‘Bye ‘Bye Sydney

War Memorial in Hyde Park at night

‘Together in Electric Dreams’ played on iTunes as I packed my first moving box. Apt considering I came to Sydney to pursue my dream of being a journalist and, like so many before me, wound up in PR because it pays more. My first year in Sydney was the hardest of my life. I was on $27,500 […]

Floriade, Canberra


I love gardening. And flowers. And gardens full of flowers. Floriade, Canberra’s annual flower show, is my idea of heaven. I was lucky enough to pop down there last weekend and check out the show and stay at the Crowne Plaza Canberra which is a lazy two minute walk from the entry gates. Convenient-o-rama. I have been […]

Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Canberra

Enormous rooms at the Crowne Plaza Canberra

I adore staying in hotels and Crowne Plaza Canberra was no exception. Located bang in the centre of town, the hotel is a short walk from a lot of Canberra’s major attractions, including the Floriade flower show on the shores of Lake Burley-Griffin. I have long been a detractor of Canberra, whining about the arctic temperatures, brick-and-tile […]

Life+Stuff: True value


Do you really want to buy a house if it means saying goodbye to takeaway Thai? Are you really willing to give up an overseas holiday for a shiny, new car? Is it OK to delay gratification if it means you get a whole bunch of (market) valuable things? I don’t think so and here […]

Travel Tales: Ben Alcock

With Spencer in Virginia

Name: Ben Alcock Age: 41 Occupation: Product Development Manager – Flight Centre Global Product; Travel blogger – Disarm Doors and Crosscheck; and regular contributor to ABC North Coast’s ‘Planes, Passports & Postcards’ radio segment with Jo Shoebridge. Favourite travel destination?: I grew up reading Tintin books and he was regularly caught up in some Latin […]

Wollombi, NSW


Isn’t it weird how sometimes you stumble across a pocket of land that’s quite different to its surrounds? Wollombi in in the Hunter Valley is like that. I have always thought of the Hunter as very hot and scrubby; the home of Chardonnay, Shiraz and weather weary Eucalypts, but Wollombi stands apart. It’s more like the […]

Life+Stuff: Give up


Sometimes it’s OK to give up. Give up everything that makes you miserable. Give up hanging out with people who make you feel bad. Give up eating food that makes you sick. If you hate your job, quit. Same goes for your relationship. If it’s dragging you down, get out. By clearing out all the […]

Búzios, Brazil

This Island Life’s Laura McWhinnie talks Brigitte Bardot’s Brazil. It was 1964 and Brigitte Bardot was at the height of her fame when images of her bikini-bod frolicking in Búzios circled the globe to put this seaside town on the map. As the story goes, Bardot flew into Rio de Janerio to see her Brazilian boyfriend Bob Zagury, but he […]

Tour Review: Classic Rajasthan

Camel, horse, elephant

Name: Emma Gardiner Which Tour Company did you travel with?: Intrepid. Mummy Ji (my awesome step mum) and I did the Classic Rajasthan tour last Indian winter. Where did you go?: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Bundi, Bijaipur, Udaipur,  Pushkar. Who was your tour leader? What was he/she like?: We had two tour leaders because our first guide […]