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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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Daintree QLD 4873, Australia

After living in Far North Queensland for some of the summer months we decided to drive up into the Daintree Rainforest and get as close to Cape Tribulation as we could, and hopefully spot the endangered cassowary bird.  After crossing the...

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Hanson Bay Rd, Kingscote SA 5223, Australia
The flagship property of Australian luxury hotel brand Baillie Lodges teeters on grass-covered limestone cliffs, tucked just far enough into the bluffs to feel protected from the roiling Southern Ocean below. Surrounded on three sides by national...
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103 Murray St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
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Outfitted with industrial pendant lamps and wooden communal tables, Garagistes serves biodynamic wines from small island vineyards along with organic labels from France, Italy, and Spain. The restaurant offers...
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Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215, Australia
Last week we ordered this for breakfast and were told they would closing for three months during winter so best to check if they are open when you are in town.
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141 Bathurst St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
by Jennie Nunn Specialty cheese shop Bottega Rotolo offers classes in how to make braised eggplant, pasta sauces, and profiteroles. Bottega Rotolo, 61/(0) 3-6234-9978,“To the Plate” courses are $96 per person, including wine. This appeared in the...
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Northern Territory, Australia
I love trains. That being said, how could I go to Australia and not ride the Ghan from Alice Springs to Adelaide? The train was stopped on a siding to wait for another train to pass. This gave me plenty of time to enjoy the view from the lounge...
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Exmouth WA 6707, Australia
Emus definitely aren't in short supply around Exmouth, a middle-of-nowhere town in Western Australia, just a short drive from Cape Range National Park and the magical Ningaloo Reef.
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Ningaloo WA 6701, Australia

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is, of course, world famous, but there's some impressive snorkeling and diving on the west coast of the country, too. Not far from Exmouth, Ningaloo Marine Park was named a World Heritage Site in 2011. The protected...

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Bicheno TAS 7215, Australia
More than 700 people live in the town, and water’s its lifeblood. Crayfish, abalone and Australian salmon are often brought ashore with the daily fishing catch.
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After meeting the locals in the arts center, we endured a steep climb to the top of the Gunbalanya Hill in Arnhem Land, where Glen told us all about the Dreamtime stories of his ancestral land. Every stop revealed a different gallery with hundreds...
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Middle River SA 5223, Australia
On our first visit to Kangaroo Island we stayed at a beautiful spot in what's called 'The Sky House'. The house is perched on top a hill with commanding views along the northern coast of Kangaroo Island. At sunset the grasses turn golden and this...
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Gorge Rd, Nitmiluk NT 0852, Australia
Most visitors to Australia have heard of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, but few realize that neighboring Nitmiluk National Park, four hours south of Darwin, is actually more spectacular. During the wet season, from November to...
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3 Sitzmark St, Falls Creek VIC 3699, Australia
From your base camp in one of Huski’s airy apartments, ski the slopes at Falls Creek resort at night or take a snow kite lesson (think kiteboarding on snow) with Kite Republic. From $1,310 for two nights, July through August. 61/(0) 1-300-652-260....
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4 King St, Daylesford VIC 3460, Australia
At a misty lakeside retreat, on six acres of gardens and fruit orchards roughly 70 miles from Melbourne, chef/co-owner Alla Wolf-Tasker serves such locally sourced goodies as vegetable tagine and truffle pecorino tarts. Guests can enjoy full-day...
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Yulara NT 0872, Australia
The Sounds of Silence tour at Ayers Rock Resort begins at sunset, when the iconic rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta glow fiery red. Take a short walk through the dunes to a panoramic viewpoint, then dine outdoors on Aussie fare, including...
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60 Riley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Luke Nguyen says:“Our restaurant’s dining room is rustic, and we hope it feels warm and inviting, like you’re visiting our home.” 545 Crown St., 61/(0) 2-9698-4355, redlantern.com.au See all ofsydney-surry-hills" target="_blank"Luke Nguyen’s...
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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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17 Blue St, North Sydney NSW 2060, Australia
I recommend North Sydney Harbourview Hotel to all my overseas visitors. An excellent position to take in the Sydney Harbour views. And I love running by the bay too!
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Petermann NT 0872, Australia
Ayers Rock – known asUluru to the Anangu Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory – is perhaps the most well-known symbol of Central Australia, though there are no photos, no stories, no tales of wonder that can prepare you for seeing the Rock...
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20 Auger Way, Margaret River WA 6285, Australia
Learn about the indigenous Wardandi people on guide Josh Whiteland’s Koomal Dreaming bush walk. It ends with a didgeridoo performance inside Ngilgi Cave. Bushtucker Tours leads canoe trips that focus on native foods (shown), fauna, and medicinal...
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100 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Australia
A little out of place in Perth’s St. Georges Terrace business strip, Greenhouse Restaurant is a delicious dining experiment, built with 100 percent recyclable materials. Beat the crowds and arrive for breakfast, when executive chef Matt Stone...
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31 Cape Clairault Rd, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
Pick one of 10 villas at Injidup Spa Retreat to be your Aussie beach pad. Each features a jarrah-wood deck and private pool as well as a kitchen stocked with organic Busselton eggs and a bottle of Lamont’s Quartet white wine. Draw back the...
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Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
Every once in a while you find yourself in one of the world's great "bike cities." Examples are Portland, Oregon; Fukuoka and Kyoto, Japan; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. These are cities where the bicycle prevails and is an integral part of each...
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30 Dickmann St, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
When my alarm went off at 3:30 in the morning, I considered "calling in sick." At that moment, I thought nothing in the world could be worth the loss of almost an entire night's sleep. Instead, I dialed a number and found out weather conditions...
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252 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
One of Melbourne's top picks for ambiance and great food is Cookie. Unfortunately, I didn't take photos of my entrée to visually back up my claim. You'll find Cookie on the first floor of a multi-level walkup. Additional establishments occupy the...
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80 North St, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
Twice a week, Melbourne’s beloved Mountain Goat Brewery throws open its doors—and taps. Make friends by buying a round of the signature Hightale Ale or award-winning Surefoot Stout. In a town where half the men seem to make their own beer, this...
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Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
This is a fun place to relax, have some beers, and shoot the breeze with friends on a sunny day. It's just south of the Finders St. Station and north of Southgate. We happened to discover it on Christmas Day and enjoyed ourselves immensely with...
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9 Hosier Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, 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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Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia
The Notorious P.I.G. is going to make you an offer you can't refuse. A mob of pork sausage, bacon, jalapeños, mozzarella, barbecue sauce, and onions congregate upon a sprawling estate of wide, crispy, buttery, thin crust—a lethally ambrosial...
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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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Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia
When it comes to active travel, I need to be pushed to do anything out of my comfort zone. In May, I spent a few days in Byron Bay, Australia, a lovely surf town north of Sydney. My fiance urged me to join him and take to the ocean with Cape Byron...
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201 Booka Rd, Upper Crystal Creek NSW 2484, Australia
We spent three nights of our Australian honeymoon in a luxury cabin in the rainforest. After nervously hopping in our rental car (left-hand drive for the first time) and driving out of the Gold Coast airport, we made our way deep into the...
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77-97 Broken Head Rd, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia
While resorts will pride themselves on anticipating your needs, The Byron at Byron miraculously does. Resorts are generally located in beautiful, serene places but there is something about Byron Bay that takes relaxation to a new level. There are...
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Hi welcome to heaven. Today we'll be serving hot chocolate spiked with peppermint Schnapps from Wild Brumby Schnapps Distillery followed by a generous helping of double rainbows, granite terrain hikes, and cuddly kangaroos. Oh, the highest...
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1 Skinners Shoot Rd, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia
There is no place in the whole of Australia more laid back than Byron Bay, a once sleepy town on the New South Wales coast that now hosts yearly blues festivals. Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge is an extension of the vibe found throughout the town....
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Nimbin NSW 2480, Australia
A small town in rural New South Wales was transformed into the country's answer to Woodstock in 1973 for their Aquarius Festival. Surrounded by national parks and areas significant to the local Aboriginal tribes, Nimbin has a "loose" policy on...
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Bermagui NSW 2546, Australia
The Sea was wavering that day, creating contrasting textures in the waters of the Blue Pool -- and drenching my photographer friend who dared turn his back on The Deep! * Bermagui is located on Australia's South Coast, between the more touristed...
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Adelaide Parklands Terminal Richmond Rd, Keswick SA 5035, Australia
The two-night journey traverses 1,851 miles from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory. As the train traces the route taken by 19th-century Afghan camel drivers, Platinum Service travelers have the opportunity to...