Notes on Melbourne: Things I noticed on my annual visit – 2018 Edition

Every year I return to my home city of Melbourne to see my family and attend to general business and personal duties. I still by default call Melbourne home, even if I haven’t lived here since 2010. I returned last year after an unintended two year absence, and like last year the city continues to change at a rapid pace. The building boom is still on, and there are more new places to eat …

Best ski resorts in New Zealand and Australia

Looking for the best ski resorts? Itching to ski New Zealand or ski Australia? Good timing: as you read this, snowflakes are falling in flurries across the ski fields. It’s set to be one of the best snow seasons, so whether the snow gums of Falls Creek are beckoning or the Remarkables’ impressive mountain ranges near Queenstown tickle your fancy, Mr & Mrs …

Ski Australia on Pink Mountains

The alpine regions of Australia are found mainly in the two states of New South Wales and Victoria, but there are a few scattered areas where snow occasionally falls like closer-to-Antartica Tasmania. So who travels to the Snowy Mountains and other OZ snowfields?  North American snowbirds, of course, …