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Australian Traveller’s 10 most memorable places

Australian Traveller’s 10 most memorable places | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

The Australian Traveller team has put 10 years worth of travel and holiday experience together to list the 10 most memorable experiences and places they have visited. Among their suggestions include:


  1. Lady Elliot Island, QLD.
  2. Alice Springs, NT.
  3. Margaret River, WA.
  4. Great Ocean Road, VIC.
  5. Maria Island, TAS.
  6. Falls Creek, VIC.
  7. Mungo National Park, NSW.
  8. Flinders Ranges, SA.
  9. Kinchega National Park, NSW.
  10. Canberra, ACT. 


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Australia: 100 amazing places you haven't been to yet

Australia: 100 amazing places you haven't been to yet | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

In this article, Australian Traveller asked some of Australia's most interesting minds to share their special holiday spots. Novelists, painters, television reporters, photographers, sportspeople, entrepreneurs, musicians, composers, documentary makers, designers, chefs, national treasures and travel journalists have shared their favourite secret spots. The list of Australia's 100 amazing places you haven't been to yet includes secluded beaches, underrated food trails, beautiful bargain stays, a hidden waterhole and an exquisite retreat the crowds haven't heard about yet. Click here to view the complete list.

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Cairns takes out Australian Traveller’s friendliest town award

Cairns takes out Australian Traveller’s friendliest town award | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Cairns is being urged to capitalise on its recent accolade as Australia’s friendliest town. The Far North tourist favourite has been voted the most friendly in the country by travel magazine Australian Traveller, in a poll of thousands of readers. After one reader said, "the further north, the friendlier the locals," Cairns MP and assistant tourism minister Gavin King is adamant that all residents have a role to play in ensuring the town stays in favour with travellers. Cairns beat second-placed Byron Bay to win friendliest town, with Airlie Beach, Broome and Exmouth in Western Australia rounding out the list.

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Perfect: Australia's best holiday towns

Perfect: Australia's best holiday towns | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

What makes the perfect Australian town for a holiday? Australian Traveller assembled a panel of six well-known Australians who know the country intimately from years spent touring its towns, and asked them for their choice of the nation's best. According to the panel, five attributes essential to a perfect town encompass friendly locals, accessible open spaces, interesting shopping, good eating places and something that gives the town a striking character. Their answers were sometimes surprising, but always immensely revealing of the visitable towns Australia has on its doorstep. 

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Keeping it real – 4 ‘rewarding’ holiday ideas

Keeping it real – 4 ‘rewarding’ holiday ideas | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Increasingly, Australians are looking for more immersive, authentic holidays rather than retreating to the standard fly-and-flop getaway. If you want to avoid the typical tourist trip, there are plenty more authentic adventures to be found. For example, newly launched Indigineous company Lirrwi Tourism provides Australians with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the daily lives and traditions of the Yolngu people. Click here for other authentic holidays on offer in Australia.

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The ‘foodie weekend’ hot list of 2014

The ‘foodie weekend’ hot list of 2014 | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Australian Traveller has asked Australia's top food and travel journalists to nominate the country's best new foodie weekends. Gourmet getaways are the holiday of the moment, as reflected by Tourism Australia's current 'Restaurant Australia' campaign. Learn about some of the up-and-coming foodie experiences, as nominated by a panel which includes food blogger Kerry Heaney, food writer Miranda Luby, food and travel writer Carla Grosetti, food and wine writer Windsor Dobbin and travel writer Andrew Bain. For more ideas, click here for a list of Australia's 100 greatest gourmet experiences.

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Australia's greatest Luxury Lodges

Australia's greatest Luxury Lodges | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

All the luxury destinations that made Australian Traveller’s recent 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia list have become destinations in their own right. Here’s how the online magazine’s 20-member panel of experts rated the most opulent places to stay in Australia. Click here for the complete list.

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Australia's greatest road trips

Australia's greatest road trips | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Flying is quicker but in Australia it’s certainly true that the journey can be as important as the destination, especially in a land dominated by expansive outback landscapes. In ‘The 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia‘ list, road trips very nearly came out on top, only pipped by the opulence of a Kimberley cruise. So here are the 10 Greatest Road Trips of Australia.

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Australia's greatest gourmet holiday destinations

Australia's greatest gourmet holiday destinations | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Food and wine are increasingly a deciding factor in Australia’s travel plans. In light of tonight's Restaurant Australia gala dinner for some of the world's most respected food and wine writers, celebrity chefs and broadcasters, here are Australia’s 10 Greatest Gourmet Holidays. Two of these have made Australian Traveller's list of Australia's 100 greatest experiences. Click here for the complete list.

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Australia’s 10 most underrated national parks

Australia’s 10 most underrated national parks | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Australia's superstar national parks, Kakadu, Daintree, Kosciuszko, get all the attention, but Australian Traveller's Steve Madgwick believes these 10 deserve a whole lot more love too:


  1. Millstream-Chichester, WA
  2. Mirima, WA
  3. Kuringgai Chase, NSW
  4. Gundabooka, NSW
  5. Coorong, SA
  6. Tasman, Tasmania
  7. Litchfield, NT
  8. Limmen, NT
  9. Lamington, QLD
  10. Great Otway, Great Ocean Road, Victoria


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The next big things in Australian travel

The next big things in Australian travel | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Australian Traveller's editor has collated the trends and experiences which are likely to affect the way Australians travel in 2015. Watching the sunset set at Uluru is tipped as the dream experience of Australians in 2015, while Tasmania is named as the year's dream destination. Amongst the forecasted trends include the rise of the Australian road trip, tech-driven travel and the growth of cruising. In keeping with the revival of the road trip, Australians are also seeking out experiences that have depth and meaning. Top of the list include authentic Indigenous experiences, educational pilgrimages to sites of environmental significance and guided tours involving historical learnings. Click here to learn how your business may benefit from some of these trends in 2015.

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Australian Traveller’s People’s Choice Awards 2014

Australian Traveller’s People’s Choice Awards 2014 | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Australian Traveller has quizzed some 2500 readers to put together the ultimate travel inspiration list for 2015. The Peoples' Choice Awards is Australian Traveller's annual snapshot of the absolute best travel experiences over the past year including Australia's best cities, restaurants, dream destinations, glamping sites, hotel pools, quirkiest stays and more. Each category is comprised of a worthy finalist list as well as a winner. Click here to find out the results to questions such as, which is better - Sydney or Melbourne? What's the one road trip every Australian will love? Where is Australia's best café culture? And which beach town is the best place for a holiday?

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Natural Australia: ultimate escapes

Natural Australia: ultimate escapes | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Here is a list of Australia's most incredible natural landscapes as identified by Tourism Australia and Parks Australia. Explore wild, remote beaches, ancient rainforests, rugged mountain ranges, cavernous caves and gigantic gorges. Walk, climb, camp, ski, canoe or connect with the spectacular landscape by seeing it through the eyes of its original inhabitants. Topping the list includes Australia's Great Barrier Reef and Great Ocean Road. Click here to view other incredible natural offerings in Australia.

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100 incredible travel secrets of Australia

100 incredible travel secrets of Australia | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Over 1000 readers and industry experts came together to nominate Australia's best kept secrets from one to 100. The list includes some of Australia's bargain hotels, secret beaches, beachside towns, breathtaking experiences and natural wonders. Topping the list is NSW'S Whites Beach, Byron Bay. Click here to view the full list.

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Australia’s greatest ‘swim with’ experiences

Australia’s greatest ‘swim with’ experiences | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

It can be exhilarating and it can be nerve-wracking but there aren’t many people whose lives aren’t enriched by one of the growing number of ‘swim with’ experiences offered in Australia. Ningaloo Reef on Western Australia’s Coral Coast was the 12th most popular destination on Australian Traveller’s 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia list, thanks largely to the whale shark encounters on offer (incidentally placing it ahead of the Great Barrier Reef). But that’s just the start: you can frolic with dolphins or stare face to face with a great white shark (from behind the safety of a cage). Click here for the complete list. 

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Lana E Smith's curator insight, November 28, 2014 7:56 AM

Lets ask the World Cetacean Alliance on their rating system for these operators. 

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Australia’s greatest cultural experiences

Australia’s greatest cultural experiences | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Australians are looking for deeper meaning in their holiday experiences, ones that expand the mind while we travel, according to our 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia. And Aussies are flying the culture vulture route well outside the big cities, the traditional bastions of all things edifying: whether it’s travelling to an inspiring indigenous dance gala in the outback; letting yourself go at one of the more progressive festivals; or challenging ideas at the refreshingly challenging MONA. So here are the top 10 places Australian Traveller’s 20-member panel of experts deemed to be the go-to destinations for culture vultures.

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Punch Digital 's curator insight, June 23, 2015 10:30 PM

Here is a list of the top 10 cultural experiences in Australia according to Australian Traveller. Good to see Sunshine Coast's Woodford Folk Festival featuring. All the more reason to visit the Sunshine Coast during your trip downunder. There is a lot to come and discover in Australia's far north making Sunshine Coast a good stopover.


If you are seeking accommodation in the area you should come and see the great apartments available at Catalina Resort.

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Australia's 100 greatest holidays

Australia's 100 greatest holidays | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

3000 contacts across the Australian travel industry have come together to put together the most comprehensive, well-considered gazetting of Australian holidays to have ever been published by the media. The result brings you the 100 greatest holidays Australia has to offer, right across the country, from the humble beachside weekend to the grandest wilderness journey. Click here to view the complete list.

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