Category Archives: Australia

Uluru – first date nerves

Will a destination live up to expectations? When you have been exposed to stunning photos (often digitally enhanced) of beautiful islands, iconic buildings or dramatic landscapes all your life, you sometimes wonder if a destination will live up to its … Continue reading

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New Aussie Christmas song raises money for Royal Flying Doctors

There is nothing at the intersection of the rail line and the road to Maralinga. Just desert as far as the eye can see. An upholstered armchair sits in the centre of the dusty road, facing the railway line. Beside … Continue reading

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Last weekend for Bondi sculpture walk

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, finishes this Sunday 9th November. So it’s your last chance to see the exhibits, the work of 109 artists. We visited the exhibition this week, together with some friends from New Zealand. As my girlfriend … Continue reading

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Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi – on now

It’s on again – Sculpture by the Sea Bondi opened Thursday 23 October and runs until Sunday 2 November. I love Sculpture by the Sea – intriguing, whimsical, inspiring and challenging exhibits set against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour, along the Bondi … Continue reading

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Teen-friendly family accommodation on the Gold Coast

Finding accommodation that suits a family with teens can often be challenging. You want to give them some freedom and a room of their own, especially if they are older, but you also want to have them close and know … Continue reading

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Funny dunny signs – quirky Aussie bathroom signs

When travelling it can be the quirky little things that give an insight into the character of a place – like unusual toilet signs. To Loos Le Trek is a case in point, a hint that McCrossin’s Mill Museum in … Continue reading

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Escape Hunt in Sydney – if you dare

We’re locked in. It’s pitch black. I have no idea how we’ll get out. And I’m scared. Scared I won’t be able to find the clues or solve the riddles that will help us unlock the door, and along the … Continue reading

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Trek with Camels for Drought Relief

How about this for getting away from it all – join a camel trek from Alice Springs to Port Augusta – and raise money for drought relief by tagging along. I’ve recently come back from the Uluru Outback Fest, in … Continue reading

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Pelican capers on Kangaroo Island

“I feel like a first-rate idiot with a seagull on my head,” says John Ayliffe as he stands on the waterfront at Kingscote on Kangaroo Island surrounded by a shivering squadron of pelicans. Dressed in khaki waders, industrial rubber gloves, … Continue reading

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Cruise packing tips – five items that make life on-board more comfortable

I recently travelled aboard Princess Cruises’ Sea Princess on a six-night round-trip from Sydney to Tasmania. (You can read my story on the cruise at Escape.) This was my first ‘big ship’ cruise, though at 2000 passengers, it’s smallish, as … Continue reading

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