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Chinese theme park bound for Central Coast

When I first heard about the ‘ChappyPie’ Chinese theme park proposed for the Central Coast, I wasn’t fussed about it. Sure, the concept drawings looked pretty cool, but it didn’t have that hook that made me think ‘I...

A scene from Tourism Australia's new video.

Tourism Australia unveil new campaign

Australia isn’t just a place you see, it’s a place you feel. That’s the overarching theme of the new Tourism Australia international marketing campaign featuring the dulcet tones of Australia’s hottest star – Chris...

Lobby at the Primus Hotel Sydney

Art Deco icon reborn as luxury hotel

After an extensive two-year restoration, Sydney’s newest luxury hotel – Primus Hotel Sydney – has thrown its Art Deco doors open to the public. Occupying the former Sydney Water Board headquarters on Pitt Street, which...

Stephen Fry’s guide to British manners

Ahh, the British – there’s nobody quite like them. Looking to drive this point home, Heathrow Airport has enlisted the help of actor/writer/comedian and all-round legend Stephen Fry to school new arrivals on a few basic...

Qantas named world’s safest airline

In an announcement that fills my little Australian heart with pride, Qantas has been named the world’s safest airline for the third year in a row by AirlineRatings.com The national carrier experienced no serious safety...

Legend of the Seas arriving in Brisbane. Source: Royal Caribbean International

A Legend arrives in Brisbane

Australia is one of the fastest growing cruise markets in the world, and you only need to look to Royal Caribbean to see that growth in action. A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to climb aboard for a tour...

Accor acquires Fairmont Raffles Hotels

It would seem buying up large hotel chains is becoming a bit of a trend lately. Following Marriott International’s recent move to snap up Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Accor Hotels has just acquired Fairmont Raffles...

Elephant herd arrives in Bangkok

Bangkok’s cute factor has just gone up enormously, with a herd of 88 brightly coloured elephant statues arriving to take part in the Elephant Parade Bangkok – the world’s largest open air art...

Travel guides for short attention spans

It’s no secret that people these days have short attention spans. Social media has… oh look, a blue car. Realising they have a limited time frame to catch our attention, Hotel Jen – the newest in the Shangri-La Hotels...

Chris Ashton

We're Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.