Destinations

Australia

Oct
23
2018

5 reasons to tuck into the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

By Perth / Western Australia /

Just while the west coast’s colourful wildflowers put on a show in the Spring, the chefs also come out to play as food lovers converge on the Margaret River Gourmet Escape. It’s one of the premier foodie events on a global scale, let alone Australia so grab a Perth campervan or car rental and get ready for some seriously tasty treats come November 16-18.  And here’s a warning – you may just forget about returning home and stay on for summer as you explore the regions amazing attractions. Nigella’s Tea Party Margaret River Gourmet Escape is a unique event attracting local, national and international visitors to enjoy a food and wine 3 day festival program. Cumulatively since the inaugural 2012 event 80,000 passionate foodies have shared in the unique local flavours, incredible landscapes, fun atmosphere and the personal experiences of their favourite attending food and wine celebrities. Could any be more popular than Nigella? “I have always had a slight…

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Oct
22
2018

Best campsites and hidden gems in NSW this spring and summer

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Destination NSW know better than anyone about the best camping spots for the warmer weather that comes with spring and summer. As the team says “It’s the ideal time of year to discover some of NSW’s secret campsites and hidden gems.” Rent a car or campervan at Sydney airport, then off you go on a camping adventure! According to Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase, “NSW is filled with hidden camping gems waiting to be discovered. NSW has amazing coastal and bush camping spots that continue to stay under the radar and would make an ideal weekend away this spring.” “These hidden camping gems are just that, secret spots that locals across NSW love due to their unique location and easy access to beautiful beaches, stunning national parks and pristine wilderness environments.” “Tourism managers across the state have shared their favourite secret camping spots with Destination NSW for this short-list, however, this does not exhaust the multitude of amazing campsites just…

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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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Oct
18
2018

The Chair’s Where? Balranald in southern New South Wales

By New South Wales / Sydney /

So you have been to the coast, done the theatre and eaten at enough gourmet restaurants. Looking for something different and feel like a road trip to somewhere unique? Well then, I suggest you pick up a motorhome, or fuel up a car and head to Balranald in southern New South Wales. Oh… may I suggest you bring some sturdy shoes or boots, you will discover why a little later. LOCATION Balranald is strategically placed just over the border in NSW.  It is a bit over 400km from Melbourne, and a bit over 500km from Adelaide. It is near to Swan Hill, a tourist attraction of its own standing.  All routes to Balranald are sealed bitumen roads and give access to assorted wineries, view and photos, farm produce like free range eggs, antiques, arts and crafts and a myriad more similar opportunities. DISCOVERY CENTRE Having arrived in Balranald can I suggest an immediate visit to the Discovery Centre. Here are…

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Oct
10
2018

5 amazing Sydney hotels in summer to park your wheels

By New South Wales / Sydney /

Summer is officially here in 7 weeks (and a few days) and there is no better Australian city than Sydney to experience the sunshine and all the action the fun of the warmer months. So whether you’re flying into town and grabbing a car rental, or wheeling your way into town by road, here are 5 hot hotels worth looking at right now and booking in for your summer of fun in the New South Wales capital. Felix Hotels by 8 Hotels (Mascot) Sometimes you just need something right next door to the airport to provide the home base to explore. In which case you can’t go past the nearby Felix, only 10 minutes walk from the baggage collection area of the Sydney airport domestic terminal. It’s a hotel oozing simplicity and a Catch-Me-If-You-Can feel from yesteryear. It’s hip, simplistic, and there’s easy access to hit the road yourself, by Uber, catch a train or bus. Felix Hotel’s design is…

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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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Europe

Aug
17
2018

5 ways to play in Madrid when you have your own set of wheels

By Europe /

The bustling city of Madrid is a city of elegant boulevards, historic palaces and plazas and rich European art. Spain is also home to many other historic regional cities, towns and scenic countryside. Lock in a cheap price to hire a car at Madrid Airport with DriveNow and get ready to explore one of Europe’s most popular destinations outside the capital. Here are five places to visit after you’ve explored Madrid.  El Parque Natural del Cabo de Gata Five and a half hours south of Madrid. When people think of Spain’s beaches, most imagine the Mediterranean’s crowded seaside resorts. However, El Parque Natural del Cabo de Gato is a stunning stretch of coastline where you can discover flawless, tranquil beaches without the crowds. This area in sunny Almeria comprises of quaint villages, green mountains, rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and stunning blue waters. Ubeda  Three hours south of Madrid. Travel south to the beautiful province of Jaen to witness one of…

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May
02
2018

Spring into action with these great Berlin attractions

By Europe / Germany /

Berlin attractions are at their peak in spring. The sun is shining, the parks are green and the streets are alive with smiling locals as the weather warms up. Are you planning a trip to Germany’s capital this spring? Find a cheap deal to hire a car from Berlin Airport and check out these Berlin attractions. Berlin Wall You can’t visit Germany without exploring the world’s most famous wall. For nearly 30 years it was a symbol of the Cold War, dividing Berlin and the world. The destruction of the wall was one of history’s most celebrated moments. As a result, there’s little left of it. There’s a section of the wall that’s about 1km long with more than 100 paintings. They document the city’s history and pay tribute to the lives lost while trying to escape to freedom. Beer Gardens One of the most popular Berlin attractions is the beer gardens. With spring beginning and as more people take…

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Apr
26
2018

London calling with 5 hot restaurants for foodies

By London /

London’s food scene is alive and kicking with flavours from every corner of the globe. Tuck into a nicely done steak and chips, or lap up a delicious Asian soup dish with dumplings. London and it’s seemingly endless number of top restaurants are calling. When you touch down at Heathrow Airport, pick up a hire car from DriveNow. Then you’ll be set as you race from one place to another, enjoying all the goodies that London’s food scene has to offer. Stop by some of these great London restaurants. Royal China This is a great place to take yourself when you’re craving dumplings and special dim sums. Royal China (check out this tempting dish above) is sure to tempt your taste buds with aromatic rice, honey roast pork and other meat creations. Even when you’re about to burst you won’t be able to resist some black sesame dumplings covered in peanut crumbs to top it off. The Harwood Arms The…

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New Zealand

Oct
01
2018

New Zealand events you want to be part of

By New Zealand /

During the spring and summer months, New Zealand events are all the rage. Food, music, art and sport… you name it. Be part of the celebrations as Spring brings a burst of energy and adventure. Hire a campervan from Auckland so you can travel to one of these great New Zealand events and stay for days. The New Zealand Cider Festival 3 November, 2018 Travel to Nelson, which produces more than 60 per cent of New Zealand’s cider. The New Zealand Cider Festival showcases more than 80 different varieties of cider from across the country. Held in a gorgeous Founders Heritage Park, this is one relaxed event you don’t want to miss. Where to stay: Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motel Taste of Auckland 1 – 4 November Taste everything the amazing city of Auckland has to offer. Celebrate the city’s thriving restaurants, pop-up bars and feel inspired by local creations. Expose yourself to unique Maori culture by trying…

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Aug
04
2018

It’s not too late to book your last minute New Zealand ski holiday

By New Zealand /

A ski holiday is one of the best ways to spend winter with the family. Most people start to hit the slopes when the snow season begins in June. But the great news is you can wait until October to go skiing or snowboarding and the trip is still going to be just as great. A New Zealand ski holiday offers you postcard views at every turn and terrain for different experience levels. Check out some of the cheap car rental deals on New Zealand’s north and south islands, then make your way to the slopes. Mt Hutt, South Island Mt Hutt is the ideal place for you if you want a laidback skiing holiday. The terrain, which includes 365 hectares of treeless slopes, is best suited to beginners and intermediates. Mt Hutt is usually never too crowded and best of all, it’s just an hour and a half drive from Christchurch. The Remarkables, South Island This incredible resort is,…

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United States

Oct
03
2018

5 things to see in New York City at New Year’s

By New York / United States /

New York City has many charms, but nothing quite compares to the spirit of the holidays. It may be cold and snowing in the winter, but you can simply rug up and wear comfortable footwear to experience NYC’s festive events and decorations. If you’re travelling around the US, why not find a bargain car hire deal to get you from A to B? Once you’re in New York City, ring in the New Year by visiting some of the best attractions. Rockerfeller Center This iconic New York site is perfect for a Christmas visit. The huge complex gives you access to panoramic city views. On the ground level there’s an ice-skating rink, where you’re sure to have fun. Of course, you must make time to see the famous Rockerfeller Christmas tree in all its glory. Central Park There are many ways to enjoy New York’s great green space during winter. There’s outdoor ice-skating and the opportunity to hire a sled,…

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Jul
20
2018

A foodie’s guide to the best San Francisco restaurants

By California /

San Francisco is a beautiful city by the bay, which has everything to offer. Whether you love being outdoors, visiting cultural sites or dining at incredible San Francisco restaurants, you can find what you’re looking for. San Francisco is a paradise, especially for food loves because it has a variety of diverse restaurants, cafes and street food stalls. Certainly, this means the options are endless. Hire a car with DriveNow and spend enough time in the city to explore these great San Francisco restaurants. The Citrus Club The Citrus Club on Haight Street gives a whole new understanding of how simple changes with a focus on local ingredients can transform a dish. This Asian restaurant serves up noodle dishes from Vietnam to Indonesia with a unique twist. The Citrus Club even substitutes citrus fruit for oil, which therefore puts the best of California’s fresh fruits onto your plate! Udon Mugizo Fresh, homemade udon noodles in the heart of Japantown. What…

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Jun
06
2018

Sunshine and Santa Monica – top spots for your summer holiday

By California / United States /

      Santa Monica, the end of the line for Route 66, is famous for its sunshine, surf and sand. It’s a paradise for anybody who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, and enjoy everything this gorgeous, sunny patch has to offer. The first thing you should do when you fly into LA airport is hire a car with DriveNow, and head west towards Santa Monica.  Check out these five top attractions and activities. Venice Beach The buzzing beachside town of Venice Beach is among LA’s top attractions. It’s graced with stylish boutique stores, cafes, live entertainment and awesome surf. It’s also just a short distance from Santa Monica. The Venice Boardwalk is a popular spot where you can casually stroll or take a bike tour as you enjoy the ocean scenery and nearby canals. Sailing Cruise Imagine sunset out on the water, where you can enjoy stunning views of the coast….

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