Events

Oct
19
2018

Your guide to Melbourne’s 2018 Spring Racing Carnival

By Australia / Victoria /

Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival is one of Australia’s great sporting highlights. It attracts race-goers from across the nation and the word. But some of the best Spring Racing Carnival highlights aren’t only in Melbourne, but they’re in country Victoria too.  All you need to do is hire a car from Melbourne and then you can travel to these fantastic events on the racing calendar. Cox Plate – 27th October Every year in late October, the Moonee Valley Racecourse plays host to the famous Group One WS Cox Plate over 2040m.  It’s widely known among those in the racing community as the best weight for age race in Australasia and one of the most exciting race days in the world. The Cox Plate carries a total prize money of $3,000,000, and is Australia’s second richest race after the Melbourne Cup. This is one event you surely don’t want to miss. Melbourne Cup – 6th November Melbourne Cup, Australia’s best-known horse racing…

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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
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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Aug
10
2018

Spring festivals in Australia – where to celebrate the season

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Many people would agree that spring is the loveliest time of year. So why not get out and explore some of the best spring festivals that Australia has to offer… Whether you’re a passionate gardener, a food lover, or an art and film buff, there are spring festivals for every niche. For an affordable getaway, check out DriveNow’s website for some cheap campervan hire deals. Then make your way to one of these incredible spring festivals. Sydney Fringe Festival 1-30 September 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales. Every September, Sydney presents more than 300 productions or events across more than 50 venues. They all celebrate the innovative creations of independent artists, art makers, and performers. There are interactive art exhibitions, artists talks and foodie feasts. Brisbane Spring Festival 8-29 September 2018 Spend 21 days celebrating one of Queensland’s most exciting arts festivals. More than a million people attend every year. Not only do…

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Jul
17
2018

Splendour in the Grass Spotify Playlist

By Australia /

Splendour in the Grass is back this weekend for its 17th year and if you’re heading to Australia’s largest music festival you’re in for an eclectic mix of top musical talent. To get you excited for the weekend ahead, or to avoid any FOMO, we’ve created the ultimate playlist including all the artists performing at North Byron Parklands. With Lorde, Vampire Weekend, and Kendrick Lamar headlining this year’s festival, it’s already set to be an unforgettable weekend. We’ll also see performances from the likes of international stars, Khalid, Miguel, MGMT, Franz Ferdinand, CHRVCHES, and The Wombats. As well, as more homegrown artists such as Angus & Julia Stone, Hilltop Hoods, Baker Boy, and Gang of Youths. So, if you’re lucky enough to have bagged yourself a ticket and road tripping it to Byron Bay this weekend in your DriveNow camper, make sure you whack on our playlist to get you pumped. For those who are missing out on Splendour in the…

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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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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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Nov
29
2017

Sydney New Year’s Eve party hot spots to bring in 2018

By New South Wales / Sydney /

With Sydney set to throw the world’s most exciting New Year’s Eve party party featuring outstanding fireworks displays, we’ve asked the Destination NSW team to reveal some of the city’s best vantage points and parties for revellers to ring in 2018. As NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall says: “Every year Sydney erupts into a kaleidoscope of colour as the nation’s biggest-ever fireworks display welcomes in the New Year. With many locations across the harbour foreshore to view the fireworks, as well as festivities and parties to experience, celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney is another great reason to book a holiday to NSW.” Here are some great options to watch all the action The Rocks Campbell’s Cove is on Hickson Road north of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, offers front row views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Revellers are advised to arrive early as the area usually reaches capacity at around 4pm. Admission…

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Oct
28
2017

5 unmissable events in Queensland this November

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

THE sun shines all year round in Queensland so that’s reason alone to jump in a Brisbane car rental and head for the sun, sand and sea. But while the notoriously brilliant beach life is always available for visitors, some super events come and ago and take another 12 months before they come around again. So let’s look at 5 ripper events put forward by the Tourism Queensland team in the Sunshine State before we sign off on 2017. No.1… Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival November 1-5 The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is a five-day bonanza based in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast and includes a stacked line-up of events for all ages and abilities. The schedule includes a Breakfast Fun Run and a Run Swim Run event. Super Saturday is one of the highlights of the event with the Superkidz and Special Triathlon in the morning and the Subaru Noosa Australian Open Criterium and Asics Noosa Bolt in…

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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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