Party at Hula Hula beach bar

Hvar has a reputation for attracting well-heeled types who like to party, and Hula Hula is one spot where you’ll be sure to rub shoulders with them. Built into the rocks that line the island’s coastline, drinks here flow from dawn till well after dark. Okay, in the morning they’re more likely to be fresh juices and coffees, but the harder stuff doesn’t take long to appear.

Choose the pavilion seating areas for a signature seafood platter or a waterside lounge for a cocktail. Rent a private beach or boat, or blend in with the hordes of locals and happy travellers. The club component of Hula Hula, located back over the rocks, opens at 2am so there’s no need to go back to your hotel.

Enter the Void in Mona’s underworld lounge

Whirl down a jutting, spiral staircase and into the Void (Bar). You’ll find this subterranean establishment lurking on the lowest level of Mona; Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art, which hosts a rather unusual collection including a robotic digestive system that presents museum-goers with a Petri dish of poo daily.

Dwarfed by the vast slab of Triassic sandstone against which it rests, the sleek bar is the perfect place to sip on a brew and wax lyrical about your love of curious art. And booze – Void claims to serve the best cocktails in all of Tasmania. Indulge in a Poltergeist Bramble 20, made with locally crafted gin and house-made wild blackberry liquor, before plunging into a Modern – a delicious mix of whisky, sloe gin, absinthe and citrus.

If you’d prefer something more simple, beers from the on-site brewery, Moo Brew, are on tap, and you can admire the legs on a glass of Moorilla (from the winery next door) as you sink into an Edwardian armchair. Once you’re suitably sauced you’re ready to tackle the 6000 square metre labyrinth of provocative art.

A shot of absinthe helps the colours pop, but indulge in a second and find the museum’s wall of porcelain vaginas, or the working set of bowels, really speak to you – really. And if you need a trip to the porcelain yourself, there’s a surprise waiting in the third cubicle to the right. Be warned.

Booze and bocce at Mr Wow’s Emporium

Mr Wow’s Emporium is a bar with balls. Bottles of premium spirits, malts and house-made bitters stand proudly behind a curvaceous counter. Dusk lighting falls on brick walls and a polished concrete floor. But it’s the boules that will catch your eye. Yes, two lanes of indoor bocce, and a billiards table – bar brilliance.

There’s a boules competition every Wednesday, complete with sweet beats and liquid treats. There’s often free popcorn floating around, so grab a bowl and line your stomach (just beware, the saltiness will have you shelling out for a few extra thirst quenchers). After a few solid drinks, the Melbourne road map plastered across the wall may be surprisingly helpful.

Belgian Trappist Beer Cycling Tour

There’s no better place to indulge in a pint than the Belgian countryside. Begin in Brussels then journey by train and bike to Rochefort’s Abbey Saint-Remy, the first of many breweries on this tour. You’ll work for your liquid reward, cycling 400 kilometres through quaint towns and lush forests of the Ardennes.

Tackle rolling hills and scenic paths, enjoying a goblet of rich amber ale to quench your thirst at each stop along the way. Get stuck into the unique table beer, Orval Vert, at L’Arge Gardien and settle in for mass with the monks at Chimay monastery. Spend your evenings nourishing your weary body with a delicious meal and a beer, of course.

Witness a Boca Juniors superclásico

The Boca Juniors always put on a good show and their fervent, fanatical fans are the embodiment of soccer team pride. But for the ultimate sporting experience, score a seat at a Boca Juniors vs River Plate superclásico, and witness one of the world’s fiercest rivalries between the most raucous supporters. La Bombonera stadium (The Estadio Alberto J. Armando stadium) crams 49,000 soccer nuts into its shell, but tickets are hard to come by. Splurge on an agency trip or sidle up to stadium scalpers – just make sure you don’t snag a sham.

Shed all shades of red lest Los Xeneizes (Boca fans) mark you as a rival. Thrust a blue and gold flag in the air, and bellow along with the fans – we reckon no matter how hard you try, they’ll outdo you every time. As supporters swell with pride, they swing from scaffolding, guzzle beer by the barrel and litter the crowd with confetti. Keep an eye on La Doce, ‘the 12th player,’ a gang of ferocious fans who claim an entire section of the stadium to devote to their antics. The fanatics don’t stop at the final siren so expect singing, chanting and jeers at the losing side as the post-game rivalry spills onto the streets of Buenos Aires.

Discover Street Art in Buenos Aires

Hunt for a metropolitan masterpiece down the cobblestone streets of Buenos Aires, bask in the relaxed porteño lifestyle and photograph some of the world’s best street art.

Study intricate murals, cute cartoons and famous sketches as you make your way around on a relaxed street art tour. Your guide, Aigul, will illuminate the politics behind many of the paintings and explain the history of their quirky creators. Learn about influential artists like Blu, Jaz and Gualicho, then celebrate the city’s appreciation for arte urbano with a drink at the first street art gallery-cum-bar.

Explore the Wakhan Corridor

Ditch any preconceived notions you may have of Afghanistan and step into the remote Wakhan Corridor. For 21 days you’ll traverse high passes, icy rivers and valleys on horseback, yak and your own two feet as you make your way through this rugged region. Ride through the Showr Pass, trek to Lake Zorkel and barter with nomadic Kyrgyz communities. On the last day, take in the spectacular Hindu Kush and soak in the hot springs of Sargaz. Not for the faint of heart, this is one tough trip, but its rewards are many.

Venezuela’s Caribbean islets

If you’re keen to get off the grid, the Caribbean islets of Los Roques are tough to beat. This cluster of 350 islands, cays and atolls is awash with powder-white sand, eye-popping technicolour reefs and dazzling waters coloured in every shade of blue. Declared a national park in 1972, the archipelago has a cap on tourists and restricts development, ensuring the islands remain unspoilt.


El Gran Roque, the largest and only populated island, is dotted with rustic pousadas (hotels), markets and dive shops, yet still retains its local charm. Explore the surrounding islands – you’re spoilt for choice – and enjoy the chance to swim, snorkel and sand-flop in total seclusion. This just might be the paradise you’ve been searching for.

Belle Tout Lighthouse

Perched atop Britain’s highest chalk sea cliffs, Belle Tout Lighthouse occupies a commanding position 160 metres above the English Channel. Leave your vertigo on the doorstep and ascend the tower for a night in the original lighthouse-keeper’s loft.


The quirky, round, brick-walled room features a fireplace and loft double bed, or you can opt for one of the more luxurious downstairs rooms, with sweeping ocean vistas. Hang out in the lantern-room lounge and enjoy 360-degree views so breathtaking you’ll choke on your gin and tonic. The lighthouse is decommissioned, so you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep.

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge

Brazil’s nightlife is some of the world’s most exciting, but if you find yourself all partied out, an escape to this jungle retreat is sure to recharge your batteries.

Hidden in the heart of the Amazon, the lodge offers eco-luxe cottages and bungalows tucked within tropical wilderness. You’re in the wilds here, but the amenities are strictly civilised – think plush bedding, air-conditioning, private balconies and hammocks swinging in the breeze.


Take a dip in the pool overlooking the Negro River and head to the 13-metre-high observation deck for unparalleled views of the Anavilhanas Archipelago. When you’re recharged and ready for adventure, take a hike through the dry-land forests, search for pink river dolphins, or cruise the national park, which teems with more than 400 islands.