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Adelaide Fringe 2017 is Here, Get Ready to Explore and Enjoy!

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South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital, Adelaide is all set to host to the Adelaide Fringe Festival – the biggest annual arts festival in Southern Hemisphere. In the festival, well-known artists from around the world take part and perform at multiple venues.

The essential details regarding the Adelaide Fringe 2017 have been shared below:

Date

17th February to 19th March

Venues

Adelaide Fringe Festival takes place at over 400 venues across Adelaide’s CBD and suburbs. The regional centre of Port Augusta for Desert Fringe, Fringe in Mount Gambier and Fringe in Whyalla hosts it too.

How to Get the Tickets

The tickets for Adelaide Fringe 2017 are available online; check out the official website. Group 6+, BankSA Customer, Child and Friend4Free are the different kinds of tickets which can be booked.
Tickets can be obtained by post or be picked up at a FringeTIX Box Office. If the show is being performed at The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Gluttony or the Royal Croquet Club, the ticket can be collected at the venue’s Box Office.

Programme Types

The programmes at Adelaide Fringe 2017 can be classified as Comedy, Cabaret, Theatre, Music, Magic, Dance, Visual Arts & Design, and Film & Digital. Comedy shows include 80’s Made – Totally!, 50% Scottish 100% Crazy Let’s Laugh, Alcohol Is Good for You, All Heart Baby etc. Magical acts like Astonish: Sense of Wonder, Magic on The Edge, and Razi: Mesmerise are generating quiet a buzz too.

Fringe Parade and Adelaide Night Market

Fringe Parade is the largest of its kind in the country involving 1500+ artists and 80 luminous floats. The parade is held along North Terrace – home to the city’s well-known cultural institutions. It moves between King William Street and Frome Road. To get to the Fringe Parade, public transportation is the best option!

Adelaide Night Market offers a wide variety of stalls, food and music to the participants. People can buy local arts and handicrafts from the stalls that have been raised. You can also enjoy jaw-dropping performances of jugglers, acrobats and musicians at this market.

Age Restrictions

The artists self-rate their shows based on content and age suitability. The events are categorised in the following manner: F (Family-Friendly), G (Suitable for All), PG (Parental Guidance recommended for under 15 years), M15+ (Recommended for individuals aged 15 years and over), and 18+ (Restricted to Audiences 18 years and over).

Must-Follow Tips

•    See the weather forecast and dress accordingly
•    Be an early bird to get the best possible spot
•    Keep your personal bags and items with you always
•    Avoid driving

Adelaide Fringe 2016

Adelaide Fringe 2016 was extremely popular. Around 600,000 tickets were sold, making it the biggest and most successful Fringe since its inception. 118 entertaining shows were conducted.

Top Family-Friendly Festivals and Events in Australia

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Australia, a large country, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans, has impressed travellers with its fabulous tourist attractions and exciting activities.

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Moreover, throughout the year, the country hosts a number of colourful festivals and events – some for adults only and others for families. The information below is useful to people who wish to know about family-friendly festivals and fiestas held in different parts of Australia.

WOMADelaide

Held in the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide, the WOMADelaide is an annual world music and dance festival, encouraging people to experience music of different cultures. It attracts individuals of all age groups and aims to develop global understanding. The easiest way to reach the site is by walking or using the public transport from the CBD or surrounding areas.

National Folk Festival

Held in the Exhibition Park in Canberra every Easter from Easter Thursday to Easter Monday, National Folk Festival is a fabulous family-oriented celebration! At the venue, the participants can find themed bars, food stalls, circus performers and talented musicians. More than 450 individual concerts are organised. There are dance activities, including workshops and classes. Excellent artisans showcase handcrafted musical instruments as well.

Fairgrounds Festival

Fairgrounds, billed as a carnival of music and discovery, takes place in the historic town of Berry, NSW, a two hour drive from Sydney.  Fairgrounds is held at the picturesque Berry Showgrounds in central Berry. Enjoy great food, boutique beverages, shopping and music as well as take part in awe-inspiring activities at the festival. Much to the delight of children, a designated festival within a festival, Little Fairgrounds, is also organized. Only for children, Little Fairgrounds features karaoke performances, magic shows, and craft activities.

Burning Seed

“Burning Seed is an experimental gathering dedicated to creativity, collaboration and a cash-free community — conceived, built, run and returned to nothing again by YOU.” It’s a week packed with art, theme camps, gifting, performances, crewing, music etc. Portaloos and ice sales are the ONLY things provided at the event. You must bring everything else. Burning Seed takes place in Red Earth City, located about an hour west of Wagga Wagga, NSW, in October.

Oysters in the Vines

Held in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Oysters in the Vines has the following elements: live entertainment, oyster showcase (and a wide range of other food), kids’ entertainment, wine and oyster education, oyster shucking, and wine and beer sales. By organizing the event, the area highlights the fact that its produces some of Australia’s best oysters. To be able to enjoy live entertainment comfortably, individuals need to bring their picnic rug or chair. Free on-site parking is available.

Get Set for Fringe World Festival, Perth

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After the summer holidays, Fringe World keeps those warm summer vibes intact with month-long festivities and cultural events in the form of Fringe World Festival. The popular festival is held annually during the city’s buzzing summer festival period. If you are planning to visit the festival, here’s everything you should know about it.

What is Fringe World?

Fringe World is Western Australia’s largest annual event and the 3rd largest Fringe in the world. Clustered around different venues, the festival offers something for everyone. The 2017 Fringe World Festival is scheduled from 20th January to 19th February.

How do you book your tickets?

The annual program features a line up of numerous comedy, circus, theatre, music, dance, cabaret, and other entertainment shows performed by artists from across the world. The 2017 festival includes more than 700 events to be held at over 150 venues across the length and breadth of the city. Tickets can be booked from the official website or in case you prefer taking a hard copy, get your ticket delivered to your doorstep for free.

What should you expect at Fringe World?

Of course, entertainment! Fringe World is all about picking that perfect form of entertainment. Find that perfect show, which matches your tastes and preferences. The shows and performances at the Fringe are categorized on the basis of genre and filtered according to age groups. Although, sometimes things may seem to be a little vague, but with the popular Fringe UV Rating, you’ll end up attending only the shows, which are appropriate for you and your family.

Where should you attend the Fringe World?

Fringe Central at The Perth Cultural Centre is the best place to start your adventure. The festival spot is located a quick stroll away from the other 60 fringe venues and is the nucleus of the Fringe World universe. Popular event hubs include The Pleasure Garden, Northbridge, Cathedral Square, Perth CBD, The Gelo Company, The Flaming Locomotive, Hubbub, and Funtavia.

How do you filter the events?

Of course you can’t attend all of the 700 events. For your convenience, the ‘Filter Results’ option is available on the top left side corner of the website. Here you can search, find, select, and book shows suiting your tastes and preferences. You can also opt for the FRINGEFEED feature for all the latest news and other required tips about shows and events. An essential tip for all newbies; become a FRINGEWORLD friend and enjoy amazing tips and treats.

Experience the Offbeat Charms of Australia

Home to the world’s largest coral reef system – the Great Barrier Reef, Australia is one of the top holiday destinations. Over 8 million tourists visited this exquisite land last year.

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It was easily more than the number recorded in 2014. Thus, if you plan to explore ‘The Land Down Under’, we won’t be surprised! While most people seek the highly popular destinations, you can also explore some of the lesser-known ones.

Undara Volcanic National Park

Undara Volcanic National Park is a place where one can explore natural geological wonders. There is an abundance of wildlife here. Most interestingly, it is known for the remnants of the Earth’s longest flow of lava starting off from a single volcano. The park is also full of various colourful birds, including cormorants, herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills, kites, eagles, falcons, quails, emus, parrots, rosellas, and cockatoos.

Gunlom

Situated in the Kakadu National Park, Gunlom has a beautiful cascading waterfall and peaceful plunge pool. A not-so-easy climb to the peak of the waterfall offers great views of the southern-most parts of Kakadu National Park. A rejuvenating dip in the clear pools is an exhilarating experience.

Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay, a coastal town in Victoria, has several swimming and surfing beaches. Green hills overlooking the bay create an attractive backdrop. The restaurants and cafes serve mouth-watering dishes. Apollo Bay also hosts the yearly Great Ocean Sports Festival and Apollo Bay Music Festival.

Melbourne Graffiti Alleys

The overall atmosphere of Melbourne is distinctly vibrant! Travellers with an artistic bent of mind can find some of the best works by simply walking through the city’s alleys and lanes. The beauty of street art and creativity is apparent as you simply stroll along. It’s almost as if the walls have something to convey or express! So, don’t limit yourself to art galleries.

The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles – These are rather strange, if not totally ‘hidden’! The Pinnacles are limestone formations which rise out of yellow sand dunes in a bizarre way. They are often described as ‘Life on Mars’. The natives believe that the rocks symbolize the people who died over the years in the desert.

Best Christmas Markets To Explore In Perth In 2016

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With Christmas approaching fast, all kinds of shopping outlets will soon be dressed in their best Christmas decorations and offer unique gifts, handmade articles, local produce, and pretty arts and crafts.

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The ones travelling to the Australian city of Perth during Christmas or a little before, can check out such fantastic Christmas markets in or around the destination for an incredible Christmas shopping experience in ‘the Land Down Under’. Take a look at some of them.

Christmas Family Market Pinjarra

Visit the Christmas Family Market Pinjarra at the Civic Centre Pinjarra to shop for Christmas goodies on 3rd December, 2016. The shops here offer some fantastic gifting options as well as Christmas special deals on many items. The market will be held from 10 am to 2.30 pm.

Early Bird Christmas Market

Enjoy festive shopping at the Early Bird Christmas Market on 20th November, 2016. This is an indoor Christmas market, which will be held from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be more than 50 stalls selling a variety of Christmassy stuff such as handmade gifts and decor, home wares, jewellery, fashion accessories for kids, candles, and body care products. Visitors can get haircuts at cheap prices as well as neck and shoulder massages. Besides, there will be lots of festive cupcakes and sweet treats. There will also be free live entertainment by local musicians and a face painting stall.

QV1 Christmas PopUpmarket

QV1 Christmas PopUpmarket is a fantastic popup market catering to the Christmas needs of individuals. Attend this festive shopping venue from 6th to 8th December at the QV1 foyer in Perth. This market will include stalls by over 50 brilliant artisans and designers from all across Perth. Enjoy a fantastic shopping experience as you buy original handcrafted wares at the best prices.

St Michael’s Family Christmas Fete

This family Christmas fete is held every year at Perth’s St Michael’s Church on 26th November, 2016. The fete will offer a variety of festive shopping opportunities and celebratory events. The fete will be held from 10 am to 1 pm and there will be lots of live entertainment. The stalls will offer vintage clothing, local produce, plants, art & crafts, jewellery, gift baskets, books, CDs and DVDs, and a lot more.

Unbridled Merrymaking awaits you at Oktoberfest Brisbane 2016!

Visit Oktoberfest Brisbane 2016 to experience authentic German food, drinks, and festivities in Australia. Oktoberfest Brisbane is the largest German cultural and food and drinks festival in Australia.

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It will be held over 2 weekends; these are 7th to 9th and 14th to 16th October 2016. It is a fantastic occasion for people to understand German culture first-hand and to enjoy a fun day savouring German food and beverages amidst traditional entertainment, shows, and rides thrown in.

Following age old custom, the festival will open this year as well with the traditional ‘Anzapfen’ on 7th October, 2016. The tradition involves the city’s Lord Mayor to tap the first keg of beer, offer the first stein of beer to the Head of State and announce ‘O’zapft is’, which means ‘It is tapped’.

Beer, Beer & More Beer!

Of course beer will be the main attraction and will flow freely at the festival. However, apart from beer there will be various other beverages on offer, making sure that there is something for everyone at the festival. There will be soft drinks, water, non-alcoholic beer, energy drinks, and coffee and tea.

Travellers will be able to enjoy German and Australian wines, German Sekt (sparkling), champagne, Schnaps mixers, and hand-crafted German beers. There will be supplies from 343-year old Bavarian Brauerei (brewery) Tucher Bräu, offering Lager and Weissbier (wheat beer). Australia’s famous Burleigh Brewing Co. will offer delicious German-style Dunkelbier (dark beer).

Food

At Oktoberfest, enjoy authentic German cuisine as you savour delicious Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle), Bratwurst, Sauerkraut and Schnitzel. Savour many more specialities including baked potato dishes, pretzels, ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’ (coffee and cake), Sacher Torter, and Apple Strudel to complete your German experience.

Some of the notable brands offering delectable delicacies are King of Cakes, Götzinger (sausages), German Sausage Hut, German Potato Hut, Haxen Haus, K&K Schnitzel & Burger Haus, Spaetzle Spectacular, Bald Rock Beef Jerky, the Organic Cotton Candy Company, Bunya Cheese and German Hut Biergarten Imbiss, and many more!

Events

Oktoberfest Brisbane 2016 will see a number of lively and vibrant events. There will be separate, dedicated activities and events for kids. Sundays will be special Family Fun-days, which will include singing, dancing, and yodelling! Participate in the Hat Dance or make merry with the Chicken Dance. Enjoy rides in the festival grounds, pat baby farm animals, and sit down for a German-style puppet show amidst roaming musicians and fashion shows.

There will be plenty of traditional German games, including the action-packed ‘Bavarian Strongmen’ competition. The team-based competition will include Jockey Race, Krapfen (Jam Donut) Eating, and Tug of War etc. Enjoy the Oktoberfest Brisbane Beardmeister competition – a competition looking for the perfect beard and moustache. The Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane is another competition to enjoy. The competition sees women compete through various feats including pretzel eating, stein holding, and milking cows!

Kids

This family festival warmly welcomes children. There will be dedicated areas for their entertainment offering a range of activities, rides, and hands-on workshops for toddlers as well as teens.

Tips for Exploring Australia – The Land Down Under

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Australia, also called Oz, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Vibrant cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and many others offer exciting activities and lovely attractions for all! According to Tourism Australia Corporate Website, there were 716,000 visitor arrivals during July 2016, which is an increase of 141 per cent over the same period of the previous year. Considering the fact that Australia is such a popular holiday destination, we thought it would be worthwhile to list some travel tips and tricks for visiting the destination.

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Climate

The northern part of the continent has a more tropically influenced climate. It’s hot and humid in the summers, and quite warm and dry in the winters. The southern areas are cooler with warm summers and cool winters. The central part has dry, desert regions with daytime temperatures being high, and low amounts of rain. During summers, bushfires are surprisingly common.

Money and Tipping

The national currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar. Notes come in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100, while coins come in 5, 10, 20, 50 cents, and $1 & $2 denominations. Generally speaking, hotels and restaurants do not add service charge to one’s bill. Thus, although not mandatory, tipping is suggested. At top-notch eating venues, one can tip waiters 10% of the bill.

Food

Foodies will have a delightful time in Oz. The must-eat dishes of this country are Chicken parmigiana, Barbequed snags, Lamingtons, Pavlova, and Australian barramundi. All these dishes are extremely delicious and command a huge fan-following. There are a number of restaurants that have grabbed the attention of locals and tourists alike. These include Quay, Attica, Marque, and Vue de Monde. People should keep in mind that food isn’t cheap here.

Accommodation

Australia features countless accommodation facilities for travellers. Some of the best business hotels here are Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, Park Hyatt, Sheraton on the Park, The Westin Sydney, and Rydges World Square. The list doesn’t end for leisure travellers! For them, The Blackman, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, and Tower Lodge can be good options. Those who don’t have deep pockets can consider Astor Private Hotel, The Vineyard Motel, and Comfort Inn Eastern Sands.

Transportation

Getting around in this country is easy! For covering large distances, flying is the perfect choice. Various domestic airlines are available for booking purposes. Bus travel is usually comfortable and reasonably priced. The vast network of well-connected roads allows people to go on road trips. If one intends to enjoy the scenic beauty, then train journey is a good option. Ferry Ride is just not to be missed!

Mini Guide to Brisbane Festival 2016

Art freaks, just hop into the Brisbane Festival 2016, which is being held from 3rd September to 24th September in Brisbane, to enjoy outstanding art events from around the world.

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The amazing city of Brisbane plays host to an audience of around one million people every year in September, who visit the city to attend the popular festival.

Step-in to the Brisbane Festival, a major international event, to celebrate all expressions of arts from around the globe in the form of theatre, music, dance, opera, circus, and public attractions including the Sunsuper Riverfire.

Why Attend The Festival?

The festival has been developed to link artists and audiences, to showcase unconventional ideas, and to draw people to this glittering city. The festival will focus on the themes and ideas of Ireland, the record label, snow white, and the little mermaid this year, with several events showcasing unconventional performances revolving around these themes.

2016 Major Events Line-Up

The festival will showcase events across multiple genres this year, including cabaret, circus, comedy, dance, family, food, music, opera, theatres, visual arts, films, and talk sessions. Check out some of the major events line-up in this year’s festival.

The Game – a bold theatre performance based on sex work in Ireland.

En avant, marche! – Brisbane brass band theatre, music, and dance performance.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – A comedy theatre performance.

Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid – is a musical cabaret theatre performance.

Three prominent Record labels have been invited for talk sessions.

You Should Be Dancing – a free-for-all dance performance.

Symphony for Me – a free-for-all Queensland Performing Arts Centre music performance.

Blanc De Blanc – is a circus featuring music, dance and cabaret.

Troppo – is a family-oriented circus performance.

Brisbane Airport 3d Street Art – is a free-for-all, family-oriented visual arts attraction.
Dave Graney ‘N’ The Coral Snakes – a musical performance.

Souvenir – a theatre performance.

Kaleidoscope Project – a free-for-all visual arts attraction.
Albert Herring – a comedy opera.

Hanako: Desire & Other Secret Weapons – theatre.

Unbuttoned // A Festival Of Gender, Art, And You – a film, theatre performance and talk session.

Sunsuper Riverfire

The Sunsuper Riverfire is a much-awaited public event. It is a massive fireworks display, which is held to mark the end of the Brisbane Festival. An incredible feature of this event is that the fireworks are exploded to the tunes of popular local music. Also, get enthralled by aerobatics performed by the Australian Defence Force with their RAAF Super Hornet and Army helicopters.

Food and Drinks

After witnessing the amazing performances, go straight to any of these six pop-up food stalls to savour sumptuous meals before the next performance.

Pourboy Espresso

Brisbane-based specialty coffee and cafe dining spot.

Fat Noodle

Owned by Vietnamese celebrity chef Luke Nguyen, Fat Noodle serves quick Asian-fusion meals.

Nitrogenie

Nitrogenie is an ice-cream parlour that uses liquid nitrogen to make ice-creams.

Mucho Mexicano

Mucho Mexicano serves contemporary Mexican cuisine with a twist.

Mister Paganini

Mister Paganini serves Italian cuisines in great Italian setting.

Tapas By Zen

Tapas by Zen is a fine dining spot.

5 Highlights on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

The Great Ocean Road of Australia is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, explored extensively by foreigners and locals alike.

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Adventure buffs can participate in a number of fun-filled activities that take place here almost all year round. Moreover, foodies will have a delightful time as there are a number of outstanding restaurants in the area.

If you plan to drive on the Great Ocean Road, do not forget to explore some of the region’s most significant tourist highlights. We have mentioned few below:

The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles is a set of limestone stacks resting near the shore of the Port Campbell National Park. At the moment there are eight apostles left. These structures have naturally been formed by constant erosion. Behind them are the majestic cliffs reaching a height of 70 metres! Until 1922 the site was known as the ‘Sow and Piglets’ which was later changed to ‘The Apostles’ and finally to ‘Twelve Apostles’.

The Grotto

The Grotto is a sinkhole geological formation that allows people to feel the peculiarity of the still, clear waters in contrast to the ocean beyond it. It is a naturally carved-out cave which stands up the cliff. The barrier that has been created in the viewing area is believed to be safe. So are the rock pools. However, hikers need to be cautious as certain parts of them can be slippery. Few rocks might be sharp-edged.

Triplet Falls in the Great Otway National Park

Triplet Falls is one of the iconic sites in the Great Otway National Park. One can learn about the history and the story of the rainforest, assisted by the signs that lead one around the place. Lying amongst the forests of Mountain Ash and Myrtle Beech, there are three striking waterfalls flowing through shady rainforests.

Bells Beach

Located in the coastal locality of Victoria, the Bells Beach is a renowned attraction that hosts one of the world’s longest running surfing competitions called the ‘Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival’. Top surfers come here to show their skills by tackling waves of up to five metres. Others can fish in the deep waters near the coast.

Lorne

Lorne is a rejuvenating destination that has grabbed the attention of holidaymakers for decades. There’s a wide variety of eating venues, accommodation options and attractions for all. More than 10 waterfalls are situated within 10 kilometres of this resort town. Artists will have a lovely time taking part in the Lorne Festival of The Performing Arts.

North Stradbroke Island – A Paradise in Australia

The North Stradbroke Island, or Straddie as locals call it, is an island located offshore Brisbane in the Moreton Bay in Queensland, Australia.

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With stunning and unique scenery, the island is a perfect beach destination, boasting an ideal combination of white sandy beaches, spectacular whale watching sites and wonderful lakes.

Beaches

The Stradbroke Island has the some of the most beautiful sandy white beaches in the world. The beaches stretch for miles and miles and are not much crowded. One can easily find a place to just sit back and relax.

Lakes

This beach island is home to around 100 lakes of various shapes and sizes. However, two exceptionally popular tourist attractions are the Blue Lake and the Brown Lake. The Blue Lake is of cultural importance to the local people and is also a subject of many environmental studies as the spring-fed lake has not been affected by climate change for around 7,500 years. The Brown Lake again is of cultural importance to the local people. A thick layer of leaves on the lake’s surface acts as an impermeable layer. The lake is tea-coloured due to the leaves that keep on falling into it from the surrounding tea trees.

Water Sports

There is a lot of scope for fun water-sports in this pristine beach island. Travellers can enjoy assisted scuba diving to the lovely warm waters of the beaches and the beautiful waves allow exciting water surfing opportunities. Bay kayaking under qualified instructors, is also a popular sport visitors like to experience in these waters. The lovely sand dunes of gentle slope as well as steep slopes offer the perfect opportunity for sand boarding. The ocean also provides a wonderful opportunity for deep sea fishing. One may avail fishing carters for this experience. Travellers can also join the various 4-wheeler safaris at the beaches to see the entire beach and its various attractions.

Whale Watching

The island is very famous for land based Whale Watching opportunities. Choose from among the many whale watching spots in the island and marvel at the thousands of Humpback Whales, dolphins, turtles, Eagle and Manta rays. Enjoy the sight of nature’s beautiful creations against a surreal backdrop and enjoy a wonderful holiday at the North Stradbroke Island.