Rest your head

A bit of a surprise on this latest trip was just how much apartment style accommodation has been added to the traditional hotel experience across Queensland, and probably other parts of Australia for that matter. For two nights in Townsville I stayed in the Quest Serviced Apartments in Palmer Street, right in the heart of […]

Giant artwork a tribute to Sydney’s colourful past

A giant street party will launch a spectacular new 75-metre-long mural lining the walls of Foley Street this Friday night, as part of Art Month Sydney. WE ARE HERE, a 15-metre-high artwork presented by a collective of renowned Australian street artists, illustrators and photographers, depicts some of the city’s most significant people and events using […]

A Walk on the Wild Side – Bonorong Wilderness Sanctuary

Where else can you get up close and personal with wildlife – no, not in a zoo – but at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where it’s all about touchy close encounters with the wild side of life. Bonorong (an Aboriginal word meaning native companion) is a little 17 acre, privately owned sanctuary that helps rescue more […]

A Convict’s Rite of Passage

“I’m an eighth generation Tasmanian,” remarked Jake Bradshaw when we first met on the grounds of Port Arthur. “My ancestor George Ransley was the leader and a smuggler for the Adlington Gang who drank and hatched raids from the Walnut Tree Inn in Aldington, Kent. He was sentenced and transported for murder and smuggling on […]

Fit for a Premier – Quamby Estate, Tasmania

Quamby Estate Golf is steeped in Tasmanian history as the home of Sir Richard Dry – the first Tasmanian born premier of the state. The large stately-like house was built between 1830 and 1838. Originally a 30,000 acre estate in the Meander Valley, today its acreage is closer to 64 hectares including a nine-hole golf […]

A Wild, Wet and Windy Flying Foxy Fling

With a low pressure weather system blanketing Tasmania, it was always going to be a bit wild, wet and windy ziplining tree to tree 50m above the ground . . . but once you’re in the crow’s nest there’s no turning back . The rain started slowly as we headed out into a eucalyptus forest […]

Graeme Manson’s Farewell Party

Some well-known faces at Graeme Manson’s farewell party last night: Jane Wilson from South Australia Tourism Commission, Graeme Manson, Jenny Aitkin from Tourism Australia and Sonja Lawson from Destination New South Wales.

Sumatran Tigers Celebrate 1st Birthday

Their birth one year ago at Mogo Zoo on the South Coast of New South Wales marked a momentous occasion, with fewer than 400 individuals remaining in the wild today. However, these Critically Endangered Sumatran Tiger cubs proceeded to celebrate their first birthday today in true Tiger cub style as the trio frolicked, wrestled and […]