In light of the devastating bushfires that have affected Australia this year, you may not feel like celebrating the New Year with the usual annual fireworks. But not to worry, TLSE has found a number of alternative activities that will be sure to help you start 2020 with a (metaphorical) bang.
1. Donate, donate, donate!
The catastrophic bushfires have so far scorched 2.7 million hectares of land this year, destroying hundreds of homes, buildings, and animal habitats in the process. The extent of damage continues to grow as the fires rage on. The NSW Rural Fire Service have said that the best way to help is to donate. A number of funds have been set up for the bushfire appeal, helping support those who have been affected.
NSW Rural Fire Service: support the amazing volunteers dedicating their time and energy here
Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery: help support bushfire-affected communities in NSW, QLD, SA and VIC here
Salvation Army Disaster Appeal: help Salvo Emergency Services deliver crucial support by donating here
St Vincent de Paul Society Bushfire Appeal (NSW): every little bit counts, help provide resources to a family recovering from the bushfires here
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital: donate to the GoFundMe fundraiser supporting koalas suffering from burns here
2. Take time to reconnect with yourself through nature
If you’re looking for a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life, why not head out of the city for a little glamping? Get in touch with nature without sacrificing any luxurious comforts — glamping perfectly fuses the immersive experience of camping with the effortlessness of a hotel stay.
Looking for a quick escape? Paperbark Camp is just a few hours out of Sydney!
3. Chill for an evening at an outdoor bed cinema with a loved one
Take the new year to new heights with Mov’in Bed. The outdoor bed cinema is back with Season 5 on the Showring rooftop at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park. For more information check out our blog post here.
4. Twilight at Taronga
Twilight at Taronga turns 25 next year and is ready to celebrate with you from all through February. The concert series features music for all ages, with New Zealand pop duo Broods kicking off the festivities on the 31st of January. Other acts include ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, Kasey Chambers, long-standing crowd favourite, James Morrison Big Band, and internationally critically acclaimed ABBA tribute and parody show, Bjorn Again. All proceeds go back to Taronga’s ongoing conservation work, so what better way to support our animals than an evening enjoying live music with harbour views at dusk? For more information and tickets, click here.
WORDS | Rebecca Chu
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