Australia Travel Guide

Halfway up the coast is Apsley Gorge, where Brian Franklin, Tasmania's most committed Burgundian, makes a gorgeous Pinot Noir in a repurposed fish factory. (In season, Franklin, a former abalone diver, will catch and grill you a fresh seafood feast to blo

What Lies Beneath: Well, just about all of the 3,500-person population of Coober Pedy, an opal-mining town in South Australia.

Aussie brews James Squire and Fat Yak are on tap.

This UNESCO World Heritage site encompasses the Bungle Bungle Range, 20-million-year-old striped rock formations that resemble giant beehives.

Exhibiting edgy and often controversial Contemporary art is the mission of this Paddington gallery, which opened in 1982. In particular, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery highlights Asia-Pacific artist, especially in Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.

Must-try: 2008 Sexton Vineyards Pinot Noir.

The temple belongs to the Taiwanese Fo Guang Shan sect. Said to be the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Buddhist shrine, it’s billed as an international tourist attraction; busloads of Asian visitors mill the grounds yet the temple maintains an overwhelming sense of serenity, almost solitude.

Rising-star producer in a picturesque setting. Must-try: 2007 Leston Cabernet Sauvignon.

Brace Yourself: Australia’s Gold Coast is a little off the map for most people, but if you are in the neighborhood, head for this: the fastest, tallest thrill ride in the Southern Hemisphere (and at 100 mph, the fourth fastest in the world).

The stalls here are piled with ruby-red lychees, hairy rambutans, and spiky durian.

From the tip of the peninsula, you can see black wallabies, blue-winged parrots, and long-nosed bandicoots.

Original Debut: Though local residents complained to the press that the new movie theater would be built “too close to churches” and that “such a noisy, showy place of entertainment would detract from the dignity and charm” of the area, the Astor Theater first lifted its curtain