Airnorth April/May 2016

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Issue 137 • Apr/May 2016



EXPOSURE We discover Groote Eylandt offers amazing adventures both above & below the water







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This month’s issue takes you coast to coast, showcasing some of the first-class events being held across Northern Australia over the next few months, together with unique accommodation options. Excitingly, we have commenced nonstop jet services between Toowoomba and Melbourne, and Toowoomba and Cairns. Residents of Toowoomba and the surrounding regions can now enjoy the sporting, shopping, dining and cultural experiences of Melbourne as well as the diverse natural treasures of tropical Northern Queensland. In April, the sound of galloping hooves will pound through Clifford Park on Weetwood Raceday, Toowoomba’s greatest horse-racing meet, worth more than $650,000 and part of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. The premier race is the Weetwood Handicap, a 126-year-old event that’s expected to draw a

5,000-strong crowd and some of the state’s best horses. Over 10 exciting days in May, Argyle Diamonds’ Ord Valley Muster will be held at venues in and around Kununurra, Western Australia. Comprised of more more than 30 events, this year features Australian restaurateur and TV personality George Calombaris and former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning. The muster won the 2015 Tourism Award for Australia’s Best Regional Event and tickets will sell faster than ever this year, so I urge you to grab yours before they sell out. Heading east, Townsville turns up the volume this month. For motor enthusiasts, Castrol EDGE Townsville 400 V8 Supercars is three days of fun-filled excitement. Live music fans have the choice of getting their groove on at Groovin the Moo, a 10-day festival packed

with some of the world’s finest musicians; or experiencing Rocket Man, an entertaining salute to Sir Elton John. From here, we head north to Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria, renowned for its Aboriginal art and culture, and some of the best fishing in the world. The traditional owners of the Groote Eylandt archipelago are the Warnindilyakwa people, usually referred to by their language name, Anindilyakwa. Wherever your destination across Australia’s north this May, there are plenty of memorable ways to experience the local culture – here we give you just a taste of what’s on offer. Now sit back, relax with our inflight service and enjoy the issue. Daniel Bowden Chief Executive Officer

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EMBRAER E170 Engines Two jet Wingspan 26m Length 29.9m Height 9.95m Maximum take-off weight 37,200kg Maximum cruise altitude 41,000ft/12,535m Maximum cruise speed 450kns/820km/h Passenger seats 76 Crew 2 pilots, 2 cabin attendants Passenger facilities 2 galleys, 2 lavatories, pressurised and air conditioned

EMBRAER E120 BRASILIA Engines Two turboprop Wingspan 19.78m Length 20.0m Height 6.35m Maximum take-off weight 11,990kg Maximum cruise altitude 32,000ft/9,754m Maximum cruise speed 300kns/555km/h Passenger seats 30 Crew 2 pilots, 1 cabin attendant Passenger facilities Lavatory, cabin ground heating/cooling system

METROLINER 23 Engines Two turboprop Wingspan 17.70m Length 18.10m Height 5.10m Maximum take-off weight 7,485kg Maximum cruise altitude 25,000ft/7,620m Maximum cruise speed 265kns/490km/h Passenger seats 19 Crew 2 pilots




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FLYING WITH CHILDREN Infant safety belts are available on Airnorth aircraft and are distributed prior to take-off.

CHILDREN FLYING ALONE If you have children between the ages of five and 11 (inclusive) travelling alone, we ensure they enjoy the attention of our staff on the ground and in flight.

AIRNORTH SERVICES On our services, you can expect a snack accompanied by a selection of tea and coffee or cold refreshments. On selected afternoon services, alcoholic beverages are also available. Refer to for more details.


Please listen carefully to the Safety Briefing and take the time to read through the Safety on Board card prior to take-off. This will help you familiarise yourself with the emergency exits, brace position and the location of your life jacket.

SEATBELTS Seatbelts must be fastened firmly for take-off, landing and while the seatbelt sign is illuminated. We recommend that your seatbelt be fastened at all times while you are seated in case of unexpected turbulence.

CARRY-ON LUGGAGE If you have carry-on luggage, please stow it in the overhead locker or under the seat in front of you. Hand luggage that is not correctly stowed may cause injury in the event of unexpected turbulence.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES Portable electronic devices can cause electromagnetic interference to the aircraft systems. The interference can cause aircraft systems to malfunction. To provide adequate protection for the aircraft, please note that mobile phones must not be used at any time on board the aircraft. Other devices, such as MP3 players, iPods, CD players, portable palmtop and laptop computers, cassette players, personal electronic organisers and personal DVD and video games may be used during cruise only, NOT when the aircraft is taking off or landing.

TRAY TABLES/ SEAT BACKS Please ensure that your tray table and your seat back are in their upright positions for take-off and landing.

DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS (DVT) It has been reported that some airline passengers have developed clots in deep blood vessels, often in the lower legs, as a result of sitting for extended periods without exercise or movement. This condition is known medically as deep vein thrombosis or DVT. If bloodclot fragments break off and lodge in other areas of the body, such as the lungs, they may cause a potentially fatal pulmonary thrombosis when the person starts walking after being immobile for a lengthy period of time. Risk factors for DVT include varicose veins, recent surgery or injury to the lower legs, malignant diseases, past history of DVT, obesity, pregnancy and recent childbirth. Anyone with any of these risk factors is advised to consult a medical practitioner prior to flying to find out how to minimise the risk of DVT. During the flight, we recommend that you take the following precautions: • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, and minimise your intake of alcohol. • Exercise on board the aircraft by moving and stretching your toes, rotating your ankles, raising and lowering each leg and massaging your calves gently. In addition, we suggest that you avoid crossing your legs during the flight.

SMOKING Government regulations strictly prohibit smoking on all domestic flights. Special smoke detectors have been fitted to the toilets on board all of our aircraft. Smoking is also prohibited on the tarmac and throughout airport terminal buildings.

Passengers with special needs and/or disabilities, please contact our Reservations Department.



New jet service operation: Toowoomba – Melbourne & Toowoomba – Cairns irnorth has commenced non-stop jet services between Toowoomba (the new Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport) and Melbourne, and between Toowoomba and Cairns. Operating seven return flights a week, running every day of the week except Saturday, between Toowoomba and Melbourne, and three return flights a week – on Tuesdays, Fridays

and Sundays – between Toowoomba and Cairns, this new route opens up the cities of Melbourne and Cairns for residents of Toowoomba and the surrounding regions. Residents of the Toowoomba region will now be able to spend weekends in Melbourne, attending some of Australia’s leading sporting, culinary and cultural events; or in Cairns, the ideal

base for experiencing some of North Queensland’s extraordinary natural attractions. Indeed, a Toowoomba resident taking one of the new direct services from Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport will be arrive at their destination – whether it be Melbourne or Cairns – in less than the time it would take them to drive to Brisbane Airport, park and board an aircraft.

Melbourne Visitors will find much to love in Melbourne. There are shopping, dining and cultural experiences to discover along every street and laneway in its CBD and many of its inner suburbs.



See & do

Eat & drink


Virtually any time you visit Melbourne, your stay is likely to coincide with one of the city’s fantastic festivals or major events. Here, there are cultural and culinary happenings on throughout the year.

Melbourne is packed with attractions, from laid-back laneways and lushly vegetated parks to grand libraries and museums, all wrapped up in a vibrant atmosphere.

The southern capital is a serious culinary hot spot, with everything from burger joints to swish eateries boasting big-name chefs. The city also supports a thriving bar scene.

With a mix of fashionforward boutiques, elegant arcades and buzzing retail precincts, Melbourne is arguably Australia’s very best shopping destination.


Cairns Tropical North Queensland is as diverse in natural treasures as the cosmopolitan mix of people that call this region home. There are more than a few clichés that ring true when it comes to the Great Barrier Reef: lily-white sand, tropical islands and Nemo. What we think makes it so special are the experiences you won’t find anywhere else in the world…

Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef It’s not every day you get the opportunity to sleep on a floating pontoon in the middle of the world’s largest coral reef! Cruise Whitsundays departs Airlie Beach, Daydream Island and Hamilton Island daily, transporting guests to its large, well-equipped pontoon on the outer barrier reef for a Reefsleep overnight adventure. Spend the day however you like – go on a snorkelling safari, sunbathe on the pontoon deck, take a helicopter flight over the reef (at an additional cost) – but come 3pm, the

daytrippers head home and just nine Reefsleep guests remain. After sundown, you can join a guided night dive before snuggling up in a swag under the stars (or, if you prefer more privacy, in a double room). Wake up to the most pimped breakfast location on earth.

Swim with dwarf minke whales Grab a rope, jump off the back of a dive boat and hold on tight to experience a magical encounter with the most curious of sea creatures. Queensland is the only place in the world where you can

swim with dwarf minke whales. These majestic cetaceans, which can grow up to nine metres in length, live in the northern Ribbon Reefs for just a few weeks each winter – some even coming within arm’s length during encounters. For close experiences, head to Mike Ball Dive Expeditions or Eye to Eye Marine Encounters: both outfits offer three- to seven-day expeditions that depart Cairns to meet up with the ‘minkes’. Keep in mind that itineraries may be changed at short notice, depending on what the whales are up to!

Picnic in the middle of the reef Live life like a rock star and enjoy a gourmet picnic on a deserted sandy coral islet (or cay) – Vlassoff Cay – that is covered by water except at low tide each day and is smack-bang in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. Departing from Cairns or Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef Heli’s private charters come with breathtaking reef scenery, two and a half hours to swim, snorkel and relax, and a tropical brunch platter paired with fine Australian sparkling wine.







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Townsville Townsville offers the perfect excuse for a tropical holiday. Come and uncover a vibrant and bustling city with an impressive calendar of events that’s sure to inspire and delight.

Groovin The Moo May 1

V8 Supercars: Castrol Edge Townsville 400 July 8–10

Groovin the Moo is Australia’s largest regional touring music festival. With 12 hours of non-stop music across every genre, Groovin the Moo showcases the best of Australian contemporary artists and renowned international performers, and will not disappoint.

This usually laid-back North Queensland city is sure to heat up when the V8 Supercars arrive for the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400. The three-day event features high-octane V8 Supercar racing through the streets of Townsville and, with critical Championship points on offer, the races are sure to be intense. The Dunlop Series will also take to the streets, with the rising stars battling it out in the ‘breeding ground’ for the main game. There is something for the whole family here, from the on-track action to the trackside entertainment, V8 Supercars Paddock and more.

Australian Festival Of Chamber Music July 29–August 6

Rocket Man by String Fever August 13

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents the finest musicians from around the world in a wonderfully unique and innovative nine-day program that includes 30 concerts. There is truly nothing like it in the world: the unique mix of music, warmth and tropical environs creates a special atmosphere that entices audiences and artists back year after year.

Rocket Man is a unique and entertaining salute to Sir Elton John, one of the world’s most iconic popular-music figures. The show covers Elton’s remarkable career, from his first hit song through the disco era to his music for Disney film, The Lion King. You’ll also hear intriguing, often hilarious tales about Elton’s life and the stories behind many of the songs.



Retro cool The Queensland way Drawing inspiration from mid-century Californian hotels and Townsville’s own backyard, the redevelopment of the Ville Resort – Casino embraces our northern lifestyle in a very cool, contemporary fashion, as seen in its 66 new ‘resort’ rooms.


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“One design aspiration was to create the feel of a European pool club with day beds and bars offering guests sweeping views of Magnetic Island as they lounge by the infinity pool.” The infinity pool will certainly be a drawcard for hotel guests, as will The Palm House – a modern market buffet to replace the current Aqua restaurant – due for completion later in 2016. Generous bi-fold doors will allow The Palm House to flow directly out onto a terraced dining area where guests can dine by the pool shaded by the deck above and surrounded by palms. “The Palm House’s interior materiality is inspired by North Queensland, with white painted timber panelling, rattan screens and feature wallpaper in a botanical print,” says Anna. “Wooden ceiling fans further enhance the tropical retro feel of the space.” Next to come following the completion of the Resort Rooms and The Palm House, will be a poolside precinct unlike any in North Queensland; it will incorporate a poolside cocktail bar, private cabanas, a fitness and wellbeing centre and a stunning re-make of the poolside function centre. The revamp will also include a bistro bar with a beer garden that will connect the lobby to the casino and the outdoors; a modern Asian-fusion restaurant; and a casino ‘refresh’.


ith the completion of The Ville Resort – Casino’s newly designed hotel rooms and a new restaurant to connect to what will be a new resort-style pool, guests are seeing Townsville’s iconic property take new shape under its $35 million redevelopment. Global design practice Woods Bagot has spearheaded the redevelopment of the Jupiters property, with the overarching goal of creating a precinct locals can be proud to call their own and a tourism destination for domestic and international visitors. “The design team wanted to merge authentic Queensland design features with the glamour of midcentury hotels in California,” explains Anna Faunt, Associate and Architect at Woods Bagot. “Classic destinations like The Beverly Hills Hotel, alongside more modern offerings like the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, were inspirational in creating an on-trend, luxury guest experience.” The 66 resort rooms feature custom palm-frond-patterned carpet and v-groove timber panelling in a nod to traditional ‘Queenslander’ homes and our tropical geography. The rooms contain all the mod cons expected of today’s hotel rooms, affordability for guests and some of the best views the north has to offer. “The view to Magnetic Island and the local natural landscape has been particularly inspiring and a big driver in the design process,” tells Anna.


Lights. Cameras. Magic! Best regional event in Australia he breathtaking ancient landscape of the Kimberley, with its magical energy, deserves to be listed as a star attraction alongside Australian culinary, music and entertainment luminaries. MasterChef Australia judge and decorated chef and restaurateur George Calombaris will be leading culinary creations at the Kimberley Kitchen (presented by the Kununurra Country Club Resort) on Wednesday May 18 and the Durack Homestead Dinner on Thursday May 19, both hosted by renowned food critic Rob Broadfield. Chef Paul Iskov from Fervor will prepare the delicious. Breakfast By Fervor on Friday May 20, and the delicious. Degustation Dinner by Fervor

on Sunday May 22 – both at a secret location amid the spectacular East Kimberley landscape. Iskov, a pioneer in the native food movement, says he is eager to discover nature’s food bowl in Western Australia’s north-west. The muster’s biggest event and huge party, the Kimberley Moon Experience on Saturday May 21, features one of Australia’s most loved singer-songwriters, former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning, who will perform with sixtime ARIA-nominated Fremantle band San Cisco and country music singersongwriter Troy Cassar-Daley. “It’s such a privilege for us to be able to visit these sacred places and I am looking forward to playing some new

With more than 30 events over 10 exciting days, the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster will be held in and around Kununurra from 13 to 22 May 2016.

and old songs under the outback sky,” Fanning says. Whether you are into food, sport, art or culture, or are someone who loves to travel and experience extraordinary things, the muster is set to deliver. Awarded Australia’s Best Regional Event at the 2015 Australian Event Awards, the muster draws people from all over Australia and beyond for black-tie dining under the Kimberley stars, relaxed community celebrations, epic performances, sporting contests, creativity, arts, culture, cooking lessons, raucous comedy, music and much more. Visit for a full list of events at the 2016 Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster.

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A town for all seasons As the capital of the Darling Downs region, Toowoomba is the gateway from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast to the western downs. Mountains, lakes, waterfalls, rainforest and scenic country drives are some of the natural attractions in Toowoomba and surrounds. PLAN A FEW days break in Toowoomba this autumn – you’ll feel the distinct change of season amid falling leaves and get to know the locals at some top country events from the Weetwood Races to the First Coat Street Art Festival. Compiled by Jane Hodges Toowoomba is the charming gateway to Southern Queensland Country, a region blessed with four distinct seasons and breathtaking natural beauty all around. In early autumn you’ll see the leaves start to turn in the tree-lined streets and the parks and gardens the city is known for. By mid-autumn they’ll be fluttering to earth in shades from yellows and golds through to reds and purples as the days grow cooler. Do as the locals do and cosy up to a log fire and relax with a glass of local red. This is Autumn in Southern Queensland Country. The city centre offers laneway cafes, buzzing bars and street art that would sit happily in cosmopolitan Brisbane or Melbourne - but without the traffic jams and no-time-to-talk rush of the locals. Here the vibe is laid back and people know how to have a good time. There’s plenty to do in and around the city and many autumn events to plan for. Cobb + Co Museum: One of the best regional museums in the country, Cobb + Co presents a colourful and interactive local history including the story of the sturdy horse-drawn Cobb & Co coaches which delivered mail and people far and wide from 1866 until cars ran them out of business. The museum is home to the National Carriage Collection and offers the chance to learn traditional skills from blacksmithing and silversmithing to leadlighting and millinery at regular small group workshops. You can see a special exhibition of photographs and memorabilia in the Cobb & Co. comes to Queensland ‘Larrikins, rough tracks and runaway horses’ exhibition until June 30, 2016. Autumn Leaf Trail: In the city, kids (and big kids) will love crunching through piles of multi-coloured autumn leaves in beautiful Queens Park. The perfectly manicured Ju Raku En Japanese Garden features Japanese Maples and Liquidambars and is the perfect spot for a picnic or simply to sit and relax. Those up for a challenge can set off from Picnic Point on the Pardalote Trail or travel a little out of town to explore Crows Nest or Ravensbourne National Parks. Browse the Markets: Taste local produce and meet the growers, makers and bakers at My Local Farmer’s Market each Thursday afternoon on the green at The


Empire Theatre in Neil Street, from 3 – 6pm. Toowoomba Farmer’s Market happens at the Showground the last Saturday of month with Autumn Markets set for April 30 and May 28. Vintage and second-hand hunters will love the PCYC Markets every Sunday from 7am to 12.30pm at 219a James Street; and if you’re keen on quality handmade craft and clothing, get along to the Queens Park Markets on the third Sunday of the month, from 8am to 1pm. Coat of Many Colours: No it’s not Melbourne. The vibrant large scale street art murals in the heart of Toowoomba’s CBD are the result of the First Coat Festival which returns for a third year in May 2016. Seeing the artists at work and joining a guided tour are great reasons to come during the festival but you can find your way around more than 30 walls throughout the city anytime with the help of a map available from Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre in James Street. Catch a show: The largest regional theatre in Australia, Toowoomba’s premier stage and music venue, the art deco era Empire Theatre was beautifully renovated in the late 1990s. It’s a stunning place to see a show and regularly presents everything from comedy to orchestral concerts. Check the autumn program at

Time your visit to take in an autumn event Felton Food Festival April 10 Local farmers selling their produce, cooking demonstrations, food stalls and entertainment at Felton, just thirty minutes from Toowomba. Toowoomba Weetwood Raceday April 16 Join the locals for a Calcutta dinner, the excitement of the races and fashions on the field at Toowoomba’s premier racing event. The Woolshed Classic Motorcycle Rally 30 - 2 May Jondaryan Woolshed hosts a long weekend of vintage motorcycles for the enthusiast! Hampton Food & Arts Festival May 15 Art, food and plenty of local cheer mix well at this annual favourite.

First Coat Street Art Festival May 20-29 Watch as artists from around the world transform Toowoomba’s CBD into a vibrant outdoor art gallery. firstcoat. Destination information: Getting there: Airnorth flies to Toowoomba’s Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.

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Reeling’em in on

GROOTE Our clumsy fisherman Roderick Eime finds plenty to get excited about on Groote Eylandt

ang! I’m on. Even clumsy fishos like me will know the satisfying tug of a healthy game fish when it latches on – and so the fight begins. “Get ’im in!” Nick urges me as I fumble with the reel. I haven’t put on my waist bucket, so the end of the rod starts to dig into my tender bits as I struggle to land what I’m certain is my biggest fish ever. Nick Darby is my professional fish guide and the younger half of the father-andson team who manage the sport fishing

operations here at Groote Eylandt Lodge in Northern Territory’s Gulf of Carpentaria. “Don’t back off, keep the line tight …” Whatever it is, it has plenty of life in it as I pull on the rod and reel it in a couple of metres at a time. Nick has the net and the gaff hook ready and seems almost about to leap over the side with his weapons to get this monster on board. A flash of silver teases me in the clear waters below as the animal fights to the last. But then, all of a sudden, the agitated antics of my fish are gone and I’m left



with a massive deadweight, like I’ve hooked a refrigerator. “Bugger!” is not what Nick said, but it was a loud expression of disappointment all the same and he took the reel from me to land whatever had taken over my lure. A couple of minutes later, I could see what it was – and it was angry. A shark, perhaps nearly two metres long, had taken the fish before I could get it close enough to the boat. “You have to be quick,” Nick reminded me. “These guys will have your fish as quick as a flash.” So, in the space of the next hour, we managed to land a couple of 10-plus kilogram GTs (giant trevally), a queen fish or two and the odd decent snapper and nanoguy. We keep the last two for the kitchen, but the queenies and GTs go back. Annoyed as I am that we lose so many fish to sharks, I am buoyed by the knowledge that so many sharks and fish are a sign of a very healthy marine ecosystem. Now I have to confess, despite numerous golden opportunities over the years, I’m still a dunce when it comes to fishing, but here in the waters off Groote the fish are so keen, you have to bait your hook behind a tree. And even if the ravenous whaler sharks get every second one, there’s still plenty in the tub at day’s end.



“You have to be quick,” Nick reminded me. “These guys will have your fish as quick as a flash.”


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Groote Eylandt Lodge is located just outside the only substantial township on Australia’s fourth largest island, Alyangula, where the big bulk carriers tie up to load their cargo of manganese ore every couple of days. This valuable, coal-like metal has been mined here since 1964 and is a vital ingredient in modern steel-making. Royalties are paid to the local Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) and some of these funds are used for community projects and developments like Groote Eylandt Lodge. Right now, any slack in the lodge’s capacity is taken up by the FIFO boys who rotate through Darwin, so there’s always a healthy crowd at the bar and in-house Seagrass Restaurant which, by the way, is more than happy to cook your prize catch for your dinner. Nick and his dad, Andrew, won the contract to operate the game fishing and maintain the two state-of-the-art, twin 150hp boats custombuilt in the USA and decorated with local indigenous motifs. Now, while fishing may be the big drawcard, it’s certainly not the only thing going for Groote Eylandt and the lodge. Nick introduces me to Scott Wurramarrba, a minor mountain of a bloke with a barbed-wire beard and a shearer’s handshake. He’s the real deal. 16

Nick and his dad, Andrew, maintain the two state-of-the-art, twin 150hp boats custom-built in the USA and decorated with local indigenous motifs.


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Groote Eylandt, as I am about to learn, is home to some of most sought-after East Arnhem Land traditional art.

“The nose is a bit of a giveaway,” he jokes, pointing to a large, but unusually slender nasal appendage, “my dad was Greek.” With that we jump in the troopie and head off for a tour of the island and its indigenous sites. Scott’s trusty dog, Lady, takes her place in the back seat. Groote Eylandt, as I am about to learn, is home to some of most sought-after East Arnhem Land traditional art. We make a beeline for a rock art cave site that Scott confesses is older than anybody knows. It’s a welldocumented site, currently well clear of any mining operations, and is sign-posted from the road. “Sometimes I just come here and chill out,” Scott says, his piercing eyes surveying the scene. “The connection with the country 18

is strong here and after an hour or so just being quiet, I feel quite… energised.” The roof of the cave is vast and covered almost to every corner with all manner of depiction. Dugong, crocodiles, dolphins, turtles and fish are painted in vivid ochres, interspersed with images of canoes and figures hunting. My ad-hoc tour includes glimpses of the townships and some of the remote settlements made up of just a few shacks and shanties. Scott relates some of the clan stories to me as we drive. “Sure, there are some things we need to sort out as a community,” he says candidly, “but as you can see, there’s plenty here to work with. There are other sites too, but I can’t show you those. Sorry.”

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“We’re working on an artist development program, which means the talented artists here have access to good materials and somewhere comfortable to do their work.” Adjacent to the lodge is the Anindilyakwa Arts and Crafts centre where superb bark paintings and the most exquisite and intricate woven items are displayed and for sale. I catch centre manager Lorna Martin as she’s packing some large pieces into her fourwheel drive to deliver to an excited buyer. “We’re working hard on an artist development program,” she says, “which mostly means making sure the many talented artists here have access to good

materials and somewhere comfortable to sit and do their work.” While Groote may have its challenges, the 16 local Anindilyakwa clans have a secure financial base with which to develop not only the lodge and its many offerings, but robust cultural experiences that can stand on their own. And remember, even if by some miracle you do not catch a fish on Groote, it’s still a far better day than any you’ll spend in the office!

FACT FILE To plan & book your fishing adventures visit: Groote Eylandt Lodge, managed by Metro Hotels, has 74 waterfront cabins and bungalows overlooking the gulf. Deluxe, water’s edge cabins with spa baths and private balconies are the accommodations of choice. The lodge also provides business and meeting facilities, a wellness spa, gym and a swimming pool. Nearby, guests can play a round on the 9-hole golf course or swim in the community pool. A small shopping village is located in Alyangula centre. Airnorth flights from Darwin to Groote Eylandt (GTE) take approximately 1.5 hours. On arrival there is a lodge shuttle service (charges apply).


Perth skyline at sunrise, as seen from Kings Park.

windowseat Perth, Western Australia For more than 40,000 years before European colonisation, the Perth area was inhabited by the Whadjuk Noongar people, as evidenced by modern archaeological findings from the region. A community of huntergatherers, the Noongar people occupied the southwest corner of Western Australia, including Rottnest, Carnac and Garden Islands. The islands and the Swan Coastal Plain wetlands were particularly important to their people, for spirituality and also as a source of food. Captain James Stirling established Perth in 1829 as the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony. It became a city in 1856, and then a Lord Mayorality in 1929. The city is named after the Scottish town of the same name, due to the influence of Sir George Murray, Member of Parliament for Perthshire and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies.



A family guide to Townsville From croc encounters and maritime history, to bushwalking, kayaking and koala-spotting on Magnetic Island, there’s plenty to entertain tweens on the beautiful Townsville coast.



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ownsville is the gateway to Queensland’s Tropical North, an area known mainly for its easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforests, and it’s positively bursting at the seams with attractions and activities for families. Here are a few recommendations from local children, published on Bound Round, the travel guide app for kids, by kids.

The shipwreck of SS Yongala

TOWNSVILLE’S UNDERWATER WORLD Townsville’s most well known attraction for families is Reef HQ Aquarium, where kids can stroll through an underwater viewing tunnel to explore the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium and all the creatures at work and play within it. It’s almost as though you were scuba diving. The aquarium has a wide array of interactive activities for kids including fish feeding, predator and turtle shows, and a behind-the-scenes look at Reef HQ’s Turtle Hospital. If you want to learn more about the work being done to protect the 26

Overlooking Townsville Great Barrier Reef, it’s also worth visiting the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), 37 kilometres south of town, which welcomes kids for guided tours.

TROPICAL NORTH HERITAGE The Museum of Tropical Queensland, right next door to Reef HQ Aquarium, explores life in the tropics from pre-historic times. Kids can find out about life on board

an old sailing ship or see dissected animal parts close-up. The museum’s Great Gallery is dominated by a replica of HMS Pandora, the ship sent to capture HMS Bounty and her mutinous crew. You can join the Pandora Gun Team each day at 11am and 2.30pm at the museum to learn how to load and fire cannons like they did in the 1790s. At the Maritime Museum of Townsville you can learn all about the region’s most famous shipwreck, the SS Yongala, which sunk off the Townsville coast in 1911, with a

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tragic loss of all 122 passengers on board. The Army Museum of North Queensland is located inside the Jezzine Barracks complex, near the old Kissing Point Fort just north of the city centre. The museum has a great collection of wartime memorabilia from battles pre-dating Federation to more recent conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. Ten minutes from the city centre is Cape Pallarenda Regional Park. Once a quarantine station and World War II military camp, it’s now a good place to let the kids run amok and learn about Townsville’s military history.

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This image,left and below: Magnetic Island and native wildlife.

Hop on a ferry for the 25-minute trip from Townsville to Magnetic Island.


Escape the heat and hustle of downtown Townsville to nearby Queens Gardens. This lush botanic oasis is set against a dramatic backdrop: the pink-granite monolith of Castle Hill, also worth a visit for the amazing views you’ll get from its peak. Set on 11 hectares of natural bushland, Billabong Sanctuary houses more than 100 species of Australian animals, specialising in the fauna of North Queensland, such as the saltwater crocodile and the equally scary-looking Southern cassowary. Here, kids can participate in a number of hands-on wildlife experiences, some furry, some scaly – from feeding kangaroos to cuddling a koala, holding a baby crocodile or getting wrapped in a python.

MAGGIE ISLAND Hop on a ferry for the 25-minute trip from Townsville to Magnetic Island. Take one of the many hiking trails that allow visitors to explore Magnetic Island National Park and there’s a good chance you’ll spot a koala in the wild. Koalas were introduced to the island in the 1930s and conditions are so perfect for them that they have thrived. If you want to get a bit closer, visit Bungalow Bay Koala Village, where you can get up close and personal (and take selfies) with locals of the furry, feathered and scaly kind. 29


One of the best ways to get up close and personal with the island’s marine life, including the resident dolphins and turtles, is to hop in a kayak. The water around the island is smooth as a pond and crystalclear. Magnetic Island Sea Kayaks hires out kayaks and stinger suits and also offers a range of guided kayaking tours.

THE HINTERLAND Townsville’s hinterland offers a whole different type of scenery to that of the Townsville coast. Travel through lush rainforest along a winding, cliffhugging road to Hidden Valley Cabins – a little oasis of loveliness. Here, you’ll get opportunities to spot platypus in the wild in a nearby creek and the odd wallaby hopping around the resort grounds. Nearby Mount Spec in Paluma Range National Park is a maze of streams and waterfalls, and a lovely spot to go birdwatching. Look out for honeyeaters and brush turkeys – if you’re lucky, you might also spot a golden bowerbird decorating its nest.

Nearby Mount Spec in Paluma Range National Park is a maze of streams and waterfalls.

ABOUT BOUND ROUND For more recommendations on activities for kids, in Townsville and the rest of Australia (and the world), get your kids to check out Bound Round, the kids’ travel app by kids, for kids. The app is full of fun facts, games and video guides to all the best activities and attractions, narrated by local kids – the experts on what’s fun in their home town.



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Issue 137 • April/May 2016



10 cultureclub

27 flavours

What’s happening around the country, from art and music to theatre and cinema.

Check out all the latest news on the food scene around Australia.

14 kitchenconfidential

31 weekender

Chef Julien Pouteau hails from France, but his cuisine spans the whole Mediterranean.

OUTthere heads to Dubbo and finds a safarilike zoo, 19th-century gaol, lively town and all manner of unexpected family pursuits.

16 getaway Deborah Dickson-Smith discovers that the Hunter Valley’s kid-friendly attractions almost rival the region’s number of cellar doors.

37 discovery

20 food&wine

47 healthnews

The Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival is back and now spans two whole months... so you have no excuse for missing out.

Find the latest news for healthy living, including why you should never skip breakfast and what supplements are good for travellers.


We explore Australia’s top ski resorts and offer top tips to make the most of your time there.

RegionalBusinessReview Mini-mag inside featuring all the latest news & views from around Australia, including: • Inside Mining • Investment

• Agribusiness • News & Reviews 3

AUSTRALIA’S PREMIER FISHING LODGES Situated 80kms to the north of Darwin are the Tiwi Islands; home of the Tiwi people and also to some of Australia’s premier barramundi fishing lodges. All lodges provide a high quality, professionally-guided catch & release fishing adventure situated in a spectacular, pristine wilderness environment. Dominant fish species include Barramundi, Mangrove Jacks, Threadfin Salmon, Saratoga, Golden Snapper, Black Jewfish, Queenfish, Giant Trevally, Spanish Mackeral plus 40 or so other species of quality river, creek and reef fish.





Our top pick of events coming up around the country...

The Variety Cycle, east coast of Australia


APRIL 02–16 In this hardcore charity cycling event, participants pedal all the way from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef to benefit kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. Participants can take the full 15-day option or choose from smaller challenges that range between oneday, two-day and seven-day routes, so it’s suitable for cyclists of all skill and fitness levels. The event is in its third year and offers the perfect mix of challenge, cycling and charity.






APRIL 17 & 23






MAY 21

Felton Food Festival, QLD

Gauchito Gil’s Malbec World Day

Em Rusciano, nationwide

Bass in the Grass, Darwin

The annual Felton Food Festival is a celebration of authentic country life, showcasing everything the Felton Valley is famous for: delectable produce, stunning landscapes and real country living. Enjoy delicious food, browse market stalls, take a crop tour or meet a local farmer.

Sunday April 17 is Malbec World Day, traditionally an Argentinian celebration of that nation’s most famous grape variety, the Malbec, This year, the celebrations are taking place Down Under, in Melbourne on Sunday April 17 and in Sydney the following week. Expect lots of tango dancing and empanadas.

Get ready to laugh out loud because Em Rusciano is one funny lady. Due to popular demand, she’s has added more shows to her countrywide tour. The ‘Em Rusciano is NOT a Diva’ tour includes a full band performance and makes mention of her time on Australian Idol.

With the likes of Angus & Julia Stone, Bliss n Eso and Boy & Bear in the line-up, this festival is going to be one of the highlights of Darwin’s cultural calendar. Suitable for music-lovers of all ages and tastes, it includes performances from electronic and pop artists as well as punk and metal bands.



JUNE 8–19 Sydney Film Festival, Sydney Held in venues throughout Sydney, this 12-day festival screens feature films from around the world.

JUNE 10–12 Barunga Festival, Katherine, NT This festival celebrates the rich cultural history of the Central Australian town of Katherine.



JUNE 29–JULY 27 Gay Pride Berlin, Germany Berlin’s Christopher Street Day is one of Europe’s biggest gay and lesbian parades and street parties.

JUNE 29 Battala del Vinos Held annually in the Spanish town of Haro, this saint’s day is all about covering everyone and everything in wine.


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Adele: When We Were Young The second single from Adele’s latest album 25, titled ‘When We Were Young’, is just as addictive as the first (‘Hello’). In an interview with Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1, Adele named ‘When We Were Young’ as her favourite track from 25. The song takes you on a melancholic journey that makes you want to call long-lost friends for a trip down memory lane.

Cameron Daddo: Songs From The Shed This new EP from Cameron Daddo includes six original tunes and a newly recorded duet with Max Merritt (made famous in Max Merritt and the Meteors; a 1975 hit was ‘Slipping Away’). The EP reflects Daddo’s love of country music with a couple of up-tempo country rockers thrown in the mix. The album’s name is inspired by the spot where Daddo fine-tuned the songs: his hillside home in Los Angeles’ Topanga.

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This delightful French film, directed by Xavier Giannoli, tells the story of Marguerite Dumont, whose army of ‘fans’ encourage her to follow her dream to sing by visiting her castle to watch her performances. Only problem is, Marguerite can’t carry a tune and the audience is really only there for a bit of a laugh. Nominated for 11 César Awards, it stars Catherine Frot (Haute Cuisine) and Christa Théret (Renoir). In cinemas now.

read Sam Bleakley, Quarto UK, $19.99 Saltwater cures everything, so where better to experience a soul-soothing meditation than out in the ocean? Sam Bleakley explores surfing – including lunar cycles, river surfing and the Taoism of nature – revealing an acute awareness of what the oceans can tell us about our place in the natural world. 8

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Joy Dettman, Macmillan, $32.99 Dettman weaves a mysterious story in this fictional novel about a woman named Sarah Carter, who’s living in suburban Melbourne, hiding from her past. When one of her daughter’s classmates is abducted Sarah’s fledgling sense of safety is destroyed and her past threatens to catch up with her. Sure to grab your attention!

Kelli Brett, HarperCollins, $49.99 Celebrate true Australian produce with this recipe book that encapsulates a journey across regional Australia. Its seasonal recipes include instructions on how to make Maroochy River mud crab cakes to Bruny Island baked eggs, and so much more. Dinner will never be boring again.

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Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley will showcase the range of films that will form this year’s Sydney Film Festival. This free event will be held at Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney, from 6pm to 7pm and is the perfect introduction to the full festival, on from June 8 to 19.



Just when you thought that Frozen mania was fading, this year’s instalment of Disney on Ice is bringing the magical winter wonderland of Arendelle to life. Arendelle and its residents Elsa and Anna, snowman Olaf, Kristoff and Sven were made for Disney on Ice, really, with producer Nicole Feld saying Disney on Ice has been waiting for a film like Frozen for 30 years. The Little Mermaid, Tangled and Beauty and The Beast round out the show, which is presented by hosts Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.

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THE 20TH BIENNALE OF SYDNEY March 18–June 5 The 20th Biennale of Sydney’s title this year, ‘The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed’, was inspired by a sci-fi writer. Let that set the scene for a festival feast a feast of thought-provoking art. Works will be presented in seven different venues, dubbed “embassies of thought”. One of these will be Cockatoo Island, the Embassy of the Real, which will display major works by Korakrit Arunanondchai, William Forsythe, Camille Henrot, Lee Bul, Chiharu Shiota, Ming Wong and Xu Zhen (produced by MadeIn Company).



March 23–April 17 THE BEST OF MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL If laughter is the best medicine, then consider the Melbourne International Comedy Festival an intensive health retreat. This year the festival includes comedy legends Ciel and Brit Jeff Green; multi-talented YouTube juggernauts Alex Williamson, Neel Kolhatkar and Frenchy; huge ticket-selling, critically adored phenomena Joel Creasey and Em Rusciano, and critics’ and audience favourites Alice Fraser and Emily Tresidder.

MAD SYD: Tomorrow’s meal, Sydney Opera House

April 3 MAD SYD will be a gathering of international chefs and culinary thinkers discussing ideas on the future of food at the Sydney Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre. MAD (the Danish word for ‘food’) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to build a community of cooks, purveyors, thinkers and food enthusiasts with an appetite for knowledge and a desire to create a better world through better meals.


May 13–17 Set on Western Australia’s pristine south-west coast, the Revive Retreat for women includes coastal hikes, surfing lessons, yoga, pilates, meditation, seminars and cooking lessons to help you commit to a healthier and happier lifestyle. It’s about learning to bring back balance through nourishing your body, getting back into shape, ditching the yo-yo dieting, breaking bad eating habits and kickstarting a new, healthier life.


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Exhibitions  Whiteley: Other Places

Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney Until May 8 Brett Whiteley’s travels to New York, Fiji, Tokyo, Tangier, London and Paris are superbly documented in this exhibition of his works in charcoal, photographs and paint, many of which have not been exhibited before. Showing at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Sydney, these works are presented with the artist’s 1989 late Paris series ‘Regard de Cote’, works Whiteley created after revisiting the city three decades later.  200 Years of Australian Fashion, NGV, Melbourne Until July 31 Fashion-lovers, rejoice. This exhibition displays more than 120 works from 90-plus designers. It’s the first major survey of Australian fashion in this country from the time of early settlement to today. Showing at the National Gallery of Victoria, it includes outfits drawn from the NGV’s own collection and that of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, along with pieces from other key collections, and a number of private loans. The opening weekend includes pop-up design talks and a symposium exploring the question: What is Australian fashion?  Great tales in Asian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide From March 25 This stunning exhibition tells epic stories from Asian culture through paintings, textiles, screens and woodblock prints. Showing until November, it includes highlights such as scenes from The Tale of Genji, alleged to

Above: The green mountain (Fiji) 1969 by Brett Whiteley, oil, collage on cardboard, 137 x 122cm.

be the world’s first novel, written in the 11th century by lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu.  Rosemary Valadon: A Sensual World,

India, Krishna and Radha on the Jamuna river, early 20th century, Rajasthan, Kishangarh, cotton cloth, pigment, gold, silver and mica shellac, 231.0 x 254.0cm; Van Dam Bequest Fund 2012, Art Gallery of South Australia.


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Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst April 1–May 8 This exhibition is an exploration of awardwinning Australian artist Rosemary Valadon’s work over the past 25 years, from her earlier series reinterpreting myths and stereotypes of women (‘Goddess’, ‘Finding the Feminine’ and ‘Wicked Women’) to her most recent large still-life panoramas, imbued with the richness of regional life in historic Hill End.






Discover the Northern Territory’s beautiful Tiwi Islands. Find a Tiwi art treasure, venture onto untouched waterways teeming with native fish, birds and wildlife and relax at a waterfront Island lodge.

Enjoy a taste of remote island life in the Tiwi Islands, only a short ferry trip or 20 minute flight from Darwin. Get to know the Tiwi people, meet the artists at the art centres, hear the dreaming stories, fish the pristine waters and experience amazing bird, fish and wildlife encounters in this beautiful, untouched country. This 4 day tour truly captures the essence of the Tiwi Islands. Inclusions: SeaLink ferry or flights ex Darwin, scenic flight on Tiwi Islands, guided sightseeing and fishing by boat and on foot, traditional welcome ceremony, art centres and museum, screen printing workshop with local artists, all meals, non-alcoholic drinks, and remote lodge accommodation, optional full day wetland and creek wilderness adventure (available on the 4 day tour). A personalised, small group experience available on selected dates from June – September 2016.

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We speak to Julien Pouteau, Executive Chef at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, about his greatest love in life, food.

French native Julien Pouteau heads up the dining experience at the luxurious InterContinental Sydney Double Bay. The dynamic and passionate young chef started his career on his home turf, France’s Brittany region, where he completed culinary school and an apprenticeship. He then took on chef roles in a number of leading hotels and Michelin-star restaurants across France. In 2010, Julien moved to Australia and joined the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) as Executive Sous Chef at InterContinental Sydney in the CBD. His mandate was to refresh the hotel’s food production and presentation with innovative flair. He set about building an energetic team who could elevate the hotel’s culinary reputation. His pioneering spirit and leadership skills, coupled with world-class cooking flair and an eye for plating, are why Julien was selected to head up the food division – and set the culinary tone – for the restaurants of the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay. His ambition is to deliver dining experiences on par with Sydney’s best restaurants, with a focus on healthy options and premium local ingredients, and a push towards celebrating ‘homemade’ cuisine with in-house pickling, curing and preserving as well as cooking on a Japanese-style robata (‘fireside’) grill.

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Rapidfire What’s the last meal you cooked at home? “I am fortunate to have a spacious kitchen at home. My last meal was a mushroom brioche beef fillet. I rolled a beef fillet and pine mushrooms in a buttered brioche dough, baked it for one hour and shared with some friends with a great pinot drop!” What ingredient couldn’t you live without? “Cheese. Of all kinds.” WHen you’re not cooking, how do you spend your time? “Running, exploring and spending quality time with friends and family.” What’s your favourite dish on your current menu? “The carrot-glazed short rib is my favourite dish on our current Stockroom menu. The beef is slow-cooked, brushed with our house-made sticky carrot glaze and cooked on the robata grill. DELICIOUS!” What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten? “A monkfish liver at Le Chateaubriand restaurant in Paris. Cooked the same way as foie gras, it was outstanding.” As far as traditional and cultural research goes, what country would you like to go to? “I would like to go to Greece. I have lived in the South of France for a few years and fell in love for Mediterranean cuisine: the produce is amazing – cooked simply, it’s juicy and full of flavours.” Explain the creative process of coming up with a new dish. Does it unfold organically or do you spend a lot of time planning? “I always try to get the best of the moment, taking into consideration the season and my producers’ availability. My kitchen is a place where I like to involve all the chefs in the creating process, sharing ideas and developing dishes together. Most dishes need to be tested a few times before they reach greatness.” What adventure can we expect to see you embark on next? “Anything, as long as there is food involved!”

WAGYU BEEF RUMP CAP, WITH SALSA AND BBQ CORN Beef and salsa ingredients: • 4g lemongrass, finely chopped • 5g garlic, finely chopped • 2g chilli, finely chopped • 2g ginger, finely chopped • 10ml grapeseed oil • 350g wagyu beef rump, cap on • 1–2 avocados • 5g small tomatoes • 5g Spanish (red) onion • 10g lime • 10g Maldon Sea Salt Flakes • Bunch coriander • 5ml La Barre Extra Virgin Olive Oil

BBQ corn ingredients: • 320g ketchup • 280g tomato paste • 160ml whisky • 160ml malt vinegar • 40ml Worcestershire sauce • 30ml molasses • 6g celery salt • Black pepper, ground • Cayenne pepper • Salt • 1kg corn, fresh, on the cob

Beef preparation 1. Make spice marinade by combining lemongrass, garlic, ginger, chilli and grapeseed oil. 2. Score the top of the wagyu rump cap. Rub spice marinade over the wagyu rump cap then let it sit in the marinade for one hour. 3. Place beef in a vacuum bag, sealing in a vacuum-pack machine to remove all air from inside the bag. 4. Set a circulator with water; set the temperature to 58 degrees Celsius and place the beef in the water bath; let it slow-cook for three hours. 5. To make the avocado salsa: dice the avocados, mix with lime juice. Dice Spanish onion; remove the seeds of the tomato and dice the flesh. Add onion and tomato to the avocado. Finish with olive oil. BBQ corn preparation 1. Combine all the ingredients (except corn) in a bowl, add salt and pepper to taste. 2. Cook corn in boiling salted water for 3 minutes, then remove and coat in the sauce, and grill until charred and caramelised. Season to taste. Final presentation To finish the beef, sear on a robata grill. Serve with the avocado salsa and corn. 15


hen you’re travelling with the family, it’s a smart idea to find somewhere the kids are going to enjoy before you treat yourself. That way, they’ll expend some energy and when you then visit your first cellar door, they won’t be moaning and groaning while you’re attempting to weigh up the merits of a Shiraz versus those of a Shiraz Viognier, and decide whether it’s necessary to buy both. Here are some top tips for Hunter Valley trips.

Hunter Valley Gardens is a vast landscaped park that spans 25 hectares (more than 60 acres) and incorporates 10 feature gardens, so there’s plenty of running around to be had. The Storybook Garden is a particular favourite of younger children: it features nursery-rhyme characters; topiary shrubs in the shapes of animals including horses, ducks and teddy bears; and a hill to tumble down with Jack and Jill. During school holiday periods, the gardens are open for longer hours and usually host extra park activities for kids, such as petting zoos, face-painting, jumping castles, Easter egg hunts and Christmas light shows.

It’s worth taking a stroll through the Village Shops next to the gardens, where you’ll find interesting little shops selling all sorts of goodies, such as the Hunter Valley Christmas Shop, Hunter Valley Chocolate Company and (not to be missed), the British Lolly Shop.

The adjacent Hunter Valley Aqua Golf & Putt Putt is also a highlight for offspring. What kids don’t love a game of putt putt? This place has the added attraction of allowing visitors – for a small fee – to hit lightweight golf balls into a lake. If your ball lands in one of the floating target nets, you can win vouchers for local cellar doors, restaurants and hot air balloon rides.

Horseriding through vineyard territory with Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Adventures is something even the grown-ups will enjoy – a pleasant meander through the trees that takes about an hour and a half, with spectacular views of the vineyards in the valley below. The stables cater for beginners and experienced riders, and even offers pony rides for smaller kids. Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Adventures also operates an off-road four-wheel drive evening adventure, which is an exciting opportunity to see some of the native wildlife, as many of the local species are more active at night.

The Hunter Valley’s wine country is more family-friendly than you might think, and it’s easy enough to mix things up and keep everyone happy on a valley weekend.


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Hunter Valley Zoo is a fantastic interactive

It’s an early start – usually around 4am, but hot air ballooning over the beautiful Hunter Valley with Balloon Aloft is an experience you will never forget. The balloon glides swiftly and silently above the valley, and you drift over vineyards, with kangaroos scattering in your shadow.

wildlife centre where you can feed kangaroos and wallabies, hold a few reptiles and cuddle up to koalas. There is quite a wide variety of exotic and native animals here, including monkeys, American alligators, Tasmanian Devils, dingoes and lots of birds.

One cellar door worth stopping in at with the kids is the one at Wandin Valley Estate, where there’s plenty of space outdoors for little ones to run around, including a cricket ground and pavilion, while the grown-ups sample wines. There’s even an activities table, set up permanently just inside the cellar door.

Foodies will enjoy a vineyard tour with NSW Segway. The experience starts at the Hunter Valley Resort & Brew House Pokolbin with a half-hour Segway training session before you get to go off-road and roll through the surrounding bush. On tour, you’re likely to see kangaroos, foxes, hares and wombats, but you’ll need to be quiet so you don’t scare them away.

The Hunter Valley Cheese Factory has a number of cheese tasting experiences to choose from, from mild to smelly, as well as other dairy delights including gelato and chocolate.

Where to detox in the Hunter Valley A high fence with an imposing gate surrounds the Valley’s Golden Door Health Retreat (pictured right). Inside, you’ll find hushed tones, gourmet (organic) meals, massage therapists, yoga instructors and dieticians. And ever-so-soothing silence. There is no alcohol, here, and no drugs; no food except that provided by the retreat; no sugar, no salt and no mobile phones. You can stay at this glorious retreat for as little or as long as you like, with some guests choosing to come just for a weekend, others for a serious detoxing stint – sometimes staying as long as 10 weeks. Each morning at the Golden Door, you’ll be woken at 6am for a tai chi class on ‘Meditation Hill’, looking out

over Hunter Valley vineyards as the sun rises – along with a few hot air balloons. Serious exercise is usually done in the mornings here, with afternoons kept free for relaxation – and your choice of spa treatments at Elysia Spa. Some days, the morning activity might be a hike through the vineyards; other days, a session of deep aqua-running in the pool followed by a stretching class and guided meditation. You will emerge looking and feeling healthy and relaxed. Day spas can also be found at a number of Hunter Valley resorts: check out the Spa at Chateau Elan and Ubika Spa at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.



Where to stay Cypress Lakes Resort is a good choice

for families, offering one-bedroom to four-bedroom villas, all with kitchenettes or full kitchen and laundry facilities, as well as three outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a day spa and the resort’s 18-hole championship golf course. It’s very conveniently located in Pokolbin, affording easy access to family-friendly attractions such as the Hunter Valley Zoo and Hunter Valley Gardens. cypress-lakes-resort


Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley has deluxe king and twin rooms, spa suites and multiple-bedroom self-contained villas. Leisure facilities include the Ubika Spa, an 18-hole golf course, a 25-metre outdoor heated pool, a fitness centre and the on-site Kidzone and Water Dragons Kids Club. Mercure Hunter Valley Resort is

situated in the heart of Pokolbin, right next to Hunter Valley Gardens and a short walk to the Village Shops. It has a wide range

of accommodation options – 72 rooms, each with a private balcony or terrace – and an outdoor swimming pool. gb/hotel-6941-mercure-hunter-valley-resort Carriages Boutique Hotel (pictured below)

has 10 luxurious rooms set on an awardwinning vineyard. In winter you can relax on a squashy sofa with a bottle of wine in front of a roaring log fire; in summer, take a dip in the pool and try your hand at tennis. Sleep on crisp white sheets and wake up to a fresh breakfast basket at your door.

Visit Hunter Valley Gardens and experience all the award-winning delights that Australia’s largest display garden has to offer. The Gardens also host over a dozen annual events such as, Christmas Lights Spectacular, Snow Time in the Garden, Mega Creatures and more.

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Wine & Food Festival The hugely popular Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month has grown so big since its humble beginnings that it’s now too large to fit into one month, writes Deborah Dickson Smith.

THE NEWLY renamed Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival now spans both May and June, giving foodies and wine-lovers more opportunities to sample everything the region has to offer. The Hunter Valley is well known for its year-round food and wine offerings, but throughout May and June, dozens of special events allow Festival-goers to get up close and personal with the region’s chefs and winemakers. It’s an excellent opportunity to find out more about the valley’s wine, learn how to cook flavourful new dishes and get expert tips on pairing wines with food. This year’s festival includes a huge line-up of events, everything from progressive dinners to chef-led cooking classes and street parties. Allandale Winery The Lovedale Long Lunch, to be held on the weekend of May 14 and 15, is a leisurely ‘progressive lunch’, during which guests get to discover – and celebrate – the epicurean wonders of the Lovedale area. Some of the Hunter Valley’s leading chefs will team up with seven of Lovedale’s finest wineries, including Allandale, Emma’s Cottage, Saltire, Tatler and Wandin Valley, to create and host the various courses, with local performers providing the entertainment. Whether you attend Saturday’s or Sunday’s Long Lunch event, you’re guaranteed a wonderfully decadent day of drinking and dining.

Whispering Brook The annual Whispering Brook Olive Long Table Luncheon has become one of the region’s most popular events. Guests start with a tutored walking tour through the olive grove, then are seated at a long table in Whispering Brook’s olive grove (weatherpermitting) and served Mediterranean-inspired dishes devised by chef Andrew Wright to showcase Whispering Brook’s premium extra virgin olive oil. The guest speaker at this year’s luncheon will be 20

leading cardiologist Professor Len Kritharides, who’ll talk about the health-promoting qualities of the Mediterranean diet and of extra virgin olive oil. The lunch will be accompanied by live music. The $139 per-person ticket price includes lunch with matching wines, olive oil and olive tutorials.

Brokenwood Wines This year, Brokenwood Wines and The Cellar Restaurant have teamed up for The Grazing Blaze, a bonfire supper and wine-tasting among the vines at Brokenwood’s iconic Graveyard Vineyard on Saturday June 11. Chef Andy Wright will cook grazing-style dishes over burning canes, adding beautiful smoky flavours to the food. Brokenwood will match each dish with one of its latest-release wines. With live music and fireside seating, you can relax and enjoy the sunset. Tickets are $70 per person.

Margan Margan is hosting several Wine & Food Festival events this year, including a Meet the Farmer Dinner on Saturday June 25 from 6pm, which sees Margan join forces with five local food producers to present a fantastic dinner showcasing the best Hunter Valley produce and the people behind it. It’s $99 per person for the four-course degustation. Margan is also running a series of Garden to Plate Cooking Schools on May 20, June 3 and 24. Each will consist of a garden tour and harvest with horticulturalist Pat Hansson, followed by a hands-on cooking session and a delicious lunch matched with Margan wines. The cost is $85 per person, The original Margan 100-metre-meal, held daily at Margan during June, promises to be agri-dining at its finest, with everything on your plate and in your glass produced on site, most of it within 100 metres of the restaurant. It’s $45 per person for one course, including wine.


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Other festival events at Margan this year include the Annual Barrel Hall Sale, the White Label Lunch and Trophy Wine Trails.

Bimbadgen Estate Bimbadgen will highlight the evolution of Hunter Valley beef this year, using Hunter Natural freerange, hormone-free, grass-fed beef as the basis for an ‘edible experience’ called Beef-olution, in which guests will get to enjoy four sample-size beef dishes made with ingredients sourced from the Bimbadgen Estate garden and matched with award-winning Bimbadgen wines. Tickets to Beef-olution are $90 per person.

Ridgeview On Saturday June 18, Ridgeview will host an Ocean to the Paddock event: a delicious seven-course degustation with matching wines for $125 per person. The winery’s Chef’s Plate will be available Thursday to Saturday between noon and 5pm throughout May and June; it’s $39 per person for two courses and a glass of wine.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Hunter Valley Wine Festival, Saturday June 4.

Ridgeview will host an Ocean to the Paddock event: a delicious seven-course degustation with matching wines. The fourth Hunter Valley Wine Festival takes place on the picturesque grounds of the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, with an extensive array of wine, food, beer and cider on offer, accompanied by live entertainment. It’s an opportunity to see everything the region has to offer in one day, with top drops from some 40 Hunter Valley wineries on show. The event is family-friendly, with plenty of activities, including miniature train rides, face painting and a bouncy castle, to keep the kids happy while you sample fine regional wines. Funds raised at the event will be donated to the local Rural Fire Service. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is offering a special Hunter Valley Wine Festival Weekend Package from $285 per night; it includes a night’s accommodation, breakfast and festival tickets. 23


Upper Hunter Wine & Food Affair: Saturday May 7, Denman The Hunter’s Best Street Party happens every year on the first Saturday of May along Ogilvie Street in Denman, which is transformed for the occasion into a ‘wine and gourmet feast extravaganza’. Here you’ll get to sample world-famous Upper Hunter wines as well as an amazing selection of street food and gourmet takeaway. The line-up of live entertainment includes local band Kyda Rock and The Voice finalist Holly Tapp; a monster wood-chop contest with more than 25 competitors; and a lowlevel fly-over aerobatic show by Paul Bennett. There are plenty of activities for the kids, too, with laser tag, zorb balls and entertainment courtesy of Sparkles the Clown. Entry is $10 per adult, $5 per kid, and includes an unlimited all-day ride pass.

A Taste of Wollombi: Sunday May 29 and Sunday June 26. Wollombi’s main street will come alive with stalls offering jams, honey, oils, olives, homegrown vegetables and homemade fresh cheeses to taste and buy, as well as jewellery, candles and wood crafts. There will be live music all day, so bring your picnic rug and find a sunny spot on the grassy slopes outside the historic Wollombi Tavern – and don’t forget to sample their famous Dr Jurd’s Jungle Juice.


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There will be live music all day, so bring your picnic rug and find a sunny spot on the grassy slopes outside the historic Wollombi Tavern. The Verandah Restaurant Renowned Hunter Valley chef Matt Dillow will be running his hugely popular Spanish paella classes again this year, every Sunday in June. In Matt’s class you will learn how to cook Spanish jamon, then tuck into a feast of jamon served with crusty bread and Hunter Valley sparkling wine, paella served with sangria, and Spanish-style churros with chocolate dipping sauce. Tickets to the class and feast are $90 per person. Visit for a full list of 2016 Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival events and venues.



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FLAVOURS From new happenings to fab produce, we unearth the latest tabletop treats.

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THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN COOKBOOK features 165 recipes contributed by an impressive line-up of 100 of Australia’s culinary legends, including Stephanie Alexander, Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Kylie Kwong, Frank Camorra, Maggie Beer and Margaret Fulton, along with local food heroes from all over the country. “The Great Australian Cookbook is an affectionate snapshot of Australia and the food we love to eat,” says co-editor Helen Greenwood. “These celebrated chefs and beloved cooks, dedicated farmers and fishers, wondrous pastry cooks, and hard-working bakers and food-makers bowled us over with their willingness to share their thoughts, time and recipes. The happy result is a book for all Australians who want to cook with, and for, love.”

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THE NEWLY OPENED Dutch Trad ing Company, home to the best craft beer selection in Perth plus affordable Dutch-influenced food, is already piping hot and popular! The venue’s fit-out is a comforting hybrid of modern home kitchen and ye olde Dutch-s tyle pub, with some intriguing Dutch paraphernalia on the walls. The Dutch Trading Company’s sele ction of rare craft beers on tap is extensive and includes brews from Victoria’s Black Dog Brewery, Tasm ania’s Moo Brew, New Zealand’s Tuatara Brewery and many more on rotation, depending on availability. Order the Double Dutch Rudder (a truly enormous beer-tas ting platter) for a couple of swigs of each of the 18 beers on tap. There are also some experimental ‘beer coc ktails’ on offer for more adventurous types. The Dutch-inspired bar menu incl udes offerings such as a kilo of Louisiana steamed prawns, beef-cheek bitterballen, a ‘Double Dutch Burg er’ (two patties with Dutch smoked gouda) and local mussels steamed in wheat beer, as well as sharing plates – try the cheeseboard with quince jam and housepickled vegetables, or hot ’n’ spicy chicken wings with blue cheese dressing. Check the Dutch Trading Company out at facebook. com/dutchtradingco or get down there for a trivia night now.


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[Top eats] Love Moroccan food? Book a seat at Afous, arguably Sydney’s best Moroccan/Spanish eatery. It’s located right on the Spit Bridge, so you can enjoy fabulous views along with hearty classics such as lamb tagine or lighter bites from the tapas menu. When you walk through the door, you’ll be greeted by the owner Omar Majdi, who warmly welcomes you to his home while splashing your hands with rose water. Cooking classes and catering services are also offered.

Cardini’s Original Caesar Dressing

With all natural ingredients, no preservatives, no added sugar and less than 1g of carbohydrates per serving, Cardini’s Original Caesar Dressing delivers the true taste of a classic Caesar salad. Allegedly, this now-legendary salad was created by Caesar (Cesare) Cardini, who ran a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico, that was popular with Hollywood stars including Jean Harlow and Clark Gable during the Prohibition period of the 1920s. On a hot fourth of July, 1924, with the kitchen unprepared for a full restaurant, he gathered up the ingredients he had available, tossed them together with a flourish in the middle of the crowded restaurant and invented, almost by accident, his famous salad. The rest is history! Cardini’s Original Caesar Dressing is available nationally through Coles, Woolworths, IGA and other independent supermarkets, speciality delicatessens and fruiterers; RRP $5.30 for a 350mL bottle.

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This month we’re loving: POMEGRANATES Pomegranates are luscious, delicious and packed full of vitamins. The name comes from the Latin words pomum granatum, which means “seeded apple”. Experts trace its origins back to northern India and Iran. The Spanish conquistadors brought the pomegranate to America in the early 1500s. The seeds are what you want from this succulent fruit. After you crack one open, you’ll find plenty packed into little compartments that are separated by bitter-tasting, whitish membranes. Each seed is surrounded by a transparent red pulp that is sweet yet tart that’s the tasty stuff. 28


Pizzini Wines, the makers of modern Italian wine styles, run hands-on cooking classes in their purpose-built A tavola! Cooking School near Bright, Victoria, about three and a half hours’ drive out of Melbourne. The kitchen is equipped for up to 10 participants per class, and each class runs for approximately four hours. You might choose to: • master the art of making different types of pastries and puddings, savoury and sweet; • learn to make perfect pasta, gnocchi and risotto; • become an expert at preparing an array of entréesized dishes, such as dumplings, gyoza and various tapas; • enhance your vegetarian repertoire; or • learn the best way to roast a pig on a spit. Find out more or book your place in a class at


The Mornington Farmers’ Market showcases an array of fresh, seasonal produce from regional Victoria, including the Mornington Peninsula. Get there early for a breakfast of organic sourdough and local cheeses, or for the community-run barbecue, then fill your car boot with organic fruit and vegetables, homemade conserves, free-range eggs and savoury snacks. The local farmers are more than happy to chat with you about the provenance of their produce.

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DUBBO UNCOVERED For the perfect weekend escape, we explore Dubbo and the Western Plains. Words: Deborah Dickson-Smith



aronga Western Plains Zoo is reason enough to take a holiday to Dubbo, but there are plenty more. From a gaol that’s no longer a gaol to a beach that’s not really a beach, this historic country town has plenty of activities and attractions to keep visitors of all ages and sizes entertained. Curious? Dubbo is about five hours’ drive west of Sydney, over the Great Dividing Range in the Macquarie Valley, at the junction of three major outback routes: the Newell, Mitchell and Golden highways. The area was first settled in the early 1830s and quickly became a major pastoral region, with a number of large cattle and sheep stations established in the area throughout the 19th century.

This history can be explored in a number of ways throughout Dubbo, and a good place to start is at the Old Dubbo Gaol. The gaol is fully restored to its 19th-century glory, and they’ve added some animatronics and hologram exhibits to bring its stories to life. You can walk through the gaol and experience the eerie silence of solitary confinement, view the dreadful living conditions and witness examples of prison labour, as well as inspect actual prisoner records and find out about their crimes. You’ll meet the Condemned Man and guides will tell you stories about the Ghost of Dubbo Gaol, the executioner and the gallows. Another great way to explore Dubbo’s history is on a Heritage Walk. This guided walking tour winds its

You’ll see lots of Dubbo’s historic buildings and hear stories of the characters that used to live here. Dubbo’s gaol (above) and courthouse (left) date back to 1887.


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The kids will love spotting giraffes, rhinos, elephants and big cats, and it’s awesome to see them roaming freely in wide open spaces.

encounters to watch out for but to get the real safari experience, stay overnight at Billabong Camp or with a view of the zoo’s African Savannah section at the Savannah Cabins or in one of the luxurious African-inspired Zoofari lodges. The mighty Macquarie River provides a wide range of outdoor activities, from cycling along riverbank cycle tracks to kayaking and other watersports on the river itself. Riverbank Park is a prime spot for a family picnic and a stroll along the river from the centre of Dubbo to Sandy Beach. Running through the park is Tracker Riley Cycleway and Walking Trail, a 13-kilometre loop that runs along both sides of the river. Sandy Beach is a popular swimming hole, even if the beach is not actually sandy, but made up mainly of gravel – it’s a shallow entrance to the river so it’s safe swimming spot for swimmers of all ages. To explore the Macquarie River on a wider scale, call in to Adventure Watersports and hire a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or if you’d rather a faster pace, try waterskiing, wakeboarding,

kneeboarding or tube rides. Another great place to get wet is the Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre, which has an Olympic-size swimming pool, a kids’ pool and (best of all) an aquatic playground with twin water slides. In the centre of town, Elston Park Water Park is another place to cool down in summer. If you’d rather burn energy than get wet, head to Flip Out Dubbo indoor to learn how to bounce and flip like a pro, or simply jump around madly on indoor, wall-to-wall trampolines. For a more subdued day out, find your inner peace at Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden. Located in Elizabeth Park, it’s made up of four different gardens, the most famous of which is Shoyoen, the Japanese Garden. The garden was gifted to the city by Dubbo’s sister city Minokamo,

Japan, and was designed by students from the Kamo Agricultural and Forestry High School. There are cherry trees, camellias and Japanese pine trees, dry garden landscapes of rounded stones and raked gravel, a waterfall, streams and a lake stocked with Japanese koi carp. Other garden sections here include Oasis Valley, which features plants from Australia’s diminishing ‘dry rainforests’, the Sensory Gardens, which are planted with flowers and foliage designed to stimulate all five senses, and the Biodiversity Garden, which displays local plants in natural habitats. Wondering where to make a pit stop? Try Hollydene Estate at 3483 Golden Highway, Jerry’s Plains. The cellar door is open daily from 10am–4pm. 35


Cold winter holidays can really heat up when you head to the snow and pull on your ski gear, as OUTthere discovers.

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ustralia is largely a land of sunshine, but it also gets cold enough to cover our southern mountains in bountiful white snow. Victoria is home to the nation’s largest number of ski resorts, including Lake Mountain – 120 kilometres from Melbourne – Mount Hotham, Falls Creek and Mount Buller. Sydney’s nearest ski fields, Thredbo and Perisher, are about six hours’ drive from the city in Kosciuszko National Park, while Tasmania has Ben Lomond Ski Village and Mount Mawson. In contrast to most other ski destinations around the world, the Australian ski season kicks off in June (with an abundance of festivities), and it’s typically Aussie because you get to ski between magnificent snow gums.

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Do: The trickiest part of a skiing holiday with kids is getting organised, so we spend our first day in Mount Hotham doing just that. Driving up the mountain in the snow has the little ones very excited, so we continue the extra 12 kilometres to Dinner Plain, where hiring gear’s a breeze.

Australia is largely a land of sunshine, but it also gets cold enough to cover our southern mountains in white snow.

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The enticement of Dinner Plain is the small village and snow park, perfect for beginner skiing. We layer up, strap on our snow boots and build snowmen, fly down the tube and take to the small slope. Now we might be ready for whatever the next few days have in store. Eat: While ski trips—certainly those with kids in tow—used to come with low expectations of food quality, times have changed and Hotham is leading the way. Lunch at Dinner Plain needs to be a warm affair of nourishing comfort food, and so we head to Mountain Kitchen for soups and homemade pies. Dinner at Yama Kitchen and Bar is a must back on Hotham and while it serves fine food, kids are welcomed with a small version of the adults’ menu. We share plates of deliciousness in this Japanese-inspired eatery. 39


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you come back without the rug rats) is as casual as a bacon-and-egg roll. Lunch breaks up a tiring day on the slopes, with Zirky’s accommodation and dining complex providing a big buffet. Dinner is a full-stomach affair at the popular beer hall, Arco, where you can order amber ale by the litre and meat aplenty. Meals here are not for the faint-hearted (or for kilojoule-counters).

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Do: Time for lessons to brush up on the dusty skiing skills. One child heads to ski school, where the instructors are super patient in guiding little legs through the basics. Graduating to the best kids’ slope, Big D, is the ultimate thrill for ‘L-plate’ skiiers. Adults can have tuition too, and you can choose from a group lesson suited to your skills or book in an intensive one-on-one session. “Stop overthinking it!” is the catchcry of our tutor. It’s a good tip for all beginner and intermediate skiers because thinking too much about sliding down the side of a mountain is never a good idea and invariably means you end up doing exactly that. Lessons complete, we eagerly practise our new skills along a range of ski runs. Known as the more advanced of the ski resorts, Hotham is actually a good all-rounder and surprisingly well-suited to families. Whether you’re on a green (beginner), blue (intermediate) or black (advanced) level, Hotham has some fun in store for you. Eat: If you’re dropping kids off at the daycare centre or ski school, both located at the Big D, the easiest breakfast option is The General. Known for some of the heartiest food on the mountain, this café (which turns into a roaring bar at night – handy to know if

Do: If the kids are up for more skiing and the weather is behaving itself, hit the slopes again and enjoy all your new skills. We do some easy runs with the children in the morning before lunching, snow-playing and returning our gear. The weather has turned on us, with a snowstorm to blame for closing many lifts and the fog making visibility poor. The kids are keen to play in the freshly dumped snow so we check out the Hotham Snow Stuff Park, home to the mountain’s sled dogs – if you miss their tours, you can pay to pat and play with these beautiful creatures. Toboggans and snowmobiles are available for hire here, too, so we take turns racing down the small hill, with snow softly floating onto our faces. Hotham might have just become our new favourite winter holiday destination. Eat: The Summit Bar & Café at the Snowbird Inn is a favourite among


Enjoy stunning sunrises everyday at Hotham.

Hotham regulars, particularly hipsters, with its quinoa porridge, homemade beans and eggs every which way headlining the menu. Before heading back down the mountain, it’s important to have a good feed, and this is your chance to try a new spot for pizza or soup – perhaps that place you’ve heard other skiers rave about or the café you’ve been eyeing off over the past few days.

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Do: Thredbo is 496 kilometres and the Perisher Valley is 493 kilometres from Sydney, and many holidaymakers opt to stay in Jindabyne (34 kilometres from Thredbo and 31 kilometres from Perisher) due to budget and availability – accommodation in Thredbo can cost up to double the price of Jindabyne, and in Perisher it can be triple. Jindabyne, in the heart of the Snowy Mountains, is also accessible by both car and train. Perisher’s Skitube Alpine Railway starts 20 kilometres from Jindabyne at Bullocks Flat Terminal; it takes 20 minutes to get to Perisher and a further 10 to reach Blue Cow. Eat: C.B.D. Coffee Beats Drinks in Jindabyne is a quirky café serving drinks in jam jars and Tracie’s Cafe is a no-frills eatery perfect for brunch. If you’re hankering after a Sunday roast with all the trimmings, The Bowlo Bistro at Jindabyne Bowling & Sports 41

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Club is a good option. Spice-lovers can either eat in or get a tasty takeaway at Namaste Indian Cuisine.

Perisher Do: There’s a friendly rivalry between Perisher and Thredbo: staying at the resorts themselves is classed as ‘onsnow’, so is more expensive, but doing this also means less time travelling and more time skiing!

Muddles Lodge in the Perisher Valley is a luxury ski-in, ski-out log private log chalet on the mountain perfect for families or small groups. As well as having its own resident chef, Donna Tuckwell, it also boasts outstanding views, a private outdoor hot tub, loft playroom, storage facilities, easy mountain access via the Interceptor Chairlift and North Perisher T-Bar – and the kids adore

Staying at the resorts themselves is classed as ‘on-snow’, which means less time travelling and more time skiing!

the novelty of being picked up in a snowmobile every day. Eat: When not dining in the lodge, there is plenty to choose from within Perisher’s four main ski areas – Perisher Valley, Mount Blue Cow, Guthega and Smiggin Holes: family-friendly Wildbrumby, The Man from Snowy River, Burning Log Restaurant, The White Spider Restaurant, and the Sundeck Hotel are firm favourites.



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Do: If staying ‘on the mountain’, you walk out of your chalet, pick your skis up at the front door, click on your boots, take a couple of steps to the chairlift and away you go. If visiting on a weekend, watching the fireworks and Saturday night flare runs (and night skiing) are a must. Advanced skiers can sign up to take part in the weekly flare run at Valley Terminal. Thredbo is also a mecca for nature walks and the national park is perfect for seeing Australia at its whitest and brightest. Being in a national park, it’s bursting with wildlife including wombats, possums, echidnas and wallabies. Eat: Thredbo is a more Europeanstyle resort and coffee snobs swear by Central Road 2625, while those wanting a heartier meal can’t go wrong at Bernti’s Tapas Bar & Cafe. Kareele Hutte actually overlooks the Supertrail piste but you have to ski down afterwards, so don’t overindulge! Terrace Restaurant, with its cool retro flavour, is another find.



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Whether you’re travelling by land or flying, a work daytrip or a longawaited holiday, being on the go can leave hair and skin feeling lacklustre. But there are some beauty ‘travel essentials’ that’ll have you glowing from the inside out.

High-quality H20 There’s no getting around the fact that high-quality spring water is a health and beauty essential. But not all waters are the same. Look for aqua that is mineral-rich, straight from Mother Nature and not simply filtered tap water. Thirst can often disguise itself as hunger, so if you’re on the go, be sure to carry a refillable bottle of high-quality spring water with you for regular hydration (rather than buying the disposable kind, which only add to landfill).

Naturopath Narelle Plapp’s five top tips for a healthy breakfast Many people skip breakfast due to their busy lives and a lack of time in the mornings. According to experts, however, eating breakfast is integral to both mental and physical health. In fact, people who eat breakfast consume fewer kilojoules throughout the entire day – however this does depend on what is eaten and how healthy it really is. Narelle Plapp, naturopath and founder of Food for Health, says that to get the most out of breakfast, there are a few things to keep in mind.


Eat breakfast like a king Have you heard of the saying, ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper’? People are more likely to maintain their weight and have a better-functioning digestive system if they eat this way. Breakfast should include a balance between healthy fats, protein, carbs, fibre and little refined sugar.


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The Mitsubishi Pajero is doomed. But for now, long live the Pajero Sport! DID YOU LIKE the old Mitsubishi Challenger? An SUV built on the bones of the tough Triton ute, it was rugged but unrefined, like a swig of frontier rotgut whiskey. But like frontier livin’ in general, it turns out that ‘rugged but unrefined’ is a hard day-to-day prospect when there are more comfortable alternatives. Meaning: SUVs that don’t feel like they’ve been built to equip ISIS, drive from pole-to-pole or pioneer Mars. Tough is admirable. But tough and comfortable wins every time. And so the Challenger has been replaced by this. The new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport remains an SUV shell dropped onto a Triton ute chassis – albeit the next generation version of that ute – and, most importantly for fans of the Challenger, it retains its ability. But it’s also been through some sort of automotive version of that excellent and much-missed British reality show Ladette to Lady, where fist-fighting, tits-out harridans are transformed into prim English roses. Hence the new name. It goes with Pajero Sport’s polished new deportment. Choosing ‘Challenger’ over ‘Pajero’ makes sense for now, even if it’s a curious long-term choice. Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko admitted last December that a successor to the current model Pajero, with its 17-year history, will not be developed (although 2


the current Pajero will continue for a good while). In the meantime, ‘Pajero’ has cachet here – although less so in Spanishspeaking countries where the word means, ahem, ‘wanker’ – and this model slots into Mitzi’s ranks just beneath the traditional Paj. Well done, Mitsubishi, because nameplate aside, this is a worthy and well-considered update to a model that failed to meet expectations, its agricultural roots remaining too obvious for local tastes. There’s nothing wrong, per se, with putting an SUV shell onto a tradie-vehicle chassis, especially if any leaf springs have been consigned to the parts bin. In fact, lots of manufacturers do it, from Isuzu’s MU-X to the Ford Everest to Toyota’s Fortuna to the Holden Colorado 7. The reasons are obvious: it’s easy and cheap because most of the engineering has been done; and SUV sales – particularly – have gone so far through the roof in recent years that they’re a danger to passing air traffic. Buyers get proper 4x4 functionality, including off-road capability, and the heft to drag a van around the country. All of which is true here, and all of which is not bad for a vehicle with an entry point of $45,000 for the baseline GLX version. As well as that chassis, the Pajero Sport shares the Triton’s solid 2.4 litre



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MIVEC turbodiesel engine. Despite having three variants – the GLX, the mid-spec GLS ($48,500) and the top-line Exceed ($52,750) – the new Sport also shares an eight-speed auto gearbox and Super Select 4WD system. All but the entry-level GLX get a locking centre differential, helping you to make the most of the 133kW peak power (at 3,500rpm) and 430Nm of torque (from 2,500rpm), should you wish to abandon the bitumen. And it’s capable of tackling serious inclines, mud-holes and scrabbly descents. So far, so like the old Challenger. It’s during everyday driving that the Sport’s leaps and bounds over the previous model Pajero become apparent. During highway driving, on road tyres, it’s unfussy and quiet inside, with the typical diesel torque generated by that single-spec 2.4L motor a dismissive rebuff to ascents and overtaking requirements. Or it is once you’ve gotten up to cruising speed; unsurprisingly, this is no 911 off the line. The new exterior will polarise buyers, its slashed, almost Lexus-ish cheeks stuffed with walnuts for the winter, but the Sport is aerodynamically quiet, with minimal wind noise.



Like any ute-based SUV worth its salt, the Pajero Sport has also pitched any thought of leaf springs over the back axle – here, they’ve been exchanged for a threelink coil-sprung layout – and the comfort it adds to daily driving is class-leading. The pay-off is a certain wallowiness, but the relative Clive Palmer-ness of its body roll can be forgiven in what is now a genuine family vehicle. In the end, this is what Mitsubishi has achieved: unquestionable family SUV status. Triton capability overwhelmingly remains. Comfort arrives at the table. It’s reflected in the interior

fit and feel: stylish dash, well-designed cockpit, solid switchgear, with leather trim on the top two specs. Touches such as the reversing camera, digital radio, seven-inch touchscreen with voice control and keyless entry/push-button start are standard in Sport models across the board. The boot is enormous – note that there are only five seats – and cupholders abound. The Challenger is officially dead but ironically, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is more of a challenger to its many rivals in a highly competitive category than its predecessor ever was.

The relative Clive Palmer-ness of its body roll can be forgiven in what is now a genuine family vehicle.


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mproving productivity in agriculture is central to Australia’s economic performance – indeed, the federal government has pinpointed our agricultural sector as a key pillar of the nation’s economy. Increased farm productivity brings better returns to farmers and greater competitiveness in domestic and international markets. Access to sufficient supplies of useable water is integral to such productivity, and where supply is scarce, it is traded as a commodity, adding to farm costs. The disruption to rainfall patterns resulting from climate change and from weather systems such El Niño contribute to the uncertainty farmers face each season. It’s hardly surprising that Australia, a dry continent, ranks highly when it comes to the adoption of innovative technologies and systems for monitoring and managing agricultural water resources. Our farmers are making the most of oft-scarce water 6


resources by looking to innovations in technology: everything from sensors that monitor soil moisture levels to recirculating water in hydroponic systems and cutting-edge methods of crop irrigation. While sophisticated irrigation systems are most often deployed by the intensive cropping industry – primarily in sectors such as viticulture and horticulture – the iconic Aussie stockman has also jumped on board, using automated technology and systems to improve outcomes for livestock and pasture crops. The hours spent travelling to and from bores and troughs in distant paddocks, to check that stock-water levels are adequate or to resolve problems with flow, can now be bypassed thanks to ‘smart’ automated systems that allow for water monitoring via an online platform. Farmers can view real-time sensor readings of soil moisture, water levels and other key variables from wherever

they are via laptops, tablets and smartphones. They can also switch to a camera view of the water trough. Depending on the reading, the farmer can alter the flow of water through an irrigation line or into a trough remotely via the click of a mouse. Inadequate telecommunications infrastructure and slow, erratic internet connections across many parts of rural Australia is a problem for the many farmers wanting to employ the new digital technology. Fortunately, automated agricultural systems are becoming more sensitive to these limitations. Regional Manager of Total Eden Water Engineering Services, Andrew Chittick, who works with such systems, is confident ‘data drought’ and connectivity obstacles can be sidestepped. “It doesn’t matter what your access is like – solutions can be tailored to fit,” he assures. “These systems are ‘intelligent’ and can be designed to


operate with radio frequency, cloud/ mobile access or satellite. “Remote management of irrigation – bores, pumps and troughs – is becoming a reality for many properties and it reduces their labour costs significantly,” Chittick says. According to Chittick, many of Australia’s dairy farmers have been early adopters of automated agricultural technology, but more and more broadacre farmers and other agribusiness owners are interested in the efficiencies such technology offers. “People think that irrigation is just about pumps and pipelines but it is so much more,” says Chittick. “The sensors … we are installing measure the soil moisture uptake profile, where the water is in a field, or the location of a centre pivot. [This] assists the farmer in the decision of when or when not to irrigate and exactly how much.” With systems helping crop producers optimise water use, outcomes for harvest improve

dramatically, Chittick assures. “Better water management equals better crops – and so much can be done from the comfort of home,” he says. “You don’t have to travel out to the field to get an accurate picture of the health of your plants.” Although many farmers are starting to invest in technology, and the federal and state governments are encouraging innovation – through, for example, Australian Government Department of Environment grant schemes such as the On-farm Irrigation Efficiency Program – there is still a widespread perception that the upfront cost of upgrading existing farm equipment and systems to include new automated technology is prohibitive. Total Eden works through various scenarios and options to ensure that farmers ‘buy smart’, advising that they lease or rent irrigation equipment rather than tying up capital in it. “When a potential customer sees the cost to convert a single paddock

– and they have 100 paddocks – you can see their enthusiasm fade pretty quickly,” Chittick admits. However, there are many ways to reap the benefits of the new agri-technology without outlaying a fortune, he assures. “For example, rotating equipment through paddocks utilising a roving automated irrigation schedule eliminates the need to cover every inch of land with equipment.” “Farmers can ‘buy back lifestyle’,” Chittick adds, “by adopting a few simple measures that maximise water use, saving labour, water and time.” For small-scale farmers looking to strike a balance between farm work and ‘lifestyle’ without sacrificing productivity; or for large-scale agribusinesses seeking to maximise efficiency and yield while cutting labour and input costs, the new technology and systems streamlining water and irrigation management are a welcome development.


WHAT IS A DROUGHT? A drought is a prolonged, abnormally dry period when there is not enough water for users’ normal needs. Drought is not simply low rainfall; if it was, much of inland Australia would be in almost perpetual drought. Because people use water in so many different ways, there is no universal definition of drought. Australian Bureau of Meteorology



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Irrigation Australia Limited’s annual gathering of industry heavyweights shares the spotlight with the first-ever Agritechnica Australia over three exciting days in late May. The annual gathering hosted by peak industry body Irrigation Australia Limited (IAL) will see 3,000-odd irrigation experts converge on Melbourne to discuss issues impacting the industry’s ‘prosperity and wellbeing’. This year’s IAL Conference will address 10 key themes, including urban irrigation, new technology and efficiency investments, in keynote speeches and seminars helmed by national and global industry leaders, hands-on workshops and technical tours. The accompanying free expo will be awash with cutting-edge innovations, emerging technologies and new products from top irrigation equipment manufacturers and suppliers, and key


The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) World Congress, now in its 35th year, is billed as ‘the world’s greatest nut and dried fruit industry event’. The annual INC Congress attracts delegates from around the world – dried fruit and nut producers, processors, distributors and marketers, leading academics and industry experts – for a lively exchange of information, ideas and business cards. The conference component includes keynote speakers, roundtables, seminars and satellite sessions, as well as sessions and meetings tailored for members of the dried fruit industry and those of almonds, macadamias, pecans, walnuts, cashews, pistachios and peanuts.

service providers. You’ll also get to meet and mingle with expert advisors, product developers and influential reps from all levels of government. The extracurricular program includes networking drinks and an industry gala dinner. The inaugural Agritechnica Australia, to be held alongside the IAL Conference, is a forum for sharing knowledge about how new agricultural tools and technology can help Aussie farmers ‘produce more with less’. A free exhibition will showcase the latest developments in precision agriculture, sensor tech, automated farm equipment and protected cropping – drones, driverless tractors and ag-bots; RTK navigation; biotechnology and biosecurity solutions; and closed ecological and ‘vertical farming’ systems. Check out high-tech ag solutions from around the world and discuss their finer points with experts in the field. For more information or to register for the IAL and/or Agritechnica conferences, visit

Here, you’ll get the latest industry stats and forecasts on crops, supply, consumption and market dynamics; new research findings on the health and nutritional benefits of dried fruits and nuts; and updates on food safety science and regulations. Lunches, cocktail parties and extracurricular activities give delegates ample opportunity to network with fellow industry members; learn about the latest trends, challenges and opportunities; and discuss the sector’s hot topics with global decision-makers. The Congress ends with a gala dinner in the Grand Hyatt’s ballroom at which the INC’s coveted Golden Nut Award will be announced. Tours of San Diego’s attractions have been scheduled for non-attending guests. For more information and/or to register your place for this year’s INC Congress, visit


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LONG THE province of science fiction writers, operating a mine by remote control with maintenance staff the only humans on site may be closer than many of us think. Whether it is big-ticket items such as autonomous haul trucks, drones, remote-controlled jumbos and drill rigs, or high-tech sensors scattered all over the mine site, safety concerns and increased productivity are driving research into and adoption of remote technology at a breakneck pace. Mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector peak body Austmine CEO, Chris Gibbs Stewart, believes the advent of remote technology is nothing short of “a major step change” that will alter the industry forever.

“The miner of the future will need data skills and their IT background will be just as important as their mining engineering background, because the big-step changes in mining today are all about automation, robotics, simulation, visualisation and remote monitoring,” she says. “Of course, overlaying all this is the data-collection ability inherent in all those technologies.” Safety is a major driver in the development of remote technology in mining that makes it possible for automated machines and systems to take over many of the more dirty, difficult and dangerous jobs in mining, freeing human workers to take on less risky roles – such as monitoring and managing the site

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being safer, it’s more efficient and improves productivity. Following the downturn in commodity prices over the past couple of years, mining companies are looking at ways to drive down their costs, and new technologies enabling remote working are one of the main ways to do that, says Gibbs Stewart. The slowdown also gives companies the opportunity to make those changes, she notes. When prices are good and there is strong demand for the product, the emphasis is on maintaining or increasing production – no company wants to shut down a site to implement a new technology that may or may not work. Nevertheless, many of the productivity increases achieved using remote technology are hardwon through intensive research and innovation, says CRCmining Chief Opportunity Officer Kevin Greenwood. Greenwood cites, as an example, a recent CRCmining research project that used an innovative method to help automated, remotely controlled bulldozers’ performance match that of ’dozers driven by skilled human operators. “With something like a bulldozer, when you take a human off the machine and operate it remotely, the productivity drops substantially – by about 40 per cent. So some of the research we’ve been doing is trying to work out why this happens,” Greenwood explains. “What we found out is that a good bulldozer operator relies on a bunch of different sensory inputs as they’re operating the machine. They can hear and see what it is doing, of course, but also feel things – like the pitch and angle of the machine.”

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CRCmining’s bulldozer project team was able to recreate the sensory input received by bulldozer operators on mine sites by attaching a ’dozer driver’s seat to a remotely located platform similar to those you might find in a highend computer-game simulator. By experimenting with the feedback – dialling up or down the sensations the driver experiences, CRCmining researchers were able to determine the main sensory inputs a ’dozer operator needs to do the job remotely. Over time, the researchers were able to use these simulated sensory cues – visual, auditory and motion – to improve the productivity of the remotely controlled bulldozer to the point where it exceeded that of a machine with a real-live operator sitting on it. All this technology is in the process of being implemented in Caterpillar’s remote-controlled ’dozing solutions, Greenwood says, but is not quite out on site yet. Another remote technology CRCmining is hard at work on uses fibre-optic sensors to figure out what’s happening out on the mine site. The advantage of fibre optics, says Greenwood, is that it is a distributed sensor system.

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“It can be put in place all along the areas you’re trying to measure,” he explains. Flexible, energy-friendly fibre optics have many potential applications in mining, Greenwood says. “One project we’re working on currently is using fibre-optic technology to monitor conveyors. It measures the noise level on the belt idlers, so it’s like having thousands of microphones along the path of the conveyor,” he explains. “And we’re finding we can predict the failure of components such as idlers.” On mine sites, this technology promises to provide personnel with the data they need to schedule timely maintenance – such as to replace a worn part before it breaks rather than waiting for it to fail and then having to replace it, with all the lost production and safety issues that entails. “It’s early days, but research is advancing very rapidly and it’s looking very positive,” Greenwood says. With the pace of technological change in the mining sector quickening, one thing Stewart and Greenwood agree on is that the speed of innovation will also increase. Currently, it takes about 15 years for a completely new technology to be adopted, and Stewart says this cycle “really needs to be sped up”. “We need to work on accelerating the innovation,” he says.

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ustralia is a developed mining environment, and while Australian underground mines may not have the longevity of Sweden’s Garpenberg (operating since 1354 – perhaps even earlier) or Bolivia’s Potosi (operating since 1546) deposits, many are ageing, and going deeper and further as a result. Despite the technological advances of recent years, such as hydraulic pit props, the deeper a mine goes, the higher the geotechnical risk. And it’s also not just about technology. Leading occupational health and safety specialist Dr Marcus Cattani warns that we should never lose sight of the human factor when it comes to workplace health and safety. According to CRCMining’s Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Greenwood, “Mines are getting deeper, stresses are getting higher and underground mining as a whole is getting more dangerous. So the question is whether it’s possible to design excavations that can resist or absorb the geological stresses so as to prevent cave-ins and maintain the integrity of shafts and tunnels.



“It’s increasingly a concern because it’s a larger and larger problem for the industry – and we have to be able to solve those problems. [Meeting] the challenge, however, presents a whole new world of design of mines and design of ground support.” Getting humans out of and away from potentially hazardous machines underground completely is a fast-

and proximity detection systems to improve worker safety. A move to make this technology compulsory has been proposed in Queensland, too, but as yet, it is not in force. A focus of CRCMining is finding viable ways to make underground mining safer, such as changing the formulations of materials or the way technology operates so as to eliminate or reduce the risk.

Mines are getting deeper, stresses are getting higher and underground mining as a whole is getting more dangerous. growing trend; however, even with automated machinery and ‘intelligent’ IoT systems, there is still the risk of machine-to-machine damage occurring, or of someone on the mine site being harmed or killed by an autonomous machine merely as a result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. One technology that has the potential to reduce this risk greatly is that of collision avoidance and automatic stopping systems. Already, the United States and South Africa have made it mandatory for mine sites to implement collision avoidance

The company has done a lot of work on blasting compounds, Greenwood notes “In Australia, we use ammonium nitrate explosives which produce noxious fumes,” he says. Greenwood says CRCMining is working on a new formulation that has characteristics similar to those of ammonium nitrate explosives, and “may turn out to actually be less expensive to produce, but does not produce the noxious fumes.” The use of such a compound would greatly reduce the risk to underground miners as well as the





time to empty a mine after a blast. “There’s always an amount of time you lose when you blast,” says Greenwood, “and there is always the risk of noxious fumes getting trapped [in an air pocket or some other sort of anomaly].” Another technology CRCMining developed to help make working in underground mines safer – the oscillating disc cutter (ODC) – is already in production. The ODC was licenced to Joy Global in 2006, with the company now marketing it as the Dynacut. The ODC was developed in a bid to reduce the process of having jumbos go in to drill a blasting pattern, blasting etc. “It’s dangerous because it’s blasting,” says Greenwood, and after you’ve hauled out all the ore, you need to do it all over again. “CRCMining’s research was trying to eliminate this process completely by going to a cutting process that works more like the techniques used in coal mines. This has proved to be really

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companies with challenges but also opportunities. Lower prices reduce revenue but the general slowdown gets companies off the ‘get it out of the ground and ship faster, faster, faster’ treadmill. This means that oil and gas company management needs to walk a fine line between cutting costs and increasing productivity, and investing in innovation. Any innovations implemented now are what will set oil and gas companies up for even greater profitability come the next boom. The latest issue of Lloyd’s Register’s energy, oil and gas Technology Radar research series, ‘Innovating in a New Environment 2015’, argues that “Dropping or postponing a project today may help the bottom line in the short term, but it could impair the company’s ability to find and exploit new reserves of oil and gas tomorrow. Downturn or not, the reality remains that future reserves will

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that was widely reported by the ABC and other outlets, Gregory has credited artificial intelligence (AI) technology with giving the company a competitive edge in tough market conditions. Gregory asserts that Woodside’s analytics platform is now larger than Twitter’s and that a search for data that once would have taken days now takes just seconds because the AI is so efficient. At the event, Gregory also revealed that the company is developing algorithms that will be able to predict when a system requires maintenance or a component has a high probability of failure. “[Algorithms] are making a prediction, they can also selfanalyse how successful they are,

so they track their own success rate and they can publish themselves ‘that I’m not good enough’,” Gregory said, according to the ABC website. Because of this process of feedback, monitoring and evolution, in a matter of months the algorithms had become much more efficient and were now up to 85 per cent accurate. Gregory reportedly said, “The biggest thing we have seen in the past 12 months has been digital and the evolution of computing, artificial intelligence, big data analysis. We now predict that events are going to happen in one week, one month, three months’ time and intercept the failure before it happens, so you get a whole lot more efficiency and maintenance and increased production.”

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TEENAGE STAR MAKES HIS MUSICAL MARK ON DOWNLANDS t’s been a huge year for talented singer, Jeremy Beamish. Relocating from the Gold Coast just a year ago, Jeremy is now in his senior year at Downlands College, a newly elected Cultural Captain and is also about to play the lead role in Les Misérables. Downlands was top of the school options list as Jeremy’s mother, Liza Beamish, is a Downlands Past Student with fond memories of her time at the College. However it was the strong Arts program and inclusive, welcoming attitude of everyone they met that made the decision a lot easier. Jeremy is particularly excited about being awarded the role of Jean Valjean in the upcoming College musical Les Misérables. “To be cast as the lead in Les Misérables is a huge compliment. There are so many really talented singers and performers at Downlands, so it’s quite an honour to be given such an integral role like Jean Valjean,” said Jeremy. Downlands Head of the Arts and Musical Director, Mr Shane Tooley, is

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offer within the Darling Downs, along with an extensive range of co-curricular activities and sport to cater for many interests. While making the most of the opportunities presented at school, Jeremy and his brother, Ben, also write and perform their own songs as ‘The Beamish Boys’. They have already enjoyed success, having written a song for the 2018 Commonwealth Games sizzler reel; featuring on the television program Sunrise; and founding their own company, Next Generation Music. As for Jeremy, he already has his future planned out, “I would love to be a professional singer. I love performing and writing songs, so I hope one day to tour the world doing what I love”.

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STUDENTS AND STAFF RETURNING TO KNOX GRAMMAR IN WAHROONGA, SYDNEY, AT THE START OF TERM 3 HAD AN EXTRA SPRING IN THEIR STEP WITH THE OPENING OF A GROUND-BREAKING NEW FACILITY. fter more than 18 months’ construction, the a modern library; a 150-seat lecture theatre and state-ofKnox Grammar Senior Secondary Academy the-art Science labs. The facility also has modern Finance (KSSA) threw open its doors for the first time. and Legal Studies classrooms, including a space that has The KSSA is more than been modelled on a corporate boardroom. a new building, in the six months since “The facility does illustrate that ‘Knox is A key it opened there has been a massive innovation wrapped in tradition’,” said the inspiration for Headmaster. transformation in the culture and ethic of the design of the A key inspiration for the design of the senior students at Knox. “The Academy has been designed to meet Academy was Academy was ‘Social Learning Theory’. This the specific learning needs of Year 11 and 12 concept, developed by Stamford University students as they transition from school to the ‘Social Learning psychology professor Albert Bandura, says that more independent world of future studies,” Theory’. This behaviour is learned from the environment said Knox Headmaster John Weeks. concept says through the process of observational learning. Over the spring school holidays, the KSSA The Academy provides many new that behaviour was also open for boys in Year 12 to use as a innovative opportunities, especially for Boarders. For example, the new Year 11 and is learned from place to prepare for the HSC examinations, and many boys took up this opportunity. 12 library in the KSSA has extended opening the environment The feedback from Knox staff has also hours from early in the morning until late in through the been wonderful, with the teachers enjoying the evening, with specialist staff available to working in a fresh, modern workplace, with provide extra tuition and academic support. process of new spaces to try innovative teaching practice, The facade of the Academy has been observational such as team teaching. designed in the style of ‘Scottish Baronial’ architecture but inside the building you will learning For more information and to watch a video find flexible learning spaces, new technology about the KSSA, visit and passionate, creative teachers dedicated to the boys’ To book a tour of the new Knox Senior Secondary academic success. Academy or the Knox Boarding House, please contact Some of the key features of the KSSA include a large Mr Martin Gooding, Head of Enrolments, on Seniors Hall used by students for group and individual 02 9473 9768 or study, recreation and for meetings with students and staff; RegionalBusinessReview


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Boarders are the ‘heart and soul’ of our College We strive to ensure that boarding at Marist is a safe, rewarding and socially satisfying experience where boys from a diverse range of backgrounds learn to live, play, work and pray together. Marist is unique in that most of our 200 boarders are resident seven days a week during term time. This means we’re able to offer an exceptionally wide range of academic, sporting and recreational opportunities. The consistency, camaraderie and care provided by this model is something parents have told us they want for their sons. Only seven kilometres from Brisbane CBD, the College is located on 22 hectares of land rich in native flora and fauna. We offer state-of-the-art music, drama, learning and sports facilities, a brand new Olympicsize heated water sports complex as well as recently refurbished boarding residences.

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HOW DO STUDENTS VIEW LIFE AT MARIST COLLEGE ASHGROVE? ory McHugh (shown right) comes from a large family who have attended Marist College Ashgrove. He was selected as College Vice Captain in his senior year and, as a student leader and boarder, was actively involved in school life. We recently asked students to reflect on their time at the College. This is what Rory had to say: What did you like most about attending Marist College Ashgrove? “Boarding has definitely been one of the most memorable and enjoyable aspects,” reflects Rory. “I have loved being able to live, study and play with my closet 50 mates 24/7.” “I feel immense attachment to the school. This place has been my home away from home for five years. It has made up the most part of my identity as a person and a man and for that I am deeply grateful. I will forever have fond memories of this place and lifetime friendships to hold on to. Words can’t really say or show it but the pride is extremely present within me and intertwined into my DNA.” “As a boarder I’ve been involved in College activities to the tenfold compared

to day students. The education at school is very diverse, there’s a wide program that supports everyone and is so much more than learning the maths textbook from back to front. Its religious, communal, intellectual, social and a good system that honestly does develop good young Marist men. I think that pastorally as well as academically the school offers a brilliant and balanced education.” How do you think Marist compares to other schools? “Our school spirit is super strong. Positive school culture is one of the things I’ve noticed differentiates us from other schools. Tradition here is that everyone’s involved in the success of the school. If you didn’t make the team, you’re still there every weekend to support and back your mates. That’s the big thing here, no matter what you’re doing or who you are, you’ll always have the school behind you believing in you, wanting you to strive and get the A or score the try. Our diversity in people and cultures is supported immensely well. And I have the greatest respect for our teachers, they are just so generous, kind and eager to help out with

school work, general life assistance, sports and social activities.” What’s been your most exciting experience? “It’s been thrilling being part of the Swarm (Marist’s sports crowd). When we lift and everyone goes crazy, yelling war cries and chanting loudly to support the boys, and then the team lifts and we get the win! It’s such a sweet feeling recalling those moments.” Your favourite activity? “As awesome as the sports, my favourite activity is the MATES ministry program. It’s this brilliant set up where different grades and our school collectively get out into the wider community and help others in need of support. It’s been a societal eye-opener, rewarding me with a deeper understanding and view of society outside the grounds of the school.” Rory’s brothers, uncles and cousins have attended Marist. Does he wish to keep this family tradition alive? “Absolutely,” he says, “If I were to have a son one day, I would send him here. I think it’s an experience all boys should go through in life, if possible. At least, it’s something I wish for my blood to do. It’s a place where I can be proud of who they’ll become, what they’ll learn, their faith development, memories and friendships gained, definitely something I’d want for my son.”



Dubbo Christian School was established in 1983 and offers Bible-based and Christ centred schooling for children aged 3 years to Year 12 in Sheraton Road Dubbo in beautiful surroundings with great facilities. K-6 schooling is also offered at Wellington Christian School, which is managed by Dubbo Christian School. We are delighted to now also offer boarding for Years 7-12 students from rural and remote areas.


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DUBBO CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ubbo Christian School commenced managing Pumula Lodge at the beginning of 2015 and can now offer boarding at this 16-resident student hostel situated just 5 minutes from the school. Boarding is available for students in Years 7-12 from rural and remote areas who attend Dubbo Christian School. Features of Pumula Lodge include 5-day boarding, full-time Christian house-parents, with pastoral and academic support. Also, transport is provided to and from Dubbo Christian School each day. Dubbo Christian School commenced in 1983 and is set in beautiful grounds in Sheraton Road Dubbo. With a passionate and committed staff and a 570-strong student cohort, facilities include a 900 seat auditorium, Library Resource Centre and Gymnasium as

well as pre-Kindergarten programs. We offer a full curriculum and senior studies program, providing an enriching schooling experience right through to the HSC. The purchase of land surrounding the school will allow us to meet our strategic master-planning goals for further expansion. In 2014 we took over the operation of Wellington Christian School – a small school in the picturesque town of Wellington, just 30 minutes down the Mitchell Highway. A visit to Dubbo Christian School today reveals a caring learning community seeking to live out our

mission ‘To provide quality schooling which is Bible-based and Christcentred’. We are blessed with a positive, caring school culture that flows out of our commitment to Christ. We’re about partnering with parents to prepare students for life after school in terms of academic preparation and whole of life preparation through service, faith and character. Picture your family as part of the great Dubbo Christian School learning community - call us on 6882 0044 (ext 153) if you would like to find our more, or take a look around our school and boarding facility.

We’re about partnering with parents to prepare students for life after school in terms of academic preparation and whole of life preparation through service, faith and character.



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PREPARING GIRLS FOR THEIR FUTURE NOT OUR PAST... rensham is an outward-looking and forward-thinking boarding school that provides a rigorous and personalised academic programme, with meaningful, lifelong and valued connections. In an inspiring culture and spectacular living and learning environment, girls are challenged and supported to develop the skills and willingness to make a difference in the world. Frensham has an unwavering commitment to inspiring girls to be fit for the future – physically, mentally and in terms of their character and values in action. Parents confirm that the key drivers for selecting Frensham for their daughters are: recommendations from past students and current or past parents ~ values and culture of the school ~ academic standards ~ character and leadership development ~ teacher quality ~ high expectation of students ~ fitness and wellbeing focus ~ personalised approach. Frensham’s academic programme and studies environment are focused on best-practice and ‘next practice’ in a global context. We expect to be measured by our strength in three key areas: quality of teachers, quality of professional learning and resources for teachers, and quality of the personalised approach to the support and guidance of students - and we have outstanding teachers - in the classroom and, equally importantly, in our Houses. World best-practice confirms that the best teachers have strong academic records and good qualifications but they must also be really good people who ‘like and have the ability to be an inspirer of children’.

and whole-school needs. Our unique Jamieson Programme sees all of Year 9 participate in the Cambridge *IGCSE Global Perspectives course and Year 10 complete the high level AS General course, also offered through Cambridge. Core to our approach to teaching and learning is the deeply considered support of each girl’s growth on an individual, personal basis; progress and achievement are monitored closely, in a data-driven approach to enhancing understanding of individual talents and needs. Defining qualities of academic excellence include intellectual curiosity, discernment, courage and grit. Unique Features: • Frensham’s Sturt Campus, provides world-class, innovative and inspired interdisciplinary STEM programmes in the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts, mathematics, entrepreneurship and design. • 310 individual music lessons (for 340 girls) are taught weekly by a college of professional tutors, supporting an environment where independent study

and practice of instrumental and vocal music are integral to daily life. • A bonus for Frensham is full involvement in the weekly Sydneybased Girls School Sports competition (IGSSA), with home grounds to accommodate extraordinarily high participation in team sports. • At 102 years old, Frensham is one of the largest boarding schools for girls in the world and House life is central to the School experience for every girl. For rural and regional families: • Frensham provides world class education in a spectacular setting. • Three new former School of the Air boarders started in Year 7, 2016 (from Broken Hill, Mt Isa and Hillston - in a cohort of 30 boarders). • In Year 12, 48 of the total enrolment of 57 girls are boarders. Frensham is a boarding school, not a school with boarders, unique in Australia with more than seventy percent of the total school enrolment of 340 girls in residence.

Defining qualities of academic excellence include intellectual curiosity, discernment, courage and grit

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Aquinas Catholic residential college is for tertiary students who are looking to reside with others and who have positive ideals and a determination to succeed. Situated close to the Adelaide CBD, it is a home for students who attend South Australia’s three universities.

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AQUINAS COLLEGE: SITUATED ON MONTEFIORE HILL OVERLOOKING THE ADELAIDE OVAL quinas College is a Catholic Residential College which provides a home for over 200 tertiary students who study at one of South Australia’s three major tertiary institutions; the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, and the University of South Australia. Aquinas College provides an opportunity for young women and men to develop their talents to their full capacity, to form critical minds and compassionate hearts, and to become effective leaders mature in faith and committed to justice in this world. Aquinas College is named after Saint Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican medieval philosopher whose giant intellect dominated philosophical discussion for many hundreds of years. He was a fine teacher and encouraged students to ask questions and seek truth. While the students live their own lives, the security, stability and

convenience offered by the College and the sharing of common interests are certainly a significant factor in the high academic success of Aquinas students. Academic support is provided in several ways. As well as the College tutorials, peer support is available in most subjects from students in the same year or students who have recently completed courses. Academic reviews are conducted by College staff and former Aquinas College students. In these reviews students are given the opportunity to reflect on their academic progress and to seek guidance if needed. Recognition is also given to all who do well; prizes are given to the top student in each area of study and Academic Scholarships are awarded to the top students of each year level. In keeping with Catholic social justice teaching, Aquinas College aims to promote “a faith that seeks justice” in all students. An Outreach Programme

enables students to engage in activities that help others who are less fortunate than themselves. This commitment can take a variety of forms and may include: advocacy, community awareness raising, fundraising, tutoring, or the provision of direct service such as volunteer work in a soup-kitchen, hospital or other charitable organisations. Aquinas provides a safe and family like environment where students are encouraged to not only focus on their studies and future careers, but also to live a healthy and ethical lifestyle through personal fitness, social activities and sporting opportunities. Enrolments for 2017 are now being processed. More information can be obtained through the Aquinas College website, au or contact the College Admissions Officer on 08 8344 5000 or admin@



CRANBROOK IS A WORLD CLASS SCHOOL WHICH ENCOURAGES AND ENABLES ALL OF ITS STUDENTS TO EXPLORE, ENJOY AND FULFIL THEIR POTENTIAL Set on a beautiful campus overlooking Sydney Harbour, Boarding at Cranbrook offers boys a supportive home with exceptional facilities and expansive sporting grounds. Our Boarding Housemasters and their families live on site in our two boutique Boarding Houses and prepare our boys to fulfil their talents, flourish and exercise influence in a rapidly evolving and challenging world. Boarders are at the heart of Cranbrook life: they contribute generously to School, grow in confidence and experience, enrich their horizons and discover their talents. For further information please visit Cranbrook is an Anglican independent day and boarding school for boys, Pre-school to Year 12 in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.



IDENTIFYING, BELONGING AND ACHIEVING ranbrook School is an Anglican independent day and boarding school for boys, Pre-school to Year 12 located in Bellevue Hill in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Our two Boarding Houses promote a close, family-like environment so boys feel confident and secure. Leadership, cross-age interaction, camaraderie and a strong sense of belonging to their ‘home away from home’ are cultivated as the boys experience boarding together. The recent renovations of the Boarding Houses has not only ensured our boys experience exceptional facilities but has enhanced this strong sense of identity and pride in their House. The sense of belonging and being part of the boarding family develops quickly for the boys as they are immersed into the many weekend boarding activities. Archie Hyles, a Year 7 boarder from Bookham, joined Cranbrook at the beginning of this year and has quickly

settled into boarding life. He attributes this to the ‘the boys in the House making you feel at home and part of the family. The older boys look out for you in and around the school.’ With access to exceptional facilities and learning opportunities, boarding offers a whole education that empowers boys to recognise their own unique potential. Supported by an outstanding boarding academic team, the opportunities for learning beyond the classroom are extensive. Talking about his own experiences as a Cranbrook Year 11 boarder and Second Head Prefect is Ben Clarke from Port Macquarie who stated: ‘Boarding really opens up every opportunity to get involved in all aspects of school life and helps you find your niche; not only what you enjoy but what

you are really good at. Boarding is about learning new things, getting out of your comfort zone, and finding out what kind of person you can, and want to be.’ Boarders can easily access the early morning extension classes and academic clinics available at school. With no travel time to factor in to their timetable the boys can put extra effort into their study, sport, music or any of the other cocurricular activities they are interested in. Cranbrook’s Director of Boarding, James Boyd, said: ‘Boarding at Cranbrook provides not only a level of academic advantage but also empowers the boys to recognise their own unique potential and learn valuable life skills such as independence, confidence, resilience, compassion and companionship. All of which are essential for life beyond school.’







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