I know a place… Everyone has one, don’t they? A secret spot. A stunning, empty beach, a fabulous underrated food trail, a beautiful bargain stay, a hidden waterhole, an exquisite retreat that the crowds haven’t heard about yet. Whatever it is, we want to know about it – so we asked some of Australia’s most interesting minds to share their special holiday spots. Novelists, painters, television reporters, photographers, sportspeople, entrepreneurs,...
When the wet season displaces millions of litres of water, which thunder through rivers and floodplains before receding, Kakadu is a fishing hotspot. The secret is the ‘run-off’, a sweet spot on the calendar (mid-March to end of April) straight after the wet, when water drains back out of the floodplains into the rivers, and barramundi (alongside other fish) collect in certain areas accordingly, including Yellow Water, South and East Alligator River, Sandy Billabong, and Two- and Four-Mile Holes. Being a national park, fishing requires a licence, but if you’re not licensed (or don’t want the hassle of hiring your...
How can something as marvellously grand as the Flinders Ranges' Wilpena Pound fly under the radar for so long?, asks Steve Madgwick (Photography: Elise Hassey) If a 17-kilometre-long by eight-kilometre-wide elliptical crown of furiously serrated mountains, with a sunken natural amphitheatre in its centre, were plonked just about anywhere except six hours’ drive north-west of Adelaide, it would surely be a national icon by now. Wilpena Pound covers eight times the area of Uluru, is 300 metres higher and arguably as culturally significant, yet relatively few Australians know its name or even have the faintest clue where it is. Come...
Nestled in the foothills of Battery Point between Hobart city and Sullivan’s Cove lies a strip of nearly 200-year-old sandstone warehousing with a chequered past. Constructed by convicts during the whaling boom of the early nineteenth-century for local merchants, these warehouses stored whale oil, grain, wood, apples and, later, the odd brothel and several inns attracting wild characters and salty sailors. These days, while the famous Salamanca Market attracts thousands of tourists each Saturday, every other day offers a more relaxed pace, allowing visitors to peruse every corner of the historic arts and crafts precinct. And, as Kristie Hayden discovers,...
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