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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Summer on NZ’s Southern Scenic Route

A summer holiday on New Zealand’s Southern Scenic Route means stunning mountain scenery, rugged coastlines, great food, wildlife encounters and plenty of chances to get the adrenaline going. Pack a jumper (and a beanie and gloves) just in case summer turns out to be on the wintry side and enjoy! We spent just over a […]

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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, there […]

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Genteel delights of the Swiss Riviera

There’s more to Switzerland than bankers, cuckoo clocks and pocket knives. Over the centuries Switzerland’s Lake Geneva has attracted English aristocrats on their Grand Tour of Europe, inspiration-hungry writers, international jet setters and the occasional cashed-up despot. The perfect aesthetic alliance of mountains and water has provided visitors with a spectacular summer retreat. And the […]

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Touring Tasmania by motorhome

The kids want to see Tasmania from the back of a motorhome. We prefer some comfort. The answer: a holiday of two halves. The excitement hits fever pitch as our aged motorhome rumbles into the pick up zone at Launceston airport, in Tasmania’s north. Our seven and ten year old sons have been counting down […]

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Glamping at Uluru

Uluru may have iconic status but it still has the power to surprise. And even softies can enjoy the experience of camping here. The Southern Cross is rising in the night sky and a cold westerly wind is blowing the canvas over our heads. Through the darkness I can just make out the outline of […]

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Hooked on Hong Kong

Hong Kong isn’t what it used to be. Maybe that’s a good thing. No-one taxi surfs in Hong Kong these days. The old practice of riding home from night clubs on the roof of a taxi has disappeared along with British governors in feathered hats and the old white-knuckle airport landing. Well over a  decade […]

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Climbing Mt Warning

Mt Warning (Wollumbin) in the NSW Tweed Valley,  stands at 1157 metres, the plug of a once massive volcano that erupted some 20 million years. The 4.4 km track to the summit is an unrelenting and steep walk that finishes with a 100 metre stretch of bare rock with chains. The path is rough in […]

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