Australia

Tips and Articles in Australia

With a third of the world's coral and more than 1,500 species of fish, Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet. So when Cairns-based Sunlover Cruises announced in February a plan to construct a freestanding...
The latest train trips give you plenty of reasons to get on board. India's Deccan Odyssey (800/824-6342; www.deccan-odyssey-india.com; from $350 a night per person) comes with every amenity imaginable—including a spa car. Now there's no excuse for...
Celebrating Australia's centenary with flamboyant colors and more curves than a boomerang, the long-awaited National Museum of Australia has opened in Canberra, the nation's capital. Outside, a red metal loop that roller-coasters up from the entra...
When I was a boy there was only one hard-top road in the whole of Australia's remote Northern Territory: the Stuart Highway, known locally as "the Track." The Track runs a thousand miles from Darwin on the northcoast of the continent to Alice Spri...
Edited by Amy Farley We partnered with Conservation International to develop a comprehensive green-hotel assessment test to learn what properties around the world are doing to conserve water and energy, eliminate waste, and support their local ha...
In the historic Sullivan's Cove neighborhood of Hobart, Australia's second-oldest city, four 19th-century sandstone warehouses have been transformed into a fashionable new project: the Henry Jones Art Hotel. Local hotelier Flora de Kantzow conceiv...
Want to sightsee the Michael Phelps way?The British outfit SwimTrek (44-208/696-0764; www.swimtrek.com; six-day trips from $889), which conducts group tours that substitute breaststrokes for buses, now offers aquatic journeys around the Great Barr...
When I lived in Sydney, arguably Australia's most worldly city, I was less impressed by its skyscrapers and cafés than I was by the miles of coastal beaches and national parks at its fringes. I sought out bits of ecological wonder—a drive along th...
See our slideshow of 10 of the Coolest Underground Travel Spots. While walking in the West Virginia woods in 1978, Dr. Robert Conte saw something that made him stop in his tracks: an aluminum door between green cement walls. With an ominous feeli...
To toast the New Year—and with it, dreams of an improved you—we've come up with a few suggestions, at home and on the road. —Lauren David Peden 1 LOSE WEIGHT Put down that eggnog and kick-start your fitness routine with a state-of-the-art spa ...
The remaining U.S. wilderness Think of it this way: there's a finite amount of it, and it's shrinking. The wolves of Yellowstone, for example, so successfully reintroduced seven years ago, are again the target of ranchers in Wyoming and Idaho unha...
Someday, Drew Kluska may be famous as a great Australian explorer—of luxury digs. He has spent the past few years searching for hotels, lodges, and even livestock stations that exemplify Australia's colorful history and character. And from the hu...
See our slideshow of the World’s Top Aerial Tours. The hum of the single-engine Cessna fills your ears as you ascend above the Peruvian high desert. Below you, flat expanses of dry, brown earth extend in every direction, punctuated only by twisti...
So many resorts, so little time—and such a wide margin for error. That's the dilemma on the Great Barrier Reef, a 1,240-mile sweep of spectacular biodiversity off the northeastern coast of Queensland, Australia (and, before we forget to mentio...
South Korea The Program The Secret of Coocoo Island (MBC, weekdays, 7:45 p.m.) What You’ll Watch Don’t worry about the language barrier. This version of Lost—midlevel employees become stranded on a mysterious island—provides comic insight into...