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See Breathtaking Bruny by Boat

Toby can’t believe it. This nine-year-old rollercoaster and Wet’N’Wild aficionado is dumbstruck as our fast, custom-built open boat roars out of Adventure Bay on Bruny Island. … Continue Reading

The Ghan – a historic train journey more than century in the making

It was nearly 90 years ago when the first ‘Ghan’ railway service set out from Adelaide bound for Alice Springs. The construction of a complete line all the way to Darwin was one of the earliest dreams of the fledgling colony of South Australia soon after its establishment by free settlers in 1836. … Continue Reading

JOHN ROZENTALS finds plenty to like about the Italian culinary influences in Griffith and Leeton.

It’s quite appropriate that one of the main highways linking Canberra with the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area is named the Burley Griffin Way after the renowned American-born architect who is probably best known for having designed the Australian capital. … Continue Reading

JOHN ROZENTALS has some sage advice for lovers of good food and wine … save some time and space for Angullong’s splendid lunch among the vines.

Angullong Wines has a beautifully appointed and admirably located cellar-door/shopfront in the charming Central-Western NSW village of Millthorpe, not far outside Orange. … Continue Reading

Grand old ladies restored with style and attitude

Brisbane’s Osbourne Hotel and Spicers Balfour are both steeped in history but these days as Helen Flanagan discovered, everything old might be new again yet totally different. … Continue Reading

Travel Secrets – A Week in BALI

Often referred to as the Island of the gods, Bali’s neighbours are Java to the west and Lombok to the east. It’s a tropical paradise of unsurpassed beauty. … Continue Reading

I do like to be aboard the Seaside

Cruise expert, Roderick Eime, travels to Miami to inspect one of the newest and largest cruise ships in the world. The MSC Seaside has certainly set tongues wagging. … Continue Reading

Brisbane to Townsville – Len and Phensri Rutledge take the long way

It seemed crazy driving 750 kilometres west from Brisbane before turning north but small outback towns, some man-made icons and friends on a cattle property all contributed to the choice. Six days later we arrived in coastal Townsville enriched greatly by the experience. … Continue Reading

JOHN ROZENTALS finds a half a dozen great things to do in the Central-Western NSW town of Parkes. And apologies right now. He simply had to include the Elvis Festival.

1) Gawk at the Dish

Parkes has had The Dish — aka the Parkes Radio Telescope or the Parkes Observatory — for very nearly 60 years and it’s certainly true that it played a crucial role in covering the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. … Continue Reading

Samuel and Alfred were totally unaware as our zodiac drifted slowly towards them.

They had more important things to do – like catching as many salmon as they could eat. … Continue Reading

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