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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 within walking distance to shops and restaurants and is set on ten acres of stunning beachfront land.

Jolly Swagman Caravan Park
If you ever find yourself in Toowoomba then make sure you head into the city centre. There, in the heart of town, you’ll come across Jolly Swagman Caravan Park, which boasts award winning gardens and the famous statue of Jolly Swagman and his dog. Speaking of dogs, this is one of the few sites where you can bring pets along on your holiday too, provided you make an application.

Esk Caravan Park
This little slice of paradise, known as Esk Caravan Park, sits in the stunning Brisbane Valley. It’s set between lakes Wivenhoe and Somerset (which are conveniently only a short drive from the caravan park) and is also surrounded by beautiful mountains and creeks. In a quiet and peaceful setting, the Esk Caravan Park is also the ideal place to spend your days enjoying all kinds of water activities.

Green Mountains Camping Area
Sit in the lush Lamington National Park, the Green Mountains Camping Area is made up of a grassy sloping hill, with campervan sites cut into it. You’ll feel right in amongst the wilderness, which makes this location an extra special place to stay. There are plenty of walking tracks leading you to spectacular views around the park within easy walking distance.



What’s hot about California this summer? Try these for size

By California / United States /

California here we come…
Pick up your hire campervan from Los Angeles airport, and head out and explore these five exciting things in California.

A visit to Disneyland in Anaheim is every kid’s wish come true and every adult’s childhood dream. Touted as California’s premier family destination, this amusement park is home to theme rides, games, shopping precincts, entertainment and popular restaurants. Here, there’s something for each member of the family.

Big Sur
A stunning and iconic stretch of coastline that’s hard to forget once you’ve seen it in real life. There are splendid views all the way along Highway 1 with hiking, camping and sun bathing among the perfect passtimes around here. Explore the hiking trails, lookouts and waterfalls hidden within Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park along the way.

Lake Tahoe
This beautiful lake is an exciting destination at any time of year. It’s located along the border of California and Nevada. In summer it’s paradise for beach goers and boaters, while in the winter months, it becomes a playground for snow lovers, with the surrounding mountains offering excellent trails for skiiers and snowboarders.

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite’s dramatic peaks overlooking national parkland have graced the covers of some of the world’s finest travel magazines, and fill the photo albums of every traveller to the region. It boasts valleys, rivers, waterfalls and granite domes along with many other famous sites scattered throughout the park.

Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hang with the stars on the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard! Completing the Hollywood Walk of Fame should be number one on every traveller’s to do list. There are more than 2,500 terrazzo and brass stars with the names of iconic actors, musicians, directors and producers embedded in the sidewalks along 18 blocks.

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Winter’s on the way, so hit the road and head north

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

With winter fast approaching, the best plan of attack to beat the chill is to head north. While Aussies down south shiver through the coldest months of the year, up north in Queensland the sun is still shining and the ocean waters constantly warm.

Pick up a camper from Brisbane airport and park it at one of these five caravan parks in Queensland for your next holiday.

Noosa Caravan Park
Just under two hours north of Brisbane is the lovely Noosa. Sandy, surf beaches and clear waters await. Park your camper at the Noosa Caravan Park, which is a two minute walk from Noosa River and a 15 minute drive from Noosa Beach. Then Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo is less than an hour away. It also has an outdoor swimming pool with BBQ facilities and a children’s playground.

Mackay Blacks Beach Holiday Park
Ideally positioned on five acres with beachfront views, Mackay Blacks Beach Holiday Park overlooks the beautiful southern islands of the Whitsundays. There are nearly 90 caravan sites available, many with ocean views, a swimming pool and entertainment areas so you can enjoy your holiday nearly 1000km north of Brisbane.

Rainbow Beach Holiday Village
Three hours north of Queensland’s capital, Rainbow Beach Holiday Village sits on the Fraser Coast, just 100m from the beach. The surf club is also located across the road, with many restaurants and cafes nearby. The village has all the conveniences you need – including two BBQ sites, washing up facilities, a convenience store and an onsite service station – but it still has a relaxing atmosphere, which draws holidaymakers back year after year.

Lake Eacham Tourist Park
Set in the heart of the famously beautiful Crater Lakes District, this quiet tourist park is just one kilometre from Lake Eacham’s pristine waters. Just over an hour’s drive from Cairns and 18 hours from Brisbane, Lake Eacham Tourist Park is well worth the distance. Jump in the water whenever you feel like a swim, while the lake’s surrounding beauty, including colourful wildlife and pristine waterfalls, are found at almost every turn.

Gold Coast Tourist Parks Main Beach
Drive an hour south of Brisbane and Surfer’s Paradise awaits! Stay at the Gold Coast Tourist Parks Main Beach, which is just across the road from one of the area’s most beautiful surfing beaches. It hosts a resort-style pool and Tedder Avenue is nearby, with its trendy cafes and restaurants. It’s everything you need for a perfect, sunny holiday away!

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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 100-Mile Dinner. Continue your Central NSW love affair with a side-trip to Bathurst, just a 45-minute drive away.  One of Australia’s oldest inland settlements, Bathurst’s historic town centre is fascinating, with a blend of old and new including revitalised laneway bars, cafes and restaurants. Be sure to check out the Autumn Colours program of events and the Bathurst Motor Festival at Mount Panorama from 25-27 March.

New love in New England
There is so much to love in the New England region, the changing leaves of trees in towns like Glen Innes, Inverell, Tenterfield and Emmaville are spectacular, as is the fossicking for gemstones. Armidale, the hub of the New England High Country shines in Autumn, with numerous parks, tree-lined streets and gardens displaying a spectrum of reds and oranges. With the city housing many heritage buildings, grand cathedrals and churches, Armidale is the perfect destination for an autumn break, and its annual Armidale Autumn Festival in March a stand out event on the local calendar. A visit to nearby Uralla is a must to admire the famous Gostwyck Chapel covered in Virginia Creeper.

The laidback country charm of Tamworth and the wider region is ideal for a short break, with national parks, trout fishing, horse riding and great local produce aplenty. Another must see is the historic gold mining village of Nundle, just a 50-minute drive from Tamworth. With great local cafes, antique stores and delicious baked goods at the Nundle Craft Inc. weekly farmers market, you’ll find plenty to do in town. The scenic Fossickers Way touring route begins in Nundle and takes in key fossicking areas. It’s especially pretty in Autumn with its wooded hills, open green pastures and fertile valleys. A little further afield, Boggabri promises a weekend of family fun at the Boggabri Drovers Campfire from 20-25 April with events including a big campfire, camp oven cooking, shearing demonstrations, tours of the district, bush poets, craft stalls, whip cracking, antique machinery display, a bush band and much more.

Beautiful Bellingen
Pack up the car and escape on a road trip to the North Coast destination, Bellingen. With lush valleys, a rich architectural heritage, rural charm, delicious local produce and natural beauty, Bellingen is also known for Australia’s largest regional market offering an amazing selection of handmade arts and crafts, regional produce and live entertainment.  Neighbouring Dorrigo National Park is a must see, offering stunning scenery that has been millions of years in the making. The World-Heritage listed rainforest offers a variety of rare flora and fauna, swimming at Crystal Shower Falls, a Skywalk lookout which takes in Bellinger Valley and scenic barbecue and picnic spots.

For more information on Autumn escapes in NSW visit

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Best campsites on New Zealand’s South Island

By New Zealand / South Island /

Across New Zealand’s South Island you’re bound to find some of the world’s most beautiful campsites. Make sure you pick up your DriveNow hire vehicle from one of New Zealand’s major cities and travel around the countryside to spend some time at these lovely locations.

Here are five of the best campsites on New Zealand’s South Island.

Te Anau Holiday Park
A stay at the Te Anau Holiday Park should be on the top of every traveller’s list. The park is set on the shores of Lake Te Anau’s crystal blue water and surrounded by the stunning Kepler mountains. It’s a tranquil location with many options to explore nearby natural attractions, including the cascading Oneroa Falls, glow-worm caves and Milford Sound.

Bay of Many Coves Campsite
The name says it all. At the Bay of Many Coves Campsite, you’re treated to views of gorgeous coves along with lush forests. There’s no drive in access to this campsite, making it even more special. However, it is accessible via the Queen Charlotte Track, which stretches 70km from the historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa. The site operates on a first come first served basis.

Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park
Explore New Zealand’s majestic Glacier Country from this quiet, rural camping ground. Exciting activities, such as whitewater rafting, ice-climbing, horse-riding and hiking, are all found within just 10 minutes of camp. Not to mention a tour of the incredible Franz Josef Glacier. People who stay here say they leave with lifelong memories.

Kinloch Campsite
At Kinloch Campsite, travellers get to camp on the shores of New Zealand’s longest lake, Lake Wakatipu. It’s a small campsite, with just 15 non-powered tent sites, but this adds to its special appeal. Swim or fish on the lake, which is surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains. Kinloch Campsite is the perfect place to stay so you can relax and take in nature’s beauty.

Angelus Hut Campsite
Surrounded by alpine wilderness and close to Lake Angelus, this campsite allows you to admire the very best of nature. Angelus Hut Campsite is a six hour walk from Mt Robert Carpark and is only accessible by foot. Here, you’ll feel at peace in the middle of New Zealand’s wild country. Bookings are required during the peak season (late November until the end of April).


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Best campsites on New Zealand’s North Island

By New Zealand / North Island /

Lovely campsites with scenic views are scattered across New Zealand’s countryside. Pick up your New Zealand car rental from any one of NZ’s major cities, travel around and make sure you spend some time at these locations.

Here are five of the best campsites on New Zealand’s North Island.

Whakapapa Holiday Park
Set in the Togariro National Park, which is New Zealand’s oldest national park, you’ll find this idyllic camping ground nestled in a beech forest. Base yourself at the Whakapapa Holiday Park to explore the nearby Tongariro Alpine Crossing or the Tongariro Northen Circuit hiking trails.

Hot Water Beach Camping Ground
Hot Water Beach at Te Rata Bay is the country’s geothermal hotspot, where you can relax in an isolated natural hot spring. Nearby is a small camping ground, which has just 30 tent sites. You should book in advance to make sure you secure your peaceful camping trip away.

Broken Hills Campsite
Set beside the flowing Tairua River among native bush in the Coromandel region, Broken Hills Campsite is perhaps one of New Zealand’s most peaceful camping areas. It hosts 45 non-powered sites and from here you can explore many walking tracks, which contain traces of the area’s goldmining past. Stays at the park are decided on a first come, first served basis.

Fletcher Bay Campsite
The green, rolling hills that surround Fletcher Bay Campsite make a beautiful sight to wake up to in the morning, and equally lovely to admire in the evening when the sun sets over the bay. You’ll find few campsites in a farm setting quite like this one. It’s also a perfect location if the family’s keen on water sports, such as swimming, fishing and boating.

Anaura Bay Campsite
Stay one night at Anaura Bay and you won’t want to leave.This large campsite sits right next to a beautiful beach and a stream. Apart from the stunning coastal scenery, there are also several walking trails nearby. Campers are permitted to bring dogs along, and keep in mind the campsite is only open between Labour Weekend and Easter.


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Where to stay with the family in New Zealand

By New Zealand /

Planning a family trip to New Zealand and wondering where to stay? There are many top quality holiday parks which offer a range of accommodation to suit travellers’ needs, from campervan and tent sites to motel rooms, scattered around the country.

Grab your Camper and explore the country, while staying at some of these holiday parks:

Seal Colony TOP 10 Holiday Park
The relaxing seaside setting at the Seal Colony TOP 10 Holiday Park will make you want to stay forever. It’s situated metres from the sandy Carters Beach, which is safe for swimming. It’s the ideal location from which you can explore the West Coast’s beautiful scenery and also the world-famous fur Seal Colony at Cape Foulwind.

Rainforest Holiday Park Franz Josef
This beautiful holiday park is the perfect place to stay when exploring the Franz Josef Glacier. It’s situated among several acres of native bush, making it feel like you’re in paradise. The park’s owners tout is as not just accommodation, but an experience every traveller to New Zealand must have.

Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park
This picture perfect holiday park is situated in the magnificent Bay of Plenty, surrounded by the beautiful beaches and harbour. The area is famous for its water activities and hot salt water pools. From Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park, you only need to take a short walk to find shops, cafes, restaurants and a boat ramp.

Jackson’s Retreat and Holiday Camping Park
The Jackson’s Retreat and Holiday Camping Park is set on 15 acres of nicely terraced powered and non powered sites, which overlook the mighty Taramakau River. Snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps, waterfalls and pristine rainforest surround the holiday park, making Jacksons Retreat a wonderful place to stay with the family.

Queenstown Holiday Park and Motel Creeksyde
The peaceful Creeksyde Holiday Park is set on several acres of green land. It’s also only a five minute walk from the centre of town, making it a great spot to base yourself as you explore the world’s ‘adventure capital’, Queenstown. Creeksyde is also an environmentally-friendly park, having received global recognition for its green initiatives over ten years.



6 reasons to holiday in Lake Macquarie this year

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Home to undiscovered gems, the largest coastal salt-water lake in the country and 30km of pristine coastline, Lake Macquarie is one of Australia’s east coast’s hidden treasures. Just 90 minutes from Sydney, it has something for everyone, whether you’re an outdoors type, history buff, or simply seeking relaxation. The Visit Lake Mac team have given us six key themes to put Lake Macquarie at the top of your domestic holiday list.

With nature reserves galore there’s no better way to explore Lake Macquarie than to don the hiking boots and hit the walking trails, with tracks taking in views of the beach and the bush, through to lush rainforest and waterfalls. Top choices include: Boarding House Dam in the Watagan Mountains – A cool rainforest bushwalk leads to a pretty waterfall along an easy pathway, featuring a 110 metre long moss covered rock wall (650m return) Or, for something more difficult, check out the Gap Creek Falls trail, with the spectacular Gap Creek Falls (1.5km return). Wallarah Peninsular Track – stretching from the Lake to the ocean this scenic track takes in bushland as well as the cool Palm Gully rainforest, with a number of side trips leading to local hideaways such as Spoon Rocks Spit and Pinny’s Headland (8km one way). Ken and Audrey Owens Walk – A gorgeous four kilometre network of pathways, boardwalks, wetland bridges and whale observation platforms that wind through sand dunes and restored bushland, with views over Redhead beach and Webb Park. (4km return).

With 30km of unspoilt coastline and a central lake twice the size of Sydney Harbour, Lake Macquarie is a hotbed of water-based action (cruise, jet-ski, wakeboard, fish, sail) for all ages. Highlights include: Kayaking at Swinging Bridge Dora Creek – a terrific secret kayaking destination, the trail heads upstream taking in eagle’s nests, lizards, waterbirds and of course, the picturesque swinging bridge.  Lake Mac Kayak & Bike Hire can deliver kayaks directly to your accommodation, or start point. Boating – whether by boat, jet-ski, yacht, catamaran or kayak, there are so many sandy inlets and coves to discover. Bring your own, or hire a BBQ or speed boat Jet Buzz at Cams Wharf. Jet boating with Jet Buzz – If its thrills and spills you are seeking head directly to Jet Buzz, get the heart racing with a Lake Thrill ride, or head out beyond the channel on the Ocean Extreme.

Lake Macquarie’s coastline is as diverse as it is delightful, boasting sandy beaches alongside secluded coves, each with their own iconic features:
Caves Beach – a firm favourite for locals and tourists, with tidal sea caves and rock pools, as well as some top notch surf breaks. Redhead Beach – renowned for its red rocky headland, iconic shark tower and timber boardwalk this pretty beach features its very own café – located moments from the sand. Blacksmiths Beach – the calm conditions at Blacksmiths make it a popular spot for both families and ocean swimmers – be sure to watch out for sandcastles!

For a scenic way to explore the region, jump on a bike and enjoy the plethora of pathways catering for all ages, abilities and timeframes – and with plenty of hire options available there’s no need to bring your own. Both Lake Mac Kayak & Bike Hire and Boomerang Bike Hire can deliver bikes directly to your location. Warners Bay Foreshore – Enjoy a ride along the water’s edge, taking in panoramic lake views and enjoy the elevated over-water Redbluff Boardwalk. With a Boomerang Bike Hire station located along the foreshore riders can simply meander, or enjoy a longer ride. Fernleigh Track (Belmont to Adamstown) – follow a historic rail corridor through bushlands, wetlands and suburbia – one of the best-known, and most varied, pathways in the area (15km). Wangi Wangi – check out the yachts, sailboats, birdlife and keep an eye out for turtles as you make a leisurely trip around Wangi Bay (1.4km).

An abundance of land dedicated to open space and conservation makes Lake Macquarie perfect for picnickers, with plenty of spots featuring a variety of facilities and vistas.
Morisset Picnic Area – get back to nature, and spend lunch with one of Australia’s most iconic animals – here, dozens of roos are just waiting for visitors to come and give them a gentle pat.  The park boasts a large grassy area, a barbeque area as well as lovely views across the lake. Speers Point Park – enjoy a barbeque or picnic on the shore of the Lake, and let the kids run wild on the state of the art variety playground – featuring a flying fox, water play and a bike circuit with two intersecting tracks. Pelican Foreshore Reserve – loved amongst locals, this picnic spot features expanses of shady grass, sheltered tables, barbeques and a play area. Take in the relaxing atmosphere, or throw in a line off the small fishing jetty.

Historical Hotspots
This vast area is home to some unique Australian history, with something to suit almost any culture seeker. highlights include:
Dobell House – a unique opportunity to visit the home and studio of one of Australia’s most prominent artists –  Sir William Dobell. Volunteers run tours from 1pm – 4pm on Weekends and Public Holidays. Catherine Hill Bay – this historical coal mining town remains relatively unchanged since its former working days, featuring uniform rows of miners’ cottages and historic rail jetty stretching over the beach and out to sea. Free Heritage Walking Trail guides are available at the Lake Macquarie Visitors Centre. Rathmines –used as an important Catalina Sea Plane base during World War II, Rathmines is jam packed with history. Take a walk around Rathmines Park, or join a free tour with Friends of Rathmines (1.5 – 3.5 hour tours, dates and times vary. Contact 02 4975 1973 or

To book your 2016 trip to Lake Macquarie, go to Visit Lake Mac or call 1800 802 044.


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.

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 looks upon the city and its surrounds.

This is your chance to experience Middle Earth! Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set, where the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit stories came to life. During the tour, true LOTR fans will spot where certain scenes took place, but you’ll also be treated to spectacular views of the Kaimai. Under the region’s rolling hills, you’ll also find a fascinating system of caves and underground sink holes.

Rotorua is an ideal destination for outdoor adventurers, with its crystal-clear waters and exciting mountain biking trails. You can also experience a taste of traditional Maori culture, by heading to a village on the edge of Lake Rotorua. Head a little bit further to Hot Water Beach, on the shores of Lake Tarawera, to experience Rotorua’s volcanic and geothermal activity!

Lake Taupo
Visit the Huka Falls, which transports water from Lake Taupo in the Waikato River. To see the falls firsthand is a sight you’ll never forget. The Huka Falls drops 220,000 litres of water every second! Afterwards, you can enjoy a relaxing walk along Lake Taupo, which can also take you through native forests, if you choose to do so.



Places to park your campervan in Wellington

By New Zealand / Wellington /

Pick up a great campervan deal from Wellington and visit some of the exciting attractions the city has to offer.

If in need of some ideas of great places where you can park your campervan in Wellington, read on.

Wellington’s Kiwi Holiday Park
This family run holiday park is tucked away in the scenic parklands of the Akatarawa Valley in Upper Hutt. It’s set on 32 hectares of peaceful native bush and parkland, surrounded by wildlife and a river running through the area. It’s location makes it an ideal setting for a relaxing stopover when heading to or from New Zealand’s South Island.

Camp Elsdon
This family-friendly camp overlooks the magnificent Porirua Harbour and is surrounded by native bush. There’s are many fantastic bush walks and bike tracks around Camp Elsdon, and they’ll treat you to amazing, panoramic views of Porirua, Wellington and the South Island.

Wellington Waterfront Motorhome Park
Drive straight off the ferry from the South Island and into the Wellington Waterfront Motorhome Park. It may not have the recreational facilities you’d find elsewhere, but it’s convenient location – close to major tourist attractions, cafes and bars – makes it a great place to base yourself when exploring Wellington.

Paekakariki Holiday Park
About half an hour from Wellington City, Paekakariki Holiday Park sits on 11 acres of park-like grounds. It boasts full park amenities, and it’s only a 10-minute walk to the lovely township of Paekakariki. There are also dog friendly campsites available – so why not bring every member of the family along?

Capital Gateway Motor Inn
It’s touted as “the best location to enjoy New Zealand’s capital city”. The Capital Gateway Motor Inn is located just minutes from the city centre and the waterfront, so you’re close to all of the city’s main attractions. There’s also a cosy bar and restaurant open every night of the week.


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Where to visit in Queenstown with your campervan

By New Zealand / Queenstown /

Queenstown is one massive adventure waiting to happen. Rent a campervan from DriveNow and visit these amazing places when staying around the city.

Queenstown Hill Walk
It’s a fairly easy walk, but there are amazing views once you reach the top. Drive to Belfast Street in Queenstown before hiking through pine forest to the summit of Te Tapunui. Stunning views overlooking Lake Wakatipu await during the three hour return journey. You’ll also learn about Maori history, Queensland’s gold rush and how Queenstown became the Adventure Capital of the World along the way with information signs.

Walter Peak High Country Farm
Experience the beautiful Lake Wakatipu by cruising across it in a vintage steamship, before disembarking at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Here, you’ll help feed adorable farm animals, watch a sheep shearing display and join horse treks or cycling excursions.

Camp and canoe at Moke Lake
Moke Lake is touted as one of the best camping spots in all of New Zealand, but it’s often overlooked in favour of Lake Wakatipu. However, beautiful Moke Lake sits in the mountains nearby, and is a perfect spot to bring along your own canoe or kayak. If you’re daring, why not go for a swim? Just make sure you bring a wetsuit!

Skiing The Remarkables
Located in the Remarkables mountain range is a popular ski field, which is just over half an hour’s drive from Queenstown. The north-facing slopes are a great spot for beginners learning how to ski or snowboard. However, the terrain is varied, which means The Remarkables is also an adventure paradise for experienced skiiers. Not to mention the amazing views!

Chard Farm winery
Close to Queenstown is Chard Farm, which was established in 1987. It makes them one of the pioneers of wine in Central Otago, producing fine cool climate wines. Sit down to a wine tasting like no other at Chard Farm. It specialises in Single Vineyard pinot noirs and Chard Farm’s philosophy is that people prefer drinking wines with interesting flavours, rather than simply tasting special wines.



Hit the road and head to Lake Macquarie

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Lake Macquarie may be renowned for its beautiful lake and spectacular coastline, but it’s also home to a raft of not so well-known treasures loved by the locals. Best of all, it’s only 90 minutes from Sydney.
The team from Anne Wild Associates handed me a brilliant little guide to 8 perfect places you can discover off the yellow brick road. Try these for size …

Petrified Forest, Swansea Heads
Accessible at low tide just a short walk from the Reids Mistake Reserve you’ll find the Petrified Forest, home to 250 million-year-old tree stumps and fallen logs as well as an expansive rock platform ideal for exploring up close.

‘Grannies Pool’
Nestled between the Swansea Channel Breakwall and Blacksmiths’ Beach, the ‘Grannies Pool’ is a shallow, sheltered inlet protected from large waves and swell, that is loved by local children – and their grannies!

Gap Creek Falls, Watagans
The Watagan Mountains are well known, but many visitors are entirely unaware of the stunning Gap Creek Falls, which are hidden deep within the rainforest. These striking falls are accessible for keen hikers via the spectacular Gap Creek Falls Trail.

Pulbah Island
Only accessible by boat, Pulbah is Lake Macquarie’s largest island and favoured by locals for its tranquil picnic spots and idyllic bushwalking pathways.

Dora Creek
Located on the southern side of the lake, the peaceful Dora Creek is ideal for kayaking trips, and is home to lovely picnic spots along the banks. Don’t miss ‘The Swinging Bridge’, which is tucked behind the Sanitarium Factory and also accessible by kayak – a well-kept local secret spot for family fun.

Morisset Park kangaroos
There’s no entry ticket to buy to get up close and personal with the kangaroos here… in Morisset Park’s picnic grounds there are dozens of roos just waiting for visitors to come and give them a gentle pat. Hidden away within the vicinity of Morisset Hospital, there’s a large grassy area, a barbeque and a lovely view over the lake to enjoy.

1950s Car Museum
If vintage cars are your thing – or even if not – this is the spot for a stroll down memory lane packed with American classic cars (some are even for sale), a replica Fonzie milk bar, 50s memorabilia, 50s music, and a caravan dishing up memorable milkshakes and burgers. The locals love it – so don’t forget to book!
Lake Macquarie Airport/Air Adventures, Marks Point
Locals agree that the best way to see the lake is from the sky, and the recently re-opened Lake Macquarie Airport (formerly the Belmont Airport), is home to a raft of adventurous air activities including Matt Hall Racing, Skydive the Beach and Skyline Aviation Group helicopter tours, all of which include magnificent views of the Lake.

For more information or to book a Lake Macquarie escape visit or free call 1800 802 044. Don’t forget to grab a car rental from DriveNow