Getting creative on the Scenic Rim

I’ve read the research: hanging out in nature reduces stress levels, enhances creativity,  improves intelligence and even makes you a nicer person. So after three days of stomping through muddy gullies, tramping up mountain tracks and following black cockatoos on Queensland’s spectacular Scenic Rim, my latest story should basically write itself. As for the impact of all of that delicious […]

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How to get to Rick

Ta da! Copies of Como ficar com Rick – the Brazilian version of How to get to Rio have just arrived and don’t they look delicious. The book is part of the Choose Your Own Ever After series which lets you decide how the story goes. In Como ficar com Rick  Kitty Maclean has to choose between […]

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Voices (and amazing sunsets) on the Coast

Thirty writers, illustrators and performers, 75 schools, 4000 students, teachers, volunteers, storms, howling winds, misplaced authors, missing cars, laughs, tears and an unforgettable sunset – that was this week’s Voices on the Coast. And I loved being part of it. It was so much fun sharing stories with students and hanging out with a heap of […]

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Halcyon Daze

Sumptuously decorated walls have never been on my list of must-haves for a beach holiday hotel, but after a night at Halcyon House on the Tweed Coast, I’m thinking I might need to rewrite my list. The 21-room boutique hotel is a white and indigo gem nestled among the pandanus palms, midway between the Gold […]

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Six stunning things to see on Hawaii’s Big Island

The island of Hawaii, or the Big Island, as it is also known, really is big. A week here is just enough time to get a taste for the diverse natural beauty. I’ve listed six of my favourite experiences but there are loads more great places to see. I hope to have more time to explore […]

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Five fab things to do on Oahu

I feel like I’m betraying Australia by even thinking about a beach holiday in the US. But Hawaii – with its iconic beaches, volcanoes and distinctive place in history, is extremely enticing. And after just four and a bit days on the main island of Oahu – I see why everyone raves about the place. […]

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Happy 2016!

You know you’re on holidays when you relish the chance to get out of bed at daybreak. With the Noosa River calling, and a paddleboard with my name on it, who has got time to sleep. Sting rays are flitting across the river bed, pelicans are sailing past, early-rising fishermen head for the bar, and […]

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Straddie’s whale highway

They call the waters off North Stradbroke Island the ‘Humpback Highway’, which sounds a lot like a marketing gimmick until you go there. I’m spending a week at Point Lookout over the September school holidays, keeping an eye on teens (it’s also pre-schoolies’ season) as well as doing a bit of writing, and I quickly […]

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Driving from Alice Springs to Uluru via the Mereenie Loop

I’ve had requests for tips on great driving holidays with kids. Here’s one of the best – a trip we did a few years ago from Alice Springs to Uluru via the Mereenie Loop. The unsealed section of the road is currently being upgraded.  Nothing takes me back to my childhood like a driving holiday. […]

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