Ten of the best wild swims
From a secluded Icelandic hot spring pool to underground swimming holes to cool off from the Mexican heat, Kate Rew, director of the Outdoor Swimming Society, picks her ultimate spots for wild swims.
Experience it all in Australia, from Sydney’s harbour beaches to the vast red deserts of Alice Springs. Galleries highlight the nation's history in Canberra, while yachties go sunset sailing in Perth. Inland from the fertile coast, share stories with country Australians in a Broken Hill pub or discover tropical Australia in Darwin.
There is a wealth of things to do in Sydney. Visit the famous sights, shop until you drop and then relax on one of the stunning sandy beaches. Its enviable location is no more than an hours’ drive from the famous Hunter Valley wine region and the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains. Sydney really does offer something for everyone.
Combine city breaks in amazing Australia and the exotic Far East
Singapore - Melbourne - Sydney - Hong Kong
Discover the dynamic, multicultural melting pot that is Singapore. Visit its world-class attractions, shop at deluxe malls and atmospheric markets, or unwind on golden beaches. Then fly to Melbourne and spend some time in this alluring city. Hire a car and hit the Great Ocean Road for national park scenery to make your jaw drop. Make Sydney, with its iconic landmarks and sun-kissed shores, your next stop. Then wander around neon-lit Kowloon in Hong Kong and gaze in awe at the famous city skyline.
Hong Kong - Sydney - Perth - Singapore
Explore the skyscraper-lined streets of vibrant Hong Kong Island and glittering Kowloon. Or escape the urban pace at tranquil Po Lin Monastery. Fly on to Sydney and marvel at the city’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Unwind on beautiful Bondi Beach or take in stunning coastal scenery on the Bondi to Congee Walk. Hire a car in Perth and drive beyond the buzzing city centre to idyllic Cottesloe Beach. Continue to multicultural Singapore and tuck into tantalising authentic cuisine in Chinatown or Little India.
Singapore - Brisbane - Sydney - Hong Kong
Discover fascinating Singapore – where towering skyscrapers and super malls meet lush gardens and beautiful beaches. Immerse yourself in the thriving art and music scene of cosmopolitan Brisbane. Then hire a car and drive along the stunning Great Sunshine Way, stopping at scenic Fraser Island and the spectacular Noosa National Park. Photograph the famous Opera House while cruising around the harbour in Sydney. Fly on to Hong Kong and shop at luxury malls or bustling night markets, then dine overlooking the famous Victoria Harbour.
Hong Kong - Sydney - Brisbane - Cairns
Take in the awe-inspiring Hong Kong skyline while strolling along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. Shop at luxury malls and neon-lit night markets. Visit Po Lin Monastery and gaze at the gleaming Big Buddha. Then fly to Sydney and marvel at its famous, sail-shaped Opera House. Or go hiking in the spectacular Blue Mountains National Park. Visit Brisbane, with its edgy and energetic art scene before heading off to the Gold Coast and Noosa National Park along the Great Sunshine Way. End your journey in Cairns, the gateway to the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef and incredible Daintree Rainforest.
Cruise across Sydney Harbour in the sunshine or dine in chandelier-lit restaurants in Melbourne. Away from the cities, stroll along palm-fringed beaches near Cairns and watch the moon rise over the ocean in Broome. Relaxing mineral spas and opulent gold-boom architecture soothe body and soul in Daylesford, while night-time tours visit romantic colonial ruins near Hobart.
Swim, surf and play in Sydney leaving time to visit Taronga Zoo to see more than 2,900 exotic and native species. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef from Townsville. Beach resorts in Noosa offer seaside fun for families. Head south from Alice Springs to catch the sunset in outback splendour at Uluru (Ayers Rock).
Dine under the stars in subtropical Brisbane, and be drawn further north by multicultural cafés of Darwin. Catch drama, musicals and the classics in Melbourne’s glittering concert halls, or hit the dance floor with Sydney’s night owls in laser-lit clubs at Darling Harbour. There’s theatre and opera at Adelaide’s arts festival centres, and in Perth live music from up-and-coming bands.
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