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Trip Reports

Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding – Chengdu, China

Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding – Chengdu, China

If you go down in the woods at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding you sure are in for a big surprise. Located just 10 kilometres north of Chengdu city centre and a 30 minute  (50 yuan) tax ride it is easy to be transported to a land full of fun cuddles... read more
The Great Wall of China, Badaling

The Great Wall of China, Badaling

Legend has it, or at least our tour guides spiel, that only a great hero can make it to the top of the Great Wall of China (or as the locals like to say Chángchéng (长城) the “Long Wall”). With this challenge laid out to us, we started the ascent up the hilly landscape not on foot, but by cable car (I’m surprised a hero’s would start an ascent in such a manner) determined to reach the top.

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The Terracotta Army,  Xi’an (but don’t buy the guide book!)

The Terracotta Army, Xi’an (but don’t buy the guide book!)

On a warm, slightly humid, September morning in Xi’an our guide, along with chauffeur, picked us up from the Grand Mercure, Xian Renmin Square at 8am prompt ready for the drive to the Terracorra Army some 30 KM (19 Miles) to the East of Xi’an. After paying CNY500 (AUD93 / USD 81) for the tour and being reminded this did not include tips, we started the dive, through rush hour and a few traffic snarl ups to our destination. I was feeling excitement towards finally meeting an army of over 7,000 warriors, frozen in time for over 2000 years, preserved and ready for me to see.

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Jordan and the Rose City of Petra

Jordan and the Rose City of Petra

My journey to Petra started in 1989. It’s not that it takes that long to get there, but the 80’s and the film Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade introduced me to the ancient city of Petra and created a desire to visit the stunning historic location. Finally, in... read more

Toronto on a (time) budget

I had a two day whistle stop tour of Toronto planned as part of my trip to North America but sadly a changed flight schedule resulted in the the stay being cut even shorter to just 24 hours. Whilst my visit was short, I was still very keen to catch up with my old work... read more

Tibooburra

I set off for Tibooburra some 332 KM north from Broken Hill after sunrise to hopefully avoid any road crossing roos. The road consists of a mix of both stretches of sealed and generally good unsealed roads with very little traffic but some construction work underway.... read more

Base Camp: Broken Hill

After a break of some months, I have finally been able to get back on the road mainly because the weather has improved and roads that have been closed to flooding are now open. The idea of flying to locations has been put on hold, but could be used for my trip to... read more

Grong Grong, NSW

Grong Grong is another small rural village which is unlikely to be a destination for tourists. A hotel, church, disused railway line and grain bins are the highlight of this location The name Grong Grong is an Aboriginal term meaning “bad camping ground”... read more

Features

I’ve been everywhere & Walkers

UK Crisp (or chip for Australian readers) manufacturer Walkers is using a cover of ‘I’ve been everywhere’ by Kitty, Daisy & Lewis in their latest TV advert. As in earlier Walkers adverts former England Striker, Gary Lineker features – this... read more

6.30 with George Negus

After completing the I’ve been everywhere adventure the Channel 10 program “6.30 with George Negus” picked up on the story. These few minutes of footage took a whole day of filming. Despite having travelled over 30,000 km visiting all the places... read more

Weekend Today

Channel Nine’s Weekend Today show invited me to their Sydney studio for a chat. Here is the... read more
Your know your in the real outback when…

Your know your in the real outback when…

Traditionally passing the ‘black stump’ is an indicator that your in the outback. However, with numerous black stumps around the country, I’ve come up with my own observations for when I believe I am in the real outback. You know your in the real... read more
Base Camp: Broken Hill

Base Camp: Broken Hill

After a break of some months, I have finally been able to get back on the road mainly because the weather has improved and roads that have been closed to flooding are now open. The idea of flying to locations has been put on hold, but could be used for my trip to... read more