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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Brisbane festival to hit Queensland capital

For three weeks in September Brisbane will come alive to an amazing concoction of music, dance, performing arts, laser light shows and more.

If you thought Sydney and Melbourne had funky festivals you need to come and see this one! The Brisbane Festival runs from 8-29th September and is held at venues around the city. Some are free, others require tickets. It’s the perfect time to visit the river city – it’s thrown off the shackles of winter, spring is in force and you can make the most of wonderful attractions like Southbank, Moreton Island and the river in sunshine and good weather.

Highlights include:
* the nightly Santos GLNG City of Lights laser show
* absolutely anything happening in the Spiegeltent – a premiere entertainment venue that this year will feature the likes of jazz, guitar, hip-hop and circus
* Riverfire – on the night of Sept 29 when the city, the bridges and key elements of the city all feature in one of the best city fireworks displays you’ll see anywhere in the world
* traditional Japanese drumming
* so much more
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Leaving Home

I’m writing this from 40,000 feet somewhere above Malaysia. Like the proverbial sardine in a tin I‘m squashed, uncomfortable and sticky… But I’ve taken the plunge and tried out the new Air Asia X services from Australia to Kuala Lumpur. I’ve done their short haul flights across Asia before, but their new services both to Australia and London are going to revolutionize travel for the budget conscious. And that includes me too. Yes it’s no frills, to the extreme. I’m talking bus row like seats that do not recline and a rather exorbitant price for water but the food is good and you can order entertainment to help pass the time. In any case, for the cost of a seat about half the price of other airlines, you can’t really complain.

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