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seqa travel | leisure | lifestyle

Spring 2012 Edition

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editor Hi Everyone, Welcome to our 2012 Spring edition of SEQA! This magazine was created on the foundation of those who love to travel and enhance their lifestyle by trying new and exciting things. If you share the same passion as us, then you have picked the right magazine! SEQA operates on the motto - Travel, Leisure, Lifestyle which means that everything in our magazine relates to these three key elements. When we talk about travel we not only focus on the destination, but also the journey, from different forms of transport to the sights and towns you will pass on the way. For us, leisure is about focusing on the activities that you can participate in, whether you are young or old, no matter what state you live in or how much spare time you have. We all like to add a little something extra to our lifestyles so we will bring you new and exciting experiences you can indulge in to enhance your current way of life. For our Spring edition, we explore the Australian tropical paradise that is the Whitsunday region. Whether you wish to cruise on the open waters, explore the luscious landscapes on the mainland or laze on one of the island beaches, we have the best places and activities covered for you. If our picturesque coast doesn’t capture your attention, why not venture inland to the mighty Katherine region in the Northern Territory. Why not explore what the rest of the world has to offer? A tropical and cultural filled holiday in Brazil may be just what you’re after.

While food may simply be an average part of the day to some, I enjoy indulging in a wide variety of food. This issue we feature two of Queensland most renowned restaurants, Alchemy in Brisbane and Ochre in Cairns. Let the talented chefs share the story of the Australian coast through their array of fresh produce and tantalising flavours. Leonie also recounts a night in Melbourne full of culinary wonders. While travelling, staying in the same ‘champagne coloured’ hotels can become a little repetitive, however, Sydney’s latest hotel has the cure. QT Sydney is the first hotel to be built in the city in 20 years and breathes an edgy and modern life into Sydney. Of course there are all your favourite segments, What’s On, Experience This & Cooking with Brianna. Our Spring issue also features you! Our readers! We have featured a Readers Write In page, so make sure you send your photos, comments and articles through to chloe@seqa. We also have launched our new website www. so make sure you take a look for all the latest articles and more! The Spring issue is packed with all of this and more for your to read on a lovely spring day. Make sure you take an early morning walk, have a picnic in the park and smell the flowers. Spring in Australia is one of the most beautiful sights, so enjoy it!

Chloe Fraser

Editorial Editor Chloe Fraser Sub Editors Rob Fraser, Vicki Fraser Graphic Design Natalie Sing Contributors Chloe Fraser, Rob Fraser, Vicki Fraser, Steve Tierney, Brianna Fraser, Steve Trembath, Leonie Orton. Editorial Enquires Chloe Fraser Advertising Enquires Chloe Fraser, Vicki Fraser


Contents Whitsunday’s


QT Sydney




Katherine & Surrounds


Experience This


Love Oil Co




Restaurant Profile: Alchemy


What’s On


Bindaree Motel & Caravan Park




Restaurant Profile: Ochre


Fishing for Fun








Readers Send In

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Whitsunda Islands



by Chloe Fraser Australia is certainly known for its harsh climate and rugged outback, however, it is our precious Great Barrier Reef with aqua blue waters and colourful coral that defines our country’s true beauty. With an average of 274 sunny days a year, look no further than the pristine Whitsunday region of North Queensland for for the perfect spring holiday. In case you need another reason to visit, the whale season starts in June and runs through to September giving visitors the opportunity to witness the magical experience of viewing these majestic creatures. The Whitsunday region in the tropical coast of Queensland is home to 74 wonderful islands and the mainland resort of Airlie Beach. Showcasing some of the world’s best marine ecosystems, secluded beaches and luscious landscapes, it truly is like watching a postcard come to life.

Getting there The best way to access the Whitsunday region is by flying with QANTAS, Jetstar or Virgin Australia from either Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne or Sydney. The best gateway to the islands is through Brisbane airport and arranging a flight to one of the islands’ two airports, the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island or the Whitsunday Coast Airport in Proserpine. Cruise Whitsunday and Fantasea Adventure Cruising both offer water transfers between the islands and also Airlie Beach on the mainland. For those who are more adventurous, connections can be arranged via sea planes and helicopters. Once on the islands there generally is no need for transport! Walking is the best form of transport as it allows visitors to fully soak in the beauty, and the islands are generally small enough to be able to do so. However, the Whitsunday’s region has a very fun and unique method of transport on Hamilton Island and to help assist with your luggage when you arrive on others. A golf buggy! You can hire a golf buggy or some hotels and resorts even have them included in the cost of your accommodation. On Hamilton Island guests also have the use of a free shuttle.

Airlie Beach Known as the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach is the ideal coast base for those who wish to explore the beauty of the region from the mainland. Home to two beaches, Airlie Beach is centrally located and provides stunning views across to Hayman Island over Pioneer Bay. A new development on the east end of town hosts the new Boathaven Beach equipped with stinger nets to ensure the safety of tourists throughout the months where stingers are more common. The main shopping strip of Airlie Beach offers a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants along with a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. This coastal town offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit any traveller including resorts and apartments to hotels, motels and caravan parks.

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Many people overlook Airlie Beach as simply a way to reach the Whitsunday Islands, however it is important to recognise that this seaside village is a destination in itself. Make sure to visit the Conway State Forest and embark on the Whitsunday Great Walk from Airlie Beach to Brandy Creek through the luscious tropical surrounds abundant with flora and fauna, including the Ulysses butterfly. The Airlie Creek Track winds a short 850m up a hill showcasing stunning views back across the Coral Sea along with the rare Whitsunday Bottle Tree and endangered Proserpine Rock Wallaby. If walking isn’t your cup of tea, take time to indulge yourself at one of Airlie’s many day spas or take the kids to Airlie Beach Lagoon for a stinger free swim. For those seeking some aquatic action head down to Abel Point Marina for snorkeling, diving tours and to catch a charter boat to the islands. If you’re looking for a relaxing environment with great food and even better views, you can’t look past the Whitsunday Sailing Club.


Airlie Beach is also the base for many tour operators. Visitors can chose from a range of tours including a seaplane or helicopter ride for an aerial view of the coral wonderland, sailing and diving adventures, ocean rafting. There are also trips to a a multitude of beaches including the famous Whitehaven Beach voted one of the top five beaches in the world, cruises, jet ski and kayaking adventures, snorkeling activities, guided walks and much much more.

Bowen This seaside town scattered with eight award winning beaches draws in tourists who want to explore the coral reefs just off the shore of Bowen. With a great amount of diversity, travellers can head inland and explore the rugged country side Bowen has to offer. This town is also where the film ‘Australia’ was set. With the full range of accommodation, Bowen suits visitors who are looking to see all the Whitsunday region has to offer.

Cannonvale Only a leisurely stroll along the waterfront boardwalk from Airlie Beach, the quite Cannonvale offers the perfect family holiday with all types of accommodation, a sheltered beach, picnic & BBQ areas, playgrounds, rock pools and access to charters and tours to explore the off-shore Whitsunday waters. Tourists benefit from the fact that Cannonvale is a residential area with an abundance of cafes, restaurants and shopping centers.

Collinsville The furthest inland Whitsunday region town Collinsville celebrates the mining heritage of Australia. This country town offers visitors a recreational airstrip, great 4WD tracks and hosts the Bowen River Rodeo, which is truly a sight to see. However, staying true to the Whitsunday region, Collinsville does not miss out on the water sports with a large dam for tourists to use.

Daydream Island

Hamilton Island

Just off the Queensland coast, set in an exotic environment is Daydream Island. Day visitors and guests of the islands only resort, Daydream Island Resort & Spa, have access to a huge range of water sports, an award winning spa, open air movies, rounds of mini golf and the exclusive manmade outdoor aquarium known as ‘Living Reef’. Tourists of all ages are marvelled by the 80 species of fish, 50 species of coral and the opportunity to get up close with and even feed the stingrays, barramundi and a sickle fin lemon shark. This island provides fun and excitement for all of the family while still creating a sense of peace and relaxation.

Hamilton Island is the largest of the region’s island resorts and has developed a reputation as the tropical family holiday destination for all Australians. With almost too many activities to mention, it’s safe to say that there is something to entertain everyone on Hamilton Island. As far as accommodation goes, the island offers a variety of options including apartments, resorts, hotels and self contained living such as homes and villas. Parents can relax while their kids visit the island’s Clownfish Kids Club which offers a fun, exciting and safe schedule of activities for all the little adventurers that visit the island. For those who are looking to engage in a little recreational activity there is the Golf and Yacht clubs and for friends of furry creatures there is the island’s wildlife park. Visitors have the widest range of choice when it comes to water sports including sailing, jet skis, diving, snorkeling, cruising and simply swimming and taking in the aquatic beauty of the Whitsunday Islands.

Great Barrier Reef A place that is World Heritage Listed, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and can be seen from outer space, it’s no wonder the Great Barrier Reef is one of the top tourist destinations around the world. Located in the Whitsunday region and accessible by tours from the islands and mainland, visitors of all ages and interest are able to experience and appreciate one of Mother Nature’s finest work. Home to the renowned Heart Reef, visible only by air, the entire reef stretches over 2000 km and provides some of the best sailing waters in the world and the largest array of sailing adventures in the Southern Hemisphere. Jumping in the water is really the only way to see the best the Great Barrier Reef has to offer, whether it’s by diving, snorkeling or through the underwater viewing area. Supporting over 1600 species of fish, six of the world’s seven marine turtles, 30 species of whales and dolphins, over 130 species of rays and sharks, 215 species of birds and many more, the Great Barrier Reef’s complexity and beauty will leave every visitor in awe.

Hook Island Covered mostly by national park, Hook Island offers some of the most spectacular views and the best dive and snorkeling sites in the Whitsunday region. With accommodation from camping to a resort, the island appeals to a wide range of visitors. Following a track up the island may lead you to some Aboriginal caves while going below the water level will bring you to the observatory. Earning a reputation for diving, Hook Island offers a maze of caves and valleys at Manta Ray bay, some of the best coral and a few visits from black and white tip reef sharks at the Pinnacles. Butterfly Bay, Maureen’s Cove and Luncheon Bay all provide a place to anchor your boat, practice your diving and snorkel the region taking in all the colourful coral and marine species.

Hayman Island Boasting a long list of awards and a reputation as the most private island in the Whitsunday region, Hayman Island is the perfect couples retreat. Sitting down to fine dining and exquisite wines while overlooking the tropical surroundings becomes a nightly activity at this five star resort island. As with every other island, guests have a choice of the best water sports, bush walks and tours of the Great Barrier Reef to explore during their holiday. Blue Pearl Bay is Hayman Island’s hidden gem and is a destination for tour groups across the region and locals alike. Known for its abundant coral and fish display, Blue Pearl Bay is also one of the best diving spots in the region with depths up to 18 meters and plenty of caves to explore. Guests can also indulge in luxurious massages in the Coral Sea, visit the island’s exclusive Chocolate Room and taste some culinary delights with the resorts executive chef and the famous La Fortaine wine cellar.

Hydeaway Bay

Long Island

For those not able to travel off-shore, Hydeaway Bay provides a 1.5 km stretch of beach with views out to Gloucester and Saddleback Island. Only a short thirty minute drive from Airlie Beach, travellers can enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Whitsunday region and even fish from shore. Around the corner, Dingo Beach offers a boat ramp for those who wish to explore just off-shore. Family friendly and suitable for all budget types, Hydeaway Bay provides accommodation including cabins, cottages, resorts, holiday houses and self-contained apartments.

Aptly named after the 9 km stretch of beach, Long Island is conveniently the closest island to the mainland, attracting many day trippers. Guests staying on Long Island and day trippers alike can explore the 13 km of trails through the parks and discover the abundance of flora and fauna before plunging in the ocean for a swim, snorkel or dive. For a personal, private and kid free holiday, stay at the Paradise Bay Eco Resort, where you are completely secluded and cut off from day visitors and mobile reception. The rates are all inclusive with meals, beach access and the peace of mind that the resort is environmentally friendly relying on solar power and being nestled in the leafy forest region.

Jubilee Pocket


Right next door to Airlie Beach and located in the hills of the mainland is a destination for visitors looking to relax in the rainforest and countryside surrounds of Jubilee Pocket. With a more relaxed approach to accommodation, tourists can camp, bring their caravan, stay in a motel, cabin or cottage with the option of a resort for those who want a more commercial stay. During the day, people often venture towards the shores of Airlie Beach and the surrounding areas, returning at night to the seclusion and peace Jubilee Pocket provides.

If the extreme seclusion is not for you, the Long Island Resort provides access to a range of water and land activities, hammocks on the beach, champagne sunset cruises and nightly entertainment with live music and karaoke.

Proserpine Heading inland, Proserpine is noted for its fertile land producing sugar cane and providing a place for grazing cattle. Those who visit the region in winter will be able to get some spectacular photos of the burning sugar cane. Proserpine offers some old-fashioned homestyle hospitality and the main street in town is full of buildings reflecting the art deco period. Providing a change of pace from the typical Whitsunday region attractions, Proserpine River is home to the salt water crocodile and the wetlands house a variety of bird species, mammals and reptiles. Cedar Creek Falls offer a more rugged

swimming experience surrounded by rocks and forests and guests can experience the flora and fauna of the Conway Ranges on the Kingfisher Circuit. In town, the Proserpine Historical Museum showcases the history of the town and also serves as a cultural center. For those looking to get back into some water sports, Peter Faust Dam (Lake Proserpine), allows all of this and is a great spot for fishing with Barramundi, Sleepy Cod, and plenty of Red Claw and fresh water crayfish.

Shute Harbour The water transit gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, Shute Harbour is the boarding point for ferries and a popular place for people to dock their private boats. Cruises and sailing expeditions depart from Shute Harbour and explore the Whitsunday waters and visitors can also skydive over Airlie Beach. While some chose to stay at Shute Harbour for its proximity to Airlie Beach and access to the islands and cruises, many tourists use it as their last place on the mainland before heading on a Whitsunday Island holiday.

South Molle Island With a hilly outcrop and surrounding reefs, South Molle Island is a small yet enticing destination. The resort offers a round of golf and all the water activities, however that’s not what makes this island famous. The island is the backdrop for the famous Coke commercial where the giant Coke bottle spurts out young men and women into the surrounding pristine waters. Bird lovers will appreciate this island with its Rainbow Lorikeet feedings and Easter Curlews on the golf course. Spion Kop track winds through a variety of different environments from rainforests to open grassland and walkers can often a colony of flying foxes. With well over half a million people visiting the Whitsunday region each year, it is not hard to understand why. Situated in the natural wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Region offers a variety of towns and islands to base yourself at on-shore and off-shore. With unique activities and places to visit and an abundance of marine sports taking you to view some of the world’s best reefs, sparkling azure seas and marine ecosystems, families, friends and singles alike can appreciate the beauty and create a relaxing and fun filled holiday. So pack up make the most of spring and escape the winter blues and head to the tropical refuge of the Whitsunday region! Thank you to Tourism Whitsunday and Tourism Queensland for the information and pictures provided in this article.

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QT Sydney by Chloe Fraser When you’re travelling your accommodation can set the standard of your visit. Everyone wants friendly staff, great facilities with clean and comfortable rooms, but have you noticed that many hotels seem to reflect the same design these days? Neutral tones throughout the lobby and rooms and strategically placed sofas and coffee tables from the latest modern design outlet. After a while it can all blend together a little. That’s why I would like to introduce you to the new QT Sydney, one of the first hotels to be developed in the CBD in over 20 years. Spread across two iconic buildings, this new hotel encapsulates the vibrant, bustling and youth culture of modern Sydney.

History & Design The Gowings Building and State Theatre, located on the corner of Market and George St, were one of the original shopping destinations from the 1930s. Amalgamating two of Sydney’s most prominent historic buildings, QT Sydney successfully encompasses the gothic and eclectic original designs in this modern day hotel. Nic Graham went to great lengths to ensure the public areas of the hotel reflected the energetic surroundings and set QT Sydney apart from all the other ‘champagne-coloured’ hotels. While respecting the buildings’ heritage, a dynamic collection of original artwork and a vibrant colour scheme has injected a cutting edge design into the hotel’s public areas. Bold colours such as black and white, Yves Klien blue, magenta and citron feature throughout the ‘wonderland’ hotel. Combining the lobby with a “playground after dark”, Nic has created a dramatic LED wall of digital art to complement the historical features and quirky artifacts that create an unusual and intriguing experience for all guests.

Rooms & Suites Shelly Indyk carries through the unique design experience to the abundant 200 rooms offered by QT Sydney, creating 12 different styles to choose from. The Gowings building contains light and airy rooms that retain the original wooden flooring and are accentuated by a few quirky touches. The State Theatre rooms boast more original pieces, this time in the featured rugs and carpets. Ensuing guests feel QT Sydney as a home away from home, all the rooms and luxurious ensuites are finished with individualised collectables.

Restaurants & Bars Offering three unique dining and drinking experiences, QT Sydney encompasses the chic, bustling and evolutionary style of Sydney in their restaurants and bars. All of the food served at QT Sydney is developed under the professional and acclaimed guidance of Creative Food Director Robert Marchetti and Executive Chef Paul Easson. The hotel’s main restaurant, the Gowings Bar & Grill, seats 120 guests and offers a menu that exudes sophistication, simplicity and unpretentious dining. Marchetti offers “classic dishes with unique interpretation including; free range and organic meats, line-caught sustainable seafood and a healthy approach to eating.” On entry level, guests will find the Parlour Lane Roasters, serving as an edgy cafe during the day and transforming to a lively wine bar in the evening. The European style cafe holds an old world ambiance by retaining the original floor tiling, creating the perfect place to pop in for an irresistible breakfast or lunch, accompanied by an authentic coffee. In the evening, Parlour 14

Lane Roasters presents QT Sydney’s exquisite mix of international and local wines, handpicked by Ian Cook, featuring “unusual varieties and faithful old favourites.” If you’re looking for some distinctive cocktails and bar-tending skills, visit the Gilt Lounge, located just above the Gowings Bar & Grill. Offering unique hand-crafted cocktails and a relaxed yet edgy atmosphere, continue your party till the early hours of the morning with some of the finest liquors.

SpaQ To complete the holiday experience, there is nothing quite like a rejuvenating trip to the spa. QT Sydney has developed a luxurious and original spa & treatment menu. Introducing a refreshing concept, spaQ encourages guests to simply book an allocated time period and choose from their extensive menu on the day, with the guidance of your therapist. The relaxing menu features massages, facials, body therapy, a range of add-on treatments and signature packages. If you feel like simply taking some time out, spaQ offers a steam room with an ice fountain, a men’s barber, a lounge spa and boutique. Located just a short stroll from some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks

including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Hyde Park, Town Hall and Circular Quay, guests are positioned to easily explore all Sydney has to offer. Corporate clients are catered for with state of the art meeting rooms and private dining areas for groups of 2 to 200. QT Sydney has capitalised on the technological revolution and developed an iPhone application. This application acts as a personal concierge for guests to start planning their visit from the moment they make their booking. Managing director David Seargeant has successfully created an inspiring and modern hotel. QT Sydney’s eclectic, individual and urban design, that is effortlessly combined with luxury and fine-dining, has revolutionised the hotel industry. Be sure to visit QT Sydney after its opening in September, I’m sure I will be! For more information visit

Turning Green Take a look at these 8 simple tips that will save you time, money and your planet!


Use Vodka for everything

We don’t mean quite everything, but the versatile spirit does have an enormous range of money-saving applications around the home, from soothing toothaches and poison ivy rashes to deterring insects, shining surfaces and cleaning clothes.


Do an energy audit

For many, the first step to saving energy around the house is assessing how much you actually use every day. There are many things that will surprise you, as well as easy fixes that will have an immediate impact. You can hire a pro analyst, or go DIY and conduct your own quick energy audit. Go to energy_efficiency/audit.xhtml


Use your computer settings

Did you know that 90% of desktop computers are not optimised for energy efficiency? If yours is the one-in-ten that is, then pat yourself on the back and get back to darning your handknit socks by the flickering light of a candle. If you’re like the rest of us however, check your computer.


Drive smart & get a fuel-efficient car

In an age of high fuel prices and economic turmoil, consumers are flocking away from large gas-guzzling

SUVs and are snapping up smaller cars in record numbers. There’s never been a better time to switch.


While next generation vehicles like Toyota’s Prius hybrid and electrics like the Chevy Volt and Tesla Roadster are coming (not to mention fuel cells), you can also do a lot to save fuel today, even with your current ride. For example, take extra junk out of your trunk, pump up your tyres, stick to the speed limit, carpool and combine errands. Skip jackrabbit starts and don’t idle your savings away.

If you’ve read this far, we’re guessing you’ve heard of CFLs before. However you might not be aware of the newest designs from cutting-edge manufacturers, including a new range of pleasant colour temperatures, dimmable CFLs, bug lights, 3-way models, candelabra, flicker tip styles and more.


Use rechargeable batteries

It may not sound like much at first but investing in rechargeable batteries can save you some money over time. In general, the less you rely on single-use, disposable items the less money you’ll burn through.


Save water

Electricity and gas aren’t the only commodities experiencing sharp price increases in recent years. In many areas, water bills have been rising as well, whilst water tables sink and rivers are drained, diverted or polluted. Therefore it makes eco-sense and dollar cents to conserve water (and remember, the less hot water you use, the less energy you pay). Simple things like turning off the tap while you brush your teeth, water the yard in the morning, use a car wash, fix the leak and install a low-flow showerhead.


Check out the new CFLs

Buy a power strip (or 2 or 3)

Another cheap hidden investment is the humble power strip. Today’s electronic devices use power even when you’re not using them. Cell phone and other chargers left in the socket draw electricity even if they are done charging, or the phone is no longer attached. This phantom load can be a significant drain on your wallet, eg: $200 a year just for a flat-screen plasma TV according to one estimate. Hooking electronics that get infrequent use into a power strip lets you really turn them off when they’re not in use. A power strip might cost $30, but plugging the TV into it will have it paid off in months. Go one step further and invest in a home energy monitor to see exactly what electronics are using the most electricity.



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By Leonie Orton You know those nights when you don’t have any fixed plans or a specific destination per se, but you do have preconceived notions of how you’d like it to roll?

this now infamous little tapas joint that’s always booked out. It was a Wednesday and I thought we might be lucky. Not so, the place was packed and there was a line of people waiting for tables.

I’m sure you’ve had them. Some end badly – nowhere quite lives up to your expectations. You go from place to place, chasing satisfaction and then quicker than you realise, it’s time to go home and you’re left feeling disappointed.

They suggested we try a couple of other places further up Flinders Lane.

And then there are the nights when no plans, opens up the opportunity for the most wonderful and surprising adventures and discoveries. In a way something planned could never deliver.

We continued up the lane to the next recommendation – Chin Chin. The place was an absolute buzz of people. We didn’t even stop long enough to ask, we could tell there wasn’t even a spare milk crate for us to sit on. The place was packed, busy and loud… too loud for us.

Well, I had such a night in Melbourne recently...and it revolved around food! First let me set the scene… I was in Melbourne for a swift weekend. It’s my old stomping ground so I was excited to be back in the big smoke. My eyes were doing a Clockwork Orange, ogling the lights, movement, people and happenings. Even sitting on a tram was a singular thrill after not having done it for so long. I was also playing proud tour guide to my partner who hadn’t experienced the real Melbourne. We had no fixed plans, just a general desire to find somewhere yummy to eat. And so our adventure began. Our first port of call was Motvida, if you’re a Melbournian you’ll already know about

For half a second I considered leaving, but the place was so warm and welcoming. The ambiance was just right. Dimmed lighting, not too noisy, not too cool for school. In fact it was perfect. It completely fulfilled my now discovered expectations. I love Larissa Dubecki’s description in The Age: “It’s a sunny, breezy, easy place decked out like a Roman trattoria with a menu that reads like a bunch of old friends you fell out of touch with when life and Latin American food got in the way”. We had a great evening there, eating simple, effortlessly delicious dishes coupled with

First stop - Coda. A stylish, in a basement industrial way, establishment specialising in tapas style Asian dishes. Once again booked out.

I remembered another tapas place a couple of blocks away called Bar Lourinha – yes we were on a tapas mission. We headed for it, now feeling a little nervous that the night was going to end badly – with hunger, cold and disappointment. We rounded the corner and I took one look at the large jars of green olives in the window and was sure it was the place. We waltzed in and were seated immediately. It was all so quick, and I was so sure, it wasn’t until we sat down and I took a good look around that I realized it wasn’t the place at all! Instead of tapas it was an Italian restaurant called Lupino.

some great local and imported wines. In fact I drank an All Saint’s Sangiovese Cabernet, which I wrote about in a post on the SEQA website. We rounded the night off with a creamy tiramisu and a sweet, bitter, delicious glass of Amaro – an aperitif I can imagine Italian men sipping as they sit around playing cards and smoking cigarettes. We trammed it back to our hotel with happy bellies and our appetite for adventure fully sated. If you’re planning a trip to Melbourne I highly recommend wandering her inner city laneways for exciting adventures, delicious food and surprising discoveries!

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by Chloe Fraser Hidden in the remote Northern Territory you will stumble upon the Katherine region, stretching from the Western Australian border right across to the unrivaled Gulf of Carpentaria. This region showcases many of Australia’s true hidden gems and is the canvas of some of Mother Nature’s finest works.


The township of Katherine is the gateway to this expansive region and the third largest city in the Northern Territory. Located a 300 km drive south of Darwin, Katherine can be reached by car, bus and most notably, is one of the stops on the Ghan Train route. Due to the town’s remote location, there is no air service. Rich in history, Katherine is full of monuments and historic sights paying tribute to the legacy of it’s early pioneers, including John McDouall Stuart who named the town in 1862. Katherine is an excellent base for exploring the surrounding region, however, make sure you don’t forget to explore the beauties this little town has to offer.

If the springs aren’t for you, make sure you check out the Knotts Crossing. Originally built as a crossing to the region for horseback riders and then cars, it was closed in the 1990s and is now the perfect place for a casual swim while enjoying the rugged outback. Its shallow depth makes this a perfect place for families with young children. If the crossing gets too busy for your liking, simply wander up or down the river to find your own secluded piece of paradise. The Katherine River flows strong and mighty which provided lots of concern when crossing the river. During the war, the Low Level Bridge was built, however its lack of height makes it impassable in the wet season when it’s 40 feet under the roaring Katherine River! Fortunately, the Katherine River Bridge was built for the main thoroughfare of traffic and the Low Level Bridge became a well-loved picnic and swimming area for locals and tourists alike. If you’re looking for something a little more secluded, head 20 km out of Katherine along the river to Galloping Jacks and Crystal Rapids.

While Mataranka is traditionally known as the home of hot springs, Katherine has some of its own. Averaging a lovely 32 degrees, visitors can walk along a viewing platform to see the source of these springs, relax leisurely in the main pool (which has a disabled access ramp), enjoy the stunning view or explore the small pools and waterfall.

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These two little areas are perfect for family picnics, a quick dip, even some canoeing and fishing, all while enjoying the tranquility and beauty of this famous river. Heading back into town, don’t forget to grab some amazing pictures. The old Katherine Railway Bridge is now an excellent lookout and the perfect place to grab some amazing photos of the river and bridge themselves. The natural beauty and the knowledge that this bridge connects Darwin to the rest of Australia is truly amazing. For a really unique experience, make sure you visit the School of the Air, where students in remote locations and who are travelling all over Australia receive their education. It is broadcast over the radio to a ‘classroom’ that is over three times the size of the United Kingdom. Another of Mother Nature’s beauties is the rare and beautiful cycads seen at the Jurassic Cycad Gardens just out of town. Last but not least, don’t forget to visit the Cutta Cutta Limestone Caves covering 1499 hectares of limestone landscape with magnificent stalactites and stalagmites and a variety of rare bats, birds and the occasional brown tree snake.


Nitmiluk National Park

More commonly known as Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk National Park showcases some of Mother Nature’s finest work over 292,000 hectares.

falls and three excellent swimming levels make Edith Falls a must visit. To get the most out of Nitmiluk National Park it’s advisable to take a guided tour with one of the local people.

Daly River

Known as one of the best camping and fishing spots in the Northern Territory, the Daly River is truly unique. A gateway for the joining Katherine and Flora Rivers to flow out to the Timor Sea, there is an abundance of barramundi and plenty of hot springs and gorges to explore. From the breathtaking Arnhem Land escarpment to the sandstone walls and winding waters of Katherine George, all who visit develop a new appreciation for nature. Nitmiluk National Park has been handed back over to the Jawoyn Aboriginal people whose history can be found amongst the traditional rock art sites throughout the park. To see the best sites it’s advisable to take a leisurely cruise along the Katherine River through the Gorges, however, some of the hidden gems can be seen on the walking trails. The most famous is the 58 km Jatbula Trail stretching from the Visitors Center, winding its way through some of the park’s rare and beautiful sights, ending at the famous Edith Falls. Cascading

While you’re in the area take the time to explore the 60 degree celsius Douglas Daly Hot Springs and stay at the Douglas Daly Tourism Park where you can swim through The Arches. This swimming hole is one of my fondest memories of travelling around Australia. Just past the hot springs is Butterfly Gorge, accessible only by 4WD, you can walk amongst paperbarks and towering rock walls whose crevices are the home of the butterflies the National Park was named after.

Victoria River

The Victoria River area, incorporating the town of Timber Creek and the majestic Victoria River, lies close to the Western Australia border and

showcases the unusual Boab trees, most notably Gregory’s Tree. The Gregory and Keep River National Parks highlight the area’s diverse landscape, and the fascinating cultural and pastoral history make a visit to this area a breathtaking adventure.

Gulf Region

Why not take a drive out to the Gulf of Carpentaria, separating Australia from its neighbour Pupua New Guinea, and explore the home of the Yanuwa, Mara, Kurdanj and Karawa people. Known for its enormous cattle stations, the Gulf region also features the McArthur River, excellent for fishing, and Cape Crawford, where you can expect to stumble upon waterholes and rocky escarpments. For lovers of fauna, the beaches on Barranyi (North Island) National Park, are nesting sites for turtles and a stop over point for migrating birds.


Situated on the banks of the Roper River, Mataranka is famous for its hot springs and sandy bottomed lagoons surrounded by old shady palm trees. Along the Explorer’s Way tourism drive connecting Darwin and Adelaide, was made famous by Jeannie Gunn’s 1908 novel ‘We of the Never Never’, a story about the nearby Elsey Station. Many tourists visit the area to see the Old Elsey Cemetery where many

of the books characters have been laid to rest. Elsey National Park is an excellent place for families and couples alike to visit as they witness the power of the Roper River slicing though the area creating large watering holes and cascading into dams. A 4 km walk from 12 Mile Hole campgrounds you will discover Mataranka Falls. The local caravan park is an excellent place to take the kids. Here you will see some barramundi feeding where these giant fish are pulled out of the water with bare hands! Make sure you have your camera ready to get a picture.

stream in peace and quiet. It’s difficult to try and encapsulate the beauty, diversity and appreciation of nature, history and culture the Katherine region has to offer. When I think typical Australia, I think of rugged escarpments, earthy colours, cascading waterfalls, long bush walks to little slices of heaven and of course our Aboriginal Dreamtime. The Katherine region has all of this to offer and more. All I can say is it’s simply a case of you have to see it to believe it! Thank you to Tourism NT, Travel NT & Visit Katherine for the information and photos featured in this article.

Think turquoise waters framed by towering palms trees and you’re at Mataranka Thermal Springs! While these are fantastic to visit, every other tourist has the same idea. These springs are often over-crowded, so why not venture out to Bitter Thermal Springs, where you can drift down the

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experience This QLD : AJ Hackett Minjin Swing

to do is pull the self release…

As the innovators of modern day Bungy, AJ Hackett prides itself on developing and running the world’s most exciting, adrenalin pumping challenge for any thrill seeker. Set in lush tropical rainforest of North Queensland, AJ Hackett Cairns, the ONLY Bungy site in Australia, has been Bungy Jumping for over 21 years and offers a world first jump menu of 16 different styles. The 50 metre Cairns Bungy Tower has seen thousands of people face their fears in their own personal challenge and laughed in the face of gravity ! A breathtaking ground rush like no other…

Why live on the edge when you can jump off?

In keeping with the AJ Hackett spirit of stretching limits, the Minjin Jungle Swing was created to allow 1,2 or 3 people to experience extreme speed and acceleration together. The only multi-person Swing in Australia swoops through the jungle from 45 metres down to 1 metre in 3.5seconds, reaching speeds up to 120km/h. But don’t think this is a show ground ride - you have the control! You’re pulled up 45 metres until you’re lying horizontally above the rainforest then it’s all in your hands…all you have 22

For more information visit products/minjin-swing.html

TAS : The House of Anvers Chocolate The House of Anvers is situated near Latrobe on the North West Coast of Tasmania. The position is on the direct traffic route between Devonport and Launceston and is situated to capture most of the travellers to and from Tasmania’s two main ferries and Devonport Airport. Signage near the road is very clear and attractive and ample parking is available and entry is free. Boasting an array of Service and Tourism awards The House of Anvers caters for all chocoholics. Opening at 7am for breakfast, visitors can sit back in our cafe and enjoy freshly baked goods from our kitchen, fresh coffee or even one of our four types of hot chocolates. You can wander through the chocolate museum,

factory viewing area and finish in our tasting centre were you can try our range of handcrafted chocolates, all made using fresh Tasmanian dairy and our own signature Anvers couverture chocolate. We have just opened our garden conservatory which is capable of seating an extra 50 guests bringing our total capacity to 100 seats throughout the property. This room can also be used for business meetings and private functions. Boasting the latest in audio/visual equipment plus the House of Anvers renowned service, groups will be well catered for. The House of Anvers is open 7 days a week from 7am – 6pm. For more information please visit

SA : Tom’s Working Opal Mine Tom’s Working Opal Mine is a well established modern day mine situated in the Precious Stone Field of Coober Pedy, South Australia, directly on the Stuart Highway, just 500m north of town. We are open daily and welcome visitors of any age willing to experience the way Opal Mining is conducted today. Our experienced Miners/Guides will provide all explanations. You can try your hands on the various mining features if you wish (not compulsory) and experience a ride in a “Bosun’s Chair”, divine for “Slips&Slides”, shovel sandstone into the “Blower Pipe”, jackpick on a “Level” or make “Explosive Bombs”, see and learn about the “Tunneling Machine”. The mine is safe, spacious, well-lit and and easy to walk through, no crouching through narrow tunnels! (wheel chair friendly). Guided tours depart four times a day and cost $25.00/adult and $10.00/child. Not much time? Walk-through by yourself for $10.00/$5.00 pp (machinery not in working mode). Our reception area is machined out to the size of a house and just as cosy! FREE Coffee, FREE Internet, FREE Noodling! Large car/trailer parking, picnic area, public toilets. Opals from “Our Mines” and Opal Jewellery for sale. Enquiries: FREE CALL 1800 196 500 or (08) 8672 3966 e:

NT : Mindil Markets Mindil Beach Sunset Market has become one of Darwin’s most popular tourist attractions and a favourite meeting place for locals and visitors alike.

NSW : Dolphin Marine Magic Be touched by magic, at Dolphin Marine Magic. Looking to enjoy some family fun? Receive fishy kisses from a Dolphin and a tickly smooch from a Seal at Coffs Harbour’s multi-award winning Dolphin Marine Magic! Open your eyes to a world of Marine Magic. Find out what dolphins really feel like and witness the intelligence and playfulness of these animals. During the Marine Magic Presentations, guests are given the opportunity to volunteer in the show by feeding and cleaning dolphin’s teeth and dancing and singing with the Seals. When feeding the other animals, prepare to get splashed by the fish in the reef tank and fall in love with the Little Blue Penguins. One of only two places in Australia which exhibits dolphins in human care, Dolphin Marine Magic (Pet Porpoise Pool Pty Ltd) makes dreams come true with the life-time experience of entering the water with these magnificent animals, choose from a variety of experiences, suitable for most ages. Also introducing our new experience! “Ultimate Dolphin Swim”, the ONLY place in Australia you can swim and interact this close in deep water with a dolphin. For more info, prices and availability or to make a booking call 02 6659 1910 – bookings essential. Open 7 days a week, every day of the year. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with exclusive offers and competitions. Pet Porpoise Pool Touched by magic

Mindil Beach Market represents an eclectic and vibrant fusion of flavours, cultures & creative artistic talent. The markets are a great representation of the local and hugely diverse talent within our Darwin region and our unique society. From its very humble beginning in 1987 when six people’s vision to bring a taste of Asia night market to Darwin came to fruition, Mindil Beach Sunset Market has grown to support over 350 small businesses, providing employment for more than 1000 locals and contributing more than $15 million to the Northern Territory economy each year.

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets spoil their visitors in a way no other event can compare. Not only will you be amazed by the great selection of art & craft on offer but you will be intoxicated by the flavors and aromas that fill the warm evening air as you sit back, relax and watch the sky transform into a kaleidoscope of color as the sun sets over the horizon. On any given Thursday & Sunday afternoon throughout the dry season (end of April until end of October) market patrons can enjoy the tastes of five continents, with over 1200 different menu items, and an extensive array of handmade craft including crocodile products, indigenous art, jewellery &

clothing. Every week a variety of live entertainment is offered including acoustic bands, street performers, cultural dance, acrobatics and daring fire shows. Entry is free for everyone to enjoy the magical, vibrant and entertaining event. Mindil Beach Sunset Market - Live the lifestyle

WA : Willie Creek Pearl Farm Just out of Broome, on a picturesque tidal creek is the Willie Creek Pearl Farm. This small pearling operation has been hosting tours to the North West for more than a decade. Here visitors have the opportunity to discover the intriguing world of the cultured pearling

industry through regular guided tours, boat cruises and helicopter flights. The Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour is the only pearl farm open to the general public in the Kimberley and is a must do tour in Broome. Visitors will gain a modern insight into how the pearling industry operates today and discover how the rare and beautiful Australian South Sea Pearl is produced, as well as take a cruise on the beautiful waters of Willie Creek. Willie Creek Pearls are Multi Award winners, both regionally and on a state level and we aim to provide experiences and products that exceed our customers expectations. The pearl farm is home to a world-class pearl jewellery showroom, a beautiful café and a stunning range of pearls from Broome and around the world. Owned and operated by the Banfield Family the pearl farm remains a key motivating 24

factor in drawing people to Broome. For more info and showroom locations visit

VIC : Paddlesteamers Where the livin’ is easy with Emmylou Sun-soaked historic Echuca on the Murray River is developing a reputation as the Relaxation Capital of northern Victoria and cruising aboard its prettiest paddlesteamer, P.S. Emmylou, is an amazing river experience. Paddlesteamer Emmylou, powered by a 1906 wood-fired steam engine is the only wood-fired paddlesteamer in the world offering regular one-hour, lunch, dinner and overnight cruising.

Spend a single night drifting down the river, dining and relaxing amid the call of the waterbirds and the gentle swish of the paddlewheels, and you’ll feel you’ve been on holiday for a week. Because she moors overnight, Emmylou offers passengers the chance to sit around a campfire and swap stories with the skipper and crew before retiring to bed. Dinner and breakfast is included on the one-night journeys and for those taking the two-night cruise all meals are included. Beverages are additional. Emmylou is also very popular for weddings and other celebrations and is available for charter, one-hour cruises, luncheon trips and evening steaming. For bookings and more info (03) 5480 2237 or

ACT : Canberra Glassworks Visit Canberra Glassworks this Spring. In honour of Floriade the Canberra Glassworks are offering flower themed glass experiences for anyone over the age of 8, make your own flower tile or try glass blowing in the Hotshop to create a glass flower. View the sublime work of Western Australian artists, Kevin Gordon and David Hay in their exhibition titled Occidental. Both are influenced and inspired by landscapes and nature or enjoy the amazing installation by Chris Boha, titled Home Sky with work that will appeal to everyone. Engage the kids in truly unique school holiday activity with special glass classes or behind the scenes tours with The Great Glass Adventure. Or perhaps they’d like to enter the Inspirational Insects Kids Design Competition. Later in November, don’t miss the summer exhibition titled Glassimations featuring the work of several artists who work with animation and glass, curated by Lienors Torre. Hotshop glass experiences are available every weekend. For a great day out, visit the Glassworks, try your hand at making your own unique artwork, view the artists creating in the Hotshop, browse the Gallery Shop and enjoy the exhibition. Marvel at the heritage building that used to be the Old Kingston Powerhouse, enjoy a burger at Brodburger and if you’re visiting on a Sunday, don’t forget to pop into the Old Bus Depot Markets. Finish your visit with a wander around the shores of Lake Burley Griffin for a truly memorable day out for everyone. Visit for details.

by Chloe Fraser Everyone knows what it is like to be plagued by aches and pains, whether it’s from a sports injury, arthritis or anything in between. On the market today there are so many pills, gels, creams and rubs to help alleviate the unrelenting pain, however all the strong ones contain toxic chemicals that harm your body. That is, all except for the Love Oil Company’s Stiff, Sore & Sorry range. After 35 years of experience in the industry as a massage therapist, sports trainer, aromatherapist and beauty therapist, Helen Love had seen enough of products on the market that simply didn’t have the essential oils and active constituent concentrations high enough to really make a difference when used. That’s when Helen developed the Stiff, Sore & Sorry range which has two gels, the pain relief gel and the injury/sports gel. While they may sound run of the mill, what sets Helen’s products apart is the fact that they are completely 100% natural. No chemicals, no toxins, just 100% natural ingredients.

The Pain Relief gel, while containing 7% Arnica, benefits from the addition of Capsicum Oleoresin. When this ingredient is used topically, it is known to stimulate then block small pain fibers by depleting them of ‘substance p’, a neurotransmitter thought to be main mediator of pain impulses and inflammation. In more simple terms, this ingredient stops the transmission of pain caused by inflammation. This Pain Relief gel has an outstanding track record with the management of oesetoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, post herpatic neuralgia, post mastectomy pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, shingles, psoriasis, itchy skin and gout.

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Enough of the big words and technical talk. I can confidently say that both of these gels work miracles! I must admit I was skeptic as to how strong they would be at first, but after my first application, I was hooked. Over the past few months, I have convinced multiple people to try it. One who suffers from ecxema and dermatitis, one from psoriasis, multiple with arthritis and tension headaches, all of whom rave about the benefits and effects of the product. The best thing is, you can get the results without the harm of toxins.

Stiff, Sore & Sorry!

The Injury/Sports gel has the highest concentration of the well-known ingredient Arnica, which makes up 10% of the ingredients. This is two to three times stronger than any other brand on the market today. Arnica is used commonly today due to its successful management of swelling and pain associated with bruises, strained muscles, joint problems, osteoarthritis and the list goes on. Helen takes the healing agent one step further when she combines the active Arnica with essential oils such as Wintergreen, Peppermint, Clove, Rosemary and Eucalyptus. The combination of these ingredients increases blood circulation and lymphatic drainage resulting in the almost immediate relief of pain. For the best results, you can apply the Injury/Sports gel pre and post sports and it can be used to alleviate the pain caused by any muscle joint and soft tissue injury, stiffness or contusions. Personally, I suffer a great deal of muscle tension in my shoulders and neck. I apply the Injury/Sports gel before bed and within minutes, the unrelenting pain is eliminated. I have also used it on my shin splints resulting in the same affect.

Simply put, Stiff, Sore & Sorry brings about immediate pain relief, draws fresh blood and nutrients to the injured areas to eliminate toxins and inflammation, relaxes the muscles and helps restore flexibility and movement. Now I am sure many of our readers are thinking the same as I did, it’s all a little too good to be true. I urge you to simply try Stiff, Sore & Sorry. If you can get relief from pain for only $30 per 250mL bottle (which goes a long way may I add!) while protecting your body from unwanted toxins, why would you say no! Helen’s experience, love and passion for natural pain relief have created a product that is taking the beauty, fitness and health industry by storm. For more information please visit or simply contact Helen directly at Thank you to Helen Love for providing us with the information and photos included in this article. SEQA Magazine 25




beautiful exotic By Rob Fraser

Brazil has always evoked the emotions as an exotic travel destination and as host of the football World Cup in 2014 and now the Summer Olympics in 2016, there are even more reasons to explore this South American beauty. You cannot escape the most extraordinary sights and sounds in Brazil: the incomparable setting of Rio de Janeiro with its exuberant Carnival and iconic beaches right in the heart of the city, the rush of the waters over the Devil’s Throat at the Iguassu Falls, the call of exotic birds and monkeys in the steamy jungles of the Amazon Rainforest, the samba dancers in full flow in their flamboyant costumes and the tranquillity of the coast with its vast, golden beaches stretching over 7000km from north to south. For some, the highlight of their Brazil holiday may be Salvador de Bahia, Brazil’s most lively city with its colonial architecture and African spirit and also another great city to catch Carnival. Or perhaps your perfect Brazil tour is wildlife spotting in the Pantanal wetlands where animals and birds are more visible than in the jungle due to the less dense vegetation. You could also indulge in that other great Brazilian passion by catching a game at Rio’s Maracana Stadium, the home of Brazilian football. Wherever you choose to go, a Brazil holiday is a feast to be savoured by all the senses and offers an incredible array of destinations for discerning travellers from adventure trips to total relaxation in top-class luxury retreats. The climate in Brazil ranges from temperate in the south to tropical in the north. Planning holidays in Brazil often comes down to rainfall which comes at its heaviest at different times in different parts of the country. As a general guide, it rains most November-March in the southeast, December-March in the centre west, April-August in the northeast and March-May in the north and Amazonia. Although May-September is usually thought of as winter, it can often be a pleasant time to go, especially in the centre and south as weather is warm without being wet and humid and travelling at this time avoids the busy peak domestic holiday season of Jan-Feb.

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Brazil is more than Rio de Janeiro with its famous beaches and Carnival. There is so much more to see. With an area of just over 8.4 million square kilometres, (slightly larger than Australia) Brazil occupies nearly half of the South American continent and has a population of 190 million. It is a thriving, vibrant country that is looking to a bright economic future.

Iguassu Falls Bigger than Niagara Falls and more impressive and attractive than Victoria Falls, the Iguassu Falls bridge the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. They are one of the most awe-inspiring and stunning wonders of the natural world and are a wonderful inclusion in any itinerary to Brazil. The Devil’s Throat is the largest of the 275 separate Falls and can be seen from both the Brazilian and 28

Argentine sides of the Falls. It is recommended you allow a couple of days in the area to see both sides of the National Park as the viewpoints offer very different perspectives. A pathway runs through the National Park from the Hotel Das Cataratas that allows you to explore the Falls at close range, ending at the viewing platform below the deafening Devil’s Throat, plummeting 350 feet from above into the Iguassu River. For the more adventurous, you can take a thrilling speedboat ride up the Iguassu River and get close to some of the lesser Falls or take a stunning panoramic helicopter flight over the Falls.

principal gateway into the rainforest and the capital of the region. Take a journey by road and river and stay in jungle lodges and you will experience superb biodiversity and be presented with excellent opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of the rainforest and the most rewarding wildlife experiences. A great way to explore the area is by taking an expedition cruise from Manaus. A cruise is a great option for those who like adventure with all the comfort of an all-inclusive cruise and comfortable air-conditioned cabins.

Amazon Rainforest For most, a trip to Brazil is not complete without a journey into the mighty Amazonian jungle. The Amazon and its tributaries make up the largest water system on the planet, a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Manaus in northern Brazil is the

this page: Iguassa Falls Opposite Page : Copocabana Beach

Brazil’s Beaches Brazil is justifiably proud of its long coastline where a beautiful and quiet sandy beach paradise is not hard to find. Relax at the end of your holiday with a few days unwinding on a delightful stretch of coast. Here we list some of the favourite places to stay along the vast coast. In the far north you could head to Natal for lively beach bars in Pipa or rolling sand dunes at Genipabu, which can be explored by sand buggy. Further down the coast, Recife is the gateway both to the small fishing town of Porto de Galinhas and for flights to the island archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, a marine haven perfect for diving and snorkeling.

Still in the north is the chic bohemian village of Trancoso south of Porto Seguro has fast gained a reputation among Sao Paulo’s wealthier residents for its selection of small boutique houses and hotels. It is a small-relaxed town surrounded by its colonial history, steep cliffs and long sandy beaches. In the south the former small fishing village of Buzios is an elegant summer retreat from the vibrant bustling city of Rio de Janeiro, which is just a few hours drive north of the city. The surrounding peninsula offers some 25 exquisite beaches to choose from. Another wonderful location between Rio and Sao Paulo is one of Brazil’s

prettiest colonial towns, close to the stunning beaches of the Costa Verde (Emerald Coast). Paraty was declared a national monument and bustles with tourists browsing its small boutiques and art galleries at weekends, while the town is quiet and intimate during the week and in low season. The nearby coast with its wonderful beaches, small islands and inlets are just as charming and scenic.

Ouro Preto Located a few hours drive from Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto is an attractive and well-known colonial town in Minas Gerais. Founded in 1711, this delightful gold-mining town and former state capital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a charming atmosphere characterised by cobbled streets winding up and down steep hills, crowned by colonial churches. Old mansions, fountains, terraced gardens and vivid tiled towers blend to create a calm 18th century gem that is perfect for exploring on foot.

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Rio de Janeiro Rio, perhaps the most famous of all Brazil’s attractions, is an extraordinary city, which has long been a favourite tourist destination. It is full of energy and the city’s incomparable setting of beaches, ocean and mountains, watched over by the iconic Statue of Christ atop Corcovado Mountain, is unforgettable. Copacabana and Ipanema are probably the most famous beaches in South America and the views from the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain are breath taking. There are some great restaurants, excellent clubs and plenty of places to explore, including the dense forest of Tijuca and nearby small towns such as Petropolis. Along the coast both north and south of the city lay smaller resorts to relax in when you tire of the hustle and bustle of city life with Angra dos Reis, Ilha Grande and Paraty to the south and Buzios to the north. Of course, there is also the famous Rio Carnival, which takes place every February just before Ash Wednesday. The Brazilians celebrate with drums, singing and dancing in the street in an explosion of colour and music along with lavish and outrageous costumes.


Hotels do impose minimum stays of 4-5 nights during Carnival period and early booking is essential as many hotels are booked out months in advance.

Pantanal and Bonito The Pantanal is a vast floodplain that is home to the world’s largest nature reserve and is arguably the best place in Brazil to view wildlife. Very different to the jungle, the region has more open spaces and far fewer trees thus making it easier to see the abundant birds and animals. This unique ecosystem is a perfect environment for a great number of birds, reptiles and a host of other animals. About 300kms from Campo Grande and on route to the southern Pantanal, Bonito is one of the most complex and fascinating areas of natural water in the world. The area offers hundreds of waterfalls, lakes and crystal clear rivers as well as more than 80 caves, both dry and flooded, together with an endless variety of wild animal species.

The best time of the year to go to the Pantanal is during the drier season from March to October.

Recife and Olinda Recife is the capital of Pernambuco state and is the gateway to the beach resort of Porto de Galinhas to the south as well as the access point by air to the Fernando de Noronha archipelago. Another popular and charming attraction for visitors is its former colonial capital, Olinda that was founded in 1537 and is now also an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Particularly known for its beautiful churches and a large community of artists, it is a delightful town to explore on foot for a few days.

this page Below: Salvador Opposite page far left: Rio de Janeiro Left: Samba Dancers

Salvador Salvador is where Brazil meets Africa and the Caribbean. Wander through its atmospheric cobbled streets in the old quarter of Pelourinho, another UNESCO world heritage site that has been lovingly restored back to its former glory over the last decade. Several of the old colonial houses have been transformed into luxurious boutique properties right in the heart of this historic city; one is even located in a former convent. Visit magnificent baroque churches and museums and try the delicious Bahian cuisine. Salvador’s stunning coastal setting looks out over the Bay of Todos os Santos and is a great place to discover the colonial heritage of Brazil. Music is part of the culture and you can learn about capoeira, candomble or traditional forro music at different venues throughout the city. This culture means Salvador offers a great alternative but no less lively location than Rio for Carnival in February.

Ten cool things to do in Brazil 1. Experience the spectacle of Carnival. There are a number of choices with Rio the most famous 2. Relax on a river cruise on the Amazon 3. Attend a Fashion show at Sao Paulo 4. Take a speedboat ride up the Iguassu River and walk to the famous Falls 5. Learn to Samba

Travelling to Brazil takes a little more planning and thought than many other destinations. For all its natural beauty and splendor it does have a seedier side that travellers need to be acutely aware of. To find out some really useful information on travelling to Brazil, health, safety and general things you need to know I suggest you visit the following Government website for more information – view/advice/brazil

6. Check out girls from Ipanema and relax on the beach 7. Take a cable car ride to Sugarloaf Mountain 8. Visit any of the UNESCO World Heritage listed sites 9. Explore the unique ecosystem of the vast Pantanal floodplain 10. Snorkeling in the rivers at Bonito surrounded by diverse and colourful marine life. Just one more because we can 11. Catch a game of football at Rio’s Maracana Stadium, the home of Brazilian football.

To find out more about travelling in Brazil say hi to our friends at Delfor Pelletti South America Tourism Office Level 1, 178 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 p 03 9654 7977 f 03 9650 8177 e SEQA Magazine 31


Alchemy River. The restaurant is located on the promenade level at 175 Eagle St. Owned and run by Brad and Angelica Jolly, this secluded haven, has some truly unique attribute windows offering an unobstrucded vista of the Brisbane River, while award winning executive chef, Brad Jolly, boasts the acclaimed La Chaine des Rotisseurs World Title First Place and experience working along side Marco Pierre White and Eric Chavot. From conception, the interior of Alchemy was designed to be both breathtaking and captivating. Constructed along sleek lines of form and function, Alchemy incorporates exquisite pieces such as hand blown Murano glass chandeliers.

As the uniquely named restaurant’s definition suggests; it offers superlative food combined with a magical atmosphere. Alchemy: conjuring magic and enchantment, it seeks to transform base material into gold and to discover a life-prolonging elixir. Perched above the boardwalk, Alchemy’s glass framed view is an unobstructed vista of the Story Bridge and Brisbane 32

The restaurant is a revelation for the discerning diner, accommodating up to 100 patrons, who can chose from the bar, which offer light meals or tapas, the A la carte menu or a private dining room for a unique intimate dining experience. Alternatively the private courtyard is ideal for those who want to savour the river breeze. Receiving acclaimed reviews from some of Brisbane’s top reviewers

Alchemy has made a definite mark on Brisbane’s Dining scene. Favoured already by top companies and politicians, Alchemy has the recipe for success. Not only is the quality of the cuisine unrivaled in Brisbane, but the interior’s sleek décor and personalised service makes dining here a treat. With the river breeze, sparkling lights, water views and quality produce from one of Australia’s best trained chefs, Alchemy makes for a unique and amazing dining experience. For more information, please visit the

Our Menu Choice

Entree: Prosciutto wi th Beetroot and Citrus Salad, Goats Ch eese & Hazelnuts Main: Braised Lamb Shank with Buttered Cabbage, Lemon Qu inoa & Dates Puree For the Vegetarian: He rb Roasted Gnocchi with Silver Beet & Tru ffle Honey Carrots Dessert: Hot Chocola te Marbre with Crunchy Honeyc omb & Vanilla Bean Ice Crea m From the Bar: Pork Be lly with Watercress Salad & Smoked Ap ple Puree

tranquility & chic on fraser Drive

Driving along Queensland’s Fraser Coast, one word comes to mind - magic. The Fraser Coast combines the charms of yesteryear with World Heritage natural beauty. Start your trip with morning tea at one of the many chic cafes and restaurants of Noosa, or after an early-morning surf at one of the many surfing beaches stretched along the coastline. But don’t dawdle too long - the Fraser Coast has much to offer. Maryborough is the historical and cultural heart of the Fraser Coast. Just over three hours drive north from Brisbane; Maryborough is nestled in a curve of the Mary River. The city’s original Queenslander homes grace the broad tree-lined streets and will fascinate history buffs. For those interested in heritage, the city’s heritage walk is a two-hour delight. If time’s on your side, visit Elizabeth Park and smell the roses or feed the Black Swans at Ululah Lagoon. A great time to visit Maryborough is from August to October. At this time, not only can you enjoy the simple delights of Maryborough, but a short drive to the nearby coastal town of

Hervey Bay and you’re in for one of nature’s truly enchanting experiences the migration of the humpback whales. You will discover the whales frolicking in the sheltered waters between World Heritage Fraser Island and Hervey Bay. Hervey Bay also offers the chance to explore rivers and creeks by boat, visit secluded restaurants, a coastal winery, go fishing, enjoy a quiet walk along a beach or hop over to World Heritage Fraser Island. Much has been written about the beauty of the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island, and it is easy to see why. Spanning over 100km an area of almost 200,000 hectares, Fraser has much to offer. Fraser’s distinctiveness comes from its natural environment - the only place in the world where rainforest grows on sand. The fact that you are on a large sand island seeps into your mind as you walk along a rainforest stream. There is no sound of water babbling over rocks. These creeks ramble through the forest keeping their secrets to themselves as they make their way to the sea. Fraser is a wilderness, so be aware that it is the natural habitat of dingoes

when you’re enjoying the coloured sands, fishing, or picnicking. Follow the directions of signs and the advice of National Parks Rangers. On your return trip to Brisbane the tranquil waters of the Great Sandy Strait are worth experiencing. Dotted along the coastline of the Great Sandy Strait are the seaside townships of Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay, Tinnanbar, Poona, Tuan, Boonooroo and Maroom. Associated with this medley of seaside villages are great surf beaches, coloured sands, mangrove-lined creeks, great fishing, and bushwalking through a magnificent display of wildflowers. And twitchers aren’t forgotten. Migratory birds from Siberia and Japan keep ornithologists busy for hours. Those in the know around the Great Sandy Strait say that the tip is to hire a houseboat and enjoy the calm waters, passing dolphins, and the tranquillity of your surrounds. For more information visit Thank you to Tourism Queensland for the article and photos.


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Saltwater Fly Fishing Challenge 12th-14th October Bynoe Harbour, Darwin

Your challenge - catch seven species of fish in three days. Bynoe Harbour, near Darwin, is the action spot for the Saltwater Fly Fishing Challenge held annually by the Darwin Flyrodders Club. This is a measure-andrelease competition where the angler’s aim is to catch each of the seven target species of fish - the queen fish, trevally, mackerel, barramundi, tarpon, snapper and salmon, all of which require the anglers to move and seek out the species on different stages of the tide. Anglers have three days to fly fish, with only two people per boat (both must be competitors). Bonus points accumulate for the capture of each species and the fish caught are scored on a centimetre-per-point basis. For more information visit


Alice Desert Festival 7th September - 10th October Various venues around Alice Springs

The Alice Desert Festival is Central Australia’s premier arts and cultural festival, celebrating the desert and its peoples. The Alice Desert Festival shares the stories, songs and the unique lifestyle of Central Australia’s arid region. Featuring a vibrant program borne out of the desert landscape, they celebrate the dynamic exchange between cultures in the heart of Australia. Artists, dancers and musicians from some of the remotest communities in Central Australia perform beside a selection of Australia’s hottest acts. For more information visit

Renmark Rose Festival 19th – 28th October Riverland Rose and garden lovers will thoroughly enjoy a visit to Renmark in October for their annual Rose Festival. The festival is full of activities, displays and demonstrations that will enthuse and delight those who appreciate nature’s beauty. For more information visit www. Fleurieu Folk Festival 26th – 28th October Fleurieu Peninsula Set in the beautiful historic town of Willunga on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, alongside the McLaren Vale wine growing district, the festival presents a weekend of music concerts and sessions, dance, workshops, poetry, special youth program, children’s entertainment and stalls. For more information visit Moonta Antiques & Collectables Fair 3rd – 4th November Yorke Peninsula Come visit the historic mining town of Moonta for the 16th annual Antiques and Collectables Fair. There will be dealers from South Australia and interstate exhibiting in two undercover venues with refreshments and light meals available. For more information visit

New South Wales Eden Whale Festival 3rd -4th November 2012 Eden Eden Whale Festival is an annual celebration of the southern migration of humpback and other whales past Eden on the Sapphire Coast of NSW. The event features street parade, carnival, events, displays, demonstrations, music, spectacular evening show, stalls, competitions, great food and wine and lots of information about whales. For more information visit

The event offers opportunities for riders to participate in single event days or for the full event with the focus on riders to complete “the Classic”. The event is tailored for all riding enthusiasts with a clear focus on the challenge of completing the three day event. For more information visit

Victoria Seduction By Tastebuds at Mount Avoca Vineyard 10th November 2012 Avoca

Cello Concerts at Jenolan Caves with Georg Mertens Third Saturday of the Month Jenolan Caves In the Cathedral Chamber of the Lucas Cave, Georg Mertens’ haunting solo cello will immerse your senses in magical melody. The Cathedral Chamber has arguably the best acoustics of any performance space in the world. Your ticket also includes a brief optional tour of the Lucas Cave plus delicious wine and cheese afterwards, in Caves House. For more information visit 2012 Murrumbateman Moving Feast 29th - 30th September Murrumbateman Tantalise your taste buds this weekend! The Murrumbateman Moving Feast offers a weekend of local wines matched with scrumptious food. Spend your weekend roving from winery to winery, indulging in delicious food and wine and taking in the beautiful countryside along the way. Murrumbateman is just 30 minutes from Canberra, or an easy 3 hour drive from Sydney. For more information visit

Kerrisdale Mountain Railway Melbourne Cup Weekend Steamfest 3rd - 5th November Kerrisdale

Mount Avoca invites you to join them, along with guest chef Scott Pickett, to join them in a slow food lunch and to taste some of the outstanding wines of Mount Avoca Winery. This month, The Points executive chef, Justin Wise, will be preparing a menu that will have a classical approach but with bold and modern interpretation which will compliment Mount Avoca’s innovative and traditional quality winemaking.

The Kerrisdale Mountain Railway Melbourne Cup Weekend Steamfest is a fun filled day for all the family and an event not to be missed. Kerrisdale Mountain Railway is a Two Foot Gauge tourist railway in the foothills of the Tallarook Ranges with spectacular views, fully operational steam museum with visiting engines. Trains will run every hour between 11am and 3pm with 35 minute return train journey to ‘Summit Station’ with a panorama of the whole of the Upper Goulburn Valley followed by a demonstration of all the engines.

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12 Apostles Mountain Bike Classic 23rd - 25th Nov 2012 Port Campbell, Great Ocean Road


The 12 Apostles Mountain Bike Classic is a three day staged mountain bike race set to the backdrop of one of the world’s iconic tourism destinations. The 12 Apostles Mountain Bike Classic based in Port Campbell, with routes reaching across the region is designed for serious recreational MTB and road riders.

Mission Evolve Music Festival 12th - 14th October Mission Beach Mission Evolve Music Festival is a celebration focusing on creating a platform for artistic expression, giving the community of Far North Queensland the opportunity to showcase their creative talent, in any genre and style. The festival is not exclusive to music and is open to all mediums of artistic expression. Encompassing everything from live music, DJs, workshops, sculpture, percussion and circus spaces to market stalls and delicious food, all set in the lush forests of Dundee Park, Mission Beach. For more information visit SEQA Magazine 35

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 21st - 30th September Toowoomba The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has been growing bigger, brighter and more colourful each year. It is the longest running floral event of its kind in Australia as the premiere celebration of flowers, food, wine, culture, entertainment and all things spring. With a vibrant street parade, fascinating flowers, and floral displays, fabulous food, wondrous wine, awe-inspiring art, imaginative interactive workshops and exceptional entertainment, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has something for everyone. For more information visit

Western Australia Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show and Spring Festival 8th - 22nd September Ravensthorpe This event has been running in September for 30 years, and is internationally recognised as one of the best in Australia. Flowers are collected at the peak of the season from within the Shire of Ravensthorpe, 12,872 square kilometres. An unusually large number of different species occur in the region, nearly 2,000; up to 700 varieties are exhibited and identified with their scientific and common names at the show. Visitors are encouraged to take photographs. Devonshire teas are available and the wildflower shop offers a colourful variety of books, goods, garments and crafts, as well as maps for wildflower drives and walks. Four wheel drive tag along tours and guided walks are available. For more information visit Illuminate 13th October Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park Cape Naturaliste Road, Dunsborough Show your support for the sick children by heading to Cape Leeuwin or Cape 36

Naturaliste Lighthouse and see the towers turn purple and yellow for the Starlight Foundation. The Augusta Margaret River and Geographe Bay Tourism Associations will celebrate International Lighthouse Day together at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse with an event called ‘Illuminate’. There will be a range of activities at both lighthouses culminating in the purple and yellow spectacular. For more information visit

Tasmania Tiger Trail Festival 21st - 23rd September Mt Field National Region Held around Mount Field National Park in the towns & villages of Plenty, Bushy Park, Glenora, Westerway, Fentonbury, Ellendale, National Park, and Maydena. The trail celebrates and commemorates the now extinct Tassie Tiger. Our festival will include an array of fantastic events hosted by locals that will display our unique history, landscape, produce and talent. For more information visit www. Bicheno Food and Wine Festival 17th November Bicheno Come along to Tassie’s best little food and wine festival, offering a day of

exciting and unique events designed to bring you up close and personal with leading local wine makers, chefs, food producers and gourmet trail blazers. All washed down with some great local blues and roots rhythms! Activities for all the family including wine tasting, cooking demos, face painting and kid fun! If feasting on freshly shucked oysters and wine is your kind of heaven, head to Bicheno’s “Toast to the Coast”, Food and Wine Festival. For more information visit

Canberra Canberra Nara Candle Festival 27th October Japanese Gardens Join in the celebration of Canberra’s sister city relationship with Nara, Japan. Enjoy four hours of free entertainment, delicious Japanese food and cultural activities. The event peaks with a stunning evening display of more than 2000 candles in Canberra’s very own Japanese garden, Canberra Nara Peace Park. There will be a range of fun and interesting activities for children. Try the variety of Japanese cuisine that will be for sale or purchase beautiful designer Japanese handicrafts.

Wine Roses and all that Jazz 3rd - 4th November Various Wineries Cellar doors in the Canberra District come alive with entertainment, food, activities and of course wine tastings during the Wine, Roses and All That Jazz Festival. Sample award-winning reds and whites, indulge in gourmet food, and relax to live music in the vineyards. Take a wine tour and meet some of Canberra’s passionate vignerons all within 45 minutes drive of Canberra. For more information visit

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Bindaree by

Mote l & Car avan Pa r k





Chloe Fraser

On the shores of the bustling Murray River in Corowa, NSW, is a welcoming family owned motel & caravan park, Bindaree. Located a 3.5 hour drive north east of Melbourne and a 35 minute drive from Albury, Corowa has a population of just over 5,000 people. This little town has managed to maintain its country charm while being a gateway to the Rutherglen wine region and attracting visitors from all over Australia with the Murray River and its fishing and recreational activities. When you’re travelling around Australia it is always difficult to find a place to stay that is homely, safe for the children or grandkids, provides quality service and is centrally located, however Bindaree has managed to tick all the boxes. Taken over by Steve & Tania Trembath in August 2011, there certainly has been a large injection of love into the park. Steve and Tania have travelled extensively over Australia for around 10 years and have their own children, twins Maddie and Jordan, who help run the business. With all this experience, the Trembath family certainly know what makes a good caravan park and how to successfully interact with their visitors. Bindaree has a strong focus on family orientated holidays and customer satisfaction. Steve and Tania always go the extra mile to make their guests feel right at home. In my recent brief stay Tania gave a girls school staying in the motels the ice cream tub out of her own fridge to go along with their apple pies and she also cooked sausage rolls and pies in her oven for a visiting bowling club. With their children enrolled at the local school, Bindaree and its new owners are committed to community development.

Accommodation Bindaree offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit everyone’s needs and budgets. There are 11 motel rooms, with both one and two bedroom styles available, that contain queen/double beds, single bunks, a fully functional kitchenette, lounge/dining area with TV and private ensuite. There is even a lovely set of table and chairs on the patio and parking right outside your door. While many people worry about noise travelling in motel style accommodation, at Bindaree each motel is double bricked so noise is never a problem. These rooms are serviced daily and also offer breakfast and newspapers delivered to your door. If you’re looking for something stand alone, Bindaree offers a luxurious spa cabin and a further two standard cabins. These both offer all the facilities of the motels and more! If camping is more your style there are 12 powered sites with plans to expand in the near future and virtually unlimited unpowered sites spread across 5 acres. To ensure a relaxed camping environment, these sites are unstructured and are along the banks of the billabong nestled amongst the trees. Bindaree also offers over 80 annual sites for those who wish to create a more permanent holiday destination. SEQA Magazine 39

Facilities It’s not always the location or accommodation that make a caravan park, it can sometimes be the facilities they offer. At Bindaree there are multiple BBQ stations, some that are portable, and they also permit campfires to keep you warm at night! Steve even sets up a fire drum on your campsite and firewood can also be purchased. Of course there are central amenities including clean male & female toilets, a baby room, laundry and clothing line. For the kids there is an excellent playground, plenty of room to ride the bikes, large grassy areas to play some soccer or cricket, a pool with shallow baby pools on either side, a recreational room with TV and ping pong table and a giant chess and checkers board. The kiosk is stocked with plenty of lollies, slushies, ice creams and milkshakes for the kids but it also offers the daily papers, bread, milk, marshmallows for the fire and all the essentials. The motel rooms also offer cooked and continental breakfast. To ensure a family friendly environment, pets are not permitted. A crucial factor in deciding to run Bindaree was the fact it was right on the Murray River, one of Australia’s best fishing spots. Steve is a keen fisherman who knows what he is talking about. He is frequently featured on iFish and his team placed 1st in this year’s Barramundi Fishing Tournament. So it is only fitting 40

that Bindaree has its own private boat ramp and fishing & tackle shop. Steve sells everything from lures, bait, yabbie nets and even rods. For those who don’t have their own gear, why not hire some from the shop. Steve is always on hand to give the best advice and tips for

Why visit Corowa? If you need some motivation to visit Corowa in the first place, let me give you some! The Rutherglen Wine Region has over 15 famous wineries offering the best wines and local produce. Why not visit All Saints, Pfeiffers, Cofields, St Leonards, Campbells and Valhalla Wineries just to name a few. The Murray River is home to the famous Murray Cod, Callop, Catfish, European Carp (also known as Yellowbelly), Redfin, Perch and the Murray Crayfish. There is nothing better than catching your own fish and cooking it over the fire.

catching the perfect fish and he even offers fishing orientated packages. One of the biggest draw cards is the 3 hour limo winery tours that Bindaree offers. With the Rutherglen Winery Region just around the corner, Bindaree takes you on your own tailored tour tasting some of the best wines Australia has to offer in luxury. Steve and Tania Trembath have big plans for Bindaree Motel & Caravan Park. As I mentioned earlier they plan to expand their powered sites and they also intend to create a decked BBQ area with a concreted chess and checkers board. Every improvement all strives towards encouraging families to visit Bindaree. Later in 2012 Steve will also launch the first fishing tournament to promote the region and its excellent fishing.

While in Corowa visit the famous Chocolate and Whisky Factory that was once the old flour mill. Corowa is also close to Rutherglen, Yarrawonga, Wangaratta and Albury so check out the local attractions in these towns too. So if you’re looking for your next family holiday, check out Bindaree Motel & Caravan Park on the Murray River, Corowa. For more information visit

An Insight into the World of

a g o Y by Chloe Fraser

Originating in ancient India, the modern era of Yoga really started in the early 20th century and is rapidly becoming more popular in recent years, so what exactly is all the fuss about? I spoke to Leigh Blashki, vice-president of Yoga Australia, to get a better idea of the art form that is yoga. Around the end of 1999 into 2000, Yoga Australia was founded by a group of experienced Yoga teachers who believed that there was a need for a body to represent Yoga teachers that was not also involved in providing teacher training. The independent nature of such a body would ensure that it would look after the interests of Yoga teachers irrespective of traditional style. The Yoga Australia Mission is not only to support yoga teachers across our nation but to educate and to inform the general community and professional groups about Yoga. Leigh has personally been with Yoga Australia from the word go and was the fifth member to sign up at the very first meeting. While the public hears many conflicting views on the benefits of yoga in regards to health and mental benefits, we all still have the same question, why practice yoga? Leigh responded that “Yoga can offer people a great insight into themselves. Insight into how their physical body works, what it likes and what it dislikes, what sorts of balance of rest and activity are good for it. More importantly it helps people to gain an insight into themselves not just the roles that they play being a worker in this field or that field or a husband or a wife or a son or a daughter or a sportsperson or something else, but who are they really behind all the roles that they play and come back to the core of who we really are.” Society is bombarded with different styles of yoga and meditation all claiming to heal your mind and body, however Leigh stresses that “there is no specific style or tradition of Yoga that is more beneficial than the next overall.” It is important

to keep in mind that there are different styles of yoga, some more vigorous and some more gentle, to suit different stages in people’s lives. Another problem people encounter is the thought that they’re not flexible enough for yoga. In Leigh’s experience he’s learnt that it’s more about mental flexibility rather than the physical, “flexibility enough to challenge one self and to say there might be better ways of doing things physically, mentally and emotionally.” He assures me that you don’t need to be a “bendy flexi pretzel type” in order to practice Yoga! When it comes to finding the right teacher it’s important to ask the right questions of your teacher. “These are the things I’m looking for from my Yoga practice. Can you help me with this or should I go to somebody else?” Yoga Australia currently has around about 2000 members who are Yoga teachers and have met a fairly high standard as laid down by the educational standards that Yoga Australia has developed and published, so it’s a great idea to start your search for a teacher here. By registering courses that meet their high standard, you can be assured that you will be receiving the best guidance and a reliable introduction into the yoga world. So next time you’re feeling the pressure of the world or you catch yourself with slagging posture, keep in mind the art of yoga. With all his years of experience, I think it’s best to leave the advice to Leigh, “Simply practise some Yoga, seek out a teacher who is a member of Yoga Australia, try a class, let the teacher know what your needs are and your limitations are, stay with it for a few weeks and just allow yourself to enjoy what can occur.” Remember, a little bit each day is a lot better than once or twice a year! Thank you to Leigh Blashki for his time in collecting the information and photos featured in this article. For more information please visit


Restaurant If you’re looking to experience amazing food and take in the bustling atmosphere Cairns has to offer, make sure you visit the award winning Ochre Restaurant. Winning Best Modern Australian Restaurant 2006 and Best Tourism Restaurant 2007 in the Restaurant and Caterers awards it was also listed in the ‘Top 100’ Australian restaurants by Diners Club and a Hall of Fame inductee at the TTNQ Tourism Awards. Owner Craig Squire is dedicated to showcasing Ochre’s ethos of providing sustainable Australian produce with a focus on local and native food. Most often found in the kitchen where he prepares and perfects Ochre’s menu of dishes, his expertise was recognised


when he was selected amongst the Top 50 Australian Chefs in the prestigious 2001 Mietta’s Guide. Mr Squire’s food is well sought after across the globe and he does many guest chef appearances in a variety of the world’s classiest establishments, be they the five-star kitchens of restaurants and hotels from Dubai to Shanghai.

For over 15 years, Chef Craig Squire has been gracing Ochre’s menu with local and native produce ranging from the daily catch of seafood to premium Australian beef tenderloin. The essence of the Australian bush is highlighted in the notes of quandongs, wattle seeds, pepper leaf and lemon myrtle present across the menu.

Passing on the expertise present at Ochre, visitors can participate in a lunch time cooking demonstration. Over four hours guests will learn the history of bush tucker and sample a variety of spices, get tips on preparation, cooking and presenting meals at home before getting hands on in the kitchen and then sitting down to a three-course lunch.

Diners can experience a night of organic food featuring low impact meats such as Kangaroo and Emu (don’t forget the crocodile!), traditional seafood and native bush spices and fruits that are free from chemicals. While enjoying delicious dishes, guest can feel reassured they are caring for the environment as well as supporting local Australian farmers.


So what’s the best on the menu? Craig recommends the “Tempura Bay Bugs with Green Papaya Salad and the Australian Antipasto Plate – the latter of which is a great place to start giving diners a delicious insight into the country’s cuisine.” Be sure to leave room for the tempting and luxurious dessert menu. For a drink, look forward to unique alcoholic drinks including Wild Hibiscus Champagne, Chilli & Lime Martini or a non-alcoholic Lychee Frappe. Catering for up to 140 guests, including seating out on the spacious verandah, Ochre also caters for groups and even has set menus for your convenience. If you’re looking to share Ochre’s amazing flavours and food with colleagues or

friends, function catering is also available. They even offer full service wedding functions! Taking the dining experience one step further, Ochre offers your favourite flavours from the menu to take home, with the Tropic Spirit and Bush Spices range. With these, you can make your own dukka, pesto, spice rub or add some amazing jam to your toast in the mornings. Creating a unique and enjoyable dining experience for all guests, Ochre Restaurant ensures they combine delicious food with a relaxed and open atmosphere.

Delivering value-for-money and a complexity of fresh tastes, Ochre Restaurant is the perfect place for a bite to eat at lunch or dinner. For more information visit

Fishing for fun by Steve Trembath

Wow! I’m here, laying under a tinnie in Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin. The tinnie is tied to the front of my home for the next eight weeks, Ken’s 38 ft dream boat. I don’t need to pinch myself to see if it’s real. The three different types of mozzies bombarding me are making sure that it’s here and now! Maybe I should explain sleeping out front under the tinnie. A mate who did the trip previously let me in on a secret, after two sleepless nights in the harbour he decided to get a better bed. As a boat will settle front to the wind at anchor, there are two advantages, it’s cool and most of the mozzies and sand flies settle in the cabin out of the wind with the other guys! I got a call about two months ago from Ken, “Steve do you want to do a trip from Darwin to Broome by boat?” Well... YES!!!!! The plan is to go along the Kimberly coast stopping at all the major rivers and reefs to fish, fish, fish.


Fishing for fun Next morning, after clunking my head on the tinnie, it was time to move on. All the planning and pouring over maps was done. Not to mention 12 full shopping trollies of food stuffed into every nook we could find. Our plan was to leave at 4pm, which with 40 hrs steaming across the Bonaparte Gulf, would see us at the entrance of King George falls at 8am, nearly 2 days later. All going well!! About two in the morning on my watch, one of the engines overheated. After shutting it off we decide to push on with one engine because it was just too hot to change a fan belt in the bilge and it would mean drifting around for about two hours till it cooled. The only problem with this is it puts our arrival time a bit later and that’s just what happened. Instead of 40 hrs it took us 54 and we arrived at 10pm, pitch black but dead calm and at mid dropping tide.

get to Trusscott air base, where our next fuel dump was. The final one was that we were sick of travelling after two and a half days. The torch idea worked a treat and with only a few go backs we were safe inside King George. What we woke up to made it all worthwhile. Rising all around us were 100 to 130 meter high cliffs reflected on the turquoise coloured water that is unique to the Kimberly. Also all around us were baits jumping, diving and just trying their hardest to get away from the giant Trevally and Queen fish under them.

Now the challenge was getting in. The entrance into King George is difficult in the day but at night it’s a lot more fun! We got the tinnie off the front and set it up so I could use the sounder to find the channel through about 2 kms of sand bars. I can here you saying why you didn’t just wait for dawn? For a few reasons. One, we were about to come into the big Kimberly spring tides and this would make getting in, even in daylight, quite difficult. Also, there are ripping currents and only a sand–mud base to anchor in outside the mouth. This would mean steaming all night which would use up the fuel needed to

Fishing time!! What happened next I put down as one of my best fishing experiences ever. Steve and I grabbed the tinnie and drifted about casting poppers. I’ve never seen big fish so thick that hooking up becomes a challenge. Because they were fighting each other so hard to get the lure all they were doing was shooting lure over to the next school so they could play too. After 3 or 4 casts we changed method, just

letting the lure sit on the surface. This produced a boiling mass seething under and around our lures, with a hook up, then nothing, then hook up again. The reason for this was answered when two Queenies of about 8 kgs came out of the water attached to the same lure; one on the front hook, one on the back. The fish were so thick that when one grabbed the lure another would see it hanging out of its mate’s mouth and hit it, effectively hooking the first fish. We actually had to take off the front treble to fix this problem. As soon as we did this we were both on. Queenies would have to be one of the most acrobatic and fast fighting fish you can find and having double hook ups constantly keeps you on your toes! Steve and I laughed like maniacs as we hooked and caught fish after fish for over an hour. By this time we were sore, our arms were cramping, backs screaming and sweat pouring off us, but how can you leave something like this and it’s only the first day. So we took the final hook off our lures and trolled them around and just watched the fish try there utmost to destroy the lures. We even tried to score like tennis each time a lure got thrown skywards. Time to go back to the boat and it’s only 8:30 am. Next issue I will continue on with the trip. Happy fishing,


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Cooking Homemade Pizza Dough with Prosciutto Figs & Rocket

Makes 2 large pizzas | Preparation time: 2hr & 30 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins Ingredients : Dough

Method for Dough:

1 cup warm water 1 sachet of yeast 1 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp salt 1 tbsp olive oil 2 1/2 cups plain flour

1. P  our 1/4 cup of the warm water and the yeast into a bowl and let sit for 5 minutes until small bubbles start to form.

Ingredients : Toppings

3. Pour in the flour slowly, bit by bit. Mix until dough starts to form. Don’t add all the flour if not needed. If the mixture becomes too dry, add a little more water.

75g pizza sauce 8 fresh figs, quartered 150g rocket 12 slices of prosciutto 100g bocconcini olive oil to serve

2. Add the rest of the water with the oregano, salt, olive oil and stir.

4. Knead the dough for 5 to 10 minutes or until it has formed and let rest in a bowl, in a warm area, with a clean tea towel covering it for 1 hr until it has risen. 5. Carefully peel out of the bowl and knead it for 5 to 10 minutes and let


it rise again for 20 minutes. 6. Cut dough in half to make the two pizza bases. Quickly knead the dough until air has escaped, then roll it out to your desired shape and 3 cm thick.

Method for Topping 1. Place the pizza sauce on both of the pizza bases, then add the quartered figs and prosciutto to the bases. 2. Add the bocconcini over the pizza and cook until the cheese has melted. (If you are lactose intolerant, the pizza is still great without the cheese!) 3. Serve with fresh rocket on top and drizzle with olive oil.

Brianna By Brianna Fraser

Chorizo & Chickpea Pan-fry Serves 4 | Preparation time: 15 mins | Cooking time: 30 mins Ingredients


700g chat potatoes, quartered or sliced 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 400g chorizo, diced 1 tsp paprika 2 garlic cloves, crushed 850g canned diced tomatoes 400g canned chick peas, drained, rinsed 100g spinach, sliced 2 tbsp chopped at-leaf parsley toasted turkish bread, or rice, to serve

1. P  lace potato in a pan of cold salted water and bring to the boil. Cook for 6 minutes or until just starting to soften, then drain. 2. Heat oil in a large fry pan and cook onion for 2-3 minutes until soft. Add chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, for a further 2-3 minutes until starting to crisp.

3. Add paprika, garlic and tomato and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until sauce has thickened. 4. S  tir in chickpeas, add the cooked potatoes and cook until heated through. 5. S  tir in chopped parsley and sliced spinach just before serving. 6. Serve either on toasted turkish bread or rice.

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LEXUS RX45oh Sports Luxury AWD SUV In my opinion buying a car simply for its environmental benefits doesn’t make sense. If however, you buy a car that suits your purpose and it has additional environmental benefits, then that certainly makes sense. The purchase of the revamped Lexus RX450h Sport Luxury falls into the latter category. Here we have a family luxury AWD SUV that has additional environmental credentials. You lose nothing by buying the hybrid model, especially if your main usage is the school run and socialising around the city. In fact, this is the car that finally made me relent my attitude towards hybrid cars. This vehicle just works. Here you have an AWD SUV that weighs upwards of 2200kg, has all the luxury features you would expect from a Lexus, and yet achieves easily the best around town fuel consumption figures of 6.3L/100Km. This is better than nearly all its compatriots. The upgraded RX range has the same stylish exterior that ensures the vehicle looks smaller than it actually is. With an overall length of 4770 (mm), width of 1885 (mm) and weighing 2205kg, the Lexus RX450h falls into the mid - large SUV category. Some noticeable external features are the new headlamps with daytime running lamps, spindle grille, model-specific bumpers and the Lexus Adaptive Front lighting system, to “see around corners”. The revised wheels on the Sport Luxury feature an intricately styled triple-armed five-spoke 19-inch (19 x 7.5J) alloy design and are finished in shadow silver.


review r by Rob Frase

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larger for improved visibility. There is no tachometer. The ambient illumination changes depending on the drive mode. Blue lighting is used for ECO/NORMAL modes and red for SPORT mode.

Jump inside the new RX 450h Sport Luxury and you immediately appreciate the quality that has become synonymous with Lexus. Both front seats feature multiple adjustability with 3 memory settings as well as being heated and ventilated. The new- look steering wheel has taken inspiration from the Lexus LFA V10 supercar and I have to say feels fantastic in the hands. All of the controls are there that you would expect. In front of the driver, the dash in ECO mode has a soothing blue hue in the background and the multiinformation display, located between the Hybrid System Indicator on Lexus RX 450h and speedometer, is now 50

Driver comfort is improved by the enhanced visibility feature of Head Up Display (HUD). This is close to the best I have seen and doesn’t disappear with Polaroid sunglasses unlike some others. The display can include vehicle speed, simplified navigation arrows, audio CD and radio information, and PreCollision Safety System brake warnings and gear position. The RX450h Sport Luxury comes with second-generation Lexus Remote Touch (LRT), which allows the navigation, audio, climate control, connected phone or audio device to be controlled remotely via a computer mouse-like device positioned within the driver’s ‘operation zone’. It’s exceptionally intuitive to use and is part of that underlying sophistication of the Lexus RX range.

The centre console has a clever bottle holder underneath and the centre bin is surprisingly spacious. The door pockets have a clever fold out design that accommodates a bottle as well as maps and books etc. Overall there is plenty of well thought out storage for all the odd things we all seem to carry. Lexus RX450h Sport Luxury features an advanced 12 speaker premium audio system, with expanded audio and advanced Bluetooth™, iPod®, USB and radio capabilities. The two audio systems now feature digital radio (DAB+) as standard. The all-new audio systems is controlled by Lexus’ second-generation remote touch controller linked to an eight-inch multimedia display. It has to be said that the premium sound system is superb. It’s always a bit of fun to pull up next to a ‘doof doof’ driver in a conservative SUV and blast out Jet or some other heavy rock anthem and see the surprised look on their faces. Just because you grow older doesn’t mean you have to grow up!

It has a higher expansion ratio than a conventional Otto cycle engine, allowing more of the engine’s energy to be harnessed into torque on the crankshaft - torque that would otherwise be lost in an Otto cycle engine. Lexus has combined the Atkinson cycle process with quad-cam multivalve cylinder heads and variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i), all of which optimise efficiency.

In the rear the 40/20/40 split seats are better suited for two occupants, however there is adequate head, shoulder and knee room for most. The rear seats will slide and fold flat to reveal a long but awkwardly shaped boot space. The sharply sloping rear roof line means that there is less useable space in the boot than you might think. The seats fold forward at the press of a button and the boot is electronically operated. At the heart of the new-look Lexus RX 450h Sport Luxury is a unique 3.5-litre Atkinson cycle quad cam VVT-i V6 engine. The 2GR-FXE engine delivers 183kW of power at 6000rpm and maximum torque of 317Nm at 4800rpm. The combined power output is 220kW. It will propel the Lexus RX 450h from 0-100Kmh in 7.8 seconds while consuming fuel at the miserly rate of 6.3L/10Km and emits just 149g of CO2 per 100km. It has 5 star GVG rating. A 65L fuel tank means that 1000km is possible from a single tank of fuel.

to power the vehicle and restarting is smooth. The RX 450h engine does not have a conventional alternator or starter motor. A DC-DC converter supplies 14V power for the RX 450h ancillaries. The number one motor-generator in the RX 450h hybrid transaxle acts as the petrol-engine starter motor when required. Lexus adopted the Atkinson cycle for RX hybrid in 2009 (when RX 450h replaced RX 400h) to further increase fuel efficiency. Now I am going to try and explain how this works and will borrow heavily from Lexus’ marketing blurb because, to be honest, it’s a bit high tech for me. The Atkinson cycle - also known as the high-expansion cycle - makes full use of combustion energy by making the expansion stroke longer than the compression stroke.

The Lexus RX 450h driveline is unique, consisting of a hybrid-drive front-axle system with an electronic continuously variable transmission and a 50kW AC permanent magnet motor electricdrive rear axle. The RX 450h front-axle driveline consists of a V6 petrol engine, transmission damper, compound set of planetary gears and two electric motors/generators. The compound planetary gear set acts as an electronic continuously variable transmission, changing the transmission ratio for optimum performance, driveability and economy. The transmission electronics include the Lexus AI Shift and the Lexus Sequential Shiftmatic System. The sequential shift system allows the driver to select from six gear ranges by moving the shift lever from D to S and shifting between the ‘+’ or ‘-’ symbols.

It has unique features when compared with the 3.5-litre RX 350 engine, including Atkinson cycle operation, cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), exhaust heat recovery and electric power for the airconditioning compressor. The electric power-assisted steering and air conditioning compressor mean the petrol engine can be stopped to save fuel whenever it is not required SEQA Magazine 51

As well as propelling the vehicle, the Lexus Hybrid Drive system allows for energy-saving regenerative braking on both the front and rear axles. The RX 450h has a separate motor/ generator (MG1) to capture petrol engine power that is not required to propel the vehicle. Now while this is theoretically an AWD SUV it really is designed for nothing more than kerb hopping and definitely not for towing. Having said that, the Lexus RX 450h has an efficient all-wheel drive system. Featuring three electric motor generators, the RX 450h builds on the proven E-Four (Electric Four Wheel Drive) system that was first introduced in the RX 400h. The electric drive motors in the hybrid drive system play the crucial roles of providing motive force and charging the battery pack. The front motor/generator (MG2) has 123kW of power and 335Nm of torque. The rear electric motor (MGR) develops a maximum power output of 50kW and 139Nm of torque, all from zero rpm, while the front axle can be


propelled by petrol or electric power, or a mixture of both. Use of an electric motor-generator to provide power to the rear wheels gives the RX 450h a varying torque distribution, depending on driving dynamics and road conditions. The E-Four system provides a level of start-off stability and acceleration on snow-covered or other slippery road surfaces that is appropriate for allwheel drive models. E-Four also saves energy and petrol because the vehicle only uses all-wheel drive when it is needed - for example, a loss of frontwheel traction. The RX 450h’s system has also been refined to offer smooth delivery of power, thereby minimising torque steer and pull under acceleration. The Lexus RX 450h Sport Luxury has the added feature of SPORT mode. Now don’t get excited as it is no F series but does provide a more sporty and direct driving experience. However, given the weight of the Hybrid you really wouldn’t buy this vehicle expecting a sports SUV.

It adds to the suite of technologies in the RX 450h that assist drivers in selecting the best driving mode for individual circumstances. The coolest feature is that it also changes the instrument illumination from blue to red. The RX 450h ECO mode actively modifies throttle action and climate control systems to support efficient driving and reduce overall fuel consumption. However it is a boring drive. EV driving mode provides additional efficiencies in fuel consumption, allowing the vehicle to operate solely under electric power in certain conditions. Operation in EV mode dramatically reduces noise when driving in quiet areas and negates exhaust emissions. In car parks it really freaks people out when you back out of a spot silently. If conditions are satisfactory, EV mode can be enabled at approximately 40km/h - or below - and is highly beneficial in stop-start traffic, enclosed garages and many low speed applications.

As mentioned before this is no sports SUV and given the RX 450h hybrid system and bank of batteries, they have unique front and rear spring rates to suit the hybrid model’s fore/aft weight distribution. Handling however is smooth over bumps and precise into corners if the laws of physics are obeyed. Safety is a key feature and the Lexus RX 450h Sport Luxury has an impressive package of safety features, including its Pre-Collision Safety System (PCS) as standard equipment. Other safety features include: 10 SRS airbags, dual SRS front-seat knee airbags, VDIM active safety technology, active front-seat head restraints and rear-outboard seat pre-tensioning seatbelts with force limiters. Active safety features also include road-speed sensitive electric powerassisted rack and pinion steering, Hill-Start Assist Control and rear guide assist with camera. The VDIM package seamlessly combines Vehicle Stability Control with cooperative steering function (VSC+),

Traction Control, ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Lexus Brake Assist. Pedestrians aren’t forgotten about either with optimum pedestrian safety a design feature including an impactabsorbing bonnet with a longitudinal frame, an ample crush stroke and an optimised bonnet lock reinforcement to maximise pedestrian protection, while ensuring dent resistance and quiet closing.

So here we have a family based luxury AWD SUV that has a MLP of $100,900 plus on road costs (different in each state), that is at the forefront of hybrid technology, has an abundance of luxury features and room for the family. Driving a Lexus isn’t a passionate affair and the RX 450h Sports Luxury doesn’t inspire driving but performs better than most owners will ever need. However it has a subtle and not so subtle sophistication that sees it stand head to head with its European counterparts. Honestly I would rather wear an all black jersey to a Bledisloe Cup game and support the dreaded All Blacks than buy a Prius as they just don’t make sense to me. However, I would seriously consider buying one of these Lexus RX 450h AWD SUV’s , they are that good. I would still prefer the RX 350F for a bit of driving pleasure and its some $15,000 cheaper. Even the RX 350 Sports Luxury is $6,500 cheaper. What price do you as a consumer put on fuel economy? Only you can decide that, but you won’t be disappointed with buying a RX 450h Sport Luxury. SEQA Magazine 53

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