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A trip behind the Gold Coast's Golden Door
PERHAPS it was a sign, but I could not get The Golden Door’s sliding security gate to open. I had arrived 10 minutes before my allotted time. No one was answering my calls on the intercom. I pushed button...

I can hear Kimberley calling
Horsing around can’t hide an almost spiritual side to Western Australia’s magnificent Kimberley region. “I’M BACK in the saddle again. Out where a friend is a friend . . . ” I can’t get Gene...

Take to the air to see the Great Barrier Reef
It’s 7.30am and, just for today, I’ve deliberately bypassed the buffet. It’s not that I’m worried about the consequences of what might happen if the flight is bumpy, it’s got more to do with...

Lord Howe, Lord Wow!
IF Lord Howe Island is not on your bucket list, then you should immediately add it. Apparently only 49 per cent of Australians are aware of this tiny remote island, which is about a two-hour flight east...

Travelling South America in style
It was my first trip to Chile and Peru. It was also my first trip with Abercrombie & Kent. After 17 days traipsing around these two South American countries in planes, boats, 4Wds, and mini buses and...

Sailing under the Star in Turkey and Greece
Brian Crisp discovers the delights of Greece and Turkey on board the Star Clipper. Day 1 Athens The trip from central Athens to its port is anything but simple. We cram four adults and eight suitcases...

The eyes have it in the Amazon jungle
OUR guide, Roland, spots the eyes watching us just above water level from about 100m away. It is dark. Jungle dark. There are no lights from nearby towns or villages to pollute the night, only Orion’s...

The spiritual side of Mauritius
I AM lying on my back, eyes closed, covered in mosquitoes, deeply breathing and hoping that a colour pops into my head. This colour, I am told, will indicate which part of my body needs healing most. There...

Swimming with the Great Whites in South Africa
Toasters kill 400 people each year. Sharks kill between five and 10. Why then does a shark cage resemble the internal mechanics of a toaster? Is it a cruel joke to make me even more nervous than I already...

Front row seat for a life and death battle in Kenya
IT DOESN’T get more “life and death” than this. Four lions cubs are feasting on fresh kill - one of the many wildebeest that are unsuccessful in making the return journey during Kenya‘s annual...

Journey to the Arctic wild
The sound was like a crack of thunder followed by the growl of a hungry belly. If you closed your eyes you could hear the clunk of ice cubes falling into the bottom of a glass. In the distance, there was...

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Tamborine Mountain High
Ditch the electronic devices and reconnect with your family at Cedar Creek Lodges in the lush gold coast hinterland. Brian Crisp reports. Put away the iPads, smartphones and any other electronic devices...