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Rare treasures in


It’s not too late to see

A History of the World in 100 Objects

, an exclusive

exhibition at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra until 29 January.

Items on display explore the last 2 million years of human history and

include some of the oldest objects from the British Museum’s collection

as well as some from the present day, from a 1.6-metre tall Assyrian relief,

the famous Assyrian clay Flood Tablet (frommodern Iraq) inscribed with

the story of a great flood and an Ark, to the medieval Lewis Chessmen


pictured below

, which made a cameo appearance in the film

Harry Potter

and the Philosopher’s Stone

) and a solar powered lamp. Many more rare

treasures are on display that shed light on how humans have shaped the

world and continue to shape it, including the museum’s own addition of the

101st item, the CSIROWLAN Test Bed (the precursor to modern WiFi).

Stay in Canberra at the award-winning Little National Hotel, National

Circuit, Barton, with views of Parliament House.

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Qantas and Virgin Australia fly direct between

Brisbane and Canberra


Flinders Island

Ever since Rene Redzepi and his team from the world’s

best restaurant, noma, stopped by Flinders Island a year

ago, taste-testing everything from Greenlip abalone

to Saltgrass lamb and local wallaby, whispers have

been getting louder about this well-kept secret off the

northern coast of Tasmania. But it’s not only the local

produce that is in demand (by top chefs along the

east coast), it’s a nature lover’s paradise with rugged

mountains for trekking, more than 80 pristine beaches,

unspoiled wetlands for bird watching and a local

population of only 900. In March the island will host

its first Crayfish Festival and after that the secret will be

out … Find out more at

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between Brisbane and Launceston

Fraser Island

hard to beat

According to a report by Roy Morgan Research, World Heritage-

listed Fraser Island is the most affordable beach holiday destination in

Australia. Roy Morgan’s latest Holiday Tracking Survey reports that the

average cost per night of a domestic holiday is $151 per person (including

all expenses such as accommodation, food, travel and entertainment),

yet several Queensland coastal havens came in well below that. For

example, Fraser Island scored best at an average $94 per person per

night, Bundaberg and Lady Elliott Island $111, Hervey Bay, Gympie

and Maryborough $122 and Magnetic Island off the coast of Townsville


At 123 kilometres long and spanning 184,000 hectares Fraser Island

has plenty to explore, including more than 100 freshwater lakes, pristine

sub-tropical rainforests and an historic shipwreck, which can be accessed

by 4WD (self-drive and guided tours) or walking tracks. Walks range

from one hour return to the ultimate wilderness experience of the Fraser

Island Great Walk, a 90-kilometre trek through some of the most remote

areas of the island. Accommodation ranges from camping to resort

suites and self-contained villas. For information see

Qantas and Virgin Australia fly direct between Brisbane,

Bundaberg and Townsville and Qantas flies between

Brisbane and Hervey Bay