Nov
30
2018

Hit the road in Canada on the Alaska Highway

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The Destination Canada team says Aussie road trippers seeking the ultimate driving holiday can’t go past the renowned Alaska Highway in Canada’s Yukon Territory. “The term ‘scenic drive’ doesn’t begin to describe the rugged beauty along this wilderness route, with snow-covered mountains, spruce forests, ancient glaciers and abundant wildlife making this a driving paradise,” Team DC points out. As this iconic route winds through historic communities and soaring mountain ranges, you won’t want to miss the key photo opportunities along the way. Read on for five unmissable stop-offs on this unforgettable journey. Sign Post Forest As you cruise through Watson Lake, east of Yukon’s capital city of Whitehorse, keep your eyes peeled for a road-side collection of more than 77,000 from around the world. This unique time capsule dates back to 1942 when US Soldier, Carl K. Lindley erected a sign marking the direction and distance to his hometown, Illinois. The trend caught on, with locals and visitors from across…

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Nov
29
2018

Five top Aussie festivals around Australia

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From country music events to spectacular Outback festivals, or food and wine extravaganzas to riverboats and jazz, there’s something worth driving to just about anywhere in Australia all-year round. Here are five diverse festivals worth packing your bags for and hitting the road in a DriveNow campervan for a unique Australian cultural experience. 1. Riverboats, Jazz, Food & Wine Weekend – Echuca, Victoria. 15th – 17th February Pick up your DriveNow Melbourne Rental Car and a leisurely three-hour drive along the Hume Freeway and Northern Highway will take you to the riverbanks of beautiful Echuca where this annual event creates a buzz in February every year. The region’s finest food and wine are on show, jazz musos from far and wide strut their stuff and the paddle steamers from yesteryear chug along the mighty Murray River. It’s a treat for the eyes, ears and taste buds! 2. Tamworth Country Music Festival – Tamworth, New South Wales. 18th – 27th January This one’s popular for…

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Nov
28
2018

5 horrid travel diseases to avoid overseas

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There are so many exotic travel destinations around the world, each with their own national treasures. You can easily access many of them at your own pace with a bargain car rental. But it’s easy to forget the dangers, particularly travel diseases, that will no doubt leave you miserable. Some can really put a damper on your holiday. The good news is most are preventable and just require a bit of extra caution. Here’s how to avoid five horrible travel diseases when your on the road exploring the world. Malaria This nasty disease is found all over the developing world, from Africa to Asia and even South America. Malaria, which spreads by mosquito bites, kills more than 200 million people worldwide every year. This is why you can never be too careful when travelling. Watch out for flu-like symptoms, fever and chills. Protect yourself by taking anti-malarial pills and wearing mosquito repellent. They say a Gin & Tonic is a…

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Nov
28
2018

The most magical Christmas markets to visit in France this year

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A European Christmas is very different to an Aussie one. There’s no scorching heatwaves, sizzling BBQs or Christmas Day at the beach. But, there are the twinkling Christmas lights, warming up by a fire with a mulled wine, and our favourite, the magical Christmas markets that pop up around European cities. If you’re heading to France this festive period, you’re in for a treat. There are plenty to choose from, from the grand to the cute and quaint, it can be a difficult task on deciding which ones to visit. DriveNow has rounded up the most magical Christmas markets to visit in France this year. Enjoy. Strasbourg For a true festive French experience, head to France’s oldest Christmas market. Strasbourg Christmas market dates all the way back to 1577. Today, over two million tourists visit here every year to take in the beauty of the hundreds of miles of twinkling lights, a living nativity and live Advent concerts. Sample the…

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Nov
26
2018

Gold Coast fun parks for summer holidays

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The Gold Coast is blessed with good weather all year round. But summer is the best time to take the kids, who are on school holidays, to the beach for a few weeks. Even beyond summer, now is also a good time to start planning your trip for Autumn and Winter. Search and compare cheap car hire deals from Gold Coast airport with DriveNow. Once you have secured your rental car, stay at one of these fantastic local accommodation options. Ashmore Palms Gold Coast If you don’t want a hotel, motel or apartment, then a self-contained cabin at Ashmore Palms is for you. Choose from budget or luxury holiday cabins, which have everything you need to feel at home. Ashmore Palms facilities include beautiful swimming lagoons, kids playgrounds, a tennis court and a BBQ. There’s also a general store – just in case you forget one of your ingredients while cooking dinner! One of the highlights is the free family…

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Nov
24
2018

Get set for some Singapore fun in the coming weeks

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Pop Singapore into the Google flights app and you’ll quickly realise return flights from Australia are spectacular value at the moment with a non-stopper on Jetstar from Melbourne costing less than $500 round trip (at the time this blog was published). Scoot’s cooking up hot deals too, as is Qantas for those looking for a step up in class. As most of us know, Singapore is a melting pot of cultures, with great food, restaurants and nightlight, as well as plenty to see and do. Once you arrive, jump in your Singapore rental car and get ready for a variety of fun things during a quick trip before Christmas: Christmas Wonderland Embark on a magical journey at Christmas Wonderland 2018. The fifth edition of Christmas Wonderland – the European-style Christmas fair will feature brand new highlights and a new take on crowd favourites when it returns to Gardens by the Bay this 30 November to 26 December. Brand new iconic…

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Nov
20
2018

Country adventures galore in New South Wales

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Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. What better way to spend this marvelCous time of year, other than with one of these New South Wales country adventures. Hire a cheap car rental from Sydney Airport, then embark on a trip to regional New South Wales. These great country adventures are within a few hours’ drive from Sydney. Tamworth The regional town that’s home to the famous Golden Guitar comes alive every January comes alive with the Tamworth Country Music Festival. It’s 10 days of 700 performers, including some of country music’s biggest names like Troy Cassar-Daley and Kasey Chambers. Most of the events are free. When this music mania is over there are scenic lookouts, museums, bars and beer tasting experiences to enjoy. Hunter Valley Just two hours north of Sydney is one of the state’s most romantic and relaxing country adventures. The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most famous wine growing regions….

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Nov
19
2018

8 Places to Spend the Christmas holidays in Australia

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Christmas is almost upon us and what better way to spend the extra time off work than on an adventure with your loved ones? Australia is so vast, from its red earth rocky terrain to crystal clear waters, luscious rainforests, and uber-hip cities, there’s plenty of places to explore. Struggling on where to choose for your Christmas break? We’ve come up with a list of places to inspire you on where to explore next. Cairns Cairns should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. The adventure capital is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, and an archipelago of 600 islands. This beautiful Queensland city is a dream holiday destination for its tropical climate, eclectic mix of cafes, bars, and shops. Explore the vibrant city centre before heading off on an adventure. Enjoy a jungle trek through the world heritage Daintree Rainforest, a scuba dive on the world’s largest coral reef, or admire the local wildlife. Enjoy your Christmas break…

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Nov
19
2018

Campervanning Top Tips For Summer Adventures

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Summer is the best time of year to snag a bargain campervan hire deal from your nearest capital city. With summer just around the corner, we’ve prepared some campervanning tips to help make things easier for your next adventure. Here are our top five campervanning tips: 1. Finding a campervan One of the best campervanning tips we can share, of course, is where to find the best campervan hire deals if you don’t own one. DriveNow rents campervans, giving you a wide choice of vehicles at affordable costs, with no booking fees. You can rent a campervan for as little as one dollar a day with DriveNow’s campervan relocation rentals or even start planning for your American summer road trip in a motorhome mid-year 2019. 2. Stock up! There’s the obvious list – bring food, sunscreen, bug spray, a first-aid kit, hand sanitiser, bin liners, extra towels. However, something that travellers commonly overlook are battery chargers. There’s no point in…

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Nov
14
2018

8 hidden gems in the NYC music scene

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  Everybody knows NYC for its famous broadway shows, subway buskers and outdoor concerts. The music scene is the city’s heart and soul, although NYC has many music venues that you probably don’e even know about! If you’re stopping by NYC for your USA driving holiday, you should check out some of these hiddem gems. Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn Steel quickly made a name for itself after opening last year, with five nights of sold-out rock concerts. Since then it has become one of the most popular music halls for locals, with many performances for one night only. Some upcoming names include The Front Bottoms and rapper Noname. Barbes Imagine watching musicians perform a friendly, intimate back room of a French bar. That’s Barbes for you and it’s one of the city’s most diverse music scenes. You can expect everything from indie rock, West African funk, jazz and French musette. Flushing Town Hall The iconic Flushing Town Hall, which was built…

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Nov
11
2018

The Chair’s Where? Coramandal Peninsula, New Zealand

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TIME TO DISCOVER CORAMANDAL PENINSULA So you have flown into Auckland in New Zealand and picked up your motorhome rental or car. You’ve done the local sights. Been over the bridge, checked out the harbour, had several doses of traditional indigenous experience and eaten at some great local cafes. But New Zealand is so much more than Auckland and its immediate locales. Indeed, a steady two hour drive can take you to the Coramandal Peninsula. Now this truly is a region suited to a few nights stay as you move from Wahai beach to Whitianga. Why? LOCATION You don’t have to go far in New Zealand to find some great views. The mountain climbs as you head to and through the Coramandel, so allow for a photographic delight. The walking tracks, the waterfalls, the intricately balanced ecology make for a learning curve at every step. But for me, it was about the east coast of the Coramandal. HIGHLIGHTS Waihi beach. Whether…

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Nov
07
2018

A quaddie of hotel openings in Queensland this month

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Business travellers heading to Queensland have even more great hotel options at the ready as the Sunshine State wins the Quaddie in a head-spinning race to launch four new hotels this month: Riley in Cairns, Ruby Apartments Gold Coast, The Westin Brisbane, and Ovolo The Valley. Tourism Queensland reports the new hotels come hot on the hooves of The Calile, The Emporeum and W Brisbane. And, when it comes to the grazing paddock, the Sunshine State has launched a spate of winning new gastro choices starting with Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves. Sleep with a good conscience at Riley The much-anticipated five-star Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, will open its doors in Cairns today (November 6) putting #responsibletourism at the forefront with a pledge to donate $100 to Citizens of Great Barrier Reef from every room booked at crystalbrookcollection.com for stays in the first week of the hotel’s operation. Mark Davie, CEO of Crystalbrook Collection said the initiative speaks to Crystalbrook’s…

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