Professional isolation is a recurring issue in the delivery of rural and remote health care. However, collaboration is now more feasible with developments in technology and connectivity. At an international scale, collaboration offers clear opportunities for good ideas and great work to be shared across distances and boundaries that previously precluded this. This article reflects a presentation given to the Rethinking Remote conference in Inverness (Scotland) in May 2016. A number of factors with regard to infrastructure and engagement are considered, along with ways in which the opportunities of collaboration between individuals and large centres can be optimised. Social media and increased connectivity pave the way for easier access to great practice across international sites that share similar challenges.