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The Cricket World Cup and Mardi Gras give Australia's premier seaside city added sparkle in the summer months, says Sally Newall

Qantas passengers to be given virtual reality headsets to keep them entertained

Samsung Gear VR headsets will let passengers see films about new Qantas products as well as blockbuster films

Mount Wellington overlooks the waterfront

How Hobart is emerging as a destination for lovers of food, art and echidnas

Tasmania's once-parochial capital is a sleepy city with beauty and brains, says Susan Griffith

Outflanking the Tolkien fans on New Zealand's Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Mt Ngauruhoe featured as Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's film version of The Lord of the Rings and forms the centrepiece of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Cottesloe Beach

Perth: Western Australia's golden child

It was once little more than a mining hub, but this coastal metropolis is now abuzz with creative energy, says James Draven

Rock and a hard place: The viewing platform at Uluru

Australia's 'Red Centre': Sun-baked, in the heart of nowhere

A journey through the stark 'red centre' exposes Tom Adair to the country's most startling scenery

The landscape near Mount Hagen

Papua New Guinea: Exhilarating encounters in a 'tropical Switzerland'

It's remote, little-visited and prone to disturbances, but Papua New Guinea is misunderstood, says Andrew Eames as he ventures into the unknown

Crocodile Creek

Kimberley: Exploring Western Australia's spectacular landscape by sea

Mark McCrum climbs aboard a new ship for a close-up view

The TranzAlpine journeys through the dramatic landscapes of Canterbury

New Zealand in 12 days

With less than a fortnight to spend on the other side of the world, Kate Simon used planes, trains, automobiles ... and a bike to make every second count

Wellington

Wellington: Arty, indie, and more than a little bit Hobbity

With Peter Jackson's next epic due this winter, Christopher Wakling goes on a pilgrimage to the laid-back capital of New Zealand
Coast along: Apollo Bay is the start of the walk

Great Ocean Walk, Australia: Victoria's victorious finale

The recently-completed long-distance route traces the state's spectacular coastline, says Beverley D'Silva
Spirit level: Taketomi beach

Japan's Yaeyama isles: Pearls of the Pacific

These sub-tropical islands offer a serene alternative to the cities, says Graeme Green – though a new airport may change things
Go in peace: W Retreat and Spa

Five ways to enjoy Bali

With its renowned surf, serene temples and wild interior, the Indonesian island offers tranquillity and adventure

Vine time: Napa Valley

Napa Valley music festivals: I heard it on the grapevine

A crop of music festivals in the Napa Valley is drawing a wider crowd of visitors up to the renowned vineyards of northern California. Gemma Price raises a toast
Wheel deal: the New Zealand Cycle Trail takes in epic scenery

On your bike for an epic mountain adventure in New Zealand

Use two wheels to experience the stunning scenery, then add electricity – or a helicopter – for even bigger ups and downs, suggests Christopher Wakling
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