The beaches are as magical as ever and the locals just as herbal, but the towns and countryside around Byron are also home to a host of ambitious new eating and drinking experiences (and some plush places to stay).
Whistler Blackcomb is supersized – two mountains, twin resorts, hundreds of ski runs – but sometimes too much isn’t enough. David Matthews turns on his avalanche beacon and heads for the Canadian backcountry.
The first private lodges have opened in Tasman National Park, providing luxurious respite for walkers of the Three Capes Lodge Walk. And the digs are almost as beautiful as the scenery surrounding them.