5 hip and holy Easter locations

Priests carrying cross Barcelona, Spain by Joanne Lane

Easter in Barcelona, Spain. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Religious festivals marking the Easter celebrations are far from staid and boring. In fact some of these are amongst some of the most interesting you’ll find in your travels. With that in mind here are five VIP Backpacker locations where you can use your discount card for accommodation and tours, while taking part in some of the hippest Easter festivals on the planet. Continue reading

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.

Feel free to add your event to the list in the comment section below.

March

Pic: womadelaide.com.au

Pic: womadelaide.com.au

> 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.
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Finalists chosen for the Best Job in the World

Finalists for Best Job in the World. Pic: Tourism Australia.

Pic: Tourism Australia.

According to Tourism Australia the best job in the world involves gazing at sunsets, patting koalas, diving with seals, tasting great wine and food and living down under. We’re guessing you probably agree with them! If you did you may have been one of the 330,000 entrants to their recent competition, the Best Job in the World, you may even have been one of the 18 selected as a finalist!
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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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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

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