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naturalist

What does the world's greatest naturalist say about the Great Barrier Reef?

WITH Attenborough fever hitting the ABC in April 2016 - thanks to a stunning three part series about the glories of the Great Barrier Reef - we look at what the world's greatest naturalist has to say about that brilliantly hued underwater…
queensland beach

Need some last-minute inspiration for Mum?

MAKE Mum queen of her own tropical island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef for less than the cost of a city penthouse, or shout her a classic Sazerac cocktail at Brisbane's sky-high rooftop bar. From iconic Outback Queensland lodgings…
koala

Celebrate our fluffy-eared, big-nosed iconic koala in the wild

KOALA Conservation Groups in Australia have declared May 3 Wild Koala Day to build awareness of the need to protect koalas in the wild. Koala expert Janine Duffy says that everyone loves koalas but many are confused about how to help…
Australian wines

Discover Australian wines in May

MAY IS an official a reason to enjoy more wine with Aussie Wine Month 2016, the biggest annual celebration of Australian wines. With a range of wine-focused activities and events in full swing across the nation to support the month-long…
rally

Shitbox Rally 2016 takes the road less travelled

SHITBOX Rally 2016 will be taking a new route through the valleys, mountains and open plains to discover for the first time ever in the rally's history, Bass Strait and Tasmania. Four hundred and fifty participants will take in the…
wellness

Rachael Finch to host weekend wellness escape

WESTIN Hotels & Resorts' well-being advocate Rachael Finch will host a two-day retreat, designed to inspire and help guests pursue their well-being, in Melbourne on 16-17 April 2016. Combining movement with relaxation, The Westin…
sofitel

Step Back in Time with Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

THIS year is one of reflection and celebration for Sofitel Sydney Wentworth with the luxury heritage hotel turning 50. The first 5-star hotel to open in Sydney during 1966, the hotel will mark this impressive milestone by inviting guests…
great barrier reef

The Secret Great Barrier Reef

When someone says Townsville, do you think Great Barrier Reef? No? Don't worry, you're not alone. Townsville North Queensland has been keeping a few cards close to its chest, known only by the savvy locals who have been savouring…
rv friendly

Jarrahdale, now RV friendly!

THE PEEL Region's historic town of Jarrahdale, only 50 minutes south of Perth, is now an RV Friendly Town. To qualify for the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia's program, towns must meet the needs of RV travellers and satisfy…
Northern Territory

There's No Better Time to Do the NT!

WITH the dry season and cooler temperatures fast approaching, there's no better time to do the Northern Territory (NT). The change in seasons sees the full reopening of Top End National Parks, including Kakadu, and a range of new products…
surfing

Southern Gold Coast becomes the newest World Surfing Reserve

SIXTEEN kilometres of stunning coastline were officially dedicated as the eighth World Surfing Reserve by the Save the Waves Coalition this week, cementing the Gold Coast's position as the home of Australian surfing. Gold Coast Tourism…
balloon

Fast Facts: Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2016

THE CANBERRA Balloon Spectacular is considered to be one of the best and longest running hot air ballooning events in the world. Held over nine days, visitors will be treated to an experience of the senses with a flurry of colour,…
park trek

New Park Trek Larapinta and West Macs Tour

PARK TREK Walking Holidays has launched a new central Australia trip with departures in May, June and August 2016. Stay in four-star comfort at the luxurious Double Tree by Hilton each night and walk each day on parts of the Larapinta…
noodles

Oodles of noodles and loads of good food for Canberra

FOODIES and festival fans will converge on Canberra this month, as the capital plays host to mouth-watering Good Food Month events and the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets. The table is set for The Canberra Times Good Food Month…
Australian Kimberely

Native food to star in 'Best Regional Event in Australia'

THE MAGICAL Kimberley setting will star alongside native Kimberley food at the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster in May 2016. Fervor Chef Paul Iskov joins the star-studded line up along with food critic and trained chef Rob Broadfield. Iskov…