Girls Weekends

May
26
2014

Three of the worst places to visit in Victoria if you’re trying to give up chocolate

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

WILLY Wonka and his chocolate factory started the rot for many chocaholics, and the sprouting of chocolate factories throughout Australia means there’s no escaping the lure of the cocoa bean. Let’s face it – good chocolate is worth the drive! And Victoria in Australia is as good as place as any for unforgettable chocky experiences. So, you’ve flown into Melbourne airport and picked up a hire car but not sure where all the oompa loompas are plying their craft? Here are five destinations worth the road trip …and the sugar hit, among other reasons to stay around and explore Melbourne and surrounds. Sweet road trip No.1: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. Talk about a treat for the senses! Best of all it’s only about 45 minutes drive from the airport on a good traffic flow when you head east on the M80, Eltham Road and Old Healesville Road before you enter choc heaven for free chocolate tastings, thousands of…

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Oct
17
2013
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Explore one of the world’s top adventures with a New Zealand car hire

By Auckland / Christchurch / New Zealand / Queenstown /

There is a common misconception that New Zealand, while being one of the world’s most beautiful and scenic countries, doesn’t actually offer a lot to do in terms of activities. The country boasts 33 of the world’s top 1,000 adventures, is home to the bungy jump, cable controlled base jumps and so much more, so grab a rental car and get your adrenaline boost today! Who says New Zealand is boring!

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Nov
19
2012

Sizzling summer of Australian music festivals

By Adelaide / Australia / Brisbane / Gold Coast / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Sydney / Victoria /

Love hanging out with your friends and listening to great music during the summer? Then why not grab a hire car or an Australian campervan rental and head for a caravan park near some of our hottest music festivals this summer. Here are five to ponder, complete with recommended caravan parks where you can park your wheels. SUMMADAYZE (January 5, Gold Coast) If you have spent all winter rocking to the beats of Fedde LeGrand, Adrian Lux and Icona Pop, then don’t miss Summadayze this summer! Park your wheels: Gold Coast Holiday Park, Helensvale. Powered sites starting from $36. BIG DAY OUT (Jan 18, Sydney) What’s a good summer without a big day out? If you’re down for a party and a killer line up, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Bloody Beetroots, head to Sydney Olympic Park. Park your wheels: Bass Hill Tourist Park. Powered sites starting from $35. PYRAMID ROCK FESTIVAL (December 29 – January 1,…

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Jun
28
2012

The road to fun and friendship drives a girls’ weekend away

By Australia / Cairns / Melbourne / New South Wales / Perth / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

A weekend away with the girls is a great way to take some time out to recharge the batteries. Whether you want to get away from the kids for a while, have some fun with your bridesmaids before the big day, or catch up with old school friends you haven’t seen in ages, there are some fabulous packages around that are designed to spoil you rotten. When it comes to choosing a Australian hire car, find a vehicle that is roomy and comfortable enough for several adults. You might even decide to stay in a holiday park, so a campervan may be the way to go. So if girls just want to have fun, where do they go? In your Melbourne car rental head for Daylesford. This beautiful town in Spa Country in Victoria has an excellent reputation for accommodation, restaurants and relaxing spa treatments. It’s a 110km (one and a half hour) drive from Melbourne taking the Western Freeway…

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Aug
16
2011

48 hours in Tasmania

By Australia / Hobart / Tasmania /

SO, you’ve picked up your car rental or campervan and are wondering how to best spend the next 48 hours in Tasmania? Well, it really depends on the season. If you’re on a winter break, perhaps check out the state’s eclectic west coast. On the way, be sure to explore Cradle Mountain. If your timing’s right, you might get in a good afternoon of skiing or, at the very least, a scenic walk around Dove Lake. Spend a night tucked up in the Cradle Mountain Lodge or one of the varieties of self-contained cabins available. After a hearty brekky, keep travelling west and visit the mining town of Rosebery, its neighbour Zeehan (the whole town is a virtual museum of courthouse, theatre and old locomotives) and consider scenic waterside village Strahan as your final overnight destination. Also, try to squeeze in either the Gordon River Cruise or West Coast Wilderness Railway journey before you hit the long and winding road…

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Feb
28
2011

Tastes of Rutherglen – a road trip for the senses

By Victoria /

EVERY Autumn, there’s a road trip in Victoria that every lover of food and wine must experience. Tastes of Rutherglen is a festival every long weekend in March when two worlds collide – an explosion of taste sensations, where the best chefs unite with old and new wineries in the region to match up food with the glorious liquid gold on off er. Best of all, if you can’t make it on the long weekend don’t despair – they double up again the following weekend! People flock from everywhere, whether it’s coming from the north in your Sydney car rental (500km, along the Hume Highway) or from the south  in your Melbourne hire car (300km, mainly along the Hume). A then there are plenty who head to the north east Victorian hamlet from Canberra (400km). Whatever the direction, the sights and tourist destinations along the way are well worth a stop-off or two. Rutherglen offers a world of contrasts. A…

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Jun
22
2009

Driving holiday – Sydney to Melbourne (NSW/Vic)

By Australia / Sydney /

I’ve always preferred to drive to Melbourne than fly – I just like my independence, the freedom of the road and the convenience once I get there. The direct route down the Hume (highway) can be a little tedious, just as well I’m comfortable behind the wheel! A new touring route has officially opened, however – the Sydney to Melbourne Touring Route. It’s not a new road, just a new slant on familiar territory, opening tourists’ eyes to what’s special in the states of NSW and Victoria. Keen to try out the multi-day ‘Mega Drive’, I arranged campervan hire through DriveNow, picking up my camper in Sydney. After meandering through Sydney’s southern suburbs, we diverted through the gorgeous Royal National Park, emerging at Stanwell Tops and the start of the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive. This new road skirts the spectacular Wollongong escarpment, with a bridge hovering above the pounding ocean and offering spectacular views down the coastline. I’m always blown away…

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May
29
2009

Girls weekend – Margaret River (WA)

By Australia / Western Australia /

For those looking for a short getaway, this five-day experience has to be experienced first hand to be believed. After some to-ing and fro-ing between several destinations for our escape from the daily grind, Margaret River ticked all the boxes: beautiful scenery, some premier Australian wineries and great food for five long-standing friends to catch up, recharge and reconnect. […]

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Mar
31
2009
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Driving holidays – north east coast (Tasmania)

By Australia / Tasmania /

  The brochure promised pristine beaches, wide open skies and the dream of forgetting civilization for four days – an ideal getaway for two busy mums. In reality, the Bay of Fires Walk in Tasmania ticked all those boxes and more: no meal preparation for four days while exploring one of Tasmania’s remote coastlines, kayaking along beautiful Anson’s River and enjoying gourmet food soon proved why this is one of the world’s most popular holidays. For us, this was a chance to experience the best of both worlds. Firstly, a beautiful drive in one of Australia’s best states for breathtaking views for a couple of days, and, secondly, to experience one of the world’s great walks. Our week started the moment we landed at Launceston airport. After a swift collection of cases sans little folk, we hopped in our Hyundai Getz thanks to DriveNow with Avis offering the best deal this time around. Some great short drives As a precursor to our walking…

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