Food and Drinks


Five great reasons to escape to The Star Gold Coast

By Australia / Gold Coast / Queensland /

The hype is building as the countdown begins for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next year. The good news for travellers looking for a bit of sun and sand on our most famous beach strip is all the action taking place with hotels upgrading or being built – none more impressive than mighty The Star Gold Coast, formerly known as Jupiters. Best of all, once collecting your Gold Coast car rental there’s only a quick 15 minute drive north and The Star Gold Coast will have you checked in within a flash.

What’s all the fuss about? Plenty. The Star Gold Coast is in the midst of an $850 million remake. Since 2014 this star of the show in beautiful Broadbeach has already undergone some serious make over work, including the snazzy refurb of more than 590 rooms refreshed Lobby area and much more. Try these five great reasons to escape to The Star Gold Coast – no matter where you’re from.

One… The rooms are dreamy

Any hotel refurbishment generally means rooms are going to hit a certain standard with a beautiful fresh look and new feel, but The Star Gold Coast has put a lot of consideration into this. Ours was a King Superior Deluxe Room, spacious and super functional. Think blinds that automatically open upon entry, strategic bedside-placed switches and buttons for lighting, aircon and other functions, all complemented by beautifully inviting interiors. But the winning move is a specially designed pillow menu and ‘The Cloud’ mattress topper exclusive to The Star and bathing amenities by L’Occitane.

Two… The food!

The locals tell me food has always been top quality at the venue, but the reinvention of The Star has introduced some world-class stunners in restaurant terms. Elegant and oozing a dimly-lit atmosphere is incredible Kiyomi, a multi-award winning hatted Japanese restaurant infusing a tapas-style approach to small dishes with intense flavours and immaculate presentation. The menu is packed with sashimi (raw), izakaya (small plates), tempura (fried), binchotan (grill), other sushi, salad, soup and desserts as well as degustation and set menu alternatives. Other newbies include scrumptious new Chinese restaurant Imperial (brand new, in fact), the earthy and spectacular Garden Kitchen & Bar, complete with huge outdoor dining and party area with a giant big screen, more Asian influence with Mei Dumplings restaurant, Cucina Vivo, and Food Fantasy, one of the best buffet experiences you’ll ever have for either breakfast or dinner. The smorgasbord offers more than 80 dishes from around the world, including an irresistible hot and cold buffet selection, roast meats and salads.

Three… Entertainment

Yes, there’s still a casino and all the fun one can have with top bars, roulette wheels and card tables, but there’s a lot more these days including a bold and bright theatre being the perfect platform to showcase some of the world’s best performers, stage shows and exclusive film premieres. Its modern architecture and cutting-edge technology make it a leading entertainment venue.

Four… Broadbeach

Literally 5 minutes walk over the bridge is Broadbeach central with loads of bars, food options, shopping and a beautiful beach to soak up the sun, sand and surf or catch a friendly game of beach volleyball in full swing. Surfers Paradise is only a 15-20 minute walk away, too, so everything’s quite close.

Five… Day trips

Take your pick. Want to head for the hinterland and more alternative charms of Byron Bay in the south? Or how about heading north for some theme park action at all the worlds including Wet ‘N’ Wild, Movieworld, Seaworld, Dreamworld and more? Head even further north and you’ll be in Brisbane. It’s a beaut location with lots to do nearby with a comfy and exciting hotel to come back to for dinner and snooze in sublime comfort.


Road trip Sydney and beyond – 5 great drives this summer

By Australia / Australian Capital Territory / New South Wales / Sydney /

If you are to Google Earth our beautiful country you would quickly realise we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to road trips throughout our enormous continent. You can get your rental car from Sydney Airport and then every road leads to a great adventure. But where to start? Try these suggestions.

Sydney to Leura (pictured)

Set your sights in a westerly direction and head for Wentworth Falls via the M4 Motorway. Catch some gorgeous little towns along the way including Glenbrook, Faulconbridge, Hazelbrook and continue on to magnficient Wentworth Falls. The views over the Jamison Valley are hard to beat and there are some great opportunities for  a walk through the Blue Mountains National Park. After that take the 10 minute drive to Leura where you can take a stroll checking out the local shops, galleries and craft stores while having a bite in one of the gourmet cafes.

Grand Pacific Drive

This southerly sensation is arguably Australia’s best, a spectacular driving route that takes in ocean views, countless beaches and such hotspots as Stanwell Tops, Bald Hill Lookout and Sea Cliff Bridge, a sight to behold that swerves out from the cliffs over the sea. Heading off from Sydney, it all starts in Royal National Park before cruising through Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama (a stop off at Easts Beach Big4 Holiday Park is a must!).  Explore quaint seaside villages, drive through rainforests and enjoy a stellar coastline with an endless supply of views.

Discover the Poachers Way

It may be a three hour journey (no stops) from Sydney, but it’s both the journey and the destination that provide loads of highlights with this one. The journey south will take you through such touristy treats like Bowral and Goulburn before you reach the region surrounding Canberra. Welcome to the Poachers Way, a tourist route where you can sample the fine food, wine and art produced by local chefs, winemakers and artists. Visit the towns of Yass, Hall and gorgeous Murrumbatemen along the way and enjoy the high quality produce and discover the handcrafts and local produce of local businesses and artisans.

Hunter Valley

Wine country, yes, but you don’t necessarily need to be a big fan of the grape! Hunter Valley is a two and a half hour drive from the heart of Sydney and while it has a smorgasbord of beautiful rolling vineyards, wineries and great cellar doors, there are also such attractions as Hunter Valley Gardens (with 10 stunning storybook feature gardens), luxury retreats like the Chateau Elan at The Vintage, a splendid golf and spa resort, restaurants galore, and national parks with great walks on offer.

Port Stephens

Head north and hug the coast for a couple of hours and providing you can avoid beautiful distractions like the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle you will stumble upon Port Stephens. There’s a lot to do here, from enjoying “blue water paradise” with 30km of pristine coastline for a swim, fish, whale watching expedition or a dolphin cruise, otherwise hit the sand dunes at Stockton Beach on a quad bike or discover national parks and a superb marina at Nelson Bay for a shop or bite to eat.

Also try Six Summer Sensations in Sydney and Sydney To The Blue Mountains – 5 Ways To Play


5 step guide to a Melbourne city escape between Christmas and New Year

By Melbourne / Victoria /

It’s a long way off but there’s a certain time of year the rest of the human race are either snoozing or have escaped to somewhere else when it comes to Melbourne city and inner city ‘burbs. With Christmas and Boxing Day out of the way and many catching their breath before New Year’s suddenly arrives, Melbourne’s a little sleepy and there are some great hotel deals on offer if you’re looking for a quick getaway.

For a two night, three day stay and play in the big smoke, here are five suggestions for a great Melbourne short stay in 12 months time. The biggest tip of all is you have to be organised so get that calendar ready with reminders.

Flights … the gang at skyscanner recently revealed some observations about the best time to buy flights for Christmas/New Year’s. According to Skyscanner’s research, the best time to buy a Christmas flight is during the week of November 21 for an average savings of more than 6%. Get on the newsletter mailouts, too, for the sales.

Wheels …  Goes without saying you need to click through to the DriveNow Melbourne airport car rental deals at any time of the year. For a three day rental you could be looking at anywhere from $150-$200+ all up depending on your choice of car and size. Will you need a car for the quick-fire getaway? Yes, though you won’t need to be in it often, but it will definitely come in handy for those little trips a few kilometres away during the day – if you choose to venture that far.

Bed … Come December the deals start hatching as distressed inventory (aka rooms that need to be booked) are on offer. We chose the delightful Melbourne Parkview Hotel in Albert Park, on St Kilda Rd. Sniff out deals closer to the date, but some rippers come with breakfast for two and free parking. Better still, everything’s within walking distance, including Albert Park Lake for a morning stroll (about 5km), Commercial Road and Chapel Street buzz, restaurants along St Kilda Road and more.

R&R … Literally 15 minutes by foot along St Kilda Rd from your hotel you will discover a treat for the senses at Leelawadee Thai Massage & Skin Care. We booked a double one-hour Thai massage in the same room mid-afternoon, allowed little feet trodding along the body for a few minutes before sinking into a luxurious and relaxing massage for $130 all up! Awesome value. While a little jelly like we skipped across the road to stylish cocktail bar The Amberoom for a jug of water and a cocktail.

Feast … Say hello to Roxborough Bar and Kitchen in Acland Street, St Kilda, as recommended by good friend and Chin Chin executive chef extraordinaire Benjamin Cooper. It’s a decent 15 minute walk from the hotel or a 5 minute $10-15 taxi. This little gem is making waves on the Melbourne food scene with its spacious open vibe, cleanliness and immaculate service in such an intimate setting (yep, it’s cosy, but it works). The food is scrumptious: snacks like Bruny Island oysters, Jamon and manchego croquetas, lime cured watermelon with goats curd and basil. Entrees to share that jump off the menu include Pippies and clams with smoked pork hock, broad beans and parsely, or how about Chargrilled Queensland king prawns, with garlic and smoked paprika butter. Sumptuous mains that hit the spot are Chargrilled 400g pasture fed Gippsland Entrecote on the bone with bone marrow butter, roasted spring garlic, silver beet puree, or Twice cooked Milawa half free range chicken diavolo with a spring pea and tarragon chicken jus. This place rocks.




The best luxury hotels in Adelaide and surrounds

By Australia / South Australia /

There are many incredible luxury hotels in South Australia. Whether you want to explore Adelaide city, venture to the Barossa Valley or witness the natural beauty of the Flinders Ranges, we have you covered for where to stay.

First, snap up one of DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Adelaide. Then take your pick from one of these five luxury hotels…

The Playford Adelaide

In the heart of Adelaide’s rich cultural precinct is The Playford. It’s one of Australia’s most awarded boutique luxury hotels. If you’re looking for a truly relaxing getaway then we recommend booking one of the Studio Spa Suites. It has everything you could ever dream of and more, including a lounge area and a walk-in marble ensuite. All while you have the city’s arts, cultural and entertainment hotspot right on your doorstep.

The Mayfair Adelaide

Stay in a stunning heritage-listed building that’s right across the road from Rundle Mall, which is Adelaide’s most popular shopping strip. It has 170 rooms and suites which feature modern amenities and luxurious extras. The venue boasts a gym, business centre and function rooms. You can also experience innovative food and wine at the Mayflower Restaurant, or you can check out the rooftop bar, Hennessy.

The Louise (pictured)

Drive just 45 minutes from Adelaide and you’ll reach The Louise in the beautiful Barossa Valley. Enjoy your very own private terrace along with a spacious ensuite at this gorgeous retreat. You’re surrounded by a picturesque vineyard in a tranquil part of the Barossa Valley – that is, the old German town of Marananga.

Southern Ocean Lodge

Take the ferry to reach the pristine Kangaroo Island, where one of the most beautiful lodges in Australia awaits. You’ll stay on a secluded cliff with incredible views of rugged coastline. You’ll soak up luxury and comfort as you explore the natural island, which is often referred to as Australia’s very own Galapagos. Stay here just a few nights and it’ll be difficult to leave.

Ikara Safari Camp

Do you want a luxurious experience with a difference? Then look no further than the award-winning Ikara Safari Camp. It’s far from your ordinary camping experience. Instead, you get to go ‘glamping’ with a luxury safari tent in the highest point of the beautiful Flinders Ranges. You’ll have your own private verandah where you can sip on some wine in the evenings. There’s also plush, king size beds, air-con and beautiful furnishings. Wake up every morning to your hosts serving you a delicious hot breakfast.


Dallas activities you must experience in Texas

By Texas / United States /

There are plenty of Dallas activities suitable for all travellers. This city continues to amaze millions of tourists every year. The stadiums, the museums, the food portions in the restaurants – everything is so big! If you’re heading to the deep south, make sure you find yourself a great car hire deal before checking out some of the best Dallas activities on offer.

Join a JKF history tour

One of the must-do Dallas activities is a history tour that’s all about one of US history’s most famous presidents, John F Kennedy. Dealey Plaza is perhaps the most famous site, as it’s where he was shot dead in 1963. There are other significant sites as well, such as the theatre where assassin Lee Harvey Oswald fled to after the shooting. Hire a local guide who can fill you in on the grim but fascinating history.

Dig in with a food tour

Explore some of the most trendy restaurants and bars that Dallas has to offer. The Dallas Uptown Food Tour is one of the stand outs. It takes you to the trendy West Village, before you venture on foot to off-the-beaten-path eateries. Other tours take you to chocolatiers, wineries or popular eateries that serve up a traditional Texas BBQ. It’s just a matter of hopping online and seeing what type of food tour suits your taste buds!

Saddle up at Texas Horse Park

This will probably be one of the best Dallas activities for travelling families. You’ll find yourself in the heart of the Great Trinity Forest where people of all ages can get a taste of Texas ranching. Learn the basics of  horse riding on more than 300 acres of natural forest landscape. The great thing about this destination too is that it’s only minutes from Downtown Dallas.

See the Dallas Cowboys in action

In Dallas, footy isn’t just a game or entertainment. It’s almost a religion within itself. If you want a true Dallas experience, then make sure you visit the city during footy season to catch hometown heroes the Dallas Cowboys in action. The team’s home ground, the AT&T Stadium, is just a 20 minute drive from the city centre. It’s a modern jewel with one of the world’s largest scoreboards and luxurious suites.


Californian dreaming on the road to Sonoma County

By California / United States /

SO you’ve flown into San Francisco, picked up your California car rental and not sure where to go? We say “not far at all” if you underline the words “Sonoma County” on your itinerary. We’ve tapped into the Sonoma County Tourism latest news to give you the lowdown on what makes it special, so read on.

Sonoma County

Located in Northern California just a 50km drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma County offers a blend of incredible scenery, urban sophistication, agriculture, small-town charm, outdoor adventure, and, of course, the food and wine that make this region famous. Sonoma County boasts more than 425 wineries, 100-plus organic farms, and 80km of stunning Pacific Ocean coastline.

Whether your goal is to savor food and wine pairings at renowned wineries, explore the more than 50 miles of spectacular Pacific coastline, picnic under towering redwood trees, shop unique local galleries and boutiques, or discover other Sonoma County delights, here are a few things you might want to know before visiting Sonoma Wine Country.

What to pack

Sonoma County’s moderate temperatures rarely dip below freezing, even in winter. The county typically gets about 25 to 30 inches of annual rainfall, mainly from November through April.

However, microclimates are part of what make Sonoma County such a great place to grow wine grapes, and some areas of the county can be much cooler, warmer, or windier than others. When the inland areas heat up in the summer, the coastal regions can remain cool. The weather can be changeable, and a chilly, foggy summer morning anywhere in the county can heat up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (or more) by 2pm.

It’s best to wear layers. Jeans, khakis or shorts, T-shirts, comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, and a medium-weight jacket are good for daytime sightseeing. Wine Country casual — like business casual, but with the laid-back, country feeling of a vineyard — is typical for evenings out.

Getting to Sonoma County

For those flying into other airports, Sonoma County is about 75 miles north of either San Francisco International (SFO) or Oakland International (OAK) airports, or about 120 miles west of Sacramento International (SMF). When traveling by car from San Francisco (and points south of there), cross the Golden Gate Bridge and head north on Highway 101. From Sacramento, go west on US-80, then west on Highway 12/121. From Seattle/Portland, go south on Highway 101 or US Interstate 5.

Visit a winery or ten

Home to more than 425 award-winning wineries, Sonoma County barrels a varietal for nearly every palate. Taste by region or varietal, tour vineyards, barrel rooms, and wine caves. Savor delicious food-and-wine pairings, or learn how to blend wine. “Sparkling” isn’t just about wine in Sonoma County. The area’s artisan breweries, cider houses and distilleries offer tours as well. Be as active or as laid back as you wish, Sonoma County has a winery experience that’s right for you.

Get outdoors

Stroll through ancient redwoods; or soar through the forest on a zip line. Hike remote trails through more than 60 state and regional nature parks. Paddle a canoe through various rivers, lakes, and even an ocean. Cycle backroads easy enough for a beginner or challenging enough for the pro cyclists who compete in Amgen Tour of California or the Gran Fondo. Golfers can tee off at one of 20-plus stunning courses. Go horseback riding, take a ride in a hot-air balloon, observe wildlife, or simply sit back and enjoy the sounds of nature.

Explore the coast

The stunning drive along Highway 1 unveils the rugged cliffs, pristine sand beaches, stunning vistas, whale watching, and small towns nestled along more than 50 miles of coastline. The area is dramatic, yet approachable. Trails and beaches beg travelers to stop and explore on foot. State and regional parks dot the coastline, tempting with hiking, beaches, fishing, camping, water sports, and horseback riding. Or simply relax at a beach for the day, enjoy a romantic picnic, or go all-out on a camping trip. While the coast is beautiful to explore at any time, be aware that the weather can turn windy or foggy any time of year, so always bring along a windbreaker and cap.

For a free visitors guide or information on hotels, wineries, events, spas, attractions, and dining in Sonoma County, visit or call +1-707-522-5800.


Five food experiences worth the drive from Melbourne’s CBD

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Food, glorious food. Melbourne is a melting pot hot spot of food experiences, many of which can be found in that easy to navigate CBD grid, but venture a little further afield and there are unforgettable tasty treats off the yellow brick road to enjoy. Grab a Melbourne car rental and try these five:

#1 La Sala restaurant at Olivigna, South Warrandyte

The drive … (from CBD) 45-50 minutes north-east

The rolling hills of Warrandyte is welcome sight for those escaping the urban jungle for a leafy green village with a river running through it. The Tuscan-like atmosphere of beautiful Olivigna (pictured) in the southern part of Warrandyte is highlighted by La Sala restaurant, the star of the show. Outside is the stunning piazza, a place to breathe in the freshest Green Wedge air and soak up the views while sharing a pizza and Rose. Nearby eye candy comes with lemon trees and olive grove, a vineyard, horses grazing in the background like a painting while often the resident kangaroos can arrive seemingly on call for diners to really appreciate the views beyond the glass windows at La Sala. Inside a spacious dining room is a polished update on traditional Italian design, with chandeliers, mudstone fireplace and walls lined with mesmerizing large black and white photographs that blend in with the sounds of clinking cutlery and social chatter; it gets noisy here but that only lends it the charm of happy people enjoying their outing. The seasonal menu is irresistible.

#2 Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

The drive …  two hours west

This one’s a “two hatter” courtesy of the Age Good Food Guide two years running and the Royal Mail Hotel Dining Room offers “nature-based cuisine focusing on the highest quality locally sourced produce” according to the Visit Victoria team. Menus are inspired by the hotel’s large organic garden and some stunning dishes are created. The signature dining experience? An eight course chef’s tasting menu with matched wines, is served every evening, as is a five course option. A two course and three course set menu is available Sunday to Thursday nights. The Dining Room is open for breakfast daily and lunch Wednesday to Sunday.

#3 Jack Rabbit, Bellarine

The drive … 90 minutes south-west

No, it’s not a play on great food haunts with animal names but it just so happens we’re following up a Pickled Pig with a Jack Rabbit. Jack Rabbit is an absolute winner on the Bellarine Peninsula with its stunning views across the bay to the You Yangs and Geelong, and its two venues – Jack Rabbit Restaurant, a showstopping gastronomical attraction with a sensational seasonal a la carte menu, while The House of Jack Rabbit is a step down for beaut lunches seven days a week.

#4 Pickled Pig, Warrnambool

The drive … a touch over two hours west

Victoria’s  regional fine dining scene is expanding by the year and this ripper is set on the seaside city of Warrnambool. Visit Victoria says chef Brenton Banner, who cut his teeth in the kitchen of Melbourne’s famous Press Club, brings his imagination and flair to Pickled Pig’s modern European menu, awarded a hat by The Age Good Food Guide. Treat yourself to a tasting menu or take your pick of the tempting a la carte options.

#5 Eleonore’s Restaurant, Yering

The drive … a touch over an hour east

Step it up in style at Eleonore Restaurant in the Yarra Valley, which combines a contemporary cuisine in an historic setting. The fine dining restaurant’s modern menu is lagely influenced by Asian flavours, manages to sit sublimely within the old-world surrounds of a 19th-century chateau.



Unforgettable Chicago restaurants while on the road in the US

By United States /

Chicago’s foodie scene is full of twists and surprises. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the Windy City treats you to another set of incredible Chicago restaurants to choose from.

Pick up a great Chicago Airport car hire deal and then choose from one of these five amazing Chicago restaurants for your next meal.


Alinea (pictured) consistently rates at the top of food reviewers’ lists. It’s held the title of Best Restaurant in America a number of times. Many people also know Alinea for its innovative approach to modern cuisine. The venue features three distinct experiences. The Alinea Kitchen Table is the most intimate setting, giving your small group a private area to sample different flavours. There’s also The Gallery, which offers a multi-sensory 16 to 18-course menu. The Salon provides a 10-14 course tasting menu that’s sure to leave you more than satisfied

Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf

This amazing venue is a bit of a detour from what you’d consider your traditional steakhouse. It also serves as proof that you can enjoy top quality steakhouse meals in a dazzling venue. Bavette creates the perfect balance of French fine dining in a fun atmosphere. You’ll pick up a delicious ribeyes, seafood towers along with scrumptious homemade deserts. Then just add in some Jazz music, chandeliers and award-winning international wines and you have yourself a winner!

The Purple Pig

A top notch Mediterranean feast awaits at the Purple Pig. It’s one of the best Chicago restaurants you’ll come across. Rising Star Chef 2014 Jimmy Bannos Jn. is on the team, bringing years of knowledge handed down to him as a fourth generation restaurateur. Why not relax and order a glass of Greek Santorini, milk braised pork shoulder or a house made veal Mortadella sausage? Anything on this impressive menu will go down easily. It can be hard to find a set at this venue, although it’s well worth the wait.


Chef Sarah Grueneberg blends traditional Italian cuisine with influences from around the world. The Texan-born talent proudly creates food that is “soulfull, surprising and filled with storytelling.” She draws on her international travels to offer pasta, kraut, Japanese yellowtail and grilled Texas redfish all on the same menu! You’re spoiled with choice at Monteverde and the combinations are surprising. Not to mention, there’s an interesting story behind each and every dish.


Looking for the best Gold Coast restaurants? Read on

By Australia / Gold Coast /

The Gold Coast is most famous for its sunshine, sandy beaches and busy nightlife. But you may not know that Gold Coast restaurants are some of the best going around.

There are so many places where you can grab a scrumptious bite to eat, a quick coffee or sit down for some fine dining.

Here are five of the best Gold Coast restaurants for the hit-list. Make sure you grab a hire car from Surfers Paradise then head to these amazing eateries.

Hellenika Restaurant (pictured)

Hellenika is one of the best Gold Coast restaurants. Treat yourself to “simple authentic home-style food, designed to be placed in the middle of the table to share.” This philosophy is at the heart of everything Hellinika serves up. Treat yourself to traditional Greek dishes, such as smoky meats and seafoods. The salads are also divine and presented beautifully.

Etsu Izakaya

This gorgeous Japanese bar/restaurant is a great place to spend an afternoon with friends. Red paper lanterns, traditional tatami booths and trees that are “growing” from the tables are some of the unique features of this eatery. Those who dine here enjoy the busy, fun and loud environment. Silken tofu, tsukune dunked in egg yolk and wagyu beef are some of the incredible dishes to choose from.

Justin Lane

This popular pizzeria and pasta bar is a loud and lively place to spend the evening. There’s also the added option of rooftop dining, which sets a relaxing vibe at sunset or night. Admire views of Burleigh Beach and the iconic high rise buildings as you enjoy an antipasto place with company. Rustic pasta dishes and crusty wood-fired pizza are some of the most popular dishes on the menu.

Elk Espresso

Elk Espresso has a fantastic reputation among the locals. It’s always buzzing with excitement, no matter what time of day you visit. Fantastic coffee draws diners in, but the scrumptious Australian food keeps them coming back for more. For breakfast, indulge in some pork belly and corn with chilli. Or perhaps the Persian feta and poached eggs on sourdough is more to your liking. There’s plenty of healthy salads and burgers to choose from during the day.

The Fish House

This beachside dining room is elegant and charming. Feel at ease when you’re handed the menu, only to spot the day’s date, which proves just how fresh the produce here really is. Not to mention the fine wines that accompany the dishes. The restaurant is inspired by Southern Europe cuisine. Managers also proudly declare it “the finest Seafood Restaurant on the Gold Coast”.



4 must-see events at the Adelaide Festival 2017

By Adelaide / Australia /

The Adelaide Festival runs from 3-19 March. Fascinating opera, theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts awaits. This festival features some of the world’s best.

The Adelaide Festival is in its 32nd year. The 2017 line-up includes opera from England and drama from Germany. There’s also dance from Israel and a tribute to the late Judy Garland.

Grab a cheap car hire deal from Adelaide and make sure you see these top four performances at the 2017 Adelaide Festival.

Saul (pictured)

George Frideric Handel’s Saul is the headline act for 2017. Directed by Barrie Kosky, this opera masterpiece treats you to dramatic and heart-breaking music. It tells the story of a Lear-like mad king and his family’s struggles. Critics across the world have praised the show after a performance at the Glyndebourne Festival two years ago. Now it comes exclusively to Adelaide for Australian opera lovers.

Portraits in Motion

Have you ever wanted to see the world through an artist’s eyes? “Intrepid traveller” Volker Gerling has walked more than 3,500km throughout Germany. Over the years he has documented the people he met and their stories. He has created flipbook portraits, which he presents to his audience. He explains the story behind each picture and points out the fragile moments that he so beautifully captures.

Rufus Wainwright: Rufus does Judy

Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is a delightful performer. He comes to the Adelaide Festival in 2017 to perform two of the works that are closest to his heart. He puts on a show with a concert version of Prima Donna, which was his first undertaking in the world of opera. In this one-night show he also teams with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to re-create Judy Garland’s 1961 Carnegie Hall concert in a touching tribute.

Contemporary Dance

L-E-V will perform two fantastic works at this year’s festival. Killer Pig is a oroud mix of folkdance and classical gestures. While organisers liken it to “a tribal ceremony from an alien culture” and it’s bound to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire performance. Then there’s OCB Love, which explores lovers who always seem out of touch with each in today’s modern world. It’s contemporary dance with more edge to it than more.



Four festivals in Adelaide and surrounds you can’t miss

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

Adelaide festivals are some of the best in Australia. Next time you visit the city, make sure you pick up a great hire car deal from Adelaide Airport and tick off these awesome events during your stay.

Adelaide Fringe Festival

17 February – 19 March 2017
Fringe is internationally recognised as one of the best open-access arts events. Artists from across the world come to the city for four weeks of art celebrations. Visit the city and you’ll find pop up venues in parks, lane-ways, theatres and art galleries. The best thing about Fringe is that it’s not just for high-profile artists. Anyone can participate.


10 – 13 March 2017
The Botanic Park in Adelaide becomes the hub of WOMADelaide over the long weekend in March. Soak up performances and workshops created by the world’s renowned musicians, dancers and DJs. You’ll find a mix of traditional and contemporary music. There’s also street theatre and visual artists. People love WOMADelaide. If not for the diversity of art then definitely for the family friendly atmosphere.

Victor Harbour Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival

16 – 17 September 2017
There’s no better place to enjoy some good old Rock ‘n’ Roll! Put on your dancing shoes and head on over to the lovely seaside town of Victor Harbour. There are three stages pumping out catchy tunes with just as many dance floors. The classic car competition is also an event favourite, with anybody able to enter. One of the best things about this weekend is the people it attracts. You’re bound to have a fun time.

OzAsia Festival

26 September – 8 October 2017
It’s Australia’s premier international arts festival that focuses entirely on Asia. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event and the program keeps growing every year. Enjoy a rich line up of contemporary arts from across Asia. Live international music and the Moon Lantern Festival are among the highlights of the event.



Noosa food scene is one of the hottest on the east coast


NOOSA is renowned for its sun, surf and endless summer, but the food scene is not only one of the hottest on the Sunshine Coast, but up there with the best on the entire east coast.

There are plenty of excuses to catch a cheap flight to the sunshine state, nab a Noosa people mover rental and head north to this pearl in the east.

Try these foodie favourites when you’re not hitting the sand and surf.

Betty’s Burgers (below) – Surf rats, tourists and locals are swamping what is becoming known as the king of the burger craze Down Under and it really doesn’t disappoint amid the Hastings St hive of activity. Great relaxed vibe and hearty burgers are the force here, including crispy chicken, shroom burgers, and Betty’s Classic options among many more. Wash it down with a filling thickshake (try the peanut butter!) and that’s before you unbuckle the belt for a crack at Betty’s amazing Concrete dessert masterpieces – hot fudge doughnuts, lemon raspberry cheesecake, and peanut butter brittle choices complementing the rich and creamy custard ice-cream base. YUM! Check out Billy and Josh’s form recently during a school holiday adventure (video). More


Bordertown BBQ & Taquería –  Discover a blend of breakfast, tacos, burgers, booze, and low and slow barbecue at Bordertown with food inspired by the Southern States of the USA and across the border in Mexico.   Enjoy the Acapulco Deck at the front overlooking the Noosa river or dine inside in rib shack chic.

Moto – Custom bikes and surfing culture, craft beer, specialty coffee and a boutique menu that takes you from morning through to late awaits you at the Noosa Junction’s newest and hippest café, Moto.   Enjoy the pizza truck and live beats on a Sunday afternoon or the Friday night Taco Club.

Providore on Hastings (pictured top) – Stock up on gourmet groceries, coffee and fresh meals at Providore on Hastings.  From gourmet sandwiches, salads and everything you need for the perfect cheese platter. Showcasing local producers such as Woombye Cheese, Eumundi Meats, Hum Honey, Noosa Fish Providore, Tanglewood Bakery and many more.  They also offer a boutique licensed outdoor café space located in the Netanya Noosa lobby.

The Cooking School Noosa – offers exclusive classes with chefs from Wasabi Restaurant and Bar as well as guest chefs from around the country. Classes include Contemporary Japanese, Classic French and Modern South East Asian, with workshops on topics including French Patisserie, Artisan Bread Making, Preserving and Pickling, Tea Appreciation and other specialty techniques also featuring on the class schedule.