Relaxation

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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Apr
10
2018

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. If you’re there for the Commonwealth Games and fancy seeing something a little different, hire a car from the Gold Coast and head for the hills. 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…

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Apr
06
2018

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 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…

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Jul
26
2017

5 step guide to a Melbourne city escape between Christmas and New Year

By Melbourne / Victoria /

It’s a long way off but there’s a certain time of year the rest of the human race are either snoozing or have escaped to somewhere else when it comes to Melbourne city and inner city ‘burbs. With Christmas and Boxing Day out of the way and many catching their breath before New Year’s suddenly arrives, Melbourne’s a little sleepy and there are some great hotel deals on offer if you’re looking for a quick getaway. For a two night, three day stay and play in the big smoke, here are five suggestions for a great Melbourne short stay in 12 months time. The biggest tip of all is you have to be organised so get that calendar ready with reminders. Flights … the gang at skyscanner recently revealed some observations about the best time to buy flights for Christmas/New Year’s. According to Skyscanner’s research, the best time to buy a Christmas flight is during the week of November 21…

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Jul
18
2017

The best luxury hotels in Adelaide and surrounds

By Australia / South Australia /

There are many incredible luxury hotels in South Australia. Whether you want to explore Adelaide city, venture to the Barossa Valley or witness the natural beauty of the Flinders Ranges, we have you covered for where to stay. First, snap up one of DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Adelaide. Then take your pick from one of these five luxury hotels… The Playford Adelaide In the heart of Adelaide’s rich cultural precinct is The Playford. It’s one of Australia’s most awarded boutique luxury hotels. If you’re looking for a truly relaxing getaway then we recommend booking one of the Studio Spa Suites. It has everything you could ever dream of and more, including a lounge area and a walk-in marble ensuite. All while you have the city’s arts, cultural and entertainment hotspot right on your doorstep. The Mayfair Adelaide Stay in a stunning heritage-listed building that’s right across the road from Rundle Mall, which is Adelaide’s most popular shopping strip. It has 170 rooms and…

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Mar
30
2017

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…

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Jan
31
2017

4 of the hottest new hotels and resorts in Queensland

By Queensland /

AUSTRALIA has an endless feed of new hotels and resorts, but it shouldn’t come as any surprise Queensland often leads the pack with the most interesting and alluring. Looking for somewhere new to explore in the sunshine state after jumping in a Brisbane car rental and hitting the road? The Queensland Tourism & Events team serve up six of the finest… Breeze (pictured) – Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Breeze is a new boutique coastal property located in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, and is the newest luxury resort to open in the seaside suburb in over a decade. Breeze occupies prime position on the beachfront esplanade and is within walking distance of award-winning dining including the area’s renowned Spice Bar. With its fluid, exterior architecture that mirrors the ocean’s gentle waves, the property features 57, style-forward apartments designed in neutral colors and beachside décor. Breeze also offers a pool and spa, and guests have access to the beach as well as…

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Dec
19
2016

Things to do in Darwin

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Darwin is considered the gateway to Asia and it’s one of the must see cities in Northern Australia. It has everything you could ask for – scenery, outdoor adventures, wildlife interactions and family activities. Grab a cheap car rental at Darwin Airport and put these highlights on your ‘things to do in Darwin’ list. Watch a film at Deckchair Cinema You can catch a movie every night of the week at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema during the dry season. Most people enjoy this experience as it’s usually the first time they’ve ever watched a movie under the stars while in a reclining deckchair. The cinema is run by the non-for-profit Darwin Film Society and offers a wide variety of films to choose from. Explore the markets Wander through Darwin’s markets to admire the city’s rich cultural creations. The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are the most popular with tourists. They’re also the biggest and you’ll find them located next to the Darwin…

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Oct
28
2016

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…

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Oct
13
2016

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…

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Aug
24
2016

Great road trips from Paris

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Most people travel to France to see Paris, one of the world’s most famous cities. But few take advantage of the chance to hire a car in Paris and discover this beautiful country by road at their own pace. Here are five great road trips from Paris. Remember, allow extra time because you’re sure to come across plenty of unexpected wonders. Normandy (pictured) Travel two and a half hours west of Paris and you’ll discover one of the country’s most beautiful coastal drives. There are several landmarks, from the famous island monastery Mont-Saint-Michel to the so-called D-Day beaches where some of the most dreadful scenes of World War Two took place. Another place to stop includes the colourful town of Honfleur, which inspired impressionist arists like Claude Monet. Chamonix Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is a popular resort area near the border of Italy and Switzerland. Mont Blanc is the highest summit in the Alps, making it the ideal place for snow-based activities, while also offering panoramic views….

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