Events

Sep
24
2015

Groovy music festivals coming to a venue near you Down Under

By Australia /

Every season there are stacks of groovy music festivals being held across Australia. Whether they’re being held in the capital cities, or a few hours inland, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Here are some music festivals coming to a venue near you this Spring/Summer.  Strawberry Fields November 20-22 Indulge yourself in this annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression in the wild Australian bush. Held over three days in The Wildlands, which is only a few hours from Melbourne, this boutique music festival provides a platform for 150 upcoming young and local talent. They’ll treat you to non-stop electronic music from Australia and overseas, then there are plenty of market stalls and workshops. Beyond the Valley December 29 – January 1 From this year, the Beyond the Valley festival is settling into its new home – the spacious green fields of Lardner, which is surrounded by a lake and rolling green hills. This wonderful natural setting is only 90…

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Sep
15
2015

Five great things to do in Perth and surrounds this summer

By Australia / Perth /

If you’re heading out west this spring/summer, then there are many exciting festivals and events waiting for you. Here are five great events in Perth and surrounds to add to your calendar. Kings Park Festival For the month of September This beautiful inner city park is home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden, which has more than 3000 species of the state’s unique flora. For the first month of spring each year, Kings Park hosts an annual festival, which is ideal for wildflower lovers and gardening enthusiasts. For the entire month, you can sign up to guided walks and tours, visit outdoor exhibitions and enjoy live entertainment in the park. Rottofest Music and Comedy Festival September 19 Get ready for a jam-packed weekend of comedy and music on Rottnest Island. Since 2009, the annual festival has attracted comedy legends, such as Fiona O’Loughlin, and music talent from across Australia, including electronic dance trio Art vs Science and rock band Tame Impala. If…

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Jul
31
2015
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Six Australian food festivals you simply cannot miss

By Australia / Brisbane / Melbourne / New South Wales / Perth / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

Food, fabulous food. Everyone loves it – that’s why we celebrate it with food festivals. As we gladly wave goodbye to winter and welcome springtime with open arms, both seasons offer the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy the incredible fresh produce and diversity in food that Australia is gifted with. Is there anything more indulgent than sitting by an open fire, sharing a charcuterie board or an aged bottle of deep, woody Shiraz? To celebrate the country’s love affair with all things delicious, here are six upcoming food and wine festivals from around Australia. Barossa Gourmet Weekend, SA, 14-16 August Shed the winter blues with a weekend getaway to the world renowned Barossa Valley in South Australia, just over an hour’s drive north from Adelaide Airport. The weekend showcases everything delicious that the picturesque wine-producing region is famous for, as visitors are treated to a packed program of winery tours, masterclasses and long lunches, all accompanied by live music…

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Jul
23
2015

Kakadu Mahbilil Festival for Indigenous music, arts and bushfoods

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

HEADING for an adventure in the Kakadu National State Park is awesome for all sorts of reasons but none more so than the upcoming Kakadu Mahbilil Festival September 5 celebrating the best in Indigenous music, arts and bushfoods. Staged at Jabiru Lakeside Park, Mahbilil offers a program of local and national live music, traditional dance, performance and circus, bushtucker demonstrations, cooking competitions, sports carnival, workshops and lots of markets to feed the mind and body.  With activities and entertainment aimed at children, teens and the older folks, there is something for everyone. Jabiru is the gateway to Kakadu and offers a wide range of accommodation including one of the world’s most distinctive hotels, the Crocodile Hotel (shaped like a crocodile). Jabiru is a unique cross-cultural crossroads and provides easy access for visitors to Kakadu’s major attractions such as Ubirr, Nourlangie, Jim Jim and Twin Falls, Gunlom and Yellow Waters Billabong. Weather at the time of the festival is expected to…

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Feb
25
2015

The ultimate itinerary for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

THOUSANDS of Mardi Gras merrymakers will travel to Sydney to participate, celebrate or spectate at the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, culminating in the world-famous Oxford St Parade on March 7. The annual Mardi Gras attracts more than 25,000 interstate and overseas attendees to take part in some of the Festival’s month-long series of events than range from Fair Day to theatre, from drama to drag shows. More than 130,000 spectators, family and friends will cheer on 10,000 participants when the annual Mardi Gras Parade weaves its way down Oxford St. As well as enjoying the festival, Mardi Gras travellers should look beyond the Oxford St Parade route to visit Sydney and regional NSW sights. Here are some tips: The Parade To start with, you haven’t ‘done’ Mardi Gras until you’ve attended the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade kicking off at 7.45pm on Saturday 7 March. There’s plenty of room along the Parade route from…

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Feb
23
2015
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Seven South Australia events you cannot miss in Adelaide and surrounds

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

From arts festivals to music celebrations, food and wine, and sports events, there’s something for everyone in Adelaide and surrounds in coming months. Try these six … 1. Adelaide Festival The Adelaide festival is a multi-arts event with great diversity and a big tradition of innovation with a program including opera, dance, theatre, music, cabaret and visual arts. In addition, there’s the Adelaide Writers’ Week. The party has already started, but continues to March 15. Visit www.adelaidefestival.com.au 2. Fork and Cork With a name like Fork and Cork, there can only be two things at the forefront of everyone’s mind – food and drink, and it’s all quality. Mount Gambier’s Garden Square will host a fun-filled day that’s set to include masterclasses, workshops, music and a chance to learn tips and techniques from the best local chefs in the region. The big event on the Limestone Coast takes place on February 28. More visit www.forkandcork.com.au 3. WOMADelaide WOMADelaide has been…

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Jan
30
2015

Melbourne events you can’t miss in 2017

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (29 Mar. 2017 – 23 Apr. 2017) The “people’s festival” draws thousands of people to Melbourne each year as the world’s funniest men and women strut their struff all over the city. The festival doesn’t hold back when it comes to sharing the comedy. The young and the young at heart; the wealthy and the fiscally-challenged; the rabblerousers and the do-gooders; the dirty jokers and the good, clean humourists… Absolutely everyone gets in on the joke. It’s an unmissable Australian event. More www.comedyfestival.com.au Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (31 Mar ~ 9 Apr) Melbourne Food and Wine Festival this year features international guests Dan Barber (Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, USA), Bill Granger (Bills, Sydney, Tokyo and London), Ruth Rogers (River Café, UK), Janice Wong (2am: dessert bar, Singapore) and several more big names over two and half weeks. “From famous dining spots to unexpected venues, rooftop bars to hidden cellars, each…

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Sep
29
2014

5 bizzare events Down Under for wacky road-trippers

By Australia / Darwin / Gold Coast / Northern Territory / Queensland /

AUSSIES are know to do some bizarre things, so much so that we have events that rival the most wacky and weird all around the planet. Surely that’s good enough reason to jump in an Australian car rental and hit the road for some crazy fun. We choose five to ponder. 1. Australia Day Dunny Race We Aussies love a bit of toilet humour, so why not hold an event based on the humble Aussie dunny on Australia Day! This fun-filled occasion sees the road out front of the Sunshine Coast’s Ettamogah Pub turn into a thunderbox drag strip as contestants attempt to drag their dunny the fastest in a bid to claim the title of Dunny Race Champion of the World. More http://www.aussieworld.com.au/events/australia-day-dunny-races 2. Parkes Elvis Festival There is no shortage of these kind of events that pay homage to the King, but the one in Parkes come January every year is hard to top. From street parades to…

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Jul
16
2013
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Beyonce concert comes to New Zealand

By New Zealand /

After over 20,000 people joined the Facebook page and thousands more Kiwi fans rallied together to make it happen, it has finally been announced that Beyonce is bringing her Mrs Carter world tour concert to New Zealand. If you’re lucky enough to have nabbed tickets to the Auckland Beyonce concert in October, you can get there with a New Zealand car hire. Beyonce Knowles

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Apr
18
2013

The Kiwi classic road trip game – Car Cricket

By New Zealand /

Hiring a car with your mates and road tripping to some outrageously fun campsite or batch is basically a rite of passage for Kiwis, and a no-arguments, no-excuses must-do for tourists. But as they say, life isn’t all about the destination. Once you’ve run out of ideas for eye-spy (or your mate gets a little too ambiguous on what he spies), give this Kiwi classic a try. You will need; a bag of lollies (for prizes, and sneaky nibbling). The sweets will be preferably something intrinsically Kiwi like pineapple lumps, snifters or jaffas – especially if your journey kicks off picking up or dropping off your rental car in Auckland. Rules of the game Each member of the car gets a turn as the ‘batter’. For every car that passes you from the opposite direction, the batter gets one run. If a car is towing a trailer, the batter hits a four. And if the car is towing a caravan,…

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Nov
19
2012

Sizzling summer of Australian music festivals

By Adelaide / Australia / Brisbane / Gold Coast / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Sydney / Victoria /

Love hanging out with your friends and listening to great music during the summer? Then why not grab a hire car or an Australian campervan rental and head for a caravan park near some of our hottest music festivals this summer. Here are five to ponder, complete with recommended caravan parks where you can park your wheels. SUMMADAYZE (January 5, Gold Coast) If you have spent all winter rocking to the beats of Fedde LeGrand, Adrian Lux and Icona Pop, then don’t miss Summadayze this summer! Park your wheels: Gold Coast Holiday Park, Helensvale. Powered sites starting from $36. BIG DAY OUT (Jan 18, Sydney) What’s a good summer without a big day out? If you’re down for a party and a killer line up, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Bloody Beetroots, head to Sydney Olympic Park. Park your wheels: Bass Hill Tourist Park. Powered sites starting from $35. PYRAMID ROCK FESTIVAL (December 29 – January 1,…

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