What to do on Australia Day

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Australia’s Day is held annually on January 26. It’s a fun day where anything from barbecues to fireworks, flag raising, smoke ceremonies and cockroach races are held to celebrate living in such a fantastic country. There are plenty of things to do on Australia Day. Here are some ideas so you too can join in the fun. In 2014 the Australia Day public holiday will be on January 27.

* The World Championship Cockroach Races are held every year on January 26 at the Story Bridge Hotel in Brisbane. Gates open at 11am. This is one crazy day where “pain is everything and victory is eternal”! Continue reading

Summer time vibes and festivals in Sydney

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Christmas carols. Pic: carolsinthedomain.com

Summer in Sydney is simply fantastic with an array of sporting, cultural and fun events happening around the city. Here’s a list of 10 things you might want to get to this summer. Don’t forget we have an array of hostels for you to choose from during your time in Sydney that are located in hip and happening places like Bondi, Kings Cross and Manly. We also have plenty of fun products and tours as well from learning to surf and surfaris to cruising through the Sydney Harbour or taking a scenic flight over the Blue Mountains.

Tropfest. 8 December.
The countdown is on to the world’s largest short film festival that hits the Centennial Parklands on December 8 this year. Come and join the fun with 150,000 other people. This event is free but you’ll need to arrive early to get a good spot.
http://tropfest.com

Carols in the Domain. 21 December.
Those that feel a little Christmassy will want to get to the Domain for Australia’s largest free carol concert. The concert starts at 8.30pm but the action begins at midday.
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Australian style: Celebrating Australia Day downunder

Question: What is there to do on Australia Day?
Answer: Plenty!

On January 26 every year Australians celebrate their national day at the beach, in backyard cricket, at barbecues, cockroach races, flag raising and fireworks. All and sundry are welcome to a number of key public events, or you can simply make up your own. The key is to enjoy yourself. You don’t have to be an Aussie. Here are some of the big events: Continue reading

What’s on downunder over summer

The summer is heating up in Australia and so are the events. Here’s some that are happening in the next few months.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Blowing kisses, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Blowing kisses, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Sydney Festival (Jan 5 – 27)
www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2013
It’s already begun but there’s still time to catch more than 1,000 performances happening in the city include song, dance and DJ.

Flickerfest (Jan 11 – 20)
www.flickerfest.com.au
The nation’s short-film festival Flickerfest brings fun and excitement to a superb setting on Bondi Beach with domestic and international productions.

Tamworth Country Music Festival (Jan 18 – 27)
tcmf.com.au
This country town, 420 clicks north of Sydney, boasts belts, buckles, boots and jeans every January when bluegrass, rock, folk and country singers come to town.

Sydney Mardis Gras (Feb 12 – Mar 4)
www.mardigras.org.au
This is the 35th year of the Sydney Mardis Gras and it’s going to be a big one. The event celebrates gay and lesbian culture in a number of events including dance parties, music and the parade of floats, glam and glitter through the CBD.

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Upcoming events this summer

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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

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