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Apr
22
2016
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On the road out of Vegas – 5 hot spots within two hours

By Las Vegas / United States /

The glitzy strip and bright lights of Vegas are like magnets for all of America’s fast cars and even faster women and men, but if you can look away and beyond there are some great short trips just around the corner. Here are five within an hour once you jump in that car rental and hit the open road. Valley of Fire (pictured) Meander through the mesmerising Valley Of Fire, Nevada’s oldest state park, with countless moments of nature’s beauty smacking you in the senses. The park earnt its name from its fiery red sandstone, formed from fossilised sand dunes more than 150 million years ago by a shift in the Earth’s crust, faulting and wind and water erosion. Today, only wild animals dwell within Valley of Fire year-round. Rattlesnakes, kangaroo rats, kit foxes, coyotes, bighorn sheep and the white-tailed antelope ground squirrels are just a few. Oh, and cougars, of course, “but only at night”, as my highly entertaining…

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Feb
26
2016
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Unmissable Autumn adventures in NSW

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

With the Easter long weekend and school holiday break approaching, now is the time to take advantage of the changing season and plan an autum adventure in regional New South Wales, according to the Desination NSW gang. From gourmet escapes to fossicking and heritage trails, the Destination NSW team gives us three getaways that will make you fall in love with regional NSW this Autumn: 50 shades of Orange and Bathurst Autumn is a fantastic time to visit Central NSW, with the region guaranteeing vibrant Autumn foliage, delicious seasonal produce and a stellar line up of local festivals and events.  If you’re a foodie then the Orange F.O.O.D Week is an iconic experience for gourmands, with the 10 day festival in April a testament to the region’s great reputation for food and wine, and beautiful colours (see picture, courtesy of Destination NSW). Indulge your senses as local chefs and restaurants showcase their skill with farm gate tours, cooking demonstrations and the famous…

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Feb
15
2016
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5 holiday parks to make a splash

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A family holiday isn’t the same without a fun water park nearby, and it’s even better when the splash park is located only metres from your accommodation! Here are five Big4 holiday parks where you can make a splash. BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park, NSW (pictured) Located on the Far North coast of New South Wales, the Big4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park is touted as the country’s premier holiday park with a water playground. It promises more than just endless entertainment with its tipping bucket and slides. The splash park design even reflects the magnificent surrounding Wollumbin-Mount Warning landscape. BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park, Vic This surf themed indoor water park, Surfari Splash Zone, operates all year round. The splash park not only provides a cool relief in the summer months, but it’ll warm you up in winter, when it transforms into a heated water park. Some of its special features include a giant shark tipping bucket, cannon guns and fountains. BIG4 Swan Hill, Vic…

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Jan
17
2016

5 Adventure activities on the North Island

By New Zealand / North Island /

From climbing bridges to trekking through alpine wilderness, New Zealand’s North Island is home to many exciting activities, which are often overlooked by travellers in favour of the South Island’s outdoor adventures. Here are five adventure activities you must try up north. Auckland Bridge Climb New Zealand’s only bridge climb is based in Auckland. Your tour guide leads you up the bridge, highlighting some of the bridge’s architectural features. The one and a half hour tour also allows you to spot the city’s iconic landmarks before you reach the summit, where incredible 360 degree views await. Rafting on the Kaituna River (pictured) White water rafting at its best awaits on the Kaituna River. You’ll be bumped around as your guide takes you across the river at high speed and launches over waterfalls, which are several metres high. This thrilling but safe activity keeps you on the edge of your toes but is also loads of fun. Tongariro Alpine Crossing Tongariro is New Zealand’s…

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Dec
24
2015

Driving through New Zealand’s north island

By New Zealand / North Island /

A drive through New Zealand’s north island in a campervan is one of the best experiences you’ll ever have. Head to DriveNow to hire a campervan in Auckland, then make your way to these fascinating areas. Bay of Plenty The beautiful Bay of Plenty is home to New Zealand’s only active volcano, White Island. You’ll have a chance to explore the island and learn about the country’s volcanic workings. While in the Bay of Plenty, take in the sights of Tauranga Harbour with a kayaking trip, join a night-time glow worm tour on Lake McLaren, or swim with wild dolphins on a boat trip. Wellington Experience Wellington’s vibrant street culture, and its lively city markets, walking and biking trails and superb dining scene. The city is also filled with museums, galleries and parkland, making Wellington an interesting destination with lots to see and do. One of Wellington’s highlights – not to be missed – is the Mount Victoria Lookout, which…

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Nov
28
2015

5 great outdoor adventures in Auckland

By Auckland / New Zealand /

There are so many amazing outdoor adventures to explore in Auckland. From kayaking to hiking and climbing, you’ll find everything there is in Auckland. Grab a hire car at Auckland airport and drive to your next outdoor adventure, whenever you feel like it! Here are five ideas for outdoor activities that every adventurous traveller must experience in Auckland. Hike Mt Eden Mainland Auckland’s highest volcanic peak offers beautiful 360 degree views of the city and surrounds. It’s 196m tall and while many visitors opt for a tour bus or train to reach the top, many find it’s much more rewarding to drive to the bottom and then hike the trail up. Zip-lining across Waiheke Island Beautiful Waiheke Island is renowned for its wineries, but for the adventurous traveller, it’s the ultimate destination for zip-lining. There are three 200 metre zipline flights, which take you across valleys, above vineyards and a lush forest. While it’s an incredible adrenalin rush, you’re completely strapped in and…

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Nov
11
2015

5 great reasons to visit Auckland and surrounds

By Auckland / New Zealand /

There are so many great reasons to visit the New Zealand city of Auckland and surrounds. You can drive to Mount Eden or Woodhill Forrest for the day. These are just some of the many wonderful attractions the city has to offer. Head to DriveNow’s Auckland car hire page, to find the cheapest car rental deals for your next New Zealand holiday. Mt Eden Mount Eden’s peak treats you to a stunning 360 degree panorama of Auckland and its scenic harbour. Standing 196m tall, it’s the highest volcanic peak in mainland Auckland. There are many options for getting to the bottom of Mount Eden. You can take a tour bus or train but it’s worth driving at your own leisure to the bottom, and then using your physical energy to reach the summit. Then you can really appreciate the rewarding views. Sky Tower The other Auckland peak worth visiting is The Sky Tower, which at 328 metres, is New Zealand’s tallest…

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Aug
30
2015
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Five great Australian sporting events you can’t miss

By Australia / Hobart / Melbourne / New South Wales / Sydney / Tasmania / Victoria /

It’s no secret we Australians are absolutely crazy about our sports and springtime is arguably the most action packed time of the sporting calendar. To get into the sporting spirit, here are five huge upcoming events that everyone can cheer about. 1. Australian Football League grand final, October 3 (Victoria) Now complete with a pre-final public holiday, the AFL Grand Final weekend will see fanatics swarm the city on Grand Final eve for the annual parade. Here, you can catch an up close view of players from the two competing clubs as they eye each other off before Victoria’s largest sporting event at the world-renowned Melbourne Cricket Ground. AFL is the unofficial religion of this southern state, so if you plan on visiting make sure you book accommodation early. On the big day, the whole of Melbourne buzzes with a festival-like atmosphere, suburban verandas proudly draped in team colours while out back the beer flows and sausages sizzle. If you’re…

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Jul
27
2015

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 /

There’s not much that can come between Aussies and surfing. Even Pro surfer Mick Fanning’s dramatic brush with a Great White won’t put a stop to his love of combining the board with the breakwater. As a tribute, here are seven epic spots to catch a 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. For those who like to live life on the edge, 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. 2. Ningaloo Coast, WA Ningaloo is famous for its incredible UNESCO World Heritage listed reef, home to more than 500 species of…

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Jul
10
2015

Four great reasons to visit Bundaberg in Queensland

By Queensland /

Next time you’re in Queensland, jump in a Brisbane campervan rental or car hire and hit the Bruce Highway for a four-hour leisurely cruise north to Bundaberg where there’s plenty of things to do for roadtrippers. Try these four: Take flight at the Hinkler Museum Bert Hinkler was the “Boy from Bundy” who, in the early part of last century, spent the spare pennies that he earned buying materials for his gliders and every spare moment building and testing them. What happened after that was legendary as he tested his aircraft out from the top of nearby sand dunes on Mon Repos beach before perfecting his constructions to become one of Australia’s most famous pioneer solo aviators. More than a museum, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation. comprises a spacious exhibition hall, multi-media exhibits, flight simulators, the ‘Globe Theatre’, five aircraft and historic Hinkler House all in the tropical surrounds of the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens. Visit the Bundaberg Rum Distillery But…

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Jun
27
2015

Hit the road through Gippsland in Victoria for some winter treats

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

The air is chilly in winter down south, but that’s a great reason to load up the car or campervan and set off on a road trip through Victoria’s beautiful Gippsland region. Stretching all the way from the rugged coastline of Phillip Island to the sheltered beaches of Mallacoota, Gippsland also covers picturesque alpine regions and scenic country sides. Whether your interest is fantastic local food and wine, finding the perfect fishing spot, or enjoying an action-packed trip of adventure, Gippsland Touring make mapping out the ideal road trip easy with itineraries to suit everyone’s tastes. Explorers can select from a range of routes, each filled with its own hidden treasures waiting to be uncovered.  Bunurong route The Bunurong route (pictured) showcases breathtaking coastal scenery and lush countryside in the same setting, the perfect location for enjoying a local-produce picnic by the beach. The 7km George Bass Coastal Walk is sure to work up an appetite and for those who…

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