Whether your ideal getaway is driving to the coast for ocean breezes and fresh seafood, or escaping to the countryside for a weekend of wine tasting, the new Nissan Tiida will get you there in the utmost of style and comfort. It offers a spacious and comfortable interior, with all the creature comforts you’d expect in a large car, but for the price of a small car.
The Nissan Tiida Ti Hatch and Sedan now also feature leather trim and climate control air-conditioning, so now you can enjoy the journey just as much as the destination. To celebrate this little luxury, we’re giving you the chance to win 1 of 7 $500 pre-paid Visa Debit Cards. Simply vote for the finalist below and tell us in 25 words or less:Congratulations to Daniel Bermingham who is the major prize winner
Day 1: We put on our Jungle Greens
Our family of four were more than impressed with the leg room in the Tiida, big enough even for a giraffe! Not to mention the boot space – our hippo sized suitcases still left plenty of room to spare!
With the powerful 1.8litre engine, the Tiida drove with the stealth and precision of a Cheetah around the bends and up through the mountains.
Destination Dubbo Western Plains Zoo – Zoofari Lodge, where we enjoyed unforgettable and amazing behind the scenes close encounter experiences like hand feeding the lovable giraffes and spotting tigers and hippos in the dark. Dinner at the Zoofari Lodge could have fed an elephant – it was spectacular.
Our accommodation, The Cheetah Lodge was like a large luxurious tent, with heated floor tiles and the comforts of home, yet it gave the illusion of camping in the South African plains. We were a little worried that Shane’s snoring might have the zoo keepers searching for an escaped zoo animal!
Day 2: Close Encounters of the Dubbo Kind
We had early morning tour of the zoo, where we fed Yum Yum the elephant and a Black Rhino, before having a full buffet breakfast ourselves.
The Nissan Tiida cruised around the zoo’s 5km circuit, stopping at each of the many animal exhibits, but we did not want to leave the "creature comforts" of the Tiida's leather seats, and climate control air-conditioning.
Next stop, Old Dubbo Gaol. Chills ran up our spines visiting the gaol cells. A very ghostly feeling envelopes you. Kirsty felt quite at home in the Padded Cell! Jenaya and Brody got locked in the stocks, and Shane tried to help a prisoner escape over the wall in one of the gaol’s live shows.
We undertook a bit of night driving, and were confronted by a kangaroo jumping in front of the car on the way out to the Dubbo Observatory. Thankfully the great Anti-Lock Braking System on the Nissan Tiida meant we were able to stop in time! At the observatory we gazed at the Southern Cross, planets and had a spectacular view of the moon through the telescope! Dubbo skies are full of stars on a clear night.
Day 3: Magnificent NSW Countryside and Underground Caves
In the morning we travelled from Dubbo to Wellington, where we enjoyed a tour of the Cathedral Cave at Wellington Caves. What an amazing and captivating natural wonder to experience underground. It was certainly a sight to behold.
Next door, the Japanese Gardens, are glorious to wander through on a bright sunny morning.
From Wellington we made our way to Mudgee, enjoying views of the NSW countryside and the kaleidoscope of colours of the landscape – green grass thanks to all the recent rainfall and fluorescent yellow Canola fields.Our family had the most memorable driving adventure and holiday in the Nissan Tiida Hatch – a small car, loaded with family sized features! It’ll be like taking meat from a Tiger, when we hand the keys back!