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 […]

Kosciuszko hike

Natureboy loves a good walk. This is his story about a rather long stroll in the countryside. A few friends recently made a pact to do more outdoorsy things. After a few walks and car camping trips, someone decided we should walk the main range track from Charlotte Pass to Kosciuszko – the highest point […]

Lockley’s Pylon bushwalk, NSW

Lockley's Pylon

Sunday morning arrives and I’m hungover, cranky and altogether too tired to be awake at 8.30am. Yes, I am one of those people. Irresponsible, gig-attending and wine drinking. Nonetheless, it’s not raining so my friends and I are going for a bushwalk in the Blue Mountains. Natureboy has sussed out a route – Lockley’s Pylon – so […]

Go For Gold Festival, Nundle NSW

Dragon

There is nothing I love more than homemade chutney and handicrafts so The Nundle Go for Gold Festival, held annually over the Easter long weekend, is a cracker. Stalls line the main street of Nundle selling delights such as goats milk soap (complete with friendly commentary about the whopping, uncooperative udders of a favoured goat), […]

The new MCA, Sydney

China China

The good news is that it actually looks like a Museum of Contemporary Art.  The bad news is that the current collection looks like a garage sale. How are bog standard traditional aboriginal paintings on bark considered ‘contemporary’? And what’s with all the Year 12 major works? There are some stunning pieces such as Ah […]

Wendy Whiteley’s Garden

Wendy Whiteley's Garden

Wedged between buildings jostling for harbour views and Moreton Bay figs pushing limb-like roots into the ground is a quiet, secret place. Located at the foot of a steep pathway that runs off Lavender St in Lavender Bay, you will find a grassy clearing surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. You won’t find any hulking council-issue […]

Hobart Hit List

MONA, the greatest art gallery in the world

I had long imagined Hobart to be some wild outpost starring the cast of The Piano interspersed with gumboot-clad cheese makers, feral hippies and rosy-cheeked moonshiners. In my mind, everyone was always singing sea shanties, eating apples and having soulful conversations with their pet ducks. Turns out I was half right. They do eat a lot […]