Rob McFarland

After abandoning a sensible career in IT to travel and write, Rob McFarland now divides his time between Sydney, the US and Europe. He’s won six writing awards, including Australian Travel Writer of the Year, and regularly runs workshops for aspiring writers. While not averse to the charms of a 5-star hotel, his most memorable travel experiences involve adventure. Highlights include scaling the mist-shrouded mountain behind Machu Picchu and rafting the Futaleufu River in Patagonia.

Saddle Rocks at Cullercoats Bay.

England's stunning coastal walk

The Spanish City – a two-storey English entertainment complex made famous by a Dire Straits song – has had a dazzling makeover.

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A licence is not required to hire a GoBoat.

Messing about on boats in London

London's canal system might not be the industrial thoroughfare it once was but there are still plenty of things to trouble the first-time boater.

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