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From the archive: The Last President's Driver

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From the archive: The Last President's Driver

This man, Cu Thach Banh, was the driver for South Vietnam's last President, Duong Van Minh. I met... enlarge

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Cemeteries and tombs - a travel guide

Sydney Blog

Cemeteries and tombs - a travel guide

Cemeteries and tombs have been a big part of my travelling life. From my first international travels in the 80s till now, I've made a point of wandering through old cemeteries... more

Choosing Fremantle Western Australia as a place to live and visit

Fremantle Blog

Choosing Fremantle Western Australia as a place to live and visit

A few years ago I was in search of a place to base myself in Australia. I was looking for a lifestyle better suited to my situation, than... more

First time in Tasmania - 2 weeks on the road

Tasmania Video

First time in Tasmania - 2 weeks on the road

Last November, I finally fulfilled my longh-held wish to travel to Tasmania. It was my first travel since the pandemic hit, and my first... more

Camp Cove and South Head - a walk, a dip and a spot of Sydney history

Sydney Video

Camp Cove and South Head - a walk, a dip and a spot of Sydney history

Camp Cove is one of the most beautiful spots for a dip in Sydney's magnificent harbour. Jump on the Watson's Bay ferry from Circular Quay... more

2020 - The COVID year in travel

Sydney Blog

2020 - The COVID year in travel

How do you make sense of a year like 2020? There were lockdowns, travel was wiped out globally, there was political chaos. I had a few... more

Parramatta's neglected heritage - the Female Factory

Sydney Blog

Parramatta's neglected heritage - the Female Factory

Parramatta was at the centre of the development of the British penal colony in New South Wales from its beginnings in 1788. It was also at... more

Cao Bang

Cao Bang Introduction

Cao Bang

Vietnam's far northern provinces are the most unique and beautiful in the country. Some of these places receive large numbers of... more

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Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Sydney see and do

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is a uniquely Australian gallery and Sydney’s premier art institution.  It's located not far from the middle of... more

State Library of New South Wales

Sydney see and do

State Library of New South Wales

The State Library of New South Wales is the oldest library in Australia and another must-see Sydney stop for those interested in history,... more

Sydney eating

Sydney eating

Sydney eating

Welcome to the Rusty Compass guide to eating in Sydney. Melbourne might have the global reputation. But Sydney’s culinary offerings are pretty... more

Tasman Peninsula

Tasman Peninsula Introduction

Tasman Peninsula

The Tasman Peninsula is a 70 -  90 minute drive from Hobart and the location for some of Tasmania's most popular tourist sites. Named after Dutch... more

Port Arthur convict ruins

Tasman Peninsula see and do

Port Arthur convict ruins

Port Arthur is Australia's most well-known convict history site. This may be the best place in the country to get a sense of the lives of those... more

Art Galleries of Sydney

Sydney see and do

Art Galleries of Sydney

This is our collection of Sydney's best art galleries for travellers. They're mostly focused on Australian art from both Indigenous and... more