For chess tragics, Malaysia is the place to be between August and September this year. Beginning on 20 August is a 22-day chess festival. There will be an big open, team chess and finally the zonal championships for zone 3.3
If you're an Aussie, there's the added incentive of being among the "best three Australian players". (I imagine that means "best finishers").
Find out more here or download the entry forms from www.gilachess.com.