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Want to see the best street art in Australia? Just venture down Hosier Lane in Melbourne

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Tuesday 12 May 2015

If you’re looking to set your eyes on some serious street art – street art where some of the world’s best artists come to play – you don’t have to travel to New York or Buenos Aires. Some of the very best street art is right in Melbourne’s backyard. And by backyard I mean smack bang in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

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10 wonderfully quirky hotels that will make you want to travel … now!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 6 May 2015

You’ve saved up those pennies and now it’s time to go travelling. But you don’t want to stay in any ordinary hotel on your adventures; you want to stay somewhere unforgettable. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a round-up of ten wonderfully quirky hotels that’ll definitely make you want to book a trip to see the world. Pronto.

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Climb 659 steps to the top of this Colombian landmark for breathtaking views of the countryside

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 5 May 2015

Guatape is a small town of northern Colombia that has a very unique landmark. It’s home to a rather large rock, and this rock attracts scores of visitors each year because once you get to the very top of this rock, the views you get of the countryside are priceless.

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This Melbourne bar comes with THE best view in the city, guaranteed!

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 1 May 2015

It’s not everyday you get to sip on your favourite drink while admiring the gorgeous view on top of a building in Melbourne’s CBD, but this bar gives you that and more. Located in Swanston Street’s Curtin House, Melbourne’s Rooftop Cinema is not only home to great outdoor movie events, but is also home to some of the city’s best cocktails and brews. Yup, that’s right. There’s a fab bar waiting for you, aptly named Rooftop Bar.

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There’s a bridge in Japan that’s so steep, it looks more like a rollercoaster

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 1 May 2015

This is the Eshima Ohashi bridge in Japan. It’s the third largest rigid-frame bridge in the world at 44 metres tall. And judging by its looks, it would also probably qualify as the world’s scariest too.

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Ever cooked your lunch in an underground pit? This cultural trip expects you to!

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 April 2015

First we used the oven and BBQ for cooking, then the microwave. Now with the move to paleo we choose not to cook our food all! However, in the island of Aitutaki, an atoll in the South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands, the best way to cook your food is in an underground oven.

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Couple travels the world striking yoga poses everywhere they go

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 17 April 2015

Whenever yoga instructors Claudine and Honza Lafond aren’t teaching at their Sydney-based studio YogaBeyond, they’re often wandering off to exotic locations and taking photos that make the rest of us green with envy – not to mention feel really unfit.

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Aitutaki in The Cook Islands is home to the fifty shades of BLUE

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 16 April 2015

‘You are going to love Aitutaki’, said everyone. At Lost At E Minor, we love a challenge and we challenge you to find a bluer lagoon than that of Aitutaki nestled in the middle of the Cook Islands archipelago.

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Four koalas got to enjoy first class before flying off to Singapore

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 15 April 2015

In celebration of Singapore’s 50th independence anniversary, Australia has sent over four koalas to be ambassadors to the city state for the next six months. To get there, they’ll be flying in style, or what Qantas calls ‘koala class’.

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Here’s what it takes to keep an Emirates airplane in the skies

Sorrel Kesby Contributor

By Sorrel Kesby in Cool Travel on Tuesday 14 April 2015

We all know that airplanes are large and expensive to run (why else would we pay a fortune to fly?) but few of us realise the sheer scale of what it takes to keep one of these flying monsters in the air. Keith Carter, Vice President of the Emirates Overhaul Workshop in Dubai, recently gave us unprecedented access to where the vast Emirates fleet gets serviced, repaired and polished.

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Instead of walkways and signs, a new airport terminal in Japan has a running track

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 14 April 2015

Now you won’t just feel like a track and field athlete as you’re running through the airport, trying to catch your flight – you’ll also look like it as well. At the newly-opened Terminal 3 of the Narita Airport in Japan, a running track has been built to help travelers find their way around and make walking a much more pleasant experience.

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Walk across an entire nation in one morning in the beautiful Cook Islands

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Tuesday 14 April 2015

The island of Rarotonga is the capital and main island of the Cook Islands, found halfway between Sydney and Los Angeles, with only twelve thousand people calling it home.

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You can combine your daily yoga class with standup paddle boarding in the Cook Islands

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Monday 13 April 2015

Savasanah. Lying on an eight­-foot standup paddle board in the Cook Island’s Muri lagoon, hiding behind the four small mutus (Cook Island Maori for island), you are protected by the waves that make it over the reef.

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This is the mysterious ‘Dr. Seuss’ house that sits in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 13 April 2015

When you venture out into the Alaskan wilderness, you’d expect to see snow, trees, hopelessness, and probably more snow. But in the town of Willow, you’d find something very different: a house that looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale. Called the ‘Dr. Seuss House’ by locals for its imaginative façade and unique structure, the house towers over the deserted snowy landscape, sticking out like a sore thumb.

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Marlon Brando’s private island resort in French Polynesia

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By Laura McWhinnie in Cool Travel on Sunday 12 April 2015

It was 1960 when Marlon Brando came across the island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia while filming ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’. Immediately enchanted by the island’s beauty, the Polynesian way of life and his Tahitian co-star Tarita Teriipaia who became his third and last wife, Brando set about acquiring his very own piece of paradise.

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