Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tasmania Campervan Rental Deals for Kiwis and Australians

Tasmania Campervan RentalTasmania is a great place to see by campervan -- and for Australians and New Zealanders its proximity makes holidaying there just like popping out the back door.

Britz offers a full range of fully equipped 2 wheel drive and four wheel drive campervans with a level of options and services. And even more enticing -- Britz is doing deals for Kiwis and Australians.

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Britz campers are fitted out with modern conveniences -- an on-board fridge, microwave, gas stove and most models offer a toilet & shower. Add to that the other conveniences -- free unlimited kilometre, touring maps and discount vouchers, 24-hour roadside assistance helpline, and the ability to combine campervan and car rentals throughout Australia & NZ -- and why wouldn't you book a Britz?

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Video: Sights from Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm, Devils Gullet, Cradle Mountain National Park, Queenstown, and the Styx, from a tourist who spent 10 days travelling Tasmania in a caravan.

Check out the Deals at Canada Motorhome Rentals

There's so much to see and do in Canada, especially when it comes to checking out forests, mountains, lakes or even glaciers. So why do some people see this spectacular scenery only through the window of an aircraft? Get next to nature and experience Canada from the comfort of an RV motorhome.

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There's also a great story at about how to handle driving in adverse weather conditions. It offers good advice and is well worth a read:
"So, how do we deal with these trailers and motor homes when faced with an impeding storm on the open road? Of course, the easiest way, depending on the storm’s severity, is to cancel that day’s travel. But, many times you are already on the road, and it develops without warning..."
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Video: A clip highlighting travel experiences in Northern British Columbia.

Great Motorhome Rental Deals at RV Rental Sale Finder

Motorhome Rental Deals

If you're planning to travel anywhere through the USA, RV Rental Sale Finder is the place to make your booking. As well as having a range of vehicles that are decked out so well that a celebrity would be happy to travel in one, the website is always offering great deals.

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Some examples -- if you book any Moturis vehicle before 31 December 2009 for travel between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011 you'll automatically receive 10% off the base rental rate. There are also early booking discount off Apollo campers and savings with other providers including Clippership motorhomes, Pure RV and Road Bear.

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Video: Great footage of the USA from some folk who were lucky enough to take the time to see this beautiful country

Green Motorhoming New Zealand

Green Motorhoming New Zealand
These days we're all concerned about the environment. And rightly so, after all so many of us go on holiday to take in the sights and gaze upon nature and the beautiful landscapes, rivers, mountains and more. So here's a better way to travel -- with reduced emissions and better fuel efficiency. For Green Motorhoming New Zealand check out

Enviro Campers vehicles meet the VTNZ Five Star benchmark - which far exceeds the equivalent European emission standards. They're also priced to meet every budget, with Backpacker, Standard and Premium Models.

Here's a story published in the NZ Herald, by a writer who took his family on holiday in a campervan:
"As much social experiment as holiday, we've packed our lives - Ella, Mack (2) and Evie (6 months) as they are known - into a six-berth Apollo Campervan and hit the road."
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Video: Sustainable tourism in New Zealand

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Launceston Campervan Hire

Launceston Campervan HireLaunceston, Tasmania is one of Australia's oldest cities and as such is home to one of the largest selections of nineteenth century buildings in Australia.

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With a population of around 100,000 citizens, Launceston is smaller than Tasmania's capital city Hobart, but it has a lot to offer. The Cataract Gorge is Launceston's largest tourist attraction -- it's close to the city and boasts the longest single span chairlift in the world, stretching 308 metres.

Other places to check out in Launceston include:
  • The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, established in 1891 -- the largest museum located outside a capital city in Australia.
  • Launceston Aquatic, a $26.3 million regional aquatic centre completed in July 2009.
Video: Cable Hang Gliding near Launceston, Tasmania

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Melbourne Events - Melbourne Campervan Hire

Melbourne Campervan Hire Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, is a vibrant city with a year round calendar of events and great places to see. If you're checking out Australia in a campervan, don't forget to see the sights in this fine city.

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Summer events include sporting events such as International Cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which is known as "the MCG" or simply the "G"; and the Australian Open tennis tournament, held every January at Melbourne Park, which is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

Music festivals include Big Day Out, which will be held in Melbourne on Tuesday January 26, 2010, with headlining acts such as Muse and The Mars Volta. There's also the Laneway Festival on January 30, 2010, which began in Caledonian Lane in Melbourne in 2004. The 2010 lineup includes Echo & the Bunnymen and Florence & the Machine.

Check out more on Melbourne at Wikipedia.

Video: Feist performing at the 2008 Laneway Festival

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Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race - Hobart Campervan Hire

Hobart Campervan HireIf you're travelling through Tasmania around the Christmas to New Year period you might want to check out the festivities surrounding the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

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Hobart is well known among the international yachting community as the finishing mark of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, which starts in Sydney on Boxing Day. The Hobart Summer Festival celebrates the arrival of the yachts with a food and wine festival that begins just after Christmas and ends in mid-January. The Taste of Tasmania is a major part of the festival, where locals and visitors can taste fine local and international food and wine.

The inaugural race in 1945 had nine starters and the winner was Rani, built in New South Wales. She took six days, 14 hours and 22 minutes to complete the race. Times got faster quite rapidly and today's crop of super-fast boats usually complete the course in less than 2 days. The record is held by Wild Oats XI, which won line and handicap honours in 2005 with a time of 1 day, 18hours, 40 minutes, 10 seconds. (Source: Wikipedia)

Video: Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race 2006

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Check Out Manly Beach with Sydney Motorhome Rental

Sydney Motorhome RentalIf you're travelling to Sydney, make sure you check out Manly Beach and the other Northern Beaches. Manly Beach is a popular beach in Sydney's Northern Beaches, Australia. It's a hit with tourists and locals alike and is rivalled only by the famous Bondi Beach south of the harbour.

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A four day festival celebrating surfing was held at Manly Beach just the other week. The inaugural festival was all about surfing lifestyle and culture, and a few big names even fronted - legendary surfers Tom Carroll and Mark Occhilupo were just two of the surfing celebrities who took to the water.

Among the events were tandem surfing, fancy dress surfing, a VW Kombi rally, surf board art exhibition, surf cinema, music performances and Night Surfing. Go here to see some great photos - there are more pics from day one at

If you're in New South Wales, you absolutely have to check out these beaches. And it's worth considering staying in Manly -- after all, it's an easy half hour trip on the ferry from Manly to Sydney's main ferry terminal at Circular Quay.

Video: Promo for the Manly Festival of Surfing, held November 5-8.

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Auckland Campervan Hire

Auckland Campervan HireIf you're visiting New Zealand, chances are pretty high that you'll be landing in Auckland. If you are heading that way, why not organise your campervan hire before you get there? Make sure you check out the fantastic deals on Auckland Campervan Hire at

Here's a link to another great blog post at - it's written by a couple checking out the sights in New Zealand. After many days of rural adventures through both the South and North Island they returned to Auckland before heading North:
"We sighted the Skytower and it was like coming home, as it was the first thing we saw when we first arrived in NZ. Such an odd feeling!"
And if you think New Zealand is famous for its sheep population, you might be interested to read about these colourful ones, spotted north of Auckland:
"Within 10kms of Auckland, the traffic had thinned right down again, no cars were to be seen apart from the odd truck. It was as we were drifting up into the Northland, that we saw the sign. 'SheepWorld' it blared out at us. We had to stop and see. It was mandatory, having seen the sign. That was when we saw them. We had parked in the carpark, we were about to go in and have a look at prices, we heard a 'baaa', we turned.An entire field of flourescent, bright, radiant pink sheep stood on our right. Pink sheep! They were day-glo! They were spectacular."
Video: Driving into Auckland city from the North Shore -- views of the city skyline and Sky Tower from the Auckland Harbour Bridge

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Christchurch Campervan Hire - See Franz Josef Glacier

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Ever wanted to check out New Zealand's spectacular glaciers? It's easy in a campervan. For great deals on Christchurch Campervan Hire go to

Check out these stunning photos of New Zealand glaciers, on travel website, where the travellers write about just how breathtaking the scenery is in the South Island of new Zealand:
"New Zealand is the only place in the world where glaciers actually touch a rainforest... Fox & Franz Josef glaciers are simply breath-taking – like walking on to the virtual CGI set of The Day After Tomorrow except that these vast frozen rivers really are there in front of you. They really are that big, that majestic, that much of a 'must see' that no photo that we've taken can ever come close to really conveying their ability to make your jaw hit the floor.

The third thing that made us stop after Fox and Franz? Well - we were on our way back across to Christchurch to stay with our new friends, Allen & Letitia (who we'd met previously at Denis' place just over a week earlier), and had taken Arthur's Pass as our route across the country when we spied some of the most interesting rock formations a little distance from the road. They turned out to be Kura Tawhiti; giant weathered limestone creations that jut from the hillside..."
Video: Franz Josef Glacier

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Everyone's Gone RV and Campervan Crazy

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The outdoor lifestyle is proving popular during the economic downturn, according to an article in the Financial Times.

"We have lots of RV parks where occupancy rates are up 13 to 14 per cent on last year," said Cheryl Smith, of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which represents more than 3,700 sites across the US. “People might not be able to afford to fly or stay in hotels but they’re all remembering that RV in the backyard, dusting it down and taking to the road.”

The article says that in our high-tech age of multiple distractions, families sometimes need to turn to a second home, often on wheels, in order to reconnect with each other.

The classic lines of the 1960s Airstream trailer are in hot demand. Celebrities with Airstreams include Tom Hanks, Andy Garcia, Sean Penn, Sandra Bullock, David Duchovny, Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey and director Tim Burton. And Pamela Anderson added a stripper pole, ceiling mirrors and shag pile carpeting to hers.

The article also says that a lot of baby boomers are taking to the open road. "France, Spain, Italy and Portugal are the most popular destinations but a lot are also now heading to Scandinavia and Holland and even Australia and New Zealand, where they will rent motorhomes.”

Video: Airstream production and performance, with footage of founder Wally Byam

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Low US Dollar, Early Bird Specials makes North America Motorhome Rental Attractive

Now is the perfect time to book Motorhome Rentals for Summer 2010 into the USA and Canada.

Many of the large Motorhome rental companies in Canada and the USA run Early Bird Specials. These typically give a healthy discount of 10 – 15% off the base rental rate and also give other elements like one way fees, convenience kits, pre paid mileage packages at heavily discounted rates also. To qualify bookings for travel over the 2010 Summer Months need to be received by the end of December or end of January. Some companies require for the whole rental to be paid in full by the end of December or January also, others are happy with normal payment terms where some of the booking is paid for up front and the remainder paid 35 days prior to travel.

These are great special offers to take advantage of but for International in-bound travelers to the USA in particular there is another very compelling reason to book and if possible pay for most if not all of your rental now. This is the weak US dollar against most other currencies. At the moment with the US dollar weak not only can you take advantage of Early Bird Special, if you lock in your booking and pay for it now you can also take advantage of what must be pretty favourable currency exchange rates. Of course dealing in currencies is best left for the big boys and international traders but really – how much further has the US dollar got to fall before it surely must rally?

Several website like or also seem to offer very favourable currency exchange rates – often better than the rate of the day that you may see on currency exchange information sites like . These sites will let you search for vehicles and book in other currencies as well as the home currency (USD or CAD) . The only catch with booking in a foreign currency is that they require you to pay for 100% of the rental up front. But if you are booking now and the US currency is weak against other currencies paying for the rental now is probably advantageous as opposed to paying for the bulk of a rental in June for a trip starting in July when the US dollar may be stronger and your own currency (e.g. Euro or Australian Dollar) doesn’t convert as well.

On top of this of course you get the Early Bird discounts by booking before the end of the year.

The other advantage of booking now is availability. Every year the availability of RV’s for rent in the main centres becomes very scarce or impossible if you are leaving your booking to the last minute.. In fact getting a first choice vehicle in March for travel in June – July becomes difficult. So booking this side of the New year will also help ensure you get the vehicle you really want.

These currency advantages aren’t really there for Canada but the same advantages gained through Early Bird Specials apply in Canada.

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Motorhome fleets filling fast for 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand

Looking to go to the New Zealand Rugby World Cup in 2011? You better book soon, as supply is becoming scarce, according the Rohan Marx, General Manager of iMall Motorhomes:

“You need to book a Motorhome for the 2011 Rugby World Cup now or you run the risk of missing out” warns Rohan Marx, General Manager of Motorhome Rentals at iMall Motorhomes. “As ridiculous as it sounds we already have one fleet of nearly 600 Motorhomes of all shapes and sizes completely booked out and several smaller fleets quickly nearing 100% Occupancy for the Rugby World Cup”.

The schedule for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand is as follows:

  • September 9th – October 2nd 2011 Pool Games
  • October 8th – 23rd 2011 Quarter Finals and Finals

Pool games and Quarter finals are played in major centres in both the North and South island of New Zealand with the Semi finals and the final all being played in Auckland.

Marx continues:

“The even spread of locations hosting games and the scarcity of flights, hotels, and motels to, from and in many of these centres makes Motorhoming the perfect way to travel to and from games as well as see New Zealand along the way. Even though we have well over 4000 dedicated rental Motorhomes in New Zealand the Rugby World Cup will see a huge influx of overseas visitors from Rugby playing nations and many of these also happen to be strong Motorhoming Nationalities .

Larger 4 and 6 Berth vehicles will sell out first, so if you are travelling with 3 or more people you really do need to get in and book this side of Christmas 2009. The smaller 2 -3 berth vehicles or 2 Berths with Showers and toilets will sell out also but probably not until the middle or end of 2010. If you are thinking of booking a vehicle for the Rugby World Cup a couple or possibly even 6 months out from the Rugby World Cup – think again. The closest you’ll get is a car and a tent.

You don’t have to put 100% payment down on Campervans in New Zealand until much nearer the pick up date. So if you are worried about the New Zealand dollar being high at the moment and are waiting for it to possibly fall against the Euro or GBP this is not a valid strategy. The important thing is to book and secure a vehicle first. Most companies will require a deposit but the bulk of the rental won’t need to be paid until 3 – 6 months before the tournament. (start to middle of 2011) . Do not think that you will secure a cheap flight first before trying to secure a Motorhome or Campervan. It’s unlikely flights will fluctuate too much around the Rugby World Cup dates and even if they do this won’t be until very close to the actual dates of the tournament and all vehicles will be well and truly booked by then. This is a common mistake Motorhome renters are making with normal Summer periods so the Rugby World Cup will be even worse in terms of vehicle availability."

The asking rates on vehicles for the Rugby World Cup will also increase as the event approached and availability becomes scarce. Now is the best time book - check out Rugby World Cup Motorhome Rental Deals here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

TimTam Slam - Campervan Hire Australia

Campervan Hire AustraliaA Tim Tam Slam is the practice of drinking a hot beverage - either tea, coffee or hot chocolate - by sucking it through a Tim Tam chocolate biscuit, with both of the ends bitten off. Watch as Justin tries a Tim Tam Slam in the below video.

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Tim Tams are a chocolate covered biscuit made by Arnott's, a proudly Australian brand that has been baking biscuits since 1865. Tim Rams were first produced in 1964 and are named after a horse that won the Kentucky Derby. Here's some information on the Tim Tam Slam:
"Ideally, the inside of the biscuit should collapse but the outside should remain intact. Just before the biscuit falls apart, it is placed in the mouth. The thicker chocolate coating on the Double Coat Tim Tam offers a more stable structure to help ensure that the biscuit does not collapse prematurely - refrigerating them also helps to preserve the outside structure while allowing the inside of the biscuit to melt... The practice is also known as Shotgunning a Tim Tam, in reference to Shotgunning beer. The Arnott's company prefers the name Tim Tam Suck and ran an advertising campaign promoting it under this name.

A Tim Tam Slam was performed by Natalie Imbruglia and host Graham Norton on the So Graham Norton television series in the United Kingdom. American actress Jennifer Love Hewitt also performed one live on Rove McManus's Australian talk show Rove Live after professing her love for the biscuit." (Source)
Fun fact: On Australia Day in 2004, 200 people in a pub in Croydon, England, and reportedly 30,000 people throughout the United Kingdom as a whole, attempted to set a record for tea-sucking, using Tim Tams.

Warning - don't attempt this with very hot liquid, or in front of someone you're trying to impress.

Video: Justin tries a Tim Tam slam. Suck it up, Justin!

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Tasmania Campervan Hire: Get a 'Sweet' Deal at this Shop

Tasmania Campervan HireJustin is a self-confessed "Lollyaholic" so it didn't take long for him to sniff out Tasmanian sweet shop Sweets & Treats.

"Driving through Tasmania in my campervan," he says, "I found that the choice is limitless at this lolly shop."

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He describes it as like being in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Sweets include Choc Orange Balls, Giant Choc Orange, Choc Mint Balls, Caramel Buds, Freckles, Giant Gems, Flying Saucers, Rosy Apples, Umbrellas, Sherbet Bombs, Musk Sticks, Sour Straps, Rainbow Marshmallows, Bananas Sherbet Cones, Big Boss Sticks, King Rats, Raspberry Twists, Fruit Straps, English Dusted Jelly Babies, Giant Jelly Babies and Dusted Jelly Babies Aussie Style. Oh, and hundreds more.

They also sell nuts, ice creams, licorice - pretty much any treat you heart - or sweet tooth - desires. Sweets & Treats is open seven days and located at 50 Bridge Street Richmond, Tasmania.

Video: Justin orders up far more than your average dollar mixture.

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Sydney Harbour Ferries - Campervan Hire Australia

Sydney Harbour FerriesAt night the city of Sydney, Australia, is a wonderland of lights. Justin gets onboard a Sydney Harbour Ferry and checks out all the glamour of Sydney Harbour at night.

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Sydney Harbour ferries are an inexpensive way to get an expensive view of Sydney, Australia. Places like the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and Luna Park can all be seen from the deck of a ferry. They're comfortable and inexpensive - so rather than hitting the bars and staring at the bottom of a highball glass, get on board a ferry and see some real sights.

Video: Justin goes on a Sydney Harbour ferry ride

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Sydney Campervan Hire - The World's Best Gelato?

Sydney Campervan HireJustin heads to the shopping area of Sydney's famous Bondi Beach to try the gelato at Gelato Bar Restaurant. The shop is so well known that their cakes are allowed to be taken through US Customs.

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The origins of Gelato, via Wikipedia:
The History of gelato dates back to the 16th century. There is some confusion as to where or who really invented gelato. Most stories credit Bernardo Buontalenti, a native of Florence, who delighted the court of Caterina dei Medici with his creation. The people of Italy are certainly credited with introducing gelato to the rest of Europe; with Sicilian born Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli, who was undoubtedly one of the most influential individuals in the history of gelato, as one of the first to sell it to the public. Summoned to Paris in 1686, he opened a café named after himself called "Café Procope", which quickly became one of the most celebrated haunts of the literary establishment in France. Meanwhile, in Italy, the art of traditional gelato making was passed on from father to son, improved and perfected right up to the 20th century, when many gelato makers began to emigrate, taking their know-how to the rest of Europe.

Video: Justin talks to George, owner of the Gelato Bar at Bondi, about his wares

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Surfers Paradise - Brisbane Campervan Hire

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No journey around Australia would be complete without a visit to Surfer's Paradise on the Gold Cost, Queensland. In this video, Justin checks out the fishing and surfing spots and has a chat with a local surfer.

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Some information about the history of Surfer's Paradise, from Wikipedia:
"In 1917, a land auction was held by Brisbane real estate company Arthur Blackwood to sell subdivided blocks in Elston as the 'Surfers' Paradise Estate', but the auction failed because access was difficult. This was the first recorded reference to Surfers Paradise, but like the Gold Coast, the title may already have been local vernacular.

Brisbane hotelier Jim Cavill opened Surfers Paradise Hotel [in 1925], and the town had its first landmark. Located between the ferry jetty and the white surf beach off the South Coast Road, it became popular and shops and services sprang up around it. In the following years Cavill pushed to have the name Elston changed to the more marketable Surfers' Paradise and in 1933 the town acquired its present name."
Surfers Paradise also plays host to a temporary street circuit which until recently hosted the AIGP motor racing. It's also used for the V8 Supercar championship.

Video: Justin checks out a surfer's van - he's even got a flat screen TV in there!

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Motorhome Hire Tasmania: See the Tasmanian Devil

Motorhome Hire TasmaniaIf you're visiting Tasmania, make sure you check out the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, situated on the main highway to Port Arthur, approximately an hour from Hobart. In the video below, Justin describes the devils as "Sort of half mouse, half cat, half dog."

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Tasmanian Devils are the size of a small dog, but stocky and muscular. They are the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world after the extinction of the Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, in 1936. They have black fur, release a pungent odour when they're stressed, and they possess an extremely loud screech. (Source: Wikipedia)

Since the late 1990s, devil facial tumour disease has reduced the devil population significantly and now threatens the survival of the species. In May 2009 the Tasmanian Devil was declared to be endangered,which is why Conservation Parks like this exist -- to keep the species healthy and thriving.

Video: Justin visits the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park

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Melbourne Campervan Hire: Puffing Billy Steam Train

Melbourne Campervan HireThe Puffing Billy Railway is a heritage railway which winds its way through the tree-lined valleys of the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne, Australia. in this clip, Justin takes a ride on Puffing Billy.

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Some information on the Puffing Billy Railway, from Wikipedia:
The railway was originally one of four narrow gauge lines of the Victorian Railways opened around the beginning of the 20th century. It runs through the southern foothills of the Dandenong Ranges to Gembrook. Being close to the city of Melbourne and with a post-preservation history spanning over 50 years, the line is one of the most popular steam heritage railways in the world, and attracts tourists from all over Australia and overseas.

The railway aims to preserve the line as near as possible to how it was in the first three decades of its existence, but with particular emphasis on the early 1920s.
Check out this review of the railway for some great pics. The reviewer says: "If you are going anywhere near Melbourne then Puffing Billy is a must!"

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Melbourne Campervan Hire: Healesville Sanctuary

Melbourne Campervan HireHealesville Wildlife Santuary is located in Healesville, Victoria, Australia. In the clip below Justin checks out the animals at the park, including Kangaroos and Platypus.

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Healesville has a history of breeding native animals and it is one of only two places to have successfully bred a platypus, the other being Sydney's Taronga Zoo. In fact, the first platypus bred in captivity was born at the Sanctuary in 1943.

The zoo is set in a natural bushland environment where walking tracks showcase wallabies, wombats, dingoes, kangaroos, and over 200 native bird varieties. The general exhibits include the following list, although there are plenty of other animals to be seen, including kangaroos, Koalas and more...
  • Spotted-tailed Quoll
  • Tasmanian Devil
  • Dingo
  • Emu
  • Powerful Owl
  • Barn Owl
  • Laughing Kookaburra
  • Helmeted Honeyeater
  • Apostlebird
  • Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard
  • Ridge-tailed Monitor
  • Lace Monitor
  • Jacky Lizard
  • Burton's Legless Lizard
  • Death Adder
Video: Justin checks out Healesville Sanctuary

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Melbourne Campervan Hire - Kangaroos in your campsite

Melbourne Campervan HireIn the below video, Justin hops out of his caravan to find the campground is full of kangaroos.

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Kangaroos are generally shy and retiring by nature, and usually present no threat to humans - all are strict herbivores. Watch out while driving though: they're big enough to total a small car or wreck the front of a bigger vehicle, which is why many open road vehicles in Australia are fitted with "roo-bars".

Here's some information on Kangaroos, sourced from Wikipedia:
Male kangaroos often "box" amongst each other, playfully, for dominance, or in competition for mates. The dexterity of their forepaws is utilised in both punching and grappling with the foe, but the real danger lies in a serious kick with the hindleg. The sharpened toenails can disembowel an opponent.

There are four species that are commonly referred to as kangaroos:
  • The Red Kangaroo is the largest surviving marsupial anywhere in the world. Fewer in numbers, the Red Kangaroo occupies the arid and semi-arid centre of the continent. A large male can be 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) tall and weigh 90 kg (200 lb).
  • The Eastern Grey Kangaroo is less well-known than the red, but the most often seen, as its range covers the fertile eastern part of the continent.
  • The Western Grey Kangaroo is slightly smaller again at about 54 kg (119 lb) for a large male. It is found in the southern part of Western Australia, South Australia near the coast, and the Darling River basin.
  • The Antilopine Kangaroo is, essentially, the far-northern equivalent of the Eastern and Western Grey Kangaroos. Like them, it is a creature of the grassy plains and woodlands, and gregarious.
Video: Up and at 'em, hop to it!

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Melbourne Campervan Hire - Cockatoo central

Melbourne Campervan HireJustin stops the campervan to spend some time hanging out with the Cockatoos -- and meets a few Galahs while he's there.

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"Galah" is Australian slang for 'fool' or 'idiot'. So if someone calls you a "flaming galah" you've probably upset them in some way. But back to the bird - the male Galah has dark eyes; the female red eyes.

Bird sanctuaries like the one Justin is at (near Melbourne) are plentiful in Australia, and tourists can often be found watching in awe of the brightly coloured Cockatoos, Rozellas and many other species of native bird - there are 826 different species in total. If you're driving around Australia, make sure you take the time to unwind and check out the birdlife. You can identify the many and varied species of Australian birds here.

Video: Justin gets in a flap over the native birds at Cockatoo Central

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Litchfield National Park - Campervan Hire Darwin

Campervan Hire DarwinIn this video Justin checks out the idyllic Florence Falls at Litchfield National Park near Darwin, Northern Territories Australia - a nice quiet spot for a refreshing dip. The falls are near the northern boundary of the park, 80km south of Darwin.

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Litchfield National Park is named after Fred Litchfield, who explored areas of the Northern Territory in 1864. Other attractions in the area include:
  • Buley Rockhole - a long series of cascading plunge pools. A camp ground is available and it's open all year round.
  • Wangi Falls - easily accessible and open all year round. swimming is not always possible due to changing water levels from heavy rain. A campground is available with some caravan camping iat non-powered sites.
  • Tolmer Falls - these falls cascade into a deep plunge pool. The bottom of the falls is home to colonies of rare Ghost Bats and Orange Horseshoe Bats.
  • Tjaetaba Falls - these falls and the area below them is an Aboriginal sacred site, and visitors are requested to swim only above the falls.
  • Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek) - there's a quiet plunge pool beneath Tjaynera Falls. Camping is available. Access is by four-wheel drive only.
  • Surprise Creek Falls - these falls are open for swimming. Camping facilities are available. Access is by four-wheel drive only. (source: Wikipedia)

As well as that there are attractions like Blyth Homestead (built in 1929), Bamboo Creek, Magnetic termite mounds and plenty of outstanding walking tracks. What are you waiting for?

Video: Justin takes the plunge at Florence Falls

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Hobart Campervan Hire: Visit the Salamanca Markets

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The Salamanca Markets are open in Hobart every Saturday morning and have been running there since 1972. Pretty much anything you'd want from a marketplace is available there, including arts and crafts, baked treats, souvenirs and more.

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Salamanca Place itself, where the markets are based, consists of rows of sandstone buildings, which used to be warehouses for the port of Hobart Town. They've now been converted into restaurants, galleries, retail shops and offices. Salamanca Place is also popular in the evenings as bars and eateries are located there and at the nearby wharves.

Video: Justin meets some stall holders at the Salamanca Markets

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Darwin Campervan Hire - Giant Crocodiles at Crocodylus Park

Darwin Campervan HireHere's Justin at Crocodylus Park near Darwin, with Reuben the Park Ranger type, who's tempting the crocs with a chicken: "Is that teasing them?" Not likely, says Reuben, They're a bunch of pigs in here." He goes on to explain that they keep the crocs overfed at all times.

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Crocodylus Park, just five minutes from Darwin Airport and 15 minutes from Darwin's CBD, is home to more than a thousand crocodiles and other wildlife. Research and the study of crocodiles and reptiles are ongoing at Crocodylus, where founder Dr Grahame Webb and the staff of Wildlife Management International have spent the past 25 years researching crocodiles.

Video: Under there is a 4.12 metre croc weighing 395 kg. Scary stuff.

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Campervan Hire Australia: Where's Woolloomooloo?

Campervan Hire AustraliaWoolloomooloo is a harbourside, inner-city eastern suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. In the below video, poor old Justin just can't get over how many "o"s are in the name. Fair enough: Even Monty Python's Flying Circus have had a laugh about Woolloomooloo, referring to it in a sketch.

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According to Wikipedia, Woolloomooloo is home to the Finger Wharf building, which the Guinness Book of World Records cites as the largest wooden structure in the world at 400 metres (1,310 ft) long, 63 m (210 ft) wide and standing on 3,600 piles.

In the mid 1990s the wharf was renovated into a hotel, restaurant and apartment complex. Russell Crowe lives in a penthouse there, they reckon.

Video: Justin checks out Woolloomooloo

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Brisbane Campervan Hire - River Cruises

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River cruises are a great, relaxing way to check out the city of Brisbane, Queensland. And in the video below, Justin even gets the Captain of the MV Neptune river boat to sing some AC/DC.

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The Neptune is a classic timber cruiser, built in Brisbane in 1966 and she can carry up to 80 guests. Upstairs, there's a fully covered deck allowing unrestricted views of the passing scenery. Indoors, there's seating for 42 guests, and importantly, a fully stocked bar.

Brisbane River is the longest river in southeast Queensland. It flows through the city of Brisbane, before emptying into Moreton Bay.

Video: Justin checks out the river from the deck of the MV Neptune

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Barramundi Hand Feeding: Darwin Campervan Hir

Darwin Campervan HireCheck out this video of intrepid campervanner Justin as he has a go at feeding the Giant Barramundi at a freshwater reservoir near Darwin.

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Enjoyed by anglers for their fighting skills, Barramundi are usually caught on lines and with fishing lures. In Australia, you can go recreational fishing for Barramundi at freshwater reservoirs.

Popular stocked Barramundi impounds where you can play catch and release are located in places like Lake Tinaroo near Cairns, Peter Faust Dam near the Whitsundays, Teemburra Dam near Mackay, Lake Moondarra near Mount Isa, Lake Awoonga near Gladstone, and Lake Monduran, around an hour's drive south from Lake Awoonga. (sourced from Wikipedia)

Video: Don't lose your hand Justin...

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Campervan Hire Australia

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This blog from Claire and Mark over at is really excellent -- as well as diary entries from their campervan journey, they've included heaps of great photos that'll make you want to drive down the Queensland coast.

"After a deep 10 hour sleep we both wake refreshed and ready to hit the road. The weather is much better today and it is hot and sunny. We leave Lemon Tree Passage and head straight to the supermarket for sun cream and mozzie bite cream - the local wildlife had had a feast on our fresh English blood during the night!

Back on the Pacific Highway to Buladelah, we take a turning for Pacific Palms and follow signs to Bluey's Beach. As we drop down the hill, we get our first view of the ocean and the magnificent beach with only a handful of people on it. We can't resist a quick paddle!"

..."We decide to have fish & chips for tea (well to be accurate, Barramundi & Chips - how exotic!) and eat them on a park bench overlooking the water. It takes a lot to beat Yorkshire Fish & Chips but these were good! As we sit enjoying the view, the sun starts to go down..."

Video: A campervan tourist begins his journey.

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From Darwin to Alice Springs in a Hire Campervan

Alice Springs Campervan HireHere's a link to a blog from two travellers who set off from Darwin on a six day journey to get to Alice Springs.

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"Once we were in Alice we had a walk around the town centre, went on the internet (obviously a very exciting activity when you haven't been on facebook for a whole 6 days) and nipped to tourist information to find a campsite. We found a campsite called Good day mate on the outskirts of Alice which was very nice, we read our books when we arrived here, Daisy and I painted our toe nails and then we decided we should really cook tea."
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Video: On the road from Alice Springs to Adelaide

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Campervan Hire Adelaide

Campervan Hire AdelaideAn elderly South Australian rode his bicycle from Adelaide to Melbourne with his wife driving their campervan as a support vehicle.

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80-year-old John Woolcock says riding his bicycle to Melbourne was easy. “It wasn’t really hard work because I’ve never had a bike this good before,” he told the Murray Valley Standard, "It’s so easy to ride with 21 speeds.”

The Tailem Bend resident made a promise several years ago to ride from Adelaide to Melbourne when he turned 80.

"Little did he know his family was keen to see him keep the promise as they presented him with a new 21-speed bicycle for his birthday in March.

Mr Woolcock warmed up for the trip with a few short rides, covering the Adelaide to Mount Barker, Mount Barker to Callington and Callington to Coomandook legs of his trip in the months leading up to his major trek.

He set out for Melbourne from Coomandook on September 22 and rode about 600 kilometres over the next 12 days.

With wife Elsie following with the couple’s camper van, Mr Woodcock wound his way through freeways and country roads, at one stage covering 81km in a single day."

Despite the mammoth effort required, Mr Woodcock told media that his body coped just fine with just the odd twinge in his knee and hip.

Video: Dutch travellers taking a seaside break on their way to Adelaide from Sydney

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