The Kimberley: Artist Luke Sciberras’ staggeringly beautiful inspiration


Artist Luke Sciberras’s new Christmas children’s book with designer Collette Dinnigan features landscapes inspired by his travels. The one place I could visit again and again is the Kimberley coast in Western Australia; it’s just staggeringly beautiful. I was sent there by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, who nominated me to be the guest of the Paspaley Pearling Company and lead an art safari...

Fitzroy Island Cairns: Best things to do at the Great Barrier Reef conservation HQ


Since I moved up to the tropical Far North, one of the places creeping up my must-visit list has been Fitzroy Island, an idyllic atoll 24km off the coast of Cairns, right on the Great Barrier Reef. Weekends at the Fitzroy Island Resort are unsurprisingly booked some way ahead, so missing two days of primary school is looking like an attractive option. I speak to the principal. “It’s educational,”...

Australia’s best snorkeling spots for families


Pull out the watersports gear, get the whole family together, and head for one of these gentle spots for a summer snorkeling adventure. Great Keppel Island, Queensland Not only is Great Keppel Island a top spot for a low-key family holiday on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, but you can snorkel directly off the shore – good news for ​seasickness sufferers. Take a short ferry ride from Yeppoon to...

Fairy bread inspired this entire art exhibition at Fremantle Arts Centre


Is there anything more Aussie than fairy bread? One of the best things about having children was the excuse it gave me to revive a childhood favourite, and now a new super-fun exhibition on at Fremantle Arts Centre is inspired by that same spirit. Hundreds & Thousands, an immersive kids’ colour adventure (until January 23), is one for the big and little kids and is perfect for Christmas...

Daintree Rainforest tour review: What my kids loved about Walkabout Cultural Adventures


The challenge set by Kuku Yalanji traditional custodian Juan Walker on his Ngana Julaymba Dungay tour is to catch our own lunch and my children can’t wait to get started. But our first lesson is language and “Ngana Julaymba Dungay” means “we all going Daintree”. From Port Douglas we reel through fields of cane, fruit and rainforest meshed into a tapestry sitting snugly between the dual World...

Best things to do in northern Tasmania with a family


Flying down rainforest tracks on mountain bikes at a million miles an hour, tearing through turn-of-the-century mining tunnels sans lights, or reveling in the quiet moments of picnics by a babbling brook and lazy nights by a log fire – northern Tasmania’s rich experiences can’t help but bond busy families together. From scenery that blows your mind and food memories from the source to navigating...

George Clooney, Julia Roberts arrive at Qld island transformed into Bali


The coronavirus pandemic has made filming movies harder, and more expensive, than ever as countries in the grips of infection waves struggle to keep sets open and people healthy. George Clooney and Julia Roberts were recently presented with this conundrum when they announced their new movie Ticket To Paradise, a romantic comedy that’s supposed to take place in the tropical paradise of Bali. Due...

Places to go on holiday in NSW: Why Albury is underrated


Albury is just the right amount of distance away from the city. It’s close enough that you can drive it in a day, shooting six hours down the Hume Freeway from Sydney. But it’s also enough that you can feel the good country air seeping into your lungs, marking the beginning of a totally fresh headspace: trees roll past, hills undulate, grass grows, the sun shines. But don’t get me wrong. Albury...

Wycliffe Well stories: Tamzen Hayes swears she saw a UFO


My dream Halloween costume is from a cheesy 1990s TV show called Roswell. Something about the little blue diner dress with alien-head apron just hits me in my small-town, kitsch-loving heart. I adored this show as a kid – part teen rom-com, part sci-fi, and set in an alien-themed town. Where every shopfront has an alien welcoming you or a pun-ny UFO name. It was 2012. My friend Lucy and I hired a...


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