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4 ways to get lost on a road trip at Australia’s historic sites and monuments

Desert Cave Hotel

From dogs on tucker boxes and underground houses to a haunted old jail site in Tassie and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, there’s something very Australian about these historic sites and monuments where  it’s well worth the drive in your campervan rental around Australia. We also give you the lowdown of some great caravan park suggestions where you can park your wheels.
Coober Pedy underground houses, SOUTH AUSTRALIA (pictured)
THIS Outback park is on the corner of the Stuart Highway and Hutchison St in Coober Pedy, only 30km south of the mighty Breakaways. The family owned and operated park has access […]


5 Australian caravan parks with killer views so good you won’t be able to return home

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With a campervan rental in Australia at the ready, there are plenty of parks dishing up views that are a feast for the eyes. Here are five to ponder when considering where to park your campervan while cruising Down Under.
VICTORIA – Cowes Caravan Park, Phillip Island
CAN anything top the sound of waves lapping at the shoreline and views right over the Western Port bay? It’s the recipe for a perfect night’s sleep – right after you’ve exhausted yourself exploring beautiful Philip Island in the morning and afternoon. Cowes Caravan Park is a beauty, just over two hours south of Melbourne, […]


7 places in Australia where you can shoot a whale … relax! With a camera, we mean


EVERY year thousands of whales make the journey from Antarctica to the warmer waters along Australia’s east coast. From July to October it’s easy enough to hit the road in your hire car from Sydney or Brisbane and drive along our coastline to catch a glimpse of migrating Humpback whales. Here are seven places you can shoot one – with a camera, of course. We love them.
Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Where: 165km south west of Brisbane
Australia’s most easterly point, Byron Bay, is perfect for whale watching. The 3.7 km Cape Byron walking track is the conservation park’s […]


5 outrageous views that may force you to never return home from Australia and New Zealand


WHEN you discover holiday parks with such incredible views, there’s no choice but to spread the word. Grab a car rental from your nearest capital city and check out these holiday parks with views so outrageous, that you may never want to return back home.
Beachcomber Holiday Park offers sensational ocean views, with cabins and campsites spreading from the edge of the beach and sloping uphill. Beachcomber has won tourism awards and its owners guarantee kangaroo and wallaby sightings. How could you not want to stay forever?
Approximate travel time: 50 mins south of Sydney
Cowes Caravan Park in Phillip […]


99 experiences for road trippers that have the rest of the world jealous of Australia


JEALOUS? you bet they are. But anyone who lives beyond Australia’s coastline is more than welcome to head down to the Southern Hemisphere and experience the places that make we Aussies spoilt for choice.
We live in a big, bold land, an entire continent in fact, and relish the fact we have different worlds of discovery around every corner, inland and along our vast coastline of Oz. To pick up a campervan or rental car in Australia and hit the road is magical, especially when you have no plans and open your eyes to real exploration and stop off at […]


Park in profile – Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park, NSW


PARK IN PROFILE: Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park, NSW
Where: Corner of Ross St and Pacific Parade, Lennox Head.
10 words or less: Great surf, quiet, quaint, great views, perfect for R&R
The lowdown:  Pick up your Gold Coast campervan rental and head south for a leisurely one hour cruise to the peaceful coastal village of Lake Ainsworth, between Ballina and Byron Bay. This venue is home to some awesome scenery and great surf. The award-winning BIG4 Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park is set among the tea-trees alongside the lake and the nearby surfing opportunities are world-class and known for […]


Park in profile: Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

Gold Coast HP

Where: Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park, 66-86 Siganto Drive, Helensvale, Queensland, set on 32 acres right in the heart of Queensland’s famous theme park world.
10 words or less: Theme parks! Beautiful villas. Awesome resort pool, waterslide and café.
The lowdown: Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park is close to all the action with beautiful villas, ample grassy sites for vans and tents, and is pet friendly. With such wide open spaces, it’s the perfect place to park your Brisbane campervan rental.
Though there’s much to explore outside including Wet […]


Park your wheels and hit the trails – after all, those boots were made for walkin’


From wheels to walking, it’s easy to head off in your Australian campervan rental for some of Down Under’s most magnificent outdoor walking trails.
What better way to see some of natural wonders this summer than by foot. Here are five to ponder during your Australian road trip adventure.
The Pinnacle Lookout, The Grampians, Vic (a three hour drive north west from Melbourne on the Western Hwy) – Magnificent views await you along this 5.5km circuit. Cross rivers and pass amazing rock formations in this walker’s paradise. Park your wheels: Halls Gap Caravan and Tourist Park, powered campsites starting from […]


Sizzling summer of Australian music festivals


Love hanging out with your friends and listening to great music during the summer? Then why not grab a hire car or an Australian campervan rental and head for a caravan park near some of our hottest music festivals this summer.
Here are five to ponder, complete with recommended caravan parks where you can park your wheels.
SUMMADAYZE (January 5, Gold Coast)
If you have spent all winter rocking to the beats of Fedde LeGrand, Adrian Lux and Icona Pop, then don’t miss Summadayze this summer! Park your wheels: Gold Coast Holiday Park, Helensvale. Powered sites starting from $36.
BIG […]


Girls just wanna have fun: 5 great Aussie road trips


CYNDI Lauper made the call back in 1983 and there’s no doubt one of the best ways for girls who wanna have fun Down Under is to head off on the great Aussie road trip. But where to go?
With Spring in the air and Summer just around the corner, I called upon five friends from five different Australian states and asked the question: What’s your ultimate girls’ weekend road trip getaway after you grab a car hire at the airport? Here are their answers …

Daylesford. A 90 minute drive from Melbourne along Western Hwy/C141 […]


Hit the road and head for the beach Down Under


THE weather is heating up as we move into the Southern Hemisphere warmer months and that means we can start thinking about hitting the road in you Australian car rental and heading for the beach. After all, Australian road trips don’t get much better when there’s a beach on the end of it!
With hundreds of hotspots to park your wheels (and your beach towel), we dig up five great beach destinations within 2 to 5 hours away in your DriveNow car rental.
Apollo Bay, Vic
The journey: Only two and a half hours from Melbourne (along M1/ Great Ocean […]


Got the drive and the car rental deal? Here’s four road trip ideas in Australia


There’s no better time for a road trip than spring. But how do you make the most of that red-hot car or campervan rental deal you just snapped up on DriveNow? Here are five destinations worth punching into your GPS.
Brisbane to Caloundra
Tune in to the sixth annual Caloundra Music Festival (right) held over the September 28-30 weekend at Kings Beach.
Just over an hour’s drive north of Brisbane in your car rental, Kings Beach fires up to some of the best names in the Australian and international music industry. This year features acts such as The Living End, […]


Thirst for adventure quenched with Father’s Day weekend away


Take the driver’s seat and let Dad relax on Father’s Day by picking up a DriveNow campervan rental and hitting the road for a couple of days of sight-seeing, fishing and a few quiet ales with the bloke who brought you up. It’s a great way to say “cheers Dad, have a good one.’’
Where: Brisbane to Bundaberg. Grab your Brisbane campervan rental and jump on Bruce Highway (M1) for four hours for a cool Queensland road trip weekend escape.
What to do: Head for the Bundaberg Rum Distillery for a tour – and a tasting, of course – […]


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

Pretty girl in a car

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 […]


DriveNow caravan and camping park of the month: Gold Coast Holiday Park

Lethal Weapon, Warner Bros. Movie World

SO, you’ve packed the kids in a Brisbane campervan rental and you’re ready for adventure, but suddenly find you’re not quite sure to go from there? The answer is a no-brainer. Hit the motorway, head south for an hour, take exit No.60 and Gold Coast Holiday Park ( awaits.
Gold Coast Holiday Park is perfectly located in Helensvale, right in the heart of theme park territory, and it’s literally walking distance away from Movie World, Wet’n’Wild and the Australian Outback Spectacular, while only a short drive from Dreamworld, Whitewater World and Seaworld.
Park owner Theo Whitmont told me that […]


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 […]


Water world awaits at Lake Cania


ABOUT 380km north west of Brisbane, Lake Cania is an easy spot to reach for a cool Queensland road trip idea.
Lake Cania itself is situated just north of the Cania Gorge. The lake has a capacity of 88,500 megaliters, so they tell me. There are many facilities available at the dam which caters for some great fishing and other water sports with boat ramp access, picnic areas, public conveniences, kiosk and two camping and caravan parks.
Lake Cania, when full, covers an area of about 1,200 hectares – now that’s a bit of fishing! We set out in our […]


Bundaberg, bears and Bargara Beach – what a beauty with a capital ‘B’!


So, you’ve jumped in your Brisbane hire car or campervan rental after lobbing in Queensland and don’t know where to head next? Head north, hug the coastline and you won’t be disappointed.
Bundaberg is a city with plenty of “big” appeal. Start with the mighty Bundaberg Rum Distillery and Bondstore, a place where you get to meet a world famous big “drop bear” called Bundy R. Bear and explore the distillery in one of its daily tours taking place at the Queensland landmark. Bundaberg is also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, is also home to the world’s finest […]


Being part of a tribe brings its own rewards


OK, so you’ve decided to take the family on a road trip, or you’ve roped in a friend or partner to hit the road with you. You’ve then picked up your DriveNow rental camper or car hire in either Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and you’re staring at the open road. Where to now?
Sometimes it’s good to be spontaneous and have no set plans, but often its better to have a broad idea of what you want, with plenty of room for change along the way – a tribal rewards membership with Family Parks Australia could be just what you […]


Big things in store on your next Australian road trip – Part III


SO, you’ve hit Brisbane, picked up the keys to your campervan and thought, ‘wow, Queensland is big. Where do I start?’
Well, Nambour, 101kms north of Brisbane is the home of three “big’’ attractions, so that’s a good jot down for later. But to begin with take advantage of a few days on the Gold Coast, enjoy the fabulous holiday parks and check out the Big Golfball in Broadbeach and the Big Hard Rock Café guitar in Surfers Paradise during your stay.
When you are ready to head north again, the obvious attraction to see first in Nambour is the […]

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