Category Archives: travel

How I fell for a career in Persian Carpets

I asked my wife about doing a piece for the Manning Community News – ‘Where do I start?’  She suggested the stories of my search for business in Herat, Western Afghanistan when I was young and inexperienced. So  . .


I’m writing this from the Bungles … Purnululu National Park in the East Kimberley. The Bungles is a bit like an adjoining township to both Kununurra and Halls Creek but these days, of course, is a World Heritage area and

Planet over profit?

International air travel has never been such good value as now and aircraft are more comfortable, quieter and better in almost every way.  All good news for travellers. Hmmm!! Maybe.  But the next time you are celebrating those cheap flights

TRAVEL . . . magical Spain!

Nothing prepared me for the moment. I stepped into the sunlight at the top of the steps of the Barcelona Metro and looked up, even as others surged past.  Disappearing into the sun’s blaze were the ornate spires of the basilica

Above the land of the long white cloud

‘Spend 11 days exploring the South Island of New Zealand by vintage DC3 aircraft,’ was an invitation dropped in my mailbox from Bill Peach Journeys’. How to refuse? My dad always referred to these World War II aircraft as ‘Gooney

Surviving the Women’s Adventure Summit!

I have just attended the first ‘Women’s Adventure Summit’, organised by two local women, Amy Heague and KerryAnn Hayes, who started an adventure magazine, ‘Travel Play Live’.    Going against the online trend, they turned their business into a print

Gold Fever!

Tinonee residents, Chris and Graham Gibbons are keen travelers on a mission.  Here Chris tells of gold detecting at Forsayth in outback Queensland.     We have just returned from two months at Forsayth in Queensland, where we have been

Yes! To my backyard

Rural land holders are discovering sharing their piece of paradise with city folk can be a win-win!  An enterprising NSW South coast landholder and author has started a great idea facilitating country camping for city dwellers called You Camp. For

Understanding China

Those who are concerned about the rise and influence of China need to understand that the Chinese are only doing what we have allowed them to do over the past 25 years! To fully understand China one also needs consider

Welcome to Wingham!

Ron Sky has travelled Australia and, over the years, has perfected camping and caravaning. So he is the perfect host to welcome overnight campers to Wingham’s Riverside Reserve free camp site. As a keen member of the Wingham Advancement Group,

New Zealand is magical by coach

  There’s a reason that the sun shines on New Zealand before anywhere else – every new day in Aotearoa is something to cherish! Whether one is marvelling at the spectacular glaciers, or picturesque fiords, or simply relaxing in a