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Things to do using a Campervan in Tasmania Easter 2018

By Australia / Tasmania /

Tasmania is beautiful any time of year with its countryside being the perfect place to relax and unwind. Just a couple of days away from the hustle and bustle of the city and you’ll feel as if you’ve been on holiday for weeks in beautiful Tassie.

Thinking of heading somewhere beautiful for the Easter break? All you need to do is grab a great campervan deal to enjoy a cheap weekend at one of these destinations to do using a campervan in Tasmania Easter 2018.


Located within a beautiful valley, Rosebery is a zinc and gold mining town. It’s surrounded by dense forest and volcanic mountains known as the West Coast Range. If you like walking then there’s a scenic loop that offers superb views of the town. Rosebery also isn’t far from Montezuma Falls, which is one of Tasmania’s highest falls. To get there you just need to take a short walk along an old mining tram line or you can even get there along a 4WD track.

Snug Beach

Are you searching for your own beachfront paradise this Easter 2018? You’ll find it at Snug Beach. It’s only a 30 minute drive from Hobart. Relax by the beach as you ready a book or have a picnic with the family. It’s a great location to swim, fish or go boating. You’ll also find a beach tennis court and a children’s playground not too far away. Venture a little further into the Huon Valley and you’ll be kept busy with plenty of scenery and popular attractions.


Beautifully preserved colonial buildings and cafes line the town of Stanley. A history tour will help you learn all about Stanley’s past. Another popular activity is climbing the path to the top of the Nut, which is a flat topped hill rising about 150 metres from the water’s edge. You’ll enjoy 360 degree views of the town. If you’re feeling tired then you can just take the chairlift to the top. However, it’s a good idea to base yourself in Stanley if you want to discover some of the best wilderness experiences that Tassie has to offer.


Tasmania’s second largest city is still a fantastic place to enjoy a relaxing weekend away for Easter 2018. It offers a fantastic mix of city and country charm with its elegant Victorian and Colonial buildings. Launceston is also known for its surrounding natural beauty. The stunning Cataract Gorge is only a short distance from the centre. While if you follow the Tamar River north then you’ll encounter the state’s finest wine-growing region. You could easily stop by many wineries along the way!

Coles Bay

This part of the world is unforgettable. Long after you leave the lovely seaside village you’ll be thinking about when you can return. Coles Bay sits between the bottom of stunning granite mountains and crystal clear waters of Oyster Bay. The best part about Coles Bay is that the beaches aren’t crowded. Enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, etc. while feeling as if you have this little slice of heaven all to yourself. From here you can also explore the stunning Wineglass Bay, which is consistently rated among the top beaches in the world.



Head for the hills for these Blue Mountains attractions

By Australia / New South Wales /

West of Sydney are dozens of Blue Mountains attractions. Whether you want to head to a waterfall, explore an historic town or admire mountain scenery, this pristine region has it all. It’s one of the most famous wilderness areas in Australia and is perfect for nature lovers.

To explore these Blue Mountains attractions, all you have to do is hire a car from Sydney Airport and drive about 60km west of Sydney.


This charming town is famous for its health spas and cool-climate gardens. Visitors love taking photos of the 19th-century cottages, which make this place feel like a quaint English village. Cherry trees also line the main street, where you can stop to take a break at one of many antique stores, gift shops and cafes. The Toy and Railway Museum is also popular with tourists, especially children. Or if you just wanted to relax by a waterfall, head to the delightful Leura Cascades for a picnic.


Just a few kilometres away from beautiful Leura is Katoomba, which is the largest town in the Blue Mountains. It’s centrally located in the Blue Mountains National Park, making it a great place to base yourself to explore nearby attractions. There’s the Katoomba Scenic Railway, which at 52 decree incline through the Jamison Valley, is the steepest passenger railway in the world. Katoomba is also home to several galleries, second-hand bookstores and restaurants.

Hartley Historic Site

Step back in time with a visit to the Hartley Historic Site. You’ll find this settlement of sandstone buildings and newly renovated historic cottages on the western edge of the Blue Mountains. Explore the stories of the families who lived here and the artefacts spread throughout this important town. Join a guided tour of Hartley for a more in-depth experience.

Govetts Leap Lookout

Enjoy amazing views of the plunging Grose Valley. The views from Govetts Leap Lookout are some of the most stunning in the Blue Mountains. Admire the sandstone cliffs, the lush eucalyptus forest and Bridal Veil Falls. The lookout is easily accessible by car and there are plenty of challenging hikes nearby. You’ll also find Govetts Leap Lookout to be a lot less crowded than Echo Point, which is famous for its views of the Three Sisters.



Lap of luxury in Mornington Peninsula with Jackalope

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

A brand new luxury hotel called Jackalope in the heart of the wine country on the Mornington Peninsula is one of five great reasons to jump in a Melbourne car rental and head south for just over an hour.

Jackalope Hotel

A reimagination of luxury and a new voice in high-end Australian accommodation has arrived with the opening of Jackalope Hotel on the Mornington Peninsula. The hotel is a personal project of 29-year-old Melbourne-based entrepreneur, Louis Li, who moved to Melbourne in 2006 to study filmmaking.

Rather than tell stories through film, hotel design is now the creative platform. In addition to luxury accommodation and idyllic vineyard views, Jackalope invites guests on a sensory journey—a delicate interplay between the ideal and the surreal—by reimagining the role of art, design, dining and storytelling in the hotel space.

Jackalope’s 46 rooms introduce guests to a reverie of relaxation. 38 sqm ‘Terrace’ or ‘Vineyard View’ categories range through to 85 sqm ‘Lairs’. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces connect guests to the rural surrounds while, inside, bathroom features include deep-soak, black Japanese tubs, rain showers and double vanities.

The spa-like setting is complete with bath luxuries developed exclusively by Melbourne’s Hunter Lab, including a pinot grape skin and seed bath soak and body scrub, made using grapes from the hotel’s vineyard. A dining destination in its own right, two restaurants take their place on the site under the culinary direction of Executive Chef, Guy Stanaway. Refined dining, Doot Doot Doot, presents the region’s finest produce in a series of tasting menus intrinsically linked to the land; while winery restaurant, Rare Hare, designed by Projects of Imagination, celebrates the surrounding Willow Creek vineyard through immersive casual dining and wine experiences.

The hotel’s bar, Flaggerdoot, delights in the alchemic process of distillation. An experimental spirit stirs a daring cocktail menu of both classic and in-house creations. The space itself is an infusion of forms; herringbone floors and open fires warm the room, while commissions and installations from the likes of Peninsula local, Andrew Hazewinkel, and international icon, Rick Owens, create a sense of curated cool.
Outside, a black 30-metre infinity pool laps up to the surrounding vineyard, while a poolside pavilion offers sun lounge service and is also available for massage treatments or private dining. A seven-metre-tall namesake Jackalope sculpted by Melbourne artist, Emily Floyd, has taken tenancy at the entrance to the hotel.

Rates start at $650 per night and include a la carte breakfast, in-room mini bar, wine on arrival and WiFi. More


Bass and Flinders Distillery

While on the subject of food and wine, Bass and Flinders Distillery is set in the heart of Red Hill country and is dubbed the “only bespoke distillery and cellar door” that gives you a chance to experience a journey from the stills to glass. Get insights into how they make their fine products including a range of gins, Australia’s first grape based vodka, limoncello and aged spirits. Tours of the barrel room and distillery are offered every weekend and you can score a tasting at the tasting bar. The most unique gin masterclasses in Australia are held here, too, where guests have an opportunity to create their very own bespoke gin. More

Red Hill Community Market

Rise and shine, peeps, and get your stack of cash ready for a smorgasbord of goodies at Red Hill Community Market. Since 1975 the iconic Red Hill Community Market is the place to be on the first Saturday of the month from September to May. Original Jewellery designs make a perfect gift ready to wrap. Manchester of various textures and colours to suit a wide range of tastes and homes. A whole range of exciting foods and beverages are represented, all fresh and tempting. Expect seasonal injections of local fruits and benches full of home grown vegetables. A huge selection of unique culinary delights make a mouth watering taste feast. There’s loads more. Check it out at

Cape Schanck – Mornington Peninsula National Park

Fantastic beaches and fabulous wines of the Mornington Peninsula are things everyone already knows, but the state and national parks really are the region’s best kept secrets. But the best thing is, they’re easily accessible and stunning. Just like Cape Schanck Mornington Peninsula National Park, for example, at the most southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula at the meeting of Bass Strait and Western Port. It has been protected since the 1800s and was made a national park in 1988 and offers spectacular scenery.
There are walks around the area with spectacular views along the rugged ocean beaches of Bass Strait towards Sorrento and Point Nepean.

Merricks House Art Gallery

Merricks House Art Gallery is a quick walk through the garden from Merricks General Wine Store and the gallery showcases talent from both the Mornington Peninsula region as well as artists from throughout Australia. The 1920 building has been beautifully restored from many years of dereliction. Polished floor boards and open plan design provide a space ideally suited to a gallery. It has become a renowned Peninsula art destination with high profile exhibitions. More

Hit the road for a scenic drive

Country roads, galleries, wineries and ocean views. You can’t get much better than going for a cruise along the Port Phillip Bay coastline from Frankston to Portsea, stopping at seaside villages and taking the detour up to Arthurs Seat for some fantastic views of the Peninsula. Also explore the peace and calm of the hinterland roads, wild Cape Schanck and historic Flinders before heading up the Western Port Bay coast.



The best day trips from Hobart

By Australia / Hobart / Tasmania /

Hobart has many wonderful things to offer its visitors. Beautiful scenery, food, historic attractions, to name a few. What many visitors don’t make enough time for are the day trips from Hobart. Many of Tasmania’s best attractions are just an hour or two from the capital city. Grab a cheap hire car deal from Hobart and visit these great places for a day trip.

Maria Island (pictured)

Once you step foot on Maria Island you won’t want to leave. The island is beautiful with a rugged coastline and gorgeous sandy beaches. Take a cruise to the island, where your tour guide will show you around. There are some exciting walking tracks on the island which your guide can help you explore. It’s well worth staying for at least the better part of a day. You’ll walk away from Maria Island understanding why it’s considered one of Tasmania’s greatest treasures.


Drive an hour from Hobart and you’ll arrive in a special little place known as Bothwell. It’s a charming town, which was settled by farmers from
Scotland in the 1820s. Bothwell is famously home to the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest golf course. Get a group together and have a hit, playing under some unusual rules. It’s worth stopping by to see the Australian Golf Museum while you’re here. So if you’re into golf then Bothwell is the perfect trip for you! The historic town also boats several stone cottages and it also has a popular whisky distillery.

Mt Field National Park
This area is one of the most beautiful national parks in all of Tasmania. Visitors are treated to an incredible range of vegetation and wildlife as they trek through forests and alpine sections. As you embark on these stunning walks, make sure you put aside time for a visit to Russell Falls. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day next to the refreshing waterfall. The Lake Dobson area is also popular for hiking in the summer and skiing in winter.

Port Arthur
Port Arthur is world-famous, for all the wrong reasons. It was known as the site where some of the most notorious convicts were sent when the British settled in Australia. In 1996, it was the scene of one of Australia’s greatest tragedies where 35 people were shot dead. People still come to the World Heritage listed site at Port Arthur because of its long history. The buildings have been restored and a tour through here will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to the early days of British Australia.


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The Chair’s Where? Gunbower Island via Cohuna

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Now we have all heard of the Murray river, the mighty border between Victoria and New South Wales, and those iconic destinations that demand our attention and interest. The pioneer village at Swan Hill and the paddlesteamer cruises at Echuca/Moama are wonderful examples and part of travel folklore.

But hidden among these more obvious travel locations are lesser known hidden gems that are equally deserving of our attention. One such location is Gunbower Island and adjacent township of Cohuna, a relatively easy drive north of Melbourne along the Hume Freeway and Northern Highway in your Melbourne car rental. Let’s have a closer look.


A progressive and dynamic small country town, Cohuna has all the necessary drawcards to make it worth a visit.  Steeped in history, all types of shopping, good services and some great local dining and wine options make for a perfect getaway. Even better, the township is a comfortable three hour drive from Melbourne which allows for some stops at antique shops, roadside fruit and vegetable stores and a changing scenery good for those with a camera addiction. But without doubt, the highlight in this area is Gunbower National Park, and the Gunbower Island, directly accessed via a bridge from Cohuna.

Gunbower Island

Gunbower Island is unique. Right from the start let’s mention this is the largest inland island in Australia. Bounded on one side by the mighty Murray River and on the other by the Gunbower Creek, the eco habitat of this island has not seen significant interruption or intrusion. As such this island is a magnificent tour de force of all that is good about natural habitats and the chance for us to share same. Would you believe there are 195 recorded species of native fauna? Yes, there are kangaroos, emus, lizards and koalas. But let’s not forget sugar gliders, the giant bullfrog and many more. That’s exciting but now let’s try the 200 species of birds on show including migratory birds from as far away as the Arctic and northern Europe. A true bird watcher’s and nature lover’s paradise. So much so that the Ramsar Treaty declares this area as a ‘Wetlands of International Significance’. Even better we can visit it by boat, four wheel drive or on foot. So why not stay close and with people who can point you in the right direction…

Cohuna Waterfront Holiday Park

The Cohuna Waterfront Holiday Park is on Gunbower Island and is bordered by Gunbower Creek. Drive up with a tent or get yourself one of the waterfront cabins. Bring a motorhome or caravan and be given a site right on the waters edge. Take advantage of bush walks, kayak trips, boating excursions, water adventures, four wheel drive information and the list goes on. Management are proud of being part of the Family Parks chain and as such consider bringing your four legged family as well. A customer service focus ensures that guests will have a memorable experience and are likely to return time and time again.

This is a great accommodation venue that is part of a truly impressive natural habitat that we can actually share and be part of.  When you do your next list remember this is a “must visit”.

Happy days and happy travels.

The Chair


5 great ways to discover Cairns and Surrounds

By Cairns /

Cairns is a tropical paradise for any person who loves the great outdoors. It’s world famous for being one of the best spots to explore the Great Barrier Reef. But what many people don’t realise is Cairns has absolutely everything to offer those who enjoy nature – including pristine rainforests, tropical islands, hiking trails and more.

Hire a car at Cairns Airport so you can easily get around to some of these incredible attractions. Make sure you book your car rental well in advance if travelling during peak season around September.

Swim at Babinda Boulders

The Babinda Boulders is a glorious swimming hole that’s popular with the locals. The cool, crystal clear waters feel like heaven in the summer. But it’s also worth visiting the attraction at any time of year. The flowing creeks are surrounded by lush rainforest and a short walk away from the main swimming area are the magnificent, tall boulders. Here’s a tip: make sure you stop by the famous Babinda Bakery on the way there!

Babinda Boulders

Hike Mt Bartle Frere

This quest isn’t one for the faint-hearted! Mt Kosciusko holds the title of Australia’s highest mountain, at 2,228m. But not far behind is Mt Bartle Frere, at 1,611m. You can hike the challenging eastern approach or opt for the easier western approach. Either route will take a full day with an early start and you should be prepared with water, food, insect repellent, and don’t forget your sunblock. The views at the top are well worth the challenge!

Mount Bartle Frere

Visit Fitzroy Island

One of Australia’s most beautiful beaches is on Fitzroy Island. Nudey Beach is stunning at any time of year, with sandy shores meeting turquoise waters. It’s only a short boat ride from Cairns and you can stay for just a few hours or several nights. Fitzroy is a popular swimming spot to see turtles. There’s also a walking track that takes you to the top of the island, where stunning views await.

Fitzroy Island

Feel the fear with Bungy Jumping

Get the adrenaline pumping at AJ Hackett in Cairns. Take a leap of faith as you throw yourself off a 50 m tower towards a pond below. It’s a thrilling adventure that you must try at least once in your life. So why not try it while surrounded by lush, tropical rainforest?

Bungy view at AJ Hackett, Cairns

Relax at Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation in the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is one of the most unspoiled natural wonders. If you come in the off season, you’re likely to find you have the entire beach at Noah Bay to yourself. There are many great hikes, cafes and restaurants to explore around the area, as well as the famous crocodile spotting tours.

Robinson’s lookout at Cape Tribulation


Try these great adventures in Western Australia

By Perth / Western Australia /

Western Australia is a year-round destination. No matter what season you travel in, you’ll find a gorgeous place to spend your holiday. WA has everything to offer – such as pristine beaches, forests, rugged outback scenery and more.

If Western Australia is next on your adventure list, then check out DriveNow’s car hire deals. You’ll find a good price for a car rental at Perth Airport

Once you’ve picked up your wheels, visit one of these five destinations for adventures.

Ngilgi Cave

Have an authentic cultural experience by venturing into the famous Ngilgi Cave. It’s one of the gems of Western Australia. Admire the beautiful stalactites, stalagmites and other unique formations. With an Indigenous tour guide you’ll also learn some Aboriginal dreamtime stories, including how the legendary cave formed.

Ngilgi Cave, Yallingup, WA

Cape Leveque

Admire the dramatic red cliffs that contrast against the white sand and turquoise waters of Cape Leveque, which is 240 km north of Broome. Cape Leveque offers some of the Dampier Peninsula’s most stunning scenery. While here you can also join a scenic flight to view the incredible Horizontal Waterfalls at Talbot Bay. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.

Cape Leveque, WA

Shark Bay

Australia’s most westerly point is an incredible place to visit. This region of WA is World Heritage Listed and is home to one of the largest and most diverse seagrass beds in the world. Some of the most popular activities here include daily dolphin feeding at Monkey Mia Marine Reserve and simply relaxing on these pristine beaches.

Shark Bay, WA

Hike Australia’s largest rock

When it comes to famous rocks, everyone thinks of Uluru. But it’s actually not the largest. That title belongs to Mount Augustus in Western Australia. It stands 715m high, making it more than twice the height of Uluru. You’ll have to drive 1000 km north of Perth but hiking the 12km-return summit trail is definitely worth the journey to see this stony red rock. Just make sure you leave early to avoid the heat of the day and take water and food.

Mount Augustus, WA



How to Enjoy a Luxury Holiday in Sydney

By Sydney /

Looking for a luxury holiday?  You don’t have to stray too far from Sydney. This lively city is home to some sensational sights, extravagant experiences and fantastic food.

All you need is a set of wheels so you can make your way from one site to another. Hire a car at Sydney Airport and then let your luxury holiday begin! Here are five ideas to get you started.

Twilight cruise on Sydney Harbour

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Take in the stunning landmarks of the Sydney Opera House and harbour bridge from the comfort of a cruise boat. Source: Pixabay

Sydney Harbour is paradise for anyone who loves being on the water. There are many different boat tours to choose from them. A popular one for couples is the two-hour sunset cruise on board a sailing yacht. Staff will serve up some tasty treats and wines and beers while you sail pass the Sydney Opera House and other major attractions.

Dine at the Icebergs

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Enjoy a meal with a side of magnificent views at Bondi Icebergs. Photo: Simon Rae on Unsplash

Enjoy a meal while taking in the famous, panoramic views of Bondi Beach. It’s the perfect backdrop day or night while you get comfortable in an elegant and intimate dining room. The Icebergs’ menu is constantly changing to accommodate for seasonal flavours, and it has a modern Italian focus.

Stay overnight at the zoo

This experience will make you feel as if you’re right in the heart of the African jungle. Spend the night in a glamping style tent at Taronga Zoo, where you’ll fall asleep to the sounds of roaring lions and wake up to elephants trumpeting. Not only do you get to stay close to the animal enclosures, but you’ll have incredible views of the city skyline.

Make the most of a helicopter flight

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Enjoy views of the city and beyond from above in an exhilarating helicopter ride. Source: Arran Bee on Flikr

Sydney is an amazing city when viewed from above. On any given day you can sign up to a helicopter ride, which will fly you past iconic attractions like the Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you’re particularly adventurous, you can even choose an experience where you get to learn to fly a helicopter under the supervision of a qualified trainer.

Pamper yourself at a day spa

Spa treatment is the best kind of treatment if you just want to relax. Sometimes an hour or two isn’t enough. So why not go all our and spoil yourself with massages, facials and other spa-treatment packages for an entire day? The Day Spa By Chuan at the Langham Hotel is a great place to start. You’ll feel refreshed and energised.


There’s no need to book a flight to Bali to relax and unwind. Looking for something a little more adventurous? Check out our itineraries for car and campervan rental in and around Australia.




How to Conquer Campervan Travel with Kids

By Australia /


Adding kids to the campervan holiday equation can put a new spin on an already amazing trip. All it takes is a bit of planning, a bit of preparation, and maybe a few extra chocolate bars. Take a look at these top tips for campervanning with youngsters to best prepare your travelling crew for a smooth and enjoyable ride.


1. Pick the right vehicle

While you may love the idea of living your hippie dreams in a rustic VW camper, your kids might have other ideas. Hire a campervan in which everyone can sleep without too much of a squeeze, particularly if your kids already struggle with bed time. Unless you don’t mind sharing lights-out time with your little ones, think about picking a vehicle with an awning or separate section for the adults to relax in to avoid having to talk in whispers!

On-board toilet facilities and showers may also come in handy when you’re travelling as a family, saving you from supervising every bathroom trip in a random outhouse.

2. Check the extras

 One of the best parts of renting a campervan is that you often have your pick of helpful extras you can choose from or already come with your rental. See if your choice has an awning that can provide adequate shade so your kids can play outside without you fearing the elements as much. Or check to see if you can grab a high chair to make mealtime easier.


Packing kids campervan

Camping with the family. Photo by Steinar Engeland via Unsplash.

3. Plan your travel

 Got a 10-page itinerary to tick off? You may want to tone it down a bit. The holiday will be more fun for travellers young and old if you can keep timelines and stress to a minimum. Rather than trying to pack too much in, take time to make the most of a few destinations with short trips in the surrounding area. If you do have long journeys, try to break them up with walks or fun activities to keep the kids as entertained as possible. As you know, things often take longer than you think they will with kids. Factoring in the extra time just might help keep you sane.

4. Come prepared…

 Some kids are angels on long journeys; some like to make things a little more difficult. No matter which category yours fall into, it’s always good to be prepared. Whether you download a stash of films to your iPad, stock up on snacks or come up with fun games or tasks for them to check off during the journey, you can never be over prepared when it comes to entertainment.

5 …But not too prepared

The same can’t be said for bringing the entire contents of your house. It may be tempting to bring all your creature comforts, but consider the size of your campervan rental when packing. Pack lightly with just the essential outfits, shoes, and accessories and your campervan won’t feel like a garage sale.


Campervan travel with kids in tow doesn’t have to be a headache. Pick your vehicle, plan your travel, and with any luck you’ll find yourself with a bunch of happy campers.

Ready to jump in and book your family campervan adventure? Head over to DriveNow to browse a wide range of campervans and motorhomes to get the show on the road.



Top events at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

By Melbourne /

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is one of Victoria’s most impressive events. Every year, more than a quarter of a million visitors flick to Melbourne’s restaurants, bars, laneways, and rooftops for 10 days. You can visit award-winning wineries, breweries, have cultural food experiences and taste the delights of innovative, high-profile chefs.

This year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival runs from March 16 to 25. There are more than 300 events across Victoria.

Track down a bargain car hire deal from Melbourne Airport and make your way to one of these unforgettable festival events.

10k Gourmet

Enjoy a divine five course meal, comprising of fresh seafood, locally-crafted cheeses and cool climate wines. The Bellarine Peninsla is rich in beauty and just as diverse in the types off food it produces. Sit down for panoramic views and a delicious meal at Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Each bit of food on your plate or drop of wine on your table is sourced within 10 km of the venue.

Cooking for family

Sign up for this hands-on cooking class, which isn’t just for the adults. Kids and teenagers are invited too. The aim is to encourage children to eat healthy and the class demonstrates how fast-cooked home meals can be nutritious and delicious. The class is led by Nellie Kerrison, founder of Relish Mama.

An Ethiopian Banquet

Throw down the knives and forks for this meal, as you don’t need them to experience an Ethiopian buffet the traditional way. Instead you use flat bread to scoop up the different foods. Imagine an exquisite array of spicy meat stews, lentil dishes and home-made honey and barley drinks. Enjoy your feast at a communal table with strangers and forge new relationships with the people sitting beside you.

A historic cocktail journey

Make sure you reserve your spot for this fascinating, elegant event, where you get to explore the innovations of the Dinner by Hestom Blumenthal cocktail list. Treat yourself to a tasting size of different cocktails, each of which has its own historic worth learning about. The infusions are unique, tempting your taste buds like never have before.



WA: 5 Dreamy Autumn adventures along the west coast

By Perth /


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Escape to wonderful WA for your fix of sun, sea, and surf. Source: Nick Duell on Unsplash

As summer comes to an end, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking the holiday period is over. That’s not true. The West Australian coast is home to plenty of autumn adventures, from swimming with whale sharks to discovering the golden, picturesque valleys. In fact, March to May is the best time to see many of Western Australia’s top attractions.

Down south, the trees in the valleys turn gold and orange. While the weather remains warm further north. In this part of Australia there are many great autumn adventures waiting to happen. Hire a 4WD at Perth Airport and drive to one of these experiences.

See Broome’s Cable Beach at sunset

Forget your summer holiday and save it for autumn! Not only does Broome’s sunny, dry season kick in from April, but it’s also the end of the stinger season. Enjoy the long stretch of white sand and turquoise waters at Cable Beach. Between March and October at Roebuck Bay you can also witness one of Australia’s most spectacular natural phenomenon’s, Staircase to the Moon.

Blackwood Valley

Journey an hour and a half inland from Margaret River to discover the majestic Blackwood Valley. This part of the world is spectacular at this time of the year. Wake up inside a cosy B&B in one of the small towns dotted along the countryside. Autumn is perfect weather for bushwalking in Balingup Tree Park. Near the end of autumn the beautiful karri trees shed their grey bark to expose the golden and pink tones beneath. It’s a lovely sight.

Swim with whale sharks

Add swimming with whale sharks to your list of autumn adventures in WA. Escape 1150 km north to the Ningaloo Coast, where there are beautiful beaches and it’s hot all year round. Just off the coast is a marine oasis. Many people come here to see the whale sharks, which arrive in autumn each year and leave in winter. Snorkel alongside these magnificent creatures as they glide effortlessly through the water.

Relax along the Quobba Coast

About 900 km north of Perth is a spectacular stretch of coast, known to for its gorgeous rugged scenery. It’s a great spot to go for a walk by the beach, or to take the family swimming or fishing in these crystal-clear waters. Another popular attraction to explore is the 1988 Korean Star ship wreck, which has been at Cape Cuvier since 1988.

Travel to the Buccaneer Archipelago

This is one of the most spectacular sites in all of Australia, yet so few people make the effort to venture to the state’s north to see this natural gem. The Buccaneer Archipelago is made up of about 1000 rocky, sandstone islands which are up to 2,500 million years ago. This paradise has white sandy beaches, pristine rainforest, gorgeous reefs and Indigenous rock arts. An incredible sight to see it the horizontal reversible waterfall in Talbot Bay.



Head north for your southern winter escape in a caravan

By Brisbane / Queensland /

It seems just about everyone has the idea to head north for their southern Australia winter escape. Can you blame them? When the north’s tempting you with blue skies, hot days and perfect beach weather, it’s hard not to think about leaving the winter blues behind. But your winter escape holiday to the north doesn’t have to be expensive. DriveNow offers a range of bargain campervan rental deals from Brisbane. Snap up one of these offers and be on your way to one of these adventures.

Have a magical encounter with turtles at Bundaberg

Bundaberg is another destination that doesn’t always rank high on the list of priorities for travellers, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Apart from being home to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, which pays tribute to one of the pioneers of flight, it’s also the site of the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific. Learn about the important work that conservationists are carrying out at Mon Repos. It’s also possible to get actively involved in the project by helping rangers relocate eggs and watching eggs hatch at certain times of the year.

Explore towns along the Sunshine Coast

Drive a couple of hours north of Brisbane and you’ll find one of Queensland’s most beautiful stretches of coast with plenty to do. Noosa is the star attraction of the Sunny Coast, with its boutique stores, upmarket restaurants and glorious surf beaches. However, you certainly won’t be disappointed if you venture into the beautiful villages of Montville and Maleny on the Hinterland. Here you’ll find stunning lookout views of the coast, unique art shops, cafes and other rare treats.

Relax at Seventeen Seventy

The sleepy town of 1770 near Agnes Water is a five and a half hour drive north of Brisbane. It’s an ideal spot to base yourself while exploring the outer Great Barrier Reef, especially if you’re interested in visiting Lady Musgrave Island. This gorgeous town is known for its natural beauty. It’s surrounded by scenic bush walks and the pristine Deepwater National Park. Yet most travellers have never heard of this incredible place. This also means you can have a relatively quiet winter escape without the crowds.

Get beached at Byron Bay

This is the place to go if you want to spend your entire holiday in or by the water. Either relax on the sandy shores or swim at some of Australia’s famous beaches. Learn to surf, kayak, or try stand-up paddle boarding or go scuba diving. Byron Bay is the perfect place for any of these activities. The Arakwal National Park and the Cape Byron coast also have many scenic bushwalks that visitors rave about. Byron is also conveniently just a two hour drive south of Brisbane.