Australia: Heron Island along the southern Great Barrier Reef was the highlight of Andy Hamilton's 11-week trip through Australia. "No TV, Internet, phones or roads," he said. Just "lots of spectacular tropical fish and an unspoiled beach."
New Zealand - Hell's Gate with 50 acres of mud pools, geysers, hot springs, and the Southern Hemisphere's largest hot-water waterfall. Outside of town, sit in Kerosene Creek, where a hot spring flows through the forest, or take a water taxi to the wilderness of Lake Tarawera's Hot Water Beach. At Whakarewarewa, you'll find a Maori village and 500 hot springs. Wai-O-Tapu is also a popular thermal spot with mud baths.
Australia: Lord Howe Island. A scene from the Jurassic age? No, just a typically primeval slice of Lord Howe Island, located off the east coast of Australia. Sydney-based yachtsman Ian Kiernan calls it “Australia’s own Galápagos”; the island stayed totally isolated and—except for a native bat—devoid of mammals from creation until European discovery in 1788.