Australasia

Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in Australasia, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

Australia’s unexpected hip, chic city of Brisbane

Brisbane is more than matching its southern neighbours, with indications it is leading the hospitality and tourism industry Down Under into a new age of hip, edgy and upbeat.

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Finding the edgy off-beat side to Sydney

Sydney has its delights with stunning iconic buildings and unspoilt sandy beaches, but how easy is it to find its hidden secrets? Too easy, as Keith Lyons find out. 

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Hidden wonders in southern New Zealand

Carved by glaciers over hundreds of thousands of years, and further shaped by some of the highest rainfall in the world – around 6.5 metres or 252 inches a year – this scenery is raw and majestic.

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Insider guide to Sydney in winter

Over two million visitors are expected to experience Vivid, so it seems to have done the job in stimulating Sydney’s winter visitor numbers. But what else does Sydney offer out of season in the winter months? The answer is it offers plenty.

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Silky Oaks Lodge

A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, Silky Oaks Lodge is an eco lodge and spa that promises ‘tranquility in the rainforest’ – and it delivers.

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Spicers Sangoma Retreat

It’s usually a good omen when your taxi goes down a really, really long drive, and you’re met with a smile and a glass of champagne. So it begins at Spicers Sangoma Retreat

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