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Walking the walk: alone and loving it on the Great Ocean Walk

Walking the walk: alone and loving it on the Great Ocean Walk

Margaret O'Connor October 8, 2012 1 Comment

Imagine escaping for a few hours by yourself to wander the coastline of the Great Ocean Road. Margaret O'Connor walked 15 kilometres and didn't lay eyes on another human being...

Rocky Road: the challenges of returning to your hometown

Rocky Road: the challenges of returning to your hometown

Crikey December 26, 2011 1 Comment

There are certain situations in life that force you to take stock. Sitting at your parents dining room table, alone, on a Friday night at age 30, is one such situation, writes Anna Daniels.

Seeing red over a trip to the Gold Coast

Seeing red over a trip to the Gold Coast

Crikey December 9, 2011 1 Comment

I was seeing red when I boarded my flight to the Gold Coast. No, Alan Joyce didn't casually end my holiday before it began. I was staring at the red, second degree sunburn all down my friend’s back and legs.

Dining at the mud buffet

Dining at the mud buffet

Claire Chaffey December 4, 2011

 I don’t actually remember being born, but I imagine it probably would have felt something like this. It’s hot, dark and damp, and I’m covered from head to toe in a thick, gooey sludge. With sweat clouding my view, I’m sliding through a suffocating tunnel, crawling desperately towards a light which seems so very far away. […]

When the Gold Coast lost its shine

When the Gold Coast lost its shine

Crikey December 30, 2010 16 Comments

For many Australians and international visitors, Queensland's Gold Coast is a magical place where beautiful men and women do nothing but tan their perfectly sculpted bodies, and children run amok the beaches, happily chasing each other and collaboratively building sparkling sandcastles.

A family holiday outside the box

A family holiday outside the box

Crikey December 13, 2010 1 Comment

Crikey intern Alison Drew-Forster writes: The December Australian Traveller issue has been released and features the “The hottest destinations for 2011” as well as the top 10 “Warming Up” destinations for the coming year. Predicably many of the winning destinations are in Queensland, with the Sunshine State scoring one of the top 10 destinations, and three […]

From manicured hedges to Asian massage parlours

From manicured hedges to Asian massage parlours

Crikey December 8, 2010 1 Comment

In this post-GFC world, rumours abound that South Yarra has fallen from its once untarnished reputation as one of Melbourne's most exclusive inner suburbs. KR skipped to the other side of the Yarra to find out.

Bruce Poon Tip: Tourism Australia, meet Ecotourism Australia

Crikey December 1, 2010 11 Comments

As promised, Bruce Poon Tip — interviewed here — has returned for a Back in a Bit guest post on Tourism Australia and eco-tourism. Founder of Gap Adventures, Bruce Poon Tip, writes: Being invited to speak recently at the Global Eco Conference in Noosa had the added attraction of letting me visit a part of […]

This Charming Town: An outsider looking in

This Charming Town: An outsider looking in

Crikey November 18, 2010 2 Comments

There's often a lot you don't appreciate about a city until you see it from a tourist's perspective and, being Perth born and bred, I imagine that applies to Melbourne too, says Cat Walls as she takes a stroll through Australia's culture capital.

A really-long-popping-out-for-a-beer trip

A really-long-popping-out-for-a-beer trip

Crikey October 6, 2010 2 Comments

I like to pop out for a quiet beer every now and then. Sometimes I head down to my local, other times, I like to head further afield.