The holidays have come and gone, and just as we’re back to routine there’s another bit of time off coming up! With Australia Day falling on a Tuesday, it’s either a 4 day mini holiday or an odd day off in the middle of the week depending on your negotiation skills – but always a good opportunity to get out of the city. Whatever you get up to, we hope you have fun and be safe!
This month we’re debuting booking promo codes, so check out our new specials page for our 4 for 3 Australia Day offer, pod discounts, and any other new deals that might crop up.
With everybody heading out of town, you might be better placed to stay local. Take a walk on the Glebe Foreshore around Blackwattle Bay, and finish with a picnic in Bicentennial Park. Or, head north and check out the very peaceful Middle Head near Mosman, with beautiful scenic walks and Cobblers Beach for a cooling splash.
The city might be packed, but if you have a look around you’ll find somewhere to get a bit of quiet and solace. Get colonial and pay Cooks’ Cottage a visit in Fitzroy Gardens, or for a more varied Australian history lesson visit the Melbourne Museum and its Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre. When you’re done, retire to a shady spot in Carlton Gardens for a picnic and take in the lush surrounds. If you’re up for some outdoor recreation, head north to Studley Park Boathouse and you can hire kayaks, canoes and row boats to get on the water, and you can fill up at the excellent restaurant afterwards.
You can put some space between yourself and the city and explore beautiful country towns. Head on past Healsville and the Yarra Valley to the much less busy Marysville, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Black Spur Drive through tall forests and mountain ash trees. If you want to stay closer to home, the Dandenong Ranges may be a little crowded, but there are enough walks and places to relax for everybody to find their space.
4 day weekend
The south coast is full of beautiful beaches and campsites that are off the beaten track. Meroo Head Campground in Termeil, just south of Ulladulla affords stunning empty beaches and camping just metres away. If camping isn’t your thing, find a place around Dolphin Point and experience the best beaches in NSW. And yes, as the name denotes, there are often dolphins frollicking in the water!
Drive up to Beechworth to take in the history while sampling the delights of this growing foodie haven. Or, pack your camping gear and head down to Wilsons Promontory – one of the most beautiful parts of the world (if we do say so ourselves), with beaches, mountains and rainforests abound.
Win a Free Weekend
Tell us your tip for having a good time without the crowds, and the best idea will get published on our blog. We’ll give you a free 2 day booking in exchange for giving up your secrets.
Tip of the Month
We pride ourselves on providing clean, comfortable cars for everybody to use. Our team of cleaners are constantly out on the road cleaning cars in and out, but we also rely on you, our members, to tidy up at the end of your booking. If you ever eat in the car, take home gardening supplies or had a nice day at the beach, please make sure you tidy up. It doesn’t need to be perfect, just how you’d like to see a car when you pick one up.
If the car is beyond a simple tidy up, that’s okay! You can take it to a car cleaner and claim up to $16 in costs (just keep the receipt), or give us a call and book in a special clean. Depending on the circumstances a cleaning fee may be charged for a special clean – but if members leave a car dirty without organising a clean at all, the next member will report it and they’ll get a fine.
Remember, it’s always easier to prevent mess than to clean it up, so take towels and sheets if you ever think there might be spillage.
Take the whole squad
A people mover that is easy to drive, comfortable for everyone in the back, and actually looks kind of cool? Just the thing of dreams? At GoGet, where dreams come true, the KIA Carnival is changing the face of people moving everywhere. To keep up with demand, we’ve doubled the Carnival fleet, and have made dreams come true in new suburbs across Melbourne and Sydney.
Perfect for an Australia Day getaway, the Carnival lets you load up the whole squad and take off together. Compared to taking multiple cars, it costs less, avoids convoy coordination and the conversation is a lot better!
You may have received a new pod alert if a new Carnival was added to a neighbourhood near you, but check out the booking system to see if there’s one in your area. If there isn’t and you’d like one, get in touch here!
Using gear from Australia’s favourite failed airline Ansett, some Jet Age charm and locally sourced, native and foraged ingredients, Trolley’d is a wicked cocktail bar that comes to you!
On our blog, we spoke to Trolley’d about how they use GoGet. Because they use reclaimed airline trolleys, they can pack up an entire cocktail bar into a GoGet van, and rock up to parties all over Australia. When they’re not mixing up drinks, they take road trips to forage for unique flavours and ingredients for their new creations.
Do you use GoGet for work? We’d love to interview you for our blog! Get in touch here, we promise the questions aren’t too hard…
New cars and pods: NSW
- Balmain – Wisbeach Street
- Chippendale – Central Park Apartments (Kermit the Carnival)
- Coogee – Alison Road between Carrington Road and Melody Street
- Coogee – Mount Street near Kidman Street
- Concord – Wellbank Street near Flavelle Street
- Earlwood – Broadway near Meredith Street
- Earlwood – Dickens Street near Herbert Street
- Kingsford – Kennedy Street
- Lane Cove North – Mowbray Road near Hatfield Road
- Rozelle – Nelson Street near Evans (Lenny the Carnival)
New cars and pods: VIC
- Carlton – Carlton Street near Barkly Street
- Macquarie Park – Saunders Close (Tobias the Carnival)
- Melbourne CBD – 101 Collins Street Cr Park (Pablo the Outlander-PHEV)
- St Kilda – Chapel Street near Carlisle Street
Amy’s Bucket List
To announce our new Audi A3 Convertibles, we offered members the chance to take one for a free weekend and in return write an honest review of their experience. We received nearly 300 entries from all you eager beavers!
It took some time, but we read every single entry and finally decided on a winner. Amy moved to Sydney 5 years ago but, because she works weekends, has missed out on seeing everything she’s wanted to. Instead, Amy has been keeping a list of places to go and things to see when she finally gets a chance to – a kind of bucket list.
Amy said that, given a convertible and a free weekend, she could finally attend to her list and visit an old railway tunnel full of glow worms, secret hidden beaches, a chocolate factory, Persian restaurants, an amazing cheesecake shop, the RSPCA, old wartime relics, Port Jackson, the old “Women’s Factory” in Parramatta, the Q Station and ghost tour in Manly, fresh food markets and her cousin’s house.
We’re looking forward to seeing the photos and reading her review! Stay tuned on our blog.
A library in your street
These little boxes are a great way to connect with your community, discover new books and share interesting books of your own. You can fill them with your own book collection, or open it up to your neighbours to contribute.
If you’d like to have a Street Library of your own, MakerSpace &Company are holding a building session on the 31st of January. Not only will you get a street library of your own, but you’ll learn some woodworking skills, hang out with cool people and get creative! Everything’s provided, and there’ll be a talk on Little Libraries by Kylie Legge of PlacePartners, who’s been running her own street library for years.
Australia Day isn’t just citizenship ceremonies and the Australian Open – it also means it’s time for Midsumma Festival!
We’ll be at the Carnival (Sunday 17th) and Pride (Sunday 31st), because who would miss them, but there are heaps of other events all over Melbourne and Victoria to check out too. There’s an Australia Day picnic at Mount Macedon, a talk with Hazel Edwards at Frankston, and the Motafrenz Magical Mystery Tour starting at Como Park and perambling all over. Motafrenz is a car club, but they’re very happy with normal cars like GoGets tagging along on the tour!
Check out the Midsumma program to find something fun, sexy and cool to do in the next few weeks.
Cool things our members are doing
Ever wish there was a GoGet for camping gear, an extra table or garden tools? Things you don’t need to own, but could really do with now and then?
GoGet member Leon wrote in about his new website Rentalis. It is like an online store for all kinds of things, which you can rent from other users for a day or a week at a time. It’s perfect if you’re having a party, doing renovations or something else that requires specific gear that you don’t need to own full time.
If you own a bunch of things that you don’t need every day, consider putting them up on Rentalis. That way they’re out earning money instead of being lazy in your cupboards, and you’re helping out other people who need them. Keep updated with new finds on their Facebook page.