East Coast Australia
Hit the road, Jack: Australia's east coast is road-tripping nirvana, with picture-perfect beaches, rainforests, hip cities and the Great Barrier Reef. Why I Love East Coast Australia By Charles Rawlings-Way, Writer Growing up in a chilly southern Australian town, the lure of the east coast, with its Endless Summer beaches and throbbing cities, was ever-present.
Get ready for mammoth national parks, dynamic Māori culture, and world-class surfing and skiing. New Zealand can be mellow or action-packed, but it's always epic. Food, Wine & Beer British-influenced classics like fish and chips aren’t going anywhere, but NZ gastronomy has come a long way, baby.
It's easy to see why Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. Just look at these sugary beaches, Technicolor coral reefs and volcanoes beckoning adventurous spirits. Modern Multiculturalism Hawaii is as proud of its multicultural heritage as it is of former US President Barack Obama, who was born in Honolulu on Oʻahu.
Packing in cosmopolitan cities, authentic opportunities to experience Māori culture, and the country’s bubbling volcanic heart, the North Island is an exceedingly versatile destination. Volcanic Thrills Welcome to one of the planet’s youngest countries, at least in geological terms.
Let it all hang out in Queensland: Australia's holiday haven offers beaches, reefs, jungles, uptempo locals and a laid-back tropical pace of life. Big Adventures Outdoor Queensland is truly 'great'. Take the Great Barrier Reef for starters: slip on some goggles and ogle one of the most amazing underwater landscapes on earth.
Melbourne is food-obsessed, marvellously multicultural and a showpiece for Australian culture. Beyond the city limits, Victoria offers rich history, stunning wilderness and culinary excellence. Great Indoors In the 19th century, gold-rich Melbourne and small towns in Victoria were stamped with architectural wonders.
With its immense dimensions, meagre population and Perth’s distinction as the world’s most isolated capital city, Western Australia (WA) could be considered Australia's final frontier. It certainly makes a spectacular finale to what the country has to offer. ‘Up north’, you’ll encounter all manner of photogenic landscapes.
West Coast Australia
If you subscribe to the 'life's a beach' school of thought, you'll fall in love with Western Australia (WA) and its 12,500km of spectacular coastline. Action Stations WA has plenty for the active traveller. Traverse the 963km Bibbulmun Track or focus on spectacular day walks including sections of the Cape to Cape Track around stunning Cape Naturaliste.
Welcome to Australia’s epic heartland, the country's Indigenous homeland, a wild and beautiful land tamed only by wineries and remote desert trails. Why I Love Central Australia By Anthony Ham, Writer God I love this place. There is something in the outback wilds that call to me in ways I barely understand.
Revelling in isolation, Tasmania is busting out with fab festivals and sensational food and drink, riding a tourism-fuelled economic boom that’s the envy of all Australia. Why I Love Tasmania By Charles Rawlings-Way, Writer I spent my childhood in Hobart, wheeling my bike between the beach and the bush.
Central Coast NSW
Chances are Sydney will be your introduction to Australia's east coast and there simply isn't a better one. The city’s spectacular harbour setting, sun-kissed beaches and sophisticated sheen make it unique in Australia, and its outdoorsy population endows it with a confident charm that every city yearns for but few achieve.
Adrift in the daydreamy South Pacific – deliciously remote and surprisingly diverse – you can de-stress or ramp up the action, with some super-fresh seafood awaiting at day's end. South Seas Dreaming The South Pacific's paradisiacal reputation can be traced back to European explorers, returning home with tales of fertile soils, beautiful islanders and simple ways.
Oʻahu attacks your senses. Tropical aromas and temperatures, turquoise waters, a kaleidoscope of colorful fish, verdant rainforest and sensuous scenery, plus so much to do. Hawaiian Heartland There’s another side of the island: the ‘country,’ where farms and dirt roads lead deep into a passionate Hawaiian heartland.