Feature Articles

Hot destinations, amazing stories, insider secrets, selected for you by GOXplore’s dream-team of top travel writers.

Musical city hits the right note

by Angie Kelly

Theatre fans are flocking to Sydney’s blockbuster shows. Angie Kelly helps stage your getaway. Take a legendary theatre classic, add a world premiere, throw in a Broadway blockbuster and you have theatre nirvana by the harbour. My Fair Lady, ...

The Phillipines — Close encounters of the deep

by Tim Lindsey

Tim Lindsey meets some gentle giants in the Philippines. Swimming with sharks at feeding time is not as dangerous as it sounds — so long as they are whale sharks. It is an extraordinary experience to be floating within ...

China Holy smoke

by Theodora Sutcliffe

Theodora Sutcliffe follows the Silk Road to Quanzhou, the city of temples. Blazing fake bank notes drift over tinsel-decked headstones; a giant firework explodes with a rocket-launcher roar; incense smoulders in front of ancient Islamic tombs, their long-dead occupants ...

The Grampians A great trail in the making

by Andrew Bain

When floods poured through Victoria’s Grampians National Park in January 2011, about a third of its walking trails were destroyed. When new trails were needed, park authorities went back to the future, dusting off an idea first mooted in ...

Kangaroo Island Island paradise

by Danielle Wright

Danielle Wright enjoys the wild side of Kangaroo Island. On the 45-minute ferry ride to Kangaroo Island from the South Australian mainland, it’s plain sailing. But locals tell me it can get so rough you sometimes have to dodge ...

12 hours in Macau

by Allison Stekelenburg

Walk When you arrive at the Macau ferry terminal, take a 15-minute walk along the water to Fisherman’s Wharf to stretch your pins or catch a taxi to Senado Square. From there you can follow the crowds to Macau’s ...

Vietnam — Beyond the paddy fields

by Andrew Bain

Andrew Bain pedals for pleasure in Vietnam. It’s a marriage of two quintessential Vietnam images: rice fields and bicycles. We are pedalling through the former on the latter, riding atop the mud levees that partition the flooded fields into ...

San Francisco — A hike in the hood

by Andrew Bain

Andrew Bain explores San Francisco’s urban trails. San Francisco is the world’s tech city of the moment, home to the likes of Google, Facebook, Apple and eBay. But not all the activity here is virtual. San Francisco is a ...

River cruising — Go with the flow

by Sally Macmillan

Sally Macmillan sails the rivers of Europe. What’s not to like about river cruising? It’s easy — once you step aboard, everything is taken care of. It’s efficient — two weeks will cover five countries. And it’s beautiful — ...

12 hours in Hong Kong

by Allison Stekelenburg

By Allison Stekelenburg. Hong Kong is a no‑brainer when it comes to a stopover city — it is small enough to squeeze in lots in 12 hours, but big enough to keep you amazed for every minute. You can ...