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VIP NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2011

VIP DESTINATION: TOP 10 LOCATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS DOWN UNDER

With Christmas fast approaching we give you a list of ten places down under in Australia and New Zealand that you can sip wines, sit on a beach, enjoy the views and the festivities.

All these locations are the perfect place to wile away a few lazy summer days and a good sojourn for the Christmas period. As this is a busy time travelling in Australia and New Zealand we do recommend you book your accommodation and packages as soon as possible. Check the links below for options or simply get on our website and start making your bookings!

Whitsundays | Perth | Noosa | Great Ocean Road | Bay of Islands | Hobart | Marlborough Sounds | Barossa Valley | Blue Mountains | Grampians
 

WHITSUNDAYS, QUEENSLAND

There is no bad time of year to visit the gorgeous central Queensland but Christmas is particularly wonderful. Think wonderful warm days, golden sands, aquamarine waters and a plethora of wildlife to see above and below the sea. Highlights include a visit to world famous Whitehaven Beach with its gorgeous silica white sands, sailing trips and tours around the islands, all the night life at Airlie Beach and tropical island getaways.

A highlight for many VIP Backpackers is staying on the Adventure Island resort on South Molle island where you can snorkel, dive, paddle board or bush walk to your hearts content in eco splendour. But we also have accommodation in Airlie Beach.

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PERTH / SWAN RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The capital of Western Australia has just hosted the Queen and if it's good enough for royalty you should find it will suit lesser mortals as well! Perth is a beach side city much like Sydney but without the crowds and there's always superb weather here at Christmas time. Enjoy the spectacular coastline, the historic port area, the laid back central business district and some splendid single or multi day trips such as to Rottnest Island or a cruise down the Swan River to some world class wineries.

VIP Backpackers has a good choice of accommodation in Perth.

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NOOSA, QUEENSLAND

If you were to make one stop along the Sunshine Coast then Noosa would be an excellent choice. The beautiful beach side resort town has a wide range of scenic options from the delights of the main beaches of Noosa and Sunshine Beach, to the wildlife of the National Park, the spectacular reaches of the Noosa River right up to Lake Cootharaba, nearby mountains such as Coolum and Pomona, market towns like Eumundi and plenty more. And we haven't even mentioned the activities on hand - sea kayaking, house boating, surfing, swimming, walking and more.

There's always something going on in Noosa from triathlons to jazz festivals, there's a good range of eating and nightlife and plenty of ways to have fun in the sun.

If you need somewhere to stay look no further than the Noosa Backpackers Resort on the Noosa River.

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD, VICTORIA

The drive along the Great Ocean Road towards Adelaide is one of the most beautiful journeys you will undertake in Australia. With twisting curves in the road providing increasingly more spectacular views, hidden coves, plentiful wildlife, solitary lighthouses, amazing beaches and surf and some unusual rock formations at the 12 apostles you'll find there's plenty to keep you busy over the 243 kilometres. Make sure you stop off as much as possible along the way.

VIP Backpackers has accommodation in Apollo Bay and Port Campbell - excellent places to sojourn along the way. At Christmas this section of coast can be busy so make sure you book ahead.

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BAY OF ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND

For some fun in the sun this Christmas and a chance to get out of Auckland, consider a festive sojourn on the wonderful Bay of Islands. Famed for fishing, sailing and its historic towns there are plenty of adrenaline pumping activities you can join in on the 144 islands from swimming with dolphins to nature walks or chartered fishing trips.

Be sure to book early with VIP Backpackers to ensure your place here this Christmas.

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HOBART, TASMANIA

If you prefer cooler climes and find the northern part of Australia a bit much to bare in summer, then Hobart could well be the perfect choice for you with a much cooler and pleasant climate at Christmas. There's plenty to enjoy in the historic city from the wonderful Salamanca markets to the heights of Mt Wellington (you may like to join our descent tour!) Given the size of Tasmania, Hobart is also the perfect place to base for single or multi day trips to places further afield like Port Arthur,  Cradle Mountain, Wineglass Bay and more!

VIP Backpackers has plenty of accommodation and tour options from Hobart.

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MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS, NEW ZEALAND

The sea-drowned valleys of New Zealand's north island is one of the most beautiful coastal regions in the entire country. There are so many sounds, bays, islands and peninsulas to enjoy and many are very sparsely populated. This makes for some interesting exploration which you can undertake by sea kayak, day trips or walking and biking tracks (like the Abel Tasman).

Salmon, mussels and wine are some of the key produce of the area so make sure you endulge while you're here - a perfect place perhaps for Christmas dinner.

VIP Backpackers has accommodation in Picton.

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BAROSSA VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Just 60km north east of Adelaide is one of the world's best wine producing regions. German and British settlers have influenced the makeup of this area and each town has a slightly different flavour. Wander from wineries and cellar doors enjoying the fruits of the region, take in the quaint historic towns, hire a bike and explore or simply settle back and enjoy the countryside and local cuisine - a good spot for Christmas lunch perhaps?

VIP Backpackers has accommodation in Nuriootpa.

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BLUE MOUNTAINS, NEW SOUTH WALES

Escape this Christmas to the wonderful green oasis of Sydney's hinterland. The Blue Mountains is an absolute nature lovers paradise or perfect for those wanting a few days in a cooler climate or to escape the crowds of Bondi and Darling Harbour. And with its foothills just 50km from the city it's within easy reach.

The Blue Mountains world listed heritage park contain a range of walking tracks, fantastic rocky formations, wonderful caves to explore, old railways and historic towns littered with antique shops and art galleries. Whatever your tastes and level of activity there's something here for you.

VIP Backpackers has accommodation in Katoomba.

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THE GRAMPIANS, VICTORIA


Just 235km from Melbourne, the Grampians National Park is a fantastic way to get back to nature this Christmas and a good way to escape the crowds either in Melbourne or Adelaide or along the Great Ocean Road. Heritage listed for its rich natural beauty, visitors can enjoy rock art sites, striking sandstone mountain ranges, notable wildflowers and fabulous walking tracks.

VIP Backpackers has accommodation in Halls Gap - one of the best locations in this spectacular wilderness.