Geography of Oceania

Magical mystery tours

Graffiti in Hosier Lane, Melbourne. Photos: Corbis; AFP

Small groups, led by passionate experts, have given Carol West a whole new perspective on her hometown, Melbourne.

Saturday, 29 September, 2012, 11:50pm

Australia looking to get back on track in HK

Australia are hoping to get their world series campaign back on track after disappointing results in the last two events.

The Wallabies are sitting in sixth place in the standings, 40 points behind leaders New Zealand, and know they need to step it up in the remaining four events to finish in the top four.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Out Shopping

Go crazy

The oversized rounded glasses (top; HK$1,445) by Elizabeth and James are great for a vintage look but our favourites are the kooky black hexagonal frames (above; HK$2,060). Elizabeth and James is available at Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 2288.

Going Gauguin

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

US asks Canberra about China space base

Washington asked the Australian government for an explanation as to why China has access to a space tracking station in Western Australia after learning about it in an article in the South China Morning Post on November 5.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Buyers' bonanza

In Australia, sellers of top-end real estate lean towards the 'off-market' sales method, where discretion is paramount. Many among the rich and famous don't want it known that they're selling, or buying, says buyer's agent Rich Harvey, managing director of Sydney-based

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

The big picture

The old adage about buying the best you can afford is never truer than in relation to real estate. Prestige property may command a premium, but the best located homes and apartments also prove to be the best investments. Even during the slowdown in many of Australia's property market sectors, the highest end continues to outperform.

25 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Arch-rival Melbourne on the up as Sydneysiders make escape plans


When Sydneysiders are not discussing their mortgages, lack of child care or the city's collapsing infrastructure, talk turns to escape. Whether it's a brief sojourn in a French farmhouse or a permanent move to Tasmania, everyone seems to nurse an escape plan.

6 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

Incorrect characters were given for the name of the new governor of Shanxi province , Meng Xuenong , in yesterday's front-page story headlined 'Beijing surprises with five new ministers'.

1 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

A brighter outlook beckons

Following the 2001-to-2003 growth phase in the Australian property market, price growth slowed down over much of the country. But most large Australian real-estate markets are now emerging from the 'downside' of their cycles - and Sydney is again experiencing solid growth, with higher rents and improving yields luring more investors, according to real estate giant Colliers International.

13 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Country pursuit

First it was 'sea change', now it's 'tree change': for the tens of thousands of Australians looking to trade in their stressed city lifestyles, the coast is now so expensive that they are heading for the bush.

30 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

University's inaction illegal

An Australian university was accused in court this week of breaking the law after it failed to report a mainland student was missing.

The Shanghai student, Zhang Hongjie, had been undertaking a degree in media studies at the University of Canberra but had not attended classes for more than six months.

27 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Be our guest

The deadline for our competition, in the Travel section of the June 12 edition of Post Magazine, has been extended to June 26. To enter, go to, click on 'Travel Club' and complete the registration form. To recap, Virgin Atlantic is offering two lucky Post readers the chance to experience its new Hong Kong-Sydney Upper Class service.

19 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Empty promise

Poor old Canberra. It takes a terrible pasting from the rest of Australia. When I told friends in Sydney that I was spending a long weekend in the national capital, the response was simply: why?

10 Jun 2005 - 12:00am


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1 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Australian cities fend off insults

A trans-continental war of words broke out between Australia's smaller cities this week, with Perth flinging accusations that Hobart and Adelaide were boring and backward-looking.

12 Jul 2003 - 12:00am