Sep
21
2018

Labour Day – Top things to do in NSW this long weekend

By New South Wales /

Another long weekend is almost upon us! On 1st October, it’s Labour Day in New South Wales giving us a much needed long weekend. So, what better way to spend three days off work than by travelling around NSW and experiencing something new? To give you some inspiration on where to go and what to do, we’ve noted our top things to do this long weekend. Balloon Aloft Fiesta (28th – 1st October)   Head to the Hunter this long weekend to see the spectacle of the Balloon Aloft Fiesta fill the skies with a magnificent display of colour. From the 28th September to 1st October, twenty-five or more balloons will take to the sky each morning to drift majestically over the vineyards. You can either follow the excitement from the ground or for an experience of a lifetime, book on to one of the hot air balloons as a passenger. The Celebrations continue on landing at Peterson House Winery…

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Sep
06
2018

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 guidebooks. 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 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…

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Jun
20
2018

Head for the ski resorts near Sydney this snow season

By Australia / New South Wales /

Ski resorts in New South Wales are some of the best in the country. The beauty is most of them are just a few hours’ drive from Sydney. There are ski resorts perfect for everyone, whether you prefer to ski, snowboard or even play around in the snow and build snowmen. Find a cheap Sydney car hire deal with DriveNow and visit these awesome ski resort. Thredbo Thredbo is Australia’s most famous ski destination. Not only is it the highest at 2,037m but it also has the largest vertical downhill drop, at 672m. Two-thirds of the resort is for an intermediate skill range. Choose from more than 50 runs and some of them are even great for beginners and advanced skiers. There are so many activities to do on and off the mountain. Head down to Thredbo Village at night for an evening of live music and entertainment in the alpine village surroundings. Perisher Resort Perisher is the largest ski resort in the…

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May
18
2018

Vivid Sydney Drive Now Spotify Playlist

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Vivid Sydney 2018 Heading to Sydney during May or June? Well, you’re in for a treat as Sydney’s annual light, music and arts festival, Vivid Sydney is here from 25th May to 16th June. The world’s leading artists and Imagineers come together to illuminate the city in a truly immersive light spectacle. Now, in its 10th year, Vivid 2018 is one that won’t disappoint. From the illuminating pathways around The Royal Botanic Garden to the breathtaking light art at Barangaroo, there’s plenty to see by foot. Or, for an unforgettable experience take a harbour boat cruise and see the jewels of the city around Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Luna Park and Harbour Bridge. Now, Vivid isn’t just about the brilliant light shows, Vivid Music also showcases some of the best musical talents at iconic Sydney venues and intimate clubs and bars. To get you in the mood whilst driving to Sydney in your DriveNow car hire, we’ve put together an eclectic…

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May
14
2018

Winter heaven in the beautiful Hunter Valley region

By New South Wales /

The Hunter Valley is a magical sight in winter. The crowds disappear, leaving a pristine and untouched natural scene. The rains arrive to nourish the soil. The early morning frosts make for a good excuse to rug up and visit some of the region’s excellent restaurants, cafes and wineries. It’s the perfect place for a quick getaway in winter, especially if you love your gourmet food and wines. Hire a car from Sydney with DriveNow and travel three and a half hours south to the Hunter Valley. There you’ll begin your winter adventure with these five great experiences. Have fun with Snow Time in the Garden This is a fantastic family-friendly event. During summer, the Hunter Valley Gardens is a web of right kilometres of walking paths through gorgeous, landscaped gardens. In winter, it transforms into an icy wonderland for three weeks. There’s an ice skating rink, an ice toboggan and the chance to build a snowman. Entertainment every day…

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Mar
08
2018

How to Enjoy a Luxury Holiday in Sydney

By Sydney /

Looking for a luxury holiday?  You don’t have to stray too far from Sydney. This lively city is home to some sensational sights, extravagant experiences and fantastic food. All you need is a set of wheels so you can make your way from one site to another. Hire a car at Sydney Airport and then let your luxury holiday begin! Here are five ideas to get you started. Twilight cruise on Sydney Harbour Sydney Harbour is paradise for anyone who loves being on the water. There are many different boat tours to choose from them. A popular one for couples is the two-hour sunset cruise on board a sailing yacht. Staff will serve up some tasty treats and wines and beers while you sail pass the Sydney Opera House and other major attractions. Dine at the Icebergs Enjoy a meal while taking in the famous, panoramic views of Bondi Beach. It’s the perfect backdrop day or night while you get…

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Jan
26
2018

Love is in air for Sydney and surrounds this Valentine’s Day

By New South Wales / Sydney /

With Valentine’s Day less than three weeks away, now’s a great time to book your Sydney car rental and treat your loved one to a special escape. AccorHotels have some fantastic options for lovebirds. Harbour Rocks Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel This Valentine’s Day guests at Harbour Rocks Hotel’s Scarlett Restaurant (pictured) are invited to enjoy a four course degustation dinner, plus a glass of bubbles on arrival and a red rose. Priced from $160.00 per person, or $130 per person for AccorPlus members. The meal must be fully prepaid and is non-refundable, subject to availability and conditions apply. To book, visit www.harbourrocks.com.au Novotel Lake Crackenback Guests are invited to rekindle their romance in the picturesque Snowy Mountains with the High Country Romance Package at Novotel Lake Crackenback. The package includes two nights accommodation, buffet breakfast daily, a two course dinner at Alpine Larder, a relaxing 45 minute massage for each guest, late check-out and complimentary resort activities including tennis courts…

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Jan
21
2018

How to Spend a Family Easter Weekend in Sydney 2018

By New South Wales / Sydney /

  Still not locked in your Sydney Easter plans with the family? You’re not alone. Every year thousands of families find themselves with the same conundrum. The great news is there are plenty of options for how you want to spend the long weekend in Sydney for Easter 2018, without having to leave the city. The annual Easter Markets The Grounds of Alexandria made headlines for featuring Australia’s largest chocolate egg, which gets smashed up and shared on Easter Sunday. The 3 m high, 300 kg chocolate Easter egg is why so many families come back year after year. But the venue also attracts people from all walks of life with its magical Easter Markets over the long weekend. See storybook characters roam around and browse different pop up stalls, many which feature delicious food. The Great Centennial Park Egg Hunt Make the journey to central Sydney to see the city’s largest Easter egg hunt in action! More than 1,000 children…

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Dec
18
2017

Your travel guide to Coffs Harbour and surrounds

By New South Wales /

Coffs Harbour is a beautiful town on the North Coast of New South Wales. It’s a great summer getaway favourite for many travellers, thanks to its stunning beaches and iconic attractions like the Big Banana. But it’s also known for its many natural wonders. To do the region properly, you need a car to explore the region. You’ll easily find a cheap car hire deal with DriveNow. Drive six hours north to Coffs Harbour, where you can get started with some of these must-do activities. Explore Bindarri National Park This pristine park has many walking, bike and 4WD trails that are just waiting to be explored. It also has plenty of scenic spots that are great for a picnic or birdwatching. The clear, cascading Bangalore Falls should be at the top of your list. It’s a 500m walk from the carpark, but you’ll feel like you’re in your own private oasis. Take a Segway tour Go off-road with an eco-friendly…

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Nov
29
2017

Sydney New Year’s Eve party hot spots to bring in 2018

By New South Wales / Sydney /

With Sydney set to throw the world’s most exciting New Year’s Eve party party featuring outstanding fireworks displays, we’ve asked the Destination NSW team to reveal some of the city’s best vantage points and parties for revellers to ring in 2018. As NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall says: “Every year Sydney erupts into a kaleidoscope of colour as the nation’s biggest-ever fireworks display welcomes in the New Year. With many locations across the harbour foreshore to view the fireworks, as well as festivities and parties to experience, celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney is another great reason to book a holiday to NSW.” Here are some great options to watch all the action The Rocks Campbell’s Cove is on Hickson Road north of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, offers front row views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Revellers are advised to arrive early as the area usually reaches capacity at around 4pm. Admission…

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Oct
11
2017

Seven incredible spots to go surfing in Australia

By Brisbane / Great Ocean Road / Hobart / New South Wales / Perth / Queensland / Sydney / Tasmania / Victoria / Western Australia /

Pro surfer Mick Fanning may be contemplating getting back into the ocean, but even his dramatic brush with a hungry Great White can’t put a stop to Australia’s 100-year love affair of combining the board with the breakwater. In a tribute to surfing, here are seven incredible suggestions on where to catch an epic wave around Oz. 1. Sheringa, SA While only accessible by 4WD or foot, a short hike is well worth it to discover these hidden gems in South Australia. On the southern side of a rocky outcrop, the mellow point break at Sheringa Beach offers up a challenge, but for those who really have a death wish, Sheringa Left to the north produces an unpredictable swell amongst a rocky, reefy, remote part of the Eyre Peninsula. Sharp rocks, dangerous rips, and even sharks make surfing at Sheringa something to write home about – if you survive. 2. Ningaloo Coast, WA Famous for its incredible UNESCO World Heritage…

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