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Feb
20
2019

Queensland sporting events worth waiting all year for

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From fun runs to professional Rugby League, the best Queensland sporting events are truly worth waiting all year for.  Don’t have a car to get around the Sunshine State? Hire a car from Brisbane Airport so you can make your way to these epic Queensland sporting events. State of Origin Series June – July  Be prepared for a wild crowd of proud Maroons fans when Queensland hosts the State of Origin. Watch the Maroons take on the New South Wales Blues in this epic sporting rivalry. League fans around the country look forward to the series every year. For the games played interstate, you can just soak up the atmosphere at a good old pub, anywhere across Queensland. IRONMAN Cairns 9 June 2019 This is one of the most scenic Queensland sporting events, taking place between the rainforest and the reef. IRONMAN Cairns has earned a reputation as IRONMAN in paradise. Watch swimmers tackle the gorgeous tropical waters at Palm Cove….

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Feb
13
2019

5 great holiday hotels in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Planning a trip to Canada? Then Victoria, the stunning capital of British Columbia, must be at the top of your list! Victoria sits on the southern end of Vancouver Island and its residents boast lush parkland and gardens and stunning Victorian architecture – a sign of the city’s British colonial past. Hire a car from Canada’s Victoria Airport when you first arrive in British Columbia. This will give you the freedom to explore the city’s history, while also giving you easy access to some of Canada’s most stunning natural attractions outside the city. Here are five hotels that we recommend staying in for your trip to the capital of British Columbia. Fairmont Empress Hotel Many prestigious awards recognise the Fairmont Empress Hotel as an outstanding venue. It is considered among the Top 21 Hotels in the World by National Geographic’s Traveler magazine. The hotel is in prime position and overlooks the scenic Inner Harbour. In 2017, the hotel completed a…

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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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Dec
20
2018

5 beautiful Australian islands to visit this summer

By Australia /

Spend your summer days lazing away on an island in the sun. Did you know there are more than 8,000 Australian islands? They all have something to offer, whether it’s adventurous hikes, scenic lookout points, great diving spots or gorgeous beaches. Check out DriveNow’s website for a bargain car hire deal from your nearest capital city this summer. It’s the easiest way to hit the coast to visit some of these incredible Australian islands. Fitzroy Island, Queensland Imagine gorgeous blue water, white sand in a lush rainforest setting. Fitzroy Island is home to what’s regarded as one of Australia’s best beaches, Nudey Beach. Snorkel with turtles and spend a lazy day in the sun, admiring the stunning mountain peaks on the mainland near Cairns. You could also spend a couple of hours hiking to the lighthouse and island summit. Good news is it’s just a 45-minute ferry ride from Cairns. Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory Venture 80 km north of Darwin…

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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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Nov
29
2018

Five top Aussie festivals around Australia

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From country music events to spectacular Outback festivals, or food and wine extravaganzas to riverboats and jazz, there’s something worth driving to just about anywhere in Australia all-year round. Here are five diverse festivals worth packing your bags for and hitting the road in a DriveNow campervan for a unique Australian cultural experience. 1. Riverboats, Jazz, Food & Wine Weekend – Echuca, Victoria. 15th – 17th February Pick up your DriveNow Melbourne Rental Car and a leisurely three-hour drive along the Hume Freeway and Northern Highway will take you to the riverbanks of beautiful Echuca where this annual event creates a buzz in February every year. The region’s finest food and wine are on show, jazz musos from far and wide strut their stuff and the paddle steamers from yesteryear chug along the mighty Murray River. It’s a treat for the eyes, ears and taste buds! 2. Tamworth Country Music Festival – Tamworth, New South Wales. 18th – 27th January This one’s popular for…

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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
26
2018

Halloween Adventures in New South Wales

By New South Wales /

New South Wales is the oldest state in Australia, so it’s no surprise that it’s home to many supernatural sightings. From haunted isolated hospitals to dark and eerie caves, or the nation’s most haunted house, the state has plenty of spooky places to scare yourself silly on your Halloween car adventure with DriveNow. Q Station It may be in a beautiful setting but don’t let Q Station’s looks fool you, this historic quarantine station has a gloomy past rooted with suffering, disease, and isolation. It is said that there are over fifty spirits that wander the isolated hospital. If you’re a believer in the other side or not, the fascinating stories of this place will keep you enthralled. For the very brave book on to the spirit searching sleepover tour for the ultimate Halloween fright. Jenolan Caves The Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains aren’t only known for being one of the largest cave systems in the world, but also…

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Oct
22
2018

Best campsites and hidden gems in NSW this spring and summer

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Destination NSW know better than anyone about the best camping spots for the warmer weather that comes with spring and summer. As the team says “It’s the ideal time of year to discover some of NSW’s secret campsites and hidden gems.” Rent a car or campervan at Sydney airport, then off you go on a camping adventure! According to Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase, “NSW is filled with hidden camping gems waiting to be discovered. NSW has amazing coastal and bush camping spots that continue to stay under the radar and would make an ideal weekend away this spring.” “These hidden camping gems are just that, secret spots that locals across NSW love due to their unique location and easy access to beautiful beaches, stunning national parks and pristine wilderness environments.” “Tourism managers across the state have shared their favourite secret camping spots with Destination NSW for this short-list, however, this does not exhaust the multitude of amazing campsites just…

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Oct
19
2018

Your guide to Melbourne’s 2018 Spring Racing Carnival

By Australia / Victoria /

Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival is one of Australia’s great sporting highlights. It attracts race-goers from across the nation and the word. But some of the best Spring Racing Carnival highlights aren’t only in Melbourne, but they’re in country Victoria too.  All you need to do is hire a car from Melbourne and then you can travel to these fantastic events on the racing calendar. Cox Plate – 27th October Every year in late October, the Moonee Valley Racecourse plays host to the famous Group One WS Cox Plate over 2040m.  It’s widely known among those in the racing community as the best weight for age race in Australasia and one of the most exciting race days in the world. The Cox Plate carries a total prize money of $3,000,000, and is Australia’s second richest race after the Melbourne Cup. This is one event you surely don’t want to miss. Melbourne Cup – 6th November Melbourne Cup, Australia’s best-known horse racing…

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Oct
18
2018

The Chair’s Where? Balranald in southern New South Wales

By New South Wales / Sydney /

So you have been to the coast, done the theatre and eaten at enough gourmet restaurants. Looking for something different and feel like a road trip to somewhere unique? Well then, I suggest you pick up a motorhome, or fuel up a car and head to Balranald in southern New South Wales. Oh… may I suggest you bring some sturdy shoes or boots, you will discover why a little later. LOCATION Balranald is strategically placed just over the border in NSW.  It is a bit over 400km from Melbourne, and a bit over 500km from Adelaide. It is near to Swan Hill, a tourist attraction of its own standing.  All routes to Balranald are sealed bitumen roads and give access to assorted wineries, view and photos, farm produce like free range eggs, antiques, arts and crafts and a myriad more similar opportunities. DISCOVERY CENTRE Having arrived in Balranald can I suggest an immediate visit to the Discovery Centre. Here are…

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Sep
21
2018

Labour Day – Top things to do in NSW this long weekend

By New South Wales /

Another long weekend is almost upon us! On 1st October, it’s Labour Day in New South Wales giving us a much needed long weekend. So, what better way to spend three days off work than by travelling around NSW and experiencing something new? To give you some inspiration on where to go and what to do, we’ve noted our top things to do this long weekend. Balloon Aloft Fiesta (28th – 1st October)   Head to the Hunter this long weekend to see the spectacle of the Balloon Aloft Fiesta fill the skies with a magnificent display of colour. From the 28th September to 1st October, twenty-five or more balloons will take to the sky each morning to drift majestically over the vineyards. You can either follow the excitement from the ground or for an experience of a lifetime, book on to one of the hot air balloons as a passenger. The Celebrations continue on landing at Peterson House Winery…

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Sep
21
2018

Tassie day trips in Spring – within a three hour drive

By Australia / Tasmania /

Tassie day trips are a great enjoyable way to explore the beautiful Tasmanian countryside without breaking the bank. You can enjoy incredible seaside views, go hiking in old forests and dine at historic towns along the way. Browse DriveNow’s selection of cheap car hire deals from Hobart, and embark on one of these Tassie day trips. Salamanca Market Luckily, you won’t have to venture too far from Hobart Airport to enjoy this attraction. The Salamanca Market is an iconic outdoor market, with a picturesque backdrop of yachts and fishing boats. Every Saturday, Hobart’s waterfront comes alive with great food and music as thousands of people browse more than 300 stalls. There’s everything including arts and crafts, fashion, gourmet food and wines. Wineglass Bay (pictured) It’s the number one spot on every itinerary. The good thing to know is if you’re short of time, Wineglass Bay is easily manageable as one of your Tassie day trips in Spring. It’s about a two and a half…

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Sep
15
2018

Spring sensations in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Spring is one of the most sensational times to visit Melbourne. Not only are the flowers across the city’s gardens in full bloom, but the sun starts to come out after a long, cold winter. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and explore one of these events. AFL Grand Final (pictured) (29th September) After a season of suspense, every footy fan in Australia has their sights set on the AFL Grand Final. The big game is full of excitement and drama, with the two top teams battling it out in front of a packed area. Be one of the 100,000 screaming fans watching the game unfold inside the MGG. Royal Melbourne Show (22nd September – 2nd October) The show is perhaps Victoria’s most iconic event. There are colourful lights, exhibits, rides and 450,000 people who pack the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds for eleven days in September. There are exciting activities, plenty of competition and pop up restaurants of some of the city’s…

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Sep
07
2018

Adelaide’s unmissable events in Spring

By Adelaide / Australia /

Adelaide is known for its amazing food, wine and culture. Spring is the best time of year to visit Adelaide, as the city comes alive to celebrate those things. Hire a car from the Airport and get ready for these spring events. OzAsia Festival  The OzAsia Festival has been touted as Australia’s premier Asia-focused arts festival. It runs between September and early October. It offers the latest in dance, music, film, theatre and visual arts outside of Asia. Its flagship event is the Moon Lantern Festival, where thousands of people will gather to watch Australia’s largest lantern parade. Royal Adelaide Show South Australians will flock to the Royal Adelaide Show every September. It’s one of the state’s biggest entertainment events of the year. There’s something for everyone at the show. Mystery show bags, live entertainments and thrilling rides are always popular. Every night there are fireworks to celebrate this iconic event on the city’s calendar. Adelaide Fashion Festival This fashion festival celebrates innovative design and style. The festival runs over…

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Sep
06
2018

5 reasons to visit Newcastle for your next holiday

By Australia / New South Wales /

Newcastle was once an industrial town that hardly rated a mention in traveller guidebooks. These days, nothing could be further from the truth. The city has well and truly evolved into not just an exciting place to stop over on a road trip, but a standalone tourist destination in itself. What makes Newcastle so attractive as a holiday destination (apart from the beautiful beaches, incredible hikes and trendy cafe culture) is that it’s only a two-hour drive north of Sydney. This makes it an easy pick for your next weekend getaway. Compare the latest cheap Sydney car rental deals, then check out one of our five reasons to visit Newcastle. Newcastle Memorial Walk If you want to enjoy 360-degree views while undertaking one of New South Wales’ most beautiful coastal walks, then this is for you. The Newcastle Memorial Walk, which features a cliff top walkway, was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in World War One. Learn about…

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Sep
05
2018

Campervan escapes are music to our ears

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Road trips. Could there be anything better? Right now we’ve launched into Spring and life on the road becomes an extremely enticing proposition when there’s an opportunity to jump in a campervan and explore. It’s music to our ears, in fact! As Walt Whitman once said: “I take the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” In the spirit of Walt’s celebration of life on the road, here are 7 great reasons why the humble road trip ticks all the boxes for a memorable holiday. No.1 Australia is best explored with a road trip We love and live on a massive continent in Australia and with that comes thousands of destinations and many worlds in one. Tasmania anyone? What better way to explore than in a campervan through Tasmania’s rugged West Coast routes, or Wildflower season in the Mid West of Western Australia where carpets of colours are on show. Maybe Victoria’s High Country or the New South Wales…

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Sep
04
2018

Australia’s Best Places for Whale Watching Season 

By Australia /

One of the best things about winter in Australia is being fortunate enough to be able to witness the spectacular sight of whales migrating the vast and scenic coastline.  With thousands of the world’s whales found in the nation’s waters between May and October, you’re bound to spot a few humpback and southern right whales at one of our best places for whale watching season. Sydney There’s an abundance of spots around Sydney to see a whale or two breaching, but our top pick has to be the Fairfax Lookout at North Head. Its infinite ocean views and panorama of the Sydney harbour and skyline make it one of the best viewpoints in the city. Spend a sunny winter’s afternoon up on the clifftops and you’re bound to see at least one whale fin slap, tail slap, or if you’re really lucky breach. North Head is about 11km from the city and you can drive all the way up to the car park…

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Aug
24
2018

Tokyo road to the best ski resorts in summer

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Tokyo is famous for sushi, fashion and high speed trains. But it’s also a gateway to some of the world’s best ski resorts year-round. You can get to ski resorts within 1-2 hours of Tokyo, making it easy and exciting for snow lovers. Come December, when Australia’s ski season has well and truly ended and summer is here, get ready to head to the land of the Rising Sun. You can find some awesome car hire deals at Japan Airport. Pick up your set of wheels and hit up some of these slopes. GALA Yuzawa Ski Resort One of Japan’s most popular ski resorts in Niigata region has three fields, with GALA Yuzawa being the largest. You can ascend to 800m above sea level via cable car. Once you’re at the top you not only have a beautiful view to admire, but a thrilling ride back down the slopes follows! Treat yourself at the nearby hot springs after a long…

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Aug
10
2018

Spring festivals in Australia – where to celebrate the season

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Many people would agree that spring is the loveliest time of year. So why not get out and explore some of the best spring festivals that Australia has to offer… Whether you’re a passionate gardener, a food lover, or an art and film buff, there are spring festivals for every niche. For an affordable getaway, check out DriveNow’s website for some cheap campervan hire deals. Then make your way to one of these incredible spring festivals. Sydney Fringe Festival 1-30 September 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales. Every September, Sydney presents more than 300 productions or events across more than 50 venues. They all celebrate the innovative creations of independent artists, art makers, and performers. There are interactive art exhibitions, artists talks and foodie feasts. Brisbane Spring Festival 8-29 September 2018 Spend 21 days celebrating one of Queensland’s most exciting arts festivals. More than a million people attend every year. Not only do…

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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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Aug
01
2018

A winter break in the Northern Territory – 5 things to do

By Australia / Northern Territory /

Are you desperately in need of a winter break? Luckily for you, winter is the best time to visit the Northern Territory. Instead of battling some of Australia’s highest temperatures in summer, you’ll get to enjoy sunny weather that southerners are missing out on. To get your winter break started, look into cheap car hire deals from Darwin. Here are our recommendations for top things to see or do on your winter break. Explore Uluru No trip to the Red Centre is complete without visiting Ayers Rock, or Uluru, as it’s known in Aboriginal tongue. The giant sandstone is right up there on many tourists’ bucket lists, and it should be on yours too. Get a local Aboriginal guide to take you on a tour around the rock and teach you about Uluru’s cultural significance. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to photograph the rock. Take a dive at Crocosaurus Cove Jumping into the water with a five-metre saltwater crocodile probably isn’t…

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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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