Oct
17
2017

Tasmania a hot holiday prospect for summer

By Australia / Hobart / Tasmania /

TASMANIA was once the forgotten little state separated from the rest of Australia by Bass Strait and no real desire from most Aussies to mark it down as a summer destination. But it seems now we can’t get enough of the Apple Isle so start thinking about your Hobart car rental now with an eye on scooting way down south for the summer holidays. Let’s not forget what happened earlier this year when Tasmania loaded up with gold across five categories at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. Not only that, Tasmania collected seven silver, two bronze and The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel was inducted into the Hall of Fame. What’s more, Tassie picked up the most awards out of every state. Such is Tasmania’s charm that Roy Morgan Research earlier this year revealed Hobart now outranks Perth and Brisbane as a capital city holiday destination Australians want to visit. Awesome walks When Lonely Planet rated Tassie among the world’s top…

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Oct
11
2017

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…

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Dec
27
2016

The best day trips from Hobart

By Australia / Hobart / Tasmania /

Hobart has many wonderful things to offer its visitors. Beautiful scenery, food, historic attractions, to name a few. What many visitors don’t make enough time for are the day trips from Hobart. Many of Tasmania’s best attractions are just an hour or two from the capital city. Grab a cheap hire car deal from Hobart and visit these great places for a day trip. Maria Island (pictured) Once you step foot on Maria Island you won’t want to leave. The island is beautiful with a rugged coastline and gorgeous sandy beaches. Take a cruise to the island, where your tour guide will show you around. There are some exciting walking tracks on the island which your guide can help you explore. It’s well worth staying for at least the better part of a day. You’ll walk away from Maria Island understanding why it’s considered one of Tasmania’s greatest treasures. Bothwell  Drive an hour from Hobart and you’ll arrive in a…

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Aug
30
2015
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Five great Australian sporting events you can’t miss

By Australia / Hobart / Melbourne / New South Wales / Sydney / Tasmania / Victoria /

It’s no secret we Australians are absolutely crazy about our sports and springtime is arguably the most action packed time of the sporting calendar. To get into the sporting spirit, here are five huge upcoming events that everyone can cheer about. 1. Australian Football League grand final, October 3 (Victoria) Now complete with a pre-final public holiday, the AFL Grand Final weekend will see fanatics swarm the city on Grand Final eve for the annual parade. Here, you can catch an up close view of players from the two competing clubs as they eye each other off before Victoria’s largest sporting event at the world-renowned Melbourne Cricket Ground. AFL is the unofficial religion of this southern state, so if you plan on visiting make sure you book accommodation early. On the big day, the whole of Melbourne buzzes with a festival-like atmosphere, suburban verandas proudly draped in team colours while out back the beer flows and sausages sizzle. If you’re…

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Jul
27
2015
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Seven incredible spots to go surfing in Australia

By Australia / 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…

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May
29
2015
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Five fascinating things to do in Tasmania for travellers

By Australia / Hobart / Tasmania /

An old jail with a morbid history, a wilderness railway, historic golf course, a place to spot our beautiful platypus and white water rafting action all means there’s never a dull moment when visiting Tasmania. Check out our five great things to do in the Apple Isle … 1. Visit historical Port Arthur (96km south east of Hobart) STORIES of Australia’s dark colonial past haunt every room or corner of Tassie’s Port Arthur. The worst convicted and re-offending criminals sent to Australia between 1833 and 1853 were incarcerated at Port Arthur. It’s also the site of Australia’s worst mass murder in the nation’s post-colonial history. As one of the country’s most significant heritage areas and Tasmania’s top tourist attraction, convict history is incredibly well preserved. Guided tours educate visitors about the harsh environment and atmosphere that faced the 12,500 detainees that walked the prison’s grounds. So brutal were the conditions they faced that many committed murder – a crime punishable…

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Apr
12
2015
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7 legendary farmers markets in Australia

By Australia / Hobart / Noosa / Tasmania / Western Australia /

Farmers markets showcase the best food of each region. By shopping at these markets you’re supporting Australian farmers, who are the lifeline of Australia’s food industry.  Here are 7 legendary farmers markets in Australia the world must know about. Golden Plains Farmers Market, VIC Golden Plains and its surrounds are famous for wine and fresh produce, and you can pick up your own at the Golden Plains Farmers Market. Held on the fist Saturday of the month between 9am and 1pm, Bannockburn’s Golden Plains Farmers’ Market offers wine, seasonal and organic produce and La Madre sourdough. Look for Ross Creek Garlic, and DIY growers will also be pleased with the selection of  potted herb and veggie selection. Noosa Farmers Market, QLD In this pretty coastal region, residents rise early to shop for their weekly fix of fresh, tropical fruit and vegetables. Even if juicy mangoes, creamy avocados and fresh coffee beans aren’t on your list, make sure you go out of your way to pick…

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Feb
04
2015

Five sports events in Australia for sports lovers

By Australia / Hobart / Sydney /

Australia truly is a sporting nation. Home to football fanatics, surf beaches, international tournaments and great races, there’s so much for sports lovers to experience in this great country. Here are five of Australia’s most exciting sporting events to mark in your diary. Surfest, Newcastle The world’s best surfers come to Newcastle every year for the largest surfing festival in the southern hemisphere, Surfest. Hundreds of surfers spend several days competing at the stunning Merewether Beach, which is recognised as an Australian National Surfing Reserve. The festival also includes the Burton Automotive Pro and the Burton Automotive Women’s Classic, along with eight supporting events. www.surfest.com Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Thousands of people line the shores of Sydney Harbour to witness the spectacular sight of hundreds of yachts taking off from Nielsen Park to begin the famous 1100km race. The race starts on Boxing Day, taking competitors down Australia’s magnificent south-east coast. The first yacht to cross the finish line in Hobart, Tasmania wins. It’s said to be the world’s…

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Aug
12
2014

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

By Adelaide / Australia / Brisbane / Hobart / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Sydney / Tasmania /

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 to a range of facilities including a swimming pool, kids’ playground, barbecues, a camp kitchen and an onsite pizzeria. The park also taken a hands-on approach to supporting local tourism by hosting daily coach tours of Coober Pedy and the beautiful desert surrounds including the Breakaways, Dingo Fence, opal fields, Moon Plains, Opal Mine and Museum, underground Home, underground Church…

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Oct
04
2012

Spring into these Tasmania events

By Australia / Hobart / Tasmania /

TASMANIA is the perfect place for a driving holiday. A DriveNow rental can set you up for any situation ­­– a car, campervan or 4-wheel drive. Tassie’s wilderness, wine regions and markets are well-known tourist destinations and well worth a look. But if you have picked up your DriveNow rental from Hobart and want to see what else the island has going on at the moment, check out these suggestions. Port Arthur for school holidays, until October 7 Sentence the kids to some fun and learning at the same time at the Education Centre at Port Arthur (in the old Accountant’s House, near the Church). The centre is offering a range of engaging and fun activities to keeps kids busy – and parents relaxed. Distance: 93km from Hobart, allow an hour and a half drive. Stay at: Bay Retreat, Port Arthur. Waterfront accommodation, and only three minutes from the historic Port Arthur site.   TasART, Burnie, until October 20 Love…

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Oct
19
2011

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

By Australia / Darwin / Gold Coast / Hobart / Northern Territory / Queensland / Tasmania /

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 Big Pineapple. The heritage-listed prickly-topped attraction can still be seen and photographed, but don’t be surprised if it looks the worse for wear.  The 16 metre-high construction was originally opened in 1971 as part of a working farm, but fell into receivership a couple of years ago. The Big Cow, north of Nambour has also been on shaky ground, but…

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