Culture

Aug
30
2017

Things to do along the Santos Tour Down Under route

By Australia / South Australia /

The Santos Tour Down Under is a world-class, international cycling event. The nine-day festival celebrates everything to do with cycling. Athletes travel from all over to cover 860 kilometres in an attempt to win Australia’s great cycling race. There’s no reason why you can’t explore attractions along the route when you’re not watching the race. If you’re heading to the region in January then definitely shop around for some of the best Adelaide car hire deals with DriveNow.  Here are our top picks for what to do while tagging along for the Santos Tour. Stroll through Victoria Square The People’s Choice Classic sees competitors ride around the city centre. While you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth checking out iconic attractions like Victoria Square. This central park is a great place to explore on foot. You can either bring your own picnic or check out one of the many trendy cafes nearby. At the west side of the square is the Adelaide Central Market, which is South…

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Aug
07
2017

Bathurst: 5 things to do on your next trip to the Central Tablelands

By Australia / New South Wales /

Bathurst is a gem of a destination in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales. Many Australians head to New South Wales for Sydney and the beaches but fewer travellers venture west of the coast. As you’ll discover with Bathurst, there are historical sites, breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders hidden in this part of the state. All you need to do is check out the DriveNow website for a cheap car hire deal from Sydney Airport. Drive about 200km west and you’ll reach your destination. Here are five things to do when you’re there. Abercrombie House (pictured) You can explore one of the region’s heritage treasures with a tour guide or at your own pace.This Scottish-baronial mansion, which was build in the 1870s, features 50 rooms, exhibitions and displays. There’s also 18 hectares of gardens with walking trails through beautiful landscapes. National Motor Racing Museum Mount Panorama is the scene of one of the world’s most famous motor races. Right…

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Jul
24
2017

The best of Birmingham in the English summer

By UK /

English summer in Birmingham is absolutely glorious. The city in West Midlands is one of the greenest in all of England, with more than 3,000 hectares of green park spaces. It also has more kilometres of canals than Venice! There’s also plenty of activities to keep you busy in Birmingham during the summer months. Snap up one of DriveNow’s great car hire deals at Birmingham Airport and add these ideas to your bucket list. Aston Hall Aston Hall is one of the last great architectural masterpieces from the Jacobean era. This seventeenth century red-brick mansion overlooks a gorgeous public park. Step back in time by joining a guided tour, who explains Aston Hall’s history as you walk through the detailed interiors. Learn about those who lived here and the 1637 government attack on these walls. If you want to relax and admire the site’s beauty in peace, take a stroll in Lady Holte’s Garden. Kingsbury Water Park Drive half an…

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Jul
15
2017

Dallas activities you must experience in Texas

By Texas / United States /

There are plenty of Dallas activities suitable for all travellers. This city continues to amaze millions of tourists every year. The stadiums, the museums, the food portions in the restaurants – everything is so big! If you’re heading to the deep south, make sure you find yourself a great car hire deal before checking out some of the best Dallas activities on offer. Join a JKF history tour One of the must-do Dallas activities is a history tour that’s all about one of US history’s most famous presidents, John F Kennedy. Dealey Plaza is perhaps the most famous site, as it’s where he was shot dead in 1963. There are other significant sites as well, such as the theatre where assassin Lee Harvey Oswald fled to after the shooting. Hire a local guide who can fill you in on the grim but fascinating history. Dig in with a food tour Explore some of the most trendy restaurants and bars that Dallas…

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Jun
09
2017

Quirky Paris attractions you must visit

By Europe / Paris /

You know of all the most famous Paris attractions. There’s the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and The Louvre, to name a few. But did you know there are so many unconventional things to see and do. Find a cheap car hire deal at Paris Airport so you can travel off the well-worn path to experience these quirky Paris attractions. Explore the Catacombes de Paris Authorities believe more than 300 km of tunnels exist underneath the streets of Paris. This maze of tunnels are full of mystery and some areas are open to public tours. It includes a section that has the skeletal remains of millions of Parisians, dating back to the 18th Century when cemeteries were getting full. Go souvenir shopping at the Saint-Ouen Flea Market Love shopping? Then the Saint-Ouen Flea Market is definitely worth including on your list of things to do in Paris. It’s not far from the Sacre Coeur Basilica in North Paris. It was once…

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Mar
16
2017

New York dreaming – 5 famous attractions in the Big Apple

By New York /

New York City is one of America’s greatest cities. It’s at the top of nearly every traveller’s list. Whether you’re searching for love in the Big Apple, moving there to follow your dreams or simply stopping by for a quick tour of the city, NYC is an amazing experience for everyone who ventures there. When you land in New York, hire a car from JFK airport and make your way to these famous attractions. Times Square It’s one of New York City’s most iconic attractions (main image, picture: JoeBuglewicz). No trip to the city is complete unless you’ve immersed yourself into the hustle and bustle of Times Square. About 330,000 people walk through Times Square every single day. It’s big, the flashing neon lights are bright and the experience is priceless. Costumed characters and musicians also help bring this area to life during the day and night. You can visit Times Square at any time, although the billboards look best when…

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Feb
15
2017

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…

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Nov
30
2016

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

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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…

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Nov
29
2016

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…

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Nov
14
2016

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…

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Oct
12
2016

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…

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Sep
15
2016

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…

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