I confess – until we shot this cover on Fraser, I had never been to the island. I’ve long wanted to, mind you. In fact, it was November last year that I made the decision to shoot this summer’s cover here (yes, we like to work in advance here at AT). My decision was based on the results of our 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, published in our December 2012/January 2013 edition. Though Fraser didn’t win any category in those awards, I noticed mentions of the area time and time again in your responses – it was a consistent, just-under-the-radar favourite....
In this edition of Editor, Unedited, editor Georgia Rickard turns her blog over to Kingston the schmoodle, who recently tested out a five-star service for dogs at Sydney’s poshest hotel. I must admit, at first I wondered why I, the great Kingston the Schmoodle, was crowned with the honour of testing out Sydney’s poshest pet-friendly hotel. After all, I don’t own any pets! Unless you count my old, chewed-up teddy bear, Frederick, although he spends most of his time in the toy box these days… except at night, when he sleeps in my bed. And in the days when...
Georgia Rickard is discovering countless options to spoil her two 'furry children'. According to a Skyscanner survey of more than 1000 dog owners undertaken in July this year, women miss their dogs while travelling, more than they miss family or friends. This doesn’t surprise me, mostly because I’m one of said owners (though, like so many others, I prefer the term ‘parent’), but also because the world has officially gone dog crazy. The signs are everywhere. I first noticed it a few years ago, when I realised that there were several cafes in Sydney dedicated to dogs – Chew Chew...
Georgia Rickard recounts a wondrous trip in a life-changing year of which she now has very little physical proof of. Like most Australians, I took a gap year before I settled down into a career. Mine, which didn’t take place after high school but commenced once I’d finished university, was intended as a cultured, grown-up affair rather than a rowdy beer-soaked mess (well, I was 20 by that stage – far too sophisticated to aspire to such childish pastimes), but quickly turned into the kind of common experience you read about every day. Not to say that I turned into...
Georgia Rickard recounts the time when a magazine editor's life suddenly seems part time-lapse, part dream sequence... When I finished university I can clearly remember the relief I felt at no longer having to deal with the stressful rush that comes with trying to make assessment deadlines. I was one of those students who firmly believed that Ps make degrees (who cares about high distinctions?). So assessments were generally ignored until the night before they were due, at which point I would make myself a huge flask of espresso on the coffee machine at the pub where I worked, take...
Georgia Rickard walks us through the stresses and the triumphs of the Australian Traveller magazine cover shoot; the most stress she will ever face as an editor. One of the greatest feats of PR that magazine land ever accomplished was the idea that putting together a magazine is glamorous. (It’s not.) Of course, there are moments – parties, red carpets, lunches and launches – where it’s easy to look around and convince yourself that in fact, yes, you have yourself an exciting, glossy, good-looking job. But like any thing else, the secret is hard work. And nowhere is that more...
Because she travels for a living, Georgia Rickard has become somewhat of a breakfast buffet connoisseur. Here she dissects what is and isn't acceptable in her must-have morning meal. I admit, to the uninitiated, the title of this article sounds suspiciously like an oxymoron. But buffets – or more specifically, buffet breakfasts – aren’t all tinned pears and lukewarm eggs. Take it from the girl with hollow legs, there are some truly great ones out there, and not just at expensive resorts. Four-star Canberra hotel, Burbury Hotel is a case in point: its morning selection includes gourmet muesli, fresh strawberries...
Few things are more stressful than knowing your final appointment for the week – at 4:45pm on a Friday, to be precise – will be a spa treatment. Yes, I did say stressful and, yes, I’m aware of how outrageous that sounds. Feel free to insert something about first-world problems here. But there’s so much to do in a week! Who has the time to leave the office before five o’clock? Only to go and lie on a table, thoughts screeching through your mind about everything you haven’t done? Still, my favourite quirky brand has just announced a brilliant new...
Voted 'Australia's Best Guided Tour' two years running at AT's Readers' Choice Awards, editor Georgia Rickard felt it was high time she discovered why... When Sydney's iconic BridgeClimb took out our 'best guided tour' gong at the AT Reader Awards (for the second year in a row), a bold decision was made amongst AT staffers - it was time to climb the bridge for ourselves. Being terrified of heights, it was decreed that staff writer Alissa Jenkins and I should tackle the climb head on - and so dutifully filled out release forms, suited up in onesies, and prepared ourselves...
I had a moment the other day. There was nothing particularly dramatic happening at the time (other than the fact that I was on board the Indian Pacific – amazing!). I was sitting quietly in my cabin, gazing out at the blurred vastness of the Nullarbor, when I found myself suddenly flushed with gratitude. How lucky am I? I thought. I hate to say it, but moments like that are pretty common (sorry!). Earlier this year I took a journey through The Kimberley and had such an amazing, wondrous, profoundly affective time that when I got home, I Googled the...
Not a bad spot to spend a holiday - or shoot a cover! This gorgeous Palm Beach holiday home, Paradise, was filled with eight busy members of the Australian Traveller team in order to shoot the cover for Issue 48, our Summer edition. Model, photographer, editor, stylist, art director, make up artist and two assistants arrived with four suitcases full of clothes and two trayfuls of coffee to make it all happen - model Elise was almost impossible to move off that day bed. Add in the prime position and the sunny location, and you can understand why more than...
A popular getaway destination for Australians to wait out winter, Port Douglas offers palm trees and sarongs, as well as sun-drenched streets with flashy eateries and trendy boutiques. Although it can explode to double its size during high season, Port Douglas still manages to retain the charm of a sleepy fishing village. Normally home to just 3000 locals, this picturesque town is less than 70 kilometres north of Cairns, and is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree rainforest. WHERE TO STAY Port Douglas suits any kind of traveller, with a wide variety of options. For solo travellers,...
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