17/06/2010 - 00:00

TRAVEL TALK with Jeanette Hacket - Vice-chancellor, Curtin University

17/06/2010 - 00:00


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Favourite holiday destination?

TRAVEL TALK with Jeanette Hacket - Vice-chancellor, Curtin University

Favourite holiday destination?

Internationally, I love to holiday in France where I have had many wonderful holidays enjoying the history, culture, natural beauty, wine and food. My husband and I stay in an apartment in Paris in the Marais, or houses in the country where we can cook, ride our bicycles, and enjoy active holidays.

Favourite place in WA to take a short break?

Margaret River; a wonderful environment with beaches and bush, has a mild climate, as well as interesting local industry – especially wine and food. Margaret River is also well developed for my favourite activity, which is cycling. It has good cycle paths through wonderful bush and native forest, great destinations and always a quality coffee or wine available on arrival.

Best place in Perth to take out-of-towners?

I like to showcase Perth’s natural beauty, so Fraser’s Restaurant in Kings Park or Zafferano Restaurant by the Swan River are both very appropriate.

How often do you travel? Business or pleasure?

The vast majority of my air travel has been for business. My travel demands have varied over the years from a time when I was away from Perth for 120 days in the year, to now with travel every two to three weeks to the east coast of Australia or Asia.

What’s always in your carry-on luggage?

Carry-on luggage is usually my only luggage. So my luggage always has my iphone, miniature toiletries, my best jacket, my favourite scarves, a little black dress, running shoes and gym gear, and basic medications for food poisoning and flu.

Where have you always wanted to travel/holiday but haven’t managed to yet?

I would like to travel the length of South America – with enough time to cycle, drive and sail in the great locations.

I wish Perth could be more like …

… Paris because the city life is beautifully woven around the river, it has good public transport, makes great use of the outdoors for cafĂ© life, and has plenty of museums and cultural activity.

I hope Perth always retains …

… wonderful public gardens and parks with easy public access to the river and beaches.

What was the last book you read?

Biography of Julia Gillard

Favourite WA/Perth restaurant?

Il Ciao in Applecross; close to home, friendly and professional owners, with simple fresh food that’s just right for a big shiraz wine.



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