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Here's How to See Australia by Train
lonelyplanet.com, 23 March 2019

"Australia is such a huge country that it seems logical to cross it by plane. But there is another option, one that becomes a memorable holiday in itself: the train. Piecing together connecting routes, it’s possible to take a great rail journey across the continent from savannah to forests to tropics, immersed in ever-changing scenery. Here’s how to do it..."

Describing how to travel around Australia by rail
, from Queensland through NSW, Victoria and South Australia to either Darwin or Perth.

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Queen of the Murray River
, 15 November 2018

"You don't know what you've got till it's gone, as Joni Mitchell was just singing, and that verse could apply to our departure port of Echuca. In the 1860s the Victorian government built a railway from here to Melbourne, spawning a busy paddlesteamer trade from all corners of the Murray-Darling river system. In the 20th century, however, Echuca faded as a port – except for paddlesteamers serving tourists, of which the wood-fired PS Emmylou is arguably the queen..."

Cruising along Australia's Murray River for three nights aboard a paddlesteamer.

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A Rail of a Time
Spring/Summer 2018

"Then it’s time to hop aboard the most impressive train of all: the Indian Pacific. A two-night journey west to Perth includes top-quality dining, stark desert scenery, and dinner in a remote ghost town. It’s a fitting finale to an almost 8000 kilometre rail odyssey..."

Detailing how to catch trains from Far North Queensland through NSW, Victoria and South Australia, all the way to Western Australia.
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Sydney’s Martian Embassy
19 November 2017

"It’s as though the interior of the shop has been grown from the ground up, decorated with a series of curved wooden panels painted a livid green. In a cosy seating area at the front, visitors sit around a huge globe of Mars, while browsing such handy books as The Intergalactic Traveller’s Guide to Saturn. Nearby stands a large silver telescope which claims to provide views of street life on the Red Planet – if you use your imagination..."

Visiting an unusual alien-themed shop in Sydney, Australia.

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52 Weekends Away: Indian Pacific
Good Weekend
, 28 October 2017

"One of the world's great rail journeys, the Indian Pacific crosses the continent over 4352 kilometres of track – including the longest dead-straight section in the world, 478 kilometres across the flat and empty Nullarbor Plain. It's a spectacular route through mountains, cities and vineyard country, past outback ghost towns, and across stark deserts..."

Detailing the experience aboard this long-distance train from Sydney via Adelaide to Perth, as part of a collection of recommended accommodation.

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Is Wifi in Australian Hotels Getting Better?
, 1 August 2017

"One-bar rage. We've all been there. When you check into a big hotel, make your way up to your room, log into the hotel wifi... and it flickers between one and two bars of signal strength. It seems more frustrating to have a weak signal than no signal at all, as you struggle to get websites or emails to download. And forget about streaming a movie. But is Australia worse for hotel wifi than other countries?"

Investigating the quality of wireless Internet connections in Australia's hotels.

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Coast to Coast: Across Australia by Rail
www.lonelyplanet.com, 12 June 2017

"For almost half a century, Australia's Indian Pacific train has traced a three-day journey by rail between Sydney and Perth. Its 4,352km route between the Pacific and Indian Oceans takes in mountains, native bushland, desert, wheat fields and urban sprawl. Those taking this trip gain a close-up experience of Australia’s immense size and diversity, as its dramatic landscape slides past..."

Travelling by rail through New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia

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Melbourne to Sydney to Adelaide by Rail
, 5 February 2017

"Catching a train from platform one of Melbourne's Southern Cross Station is like boarding a flight from gate one of an international airport – rarely done, and all the more special for that. With its undulating wave-like roof, Melbourne's main station is an exciting place from which to depart on a long-distance rail adventure. This is a full-on rail trek, which will take me to three state capitals through a range of terrains, and home again – without boarding a single plane..."

Travelling through three Australian states via three different long-distance trains

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10 Things in Australia You Can Only Experience by Train
, 29 August 2016

"It's a big country, and there's no better way of experiencing its vastness than by train. Australia is blessed with two transcontinental rail journeys: the Indian Pacific which runs east-west to link Sydney with Perth; and The Ghan which runs north-south between Adelaide and Darwin. Along these two routes, and others, there's an array of unique experiences..."

Discussing unique aspects of long-distance train travel in Australia
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Five Remote Corners Which Define Australia's States
, 9 September 2015

"Borders have always fascinated travellers. In some ways that's strange, because they're just invisible, imaginary lines on a map. Even internal borders can be objects of interest, and Australia's more than most. For where each of our state and territory borders meet another one at an angle, 'surveyors' corners' are created, each marked by a pillar at the meeting point..."

Describing the location and appeal of remote state border intersections in Australia.
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Canberra's Hip Hood
The Sunday Age
, 17 May 2015

"The Elk & Pea cafe has something in common with the Tardis in Doctor Who – it's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. At least that's the impression when entering from Lonsdale Street, Braddon, a strip of narrow shopfronts which turn out to be surprisingly deep. The other thing I can't help notice is the strange mix of businesses along this Canberra strip, with hipster shops and cafes scattered among a collection of automotive workshops and supply stores..."

Checking out the hip streets of Braddon, Canberra
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Converts' Guide: Long-Distance Train Travel
The Sun-Herald
, 15 March 2015

"There are many types of long-distance trains, from regularly scheduled services to those that resemble luxury cruise liners. What they have in common is ever-changing scenery. A train is a unique mode of transport, akin to a small town on wheels; always in contact with the world outside, but also slightly separate. It's difficult to get bored as the entire planet passes by your window: people, farms, forests, dramatic landscapes, and the normally hidden backyards of vibrant cities..."

Promoting the benefits of long-distance rail travel, in one of a set of travel essays; including the Indian Pacific train.
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Australia's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cultural and Natural Attractions
, 26 November 2014

"What does the Great Barrier Reef have in common with the Great Wall of China, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the ruins of Great Zimbabwe? All four of these places – and over a thousand others mostly without the word 'great' in their titles – are on UNESCO's World Heritage List. According to the United Nations body, this makes their protection the common goal of humanity. So how easy is it for a place to make the list, and how many sites does Australia have in it? ..."

Exploring 19 World Heritage sites in Australia, including natural and cultural wonders.
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Secret Routes: The Cheapest Ways to Get to Airports in Australia
, 1 October 2014

"When you have to fly, you have to pay. Big time. And we're not talking airfares. In Australia, getting to the airport costs a packet. In fact, it's possible for the trip to the airport to be more expensive than the budget airline fare to your final destination, given the occasional eye-catching specials flung online by rival carriers. Not that designated airport public transport is much cheaper. However, there are ways around this expense..."

Explaining the cheapest ways to get to airports by public transport, including Sydney and Canberra Airports.
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Small Bars Conquer the Harbour City
The Sunday Age
, 14 September 2014

"'There are often long queues for this bar,' says Alison Albany, as she gestures toward the alleyway leading to The Baxter Inn. Queuing for a bar? How very Sydney, I think, but then she adds: 'They have a rule that no-one can jump the queue. Even if you’re Hugh Jackman, you have to queue.' Now that doesn’t seem like Sydney, at least my stereotypical view of it. But then nothing does on the Eat/Drink/Walk Sydney walking tour..."

Visiting Sydney's most interesting places to drink, on a small bar tour
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Capital Cocktails
The Sun-Herald
, 19 January 2014

"'In victory you deserve champagne; in defeat, you need it.' When the great Napoleon Bonaparte uttered this line, it was unlikely he was thinking of Australian politics. But anyone observing the machinations within our national capital over the last three years would recognise its truth. Which is possibly why it's painted boldly across a wall at Soju Girl, a bar in Canberra's city centre across the lake from Parliament House..."

Exploring the small bar scene in Australia's capital city, Canberra.
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Secret Sydney
The Sunday Age
, 10 February 2013

"I'm standing outside Sydney's Central Station and there's a thing of beauty parked in front of me: a 1964 EH Holden Premier in a gleaming marine shade. It belongs to Richard Graham, a Sydneysider who had a vision when riding in a colectivo shared car across the Nazca Desert in Peru a few years ago. He liked the vibe of the old Cadillac and the authenticity of the experience, so he decided to combine an Australian classic car with intimate tours of his home town..."

Taking an unusual tour of Redfern, Sydney.
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Australia's Edgiest Arts Venues
Medical Observer, 14 September 2012

"Carriageworks has a fascinating industrial history, linked to the romance of train travel. Built in the 1880s, the facility manufactured all manner of rolling stock, including glamorous items such as the Royal Carriages for use by the Governor-General and visiting royals. Closed in 1988, the rail yards’ carriage and blacksmith workshops were saved from demolition and redeveloped as an artistic incubator..."

Exploring cutting-edge arts venues & companies in Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart & Alice Springs.

Sydney by Tram
Medical Observer, 4 November 2011

"'He shot through like a Bondi tram!' It’s fading now, but this colourful expression was part of the Australian idiom for many decades, meaning to depart at high speed. Whether Sydney trams were ever that fast is another question; but since the city’s tramways were closed in the 1960s, there’s been little chance to find out. There is, however, one exception..."

Exploring inner-city Sydney by light rail, from Paddy's Markets to Jubilee Park.

Shellharbour Sojourn
Medical Observer, 18 February 2011

"We soon discover that you’re always popular in a helicopter; as we move above the treeline of the Escarpment, we spot the observation towers and walkways of the Illawarra Fly, a treetop walk, and people stop to wave. Touching down again, we’re exhilarated. The great thing about a helicopter ride is that you don’t lose contact with the environment the way you do in an aeroplane."

A weekend away in the coastal town of Shellharbour, New South Wales.

If Walls Could Talk
The Sunday Age, 2 January 2011

"Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Newtown is an interesting place to hang out, with its aged Victorian shopfronts and terrace houses, plentiful eateries, and a dose of grunge remaining amid the gentrification. But there are also its murals. Along busy King Street, down side streets and along hidden back walls is an intriguing collection of large-scale paintings..."

Tracking down the intriguing public murals of Newtown, Sydney.
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A River Runs Through It
Medical Observer, 19 November 2010

"Stretching from the broad banks of the Clarence River up to the Queensland border, the water-rich Northern Rivers region is threaded by numerous waterways, from humble creeks to mighty rivers. They all eventually end in the Pacific Ocean. I head to northern New South Wales in search of greenery, relaxation and good food. There might even be a Hollywood star in the mix..."

Exploring the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia.
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Flashpack Chic
Medical Observer, 17 September 2010

"A fresh example of the flashpacker hostel is this YHA facility in The Rocks, which opened in November 2009. The location itself is remarkable, with the purpose-built hostel buildings suspended on pillars above an extensive archaeological dig revealing the foundations of tenement houses from the early 1900s. What’s notable about the place are its environmentally-friendly innovations."

Detailing upmarket 'flashpacker' hostels across Australia and New Zealand.
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The Good Word
The Sunday Age, 15 August 2010

"Back in October 2007 a small cluster of Sydneysiders protested outside the New South Wales Parliament in an unconventional manner: by clutching a book in one hand and a glass of white wine in the other. But that was then. Now that Melbourne-style small bars do exist in Sydney, where do you go to stock up on appropriate reading material to accompany that cheeky chenin blanc?"

Reviewing five fine bookshops in Sydney's city centre.
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Stars, Cars and Other Interesting Things
Escape, 20 June 2010
(News Ltd's Sunday travel section)

"Co-owner Russell Crowe was tickled by the idea and donated a pile of props and costumes from his films. He also bent the ear of a few of his co-stars, and they put in too. However, as I step past old farming implements and through the inner door of the barn, it’s not a Hollywood prop that immediately catches my eye. On the left is a red and green motorcycle, gleaming attractively under the bright lights..."

Exploring the Museum of Interesting Things in Nymboida, New South Wales.
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In This Corner... the Hero of Waterloo!
Australian Traveller, June 2009

"The most ancient part of Sydney, The Rocks, is seething with historic old drinking houses (some with historic old drinkers), but which is the oldest Sydney pub still standing? Initial research provides a shortlist of four that could possibly claim the title; in fact, two of them do positively lay claim to it. So, fired with curiosity, I’m off on a pub crawl through The Rocks and its sister suburb, Millers Point."

Adjudicating the thorny question of which establishment can claim the title of Sydney's oldest pub.
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The Secrets of Inner Sydney
The West Australian, 14 May 2009

"From 1970 to 1973, a lively artists’ colony was firmly established at 59 Macleay Street, in what became known as the Yellow House. Every surface was painted over, the place was humming with artists and those who wanted to see their art, and cabarets, theatre and film screenings took place. If Austin Powers had dropped in, he would’ve declared it a 'swinging shindig'."

Uncovering hidden gems in the inner suburbs of Sydney, Australia.
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Things That Go Bump in the Night
Jetstar Magazine, October 2008

"In Sydney, Colleen Harrison guides The Rocks Ghost Tours, and is spoiled for choice with spooky locales. 'We talk through stories of murders, suicides, hangings, hauntings and ghosts, in the birthplace of Australia,' she says. One place the tour passes is the gloomily-named Dead House, Sydney’s first morgue."

Delving into the paranormal via ghost tours across Australia.

A Growing Passion
Jetstar Magazine, June 2008

"The Penrith-based company produces an unconventional product: an Australian sake. 'It won’t give you headaches, drunk in moderation,' says managing director Allan Noble. When I ask him if working with strong liquor is the best job in the world, he smiles. 'Well, a bonus of working with the rice is its skin care benefits. My head brewer – Hiro Uchiyama – looks awfully young.'"

Revealing the artisan distillers of Australia, from rum makers to sake brewers. 

Raising the Bar
The Age, 20 August 2005

"Call it social analysis, call it serious research, call it a thinly-veiled attempt to claim cocktails as a work expense on my tax return. I was determined to check out the Sydney CBD bar scene on my latest visit. Could the Melbourne bar habitué find interesting places to have a tipple while on business or pleasure in Sydney? Fired by the old Sydney-Melbourne rivalry and a healthy thirst, I chose to accept this mission."

A profile of six great drinking holes in Sydney's city centre.

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Lights! Camera! Sydney!
Voyeur, May 2005
(Virgin Blue inflight magazine)

"What does it mean to have 'star quality'? It could be a look, a pout, a certain something that the camera loves. Brad Pitt has it, Cate Blanchett has it, even Jim Carrey has it. And Sydney has it. Many of the city’s streets and buildings have featured in major films. Usually any evidence has long gone, and the location has shyly blended back into the daily life of the city. But with a little knowledge, you can relive the moment."

Redisovering Sydney's most famous movie locations.
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Tours de Force
The Age, 12 March 2005

"Just another day in the harbour city? Not exactly. I’m on the Sydney by Diva tour, departing from the gay strip on Oxford Street. The bus is decorated with a large lipsticked smile, and the passengers are divided into first or economy class. It’s not easy being the only economy passengers aboard; we're frisked before entering, advised to avert our gaze, and thrown a box of Cheezels to go with our cheap bubbly."

Seeing Sydney via a number of off-beat tours.

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