What is your favourite port visit?
Not one harbour but the entire Kimberley coastline - 600 nautical miles of pristine wilderness with no infrastructure to support operations. The sheer magnitude and grandeur of towering ochre-coloured sandstone walls, vertiginous waterfalls, thousands-of-years-old rock art and the vastness of a clear sky contrasted with the red of the earth and the blue of the water, has an almost spiritual affect on you. I always think, this is our country - Australia. Let's always preserve it for future generations.
What is your best overseas restaurant experience?
I lived in Costa Brava, Spain in my early 20s and always considered the paella mariscos on the beachfront with sand in my toes, sipping champagne an absolutely blissful indulgence. If the truth be known, it probably cost me less than (the equivalent of) $5 and the champagne was of questionable quality, however, the experience was impressionable. Nowadays, we are so spoilt with great restaurants where I live in Sydney but I often will take overseas visitors to enjoy the cuisine of Serge Dansereau at Bathers' Pavilion, Balmoral Beach. I still enjoy my champagne, and it's very easy to get the sand between my toes!
What is your favourite airline for business or first class? Why?
I just returned from an overseas business trip and flew Business Class on British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines and Qantas. I must admit Qantas remains my favourite. The same thing applies - the welcome. There is nothing like walking onboard a QF flight after a couple of weeks away from home to immediately feel welcome - plus they always serve excellent Champagne!
What three things do you never travel without?
Credit card, iphone and pictures of the family.
What is the one luxury travel experience you will never forget?
My husband Ray and I being hosted by the House of Veuve Clicquot in their private hotel in Reims, France. We stayed in the former master suite and the in-room refrigerator was huge and fully stocked with Veuve Clicquot and Perrier. I was in heaven.
What is the most important thing (travelwise) that money CAN buy?
What is the most important thing it can't?
That warm welcome.