Geography of Australia

Rock up for some in tents luxury

As you fly in to Ayers Rock Resort, it's startling to see that Australia's so-called red centre is remarkably green.

Friday, 13 July, 2012, 12:00am

Chinese seize opportunity

Australian house prices remain overvalued, according to at least two sources - Moody's and The Economist - despite a correction over the past two years.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

HK events company to face Australian inquiry

A Hong Kong-based company that thought it had been cleared of any wrongdoing for continuing with an Australian ultra-marathon which ended with a bush fire engulfing part of the course, critically injuring two runners, will instead now face a state parliamentary inquiry into the event.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A stretch of the imagination

I used to be obsessive about doing long train journeys from start to finish. I'd travel from London to Inverness, Scotland; Buenos Aires to San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina; and Moscow to Beijing, testing myself on the longest trips available in the country or continent I was visiting. It's probably a male thing, but that doesn't make it any easier to overcome.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Higher calling: discover the Lost World among the Green behind the Gold

Perched high atop a plateau in the Green Mountains of southeast Queensland, O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat has been accommodating hikers and birdwatchers since the O'Reilly family opened its first guesthouse in the Gold Coast Hinterland in 1926.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

US asks Canberra about China space base

Washington asked the Australian government for an explanation as to why China has access to a space tracking station in Western Australia after learning about it in an article in the South China Morning Post on November 5.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Murchison still courting China to fund ore project

Despite signing a tentative A$325 million (HK$2.47 billion) deal with Japan's Mitsubishi Corp, Murchison Metals is still courting Chinese companies to invest in a A$10 billion mining and infrastructure project in Western Australia, which might supplant the deal with Mitsubishi.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Sip advisor

Australia's wine roadmap is vast, with regions dotted across the southern half of a continent taking in a wondrous range of scenery, grape varieties and climatic conditions. The more than 50 vineyard regions cover seven of the country's eight states and territories, and run from sun-kissed Western Australia to rugged Queensland.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Island hopping

It was a long way to go for fish and chips. I'd put off going to Australia for decades because, as a Brit, I'd imagined it as a big, dry, old-fashioned version of England - full of (very long-term) expats, cricket pitches and dodgy food. Yet here I was in Hobart, Tasmania, tucking into battered white fish and big golden chips.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Regions to be cheerful: top spots Down Under

Australia now ranks as the sixth-largest wine producer in the world. It has also led the way in wine packaging, making life simpler for consumers. Australian wine labels include the grape variety, meaning a consumer can pick a wine labelled as chardonnay. A chardonnay from Burgundy will list only the region with no mention of the variety.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Hunt for utopia stops in Tasmania

For centuries, people have been looking for a utopia ever since this term was borrowed from Greek by Sir Thomas More for his book, Utopia, in 1516. Utopia, an idealistic place of social and political perfection where everyone lives in harmony and happiness. How sweet it would be if such an place existed!

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

County sings praise of Sydney

The popularity of knock-off Louis Vuitton handbags and mobile phones modelled on Apple's iPhones is just one indication of the insatiable taste for cheap lookalikes among image-conscious mainlanders.

But one county government in Jiangsu has taken that obsession to a new level with its take on an iconic Australian landmark, the Sydney Opera House.

10 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Wild side of Australia

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27 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Cape Howe Cottages, Western Australia

What are they? Cape Howe Cottages are self-contained hideaways located, for the most part, on a self-declared nature reserve.

7 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Growth hot spots

A strong jobs market built around the booming resources sector is driving Darwin's population growth, and therefore demand for housing. Tod Peterson, director and owner of Peterson's Property Search, says investors looking for a location that will rent easily have plenty of choice.

20 Jan 2010 - 12:00am