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Beach and island holidays

Paradise found: The world’s seven most beautiful islands named

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but surely not when it comes to islands. Here are some of the best.

The Seventy Islands are part of the Rock Islands of Palau.

An expert expat’s tips for Palau

With supreme diving, a national karaoke obsession and restaurants that will cook your daily catch for a “corkage” fee, it’s easy to fall for this tiny island nation.

  • by Belinda Jackson
NRMA’s set to take the keys to Freycinet Lodge, on Tasmania’s east coast.  

Australia’s 10 most spectacular national park stays

Staying overnight in a national park isn’t necessarily a case of roughing it in a basic campsite. Some Aussie national parks offer something a little more spectacular to spend the night in.

  • by David Whitley
The author gets back out there.

Investigative reporter comes off second-best in reef encounter

I stand on the speed boat, blood seeping from my back, as a searing pain shoots through my lower right rib cage.

  • by Nicholas McKenzie

Six of the best places to stay on the Sunshine Coast

It’s Queensland’s sunniest playground and these hinterland getaways are ideal for exploring its terrific food, stunning beaches and rolling hinterland.

  • by Sheriden Rhodes
Nacula Island in the outer Yasawa Islands group.

Sick of resorts? There’s an alternative (and cheaper) way to stay in Fiji

We make new friends, eat home-cooked meals and life slows down. But this kind of holiday isn’t for everyone.

  • by Shaney Hudson
This jungle-flanked coastal gem is just half an hour from Cancun Airport.
Hotel reviews

Surprising Aussie connection for this luxurious Mexican resort

Luxury hotel brand Belmond’s Riviera Maya property has been one of the top resorts in the region since the ’90s. After a major upgrade, it’s now even better.

  • by Ute Junker
Lake McKenzie - a rare experience.

Australia is home to the world’s most beautiful puddle

Think blue-tinged water clear as a gin cocktail, pure white sand, and one of the world’s most unusual landscapes. This is a puddle for the Instagram age.

  • by Brian Johnston
Snorkelling off the Heart Reef pontoon.

There are few overseas destinations that can match this paradise

When the pandemic kept Australia’s luxury travellers within our borders for almost two years, it was here they flocked.

  • by Craig Tansley
The terrace at the Bebe Spa, Outrigger Fiji.

Major overhaul of Fiji’s first five-star resort nears completion

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort is polishing its stars with a revamp as the island nation enjoys a boom in visitors.

  • by Julietta Jameson