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

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Tropfest short film festival to hit Aussie cities on February 19

One of the must see events happening in Australia this February is TROPFEST – the world’s largest short film festival.

It’s taking place on February 19 in Sydney, Melbourne, Wollongong, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Surfers Paradise and also in New Zealand. See http://tropfest.com/au/ for all the details about times and when you should get there – we recommend you go early for a good spot. It’s great fun.

Entry is free!

Take a look at the 2011 winner.

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Best places to surf the east coast

Even if you’re not a surfer, this list of great places on the east coast will be fantastic for the sun or beach lover. It also features some of the most beautiful coastal areas to visit. We’ve listed a smattering of places up and down the coast, feel free to write in and add more!

We know it’s getting a little cooler in Australia at the moment, but it won’t dissuade northern hemisphere types used to colder waves and many locations on the east coast you can surf all year round thanks to wonderful balmy winter temperatures. Anyway, you might not happen on our blog until summer anyway!

Locations feature Bells Beach, Bondi Beach, Byron Bay, Noosa and Kirra… so pack your shorts, swimmers and your board and read on…

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