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The truth about penguin viewing: Bruny Island, Tasmania

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The raised platform we stand on is soft and weathered and points out towards the thrashing ocean. It’s the color of sand, an attempt to blend the angular structure into the soft coastal scape it sits on. Admittedly it does quite a good job of it at this hour. Hushed whispers float down the platform and along the raised boardwalk, disappearing into the soft breathing of the Marram grasses hemming...

If you can’t get to Greece, this is the next-best thing

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Open Horizons: Ancient Greek Journeys and Connections at Melbourne Museum. This superb exhibition is a bit different in tone because, unlike the Canberra show, it has come directly from Greece. This is important to note, specifically as we are operating in a contested time in museums and galleries, thinking about the true home of objects plundered and stolen. Statue of a Sphinx. Picture: Museums...

A magical gastronomical road trip to Jervis Bay

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I recently discovered what my road trips have been missing. And that thing is a car with a roof that’s optional. Last month we borrowed one of Mazda’s new MX-5 Roadsters to explore the Jervis Bay area of NSW and it was a totally different experience. With the top popped we were able to see the sheer magnitude of the rocky cliff faces as we drove along the iconic Seacliff Bridge, and admire the...

I’ve travelled all over, nothing beats Aussie food

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I really appreciate the way I was raised. There’s no need to want for anything when the ocean is your backyard and you learn very quickly how to sustain yourself. My dad was very entrepreneurial, and he turned half our house into a tuckshop. We’d have big fish and pumpkin damper, which we’d sell so we could have petrol to run the generator. Barges would drop off essentials like rice and flour and...

Hobart convict tour more shocking than TV

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The weather and location – surrounded by historic hillside neighbourhoods – seem so benign, but the woman speaking in front of me is inhabiting a different time, when the place we are standing, Cascades Female Factory, was known as the Valley of the Shadow of Death. The prevailing cold and sunless conditions weren’t the only reason. The Cascades operated as a female convict workhouse and...

Best food we have discovered on Aussie road trips

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Kelli Armstrong, Managing Editor – Donuts at the Kenilworth Bakery, QLD Game enough to tackle a 1kg donut? Picture: Facebook If exploring the Sunshine Coast I cannot resist a trip to the Kenilworth Bakery. They have donuts in every size, including an 800g chocolate ring (yum!) and their 1kg range that is big enough to feed a family. They offer plenty of other baked treats, including dog biscuits...

Tassie farm that stunned MasterChef judge

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At MasterChef, we haven’t been let out of the studio much since we were handed the baton, but when we are, you can bet those experiences are pretty mind-blowing. You’re yet to see the series, but in a few episodes, we go overseas. Well, sort of. Across the Bass Strait, to be precise, to that Apple Isle named Tasmania. Ask anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure and they’ll tell you they want to go...

This luxe resort is powered by the sun

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At least a third of the 2300km reef showed “widespread bleaching”. It’s the first time such devastation has been recorded in a La Niña year when cloud cover and high rainfall usually give our World Heritage-listed coral gardens time to recover. There were fears this might happen when I was up there in February. The Coral Sea had been overheating since the start of summer 2021-22 when the US...

Planning a trip to Vivid? The best things to see at Vivid 2022

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The much-loved annual festival quite literally lights up the city, with Vivid Light, Vivid Music, and Vivid Ideas over 23 days and nights. Vivid Light is always amazing, and this year the landmark sails of the Opera House will light up with the work of Martumili Artists’ collective painting Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground, Parnngurr Area in collaboration with technological creatives Curiious. You can...

Elvis has transformed this Aussie town

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It’s an immersive dive into the life of a music icon, following his journey from a humble childhood to his breakout success in the 1950s as an edgy hip-thrusting stud, to army sergeant, suave leading man of 31 Hollywood feature films, and later, seasoned Vegas performer in flashy capes and flares. For visitors, it’s an opportunity to understand just who Elvis was, beyond the iconic jumpsuits and...

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