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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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Spirit of Queensland Rail Journey: Like Business Class on a Plane
Traveller
, 4 April 2019

"'WARNING: plastic snakes on station to deter birds.' This yellow-and-black sign at Townsville's railway station is undeniably eye-catching. It strikes me that plastic snakes might also deter humans. I look all around, but I can't find see any fake reptiles. No matter. What's more important is the train waiting for me at the platform. The Spirit of Queensland takes 25 hours to cover the 1681 kilometres from Cairns to Brisbane..."

Riding aboard a modern sleeper train along the Queensland coast.

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Model Citizens in a Model City
Traveller
, 30 March 2019

"From where I'm standing, I can see the Empire State Building looming over the Statue of Liberty. On the other side of the harbour rises the unmistakeable red form of the Tokyo Tower, and in the distance I can see Taiwan's lofty Taipei 101 building. I'm not having delusions, and I'm not dreaming, though Tobu World Square does have dreamlike qualities. This theme park in the Nikko region north of Tokyo is a fine example of the Japanese obsession with detail..."

Enjoying the distinctive attractions of the Nikko region of Japan.

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A Stately Stay Close to Shadowfax Winery
Traveller
, 28 March 2019

"On the western edge of Melbourne's metropolitan area, Mansion Hotel is far enough from the city centre to make it a good weekend getaway. Though it's close to suburbia, its setting among farms, golf courses and other greenery makes it feel like a country retreat. The surrounding Werribee Park is a collection of beautifully maintained gardens, an ideal place for strolling or picnicking..."

Reviewing the Mansion Hotel in Werribee, Melbourne, attached to a historic stately home.

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Here's How to See Australia by Train
lonelyplanet.com, 23 March 2019

"Australia is such a huge country that it seems logical to cross it by plane. But there is another option, one that becomes a memorable holiday in itself: the train. Piecing together connecting routes, it’s possible to take a great rail journey across the continent from savannah to forests to tropics, immersed in ever-changing scenery. Here’s how to do it..."

Describing how to travel around Australia by rail
, from Queensland through NSW, Victoria and South Australia to either Darwin or Perth.

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A Quirky Town Where You Should Expect the Unexpected
Traveller
, 19 March 2019

"When you visit Alaska you expect to see ice, and I'm seeing plenty of it just outside Juneau. The Mendenhall Glacier is a huge, impressive sight, a vast frozen object wedged between hills. At its base there are bright blue surfaces, from where icebergs have calved into the lake below. Though it's summer, the breeze is chilly as I sit on a bench marvelling at nature's handiwork. To the right of the glacier the Nugget Falls gush down from the mountains, and I can see tiny dots that are hikers admiring them up close..."

Investigating the diverse attractions of Juneau, the capital city of Alaska, USA.

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The Ride of Your Life: Chile Glacier Cruise
Traveller
, 10 March 2019

"We're sitting in a small excursion craft off the coast of southern Chile, wrapped in orange lifejackets, when – without warning – our pilot rams the boat into a small iceberg. It's a surprise, but not as unexpected as what happens next. A crew member pulls out an ice-pick, bashes away at the berg, and extracts a large chunk of ice. Within moments we passengers are milling around on deck, clinking glasses as we toast each other – with 12-year-old whisky containing 50,000-year-old ice..."

Recalling an impressive cruise, as one item in a set of memorable journeys.

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A Magic Bullet to Busan
Traveller
, 7 March 2019

"As I enter Seoul Station, I have half an eye out for zombies. A week before flying to the South Korean capital I watched Train to Busan, the excellent 2016 movie about a train journey overtaken by a plague of the undead. It managed to both evoke horror, and depict Korail's high-speed rail network in a good light. In the midst of the action the rail company's staff were unfailingly cool under pressure (except when turned into zombies themselves, of course)..."

Catching high-speed trains from Seoul to Busan, South Korea.

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Visiting Seven Stories in the Ouseburn Valley
Traveller
, 5 March 2019

"Seven Stories is housed within a Victorian-era flour mill in the Ouseburn Valley, a former industrial area east of the city centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. Its seven levels are dedicated to kids' books, with regular storytelling sessions in the Harry Potter-themed attic. Of most interest to adult visitors are the changing exhibitions. They're pitched at a level that works for any age, sparking nostalgia in grown-ups as well as delight..."

Investigating the attractions of the Ouseburn Valley district in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

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The Naked Truth: German Bathhouse Culture
lonelyplanet.com, 19 February 2019

"Visitors to Germany have long admired its historic architecture, world-class museums, and excellent beer gardens. But there’s one aspect of German culture that fewer travellers experience: its bathhouse tradition. Often housed within beautiful buildings from the Art Nouveau era or earlier, these public facilities are the perfect place to relax au naturel while sharing a healthy tradition with the locals..."

Discovering the architecture, history and practices of Germany's spa culture
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A Seriously Multicultural Range of Cuisines
Traveller
, 19 February 2019

"A guitarist strums in a corner of the restaurant, singing Portuguese folk songs. At a table near him, a waiter is creating a spectacle as she flambés a dish over a gas stove. On the walls hang paintings depicting traditional village scenes, beneath colourful ceramic ornaments and a model boat. This eatery couldn't be more Portuguese if it tried – but we're not in Portugal. This is Taipa Village in the autonomous Chinese territory of Macau, and the restaurant is called Antonio..."

Exploring the towns of Taipa and Coloane in a quieter part of Macau, China.

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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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