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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
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
20
2018

Head for the ski resorts near Sydney this snow season

By Australia / New South Wales /

Ski resorts in New South Wales are some of the best in the country. The beauty is most of them are just a few hours’ drive from Sydney. There are ski resorts perfect for everyone, whether you prefer to ski, snowboard or even play around in the snow and build snowmen. Find a cheap Sydney car hire deal with DriveNow and visit these awesome ski resort. Thredbo Thredbo is Australia’s most famous ski destination. Not only is it the highest at 2,037m but it also has the largest vertical downhill drop, at 672m. Two-thirds of the resort is for an intermediate skill range. Choose from more than 50 runs and some of them are even great for beginners and advanced skiers. There are so many activities to do on and off the mountain. Head down to Thredbo Village at night for an evening of live music and entertainment in the alpine village surroundings. Perisher Resort Perisher is the largest ski resort in the…

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Jun
06
2018

Sunshine and Santa Monica – top spots for your summer holiday

By California / United States /

      Santa Monica, the end of the line for Route 66, is famous for its sunshine, surf and sand. It’s a paradise for anybody who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, and enjoy everything this gorgeous, sunny patch has to offer. The first thing you should do when you fly into LA airport is hire a car with DriveNow, and head west towards Santa Monica.  Check out these five top attractions and activities. Venice Beach The buzzing beachside town of Venice Beach is among LA’s top attractions. It’s graced with stylish boutique stores, cafes, live entertainment and awesome surf. It’s also just a short distance from Santa Monica. The Venice Boardwalk is a popular spot where you can casually stroll or take a bike tour as you enjoy the ocean scenery and nearby canals. Sailing Cruise Imagine sunset out on the water, where you can enjoy stunning views of the coast….

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Jun
05
2018

Head off on a Royal Roadtrip this Queen’s Birthday Weekend

By Australia /

  For many of us (sorry Queensland and WA, not you this time) the Queen’s Birthday long weekend is fast approaching. If you haven’t got plans yet, it’s time to act. Queenie wouldn’t want you to spend the weekend watching Netflix, so don’t let her down. Long weekends are the perfect length of time for a road trip, so we’ve gathered some of the best short adventures in NSW, SA, Tassie and Victoria to help you get the most out of that extra day off work. Grab yourself a hire car or campervan and celebrate Queenie’s big day in style. NSW Sydney to Jervis Bay Just three hours’ drive from Sydney; Jervis Bay is a peaceful, scenic weekend getaway. You might not be able to soak up the sun on the famous Hyam’s Beach like you would in summer, but you can still enjoy plenty of activities like hiking, eating and exploring. Take a detour via Kangaroo Valley on your…

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Jun
05
2018

Five Melbourne hotels within walking distance of the MCG

By Australia / Melbourne /

  For any footy fan heading to the mighty MCG to experience an AFL match at this iconic stadium, you’ll want to make sure you’re staying close by. There is an abundance of hotels in Melbourne, but where to start to make sure you’re in the heart of the atmosphere? Here are our top five recommendations for hotels within walking distance of the MCG.  Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and book one of these Melbourne hotels. Adara Richmond Adara Richmond is only a 10-15 minute walk from the MCG or a five-minute tram ride. It’s hardly a hassle when you’re enjoying contemporary and spacious living in an inner-city serviced apartment. You’ll have a full kitchen, washer, dryer and high-speed WiFi in your room. There’s no doubt that you’ll feel right at home Quest East Melbourne Quest East is situated opposite the iconic MCG, simply walk just 7 minutes along Wellington Parade after the footy Grand Final and you’ll be at your…

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May
18
2018

Vivid Sydney Drive Now Spotify Playlist

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Vivid Sydney 2018 Heading to Sydney during May or June? Well, you’re in for a treat as Sydney’s annual light, music and arts festival, Vivid Sydney is here from 25th May to 16th June. The world’s leading artists and Imagineers come together to illuminate the city in a truly immersive light spectacle. Now, in its 10th year, Vivid 2018 is one that won’t disappoint. From the illuminating pathways around The Royal Botanic Garden to the breathtaking light art at Barangaroo, there’s plenty to see by foot. Or, for an unforgettable experience take a harbour boat cruise and see the jewels of the city around Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Luna Park and Harbour Bridge. Now, Vivid isn’t just about the brilliant light shows, Vivid Music also showcases some of the best musical talents at iconic Sydney venues and intimate clubs and bars. To get you in the mood whilst driving to Sydney in your DriveNow car hire, we’ve put together an eclectic…

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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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May
07
2018

Get a Taste of Tassie on this Ultimate Food Tour

By Australia / Tasmania /

Tasmania has become one of the focal points of the Australian food scene, with incredibly fertile fields and fantastic farmland producing some of the finest ingredients in the land. While MONA, amazing trekking trails and the city centres of Hobart and Launceston certainly have plenty to see and do, you’d have to be plum crazy to skip the chance to devour the delectable dishes and drinks while on the island. Grab a hire car and set course for these hotspots, which cater to a wide variety of tastes and interests and put a whole new spin on what this great state has to offer. Check out the map to plan out your itinerary!  Tamar Valley Just north of Launceston Tassie’s tasty Tamar Valley is a wonderful chance to check out the state’s thriving wine region. With about 50km of wonderful vineyards and orchards to check out along the winding banks of the Tamar River, you won’t be short of stunning…

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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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Apr
26
2018

Five Fail Safe Recipes for Campervan Cooking

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For those with a sense of adventure, a campervan holiday is the perfect way to travel. Not only do you get to explore new places and see epic sights, you also get to relax in your own little home on wheels. One of the best parts of this is coming up with inventive ways to cook your favourite meals in your new campervan kitchen. If you’re lacking inspiration, here’s a roundup of some classic campervan cooking recipes for you to whip up after a long day of exploring. Three Ingredient Chilli Duration: 20 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients: 500 grams of Ground minced beef 1 can of red kidney beans 1 can of chopped tomatoes This dish is super quick and easy to make and perfect for warming you up on a cold evening. Start off with three ingredients, and add in spices to give it a fiery kick. You’ll need a pound of ground minced beef, a can of chopped tomatoes, and a…

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Apr
12
2018

Coachella Spotify Playlist

By California /

Coachella returns this weekend for its 18th year and if you’re heading to the infamous music and arts festival, you’re in for a treat with our Coachella Spotify playlist. The festival organisers never fail to disappoint on the eclectic mix of unbelievable music talent, and this year isn’t any different. With three incredible headline acts; Beyonce, The Weeknd and Eminem it’s already set to be an unmissable gig. The Queen B herself had to bow out of the 2017 event due to being pregnant with twins. So, she’s back this year and it’s her first major gig since giving birth which is bound to be as fierce as ever. Headlining on Friday is The Weeknd who has recently dropped his new single, Call Out My Name just in time for his highly-anticipated performance. And, closing the festival on Sunday is the rap god himself, Eminem. After making a comeback in 2017 and collaborating with some huge talent, we wonder if he’ll bring…

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Apr
10
2018

5 Reasons to Head for the Hills on The Gold Coast

By Australia / Gold Coast /

The Gold Coast is one of Queensland’s premier destinations. With sun, sand and surf waiting for you all year round. If you’re there for the Commonwealth Games and fancy seeing something a little different, hire a car from the Gold Coast and head for the hills. Drive thirty minutes inland from the beaches and you’ll find the Hinterland, which is full of rainforests, farms and vineyards. Here are five things to do when you’re there. Sip some wine The Gold Coast Hinterland is a fantastic destination for wine-lovers. It’s one of Queensland’s fastest growing wine regions, thanks to the range of micro-climates creating perfect growing conditions for a variety of grapes. Mount Tamborine (pictured), Mount Nathan, Lamington and Canungra are full of top-notch wineries. Some wineries that we recommend include Albert River Wines and O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. Hiking in Springbrook National Park Hiking is a popular pastime in Springbrook National Park. The track to Natural Bridge, which has formed…

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Apr
06
2018

5 things to do between Adelaide and the Barossa Valley

By Adelaide / Australia /

The beautiful Barossa Valley is a renowned wine-producing region, famous for its Shiraz. Just northeast of Adelaide you’ll discover rolling green hills, historic towns and high profile vineyards regarded as some of the best in the world. Hire a car from Adelaide and start ticking these items off your bucket list. Murray Street Vineyards Murray Street Vineyards was established in 2001, with the vision of creating unique artisan wines. The Tasting Room and cellars were inspired by early Barossa architecture, making you feel as if you’re entering another era when you step inside. Apart from its lovely interior, the experience is also about the wine. Visitors often rave about the Shiraz, Rose and the Marsanne, to name a few favourites. Hot air balloon rides One of the best ways to experience the beauty of this region is by air. A hot air balloon ride gives you the opportunity to take in the marvellous sight of the sun casting its early…

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Apr
06
2018

How to Make the Most of your New Zealand Campervan Rental

By New Zealand /

Hiring a campervan can be an exciting way of exploring New Zealand with the whole family, especially for your kids – imagine the delight on their faces at the prospect of living in a house with wheels! If it’s your first time travelling in a Campervan in New Zealand or anywhere for that matter, here are some things to keep in mind.

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Nov
29
2017

Sydney New Year’s Eve party hot spots to bring in 2018

By New South Wales / Sydney /

With Sydney set to throw the world’s most exciting New Year’s Eve party party featuring outstanding fireworks displays, we’ve asked the Destination NSW team to reveal some of the city’s best vantage points and parties for revellers to ring in 2018. As NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall says: “Every year Sydney erupts into a kaleidoscope of colour as the nation’s biggest-ever fireworks display welcomes in the New Year. With many locations across the harbour foreshore to view the fireworks, as well as festivities and parties to experience, celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney is another great reason to book a holiday to NSW.” Here are some great options to watch all the action The Rocks Campbell’s Cove is on Hickson Road north of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, offers front row views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Revellers are advised to arrive early as the area usually reaches capacity at around 4pm. Admission…

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Oct
28
2017

5 unmissable events in Queensland this November

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

THE sun shines all year round in Queensland so that’s reason alone to jump in a Brisbane car rental and head for the sun, sand and sea. But while the notoriously brilliant beach life is always available for visitors, some super events come and ago and take another 12 months before they come around again. So let’s look at 5 ripper events put forward by the Tourism Queensland team in the Sunshine State before we sign off on 2017. No.1… Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival November 1-5 The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is a five-day bonanza based in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast and includes a stacked line-up of events for all ages and abilities. The schedule includes a Breakfast Fun Run and a Run Swim Run event. Super Saturday is one of the highlights of the event with the Superkidz and Special Triathlon in the morning and the Subaru Noosa Australian Open Criterium and Asics Noosa Bolt in…

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Oct
27
2017

Pick up your campervan rental and explore one of these top destinations

By Australia / Las Vegas / New Zealand / North Island / Northern Territory / United States /

At any given time, DriveNow has an extensive list of bargain campervan rental deals. As the company continues to expand its influence worldwide, we’re able to offer more great motorhome and campervan rental deals than ever before. The latest development includes DriveNow becoming the new sales and operational partner for motorhome and campervan rental company, Camper Travel. Essentially, DriveNow will handle and process all of Camper Travel’s bookings. This means you can comfortably book and pick up your campervan rental from one of these destinations and trust that DriveNow has it covered. While you’re travelling in one of our most destination countries, we suggest you enjoy one of these road trips. Australia – Kakadu National Park Kakadu is a fantastic place for travellers to head with their campervans. This world-class national park boasts an abundance of wildlife, pristine wetlands, protected Aboriginal art sites and spectacular waterfalls. There’s little wonder why it has earned itself a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. You’ll find…

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