When's the best time to go to Australia?

Coolum Beach on Queensland's Sunshine Coast - best between May and December.

5:00 AM  Here's a country-wide wrap with the best time to visit these holiday hot spots across the Tasman.

Can $30m buy hotel perfection?

GAME CHANGER: The Langham hotel in Sydney.

After a breathtaking $30 million makeover, the 98-room Langham Sydney is a game changer in its market.

Gaia Retreat and Spa review, Byron Bay

The pool is surrounded by lush greenery and loungers in which to relax.

Arriving at Olivia Newton John's legendary well retreat in Byron Bay feels more like arriving at a luxurious retreat in Asia.

Digging for dinosaurs

DIG THIS: Prep A dino volunteers Tasia and Pat at work on a giant sauropod bone.

Ever wanted to unearth your own dinosaur? They are ready, packaged and waiting for you in Australia.

The strangest, most beautiful, island

IN AMONG NATURE: Seals at Seal Bay Conservation Park, Kangaroo Island.

Be captivated and a little bewildered by the unique and unspoilt charm of Australia's Kangaroo Island.

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cities

Canberra's time to shine

Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

Poor little Canberra. How can this town compete with the class Melbourne? Or the trendy bustle of Sydney?

Cat cafe coming to Sydney

Visitors to Sydney's first cat cafe will receive a coffee, a cat-shaped cookie, and access to a roster of felines to pat, scratch and Instagram.

Sydney sparkles for Mardi Gras gallery

Spirit of the capital

outback

The rock that is fooling the tourists

Mount Connor or ‘‘Fool-uru’’ differs from Uluru in that it has a distinctive flat top with a separate top layer.

So many tourists mistake this other big rock in Central Australia it's been nicknamed 'Fool-uru'.

Outback glamping

Wildlife and creature comforts go hand in hand at this South Australian safari camp.

Driving the Gibb River Road Windjana Gorge.

A 4WD adventure

Creepy encounters make for an unforgettable outback adventure in Western Australia.

nature

Digging for dinosaurs

DIG THIS: Prep A dino volunteers Tasia and Pat at work on a giant sauropod bone.

Ever wanted to unearth your own dinosaur? They are ready, packaged and waiting for you in Australia.

Get your motor running

By the second descent I couldn't wait and gunned it, and now there was no stopping me.

Great white sharks are still protected species

A great white shade of fear

How close is too close to a great white shark?

coasts

Four must-dos in Margaret River

SURF AT SMITHS: Smiths Beach – just one of the many wide-sand, turquoise-water beaches in the  region, and a world-class spot at which to learn to surf.

Hugh Jackman once said it’s the best place he’s ever been to, and Hugh knows best.

Dive into the life aquatic

A week of swimming off Lord Howe will calm your troubled waters.

SURF AT SMITHS: Smiths Beach – just one of the many wide-sand, turquoise-water beaches in the  region, and a world-class spot at which to learn to surf.

Four must-dos in Margaret River

Hugh Jackman once said it’s the best place he’s ever been to, and Hugh knows best.

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