Jul
13
2019

Unmissable events within a 3-hour drive of Sydney

By Australia / New South Wales /

There’s a lot happening within a three hour drive of Sydney in the coming months as we shift from winter to spring Down Under. Grab a Sydney car rental and get ready for some adventures in music, food and more. Folk By The Sea Kiama, September 27-29 Kiama will host the 6th Folk by the Sea Festival. Iconic Australian singer-songwriter Neil Murray has been announced as the lead of an already a stellar line-up of 51 acts, with a mix of international, national and local artists set to impress by the seaside. Murray’s songs have been recorded by artists ranging from Missy Higgins and Powderfinger to Adam Brand and Jimmy Little, while his best-known song is Christine Anu’s version of his iconic ‘My Island Home’ setting the stage for a performance not to be missed. The event boasts a mix of ticketed and public events with over 100 artists and 100 concerts, dances and sessions for attendees to enjoy. Bathurst Winter…

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Jun
20
2019

Sydney hot spots where the celebrities like to hang

By Australia / Sydney /

  Wonder where celebrities hang out during their Sydney holidays? After all, Sydney is known to be one of the Southern Hemisphere’s cultural capitals, favoured by the glitterati of Australia and beyond. With the help of the team at PARKROYAL Darling Harbour we unveil some of the best locations in the Emerald City for a celebrity sighting or two. If you need quirky Sydney activities to fill your day, or ideas for fun things to do in Sydney at night, take your cue from Sydney’s celebrity visitors, and make a stop at the city’s hippest spots. Grab your wheels via a car rental at Sydney airport and get ready to live like the stars. Have Breakfast at Bills Restaurant Why begin your day at Bills? It’s run by Bill Granger, Aussie celebrity chef and the “egg master of Sydney.” Bills at Surry Hills was pop superstar Taylor Swift’s first stop — fresh from the airport — when she arrived in…

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Jun
12
2019

The Chair’s Where? Barham & Koondrook on the mighty Murray

By Australia / New South Wales /

TIME TO DISCOVER THE MIGHTY MURRAY For all of us in southern Australia, whether a local, a visitor or an overseas traveller –  the need will arise to see the Murray River. Often referred to as the Mighty Murray, this river is the lifeblood of numerous agricultural endeavours, the actual border between Victoria and New South Wales, a mecca for fisherman, a delight for paddle steamers… and the list goes on. It is the perfect reason to hire a Melbourne motorhome, grab the wife or partner, the kids, the dog or just travel solo and head off on a great adventure. The Murray covers a huge area with access from numerous states and cities.  There are some well known destinations such as Echuca-Moama, Swan Hill and the like.  My preference, however, tends to the slightly smaller, less busy environs of Barham and Koondrook. LOCATION The townships of Barham and Koondrook sit on opposite sides of the Murray river – only…

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May
07
2019

Southern Highlands counter is set for Pie Time

By New South Wales / Sydney /

WITH the winter chill in the air there’s no better time to have a pie festival! And the ingredients are prepped, organisers have added some extra ‘spice’ to this year’s recipe and the oven timer is set – it’s less than a month until Pie Time 2019 is ready to be served up piping hot to all visitors to the NSW Southern Highlands, so grab your Sydney car rental and loosen your belts! “Pie Time is 30 days and 100s of ways to enjoy pies in the Southern Highlands,” said Steve Rosa, Group Manager Tourism and Economic Development, Destination Southern Highlands, or the ‘Pie Man’ as he is affectionately known. “In one month from today the Southern Highlands truly becomes the Southern Pie-lands for this celebration of the great Australian pie, with many delicious pie themed events, festivals, tours and activities throughout the entire month of June,” Steve continued. Steve went on to say that with just one month to…

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Apr
30
2019

The Chair’s Where? Narooma, New South Wales

By Australia / New South Wales /

TIME TO DISCOVER NAROOMA Comes a point where you have enjoyed checking out the bigger cities, like Melbourne and Sydney, but feel it is time to do some beaches, do some chillin’ out, and maybe go for a road trip. I couldn’t agree more, so grab yourself a vehicle, perhaps hire a motorhome rental, and look no further than the Sapphire Coast and the wonderful township of Narooma. LOCATION The relaxed township of Narooma is a steady four hour drive south of Sydney, or a slightly longer six hour drive from Melbourne. All roads are fully sealed major routes and are all weather accessible. The journey to Narooma will allow for numerous scenic photo opportunities from seascapes to landscapes and stunning hillside viewing platforms in between. Smaller townships along the way will provide options for ‘bric a brac’ browsing, antique purchases, local farmers’ produce, and everywhere will have a bakery with ‘the best meat pie’ award. In other words, the…

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Apr
25
2019

5 incredible sights to witness at this year’s Vivid Festival

By Sydney /

Vivid Festival is back for 2019 and every year it gets bigger and better. Get ready for three weeks of spectacular light displays which illuminate Sydney’s famous landmarks. There’s also an exciting showcase of 160 music events across Sydney. You can watch acts like The Cure perform exclusively at the Sydney Opera House. Vivid Festival runs from 24 May to 15 June. Hire a car from Sydney Airport and add Vivid Festival to the list of destinations for a NSW road trip. If you want to avoid crowds, visit early in the week and avoid the weekends. Here are five things you’ll want to see or do at Vivid Festival. Sydney Opera House Every year thousands of people flock to Sydney just to see one of Australia’s iconic masterpieces lit up. Chinese-American artist Andrew Thomas Huang has designed the stunning Lighting of the Sails display for this year. It’s a beautiful and colourful tribute to Australia’s native flora and it’s…

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Mar
29
2019

Sporting events: Go sports crazy in Sydney and surrounds

By New South Wales /

Aussies love their sport. Luckily, we can still expect some awesome sporting events to hit our shores in autumn and winter – especially in Sydney and surrounds. If you’re visiting from interstate, you can pick up a cheap car hire deal from Sydney Airport with DriveNow. Then you’ll be able to hit the road for one of these popular NSW sporting events. Harlem Globetrotters World Tour 13 April, 2019 Luckily, you won’t have to travel far for the Harlem Globetrotters World Tour. A night of endless entertainment is coming right to Sydney! The team is known for their amazing performance and humour on the basketball court. The Harlem Globetrotters combine athleticism, theatre and comedy in their style of play. They have played more than 26,000 exhibition games for fans in more than 100 countries across the world. It’s possible to meet, take photos with and play alongside your favourite players. You just need to secure a spot at Magic Pass, which is an exclusive pre-game event….

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Mar
25
2019

Best Byron Bay resorts for the perfect winter escape

By New South Wales /

Byron Bay is famous for it’s stunning beaches and walking tracks. However, few people realise that it also makes for a wonderful winter getaway. When winter approaches, the crowds disappear, leaving Cape Byron Lighthouse, whale watching and epic markets to only a few! Many people want to know where are the most impressive Byron Bay resorts. An unforgettable experience awaits, no matter which one you choose. Pick up a hire car in Byron Bay and make your way to one of these amazing Byron Bay resorts. Elements of Byron (pictured) This is one of those Byron Bay resorts that will absolutely take your breath away. Elements of Byron is an award-winning beachfront resort, boasting world-class facilities and luxury accommodation. You’re surrounded by water in almost every direction. Relax by the central lagoon pool. You have uninterrupted views across the bay to Cape Byron. There’s also direct access to a secluded stretch of Belongil Beach, where you can ride on horseback. It’s easy to unwind…

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Mar
13
2019

Sydney & surrounds Easter school holidays fun

By New South Wales / Sydney /

Easter and the school holidays are just around the corner and Sydney and surrounds is a hive of activity. Hire a car from Sydney Airport and experience these great events and tourist attractions over the Easter period. Sydney Royal Easter Show, 12-23 April Dating back to 1823, the Royal Easter Show in Sydney (picture courtesy Destination NSW) is Australia’s largest ticketed event and is attended by 850,000 people every year. It’s a unique celebration of the Australian way of life with agricultural experiences, fresh produce, animal displays, arts and crafts, baking, carnival rides, live entertainment and much more. Snorkelling and diving off Montague Island Montague Island, about 10km off the coast of Narooma on the Sapphire Coast, is one of Australia’s best snorkeling and diving sites. In April, the waters are still warm (before the temperature drops sharply in Winter) and there are plenty of seals and their pups frolicking in the water, and it’s prime time to spot the rare…

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Feb
08
2019

Easter gems along the Mighty Murray

By New South Wales / Victoria /

There’s no other river like the Mighty Murray, which spans across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. With the legendary Murray stretching 2,500km, you’ll find hotspots for water sports, nature, wineries, galleries and events. You can also find quiet spots that are ideal for a quiet camping trip. Grab a set of wheels (a cheap campervan to hire or check out the great car deals from DriveNow) and go exploring. Here are five wonderful experiences to have along the Murray River this Easter. Have a go at fishing Of course, you can’t holiday to the Murray without attempting this classic Murray experience. The native Murray cod is Australia’s largest freshwater fish and a prized catch. But anglers will often look for the golden perch (yellow belly), trout and freshwater cray, to name a few. Some of the hotspots for fishing include Yarrawonga, Albury, the Narrows near Barmah, and Kings Billabong. Spend your days relaxing by the riverside or fishing…

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Feb
06
2019

8 ways to spoil a loved one in New South Wales

By New South Wales /

Looking for romantic ideas for your adventures with a loved one in New South Wales? We dig up 8 great ideas thanks to the Destination NSW team. Grab a car rental from Sydney and get ready to explore to your heart’s content… Step back in time Immerse yourself in nostalgia with a short break to the historic Blue Mountains. Stay in one of the most famous hotels in the area, The Hydro Majestic, with stunning valley views and old-world charm. At Katoomba, sip an elegant apéritif at Champagne Charlies inside the heritage Carrington Hotel, dine at charming and good-value French bistro, The Rooster, and don’t miss the sunset from famous vantage point and wedding-photo fave, Lincoln Rock in Wentworth Falls. Wellness for two For a wellness escape steeped in luxury, stay at the remote and heavenly Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley (pictured). With an established reputation as one of Australia’s top retreats, it boasts 40 heritage-style villas with private…

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Jan
15
2019

5 reasons to visit the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival

By New South Wales /

Get ready for one of the most exciting events on the annual calendar for beer and cider lovers. The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival runs over the Australia Day long weekend (26 – 27th January). Beer, music and food enthusiasts will have plenty to celebrate in the Southern Highlands, which is just a 90 minute drive south of Sydney. Here are five reasons why you should visit the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival. It’s only a short drive from Sydney Drive just 90 minutes south of Sydney and you’ll arrive at Bowral, the home of the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival. The proximity to Sydney makes it the perfect choice for a weekend getaway. If you don’t have a set of wheels available, then you can snatch up a last minute car hire bargain at Sydney Airport thanks to DriveNow. Let the weekend road trip begin! It’s all about the beer and cider! The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival is…

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