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I have two books out in 2021!
1. Heading South, about an epic round-Australia rail journey, is out now from Fremantle Press - learn about it here.
2. Ultimate Train Journeys: World will be published soon by Hardie Grant.
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Book excerpt: Heading South - Far North Queensland to WA by Rail
The New Daily, 16 October 2021

"Dinner was taken outside the train at Rawlinna, another ghost town that lay next to a vast sheep station of the same name covering 10,000 square kilometres. I was feeling antsy as we were led through two carriages as a group, to disembark and be marked off a list. The Indian Pacific crew shared the mother hen characteristics of their Overland colleagues, though in a place this remote it was understandable. Except for the short stop in Cook, Iíd been aboard the train for almost twenty-four hours and was I dying to get outside..."

Dining under the outback stars on the Indian Pacific train journey from Adelaide to Perth, Australia

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The James Bond Brunch in Switzerland will Thrill 007 Fans
Escape, 6 October 2021

"Itís taken me four cable cars via MŁrren and Birg to reach the revolving restaurant, Piz Gloria, at 2970m above sea level. On a clear day from the summit, thereís a view of numerous mountains including the Eiger, MŲnch, and Jungfrau. Today, however, Iím immersed in a whited-out world of swirling snow. No matter, because Iím really here to see Bond World, the permanent exhibition devoted to the making of OHMSS. First, however, itís time for a late breakfast in the revolving restaurant; or more precisely, the James Bond Brunch..."

Ascending to an exhibition devoted to Agent 007, in the lofty mountains of Switzerland

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Melbourne is Stuck in a Reverse Groundhog Day
The Guardian, 25 September 2021

"The crowd-loving virus has systematically turned all the joys of the Melbourne CBD life Ė intimate venues, happy crowds, easy socialising, the use of public transport rather than cars, shared public spaces Ė into bad things, making them liabilities rather than assets. And I hate it. I hate seeing this vibrant, special place become the exact opposite of what it was for decades, what it was less than two years ago..."

Reflecting on the plight of Melbourne's city centre after prolonged COVID-19 lockdowns.

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What It's Like On Board the XPT
Traveller, 9 September 2021

"Occasionally we'd pass a two-deck Sydney train running along a parallel track. They weren't very full this late on a weekday. I could see people reclining, reading, thumbing their phones. I wondered idly who they were, where they were heading, what they'd be doing when they got there, what they'd be having for dinner, when our trains diverged and they passed out of my life..."

Travelling between Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, via sleeper train.

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One Train, So Many Views
Senior Traveller, September 2021

"American poet John Whittier said the saddest words in life are 'It might have been', and I have them in mind as I walk past the grand facade of Aucklandís former main railway station. A beautiful Beaux-Arts building from 1930, it would be the perfect place to begin a long train journey across New Zealandís North Island. But what really matters is what lies ahead: the prospect of a marvellous array of scenery as it tracks through the North Islandís complex geography..."

Riding the Northern Explorer train from Auckland to Wellington, New Zealand

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Raising the Bar
Traveller, 30 August 2021

"This is one of the biggest street art hubs in Perth,' says Adie, and there are some great examples on the walls around us. On the side of a bar is a prancing figure which, on closer look, is Red Riding Hood dressed as a wolf. On another wall is a beautifully rendered ringtail possum by famous Belgian artist ROA. Our final bar would be easy to miss. Hidden below street level, Alfred's Pizzeria is a grungy no-nonsense place open to midnight every night, serving pizza, craft beer and cocktails..."

Taking in street art and small bars on a memorable walking tour in Perth, Australia.

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Cemetery a Haven in Grave Times
Sunday Age, 22 August 2021

"On a sunny day in lockdown, Melbourne's parks, gardens and bay shores are packed with people getting their two hours' exercise with a stroll. Sometimes it can feel as if it's peak hour for pedestrians. Not so in Melbourne General Cemetery with its entrance off College Crescent in Parkville. Its quiet curving laneways, winding between a forest of Victorian-era memorial pillars, were trodden by only a few on Thursday afternoon. But who decides to walk in a cemetery, and why?"

Exploring the quiet paths of a highly historic cemetery in Melbourne, Australia.

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

"Would you walk a mile Ė or two Ė 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 Bendigoís 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.' Iím here after dark for a pre-dinner drink, so Iíve 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 Ė With a Twist
The New Daily, 10 July 2021

"Iím 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. Itís a memorable scene which reminds me of visits to Asia; but Iím just outside Bendigo, and the building is the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. Itís just one of Bendigoís interesting cultural institutions that have links to other places or times..."

Visiting three unconventional cultural venues in Bendigo, Victoria

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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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