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Jul
25
2018

Break the winter blues with a quick getaway to Queensland

By Australia / Queensland /

Queensland is the place to be in the colder months when you’re searching for the ultimate winter getaway. With average daily temperatures hovering around the mid-20s, it’s little wonder why people call it the Sunshine State. If you’re shivering through gloomy, grey skies, then you’ll love a last-minute winter getaway to the north. All you need to do is book a flight, pick one of DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Brisbane Airport. Then the hard part will be picking just one of these destinations for your winter getaway. Sunshine Coast (Noosa, pictured) The Sunny Coast, as the locals affectionately call it, is exactly that. One of the sunniest places you’ll ever visit. From the high-class bars and restaurants along Noosa’s main strip to the quieter, relaxing spots like Peregian Beach, you’ll easily find your own slice of paradise. Make the time to take a day drive to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Here you’ll discover quaint, historic towns like Maleny, which are full of character. Gold Coast This…

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Jul
23
2018

The Chair’s Where? Port Fairy in Victoria

By Melbourne / Victoria /

  TIME TO DISCOVER PORT FAIRY Across the length and breadth of this great land there exist numerous iconic, historical and must visit townships. This is especially so of our coastal areas as we remember the importance of fledgling sheep farming, aquaculture, whaling and the like as economic factors vital to the growth of a prosperous and viable nation that we now have. What were once economic hubs have often morphed into wonderful tourist oriented townships – just waiting for you to visit. One such township is Port Fairy, Victoria. Indeed, it is recorded that in 1853, 19 foreign ships and 56 coastal vessels entered the port. Exports that year included wool, gold and wheat. So jump in your Melbourne car rental and get ready to visit a town that represents the type of place that made the State of Victoria become a reality. A VICTORIAN COASTAL GEM This coastal port represents all that is good about old historic sea…

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Jul
20
2018

Drive to the coolest Airbnbs in Australia

By Australia /

If you’ve booked a hire car to explore Australia, chances are you’re going to need somewhere to rest your head at night. But before you make a beeline for the nearest hostel, check out some of these incredible offerings from our friends at Airbnb. Whether you fancy a night in an enchanted cave, a treehouse or a shipping container, one thing’s for sure: you won’t forget these trips in a hurry. The Tree House Source: Airbnb If waking up in a forest high above the trees sounds like a good time to you, you’ll love The Tree House in the Blue Mountains. It might not be the cheapest night’s sleep you’ve ever had, but the views, built in jacuzzi and photo opportunities will be worth it. Grab a hire car from Sydney and you can be relaxing in your forest getaway within 2 hours. Luxury Yacht Source: Airbnb Sometimes there’s no better place to be than on the water. Why…

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Jul
17
2018

Splendour in the Grass Spotify Playlist

By Australia /

Splendour in the Grass is back this weekend for its 17th year and if you’re heading to Australia’s largest music festival you’re in for an eclectic mix of top musical talent. To get you excited for the weekend ahead, or to avoid any FOMO, we’ve created the ultimate playlist including all the artists performing at North Byron Parklands. With Lorde, Vampire Weekend, and Kendrick Lamar headlining this year’s festival, it’s already set to be an unforgettable weekend. We’ll also see performances from the likes of international stars, Khalid, Miguel, MGMT, Franz Ferdinand, CHRVCHES, and The Wombats. As well, as more homegrown artists such as Angus & Julia Stone, Hilltop Hoods, Baker Boy, and Gang of Youths. So, if you’re lucky enough to have bagged yourself a ticket and road tripping it to Byron Bay this weekend in your DriveNow camper, make sure you whack on our playlist to get you pumped. For those who are missing out on Splendour in the…

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Jul
13
2018

The Chair’s Where? Silo Art Trail, Central Victoria

By Melbourne / Victoria /

So you are based in Melbourne, staying in Melbourne or you have just arrived. You have done the footy, the restaurants, the coast. It’s time to get out and about and flex your driving muscles. But where to go? Why not try something different and mix a good drive, a great stay, and a terrific art experience all into one and the same. Are you keen? Yes, then jump in your Melbourne car rental and set your GPS to the Wheatbelt region of Victoria TRAVEL WEST Whether you use the Calder Highway or the Western Highway, you are assured of some great opportunities for visiting wineries, antique stores, ‘famous’ bakeries, and assorted fishing, art, sculpture and alternative distractions. But ultimately, you need to travel through to the Yarriambiack Shire, based either side of Hopetoun. At this point some wondrous art is made available to you. Art that is 40 metres high, art that is as unique as the townships nearby,…

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Jun
29
2018

5 Great Melbourne Pubs for a winter lunch

By Melbourne / Victoria /

Melbourne is famous for being a wonderland for foodie lovers. However, what you might not know is that Melbourne pubs are right up there with some of the best in the world. Pick up your cheap car rental at Melbourne Airport and consider having a drink and a hearty meal at one of these top Melbourne pubs. The Napier Hotel The Napier Hotel echoes the years since it was founded in 1866, with its stained glass windows and original high ceilings. It’s a great place to take your mates for a night out at an old-style pub. Enjoy a traditional menu with plenty of choice when it comes to hearty steaks and burgers. You can truly relax in this truly old-fashioned Aussie pub. Mt View Hotel Richmond’s award-winning hotel proudly describes itself as effortlessly merging “classic sports pub and crafty cocktails”. Mt View Hotel is just a short walk from Richmond’s sporting district, making it the perfect place to have a…

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Jun
27
2018

Let it snow … 5 great places for a ski holiday in the Victorian Alps

By Australia / Victoria /

The Victorian alps are some of the most picturesque in all of Australia. In winter, the region turns into a winter wonderland, as skiers and snowboarders flock to the High Country. Are you planning a ski trip this winter? Make sure you find a great Melbourne car hire deal with DriveNow, then make your way north.  Here are some of our top picks for where to stay in the Victorian Alps. Mount Hotham The resort is built on a spectacular mountain ridge with stunning views of Victoria’s High Country. Ski or snowboard from an altitude of 1845m. There are 13 lifts and more than 80 runs with options for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. You’ll also find trendy bars and plenty of activities to keep you busy when you’re off the slopes.   Lake Mountain Lake Mountain is a great spot for cross-country skiers, with 37 km of cross-country trails. Its highest altitude is 1480m. Although it’s one of the smaller destinations,…

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Jun
21
2018

Canberra and the national capital’s chill thrill

By Canberra /

Canberra is almost famous for its winter chill factor. However, don’t let that stop you from checking out some of the best sights near the Australian capital this winter. The cold weather means two things. Not only do you get to rug up and get cosy by a fireplace or at indoor venues, but it also means you escape the tourist crowds that come with summer holidays. Hire a car from Canberra Airport and drive to some of these top places and things to do. Australian War Memorial The most touching attraction in Canberra is undoubtedly the Australian War Memorial, which is dedicated to the lives lost serving Australia in war. Walk through the memorial and you’ll notice the names of every Australian who died in war since 1885 inscribed in bronze. It’s free to enter this site and learn about Australia’s armed conflicts and the stories of war heroes. Exhibits are constantly changing, so there’s always something new to…

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