Campervan – yes or no?

Have you ever been on a campervan holiday? The reason I ask is that I am going to Woodford Folk Festival over the Christmas and New Year break and I am considering hiring a campervan for it. Not only are campervans entirely waterproof; you can also lock them (last time I went to Woodford, someone went […]

Melbourne double take

Richard Nylon in The Birdcage

It seems Melbourne ain’t so bad after all. In the past I have travelled to Melbourne for work and spent the bulk of my time between the convention centre and the Crowne Plaza hotel opposite. The one time I tried to go for fun, Melbourne experienced the biggest storm in 100 years. It had a somewhat […]

Canberra Wine Guide

Canberra

By Sammie Bliss Overshadowed by its bigger winemaking cousin Adelaide, Canberra is sometimes overlooked as a holiday destination for wine lovers. Although it doesn’t necessarily have the size nor the PR power behind the bigger wine regions of Australia, Canberra produces some wonderful (and internationally acclaimed) drops. So hurry up and book a Canberra hotel […]

Radelaide: Get on it

Cambodian Space Project

It’s funny that people think that Adelaide is somehow less fun than Sydney or Melbourne. I mean, they make wine there. LIKE WIZARDS. I went on a little Barossa adventure about two years ago and got messed up in the best possible way. Two words: winemaker dinner. If you make friends in the wine regions […]

Lord Howe love-in

Lord Howe

Peace, perfect peace; a quietness of heart, a lightness of being. That’s how I felt after five days at Lord Howe Island. Many factors contributed to this sense of wellbeing. Travelling with a beloved friend, lucky sunshine in a week of ‘possible showers’, the kindness of our hosts Dani and Luke from Pinetrees Lodge and […]

Hunter Food Fight

Food Fight

By Tim White Something I love about working in the wine industry is the support given to junior winemakers. It’s common for up-and-comers  to receive advice from senior winemaker, as well as everyone else in the region. The Hunter Valley goes one step further. There are formal groups for young winemakers and places for young winemakers […]

Northern Territory

Waterllies

Last Saturday I was sitting in the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault module of my Lifeline counselling course (a bummer but a necessary one) and up on the screen, there was a slideshow of photos playing while the presenters were organising their talks. The photos belonged to Ena, the utterly adorable Fairy Godmother woman who […]

The Diamant Hotel and TEDx Sydney 2013

The Diamant Hotel, Potts Point

Being selected to be in the audience at TEDx Sydney 2013 rocked my world but presented some logistical challenges. I live in Tamworth. TEDx was in Sydney. I subsequently planned a mental couple of days catching up with friends and attending the conference, all with a nightmarish Greyhound commute thrown in. It was exhausting to even think about. […]

I want a mini horse

Mini horse

I am currently obsessed with miniature horses. I had a full scale quarterhorse in my backyard earlier this week. I fell completely in love with it but it’s not practical for me to have a big one. Hell, it’s not practical for me to have a small one either but I WANT ONE SO BADLY. I found one on […]

East Hotel, Canberra

East Hotel

I am a little bit in love. We only just met but I think it’s going to be quite the affair. The first thing I noticed was the Nespresso machine in Room 523. ‘You’re a caffeine addict too, Mr East?’, I wonder. Then I see the furnishings; the teal, mustard, grey and blue colour scheme, the framed […]