Friday Foto: Friendly Beaches

Friendly Beaches

The ocean has figured heavily in my life this week. Two nights ago I was sleeping beside it, on the wonderfully named Friendly Beaches (above) on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula, sleeping like I haven’t slept in weeks, lulled by rhythm of the waves and the sea. Continue reading

Travel Writing Awards

Last weekend the Australian Society of Travel Writers held its annual awards, and I was honoured to pick up two gongs: one for the best story about Australia (over 1000 words), and the other for the best international story (under 1000 words). I was also a finalist in two other categories, including travel photographer of the year. Continue reading

On the Trail of Tim Cope

Last night I went to a presentation by one of Australia’s finest adventurers, Tim Cope, speaking about his three-and-a-half-year journey on horseback across the Eurasian steppe. As he talked about horse thieves, intense heat and cold and his Chatwin-like fascination for the nomadic people of the steppe, it set me┬áthinking about pathways. Not the paths we walk or ride, but our pathways in life. Continue reading