Phil Brown -  journalist . writer . poet

Phil Brown

journalist . writer . poet

articles . books . poems

Phil Brown - Travel Stories

Phil Brown has been writing travel for more than two decades. If you've read his book Travels With My Angst you'll know he's not the best traveller in the world but Phil has written on locations from the Himalayas to the Scottish Highlands where he once bagged a Munro. Look it up if you don't know what that means.

His favourite destination is always Hong Kong and his favourite hotel is always The Peninsula, that's a given, but he has ranged far and wide and here you can read about some of his journeys.

Travel Stories:

  1. Camping, no … Glamping? Too right - Take in the splendour of the Outback from the comfort of luxury tents that make roughing it a distant memory - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, July 10-11, 2021

  2. Impressions of Melbourne - Visit an extensive exhibition in the Victorian capital and stay at a stunning and rather arty new hotel. - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, June 26-27, 2021

  3. Discovering the spirit of the Outback - A train ride from Brisbane to Longreach is a gentle introduction to the wonders of the west - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, May 15-16, 2021

  4. Chilling out on bay watch - Discover the serenity of Tangaloomabelow the water, from the air, or just lolling on the beach - Qweekend magazine, The Courier-Mail, February 27-28 - 2021

  5. Chilling out in front of the fire - For a bracing mid-week break from the big smoke, a cosy Stanthorpe cottage ticked all the boxes - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, August 15 -16, 2020

  6. Secret’s out on creative capital - Whatever your interest – food, history, art or politics – vote with your feet and discover more on a tailormade tour of Canberra. - Brisbane News, March 18 edition

  7. THE HEART OF KOWLOON - You won’t forget a stay at The Peninsula Hong Kong, where glamour and warmth accompany spectacular views. - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, Feb 15-16

  8. Feast for the senses - Shop ‘til you drop, indulge in fine food and wine and allow time for a history lesson in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay - Brisbane News Jan 29 to Feb 4

  9. THE COMPACT CULTURAL CAPITAL - For a cool change, Hobart offers a feast of culinary and artistic delights - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, September 7 - 8, 2019

  10. The fabulously funky Fantauzzo - You don’t have to be an art lover toappreciate the impressive works that line the walls of this new contemporary hotel - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, June 15-16, 2019

  11. Out of the annals of Soviet history - Another Gentleman in Moscow stays at the stunning Metropol Hotel, setting of Amor Towles’s 2016 novel. - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, April 6-7

  12. "The general vibe of the QT Sydney hotel is, well, vibrant" - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, Feb 2, 2019

  13. Yen for culture - Experience the art of the Japanese tea ceremony, or shop ’til you drop. You can do both in one day from The Peninsula Tokyo - Brisbane News, November 7 - 13, 2018

  14. Sofitel Sydney Wentworth - “This was Sydney’s first five-star hotel”. - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, October 27-28, 2018

  15. Neon Wonderland - Shinjuku is about colour and movement in a city of lights, people and action - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, September 22-23, 2018

  16. Peninsula Tokyo - "The location of the hotel is terrific if you plan on some Ginza shopping and eating". - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, August 25-26, 2018

  17. Sofitel Wellington - “Nothing in this compact and cultural city is far from the hotel”
    Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, July 7-8, 2018

  18. The capital of Kiwi culture - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, June 16-17, 2018

  19. West Hotel Sydney - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, April 28-29, 2018

  20. Paris in Style - Brisbane News, March 28 - April 3, 2018

  21. Le flâneur in the City of Light - Qweeekend magazine, The Courier-Mail, March 17, 2018

  22. London from the air - Qweeekend magazine, The Courier-Mail, Feb 10-11, 2018

  23. Scotland the brave - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, February 3-4, 2018

  24. Spice up your life at Chippendale - The Courier-Mail Jan 27-28 edition of Qweekend - 2018

  25. New Sydney Sofitel is tres chic - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, December 9-10, 2017

  26. Oasis outside the bustle of Byron - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, August 19-20, 2017

  27. BOUNTIFUL BANGKOK - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, July 1-2, 2017

  28. Safe harbour at Pier One - Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, June 24-25, 2017

  29. An oasis of dreams - QWeekend magazine, The Courier-Mail, June 3, 2017

  30. Palace Intrigue - Brisbane News May 24 - 2017
    Live like a king in splendid luxury at a beachside resort on the stunning Thai coast long favoured by royals

  31. Space for relaxation at Noosa - QWeekend
    Where to stay ...

  32. BEAUT IDEA - Brisbane News, Dec 14-20, 2016
    Hotel pairs the art of living with major artist’s show

  33. ZOO WITH A VIEW - The Courier-Mail Saturday Oct 22.2016

  34. Culture club - Brisbane News edition 26 Oct to Nov 2. 2016
    Creativity revives a once jaded Sydney locale

  35. Wild about Honkers - Brisbane News edition of Oct 19-26-2016
    Explore Hong Kong’s hidden wonders

  36. AN EASTERN STAR - QWeekend, The Courier-Mail, Sept 10/2016
    Since the days of empire, The Peninsula Hong Kong has been revered as the finest hotel east of Suez

  37. GREAT ESCAPE - In the footsteps of convicts, between city and sea
    "The convicts might not have had such a great time in The Rocks but it worked for us".

  38. HIDDEN HONKERS - May 18 - 24 2016
    Kowloon’s backstreets conceal a wealth of wonders ...

  39. WONDERFUL WHISTLER - 24.10.2015 - The Courier Mail
    Summer or winter, Whistler is a magic destination and The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is the place to stay, writes Phil Brown

  40. GROOVY VANCOUVER - 19.09.2015 - The Courier Mail
    The locals call it ‘Van-groovy’ and Vancouver is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and there’s plenty to do all year round, writes Phil Brown

  41. Palace intrigue
    Live like royalty in the luxury confines of a legendary Waikiki Beach hotel

  42. Bay dream believer
    Eat your fill then chill on a Thai island idyll

  43. Top 10 Singapore Favourites
    If Paris is a movable feast, what does that make Singapore?

  44. Honkers heaven
    Embrace the thrilling intensity of Tsim Sha Tsui

  45. Bali - Spellbinding spot
    In Sanur, it’s all about kicking back and taking things slowly

  46. Macau - Cultured pearl
    Rich history adds lustre to an Asian port of call

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