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A new way to hop around Australia’s Kangaroo Island

A new way to hop around Australia’s Kangaroo Island There’s no need to lug a tent and stove around the South Australian island’s Wilderness Trail. It’s now possible to stay in a new, comfy lodge each night My guide was wearing odd socks. One was green, the other a bright shade of yellow, so as he walked, it was like being flashed by the Australian flag. With his Steve Irwin-style khaki shorts and shirt, thick grizzly beard, brown Tilley hat and aviator sunglasses, Trevor looked every bit the outback hiker. “Admit it,” he reasoned, as we walked along the coast, waves crashing and frothing beneath our feet, “it will make it difficult to forget me.” Continue reading… Go to…

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A local’s guide to Australia’s Gold Coast: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Australia’s Gold Coast: 10 top tips As the Commonwealth Games get under way in this sunny Queensland city, an insider offers tips on what to see and do – and where to eat and drink – away from the sporting action Hugging Queensland’s southeast coast for a whopping 70km, the City of the Gold Coast extends far beyond the borders of Surfers Paradise, its hedonistic heart. Once renowned for its tackiness, the “Goldie” has, ahead of the Commonwealth Games, attained a level of sophistication few expected of the city that birthed gold lamé bikini-clad Meter Maids. A raft of swanky new hotels, including The Darling, opened last month, the ongoing refurbishment of Hota, the city’s…

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A local’s guide to Perth, Western Australia

A local’s guide to Perth, Western Australia As Qantas launches London-Perth, the first non-stop flights between the UK and Australia, Anna Reece of the Perth arts festival picks her favourite cultural venues, restaurants, bars and beaches in the city It’s among the most geographically isolated cities in the world, and sits on the edge of the Indian Ocean, so it’s only natural that the bright lights of Perth come from the sun and the sky. And that’s what gives Perth its sense of openness, endlessness and possibility. Drive in any direction out of the city and the diversity of the Western Australian landscape is at your fingertips. Head north to Coral Bay, Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef and it’s…

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Australia’s largest outdoor gallery: the Silo Art Trail, Victoria

Australia’s largest outdoor gallery: the Silo Art Trail, Victoria Victoria’s ‘cowboy’ country is being rediscovered through a series of towering portraits on disused silos that form a road trip with a difference Australia is a road-trip dream, with its big, bleached skies and wide, open stretches of tarmac. Until now, however, one route through rural Victoria’s wheatbelt has been a road less travelled – not so much off the beaten track as off the tourist radar entirely. Careering north from Melbourne to Mildura and the mighty Murray river, travellers have often passed the one-horse towns, parched plains and pink lakes (it’s the algae) of the Wimmera Mallee, Victoria’s wild west, without a backward glance. A shame: they’ve missed treats…

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A local’s guide to Sydney

A local’s guide to Sydney Ringed by national parks and blessed with more than 100 beaches, the best bits of Sydney are outdoors, active and (mostly) free. Here’s how to enjoy it like a local ‘The best things about Sydney are free,” resident Russell Crowe has said. It is arguably the top metropolis on the planet for soaking up the scenery, but Sydneysiders don’t take these God-given gifts for granted. When they’re not out in the surf, swimming laps in an ocean pool, or sailing around the harbour, locals are barbecuing, picnicking, or finding other ways to enjoy the subtropical setting. Continue reading… Ringed by national parks and blessed with more than 100 beaches, the best bits of Sydney…

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The 50 best beaches in the world

The 50 best beaches in the world Whether you’re seeking solitude or a party, shallow waters or pounding surf, find the perfect beach in our pick of 50, from Greece to the Galapagos, the Highlands to Hawaii My favourite beach in the world – chosen by readers Continue reading… Whether you’re seeking solitude or a party, shallow waters or pounding surf, find the perfect beach in our pick of 50, from Greece to the Galapagos, the Highlands to Hawaii My favourite beach in the world – chosen by readers Continue reading… https://www.theguardian.com/uk/travel/rssTravel | The Guardian Latest travel news and reviews on UK and world holidays, travel guides to global destinations, city breaks, hotels and restaurant information from the Guardian,…

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Travel photo of the week: Vivid Sydney festival goes psychedelic

Travel photo of the week: Vivid Sydney festival goes psychedelic Seen from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House is transformed into a light installation with images of plant life and bird plumage by artist Ash Bolland Continue reading… Seen from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House is transformed into a light installation with images of plant life and bird plumage by artist Ash Bolland Continue reading… https://www.theguardian.com/uk/travel/rssTravel | The Guardian Latest travel news and reviews on UK and world holidays, travel guides to global destinations, city breaks, hotels and restaurant information from the Guardian, the world’s leading liberal voice https://assets.guim.co.uk/images/guardian-logo-rss.c45beb1bafa34b347ac333af2e6fe23f.pngTravel887 Powered by WPeMatico Tweet

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Scuba diving trips around the world: readers’ tips

Scuba diving trips around the world: readers’ tips The Maldives and the Barrier Reef are famous scuba spots, but our readers also love some less obvious places for wrecks, weird fish and top diving companies For some excellent muck diving (on organism-rich but murky sediment), head to the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia, home to critters such as the mimic octopus, hairy frogfish and flamboyant cuttlefish. The Kungkungan Bay Resort (doubles from £116 B&B) has a private jetty (you can come back to the hotel between dives for a nice hot shower!), a house reef which can only be dived by guests and special photo pros in residence who will share their photography tips. Diving is best towards the end…

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