This year's ANZAC Day marks the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign. Jac Taylor shares her top five commemorative events around Australia. 1. Great Ocean Road/Melbourne Constructed by returned First World War soldiers over 14 years following the war’s end, the Great Ocean Road could be seen as the world’s largest war memorial. Take in the memorial arch just west of Aireys Inlet and catch the dawn service on Saturday at Point...
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...
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...
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 something of a stand-out experience, located on a 17-hectare property offering not one, but 20 different styles of relaxation, including thermal mineral spring pools, an underground sauna, private outdoor baths,...
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