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Winner of Best International Travel Story Under 1000 Words at the 2016 Australian Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence, for A Boy and a Coin.

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Life on the Rails in Porthmadog, Wales
, 14 January 2018

"In every British summer, so I've been told, there's one perfect sunny day. And it seems I've jagged it today, as my narrow-gauge Welsh Highland Railway train trundles through the countryside to Caernarfon. After we depart Porthmadog, a former slate-mining port on a pretty estuary, its urban backyards are replaced by craggy hills behind meadows with sheep and cattle. With a blue sky above, and the mirror-calm water of lakes along the route, each view seems a postcard cliche..."

Catching trains along three narrow-gauge railways from this town in Wales, UK.

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Q Train Brings Glamour Back to Rail Travel
, 6 January 2018

"A tourist train offers a trip into nostalgia, but it's usually a journey to the Golden Age of Rail rather than the pop hits of my childhood. But the Club Loco bar was once the disco car of the Sunlander, the Brisbane-Cairns sleeper train that was retired in 2014. Now, painted sky blue, former Sunlander carriages comprise a new dinner train that runs to the coastal town of Queenscliff and back..."

Enjoying the delights of this restaurant train from Drysdale to Queenscliff, Australia.

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Here's What's in the Koorie Heritage Trust
, 4 January 2018

"On top is a wooden shield carved with a big goanna against a red background. It's the creation of Aboriginal artist Richard Mullett, and was crafted in 1998. But here, directly below it, is the impressive artefact that's easy to overlook. It's a wooden club, a long slender object with a tapering head, delicately indented with dots and zig-zag lines. This was carved by William Barak over a century before the shield, in 1897. That the two objects sit in close proximity says volumes about the philosophy of the Trust..."

Exploring the collection of this Aboriginal cultural centre threatened with demolition in Federation Square, Melbourne.

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LA's Enthralling Museum of Confusion
, 30 December 2017

"Having paid my entry fee, I'm soon in a warm and stuffy interior packed with displays. But what, precisely, does this museum exhibit? An audiovisual introduction traces the role of the museum back to Noah's Ark and the displays of relics in medieval churches. There's also a suggested link to the 17th-century wunderkammers. This concept of 'wonder rooms' is, I think, a key to understanding the MJT. For what I find as I walk through its cramped chambers is a collection of disconnected but intriguing exhibits..."

Deciphering the curious collection of a mysterious museum in Los Angeles, USA.

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Bushwick: Is This New York City's New Coolest Neighbourhood?
, 29 December 2017

"'The East Village moved across the river to Williamsburg first,' Loren Beri says. 'And when Bob Dylan's spirit went across the river, it eventually trickled all the way here to Bushwick.' If that's the case, I'd like to think that Dylan's spirit is hovering about us now, as we sip coffee at Wyckoff Starr, a cafe in this up-and-coming Brooklyn neighbourhood east of Williamsburg..."

Exploring the attractions of the Bushwick district of New York City, USA.

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Stanley Park Tour Reveals its Secrets
Escape, 30 November 2017

"Will Woods likes to set a grand stage for his Secrets of Stanley Park walking tour. 'Cast your mind back 32 million years,' he says. 'We'd be floating in a giant lake.' At the end of a promontory and surrounded by water, 400ha Stanley Park is popular with residents and visitors. Not that tourists penetrate to the heart of its greenery, being more likely to skirt its edges by bus. This is where Woods comes in, venturing into the trees and the park’s lesser-known history..."

Learning the secrets of this vast park on a new walking tour in Vancouver, Canada.

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Sydney’s Martian Embassy
19 November 2017

"It’s as though the interior of the shop has been grown from the ground up, decorated with a series of curved wooden panels painted a livid green. In a cosy seating area at the front, visitors sit around a huge globe of Mars, while browsing such handy books as The Intergalactic Traveller’s Guide to Saturn. Nearby stands a large silver telescope which claims to provide views of street life on the Red Planet – if you use your imagination..."

Visiting an unusual alien-themed shop in Sydney, Australia.

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Airline Review: Cathay Pacific Premium Economy
, 17 November 2017

"The first thing I notice is that this is a snugger premium economy than others I've flown. As there are eight seats across in this class (compared to nine down the back of the plane), my seat is wider than those in economy but only by a small amount. In fact, the fixed armrests mean that the space available for my hips is similar to that in economy. Having said that, I'm definitely more comfortable than the folks in the cheap seats..."

Reviewing the Premium Economy experience on a flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong

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On the Trail of Sherlock Holmes' London
, 16 November 2017

"Like the disguised King of Bohemia in the Sherlock Holmes short story A Scandal in Bohemia, I've installed myself at the elegant Langham Hotel. But I'm bypassing its pleasures and hitting the streets on the trail of the Great Detective. It's 125 years since the first collection of Holmes short stories was published, and I'm seeking sites connected with the master sleuth..."

Roaming the London streets, searching for Sherlock Holmes as portrayed on screen, in print - and in wax.

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Christmas Here is Terrifying
, 14 November 2017

"St Nicholas is the wise old gent who rewards the well-behaved, while bad children have to deal with the Krampus. He's a figure that would definitely make you think twice about pulling your sister's hair. With a red face, horns and a sharp-toothed leer, the Krampus is a memorable part of Christmas in Salzburg and the surrounding region. I'm getting a close-up look at this sinister figure at Salzburg's dedicated Christmas Museum..."

Meeting Santa's demonic offsider and exploring festive culture in Salzburg, Austria.

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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 an author of travel books for Lonely Planet.

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