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How couple’s holiday turned in to $1.8mil business venture called Achtung Camper

Ronny Probandt, right, and Tania Differding, left, are the founders of Achtung Campers. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied When it comes to taking a holiday, most of us tend to spend money rather than thinking of clever ways to make it back in truckloads. But Melbourne couple Ronny Probandt and Tania Differding say a road trip around the […]

How I made more than $50k by renting out my campervan

Faith and her two children, Matilda and Charlie, got a business idea while travelling around Australia.Source:Supplied When Faith Davey decided to dish out $70k on a campervan, she never expected to have almost paid it back in full within 17 months. Following a divorce with her husband, and the death of a close friend, the […]

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The rooftop pool at the Montage Beverly Hills is a prime location in the flick. THE boys are back.The Entourage movie is about to hit theatres, picking up where the hit HBO series left off back in 2011. Vince, Drama, E, Turtle and Ari may have gotten a little older — and some, a bit […]

Is this Australia’s worst roundabout?

Australia’s terrible roundabout on Underwood Road and Homebush Bay Drive, Sydney Olympic Park.Source:News Corp Australia IT’S one of Sydney’s prime tourist spots with concerts and events occurring constantly, luring thousands every week. Not to mention a range of attractions, sporting facilities and 430 hectares of parklands. But good luck trying to get there. Eighteen years […]

School holidays: Top spots to visit in every state during break | List

Australians will be spending the spring school holidays out on the open road. Picture: Lyndon O’KeefeSource:Supplied The great Australian school holiday family road trip is officially back. Bound by border restrictions and fewer flights during COVID-19, but bolstered by lower fuel prices and the safety of the family car, Australians looking to get away for […]

‘Take your car apart and hide it if you see a horse’

America is one of the world’s best road trip destinations — but there’s a few things you should know.Source:istock AMERICA is home to some of the world’s most famous road trips. Be it the iconic Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles, a trip to the Grand Canyon, or perhaps a drive from New York […]

The five best Aussie road trips

NOTHING quite beats the feeling of freedom of an open road — your favourite tunes, great mates, family or that special someone to share an adventure with. The humble road trip is the stuff memories are made of and a great way to explore at home or abroad. If you believe the old adage that […]

The genius way to road trip around Australia for free

It’s time to hit the road and drive.Source:Supplied FANCY a ride across Australia for $1 a day? How about free fuel? It sounds too good to be true, but in fact it really is the going rate for the cheapest road trip on the planet. They are called “relocation” deals and are advertised when car-hire […]

The hilarious things you need to be prepared for on a family road trip

And sometimes you can be grateful for little moments like this. Picture: Rachael Mogan McIntoshSource:Supplied MY HUSBAND Keith and I hit the road recently with our three children, aged eight, seven and four. Against all modern notions of parenting wisdom, we gave them no screens or devices to distract them, or (perhaps more importantly) to […]

The world’s 10 scariest roads

It’s a stunning trip, but be cautious. IF YOU just can’t feel satisfied without navigating hairpin turns, dizzying elevations, and gravel surfaces with no guardrails to protect you, we’ve got you covered with this bucket list of freaky routes. Some of these are highly travelled destination roads, some get very little traffic, and others are […]

The young Aussie couples living on the road

Imagine waking up to this — it’s easy to see why vanlife is appealing. Picture: Mitch Cox.Source:Instagram IT’S NO secret Australia’s housing market is seriously unaffordable for young people. There’s constant speculation the real estate bubble will burst, but prices keep creeping up. Some milennials have consigned themselves to a lifetime of renting. Others are […]

This map is the key to an ancient empire

The ancient map. Picture: Conradi Millieri, Wiki Commons IT’S a mammoth six metres long and contains 55 cities and 3500 place names, yet deciphering this map was the key to navigating an ancient empire. The parchment scroll called the Tabula Peutingeriana, or “Peutinger Map”, is the only surviving map of the Roman world that descends […]

Tourists turned away from popular Aussie spot Hyams Beach

Hyams Beach is a seaside village in the City of Shoalhaven, New South Wales, Australia, on the shores of Jervis Bay.Source:News Corp Australia Tourists have been turned away from one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches amid traffic “gridlock” caused by day-trippers wanting to see the world’s whitest sand. Hyams Beach is 180km south of Sydney […]

Travelling with kids in a caravan … we seriously must be crazy

“HEY girls, do you want to go searching for platypus or sit in the car and watch a DVD?” That’s the choice I gave my kids one night this week. They are so deprived of screen time, they chose to watch a DVD. “We’ve already seen platypus, I want to watch a DVD,” they said. […]

Where to go on a camping adventure with your dog — and how to keep them safe

What is better than camping with your canine buddy? Picture: PETstockSource:Supplied CAMPING is great, and camping with a dog is even better. There are plenty of camp sites across Australia that are dog-friendly, but before you check them out, there are a few things you need to do to make sure your pooch has a […]

With $15k this couple transformed an old ambulance into a luxury van

A before and after comparison of the ambulance. Picture: @ontheroad_trip_againSource:Instagram They had no trade skills, but between them, a young French couple have managed to transform an old St John Ambulance into fully-equipped travel wagon. It took Alexis Martin, 24, and girlfriend Flavie Meriaux, 22, just eight weeks to convert the van from something that […]

World’s most bizarre traffic rules no deterrent for Aussie drivers

Challenging. Morning traffic on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge. Picture: AP Photo/Dan/KraussSource:News Limited THE notorious traffic jams of big American cities are no deterrent to Australian travellers who can’t wait to test their motoring skills on the multi-lane freeways. Information released by travel search engine Kayak.com.au shows Los Angeles is the most popular place for Aussies […]

Beloved Pilbara hitchhiking canine Red Dog honoured again

The Pilbara’s most famous kelpie Red Dog, who was immortalised in film, now has a highway named after him. Picture: ScreenWest/David DarcySource:Supplied The beloved kelpie who was well known for hitchhiking throughout WA’s Pilbara region in the 1970s and immortalised in film has had a highway renamed in his honour. According to Australia’s Northwest tourism […]

These are some of the wackiest spots in Australia

John Kelly’s Cow up a Tree sculpture at the Docklands in Melbourne.Source:News Corp Australia A NEW travel book has uncovered the weird and wonderful spots around the world that tourists usually miss — and a lot of those places are right here at home. Lonely Planet’s just-released book, Secret Marvels of the World, reveals eerie […]

Scotland road trip James Bond style

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Argyll, Scotland. Photo: Alamy “Just be careful in the wet.” These are the only words I can remember from the pre-departure briefing as I tentatively edge an immaculate Aston Martin DB9 convertible into Edinburgh’s rush-hour traffic. Despite the ominous grey skies above, I’ve lowered the roof, an act I’m hoping hasn’t […]

The ultimate Western Australia road trip

The Gap and Natural Bridge, smashed by the rumbustious Southern Ocean, in Torndirrup National Park near Albany. Photo: Auscape/UIG As a lifetime cyclist I have an innate distrust of cars, but on this road trip in Western Australia’s south-west, driving through a landscape of coastal plains and softly contoured farmlands, along empty roads, I’m experiencing a […]

Tesla Model S road trip in Europe: Charging off on an electrifying adventure

Tesla Model S has a range of at best 400 kilometres. There are a few common preconceptions about electric cars. The first is that they are underpowered. The second is that they have poor range. Third, they are slow to charge. They aren’t convenient, they aren’t cool, and so they’ll never catch on. Did I […]

Oregon, US seven-day itinerary: Beyond California

Crater Lake, Oregon. Photo: iStock Phantom Ship in Crater Lake, Oregon. Photo: iStock View over Wizard Island at sunrise, Crater Lake National Park. Photo: Christian Heeb Vista House as seen from the Portland Women’s Forum, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. Photo: iStock Sea stack, Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast. Photo: Christian Heeb Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon. […]

Australia road trips: The 10 best crowd-free roads worth a drive

Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Photo: Supplied Lake Gairdner, South Australia, Australia. Photo: Alamy Coastline of the Gove Peninsula in the Northern Territory. Photo: NT Tourism Marble Bar, Western Australia. Photo: Alamy Great Ocean Road, Lorne. Photo: iStock Roundabout on Prince Street, Summerland Way, Grafton, NSW. Photo: Alamy Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Photo: South Australia Tourism […]

Australia’s best road trips: Where to experience the ‘real’ Australian road trip

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria. Photo: iStock Grey nomads know it. Balladeers, poets and writers such as Willie Nelson, Henry Lawson, Walt Whitman, and Jack Kerouac knew it. Even the Griswolds, when they set off to drive across the US on vacation, knew that there is nothing quite so liberating as a good road trip. […]

Australia’s best summer road trips: Top drives to do in summer

Great South West Edge. Photo: Lee Atkinson Waterfall Way (NSW) This sinuous ribbon of road that climbs up and over the Great Dividing Range from Coffs Harbour on the NSW mid-north coast to Armidale via Dorrigo is good all year round, but it’s even better in summer as you leave the steamy humidity and coastal […]

Australia’s most scenic routes: 10 road tips with the best views

Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales: Sea Cliff Bridge near Wollongong south of Sydney. Photo: Alamy Rex Lookout and Wangetti Beach, Captain Cook Highway between Cairns and Port Douglas, North Queensland. Photo: Alamy Red road through Stirling Range National Park, Albany, Western Australia. Photo: Alamy Most famous: Port Campbell National Park, The Great Ocean Road. […]

Australia’s most underrated drives: 10 great road trips

1. The Pilbara, WA. If you’ve never been to the Pilbara before, prepare to be impressed. Often forgotten in the rush to get to the Kimberley, it’s one of Australia’s most underrated landscapes, grander, more expansive, more mountainous and much more majestic than most people ever imagine. Start at Newman and head east to Dampier […]

Best day trips from Sydney – one for every day of the week

Sea Cliff Bridge that forms part of the Grand Pacific Drive on the scenic Lawrence Hargreave Drive south of Sydney. Photo: Dallas Kilponen Is there anything better than a Sunday drive? You don’t need to wait for the weekend to hit the road on one of these seven one-day road trips from Sydney – we’ve […]

Best road trips in North and South America: The top 10 drives in the Americas

Majestic mountains and glaciers in the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park. Photo: iStock ICEFIELDS PARKWAY, CANADA Though it’s just 232 kilometres long, this highway connecting the resort towns of Lake Louise and Jasper is one of the world’s most scenic road trips. It winds its way through the Rockies on Canada’s Continental Divide, from the […]

Car rental tips: Six classic rip-offs you need to look out for

Keep your eyes open for the various ways car hire companies try to inflate your charges. Photo: iStock I’m at the Hertz car rental station in downtown Naples, returning a motor I’ve been piloting around southern Italy for the past two weeks. Three gents are going over the car in microscopic detail and – horror […]

An 11 day tour of Great Ocean Road, Victoria: One of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world

The 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. Clinging to an upturned lifeboat, in heavy fog and battling a relentless swell, a young English sailor named Tom Pearce got his first sight of Australia from the water after his ship hit a reef and sank on June 1, 1878. Pearce was miraculously tossed on waves […]

Driving around Australia: Tips and advice for doing ‘The Big Lap’ around the country

Western Beach, Kooljaman at Cape Leveque. Western Australia was a revelation – a huge, rambling state full of perfect beaches and a thriving underwater world. Photo: Tourism Western Australia THE most common response to the news that our family was embarking on a year-long adventure around Australia was, ‘I’ve always wanted to do that’. As […]

Hume Highway, driving Sydney to Melbourne: Best things to do and places to stop

The most boring drive on Earth? The Hume Highway near Gunning. Photo: Helen Nezdropa It starts, as all great adventures should, in a car park beneath a shopping centre in Mittagong. The clearly marked parking bays and exit ramps are perhaps to be expected; the remains of Australia’s first ironworks, perhaps not. Friends in Sydney […]

Driving Utah’s Scenic Byway 12: See spectacular Bryce Canyon and much more

A truck-camper passes through a small tunnel along Highway 12 Scenic Byway in Red Canyon, Utah. Highway 12 runs from its junction with Highway 89 near Panguitch to the town of Torrey, Utah. sunapr7utah Scenic Byway 12 Utah USA ; text by Rob McFarland ; SUPPLIED via journalist ; filename/credit: Tunnel in Red Canyon on Scenic Byway […]

Driving across the Simpson Desert: How to cross the world’s largest sand dune desert

The ‘Big Red’ sand dune at the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert, near Birdsville. Photo: Alamy Some people chase mindfulness in the pages of colouring books, but it’s much easier to find in the desert. Out there, two days drive from anywhere, more if you want anywhere to be more than a roadhouse, mindfulness […]

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