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Beach Holidays

Don and Sue Burnett at Pelorus Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland: Shore Excursion

Jane E Fraser Sydneysiders Don and Sue Burnett visit a near-deserted island in northern Australia.

Queensland

Back into the blue

Aerial view of Great Barrier Reef, Cairns.

Jane E. Fraser takes a trip to the tropics and falls in love all over again.

Samoa

The new surfer's paradise

Samoa

Craig Tansley rides high on Samoa's world-class reef breaks without the crowds of Indonesia or Hawaii.

Thailand

Sleepy with a touch of spice

Great escape ... Khao Lak's Casa de la Flora looks over a deserted beach.

Leisa Tyler swaps Phuket's crowds for a laid-back beachside retreat rich in culinary delights.

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Photo galleries

Photos

The best beach in the world

Best beach in the world Rabbit Beach Sicily

Rabbit Beach in Sicily, Italy, has been named the best beach in the world by travel website TripAdvisor, based on reviews and rankings from millions of users.

Five unforgettable beaches

Travel author Lee Atkinson has seen a lot of beautiful beaches. Here are five she'll never forget.

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Travellers Tips

Tripologist

Phuket's a good bet, via a Bangkok shopover

Tripologist We have been told by friends the place to go for both beach and shopping is Phuket. If so, would it be a bit pricier than the other destinations?

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Travel News

Orpheus Island resort takes luxury to another level

Guests sit on the beach at Orpheus Island.

JULIETTA JAMESON | Orpheus Island Beach Resort on the Great Barrier Reef has just opened its newly renovated South Suites.

Deals of the week: Cruising goes half price

EDITED BY JULIETTA JAMESON | Ambling from Scandinavia to sunny Miami, this 47-night cruise package is now almost half price.

Traveller letters: Understand how a cash passport card works

I purchased a cash passport card and have widely used it throughout Europe.

Qantas reroutes flights as PNG's Rabaul Volcano erupts

MICHAEL KOZIOL 3:26pm | A giant ash cloud is affecting some flights to and from Australia following a major eruption of the Rabaul caldera in Papua New Guinea.

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