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From Sydney's best kept secrets, to last minute road trips to major international jaunts, we've got your travel needs covered

A complete guide to Orange
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A complete guide to Orange

Drive through cherry blossoms, lurid wattle and gold mine adjacent creeks. 

How to spend a weekend in Wellington
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How to spend a weekend in Wellington

New Zealand’s capital city is known for its excellent coffee shops, leading restaurants and craft beer scene. 

The best Hunter Valley wineries
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The best Hunter Valley wineries

It takes around 3.5 hours to get to Sydney’s local wine region.

Five animals you’ll meet on a Blue Mountains bushwalk
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Five animals you’ll meet on a Blue Mountains bushwalk

You’ve got a good chance of running into a scaly, furry or feathered friend. 

Sydney's best spa hotels
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Sydney's best spa hotels

From underground whirlpools to invigorating hammams.

An insider's guide to Sydney travel

The best hotels in Sydney
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The best hotels in Sydney

The best luxury hotels in Sydney
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The best luxury hotels in Sydney

The best boutique hotels in Sydney
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The best boutique hotels in Sydney

The best glamping sites in NSW
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The best glamping sites in NSW

Short escapes from Sydney, within driving distance

Short weekend getaways from Sydney
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Short weekend getaways from Sydney

End winter on a high with an escape from Sydney to one of NSW's relaxing rural retreats. From fantastic local food and wine to shopping, spas and adventure, you'll return to Sydney a new human.

The South Coast and Southern Highlands
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The South Coast and Southern Highlands

The Hunter Valley
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The Hunter Valley

The Central Coast
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The Central Coast

Byron Bay
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Byron Bay

Interstate trips from Sydney

Road trips from Melbourne
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Road trips from Melbourne

Look beyond Australia's second largest city to its surrounding countryside.

The best hotels in Adelaide
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The best hotels in Adelaide

Adelaide's practically swimming in great hotels, from the reliable and affordable to the truly luxurious.

The best hotels in Perth
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The best hotels in Perth

Perth’s hotel scene is exploding. More than 20 new or renovated hotels have opened around the city since 2012. 

The best hotels in Brisbane
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The best hotels in Brisbane

Brisbane’s hotel scene is changing. The boutique revolution has well and truly hit town.

What to do in Tasmania
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What to do in Tasmania

From pristine wilderness sites to one of the most avant-garde galleries in the world Tasmania has it all. 

An expert's guide to the ACT
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An expert's guide to the ACT

Right now Canberra boasts hipper hotels than Sydney, and some of the best galleries in the country.

International escapes from Sydney

Anaheim, California
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Anaheim, California

Sure, everybody loves Disneyland... but there's so much more to this revitalised SoCal city.

Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas

Famous for festivals, live music and barbecue, the cosmopolitan capital of Texas has plenty to recommend it.

Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Okavango Delta, Botswana

Explore the Okavango Delta – one of Africa’s most majestic destinations. 

New Zealand
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New Zealand

From scenery so breathtaking to achingly hip boutiques and wine bars, New Zealand punches above its weight.

The essential guide to Santiago
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The essential guide to Santiago

The gateway to South America is one of the continent’s hot spots for galleries, museums, meats and Pisco Sours.

Travel tips and tricks

How to score an airline upgrade
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How to score an airline upgrade

How to get the best hotel room
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How to get the best hotel room

Top five premium economy cabins
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Top five premium economy cabins

Hotel pools for night swimming
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Hotel pools for night swimming

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Craft Beer and Cider Festival
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Craft Beer and Cider Festival

The weather is warming up and the days are getting longer – beer and cider season is nearly upon us. Over in our Eastern Suburbs the Coogee Bay Hotel is taking advantage of the increasingly cheerful weather by hosting their third annual Craft Beer and Cider Festival. Over two days the hotel will welcome more than 80 craft beer and cider varieties to their venue to encourage you to get outside your comfort zone and try a new brew. Only the best booze make the cut so even if you select at random you’re going to get a winning tipple. The festival line-up currently includes Gage Road Brewing Co, Yak Ales, Pirate Life, 4 Pines Beer, Bentspoke Brewing Co, The Apple Thief, Hillbilly, Green Beacon Brewing Co, Young Henrys, Endeavour Brewing Co, Akasha Brewing Co, The Lord Nelson Brewery, Feral Brewing Company, Kona Brewing Company and Batch Brewing Company. As well as hosting dozens of delicious beers and cider varieties, Coogee Bay Hotel will also be bringing in jazz to keep you entertained and food pop-ups to keep you full. The beachfront venue combines relaxed, stylish drinking and dining with boutique seaside accommodation – so out-of-towners can even enjoy the festival without the hassle of travelling home. The festival is free to enter, with each variety of beer or cider available to sample and purchase using festival tokens – which you can buy at the festival or online at a discount. The Craft Beer and Cider Festival is taking place at Coogee Bay Hotel on Saturday, 6 Octobe

Just for Laughs

Just for Laughs

Now in its eighth year, Just For Laughs has become a comedy fixture for Sydney, presenting a largely Antipodean, UK and American line-up across Sydney Opera House, Enmore Theatre, Factory Theatre and City Recital Hall. Highlights from this year's program include English comedy stalwart Bill Bailey, who'll be bringing stand-up, sing-alongs and satire to the Sydney Opera House in his new show, Earl of Whimsy. You know him from his laugh-out-loud roles in Crazy Rich Asians, The Hangover and Community, but did you know Ken Jeong actually started his career as a doctor before moving to stand-up? He'll be reverting back to his foundations in comedy, with a one-off Opera House performance. Iliza Shlesinger, who was the first woman to win Last Comic Standing in 2008, and has four Netflix specials to her name and the hugely popular podcast, Truth and Iliza. Improviser extraordinaire Reggie Watts, who'll be using just has voice and looping pedals to create a hilarious musical performance.  Whose Line is it Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood and Greg Proops, who'll be bringing a touch of the Whose Line magic to Sydney in an improvised performance. Ryan Hamilton and Becky Lucas will also both take to the Opera House while Ismo, Kenny Sebastian and Mo Gilligan will hit the Factory Theatre for solo shows.  Returning this year is the popular All-Star Gala (which tends to sell out), which will again be hosted by Dave Hughes and features Reggie Watts, the stars of Whose Line is

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Amex Eats: Dim sum to try in Sydney
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Amex Eats: Dim sum to try in Sydney

Sydney is home to excellent Chinese restaurants that serve up dim sum with serious style. Whether you're after an elegant banquet, a hangover-soothing repast or some steaming hot dumplings, these restaurants have some seriously great dim sum dishes. At all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that they welcome American Express.

Get around these chimney cone ice creams
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Get around these chimney cone ice creams

Sydney has its very own dessert truck devoted to chimney cones, a traditional Hungarian dessert that takes grilled sugar dusted doughnut-like cones, fills them with ice cream, then tops it with sweet treats. Pimp My Chimney rolls around Sydney serving up the decadent, portable dessert, and now you can find it at a bunch of locations around the city and surrounds. You'll find them regularly at EQ Moore Park and in Blacktown, and also at one-off events including the upcoming Cabaramatta Moon Festival; Penrith Octoberfest and the Marrickville Festival. To keep your eye out for where you can get around the treat, follow the Pimp My Chimney Facebook. Once you track the dessert truck down, you'll be able to try one of the eight tasty chimney cones like the Naughty Nuts Nutella, Nutella brownies, vanilla ice cream and hazelnuts; the Cheeky Choc, cookies, choc fingers, flakes, sauce and ice cream; or the oozey doozy Caramel Baby, with honeycomb, caramel fudge, caramel popcorn, caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. Find out more about Pimp My Chimney.