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,...
It’s only 150km long, yet Kangaroo Island is home to arguably the densest and most varied menagerie of wildlife in Australia. It’s landscape is so diverse you won’t believe that all this can be crammed onto one island. Here are nine ways to explore this natural bounty, from wildlife spotting and sand dune sliding to inspiring coastal walks and food so fresh it will almost make you weep. So, jump in your car, discover KI’s natural wonders (words: Steve Madgwick). 1. Truly Remarkable Rocks and the tree-mendous Admirals Arch On Kangaroo Island’s south-western tip, behind the mallee scrub and sugar-gum...
The pretty Dandenong Ranges have long been a quick escape for Melburnians. Now a rise in eclectic eateries, contemporary cooking schools and modern interior design classes has seen this Victorian corner become a hotspot of creativity, says Jocelyn Pride Rolling hills of fertile chocolatey soil, dense temperate rainforests, teeming populations of wildlife, the Dandenong Ranges (that’s ‘the Dandenongs’ for short, not to be confused with Melbourne suburb Dandenong) has been a place of abundance since the Bunurong and Woiworung people first began hunting here, in summers long ago. Settling Europeans recognised its lure too, its tall timber trees an attractive...
Sydneysiders have long escaped to the Blue Mountains for a weekend dose of country air. But while most travellers take the well-trodden Great Western Highway route, it is the Bells Line of Road to the north, linking Richmond to Lithgow, that’s the quiet achiever. Taking in Bilpin farm gates, hidden antique stores, and dramatic vistas across Mount Tomah, this pretty little stretch is one idyllic getaway, just a Sunday drive from the city, writes Alissa Jenkins. So what’s it known for? According to state history records, Bells Line of Road was marked out in 1823 by explorer Archibald Bell who,...
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