Even Melbourne pales in comparison to some of the music hotspots around the world.
Traveller's globetrotting backpacker, Ben Groundwater, finds the good, the bad and the ugly in the world’s best destinations. Ben is a columnist, blogger, feature writer, and host of Traveller's podcast Flight of Fancy, who has visited more than 80 countries during his 12 years in the industry. Ben was named travel writer of the year by the Australian Society of Travel Writers in 2014 and 2015.
When Qantas first introduced the 'Kangaroo Route' in 1947, passengers used to have to stop six times to get from Sydney to London.
Forty essential lessons every traveller should have learned by the time they turn 40.
Every traveller use to want to go to Thailand or Bali, now they all want to go to Cuba and Japan. Our taste in the 'exotic' is forever changing. So what's the 'hot' thing now?
If you've been to Spain and loved it; if you've toured Italy and had an amazing time; if you've hung out in the south of France and had a ball – you need to get to Portugal. Get there before everyone else does. Because it's going to be big.
It was a journey that tested and inspired Ben Groundwater like no other, yet his tales left others strangely silent. Is southern Africa too adventurous for the Australian traveller?
There are one or two specific reasons for this turnaround in the way people travel.
Australia is blessed with a range of attractions which seriously rival many famed international ones.
So, which city is better - Melbourne or Sydney?
It might just be the perfect travel destination - stunning beaches, cosmopolitan cities, great food and good coffee. Why wouldn't you want to travel Australia?
You don't have to want to live in these places – you just have to love paying them a visit.
These are the destinations, surely, that will one day hold our affections like the current favourites.
There are phrases and sentences you'll just never hear a fellow Aussie utter.
Getting sick when you travel can be a real bummer. It can ruin your entire overseas experience. So what should you do if you get sick on the road?
Many come to Margaret River for the wine, but there are just as many who travel here for the beaches, the forests, the walking trails, for the good food and the laidback lifestyle.