Upcoming events this summer

Pic: sydneynewyearseve.com

It’s not just the weather that’s warming up across Australia. Here are some amazing events that will be heating up the skies, the cities, the rivers, beaches and locations across the nation soon.

December

New Year’s Eve 2012, Sydney, December 31
The ultimate firework show in the world happens in Sydney every year. Find your spot early and enjoy a show unlike any you’ll have ever seen as the harbour comes to life with fireworks. See www.sydneynewyearseve.com

Woodford Folk Festival, December 27 – January 1

Billed as the world’s best folk festival, Woodford brings much colour to the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland every year from December 27 to January 1. See www.woodfordfolkfestival.com

January

Big Day Out, various dates

If you fancy a huge day out with bands, bands and more bands then consider one of these events happening across the country. The Big Day Out attracts performers like The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nicky Romero, The Killers, Vampire Weekend and more! Dates include Sydney Fri 18 Jan, Gold Coast Sun 20 Jan, Adelaide Fri 25 Jan, Melbourne Sat 26 Jan, Perth Mon 28 Jan See www.bigdayout.com

Pic: bigdayout.com

Sydney Festival, January 5-27
The Sydney Festival celebrates all the amazing things we love about Sydney. There are events, walks, theatre and music at venues across the city in places like the Town Hall, the Riverside Theatre and Hyde Park. See www.sydneyfestival.org.au.

CountryLink Parkes Elvis Festival, January 9-13
If you fancy seeing, hearing and celebrating The King, then head to central NSW for this festival with a difference. All things Elvis are celebrated here. See www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au

Flickerfest, January 11-20
Australia’s short film festival is synonymous with summer and this year it kicks off again at Bondi Beach from January 11-20. However after the Bondi screenings it heads off around Australia to more than 40 venues so see the site for details if you’re not in Sydney. See www.flickerfest.com.au

Tamworth Country Music Festival, January 18-27
The biggest country music event in Australia hits New South Wales for 10 days this summer with an incredible program featuring 800 artists. Get out your boots and hats for this one. See www.tcmf.com.au

Australian Open Tennis, January 14-27
The world’s best tennis stars come to Melbourne every summer and this year the action looks set to heat up the courts with appearances from greats like Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Williams. See www.australianopen.com

Australia Day, January 26
Australia’s national day is held every year across the nation on January 26. All towns and cities will have events on including parades, music, festivals, picnics and more. Keep a look out in local publications for what’s on. See www.australiaday.com.au

Pic: sydneychinesenewyear.com

Chinese New Year, January 20 – February 5
We might be a long way from China but Chinese New Year is a major event in Australia and celebrations are held in all major cities where there are Chinese populations. One of the biggest is in Sydney where there’s a Twilight Parade, acrobats, dragons, floats, fireworks, music, drums and plenty of great food. See www.sydneychinesenewyear.com

February

Tropfest Australia, February 17
The world’s largest short film festival hits Sydney on February 17 and will also be broadcast at other Australian venues. Again you will need to consult the website for details. In 2012 it was held in Perth, Woollongong, Hobart, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Surfers Paradise and New Plymouth (New Zealand). See www.tropfest.com/au

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Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact Jo at viplounge@vipbackpackers.com

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