Appearing high on the wish list and in once-in-a-lifetime travel plans, this enchanting part of the world really does have it all. Dramatic mountains, rolling vineyards and lush forests give way to geothermal wonderlands, majestic ice floes and beaches so picture perfect it's hard to believe they're anything more than the product of an artist's imagination. Whether it's a first time tour, an extensive self-drive, a round-the-world adventure or a world-class island escape, this is a region where you can create your dream itinerary and unearth unique experiences, half the world away.
Spotting wildlife often comes down to luck. Except when you’re somewhere like Australia, where every corner has some furry, finned or uniquely Antipodean animal hanging out in plain sight. We pick seven of the best places to see these weird and wonderful creatures Down Under.
The bushfires that swept across Australia’s landscapes earlier this year had devastating effects in many areas. But how are the local communities – and landscapes – bouncing back? We head to New South Wales to chat to the locals in the Blue Mountains.