Sponsored Video/Post: Phillip Island Nature Parks

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I have been on some fun work trips over the years but Phillip Island was one of the best. I had just started doing the PR for Sydney – Melbourne Touring and the client sent me down to check out their wares. It’s not every day that you get to wake up in a windswept […]

Thoughts on Australia Day

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One of the hardest lessons of my life has been accepting that there is no such thing as 100% good. Tomorrow is Australia Day, called Invasion Day by some. Like any day of the year, duality reigns supreme. Colonisation sucked big time for Aboriginal people, in the same way it has sucked for indigenous people everywhere. […]

Quirky things to do on the Gold Coast

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Picture this: the warm golden haze dancing gently across your skin; the feel of the humid seaside air filling your lungs; sparkling sand tickling your toes; cool crystalline waters crashing along the shoreline; screams of delight from kids and the young at heart; and the buzz of a party at every turn. When the land down […]

Ultimate Blue Mountains day trip

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You have one day to check out the Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney. What are you going to do? There are plenty of options at your disposal but here’s some of the best stuff you may not have heard about. Regardless of whether you drive (it takes about 2 hours to get to […]

Five things to do in Hobart

MONA is the coolest man made thing in Australia; possibly even cooler than the Sydney Opera House

Y’all seem to be loving Hobart (and going there in droves) so here’s a short guide to where to eat and what to see in this booming seaside outpost. Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) This is the single greatest contemporary art gallery in Australia, and one of the best in the world. You […]

Clancy’s Soap Opera

By Meagan Patroni As soap operas go, there’s love, loss and a rollercoaster of emotions. That’s the case for a fella I met in Victoria’s You Yangs; Clancy. His handsome features, rugged hands, round behind and eyes to-die-for draw the ladies from miles. In fact, I have travelled 45 minutes from Melbourne to see him. […]

iFly: A review

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You like the sound of skydiving but you’re too scared to jump from a plane? Congratulations! You just passed the first test of survival. Leaping out of a plane is dumb. Fun, but unequivocally numbskull behaviour. Enter iFly; the next best thing. Except it’s not really anything like it. To compare iFly with skydiving is like comparing […]

Date night: Skyline Drive-In

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Are you a loud popcorn eater? Do you laugh too enthusiastically in movies? The drive-in is for you! I once had a colleague accuse me of breathing loudly. And it’s true. I am a noisy person, much like The Spark’s youngest child. Miss 4 chatters away as she goes to sleep and starts talking before she wakes […]

Kings Canyon day tour: A review

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Anyone who knows me, knows that 3.45am is not a time of day I see a lot of. Journalists are a fairly evening-centric bunch seeing as though it’s still frowned on to start drinking before noon. It was with some shock that I almost enjoyed sunrise as the AAT Kings coach bowled along the long, straight road towards […]

Field of Light Uluru: A review

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Last night, I stood in the Central Western Desert looking out over auburn sand and scrubby Desert Oaks; Uluru in one direction and a totally wacky art installation in the other. Bush flies were buzzing around my head, my Champagne glass was half empty, and the stars were pushing their way through the gauzy blue […]