Given the vastness of the Australian continent – a landmass that encompasses deserts, salt lakes, mountain ranges, plains, rainforests and more – it can be hard to know where to start when planning a trip Down Under. But with a ruggedly beautiful coastline that spans more than 18,000 miles Australia is one country that’s ripe for cruising, allowing travellers access to numerous states, territories and landscapes, in one fell swoop. Many cruises around these parts also take in Australia’s neighbour ‘across the ditch’, New Zealand. Though tiny in comparison, this seafaring nation harbours many of its greatest assets along its shoreline, from fiords and subtropical archipelagos to national parks that spill onto the coast. With an increasingly busy calendar of boutique ships, expedition vessels and large ocean liners docking in Australia and New Zealand, it’s never been easier to find the right voyage for every taste and budget. 1. On foot and by … [Read more...] about 10 of the best ways to see Australia and New Zealand on a cruise
We go on the trail of the last undiscovered places on the planet. Pico da Neblina, Brazil A jagged 2,995-metre behemoth, Pica da Neblina is the highest mountain in the whole of Brazil – not the sort of geographical feature you’re likely to lose down the back of the sofa. Nevertheless, its existence was unknown until the 1950s thanks to two factors. Firstly, it sits in one of South America’s most remote corners: the Guiana Highlands on the Brazil–Venezuela border, a region where uncontacted tribes outnumber tourists. Secondly, it is almost always obscured by thick cloud. Indeed, “neblina” is Spanish for “fog”. The mountain’s millennia of anonymity were ended when (according to popular belief) a pilot spotted it on an extremely rare clear day. The first ascent of it came in 1965. To explore the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, you’ll need to first reach Manaus, a remarkable city of more than two million souls plonked in the … [Read more...] about Amazing places discovered surprisingly recently
28 Feb 7 of the most breathtaking places in New Zealand! Posted at 18:20h in Blog by Victoria One of the most beautiful countries in the world has to be New Zealand, a wondrous destination blessed with a wide variety of incredible vistas. With so many places to see, visitors are literally spoilt for choice when they arrive, which can often leave them not knowing where to start. Well, you don’t need to worry about that now as I’ve picked the 7 most breathtaking places for you to see that will leave you lost for words. 1. Cape Reinga The journey starts at the top of New Zealand, literally, with Cape Reinga, the northernmost point in the country that is accessible for the public. At the tip of the viewing area stands an iconic lighthouse, looking over the cape towards the sea where two oceans meet. Those oceans are the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea and witnessing the two seas clash from the cliffs above is nothing short of spectacular. The drive from … [Read more...] about 7 of the most breathtaking places in New Zealand!
Lord Howe is one of the most captivating destinations I have travelled to so far. A UNESCO World Heritage site, over 75 per cent of the island is protected, including a marine park and the southern-most coral reef in the world. The island is both fascinating and outrageously beautiful. Sitting pretty in the Tasman Sea, somewhere between Australia and New Zealand , this island paradise is home to sandy beaches, rolling surf, subtropical forests, and azure waters. Lord Howe Island was uninhabited until the mid-1800s, the first airstrip was built in 1976, and Qantas started flying there in 1991, opening up the tourism floodgates. At just 11km long and 2km wide, Lord Howe Island has 350 permanent residents and can only accommodate up to 400 visitors at any one time - making it an exceptionally intimate place to visit. Locals are laid-back and friendly and revel in sharing the magic of their home with guests. There is only one school, … [Read more...] about 8 reasons to visit Australia’s extraordinary Lord Howe Island
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | In Tasmania, a Gin Boom Showcasing Native Plants (and Even Sheep Whey) Supported by Heads UP Gin from the south Australian island state is on the rise. In trendy bars throughout Australia, entire pages on menus are devoted to Tasmanian gins. ByJustin Bergman Feb. 8, 2019 Just three decades ago, But today, in trendy bars in the sleepy Tasmanian capital of Hobart, as well as in Melbourne and Sydney, there are entire pages on menus devoted to Tasmanian gins. On the shelf at Society Salamanca, a lively gin-focused cocktail bar near the harbor in Hobart, for example, there are now more than 40 Tasmanian gins from 26 distilleries, with more on the way. Tasmanian gin is on the rise thanks to the overturning of an archaic law “Almost every month now, you hear of a new gin” in Tasmania, said Louise … [Read more...] about In Tasmania, a Gin Boom Showcasing Native Plants (and Even Sheep Whey)