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  • Golden Bay, New Zealand: A serious alternative to Abel Tasman National Park

    Golden Bay, New Zealand: A serious alternative to Abel Tasman National Park

    November 22nd, 2018Rachel Mills
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    At the far north of New Zealand’s South Island, visitors flock to the Nelson Tasman region to hike and kayak in spectacular Abel Tasman National Park. The turquoise waters and sheltered bays of this protected coastline are undeniably beautiful, but increased visitor numbers in New Zealand’s smallest national park are putting pressure on infrastructure –... Read more »

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  • Road trip Australia: the remote Silo Art Trail

    Road trip Australia: the remote Silo Art Trail

    September 20th, 2018Anita Isalska
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    Australia’s largest open-air art gallery is so vast that you’ll need a car and a map to explore it. Deep in Victoria’s farming country, the Silo Art Trail consists of grain silos adorned with epic portraits, spread across a distance of more than 125 miles. Four hours’ drive from Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, these old grain silos are a... Read more »

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  • The world’s quirkiest food festivals

    The world’s quirkiest food festivals

    December 22nd, 2017Lucy Cowie
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    Tomato-drenched crowds wading through a lake of passata at Valencia’s La Tomatina festival might be a familiar image, but such passionate and eccentric celebrations of food are far from unique. Across the globe, there’s a smorgasbord of wonderfully bizarre festivals dedicated to edible delicacies, ranging from the conventional to the questionable (ostrich testicles, anyone?). As Mexican radish... Read more »

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  • Quiz: where should you go for an adventure in New Zealand?

    Quiz: where should you go for an adventure in New Zealand?

    December 15th, 2017Aimee White
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    With spectacular mountains, incredible lakes and sprawling national parks, New Zealand makes for the adventure of a lifetime. The locals call it “Godzone” (God’s own country), and most travellers visiting the country certainly seem to agree. In fact, our readers voted the country the ultimate solo travel destination for 2017 in our annual Reader Awards.... Read more »

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  • A Rough Guide to: visiting Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

    A Rough Guide to: visiting Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

    October 25th, 2017Penny Walker
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    Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders – it’s the largest structure ever built by living things and is visible even from space. For millennia, this glorious underwater world has blazed with colour, sheltering some of the earth’s most spellbinding ocean-dwelling creatures. But the unnaturally rapid increase in the earth’s... Read more »

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  • Undiscovered Australia: 7 places to get off the tourist trail

    Undiscovered Australia: 7 places to get off the tourist trail

    August 7th, 2017Helen Ochyra
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    Australia is a vast country, though most visitors stay on the same tried and tested track, ticking off well-touristed pitstops along the way. But, of course, there’s plenty more to see beyond the usual Sydney, rock and reef holiday triangle. Here’s our pick of the best places to escape the crowds Down Under. 1. For wildlife: Mackay,... Read more »

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  • Solo travel in Australia: everything you need to know

    Solo travel in Australia: everything you need to know

    November 22nd, 2016Shafik Meghji
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    Australia remains a classic travel destination. A steady stream of gap-year backpackers, career breakers and round-the-world-trippers head down under to sample Sydney’s energetic nightlife, visit the Great Barrier Reef, marvel at Uluru, cuddle a koala and learn to surf. The country is a great place for solo travellers, particularly first-timers – it’s friendly, fun and... Read more »

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  • Road trip Australia: 6 of the best routes

    Road trip Australia: 6 of the best routes

    October 18th, 2016Ros Walford
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    Pack your stuff, throw it in a camper van along with a surfboard and don’t look back… This might be an old cliché but it’s one for good reason: Australia really is one of the best places on Earth for a road trip. Whether you’re living the dream in your camper van, or making do... Read more »

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  • Sydney or Melbourne: the great Aussie debate

    Sydney or Melbourne: the great Aussie debate

    October 3rd, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Sydney and Melbourne have been battling it out for supremacy as long as Europeans have been setting sail for Australia. Both are capitals of their respective states – New South Wales and Victoria – and both think they should be the capital of Australia. So fierce is their rivalry that nobody could choose between them,... Read more »

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  • A first-timer’s guide to Darwin: Australia’s tropical capital

    A first-timer’s guide to Darwin: Australia’s tropical capital

    September 19th, 2016Shafik Meghji
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    Tucked away in the “Top End”, closer to Indonesia than Sydney, Darwin is the least known of Australia’s regional capitals – stunningly remote, buffeted by extreme weather, and with an atmosphere like nowhere else in the country. Here’s our guide to Darwin – and what to expect on your first visit to this fast-growing, youthful,... Read more »

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  • The rebirth of Perth: how the city got cool

    The rebirth of Perth: how the city got cool

    September 1st, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Sun-soaked and healthy? Perhaps. A decent gateway to Western Australia? Definitely. But a cool place to spend a few days? Until recently Perth just couldn’t muster enough hipster hangouts to keep visitors interested, and even the locals would leave the city centre come nightfall. The city earned the moniker “Dullsville”. But Perth has reinvented itself. It... Read more »

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