Unplug at the St Albans Writers Festival

A tiny, remote NSW village will host big names for the third annual St Albans Writers Festival in early September. Mad Max director George Miller, literary icon Tom Keneally and Pulitzer winner Sebastian Smee are among stars of the show. Historic St Albans (population 300) is located deep in the Hawkesbury Heartland, on the banks of theContinue reading “Unplug at the St Albans Writers Festival”

Rayner’s searing Le Cinq review goes viral

The Guardian restaurant critic Jay Rayner is getting a larger dose of notoriety than usual, thanks to his witheringly funny review of Le Cinq in Paris. He went to the the flagship Michelin 3-star restaurant of the George V Hotel expecting the gastronomic experience of a lifetime. What he got was the foodie equivalent of a sloContinue reading “Rayner’s searing Le Cinq review goes viral”

Why women should explore Africa

Australian-born Justine Glen urges women to travel around Africa. The founder of Reis Voyage says travelling to Kenya on her own in 1995 was one of the best decisions she has ever made. She married there and both her children grew up there. Now she divides her time between Australia and Africa, creating bespoke tours for adventurousContinue reading “Why women should explore Africa”

So many wow moments on safari in Zambia

On safari in Zambia. Or Kenya. Or Tanzania. Or Rwanda. Surely this is one of life’s greatest travel experiences for adventurous women. Justine Glen, the founder of Reis Voyage says travelling to Kenya on her own in 1995 was one of the best decisions she’s ever made. Spending the next 15 years travelling in Africa and living in TanzaniaContinue reading “So many wow moments on safari in Zambia”

Middle East travel before the madness

Doesn’t Syria look warm and inviting in this vintage Middle East travel poster? It was an alluring destination. Now Syria is the most war-torn place on the planet. Syria used to be: Sophisticated Culturally and religiously diverse Had four international airports A popular destination for ancient monuments A revered place of learning Arabic, particularly Famous forContinue reading “Middle East travel before the madness”

Discover Cronulla’s cool Blackwood Pantry

Chef Robert Lechowicz has left behind the Michelin-starred restaurants where he trained in Europe to headline at Blackwood Pantry in beachside Cronulla. The 28-year-old’s food is French in technique, and “fuss free” mod Oz  in its approach. The Pantry is discreetly located down a laneway. The thrill of culinary discovery in an unexpected place is neverContinue reading “Discover Cronulla’s cool Blackwood Pantry”

World snubs top beaches in Australia. Good!

The latest list of the world’s 10 best beaches doesn’t include one stretch of Australian sand. It makes me jump for joy. Lists like these will help our beautiful beaches remain unspoiled for longer on an increasingly crowded planet. Who wants to follow the crowds, anyway? I’m thrilled millions of TripAdvisor reviewers went to swim somewhere else. TheContinue reading “World snubs top beaches in Australia. Good!”

How to harvest your writing talent

Put down the phone, live the moment, then take notes.” – Georgina Penney More on that in a minute. First I’ll spruik Georgina’s new novel, Summer Harvest. I have a copy to give away. WHAT: Summer Harvest by Georgina Penney, published by Penguin, rrp $32.99, also available as an e-book. An Englishwoman deserted by herContinue reading “How to harvest your writing talent”

Provencal markets go green

Provencal markets have been going eco green as France tries to put an end to food waste. Travellers and tourists can also do their bit to help. Eat ugly vege, recycle glass jars and be a chic bag lady. France passed a law in December to reduce the estimated 7 million tonnes of food wastedContinue reading “Provencal markets go green”

Discover cities with Lonely Planet app

Lonely Planet has launched Guides, a new, free, city guide mobile app – a pocket travel companion on the road, or when planning a trip. Available now for iOS and Android, Lonely Planet says the app will get you straight to the heart of a destination on your phone. There was time when many travellers tucked copies of LonelyContinue reading “Discover cities with Lonely Planet app”