Adventure in Australia
At Nova Car Hire, we’re all for packing as much as possible into the limited time most of us can spend on holiday, but even we won’t try to argue that you can rent a car and see Australia in a fortnight. Not only is Australia so big you could fit the entire continent of Europe into it, and still have plenty of space to spare, its attractions are spread right across the country. But if you want to get a flavour of Oz in just a couple of weeks, you can make it to several major attractions if you plan properly. Ideally, you’ll arrive home brimming with ideas of what you want to see on your next car rental adventure.
The Whistle-Stop Australia Tour
Starting and ending at Sydney International Airport, you can book flights from various low-cost carriers to Melbourne and Cairns, with Nova Car Hire taking care of your car rental needs in between.
- Three days in Sydney (including a day in Hunter Valley)
- Four days in Melbourne (day trips to Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road)
- Four days in Cairns (day-trips to Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda, and Port Douglas)
- Two days in Sydney (day-trip to Blue Mountains or Jenolan Caves)
Sydney will feel instantly familiar, with its iconic views of the harbour and opera house, but nothing prepares you for the glamour that is Sydney in the flesh. The city glitters across a dazzling network of sandstone headlands, elegant bays and famous surf beaches. Lounge among the hip and beautiful at Bondi Beach, especially on your first
day, when lazing in the sun will help your body to beat jet lag. Take a cruise under the Harbour Bridge, or swallow your vertigo and climb the bridge itself. And don’t forget Sydney Opera House – arguably the greatest architectural masterpiece of the 20th century. Life in Sydney takes place outdoors: The beaches are teeming, street cafés are busy, and the harbour is alive with sails. On day three, make good use of your rental car with a day trip. For anyone with an interest in wine, a tour of the Hunter Valley is a good option.
For a completely different atmosphere, head to Melbourne with its fascinating cafe culture. Take two days to explore the city’s artistic side, with its wealth of museums, galleries, and gardens. That leaves you with two days for day trips. Drive along the Great Ocean Road and treat yourself to the sights of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives, with its famous 12 Apostles, celebrated surf breaks, and gushing waterfalls. You should also make time to drive the 140 km to Phillip Island, home to the Penguin Parade.
Fly from Melbourne to Cairns to see one of the world’s great wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns itself is a vibrant beach town that makes a great hub for visiting the reef, as well as the tropical rainforest towns of Kuranda and Port Douglas. Hot sunshine is pretty much guaranteed all year, so soak it up on the beach while making plans for the remainder of your stay. Cruises to the Great Barrier Reef leave from Reef Fleet Terminal, and there are opportunities for divers and snorkelers of all levels to get underwater. The rest of your time can be spent visiting Kuranda or Port Douglas, though you may be tempted to just lounge in sunny Cairns.
Fly back to Sydney and spend the rest of your Australian holiday in the city, taking in whatever sights and activities you missed first time around. Rent a car from the airport and head to either the Jenolan Caves or the Blue Mountains for a taste of the wonderful landscapes outside the city. One excellent way to end your Oz adventure is with a show at Sydney Opera House. Even if you can’t make it to a performance, you can always have a drink in the Opera Bar, overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge, and make plans for all the places you want to drive to the next time you visit Australia.