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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...

Nine reasons to visit Bologna
Here’s nine things every visitor to the capital of the famous Emilia-Romagna region should have on their to-do list. This is a jumbled collection of four medieval churches. San Sepolcro, an 11th century...
Last UpdatedDecember 8, 2019
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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...

South Africa: A world of contradiction
Langa is Cape Town’s oldest township. For most of us it is a confronting sight – a world of contradiction. There’s a smattering of brick homes, but there are more homes that are made from sheets...

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...

48 hours in Kuala Lumpur
Friday 6.30pm When we arrive at Skybar, on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel, some children are still swimming in the pool. By day, this is the hotel’s play and relaxation area. By night it is transformed...