My 5 favourite things about Notting Hill Carnival


Apart from Christmas, the August bank holiday weekend is the time I most hanker for home. Not for the sunshine-filled evenings spent drinking beer outside one of Soho’s many fine drinking establishments, or for long languid days sprawled on the … Continue reading

How adventurous are you with food on your travels?

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My appetite is not small. Hence I have no qualms about delving into the local culture while overseas by shovelling generous portions of the national cuisine in my eagerly salivating mouth. But, although I have been known to step out of … Continue reading

Street art spices up Penang’s historic George Town


Each Saturday night, the grey cobble stones of Armenian Street in Penang’s George Town heave with market-goers of all ages as colourful market stalls unfurl along its length selling everything from beaded earrings to pungent durian ices. The jumble of … Continue reading

Cycling for change


Cycling 2,000 kilometres from Seattle to San Francisco on less than $3 a day doesn’t sound like most people’s idea of a dream US jaunt. But for Aussie travel entrepreneur Chris Ball, it’s the perfect way to harness his love … Continue reading

Bannisters: Where luxury flies under the radar

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When we arrive at Bannisters at Mollymook on the New South Wales south coast, we learn that the celebrated chef that runs its restaurant, Rick Stein, was there earlier in the week – we’ve just missed him. But although we … Continue reading

Sniffing out Canberra’s hidden treasure

Sherry and Snuffles with the truffle

When we arrive at Ruffles Estate, just 10 minutes from Canberra’s CBD, there’s not a pig in sight. I’m a little disappointed until the farm’s owner Sherry McArdle-English introduces us to Snuffles, a compact American cocker spaniel that will be … Continue reading