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  • Anglesea – one perfect day + 1

    Anglesea – one perfect day + 1

    It was a pristine November day in Anglesea, on the Surf Coast of Victoria; the temperature was mild and the sky an intense blue. I was beach-hopping from Point Roadknight to Anglesea main beach, but it wasn’t until I detoured into the shadows of the cliffs lining this part of the shore that I noticed the sky reflecting in water […]

     
     
  • Siem Reap to Beng Mealea by Mountain Bike

    Siem Reap to Beng Mealea by Mountain Bike

    On my second trip to Siem Reap I was looking for something different to do. A mountain bike tour to a remote temple filled the bill. Camouflage Adventure Cambodia provided the opportunity. They’re one of the newer operators in Siem Reap, offering a good collection of suitable bikes, and tours at competitive rates. It was the height of the wet […]

     
     
  • Leisure on Labour Day at the Surf Coast

    Leisure on Labour Day at the Surf Coast

    In 1856, when working days were long and arduous, stonemasons and builders across Melbourne downed tools and marched to Parliament House and pushed for an eight-hour day. The rest, as they say, is history and everyone in Australia now enjoys the right to eight hours work, eight hours recreation and eight hours rest. This achievement is acknowledged in Victoria on […]

     
     
  • White Night Melbourne, 2014

    White Night Melbourne, 2014

    Humans are social creatures and, whether conscious of it or not, we’re also an outdoorsy lot. Most of us no longer hunt-and-gather in the prairies or plains or decorate cave walls, but we still retain an innate desire to create and explore new worlds. Events like the White Night Festival encourage city folk to venture outside to discover their metropolitan […]

     
     
  • Bells Beach on Fire

    Bells Beach on Fire

    The Rip Curl Classic at Bells Beach is the world’s longest running professional surfing event. Located in a rural setting outside Torquay in Victoria, it is held every Easter. The timing of it has often been an obstacle, but this year, 2013, the 52nd, I got to attend mid-event. It was raining when I arrived, though fortunately, for us spectators, it soon passed.  […]

     
     
  • State Library of Victoria. Classical music was performed inside the domed reading room. I met a Korean woman here around 5.30am - now living in Sydney, she flew down yesterday. Said she couldn't find accommodation, though I doubt Melbourne was booked out. She was doing a tour of the Great Ocean Road at 8am, so hopefully she was able to stay awake for it.

    White Night Melbourne

    White Night is a dusk-to-dawn celebration of art and culture that began in Paris in 2002 and has since spread to twenty-three other international cities. Though, the true inspiration apparently goes back further to a festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia – ‘white night’ describes the evenings at that latitude during the summer solstice when dusk lingers from sunset till dawn. […]

     
     
  • Pirate of Padstow

    Hiking the Cornish stretch of England’s 1015km South West Coast Path in 1987, I reached Padstow village where a ferry is required to cross the Camel River. It was market day and stalls crowded the quay. A local’s outstretched hand pointed me to a Ferry sign where stone steps led to a smallish wooden boat. I descended, plonked my backpack […]

     
     
 
 

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