Let the party begin: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Pic: mardigras.org.au

Pic: mardigras.org.au

February and March are a great time to be in Sydney when the city comes alive with the frocks, feathers and frivolity of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Running from February 7th and culminating in the parade on March 1st, there’s a month long program including:
* Rainbow Fun Run, February 8
* Find love on wheels – bike rides around the city on three dates: February 9, 16, 23
* Fair Day, February 9
* Team Sydney Annual Tug of War Festival, February 9
* The Harbour Party, February 22
* Sunset Cruise, February 26
* Cabaret, theatre, arts and films at various times
* Laneway party, March 2
* and plenty more … Continue reading

Guide to Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks

So you’ve decided to head to Sydney for New Year’s Eve with the hordes for the ultimate way to welcome in the new ear, but where do you go and what do you do? Here’s a guide to help you score the best New Year’s Eve possible in Sydney.

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February newsletter: 2013 festivals and events in Australia and New Zealand

Hot off the press is our newsletter roundup of festivals and events happening in Australia and New Zealand in 2013.

Here’s a sneak peak at some of them:


Drag queen, Sydney Mardi Gras - www.visitedplanet.comSt Kilda Festival – Head to one of the hippest parts of Melbourne for this week long free street festival featuring Australian artists and talents.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – Plenty of razz and dazzle hits Sydney for this event celebrating all kinds of sexuality. It in the parade on the first Saturday in March with floats, parties and performances. Continue reading

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.

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

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


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