Destinations

Destinations

Australia

Dec
05
2018

Sydney summer events – five reasons you have to be there!

By Australia / Sydney /

  Longer days, warmer nights, BBQ season- summer is when Sydney really shines. Not only do the stunning beaches and coastal walks look their best in the glorious sunshine, but the city comes to life with a whole host of exciting events to keep visitors entertained. Ready to pack your bags? After hiring a car from Sydney Airport, make sure you check out what’s on the Sydney events calendar during your stay. Sydney NYE Sydney is the New Year’s Eve capital of Australia, if not the world! From here you can be among the first major cities in the world to welcome in the New Year. The city is famous for its midnight fireworks at Sydney Harbour. Each year, more than one million people come to the various vantage points around the harbour to watch the colourful show and celebrate the end of the year in style. Chinese New Year More than one million people took part in Sydney’s Chinese…

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Dec
03
2018

Top South Australian caravan parks in wine country

By South Australia /

South Australia has everything to offer – relaxation, indulgence and beautiful scenery. It’s particularly famous for its wineries. South Australia is also a family friendly destination, thanks to its great variety of caravan parks – the perfect places to park your wheels while venturing off for a tipple or two in the vineyards! Pack the family in a campervan rental from Adelaide and head to one of these parks. McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park Drive 40 kilometres from Adelaide to the heard of McLaren Vale and a magnificent stay awaits. McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park is 38 acres of tranquil bush, with unspoiled scenic views. It’s also very close to some of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s best wineries and restaurants. Within the park, kids can entertain themselves with a swimming pool, tennis and volleyball courts. Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park This place is a holiday park and a vineyard rolled into one! It’s a gorgeous spot for functions, including weddings, so you…

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Nov
26
2018

Gold Coast fun parks for summer holidays

By Gold Coast /

The Gold Coast is blessed with good weather all year round. But summer is the best time to take the kids, who are on school holidays, to the beach for a few weeks. Even beyond summer, now is also a good time to start planning your trip for Autumn and Winter. Search and compare cheap car hire deals from Gold Coast airport with DriveNow. Once you have secured your rental car, stay at one of these fantastic local accommodation options. Ashmore Palms Gold Coast If you don’t want a hotel, motel or apartment, then a self-contained cabin at Ashmore Palms is for you. Choose from budget or luxury holiday cabins, which have everything you need to feel at home. Ashmore Palms facilities include beautiful swimming lagoons, kids playgrounds, a tennis court and a BBQ. There’s also a general store – just in case you forget one of your ingredients while cooking dinner! One of the highlights is the free family…

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Nov
20
2018

Country adventures galore in New South Wales

By New South Wales /

Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. What better way to spend this marvelCous time of year, other than with one of these New South Wales country adventures. Hire a cheap car rental from Sydney Airport, then embark on a trip to regional New South Wales. These great country adventures are within a few hours’ drive from Sydney. Tamworth The regional town that’s home to the famous Golden Guitar comes alive every January comes alive with the Tamworth Country Music Festival. It’s 10 days of 700 performers, including some of country music’s biggest names like Troy Cassar-Daley and Kasey Chambers. Most of the events are free. When this music mania is over there are scenic lookouts, museums, bars and beer tasting experiences to enjoy. Hunter Valley Just two hours north of Sydney is one of the state’s most romantic and relaxing country adventures. The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most famous wine growing regions….

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Nov
07
2018

A quaddie of hotel openings in Queensland this month

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Business travellers heading to Queensland have even more great hotel options at the ready as the Sunshine State wins the Quaddie in a head-spinning race to launch four new hotels this month: Riley in Cairns, Ruby Apartments Gold Coast, The Westin Brisbane, and Ovolo The Valley. Tourism Queensland reports the new hotels come hot on the hooves of The Calile, The Emporeum and W Brisbane. And, when it comes to the grazing paddock, the Sunshine State has launched a spate of winning new gastro choices starting with Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves. Sleep with a good conscience at Riley The much-anticipated five-star Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, will open its doors in Cairns today (November 6) putting #responsibletourism at the forefront with a pledge to donate $100 to Citizens of Great Barrier Reef from every room booked at crystalbrookcollection.com for stays in the first week of the hotel’s operation. Mark Davie, CEO of Crystalbrook Collection said the initiative speaks to Crystalbrook’s…

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Oct
30
2018

Million dollar barramundi on the loose in the Northern Territory

By Darwin / Northern Territory /

Not that long ago the Northern Territory’s Million Dollar Fish competition was scheduled for the start of October, but rumours suggested the chosen ones, barramundi, had been tagged and released across fishing locations in the Top End. One of those “barra” carried a lofty $1 million prize tag. The question had to be asked: what if we landed the big one before the contest even began? Even just hauling in one of the other 75 with $10,000 prize tags could well and truly have been a fishy case of the one that got away. Million reasons to head to Darwin “Well …” our rough and ready guide Carl, from Darwin Barra & Crab, said with a cheeky grin, “we’ll either eat it or tether him over there where it’s hidden”. It wasn’t to be, unfortunately, and certainly only a rumour the “big one” was already out there. The good news is the Million Dollar Fish comp is back for a…

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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

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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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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Destinations

United States

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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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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