Fraser Island beach, nuff said
As Britain slowly gets more and soggier, turning the entire country and population into a puddle, that can mean only one thing: it's hotting up Down Under!
Summer is well on its way in Sydney, Barbies are being fired up in Brisbane, Mojitos are being made in Melbourne and some stuff beginning with A is going down in Adelaide.
So if you're in Australia this October, there's plenty of stuff to look forward to, most of which will come along with a risk of getting sunburn.
Here's a look at some of the top things to do in Australia this month.
Melbourne Fringe - Melbourne - 26th September - 14th October
The Melbourne Fringe Festival is now in its third decade and more than 50,000 performers have entertained over 2 million people (although the odd one probably bombed).
This year's festival is spread across the city and features some of the best comedy, dance, performance music and all sorts of other weird stuff throughout the week.
This guy got here early, with a
I wanna have ahem...breakfast on the beach - Sydney 14th October
Breakfast on the beach probably ranks pretty highly on most people's ridiculous lists of stuff they'd do if they won the lottery but it's also one you can actually do even if you're not super rich.
However, picking the wasps off your stale sandwiches while the wind blows wet sand in your eyes on Morecambe beach probably doesn't quite live up to the fantasy.
If you're in Australia this month however, how's about ticking something straight off your lottery list when thousands of people will head down for Breakfast on Bondi - one of the world's best remember (no broken bottles or soiled nappies) - for some hearty breakfast.
Melbourne Festival - Melbourne - 11 - 27th
The Melbourne Festival of the Creative and Performing Arts is a two week festival which does exactly what it says on the tin: that means there'll be plenty of shows to see, music to listen and just plenty of excuse to get drunk in general.
Brazilian Dance - Brisbane - 5th to the 7th
Brazilians like a few simple pleasures: beaches, bikinis, football and dancing. They also like to do as many of these things in as few clothes as possible.
So while you might not really be all up for learning how to dislocate your hips like Shakira, heading down to the Old Museum in Brisbane for Brazil Central Zouk lessons should be worth it for the view alone.
Noodle doodle - Sydney - 3rd - 5th
While you might be disappointed to find that you won't be able to live entirely off beer and the odd tequila slammer (for the vitamins in the lime) for the duration of your working holiday in Australia, don't be too disheartened.
Just because it won't get you drunk, it doesn't mean it won't be delicious and nowhere will you be able to find such a good selection of the time-tested, student, budget-traveller favourite: noodles than the Night Noodle Markets in Sydney's Hyde Park.
Probably a good job you can have
a few before sketching this.
Beer in the buff - Sydney - 22nd
Most people won't admit it, but the hope of getting to see someone naked at some point in the night is usually niggling its way at the back of their mind when their glamming themselves up for a night out.
For girls, that usually means picking up your friend out of a pile of her own sick and rearranging her skirts at about 2am and for lads...well if you thought that was gross.
So, why not achieve beer and nudity in one civilised swoop? The Beer Meets (Life) Art at The Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst promises just that. They provide the nude model and the beer, all you have to do is draw them without being insulting and colouring outside the lines.
Harry Potter, possibly - Perth - 2nd to the 7th
Potted Potter is a two man show starring Jefferson Turner as the eponymous specky kid and Daniel Clarkson as everyone else in the book. The aim is to get through all 7 books, in 70 minutes.
We debated whether to include this in the month's review but given Ms Rowling's first venture into the world of publishing not armed with Scooby Doo or whatever we thought it worth the risk.
Going to see Potted Potter is most certainly a risk, the reviews are good but who knows? Do let us know won't you.
- Dominic Ladden-Powell is the Online Editor with the Australian Visa Bureau, an independent migration consultancy specialising in helping people lodge applications for a Working Holiday Visa to Australia.
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