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

Hanmer Springs, South Island, New Zealand

17/05/2022 by .
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Keith Lyons discovers there’s everything and nothing to do at New Zealand’s spa resort of Hanmer Springs

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Glamping At the SPLORE Festival, New Zealand

24/03/2021This entry was posted in Auckland, Australasia, New Zealand, Newsletter and tagged , on by .
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Anna Smith reminisces on her glamping at the Splore Festival experience near Auckland in 2020.

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Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge

26/08/2020 by .
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Andy Mossack discovers climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge at night is a whole different way of getting your adrenaline rush.

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Riding the legendary Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin

18/06/2020 by .
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Terry Marsh experiences a memorable three-day journey cocooned in all-inclusive luxury aboard Australia’s legendary Ghan Express.

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The Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, Australia

08/06/2020 by .
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Australia’s Blue Mountains are a regular stop on the New South Wales tourist trail, but there’s hidden treasure lurking behind those hills.

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Australia’s unexpected hip, chic city of Brisbane

08/10/2019 by .

There’s lots to discover in the thriving cosmopolitan city of Brisbane, with memorable experiences awaiting those who take time out to explore the New World City by the river, as Keith Lyons finds.

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The offbeat side to Sydney, Unmissable.

18/05/2019 by .
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Keith Lyons finds out the offbeat 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?

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Hidden wonders in southern New Zealand

02/11/2018 by .
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I was cold, a little wet, and it was as dark as the Three Boys Oyster stout I’d imbibed earlier that evening. On the last day of my trip exploring New Zealand’s deep south, I had found yet another moment of awe.

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Insider guide to Sydney in winter

04/07/2018 by .
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It’s 5.30pm, night is falling, Earth Wind and Fire are boogying on down and I’m busting moves on an illuminated 70s disco dance floor atop Sydney Harbour Bridge. This might sound insane but believe me, it’s a welcome and unexpected finale to my bridge climb.

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Lady Elliot Island

19/01/2017 by .
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Famous for seasonal whale watching, Lady Elliot Island a 3,500 year old coral cay is among the most pristine and untouched sections of the Great Barrier reef. Our small glass bottom boat is bobbing up and down like a cork over the ocean swell   when the skipper jumps for joy shouting “we’ve got one, there’s two now… wow! Just look at them go”.

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