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48 Hours In: Melbourne

Australia's green and cosmopolitan bayside city is in bloom with open-air cinemas, al fresco cafés and cycle trails that lead to seaside suburbs, says Cal Flyn

Designs on the shoreline: Mona

Finding the art in Hobart

In this week's Lonely Planet 'Great Escape', Tasmania's capital city reveals a new cultural confidence that sits happily alongside its rugged reputation

The Injalak art centre

A brush with the Outback art trail

As the Royal Academy launches its Australia exhibition, Fiona Dunlop heads to Arnhem Land to encounter the country's original landscape artists

The Big Six: Backpacker beds

From rainforests to Uluru and from Melbourne to Magnetic Island

The cheapest time to travel is between April and June

How to explore Australia

Our guide to getting there, getting in, and getting around

What lies beneath: diving with sea turtles

Twists and turns on the Warlu Way

A legendary sea serpent is said to have carved out the epic landscapes that rise north-east of Coral Bay. Cameron Wilson follows its route from the ocean floor to the dazzling Karijini National Park

Capital gains: Hobart is leading Tasmania's transformation

Traveller's Guide: Tasmania

Once the butt of jokes from 'mainlanders', the island state has reinvented itself as a wilderness escape, with capital city Hobart adding cultural appeal

48 Hours In: Sydney

The Opera House is throwing a birthday bash, making this the ideal time to visit Australia's dramatic harbour city, says Cameron Wilson

Knocked for six: the Gabba, Brisbane

Ashes to Ashes: Next stop Australia

England saw off Australia's cricketers in the home series. Now it's time to go Down Under and watch them do it all over again. Simon Calder explains how

The living area

Stay the Night: Bondi 100, Australia

Forget the backpacker bunkhouses of Bondi – now you can live the coastal dream in style, says James Litston

Drink up: Pellegrini's Espresso Bar is part of Melbourne's expanding coffee-house scene

Melbourne: Top of the sip parade

The Barista World Championships are coming to Melbourne, says Chris Lawrence, and in this coffee-obsessed city, it's easy to see why

A boat at Manono Island

Fishing for compliments on the South Pacific outpost of Samoa

Samoans are a tough bunch. So how will Adrian Phillips fare on a visit to the islands?

Lounge at The White House, Daylesford

Stay the Night: The White House, Daylesford, Australia

A couple of hours' drive from Melbourne, this smart rental is quite at home in desirable Daylesford, says James Litston

Rowing on Melbourne's Yarra River

Melbourne: Race into pole position Down Under

As Australia's sportiest city gets set for the Grand Prix, James Litston finds culture and shops galore

The 12 Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of Port Campbell National Park, are evidence of immense forces

Take the scenic route: A long weekend on Australia's Great Ocean Road

If the "wide brown land" of Australia is a Hob Nob then the Great Ocean Road is where it has been dunked into the roiling tea cup of the Southern Ocean. The road – perennial candidate for the title of World's Most Scenic Drive – runs westward for 242km along the crumbling coast of south-west Victoria from the town of Torquay, just west of Melbourne; keep on going around the coast and you hit Adelaide, 800km later.

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