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Australian Alps: a visit to the ski resorts of Perisher and Thredbo

September 11, 2019

In this post, I visit the ski resorts of Perisher and Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains area of the Australian Alps. The area's quite famous and historic (as in 'The Man from Snowy River') and the skifields are huge. I give out some practical tips about where to stay and how to save money by booking ahead, and share heaps of photos and videos and stories gleaned by talking to local people.

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August 30, 2019

Iran: Make Love not War—Part 3—Tabriz and the Road of the Martyrs

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August 13, 2019

Iran: Make Love not War - Part 2 - Getting across the border

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July 27, 2019

Iran: Make love not war?

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July 7, 2019

Prelude to Aspiring: Or, what to do when there's no snow in paradise

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June 18, 2019

'Tossed by the Wind': The rare and remarkable creatures of Tiritiri Matangi (Part Two)

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June 6, 2019

'Tossed by the Wind': The rare and remarkable creatures of Tiritiri Matangi (Part One)

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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