10 September events to get to downunder

With winter over and spring now on our doorstep, it’s time to let your hair down. Festivities are getting ready to explode around the country throughout September. The 10 events listed below feature racing action, jazz, performance, food and the arts. And with VIP Backpacker accommodation and tours also on offer in these places, they make for excellent holiday destinations this spring.

Noosa Jazz Festival (29 – 1 September) QLD
Music lovers should head to Noosa at the end of August and beginning of September for several days of excellent music and food by the sea. The festival features both outdoor concerts and restaurant shows.
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10 things to do in Australia before you die

Read on for the ultimate list of things to do in Australia.

1. Visit the rock
The great monolith, Uluru, beckons out in the middle of central Australia with walks, camping and the chance to learn about Aboriginal Australian heritage. An absolute must on your downunder list.

2. Drive the Great Ocean Road
You can’t beat the Great Ocean Road for romantic and scenic drives. Stretching between Melbourne and Adelaide it’s a good overland weekend trip, or you could make it longer stopping off to camp, surf, sight see and snorkel on the way.
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15 things Oprah should do downunder

Oprah with Elvis the Koala, Photo: George Burns, Harpo, Inc

If you haven’t already heard, talk show host Oprah Winfrey is currently enjoying herself downunder.

While she has an official program of cocktail soirees, important meetings with the Prime Minister, is busy taping her two shows and seeing the usual sights such as Uluru, the reef and Sydney Opera House, there are some other things we think she should do also.

These are some of the classic Aussie experiences that all VIP Backpackers should include on their itinerary. They probably won’t be listed in your travel guide but they are must do’s because they are truly quintessential Aussie experiences.

1. Go country. You’ve already got your akubra Oprah so now it’s time to wrestle a steer, ride a poddy or even a camel, or at least get to a country show/rodeo and watch the action

2. Learn some good Aussie slang like barbie (barbecue), sunnies (sunglasses), cossies/togs (bathing costume), dunny (toilet), mozzies (mosquitoes) and sangers (sausages)
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Crazy Aussie Festivals

If your life long ambition has to been to run 10km through the mud, unfortunately you’ve just missed your chance to join the inaugural Mud Run last week. The Australian version of a cross country event should definitely not be undertaken in new trainers but provides the usual odd ball, larrikin experiences we have all come to expect from Aussie festivals.

I’ve been to my fair share of strange events downunder, and seeing as people have a penchant for these, here’s a few to put on your calendar for the coming year so you can get planning now. Feel free to share any you think should be on the list – blog@vipbackpackers.com

Make sure you take advantage of VIP Hostels in these locations.

Cockroach racing, Brisbane

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World Championship Cockroach Racing, Brisbane (QLD)
This must be the only nation in the world that celebrations their national day so sacriligiously – by racing hairy brown cockroaches outside a pub. However there is plenty of national sentiment going on, even if it’s found at the bottom of a beer can. Loads of fun.

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