Jun
17
2016

4 places to park your motorhome near Denver

By United States /

Denver is one of America’s most exciting destinations. Colorado’s capital city has many exciting arts, culture and sports attractions. It’s also surrounded by a beautiful landscape of snow-capped mountains. When you book your next trip to the city and hire a motorhome from Denver Airport and park it at one of these camping grounds. Moraine Park Campground This campground is set amongst pine forest in the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain National Park (pictured), which is just over 100km from Denver. Many people head out here for a day trip in the summertime, but it’s a shame to not spend at least a night or two in this beautiful wilderness. For about $20 a night, you’ll have access to incredible views 2,4800m above sea level. It’s the national park’s only year-round campground. Lakeside Caravan Park The name says all you need to know about the location of this caravan park. Except, the exciting thing is you’re amongst five tranquil fishing lakes! This means you’ll…

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Feb
15
2016
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5 holiday parks to make a splash

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A family holiday isn’t the same without a fun water park nearby, and it’s even better when the splash park is located only metres from your accommodation! Here are five Big4 holiday parks where you can make a splash. BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park, NSW (pictured) Located on the Far North coast of New South Wales, the Big4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park is touted as the country’s premier holiday park with a water playground. It promises more than just endless entertainment with its tipping bucket and slides. The splash park design even reflects the magnificent surrounding Wollumbin-Mount Warning landscape. BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park, Vic This surf themed indoor water park, Surfari Splash Zone, operates all year round. The splash park not only provides a cool relief in the summer months, but it’ll warm you up in winter, when it transforms into a heated water park. Some of its special features include a giant shark tipping bucket, cannon guns and fountains. BIG4 Swan Hill, Vic…

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Dec
15
2015
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Where to visit in Queenstown with your campervan

By New Zealand / Queenstown /

Queenstown is one massive adventure waiting to happen. Rent a campervan from DriveNow and visit these amazing places when staying around the city. Queenstown Hill Walk It’s a fairly easy walk, but there are amazing views once you reach the top. Drive to Belfast Street in Queenstown before hiking through pine forest to the summit of Te Tapunui. Stunning views overlooking Lake Wakatipu await during the three hour return journey. You’ll also learn about Maori history, Queensland’s gold rush and how Queenstown became the Adventure Capital of the World along the way with information signs. Walter Peak High Country Farm Experience the beautiful Lake Wakatipu by cruising across it in a vintage steamship, before disembarking at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Here, you’ll help feed adorable farm animals, watch a sheep shearing display and join horse treks or cycling excursions. Camp and canoe at Moke Lake Moke Lake is touted as one of the best camping spots in all of New Zealand, but…

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Jun
13
2015

West is best for adventure – try these four ideas for your next road trip in Western Australia

By Australia / Broome / Perth / Western Australia /

Comprising an entire third of Australia, there’s plenty to do out West when it comes to travel adventures. Try these experiences for size … Photograph the pinnacles Where: Nambung National Park, 250km north of Perth THOSE with a burning desire to capture the world through their camera lens will relish the chance to photograph the Pinnacles at sunset. These dramatic limestone formations are up to five metres tall, having formed 25,000 to 30,000 years ago. Wind, rain, sun and vegetation have sculptured these dramatic structures over time. Top photographer Ilya Genkin advises using polarising filter and a low level shooting point to achieve brilliant shots at any time of day, but avoid shooting on dark, moonless nights or extremely rainy or cloudy days. “The Pinnacle formations are best photographed in the early morning or late afternoon as the play of light brings out the colours and the extended shadows of the formations delivers a contrast that brings out their features.”…

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Oct
14
2014

Campervan Hire in the Top End – Travel Tips

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

If you are planning a campervan holiday in the Top End of the Northern Territory and exploring more remote locations, here are some tips from our experience on the road. Much of this applies to travel any way in remote Australia. If you have ideas and tips you’d like to share, please send them into writeabout@drivenow.com.au. Tips: Walk round and thoroughly check your Campervan rental before you leave the branch. Take photos of any existing external scratches or damage. Check inside that everything is working. Your campervan supplier will be helpful and will work with you on this but photos are the easiest and clearest way to document and record   If your Campervan comes with a TV you may need to use the auto-tune feature when you move between locations to pick up digital signals. In the Top End these appeared to change between Darwin, Jabiru, Katherine and Batchelor   If your campervan has a toilet cartridge you will…

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Oct
12
2014

Travel Top End Loop – Litchfield Park – Marines on Falls Day 7 & 8

By Australia / Northern Territory /

Batchelor, Buley Hole and Wangi Falls The Final destination in our loop through the top end in our Maui Motorhome was Litchfield Park. Just 80 minutes south of Darwin, close enough for a day-trippers and 244km north of Katherine straight up the Stuart Highway. 14kms off the Stuart Highway the small township of Batchelor is the gateway to Litchfield Park. Made up of a couple of pubs, a Best Western Hotel, small supermarket, fuel, Post office and 3 holiday parks, Batchelor is also home to the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education . The Batchelor airport, a former World War II airstrip offers scenic flights of the Park starting from $99 for a short flight. As is the way in remote Australia there’s always an unexpected surprise to be found in the most extraordinary of locations and Batchelor is no exception. At the heart of this small township you’ll come across a model of Karlstein Castle, the original which still…

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Oct
11
2014

Travel the Top End Loop – Lazy Lizard lunch and cruising with Katherine – Day 5 & 6

By Australia / Northern Territory /

Pine Creek, Katherine Gorge and Cutta Cutta Caves Before leaving the Jabiru area we stopped off at Mirrai Lockout, parked up the motorhome and a 20 minute walk up to the hilltop was rewarded with panoramic views of across Kakadu to the Arnhem Land escarpments on the other side of the East Alligator river. We had thought about Jim Jim Falls however as it was accessible only via a 2 hour journey on an unsealed road it was off the agenda with our motorhome – no motorhome or campervan rental can be driven on unsealed roads (unless entering a camping ground or something similar and over a short distance). The Jim Jim Falls road as with many in the park is closed during the wet becoming impassable. As we drove south we crossed countless dry river beds all with the rather telling sign “Don’t linger on bridge and no fishing”, Crocs never seemed to be far away, Lunch at the…

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Oct
09
2014

Travel the Top End Loop – Arnhem Land – Day 4

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

Arnhem Land and 20,000 year old Australians Day 4 was spent on tour in Arnhem Land and for me this was the absolute stand out of our entire trip – if you can only book one tour in the top end – make it this one. You will not be disappointed in what was a memorable and an amazing experience. The tour is organised by Lords Safaris (www.lords-safaris.com), one of only 3 operators permitted by the Land council to enter Arnhem land. Yes it is expensive at $810 for 2 adults and 2 children, however worth every cent. You experience that rare opportunity of exploring 20,000 year old Rock Art with a member of the Aboriginal clan that the art belongs to, and all in its raw natural environment. Not for the faint hearted as you’ll discover. Collected at Kakadu Lodge by mini-bus, the 17 of us were driven out to Cahills Crossing to enter Arnhem Land. Access to Arnhem…

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Oct
03
2014

Travel the Top End Loop – Kakadu and a hissy Saltie – Day 3

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

Day 3 Darwin to Kakadu and Yellow Water We collected our motorhome from the Maui depot on Bombing road in Winnellie (around $35 from the city). Allow 45 minutes for the staff to show you around the vehicle and explain how everything works. There’s DVD you can watch and we were also given a USB stick with the video. A team member will go over the vehicle with you to check for any existing scratches or damage and there’s no harm in using your phone camera to snap these just to be totally sure. Now is also the last opportunity for you to take out any optional excess insurance reduction protection. Unlike car hire your travel insurance is unlikely to cover your excess liability and given you are travelling in the Northern Territory reducing this liability is a good idea. Ours cost $45 a day although we choose not to take the $99 separate rollover cover. Next stop – the supermarket. There’s…

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Oct
01
2014

Travel the Top End Loop – Catch a Wave in Darwin – Day 1 & 2

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

A 10 day discovery of Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield Park by Campervan Hire with DriveNow. FOR the September school holidays the choice was left to the kids, Darwin or New Zealand? – the selection fell the way of the warmer Northern Territory, and warmer it most definitely was with the coolest day hitting a mild 37. Although a family of 4, we organised a 6 berth Platinum River motorhome through Maui which proved to be the perfect vehicle – plenty of room, easy to drive and came with everything we needed – shower, toilet, fridge, great cooker and no need to pack towels or bed linen. There’s even a TV and DVD player to keep the kids entertained and the air-conditioning made sleeping easy during the very warm nights. The Team at the Maui branch in Winnellie, Darwin were terrific, explained the best insurance options for us, showed us right through the motorhome and even have a DVD to…

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Sep
30
2014

5 Resources For Planning A Road Trip In Australia

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ROAD trips in Australia. It’s the new black for tourism Down Under where caravanning, campervanning, cabin stays and camping is booming. In fact, the industry has always conquered any economic challenges. It’s an affordable, fun and down-to-earth way to experience this great country. DriveNow’s CEO Russell Matters is only all too aware of it, claiming the rise in people either grabbing a rental car and heading for a caravan park cabin or the increase in campervan rentals in Australia is surging. “Definitely on the rise,” he said. “It’s an affordable way to have a holiday and I guess the big advantage for people who don’t own a campervan is that they can hire one from DriveNow at a great price and hand it back when they’re finished. It opens up a world of possibilities and we’re noticing some people doing it every year now for that one Australian road trip experience somewhere different. I’ve talked with a few customers who…

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Jun
12
2014

99 experiences for road trippers that have the rest of the world jealous of Australia

By Adelaide / Australia / Great Ocean Road / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Tasmania / Victoria /

JEALOUS? you bet they are. But anyone who lives beyond Australia’s coastline is more than welcome to head down to the Southern Hemisphere and experience the places that make we Aussies spoilt for choice. We live in a big, bold land, an entire continent in fact, and relish the fact we have different worlds of discovery around every corner, inland and along our vast coastline of Oz. To pick up a campervan or rental car in Australia and hit the road is magical, especially when you have no plans and open your eyes to real exploration and stop off at a random place knowing you’re about to discover something new. Road trips in Australia are in. It’s the buzz style of travel Down Under especially given the large amount of caravan holiday parks at just about every city, town or hamlet you drive through. So what are five recommendations from the bunch of fantastic experiences in every state of our…

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