Events

What’s On: Mardi Grass – Nimbin (3rd-4th May)

No, that’s not a spelling mistake. Unlike the Mardi Gras celebrations held the world over, Nimbin’s ‘Mardi Grass’ really is a festival with a difference. Let’s just say it’s a little on the green side.

For those of you unfamiliar with the little town of Nimbin in NSW, the best way to describe it would probably be that it caters to those with more alternative lifestyles (otherwise known as hippies). Famed for it’s cannabis counter-culture, this commune has become a popular stop of for many a backpacker on their Australian travels, with organised tours running daily so you can experience this strange place without any fears of disappearing forever.

So back to Mardi Grass. This annual festival is a celebration of everything green, held on the 3rd & 4th May and is well worth heading to if you want to see a completely unique side to Australia. Compiling of events such as the ‘Hemp Olympix’, the ‘Nimbin Cannabis Cup’ and the ‘Global Marijuana March’, the real challenge will probably be seeing how much of it you remember once it’s over!

Tickets are on sale now, with prices ranging from AU$50 for a one day ticket, to $100 for a weekend pass with 3 nights camping. You can purchase these at www.nimbinmardigrass.com.

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Happy St Paddy’s Day!

It only comes around once a year, then you spend the remainder of the year getting over it…it’s the delightful celebration of good ol’ St Paddy. Whilst most of you might be feeling the burn from a weekend of pre-celebrations, let’s not forget that today is in fact the big day – yet another reason to let your hair down one more time!

And with practically half the population of Ireland moving Down Under over the past couple of years, let’s just say that it’s not going to be difficult to find some good craic if you’re in Oz for the big day.

So let’s forget about work for one more day and focus on celebrating what the Irish do best – drink.

Cheers!

What’s On: White Night Melbourne (22nd Feb)

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well if you’re in Melbourne you need look no further. This Saturday the city’s streets, lane ways and its many cultural venues are going to be transformed into an art and music extravaganza, buzzing all through the night from 7pm to 7am the following morning. White Night is back again.

With its 2013 debut attracting over 30,000 Australians and visitors alike, White Night really is a street festival like no other. This year it’s offering an even wider range of events and activities for people to take part in, from the breathtaking light projections all over the city, to indie film premiers and outdoor bands to keep the party going through the night.

The events are a mixture of free and ticketed, so you can style your night to your budget, but it’s recommended buying tickets in advance if there is anything you really want to see, as they sell out fast!

Get down there and see what Melbourne has to offer.

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Happy Australia Day!

That great day has come around once again, and that means one thing – an excuse to throw a party! All around the country flags and glasses are being raised in celebration of a momentous occasion in the nation’s history, and, more importantly, a day off work.

“But what is Australia Day all about?” I hear you cry.

Well, kids…

Australia Day was invented to mark the anniversary of the first fleet of British ships to arrive in Sydney in 1788. Packed full of convicts, there was no way this was a bad idea. Luckily enough though, it worked out alright in the end, and those crafty Pommies thought they would quite like to stay for good. Yay!

Nowadays, Australians use it as a day to celebrate the country’s diversity, and has now become the nation’s largest public event, with families and friends alike gathering together for fun and festivities.

The holiday has also been nicknamed ‘Invasion Day’ by many in the Aboriginal community for, well, obvious reasons.

So that’s the history lesson over folks. Time to sit back, relax and enjoy the day.

Whether you’re beaching, boozing or barbecuing (or if you’re lucky, all three) I hope you have a fabulous Australia Day!

What’s On: New Year’s Eve in Sydney

The holiday season is nearly over, but before it is the age old question has to be raised – “What are you doing for New Year’s?” For some, the question brings fear to the heart; just the pressure in itself of having to have ‘the best’ New Year’s Eve can be enough to make you want to turn around and go back home. Personally, I’m not one for hitting the clubs to celebrate; the idea of spending all night queuing to squash into a bar with ridiculously over-prices drinks just gets me too excited and I have to go home early.

My idea of a good New Year’s Eve has to include fireworks. And if you’re in Australia there’s only one place to see them.

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(It’s a very small photo, but you get the idea)

So today’s post is going to be dedicated to where you’ll need to be if you want to see this wonderful show.

Mrs Macquarie’s Point

This is undoubtedly the most popular viewing point for the fireworks, so if you want to get a good spot, you’ll have to get in early. Situated on the edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens, this prime location will let you see both the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, easily one of the best views in the city. Because of the large crowds the area will be cordoned off, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time to make sure you get in. P.s. it’s also no B.Y.O alcohol, so bring a bit of cash if you fancy doing some boozing down there.

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Cremorne Point Reserve

A bit further away from the action, but a great viewing point nonetheless, Cremorne Point Reserve will certainly be buzzing come 12 o’clock tonight. This is a great place to go if you want to get part of the action without getting squashed by the crowds. Again, there’s no do-it-yourself boozing, but food and drink are on sale to keep you going through the night.

Cremorne Point

The Daily Telegraph Observatory Hill (The Rocks)

If you know Sydney then you’ll know that The Rocks is about as close as you can get to the action on NYE. The Observatory Hill is a great vantage point for the fireworks, but being in such close proximity might be a bit of a blessing and a curse – you’ll be close to the show but maybe so close you’ll end up looking at a lot of smoke (you know what they say, no smoke without fire-works). As I’ve never been, you’ll have to take this one with a pinch of salt, but I still reckon it’s going to be a good’un. Get there before 5pm to ensure access before they start closing off the areas around the harbour.

Observatory Hill

(Might be a few more people there on the night…)

Milsons Point

Milsons point is another up-close viewing point, but at the opposite end of the bridge to The Rocks. Situated next to Lunar Park, once again you’re guaranteed great views if you get here in good time. You’ll need to enter via Art Gallery road as the other roads will be closed off due to the crowds, and they’ll be closing any entrance off after 5000 people enter so it’s recommended you arrive before 5.

Milsons Point

Watsons Bay

Watsons Bay is a personal favourite of mine, because it was my viewing point for last year’s NYE celebrations. There’s so many reasons why I love this place (definitely go for a visit and do the cliff walk one day and you’ll see why) but for New Year’s it’s just a great place to see the fireworks in a nice, chilled environment. Bring a picnic along, and alcohol is (like everywhere) prohibited, but it seemed the sound of bottles being cracked open was coming from all directions – as they always say, if you can’t beat them, join them for a drink! It’s a good distance from the city so you won’t be so up-close to the action when the fireworks go off, but being far away has it’s pros; the good people at Sydney city council sync up the fireworks over the whole city, so you’ll have an amazing view of the city skyline covered in fireworks. From what I can remember.

Watsons Bay

And so there you have it, the top places to see the fireworks this New Year’s Eve. If you think you know any interesting and different places to spend the night in the city, let me know!

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