Having a Priscilla moment at Sydney's Madame Tussauds

Five Things To Do in Sydney on a Rainy Day

Sydney is at its sparkly best when the sun is shining, but of course not every day can be filled with blue skies. So what can you do when the grey clouds set in and the rain starts to fall?  Here are five ideas to help snap you out of a rainy day funk andRead More

Sydney NYE fireworks as seen from Shangri-La Hotel, image credit by Paul Reiffer

Best Hotels for Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks

They’re the fireworks that are seen around the world and mark the start of so many New Year’s Eve celebrations. Australia’s biggest public event, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks bring more than one and a half million people to the harbour foreshore and are watched by more than a billion people around the world. WhenRead More

Tasting sparkling wine at Killara Estate, Yarra Valley Victoria

Yarra Valley Visit with a Surprising Best Western Hotel Stay

When I heard we’d be staying at a Best Western in the Yarra Valley this was not what I expected. After driving down a little lane on a misty afternoon we’re greeted by the smell of log fires and what looks like a charming guesthouse. Then as we step inside I can feel my spiritsRead More

Spirit of the Outback train sleeper bed

All Aboard the Spirit of the Outback Train to Longreach

Butterflies, dragonflies, cockatoos, and hawks fly outside my widow while kangaroos hop into the distance and cows and calves lazily raise their heads to watch us go by. Then she appears. A Brahman cow has been startled by the train and with us on one side and a fence on the other she has nowhereRead More

Richard Kinnon, Kinnon & Co, Longreach Outback Queensland

Richard Kinnon, Kinnon & Co Longreach: Ten Questions

On my first night in Longreach in Outback Queensland I sat next to Richard Kinnon of Kinnon & Co at dinner, and became inspired by the way he and his family created a new business for themselves in difficult times. In 2006 the Kinnons realised they needed to do something to help offset the toughRead More

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, photo courtesy BridgeClimb Sydney

20 Great Sydney Tours by Bus, Boat, Helicopter and More

Having lived there most of my life I may be the teensiest bit biased, but I do believe Sydney is one of the greatest places in the world. I was going to say one of the greatest cities, but that category is too limiting. So I’m going with places. There’s sooooo much to see andRead More

The Darlinghurst Luxico image courtesy Luxico

The Luxico Treatment: Luxury Australian Holiday Homes For Short and Long Stays

Having lived in Sydney for years before moving to the countryside, and being lucky enough to have some gorgeous and generous friends, I usually stay with friends when I visit the big smoke these days. Which is why it’s understandable that said friends were a little confused when I invited them to come around toRead More

Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk

The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk as a First Time Hiker

When I woke up that morning I was nervous. I’d never done anything like this before, and as much as I love to walk and do a lot of it, it’s usually around cities or towns and in a pair of trainers. Never before had proper hiking shoes been a requirement of going on aRead More

Hangar House, Mudgee, boutique accommodation

Hangar House Mudgee: The Boutique Guest House for People and Planes

Even though my friend had clearly said he had a guest house that was also an airplane hangar I still didn’t really get it. After driving to Mudgee with my road trip buddy Peyton we’d met my friend Heath and his partner Alexey for a spot of lunch before going to Hangar House. As weRead More

Blackheath Blue Mountains

Blackheath and Beyond in the Blue Mountains

For years he’s been coming to Sydney and we’ve hung out together. I can’t remember exactly how long it has been going on, but I do know we first made contact through MySpace so that definitely dates it somewhat. This year he was coming again but this time we were going to do something different.Read More