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See the Art of Fremantle Prison
Tiger Tales
, February-March 2017

"'Art is an interesting thing inside a prison,' says guide Janine Della Bosca. 'Is the prison supposed to be punishing you or rehabilitating you? There’s a tension between the two when it comes to art.' That tension was never greater than in the early 1990s, when Fremantle Prison was about to close. But a glimmer of light broke through into the dark, cramped cells in those final days..."

Joining a tour of art created by inmates at the former Fremantle Prison, in Western Australia.
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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 train.
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Go Beachcombing in Bunbury
Tiger Tales, March-April 2014

"When people talk of the magnificent beaches of Western Australia’s south-west, Bunbury isn’t usually high on the list. But this busy port city is wedged between ocean and estuary and is home to plenty of fine recreational waterfront. Add to this a revitalised food scene and you have a beach destination that’s well worth a look..."

Highlighting top beaches in and around this regional city in Western Australia.
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Layers of a City
The Sunday Age, 18 March 2012

"It’s amazing how far a fib can get you. When Swan River Colony founder James Stirling wanted to people his new settlement, he told some big white lies about its fertile farmland and perfectly comfortable climate. The reality, at least at first, was somewhat different. Or so says Ryan Mossny, the energetic young Canadian who leads the daily Urban Adventure Tour of the Perth CBD..."

Joining a revealing walking tour through the city centre of Perth, Australia.
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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 three in Western Australia.
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Flashpack Chic
Medical Observer, 17 September 2010

"There’s no reason why flashpacking should only be an urban experience. This accommodation is located within Monkey Mia on Shark Bay, a place famous for its human-dolphin interaction. A subset of the larger Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, Dolphin Lodge is a good compromise for people avoiding the expense of resort life, as it offers affordable accommodation which allows for self-catering."

Detailing upmarket 'flashpacker' hostels across Australia and New Zealand.
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Freo by the Book
The Sunday Age, 25 April 2010

"Beyond the revelry, Fremantle has always attracted writers. From big-name bestsellers like Tim Winton to Miles Franklin Award winners such as Xavier Herbert, there’s apparently something about the narrow streets and salt air that sparks creativity. 'It has its own culture, its own feel,' says Silvey. 'It feels a little bit spiritual, and it's a really vibrant, caring community. Artists tend to cluster around these sort of places.'"

Strolling along the Writers Walk in Fremantle, Western Australia.
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For Those About to Rock
The Age, 16 January 2010

"Morgan takes us past landmarks illustrating his life in Freo: his primary school; the former Caledonian Hall where he learned to play the bagpipes; and the old Fremantle Prison which he once passed through en route to a juvenile correctional institution. So he was a bit of a bad boy, and he famously liked the ladies. 'His Mum still lives in a nearby suburb,' says Morgan. 'She was the only woman in Perth that he didn't sleep with.'"

Seeing Fremantle, Western Australia through the eyes of AC/DC's Bon Scott. Available for republication (print only).
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Fremantle Concocters
Herald Sun, 17 April 2009

"The combination of the narrow roadway, the al fresco seating, and the heritage facades with their first floor balconies, makes for an intensely atmospheric street - particularly on a sunny afternoon when the Fremantle Doctor, the dependable daily sea breeze, is blowing off the Indian Ocean. But coffee isn’t the beverage I’m seeking today."

A journey through the microbreweries of Fremantle, Western Australia.
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Things That Go Bump in the Night
Jetstar Magazine, October 2008

"Sharyn McCaskey leads the Torchlight Tour of Fremantle Prison in Western Australia, and shares numerous ghost stories as she leads visitors through the convict-built facility. 'He’s a big burly man,' she says of a prisoner who came back as a surprisingly solid spectre. 'He walks up to ex-prison officer guides and says 'Excuse me boss, can you tell me where everybody is?''"

Delving into the paranormal via ghost tours across Australia. 
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Fremantle's Secrets Unlocked
Medical Observer, 12 September 2008

"Suddenly, we’re all amazed to see a dolphin appear. Transfixed, we watch as it turns, dives then reappears even closer, its body visible through crystal clear water between patches of seaweed. It’s the crowning moment of an superbly relaxing stay on Rottnest Island. Even better, I realise... it’s a Monday. How good is that?"

Relating the attractions of Fremantle and Rottnest Island in Western Australia.
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Boutique Breweries
Jetstar Magazine, September 2008

"Why do people get so passionate about creating boutique beers? 'Because it just tastes so good,' laughs Clancy’s Fish Pub manager Jane Dickson. 'It’s an ever-evolving thing. It’s your personal opinion and no one can say you’re wrong.'"

I investigate the numerous microbreweries of Fremantle, Western Australia. 
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A Growing Passion
Jetstar Magazine, June 2008

"Which brings me to the spectacularly-named Spike Dessert, owner of The Hoochery. 'I was on a business trip to Adelaide, and went out of the city to visit all the little wineries,' he recalls. 'I thought ‘Gee, that looks like a great thing! We’ll have a cellar door winery in Kununurra!’ But it took me a couple of hours or so to realise we didn’t have any grapes. So we decided we’d make a cellar door distillery instead.'"

Revealing the artisan distillers of Australia, from rum makers to sake brewers. 
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A Corner of Paradise
The Sunday Age, 20 February 2005

"It’s not your typical country town. Sure, there’s an old-fashioned petrol station in the main street, an imposing pub and a riverside park maintained by a service club. But as Margaret River becomes ever more popular with the city dwellers of Perth and their interstate cousins, its streets are lined with classy restaurants and shops selling every kind of indulgence."

Profile of the Margaret River region of Western Australia, with a focus on its indulgences. 
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Bottling It Up
Qantas Magazine, October 2004

"Dolphins are the environmental flag-bearers of our times. As a symbol of our relationship with nature, they’re popular with everyone from new agers to suburban grandmothers. Bunbury isn’t notable for its tourist attractions, acting more as a gateway for favoured destinations further south. However, the sheltered waters of Koombana Bay offer a dolphin experience unique to the south-west of the state."

Swimming among the dolphins off the coast of Bunbury, Western Australia.
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Capel's Interesting Diversions
The West Australian, 29 May 2004

"'Not just a one horse town'. That’s what the local business directory says about Capel, in the south-west of Western Australia. But at first glance, you’d be doubtful. The one horse is in fact Rogan Josh, winner of the 1999 Melbourne Cup. He lives in a paddock on the main street next to the local pub, with a big sign pointing out his identity.Capel may not have many famous locals, but it knows how to look after them."

Profile of a lesser-visited small town in southwest Western Australia.
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