Jan
03
2018

Things to do at Port Fairy Folk Festival

By Great Ocean Road /

Port Fairy in southwest Victoria is a quiet seaside town and a popular stopover for couples travelling the Great Ocean Road. This beautiful and charming place is also home to Australia’s premier folk music festival. It’s held every year in March and showcases national and international acts. The streets of Port Fairy come alive with buskers and people who love and appreciate everything to do with folk music. This March grab a bargain car hire deal at Melbourne Airport and drive three and a half hours west of Melbourne. Here are some of the best things to do when you get there. Enjoy the music Of course, the Port Fairy Folk Festival is all about the music! The festival includes dozens of acts acts performing folk, acoustic roots, bluegrass, blues, jazz and country roots. Admire to some of your favourite folk artists live on stage while also discovering new talent you haven’t heard of before. There’s the award winning Western…

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Oct
24
2017

DriveNow’s new rental vehicle excess insurance giving you more choice

By Australia / Christchurch / Great Ocean Road / New Zealand / United States / Victoria /

Rental vehicle excess insurance is a great option for many people who are choosing a self-drive holiday. Driving holidays are becoming more and more popular both in Australia and overseas. That’s why DriveNow has partnered with Hiccup Insurance to give customers the option of taking out affordable new product for rental vehicle excess insurance. It’s for anyone who is hiring a car in Australia, and also Australians who are travelling overseas. Check out some of the rental vehicle excess insurance deals that you can pre-purchase. There’s also the options of buying excess reduction when you arrive to pick up your car! Or you can stick to the standard insurance policy and not take out additional cover. There’s an option for everybody, so check out these destinations where we recommend a self-drive holiday! New Zealand – Christchurch to Te Anau The best to see New Zealand’s most impressive terrains is to drive. Pick up your hire vehicle in Christchurch. After a day of sightseeing around the city,…

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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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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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Jan
19
2015

Eight amazing wilderness camping spots in Victoria

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Victoria /

Victoria is home to some of the best camping areas in Australia. From the dramatic cliffs along the scenic Great Ocean Road to the impressive mountains in the northeast, we’ve identified eight of Victoria’s best wilderness camping spots. The Grampians Admire stunning forest landscapes, adventure out on day hikes and swim in cascading waterfalls. There are several camping spots in a peaceful forest setting beside a tranquil river throughout the Grampians National Park, including the Jimmy Creek Campground, Strachans Campground and Borough Huts Campground, to name a few. The Great Ocean Road The Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria’s most pristine stretches of coastline, with opportunities to surf, hike, visit historical attractions. One of our favourite places to stay around the area is Cumberland River Reserve – an unspoiled, grassed camping area. Located next to a gentle river flowing out to sea and surrounded by cliffs, it’s nothing short of magical. Croajingolong National Park You’ll encounter white sandy beaches and lush rainforest throughout Croajingolong National Park in Victoria’s far-east. Go hiking,…

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Dec
31
2014

Keep the faith with the Twelve Apostles in Victoria

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Victoria /

A stunning landscape, a fascinating history and one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations. The Twelve Apostles is the number one must-see attraction for every person who travels along the Great Ocean Road. The Twelve Apostles have survived for longer than the number of years that people have inhabited Australia. They were created by constant erosion of the mainland’s limestone cliffs by the Southern Ocean up to 20 million years ago. Eight of these Apostles still remain, with the limestone columns rising up to 45 metres from the sea. Yet sadly, the erosion from wind and waves which helped form these magnificent structures all that time ago will also eventually destroy them, with the base of the cliffs being eroded at a rate of roughly 2cm each year. It’s possible that further erosion of the mainland will cause new structures to naturally form in their place but it’s still worth witnessing the spectacular sight of the Twelve Apostles as they stand today. Gaze at these majestic…

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Dec
21
2014

Five amazing sights on a Great Ocean Road drive

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / Victoria /

DRIVE the Great Ocean Road, a stunning, dramatic stretch of coastline in south-west Victoria. With several natural and historical attractions, it’s without a doubt one of the most amazing trips you’ll take in Australia. After all, the Great Ocean Road Drive took out the title of Australia’s ‘Best Road Trip’ in the Australian Traveller’s 2014 People’s Choice Awards. Here are five attractions and activities for your road trip along the Great Ocean Road.  Surf at Torquay This seaside town, just over an hour from Melbourne, is home to the famous Bells Beach, where the annual Rip Curl Pro event is held. It’s the birthplace of surf culture in Australia, with leading surf brands such as Quicksilver and Ripcurl established here 30 years ago. It’s also the official start of the Great Ocean Road, why not celebrate with some waves? If you’re a beginner, you can easily organise a quick surfing lesson. Explore the Wreck of the Loch Ard Experienced divers can join dive…

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Dec
11
2014

Six great whale watching spots in Australia

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / New South Wales / Queensland / Victoria /

AUSTRALIA’S whale watching season mostly runs during the second half of the year, but it’s always good to plan your whale watching trip in advance for next year. You can take a boat tour or spot whales from the mainland as they make their annual journey. It’s a spectacular sight of nature, one not to be missed. Humpback and southern right whales are most commonly spotted migrating up and down Australia’s east and west coasts each year as they search for warmer waters and places to breed. Here’s some of the best spots in Australia for whale watching. Cape Byron, New South Wales Australia’s most easterly point, Byron Bay, is perfect for whale watching. Volunteers at the Cape Byron Lighthouse will answer all your questions about whales before you can head to the areas beaches where you can spot breaching humpbacks. Hervey Bay, Queensland From mid-July to November, Harvey Bay is a wonderful spot for people on the mainland to watch whales migrating southwards. While travelling through the Great Barrier Reef region many humpbacks and…

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Jun
12
2014

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

By Adelaide / Australia / Great Ocean Road / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Tasmania / Victoria /

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 a random place knowing you’re about to discover something new. Road trips in Australia are in. It’s the buzz style of travel Down Under especially given the large amount of caravan holiday parks at just about every city, town or hamlet you drive through. So what are five recommendations from the bunch of fantastic experiences in every state of our…

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Aug
29
2013

Park in profile – BIG4 Beacon Resort, Victoria

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / Victoria /

PARK IN PROFILE: BIG4 Beacon Resort, Queenscliff, Vic Where: 78 Bellarine Highway, Queenscliff. Website: http://www.beaconresort.com.au 10 words or less: Stylish modern cabins, marine parks, bike trails, kids heaven. The lowdown:  Pick up your Victorian campervan rental and head south for the Bellarine Peninsula and you will discover the beautiful BIG4 Beacon Resort. Adventure is the name of the game for visitors to the Bellarine Peninsula, as BIG4 Beacon Resort in Queenscliff is the ideal spot for an action-filled family break. Cycle one of the scenic bike trails, test your surf skills at a local beach or stay at the park and join the aqua aerobics classes or weekly yoga class. There are also plenty of ways the kids can burn some energy including an inflatable trampoline, tennis court and adventure playground. Of course, a holiday can’t be all work and no play. An on-site day spa allows you to reward your efforts with a massage and pedicure. Accommodation at the…

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May
30
2013

Park in profile – Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces, Victoria

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / Victoria /

PARK IN PROFILE: Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces, Victoria Where: 311 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, overlooking beautiful Bass Strait and close to great swimming and surf beaches. Website: http://pisces-holiday-park.vic.big4.com.au 10 words or less: Super coastal drive, cliff-top ocean views, hit the waves. The lowdown: After grabbing your Melbourne campervan rental head south past Geelong and onto the Great Ocean Road for one of the most scenic drives the state of Victoria has to offer. Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces is set at the foothills of the Otways on a beautiful hillside. The park offers a quiet and relaxing base for exploring the Great Ocean Road’s many surfing hotspots. Surfing novice or champion of the waves, there’s a beach along the Great Ocean Road to suit every experience level. There are several excellent surfing schools that operate year round while those who prefer to sit back and watch the experts at work can plan a trip over the Easter long weekend to…

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Mar
30
2013
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Shush don’t tell Destination Secrets – Victoria – Bellarine Peninsula to the Great Ocean Road

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Victoria /

If you’re visiting Victoria or just looking for a great day or weekend away from Melbourne there’s plenty of places to visit just a stone’s throw from the city. Here’s our collection to tackle with your Melbourne Car Rental from the Bellarine Peninsula to the Great Ocean Road….. Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale How Far: 105km south-west of Melbourne (90 minutes) Getting there: Across the West Gate Bridge on the Geelong freeway and continue down the B110 Bellarine Peninsula Highway Point Lonsdale sits at the head of Port Philip bay on the edge of the Rip, the Bay’s narrow entrance. This quiet unassuming seaside town, has family friendly bayside beaches whilst on the surf back beaches there are amazing rock pools to swim and explore in and miles of empty beach to get lost on. Off-beach there’s plenty to do including tennis courts and a shopping strip with cafes, super-market, surf shop and restaurants. 2 Holiday parks in Point Lonsdale offer…

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