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.

Feel free to an event to the list in the comments below.


> 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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Start the year with a VIP Backpackers discount card

Happy New Year from VIP Backpackers!!

If you’re already starting to make travel plans for 2014 you’ll need a VIP Backpackers discount card. This is the best way to make real savings on hostels, tours, packages and other transport as you trip around.

For just AUD $47 you get our latest guidebooks with loads of destination information, hostel listing and discounts across the country, an Australian SIM with an Australian calling card plus discounts on the following items:

Adventure Tours Australia: up to 10% OFF selected tours, Oz Experience: 5% OFF select national passes, Mojo Surf: $10 OFF 5 day surf adventure, Reef Encounters: 10% OFF, Heading Bush: 5% OFF, Bunyip Tours: 10% OFF Great Ocean Road Tour, Mountain Designs: 10% OFF, 5% OFF (make getting an Australian income tax refund fast and easy!) VIP: %1 OFF accommodation 1200 hostels worldwide, Great Southern Railway: Up to 55% off, Premier Coaches: 10% OFF, Way Outback Desert Safaries: $30 OFF, Traveller’s Autobarn: $49 OFF


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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:


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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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