Bring your stubbies – Darwin beer can regatta July 15


Ever had too many beer cans and didn’t know what to do with them?

Well the people of Darwin have faced such a problem but they overcame it by building boats from the cans and racing them down the river.

They’ve been doing it ever since and it’s now become an annual festival known as the Darwin Beer Can Regatta.

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St Patrick’s Day down under

Irish Shamrock. Pic: wikimedia.

All the madness and mayhem of the greenest day of the year is fast approaching. And that means lots of Guinness, live bands and green clothing.

If you find yourself in the land down under for this year’s St Pat’s day rest assured all things Irish are celebrated here. But do note not all take place right on the 17th March – some are held the weekend before or after the official date. But there are plenty of Irish people to celebrate with given the nation’s heritage. With that in mind we’ve got a list of events from the major cities in Australia. It’s also worth checking out all the Irish pubs in these cities for details of festivities:


“Celebrate St Patricks Day with the best tasting Guinness in Australia, Irish stalls, traditional food, live bands all day and comedian Mickey D as MC. Then make it a Paddy’s day to remember and party into the night at their East Terrace Street Party.
P.J. O’ Brien’s, 14 East Terrace, Adelaide. Saturday 17th March. Open from 9am for breakfast and the street party kicks off at 5pm.” Continue reading

Travelling film festival to visit Katherine: 3-5 February


There’s good reason to head to the Territory this summer if you’re not already up there. The incredible Travelling Film Festival is starting its 2012 season up there with stops in places like Darwin and Katherine. Check out this media release from the organiser’s about it below.

Don’t forget also that both Katherine and Darwin are in the VIP Backpackers network. We have plenty of tour offerings for this part of the country. Click here to view the options! but in short they include amazing places like Kakadu National Park, Uluru, Litchfield National Park and Alice Springs.
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Travelling film festival in the Northern Territory 2-5 February 2012

Pic: Toomelah.

If you’re up in Darwin come early February, put this on your must see list. The Travelling Film Festival is hitting town for three days (2-5 February) and will feature Australia’s best films and others from around the globe. The idea of the festival is to bring world cinema to regional Australia. It also travels to Katherine (3-5) and Alice Springs (17 – 20) if you miss the Darwin event and also to numerous places in Queensland and New South Wales.
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Five warm places to spend winter downunder

In the southern hemisphere the nights and mornings are getting cooler and, if you’re like me, it’s a little tougher getting out of bed! I don’t know about you, but I’m always in search of something warm to do when winter comes around.

So with that in mind here are five really warm places you could spend winter in Australia this year (and in our next blog we’ll do the same for New Zealand):

Wildlife in Kakadu. Pic: Joanne Lane,

1. Go troppo – Darwin, Northern Territory
Darwin is one of the most laid back capitals in Australia. And given it’s usually pretty humid most of the year, the winter really is the best time to go. Take a few days to see the city and experience the history of the town in the WWII and Cyclone Tracey damage, then head out to national parks such as Litchfield and Kakadu. Kakadu needs little introduction – aboriginal rock art, amazing landscapes, plenty of wildlife (including the croc variety) and terrific waterfalls. Litchfield may be less well known but is equally fantastic. It’s still warm enough to swim at the park’s many waterholes and waterfalls and those that have a healthy respect for crocs will be pleased to note it’s safe for swimming. Continue reading