The best of both worlds: wild parties in the wilderness

Last modified on October 13th, 2015 at 1:56 pm

October 09, 2015

Struggling to choose between a wild weekend and a rural retreat? We’ve got a few suggestions to make sure you get the best of both worlds, with beautiful nature and vibrant festivities. 

NYE shore side shenanigans at Falls Festival, Tasmania

When? December 28th – January 1st

Soak up the vibes in the up-and-coming city of Hobart whilst the secret is still safe, before heading out to the sugar white shores of Marion Bay to celebrate NYE at Falls Festival: what better way to see out 2015 than under a southern starry sky, with crashing waves, soft sand, new friends and amazing music? Dropping big names like Bloc Party, Foals, Disclosure, Courtney Barnett and Gary Clark Jr., you can be sure of a good party, along with appreciating interactive art and supporting sustainable initiatives.

Photos by: Aron Mayo

If you don’t already have your friends on the phone booking an impromptu New Year trip, this video should help:

Less than an hour away, savour Hobart’s range of beers on the waterfront: stay at YHA Hobart.

Round-the-clock parties and whale watching at HI – Sea Shack, Canada

When?  From May to November.

On the fringes of the Québec province’s Gaspésie National Park, HI – Sea Shack is an open air hostel housing yurts for you to rest your head in, showers to whale-watch from, a Tiki bar to dance the night away in, and idyllic surroundings as you party just steps away from sand and sea. There’s even a whale horn at reception, so you can alert others to come share a moment as you watch these tremendous beasts of the sea from your window.

If this doesn’t sound like an idyllic way to spend a Canadian break, we don’t know what does.

Stay at HI – Sea Shack.

Rhythm & Alps festival: a natural New Zealand New Year celebration

When? December 30th – 31st

Located in the panoramic Cardrona Valley, just 15 minutes south of Wanaka, you can see in the start of the year nestled among some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery at Rhythm and Alps festival, with a bunch of sweet new national artists and bands to check out. The South Island’s largest music festival combines hilly panoramas, cocktails and delicious food, and an electric festival atmosphere.


Lake Wanaka = wow

Take your New Years’ Eve to new heights and spend some time at YHA Wanaka, offering stunning views of the Southern Alps.

Get LOST with interactive art and woodland raves in a secret location near London

With an exciting promise of wilderness mystery and engaging outdoor art installations, crash in London for some wild summer nights out before gathering at a named location in England’s capital, boarding LOST festival transport with blacked out windows to screen you from the secret location, and getting your phone confiscated to enhance the immersive experience with your natural environment.

The special part is, YOU are the artist: though there are a bunch of talented artists, architects, musicians and more creating and interacting around the remote LOST venue, you are encouraged to change into your overalls and get fully involved.

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Release your creative spirit and find out more here.

Seek some comfort before being thrown into the unknown with a stay at one of the YHA London hostels.

Party in a cave and retreat to the fjords in Bergen, Norway

Bergen has to be one of the ultimate destinations for a surge of human interaction and energy, right at the foot of the beautiful fjord lands Norway is so famous for. Hulen, or ‘the cave’, is a student-run rock club located in a bomb shelter underneath Bergen’s lively city centre. With a rich recent history, this place was opened in 1969 – a retreat for local students to replace their former haunt which was torn down – and now which now serves as an exciting alternative hotspot for music and counter culture.

Stay at Bergen Montana, a hostel set in the hills of Mount Ulriken and offering a postcard perfect birds’ eye view of the city.

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