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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
Traveller
, 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
Traveller
, 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
Traveller
, 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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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 and The Ghan trains.
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Indigenous Darwin on Foot
Discover, Summer 2012

"Once he’s rattled off an impressive list including saltwater crocodiles, snakes and jellyfish in his calm delivery style, I find myself slightly nervous. Visitors tend to experience Aboriginal culture outside the city, on tours into the Northern Territory’s spectacular landscapes. But Mills, a member of the local Larrakia people, runs walking tours in the heart of Darwin, sharing indigenous knowledge of the land and its seasons under urban dwellers’ noses..." 

Joining the Batji walking tour highlighting the Aboriginal heritage of Darwin, Australia.
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Australia's Edgiest Arts Venues
Medical Observer, 14 September 2012

"The Alice Desert Festival is Alice Springs’ annual celebration of the arts. Where it departs from your standard big-city arts festival in its use of the incomparable desert environment which surrounds Alice. Last year, for example, saw the premiere of a new play about Olive Pink, the eccentric custodian for many years of a nature reserve near the town centre. It was performed in the reserve, now the Olive Pink Botanic Garden..."

Exploring cutting-edge arts venues & companies in Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart & Alice Springs.
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Sophisticated, Trendy, Cool... Darwin?
Fairfax Traveller,
30 August 2012

"I glance around at the interior of the tapas bar. Dark and moody with orange-yellow illuminated panels beneath a bar with angular black bar stools, it could be anywhere in the hipper suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne. Instead, I'm in Darwin. If I had a little dog, this is the point at which I'd say 'We're not in Kansas any more, Toto'..."

Exploring some fine places to drink and dine in Darwin, Australia.
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Destination, Cool
The Sunday Age, 29 July 2012

"This laneway has a special vibe, which evolved after an old-fashioned fruit and vegetable market closed. The market’s spacious interior was redeveloped into modern apartments and neat intersecting streets, including this one. As a managed laneway, it’s a little less grimy and unpredictable than Melbourne’s equivalents. But what it lacks in grit, Ebenezer Place has in street cred..."

Exploring Ebenezer Place, a cool laneway in Adelaide, South Australia.
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Deadly Enemy on High
Escape, 23 June 2012
(News Ltd's Sunday travel section)

"Within this space a huge animated film, the Bombing of Darwin Experience, is projected across a series of glass panels. It’s brilliantly done, mixing cutting-edge computer graphics with period photography and an urgent soundscape. It’s an immersive experience that rolls back the decades and gives a sense of what it was like to stand in Darwin on that darkest of days..."

Visiting Defence of Darwin Experience, an immersive wartime exhibition in Darwin.
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Little Drop of Heaven
Medical Observer, 16 March 2012

"My companions on the bus today make a varied group, from New Zealand, France, Germany, Britain and Brazil. The two Brazilians, Fernando and Flavia, are on a break from their studies in Sydney, while the rest are visiting Australia on holidays of various lengths. 'It’s wine time!' we all think, as the bus climbs into the hills. But not quite yet - it is a bit early for alcohol..."

Taking a relaxed winery tour through the Barossa Valley of South Australia.
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House of Repute
The Sunday Age, 5 February 2012

"In the centre of Australia stands a set of low sand-coloured buildings behind a fence topped with barbed wire. For half a century this was Alice Springs’ prison, a place of misery, punishment and despair. Nowadays the Old Gaol is the home of the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame, celebrating women’s achievements in the outback and beyond..."

Investigating the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame in Alice Springs.
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Flashpack Chic
Medical Observer, 17 September 2010

"Most flashpacker hostels are full of super-slick modern architecture, but this Adelaide hostel is distinguished by its classy colonial-era premises. Built in the 19th century, the two-storey building has a typical facade of the time, with high ceilings, stone walls and a balcony above the street."

Detailing upmarket 'flashpacker' hostels across Australia and New Zealand.
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Things That Go Bump in the Night
Jetstar Magazine, October 2008

"PrismTeam Haunted Tours takes a investigative approach to spectral sightings in its Haunted Tour of Adelaide. 'We started investigating the Hindmarsh Rectory in 1999, after a call from a gentlemen who used to rent the place,' says Laurie Pearce. After undertaking research, he discovered that a small girl had died in the front room when a candle got too close to a curtain."

Delving into the paranormal via ghost tours across Australia. 
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A Growing Passion
Jetstar Magazine, June 2008

"On Kangaroo Island off the South Australian coast, another member of the Lark family is applying his hand to liqueurs. 'I probably eat too much, and I like to drink,' says Jon Lark, co-owner of Kangaroo Island Spirits. 'I couldn’t afford to build a bar, but I could afford to set up a distillery, and that’s what I’ve done here. It’s a lot of fun.'"

Revealing the artisan distillers of Australia, from rum makers to sake brewers. 
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Adelaide on a Plate
Medical Observer, 14 March 2008

"There are more amazing chocolate-coated wonders in store. As Beverley talks, revealing the intricacies of chocolate manufacture in a lively, engaging style, two women just beyond the glass are coating reddish-brown spheres in successive layers of chocolate. It turns out they’re creating sparkling shiraz truffles."

I sample the food and beverage delights of the South Australian capital.
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Pints and the Paranormal
Jetstar Magazine, December 2007

"'There’s no reason to be scared of any of the ghosts, just talk to them normally.' So says Francis Thompson casually about the resident spirits of the Port Dock Brewery Hotel, including the much-sighted ‘lady in white’. But then, he’s known them for a long time. He beckons me down to the hotel’s cellar to see if we can spot the other ghost, a seaman from the hotel’s rough-and-tumble early days, but he’s not home today."

Investigating the classic 19th century pubs of Port Adelaide. 
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Into the Valley
Kaleidoscope, December 2007
(LOT Polish Airlines inflight magazine)

"Not only has the group now drunk more than enough wine – those small tastings eventually add up – but it’s a sunny day, and the combination of food, drink and the warm sunshine are inducing a feeling of deep relaxation. Add in the amazing view, and you can understand why those early settlers thought this was the place to settle down."

A journey into South Australia's famous Barossa Valley wine region.
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Adelaide's Seven Sins
The Australian, 26 June 2004

"What is it about Adelaide? All those churches, that clean-swept look, the history unmarred by the 'convict stain'. It all looks pretty innocent. Which is why I decide to put the city of churches to a test. Can the seven deadly sins be recreated in this historical monument to wowserism and good behaviour?"

A tale of temptations in the South Australian capital.
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