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7 unmissable Queensland food and wine events in 2016

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THE Sunshine State is not just beaches, babes and sunshine, you know, it’s also home to an endless supply of delicious local produce that’s been grown, caught, baked and served by “an array of clever clogs and inspired minds”, as the Tourism Queensland crew tell us and here are five suggestions by them for Queensland food and wine events to kill for in 2016
What: Ginger Flower & Food Festival
When: January 22-24
Where: Yandina
The Ginger Factory Yandina comes alive for the weekend-long Ginger Food & Flower Festival, surrounded by Australia’s largest and most ornamental gingers and heliconias, […]

Top snorkeling spots in Australia

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AUSTRALIA  has some of the best snorkeling spots in the world. If you’re heading to the Australian coast this summer, consider discovering the beauty of the underwater world with snorkeling. Join a guided tour or grab your snorkeling gear and swim through some of the most spectacular marine areas – anybody can do it.
Here are some of Australia’s best places to snorkel.
Ningaloo Reef, WA
Check out the whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and humpback whale at certain times of the year around this incredible section of the world. Some of Ningaloo’s hotspots are:
The Oyster Stacks. Five isolated […]

Five great spots on the east coast to beach yourself after a beautiful drive


It’s easy enough to fly in to any capital city along the east coast, but one of the tougher tasks is knowing which way to go to reach a great beach. Due to the sheer volume of beaches Down Under, the options can even confuse you. Without rolling out pages of recommendations or offering up a best of, we’ve tracked down five beautiful beaches in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland where you can’t go wrong once you’ve jumped in that car rental from the airport and hit the road.

1. Lennox Head
Where: Summerland Coast, 755km north east […]

A visit to Mossman Gorge – Daintree Rainforest


SITTING on the edge of the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge is part of the world’s oldest rainforest tracing its origins back over 130 million years and home to an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna.
If you are visiting Far North Queensland take time out to spend a half-a-day visiting Mossman Gorge. Located just over an hour’s drive north of Cairns and 20 minutes from Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge is easy to reach with sealed roads and plenty of parking available at the Gorge Centre. DriveNow can help with car hire in Cairns and there are also […]

The road to fun and friendship drives a girls’ weekend away

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A weekend away with the girls is a great way to take some time out to recharge the batteries. Whether you want to get away from the kids for a while, have some fun with your bridesmaids before the big day, or catch up with old school friends you haven’t seen in ages, there are some fabulous packages around that are designed to spoil you rotten.
When it comes to choosing a Australian hire car, find a vehicle that is roomy and comfortable enough for several adults. You might even decide to stay in a holiday park, so a […]

Pick up a car rental and go cruisin’ with your pooch


WANTING a road trip and accommodation for the whole family, four-legged friends included?
Gone are the days when pet-friendly accommodation consisted of mildew walls and flea ridden couches, or when you had to re-mortgage your home to pay the kennel to keep your beloved pooch fed, watered and entertained.
These days, there are a range of pet friendly holiday accommodation options that will ensure fun for all the family, two and four legged creatures alike.
With pooch in your Gold Coast hire car, head for the hinterland and beach all rolled into one in the beautiful areas surrounding Byron Bay. […]

Great driving holidays – Cairns to Cape York (Qld)

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CAPE York is absolutely totally out of this world. No word can sum it up, no matter how much you try to describe it. Quite simply, you just don’t know how great it is until you experience it for yourself.
I bid farewell to Sheree and the kids (they are having a week in Cairns) while myself and the film crew head into the unknown territory of Cape York Peninsula. Firstly, there’s a few very important things to remember. If you are travelling along, as in only one vehicle, make sure you stick to the Cape York Development Road at […]

Great driving holidays – Cairns to Mossman (Qld)


WHO ever would have thought that a place like Mossman was only a 90-minute drive north of Cairns.
Tucked away in the beautiful hinterland and on the base of the Daintree. Mossman hides one of the most spectacular and entertaining places that is simply unforgettable – The Karnak Playhouse, owned by world famous Diane Cilento! It is so enchanting, I could have stayed there forever. They do world class stage performances and when you throw the setting into the equation, it’s really something out of a story book.
After leaving the Playhouse, we took in the Mossman Gorge. Once again, […]

Great driving holidays – Ayr to Cairns (Qld)


BIDDING farewell to Ayr, we headed off for a leisurely four hour drive north to Cairns and I couldn’t wait! The Great Barrier Reef, the shopping, the Kuranda Railway, the Skyrail … so much to do.
We stayed at the Coconut Holiday Resort and this was a five star park in the truest sense. This is an ideal place to set up camp after a long drive in Queensland in your campervan or caravan. With everything from unpowered grassy sites right through to three bedroom condos, two enormous pool areas, the best children’s play activities you could think of and […]

Driving Holidays – Cairns (Qld)

The old adage “it’s a big country” certainly rings true in Far North Queensland, where distances between sights are great and the only way to experience them is by road. But that’s what makes the region north of Cairns such a great place for a driving holiday, with the open highway a journey of discovery and wonder.
When you’re deciding on a vehicle, keep in mind that the further from the Big Smoke you get, the rougher the roads – you may require a four-wheel drive if you are venturing north of the Daintree or up into Cape York.
The […]

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