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Craig Platt

Craig Platt is Fairfax Media's digital travel editor, based in Melbourne, and also writes about comedy for The Age at the Last Laugh blog. Instagram: FairfaxTravel

Queensland

Why Australia's best beach is still a mystery

Craig Platt It's rated the best beach in Australia and the fifth best in the world, but scientists can't explain it.

Tasmania

Weekend Away: The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania

Vibrant display: The Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart has more than 300 artworks on show.

Craig Platt Craig Platt samples the gentle art of a Hobart break.

Tahiti

It's a paradise: So why is there no one here?

Huahine, French Polynesia

Craig Platt The trouble with paradise is everyone wants a piece of it. So why aren't the tourists hordes here?

Airlines

Flight test: Singapore Airlines A380 economy class

Singapore Airlines' reputation for good service is well-deserved.

Craig Platt This must be the best economy seat on a superjumbo for a long-haul to London.

Canada

The foam game

The town of Niagara Falls, Canada is seen past a cloud of mist rising over Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the Niagara Falls

Craig Platt Niagara is primarily known for its falls but that does a disservice to the wider area, writes Craig Platt.

Germany

Battle for the soul of Europe's 'poor but sexy' city

Berlin club girls dancing

Craig Platt Tourism is growing faster in Berlin than any other city in Europe. But not everyone's happy about it.

Airlines

Flight test: Royal Brunei Airlines

Royal Brunei Airlines

Craig Platt This little-known airline is top notch when it comes to cabin service.

Airlines

Flight test: Emirates economy class

Emirates A380 economy class flight attendant

Craig Platt Named the best airline in the world this year but inconsistent service levels let Emirates down.

Airlines

Flight test: Air Tahiti Nui

Craig Platt The crew are efficient and friendly — they actually look like they're happy to be on-board,

Thailand

Ladyboys versus All Blacks: is this the world's weirdest sport?

Elephant polo

Craig Platt Just before the whistle blows, it occurs to me that this must be the weirdest sporting event I've witnessed.

Canada

Built for millions, sold for $27,305: the strange tale of Casa Loma

Casa Loma, Toronto

Craig Platt Wandering down a suburban street in a modern metropolis, the last thing you expect to see is a medieval castle.

Tahiti

The toughest way to see paradise

Tahiti WAGs

Craig Platt It may be one of the most beautiful places on Earth, but this is no pleasure cruise. In fact it must be one of the toughest ways to see the spectacular scenery of a Pacific paradise.

Flight test

Flight test: Virgin Australia economy from Fiji

Virgin Australia economy class

Craig Platt The service to Fiji is no-frills — more like a domestic flight than an international one.

Hong Kong

The ideal rainy-day walk

Shek O.

Craig Platt The jungle is thick, the dirt track muddy and the heat and humidity stifling.

Fiji

The true lagoon

Sigatoka Sand Dunes

Craig Platt Craig Platt finds the real attractions on this south Pacific island resort holiday are beyond the hotel pool.

Canada

Dances with bears

Polar bear churchill wild

Craig Platt Polar bear sightings are guaranteed north of Churchill, just make sure they don't get too close, writes Craig Platt.

Hong Kong

Risking the world's greatest dumpling

Grassroots Pantry Hong Kong

Craig Platt Dining at the world's only hotel that's home to not one, but two three-Michelin-star restaurants.

Flight Test

Flight Test: Thai Airways

Thai Airways flight attendants.

Craig Platt The comfort is as good as you'll get in economy class, despite the garish colour scheme.

World’s hottest destinations for 2013 contain Aussie surprise

Sri Lanka beach

Craig Platt Lonely Planet's annual list of the hottest destinations to visit next year has named Hobart as one of the top 10 best cities in the world.

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South Africa

Peak condition: climbing Cape Town's Table Mountain

Table Mountain

Craig Platt Craig Platt finds that climbing Cape Town's iconic landmark is no walk in the park.