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Top End

Famous Flyer: Layne Beachley

Bronwyn McNulty Layne Beachley loves travel's scope for reinvention.

Australia

Outback with a vengeance

Uluru.

Cheaper flights and a swag of new tour resorts and hotel makeovers are helping lure travellers back to central Australia, writes Lee Atkinson.

Northern Territory

Shock of the crocs

Cage of death

Sean Mooney survives the Cage of Death and an octogenarian called Chopper.

Northern Territory

Sophisticated, trendy, cool ... Darwin?

The Darwin Sailing Club

Tim Richards Dark and moody with orange-yellow illuminated panels beneath a bar with angular black bar stools, this could be in the hipper suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.

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Special features

Australia

The iconic outback train trip

The Ghan

Australia's red centre may be vast and empty, but Lucy Rickard finds she can't take her eyes off it.

Photo galleries

Photos

The red centre by train: on board the Ghan

Travelling through the heart of Australia on board the Ghan.

Australia's best hotel pools

Qualia pool

The best hotels in Australia to plunge into.

Travellers Tips

Tips

Doors are closing on cut-price digs

Rush for cheap hotels

Jane E. Fraser As the corporate market recovers and Australian hotel prices catch up to the rest of the world, cheap room rates are soon to be a thing of the past.

Q&A

Your questions

My husband and adult children are keen to fish in the Northern Territory, but is there something to keep us all happy?

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Travel News

I know this great little place: Roberta Sudbrack

bites Roberta Sudbrack. web

NINA KARNIKOWSKI | When Roberta Sudbrack opened her self-titled restaurant in Rio, she brought to her kitchen the skills learnt from seven years' cooking at Brazil's presidential palace and her love of organic produce.

Frequent Flyer: Simon Westcott

JANE REDDY | Simon Westcott is the owner and chief executive LUXE City Guides.

Traveller letters: Thanks for the disloyalty, Qantas

An experience that reinforces last week's comment that Qantas does not care about its loyal Frequent Flyer members.

Manila 'world's worst airport': Philippine President Benigno Aquino apologises

10:10am | Air conditioning failures proves why this South-East Asia airport is named the world's worst by online travel guide.

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