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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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It'll be White on the Night
Traveller
, 1 January 2017

"'Ballarat is a logical place to do this,' says White Night artistic director David Atkins. 'It has a fantastic history, it's the home of the southern hemisphere's longest running Eisteddfod, Her Majesty's Theatre has been going for 150 years. There are a range of things that put Ballarat into the box seat.' The box seat on this occasion is for White Night Ballarat..."

Previewing an all-night arts event in the Victorian regional city
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Top 10: Comedy Clubs Around the World
Traveller
, 7 October 2016

"Melbourne has long been a hotbed of comedy; not only does the Melbourne International Comedy Festival occupy multiple venues in autumn, but there are regular comedy nights across the city year-round. One of the best places to catch the gags is this comedy club in North Melbourne. On stage nightly are a hand-picked repertoire of performers, from newcomers to seasoned professionals..."

Listing great comedy venues in the USA
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Beyond Melbourne, Victoria's Arty Regional Centres
www.lonelyplanet.com, 12 April 2016

"In decades past, art was a conservative experience in rural Australia. While most locals focused on sport as entertainment, art snobs could view old landscapes in dusty municipal galleries. Times have changed dramatically, nowhere more so than Victoria. In the 21st century, the cultural energy of the state capital Melbourne has flowed to regional cities, creating numerous cutting-edge cultural hubs..."

Experiencing the Wall to Wall street art festival in Benalla, Australia
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The 60 Best Travel Finds of 2015
(five items by me)
The Sun-Herald
, 27 December 2015

"For over a century, drinkers at the luxurious Raffles Hotel in Singapore have shivered over the story of the tiger who was discovered beneath the hotel's billiard room in 1902. Now they have something with which to toast the terrifying memory: The Stray Tiger. Part of the hotel's Timeline series of cocktails based on historic events, it's a $S27 wild combination of white rum, Cointreau, vermouth, lime juice, absinthe and lemongrass foam. Chin chin!"

I detail five of 60 interesting attractions, in Los Angeles, Munich, Singapore and Melbourne
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Up Close With Beer
The Sunday Age
, 1 November 2015

"The black cockatoos found around Geelong have a reputation – not unlike the city itself – of being tough and persistent. So much so, that local farmers have nicknamed them 'flying bricks'. This colourful imagery has been co-opted by a cider house in Wallington, east of Geelong. The success of Flying Brick is a reflection of the craft brewing movement, which has seen local beers and ciders pop up across the nation..."

Discovering craft beer and cider in Geelong and the Bellarine, in Victoria, 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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Walk the Line
Tiger Tales
, July 2015

"If there’s something Melbourne does exceptionally well, it’s cafés. It’s not just the quality of the coffee that stands out, but the venues themselves, often salvaged from old shopfronts past their prime. Two years ago, a shuttered, run-down milk bar was transformed into this bright, modern café, and its smashed avocado is excellent on a crisp Sunday morning. But I’m not just in Kew for the food. Nearby is another great example of Melbourne recycling its past..."

Strolling along one of Melbourne's rail trails, former railway lines turned into walking routes.
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St Jerome's – The Hotel Review: Rooftop Glamping in Melbourne's CBD
Traveller
, 26 June 2015

"The last place you'd expect to find a campground is in the middle of the Melbourne CBD, but here it is – stretching over a concrete roof off Level 3 of the vast Melbourne Central shopping mall. Local entrepreneur Jerome Borazio, best known for innovative bars, has ventured into accommodation by co-opting this unused space for an experiment in luxury camping – or as it's sometimes inelegantly known, 'glamping'..."

Spending a night under canvas on top of a shopping mall in the heart of Melbourne.
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Thrifty Bucks: Melbourne
Tiger Tales
, May 2015

"Melbourne is famous for its cafe scene and vibrant laneways, and Krimper combines both with its industrial-style space in a hidden alley. I order the Hot Scram, scrambled eggs blended with chilli jam, sour cream, mustard seeds and cherry tomatoes. Served in a dish on a slate board with a toasted baguette on the side, it looks great. It tastes even better, the jam giving a sweet hint to the otherwise savoury goodness. On the side is a single origin long black, the ideal wake-up call..."

Taking up the challenge to eat three good meals in Melbourne for $50.
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Art Hits the Wall
The Sun-Herald
, 15 March 2015

"High  above a sea of tags is a vast painting of a fruit bat, its head emerging from an abstract structure of green and white. Because it's so high above ground level, the fruit bat is unlikely to be painted over by other street artists; but that also means it can only be seen from this car park. That, in a nutshell, is Melbourne's famous street art scene: balanced precariously between legal and illegal, on open display but hidden from view..."

Following a walking tour exploring the vibrant street art of Melbourne, Australia.
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Six of the Best Melbourne Laneways
Traveller
, 30 January 2015

"This sloping alley set with rough bluestone paving stones is the epicentre of Melbourne's street art scene. There are always visitors huddled along here taking photos, as the walls are like a textbook featuring every sort of street art - tags, paste-ups, stencils and enormous colourful murals. The art is even more concentrated in connected Rutledge Lane, which wraps back to Hosier in a U-shape..."

Exploring the famous laneways of Melbourne, Australia.
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Get Down
RoyalAuto, December 2014

"The Melbourne CBD’s network of arcades, lane­ways and alleys has been described as a 'city within a city'. Add to that its rooftop venues, and there’s plenty to interest the visitor at ground level and above. Lesser known than these attractions are Melbourne’s underground secrets. Tucked beneath street level, often reached by anonymous-looking stairs, are shops, galleries, entertainment venues and eateries that are worth stepping into..."

Investigating attractions beneath the streets of Melbourne, Australia.
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Australia's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cultural and Natural Attractions
Traveller
, 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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Best Literary Walking Tours
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2015
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October
2014

"There’s no better way to pay tribute to your favourite author or characters than to follow in their footsteps via these entertaining tours..."

Listing ten distinctive literary walking tours in locales across the world, including the UK, USA, Sweden, Ireland, France, Romania, China, and Melbourne, Australia.

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A Treat in Store
Tiger Tales, September-October 2014

"Shopping has long been one of Melbourne’s big attractions. Since the 19th century, visitors with money to spend have found plenty to interest them in the cluster of shops both big and small at its retail heart. The opening of Emporium Melbourne, however, took this precinct to a new level. Covering six floors, this shiny mall sits within the grand facade of the 1926 Myer department store building on Lonsdale Street. The result is a distinctively 21st century shopping experience..."

Venturing within a major new shopping mall in the centre of Melbourne, Australia.
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Victoria chapter
Fodor's Travel: Australia (ed. 22)
July 2014

A comprehensive guide to the Australian state, covering attractions, accommodation, dining, nightlife, history and culture.

This book can be purchased online from Amazon.com.

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Art on Automatic in Mildura
The Sunday Age
, 30 March 2014

"I slip a coin into the slot of the shiny vending machine in the foyer of the Mildura Arts Centre. The Art-o-mat is an arresting lime green, with strips of wood veneer. The handle turns, an item drops, and I fetch a little cardboard box from the tray below. Forgive me, I'm indulging my craving - for art. The first Art-o-mat was created by American artist Clark Whittington in 1997. Now there are dozens of the repurposed cigarette machines around the world..."

Exploring the art attractions of Mildura, Australia.
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What's So Funny About Melbourne?
Tiger Tales, March-April 2014

"Over the decades, the festival has attracted the talents of a vast array of comedians, even those used to larger audiences via radio and TV. One of these is Dave O’Neil. Why does he think Melbourne is the natural home of comedy? 'It’s the weather!' he says. 'It keeps people indoors. People in Sydney are outdoors on their rollerblades in bike shorts, whereas in Melbourne you’re sometimes forced to go indoors. That’s why good music and comedy comes out of Melbourne...'"

Previewing the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
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Explore, Dine and be Merri
RoyalAuto, February 2014

"Once a no-nonsense area of light industry and postwar brick houses jostling older weatherboard stock, the north-east has blended the traditional with incoming hipsters to produce a vibrant region of live music, great coffee and reinvented cuisine. Add long-overlooked natural attractions, like the trails along Merri Creek and Darebin Creek, and you start to see why so many people are drawn to live and visit here..."

Investigating the attractions of the inner-northeast suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.
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First Time Inside - Melbourne, Australia
Inside Guides
, 27 January 2014

"As a freelance travel writer, I travel the world for a living – but I always look forward to returning to Melbourne. A great Victorian city propelled into grandeur by a mighty gold rush, Melbourne has been reinvented in the 21st century as a place powered by creativity, especially in its food and music scenes. In this guide, I’m going to take you to my favourite places in Melbourne, from alleyway cafes to innovative restaurants, visiting some cool bars and atmospheric culture along the way..."

Sharing my personal knowledge of the attractions of Melbourne, Australia.
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Shift in the Cool
The Sun-Herald
, 26 January 2014

"Under the radar, the neighbouring suburbs of Northcote and Thornbury have developed over the past few years into Melbourne's coolest new food and entertainment spots. It's here where the city's young, hip and arty types fled when inner-city 'burbs such as Fitzroy and Carlton became too expensive. The area is now a vibrant zone of music, bars, restaurants and cafes, though it remains largely undiscovered by tourists..."

Revealing the lively dining and entertainment scene in this area of Melbourne, Australia.
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Eureka! MADE in Ballarat
Get Up & Go, Spring 2013

"As I follow the curve of the wall into the darkened room, I pass little windows in which are mounted pieces of blue cloth. Bathed in soft light, it’s as if they’re holy relics. Which in a way, they are. As I round the corner I’m confronted by the Eureka Flag, behind glass and resting on an incline to catch the room’s low lighting to best effect. It really is a magnificent specimen – at a vast 4m by 2.6m, it dominates the semi-circular space..."

Visiting the new new Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) in Ballarat.
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High Society
RoyalAuto, October 2013

"For decades now, those coming to central Melbourne in search of the latest cool bar or quirky boutique have been peering down iconic, dark and sometimes dingy alleyways. The city’s laneways have become justly famous, but now the action is heading upwards to the very tops of the buildings surrounding them. Here are just a few of the many ways to enjoy rooftop Melbourne..."

Investigating attractions found on the city centre rooftops of Melbourne, Australia.
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Vibrant Victoria
Backpacker Essentials, August 2013

"This part of the year can be cold, but so what? Regional Victoria shines in the crisp cool days and nights. Victoria offers invigorating walking and cycling trails, spectacular scenery, and plenty of great locally-produced wine, beer and food..."

Detailing the attractions of five towns and cities across regional Victoria, Australia.
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Spotted by Locals: Paul Mercurio's Murray Region
The Age
, 14 June 2013

"When Paul Mercurio returns to his birthplace of Swan Hill, he feels a special connection. 'I think there’s something in you, whether it’s in your DNA or whatever,' he says. 'And local people stop and tell me stories about my dad. It does give me a sense of  place and of being centred, which is nice.' Paul’s father, Gus Mercurio, was an actor, boxer and boxing  promoter, and on Paul’s recent holiday along the Murray River with his wife, Andrea, he made a very personal discovery..."

Accompanying the actor and presenter as he returns to his home town.
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Feeling the Warmth of a Coldie
The Sun-Herald
, 9 June 2013

"An Australian walks into a South African-style bar that bears an Irish name, and is served a Mexican beer by a French waitress from near the Swiss border. It's no joke. This is the latest addition to Melbourne's popular bar scene, a vibrant alleyway spot with a memorable handle: Shebeen. This old Irish word means an illegal drinking establishment - a sly-grog shop, in Australian parlance..."

Drinking at a Melbourne bar which donates its profits to charity.
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Gourmet Getaway
The Sunday Age
, 17 March 2013

"I'm deep underground in a cellar, looking at wine lying on its side under a thick coating of dust, when a voice in my head says: 'Only drink the cheap old dusty bottles, not the shiny new expensive ones.' It's a line from the BBC sitcom Black Books, in which a hapless character mixes up instructions and downs a £7000 bottle of someone else's wine. Luckily that hilarious scene is not possible here, as the oldest bottle is a 1958 port and I'm not being left alone with it..."

Sampling the food offerings of Milawa, Victoria.
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Australia's Edgiest Arts Venues
Medical Observer, 14 September 2012

"Melbourne is renowned for its active performing arts scene, from the regular events at the city’s sprawling Arts Centre to the big-budget commercial productions within its grand 19th century theatres. However, one vibrant element of the city’s culture often missed by visitors by is its lively independent theatre scene. Across Melbourne, small venues present drama, comedy, cabaret and music..."

Exploring cutting-edge arts venues & companies in Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart & Alice Springs.
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Scratching Melbourne's Underbelly
Medical Observer, 15 June 2012

"We’re moving along the Esplanade past the choppy expanse of Port Phillip Bay on a cool grey Melbourne morning, when we hear Chopper Read speak. It’s a chilling extract of him talking lightly on the subject of cutting off toes, one of his favoured methods of persuasion in his former life of crime. It’s preceded by a snippet from the film about the notorious criminal’s life, Chopper, spoken by Eric Bana..."

Investigating the underworld history of Melbourne via an intriguing crime tour.
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Inked to the Pioneer Past
The Age, 2 June 2012

"The story of Clunes, north of Ballarat, is that of the little town that could. From a thriving gold rush settlement of 30,000 residents in the Victorian era, it had subsided to a sleepy hamlet of 1000 souls and empty shopfronts a century later. Then some forward-thinking townsfolk had an idea of how to best utilise those dusty-but-attractive shops, staging a one-day book festival in their interiors..."

Guide to the attractions of the booktown of Clunes, in Victoria, Australia.
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Sunday Lunch: Giant Steps / Innocent Bystander
The Age, 17 March 2012

"We're not in Kansas any more, baby - or at least not in the Healesville of quaint old pubs and shopfronts. Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander is housed in a lofty angular space of steel, glass and smooth mood music. Everything is open plan, with tables scattered among sofas and pot plants on a pebble-dash concrete floor next to an open kitchen. Through a glass wall, diners can see the winery operation..."

Reviewing lunch at a cellar door in Healesville, Victoria.
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High Country Loving
Epicurean, Autumn/Winter 2012

"In a sense, Power’s Lookout embodies all the attractions of the High Country, in Victoria’s northeast: its nature-based activities, history, and great food and wine. The lofty view reveals the outdoor allure of the region, the bushranging connection is a reminder of its colourful history, and the glimpse of the fertile land below is a tempting entree to the region’s great produce..."

Profiling the attractions of the High Country region of Victoria, Australia.

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Sunday Lunch: Telegraph Hotel
The Age, 3 March 2012

"If there was ever an unlikely spot for a Sunday lunch, it’s this quiet corner of Geelong West. As Narrelle and I walk from North Geelong Station, we pass light industrial sites and faded weatherboard houses. Suddenly here’s the Telegraph Hotel, with its late-Deco lines. Within, it’s a big airy space with dark timber furniture, tiled walls, and a wood-panelled bar..."

Reviewing lunch at a pub in the suburbs of Geelong, Victoria.
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A Pint of Ned's Finest, Please
The Age, 18 February 2012

"Beyond having a drink in the sort of towns you'd never spot from the Hume Freeway, tour members learn about the historic and social nature of these watering holes. 'No poker machines, no TAB and most of them are over 100 years old,' McPherson says. 'In these little places they're the centre of town - if you want to know something, you go to the pub.'"

Taking part in a tour of country pubs from Yarrawonga, Victoria.
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Beachside Bliss
Air Mail, Summer 2011
(Air Australia inflight magazine)

"'All the world’s a stage,' wrote William Shakespeare, but he might as well have said 'All the world’s a beach.' Through Asia, Australia and the Pacific there are beaches of every type, hosting every attraction. Whether you’re after a rest, a meal, a party or a spot of retail action, there’s a sandy shore out there for you. Here’s a selection of the best..."

Detailing a number of fine beaches, including one in Victoria.
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Stone the Crows
The Age, 26 November 2011

"I've only recently watched the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes, so I'm understandably unnerved to discover a giant bust of a chimpanzee in bushland on the edge of Melbourne's suburban sprawl. A minute before, I was strolling across neat lawns behind the McClelland Gallery, admiring a gold-faced statue of Dame Joan Sutherland. Now I'm following a narrow track through native trees and things have taken a more primal turn..."

Investigating a sculpture park on the outskirts of Melbourne, Victoria.
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A Building Reputation
The Age, 29 October 2011

"The star exhibit of this Depression-busting style was the Manchester Unity Building, which gave much-needed work to labourers as it was swiftly constructed in 1932. Within its foyer there's a collection of grand ornamentation; one frieze depicts an Aboriginal man carving a canoe while being watched by a kangaroo..."

Following an art deco walking tour in the centre of Melbourne, Victoria.
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The Art of Standing Still
The Age, 15 October 2011

"Suddenly the machine opens up and I have a rush of freedom as I zip around the open space, becoming ever more confident over the rougher patches of ground. My comeuppance happens in the next zone we traverse, a beautiful wetlands area of ponds and gum trees, in which the tour's designers have inserted some mild hazards - log bridges, minor obstacles and small hills..."

Learbing how to ride a Segway at a winery in the Yarra Valley, Victoria.
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Sunday Lunch: Vue Grand
The Age, 24 September 2011

"I've often wondered if the good 19th-century burghers of Queenscliff made a deal with some nether spirit for their town to remain untouched by the march of progress. The Grand Dining Room of the Vue Grand hotel is one of the town's many survivors from the past, looking jaunty in its reinstated Victorian-era colours of pale blue and yellow..."

Having lunch in the Grand Dining Room of this hotel in Queenscliff, Victoria.
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Sunday Lunch: Pizza Verde
The Age, 14 May 2011

"Pizza Verde, on Kyneton's foodie strip Piper Street, is a welcoming destination on a cool but sunny Sunday. Narrelle and I step through its doors to find a large, split-level space packed with retro laminex-topped kitchen tables. There are no fine-dining hushed tones here, more the friendly buzz of groups who flood in at 1pm for the Sunday lunch ritual..."

Having lunch in the Grand Dining Room of this hotel in Queenscliff, Victoria.
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Chapter and Verse
The Age, 7 May 2011

"The poem, set after the arcade closes at night, has a bunch of ornaments breaking out of fashion boutique Corky St Clair and running the length of the underpass. It's an amusing poetic romp, a light-hearted urban fairytale that provokes chuckles at the antics of the newly animated objects and their very Melbourne artiness..."

Following a downloadable DIY poetry tour through downtown Melbourne, Victoria.
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Travel Smart: Top Travel Apps
Discover, Autumn 2011

"This US publisher offers apps covering specialised topics for destinations around the world. my own app, Melbourne Historical, is one of its australian guides; its ‘offbeat’ section includes such oddities as the 19th century urinals on Flinders Lane..."

Overview of eight useful iPhone apps for the tech-equipped traveller.
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On the Creative Trail
The Age, 19 March 2011

"'Hal's Wigs, Merrylight Wigs, Di'Napoli Men's Hair Pieces,' I murmur, reading the labels on a column of cardboard boxes that reaches from floor to ceiling. Each title is stencilled in an old-fashioned font that suggests a commercial enterprise of the 1950s or '60s. I catch myself reaching up to check the status of my own hairline, as the artist might have expected me to do..."

Joining an art gallery walking tour through the centre of Melbourne, Victoria.
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Reading the Leaves
The Age, 5 March 2011

"I get the feeling long-term Sassafras resident Brian Storrie is in two minds about the transformation of his Dandenong Ranges town into a full-blown tourist destination. 'Up here at weekends it's a rat race, so I just hide,' he says, before adding that the place is much quieter during the week. 'It's got a village atmosphere and you get to know the people. It's not like living in the suburbs, where you don't seem to know anybody.'"

Outlining the sights and accommodation options of Sassafras, Victoria.
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Making a Scene
Virgin Blue Voyeur, March 2011

"There are many big events on the Melbourne calendar, so much so that it has become an attraction itself. In March you can choose between (or combine) the Grand Prix, the Fashion Festival, the Food and Wine Festival, the Queer Film Festival, the International Comedy Festival, the International Flower and Garden Show, and the decades-old Moomba Festival. However, one exciting element of the city’s cultural offerings that often eludes visitors is its vibrant independent theatre scene..."

Discovering the gems of Melbourne's thriving independent theatre scene.
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Funny Bones
Jetstar Magazine, March 2011

"'Nothing succeeds like success,' goes the old saying, and it could well work as the
motto for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Since its inception in 1987, the festival has become one of Australia’s biggest arts events - with over 400,000 tickets sold last year. Now the Comedy Festival is turning 25. What accounts for its extraordinary success?"

Revealing the highlights of the 25th Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
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Rural Blessings
The Age, 5 February 2011

"I'm sitting outside a bakery on Woodend's main drag, eating an award-winning sausage roll, to be followed by an award-winning vanilla slice, while soaking up the award-worthy autumn sunshine. Gazing along High Street and its numerous shops, fairly free of chain stores, I can sense why this has become such a popular destination for tree-changers."

Detailing the accommodation and attractions of Woodend, Victoria.
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Up, Up and Away
Jetstar Magazine, February 2011

"When they nudged their flimsy aircraft into the air near Kitty Hawk on 17 December 1903 to make the first-ever powered flight, Wilbur and Orville Wright couldn’t have known how quickly their invention would develop. Over a century later, commemorations of milestones in aviation history have been coming thick and fast..."

Previewing the attractions of this year's Australian International Airshow.
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Sunday Lunch: Perfect Drop
The Age, 29 January 2011

"Stepping through a door surrounded by leadlight windows into a room of polished timber floorboards and old fireplaces, there's an impression of being a guest in someone's home as we select a table at Daylesford's Perfect Drop..."

Reviewing the food and drink delights of this restaurant in Daylesford, Victoria.
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Sparkle and Shine
The Age, 22 January 2011

"Within hours of arriving in Castlemaine, I've spotted Persian feta on a cafe menu, wandered through chichi boutiques within an old hotel building and admired the authentic French antiques in my accommodation. Is it my imagination or is the practical old gold-rush town becoming a bit glamorous?"

Presenting a guide to the attractions and accommodation of Castlemaine, Victoria.
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High on Flavour
Virgin Blue Voyeur, January 2011

"Goat's cheese, Italian-style wines and fine dining restaurants are synonymous with the High Country region of northeast Victoria. It’s hard to imagine what the poor Irish farmers who worked on smallholdings here in the 19th century would have made of this modern plenty. Or, for that matter, what their bushranger hero Ned Kelly would say about it all..."

Hitting the gourmet trail through the High Country of northeastern Victoria.
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Best Vampire Spotting Locales &
Top Ten Historical Re-enactments
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2011
, November 2010

Two lists of distinctive travel experiences in locales across the world (including two in Victoria, Australia).

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Flashpack Chic
Medical Observer, 17 September 2010

"This flashpackers’ hostel is located on the edge of the established backpackers’ paradise of St Kilda, with easy tram access into the central city. It’s within walking distance of the popular Acland Street dining strip, with its Central European cake shops. The hostel also offers a number of regular free events, including pancake mornings, evening barbecues, and walking tours of the Melbourne CBD."

Detailing upmarket 'flashpacker' hostels across Australia and New Zealand.
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Tales in the City
The Sun-Herald, 22 August 2010

"Why is Melbourne such a readers’ paradise? It might be something to do with the weather. As summer fades and balmy autumn nights signal the shift toward chilly winter, there’s nothing more comforting than the thought of settling down with a book next to a log fire in a St Kilda cafe. Here are five of the city centre’s best booksellers."

Visiting and rating the bookshops of Melbourne's city centre.
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Of Wineries and Horses
The Age, 24 October 2009

"In February, as Victoria’s bushfires reached the edge of Yarra Glen, the small Yarra Valley town was apparently nearing its darkest hour. It survived, but the smoke seemed to linger for a while as visitors avoided the region out of respect, while the locals rebuilt. When I ask the co-owner of Mandala Wines, Charles Smedley, if Yarra Glen has a strong sense of community, he nods an affirmative. ‘What happened through the fires enhanced it, if anything,’ he says."

A guide to the town of Yarra Glen, in the Yarra Valley east of Melbourne.
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Street Smart
Medical Observer, 16 October 2009

"This focal point seems the right place to begin an exploration of Melbourne’s renowned alleyways and laneways. Over the last decade these once-neglected sidestreets have become populated with bars, cafes, restaurants, music spots and art galleries. Today I’m taking a trip from the macro world of sprawling Flinders Street Station to the attractive micro world of Melbourne’s alleys."

Wandering the vibrant alleys and laneways in the heart of Melbourne.
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Down by the Waterfront
Jetstar Magazine, September 2009

"I’m having coffee with an enthusiastic man from the 19th century. At least, it looks that way. Tour guide Colin Mockett is dressed in a black top hat, bright red cravat and riding boots, and looks like nothing less than a wealthy Victorian gentleman out on the town. Geelong was certainly rich in those days; and the symbol of its 21st century renewal is its once decaying waterfront, now restored to vitality."

A survey of the attractions arrayed along Geelong's vibrant waterfront.
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Crafty Escape
The Age, 20 June 2009

"Where to next? I’m standing high on a slope, and the walking track I’ve been following is blocked by fallen trees. This sort of thing happens every time I visit Olinda. Having left the concrete jungle, I get excited by the prospect of bushwalking, neglect to obtain a proper map and end up on a walk that’s more difficult than I’d expected. But the good thing about this national park is that you’re never far from a craft shop."

A guide to the town of Olinda, in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne.
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The Grape Escape
Medical Observer, 1 May 2009

"I’m fortunate to arrive at the lake as the sun is about to set. There’s no traffic on the water this time of day, so its surface is almost still, rippling slightly as a cool breeze blows into the town. Aside from a few pink-tinged clouds, there’s a clear sky, and as it fills with the orange glow of the disappearing sun I feel myself starting to relax."

Enjoying the wineries and natural attractions of Nagambie, Victoria.
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Aerial Antics
Jetstar Magazine, February 2009

"From the dawn of powered air travel in 1903, people have been enthralled by aircraft and their pilots. Whether it's because air travel still seems miraculous, or simply because an aircraft aloft is an impressive sight, we're drawn to the sight of what a movie once called 'those magnificent men in their flying machines'."

Taking to the skies to cover the Avalon Airshow in Victoria, Australia. 
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Still in a League of Their Own
The Age, 6 January 2009

"The 1880s were the glory days of Marvellous Melbourne - the city was booming, the British Empire was at its mightiest, Queen Victoria was approaching her Golden Jubilee and it was time to create a body devoted to the most famous English writer of all time..."

Discovering the secrets behind Melbourne's oldest societies.
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Things That Go Bump in the Night
Jetstar Magazine, October 2008

"Dressed in a black robe and hat, Sinton cuts a startling figure seemingly from a bygone age. He’s standing on the steps of a Gothic monument to colonial pioneers in the chilly darkness, as some bats pass theatrically above his head. 'The State Library is the most haunted building in Melbourne,' pronounces Sinton as we continue the walk."

Delving into the paranormal via ghost tours across Australia. 
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Kelly Country
Medical Observer, 26 September 2008

"Right at the end of Kelly Street is a tumbledown timber house built by Ned’s dad, 'Red' Kelly. Ned’s childhood home is derelict, but I feel warmly toward it, thinking of the brave young boy growing up here; admiring his dad, loving his mother. His life is an undeniably fascinating story, but I keep coming back to the same question: was he hero or villain?"

A journey through Victoria's High Country in search of the spirit of Ned Kelly.
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A Growing Passion
Jetstar Magazine, June 2008

"“Everybody said ‘You can’t do it in Australia’,” recalls David Baker, owner of the Bakery Hill Distillery. But such negativity only made Baker more determined. Evoking the spirit of the 1854 Eureka Stockade uprising in the Victorian goldfields, he swore to uphold his right... to make Aussie whisky. Which explains the crossed pick and shovel on the label of each bottle, as well as the distillery’s name."

Revealing the artisan distillers of Australia, from rum makers to sake brewers. 
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It's Terminal, But It's All Good News
The Age, 15 January 2008

"All good things must come to an end, as the saying goes, and even Melbourne’s much-loved trams run out of track eventually. But that needn’t be the end of the journey. Near the scattered tram termini, there are interesting attractions worth hanging on to the end of the line for - sometimes humble, sometimes intriguing, and sometimes picturesque."

A profile of attractions near the termini of Melbourne's tram lines.
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Going off the Rails
The Age, 9 January 2008

"It must be some sort of record – this privately-owned railway closed after running just one train in 1888. Ross’ dream was to build a sugar beet factory on the edge of the city, with a dedicated railway to transport the resultant sugar to its eager sweet-toothed inhabitants. However, the project was a white elephant from the moment construction began in 1883."

Traces the walking trails along former railways in and around Melbourne.
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Bar Culture Looks to the East
The Age, 9 April 2007

"When Indiana Jones grabbed the golden idol out of that lost temple back in 1981, young Andre Bishop mistakenly thought it was fashioned in the shape of a monkey. Decades later, Bishop helped preside over the opening of Golden Monkey. 'I just imagined the sort of Shanghai bar that Indiana Jones would walk into, meeting some dodgy antique dealer.' And it’s not the only city bar with an Asian theme..."

Profile of five cool inner-city bars with an Asian theme.
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Then Why Are You Still Thirsty?
The Age, 11 January 2007

"The only question that occurs to visitors in this oh-so-cool Fitzroy bar is 'Am I cool enough?' There’s a certain studied nonchalance about the regular clientele that perfectly matches the dressed-down loungey aesthetic..."

A journey through Melbourne's vibrant bar scene, from grunge venues to glam premises.
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Melbourne by Turns
Australian Traveller, December 2006

"How often do we stick to the prescribed list of attractions in the guidebook, ticking them off while more interesting unplanned experiences wait just around the corner? Starting from Flinders Street Station, I’m going to take each successive left turn, then right turn, down streets and arcades, until I can go no further. Or decide to cheat, as long as it makes the experience more interesting."

Exploring central Melbourne via an experimental travel technique.
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Melbourne Trainspotting (Minus  Trains)
Australian Traveller, December 2005

"What if you’ve been to Melbourne a million times and have 'done' all the tourist sights? Here’s a different approach: trainspotting without the trains. A number of railway reserves, remnants of unsuccessful rail lines, have been turned into routes for walking, cycling and riding. These 'rail trails' pass through attractive greenery or by interesting architecture, and allow a certain amount of stickybeaking into back yards along the way."

An investigation of four walking trails along former railway lines, in and near the city.
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From Tattoos to Tanks
Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October 2005

"Melbourne has a Tank Museum on the edges of its suburban sprawl. We’re not talking about corrugated iron water receptacles here. Rows of tanks, artillery pieces and heavy vehicles lie undercover, tended by John Belfield, a wiry 72 year old who has been collecting tanks for five decades. Belfield’s wife, Pat, is obviously supportive of the museum, though she does say: 'I sometimes wish it was stamp collecting'."

Ranges through the world's oddest museums, exhibiting everything from sulphur to Spam.
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A Breath of Fresh Air
Medical Observer, 30 September 2005

"Although I'm concentrating on where my feet are, avoiding muddy patches and keeping to the track, I can't ignore the forest around me. It's dense and green, but with dramatic shadings of light and dark, so that it seems comforting rather than oppressive. And when I pick my way up a difficult slope and find myself on a small wooden bridge over a creek trickling its way down the hillside, I feel like I'm at the top of the world."

Escaping from the big city, into the leafy Dandenong ranges east of Melbourne.
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Gold, Rebellion and the Cry for Freedom
Medical Observer, 4 March 2005

"Ballarat is that exceptional thing: a regional location whose main attractions are historic rather than natural. The city is haunted by the ghosts of colonial Victoria, and its story is showcased in original, interesting ways. If you’ve ever felt you should know more about Australian history, this is the place to spark your interest."

A look at the attractions and tumultous gold rush history of Ballarat, Victoria.
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Raising the Bar
Qantas Magazine, October 2004

"Melbourne was once known as a city of conservative morals, early closing hours, and uninviting, rainswept streets. But times change. Those streets now lead to alleyways lined with fashionable boutiques, cool cafes and cutting-edge bars: quietly fashionable, architecturally quirky and deliberately off the map."

An exploration of Melbourne's vibrant alleyway bar scene, with short reviews of several bars.
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Melbourne Confidential
Herald Sun, 21 August 2004

"In the shadow of these structures lie a number of hidden treasures. Some are historical curiosities, others the forgotten debris of the past. These forgotten gems are reminders of the city’s eternal diversity, and the way it piles up new examples of the present without ever quite clearing away its history. Here are ten places to get you looking at Melbourne in a different light."

Investigation of ten little known places of interest in Melbourne. 
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Unnatural History
Melbourne Magazine, August 2004

"Every museum has it. No matter how dusty the displays, how misspelled the cardboard labels, there's at least one unexpected item which makes you say 'cool'. A look through the specialist museums of Melbourne doesn’t disappoint. Each confirms this city's story is as complex as its people; just when you think you know it all, Marvellous Melbourne springs another surprise."

A look at a range of lesser-known Melbourne museums, including the Tank Museum and Chinese Museum. 
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