‘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

Gnomes

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

Seals

 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 […]

I am moving to Tamworth

Peaches

And there may well be peaches involved. Yes, friends,  I am returning to the wild North West; home of Country Music, the Golden Guitar and kooky religious groups. For every 10 people, there’s a church with a neon cross. It’s like being on the set of True Blood except there are no sexy vampires and no one can read minds. […]

Tallow Beach Camping, NSW

Tallow Beach

Natureboy needed to get away. This is his story. Have you ever had one of those weeks where you just need to get away from everything? That’s how the week felt to me, so I booked a campsite and headed to the beach. My initial choice was booked out so I wound up at Tallow Beach […]