16 Off-the-Beaten Path Places to Explore in Australia

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Glass House Mountains

The Glass House Mountain range is a group of 11 hills that rise sharply from the ground, near the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. They’re a fantastic site for hiking and rock climbing. Don’t miss the most famous peak, Mt. Tibrogargan, which people swear looks like a face staring out to sea.

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Phillip Island

Phillip Island, just off the coast of Melbourne, experiences milder winters than its big city neighbor, and is the home of many beautiful beaches. It’s an ideal site for whale and dolphin watching, and 3.5 million people per year come to see little penguins waddle their way across the island’s Nature Park.

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O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

Named in honor of Bernard O’Reilly, a bushman who assisted in the rescue of passengers from a plane crash in the area in 1937, this rainforest retreat is an idyllic locale with many beautiful hiking trails. Some hikers have attempted to navigate their way to the wreck site solo, but a surer bet is going with a guided excursion.



Extravagant Hotel Pools You Need to See

For a lot of us, the pool is the holiday and the holiday is the pool. The success or failure of a getaway in the sun is determined by just how good the pool is. Knowing this, many hotels have some truly absurd swimming pools. Absurd for their grandeur and extravagance, these pools alone would make an unforgettable holiday.

Total Relaxation: 10 Best Wellness Retreats

Depending on what kind of relaxation you are looking for, a wellness retreat can offer an extraordinary vacay away from daily distractions of life, while enjoying incredible cuisine, along with fun activities to keep your body moving. Whether you love the idea of some hiking, yoga, meditation, or massages, there are a variety of wellness retreats all across the globe that help you relax, find your inner self, and feel rejuvenated.

Mini Guide to Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world and has a population of nearly 150 million, though around 77 percent live in the western part of the country. It’s best known for being the first constitutionally socialist state and its role in World War II and the ensuing Cold War. The country has also many technological accomplishments, including sending the first human to space. Nowadays, it’s the world’s 12th largest economy by GDP, the biggest producers of natural gas and oil, and also a permanent member of the UN Council.