5 winter hostels in Australia

It’s cooling down in Australia at present meaning it’s time to find snug hostels that will keep you warm and  entertained during the coming months. Here’s a selection from around the country featuring log fires and other cozy arrangements.
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10 hot New Year’s Eve party spots

Want some inspiration for a New Year’s Eve location this year?

Look no further than our December newsletter, out now and packed with details about the places, traditions and fun that takes place in 10 locations around the year come December 31.

Here’s an excerpt:


Pic: AP.

For perhaps the best firework show come New Years Eve, head to Sydney!  It’s summer time in Australia meaning you can actually enjoy being outside, without freezing, into the wee hours of the night! Sydney is a great party city and knows how to enjoy itself. Stake out a good spot by the harbour for your fireworks viewing and have a great time.

The alternative to the harbour is of course the action down at Bondi Beach where big name DJs consistently turn up for all the action on the beach.

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For highlights of places like New York, Cardiff, London, Vancouver and more check out the complete list here… then pack your party shoes and dresses and celebrate!


Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact Jo at viplounge@vipbackpackers.com

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

Five cheap things to do in Sydney

Okay so we know prices in Australia are going up but there are ways to have a good time in Sydney without blowing the budget. Here’s a short list and feel free to send in some more.

1. Walk Circular Quay
There are plenty of mad experiences to be had in this wonderful area from doing the bridge climb to going inside the Opera House. But the wonderful thing about this area is how much you can see without paying a sense. Let your feet do the walking and you can stroll around the precinct seeing all the famous sights – you may even wish to cross the bridge on foot.

Surfing at Maroubra.

2. Surf or swim at Bondi Beach
All you have to do is get there! Get a board from your hostel (if you’re near the beach), from a friend or simply body surf in the famous waves – they are free after all. If you do have a bit of cash you might like to do the two hour Bondi surfing lesson we offer for just $50! If Maroubra is more your deal then check out our beginner course offered there too. Remember Maroubra is where the famous Bra Boys come from and surfing star Koby Abberton.
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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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