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Western Downs

Weekend away: EcoRidge Hideaway, Toowoomba

Simon Holt Let’s face it, there’s not a lot to do here, but therein lies the attraction – an immaculately-kept 3km walking track, stunning sunrise, the occasional wallaby, cold fridge and a stool for tired feet.

Weekend away: Homewood Cottages, Highfields

Homewood cottages at Homewood, near Toowoomba.

Laura Allen With its homely feel, rustic charm and access to the exquisite Davidson Arboretum, it’s the cottage you always dreamt of having as a child.

Weekend away: B&B Wanulla, Toowoomba

Hannah Tall Everything from the handwritten card on arrival, the drizabone coats aside the front door and crystal port decanter with chocolates in the evening adds to the experience.

Killarney: Spring Creek Mountain Cottages

Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages at Killarney. The morning view

Simon Holt Good old-fashioned country hospitality is a highlight. Host Bev Ruskey does the cooking herself. Her beef and shiraz pie is legendary among regular guests.

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Food, wine, women: 15 reasons why France is so popular

Tourists enjoy the sun on the beach during a sunny summer day in Nice, southeastern France.

JOLYON ATTWOOLL 10:09am | France was confirmed as the most visited country in the world this month – and by a huge margin. So why is this non-English speaking nation, with a reputation for insularity, so popular?

Tony Abbott, Barack Obama: Western leaders 'banned' from Russian airport's duty-free shop

OLIVER SMITH 9:42am | Tony Abbott and six other western leaders have been banned from a Russian airport duty-free shop.

North Korea tightens grip on SIM cards used by tourists

9:19am | North Korea is ensuring once tourists leave the country, their SIM card doesn't fall into local hands.

Burma opens e-Visa application service

NATALIE PARIS 9:07am | Burma has opened its e-Visa application service, but there are some restrictions.

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