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How to Watch a Lunar Eclipse (the Travel Massive version)


before the partyI don’t know if you heard, but a lunar eclipse happened this past Saturday night with awesome views for those of us Down Under. It also happened to fall on a big Travel Massive outing (in combination with other travel groups) to the lovely Port Stephens.

The weekend was full of events for the group to take part in, such as visiting the sand dunes, going on nature hikes and a beautiful sunset cruise. Most of the activities were prepared in conjunction with operators and the other groups, but the Saturday night festivities — the viewing of the lunar eclipse included — were left to the uber-fun Sydney Travel Massive crew.

In case you don’t know what Travel Massive is, let me give you the brief version. It is a monthly travel meetup for travelers, travel bloggers, travel industry folk and travel startups that are now run in 16 major cities around the globe, but it all started right here in Sydney. That’s right — Sydney Travel Massive is the coolest and funnest bunch of cats you will ever meet, so how do you think they planned to watch the lunar eclipse?

By having a full moon party on the beach! That’s how!

If there is anything in this world that the travel industry folk here in Sydney know how to do outside of travel, it would be throwing one mean party. The beach our party took place on was secluded, and we all had to travel out of town to Port Stephens, so finding the gear, preparing and getting it out to the beach in the dark had to be executed with great skill.

And here are the steps to follow (that were followed) to make for a memorable night:

Set up mood lighting on the beach.
setting up lights on beach for full moon party

Set up a drinks and body painting station. Serve up “buckets” of vodka and red bull to get the party started.
drink and body paint station

Offer up body painting and light sticks for added atmosphere.
body painting

Have DJ Ian pick out some killer beats.
DJ Ian and Drinks Girls

Dance, drink, dance and drink.
beach party before after

Watch the lunar eclipse, and then dance some more.
dancing on beach

Party success.
fun people

How did you watch the lunar eclipse? Interested in learning more about Travel Massive? Look here for more info.

Big thanks to Kevin Lippy and Ian Cumming for being the masterminds behind the event!


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9 Responses to How to Watch a Lunar Eclipse (the Travel Massive version)

  1. Melissa December 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Awww looks sooo fun! I should’ve gone!

    • Brooke December 14, 2011 at 7:17 am #

      You should have!

  2. The World of Deej December 12, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    What a great time…Hopefully Travel Massive will get going in Florida soon…

    • Brooke December 14, 2011 at 7:18 am #

      You can always try to get one started yourself – check out the website for details 🙂

  3. Roy Marvelous December 13, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    Wow, never heard about Travel Massive. Sounds like a great idea! Btw, love that first pic with the long exposure

    • Brooke December 14, 2011 at 7:19 am #

      It is a fantastic idea – and fun! You should keep your eyes out for the nearest Massive meetup 🙂


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