Destinations

Destinations

Australia

Feb
08
2019

Easter gems along the Mighty Murray

By New South Wales / Victoria /

There’s no other river like the Mighty Murray, which spans across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. With the legendary Murray stretching 2,500km, you’ll find hotspots for water sports, nature, wineries, galleries and events. You can also find quiet spots that are ideal for a quiet camping trip. Grab a set of wheels (a cheap campervan to hire or check out the great car deals from DriveNow) and go exploring. Here are five wonderful experiences to have along the Murray River this Easter. Have a go at fishing Of course, you can’t holiday to the Murray without attempting this classic Murray experience. The native Murray cod is Australia’s largest freshwater fish and a prized catch. But anglers will often look for the golden perch (yellow belly), trout and freshwater cray, to name a few. Some of the hotspots for fishing include Yarrawonga, Albury, the Narrows near Barmah, and Kings Billabong. Spend your days relaxing by the riverside or fishing…

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Feb
06
2019

8 ways to spoil a loved one in New South Wales

By New South Wales /

Looking for romantic ideas for your adventures with a loved one in New South Wales? We dig up 8 great ideas thanks to the Destination NSW team. Grab a car rental from Sydney and get ready to explore to your heart’s content… Step back in time Immerse yourself in nostalgia with a short break to the historic Blue Mountains. Stay in one of the most famous hotels in the area, The Hydro Majestic, with stunning valley views and old-world charm. At Katoomba, sip an elegant apéritif at Champagne Charlies inside the heritage Carrington Hotel, dine at charming and good-value French bistro, The Rooster, and don’t miss the sunset from famous vantage point and wedding-photo fave, Lincoln Rock in Wentworth Falls. Wellness for two For a wellness escape steeped in luxury, stay at the remote and heavenly Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley (pictured). With an established reputation as one of Australia’s top retreats, it boasts 40 heritage-style villas with private…

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Jan
25
2019

5 Great Reasons to head for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

By Melbourne /

Great wine? Check. Yummy food creations? Check. Good company? Check. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has everything you need to guarantee an incredible day of fun and indulgence. Sample Australia’s world-class wines, meet chefs who can teach you some unique tips for the kitchen and relax. This year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival runs from March 8 – 24, promising many opportunities for an unforgettable culinary experience. Tip: for those who are travelling from out of town, you can snap up a bargain car hire deal from Melbourne Airport with DriveNow. Here are five must-have experiences at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The Village Feast March 16 Travel just one hour from Melbourne to the tiny dairy farming town of Jindivick in West Gippsland. This is where The Village Feast takes place, making for the ultimate country getaway. Several pop up stalls and big names line Jindivick’s main street with exceptional food, produce and drinks. Soak up the…

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Jan
20
2019

5 Aussie sites every campervanner should bookmark

By Australia /

Whether you’re roadtripping in Tasmania or at the Top End, way out Wests or on the east coast, Australian campervanners will always have a better holiday experience with a few handy resources at hand. That includes resourceful websites or apps. But you’ve gotta know where to find them. Yes, sometimes the thrill of adventure can include taking a motorhome into foreign ground without knowledge of what’s ahead of you. But why wouldn’t you want to know how to quickly check the cheapest fuel available? Or what some of the experts say is “must do” in a city you’ve never been before? Or cashing in on super cheap holiday activities via a particular site or app? Whether you own your own campervan or have a Campervan rental for a couple of weeks, save these onto your favourites list to help make that motorhome adventure even more special. Petrol Spy Australia www.petrolspy.com.au Pretty obvious, this one. A tool (available in android or…

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Jan
15
2019

5 reasons to visit the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival

By New South Wales /

Get ready for one of the most exciting events on the annual calendar for beer and cider lovers. The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival runs over the Australia Day long weekend (26 – 27th January). Beer, music and food enthusiasts will have plenty to celebrate in the Southern Highlands, which is just a 90 minute drive south of Sydney. Here are five reasons why you should visit the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival. It’s only a short drive from Sydney Drive just 90 minutes south of Sydney and you’ll arrive at Bowral, the home of the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival. The proximity to Sydney makes it the perfect choice for a weekend getaway. If you don’t have a set of wheels available, then you can snatch up a last minute car hire bargain at Sydney Airport thanks to DriveNow. Let the weekend road trip begin! It’s all about the beer and cider! The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival is…

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Jan
03
2019

New South Wales summer beach destinations for the family

By New South Wales /

Planning a road trip to the New South Wales coast? A summer holiday has never been easier! New South Wales offers some of Australia’s most exciting beach destinations and the good news is the sun shines for months after if you’re looking to plan a trip into the Aussie autumn. There are beach destinations to suit every traveller, whether you’re looking for a surf beach, calm waters or somewhere to relax on. All you need is a set of wheels (you can hire a bargain Sydney caravan hire deal from DriveNow). Then you’re ready to start your coastal adventure. Byron Bay This is one of the most exciting beach destinations for adventurers in northern New South Wales, just like Tallow Beach (pictured). It’s famous for its surfing and scuba diving sites. Just 15 minutes from the centre of town you’ll encounter several exciting walking tracks at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Look out for the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse and…

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Destinations

Europe

Nov
28
2018

The most magical Christmas markets to visit in France this year

By Europe /

A European Christmas is very different to an Aussie one. There’s no scorching heatwaves, sizzling BBQs or Christmas Day at the beach. But, there are the twinkling Christmas lights, warming up by a fire with a mulled wine, and our favourite, the magical Christmas markets that pop up around European cities. If you’re heading to France this festive period, you’re in for a treat. There are plenty to choose from, from the grand to the cute and quaint, it can be a difficult task on deciding which ones to visit. DriveNow has rounded up the most magical Christmas markets to visit in France this year. Enjoy. Strasbourg For a true festive French experience, head to France’s oldest Christmas market. Strasbourg Christmas market dates all the way back to 1577. Today, over two million tourists visit here every year to take in the beauty of the hundreds of miles of twinkling lights, a living nativity and live Advent concerts. Sample the…

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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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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

Jan
26
2019

Why you need to visit Los Angeles in February

By California / United States /

If you’re one who doesn’t enjoy travelling in the peak of summer, then you should consider visiting LA in February. It’s cooler while still being pleasant and there’s fewer crowds. You just need to hire a car from LA Airport, then you can check out these top things to do in February. Chinese New Year You thought the New Year was done and dusted in January… think again. February brings Chinese New Year as the east meets the west in LA. What better place to celebrate Chinese New Year other than Chinatown? Expect tens of thousands of people to line the streets, with firecrackers, live music and dozens of floats in LA’s famous Golden Dragon Parade. Valentine’s Day Be romantic and plan an epic Valentine’s Day for your partner in LA! You can have a candlelit dinner at a fancy restaurant by the ocean or with mountain views. If you really want to impress your date with an extravagant experience,…

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Nov
14
2018

8 hidden gems in the NYC music scene

By New York /

  Everybody knows NYC for its famous broadway shows, subway buskers and outdoor concerts. The music scene is the city’s heart and soul, although NYC has many music venues that you probably don’e even know about! If you’re stopping by NYC for your USA driving holiday, you should check out some of these hiddem gems. Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn Steel quickly made a name for itself after opening last year, with five nights of sold-out rock concerts. Since then it has become one of the most popular music halls for locals, with many performances for one night only. Some upcoming names include The Front Bottoms and rapper Noname. Barbes Imagine watching musicians perform a friendly, intimate back room of a French bar. That’s Barbes for you and it’s one of the city’s most diverse music scenes. You can expect everything from indie rock, West African funk, jazz and French musette. Flushing Town Hall The iconic Flushing Town Hall, which was built…

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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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