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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

The Ghan

we three arrived together to see the immense 800 metre train arcing round the curved track of the station. It was beautiful, even though it was called the Steve Irwin. That bastard gets everywhere - not that I have anything against him, apart from the fact you see him absolutely everywhere in Oz. He must have at least three large advertising deals at the moment, which typically consist of a picture of him on the back