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Australia's Red Centre

It’s Australia Day, the perfect time to celebrate the natural wonders and fascinating culture of the Northern Territory’s remote Outback, says Lonely Planet’s Ethan Gelber

A Reef encounter: Falling in love with Australia's natural heritage

We left the ancient rainforest of north Queensland's coast behind us, a ribbon of white sand all that separates those mountain-jungles from the turquoise depths of the Coral Sea. Our 10-seater Cessna spluttered over saltwater crocs basking on the Cairns mudflats, and, as the pilot headed north towards the tip of the Great Barrier Reef, we danced about in the hot currents.

Exploring Australia's hinterland: My incredible road trip ended with a trip down the aisle

I remember sitting in Melbourne airport cursing myself. It was 6am and it had just occurred to my jetlagged brain that I might not even recognise the uncle who was coming to collect us. I had, I thought, quit a job on a national newspaper that many people would kill for, in the middle of a recession, and uprooted my boyfriend so that we could fly around the world to meet a family I knew next-to-nothing about.

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Lisa Young gets a close-up of film locations from The Hobbit Middle

Green peace: view from Strawberry Hill

A journey through time in Jamaica

For Lara Dunn, a Caribbean holiday was the chance to see her father for the first time in 30 years – and to revisit an island that was the scene of vivid childhood memories

The Boat Shed, Nelson

New Zealand: A land of majestic landscapes with cuisine to match

A gourmet tour is a revelation for Mark C O'Flaherty as he tucks into Maori potatoes, fresh seafood, and faultless 'flat whites'

Drive by: Western Australia's Kimberley

Driven to distractions in Australia

A road trip is one of the cheapest and most liberating ways to explore the dramatic landscapes and cultural highlights of this vast nation

Find the natural beauty in Australia’s harsh ‘Red Centre’

The Lonely Planet Adventures: The Larapinta Trail

In 1908, it was called the finest walk in the world. It's still the country's most popular hike

Rise up: Colombian humpback whale

Dreaming of whales off the Pacific coast

Chocó department, on Colombia’s Pacific coast, is one of the wettest places on Earth. It rains all the time. The small group that I was with was visiting a community tourism project, Mano Cambiada, based in the town of Nuquí. The warning that, on the boat journey to Mano Cambiada’s lodge, we might get wet was an understatement. A little short of two hours in, in our small boat on the open sea, we were drenched to the skin.

Golden wonders beyond the reef

From Surfers Paradise to a koala sanctuary and the world’s largest sand island, Tom Peck is captivated by Queensland

Paddle on: fishermen off Kennedy Island

Lost at sea: an adventure in the Pacific

The Solomon Islands might be hard to get to, but they offer unique experiences, says Pete May

Southern beauty: sunrise over Adelaide

Adelaide: A city of grids and gardens in South Australia

The state capital fully justifies its reputation for enlightened elegance

Pure shores: Fishermen paddle off from Kennedy Island

Where to go in 2013: Solomon Islands

Why go in 2013? Because, eventually, the outside world will wake up to these islands

Adelaide, Australia's best-kept secret

South Australia’s capital city Adelaide is a beautiful place, renowned for its relaxed, al-fresco Mediterranean lifestyle, for hosting sporting events and performances of international calibre all year round, and for the fact that over 200 cellar doors are within an hour’s drive.

Milford Sound in summer

The Lonely Planet Adventures: High life in New Zealand

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