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The world is full of amazing places – natural and man-made. Our team travel the globe in search of the absolute best; spectacular, inspiring places that make you gawk with disbelief. Plan a trip or explore from your desk. It’s up to you.

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Alabama Hotel: an art hotel in inner city Hobart

Kate McCarthy Reader Find

By Kate McCarthy in Cool Travel on Friday 15 May 2015

Hobart is becoming so art-centric, it’s seriously brilliant. The Alabama Hotel is situated in the city’s CBD and has recently been revived and re-opened after a near-decade-long hiatus.

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This awesome Melbourne bar donates money to the country your beer is from

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 15 May 2015

When was the last time you went to a non-profit bar? The fact is, most bars are in it for themselves, but one very special bar in Melbourne’s CBD is aiming to change the way we think… and drink.

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Christchurch’s Hotel Montreal: luxury a rebuilding city needs

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By Zac in Cool Travel on Thursday 14 May 2015

Hotel Montreal is Christchurch’s newest luxury boutique hotel. Opened mid-2014, the hotel stays true to its name by incorporating European flair with contemporary style. A polo theme runs through the hotel, with guests able to eat at the popular Polo Bar, and most of the decorations are buyable, should you feel so inclined.

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MONA in Hobart, Tasmania: The largest privately-owned museum in Australia

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Thursday 14 May 2015

On a recent trip to Tasmania, I had the opportunity to visit MONA, which after hearing so much hype and doing an abundance of background reading, I predicted would be a highlight of my already-amazing trip. I wasn’t wrong.

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The stunning painted cliffs of Tasmania shows Mother Nature at her finest

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By Chiang Lup Hong in Cool Travel on Wednesday 13 May 2015

A friend of mine moved to Tasmania to further her studies and took some road trips while she was there. From her pictures, I came across incredible Triassic sandstone formations known as the Painted Cliffs.

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Nightmare flight! Young woman writes a hilarious letter to the hellish passenger behind her (we all nod in agreement)

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 13 May 2015

We’ve all had that one flight where we swore we’d never fly again thanks to the awful person we had to sit next to or in front of. But have a bit of sympathy for Lau Munyee, a passenger on Air Asia who scored a cheap deal flying from Singapore to Sydney. She thought she scored a great deal for a redeye flight. But she says she didn’t sleep a wink, and it’s all because of one very bad passenger behind her.

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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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