10 funky August festivals to see down under

If you’re in or visiting Australia this month here are some fun ideas for things to do and see in the winter sun:

Byron Bay Lighthouse. Pic: J. Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

1. Byron Bay Writers Festival (5-7)
Byron Bay, New South Wales
www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au
The Byron Bay Writers Festival includes dinners, lunches, interviews and panel discussions in the wonderful beachside location on the north New South Wales coast. An eclectic and stimulating three days.
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VIP Backpackers tours and packages in Byron Bay

2. Australian Italian Festival (6-7)
Ingham, Queensland
www.australianitalianfestival.com.au
For a feast of Italian culture head to this north Queensland location for all the tastes, entertainment and experiences of Italy downunder.

3. Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week (12-18)
Meridien Marinas Abel Point, Airlie Beach, Queensland
www.airliebeachraceweek.com.au
For a yacht regatta extravaganza Airlie Beach Race Week is the place to be. It might be winter but this is one of the best times to visit the Whitsundays – a region we have featured in this month’s newsletter!
VIP Backpackers accommodation in Airlie Beach
VIP Backpackers tours and packages in Airlie Beach

4. National Indigenous Music Awards (19)
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Darwin, Northern Territory
www.musicnt.com.au
Get into indigenous music and talent at this event hosted by Music NT Inc.
VIP Backpackers accommodation in Darwin
VIP Backpackers tours and packages in Darwin

Hamilton Island resort. Pic: J. Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

5. Audi Hamilton Island Race Week (19-27)
Hamilton Island, Queensland
www.hamiltonisland.com.au/events
If you enjoyed the Airlie Beach race week then hang around in the region for the Hamilton Island version – Australia’s largest annual offshore keelboat regatta.
VIP Backpackers accommodation in Whitsundays
VIP Backpackers tours and packages in Whitsundays

6. Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (19-21)
Wharf Street, Cairns, Queensland
www.ciaf.com.au
This three day event features traditional and contemporary art work by Queensland Indigenous artists with a dance and music program, talks and even a children’s program.
VIP Backpackers accommodation in Cairns
VIP Backpackers tours and packages in Cairns

7. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival (20-26)
Southbank, Brisbane, Queensland
www.mbff.com.au
Come to Southbank to see the season’s latest trends with a fantastic lineup of designers and offerings.
VIP Backpackers accommodation in Brisbane
VIP Backpackers tours and packages in Brisbane

Flinders St Station. Pic: J. Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

8. Melbourne Writers Festival (26-4Sep)
176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Victoria
www.mwf.com.au
The Melbourne Writers Festival draws a crowd of very talented writers, artists, journalists, songwriters, cartoonists and even advertisers from around the world to this multi-day forum of ideas and events.
VIP Backpackers accommodation in Melbourne
VIP Backpackers tours and packages in Melbourne

9. CinefestOZ (24-28)
Busselton, Western Australia
www.cinefestoz.com
A wonderful five day event featuring French and Australian film along with local food, wine and ales.
VIP Backpackers accommodation in Perth
VIP Backpackers tours and packages in Perth

10. Tri Nations (Bledisloe Cup): Australia vs New Zealand (27)
Brisbane, Queensland
www.ticketek.com.au
Get into one of the most celebrated sports events of 2011 by watching the Qantas Wallabies take on the New Zealand All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium.
VIP Backpackers accommodation in Brisbane
VIP Backpackers tours and packages in Brisbane

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Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com

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