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
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
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
15
2018

Treat yourself to one of these Melbourne luxury experiences for couples

By Melbourne /

When in Melbourne you don’t have to travel far to lap up incredible luxury experiences. From taking to the skies to hitting boutique stores, Melbourne has a lot to offer someone seeking luxury experiences in the city. All you need is a set of wheels to get started. Save with a DriveNow hire car package and then sign up for one of these luxury experiences. Yarra Valley Balloon Flight It’s an early start to your day, but a flight over one of Victoria’s spectacular wine regions is well worth it. You’ll admire rolling hills, vineyards and surrounding forest, with the CBD skyline in the distance. You’ll be in a comfortable basket with a small group. At the end of the flight top it off with some cheese and wine in the Yarra Valley. Stay overnight at the zoo This is bound to be a night you’ll never forget. Werribee Open Range Zoo offers a Slumber Safari, which is a perfect…

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Jan
25
2018

Five great reasons for a summer escape to Queenscliff

By Melbourne / Victoria /

Steeped in history, Queenscliff’s modern, cosmopolitan touch is driving everyone south in Victoria to discover its charms in accommodation, dining, train rides and seaside appeal among dozens of other reasons. From its early beginnings in the 1850s when it became a strategic defence post close to the entrance of Port Phillip which in turn provided shipping access to Geelong and Melbourne, it’s become a hot-ticket item for “great escape” destinations in Australia. Only a 90-minute drive to the Bellarine Peninsula in your Melbourne airport, Queenscliff has dozens of reasons for a weekend – or week-long – escape, but here five standouts. 360Q – a waterfront feast for the senses Great ocean views, superb service, incredible food and live entertainment. There’s 10 words or less that should be enough to suggest you’d be crazy to avoid spectacular 360Q waterfront restaurant (pictured) at Queenscliff Marina. The venue was closed in 2014 but was reborn over 12 months ago under the management of…

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