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Get Concrete Playground's take on the latest travel news, events, places and trips
  • Travel & Leisure

    South Australia's Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island Has Been Named Australia's Best Beach for 2023

    Tourism Australia's best ten beaches for 2023 also includes Queensland's Rainbow Beach, Victoria's Apollo Bay and Sydney's Balmoral Beach.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: The Island Gold Coast

    Gold Coast mainstay The Island has been reimagined as a tasteful modern boutique hotel with gorgeous rooms and a buzzy rooftop bar.

  • Travel & Leisure

    New Aussie Airline Bonza Will Start Flying at the End of January — and Fares Are on Sale Now From $49

    The low-cost carrier will hit the air from January 31, with fares to the Whitsunday Coast, Cairns, Townsville, Coffs Harbour and more available.

  • Travel & Leisure

    A Weekender's Guide to Rotorua in New Zealand's North Island

    This famously sulphur-scented town offers far more than just zorbing — visitors can expect rich cultural experiences, delicious dining, and more than a little bit of mud.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Rydges Melbourne Is Getting a Huge Makeover Complete with Refreshed Rooms and a New Rooftop Terrace

    Relaunching this autumn, the new-look hotel will feature 370 rooms and apartments, plus a hefty collection of event spaces.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: Pan Pacific Perth

    Enjoy views of Swan River and the cityscape from your spacious room, the rooftop pool or one of the many restaurants and bars.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Kangaroo Island and Uluru Are Two of the Best Places to Visit in 2023 According to 'The New York Times'

    One was recognised for its "incredible wildlife, breathtaking ocean views, and its status as an ecological haven" — and the other being "the shape-shifting sandstone heart of a continent and its Indigenous heritage".

  • Travel & Leisure

    You Can Now Soak in 24-Hour Hot Springs with Mount Fuji Views at Tokyo's Haneda Airport

    You mightn’t want to leave the airport on your next trip to Japan, with new travel hub Haneda Airport Garden also boasting shops, restaurants and two hotels.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: Anchorage Port Stephens

    This Hamptons-style waterfront spot is one of the best places to stay in Nelson Bay.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Pack Your Suitcase: Webjet Is Slinging Flights to the Northern Territory From Just $19 One-Way

    You've got until Friday, January 20 to score up to $150 off flights to the Red Centre.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Yarra Valley's Levantine Hill Estate Is Getting a New $20-Million Fender Katsalidis-Designed Hotel

    The boutique accomodation will feature 33 rooms decked out with private spas and fully stocked wine fridges.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Digital Nomad: What You Need to Know to Get Yourself Set Up for a Working Holiday in Thailand

    Today's office isn't bound by four walls and watercoolers. Now, the possibilities are almost boundless.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Australia Zoo Has Expanded Its Overnight Stays Among the Animals with New One-Bedroom Cabins

    Fancy a sleepover at the Irwin family's zoo? You've now got more options — and three-bedroom cabins are also on their way.

  • Travel & Leisure

    New Low-Cost Australian Airline Bonza Is Finally Set to Take to the Skies in 2023

    The new carrier has just received regulatory approval, and will fly 27 routes to 17 destinations.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Beachfront Hotel Manly Pacific Has Unveiled Its Luxe $30-Million Revamp with a Rooftop Pool and Lobby Bar

    The hotel's extensive renovation has been unveiled with dog-friendly rooms, customisable wellness packages and an all-out luxury suite for those who want to splurge.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Remote Islands, National Parks and Regional Towns: Here Are 20 of the Best Places to Visit in Australia in 2023

    Make this the year you explore more of Australia's outstanding natural and cultural offerings.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Your Guide to Exploring Tokyo on Foot If You're Itching for an Adventure

    By all accounts, it's the perfect time to travel to Tokyo.

  • Travel & Leisure
    Milsons Point

    Japan Travel Fair

    Start planning your next Japan trip at this weekend-long event — and go in the running to win return flights to Japan for two.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: Movenpick Hotel Melbourne

    This is one of the city's most luxurious places to stay — with superb dining options, spacious rooms and a daily chocolate hour in the lobby.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: KU Villas

    Luxury island living — without the steep price tag.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

    All of Wollongong is at your fingertips when you stay at this relaxing beachside hotel.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Virgin's Boxing Day Sale Is Slinging 800,000 Domestic and International Flights with Prices From $55

    Give yourself cheap flights to Tokyo, Bali and Vanuatu as a post-Christmas gift.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Gourmand's Guide to the Most Delicious Food and Drink Events Coming to Queensland

    Calling all foodies, here are five stand-out festivals that celebrate the flavour, provenance and craft of the Sunshine State.

  • Stay of the Week: Lomani Island Resort

    Find this adults-only resort on a sleepy Fiji island surrounded by palm trees, long sandy beaches and clear blue waters.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: The Henry Jones Art Hotel

    Australia's first ever dedicated art hotel continues to build upon its credentials as one of Hobart's top stays.

  • Travel & Leisure

    This Otago High-Country Sheep Farm Has Just Made Condé Nast's Gold List of the World's Best Accommodation

    A far cry from the list's usual five-star hotels, this sheep-and-cattle station offers four accommodation options in the middle of a working farm.

  • Travel & Leisure

    United Airlines Has Launched New Direct USA Flights — and Upped Frequency on Lots of Existing Routes

    The airline will soon be flying more than 40 direct US flights from Australia each week, departing Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Forget the Springtime Cherry Blossoms, Here Are Seven Reasons to Visit Japan in Winter

    Head to the Japanese Alps for skiing and snowboarding, bathe in natural onsens and stay in some magical mountain villages.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Eleven Fantastically Different Events Calling You to Queensland This Year

    These wonderfully weird events are taking over Queensland's outback, coastlines and small regional towns in 2023.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Virgin Australia Can Get You to Tokyo (and Back) For Less Than $700

    Check out the airline’s Hello Tokyo sale and snag a ticket to Japan for a ridiculously good price.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Nine Things to Eat, See and Do in Wollondilly Next Time You Need to Escape Sydney for a Day

    From bushwalks and hot-air balloon rides to boutique stores and some of the best baked goods you’ll taste, here are nine reasons why the Dilly should definitely be on your summer road trip list.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Sydney Summer Guide 2022-2023

    Everyone's favourite season of the year has arrived, and we're here to help you make it your best summer ever.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Best Glamping Sites to Hit Up Next Time You Go Road Tripping Around New Zealand

    Choose from seaside glamping spots, campsites in the mountains and tents scattered about countryside farms full of roaming sheep.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Best Skiing and Snowboarding Destinations in Japan For Pros and Rookies Alike

    Get the most out of Japan's famous winter sports regions, both on and off the slopes.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Woodfordia Is Now Home to 20 Permanent Glamping Tents — and They'll Eventually Be Available Year-Round

    Glamping has arrived at the Woodford Folk Festival site's 500-acre parkland, complete with fixed ensuites and kitchens in each tent.

  • Travel & Leisure

    A Guide to the Best Swimming Spots in and Around Sydney

    Slip, slop and slap your way to these local swimming holes.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: The Lindis Pods

    Get closer to New Zealand's epic landscapes without losing any of your creature comforts.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Our Guide to the Best Glamping Sites Around Australia

    Stay in luxury tents scattered among remote deserts, lush rainforests and tropical islands.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Dandenong Ranges is Poised to Get a New Luxury Resort Set Within a Heritage-Listed Mansion

    The Great Gatsby-esque estate will bring a new dose of luxury to The Dandenongs.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Coming Soon: The Ritz-Carlton Is Opening a Luxe 80-Storey Hotel in Melbourne's CBD

    On track to open in March 2023, the towering hotel will boast a sky-high pool, 257 rooms, and a culinary offering led by Michael Greenlaw and Mark Best.

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