Now it feels like Christmas

I spent more than a decade living in London, and Christmas was always special.  I loved the buzz of the city at that time of year. The crowds, the lights, the excitement, the smell of roasting chestnuts, mulled wine, and fresh fir trees. I loved buying a tree from our local fruit shop and draggingContinue reading “Now it feels like Christmas”

The temples of Angkor

It’s seventeen years since I last visited Cambodia’s sprawling temple complex of Angkor. So, it’s no surprise that the UNESCO World Heritage site is a bit busier than it was last time I was here. Bus loads of tourists pour into Angkor Wat and the other famous temples of Bayon and Ta Prohm. Yet, thereContinue reading “The temples of Angkor”

Cycling the Riesling Trail

It’s a glorious sunny morning in Clare, two hours north west of Adelaide as my husband and I set off on bikes to explore Riesling country. We’re taking a path along an old railway line that cuts through the length of the Clare Valley. The Riesling Trail, as it’s known, runs for 36 km, butContinue reading “Cycling the Riesling Trail”

Walking Maria Island

Forget the spa treatment. A long walk with a bunch of great friends has to be the ultimate way to rejuvinate the mind and body. And it doesn’t get much more perfect than a guided walk on Maria Island. Maria Island, off Tasmania’s east coast is just 20 km from end to end – aContinue reading “Walking Maria Island”

Snorkelling on Great Keppel – just part of the Capricorn Literary Festival

I have just rediscovered Great Keppel Island, nearly thirty years after my last visit – and it hasn’t changed a bit. (Shame I can’t say the same for myself.) Last time I was here with uni friends – a freshly minted journalism graduate – camping, swimming, snorkelling and on one occasion coming face to faceContinue reading “Snorkelling on Great Keppel – just part of the Capricorn Literary Festival”

The definition of fun: NZ

Mothers are generally a risk averse lot, and I, having spent far too much time in hospitals and specialist rooms in the past few months, am a particularly risk averse mother right now. That’s why I am sitting on my own in a lake-front apartment in Queenstown – New Zealand’s adrenalin capital, with Hilary Mantel’sContinue reading “The definition of fun: NZ”

I didn’t see that coming (a garfish that is)

A fishy tale about an author, a garfish and a beach in North Queensland I love holidays. But I find the planning stage extremely time-consuming and stressful. Will the accommodation be as good as it looks on the web?  Have I got the best deal available? Will there be enough to do for the kidsContinue reading “I didn’t see that coming (a garfish that is)”

History in the park – Singapore

It is early on a Sunday morning that I find myself in the historic heart of Singapore, a hilltop that has, at various times over the past seven centuries, been home to Malay Kings, British colonial governors, and several armies. Fort Canning Park is just coming to life, with Tai Chi enthusiasts gracefully going throughContinue reading “History in the park – Singapore”

The best of Buenos Aires

Sometimes you have to escape the kids (just briefly) to become a better parent – to break away from the routine, the bad habits, to reflect on what’s important and reacquaint yourself with your spouse. And if you go by the theory that the benefits increase the further afield you go, and your parenting improvesContinue reading “The best of Buenos Aires”

Driving to Carnarvon Gorge

It seems almost wrong to have a holiday in Queensland without a beach nearby. But  head out to the towering sandstone cliffs of Carnarvon Gorge, 720 km north west of Brisbane, and you’ll see another side of the state – a little piece of Jurassic Park, an oasis of remnant rainforest and crystal clear creeks, platypuses andContinue reading “Driving to Carnarvon Gorge”