Australia is the holiday jackpot for travellers. For some it’s a place for endless summers on powder beaches; somewhere to learn surfing in Byron Bay, sailing in the Whitsunday Islands or diving on Ningaloo Reef. For others, it’s a country where adventures are as epic as the Outback horizons. It’s starring in your own road movie: swooping along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road or bowling down dust-blown roads to Uluru. Go into the Kimberley and you journey to the edge of the world. Go with an Aboriginal guide and it’s to the edge of time.
What’s changed is Aussie culture: The great Australian gastronomic crusade continues apace, expanding from Sydney and Melbourne to brilliant smaller scenes in places like Adelaide and Margaret River. And in MONA, Australia now has one of the world’s most iconoclastic galleries. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of it – it’s in a backwater come good – Hobart.