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The newest spot to swim with whales

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For the first time in Australia, a new whale-swimming experience offers the chance to swim with the southern humpback whales that migrate north from Antarctica each winter.
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Our favourite images of the week

Some of the world’s most awe-inspiring photos, from the stunning scenery of China’s Tiger Leaping Gorge to a volcano in the Atlantic Ocean.



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The world’s must-visit islands

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With draws including Jurassic Park-like scenery, hand-blown glass and thousand-strong king penguin colonies, these five islands don’t need tropical beaches to thrill.
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Words & Wanderlust

The bloom of cancer

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Riddled with cancer and close to death, Amy Gigi Alexander wrote a bucket list that would take her around the world – and save her life in the process.
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Welcome to Europe’s cowboy country

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The Great Hungarian Plain is Europe’s answer to the American West – complete with rough-and-tumble herdsmen, horses trained to lie flat on command and a history of highwaymen.


A desert dome that inspires rock stars and star-gazers

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The acoustically perfect Integratron rises out of the dusty Mojave Desert like a UFO, embodying the extra-terrestrial elements that inspired its construction.
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