Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, suggests five must-see destinations for the year ahead, from Malta to Ireland, and pristine wilderness to cultural hot spots.
MELBOURNE AND THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD, AUSTRALIA
The arch rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne is at the heart of a long albeit friendly debate. Sydney has always been Australia’s glamorous darling, a stunningly beautiful city with its iconic opera house and harbour-spanning bridge. But Melbourne proudly holds the spotlight as Australia’s sports capital (it goes wild over everything from AFL football to grand-slam tennis) and cultural nerve centre – world known for its bohemian and sometimes quirky vibe, flourishing music scene and edgy street art. Explore the city’s cobbled bluestone laneways – not long ago dark desolate no-go alleyways that have recently undergone a dramatic transformation and are now home to galleries, shops, coffee houses and restaurants.