Destinations

Destinations

Australia

Jun
12
2019

The Chair’s Where? Barham & Koondrook on the mighty Murray

By Australia / New South Wales /

TIME TO DISCOVER THE MIGHTY MURRAY For all of us in southern Australia, whether a local, a visitor or an overseas traveller –  the need will arise to see the Murray River. Often referred to as the Mighty Murray, this river is the lifeblood of numerous agricultural endeavours, the actual border between Victoria and New South Wales, a mecca for fisherman, a delight for paddle steamers… and the list goes on. It is the perfect reason to hire a Melbourne motorhome, grab the wife or partner, the kids, the dog or just travel solo and head off on a great adventure. The Murray covers a huge area with access from numerous states and cities.  There are some well known destinations such as Echuca-Moama, Swan Hill and the like.  My preference, however, tends to the slightly smaller, less busy environs of Barham and Koondrook. LOCATION The townships of Barham and Koondrook sit on opposite sides of the Murray river – only…

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Jun
06
2019

Time to explore Victoria’s tasty food bowl offerings

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Are you ready to taste regional Victoria? Farm to table dining is no longer exclusive to regional restaurants with Melbourne’s top chefs championing Victorian produce, according to the Visit Victoria team. Regional Victoria’s status as a world class food bowl has been underlined as the country’s leading chefs increasingly adopt low food mileages practices to prioritise local producers as their primary source of fresh ingredients.   Flying from interstate? Then check out our incredible Melbourne car rental deals, loosen your belts and hit the road! Read on as Visit Vic’s experts reveal what’s hot in the kitchen. What Grows Together Goes Together St Kilda’s famous Stokehouse, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year as one of Melbourne’s most iconic culinary institutes, will continue their popular dinner series  What Grows Together Goes Together over winter. Head Chef Ollie Hansford, Group Sommelier Gavin Cremming and the team have been hard at work to coordinate four dinners that will each highlight a Victorian region. Victoria’s Macedon…

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May
24
2019

Dry season dreaming in the Northern Territory

By Northern Territory /

The dry season is the best time of year to explore the Northern Territory. From May to October, the weather becomes cooler and drier. This makes it easier to go off-road and explore all corners of the Northern Territory, instead of worrying about heavy rains and potential floods. If you plan to explore the Northern Territory, then you just need to hire a campervan from Darwin Airport. With your set of wheels, follow our guide for the top things to do in the Top End during the dry season. Berry Springs Nature Park Drive 50 kms south east of Darwin city and you’ll encounter the picturesque Berry Springs Nature Park. Have a picnic under a shady tree after cooling off in one of Berry Creek’s beautiful swimming holes. The clear waters are teeming with aquatic life. There’s also a fantastic walking track that takes you through forest and woodlands. Where to stay: AAOK Lakes Resort and Caravan Park Kakadu National…

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May
19
2019

5 regional adventures this winter in Western Australia

By Western Australia /

Western Australia is the place to be if you want the ultimate winter road trip. Not only is Western Australia home to some of the country’s most stunning natural scenery, but it also boasts great weather and awesome events all year round. You can experience the best of everything… sport, art and culture. It’s a large state so you’ll want to secure a cheap car hire deal from Perth Airport. Then make your way to these highlights of Western Australia this winter. Albany Classic Motor Event June 1, 2019 Drive 400 km south east of Perth to this beautiful city at WA’s southern tip. This is where the Albany Classic Motor Event takes place. Crowds line the streets just to see vintage and classic cars drive through the heart of Albany’s CBD and the harbour. You’ll also get to see a re-enactment of the famous 1957 Hill Climb. With all this motorsport history on display, you just can’t get enough!…

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May
07
2019

Southern Highlands counter is set for Pie Time

By New South Wales / Sydney /

WITH the winter chill in the air there’s no better time to have a pie festival! And the ingredients are prepped, organisers have added some extra ‘spice’ to this year’s recipe and the oven timer is set – it’s less than a month until Pie Time 2019 is ready to be served up piping hot to all visitors to the NSW Southern Highlands, so grab your Sydney car rental and loosen your belts! “Pie Time is 30 days and 100s of ways to enjoy pies in the Southern Highlands,” said Steve Rosa, Group Manager Tourism and Economic Development, Destination Southern Highlands, or the ‘Pie Man’ as he is affectionately known. “In one month from today the Southern Highlands truly becomes the Southern Pie-lands for this celebration of the great Australian pie, with many delicious pie themed events, festivals, tours and activities throughout the entire month of June,” Steve continued. Steve went on to say that with just one month to…

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Apr
30
2019

The Chair’s Where? Narooma, New South Wales

By Australia / New South Wales /

TIME TO DISCOVER NAROOMA Comes a point where you have enjoyed checking out the bigger cities, like Melbourne and Sydney, but feel it is time to do some beaches, do some chillin’ out, and maybe go for a road trip. I couldn’t agree more, so grab yourself a vehicle, perhaps hire a motorhome rental, and look no further than the Sapphire Coast and the wonderful township of Narooma. LOCATION The relaxed township of Narooma is a steady four hour drive south of Sydney, or a slightly longer six hour drive from Melbourne. All roads are fully sealed major routes and are all weather accessible. The journey to Narooma will allow for numerous scenic photo opportunities from seascapes to landscapes and stunning hillside viewing platforms in between. Smaller townships along the way will provide options for ‘bric a brac’ browsing, antique purchases, local farmers’ produce, and everywhere will have a bakery with ‘the best meat pie’ award. In other words, the…

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Destinations

Europe

May
21
2019

London calling – 5 must-see landmarks for music lovers

By London /

Some of the world’s best in music were born and bred in the United Kingdom. The London music scene has delivered icons such as The Beatles, Oasis, The Spice Girls and Elton John. But just because you may never meet the stars in person doesn’t mean you can’t feel close to them by visiting music landmarks, which can be found all across London. When you arrive in the UK, make sure you hire a car from London Airport and check out these top music landmarks. Abbey Road Crossing No trip to London is complete without visiting Abbey Road Crossing. If you’re a Beatles fan then this is one of the music landmarks you can’t miss. All you need is three friends and a photographer to re-create the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album. Talk a walk to the Abbey Road Studios nearby to check out where the Fab Four recorded many of their hits. Queen ‘We Will Rock You’…

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Apr
23
2019

Have an unforgettable stay at these 5 great Madrid hotels

By Europe /

Madrid is full of elegant boulevards, old world charm and a rich culture. Deciding where to stay in Spain’s capital city can be overwhelming because there are hundreds of Madrid hotels to choose from. We’ve put together a list of the top five Madrid hotels based on location, service and comfort. Each of these Madrid hotels have parking available for your DriveNow hire car from Madrid Airport. VP Jardin de Recoletos VP Jardin de Recoletos is so close to famous sites like the National Archaeological Museum, the National Library and the Retiro Park. It’s in Madrid’s elegant Salamanca district, which is ideal for people who love shopping, food and culture. But if the fantastic location isn’t enough to sell you on this hotel, then perhaps the spacious rooms with a kitchenette and terrace will do the job. Vinnci the Mint Vinnci the Mint is the type of hotel that is so fun and fashionable. You wouldn’t mind spending your entire…

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Mar
22
2019

Road trip adventures in Munich and beyond

By Germany /

Are you visiting the beautiful city of Munich in Germany? There are so many incredible things to see and do in Munich. But you should also think about hiring a car from hiring a car from Munich Airport and visiting attractions outside the city. Here’s our list of the top five things to see during a short road trip from Munich. Neuschwanstein Castle (pictured) This fairy-tale like castle on a Bavarian mountaintop was built by the famous King Ludwig II. Although incomplete, the architecture is stunning and even went on to castles you see in Disney movies. To get the best view of the 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, make sure you walk to Marienbruck (Mary’s Bridge). You’ll just above the castle. To avoid the crowd taking photos, continue after the bridge and hike a little higher up the hill. You’ll have a postcard view all to yourself. you’re in town. Also hire a row boat on the lake in town for another romantic and picturesque experience. Where to stay: Camping…

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Destinations

New Zealand

Jan
29
2019

5 Places to go in a campervan from Auckland, NZ’s North Island

By North Island /

New Zealand’s North Island can sometimes be overlooked for travellers who want to explore the south. But the North Island is an incredible place to see with your own eyes. Imagine picturesque mountain ranges, lakes, glaciers and coastline. The North Island also has warmer weather, which is perfect for summer campervan adventurers. If you’re stuck for transportation, consider hiring a cheap campervan from Auckland to explore these incredible destinations. 1. Bay Of Islands This is easily one of the most stunning coastal areas in New Zealand, and you surely can’t miss it. There are more than 140 gorgeous islands to visit. You can jump on board a sailing boat for the day, go fishing or relax by the beach and beautiful harbours. If you have extra time, visit the remote Cape Reinga. Where to stay: Bay of Islands Holiday Park, Paihia Top 10 Holiday Park 2. Hobbiton (also known as Matamata) Lord of the Rings made New Zealand and its…

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Nov
11
2018

The Chair’s Where? Coramandal Peninsula, New Zealand

By Auckland / New Zealand /

TIME TO DISCOVER CORAMANDAL PENINSULA So you have flown into Auckland in New Zealand and picked up your motorhome rental or car. You’ve done the local sights. Been over the bridge, checked out the harbour, had several doses of traditional indigenous experience and eaten at some great local cafes. But New Zealand is so much more than Auckland and its immediate locales. Indeed, a steady two hour drive can take you to the Coramandal Peninsula. Now this truly is a region suited to a few nights stay as you move from Wahai beach to Whitianga. Why? LOCATION You don’t have to go far in New Zealand to find some great views. The mountain climbs as you head to and through the Coramandel, so allow for a photographic delight. The walking tracks, the waterfalls, the intricately balanced ecology make for a learning curve at every step. But for me, it was about the east coast of the Coramandal. HIGHLIGHTS Waihi beach. Whether…

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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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Destinations

United States

May
31
2019

10 hot new hotels in Los Angeles for business travellers

By Los Angeles / United States /

There’s no more happening a place in the American summertime than Los Angeles whether you’re heading to a game of baseball at Dodgers Stadium (pictured), travelling there for business, or some fun at the many attractions. One of the world’s most popular cities for business travel or simply a holiday, there’s also a lot to look forward to with several new hotels on the way giving visitors to Los Angeles even more choice than ever. After starting your Los Angeles adventure with a great car hire deal at Los Angeles airport with DriveNow consider parking your wheels at one of these new hotels. Soho Warehouse (Arts District, Downtown) July 2019 The London-based Soho Warehouse is the third in LA and set to open in the south Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. Soho Warehouse will span more than 110,000 square feet, making it one of the biggest standalone Houses and the first with guestrooms on the West Coast. The property will…

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May
29
2019

Driving the USA – Road trip Route 66 in a motorhome

By United States /

A Route 66 adventure is the ultimate road trip with friends or family. Route 66, which is also known as the ‘Mother Road’, spans nearly 4000 kilometres across eight states, from Chicago to California. Since earning its name ‘Route 66’ in 1926, it has inspired songs, films, TV shows and books. But even though it was officially decommissioned in 1985, people from all walks of life still come together to travel one of the world’s most famous highways. Just hire a campervan from Los Angeles Airport so your adventure can begin. As you drive this iconic highway, check out some of these roadside attractions, while staying in vintage motels and seeking out American road food. Santa Monica You can either begin or end your Route 66 adventure in Santa Monica. Either way, you’ll have plenty of fun exploring where the west coast meets the Pacific Ocean. Drive along the Santa Monica Boulevard and stretch your legs for a walk along…

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May
27
2019

Sleepless in Seattle with these 5 great museums

By Seattle /

Seattle may be home to the headquarters of global giants like Microsoft and Amazon, but it’s so much more than just a tech city. Washington State’s largest city is surrounded by water, mountains and thousands of acres of forests and parks. Another tick is that it has plenty to offer the ones who love culture, art and history. Seattle has a range of fantastic museums to explore and most have free entry on some days of the week. Start your trip by snapping up a great car hire deal at Seattle Airport with DriveNow. Then check out some of these top museums. Seattle Art Museum The Seattle community regards this cultural gem as the city’s most prestigious museum. It’s famous for its non-stop special exhibitions that give you something new to look forward to each time and there’s even more artwork on display since it underwent a recent major expansion. Expect everything from Impressionism to cultural showcases from across the…

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