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Hit Australia's capital highlights: two days in Canberra

Some capital cities almost define the country they represent. What would France be without Paris, Italy without its Eternal City or England without London?<p>Canberra, on the other hand, is so obscure many overseas visitors have never heard of it. The unloved offspring of a disagreement between Sydney …

Lonely Planet's guide to the Very Big Things of Australia

Big is Australia's middle name. It's the world's largest island, home to the world's biggest monolith (maybe) and where you can see the...Big Banana. If you thought things were big in Texas, wait until you discover Australia’s fascination for all things elephantine and concrete. Why not take a road …

Australia's wildest road trip

Stretching across Australia’s northwest corner, the road from Darwin to Broome runs through one of the world’s last great wildernesses. This is a land where there are areas larger than Ireland without a single town, where farmers lose dozens of cattle a year to crocodiles, and whole communities are …

Watching Australia's wildlife

Wildlife is one of Australia’s top selling points, and justifiably so. A network of national parks, state forests and reserves is home to unique and fascinating native fauna, and although many of the furry mammals are nocturnal, during the daylight the birdlife is vibrant, noisy and colourful.<p>If …

Top 10 outdoor attractions in Australia's Northern Territory

For many people, the north represents the real Australia: vast and apparently empty country, locals with wits as dry as their dusty boots, unfamiliar customs and landforms, and an ancient spiritual culture rubbing up against a more familiar Western way of life.<p>Closer to Bali than Bondi, Darwin …

Sydney by the sea

Sand, surf, sunshine...These are a few of Sydney's favourite things! And one of the best places to see them is along the staggeringly scenic Bondi-to-Coogee Clifftop Trail − a 5km, three-hour stroll that goes a long way towards explaining Sydney's love affair with the sea.<p>Bondi Beach<p><i>Image by</i> …

Planning a trip to Australia: what you need to know

Book your flights: 2012 is shaping up as a bumper year to visit Australia. A slew of music festivals (Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay Bluesfest) will feature arena-filling acts like Kanye West, Soundgarden, Steve Earle and Kasabian. And don't miss the touring Picasso exhibition at …

Living on the edge: the wildlife of southwestern Australia

Many of Australia’s mammals share a somewhat inconvenient trait for wildlife watchers - they’re nocturnal. So three cheers for the endangered numbat: it’s one of few that’s out and about during daylight hours, if you know where to look. The place to start looking - for these and for other endemic …

Five of Australia's treasured islands

Ah, Australia. Partying the night away amid the bright lights of Sydney. Exploring the undersea extravaganza of the Great Barrier Reef. Watching the sun rise over wind-sculpted Uluru. A visit Down Under is never short of do-before-you-die moments.<p>But did you know that there’s a whole lot more to Oz …

Flavours of Tasmania: take a bite out of Australia's Apple Isle

There’s much more to the self-styled Apple Isle than, well, apples. Australia’s southernmost state, the island of Tasmania, is a foodie’s paradise and a world apart from mainland Oz. The cooler climate produces elegant dry wines and the unspoiled coastline ensures the freshest seafood around.<p>The …

Top tips for responsible travel in Aboriginal Australia

In the rush of excitement to see the world's best sights one can sometimes forget to acknowledge their sanctity. This is certainly true in Central Australia, where most of the top tourist magnets, like Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), have their significance anchored in ancient …

How to be an Aussie beach bum

When it comes to hanging out at the beach, Aussies have a few unwritten 'rules' of behaviour. To make the most of your visit Down Under, and do a convincing impression of a bona fide Aussie beach bum, here are some helpful pointers:<p>Beach etiquette<p>The most important rule: always head to the edge of …

Top tips for first-time family travel

The first time you contemplate hitting the road as a family can feel fraught with potential disaster – you envisage being stuck without vital wet wipes, or seeing your precious toddler getting sucked into the chaos of a Turkish bazaar. Relax. It will be okay. It’s actually very satisfying exploring …

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Latin American adventures for the whole family

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you have to stop travelling altogether. In fact, bringing the kids along for your next Latin American adventure can be an enriching experience for everybody involved. It’s easier than you think, and just a few simple guidelines can keep your …

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Plastic fantastic: Denmark's Legoland

'The Happiest Place on Earth'? Disneyland may lay claim to the cheesy slogan, but we like to think that Denmark's Legoland, though considerably smaller, may give it a run for its money.<p>Legoland is, after all, a theme park celebrating the 'toy of the century' (title courtesy of <i>Fortune</i> magazine) in …

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Southeast Asia on a Shoestring, 20 years (and a child) later

When we bought our 1992 edition of <i>Southeast Asia on a Shoestring</i> to start making travel plans, there was no Internet. No social media, no hostel booking sites, no Thorn Tree, no TripAdvisor. Not even Hotmail.<p>When we saved enough and packed up that guidebook, my girlfriend and I put everything in …

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Career break travel myths

Here's what you need to do: take a break from your career and travel the world for an extended period of time. How does that sound?<p>If your response is 'Sounds fantastic, but there's absolutely no way I can do that,' you're not alone. But people do take career breaks, and quite successfully – so …