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Tunes to Roadtrip To.. And to Avoid

Posted on 17 January 2013

Driving and music go together like ham and cheese on a sandwich, but according to a recent study by, motorists need to be careful about which songs they listen to whilst on the road.

The study involved participants driving 250 miles without music and 250 miles with it, as the company's MotorMate app recorded acceleration, braking, speed etc to determine how safely they were driving.

The results showed that music did indeed affect driving behaviour- with loud and upbeat music increasing erratic habits, speed and acceleration. Any music which increases heartbeat and arouses excitement is not a good choice, with heavy metal, hip hop and fast rock being some of the worst culprits.

So what should you listen to whilst in control of a motor vehicle? Songs which mimic the tempo of a human heartbeat are the best, with around 60-80 beats per minute. Easy listening style music, essentially.

Here is the top ten most dangerous songs list that came up with:

1. Hey Mama – The Black Eyed Peas
2. Dead on Arrival – Fall Out Boy
3. Paper Planes – M.I.A
4. Walkie Talkie Man – Steriogram
5. Paradise City - Guns N’ Roses
6. How You Remind Me – Nickelback
7. Hit the Road, Jack – Ray Charles
8. Get Rhythm – Johnny Cash
9. Heartless – Kanye West
10. Young, Wild and Free – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa (feat. Bruno Mars)

So as it turns out, 'Hit The Road, Jack' is not the best for hitting the road. For your next road trip, think about how your playlist might affect your safe driving behaviour!

So when booking an RV Rental, think twice about your playlist!

Author: Phil Wright+

Drive Sydney to Melbourne

Posted on 3 January 2013

The best route between Sydney and Melbourne is along the coast and through many small beach towns and national parks. At just over 1,000 kilometres, this trip could take you 1 day or a week depending on how much you want to see! Here is a 3-day itinerary.

Day 1: Sydney to Batemans Bay

Sydney is Australia's biggest city, a cosmopolitin world city which needs no introduction. The Harbour bridge and Opera House are landmarks known the world over, and Sydney offers many things to see and do, so have a good look around before leaving on your road trip along Highway One!

Just after leaving Sydney, you will come across the Royal National Park which has the title of second oldest purposed national park in the world, after the United States' Yellowstone. There are plenty of activities in the park, with cycling and walking trails and picnic areas throughout the park, a tram for the kids to ride, and lots of wildlife to see. There are surf beaches on the coast, and Audley is a popular spot to visit- a picnic area with dance hall, cafe and restrooms where you can hire boats and canoes.

Royal National Park
by Kyle Taylor Flickr Creative Commons

Around Lake Illawara further south, there is a built up area which includes Wollongong, Port Kembla and several other neighbourhoods. The are has 17 surf beaches, so if you are there in summer, the choices are endless! There is also a science centre and planetarium which makes a fascinating visit, and plenty of beachside shops, cafes and restaurants. Just south of here you will find Kiama and the Kiama blowhole.

Kiama Blowhole
by steve gibson Flickr Creative Commons

Further north are Bomaderry and Nowra on the Shoalhaven river- in Nowra is the Australian Museum of Flight. Continuing south you will hit many small towns and return to the coast at Ulladulla. Meaning 'safe harbour' in the native language, it is home to a lovely harbour and some popular largely undeveloped beaches.

The rest of the way to Bateman's Bay is through a lot of state forests. The town is small, with some lovely beaches to swim at during summer, and lots of craft shops and markets in the nearby villages. There are several holiday parks to park up for the night.

Batemans Bay
by eGuide Travel Flickr Creative Commons

Day 2: Bateman's Bay to Cape Conran

This day's travel at 381 kilometres will take you across the border into the state of Victoria. One of the first towns is Moruya, a lovely and friendly town on a river with great saturday morning markets and a museum with exhibits about the pioneer settlers in the area.

Next along the route is Tuross Lake and just off the highway, the township of Tuross Head. Surrounded by the ocean and two lakes, this is the spot for any type of water sport! The lakes provide great quiet waters for those travelling with kids, and there is a magnificent surf beach on the ocean coast. As you continue south, you can stay on H1 or take the coastal route along Wallaga Lake Road/Tathra Bermagui Road/Sapphire Coast Drive. The coastal option will take you past the many lakes in the area and rejoins with the Highway at Pambula, just after Merimbula. Merimbula has many things to do, including a theme park, wildlife sanctuary and a boardwalk around the lake so plan to stop there if you come this way!

Lake Merimbula
by Percita Flickr Creative Commons

Ben Boyd National Park south of Pambula is home to a heritage lighthouse and aboriginal middens, as well as some stunning scenery both on the coast and inland. The rest of the drive to Cape Conran Coastal Park is through more state forests and across the border.

Cape Conran is just off Highway One along Sydenham Inlet Road. This Coastal Park is 11,700 hectares of coastal wilderness, and there are camping sites available so you can spend the night and enjoy the many activities and sights.

Cape Conran
by Phillip Capper Flickr Creative Commons

Day 3: Cape Conran to Melbourne

Head west out of Cape Conran on Highway One towards Melbourne.The drive will take you past the pretty Lake Tyers State Park and into Bairnsdale, a town in an area full of coastal lakes called Gippsland- Lake King, Lake Victoria, Lake Wellington and more.

Gippsland Lakes
by Phil Whitehouse Flickr Creative Commons

Further along the highway is the city of Sale, also near the Lakes area. As Melbourne approaches, the towns and commuter suburbs come thick and fast. Morwell, Moe, Warragul and then the city.

Melbourne is Australia's cultural capital, with lots to see, do and experience. To get a feel for the city, walk the riverbank in the central city and visit the iconic Flinders Street railway station. Park your campervan in a holiday park for a night or a few nights to have time to explore the laid-back and interesting city that is Melbourne!

Have a look here for great deals on campervan hire in Sydney!

Author: Doug Brown+

Darwin to Broome: Road Trip the Tropics!

Posted on 3 January 2013

This 4-day trip will take you through some of Australia's stunning outback scenery and past several amazing National Parks. The Northern territory and Western Australia states are not as popular with visitors as Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, but are perfect for those who want to see Australia's more untouched and wild areas.

Day 1: Darwin to Katherine

Darwin is a relaxed and multicultural city, with great markets and historical sites from the World Wars. Have a look around and enjoy the easygoing way of life before setting off, and be sure to visit the markets which boast handicrafts and cuisine from around the world!

Darwin Markets
by Stephen Michael Barret Flickr Creative Commons

This is not a long leg of the trip, but you will want the extra time to explore the impressive Kakadu National Park which covers 19,804 kilometres squared.  Turn off Highway One onto State Route 21 for the Park, which showcases both the country's natural and social history. It has varied landscapes including estuaries, floodplains, lowlands, stone country and more, as well as much wildlife. For a great window into Australia's wetlands, walk the boardwalk over the Yellow Water Billabong, and for those interested in teeth, try a Jumping Crocodile cruise on board the Adelaide River Queen. The land is the ancestral and current home of aboriginal clans, and there are thousands of sites of rock art which presents an amazing historical record of the land and its occupation.

Rock art site in Kakadu
by andrea castelli Flickr Creative Commons

After leaving Darwin and before the turn off to Kakadu, the Manton Dam Recreation Area is the perfect spot to stop for a break, especially for the water sports enthusiasts. There is a designated swimming area and access for boats, jetskis and windsurfers, as well as nice picnic areas. Also along the route is the township of Adelaide River, and the beautiful 3-tiered Robin Falls is a short drive from there.

Katherine is a town situated on the Katherine River, the third largest settlement in the Northern Territory. The town is known for adventure, due to its proximity to the magnificent Nitmiluk National Park, where you can boat, hike, canoe, get in a helicopter and visit the stunning Katherine Gorge. The town itself, despite being one of the state's largest, is small with a single main street. There is an art gallery and a museum, and several holiday parks where you can park your motorhome for the night.

Katherine Gorge
by thinboyfatter Flickr Creative Commons

Day 2: Katherine to Kununurra

Leave Katherine on Highway One heading towards Western Australia. Be prepared for long hours on the road, as this is not a populous part of Australia and you won't come across towns every 50 kilometres! The Victoria Highway, as this part of Highway One is called, passes many of the legendary cattle stations which will give a glimpse into a unique and isolated way of life. It also crosses the great Victoria River, and you can stop near the crossing at the Victoria River Roadhouse for a drink.

Cattle muster by helicopter on a station
by Kate Dixon Flickr Creative Commons

On the border between the Northern Territory and Western Australia is Keep River National Park, a small park with big scenery! There are some amazing rock formations and hikes in the park.

Kununurra is not far over the border. A small town, it is close to several lakes and dams but does not boast much in the way of entertainment! For camping, try Lake Kununurra Holiday Park.

Day 3: Kununurra- Fitzroy Crossing

The drive between these two towns will again hold a lot of scenery and not much civilisation, so stock up your vehicle so you can pull into one of the many rest stops to refuel and rehydrate!

The only town of any size you will come across between the two is Halls Creek, a small town which is a hub for indigenous populations and cattle stations in the area. Nearby is Old Halls Creek, the site of Western Australia's first gold rush. Nowadays people still fossick in the area, trying to find nuggets! The ruins of the old post office and cemetery can still be seen.

Road to Old Hall's Creek
by Harclade Flickr Creative Commons

Just outside of Fitzroy Crossing is the Geikie Gorge National Park, home to a spectacular gorge carved through limestone. Visitors can take cruises through the gorge, or explore on foot.

Geikie Gorge
by Tony Bowden Flickr Creative Commons

Fitzroy Crossing is a town of around 1,500, created by early settlers as a place to ford the mighty Fitzroy River. There is a campground with motorhome sites at the Fitzroy River Lodge, and the Tarunda Caravan Park.

 Day 4: Fitzroy Crossing to Broome

Continue out of Fitzroy Crossing on Highway One, heading toward the coast.

A nice detour is along the Derby Highway to Derby on the King Sound. This town experiences the highest tidal range in the country, with a record high of 11.8 metres! Along with Broome and Kununurra, it is one of only 3 towns in the Kimberley region to have a population of over 2,000. One of the most interesting features of the town is the nearby "Boab Prison Tree," an odd-looking tree whose trunk was actually once used as a prison cell! It is also a very multicultural town where you can learn a lot about the indigenous culture.

Boab Prison Tree
by Claire Taylor Flickr Creative Commons

Broome is just off Highway One along the Broome Road. Two of the major industries are pearling and tourism, so keep a look out for good deals on pearls. A visit to Cable Beach is a great option, a beautiful white sand beach 7km out of town that is washed clean each day by the crazy tides. Check out Broome Caravan Park for a place to stay!

Cable Beach
by Eulinky Flickr Creative Commons

Have a look here for great deals on Darwin Campervan Hire!

Kakadu National Park

Posted on 3 January 2013

One of the biggest attractions of northern Australia, especially for lovers of nature and natural history, is the huge Kakadu National Park. It is around 2 hours' drive from Darwin, depending on which part of the park you visit, and it covers 19,804 square kilometres.

Kakadu is a place to hear and see the story of Australia. Naturally, it is very diverse, with many different landscapes from tidal flats and wetlands to hills, woodlands and stone country. These habitats support a wide range of fauna, including birds, mammals, reptiles and insects.There are 33 threatened species for which Kakadu is an important conservation area.

The park has always been and still is home for aboriginal tribes. They are happy to share the wonderful Park and their unique way of life with visitors, but please respect sacred sites, people's homes etc. Some guidelines for interaction can be found here.

The park is open to visitors every day of the year, and there is a park use fee for out-of-state visitors which helps to maintain the park and improve visitor services. The main visitor centre is Bowali Visitor Centre, in the heart of the park along the Kakadu Highway. On land owned by the Mirrar clan, here you can see an audio-visual display about the area and visit the library and habitat display, or refresh yourself at the cafe.  Another centre is the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, on the Murrumber clan lands. Shaped for its namesake, the Warradjan (pig-nosed turtle), the centre holds detailed information about the aboriginal tribes who live and have lived in Kakadu, and their connection with the land.

A lasting legacy from the generations of aboriginal peoples inhabiting the land are the many rock art sites in Kakadu. There are around 5,000 examples of this art throughout the park which tell the story of the people and their lands.

Rock Art
by andrea castelli Flickr Creative Commons

You can get out on the water in Kakadu and boat and fish in the rivers and estuaries, but beware of crocodiles! The use of non-motorised craft is prohibited for this reason. There are many boat and walking tours you can take, day or overnight, and many of these are led by the traditional inhabitants of the land so will give you a great insight into the natural and cultural history. Bushwalks abound also, of varying lengths and degree of difficulty. There is plenty to do and see in Kakadu, so if you can, stay a few days, or even a week.

For the motorhome tripper, there are plenty of options for accommodation at Kakadu. There is the Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park in the town of Jabiru which is right in the middle of the park, and also the Mary River Wilderness Retreat, both of which are good options if you want a little more comfort in your lodgings. For the wild at heart, there are numerous simple campgrounds. The managed campsites have flushing toilets and hot showers, whilst the bush campsites have more primitive facilities. Both attract a small fee, but this is an economic way to travel. Some bus campsites have 4wd access only, and a very few require a camping permit. A guide to camping in the Park can be found here.

Have a look here for your wheels and accommodation to explore Kakadu National Park with Australia campervan hire!

Author: Doug Brown+

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