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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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Ten Australian Cafes Around the World
, 18 October 2018

"Australian-style cafes are popping up all over the world, and some of the first were found in London. Lantana has been a fixture in London's Fitzrovia district since 2008. At breakfast it serves classics such as smashed avo and corn fritters, along with more adventurous dishes such as the Buddha Bowl which features cauliflower quinoa 'rice' with edamame..."

Detailing Aussie-style cafes in locations around the globe.

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The Cheap Way to See Alaskaís Inside Passage
, 25 September 2018

"The doors swing open, and we stroll along a broad ramp into the rear of the vessel, past parked cars and upstairs into the passenger areas. The lads head farther up, but Iím due at the Purserís Office to collect my cabin key. We have a two-day voyage to Juneau ahead, and I fancy my own space. This is not an Alaskan cruise aboard a massive floating hotel. Instead, the Alaska Marine Highway System is used by locals..."

Cruising via local ferry along the scenic Inside Passage of Alaska, USA.

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Gone Shopping
Paradise, September-October 2018

"'I use real pearl because itís not just for one season. Good things last longer.' Designer Coney Ko is talking about the jewellery she creates in her compact Hong Kong shop Coney & Co, but she could equally be referring to the design hub itís housed within: PMQ. The name of this creative complex has been shortened from its original title: Police Married Quarters. Constructed in 1951 under British administration, it's now part of the arty SoHo district..."

Visiting a Hong Kong design hub for the inflight magazine of Air Niugini.

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Silo Art Trail: Australia's Biggest Permanent Outdoor Gallery
, 22 August 2018

"I'd expected to enjoy the art, but only now realise how important is the setting. The people depicted at each site are from the area, the silos from its farming heritage, and they're set against the broad green landscape which has been here forever. Add in the chilly breeze, and it's a completely different experience from standing within the tame walls of a gallery. These huge murals are worthy of a grand setting, and in the plains of the Wimmera they have it..."

Joining a tour of the Silo Art Trail in western Victoria, Australia.

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Hooray for Hollywoodge!
www.lonelyplanet.com, 10 August 2018

"Warsaw is lively and Krakůw is beautiful, but Polandís third-largest city remains a mystery to many travellers. However, Łůdź, pronounced 'Woodge', has plenty to offer. With its industrial heritage and movie-making magic, itís a city with varied attractions, matched by lively dining and nightlife along its Art Nouveau-styled main street. Whatís more, itís still great value for money..."

Exploring the cinematic and industrial heritage of
Łůdź, Poland.

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Poetry in Motion: The London Underground
, 28 July 2018

"As it's been built in fits and spurts since the 19th century, the Tube possesses none of the bland uniformity of more recently built systems. The most atmospheric stations are those that opened along the first line in 1863, from Paddington to Farringdon. Standing on one of the oldest platforms at Baker Street Station, with its curving brick roof, it's easy to fantasise stepping aboard one of its long-vanished steam trains alongside Sherlock Holmes..."

Describing the appeal of the London Underground as one of a series of transport delights (scroll down for my segment).

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The Dry Past Ė Vancouver Under Prohibition
24 July 2018

"'You might have seen a blind pig here,' says Lenard, leader of the Forbidden Tour which probes Vancouverís less respectable past. Weíre standing at the top of Market Alley, an unsavoury back street strung with electrical cables. What heís taking about isnít an animal, but a nickname for the illegal drinking dens which flourished here a century ago. The Prohibition era in 1920s USA is well known, but Vancouver got there first Ė the Canadian city banned alcoholic drinks between 1917 and 1921..."

Joining a tour detailing a colourful historical era of Vancouver, Canada.

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Ten Places That Celebrate Nelson Mandela
, 12 July 2018

"The most famous inmate of this former island prison was South African freedom fighter and president Nelson Mandela, who was born 100 years ago this year. An excursion to this museum in Table Bay reveals the grim reality of his time behind bars. Visitors to Robben are taken by bus to key sites, including the lime quarry where political prisoners laboured, before a former inmate leads the way through the cell blocks. It's a fascinating insight into a heroic struggle..."

Detailing sites in South Africa associated with the life of freedom fighter and president, Nelson Mandela.

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The Grand Island Tour, Rottnest Island
, 11 July 2018

"Wildlife aside, Rottnest Island has had a fascinating history. Most visitors focus on the physical pleasures of its beaches and restaurants, but there's plenty of scope for exploring its chequered past. The Grand Island Tour, which I'm on today, is a good way to start. The first section is aboard an open-sided train which follows the route of the original army railway of the 1930s. From a stop in The Settlement, it tracks slowly upward to Oliver Hill..."

Joining a tour of Rottnest Island, off the coast of Perth, Western Australia.

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Lonely Planet: Everyday Adventures
(section on Melbourne street art)

July 2018

"As I stand on Flinders Street, Iím surrounded by major landmarks. Federation Square is behind me, Flinders Street Station to the left, the Melbourne Cricket Ground to my right. But Iím looking for something grittier: Melbourneís famous street art. Its epicentre is Hosier Lane, the cobblestone laneway in front of me. There are always tourists walking its length, photographing the splendour on its walls..."

Taking a self-guided tour of Melbourne's street art for this book on self-discovery.

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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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