Festivals in WA that you can’t miss

By Australia / Western Australia /

Have you ever considered travelling to Western Australia for festivals? Well, if you haven’t then now is the time to do it.

Different music, art and other cultural festivals run year-round, thanks to Western Australia’s generally sunny weather.

Hire a campervan from Perth Airport with DriveNow and make your way to any of these great events for your next holiday.

Perth International Arts Festival

10 February – 5 March 2017
You won’t have to travel far to be part of one of the state’s most popular events. PIAF is the longest running event of its kind and it has been going every year since 1953. Half a million people attend every year to admire new works and connect with artists from across the world.

South West Craft Beer Festival

11 February 2017
Think live music, amazing food and even better craft beer. This year will see the biggest line-up of breweries take part in this unique event. It’s held in the perfect location of Busselton, with the South West becoming one of the fastest growing micro-brewery region. Choose from more than 100 refreshing local brews, including light or dark ales, chilli beer and fruity sensations.

Castaway Festival

12 February, 2017
For one day Rottnest Island turns into the perfect outdoor setting for a party. The stage backdrop is the beautiful, postcard perfect Thompson’s Bay. The latest electronic music pumps all day as partigoers enjoy the beach vibes. This year’s line-up includes Rüfüs, Rüfüs Du Sol, the Kite String Tangle, Yuma X and Pilerats DJs.

Blues at Bridgetown

10-12 November 2017
About 270km south of Perth on the Blackwood River is the pretty country town of Bridgetown. Blues at Bridgetown has become an iconic event in this part of the world, where volunteers keep the event alive. It’s one of the first blues festivals in Australia, and it definitely earns its reputation as one of the best. Bridgetown showcases some amazing international acts as well as up-and-coming local talent.

Perth International Jazz Festival

26-28 May 2017
Perth’s premier jazz event returns for only a weekend every year, but it’s sure to be a weekend unlike any other. The thrilling jazz performances showcase the best local, national and international talent. There’s something for everyone too, with many free community events to promote the amazing world of jazz.

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Noosa food scene is one of the hottest on the east coast


NOOSA is renowned for its sun, surf and endless summer, but the food scene is not only one of the hottest on the Sunshine Coast, but up there with the best on the entire east coast.

There are plenty of excuses to catch a cheap flight to the sunshine state, nab a Noosa people mover rental and head north to this pearl in the east.

Try these foodie favourites when you’re not hitting the sand and surf.

Betty’s Burgers (below) – Surf rats, tourists and locals are swamping what is becoming known as the king of the burger craze Down Under and it really doesn’t disappoint amid the Hastings St hive of activity. Great relaxed vibe and hearty burgers are the force here, including crispy chicken, shroom burgers, and Betty’s Classic options among many more. Wash it down with a filling thickshake (try the peanut butter!) and that’s before you unbuckle the belt for a crack at Betty’s amazing Concrete dessert masterpieces – hot fudge doughnuts, lemon raspberry cheesecake, and peanut butter brittle choices complementing the rich and creamy custard ice-cream base. YUM! Check out Billy and Josh’s form recently during a school holiday adventure (video). More


Bordertown BBQ & Taquería –  Discover a blend of breakfast, tacos, burgers, booze, and low and slow barbecue at Bordertown with food inspired by the Southern States of the USA and across the border in Mexico.   Enjoy the Acapulco Deck at the front overlooking the Noosa river or dine inside in rib shack chic.

Moto – Custom bikes and surfing culture, craft beer, specialty coffee and a boutique menu that takes you from morning through to late awaits you at the Noosa Junction’s newest and hippest café, Moto.   Enjoy the pizza truck and live beats on a Sunday afternoon or the Friday night Taco Club.

Providore on Hastings (pictured top) – Stock up on gourmet groceries, coffee and fresh meals at Providore on Hastings.  From gourmet sandwiches, salads and everything you need for the perfect cheese platter. Showcasing local producers such as Woombye Cheese, Eumundi Meats, Hum Honey, Noosa Fish Providore, Tanglewood Bakery and many more.  They also offer a boutique licensed outdoor café space located in the Netanya Noosa lobby.

The Cooking School Noosa – offers exclusive classes with chefs from Wasabi Restaurant and Bar as well as guest chefs from around the country. Classes include Contemporary Japanese, Classic French and Modern South East Asian, with workshops on topics including French Patisserie, Artisan Bread Making, Preserving and Pickling, Tea Appreciation and other specialty techniques also featuring on the class schedule.




Seven new attractions in Melbourne in 2017

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

THERE’S a big problem when comes to visitors wanting to explore Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city. With so many diverse and big drawcard attractions, where the hell do you start and what do you see and do? For someone arriving in our state via the air, jumping in a Melbourne airport car rental, and setting forth for adventure and discovery, the good news is while there’s a plethora of old favourites to choose from perhaps a good idea is to look forward to what’s going to be new in 2017.

The Visit Victoria gang say food and wine will at the fore when the city plays host to the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards; visitors will be taken to new heights with the launch of The Eagle at Arthurs Seat and the MCG’s new zipline and roof walk; existing events will be injected with new life; and there will be more ways to experience wildlife, and more reasons to hit the water than ever before – not to mention new places to eat, drink, sleep and be merry.

Here are seven beauties to pop on your to-do list next time you’re cruising around Melbourne and surrounds.

One … Arthurs Seat Eagle
Launching just now (December 2016) just in time for the busy summer season, the much-anticipated gondola ride will allow visitors to get a bird’s eye view of the Mornington Peninsula. The Arthurs Seat Eagle will have 24 gondolas and the ride will take 15 minutes each way, reaching a summit of 314 metres.

Two … Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts

For the first time ever Melbourne will host the Asia Triennial of Performing Arts (TOPA) from 13 February to 6 March. The festival of Asian-focused performance and culture will present performing, visual, screen and literary arts programs, commissioned works and collaborations between Australian artists, and artists from the region. It will be hosted at and with Melbourne arts venues and companies including Arts Centre Melbourne, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Federation Square, and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Three … White Night Ballarat

For the first time ever, White Night Melbourne will be joined by a regional counterpart, with the inaugural White Night Ballarat set to take place on 4 March – two weeks after the Melbourne event. White Night Ballarat will showcase the city’s heritage streetscape in a whole new light with projections on some of the city’s most historic buildings. In another first, both events will be under the artistic direction of David Atkins OAM.

Four … Food Truck Heaven

The City of Melbourne will establish five permanent food-truck precincts in March, which will house a mix of 17 permanent and rotating trucks. The sites will be on St Kilda Road (outside the NGV and Arts Centre); Peel Street (next to the Queen Victoria Market); Les Erdi Plaza on the Yarra River (near Arbory Bar & Eatery); Batman Park (opposite Crown); and the underpass on the corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets.

Five … World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards

One of the world’s most prestigious food award ceremonies will take place at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building on 5 April. Melbourne. The annual World’s 50 Best Restaurant ranking has become the most coveted lists for the world’s best chefs. As the official host city of the 2017 event, and only the third host city in the world (after London and New York), more than 800 of the world’s culinary elite will descend on Melbourne – cementing the city’s reputation as a global food destination and trend-setter. The annual Melbourne Food & Wine Festival will coincide with this major international awards program, positioning Victoria at the centre of a celebration of food and drink culture on a scale never before seen in Australia.

Six … Legoland

Australia’s first Legoland discovery centre will open at Chadstone Shopping Centre in autumn. Specifically designed for families with children aged three to 10 years old, it will include two Lego rides, five themed ‘build and play’ zones, build classes from the Legoland master model builder, special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations, a 4D cinema, and an exhibit designed to reflect Melbourne’s buildings, skyline, and landmarks.

Seven … MCG Zipline & Roof Walk (pictured)

Plans are currently underway to develop a new Roof Walk at the MCG. The new attraction will allow visitors to walk on the roof of the iconic MCG, taking in spectacular views of the ground itself, as well as Melbourne’s sporting precinct more broadly and the city skyline. A zipline will also be added to transport thrill-seekers from the city-end scoreboard to a landing on the opposite side of the stadium. It is anticipated the attraction will launch in 2017.

SCOTT PODMORE (with VisitVictoria)


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 Airport 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 morning ray’s over the valley’s rolling hills. It’s the perfect activity for a romantic weekend away. The views are breathtaking as you float along with the breeze. You’re sure to remember this special moment for the rest of your life.

Chateau Tanunda

Australia’s oldest and largest chateau is known as the Icon of the Barossa Valley. Hence why you can’t leave the region without visiting this attraction. Chateau Tanunda was built around 1890 and has since become famous for handcrafting some of the region’s finest drops. You can also explore the vineyard and gardens as you soak up the amazing scenery.

Barossa Farmers Market

You don’t know fresh food until you’ve tried the Barossa Valley’s homegrown specials. Fresh food comes straight from the farms and onto the market shelves. Locals travel to Agnaston for their weekly grocery shop. But the market is increasingly growing in popularity among tourists. You’ll find fruit, vegetables, breads, honeys, nuts, oils and more. Fill up your basket and create one of the best homemade dishes of you life. Not only will your partner enjoy a meal made with love, but you’re also giving back to Aussies who work hard to feed the nation.

The Barossa Trail

Many people love to explore the valley’s gorgeous scenery by foot or bike. Pack some snacks and plenty of water as your spend the day moving from town to town. The trail is 40km long and connects the Barossa Ranges to the Adelaide Plains. It treats you to charming riverside views and the natural beautiful of the agricultural landscape. A popular part of the exercise is stopping by the towns to sample some fine wine on the way back.



Four museums in Melbourne you must visit

By Australia / Melbourne /

Melbourne is home to world class museums. They all offer an exciting educational experience. Instead of just reading about history and humanity’s greatest accomplishments in print, you can actually see them for yourself in person at one of these unique museums.

New exhibitions are always coming and going, which means it’s always a good time to visit. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and pencil in a date to explore one of these venues.

Melbourne Museum (pictured)
This venue is perhaps the city’s most famous museum. Almost every Victorian child has visited the Melbourne Museum at some point. It has won many awards and is home to an extensive collection of natural and cultural artefacts. Some of the most enjoyable memories include getting close to Australia’s most famous racehorse Phar Lap or walking through an indoor rainforest. You can also watch a 3D documentary on the IMAX Theatre’s eight storey high screen.

National Gallery of Victoria
You’ll discover more than 68,000 works of art spread between NGV International’s site in Southbank and Federation Square. The artistic marvels include Australian, Indigenous, Asian and European paintings and sculptures. The art museum was founded in 1861, making it Australia’s oldest and most visited art museum.

Old Melbourne Gaol
Back in the mid-1800s when the gaol was first built, it dominated the Melbourne skyline. It stood as a symbol of authority, where the most dangerous criminals where housed alongside the homeless and mentally ill. Today, skyscrapers surround the gaol. However, it’s fascinating stories of what occurred behind these walls remain. Take a tour of the gaol to find out which infamous prisoners were held here. You can even take a night tour and see the gaol by candlelight if you’re brave enough!

National Sports Museum
Celebrate Australia’s rich sporting history at the iconic MCG. It’s home to the country’s largest collection of sporting memorabilia from some of our greatest heros. There’s something for everybody inside. There are also school holiday activities for the children and an interactive gallery. There’s also the chance to test your footy skills against some of the best AFL players and compare your strengths against elite athletes.

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Discover Launceston and surrounds

By Australia / Tasmania /

Launceston is one of the most beautiful places worth discovering in northern Tasmania. This gorgeous riverside city is full of charm and history. Immerse yourself in Launceston and surrounds and tick these four activities off your adventure list.

All you need to do is hire a car from Launceston Airport and check out these highlights.

The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
This museum features over 100 years’ of stylish automobiles. Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Jaguar are some of the big brands you’ll get to admire. The upper level of the museum is home to many motorcycles. It’s a must-visit for rev-heads who are keen to learn about history and the technological advances over time. There’s also a chance to take home some memorabilia.

Tamar Valley wineries
The Tamar Valley stretches from the rolling hills surrounding Launceston to the beautiful beaches of the Bass Strait. The valley is home to forests, vineyards and orchards, which makes it the perfect destination to relax and sample fine wine. You’ll find award-winning wineries throughout the valley. At the heart of the region is the Tamar Valley Wine Route, which is the oldest wine region in Tasmania. You’ll find winery after winery, all noted for Chardonnay, Pinor Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Riesling.

Launceston Tramway Museum
Step back in time by taking part in a 1940s tram ride at the Launceston Tramway Museum. Live part of the state’s history as you travel along the Inveresk precinct rail track past beautiful forests and valleys. It took seven years to restore Launceston’s only surviving double bogie tram. While here, you can also explore the museum’s large, modern display gallery.

Cataract Gorge
Locals call it “The Gorge” and it’s just minutes from the city centre. Travel a pathway along the cliff face, which looks down onto the South Esk River. It was originally built in the 1890s. There’s also a swimming pool and open area on the southern side of the First Basin. You’ll also discover hiking trails, gardens and wildlife, cafes and the gorge’s famous chairlift.

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Don’t miss these Melbourne Cup Carnival events

By Australia / Melbourne /

Springtime in Melbourne is one of the most exciting times of the year. Fashion, fine dining and racing all combine for an exciting season, which finishes with the Melbourne Cup.

Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and make sure you don’t miss these events this racing season.

Cox Plate
October 21 at Moonee Valley Racecourse
There’s a reason the Cox Plate is known for being ‘the race where legends are made’. The Cox Plate was first run in 1922. Since then, there have only been three horses who won the Melbourne Cup and went on to win the Cox Plate – Phar Lap, Might and Power and Makybe Diva. There’s something for every racegoer, whether you want a day of fine fining or a family picnic on the lawn and you watch hours of excitement on the track unfold.

Caulfield Cup
October 15 at Caulfield Racecourse
The Caulfield Cup has become one of the country’s richest Thoroughbred horse races. The 2400m race is considered one of the great horse races on the Australian calendar. It’s also the richest turf race for that distance in the world, with prize money worth $3m.

Oaks Day
November 3 at Flemington Racecourse
Crown Oaks Day has long been known as ‘ladies’ day’. Women flock to Flemington in their most expensive and majestic pieces to indulge in glamorous fashion, fine food and racing. It’s one of the biggest days in fashion, with the highlight of the day being the Myer Fashions on the Field. Apart from the social occasion, the racing highlight is the Group 1 Crown Oaks with $1m in prize money.

Emirates Stakes Day
November 5 at Flemington Racecourse
This is known as the ‘family day’ of the Spring Racing Carnival. There’s the Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field for younger racegoers along with live entertainment. There are also free activities for children of all ages. While on the track it’s a packed day of exciting action, including the $2m Group 1 Emirates Stakes.

Melbourne Cup Day
November 1 at Flemington Racecourse
The Melbourne Cup is ‘the race that stops the nation’ well and truly. People from all over the country have their eyes glued on the screen at 3pm as up to 24 horses gallop more than 3,200m to take out the prestigious title. The race has been running since 1861 and even earned the title of a public holiday in 1877, truly making it a part of Australian culture.



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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Great road trips from Paris


Most people travel to France to see Paris, one of the world’s most famous cities. But few take advantage of the chance to hire a car in Paris and discover this beautiful country by road at their own pace.

Here are five great road trips from Paris. Remember, allow extra time because you’re sure to come across plenty of unexpected wonders.

Normandy (pictured)

Travel two and a half hours west of Paris and you’ll discover one of the country’s most beautiful coastal drives. There are several landmarks, from the famous island monastery Mont-Saint-Michel to the so-called D-Day beaches where some of the most dreadful scenes of World War Two took place. Another place to stop includes the colourful town of Honfleur, which inspired impressionist arists like Claude Monet.


Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is a popular resort area near the border of Italy and Switzerland. Mont Blanc is the highest summit in the Alps, making it the ideal place for snow-based activities, while also offering panoramic views. It’s a six hour drive south-east of Paris. Along the way, stop at Avallon. It’s a quaint community, situated at the edge of the Moran Forest, and it comes alive when the market comes to town on Saturdays. You can also make a short detour to Lyon, a large city with architecture up to 2000 years old.

Loire Valley

The stunning Loire Valley is located in central France, just two hours south west of Paris. This region is famous for its beautiful and extravagant palaces, which were once home to kings, queens and others from the noble class. These structures are so magnificent, that they’ve earned the Loire Valley the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region is also famous for its wineries.

French Riviera

Travel seven and a half hours south on your way to the beautiful French Riviera and you’ll come across the lovely city of Montpellier. There are plenty of sites to see, from museums, gardens and historic monuments. Continue further south and drive along the coast to Nice. Along the way you’ll go through the Camargues, which are home to great vineyards and famous white wild horses. Then you’ll pass picture perfect towns of Marseille and Cassis, before making your way to the famous Nice or Monte Carlo nearby.


The trip to this tiny European country, which is bordered by Belgium, France and Germany, is well worthwhile. It’s a three and a half hour drive west of Paris, taking you through the lovely Champagne-Ardenne region. You’ll want to spend days at your destination. But some of the highlights along the way inclue the city of Reims, which is at the heart of the Champagne wine-growing region, and Verdun. Situated along the banks of the Meuse River, Verdun is home to one of the most famous battles of World War One. The Douaumont Ossuary in the town is home to the remains of more than 100,000 soldiers.




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 (pictured)

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 out 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 showbags, 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 five days in October. It showcases established and up-and-coming local designers. There are several designer runways hosting 20 events. The focus is on creativity and unique style – something Adelaide designers never shy away from.

Adelaide Film Festival

This international film festival was established in 2003. It’s held over two weeks in mid October every second year. It showcases some of Australia’s best new talent. It also launches new films and art to international audiences. This event continues to grow every year.

Victor Harbour Rock ’n’ Roll Festival

This September you can literally dance the weekend away at Victor Harbour. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival runs in the heart of one of South Australia’s most gorgeous seaside towns. This free festival is just a short drive from Adelaide. It boasts live rock ‘ n’ roll music over three stages. It also has more than 500 vehicle displays, market stalls, memorabilia and more.

Also discover 5 things to do near McLaren Vale or Fly to Adelaide and drive to 5 great regions



5 reasons to visit Stoke-on-Trent

By UK /

Hire a car to best explore Stoke-on-Trent. The Staffordshire city, which is widely known as ‘Stoke’, is the much-loved home of England’s pottery industry. Tick these five things off your list when you visit Stoke-on-Trent.

Gladstone Pottery Museum (pictured)
As mentioned, the city is famous for its pottery. Therefore, how could you possibly visit the city without exploring the industry’s unique history in the area? At this museum you’ll learn how ceramics have been created over the years, and what conditions were like for the workers. There are daily demonstrations before you’re offered the opportunity to have a go yourself. Even more special, this is the last complete Victorian pottery factory left in England.

Churnet Valley Railway
This rural line traverses stunning countryside, which has become known as Staffordshire’s “Little Switzerland”. The Churnet Valley Railway allows you to step back in time with this 11 mile return journey through valleys and forests. You’ll also stop at towns such as Cheddleton, which is the railway’s base of operations and motive power.

Trentham Monkey Forest
Step into a forest with more than 140 monkeys. They roam the park in complete freedom, so you’ll see them swinging from trees and walking in your path. Guides take you through the area, explaining the history of the park as well as information about how these animals live in the wild. it’s an educational and enjoyable day out, and is situated inside the Trentham Estate.

Trentham Shopping Village
This cute area is perfect for a day of shopping. With 60 timber lodges which house not only shops, but some of the best cafes and restaurants around, Trentham Shopping Village has something for everyone. We highly recommend heading into the hear of the village to try out the famous Welsh ice cream at Cadwaladers, or dine alfresco by the river. Then there are plenty of independent shops with unique gifts.

The area is home to many great walking tracks, which aren’t constantly filled with walkers. All you need are runners and for the weather to be on your side. Some of the best include the Biddulph Grange Country Park, which takes you through National Trust gardens. If you like flower fields, then you’ll also love walking through Consall Hall Gardens. Then there’s the Dane Valley Way, which takes you to stunning waterfalls and the gorgeous town of Buxton.



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.