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May
23
2016

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 relishfrasercoast.com.au Two … Broadbeach Country Music Festival (June 17-19) Adam Brand and The Outlaws, The…

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May
12
2016

5 ways to play in Sydney this winter

By Australia / Sydney /

In winter when you’re in need of a holiday, look no further than Sydney! While the coastal city comes to life in summer, it’s also an exciting destination full of things to do in winter. Hire a car through DriveNow, chuck on some warmer layers and check out this list of five ways to play in Sydney during the cold weather. Sydney Opera House The Opera House caused a controversial stir when it first opened in 1973. However, with time it became one of the twentieth century’s most iconic manmade attractions. It’s highly recommended that you get your hands on some tickets to see a show one night. You can also book a tour to gain VIP backstage access to the Opera House and learn about its fascinating history. Whale watching From April to November each year, thousands of whales migrate between New South Wales and Queensland to give birth. While on their journey to and from the warmer northern waters, the…

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Apr
18
2016
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5 places to park your camper within 2 hours of Brisbane

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

There’s no better way to explore sunny Queensland than in the comfort of a campervan. Not only is it cost-effective but you can travel at your own pace and know you always have somewhere to sleep! Hire a campervan from Brisbane Airport and make your way to one of these fantastic holiday parks. Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park (pictured) Have the time of your life at the Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park. During the day you can explore some of Queensland’s most popular surf beaches and return to your accommodation where there’s a huge pool with a monster water slide for the kids. You’re also within walking distance to the famous theme parks, including Movie World and Wet’N’Wild. Coolum Beach Holiday Park Only a short drive north of Brisbane is the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Park your campervan at Coolum Beach Holiday Park, where you’ll have direct access to a white sandy and patrolled surf beach. This holiday park is also…

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Feb
29
2016
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5 unmissable features at this year’s Noosa Food & Wine Festival

By Australia / Brisbane / Gold Coast / Queensland /

The Noosa Food & Wine 2016 is on again with more than 30 fantastic events showcasing some of Australia’s best chefs in beautiful locations throughout Noosa from May 20 to 22. With almost 50 chefs from around Australia and Noosa’s own restaurants featured in the program, along with more than 20 wineries, events will take place under the Noosa Tipi on Main Beach, in Hastings Street for a long lunch, by the Noosa River in Noosaville and in signature restaurants throughout Noosa. Guest chefs include Pete Evans, Ben O’Donoghue, Luke Mangan and Matt Golinski and more from some of Australia’s best restaurants including Nu Nu, Fish House, Gerard’s Bistro,  European, Stokehouse and Harrison’s. So what are the highlights of an action-packed program? It’s a tough call, but here are 5 to mark down as tasty treats. One … NOOSA FOOD & WINE OPENING COCKTAIL PARTY (pictured) Friday 20 May, 5-7pm, $45 Noosa Main Beach sets the scene for a wonderful…

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Feb
09
2016

Byron Bay on the fly

By Australia / New South Wales /

Stopping over in Byron Bay, New South Wales? There’s plenty to do around Australia’s most easterly point. Here are six things to do/visit while in the hood. Cape Byron Lighthouse The lighthouse that sits on Byron Bay’s magnificent coastline is an iconic attraction, which is worth a visit from any traveller to the region. Construction for this monument began in 1899, and years later the dramatic views from this structure are just as marvellous. From here you can’t help but admire the stunning views over the bay to the Border Ranges. Whale watching A popular activity for Byron Bay’s visitors is whale watching. At certain times of the year, Cape Byron is one of the best vantage points for whale watching on Australia’s east coast. From late June to August, these mammals migrate north to give birth in the warm northern waters. In September and October, they return down south, passing through the area with their new babies. Beaches Byron Shire boasts more than…

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Dec
31
2015

Beat the heat with these five Australian beaches

By Australia /

The sun is peaking and temperatures are spiking into the 30s and 40s as we near the halfway mark of summer. There’s a great solution to all that if you’re on the road Down Under and it’s a five letter word – beach! Here are five worth splashing about it in to beat the heat. 1. Cable Beach Broome, WA A beach is a beach, until you reach Cable Beach in Broome, that is, when you realise beaches throughout the world can be very different indeed. The burnt orange sunsets set this place apart from others along its 22km stretch and throw in the fact that it really does present as an untouched stretch of shoreline with pure white sand and turquoise water and it’s an unforgettable experience. Set on the Indian Ocean, the sunsets are insanely beautiful. At the southern end is Gantheaume Point where at low tide you can see 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints. Gantheaume Point Lighthouse is also…

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Dec
30
2015

Where to take your campervan in New Zealand

By New Zealand /

Wellington is the perfect place to start your campervan trip across New Zealand. The country’s capital city is located at the bottom of the North Island and isn’t far from the top of the South Island. Pick up your New Zealand hire campervan and drive to these incredible places. Milford Sound It’s one of New Zealand’s most famous natural attractions, with its dramatic peaks overlooking beautiful coastal scenery. Hike to the mountain tops, or perhaps cruise or kayak along the famous Mirror Lakes. Wherever you go in Milford Sound, take your camera with you, because at every turn incredible natural beauty awaits. Franz Josef Glacier The Franz Josef Glacier is only a few kilometres from the town of the same name. It’s one of the world’s most accessible glaciers, with several lookouts and hiking trails. However, it’s definitely worth taking a guided ice walk over the 12km long glacier, which descends from the top of the alps into a rainforest close to sea…

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Dec
21
2015

Driving through New Zealand’s south island

By New Zealand / South Island /

New Zealand’s south island is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Hire a campervan in Christchurch and drive through some of these incredible regions. Canterbury The Alpine Pacific Triangle comprises of three incredible areas. Head to the Waipara Valley, where you’ll encounter award winning wineries. The area is best known for its rich and spicy Pinot Noirs and Rieslings. You can then expore the thermal waters along with native forests and limestone hills in Hurunui. Then there’s the waters off Kaikoura, where majestic Humpback whales and orcas are frequently spotted. Dunedin One of the most popular attractions for tourists is watching yellow-eyed penguins surf into the beach along the scenic Otago Peninsula. Also worth exploring, is Dunedin’s incredible architecture. Travel around the city and take in all the sites it has to offer. Don’t miss the country’s most photographed building, Dunedin Railway Station, which was constructed in 1906! Queenstown Queenstown and its surrounds captivate visitors from all corners of the…

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Nov
30
2015

Great places to park your campervan in Auckland and surrounds

By Auckland / New Zealand /

Auckland’s an amazing city with plenty to offer its visitors. Make your stay in Auckland more affordable and at your own place, by hiring a campervan in Auckland and exploring the city as it suits you. Here are five of the best sites to park your campervan in Auckland. A Kiwi Farmstay Just north of Auckland city is A Kiwi Farmstay, where you’ll experience traditional Kiwi farm life. Chatter around the campfire at night, feed baby goats and lambs, sheer a sheep or enjoy a horse ride. It’s the perfect destination for a lovely getaway with the family. Whangateau Holiday Park Whangateau Holiday Park, situated on the water’s edge on Whangateau Harbour, is a peaceful and award-winning campground. With several waterfront powered sites available, along with fishing and safe swimming nearby along the pristine Matakana and Kowhal Coast, this is one destination you must visit. Orere Point TOP 10 Holiday Park Located about an hour from Auckland’s CBD is the Orere Point…

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Aug
22
2015

Swim with whales in mooloolaba

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

TO see a whale up close is one thing, but to float above them is another and certainly an Australian first that Sunreef Mooloolaba can lay claim to. It’s an experience you can’t miss while staying at beautiful Maroochydore Beach Caravan Park just up the road. “I just love the sound of awe that comes up through people’s snorkels as a sort of muffled squeal when they spot their first whale,” Sunreef Mooloolaba’s Dan Hart says after taking our small group through our paces for whale swim protocol. “Mostly it’s just great to see everyone’s excitement before, during and after their first in-water encounter.” He’s not wrong. The experience is mesmerising, almost dreamy, and there’s no doubt for us there’s a connection between man and whale. For the “humpies” to go out of their way and interact is a clear message they don’t mind sharing their backyard with us – though remember we’re at the “mercy of the whales” and…

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Jul
27
2015
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Seven incredible spots to go surfing in Australia

By Australia / Brisbane / Great Ocean Road / Hobart / New South Wales / Perth / Queensland / Sydney / Tasmania / Victoria / Western Australia /

Pro surfer Mick Fanning may be contemplating getting back into the ocean, but even his dramatic brush with a hungry Great White can’t put a stop to Australia’s 100-year love affair of combining the board with the breakwater. In a tribute to surfing, here are seven incredible suggestions on where to catch an epic wave around Oz. 1. Sheringa, SA While only accessible by 4WD or foot, a short hike is well worth it to discover these hidden gems in South Australia. On the southern side of a rocky outcrop, the mellow point break at Sheringa Beach offers up a challenge, but for those who really have a death wish, Sheringa Left to the north produces an unpredictable swell amongst a rocky, reefy, remote part of the Eyre Peninsula. Sharp rocks, dangerous rips, and even sharks make surfing at Sheringa something to write home about – if you survive. 2. Ningaloo Coast, WA Famous for its incredible UNESCO World Heritage…

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Jul
15
2015

5 amazing things to do within two hours of Perth

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

Perth is one of Australia’s most laid-back capital cities, but best of all a charming countryside escape is just a short drive away. Here are five amazing things to do within two hours of Perth. Rottnest Island This beautiful island is located just 19km off the coast of Perth. There’s stunning scenery, an array of marine life and pristine, sandy beaches. It’s perfect for a day trip from Perth, with several activities. Favourites include snorkeling or swimming at one of the island’s 80 beaches or bays. At Little Salmon Bay and Parker Point, you’ll discover more than 135 species of colourful, tropical fish and 20 species of coral. Just beyond the coral are a dozen shipwrecks waiting to be explored. Swan Valley Swan Valley, situated only 25 minutes from Perth’s CBD, is Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region. It’s ideal for wine and food enthusiasts. In this scenic part of the state, you’ll come across world-class wineries, cafes, restaurants, breweries and distilleries.  You can…

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