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Sophisticated galleries, subtropical beaches, cool-climate vineyards: the greater Brisbane region delivers gasp-inducing contrasts. The region's star is Brisbane itself. Traditional home of the Jagera people, Queensland's capital has a flourishing restaurant, bar and cultural scene. Lapping at its eastern fringe is Moreton Bay, where low-lying sandy isles beckon with turquoise waves and passing parade of whales, turtles and dolphins.
Nature is well and truly part of Darwin's backyard: the famous national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield are only a few hours' drive distant, and the unique Tiwi Islands are a boat ride away. For locals the perfect weekend is going fishing for barra (barramundi) in a tinny (small boat) with an esky (cooler) full of beer.
Ho Chi Minh City
Located on the banks of the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant city full of contrasts. Visit the National History Museum filled with ancient ceramics, traditional costumes and relics crafted in stone and bronze. Watch a short performance of the uniquely Vietnamese water puppetry. Ho Chi Minh City is home to many colourful pagodas, cathedrals and palaces, including one of the city's oldest, Giac Lam Pagoda, dating back to1744.
Hong Kong. mix of feng shui and finance, trams and temples still make it one of the most fascinating – and safest – cities in the world. Be sure to eat some of the best food you will ever taste, you'll be dazzled by the stunning harbour and you'll feel energised by a combination of the urban, the rural and the maritime. Hong Kong is where China and Britain have moulded and created something very unique. It's a joy to explore every corner.
Lombok is an Indonesian island east of Bali and west of Sumbawa, part of the Lesser Sunda Island chain. It's known for beaches and surfing spots, particularly at Kuta and Banko Banko (in south Lombok). The motor-vehicle-free Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno), off Lombok’s west coast, offer more beaches, reefs for diving and snorkeling, and a sea turtle hatchery.
Nha Trang is Vietnam’s hustling, bustling beach capital, situated some 440 km north of Ho Chi Minh City. With a sweeping beach and world-class diving on the doorstep, Nha Trang also boasts an abundance of bars, temples and local landmarks to entertain any visitor. Great river and ocean views with some of the best seafood caught fresh each day available in any number of very inexpensive restaurants.
Sydney, with its iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and of course Bondi beach must rank as one of the worlds most stunning city’s. Enjoy Sydney’s natural beauty, from unspoilt beaches to public gardens and, of course, the sparkling harbour, before discovering its thriving restaurants and markets. Top it off with a trip to the Blue Mountains, a popular excursion among locals.