The Indian Pacific train stops for dinner under the stars at Rawlinna station

The Indian Pacific Great Train Journey across Australia

It was my first great train journey dream, and one that took more than twenty years to go from making our booking to getting on board. Back when I was at university my mother decided that we would do something really special together and go on the Indian Pacific. I remember being so excited whenRead More

Bondi lifesavers, photo courtesy Sitthixay Ditthavong www.sitthixay.com

Best Gay Beaches in Sydney – The Top Six List

Summer is well and truly here (hurrah!) and it’s a time when I love to catch up with friends both at home and from around the world who come on down to Australia for some fun in the sun. Over the years I’ve shared all sorts of Sydney tips with friends, from gorgeous walks youRead More

Sunny days at Bronte Beach, Sydney

Summer is here! How to have fun and stay safe in the Aussie sun

… This Guest Post has been brought to you by Noble Oak … Summer is finally here again with its promise of long sunny days playing at the water’s edge. But Australia’s long love affair with the beach has taken its toll: bronzed Aussies now have one of the highest rates of skin cancer inRead More

My last outgoing passenger cards for international travel from Australia will remain a souvenir

Say Goodbye to Outgoing Passenger Cards in Australia

They’ve always been a slightly annoying but required part of any international flight out of Australia, but very soon they will be no more. Those little green outgoing passenger cards will be redundant after what’s being reported as a 1st of July 2017 cut off date. When I heard the date I actually had aRead More

Work Around the Globe

Working Around the Globe: How Australia Compares to Abroad

One of the best things I’ve ever done in my life was pack my bags and head to the airport with a one way ticket to London. I had no idea how long I’d stay, or what I’d do for work. I did have a slight meltdown in the days leading up to my bigRead 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