Destination: Australia

Travel Photography and ‘Writing With Light’

On the problem with "trophy travel photos" -- and what to aim for instead

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World Travel Watch: Monster Shark Off Australia, Deadly Driving Games in Bulgaria and More

Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news

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‘Are Australian Horror Films Scaring Tourists Away From Australia?’


One of the films in question is Wolf Creek, which made our list of 13 great holiday horror travel movies.

Photo You Must See: Big-Wave Surfing at Cow Bombie

Photo You Must See: Big-Wave Surfing at Cow Bombie REUTERS/Ho New

Surfer Mark Visser drops into a 36-foot wave at Cow Bombie, near the Western Australian town of Gracetown. The surf spot is located roughly 175 miles south of Perth.

Photo You Must See: Dust Storm at the Opera House

Photo You Must See: Dust Storm at the Opera House REUTERS/Tim Winborne
REUTERS/Tim Winborne

A dust storm obscures the Sydney Opera House at sunrise this morning.

Flags of the World—Made From Food

These ads for the Sydney International Food Festival are stunning. Right now, this one is my favorite:

(Via Coudal)

David Sedaris on Australia: ‘It’s Canada in a Thong’

That line is one of the comedic high points in a rather moving story about Australia, kookaburras and family by David Sedaris in the latest New Yorker.

Moon-Gazing Around the Globe

Full moon over London Photos by cybea via Flickr (Creative Commons)

From Puebla to Paris, 12 photos by moonstruck world travelers

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Climbing Ban Could be Coming to Uluru

Climbing Ban Could be Coming to Uluru Photo by nosha via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo by nosha via Flickr (Creative Commons)

An Australian government proposal is in the works to ban tourists from climbing Uluru, the distinctive red rock monolith that is considered sacred ground by local indigenous groups. Those same groups have been pushing for the move for years, but the proposal is—predictably—controversial in other quarters: “Big Brother is coming to Uluru to slam the gate closed on an Australian tourism icon,” said one conservative politician quoted in the Independent.

Invoking Orwell here seems a tad dramatic. I’m more inclined to agree with local elder Vince Forrester. “You can’t go climb on top of the Vatican, you can’t go climb on top of the Buddhist temples and so on and so forth,” he said. “Obviously you have to respect our religious attachment to the land too, so we’re saying please do not climb Uluru.”

Australia’s Prime Minister: ‘Hotter Than Obama’

Australia’s Prime Minister: ‘Hotter Than Obama’ Publicity still via IGN
Publicity still via IGN

That was the verdict from Bruno, comedian Sasha Baron Cohen’s gay Austrian alter ego, during a visit to Sydney for his movie‘s Australian premiere. Said the ostensible fashion TV reporter after meeting Prime Minister Kevin Rudd: “That guy is like, uber-cute. I thought Obama was like the hottest guy in the world until I met Kevin.”

Ooh. Them’s fighting words, Bruno. President Obama, care to respond?

How to Lick an Ant in Australia

The Oecophylla smaragdina packs a flavorful punch. Kristin Luna explains how to get a taste.

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What’s Become of the World’s Red-Light Districts?

red-light district Photo by FaceMePLS, via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo by FaceMePLS, via Flickr (Creative Commons)

A Wallpaper slideshow looks at how red-light districts in Amsterdam, Singapore, Sydney and seven other major world cities have been cleaned up. Or, as the story’s intro describes the transformation of Times Square in New York City, how they’ve reacted after after being given an “urban colonic.”

The Great Guidebook Retail Showdown

The Great Guidebook Retail Showdown Photo by fotologic via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo by fotologic via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Who knew the world of guidebooks-in-bookstores could be so fraught with conflict?

Last week came the news that WH Smith—a large British bookstore chain found in most of the country’s airports and major train stations—had reached an exclusive deal to sell only Penguin-published guidebooks (namely DK Eyewitness and Rough Guides) from its shops. According to the Guardian, the chain reasoned that travelers “are often pressed for time and want to have a straightforward range of travel guides to choose from.” Michael Palin and Margaret Drabble are among the big names opposing the move. Arthur Frommer also has a predictably furious response, calling the deal “an unthinkable act of literary censorship and corporate greed.”

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Sideways, Down Under

Margaret River Valley, Western Australia Photo by robertpaulyoung, via Flickr (Creative Commons)

In the Margaret River region of Western Australia, you can just sip wine and nibble on cheese. Or, like Tony Perrottet, you can push the limits of indulgence.

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Cheap Airfares! Buy Now!

Photo by egmb757lover, via Flickr (Creative Commons)

There is an amazing multitude of low fares for air travel out there right now. Want to fly cheaply to Australia? Shanghai? Las Vegas? I’ve rounded up some great travel deals below.

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