20 reasons to visit Hamilton Island

SNORKELLING AGINCOURT REEF: 'She's behind me, isn't she?'.

5:00 AM  There is something on this island to indulge all of your senses.

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Top 20 island escapes

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Where feet are better than wheels

Soaking in the sunset at the top of the waterfall at Gunlom Gunlom, Kakadu National Park.

It might sound daunting, but Kakadu is the best place for learning to stand - and walk - on your own two feet.

Sydney at full throttle

FLOORING IT: Burning the bitumen in the V8 Supercar series in Homebush.

An action-packed trip across the Tasman can leave you with adrenaline overload and tastebuds on fire.

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True North Kimberley.

The ultimate Australian bucket-list. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences you need to cross off your list.

Where you should really go in Melbourne

PRETEND YOU'RE IN ITALY: Pellegrini's is just like Nonna's kitchen. Model: Monika Clarke from Chadwicks.

Forget about the cliches: Here's where tourists should really go when visiting the world's most liveable city.

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Sydney at full throttle

FLOORING IT: Burning the bitumen in the V8 Supercar series in Homebush.

An action-packed trip across the Tasman can leave you with adrenaline overload and tastebuds on fire.

Where you should really go in Melbourne

Forget about the cliches: Here's where tourists should really go when visiting the world's most liveable city.

The lion (and the bear) sleeps with you tonight

World's best small bar scene

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A 4WD adventure

Prado at a river crossing.

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

Steam train history is alive gallery

In this corner of rural Australia, the sights, sounds and smells of the industrial revolution remain alive.

BEAUTY SPOT: Wilpena Pound, a natural amptheatre of mountains, is located in Southern Australia.

Outback glamping

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

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Get your motor running

Accelerating down a sand dune at 50kmh is a wind-blown thrill.

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

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Access to the Arnhem Land reserve for non-Aborigines is by invitation only. I got lucky.

SLIGHT PANIC: Chopper the crocodile has a toothy smirk.

Face to face with Chopper

A terrifying encounter with a 5.5-metre crocodile might leave your heart racing.

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20 reasons to visit Hamilton Island

SNORKELLING AGINCOURT REEF: 'She's behind me, isn't she?'.

5:00 AM  There is something on this island to indulge all of your senses.

Top 20 island escapes gallery

Looking for an island escape? Australia has plenty of options to suit every style and budget.

QT: The QT's relentlessly perky and design-heavy take on the traditional Surfers Paradise tower resort is a high energy blizzard of colour in a sea of fun-free safe blandness. A tongue-in-cheek vintage seaside theme pervades the whole property, whether it's the wholesomely retro bikini babes on the lift mirrors, jumpsuit receptionist uniforms or garish mesh bags with thongs inside on the bathroom hooks. Anyone who doesn't love the cockatoo-shaped bedside lamps has a heart of stone, while the Stingray bar has become one of the hottest cocktail spots in town. Doubles cost from $219.

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It might be known for excess and skyscrapers, but the Gold Coast can do classy, too.

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