My work has been published in French Provincial, Royal Auto, Great Walks, Yarra Valley and Ranges magazine and the Big Bus Tour and Travel Guide.

Yarra Valley food and wine tours from Melbourne offer a top combination

Publication: The Big Bus Tour and Travel Guide

Date published: 9 April 2017

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Whether you’re a wine expert, enthusiast, or you lie somewhere in between, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a must-visit destination. The valley’s crisp winter temperatures make it an ideal place to grow cool climate wines. It’s famous for Pinot noir and Chardonnay, while Cabernet, Sauvignon and Shiraz varieties are also produced. Located just over an hour from the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, the valley is home to around 90 wineries – with dozens of cellar doors open to the public. With so much choice, even the savviest of wine buffs needs help negotiating the options. Enter Vinetrekker.

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Melbourne dumpling tours: Get a tasty insight into inner-city life

Publication: The Big Bus Tour and Travel Guide

Date published: 13 February 2017

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In a city renowned for its impeccable culinary credentials, it seems counterintuitive that a humble staple of Asian cuisine is one of Melbourne’s hottest trends. But it’s true. Whether steamed, boiled or pan-fried, the city has become infatuated with the dumpling.

Purveyors of these little balls of dough filled with vegetables and meats have sprung up all over town. But knowing where the best dumplings can be found takes expert advice, which you’ll certainly gain on the Melbourne dumpling tours led by local foodie Monique Bayer at Walk Melbourne.

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Ballarat: Big Five City Guide

Publication: The Big Bus Tour and Travel Guide

Date published: 11 December 2016

 

AbstractPhoto of people panning for gold at Sovereign Hill at Ballarat in regional Victoria

The discovery of gold near Ballarat in 1851 led to a dramatic transformation of the city.In the course of little more than a decade a ramshackle tent township was transformed into an aspirational regional city with grand hotels, theatres and galleries.

Today, Ballarat is famous for its period architecture and rich colonial heritage. With a thriving arts scene, great eateries and prized gardens, Ballarat has plenty to offer visitors. Enjoy this guide to top things to do in Ballarat during your visit.

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Bendigo: Big Five City Guide

Publication: The Big Bus Tour and Travel Guide

Date published: November 2016

Abstract A photo of the Bendigo Visitor Information Centre, one of the heritage buildings of Bendigo in Victoria's Goldfields

In 1851 two women washing clothes in a creek came across a nugget of gold. They took their precious find to a banker in Castlemaine, a town already afflicted by gold fever. Within 48 hours more than 400 would-be miners had flocked to the spot and Bendigo was born.

Today this elegant Victorian city of 100,000 people draws visitors to its galleries, festivals, historic architecture and fashionable eateries, many of which reflect the city’s diverse history of immigration stretching all the way back to the goldfields. A popular weekend destination for Victorians from Melbourne and surrounding regions, you’ll be amazed at the variety of experiences on offer in the unofficial capital of the state’s gold rush country. Enjoy this guide to top things to do in Bendigo during your visit.

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Akaroa: New Zealand’s French connection

Publication: French Provincial

Date Published; Issue 36, 2016

Abstract An image of the cover of French Provincial Magazine issue 36

For want of a faster ship and some fairer weather, the south island of New Zealand might have been French.

The thought of an English-speaking north island and a French south seems incredible now but in the mid-1800s it was a real possibility when a bold, but ultimately failed, effort was launched to create a piece of France on New Zealand soil.

The focus of French ambitions was Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula. French whaling captain Jean Francois Langlois entered into a questionable deal with Maori chiefs to purchase land on the Banks Peninsula in 1838…

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Dunk Melbourne’s best doughnuts, chocolate and coffee on a sweet new tour

Publication: The Big Bus Tour and Travel Guide

Date published: 21 November, 2016

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A photo of truffles from the Haigh's chocolate shop in the Block Arcade Melbourne

You might call it the trifecta of Melbourne treats: coffee, chocolate and hot jam doughnuts. Melbourne is peppered with great examples of each. So when I received an email inviting me to join the new ‘Chocolate, Queen Vic Market, Donut and Coffee Tour’ with Chocoholic Tours, I nearly dislocated my thumb in my rush to reply in the affirmative.

Chocoholic Tours has been operating walking tours in Melbourne’s CBD for 20 years. This new tour takes in some of the city’s best known hotspots, while also revealing some of its sweetest secrets. It promises to tempt taste buds with a tsunami of caffeine and sweet treats.

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Ten moments not to miss in the Victorian Goldfields

Publication: The Big Bus Tour and Travel Guide

Date published: 19 October, 2016

AbstractA photo of a Vintage Car on the main street of Maldon, a country town in Victoria's Goldfields regional

Top things to do in the Victorian Goldfields: The discovery of gold in central Victoria drew tens of thousands of people from around the world hoping to strike it rich. Gold fever quadrupled the population and turned tent settlements into wealthy cities. Gold fever has passed but there’s still plenty to draw enthusiastic visitors. Famed for fabulous Victorian era architecture, a rich history and, more recently, as a food and wine destination, the Goldfields deserve a place high on the itinerary of any visitor to Victoria.

Here are ten top things to do in the Victorian Goldfields during your stay.

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Small group Great Ocean Road day tours avoid the coastal crush

Publication: The Big Bus Tour and Travel Guide

Date published: 9 October, 2016

Abstract A photo of the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road in regional Victoria at sunset

Victoria’s winding Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s classic drives. It encompasses idyllic holiday townships, spectacular coast, lush rainforest and the world-famous Twelve Apostles, with ample opportunity to see Australian wildlife to boot.

It’s no wonder then that the Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria’s biggest tourism draw cards, with massive increases year on year in both domestic and international visitor numbers. Today I’ll be adding to that by hopping aboard The Little Penguin Bus on their Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

Fromelles battlefield walk a moving experience

Great Walks magazine online

Date published: 20 April, 2016

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decorative image of the statue called Cobbers at VC Corner Fromelles

This article, published online by Great Walks in April 2016, was first published (‘War cry’, Great Walks December-January 2010) in print in January 2010. The online article is an edited version of the original print article. 

At the height of WWI, the small French village of Fromelles was the scene of one of the darkest days in Australian history. During a terrible battle fought around the village on the night of July 19-20 1916, nearly 2000 Australians died and more than 3000 more were wounded. The Battle of Fromelles caused the greatest loss of life in a single day in Australian history.

Walkers can tour the battle area and pay their respects to fallen Diggers by completing the 8.5km Battle of Fromelles Circuit (Circuit de la Bataille du Fromelles).

Christchurch: Big Five City Guide

Publication: The Big Bus Tour and Travel Guide

Date published: 24 May, 2016

Abstract A photo of a street art mural deorating a brick wall in downtown Christchurch, New Zealand

From street art to Re:START and a cathedral made of cardboard, Christchurch is coming back. Two powerful earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011 devastated the centre of the city. The later quake claimed nearly 200 lives and led to the demolition of around 80 per cent of the CBD.

The countless aftershocks that followed rattled the nerves of residents and visitors alike. But the story of Christchurch’s recovery is one of resilience and reinvention. Here’s a guide to top things to see and do in Christchurch on your next visit.

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Happy first-time campers

Publication: Great Walks

Date published: April-May 2016

An image of the cover of Great Walks magazine April-May 2016 issueAbstract

If you are a bushwalker looking to take the next step from day walks but aren’t yet ready to tackle a multi-day pack carry hike, then I think I’ve found the perfect walk for you. You’ll get two beautiful days of walking and spend just one night in a tent. In fact the developers of the 21 kilometre Beeripmo Walk near Beaufort in western Victoria, had first-time or novice overnight hikers in mind when they developed the trail in the early 2000s….

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Go on location around Miss Fisher’s Melbourne and Victoria

Publication: The Big Bus Tour and Travel Guide

Date published: 8 March, 2016

AbstractPhoto of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries cast and crew on location at the Victorian Goldfields Railway

Fans of the popular ABC television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries may be feeling like something’s missing now that the irrepressible Miss Phryne Fisher is off our screens.

If life seems lacking in vintage flare without Phryne, don’t panic. In the three seasons to date, producers have called on a number of tourism operators to lend a hand in recreating 1920s Melbourne and regional Victoria. Here are some ideas on how to explore some of the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries locations, to get a good fix of Fisher while you wait for the next thrilling instalment.

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Whistle stops – the senses come alive on a trip in a vintage train to the Goldfields

Publication: Royal Auto

Date: February 2016

Abstract An image of the cover of Royal Auto magazine February 2016 edition

Cathie Skelton developed a passion for steam trains when she was three. Her father would ”drag” the family on his train trips. Now Cathie helps to run the trains that other people get dragged on. Sixty passengers and 20 volunteer crew are on a two-night tour to Castlemaine and Maldon. The train is hauled by a steam locomotive built in 1940, one of four of its class still in working order. Accommodation is a line of vintage carriages which operated on Victoria’s railways from the early to mid-20th century, on famous trains such as the Southern Aurora, the Spirit of Progress and the Overland. Each has been restored by Steamrail at its Newport headquarters.

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 Jules Verne

Publication: French Provincial

Date published: Issue 34, December 2015-February 2016 An image of the cover of French Provincial magazine issue 34, Dec 2015-Feb 2016

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Jules Verne either had an incredibly perceptive imagination or he wrote with the assistance of a crystal ball. The his stories, the famed French author, widely regarded as the father of science fiction, told of city-sized ocean liners that could cross the seas, global travel by flying machine and exploration of the sea by submarine. Perhaps most remarkably, he wrote of using a rocket to put a man on the moon a century before JFK vowed to do it and NASA made it a reality…

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Warbird over the valley

Publication: Yarra Valley and Ranges magazine

Date Published: Issue 25, Summer 2015

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After several false starts and a lot of elbow grease from the crewman, the engine kicks into life and the propeller begins to turn. The little plane sounds like a big mosquito as it taxis to the grass airstrip. After a short run-up it’s airborne and headed over the Yarra Valley on its latest joy flight…

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Live and learn: Residential French and culture courses in Roanne, France

Publication: French Provincial

Date published: Issue 33, Winter 2015

Abstract An image of the cover of French Provincial magazine Winter 2015 edition.

I was feeling pretty daunted when the taxi pulled up in front of me at the railway station. What if I stuff up and he doesn’t understand where I want to go? What if he laughs at me? As the driver stepped out of the car and took my luggage, I stammered nervously, ‘Je voudrais aller… (I would like to go…) To my relief he said ‘Ecole des Trois Ponts, finishing my sentence for me, having guessed where I was headed.

Tucked away in the quiet town of Roanne in South-East France, I found a safe haven where francophiles from around the world come to brush up on French language and enjoy the culture in an environment where stuffing up is a normal part of the experience.

War cry: Battle of Fromelles Circuit, France

Publication: Great Walks

Date: December 2009-January 2010 print edition

An image of the cover of Greats Walks magazine December-January 2010 issue.

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Thousands of Diggers lost their lives on the Western Front. A walk around the battlefields of Fromelles reveals the true cost of the conflict.