I'm a freelance journalist, writer, content creator and Escape columnist. I produce articles for magazines, newspapers and online platforms, as well as creating bespoke content for clients. I've been writing professionally for 20 years, with a special interest in travel writing. As a former news reporter, I can turn my hand to virtually any brief or topic, including business and personal finance, lifestyle, health and wellness, and parenting. My work has appeared in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Herald Sun, The Australian, Lonely Planet, Voyeur, Qantas Spirit, The Collective, Jetstar magazine, Silkwinds, Tiger Tales, Kidspot and get lost magazine. I have also written for Red Balloon, BPAY, Mercer, Mantra and Tourism and Events Queensland, among others.
There's a monkey swinging from the rafters in my stateroom. He's a peculiar breed with green and white stripes and bobbly, I'm-up-to-mischief eyes. Cruising has entered something of a cultural twilight zone. I'm an Aussie on a Norwegian ship, in American waters, off Hawaii - a Polynesian archipelago that defies convention as the 50th state of the US.
Drop in for a drink at the world's oldest pub to beat the heat while you're in Petra.
They're here. An army of spider crabs, sometimes the size of a football field, is on the march in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay. The creepy crustaceans are scurrying into shallow waters en masse for their annual shell-shedding soiree.
See the Colosseum through the eyes of a gladiator with these expert tips.
Lake Louise wears blue contact lenses - here's how to make the most of your visit.
You don't know the wonder of a waterfall until you've seen Iguazu. Here's the best way to explore the falls.
A special welcome awaits at the reopened Daydream Island Resort.
Hawaii's volcano eruption might have briefly melted tourism, but its aftermath is a new drawcard.
See where Tomb Raider was filmed and more at the world's largest religious monument.
On the trail of a Polynesian demigod, Catherine Best discovers the Hawaiian legends of creation aren't completely at odds with science.