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The Slow Isle
THE HUMIDITY OF THE WET SEASON clings like Lycra as we climb the granite steps cut into the headland. It’s only a short trail – 1.7 kilometres, or so the sign says – but I’ve already lost track of how long we’ve been walking. I’m too busy smiling, st
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Pillow Talk
From its iconic location at the intersection ofToorak Road and Chapel Street in SouthYarra, Melbourne, Ovolo Hotels’ latest property stays true to the boutique brand’s penchant for exuberance and whimsy.With 123 rooms categorised as Go Go, Boogie, Gr
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Short Stays
Located on the less-sceney side of the Mornington Peninsula, Jackalope changed the narrative of what an out-of-town hotel could be.What that is is seriously design-focused, with a dark, sharp vibe inside that contrasts perfectly with its bucolic outl
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Short Stays
Part of the Small Luxury Hotels of theWorld portfolio and a stone’s throw from the wineries and restaurants of the Margaret River region, this beach retreat overlooking the Indian Ocean near Yallingup is the stuff weekends are made of.The architectur
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Must-see Sights
Criss-crossed with over 20kilometres of walking trails through which to explore the beauty and diversity of the landscape, Carnarvon Gorge is the most-visited section of the national park . Here, white sandstone cliffs change colour as the sun cuts a
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Yunbenun Dreaming
Wulgurukaba (Traditional Owners, the canoe people) lore says the boulders were created by Gabul, a giant carpet python who carved the landscape of all the islands off the coast of Townsville. He came to rest on Yunbenun, where his head can still be s
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Ultimate Weekend Breaks
The largest of the 52 Furneaux Islands that sit in the roiling waters of Bass Strait, Flinders Island represents 1367 square kilometres of untamed drama and beauty. It takes just 35 minutes’ flying time from Launceston to reach its shores, but the di
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Culture
A historic warehouse in Melbourne’s Chinatown gets a suitably vibrant makeover to match the big flavours of the Asian fare served up there. Turn the page for more. ■
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Editor’s Letter
IT PROBABLY GOES WITHOUT SAYING that we could all do with a weekend away after the year we have had. There is something deliciously special about the thought of stealing away for a few days. Maybe it’s because the concept of a weekend away or short b
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WINE & DINE
Peter Conistis, the owner of premier Sydney Greek eatery Alpha, is like a kid in a candy store. As he stands amid power tools and workmen in the Castlereagh Street space, which is nearing the end of an extensive front-to-back renovation when we meet,
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Best For... National Parks
WHILE QUEENSLAND pips NSW at the post for the most national parks by a total of just two (237 to 235), when you compare the size of both states (1,729,742 to 801,150 square kilometres) it becomes clear why NSW can justifiably lay claim to having the
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Saltwater People
AS BRIDGETTE CHILLI DAVIS takes her place at the bow of the Spray of the Coral Coast her eyes start to roam the sky and drift over the water. The Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi) Elder has a gentle presence and, as she talks, it’s as if she has taken a pencil
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Won’t You Take Me To Funky Town
PERCHED ON THE BANKS of the mighty Katherine River, Katherine, or ‘K-Town’ as it’s affectionately known to Territorians, is where the big outdoors meets small town charm, offering one of the Northern Territory’s fastest evolving regional experiences.
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(Secret) Road Trips Of The GREAT OCEAN ROAD
THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD might be famous for the coast-hugging section between Lorne and the 12 Apostles, but the entire region is laced with stunning road trips that hardly anyone, other than the lucky locals who live there, knows about and even fewer t
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Best For... Towns
ONE OF THE JOYS of escaping on a short break away from wherever it is that you usually reside is discovering a little gem of a town along the way. Cue the inevitable sea/ tree change dreams of buying something small and settling down there... one day
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Art And About
The same steadily flowing water that carved Carnarvon Gorge out of sandstone has drawn people to it for many thousands of years and you can trace this rich history and spiritual significance to Traditional Owners the Karingbal and Bidjara people toda
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Australian Traveller
Editorial director LEIGH-ANN POW Deputy editor IMOGEN EVESON Art director ANITA JOKOVICH Sub-editing CARLA GROSSETTI Digital editor-in-chief KATIE CARLIN Digital deputy editor ELIZA SHOLLY Digital campaign executive MIKAELA STOLLZNOW For
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Ultimate Weekend Breaks
Australia’s third largest island is SA’s natural playground, accessible via a 30-minute flight from Adelaide or 45-minute SeaLink ferry ride from Cape Jervis. It’s all about indulging in both locally produced food, wine and craft spirits, and unfilte
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Well Red
“WE’RE ALMOST IN THE OUTBACK NOW,” Geoff Scholz announces as we bounce along an undulating dirt road flanked by fields of low crops. It’s 30 kilometres since we passed Wudinna, the last town of any size on the northern Eyre Peninsula, and I’m struggl
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Fascinating Fauna
Carnarvon National Park is home to 173 species of birds including lorikeets, honeyeaters and powerful owls – Australia’s largest owl. Join Australian Nature Guides on a Night Safari for your chance to spot, as well as hear, one. The national park al
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Golden Age
ON A SUNNY SUNDAY EVENING in early autumn it’s hard to imagine many places I’d rather be than at the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine. There’s a band playing in its rambling back garden (home to Love Shack Brewing Co.), casting all-round good vibes to a
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Kat Stewart
AS A CHILD, OUR FAMILY HOLIDAYS WERE ALWAYS TO… Phillip Island, Victoria (1). I’ve been coming to Phillip Island with family since I was two. NOW IF I HAVE TIME FOR A SHORT BREAK, I HEAD STRAIGHT TO… Phillip Island! Now my brothers and I bring our k
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A Traveller’s Checklist
Magnetic Island is a 20-minute ferry ride with SeaLink from Townsville in North Queensland. Qantas andVirgin fly to Townsville from Brisbane direct with connections from other major capitals. Jetstar flies from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to Towns
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If You Do Three Walks…
This tough 6.4-kilometre return hike, which includes steep sections with steps and ladders, is well worth the scramble. Traversing a diverse range of landscapes, it rises 200 metres above Carnarvon Creek to afford awe-inspiring views of the gorge. Th
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The High Life
IN 1951, A PAIR OF CATS called Pylon and Bridget were featured in The Sunday Herald. “They live right on the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon lookout and spend most of their time squatting on the narrow parapet, high above Miller’s Point.” Pict
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Ultimate Weekend Breaks
A quick trip across the water to Rottnest Island is the quintessential short break from Perth, espousing the kind of timeless appeal that makes worries melt away the moment you step off the ferry for a few days of leisurely cycle rides to bays and be
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NORTHERN TERRITORY Best For... Wilderness
BETWEEN ITS SIZE (one sixth of the Australian continent in an area equivalent to France, Spain and Italy combined) and history (a groundbreaking archaeological discovery four years ago at Madjedbebe rock shelter in Arnhem Land, which unearthed ancien
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Short Stays
With the soaring Mt Mulligan as a backdrop, this luxury outback lodge sits lightly on a 28,000-hectare working cattle station some 160 kilometres from Cairns.With room for just 16 guests at a time (including children; it is proudly family friendly),
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Ultimate Weekend Breaks
Never heard of Bunya Mountains? You are probably not alone, but once you look into this slice of pristine nature you are going to wonder why it was not at the top of your bucket list for weekends away before now. Located on the Great Dividing Range e
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Hit Refresh
DISCOVER these Maitland hotspots perfect for a trip for two. FROM THE ART: Home to more than 6000 works, Maitland Regional Art Gallery brings out the best of Maitland’s culture of creativity. HISTORY LESSON: Walk around Walka Recreation and Wildlife
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