Aug
08
2012

Toast the good life with a scenic drive through classic wine country

By Adelaide / Australia / Melbourne / New South Wales / Perth / South Australia / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

AUSTRALIAN wines have taken their place amongst the best in the world. Combined with a stunning landscape, wineries offer a great Australian drive-tour experience. The first thing to do is nominate a driver – maybe take it in turns if an overnight stay is planned. The next thing is to select your DriveNow rental vehicle. A roomy sedan or four-wheel drive might be handy, or why not pick up a campervan and have your accommodation sorted as well? Those in Western Australia have the acclaimed Margaret River to explore. Pick up your Perth car rental and head about 280km south to Margaret River, home to 20 percent of Australia’s premium wines. Take advantage of the area’s beaches and forests by staying at the Riverview Tourist Park and making it your base.  Xanadu winery is a popular and picturesque place to start, with an award-winning restaurant and sweeping views. In NSW the Hunter Valley is considered the grand old daddy of…

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Jul
04
2012

Grab a campervan rental and surf Australia’s east coast

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

WHEN hitting the waves Down Under, finding a top surf town on an Australian road trip in your campervan rental serves up a magical mix: a great caravan park to plonk your camper for a few days, a beach boasting some of the best waves in the world, friendly natives, great food haunts and cool pubs where you can brag about that monster wipeout you survived over a couple of cold beers. The east coast of Australia is lined with hundreds of the best surf locations and the best place to start your journey is after you’ve collected your Sydney campervan rental for a steal of a deal through DriveNow. Whether you head north or south, there’s a beach town with your name on it. Try these three for size: Ulladulla The stunning views of Ulladulla’s Headland Tourist Park is your port of call, a three-hour cruise down the Princes Hwy/National Route 1 from Sydney and a town bursting with…

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Jun
28
2012

The road to fun and friendship drives a girls’ weekend away

By Australia / Cairns / Melbourne / New South Wales / Perth / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

A weekend away with the girls is a great way to take some time out to recharge the batteries. Whether you want to get away from the kids for a while, have some fun with your bridesmaids before the big day, or catch up with old school friends you haven’t seen in ages, there are some fabulous packages around that are designed to spoil you rotten. When it comes to choosing a Australian hire car, find a vehicle that is roomy and comfortable enough for several adults. You might even decide to stay in a holiday park, so a campervan may be the way to go. So if girls just want to have fun, where do they go? In your Melbourne car rental head for Daylesford. This beautiful town in Spa Country in Victoria has an excellent reputation for accommodation, restaurants and relaxing spa treatments. It’s a 110km (one and a half hour) drive from Melbourne taking the Western Freeway…

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May
16
2012

Heading to Arno Bay – a South Australian road trip for your bucket list

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

THERE is not a lot at Arno Bay, but that’s exactly what we wanted. A great pub, a few local shops and a caravan park so close to the water that at one point I thought the waves were going to crash into the campervans and caravans! It is truly a ‘get-away’ place. If you are in South Australia and choose an Adelaide campervan rental, getting there is easy. Pick up your camper in the city and head north-west about 530km. Or, like we did, you can take the car and passenger ferry from Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula, just north of Adelaide, and cross the Spencer Gulf to Lucky Bay in under two hours. After negotiating Adelaide’s peak hour traffic only hours beforehand, Lucky Bay, with its awe-inspiring outback scenery, was a welcome sight. Arno Bay was an easy 20-minute drive from there. We fell in love with the place – and we weren’t the only ones. The people…

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Apr
30
2012

Road trip ideas to great music festivals Down Under

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AUSSIES love live music and that love has grown into a festival culture of worldwide appeal, allowing people of all ages to combine their passion for performing acts with an opportunity to visit fascinating parts of the country. What better way to take your car hire or campervan rental for a spin than a music event! From quaint beachside hamlets and river ports, to sleepy country towns and thriving big cities, the nation’s music festival industry is worthy of a standing ovation – and a rockin’ good time, of course. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular festivals. QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL (November 23-25) Jump in your Melbourne campervan rental and head for the beautiful drive to Queenscliff, with its beautiful beaches and a town steeped in history it’s been a popular family holiday location in Victoria for years, and the inclusion in the 90’s of the Queenscliff Music Festival on the pristine green of Princess Park, has…

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Apr
25
2012

Campervan cruising down Great Ocean Road … with all the bells and whistles

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / Victoria /

THE refreshing breeze off Bells Beach blew through the back door of my campervan and I couldn’t help but smile with a big appreciation of another beautiful view. After picking up my Melbourne campervan rental, the drive to the majestic Great Ocean Road was only about 112km from Melbourne. As rewarding as the drive was, the real bonus was about settling in for some great surfing in a beautiful setting along the coastline. It was so easy to look down to the beach and watch the surfers running to the waves to compete in the Rip Curl Surf Pro at Bells Beach. I have never attempted surfing in my life but, this is a sporting event that must be experienced and I would highly recommend working something like it into your travel itinerary when on any road trip in Victoria. Sinking my feet into the sand, I secured a front row position to watch big names such as Kelly Slater…

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Mar
29
2012

Pick up a car rental and go cruisin’ with your pooch

By Australia / Brisbane / Cairns / Gold Coast / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

WANTING a road trip and accommodation for the whole family, four-legged friends included? Gone are the days when pet-friendly accommodation consisted of mildew walls and flea ridden couches, or when you had to re-mortgage your home to pay the kennel to keep your beloved pooch fed, watered and entertained. These days, there are a range of pet friendly holiday accommodation options that will ensure fun for all the family, two and four legged creatures alike. With pooch in your Gold Coast hire car, head for the hinterland and beach all rolled into one in the beautiful areas surrounding Byron Bay. Nestled on the exclusive Tallow Beach, Puri Pantali House affords absolute beachfront location in luxury Balinese style.  The house has four bedrooms, each with ensuite, catering for up to eight people comfortably.  Open plan living and a kitchen complete with state of the art appliances will ensure you feel right at home.   A private salt water solar heated pool will…

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Jan
09
2012

Drive from Melbourne to Portland to chase some ‘fin’ – Bluefin Tuna, that is

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / Victoria /

CRUISING around in your Melbourne car rental to Victoria’s hotpots can always be broken up with a bit of activity on the water whether it be a river, creek or the mighty ocean, so I recommend you pack your rods. Let’s start with the Great Southern Ocean. Just saying the name sounds impressive enough but when considering the idea of tackling it and chasing Bluefin Tuna, I feel it is always worth going with someone who knows the ocean like the back of their hand. I will always recommend you take a professional charter especially in waters that are very unpredictable. It was only the day before that, in the same region of these very same waters, they landed a 140kg tuna. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t? But it was an extremely impressive catch. In the past two years as we have travelled Australia filming our TV show The Great Australian Doorstep, I have slowly tried to educate…

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Aug
16
2011

48 hours in Tasmania

By Australia / Hobart / Tasmania /

SO, you’ve picked up your car rental or campervan and are wondering how to best spend the next 48 hours in Tasmania? Well, it really depends on the season. If you’re on a winter break, perhaps check out the state’s eclectic west coast. On the way, be sure to explore Cradle Mountain. If your timing’s right, you might get in a good afternoon of skiing or, at the very least, a scenic walk around Dove Lake. Spend a night tucked up in the Cradle Mountain Lodge or one of the varieties of self-contained cabins available. After a hearty brekky, keep travelling west and visit the mining town of Rosebery, its neighbour Zeehan (the whole town is a virtual museum of courthouse, theatre and old locomotives) and consider scenic waterside village Strahan as your final overnight destination. Also, try to squeeze in either the Gordon River Cruise or West Coast Wilderness Railway journey before you hit the long and winding road…

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Jun
02
2011

Great Ocean Road & The Grampians – Victoria driving holiday itinerary ideas

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Victoria /

The Great Ocean Road region hugs the contours of Victoria’s rugged south west coast and offers visitors one of Australia’s greatest and most spectacular coastal drives. Start your journey in Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula and discover beautiful beaches, great eateries, a fascinating heritage and an enormous range of recreational opportunities from fishing and golfing to diving and surfing. Take in the colourful and lively ambience of bayside Geelong, Victoria’s second largest city, or visit quaint Queenscliff and discover the town’s rich maritime history, excellent restaurants and heritage hotels. Along the coast, seaside resort towns such as Lorne and Apollo Bay are the perfect base for a seaside escape. They offer stunning beaches and water sports as well as some of Australia’s best rainforest scenery in the nearby Otway Ranges. One of the most visited stretches of the road is Port Campbell. Buffeted by wild seas and fierce winds, the coastline around Port Campbell has been sculpted over millions of…

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May
31
2011

Keeping it in the family – hit the holiday park Victorian road trip highway

By Melbourne / Victoria /

HOLIDAY parks are experiencing a boom time period, there’s no doubt about that, with more and more Australians realising the idea of a road trip holiday staying at the new breed of caravan parks is not only a financially convenient option, but also a fun one. So, where do you begin? Let’s start with Victoria and, as a starting point, let’s choose the state’s capital city for collection of your Melbourne campervan rental. Then let’s look at one of the more popular holiday park chains  – Family Parks. The facilities at most holiday parks these days are ideal for campervanners and caravanners, and Family Parks destinations cater for just about every type of road-tripper.  The company motto? “Holidays for all the tribe”. Their philosophy is simple and effective: “Family has so many different meanings whether it be you and your partner, you and your pet, you and your extended family or you and a close group of friends – no…

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May
27
2011

A beauty by the beach on Great Ocean Road

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / Victoria /

Barwon Heads was next on the agenda for the Everitt clan and it was an easy 90-minute road trip from Melbourne or if you are coming along the Great Ocean Road in an Adelaide campervan rental then its only a 20-minute deviation from Geelong. Barwon Heads is the most beautiful beachside village you are likely to see, especially in Victoria. There’s a tonne of beach for everyone to enjoy, including ocean, river and estuary – you name it, they have it. The Barwon Heads Caravan Park was built on multi-million dollar land which runs right along the river/estuary. There are a stack of powered sites right on the water’s edge plus they have spacious villas up on the hill with outrageously great views from their deck … and the couch. The park is massive with its own footy field in the middle, so no whinging kids here! Barwon Heads thrives on the tourism trade, with great little knick-knack shops and,…

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