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Photo: Magical Mt Bromo, Java

New Lonely Planet Country Guide Apps

13/04/12: In a first from the world’s best guidebook publisher, Lonely Planet has announced a series of new offline country guides for the iPhone and iPod Touch, available at the App Store for $10.49 each. The first countries featured include Italy, Ireland, France, Spain, Australia and Costa Rica. This is a godsend for travellers, offering  expert … Continue reading

VIVID set to spotlight Sydney

12/04/12: Sydney’s annual festival of light, music and ideas is back from 25 May to 11 June and promises to put the spotlight on the Harbour City like never before. Vivid Sydney was recently ranked as one of the world’s top ten ideas festivals by the influential Guardian newspaper in the UK; being named alongside SXSW … Continue reading

Go Garuda!

11/04/12: It seems Indonesia’s national carrier Garuda Airlines has emerged from years of low brand esteem since the high profile 2007 Yogyakarta crash, taking out the best international airline for January 2012 in a recent Roy Morgan survey of airlines. I flew Garuda to Bali in 2008, despite the talk around the Yogyakarta tragedy, and I have … Continue reading

Capertee, NSW: A very grand canyon

The 10am Greyhound bus from Lithgow to my destination is a far cry from the relative luxury of the meandering CountryLink train ride from Sydney’s Central Station. As if I can’t already feel every bend in the road, the open toilet door at the back of the bus, off the latch but just out of … Continue reading

Photo: Stupas at Borobodur

Sydney gets ‘Scootitude’

02/12/11: Some great news for Sydney’s visitor economy, even better news for those looking for flights to Asia from Sydney at Perth/Melbourne prices.. Sydney has been announced as the first destination for Singapore Airlines’ new budget carrier ‘Scoot’. The new airline will fly daily between Sydney and Singapore from mid-2012 – read more

Photo: Welcome to the top of the world

Review: Lonely Planet’s Great Journeys

With so much online travel content out there, it’s somewhat refreshing and unusually exciting to take receipt of Lonely Planet’s latest book release “Great Journeys: Travel the World’s Most Spectacular Routes.” So thrilled am I to receive this collection of more than 70 of the greatest trips any traveller could ever take, that in the … Continue reading

Festival Fever in South Australia

South Australian tourism officials (@tourismsa) are pulling out all the stops to promote an incredible year of events in “The Festival State” in 2012. It’s a real shame that Adelaide and South Australia are too often overlooked by international and Australian visitors; Sydney’s ‘must-see’ icons, Melbourne’s food and culture cred, and Queensland’s beach lifestyle tend … Continue reading

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