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Alice St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Located right on the Brisbane River, the City Botanic Gardens are a lush greenspace filled with unusual specimens and well-tended paths that welcome joggers, strollers, office workers on lunch, and anyone needing a break. Ornamental ponds, a...
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144 Adelaide St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Despite the name (Noosa is a stunning surf town to the north), this confectionery is indeed based in Brisbane. Stop by to pick up some distinctively Down Under souvenirs: chocolate paired with such homegrown ingredients as Victorian strawberries,...

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Blue Lagoon is a gorgeous, freshwater lagoon on Moreton Island. We brought some snacks, and we all squished up on the picnic rug on the very small and shallow beach. The lagoon is "tea tree" which means although the water is perfectly clear, in...
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On the northern tip of Moreton Island, near the original lighthouse is the beautiful Honeymoon Bay. We only had a short stop on our way to Blue Lagoon, but I wish we'd stayed longer. Luckily, there is no shortage of idyllic beaches on Moreton...
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19 Browning St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
Look no further for holiday gifts than this refurbished cottage on the side streets of Brisbane’s West End. Nook has a little something for everyone--onesies, stationary, ceramics, socks, tea towels, jewelry, and eclectic trinkets for almost...
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93 James St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia
Fabulous studio where you can learn to create aboriginal art in their fully equipped studio, including all materials and supplies and instruction! Depending on how long you have, you can create an emu caller, a didgeridoo, canvas paintings, etc....
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Shop 6-9/39 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
In the heart of the CBD, The Antique Guild is for real collectors. Fancy the dining table of a former US president? Find it here. Is an ancient crystal skull found in South America more interesting? Find it here. How about a bejewelled crown?...
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Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
Swimming with a Maori Wrasse at Agincourt Reef located 38 kilometers from Cairns on The Great Barrier Reef. I highly recommend Silverswift dive boat out of Cairns or their sister vessel the Silversonic out of Port Douglas.
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5 Warner St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
When I signed up for Grub's Personalised Trike Tour, I thought it would be a unique way to experience the area around Port Douglas... and it certainly was! I just didn't expect it to be so darn FAST! Throughout the fully customizable journey, the...
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Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
It wouldn't be a visit to Queensland without a snuggle with one of its cutest and most iconic inhabitants - the koala! Koalas in captivity follow very strict time guidelines when it comes to snuggling with tourists, so don't expect a lengthy...
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Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
The experience is one no words or pictures can convey fully, but I will try. Drifting over the tops of the coral structures, you get a sense of awe, of amazement that the natural world can produce such an astounding place. Each new area brings...
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43 Macrossan St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
During our 5 night stay in Port Douglas, my husband and I ate at the Mexican twice, coming back the second time for the fish tacos. Like most places in PD, The Mexican had an open air feel with outdoor seating, though it was one of the smaller,...
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100 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.” – Australian Aboriginal Saying Nothing you have heard prepares you for the first time...
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Hosier Ln, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
Aerosol-wielding artistsfrom around the world have lefttheir mark on Melbourne. HosierLane, declared a “graffiti tolerancezone” by the city council, containsthe area’s densest collectionof spray-painted masterpieces. —Chris Baty This appeared in...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
Melbourne is by far one of the best cities I have ever lived in! A cross between San Francisco and London, the city perfectly combines the old with the new. Many of the buildings exude an old world feel; while the coffee shops, bars, art galleries...
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Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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The Australian collection here includes almost 19,000 pieces ranging from paintings and decorative arts to modern photography, pop art, and screen-printing. The Yiribana Gallery is renowned for some of the best permanent and rotating exhibits of...
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Byron Bay is still a big hippie at heart. A little more crowded than it used to be, but still a refreshing getaway - particularly on Valentine's Day. At the time, I wasn't a big believer in the holiday, but found Byron a perfect answer to my...
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Australia’s most famous beach has played many roles throughout history. In 1907, a group of local swimmers became the world’s first lifeguards; during World War II, it was fortified by barbed wire and iron stakes; and over the last few...
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98-104 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia
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Deus Café is located next door to Deus Ex Machina, one of the coolest motorcycle stores on the planet. The café has a great vibe, plus you'll find straight forward, delicious and affordable food here. But this 'House of Simple Pleasures' offers...
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1199D Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108, Australia
If you need a break from lounging on the lovely northern beaches, cruising up to Barrenjoey in Palm Beach will bring you to this absolute gem. The hiking trails are plentiful and the view from the top is incredible. With sweeping views in all...
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The hike from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, is one of the best urban paths I have experienced. Although you're never far from the city, the walk feels quite scenic at times, and the many beaches you come across along the way...
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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is less than two hours by car from Sydney but feels like another world. A sterling day trip, the national park features a majestic range of mountains, deep valleys, and sandstone plateaus cloaked in a soft blue...

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Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia
Bring your hiking shoes to reach this gem because in order to get there you'd have to trek down a steep cliff to hit the surf. This beach is just located off of the Byron Bay lighthouse which is a huge tourist spot so you can't miss it.
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The famous ocean pool at Bondi Beach has been luring swimmers since 1929. Today, a dip and visit to the sauna costs $6.50. A bistro serves post-swim refreshments. 1 Notts Ave., Bondi Beach, 61/(0) 2-9130-4804. This appeared in the August/September...
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Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Sydney’s 158-acre botanic garden, which hugs the harbor between Mrs Macquarie's Chair and the Sydney Opera House, is home to nearly 9,000 plant species. Depending on the season of your visit, you might seek out spring peaches and wisteria or...
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245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia
The brick-and-iron warehouses of the old Eveleigh Railway Workshops now host a diverse lineup of experimental music, theater, film, and fine art. Located on the border of Redfern and Waterloo, Carriageworks was restored to keep the historical...
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Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
It was a beautiful evening for a walk down Paddington Street in Sydney. A great place for an inexpensive gourmet dinner is A Fish Called Paddo at Five Ways, a junction of streets in the heart of Paddington.
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Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia
Travelers should visit Taronga Zoo as much for its harbor views as for the 4,000 resident animals (who see them all day long). Ferry 15 minutes from Circular Quay and take an optional Sky Safari cable car, included in the ticket...
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Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
The largest and most storied of the Sydney Harbour islands, Cockatoo was once an Aboriginal fishing ground, a naval shipyard, a girls' reform school, and a gruesome prison. Today, it offers fascinating walking tours, a casual café, and a...
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98-104 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia
Part motorcycle shop, part surf lifestyle brand, Deus ex Machina is hard to define, and that’s how owner Dare Jennings likes it. 98-104 Parramatta Rd., Camperdown, 61/(0) 2-8594-2800. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue. Image:...
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1/194-200 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Melbourne saw a huge influx of Chinese immigrants during the 1850s gold rush, and the city’s fascinating Chinatown, located on Little Bourke Street and the surrounding lanes and alleyways, is a buzzing area of restaurants, noodle shops, stores and...
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66 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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You can’t pass up a visit to this institution. Said to be home to Melbourne’s first espresso machine (delivered in 1954), this might well be where the city’s coffee obsession started. Pull up a seat at the buzzing bar and feast on honest Italian...
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247 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Melbourne knows no bounds for its love of coffee, so it can be hard to choose where to get your caffeine fix. Dukes is one of the best, roasting their own ethically sourced beans, and its expert baristas will brew any style coffee you'd like, from...
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Block Arcade, 282 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
This 19th-century shopping arcade is jaw-droppingly beautiful, with mosaic-tile flooring, majestic decorative arches and a glass-canopied ceiling. It’s filled with interesting boutiques and cafés, including the Hopetoun Tea Rooms, with its famous...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
Of all the cities in Australia, Melbourne is the one fussiest with its morning cup of joe. Here are five tried-and-true coffeehouses that have survived the city's critics and can be proudly considered Melbourne’s finest. 1. Brother Baba Budan –...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
A weekly tradition for many Melburnians is to visit one of the local markets to stock up on fresh produce for the week ahead, but there’s more to the markets than food. The Queen Victoria Market, has retained the art deco features within its still...
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271 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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I've done an embarrassing amount of chocolate tours/courses in my day. And why not - right? - it's not my fault I love chocolate so much, I just came put together that way. Out of all the tours though the Lindt Chocolate Creation course at...
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On a rainy day in Brisbane the day after arriving home from an amazing European trip, the familiar seemed a little dull. It was a nice surprise to look up from my seat on the bus as it drove across the river to see this pretty sunset, blurred by...
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29 Stanley St Plaza, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
If you’re in Brisbane on a weekend, head to the Stanley Street Plaza, where the Collective Markets set up shop. You’ll find handmade crafts, art, clothing and accessories, toys, jewelry, vintage and antiques, and more. Enjoy live music and...
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Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia
Along the Great Ocean Road, is a puzzle-like landscape that have lost pieces through the millennia. Dubbed as "The 12 Apostles" for marketing flair, there really aren't 12 little islands, but there was at one time, or will be, as weather and time...
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Bells Beach VIC 3228, Australia
I have always been obsessed with Bells Beach even before it was dramatized in an often overlooked gem of a film called Point Break starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves (don't forget the great cameo appearance by Anthony Kiedis of the RHCP). I...
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Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia
Australia’s Great Ocean Road tops the world’s coastal drives with its dramatic coastline from Melbourne to Adelaide. Rough waves and wind relentlessly beat against the harsh cliffs and leave behind battle wounds of bizarre limestone rock...