Tasmanian adventure, part one

Let me start by saying that this five day trip to Tasmania ranks up there amongst my best ever travel experiences. It comprises so many elements that interest me including design, art and architecture, food, nature and hiking; plus, at both destinations,…

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VIVID Sydney, 2018

Vivid Sydney is on again with a spectacular light show throughout the city and along the harbour foreshore. To mark Vivid’s 10th anniversary, artist Jonathan Zawada has put his own colourful stamp on the Sydney Opera House. Check out VividSydney for a…

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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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Vivid Sydney, 2017

Vivid Sydney is on again with a spectacular light show throughout the city and along the harbour foreshore. The highlight for me this year was the ‘Lighting of the Sails’ by Audio Creatures. Using the Sydney Opera House as…

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Modern art, Salzburg

The Austrian city of Salzburg is famous as the birthplace of classical composer Mozart in 1756. In modern times, Salzburg demonstrates its ongoing commitment to the arts with the Salzburg Foundation supporting major sculptural installations around the…

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The Skippy Girls, Redfern

Walking along Wilson Street, you find the famed Redfern ‘Skippy Girls’ series, a charming street art project by Rosie that runs on eastern side of the wonderful Eveleigh Markets. The artist painted these childlike illustrations directly…

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Vivid Sydney, 2015

Vivid Sydney is now into its seventh year and continues to be a remarkable showcase of the artistic use of light. Running until June 8, hundreds-of-thousands of Sydney-siders turn out to see the varying installations. As per last year, the focal points…

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MONA, Tasmania

David Walsh’s MONA, situated on the bank of Hobart’s Derwent River, really does live up to the hype. Impressive on a global level, MONA has brought serious clout to Tasmania’s cultural and crafts scene. With views across the river to…

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NSW Art Gallery

The NSW Art Gallery is always a pleasure to visit. Home to pieces by one of my favourite Australian painters (Jeffery Smart  1921 – 2013), the pictures are part of the permanent collection. The paintings featured…

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