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Yes, the head­line is a ter­ri­ble pun – and it’s the wrong Bond movie – but who could re­sist when 007themed re­strooms have been named the best toi­lets for tourists in the world. The in­ter­ac­tive James Bond loos are at 2970m in a re­volv­ing restau­rant and vis­i­tor cen­tre at the top of Mt Schilthorn in Switzer­land, a spec­tac­u­lar alpine lo­ca­tion which dou­bled as Blofeld’s lair in On Her Majesty’s Se­cret Ser­vice (the one with Aussie Bond Ge­orge Lazenby).

The bath­rooms’ new look was com­pleted last year ahead of the movie’s 50th an­niver­sary in 2019. Au­dio­vi­sual ef­fects in­clude Bond girl Diana Rigg ap­pear­ing in the mirror when men wash their hands. Signs for men ad­vise, “Shake, don’t stir” and “Aim like James”. In the ladies, a shot rings out as Bond ap­pears in the mirror be­side a bul­let­hole and says, “Tonight, my place – just the two of us.”

The 2018 In­ter­na­tional Toi­let Tourism Awards are an Aus­tralian pro­ject in their sec­ond year de­signed to show the links be­tween wellde­signed (and mem­o­rable) toi­lets and suc­cess­ful tourism. Aussie


win­ners in­clude the Cum­mins Mo­saic Loo on South Aus­tralia’s Eyre Penin­sula (best eco­nomic con­trib­u­tor), and Bris­bane Air­port’s ac­ces­si­ble fa­cil­i­ties, which in­clude an in­door loo for guide dogs. SCHILTHORN.CH, MYTRAVELRESEARCH.COM


Syd­ney’s New Year fire­works rate among the pop­u­lar post­ings on Tourism Aus­tralia’s In­sta­gram ac­count. If you want to con­trib­ute next year from an out-of-the­o­r­di­nary an­gle, camp­ing pack­ages to stay and see the spec­ta­cle in the mid­dle of the har­bour are now on sale. Cock­a­too Is­land’s New Year’s Eve glamp­ing and camp­ing pack­ages start from $450 a night for bringy­our-own gear sites. No tent? A twonight stay in pro­vided ameni­ties starts from $950 for two to six peo­ple. COCKATOOISLAND.GOV.AU


Cy­cle tour com­pany Spice Roads has in­tro­duced E-bikes to its Viet­nam and Sri Lanka de­par­tures. The bat­tery-pow­ered bi­cy­cles are great for riders who aren’t con­fi­dent about their abil­i­ties, but a big sell­ing point for Spice Roads is that they are a way for keen cy­clists to en­tice their non­rid­ing part­ners to take a hol­i­day on the road. E-bikes are now avail­able on three Sri Lanka itin­er­ar­ies and mul­ti­ple trips in Viet­nam in­clud­ing a 17-day ride from Saigon to Hanoi. SPICEROADS.COM


Trav­ellers to Amer­ica’s Yosemite Na­tional Park can marvel at one of its most amaz­ing sites again. The Mari­posa Grove, home to more than 500 gi­ant se­quoia trees, has been closed for the past three years for restora­tion work to im­prove the habi­tat and vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences. But the grove has been of­fi­cially re­opened for hikes and guided tours. NPS.GOV


These Bondthemed toi­lets at the Schilthorn ca­ble­way in Switzer­land have a li­cence to thrill.

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