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May
28
2018

Where to find the best ‘Big Things’ in Australia

By Australia /

If you’re planning on travelling around Australia and have never heard of the ‘Big Things’, well you’re in for a treat. These giant, seemingly random structures are dotted all over the country, ready to be hunted down and take centre stage in your selfies. From prawns to koalas to giant gumboots, you’ll certainly know when you’ve seen one. There are over 200 ‘Big Things’ in Australia, so scouting them all out could take you several road trips. Here are just a few of the best-loved and most popular Big Things for you to factor into your  next Aussie road trip itinerary. Jump in your hire car and get your selfie sticks ready!  The Big Banana Pacific Highway, 3km north of Coffs Harbour, NSW If your travels are taking you along the north coast of New South Wales, keep your eyes peeled (get it?) for the Big Banana. Constructed in 1964, this is one of Australia’s very first Big Things, built…

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May
10
2018

Flash Camp Kakadu returns for winter fun near Darwin

By Australia / Darwin /

Tents in the heart of Kakadu Set in beautifully shady grounds, Flash Camp @ Kakadu offers bespoke bell tent accommodation in the heart of Kakadu National Park, ideal for those looking for an effortless camping experience while exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Listed wilderness, so grab your wheels in Darwin and get set for the adventure in Australia’s most famous outdoors! Accommodation will include double and twin bell tents with spring-foam mattresses on pallet bases, quality bed linen, fresh towels, bamboo furniture, toiletries and Armadillo & Co rugs. Tents have power, lighting and a fan, though nights are usually mild throughout the “winter” season (18 – 20C). Flash Camp tents can be configured especially for families, allowing two adjacent tents to be allocated for family groups and a communal Flash tent will be available for relaxing and enjoying complimentary tea and coffee. Flash Camp guests have access to communal toilet and shower facilities, barbeques, as well as a restaurant, bar…

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Apr
24
2017

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. Leura 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. Katoomba…

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Apr
15
2019

Winter’s here and so are these 5 great Victorian pubs

By Victoria /

There’s nothing better than escaping the chill and bunkering down with a good red and hearty pub lunch. Victorian pubs offer fantastic food and beer while the down to earth atmosphere makes for a great get together with friends. It can be hard to decide where to go for your next pub experience. That’s because there are literally hundreds of Victorian pubs scattered throughout Melbourne and across the countryside. So we’ve made it easy for you. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and hit the road to get to one of these top Victorian pubs. (Just don’t drink and drive). Woodlands Hotel The north Melbourne suburb of Coburg has one great place that’s perfect for any special occasion. The Woodlands Hotel gives you something to look forward to each time you visit. It could be the modern Australian cuisine in the indoor dining room or a hearty meal in the outdoor garden area. You can sample craft beer in the…

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Apr
09
2019

Great Ocean Road top tips during the Rip Curl Pro

By Great Ocean Road / Victoria /

Great Ocean Road remains one of Australia’s treasures, let alone Victoria’s, and as the famed Rip Curl Pro descends on Bells Beach it’s well worth planning your trip to make the most of the Great Ocean Road that surrounds the surf break. Once you pick up your wheels from Melbourne Airport, follow the hot tips below from the Visit Victoria team. If there’s anything more impressive than a packed Bells Beach watching the world’s top ranked surfers carve up the waves every Easter, it’s the breathtaking ocean views to be had along the spectacular Great Ocean Road. All adventures lead to the 12 Apostles, and what adventures they’re bound to be. Whether it’s getting active, lingering over a coffee in a beachside cafe, tasting wines in acclaimed vineyards, or exploring dramatic scenery, there’s something for everyone on the Great Ocean Road. With so much to do in and around Bells Beach during the Rip Curl Pro, our advice is to…

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Mar
29
2019

Sporting events: Go sports crazy in Sydney and surrounds

By New South Wales /

Aussies love their sport. Luckily, we can still expect some awesome sporting events to hit our shores in autumn and winter – especially in Sydney and surrounds. If you’re visiting from interstate, you can pick up a cheap car hire deal from Sydney Airport with DriveNow. Then you’ll be able to hit the road for one of these popular NSW sporting events. Harlem Globetrotters World Tour 13 April, 2019 Luckily, you won’t have to travel far for the Harlem Globetrotters World Tour. A night of endless entertainment is coming right to Sydney! The team is known for their amazing performance and humour on the basketball court. The Harlem Globetrotters combine athleticism, theatre and comedy in their style of play. They have played more than 26,000 exhibition games for fans in more than 100 countries across the world. It’s possible to meet, take photos with and play alongside your favourite players. You just need to secure a spot at Magic Pass, which is an exclusive pre-game event….

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Mar
25
2019

Best Byron Bay resorts for the perfect winter escape

By New South Wales /

Byron Bay is famous for it’s stunning beaches and walking tracks. However, few people realise that it also makes for a wonderful winter getaway. When winter approaches, the crowds disappear, leaving Cape Byron Lighthouse, whale watching and epic markets to only a few! Many people want to know where are the most impressive Byron Bay resorts. An unforgettable experience awaits, no matter which one you choose. Pick up a hire car in Byron Bay and make your way to one of these amazing Byron Bay resorts. Elements of Byron (pictured) This is one of those Byron Bay resorts that will absolutely take your breath away. Elements of Byron is an award-winning beachfront resort, boasting world-class facilities and luxury accommodation. You’re surrounded by water in almost every direction. Relax by the central lagoon pool. You have uninterrupted views across the bay to Cape Byron. There’s also direct access to a secluded stretch of Belongil Beach, where you can ride on horseback. It’s easy to unwind…

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Mar
13
2019

Sydney & surrounds Easter school holidays fun

By New South Wales / Sydney /

Easter and the school holidays are just around the corner and Sydney and surrounds is a hive of activity. Hire a car from Sydney Airport and experience these great events and tourist attractions over the Easter period. Sydney Royal Easter Show, 12-23 April Dating back to 1823, the Royal Easter Show in Sydney (picture courtesy Destination NSW) is Australia’s largest ticketed event and is attended by 850,000 people every year. It’s a unique celebration of the Australian way of life with agricultural experiences, fresh produce, animal displays, arts and crafts, baking, carnival rides, live entertainment and much more. Snorkelling and diving off Montague Island Montague Island, about 10km off the coast of Narooma on the Sapphire Coast, is one of Australia’s best snorkeling and diving sites. In April, the waters are still warm (before the temperature drops sharply in Winter) and there are plenty of seals and their pups frolicking in the water, and it’s prime time to spot the rare…

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Feb
28
2019

East Coast events to keep you busy this autumn

By Australia /

The great thing about living on Australia’s East Coast is that there are East Coast events year round. It doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining. You can always find an entertaining and unique festival or event to fill your weekend. Just grab a bargain car rental from your nearest capital city and you’re ready to start exploring! Here are our top five East Coast events for autumn. Melbourne International Comedy Festival 27 March – 21 April, 2019 The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the world’s top comedy festivals. It’s a must for anybody who is up for an evening of non-stop laughter. Comedians from across the world come to Melbourne with their sell-out shows. This year’s line-up includes names like Adam Knox, Aaron Chen and ‘the funniest woman on Earth’ Maria Bramford. High Country Harvest, Victoria Early to mid May Discover the delights of North East Victoria with the annual High Country Harvest, just…

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Feb
25
2019

5 magical places for a romantic autumn break in Australia

By Australia /

The arrival of autumn around Australia in March has everyone yearning for a romantic autumn break. It’s the season of misty mornings over rolling hills, golden crisp leaves across footpaths and tucking into scrumptious meals. Don’t let the chill keep you from venturing from your nearest capital city to experience a magical autumn break. Hire a car from your closest capital city and go exploring for a few days. Here are five great spots that we recommend for an autumn break. Bright, Victoria Venture towards North East Victoria’s high country to discover nature’s wonders. From late April to early May, you can soak up the gorgeous autumn atmosphere at the Bright Autumn Festival. Get ready for music in the streets, fresh produce at the markets and a grand parade. Proud locals also allow tourists to come into their homes and take a look at their impeccable gardens. Just look for the ‘Open Garden’ signs. Huon Valley, Tasmania Drive through the…

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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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