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I have two books coming out in 2021!
1. Heading South, about an epic round-Australia rail journey, will be published by Fremantle Press - learn about it here;
2. Ultimate Train Journeys: World will be published by Hardie Grant. Follow me or the publishers on social media for updates.

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What's Brewing, Bro?
Traveller, 17 July 2021

"Would you walk a mile – or two – for a good beer? I'm willing to put that concept to the test in Auckland, where a collection of craft breweries, pubs and bars in the city's Eden Terrace and Kingsland districts, south of the CBD, has led to the birth of the Auckland Beer Mile. It's not really a mile; in fact at 3.2 kilometres it's exactly two miles from end to end. But with easy access to trains and buses, it's a pleasingly walkable stretch of places to drink. Over a couple of days, I visit six of them..."

Sampling excellent beer at six memorable venues in Auckland, New Zealand
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Laneway Bars and Rooftop Hideouts: This is Drinking in Bendigo
The New Daily, 10 July 2021

"Every city needs a good rooftop bar, and Bendigo’s answer is Nimbus. Its third-floor perch has a sweeping view of the city centre. 'Sunset from up here is amazing,' barman Cody says. 'Sometimes you can see the bats flying up out of Rosalind Park.' I’m here after dark for a pre-dinner drink, so I’ve missed out on the treat of flying mammals. At this time of night it seems a secret space above the streets, accessed by a lift rising past nondescript levels of offices..."

Drinking at a range of interesting bars and pubs in Bendigo, Victoria
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Culture – With a Twist
The New Daily, 10 July 2021

"I’m looking up at a vast white terraced Buddhist stupa framed by trees. Its top has a golden glint, and the path to its base leads past decorative lanterns and statues illustrating stories from Buddhism and other faiths. It’s a memorable scene which reminds me of visits to Asia; but I’m just outside Bendigo, and the building is the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. It’s just one of Bendigo’s interesting cultural institutions that have links to other places or times..."

Visiting three unconventional cultural venues in Bendigo, Victoria
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Walk This Way to Deliciousness
The New Daily, 10 July 2021

"Clearly regional cities have changed a lot in the decades since I grew up. Or maybe it’s a Bendigo thing? The Victorian city recently became a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, after all, which suggests a certain progressive and adventurous streak when it comes to food.That’s certainly the case here at Hoo-Gah in Bendigo’s CBD, where I’m chatting with owner Gina Triolo while we snack on her gluten-free doughnuts (surprisingly chewy, in a good way) and her banana and pecan scroll (completely delicious). Even snacking in Bendigo is cutting-edge..."

Discovering local makers of food and drink in central Bendigo, Victoria
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High Tea
Sunday Life, 4 July 2021

"I don't know which is more remarkable – the mountain I can see through the window, or the hotel I'm standing in. Mount Ngauruhoe is impressive – high, dark, forbidding, and one of three volcanoes clustered together in Tongariro National Park, in the centre of New Zealand's North Island. Conical in shape, it appeared in The Lord of the Rings films as the grim Mount Doom, which Frodo had to climb to dispose of the cursed ring. It's currently dormant, its most recent eruption beings in the mid-'70s. Having said all that, this hotel is also a marvel..."

Enjoying a glamorous afternoon tea in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand, with a view of volcanoes.

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The Melbourne Blockbuster Exhibition Your Kids Will Love
Australian Traveller, 11 June 2021

"There’s no need to take things too seriously, after all, at this fun new show at Melbourne’s ACMI which features a colourful collection of original sketches and rare artworks. Ahead, through the doors, is a wall-sized projection of Mickey in his first-ever appearance in the 1928 cartoon Steamboat Willie – a big deal as this was one of the earliest animated films with sound..."

Describing the delights of the new Disney exhibition at ACMI, Melbourne, Australia
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Royal Exhibition Building: Australia's World Heritage-listed Vaccination Centre
Traveller, 11 June 2021

"As a global pandemic hits Australia, Melbourne's grand Royal Exhibition Building is pressed into service to help combat the virus. Opened in 1880 as a symbol of hope and progress, it's now a crucial part of the city's fight against an insidious invisible enemy. Sound like 2021? Actually, it was February 1919. With the so-called Spanish Flu sweeping the world, a temporary field hospital was opened within its cavernous halls to help relieve crowded hospitals. Now, more than 100 years later, the Royal Exhibition Building is again part of the response to a global health crisis, as a state government-run vaccine hub..."

Exploring the history of Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building, and its role in the fight against pandemics
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Trees and Teas
Traveller, 22 May 2021

"Our guide Boramey sits in front of an array of white porcelain cups, dishes and pots, pouring intently from one to another. This tea ceremony involves five variants of oolong tea: green, pure, aromatic, dark, and black. It's called a wet ceremony, and so it is – lots of liquid sloshing around as it's poured in graceful arcs by our guide, finally ending in cups for us to sip. You could be forgiven for assuming we're somewhere in Asia, but we're not – this is Hamilton, New Zealand, and the farm we are visiting is called Zealong..."

Having a genteel day out, touring a tea farm and beautiful gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand
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How to Go from North to South by Rail
Traveller, 22 May 2021

"In the early morning light, with Auckland's Sky Tower on the horizon, there's a hint of adventure in the air as I wait to board the train waiting at the city's Strand Station. Via three such trains – each comprising a sleek set of modern carriages – and a ferry, I'm about to undertake a great rail journey across both the North and South islands of New Zealand. I'm looking forward to a trip involving beautiful hilly scenery, dramatic volcanoes, and a multitude of tunnels and viaducts built to carry the rails across New Zealand's challenging terrain. I can't wait to see what's out there..."

Taking three great long-distance rail journeys across New Zealand
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After the Quake: Exploring the 'New' Christchurch
Escape, 18 May 2021

"You’d think Christchurch would want to put the quakes behind it and focus on the future. However, there’s a strain in the local consciousness – call it a stubbornness, or determination – that wants to remember the event and draw strength from the city’s survival. Both the science of earthquakes and the human response to adversity is on display at Quake City, an exhibition dedicated to explaining the disaster. From the front desk, with its giant clock faces from a demolished railway station, visitors are led past a vibrant audiovisual presentation of Ruaumoko, the Maori god of quakes and volcanoes..."

Visiting a selection of post-earthquake highlights in Christchurch, New Zealand
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I'm a freelance writer with published articles on various topics: including travel, lifestyle, the arts, science, and pets. 

My writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites around the world. I'm also a writer of travel books for Lonely Planet.

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