AUSTRALIA: An Outback Christmas On The Rails

Marie Barbieri discovers that desolate townships, gourmet cuisine, and ever-changing landscapes make The Indian Pacific Australia’s most iconic journey. Sitting patiently in the Outback Explorer Lounge, I munch on welcome canapés of lemon myrtle curry puffs. I’m itching to hear the hoot and feel the train glide out to begin my 4,352km journey across the continent. A childlike wave of … [Read more...]

Win a Free Trip to Western Australia

Courtesy of celebrity chef Curtis Stone, Tourism Western Australia and Down Under Endeavors! All you have to do is become a fan on Facebook to enter the sweepstakes for this extraordinary trip. Western Australia is the largest state in Australia located in the western half of the country and is divided into five distinct regions: the North West, Coral Coast, Golden Outback, Perth, and the … [Read more...]

Fly Free to Western Australia

For travelers looking to visit Australia, don’t miss this Qantas airlines offer to receive free domestic flights to Western Australia when booking an international Qantas flight. Western Australia offers visitors stunning beaches, a rugged outback, spectacular wine region, and over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year in Perth, the state’s capital. Limited to the first 200 bookings, the Fly Free to … [Read more...]

Australia’s Wild West

With scenery ranging from the dramatic deserts and the mystical beauty of the Kimberley in the north, to the wind-blown beaches and dense forests of the south, the state of Western Australia is a multifaceted, endlessly appealing destination.  Because of Australia's vast size, "WA" is also a continent away from the distinctly different pace and places that make up the more widely traveled eastern … [Read more...]

Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat Reborn

The only access to nine miles of untouched golden Australian sand isn’t a road or a visitor center. It’s a fully sustainable eco-village called Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat. After being decimated by Cyclone Rita in April 2000, owner Karl Plunkett put the resort on hiatus for personal reasons, but this June successfully reopened the property after an 18-month rebuild period.  The ultra-green … [Read more...]

Wild About Australia

If you think Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman are the only ones getting all hot 'n campy in the sensuous landscapes of wild Australia, think again. Thanks to a handful of innovative wilderness camps that bring touches of class and magic to some of Australia's most jaw-dropping natural wonders, you don't have to be a film star to access the national treasures showcased in Baz Luhrmann's recent epic … [Read more...]