Archive for November, 2014

Musical Festivals in Australia

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Australia has a strong reputation thanks to its world-renowned musicians. You can discover the alternative and avant-garde artists during the cultural festivals that take place regularly in its major cities.

If you love jazz and the blues then Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Australian Blues Music Festival is must for you. If you are a fan of indie music and alternative rock then participate in the Future Music Festival or the Big Day Out.

You can listen to great music while camping in beautiful rural areas in festivals like the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland or in Byron Bay. This country is a major destination for many international artists ranging from Broadway musicals to rock concerts in stadiums.

woodford folk festival

Classical Music, Jazz and Blues

Lovers of classical music, jazz and blues can have the combination of great music and spectacular settings by participating in one of the many festivals, which are held throughout the year. You can visit the wine regions and enjoy Opera or jazz in the Vineyards. Savor the musical adventure of Bluefest immersed in a plantation of tea trees. Enjoy jazz in the central Melbourne along with art exhibitions held till late at night and intimate concerts in small clubs.

blue fest

Wrap yourself up in the world of chamber music and also enjoy sun in tropical winter of Townsville. You can visit Adelaide to listen to the incredible performance of classical guitar and international artists that animate the Adelaide International Guitar Festival.

Rock, Indie and Alternative

Australians are famous for their love of live music as evident by the abundance of festivals where you can watch the best artists and groups in the world. Lovers of various music genre such as rock, indie, metal and punk can participate in exciting outdoor festivals. These electrifying festivals attract tourists from all over the world.

It is a good idea to celebrate the new year by participating in the heart of Sydney in Parklife. Travel to Byron Bay to enjoy the beautiful setting of the Moo touring festival in different cities of the region. You can also discover the wonderful Tasmania, Marion Bay and Lorne festivals.

Marion Bay Festival

Country, Folk and World Music

You can join the lovers of country, folk and world music for entertainment without limits in one of the many music festivals that take place throughout the year. Listen to the best country music with the famous Tamworth Music or dance to the rhythm of the music world at Womad in capital city, Adelaide.

Also, explore Port Fairy, a picturesque coastal village that is home to the Port Fairy Folk Music Festival or you can also choose to camp in the hinterland in Queensland to enjoy the Woodford Folk Festival.

These festival has everything to offer to the fans of any kind of music genre whether it is classical, jazz, country, rock or folk. The land of Australia is a must visit for the music lovers

Discover the Seasons in Australia

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Australia is a country with so many seasons and you can live different adventures throughout the year. While most of the country has four seasons, the tropical north only has a wet season and a dry season .

Let’s take a look at what you can do in these different seasons:-

Enjoy the Summer

December to February is the time to experience the beautiful Australian summer. Stroll along the dramatic cliffs stretching along the coast from Bondi to Bronte Beach in Sydney. Take a day trip from Melbourne to the national parks, beaches, vineyards, golf courses and spas of the Mornington Peninsula. Get a chance to taste the delicious food and wine in Tasmania on the historic waterfront of Hobart.

bondi beach summer

You can enjoy the fresh seafood and can see spawning of corals on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. Feel the thunderstorms and admire the lush vegetation in tropical forests. You will also get a chance to look closely at the Australian animals at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve near Canberra.

Summer in Down-Under is the ideal season to watch cricket world championships and tournaments of the Grand Slam tennis or amazing music festivals, New Year celebrations and many cultural events in the open air.

Feel the Autumn

Discover the magic of autumn in Australia from March to May. Admire the trees that are tinged with red and gold in Orange, a rural town famous for its food and wine in the west of Sydney. Also, explore the vineyards, villages and forests shrouded in the mists of the Yarra Valley in Victoria. Immerse yourself in the adventure of the picturesque Brisbane River.

brisbane river

Head to the green Litchfield National Park, which is located in the Northern Territory or go to the Kununurra in Western Australia for the Ord Valley Muster. Adventure enthusiasts can opt for Rafting on the unspoilt west coast of Tasmania or do camping and fishing along the basin of the Murrumbidgee River near Canberra.

Litchfield National Park

Autumn offers a varied program of events, from wine and food festivals, international fashion weeks to the Melbourne Grand Prix.

Discover the Winter

The period from June to August is the time for the Australian winter season in the whole country. But, in the tropical north, these months correspond to the dry season. Enjoy skiing and snowboarding down the snow-covered slopes of Victoria or go for snorkeling and diving in the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

skiing australia

This is the perfect season to discover the Australian coast, spotting the whales and go for scuba diving with an amazing variety of marine animals. Those looking beyond water sports can go through the Simpson Desert by jeep in South Australia, or head to the Blue Mountains for the very special Christmas celebrations.

Follow the path of wildflowers in Western Australia or immerse yourself in the unique culture of the festival in the Northern Territory. Crouch down next to a crackling fireplace on the Fireside Festival of Canberra or celebrate the winter in the cobbled streets of Hobart.

Admire the Spring in Australia

Discover the Australian spring season, which runs from September to November in most parts of the country. And in the tropical north, it is the season of pre monsoon. Look at how Melbourne dress up for the Melbourne Cup, an event for which the entire nation stops. Attend a festival of jazz, blues, opera and sculpture that take place in the Hunter Valley near Sydney. Taste the food and wine, learn to scuba dive and surf at Margaret River in Western country.

Get a chance to walk between the tops of ancient trees in the Daintree Rainforest World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the exciting flora and fauna on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Admire Canberra which comes alive with the millions of flowers that bloom here in the spring season. Follow the route of the flower gardens of Tasmania that will lead you to natural and historical attractions.

Kangaroo Island

In Australia, spring is also the perfect season for surfing, kayaking and canoeing.

Every season comes with variety of options and activities to do. In every season, Australia has so much to offer to enjoy at the fullest. In the next coming posts we will take a look at the events and activities you can do in Australia.

Floriade: The Biggest Celebration of Spring

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The winters in Canberra, traditionally cold, provide ideal conditions for the growth of the millions of tulips. Every year, these tulips bloom in the spring exactly when expected, in a park overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. Popular spring event Floriade, once limited to a single day, now includes NightFest, which continues for five magical nights.

floriade fest

7 Reasons to join the celebrations:

1) Do you like to take pictures? The fragrant beds of Floriade, full of tulips and inspired by a different theme each year, represents an ideal subject for a photographer. More than 440,000 tourists come from all over the world to visit the largest floral festival in the southern hemisphere, which has free admission.

2) To admire the hard work behind the festival: set up of the flower beds, paths and temporary infrastructures requires months of planning. The team of gardening makes sure that there are flowers to bloom throughout the month, by planting them at different depths. During the festival, the gardeners always guarantee a perfect look by removing the faded flowers, reshaping the beds and monitoring the pH and the percentages of salt and soil nutrients.

3) The flowers are the main attraction of Floriade, but the wonderful floral arrangements are also framed by many other activities. Tasty food is served by world-renowned chefs, chance to learn horticulture and gardening and live music can be enjoyed with animal show.

Food and wine

4) Floriade became even more fabulous in 2008 with the introduction of NightFest, a fantasy evening that continues for five nights, transforming the park into a world of fairy tale, full of fun and lightness. Flower beds, innovative lighting show, ponds and gardens with live music, comedians and DJ also contribute to the lively atmosphere.

Nightfest Floriade

5) Once the show ends, the flowers of Floriade are not wasted: They cut the remaining flowers and send them to hospitals in the nearby area. And more and more people get the chance to enjoy their beauty.

6) In addition to providing a central theme (the edition of Floriade 2014 was inspired by the passion), the list of the events changed from week to week, so that any returning visitors can always see something new. This year, the themes proposed for individual weeks included art and culture, food and wine, family fun and outdoor adventure.

7) Give yourself a truly regal treat with a boat ride on the Burley Griffin lake : In 2011, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip left the Parliament and boarded a majestic boat to visit Floriade. Three ferries carry passengers to the entry gate of the event.

Burley Griffin lake

Floriade is a must visit for gardening enthusiasts and lovers of Flowers. DIY learners can draw inspiration from a wide range of demonstration. visitors will be able to capitalize on a number of ideas to put into practice once they return home.

Australia Day – A Day of Big Celebrations in the Country

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Australian commemorate 26 January as Australia Day, a holiday which is celebrated nationwide once a year. A public holiday that sees hundreds of events, large and small, taking place across the country, Australia Day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in Port Jackson in 1788.

Different communities across the country celebrate the day organizing concerts, beach parties, breakfasts, exhibitions, parades and shows, sporting events and fireworks.

Australia Day Parade

Things that make Australia Day special:-

1. The Foundation Day

You can spot Australia being at its best during its national holiday. The anniversary will fall on a Monday, in 2015, which means a long weekend in the middle of an Australian summer thus ensuring enthusiastic celebrations by the locals.

2. Fun with Family

Australia Day is celebrated in various ways by Australians, but the recurrence is generally regarded as an opportunity to relax, preferably in the company of family and friends. Favorite activities for this days are picnic or barbecue on beach or hiking in the nearest park or participation in an official event.

3. Wave the Flag

On this day, you can become a honorary Australian and wave its national flag, taste a lamington with an Akubra on your head and wear green and golden color clothes.

4. Music in the Air

Australia Day is considered as the best time to attend open air concerts and performances, as this national event falls in summer. The anniversary also falls during the Sydney Festival and you can get a chance to enjoy exciting outdoor musical events.

Sydney Music Festival

5. Enjoy the Sparkling Night

Australians people love the fireworks and the Australia Day offers some of the most exciting, bright and sparkling fireworks. You can head to the Parklands (in Brisbane) to listen to music, play with interactive art installations, swim at the only artificial beach town in Australia and watch the extraordinary firework display in the evening.

6. Ride a Camel

In Perth, head to the Langley Park, along the Swan River in the Central Business District, to take advantage of an entertainment area that offers the chance to ride camels and ponies or visit a petting zoo full of cute Australian animals. This is also an ideal place to watch the laser show on the water.

Camel Ride

7. Be a Proud Australian

Each year, thousands of people choose to become Australian citizens on this important date (this is definitely the favorite day in the whole year to take the pledge). Throughout the country many ceremonies are held for the conferment of citizenship as part of community initiatives.

For those who want to learn more about the country, its culture, history, make acquaintance with the locals, explore the nation at its most relaxed and witness the most majestic fireworks, this is the best time to visit Australia.