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  • Travel & Leisure

    Now Open: The Ritz-Carlton Has Brought a Taste of International Hotel Luxury to Melbourne

    The soaring new CBD hotel boasts a sky-high infinity pool and a dazzling lobby perched way up on the 80th floor.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Eleven of the Best Places to Stay Along the Great Ocean Road

    Spend a night or two at these beachside accommodations while road tripping down the coast.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Top Local Spots to Get Your Japan Fix (If You're Not Heading Over for the Cherry Blossoms)

    A trip to the Land of the Rising Sun not on your 2023 travel list? Cure your travel bug and experience Japanese culture right here in Melbourne.

  • Travel & Leisure

    River Drive Motel Is the New Charming and Nostalgia-Fuelled Stay Open in South Gippsland

    This warm old-school motel has been sympathetically redesigned by a Melbourne-based wife-and-husband duo.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Eight Retro-Inspired Motels to Book if You're After a Nostalgia-Laden Holiday

    These are the classic retro motels in Australia for when you're searching for your next nostalgic holiday spot.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Warburton Motel

    The Warby, where mid-century meets the mountains. Get ready to breathe in the country air.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Kyneton Springs Motel

    Come for the classic neon sign out front, and stay for the hospitality.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Best Camping Spots (and Hacks) As Voted By Our Readers

    Here's a list of the top locations to pitch up beneath the stars in Australia, as decided by you.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Park City Is the Underrated American Ski Resort That Should Be on Your Radar

    Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort are the world's most remarkable ski mountains in America's most underrated state.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Get Your Michelin-Star Fix on a Bespoke Gourmand Pilgrimage to Singapore, Hosted by NEL Visionary Nelly Robinson

    Taste your way around Singapore with this exclusive holiday package — taking you to local food haunts, a Michelin dining experience and so much more.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Brisbane Is One of the World's Greatest Places of 2023 According to 'TIME'

    If you ever needed an excuse to enjoy the Sunshine State's capital — whether you're a local or a visitor — this is it.

  • Travel & Leisure

    A Whirlwind Guide to Tokyo

    Whether you want to fill your Japanese days with eating, exploring or shopping, this guide to Tokyo will get you started.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: Saffire Freycinet

    Recently voted World’s Best Luxury Hotel and World’s Best Boutique Hotel, Saffire Freycinet could easily be the next location for 'The White Lotus'.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Inspiration Unlocked: Stay of the Week

    Need a little inspiration for your next holiday destination? Start here.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Get the Most Out of Your Trip to Bali by Booking One of These Unique Travel Experiences and Tours

    Level up your next Bali holiday by hiking up volcanoes, riding quad bikes through the jungle and swimming beneath hidden waterfalls.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Escape the Crowds and Set Sail to These Lesser-Known Greek Islands

    Head off the beaten path to find your own hidden oasis.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Queensland Is Giving Away Sunshine State Getaways Including Outback Road Trips and Wine Region Stays

    All you need to do is register online, then wait for the phone to ring.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Epic Campsites to Roadtrip to from Melbourne to Make the Most of Your Easter Long Weekend

    Swap the pub for the campfire and embrace your surrounding natural wonders this April long weekend.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Bartender Tom Egerton on What Makes Hong Kong's Cocktail Scene One of the Best in the World

    Year after year, Hong Kong cocktail haunts make the list of the World's Best Bars. How do they do it?

  • Travel & Leisure

    Australia's First Capella Hotel Has Opened in Sydney After a Seven-Year Restoration of Its Historic CBD Building

    The 192-room Capella Sydney is now open within a nearly century-old sandstone Sydney building — with Italian Frette linen, a heated pool, spa and an ultra-luxe restaurant.

  • Travel & Leisure

    12 of the Most Luxurious Places to Stay When Visiting Rome

    Head to Concrete Playground Trips to book your stay at any of these lavish hotels.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Start Making Holiday Plans: Jetstar Is Giving Away a Year's Worth of Free Flights

    First, you'll need to hit up specific Australian beaches — then, you might score flights to visit more.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: Manly Pacific

    Book The Infinity Residence and get a personal Beach Butler for the entirety of your stay.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Some of the Best Places to Stay on Indonesia's Lesser-Known Island of Lombok

    Spend a few nights on a private beach or head up to villas set within mountaintop forests for the ultimate tropical island getaway.

  • Travel & Leisure

    W Hotel's Massive Darling Harbour Development Is Finally Set to Open Its Doors This October

    Five years in the making, W Sydney will bring a heated infinity pool with water views, a two-level rooftop bar and a top-notch all-day diner to Darling Harbour.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Here's How These Western Australian Businesses are Changing the Game in Hospitality and Tourism

    The only thing longer than Western Australia's sunny shorelines and bigger than its expansive outback, is the list of job opportunities that allow you to enjoy them while getting paid for the privilege.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Little Bourke Street's Laneways by Ovolo Hotel Has Been Reborn with a Vibrant New 80s-Inspired Look

    The 42-room laneway stay is rocking a makeover by Luchetti Krelle, taking cues from the bold 80s aesthetic of Memphis Group.

  • Day to Night Guide: Ten Standout Brisbane Events No Matter What Time You Want to Visit

    Would you call yourself a day-tripper or a night owl? Either way, we've got you sorted if you're heading to the Sunshine State's capital.

  • Travel & Leisure

    How to Travel Tokyo on a Shoestring

    Good food is cheap, drinking on a budget is easy, plus Tokyo is a beautiful city filled with sights, sounds and cultural opportunities that won't cost you more than a train ticket.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The 'Ted Lasso' Pub Is Hitting Airbnb If You Believe You Deserve an AFC Richmond-Themed London Stay

    You and three mates can knock back beers, play darts, tuck into biscuits and sleep the night at The Crown & Anchor pub right around the corner from Ted’s apartment.

  • Travel & Leisure

    A CP Writer — and Seasoned Hong Kong Local — on What He Can't Wait to Experience on His Next Visit

    Now that Hong Kong has reopened to Aussie travellers, it's time to head over and explore this vibrant city's best bits.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Level Up Your Next Local Holiday with These 20 Australian Adventure Experiences and Tours

    These deals will have you swimming under remote waterfalls, hiking to breathtaking vistas and cycling from vineyard to vineyard.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Cable Beach in Western Australia Has Just Been Named the Third Best Beach in the World for 2023

    The WA spot also topped Tripadvisor's list of the best ten beaches in the South Pacific, which features seven Aussie locations and one from NZ.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: Woodland Cabin at Logan Brae Retreats

    A plunge pool perched above a sweeping vista, wildlife wandering freely, luxe furnishings and expert styling: everything is special here.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

    Carefully blending Australian country charm with modern style and service.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Warhol, Live Music and Poolside Lounging: The Ultimate Guide to an Arty Weekend on the Gold Coast

    Looking for a beachside break? Down for a party? Or, something more arty? There are plenty of ways to enjoy the Gold Coast.

  • Travel & Leisure

    How to Spend 48 Hours in this Booming Beachside Melbourne Suburb

    This guide will take you from the sun-soaked seaside to hidden laneways and rooftop bars scattered all over Frankston.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Jetstar's 72-Hour Japan-Only Sale Is Slinging Free Fares Home From Tokyo and Osaka

    It's the first time in four years that the airline has launched a Japan edition of its 'return for free' sale — and you've got three days to snap up tickets.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Here's What Happened When We Joined United Airline's World-First Pride Flight From San Francisco to Sydney

    A plane full of San Francisco locals boarded the first ever Pride Flight to Sydney — and we went along for the journey.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Four Travel Deals for Those in Need of a Luxury City Break (Or a Sterling Staycation)

    One-of-a-kind trips to Sydney, Perth, Hobart and Adelaide await. All you need to do is book and go.

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