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Best Of Australia

Australia is a country as varied and interesting as its people, from the bush to the beach and the barrier reef. To narrow down the best this country has to offer is definitely a difficult task. To this end I have whittled it down to four quintessential ‘Aussie’ experiences and the best places to have them.

The Outback

The best place to start your journey to the center of ‘OZ’ would be Darwin or as the locals call it ‘The Top End’. The capital city of the northern territory is your starting point for all the outback has to offer, with many international tourists passing through this small but increasingly cosmopolitan city on the way to Uluru. Uluru (Formerly Ayers Rock) is one of the must see natural attractions in Australia, over 700 million years old and sacred to the original native inhabitants of Australia, Uluru is a magnificent sight indeed. While Uluru is the number one spot to see there are also a myriad of natural wonders to visit like Kakadu national park or Kata Tjuta (Which you can even tour by camelback!). Many of these marvels have tours led by original landowners providing you with a rich history and understanding of the oldest continent on earth.

The Reef and the Rainforest

Cairns in Far North Queensland is a picturesque beachside town on the door steps of one the greatest natural wonders in the world, The Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the reason many tourists come to visit Australia in the first place, covering 2300 kilometers and home to some of the world’s most colorful fish and vibrant coral ecosystems is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots in the world with some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving on offer. But the fun doesn’t just happen in the water; this part of Australia is also home the Daintree, 1200 kilometers of pristine rainforest. If trekking through the forest is not your cup of tea, alternatively you view the majesty of the rainforest from the confines of the skyrail cable car before you head down to the esplanade and grab a cool beverage in cairns’ burgeoning bar scene.

The Glitz and Glamour

The Gold Coast is the place to be to just let loose and have some fun. With four major theme parks already (and more rumored to be on the way), you could spend your time on the coast just buckled in to roller coasters or racing down waterslides! The Gold Cast is also home to some of the best beaches in the world stretching the length of the city, so when you need a break, beautiful sandy beaches are never far away. The Gold Coast is also well known for the events it holds from major sporting events such as the GC600, Magic Millions, and pro surfing tournaments, to Blues Fest and Cooly on the Rocks. When you have spent all day having fun on the Coast it doesn’t stop there, as the night time precincts of Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise turn on their lights and the infamous Gold Coast party scene begins with glamorous lads and ladies dancing the night away.

The Culture and Cuisine

When you want to see the best Australia has to offer in terms of quality cuisines and culture Melbourne is the place to go. Its independent arts scene boasts exhibitions such as Bus Projects, Kings and West Space showing off the best established Australian artists and its newest rising stars. If you want to mix your art viewing with a sumptuous feast then go exploring the many laneways and arcades of Melbourne’s CBD. Rife with pop-up cafes and hole in the wall bars and restaurants these alleyways are also plastered with a myriad of eye-popping works of street art. Not content with being the heart of Australian culture Melbourne is also the Capital of Australian sport. It hosts events for the Formula One the MotoGP, Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and the AFL Grand Final. So whatever kind of spectacle you care to watch and whatever type of meal you’re hungering for Melbourne is the place to go!

Top Beach Resorts In Asia

Today we are looking at some of the best beach resorts in Asia. All these resorts are coincidentally situated in the south east, maybe it’s because that’s where the weather is warmest and the beers are cheapest!

Up first is the Six Senses Resort on Con Dao Island in Vietnam.  Located in the South China Sea, roughly 180 kilometers from Ho Chi Min City, this resort is part of a protected marine national park. With Fifty villas created as homage to traditional Vietnamese fishing villages with pristine white sand, sparkling blue ocean just at their door step. Activities here range from the usual snorkeling and diving to hiking the local mountain as well as the full gamut of relaxation experiences such as massages and yoga. If you come at the right time of the year (May to October) you will even get to encounter the local turtle inhabitants!

Moving to Thailand now and the The Haad Tien Beach Resort on Koh Tao Island. Both sides of the resort are hemmed in by two granite cliffs offering ultimate privacy to enjoy the private lagoon the resorts rests on. With accommodation ranging from the modest to extravagant with their own private pools there is something for everyone. That also extends to the activities available with the usual beach side activities complemented by rock climbing as well as Thai cooking and Muay Thai kickboxing classes.

Japamala on the Island of Tioman in Malaysia is a striking, one of a kind resort. Its accommodation consists of simple “Sarangs” or nests meant to blend into the countryside nestled among the jungles and jutting out along the beautiful brilliant white shores of the island. The more luxurious rooms even feature their own plunge pools! The Tamarind restaurant offering the best of Malay and Thai cuisine or the Mandi-Mandi situated on stilts above the sea with its all day dining provide delicious sustenance after a day of snorkeling or just lazing by the beach.

Alila Villas in Uluwatu, Bali is a clean modern architectural marvel. Protruding over the sheer cliffs of the Bukit peninsula this resort manages to mesh the best elements of modern minimalist design as well as incorporating the best of traditional Balinese design. With each villa having its on private pool and butler this is what relaxation is about! There are also two well received restaurants, an infinity pool to with views of the ocean and the beautiful sunset cabana deck overlooking the cliff face.

Finally we arrive at Cambodia; Song Saa is reached by boat from the nearby town of Sihanoukville. This is the ultimate ‘Greenie’ Resort everything in the resort was built by sustainable and locally sourced materials set against the stunning backdrop of the two islands that the resort is spread across Koh Ouen and Koh Bong, a part of the amazing Koh Ron Archipelago. With plenty of exploring to supplement the snorkeling, sailing and wind surfing on offer and the beachside bar to top off your daily adventures, you will never want to leave.

Well there you have five of the top beach resorts in Asia, now all there is to do is pick one, save some cash and buy your flights!