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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Top places to stay in London

In London right now and need a place to stay?

Or feel inspired to visit given all the action on TV?

You’ve come to the right place. London is hip happening and fun even when the Olympics aren’t on. Here are some of our top picks for VIP Backpacker hostels in London. Click here for more.

All Star Hostel
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Accommodation London are proud to offer short term mixed and female dorms, double and twin rooms and fully furnished private studios only 15 minutes tube ride to Central London.

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5 amazing places to go in Darwin

Performer at Darwin’s famed Mindil markets. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Darwin has embarked upon some really great urban renewal projects of late – something I discovered when up in the NT capital for the Beer Can festival. I was struck by the number of new developments that were there from the last time I visited in the mid 2000s and how impressive they were. They’ve really made the city far more attractive and liveable with plenty of amazing venues, great eating places and fantastic markets.

I was also amazed at how popular it is amongst travellers coming on working holiday visas. Maybe they’ve all been reading Lonely Planet’s top 10 picks for 2012? Darwin was one of these.

Here are some of my favourite things:

The deck chair cinema
This totally wonderful outdoor cinema lets you recline in real old deck chairs – loved it. The choice of movies was pretty good with a lot of current flicks on, and while a little pricey at AUD$15 entry it was totally worth it. They also serve great meals at the cinema and they have RID on hand so you can ward off those Territory mozzies while you watch the show. You do need to come early to line up – an hour before is advised.
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Ice cool – Queenstown winter festival underway

If you love snow, ice, fun, food, wine and plenty of action head to Queenstown in New Zealand for one of the best weeks of the year – the annual winter festival!

Action got underway for this event on the 22nd but it runs through til next week (July 1) so there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the festivities.

Action includes:
* the ice rink 10am-10pm daily
* fun run events

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It’s time to ski downunder

Did you know you can go skiing in Australia and New Zealand? Well we’re guessing you knew about the Kiwi part where they have awesome slopes, but there are ski resorts in Australia too. And the ski season is underway with some good falls already! So where can you go? Read on…
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