It's vertiginous, dramatic and wonderful. Rain is forecast to march in behind us, but the sky is as clean as a new page.
Andrew Bain specialises in adventures and can usually be found walking, cycling or paddling in empty corners of the world.
Flying the new A321neo is as comfortable as it gets crossing the Ditch.
The Lakes Route is one of the most intriguing of the trails, somehow threading between mountains to connect 10 lakes.
Glide peacefully through the World Heritage-listed Tasmanian wilderness of Gordon River where convicts once built magnificent Huon pine ships.
I could just about move house with the generous checked-in luggage allowance of two bags up to 32 kilograms each.
It's superbly comfortable with a bathtub worthy of a higher price bracket, but let's face it, the environment is the real drawcard here.
The view from the cemetery behind Zermatt's Church of St Mauritius should be sobering.
As you pedal close to picture-perfect coasts, climb to reach ancient stone villages and work up an appetite for figs, olives and grapes, the glitz of Europe's Rivieras take on a new, simpler beauty.
Saved by eco-activists in the 1980s, the Franklin River is giving back with a trip on the wild waterway offering heart-racing adventure amid green misty beauty.
The golden statues of Oscar bestowed upon two film greats lure visitors to the Swiss towns of Gruyères and Vevey.
Experiencing the monolith from its encircling trail isn't limited to those on foot.
A lunch of fresh crayfish and Tasmanian wine on the beach at Flinders Island's Killiecrankie beach is a fly-in, fly-out affair.
Ahead of us, the summit of Monte Rosa rises above cloud, with a large glacier scraping down its slopes and into the valley three vertical kilometres below.
You needn't hike for days to find some of the state's finest scenes.
As we come to a steeper pinch, I push it into turbo.