Although I write the Rough Guide chapter on Western Australia I have to admit that I have a soft spot for the state’s much smaller sibling in the west, Victoria. And not just because Melbourne is a fantastic city, with a vibrant culture and great food scene, but also because the landscapes and wildlife there are so beguiling.
I’ve spent plenty of time travelling around Victoria and never fail to be captivated by the towering rock stacks of the Twelve Apostles, or the dripping rainforests of the Otways. I still delight in spotting a koala up a gum tree or watching my husband trying to fend off crimson rosellas as he chucks another steak on the barbie. And I never grow tired of the Grampians, an epic landscape of granite mountains where you can even sit in the Jaws of Death.
The Times recently published a whole supplement on this wonderful state and I was able to share my experiences in two separate articles, one on the state’s great outdoors, the other on taking a chilled out tour around Melbourne and its surroundings. The whole supplement is available outside the Times’ pay wall here.
There is a debate at the heart of Australia and it is one few travellers have no opinion on. That great debate is simple: Melbourne or Sydney?
I’ve visited both cities many times and love Sydney for its epic harbour and laid-back beach life, Melbourne for its coffee scene and cultural nightlife. But which one is my favourite? I took a road trip to try to answer that question. Find out which side of the fence I landed on (if either) here.
The current (December 2014) issue of the Sunday Times Travel magazine features a Total Guide to Australia.
For the second time running, I was asked to contribute, and this time I have three articles in it. These focus on wine and wildlife touring in South Australia, driving the Great Ocean Road and the best Outback adventures.
Download a PDF here.
As it cools off here, it’s heating up Down Under, so now is the time to plan a trip to Australia. But what if you only have a couple of weeks to spare? Can you really see Australia in just two weeks?
I think you can – and you can read my article, outlining four different itineraries for the best way to tackle this mammoth country, in the Sunday Times today.
As an Aussie and Kiwi specialist, I write regular features for Australia and New Zealand magazine.
My work appears in most issues but for a taster, here are two of my most recent features.
Last summer I travelled around Western Australia updating the Rough Guide to Australia. As part of my research I was asked to select my highlights. You can find these in the new guidebook, which can be bought at the link below, but here’s a taster of my top three.
NINGALOO MARINE PARK:
Enjoy superlative snorkelling and diving at “the barrier reef without the barriers”
The stunning, untamed Kimberley is the country’s last frontier and a backdrop to real adventure
PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK
Accessible only by 4WD or air, the striped beehive domes and narrow gorges of the Bungle Bungle massif make the trek worthwhile.
Buy the all-new guidebook here:
Can’t think of a reason to visit Australia this year? As a frequent visitor I can always think of hundreds, but this month the Guardian and Tourism Australia have gone even further, with a random reason generator featuring 2,014 reasons to head Down Under.
I contributed many of these reasons and the site also features articles by me on Australia’s best wildlife experiences and the journey to get there with Singapore Airlines.