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Best for far-flung inspiration: Australia

From high-level trekking in Morocco's Atlas Mountains to rubbing shoulders with A-listers on Hollywood Boulevard, and from rural retreats off Tuscany's beaten track to jet-set hang outs for Moscow's super-rich, our writers have been to the ends of the earth to find a world of inspiration

On The Road: Systems failure on South island

I take the bus from Dunedin to Invercargill, the last town of any consequence in New Zealand's South Island. I am going to get my van out of storage, where it has been for the past 15 months. It starts first time. Unbelievable. Massive celebrations. One hour later, I go to the post office to secure a new registration, thinking it'll just need backdating.

Five luxury escapes in Polynesia

Astonishing beauty comes as standard at these island lodgings.

Feeling blue? Sign up for the good life in Queensland

The job calls for snorkelling, jetskiing and gentle maintenance duties on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Fancy the ultimate overseas posting? Oliver Duff does

An island fling in New Zealand

New Zealand's stunning South Island comprises mountains, fjords, glaciers and wildlife-packed parkland. Kathy Marks discovers that the best way to see it all is to take to the road

Trekking in the Australian Alps is no skip through a meadow

Mark Rowe joins the Walhalla Trail, part of a mind-boggling wilderness endurance test

Travel by numbers: The Australian Outback

Baz Luhrmann's 'Australia' showcases the country's diverse scenery in all its glory. Andrew Szczuka counts the ways to explore it for yourself

The real star of 'Australia' is the Kimberley Mountains

You don't need to be an A-lister to visit the remote ranch used in the new Baz Luhrmann film, says Minty Clinch

Going on vacation on location

Why book a holiday from a brochure when you can journey through scenes from the silver screen? As Baz Luhrmann's Australia lures visitors Down Under, Tim Walker follows the stars

Let the good vines roll in New Zealand

Raymond Whitaker hits the wine trail from Hawkes Bay to Marlborough

Ride like the devil in Tasmania

One of the world's most incredible railway journeys chugs its way through the unreal landscapes of this remote island off the coast of Australia, Michael Williams reports

Hotel Of The Week: Ohtel, Wellington, New Zealand

A hip hotel in Wellington? There's a first time for everything

Australia and New Zealand in winter: a photographer's guide

Peter and Hannah Bills explore Australia and New Zealand. Giving us a glimpse of breath-taking landscapes and sites during a colder time of year

Mauritius: The life aquatic

Rebecca Corbally skips the spa to try some more adventurous options in Mauritius
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