Malaysia, Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. Meditation cave.

Divine restoration

Beyond the ashram, Megan Johnston discovers the growing number of places worldwide devoted to inner calm.

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Surfers wait for the waves in Byron Bay

The life aquatic

Samantha Lane immerses herself in the marine life of Byron Bay - surfing, snorkelling and whale watching.

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Beware ... a beachside holiday may turn into a hassle.

Caught in a rip-off

There are pitfalls to watch out for with holiday rental bonds, writes Jane E. Fraser.

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Book nooks ... Salman Rushdie in New York.

A world of wordsmiths

There's no faster route into a literary culture than a local get-together, writes Rosemarie Milsom.

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Point duty ... the cottage at Sugarloaf Point lighthouse.

Shelter in the wild

Penny Watson tracks down some of the best places to stay in NSW national parks and nature reserves.

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