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Incredible experiences you can only have in the dark

Atacama Desert stars, Chile

From weird wildlife to epic mountain treks, we’ve tracked down some of the world’s most spectacular after-dark adventures.

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Royal Caribbean International: Explorer of the Seas cruise ship

2015 marks Explorer of the Seas maiden Australian season.

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Six of the best: desert camps

Amangiri, Utah desert camp

From Namibia to Mongolia to Chile, Ute Junker discovers six of the best desert camps around the world.

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China's spectacular ice city opens

A worker takes a rest while giving the last touches to an ice replica of Rome's Colosseum ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China.

Scenes from the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. As China's most famous and popular winter attraction, the festival has drawn a combined 28.

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Icy start to New Year as polar bear clubs dive in

People participate in the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club dip, in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 1, 2014. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the oldest winter bathing organization in the U.S. and every New Year's Day holds the winter plunge which attracts thousands of participants. REUTERS/Allison Joyce (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

Throughout the northern hemisphere, revellers have welcomed in the new year by taking a dip in icy waters.

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Knee-wobbling glass lookout opens in French Alps

 'Step into the Void' installation at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps.

The 'Step into the Void' installation at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps opens on Saturday.

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Traveller Christmas gift guide 2013

earth as gift

Even if you can't afford a round-the-world air ticket this Christmas ($2476, escapetravel.com.au), a classic Louis Vuitton suitcase ($8750 for the Alzer, louisvuitton.com.

Top pics by Lauren Bath, professional Instagrammer

Chasing manta ray, Yasawa Islands, Fiji.

Images from around the world by professional Instagrammer Lauren Bath.

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Lonely Planet's Beautiful World

The Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy. Millions of years ago the pale peaks and pinnacles of the Dolomites lay on the seabed; now they are among the world's most distinctive mountainscapes.

Take a look at some of the spectacular images from Lonely Planet's Beautiful World, a book marking the travel guide publisher's 40th anniversary with a series of photographic essays.

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The hottest bars in the coolest neighbourhoods

Limes Hotel roof bar.

Around Australia's cities, take a look at the hottest bars to enjoy a drink in the coolest neighbourhoods.

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Miss Snow It All Instagram finalists 2013

City snow QV

Each week we chose five finalists from the thousands of instagrams tagged with #misssnowitall and featured them in a gallery on the Miss Snow It All blog.

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Miss Snow It All Instagram competition 2013

Moonshine Instagram Miss Snow It All

Tag your instagram #misssnowitall and share the snow love. We'll publish our favourites each week right here and our guest judge will choose a winner that will go into the final gallery at the end of...

Baw Baw's snow (and visitors) keep falling

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Ski lifts are expected to close despite bumper snow fall during the past week, and businesses are getting hot-headed over losing money.

Dog sledding in dinner plain

Dog sledding in Dinner Plain.

Dog sledding in dinner plain

Fresh dump of snow

The Age 8/8/2013 SUPPLIED Mt Buller has welcomed a fresh dump of snow with 20cms falling across the resort overnight and temperatures dropping to minus 3.1 degrees (as of 7.00am Thursday morning 8/8/13). The Age 8/8/2013 SUPPLIED Mt Buller has welcomed a fresh dump of snow with 20cms falling across the resort overnight and temperatures dropping to minus 3.1 degrees (as of 7.00am Thursday morning 8/8/13).Wolfgang Platzer makes a big turn in powder_Source Andrew Railton

Fresh snow dump on the ski fields with Mt Buller welcoming 20 centimetres across the resort overnight and temperatures dropping to minus 3.1 degrees.

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The mysterious, spectacular 'Sounding Sands' desert

Sound Sands desert, China Mongolia

Xiangshawan, in the Sounding Sand Desert of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, is China's famous tourist resort in the desert.

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One of the world's most spectacular road trips

SMH TRAVELLER JUNE 22. Himalaya road. Credit andrew bain . Village near Keylong, above the Chandra River on the Manali-Leh highway

Andrew Bain takes an unhurried trip through the soaring terrain of the ancient Manali-Leh highway through the Himalayas.

Diner en Blanc in Paris

Participants dressed in white take part in Diner en Blanc, or White Dinner at the Trocadero gardens in front the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Thursday, June 13, 2013. The event is a reminiscent of flash mobs, where hundreds of people descend on one area at a specific time, summoned by SMS text message, gsm phone call or email. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Participants dress in white to take part in Diner en Blanc, or White Dinner. The annual event is reminiscent of flash mobs, where hundreds of people descend on one area at a specific time, summoned...

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Princess Kate launches 'The Royal Princess' ship

Princess Kate, Royal Princess cruise ship

The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Catherine, made her final public appearance before giving birth to launch the new cruise ship, the Royal Princess.

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Early snows hit resorts

Perisher Snow

Things are looking up for skiers and snowboarders with early snowfalls across Australia's mountain resorts.