Hey hey it’s Easter next week: travel tips, ideas and advice

Chocolate eggs, bunnies, parties, fun in the sun.

It’s Easter and that combination listed above plus the good weather means it’s a great time to head out on a trip over the holiday break.

So get on your skates and check out some of the options we offer.

In our last newsletter we listed six places you could tackle for varying reasons including Australia, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Philippines and North America. Continue reading

Hone your pumpkin rolling skills for a festival with a difference


Pic: SouthernForestFestival

How are your pumpkin rolling skills? If you think you have what it takes to roll a pumpkin cleanly to victory, then you might want to check yourself into the Pemberton Southern Forests Festival in WA.

Held on the weekend 21-22nd April the festival is all about the local food and wine, which is where the pumpkins come in. But the pumpkin roll down the main street is just one of many events and exhibitions that also include music, photography, drummers, timber work and more.

Here are some details:

With a major focus on regional food and wine the Southern Forest Festival -PEMBERTON will commence on Friday night the 20th of April with art shows, bands and local banquets at local venues.
This will be followed by the main festival on Saturday the 21st of April with FREE ENTRY and activities for both adults and kids including professional musicians, cooking demonstrations, fresh produce stalls, gold coin donation for kids rides, local arts, crafts and design and more.
For day three a self-drive tour of some of the regions wineries, cafes, tourist icons, art galleries and gardens will be organized for those that want to get out and see what our region really offers. Or you may just like to sit back and watch the local Football club woodchop fundraiser in the centre of Pemberton mid afternoon.
The inaugural Southern Forest Festival – PEMBERTON will also include the Pemberton Arts Group Easter Art Show, the A+ National Wine Show and the Relentless Blue Mountain Bike Race, which is held on Pemberton’s new and torturous mountain bike trail on the 21st of April.

So just where is Pemberton? Well it’s about 330km south of Perth and a very scenic drive. So we suggest you stay in a VIP hostel in Perth and head down there for the weekend.


Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There will be a blog 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 viplounge@vipbackpackers.com

The Aussie travel wishlist

There's nothing like a camel ride on cable beach with a stunning summer sunset. Alice Bell, Middleton, SA Image taken at Cable Beach, WA

Back in September 2011 we posted the list of “10 things to do in Australia before you die“.

In that list we had things like visit the rock (Uluru), drive the Great Ocean Road and see the penguins at Phillip Island.

Apparently a list was compiled by Australian Traveller Magazine by 800 reader nominations. There are 100 in the list but the top 10 included:

Visit Lord Howe Island
Fly over the Bungle Bungles
See Lake Eyre in flood
Walk our most beautiful beach at Wineglass Bay
Take a year off and drive around Australia
Go back to nature in Kakadu
Explore ancient Arnhem Land
Visit the Australian Antarctic Territory
Cross the country both ways by train
Soak up the spectacular Flinders Ranges

How many can you tick off? Or are there places you want to add to the list?!


Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There will be a blog 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 viplounge@vipbackpackers.com

Upcoming events around Australia – March-June 2012

Searching for some fun and excitement? Add these events to your diary for the chance to smell the flowers, partake in some triathlon, get the blues and more around Australia over the coming months…


Pic: Mooloolabah Triathlon, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Moooloolabah Triathlon, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
23-25th March
~ Worlds best triathletes and plenty of locals. There’s also an ocean swim, twilight run and a kids triathlon.

100 Mile Picnic, New South Wales
March 24
Cudgegong River, Mudgee
40 wineries, chefs, producers
Yabbie races, cooking demonstrations etc

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Victoria
Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, Nicholson St, Carlton
March 28 – April 1
Open 9am-5pm daily
~ considered one of the top five flower shows in the world. Continue reading

St Patrick’s Day down under

Irish Shamrock. Pic: wikimedia.

All the madness and mayhem of the greenest day of the year is fast approaching. And that means lots of Guinness, live bands and green clothing.

If you find yourself in the land down under for this year’s St Pat’s day rest assured all things Irish are celebrated here. But do note not all take place right on the 17th March – some are held the weekend before or after the official date. But there are plenty of Irish people to celebrate with given the nation’s heritage. With that in mind we’ve got a list of events from the major cities in Australia. It’s also worth checking out all the Irish pubs in these cities for details of festivities:


“Celebrate St Patricks Day with the best tasting Guinness in Australia, Irish stalls, traditional food, live bands all day and comedian Mickey D as MC. Then make it a Paddy’s day to remember and party into the night at their East Terrace Street Party.
P.J. O’ Brien’s, 14 East Terrace, Adelaide. Saturday 17th March. Open from 9am for breakfast and the street party kicks off at 5pm.” Continue reading