Star Ferry, Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry is one of those rare functional aspects of a city that also becomes an attraction in its own right. Similar to the Sydney Ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, the Star…

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Guide to Canberra

Canberra, Australia’s capital city, is often derided due to its relative blandness and public service sector dominance. However, in recent years, Canberra has been coming of age with urban precincts like Braddon, New Acton and…

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San Franciso, California

San Francisco is well known for its trolley cars, hilly streets and proximity to Silicon Valley. The third most expensive city in the United States is an interesting place to visit. The contrast between the…

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Venice Beach, Los Angeles

Venice Beach is known for its bohemian spirit, street performers and colorful murals. In addition, there is a boardwalk which stretches about one and a half miles to Santa Monica, a skate park and the muscle beach outdoor…

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Lake Daylesford

Daylesford is my absolute favourite Australian country town. It has everything I look for in a weekend escape destination with quality food, interesting independent retail and a variety of activities in which to partake; you…

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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Gardens by the Bay on Marina Bay foreshore, is one of Singapore finest attractions and my favourite part of the city. It is the technical achievement of building a garden on 101 hectares of reclaimed…

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Three days in Perth

Firstly, I must admit to having held a bit of a grudge against Perth for the past twenty years or so. Going to university in Perth in the late-80’s, early-90’s, I could not wait to…

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Routeburn Track, New Zealand

The Routeburn Track, situated on the south island of New Zealand, is a 32 km or 2-4 day track winding through beech-forested valleys, alongside pristine green rivers and snow covered mountains. The route takes you…

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Guide to a week in Tokyo

Japan is almost endlessly fascinating as so little of what you experience being familiar. The Japanese have a different approach that is evident in all your small interactions. From the service culture you experience daily…

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Himeji Castle, Japan

Himeji Castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture. It comprises a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. Dating back to 1333 when Akamatsu Norimura…

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