A local’s guide to Australia’s Gold Coast: 10 top tips

As the Commonwealth Games get under way in this sunny Queensland city, an insider offers tips on what to see and do – and where to eat and drink – away from the sporting action

A local’s guide to Perth, Western Australia

As Qantas launches London-Perth, the first non-stop flights between the UK and Australia, Anna Reece of the Perth Festival picks her favourite cultural venues, restaurants, bars and beaches in the city

Storms, sharks and sheep … a trip up Western Australia’s Ningaloo coast

Driving up Australia’s remote west coast to the huge sheep station of Gnaraloo, Kevin Rushby goes in search of the other great barrier reef – while dodging Cyclone Quang

Adventures in Australia: journeys of discovery to Indigenous Australian sites

As a major exhibition celebrating the culture of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders opens at the British Museum, Guardian Australia writers share their experiences of Indigenous tours and excursions across the country

Port Fairy: why the world’s best small town needs to remain a secret

While the western Victorian town basks in plaudits, one former resident prefers the days when the town was a hidden gem

Weekend breaks: how to spend 48 hours in Byron Bay

A hippy destination frequented by cashed-up creatives, Byron Bay is a wealth of contradictions. But somehow the whole beautiful package works