Writer, editor, author
I produce words for newspapers, magazines and clients.
After 20 years working in Sydney and London (with three years spent as Deputy Travel Editor of The Sunday Times) I’ve been pigeonholed as a travel writer. But for my money – and even for your money – a good sentence is a good sentence. The trick is getting a reader to the end of it.
Home is now the Adelaide Hills in South Australia where I'm lucky enough to have some of the world’s best wine producers on my doorstep. This is a good thing.
Recently published work...
How I Found My Sea Legs (SMH/Age, Feb 2017) Mainstream, big-ship cruising: travel? Not really. Fun? Surprisingly, yes...
Another Silver and Bronze at North American Travel Journalists awards
Touring with Robert de Niro (SMH/Age, October 2016) I had so many angles on the Catskills I didn't know where to start. Then New York State tourism unveiled their special guest...
The Realm of the Great Bear Cat (National Geographic Traveller, UK, November 2016) Qing Chen Mountain -- home to pandas, Taoism and one of the most violent monuments I've ever encoutnered.
Travels with Jack (Age/SMH, Aug 2016)
I took my then 11-year-old to Matsumoto, Japan to see if I could get him to sit still long enough to learn something. The premise was is 'Are private school fees better spent on travel?'. It was among my most favourite trips in the past five years.
My essay on traveling in the footsteps of heroes Writes of Way (SMH/Age) picked up the Bronze in the main print category at the North American travel Journalists Awards. Once, again, in good company (Wall Street Journal took out gold).
Scents and sensibilities It pays to follow your nose when you travel;(SMH/Age, November 2015)
Weird Australian Place Names Or as I had it, 'Mount Buggery Or Bust'. (Escape section The Australian, Telegraph, Herald Son et al, Sept 2015)
How to Avoid Looking Like a Tourist Enough said. (Escape section -- Telegraph, Herald Son, Courier Mail et al, Sept 2015)
The Oodnadatta Track and the world's largest artworks The mysterious Marree Man terraglyph [left] has been hailed as the largest piece of art on the planet. I believe there's an even larger one right next door... (SMH/The Age, July 2015)
Adelaide, it's Time to Rise and Shine The new Mayfair Hotel is just one more reason to love Adelaide. (Traveller, SMH/The Age, April 2015)
The 13th Rinpoche of Stakna 'I stick to a simple rule of travel: if you’re going to judge foreign cultures, do everyone a favour and stay home. But there are times when, however respectful I try to be, I can’t help thinking “This is just … wrong”.' (Escape - Telegraph, Courier Mail etc)
Writes of Way An essay on travelling in the footsteps of heroes. (SMH/Age January 2015)
A Case of Animal Attraction Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana: not only a fine game lodge but the setting for the second marriage of Richard Burton and Liz Taylor; when I began researching the story I came to learn the lodge was life-changing for the couple in more ways than one. (SMH/Age Sept 2014)
Man vs Wild A three-hander on Vail skiing, set off by the work of talented snapper, Andrew Rowat. (Gourmet Traveller, August 2014)
SA Media Award Very pleased to receive the award for Best Freelance Contribution in the 2014 awards, making it #3 in this particular series of etched glass trophies. The award was for three submissions,incuding the 'Whirlwind' private jet tour and 'Aussiewood' stories below.
Heart of the Prairie Winnipeg is one of the world's great cities. I was surprised how much I liked the place -- and my piece, in turn, surprised the good folk of Winnipeg. After some spirited sharing in Canada, the page was Recommended 7,600 times on Facebook. (SMH/Age Traveller, Jan 11, 2014)
Reef Encounters Island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef. (Gourmet Traveller, January 2014)
Whirlwind of rich rewards (Private jet tour: 12 countries in 17 days for $30,000. Great! But is it any good? SMH/Age Traveller, Nov 14, 2013)
Lava Affair (New Zealand's Volcanoes -- as close to an erupting volcano as I ever want to go. Includes one of the most insane trips you can do on the planet, taking a chopper into a gently erupting cone poking from the Pacific Ocean... National Geographic Traveller UK, Sept 2013)
Welcome to Aussiewood (Strange but true, an Australian owns the image rights to the Hollywood sign... SMH/Age main section, June 23, 2013)
Adelaide's war of religious words reaches a new height (Atheism in the City of Churches, The Guardian, June 19, 2013)
Go wild in New South Wales (NSW wilderness experiences, sponsored supplement, The Telegraph [UK], June 13, 2013)
Snoozing dolphins, dunking roos (On a foraging safari in Coffin Bay, Eyre Peninsula,SMH/Age, May 4, 2013)
Family chaos motorhome story earns Silver and Bronze at North American Travel Journalists awards...
King of the Road (SMH/Age Sept 1, 2012) won twice at the 2013 NATJA Awards. Paradoxically, the Bronze is the bigger coup, awarded for Destination Travel in publications with 250,000+ circulation, so it shares the podium with pieces from The Washington Post and the LA Times. The Silver Award was for Special Focus Travel, Family.
Old Salts and New Sailors (sailing in the Whitsundays, SMH/Age Oct 13, 2012)
King of the Road (Motorhome holiday in the US, SMH/Age Sept 1, 2012)
Outback and Oysters (Kimberley, Sunday Times, August 19, 2012)
Happy on Hammo (Hamilton Island, SMH/The Age July 9, 2012)
Australia's 50 Best Adventures (round-up feature, SMH/Age, Jun 8, 2012)
Khaosan's Crazy Heart (Khaosan Road,
Thailand, SMH/The Age, Mar 10, 2012)
The Gold Standard (Myanmar, SMH/The Age, Jan 28, 2012)
Boy's Own Adventure (Vanuatu), SMH/The Age, Nov 5, 2011
On the Outer (Mongolia), SMH/The Age, Aug 6, 2011
A Perfect Hiding Place (Maitraya Homestead, WA), SMH/The Age, June 18, 2011