Every year in our annual Readers' Choice Awards, we ask our fellow travelers to rate the world's best hotels, islands, airlines, and cruise lines. Here we present the top picks for beautiful Australian & Pacific Islands.
Traveling from Tokyo to Melbourne, we also traveled from winter to summer and from all things foreign to all things more familiar. We were surrounded by people speaking English for the first time in over two months on the road and this felt strange to us.
While deserts often evoke an image of arid and inhospitable landscapes, they can also be awe-inspiring. From the bubbling basins of Ethiopia to the monumental landscapes of the American southwest, here are the most otherworldly and captivating stretches of sand our planet has to offer.
From Melbourne to the Gold Coast, we take a look at the glamorous Aussie digs where celebrity sightings are practically an everyday occurrence. With their spectacular suites, amazing amenities and respect for privacy, these properties attract superstars like a moth to a flame.
Go ahead and become a castaway for a day or two. Here are 10 secret places -- from the mysterious North Atlantic to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean -- where you can completely surrender to island time.
If you have a taste for history, then stray away from museums that are flooded with tourists and navigate your way to the depths of the ocean to visit these spectacular underwater treasures.
Nestled in picturesque surroundings amongst the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, Jindabyne is known as the opening to the mountain range. The town sits along an expansive lake half the size of Sydney Harbour, which makes for a spectacular sight.
Australia's third largest island, just half an hour from Adelaide, is a 'back to nature' elemental expanse that is beyond the cliché of 'Australia's Galapagos.' Drive through the island to see seals sunning, koalas napping in eucalyptus trees and mobs of kangaroos.
Australia feels a little bit like our spunky southern cousin. Originally colonized by British prisoners, it is now a melting pot of cultures following waves of immigration from China, Italy, Greece, Central Europe, Vietnam, and the Middle East.
In keeping with its structure -- it is more an assembly of discrete suburbs, each with its own (often banner-held-high) reputation, than it is a metropolis with a blend of neighborhoods -- I stumbled across its treats and its treasures one trove at a time.
Melbourne will leave a lasting impression on any discerning traveller, and we can guarantee that it will become one of your top cities to explore time and time again.
Having grown up in Australia, there's always a part of me that's quietly resented winter's monopoly over Christmas. You know exactly what I'm talking about: the "white Christmas" hoopla.
Plenty of cities claim to have an underground art scene, but in Tasmania the art scene is literally underground.
There are plenty of ways to get around in Sydney, but for the best views of the city nothing beats seeing Sydney by the air in a seaplane.
The Melbourne Festival is a 17-day, multi-venue exploration of visual and performing arts held each October in Australia's cultural capital. It's Melbourne's preeminent yearly cultural event, showcasing theatre, music, film, dance, visual art and more -- and it's every bit as ambitious, audacious and sprawling as one could expect.
In the Northern Hemisphere, we may be waving a tearful goodbye to summer, but Down Under, they're greeting the beach season in all its sunny glory.