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A free tram tour of Melbourne’s best restaurants

What's better than Melbourne's world-famous tram network? Travelling on it for free. Alexia Santamaria takes a culinary tour of the Melbourne CBD free tram zone. On the first of January last year Melbourne became an even better city to visit. The free tram zone expanded to include the area from the Queen Victoria Market across to Victoria Harbour in Docklands, up to Spring Street, and over to Flinders Street Station and Federation Square – in short the whole of Zone 1. For anyone ... Continue Reading

5 of the Best Bali Souvenirs

The incredible skills of Balinese craftspeople have been world-renowned for centuries. Delicate silver jewellery, intricate wooden carvings, superb locally-grown coffee and more: here's what to buy on your Bali trip, and where to get it.  Batik Batik dying is a process by which complicated designs are created on fabric with dye-resistant waxes. It's most strongly associated with the Indonesian islands and you'll find batik sarongs, shirts and homewares, along with shops selling bolts of ... Continue Reading

How Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world

We celebrate our Mum’s this Sunday 8th May, and while most children will be surprising Mum with handmade cards, breakfast in bed, or a walk on the beach, we look at how Mother’s Day is celebrated in other parts of the world… Australia: Our neighbours first started celebrating their Mum’s when Janet Heyden of Sydney in 1942 rounded up local support to cheer up lonely and forgotten mothers at the Newington State Home for Women. Every year since, Janet raised increasing support, even ... Continue Reading

A first-timer’s guide to Brittany, France

The fiercely independent region in northwest France draws visitors to its dramatically beautiful coastline, well-preserved medieval towns and fascinating prehistoric sites. Where to go - St Malo and Dinard Brittany's most popular coastal destination is likely the walled town of Saint-Malo. In medieval times a fortified island (it's now inseparably attached to the mainland), the town was the home of the legally authorised pirates known as Malouins, who lay in wait for English ships as they ... Continue Reading

A Long Way to Tipperary: Exploring Ireland by Car

With its spectacular landscape, quiet roads, and welcoming locals, Ireland is a great place for a driving tour. While the Republic of Ireland covers the lion's share of the island, Northern Ireland is well worth visiting too. If this is your one opportunity to visit Ireland, don't rush it – there's just too much to see. Below, the highlights of my recent trip, plus a wish list for next time I visit. Belfast taxi tour The Northern Irish capital has a famously fractious history that can ... Continue Reading

Deep in Leopard Country: On Safari in Yala National Park Sri Lanka

Yala National Park in southeastern Sri Lanka is home to the world's highest density of leopards, plus elephants, bears, monkeys and more. Jacqui Gibson takes a tour. Night falls quickly in the jungle. It’s like someone has reached in and pinched out the one candle flame keeping the whole place lit up. Poof. Gone is the day’s spectacular view of towering tamarind trees set against a tropical sky. And, just like that, the dirt track I’m travelling on disappears into blackness as if ... Continue Reading

5 Cool cafes: Where to get a NZ-quality coffee in London

Not too long ago, London's coffee was famously terrible. Then, in 2005, the Kiwi-owned Flat White cafe opened in Soho, kickstarting an Australasian-style coffee revolution. But now that even the big chains serve flat whites, how do you know who pulls a truly good shot? Below, Sarah Illingworth’s top five cafes to get you started. Prufrock (Clerkenwell) Founded by a former World Barista Champion, Prufrock is widely known for serving some of the best coffee in London. Prufrock is ... Continue Reading

Seville, Spain: Feel the heat

Seville may be one of Spain's largest cities, but its exquisite Moorish architecture, compact centre and pedestrianised streets make it a walker's paradise - even in the baking August sun, says Sharon Stephenson. It's a dilemma. Do we visit Seville in August when every reputable guide book advises against it? Or do we take advantage of cheap flights and risk feeling like a chicken in a rotisserie? You guessed it – we put budget before comfort and fly from our UK base to Seville, the ... Continue Reading

Fiji: Viti Levu’s best tours and cruises

To see more of this beautiful country, book a day tour. They're a great way to meet the locals and explore Fiji beyond the beach – all the while supporting the cyclone-ravaged local economy. Below, some of the best tours in and around Viti Levu, Fiji's main island. Navua River tour On a day cruise along up the Navua River you'll explore Viti Levu's spectacular interior while experiencing the local culture firsthand. The popular Jewel of Fiji tour from Discover Fiji takes you upriver by ... Continue Reading

Argentina: The First-Timer’s Guide

With its vast, vivid landscapes of arid mountain deserts, lush rainforests, expansive Pampas and the mighty Andes, it is little wonder that Argentina stirs the imagination. Lone gauchos, big wines, fused cultures, and the fervour of fútbol, politics, and tango all feed into the bold passion of Argentina. Buenos Aires A sensual, stylish and energising mesh of Latin American colour and European charm, Argentina’s largest city serves up an evocative mix of histories within its colourful ... Continue Reading

Where to eat, drink and party in New Orleans

New Zealand-born, US-based writer Sam Eichblatt explores this unique city's best bars, restaurants and cheap eats. As they say in New Orleans: let the good times roll! New Orleans, or as it was recently re-christened, “NOLA” (LA is the abbreviation for the surrounding state of Louisiana) is famous for two things: good, old-fashioned partying, which reaches its peak in the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras in February-March, and classic Southern hospitality. Originally established on ... Continue Reading

Quiz: What’s your perfect Queensland family holiday?

Australia's sunshine state has something for every member of the family - from idyllic spots to relax and unwind, to extreme adventure for the bravest amongst us! Take our fun quiz and get some inspiration for a getaway with your loved ones... Continue Reading

A morning in Tiong Bahru, Singapore’s hippest neighbourhood

Hailed as Singapore's centre of cool for its European-style cafes, Art Deco architecture and quirky array of independent bookstores, Tiong Bahru is the perfect place to spend a lazy Saturday morning. Jacqui Gibson catches up with a local couple for a guided tour of the neighbourhood. BREAKFAST Food is top of mind for most Singaporeans and my hosts Boo (33) and Anne (30) are no exception. They’re obsessed, but in a good way. First up, they take me to the Tiong Bahru Market, a hawker ... Continue Reading

Queensland – fun for your family

With so much to do in Queensland, there really is something for everyone member of your family. From Theme Parks on the Gold Coast for the thrill seekers, to days lying on the beach on the Sunshine Coast for families looking to relax, or exploring the reef with your budding nature enthusiasts; take your little ones for the holiday of a lifetime in sunny Queensland. Gold Coast - Thrill Seeking Families For those families who like every hour of their holiday to be action packed, the Gold ... Continue Reading

Fiji: The 10 Top Things to do Around Nadi

The allure of sun, sand and waving palm trees sees many of us plotting a winter escape and heading off to the fairer shores of Fiji. While island resorts have their own special magic there is also a lot to be said for the main island of Viti Levu. Below, the top 10 ways to spend a day on Viti Levu's west coast. Cruising A plethora of day cruises operate from Port Denarau, with many also offering a stop-off at one of the more remote islands. You can't get more tranquil than ... Continue Reading

England: A long soak in Bath

For thousands of years people have flocked to the spa resort of Bath to take a dip in its mineral-rich waters. Sharon Stephenson discovers one of England's most charming, historic and well-preserved towns. I'm not sure how the ancient Romans discovered that hot mineral water bubbling out of the ground in England's southwest was good for curing illness and easing sore muscles. I'm just glad that they did. We're about to follow 3,000 years of tradition by taking a public plunge in ... Continue Reading

Queensland Inspiration for couples!

There’s a holiday to suit every couple in Queensland, where Australia shines. Enjoy endless choice of adventure, nature, culture and more when you visit the many regions of Queensland. The Gold Coast If you and your partner love a mix of adventure combined with great local eateries, incredible night life and world-class shopping outlets, then you need to visit the Gold Coast, famous for fun and so much more too! The GC is littered with an incredible bar & restaurant scene. Grab a ... Continue Reading

What to do in Manchester, England

Travellers come to northern England for the stunning scenery of the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales – but the cities of the north are worth a visit too. Kiwi Sarah Ilingworth shares her guide to Manchester, the city she now calls home. Manchester is a city of new thought and invention. Ernest Rutherford discovered how to split the atom here, and a team of scientists built the first programmable computer; Marx and Engels devised Communist ideology in Manchester, their adopted ... Continue Reading

7 Cheap Dishes You Must Try in Hawaii

Beyond the chain restaurants and fast food outlets of Waikiki, Hawaii has a fascinating and delicious food culture to explore. Strongly influenced by its immigrant heritage, Hawaiian cuisine is full of dishes with roots in Asia, Europe and the mainland U.S. – but all with a uniquely Hawaiian twist. Best of all? Many of the islands' most delicious (or as Hawaiians say, onolicious) local foods are surprisingly cheap. Poke First thing to know: it's pronounced poh-kay. Second: it's a raw ... Continue Reading

Top Five Reasons to Visit Margaret River

Compact, cosmopolitan and extremely scenic, the Margaret River region of Western Australia partners brilliant food, wine and beer with a compelling menu of soft adventure and easygoing activities. Linger for a leisurely vineyard lunch Iconic West Australian vineyards like Cape Mentelle, Voyager Estate and Vasse Felix are rightly considered the inspiration behind Margaret River's stellar reputation as a wine-growing region – local Chardonnays are especially celebrated – but smaller, ... Continue Reading