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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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Enter the (Flying) Dragon
28 February 2018

"The first time I flew out of Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), I was lucky enough to have access to the Cathay Pacific lounge known as The Pier. Walking along its length, from room to room, feels like taking a stroll through the opening shot of an arthouse movie. Thereís a dedicated noodle room, a tea room, bars and relaxation rooms, and at the very end thereís a dimly-lit space dotted with comfy reclined chairs that are more like beds..."

Detailing the highlights of Hong Kong International Airport, China.

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Laneways Less Travelled
Issimo Magazine, 9 February 2018

"Melbourneís CBD laneways are its pride and joy, but some are more famous than others. The hole-in-the-wall eateries of Centre Place appear frequently in the media, and Hosier Lane is always packed with tourists eyeing its street art. At the other end of the scale, however, are laneways where tourists seldom tread..."

Investigating six less-visited laneways in Melbourne, Australa.

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Bellarine Bound
Jetstar Magazine
, February 2018

"Itís here Iíll be casting off for the 90-minute cruise to Portarlington, on the Bellarine Peninsula. The vessel, a two-deck 400-seater operated by Port Phillip Ferries, serves commuters heading to their Melbourne offices during the week. But at weekends its schedule is well suited to daytrippers wanting a break in the other direction. Once I reach Portarlington, Iíll have four hours to enjoy the attractions of the town and peninsula..."

Enjoying a cruise from Melbourne to Portarlington, Victoria, followed by a winery tour.

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I Travelled the World Without (Much) Cash
The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
31 January 2018

"It was at Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology that I finally had to stump up some cash. Since arriving in the Canadian city two days before, I'd been paying for everything via my phone using Apple Pay. It had been such a successful strategy that I still had the C$100 I'd arrived with in cash. Now, however, I needed to hire a locker before I enjoyed the institution's spectacular collection of First Nations totem poles. To do that, I had to break a note and put a Canadian quarter into the slot..."

Trying to pay for everything using contactless payment methods in Hong Kong, Canada, the USA & the UK.

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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 parkís lesser-known history..."

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

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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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