September newsletter online: Hanging ten in the Northern Territory


The latest VIP Backpackers newsletter is now online featuring the full low down on our tours and services in the Northern Territory. Discover where to stay, what to do and when to visit with the festivals, destination information and hostel reviews on offer. Here’s a snippet:


Haven Backpacker Resort, Alice Springs
New, modern and stylish Haven Backpackers takes pride in its clean facilities and friendly welcome. Just 10 minutes from town with a swimming pool, free transfers from the airport/train/bus, luggage storage, breakfast and parking. There’s a good kitchen, TV room, BBQ and laundry also. Come to relax and have a good time! …………. Book & Read More HERE
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Save money and do more – VIP Backpackers on YouTube

If you want to get an inside view into the tours, hostels and the FUN that VIP Backpackers offers, check out our latest promotional video on the VIP Backpackers YouTube channel. The video features discounts to an array of activities along the East Coast such as diving, sailing, 4WDing, parachuting, surfing and more. Check it out…

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Our motto at VIP Backpackers is save money and do more! So if the promo has convinced you, click here to get your very own VIP Backpackers card and start saving now.
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Top 2013 travel destinations

A new year is all about planning exciting new things. Consider some of these amazing destinations for your travels in 2013 and enjoy the savings of a VIP Backpackers membership card in all these locations.

To see the full list, click here to see the January newsletter.


Salamanca markets, Hobart - www.visitedplanet.comThe harbour city of Tasmania has become one of the hippest towns to visit downunder. Not only does it lie along a lovely waterfront but there’s the famed Salamanca Market with the best of Tassie produce, plenty of good restaurants and cafes and now the world class MONA museum that should impress and shock. Those into more outdoor pursuits can climb nearby Mt Wellington, enjoy bike and walking tracks around the harbour or sail the Derwent River.

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Elephants bathing, near Kandy - www.visitedplanet.comWith the civil war an increasingly distant memory, there’s been no better time to visit Sri Lanka in the last 20 years than now. Prices are still affordable in Sri Lanka too. Kandy is a great place to visit in the highlands for a real experience of local culture – there are plenty of orange cloaked monks, the amazing Kandyan dancers, a tooth relic of the Buddha at the UNESCO listed Temple of the Tooth, wonderful mountain vistas and even elephant orphanages nearby. It’s also a lot cooler up here than along the coast, making it the perfect place to escape the Asian heat.

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This region in the far south of Southern America is one of the most rugged and isolated on earth but don’t let that stop you. We have hostels and tour packages to keep you safe, busy and absolutely enthralled with what you’ll see. There are glaciers, ice falls, treks and even the end of the world to explore in this part of the globe. Don’t miss it.

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Notre Dame, Paris - www.visitedplanet.comOoh la la! If you haven’t visited the French capital it’s time you went to this old favourite. It’s also a good chance to consume as much croissant, pain au chocolat, crème brûlée, crepes, fromage (cheese) and baguette you can stomach. There’s also a few famous sights to see too – make sure you get your photo taken by the Eiffel Tower, the gargoyles of Notre Dame, the River Seine and the Moulin Rouge in the Latin quarter. Then sip on champagne and snack on cheese platters at any of the fine bars and cafes around the city. Très bien!

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NZ's thermal activity - www.visitedplanet.comROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND

If you can handle the sulphurous air of Rotorua on the North Island you’re in for a treat. Hot springs, geysers and mud pools are the order of the day in this area that boasts thermal activity. But relaxing in a spa is not the only thing to do. There are plenty of adventure activities in Rotorua from excellent mountain biking to fabulous white water rafting on grade 5 rapids. The other attraction are the Maori cultural events including their incredible hangi dinners guaranteed to fill even the hungriest traveller’s stomach.

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Add your own recommendations here or click to see the full list in the January newsletter.


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Travelling film festival to visit Katherine: 3-5 February


There’s good reason to head to the Territory this summer if you’re not already up there. The incredible Travelling Film Festival is starting its 2012 season up there with stops in places like Darwin and Katherine. Check out this media release from the organiser’s about it below.

Don’t forget also that both Katherine and Darwin are in the VIP Backpackers network. We have plenty of tour offerings for this part of the country. Click here to view the options! but in short they include amazing places like Kakadu National Park, Uluru, Litchfield National Park and Alice Springs.
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Come visit us at the VIP Lounge in Sydney

As you may know VIP Backpackers recently moved to Sydney and we want you to come and visit us. We’re open for business and we have plenty of resources you can utilize.

Sydney Harbour Bridge. Pic: J. Lane,

Where are we?
Shop 7, Eddy Avenue, Sydney
1800 724 833/(02)92110766
We’re located right near the Central station so if you’re arriving or departing then come in and utilize our services.

Opening hours?
9.30am – 6pm or later Monday – Friday

What can you do here?
Well you can hang out but you can also use our services. These include:
Free Internet for VIP Members (otherwise 30 mins Internet $2 & 60 mins Internet $3 or discounted for anyone who shows their VIP Hostel Room Key)
Printing available at 20c a page
Luggage Storage $5 per day $8 overnight

What else can you do?
We have tons of information and plenty of deals on things you can do in Sydney and around Australia and New Zealand. So come in and get some of the following travel deals:
Complete travel packages for Australia and New Zealand (Members – book your accommodation online and receive a 10% discount)
Expert advice on travelling Australia and New Zealand
Shuttle Bus from Central Station to the Airport $12
Buy a VIP Kit $37
Book your Greyhound bus here
Campervan Hire available
Day Tours from Sydney – Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Whale Watching
Massive discounts on travel – weekly specials

We hope to see you soon in Sydney!!


Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at