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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Serenity and the city

Sydney's best Asian street food

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.

The lion (and the bear) sleeps with you tonight

EYE CONTACT: Thick glass separates the animals from the guests at the National Zoo's Jamala Wildlife Lodge.

Bathing under the gaze of an animal is disconcerting, to say the least.

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More than a touch of Paradise

EYE POPPING: The bright colours of the QT Gold Coast lobby set the scene for a luxury hotel with its own sense of style.

A luxurious Gold Coast destination which proves more than a match for the region's famed beaches.

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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

outback

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.

nature

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.

Hunting for pics and crocs gallery

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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The Gold Coast's classiest hotels gallery

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.

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

A cure for Harley envy

Taking a tour on rural NSW's rocket-straight stretches on a Road King.

Maria Island, Tasmania.

Top 20 island escapes gallery

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

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