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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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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.

[Read the full article here]

Silo Art Trail: Australia's Biggest Permanent Outdoor Gallery
Traveller
, 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.

[Read the full article here]

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.

[Read the full article here]

Poetry in Motion: The London Underground
Traveller
, 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).

[Read the full article here]

The Dry Past Ė Vancouver Under Prohibition
roundtheworldflights.com,
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.

[Read the full article here]


Ten Places That Celebrate Nelson Mandela
Traveller
, 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.

[Read the full article here]

The Grand Island Tour, Rottnest Island
Traveller
, 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.

[Read the full article here]

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.

[Find the book here]

Cape Grace Review
Traveller
, 2 July 2018

"Cape Grace is in a prime position for sampling the tourist delights of Cape Town, situated within the city's historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This complex of shops, restaurants and entertainment wraps around docks and marinas, with great views of both the sea and Table Mountain. With its plentiful security staff, the waterfront is a safe space for a stroll and is often thronged with pleasure seekers, giving it a festive atmosphere..."

Reviewing a luxury hotel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa.

[Read the full article here]

What it's Like to Stay at the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Traveller
, 2 July 2018

"As I bend over the abandoned doll, the reading on my dosimeter begins to tick upward. At a certain level, this portable radiation detector will squeal. It's hard not to feel uneasy at the rising numbers on its face. For this is Chernobyl. Or to be precise, the 30-kilometre-wide Chernobyl Exclusion Zone around the reactor that exploded in 1986, spewing radioactive material into the air to become the world's worst nuclear disaster..."

Exploring the ruins of Chernobyl via an overnight tour from Kiev, Ukraine.

[Read the full article here]
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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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