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A boat at Manono Island

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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.

Reaching out to the locals

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.

Middle Earthly delights in New Zealand’s South Island

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

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