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Willow Grove and Parramatta's curious heritage struggle

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Willow Grove and Parramatta's curious heritage struggle

Parramatta is an Australian heritage curiosity. This building, Willow Grove from the 1870s, is a... enlarge

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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 Laos is a precious part of the world... more

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

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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

Unsettled - an unsettling exhibition at Sydney's Australian Museum

Sydney Blog

Unsettled - an unsettling exhibition at Sydney's Australian Museum

A new exhibition at the Australian Museum in Sydney, curated by First Nations people, represents a shift in the long process of balancing... more

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... 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

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Sydney see and do

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