10 ways to join the Melbourne Cup madness

Pic: melbournecup.com

Pic: melbournecup.com

If you don’t know what the Melbourne Cup is and you are currently in Australia you’re in for a rude shock on Tuesday 5 November at 3pm. That’s because everyone from work places to shoppers in the city malls will disappear to watch the telly when the clock strikes the hour. Weird? Well yes and no. The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s richest horserace and it is so widely followed it’s been called “the race that stops the nation” because it literally does. It started in 1861 and now has such a huge following that even celebrities regularly turn up to watch the races trackside at Flemington and join in the action.
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Best winter packages downunder in 2013

It’s winter downunder and that means plenty of ski and snow time. But while some might be seeking alpine reaches to make most of the conditions others may be looking for warmer places and experiences to see them through the cold months. Whatever your desire, here are five packages to consider this winter in Australia and New Zealand.

Go white out
If you really want to get into the snow and enjoy all it has to offer here are some options.

Franz Josef Heli Hike
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Discover up close the magnificent phenomenon of the stunning West Coast glaciers. Combine an awesome scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier with a unique guided walk among the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs of this pristine alpine environment. The experienced and professional helicopter pilots’ informative commentary will showcase the exciting landscape for the adventure ahead.

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Ripping April events downunder

Pic: Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Pic: Melbourne RipComedy Festival.

Ripping April events in Australia and New Zealand to schedule into your plans.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Starting late March and running most of April this month long event features the best of local and international comedy acts at venues around the city.

Arrowtown Autumn Festival – Quaint Arrowtown comes to life every Autumn with entertainment, vintage cars, food and more in picturesque settings.

Akaroa Harvest Festival, New Zealand
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Melbourne Adventure Travel Expo

Seeking travel inspiration? In the industry and want to connect with others? Then this is the expo for you.

Held in the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne from 11am-5pm this event attracts exhibitors from all over the world.

Pic: myadventureexpo.com

If you’re not sure what it’s all about see the 2011 video here.

Travel talks will highlight destinations as varied as Africa and East Timor, delve into travel writing and photography, discuss how to live and work in the UK, teach overseas or volunteer and much more!

Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Melbourne
When: 23-24 February
Cost: FREE!!!

Don’t forget we have accommodation in Melbourne too if you’re coming to town for this event. Click here for options. If you can’t make this event there’s another one in Brisbane on 23-24 March.

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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

Upcoming Adventure Travel Expos in 2013

If you missed the incredible Sydney travel exhibition earlier this month, do note there are two more pending events where you can listen to informative travel talks, win prizes, get great travel deals and just live and love travel.

Pic: myadventureexpo.com

Both Melbourne and Brisbane have events in early 2013.

Melbourne
Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Melbourne
When: 23-24 February
Cost: FREE!!
Read more here.

Brisbane
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (Hall 2)
When: 23-24 March
Cost: FREE!!!
Read more here.

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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