Australia

This island, continent and country, is a dynamic destination that is both culturally and geographically diverse. The land down under is a mixture of cosmopolitan culture and Aboriginal traditions, with nearly all of the country's population living within 50 miles of the coastline.

GREAT FOR

Beaches, Food, Cities, Adventure

WHEN TO GO

You'll want to prepare a jacket if you're visiting the country in between July and August, which is mid-winter. Generally, the hottest months are November through March, during the country's summer.

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The Best Airport Lounges in the World — and How to Get In

From Paris to Sydney, these amazing airport lounges offer gourmet restaurants, relaxing spas, and more.

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World’s Best Awards 2021: Top Cities in Asia-Pacific

For every frenetic and high-speed thoroughfare, there’s a narrow, hidden bylane.

World’s Best Awards 2021: Top 25 Islands in the World

Sun, sand and plenty of vitamin sea. From Sicily to the Seychelles to Sri Lanka, these are the top 25 islands in the world in 2021.

World’s Best Awards 2021: Top Islands in Asia-Pacific

Of all the dreamy, clear-watered, tropical islands in Asia-Pacific, these are readers’ top picks.

World’s Best Awards 2021: Top Hotels and Resorts in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific

If you’re heading down under or out into the middle of the Pacific, these are the bucket lists for you.

Australia’s Newest ‘Great Walk’ Hikes Through the World’s Largest Subtropical Rain Forest

Queensland’s Scenic Rim Trail is one of Australia’s most incredible under-the-radar destinations.

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This Awesome Natural Playground Is Australia’s Next It Destination

Doesn’t the “Tropical Far North” sound so breezy and romantic? Here’s why we’re headed for Cairns.

This Is What It’s Like to Swim With Minke Whales in the Great Barrier Reef

VIDEO: Dive in and play with these friendly (mini) giants.

The 9 Best All-Inclusive Honeymoon Hotels in Asia

Because what’s less romantic than rationing the spa treatments?

Why Tasmania Is the Perfect Pandemic Destination

Down under the land down under is a gorgeous island offering offbeat adventures.

This Might Be the Most Sustainable Uber-Luxe Whole-Island Buy-Out in the World

Who’s in to visit Kokomo Island Private Resort in Fiji?

These Are the Most and Least Stressful Cities to Live In, According to a New Study

Look for cities at the top and bottom of the globe to be least stressful.

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10 Incredible Adventure Vacations Around the World

From cage diving with sharks to jumping out of a plane, these adventure vacations are guaranteed to break you out of your comfort zone.

Hooray for Aussiewood! Here’s Why Hollywood Has Moved to Australia

Heartthrob Chris Hemsworth isn’t the only one living his best life Down Under.

This Super High-End Hotel Swag Is Reason Enough to Check In

The swishest hotels and the most luxurious goods are pairing up for matches made in six-star heaven.

These Aboriginal-Owned Travel Adventures Will Change Your Whole Perspective on Australia

The best way to travel responsibly in Australia is with indigenous-owned and -operated tour guides who have 500-million-years’ worth of history, legends and learnings to share.

These Hotel Activities for Kids Are Way Cooler Than Summer Camp

After all that virtual school, kids need hands-on learning more than ever. Could these resorts — and their next-level educational programs — be the answer?

These Are the 10 Hottest Tables in Sydney

Despite the lockdown last year, Sydney’s dining scene has flourished during COVID.

6 Staycations in Australia You Want to Book Now

Across Australia, urban hotels are debuting or reinventing themselves for the closed-border era. Whether you’re looking for an incredible staycation or planning your next city getaway, these luxe properties make the perfect home base.

Australia Official Says Borders May Not Open Until Later in 2022

“We won’t be seeing borders flung open at the start of next year with great ease,” Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said.

Unlock Free Perks and Enjoy More Savings with Wyndham Rewards

With over 1,500 hotels by Wyndham across Asia Pacific—you’ll never be far from an exciting Wyndham Rewards destination.

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T+L It List 2021: These are the best new hotels in the world this year

Presenting the Travel + Leisure It List 2021

Even the Glass is Greener This St. Patrick’s Day

In honor of the Emerald Isle, we raise a toast to the greenest, most conscientious brewers in our region. Because what’s St. Patrick’s Day without green beer?

This Luxury Holiday Home Made of Hemp Is So Sustainable It’s Going to Be Carbon Negative

Why we’re green with envy at vacationers booking this uber-luxe, uber-green hempcrete beach villa in Australia.

Air New Zealand to Test Out Digital Health Passport on Its Auckland-Sydney Route

THIS SPRING, AIR NEW ZEALAND WILL BEGIN a trial period with a digital health passport as flying with test results or proof of vaccination in a digital format becomes more prevalent in air travel. The airline will trial the digital travel pass app developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), on flights between Auckland and Sydney […]

These Are the Top 500 Hotels in the World

The T+L 500 are the world’s best hotels in 2021, as voted by T+L’s discerning readers.

This is the Sydney Hotel Everyone is Talking About

Game-changing debut alert! With its resort-style infinity pool, abundance of world-class restaurants and insane views, Crown Sydney is injecting a new brand of glam into the harbor city.

8 AWESOME PRIVATE VILLAS FOR YOUR NEXT GROUP GETAWAY

We love our hotels, but #villalife is really something special. Get inspired for your next group trip with this round-up of killer villas across the region.

Australia Still Plans to Require Vaccinated Travelers to Quarantine — Here’s Why

Even vaccinated foreign travelers won’t be exempt from mandatory two-week hotel quarantines in Australia.

This New Retro-80s Motel is the Coolest Stay Byron Bay

Eco-friendly and easy-breezy, The Sunseeker is low on frills but heavy on creativity, community and nostalgia.

The Australian Island Where Quokkas Demand a Photo

A new boutique hotel on Rottnest Island ups the ante for accommodations in Western Australia’s favorite nature getaway.

T+L Hometown Hit List: Australia

We asked our writers for their favorite places to travel domestically. Chloe Sachdev writes our post-pandemic bucket list for Australia.

How Australia’s Tourism Industry Is Recovering a Year After the Devastating Bushfires

After a hellish year, Australia’s bushfire comeback is the good-news story we all need right now.

The World’s Smallest (and Most Adorable) Possum Breed, Once Thought Extinct, Has Been Found After Australia’s Wildfires

“This capture is the first documented record of the species surviving post-fire.”

These Trips to Nowhere Are More Than Flights of Fancy

From mile-high dating games to temple flybys, airlines are pooh-poohing Covid border closures with plane tickets that go roundtrip in a single flight.

This luxury train in Australia deserves dream-trip status

Traversing Australia on the longest north to south rail journey in the world.

Some of Australia’s Best Wine Is Surfing the Organic Wave

Drive the new Margaret River organic wine trail and bliss out on biodynamics.

How to Be a Swish Survivalist Without Needing to Hunt for Your Dinner. (Hint: Just Check In)

Want to cultivate life skills and still retire to your fluffy four-poster at night? Try the experiences at these luxury hotels.

Toast to International Gin & Tonic Day with These 3 Recipes From A Few of Our Fave Bartenders

Everyone knows gin-and-tonic is good for you. But have you ever considered what a truly global invention it is?

Back to Basics Tourism, Or How to Survive the Zombiepocalypse

If knowledge is power, then self-reliance is the new luxury. As the routines of our lives are upended, more of us are seeking to travel in ways that prepare us for whatever the world throws at us next. Here’s how to prep for the survivalist-tourism trend.

Wild Farm Experiences and Adventures in Australia

A vast, sparsely populated nation whose apocryphal origin story lies in taming the wild. A continent whose original inhabitants lived at one with nature for eons. Zero surprise that Australia is leading the trend in self-sufficiency stays.

Chef’s Table: Lennox Hastie’s 5 rules for cooking with fire

The modern master of grilling shares his tips on how to barbecue like a boss.

3 Adventures Off the Australian Grid

These three off the grid stays are the perfect base for experiencing wildlife and the beaten landscape in the Australian outback.

Going Solo Through Australia’s Outback

Solo adventuring in the outback takes grit, even for a seasoned traveler. During three weeks adventuring in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland, Chloe Sachdev finds a salve in the solitude.

Top 5 Cities in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific

Sydney returns as the category favorite on the strength of its iconic harbor and postcard-worthy beaches.

Brisbane Might Be Australia’s New Coolest City

A flourish of hip new hotels, dining spots and micro-bars sees Queensland’s once-dismissed capital on course to become one of Australia’s coolest cities.

Stay Close To The Action At These Entertainment-Focused Hotels

Catch a Broadway show, do some luxury shopping, party all night—or all of the above.

Drone Footage Captures More Than 64,000 Turtles Near the Great Barrier Reef

The mesmerizing aerial footage shows the sea turtles swimming along the Great Barrier Reef towards the shores of North Queensland to lay eggs.

You’ll Want To Book These Places For Your Next Business Trip

All work and no play is no way to do business travel. Mix up your next corporate trip with rooftop cocktails, sightseeing or soaking up the sun.

Tourism Australia has Absolutely Nailed Their Newest Campaign Video

Amidst a global pandemic, Tourism Australia effectively encourages us to stay in, but also reminds us of the world that awaits.

What Lockdown Looks Like for 10 People Around the Globe

Apart, but somehow not alone. Here’s what lockdown looks like for 10 people across the globe.

8 Off-The-Wall Family Trip Experiences

Mix things up on your next family trip with activities that get the imagination—and the adrenaline— flowing.

Where to Travel as a Family in 2020

Even time-honored family-travel mainstays can lose their shine—in which case, get inspired by these up-and-coming kid-friendly destinations.

Reasons to Travel in March

T+L’s monthly selection of trip-worthy places, experiences and events.

Reasons To Travel in February

T+L’s monthly selection of trip-worthy places, experiences and events.

Where to go 2020

Twenty places to visit this year, including the majestic Hunza Valley, Bangkok for those with an appetite, and a new-look Kyoto.

The Bailey, Cairns

Far North Queensland got a whole lot hipper in the last 12 months. The second of three luxury Crystalbrook Collection hotels to open in Cairns, The Bailey (creative sibling to The Riley) is a bold celebration of art and originality.

The Fullerton Sydney

Housed in the former General Post Office (“GPO,” first opened in 1874, at No. 1 Martin Place), Fullerton merges grandiose heritage architecture with contemporary culinary, art and cultural experiences, giving guests the opportunity to explore Sydney past and present.

The Fantauzzo

The latest installment of one of the country’s most exciting boutique hotel brands, this homage to award-winning Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo offers six floors of appropriately art-filled spaces.

Visiting Byron Bay? Check Out This Chic, Local-Is-Best Nest

A launch pad for Mullum’s hip cafés, the destination Kiva Spa and the bush trails of Nightcap National Park (part of the UNESCO-listed Gondwana rainforests), Blackbird Byron makes a compelling case for hyper-local travel.

Where Coral is King: Cruising the Atolls of the Rowley Shoals

In Western Australia, the little-known atolls of the Rowley Shoals have not only somehow escaped coral bleaching, but are thriving in defiance of global trends.

3 Reasons to Travel in September

T+L’s monthly selection of trip-worthy places, experiences and events.

5 Private-Jet Tours Worth Saving Up For

First class isn’t the only way to fly. How about flatbeds, chefs and your own crew on one-of-a-kind trips that let you skip the customs line? Private-jet tours are taking well-heeled travelers for the most luxurious cultural exchanges.

QT Perth

Moments from Swan River in Perth’s revitalized CBD, this new urban hotel makes an ideal base for suits who don’t like to sacrifice on style.

Ovolo Incholm

Nothing is more evident of Brisbane’s breezy renaissance than this new-look boutique stay in Incholm in the heart of the city. The hotel, rebranded last year to Ovolo Incholm after a complete makeover, marries eclectic Art-Deco interiors reflective of the building’s 1930s heritage with next-gen perks to entice modern travelers.

Raes on Wategos, Byron Bay

With just seven suites and two luxury penthouses, this newly revamped escape feels like it leapt off the pages of a romance novel.

United Places Botanic Gardens

Stymied by the city’s lackluster options when trying to book a room for a friend, developer Darren Rubenstein decided to take action.

These 6 Design Hotels Are Millennial-Approved

Low-budget, high-design, next-gen hotels have begun to sweep Asia, an on-trend fit for digital nomads, flashpackers and aesthetes alike.

These Are Our Favorite Business Hotels Around Asia

Traveling on the job doesn’t have to be boxy and boring. These upscale hotels do the hard work for you, leaving more time to enjoy your surroundings.

A Hotel Scene: Where Old Meets New in Sydney

In recent years, developers have been converting a string of historic structures into imaginative lodgings.

Three Ways To Experience Sydney By Boat

There are more than 70 beaches bordering both the Pacific and Sydney Harbour, from the world-famous Bondi to the lesser-known Lady Martins. But you’d be remiss if you didn’t actually get out on the water— and take full advantage of the city’s idyllic setting.

How to Pub-Crawl Like a Local in Sydney

Millers Point, a dockworker enclave that dates from the early 1900s, is a character-filled neighborhood best explored by touring its bars.

Melting Pot Sydney Cooks Authentic and Nouveau Asian with Aplomb

In Australia, immigration, largely from Asia, is a hot-button issue. What isn’t in contention: the Asian culinary culture here flourishes.

Art at the Edge of the World

Sydney is in the midst of a cultural renaissance, with a booming contemporary art and festival scene that could rival any on the global stage. Tony Perrottet explores the creative side of Australia’s iconic city by the sea. Plus, where to stay, eat and drink right now.

The 6 Best Hotels to Celebrate A Special Occasion

From a former royal guesthouse to a room with sweeping Mount Fuji views, these intimate, extravagant and picturesque resorts are just the spots to celebrate those once-in-a-lifetime moments.

This inspirational underwater tour explores the Indigenous ties to the Great Barrier Reef

Adventure group Experience Co’s Indigenous rangers tell the creation stories that were passed down to them from First Nation land and sea owners.

These 6 Secret Beaches in Australia Are an Escape from the Crowds

Flaunting 60,000 kilometers of sun-kissed coast, Australia is awash in beaches. Those in the know don’t need to share the sand.

Perth Coming of Age

On the shore of Western Australia, once-sleepy Perth is coming of age as a new culinary and creative destination.

3 Cozy Australian Hotels with Big Perks

Across Australia, compact quarters among the great outdoors are sometimes the coziest way to spend a weekend. Eloise Basuki uncovers a few tiny hotels offering big experiences.

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