Ripping April events downunder

Pic: Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Pic: Melbourne RipComedy Festival.

Ripping April events in Australia and New Zealand to schedule into your plans.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Starting late March and running most of April this month long event features the best of local and international comedy acts at venues around the city.

Arrowtown Autumn Festival – Quaint Arrowtown comes to life every Autumn with entertainment, vintage cars, food and more in picturesque settings.

Akaroa Harvest Festival, New Zealand
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Top 5 summer hostels downunder

It’s summer time and that means beach, surf and plenty of sun. If you’re looking for a great hostel on one of Australia’s magic coastlines, take your pick from this list highlighting locations around Australia.

Rainbow Beach, Queensland
This small coastal community north of Noosa is a good stopping off place on your way north to places like Mackay, the Whitsundays or Cairns. It’s a chilled out spot but there’s plenty to do if you feel inspired. There’s unspoiled beaches to laze by or you may feel inspired by the sky diving opportunities, dolphin feeding or Fraser Island tours!

Frasers on Rainbow Beach
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With only 21 rooms, Frasers offers a truly personal experience for all guests. This combined with our friendly staff, clean environment, great facilities and Fraser island options will make your stay a memorable one.

Room Types Cost Available
Dorm (6 – 10) from $25.00
Female Dorm (Ens) from $25.00
Double/Twin from $33.00
Double/Twin (ens) from $75.00

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Learning to surf 101

If you’ve come to Australia one of the best things you can do with your time is learn to surf. Not only can you catch some killer waves but you’ll learn some pretty cool lingo too like what it means to do an acid drop, go goofty foot or get in the green room.

VIP Backpackers has some fantastic surf packages all over the country and a few are listed below. These take place on amazing bits of beach such as famous stretches like Bondi in Sydney, the Great Ocean Road where you’ll have fantastic scenery to keep you company, the hype of Byron Bay on the north New South Wales coast, and the renowned Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Continue reading