Head north for your southern winter escape in a caravan

By Brisbane / Queensland /

It seems just about everyone has the idea to head north for their southern Australia winter escape. Can you blame them? When the north’s tempting you with blue skies, hot days and perfect beach weather, it’s hard not to think about leaving the winter blues behind. But your winter escape holiday to the north doesn’t have to be expensive. DriveNow offers a range of bargain campervan rental deals from Brisbane. Snap up one of these offers and be on your way to one of these adventures.

Have a magical encounter with turtles at Bundaberg

Bundaberg is another destination that doesn’t always rank high on the list of priorities for travellers, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Apart from being home to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, which pays tribute to one of the pioneers of flight, it’s also the site of the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific. Learn about the important work that conservationists are carrying out at Mon Repos. It’s also possible to get actively involved in the project by helping rangers relocate eggs and watching eggs hatch at certain times of the year.

Explore towns along the Sunshine Coast

Drive a couple of hours north of Brisbane and you’ll find one of Queensland’s most beautiful stretches of coast with plenty to do. Noosa is the star attraction of the Sunny Coast, with its boutique stores, upmarket restaurants and glorious surf beaches. However, you certainly won’t be disappointed if you venture into the beautiful villages of Montville and Maleny on the Hinterland. Here you’ll find stunning lookout views of the coast, unique art shops, cafes and other rare treats.

Relax at Seventeen Seventy

The sleepy town of 1770 near Agnes Water is a five and a half hour drive north of Brisbane. It’s an ideal spot to base yourself while exploring the outer Great Barrier Reef, especially if you’re interested in visiting Lady Musgrave Island. This gorgeous town is known for its natural beauty. It’s surrounded by scenic bush walks and the pristine Deepwater National Park. Yet most travellers have never heard of this incredible place. This also means you can have a relatively quiet winter escape without the crowds.

Get beached at Byron Bay

This is the place to go if you want to spend your entire holiday in or by the water. Either relax on the sandy shores or swim at some of Australia’s famous beaches. Learn to surf, kayak, or try stand-up paddle boarding or go scuba diving. Byron Bay is the perfect place for any of these activities. The Arakwal National Park and the Cape Byron coast also have many scenic bushwalks that visitors rave about. Byron is also conveniently just a two hour drive south of Brisbane.



The Chair’s Where? Coolum Beach, Queensland

By Brisbane / Queensland /

The state of Queensland is a high profile tourist destination visited by locals, domestic and international visitors alike and Coolum Beach is no exception. Queensland is a truly great destination with an array of tourist attractions often based on natural drawcards such as ‘the reef’, the rainforest and the Outback. A truly common theme for Queensland is an emphasis on ‘sun, sand and surf’. Where better to enjoy this trifecta than the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast

The ‘Sunny Coast’, as it is called by the locals, is a favourite of many.  A wonderful tourist mecca, flanked by rolling green hills, the eerie shapes of the Glasshouse mountains, long stretches of golden beach all giving way to the deep blue sea. An hour’s drive from Brisbane via the motorway from Brisbane airport, or by flight direct to the airport at the Sunny Coast where you can hire a car or campervan, this magnificent location is readily accessible to all.

Coolum Beach

When it comes to the magnificence of the Sunshine Coast, it is hard to pass up the beauty of Coolum Beach.  Midway along the Sunshine Coast, with ease of parking, surf patrols, gentle sloping beach, and even an off leash dog area, there is a lot to love about this beach getaway. But any beach getaway is only as good as the place you choose to stay, its proximity to the beach, its facilities and its value.  So now let us go to the Coolum Beach Holiday Park…

Coolum Beach Holiday Park

As the name implies, this holiday park is directly adjacent Coolum beach. Several direct access routes lead from the park to different areas along the sandy expanse of foreshore. The venue has excellent manager/owners who keep themselves directly involved in all aspects of park life.  This ‘hands on’ approach ensures a venue focused on good maintenance, cleanliness, amenity, staff rapport, tourist advice and efficiency – all designed to provide the best of customer service. This focus is all about a super positive ‘experience’ for you, the customer. The venue is proudly a member of the Family Parks Chain. Like so many other Family Parks this venue is in fact pet friendly on sites. No need to leave the four legged friend behind – just bring a walking leash, and enjoy the time together. Better still, parts of Coolum beach are also ‘off leash’ friendly for your pets.

After the beach

A great day at the beach is enhanced by the capacity for some fantastic alternative activities. Coolum Beach Holiday Park can certainly help. Directly opposite the venue is a long expanse of specialty shops.  Everything from takeaway outlets, salons, souvenir shops, bakeries, surf retailers, clothing and a myriad other options for your browsing pleasure. Restaurants compete with some excellent clubs to challenge your culinary tastes.  Better still they are all within walking distance so risk a fine wine or two as well. Feel like a drive – head up the hills for organic foods, unique experiences at the ‘ginger factory’, pick up a treasure at Eumundi markets, listen to blues music at Tewantin – and the list goes on.

Coolum Beach Holiday Park – where great guest experiences meet the beach.

Remember to slip, slop and slap!


Also check out Great Ways To Play On The Sunshine Coast At Easter


Get a taste for this year’s Noosa Food & Wine Festival

By Brisbane / Queensland /
Tipis on Noosa Beach

The Noosa Food & Wine Festival continues to boom and this year’s event on May 17-20 will have over 30 great events so there’s every reason to get your holiday accommodation sorted and your Brisbane car rental booked in and prepare to cruise up the highway for a feast for the senses.

The Festival Committee says one of the hottest places to be is under the Noosa Tipis on Noosa Main Beach: “This stunning venue opens on Friday night as it hosts the Festival Opening Party, celebrating Noosa’s amazing collection of restaurants coupled with some of Australia’s leading wines and continues to party across the weekend with great events presented by some of Noosa’s finest restaurants.

Check out the festival’s five great reasons to book your tickets now…


Ground your feet in the sand, take in the fresh air and immerse yourself in yoga and a nourishing breakfast under the Beach Tipis. Beyond Experiences will present a unique fusion of health and wellness offerings, showcasing talented and passionate souls.

Zenko Yoga will lead a 60-minute beach practice that will awaken the senses through breath and movement, while taking in the best view in Noosa. This feel-good flow will energise, stretch, centre and focus you in preparation for a fulfilled day.

Nutritionist and founder of Changing Habits, Cyndi O’Meara, will share her inspiring story along with insights into her sustainable farm located in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

A nutritious Cyndi O’Meara-inspired breakfast will be served on the beach, showcasing local produce from Noosa’s own Shambhala Farm. A healthy breakfast wouldn’t be complete without a fresh Noosa Cleanse juice and a splash of champagne!  (Stand-up event.) Saturday 19 May 6.30-9am $80.


Watch the sun set from the Beach Tipis?as you join Bistro C, Boardwalk Bistro and Rococo for a sublime night of food, wine and entertainment to remember. (Stand-up event.) Saturday 19 May 5-9pm $195. (Please note this is an 18+ only event).


There’s no better way to start a Sunday?than with a Champagne breakfast. Take in stunning sea views with Laurent-Perrier in hand, delicious canapés by Rickys Head Chef Josh Smallwood and chilled Sunday sounds by DJ Mike. (Stand-up event)

Ticket includes one Champagne Fizz served on arrival, one glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne, plus six canapés (four small canapes and two substantial canapes). Sunday 20 May 9.30-11am $75. (Please note this is an 18+ only event).


Experience four of Noosa’s finest restaurants – aromas Noosa, Rickys, Locale Noosa?and Wood Fire Grill at a four-course lunch showcasing produce from Maravista Farm and matching wines by Pizzini Wines together with a welcome drink on arrival. (Sit-down event.) Sunday 20 May 12-2.30pm $165. (Please note this is an 18+ only event).  


What is Aperitivo? To the Italians, Aperitivo refers to a refreshing alcoholic beverage or cocktail shared with friends at sunset. It is meant as an appetizer or opener to your night with the intention of stimulating your appetite for a night of food and fun!

For the finale of Noosa Food & Wine 2018, Noosa Boathouse and Dal Zotto Wines are presenting just that! Join them for the Official Closing Party and enjoy the sunset on Noosa Main Beach, slip off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes.

Grab a Dal Zotto Prosecco cocktail while you decide what you’d like to nibble on. With Noosa Boathouse Chef Shane Bailey and Chef Matt Golinski at the helm, there will be some fantastic local food on offer, so be prepared to try some amazing produce from the Noosa region.

The music kicks in, as does a night under the stars full of fun, food and festivities….Welcome to Tipi Aperitivo. Tickets include: Beach Tipi entry, 2 hours of Dal Zotto Prosecco cocktails and wine (5-7pm), generous amounts of food by Matt Golinski and Shane Bailey, plus live music by Honey! Cash bar available 7-9pm. Sunday 20 May 5-9pm $149. (Please note this is an 18+ only event).  

Also see Great Ways To Play on the Sunshine Coast at Easter


Great Queensland drives: Brisbane to Cairns

By Brisbane / Queensland /

This Brisbane to Cairns itinerary is without a doubt one of the world’s most stunning coastal drives. This self-drive holiday is full of stunning coastal spots that you wouldn’t believe existed until you saw them.

Spend 10 days following DriveNow’s 10-day Brisbane to Cairns itinerary.

Days 1, 2: Noosa

It’ll take roughly two hours to travel 145kms from Queensland’s capital to your first destination. Surf beaches, white sand and crystal-clear waters await. But if you like a quieter, more relaxed local vibe, then Peregian Beach is the place. Travel inland to explore the rolling green hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Pay a visit to the Maleny Cheese Factory to taste some of the most scrumptious Buffalo Brie. Montville is another great stopover where you’ll discover the amazing French-style Poets Café, which boasts a gorgeous interior and sweeping countryside views.

Days 3, 4: Hervey Bay

Drive 190kms north and you’ll arrive at the lovely Hervey Bay. From mid July to early November, visitors flock to the area to watch humpback whales migrate up and down the coast. The sight is truly mesmerizing. Make sure you’re ready bright and early to get on a tour boat to witness this annual migration. Make sure you also find time to visit the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island. Get ready for clear rivers running over white sand and lush rainforest. There’s also the famous Lake McKenzie, where the water is so stunningly clear that it cleans your jewellery as if it were brand new!

Day 5: Gladstone

A three and a half hour drive north of Hervey Bay brings you to Gladstone. But no trip to this part of Central Queensland is worth it without a stop at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. Take a tour to learn about the town’s history linked to rum. Once you arrive at Gladstone you’ll want to head straight to the beach or hire a boat to go fishing.

Days 6, 7: Airlie Beach

Airlie is a bustling tourist town, which also acts as the gateway to the Whitsundays. There are many sailing tours to choose from. You can sail to Hamilton Island, Daydream Island or Hook Island, to name a few. Whatever you do, you must not miss a trip to the incredible Whitehaven Beach. It’s radiant white sand and turquoise waters regularly earns its reputation as Australia’s number one beach.

Day 8: Townsville

Another 275kms north of Airlie Beach is Townsville. On the way you can stop for lunch in Bowen and enjoy some of the region’s famous mangoes. Once you arrive in Townsville, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Visit Magnetic Island for a day in paradise or climb the city’s iconic Castle Hill.

Day 9: Mission Beach

About an hour and a half from Townsville is Australia’s highest single drop waterfall. At 268m high, Wallaman Falls is a must-see for anyone who loves a good swim in a rainforest. It’s situated in UNESCO World Heritage listed Wet Tropics. Continue north to Cardwell, and if you’re prepared to go off the beaten path for a while you can see the stunning natural beauty of the Cardwell Spa Pools. You’ve never seen water so blue in your entire life. Before the end of the day, land yourself a spot at Mission Beach to relax.

Day 10: Cairns

Your Brisbane to Cairns itinerary is coming to an end. But the good news is that once you reach Cairns there’s still an entire world of exciting activities waiting for you. Whether you’re adventurous and want to hike some of Queensland’s highest mountains, set off to explore the Great Barrier Reef, or chill at a cafe by the beach, Cairns has something incredible to offer everyone.


5 unmissable events in Queensland this November

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

THE sun shines all year round in Queensland so that’s reason alone to jump in a Brisbane car rental and head for the sun, sand and sea. But while the notoriously brilliant beach life is always available for visitors, some super events come and ago and take another 12 months before they come around again. So let’s look at 5 ripper events put forward by the Tourism Queensland team in the Sunshine State before we sign off on 2017.

No.1… Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival

November 1-5

The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is a five-day bonanza based in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast and includes a stacked line-up of events for all ages and abilities. The schedule includes a Breakfast Fun Run and a Run Swim Run event. Super Saturday is one of the highlights of the event with the Superkidz and Special Triathlon in the morning and the Subaru Noosa Australian Open Criterium and Asics Noosa Bolt in the afternoon, which also includes the Legends Triathlon with all the events attracting a premium field and sporting legends. Of course, the crown event is the Noosa Triathlon on Sunday, which has continued its prime position of the largest standard distance race in the world. It includes a one and a half kilometre swim, a 40km bike and 10km run. With over 12,000 athletes competing over the event week, it is certainly one event you need to experience for yourself.

No.2… The Wizard of Oz in South Brisbane (pictured)

November 4 – December 3

The world’s favourite musical is returning to Australia and the London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz will have its Australian Premiere in Brisbane from 4 November 2017 before travelling to Sydney from 30 December. Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones have announced that Australia’s leading musical theatre star Anthony Warlow will be playing The Wizard and Professor Marvel, while Lucy Durack will play Glinda the Good Witch, and Jemma Rix will be The Wicked Witch of the West. Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, the London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz contains the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

No.3… Rugby League World Cup semi final and final

November 24 and December 2

The Rugby League World Cup Semi Final in Brisbane will take place on November 24 and the final will explode on December 2 in Milton, in a month when the world’s best players descend on Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea for the Rugby League World Cup in Queensland. The tournament will see 14 teams play 28 games over five weeks from 27 October until 2 December 2017 – all hoping to be crowned World Cup Winners, in what is the pinnacle event in international Rugby League. This will be the biggest sporting event in Australia during 2017, with Brisbane Stadium to host a much-anticipated Semi Final of the Rugby League World Cup on Friday 24 November 2017. The atmosphere will be electric in the stadium, and the fan experience will be unrivalled, as two of the world’s best teams battle it out for a place in the Final at Milton in early December.

No.4… Woodford Folk Festival

December 27 – January 1

Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland is an annual six day and night event. It is one of Australia’s largest and most iconic events. It is also the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia. The program encompasses the depth and diversity of Australia’s cultural, artistic and social expression with music, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, workshops, debate, street theatre, films, forums, visual arts, an entire children’s festival and many special presentations including a spectacular fire event on New Year’s Day.

No.5… Australian PGA Championship, Benowa, Gold Coast

November 30 – December 3

Australia’s most energetic golf tournament, the Australian PGA Championship is back at RACV Royal Pines Resort in Queensland from 30 November to 3 December. A stellar list of Australian and international players from all over the globe are expected to compete for the Joe Kirkwood Cup. The 2017 tournament will feature an array of entertainment on and off the course, but it’s the Soniq Million Dollar Hole where the tournament really comes alive. While players aim to ace their way to a big pay day, fans will be celebrating in the sun with great food, music and entertainment.


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 listed reef which is home to more than 500 species of fish, rays and turtles, many don’t realise that between July and October the fringing coral reef of the Ningaloo Coast serves up some pretty awesome swells. At the north of the cape, The Bommie, Dunes and Wobiri Access offer waves of varying difficulty while at the southern end of the reef, surfers at Gnaraloo can expect three metre waves even on an average day. The perfect combination of endless surf breaks and ecological wonders make the Ningaloo Coast a great getaway destination for those who can’t agree on one or the other. Make sure you have plenty of time to explore all of the Reef’s secrets though, as driving along the length of the 280km reef takes at least eight hours!

3. Bells Beach, VIC

Who can go past the famous Bell’s Beach in Torquay? Home to matted mops of salty, sun-kissed hair, surf brand warehouse sales and of course the world’s longest running professional surfing competition, the Rip Curl Pro, which since has continued to draw massive crowds over the Easter long weekend. I still remember visiting as a little kid in my oversized Rusty cap with ice cream in hand, jostling other spectators for a prime viewing spot atop the golden Torquay dunes. If you’re visiting the area, hire a car at Melbourne airport to get straight on the road towards this exceptional surfing spot.

4. Lord Howe Island, NSW

For those who strive to avoid the crowds, there are few destinations more intimate than the beautiful Lord Howe Island. With a strict cap on the number of visitors to the island at any one time, Lord Howe was once described as ‘paradise on Earth’ and ‘quite possibly the most perfect place in the world’ by globetrotter Lee Abbamonte. If anyone should know it is him, having visited every single country on the planet! There are eight designated surf spots dotted around the island, but it’s rumoured a friendly chat with the locals can sometimes reveal the very best kept secrets.

5. Gold Coast’s Superbank, QLD

For those hoping to catch a glimpse of our resident shark wrangler and other world champs Steph Gilmore and Joel Parkinson, the Superbank is your best bet, where surf breaks Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay and Greenmount combine. If you are lucky, you may manage to catch a wave for 2kms along the coast!

6. Yallingup, WA

Not for the faint hearted, Yallingup Reef, located 300kms south of Perth boasts consistent 10 foot waves along the Margaret River coastline. Brave surfers impress beachside spectators, while others snorkel and paddle in the lagoon, soaking up the brilliant view of the Reef’s aquatic wonderland. Surfers of all ability come from near and far to visit the famous waves of Yallingup. If you haven’t already, it’s one to add to your bucket list.

7. Lighthouse Beach, TAS

Of course, we can’t forget our cousins across the Strait, where surfers brave the chilly waters of Lighthouse Beach, a beautiful stretch of pristine coastline offering a sheltered yet powerful beach break for beginners and accomplished riders alike. Relatively deserted, this unpatrolled, isolated spot serves as the perfect oceanic escape.

And remember folks, if you do happen to be that unfortunate one in 11 million confronted by a shark, contrary to Mick’s action of ‘punching him in the back’, the best advice is to punch and claw at the eyes and gills aggressively.



Spring festivals in Australia – where to celebrate the season

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Many people would agree that spring is the loveliest time of year. So why not get out and explore some of the best spring festivals that Australia has to offer…

Whether you’re a passionate gardener, a food lover or an arts and film buff, there are spring festivals for every niche.

For an affordable getaway, check out DriveNow’s website for some cheap campervan hire deals. Then make your way to one of these incredible spring festivals.

Brisbane Spring Festival

9-30 September, 2017

Spend 21 days celebrating one of Queensland’s most exciting arts festivals. More than a million people attend every year. Not only do you get the chance to explore thrilling opera, classical and contemporary music. You can also head along to comedy shows, circus, theatre and dance performances. There truly is something for everyone.

Bright Spring Festival

21 October – 7 November, 2017

Drive 320km north east of Melbourne to the charming town of Bright. Lush, green mountains surround you, while colourful flowers start to bloom again after winter. You’ll witnesses colourful flowers of all different types at the Bright Spring Festival. As the word gets out, more and more people are coming every year to admire Bright’s beautiful gardens.

Renmark’s Rose Festival

20-29 October, 2017

Here’s another stunning flower festival. This one is dedicated purely to roses. Drive 250km north east of Adelaide to discover spring in this quaint, rural town. Renmark is home to Ruston’s Rose Garden, which boasts 27 acres of beautiful roses and ornamentals. It’s the perfect place to explore by foot. Then relax with tea or coffee in the gardens afterwards.

Sydney Fringe Festival

1-30 September, 2017

It’s the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales. Every September, Sydney present more than 300 productions ore events across more than 50 venues. They all celebrate the innovative creations of independent artists, art makers and performers. There are interactive art exhibitions, artists talks and foodie feasts.


Top Things to do in the Sunshine Coast this Easter Break

By Australia / Brisbane /

It’s almost here! Four whole days off to indulge in some Easter fun. And, there is no better place to head for the break than the Sunshine Coast. With plenty of family fun to be had this Easter break it seems it’ll be a busy one. Therefore, you should get your car rental at Brisbane airport  booked sharpish.

From food festivals to animal fun at Australia Zoo, here are the top things to do in the Sunshine Coast this Easter break.

Kenilworth Cheese, Wine & Food Fest, 31st March

The region will play host to the Kenilworth Cheese, Wine & Food Fest on Easter Saturday (31st March).  An enjoyable free event which kicks off with a cheese rolling competition, as well as the great Cheester Egg Hunt for children. And, some gourmet cooking demonstrations showcasing produce from the Mary Valley for the adults.

Ocean Street World Festival, 1st April

It’s not only cheese and wine that will be on the menu over the Easter break. On Easter Sunday (1 April), Maroochydore will be transformed into a celebration of diversity at the Ocean Street World Festival. A free event featuring artists across four stages with acts from around the globe. Expect Salsa dancing, Bollywood workshops, choirs, djembe workshops and more.

Australia Zoo, 30th – 2nd April

Australia Zoo will be another hive of activity during the Easter break with an epic egg-pedition treasure hunt, pony trails, plus, meet their Easter Bilby and get a free chocolate egg. From the 30th – 2nd April, the Irwin family will be feeding the crocs (pictured) in the 12pm Wildlife Warrior show in the world-famous Crocoseum.

Pa and Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest, 30th – 1st April

Surfers will be attracted by one of Australia’s oldest surfing competitions: the Pa and Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest, held over the Easter break  (30-1 April) at Caloundra’s Moffat Beach. The surfing contest began in 1974 and has attracted some big names over the years including Wayne (Rabbit) Bartholomew, Simon Anderson and Hawaiian legend Gerry Lopez.

Original Eumundi Markets, 14th March – 9th April

Children can enjoy the annual Easter egg treasure hunt at the Original Eumundi Markets on Easter Saturday (31st March).  This will be another fun and free Easter break activity that includes a hunt with clues through the market with a chocolate surprise at the completion of the journey.

Other toddler activities on sunshine coast include: Magic with Nickleby at the Ginger Factory, mini medieval Olympics at Sunshine Castle or learn how to make robots dance, talk and move at Sunshine Coast Libraries.


Brisbane’s coolest caravan parks for your campervan

By Australia / Brisbane /

Do you want to explore the beautiful city of Brisbane in a caravan? It’s a caravan friendly city with many caravan parks to choose from. 

Hire a caravan from Brisbane Airport and stay at one of these caravan parks.

Brisbane Holiday Village (right)

If location is your main concern, then look no further than Brisbane Holiday Village. The award-winning Brisbane Holiday Village is only 15 minutes from the CBD and 20 minutes from the Gold Coast Theme Parks. It’s one of the most central caravan parks you’ll find in Brisbane which caters to all budgets. It also comes with all the amenities you’d expect, such as BBQs, a tennis court, mini golf course and a restaurant. 

Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park

Once upon a time this property was a Jersey cow stud farm but now it’s a tranquil caravan park for holiday-makers. This caravan park has 100 tourist sites, camping sites, ensuite cabins, to name a few accommodation styles. Newmarket Gardens is conveniently close to attractions such as Suncorp Stadium, the QLD Museum, Southbank and the Convention Centre. It’s also just 4km from the city centre but you’ll feel as if you have your own quiet section of paradise.

Brisbane Gateway Resort

Brisbane Gateway Resort is another venue in a convenient spot, which also offers value for money. You’ll stay in Rochedale on the south side of the city and enjoy the excellent facilities on site. Tourists who stay here praise the resort for its cleanliness and the modern guest facilities. Enjoy the resort-style swimming pool, a day/night tennis court and an adventure playground for the kids. All of the sites have electricity, water and waste water services.

Lake Somerset Holiday Park

If you’re prepared to stay outside Brisbane, then you won’t be disappointed if Lake Somerset Holiday Park is your choice. It’s set on 45 hectares in the Valley of the Lakes. Here, you can stay right near the edge of the water at Lake Somerset. This holiday park is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to explore Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast. You also have the added bonus of having a watersport playground on your doorstep!



5 Campervan holiday options from Brisbane

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Travelling around Brisbane in a campervan is one of the most convenient ways to explore this part of Queensland. Hire a campervan in Brisbane and start driving to one of these holiday parks.

Brisbane Gateway Resort (pictured)
This holiday park is in a fantastic location, just 15 minutes from the CBD. It’s also just 30 minutes from the Gold Coast and its theme parks! This means you can spend more time enjoying your holiday rather than sitting in traffic and you move from each attraction. The caravan and camping sites are spacious. They’re also set among beautifully landscaped gardens, giving you plenty of room to relax.

Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park
Wake up in the morning, walk out your door and head straight across the road to the beach. Does that sound like your perfect holiday? Then Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park is the place for you. Lifesavers patrol the beach, which offers some awesome waves. It’s a great destination for families or couples. The holiday park is also close to outdoor BBQ and picnic facilities and many eateries.

Jolly Swagman Caravan Park
Set in the heart of town, Jolly Swagman Caravan Park is the best place to base yourself when you visit Toowoomba. This caravan park has award winning gardens where you can have a picnic and relax. You’re also allowed to bring your pets into the park with you during your stay. It also boasts a famous statue of Jolly Swagman and his dog – make sure you ask the park’s owners for a rundown of the story behind the statue.

Ipswich Caravan Village
Enjoy your stay in a peaceful bushland setting at Ipswich Caravan Village. You’ll also be close to shopping centres, restaurants and tourist attractions. If you’re up for an adventure, the theme parks on the Gold Coast are just a 50-minute drive away. Powered and unpowered sites are on offer. For those wanting a little extra comfort, there are air-conditioned family cabins.

Esk Caravan Park
Esk Caravan Park is a little piece of paradise. The park is located in the heart of Brisbane Valley, between Wivenhoe and Somerset Lakes. As you enjoy your stay, you can also admire the surrounding mountains and creeks. Both are only a short drive from the caravan park and you can enjoy plenty of water activities.



5 hot events in Queensland this winter

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

THE winter chill has arrived in the south but there’s always a way to warm up in Queensland. Looking to head north for a winter escape? Nap a Brisbane car rental for some Queensland exploration and to try any of these five great reasons to ditch the southern freeze and enjoy some northern exposure …

One … Relish Food and Wine Festival (June 4, pictured)

From the Hinterland to the Bay, the Fraser Coast has an awesome array of fresh produce, locally made food products and unforgettable dining experiences. The Fraser Coast Food Story – Relish Fraser Coast is about connecting local growers and producers with the area’s restaurants and cafès to create some magic. What started with the food and wine festival in 2013 has grown into something that encompasses the year round offerings of the Fraser Coast. For all the details, head to relishfrasercoast.com.au

Two … Broadbeach Country Music Festival (June 17-19)

Adam Brand and The Outlaws, The Sunny Cowgirls, Jasmine Rae and the Adam Eckersley Band are just some of the massive country music stars heading for the sunny Gold Coast for the fourth annual Broadbeach Country Music Festival. Combining ‘Country with the Coast’, the beachside event is free and will showcase premier country performers outdoor stages and in venues throughout the entire Broadbeach precinct. The incredible line-up will feature more than 30 artists. For more visit www.broadbeachcountry.com

Three … The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival (June 24-July 2)

Lights, camera, action. Nine days, 30 films, 1000 scenes. Winton’s Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is a film festival like no other, celebrating Australian film and culture under the stars of Winton in Outback Queensland. The Festival will combine an incomparable program of classic and contemporary Australian films under the stars in the historic, open air Royal Theatre in Winton’s main street; plus conversations, yarns, masterclasses, film making competitions, tag-a-long tours and social activities. Join them on the red carpet for opening night. More visit www.visionsplendidfilmfest.com

Four … Mary Poppins Festival in the Park (July 2)

With the author of Mary Poppins, Pamela Travers, born in Maryborough in Queensland, it’s little wonder the city celebrates it’s unique link to the iconic nanny with the world’s only Mary Poppins festival – a week long explosion of colour, art, culture and “practically perfect” fun for everyone. Maryborough’s heritage streetscapes are transformed into scenes from the Poppins novels. Nannies race each other pushing prams in the great Nanny Challenge; chimney sweeps compete in the Chimney Sweep Dash while Mary Poppins characters come to life from the pages of books and mingle with the crowd. The entertainment includes professional street theatre performers, sidewalk artists, jugglers, roving Penny Farthing, grand costume parade, kite display, vintage cars, carnival rides and old fashioned games and workshops. Visit www.marypoppinsfestival.com.au

Five … Rockhampton River Festival (July 15-17)

This amazing river festival in July brings the incredible past, creative present and bright future of Rockhampton together for a massive three day celebration. At the 2016 festival expect to dream big and escape the ordinary under the ‘River Revery’ theme. Festival goers can dream the impossible, wander the mysterious, play to the spontaneity and feast on delicious delicacies, leaving your mind boggling, taste-buds tingling and your imagination soaring. The three day festival has free entertainment, interactive arts, contemporary tunes, delicious food, great people and superb winter sunshine. With more than 30,000 people expected at the festival this year, book early before accommodation sells out. Visit www.rockhamptonriverfestival.com.au

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5 places to park your camper within 2 hours of Brisbane

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

There’s no better way to explore sunny Queensland than in the comfort of a campervan. Not only is it cost-effective but you can travel at your own pace and know you always have somewhere to sleep!

Hire a campervan from Brisbane Airport and make your way to one of these fantastic holiday parks.

Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park (pictured)
Have the time of your life at the Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park. During the day you can explore some of Queensland’s most popular surf beaches and return to your accommodation where there’s a huge pool with a monster water slide for the kids. You’re also within walking distance to the famous theme parks, including Movie World and Wet’N’Wild.

Coolum Beach Holiday Park
Only a short drive north of Brisbane is the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Park your campervan at Coolum Beach Holiday Park, where you’ll have direct access to a white sandy and patrolled surf beach. This holiday park is also within walking distance to shops and restaurants and is set on ten acres of stunning beachfront land.

Jolly Swagman Caravan Park
If you ever find yourself in Toowoomba then make sure you head into the city centre. There, in the heart of town, you’ll come across Jolly Swagman Caravan Park, which boasts award winning gardens and the famous statue of Jolly Swagman and his dog. Speaking of dogs, this is one of the few sites where you can bring pets along on your holiday too, provided you make an application.

Esk Caravan Park
This little slice of paradise, known as Esk Caravan Park, sits in the stunning Brisbane Valley. It’s set between lakes Wivenhoe and Somerset (which are conveniently only a short drive from the caravan park) and is also surrounded by beautiful mountains and creeks. In a quiet and peaceful setting, the Esk Caravan Park is also the ideal place to spend your days enjoying all kinds of water activities.

Green Mountains Camping Area
Sit in the lush Lamington National Park, the Green Mountains Camping Area is made up of a grassy sloping hill, with campervan sites cut into it. You’ll feel right in amongst the wilderness, which makes this location an extra special place to stay. There are plenty of walking tracks leading you to spectacular views around the park within easy walking distance.