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Bondi's little-known Indigenous carvings

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Bondi's little-known Indigenous carvings

Indigenous heritage sites in Australia continue to face the threat of destruction and vandalism.... enlarge

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Temples of Angkor Cambodia - first international travels since the pandemic

Siem Reap Blog

Temples of Angkor Cambodia - first international travels since the pandemic

My first International travels after the pandemic took me to Cambodia and the temples of Angkor. After two years grounded in Australia, I was delighted when a job in Cambodia... more

Travel lessons from two pandemic years in Sydney

Sydney Blog

Travel lessons from two pandemic years in Sydney

Two pandemic years have wiped out international travel for much of the world. Those of us who have lived a life of travel for decades have... more

Sydney opens up - a post lockdown travel guide to COVID in Sydney

Sydney Blog

Sydney opens up - a post lockdown travel guide to COVID in Sydney

Sydney has emerged from its four month lockdown and is hoping to reopen to international travellers soon. Australia’s borders are still... more

Southern Laos - Along the Mekong - 4000 Islands, Champasak

Si Phan Don Video

Southern Laos - Along the Mekong - 4000 Islands, Champasak

More from the travel vault - this time travels to southern Laos in 2016. We visit 4000 Islands, Champasak and explore the Mekong. Southern... more

Camperdown Cemetery - a wander in Sydney's atmospheric old burial ground

Sydney Video

Camperdown Cemetery - a wander in Sydney's atmospheric old burial ground

When it opened in the 1840s, Camperdown Cemetery was Sydney's most important burial ground and the resting place of many prominent and... more

In lockdown Sydney, heritage destruction gets an exemption - the end of Willow Grove

Sydney Blog

In lockdown Sydney, heritage destruction gets an exemption - the end of Willow Grove

As the wrecking ball moved in on Willow Grove in Parramatta last week, I was struck by the the similarities between heritage battles in... more

Vietnam's COVID crisis deepens

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

Vietnam's COVID crisis deepens

Some thoughts from Sydney in lockdown on travel, missing Vietnam, and the worsening COVID crisis in South East Asia. As I write this... more

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