Come over weak-kneed and misty-eyed at the planet's best places to fall in love. From Lonely Planet's new book, 1000 Ultimate Sights, out now.
Just when you thought you'd seen it all, Lee Atkinson shares her discovery of 10 places, from Tasmania to the Torres Strait and well beyond Bourke, that are worth getting back on the road for.
Isolated mining town on the coast of Cape York.
Located 838 km north of Cairns on a road that varies from the sublime to the horrendous, Weipa is a mining town with a population of over 3000 people. Although geographically part of the Cooktown Shire (a shire which covers 11 330 000 ha from Cooktown to the Cape) it is run by a Weipa Town Office under a special act of the Queensland Parliament which gave the town the status of a Special Bauxite Mining Lease and handed control over to Comalco Aluminium. The actual lease covers an area of 2590 sq. km.
The northernmost point of Queensland.
People who have spent days in their 4WD fording rivers, contending with bulldust which has the consistency of soup, and driving on roads which one wit described as 'educational' finally arrive in Bamaga and find that there is very little to do at the top end of Cape York. So, like lemmings, they all take the boat across to Thursday Island where the island's five hotels offer something a little more exciting than life in Bamaga.
Bamaga (and Seisia)
The most northerly town in Australia.
Located 61 km north of the Jardine River and 983 km north of Cairns Bamaga is the most northern township in Queensland. It is an isolated settlement of some 2000 people, most of whom are Torres Strait Islanders. Facilities are limited and supplies are either shipped or flown in.
Using dirt airstrips, Bruce Elder discovers a lost city, silica dunes and fields of fossils way beyond the beaten track.
Like all things on the tiny island of Masig, it takes time for a party to really swing, writes Lee Atkinson.
There's a real gem in our coffee crop region, writes Graham Simmons.