /

The Christmas holidays is the busiest period for Australian caravan and camping sites. With the kids free and mum and dad away from work, it seems like everyone’s looking to get away for the festive season.

But you should make sure you get in early when it comes to hiring a campervan or caravan and booking a site.

Get across DriveNow’s cheap hire deals well before the Christmas holidays and consider heading to one of these incredible family destinations.

Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Drive about two hours south of Sydney for the Kangaroo Valley’s lush landscape. Some of the most popular activities include hiking through the pristine wilderness of Morton National Park, or admiring the spectacular 180m Gerringong Falls. You can also step back in time and experience life in the 1800s at the Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Museum.

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Spend your Christmas holidays exploring one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road. Magical views of rocky cliffs, beaches, waterfalls and forests greet you at every turn along this 240km stretch of road. While visiting, make sure you get time to gaze upon the iconic Twelve Apostles. You may even decide to learn to surf at the world-famous Bells Beach.

Agnes Water, Queensland

At the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef is the picturesque Agnes Water, which locals also know as the town of 1770. It’s the birthplace of Queensland, home to unspoiled coastal rainforest and also rich in history. The golden sand beaches and clear waters make it a beautiful spot for families. It’s a five and a half hour drive north of Brisbane. It’s somewhat surprising that this pristine are isn’t more well-known among interstate travellers.

Bicheno, Tasmania

If you want to venture into unspoiled wilderness with the family this Christmas holidays, then Bicheno is the place to go. This family seaside holiday town is just two and a half hours north east of Hobart. Just offshore are some of the best diving spots in all of Australia. One of the most popular family activities is watching cute, little fairy penguins return to the beaches at dusk.  There are also many free campsites in the area, making this one very affordable holiday.

Victor Harbor, South Australia

Drive just over an hour south of Adelaide and you’ll come across one of the most family-friendly destinations. The kids are bound to love a ride on the Victor Harbor horse drawn tram. It’s the only place in Australia where you can do this! No doubt the whole family will enjoy the ride from Victor Harbor to the scenic Granite Island, where you can do a bushwalk to scenic lookout points.


Hire a people mover before they book out at Xmas

By Australia / Queensland / Tasmania / Victoria / Western Australia /

Are you thinking about hiring a people mover for your next Christmas holiday? It’s one of the most popular rental vehicles, especially during the Christmas holiday period. Which is why you should get in early to book your people mover!

You’ll be able to transport the whole family and more with one of DriveNow’s great people mover hire deals. Once you’re all set, travel to one of these amazing coastal destinations for an epic summer holiday. All are within three hours of a capital city.


Drive about three hours west of Melbourne and you’ll arrive at a picturesque seaside village at the end of the Great Ocean Road. Some of the great places to visit nearby include the famous 12 Apostles or gorgeous Port Fairy. If you want to uncover some amazing history, then visit the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Here, you can learn all about the hundreds of ships that crashed into the Shipwreck Coast, the survivors and life in the 19th Century.

Port Stephens (pictured)

Just two hours north of Sydney is the perfect place for anyone who wants to spend a trip swimming at the beach. There are incredible surf beaches as well as sheltered bays, which are perfect for young families. You can even go snorkelling or kayaking in your spare time. A popular activity for thrill-seekers is the quad biking sand dune tour at Port Stephens. Ride along the largest coastal moving sand mass as you take in sweeping views of the beach.

Rainbow Beach

Rainbow beach is one of Australia’s most stunning and unique coastal locations. Coloured sands mark the dramatic cliffs, making a wonderful landscape for exploring. Rainbow Beach is a great spot not only for swimming, but also fishing, kayaking or even horse riding. The World Heritage listed Fraser Island, with its crystal clear waters running along sand, is just a short trip off the coast. It’s just three hours north of Brisbane.

Freycinet National Park

About two and a half hours north east of Hobart is the entrance to one of Australia’s most beautiful and unspoiled national parks. Freycinet is home to so many iconic natural wonders. Take a hike to the lookout at Wineglass Bay, which without a doubt, should be number one on your list of things to do in Tassie. Definitely don’t miss a trip to Coles Bay. This stunning seaside village boasts crystal clear waters right next to pink granite mountains.


The beautiful seaside city of Albany is surrounded by protected parks. This makes it one of the best destinations in the country for outdoor lovers, particularly those who enjoy hiking only to be spoiled with superb views at the end. West Cape Howe National Park has many great spots that you can enjoy privately. There’s also the gorgeous Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. This diverse coastline is about four and a half hours south east of Perth.


5 Great Campervan Adventures near Sydney

By Australia / New South Wales /

Are you looking for an incredible Sydney campervan hire deal to get your family holiday started? Hitting the road with a campervan is one of the most affordable travel options for families. The best part is you don’t even have to drive very far to unlock some of the most exciting destinations in New South Wales.

Look no further than DriveNow for the best Sydney campervan hire options.

Here are five places you should visit.

Port Stephens

Two hours north of Sydney and you’ll reach Port Stephens. It’s one of the most famous holiday spots in New South Wales. In a location that’s home to more than 150 bottle nose dolphins, why not take a dolphin spotting cruise? You can go whale watching and also enjoy some fabulous surf beaches. There’s also the thrilling quad bike tours on sand dunes for adventure lovers.


The gorgeous seaside town of Forster is a sight you’ll never forget. If you enjoy bushwalking, then Booti Booti National Park is the place for you to explore. It covers eight hectares of scenic bushland, sandy beaches and rainforest. At the northern end of the park is Cape Hawke Lookout with 360 degree views. It’s only a three and a half hour drive north of Sydney.


This is the perfect destination for anyone who wants an enjoyable but simple holiday. Cessnock is surrounded by the Hunter Valley’s popular wineries. You may decide to spend your day relaxing on a golf course, or take the kids to feed kangaroos at the Hunter Valley Zoo. All this is just less than two hours south west of Sydney.


Katoomba is one of the best places to park your campervan if you want to explore the Blue Mountains. You could keep yourself busy for days in this scenic town. Not far away you can admire the Three Sisters, or pay a visit to Wentworth Falls. An hour and a half west of Sydney and you’ll also find cave tours and plenty of bushwalks.


Venture less than three hours west of Sydney and you’ll find a gem of a holiday destination. The Mount Panorama Circuit plays host to the Bathurst 1000 race every October. But don’t worry… if you’re not a revhead then there’s plenty to do for the rest of the year when the crowds aren’t around. For example, there’s the Abercrombie Caves, fishing tours, wineries and heritage tours through the city.


5 awesome activities in Orlando and surrounds

By United States /

Orlando is one of the United State’s most exciting destinations. The city’s claim to fame is its fantasy-like theme parks, like Walt Disney World. But there’s more than meets this eye in this busy part of Florida.

We’ve put together a list of five top activities for you and the family on your next trip to Orlando. All you have to do is find a cheap car hire deal at Orlando Airport and get moving!

Universal Orlando

Go on a family adventure unlike no other. There are thrilling rides, world-class restaurants and other entertainment for everyone. Hogwarts fans can explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which treats you to a world of magic. Jurassic Park nuts can choose to face terrifying drops and a 50-foot T-Rex.


The Alligator Capital of the World is proudly known as “Orlando’s best half day attraction”. The 45-hectare park has exciting rides and gator-themed entertainment. But it also gives you a good look at Florida’s natural tropical wetlands. Seeing the park’s four rare white alligators up close is on the top of the list for most visitors.

Kennedy Space Centre

Learn about the great lives of American astronauts – the ones who returned home and those who didn’t. The centre honours and remembers space heroes while recounting the perils of America’s early space missions. The displays feature a 4D multisensory theatre experience. You can also take a look at the high-tech simulators and learn to pilot the space shuttle!

Orlando Eye

The Orlando Eye is the perfect vantage point from which you can admire the city skyline. The 120-metre high observation wheel treats you to panoramic views of Central Florida. During the 23 minutes that you’re on the ride, you can also spot theme parks, lakes and beautiful natural landscapes. It’s a great experience for tourists of all ages who aren’t too scared of heights.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

At first glance, this “Odditorium” appears as if it’s falling into a sinkhole! Everything about the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Centre is designed to challenge, thrill and intrigue. You’ll find a range of artifacts and displays on everything wacky or strange. You’ll need about an hour and a half to guide yourself through the interactive exhibits at a comfortable pace.


Great ways to play on the Sunshine Coast this Easter

By Australia / Brisbane /

DO you prefer cheese and wine to chocolate eggs? Then the Sunshine Coast is the place to be this Easter according to the visitsunshinecoast.com team, so make sure you mark these hot things to do on your GPS after jumping in your car rental at Brisbane airport and heading north.

The region will play host to the Kenilworth Cheese, Wine & Food Fest on Easter Saturday(15 April) – a free event which kicks off with a cheese rolling competition, Cheester Egg Hunt for children aged four to seven years and gourmet cooking demonstrations showcasing produce from the Mary Valley.

And it’s not only cheese and wine that will be on the menu over Easter. On Easter Sunday (16 April), Maroochydore will be transformed into a celebration of diversity at the Ocean Street World Festival. A free event that will feature artists across four stages with acts from Japan to Bolivia, Budapest to Jamaica, Salsa dancing and Bollywood workshops, choirs, djembe workshops and more.

Australia Zoo will be another hive of activity during the Easter break with Robert’s epic treasure hunt, pony trails, Bindi and the Jungle Girls ‘Island Time’ show and colouring competitions. From the 9 – 13 April, the Irwin family will also be feeding the crocs (pictured) in the 12pm Wildlife Warrior show in the world-famous Crocoseum.

Surfers will be attracted by one of Australia’s oldest surfing competitions: the Pa and Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest, held over the Easter Long Weekend (14-16 April) at Caloundra’s Moffat Beach. The surfing contest began in 1974 and has attracted some big names over the years including Wayne (Rabbit) Bartholomew, Simon Anderson and Hawaiian legend Gerry Lopez.

Children can enjoy the annual Easter egg treasure hunt at the Original Eumundi Markets on Easter Saturday (15 April).  This will be another fun and free activity that includes a hunt with clues through the market with a chocolate surprise at the completion of the journey.

Other Easter activities include: Magic with Nickleby at the Ginger Factory, mini medieval Olympics at Sunshine Castle or learn how to make robots dance, talk and move at Sunshine Coast Libraries.

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7 stops on a road trip from Sydney to Coffs Harbour

By Australia / New South Wales /

A road trip from Sydney to Coffs Harbour is one of the most scenic routes in New South Wales. There are many stunning lookouts, beaches and rainforest areas along the way and that’s not to mention the many landmarks along the way.

Grab a cheap hire car deal from Sydney and begin your road trip today!

Surf at Boomerang Beach, Pacific Palms

Begin your road trip with a surfing adventure at Pacific Palms. The area is renowned for its excellent surfing waves. Boomerang Beach is popular with families, especially in the summer months. Boomerang Beach has crystal clear waters and white sand. It also plays host to major surfing competitions every year. Talk about a beach that has everything!

Visit the historic Crowdy Head Lighthouse

The next stopover on your road trip of the mid north coast is the historic Crowdy Head Lighthouse which has been standing since 1879. It’s also one of only five small lighthouses on the NSW coast. The panoramic views from the lighthouse are breathtaking. Tourists often spot whales and dolphins from the lighthouse at certain times of the year.

Complete the Newcastle Memorial Walk

This spectacular coastal walk has a personal connections for thousands of locals. It was built to commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915 while it also marks the beginning of the steel making industry in Newcastle. The 450 metre long cliff top walkway joins Strzelecki Lookout and Bar Beach. The views of the coast, city and valley are amazing.

Glenrock State Conservation Area

Just 5km from Newcastle is Glenrock State Conservation Area which offers pristine beaches, rainforest walks and waterfalls. This coastal rainforest area is home to bats, bandicoots and many ancient Aboriginal sites. There are plenty of walks and mountain bike trails and furthermore the park is home to gorgeous beaches that you can relax at.

See the world from Perpendicular Point, Laurieton

The majestic Perpendicular Point offers spectacular views of the surrounding coast. The lookout is located above 40 metre high cliffs and is surrounded by rugged headlands and forest. It’s also the highlight of Kattang Nature Reserve. It’s worth visiting in spring because the walking tracks nearby feature many wildflowers.

Visit Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park

This park is one of Port Macquarie’s most popular attractions. It features a range of Australian animals, such as kangaroos, echidnas, snakes and Birds of Prey. You’ll also get up close with animals from across the world, including lions, snow pandas and red pandas. The zoo has also gained worldwide recognition for its koala breeding program.

Detour for Bindarri National Park

Detour inland for about and hour to explore some of the highlights of Bindarri National Park. There are scenic spots for picknicking, walking and swimming. You’ll drive through old, lush forest which is full of wildlife and hidden natural treasures. In addition, many people like to pack their mountain bike so they can explore the area. But most of all, no matter where you choose to go in the National Park, you’re likely to find peaceful scenes that you’ll have all to yourself.



Four cool ideas for Melbourne adventures with the kids

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Sea creatures, a giant eye in the sky, African wildlife and a mighty festival in the CBD make up four great suggestions for family adventure in Melbourne. Grab a Melbourne car rental and strap yourself in for these must-do activities.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

See Melbourne from up high with a birds-eye view on the three-year-old Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, which celebrated its birthday in style on Sunday. Catriona Rowntree hosted the “sparkle party” which included the one millionth guest and all sorts of carnival activities in the Melbourne Star’s Piazza followed by 30-minute flights in panoramic cabins for guests that serve up 360-degree views of Melbourne, the city, Port Phillip Bay and beyond. The Star offers up two very different experience either during the daytime or at night when the city (and the wheel) lights up.

Moomba is back!

Moomba Festival is Australia’s largest community festival which attracts crowds of all ages to Birrarung Marr and Alexandra Gardens on the banks of the Yarra River for a family-friendly program of free entertainment, events and activities at the five festival precincts – Main Arena, Kids Zone, Skate Park, River and The Green. Check out local performers, the Moomba Masters’ world-class water sports, skate and BMX comps, flamboyant floats for the Moomba Parade, as well as the wild and wacky Birdman Rally.

Wild slumber party

Go wild with an overnight experience with a Slumber Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo, the perfect getaway for the whole family in an Out of Africa escape, just 30 minutes from the heart of Melbourne. Slumber Safari dishes up a very special kind of accommodation with a fully hosted experience including  close-up animal encounters, drinks and dips at sunset, a scrummy dinner, as well as night-time activities including a night walk and toasting marshmallows around the evening campfire then a delicious supper of scones, jam and cream. In the morning watch the animals on the African savannah awaken and enjoy a buffet breakfast served in the Safari Dining Hut.

kid at aquarium

Photo by Jeswin Thomas from Pexels

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, located on the Yarra waterfront opposite the Crown Casino gives visiting families interactive animal encounters, iconic state-of-the-art displays and animal feeds. SEA LIFE Melbourne is renowned for being educational and completely entertaining. Check out the new Ice Age 4D cinema, Conservation Cove and Bay of Rays, or dive into the Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Penguin Passport or Shark Dive Xtreme.



New Zealand for adventure: 5 unmissable things to do in Picton

By Picton / South Island /

Picton is one of New Zealand’s prettiest port towns. People come here for the picturesque scenery and outdoor activities. It’s the perfect place to base yourself before catching the ferry across to the North Island.

Pick up a cheap car hire deal with DriveNow and add these attractions to your to-do list at Picton.

Dolphin viewing tour from Picton

Marlborough Sounds is just as beautiful as the creatures that live there. Majestic dolphins cruise through the area, delighting tourists with every sighting. You can get up close and personal with the dolphins. Five different species are regularly seen at Marlborough Sounds – the Bottlenose, Common, Dusky, Orca and also the rare Hector’s dolphins.

Take a winery tour

Most people love a trip to a good winery. It’s definitely something you want to do during your stay in Picton. If your driver is a wine lover then it’s easy to join a tour. A guide takes you to one winery after another, explaining the history of the Wairau Valley and the delicious drops that are created here. You can also admire the stunning scenery along the way.

Mountain bike the Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte Track is known as one of New Zealand’s best walks. The 70km track has also earned its reputation as a classic mountain bike track. It’s New Zealand’s longest continual single track. Most riders need two days to complete the track comfortably. Some sections are tough and steep, but the gorgeous scenes are well worth the challenge. The track is recommended for intermediate and advanced riders.

Whale Station Experience

The only thing more impressive than witnessing pods of dolphins swimming through pristine waters is whales doing the same thing! Behind your experience at the National Whaling Centre, where you learn about the history of whaling. You then cruise to the Perano Whaling Station, and you may be lucky enough to see these amazing animals along the way. Perano is the only restored station in the country where you can learn about machinery used in the whaling era.

Go kayaking at Marlborough Sound

There’s 1500km of coastline at Marlborough Sound, making it a peaceful wonderland for kayakers. Deep greens and turquoise colours ought ho the water, while there is a stubby backdrop of green forests and sandy beaches. Travel through the area and it won’t be difficult to find a spot all to yourself. That’s what makes this experience extra special.



4 must-see events at the Adelaide Festival 2017

By Adelaide / Australia /

The Adelaide Festival runs from 3-19 March. Fascinating opera, theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts awaits. This festival features some of the world’s best.

The Adelaide Festival is in its 32nd year. The 2017 line-up includes opera from England and drama from Germany. There’s also dance from Israel and a tribute to the late Judy Garland.

Grab a cheap car hire deal from Adelaide and make sure you see these top four performances at the 2017 Adelaide Festival.

Saul (pictured)

George Frideric Handel’s Saul is the headline act for 2017. Directed by Barrie Kosky, this opera masterpiece treats you to dramatic and heart-breaking music. It tells the story of a Lear-like mad king and his family’s struggles. Critics across the world have praised the show after a performance at the Glyndebourne Festival two years ago. Now it comes exclusively to Adelaide for Australian opera lovers.

Portraits in Motion

Have you ever wanted to see the world through an artist’s eyes? “Intrepid traveller” Volker Gerling has walked more than 3,500km throughout Germany. Over the years he has documented the people he met and their stories. He has created flipbook portraits, which he presents to his audience. He explains the story behind each picture and points out the fragile moments that he so beautifully captures.

Rufus Wainwright: Rufus does Judy

Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is a delightful performer. He comes to the Adelaide Festival in 2017 to perform two of the works that are closest to his heart. He puts on a show with a concert version of Prima Donna, which was his first undertaking in the world of opera. In this one-night show he also teams with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to re-create Judy Garland’s 1961 Carnegie Hall concert in a touching tribute.

Contemporary Dance

L-E-V will perform two fantastic works at this year’s festival. Killer Pig is a oroud mix of folkdance and classical gestures. While organisers liken it to “a tribal ceremony from an alien culture” and it’s bound to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire performance. Then there’s OCB Love, which explores lovers who always seem out of touch with each in today’s modern world. It’s contemporary dance with more edge to it than more.



Festivals in WA that you can’t miss

By Australia / Western Australia /

Have you ever considered travelling to Western Australia for festivals? Well, if you haven’t then now is the time to do it.

Different music, art and other cultural festivals run year-round, thanks to Western Australia’s generally sunny weather.

Hire a campervan from Perth Airport with DriveNow and make your way to any of these great events for your next holiday.

Perth International Arts Festival

10 February – 5 March 2017
You won’t have to travel far to be part of one of the state’s most popular events. PIAF is the longest running event of its kind and it has been going every year since 1953. Half a million people attend every year to admire new works and connect with artists from across the world.

South West Craft Beer Festival

11 February 2017
Think live music, amazing food and even better craft beer. This year will see the biggest line-up of breweries take part in this unique event. It’s held in the perfect location of Busselton, with the South West becoming one of the fastest growing micro-brewery region. Choose from more than 100 refreshing local brews, including light or dark ales, chilli beer and fruity sensations.

Castaway Festival

12 February, 2017
For one day Rottnest Island turns into the perfect outdoor setting for a party. The stage backdrop is the beautiful, postcard perfect Thompson’s Bay. The latest electronic music pumps all day as partigoers enjoy the beach vibes. This year’s line-up includes Rüfüs, Rüfüs Du Sol, the Kite String Tangle, Yuma X and Pilerats DJs.

Blues at Bridgetown

10-12 November 2017
About 270km south of Perth on the Blackwood River is the pretty country town of Bridgetown. Blues at Bridgetown has become an iconic event in this part of the world, where volunteers keep the event alive. It’s one of the first blues festivals in Australia, and it definitely earns its reputation as one of the best. Bridgetown showcases some amazing international acts as well as up-and-coming local talent.

Perth International Jazz Festival

26-28 May 2017
Perth’s premier jazz event returns for only a weekend every year, but it’s sure to be a weekend unlike any other. The thrilling jazz performances showcase the best local, national and international talent. There’s something for everyone too, with many free community events to promote the amazing world of jazz.

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