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It's primary school stuff: mammals give birth to babies; birds lay eggs. Except that this particular mammal – also known as the spiny anteater – lays a big, rubbery whopper. Clearly it had its head in an ant hill when the rules were read out. Or perhaps, like many Australian creatures, it was simply being perverse.

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Despite the tragedy of last month's catastrophic earthquake, New Zealand still delivers sublime travel experiences, writes Chris Leadbeater

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Just relax. The Doctor will see you now

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The Experts' Guide To The World: Sydney

While Sydney has dozens of beautiful beaches, the one that draws me back time after time consists not of sand but concrete. Of course, it's not Clovelly's Brutalist terraces and walkways – reminiscent of a 1970s housing estate – that are the appeal of this narrow, sheltered inlet. It's what they enclose: a giant rock pool, with exceptionally clear water full of marine life.

Australia: Deals Down Under

As Australia Day dawns, you may feel that the only thing stopping you from visiting this wild and wonderful country is the punishing exchange rate. David Whitley helps you bag a bargain

These fertile hills are a foodie's dream

Australia: Adelaide is famous for its wine. Now new varieties are being explored and paired with local produce. Sarah Barrell reports

Viticulture vulture: Learn the art of swilling in the vineyards of Victoria

Australia's southerly state boasts hundreds of vineyards producing world-class wines in a stunning setting.

A breathtaking run for your money: Take an early-morning sprint past Sydney's sights

Nick Boulos discovers an unusual view of the Australian city – and cures his jet lag

The Big Six: Gourmet retreats in New Zealand

Our selection of the best for foodies

On The Road: Rubyvale - a real gem of a place

I'm dusty, I'm dirty and I'm tired. I'm fossicking. It sounds terrible, but it's not, it's addictive. Sapphire and Rubyvale are two towns in the gemfields of Queensland, where people come to find their fortune or just to have a hunt around in the dirt for sapphires. The local shops sell the usual bread, milk and Mrs Mac's pies, but there are also piles of sieves, picks and buckets, and tacked outside on the noticeboards are claims for sale and mining equipment in need of a new home.

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