Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Darwin to Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks RV Road Trip

Explore Australia’s Outback and Northern Territory on a road trip that takes you from the bustling port city of Darwin to the expansive Kakadu National Park. On your way back to Darwin stop in small towns like Pine Creek and Adelaide River before enjoying the natural beauty, waterfalls and clear waters of Litchfield National Park.

Highlights

  • The vibrant port city of Darwin

  • Mindil Beach

  • Doctor’s Gully and Aquascene

  • Kakadu National Park

  • Pine Creek

  • Adelaide River

  • Litchfield National Park

Day 1 to 2 – Darwin


The port city of Darwin is also a university town with a vibe that is at once laidback and industrious. A city with a rich Aboriginal history, it is also a place where a large part of its population only settled in the last half century, most being people who visited and never left. While Darwin has seen its share of hardship (namely Japanese bombing during WWII and several devastating cyclones), it is also a place where you’ll find a ton to enjoy.

Darwin is known as the Outback Capital of Australia, but if you’re expecting nothing but dust and open plains you’ll be surprised. The city is small but quite cosmopolitan with bustling restaurants and trendy cafes, lots of shopping, and a casino located on the beach. Sites here include the Chinese Temple, the World War II Oil Storage Tunnels located below the Esplanade, the tourist friendly Wharf Precinct, and historical buildings like the 19th century Brown's Mart and the Old Town Hall Ruins.

For outdoor lovers there are also great places to visit including Mindil Beach and its markets, Bicentennial Park and the sliver of rainforest left in Darwin. While there walk along the boardwalk in the Doctor's Gully to get to Aquascene, a very popular attraction where you can look at and feed fish during high tide.

Day 3 – Darwin to Kakadu

The drive from Darwin to Kakadu National Park will take you approximately three hours, depending on the stops you choose to make. Along the way you can take some time at the popular swimming destination of Berry Springs and the Territory Wildlife Park—with its Wetland, Woodland and Monsoon Vine Forest Zones—located here. The small town of Humpty Doo, famous for its mangos and agricultural experiments, is also an option. Shop, grab a bite and take a photo with the town’s Boxing Crocodile before continuing on to Kakadu National Park to spend the night.

Day 4 – Kakadu National Park

The amount of time spent in the park, of course, is entirely up to you. A sprawling 19,800 square kilometres, Kakadu National Park offers some impressive sights including the Twin Falls at Arnhem, Warradjan Aboriginal Centre and the Yellow Water Billabong in Cooina, Bowali Visitor Centre near Jabiru (which also has a crocodile-shaped hotel), and the Gulom Plunge Pool, which is located close to the Kakadu Highway. The park’s art galleries are also very popular attractions.

Day 5 – Kakadu to Litchfield National Park


About 250 kilometres from Kakadu you’ll come across Pine Creek, a very interesting town full of history and notable architecture. An ideal stop between Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks this town is located right off of Stuart Highway. Continue on to Litchfield or make another stop at Adelaide River to sample the local specialty: barramundi fish. Stay over at a hotel on the River or make your way to Litchfield instead.


Day 6 – Litchfield National Park


Litchfield National Park covers a gorgeous area filled with beautiful waterfalls, clear plunge pools and the natural vegetation associated with the Northern Territory. Visit the Lost City, full of interesting sandstone rock formations, or Wangi Falls. You can hike, picnic, explore and even swim, as crocodiles are apparently less of a threat here than in other places in the area. Once you’ve had your fill of Litchfield a 70 kilometre drive will have you back in Darwin where you started.




Adelaide to Yulara RV Road Trip


This road trip through the Australian Outback will bring you from the bustling port city of Adelaide to Yulara and the world famous Ayers Rock. The drive is approximately 18 hours and makes for a wonderful trip when broken up into smaller chunks with stops at the charming towns in between.

Highlights


  • Enjoy the cosmopolitan charms of Adelaide

  • The beaches of Glenelg, Henley and Semaphore

  • Ayers Rock

  • Mount Olga

Day 1 to 2 – Adelaide

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is one of those vibrant cities that draws tourists because of the wide variety of sights and activities it offers. For a look at the past and a dose of Adelaide culture, visit the North Terrace with its museums and galleries, and then enjoy some people watching at the chic cafes in this area. Great shopping can be found at Adelaide Central Market or Rundle Mall, while wine lovers will definitely want to check out the National Wine Centre. Take the time to explore Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens, the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon or enjoy a picnic.

Of course, no trip to Adelaide would be complete without hitting the beach: Glenelg, Henley and Semaphore are popular destinations.


Day 3: Port Pirie

Leave Adelaide and drive to Port Pirie, “the City of Friendly People.” This bustling port city is perfect for lazing on the beach, fishing, boating or sampling some delicious, fresh seafood. The streets of Port Pirie are lined with historical buildings, bustling shops and great restaurants, not to mention galleries and museums. Some great stops in Port Pirie include Solomontown Beach, the National Trust Museum located in the Old Railway Station, the Regional Art Gallery and Memorial Park.

Day 4: Woomera

Leave Port Pirie and begin the approximately 3 hour drive to Woomera. Along the way you may want to stop in Port Germein to see Australia’s longest jetty or take a break in Port Augusta. The closer one gets to Woomera the deeper into the Australian Outback they are and this town is a welcome place to stop amidst the desert landscape. Golf, swim, explore the parks and gardens, or dine in one of the town’s restaurants or clubs; in Woomera what you do is really up to you.

Day 5: Coober Pedy

About 4 hours from Woomera you’ll find Coober Pedy, the “Opal Capital of the World.” This town of about 3,500 also boasts over 45 different nationalities and unique underground accommodations (above ground options are also available). Explore opal mines, underground houses and churches, and also do some above ground shopping. If you like you can also visit Tallaringa Conservation Park, about 100 km west from Coober Pedy and slightly off your prescribed route, which is situated on the edge of the Great Victoria Desert.


Day 6 -7: Yulara

If you get up early you’ll be energized for the eight-hour-plus drive to Yulara and can make refueling stops for both car and body in towns like Marla. Yulara draws tons of tourists each year, eager to tour nearby Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where Ayers Rock (Uluru) and Mount Olga (Kata Tjuta) are located. Ayers Rock is a World Heritage Site that is considered sacred ground by the Aborigionals of the area. Visitors can tour the sandstone formation, as well as its caves, waterholes and ancient wall art.




Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Drive from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon RV Road Trip

A road trip from Seattle to Portland promises lush greenery, breathtaking scenery, great sights and a laidback good time. While the drive between the cities clocks in at just under three hours you can take your time, stopping along the way in places like Tacoma and Olympia, to make the most of your Washington-Oregon road trip.

Highlights

  • Seattle Space Needle

  • Pike Place Market

  • Point Defiance Park

  • Tacoma’s Union Station

  • The Olympic Flight Museum

  • The Capitol Museum

  • Millersylvania State Park and Deep Lake

  • Lan Su Chinese Garden

  • Portland Art Museum

Day 1 to 2 – Seattle

Enjoy the lush beauty and laidback culture of Seattle before starting out on your road trip. Visit the world famous Space Needle, ride ferries, and explore gorgeous green spaces, like Kerry or Lincoln Parks. To get a great view of the city ride to the top of the Bank of America Tower or Smith Tower, and spend the day enjoying Pike Place Market, the Museum of Flight or Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Want some great food while you’re in town? One restaurant to try is the Pink Door.

Day 3 – Tacoma and Olympia

On your way to Portland stop in the cities of Tacoma and Olympia, each of which offers a different experience and great things to do. In the port city of Tacoma attractions include Union Station, a historic building now open for public tours, and the scenic Point Defiance Park. The Museum of Glass, the Washington State History Museum and the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium are great family-friendly activities.

In Olympia you can choose between visiting the Olympic Flight Museum, the Capitol Museum, Monarch Sculpture Park or the Red Wind Casino—or see them all! Nature lovers can also explore Priest Point Park or Millersylvania State Park (including the popular Deep Lake). Where you stop along the way—and where you spend the night—is up to you, although you can easily be in Portland by nightfall depending on how many activities you have scheduled.

Day 4 – Portland

Portland is a vibrant city filled with a variety of different attractions depending on your preferences. Want to indulge in some tax-free shopping and great cafes? Portland delivers. Want a bit more of an educational tour of the city? Try stops like the International Rose Test Garden, Oregon Science Museum and the Oregon Zoo. A fun option is Lan Su Chinese Garden, built in the style of an authentic Ming Dynasty garden. Portland also has a great Art Museum and Pittock Mansion, nestled in the West Hills above Portland, the gorgeous house is open to public tours.

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Redwoods and Vineyards RV Road Trip

Everything about this trip is HUGE; quite literally as it covers quite a few miles, you get to visit the world’s largest tree, and there’s also a huge secret too! It’s also the ideal place for visitors who like adventure and outdoor activities, wine and beer, and it’s absolutely perfect for a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday as the roads, and the amount of places to overnight, follow on the huge theme.

Day 1.

The first destination on this trip is 100km north of San Francisco at Napa, and what a first stop this is. There is something for everyone here, the slightly insane, the adventure seeker and the wine buff, so, which one are you? First the slightly insane, as it’s the first place you will reach on the St. Helena Highway. Napa is the home of John and Montra Feritas of Bluenorth.com, vegetarian Bigfoot researches and all things ‘paranormal’ in the area. The big secret of this trip is that its Bigfoot country and you’ll need to stop off here to buy your Sasquatch Pheromones which will attract the beast. Note: please do not open the jar whilst inside your vehicle as the pheromones have a strong odour and you don’t want the creature trying to get inside with you!

For the adventure seeker, get kitted out and experience a ‘flight’ over the Napa Valley, on 7 zip lines which travel for over a mile and take anything from 2 to 3 hours to cover. If you want to spend the whole day here they even do a ‘zip and sip’, zip lines and wine tasting; but only after you’ve finished.

For a more sedate way to enjoy wine visit 1991 St. Helena Highway, the Rubicon Estate, one of the last family run wineries in the area. Take a tour of the cellars and perhaps enjoy lunch here, but if you’re driving skip the tasting, you can always buy a bottle to enjoy later. Your next stop is 300km’s away, so why not enjoy the afternoon in the Napa Valley with a glass of wine and get up early tomorrow.

Day 2.

Back on Highway 111 heading north to the Montgomery State Reserve, where you can stretch your legs on one of the many walking trails and have your first real experience of some ‘big’ trees. The Montgomery Reserve is one of the most remote Redwood parks in California, as well as being home to the world’s biggest tree. Take the three mile loop that follows the Montgomery Creek upstream to five separate Redwood groves which have never been forested, and finish up with a nice picnic lunch.

The next bit will be fun, but only if your vehicle isn’t too big! You’ve heard of the famous drive through fast food joints, but have you ever heard of a drive through tree park? Well, that’s what you’ll find at your next stop of Leggett on the junction with Coast Highway 1 and the US101.

The drive through tree has a hole 6 feet wide by 6 feet 9inches high which was carved in the 1930’s, but its not just one tree, the park has some amazing chandelier trees, you’ll see why they’re called that.

Back on the road again and before you pull over for the day, stop off at Confusion Hill in Piercy. This place is classed as an historical point of interest, and is where you will find, among other things, the Gravity house. It will get your mind reeling.

That’s it for the day, make your way to the Garberville RV Park, but note, if you bought a jar of pheromones keep them well contained, as this was where the first film footage of Bigfoot was shot.

Day 3

An easier day today, head for the coast at Shelter Cove, known as the Lost Coast. Dip your toes in the water, take a hike, you can even visit more giant redwoods, and enjoy a huge portion of locally caught fish with big chips!

Day 4

The climax of the trip…so far, the Avenue of the Giants. You may want to spend a day or two here if you can spare it. The Avenue of the Giants is a 31 mile stretch of the old Highway 101 surrounded by 51,222 acres of Redwoods. There are lots of trails, one of the must see’s is the area known as Rockefeller Forest which has some of the biggest trees in the world, but not the biggest!.

Day 5

Onwards and upwards to Patrick’s Point Sate Park, but if you’re a lover of ‘real’ ale then a stop at the Eel River Brewing Co, America’s first organic brewery, is a must to stock up on ‘proper’ bitter.

Patrick’s Point State Park is a mixture of traditional family homes, native gardens, and of course some excellent trails through the woodland to the sea. This is another place where you could spend a couple of days, if you have time!

Day 6


Heading south east we’re on the return leg of the journey, but there’s still a lot of things to see. Your next destination two and a half hours away is Whiskeytown, and no it’s not what you’re thinking. Whiskeytown is another of California’s great reserves with excellent opportunities for exploring the great outdoors on foot, bike, boat, or horse. They also have a sheltered camping area, so spend the rest of the day exploring, and enjoy a night under the trees.

Day 7.


Last port of call on this trip is Sacramento, three and a half hours south on a very straight highway. It’s back to reality here, no more big forests, but there are some interesting places to spend your last day, there’s the California State Railway Museum, Crocker Art Museum, and old Sacramento, the historic area by the waterfront. So, spend your afternoon doing as much or as little as you please because tomorrow it’s back to San Francisco.

Phoenix to Albuquerque RV Road Trip

As with most things in life there’s quite a lot of choice when it comes to routes from Phoenix to Albuquerque, there’s the most direct route, which will have you there in a day, then there’s the part scenic, part Interstate route; but we’re going to go the whole hog and take the absolutely scenic route. Now, this route does come with a few warnings, if you’ve got a really big vehicle this route can have a few hairpin bends, but as long as you take it steady you shouldn’t have any problems. The other way to look at is that some of the Arizona State roads have no break down lanes or hard shoulders, so the driving can be just as difficult, at least you’ll be going slower on this route!

Day 1

Leave the city behind you and head out east on the AZ 260 through the amazing Salt River Canyon towards Show Low and the Tonto National Forest. As you can imagine the National Park has a great range of trails, opportunities to encounter wildlife, and of course, lots of trees. The park covers three million acres, and is one of the most visited urban forests in the US. If you want to explore, buy a map which shows the trails, lakes, and wilderness areas, just so you don’t get lost! There are also special facilities for staying overnight in motorhome rental and campervan hire vehicles, so there’s no rush, take your time, and explore.

Day 2

Today you leave one forest and enter another, this time it’s the Gila National Forest. Follow the road that travels through Pinetop Lakeside, no points for guessing why it’s called that, over to Eagar. The roads can be rather winding, but the views really make up for that, and there are lots of places to pull over and admire the view. You’ll then re-join the I60 and civilisation, well almost because the next stop is El Mapais National Monument, south east of Gallup. The monument is where you can see some of the world’s oldest Douglas Fir Trees, lava tube caves, a massive natural stone arch, and some interesting lava fields.

From the monument you then rejoin the Interstate 40 from where you will be at you final destination in no time at all.

Miami to Ft Myers RV Road Trip

The journey east to west between two of the south’s popular resorts, Miami and Fort Meyers, travels along Interstate 41 and passes through one of Florida’s big attractions, the Everglades.

Day 1

The Everglades covers over 2500 square miles, so if you’re heading from Miami make you’re first port of call the Shark Valley Visitor. On your way you will skirt the very northerly edge of the park, and what you’ll need to remember is that if you want to go further in you’ll need to take boat because your motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle isn’t going to float! If you want to take a boat trip the visitor centre will have all the information you need, they will also help out with places you can safely overnight in the area. Never fear if you don’t enjoy water, there are lots of land based activities you can try too.

Then, you will cross into the Big Cypress National Reserve, which you can explore from the Interstate, or take a scenic loop road. The Interstate has a number of rest camps and some great hiking opportunities, and the further west you travel there are even more opportunities to get out and explore. If you are looking for somewhere to overnight try the area around the Gulf Coast Visitor Centre at Everglades City or Chokoloskee, there are a couple of rest camps with all the facilities, fuel, and restaurants available.

Day 2

Today you have the option of exploring the canoe trails, or following the wilderness waterway before leaving the park and heading towards Naples.

Naples has some very fine beaches, ideal for swimming, sunbathing, or just for strolling along, but one of the places most visitors head for is the pier. The pier stretches out into the Gulf of Mexico, and if come late in the afternoon and stay until the sun sets you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable sight.

Day 3

It’s just a short drive north this morning to Ft. Meyers, but why not take a detour to visit the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Not only does the sanctuary have some interesting boardwalks trails, its home to some native wildlife and birds. Its also one of the only places you can see the very rare Ghost Orchid.

Then it’s just a quick hop up to Ft. Meyers where you visit the Manatee Park, or if you’re into technology the Edison – Ford Winter Estates where you can see a collection of Edison’s famous inventions from the eclectic light to phonographs.

Lisbon to Oporto Motorhome Road Trip

Although not as well known as the routes around the Algarve in the south, a road trip along the western side of Portugal is a great alternative. For visitors on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday this route will take you through some of the more traditional areas and unspoilt countryside, for a different view of the country.

Day 1.

Whether you have been in Lisbon a few days, or if you have just arrived, pick up your motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle and make a short journey out towards the coast at Cascais.

Cascais is a typical picture postcard cosmopolitan beach town with elegant pedestrianised streets, cafes, and luxury villas. This town was once a fishing village, and even today keeps up the tradition of the afternoon fish auction on the beach; the ideal place to buy some sardines for a barbeque. Once you’ve explored the historic centre there are two short walks along the coast to enjoy, one leading to Boca do Inferno and the other to Estoril.

The 20 minute walk to Boca do Inferno, or Mouth of Hell, is a leisurely stroll to caves which have been carved out of the rocks where high waves crash against them. Just as leisurely, but in the other direction, is the boardwalk to Estoril.

This is a popular tourist area so there’s a good choice of places to overnight before returning tomorrow towards Lisbon.

Day 2

An hour and half north of Lisbon is the first stop of the day at Fatima, and getting here will be a miracle. Well not really, but Fatima is famous for its religious visions. Stop here for a while and visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, who reportedly in 1917, was a vision to three peasant children. If you’re in the area on May 13th or October the 13th, significant dates in the Fatima apparition calendar, expect to be surrounded by thousands of pilgrims.

After lunch, and no doubt feeling blessed, another hour away is the city of Coimbra, and the ancient Roman city of Conimbriga. Conimbriga is the largest Roman settlement in Portugal, and some of the site dates back as far as the first Iron Age in the 9th century BC. If you’re not into ancient things there are also small fortified towns such as Montemor – o – Velho with its Moorish castle, Lousa, a charming town where the plains meet the mountains, and the spa towns of Luso and Curia. There is so much to see and do here, and that includes some great shopping opportunities, you could if you had time spend a few days. If you decide to stay in the area but prefer to stay near the coast, then the coastal town of Figueria da Foz is the perfect spot.

Day 3

Today we continue north 121 Km’s to Oporto or Porto, depending on where you come from! Although its only day 3 there’s still a northerly detour, so don’t worry you haven’t finished the trip yet.

The city is one of the oldest ports in Europe as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are lots of things to see and do here (see Motorhoming in Porto) there’s also a wide range of places to stay, so park up and enjoy the area.

Day 4

For a change, today’s journey is in an easterly direction towards Vila Real and wine country. The journey is only 95 Km’s and the route follows the Dura River and of course the vineyards, so you can take your time and ‘drink’ in the views! Now, in the 1970’s some wine from the region was not drunk because of its taste, but for the bottle. For those who don’t remember, this is the home of Mateus Rose, and the bottles were made into table lamps. Today you can take a tour around the beautiful baroque palace of Sol Mateus, the house that was depicted on the side of the bottle, but please don’t try to steal the lampshades as a souvenir. The whole town is very beautiful, so why not find somewhere to stay for the night and explore the cathedral, and ancient town hall.

Day 5

Its 119Km’s to Braga, one of Portugal’s most beautiful cities, and home to the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. The city also has some beautiful buildings and squares where you can relax, but if you only have one day to spare, make sure you visit the Sanctuary and the Cathedral.

Day 6

The last day and a short drive to Geres. This is the Peneda-Geres National Park, a wild and dramatic mountainous site, scattered with rural villages. Most tourists head for Soajo which has some huge granaries topped with crosses, known locally as esipguerios. Also make sure you visit Caldas do Geres, a pretty spa village which is the place to pick up details about the park, where to stay, and places to visit. Can you squeeze in a few extra days?

Chicago to Buffalo RV Road Trip

The great Niagara Falls is one of those places that everyone wants to see one day. So, if you’re on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday in the Chicago area why not take a short detour and call in.

There are two main routes from Chicago to Niagara Falls. One route you stay in the US and skirt Lake Eire, the other, which also happens to be the quickest, takes you through Canada. Although there’s not much difference in distance, the route through Canada is considered better for the views and the attractions along the way, but if you really want to visit Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Cuyahoga Valley National Park, then choose the Intestate 90 through Cleveland. Whichever route you choose, it's only about 1000 miles in total, not counting the side trips, so if you really want you could try the loop.

Day 1

Leave the windy city and head north for Canada on Interstate 94, enjoying Lake Michigan from a distance. After around three and a half hours you’ll be ready for a stop, and luckily you’ve chosen this route because you’ll be drawn to Marshall, home of magic.

The American Museum of Magic is the largest museum of its kind which is open to the public, and as you’re off to Niagara you can brush up on your knowledge of Houdini ‘the man from beyond’. After you’ve been ‘amazed’ at the museum, travel just a short distance down the road to Jacksonville the home of the Cascades. The great advantage of visiting Jacksonville in your own motorhome rental or campervan hire is that you have you own toilet facilities onboard….you’ll see why!

Jackson Cascades is set in 465 acres of grounds which includes a small museum, two golf courses, tennis courts, picnic area and…..a giant waterfall and six fountains! If you stay overnight in the area it’s also good to visit at night as the cascades are illuminated.

Day 2.


Today’s drive takes you across the border into Canada. When you reach Port Huron prepare for border formalities, remember where you ‘safely’ stowed your passport? Then once through the necessary procedures, you’re on away again and it’s a four hour journey to Niagara.

You’ve arrived at the right side of the falls; even the American’s agree that ‘their’ side is nowhere near as good as the Canadian one. The Niagara Falls are in fact three falls, The American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and the Canadian, or Horseshoe Falls, and the reason the Canadian side is considered so much better is that the Horseshoe falls are over 1000 feet longer and 600,000 American Gallons of water pass over them every SECOND, the American side…150,000. Of course it’s touristy and you’ll probably want to take a boat ride and get soaking, but you’ve got plenty of dry clothes back at you vehicle, so no worries there.

The town of Buffalo is only half an hour’s drive from the falls and has a wide range of places to spend the night as well as some excellent restaurants, at a fraction of the cost of staying at the falls themselves. Maybe you could go back tomorrow?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Dublin Ireland to Cork RV Road Trip

A motorhome rental or campervan hire road trip around Ireland could take a very long time. Its not just because some of the roads are narrow or oddly signposted, although some of them are, but there are so many traditional Irish pubs along the way you just can’t get the momentum up to leave.

Day 1

If time is of the essence head south from Dublin on the main N11, this is a good main road which will get you to your first stop Wexford in just under two hours. If, on the other hand, you’ve got lots of time and you want to experience the coastal road along the Atlantic, take the R761 which takes you through small fishing villages and past some virtually deserted beaches. If you’re feeling brave dip your toe in the water, if not there are plenty of opportunities for fishing, kite surfing, and boat trips to the nearby Saltee islands.

For visitors interested in learning about Irelands history the Irish National Heritage Park at Ferrycraig, just outside Wicklow covers over 9,000 years of history, without being boring! Next stop is the famous city of Waterford, but before you get there make sure you stop off at the Hook Lighthouse at Fethard on Sea, it’s the oldest working lighthouse in the world and dates back to the 13th century.

Day 2

There are lots to do in Waterford, so you’ll probably want to spend the whole day here before moving on to your final destination Cork tomorrow. The number one thing to do in the city is to visit Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre. Only the top quality crystal is made in Waterford these days, unfortunately much of the work has transferred to other parts of Europe which make ‘less expensive’ pieces, but a tour of the factory lets you see the mould room, blowing department, and how the cutter and engravers work. Of course there are some wonderful display pieces and a shop for those all important souvenirs.

Waterford also happens to be Ireland’s oldest city, so there’s an endless amount of narrow streets and old buildings to explore such as Reginald’s Tower and the Cathedral. Once you’ve had your fill of history, and as you’re not driving today, why not visit one of those traditional Irish pubs and sample a pint of something dark and smooth.

Day 3.

Today is the last leg of the journey towards Cork, 121 Km away. En route you have a choice of visiting the Copper Coast European Geopark at Bunmahon, where you can learn about the coastline, rock formations and archaeology, you can visit some of the best beaches in the country, or if you’re into golf try out one of their championship courses.

And so, you reach the city of Cork, in the county of Cork, with its colourful houses, heaps of history, and acres of walks. You will no doubt spend a few days exploring the area and islands and hopefully be surprised at what a wonderfully friendly city it really is.

Adelaide to Kangaroo Island RV Road Trip

It’s just 126km from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, an easy day trip, but its much better to take things easy and relax, after all you’re on holiday.

Day 1.

Take the scenic route along the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis. The name ‘Kangaroo Island’ is a bit of a giveaway, it’s an island so you’ll need to take the 45 minute Sealink ferry across the Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw.

Everything you’ll need today is within a short distance of the port, but as the island is only 155 km long nothing is too far away. A third of the island is National Park and, as you would expect, is surrounded by magnificent pristine beaches, so once you’ve got your bearings make your way past the penguin colony towards American River famous for its oysters and bird life. Finally finish off the day in the islands capital Kingscote; this is where you can stock up on food, fuel and anything else you may need for the next couple of days. Kingscote also has a resident population of Little Penguins which live on the cliffs, tours are arranged at dusk to witness them retuning home after a day’s fishing.

Camping and RV’s are only permitted in designated areas, and during the peak season can become fully booked, so make arrangements in advance. Camps are available at Penneshaw, Brown's Beach, Antechamber Bay, American River, Stokes Bay, Vivonne Bay, and Western River. So, once you’ve made it to your chosen site relax for the evening and prepare for a day with the seals tomorrow.

Day 2.

Today is a day of beaches and the wonderful seal colony at Seal Bay. Seal Bay is the third largest seal colony in Australia, and the most assessable. Spend time walking amongst the colony, but remember seals eat fish, so it can be a bit smelly! After you’ve had you’re seal fix, move out to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Vivonne Bay. The long curved sandy bay is ideal for fishing; there are also some great places for a picnic as well as beautiful views of Point Ellen on the other side of the bay. Point Ellen is where you can see the lobster fishing fleet, and maybe even pick up something for dinner, but before you leave make sure you take a walk to the jetty which is a photographer’s delight.

Moving along, your next stop is the Kelly Hill Caves. The caves have some incredible decorations and further west, Flinders Chase National Park, where you can take a walk to visit some more natural rock formations.

Day 3.

After all the excitement of yesterday take a break and visit the north coast of the island for a different perspective. The north is rugged and isolated with beaches such as Emu Bay with its long stretch of sand, as well as coves and tall cliffs. Today is also about getting away from the beach and heading inland to the Parndana and the Heartland. This is a place for spotting wildlife and a trip here wouldn’t be complete with a visit to the Parndana Wildlife Reserve just outside the town.

Discover Nevada Road Trip: Las Vegas to Reno

If you’re looking to make the drive between Las Vegas and Reno there are two main routes you can choose from, although we’ll touch on the most popular here. Keep in mind that while most people who visit Nevada are hitting up casinos in party town Las Vegas, the area offers much more in terms of places to go and things to see. Once you get your fill of non-stop Vegas fun option is to take the US-95 to Nevada, the shorter of the two routes. US-95 is an interesting road that includes veritable ghost towns and places like Tonopah, a perfect base if you want to explore the area or participate in sports like rock climbing. The other option would be, literally, the scenic route. Driving the US-395 will take longer, but it is generally thought to be much more beautiful road in terms of nature and vistas.

If you don’t like desert landscapes or are adverse to stretches of lonely road than the trip from Las Vegas to Reno isn’t for you. Be aware that food and fuel can only be found in larger towns like Tonopah and Fallon, and the weather can get very hot in the warmer months.

Day 1 to 2 – Las Vegas

The amount of time you spend in Las Vegas is really up to you. With casinos, pools, nightclubs and shows to keep you occupied it might be awhile until you’ve had your fill. Upon leaving Las Vegas think about stopping in Indian Springs, a cool stop if you’d like to visit a Sehmet Temple and perhaps witness some unmanned Predator drones flying overhead.

Day 3 (and 4) – Drive from Las Vegas to Reno

It’s up to you whether you want to make the drive to Reno in a day or two…or even more. Once you move on to Las Vegas and get close to Beatty you’ll find Rhyolite, a fascinating ghost town, where you can tour the remains of the old bank and train station. Also nearby is Carrara, an old quarry only accessible by 4x4. Nearly mid way into your eight hour drive you’ll likely want to stop off in Goldfield, the home of Wyatt Earp and the reportedly haunted Goldfield Hotel, and then travel on to Tonopah (check out the town’s mural and impressive mining museum). This would also be a good time to stock up on fuel before continuing on.

Nearly to Reno you’ll come across the town of Hawthorne and its bunkers and army depot. “America’s Patriotic Home” is also located close to Walker’s Lake where you can take some time to enjoy your surroundings or fish. Once you’re back on the I-95 the next major town you’ll hit is Fallon—the “Oasis of Nevada”—followed by Fernley.

Day 4 (and 5) - Reno

Once you reach Reno what to do next is totally up to you. The city offers everything from casinos and great spas to the great outdoors at Truckee River Whitewater Park. If you drive all the way out to Reno you’d be remiss not to try for a day or two in Lake Tahoe as well, one of the area’s most beautiful spots.


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