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Oct
26
2018

Halloween Adventures in New South Wales

By New South Wales /

New South Wales is the oldest state in Australia, so it’s no surprise that it’s home to many supernatural sightings. From haunted isolated hospitals to dark and eerie caves, or the nation’s most haunted house, the state has plenty of spooky places to scare yourself silly on your Halloween car adventure with DriveNow. Q Station It may be in a beautiful setting but don’t let Q Station’s looks fool you, this historic quarantine station has a gloomy past rooted with suffering, disease, and isolation. It is said that there are over fifty spirits that wander the isolated hospital. If you’re a believer in the other side or not, the fascinating stories of this place will keep you enthralled. For the very brave book on to the spirit searching sleepover tour for the ultimate Halloween fright. Jenolan Caves The Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains aren’t only known for being one of the largest cave systems in the world, but also…

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Sep
21
2018

Labour Day – Top things to do in NSW this long weekend

By New South Wales /

Another long weekend is almost upon us! On 1st October, it’s Labour Day in New South Wales giving us a much needed long weekend. So, what better way to spend three days off work than by travelling around NSW and experiencing something new? To give you some inspiration on where to go and what to do, we’ve noted our top things to do this long weekend. Balloon Aloft Fiesta (28th – 1st October)   Head to the Hunter this long weekend to see the spectacle of the Balloon Aloft Fiesta fill the skies with a magnificent display of colour. From the 28th September to 1st October, twenty-five or more balloons will take to the sky each morning to drift majestically over the vineyards. You can either follow the excitement from the ground or for an experience of a lifetime, book on to one of the hot air balloons as a passenger. The Celebrations continue on landing at Peterson House Winery…

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Sep
21
2018

Tassie day trips in Spring – within a three hour drive

By Australia / Tasmania /

Tassie day trips are a great enjoyable way to explore the beautiful Tasmanian countryside without breaking the bank. You can enjoy incredible seaside views, go hiking in old forests and dine at historic towns along the way. Browse DriveNow’s selection of cheap car hire deals from Hobart, and embark on one of these Tassie day trips. Salamanca Market Luckily, you won’t have to venture too far from Hobart Airport to enjoy this attraction. The Salamanca Market is an iconic outdoor market, with a picturesque backdrop of yachts and fishing boats. Every Saturday, Hobart’s waterfront comes alive with great food and music as thousands of people browse more than 300 stalls. There’s everything including arts and crafts, fashion, gourmet food and wines. Wineglass Bay (pictured) It’s the number one spot on every itinerary. The good thing to know is if you’re short of time, Wineglass Bay is easily manageable as one of your Tassie day trips in Spring. It’s about a two and a half…

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Sep
15
2018

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) (29th September) 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 (22nd September – 2nd October) The show is perhaps Victoria’s most iconic event. There are colourful lights, exhibits, rides and 450,000 people who pack the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds for eleven days in September. There are exciting activities, plenty of competition and pop up restaurants of some of the city’s…

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Sep
07
2018

Adelaide’s unmissable events in Spring

By Adelaide / Australia /

Adelaide is known for its amazing food, wine and culture. Spring is the best time of year to visit Adelaide, as the city comes alive to celebrate those things. Hire a car from the Airport and get ready for these spring events. OzAsia Festival  The OzAsia Festival has been touted as Australia’s premier Asia-focused arts festival. It runs between September and early October. It offers the latest in dance, music, film, theatre and visual arts outside of Asia. Its flagship event is the Moon Lantern Festival, where thousands of people will gather to watch Australia’s largest lantern parade. Royal Adelaide Show South Australians will flock to the Royal Adelaide Show every September. It’s one of the state’s biggest entertainment events of the year. There’s something for everyone at the show. Mystery show bags, live entertainments and thrilling rides are always popular. Every night there are fireworks to celebrate this iconic event on the city’s calendar. Adelaide Fashion Festival This fashion festival celebrates innovative design and style. The festival runs over…

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May
18
2018

Vivid Sydney Drive Now Spotify Playlist

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Vivid Sydney 2018 Heading to Sydney during May or June? Well, you’re in for a treat as Sydney’s annual light, music and arts festival, Vivid Sydney is here from 25th May to 16th June. The world’s leading artists and Imagineers come together to illuminate the city in a truly immersive light spectacle. Now, in its 10th year, Vivid 2018 is one that won’t disappoint. From the illuminating pathways around The Royal Botanic Garden to the breathtaking light art at Barangaroo, there’s plenty to see by foot. Or, for an unforgettable experience take a harbour boat cruise and see the jewels of the city around Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Luna Park and Harbour Bridge. Now, Vivid isn’t just about the brilliant light shows, Vivid Music also showcases some of the best musical talents at iconic Sydney venues and intimate clubs and bars. To get you in the mood whilst driving to Sydney in your DriveNow car hire, we’ve put together an eclectic…

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May
02
2018

Spring into action with these great Berlin attractions

By Europe / Germany /

Berlin attractions are at their peak in spring. The sun is shining, the parks are green and the streets are alive with smiling locals as the weather warms up. Are you planning a trip to Germany’s capital this spring? Find a cheap deal to hire a car from Berlin Airport and check out these Berlin attractions. Berlin Wall You can’t visit Germany without exploring the world’s most famous wall. For nearly 30 years it was a symbol of the Cold War, dividing Berlin and the world. The destruction of the wall was one of history’s most celebrated moments. As a result, there’s little left of it. There’s a section of the wall that’s about 1km long with more than 100 paintings. They document the city’s history and pay tribute to the lives lost while trying to escape to freedom. Beer Gardens One of the most popular Berlin attractions is the beer gardens. With spring beginning and as more people take…

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Apr
12
2018

Coachella Spotify Playlist

By California /

Coachella returns this weekend for its 18th year and if you’re heading to the infamous music and arts festival, you’re in for a treat with our Coachella Spotify playlist. The festival organisers never fail to disappoint on the eclectic mix of unbelievable music talent, and this year isn’t any different. With three incredible headline acts; Beyonce, The Weeknd and Eminem it’s already set to be an unmissable gig. The Queen B herself had to bow out of the 2017 event due to being pregnant with twins. So, she’s back this year and it’s her first major gig since giving birth which is bound to be as fierce as ever. Headlining on Friday is The Weeknd who has recently dropped his new single, Call Out My Name just in time for his highly-anticipated performance. And, closing the festival on Sunday is the rap god himself, Eminem. After making a comeback in 2017 and collaborating with some huge talent, we wonder if he’ll bring…

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Apr
10
2018

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. If you’re there for the Commonwealth Games and fancy seeing something a little different, hire a car from the Gold Coast and head for the hills. 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…

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Apr
06
2018

5 things to do between Adelaide and the Barossa Valley

By Adelaide / Australia /

The beautiful Barossa Valley is a renowned wine-producing region, famous for its Shiraz. Just northeast of Adelaide you’ll discover rolling green hills, historic towns and high profile vineyards regarded as some of the best in the world. Hire a car from Adelaide and start ticking these items off your bucket list. Murray Street Vineyards Murray Street Vineyards was established in 2001, with the vision of creating unique artisan wines. The Tasting Room and cellars were inspired by early Barossa architecture, making you feel as if you’re entering another era when you step inside. Apart from its lovely interior, the experience is also about the wine. Visitors often rave about the Shiraz, Rose and the Marsanne, to name a few favourites. Hot air balloon rides One of the best ways to experience the beauty of this region is by air. A hot air balloon ride gives you the opportunity to take in the marvellous sight of the sun casting its early…

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Oct
11
2017

Sydney summer events – five reasons you have to be there!

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney events in the summer… It’s the best and busiest time of year to visit. After hiring a car from Sydney Airport make sure you start checking out what’s on the Sydney events calendar during your stay. If you need more convincing, then here are five reasons why you have to be in Sydney this summer! Sydney NYE Sydney is the New Year’s Eve capital of Australia. From here you can be among the first major cities in the world to welcome in the New Year. The city is famous for its midnight fireworks at Sydney Harbour. Each more than one million people come to the various vantage points around the harbour to watch the colourful show and celebrate the end of the year in style. Mardi Gras Coming up in early March is the most colourful LGBTIQ celebration. Held in the heart of the city, the Sydney Mardi Gras draws 70,000 people from across the world. The parade is…

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Sep
28
2017

Top five things to see or do in England this autumn

By UK /

As England leaves behind a lovely summer, many people are more inclined to spend the days indoors. The days may be shorter and the evenings cooler, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel around England to explore some of its best attractions. There are still plenty of great festivals and sights to see around England in autumn. You just need to book one of DriveNow’s great car hire deals from Heathrow Airport and be prepared to get up a little earlier in the morning. Here are our top picks for things to see or do in England this autumn. See the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace It doesn’t matter what month you visit, there’s the iconic Changing of the Guard outside the Queen’s palace every morning at 11.30. This colourful display of marching and music is always popular with tourists. You can also join a tour of Buckingham Palace, which includes a walk through the Queen’s Gallery, State Rooms and afternoon tea….

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