Edi­tor’s let­ter

Australian Traveller - - Editor’s Letter - LEIGH-ANN POW, EDI­TOR edi­tor@aus­traliantrav­eller.com FACE­BOOK: face­book.com/AustTrav­eller IN­STA­GRAM: @AustTrav­eller

ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER 100 IS­SUE. I have now over­seen quite a few of these very spe­cial edi­tions and, hon­estly, the whole process never gets old. That’s be­cause with­out a doubt, I al­ways find out some­thing new when all the re­search is fin­ished, the writ­ing is done and the images and words have been mar­ried up on the pages of the mag­a­zine. For ex­am­ple, this year I dis­cov­ered that I se­ri­ously need to check out Kyne­ton in Vic­to­ria, which made it into the top 10 foodie des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try; and I learned that the Abrol­hos Is­lands (on the top 10 list of idyl­lic is­lands) ac­tu­ally ex­isted off the West Aus­tralian coast, hav­ing been ig­no­rant of the fact for some four decades. This year’s chal­lenge was to find the ab­so­lute best places to hang out in across the coun­try; the places that are worth lin­ger­ing longer to get a real sense of their unique ap­peal. I think we man­aged to pull to­gether a pretty im­pres­sive list, touch­ing on many dif­fer­ent pas­sion points, from the camp­ing des­ti­na­tions that will make you want to pitch a tent and never leave to the in­ner-city neigh­bour­hoods that you prob­a­bly pass through on your way from here to there, but should def­i­nitely stop in, and the out­back lo­cales that al­low you to ex­pe­ri­ence an al­ter­na­tive day-to-day ex­is­tence than you are used to. As with all 100 edi­tions I have worked on, there are al­ways so many en­tries that didn’t quite make it this time, more as a re­sult of our fi­nite brief than lack of merit. But this is­sue’s loss is another is­sue’s gain, so we hope you love this 100 and keep com­ing back for the hun­dreds of des­ti­na­tions we are equally ex­cited to show you.

You, the reader, are the most im­por­tant per­son in our busi­ness. As such, we will never trade your trust for ad­ver­tis­ing dol­lars. So you know ex­actly what you’re read­ing, be aware that sto­ries la­belled ‘In Part­ner­ship With’ mean a val­ued spon­sor has...

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: See the land­scapes of Slim Dusty leg­end on p72; En­joy pub grub with a dif­fer­ence at the Royal Ge­orge Ho­tel in Kyne­ton (p101); Sip a craft beer at Pi­rate Life in the Ade­laide ’hood of Hind­marsh (p133); Meet the lo­cals of Abrol­hos...

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