The road trip’s looking good – you’ve done the groundwork, booked the Australian campervan rental, assembled the essentials, but a few last-minute items are still on the agenda. Why not avoid the Christmas crowds and click on convenience by shopping online before that next big summer road trip.
Here are a few ideas:
The Great Australian Doorstep TV Show’s clearance sale: DriveNow’s regular guest blogger Peter “Spida” Everitt’’ not only discovers Australia AND records a TV show, he also finds time to pack his website with a heap of bargains.
The Little Book of Big Discounts ($2.95) contains 36 vouchers for holiday parks, cruises and day tours, accommodation, camp gear hire and car hire. The exclusive Great Australian Doorstep Sherrin footy, at $89 (usually $195), is perfect for booting around the campsite. Throw in a deck of cards ($2.55) and a silver key ring bottle and can opener ($3.95) and you’ve bagged yourself some great value. You can also snap up some DVDs of the series.
AGFG online store: If you are away in your campervan rental for the festive season, it’s handy to have a hamper tucked away – you’ll never be short of a box of choccies or gourmet pickles for that relative, friend, or the bloke who helps you fix a flat tyre.
The brand new AGFG online shop, part of the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide’s general portal, features a first-class selection of hampers from top name brands and chefs, including a Christmas range (from $50, see a $99 one pictured). Of course, it’s nice to keep a few luxuries for yourself. How about some Maggie Beer stock (beef or chicken), Luke Mangan BBQ rub, a bit of Peter Kuruvita Chili Salt and a jar of Duck Creek honey choc macadamias to keep your camp dinners interesting? Top it off with the Original Hot Chocolate Company “chunks on a spoon”, it’ll keep the kids amused as they stir it in hot milk by the fire, or savor one yourself while watching the sun go down.
When hitting the road after you have hired a campervan in Australia, barbecue is the undisputed king of camp cooking, but imagine surprising the family with a roast, stew or dessert? Jo Clews’ Australian Camp Oven Cooking (Boiling Billy Publications, RRP $34.99) provides recipes, as well as info on different types of camp oven cooking gear, menu planning and building the right type of cooking fire.