Things to do in Darwin


Darwin is considered the gateway to Asia and it’s one of the must see cities in Northern Australia. It has everything you could ask for – scenery, outdoor adventures, wildlife interactions and family activities.

Grab a cheap car rental at Darwin Airport and put these highlights on your ‘things to do in Darwin’ list.

Watch a film at Deckchair Cinema

You can catch a movie every night of the week at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema during the dry season. Most people enjoy this experience as it’s usually the first time they’ve ever watched a movie under the stars while in a reclining deckchair. The cinema is run by the non-for-profit Darwin Film Society and offers a wide variety of films to choose from.

Explore the markets

Wander through Darwin’s markets to admire the city’s rich cultural creations. The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are the most popular with tourists. They’re also the biggest and you’ll find them located next to the Darwin Casino along Mindil Beach between April and October. You’ll find the freshest and best fruit and vegetables at the Rapid Creek market on Sunday mornings. While the Malak Evening Markets on Saturdays combine organic food, arts and crafts. 

Visit Crocosaurus Cove

Here you’ll encounter the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles. Crocosaurus Cove is touted a must see attraction when visiting Australia’s Top End. Daring visitors can actually “swim with the crocs”. Crocosaurus Cove is most famous for its Cage of Death. You’ll come face to face with a deadly saltwater croc, separated only by a clear underwater barrier.

Take a Tiwi Islands tour

From Darwin you can join a group tour to see the beautiful Tiwi Islands. The Bathurst and Melville islands are only 80 km north of Darwin. You just need to jump on a ferry to find out why this beautiful place is known as the ‘Island of Smiles’. The locals are known to embrace AFL and showcase their unique artwork.

Also try Campervan hire in the Top End – top tips!



What are the best Aussie Easter Holiday Destinations?


Looking to escape the city for a long weekend this Easter? Well get your skates on, as it’s just around the corner! Luckily you’re spoilt for choice with hundreds of great Easter holiday destinations all over Australia. Whether you’re travelling solo or road tripping with the family, hire a car or campervan and greet the bunny in one of these fantastic holiday hotspots.

Gold Coast

Easter Destinations

Enjoy an action packed trip to the Gold Coast this Easter.

The Gold Coast is a perfect holiday destination at any time of the year. There’s the iconic Surfers Paradise, where you could easily spend every day if you like the beach scene. You can also seek some peace and quiet somewhere along the green hinterland. Thrill seekers can flock to the famous theme parks for an adventurous ride. No matter what you want to do, there’s something for everyone.

Byron Bay

Easter Holiday

Soak up the good vibes in Byron Bay this Easter.

Most people head to Byron Bay to soak up the sun along the region’s beautiful beaches. That alone would be enough to convince any ordinary person to travel to the area for a getaway. But every year on the Easter Weekend is Bluesfest. Get ready for five days of non-stop music from nearly 200 acts. If you’re a music lover then you won’t want to miss this event. Some of the world’s best blues musicians come to Byron Bay to feature in the line-up.

Airlie Beach

Travel to the heart of the Whitsundays for Easter. Airlie offers vibrant nightlife along with quiet corners of crystal clear waters and plenty of underwater adventures. Go snorkelling, diving or simply laze on the white, sandy beaches with family and friends. There’s also a lovely restaurant, bar and café scene that caters for every need.

Great Ocean Road

Easter Destinations

The 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road are a stunning addition to an Easter Road trip.

The Great Ocean Road is a magical place to escape the hustle and bustle of Melbourne or Adelaide. You’ll find a range of Easter activities, such as an Easter Egg Hunt, throughout towns scattered along this rugged coastline. You’ll also encounter many tranquil sections of beach and rainforest, which you may get to have all to yourself over the Easter long weekend. Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Fairy are some of the most popular places to stay.

Easter in Bendigo

It’s a vibrant city with trendy cafes, museums and nightlife. Head just on the outskirts of town and you’ll understand why Bendigo is known for its goldmines. Major attractions include the Central Deborah Gold Mine and the Golden Dragon Museum. Bendigo also puts on a show for the holiday. The 4-day Bendigo Easter Festival attracts thousands of people every year. It offers live music, an incredible parade and a family Easter Egg Hunt.


With so many stunning Easter holiday locations to choose from, the tough decision is choosing just one! Grab yourself a great deal on cheap hire car from DriveNow to get your family getaway off to a cracking start.



Hastings Point for summer fun


Hastings Point is considered the jewel of the Tweed Shire. It’s set is an idyllic location surrounded by national park, unspoiled beach and ocean. Campers often return to this beautiful location for summer year after year. There’s no spot in Australia quite like Hastings Point.

That’s why you should read these tips to enjoy Hastings Point this summer.

Where to get some wheels

Whether you want to find yourself a hire car, a campervan or caravan you’ll find it all for cheap through DriveNow. For example, you can pick up some great campervan hire deals from Brisbane for only a few bucks a day. Drive less than two hours south to Hastings Point and you’re at your destination.

Where to stay – Hastings Point Holiday Park

Hastings Point Holiday Park (pictured) is one of the best campervan accommodation options in the area. It’s a secluded holiday park that over looks the beach and offers sites with beachfront or riverside views. It’s a great location for anyone who loves swimming or fishing. It also has a range of amenities, including WiFi.

Head outdoors – Cabarita Beach

Feeling like a surge of adrenaline? Grab a surfboard and hit the waves at Cabarita Beach. Or you could simply have a lazy day at the beach and go swimming. But this isn’t your average beach. If you’re visiting between June and October, when thousands of whales are migrating past the Australian coast, there’s a good chance you’ll get lucky and spot whales. Grab a pair of binoculars and point them out to the ocean.

Go inland – Mount Warning rainforest

This is the perfect place to hike through lush rainforests, which were created more than 20 million years ago by ancient volcanoes. You can also admire cascading waterfalls and have afternoon tea when visiting mountain villages. If you’re feeling up for some exercise, hike to the top of Mt Warning. The 8.8km return walk treats you to incredible 360 degree views from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay. Now that’s a sight you’ll never forget!

Eat somewhere – Tropical Fruit World

It’s a commercial farming operation and a major tourist attraction. You’re given a behind the scenes experience at the farm and a look at 500 exotic fruits from across the world. You have the opportunity to sample delicious avocados, bananas along with less popular produce such as carambola. Learn about the three generations of the Brinsmead family which created the experience and has made it more and more sustainable over time.



5 Campervan holiday options from Brisbane

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Travelling around Brisbane in a campervan is one of the most convenient ways to explore this part of Queensland. Hire a campervan in Brisbane and start driving to one of these holiday parks.

Brisbane Gateway Resort (pictured)
This holiday park is in a fantastic location, just 15 minutes from the CBD. It’s also just 30 minutes from the Gold Coast and its theme parks! This means you can spend more time enjoying your holiday rather than sitting in traffic and you move from each attraction. The caravan and camping sites are spacious. They’re also set among beautifully landscaped gardens, giving you plenty of room to relax.

Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park
Wake up in the morning, walk out your door and head straight across the road to the beach. Does that sound like your perfect holiday? Then Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park is the place for you. Lifesavers patrol the beach, which offers some awesome waves. It’s a great destination for families or couples. The holiday park is also close to outdoor BBQ and picnic facilities and many eateries.

Jolly Swagman Caravan Park
Set in the heart of town, Jolly Swagman Caravan Park is the best place to base yourself when you visit Toowoomba. This caravan park has award winning gardens where you can have a picnic and relax. You’re also allowed to bring your pets into the park with you during your stay. It also boasts a famous statue of Jolly Swagman and his dog – make sure you ask the park’s owners for a rundown of the story behind the statue.

Ipswich Caravan Village
Enjoy your stay in a peaceful bushland setting at Ipswich Caravan Village. You’ll also be close to shopping centres, restaurants and tourist attractions. If you’re up for an adventure, the theme parks on the Gold Coast are just a 50-minute drive away. Powered and unpowered sites are on offer. For those wanting a little extra comfort, there are air-conditioned family cabins.

Esk Caravan Park
Esk Caravan Park is a little piece of paradise. The park is located in the heart of Brisbane Valley, between Wivenhoe and Somerset Lakes. As you enjoy your stay, you can also admire the surrounding mountains and creeks. Both are only a short drive from the caravan park and you can enjoy plenty of water activities.



Gold Coast escape – how to plan your next winter school holidays away from Melbourne

By Australia / Gold Coast / Queensland /

What to do when the school holidays arrive next winter has the whole family shivering in its collective boots?

You head north, hit the east coast and soak up the sun in between theme parks, that’s what. But it’s not for the faint-hearted. We may be heading into the warmer weather, but here’s a cool plan for school holidays next winter.

A Gold Coast adventure with theme parks on the agenda in a Griswald-style escape may be an oldie, but it’s certainly a goodie and the perfect way to elude the Victorian winter chill for a week or so. With five kids – aged 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 – stacked into a people mover, the good news is cabin fever only lasts in small doses, especially if you prepare, book and deliver properly, so the “are we there yets” are few and far between. This is how we did it…

First on the list is book flights and accommodation early. For a party of seven you’re crazy if you don’t, and one of the first things you should do is be registered for updates from low cost carriers Tiger, Jetstar and Virgin. Tiger was the winner for us as we got in early and managed to snag seven return airfares for under $1200. Next on the list was self-contained accommodation and the ultimate scenario was to have a venue right smack bang near all the action – in Helensvale – so a three bedroom cabin was locked and loaded at Gold Coast Holiday Park, but more about that later. For more visit Tiger Airways, Jetstar and Virgin websites to sign up to newsletters.

Book a people mover at DriveNow for the best deal. Yep, you can’t go past this website which is akin to Wotif in the world of car hire, and we bagged a big Hyundai Imax, an eight-seater, plenty of room for suitcases, aircon and auto for less than a grand for 10 days! The process is simple in that you search for people movers in desired location and eight or 10 options pop up with the best deals. We had wheels and there was a party going on in the cabin above them! A great website that’s easy to navigate, book quickly and be all sorted for transport while away.

goldcoastholidaypark-1Gold Coast Holiday Park, a big kick-arse cabin with the works. You can either shell out and get a fancy hotel on the Goldie or you can lower your sights and get a home away from home in a more down to earth location like a modern caravan park – which are like mini resorts these days. GCHP is not just any holiday park, but a Big 4 holiday park and anyone who has stayed at one knows exactly what I mean: they’re the upper echelon for raising the bar in facilities and standards. Aside from a superb spacious cabin, with kitchenette, bunk beds, great lounge area and widescreen TV was the fact Gold Coast Holiday Park is an entertainment hub in its own right with an amazing pool and waterslide adjoining Nibbles Cafe, an upmarket camp kitchen, bike track, tennis court, outdoor cinema and loads more. But the piece de resistance? It’s literally five minutes by car to Movieworld or 10-15 minutes to Dreamworld! All the kids admitted a holiday spent entirely at this great park would be worth the trip to the Gold Coast alone. More goldcoast

Brace yourself for the rides of your life. The instructions were clear from the kids: leave your fear of heights back in Victoria and strap yourself in. The best thing about staying at Gold Coast Holiday Park is they can offer the best multiple park ticket deals going – a must if you want to save some serious dollars. So with our stomachs flipped upside down, sideways and round and round multiple times over the next few days what were the highlights? The kids voted Dreamworld and Movieworld and their accompangold-coast-kidssying water parks as the best for all the action. Here are some rides that rattled our bones and insides: The Giant Drop, Wipeout, Shockwave, Superman ride, Scooby Doo Spooky rollercoaster, Arkham Asylum, the Batwing, and the Tower of Terror. Speaking of which, see inset for how we grown-ups were processing the Superman ride while our two blonde teenagers in front of us were already looking for something more dangerous! Of course, there’s plenty more features to explore and absorb, including a tiger cub being walked around the grounds at Dreamworld which is a cute surprise. More and dream

The NightQuarter night markets in Helensvale are unmissable. When you’re not kicking back in the great facilities at Gold Coast Holiday Park or going nuts in the theme parks, this market experience is an absolute treat for both grown-ups and the kids. A hive of activity, there are more than 120 food trucks/stalls, micro-restaurants, bars, craftspeo- ple, musicians and other quirky points of interest in a real carnival atmosphere. Otherwise known as “shipping container city”, the concept is catching on all over Australia. The food is everything from tapas, oysters, BBQ ribs and Asian choices to cronuts, chocolate fountains, amazing icecreams and more. More




Sydney summer events – five reasons you have to be there!

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney events in the summer…

It’s the best and busiest time of year to visit. 

After hiring a car from Sydney Airport make sure you start checking out what’s on the Sydney events calendar during your stay. If you need more convincing, then here are five reasons why you have to be in Sydney this summer!

Sydney NYE
Sydney is the New Year’s Eve capital of Australia. 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 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.

Mardi Gras
Coming up in early March is the most colourful LGBTIQ celebration. Held in the heart of the city, the Sydney Mardi Gras draws 70,000 people from across the world. The parade is the highlight of the event, with epic costumes, loud music and colourful floats taking up Oxford and Flinders streets. It’s like a non-stop party that celebrates everything LGBTIQ while making a political and cultural statement.

Chinese New Year
From January 28 to February 12 is New Year on the Chinese calendar. More than one million people took part in Sydney’s Chinese New Year this year, as they were treated to more than 22 hours of live performances. The festival’s highlight is Lunar Lanterns, which features giant, colourful lanterns that represent the 12 Chinese zodiac signs.

Australia Day
People from across the country come together every year on January 26 to celebrate what it means to be Australian. The national day commemorate the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet, which changed the course of the nation forever. Sydney is Australia’s oldest city, making it the ideal location for several key events across the city.

Australian Open of Surfing
Kicking off in late February, the Australian Open of Surfing is one of the most exciting sporting events on Sydney’s calendar. Manly Beach becomes the home of Australia’s largest (and best) surf, skate and music festival for 10 days. World-class athletes and artists come together to celebrate surf and skate culture at what’s considered to be the birthplace of modern surfing.

Also try Five Ways To Play – Sydney to the Blue Mountains



Hervey Bay Ocean Festival

By Australia / Queensland /

Hervey Bay Ocean Festival arrives next week with oceans of fun and a jam-packed 9 day program of events highlighting the Fraser Coast’s deep connection with the sea, according to the region’s tourism body. World famous whale-watching experiences, renowned mouth-watering seafood, a seaside lifestyle, music and cultural activities are all heroes of this gigantic showcase from August 13.

Pick up your Sunshine Coast car rental and head north for a whale of a time!

Festival highlights:

The Blessing of the Fleet opens the even, which the Fraser Coast’s famous fleet of whale watch vessels undergo a centuries old tradition at Hervey Bay Marina to ensure a safe and prosperous season. Visitors can tour the vessels, wander through market stalls and enjoy delicious wine and cheese tasting, a sail past, fabulous fireworks and live entertainment.

Hervey Bay Seafood Festival launches the next day, August 14, the event serves up a host of fresh and delicious wild-caught ocean produce, loads of entertainment, competitions, cooking and catching tips and more at Fishermen’s Park, Urangan Boat Harbour. Highlights include tasty morsels such as cooking demonstrations from leading chef Javier Codina from Moda Restaurant, prawn eating competitions, bumper artistic, music and cultural program with performances by 8 Ball Aitken, The Rain and Wal Neilson plus more.

Whale Parade and Concert in a big drawcard and features an enchanting spectacle of lights and floats representing the humpback’s annual migration, followed by a fabulous free concert with local artists.

MEANWHILE, Hervey Bay’s world renowned whale fleet is famous for providing visitors with soul-stirring, intimate encounters with the gentle giants. This year an estimated 22,000 humpback whales have migrated from Antarctica to the warm northern waters to breed.

The humpies are on their return journey and will be making their annual migration stop-over in Hervey Bay until early November. The proud new parents and the cutest calves on earth are making a temporary home in the tranquil marine environment of the Great Sandy Straits, creating a wonderland of intimate and interactive whale activity.

Get on board with one of these leading operators for a whale experience to live long in the memory.

Blue Dolphin has exclusive full day whale encounters including limited passenger numbers for great viewing; eight hours touring on board the luxury eco-friendly vessel; morning, afternoon tea and quality buffet lunch with free drink. If the conditions are right, passengers can immerse themselves with the whales in the water on the boat’s purpose-built platform. Passengers benefit from a highly educated crew with more than 30 years’ experience in marine animal behaviour.

Hervey Bay Whale Watch Quick Cat II has a full day Whales and Fraser Island experience including light breakfast, morning tea and hop off at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island for lunch. Quick Cat ll offers four levels of viewing decks and full wheelchair access around the entire vessel. Underwater cameras and hydrophones add to the interactive experience, but for that once in a lifetime experience, Hervey Bay Whale Watch also offer a swim with whales experience that is not to be missed.

Whalesong are whale and dolphin specialists at Hervey Bay providing an ideal way to explore the pristine waterways and diverse wildlife between Fraser Island and the Fraser Coast. Discounted rates for teenagers (up to 18) makes for an affordable day out on the water, while fresh local produce prepared onboard will delight the tastebuds. Whalesong can also assist you with exploring Fraser Island while you’re here.

Freedom III is a family owned and operated business which offers longer days on the water and small to medium passenger numbers to provide a relaxed experience. Rated number one on TripAdvisor, it is clearly a popular choice, and with the delightful menu on offer including homemade morning tea, buffet lunch fresh fruit and cheese platter, it’s no wonder people keep going back for more.

Spirit of Hervey Bay is the largest and fastest whale watch vessel in Hervey Bay, offering the biggest underwater viewing room in the fleet and a hydrophone to listen to the whales. The Spirit has a range of well-priced tours complete with courtesy transfers, souvenir whale DVD and more. Five levels of viewing decks means you can catch the whales’ antics from every angle.

Tasman Venture offers multi-lingual guides, advanced eco certification, free onboard Wi-Fi and an immersive platform allowing guests to get closer to the humpbacks than ever. Tasman Venture is also the only operator permitted to access the North West Coast of Fraser Island, taking visitors to pristine, isolated locations.

For more visit



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.

Ignore the beaches, hire a car from Brisbane Airport and head for the hills on your next trip to the Gold Coast. 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 over millions of years from water pounding onto the roof of a basalt cave, is one of the most popular. It’s the perfect place for a picnic. At night in summer, the cave is equally enchanting. Take a guided tour to see amazing glow-worm colonies, fireflies and even luminous fungi.

Visit the Cheese Shop and Factory
Just an hour from Brisbane and in the heart of Mount Tamborine is The Cheese Shop and Factory. Deliciously soft and hand-made cheeses are waiting to be sampled and bought. The factory proudly produces small batches of high quality cheeses and other dairy products, such as ice cream. This amazing destination could keep you tied up all day!

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
Walk 30 metres above the ground through the rainforest canopy. Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is an exciting eco-adventure that’s suitable for all ages. The 1.5km long path at Skywalk treats you to views of lush rainforest leads you to the crystal clear rock pools of Cedar Creek. During the trip, you’ll encounter rare butterflies and other rainforest animals.

Get up close with Alpacas
The Mountview Alpaca Farm is an exciting destination for people of all ages, especially kids. Not only is the beautiful view of Tamborine Mountain and the Gold Coast likely to inspire you, but you can cuddle and pat alpacas! For just a few dollars you can buy a large bag of food and feed these friendly animals. There’s also a gift shop, where you’ll find unique alpaca-themed goods from Australia and South America.

Also check out Romantic drives … Coffs Harbour to Crystal Castle, Byron Bay



Six ways to enjoy an escape to Sorrento

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

HOLIDAYS hot spots in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula don’t get much more glam than stylish Sorrento, about an hour and a half drive in your Melbourne rental car from Melbourne’s CBD and wedged in between Portsea and Rye.

But you don’t have to be a high flyer to live it up in Sorrento, a beachside haven with cosmopolitan cafes, shopping strip and beautiful boulevard to explore. Here are six ways to make it all happen.

STAY: And the winner is Sorrento Holiday Accommodation at where you have a choice of two absolute gems – The Erlandsen Entertainer sleeping 16 and the Sorrento Avenue option sleeping 12. Both have the aim of suiting two families who can share a holiday together. The bigger option is a classic 5 star Sorrento beachhouse (100m from the beach!) sleeping up to 16 adults and additional trundles for two children. There are three living zones – this is a whole lot of house focussed on a great entertaining courtyard with a mid sized pool to cool off in with solar heating. There is stunning outdoor furniture to watch pool swimmers have fun. Dine on the outdoor table after cooking on the gas Webber. For other options think about Hotel Sorrento in Hotham Road for anything from around $190 a night or a luxury BnB like Eastcliff Cottage in the historical district and only minutes from the local golf club.

PLAY: Speaking of golf clubs, Sorrento Golf Club is a beauty with its rolling hills. One problem is if you’re a visitor (not a member) you’ll have to fork out $120 for a round of 18. Other activities to enjoy are the beautiful beach walks (and FREE) on the front beach and stunning back beach for splendid sunsets and plenty of rock pools. Sorrento Museum is worth an hour or so to check out the history of the area which includes shipwrecks, horse-drawn carts and the old steam train that roared through town. Manyung Gallery is always chock-full of terrific work by local artists.

EAT: For breakfast, lunch or dinner head for an authentic Italian experience at where the accents are thick and the food sensational – cured meats, Italian cheeses, great pizza, salsas, gnocci, calzone, ravioli … yum. Oh yes, the coffee is the best in town, too. For Asian, try Chopstix Asian Bar (which has home delivery, by the way) in the main street with great munchies like Shanghai dumplings and chicken satay bites, while mains include noodle dishes like pad thai, Singapore noodles, as well as rice dishes, soups, salads and great numbers for “little people” such as Teriyaki noodles with hicekn and colourful veggies.

WATCH: With a feel of yesteryear and great mod cons for quality movie watching, Peninsula Cinemas is a great way to spend a night after a bite out on the town. This one’s a long-running picture house screening new releases, plus recordings of opera and theatre productions.

RIDE: Get your motor running and your adrenalin pumping with a scenic ride from the back of a late model solo or sidecar Harley Davidson as you are chauffeured around the Mornington Peninsula with Andy’s Harley Rides.

SWIM: Beautiful beaches means Sorrento swimming and lazing in the sun is a breeze. But go a step further, take the plunge and do something different like swimming with dolphins. Moonraker Seal and Dolphin Swim Tours is a snorkel adventure like no other. Bottlenose dolphins and naughty Australian Fur Seals join in the action for what is an unforgettable experience.


Also try One Hour From Melbourne: 5 Amazing Things To Do or Dive Into Heavenly Hot Springs


5 ways to play in Houston

By United States /

During your next visit to Texas, make sure you stop over in Houston. Pick up your hire car from Houston Airport. Then just make your way to these exciting destinations.

Space Center Houston (pictured)
This is Houston’s most popular attraction for international tourists. The Space Center houses a collection of 400 artefacts from space. This includes spacecraft and the largest public display of moon rocks. You’ll also learn about the country’s fascinating space history and the technological advances. You can also take a behind-the-scenes look at NASA with the Level Nine Tour.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Centre
This 155-acre nature sanctuary teaches you about past and current efforts to protect the city’s native animals and plants. The non-profit sanctuary offers free interactive exhibits. There are also several trails, which are perfect for nature lovers. Learn about how the developing city is threatening the survival of endangered animals, and discover how you can help protect them.

Houston Zoo
Admire more than 6,000 animals at Houston Zoo. You’ll come across animals from all corners of the globe – from chimpanzees and rhinos to jaguars and tortoises. Other highlights include the red panda exhibit and live shows for children. The zoo is also home to the beautiful, rare okapi giraffe, which is only found in Central Africa’s remote rainforests. This is a must-see during your trip to Houston.

Kemah Boardwalk
The Kemah Boardwalk is only a short drive from downtown Houston and sits along the gorgeous Galveston Bay. This exciting destination has everything you need – rides, shops, music and live entertainment in the summertime. Jump on board a thrilling roller coaster, or admire the city views from the top of the ferris wheel. The double-decker carousel is always a hit with the kids.

Gerald D Hines Waterwall Park

This feature sits adjacent to The Galleria and is surrounded by magnificent oak trees. It’s a beautiful 64-foot fountain, which is known as the “horseshoe of rushing water”. Every minute, 11,000 gallons of water flow down this towering work of art. It was designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee more than 20 years ago. Today, it’s still a popular spot for couples – and many proposals are made here!


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5 wild Cairns adventures for kids in a campervan

By Cairns / Queensland /

Cairns is the perfect place to explore in a campervan with the kids. Hire a campervan from Cairns Airport. You can also hire a vehicle from Port Douglas. Begin your wild adventure by visiting these five incredible places.

Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary
The butterfly sanctuary in Kuranda is Australia’s biggest butterfly farm. It’s also home to the country’s largest walk-through aviary. Step inside and you’ll be surrounded by about 1500 butterflies. Spot these beautiful insects in all colours, including the magnificent, bright blue Ulysses. Make sure you wear bright clothes and they won’t stop landing on you!

Snorkelling at Green Island, off Cairns
Hope on a short boat trip from Cairns and you’ll be amazed by the beauty of Green Island. It’s the ideal place for those who want to give snorkeling a try but are uncomfortable with heading further out on the Great Barrier Reef. Make sure you check out the coral gardens close to the pier – that’s where you’ll find some of the most colourful corals on the island.

Hartley’s Creek Crocodile Adventures
This award-winning attraction is located 40 minutes north of Cairns. Hartley’s Creek Crocodile Adventures has more than 2km of pathways that weave around five distinct wildlife areas. Visit cassowaries, walk amongst baby wallabies and watch a live crocodile feeding show. Also book a boat tour through Hartley’s Lagoon, which will get you nice and close to these wild monsters!

Fishing at Palm Cove Jetty
If you’re after a quite, relaxing afternoon then look no further than Palm Cove. This sandy beach is the perfect place to spend time with the family. Grab some rods and bait and any food you might need to keep you going. It’s only a short walk to the end of the Palm Cove Jetty, where you can set yourself up for the day. You’re bound to get some great catches, not to mention you’ll admire the idyllic scenery surrounding you for hours.

Crystal Cascades
Crystal Cascades is one of the most popular waterfalls for Cairns locals. Luckily, many tourists still don’t know about this natural wonder! This waterhole is hidden by rainforest and a short walk, all located only about 20 minutes from Cairns CBD. It has several different plunge pools and is a quiet spot for a nice picnic on a weekend.

Also try Cairns to Cape York for a great driving holiday up north or our Cairns City Guide



5 hot events in Queensland this winter

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

THE winter chill has arrived in the south but there’s always a way to warm up in Queensland. Looking to head north for a winter escape? Nap a Brisbane car rental for some Queensland exploration and to try any of these five great reasons to ditch the southern freeze and enjoy some northern exposure …

One … Relish Food and Wine Festival (June 4, pictured)

From the Hinterland to the Bay, the Fraser Coast has an awesome array of fresh produce, locally made food products and unforgettable dining experiences. The Fraser Coast Food Story – Relish Fraser Coast is about connecting local growers and producers with the area’s restaurants and cafès to create some magic. What started with the food and wine festival in 2013 has grown into something that encompasses the year round offerings of the Fraser Coast. For all the details, head to

Two … Broadbeach Country Music Festival (June 17-19)

Adam Brand and The Outlaws, The Sunny Cowgirls, Jasmine Rae and the Adam Eckersley Band are just some of the massive country music stars heading for the sunny Gold Coast for the fourth annual Broadbeach Country Music Festival. Combining ‘Country with the Coast’, the beachside event is free and will showcase premier country performers outdoor stages and in venues throughout the entire Broadbeach precinct. The incredible line-up will feature more than 30 artists. For more visit

Three … The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival (June 24-July 2)

Lights, camera, action. Nine days, 30 films, 1000 scenes. Winton’s Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is a film festival like no other, celebrating Australian film and culture under the stars of Winton in Outback Queensland. The Festival will combine an incomparable program of classic and contemporary Australian films under the stars in the historic, open air Royal Theatre in Winton’s main street; plus conversations, yarns, masterclasses, film making competitions, tag-a-long tours and social activities. Join them on the red carpet for opening night. More visit

Four … Mary Poppins Festival in the Park (July 2)

With the author of Mary Poppins, Pamela Travers, born in Maryborough in Queensland, it’s little wonder the city celebrates it’s unique link to the iconic nanny with the world’s only Mary Poppins festival – a week long explosion of colour, art, culture and “practically perfect” fun for everyone. Maryborough’s heritage streetscapes are transformed into scenes from the Poppins novels. Nannies race each other pushing prams in the great Nanny Challenge; chimney sweeps compete in the Chimney Sweep Dash while Mary Poppins characters come to life from the pages of books and mingle with the crowd. The entertainment includes professional street theatre performers, sidewalk artists, jugglers, roving Penny Farthing, grand costume parade, kite display, vintage cars, carnival rides and old fashioned games and workshops. Visit

Five … Rockhampton River Festival (July 15-17)

This amazing river festival in July brings the incredible past, creative present and bright future of Rockhampton together for a massive three day celebration. At the 2016 festival expect to dream big and escape the ordinary under the ‘River Revery’ theme. Festival goers can dream the impossible, wander the mysterious, play to the spontaneity and feast on delicious delicacies, leaving your mind boggling, taste-buds tingling and your imagination soaring. The three day festival has free entertainment, interactive arts, contemporary tunes, delicious food, great people and superb winter sunshine. With more than 30,000 people expected at the festival this year, book early before accommodation sells out. Visit

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