The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-19T03:34:52Z VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY 2019-03-19T03:34:52Z vivid-sydney-2019-enters-a-new-decade-of-innovation-and-creativity MEDIA RELEASE: 11.30am, Tuesday 19 March, 2019 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARGYLE CUT IN THE ROCKS RETURNS WITH PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, CAMPBELLS COVE AND HICKSON ROAD RESERVE REJOIN LIGHT WALK, GAME CHANGERS SPIKE LEE AND ESTHER PEREL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS PLUS THE CURE, RÜFÜS DU SOL, FKA TWIGS & UNDERWORLD ROCK VIVID MUSIC. 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO CONTENT AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE AT:www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.” Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy. “I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 - an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said. “It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.” Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event. “This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said. VIVID LIGHT This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres. In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette. Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars throughKA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era. Across the Quay, the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck. Next door, in addition to an incredible experience at Foundation Hall, Samsung Electronics Australia will create a once in a lifetime experience at First Fleet Park using some of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 to reimagine how you see Vivid Sydney. Watch your chips! in The Rocks examines the collective behaviour of birds, mimicking the way gulls sometimes harass humans for food scraps while Nostalgia Above connects the romance of nature to data-driven climate technology, creating a virtual barometer that forecasts rain and thunderstorms, clear or gloomy skies. Campbells Cove is back with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let it Snow makes it seem that giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve offering great views from the water. Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country. The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbour by Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike. The watery world with neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities will provide a playful and exquisite escape into an extraordinary underwater fantasy certain to inspire audiences and deepen the appreciation of Sydney’s aquatic haven. VIVID SYDNEY PRECINCTS Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019. On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation. In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel. Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, a family favourite, is set to radiate with peace and harmony. The Concourse will shine with Co-existence, a large-scale projection work by Hungarian artist collective Limelight while music fans can catch shows by Vince Jones and Lisa Fischer as well as performances by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Vivid Ideas weighs in with a festival/conference for girl gamers and free sessions on clean beauty, fit- tech and wellness. Barangaroo offers a feast for the senses with Exchange Place set to become a wondrous Winter Camp each night with the glowing six-metre tall spirit Marri Dyin (Great Woman) visiting Thursdays to Sundays. Visitors are invited to join her to hunt and gather through illuminated bushlands and enjoy light-inspired fare at all price-points from over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. At Darling Harbour, Robot SPACELand imagines a not-too-distant future where a new civilisation rises from our post-industrial debris. This is where you will get to meet mind- boggling electro-automotive super-bots that have been sent to sow the seeds of a brighter, greener tomorrow. Vivid Sydney’s inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Inspired by the next frontier, playSPACE will bring together super-scale installations that give intrepid explorers an opportunity to walk Under the Milky Sky, play with Spaceballs, and share different perspectives with See What I See. Low-sensory sessions will be catered for too. VIVID IDEAS Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology. The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and how and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark underbelly of the web. Scientists and researchers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s coming next in AI and ethics, space exploration and more. In The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologistJocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging - including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity. Citizens of the World workshops and other how-to sessions will unlock essential skills for living a more creative, better informed and fulfilled life and Semi Permanent returns with a jam-packed program of design goodness featuring vice president of design for Uber, Michael Gough and other luminaries. The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with 23 days of stimulating talks and skill sharpening workshops including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases where we brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas. VIVID MUSIC Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress. Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’sCarriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten also sails in for an electrifying one-night-only performance and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable. 2019 marks X|Celerate’s third big year and partnership between the City of Sydney and Destination NSW supporting the ongoing growth of Sydney’s thriving music scene. 23 inner city venues including a hair salon, church and brewery showcase emerging grassroots acts across every imaginable genre, with acts like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard, while Heaps Gay returns for the Qweens Ball at the Sydney Town Hall. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Gallery of NSW with the fused Vivid Ideas and Music program on Wednesday evenings. Catch Andrew Bukenya’s Do the Spike Thing, OKENYO taking a sonic deep dive into the human condition andJZ Lunar Capsule presenting an Astronaut’s Playlist celebrating the music of space travellers as imagined by the Apollo 11 astronauts 50 years ago. VIVID SYDNEY SPONSORS Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2019. American Express returns as partner for the third consecutive year with the American Express Lounge at Cruise Bar as well as supporting the Vivid Sydney Volunteer Program. Samsung Electronics Australia and official energy partner TransGrid also return as partners with Pixar Animation Studios joining as partner for the first time. Supporters include City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting and ICC Sydney. For the third year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner is Cushman & Wakefield and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation and Informed 365. Vivid Sydney’s collaborators include Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, BEMO, Carriageworks, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Event Engineering, Kennards Hire, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, PropMill, Spinifex Group, State Library NSW. The official charity party is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section. The full 2019 Vivid Sydney media kit, program announcement and high-res imagery including 2019 Vivid Sydney light renders and broadcast quality video footage of 2018 festival highlights, are available to download at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Media Enquiries Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners 0421 668 440 Jo Hocking, Destination NSW 0429 507 328 OZTENT LAUNCHES SUPER STRETCHER 2019-03-05T22:57:47Z oztent-launches-super-stretcher At The Oztent Group we live and love the outdoors, especially lying under a mass of stars soaking up the night sky, a sky that has inspired us to create the biggest and best stretcher yet to hit the market. Our new OZTENT RS1-S King Single Stretcher is the perfect option for big sleepers, and the only one on the market with a 200kg weight rating. At over one meter wide and two meters long, it is also one of the largest. 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Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact Isaac Viglione +61 [0]2 8706-5100 | isaac.viglione@oztent.com or Michael Locke +61 [0]438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au Adrenaline Pumping Gold Coast Holiday Activities From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-03-05T22:02:19Z adrenaline-pumping-gold-coast-holiday-activities-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland With holiday time almost here, thousands of Australians will be streaming to the Gold Coast. Some may just want to chill on the beaches or stroll through stores, but an increasing number are set on letting adrenaline pump out the cobwebs after a year at the office desk, according to Darryl Essington-Wilson, CEO of Gold Coast Family Car Rentals. He sees the Gold Coast adrenaline and extreme activities, already very popular, becoming increasingly so during the Gold Coast’s current tourism industry boom, and the venues and areas where they take place may well be the most visited destinations for those driving his rental cars this holiday season. Choosing the Hard Way Visitors can enjoy their holidays the hard way, or the easy way, says Darryl. They can take in dramatic views of scenic islands and beaches from hot air balloons as the sun rises or sets, or take scenic flights in seaplanes or helicopters. They can also go the kayaking route, take exhilarating hikes and participate in many other outdoor activities. However, more visitors are tending to go for the challenge of high speeds, scary heights or super physical activity, whether it’s on or in the water, up in the sky, on solid ground or somewhere in-between. And, according to Darryl, the Gold Coast is making sure that the toughest challenge for visitors will be in choosing which of the many options available to enjoy first. Up, Up and Away Rather than settling for a seaplane or balloon, those chasing the adrenaline buzz may choose to accept the challenge of tandem sky-diving (the first minute of which consists of free-fall) from 14,000ft above Kirra Beach at Coolangatta; or see what it’s like free-falling the whole way in an indoor wind tunnel at Surfers Paradise. For those who want to hang around between sky and ground, Darryl suggests heading for the trees. The Canyon Flyer guided tour at Mt Tamborine sees brave travellers suspended on zip lines 60m high above the Cedar Creek Canyon, and zipping along at speeds of up to 70km/h. The Tree Top Challenge at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary can occupy up to 3.5 hours of adrenaline pumping time for the adventurous ones in the family, whilst others spend their time enjoying the many animal encounters that the Sanctuary is famous for. Darryl says travellers can alsoget the feeling of being suspended in the air by going parasailing (tandem or alone) behind a powerful boat while surrounded by the views of Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast Islands. Hitting the Water A high-speed Jet-Boat ride will certainly add a splash of excitement to the day. It starts at Surfers Paradise and speeds along the Gold Coast Broadwater, complete with 360-degree spins and other adrenaline-inducing tricks. There’s also the chance to fly about 10m off the water and at a speed of up to 45km/h while powered by a jetpack or enjoy the jet-propelled Flyboard experience both on and above the water. Don’t Forget the Kids The Gold Coast has plenty of activities for kids, says Darryl. Many of the theme parks that are becoming synonymous with Gold Coast tourism, like Sea World, Movie World, Dreamworld, andWet‘n’Wild water world, and Game Over offer a selection of rides, thrills and activities both outdoors and indoors. Youngsters can also go whizzing around on wheels on dry ground; or walk, turn, run and slide across the water inside giant water balls at the Royal Pines Resort in Benowa, near Surfers Paradise. These adrenaline-pumping activities found at Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta and Mt Tamborine are all within easy reach of Gold Coast city in a rental car from Gold Coast Family Car Rentals, with travelling times of no more than 30 minutes. And booking one of Darryl’s cars is just as easy - To find one to travel in the Gold Coast area, and particularly from Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise, and including the Gold Coast Airport, make sure to book onlinewith Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Cutting Gold Coast Holiday Costs From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-02-27T22:40:44Z cutting-gold-coast-holiday-costs-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland Visitors holidaying on the Gold Coast needn’t look at paying in gold nuggets. All it takes, according to Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson, is a bit of careful budgeting for travellers to be able to enjoy a gold star trip on a silver or bronze budget. He says visitors should include in their planning a list of priorities aimed at a gold star experience that will fund memories for a long time, rather than result in red figures on the bank balance when they get home. And these priorities should be considered with regard to how they get to the Gold Coast; what they do, eat, and buy while there; and the rental car they use in order to do these things. In most instances, getting anywhere in Australia involves flying, because of the distances involved. Saving money on flights involves conscious planning in terms of when’s best to book, and when is best to fly, as well as keeping a sharp eye on any special deals, according to Darryl. Departure points, as well as flexibility about flying dates and days of the week, can also save a few dollars. And when they consider rental car options, they should be sure to take into account all the costs involved in hiring a car, including insurance excesses and fees for added extras like child seats, and not just consider the basic rental fee when budgeting on rental car costs. Location, Location, Location As most tourists are drawn to the Gold Coast by its beaches, the surf and those that ride it, Surfers Paradise is often the first choice for accommodation and attractions. However, Darryl points out that the Gold Coast has 52 km of pristine beaches within an easy drive of Surfers Paradise and the attractions there. These include Broadbeach (11minutes), Main Beach (12min), Burleigh Heads (17minutes), and Coolangatta (30mins), all of which offer cheaper accommodation and a better family holiday environment than Surfers Paradise, according to Darryl. All have beautiful beaches, and their own day and night entertainment. He adds that visitors should also remember that the length of stay can also make a difference. Short one or two-night stops may work out more expensive per night, while a free night or two may be included when the stay is longer. Putting Money Where the Mouth is While wonderful dinners and tasty lunches are readily available on the Gold Coast, Darryl mentions that this could see holidaymakers literally putting too much money where their mouths are. Sandwich bars, food from street markets, store-bought supplies for some meals, or having an Australian-style beach barbeque using the free BBQs at many of the beaches, might make both visitors and their bank balances more comfortable about enjoying a dinner on the town now and then. Holidaymakers can take home-packed picnic lunches on outings, including trips to Theme Parks. Money-saving Tips for Going Out and About The Gold Coast and its hinterland offer a wide range of experiences which cost nothing at all, like the views, the beaches, the rainforests, and the streams. In some cases, a blend of paid entry and free options balance out to a good value for money outing, according to Darryl. Currumbin, less than half an hour away from Surfers Paradise, offers visitors the chance to stroll on the beach at Currumbin, splash around in rock pools in the Currumbin Valley, enjoy markets, feed the birds at the Bird Sanctuary, and appreciate wildlife, or take to the treetops in Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Much of this is free and admittance fees at the Wildlife Sanctuary are sometimes governed by deals or membership options which reduce that cost. Similarly, special passes are available online for access to theme park “worlds” like Dreamworld, Wet ‘n' Wild, Movieworld, Seaworld, and White Water World, all of which offer multiple activities like rides and slides. Some offer multiple park access, while others allow for return visits to one, grant early entry, or sanction queue skipping. Once inside, visitors may find other savings, like buying refillable drinks, or bring their own water. Visitors looking to hire a rental car on the Gold Coast with a value for money guarantee, pickup and drop-off at the airport, free child seats and concessionary rates on other holiday add-ons, can book onlinewith Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Last Minute Planning Tips for a Gold Coast Holiday Trip From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-02-27T08:33:07Z last-minute-planning-tips-for-a-gold-coast-holiday-trip-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland For thousands of holidaymakers, the countdown is on for the forthcoming school holidays and festive season. For many of them, the destination will be the Gold Coast, Australia’s favourite holiday destination, and their arrival is just around the corner. And whether they’ve got tickets and bookings in hand, or are still trying to organise a last-minute trip, it’s time for some heavy-duty last-minute planning, according to Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO, Darryl Essington-Wilson. While early planning for a trip to a city like Gold Coast, is certainly a wise move, Darryl believes not all doors are closed to those still wanting to make a visit this season. And the unclosed doors include those on the car rentals they will need in order to enjoy the scenic beauty and entertainment available on the Gold Coast. Flexibility and Perseverance However, he says access to the three basic requirements of any Gold Coast holiday - how to get to there, where to stay, and how to get around while there – is becoming more limited with each passing day. This might mean that last-minute holidaymakers need to show greater flexibility with regards to dates of arrival and departure, and perseverance when it comes to finding suitable flights and accommodation. Once these aspects have been researched, investigated and booked, both the early birds and late planners can get onto the fun side of things, like deciding what to do and see while staying on the Gold Coast, and finding the right rental car to hire, says Darryl. Last Minute Checklist But it doesn’t stop there - further planning is necessary to ensure a happy holiday, and no nasty shocks on returning home. Darryl’s advice on getting ready to travel starts with packing wisely by choosing clothing to suit the summer weather and planned activities, including suntan lotions, sunglasses and sufficient quantities of any prescribed medication, and being sure to take relevant documents, wallets, cell phones and cameras. However, he also recommends taking steps to ensure the security and safety of their home. To avoid possible electrical problems arising as a result of equipment failure, floods, or fire while they are away, Darryl recommends that, at the very least, holidaymakers turn off TVs, bedside lights, kettles and other appliances which won’t be used while they are away. These should be switched off at the wall socket, and removed from the socket where possible, as inline toggle switches, auto-offs and standbys on electrical goods can prove dangerous. If possible, fridges should be left free of perishable items, bins emptied and freezers cleared to prevent nasty (and smelly) homecomings should the power fail. Ensuring the Safety of the Home Even better, Darryl says, would be to turn off the trip switches at the distribution board for circuits that will not be used, like the hot water unit, stove, dishwasher and washing machine, as well as unnecessary lights. However, care must be taken to leave active those circuits powering security systems like the alarm and security lights, as well as the fridge and freezer, unless both are empty. Switching gas off at the cylinder, and water at the mains would also be a wise move in case of any leaks. Darryl, who moved to the Gold Coast and opened his family car rentals operation there 17 years ago, has handed rental car keys to many holidaymakers over the years. To take advantage of his best-value-guaranteed service in the Gold Coast area, and particularly from Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise, and including the Gold Coast Airport, make sure to book onlinewith Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Travelling Tips From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-02-20T04:57:27Z travelling-tips-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland Gold Coast Family Car Rentals prides itself on providing top service and best value for money deals, and they have gold medal Consumer Fairness status to prove it. However, CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson says disputes do sometimes arise when clients return hired vehicles, and they are usually because of misunderstandings regarding certain usage restrictions, and the higher bills that can result. Darryl says that all rental companies have restrictions on where their vehicles may be driven, with the smaller companies restricting users to local motoring only. Larger rental groups with multiple branch locations generally offer a wider scope of driving destinations.Darryl says that apart from when you want a car, the next question that his staff asks customers is where they want to go in the car. This is an early opportunity to discuss any usage area issues, preventing post rental negativity. His staff often suggest expanded usage zones where they believe that particular customers might enjoy travelling to popular attractions or areas that are “out of town”. All of Darryl’s rental contracts clearly describe the permitted driving areas, whilst most other rental companies, make no similar specification, relying on the fine print of their rental terms and conditions.Not Just Anyone Can Drive the Car Letting just anybody drive the rental car could cause serious problems if something went wrong, including leading to the insurance on the car being cancelled, and any claim nullified. Darryl points out that this is why all those other than the principal driver who might drive the car at some point during the rental period also need to be registered when the rental contract is signed. Many operators require all drivers to be present, with their drivers’ licences in hand, when the contract is signed, however, his company is happy to accept licence details over the phone for supplementary drivers.Watch Where You Drive ItIf a car rental company does not advertise that you can drive their vehicles “off road”, or on beaches, they do not permit such activity. The vast majority of rental companies do not allow their vehicles to be driven on unsealed roads, the more understanding rental companies have created exceptions to such a ban to allow for unsealed areas of roads under repair or for access to holiday resorts or private residences.Darryl is only aware of a couple of rental companies that allow their cars to be taken on licenced car ferries, despite such vessels being an integral part of the Australian transport infrastructure. In some areas, there are time of day restrictions in relation to rental cars – remote areas generally exclude driving between sundown and sun up. The issue is knowing whether you are in such an area.Whilst there is reasonable freedom for cross border travel between Victoria, South Australia, NSW and Queensland, almost every car rental operator excludes cross border travel into or out of Tasmania, Northern Territory and Western Australia.However, those who choose to ignore the challenges these terrains offer, and the restrictions placed by most car rental operations on where their rentals may be driven, could well find themselves in trouble when they check their account at the end of the rental period, as it could be a lot steeper than expected due to vehicle damage or for breaching the restrictions.How Far Can You Go?Usage zones which set boundaries on the area within the rental car can be driven, and the distances that can be cover in a day or during the entire rental period, may differ from one car rental to another. In some cases, unlimited distance allowances are offered when the rental period is longer than 3 days. And it may sometimes be possible to extend usage zones for a single day or for the entire period at a small extra insurance cost. Darryl says in most cases these changes can be negotiated beforehand to fit a planned itinerary or phoned in if plans suddenly change. Drivers should always interpret unlimited distance allowances to mean “unlimited distance allowances within the permitted usage area”.Keeping on the Right Side of the LawDarryl warns that renters will end up carrying the bill (and the penalty points) should they contravene any road rules or traffic laws. When and how they pay is dependent on how and when they receive the ticket and fine. If the fine notice is attached to the car, or given to the driver in person, payment must be made directly by the driver before the expiry date on the notice. If this notification is ignored, both the authorities and the car rental operation will add penalties to the amount before it is deducted from the renter’s credit card. If it’s a camera fine, it will still ultimately reach the driver, but with steeper added costs. Generally, an unpaid parking fine will be sent to the rental company as registered owner, with a small additional fee added for a registration search. The rental company will add their service fee to this amount and charge the renter. Service fees vary between rental companies, some charging $25 or less, others charging $99 to $150. Speed camera fines require the rental company to make a statutory declaration as to the identity of the person responsible, statutory declaration fees vary from $25 to $250, depending on the rental company. For those planning to travel in and around Gold Coast city and into the Gold Coast Hinterland in a rental car, learn more details about these restrictions, or book a guaranteed best value for money Gold Coast car rental, all it involves is booking online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Find the Best Cheap Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies for Under 21 drivers in the Gold Coast, Queensland 2019-02-19T04:52:51Z find-the-best-cheap-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-for-under-21-drivers-in-the-gold-coast-queensland It remains to be seen what 2019 will bring, but 2018 was a right royal year for Queensland and the Gold Coast. Five English Royals headed for the eastern Australian state named for 19th Century British (and Australian) monarch, Queen Victoria. And, according to Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson, while five royal visits in one year might have been unusual, the state’s ability to attract royalty has been evident in visits from various royal houses for many years.While Queen Victoria never saw the state named after her, or even set foot in Australia, Elizabeth II, the current Queen and only reigning English monarch to have visited Australia, has done a lot to make up for those who didn’t visit their subjects Down Under. Since her first tour in 1954, she has notched up a total of sixteen tours, with stops in all states (including Queensland) as well as the two territories. Most royals that have left their footprints in the Queensland capital, Brisbane, or, more rarely, on the Gold Coast, were part of the British royal line. However, Darryl points out that royals from other monarchies, including Denmark, Holland and Sweden, have also been drawn to Australia, and many of them to Queensland.Places Royals Did, Could, or Should VisitDarryl says there are a number of places in the Sunshine State which provide memories fit for royals. These range from fairy-tale moments in rain forests, viewing beautiful coastlines, and taking in breath-taking scenery, to regal luxury in cities like Gold Coast City, with lots of other options in between. These include the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, more than 1,000 national parks and a third of the Australian World Heritage sites. And those hiring his rental cars on the Gold Coast to follow in the royal footsteps, or create their own personalised “royal” tours, would be certain to remember these attractions forever.The most recent royal visitors, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, picked the World Heritage site of Fraser Island as a destination when they toured a few months ago. Darryl says this unique area is a “must see” for every Australian and it should be high on the agenda for visitors from overseas.The island offers the only rain forest in the world that grows in pure sand, as well as Lake McKenzie, considered sacred by the indigenous Butchulla people. There’s also the chance to see some ocean royalty in the form of humpback whales on a boat trip similar to that undertaken by Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Whilst the best place to see the whales is in the Hervey Bay/Fraser Island area, Darryl reminded us that the next best place for whale sightings is his home town, the Gold Coast.Earlier in 2018, the Gold Coast was the focus of the visit by Prince Harry’s father and heir apparent to the English throne, Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. There to represent the queen and deliver her opening address at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Prince Charles’ emulated his mother in notching up his 16th trip to Australia to do so. Joining Prince Charles at the Games was his youngest brother, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. The third of the Windsor brothers, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, dropped by for a short visit to the Gold Coast during the build-up to the games in 2017, but did not attend the sporting event itself.Other Royals Who Visited AustraliaOther Royal visitors over the years have included Danish Queen Margrethe II who visited in 1987, as well as her son Crown Prince Frederik and his Australian-born wife Crown Princess Mary, and their children. Crown Princess Mary has visited her hometown, Hobart, many times, but has also made stops in other areas such as the Gold Coast, when she and her children visited Mermaid Beach.Princess Birgitta, sister of Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and wife of Prince Johann of Hohenzollern, visited Sydney for the 100th anniversary of the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce in 2011. On a similar tour two years ago, Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima visited the Queensland capital as well as Sydney, Canberra and Perth, in recognition of the emigration of about 160,000 Dutch nationals to Australia between 1947 and 1971.Those looking for a gold carriage to take to the road in pursuit of kings, queens or princes, and enjoy the sort of places they would visit, may have a hard time finding one. However, those looking for royal treatment and the best value for money, can easily hire a Family Car Rentals vehicle that’s guaranteed to be the best value for money on the Gold Coast by booking online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged.Syndicated by Baxton Media. OZTENT LAUNCHES NEW FOXWING RANGE 2019-02-19T02:42:11Z oztent-launches-new-foxwing-range Always toiling to create better equipment, so you can have better adventures, we’re thrilled to announce the release of our latest FOXWING range of vehicle awnings and accessories. The new series will be available in store from Monday 25 February 2019. The OZTENT Group first created FOXWING, now one of the leading names in retractable vehicle awnings, back in 2008. “We were so inspired by the wings of our native flying foxes that we engineered a product which would replicate their durability, flexibility and functionality, hence its unique patented design and the name.”, explains Isaac Viglione, Marketing Manager, The OZTENT Group. The new FOXWING series borrows from the success of the original range but adds some new features to make them easier and faster to use. The range includes: 270o Awning [RRP $879] – this patented design is engineered to deliver maximum shade with absolute ease. Its FAST™ setup system allows a single person to erect this expansive shade in seconds. Made from ModCan™ fabric [highly durable, UV protected, waterproof and mould resistant] it has zippered edges you can set up a whole camp site from one awning. 270o Tapered Awning Extension [RRP $199] – to provide even more cover on wet and windy days, or a little more space for shady storage we’ve got it covered. Simply zip a tapered extension to your FOXWING 270o Awning and peg as required. Buy four and create your own palace off the side of your vehicle. 270o Awning Extension [RRP $249] – sold as a set of two walls that can be quickly zipped the FOXWING 270o Awning this extension delivers protection from the elements on two sides or can be raised to extend your shade. FOXWING TAGALONG TENT [RRP $699] – with the unique ability of being able to attach to any brand of awning in the market, this tagalong delivers all the ease of an OZTENT and its ESTS™ system sees it up in seconds. Comfortably sleeping four people, it is a standalone tent, meaning that you can, simply unzip it from the awning, peg in the guy ropes and drive off adventuring. For more information on the new FOXWING Series by The OZTENT Group visit http://www.oztent.com.au or any reputable camping, outdoors or auto store. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP: The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family-business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, a product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact: Isacc Viglione isaac.viglione@oztent.com or Michael Locke 0438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au Cutting the Costs and Saving on Top Gold Coast Car Rentals and Airport Family Holiday Vehicle Hire Deals 2019-02-18T04:48:57Z cutting-the-costs-and-saving-on-top-gold-coast-car-rentals-and-airport-family-holiday-vehicle-hire-deals Headline deals on rental cars have been flooding the internet, the press and leaflets during the build-up to the holiday season, and some of the prices advertised look pretty good. And many of them may be the real deal, but Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson warns that in some cases, they may be too good to be true.Holidaymakers Warned to Check the ExtrasHe cautions holidaymakers who don’t do their homework that they may feel they have been duped when faced with the final account if they hurry to sign a deal based solely on the reduced daily rental advertised. But Darryl hastens to add that this is not necessarily because of false advertising.The promoted base daily tariff is usually genuine, particularly when backed by well-known names in the car rental sector. And those companies will undoubtedly stand behind those printed tariffs to the letter. However, according to Darryl, a problem could lie hidden in the letters which are not printed in the advertisement. Those are the ones which spell out the add-ons, make up the list of terms and restrictions, and they usually have varying numbers of dollars attached to them.Counting the Costs of Cheap DealsThis is because the special deal is usually only related to the base tariff for daily rental, and by comparison with others in that regard, at this level, it might appear to be the best option. But, on digging deeper into the fee structure and comparing the other fees involved, that is not necessarily the case.Australian Consumer Law mandates that all compulsory charges are to be either included in the published price, or shown in close proximity to the published price, in the same font size. Optional extras need not be included in an advertised price, but of course, they should be included in any price that is specific to the enquirer’s stated needs.Darryl believes that there is a string of factors that need to be included in any rental car comparison. Among these are the where, when, and how far the car can be driven, as well as how many people can drive it. And there are others, such as where it’s collected, and where it’s dropped. All of these fees can vary considerably between rental companies, as do insurance excess charges and what they cover.Comparing Apples with ApplesAs a Consumer Fairness Gold Medal award-winner, Darryl is committed to making the total cost of car rentals as transparent as possible. An accountant and business consultant before he moved to Gold Coast 17 years ago, and devoted his life to turning two small car rental businesses into the thriving Gold Coast Family Car Rentals that exist today, Darryl looks at the whole package when it comes to cost to the customer.He even offers a Best Value Guarantee for rentals of four days or more. There’s a generous refund attached if a customer finds a better local price. However, it only applies when the so-called cheaper option’s full-service package is identical to his, including optional extras, insurance excesses and other fees. And that’s because of his conviction that car rental costs can only be compared in terms of total service value.For those planning to travel in and around Gold Coast city, and particularly between Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta, and including the Gold Coast Airport, by making sure to book online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Coolangatta Airport People Movers Request For High Season, Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO Warns Customers About High Season Foreign Credit Card Fees 2019-02-15T04:46:28Z coolangatta-airport-people-movers-request-for-high-season-gold-coast-family-car-rentals-ceo-warns-customers-about-high-season-foreign-credit-card-fees International visitors to the Gold Coast are rising in numbers, and peak season starts soon. Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO, Darryl Essington-Wilson, has issued a warning to foreign visitors visiting the Gold Coast during the upcoming high season. And that is to watch out for hidden fees which are added to some credit and debit card transaction charges when they are used in other countries.He said that fees added by some banks might come as a shock to car rental customers. And that could even be the case when they hire cars from his Gold Coast Family Car Rentals business, which has done its best to keep the rental charges as fair as possible. His family car rentals business has achieved Gold Medal status for Consumer Fairness in all 27 categories, carries a Best Value guarantee, and keeps add-ons and charges, like insurance excess, at low levels. However, there’s nothing he can do about bank charges. The only way to avoid that possible shock when viewing the statement, Darryl says, is for visitors to consult their banks with regard to fees before leaving home.Credit CardsNot every card holds the same fees for transactions overseas, some include fee add-ons in one area and not another, and add-on charges can differ between credit unions and banks. This can make it difficult for travellers visiting the Gold Coast to be prepared for sudden additions to their overseas spending budget. In some cases, travellers might be relieved when they don’t find any nasty surprises when they see their statement at the end of their travels, but could later be shocked when hit with a substantially higher annual card fee included by the bank to cover extra costs like transaction charges or currency conversion fees.Swiping a foreign credit card for cash at an ATM in another country can bring on withdrawal fees averaging at around 4%, even if there is usually no charge added to the same credit card on home soil. It is also possible that withdrawal fees could be charged by both the bank that issued the card, and by the local ATM operator. And not all credit cards offer reimbursement of these ATM operator charges.Currency conversion fees could cost anywhere between 2 and 4%. And any delay in settling the credit card balance in time, which could occur while away from home, could see more interest added to the already bigger total.Travel and Debit CardsWhile international travellers who use debit cards may have fewer problems than credit card users, they may still face the addition of a foreign transaction (or currency conversion) fee of somewhere between 1 and 3% when purchasing. And there could be international ATM fees of between 1 and 5 % when drawing cash, plus separate charges issued by the local ATM operators. Sometimes these duplicated ATM fees will be refunded by the home bank, and sometimes not.While travel cards might seem to be the ideal answer, Darryl warns that some card providers might start adding charges if the card is left idle for several months between trips, and, at the same time, charge cancellation fees should the cards be cancelled to avoid those charges.Pay in Local CurrencyDarryl also warns visitors to reject suggestions that they pay in their home country’s currency when settling their account. If they accept the suggestion, they could sometimes find themselves settling a payment fattened up by a poor exchange rate and a merchant fee, as well as a conversion fee, in addition to any bank fees the transaction could involve, so enlarging the payment still further. He advises that the best way to avoid these piled-on costs is to stick to paying in the local currency and to check bills carefully before swiping the card.Coming to grips with unavoidable card costs, and discovering ways to get around the avoidable ones, involves consultation with the relevant credit union or bank before settling on the best card to use. But when it comes to hiring the best value for money Gold Coast car rental, all it involves is booking online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Lifted Event Visitor Numbers for Best Cheap Fly Drive Car Rental Hire and Travel Deals at Coolangatta Airport in Queensland 2019-02-14T04:44:01Z gold-coast-commonwealth-games-lifted-event-visitor-numbers-for-best-cheap-fly-drive-car-rental-hire-and-travel-deals-at-coolangatta-airport-in-queensland It’s always busy in Gold Coast city. But a string of major events made 2018 a particularly busy year for the tourism industry in the city. And its benefitted both directly and indirectly from the visitors and attracted by them and the exposure they received, according to Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO, Darryl Essington-Wilson.Because of the close tie between his rental car operation and tourism, Darryl took a look at the impact of some of the 2018 events, and the long term and short-term prospects they hold in terms of visitor numbers and contribution to the economy. And, Darryl, whose Gold Coast Family Car Rentals is about keeping tourists moving on the road since 2001, is sure there’s more activity still to come when the holiday season kicks in next month.Games kick off long-term visionThe 2018 Commonwealth Games, held in Gold Coast in April, started the 2018/2019 financial year in a big way. The visitor numbers and contribution to the economy were not necessarily dramatic compared to the same period last year. However, Darryl said the event may have laid the groundwork for long term gains. Already the impact of infrastructure development carried out to host them, was evident in the statement by Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development, Kate Jones, that the Commonwealth games venues were booked out for the rest of 2018 within a month of the Games. This doubled the booking hours for those venues, and involved 102 events, 32 of which were of national or international significance. And on top of that was the exposure of the Gold Coast to about 1.5 billion TV viewers worldwide, 16 million of them in Australia as well as activity on various social media channels.The opening of the Games also signified first of the 2018 Royal visitors, when Prince Charles stood in for the Queen. And, on a different level, the games also brought in the “royalty” of Commonwealth sport; and the sale of 1.21million tickets.A further Royal visit to Queensland that followed last month may have been instigated by the buzz around the Games, and may also have had a spin off for the Gold Coast. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his bride, Meghan Markle, did not touch down in Gold Coast itself, and catching a glimpse of the Royal newlyweds on Fraser Island would have required an 8 hour round trip in a Gold Coast car rental car. However, the visit did focus UK attention on the area in a massive UK publicity campaign for the Royal Tour.Sport and music regulars show immediate growthStarting with the 40th Gold Coast Marathon held on July 1, Darryl said Tourism and Events Queensland reported a 60,000 turnout for the event, more than two thirds of this from outside Queensland. The 27,000 participants included 4,300 international runners from 51 countries. Tourism records for the race were set in visitor nights (100,000) and an injection of $28.5million into the economy. And he said other events like the Gymnastics National Club carnival, featuring over 3 800 athletes, as well as a range of other sporting events also contributed by attracting visitors.Just concluded was the Pan Pacific Masters Games, a biennial event of great significance, with a record 15,500 participants from over 40 countries competing across more than 40 individual and team sports. Darryl said that the report card from his customers who participated in the Masters Games was one netball gold medal, one silver medal in hockey, and several distinctions in having a great time.Leaving the sports field, Darryl said the eighth Cooly Rocks On five-day festival held last month in Coolangatta, also showed an increase in visitors and tourist spend. The festival, which looks back at the culture of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, brought in 110, 000 fans of rock ‘n roll and nostalgia (half of them from outside Queensland), and added 34,000 visitor nights to the year’s tourism industry figures, and $6million to the local economy.With Gold Coast tourism on the up and up, and events to attend, the right value-for-money car rental is going to become increasingly important. Find one to travel in the Gold Coast area, and particularly from Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise, and including the Gold Coast Airport, by making sure to book online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Discounted Gold Coast Car Rentals Experience Rise in Business Visits that Boosts Economy Vehicle Hire at Coolangatta Airport To Ensure Cheap Holiday Flights 2019-02-13T04:41:25Z discounted-gold-coast-car-rentals-experience-rise-in-business-visits-that-boosts-economy-vehicle-hire-at-coolangatta-airport-to-ensure-cheap-holiday-flights While there’s been a lot of media buzz about the soaring number of tourists thronging to Gold Coast in the past couple of years, it’s not just holidaying tourists behind the massive increase in visitor numbers. The number of business visitors who are making regular calls to the Australia’s Gold Coast has been taking off on a similar trajectory. And that’s great news in terms of the Gold Coast economy, according to Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO, Darryl Essington-Wilson.Darryl sees nothing but benefits for the city in the current rise in overall visitor numbers, and the fact that business tourists form a growing part of them. And Darryl is someone who knows how to seize opportunities when they present themselves. When the veteran accountant and business consultant arrived in Gold Coast in 2001 and decided to settle there, he bought a house and two car rental companies on the same day.One in 10 Visit Gold Coast on BusinessVisitors to the Gold Coast totalled about 11 million last year, and their financial contribution to the local economy topped AUD5 billion. And they weren’t all tourists. Seeing this economic injection into the city and the increasing number of business visitors among them is like music to the ears of this Gold City entrepreneur. He believes the growth in the number of business visitors is a testimony to the city’s economic vibrancy which in turn points to a rise in business activity in general.According to the 2017-2018 statistics released in March this year, close on 40% of those 11million visitors were overnighters, with an average stay of three to four nights. And nearly 400,000 of those were international and domestic visitors who did so for business reasons. A further 627 000 made day trips to the city for business reasons, bringing the total number of business visitors to over 1million, or just under 10% of the total number of visitors to Gold Coast City.Land, Rent and RideFor those intrastate and international visitors who fly into Gold Coast city for a few days, with tight deadlines and even tighter time constraints, convenience is a priority when it comes to arranging transport, whether they arrive for business or pleasure. Gold Coast Family Car Rentals, which prides itself on being one of the cheapest, and best value for money, car rental companies in the city, makes renting its cars as easy as possible for all those who fly in and fly out of the city with its pick up and drop off service at the Gold Coast Airport.While Gold Coast Family Car Rentals usual focus is on tourists visiting to enjoy the area’s increasingly popular tourist attractions, those attending important meetings, conferences and expos in the city, visit clients, or fly in to keep an eye on one or more of the development projects in Gold Coast city, also stand to benefit from this service. And, who knows, some may well enjoy the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Gold Coast in a rental car once the meetings are done for the day.For those planning to travel in and around Gold Coast city and into the Gold Coast Hinterland in a rental car, learn more details about these restrictions, or book a guaranteed best value for money Gold Coast car rental, all it involves is booking online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Friendliest Family Gold Coast Top Local Scenic Spots and Best Cheap Budget Airport Car Hire Rentals Company 2019-02-12T04:39:27Z friendliest-family-gold-coast-top-local-scenic-spots-and-best-cheap-budget-airport-car-hire-rentals-company The Gold Coast offers a vast array of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, from its world class beaches to the hidden natural wonders of the hinterland. “We really are spoilt for choice on the Gold Coast when it comes to enjoying our natural heritage,” says Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO, Darryl Essington-Wilson.“We all know the importance of taking a break from our high-tech lifestyles and reconnecting with the natural world, and the benefits like reducing stress and alleviating depression. What’s really important too is celebrating and supporting the vast natural heritage we are blessed enough to have so close by. And there are so many wonderful options for a day trip into nature with the family.” Essington-Wilson is a supporter of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre believing that by supporting our conservation areas, we can give something back while getting something out too.The ever popular and heritage listed David Fleay Wildlife Park is home to many native birds including owls, eagles and brolgas, as well as crocodiles, koalas and tree kangaroos, and makes a great day out with the family.Burleigh Head National Park offers walks through rainforest, grassland and mangroves as well as ancient volcanic columns on the rocky foreshore, with a chance to see whales in spring. The foreshore is a great place to enjoy a picnic or just relax on Echo beach.Natural Bridge, located within Springbrook National Park, is the best place to see Australian glow worms as well as luminous fireflies and fungi in summer. Together with Lamington National Park, the two parks form part of the world’s most extensive subtropical rainforest, the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and they are home to many rare and threatened plant and animal species, as well as some spectacular waterfalls.The parks form the northern escarpment of the abundantly fertile Tweed Valley, the world’s second largest volcanic crater, with Mount Warning being the volcanic plug.“The Main Western Road to Mount Tamborine is one of the most scenic drives to take from the Gold Coast. Gold Coast Family Car Rentals has been operating here for 17 years and we’re always happy to recommend some worthwhile outings to visitors,” says Essington-Wilson. Situated in the third oldest National Park in the world, Mount Tamborine offers twelve walking trails including a rainforest skywalk on steel bridges that will take you 40 metres into the forest canopy. The TreeTop Challenge Adventure Park boasts over 120 TreeTop activities and 10 zip lines through nine acres of bushland and rainforest.Thunderbird Park, also on Tamborine Mountain, offers various adrenalin boosting activities for kids of all ages, as well as swimming, horse riding, bush walking and camping.The Gold Coast offers family-friendly beach activities in abundance too, including surf lessons, jet-skiing, sea kayaking and whale watching.Essington-Wilson, a well known and respected Gold Coast businessman, is passionate about showing off his home town safely. “We’re a family run business and we care about families. We offer a free child seat with every hire, currently offered by only four out of 52 operators in the Gold Coast! We also pride ourselves on a higher level of transparency than any other car rental company in the world. And as a result, we have a loyal base of customers who return to us time and again.”Gold Coast Family Car Rentals have been independently judged by CarHire Guide to be the most consumer Friendly in Australia. Get in touch with Gold Coast Family Car Rentals and enhance your family holiday with their best value for money car rental offerings.If you’re considering a Gold Coast Holiday, visit Darryl’s website Cheap Car Hire Gold Coast and Gold Coast Airport Car Rental to get an online quote or book online or call + 61 7 5508 3333 for further information.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Engineering Iconic Landmark for the Gold Coast Tourism Rental Cars at Coolangatta Airport Provides Best Budget Hire and Cheap Holiday Deals 2019-02-11T04:36:23Z engineering-iconic-landmark-for-the-gold-coast-tourism-rental-cars-at-coolangatta-airport-provides-best-budget-hire-and-cheap-holiday-deals The Gold Coast Sand Bypass system was recently celebrated, as part of the annual Gold Coast Open House program, for its contribution to the growth of tourism and marine industries in the city.The Gold Coast Sand Bypass system, managed by Gold Coast Waterways Authority is much more than just an iconic landmark or popular angling spot – it’s a feat of engineering that deserves recognition, says Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO, Darryl Essington-Wilson.Opened in 1986, the sand bypass system was one of the biggest infrastructure projects of the 1980’s and played an important role in the development of Gold Coast Tourism. An ambitious and expensive project for its time, the bypass system was an innovation that really helped to spark a tourism boom in the region. “This behind-the-scenes feat of engineering really has been pivotal to the development of the Gold Coast. The investment in the seaway development has really paid off, as its contributed in no small way to the development of all the water-based industries in the region, such as whale watching and fishing charters,” says Essington-Wilson.Located on the Southport Spit, the bypass system operates by pumping sand through a pipe below the seaway, via pumps buried two metres beneath the sand. The sand is dumped onto South Stradbroke island, keeping the channel open at the mouth of the Nerang River and the seaway safe and clear for craft. The pumps collect 500 000 cubic metres of sand every year. The sand bypass system is earmarked for a $3.35 million upgrade in 2019, when works will begin to replace the jetty’s concrete deck.“The Southport Bar was incredibly dangerous for craft until the Seaway was opened in 1986. The Seaway now allows safe passage for both recreational and commercial vessels between the Broadwater and the ocean. It is also a popular spot for many tourists and I highly recommend a visit. This is another prime example of the commitment local council has to improving our surrounds. Gold Coast Family Car Rentals has been in business here since 2001 and we’ve seen phenomenal growth in the tourism industry,” said Wilson.Whilst this important boost to the quality of life of residents and visitors is largely invisible, locals and visitors alike get to see the annual pre-summer dredging of Tallebudgera Creek estuary, where the dredged sand is transferred to nearby Burleigh Beach and the Currumbin Creek lagoon. The dredged sand is then transferred to Southern Palm Beach. The dredge is a familiar site during August, September and October each year.The Gold Coast continues to draw millions of visitors every year who come to enjoy the spectacular beaches, the rainforests and waterfalls of the lush hinterland and the many other attractions and events that are on offer.Gold Coast Family Car Rentals is a family owned business that has been operating in the city for 17 years and also has a branch in Northern Beaches, Sydney. CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson believes that the tourism and hospitality industry could continue to grow and benefit if operated with integrity and a service mind-set. “We subscribe to a private monitoring service that measures 27 different levels of consumer fairness, in terms of rental terms and conditions, clarity, transparency and service levels. We are two of only three rental offices in all of Australia awarded Gold Medal status by complying with all 27 standards of consumer fairness. And we’re pretty proud of that.” Says Wilson.If you’re considering a Gold Coast Holiday, visit Darryl’s website Cheap Car Hire Gold Coast and Gold Coast Airport Car Rental to get an online quote or book online or call + 61 7 5508 3333 for further information.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Best Gold Coast Airport Holiday Road Safety Tips and Budget Car Rental for Cheap P-Plate Vehicle Mover Hire Deals in Queensland 2019-02-08T04:34:29Z best-gold-coast-airport-holiday-road-safety-tips-and-budget-car-rental-for-cheap-p-plate-vehicle-mover-hire-deals-in-queensland With summer plans underway and the festive season almost upon us, holiday traffic is will soon be making its way onto Gold Coast Roads. Darryl Essington-Wilson, CEO of Gold Coast Family Car Rentals says that, other than ensuring your vehicle is properly roadworthy, holiday road safety is a mindset we should all adopt.“It’s not just a matter of how safely you drive – you need to remember that you’re sharing the road with other people who might not be alert, who may be upset about something, who might be intoxicated, who might simply be reckless, or who may be texting” he says.Darryl feels that getting the defensive driving message across could save lives this festive season. The first step, he says, is to realise that accidents happen very quickly. It’s not always possible to avoid them no matter how alert you are.“To begin with, buckle up,” he says, “and make sure your kids are in proper child seats and wearing their safety belts too. Twenty percent of the people who die in crashes weren’t wearing their seatbelts. Don’t let this be you or your kids.”Darryl also recommends that drivers constantly assess the response time available to them. A second’s extra time and a few metres of extra space between cars can prevent tragedy. “Ask yourself whether you will be able to respond in time if an emergency were to occur on the road in front of you. I am a staunch believer in the 2 second rule (3 seconds at 80Kph or more), stay at least this distance behind the car in front of you.”Right of way often gives drivers a false sense of security. Other drivers can make mistakes, and blind trust in your right of way could be dangerous. “Never just assume an intersection is safe because you have the right of way,” says Darryl, adding that he grew up with a road rule of “give way to the driver on your right, and the fool on your left.”He warns that the seconds just after a traffic light has changed are particularly dangerous: “If the light has just turned green, there could be someone who thought they’d make it over on the amber gunning across as fast as they can.”He further advises that when you stop behind other cars at an intersection, make sure that you can see a metre of road surface behind the rear wheels of the car in front of you. If someone hits you in the rear end, you are unlikely to be pushed far enough forward to hit the car in front of you.When the traffic is heavy, and the weather is sultry, it’s all too easy to grow impatient behind the wheel. If you find yourself tempted to drive aggressively, it’s time you found a spot to pull over and regain your sangfroid, says Darryl. “Aggressive driving means taking chances. Taking chances means an increased likelihood of accidents. Keep it calm.”Finally, Darryl warns those who are taking to the roads for long distances to be extra cautious of the consequences of driver fatigue. “It’s especially dangerous if you’re driving during times when you’d ordinarily be asleep,” warns Darryl. “If you’re travelling a fair distance for your holiday, consider the wisdom of flying instead. You can always get an affordable rental car once you arrive.”If you’re considering a Gold Coast Holiday, Darryl says his car rental business will give you the best in safety: “Our cars are well-maintained, and unlike most car rental companies we provide free child seats for families who rent our vehicles.” visit Darryl’s website Cheap Car Hire Gold Coast and Gold Coast Airport Car Rental to get an online quote or book online or call + 61 7 5508 3333 for further information.Syndicated by Baxton Media.