Robert Upe

Robert Upe

Robert Upe is Fairfax Media's Travel and Tourism Writer, based at The Age in Melbourne.

Gallipoli service 'mayhem' warning

Robert Upe A ballot to limit numbers at next year's Anzac Day centenary dawn service at Gallipoli may not head off mayhem, a leading war historian and battlefields tour operator has warned.

Melbourne

Luxury cruise liner Queen Mary 2 forced to berth at industrial dock

The Queen Mary 2 at Webb Dock.

Robert Upe If you think parking problems are bad on Melbourne’s streets, wait until you get on to Port Phillip Bay.

Victoria

Weekend Away: Tewksbury Lodge, Porepunkah

Robert Upe Robert Upe checks into a riverside log cabin in mountain country.

New Zealand

One day three ways: Queenstown

Robert Upe Oysters, gondolas and five-star lodges shine in the resort town on the South Island.

China

Chairman's last stand

Robert Upe Tiananmen Square is one of the few places left where the former dictator's influence remains unshakeable, writes Robert Upe.

Victoria

Weekend Away: Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne

Iconic ... the Adelphi's 25-metre glass-bottomed lap pool that juts out over Flinders Lane.

Robert Upe With spoon at the ready, Robert Upe checks into the dessert-themed Adelphi Hotel in Melbourne.

USA

To heaven - and to hell - you ride

Telluride Colorado

Robert Upe The freewheeling spirit of the west is in the air at Telluride, writes Robert Upe.

Airlines

Flight test: Dragonair economy class

Dragonair

Robert Upe The food standard is above the usual economy class offering. Wine is served willingly and a top-up glass is also brought later.

Victoria

Review: Australia's first Tune Hotel

Tune Hotel Melbourne

Robert Upe An offshoot of AirAsia, they're known as the 'budget airline' of hotels. So how does Australia's first Tune Hotel measure up?

Indonesia

Private pleasures

june 30 amarterra villas bali
2 bedroom villa

Robert Upe Robert Upe takes a look behind the closed doors and high walls of one of Indonesia's newest villa retreats.

Victoria

Weekend away: Dinner Plain

Robert Upe Robert Upe warms his toes in front of the fire at Peppers Rundells Alpine Lodge, Dinner Plain.

USA

Six of the best: Aspen hotels

Westin Snowmass

Robert Upe There's a dog in the lobby of Aspen's coolest five-star hotel, a handsome Dobermann with a diamond-studded collar.

Airlines

Flight test: China Eastern

China Eastern Airlines

Robert Upe The best entertainment is watching all the passengers who fail to follow basic instructions.

Airlines

Flight test: Air Asia X

AirAsia X.

Robert Upe Low-cost carriers suffer from a reputation of abrupt service, but I find it friendly and efficient.

Canada

Australian tourist tells of ordeal stranded on breakaway Arctic ice floe

stranded thumb

Robert Upe An Australian tourist has survived a freezing ordeal after his tour group was stranded on a drifting and sinking ice floe in the Canadian Arctic.

Skiing

Trans-Tasman stoush over the best-value skiing

Treble Cone

Robert Upe With the skiing season cranking up, an age-old argument has flared between Australia and New Zealand: Which country has the best-value skiing?

Ski season

Powder to the people

Snow fun at Falls Creek.

Robert Upe As ski season opens, Robert Upe sizes up the new offerings at major Australasian snowfields.

Victoria

Tails you win

Robert Upe Wobbly chairs, maybe, but Robert Upe and pets are happy with these basic waterside digs.

Western Australia

Latest digs in the west

terrace hotel

Robert Upe A new hotel is lending Western Australia classic credibility, writes Robert Upe.

Typhoid on the rise as travellers skip vaccines

Goa woman tourist in market, India

Robert Upe Headed to Bali? Beware of rabies and hepatitis. Thailand? Don't drink the water. Africa? Yellow fever. India? Typhoid.