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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Delicious South Island – take a road trip your taste buds will love

By New Zealand /

You can talk about seeing beautiful scenery and visiting local cultures all day, but sometimes, the best thing about a road trip is the food. The South Island of New Zealand is host to some of the most worthy food destinations in the world. Bluff Starting in the deep south, the Bluff oyster is currently in season and often considered the best oyster in the world. Demand is so high in fact, that helicopters sometimes fly out meet the fishing boats in order to distribute the oysters more quickly. At approximately NZ$24 a dozen, these delicacies of the sea are worth blowing your travel budget on. Queenstown In the self-proclaimed adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown is famous are far north as Auckland for burger bar Fergburger. Open 21 hours a day, it has been known to cause aforementioned Aucklanders to road trip the 3,000km round trip just to taste arguably the best burger (or at least most famous) in…

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Park in profile: Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

By Australia / Gold Coast / Queensland /

PARK IN PROFILE: BIG4 GOLD COAST HOLIDAY PARK, QUEENSLAND Where: Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park, 66-86 Siganto Drive, Helensvale, Queensland, set on 32 acres right in the heart of Queensland’s famous theme park world. Website: 10 words or less: Theme parks! Beautiful villas. Awesome resort pool, waterslide and café. The lowdown: Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park is close to all the action with beautiful villas, ample grassy sites for vans and tents, and is pet friendly. With such wide open spaces, it’s the perfect place to park your Brisbane campervan rental. Though there’s much to explore outside including Wet N Wild, Movie World, The Outback Spectacular, White Water World and Dreamworld, as well as the heart of Surfer’s Paradise not to far away by car, the park offers plenty of reasons to stay inside: including one of the best resort style pools you’ll find in Queensland with a 1.5 storey waterslide, poolside cabanas, an inflatable screen for movies under…

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Grab some bargains online before setting off on your Aussie summer road trip

By Australia /

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…

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