Eurovision Song Contest has for a long time been followed far further afield than Europe itself. As far away as Australia there is an ever-growing fan community, and the contest is also broadcast on an Australian TV channel, even if with a delay because of the time difference. Now an Australian travel agency has created a special trip for the antipodean fans wanting to travel to experience it in Sweden.
Bentours have created a special 15-day package at the cost of 3350 AUD (ca 2700 euros) and it also includes tickets for the semi-finals and final in Malmö. The tour is called Eurovision Capitals, and it starts off by visiting previous Eurovision host cities of Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
The travel agency is welcoming all interested parties, not just Australian fans, to join for this unique tour around the Baltic region and meet other fans at the same time. All the details on their website www.bentours.com.au/eurovision.
The Australian broadcaster SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) have been increasing their Eurovision output in the recent years, and are now sending their own commentators to the contest as well. The broadcaster has their own Eurovision Song Contest website here.
Probably the best known Australian in Eurovision, Gina G for the United Kingdom in 1996: