Considering that Aussies are so famous for loving their beer, it is little surprise that Oktoberfest is extremely popular Down Under. Regardless of which part of Australia you are in come October, you are sure to find Oktoberfest being celebrated with much style and enthusiasm. The following is a look at some of your best options for celebrating this great German occasion in Australia.
A great place to celebrate Oktoberfest in Australia is in the Nation’s capital, where the Harmonie German Club puts on a fantastic three-day long celebration featuring traditional German music, food and a huge selection of beer. For the past 45 years this dedicated club has drawn huge crowds to celebrate Oktoberfest in style, so if you are in Canberra at the right time next October, the Harmonie German Club is the place to be.
If you are in Brisbane and are looking for a good night out, head straight to the Fortitude Valley district, because as one of the most vibrant parts of the city there are a huge variety of options. The bars in particular are a big highlight, and the following is a look at some of the best ones to explore while you are here.
The Limes Hotel
This great place is a boutique hotel with its own awesome rooftop bar, offering fabulous cocktails, a funky design and fantastic music. The Rooftop Bar at Limes also hosts ‘Movie and Mojitos’ nights in the spring, Jazz every Wednesday night, a Thursday night wine club, as well as fun Friday and Saturday nights that feature great drinks, music and an electric atmosphere. Whether you stay at Limes or at one of the other great Brisbane hotels nearby, be sure to stop by the rooftop bar while you are in the area.
Brisbane has come a long way in its short history, and after having been for years widely regarded as little more than a large country town, things have most definitely changed. The following is a brief look at some of the main factors behind Brisbane’s emergence as a world-class cultural destination.
A big decade
Brisbane came out of its shell in a big way during the 1980s, hosting two huge International events in the 1982 Commonwealth Games and Expo 88, which many locals point to as a big turning point for the city. The city also saw Movie World established in 1988, which would provide a huge boost to the arts and culture of the city and help to transform the city’s reputation.
There is no better place to go on a family holiday than the gorgeous Gold Coast, because apart from the stunning beaches, tasty restaurants, awesome Gold Coast hotels and thrilling theme parks, the Gold Coast also puts on some great family-friendly festivals. The following is a look at some of the best Gold Coast festivals to head to with your family.
The Bleach Festival
This wonderful festival is held in February each year and runs in conjunction with the always-popular Burleigh Pro surfing competition. The festival takes place at the southern end of the Gold Coast strip of beaches and is a celebration of art, music and surfing that showcases some of the hottest young talent in the Gold Coast region. If you are looking for an awesome festival to head out to with your family, the Bleach Festival is sure to do the trick, but if you plan to come, book your accommodation on the Gold Coast early, because space fills up quickly.
Brisbane has come a long way in the last couple of decades, transforming itself from essentially a large country town into one of Australia’s most hip and modern cities. One of the main areas where you can see the transformation is in the hospitality industry, which now showcases swanky new Brisbane hotels, stunningly revamped serviced apartments, and no shortage of delicious, creative and even quirky places to get a bite to eat. The following is a brief look at some of the quirkiest restaurants in the newly transformed metropolis of Brisbane.
If you haven’t heard about ‘Nitrogen cooking’ yet, head to Alchemy to find out for yourself, as this creative restaurant is the only one in Brisbane currently rocking the ‘freeze cooked’ method. Apart from the quirky use of nitrogen, Alchemy has become known as one of the most all-round impressive places to eat in the entire city, with Chef Brad Jolly widely regarded as one of the best chefs working in Australia. Don’t be fooled by Alchemy’s quirky reputation, because you are guaranteed nothing short of an incredible experience here.
The Gold Coast really does have it all, from the most beautiful beaches and hottest clubs to the tastiest food and most comfortable serviced apartments. Most of all, one area where you will never be short of fantastic options is in finding ways to have fun outdoors. The following is a brief look at a few of the countless ways you can have some fun outdoors on the Gold Coast. If you are lucky enough to find yourself in this beautiful part of the world, get out, get active and make the most of being in an absolute paradise.
Out of all of the great outdoor activities you can do on the Gold Coast, surfing is by far the most famous, with surfers coming from all over the world each year to take on what are regarded as some of the most consistent and best waves in the world.
Sydney puts on some pretty impressive large events that are well worth making the trip to see, but if you do decide to come to Sydney for one of these bigger spectaculars, your transportation will play a vital role in your trip, both in terms of how you get to Sydney and how you get around it when you are here. The following is a brief look at organising transport for coming to a large Sydney event.
Regardless of the event you are going to or how many people you will be travelling with, if you need to book a rental car, train tickets, bus passes or anything else related to your transportation to the big event, book it as soon as you decide you are going to go. If your big event is in the summer, you are going to need to make your transportation-related bookings far in advance, and if you will need group accommodation for your visit, book that early too.
Sydney plays host to some pretty huge sporting events each and every year, and the following is a brief look at some of the biggest ones.
The Sydney to Hobart
Even though it is only the start of this epic race that takes place in Sydney, it is easily one of the most incredible spectacles in world sport, with hundreds of spectator boats packing the gorgeous Sydney Harbour as the fleet of competitors await the starting gun.
If you are going to learn to surf anywhere, there is no better place to do it than at the beautiful Surfers Paradise, and the following is a look at some of the main things to consider when planning to do it.
One of the best things about Surfers Paradise is that all of the major Gold Coast accommodation options are within walking distance of the beach, with hotels, resorts, hostels and B&B’s all within minutes of the sand and surf. If you are heading to Surfers Paradise and are planning on surfing, almost anywhere you stay will be conveniently located, and even if you have to stay just outside Surfers Paradise in Main Beach or Broadbeach accommodation, you won’t be far away.
Brisbane has become known throughout Australia as having a blossoming art scene, so if you are interested in art and are visiting Brisbane for whatever reason, don’t check out of your Brisbane accommodation before checking out the arts here first. The following is a brief look at how and where to find the art scene in Brisbane, and be sure to ask at your accommodation in Brisbane about anything that may be happening in the arts while you are visiting.
The Queensland Gallery of Art
Considered one of Australia’s leading art museums, the Queensland Gallery of Art is somewhere that any art lover must visit when in Brisbane. While the building itself is a work of art, the exhibitions, collections and programs it hosts are world class, and include an impressive Indigenous Australian Art collection, as well as a number of constantly changing travelling exhibitions.