From New Caledonia to French Polynesia, and the Cook Islands to Samoa, there are more holiday destinations to discover in the south Pacific beyond Aussies' beloved Fiji, writes Craig Tansley.
More than 35,000 Australian passports go missing each year, according to DFAT figures.
Opening in Heathrow Terminal 2 in June, Heston Blumenthal's restaurant will serve nostalgic favourites and "British eccentricity".
I was in Paris last April walking down one of the grand boulevards when a woman walking towards me suddenly bent down and picked up something.
When a flight attendant utters the familiar phrase, ''in the unlikely event of an emergency'' in a pre-take-off airline safety demonstration passengers can be more certain than ever that it is not a platitude. And while it will provide cold comfort to the loved ones of the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the reality is that such events are increasingly and remarkably rare.
''I'm sorry, Chris Dawson, but the Australian Army's oldest continuous serving unit is the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery's A Field Battery (a Regular Army unit),'' writes Christopher Jobson, of Monash, ACT (the demise of the Lancers' marching band, Column 8, Friday). ''Raised in 1871, it first saw active service in the 1885 Sudan Campaign and also served in South Africa.'' This is as may be, but does not diminish the awfulness of the situation. David Gordon, of Emu Plains, is as shocked as Chris, and asks: ''Does this mean that the 1st/15th Royal NSW Lancers is being 'disbanded'?''
As concerns grow about the safety of the twin-engined Boeing 777-200ER aircraft following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 227 passengers, including six Australians, aboard, Air New Zealand has revealed it has no plans to ground the eight long-haul jets of the same series in its fleet.