Consider these eight amazing activities your Kakadu bucket list (Jac Taylor). 1. Cruise Yellow Water The most famous of Kakadu’s many billabongs, Yellow Water Billabong is your postcard shot: regular boats cruise across its great swathes of floodwaters, half-submerged paperbarks, pandanus and water lilies, while Kakadu’s famous crocs cruise beneath. The birds here are out of this world: jabiru, sea eagles, magpie geese and egrets. Cruises operate all year round;...
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...
Want the ultimate accommodation splash-outs in some of the best positioned hotels in Australia? Check out these ultra-luxe suites, although you might want to check out your bank balance first though. 1. Sydney Suite, Park Hyatt Sydney Where: Harbourfront at the Rocks Why would you? If you’re a VIP (with $16,000 per night to spend) who appreciates front-row Opera House views. The ‘usual’ add-ons such as a 24-hour butler and a $9000 toilet that plays music. Something special: You can reserves the entire fourth floor of the hotel for $50,000 per night – for your entourage, of course! Price: $16,000...
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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