Category: Australia

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Top 6 Winter sun destinations

As the nights draw in and the clouds roll over, it’s all too tempting to head off to warmer, sunnier climes. Many destinations come into their own during our winter months, offering sunbathing and snorkeling, as well as cultural experiences and wildlife encounters. We’ve put together a few of the best places to visit for […]

4 of the best Olympic cities

4 of the best Olympic cities

As the Olympics gather pace in Rio (c’mon Team GB!), one of the most vibrant and photogenic cities on the planet, I decided to take a look back at some of the other great cities that have hosted the world’s biggest sporting event. Impossible as it was to pick just a handful, here are a […]

Tranquility Bay Resort, Ambergris Caye

10 things to learn while you travel

Experiential travel is the best kind – and what better way to get under a destination’s skin than by learning a new skill under the guidance of local experts? From cooking and dancing to surfing and diving, via a multitude of handicrafts, here are some suggestions for educational, practical activities to try out on your […]

Top 4 ultimate escapes

Top 4 ultimate escapes

There’s just something indelibly romantic about the idea of total abandonment. Leaving the city, the crowds, the pollution and the stresses behind to find yourself in complete and utter isolation: just you, the palm trees, and the lapping of the waves. Liking the sound of it? Then read on and discover our top four remote […]

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Top 5 wildlife experiences in Australia

Australia is a naturalist’s dream destination. Geologically isolated from the rest of the world, several  species were able to flourish here in ways they were unable to in other countries, including marsupials like the possum, the koala and the wallaby. Sea life is also rich, especially on the outlying reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, […]

Australia's coastal stories - a local perspective

Australia’s coastal stories – a local perspective

When travelling, sometimes you just need to put down the guidebook, switch off the laptop and ask a local for a bit of advice. Because surely, they’ll know better than anyone what’s worth seeing, and they might even let you in on some insider tips. It’s a tactic that we’ve tried to adopt in our […]

Suite of the week: Alkina Lodge, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Suite of the week: Alkina Lodge, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Suite name: Alkina Lodge Location: Wattle Hill, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia Size of accommodation: Approximately 350 sq m What makes it special: Alkina Lodge is the closest luxury accommodation to the famous 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, and are the only houses in the world designed by award winning architects, Glenn Murcutt and Wendy Lewin that […]

Bottlenose dolphins off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal

The best places to travel to this season

Whether you’re seeking wildlife spectacles, otherworldly scenery or the buzz of a festival, there is a wide range of options for travelling to a new destination this season. We’ve listed ten of the best places to visit at this time of year to help you plan your next spring-summer adventure. Australia’s Ningaloo Marine Park While […]

The 6 best luxury dive hotels in the world

The 6 best luxury dive hotels in the world

The concept of scuba diving for leisure has been around since that clever Frenchman Jacques Cousteau perfected the aqualung, but it’s only really of late that luxury diving holidays  – where the diving on offer is as outstanding as the accommodation – have come to the fore. Here are my favourite luxury diving hotels across […]

Photograph of the week: Vivid Festival, Sydney

Photograph of the week: Vivid Festival, Sydney

Every year in Sydney, the popular Vivid Festival transforms the city into a mesmerising display of lights, sounds and interactive art. The festival centrepiece is the iconic Sydney Opera House as it becomes a canvas to display an intriguing array of themed images and patterns. This years Vivid runs from late May through to early […]

6 of the best luxury liveaboards

6 of the best luxury liveaboards

Anyone who has dived in a popular destination such as the Red Sea will know that good, accessible dive sites tend to attract several boat loads of scuba lovers, so you may be in spectacular marine surroundings, but in the company of other divers. The solution? Take the seven seas aboard a luxury liveaboard dive […]

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5 adventurous things to do in Sydney, Australia

What is the first city you think of when you hear Australia? If you’re like most people, it’s Sydney. Growing up, I always heard about Sydney, Australia. Whether it was in a TV show or a movie. Sydney was always the face of Australia. When I am traveling, I like to look for interesting and […]

5 extraordinary places in Australia you have to view from above

5 extraordinary places in Australia you have to view from above

Australia is one of the most popular places for travel and tourism. A lot of towns and cities in Australia run completely on tourism. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world and has a lot to offer with The Great Barrier Reef being the biggest tourism attraction. Being able to visit […]

5 of the best UNESCO World Heritage Site tours

5 of the best UNESCO World Heritage Site tours

There are literally hundreds of UNESCO World Heritage Sites spread across all five continents with more being designated ever year. Each site offers a unique and fascinating experience to discover more about our history, culture and biodiversity. Every traveller has different interests, Battered Suitcase specialises in personalised itineraries, tailoring tours and holidays to suit the […]

Photograph of the week: Sydney Opera House during during the Vivid Sydney Festival of Light

Photograph of the week: Sydney Opera House during during the Vivid Sydney Festival of Light

The Sydney Opera House is considered one of the milestones of 20th century architecture. Its multi-performance venues are the stages of more than a thousand spectacles each year, and its exteriors are also the ‘canvas’ of contemporary artists and performers, as seen here during the Vivid Sydney Festival of Light. Thank you to Paolo Evangelista […]

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6 of the best regional sporting events

Sport taps into a universal sense of passion and enthusiasm. With the excitement running up to the Olympic games in Rio de Janiero next year, we looked into some of the more local sporting events that are worth a look – and might otherwise be missed. So here are six of the best regional sporting […]

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