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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

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,…

The rebirth of Perth: how the city got cool
The rebirth of Perth: how the city got cool

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” and a reputation for being tucked…

A drone filmed Uluru from above and the footage is epic
A drone filmed Uluru from above and the footage is epic

For the first time ever aerial footage has been released of Uluru, Australia‘s iconic six hundred-million-year-old monolith. And the result is pretty incredible. The views were captured by the first drone permitted to fly in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The ninety-second film starts in the morning and ends at sunset, with gliding shots revealing the stunning colour changes…

A dog surfing competition took place in Australia this week
A dog surfing competition took place in Australia this week

Plato said every dog has the soul of a philosopher. While that statement is disputable, the wave-riding canines at the Noosa Festival of Surfing are proof that some dogs, at least, have the soul of a surfer. Thousands gathered at Queensland Australia’s Noosa Beach this week to watch The Dog Spectacular, the world’s only surfing event where…

12 tips for backpacking Australia
12 tips for backpacking Australia

Backpacking Australia will almost certainly exceed your expectations. It’s not just that the places you’ll see will be more stunning than you had imagined – from the open, red-tinged landscapes and rich rainforests inland to the immaculate, golden shores. It’s that the country is geared up for good times, whether it’s getting active outdoors in that almost endless…

Everything you need to know about driving in Australia
Everything you need to know about driving in Australia

In this article sponsored by 457 Visa, Andy Turner covers everything you need to know about driving in Australia. With its stunning Outback scenery, arrow-straight roads and stupendous scale, driving in Australia is the ultimate way to see it the country up close and personally. Whether you’re driving a souped-up Land Cruiser capable of crossing a croc-infested creek…

Quiz: are these really Australian place names?
Quiz: are these really Australian place names?

From Uluru to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia has many wonders. But some of the country’s most unbelievable highlights are its weird and wonderful place names. Doo Town and Tittybong might sound downright ridiculous, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Do you think you can tell real place names from ones we’ve made up? Take the quiz to find…

Tasmania: the unlikely home of the best whisky on Earth
Tasmania: the unlikely home of the best whisky on Earth

The judges’ comments read like an appreciation of Scotland’s finest: they identify hints of caramel and honey, a whiff of campfire smoke, a smooth, buttery feel in the mouth and a peppery finish. Yet Sullivan’s Cove single malt French Oak Cask comes not from Scotland but from Tasmania. And in the World Whiskies Awards last…

Quiz: can you locate these national parks?
Quiz: can you locate these national parks?

National parks are some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural places, taking in mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and forests (sometimes all in the same one), but how much do you know about them? Can you tell these national parks apart? Compare flights, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go. 

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