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Dec
31
2014

Seven stunning lookouts in Australia

By Australia / Broome / New South Wales / Northern Territory / Queensland / South Australia / Tasmania / Victoria / Western Australia /

WHEN it comes to lookouts Down Under, there may not be another country in the world that matches Australia for sheer diversity and absolute stunning sights whether be inland or coastal. We fetch seven from throughout the continent to consider during that next road trip. 1. Staircase to the Moon (WA, pictured) One of the world’s great mystical wonders for sightseeing, visit Broome in the north-west from March to October and you can witness the Staircase to the Moon, a natural phenomenon when the moon rises over the mudflats at Roebuck Bay at low tide. 2. Echo Point (NSW) The famous view of the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains is one of the best in the world, let alone Australia. Situated on the north escarpment of the Jamison Valley. An absolute stunner. 3. Mount William (Victoria) Mount William is the highest point in the Grampians National Park at over 1100 metres and offers 360-degree views of mountain ranges. Make…

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Dec
05
2014

Visit the Sydney Flower Market for a splash of colour and sweet scents

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

The Sydney Flower Market in Flemington is without a doubt one of the most colourful markets you’ll come across in Sydney, perhaps even Australia. Get out of bed at the crack of dawn and make your way to Flemington to make sure you don’t miss out on the market’s beautiful colours and the sweet, flowery scents that fill the air. Address: 250-318 Parramatta Rd, Flemington Trading hours: Open Monday to Saturday, 5am – 11am but most stores start closing around 10am About the market: The Sydney Flower Market is Australia’s largest market for fresh cut flowers. While the market supplies flowers to florists across the city, it’s also open to the general public. The Sydney Flower Market has been a part of the city since the First Fleet arrived in the 18th century and today the market is home to around 170 stalls selling pretty flowers of every colour imaginable. The flowers sold here come from growers from all over the state. New…

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Nov
25
2014

10 fun things to do in Melbourne this summer

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

MELBOURNE is one of the world’s most liveable cities. Some say THE world’s most liveable city. So, where to go in Melbourne? There’s an endless list of places to go in Melbourne, with exciting things to see and experience at any time of day. Here are 10 fun things to do in Melbourne recommended by the DriveNow team. 1. Climb the 1000 Steps, Mt Dandenong Experience a fraction of the exhaustion felt by Australian soldiers following the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea in WWII. Appreciate the surrounding tree ferns, manna gum trees and plaques in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives on the trail. 2. Block Arcade for high tea, CBD The Block Arcade’s stunning 19th century architecture is a sight for sore eyes, while the delicious treats at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms inside the Arcade are scrumptious delights for hungry tummies! 3. Visit the Vic Market, CBD The lively and colourful Queen Victoria Market has existed…

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Oct
14
2014

Campervan Hire in the Top End – Travel Tips

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

If you are planning a campervan holiday in the Top End of the Northern Territory and exploring more remote locations, here are some tips from our experience on the road. Much of this applies to travel any way in remote Australia. If you have ideas and tips you’d like to share, please send them into writeabout@drivenow.com.au. Tips: Walk round and thoroughly check your Campervan rental before you leave the branch. Take photos of any existing external scratches or damage. Check inside that everything is working. Your campervan supplier will be helpful and will work with you on this but photos are the easiest and clearest way to document and record   If your Campervan comes with a TV you may need to use the auto-tune feature when you move between locations to pick up digital signals. In the Top End these appeared to change between Darwin, Jabiru, Katherine and Batchelor   If your campervan has a toilet cartridge you will…

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Sep
30
2014

5 Resources For Planning A Road Trip In Australia

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ROAD trips in Australia. It’s the new black for tourism Down Under where caravanning, campervanning, cabin stays and camping is booming. In fact, the industry has always conquered any economic challenges. It’s an affordable, fun and down-to-earth way to experience this great country. DriveNow’s CEO Russell Matters is only all too aware of it, claiming the rise in people either grabbing a rental car and heading for a caravan park cabin or the increase in campervan rentals in Australia is surging. “Definitely on the rise,” he said. “It’s an affordable way to have a holiday and I guess the big advantage for people who don’t own a campervan is that they can hire one from DriveNow at a great price and hand it back when they’re finished. It opens up a world of possibilities and we’re noticing some people doing it every year now for that one Australian road trip experience somewhere different. I’ve talked with a few customers who…

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Sep
26
2014

Five awesome markets on the Sunshine Coast to make you remember the simple things in life

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

THE Sunshine Coast in Queensland has just about every reason why you would want to jump in a Brisbane airport campervan rental and have a holiday in the sand, sun and explore the region’s beaches. While it has a very cosmopolitan cafe scene, and opportunities for such adventures as swimming with the whales with the gang at Sunreef Diving, have an almighty feast at Spice Bar, and visit Australia Zoo, the one thing that is always underrated when you’re on a campervanning adventure is hitting the local markets. Problem is, there’s so many of them in this part of Australia. Which are best? After spending a patch of time in one of Australia’s hottest destinations, here are five you simply won’t be able to resist. 1. Eumundi Markets (Wednesdays and Saturdays) Yep, this one’s the king of them all so you’d better allow a full day to meander around checking out fresh food, homewares, artworks, skincare products, awesome stalls offering…

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Aug
02
2014
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Early Christmas Tip #1: Booking a 7 Seater

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If you are in the market to hire a people mover for Christmas, here’s a hot tip ….. book now. Get in early and get a cheaper rate and more importantly secure a vehicle. Of all rental cars in Australia, 7 seaters and people movers sell out more quickly and earlier than any other at Christmas. Every year DriveNow has to turn away travellers looking for these vehicles as suppliers across the country book out. There’s no deposit required and with no booking or cancellation fees charged by DriveNow you’ve nothing to lose by booking now and locking down a 7 seater for your Christmas holiday. DriveNow Reservations Team

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Jul
30
2014

3 great new gadgets to help tech-savvy road-tripping diehards stay connected

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Life on the road when you’ve rented a campervan in Australia can be loads of fun, but those with gadgets have a hunger for more. So what’s new in the world of digital enhancements and clever gadgets to make your road-tripping all the more special? Try these three. 1. Say hello to Lenny (pictured). If you have music in your smartphone, ipod or subscribe to an online music provider like Spotify, you want to make sure your tunes sound the goods in that camper! Audio Dynamics in Melbourne have the best portable Bluetooth mobile speaker units going around. For music on the go, the portable speaker, called “Lenny”, is essential for the holidays and the Elipson Lenny sets a new standard for portable wireless speakers both for design and sound quality. Lenny, a foghorn-shaped portable speaker, connects with devices equipped with the Bluetooth 2.1 protocol and is compatible with Android and IOS smartphones, tablets, computers and any other device equipped…

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Jul
24
2014

7 amazing things to do in Australia’s great outdoors before your croak it

By Melbourne / Northern Territory / Perth / Port Douglas / Queensland /

AUSTRALIA’S landscapes are so vast and diverse, with so much to offer travellers who love an unforgettable outdoor experience. Hit the road and explore the great outdoors (and underground!) with one of these exciting adventures. 1. Hang gliding in one of Queensland’s popular seaside towns Where: Port Douglas, 67km north of Cairns Hang gliding is probably the closest you’ll ever come to experiencing what it’s like to fly like a bird. Admire Port Douglas’ stunning beaches and blue waters from above, while enjoying the thrill of take off and landing. 2. Horse riding in the Snowy Mountains Where: Bago State Forest, 240 km south west of Canberra Explore a stunning landscape on horseback with Mountain Ash Trails’ half day and full day rides. Ride through the gorgeous Tumbarumba region and spot kangaroos, brumbies and kookaburras along the way. 3. Cave exploring in Gippsland Where: Buchan, 355km east of Melbourne Underground a wonderland of ancient caves awaits, formed nearly 400 million…

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Jun
12
2014

99 experiences for road trippers that have the rest of the world jealous of Australia

By Adelaide / Australia / Great Ocean Road / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Tasmania / Victoria /

JEALOUS? you bet they are. But anyone who lives beyond Australia’s coastline is more than welcome to head down to the Southern Hemisphere and experience the places that make we Aussies spoilt for choice. We live in a big, bold land, an entire continent in fact, and relish the fact we have different worlds of discovery around every corner, inland and along our vast coastline of Oz. To pick up a campervan or rental car in Australia and hit the road is magical, especially when you have no plans and open your eyes to real exploration and stop off at a random place knowing you’re about to discover something new. Road trips in Australia are in. It’s the buzz style of travel Down Under especially given the large amount of caravan holiday parks at just about every city, town or hamlet you drive through. So what are five recommendations from the bunch of fantastic experiences in every state of our…

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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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Apr
09
2014

5 Great Camping Tips From Big4 Holiday Parks

By Australia /

Looking for some easy tips to make your next camping trip a breeze in your DriveNow campervan rental? We talk to the gang at Big4 Holiday Parks. School is out, the campervan is packed, the kids are loaded in the back and you’re about to head off on a long awaited camping trip. Camping with kids can be a great bonding experience and you can create lifetime family memories. To make sure those memories are unforgettable for the right reasons follow these simple camping tips from BIG4 Holiday Parks to camp like a champ. Make a list, check it twice There is nothing worse that arriving at your destination, only to find that you’ve left something at home. Chances are it will be a crucial component of your trip like eskie or flashlights. Prepare a list of camping essentials to make sure everything is packed. Sticking to the list will also mean you don’t over pack and end up digging…

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