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Thaipusam Hindu festival

A Hindu devotee has his back pierced with hooks and weighed down with lime before starting his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves, outside Kuala Lumpur.

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan.

Tim the Yowie Man: Nature's quirks

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The Yowie Man investigates a summer spike in out-of-place animals, from surfing echidnas to giant hitchhiking stick insects.

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Top travel photos, January 17, 2014

Salar de Uyuni

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Railway Hotel Tour of Britain

Anthony Dennis, Fairfax Media's national travel editor, discovers that there's a glimmer of a second golden age of rail, on a railway hotel tour of Britain.

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The Big Picture: reader travel photos, January 18, 2014

Polar Bear

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Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages

Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages

Tim the Yowie Man: The unicorn

Our hero is on the trail of another mystery at Pipers Lookout, Rutherford Creek.

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The Big Picture: reader travel photos, January 11, 2014

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Tim the Yowie Man: Floating rocks

Masses of pumice stones washed up at the south coast had visitors and locals at Broulee scratching their heads.

Niagara Falls frozen

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls in Canada frozen as a result of record low temperatures by polar vortex.

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Top travel photos, January 10, 2014

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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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Top travel photos, January 3, 2014

Dunes are seen in the Libyan desert in Ghat, during the 19th Ghat Festival of Culture and Tourism.

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Six of the best: hotels opening in 2014

Shangri-La, London, will open in the Shard.

From the best address in London to the Whitsundays in Australia, here are the top six hotels opening around the world in 2014. By Belinda Jackson

South coast perspective

The coastline is wonderful, but there are also great art galleries worth exploring.

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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.

Skylodge at Mt Tamborine

Skylodge at Mt Tamborine

Tim the Yowie Man: bridges

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The south coast is one of the last bastions of quaint bridges that are simply charming because of their age.

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Bali's ladyboys celebrate

Indonesian drag queen Fiona performs during the 5th anniversary celebrations of Bali Joe Bar, one of the most famous gay bars in Bali on December 23, 2013 in Kuta, Indonesia. Transgender 'cabaret shows' are becoming increasingly popular in Bali's famous tourist district - Kuta. In the shows, drag queens appear with ornate costumes and perform a variety of shows to entertain the audience. Although there is no law against transgenders or homosexuality in Indonesia, discrimination is rife.

A special performance marks the 5th anniversary celebrations of Bali Joe Bar, one of the most famous gay bars in Bali.