Holidays

Brisbane: Marriott Hotel

Simon Holt The Marriott chain provides itself on service, and here is no exception. If you’re on an executive level floor, it’s nice to be able to overlook the city with a coffee at any time of day.

NSW

Luxury without guilt: the best hotel in Australia reviewed

Wolgan Valley ... rated Australia's best hotel.

Lee Tulloch Lee Tulloch explores the hotel recently named Australia's best by TripAdvisor.

Luxe Nomad

A $60 salad? Welcome to the joys of room service

Room service ... the reality doesn't always match the fantasy.

Lee Tulloch I stayed at a reputable Paris hotel where a plate of chopped lettuce with dressing was listed on the room-service menu at $60.

Victoria

Weekend Away: Under the Milky Way, Venus Bay

Clare Barry finds star quality in Venus Bay.

NSW

Weekend Away: Marty's at Little Beach, Port Stephens

Sarah Maguire Sarah Maguire does a family getaway in Port Stephens.

Vanuatu

Pleasure principles, redefined

Pristine paradise: Ratua from above.

Michael Gebicki finds his perfect island getaway on Ratua.

South Africa

Wildly indulgent

Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Holidaying safari style is out of this world, finds Louise Southerden.

Air travel

Stop whingeing: five reasons flying economy class is great

Economy Class air travel

Mark Juddery It must be one of the most commonly heard travel complaints: the misery of flying economy class.

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Travellers' Check

Virgin opens up its business lounges to everyone, for a price

Travellers' Check Virgin will allow all travellers, including economy passengers, to access its lounges for a price. But is it a good idea?

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USA

California dreaming

Michael Idato discovers absolute luxury can seem effortless, in true Hollywood style.

Thailand

Pachyderms in the mist

A trip to a Thai national park means elephants and much, much more, writes Danielle Teutsch.

New Zealand

Here's one for the birds

Wellington

Julietta Jameson goes bush in an innovative New Zealand bird sanctuary.

Mama Holiday

Don't risk losing your digital holiday photos

Mother taking picture of child by smartphone

Tracey Spicer The digital age has spawned a plethora of products to replace the family photo album.

NSW

Weekend Away: Intercontinental Sydney review

Intercontinental Sydney

Rachael Oakes-Ash does some serious relaxing at the Intercontinental Sydney.

Victoria

Weekend Away: Myrtleford

Sue Wallace finds a classy family retreat near Myrtleford, Victoria.

The Backpacker

When are you too young to travel?

Thailand beach young tourist

The Backpacker Should you travel when you're fresh out of high school or wait until you're a little more mature?

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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.

Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages

Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages

Noosa Heads: Sheraton Noosa Resort

Sheraton Noosa is well located in Noosa, near Hastings St.

Simon Holt Sheraton Noosa has lifted its game. The refurbishment to rooms and the broader common spaces has given it a fresh lift, and the addition of Peter Kuruvita’s menu to the kitchen has made a big...

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NSW

Town and country

Novotel Newcastle

From heritage style to hipster hangouts, you'll find it in Newcastle, writes Danielle Teutsch.