Six of the best: Classic California winery road trips

July 5, 2017 no comments Posted in Travelling


Only a couple of hour’s drive north of San Francisco, the Napa Valley has reigned as among California’s most iconic wine regions since the mid 1970s. One of the best ways to explore it is the lesser known Silverado Wine Route. Located on the eastern side of the valley, the quiet, two lane country road snakes it way around towering oak trees, quintessential vineyards, boutique art galleries and even the odd Michelin starred restaurant. Read More

Guardians of the Galaxy – MISSION: BREAKOUT!: Disney’s latest attraction will thrill movie fans

July 5, 2017 no comments Posted in Travelling


When the first Guardians of the Galaxy hit movie theatres in 2014 it took the world by surprise. Far from being just another mindless comic book franchise, its blend of irreverent characters, acerbic dialogue and kick-arse soundtrack ensured a loyal legion of film fans across the globe.

To tie in with the launch of the film’s sequel, Disneyland Anaheim has just unveiled its newest attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! Read More

Cruising the wild and remote Kimberley coast with Silversea

July 5, 2017 no comments Posted in Travelling


It’s as though the land is drinking the ocean. The tide is receding so fast that water pours off the reef, splashing over the backs of turtles and the passing fin of a shark. In just a couple of hours, around 400 square kilometres of reef will be exposed.

Sir David Attenborough has called Montgomery Reef “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”, and here, in a Zodiac in a channel that splits the reef, it’s like watching a submarine the size of a mini-continent surfacing from the Indian Ocean. Read More

Turtle Island, Fiji: Why this tropical island paradise is one of the world’s most recognised

July 5, 2017 no comments Posted in Travelling


When the setting is the star of the movie, that’s a locale worth visiting. Turtle Island, a private luxury resort island in Fiji’s Yasawa chain of islands, is just such a place.

It is the location for one of the most recognised tropical island films, Blue Lagoon, released in 1980 and starring Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins and the late great Leo McKern , and an imagined nirvana for the stressed and overwhelmed taken with the notion of a Robinson Crusoe life, away from care and woe. Read More

Ziplining in Thailand: Phuket’s newest tourist attraction will make you feel like Spiderman

July 5, 2017 no comments Posted in Travelling


As I zip, in fact, as I zipline through the canopy of a Phuket jungle an old ditty comes to mind, “He floats through the air with the greatest of ease, this daring young man on the flying trapeze.”

I’m neither young nor daring but am absolutely moving through the air with great ease, if not speed, flashing along a cable strung between two ancient ironwood trees. The apparatus that allows this – a pulley attached to both the cable and a harness I’m wearing – used to be called a “flying fox” but in recent times the adrenaline thrills industry has sexed-up its name to “zipline”. Read More

Tour de France 2017: Peter Sagan wins stage three

July 5, 2017 no comments Posted in Sport


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