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Lap of luxury in Mornington Peninsula with Jackalope

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

A brand new luxury hotel called Jackalope in the heart of the wine country on the Mornington Peninsula is one of five great reasons to jump in a Melbourne car rental and head south for just over an hour.

Jackalope Hotel

A reimagination of luxury and a new voice in high-end Australian accommodation has arrived with the opening of Jackalope Hotel on the Mornington Peninsula. The hotel is a personal project of 29-year-old Melbourne-based entrepreneur, Louis Li, who moved to Melbourne in 2006 to study filmmaking.

Rather than tell stories through film, hotel design is now the creative platform. In addition to luxury accommodation and idyllic vineyard views, Jackalope invites guests on a sensory journey—a delicate interplay between the ideal and the surreal—by reimagining the role of art, design, dining and storytelling in the hotel space.

Jackalope’s 46 rooms introduce guests to a reverie of relaxation. 38 sqm ‘Terrace’ or ‘Vineyard View’ categories range through to 85 sqm ‘Lairs’. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces connect guests to the rural surrounds while, inside, bathroom features include deep-soak, black Japanese tubs, rain showers and double vanities.

The spa-like setting is complete with bath luxuries developed exclusively by Melbourne’s Hunter Lab, including a pinot grape skin and seed bath soak and body scrub, made using grapes from the hotel’s vineyard. A dining destination in its own right, two restaurants take their place on the site under the culinary direction of Executive Chef, Guy Stanaway. Refined dining, Doot Doot Doot, presents the region’s finest produce in a series of tasting menus intrinsically linked to the land; while winery restaurant, Rare Hare, designed by Projects of Imagination, celebrates the surrounding Willow Creek vineyard through immersive casual dining and wine experiences.

The hotel’s bar, Flaggerdoot, delights in the alchemic process of distillation. An experimental spirit stirs a daring cocktail menu of both classic and in-house creations. The space itself is an infusion of forms; herringbone floors and open fires warm the room, while commissions and installations from the likes of Peninsula local, Andrew Hazewinkel, and international icon, Rick Owens, create a sense of curated cool.
Outside, a black 30-metre infinity pool laps up to the surrounding vineyard, while a poolside pavilion offers sun lounge service and is also available for massage treatments or private dining. A seven-metre-tall namesake Jackalope sculpted by Melbourne artist, Emily Floyd, has taken tenancy at the entrance to the hotel.

Rates start at $650 per night and include a la carte breakfast, in-room mini bar, wine on arrival and WiFi. More


Bass and Flinders Distillery

While on the subject of food and wine, Bass and Flinders Distillery is set in the heart of Red Hill country and is dubbed the “only bespoke distillery and cellar door” that gives you a chance to experience a journey from the stills to glass. Get insights into how they make their fine products including a range of gins, Australia’s first grape based vodka, limoncello and aged spirits. Tours of the barrel room and distillery are offered every weekend and you can score a tasting at the tasting bar. The most unique gin masterclasses in Australia are held here, too, where guests have an opportunity to create their very own bespoke gin. More

Red Hill Community Market

Rise and shine, peeps, and get your stack of cash ready for a smorgasbord of goodies at Red Hill Community Market. Since 1975 the iconic Red Hill Community Market is the place to be on the first Saturday of the month from September to May. Original Jewellery designs make a perfect gift ready to wrap. Manchester of various textures and colours to suit a wide range of tastes and homes. A whole range of exciting foods and beverages are represented, all fresh and tempting. Expect seasonal injections of local fruits and benches full of home grown vegetables. A huge selection of unique culinary delights make a mouth watering taste feast. There’s loads more. Check it out at

Cape Schanck – Mornington Peninsula National Park

Fantastic beaches and fabulous wines of the Mornington Peninsula are things everyone already knows, but the state and national parks really are the region’s best kept secrets. But the best thing is, they’re easily accessible and stunning. Just like Cape Schanck Mornington Peninsula National Park, for example, at the most southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula at the meeting of Bass Strait and Western Port. It has been protected since the 1800s and was made a national park in 1988 and offers spectacular scenery.
There are walks around the area with spectacular views along the rugged ocean beaches of Bass Strait towards Sorrento and Point Nepean.

Merricks House Art Gallery

Merricks House Art Gallery is a quick walk through the garden from Merricks General Wine Store and the gallery showcases talent from both the Mornington Peninsula region as well as artists from throughout Australia. The 1920 building has been beautifully restored from many years of dereliction. Polished floor boards and open plan design provide a space ideally suited to a gallery. It has become a renowned Peninsula art destination with high profile exhibitions. More

Hit the road for a scenic drive

Country roads, galleries, wineries and ocean views. You can’t get much better than going for a cruise along the Port Phillip Bay coastline from Frankston to Portsea, stopping at seaside villages and taking the detour up to Arthurs Seat for some fantastic views of the Peninsula. Also explore the peace and calm of the hinterland roads, wild Cape Schanck and historic Flinders before heading up the Western Port Bay coast.



Germany’s Romantic Road with a hire car


The Romantic Road is one of the most charming places you’ll ever visit. It’s a stretch of historic, quaint towns in southern Germany. These colourful towns will inspire you whether you visit during the heat of summer or the middle of winter.

Some people suggest joining a guided tour through Bavaria, others use public transport to hop from one are to another. We at DriveNow suggest you pick up a hire car in Munich and drop it off at the end of the Romantic Road!


This town is set in a beautiful spot in the Main Valley along the Romantic Road. The medieval Fortress Marienberg (pictured) stands tall above Wurzburg. From here you can enjoy spectacular views over the old city. Intense fighting and bombing during World War Two destroyed many of the buildings. However, after years of rebuilding, Wurzburg is full of medieval architecture.


People travel from all over the world just to see this city, which is located between the Neckar River and the edge of the Odenwald Forest. It offers a charming character, picturesque views and plenty of entertainment and events. Heidelberg Castle is the major attraction. Join a guided tour to explore the ruins, which are more than 700 years old.


The old Bavarian city of Rothernburg ob der Tauber is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in all of Europe. It’s also one of the most popular among tourists. It boasts fine old churches, towers, charming streets and cafes. The Little Square is the most photographed spot in this pretty town – you’ll feel like you’re in a fairytale! You should also walk around the Old Town Walls.


Augsburg is the largest city on the Romantic Road. It’s also one of the oldest, having been founded more than 2000 years ago. Maximilianstraße is one of the prettiest areas in the city, treating you to exampled of Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Visit the legendary Augsburg Marionette Theater and the home of Mozart’s father. You’ll find out so much about the world famous composer by visiting this place.


A beautiful place where you’ll come across the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.4 million people visit the 19th-century place on the rugged hill above Hohenschangau every year. King Ludwig spent decades completing the palace to serve as his own personal refuge. Just after his death in 1886 it was opened to the public. The famous castle has appeared in many famous movies and even served as the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.



What are the best Aussie Easter Weekend Holiday Destinations?


Looking to escape the city for the long Easter weekend? Well get your skates on, as it’s just around the corner! Luckily you’re spoilt for choice with hundreds of great Easter holiday destinations all over Australia. Whether you’re travelling solo or road tripping with the family, hire a car or campervan and greet the bunny in one of these fantastic holiday hotspots.

Gold Coast

Easter Destinations

Enjoy an action packed trip to the Gold Coast this Easter.

The Gold Coast is a perfect holiday destination at any time of the year, but especially Easter weekend. There’s the iconic Surfers Paradise, where you could easily spend every day if you like the beach scene. You can also seek some peace and quiet somewhere along the green hinterland. Thrill seekers can flock to the famous theme parks for an adventurous ride. No matter what you want to do, there’s something for everyone.

Byron Bay

Easter Holiday

Soak up the good vibes in Byron Bay this Easter.

Most people head to Byron Bay to soak up the sun along the region’s beautiful beaches. That alone would be enough to convince any ordinary person to travel to the area for a getaway. But every year on the Easter Weekend is Bluesfest. Get ready for five days of non-stop music from nearly 200 acts. If you’re a music lover then you won’t want to miss this event. Some of the world’s best blues musicians come to Byron Bay to feature in the line-up.

Airlie Beach

Travel to the heart of the Whitsundays for Easter. Airlie offers vibrant nightlife along with quiet corners of crystal clear waters and plenty of underwater adventures. Go snorkelling, diving or simply laze on the white, sandy beaches with family and friends. There’s also a lovely restaurant, bar and café scene that caters for every need.

Great Ocean Road

Easter Destinations

The 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road are a stunning addition to an Easter Road trip.

The Great Ocean Road is a magical place to escape the hustle and bustle of Melbourne or Adelaide. You’ll find a range of Easter activities, such as an Easter Egg Hunt, throughout towns scattered along this rugged coastline. You’ll also encounter many tranquil sections of beach and rainforest, which you may get to have all to yourself over the Easter long weekend. Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Fairy are some of the most popular places to stay.

Easter in Bendigo

It’s a vibrant city with trendy cafes, museums and nightlife. Head just on the outskirts of town and you’ll understand why Bendigo is known for its goldmines. Major attractions include the Central Deborah Gold Mine and the Golden Dragon Museum. Bendigo also puts on a show for the holiday. The 4-day Bendigo Easter Festival attracts thousands of people every year. It offers live music, an incredible parade and a family Easter Egg Hunt.


With so many stunning Easter holiday locations to choose from, the tough decision is choosing just one! Grab yourself a great deal on cheap hire car from DriveNow to get your family getaway off to a cracking start.



Hastings Point for summer fun


Hastings Point is considered the jewel of the Tweed Shire. It’s set is an idyllic location surrounded by national park, unspoiled beach and ocean. Campers often return to this beautiful location for summer year after year. There’s no spot in Australia quite like Hastings Point.

That’s why you should read these tips to enjoy Hastings Point this summer.

Where to get some wheels

Whether you want to find yourself a hire car, a campervan or caravan you’ll find it all for cheap through DriveNow. For example, you can pick up some great campervan hire deals from Brisbane for only a few bucks a day. Drive less than two hours south to Hastings Point and you’re at your destination.

Where to stay – Hastings Point Holiday Park

Hastings Point Holiday Park (pictured) is one of the best campervan accommodation options in the area. It’s a secluded holiday park that over looks the beach and offers sites with beachfront or riverside views. It’s a great location for anyone who loves swimming or fishing. It also has a range of amenities, including WiFi.

Head outdoors – Cabarita Beach

Feeling like a surge of adrenaline? Grab a surfboard and hit the waves at Cabarita Beach. Or you could simply have a lazy day at the beach and go swimming. But this isn’t your average beach. If you’re visiting between June and October, when thousands of whales are migrating past the Australian coast, there’s a good chance you’ll get lucky and spot whales. Grab a pair of binoculars and point them out to the ocean.

Go inland – Mount Warning rainforest

This is the perfect place to hike through lush rainforests, which were created more than 20 million years ago by ancient volcanoes. You can also admire cascading waterfalls and have afternoon tea when visiting mountain villages. If you’re feeling up for some exercise, hike to the top of Mt Warning. The 8.8km return walk treats you to incredible 360 degree views from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay. Now that’s a sight you’ll never forget!

Eat somewhere – Tropical Fruit World

It’s a commercial farming operation and a major tourist attraction. You’re given a behind the scenes experience at the farm and a look at 500 exotic fruits from across the world. You have the opportunity to sample delicious avocados, bananas along with less popular produce such as carambola. Learn about the three generations of the Brinsmead family which created the experience and has made it more and more sustainable over time.



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.



5 great places to stay in the McLaren Vale region

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

The McLaren Vale region is one of the most beautiful areas of South Australia. The region features superb wineries, beaches, trails and charming places to stay.

Hire a car from Adelaide Airport, drive 35km south of the city and stay at one of these great places.

Bellevue Bed and Breakfast
Relax and indulge at Bellevue B&B. Wake up in the morning for a delicious three course homemade breakfast. It’s just what you need before heading out to explore Mclaren Vale’s famous wineries. Your charming accommodation also has free WiFi, a dining area and an outdoor entertaining spot where you can lounge in the sunshine and enjoy some of the region’s best drops!

3 Divas Luxury Accommodation (pictured)
This is a gorgeous place to base yourself for your stay in McLaren Vale. It’s located in the heart of McLaren Vale and within walking distance to restaurants and wineries. Your options include a self-contained log chalet, The Marlene, which spoils you with beautiful vineyard views and a 2-person spa. Then there’s the Moscato Cottage, which takes you back to the 1850s. The stone cottage is also in a gorgeous rural setting and perfect for a romantic getaway.

Wine and Roses Bed and Breakfast
This multi award winning accommodation has everything you need for a relaxing getaway in wine country. The iconic 5-star B&B is perched in a quiet, residential area and is only 6km from the Coriole Vineyards and 12km from the gorgeous Aldinga Beach. Rooms include 4-poster beds, balconies and a private courtyard. Full breakfasts are provided.

The Vineyard Retreat
This stylish retreat has four guest houses; each with gorgeous views of the wine country. You’ll be staying in an elegant guest house which has all the modern necessities you need, along with old-fashioned double French doors to your very own outdoor verandah. There’s even an outdoor Jacuzzi, where you can enjoy ocean views with a wine in hand. There are also many luxury tour options to explore the region.

Sally’s Cottage Rural Escape
Sally’s Cottage is located in the Hope Forest area, with nearby wineries within easy reach. It’s also close to historic sites, walking trails and other towns such as Willunga and Mount Compass. This recently renovated 4 room cottage sits on 4.7 hectares. It oozes simple charm and tranquillity and has everything you’re looking for in a perfect getaway.

Also try Five Great Regions To Explore From Adelaide



6 summer sensations in Sydney

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney is the perfect destination in the summer. It’s the time of year where you can spend pretty much your entire trip outdoors as you explore each attraction the city has to offer. Whether that’s a stroll along the beach, an adrenaline-filled activity or an evening of fine dining, Sydney has everything. But one of the best things about Sydney is its food scene.

Hire a car from Sydney Airport and choose from these six summer sensations.

Visit a dining precinct
This city is bursting with fantastic places to eat and drink. There are plenty of lively and emerging dining hubs, including Surry Hills and Chatswood. In Chippendale you’ll find a chic restaurant called Ester. It’s tucked away with its arched openings and dimly lit space. Sweet tooths should consider heading to Black Star Pastry in Newtown. A mouthful of one of these delicious sensations will change the way you think about dessert forever.

Explore a produce market
Fill your weekend with markets! There’s plenty to choose from. One of the most reputable is Carriageworks Farmers Market. This award-winning authentic farmers market is held every Saturday. Fresh, seasonal produce from more than 70 stalls fills the site, located in the heart of the CBD. These delights are picked and packed with love.

Chill on a rooftop
Sometimes where you’re dining is almost just as important as the tastes filling your mouth. Welcome to Glenmore at the Rocks, where you’re treated to 180-degree views of the harbour and CBD from a rooftop. Enjoy these sensational views as you enjoy scrumptious, high-end pub food. It’s the perfect place to enjoy dinner and sunset on a summer’s night.

Go on a gourmet safari tour
Food lovers unite for a gourmet safari adventure! Your guide whisks you to some of the most exotic food precincts in the city. You’ll learn about culinary food and customs while feasting on some of the most flavoursome dishes. Gourmet safari tours give visitors a taste of China, Greece, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Africa, to name a few cuisines.

Chinatown night market
Chinatown is one of Sydney’s most popular international food scenes. Walk just a few metres and you’ll feel like you’ve entered an entirely different country. Here, you’ll receive a good taste of Chinese culture. At certain times of the year there’s even food stalls that line the streets, giving you ample opportunity to sample several dishes. Think Hong Kong, Hanoi, Tokyo, and more!

Dine on the water
Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful stretches of water in Australia. At night the water lights up with reflections of the city’s main attractions, such as the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. How else better to spend a romantic evening then on board a luxury dinner cruise with million dollar views on the water?

ALSO try 5 Short Road Trips From Sydney



5 Campervan holiday options from Brisbane

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Travelling around Brisbane in a campervan is one of the most convenient ways to explore this part of Queensland. Hire a campervan in Brisbane and start driving to one of these holiday parks.

Brisbane Gateway Resort (pictured)
This holiday park is in a fantastic location, just 15 minutes from the CBD. It’s also just 30 minutes from the Gold Coast and its theme parks! This means you can spend more time enjoying your holiday rather than sitting in traffic and you move from each attraction. The caravan and camping sites are spacious. They’re also set among beautifully landscaped gardens, giving you plenty of room to relax.

Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park
Wake up in the morning, walk out your door and head straight across the road to the beach. Does that sound like your perfect holiday? Then Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park is the place for you. Lifesavers patrol the beach, which offers some awesome waves. It’s a great destination for families or couples. The holiday park is also close to outdoor BBQ and picnic facilities and many eateries.

Jolly Swagman Caravan Park
Set in the heart of town, Jolly Swagman Caravan Park is the best place to base yourself when you visit Toowoomba. This caravan park has award winning gardens where you can have a picnic and relax. You’re also allowed to bring your pets into the park with you during your stay. It also boasts a famous statue of Jolly Swagman and his dog – make sure you ask the park’s owners for a rundown of the story behind the statue.

Ipswich Caravan Village
Enjoy your stay in a peaceful bushland setting at Ipswich Caravan Village. You’ll also be close to shopping centres, restaurants and tourist attractions. If you’re up for an adventure, the theme parks on the Gold Coast are just a 50-minute drive away. Powered and unpowered sites are on offer. For those wanting a little extra comfort, there are air-conditioned family cabins.

Esk Caravan Park
Esk Caravan Park is a little piece of paradise. The park is located in the heart of Brisbane Valley, between Wivenhoe and Somerset Lakes. As you enjoy your stay, you can also admire the surrounding mountains and creeks. Both are only a short drive from the caravan park and you can enjoy plenty of water activities.



Gold Coast escape – how to plan your next winter school holidays away from Melbourne

By Australia / Gold Coast / Queensland /

What to do when the school holidays arrive next winter has the whole family shivering in its collective boots?

You head north, hit the east coast and soak up the sun in between theme parks, that’s what. But it’s not for the faint-hearted. We may be heading into the warmer weather, but here’s a cool plan for school holidays next winter.

A Gold Coast adventure with theme parks on the agenda in a Griswald-style escape may be an oldie, but it’s certainly a goodie and the perfect way to elude the Victorian winter chill for a week or so. With five kids – aged 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 – stacked into a people mover, the good news is cabin fever only lasts in small doses, especially if you prepare, book and deliver properly, so the “are we there yets” are few and far between. This is how we did it…

First on the list is book flights and accommodation early. For a party of seven you’re crazy if you don’t, and one of the first things you should do is be registered for updates from low cost carriers Tiger, Jetstar and Virgin. Tiger was the winner for us as we got in early and managed to snag seven return airfares for under $1200. Next on the list was self-contained accommodation and the ultimate scenario was to have a venue right smack bang near all the action – in Helensvale – so a three bedroom cabin was locked and loaded at Gold Coast Holiday Park, but more about that later. For more visit Tiger Airways, Jetstar and Virgin websites to sign up to newsletters.

Book a people mover at DriveNow for the best deal. Yep, you can’t go past this website which is akin to Wotif in the world of car hire, and we bagged a big Hyundai Imax, an eight-seater, plenty of room for suitcases, aircon and auto for less than a grand for 10 days! The process is simple in that you search for people movers in desired location and eight or 10 options pop up with the best deals. We had wheels and there was a party going on in the cabin above them! A great website that’s easy to navigate, book quickly and be all sorted for transport while away.

goldcoastholidaypark-1Gold Coast Holiday Park, a big kick-arse cabin with the works. You can either shell out and get a fancy hotel on the Goldie or you can lower your sights and get a home away from home in a more down to earth location like a modern caravan park – which are like mini resorts these days. GCHP is not just any holiday park, but a Big 4 holiday park and anyone who has stayed at one knows exactly what I mean: they’re the upper echelon for raising the bar in facilities and standards. Aside from a superb spacious cabin, with kitchenette, bunk beds, great lounge area and widescreen TV was the fact Gold Coast Holiday Park is an entertainment hub in its own right with an amazing pool and waterslide adjoining Nibbles Cafe, an upmarket camp kitchen, bike track, tennis court, outdoor cinema and loads more. But the piece de resistance? It’s literally five minutes by car to Movieworld or 10-15 minutes to Dreamworld! All the kids admitted a holiday spent entirely at this great park would be worth the trip to the Gold Coast alone. More goldcoast

Brace yourself for the rides of your life. The instructions were clear from the kids: leave your fear of heights back in Victoria and strap yourself in. The best thing about staying at Gold Coast Holiday Park is they can offer the best multiple park ticket deals going – a must if you want to save some serious dollars. So with our stomachs flipped upside down, sideways and round and round multiple times over the next few days what were the highlights? The kids voted Dreamworld and Movieworld and their accompangold-coast-kidssying water parks as the best for all the action. Here are some rides that rattled our bones and insides: The Giant Drop, Wipeout, Shockwave, Superman ride, Scooby Doo Spooky rollercoaster, Arkham Asylum, the Batwing, and the Tower of Terror. Speaking of which, see inset for how we grown-ups were processing the Superman ride while our two blonde teenagers in front of us were already looking for something more dangerous! Of course, there’s plenty more features to explore and absorb, including a tiger cub being walked around the grounds at Dreamworld which is a cute surprise. More and dream

The NightQuarter night markets in Helensvale are unmissable. When you’re not kicking back in the great facilities at Gold Coast Holiday Park or going nuts in the theme parks, this market experience is an absolute treat for both grown-ups and the kids. A hive of activity, there are more than 120 food trucks/stalls, micro-restaurants, bars, craftspeo- ple, musicians and other quirky points of interest in a real carnival atmosphere. Otherwise known as “shipping container city”, the concept is catching on all over Australia. The food is everything from tapas, oysters, BBQ ribs and Asian choices to cronuts, chocolate fountains, amazing icecreams and more. More




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 the highlight of the event, with epic costumes, loud music and colourful floats taking up Oxford and Flinders streets. It’s like a non-stop party that celebrates everything LGBTIQ while making a political and cultural statement.

Chinese New Year
From January 28 to February 12 is New Year on the Chinese calendar. More than one million people took part in Sydney’s Chinese New Year this year, as they were treated to more than 22 hours of live performances. The festival’s highlight is Lunar Lanterns, which features giant, colourful lanterns that represent the 12 Chinese zodiac signs.

Australia Day
People from across the country come together every year on January 26 to celebrate what it means to be Australian. The national day commemorate the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet, which changed the course of the nation forever. Sydney is Australia’s oldest city, making it the ideal location for several key events across the city.

Australian Open of Surfing
Kicking off in late February, the Australian Open of Surfing is one of the most exciting sporting events on Sydney’s calendar. Manly Beach becomes the home of Australia’s largest (and best) surf, skate and music festival for 10 days. World-class athletes and artists come together to celebrate surf and skate culture at what’s considered to be the birthplace of modern surfing.

Also try Five Ways To Play – Sydney to the Blue Mountains



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.



Guide to skiing at Whistler


Whistler is one of the world’s greatest skiing destinations. Spend a weekend in the snow and you’ll never want to leave. There’s no need to stress about all the details such as where to hire your equipment or where to stay. We have it all sorted!

Once you fly into Vancouver airport, pick up a hire car and drive 2 hours north to Whistler. Here are five things you need to know before you stay there.

Where to hire your gear
Finding the right gear is perhaps going to be the most important part of your trip. While in Vancouver or driving to Whistler you can stop off at many cities or towns where you can hire your gear. There are some good websites too, such as where someone brings the equipment straight to your hotel.

Best run
Whistler has more than 200 trails along with more than 8000 acres of terrain for skiing or snowboarding. As for the best run on Whistler, it really depends who you ask. However, Surfs Up consistently ranks as one of the best with high quality snow. It’s a trail for the experienced, as there are steep cliff drop offs which can be rather daunting. Beginners can still access parts of the mountain such as Burnt Stew Trail. It offers 360-degree views and takes you straight to the village when you’re finished.

Where to stay
The famous Fairmont Chateau Whistler sits at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain. Wake up in the morning, put on your gear, step outside and you’re right on the slopes. It’s a beautiful chateau with luxurious accommodation options. It also offers outstanding cuisine and gives you easy access to the mountainside whirlpools.

Best view
Between the towns of Whistler and Squamish is Panorama Ridge. It’s a scenic hike within Garibaldi Provincial Park, which takes you through forests and meadows full of wildflowers. The peak sits at 2133m and offers views of two stunning mountains and Garibaldi Lake. This hike can easily be accomplished in a day, but make sure you’re prepared and leave early.

Where to grab a meal
After a hard day of skiing, stop by Dusty’s Bar & BBQ for one of the best meals on the mountain! Dusty’s sits at the base of the Creekside Gondola and is open everyday from 11am until late. The BBQ is mouthwatering, the live entertainment is incredible and the story behind this venue and how it got its name is legendary.