Australian and New Zealand autumn festivals

The coming of March marks the shift to autumn in Australia and New Zealand and while that means summer fun is over, the festivities will continue. Autumn is an excellent period of events, music concerts and festivity. Here are some of the key events over the next three months to look out for.

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> WOMADelaide, Adelaide, Australia (7-10)
The World of Music, Arts and Dance has been going over thirty years and still is one of Australia’s best loved outdoor festivals. For four days there are performances and workshops on various stages by musicians, DJs and dancers, plus plenty of good food, environmental discussion and good vibes. Continue reading

Carnival: Get your hips swaying to samba time

Carnival in Sao Paolo. Pic: Sergio Savares, CC.

Carnival in Sao Paolo. Pic: Sergio Savares, CC.

Hey hey it’s Carnival time and that means it’s time to get your hips swinging to the samba beats in festival hot spots in Europe, Asia, North America, Central America and South America. The Carnival season runs roughly from 15 February to 3 March with events cultivating on Shrove Tuesday, which in 2014 falls on 4 March. There are plenty of places you can to and enjoy the last let your hair down before the solemn season of Lent. Here are some highlights featuring VIP Backpacker accommodation and packages you can take advantage of:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Officially the party central of the Carnival, Rio is literally hopping during the Carnival season so book as far ahead as possible. This is because both locals and tourists alike don costumes, join a Samba school and strut and dance their wares in the parade through the Sambaddome. Small, informal groups also join to form similar parades in the neighbourhoods meaning there’s always a Carnival party somewhere to enjoy. VIP Backpackers has accommodation in Rio de Janeiro, but also in Forteleza and São-Paulo.

Pousada Colinas de Copacabana
437_5– Colinas Residencia Hotel offers 26 ample private suites and also 29 small private rooms in Colinas Hostel.

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Dorm (6) from $24.37

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Top festivals and events in 2014

2014 promises an incredible array of fabulous events and festivities, many of which are perfect to plan your travels around. Remember we have VIP Backpackers accommodation around the world and plenty of tours and packages, meaning you can have the time of your life and save money at the same time. Get your VIP Backpackers card to enjoy the savings.

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> Sydney Festival (9-27), Australia
> Australian Open (13-26), Melbourne, Australia
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VIP Backpacker’s top 10 destinations for 2014

A new year means new travel plans. And with that in mind here’s a summary of our top 10 list of destinations to consider in 2014 covering everything from the beach locations of Australia to Europe’s ancient cities and the best party action around the world in 2014. To view the list in full click here to see the latest newsletter.

Whitehaven beachWhitsundays, AustraliaBy Joanne LaneMACKAY

Mackay makes for an excellent base for excursions out to the superb Whitsundays, fabulous island and reef cruises, the wonders of Cape Hillsborough National Park, tours through Eungella Forest and an array of other adventure activities on sea and land. Located on Queensland’s central coast, it has also avoided the big tourism hits of places such as Airlie Beach nearby despite its superb access to the aforementioned attractions. The Bluewater 20km trail is something else worth checking out – dedicated pedestrian paths and bikeways connecting various attractions. The annual Festival of Arts in July is also worth planning for with cheese tasting, live jazz, dance, music and other performances. The River Sessions Festival is held in June.

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Perth easily gives Sydney a run for its money with its seaside location, great weather and relaxed manner. Not only is it appealing place to live for locals but a fantastic place for a working holiday or at least a holiday. The city also borders the Swan River adding a further attraction to cosmopolitan centres such as Fremantle, the wonders of Cottesloe beach, excellent local markets, the beauty of Kings Park and Boanic Gardens or wine tasting in the nearby Swan River area.

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FRANZ JOSEF, NEW ZEALANDFranz Josef GlacierSouth Island, New Zealand

Located on the west coast of the south island of New Zealand, Franz Josef is a must stop off in this part of the country. This area is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site park with a whopping great 12 km glacier, plus the 20km Fox Glacier just 20km away to the south. The village of Franz Josef is just 10km from the face of the glacier and has a busy heliport offering walking tours and even heli skiing on the glacier. Most tourists book into guided walks on the glacier – an incredible experience.

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Latest newsletter now online: 10 pumping New Year’s Eve destinations

If you haven’t worked out what to do for New Year’s Eve this year then you should check out our latest newsletter with 10 locations ideas for fireworks, party and a pumping good time. Here’s some excerpts:


docklands nye

Everyone knows about the Sydney fireworks spectacular that we’ve featured in previous New Years party lists, but what about near neighbour Melbourne? Melbourne loves to party just as much as Sydney and over New Year it comes alive with all the music, fireworks and entertainment you could wish for. Places to head to include Federation Square, Yarra Park, Southbank, Docklands, Flagstaff and Treasury. At Fed Square there’s a huge concert from 8pm until late, there’s a beach party at Docklands and other huge parties at Riverside. There are simply so many places to go. Check out sites such as and to plan your assault.
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