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About alisonstewartwriter

Alison is a writer, journalist and travel writer, born in South Africa, now living in Australia. She has had nine books published - two books for adults and seven for young people. Four of them have been translated into Italian, Danish, Dutch and Thai. Her latest project, Cold Stone Soup, an unpublished memoir about growing up under apartheid and migrating to Australia has won the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction manuscript). Cold Stone Soup was also runner-up in the 2010 Penguin/Varuna Scholarship. Her first book for adults, Born Into the Country (Justified Press 1988, South Africa) was shortlisted for the 1987 AA Mutual Life Vita Young Writers’ Award. Heinemann Australia published her next adult novel, Bitterbloom in 1991. Her YA novel, The Wishing Moon was shortlisted for the 1995 Australian Multicultural Children’s Award and was a 1995 Children’s Book Council Notable book. Her YA dystopia, Days Like This, published by Penguin Australia was a finalist in the inaugural 2010 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the YA category. Alison worked for years as a news and feature journalist. She is now a regular travel writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age and online Fairfax Media publications.

Ireland – enchanting otherworld road trip

Ireland and Northern Ireland, I must admit, are two of my favourite countries. What bliss therefore, to get in a car and drive for seven days the 1100-road trip from Dublin up around the Northern Ireland coast down to Galway. … Continue reading

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Luxury lodge New Zealand

Hunting and gathering takes on a whole new meaning at Treetops Lodge in New Zealand’s Rotorua region, Here’s my story, which appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Traveller on April 22, 2017, and the online link is … Continue reading

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Enchanted Island – Fiji

The gorgeous Fijian people make this lovely island in the Yasawas an enchanted place. My story on Turtle Island appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Traveller on April 22, 2017. Here’s a screenshot and the online link is … Continue reading

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Finding Niemeyer – Rio’s great modernist architect

If you visit Rio, take the journey from central Rio across the Niteroi Bridge to experience the 11-kilometre Niemeyer Way. You’ll be able to view the spectacular creations of a Brazilian icon, the great modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer. Here’s my story … Continue reading

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Road trip around New Zealand’s Northland and Rotorua

Apart from the better-known Bay of Islands, who knew the rest of New Zealand’s Northland was such a gorgeous, unspoiled place. Add Rotorua into the mix and you have the makings of an unforgettable journey. Just don’t expect too much … Continue reading

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Ten ways to get your heart hammering in Cape Town

Cape Town is beautiful, no doubt. Here are some activities where you can appreciate the physical beauty while also experiencing a surge of adrenalin! Here’s a PDF link to my story published in Fairfax Media’s Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne … Continue reading

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Ultimate South American travel by private jet

Once they were rolling stones, thumbing lifts from Marrakech to Kathmandu. Now they travel in the Rolling Stones’ jet – literally. Here’s a PDF of my cover story on Captain’s Choice Ultimate South America by private jet journey. It was … Continue reading

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Ashford Castle, Ireland

Ashford Castle – a gorgeous hotel in County Mayo where you can walk with hawks and eat like kings! Here’s my story published in The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Traveller on December 3, 2016: And you can read … Continue reading

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The Luxe of the Irish – Belmond’s new Grand Hibernian train

Belmond has added another exquisite train to its portfolio of luxury trains, which include the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Eastern & Oriental Express, Edinburgh’s Royal Scotsman, Britain’s Northern Belle and British Pullman. My story about travelling on the Grand Hibernian is the cover story in … Continue reading

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Ballyfin House, Ireland – Conde Nast 2016 Best Hotel in the World

It’s not every day you stay in the best hotel in the world. Unplanned. A few days before my arrival, Conde Nast announced this readers’ choice award, so … Serendipity! With only 20 rooms, it will be harder to get … Continue reading

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