What to see and do in this beach- and bush-lined Far North Queensland getaway.
Caroline Gladstone always wanted to write and travel from the days she was given an Olivetti typewriter at age 10 and a Speedwell bike a couple of years later. Her travels now take her on planes, trains and ships as well as cycles. She’s cruised on more than 50 ships – big, small, expedition, luxury and even cargo. Caroline has written Fodor’s guidebooks on Australia and the lovely isles of French Polynesia. Her love of vintage fashion and art deco style sees her take frequent trips to the Blue Mountains to stay in wonderful old hotels and poke around quirky shops.
Ensure the smoothest of sailings with these useful tips and insights into cruising etiquette for the virgin or even veteran cruiser.
Chanting ''hee'' and then ''haa'' helps us paddle in unison.
I spy my first giant clam, sitting on the sea bed not far below, looking like a big clutch purse with fuzzy iridescent blue lips.
Wurzburg's baroque palace and history is only topped by a cold glass of the Franconia region's favourite drop, silvaner.
With dwarf palm trees edging the pool and cane chairs dangling from the veranda, the place seems to murmur "oasis".
Fairytale castles drift by and Lorelei lures lazy cruisers during a meander along the legendary Rhine.
If the hurly-burly of Koh Samui has turned you away from its tropical lure, try the other sleepier side of the island where peace and relaxation are easy to find.
Passengers dress to the hilt, ships are decked out in bunting and the entertainment is non-stop.
Go on the rails for a trip back to the Roaring 20s on the Hydro express to the Blue Mountains.
If you're looking for an Indonesian island that's a little more laid back and under-developed, this is one to consider.
From Broadway razzmatazz to risque burlesque, the quality and variety keep getting better.
Eleven eateries, nine bars, several dance floors and some novel activities ...
A weekend favourite for anyone seeking an easy country escape.
Tribute festivals for bands and musicians can be colourful, entertaining, fun-filled events, even for the non-fanatic.