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  • Travel & Leisure

    Taste of Tasmania: Discover the Delicious Charm of the Apple Isle

    Australia's island state boasts the perfect conditions for producing top-quality, flavour-filled produce — and an exceptionally talented roll call of passionate people doing spectacular things with it.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: The Hotel Britomart

    Luxury accommodation with a strong sustainable ethos, located in the heart of Auckland’s waterside precinct

  • Travel & Leisure

    Grand Hyatt Melbourne

    From the breakfast buffet to the spa treatments and decadent room service, this city hotel is made for a luxury staycation.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Airbnb Wants You to Run Amok, Amok, Amok Like the Sanderson Sisters in the 'Hocus Pocus' Cottage

    Just in time for Halloween, this witchy stay in Salem, Massachusetts comes complete with broomsticks, bubbling cauldrons and spellbooks.

  • Travel & Leisure

    A Southern Edge Road Trip: Follow a CP Writer's Ambling Foodie Adventure in Tasmania's South

    "While I love a scenic road trip with good company as much as the next person, this road trip truly rivalled almost every journey I can recall."

  • Travel & Leisure

    A Northern Forage Road Trip: Follow a CP Writer's Tasting Tour Across Tasmania's North

    Proceed with an empty stomach, an open mind and a readiness to build a more meaningful relationship with what’s on your plate.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Sydney Will Soon Be Home to a Two-Storey Spa with a Sky-High Relaxation Deck Overlooking Darling Harbour

    Sydney getaway alert: the new holistic spa treatment menu will sit alongside the previously opened infinity pool on level four of the hotel.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: the Secret Treehouse at Wollemi Wilderness Cabins

    Give us a home among the gumtrees…

  • Travel & Leisure

    You'll Be Able to Holiday in Hong Kong Without Going Through Hotel Quarantine From September 26

    Hong Kong is the latest country to drop its strict pandemic-era border restrictions — and travellers will no longer need a negative PCR test to enter, too.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Love Cabins

    Give us a home among the gumtrees...

  • Travel & Leisure

    Woodfordia's Lake Gkula Conservation and Recreation Habitat Is Now Open for Spring Camping Getaways

    Fancy a last-minute spring holiday? Head north for a stint of camping at Woodfordia's 500-acre parkland.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Six Senses Zighy Bay

    This mega-luxurious resort lies in Oman's remote Musandam Peninsula, sandwiched between rocky mountains and clear blue waters

  • Travel & Leisure

    Japan Will Fully Reopen to Individual Tourists From October 11 — Without Visas or Package Tours

    Start making holiday plans: Japan's borders will completely reopen to international travel in mid-October, and the country's daily arrival cap will be abolished.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Get Ready for an Unforgettable Auckland Getaway with VIP Spring City Tickets

    There are a highly limited number of spaces available for this exclusive, ultra luxurious New Zealand trip.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Old Clare Hotel

    This is one of the few luxury hotels in Sydney that will let your pooch stay in your room.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Introducing Concrete Playground Trips — Your New Home for Booking Unique, Unforgettable Getaways

    Book unique, unforgettable getaways in the world's best locations — curated by our editorial team of passionate travellers.

  • Travel & Leisure

    This New Tiny Home Features a Stargazing Platform and Will Pop-Up in Three Different Victorian Regions

    Set to hit Gippsland, the Grampians and the Great Ocean Road, 'Stella' features a luxe shower, a roll-out stargazing sleep platform and eats by Alejandro Saravia.

  • Travel & Leisure

    We're All Going on a Desert Holiday: Qantas Is Selling Flights to the Red Centre for $199 Each Way

    You've got until Monday, September 26 to nab one of the cheap tickets to Alice Springs and Uluru.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Meet The Culinary Tastemakers Championing Tasmanian Produce

    Meet the passionate advocates and entrepreneurs who deal in flavours of the wild and tastes of terroir with the finest produce the earth and sea can offer.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Getaway Alert: The Outrageously Luxe Hotel Clicquot Will Head to Noosa This Summer

    Veuve Clicquot's latest pop-up hotel is so extra — with exclusive dining experiences, sunrise surfing lessons, boat rides along the Noosa River and all the most extravagant ammenities.

  • Food & Drink

    Candy Abalone and Saltbush Vodka: Meet the Makers Behind Some of Tasmania's Most Unusual Flavours

    Say hello to the farmers, anglers and distillers behind the likes of Australia's original truffle farm and a small-batch potato vodka business.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Brand-New Spring Food and Culture Festival Caper Byron Bay Has Unveiled Its Four-Day Program

    On the lineup: bottomless oysters and bellinis, natural wine-fuelled degustations, gin distillery tours, pop-up yum cha, free exhibitions and more.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Victoria's Newest Hot Springs Will Open in October — and It's Taking Bookings From Next Week

    Keen to soak and soothe on your next Victorian getaway? The Peninsula Hot Springs crew is opening Metung Hot Springs, East Gippsland's new geothermal bathing paradise.

  • Food & Drink

    Five Unique Experiences All Alcohol Connoisseurs Should Add to Their Tasmanian Itinerary

    Time to raise your glass at these top-tier Tassie tipple venues.

  • Food & Drink

    Six Tassie Restaurants Championing Paddock-to-Plate Dining For if You Like Eating Straight from the Source

    Tasmania is home to some of the finest produce grown anywhere in Australia — here's where to sample it straight from the source.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Goodbye Awkward Mid-Air Conversations: Qantas Will Now Let You Pay to Sit Next to an Empty Seat

    The airline is trialling a new 'neighbour-free' option on domestic flights, with prices starting from around $30.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Top End Holiday Alert: Webjet Is Doing $150 Off One-Way Flights to Darwin

    You've got until Thursday, September 15 to score up to cheap fares to the Northern Territory capital, with prices starting at $19.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Disney Is Bringing Its 'Magic at Sea' Cruises Down Under for the First Time From October 2023

    Fancy hitting the seas surrounded by Disney, Marvel, Pixar and 'Star Wars' fun? Disney's cruise line will soon set sail from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.

  • Food & Drink

    Foraging, Fruit Picking and Fromage Making: Ten Incredible Foodie Experiences to Have in Tasmania If You're Keen to Get Your Hands Dirty

    Sample honey from a 60-year-old apiary, take a cooking class featuring foraged goods as your ingredients or pluck and shuck oysters straight from the sea.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Japan's Dazzling Digital Art Gallery Has Closed — But It'll Reopen in a New Tokyo Location in 2023

    The dazzling teamLab base shut its doors at the end of August, but it'll be back in a different part of Tokyo next year.

  • Travel & Leisure

    You'll Soon Be Able to Holiday in Japan Again Without Booking a Guided Tour

    Japan's border rules are changing, relaxing some of the requirements around tourism — including for holidays from Australia and New Zealand.

  • Food & Drink

    Five Food Festivals and Farmers Markets That Are Worth Planning Your Tassie Trip Around

    From first-time food festivals to sparkling wine celebrations — here's how you can treat your tastebuds in Tasmania.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Wildlife Retreat at Taronga

    Spend the night amongst some Aussie wildlife, all from the comfort of your luxury zoo lodge.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Virgin Is Doing a Huge Domestic and International Sale with Over One Million Flights From $49

    Making summer getaway plans? Virgin's latest sale covers cheap flights to Byron Bay, the Whitsunday Coast, Fiji, Vanuatu and more.

  • Travel & Leisure
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    Ovolo South Yarra

    A 70s-glam hotel with bold art pop references is also a haven for you four legged friend.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

    A recent $15 million, 18-month long renovation has revamped this premium French-inspired hotel.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Ovolo Hotels Is Offering Elevated Pooch Packages to Pamper Your Pup This September

    Four-legged guests staying on Ovolo's V.I.Pooch package are in for even more treats than usual.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Qantas Is Restarting Flights to New York in 2023 — and Starting a New Direct Route From Auckland 

    Big Apple trips are about to get easier, with Qantas flying from Auckland to NYC from mid-2023 — including a leg from Sydney to NZ first.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Eight Ways to Experience Singapore's World-Class Dining and Cocktail Scene

    From expertly crafted cocktails to seriously tasty street eats, Singapore's food and drinks landscape is among the most impressive and diverse you'll find.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Jetstar Wants You and a Mate or Date to Head Off on Holidays — and Your Companion Can Fly for Free

    Book a package holiday for two to Port Douglas, Hobart, the Gold Coast and more, and you won't have to pay for one person's flights.

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