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Qantas, Singapore Airlines

SINGAPORE Airlines has booted Qatar from the number one spot in a prestigious list of the world’s best airlines by Skytrax. It’s the latest proof that the golden oldie, which was once known as the Queen of the Skies before falling off the radar, has well and truly taken back …

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Bacalar, Mexico

I’D HEARD whispers from fellow travellers of a mythical little town on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast, boasting Maldives-blue water, no crowds, and a substantially cheaper price tag. Seduced by descriptions that likened it to a Caribbean island paradise, we swiftly ditched the tequila-soaked clubs of Cancun and Tulum and chanced the …

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Vietnam Golden Bridge hands

AN INCREDIBLE new attraction has opened in Vietnam and it has everyone talking. The breathtaking Golden Bridge simply looks too impressive and otherworldly to be real. Perched 1400 metres above sea level in the Ba Na hills, the gold-coloured walkway appears to be held up with two “giant hands”. The …

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Things to do in Perth

SYDNEY has long lauded its beaches as the best in Australia, and Melbourne brags about its laneway art and cafe culture. But Perth is proving travellers can have the best of both. The west coast capital is perfect for a summer getaway, just a four-hour flight from Sydney and Melbourne. …

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Christmas Island travel

AS FAR from the typical tourist haunts as you could get, is an island with a strong history, better snorkelling than the Great Barrier Reef (in my opinion) and diverse wildlife that practically stops and strikes a pose for your camera. Christmas Island — an idyllic creation of jagged volcanic …

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The Branson Estate, Moskito Island

SIR Richard Branson has made another of his jaw-dropping homes available to holiday-makers, adding The Branson Estate on Moskito Island to its Virgin Limited Edition luxury portfolio. Moskito Island is off the coast of Virgin Gorda, the third-largest of the Carribean’s British Virgin Islands, and has long been a favourite …

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Rock of Guatape, Colombia

IT’S millions of years old, weighs in at an estimated 10 million tonnes, is more than 200m high and has a curious history. But it’s unlikely you would have ever heard of — let alone seen — this intriguing giant. That’s because the Rock of Guatapé monolith (also known as …

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Likuliku lagoon resort Fiji

TOM Hanks’ character and his buddy Wilson had a few issues to deal with while stranded on that uninhabited island in the Oscar-winning film Castaway. But if they had any idea of what lay only a short speed boat ride from their lonely island home, there would have been another …

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Solomon Islands

THE Solomon Islands are well-known as a tropical paradise among surfers and divers. But for those wanting to escape to a dreamy tropical island for relaxation, rejuvenation and romance, the Solomon’s are laying down the welcome mat. And even better, it’s just a few hours away. The Solomon Islands have …

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