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Feb/Mar 2017


GUIDE Shop Melbourne’s laneways like a pro

TALE OF TWIN CITIES On either side of the Murray River, Albury-Wodonga is doubly charming A HOUSE OF CARDS? What’s really going on with the great Australian property market

RED DESERT DIAMONDS The ancient East Kimberley is a landscape of wonders ECO-AG WARRIOR Indigenous farmer Josh Gilbert is planning 40,000 years ahead



It’s a funny question to ask someone, where are you going? You might want to answer to work, or to the dentist, but we’re all going somewhere bigger than that. We’re heading there with every action, every decision, every seemingly insignificant step. And, we’re here so you can keep moving. With over 150 locations across Australasia, wherever you need to be, you’ll find us. Wherever you’re going, stay with Quest.

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Dear friends of

Welcome to the February/March 2017 issue of Outthere. As the school year gets underway and

business travel resumes, we hope that you are well rested after the break, and ready for what 2017 will bring. At Rex we are looking forward to another year of providing reliable and essential regional air services to 58 destinations from across all states of Australia. As the sole operator to the vast majority of these destinations, we understand the critical nature of the service we provide and the importance of ensuring that this service is financially sustainable. We are looking forward to building upon our strong relationships with local stakeholders, and to continuing to give back

within our network’s regional communities through our sponsorship program and local assistance initiatives. So whether you are heading as far north as Bamaga, or as far south as Burnie; if you are travelling to Sydney or if you are flying out of Perth, we hope you enjoy your journeys with Rex this year. Until next time, from all 1,000 of us at Rex, Air Link, Pel-Air and AAPA, we invite you to sit back, relax and let us do the flying.

The Rex team


A HOME AT SCHOOL COME AND SEE US ACROSS RURAL NSW THROUGHOUT 2017 • TOCAL, Paterson, 5-7 May • Mudgee Field Days, 14-15 July • Boarding Schools Expos - Dubbo, 19-20 May ; Tamworth, 28-29 July

• Knox comes to Griffith, 1-2 June • AgQuip, Gunnedah, 22-24 August

For more information, contact Martin Gooding, Head of Enrolments, at or call 02 9473 9768. A Uniting Church school for boys, K-12 – Wahroonga, Sydney


LIFESTYLE 01 ENTERTAINMENT 02 WHAT'S ON 04 CULTURE CLUB 10 AUTO REVIEW Top five supercars of 2017 14 RUM REBELLION The best rum bars in the land


VALENTINE'S ROAD TRIP Top spots for campfire romance

20 THE ROCKIES BY RAIL Plan your dream luxury train journey across Canada's wilds 24 OUTBACK OASES Uncover hidden jewels of the ancient Kimberley savannah

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29 07 Rex News 1 4 Puzzles 2 1 Tale of Twin Cities

40 BACK TO HIS ROOTS Beef farmer Josh Gilbert has a vision: Aussie farms flourishing for another 40,000 years 45 PERFECT PERMACULTURE Even urbanites can use these principles to grow organic food 53 FARMING TAKES FLIGHT Drones that can monitor crops and crunch data while you sleep 58 A HOUSE OF CARDS? There's still hope for the Great Australian Property Investment

Urban and natural charms collide in Albury-Wodonga

65 BEAT ON-SITE THIRST Managing dehydration in peak heat is a matter of survival

2 6 Pearlshell and Bark

Priceless artworks reveal Indigenous coastal history at the harbourside ANMM

78 EDUCATION SPECIAL Top Australian schools and unis, plus upcoming open days

2 9 Falling for Tasmania

97 REX DIRECTORY Things to see, eat and do in destinations across Australia

Thrill all six senses on a luxury Apple Isle minibreak

3 5 A Stylist's Guide... To the ultimate shopping spree in Melbourne









h t i rG iff an agricultural powerhouse, growing 30% of all Australia's citrus, 90% of Australia's prunes and one in every four glasses of Australian wine!

El Questro Gorge in the Eastern Kimberley region, Western Australia.

Get in ! touch EDITOR Annabelle Warwick ART DIRECTOR Guy Pendlebury SUB-EDITOR Merran White PRODUCTION MANAGER Brian Ventour CONTRIBUTORS Darren Baguley, Kerrie Davies, Guy Pendlebury, Danielle Chenery, Ben Smithurst, Merran White, Clare Bond, Rowan Crosby, Michael Benn, Alex Broklehurst PRINTER SOS Print & Media ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR Scott Hunt NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER Peter Anderson WA, SA and NT SALES REP Helen Glasson, Hogan Media Phone: 08 9381 3991 MANAGING PARTNERS Fergus Stoddart, Richard Parker

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Editor's letter


ear high flyer (well right now you’re heading a fair way up into the sky), do we have a bumper issue for you. Upfront in Rex – time for a shopping spree weekend? A pro stylist pinpoints the best finds in Melbourne’s laneways, so you’ll come away with a treasure or two (or a whole extra suitcase). In NSW we head out to the beautiful riverside twin cities of Albury-Wodonga and discover a thriving arts scene. Looking for a Valentine's minibreak? Look no further than stunning Tassie, says our Art Director, who took his girlfriend on a luxury adventure there. It’s hot and wet right now up in the Top End but it's the perfect time to plan a bucket-list Kimberley adventure, by road or air, for autumn or winter. I did a recce of El Questro for you with my dad – my pleasure. It’s in Outthere, along with the lowdown on Kununurra’s incredible surrounds, plus Kimberley fishing tips from expert angler Mark Berg. If you prefer a cooler vacation there’s no better time to head through Canada’s Rocky mountains on a train journey. In our business section we interview eco-ag advocate Josh Gilbert, and ask the hard questions about the Aussie property investment market, plus look at drones on farms, permaculture, defying dehydration on the work site and more. See you Outthere!






Anna Warwick, Editor


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Champion Of Regional Aviation Retires LAST SEPTEMBER, long-serving Parkes Shire Councillor and Rex supporter Michael Greenwood celebrated his retirement. Over Michael’s 40-year career with Parkes Shire Council he held roles as Economic Development Manager and more recently as Councillor, and always had a very deep awareness of the critical role that aviation plays in the socio-economic fabric of regional communities. Following the formation of Rex after the Ansett collapse, the initial Rex service to Parkes saw the introduction of a limited number of Saab 340 flights that were shared between Bathurst and Dubbo. In June 2003, the 19-seat Metro 23 was deployed to Parkes with all services operating via Bathurst. Michael’s work through this period was instrumental in forming the solid partnership foundation between Parkes Shire Council and Rex. As a result of this partnership, Rex went on to establish direct services to Sydney with the Metro 23 aircraft, which then followed with the direct Saab 340 services between Parkes and Sydney in March 2005. More recently, Michael was an integral part of the Parkes Airport Committee, providing a guiding role in the recently completed multimillion-dollar upgrade of the Parkes Regional Airport. To acknowledge his devoted contribution, on behalf of Rex, a letter of appreciation and a Rex Saab 340 model aircraft were presented to Michael at his retirement farewell in Parkes. Rex wishes Michael a happy and healthy retirement.

(L-R): Cr Alan Ward, Airport Committee Chair; Cr Michael Greenwood; and Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM.

“Michael was an integral part of the Parkes Airport Committee, providing a guiding role in the recently completed multimillion-dollar upgrade of the Parkes Regional Airport”

Mundalbi Mornington Island Boxing Club IN 2016 Rex supported the Mundalbi Mornington Island Boxing Club with return flights to Mount Isa for a competition. The participants are pictured with the Member for Mount Isa, Robbie Katter. 7

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news Below: Ditto with schoolchildren at Doomadgee State School.

Burketown State School is a small school, with only 40 students.

Ditto’s Big Trip IN 2016 Rex sponsored the Bravehearts Cairns Education Team to travel to Normanton, Karumba, Burketown and Doomadgee. Bravehearts’ mission is to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise children. The team visited all schools and childcare centres in the towns, educating approximately 1,000 children on how to keep safe and how to recognise ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ behaviours. Bravehearts’ mascot, Ditto, thoroughly enjoyed his trip around the Gulf!

Ditto disembarks his Rex flight in Normanton.

Griffith Post School Options IN EARLY September last year, Griffith Post School Options opened their new premises in the New South Wales Riverina town. The organisation assists people who have disabilities after they finish high school. The centre for adults with disabilities includes a gymnasium, hydrotherapy pool, indoor hard court, full cooking facilities, massage therapy rooms and computer rooms. Rex donated a flight from Sydney to Griffith for television entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins (pictured left, with Rex crew) to MC the event.



A Moveable Feast

Taste Great Southern, 23 March – 9 April 2017 WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S biggest food and wine show is set to run over three weekends and two weeks across a region only slightly smaller than Switzerland, the Great Southern. Around two dozen chefs, headlined by Colin Fassnidge from Channel 7’s My Kitchen Rules and Miguel Maestre, co-presenter of The Living Room on Channel 10, along with WA’s favourite celebrity cook, Anna Gare, will host up to 50 events all across the region. Taste Great Southern organiser Richard Campbell says the Great Southern represents one of the most diverse and engaging food and wine regions in the country. Located along the pristine southern WA coastline and expanding into the farming hinterland, the region’s major centres Albany, Denmark, Mt Barker, Kojonup and Katanning, boast some of the most beautiful and unique natural tourism attractions in the state, food and wine being top of the list. “When you talk about Great Southern produce, you include words like fresh, clean, natural, seasonal and exceptional,” says Mr Campbell. “Foods like oysters and seafood, cereal crops, beef and lamb, vegetables and milk products all excel on the south coast.” As do locally grown wines. Varietals such as Shiraz, Riesling and Pinot Noir all compete

strongly on the world stage, with sparklings and Chardonnay building acclaim. “The wine centres are all proud of what they produce, including the Frankland River, Mount Barker, Porongurup, Denmark and Albany sub-regions,” says Mr Campbell. Key satellite events leading into Taste Great Southern throughout March include Graze Mount Barker, the Porongurup Wine Festival, Blues & Brews at the Boston Brewing Company, and the multicultural Katanning Harmony Festival. These fantastic events

provide a great introduction to the festival program and to the rich and diverse region. Taste Great Southern 2017 runs for 18 days, timed to attract foodies and wine aficionados during the prime autumnal period when the weather is idyllically mild, with red and gold colours popping and local businesses ready with warm welcomes for visitors and locals alike. From regional festivals to wine tastings, degustation dinners, helicopter picnic rides, markets, beer, coffee and spirit sessions to food and wine pairings and masterclasses, the region will be at its finest. Taste Great Southern attendees are invited to take their time, perhaps spend a three-day weekend or even a whole week in the fabulously abundant countryside, indulging in multiple tasting events as well as the local attractions of wilderness walks, cosy fires and fresh coastal vistas. For information, tickets and accommodation, visit

Rex flies between Perth and Albany with 4 daily weekday return services and 3 daily weekend return services. Book online at or call 13 17 13.

All photos (except for top right) courtesy of Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

THE FASTEST WAY TO THE SNOWIES Enjoy the Snowy Mountains in summer with Rex Airlines


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Enjoy the Snowy Mountains in summer with Rex Airlines

news Shannon McLoughlin and Lake Illawarra High School students / Photography: Guillermo Batiz

Red Room Exhibits Winning Poetry Odd heavenly treat, My Nana Bay giving them to me, They are small stereos playing music ‘My Nana Bay’s Jubes’ by Sam Freer, Year 5, Toowoomba Grammar School, QLD

THREE THOUSAND poems flew across the country to enter the Red Room Poetry Object competition, which invited students and teachers to create poems about their special ‘talismanic’ objects. These magical and memory-filled poems were judged by celebrated South Australian poet Jill Jones, who selected 15 outstanding students as 2016’s highly commended and winning poets. Springing from Tasmania to Townsville, the award-winning poems painted familiar and curious objects like crocodile teeth, totem cups, autumn leaves and knitting needles in new ways. Two highly commended Toowoomba Grammar School students used their special objects to reminisce about their grandparents. In ‘My Granddad’s Trumpet’, Year 5 student Bede waxes lyrical about the eccentric noises his second-hand ‘musical machine’ can make, while Sam’s poem ‘My Nana Bay’s Jubes’ (above) reimagines these gummy candy gifts

as ‘small stereos playing music’. Red Room Poetry Object winners receive travel vouchers and book packs, and have their poems featured as posters on Sydney trains. A regional Poetry Object exhibition also created a forest of poems, inviting the audience to share and explore poetic works suspended from branches. Highly commended teacher Shannon McLoughlin, who was among those at the exhibition, says, “Finding a way of encouraging my students to see the value of poetry was powerful. Students enjoyed what they were writing about and enjoyed reading the work of their peers. I have not witnessed such collaboration and interest in my students towards poetry before – it was lovely to see.” Red Room Poetry Object 2017 is now open for registration. Website: poetry-object Email: Telephone: (02) 9319 5090

Winning Primary Poem ‘Crocodile Tooth Necklace’ by Niamh Year 6, Our Lady of Mt Carmel, NSW Inside the tooth necklace is the cavity. Inside the cavity is the fish bone. Inside the fish bone there is the mite. Inside the mite there’s the plankton. Inside the plankton there’s the salt. Inside the salt there’s a chemical. Inside the chemical there’s the chop of the disease. Inside the disease there’s the cure. Inside the cure there’s the hope. Inside the hope there’s a smile. Inside the smile there’s the child. Inside the child there’s a tooth. Inside the tooth there’s a cavity.

Try this! Write a poem about a special object you would take with you on your travels. Send your poem to

FIND OUT MORE The Red Room Company’s vision is to make poetry a meaningful part of everyday life. We create poetic arts projects and learning programs in collaboration with a spectrum of poets, schools, communities and partners for positive social impact. Our mission is to make poetry accessible to all, especially those who face the greatest barriers to creative opportunities. 11

Frequently Asked Questions As you sit back in comfort en route to your destination, the Rex crew hope you enjoy this interesting and informative light reading.

Q. Why do the flight attendants insist that all window blinds be up for take-off? A. The most critical phases of a flight are the take-off and the landing. In the most unlikely event of a situation that requires an emergency evacuation, it is important that crew and passengers are able to have a clear view of the outside conditions in case of obstructions. For example, before exits are opened, staff must check for fire or other obstacles that may present potential hazards during the evacuation. Q. Why do you have to stow your hand luggage in the overhead lockers, under the seats or in the seat pockets for take-off and landing? A. Flight crews are required by Civil Aviation Regulations to secure the cabin as well as possible for take-off and landing. As mentioned, these are the most critical phases of the flight and securing as much hand luggage as possible ensures that in the unlikely event of an emergency, the exits and aisles stay as clear as possible, in case evacuation is necessary. It is also important to keep hand luggage secure whenever possible to ensure that heavier items do not become airborne within the cabin. This is especially important when the aircraft is experiencing turbulence. Q. Why do you feel so tired from flying? A. As the aircraft altitude increases, air pressure decreases. As the pressure of the air decreases, the body absorbs less oxygen than it would at sea level – therefore, it must work harder to supply oxygen to the body’s cells. As the body is working harder, it becomes more tired. Q. Why do you sometimes feel pain in your ears or sinuses during ascent or descent? A. The sinuses and middle ear are air-containing cavities that connect with the nose via narrow channels. As aircraft ascend and cabin pressure drops, air passes out of these cavities (without any effort from the passenger) to balance the cabin pressure. It is a different matter during descent, as the cabin pressure increases. The channels close down and must be actively opened by holding the nose and


blowing to inflate the cavities. Facial and ear pain can occur during descent if re-inflation does not occur, and this is much more likely if the passenger has nasal congestion. If you must fly with a cold or hayfever, use a decongestant nasal spray before descent and buy some ‘ear planes’ to plug your ears. (Information contributed by Dr Daniel Hains, ENT Surgeon.) Q. When can electronic equipment such as laptops, iPods and mobile phones be used? A. All Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) must be placed in flight mode inside the departure terminal and must remain in flight mode until inside the arrival terminal. Small handheld PEDs weighing less than 1kg, such as mobile phones, can be used in flight mode during all stages of flight on Rex’s Saab 340 aircraft. PEDs over 1kg, such as laptop computers must be stowed appropriately for taxi, take-off and landing, and are permitted to be used only during cruise when the ‘Fasten Seatbelt’ sign is switched off. PEDs cannot be used while crossing the tarmac. Q. What is the average speed of the aircraft in cruise? A. Approximately 500 kilometres per hour. Q. Why do you have to get permission from the Captain to move to a vacant seat? A. The aircraft’s take-off speed is calculated by the weight and balance of the aircraft, and many factors need to be considered for a successful take-off. Factors include the weight of passengers and where they are seated, the weight of cargo, freight and fuel, the distance available on the runway et cetera. For example, if there are 100 or more kilograms of freight in the cargo, the balance of the aircraft will be better maintained if passengers are seated in the forward rows. AIR TURBULENCE Q. Aircraft often experience air turbulence, but what causes it? A. Imagine the air around the aircraft is water in a stream. We can see how water is disturbed around rocks or when two streams converge. Turbulence in the air is similar: as the aircraft passes through cold air or in the vicinity of terrain that has disturbed the

airflow – often incorrectly referred to as ‘air pockets’ – the aircraft climbs and descends in the same way that a boat moves on water. Though turbulence can be uncomfortable, it poses no threat to the aircraft and is akin to driving on a rough or unsealed road. More severe turbulence can be associated with developing thunderstorms. The Saab 340 has a sophisticated weather radar that pilots use to avoid these areas. Occasionally, a flight attendant will discontinue serving passengers in turbulent conditions; this is a precaution to ensure everyone’s safety. Q. Why should you keep your seatbelt fastened even when the ‘Fasten Seatbelt’ sign is switched off? A. On occasions, the flight crew cannot foresee turbulence or it is not picked up on the flight-deck radar. Because of this, we could unexpectedly experience turbulence at any time. The company recommends that you always keep your seatbelt fastened while you are seated – for your safety, just in case unexpected turbulence is encountered. ENGINE NOISES Q. Why do the aircraft’s engine noises change during flight? A. Aircraft need more power to climb than to descend, in the same way that a car needs more power to go up a hill than down one. The Saab 340 turboprop has more than enough power to climb, so shortly after take-off you will notice a change in noises as the power is reduced. The pilots also control the pitch angle of the propellers for various stages of the flight and as they ‘change gears’, this can also be heard in the cabin. Q. What should you do if you see or hear something that does not look or sound right or normal? A. Please advise your flight attendant. The flight attendant may be able to answer your query and allay any fears. If not, the flight attendant will contact the flight deck and advise the pilots of anything unusual. Rex encourages open communication and will always treat a passenger’s concerns with the utmost seriousness.

Exercise and stretch regularly while seated. SEATED EXERCISES

Inflight comfort Flying can be demanding and altitude may make your body more sensitive to the effects of alcohol and caffeine. Sitting in one place for a long time can be uncomfortable and slow down your blood circulation. To help your body adjust to flying and to maintain your personal comfort and wellbeing, we recommend you take the following steps:

ANKLE CIRCLES. Lift feet off floor, draw a circle with the toes, simultaneously moving one foot clockwise and the other foot counterclockwise. Reverse circles. Do each direction for 15 seconds. Repeat if desired.

FOOT PUMPS. Start with both heels on the floor and point feet upward as high as you can. Then put both feet flat on the floor. Then lift heels high, keeping the balls of your feet on the floor. Continue cycle in 30-second intervals.

Keep hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids – water, juice, non-caffeinated soft drinks – to prevent dehydration, fatigue and headaches. Minimise intake of alcohol and coffee. Moisten the face to help reduce the drying effects of cabin air. Eat lightly. Eat lightly on longer flights to avoid indigestion – our inflight menu is designed to provide lighter meal options.

KNEE LIFTS. Lift leg with knee bent while contracting your thigh muscle. Alternate legs. Repeat 20 to 30 times for each leg.

SHOULDER ROLLS. Hunch shoulders forward, then upward, then backward, then downward, using a gentle, circular motion.

ARM CURLS. Arms held at 90° angles, elbows down, hands in front. Raise hands up to chest and back down. Alternate hands. Repeat in 30-second intervals.


Exercise. We encourage you to do the gentle onboard exercises on this page to enhance your wellbeing during the flight. We recommend you do these exercises for about five minutes every one to two hours. You should also occasionally walk down the aisles, as space permits. In addition, we recommend that you avoid crossing your legs. Please note: you should not do any of these exercises if they cause you pain or cannot be done with ease. Moving about the aircraft. You may move about the aircraft as space permits and when the seatbelt sign is off. However, when the seatbelt sign is on you are required to remain seated with the seatbelt fastened.

KNEE TO CHEST. Bend forward slightly. Clasp hands around left knee and hug it to your chest. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds. Keeping hands around knee, slowly let it down. Alternate legs. Repeat 10 times.

FORWARD FLEX. With both feet on the floor and stomach held in, slowly bend forward and walk your hands down the front of your legs toward your ankles. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds and slowly sit back up.

OVERHEAD STRETCH. Raise both hands straight up over your head. With one hand, grasp the wrist of the opposite hand and gently pull to one side. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

If you feel unwell, tell the cabin crew. They can assist with the more common inflight complaints and, if necessary, can seek further advice and assistance for you. On descent. Ears and sinuses can cause discomfort, due to the change in air pressure on descent. To minimise discomfort: • Yawn or swallow frequently. • Pinch your nostrils together and blow firmly into your cheeks with your mouth closed. If you have ongoing discomfort, seek the advice of the cabin crew.

SHOULDER STRETCH. Reach your right hand over your left shoulder. Place your left hand behind your right elbow and gently press your elbow toward your shoulder. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

NECK ROLLS. With your shoulders relaxed, drop your ear to shoulder and gently roll your neck forward and to the other side, holding each position for five seconds. Repeat five times.


SUDOKU Rating 


Fill the grid so that every column, every row and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9.

PUZZLES 9. Fish are typically referred to as being (What?)-blooded: Cold; Hot; Blue; or Lukewarm?

1. A broiler is a chicken raised for: Eating; Laying eggs; Feather pillows; or Racing blindfolded?

10. A rock containing a mineral that can be viably extracted for use is called an: Ore; And; Is; or But?

2. Salsify is: a Cuban dance; a Root vegetable; an Indian national holiday; or a Verb meaning to surprise someone? 3. The brunch dish of poached eggs, muffins, bacon/ham and hollandaise sauce, popularized in New York City is ‘Eggs...: Benedict; Florentine; Royale; or Over-easy?

5. The most common human bloodgroup is: S; O; A; or P? 6. An annelid is a: Reptilian eyesocket; Worm; Drink-can ringpull; or Charcoal eye-shadow popularized by Queen Anne? 7. Roughly how long is the human small intestine: 16cms; Two feet; A metre; or Seven metres?




8. Roughly how long is the human large intestine: 1.5 metres; 12 metres; 31 metres; or 115 metres?

13. Hogmanay in Scotland is: Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; A pig roast; or Drinkdriving? 14. How many cathedrals are in mainland UK (at early 2000s): 5; 11; 42; or 281? 15. The highest grossing handdrawn animated film in history is: Snow White; The Snowman; The Lion King; or How the Grinch Stole Christmas?

Quiz © Businessballs 2016 / Sudoku & Crossword © Lovatts Puzzles



12. The most poisonous fungi, which usually kills anyone eating it, is the: Destroying Angel; Red Devil; God’s Revenge; Fun Guy; Monster Mushroom; or Tragic Mushroom?

QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Eating 2. Root vegetable 3. Benedict 4. Awakens 5. O 6. Worm 7. Seven metres 8. 1.5 metres 9. Cold 10. Ore 11. Solids/Liquids 12. Destroying Angel 13. New Year’s Eve. 14. 42 15. The Lion King

4. The 2015 Star Wars sequel is subtitled ‘The Force...’ : Of Nature; Of July; Awakens; or Seeable Future?

11. Sound travels fastest through: Air; Vacuum; Solids/Liquids; or Fire/Flames?

ACROSS 1. Normal 7. Fracture 8. Trattoria staple 10. Polar vessel 12. Collapse (4,4) 14. Command to dog 16. Period of time 17. Sport parachutist 20. Ability to govern 23. Golfer’s two under par 24. Grace 25. Resource

DOWN 1. Unload (suitcase) 2. Italian sparkling wine 3. Rock-pool crustacean 4. Military student 5. Communicative 6. Heaven’s ... Gates 9. Movie performer 11. Segregates 13. Large antlered animal 15. Comedian, ... Murphy 16. Shouted 18. Actor, ... Pattinson 19. Rot 21. Nauseous 22. Settles (debt)

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A gem in the heart of Central West Queensland; here stunning red sand hills, historic sites and a vast floodplain create a relaxing outback reststop. Words: Alex Brocklehurst

ONE of only three towns in the remote Barcoo Shire, Windorah was established in the 1880s by the Whitman brothers and named after the Aboriginal word meaning ‘big fish’ or ‘place of large fish’. Fishing in the outback? Yes, the town is 35 kilometres south of where the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers meet to form multi-channelled Cooper Creek, so it’s also known, aptly, as ‘the heart of the Channel Country’. Many visitors find themselves passing through on their way to the annual Birdsville Races, but Windorah deserves more than a passing glance. Your first action on arrival should be to stop in on the lovely team at the Windorah Visitor Information Centre. The centre is welcoming, and visitors can help themselves to free wi-fi, access computers and up-todate info on local road conditions (local roads may be closed at times due to heavy rainfall). The quirky Whitula gate museum, next to the Visitor Centre, is well worth browsing before you explore Windorah’s outback surrounds. Sheep and cattle grazing is the backbone of this area, and you’ll pass several stations as you head to Cooper

Creek for fishing and birdwatching. In a wet year, the creek flood up to half a dozen times. The floodplain below the town is an important breeding site for waterbirds. Birdwatchers: keep a lookout for Straw-necked and Glossy Ibises, White-headed Stilts, Grey Teals, Great Egrets, Royal and Yellow-billed Spoonbills and many other species. Waterholes, some more than 10 kilometres in length, offer up plenty of yellow belly, catfish and bream for fishing enthusiasts. Or head to one of the smaller channels to nab yourself yabbies instead. For those more inclined to take in their surrounds from the comfort of the car, a scenic 12-kilometre drive from town to Cooper Creek gives you the chance to soak in the area’s attractions and to get a good view of its rocky outcrops, vast sandhills and black-soil floodplains. The Western Star Hotel/Motel epitomises country hospitality. Enjoy a delicious meal and a cold beer before heading to bed, or (for a gold-coin donation) pitch your tent on the lawn area behind the pub for a night under the stars. If rustic is more your thing, book a stay at Cooper Cabins: ask nicely and Di might whip up one of her famous home-made salads.

Windorah’s Solar Farm dishes

“Many visitors find themselves passing through the area on the way to the annual Birdsville Races, but Windorah deserves more than a passing glance”


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State of the art conference facilities are housed within the Club offering the flexibility to host intimate conferences, large trade expos, training seminars or workshops. The addition of an onsite Event Coordinator makes it simple to host your guests in a professional setting and the Club’s Head Chef will take care of all of your catering requirements. The modern conference rooms have operable walls that allow the space to expand and compact to suit the size of your event and give the option of pre function areas, breakout spaces and a refreshing courtyard outlook. The stylish Board Room adds another option for those meetings that require privacy and professionalism.

A fresh renovation to the Club Bistro provides a relaxed environment for diners to catch up on work, make a call home or debrief with your travelling colleagues. The Bistro Menu allows diners to order from a fresh seasonal menu that will entice a wide range of tastes and to make things even better - the Chef gives you the freedom to choose anything you like from the buffet to compliment your meal at no extra cost! The team aim to make your visit with Rules Club Wagga as relaxed as possible and offer you the convenience of a charge back option to your hotel room. Serving lighter meals and drinks, the Club Cafe provides another chance to refresh the body and mind after a busy day. The Club Cafe is open all day and offers travellers the option to start the day off with a great coffee and a wholesome breakfast to get the brain engaged.

If you aren’t sure what to have for breakfast - we suggest the buffet so you can have a bit of everything! The Club also has onsite Bowling Greens if you fancy a roll and is located nearby some great golf courses if you want to get out in the fresh air during your visit.

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On the banks of the Murray River, at the border between NSW and Victoria, twin cities Albury and Wodonga offer the best of both worlds: a thriving urban culture with the great outdoors just minutes away. Words: Darren Baguley





lbury, New South Wales and Wodonga, Victoria, lie on opposite sides of the Murray River, which shaped their history and culture. Plentiful wool, wheat and wine was transported from the region by river steamer to and from Adelaide until the railway crossed the river in 1880. Today, the riverside has been transformed into spectacular parklands and reserves which tempt travellers between Sydney and Melbourne to veer off the Hume Highway, and nature-lovers to hang around Albury-Wodonga for a while. The ancient river red gums of Noreuil Park provide lovely shade to sit under and just watch the world and the river go by. If café culture is your thing, grab a latte at the outstanding Riverdeck Café. Tempted by the river? It’s great for swimming on hot summer days – just be careful of the current. An ideal way to tour the riverside parklands is via some 90 kilometres of bike paths (bikes are available for hire at the recently renovated Atura Hotel, Albury). One path crosses the river between the two cities via the Lincoln Causeway, but the stand-out cycling path is the five-kilometre Yindyamarra Sculpture Trail, which begins

This image and below left: Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk.

“...every sculpture is thought-provoking, helped by the interpretive panels providing information about the artists and their work.” at Albury’s Kremur Street boat ramp and leads out to the Wonga Wetlands. Whether you pedal, jog or amble, you’ll stop to gaze at these 11 sculptures by Aboriginal artists, which complement the beauty of the river. Ruth Davys’ ‘Bogong Moth Migration’, Uncle Ken Murray’s ‘Maya Fish Trap’ and Katrina Weston’s everchanging ‘The Bigger Picture’ are favourites, but every sculpture is thought-provoking,

helped by interpretive panels about the artists and their work. At the end of the trail, you’ll come to a serene system of lagoons and billabongs on the Murray River floodplain. Home to 154 recorded bird species and spectacular 600-year-old river red gums, the Wonga Wetlands’ 80 hectares can be explored via three walking trails and from six birdwatching hides, and include picnic and barbeque spots.

Wonga Wetlands



Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA)

Lake Hume Dam

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It’s amazing to consider that these fertile wetlands used to be a vast grazing property. The land has been slowly restored to its original state using Albury City’s environmentally treated wastewater, with the former homestead now a visitors’ centre. Historically, the area around AlburyWodonga, known as ‘Mungabareena’, is home to the Wiradjuri people, and for tens of thousands of years this has been an important meeting place. In particular, tribes would meet at Mungabareena to perform ceremonies, trade, and deal with issues of tribal lore before heading into the high country to feast on Bogong moths. Little remains of the Wiradjuri’s heritage in the area; however, there is a scar tree at the Wonga Wetlands and a traditional camp site reconstructed by local Wiradjuri people. The fascinating site features areas for cooking, sleeping, tool-making and rock art as well as a ceremony/dancing circle.


When it comes to European heritage, Hovell Tree Park, at the end of Hume Street, marks the place where explorers Hamilton Hume and Captain William Hovell crossed the Murray River on 17 November 1824. Just to the south of the park is Albury’s first pub, the Turks Head Hotel. Hume’s name also adorns the dam, constructed between 1919 and 1936 at the junction of the Mitta Mitta and Murray Rivers to provide irrigation for the fertile but drought-prone soils of the area. Only a 15-minute drive from the town centres, Lake Hume is a great place for boating, yachting, fishing, swimming, waterskiing, paddle boarding or simply getting together for a picnic. When you’ve had your fill of the great outdoors, the CBDs of Albury-Wodonga have much to offer. The Botanic Gardens are well worth a visit and there is a thriving arts scene. The twin cities are the home of the renowned Flying Fruit Fly Circus and boast

several performing art spaces, such as The Cube Wodonga, Hothouse Theatre and the Albury Entertainment Centre. One must-see cultural attraction is the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), which reopened in 2015 in a redeveloped heritage building. As you approach the Museum on Queen Elizabeth II Square, the outside lights up with a 24-hour projection and kinetic art installation. Inside, 10 blockbuster-ready flexible display spaces feature large-scale 3D and 2D sculpture and paintings. After a day of art or the great outdoors, there’s a fantastic selection of restaurants on either side of town, offering modern Australian, European and Asian cuisine. The Roadhouse Bar & Grill @ Atura, Green Zebra, Boom Boom, Canvas Eatery, The Border Wine Room, Beer Deluxe and The Proprieter are all worth checking out, with many featuring fantastic local produce.

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Floating in Sydney Harbour, the Australian National Maritime Museum brings to life all things oceanic, including stunning collections that celebrate Indigenous sea culture.

Artwork by Yunupingu-Munggurrawuy.

wo must-see displays are the permanent Saltwater ~ Gapu-Monuk Journey to Sea Country exhibit of bark paintings documenting coastal life for Indigenous tribes in Arnhem Land; and the temporary Lustre: Pearling and Australia exhibition, which explores the history of pearlshell trading in Australia and of Aboriginal involvement in the pearling industry. Kevin Sumption, the museum’s Director and CEO, says, “It is important for us here at the museum to not only showcase [Indigenous] artefacts, but to help communicate to the public the significance of our Indigenous coastal history and the strong, lasting connection of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with the sea.” International interest in Australian Indigenous culture is strong and growing. Saltwater barks from the ANMM collection travelled to the Istanbul Biennial in 2015, and 26

shell artworks were exhibited in Monaco at the Oceanographic Museum in 2016. In 2017, the bark artworks are back in Sydney and on display – don’t miss them.

Bark masterpieces

Bark painting is an Aboriginal art form still practiced today in Arnhem Land and across Australia’s Top End into the Kimberley region, in the country’s north-west. Artists seek out a smooth, knot-free piece of bark, usually from a stringybark tree. They mark it out and peel it from the tree. The smooth inner bark is carved out and heated by fire, weighted with stones or logs to dry flat, and cut on either end to stop it from curving. The dried bark is then painted with the artist’s sacred ‘skin’ designs, in ochres mixed with orchid sap or clays. Traditionally, bark paintings were produced for teaching and ceremonial

purposes and were transient objects. Today, they are considered works of fine art and are sought after worldwide. At the Saltwater ~ Gapu-Monuk exhibition you’ll get to see the 50 magnificent Yolŋu bark paintings with sacred clan designs that so vividly despict the Yolŋu people’s history in northeast Arnhem Land that they became pieces of evidence, proving land rights in the Blue Mud Bay High Court decision of July 2008. “Many of [the bark paintings] were used in Yirrkala in north-east Arnhem Land, where the court made deliberations about the community’s connections to the oceans, and these paintings were used to symbolise this ongoing connection,” says Sumption. Made by tribal elders, the one-off paintings reveal how each artist’s ancestors travelled across the saltwater country, naming and giving form to the area, and describe the ceremonies associated with this country.

‘Lacepedes riji’, courtesy Aubrey Tigan Galiwa, Mayala elder.

Check out the bark exhibition to see some amazing traditional artworks.

EXHIBITION: They document Yolŋu culture, depicting stories of knowledge systems, Indigenous rights and law, history, animals, fishing, oceanography and climate plus Indonesian contact. Using the barks as historical documents, Australia’s High Court decided that it was illegal under the Northern Territory Fisheries Act to allow licenses to be issued for fishing in waters within the boundaries of land covered by the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. The Blue Mud Bay High Court decision is one of the most significant cases for Aboriginal landowners since the High Court’s Mabo decision. These sea rights paintings are originals with great spiritual significance, and will never be reproduced. You can see them along with audiovisual displays and oral histories, song, dance and photography that explore the stories and images in the barks. Entry to the Saltwater exhibition is free.

Shining jewels of the sea

Since the mid-20th century, shell work has also been used by Indigenous artisans to engage with Indigenous peoples’ histories.

‘Aalinggoon riji’, courtesy Aubrey Tigan Galiwa, Mayala elder.

ANMM Indigenous Programs Manager Donna Carstens says shell work has always been of great importance in Indigenous coastal art and culture. “For tens of thousands of years, shells have sustained Indigenous Australians – as a food source; as tools for fishing, hunting or cutting; and as cultural objects. They have been at once practical, workable items and prized artefacts of beauty, imbued with cultural and spiritual narratives and significance. Lustrous shells have also been used by Indigenous communities far from the shore, traded hundreds of kilometres inland in remote regions across Australia. In Tasmania, Palawa women string tiny shells into necklaces, bracelets and pendants. In the far north-west of Australia, the large, flat Pinctada Maxima pearl shell became a canvas upon which to inscribe designs. Known as riji or jakuli in the Bardi Jawi language, these large pearl shells were engraved on their inner faces with ochre or charcoal. Similar to bark paintings, the engravings identified clan groups, places or animals, and depicted significant stories. So important were the pearl shells to people from the Buccaneer Archipelago (far more so than pearls), they used Gaalwa rafts constructed from mangrove logs fastened together with wooden pegs to visit offshore reefs on shell-collecting expeditions. Large pearl shells were used in initiation, rainmaking and love magic ceremonies, and as body adornment. Smaller shells were worn every day around the neck or tucked into headbands. The incandescence of pearl shells linked them to the Rainbow Serpent, a Creator God. The Bardi Jawi describe it as ‘an emblem of life itself’, with the wet seasonal re-awakening of the land ‘embodied in the shell’.

Lustre: Pearling and Australia, From February 18, 2017

Want to see stunning pearl-shell work (and blindingly beautiful pearls) for yourself? You’ll see all things pearly at the ANMM’s brand-new exhibition. “We’re very excited to be welcoming Lustre: Pearling and Australia to our museum,” says Kevin Sumption. This is more than a history of pearling; it’s a rich story of multicultural Australia that spans two centuries. “We tell the story of Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders who have been involved in pearling for centuries, if not thousands of years,” Kevin says. The exhibitions reveals how the Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders played an integral role in the early development of commercial pearling on the Kimberley coast; undertaking dangerous diving jobs on pearl luggers. It explains how Broome became such a diverse city, accommodating everyone from Greek immigrants, who shared their spongediving techniques, to the Japanese, who ignited Broome’s cultured pearling industry after World War II. A highlight of the exhibition is the opportunity to board the John Louis, a pearl lugger custom-built in 1957 for the gigantic tides off Broome. And then there are the pearls themselves, with lustrous contemporary pieces and a remarkable 2,000-year-old natural pearl discovered recently in a Kimberleys rock shelter on display.




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y a stroke of luck, we arrive at the perfect time. The twilight air is chilly, but stepping through the entrance to luxury lodge Saffire Freycinet, we are greeted by a breathtaking view as the last light of day hits the rugged pink and red granite peaks across the bay. It feels like we’ve stepped into a painting. Three hours’ drive north of Hobart in the Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast, Saffire is the starting point for our much-anticipated getaway. The building itself is an architectural masterpiece, shaped like a giant manta ray. Glass spans the entire three floors, bringing the surrounding nature inside as a constant reminder of its beauty throughout our stay. A quick tour of the main building and a trip to our private villa reveals why this

place is in top spot for Australia’s best luxury hotel. Everything is of the highest quality. Handmade treats, boutique gin, vodka, whiskey, various wines and champagne are all complimentary. Indeed, food and wine is the heart and soul of the Saffire experience, and our allinclusive package allows us to feast beyond our hearts’ content. From à la carte options to set degustations, all accompanied by wines expertly matched to each course, the menus change daily and rely heavily on locally sourced, premium Tasmanian produce. The shucked oysters are the biggest and tastiest I’ve ever enjoyed. After dining, we relax in large lounge chairs by the fire and chat with other guests and to the friendly and happy staff, each so attentive and eager to make us feel at home. Eventually we make our way back to the villa to find pastries and tea waiting along with relaxing music. It doesn’t get better than this.

Exploring Freycinet

By morning we’re keen to get out and about in the open air. We choose a guided walk that takes us up onto the Hazards, the same beautiful granite mountain range that welcomed us from afar last night. The guide is excellent, offering interesting facts such as how the pink granite here was used to build the Empire State Building in New York City. Our geology and local wildlife lessons continue until we reach the top, when the talking stops, we soak up the rewarding views of Wineglass Bay. We’re also rewarded with cold water and baked banana bread, a welcome treat. Over the course of our stay at Saffire, we discover plenty of things to keep us busy: cocktail and cooking classes, kayaking, marine tours of the nearby oyster farm and guided viewing sessions at the Saffire Tassie Devil enclosure, part of a programme aimed at helping the devils recover from a recent facial disease epidemic.

The view of Wineglass Bay is a great reward after ascending the Hazards.

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Check out the Tassie Devil enclosure at Saffire, at feeding time if possible!

“Reaching the top at last, we’re happy to find a little place just to ourselves, miles from anywhere or anyone. The solitude is therapeutic”

Top right: The secluded Rocky Hills Retreat; Left: Port Arthur Historic site; This image: The Battery Point Ghost Tour is a must.

These lucky devils, we’re told, come here to ‘retire’ after successfully participating in breeding programs around Tasmania. As for us humans, Saffire isn’t just a place to stay; it’s an experience we will never forget.

got it up the mountain) is equipped with paints and paper available to anyone who feels inspired to create a Rembrandt – or in my case. a half-finished kindergarten-style finger painting.

Mountaintop Serenity

Ghosts ’n’ things

We head south, fearful we’ll never be satisfied with anything less than Saffire again. But our second stop, Rocky Hills Retreat, rises to the challenge – quite literally, as we leave the coastline and venture up and up... and up into the mountains. Reaching the top at last, we’re happy to find a little place just to ourselves, miles from anywhere and anyone. The solitude is therapeutic; among tranquil bushland; and the nearby art studio (an old church that had been moved here from elsewhere; God knows how they

Reluctantly, we leave our romantic alpine hideaway and wind our way down the mountain the next morning, detouring on the way back to the hustle and bustle of Hobart at the historic site of Port Arthur. It’s a beautiful sunny day and we arrive by late morning. The location, like so much of Tassie, is spectacular. Well-maintained grounds make it difficult to imagine this place as one of the toughest gaols in early colonial Australia. We thoroughly enjoy the fascinating talks by the guides. At the end of the free tour, each of us is

given a playing card that corresponds to a particular convict’s story. The card takes us through gaol cells, describing the crimes ‘our convict’ committed, how he or she behaved during the sentencing, and what became of each one afterwards. All that spine-tingling historic talk gets us in the mood for more spooky yarns. There’s a ghost tour on offer at Port Arthur but as we’re staying a few nights in Hobart, we take the one around Battery Point on Hobart Harbour. I don’t personally believe in ghosts but on this tour, we get to walk around some of the oldest areas of town and hear terrific stories of the colonial days and of the long-gone Colonial folks who lived here. We’re also privileged to go underground into off-limits tunnels, and see where ammunition was stored to protect the early settlement from possible French attacks. 31


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For our final two days in Tassie, we find much to enjoy within walking distance of our harbourside accommodation. After the tour, we grab a hearty Italian meal in one of many quality restaurants surrounding Hobart Harbour before walking back to our room at the Henry Jones Art Hotel. This is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, located in the restored 1804-built Henry Jones IXL Jam warehouse. Inspired by the original contemporary works by Tasmanian artists hanging everywhere throughout the hotel, the next morning we catch a MONA ferry across the harbour to check out the Museum of Old & New Art, the crowning achievement of Tasmanian-born professional gambler, art collector and businessman David Walsh. With the majority of the museum building subterranean, it’s impossible to judge the scale of what’s to come until we are deep down inside. As the name implies, the collection boasts everything from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. The fact that this is a private collection makes it all the more impressive; indeed, in the 2016 Australia Day Honours, Walsh was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for ‘distinguished service to the visual arts through the establishment of MONA’. After our morning at the museum, we quench our thirsts with a visit the famous Cascade Brewery, established in 1824 by ex-convict Peter Degraves. It’s fascinating to learn how this historic brewery operates, even better to sample some beer straight from the brewery, and compete with fellow guests to see who can pull the best pint. Back into Hobart, we notice a hive of activity on the southern side of the harbour in Salamanca. My partner is thrilled to discover an outdoor market along the foreshore, alongside buzzing cafés, bars and restaurants housed in beautiful original sandstone buildings.

The beer-pulling competition is a fun waySalamanca to end the Cascade Brewery tour. The weekend Market is full of handmade trinkets, old books, boutiquestyle drinks and food. We come away with gifts for friends and family as well as snacks to sustain us on our last night in Tasmania. Back at the Henry Jones, I phone reception to let them know that we’re a little bit cold. Moments later, a staff member knocks at the door with extra heaters and a bottle of red wine to warm us up. This is a fitting end to a wonderful trip, and sums up our time in Tasmania: a place that left us feeling warm and happy. It really is a feast for the senses, Tassie does not disappoint.



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etail therapy is a real thing. According to Psychology Today, shopping can signify a new start in life, like creating a nursery for a baby or getting a makeover before starting a new job. It can also satisfy your inner need to express your outer personality. Best of all, retail therapy is a relaxation: you can escape from life’s pressures, if only for a day, by losing yourself in a different environment – preferably one with lots of ‘50% off’ signs. So grab your girlfriends and jump on a flight to Melbourne for some world-class retail therapy in Victoria’s capital.

“I love Melbourne for shopping,” says Lydia-Jane Saunders, a stylist for high-end magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, and for Elle’s ‘Personal Shopper’ section as well as international editions. “I usually stay at one of the Art Series Hotels but recently tried the new QT Melbourne, which was fantastic.”

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Bourke Street Mall is home to global fastfashion giants Zara and H&M, and to triedand-tested department stores David Jones and Myer, but it’s the city’s laneways that harbour Melbourne’s real gems: hole-in-the-wall boutiques carrying distinctive wares that elicit

‘Where-did-you-get-that?’ sighs back home. Start with a pre-retail therapy coffee and breakfast in the CBD’s Degraves Street. The Parisian-style laneway is crammed with Italian-influenced eateries serving wine and coffee, such as Degraves Espresso Bar. From Degraves Street, pop up to Flinders Lane, where Lydia recommends Green With Envy for “amazing, unique finds” from Melbourne-based and international designers. On Flinders Lane you’ll also find luxe accessories boutique Christine. Follow the stairs lined with red curtains to Melbourne’s own Aladdin’s cave of designer heels, hats and handbags.


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“Off Collins, The Block Arcade is a glorious piece of Melbourne shopping history modelled on the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan” Melbourne Style Directory Art Series Hotels QT Melbourne 133 Russell St, Melbourne Green With Envy 268 Flinders Lane Christine 181 Flinders Lane Miss Louise 205 Collins St Ted Baker 220-224 Collins St The Block Arcade Christian Louboutin 88 Collins St

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Recharge with a sugar hit at patisserie Brunetti, beside The Westin Melbourne in the City Square (214 Flinders Lane) and on Level three of Myer, Bourke Street. Before walking off the carbs along chic Collins Street, poke your nose into Melbourne fashionistas’ favourite since 1964, Miss Louise, underneath The Westin, where you can sigh over shoes from Sergio Rossi, Saint Laurent, McQueen, Valentino and Balenciaga. There are always styles in white, silver and gold, for bridal – or just for everyday glamour. “It’s my designer treat,” says Lydia of Miss Louise. You can catch trams up Collins but then you might miss a chance to be a designer bag lady: outlets for Prada, Hermès, Gucci, Paul Smith and lots of other bag-brandishing names are dotted along this elegant city thoroughfare. Wander down neighbouring Little Collins Street, too: here you’ll find quirky elegance at Ted Baker, known for its colour-rich accessories as much as for its suits and dresses. Off Collins, The Block Arcade is a glorious piece of Melbourne

shopping history modelled on the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan. Back in the 1890s, elegant Melbournians would ‘do the Block’ on the eve of AFL games, with women promenading in one direction, men in the other and lots of flirty looks in between, then gather at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms, which remain open to this day. The Block also houses gift-shopping favourites Haigh’s Chocolates and Georg Jensen, the latter full of fine Scandi-styled jewellery and homewares.

Fabulous Fitzroy

The hipster inner suburb of Fitzroy is a quick Uber, taxi or Route 11 tram ride from the city. If you’re catching the tram, hop on at the Collins Street tram stop opposite The Westin. For shoe-lovers, there’s another tram stop in front of Christian Louboutin, further up Collins.

Who Invited Her 94 Gertrude St Rose St. Artists’ Market 60 Rose St Nobody Denim 369 Brunswick St Hunter Gatherer 274 Brunswick St Clear It 188-192 Brunswick St Kleins Perfumery 313 Brunswick St



Riding trams is free in the city centre, but you’ll need a ‘myki’ card to venture further afield; they’re available from 7-11 stores and are rechargeable for future trips. In Fitzroy, everything old is new again. “If you’re heading over to Fitzroy, you can’t pass up Who Invited Her,” Lydia says; it’s the site of some of her favourite Fitzroy finds. The high-end boutique is a collaboration between stylist Zoe West and photographer Hugh Peachey, and has a French, ’60s vibe. If you are in Fitzroy on a Saturday, browse at the Rose St. Artists’ Market, just off main shopping-bar-and-café strip Brunswick Street, for quirky gifts, jewellery and décor items. A little further down Brunswick is the outlet for cult denim brand Nobody Denim; retrolovers’ Hunter Gatherer from the fashionsavvy Brotherhood of St Laurence; and teenage nirvana Clear It, a cavernous space that overflows with discounted Dangerfield, Princess Highway and Alannah Hill. For gifts and beauty indulgences for him and her, stop in at Kleins Perfumery, a shop that smells as beautiful as it sounds. Here, you

can sample Kleins’ Flower face mists, home fragrances and signature Kleins ‘surfer and two girls’ hand cream and ‘beauty pageant’ soap, as well as perfumes and skincare from Australian and international brands. You’ll go home feeling and smelling like a dream – that’s retail therapy for you.

EAT AND DRINK Melbourne is known for its food as much as for its fashion. Accessorise your retail therapy with some downtime in Melbourne’s rooftop bars, and stops for divine dining. “The QT’s rooftop bar is a great spot for peoplewatching,” Lydia says. But her favourite retail therapy refreshment is found at Eau De Vie on Malthouse Lane.“You can’t go past their Espresso Zabaione cocktail,” she says. “It’s the fanciest espresso martini you ever did see, with a saffron-and-vanilla mousse on top, chilled with liquid nitrogen at your table. It’s a great pick-me-up.”

For dinner, Lydia recommends: Dumplings and bao plates at Supernormal, 180 Flinders Lane Japanese chic at Saké Restaurant and Bar: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne Cool Mexican at Mesa Verda, Curtin House, 252 Swanston St Casual Italian glamour at il Solito Posto, Basement level, 113 Collins St (entry from George Pde) 38


A new champion for regional prosperity We caught up with Kevin Dupe, CEO of Regional Australia Bank to see what’s driving their success. Why Regional Australia Bank?

Regional Australia Bank is a bank that understands and backs regional Australia. It taps into the idea that we are better when we work together, and that regional Australians deserve to have a relationship with a financial institution that understands what makes them tick. Many of us live in Regional Australia because we have a yearning for more space, less traffic, friendly neighbours and for many it’s the opportunity for a better quality of life. There is also a desire for a stronger sense of connection, and to this extent, community spirit underpins most aspects of life in a regional centre. Those of us lucky enough to call Regional Australia home know what I am talking about and it all just adds up to getting things done that little bit easier. We think there is no reason why banking should be any different. So what does a regional approach to banking actually mean?

Our customers are our owners, which means collectively regional Australians

are all equal shareholders in their Bank. So it’s no surprise that the service we offer is all about taking those qualities we hold dear in our regional Australian lives and reflecting them in the bank. For example, when it comes to lending, we’ll ditch the loan approval queues, the confusion and impersonal service of some banks in favour of efficiency, accessibility, clarity and fast decision-making. Where the person that you talk to is in most cases, the person who will be the one to sign off on your loan without having to go through a centralised processing centre. We’re all about not having you endlessly repeat your story, your situation, your dreams to different people. It’s about tackling the problems you might be finding complex and making them simple and easy to understand. It comes down to simple things like providing customers with a consistent point of contact and a willingness to take the time to fully understand their unique financial situation. This is the service expectation that our customers have come to value and is what we’re best known for.

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Being regional is all about pitching in, we feel privileged that our institution can act as a conduit for building resilient communities and helping to create better places to live. Being customer-owned, we don’t have the pressure to maximise shareholder profits. This means we can put our profits back into our business as well as distribute them to our regional communities. Our aspiration to make a difference is evident through the many community programs we operate that have seen local community groups receive over one million dollars in the form of grass roots sponsorships, charitable donations and small infrastructure projects in the last year alone - and it’s not stopping there! It’s about people helping people – this is what Regional Australia Bank is about, and we think you can’t get much closer to the Regional Australian ethos than that!



INDUSTRY EXPERT SIMON GRIGGS RELEASES NEW BOOK ON HOW TO FIND A BUILDER YOU CAN TRUST Queensland’s most trusted traditional new home builder is launching a new book to help people who are looking for a builder they can trust: find out below how you can obtain a free copy and consultation. WHO do you want your dream home to be built by, and how will you know when you’ve found them? • Do you want to get the home you want, with no compromises in design and quality? • Are you worried about the risk of a budget blowout, or hidden costs in the contract small print? • Is the risk of endless delays putting you off the idea of building? If any of that rings a bell, don’t worry; you’re not alone. A lot of aspiring home owners have faced exactly the same dilemma, and many of them have run into the problems you’re worried about. Most builders are competent enough, but when the goal is building the perfect home, you want more than just competent – you

want someone with building in their blood and your best interests at heart. The question is, how do you find that type of builder? Let us introduce Simon Griggs, who has been in and around the building trade since he was old enough to walk. He’s seen a lot of the things that can go wrong when you’re building a new home, but he’s also learnt how it should be done. Now he wants to share that knowledge with you, so you can have the home you’ve always wanted at the price you expect to pay. To help you in your search for the right person to build your home, Simon is offering free his new book, How To Choose A Home Builder You Can Trust. In it, he highlights the things that commonly go wrong when you set out to build a home, and shares the secrets of how to avoid any of that happening to you.

You’ll find case studies, horror stories and plenty of sound advice on how to achieve a stress-free build. To correspond with the release of his book, Simon is offering a complimentary new home design consultation (value $995). In this no-obligation session, Simon will discuss where you want to build and the sort of house you’re looking for. He can also look at arranging a site assessment for your plot of land – a key step to avoiding problems that most builders overlook. If you’re ready to build your perfect home, with the minimum of stress and drama, apply for your complimentary consultation and free book by calling the Tribute Homes office on 07 4789 4142. Alternatively, you can visit tributehomes. and book one there.

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Busby Marou: Postcards from the Shell House Soak in the chilled summer tunes from Busby Marou, aka Thomas Busby and Jeremy Marou. Out February 17, it’s the musical duo’s third studio album and features the single ‘Getaway Car’. Parts of the album were recorded on Great Keppel Island, infusing it with the pair’s trademark folksy vibe. Check out the acoustic version of ‘Getaway Car’ on YouTube, which tells the story of the island’s significance to the musicians. Busby Marou will be touring throughout Queensland between February 18 and March 11.

Tegan and Sara: ‘Dying to Know’ From their eighth studio album, Love you to Death, Tegan and Sara’s ‘Dying to Know’ film clip stars Miami Vice-inspired puppets instead of the identical twins, making for compelling watching as you groove along to the poptastic tune. The puppets were custom-built for the clip and spend lots of screen time riding around ‘Miami’ in a white Lamborghini, making stops along the way. Tegan and Sara will be appearing on March 8 at Melbourne Zoo and on March 9 at Taronga Zoo in Mosman, NSW, as well as in Brisbane (March 6) and Adelaide (March 7).

Hidden Figures PG, Drama Hidden Figures tells the extraordinary tale of Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – three brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brain power that launched astronaut John Glenn into orbit. It’s the untold story behind one of the greatest space operations in history, and an inspiring tale of women crossing gender and race lines.

Showing in cinemas nationally from February 16.


This gorgeous picture book celebrates the artists who’ve put this region firmly on the creativity map. It’s a divine collector’s item: each page an encapsulation of the Margaret River Region Open Studios concept, whereby artists open their studio doors for a few weeks a year so the art-buying public can watch them work. Now read their inspiring stories.

Marshall’s Law Ben Sanders, Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99

The gritty, explosive new novel from the bestselling author of American Blood is a white-knuckle ride that will have you ducking for cover. Ex-undercover cop Marshall Grade is hiding out in California when he learns that federal agent Lucas Cohen has survived a kidnapping. Cohen was Marshall’s ticket into witness protection, and his captors have a simple question: “Where is Marshall now?”

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App Store, $7.99 Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to keep a journal? This app will help you turn that desire into a reality, because it’s so smart that it makes journalling easy. A digital journal might not have the romance of a gorgeous paper-stock one, but the new version of the popular Day One app means your journal entries can be geolocated; you can add photos; you can even see your day’s fitness activity, all in the one spot. It’s mind, body and soul... sorted.


Artists of the Margaret River Region Carmen Jenner and Gabi Mills, M&P Publishing, RRP $40

App Store, free Google Play, free My Waste helps you keep track of your council rubbish collection days by customising a detailed collection calendar to your address. You can set reminders for collections and know which recycling bin is due out that week. It even has a ‘what goes where’ database to help you know where to dispose of those trickier items that don’t belong in landfill.

George Lucas Brian Jay Jones, Hachette Aust, RRP $35 Star Wars geeks, movie buffs, general lovers of the big screen, rejoice! This is the first comprehensive telling of George Lucas’ story and it’s a biography, business manual and film history rolled into one. It comes from Brian Jay Jones, who’s also written the New York Times-bestselling Jim Henson: The Biography (‘masterful’ Kirkus) and Washington Irving: An American Original.


App Store, free Google Play, free Sick of your wallet bursting at the seams with all those forgotten store-membership cards? This app stores them all in one place for you, meaning you’ll actually use them to gain all those sweet discounts. The app also has an ‘offers’ tab with catalogues to browse through, so you never miss a bargain.


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South West Craft Beer Festival, Busselton, WA

Noosa Summer Swim, Qld

This one-day festival features the best brewers and performers of WA’s South West, from Mandurah to Denmark. Enjoy Busso’s autumn sunshine and mouth-watering, refreshing beers from breweries large and small. There will also be an array of ciders, ginger beer, wine and bubbles for those who have to pass on beer.




This year, the carnival expands to a two-day program with the introduction of the five-kilometre Grand Prix event on February 12. This marathon distance swim will attract some of Australia’s leading open-water swimmers. February 11 will offer short and long courses and the Junior Giants races, designed for kids from 8 to 16 years old.

February 28 Mardi Gras New Orleans Louisiana, USA See the festivities and parades full of fun, frolics and comic masquerading.

Feb 28–Mar 8 Paris Fashion Week Designer presentations held each spring/summer and autumn/winter attract the who’s who of fashionistas.

February 17–27 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin, NT

During WW2, Darwin was the target of more than 64 Japanese air raids, causing huge devastation and many civilian casualties. A national day of observance and many additional commemorative services will take place to remember those who lost their lives and served in the defence of the Top End.

Mar 19–22 Chichen Itza Spring Equinox This is an exciting merger of Mayan history, spectacular architecture and extraordnary geometry.



March 3–19 Adelaide Festival, SA

It’s festival time in Adelaide, which means that an outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed theatre productions, world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays will be invigorating South Australia’s capital. ‘Mad March’ i s a good time to visit: the arty city will be at its finest.

Mar 17 St Patrick’s Day, Ireland Earlier St Patrick’s Day parades were simpler affairs, but today St Pat’s Day has metamorphosed into a huge festival.




Australian Open of Surfing, Manly, NSW FEB 25–MAR 5 Sydney’s Manly Beach becomes centre stage for some of the world’s best surfers and skateboarders during this free annual festival. Spectators pack the beachfront promenade to see the World Surf League Men’s and Women’s Pro events as well as the Sydney Grom Challenge event for Juniors. Get there early and enjoy the beachside buzz of live music, sun, surf and skating.









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April 1–2

Felton Food & Wine Festival, Toowoomba, Qld

Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Vic

The House of Food and Wine, Melbourne, Vic

Adventurethon Magnetic Island, Townsville, Qld

Experience authentic country life at the annual Felton Food Festival. Slow down, breathe deeply and immerse yourself in the life of Felton Farmers! Special guests include Costa Georgiadis, Alison Alexander, Alastair McLeod, Jerry Coleby-Williams, George the Farmer, and country singer Brendon Walmsley.

It’s Australia’s national comedy festival and one of the world’s biggest. Best of all, this laugh-fest runs for nearly a month. Fave Aussie performers include Lawrence Mooney, Judith Lucy and Denise Scott, Hannah Gadsby and more. Tickets sell fast, so don’t miss out.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is throwing open its doors and welcoming you to its House during this 10-day festival. Tucked down a laneway in Melbourne’s CBD, The House will host sit-down dinners, wine tastings and block parties, and the bar will be open every arvo so foodies can mingle.

Adventurethon is an adrenalinecharged multisport challenge incorporating paddling, mountain biking and off-road (or trail) running, through national parklands and along beaches and hiking trails. Be the first to experience the amazing new Adventurethon Magnetic Island course.



April 29–May 5 Townsville MTB Festival Mountain Bike Australia presents the inaugural Townsville Mountain Bike Festival in this tropical region.

May 19–28 Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster, Kununurra, WA More than 30 events and activities that celebrate this epic region’s vast diversity.

May 20–21 Cable Beach Polo, Broome A sporting spectacular that attracts leading polo players, tourists, media and celebrities from all over the world.

June 2–11 Melbourne Int’l Jazz Festival, Vic Put your dancing shoes on and get ready to groove to the sounds of jazz — at concert halls, jazz clubs and even in the streets.





Need some hot tickets for this February and March? Feed your soul with these cultural gems from around Australia.

LA TRAVIATA, SYDNEY FEBRUARY 3–APRIL 1 Don’t miss the world’s most popular opera, sung in Italian with English subtitles at the iconic Sydney Opera House. This is Italian opera at its finest, with velvet dresses, lavish parties, rousing music and crowded sets, combined with romance and tragic endings. It’s the perfect opportunity for opera first-timers to revel in the colour and atmosphere of a live production.


The Southern Hemisphere’s largest alternative arts festival, the Fringe, infuses Adelaide, the surrounding suburbs and even regional areas of South Australia with creativity for 31 magical days and nights in autumn. Thousands of artists from all over Adelaide, Australia and the world will perform at venues big and small. It’s an open-access festival so there’s no curator: anyone who wants to be a part of Adelaide Fringe can take to the stage, making it a fresh and innovative experience. 4


February 10–March 5 PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL This year the festival explores themes of migration, reconciliation, accessibility and empathy. It even has its own official scent: the aroma of indigenous lemon myrtle will pervade venues and influence menus across the city over the 24 days and nights of PIAF. Immerse yourself in the world-class program of international acts.

Mardi Gras, Sydney FEBRUARY 17–MARCH 5

The theme for 2017 is ‘Creating Equality’ and the festival aims to highlight areas in which LGBTQI individuals are still fighting to be treated equally. More than 80 events, exhibitions, music and theatre shows make up the program, with the jewel in the crown, the Mardi Gras Parade, taking place on March 4. This year sees the debut of ‘Koori Gras @ 107’, a festival within the festival, about the First People.


March 25

Celebrate life in spite of adversity at the Come Together Festival. There’s a strong focus on raising awareness about suicide prevention, mental health, general wellbeing and multiculturalism at this festival created by the Hang Together Collective. Enjoy contemporary, fun music in a beautiful outdoor setting at Edendale Farm.




 We who love: The Nolan slates

Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen, Vic. To April 2 2017 marks the centenary of renowned Australian painter Sidney Nolan’s birth. A window into his world of personal upheaval and artistic experimentation, this exhibition of 32 paintings on roofing slates records the end of Nolan’s marriage, new relationships with patrons John and Sunday Reed, and fears over the war in the Pacific. The paintings also show his preference for ‘non-art’ materials, his avant-garde aspirations and his literary interests.

Top Left: Sidney Nolan (Figure in boat) January 1942 enamel on slate 22 x 26.2 cm (irreg.) © Sidney Nolan Trust; Above: Auguste Rodin, France, Andrieu d’Andres, monumental 1886, bronze © William Bowmore AO OBE Collection.

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 Hill End Table: Food, Art, Landscape

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. Bathurst, NSW. February 10–March 26 Hill End was the creative hideaway for some of Australia’s most successful artists and, since 1999, it’s been home to the Hill End Artists in Residence Program. This exhibition features paintings, works on paper, ceramics and photographs by Hill End artists including Lino Alvarez, Genevieve Carroll, Tamara Dean, John Firth-Smith, Bill Moseley, John Olsen, Luke Sciberras and Rosemary Valadon.


Tickets and tour dates available online now.


GARRY SHEAD, ‘Supper in Hill End 2015’, oil on board. 30x31 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Rodin: Bodies across Space and Time Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. March 4–July 2 19th-century French artist Auguste Rodin, creator of ‘The Thinker’, redefined the idea of the body in sculpture, and his legacy inspires this exhibition. View Rodin’s works juxtaposed with works by leading modern and contemporary artists who have similarly challenged our understanding of the human condition. The gallery is home to the largest collection of Rodin’s bronze sculptures in the Southern Hemisphere and is a must-see for art-lovers.

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TEGAN & SARA March 6-9

TWENTY ONE PILOTS March 27–April 8


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Penchant for shiny things? Check our five most anticipated supercars of 2017 WORDS: MICHAEL BENN

AUDI R8 SPYDER Convertibles, cabriolets, spyders, roadsters: whatever they’re called, cars with top-down options are glamorous, but are frequently a hit-and-miss affair. This comes down to two main factors: weight (removable roofs, and the gimcrackery that operates them, are heavy) and stiffness (losing all that bracing makes the chassis less rigid). Well, throw all that out the window – or just out through the open roof – because Audi is about to release the best stiff open-top car that (a hell of a lot of) money can buy. Packing 397kW and 540Nm, the Audi R8 V10 Spyder can (allegedly) do the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.6 seconds – and 0-200km/h in just 11.8 – for a top speed of 316km/h. But… whatever. Just drop the top and drive through tunnels, all the better to hear that naturally aspirated engine note, which wails away like Zeus gargling mountains. And there’ll be a V10-plus version to follow! Ooh. Exciting.



MERCEDES-AMG GT R What’s in a name? Just like BMW’s sainted M, Audi’s RennSport (now, boringly, ‘Audi Sport’) or Nissan’s Nismo – Merc’s AMG skunkworks/ lunatic racing division was once (and, in places, remains) an adjunct to model names, such as on, say, the A45 AMG. In replacing the gullwing-ed SLS AMG, however, with the 911-rivalling Mercedes-AMG GT, they got full nameabove-the-title rights. So Hollywood! But it makes sense, because the MercedesAMG GT is a mental, rear-wheel-drive, front-engined, twin-turbo track demon; just the sort of thing AMG should make. Now, finally, comes the model’s halo version: the GT R (and a GT Roadster version, besides). The dry-sumped 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 now has 430kW and 700Nm for a 3.6 second 0-100km/h sprint, and a blitzkrieg engine wail that’d be great if it wasn’t drowned out by your own high-pitched screaming.


MCLAREN 570S COUPE In the ludicrous pocketbook aerobics of the super-rich, this mouth-watering McLaren is considered, believe it or not, ‘entry-level’ affordable. It’s just under $380K – not much more wedge than would buy you a Porsche 911 Turbo – and weighs just 1,313 kilograms dry. But it’s no watered-down knock-off. The 570S has been described by one local, early reviewer as making the “911 Turbo and [Audi] R8 seem tame”. Considering how liveable the Audi is, and how undemanding the Porsche, that’s no big call. But take the performance figures of those rivals into account and the 570S, also pitched as an everyday supercar, makes sense. The McLaren returns a quicksilver 3.2-second 0-100km/h and features just-about-Alcantara-everything inside, while the outside is a warped sculpture of carbon fibre and metal, all big hooter and gummy, gurning grin. Charisma by the bucketload, basically – even before you notice that enviable badge.




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NISSAN GT-R NISMO Giving Nissan’s legendary GT-R the Nismo treatment is a bit like injecting the Hulk with rage virus and then insulting his mum, just to see what happens. The GT-R is already a car with literally frightening amounts of power and throttle response; the updated GT-R will see a jump of 15kW (to 419kW) and 9Nm (to, ahem, 637Nm) – producing a frankly unnecessary 0-100km/h time of around 2.7 seconds (consider that, in his F1 day job, Daniel Ricciardo takes about 2.6 seconds). On track, in the right hands, it’s a Godzilla, capable of miraculous savagery. Everywhere else (and on track) it remains a trap for young players: one overzealous ankle-twitch away from launching you into the shrubbery. Nissan doesn’t like to make huge styling leaps forward; each incremental tweak seems to mirror the incremental increase in the GT-R’s numbers. This doesn’t matter: few models have such a cult following.


HONDA NSX Shelling out more than $400,000 for a Honda with middling interior styling that looks, top down, like an Uber car on Google Maps, seems a big ask. Because at that point its rivals are pointedly exotic – and occasionally, red and Italian. But while the new NSX has some history (its cult predecessor, debuting in 1990 with input from Ayrton Senna, was the world’s first mass-produced car with an all-aluminium body), it’s no Ferrari 250 GTO. And yet, the new NSX is an intriguing proposition: a hybrid sports car powered by a 3.5L twin-turbo V6, plus three (three!) electric motors, with an all-wheel drive 3.0 second 0-100km/h sprint and the body of a supermodel – even if its face is very slightly (ugh) Honda Civic.



GO YOUR OWN WAY WITH THE ADVENTUROUS ISUZU MU-X Isuzu MU-X drivers put up with a lot from Monday to Friday. So when the weekend comes, there’s nothing better than finding the perfect spot to leave it all behind. With a powerful and efficient 3.0L turbo diesel engine, Terrain Command 4WD system, reversing camera and a comfortable and spacious cabin, the 7-seat MU-X has everything you need to go your own way.

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Tiki trappings, pirate themes and Caribbean kitsch are alarmingly common, but rum is having a renaissance – and we’re all for it. Ben Smithurst walks the plank into Australia’s best rum bars.


Julio Lobo was once Cuba’s richest man, a rollicking, white-suited sugar baron worth around US$200-odd million – until tenure was cut short. That was in October 1960, with the arrival of a couple of likely lads called Ché and Fidel. Lobo died in 1983, after two exiled decades living in a Madrid apartment much, much smaller than Clarence Street’s (literally) underground Lobo Plantation. This opulent, glamorous and baroque old-world bar harks merrily back to poor old Lobo’s pre-revolution lifestyle. Dip down the spiral stairs, settle in, pick up the 100-plus-page book of tasting notes (the Lobo Rum Journal) and soak up the hipness. The Lobo team is also behind the painfully cool, WWII Liberation of Paris-inspired Kittyhawk, a CBD cocktail joint nearby. But why no Sydney rum bar called ‘Rum Rebellion’?

Queensland is undoubtedly the nation’s rummiest state, home to Bundaberg Rum, countless cane cutters and – refreshingly – a wide variety of rum bars. The iconic Breakfast Creek Hotel’s Substation no. 41, offering 400-500 varieties and an 11.9-metre bar, is huge, and great… but if you fancy something more subdued, the Walrus Club is for you. Modelled on a Prohibition-era speak-easy, the Walrus is a dimly lit bunker bolstered with exposed beams, ornate leather couches, sturdy wooden stools and a floor that cries out for a scattering of sawdust. Sneak downstairs from the Regatta Hotel and embrace the atmosphere.





“What kind of music do you usually have here?” asked Elwood at the honky tonk bar in The Blues Brothers. “Oh, we got both kinds,” said the barmaid.“We got country and western.” Well, Hains has what it would consider to be both kinds of liquor: gin and rum. Leave the ‘mother’s ruin’ for another time and pile into the cane spirit, because these guys are experts. Disregard the nautical theme (and, if you can, the 1,250-kilogram anchor), drop in between 4pm and late any day, and begin with a Sweet Drop (dark rum, maraschino and sweet vermouth). Styled as an ironical dive bar, Hains & Co is actually a lushly decorated, proper person’s bar in a beautifully fitted-out building. With a model sailboat. Obviously.

When well-heeled Americans fled the (legally) teetotaller USA in the 1920s for their boozy Cuban holidays, they flew to Havana on what was colloquially called the ‘Highball Express’ – swigging rum cocktails all along the way. A finalist in the 2016 Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards, this Canberra bar of the same name evokes the sense of fun, if not the twin-propeller drone, of that wonderfully oppressed era. With whitewashed floors and barrel-aged rums, Highball fits with odd comfort into the Melbourne Building in Civic, offering a 12-metre-long bar, sunset views over Black Mountain and a distinctly non-ACT tropical feel, even in the depths of winter.

Named for Hunter S. Thompson’s 1961 novel, Brunswick Street’s Rum Diary Bar has 200 or more rums on board, from the quality standards (five kinds of Mount Gay), via the outlandish, and outlandishly priced (Venezuelan 43 per cent ABV Diplomatico Single Vintage 1997, $46 a pop) to, er, child’s rum (Sailor Jerry Spiced). But you needn’t be on a Hunter S.-esque binge to enjoy to the Rum Diary Bar’s charms. House jaffles are available all day; all the staff know more about rum than you know about your girlfriend, boyfriend, dog and mum; and the pirate kitsch is kept to a suave minimum. Begin with a Dark & Stormy, then navigate toward your new favourite.




AUSTRALIA’S RUM REBELLION The Rum Rebellion of 1808 was the fledgling convict colony of Australia’s first and, so far, only successful armed uprising and takeover of government. On January 26, a mob from the New South Wales Corps marched up Sydney’s Bridge Street to Government House and arrested and deposed the then-governor, Captain William Bligh. In his defence, Bligh tried to pass this off as an attempt to keep the illegal spirits trade alive and kicking, since officers of the NSW Corps and businessmen such as John Macarthur profited so handsomely from rum bootlegging. But in truth this was a fight over the quintessential Aussie ‘fair go’. The early governors wanted to keep NSW a large-scale open prison, with enforced ex-convict labour. Private entrepreneurs were looking for a different economic model. After the rebellion, the military ruled the colony until British Major-General Lachlan Macquarie was made Governor in 1810.



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A Valentine’s ROAD TRIP ove is in the air, and these caravanning road trips tick all the boxes for romance, with glorious scenic routes and gorgeous skylines to make your heart skip a beat, plus food and wine trails galore.

SCOTSDALE TOURIST DRIVE, WA If you’re after a lover’s oasis, the 34-kilometre drive from Denmark to McLeod Road, connecting with William Bay National Park, is simply breathtaking. Along the way you’ll discover wineries, art galleries, lush forests and walking trails. At the end of the drive, be sure to relax on the pristine white sand of famed Greens Pool, within the national park. If time permits, take a long walk hand in hand around to Elephant Rocks and Madfish Bay. You won’t be disappointed. If you wish to linger in the region, consider a Denmark wine-lover’s tour.

The New Age Caravans crew shares its list of Australia’s top 5 most lovey-dovey camping getaways

WILLIAMSTOWN, VIC If you’re looking for something a little closer to the city, make your way down to the water’s edge at Williamstown, where you’ll be delighted with an awesome view of the Melbourne skyline from across the bay. There’s a diverse range of arts, crafts and other specialty stores to check out around historic Nelson Place. If weather permits, stroll along serene Williamstown beach.

EPICUREAN WAY, SA What better way to impress your loved one than with delicious wines and cheeses? The culinary drive from the Barossa Valley to the beachside wine region of McLaren Vale is the master of romantic drives. This four-daylong ultimate scenic trip will no doubt excite your tastebuds, too, as you try out local produce from the award winning Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Clare Valley regions.



The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most famous touring routes and, if you’ve ever been along the iconic stretch that extends from Lorne to Warrnambool, you can understand why. The drive is truly mesmerising and makes for a great day trip from Melbourne with that special someone. Along the way, be sure to check out the 12 Apostles, Cape Otway, the gorgeous Otway hinterlands and the charming wineries in and around Queenscliff.

This 191-kilometre route from Coffs Harbour takes you inland through the subtropical rainforest of Dorrigo National Park to see spectacular Crystal Shower Falls, Ebor Falls, Mihi Falls and Dangar Falls, then on through the Oxley Wild Rivers, New England and Cathedral Rock national parks. Along the way, indulge in local produce from roadside stalls, see the first autumn leaves in historical Armidale and share delicious local wines. The Waterfall Way will set the tone.


Bryan Crow, from the New Age Caravans Owners Club, offers his essential tips for trips for two. • Sunsets are non-negotiable! As cheesy as it can be, a setting sun is the most romantic little addition to your trip. Plan your end location with this in mind, and position your camper van in a prime spot for drinking in this always-inspiring natural sight. • Pack for any weather. You can’t always guarantee it will be sunny with blue skies, so be sure to pack some fun games in your camper van in case the weather does turn. Doing puzzles or playing a game of Uno together is a fun and intimate way to pass the time. • Make sure the drive’s worthwhile. Read reviews, check out images and others’ videos online, and talk to local dealers and seasoned campervanners to ensure you choose the most scenic route to your destination. • Pick up local produce along the way. You’ve got great amenities in your caravan – kitchen, barbeque et cetera – so utilise them! Purchase local fare en route and cook up a candle-lit gourmet storm. The Gecko Pop Top model GP11S comes complete with a fridge and cooktop, so you can make the most of your culinary finds. • Save money where you stay. A number of terrific caravan holiday parks across Australia have great off-season deals. Be sure to do your research before hitting the road so you can get the best deals possible.



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MAJESTY Experience Western Canada’s awe-inspiring landscapes from the reclining seat of a luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train.



hen was the last time you were so transfixed by beauty you didn’t dare blink? The jaw-droppingly gorgeous Canadian Rockies are a bucket list must-do for travellers worldwide. Throughout 2017, Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary, making this the perfect year to visit the second-largest country in the world and experience its vast, untouched wilderness and humble, happy people. Don’t just drop in on Canada; you must see it properly and in style. A rail journey aboard Rocky Mountaineer’s legendary luxury trains offers you a front-row seat to some of the world’s most glorious scenery: tranquil river valleys, quaint mountain towns and spectacular snow-capped mountains. As you travel, you’ll hear stories rich in historical detail, dine on world-class cuisine, and get a first-hand look at those storybook green forests and turquoise,

glacier-fed lakes – all from the comfort of a plush reclining seat, with your feet up! These timeless daylight adventures of romance and history remind travellers that it’s every bit as much about the journey as it is about the destination. Imagine yourself at the station in Vancouver or Seattle, approaching a beautifully fitted-out train. Bagpipes welcome you over the red carpet as you step into the bi-level GoldLeaf Service car with glass-domed windows to the sky; or the SilverLeaf service car, with oversized picture windows through which to gaze. As the train pulls out of the station, scones are served straight from the oven with jam and cream, and the onboard hosts raise a toast, welcoming you to this two- or three-day adventure through the Rocky Mountains regions. You’re surrounded by warmth and friendliness – this is Canada, hey? Along with enthralling scenery in all directions, this extraordinary

journey offers you the chance to connect with new people from all over – and to reconnect with yourself. Throughout the Rocky Mountaineer journey, natural wonders unfold before your eyes, whether you’re lounging in the luxurious domed car with a sauvignon blanc or Canadian beer in hand, or inhaling mountain air on the vestibule. Award-winning service and regionally inspired cuisine are recognised journey highlights. The Michelin-trained chefs are inspired by local ingedients such as Pacific salmon and prime Alberta beef to create seasonal dishes such as Okanagan apple pie and Albacore tuna Niçoise salad. In GoldLeaf Service, you’ll enjoy fresh breakfasts and three-course meals in the elegant dining room. In SilverLeaf Service, dishes and wine are brought to your seat. You’ll never be hungry, with food served five times a day, including an afternoon wine-and-cheese service.



QUIZ Which Rocky Mountaineer Journey is for Me? Each of Rocky Mountaineer’s four routes has one feature in common: it is utterly unique. Take our quiz to find out which is for you...

1. a. b. c. d. e.

Which destination do I want to visit? The charming rustic mountain town of Jasper. The world-renowned resort town of Whistler. The ethereal waters of Banff and Lake Louise. The cosmopolitan city of Seattle. I can’t choose – I want to visit them all.

2. Which of the following describes me best? a. Nature-lover. b. Wilderness explorer. c. Country boy/gal. d. City slicker. e. I’m a bit of everything. 3. a. b. c. d. e.

What do I want to see the most? Rushing waterfalls and rugged mountain peaks. Bears, eagles and deer – oh my! Pivotal places rich in history. Sparkling coastlines and sandy beaches. All of the above and more!

4. a. b. c. d. e.

What is number one on my to-do list? Feeling the mist of Pyramid Falls’ crashing waters. Seeing the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Twisting through the legendary Spiral Tunnels. Seeing glaciers and polar bears on an Alaskan cruise. My list is never-ending.

5. What movies do I like to watch? a. Anything with rolling hills and beautiful music, such as The Sound of Music. b. Action-adventure films like the Marilyn Monroe classic, River of No Return. c. A good old-fashioned western like Unforgiven. d. A heartfelt romance such as Sleepless in Seattle. e. All of the above: I’m a movie buff.


Mostly As – Dream-seeker

The definitive daydreamer, you long for the road less travelled. Being humbled by Canada’s most breathtaking and diverse landscapes is your dream come true.

Your route: Journey to the Clouds


This route more than lives up to its romantic name. As the train weaves alongside the Fraser River and through craggy mountains, you’ll view the vast white expanse of the Albreda Glacier, the rushing waters of Pyramid Falls and towering Mount Robson. The journey begins amid the lush green Fraser River valley and forests of enormous green pines. You’ll be glued to the window as the train traverses a desert-like expanse and glides along the shores of Kamloops Lake. After stopping overnight at Kamloops, you’ll continue north-east to the province of Alberta. The Monashee and Cariboo Mountains create an awe-inspiring backdrop as you climb towards the Continental Divide. Mount Robson, highest peak in the Rockies, and the Pyramid Falls set a staggering scene as you near the town of Jasper. The train slows whenever there’s a wildlife sighting along the way. Keep your eyes peeled while approaching Moose

VANCOUVER: All routes stop at this world-class city, the gem in Canada’s crown. It’s everything you’d expect and then some: think mountain trails and inviting beaches along with a fantastic foodie scene.

Lake: it’s likely you’ll spot one of Canada’s favourite large animals on the shore.

Mostly Bs –Adventure-bound

A true adventurer, you’d put Indiana Jones to shame. Prepare for non-stop excitement.

Your route: Rainforest to Gold Rush Vancouver–Whistler–Quesnel–Jasper

Travel into the wild and rugged terrain of Western Canada and be awestruck as the landscape changes dramatically before your eyes. Recapture the romance of the Gold Rush era as you ascend through the rugged mountain terrain of Whistler. Position yourself near the back of the train and have your camera at the ready – keep an eye out for eagles, osprey and osprey nests, even a black bear or two in the forest. This journey is off the beaten track, yet offers onboard luxury. Immerse yourself in cinematic panoramas from your seat as the train glides towards Cariboo Wagon Road and historic Quesnel, ‘the Gold Pan City’. In the pristine waters of Porteau Cove or jade-hued Green Lake, the odd smiling swimmer can be seen, despite glacial temperatures. You, too, may be tempted... After carving through rugged Fraser Canyon and the vast ranchlands of the

SEATTLE: The Pacific Northwest city of Seattle combines access to water, mountains and evergreen forests with an ingrained culture of music and tech, making this a city with something for everyone.

KAMLOOPS: An overnight stop on Rocky Mountaineer routes, this riverside city boasts fantastic restaurants, local pubs and serene parks to walk through as you reflect on the experiences of your first day on board.


Cariboo Plateau, you’ll arrive at the quaint little town of Jasper, nestled between white-topped peaks. Rocky Mountaineer’s hosts will fill you in on all the facts and legends of this magical journey.

Mostly Cs – History Buff

You swear you were meant for another era – here’s your chance to retrace the steps of Canada’s early explorers.

Your route: First Passage to the West Vancouver – Kamloops – Lake Louise/Banff

Formerly known as Kicking Horse Route, this is, arguably, the most scenic and historically significant Rocky Mountaineer journey, following the nation’s first transcontinental train line: the Canadian Pacific Railway. Watch the Wild West unfold from the comfort of your meticulously appointed time machine as you journey from the desert to Kicking Horse River and across the Continental Divide to Banff. The train winds through lush pine forests with snow-capped mountains on either side before stopping at the gorgeous log cabin station at Lake Louise. Crossing the Continental Divide, you’ll pass alongside awe-inspiring Castle Mountain, 2,766 metres high

BANFF: The best-known town in the Rocky Mountains, upscale Banff connects nature-loving visitors with the area’s surrounding wilderness of towering peaks, gorgeous lakes and coursing rivers.

and named for its castle-like shape. Along with dwarfingly high peaks and dramatic canyons, you’ll likely spot airborne birds of prey and the occasional black or grizzly bear from wherever you’re lounging (safely) on board. Your journey threads through the Spiral Tunnels – a Swiss-engineered marvel that took 1,000 men to build – before you arrive in the charming resort town of Banff.

Mostly Ds – Seaside Romantic

To you, the world is a whimsical place – from glittering coastal landscapes to soul-stirring mountain peaks. Cuddle up and let the scenery carry you away.

Your route: Coastal Passage

Seattle–Vancouver–Canadian Rockies

On this international route, you’ll enjoy the hustle and bustle of Seattle before travelling to the heart of the iconic Canadian Rockies. While you’re at it, why not add an Alaskan cruise? This unique rail experience connects the cosmopolitan cities of Seattle and Vancouver to the ever-changing landscapes of British Columbia and Alberta, serving up the finest western Canada has to offer –

LAKE LOUISE: Apple of the Canadian Rockies’ eye and a must-see stop, this is one of the most pristine — and most photographed — lakes in the world, with its own quaint train station and neighbouring mountains.

JASPER: This quiet and peaceful resort town high in the Rockies is home to restaurants, wildlife and adventure, making it the best location from which to explore the icy wilderness before or after your journey.

with a little American exploration on top. The train pulls slowly out of Seattle and, skirting the coast, passes through Golden Gardens and Carkeek Park. Before long, you’ll find your’re leaving the USA and crossing the Canadian border, travelling past charming coastal communities on lovely bays dotted with yachts. Watch the sun set over the water and the moon rise over the mountains as you travel through the town of White Rock and head inland to Vancouver for the night. Next day takes you into the iconic Rocky Mountains, where you’ll be surrounded by glaciers and snow-capped peaks.

Mostly Es – The Total Package Your route: Circle Journey

From ethereal blue-green waters to epic ice-fields and wildlife-packed plateaus, you want it all. Combine your top iconic Rocky Mountaineer routes on a ‘Circle Journey’ and experience the best of the best in one extravagant round-trip vacation.

An 8-day/7-night journey starts from $3,559 per person. Visit for more information.

WHISTLER: Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, this premier ski resort offers as much excitement in summer as it does in winter, with outdoor activities, art galleries, top-rated restaurants and fab spas.

QUESNEL: This cute northern British-Columbia town was originally a mining settlement and still offers all the old-world charm a guest could want. Don’t miss the world’s largest gold pan on your overnight stop.


Oasis EL QUESTRO Words: Anna Warwick

For my father’s 70th birthday, I had the once-in-alifetime chance to offer him a change of scenery: a breathtaking outback adventure in the Kimberley and a stay at luxurious El Questro Homestead.

e catch the 20-seater plane from Broome with real live cowboys. My dad thinks they’re dressed up. He taps the fellow in front on the shoulder and asks. The passenger confirms he is indeed a drover. Dad, thrilled, points out the red dust in their hats. It’s remote, the East Kimberley. We’re flying so high I can see the earth’s curvature. Stark blue sky above; below, thirsty black rivers flash from deep grooves carved into golden plains. Looks like an Aboriginal painting, I think. After 40 minutes in the air, there’s only one lone road in sight. A haze of peachy-pink dust 24

fuzzies the horizon. Suddenly, Lake Argyle appears as a shimmering mirage above the savannah, reflecting the sky. Descending further, we see farms laid out like chequered picnic blankets before furrowed ranges, with orchards fed by dams and the olive-green Ord River.

This is the Outback At tiny Kununurra airport, Paul, a ranger from El Questro Wilderness Park, picks us up in an air-conditioned 4WD. We head west on the Great Northern Highway for half an hour before turning onto the famed Gibb River Road, which links Broome and the Kimberley. One of the great

Australian 4WD adventures, it bisects some of the most rugged terrain on Earth. We’re on a comfortably sealed stretch. Around us are staggering outcrops and escarpments of sedimentary sandstone, the residue of a prehistoric inland sea; 1.8 billion years ago, these rocks were as big as the Andes, says Paul. The only fossils are from single-celled organisms –pre-dating ‘life’. Nothing much has shifted around here since then. The vanishing mountain ranges are a sandy geometric matrix; the ground is littered with white boulders. Gnarly silver boabs like bloated bottles, their leafless branches taking root in the sky,


stand solo or in couples here and there. It’s an alien landscape. This is August – months into the dry season. Out here, plants must be survivors, says Paul. Long, grassy spinifex glistens gold in the sun with protective resin. Short, scrubby black gums offer measly shade. The woodland savannah is eerily beautiful, but what draws people here are those tiny splinters in the landscape – the carved-out gorges, canyons, rivers and swimming holes, waterfalls, pockets of rainforest – sheltered and well fed by the monsoon rains. We drive through a pebbly, spring-fed stream, careful not to overturn any stones.

With many roads and attractions flooded, the park is closed to guests during the wet. Paul says the heat and humidity of the Kimberley wet season is intense but the sheer drama of it is amazing: there are terrific thunderstorms and lightning; waterfalls gush from the mountaintops and the boabs are in luminous green leaf. There are actually more than two seasons, the climate here changes dynamically every six to eight weeks, he says. Trees flower, attracting ephemeral lorikeets, honeyeaters following the blossom trail, water birds after the rain. More than 150 bird species have been spotted on the El Questro property, from

Blue-winged Kookaburras to flocks of Redtailed Black Cockatoos. Plenty of these birds are endemic to the Kimberley – and many are startlingly cute, even for a non-bird person. We narrowly miss hitting a Gouldian finch; Paul is distraught. Soon afterwards, we turn off the highway and onto the 16-kilometre-long gravel driveway that leads to the privately owned wilderness park. There’s no need for fences on El Questro; the property sits at the centre of almost a million acres [400,000-odd hectares] of wilderness. That’s 1.7 times the size of the UK and almost 10 times the size of Switzerland – much of it too rugged for 25


ordinary vehicles. We’re travelling through the glorious Cockburn Range, an escarpment rising more than 600 metres above the surrounding plains. Curtains of vertical sandstone – fiery red with iron ore – top green slopes. The hills, spotted with sparse shrubs and yellow Kapok-tree flowers, glow golden in the late-afternoon sun. A Black Kite swoops over boab trees silhouetted in misty dust kicked up by drivers keen to get to camp before sundown. It’s an event to see a cloud in the sky during the dry, says Paul. Campers can sleep under a blanket of stars in the crisp, clean air.

Happy Campers There are three kinds of accommodation on the El Questro property: cabins and camping at the Station Township, glamping at Emma Gorge Wilderness Resort, and all-stops-out

The rare Gouldian Finch


luxury at the Homestead. El Questro was once a working cattle station, and Station Township is where the cattle farmhouse used to be. The property is still owned under a pastoral lease, so 4.5k head of cattle roam freely about the place. By now, they’re inbred, and some of the ladies have horns. Awkward. Otherwise free of cows, the Station bustles with the 4WD enthusiasts, wilderness lovers, families and silver nomads who’ve packed up and hit the road to form this happy pop-up community. There’s a secluded swimming hole and shaded lawns. Guests mingle in the Steakhouse Restaurant and at the Swinging Arm Bar. There are also private bush camps further down the Pentecost River. Best of all, the week-long Wilderness Park Permit allows visitors access to all the on-site treasures: gorges, 4WD tracks,

clifftop lookouts and thermal springs. Station guests can even join the tours.

El Questro Homestead The whole park is other-worldly but the resort is exceptional – so elegant, yet unobtrusive. It’s all about the landscape. As soon as we roll into the shady, circular drive, we’re handed cool wet flannels – on arrival and whenever we return from exploring. The homestead itself is low and open, consisting mostly of enormous verandahs – beautifully furnished and inviting. A comfy lounge sits opposite an open fireplace and there’s a library stocked with great reads, and good wi-fi. We’re welcomed with French champagne and told it’s an open bar – any time of day. There’s sparkling water on tap and dozens of options for rehydration. We’re shown through to the front

The exclusive Homestead retreat, situated atop awe-inspiring Chamberlain Gorge.











• Plane flight over Kimberley Coast to the Mitchell Plateau • View Berkeley River & King George Falls • Helicopter flight to the start of the walk • Guided walk into the Mitchell Falls • Explore the land & swim in waterholes • Helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls • Return plane flight over Pentecost River and the Cockburn Range

• Two hour Bungle Bungle scenic flight • Full day Bungle Bungle plane/walk tour • Half day Bungle Bungle plane/helicopter tour • Full day Bungle Bungle & Argyle Mine tour

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of the property: lush green gardens with a pool, flowering trees and palms, petering off at the edge of a cliff overlooking Chamberlain Gorge. The Pentecost River flows below, clean and full of fish. There are only nine rooms at the Homestead so even at capacity (as it is now – with 18 guests) the resort feels private and serene, with an unhurried sense of attention to detail. Some guests stay in luxurious cabins overlooking the gorge, with balconies and outdoor showers. Our rooms are spacious and airy, opening out on one side to lawns and bush and river. I’m glad of a high-pressure shower to wash away the red dust. But despite our decidedly civilised accommodation, we’re literally in the middle of nowhere. And soon, I figure out why pretty much everyone in the Kimberley wears a big, friendly smile. It’s because we’ve all crossed Heaven and Earth to be here – we are the lucky ones. At El Questro, the vibe is upbeat and inclusive: it’s an instant community.

yet his culinary ideas remain fresh and fascinating. Our meals are hearty, the portions generous, and each dish is paired with a lovely wine. Come morning, we’re back on the open verandah with our new acquaintances, having amazing coffee, fresh fruit and free-range eggs (cooked any way). Gina Rinehart’s youngest daughter and her beau come to breakfast in cossies, with wet hair. For Dad’s 70th-birthday dinner, Chef Groom’s wife, El Questro manager Lori Litwack, who has also been at the property for 11 years – across several owners – organises a memorable dining experience

beside the gorge. We wander down a rock staircase to an immaculately laid-out table under a sea of stars. The river is black and shining; the cliffs floodlit gold. Lori joins us for entrées and listens kindly as Dad and I talk about my beloved and newly deceased Grandmother, for whom Dad was full-time carer. But we’re quickly cheered as staff trot up and down with wine, piping-hot bread rolls, delicious mains and desserts. All too soon we are deeply satisfied. Dad’s new mate Alf shouts out from above to keep a lookout for crocs; then pops down to join us for a wine and a yarn. I can’t keep up

Going with the Flow El Questro’s staff members are fantastic company, kicking the evening off with pre-dinner cocktails and canapés on the verandah lounge, and entertaining stories to go with them. Guests of El Q, unsurprisingly, are fancy types. Dad connects with a group of seven retirees who’ve chartered a small plane and are touring the luxury lodges of Australia, complete with a stint aboard True North. At dinnertime, everyone sits around the long communal table for an ‘outback fine-dining’ experience. The food is truly spectacular. Alan ‘Al’ Groom has been executive chef at El Questro for 11 seasons, 29


with the old blokes so head to bed, dozing off as a dingo howls from across the river.

Adventure Time All day, red-dust-covered Land Rovers, choppers and quiet electric boats roam the property, ushering guests to and from Emma Gorge, Chamberlain Gorge, El Questro Gorge and Explosion Gorge, canyons, clifftops and rivers. From a sunset soak in the thermal waters of Zebedee Springs, to a tour focused on the region’s bush culture and history, to venturing out in a Helispirit chopper over the Bungle Bungles – you couldn’t do it all if you stayed for a year, especially since they discover new, previously hidden waterfalls and undisturbed caves around here every week. El Questro’s guides are as passionate as they are professional – some are park rangers; others pro tour guides with an obsession for nature and remote locations. Here for a too-short two-night stay, we’re lucky enough to be the only guests on each of our tours.

“Dad and I drift down Chamberlain Gorge in the cool of the evening with glasses of champagne in hand.”

Sunset Cruise Dad and I drift down Chamberlain Gorge in the cool of the evening with glasses of champagne in hand. I’m transfixed by the sight of the gorge’s cliffs mirrored perfectly in the still, silver water. Liv, our fascinating guide, points out shy little wallabies among the rocks. Crocs? None are seen but we keep all limbs on board, as the Johnston Crocodile most certainly does thrive in these waters. We pause to take a photo of the homestead in the reddish light before heading back down the hill.

Gorge Walk The park boasts more than 200 kilometres of tracks and trails, and a highlight is definitely our morning hike to El Questro Gorge with Lewis ‘Lewi’ the ranger. Lewi meets us on the Homestead verandah; we jump into the open back of the Land Rover and drive out into the scrub. As we pass Station Township, people wave; Lewi explains that this is where he and the rest of the El Questro staff stay. In a neighbouring paddock Lewi points out

Chamberlain Gorge. each of several hefty-looking stock horses by name. They take guests on tours in return for a bale of hay. I ask Lewi what the staff does for fun; he says they hang out at the Swinging Arm, where there’s live music every night. Whenever there’s a rodeo in Kununurra, everybody heads out together to watch. Despite the perks of the job, Lewi says they have a tipping board for the end of the dry, which can be scorching, with days topping 42 degrees Celsius. But this is another mild, blue-sky day. We head towards El Questro Gorge, crossing a watercourse, then pausing while a family of lounging cows moves off the shady path. At the gorge entrance, we park

among several 4WDs and campervans. Along the path that leads to the gorge, the trees are greener and taller than out on the plains. Lewis points out the brightgreen endemic black palm Livistonia Kimberleyana, or Kimberley Fan Palm; and a taller palm with a spiralling black trunk that seems to grow off to one side: Pandanus Spirilas, or Screw Pine, which, Lewi explains, “spirals to the left if male and to the right if female, because females are always right”. Dad and I have wondered about the distinctly recent, Australian-sounding names for things around here, and why some mountains have no names. Lewi explains that some Indigenous sites on 31


the property contain fascinating, highly sensitive tribal information – so ancient the tribes can’t claim them. For a few years, Lori Litwack has been working on an agreement with the two local Native Title groups, but until the appropriate Indigenous guides have been chosen to impart agreed-upon knowledge, El Questro won’t conduct tours to local sites or use ‘true’ place names, lest things be taken out of context. We wander out of the sunlight into the shady gorge and follow the path through pristine rainforest, alongside a stream so crystal-clear you can’t even see the water unless a breeze ripples through. Overhead, the sun glints down through palm fronds and a blue ribbon of sky runs between looming golden cliffs. This is an enchanted place. We climb over a few stones and boulders and reach a deep waterole under ferncovered cliffs, with a spring-fed waterfall. Afterwards, Lewi drives us to see the Durack Tree, an enormous family of boabs Lewi and dad under the Durack Tree.

beside the Pentecost River. It’s a pretty drive through salmon gums, paperbarks and pink turkey-bush; the distant flattopped ranges, too, are pastel with the dust. Rocks, rocks, rocks are everywhere, rolled down from the dissolving cliffs. In a clearing, we come upon the boabs: a grown-up and her offshoots, wound together like the mother of all trees. I climb into the centre like a bug. Allegedly, the tribes of the Kimberley region regard these trees as cherished individuals with unique personalities. Lewi explains that as well as being a source of hydration, with its spongy bark, the boab’s young leaves and pithy seeds are high in vitamin C and calcium, and the bark, containing a quinine-like compound, can be used to treat fever. Lewi takes a seed and peels it open to reveal stark white flesh. I take a bite: it’s chalky, with a mild, citrusy taste. Fascinating as the bush tucker is, we head back to homestead for a swim and one more delicious lunch.

INFO GUIDE WHEN TO GO El Questro Wilderness Park is open from April 1 until the last Saturday in October. DRIVING TIPS • Taking it at a lick through rivers is a way to kill your engine and shift boulders. Watch the driver before you, and go slowly. • Don’t drive at more than 100 km/hour on unsealed roads – even if they are corrugated. Speeding in a 4WD helps create corrugation. CAMPING TIPS • Reservations for camping sites can be made from February 1, 2017. • Ranger Di Hudd suggests you water around your caravan to keep the dust down. You’ll miss baths – so camp beside a creek.



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The Bungle Bungles

It’s the heart of outback North Western Australia and the gateway to one of the world’s last great wilderness areas:

KUNUNURRA oonoonoorrang (or Gananoorrang), meaning ‘river’, is the Miriuwung word for the 320-kilometre-long Ord River, from whence Kununurra got its name. This river flowed in the wet, irrigating surrounding lands, but couldn’t provide enough water to support crops in the dry. The ambitious Ord River Irrigation agricultural project sparked the settlement of Kununurra in 1960. Over three stages and several decades, the project has successfully transformed the Lower Ord into fertile wetlands and farmland. On the banks of Lake Kununurra and the great Ord, picturesque Kununurra is now the heart of a thriving year-round agricultural centre, but still only a small green patch on a massive red landscape. The entire Kimberley covers an area of 423,517 square kilometres. Of its 40,000 people, at least half are of Aboriginal descent. This outback wilderness is the ‘gold standard’ in adventure – an immense and ancient landform, it encompasses rugged ranges and spectacular gorges, cascading waterfalls, mighty rivers and complex cave systems. Visitors can’t help but be enthralled by the striking beauty of rock formations as old as the Earth, calmed by the lakes and uplifted by the sounds of birds singing in the wetlands. Kununurra is the perfect base for your outback adventure, and including a visit to


award-winning El Questro Wilderness Park, there are a few East Kimberley must-dos.

Explore the Great Ord River Flowing east from Mount Wells around the edge of Purnululu National Park, the Ord River heads north through Lake Argyle, passes west of Kununurra and meets the Timor Sea in the Gulf of Cambridge. It’s one of the most stunning river systems in Australia. You can experience an awe-inspiring scenic cruise with Triple J Tours, up the 55-kilometre stretch of river from Kununurra to the Ord Top Dam at Lake Argyle. The number-one Kununurra tour on TripAdvisor, this high-speed day trip is both beautiful and exhilarating. As you wind upriver, you’ll see an abundance of native flora and wildlife that might include crocodiles, sea eagles, kingfishers, bats and more.

Cruise Lake Argyle Just 70 kilometres south of Kununurra, Lake Argyle is the magnificent result of some of the greatest engineering ever undertaken in Australia. With a surface area of about 1,000 square kilometres, this massive expanse of fresh water is the largest in Australia, equivalent in area to around 19 Sydney Harbours. A unique ecosystem, Lake Argyle is home to an estimated 30,000 freshwater crocodiles, 26 species of native fish and a

third of Australia’s bird species, plus all kinds of marsupials, which live on the lake’s islets. The best way to see it all is on a boat cruise, which takes you past the spillway and the dam.

Fly over the Bungle Bungles This iconic bumblebee-striped mountain range in the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park is one of the most fascinating geological landscapes on the planet. Though it lies 300 kilometres south of Kununurra, Purnululu is a mustvisit, by road or by air. On the ground, you can join a guided walk and learn about Aboriginal art, the many uses of spinifex, the intricacy of the region’s huge termite colonies and more. Landmarks not to miss: the natural amphitheatre at Cathedral Gorge, and Piccaninny Creek, surrounded by domes weathered over millennia into amazing shapes. From the air, the Bungle Bungles are an imposing sight. The only airconditioned fleet in Kununurra, Aviair offers a two-hour scenic flight that swoops low over the mountains and striped domes of Purnululu as well as Lake Argyle, the Argyle Diamond Mine and the Ord River Irrigation Area.

Enjoy Indigenous art Known as the ‘World’s Largest Outdoor

Kununurra town


Sorting rough diamonds

Gallery’, the Kimberley is home to tens of thousands of Aboriginal rock paintings. From Kununurra, you can visit several of the great rock-art galleries of the region, featuring elegant Wandjina and Gyorn Gyorn paintings. Accompanied by an Indigenous guide whose cultural knowledge has been passed on by his or her forebears over thousands of years, you can learn about hunting, food-gathering, bush survival and bush medicine, even ‘hidden tracks’. If you’re in the market for artworks, Kununurra is the place to find unique pieces. The harshly beautiful Kimberley landscape has inspired countless artists, and their work is shown in galleries around town. Indigenous-owned art centre Waringarri supports more than 100 Miriwoong artists as painters, printmakers, wood carvers, boab engravers, sculptors and textile artists. Cultural tours and performances complement the immersive visitor experience.

Diamond mining Where there are very old rocks, there are diamonds. Is it any wonder the Kimberley Outback is home to one of the largest open-cut diamond mines on the planet? Currently, according to Rio Tinto, its Argyle Diamond Mine produces around 20 million carats of diamonds a year, about 15 per cent of the world’s

estimated annual production. The mine is also the world’s largest producer of rare pink diamonds and one of the most technologically advanced on Earth. Book a guided tour to the restricted site via and learn how the diamonds are produced and about the mine’s win-win relationship with traditional land owners. In town, there are several exquisite Argyle diamond stores. At Kimberley Fine Diamonds, you can select your own diamond – with expert guidance – and create a handcrafted setting with a master jeweller.

Tour the Gibb River Road One of the last true outback adventures, a tour of this epic route takes in some of the Kimberley’s most remote station stays as well as breathtaking waterfalls and gorges.

See magnificent Mitchell Falls At 523 kilometres from Kununurra via the Gibb River Road, it takes effort to reach this atonishing part of the East Kimberley, but it’s well worth it: Mitchell Falls and Mitchell Plateau must be seen to be believed. If you don’t have a week to explore this wilderness area by 4WD, get an overview on a scenic flight with Helispirit Tours.

Catch a big barra

most prized catches on the planet: barramundi. In Kununurra, Ivanhoe Crossing is a popular fishing spot. For an epic fishing adventure, hook up with a local charter company or try heli-fishing. Helispirit run four-night tours out of Kununurra to diverse locations ranging from saline coastal flats to floodplain and barrage systems, billabongs and spectacular gorges.

Visit a working rum distillery In your down time, stop for a drink at The Hoochery, home of the only international award-winning rum that’s made, distilled and bottled in WA – in fact, right here in Kununurra.


TO STAY Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments offers modern selfcontained accomodation only 2.5km from Kununurra Airport and two minutes from the town centre by car. The comfortable Kununurra Country Club Resort has a lovely pool and a great restaurant, and on its doorstep sit iconic natural wonders.

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Castaway he Kimberley is one of the best fishing destinations in Australia. The beauty of the region is you have diversity. So if the barra aren’t firing, you can go out to the blue water, and if the open water fish aren’t biting, you can go inland and chase barramundi in the creeks. Chasing barra – that’s a favourite pastime, particularly if there’s been a lot of good run-off after the wet from January to March, when the fishing is outstanding. But if you go just off shore, you’ll find pelagic species: tuna, king mackerel, golden snapper; all surface for feeding. And the further out to sea you go, the more reef species you’ll get – including giant trevally (GT), coral trout and red emperor.

For the pelagic species I have a light-tomedium spin rod with about a 4,500-size reel, with about 50-pound braid for species like queenfish, tuna and mackerel. For reef species I have a heavier outfit with maybe a 6,500 reel and a 1,000-pound braid for GTs, which can get up to 80-plus kilograms on the outer reefs. Generally, the average size fish we catch in the Kimberley is between 20 and 40 kilos. 99 per cent of the fish we catch, we release, but I certainly love taking a good fresh fish home to feed myself and the crew.

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We fly into Broome and then go on a fishingcharter mothership – Karma IV – all the way up along the Kimberley coastline. We do some of our fishing on the big boat and then use the tender boats, or dories, to go up the creek and chase barra. West of Wyndham, we’ve definitely caught a lot of barramundi.

You can catch barramundi all year round but generally, the best times to be targeting barra are in March and April after a strong wet season, or during the build-up to the wet in October and November. In the Kimberley, barramundi are pretty much everywhere – in plague proportions, sometimes. But you have to remember: fishing is not catching. They’re not just going to jump in the boat; sometimes you’ve got to work hard for them.

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Barra: Generally, chasing barra, you use a bait caster. I use all Daiwa gear and the advantage is their travel rods split down into three or four pieces, so they’re portable.

with the lure, making sure I keep that lure in the strike zone as long as I can. If you don’t get your lure right in among that snag, you won’t catch anything. You have to risk hanging it up on a tree to catch a barramundi.

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There’s one thing people don’t realise when they come from the east coast: it’s hot in the Kimberley. It’s really, really hot, and on the water you get sunburnt so quick and so bad. There’s one thing I always wear and it’s called a ‘buff’. It’s like a scarf that goes around your neck but it covers your nose, ears – you put your sunnies over the top, and it covers the back of your neck. It keeps you cool and stops you getting fried. I would suggest most fishos give that a go.

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NEWS&VIEWS Coal Demand Stalls – IEA Forecast

In its latest Medium-Term Coal Market Report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted that growth in global coal demand is set to stall as demand for the fuel wanes in response to competition from other energy sources, such as gas and renewables. The EIA report predicts that coal’s global share of power generation will drop five per cent – from 41 per cent in 2014 to 36 per cent in 2021. The main drivers of this trend are reduced demand from China and the United States, and growth in renewable energy investment and increasing energy efficiency. Nevertheless, coal is still the major fuel for global energy needs, and that demand is shifting away from the United States and Western Europe to Asia. “Coal demand is moving to Asia, where emerging economies with growing populations are seeking affordable and secure energy sources to power their economies,” said Keisuke Sadamori, the director of the IEA’s energy markets and security directorate, in a statement. “Because of the implications for air quality and carbon emissions, coal has come under fire in recent years,” Sadamori noted, “but it is too early to say that this is the end for coal.” The report also noted that despite a rebound in coal prices as China cut production to curb oversupply, the coal industry is yet to invest in carbon capture and storage technology.

CSIRO Innovation Fund to boost commercialisation

After Malcolm Turnbull has dropped the word innovation on a daily basis

for the past year, the government is putting some money where its mouth is with the announcement of the $200 million CSIRO Innovation Fund. The joint government-private sector fund is aimed at helping the CSIRO, universities and other publicly funded research bodies commercialise early-stage discoveries. The government is kicking in $70 million over 10 years, while the CSIRO is set to pony up $30 million of the revenue it derives from its WLAN Programme (under which wi-fi, a development that changed the world forever, was invented). The remaining $100 million will be sourced from the private sector. The fund will invest in new ventures, some of which may be generated by Australia’s national innovation accelerator, CSIRO’s ON. Early-stage innovations supported by ON include: TranspiratiONal, a biodegradable polymer membrane that improves agricultural water use; FutureFeed, an additive derived from seaweed that reduces livestock methane emissions while increasing animal productivity; and Kebari, an ultra-low gluten barley that can be used to make food and (most importantly) a gluten-free beer.

Free-range eggs edge out cage eggs Free-range egg sales have trumped those of caged eggs in a clear sign that the humane alternative is becoming increasingly popular with consumers. According to the Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) 2016 Annual Report, caged eggs now represent 49.5 per cent of the $724.4 million Australian egg market, with free-range, barn-laid and specialty

eggs accounting for 50.5 per cent of the market. By contrast, in 2009 caged egg sales were the norm, representing 70 per cent of the market. Even more tellingly, non-caged eggs represent 61.8 per cent of the market’s farm-gate value. This reflects the average $5.40 per dozen versus $3.24 per dozen premium consumers are prepared to pay for non-cage eggs. On average, Australians now consume 226 eggs per year, up from 221 a year ago. Visit for a list of verified free-range egg brands.

It’s official: 2013-16 Queensland drought the worst on record

A review of the Queensland Government’s Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) has proven what many rural Queenslanders already knew: the 2013-16 drought was one of the worst the state had ever seen. A review conducted by the parliamentary agriculture and environment committee found that the DRAS scheme had approved subsidies of $85 million over the three-year period. By contrast, the total bill for assistance to farm businesses in the 20 years from 1995 to 2016 was $154 million. The DRAS scheme assisted primary producers with subsidies for water and livestock transport as well as emergency water infrastructure rebates. While the committee found that overall, the scheme was effective, it stressed that future schemes should seek to encourage farmers and graziers to build up their properties’ resilience in the face of climate variability.



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Winner of the 2016 Australian Geographic Young Environmentalist of the Year Award Josh Gilbert is drawing wisdom from his Worimi roots, on the land he still farms today, to help forge a more sustainable future for Australia and its primary producers – one he hopes “will last another 40,000 years”.

t only 25 years of age and just a few years out of uni, this beef cattle farmer has done enough for Indigenous, agricultural, social and environmental causes – sometimes, all four at once – to have netted himself international media attention, multiple awards, a spot at the COP21 climate talks in Paris and the ear of everyone from the followers of his popular ag podcast Tractor Talks to Stan Grant, Barnaby Joyce, David Suzuki and Al Gore. In 2015, Josh was named by Pro Bono Australia’s ‘Impact 25’ as one of the nation’s Top 25 Most Influential People for his work in climate change and agriculture. In 2016, he became Australian Geographic’s Young Conservationist of the Year. Josh has been using all this attention “to get the message out” about his causes – causes that range from lobbying for on-farm renewables and recognition of climate change to developing a nationwide ‘native food’ industry. And he's just getting started.

40,000 years on the land…

Raised on a Braford-breeding property near Boorowa, on NSW’s Mid North Coast, Josh’s connection to the land was hardwired, instilled by generations of farmers and infused into his blood

by his Worimi forebears. “Both sides of my family have been involved in agriculture for a long time. And being Indigenous, that’s our traditional land, so that dates back 40,000 years,” he says. But at 18, Josh left his life roaming paddocks and feeding poddy calves to study law and accounting in Newcastle and join the Australian Broadcasting Commission as an Indigenous Finance Cadet. “Farming had always been more about helping dad than truly enjoying it,” he recalls. “And then, about four years ago, I had this revelation: ag was what I wanted to do. So I joined NSW Young Farmers and became Chair the year after.”

Change in motion…

With NSW Young Farmers, Josh led a lobbying effort that, in July 2015, got the grown-up NSW Farmers Association to change its previously conservative position on climate change – and change it unanimously. “In 2015 we sent a letter to the Liberal Party. The country faction was looking at changing their environment policy. I signed on because I thought, obviously good climate-change policy was something we needed in Australia. “Then I started talking to NSW Farmers and realised that their climate-change policy was quite outdated – even though it wasn’t

that old! It was a good opportunity for us to do something very proactive, to say that farmers really do understand climate change because it impacts on agriculture. Josh says it wasn't just a generational change: "Young Farmers led the policy change but a lot of parts of the motion were supported by the wider Association.” Since the change, and with Josh's help, unprecedented new relationships between diverse factions have formed to benefit environmental causes and agriculture. “We got over half a million dollars’ funding for the NSW Farmers Association from a green group. And I worked with 15,000 Christians who came together with farmers and Indigenous people to show their commitment to preserving the fertile Liverpool Plains from overdevelopment,” he says.

Taking it global…

NSW Farmers Association’s official pivot on climate change also drew the attention of global environmental advocate and 45th US Vice President Al Gore. “Getting the motion through was really good timing cos it coincided with Al Gore’s visit to Australia – and given all the media attention, he actually contacted us and I got to meet him,” recalls Josh.



“With the Paris [COP21] climate talks coming up, Al Gore decided he’d shoot a heap of videos around the world to showcase climate change and its impact. One story he wanted to focus on was agriculture. I was fortunate to be a part of that process, to be able to help showcase climate leadership in Australia.” Josh’s Climate Reality Project video, Australia’s Young Green Farmers, has been viewed online by more than 100 million people in 75-plus countries.

Greener pastures…

Now recognised as an effective eco-ag advocate, Josh is branching out. At the moment, for instance, he's working with newly-established national group Australian Farmers for Climate Action. “[the NSW Farmers] motion showed there’s a lot of general support for climate action in the agricultural space. The work I’m doing now with AFCA reinforces that,” Josh says. “We’re working with different farming organisations and the National Farmers Federation on good climate policy. We’re hopeful we’ll have a national climate policy in agriculture coming up.” Part of that policy will involve encouraging farmers to ‘switch on to’ renewable energy sources – as producers and consumers. “Renewables in agriculture really makes sense to me,” Josh says. “I work quite closely with the Wind Alliance, for instance. “A good friend of mine found out he could make $100,000 a year by putting wind turbines on his sheep farm. In agriculture, trying to make $100,000 profit a year is very difficult, especially with the stresses of climate change, so having that static income gives him security long-term."


Back to the future…

But it’s not all about new systems and technologies; Josh takes a multi-pronged approach. “My focus is Indigenous culture, agriculture and the environment, and how those three come together,” he says. Two years ago, along with his other roles, Josh took a job with PwC Indigenous Consulting, working on projects that aim to revitalise remote communities through agriculture. He believes that the Indigenous food industry has huge potential. “Opening up native foods as commercial businesses allows for diversity on traditional agricultural farms,” Josh explains. “There’s a heap of different native products – over 4,500 of them across Australia. Growing or processing native foods provides a good supplementary income, for traditional farmers and for Indigenous people in remote communities, where jobs are scarce. “It’s a supply-limited market – low-volume but high-value – especially for Kakadu plums. In the past six years, they’ve increased in value by over $150 a kilo,” he says. “I was in the NT recently looking at the Kakadu plum industry, and we got to go out picking with some of the ladies. A lot of [Indigenous] knowledge is very much alive today – and it’s a great opportunity for us to work with that knowledge in the wider landscape; to recognise what we have and build something that will sustain us for the future. “They’re now looking at growing [Kakadu plums] in Broome, Arnhem Land and across [Australia’s] inland. PwC had their first harvest of cultivated Kakadu plums in Broome this year. And a heap of other Indigenous foods can be cultivated: finger limes, lemon myrtle. It’s starting to take off.

“These native foods are highly sought-after in Europe – and in Asia, where they’re really interested in unique foods and ingredients, like our finger limes, that you can’t get anywhere else. “It’s an area integral to cultural reconciliation: reconciling through food. We’ve seen that a lot in Australia but not, unfortunately, with Indigenous foods. Hopefully now that will change.” “There’s always been this romanticisation of Australian agriculture, and I think we’re starting to see that some of those old, sustainable ways of farming are really important.”

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The late Bill Mollison (pictured in 2008) and one of his students, David Holmgren, together evolved the framework for a sustainable agricultural system they dubbed ‘permaculture’.

ynthetic fertilisers such as superphosphate (phosphorus) and urea (nitrogen) were developed in the 19th century and commercialised globally in the decades between World Wars I and II. At the time they were hailed as great inventions that would free the world from fear of famine but within a few decades of their widespread uptake, questions were being raised as to how much of an advance they really were. While there is no doubt that synthetic fertilisers significantly boost yields, they are an external input that depends almost entirely upon nonrenewable resources, and their use is addictive – that is, over the years, more needs to be applied to achieve the same result.

Over years of use, synthetic fertilisers can lead to acidification of the soil, the destruction of soil biology and a reduction in biodiversity, while polluting waterways as nitrogen-rich runoff that can create ‘dead zones’ of oxygen-depleted water. In the early 1970s, a lecturer at the University of Tasmania, Bill Mollison, and one of his students, David Holmgren, together evolved the framework for a sustainable agricultural system they dubbed ‘permaculture’. Drawing on the ideas of farmers, gardeners, philosophers and inventors such as Joseph Russell Smith, Masanobu Fukuoka, Stewart Brand, P.A. Yeomans, Ruth Stout and Esther Deans, permaculture entered the public domain with the launch of the duo’s

book, Permaculture One, in 1978. In a later book, Permaculture Two, Mollison wrote, “Perhaps Fukuoka, in his book The One-Straw Revolution, has best stated the basic philosophy of permaculture. In brief, it is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.” In practical terms, the three core elements of permaculture are: care for the earth; care for the people; and return of surplus. The first two tenets are self-explanatory, while return of surplus includes the returning of ‘waste’ back into the system so that it may 47



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The key concept of permaculture is that by placing the components of the system so as to maximise useful connections among them greatly increases the synergies of the final design. Indeed, permaculture is never focused on the separate elements but instead centres on the relationships created among elements by the way they are placed together; it is forever seeking to ensure that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Permaculture design seeks to minimise or eliminate waste through the process of ‘stacking’: using the ‘waste’ products of one element as an input for another element. While such systems may require more human labour to design and build, they require less labour to maintain and operate. Indeed, permaculture teacher, designer and consultant Geoff Lawton

makes the point that there is no waste in nature. “Everything is recycled through the system so when we work in alignment with nature, work with nature’s design patterns; we increase their efficiency,” he contends. Lawton, who worked directly with Mollison to establish Tagari and Zaytuna Farms on the New South Wales North Coast, describes his approach to permaculture as “an ethical design science that provides all the needs for humanity in a way that benefits all the world’s ecosystems and environment”. While it may seem that permaculture is best suited to rural areas, Mollison always envisaged it being as applicable to suburban blocks as it is to small farms. Indeed, he cautioned that if we take on more land than we can manage and control

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ith experts predicting that the world’s population will top 9.5 billion by 2050, farmers worldwide are engaged in a collective mission to boost food production by a staggering 70 to 100 per cent over the next 33 years. One of the major advancements assisting agri-producers is drone technology – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Already handy for rounding up stock and spreading seed, the latest ag drones can be equipped with high-tech cameras, sensing equipment and software to collect precise information in real time about terrain, vegetation, crops, weather, soil moisture, livestock and more. The data collected by drones flying over paddocks is downloaded, ‘crunched’ and analysed using specialised cloud-based software, then sent to the farmer’s smartphone, tablet or PC in an easy-to-interpret form. The farmer can then use that data to make timely, well-informed management decisions that improve the efficiency and productivity of his or her agri-business.

Solving take-up teething problems Most agree the technology is terrific; adopting it may not be quite as simple. Several barriers have hampered widespread take-up of drones across Australia’s agricultural regions, particularly by small-scale farmers. Cost has been one barrier; strict CASA regulations on heavier UAVs carrying camera and sensor equipment, another. Short battery life has required drones to fly ‘back to base’ frequently

to recharge. Unreliable mobile phone and internet service in many rural areas is an issue and, till recently, so was the lack of useful data-crunching software. Many of these barriers are being broken down: drone and data software costs are dropping, drone-carrying capacity has increased and, as of 29 September 2016, CASA regulations regarding the operation of drones onfarm have been relaxed. Battery life’s still a problem, and while solar powered drones are



a reality, solar technology that can effectively power heavy-equipmentcarrying drones, especially for those hooking up to satellites, is still a way off. But the software available to farmers to make sense of the data ag drones collect is now more powerful and better tailored to their needs. And interpreting the analysis requires barely more computer knowhow than you’d need to surf the ’net.

PrecisionHawk: packaged drone and data solutions One company keen to supply ‘nextgen’ drone and software services to Aussie farmers is US-based firm PrecisionHawk, which develops ‘endto-end solutions’ for UAVs, from data collection hardware to cloud-based software for data processing, analysis and management. The company, named one of the world’s 30 Most Promising Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum, operates in the USA, Canada, South America and the UK, and launched operations in Australia in October last year. PrecisionHawk VP of Marketing and Communication Lia Reich stresses that anyone can fly a drone and take pictures over their fields:

the value lies in quality data, turned quickly into practical information. “PrecisionHawk helps farmers achieve [more] with less inputs, fewer emissions, heightened productivity and increased return on investment (ROI),” explains Reich. “This is achieved through an endto-end data collection-to-analysis process that is near real-time, solution-based and cost-efficient – a streamlined process to receive actionable data as opposed to a set of pretty pictures.” PrecisionHawk’s software platform makes it possible for farmers to collect all manner of useful data – stats on plant height and number; images that detect weeds and plant diseases; info on canopy cover and volumetrics – and to perform sophisticated analyses of that data. Working with academic and research partners, the company is assembling the most widely used algorithms for automated analysis as it expands its software platform. “We’re excited to now be in Australia,” says Reich. “The early adopters here have demonstrated [that] there is a great appetite for technology and analytics in agriculture.”

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Solving connectivity issues via satellite: QZSS Though many farmers in remote areas still face service challenges, innovations such as the Japaneseinitiated precise satellite positioning technology QZSS promise to help. The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), developed with the help of several Australian universities and research bodies, and recently trialled – with great success – on rice farms in southern NSW, can be used to guide autonomous farm-bots and drones via satellite in regions lacking mobilephone coverage and internet access. Derrick Thompson, Senior Manager, Key Accounts & Business Development at Hitachi Australia, one of the partners helping trial QZSS in Australia, says it’s about “delivering innovation” to Australia’s agricultural industry. “QZSS is a very important part of that – using satellite technology to directly control farm tractors and other devices so that you don’t need onground base stations,” Thompson says. “We’re also looking at … employing digital know-how to transform

“... software available to farmers to make sense of the data ag drones collect is now more powerful and better tailored to their needs.”


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systems on-farm and in the agricultural supply chain, enabling farmers to work in a much more strategic way – freeing them up to do other things.” Combined with drone technology, digital data can compensate for harvest-time labour shortages and allow farmers to grow more crops per hectare, per annum, says Thompson. “You can have drones mapping at night, looking for weeds, or which parts of the land need to be fertilised – then the farmer can do [those tasks] during the day. It’s making their day more efficient and, ultimately, allows for more productivity.” The Japanese satellite system enabling QZSS’s super-accurate PPP positioning technology won’t be fully operational till 2023, but it promises to make data collection

for precision agriculture – and even fully ‘autonomous’ farming – a more affordable reality.

Farm-friendly software Making the most of drone-gathered data is now far simpler, as software platforms become more precisely geared to agricultural uses. The skill requirements, for anyone with basic computer literacy, are “very straightforward”, assures Thompson; Hitachi already has software packages to go with it its data-collection tools that ‘self-learn’ and can be accessed from PCs and mobile devices. This means farmers can get information when they’re off-site. “[Users] aren’t tied to the farm; they can get alerts sent to them,” Thompson explains. “It’s a much more efficient way of doing things.”

PrecisionHawk’s Reich says that once farmers grasp the scope of the technology, they quickly recognise its potential to streamline farm production and improve their bottom lines. “As the farming industry moves into the age of smart agriculture, even traditional farmers are excited to adopt new technologies than can empower their processes,” Reich says. “Once they understand how the technology can function synergistically within their current management practices, they become eager to learn more about it and ultimately, adopt it. “For family farms, we have seen an especially increased level of interest as this ‘precision agriculture’ movement is encouraging younger family members to stay on the farm to utilise these new technological tools.”

CASA’s new drone regulations Good news: you no longer need a UAV operator’s certificate and licence from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to operate lightweight commercial drones (max. take-off weight >2kg), saving you a cool $1,400 in regulatory fees. Certain conditions apply: drones may be flown only by day, in line of sight at below 120m, more than 30 metres from people, and not within 5.5 kilometres of a controlled airport, over populous areas or near emergency operations. Land and lease holders can now operate drones weighing up to 25kg over their own properties without UAV operators’ certificates, provided that they’re not remunerated for the service and have notified CASA beforehand. Still, 25 kilos allows you to put a lot of useful equipment on board. “A 25-kilogram drone … can take a pretty good payload, could carry a fair bit of chemical around for crop spraying, could easily carry cameras and other gear to do visual inspections,” notes CASA spokesperson Peter Gibson.





Is property still the great Australian investment? asks investment expert Rowan Crosby.

aying Australians have a longstanding love affair with property may be a cliché, but it’s an accurate one. For decades, residential property has been an incredibly strong performer for home owners and investors alike. A longterm investment report released by the ASX in May 2016 showed that over the past 20 years, residential property has been the top performer among all major asset classes, producing an annual return before tax of 9.8 per cent. But in recent years, between GFCs, mining booms, Chinese property investors, SMSFs, negative gearing and rabid speculation, the residential property market has not been all smooth sailing for Australian investors. In the early 2000s, the west coast of Australia was in the grip of a property and investment boom. Led predominantly by the mining sector and strong commodity prices, property price tags got their 58

moment in the sun. Then, as all booms do, this one eventually bust. Since their peak in 2007, large areas of the mining states have failed to regain their highs, and things don’t appear to be turning around just yet. On the country’s east coast it’s been a contrasting story. While the west was booming a decade ago, it was the east that was lagging. In recent years, however, we’ve seen an influx of residential property investors, led by negatively-geared local speculators and cashed-up Chinese nationals looking to move their money out of the PRC and into perceived ‘safe haven’ markets such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The real takeaway from this property seesaw is that we are again at an inflection point for Australian property investors. The mining states and many regional areas are continuing to show either weak or negative growth, while east-coast hot spots, notably inner-city Sydney and Melbourne,

have priced out all but the most ambitious (and leveraged) investors.

Signs of a slowdown?

On the back of the second property boom in a decade, there are a few warning signs investors might want to heed.

1. The coming apartment glut

Melbourne and Sydney have been the poster kids for housing-price growth over the past few years; however, with the recent demand increase, supply is starting to come online. To put it into context: in Melbourne alone there have been around 14,000 houses built in the CBD over the past 15 years. Now consider that, as of November last year, there were 20,000 new apartments under construction, with another 19,000 already approved for construction.

2. Rising interest rates

The past few years have seen interest rates at their lowest levels in history. That goes for the


rest of the world as well, not just Australia. As recently as December 2016, however, we’ve seen the Federal Reserve in the US begin to raise rates as that nation’s economy slowly begins to turn around on the back of improving employment figures. And we have to assume that Australia is looking to go down the same path, with many of the big banks and mortgage lenders, including Westpac and NAB, raising rates out of sync with the RBA, specifically to target investors. While it’s all well and good to have low rates now, investors on 30-year loan terms need to factor in interest rates not just increasing, but being significantly higher than they are now.

3. Poor rental yields

In Sydney and Melbourne, housing prices have increased so much that annual rental yields have been pushed down into the three per cent range. While investors are cheering their capital gains, residential property prices won’t keep

going up forever, and when they eventually taper off and we see more and more supply, investors are going to be largely unimpressed with the rental shortfall.

4. Mining states still in decline

There’s still no respite for the mining states. Regardless of how many reports come out telling us how Perth and Darwin have reached the ‘bottom’ of the property cycle, analysis suggests that people and jobs are leaving these cities at a rapid rate. WA’s jobless rate increased from 6.5 per cent to 6.9 per cent in November 2016, reaching its highest level since 2002. Population growth has also slowed, reducing the demand for housing in Perth. At its peak, in 2012, the state’s population growth was 3.7 per cent; three years later, it had fallen to 1.3 per cent.

5. The dangers of negative gearing

For decades, property spruikers have talked up the benefits of using a growth strategy

that is offset with negative gearing. There’s a big problem with this strategy, however: it relies on there being growth in the first place. The combination of poor yields, rising rates and no growth is a dangerous recipe. If highly leveraged investors stop seeing capital gains and are unable to service their loans, they are going to start looking for an exit strategy.

5. Farewell to international investors

A large part of the short-term price increases in cities such as Sydney has come from international investors. Increasingly, we’ve seen banks refusing to give out loans to international investors for fear of outright fraud and doubts over some foreign clients’ ability to service the loans they’ve taken out. Add this to tightening macroprudential policies all around and some of the key drivers of growth are quickly being eliminated, making it a case of investors not wanting to be the ones left ‘holding the bag’. 59


The good news…

It’s not all bad news for investors, however. Property Investment Adviser Michael Yardney, a Director of Metropole Property Strategists, says that while we’ve seen significant gains in the Sydney and Melbourne property markets in recent years, many drivers of growth are still well and truly present in these cities. “It is likely that Melbourne and Sydney

house price values will again rise substantially in 2017, driven by affluent owner-occupiers upgrading their homes and investors chasing capital growth,” Yardney says. “But the level of house price growth will depend upon what the RBA does to interest rates. And it now seems that we could be at the bottom of the interest-rate cycle, and they could start to move upwards in 2017. “Future property price growth will also

depend upon local economic growth and local market factors.” Yardney feels that prices have already turned in some markets. “The boom has already busted in the inner-city high-rise, off-the-plan and newapartment markets in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, where the significant oversupply of apartments will stifle capital growth and rental growth for up to a decade.”


The Darwin property market is in the slump phase of its cycle, with prices likely to fall further over the year with few growth drivers on the horizon.


NATIONAL PROPERTY OUTLOOK FOR 2017 Michael Yardney predicts Australian property performance for this year…


Perth remains in the slump phase of its property cycle, with high unemployment, an oversupply of properties on the market, high vacancy rates and a poorly performing local economy.



The Adelaide property market is likely to underperform again this year, with few growth drivers and high unemployment.


Canberra’s property markets have always been affected by the federal government’s expenditure policies, but 2017 should be another good year for ACT property, especially in the inner-ring locations.


2017 will again see the Melbourne property market outperform most other capital cities due to its strong population growth, driven by sound employment growth. However, the markets will remain fragmented, with the current oversupply of new apartments creating a glut that will limit capital and rental growth in this segment of the market for a number of years.

Brisbane is suffering from an oversupply of properties, with around 9,000 new apartments completed last year, up 200 per cent from 2015. Most of these are in the CBD, city fringe and inner suburbs, and even though completions are forecast to decrease over the next few years, current oversupply will limit capital growth and rental growth for a number of years.


Sydney’s housing market is likely to again perform strongly in 2017, underpinned by major infrastructure spending, strong economic growth and employment growth, leading to population growth. Once again, it is likely that Sydney’s inner-ring suburbs will outperform the rest of the city.


Hobart property prices look cheap; however, I would be wary about buying property here. The price differential between Hobart and the mainland capitals has always been significant, and even though economic growth and tourism has picked up recently, with minimal population growth there are few long-term growth drivers in this isolated property market.



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Egelstaff says. The Project Management Institute (PMI) estimates that one-fifth of the world’s gross domestic product is spent on projects and a huge demand exists globally for skilled project managers. Addressing this global industry need, CQUniversity has invested in courses that are gearing up already skilled workers for career advancements in a variety of industries, such as graduate certificates through to masters’ courses in project management, engineering and asset and maintenance management. The latest Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) data suggests CQUniversity postgraduate graduates are reaping some great rewards. In fact, the University is above the national average for students gaining fulltime employment and is well above the national average for graduate salaries with a median salary of A$96 000 per annum. For more information regarding postgraduate study opportunities at CQUniversity visit postgrad2017.

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Iconic Queensland school empowering girls and young women ehind a stately picket fence in the tree-lined streets of Toowoomba, Queensland, stand a collection of elegant buildings forming The Glennie School, a leading regional school for girls providing the foundations to adapt and achieve in this ever-changing world. Walking around the manicured grounds inspires a curiosity to explore and learn, evoking the feelings of positivity, possibility, inclusion and respect that this prestigious boarding and day school, first established in 1908, is famous for. A well-rounded education is provided for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12, taking a collaborative approach where girls are inspired and supported by one another, staff, parents and the community on their learning journey. The curriculum is shaped around key learning areas, with all programs based upon the Australian Curriculum while teaching girls to analyse and evaluate information, enabling them to make informed decisions. All The Glennie School students have the advantage of access to first class facilities and activities in the areas of the Arts, Sport, IT and Science. The Glennie School embraces the Anglican ethos and a philosophy of giving every girl quality education in a learning environment that is happy, stimulating and challenging, empowering each student to be ‘All She Can Be’ (our school motto). Values of perseverance, resilience, integrity, honesty and humility are reinforced to help girls succeed in the real world and develop self-knowledge, relationships and interpersonal skills. The Glennie Community Kindergarten

is a popular entry point to The Glennie School, laying foundations for learning by inspiring curiosity, developing creativity and encouraging exploration. The Glennie Junior Years from Prep to Year 6 build on these foundations by continuing to encourage exploration while developing essential skills and fostering a love of learning. Girls are equipped with strong literacy, numeracy and thinking skills for future development and growth both academically and socially, with opportunities for extension and assistance programs available. The Glennie Middle Years from Years 7 to 9 focus on supporting girls through this transitional period by strengthening character, forging meaningful relationships and challenging thinking. Programs are specifically designed for students to learn and grow in ways that acknowledge and respect this unique and special time of adolescence, helping girls to develop healthy relationships with themselves and others. The Glennie Senior Years from Years 10 to 12 provide pathways for girls to become critical thinkers, global citizens and independent young women. Seniors are assisted to make suitable study choices for their post-school pathway, resulting in the majority of Glennie girls continuing to tertiary education and successful careers. If you want your daughter to realise her true potential and become All She Can Be, contact our Registrar Annie Muller on (07) 4688 8807 to book your personal tour of the school or to find out more.

All of The Glennie School students have the advantage of access to first class facilities and activities in the areas of the Arts, Sport, IT and Science





She will belong he Stuartholme Boarding mission is to make every girl feel at home, loved as she is, comfortable and secure. When young women feel like this, they can do anything. They are ready to be challenged and extended to become the very best person they can be. Deputy Principal Boarding, Andree Rice and her team of dedicated boarding professionals believe in the capability of every young woman in their care. “The staff inspire every girl to do their personal best, to aim for excellence academically and/or vocationally, to aim for high level inter-personal skills and to be compassionate and inclusive,” Rice says. Unlike most boarding models, the staff in the Stuartholme Boarding House are dedicated boarding professionals. “We don’t employ only teachers in our Boarding House; we hire staff who are passionate about providing the right care and attention to our Boarding students. “Our staff undertake high quality professional development and take part in regular and collaborative team meetings and professional conversations.”

With wellbeing at the forefront of the boarding vision for Stuartholme, Andree has developed a wellbeing program to address the specific needs of Boarders. This program is based on best practice psychology for adolescent girls and is age specific: “Our wellbeing program is designed to develop a set of wellbeing skills and a strengths-based approach so that girls believe in their own potential, know that making mistakes and failing is part of life and also know that they can change their mindset and behaviour when needed. This skill set is a conscious way to build self-esteem and resilience, which research shows is the best way to counter anxiety and depression.” The Boarding House staff also provide the girls with carefully supervised study sessions in which they have a choice of how to study; they can work on their own, collaboratively or with the support of one of our teacher-librarians. “We run study sessions focussed on the Boarders’ needs, invite teachers and Leaders of Departments upstairs

during study times and we have started a Homework Help Club.” On our Toowong campus, the Stuartholme Boarding House recognises the vital role clear communication and strong relationships with the parent community plays in the overall wellbeing of students. “We have embraced social media by creating a closed Boarding Facebook page that updates parents each week on what’s happening. The benefit of the Facebook page is that it is timely. Photos and updates can be uploaded as they happen, giving parents the chance to share special moments. The parents also receive a weekly online newsletter, News From the Nest which covers all the news and events from the last week.” The Stuartholme Boarding staff are very proud of every girl who comes into the Boarding House, the culture of inclusion and kindness ensures everyone is cared for and feels welcome. “When you come to the Stuartholme Boarding House you will belong,” says Deputy Principle Rice.



Frensham Boarding for Girls or Frensham’s annual Sample Boarding programme, we host overnight up to 40 Year 5 girls whose parents are considering Year 7 entry for their daughters as boarders... and girls come from ‘everywhere’ for the experience... The programme includes an information evening to update parents on our priorities, programmes and current goals. It is important to note the current demographic of Frensham boarders: • 50% of our current boarders are from families with no direct family experience of boarding • 30% of our current boarders are girls whose parents boarded • 20% of our boarders have grandparents or other close relatives who boarded Increasingly, parents are seeing the benefits of boarding as a whole extra element of education focused on developing emotional and intellectual maturity, self-discipline and self-management, and inspiring a deep sense of personal connection that develops when teenagers engage in positive, challenging experience. Futurists say what the world needs most is high functioning young people who are emotionally intelligent, with strong self-management skills.

Likewise, tertiary educators note that that the world of work needs young people with empathy - talented people who can value other’s points of view. From their first year at Frensham, students are ancouraged to develop these much-needed qualities. They are asked to share in organising and managing important aspects of School life, with the imperative to care about their impact. The acronym STE(A)Mm ~ STEM has been embedded in the Frensham curriculum for several years, and we have added to it. The new ‘A’ refers to

artistic expression, creativity and design thinking. With science (S) and technology (T) interpreted through engineering (E) and arts (A), all based in elements of mathematics (M), embedded in music (m); cross-faculty collaboration on the development of new projects that add quality to the rigour of the existing academic programme, is driving change. From Term 1 2017, we have added capacity to accommodate an additional 32 senior boarders. Below: Linden Turner House – new expansion for senior boarders.

Frensham is an outward-looking, forward-thinking boarding school which provides a rigorous, personalised academic programme. On a spectacular 140 hectare campus, in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Frensham is unique in Australia with more than seventy per cent of the total school enrolment of 340 girls in residence. Boarding at Frensham is not about distance from School – it is about a adding whole extra element of education, focused on developing emotional and intellectual maturity, self-discipline and self-management, and a deep sense of personal connection. When boarders from Berlin, Barraba, Bellevue Hill and Bowral learn to live, study, have fun and flourish together at Frensham – it is not by chance! 89


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Learning independence, understanding priorities ndependence is one of the greatest gifts that parents can give to their children. Today, when many parents feel pressured to be involved in every aspect of their child’s life, boarding can be the perfect antidote. Young men and women are required to navigate through adolescence, building resilience and accountability. Parents aren’t always there to shield them from natural causes and effects. Boarding schools are good places to fail and succeed—which makes them great places to learn. It’s a controlled freedom. Students don’t just have to manage their own affairs, they learn how to live and deal with others on an ongoing basis. They are challenged to develop their interpersonal skills because there is no hiding at boarding school. A child who is dropped off in the morning and picked up at three o’clock by Mum or Dad might not be challenged to develop the same peer skills as a boy who lives with other students on campus. Boarding is a transformative experience in learning to communicate with others, something many people don’t get until later in life.

The sense of community and personal growth

What many students say they love about boarding at Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview is the community atmosphere created within the school dynamic. “The best thing about boarding is that you’re living with up to 80 of your best friends.” Callum Ryan (OR2012; College Captain and Dux) Academics are important but when students get together after they’ve graduated it’s not the great history class they remember, but their time on Lane Cove River or in the dormitory. It’s a bond that binds men of different ages and cultures. Strong academic opportunities

Riverview boarding students take part in daily after-school supervised study. Regular supervised study time improves student-learning outcomes. “It was through the set study times I found my results started to improve. Boarding was the turning point for me academically.” Max Mills (OR2016; ATAR 99.9) The outlook of teachers who support

the boarding community isn’t that of a job, but a vocation, where they become an important role model in each of their students’ lives. Teachers work with students, share meals and often live on campus, making it a unique environment based upon a strong sense of community. Preparation for life after school

While the educational experience in boarding is important to personal and educational growth and development, it’s also a pre-cursor to life after school. Our boarding students are well prepared to enter higher education or the workforce. “The opportunity of leadership has challenged me a lot. I’ve done things that I never thought I would be able to do.” Lochie Flagg (OR2016) Riverview boarders don’t just get into university: they arrive prepared to succeed, with the ability to manage their own lives. They become strong, confident individuals capable of leadership and self-initiative. Boarding at Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview provides an environment for these important qualities to be nurtured.


Her dreams for tomorrow are our focus today. Consider Clayfield College Boarding and let her light shine. Open Morning Thursday 16 March 2017 8:45am to 10:30am A School of the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association.

07 3262 0262

23 Gregory Street Clayfield QLD 4011


The Clayfield College Way layfield College is a place where all individuals are valued for their unique qualities and talents. Our academic, pastoral and co-curricular programs, supported by our exceptional teaching staff, are essential in providing opportunities for our students to grow and develop in mind, heart, body and spirit. Clayfield College is one of Queensland’s leading schools, providing a tradition of quality education. Founded in 1931, the College has a proud history of offering a Christian learning environment in which students are encouraged, nurtured and inspired to achieve personal excellence. The College is located in the beautiful inner-northern Brisbane suburb of Clayfield, only six and a half kilometres from the central business district and served well by public transport. The Citytrain network is situated close by and the College is centrally located to Brisbane City Council and private bus lines. The College is only five kilometres from the Domestic and International airports as well as the Gateway arterial road that links the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. Clayfield College welcomes students from all over Australia and the world, catering for girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12 and boys from Pre-Prep to Year 6. The College is also a Boarding School for girls, caring for students from Years 5 - 12, on a daily, casual, weekly or term basis. Clayfield College has developed a proud tradition of boarding for more than 75 years, enriching the lives of generations of young girls and affording them the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships. The Carolyn Hauff Boarding House is a stand-alone and fully self-contained facility. Our girls enjoy safe, secure and comfortable surroundings where they can learn, grow and become independent young women. The Boarding House offers a variety of accommodation options. There are also numerous recreational rooms, quiet spaces, a library and music room, as well as a new spacious dining room that features an outdoor verandah for our girls to utilise. Clayfield College is justifiably proud of

our academic record and achievements. The College is recognised within the wider community as a school that inspires students to strive for academic success. We offer a stimulating and engaging curriculum, that incorporates innovative learning experiences, and is personalised to challenge the learning needs of every student. We encourage our students to be flexible and critical in their thinking, to apply their knowledge, and utilise an array of research methodologies and technology to confidently respond to learning tasks. Our aim is to build the confidence of each student by recognising effort and achievement, whilst celebrating personal excellence. As a dynamic teaching and learning community, the College is committed to continuous improvement. To support the diversity of our learners, we strengthen the learning of our educators through ongoing professional development, to ensure they are equipped with the most contemporary teaching styles and educational practices. Our comprehensive academic programs provide our students with solid foundations in literacy and numeracy in the early years, culminating in learning experiences that challenge and extend our students in Year 12. Clayfield College believes in providing learning opportunities for our students that promote the development and expression of their unique abilities and talents. Our aim is to ensure our students become independent and engaged learners, with a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime. Our students are encouraged to broaden their interests by extending themselves in the arts, languages, sport and community service through our extensive co-curricular program. Through our comprehensive Creative and Performing Arts program, we offer our students a variety of opportunities to pursue and enjoy the wonderful world of Music, Visual Art, Drama and Dance. Our wonderful languages program offers Chinese and Spanish from Prep to Year 3, and Chinese, Japanese and Spanish from Year 4.

We also believe that maintaining a healthy body is pivotal for our students’ development. Participation in sporting activities is encouraged for all students from Pre-Prep to Year 12. Clayfield College offers excellent sporting facilities, including a multi-purpose Physical Education Centre and gymnasium, a heated swimming pool complex, playing fields, tennis and netball courts, and access to external sporting fields. Our sporting program encourages all students to achieve their full potential and to contribute to the success of their teams. Our Service program offers opportunities for our students to participate in local and global community service groups and projects to develop their sense of individual responsibility – not only to College life and the community within which they live, but to society as a whole. Our Pastoral Care Program focuses on a holistic approach which encourages our students to develop commitment, self-discipline, self-motivation and a sense of social responsibility. We encourage our students to be happy, laugh often, work hard and give back to the community. Ultimately, what Clayfield College offers is an opportunity for your son or daughter to explore their full potential. Our highly experienced staff have the passion, drive and ability to inspire and guide, him or her, to be the very best they can be.



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We Understand... the emotional and financial commitment of being away from family and friends is a difficult one... St Ursula’s College is a Day and Boarding School for girls in Years 7 to 12 with a Catholic ethos. Rich in tradition and strong in leadership, we understand the challenges facing boarder families and we are here to help wherever we can, and our smaller boarding community means your daughter is just as special to us as she is to you. Contact us today to see how we can enrich your daughter’s schooling experience. - Bursaries now available 38 Taylor Street - TOOWOOMBA QLD 4350 Phone: 07 4632 7611 Fax: 07 4638 5634 Email:


Help her achieve to the best of her abilities at St Ursula’s magine a boarding school where your daughter is just as special to us as she to you and where STEM and academic result are just as important as fun and friendship. We invite you to imagine no longer, and take some time to visit us at St Ursula’s College Toowoomba, where we not only provide an environment for your daughter which contributes to academic results, but a space where she can grow into a young woman prepared for a wondrous future. Rich in leadership and strong in our Ursuline traditions, the College provides subjects and learning experiences in specialist facilities equipped with the latest technology, catering for the individual needs and interests of all girls. Offering state-of- the- art media, creative and dramatic arts facilities (including professional dance areas), high tech science laboratories, a vast

range of sport choices as well as VET and hospitality options, you can be assured that your daughter will be encouraged to achieve in all areas of her education. Learning enrichment support and teacher tutoring is also on-hand should your daughter be in need of some extra assistance. At St Ursula’s College, we understand the emotional and financial commitment of being away from family and friends is a difficult one and as such, we provide a safe, close-knit boarding community staffed by a team of committed, experienced boarding house supervisors, who impart the love and support your daughter needs, especially if this is her first time away from home. We can assure you though, that being an ‘Ursie Boarder’ is not all hard work, because we take the time to get to know your daughter’s interests outside of school,

engaging her in fun activities including regular supervised shopping trips as well as expeditions to the beach and theme parks during our boarder weekends. There is no need to worry about her nutritional wellbeing either, as along with her academic and emotional wellbeing, our team of in-house chefs will provide healthy, delicious homestyle meals to keep her nutritionally sustained. You can be assured she is in good hands at St Ursula’s. We invite you to contact our Registrar on 07 4632 7611 or via email at to find out how St Ursula’s College can enrich your daughter’s schooling experience. Additional information regarding our curriculum, fee structure and Macbook Air computer program is available on our website

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NEW SOUTH WALES Bella Vita Tours

Griffith, NSW

0437 927 651

BIG4 Sunshine, South West Rocks

161 Phillip Drive, South West Rocks, NSW 2431

1300 509 649

First Creek Wines

600 McDonalds Rd Pokolbin NSW 2320

02 4998 2992

Griffith Easter Party

Griffith, NSW

1800 681 141

Hunter Valley Uncorked Avalon

Avalon Beach, NSW

02 4990 0900

Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival

Various locations in Hunter Valley, NSW

02 4990 0900

Old Dubbo Gaol

90 Macquarie Street, Dubbo, NSW 2830

02 6801 4460

Parkes Visitor Information Centre

Newell Highway, Parkes, NSW 2870

02 6862 6000

Quality Hotel Rules Club Wagga

188 Fernleigh Road, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650

02 6931 2000

Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre

Yulin Avenue, Cooma, NSW, 2630

1800 632 776

Thredbo Alpine Village

Thredbo Alpine Village, Friday Drive / PO Box 92, Thredbo 2625

1300 020 589

VIP Private Tours

13 Pleasant Place, Tuross Head, NSW 2537

0437 143 477

Wingham Akoostik Music Festival

PO Box 177 Wingham, NSW 2429

0417 570 359


Big Red Dune, Birdsville, QLD

see website

Broadbeach Country Music Festival

Broadbeach, Gold Coast, QLD

07 5656 0100

Charleville Cosmos Centre & Observatory

1 Milky Way Charleville QLD 4470

07 4654 7771

Eromanga Natural History Museum

1 Dinosaur Drive, Eromanga, QLD 4480

07 4656 4967

Rambutan Townsville

113-119 Flinders St Townsville QLD 4810

07 4771 6915

The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites

73 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane QLD 4005

07 3226 8888


Ceduna Airport / PO Box 11, Ceduna, SA 5690

08 8625 9051

Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb

Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide SA 5006

08 8331 5222

Nautilus Arts Centre

66 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln, SA 5606

08 8621 2351

Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre

3 Adelaide Place, Port Lincoln, SA 5606

1300 788 378


Eyre Peninsula, SA

1800 088 589

49 Frank Freeman Drive, Esperance, WA 6450

08 90711 861

WESTERN AUSTRALIA Esperance Chalet Village

TASMANIA King island Discovery Tours and Benn's Buses

PO Box 265, Currie, TAS 7256

0429 709 864

King Island Tourism Incorporated

5 George St, Currie, TAS 7256

03 6462 1778


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T 0437 927 651 E Griffith's early migrants brought with them traditions like salami making, preserving olives and sauce (suggo) day. Since then, Griffith has grown into a cosmopolitan city, with a thriving wine industry, abundant agriculture and topnotch hospitality. Join Bella Vita Tours to experience, taste, and explore the fascinating and beautiful lifestyle of Griffith.



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If you are looking for the best family holiday EVER, look no further! The kids will never want to leave this park, and we know happy kids = happy parents. We have it all; amazing service, fantastic facilities including Shipwreck Island Water Park, friendly Kangaroos, fresh food and accommodation options.

First Creek chief winemaker Liz Silkman has been crowned 2011 and 2016 Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year. Our highly acclaimed wines include Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and an extensive range of varieties such as Vermentino, Pinot Gris and Tempranillo. You are invited to visit our James Halliday Five Red Star Winery seven days a week from 10am.





Immerse yourself in the Hunter Valley way of life and unearth the tastes, sights and stories of that beautiful wine soaked haven at Sydney's Avalon Beach on Sunday 23 April. Meander through the myriad of stalls sampling gourmet delights, and sit back amongst a fusion of wine, food and good company by the sea.

Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival showcases the region's diverse wine and food culture with a series of themed activities throughout May and June. Wine and dine with leading Hunter Valley winemakers and chefs or take part in an array of fun and interactive classes to fine-tune your culinary skills.







T 1800 681 141 E The Griffith Easter Party is a weekend in this culturally diverse town loaded with festivities and family fun. A children's breakfast, winery events, fabulous food, local foodie tours, jet boats, Pioneer Park Museum Action Day and more will keep the whole family entertained. Book your accomodation in advance. 14-17 April 2017

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This remarkably complete and intact gaol is nestled in the main street of Dubbo in central New South Wales, and one of the historic town's key tourist attractions. Open daily, the gaol offers tours that run throughout the year, including a Characters in Costumes tour, the Guided Escapes Tour, Twilight Tours and the spooky Beyond the Grave tour. See our website for details.



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Iconic attractions and colourful events including the world famous CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, and the internationally renowned Elvis Festival, have cemented Parkes as a must-visit destination for travellers. Located in Central NSW on the major inland motoring corridor, Parkes offers quality accommodation and dining options along with friendly country hospitality.

Quality Hotel Rules is a modern, three-level complex with a lift service to all floors and secure parking onsite for hotel guests. Accessible rooms are available on each level. Travellers can enjoy the complimentary dining and entertainment facilities within the Club.

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This state-of-the-art visitor facility showcases the amazing history of the Snowy Mountains Scheme; from the early days of construction through to how it is operated by Snowy Hydro today. This is a must for any visitor the Snowy Mountains region! Entry is free.

Thredbo Mountain Bike Park is the home of epic alpine riding. There’s chairlift-accessed gravity trails, skills parks, a linked network of cross country trails, a fast flowing pump track and a team of qualified guides to take your riding to the next level. Hit the slopes this Autumn.




Visit the website for tickets, contact details, lineup and all other information


Australia’s most remote music festival heads back to the outback in July 2017, with a huge line up of iconic Australian country and rock artists, including Missy Higgins and Lee Kernaghan's 'Legends of Country'. This three-day event is an outback experience not to be missed! Tickets are available via the website.

From July 28 – 30, experience three huge days of the best country music on outdoor stages and in venues throughout Broadbeach, and it’s all completely FREE! Catch international band America, plus local acts Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley, Shane Nicholson, Travis Collins, Fanny Lumsden and more.






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BE AMAZED - visit our observatory and experience the beauty of our outback sky. View the sheer beauty of the Milky Way Galaxy, stargaze through powerful Meade telescopes. During daylight hours join us in Sun Viewing and Astronomy by Day. Bookings are essential.

At this new Outback Australian dinosaur museum, you'll see the real bones of Australia’s largest dinosaur ‘Cooper’. You can prepare dinosaur or megafauna bones, join a dinosaur or megafauna dig, stay 4 star on-site or take a 4WD dig tag-along tour. Schools to seniors, there's something at Eromanga for all ages.


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Akoostic is a three-day celebration of music, held annually in the beautiful Manning Valley at Wingham on the NSW mid coast. This vibrant event attracts incredible artists including Ross Wilson, James Reyne and Richard Clapton. Subscribe on our website for 2017 updates and super earlybird tickets.

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T 1300 020 589 E


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From arrival at Moruya Airport, VIP Private Tours will integrate your travel between accommodation, business, leisure activities and sightseeing. Our flexible private transport and local tours accommodate 1-6 people with luggage. Book a tour and visit a working oyster farm, see stunning coastal scenery and get close to native wildlife.



A luxury backpacker’s hostel for both international and domestic travellers visiting tropical Townsville; Rambutan is Townsville's most vibrant place to eat, stay or play! Rambutan Backpacker Resort combines a variety of affordable accommodation options, with a relaxing poolside, and a stunning rooftop bar and restaurant where guests can get aquainted.




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The New Inchcolm Hotel and Suites is a distinctly boutique hotel of impeccable style and clandestine character, located in the heart of Brisbane. Featuring 50 luxurious rooms, Thomson's Reserve Restaurant and Socialites cocktail bar, it's where modern elegance meets thoughtful luxury. This is the ideal city base.


T 08 8621 2351 E The Centre includes a 500-seat Nautilus Theatre, two gallery spaces, a gallery shop that showcases and sells the work of local artists, and meeting and workshop spaces available for hire. The auditorium is available as a flat floor space for balls, cabaret, fashion shows, weddings and conferences.Open Monday to Saturday.


T 08 9071 1861 E The village is a collection of laid back cabins, chalets and shacks all individually styled – an idyllic hideaway located close to town and within walking distance to our famous secluded, pure white sandy beaches. The village is the perfect holiday base to enjoy the stunning Cape Le Grand and meet the 'roos of Lucky Bay. Escape the ordinary.



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Chinta Air has been servicing Outback Australia for nearly 20 years, with scenic flights, business charters and tailor made air tours. With bases in Adelaide, at Ceduna in the Flinders Ranges and at the Nullarbor Roadhouse in winter, we are happy to look after your travel arrangements to allow you to focus on your work, or relax into your holiday.


T 08 8331 5222 E Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb will literally take you to new heights at the world-class Adelaide Oval - in the heart of the city! This exhilarating adventure will have you travelling along the impressive curved roofline of the Oval as you soak up 360 degree views of the city and beyond.




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T 1300 788 378 E


When you arrive at the Eyre Peninsula's 'Seafood Capital of Australia' Port Lincoln, visit us to obtain permits, book land based tours, ferry tickets and charters for sharks, tuna, seals and fishing. Drop in for travel brochures, souvenirs and postcards, internet access, photocopying and faxing, seven days a week.

Where the sun rises up into an endless sky early each morning, spreading its glorious colourful rays on the sparkling water, while some locals are setting their boats ready for fishing and others are starting their day with a morning stroll along the sand and shores of Whyalla. Unearth natural wonders; visit Whyalla, South Australia.



PO BOX 265, CURRIE, TAS, 7256


King Island Discovery Tours and Benn's Buses have all your transport needs covered on King Island. Golf tours,scenic tours or special interest tours, we can move you wherever you want to go. Competitive rates, gourmet food packages and experienced informative drivers. We look forward to being of service to you.

King Island. A place to stay with space to play. Visit this Tasmanian isle for Australia's best golf, cheese, beef and seafood with a friendly, laid back pace to boot! Experience deserted beaches and million dollar views, just forty minutes from Melbourne! What are you waiting for?

M 0429 709 864 E

T 03 6462 1778 E

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