The real Uluru is glamorous, vaguely dangerous and magnificently sexy. And, despite the desert setting, whether you skydive over it, ride around it on a Harley-Davidson or recline in Longitude 131's glamping luxury, Uluru is a surprisingly brilliant holiday spot. Georgia Rickard takes it all in (photography: Elise Hassey) 4:45am - yes, am! ... and someone’s palms are greased with sweat. “No, I feel great,” he insists. His words hang...
Photographer Nikki To captures Lord Howe Island at its picture-perfect (everyday) best, and tells Georgia Rickard what it’s really like at New South Wales’ furthest reach. 1. Mt Gower - above and beyond Idyllic. Unblemished. Faultless, flawless, perfect. There are many words I could reach for to describe Lord Howe Island, but I think these pictures do most of my talking. It’s a place of simple pleasures and six-star natural wonders, and my time here [spent partaking in the ‘Adventure Challenge Week’ put on by local accommodation, Pinetrees Lodge] was filled with both. Take our first day, which we devoted...
Australian Traveller's editor Georgia Rickard shares her picks of the coming year’s top destinations. If you're not going to any of these in 2015, well, you should... Tasmania Everything about this state, to be honest – they don’t come any better. Why Tasmania? The Kimberley, WA It’s still the place to go, especially via expedition cruise and/or Broome. Kununurra will explode next. AT's Kimberley in focus. High Country, Vic No doubt about it, this is our next big foodie region, within our next big foodie state. A sublime spot for gourmet cycling from Beechworth to Rutherglen, gourmet alpine hiking or...
Surfing champ Layne Beachley shares her story with and her thoughts on that one thing she loves most about Australia. Well, she couldn’t stop at just one. Winning my first world title was surreal because I actually didn’t realise I’d won it. I was in Lacanau, south-west France, and I only speak a handful of French; I understood that they were saying “new world champion of surfing” but I didn’t know they were referring to me. One of my friends, an Australian journalist, explained what was going on and said “do something!” so I jumped up and down like a kangaroo. It...
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