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Australia and New Zealand Luxury Lodges and Resorts

Australia and New Zealand Luxury Lodges and Resorts

From Luxury Lodges Updated October 2008: South Island New Zealand – Select HotelsUpdated November 2008: SLH Blanket BayUpdated November 2008: Pure Tasmania/Federal GroupOver the past three years, Rod (sometimes with ‘Mrs Travel Writer’) has visited a wide range of New Zealand’s world famous luxury and exclusive lodges. (see comprehensive spreadsheet) Names like Huka Lodge, Grasmere […]

A New Light on the Old West

A New Light on the Old West

When we think of cowboys and indians, it’s all too easy to recall those gun-toting heroes of the old west purging the dusty plains of trouble-making savages, dodging arrows and riding off into the sunset. If there was ever a tired old cliché, that has to be it. It may also seem unusual that a […]

Samoa: Coming Out of My Shell

Samoa: Coming Out of My Shell

Location: SamoaVisit date: May 20091000 wordsAuthor’s images: http://rodeime.fotopic.net/c1695226.htmlStock images also available.See Samoa on Google Maps Coming Out of My Shell Hunted and harassed around the world, have these delicate sea creatures found sanctuary here in Samoa? Roderick Eime delves beneath the waves in search of these enigmatic and delightful animals. The determined reptile bore down […]

Across the Nullarbor Plain – A Modern Australian Pilgrimage

Across the Nullarbor Plain – A Modern Australian Pilgrimage

Commissioned for Tourism Australia Long after the original wanderings of Australia’s indigenous inhabitants, Europeans began to rediscover the vast Australian landscape. These monumental overland treks are now part of white man’s folklore as much for their audacity and bravery as their sheer foolhardiness. In 1861, Burke and Wills staggered north into oblivion while Ludwig Leichhardt […]

Cool New Auckland

Cool New Auckland

By Roderick Eime Tamaki-Makau-Rau – ‘the maiden with a hundred lovers’ – may not sound like the most flattering of descriptions, but the Maori have a definite fondness for the region that provides a bounty of seafood in a setting of lush, rolling hills and a temperate climate. Auckland was named in 1840 by the […]

The Ultimate Australian Souvenir?

The Ultimate Australian Souvenir?

Finding your own take-home treasure in the real Australian outback. Pearler Strolling along Dampier Terrace in Broome, you know you’re in the expensive part of town. Lined up along the street adjacent Roebuck Bay are all the big names in Australian pearling; Linneys, Kailis and Paspaley. Sprinkled amongst the big ticket families are galleries, stores […]

A Gem in the Rough

A Gem in the Rough

Originally published in Emirates Portfolio: [See PDF] The harsh Queensland gemfields attract their fair share of dreamers and drop-outs. Some find their El Dorado, but most luck out. Not Peter Brown. Some success stories read like a fairy tale. When Peter Brown arrived penniless in the hot, dry and dusty Queensland outback town of Rubyvale […]

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All That Glitters

All That Glitters

The lure of the sapphire is very real in Queensland’s Central Highlands. As Roderick Eime discovered, the fabled El Dorado may have streets lined with gold but Rubyvale’s dusty pavements are littered with gemstones. “Here you go,” says Kym White with a cultured tone that seems incongruous in the Australian outback. Her finely manicured hands […]

A Cape to Adventure

A Cape to Adventure

Queensland’s rugged Cape York Peninsula is a bush-driving destination of considerable repute. http://www.metronews.ca/ottawa/australia/article/144424