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Go retro with these 4 Australian drive in venues to catch a movie under the stars

GOING to the local cinema always guarantees a good night out, but nothing compares to the nostalgic charm of jumping in a car with your partner, or the family, and watching a movie at the drive in theatre. Whether you’re with your partner, friends or family, everybody loves a night under the stars. It’s an old-fashioned way to have some fun, but it’s a goodie.
1. Skyline Drive In
Blacktown, 38km west of Sydney CBD
When it comes to drive in movies Sydney does as well if not better than anyone with its only drive in featuring a [...]

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7 things to do in Canberra and why there’s much more to it than just pollies and roundabouts

CANBERRA – it’s Australia’s capital. Many will tell you it’s best to steer clear of it if you’re zooming around on an Aussie road trip in your Sydney car rental and avoid the home of politicians and roundabouts. But they’re wrong, and I’ll give you seven good reasons why there are plenty of good attractions in Canberra.
1. The Australian War Memorial
BEAUTIFUL and monumental in its bush setting, the AWM transports us back in history – and the present – allowing us to reflect on some extraordinary Australian experiences in war. Forever expanding since early last century, we’re not [...]

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5 great hotspots where you can park your wheels along the Murray River

AUSTRALIA’S longest river, the Murray, rises near Mount Kosciuszko in the Australian Alps and runs more than 2,500 kilometres to the Southern Ocean near Goolwa, South Australia. Beautiful little towns are dotted all along the mighty Murray River and with a Melbourne car rental you can explore any number of them. Here are five destinations to discover along the way after with each town distinctively its own.
Echuca
Where: 220km north of Melbourne
Home to the world’s largest paddlesteamer fleet, Echuca lives up to its title of Australia’s Paddlesteamer Capital. These riverboats have been travelling the Murray since 1853, so [...]

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Campervan Hire in the Top End – Travel Tips


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 [...]

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Travel Top End Loop – Litchfield Park – Marines on Falls Day 7 & 8


Batchelor, Buley Hole and Wangi Falls
The Final destination in our loop through the top end in our Maui Motorhome was Litchfield Park. Just 80 minutes south of Darwin, close enough for a day-trippers and 244km north of Katherine straight up the Stuart Highway.
14kms off the Stuart Highway the small township of Batchelor is the gateway to Litchfield Park. Made up of a couple of pubs, a Best Western Hotel, small supermarket, fuel, Post office and 3 holiday parks, Batchelor is also home to the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education . The Batchelor airport, a former World [...]

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Travel the Top End Loop – Lazy Lizard lunch and cruising with Katherine – Day 5 & 6


Pine Creek, Katherine Gorge and Cutta Cutta Caves
Before leaving the Jabiru area we stopped off at Mirrai Lockout, parked up the motorhome and a 20 minute walk up to the hilltop was rewarded with panoramic views of across Kakadu to the Arnhem Land escarpments on the other side of the East Alligator river.
We had thought about Jim Jim Falls however as it was accessible only via a 2 hour journey on an unsealed road it was off the agenda with our motorhome – no motorhome or campervan rental can be driven on unsealed roads (unless entering a [...]

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Travel the Top End Loop – Arnhem Land – Day 4

Arnhem Land and 20,000 year old Australians

Day 4 was spent on tour in Arnhem Land and for me this was the absolute stand out of our entire trip – if you can only book one tour in the top end – make it this one. You will not be disappointed in what was a memorable and an amazing experience.
The tour is organised by Lords Safaris (www.lords-safaris.com), one of only 3 operators permitted by the Land council to enter Arnhem land. Yes it is expensive at $810 for 2 adults and 2 children, however worth every cent. You [...]

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Travel the Top End Loop – Kakadu and a hissy Saltie – Day 3

Day 3 Darwin to Kakadu and Yellow Water
We collected our motorhome from the Maui depot on Bombing road in Winnellie (around $35 from the city). Allow 45 minutes for the staff to show you around the vehicle and explain how everything works. There’s DVD you can watch and we were also given a USB stick with the video. A team member will go over the vehicle with you to check for any existing scratches or damage and there’s no harm in using your phone camera to snap these just to be totally sure.
Now is also the last opportunity [...]

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Travel the Top End Loop – Catch a Wave in Darwin – Day 1 & 2

A 10 day discovery of Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield Park by Campervan Hire with DriveNow.
FOR the September school holidays the choice was left to the kids, Darwin or New Zealand? – the selection fell the way of the warmer Northern Territory, and warmer it most definitely was with the coolest day hitting a mild 37.
Although a family of 4, we organised a 6 berth Platinum River motorhome through Maui which proved to be the perfect vehicle – plenty of room, easy to drive and came with everything we needed – shower, toilet, fridge, great cooker and no [...]

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5 Resources For Planning A Road Trip In Australia

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 [...]

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