Celebrate the holiest time in the Thai calendar, Buddha Day (Visakha Puja), with a seven-course Thai banquet at Spicers Tamarind Retreat in Australia’s Sunshine Coast hinterland.
For a taste of ultra luxury, Tower Lodge in NSW’s Hunter Valley fits the bill. Boutique size and grand in scale, it is often a retreat for celebrities – oh crap, I swore I wouldn’t mention that.
Even though we are republicans in the independent Australian manner, not the obnoxious Donald Trump variety, a post mortem of the royal wedding fashion and mad hatters is required over afternoon tea.
Films inspire us to travel. The Lord of the Rings Triology revealed New Zealand’s dramatic scenery, Gandhi unleashed a generation of backpackers on India, and Thailand is about to get a whole lot more drunks with The Hangover Part 2.
New Zealand does autumn and winter so well. The Land of the Long Wine List turns scarlet, russet and gold in autumn and then the snow falls. Three of New Zealand’s luxury lodges have a winter special deal.
Three young New Zealanders went to northern Thailand for an idyllic holiday. All three got very sick and one died. Her death remains unexplained.
Olives of Beaulieu is a family-owned olive grove in northern New South Wales, with cellar door sales of olive products and estate-manufactured spices.
The West Australian’s travel editor Stephen Scourfield brings together some of his most fascinating journeys and encounters in the book Travel Etcetera.
This hilarious book is a father and son road trip adventure from Melbourne to London, overland in a four-wheel drive.
The Australian desert can be an intimidating landscape for first-time visitors and there’s nowhere better to get acquainted than the Alice Springs Desert Park.