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December 2011

The Hunter and Beyond Inside:

The Olive Tree Market Page 11

Xmas in Quirindi Page 20

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Maitland Carols in the City Page 20 www.hunterimag.com.au 1

Monthly Markets Guide Gresford Community Markets Third Sun of each month, new stallholders welcome. Ph: 4938 9488. Kurri Kurri Farmers Markets 2nd Sat of month: Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri 8am-1pm. Ph: 4937 2640.

The Olive Tree Market, Newcastle

Hunter Street Markets, Newcastle Every Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat. 9am - 3pm. www.organicfoodmarkets.com.au The Olive Tree Market First Sat of every month 9am - 3pm. Newcastle’s handmade artisans market. Held at the Junction Public School and operates Rain, Hail or Shine! Ph: Justine on 0439 649 058. Blackbutt Markets Held at the Blackbutt Reserve on the last on the last Saturday of the month from 8.30am to 1.30pm. 51 stalls display a wonderful range of top quality goods at this beautiful location in Richley Reserves car park. Email: rotarymarkets@hotmail.com Swansea Market Fourth Sat of the month. Quinn Park, Swansea next to pool. 7:30am 12:30pm. Stallholders ph Val McCarter 4972 1705. Laguna Markets All local produce as well as hand spun wool, jewellery, vintage linen, bric-abrac, secondhand books etc. Phone 4998 8244 or see the website for more info www.wollombimarkets.com Farmers and Artisans Market 3rd Sat of each month 10am-2pm at Linuwel School 133 Morpeth Rd, East Maitland. Locally produced organic food and wine, quality handcrafts, music and wholistic services. Ph: Amelia 4936 6220. www.farmersandartisansmarkets.com.au

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Gloucester Farmers Market Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month from June until 10th December. A selection of fresh fruit and vegetables together with olives, jams, honey, wine and other tasty foods! 8:30am til 12:00noon. When there is an opportunity, buy some fresh and tasty lunch to enjoy in the park! Ph 6538 5250 Maitland Fair Market First Sun of every month (except Jan); third Sun in Oct, Nov & Dec. Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, 8am - 2pm. Over 600 stalls. Australia’s largest and most successful regional Market. Ph: 02 4962 5522. www.maitlandmarkets.com.au Maitland Fresh Food Markets Every Thur in the Maitland Heritage Mall from 9am until 3.30pm. Live entertainment. Also visit and enjoy all of the local boutiques, local cafes and restaurants. Branxton Lions Club Market Saturday 16th April from 8am - 2pm at Branxton Community Hall, Bowen Street, Branxton. Parklea Markets Newcastle Open Sat & Sun 8.30am to 4pm at corner Sunnyholt and Old Windsor Rds, Parklea. All the best Australia has to offer under one roof. Ph: 9629 3311 www.parkleamarkets.com.au Morisset Mega Markets Off the F3 Freeway, Morisset exit. Open Sat, Sun & Public Holiday Monday. 8.30am to 4.30pm. 3 acres undercover - 100’s of market stalls. www.megamarkets.com.au Singleton Markets 4th Sat of every month at Singleton Showground. Ph: 6574 5390.

Singleton Farmers Markets Corner York & Bathurst St, Singleton. Buy direct from quality NSW farmers and producers. Ph: 4930 5159. Muswellbrook Markets 2nd Sunday of every month (except Jan) at Muswellbrook Showground 8am to 1pm. The Muswellbrook Markets are great for your home cooking, craft, soaps and second hand goods. Ph 02 6543 1141. Denman Farmers Market 1st Saturday of each month except May. 8am to 1pm. Lions Park, Denman. www.denmanfarmersmarket.com.au Thornton Markets First Saturday of every second month beginning in March and finishing in November, in the church grounds on the corner of Taylor Avenue and Government Road, Thornton, from 8am till 1pm.  We have a huge variety of stalls like craft, cakes, plants, bric a brac, jewellery, trash n treasure, and a BBQ to whet anyone's appetite! Site booking: Michelle 4966 3335. Wyee Community Markets 2nd Sat of month, Wyee Hall Grounds, Cnr Wyee Rd & Hue Hue Road. Stall Holders welcome. Ph: Janet 4357 1426. Quirindi Quota Club Markets Second Saturday in the month at Rose Lea Park, Quirindi. Wide variety of stalls selling plants, cakes, honey, fruit, bric a brac, jewellery etc.  For further information phone Jan Forscutt 6747 1490. Handmade in the Hunter Markets December Markets: 3rd; 4th; 10th; 17th; 27th - 30th @Kevin Sobels Wines (cnr Broke & Halls Rds) Polkolbin. 9am-4pm. Wide variety of unique items that are all 100% handmade and homegrown in the Hunter area by Hunter residents. handmadeinhunter@iprimus.com.au Davistown RSL Markets 19 Murna Road, Davistown. All weather undercover markets selling a huge variety of goods. Oct-no market, Nov 20 and Dec 18 (all Sundays 9am2pm). Ph 0407757866

Frangipani Living Frangipani Living opened almost 4 years ago in High St Maitland, but their product ranges are continually growing. Australian made is well represented by Lisa Pollock’s range of canvases, signs, clocks and décor, “Say it With Scent” body products in refillable glass bottles dripping with crystals and pearls and beautiful hand framed timber plaques featuring touching verses are all top sellers at Frangipani Living. Also French and London themed home wares, beach designs, and retro Kombi van ranges are well stocked. Most fashion and Swarovski crystal jewellery at Frangipani Living is produced by their in house designer, making it possible for you to bring in the outfit you wish to accessorize, and she can show you the many possible design options to suit your taste and budget. The elusive “clip on earring” can also be found at Frangipani Living, as well as stunning pieces of Ethical Trade jewellery that are hand made in India. Frangipani Living is already famous for their huge range of beautiful fashion scarves and wraps. New scarves arrive weekly and are usually priced from only $12.95 to $24. Their new range of 100% cotton resort wear from Thailand was a trial step into the fashion arena that has been a huge hit with customers, so more is on the way! Frangipani Living, 415 High St, Maitland. Ph: 4934 6662

8.30am to 1.30pm Richley Reserve at Blackbutt on last Saturday of each month. All our proceeds go towards local charities & community groups.

Home goods and produce, giftware, artwork, face painting, childrens entertainment and much much more A beautiful location for a family day out.

Krinklewood Vineyard has a delightful French inspired Cellar Door set in picturesque gardens. Krinklewood's award winning wines are Certified Organic Biodynamic. No chemicals, herbicides or pesticides are used. Cellar Door Open Weekends 10am-5pm Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard, 712 Wollombi Road, Broke. T: 02 6579 1322 E: info@krinklewood.com www.krinklewood.com

Exotic Living @ Affordable Prices Fashion Accessories, Scarves, Gifts and Homewares from around the world. Jewellery made to order by our in-house designer. 415 High St, Maitland 2320 Ph: 4934 6662

Just bring in this advert, buy 1 Pair Earrings and get 1 FREE storewide!

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From the Editor

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December Welcome to the December issue of Hunter iMag. Once again we have a magazine packed full of information on events across the region, where to go for good food and wine as well as great gift ideas for those special purchases. If you feel the need to get into the Christmas spirit why not go along to the Carols by Candlelight at Speers Point Park on December 11th or Carols in the City in Maitland on December 17th? Or maybe if you’d like to experience a little culture during the busy holiday season then pop along to see one of the new exhibitions at Newcastle Museum. Looking for that special gift? Why not buy a gift box from Hunter Valley Chocolate or choose one of the delectable Christmas hampers available from Singleton VIC (see page 43). Perhaps a trip to Maitland Regional Art Gallery shop could offer some inspiration? Don’t forget to let your loved ones know what YOU want too!

There are so many great markets each month is the region you are bound to find just what you’ve been looking for – and have a little fun along the way too. Of course if the festivities are proving to be too much you could always take in the fresh air on an Upper Hunter Country walk, see page 45 for more information – it could be just the thing if you’ve over-indulged just a little during the holidays. Whatever it is that you and your families and friends are doing this Christmas; Peter, Angela and myself wish you a happy and relaxing festive season and all the very best wishes for the New Year.

Publisher/ Editor: Michaela Sorensen Phone: 02 4988 7246 Mobile: 0487 295 679 Peter Sorensen Mobile: 0487 660 633 Email: info@hunterimag.com.au Address: PO Box 159, Morpeth 2321 Administrator: Angela Wyatt Graphic Designer: Liz French

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Cover Photo: Succulent Garden at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, Heatherbrae, Raymond Terrace

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Open ever y night, a magical event the whole family will enjoy !

With exciting new displays of over a million lights plus festive food, beverages, children's entertainment and Santa! Village Shopping and Cafes open later on selected evenings.

GARDEN ENTRY From 6.30pm - 10pm Adults $17.50 | Children (4-15) $12.50 Children 3 & under enter FREE Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $52.00 Extra Child Family Pass $5.00

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If you have visited the Gardens throughout the day, entry to the Christmas Lights Spectacular is just $10.00 per adult and free for children with your receipt as proof of entry. Gardens open 9 - 4pm. Closed 25 December. This event will not open in adverse weather conditions.

For the fifth year running, Hunter Valley Gardens is set to host Christmas Lights Spectacular, Australia’s biggest Christmas lights display and the largest display of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. A wonderful experience for the whole family to enjoy, the Gardens will be alive with colour every night from Thursday 10th November, 2011 until Saturday 14th January, 2012 (excluding Christmas Day and Night).

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Tasting in the Hunter Delightful New Season Menu at The Olive Mill Cafe Adina Vineyard As luck would have it the very day Klara (Central Coast iMag) asked us to share lunch was the first of the new items on the menu at the Olive Mill Cafe. It was suggested we just trust the chef to send out some of the new menu for us to taste. The first item we shared was the most light and fluffy Gnocchi di Olive with mushrooms, sun dried tomato and fresh herbs. Next the Funghi con Formaggio. The intense flavour of the field

mushroom with the baked cheese filling was sensational. We sampled the Papardelle Pasta with oxtail ragout and once again the flavours were subtle and left us eagerly anticipating the lasagne and the slow cooked duck with Speck, cannellini beans, polenta and spinach, which was 'fall-apart' gorgeous. Finally, as Klara said, 'just to think of the sour cherry compote makes my mouth water' and the delicacy of the Apple and Frangipani tart with homemade

Chris E Thomas

Chris E Thomas may be hard to pin down in musical style having a career that's moved from rock to country, soul and folk. Tasmanian born and bred, she soon became a fixture on the Sydney scene with many Australian legends keen for her to join their stage. Billy Thorpe the first, Vanessa Amerossi, Tina Arena, Brian Cadd and Bachelor Girl to name a few. 
Sunday 27th will provide you with an opportunity to experience

Up Close & Personal at Adina Long Lunch Sunday, November 27th

vanilla ice-cream was the perfect finish for a wonderful meal accompanied by fine wines from Adina Vineyard. Do make time to enjoy the delights of this wonderful new menu. Carolyn Sinclair. Chef, Old Courthouse Restaurant, Minmi. 1990-2003. this vocalist and writer in an intimate setting. Up Close and Personal. Joined by the extremely talented, multiinstrumentalist Clare O'Meara and Doug Weaver on guitar. A day not to be missed.
 1:00 pm Adina Vineyards, Lovedale Rd, Lovedale Includes 3 course meal and Adina Wine and Olive tasting. Accomodation available. Get in EARLY!

THE HUNTER VALLEY CHOCOLATE COMPANY Hunter Valley Chocolate Factory - Located in the heart of the magnificent Pokolbin district – The original Hunter Valley Chocolate Factory & Fudge Factory is one of the areas popular destinations. To further the indulgence of your Hunter Valley experience we offer a tantalizing range of premium hand made chocolates, chocolate & fudge products. Open 7 days 9am to 5pm

One of the area’s most popular destinations

Specialising in beautifully boxed wedding chocolate

Elegantly wrapped for that someone special

Hunter Valley Gardens Village Broke Road, Pokolbin. Ph 4998 7221 Petersons Champagne House Broke Road, Pokolbin. Ph 4998 7301

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Lovedale (Factory)

820 Lovedale Road Lovedale Ph 4930 7388

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All about Hunter Valley Chocolate! Established for more than eleven years, The Hunter Valley Chocolate Company has grown to become one of the valley’s premier attractions and major tourist destinations. Early in 1999, founders, Peter & Jo Clarke, together with Jo’s son Peter Carpenter, recognised the potential of the area and with a degree of determination decided that an addition to a weekend of indulgence in great wine and food was an idea whose time has come ! With three outlets operating in the Pokolbin - Lovedale area: ‘The Stonehouse’ at Petersons Champagne House on Broke Road; Hunter Valley Gardens which also includes a coffee shop and the factory shop at 820 Lovedale Road, they offer premium quality chocolate for all tastes and all occasions, together with a tantalizing array of gift boxed chocolates. The company also provides a varied range of wedding and corporate packages, gift hampers and baskets. The new factory and shop has both chocolate making and fudge manufacturing on the premises with some activity happening each day. As part of the ’chocolate & fudge’ experience a large viewing window has been installed to allow visitors the opportunity to watch the manufacturing. The couverture, or base chocolate, is imported from Belgium and comes in a button form. This has a high cocoa butter content and determines the smoothness, richness and overall taste of ‘good’ chocolate. They endeavour to use only Australian grown macadamias, almonds, pecans, ginger etc. A special imported ingredient is the ‘distilled fruit oil’ in raspberry, lime, orange and mint. These are 100% pure fruit oils and as such impart a much more natural flavour than essences and artificial flavourings.

At Hunter Valley Chocolate Company they have an on-going passion for their product and, indeed, for all good chocolate, and continually strive for perfection in all areas, and in the development of new and exciting ways to enjoy chocolate. For more information visit www.hvchocolate.com.au

Muse Kitchen open for Breakfast Saturday & Sunday 9 till 11am, lunch Wed to Sunday from 12pm. Keith Tulloch Wine open daily 9am-5pm. Corporate tailored events with matching wine & food. Onsite winery, premium old vine vineyard, wonderful views, structured tastings in seated comfort, small groups up to 18 people bookings required. Hermitage Road, Pokolbin. Ph: 02 4998 7500 www.keithtullochwine.com.au

Serving hearty country style meals Open 7 Days Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner on Fri and Sat Fully Licenced Phone: 02 4998 6605

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Tasting in the Hunter Bolwarra Café a hidden gem The café is comfortable and everyone is greeted with a bright and cheery welcome by Warren, Barbara and their staff. It is a firm favourite for locals who like a good hearty brekky to start the day off right and weekend brunches are always popular. It’s a well-loved meeting place for cycling groups, car and bike enthusiasts. To the right as you walk in is the “Wall of Fame” – literally hundreds of photos of all the different types of people who have been to the spot over the years. What you can’t see as you drive past is the courtyard garden out the back. It’s a great space for a light lunch or an afternoon tea.

As well as basic essentials on sale, Warren always has fresh seasonal veggies on sale from local farms (gorgeous plump tomatoes are coming soon) and don’t forget to pick up some of Barb’s home made jams and preserves – a deliciously indulgent treat that’s just too good to miss. Paterson Road, Bolwarra. Ph 4930 1166

Classical and seasonal desserts paired with wines and ports from the Hunter region.

Pickled & Pitted

Multi-award winning desserts, cakes & pastries, hand-made chocolates & gourmet ice cream. Cheese platters, a gluten free range, a selection of light meals and coffe & tea is also available. Open 10am to 10pm Friday & Saturday; Sundays 10am-8pm & Mondays 10am-5pm

319 Wilderness Road, Lovedale Phone: 1300 958 850 www.saborinthehunter.com.au

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Producers of fine Hunter Valley olive oils, vinegars, relish, chutney, pickles, mustards, metwurst, pesto and pasta. Open Thursday - Monday 10am - 5pm or by appointment. 67 Wollombi St Broke NSW 2330 Ph: 02 6579 1063 Fax: 02 6579 1363 Email: marian@riverflatsestate.com.au www.riverflatsestate.com.au

Crispy Asian Noodle Salad 2 tbsp of Taste of the Country Dukkah A bottle of Taste of the Country Caramelised Balsamic Vinegar ½ bok chow or similar 2 carrots cut julienne 1 Spanish onion cut julienne style 1 bunch of coriander 1 bunch chives 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp peanut oil 2 cups of asian fried crispy noodles 250gm of blanched slivered almonds Method Heat oil in pan, add almonds and brown. Add all vegetables thinly sliced and braise until soft but full of colour. Add soy sauce and dukkah. Mix together. Add the crispy noodles and serve with a drizzle of caramelised balsamic vinegar over the top. Serve immediately. Taste of the Country makes all their preserves on site daily, using old fashioned recipes and skills passed on from generation to generation. Shop 11, Hunter Valley Gardens, Broke Road, Pokolbin

Stop! Stop! Don’t bait or squash me SAVE ME And let me grow Into a delicious & yummy ESCARGOT…. Helen and Robert Dyball, snail farmers from The Congewai Valley still live by this poem that appeared on their first business card back in 2000. when they walked on to their newly purchased property and said ‘let’s fulfill a 15 year dream and start a snail farm’, they placed an add in the local newspaper for snails as breeding stock and have not stop since. ‘To-day we live at anything other than a ‘snails pace’,’ says Helen Dyball and love every minute of it. In the beginning we had no idea what to do, but were fortunate to have assistance from a snail farmer in the U.K.who walked us through his farming method. We soon realized that raising snails in the U.K. was a lot different to raising them in Australia, so we ‘bit the bullet’ and decided to go alone. After many sleepless nights, bottles of Hunter Valley wines, disagreements - Snails Bon Appetite was born and the concept we have to-day was founded. In 2002 we were invited to attend the Tocal Field Days. We went with great enthusiasm to display our beautiful, yummy snails and were amazed how many people were keen to taste and interested in snail farming. People were lined up 4 deep to talk to us for the 3 days. We then decided we should have a growers network to help with the supply of snail meat. Today, Snails Bon Appetite has a growers network of 10 growers in NSW, as well as growers in WA and NT. We assist with snail farming enquires from people overseas, supply restaurants in the Hunter Valley and Sydney with distributors in Brisbane and Melbourne. School excursions are very popular, students journey to Robert’s at Pepper Tree Restaurant, where they are shown the workings of a busy French kitchen, see the cooking of Snails Bon Appetite delicious Escargots by Executive Chef Robert Molines. For information contact Snails Bon Appetite on 02 4998 0030 business hours 0419 291 866 or email info@snails.com.au And remember…..live life @ a snails pace.

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Authentic Italian Home Cooked Food to takeaway Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 - 4pm Other days and group tours by appointment.

Bunna Bunoo Olive Grove 237 Fishers Hill Rd Vacy NSW 2421 Ph: 02 4938 8086 Fax: 02 4938 8157 Mob: 0412 256 616

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Coffee Shops in the Hunter

Bolwarra General Store & Café

And the Winner is...Oscars

Café & Restaurant Open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Affordable prices, friendly staff with a takeaway menu. Shop 15, Hunter Valley Gardens Pokolbin www.thewinnerisoscars.com.au

Anoushka’s Cafe Relax in our quiet courtyard. Serving Gourmet Sandwiches and Wraps, Homemade Cakes, Slices, Jams, Pickles and Sauces. Gluten free bread and cakes including Diabetic fruit cake. Belaroma coffee plus a variety of freshly brewed tea in a pot (our tea doesn’t jiggle.) Open Mon to Fri 7am - 5pm, Sat & Sun 7am 4pm. Breakfast all day 7 days. 22 Paterson Rd, Bolwarra. Phone: 4930 0988

Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar Barista made specialty Glinelli coffee. Also serving a selection of teas from favourites like Chamomile, Earl Grey & English Breakfast to the gourmet range. The Hot Chocolate is to die for using warm, decadent melted Callebaut chocolate.

Anoushka’s Cafe is East Maitland’s ‘hidden treasure’. Anoushka’s serves true homemade meals and desserts, most of which are gluten free and seriously great coffee. Open Thursdays to Sundays 9am to 3pm-ish 9 Day St, East Maitland Reservations: Ph 4936 6867

319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale. Ph: 1300 958 850 www.saborinthehunter.com.au

Real Coffee Your Coffee Retail Shop and Espresso Bar Specialising in Gourmet Coffee and Equipment including Bodum plungers and Professional Espresso Machines and Grinders for Home. Open 8 - 3 Mon-Fri, 8 - 12 Sat. Shop 1/25 Belmore Road, Lorn www.realcoffee.com.au E: bean@realcoffee.com.au M: 0416 004 586

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Club Café

Great Coffee • Café style brunches Open 7 days 1 – 7 Darwin Street, Cessnock Ph: 4993 2655 Fax: 4991 1506 enquiries@cessnockleagues.com.au

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Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city which has everything from world-class surfing beaches, to the emerging food scene, Newcastle has it all. Explore and uncover the flavour and allure of the city’s streetscapes and waterfronts – each with its own feel and character. Five of the city’s pristine beaches are on the eastern side of the promontory. These include; Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle Beach, Bar Beach, Dixon Park Beach and Merewether Beach. There are many activities which take place on the beaches which will provide much entertainment such as swimming clubs, kite surfing, rock pools and baths, watching hang-gliders and

surfing lessons. A day at the beach in Newcastle is unlike any other. The Café culture is emerging as Newcastle shifts from steel to style.

The Olive Tree Market

unique gifts from the hands of the people who make them! The Olive Tree Market is Newcastle's dedicated monthly handmade Market and home to over 100 creative minds and each December market will feature many new stalls. Including illustrator Angie Goto, jeweller Gavin Vitullo, designer Viva La Lampe and indigenous artist Tom Croft.  The Olive Tree Market is one of the hidden treasures of Newcastle

Buy Handmade for this Holiday Season

The Olive Tree Market is ready for Christmas with two markets this December 3rd & 17th with extended trading hours from 9am-6pm. This holiday season support local and independent artists, designers and crafters and buy

There are four main areas in the Newcastle precinct which have the most popular food culture which are; Darby Street in Cooks Hill; The Harbour waterfronts including Honeysuckle, Beaumont Street in Hamilton and The Junction. All areas have a range of different eateries to suit any group or individual. Newcastle is a city that embraces and nurtures creativity, and holds local arts practitioners in high esteem. Newcastle is host to a colourful and

expansive array of art galleries, including the Newcastle Region Art Gallery, one of Australia’s leading regional galleries. Much creative talent has originated in the city including the world-renowned band, Silverchair. Newcastle is all about the experience of different cultures and magnificent scenery. It is a place of attraction that can be enjoyed by everyone. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE The Maritime Centre 3 Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle (City Centre, open 9.30am-4.30pm Tues-Sun) Free call: 1800 654 558

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and has featured in Jetstar Magazine & The Sydney Morning Herald. The Olive Tree Market operates rain, hail or shine with the majority of the market held under cover.  Ph: 0439 649 058. www.theolivetreemarket.com.au

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Two Highly Anticipated Exhibitions coming to Newcastle Smith. This will be the only stop in NSW for the highly anticipated traveling exhibition and will cost just $8 for the general public and $5 for members and concessions. The exhibition will come to a close on March 4, 2012, with events planned along the way by Newcastle Art Gallery, including late night openings and guided tours. For more information visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au/nag. Newcastle Art Gallery: Laman Street Newcastle NSW 2300

Two of Newcastle’s premier leisure venues, Newcastle Art Gallery and Newcastle Museum, will be housing ‘must see’ travelling exhibitions this summer holidays. From December 10 Newcastle Art Gallery will be exhibiting “Australian Modern Masterpieces,” a display of over 30 icons of Australian modern art including the likes of Arthur Boyd and Grace Cossington

authentic dinosaur bones as well as reconstructed nests to touch. The entry fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children and concessions. Family deals are also available. For more information visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au/about_ newcastle/newcastle_museum. Newcastle Museum: Workshop Way, Honeysuckle NSW 2300

Another exciting exhibition to visit over the summer is “Hatching the Past”, which will be visiting the new Newcastle Museum between November 4, 2011 and February 12, 2012. “Hatching the Past” presents new discoveries about the reproduction and behaviour of Dinosaurs, as well as hands on experiences for all ages, with

Morpeth Historic Cruises The historic town of Morpeth, situated on the banks of the Hunter River, was once the gateway to inland Australia and one of the busiest trade ports in NSW. Today you can re-live the historic voyage

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from Newcastle to Morpeth in modern day style and comfort with NOVA Cruises. Upon arrival wander down cobbled streets to find colonial sandstone buildings occupied by

modern and inviting cafes, pubs, galleries, boutiques, antique shops and local businesses. Discover the port’s history at the Morpeth Museum or take a guided tour of the village by horse and carriage led by Juliet the majestic Clydesdale. The tour includes an 8-8.5hr return cruise to Morpeth with a 2 hr stopover to explore, shop and dine, informative captain’s commentary, the opening of the Historic Hexham lift span bridge, Devonshire morning tea en route, admission to Morpeth Museum, a Morpeth Heritage Walk guide and local produce tasting served onboard. Booking is essential, please call 0400 381 787

A Midsummer Night’s Dream William Shakespeare

Directed by Stewart McGowan for NTC. Join us in mid-summer for Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love and magic. The forest is ruled by Oberon and Titania, a fairy couple determined to solve their by William Shakespeare conflicts through magic. Four young lovers venture into January 2012 Oberon’s domain to escape Newcastle Theatre Company from their parents and the city that confines them – but their Ph: 4952 4958 for more details lives and affections are turned around by the magic and mayhem of the woods. Oberon’s servant Puck, the chief of mischief, adds mayhem with his magic on the workers who have come to the forest. They want a private place to prepare a play for a royal wedding but find only confusion at the hands of Puck. NTC’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream revels in the joy of love and the power of nature. For all booking enquiries please contact Vivien 3-6pm weekdays on  4952 4958. Generous Group discounts are available. Newcastle Theatre Company 90 De Vitre St, Lambton NSW 2299

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Summer in Town L!vesites in partnership with Newcastle NOW presents a month long spectacle of artistic performances to celebrate the Christmas holiday season which includes, Music in the Mall, Punchinello in the Mall, Music at Marketown and Pop up Theatre. From November 19 until Christmas Eve Newcastle Mall, Crown Street, Marketown, City East and City West will be transformed with live music, street performances, shop front installations and more! For the current program visit www.livesites. org.au PROGRAM: Please note the program is subject to change.

Punchinello

Punchinello in the Mall Sat: Dec 3, 10 & 17. 11am – 2pm Newcastle Mall. Phantasia Music in the Mall Thurs & Fri: Dec 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 &16. 11am – 2pm. Newcastle Improvised Music Association Music in Marketown Sat: Dec 3, 10 & 17. 11am – 2pm. Marketown Shopping Centre. Newcastle Improvised Music Association Pop-up Theatre Sat: Dec 3, 10 & 17. 11:00am – 1:00pm Marketown Shopping Centre, Newcastle Mall, Crown St, Perkins St. Tantrum Theatre

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Art Bazaar, Newcastle December 3 at Civic Park is the date for another fantastic offering by Hunter Artists and Designers at Art Bazaar. It is the premier opportunity for Hunter arts, craft and design practitioners and artsrelated organisations to showcase their work. This year we once again will have the fabulous Strutt Sisters and their funky colorful jewellery. The Strutt Sisters have been described by critic John McDonald as “Newcastle’s next big thing waiting to happen” (Daily Telegraph, May 2003), and by Ruth Skilbeck as “Newcastle’s hottest contribution to contemporary art” (Australian Art Review, Feb. 2004), Twin sisters Catherine and Jennifer Strutt

are prominent Australian visual artists working collaboratively and exhibiting professionally since 1995. They started their unique jewellery label seven years ago in their hometown of Newcastle, NSW. It was born from a frustrating lack of lightweight funky jewellery in the common maketplace. Art Bazaar is a special market for The Strutt Sisters as this was their very first market where they tried out their very early pieces. The sisters were and are well known and respected for their art work but at the time of their first Art Bazaar, they were completely unknown for their jewellery making. They were received with great interest by customers wanting

unique, funky and lightweight jewellery and as a result, they have been at every Art Bazaar since. Their accessories are designed for everyday wear and each individual piece is finished to a very high quality using reproduction fabric with designs from the 1930’s – 1950’s. Together they design each individual piece, carefully selecting colours and fabric designs Just one of their reversible double bracelets takes a week to complete! Always working on new ideas for jewellery, the sisters will have a number of brand new necklace designs that will be made exclusively for, and sold first at Art Bazaar 2011. The Strutt Sisters jewellery is stocked in quality boutiques around Australia. Art Bazaar, Civic Park, Newcastle Saturday 3rd December 2011, 9am-3pm. Contact Leah Fawthrop on 0408 653 605 or president@hunterartsnetwork.org

Fighter World Fighter World is a fighter aircraft showcase displaying Australia’s proud history in air defence, fighter operations and the hi-tech world of the RAAF’s tactical fighter force. Located adjacent to the entrance to RAAF Base Williamtown, FIGHTER WORLD is a totally ‘hands on’ family experience with over 20 aircraft in its collection, exhibited in two hangars. Of great appeal is the opportunity to be able to sit in the cockpit of a Mirage and Macchi jet interceptor, this is an exciting, never to be forgotten experience. Watch the F/A-18 Hornets, Hawks and PC-9s of the RAAF’s premier fighter squadrons take-off and land at Williamtown while listening to the pilots radio transmissions on the observation deck live audio feed. Visitors can walk around, touch and look into the cockpits of Mirage fighters, a Sabre, the Gloster Meteor and the first Vampire jet built in Australia. There is a Russian designed MiG-21 jet fighter, Hawker Hunter, WWII Spitfire and Messerschmitt replicas. Rain, hail or shine, FIGHTER WORLD is open every day (except Christmas Day) 10am to 4pm. Admission is currently Adults $12, Pensioners/Children $10 and Families $35 (2 adults plus unlimited kids). A wide range of books, souvenirs and models are available from the shop. The FIGHTER WORLD Café also offers morning and afternoon tea; cold drinks, snacks and an extensive menu to dine-in or take away. FIGHTER WORLD is a great, inexpensive day out. For further details ring 02 4965 1810, find them on Facebook or email admin@fighterworld.com.au

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Newcastle Airport Information Services

Located in arrivals, the Newcastle Airport Information Services desk can: > book your airport transfers, including hire car / limousine and door-to-door shuttle bus services > book your accommodation, including negotiated hotel rates > provide information on local attractions, and tour bookings > provide brochure and map distribution, and > provide train and public bus timetables. For more information, contact (02) 4928 9822 or visit www.newcastleairport.com.au

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Bags, Jewellery, Scarves, Sarongs, Hats, Shoes, Tie Dye and Men's Clothing too.

Excitement and Real Ships Explore and experience the rich maritime history of Newcastle and the Hunter river, and learn about the Ports importance to the development of Australia. This innovative, world class Maritime Centre with the port as its backdrop, will transport you via a series of exciting interactive exhibits into the story of our harbour and the people & events.

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NEWCASTLE'S ULTIMATE CRUISING EXPERIENCE WHALE WATCH CRUISES (3hrs) Departs 10am every Wed, Sat & Sun (June-late October) (& weekdays during school holidays). Join the professional crew aboard NOVA Cruises for an unforgettable 3 hour ocean voyage & experience the amazing migration of over 11,000 Humpback whales. Includes bonus harbour and outer beach cruise, morning/afternoon tea, free fact sheets and informative commentary. Adults $60, Concession $55, Child (up to 17yrs) $35, Family 2 Adults 2 Children (up to 17yrs) $155. FREE return standby cruise if no whale sighted, T&C’s apply. HISTORIC MORPETH CRUISE (8hrs) ONLINE Departures: 2011 Dec 10. 2012 Jan 12, 14, 22, 28, Feb 11, 25, Mar 9, BOOKINGS 10, 24, Apr 7, 9, 22, 25, May 9, 26. Jun 22. Jul 20. Aug 4. Sep 2, 16, Oct available 18. Nov 3, 17. Dec 1, 13, 29. Morpeth was once the gateway to inland

Australia and one of the busiest trade ports in NSW. Re-live the historic voyage from Newcastle to Morpeth in modern day style and comfort with NOVA Cruises. Tour includes: cruise, devonshire tea, admission to museum, heritage walk guide booklet and local produce tasting served onboard (wines, fudge, sourdough).

Adult $79, Concession $74, Child (up to 17yrs) $54 HUNTER RIVER DISCOVERY CRUISE (6hrs) Departs 10am the last Sunday of each month (Aug-May) and 10am the second Sunday of each month (Nov-May). A 6 hour expedition through Newcastle Harbour, the Kooragang Wetlands and Hunter River via Hexham to Raymond Terrace. Enjoy Devonshire morning & afternoon tea on each leg of the voyage and a Sunday Roast Lunch at the Junction Inn Hotel on the river bank at Raymond Terrace. Adults $69, Concession $64, Child (up to 17yrs) $49 NEWCASTLE HARBOUR LUNCHEONS (2.5hrs) Departs 12pm the first and third Sunday of each month (Nov-May). Enjoy a 3 hour cruise on Newcastle Harbour extending to the Kooragang Wetlands then anchoring for a buffet lunch in the peaceful waters of the Hunter River. Indulge in our freshly prepared Summer Season buffet lunch consisting of seasoned roasted chicken, smoked leg ham, fresh local king prawns, & selection of salads to compliment. Adults $49, Concession $44, Child (up to 17yrs) $35.

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Lake Macquarie The countdown until Christmas kicks off this month in Lake Macquarie. December is the time of year when the region truly comes alive. Shops are bustling, restaurants and pubs are buzzing and beaches goers are embracing the warm summer sunshine. Enjoy the holiday spirit at one of the many Christmas events being held throughout the area this month. The Newcastle Permanent Carols by Candlelight event attracts thousands of revellers each year. This family friendly celebration will be held at Speers Point Park on the 11th of December, featuring market stalls, amusement rides and fireworks finale. The Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular also makes for a great night out and is located just under an hour away from Lake Macquarie. See over 1 million sparkling lights at Australia’s largest Christmas display. Love it or hate it, we all need to go Christmas shopping. Lake Macquarie offers a variety of shopping Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights

experiences catering for all tastes and budgets. Charlestown Square is the city’s main shopping destination, with over 280 specialty shops and several major grocery and department stores. For relaxed shopping, visit Warners Bay. De-stress with a meal at one of the many eateries and a leisurely lakeside stroll, before browsing through the various boutiques. For more information or a FREE copy of the visitors guide, contact the Lake Macquarie Visitors Information Centre on 1800 802 044, or visit the website: www.visitlakemac.com.au.

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(02) 4921 0333 Southlake Christmas Spectacular - 17th Dec. Morisset Showground. Christmas carols, community performers, stalls, food, amusement rides, an appearance by Santa and grand finale fireworks, 4pm – 9pm. Contact: (02) 4973 3483 New Years Eve Fireworks - 31st Dec Wangi Wangi Foreshore & Caves Beach VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 228-234 Pacifc Highway, Swansea Ph: 4921 0740 Freecall: 1800 802 044 www.visitlakemac.com.au

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What’s on in Lake Macquarie Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular - 11th Nov to 14th Jan Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Christmas lights display, new music and light display, Santa, amusement rides, food and beverage Stalls Morisset Rodeo - 10th Dec Morisset Showground

The Brighton is situated on Toronto’s foreshore, offering glorious views of Lake Macquarie and surrounding parkland.

Newcastle Permanent Carols by Candlelight - 11th Dec Speers Point Park. Annual Carols by Candlelight featuring Wes Carr from Australia Idol fame and Luke & Joel from the X Factor, 10am – 9pm. Ph:

The Brighton is perfectly located just minutes off the freeway and within reach of many wonderful day trip destinations. Designed for both corporate and leisure travellers, The Brighton offers a choice of tastefully appointed 1 and 2 bedroom apartments or hotel style studio rooms.

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Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

Exhibitions: 9 December 2011 to 5 February 2012 WHERE THERE IS WATER… With its complex dualities and endless aesthetic range, the slippery nature of water remains a potent subject for artists. Through the work of contemporary artists including Narelle Autio, Shaun Gladwell and Bill Viola, this exhibition mines the metaphysical and narrative associations, the secretive imagery and mesmeric sounds of water to describe survival, environmentalism, emotional conditions, and the otherworldly. A gallery project curated by Meryl Ryan

GLENDON SCHOOL: WATERWORLDS Glendon School caters to the needs of local primary students who have a moderate to severe intellectual disability. This exhibition, the third in the gallery’s annual series, is selected from artworks the students have created throughout 2011 around the theme of water. A gallery project in collaboration with Glendon School, Lake Macquarie Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery First Street Booragul 2284 Ph. 02 4965 8260 Illustrated: Narelle Autio Siren lV from ‘The place in between' 2007 pigment print, 84 x 65cm, edition of 10. image courtesy the artist & Stills Gallery, Sydney © the artist

MANDALONG GALLERY Lake Macquarie Premier Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery Presenting Quality Investment Paintings, Pottery & Glassware. Works from the famous Petyarre sisters, Ronnie Tjampinjimpa, George Ward, Lilly Kelly, Dorothy Napangardi, Gabriella Possum, Minnie Pwerle and many more.

Open: Sat & Sun 9am - 5pm or by appointment 29 Little Valley Rd Mandalong (5 mins from Morisset F3 Interchange)

Ph:0249772316 Fax: 0249773788 www.mandalonggallery.com.au

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This Month in the Hunter

Carols in Maitland Heritage Mall 17th December 5pm - 9pm

This wonderful machine, called “Australia Fair” is coming to Quirindi, NSW all the way from Victoria courtesy of the generous sponsorship of the Liverpool Plains Shire Council. It will be operating at the Christmas in Quirindi Carnival on Thursday, 8th December, that is being organised by the Quirindi Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Inc. The main street will be closed to traffic from Henry Street to Dally Street for the late afternoon and evening festivities, which will run from 5pm to 8pm. Late Night Shopping, Entertainment, Kids Corner, Santa Photos, Rotary Chocolate Wheel, Markets and Lions Barbeque are planned for the festive event plus more. “Australia Fair”, is the only travelling Concert Organ in Australia. Built in Belgium, probably in the 1800’s, it has entertained at all levels from

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local functions to “Yarralumla” – the residence of the Governor General of Australia. The organ has the equivalent sound of a 20-piece band and operates on air pressure generated by a bellows and regulated by a reservoir. The music is played by way of traditional punched cardboard books that are read by the keyframe, which activates valves that in turn cause the organ to play. The organ has some 442 pipes together with drums, cymbals, bells, woodblocks and animated figures. The organ also has a large library of music and can play all day without repeating selections. The music appeals to all age groups and covers all types from Strauss to Walt Disney including marches, waltzes, musical theatre, children’s and popular music.

Come into the city for a unique opportunity for families to join with their local community, neighbours and friends to celebrate a special time of the year. This event will be something people can look forward to attending.  The features of this event include a Christmas concert with entertainment for the whole family. With carol singing, a Christmas message, festival food, great coffee, rides and entertainment for the kids, an appearance by Mayor Peter Blackmore and other local talent. There will be performances from the local schools and community groups. Traditional Carols will be sung. So bring your chair and enjoy the evening. Family amusements and food outlets will be available in the mall. Maitland Heritage Mall www.carolsinthecity.org.au

Singalong to the Shows: a Christmas Celebration

3rd December 2pm at The Dungeon, Under Adamstown Uniting Church Ph Libby Dickeson 49435316 Entry is $10, which includes afternoon tea. Proceeds go to Camp Breakaway which provides respite care for children and adults with high needs and their families.

Tantrum Theatre presents

Keewee Froot

7th - 8th December Civic Precinct, Newcastle Keewee Froot is an evening of fun and fruity new work created by our 5-17 year old performers that is an opportunity for each class to make a short performance presented to an audience of family and friends in an informal atmosphere.
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$10 available through Ticketek. For more information contact Tantrum Theatre on 4929 7279 www.tantrumtheatre.org.au

Light Up your Christmas at Hunter Valley Gardens For the fifth year running, Hunter Valley Gardens is set to host Christmas Lights Spectacular, Australia’s biggest Christmas lights display and the largest display of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. A wonderful experience for the whole family to enjoy, the Gardens will be alive with colour every night from Thursday 10th November, 2011 until Saturday 14th January, 2012 (excluding Christmas Day and Night). Christmas Lights Spectacular has won the prestigious Hunter Region Tourism Award for ‘Best Festival or Event’ for three years running, placing the Hunter Valley Gardens event into the Hall of Fame within this category. This year, make sure to get all your friends and family down to the Gardens to see what all the fuss is about! This year’s Christmas Lights Spectacular has an amazing new music and light display as well as over a million Christmas lights on show throughout designated areas of Hunter Valley Gardens. The event includes a special visit from Santa, with Santa photos available, a range of entertainment, as well as food and beverage stalls. There will also be a number of new and astonishing features including The Twelve Days of Christmas music and light display in the Border Garden, the cactus musical extravaganza, and the three mega trees that are an incredible 12, 9 and 6 metres high. There are

also new lights and music displays throughout the Storybook Garden and the greatest story ever told at the nativity scene. Gates will open nightly from 6.30pm, with pre-lights entertainment and food stalls so that families can make an evening of it. The lights display will commence at 7.30pm. Entry to Christmas Lights Spectacular will be $12.50 for children aged between four and 15 and $17.50 for adults and children 16 and older. Children aged three and under receive free entry and every child will receive a FREE glow stick. If guests have visited the Gardens during the day they are entitled to a discounted entry to the Christmas Lights Spectacular of $10 per adult and free entry for children with a receipt as proof of entry. If making a weekend of it is on the agenda, Christmas Lights Spectacular accommodation packages are available at Harrigan’s Irish Pub and Accommodation. For bookings and inquiries please contact Harrigan’s on 02 4998 4300. To find out more about the Christmas Lights Spectacular, please visit Hunter Valley Gardens, Broke Road, Pokolbin or call 02 4998 4000. www.hvg.com.au In the event of wet weather, please contact Hunter Valley Gardens to find out if the Christmas Lights Spectacular will be open. www.hunterimag.com.au

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Valley View, Cessnock

Cessnock Cessnock is a sub-region of the Hunter Valley, 120 kilometres north of Sydney, 40 kilometres west of Newcastle and 30 kilometres from the coast. Pastoralists commenced settling the land in the 1820’s. The township of Cessnock developed from 1850, as a service centre at the junction of the Great North Road, with branches to Black Creek (Branxton) and Maitland. During the 1860’s, land settlement was extensive between Nulkaba and Pokolbin with wheat, tobacco and grape growing, the main crops. Coal mining was the principal industrial base of the Cessnock area for over fifty years. Changes in mining, including automation and the introduction of

cessnock regional art gallery

The gallery will be closed from 17 December 2011 until 17 January 2012 16 Vincent St Cessnock 02 4991 6619 e: info@crag.net.au www.crag.net.au

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sophisticated computerised equipment, have lead to the closure of some mines in the area and this, together with the natural ageing of the population, has resulted in a decline in population in some villages over the last twenty years. Consequently many areas have undergone a change in character, with rural residential housing development and weekend retreats becoming popular. The Hunter Valley wine-growing area in Cessnock City is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and one of the most famous with around 4,500 acres under vine. The vineyards of Pokolbin, Mount View and Allandale, with their

rich volcanic soils tended by entrepreneurial vignerons, are also the focus of a thriving and growing tourism industry. The town has a number of fine restaurants, guesthouses and galleries. The Convict Trail is a conservation project that is restoring the convictbuilt Great North Road. This is one of Australia's national historic treasures.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Cessnock (Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism Info Centre) Ph: 02 4990 0900 www.winecountry.com.au

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Circus Workshops Circus Avalon has been running for more than 20 years, with the last decade spent in Newcastle. During that time, it has evolved from a performing adult community group to a training circus for both adults and youth. Avalon Trainers have taught in over 100 different schools, and performed at events including the Woodford Festival, the National Folk Festival, the National Circus Festival and many smaller events. Sessions will normally involve running games, a warm up and then group balances. Then participants work with whatever equipment they like for the remainder of the sessions - unicycling, juggling, trapeze, hoops, diablo, devil sticks, cigar boxes, balancing chair and rings. The workshops are Monday afternoons 5pm-6.30pm. Cost $10.

Contact Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on 02 4990 7134 for details.

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restaurant for Chinese Food LoverS!

Lunch • Tuesday to Friday Dinner • Monday to Saturday WINNER: • Best Chinese Restaurant in the Hunter for 9 years running • Best Chinese Restaurant in Regional NSW 2005 & 2009

02 4926 2333 326 King Street, Newcastle (cnr Union Lane)

The Great Escape Lofts Luxurious Scandinavian style loft apartments in the picturesque Gloucester Valley King spa • 16 mtr salt pool • Perfect location for a romantic getaway • Access to the majestic World Heritage Barrington Tops • Golf Packages available For reservations call 0427 589 075 or www.gloucesterloftapartments.com.au

Affordable accommodation in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Easy access to the beautiful Hunter vineyards and historic Morpeth.

258 New England Highway, Rutherford NSW 2320. Ph: 02 4932 8322

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HUNTER VALLEY COOPERAGE Bed & Breakfast On 90 acre vineyard estate • Architecturally designed • Vineyard rooms with king beds Studio apartment • Full cooked breakfast Lot 41 Kelman Vineyards, 2 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320 Tel: 02 4990 1232  Fax: 02 4990 1239  Mobile: 0421 683 435 / 0427 752 010 www.huntervalleycooperage.com

Orangevale at Mount View

Beautifully refurbished holiday cottage situated in 150 peaceful acres overlooking the surrounding valleys www.orangevale.com.au enquiries@orangevale.com.au 0428 913665

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Twin Caltex Service Stations, Tourist Information, Food Outlet (both sides of the F3 Freeway)

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Historic Wollombi

Wollombi Valley Wollombi Valley is an oasis of peace and tranquility just an hour and a half north of Sydney. It lies between the Watagan Forests and Yengo National Park, part of the Greater Blue 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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heritage bolstered by cafes, wineries and comfortable guesthouses. Nearby are national parks with great bushwalking trails and lookouts and ancient Aboriginal rock carvings. For more information visit the menu of the following websites: www.wollombi.com.au www.convicttrail.org

What to See & Do ■ Come wine tasting in the Wollombi Valley region - famous for its Semillon, Shiraz and Chardonnay wines. ■ Explore the history of Wollombi by following the town’s walking trail with many pre-1860s buildings including the Endeavour Museum. ■ See the Wollombi Valley Artists exhibitions at the Wollombi Cultural Centre or for theatrical productions at Laguna Hall.

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St Michael’s, the ideal venue for a romantic country wedding.

Wollombi Road, Wollombi NSW 2325 Phone: 02 4998 3254 www.wollombi.nsw.au/show/ st-michaels

Ngurra Bu Wollombi Ngurra Bu in the ngempa language means ‘little lore camp’. The organisation was established in 2009 to teach and share traditional Aboriginal culture and lore. Ngurra Bu’s Wollombi Camp is a 40ha property located approximately 4.1kms from the township of Wollombi. The newly renovated camp comfortably houses up to 30 guests in bunk style accommodation. Larger groups are often accommodated in tents or you can camp in your own tents on the property. The large bunkhouse has a fully functional commercial kitchen and dining hall along with a separate conference room. They offer a range of experiences from self-drive guided day tours of sites through to week long camps full of traditional cultural experiences. The Wollombi/Broke Valleys are home to numerous teaching and lore sites (usually described as rock art and cave painting sites). Each guided tour will visit these sites to explain the cultural significance and associated stories. Stories that explain the creation of the earth, animals, plants and people have provided Aboriginal people with a

Wollombi Endeavour Museum Housed in the historic stone Wollombi Courthouse (circa 1866), the Museum contains an interesting collection from the rich colonial past of the Wollombi and Cessnock districts. The museum is in Wollombi Village opposite Wollombi Tavern, a tourist information board is located in front of the museum on the main road and there is a shaded picnic table in grounds. The convict era is of wider regional interest. The museum is a member of the Convict Trail Project, and displays artifacts from and information about the Great North Road and the convicts who built it. Entry fee to the Museum: Adults $2, Children free.

strong and close association with the land for thousands of years, giving unity and purpose to Aboriginal societies and are still important today. Day tours start at $110 per person and include morning tea and lunch. Weekend camps run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and start at $300 per person including all meals, tours, cultural activities and accommodation. To book contact us on (02) 4998 3488.

Wollombi Village Vineyard Rated HHHH by James Halliday

2971 Payne’s Crossing Road Ph: 0419 997 434 Open every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 9am - 4pm.

Aboriginal cultural activities and traditional learning 2579 Paynes Crossing Road Wollombi Ph 02 4998 3488 www.ngurrabu.org

As well as Chardonnay, Shiraz, Rose & Fortified wines, we specialize in Limoncielo, Dolzetto, Amaroe, Caffé, Chocolatte and Passione liqueurs, and also have a variety of seasonal liqueurs and a range of Digestive liqueurs. Tastings available at the Cellar Door. www.wollombivillagevineyard.com.au License no 24014169

Noyce Brothers Wines

Wollombi Endeavour Museum

Cellar Door: Grays Inn 2884 Wollombi Road, Wollombi www.noycebros.com.au

Main Rd, Wollombi, Ph: 4998 3375

Our Cellar Door is in a beautiful Georgian building in the centre of the historic Wollombi Village. Whilst escaping to the Wollombi Valley, enjoy lovely and distinctive Hunter wines including wonderful semillon, shiraz, verdelho, chardonnay, and sparkling, all made from grapes grown in our Wollombi vineyards.

This beautiful heritage courthouse constructed in 1866, contains an interesting collection from the rich colonial past of the Cessnock and Wollombi districts. Souvenirs and Family History literature are on sale. Shady picnic table in grounds. Open 7 Days 11am to 2pm. Entry fee to the Museum: adults $2, children free.

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Hunter Valley Cooperage - Bed & Breakfast, Pokolbin

The Hunter Valley The Hunter Valley is the perfect destination to relax and indulge in fine wine, fabulous cuisine or do as much or as little as you please. Curl up and relax in front of the fire and melt away the winter blues. With over 120 wineries and cellar doors, Hunter Valley Wine Country has managed to build and maintain the perfect balance of big name and internationally acclaimed labels alongside boutique family run wineries. This will allow you to discover the myriad of varieties that Hunter Valley Wine Country has on offer.

Visiting our special wine region is all about indulging the senses; it’s about experiencing the good life, tasting the fruits of the land and savouring the landscapes that created them.

What to See & Do December 3rd - 4th Elton John & his Band Hope Estate, 2213 Broke Road Pokolbin NSW 2325. www.hopeestate.com.au December 17th Hunter Valley Village Vibes Artisans

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& Growers Markets Hunter Valley Gardens, Broke Road, Pokolbin. If you make, bake or grow it then bring it to the HVG Village Vibes Markets. Ph: Kerrie 0404 409 260. Email: kezmaree@bigpond.net.au December until January 14 Christmas Lights Spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens, Broke Road, Pokolbin. Ph: 4998 4000. www.hvg. com.au

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Hunter Valley Wine Country Visitors Centre, 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin 2320. Ph: 02 4990 0900 Email: info@winecountry.com.au www.winecountry.com.au

an opportunity to savour and indulge in a fine array of gastronomic treasures. With an impressive collection of award winning restaurants, finding the perfect long lunch or that memorable evening feast will be a pleasure.

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Wine Country Cafe, Pokolbin

‘the first and last stop on your visit to the hunter’ Wine Country Visitors Centre   455 Wine Country Road, Pokolbin

ph: 0402 426 771

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Conventiently located at the Visitors Information Centre in Pokolbin adjacent to Cessnock Airport, the Wine Country Cafe is family owned and operated by Lovedale locals, Mira and Stephen Danon. The cafe welcomes tourists and locals alike who are looking for affordable meals made with the freshest of local produce, all served in a casual, relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere. The arrival of Spring means throwing open the doors to the garden, giving guests the option of either indoor or garden dining. The Cafe is open seven days from 9am serving all-day breakfast and lunch. 
Meals and gourmet sandwiches are prepared fresh to order and cakes,

slices, muffins and cookies are baked in-house daily. All meals are also available as take-away.
 Their menu features a range of daily specials featuring fresh Hunter Valley produce and customers also enjoy free WiFi.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner hampers are available for pre-order for guests to enjoy at their leisure during their stay in the Valley or to take back to their accommodation.
Proud supporters of regional Hunter Valley suppliers, growers and providers including locally roasted Peaberry's coffee. BYO. Mira & Stephen Danon Wine Country Cafe
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Pokolbin, NSW, 2325 m: 0402 426 771 www.winecountrycafe.com.au

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199 Lang St, Kurri Kurri. Ph: 4937 3290 The Old Commonwealth Bank Email: paxtonpantry@hotmail.com or Google “Paxton Pantry Cafe” for more information

Open Monday - Friday 7am - 4pm Saturdays and Sundays 8am - 12pm Breakfast served daily and until 11.30am on weekends

We specialise in Gluten free products • Gourmet Wraps and Rolls, also available in gluten free • We bake on site, a range of GLUTEN FREE breads, cakes, slices, meat, chicken and vegetable and apple pies, slices, cheesecakes, muesli and quiches. Hot Soup of the day and "Stuffed Spuds" (in the Winter months) • We serve Morgan's hand-crafted Coffee. handcraf ted coffee • Refreshing range of drinks; soft drinks, milkshakes and coffees and a range of juices to quench your thirst. • We cater for corporate lunches with platters of sandwiches, wraps, cakes, slices and fruit platters. Delivered to your office.

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www.hunterimag.com.au These markets are growing all the time, and concentrate on providing visitors and locals with farm fresh vegetables, home-made breads, cakes, jams, honey, olives, vinegars and soap, as well as clothing and jewellery.  Coffee is always available, and the local Rotary Club staffs its mobile canteen for hot breakfasts and lunches on a bun. For nearly 10 years the murals have been a very popular feature of Kurri Kurri.  There are now over 50 murals, making Kurri Kurri the largest mural town in Australia.  New murals are currently underway.  Don't forget to look for the kookaburra in every mural, some are quite difficult to find. Bus and walking tours of the murals can be organised through the Visitor Information Centre.  Please allow one week as all guides are volunteers who fit in tours in their time between staffing the Information Centre and other work.  A mural guide will travel with you to give information on the murals and the many artists, a local history lesson, and of life in Kurri Kurri when mining was at its peak from the turn of the 20th Century.  The price of

the tour is $5 per person.  However, the Information Centre will be happy to organise a tour followed by lunch or dinner at one of the local restaurants or hotels for $20 per person.  Tours take about one and a half hours, either by bus or walking.  The advantage of using your own bus and driver is that out of town murals can be included in the tour. Free mural tour maps are available from the Information Centre and some local retailers. More volunteers are required to staff the Visitor Information Centre as we stay open for longer hours.  Shifts are available.  All you need is a happy disposition, an interest in our local area, and a wish to make new friends. Please enquire on 02 4936 1909.

What to See & Do ■ Visit the Richmond Main Mining Museum for a view into the past. ■ The Richmond Vale Railway Museum runs trains on the first three Sundays of each month from 10am. ■ Kurri Kurri has a monthly Farmers' Market held on the second Saturday of every month, come rain or shine.

i Kurri Kurri are proud of our Murals - which now number 52 We welcome visitors to see the colourful artworks. Call now to book your tour 4936 1909 www.kurrikurri.com

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Christmas Shopping The lead up to Christmas can often be busy and stressful time and finding the right gift or that perfect part dress can when you don’t have much time on your hands and you still haven’t organized the party food or something special for your gluten-intolerant cousin who’s coming to stay. Well a trip to Kurri Kurri could be the answer to all your Christmas prayers. The pretty high street with its iconic Kookaburra statue offers plenty of parking and an array of shops for all of your needs. For all things antique and collectable drop into Steptoes on Lang Street. You will be amazed at the huge display of antique furniture and giftware – give yourself plenty of time as there is so much to see and many great bargains to be had.

If you’re gift shopping dip into Christine’s Shabby Shack on Barton Street. It is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of beautiful giftware and furniture. The welcome is as bright and warm as the décor and with a smiling helpful hand you are sure to find just what you want. For perfect party wear pop in to Abbyz Designz on Lang Street – whether you want casual or formal she has it all in sizes 6-26 – not to mention a huge range of shoes and accessories to ensure you will be the belle of the ball. After all that shopping no trip to Kurri Kurri is complete without a visit to Paxton Pantry café for something deliciously indulgent – great coffee (or tea), a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere and of course a wondorous display of gorgeous homemade cakes and savouries. Rest for a while and recharge your soul whilst deciding what gluten free goodies you can bring home for your family.

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Pioneering Days of the Coalfields

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The Edgeworth David Museum at Kurri Kurri, is open to the public on Sun, Wed & Public Holidays from 1-4pm Admission is free. Tours and excursions by arrangement.

Regional history library & Archives is its special attraction.

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Maitland Gaol

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Maitland

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What to See & Do

Nestled in the lower Hunter just two hours north of Sydney, 40 minutes from Newcastle and 25 minutes from Wine Country, Maitland, Hunter Valley is a diverse location with a plethora of unique attractions, physical attributes, accommodation options, shopping and dining opportunities which will appeal to all looking for a special place in the Hunter. A stunning blend of “funky heritage” and contemporary style, Maitland, Hunter Valley encapsulates the best of the past and the present. The street scapes of Maitland and surrounds are lined with historical buildings dating from the early 1800s, there are picturesque rural views from a multitude of vantage points and a relaxed environment to enjoy. In stark contrast Maitland is also host to an array of stylish boutiques, pampering

service providers, unique guesthouses, eateries and entertainment venues.

Discover local indigenous history at the Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council at Metford - displaying art, craft and regional archeological treasures or retrace your family history through the Maitland City Library.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Maitland Visitor Information Centre, Minister Park, Cnr New England Hwy and High St., Maitland NSW 2320 Ph: 02 4931 2800. Email: info@ maitlandhuntervalley.com.au

Meet the Artist: Sharyn Street

school children waiting for their bus....a grandmother leaning down to talk to her cat in the garden...Whenever possible she's worked from the model and for sometime now Sharyn has undertaken life drawing on a weekly basis in Newcastle.

simple pleasures. Her granddaughters Caitlan and Johanna appear from time to time in compositions along with their dogs Min and Bruiser. Her granddaughter's cockatiel Charlie is about to make his debut.

She works in watercolour and oils, pencil and ink and mosaic. From pursuing ideas and taking risks in technique, she has developed a tonal impressionistic style, working from a simplified design to suggest movement with a minimum of detail. A hint of narrative allows the viewer to compose their own story and maybe recall a personal memory.

Just recently she was fortunate to be in Paris and made the most of every opportunity to sit and draw the Parisian ladies doing their shopping and socializing with one or two little dogs in tow. These memories will be the shapes and lines of her next paintings. On view at the Lorn Gallery, 17 Belmore Road, Lorn, and for more information contact the gallery on 02 4933 2533.

Originally from Sydney, Sharyn Street moved to Mulbring with her family in the early 80's. Several years ago, she began exhibiting her work at Kathy and Bill Dowling's Lorn Gallery. Her interest for as long as she can remember has always been ignited by the figure and groups of interesting figures....

There is something for everyone within Maitland, Hunter Valley. It is a destination where you may choose to rejuvenate and enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh locally grown produce, speciality wines and a walking tour of the heritage landscape. Whilst others may choose a faster pace taking an aerobatic or Tiger Moth joy flight, immersing themselves in the local nightlife, sampling a series of local restaurants and cocktails.

Her themes are often prompted by personal childhood memories - days of

■ Get back to nature and visit the beautiful 135 hectare Hunter Botanic Gardens at Heatherbrae. ■ Maitland Gaol is open for tours, a fascinating, frightening and thought provoking site. ■ The Maitland Mall is a great place to enjoy a coffee or explore the many boutiques and specialty shops. ■ Visit the Maitland Regional Art Gallery for its significant collection of contemporary Australian art.

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Disclaimer We kindly ask our readers to note that in the November issue we mistakenly entitled the feature “Meet the Artist” as Caitlin Miller. The artist is in fact Sharyn Streets. We apologise to Ms Streets and invite our readers to enjoy the correct editorial here.

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Be an outstanding Santa this Christmas If you are looking for a gift that is unique that won’t break the bank – then it is time to visit the Gallery Shop at Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG). The Gallery Shop has original handmade gifts starting from only a few dollars. For that special someone there is also handmade glassware, ceramics, jewellery, felt and textile products for purchase. Since the art gallery reopened in 2009 the gallery shop has grown to stock a range of hand made products from well over 50 different artists represented in the shop alone.  As well, you can find the best range of hand crafted cards, children’s and art books. The Gallery shop also has a new line of exciting ‘tin toys’ which have just arrived from America and prices start from as little as $5. Enhance your visit to the shop with a coffee, breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea in the MRAG café Seraphine which is now open 8am - 4.30pm Tuesday to Sunday and while you are there have a look at the art in the gallery which is all free and everyone is welcome. Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 230 High Street, Maitland.

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Open : Tue > Sun, 10am > 4.30pm Looking for the “unique” christmas gift? Choice of locally crafted art glass, ceramics, and jewellery. A variety of children and artists books, antiquities and a collection from the Tjanpi desert weavers.

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Healing in the Hunter Inspirational Health

Therapeutic Herbs at Christmas With the festive season upon us, herbs and spices used in cooking the traditional Christmas lunch can also have some wondrous therapeutic properties. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) – this fragrant shrub with its volatile oil is used to improve many things related to the head. Headaches, poor memory and lackluster hair all respond well to extracts of rosemary. For headaches, rub a couple of drops of essential oil of rosemary mixed in a teaspoon of olive oil onto your temples. Sage (Salvia officinalis) – a powerful astringent herb that is used to prevent excessive sweating or heavy periods. Sage is also a strong antiseptic herb and used for throat infections or bleeding gums. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)- a common herb used to treat common upper respiratory tract infections. A simple tea can be made using either fresh or dried herb.

Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) – a fragrant spice that has a local analgesic and antiseptic properties. Cloves can be chewed (do not swallow) to soothe aching teeth or expel intestinal worms. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) – after feasting on Christmas lunch, peppermint tea can help with simple indigestion problems. Infuse either a tea bag or 1 teaspoon of tea leaves in a covered cup (to prevent volatile oils from evaporating) for 5 minutes. Can be sweetened with honey or agave syrup. Nb: Essential oils are not recommended during pregnancy. It advised to see a qualified practitioner before embarking on long term health strategies with herbal medicines. Michael Soo Naturopath & Bowen Therapist B.HSc(Comp.Med), DipBowen

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Hunter Antiques and Secondhand Dealers

Hermitage Road Antiques

712 Hermitage Road
Pokolbin Ph: 02 6574 7333
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Bargain Hunting in the Hunter!

The Hunter has some of the best antique and secondhand shopping, often in beautiful settings perfect for browsing.

Wholly Relics Quality Antiques

Over 50 years Knowledge and Expertise For Good Old Fashioned Service, call Ruth Melehan: 4933 4966 Open ThuRS, Fri, Sat & Sun 10am to 4pm

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Art Trail Hunter Valley

Peter Sesselmann Artist Studio and Gallery

Come and see the Gallery and the Artist in action, 100’s pieces of art for sale. Open 10.00am-4.00pm every day except Wednesday

245 Frame Drive Sawyers Gully, NSW 2326 ( 5 mins out of Kurri Kurri and Vineyards)

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⑤ Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery First St., Booragul Open: 10am-5pm Tues to Sun Ph. 02 4965 8260 www.lakemac.com.au

② Vivid Gallery Shop 1, 10-14 North Avenue, Cessnock Open: 9am-5pm Mon to Fri Ph. 4990 3230 www.vividartgallery.com.au ③ Cessnock Regional Art Gallery 16 Vincent St. Cessnock Open: 10am-4pm Tues to Sat, 12 noon - 4pm Sun Ph. 02 4991 6619. www.crag.net.au

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Sculpture in the Vineyards Six beautiful locations include five vineyards along the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail and the Gate Gallery where both indoor and outdoor works are displayed. An eclectic mix of art and wine, this exhibition combines a taste of fine regional wines with a drive through some of New South Wales most historic and scenic countryside. The sculpture exhibition continues through to January. The boutique vineyards are all family owned Stonehurst Cedar Creek, Undercliff Winery, Wollombi Wines, Noyce Brothers Vineyard, Wollombi Village Wines, and also the Gate Gallery. A really great reason to visit the Hunter Valley this spring!

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Country Scene, East Maitland © Paul Foley Lightmoods

Morpeth

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Morpeth is an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers a great experience for everyone who enjoys the pleasure of a walk in a country village with the opportunity of shopping and dining in unique style. It's a little place not far from Maitland, with a history to make us all proud. Morpeth was once upon a time a busy river port and frontier town established during the late 1820's. The Heritage buildings and Bond Stores stand in testament indeed, Morpeth was the largest inland seaport of the new Australian colony and commercial icons Brambles, Simsmetal, Arnotts and Soul's Pharmacy were born in this magnificent place. Set along the banks of the Hunter River, the drive to Morpeth is an added attraction. The green fields stretch for miles and the weeping willows sway in the breeze. It is very hard to find a place to match our beautiful Morpeth.

As you stroll through the cobblestoned village you will notice that Morpeth has everything from art galleries to specialty shops to a Trading Post and even a Bazaar. Local artisans and craftspeople have their wares for sale throughout the town. You will have the opportunity to taste locally made fudge and sip ginger beer. Fine fashion, teddy bears, art and craft, tempting treats to take home, beautiful jewellery, home furnishings and objects of interest, we promise that you will find them in Morpeth. A range of restaurants and cafes offer al fresco dining, river views, heritage surroundings and a cosmopolitan standard of menu. Grab a bottle of the finest wine available for tasting from the local wine cellar then select your café, even the most finicky of foodies will find something to their liking. Morpeth does have its own museum, a service that traces family names and

Enquiries: 149A Swan St. Morpeth Ph: (02) 4933 7377

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What to See & Do ■ Morpeth is National Trust classified, so take one of the Heritage Walks enjoy the colorful history of Morpeth and its characters - in a living museum of Australia’s past. ■ Take a ride through the town with Juliet Clydesdale. ■ The streets of Morpeth are home to over 40 specialty shops and boutiques. Browse the gift shops, antique shops, galleries, lolly shops, a tea house, ginger beer factory and bakery.

Swan St. Realty Beautiful house circa 1896 on 1000 sq mtr. lot Price: $785,000

shields, St Johns Theological college and is home to the beautiful St James church to name but a few of the significant buildings throughout the town. Just down the road a way is a structure of a different nature. The infamous Maitland Gaol is now open to the public, experience what it's like to walk in the footsteps of some of Australia's most notorious criminals. Morpeth, the town, the heritage, the buildings and carriage ways make this a place to not only visit but make a regular event.

■ Visit the Morpeth Museum housed in the old Court House built in 1862.

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VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 173 Swan Street, Morpeth, NSW 2321 Telephone: (02) 4933 2612 www.morpethwinecellar.com.au

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Teddy Bears Downstairs! The Teddy Bear shop at Morpeth is an 1830's sandstone cottage full of Teddy Bears, gollies and their friends. They greet you with the widest smiles! There are pink or blue bears for baby, footie bears, cuddly koalas, jungle and farm animals and huggable pets. You are sure to find the perfect cuddly gift for Christmas for young and old alike. At the back is a fragrant gift shop Grandma's Feather Bed - with gifts ranging from soaps, aprons, wallets and inspiring books to ornaments, handbags, nighties, and fine scarves. 164 Swan St. Morpeth. Ph: 4933 9794

JOURNEY through HISTORY Clip e clop clip e clop I like to swing my feet Young and old come running out When I walk down the street I like to pull my cart And look so strong and smart 12 Seats

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Hop on to keep me on the job Keep Morpeth look the part

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Thunderbolts Lookout, Barrington Tops © Hamilton Lund; Tourism NSW

The Allyn & Paterson River Valley Tocal - Paterson - Vacy - East Gresford - Gresford There is a lot on offer for visitors to the Allyn & Paterson River Valley, just two and a half hours’ drive from Sydney, an hour from Newcastle and where Dr Henry Lindeman planted his first grape vines in 1843. Here you will discover the geographically blessed towns of Paterson, Vacy, Gresford and East Gresford, ringed by the ancient Moonabung Ranges and criss-crossed by the pristine waters of the two rivers that flow from the Barrington Tops. First stop could be historic Tocal

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Homestead for tales of the olden days of bushrangers, graziers, and other characters who inhabited one of the greatest Australian cattle and horse studs of its time. Have a look at the rare architect-designed barn built around 1867, and the gracious Colonial Georgian country house. Tocal Homestead is a very popular venue for weddings and milestone celebrations. Paterson has inspired many artists to pick up a brush to try to capture this picturesque Australian country town on canvas. Take the time to look at the many fine old homes, grand commercial buildings, museums, art gallery, pubs, cafes, parks and shops that contribute to Paterson’s unique style. 9km north of Paterson is Vacy, with rugged Mt George to the west. It is well worth a visit to the café, hotel, arts & crafts shop and general store for a taste of country hospitality, great food

Escape to tranquillity at this most private & peaceful getaway in the Hunter Valley, Barrington Tops region Singles, couples or groups, choose from three charming and unique cabins in a spectacular bushland setting, each with log fires and private turbo spas.

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Facilities include a recreation room, tennis court & swimming pool. The resort also offers a magnificent setting for your country wedding, please enquire.

www.cabinsintheclouds.com.au Bookings phone 02 4938 8271 or mobile 0411 155 858 424 Moonabung Rd (via Paterson) Vacy NSW 2421

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and quirky crafts. Travel over the Vacy bridge, circa 1898, to Bunna Bunoo olive grove and gift shop. You can see the roof tops of the cabins and lodges such as Banjos Bushland Retreat and Cabins in the Clouds on Mt George, perfect destinations for weekend getaways or a longer stay. The small towns of Gresford and East Gresford are the gateway to Lostock Dam, Mt Allyn and the Chichester State Forest to the north. Take the Allyn River Road drive past homesteads set among rolling green hills and granite outcrops. Visit Clevedon craft shop, Natural Furniture Works, the Beatty Hotel and Camyr Allyn winery. History lovers will enjoy a drive to St Anne’s Anglican Church and suspension bridge, and St Mary’s on Allyn at Allynbrook. For more information on the Allyn & Paterson River Valley, please go to www.apvt.com.au

What to See & Do ■ Poke around unique shops, museums and art galleries.

Open every weekend until Nov 30th 10am – 3pm. When you visit Tocal Homestead its not hard to imagine days gone by. Tales of architects and graziers, bushrangers, businessmen, social reform and philanthropy are woven through the highs and lows of life on this unique property.

■ Treat yourself to Sunday morning brunch at the CBC cafe.

Tocal Road, Paterson Ph: 4939 8901 w/days; 4939 8939 w/ends

■ Pack a picnic and head to Lostock dam.

■ Sample superior oils and preserves at Bunna Bunoo olive grove. ■ Experience Camyr Allyn’s inviting cellar door and beautiful surrounds.

■ Discover the valley’s many beautiful historic bridges and churches. ■ Book a weekend getaway and take your time to discover the area.

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BANJOS

The Ultimate Escape

The Ultimate Escape

• Offering just 3 luxury 5 Star lodgesB&B (2 - 24 guests) • Exclusive recreational facilities Hosts Ellis & Belinda Richards welcome • High energy activities to total you to historic Clevedon. Open from 10amrelaxation to 5pm, visitors can browse • Come and enjoy through the many quality our items in the shop,wonderful tour the house and gardens, or retreat & fabulous enjoywildlife! morning or afternoon tea or a light lunch. Guests at Clevedon, can enjoy Summer HillofRoad, Vacy 2421 panoramic views the surrounding Ph:Bed (02)and9403 3388available. countryside. Breakfast

• Offering just 3 luxury 5 Star lodges (2 - 24 guests) • Exclusive recreational facilities • High energy activities to total relaxation • Come and enjoy our wonderful retreat & fabulous wildlife! Summer Hill Road,Vacy 2421 Ph: (02) 9403 3388

BUSHLAND RETREAT

Clevedon

A Magical Retreat ... hugged by bush and wildlife!  

Quality B&B accommodation ideally located in historic East Gresford, close to boutique vineyards, heritage sites and the magnificent Barrington Tops. Experience the friendly service and family atmosphere that the locals have known for generations!

Bistro at the Beatty Dine in or take away. Open for lunch & dinner Thurs to Mon. Park St, East Gresford Ph: 4938 9451

bookings@banjosretreat.com.au BusEmail: Bookings Welcome. We now have stocks of scrapbooking & cardmaking supplies.

BUSHLAND RETREAT

A Magical Retreat ... hugged by bush and wildlife!  

Email: bookings@banjosretreat.com.au

Gresford Road, East Gresford (Entrance in 80km zone) Ph: 4938 9488 E: sianda@bigpond.com

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Come check out the style of something different in furnishing, some wild, some nearly conventional. All timber used is from ‘dead’ or ‘rescued’ trees and are ‘one-offs’. Want more info? Ring or visit Stephen Wright. He’ll be happy to show your future heirlooms.

Next to the Caltex Garage,

East Gresford

Ph: 4938 9501

19 King Street, Paterson Ph: 4938 5767 E: hawtoscbcbandb@bigpond.com Our luxurious country retreat, where you can step back in time and still enjoy the comforts of modern life, is waiting for you. Be surprised by our unique range of gift items and home wares waiting for you in the Old Vault Shop and Gallery. When you’ve finished your browsing enjoy our selection of tasty bites in the beautiful historic surrounds of our café. Bookings are appreciated for dinner or small functions.

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Quality, very solid hand-made furniture made to last forever … indoor or outdoor … custom made.

bed & breakfast & café

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Singleton In search of relaxation, natural beauty or adventure you’ll discover Singleton is much more than a country town. The intriguing mix of heritage, country charm and modern sophistication allow Singleton to stand out as an idyllic getaway destination for all ages, seeking varied experiences. Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, Singleton is the gateway to all the treasures that this region has to offer- such as wine, fresh produce and much more. As you explore the area you’ll discover hidden gems, friendly locals, and indulgent temptations, complemented by the picturesque backdrop of the expanding countryside. You can plan your journey of discovery

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www.hunterimag.com.au with one of our many self guided drives, winding your way through the countryside towards Lake St. Clair, the wine regions or discover rich pastoral areas. Alternatively, you could set foot on a heritage walk through town and unearth a rich historical experience at the Singleton Historical Museum or wander through the breathtaking Sisters of Mercy Convent Chapel. Broke Fordwich is just one of the highlights of this beautiful region and is making history by producing more than a quarter of the Hunters finest quality wine grapes and winning more than their fair share of awards. The unique blend of boutique style vineyards are elegantly intermingled

A luxury Christmas Hamper

with olive groves, orchards and farming land.

What’s On in Singleton this Month 10 Nov to 6 Jan - Christmas Light Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens See page 21 for all the details. 2 December - Rotary Carol Night With the Singleton Town Band and pipes and drums at the Singleton Showground. 5.30pm until 8pm. Rides for children and Santa Claus. Ph: Ray Robinson on 6572 2883. 2-4 December - Carols at the Garden At Hunter Valley Gardens. Favourite carols, pre-show entertainment, visit from Santa, fireworks and more. Ph: (02) 4998 4000. www. hvg.com.au 8 December - Rotary Carols in the Cathedral Community Carols in a beautiful setting at All Saints Church, High St, Singleton. Group and solo performances. 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Ph Ray Robinson (02) 6572 2883 9–11 December - Community Carols at the Heights Free family fun at the Allan Bull Reserve. BBQ, Face painting, Jumping Castles, Bands, Carols and Fireworks. Ph Linda Butler on (02) 6573 1582 or 0411 113 059 10-11 December – Indulge your senses Wine and Chocolate tasting At Wyndham Estate Winery Cellar Door at 2pm, 500 Dalwood Road, Dalwood 2335. Tastings $5 pp. Bookings essential. Ph Dianne Scroope (02) 4938 3444 25 December – Christmas Day Lunch Mercure Resort, Hunter Valley Gardens. Ph Kristy Hamid on (02) 4998 2000 for more details. 12noon – 2pm

Fill in our readership survey for your chance to WIN a luxury Christmas hamper courtesy of Singleton Visitor Information Centre. All you need to do is go to https://www.surveymonkey. com/s/LXM567F, fill out a few

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short questions and you could be a winner of this fantastic prize! The draw will take place on December 19th so log on now! Terms and Conditions apply.

25 December – Christmas lunch at Peppers Guest House Seven course Christmas degustation at $140pp. Ph (02) 4993 8999. Booking is essential. 31 December – New Years Eve at HVG Celebrate the start of 2012 at Hunter Valley Gardens with entertainment, amusement rides, firework displays and lights spectacular. Contact (02) 4998 4000 to book tickets.

 Pukara Olive Oils Hunter Valley Chocolates Refreshments Oscar and Matilda Jewellery Handmade Bags Beautiful Hair Accessories Traditional Candies Shortbread Cookies Hunter Valley Cookies Bacco’s Crisp Bread River Flats Dukkah Scented Candles Singleton Branded Merchandise Handmade Soft Clowns

Christmas is just around the corner.... The Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre will be creating delicious Christmas Hampers full of scrumptious locally made goodies this Christmas. Get in early and pre-order your Christmas Hampers. Make Christmas shopping easier, shop locally!

SINGLETON VISITOR INFORMATION & ENTERPRISE CENTRE Townhead Park, New England Hwy, Singleton NSW 2330 1800 449 888 | visitsingleton.com

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Upper Hunter Country

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Muswellbrook - Denman - Merriwa - Cassilis - Murrurundi - Scone - Aberdeen Get lost in Upper Hunter Country amongst wilderness areas, boutique wineries, world class horse studs, rolling farmlands, historic homesteads, vibrant wildlife and good old fashioned country hospitality. Lying just 1 1/2 hours north west of Newcastle the Upper Hunter is a playground for the outdoor enthusiast. Our National Parks and lakes are the perfect place for hiking, mountain biking, bushwalking, fishing, boating, camping and exploring. It’s also a great time of year to visit the local horse studs, with the horses’ birthday just behind us and new foals to be found everywhere. Tours can be booked through Upper Hunter Tours

www.upperhuntertours.com.au or contact your Visitor Information Centre for more details!

What to See & Do Taste test produce from award winning wineries as well as local cheese, olives, olive oils & vinegars.

■ Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre for its fine collection of works by regional artists or for coffee & light lunch at the café.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES

Denman (65 47 2799); Merriwa (6548 2607); Murrurundi (6546 6446); Scone (6545 1526); Muswellbrook (6541 4050)

■ Burning Mountain Nature Reserve – the naturally burning coal seam is thought to have been alight for over 5000 years!

For your FREE Upper Hunter Country Information package contact: Muswellbrook Visitor Centre, 87 Hill St Muswellbrook NSW  2333 visitorcentre@muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au www.muswellbrook.org.au www.upperhuntercountry.com

■ Rugged Wollemi National Park & it’s sandstone escarpments along the Bylong Valley Way. ■

Take a guided tour of a horse stud.

...will take you there!

Whats on in Upper Hunter Country

Christmas Tree & Wreaths Exhibition

3 December: Denman Farmers Markets 8am-1pm. Sandy Hollow Public School 4 December: Upper Hunter Dressage Club Members Day White Park, Scone. Contact: uhda@bigpond.com

This is a perpetually popular exhibition which forms part of the regular exhibition programme at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre. Red Cross host the exhibition calling for entries from various community groups, schools and the like. Each group is responsible for the setting up of their trees and this affords the Arts centre the opportunity to extend an opportunity for the community to participate and get involved with the Centre’s staff in terms of hanging a show and displaying the exhibits. The staff love this great community participation and look forward to the entries. Red Cross charge entry to the exhibition with all funds raised going to Red Cross.

MUSWELLBROOK

REGIONAL ARTS CENTRE

Corner of Bridge and William Streets, Muswellbrook Opening Hours: Mondays by appointment only. 10am-5pm Tuesday – Friday, 10am-1pm weekends. Closed public holidays. Tel: 02 6549 3880 www.muswellbrookartscentre.nsw.gov.au

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Take a hike... Mountains, valleys and rivers in Upper Hunter Country Hiking in the Upper Hunter near Scone © Sophie Frazer - Vivid Imagination

Now the long days of summer are with us, there is no excuse not to put on the sneakers, slip on the hat, slap on the insect repelant, cover your bare spots with sun screen and discover some of Australia's genuine beauty spots -no makeovers here; no botox; no liposuction - just nature in the raw. Upper Hunter Country has some great national parks and loads of walks - both long ones that can be overnighters or short n sweet, just a couple of hundred metres long. Barrigton Tops

National Park, Towarri National Park, Wollemi National Park and Goulburn River National Park have easy access by car. Our Walk the Walk brochure can assist you choose the right hike, long or short, mix and match. There are places to camp in the Parks or within an easy drive, there is a host of accommodation options at Scone and Murrurundi, Aberdeen and Merriwa, Denman, Sandy Hollow and Muswellbrook.

We would love to help you make the most of your National Park adventure. For a free information package contact Muswellbrook Visitor Centre, 87 Hill Stree Muswellbrook NSW  2333. Phone: 65 414 050  Fax: 65 414 051. Email: visitorcentre@muswellbrook. nsw.gov.au www.upperhuntercountry.com   www.muswellbrook.org.au Don't think about it, just do it....we know it'll make you feel better!

Best in local produce and craft at Denman Farmers Market

vegetables, preserves, cakes, plants and seedlings.
 Paddock to plate, meet with the producers with tastings available of most products. The market is held on the first Saturday of each month. Artists, craftspeople and musicians are welcome to join in at the market to display their talents (conditions apply - visit the website for more details).


Spend a day in Denman and experience true country hospitality, boutique main street shopping and excellent sporting facilities. Located in Ogilvie Street, Denman – the market is on every first Saturday of the month. Come along to make your Christmas purchases.

The Denman Farmers Market is a genuine producers market in the heart of the Hunter Valley.
Located a short drive from Muswellbrook, Denman offers the best in local produce including wine, cheese, olives, fruit and

www.denmanfarmersmarket.com.au

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The Liverpool Plains

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Quirindi - Werris Creek - Wallabadah - Willow Tree

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Experience the history of our railways at the Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum or relax on the banks of Quipolly Dam and try some Bird watching. You can see some fabulous birdlife whilst hidden in the bird hide there. Stop by the Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre at Willow Tree and

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enjoy alfresco dining at it’s best at the Gateway Coffee Shop. The Liverpool Plains Shire is the perfect place to take a well deserved vacation. There are B&Bs, Motels, Farm Stays, Guest Houses and Pubs all offering “good old country hospitality”. It is close to Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast and is nestled in the foot hills of the Great Dividing Range. For more information visit www.visitquirindi.com.au

Whats on in The Liverpool Plains in December

Enjoy a break at the Gateway Coffee Shop offering aromatic coffee, luscious lunches and cakes. The alfresco dining area is a great place to relax while the kids can frolic in the park.

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8th Dec - Chamber of Commerce Christmas in Quirindi Carnival Contact Tammie Clark 0428 474 602. 4.30-9pm, Enjoy the excitement of the season with Carols, Santa, activities for the Children and the opportunity to find that special present for someone. 26th Dec - Quirindi Boxing Day Races Join us at the Quirindi Race Course for picturesque scenery, great company and the excitement of Race Day. Contact Nardi Beresford 0408 461 905.

27th Dec - Quirindi Rural Heritage Village Miniature Train Entertain the kids between Christmas Day and New Years Day. 10am to 3pm. Other times available by arrangement. Ph: David Chappel (02) 67465596 or (02) 6746 1479. 1st Jan 2012 - Wallabadah New Year's Eve Races Traditional Bush racing, held every year since 1852 at the Wallabadah Race Course. Bus transport available. Ph Gerard Smith 0428 924 880.

at the Willow Tree Inn

Quirindi is a town with plenty to offer. Shoppe Two Ten has been operating for over 11 years and offers a large range of women’s fashions and accessories. Styles and prices to suit different needs. Next door is Reillys Menswear. Reillys celebrated 100 years of retailing in Quirindi this year. Current owner John is 3rd generation Reilly. Reillys carry traditional menswear stock, they also have chidrens school wear plus casual clothing. Quirindi is a beautiful town, often referred to as The Gateway to the Northwest. Currently on offer is $2,800.00 in a “Shopping in Quirindi” promotion. The prizes are in voucher dollars to be redeemed at local participating businesses Thursday 8 December is “Christmas in Quiirindi” celebrations, the main street will be closed from 5pm to allow the celebrations to begin. Another reason to visit our beautiful town.

Opening hours every week: • Dinner - Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm • Lunch - Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon

Reservations phone 02 6747 7711 Willow Tree Inn, New England Hwy, Willow Tree NSW serving our own dry-aged Colly Creek Beef exclusively

Shoppe Two Ten A treasure trove of goodies. Smart women’s fashion, beautiful shoes, bags, scarves, jewellery. Interesting small gift lines. Lorraine and staff would love to help you find the perfect outfit. Opening hours Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 12 noon. 210 George St Quirindi. Ph: 6746 2555

Quirindi Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Inc’s

$2,800 CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY! The Quirindi Chamber of Commerce is GIVING AWAY THREE $100 ‘shop local’ gift vouchers, every week for SIX WEEKS!* HOW TO ENTER: Entries start on Tuesday, 1 November 2011. Simply place your receipts with your contact details in the boxes provided at participating Chamber businesses (overleaf). PLUS, there will be three BONUS ‘shop local’ gift vouchers totaling $1,000 to be drawn at the Christmas in Quirindi event on Thursday, 8 December 2011.

December 2011. Remember to mark your calendar for Thursday, 8 December 2011 for 'Christmas in Quirindi' (George Street, Quirindi) for late night shopping, photos with Santa, and a fun family night for everyone! Please check our website and the Quirindi Advocate newspaper for more details. * All winning ‘shop local’ gift vouchers must be redeemed by Saturday, 31 December 2011 (void thereafter).

www.quirindichamber.com.au

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Each week during the promotion, businesses will deliver their customers’ receipts to the drop-off point at Quirindi Furniture One, where draws will take also place every Thursday at 10:30am.

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V I N E Y A R D

Wine

Award Winning Wines Pinot Grigio Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon

Innovative Menu Home made Gnochi with Blue cheese sauce Saltimbocca Mushroom Rissotto with chicken

Porcini & Shitake mushrooms topped with parmesan

Stay

Dine 4 & Half Stay Accommodation Three bedroom fully self contained lodges with three ensuites

492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale 4930 7473 www.adinavineyard.com.au


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