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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, a selection of the best rail experiences, is out now from Hardie Grant - read about it here.
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Ten Most Recently Published

Montreal Biodome: Former Olympic Velodrome Now Houses Penguins and Puffins
Traveller, 5 August 2022

"Everyone needs a puffin in their lives, I realise, as I peer through the glass of an exhibit at the Montreal Biodome. There's something inherently comical about Atlantic puffins' spherical heads and curvy orange beaks, as if they're an unlikely children's toy which came alive and was released into the wild. Next door to them is a more familiar bird: the penguin. These bird species normally live thousands of kilometres apart, but I'm able to see them together because they share the Subpolar Regions section of the Biodome..."

Visiting an intriguing collection of environments in Montreal, Canada.

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Grains, Trains and a Stack of Fine Art Soaring into the Sky
Senior Traveller, August 2022

"Melbourne's busy Southern Cross Station is a railway terminus with a thoroughly 21st century appearance, its high roof undulating like a pod of blue whales. So it's quite a contrast to arrive here on a Friday night and hear the whistle of a steam locomotive. That loco, City of Melbourne, was built in Glasgow in 1951 and is a welcome phantom from the past. I'm about to board the train; it's hauling a collection of heritage carriages collectively known as the Grainlander. The cheekily derivative name hints at its destination - the lightly populated Mallee and Wimmera regions of western Victoria..."

Taking a heritage train to see the Silo Art Trail of western Victoria, Australia

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Airline Review: Air Canada Premium Economy
Traveller, 26 July 2022

"The selection of onboard entertainment is good, with recent release films such as Licorice Pizza and Belfast, and TV shows ranging from the science fiction series Station Eleven to the costume drama The Gilded Age (I watch the recent Matrix movie sequel and regret it, but it passes the time). Audio entertainment covers diverse musical genres, along with audiobooks and podcasts..."

Reviewing this class of service aboard a flight from Sydney, Australia, to Vancouver, Canada.

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Goolwa to Victor Harbor: Classic Aussie Holiday with a Twist
Escape, 18 July 2022

"I have another historic rail journey to take – and a rare one. From Victor Harbor, a horse-drawn tram runs across the causeway to Granite Island. Each of the trams is a magnificent two-level vehicle with an open top and lined with wooden benches and timber flooring, accessed via a tight stairway at each end. Painted green and yellow, and featuring a hand-tolled bell, the trams are a pleasing apparition from the past – especially when attached to the mighty Clydesdale horses that pull them..."

Riding a heritage railway and horse tramway in regional South Australia.

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Review: Portarlington Grand, Victoria
Traveller, 9 July 2022

"The Portarlington Grand Hotel has long been the distinguishing landmark of this town on the northern Bellarine Peninsula, perched above Port Phillip Bay. Built in 1887 by Samuel and Mary Davis, the hotel was always intended to be grand, with its wrought-iron balustrades and tower in place from the beginning. In that era it played host to Melburnians taking a break from the city via steamer services across the bay. Now a major refurbishment by new owner Paul Little (also owner of Port Phillip Ferries, the latter-day version of those long-gone steamers) has brought back the gleam of that past glory..."

Reviewing a impressively renovated historic hotel in Portarlington, Victoria, Australia.

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Northern Explorer: Spectacular Axed Train Gets a Second Lease on Life
Traveller, 5 July 2022

"In August 2021 the axe fell. As the nation was plunged into another COVID lockdown, rail operator KiwiRail suspended its long-distance trains. And in December, as the return of international tourism was in sight, it announced the Northern Explorer and the Picton-Christchurch Coastal Pacific would remain suspended until mid-2022, when they would return in a "modified form" that could include multi-day rail tours aimed firmly at tourists. This possibility this was the end of same-day long-distance trains sounded an alarm bell for many New Zealanders..."

Outlining the fall and rise of a long-distance train between Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand.

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Journey Beyond Cruises: Dine in Style on Sydney Harbour
Stuff, 3 July 2022

"When I disembark I find Barangaroo’s shiny new eateries heaving with locals who’ve finished work for the day and are taking advantage of the waterside ambience. I’m going one better by dining on the water itself, once I stroll the short distance southward to the King Street Wharf. My chosen experience is something classy: Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney’s dinner cruise, which takes place aboard a 24-metre vessel with two enclosed decks. When it pulls in shortly before our boarding time of 6.10pm I’m impressed by its sleek curves..."

Dining aboard a classy new dinner cruise boat in Sydney, Australia

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A Mouthwatering Food Tour Around Sydney’s Western Suburbs
Stuff, 3 July 2022

"'This is how we’re gifted in Australia – we can travel the world without leaving the city.' She’s right. Today I’m taking advantage of that diversity to travel through the Middle East via the Taste of Afghanistan and Syria food tour, which takes place in the streets of Merrylands. If you’ve never heard of this Sydney suburb I don’t blame you; I’d never heard of it myself until booking the tour. Located in the west near Parramatta, it’s a practical everyday neighbourhood that houses a diverse community drawn from Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, Iran and other Middle Eastern countries..."

Enjoying a tasty food tour of a western suburb of Sydney, Australia

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Explore the Mountains of the South Island on the TranzAlpine
Truly Pacific, 15 June 2022

"As the train progresses we seem to be aiming ourselves at the mountains – or more precisely, at a notch at their centre. It’s an unsettling feeling, as if you were driving a car toward a wall with only one tight opening. Again the commentary has an explanation, telling me we’ll follow the Waimakariri River for some time as a path through the rugged terrain, with numerous tunnels and viaducts to also help us progress..."

Taking the TranzAlpine train across the South Island in New Zealand

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Overland Train from Adelaide to Melbourne
Senior Traveller, May 2022

"The other benefit of Red Premium makes itself evident as dawn breaks and our train slowly progresses into the Adelaide Hills: a hot breakfast featuring a spinach and feta omelette, served to our seats. As we enjoy our food the train creaks and sways, suburbia melts away and we're immersed in a hilly forested landscape. Occasionally a gap opens amid the trees and we have glimpses of the city below and the ocean beyond. Meanwhile a light mist rises from the paddocks of farms we pass, creating a ghostly aura as dew sparkles in the morning light..."

Catching the historic Overland train from South Australia to Victoria, Australia

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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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