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You may think of Australia as a rugged land of natural wonders, the formidable Outback, and rain forests  and, yes, you’ll find all that there. It is also, however, a country with luxurious lodges, sophisticated spas, and welcoming people. Here are some of the most inviting corners of Melbourne and the Northern Territory.
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Alice Springs Darwin Railway, Northern Territory, Australia
As rugged and robust as the Outback that surrounds it, Alice Springs is still an affably quirky town that sits at the literal heart of Australia. The gateway to some of the nation’s most famous sights, The Alice (as it’s often called) also has a...
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Sometimes overshadowed by the grandeur of its geological sibling Uluru, dramatic, ochre-hued King’s Canyon, in the Northern Territory, is a wonder in its own right. It occupies a swathe of land between Alice Springs and Uluru, in the ...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
With its bohemian coffee houses, bustling laneways lined with bars and cafes, street art, and stylish boutiques (many with the designers on premises), Melbourne, Victoria’s capital, sets a cool kid tone for the world. Trendy finds, from...
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Yarra Ranges, VIC, Australia
You may see a kangaroo bouncing through the vineyards in the Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s premier wine growing regions an hour’s drive from Melbourne. Home to iconic names in viticulture (Domaine Chandon, Rochford Wines, and...
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Mornington Peninsula, VIC, Australia
Make like a local, and head to Mornington Peninsula, a sun-dappled, coastal area, just an hour from Melbourne, for a daytrip or weekend stay. A popular summertime escape for Melburnians, the area rewards visitors with naturally heated hot springs...