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While cre­at­ing my home here I was look­ing for a piece of art that truly said Aus­tralia. When I walked into the Ni­cholas Dat­tner store I couldn’t re­sist a redgum ta­ble. It couldn’t have come from any­where else. www.nicholas­dat­tner.com. VERONIKA MAINE; CARLA ZAM­PATTI I spend hours wan­der­ing around stores in Italy. When home in Aus­tralia, I’m cap­ti­vated by the style of Veronika Maine and Carla Zam­patti. www.veronika­maine.com.au; www.car­lazam­patti.com.au. DONNA Brinkhaus is man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Cana­dian Tourism Com­mis­sion in Syd­ney. She trav­els for about three months of the year, of­ten head­ing to dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in Canada as well as to Sin­ga­pore, Bali, Thai­land and Cam­bo­dia. www.canada.travel. WILDER­NESS, CANADA It’s spell­bind­ing to go to a re­mote wilder­ness lo­ca­tion in west­ern Canada and watch griz­zly bears fish­ing for salmon and fat­ten­ing up for the win­ter. Th­ese gi­ants for­age for food in the river, play, so­cialise and ar­gue while you are sit­ting just 6m away. www.great­bear­tours.com. NI­CHOLAS DAT­TNER FURNITURE, SYD­NEY AND MELBOURNE MUNRO’S BOOKS, VAN­COU­VER Hav­ing grown up in Vic­to­ria, on Van­cou­ver Is­land, I took for granted all the old English in­flu­ences in many of the city’s shops. One of my favourite hang­outs is Munro’s Books, the most mag­nif­i­cent book­shop in Canada. It stocks ev­ery­thing you could want to read and has a ca­sual, invit­ing and charm­ing at­mos­phere. www.munro­books.com. VILLA SUN­GAI, BALI This is lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion in a re­mote lo­ca­tion in east­ern Bali. The com­pound com­prises three private vil­las, a din­ing and liv­ing lounge area, an ex­pan­sive pool and out­side loung­ing ar­eas. Seven staff cater for your ev­ery whim, and a divine chef cre­ates the lunch and din­ner menus you choose. www.bali-vil­la­sun­gai.com. FRAT­TINI, LE­ICH­HARDT, SYD­NEY The food here is fab­u­lous, the at­mos­phere ca­sual. The restau­rant is a fam­ily op­er­a­tion with owner Tony greet­ing din­ers at the door with a smile. The food is au­then­ti­cally Ital­ian and por­tions are gen­er­ous. 122 Mar­ion St, Le­ich­hardt, Syd­ney. Phone (02) 9569 2997. FLOAT PLANE TRAVEL, CANADA The only way to get into the true Cana­dian wilder­ness, in­clud­ing the renowned Na­hanni Na­tional Park in the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, is by float plane. For a tamer ad­ven­ture, go out with the mail de­liv­ery float plane along the west coast of Bri­tish Columbia or jump on a float plane in Van­cou­ver and head off for din­ner at one of the coastal lodges such as West Coast Wilder­ness Lodge. www.har­bour-air.com. QUE­BEC CITY, CANADA This is one of my favourite cities. It is a UNESCO World Her­itage site that is full of charm. There are quaint bistros set in 400-year-old build­ings, ar­ti­sans sell­ing their work on the side­walks and gor­geous fash­ion. You hear French ev­ery­where and re­ally have to think twice to as­sure your­self you are in Canada. www.que­be­cre­gion.com. I AL­WAYS PACK My run­ners. I find the best way to know a place is to walk it. From the minute I land in a new city or vil­lage on go the run­ners and I’m out on a walk­ing ad­ven­ture. Meet­ing the lo­cals is half the fun of trav­el­ling. Sharon Fowler PROCLEAR one-day dis­pos­able con­tact lenses from Coop­erVi­sion are made from a new ma­te­rial that locks in wa­ter to cre­ate a shield around the lens of the eye, keep­ing con­tact lenses moist and com­fort­able through­out the day. They also come with a han­dling tint for easy in­ser­tion and re­moval. $54 for a 30-day pack; from op­tometrists. More: www.coop­ervi­sion.com.

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