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Ten Most Recently Published

13 things to know before going to Melbourne
Lonely Planet, 29 November 2023

"I've lived in Melbourne for over 25 years, so I can confirm the first thing everyone will tell you about Australia’s second-largest city: the weather is variable. It’s not quite the 'four seasons in one day' that inspired the 1992 Crowded House song of that title, but the weather gods certainly spring surprises over the average Melbourne week. But guess what? That unreliable weather is partly why the city is so good at indoor pursuits, including offering up some of Australia’s best cafes, bars, restaurants, live music, theater, art galleries and shopping..."

Revealing quirks and secrets associated with Melbourne, Australia

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Why Melbourne is one of Australia’s most family-friendly destinations
Lonely Planet, 28 November 2023

"Although it’s perhaps best known for its grown-up pleasures – including bars and live music – Melbourne is just as welcoming for families. As a relatively young city (the median age is around 37), kids are very much a welcome part of the social sphere. You’re never far from a family-friendly museum, a well-planned park or playground, or a cafe serving up kid-friendly babyccinos and toasties. From exciting wildlife encounters to active adventures, there’s something suitable for caregivers and kids of all ages..."

Detailing attractions of appeal to kids and families in Melbourne, Australia

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Sleeper trains are making a comeback. Why are ours being axed?
Traveller, 27 November 2023

"Come with me on a magical journey between Sydney and Melbourne. No, not via the airport… but starting at Sydney’s Central Station, aboard a newly refurbished all-sleeper night train. I’ve already checked in and spent time relaxing in the comfortable new lounge dedicated to sleeper passengers: enjoying a complimentary drink and using the Wi-Fi. Now, after stepping on board, I use a keycard to open my compartment, shove my backpack in the storage space, then head for the bar..."

Imagining what sleeper trains could be like, as they face cancellation between Sydney and Melbourne, Australia

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As bad as the Titanic: The cruise ship disaster the world forgot
Traveller, 24 November 2023

"It was a night to remember – but strangely, no one seems to remember it. On May 29, 1914, the ocean liner Empress of Ireland was steaming along the St Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada, when unexpected thick fog descended and it collided with a Norwegian coal ship. It was a disaster reminiscent of the collision of the RMS Titanic with an iceberg just two years earlier, but with a major difference: while the Titanic took over two hours to sink, the Empress of Ireland went under in just 14 minutes. With more than 1000 fatalities, it was a huge disaster – but hardly anyone has heard of it today..."

Learning about a strangely forgotten disaster at a maritime museum in Quebec, Canada

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10 tips for seeing the best of Melbourne on a budget
Lonely Planet, 23 November 2023

"With its thriving laneway restaurants, cool coffee culture and lively arts and sports scene, Melbourne is one of the most popular urban destinations for visitors to Australia. Unfortunately, it’s not a cheap city to visit by international standards. Accommodation is pricey across the board and gets higher the closer you get to the city’s center. The food scene presents a happier prospect for the budget traveler. Melbourne is one of the world’s great food cities with a dazzling array of options..."

Giving tips on affordable travel experiences in Melbourne, Australia

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The ultimate guide to getting around Melbourne
Lonely Planet, 22 November 2023

"As a progressive metropolis that regularly tops rankings of the world’s most livable cities, you might expect Melbourne to be a breeze to navigate – and you wouldn’t be wrong. Although Greater Melbourne is a sprawl that can take hours to cross without a car, most major attractions are concentrated in the city center and its surrounding neighborhoods. This part of the city is well-serviced by public transportation, including the world’s longest tram network..."

Exploring the wide range of transport options in Melbourne, Australia

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When is the best time to visit Melbourne?
Lonely Planet, 20 November 2023

"Though its visitor numbers ebb and flow, Melbourne is a great city to visit any time of year. With cooler weather than more northerly Australian favorites such as Sydney and Brisbane, this cosmopolitan city is renowned for its indoor cultural attractions – including dining, bars, theater, live music and shopping – which can be enjoyed at any temperature. The same 'anytime' rule applies to Melbourne’s role as the nation’s sporting capital – cricket and tennis are the key summer drawcards, and Australian Rules football has a huge following in winter..."

Discussing the highlights of each season in Melbourne, Australia

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Best moments in travel 2023 (four items)
Traveller, 19 November 2023

"Great British novelist PG Wodehouse once described 'a look of furtive shame, the shifty hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to speak French.' That moment has arrived as I sit in Bistrot Jutard, slightly short of breath after a hilly climb from a Metro station in the non-touristy Croix-Rousse district of Lyon. But my linguistically mangled order is successful, and my waiter shortly delivers an impressive croque-monsieur au jambon à la truffe. Sometimes a meal doesn't have to be elaborate to be perfect..."

Describing four perfect moments: three in Europe (regarding food in Lisbon and Lyon, and a fast train in Italy), and one aboard a train in Queensland, Australia

[Read the Europe items here, and the Australia item here]

7 of the best beaches in Melbourne
Lonely Planet, 17 November 2023

"Melbourne probably isn’t the first city that springs to mind when thinking about Australia’s famous beaches. However, the city is wrapped around vast Port Phillip Bay, which means there are plenty of beaches within easy reach of its bayside suburbs. Often accessible via public transit, these pleasant stretches of sand are sheltered, with minimal wave action and perfect for a relaxed dip. And being Melbourne, there’s sure to be a good cafe or bar nearby when you’re finished with the bay views..."

Revealing the best sandy stretches of coastline within Melbourne, Australia

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All aboard
Paradise, November 2023

"Glancing up from my seat aboard the Spirit of Queensland, I can see history through the windows. Landsborough Station is a classic timber railway station, and beyond it is a lovely old pub. Nearby is a neat row of Queenslanders, the traditional colonial-era houses that stand on stumps above termites and floodwater. Inside this train, however, it’s the future. For the Spirit of Queensland is not your old-fashioned sleeper train with separate compartments and bunk beds..."

Taking the Spirit of Queensland sleeper train all the way north from Brisbane to Cairns in Queensland, Australia

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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 a writer of travel books for Lonely Planet.

I'm available to write on any subject, and also undertake business writing jobs such as proofreading, editing and copywriting.

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