Mutawintji – giving back the promised land

By Chris Maher [This story first appeared in Geo Magazine] According to Dreamtime legend, Mutawintji is the promised land, delivered to the survivors of a god’s dreadful wrath. The Malyankapa tribe made the serious error of taking advice from a mischievous frog –...

Taking the slow road

By Chris Maher (Excerpt from the story in Snapshots of Sri Lanka) THIS was a first. Of all the places I’d travelled either by myself or with the family, I’d never hired a driver. I’d always believed that using local public transport was the best way...

Survival of the cutest

By Chris Maher [This story first appeared in The Australian newspaper.] Calmed by flutes of chilled champagne, my wife and I felt highly privileged as we sat by ourselves on the white Heron Island sand, watching an orange sun slink beneath the shimmering waters of the...

Going global in Bellingen

By Chris Maher [This story first appeared in the Sunday Telegraph.] OUR whole family loves music, the north coast and the great outdoors, so it seemed a brilliant idea to combine all three and take a campervan trip to the Bellingen Global Festival. We thought back to...

Barcelona’s pride lives in the blaugrana

By Chris Maher [This story originally appeared in The Australian newspaper.] THE packed stadium pulses like the insides of a gigantic red-and-blue anemone. Down on the sparkling green pitch, a lone figure in orange awaits his fate, like a man forcing his eyes open in...