From mineral springs to mud baths, these are Australia's best natural hot soaks to put on your weekend bucket list, says Mandy McKeesick 1. Peninsula Hot Springs, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria This lovely little retreat in Victoria is the real deal, having been voted ‘Best Luxury Mineral Spa’ in the 2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards. By all accounts, however, Peninsula Hot Springs – found on Victoria’s physically-blessed Mornington Peninsula – is...
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 in the air; a blatant lie. I decide to let it slide. We’re in our flatteringly-lit hotel lobby, my boyfriend and I, waiting for our early-morning transfer to Ayers Rock...
With each step Andrew Bain takes along the legendary Larapinta Trail, he is captivated by the wild beauty of our country’s heart. Take a look for yourself . Days dawn brightly in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Red rocks glow like embers, and white tree trunks flare like strikes of lightning. Across the mountaintops and through the valleys, a line of tiny signposts reflects the rising sun, announcing the presence of one of the world’s premier desert walking trails. Running the length of the West MacDonnells, from the edge of Alice Springs to the summit of Mt Sonder, the 223-kilometre Larapinta Trail...
This Port Arthur ghost hunt (Paranormal Investigation Experience) in Tasmania is the scariest thing Rob McFarland has ever done, he says. It’s 11pm and six of us are huddled on the stairs of the Commandant’s House in Port Arthur Historic Site. We’re the only ones left in the former convict settlement – the day trippers departed hours ago and we passed the last of the ghost tours on our way in. A milky glow from a weak moon filters through a distant window as our torches cause shadows to dance around the hallway. Caitlan, one of our guides, turns on...
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