10 of the best road trips downunder

Car caked in mudBirdsville, QueenslandAustraliaby Joanne LaneIn our August newsletter we detailed the incredible East Coast overland route from Sydney to Brisbane that is so popular with backpackers, particularly those with their own vehicle. It’s not the only amazing overland route however should you wish to tackle such a journey downunder. Here’s a list of some other routes to consider.
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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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Gold Coast marathon action this weekend

Action hits the Gold Coast this weekend for the annual marathon, half marathon and affiliated events.

We know that not all backpackers like to get hot and sweaty, but you still might like to hang around to watch this fantastic event. Or you might feel inspired to run or walk yourself – the shortest events are the 5.7km and 10km.

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