From beaches to bays, mountains to caves, it's always worth stepping outside the capital cities, writes Kerry van der Jagt.
From the Galapagos to the Great Barrier Reef, there are some destinations you can't keep putting off for a visit, writes Michael Gebicki.
With Schoolies Week less than two months away, Jane Reddy counts down the options beyond the Gold Coast - from extreme adventures and fun in the sun to getaways with a good cause and holidays with heart.
Once the party mecca of South-East Asia for backpackers, Vang Vieng has cleaned up its act - but tourists are staying away, writes David Whitley.
Leisa Tyler enjoys the lingering French flavours of a capital that balances ambitious growth with timeless Buddhist calm.
Every backpacker's favourite pastime has been ruined by those who love it.
Can you become genuine friends with a local tour guide?
It's poor, dangerous and difficult to travel through. So why is everyone going there?