Top 5 things to do in Berlin


This German city has plenty of great things to offer. Hire a car from Berlin Airport and add these five things to your to do list.

Just 25km southwest of Berlin are spectacular gardens and palaces. Spend the day exploring the residences where Prussian kings and German Kaisers lived until 1918. Among the highlights is Sanssouci Palace. Built in 1745, it’s complete with an incredible centre dome, circular rooms at each end and a grand courtyard. You can take a self-guided tour with an audio guide to learn about the fascinating history.

Brandenburg Gate (pictured)
The Brandenburger Tor is an icon of Berlin. It has more than 300 years of history and is one of Germany’s most visited attractions. Since 1989 it’s been a symbol for the reunification of Germany. However, before then it stood for many things, from peace to war and even terror at different points in time. Night is the best time to see the gate, when it’s lit up and there are less people around!

Berlin Wall
You’ll see almost every visitor to Berlin lining up along remaining sections of the Berlin will with a camera. Although the Wall was mostly destroyed in 1990, a restored stretch remains. It’s covered in graffiti artwork, most of which is making a political statement and will give you good insight into the significance of the wall in Germany’s Cold War history.

Grunewald Forest
This is Berlin’s largest forested area. It’s located south-west of Charlotteburg and is the perfect place to explore on foot or by bicycle. You’ll even see some riding through the woods on horseback! When the weather’s warm you can go swimming in the forest’s freshwater lakes, including Wannsee or Schlachtensee. Pack a picnic and you’re all set.

Berlin Cathedral
The Berliner Dom is a magnificent structure and regular catches the wandering eye of visitors to the city. It’s magnificent dome signifies its glory as the largest church in Berlin. It’s architecture is fascinating and dates back to 1894, when building began. It suffered considerable damage during the war but restorations finished in the 1990s.



Grab a van in San Fran and hit the road

By United States /

San Fran is a wonderful place to visit. It’s an even better destination to hire a campervan and head out for a day trip to one of these hotspots.

Santa Cruz
With 46 kilometres of stunning coastline, Santa Cruz Country is the place to be if you want to experience some of California’s greatest beaches. Just under two hours from San Fran you can go surfing, play some beach volleyball, or just simply kick back and relax in the sun. There are also plenty of great beachside cafes and restaurants.

Big Sur (pictured)
Keep driving a bit further, for about another hour, and you’ll come to the tiny seaside town of Big Sur. This particular road trip is all about the journey. Highway 1 winds along the rugged coastline, offering spectacular views of cliffs towering over the ocean for as far as you can see.

Lake Tahoe
Just a four hours’ drive inland from San Francisco is the beautiful Lake Tahoe. It’s where California and Nevada meet. The large freshwater lake offers stunning scenery of beaches, pristine water and snow-capped mountains in the background. Some of the popular activities here include canoeing and fishing.

Yosemite National Park
The views of grand mountains, deep valleys and cascading waterfalls have made Yosemite National Park one of the most popular adventure playgrounds for thrill-seekers from across the world. There are plenty of hiking trails to explore. Rock climbing, camping and bird watching are other popular activities here.

Anderson Valley

Head north to Anderson Valley for incredible scenery of green rolling hills. It’s also the perfect destination if you’re looking for an authentic wine-tasting experience. The valley is known for its Pinot Noir, and some of the best places to stop include Goldeneye Lula Cellars and Phillips Hill. The best thing about Anderson Valley is you won’t find as many tourists as Napa and Sonoma.

Gold Country
Journey to the heart of California’s Gold Country. Drive two and a half hours northeast of San Fran and you’ll find the historic town of Grass Valley. Base yourself here to explore nearby attractions such as the Empire Mine State Historic Park. There, you can discover the history of the state’s once-richest gold mine.

Drive about two hours south of San Francisco off Highway 101 to explore California’s newest national park. The Pinnacles is heaven for any adventure-seeker. It has several hikes, including the High Peaks Trail, which offer panoramic views of rock formations and vast grasslands. There are also ancient caves waiting to be explored.

Half Moon Bay
Just under an hour from San Francisco, Half Moon Bay is a convenient and leisurely drive. Locals say it’s the perfect place to be if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Browse some local shops or art galleries, or perhaps ride a horse on the beach as part of a guided tour. Whatever you choose to do, it should be relaxing.



7 ways to discover Belfast

By UK /

Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, is a destination with plenty of discoveries to be made. Hire a car from Belfast Airport and enjoy these seven great activities.

Hike through Cave Hill
Cave Hill Country Park offers magnificent panoramas of Belfast. There are walking trails suitable for all people of all fitness levels. It also has five caves on the side of its cliffs, which are full of archaeological and historical attractions, such as Belfast Castle. The most famous feature is Napoleon’s Nose, which locals say inspired Jonathan Swift’s story, Gulliver’s Travels.

Pub hopping
Spend a night hopping from pub to pub. After all, the Irish are known for their ability to drink whiskey! There’s plenty to choose from but if you’re stuck for ideas, start your pub crawl at the Crown Liquor Saloon. Then make your way to The Duke of York, which is set on one of the city’s oldest streets and decked out with original mirrors and memorabilia.

Tour Parliament Buildings
Parliament Buildings are open to the public Monday to Friday and when the Assembly is sitting there are free half hour public tours available. This will take you to the historic Senate Chamber and teach you about the story behind the incredible architecture. While here, make sure you check out the beautiful surroundings of Stormont Estate.

Go browsing at St George’s Market
It took six years to build St George’s Market from 1890. To this day it remains the city’s only surviving covered Victorian market. There are hundreds of stalls selling a variety of favourites, from seafood and specialty foods to locally made art and crafts. There’s also live music to entertain as you walk through one of the UK’s best markets.

Step back in time at Grand Opera House
The opera house opened its doors in 1895 and has been delivering world-class entertainment ever since. It regularly hosts operas, dramas, musicals and comedies, to name a few. You can discover the history behind these walls and the story of theatre architect Frank Matcham with a group tour.

Visit Crumlin Road Gaol
The Crumlin Road Gaol was one of the most advanced prisons of its time. It opened in 1845 and was designed to house 500 prisoners. However, during the height of the Troubles it housed up to 900 people. Take a tour of the prison, which includes a visit to the execution cell, the flogging room and the underground tunnel to the courthouse. There’s also a Paranormal Tour at night.

Explore the city in an old-fashioned taxi
This is a tour unlike any other. With Belfast Black Taxi Tours you get to spend an hour and a half in a traditional black cab, discovering the highlights of Belfast. Drivers pick you up from any location and take you to see the so-called Peace Walls, murals and Catholic Falls Road. The driver will also give you a good rundown of the history of these places.



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.

Ignore the beaches, hire a car from Brisbane Airport and head for the hills on your next trip to the Gold Coast. 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 over millions of years from water pounding onto the roof of a basalt cave, is one of the most popular. It’s the perfect place for a picnic. At night in summer, the cave is equally enchanting. Take a guided tour to see amazing glow-worm colonies, fireflies and even luminous fungi.

Visit the Cheese Shop and Factory
Just an hour from Brisbane and in the heart of Mount Tamborine is The Cheese Shop and Factory. Deliciously soft and hand-made cheeses are waiting to be sampled and bought. The factory proudly produces small batches of high quality cheeses and other dairy products, such as ice cream. This amazing destination could keep you tied up all day!

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
Walk 30 metres above the ground through the rainforest canopy. Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is an exciting eco-adventure that’s suitable for all ages. The 1.5km long path at Skywalk treats you to views of lush rainforest leads you to the crystal clear rock pools of Cedar Creek. During the trip, you’ll encounter rare butterflies and other rainforest animals.

Get up close with Alpacas
The Mountview Alpaca Farm is an exciting destination for people of all ages, especially kids. Not only is the beautiful view of Tamborine Mountain and the Gold Coast likely to inspire you, but you can cuddle and pat alpacas! For just a few dollars you can buy a large bag of food and feed these friendly animals. There’s also a gift shop, where you’ll find unique alpaca-themed goods from Australia and South America.

Also check out Romantic drives … Coffs Harbour to Crystal Castle, Byron Bay



5 reasons to visit Philadelphia

By United States /

Philadelphia is known for its rich history and vibrant culture. Pennsylvania’s largest city attracts 40 million visitors a year and everywhere you turn there’s something to do.

So why not organise a hire car from Philadelphia airport. While you’re at it, knock off this list of five great things to see or do in the city.

Liberty Bell Centre
The Liberty Bell is one of Philadelphia’s most powerful icons. At the Liberty Bell Centre, you can delve into its history. You’ll learn about how this huge bell came to become a symbol of freedom, which was used on everything from wind chimes to ice cream molds. You’ll also see X-Rays, which show an old crack through the bell. It’s a free walk through the centre. It’s also open year-round from 9am to 5pm, and there’s extended hours in the summer.

Reading Terminal Market
The market was established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, making it the country’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. After it’s distinguished history, it’s become known as one of the nation’s greatest public markets. Whether you’re after fresh produce, exotic meats or impeccably baked goods, you’ll find every type of stall here. If you have time, make sure you chat with some of the merchants. Many of them are descendants of the original stand holders who were part of the market when it opened more than a century ago.

Walnut Street Theatre (pictured)
While in Philadelphia take a tour of or watch a play at the Walnut Street Theatre. The company has a proud history of supporting local performance. Some of the most noteworthy actors of the 19th and 20th centuries have appeared on stage here, including Edwin Booth, Mike Nichols, Jane Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. But America’s oldest theatre has interesting roots, as it was originally home to horses.

Schuylkill River Trail
Get outdoors and enjoy the Schuylkill River Trail. Whether you feel like a job, a bike ride or a leisurely walk, you can have a go at all or part of the trail. It extends several miles across Southeastern Pennsylvania, with part of the trail stretching 30 miles from Philadelphia to Parkerford. Pass the riverside and admire the city’s skyline as you complete the trail.

Eastern State Penitentiary
Visit the Eastern State Penitentiary and pick up an audio headset. It will guide you through the complex at your own pace and explain its history. You’ll learn about riots that have occurred inside these walls, impressive escape plots and more. Take a haunted tour of Terror Behind the Walls, which is inside the castle-like walls of the complex. This is rated as among the country’s top haunted attractions.



Great day trips from London

By Europe / UK /

London is one of the world’s greatest cities. With attractions like Big Ben, London Bridge and Buckingham Palace, there’s plenty to keep you pulled into the city centre. However, time never seems to stop in London, and that brings with it a whole lot of noise, tourists and journey to England isn’t complete unless you venture out into the countryside, full of rolling green hills and quaint villages.

Book a hire car from Heathrow Airport and head out on one of these five great day trips.


Drive two hours south west of London and you’ll find one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments. Many mysterious still remain about Stonehenge, which is more than 5000 years old. A visit to the site allows you to walk in the footsteps of our Neolithic ancestors and you can even step inside a Neolithic House to discover what everyday life was life. For the best pictures, try to book a Stone Circle Access tours, which occurs either very early morning or late evening.


This charming city is set in rolling countryside, about two hours west of London. Bath is most famous for its natural hot springs and 18th Century Georgian architecture. People have been visiting the city for thousands of years, and it’s no less spectacular today. The iconic attraction is the original Roman Baths, including the Great Bath, statues and a temple. Once finished, make sure you take a stroll through the vibrant Prior Park Landscape Gardens.

Blenheim Palace

England is full of beautiful palaces, but all are unique and nothing compares to Blenheim Palace. Drive about an hour and a half north west of London, where you’ll find one of the country’s largest houses. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was built between 1705 and 1722 and was designed in the rare English Baroque style. Much history has been witnessed inside these spectacular walls, including the birth of Sir Winston Churchill. From Monday to Saturday there are guided tours of the State Rooms and gardens.

Osea Island

Osea Island is about a two hour drive North East of London. It offers nearly 400 acres of beautiful countryside. It also has a stunning village, which is surrounded by four miles of beaches and coastline. This luxury island is worth staying overnight, but it still makes for a lovely day trip, with plenty of relaxing activities. The island also has a fascinating history which spans 5000 years. Here, you’ll discover the remains of Neolithin villages, Viking burial grounds and Roman occupation.

Mayfield Lavender Farm

Fields of gorgeous purple await about an hour south of London. At Mayfield Lavender Farm you have 25 acres to walk through and photograph. It’s a family-run farm, which is open from May until September.The best months of the year to visit are July and August, when the lavender is in full bloom, and an annual photo competition is held.



5 great self-drive journeys beyond Dallas

By Texas / United States /

Explore Dallas and beyond with these five great self-drive journey ideas. Hire a car from Dallas Airport and choose between a range of fantastic destinations, from Houston to Palo Duro.


Houston is only a four-hour drive from Dallas along l-45 S. It’s a very easy drive within a day, but if you’re willing to take your time and soak up as much southern culture as you can, it’s well worth stopping at a few towns along the way.  One of them should be the charming Tyler, which is the home of the annual Texas Rose Festival. Once you arrive in Houston, you’ll be blown away by the famous Johnson Space Centre and the city’s vibrant live entertainment scene.

Big Bend National Park

Drive seven and a half hours south west of Dallas to arrive at Big Bend National Park. This is a breathtaking region, full of dramatic mountains, rivers and desert. In this case the destination really is the prize! However, make sure you still take the time to enjoy the journey there. While driving along l-20 W, stop over at Midland. Here, you will enjoy entertaining yet educational activities by visiting museums and the l-20 Wildlife Preserve.


Austin should be high on your must-visit list while in the United States. Austin is home to countless adventures for thrill-seekers, from bike riding and zip lining to some incredible tours for foodies. It’s only three and a half hours south of Dallas, making it a great destination to stopover for only one or two nights if you’re pushed for time. On the way down, you should check out impressive cities like Waco and Georgetown, which are full of beautiful Victorian architecture.

Fort Worth

Drive only 40 minutes west of Dallas and you’ll stumble upon Fort Worth. It’s known internationally as the ‘City of Cowboys and Culture’. So if you love Western movies about cowboys, then this is the town for you! There are plenty of shops and restaurants nestled in the famous Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Get a real taste of a hard day’s work in the south by witnessing the district’s cattle drives, which run twice a day. Because Fort Worth is only a short drive from Dallas, you’ll easily be there and back within a day!

Palo Duro Canyon

Travel six hours north west of Dallas and not far from Amarillo (worth a stopover just for its famous Big Taxan Steak Ranch) is Palo Duro. It’s the country’s second largest canyon and it’s definitely worth admiring. At Palo Duro you can explore the canyons on horseback, by bike, car or even put on your walking shoes and hike it. While travelling along US-298 N to get here, make the time to stop by the enchanting Wichita Falls to break up the drive.



Six ways to enjoy an escape to Sorrento

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

HOLIDAYS hot spots in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula don’t get much more glam than stylish Sorrento, about an hour and a half drive in your Melbourne rental car from Melbourne’s CBD and wedged in between Portsea and Rye.

But you don’t have to be a high flyer to live it up in Sorrento, a beachside haven with cosmopolitan cafes, shopping strip and beautiful boulevard to explore. Here are six ways to make it all happen.

STAY: And the winner is Sorrento Holiday Accommodation at where you have a choice of two absolute gems – The Erlandsen Entertainer sleeping 16 and the Sorrento Avenue option sleeping 12. Both have the aim of suiting two families who can share a holiday together. The bigger option is a classic 5 star Sorrento beachhouse (100m from the beach!) sleeping up to 16 adults and additional trundles for two children. There are three living zones – this is a whole lot of house focussed on a great entertaining courtyard with a mid sized pool to cool off in with solar heating. There is stunning outdoor furniture to watch pool swimmers have fun. Dine on the outdoor table after cooking on the gas Webber. For other options think about Hotel Sorrento in Hotham Road for anything from around $190 a night or a luxury BnB like Eastcliff Cottage in the historical district and only minutes from the local golf club.

PLAY: Speaking of golf clubs, Sorrento Golf Club is a beauty with its rolling hills. One problem is if you’re a visitor (not a member) you’ll have to fork out $120 for a round of 18. Other activities to enjoy are the beautiful beach walks (and FREE) on the front beach and stunning back beach for splendid sunsets and plenty of rock pools. Sorrento Museum is worth an hour or so to check out the history of the area which includes shipwrecks, horse-drawn carts and the old steam train that roared through town. Manyung Gallery is always chock-full of terrific work by local artists.

EAT: For breakfast, lunch or dinner head for an authentic Italian experience at where the accents are thick and the food sensational – cured meats, Italian cheeses, great pizza, salsas, gnocci, calzone, ravioli … yum. Oh yes, the coffee is the best in town, too. For Asian, try Chopstix Asian Bar (which has home delivery, by the way) in the main street with great munchies like Shanghai dumplings and chicken satay bites, while mains include noodle dishes like pad thai, Singapore noodles, as well as rice dishes, soups, salads and great numbers for “little people” such as Teriyaki noodles with hicekn and colourful veggies.

WATCH: With a feel of yesteryear and great mod cons for quality movie watching, Peninsula Cinemas is a great way to spend a night after a bite out on the town. This one’s a long-running picture house screening new releases, plus recordings of opera and theatre productions.

RIDE: Get your motor running and your adrenalin pumping with a scenic ride from the back of a late model solo or sidecar Harley Davidson as you are chauffeured around the Mornington Peninsula with Andy’s Harley Rides.

SWIM: Beautiful beaches means Sorrento swimming and lazing in the sun is a breeze. But go a step further, take the plunge and do something different like swimming with dolphins. Moonraker Seal and Dolphin Swim Tours is a snorkel adventure like no other. Bottlenose dolphins and naughty Australian Fur Seals join in the action for what is an unforgettable experience.


Also try One Hour From Melbourne: 5 Amazing Things To Do or Dive Into Heavenly Hot Springs


10 upcoming events in South Australia you can’t miss

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

Who’s up for some fun in South Australia in coming months? Start planning your holiday with these great upcoming events, book your Adelaide car rental and prepare for a blast in late Winter and Spring.

SALA Festival
1-31 August, statewide

The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is the largest visual arts festival in Australia. Its extensive state-wide program of visual arts involves more than 3000 artists and 500 venues that celebrate the diverse talents of South Australian artists. Don’t miss your chance to journey through some of this year’s best collections, held in various places and spaces to support the very best of visual art in the state.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend
2–4 September, Barossa

The Barossa is among the world’s great gastronomic playgrounds, renowned for its wine, fresh seasonal produce, beautiful landscapes and easy-going lifestyle. Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop always a big hit, as too a spate of cellar doors and beautiful eateries.  The Barossa Gourmet Weekend is a three-day celebration of the region’s food and wine culture and features long lunches, sumptuous dinners, wine masterclasses, winery days and workshops.

Royal Adelaide Show
2–11 September, Adelaide

The Royal Adelaide Show is the longest running and largest community event on South Australia’s calendar. It is an action-packed event for the whole family and includes carnival rides and attractions, as well as handicraft, produce, livestock, animal shows, and much more! The show’s celebrations go off with a bang thanks to a nightly fireworks display.

OzAsia Festival
17 September–2 October, Adelaide

The fortnight-long OzAsia Festival features performances, events and exhibitions celebrating the artistic and cultural ties between Australia and Asia.

Ceduna OysterFest
30 September–2 October, Eyre Peninsula

The Ceduna Oysterfest is Australia’s largest oyster festival. Ceduna comes alive with entertainment for all ages, and an abundance of oysters on offer. OysterFest will delight taste buds and surpass expectations with a celebration worthy of its colourful past.

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations
1–31 October, Limestone Coast

The Coonawarra Cabernet Weekend is rated one of the top events in South Australia and it’s not to be missed! Choose from more than 30 exciting events and exclusive tastings at Coonawarra’s outstanding cellar doors. The weekend will be filled with great food, sensational wine, live music and once in a life time experiences for you to indulge in. Come and meet the locals, share in the community spirit and open your eyes to life under the big sky.

Renmark Rose Festival
15–24 October, Riverland

If you are a rose or garden lover you will thoroughly enjoy the Rose Festival in Renmark. Treat yourself to this delightful display of nature through the festival’s program including open gardens, activities, shows and demonstrations that will enthuse and enchant all who attend.

Adelaide Fashion Festival
October, Adelaide

The Adelaide Fashion Festival showcases modern, innovative and relevant fashion from established and emerging designers. It celebrates what’s special about South Australia – its creativity and design – while expanding the state’s fashion industry locally, nationally and internationally.

October, Adelaide

CheeseFest is a celebration of Australian specialty cheeses. Cheese lovers will enjoy every element of the festival – sampling, cooking, cheese making demonstrations and master classes – while overlooking the picturesque Rymill Park in Adelaide.

Australian International 3 Day Event
3–6 November, Adelaide

The Australian International 3 Day event is Australia’s premier equestrian competition and Adelaide is delighted to host the three days of dressage, show jumping and cross country in its city parklands. This event is unique to the world as it is the only one staged in the heart of a busy city.

Also try Four Great Things To Do In South Australia or Five Things To Do Near McLaren Vale




5 ways to play in Houston

By United States /

During your next visit to Texas, make sure you stop over in Houston. Pick up your hire car from Houston Airport. Then just make your way to these exciting destinations.

Space Center Houston (pictured)
This is Houston’s most popular attraction for international tourists. The Space Center houses a collection of 400 artefacts from space. This includes spacecraft and the largest public display of moon rocks. You’ll also learn about the country’s fascinating space history and the technological advances. You can also take a behind-the-scenes look at NASA with the Level Nine Tour.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Centre
This 155-acre nature sanctuary teaches you about past and current efforts to protect the city’s native animals and plants. The non-profit sanctuary offers free interactive exhibits. There are also several trails, which are perfect for nature lovers. Learn about how the developing city is threatening the survival of endangered animals, and discover how you can help protect them.

Houston Zoo
Admire more than 6,000 animals at Houston Zoo. You’ll come across animals from all corners of the globe – from chimpanzees and rhinos to jaguars and tortoises. Other highlights include the red panda exhibit and live shows for children. The zoo is also home to the beautiful, rare okapi giraffe, which is only found in Central Africa’s remote rainforests. This is a must-see during your trip to Houston.

Kemah Boardwalk
The Kemah Boardwalk is only a short drive from downtown Houston and sits along the gorgeous Galveston Bay. This exciting destination has everything you need – rides, shops, music and live entertainment in the summertime. Jump on board a thrilling roller coaster, or admire the city views from the top of the ferris wheel. The double-decker carousel is always a hit with the kids.

Gerald D Hines Waterwall Park

This feature sits adjacent to The Galleria and is surrounded by magnificent oak trees. It’s a beautiful 64-foot fountain, which is known as the “horseshoe of rushing water”. Every minute, 11,000 gallons of water flow down this towering work of art. It was designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee more than 20 years ago. Today, it’s still a popular spot for couples – and many proposals are made here!


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5 wild Cairns adventures for kids in a campervan

By Cairns / Queensland /

Cairns is the perfect place to explore in a campervan with the kids. Hire a campervan from Cairns Airport. You can also hire a vehicle from Port Douglas. Begin your wild adventure by visiting these five incredible places.

Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary
The butterfly sanctuary in Kuranda is Australia’s biggest butterfly farm. It’s also home to the country’s largest walk-through aviary. Step inside and you’ll be surrounded by about 1500 butterflies. Spot these beautiful insects in all colours, including the magnificent, bright blue Ulysses. Make sure you wear bright clothes and they won’t stop landing on you!

Snorkelling at Green Island, off Cairns
Hope on a short boat trip from Cairns and you’ll be amazed by the beauty of Green Island. It’s the ideal place for those who want to give snorkeling a try but are uncomfortable with heading further out on the Great Barrier Reef. Make sure you check out the coral gardens close to the pier – that’s where you’ll find some of the most colourful corals on the island.

Hartley’s Creek Crocodile Adventures
This award-winning attraction is located 40 minutes north of Cairns. Hartley’s Creek Crocodile Adventures has more than 2km of pathways that weave around five distinct wildlife areas. Visit cassowaries, walk amongst baby wallabies and watch a live crocodile feeding show. Also book a boat tour through Hartley’s Lagoon, which will get you nice and close to these wild monsters!

Fishing at Palm Cove Jetty
If you’re after a quite, relaxing afternoon then look no further than Palm Cove. This sandy beach is the perfect place to spend time with the family. Grab some rods and bait and any food you might need to keep you going. It’s only a short walk to the end of the Palm Cove Jetty, where you can set yourself up for the day. You’re bound to get some great catches, not to mention you’ll admire the idyllic scenery surrounding you for hours.

Crystal Cascades
Crystal Cascades is one of the most popular waterfalls for Cairns locals. Luckily, many tourists still don’t know about this natural wonder! This waterhole is hidden by rainforest and a short walk, all located only about 20 minutes from Cairns CBD. It has several different plunge pools and is a quiet spot for a nice picnic on a weekend.

Also try Cairns to Cape York for a great driving holiday up north or our Cairns City Guide



5 random things to do in Seattle

By Seattle / United States /

Picking up a car rental in Seattle is your easy first job once lobbing in the Emerald City, and next comes the exciting part. What to do once you’ve got your wheels sorted! Try these five random ideas for a little fun in America’s gem of a West Coast seaport city.

1. Go for a paddle. It’s summertime in Seattle, so there’s no better cruisy activity than to go kayaking on Lake Union. The atmosphere is gorgoeus as you pass by a few sail boats, watch a few seaplanes rise up and land, and enjoy the serenity of a gentle paddle in a big patch of calm water. A little more adventurous at heart? Then test your abs with a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) experience. For more check out

2. Explore South Park’s art scene. The locals will tell you the arts community is a ripper in the South Park area, one that nurtures its artists and embraces creativity. You won’t be disappointed and you can start with national icon on the stone sculpting front, Jesus Bautista Moroles, and the generous donation of “Musical Steles,” comprised of three musical basalt columns fabricated in the South Park neighborhood. Tap a rock on the sculptures to whip up your own musical treat. There’s also River City skate murals to discover,  the artwork at South Transfer station, and the very noticeable Cloverdale banners on South Park’s main thoroughfare.

3. Visit Archie McPhee. A novely shop like no other! Rubber hands, rubber chickens, devil baby dolls, a bucket of doll parts, tentacle finger puppets, world’s largest underpants (100 inch waist) with matching lollipop … I’m not saying any more because the nightmares will begin again! More

4. Explore a museum with music at its heart (pictured). Hendrix, Foo Fighters, Macklemore, grunge music – EMP (Experience Music Project) is a nonprofit museum to rule them all, “dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture”. With its heart in rock ‘n’ roll, EMP is a museum that reaches and connects with all ages through collections, exhibitions and educational programs, “using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors”. More

5. Hit the road. Olympic National Park is beautiful and no more than a two and half road trip away. Discover everything from mountains, lakes, beaches to hotsprings and rainforests. A gorgeous part of the world only a short drive out of Seattle.