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AFL grand final fever – five places to stay in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

STAR footballers retiring, others being given the flick, a coach sacked and season over for 8 Australian Football League teams. Yep, it’s the end of the home and away season in the AFL and it all turns a little stir crazy as the other 8 teams are a chance in this year’s finals – it’s time to find some accommodation and snap up a bargain rental car at Melbourne Airport for that big day on October 1 when the MCG comes alive for a full day of entertainment and footy action.


Pullman on the Park

Upscale hotel right opposite the “G” and Fitzroy Gardens. If you want to be right on top of all the action for both the pre GF parade and the big game the next day then you probably need to get in quick for Pullman on the Park. Only 24km from the airport, the hotel is also smack bang in the middle of Melbourne’s sports precinct.

10 words or less: Swish hotel and everything is within walking distance.


Airport Tourist Village Melbourne

Let’s face it, if you’re flying into Melbourne from interstate, sometimes it’s easy to park your wheels somewhere close for when you arrive and when you depart. While ATVM is a budget option for a stay in Melbourne, it’s convenience with a capital C and “just plane handy”, as the ATVM say. It’s a mixed bag of studio units, executive apartments, deluxe or standard cabins. Simplicity, clean and tidy, and undercover BBQ facilities. modern park, centrally located just minutes from Melbourne’s domestic and international airports, and an easy trip by car or public transport from Melbourne’s CBD.

10 words or less: Super close to the airport, simple, tidy, close to CBD.


Grand Hyatt Melbourne

Another one right near the footy action. It’s also a five minute walk to Federation Square, 15 minute walk to the National Gallery of Victoria and all the other attractions Melbourne’s CBD has to offer. Throw in the fact the facilities are five star magic, stunning floor to ceiling windows, service of the highest standard and you’ll be sleeping like a king or queen when you’re not screaming support for your favourite footy club.

10 words or less: sheer luxury in the heart of the city.


The Olsen Hotel

Adorned with beautiful artworks from artist John Olsen, close proximity to trendy Chapel Street and less than 3km from the MCG – the Olsen is a special kind of place to experience unique accommodation in the heart of Melbourne.

10 words or less: Quirky, quality, trendy and THE best bed and pillow combo around.


Crown Towers

Lavishly appointed guest rooms, suites and villas in beautiful Crown Towers in Southbank. Just a kilometre from historic Flinders Street Station, it’s a hive of activity right near the Yarra River, which snakes its way with accompanying walking tracks up to the mighty MCG where the two best teams in the AFL will battle it out for the big one. An ideal hotel for those looking for all the magic of Crown casino.

10 words or less: glitz and glam by the riverside in beautiful Southbank.

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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)
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
The show is perhaps Victoria’s most iconic event. There are colourful lights, exhibits, rides and 450,000 people who pack the Melbourne Showgrounds for eleven days in September. There are exiting activities, plenty of competition and pop up restaurants of some of the city’s finest eateries. Of course, no visit to the show is complete without walking away with a show bag.

Melbourne Cup Carnival
The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s (and the world’s) most prestigious horse races. The first Tuesday of November sees people from all over flock to Flemington Racecourse for not only one of the world’s best horse races, but also the fashion. Colourful designer frocks light up the field. This event is also steeped in history, with the first race dating back to 1861.

Melbourne Festival
The Melbourne Festival is one of the country’s leading international arts festivals. Every year in Spring it lives up to its reputation as showcasing the latest and most creative in the arts. From theatre, music and dance to visual arts and multimedia, the festival showcases innovation and vision. The event runs for 17 days every October.

Melbourne Marathon Festival
The Melbourne Marathon kicks off at the perfect time of year. It has a full marathon, half marathon, and also a few smaller races. The Melbourne Marathon has been going every year since 1978. These days, thousands of people participate in the marathon.



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.

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7 ways to discover Belfast

By UK /

Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, is a destination with plenty of discoveries to be made. Hire a car from Belfast Airport and enjoy these seven great activities.

Hike through Cave Hill
Cave Hill Country Park offers magnificent panoramas of Belfast. There are walking trails suitable for all people of all fitness levels. It also has five caves on the side of its cliffs, which are full of archaeological and historical attractions, such as Belfast Castle. The most famous feature is Napoleon’s Nose, which locals say inspired Jonathan Swift’s story, Gulliver’s Travels.

Pub hopping
Spend a night hopping from pub to pub. After all, the Irish are known for their ability to drink whiskey! There’s plenty to choose from but if you’re stuck for ideas, start your pub crawl at the Crown Liquor Saloon. Then make your way to The Duke of York, which is set on one of the city’s oldest streets and decked out with original mirrors and memorabilia.

Tour Parliament Buildings
Parliament Buildings are open to the public Monday to Friday and when the Assembly is sitting there are free half hour public tours available. This will take you to the historic Senate Chamber and teach you about the story behind the incredible architecture. While here, make sure you check out the beautiful surroundings of Stormont Estate.

Go browsing at St George’s Market
It took six years to build St George’s Market from 1890. To this day it remains the city’s only surviving covered Victorian market. There are hundreds of stalls selling a variety of favourites, from seafood and specialty foods to locally made art and crafts. There’s also live music to entertain as you walk through one of the UK’s best markets.

Step back in time at Grand Opera House
The opera house opened its doors in 1895 and has been delivering world-class entertainment ever since. It regularly hosts operas, dramas, musicals and comedies, to name a few. You can discover the history behind these walls and the story of theatre architect Frank Matcham with a group tour.

Visit Crumlin Road Gaol
The Crumlin Road Gaol was one of the most advanced prisons of its time. It opened in 1845 and was designed to house 500 prisoners. However, during the height of the Troubles it housed up to 900 people. Take a tour of the prison, which includes a visit to the execution cell, the flogging room and the underground tunnel to the courthouse. There’s also a Paranormal Tour at night.

Explore the city in an old-fashioned taxi
This is a tour unlike any other. With Belfast Black Taxi Tours you get to spend an hour and a half in a traditional black cab, discovering the highlights of Belfast. Drivers pick you up from any location and take you to see the so-called Peace Walls, murals and Catholic Falls Road. The driver will also give you a good rundown of the history of these places.



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.

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Sydney to the Blue Mountains: 5 ways to play

By Australia / New South Wales /

The beautiful Blue Mountains are known for dramatic cliffs, lush forests and pristine waterfalls. The national park sits one hour west of Sydney. This World Heritage Site is ten times older than the Grand Canyon. It also has more than 300 walking tracks which span hundreds of kilometres.

Hire a car from Sydney airport, and discover these five highlights.

This picturesque region is home to some of Australia’s most beautiful waterfalls. One of the most popular is Katoomba Falls. It sits in a rainforest gully surrounded by ancient trees. Spectacular views of Bridal Veil Falls await if you walk from Govetts Leap to Evans Lookout. Then there’s the impressive Kanangra Falls.

Featherdale Wildlife Park
This attraction is home to more than 1700 animals. Featherdale has more than 280 species, from echidnas and kookaburras to crocodiles. Watch little penguins play, cuddle a cute koala and hand feed kangaroos and wallabies. Then there’s the Reptilian Pavilion, where you can come face to face with lizards and snakes.

The Three Sisters
The view of the Three Sisters is picture perfect. Standing nearly one kilometre above sea level, the Three Sisters have a fascinating dreamtime story that gives insight into their existence, according to local Aborigines. Take an easy walk from the Echo Point Visitor Centre to Lady Game Lookout for a superb view of this special rock formation. On the way back, detour with one of many walking trails.

Katoomba Heritage Walk
The lovely township of Katoomba offers cosy cafes and traditional shopping. Walk through town and stop by art shops to buy locally-made creations. Throughout the shop-front windows are historical photos and information. Admire the town’s variety of old architecture. You’ll find miners cottages of the 1800s and Federation style buildings.

Blackheath Lookouts
Drive through the highest point of the Blue Mountains between Katoomba and Mount Victoria. These are known as the Blackheath lookouts. They offer some of the most awe-inspiring views of dramatic mountain scenery of the national park. Anvil Rock and Evans lookouts are some of the most popular. Blackheath is heaven for photographers!

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5 great self-drive journeys beyond Dallas

By Texas / United States /

Explore Dallas and beyond with these five great self-drive journey ideas. Hire a car from Dallas Airport and choose between a range of fantastic destinations, from Houston to Palo Duro.


Houston is only a four-hour drive from Dallas along l-45 S. It’s a very easy drive within a day, but if you’re willing to take your time and soak up as much southern culture as you can, it’s well worth stopping at a few towns along the way.  One of them should be the charming Tyler, which is the home of the annual Texas Rose Festival. Once you arrive in Houston, you’ll be blown away by the famous Johnson Space Centre and the city’s vibrant live entertainment scene.

Big Bend National Park

Drive seven and a half hours south west of Dallas to arrive at Big Bend National Park. This is a breathtaking region, full of dramatic mountains, rivers and desert. In this case the destination really is the prize! However, make sure you still take the time to enjoy the journey there. While driving along l-20 W, stop over at Midland. Here, you will enjoy entertaining yet educational activities by visiting museums and the l-20 Wildlife Preserve.


Austin should be high on your must-visit list while in the United States. Austin is home to countless adventures for thrill-seekers, from bike riding and zip lining to some incredible tours for foodies. It’s only three and a half hours south of Dallas, making it a great destination to stopover for only one or two nights if you’re pushed for time. On the way down, you should check out impressive cities like Waco and Georgetown, which are full of beautiful Victorian architecture.

Fort Worth

Drive only 40 minutes west of Dallas and you’ll stumble upon Fort Worth. It’s known internationally as the ‘City of Cowboys and Culture’. So if you love Western movies about cowboys, then this is the town for you! There are plenty of shops and restaurants nestled in the famous Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Get a real taste of a hard day’s work in the south by witnessing the district’s cattle drives, which run twice a day. Because Fort Worth is only a short drive from Dallas, you’ll easily be there and back within a day!

Palo Duro Canyon

Travel six hours north west of Dallas and not far from Amarillo (worth a stopover just for its famous Big Taxan Steak Ranch) is Palo Duro. It’s the country’s second largest canyon and it’s definitely worth admiring. At Palo Duro you can explore the canyons on horseback, by bike, car or even put on your walking shoes and hike it. While travelling along US-298 N to get here, make the time to stop by the enchanting Wichita Falls to break up the drive.



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.


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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!



4 places to park your motorhome near Denver

By United States /

Denver is one of America’s most exciting destinations. Colorado’s capital city has many exciting arts, culture and sports attractions. It’s also surrounded by a beautiful landscape of snow-capped mountains.

When you book your next trip to the city and hire a motorhome from Denver Airport and park it at one of these camping grounds.

Moraine Park Campground
This campground is set amongst pine forest in the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain National Park (pictured), which is just over 100km from Denver. Many people head out here for a day trip in the summertime, but it’s a shame to not spend at least a night or two in this beautiful wilderness. For about $20 a night, you’ll have access to incredible views 2,4800m above sea level. It’s the national park’s only year-round campground.

Lakeside Caravan Park
The name says all you need to know about the location of this caravan park. Except, the exciting thing is you’re amongst five tranquil fishing lakes! This means you’ll find peace and quiet no matter which direction you set off in. The site offers hire boats and various water sports. If that’s not entertainment enough for you, then be glad to know the park even has its own cinema and WiFi.

Buena Vista Koa
The view that’s waiting for you at this campsite will leave you breathless. Wake up each morning to a panorama of five 4,000 metre high peaks. You’ll be able to park your motorhome only a short distance from the Arkansas River, which weaves its way through these scenic valleys. Enjoy a range out outdoor activities, including hiking trails, visiting ghost towns and rafting.

Rainbow Lakes Campground
About two hours from Denver is the breathtakingly beautiful Rainbow Lakes Campground. You’ll find many campers making the most of this seriously under-rated site. The surrounding peaks offer some of the best hiking in the country, but just make sure you’re well-prepared. The moderate Rainbow Lake Trail also showcases postcard perfect views.


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Campervanning ideas in Alice Springs and surrounds

By Australia / Northern Territory /

Experience Alice Springs with a campervan. It’s the easiest way to explore Australia’s Red Centre. Stunning desert landscapes, rock formations and colourful sunsets are right here in the middle of Australia.

Make sure you check out our list of things to do in Alice Springs and surrounds before you leave for your holiday.

When you arrive in town, pick up a hire campervan at Alice Springs Airport then start driving to one of these caravan parks nearby.

Heritage Caravan Park
Heritage Caravan Park is nestled among the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. The caravan park is situated close to many of Alice Springs’ famous attractions, making Heritage Caravan Park the perfect base for your stay in Central Australia. Apart from its great atmosphere, the caravan park is also pet friendly and even comes with a self-service dog wash!

Ayers Rock Campground
This campground is  just 15km from Central Australia’s greatest attraction, Uluru. It’s also an ideal base from which to explore the Ulutu-Kata Tjuta National Park if you want more from your trip to Ayers Rock. Ayers Rock Campground also offers a free shuttle service to help you get around Ayers Rock Resort. There are also many free daily activities, including garden walks and Indigenous bush tours.

Kings Canyon Caravan Park and Campground
Staying at Kings Canyon Holiday Park puts you right in the middle of the Red Centre’s panoramic scenes. The incredible views of the canyon range are unforgettable, and will become vivid memories once you return home. It’s a friendly and relaxed holiday park where you can unwind after a long day in the outback heat.

BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park (pictured)
This is one of the Northern Territory’s most awarded tourist parks. The BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park is known for its picturesque surrounds and tranquil environment. It also boasts all the modern facilities you need to make your stay comfortable. Guests at the park always look forward to its famous Pancake Breakfast every Sunday.

Gemtree Caravan and Tourist Park
Gemtree Caravan and Tourist Park is the gateway to Central Australia’s gemfields. It’s hailed as a true oasis just north of the East MacDonnell Ranges. It’s quiet, spacious and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Relax around a campfire in a spectacular bush setting under the stars after a day of fossicking. There’s also a 3.5km self-guided nature trail for avid bushwalkers and birdwatchers.



5 random things to do in Seattle

By Seattle / United States /

Picking up a car rental in Seattle is your easy first job once lobbing in the Emerald City, and next comes the exciting part. What to do once you’ve got your wheels sorted! Try these five random ideas for a little fun in America’s gem of a West Coast seaport city.

1. Go for a paddle. It’s summertime in Seattle, so there’s no better cruisy activity than to go kayaking on Lake Union. The atmosphere is gorgoeus as you pass by a few sail boats, watch a few seaplanes rise up and land, and enjoy the serenity of a gentle paddle in a big patch of calm water. A little more adventurous at heart? Then test your abs with a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) experience. For more check out

2. Explore South Park’s art scene. The locals will tell you the arts community is a ripper in the South Park area, one that nurtures its artists and embraces creativity. You won’t be disappointed and you can start with national icon on the stone sculpting front, Jesus Bautista Moroles, and the generous donation of “Musical Steles,” comprised of three musical basalt columns fabricated in the South Park neighborhood. Tap a rock on the sculptures to whip up your own musical treat. There’s also River City skate murals to discover,  the artwork at South Transfer station, and the very noticeable Cloverdale banners on South Park’s main thoroughfare.

3. Visit Archie McPhee. A novely shop like no other! Rubber hands, rubber chickens, devil baby dolls, a bucket of doll parts, tentacle finger puppets, world’s largest underpants (100 inch waist) with matching lollipop … I’m not saying any more because the nightmares will begin again! More

4. Explore a museum with music at its heart (pictured). Hendrix, Foo Fighters, Macklemore, grunge music – EMP (Experience Music Project) is a nonprofit museum to rule them all, “dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture”. With its heart in rock ‘n’ roll, EMP is a museum that reaches and connects with all ages through collections, exhibitions and educational programs, “using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors”. More

5. Hit the road. Olympic National Park is beautiful and no more than a two and half road trip away. Discover everything from mountains, lakes, beaches to hotsprings and rainforests. A gorgeous part of the world only a short drive out of Seattle.