Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre, Sydney

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For a measly $5, Sydneysiders can have a resort-style swimming experience at the Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre. It has a steam room, sauna, spa, ‘play’ pool and an indoor and outdoor lap pool. There’s a kiosk for mid-swim hydration and snacks, as well as a large changeroom and shower area. If the heat is killing you and […]

Tamworth is friendly

Dressing table

So I went to Lifeline to pick up a cute little vintage dressing table that I bought for $35 and two strangers helped me in a completely unsolicited fashion. I was carrying aforementioned dresser out to the car when Helper Number One, an old cocky (the Tamworth word for ‘farmer’) with sticky taped-up glasses stopped me and […]

‘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

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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 […]

Wollombi, NSW

Krinklewood

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 […]

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

So I went to Wolgan Valley, Emirates’ 5 star luxury resort set on 2,000 acres of former grazing land just near Lithgow, NSW. I’d heard a lot about this place, seeing as though it’s supposed to be the best luxury lodge in Australia. And you know what? It is pretty damn good. What I liked about it […]

Darwin: So Hot Right Now

Darwin

I have been wanting to go to Darwin for ages and started planning a trip up there earlier this year until I realised how much it was going to cost. Hint: a LOT. In fact, it was going to cost more for return flights to Darwin, car hire and 1 x night of accommodation than a […]

Look Polished at Vibe Sydney

Vibe Sydney Pool Vert

Sometimes you just need to drink Champagne, paint your nails and giggle like, well, a girl. Recently I did this exact thing with my dear friend, Mona T, who also happens to be my boss at Sultanate of Oman Tourism. Our office had been nominated for a big, fancy industry award so we needed to […]

Top Five: Kangaroo Island

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 Kangaroo Island is a tiny speck in the great Australian Bight; close enough to the mainland that you can still see it, but far enough away to earn the term ‘The Galapagos of Australia’. My very dear friend Melanie and I went over for a long weekend, courtesy of the awesome team behind Hooroo, a […]