Oct
19
2018

Your guide to Melbourne’s 2018 Spring Racing Carnival

By Australia / Victoria /

Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival is one of Australia’s great sporting highlights. It attracts race-goers from across the nation and the word. But some of the best Spring Racing Carnival highlights aren’t only in Melbourne, but they’re in country Victoria too.  All you need to do is hire a car from Melbourne and then you can travel to these fantastic events on the racing calendar. Cox Plate – 27th October Every year in late October, the Moonee Valley Racecourse plays host to the famous Group One WS Cox Plate over 2040m.  It’s widely known among those in the racing community as the best weight for age race in Australasia and one of the most exciting race days in the world. The Cox Plate carries a total prize money of $3,000,000, and is Australia’s second richest race after the Melbourne Cup. This is one event you surely don’t want to miss. Melbourne Cup – 6th November Melbourne Cup, Australia’s best-known horse racing…

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Sep
26
2018

Take me to the river: Victorian river escapes from Melbourne

By Melbourne / Victoria /

As spring and summer starts to sizzle, pack your bags and head to a Victorian river for a day or two. There’s nothing like relaxing riverside in the sun, or swimming through pristine waters while surrounded by nature and wildlife. For an affordable weekend break, hire a campervan in Melbourne and set off on your riverside adventure. The great news is you don’t have to drive far from Melbourne to reach one of these incredible Victorian river escapes. Murray River, Echuca-Moama Head north to the mighty Murray, which separates New South Wales from Victoria. Here you’ll truly unwind and relax by reading a book or soaking up the sun at one of the sandy riverside areas. A popular attraction is to ride an old paddle steamer and learn about the area’s fascinating history. Where to stay: NRMA Echuca Holiday Park Warrandyte River When the beach feels too far away, join the locals at Warrandyte River on a summer’s day. The…

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Sep
15
2018

Spring sensations in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Spring is one of the most sensational times to visit Melbourne. Not only are the flowers across the city’s gardens in full bloom, but the sun starts to come out after a long, cold winter. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and explore one of these events. AFL Grand Final (pictured) (29th September) After a season of suspense, every footy fan in Australia has their sights set on the AFL Grand Final. The big game is full of excitement and drama, with the two top teams battling it out in front of a packed area. Be one of the 100,000 screaming fans watching the game unfold inside the MGG. Royal Melbourne Show (22nd September – 2nd October) The show is perhaps Victoria’s most iconic event. There are colourful lights, exhibits, rides and 450,000 people who pack the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds for eleven days in September. There are exciting activities, plenty of competition and pop up restaurants of some of the city’s…

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Sep
05
2018

Countdown to Spring: 10 Places to Visit in Australia Now the Weather is Warming Up

By Australia / Esperance / Great Ocean Road / Perth / Queensland /

Excited for spring? You should be. Springtime brings warmer weather, which means it’s the perfect time to plan your next campervan adventure. But where should you go? Here are 10 places to visit in Australia now the weather is warming up.   1. Margaret River, Perth Famous for its many wineries and gorgeous coastlines, Margaret River is located just three hours south of Perth. It is an ideal spot to visit in spring, with many pristine beaches where you can soak up the sun. Take a drive around the region and visit quirky country towns such as Busselton, Dunsborough, and Augusta, and admire the beauty of the Boranup Forest along the way.     2. Uluru, Alice Springs Visit Australia’s spectacular sandstone formation, Uluru. Right in the heart of the Australian desert, Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is sacred to Indigenous Australians and is believed to be formed more than 550 million years ago. Stopping by in spring means the climate won’t be too cold or too hot in this…

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Sep
03
2018

Finals fever – Your guide to Melbourne accommodation for the AFL Grand Final

By Melbourne /

The business end of footy is almost here and it’s finals time with all 8 finalists eyeing a spot in the big one on Grand Final Day. So we’ve picked some of the best central Melbourne hotels close to the footy grounds. Richmond, Collingwood, Geelong and Melbourne are flying so the chances are there will be more than a couple of games in Victoria’s capital. Not to mention the festivities surrounding the grand final parade, Brownlow medal and other footy events in old Melbourne towns. When you’re buzzing about Melbourne and surrounds check out one of these convenient Melbourne accommodation options to park your wheels. Grand Hyatt Melbourne This is truly an iconic Melbourne hotel in the heart of the CBD on Collins Street. Luxury awaits at the Grand Hyatt, where you’ll enjoy spacious guestrooms and fine dining. There’s also access to an indoor swimming pool, gym and a rooftop tennis court. Step outside and high fashion stores and top…

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Jul
23
2018

The Chair’s Where? Port Fairy in Victoria

By Melbourne / Victoria /

  TIME TO DISCOVER PORT FAIRY Across the length and breadth of this great land there exist numerous iconic, historical and must visit townships. This is especially so of our coastal areas as we remember the importance of fledgling sheep farming, aquaculture, whaling and the like as economic factors vital to the growth of a prosperous and viable nation that we now have. What were once economic hubs have often morphed into wonderful tourist oriented townships – just waiting for you to visit. One such township is Port Fairy, Victoria. Indeed, it is recorded that in 1853, 19 foreign ships and 56 coastal vessels entered the port. Exports that year included wool, gold and wheat. So jump in your Melbourne car rental and get ready to visit a town that represents the type of place that made the State of Victoria become a reality. A VICTORIAN COASTAL GEM This coastal port represents all that is good about old historic sea…

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Jul
13
2018

The Chair’s Where? Silo Art Trail, Central Victoria

By Melbourne / Victoria /

So you are based in Melbourne, staying in Melbourne or you have just arrived. You have done the footy, the restaurants, the coast. It’s time to get out and about and flex your driving muscles. But where to go? Why not try something different and mix a good drive, a great stay, and a terrific art experience all into one and the same. Are you keen? Yes, then jump in your Melbourne car rental and set your GPS to the Wheatbelt region of Victoria TRAVEL WEST Whether you use the Calder Highway or the Western Highway, you are assured of some great opportunities for visiting wineries, antique stores, ‘famous’ bakeries, and assorted fishing, art, sculpture and alternative distractions. But ultimately, you need to travel through to the Yarriambiack Shire, based either side of Hopetoun. At this point some wondrous art is made available to you. Art that is 40 metres high, art that is as unique as the townships nearby,…

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Jun
29
2018

5 Great Melbourne Pubs for a winter lunch

By Melbourne / Victoria /

Melbourne is famous for being a wonderland for foodie lovers. However, what you might not know is that Melbourne pubs are right up there with some of the best in the world. Pick up your cheap car rental at Melbourne Airport and consider having a drink and a hearty meal at one of these top Melbourne pubs. The Napier Hotel The Napier Hotel echoes the years since it was founded in 1866, with its stained glass windows and original high ceilings. It’s a great place to take your mates for a night out at an old-style pub. Enjoy a traditional menu with plenty of choice when it comes to hearty steaks and burgers. You can truly relax in this truly old-fashioned Aussie pub. Mt View Hotel Richmond’s award-winning hotel proudly describes itself as effortlessly merging “classic sports pub and crafty cocktails”. Mt View Hotel is just a short walk from Richmond’s sporting district, making it the perfect place to have a…

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Jun
27
2018

Let it snow … 5 great places for a ski holiday in the Victorian Alps

By Australia / Victoria /

The Victorian alps are some of the most picturesque in all of Australia. In winter, the region turns into a winter wonderland, as skiers and snowboarders flock to the High Country. Are you planning a ski trip this winter? Make sure you find a great Melbourne car hire deal with DriveNow, then make your way north.  Here are some of our top picks for where to stay in the Victorian Alps. Mount Hotham The resort is built on a spectacular mountain ridge with stunning views of Victoria’s High Country. Ski or snowboard from an altitude of 1845m. There are 13 lifts and more than 80 runs with options for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. You’ll also find trendy bars and plenty of activities to keep you busy when you’re off the slopes.   Lake Mountain Lake Mountain is a great spot for cross-country skiers, with 37 km of cross-country trails. Its highest altitude is 1480m. Although it’s one of the smaller destinations,…

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Jun
05
2018

Five Melbourne hotels within walking distance of the MCG

By Australia / Melbourne /

  For any footy fan heading to the mighty MCG to experience an AFL match at this iconic stadium, you’ll want to make sure you’re staying close by. There is an abundance of hotels in Melbourne, but where to start to make sure you’re in the heart of the atmosphere? Here are our top five recommendations for hotels within walking distance of the MCG.  Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and book one of these Melbourne hotels. Adara Richmond Adara Richmond is only a 10-15 minute walk from the MCG or a five-minute tram ride. It’s hardly a hassle when you’re enjoying contemporary and spacious living in an inner-city serviced apartment. You’ll have a full kitchen, washer, dryer and high-speed WiFi in your room. There’s no doubt that you’ll feel right at home Quest East Melbourne Quest East is situated opposite the iconic MCG, simply walk just 7 minutes along Wellington Parade after the footy Grand Final and you’ll be at your…

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Apr
18
2018

Adventures in autumn – four awesome Victoria hiking trails

By Victoria /

Autumn is one of the best times of year to go on a Victoria hiking trip. The season in between the scorching summer heat and the cold winter means you’ll enjoy blue skies and comfortable temperatures. There are plenty of stunning Victoria hiking trails around, whether you want to trek for a few hours or a few days.  Hire a car from Melbourne Airport with DriveNow and explore some of these awesome Victoria hiking trails. Cope Hut to Pretty Valley Drive about four hours north east of Melbourne to the Heathy Spur car park just past Falls Creek. This is an incredible place to start if you’re looking for an overnight hiking adventure. It’s a relatively easy trek to Cope Hut, where stunning views from the top of Alpine National Park await. There’s also a scenic trail that leads to the aptly named Pretty Valley, where you can camp overnight. Make your way back towards Falls the next day, or…

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