If you dream of island hopping, this list of the world's most beautiful islands is for you, writes Danielle Norton.
Danielle is a freelance travel, lifestyle and content writer. Her work has been published in Escape, Jetstar Magazine, Pacific Island Living Magazine, Island Spirit, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Traveller, International Traveller, Kidspot, Essential Kids, Weekendnotes, Good Food and Delicious Magazine.
Danielle is also a copywriter and has worked with numerous brands and small organisations to write stories, websites, grants and business documents.
Danielle teaches literature, literacy and cooking to secondary school students.
She has an Arts degree in Literature, Anthropology and Philosophy, a Diploma in Education and a post graduate certificate in Children's Literature.
In 2016, Danielle published a cookbook; 'Cooking with a Broken Heart'.
If you dream of island hopping, this list of the world's most beautiful islands is for you, writes Danielle Norton.
Danielle Norton tries Tiny Away, 2020's take on downsizing your weekend in the country. With big dreams about living small, my daughter and I headed to a Tiny Away home at Gherang on the fringes of the Otway National Park, 35 kilometres west of Geelong.
A new chef at the Lancemore Mansion and Spa
Adventures in and around Hobart with kids
The last time I took my kids on an international holiday a stranger approached me at the airport, gently squeezed my arm and said, "I hope you get a chance to have a break. You deserve it." She'd been on our plane and witnessed my struggles with the more anxious of my twins.
Is there anything more delightful than a flowering garden on a spring morning? How about your very own cosy miner's cottage set amongst 1,700 sustainably-grown heritage rose bushes on a micro flower farm? Sandy McKinley has designed her property, Acre of Roses, to be a true retreat from the busyness that infiltrates the lives of city slickers.
Bali Zoo, home to over 500 animals of more than 60 species, is set amidst 10 hectares of cooling, verdant tropical gardens. We've come up with 11 reasons why you should visit on your next trip to our nation's favourite holiday destination.
Melbourne's newest luxury hotel, Shadowplay by Peppers, is yet another drawcard for the Southbank precinct. Edwin, the stylish wine bar and restaurant located adjacent to reception on the ground floor, adds a new destination for food and wine buffs living in or visiting one of Melbourne's most sought after residential and recreational areas.
From the moment I set eyes on it, I knew we were destined to be together. The room around it was plush and palatial; floor to ceiling sheer curtains covered windows that looked out onto garden framed by magnificent eucalypts and rolling hills, the fireplace was set and the sofa plumped and ready to envelop me, but it was the well dressed bed that attracted my gaze.
Tearing down the slopes really builds an appetite. Here are options for pre- and apres-ski that go beyond hot choccy. Snowshoe to cheese fondue Is there anything better than a three-course French meal on a cold winter's night? Don snowshoes and trudge past snow gums at sunset and arrive at Alpine Nature Experience's hidden eco-village.
Don your winter woollies: it's road trip time, hibernators. When the cold winds start to whistle, the time is right to don your winter woolies and venture out of town. Just an hour from Melbourne, by car or train, lie the beautiful Macedon Ranges, writes Danielle Norton Learn Animus Distillery in Kyneton creates premium hand crafted gin.
It's one of Bali's most luxurious beach resorts, complete with butler service and a Sunday brunch that's the stuff of legends. So what's it really like to stay at the Mulia in Nusa Dua? Danielle Norton checks in.
Once upon a time, drinking holes in Hobart pretty much served only Cascade beer and cool climate wines. Tasmania is now a haven for distillers. There are 37 registered distilleries producing gin, whisky and even apple-based spirits. To meet the demands of a new generation of spirit lovers, a range of elegant and interesting bars are popping up in the capital.
January 30, 2019 I'm spending the day fishing with a tour guide and Julius Kera, owner of the Agnes Gateway Hotel and an elder of the Munda community. Floating peacefully on the brilliant blue, gin-clear ocean in a banana boat, we watch a frigatebird soaring through the air, chasing a seagull with a fish in its mouth.
Danielle Norton Boasting a world-class art collection and wow-factor mountain views, the Islington Hotel is one of Hobart's most elegant - and surprising - boutique stays. The Islington Hotel 321 Davey St, South Hobart, TAS, 7000 Hobart's Islington Hotel, secluded behind high gates, gives the impression that it is an exclusive private home.
Danielle Norton checks into Honiara's Heritage Park Hotel and is understandably impressed, this central, clean and modern hotel ticks all the boxes. January 30, 2019 Rebecca Murphy January 30, 2019 The History In previous times, the Heritage Park Hotel was the site of the Governor's residence and the grandeur befitting a person such as this still exists in its modern reincarnation.
Australia is the land of plenty: plenty of beaches, plenty of space and plenty of amazing food, writes Danielle Norton. Here are some of the less obvious choices for long-weekend getaways when food is your focus.
Make the most of your chance to have clothes made just for you.
The Munda Airport is the cutest little timber shack I've ever seen. A small crowd hovers in the shade, waiting for us to disembark so they can catch our plane back to Honiara, from whence we came.
As a travel writer, I spend a lot of time away from my kids, exploring different corners of the world. Sometimes, I breathe in, relax and thank the heavens above that I'm there alone. There are times when I know that a certain destination is a place I will definitely return to with my family.
Adventuring around Australia in summer can be hot, sweaty work. We've found 50 natural pools around the country that will help you cool off.
There's no better way to experience a culture than through its cuisine. How people grow, prepare and enjoy their food gives a special insight into their lives, which is why so many travellers can't wait to get into the kitchen when visiting a...
If you're looking for an abode to call your own during your stay in Thailand, it can seem a little more than overwhelming. Thankfully Danielle Norton has done the "hard" work for us, reviewing a 'calm' hotel that doesn't accept guests under 10 years of age. The Sarojin, Khao Lak, Phang Nga Province, Thailand.
A road trip from Byron Bay rolls into Federal, a hinterland town en route to the walking tracks and waterfalls of the Nightcap mountains. As well as a Japanese inspired cafe, Doma, a general store, and a homewares emporium, this town is home to Moonshine Coffee Roasters. Words by Danielle Norton.
From spending the night in a rare exotic fruit orchard and tasting Davidson plum ice-cream to ziplining through the forest and horse riding on the beach, here's what not to miss when you visit Tropical North Queensland's Cape Tribulation. Cape Tribulation is a significant UNESCO World Heritage-listed site where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.
Savai'i, Samoa's larger yet less populated island paradise.
A story about a journey to Cape tribulation, inspired by Jeannie baker's book, Where the Forest Meets the Sea.
Danielle Norton finds those three things and tranquility when she sets sail on a day cruise on Havannah Harbour, where the water's as clear as a summer sky and alive with marine life.
For a fascinating pitstop on the way to the Grampians National Park, don't miss Seppelt's in Great Western. Words by Danielle Norton. Underneath the winery lies a network of drives, three kilometres long, similar to the mining tunnels that the area is known for.
An unexpected treasure trove of animals in the Grampians. The Grampians National Park is a well-known destination for families. There are endless campsites, bush walks, rivers and lakes to explore and for nature lovers it is ideal for native animals spotting.
Penguins, pancakes and flying foxes ... what's not to love? At Melbourne's Southern Cross Station, my kids and I stock up on Bean Boozled jelly beans from the Sugar Shack on the platform. We are excited to be going on our first rail journey to Warrnambool, on the south west coast of Victoria.
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Career Profile Stories for The Age/Sydney Morning Herald
When brothers Ali, Mohammad and Hussain Alamein fled Iraq as children in the 1990s, they couldn't have imagined the success they would find thanks to a scholarship. L-R: Mohammad, Hussain and Ali Alamein Article 26 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to education.
Danielle Stewart's company My Word is on a mission to enrich connections between the elderly, their families and carers.
Andrew completed a diploma of community studies and outreach counselling and secured a job at Berry St as a residential care worker and an outreach worker in a youth program.
This educational change-maker thrives on connecting people through creativity.
It was the purchase of her first labradoodle puppy, Flash, that set her on this remarkable journey of love and caring for the community. Flash's breeder directed Ms Rimes to Delta Society; a charity that facilitates volunteers (and their specially trained dogs) visiting hospitals and healthcare facilities.
A small business program leads to large success for refugee and migrant women, writes Danielle Norton.
Justin Bonavia was studying criminal justice at RMIT and working part time in the Juvenile Detention Centre at Parkville as a youth worker when he first started to think about the positive impact that adventurous outdoor activities had on young people.
EIGHT years ago, Chris Tabone was a 29-year-old backpacker on a pilgrimage to see the sights of Europe, like so many young Australians before him. After travelling solo for nine months, he ran out of money and was sleeping on a friend's couch in London.
30 Day Challenges
Parenting and Lifestyle stories
At dusk on a dreary afternoon, I pulled into a parking space at a shopping centre and, in a moment of unbridled stupidity, tiredness and distraction, I shut my heavy car door on my own fingers. Trapped, and unable to wrench them out, I had to twist my body around and open the door handle to release them.
This year, for the first time, my teenager wasn't excited about our annual family holiday. I, on the other hand, was thrilled to be taking my three children to one of my favourite places; Tasmania.
Opinion: it's not a 'sacrifice'. So often I have heard stories about women whose partners are depicted as heroes for being willing to "take them on" even when they have two, three or four small children.
Recently, my children have been very interested in gender diversity, equality and LGBTIQ issues. Now that school camp is on the horizon, the issue of gender equality is being explored even further in relation to the strong friendships that exist between children of different genders.
Did one of your children sleep like a dream and never fuss, and the other needed constant reassurance? This is the reason why. We all know someone who has an 'easy' baby. Their child sleeps at the right times, is always happy, comfortable and adaptable in new surroundings, and generally enjoys their life.
"The self esteem that we've been teaching for the past 40 years is a false identity." We've all chanted the mantra; Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.
Weekendnotes Reviews - Films, Restaurants, Events, Hotels
I'm a freelance travel, lifestyle and content writer based in Melbourne. If you need the right words, I have them. Feel free to connect with me or have a look at my site https://www.clippings.me/users/daniellenorton for examples of my published work Angela and Sean Taylor, owners of Promhills Cabins and Eco tents, moved to South Gippsland from Sydney in 2007.
Meet Russ and Lorelle, owners of The Whiskery, the Bellarine Peninsula's newest, and only, gin and whiskey distillery.
Hire a Kombi - Step out of your comfort zone and into an adventure.
"You can't climb a mountain with downhill thoughts".
Review of John Trengove's film, The Wound.
Film Review: Sami Blood
I wait in the long line snaking its way one large city block up Little Bourke St. It is dinner time and torture to stand here waiting, while the tantalising smells of Chinatown waft past. What I wouldn't give for a hot plate of fried noodles right now!
Theatre review: Bambert's Book of Lost Stories
A Melbourne city weekend 'Staycation'.
" Spare the rod and spoil the child", says the stern round schoolteacher, bonnet pulled tightly, framing her face. A teenager enters the school house and is asked her age. " 16! You should be married by now", the mistress pronounces. The poor child doesn't know what to say or where to look.
A story of love, cooking and other associated disasters.