This Port Arthur ghost hunt (Paranormal Investigation Experience) in Tasmania is the scariest thing Rob McFarland has ever done, he says. It’s 11pm and six of us are huddled on the stairs of the Commandant’s House in Port Arthur Historic Site. We’re the only ones left in the former convict settlement – the day trippers departed hours ago and we passed the last of the ghost tours on our way...
Surfing champ Layne Beachley shares her story with and her thoughts on that one thing she loves most about Australia. Well, she couldn’t stop at just one. Winning my first world title was surreal because I actually didn’t realise I’d won it. I was in Lacanau, south-west France, and I only speak a handful of French; I understood that they were saying “new world champion of surfing” but I didn’t know they were referring to me. One of my friends, an Australian journalist, explained what was going on and said “do something!” so I jumped up and down like a kangaroo. It...
Roughing it when you go glamping (or camping)? Pah – not with these new camping-age gadgets. 1. Coleman Tall Boy Air Lumbar Gone are the days of a sturdy log to park your rump, with camping chairs now coming with more contraptions than a Bond car. The Coleman Tall Boy instalment comes with adjustable air lumbar support system, complete with pump, and a foldaway side table with cup holder. $119. 2. The Napsack by Poler Camping This crafty invention comes with zippers at the shoulders to stick your arms out, hood to keep your noggin warm, cinch at the bottom...
Jamie Oliver’s latest dining spot in Brisbane has Tiana Templeman feeling a little lukewarm. There is no denying Jamie’s Italian is the hottest restaurant in town. One of Brisbane’s hippest nightclubs used to occupy this site in the ’80s and getting a table for a ‘lovely jubbly’ dinner proves even more challenging than getting past the pastel-clad Rosie’s doorman on a Friday night. The best option, a 4:45pm sitting on a Monday, offers another blast from the past. I haven’t eaten this early since I was five. Our dining experience has more ups and downs than a classic 1980s rom-com...
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