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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Jan
03
2019

New South Wales summer beach destinations for the family

By New South Wales /

Planning a road trip to the New South Wales coast? A summer holiday has never been easier! New South Wales offers some of Australia’s most exciting beach destinations and the good news is the sun shines for months after if you’re looking to plan a trip into the Aussie autumn. There are beach destinations to suit every traveller, whether you’re looking for a surf beach, calm waters or somewhere to relax on. All you need is a set of wheels (you can hire a bargain Sydney caravan hire deal from DriveNow). Then you’re ready to start your coastal adventure. Byron Bay This is one of the most exciting beach destinations for adventurers in northern New South Wales, just like Tallow Beach (pictured). It’s famous for its surfing and scuba diving sites. Just 15 minutes from the centre of town you’ll encounter several exciting walking tracks at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Look out for the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse and…

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Dec
05
2018

Sydney summer events – five reasons you have to be there!

By Australia / Sydney /

  Longer days, warmer nights, BBQ season- summer is when Sydney really shines. Not only do the stunning beaches and coastal walks look their best in the glorious sunshine, but the city comes to life with a whole host of exciting events to keep visitors entertained. Ready to pack your bags? After hiring a car from Sydney Airport, make sure you check out what’s on the Sydney events calendar during your stay. Sydney NYE Sydney is the New Year’s Eve capital of Australia, if not the world! From here you can be among the first major cities in the world to welcome in the New Year. The city is famous for its midnight fireworks at Sydney Harbour. Each year, more than one million people come to the various vantage points around the harbour to watch the colourful show and celebrate the end of the year in style. Chinese New Year More than one million people took part in Sydney’s Chinese…

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Nov
20
2018

Country adventures galore in New South Wales

By New South Wales /

Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. What better way to spend this marvelCous time of year, other than with one of these New South Wales country adventures. Hire a cheap car rental from Sydney Airport, then embark on a trip to regional New South Wales. These great country adventures are within a few hours’ drive from Sydney. Tamworth The regional town that’s home to the famous Golden Guitar comes alive every January comes alive with the Tamworth Country Music Festival. It’s 10 days of 700 performers, including some of country music’s biggest names like Troy Cassar-Daley and Kasey Chambers. Most of the events are free. When this music mania is over there are scenic lookouts, museums, bars and beer tasting experiences to enjoy. Hunter Valley Just two hours north of Sydney is one of the state’s most romantic and relaxing country adventures. The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most famous wine growing regions….

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Oct
26
2018

Halloween Adventures in New South Wales

By New South Wales /

New South Wales is the oldest state in Australia, so it’s no surprise that it’s home to many supernatural sightings. From haunted isolated hospitals to dark and eerie caves, or the nation’s most haunted house, the state has plenty of spooky places to scare yourself silly on your Halloween car adventure with DriveNow. Q Station It may be in a beautiful setting but don’t let Q Station’s looks fool you, this historic quarantine station has a gloomy past rooted with suffering, disease, and isolation. It is said that there are over fifty spirits that wander the isolated hospital. If you’re a believer in the other side or not, the fascinating stories of this place will keep you enthralled. For the very brave book on to the spirit searching sleepover tour for the ultimate Halloween fright. Jenolan Caves The Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains aren’t only known for being one of the largest cave systems in the world, but also…

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Oct
22
2018

Best campsites and hidden gems in NSW this spring and summer

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Destination NSW know better than anyone about the best camping spots for the warmer weather that comes with spring and summer. As the team says “It’s the ideal time of year to discover some of NSW’s secret campsites and hidden gems.” Rent a car or campervan at Sydney airport, then off you go on a camping adventure! According to Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase, “NSW is filled with hidden camping gems waiting to be discovered. NSW has amazing coastal and bush camping spots that continue to stay under the radar and would make an ideal weekend away this spring.” “These hidden camping gems are just that, secret spots that locals across NSW love due to their unique location and easy access to beautiful beaches, stunning national parks and pristine wilderness environments.” “Tourism managers across the state have shared their favourite secret camping spots with Destination NSW for this short-list, however, this does not exhaust the multitude of amazing campsites just…

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Oct
18
2018

The Chair’s Where? Balranald in southern New South Wales

By New South Wales / Sydney /

So you have been to the coast, done the theatre and eaten at enough gourmet restaurants. Looking for something different and feel like a road trip to somewhere unique? Well then, I suggest you pick up a motorhome, or fuel up a car and head to Balranald in southern New South Wales. Oh… may I suggest you bring some sturdy shoes or boots, you will discover why a little later. LOCATION Balranald is strategically placed just over the border in NSW.  It is a bit over 400km from Melbourne, and a bit over 500km from Adelaide. It is near to Swan Hill, a tourist attraction of its own standing.  All routes to Balranald are sealed bitumen roads and give access to assorted wineries, view and photos, farm produce like free range eggs, antiques, arts and crafts and a myriad more similar opportunities. DISCOVERY CENTRE Having arrived in Balranald can I suggest an immediate visit to the Discovery Centre. Here are…

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Oct
10
2018

5 amazing Sydney hotels in summer to park your wheels

By New South Wales / Sydney /

Summer is officially here in 7 weeks (and a few days) and there is no better Australian city than Sydney to experience the sunshine and all the action the fun of the warmer months. So whether you’re flying into town and grabbing a car rental, or wheeling your way into town by road, here are 5 hot hotels worth looking at right now and booking in for your summer of fun in the New South Wales capital. Felix Hotels by 8 Hotels (Mascot) Sometimes you just need something right next door to the airport to provide the home base to explore. In which case you can’t go past the nearby Felix, only 10 minutes walk from the baggage collection area of the Sydney airport domestic terminal. It’s a hotel oozing simplicity and a Catch-Me-If-You-Can feel from yesteryear. It’s hip, simplistic, and there’s easy access to hit the road yourself, by Uber, catch a train or bus. Felix Hotel’s design is…

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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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