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Top End Wet Season: Why it’s a great time to visit

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Waterfalls, greenery, birdlife – the wild Top End comes spectacularly alive in the wet season. Spending wet season in the Top End hasn’t typically been high on the holiday wishlists of Australians. But this year’s different. When interstate borders reopen – forecast for December, give or take a rogue state – the Territory’s set to be inundated by more than just monsoon rains.  “There are lots of...

Travel to Australia: Will anyone actually want to come here anymore?

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Australia is a fantastic place to live. It’s safe (if you overlook all the things that can sting or eat you), our government is stable and benign and we’re wildly prosperous compared to most of the world. But as a place to visit? It’s got a lot of drawbacks. It’s really far away. Our dollar value makes hotels, food, and transport eye-wateringly expensive. And now that we’re seen as the country...

Larapinta Trail is the perfect off-grid hiking adventure for 2022

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Heather Porter had never heard of the Larapinta Trail until she went to America. She was tackling one of the most famous hikes in the United States, the Pacific Crest Trail, which winds 4,265 along the west coast from Mexico to Canada. When other hikers found out she was from Australia, they would ask if she’d walked the Larapinta. She had to Google it to find out what it was. “It’s ironic that I...

Port Douglas Festivals 2022: Hot & Steamy and more

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Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas’s famous two hectares of lagoon pools serve as a sparkling aqua backdrop to a bustling pop-up Festival Village of food stalls, open-air bars, cooking demos and live music. As the smoking ceremony — performed by kuku yalanji locals — comes to its conclusion, the sound of tropical birdsong is joined by that of corks popping. Smells of pulled pork croquettes with kimchi...

Rule for wearing masks on a plane in Australia has us scratching our heads

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To be fair, scrambling to make regulations in an ever-changing Covid world must be a bit of a nightmare for rule-makers. As one of our favorite Instagrammers Sooshi Mango has continually pointed out, it can be a bit of a shemozzle and sometimes the rules don’t seem to make much sense:  A rule that was picked up by Twitter user @mattiecamp today is the latest head-scratcher. “This could be my...

Australia’s best chocolate factories

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Add ‘chocolate factory’ to any family holiday itinerary and you’re sweet as a nut. There’s no end of wineries, op shops and big roadside monuments your kids will tolerate if it means going loco for the cocoa with a factory visit to Brown Town. Charley’s Chocolate, QLD The cocoa trees at Charley’s Mission Beach plantation have to be cyclone proof to survive the 300km/h storms that often sweep...

Visiting Nerada Tea Rooms, QLD | Australia’s largest tea plantation

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Visiting a tea plantation is every bit as fascinating as a vineyard tour, and you don’t need a designated driver Hitting the wineries is a weekend pastime that’s popular all over Australia – as long as you’re south of Brisbane, that is. Up in Far North Queensland, the neat green rows that line the roads are more likely to be tea bushes.  Pockets of black and green tea are grown from northern New...

Melissa Leong discovers the best Turkish street food in Melbourne

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So much of travel for me is in the eating. The first thing I do as soon as I’ve dropped my bags is to get a feel for where I am by checking out what’s for lunch.  Or dinner, supper or breakfast. It may sound trivial, but in discovering the food of a place, you’re also experiencing an innate sense of culture and history that is anything but. Today, we’re off to Turkey. An ancient place that’s seen...

Darren McMullen does Qualia’s Talk and Taste experience

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A cellar door with a difference this week. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit Qualia, on Hamilton Island, after I’d finished filming up that way. It’s been a crazy two years for everybody, but, on the plus side, we’ve had the opportunity to explore this incredible country.  We really do live in the most beautiful country in the world with some of the most exceptional wines. While...

Gibraltar Range National Park: the perfect spot for a post-lockdown road trip

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As we emerge from our Covid-enforced hibernation, it’s fitting that we do so in spring, the most beautiful season and a time of new life. Spring is also the perfect season to visit the high country national parks in the Great Dividing Range, between the Hunter Valley and the Queensland border. The days are warming up, but bushfire season is (hopefully) still some time away and it’s cool enough...

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