Australia

A tale of two musicals

Les Mis

The King and I and Les Mis are vying for your entertainment dollar in Melbourne this winter. James Croot compares.

Full of surprises

Uluru-Strap What can you use as both a dinner plate and toilet paper, in the Australia Outback?

Lost paradise

bederra island It's one of Australia's lesser-known islands but Bedarra Island has a rich history

Hard act to swallow

sharkstrap The whale sharks of western Australia can be awe-inspiring - but isn't for those with weak stomachs.

Getting a feel for Sydney

sydstrap Blue Mountains to the harbour suburbs, a first-time visitor finds Sydney worth stepping out for.

A long, cold wait

Game of Thrones Forget winter, a long wait is coming for fans, who are converging on this exhibition like wildings to the wall.

A transformed Brisbane

Rising from humble roots to hipster destination, this city has shrugged off its redneck tendencies.

Brisbane's best spots

Whale watching spots in Sydney

Pitch perfect

Ikara Safari Camp Camping for cheats it may be. But 'roughing it' never felt so good.

Crocs in no short supply

I'm dangling just above the water when Chopper, a saltwater crocodile, lunges upwards.

A beating heart of stone

Best of the outback centre

Dwarfed by Uluru

If your eyes are open and you listen to the silence, leaving unchanged is impossible.

Cellars market

Skillogalee Winery The Clare Valley is a welcoming place for young vignerons and wine lovers of all ages.

Explore NSW's nature online

Soon nature lovers will be able to explore some of Australia's spectacular parks with just a mouse.

Top 5 in the Pyrenees

Serenity in the air

A loud, messy haven

If you like tropical gardens, shopping and dining options, you'll find none of that here.

Top 5 golf courses

Noosa Springs Golf If you’re a golfer, you can’t do better than position yourself on the Sunshine Coast.

Sun, surf, running shoes

Most Kiwis visit the Gold Coast for rest and recreation. Hugh Conly takes a different route.

This beach is a mystery

Top 5 marine encounters

Time to recharge

There is nothing like a blazing red sunset through a cloud haze over the Indian Ocean.