Wednesday, September 29, 2021


The best of Oz

Here’s what visitors love - or don’t - about Australia and what they must see and do, writes PETRA O’NEILL

Adelaide, Australia’s most liveable city

  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? According to the Economist magazine’s annual Global Liveability Index, of the world’s...

India’s Freedom Struggle: Iconic Landmarks

  On 24 August 1608, the British landed in India as humble traders, soon shifted their interest into making territorial gains, and finally stayed back...
Hiking through Cape Hauy

Hike your way through Tasmania’s south coast

  My adventure began as soon as I boarded Coral Expedition’s Coral Discoverer from Hobart’s Sullivan’s Cove. For the next 11 days, we cruised along...
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Regional Victoria- Places to visit & fun things to do

  Unchecked travel to regional Victoria might not be possible right now, but new government support means businesses will be ready to welcome visitors when...
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Discovering Hobart

  It’s mid-afternoon and my exploration of Hobart has been paused while I indulge in chocolate hour, held daily at Tesoro’s modern Italian restaurant, with...
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Darwin and Kakadu: Discovering Australia’s ‘Top End’

  I’ve travelled to the Northern Territory many times. It makes me feel good to be in the 'Top End' of Australia, for the chance...
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Nature’s playground: Discovering Port Stephens

  As we continue to seek out holiday spots close to home in these pandemic times, this issue we explore a gem destination in our...

Hello, New Zealand: A 10-day itinerary for your next trip

  All set to make the most of the Trans-Tasman travel bubble with a trip to New Zealand? Let's get started! Itinerary If this is your first...
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Trans-Tasman bubble: Travellers remain cautiously optimistic

  It was sheer jubilation at the Tailor household in Sydney when New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the long-awaited two-way trans-Tasman bubble. This...
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It’s time to discover the islands of Sydney Harbour

  On my first visit to Sydney, I caught a bus to Circular Quay. There were many destinations to which I could choose to travel...
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Cruising on the Murray River

  The first thing I noticed when I stepped aboard the Murray Princess was the row of carved wooden portraits of early pioneers who played...
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Kangaroo Island reborn

  No kangaroos welcome me as I land on the shores of Australia's third-largest island, but two centuries ago in 1802, a large number of...
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Discovering New South Wales by rail

  With a focus on offering rail tours to explore regional New South Wales, I recently joined the inaugural tour of the Golden West with...

Six iconic Aussie trains: The Ghan, Indian Pacific, The Overland and more

Exploring Australia by rail is a unique experience if you have the time
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Planning a road trip in a pandemic? 11 tips for before you leave, on...

  As restrictions ease around the country and the prospect of travel beckons, many of us will be planning road trips for the holiday season. To...
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Zoofari Animal View Lodge, a piece of Africa in NSW

  Scenes from the 1985 film Out of Africa kept flashing in my mind when I toured Kenya and Tanzania a few years ago. Meryl...

The Gold Coast – Australia’s Good Time Capital

Australia’s sixth largest city, the Gold Coast hugs Queensland’s southern coastline, and is renowned for its beautiful beaches that seem to stretch forever, glitzy...

Narooma: A road trip to the South Coast

Stuck at home for most of the year like everyone else on the planet, a road trip during the spring school holidays was something...

Gandhi’s Delhi: where to discover more about Gandhiji in the capital

When someone asks which site in India’s capital Delhi generally ranks at the top of the itinerary of any visiting heads of the state...

New Zealand unlocks mindful travel with meditative soundscapes

While international travel still seems to be afar, how about some music that can transport listeners virtually to their favourite destination? Tourism New Zealand has...

5 walks around Brisbane to do this weekend

A breath of fresh air could do a great deal of good for the people of Brisbane amidst the pandemic. One can practice physical...

Travelling around the Premier State of NSW

With intrastate travel restrictions no longer playing spoilsport this winter, it’s no surprise that Aussies are getting ready to explore their own states in...

Portugal declares itself safe to travel

European nation Portugal has declared itself prepared and open to receive foreign tourists once again, following the global COVID-19 shutdown. According to the country's...
Visa Application

Visa application centres reopen in India for select countries

Complying with the norms, regulations and relaxation of the Centre as well as the state governments and specific embassies, VFS Global is all set...

6 travel shows to help you plan your Vacation post the lockdown

On one hand, the long-extended lockdown has motivated us to develop new skills, and do something different, but it has also prevented a majority...
Travel Australia

Rediscovering travel

When I saw my neighbour’s pug dog exhausted, belly up with legs wiggling in the air, I asked his owner “I’ve seen Billy go...
Bliss in the Blue Mountains

Bliss in the Blue Mountains

“Many more steps?” I asked the hiker heading towards me. “Why, thousands!” replied Hal, a spritely looking 74-year-old who had walked for 5 hours from...
Rajasthan, reliving royalty

Reliving royalty

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, actual travel has ceased - but wishful thinking never hurt anyone. Travel restrictions have made this the ideal...
Switzerland Tourism board shares the message "Dream Now Travel Later" against the backdrop of its stunning landscapes

The Alpine glory

Under normal circumstances, most of us right now would be diligently planning our vacations, but these are trying times.  As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across...


Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

  Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

  To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic death...
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