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How to make the most of your New Zealand campervan rental

By New Zealand /

Hiring a campervan can be an exciting way of exploring New Zealand with the whole family, especially for your kids – imagine the delight on their faces at the prospect of living in a house with wheels! If it’s your first time travelling in a Campervan in New Zealand or anywhere for that matter, here are some things to keep in mind.

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Park in profile – BIG4 Beacon Resort, Victoria

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / Victoria /

PARK IN PROFILE: BIG4 Beacon Resort, Queenscliff, Vic

Where: 78 Bellarine Highway, Queenscliff.


10 words or less: Stylish modern cabins, marine parks, bike trails, kids heaven.

The lowdown:  Pick up your Victorian campervan rental and head south for the Bellarine Peninsula and you will discover the beautiful BIG4 Beacon Resort. Adventure is the name of the game for visitors to the Bellarine Peninsula, as BIG4 Beacon Resort in Queenscliff is the ideal spot for an action-filled family break. Cycle one of the scenic bike trails, test your surf skills at a local beach or stay at the park and join the aqua aerobics classes or weekly yoga class. There are also plenty of ways the kids can burn some energy including an inflatable trampoline, tennis court and adventure playground. Of course, a holiday can’t be all work and no play. An on-site day spa allows you to reward your efforts with a massage and pedicure. Accommodation at the park ranges from grassy sites for the tent or caravan, through to two and three bedroom villas and cabins complete with all the conveniences of home.


Park in profile – Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park, NSW

By Australia / Gold Coast / New South Wales / Queensland /

PARK IN PROFILE: Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park, NSW

Where: Corner of Ross St and Pacific Parade, Lennox Head.


10 words or less: Great surf, quiet, quaint, great views, perfect for R&R

The lowdown:  Pick up your Gold Coast campervan rental and head south for a leisurely one hour cruise to the peaceful coastal village of Lake Ainsworth, between Ballina and Byron Bay. This venue is home to some awesome scenery and great surf. The award-winning BIG4 Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park is set among the tea-trees alongside the lake and the nearby surfing opportunities are world-class and known for its right-hand point break. The point break is beautiful, but powerful and dotted with local surfers competing for a wave. Although it’s not a break for those starting out, the beach is a hotspot for spectators. Set up base at BIG4 Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park in options ranging from deluxe villas to unpowered campsites. If surfing isn’t your thing, grab some friends or friendly neighbours for a game of beach cricket, 10-pin bowling or enjoy a lazy day with a fishing line at the lake just metres away from the park. For your camper there’s a range of options for both powered and unpowered slab and grass sites. Weather permitting you can enjoy an outdoor movie in the park, there are barbecue facilities, laundry, camp kitchen and TV and video room.


Splash out at Howard Springs Big4 in the Top End

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

EVER wondered how you can beat the heat in the Northern Territory? Well there’s a few ways to “splash out” and cool off, and not many are better than the fun that can be had at a caravan park with a big interactive water play area.

The Top End of Australia is a tropical hot spot all right – hot for more reasons than one with temperatures averaging in the 30s all year round – but once you park your Darwin campervan rental or Darwin car rental at BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park just over 20km outside of the NT’s capital it won’t take long for the whole family to cool down in the venue’s brand new splash park. And there’s no crocodiles to worry about, either!

The first of its kind for BIG4 in the state, the zero-depth multi-level aquatic play area has interactive features to suit all ages. The new area incorporates a super-sized splash tipping bucket, spray cannons, water squirting frogs and play equipment to keep kids entertained and cool in the warmer weather. The splash park also has interactive ground sprays that are activated when a person stands on trigger spots and features a soft fall surface for safety.

Speaking of splashing out, it’s not the only new improvement at Howard Springs, either, as the park has installed four spa units, two three-bedroom cabins and a toilet block added in recent times and bringing the total cost of the park’s expansion to almost $3 million.

Viv Lavender, owner of BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park, says the past 12 months have been extremely busy and that’s largely thanks to their full range of family-friendly facilities. While it’s a destination in its own right, it’s also the ultimate launchpad from which to explore the Top End’s big attractions like Kakadu National Park.

“Our guests know they can expect a family-friendly holiday experience full of activities for adults and kids alike, including a huge jumping pillow, three salt water pools, three spas and now the new splash park,” Viv told DriveNow.

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Park in profile – Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces, Victoria

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / Victoria /

PARK IN PROFILE: Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces, Victoria

Where: 311 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, overlooking beautiful Bass Strait and close to great swimming and surf beaches.


10 words or less: Super coastal drive, cliff-top ocean views, hit the waves.

The lowdown: After grabbing your Melbourne campervan rental head south past Geelong and onto the Great Ocean Road for one of the most scenic drives the state of Victoria has to offer. Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces is set at the foothills of the Otways on a beautiful hillside. The park offers a quiet and relaxing base for exploring the Great Ocean Road’s many surfing hotspots. Surfing novice or champion of the waves, there’s a beach along the Great Ocean Road to suit every experience level. There are several excellent surfing schools that operate year round while those who prefer to sit back and watch the experts at work can plan a trip over the Easter long weekend to watch the Bells Beach Classic. Back on dry land, walk amongst giant trees at the Otways Tree Top Adventure, share a picnic with the stunning Triple Falls as a backdrop and visit the 12 Apostles that dominate the coastline near Port Campbell. BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces offers a wide range of accommodation options, none better than it’s powered sites for your campervan rental. There is also a heated pool, playground for the kids and a large outdoor kitchen for a BBQ.


What is freedom camping?

By New Zealand /

Freedom camping is a hot topic for New Zealand tourism, and a thoughtful visitor will opt to pay the low fee at a camp ground instead of undertaking this practice with their New Zealand campervan rental.

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Park in profile – Taunton Farm Holiday Park, Margaret River

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

PARK IN PROFILE: Taunton Farm Holiday Park, Western Australia

Where: 8113 Bussel Highway, Cowaramup, set right in the heart of Margaret River, part of Western Australia’s famous wine, food, nature and surf region.

Website: www.taunton-farm-holiday-park.wa.big4/

10 words or less: The great Aussie farm outback experience. Family-friendly, tranquil setting.

The lowdown: After grabbing your Perth campervan rental it’s a beautiful three and a half hour drive from Perth to reach Taunton Farm Holiday Park, the ideal place to park your Western Australian campervan wheels – especially given April is “Aussie Wine Month”. Nestled amongst forest and close to Margaret River’s attractions, the farm-themed park spoils its visitors with its peaceful environment and friendly atmosphere.

Margaret River is known as one of the world’s best fine wine regions and is highly regarded for its chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet blends. Some cellar door highlights include Evans & Tate, Cullen Wines, Peacetree Estate, Voyager and Leeuwin Estate. With around 150 wine producers in the region, there is ample opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy some premium wine and food. The region is also home to some of Western Australia’s best surf beaches and crystal-clear waters. Tourists can also treat themselves to whale watching cruises and explore the region’s breathtaking caves.

Taunton’s farm theme provides visitors with a unique rural experience unlike no other. On this spacious farm, the whole family can get up close and personal with farm animals or simply relax and have a barbecue with neighbours. Taunton’s visitors also cherish the opportunity to discover some of the region’s incredible flora and fauna with nearby nature walks.

Accommodation options include self-contained farm-style cottages, campgrounds as well as powered caravan and motorhome sites. Taunton also features an adventure playground, wireless internet and free gas barbecues.





Park in profile: Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

By Australia / Gold Coast / Queensland /

Where: Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park, 66-86 Siganto Drive, Helensvale, Queensland, set on 32 acres right in the heart of Queensland’s famous theme park world.
10 words or less: Theme parks! Beautiful villas. Awesome resort pool, waterslide and café.
The lowdown: Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park is close to all the action with beautiful villas, ample grassy sites for vans and tents, and is pet friendly. With such wide open spaces, it’s the perfect place to park your Brisbane campervan rental.
Though there’s much to explore outside including Wet N Wild, Movie World, The Outback Spectacular, White Water World and Dreamworld, as well as the heart of Surfer’s Paradise not to far away by car, the park offers plenty of reasons to stay inside: including one of the best resort style pools you’ll find in Queensland with a 1.5 storey waterslide, poolside cabanas, an inflatable screen for movies under the stars, a cool BMX track, tennis court and buggies.
“We’re the only holiday park on the Gold Coast where you can bring your dog, walk to the theme parks, camp by the riverside and see native wildlife including koalas and kangaroos right outside your tent or cabin,” owner Theo Whitmont was quoted as saying in Escape magazine.
Accommodation options range from spacious ensuite and powered riverfront sites, to luxury villas and cabins. The park has a valet parking service for all visitors, including a golf buggy ride to your cabin or van site.


Splash out in Swan Hill this summer

By Victoria /

THERE’S no better way to splash out over summer on your next road trip than by parking your campervan rental at a Big4 Park – especially one with a Splash Park!

Holiday caravan park chain Big4 has plenty of these water wonders around Australia to pick from, including Big4 Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort in Queensland, Beachlands Holiday Park in Western Australia and BIG4 Saltwater @ Yamba Holiday Park in New South Wales.

While the weather’s chillier down south, Victoria does get some serious heat from late December through to early April and the state now has a new water world in the neighborhood. Those who hit the road in their Melbourne campervan hire and arrive at BIG4 Swan Hill about four hours later will have a beaut way to cool off thanks to the opening of a new $800,000 Splash Park. The zero-depth multi-level aquatic play area is ramping up the family fun-o-meter with three water slides, an 8.5-metre super splash tipping bucket, spray cannons, interactive ground sprays, and play equipment to keep kids splashing about for hours on end. The complex also has protected toddlers’ areas outside of the range of spray cannons and a soft fall surface.

Clare O’Bryan, owner of BIG4 Swan Hill, is excited about what the Splash Park brings to the Murray River town for holidayers.

“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to bring something totally different to Swan Hill. Our guests, as well as a lot of Swan Hill locals are always on the lookout for activities to keep the kids entertained, especially over the school holidays,” says Clare. “Ours will be one of the first water parks in a holiday park in Victoria and we’re expecting to see an increase of at least 20 percent in bookings once it opens. We’re hoping to bring more visitors to Swan Hill and encourage them to stay longer to enjoy our new Splash Park and all our other fun, family-friendly facilities while they explore the region.”

In addition to the Splash Park, BIG4 Swan Hill offers a relaxed family friendly environment with facilities including a giant jumping pillow, playground, pool, games room, purpose built bike track, beach volleyball court and go-kart hire.

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Aussies flocking to the campervanning, caravanning and camping lifestyle


TOUGHER economic times no doubt means Aussies are steering clear of what remains in their wallets but, according to the Caravan, RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia, many people are “rediscovering the simple pleasures of time spent together, on the road caravanning, campervanning and camping”. Numbers are well and truly on the rise for people hitting the road as they hand for caravan parks and camping grounds in every state. In fact, they have been for years, and now’s as good a time as any to try a DriveNow campervan rental when bargains are on the boil every week and we move towards warmer weather.

Just as the CRVA launches a new campaign for Australians to “experience caravanning and camping” – check out the free new ebook at at the website – everyone from single travellers to couples and families are flocking to caravan holiday parks, which, according to CRVA marketing manager Keelan Howard says “have long been places where holidaymakers have enjoyed each other’s company; friendly faces waving hello, sharing a beer during happy hour, mums and dads chatting about where they’ve been and where they’re going and kids running off to explore together”.

As any roadtripping campervanner knows, an Australian road trip is priceless. And if you haven’t ventured into a caravan or campervan lately, you’re in for a surprise. As Howard points out: “These days they come with entertainment systems, flat-screen TVs, DVDs, large fridge, reverse-cycle air conditioner, and even a Sat Nav.Caravan holiday parks have upgraded too, adding top-of-the-line cabins, swimming pools, playgrounds, internet kiosks, tourist information centres, conference centres, playgrounds and high-end cabins.”

In the CRVA’s new ebook aimed at newcomers or those interested in rediscovering this holiday type, they point out how many caravan holiday parks also offer several activities that provide guests with more opportunities to make new friends, including such things as outdoor movies, bushwalking and bird watching groups, learn to surf lessons and free morning teas or sausage sizzles.

There’s something for everyone. After all, there are more than 2,500 caravan holiday parks around the country, each offering something unique, and priced to suit all budgets.

“The look may be new, but the caravan holiday park experience remains unchanged. People come to relax, get back to nature and get-together with family and friends – and make some new friends along the way,” Howard says.

The CRVA was happy to share with DriveNow some top tips for choosing a caravan park:

No.1: Look for holiday parks that suit your needs, interests and hobbies.Some cater more so to young families, some to those travelling with pets, while others are great spots for those looking for a quiet, romantic escape. Most caravan/holiday parks today have very good websites with useful information and photos to help you get a better idea of what the park offers

No.2: Don’t be shy – say hello to your new neighbours, share a cuppa or invite them to your cabin, camp or campervan site for a meal and a chat. By exchanging  stories you’ll pick up suggestions on places to see and routes to take while having a great time.

No.3: Get involved in social activities or organised tours if they have them, and don’t be afraid to try a new activity – you might just uncover a hidden talent!





Pick up a car rental and go cruisin’ with your pooch

By Australia / Brisbane / Cairns / Gold Coast / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

WANTING a road trip and accommodation for the whole family, four-legged friends included?

Gone are the days when pet-friendly accommodation consisted of mildew walls and flea ridden couches, or when you had to re-mortgage your home to pay the kennel to keep your beloved pooch fed, watered and entertained.

These days, there are a range of pet friendly holiday accommodation options that will ensure fun for all the family, two and four legged creatures alike.

With pooch in your Gold Coast hire car, head for the hinterland and beach all rolled into one in the beautiful areas surrounding Byron Bay. Nestled on the exclusive Tallow Beach, Puri Pantali House affords absolute beachfront location in luxury Balinese style.  The house has four bedrooms, each with ensuite, catering for up to eight people comfortably.  Open plan living and a kitchen complete with state of the art appliances will ensure you feel right at home.   A private salt water solar heated pool will keep the kids entertained, while the stone paved pergola area and tropical gardens provide a romantic setting for adults.  Best of all, pets are welcome! $1000 – $2000 per night.

Cape Otway Cottages – Great Ocean Road Victoria

Providing creature comforts for four legged and two legged creatures alike, Cape Otway Cottages is a short drive in your Melbourne car rental along the famous Great Ocean Road.  The 60-acre property provides plenty of great walks for man and beast.  As you crack a bottle of champagne to celebrate your arrival, your pampered pooch will also have reason to celebrate, with a comfy bed next to the wood fire, silver service dog bowls and complimentary dog treats provided.  With an array of different cottage options of varying sizes, you are sure to find something that sill suit your family.  Prices start from $225 per night.

Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park, Queensland

Between Cairns and Townsville lies Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park.  The quiet fishing village provides the perfect backdrop to a dream family camping escape as you scoot off in your Cairns hire car or Brisbane car rental and into paradise. The Park offers self-contained cabins and large private sites, set among long deserted dog friendly beaches, salt water swimming pool and an array of great fishing spots.  Self contained cabins form $65 per night, powered camp sites from $22 and unpowered camp sites from $19.

Peppermint Tree Lodge, Peppermint Grove Beach, Western Australia

Half-way between Bunbury and Busselton, Peppermint Tree Lodge offers oceanfront accommodation just 40 meters from the beach.  Choose from three uniquely designed houses and a spa villa, all air conditioned and with wood fires to keep you comfortable no matter what time of the year you visit.  Pets are allowed inside and there is a dog beach directly in front of the house.  Relax and keep an eye out for dolphins from the luxury of your own Jacuzzi style outdoor spa. Prices start at $250 a night.

By Scott Podmore and Karly Hickman