Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hidden Italy Weekend: Matera and Carnivale in Basilicata

by Simon Tancred

There are places in Italy where times truly does seem to have stood still, where a symbiosis between nature and ancestral rhythms still exists. Aliano, in the heart of Basilicata in southern Italy, is one such place. A town of fewer than one thousand people, Aliano spreads along a ridge surrounded by ‘calanche’, deep clay ravines.

Until two generations ago, the people of Aliano lived in deep and isolated poverty, those who hadn’t migrated to the factories of the north or escaped overseas, eked out a living as shepherds. Their relationship with their animals and the land was so profound that Carlo Levi, an intellectual from Turin who spent two years in exile here in the 1930s, believed that they were still pagans and that Christianity had never penetrated this dark and remote area.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Getting High in New England #NewSouthWales

If you are a driver, rider or caravaner, the glorious highways and backroads of New South Wales’ New England region are calling you. Who knows what you’ll discover?

Words: Roderick Eime

When I first started driving around the country not long after I earned my licence, there wasn’t a lot to see along the way. Or that’s what I thought. Service stations dished up ‘burgers and steak sandwiches washed down with ‘truckers’ blend’ instant coffee or maybe a Coke. The mission was to get from A to B - via C and D - and ASAP!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Philippines is Southeast Asia’s centre of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

#itsmorefuninthePhilippines #Philippines

The Philippines is Southeast Asia’s centre of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The 7,641 islands in the Philippines are widely recognised for their world-renowned, far flung, award winning beaches, however did you know that this picturesque destination is also home to some of the highest numbers of UNESCO World Heritage ‘cultural sites’ in Southeast Asia? The Philippines has three ‘cultural sites’ in addition to three ‘natural sites’, offering travellers a unique and exceptional holiday destination in this stunning part of the world.

Norjamin Delos Reyes, Tourism Attaché at Philippine Department of Tourism Australia and New Zealand, said,

“The Philippines offers a hugely diverse range of attractions for a wide variety of travellers, from backpackers to luxury, discerning travellers, it is a destination which has something for everyone. We encourage everyone to visit the Philippines and look beyond our world-renowned beaches to discover some of our tourism gems. The Philippines is teeming with exotic wildlife, quaint fishing villages and also UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which provides a truly unique holiday option, all located only eight hours flight time from the east coast of Australia.”

Monday, January 14, 2019

Hidden Italy Weekend: suspended among the peaks of the Dolomites

by Simon Tancred

The doors of the red cabin clicked shut, the cable car jerked and began its rapid ascent. Unsupported by pylons, the rising cable car seemed about to slap into the bare face of the sheer cliff, eliciting squeals and nervous laughter from the crowded passengers. It took less than three minutes to climb over seven hundred metres from the Falzarego Pass to the Lagazoui station.

At the top, relieved passengers spilled out onto a metal platform and jockeyed for position on the surrounding terrace, fighting to admire one of the most jaw-dropping sights in the European Alps: a 360-degree view that stretches across the Italian Dolomites to the Austrian border and beyond. It takes in over one hundred and forty peaks, including some of the most famous: to the Adamello, Le Tofane, glacial-capped Marmolada and the Cinque Torri, five crags that cast long shadows over the nearby town of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Swoop in for new tours in Patagonia

Specialist tour operator, Swoop Patagonia, is adding a raft of brand new treks and accommodation to its offering for 2019.

New Treks

Tierra del Fuego: Two new, guided three-day treks, both of which start and finish in Ushuaia, provide seasoned hikers with the opportunity to experience technical routes and wild camping in remote areas that, while they are easily accessible from the city, are frequented by very few people.

The Torres del Rio Chico Traverse features a challenging trail from sea level up to high altitude lagoons, where spectacular views of the Andes are an impressive reward, while the Mountains to Sea Trek takes in the iconic Mount Olivia, ice hiking on the Albino Glacier, the emerald lake and the shores of the Beagle Channel.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Botswana is a right royal favourite

Best known for its rare combination of desert and delta, as well as a vast array of wildlife, Botswana is regarded as one of Africa's most exclusive and breath-taking luxury safari destinations. So it's easy to see why it's a favourite of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Says Michael McCall, a Director of Sales Australia, NZ & Asia, "No destination in the portfolio better epitomizes our philosophy of Luxury, Naturally than Botswana. In recent years its popularity has grown exponentially with Australian travellers, and we have more guests stay with us in Botswana than any other country".

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Top Five Great Train Journeys for 2019

Starting in Australia, the Great Southern journeying between Adelaide and Brisbane will operate from 6 December 2019 – 21 January 2020. A 3D/2N itinerary from Adelaide to Brisbane, highlights will include exploring the Grampians, discovering the capital city of Canberra and enjoying a stunning beachside dining experience. On the return 4D/3N itinerary from Brisbane to Adelaide, travellers will also enjoy the beachside dining experience before exploring the iconic Hunter region and seeing the Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road.
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