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February 2012

The Hunter and Beyond Inside:

Newcastle Bellydance Festival Page 11

Pool Parties Page 12

National Maritime Festival Newcastle

Quirindi Race Day Page 47


Monthly Markets Guide Jewellery at Maitland Market

brac, secondhand books etc. Phone 4998 8244 or see the website for more info Farmers and Artisans Market 3rd Sat of each month 10am-2pm at Linuwel School 133 Morpeth Rd, East Maitland. Locally produced organic food and wine, quality handcrafts, music and wholistic services. Ph: Amelia 4936 6220. Gresford Community Markets Third Sun of each month, new stallholders welcome. Ph: 4938 9488.

Hunter Street Markets, Newcastle 5 days every week, Wed - Sun 9am-3pm. Hunter St, Newcastle. Ph 02 99992226. The Olive Tree Market First Sat of every month 9am - 3pm. Newcastle’s handmade artisans market. Held at the Junction Public School and operates Rain, Hail or Shine! Ph: Justine on 0439 649 058.

Kurri Kurri Farmers Markets 2nd Sat of month: Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri 8am-1pm. Ph: 4937 2640. Gloucester Farmers Market 2nd Saturday of each month from June until 10th December. A selection of fresh fruit and vegetables together with olives, jams, honey, wine and other tasty foods! 8:30am til 12:00noon. When there is an opportunity, buy some fresh and tasty lunch to enjoy in the park! Ph 6538 5250

Raymond Terrace Market Third Sat of every month at Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace 9am to 2pm. Free entry. Selling a variety of fresh locally grown produce and handmade products.
Enquiries: 0412 721 723.

Maitland Fair Market First Sun of every month (except Jan); third Sun in Oct, Nov & Dec. Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, 8am - 2pm. Over 600 stalls. Australia’s largest and most successful regional Market. Ph: 02 4962 5522.

Medowie Market Second Sat of each month from 8-12.30am outside the Bull & Bush Pub, Ferodale Road, Medowie. For more information please contact the Admin Office on 49829123.

Maitland Fresh Food Markets Every Thur in the Maitland Heritage Mall from 9am until 3.30pm. Live entertainment. Also visit and enjoy all of the local boutiques, local cafes and restaurants.

Blackbutt Markets

Branxton Lions Club Market Saturday 16th April from 8am - 2pm at Branxton Community Hall, Bowen Street, Branxton.

Held at the Blackbutt Reserve on the last on the last Saturday of the month from 8.30am to 1.30pm. 51 stalls with top quality goods at this beautiful location in Richley Reserves car park. Email: Swansea Market Fourth Sat of the month. Quinn Park, Swansea next to pool. 7:30am - 12:30pm. Stallholders ph Val McCarter 4972 1705. Laguna Markets

All local produce as well as hand spun wool, jewellery, vintage linen, bric-a-


Parklea Markets Newcastle Open Sat & Sun 8.30am to 4pm at corner Sunnyholt and Old Windsor Rds, Parklea. All the best Australia has to offer under one roof. Ph: 9629 3311 www. Morisset Mega Markets Off the F3 Freeway, Morisset exit. Open Sat, Sun & Public Holiday Monday. 8.30am to 4.30pm. 3 acres

undercover - 100’s of market stalls. www. Singleton Markets 4th Sat of every month at Singleton Showground. Ph: 6574 5390. Singleton Farmers Markets Corner York & Bathurst St, Singleton. Buy direct from quality NSW farmers and producers. Ph: 4930 5159. Muswellbrook Markets 2nd Sunday of every month (except Jan) at Muswellbrook Showground 8am to 1pm. Home cooking, craft, soaps and second hand goods. Ph 02 6543 1141. Denman Farmers Market 1st Saturday of each month except May. 8am to 1pm. Lions Park, Denman. Thornton Markets First Saturday of every second month beginning in March and finishing in November, in the church grounds on the corner of Taylor Avenue and Government Road, Thornton, from 8am till 1pm. Huge variety of stalls like craft, cakes, plants, bric a brac, jewellery, trash n treasure, and a BBQ to whet anyone's appetite! Site booking: Michelle 4966 3335. Wyee Community Markets 2nd Sat of month, Wyee Hall Grounds, Cnr Wyee Rd & Hue Hue Road. Stall Holders welcome. Ph: Janet 4357 1426. Quirindi Quota Club Markets Second Saturday in the month at Rose Lea Park, Quirindi. Wide variety of stalls selling plants, cakes, honey, fruit, bric a brac, jewellery etc.  For further information phone Jan Forscutt 6747 1490. Handmade in the Hunter Markets February Markets: 11th, 18th & 25th @ Kevin Sobels Wines (cnr Broke & Halls Rds) Polkolbin. 9am-4pm. Wide variety of unique items that are all 100% handmade and homegrown in the Hunter area by Hunter residents. Davistown RSL Markets 19 Murna Road, Davistown. All weather undercover markets selling a huge variety of goods. Oct-no market, Nov 20 and Dec 18 (all Sundays 9am-2pm). Ph 0407757866

OURIMBAH RSL MARKET Pacific Hwy, Ourimbah. Undercover market held inside the Club and flowing onto the verandah. Feb 25, Mar 24, Apr 28, May 26, Jun 23, Jul 28, Aug 25, Sept 22, Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 15, 2012 (All Saturdays 10am-2pm)

Bob’s Timber and Stuff Bob’s Timber and Stuff has been doing the rounds of local Hunter markets for a number of years with their partner in crime, Lady Land Studios. This father and daughter combo shares a double site at Handmade in the Hunter markets. Using locally sourced timbers, Bob shares his passion and knowledge of all things timber, especially the art of wood turning. Bob’s extensive range of handcrafted items includes timber and acrylic turned pens, potpourri bowls, earrings trees and kitchen accessories in the form of large sturdy chopping boards, coffee mug trees, paper towel holders, serviette holders, cheese boards and cheese knives and his very popular tea light candle logs. These are great for inside and outside use. Another arm to Bob’s work is his range of handmade olive oil based soaps. These are great for all skin types but especially gentle for those with sensitive skin. In a variety of scents and designs, these are all available at his stall, just off the verandah of the tasting room at Kevin Sobels Winery. Stop by for chat, smell the soaps, admire the timbers and enjoy the range of handcrafted items. Bob is happy to discuss product ideas and orders. Handmade in the Hunter Market

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Charity Markets 2012 DAVISTOWN RSL (Sun 9am-2pm MARKET ) 19 Murna Rd, Davistow n. Undercove r market held in the Club’s Auditorium an d flowing onto the verandah . Feb 19, Mar 18, Apr 15, M ay–no marke t, Jun 17, Jul 15 , Aug 19, Sept 16, Oct–no m arke Dec 16  (Sunda t, Nov 18, ys 9am-2pm)

To book a stall or for more details please phone Sue at Fairhaven on 4323 3566 or 0407 757 866 or email

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

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


Hunter Vineyard

From the Editor


February Hello and welcome to the February issue of the Hunter iMag, your FREE monthly guide to what’s on around the Hunter region and surrounding areas. Once again, there is a whole host of events taking place in our region and whether you are a music fan, a foodie or just want something fun to do with your family; there is something for everyone. If you’re looking for a little TLC after the frantic times during the holidays, then visit the Bodhi Healing Festival in Newcastle (see page 34) and indulge in a little well-earned “me” time. Go on, you deserve it! For family fun in the February sun then check out page 12 for the venues and dates of pool parties at the council pools in and around Newcastle.

On page 21 you’ll find information on the Country Music Shindig at Lostcok Dam Caravan Park on 25th February – with lots of great acts, hot food and a family atmosphere it promises to be a fabulous event so don’t miss it! For events with an agricultural theme then look no further than the Cessnock Campdraft on February 24th or be tempted by the intrigue at Tales of Tocal at the homestead in Paterson. Based on a true mystery at the farm the audience will be asked to step back in time to 1874 on a night of gruesome discovery… Whatever you decide to do, have a fun packed month and enjoy this beautiful region with its amazing places to visit and warm and friendly welcome wherever you go.

February is a month steeped in romance so if you are thinking about that all important proposal or you want to plan your big day then the Hunter Valley Gardens wedding show is a must. See page xx for details.

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Tasting in the Hunter Adina Vineyard’s Cellar Door The cellar door is an experience in itself. As you step into the striking new building you will begin to see and feel the Adina Experience.What makes their cellar door unique? - The wines and the people! Adina want their guests to relax, take in the stunning views over the vineyard, For that special Hunter taste sensation...try

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enjoy the cellar door music and browse for interesting wines and other unique gifts. They want you to take the time to talk with the friendly Adina team, who can assist you to appreciate each wine and make the right choices. The cellar door is open 7 days 10am - 5 pm. Adina Vineyard is located at 492 Lovedale Road, Lovedale. Look for them on the right at the top of the hill after you cross over the bridge at Deadman's Creek, about 4 kilometres from the start of Lovedale Road near Cessnock airport and the Visitor's Information Centre. The Vineyard The cellar door is new, but the vineyard is not. Vines have been grown on this property since the 1860's, and the modern vineyard was mostly planted in the 1980's, so the vines are nicely matured. Over the years there have been many memorable wines produced from grapes grown on the property. The varieties grown include the Hunter classics - semillon, chardonnay and shiraz. They also feature different cabernet varieties - both cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc and they have become very well known

for their Italian varieties of pinot grigio and sangiovese. Most times all of these varieties and more are available for tasting and sales at the cellar door. You can also buy your favourite Adina wines on-line. They will ship to your home or office at any postal address in Australia. Orders placed by noon on any business day will be dispatched on the same day. For more details, see the website

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

One of the area’s most popular destinations

Specialising in beautifully boxed wedding chocolate

Elegantly wrapped for that someone special

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


Lovedale (Factory)

820 Lovedale Road Lovedale Ph 4930 7388

CBC Bed and Breakfast Café Come and enjoy a selection of tasty bites in the beautiful historic surroundings of the café. Culinary delights include delicious Devonshire Teas, as election of cakes and slices, gourmet sandwiches as well as light meals. Breakfasts are also available. The restaurant is open on Friday and Saturday evenings – bookings are essential. Families are welcome and a children’s menu is available. All meals are made fresh on the premises. CBC Bed and Breakfast Café, 19 King St. Paterson NSW 2421 ph: 02 4938 5767. For more info see the website


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

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

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

Hermitage Road, Pokolbin. Ph: 02 4998 7500

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

Shop 11, Hunter Valley Gardens, Broke Road, Pokolbin


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My focus with Chardonnay is to generate a powerful style with long concentrated flavours, while retaining vibrant freshness and a good potential for cellaring. Fully ripe fruit is sourced from old and low yielding vines, expressing concentrated citrus, pear, and pineapple characters, with elements of minerally complexity. Sophisticated barrel-fermentation in new French oak (Seguin Moreau and Dargaud & Jeagle) adds fine vanilla richness and spice to the bouquet and flavour. The Chardonnay receives minimal malo-ferment. The texture

and flavour complexity is derived from solids-in-ferment, producing a fruit richness that persists well on to the finish. The result is a tight, bright, focussed wine: a concentrated nucleus of ripe fruit power, balanced with fine oak, and finishing with a clean racy acid. Cellaring will allow the creamy softness to build and subtle cashew-nut characters to develop. This is a fabulous wine – rich, smooth and delicious. m We loved it! Share it with m e a ti nd friends or keep it all to yourself. From just $24 a bottle – it is reasonably priced too. Purchase from cellar door at Hermitage Road or online at


Keith Tulloch Chardonnay

Party for 8/10 1 scotch fillet 1 jar of River Flats Estate Chargrilled Capsicum Tapenade 4 sheets frozen puff pastry River Flats Estate Bush Tomato Chutney

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

319 Wilderness Road, Lovedale Phone: 1300 958 850


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

10 tomatoes, sliced, 1 jar baby bocconcini, sliced 1/2 bunch basil, torn, Salt & pepper Caramelised balsamic vinegar 1kg baby potatoes, 1/2 bottle River Flats Estate Basil & Garlic Dressing 3 bunches fresh asparagus 1 tbsp River Flats Estate Lemon Infused Oil Method: Preheat oven to 200c. Wash & dry the scotch fillet, overlap the 4 sheets of pastry to form a large square. Smear the tapenade over the scotch fillet, wrap in the pastry placing the joins underneath. Cook for 20 minutes per 500g plus 20 minutes extra (for medium). Rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with chutney. In a bowl, layer tomatoes, bocconcini & basil sprinkling each layer with salt & pepper. When finished drizzle with caramelised balsamic. Boil potatoes till soft, cut in half toss in dressing and serve hot. Boil water in a deep frypan, add asparagus, blanch for a couple of minutes, refresh in cold water, drain & toss with River Flats Estate Lemon Infused Oil.

Bolwarra General Store & Café

And the Winner is...Oscars

Shop 15, Hunter Valley Gardens Pokolbin

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

Coffee Shops in the Hunter

Café & Restaurant Open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Affordable prices, friendly staff with a takeaway menu.

22 Paterson Rd, Bolwarra. Phone: 4930 0988

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

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

319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale. Ph: 1300 958 850

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


Club Café

Great Coffee • Café style brunches Open 7 days 1 – 7 Darwin Street, Cessnock Ph: 4993 2655 Fax: 4991 1506


Newcastle Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city which has everything from world-class surfing beaches, to the emerging food scene, Newcastle has it all. Explore and uncover the flavour and allure of the city’s streetscapes and waterfronts – each with its own feel and character. Five of the city’s pristine beaches are on the eastern side of the promontory. These include; Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle Beach, Bar Beach, Dixon Park Beach and Merewether Beach. There are many activities which take place on the beaches which will provide much entertainment such as swimming clubs, kite surfing, rock pools and baths, watching hang-gliders and surfing lessons. A day at the beach in Newcastle is unlike any other. The Café culture is emerging as Newcastle shifts from steel to style. There are four main areas in the Newcastle precinct which have the most popular food culture which are; Darby Street in Cooks Hill; The Harbour waterfronts including Honeysuckle, Beaumont Street in Hamilton and The Junction. All areas have a range of different eateries to suit any group or individual. Newcastle is a city that embraces and nurtures creativity, and holds local arts practitioners in high esteem. Newcastle is host to a colourful and

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

...will take you there!

Over 100 creative minds at The Olive Tree Market! The Olive Tree Market is back, full of exciting stalls after a summer break, on February 4th . Started in 2008, The Olive Tree Market

At the Junction Public School

Home to over 100 creative minds!!

Saturday Feb 4th

9am - 3pm Rain, Hail or Shine


has developed a strong reputation in Newcastle, The Hunter and further afield as the dedicated Handmade Market of the region and is the home of over 100 creative minds. The market has seen the emergence of many talented emerging artists as well as representing established artisans. After an amazing 2011, The Olive Tree Market will continue to grow in 2012 and interested contemporary Artists &

Designers are welcome to apply. The Olive Tree Market operates on the first Saturday of the month Rain, Hail or Shine from 9am-3pm. Coming dates include: February 4th, March 3rd, April 7th, May 5th and June 2nd. Contact: E: BLOG: http://theolivetreemarket.

Newcastle Bellydance Festival - The Bellydance Evolution II 25 & 26 February - Newcastle NSW Ladies of Newcastle - get your shimmy belts on! In February Newcastle will see its 2nd Bellydance Festival occur, bringing bellydance to the forefront in our Community. This year there are 16 Workshops on offer in Oriental, Tribal & Fusion Bellydance, Bollywood, Yoga & Drumming, with workshops available for Beginners right through to Professional Levels. For those who have never tried bellydancing, it is a fun and fabulous form of exercise not just for the body but also for the soul! It is also an opportunity for those already bellydancing to expand their techniques and try other genres within Bellydance. The Flames of the Phoenix Dance Spectacular on Saturday evening will have you Ablaze with Colour, Light & Movement at an Enchanting Evening of Dance, Music and Celebration. You will be treated to a unique evening of Bellydance, Bollywood & Drumming Performances, showcasing some of the Hunter’s most Professional Dancers, Troupes and Special Guests from around Australia and New Zealand. This is one show not to be missed. The Sunday Performance Bazaar – Stageside will provide with All-Day

Entertainment, Music and more! Shop till you Drop at the Stalls for Funky Jewellery, Linens, Giftwares, Bellydance Wear and Gypsy Clothing. A fun and informal day for all to enjoy! For further Information and online bookings, please visit the website Ph: 0438 474 535 E: PO Box 161, Mayfield NSW 2304.


25 & 26 FEBRUARY 2012 — NEWCASTLE NSW Sponsored by Eastern Dreaming & Cinnamon Twist

16 Workshops —Bellydance, Yoga & Drumming Oriental, Tribal & Fusion Bellydance, Bollywood , Drumming & Yoga Workshops hosted by Australian & NZ Presenters The Flames of the Phoenix — Dance Spectacular A Night of Dancing & Entertainment with performances by Renowned National and International Bellydancers, Drummers & Indian Dancers. Stageside — Bazaar Performance Day Shop Till You Drop at the Market Stalls & Be Entertained by All-Day Performances & Music

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Hunter River Discovery Cruise Explore the mighty Hunter River on a return journey from Newcastle to Raymond Terrace. Marvel at the dramatically changing landscape of a 6 hour voyage from the city hustle along Newcastle’s foreshore through to the serenity of the Kooragang Wetlands. Indulge in a delicious home-style Devonshire tea served on board while meandering past farmlands adjoining the Hunter River. We take a break at the Junction Inn Hotel in Raymond Terrace, a country-style pub on the river that will be serving you a delicious hot roast lunch before making our

return journey. The crew provides an interesting and informative commentary throughout the journey. One of the highlights will include having the Pacific Highway come to a complete stand-still as the Hexham Bridge is raised to allow for our passage. A great day out for all the family to enjoy. Make this part of your National Maritime Festival activities this January. Departs Lee Wharf Pontoon at 10am, returning 4pm the second Sunday of each month. For more information call 0400 381 787 or see the website


Fun, family Pool Parties

Waterchild - new Australian Drama at NTC

The City of Newcastle and L!vesites combine to present the Pool Parties event at each of the Council owned swimming centres during February and March. Entertainment will be provided by Ship of Fools, Scallywagz, Phantasia, The Punchinello Puppet Show on stage while Liam and Damo will provide roving entertainment. The program is aimed to provide continuous family entertainment in a safe and fun environment. Come along between 10am and 3pm. Being held on 4th Feb at Stockton, 11th Feb at Wallsend, 18th Feb at Beresfield, 25th February at Mayfield and 10th March Lambton.

Water Child, a new Australian play by CONDA* and Guild Award** winning actress Emma Wood, explores these controversial questions and more. A drama with comic touches, the play examines issues surrounding one couple’s desire to start a family later in life, including miscarriage, relationship and wider family tensions. These questions will resonate with modern audiences, but are not often tackled on stage. Reactions to play readings to date have been complex and emotional, arousing in readers and listeners strong passions in response to the characters and their actions throughout the play. Professional Director Aarne Neeme, who will be involved with the production, describes it as ‘a fine piece of intense writing about fundamental issues!’ With a cast of some of Newcastle’s finest actors including: Rosemary Dartnell, Derek Fisher, Angela McKeown, Lynda Rennie and Nola Wallace and experienced director Richard Murray at the helm, the production promises to be challenging, controversial and passionate. Water Child will premiere at Newcastle Theatre Company from 3-17 March 2012 as part of the 2012 season. Performances will be staged Wed, Fri and Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees on Sun 4th and Saturday 10th at 2pm. Bookings on 4952 4958.


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Sunday Interlude @ Church Auditorium 11.00am Sun. March 18, 2012 (doors open 10.30am for morning tea)

“Piping Hot” Lyrical voices, majestic pipe organs, skirling bagpipes and fluttering flutes - pipes making music in many different ways. Entry: $12 (Concession $10) Child $5 Bookings: Phone 4961 5955

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens Over 130 hectares of natural bushland, wetland habitats, rare and endangered plants and botanical themed gardens. • Visitor Centre with Gallery and educational displays • Gift shop • Kookaburra cafe • Wildflower walks/ trails Open 9am to 4pm 7 days 2100 Pacific Highway Heatherbrae Ph 02 4987 16 55


Newcastle Airport Information Services

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

Ritzy fashion

for a large selection of Retro to New Clothing for Ladies and Men

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

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

It’s all here

T he biggest and Best in Newcastle 291 Hunter Street Newcastle Ph/Fax:4926 5009

Open: Tues - Sun 9.30am to 4.30pm

3 Honeysuckle Drive Lee Wharf, Newcastle, 2300 P: 02 4929 2588

NEWCASTLE'S ULTIMATE CRUISING EXPERIENCE HISTORIC MORPETH CRUISE (8hrs) Departures: 2012 Feb 11, 25, Mar 9, 10, 24, Apr 7, 9, 22, 25, May 9, 26. Jun 22. Jul 20. Aug 4. Sep 2, 16, Oct 18. Nov 3, 17. Dec 1, 13, 29. Morpeth was once the gateway to inland Australia and one of the busiest trade ports in NSW. Re-live the historic voyage from Newcastle to Morpeth in modern day style and comfort with NOVA Cruises. Tour includes: cruise, devonshire tea, admission to museum, heritage ONLINE walk guide booklet and local produce tasting served onboard (wines, BOOKINGS fudge, sourdough). available

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

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Monday 6th Feb

Newcastle Herald Motor Traders and Truck Race Day

Saturday 11th Feb

Newcastle Hunters Basketball Raceday

Saturday 25th Feb

Lambton Jaffas Football Club Raceday

Saturday 10th Mar

South Newcastle RLFC Raceday


Dora Creek, largest tributary flowing into Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie

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With its unique mix of bush, beach and lake environments, Lake Macquarie is fast becoming a summer haven for families looking to avoid the crowds of busier North Coast holiday destinations. A stay at Lake Macquarie, or ‘Lake Mac’ as the locals know it, offers visitors the chance to experience the relaxed coastal lifestyle that so many Australians dream of. Time spent at Lake Macquarie is reminiscent of good old-fashioned seaside holidays. Visit a few of the diverse townships in the area and get a taste of the laidback lake lifestyle. Create your own fun fishing, bushwalking or even just building a sandcastle on the beach. Drop a line from one of the quality fishing spots, or hire a boat and spend the day on the water. Swansea Channel and the area off Marks Point (known as The Drop Over) generate good catches of Flathead, Bream, Whiting, Jewfish, and Tailor. Visiting game fishers will delight in the Big Fish Bonanza tournament, held on the first weekend of February. For a simple and fun activity, put on your walking shoes and go exploring. Caves Beach is well known for its namesake, a small network of sea caves located at the southern end of the beach. Lake Macquarie is also home to countless walking trails, many with water views. For a scenic outlook not to be missed, hike to the summit of Mt Sugarloaf and take in amazing vistas of the lake and surrounding Hunter regions. While visiting, it would be a crime not to swim one of the beautiful unspoilt beaches. Blacksmiths and Caves Beach

are popular with families, both are patrolled with picnic and BBQ facilities available. Further south, Catherine Hill Bay is a historic mining village that has been largely untouched since its development in the 1800s. Stay in a revamped cottage and enjoy the pristine patrolled beach, decorated by the heritage coal-loading jetty. Catherine Hill Bay is particularly popular with divers and surfers. For information on any of the above activities and MORE, contact the Lake Macquarie Visitors Information Centre on 1800 802 044, or visit the website:

Whats on in Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie Big Fish Bonanza 4th – 5th February - Game-fishing tournament. Lake Macquarie Game Fishing Club email Music in the Podium Every Friday evening, 6pm – 9pm Free music concert series, Warners Bay Foreshore. Ph: Warners Bay Chamber of Commerce 0458 549 222 or email VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 228-234 Pacifc Highway, Swansea Ph: 4921 0740 Freecall: 1800 802 044

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White gums and ramoxes Ceramics by Merric & Arthur Boyd from the Bundanon Trust Collection This exhibition presents the ceramic work of Merric Boyd (1888–1959) between 1910s and 1950s and that of his son Arthur (1920–1999) from the 1940s to 1980s. These will be supported by a selection of oil paintings, etchings and drawings by the artists. The title derives from two characteristic motifs in their work: Merric was preoccupied with interpretations of trees, while Arthur’s ‘ramox’ is typical of his interest in metamorphosed and hybrid figures. 10 FEBRUARY – 13 MAY

Beyond the dot Since 2000, the gallery and its Aboriginal Reference Group have worked together to promote, support, and celebrate Aboriginal culture in the region. This exhibition recognises the significant achievement of that collaboration through selected works from landmark exhibitions such as A Possum Skin Cloak by the Lake (2011),Yapang marruma: making our way (stories of the stolen) (2009), Stories (2006) and Passage (2004). Artists include Jonathon Jones, Doug Archibald and Mervyn Bishop.

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This Month in the Hunter Chloe and Jason Roweth - Hamilton Concert Sat. 4th February at Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club inc. Wesley Centre Hall, 150 Beaumont Street. Hamilton. Chloe and Jason Roweth are a captivating concert experience. Together for 18 years they have won many awards for their striking mix of older country and traditional style music.

Hunter Valley Gardens ‘One Stop Shop’ for Brides to Be Hosts Open Day on January 29th Location, location, location! Bridesto-be need look no further than the Hunter Valley Gardens as their dream wedding destination in 2012. The Gardens will be hosting their annual Summer Wedding Open Day on the 29th of January 2012 from 10am to 3pm. It will be a stunning day, right in the heart of the picturesque Hunter Valley. The Barrel Room and Garden Terrace will be in full wedding setup, so all future newlyweds can see what to expect on their special day! Couples will have the opportunity to sit down with local Hunter Valley wedding suppliers, celebrants, photographers, caterers, cake decorators and so forth to discuss all of the wonderful things that a wedding day may bring. Attendees will be able to explore and wander through the ten famous international display gardens. From the Chinese themed Moongate Garden, to the classic European Formal Garden with a wishing fountain, there are


With Australian influences always to the fore, they will bring us one of their themed presentations 'The Riderless Horse' an Australian impression of WW1 in the first half, and finish with a concert spot containing many old favourites. Support is provided by our good friend Clarke Gormley who will be performing without his fellow "Nerd" many ideal settings to choose from at Hunter Valley Gardens. The Gardens also offer formal sit down, buffet or cocktail wedding receptions. There are a range of packages available to suit any wedding theme or budget. You can be guaranteed that the food will be amazing as Hunter Valley Gardens was awarded Best Function Caterer at the 2009 and 2010 Hunter Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence. Hunter Valley Gardens Wedding Expert Carly Harper says, “The Hunter Valley Gardens is a beautiful place for weddings to take place; we pride ourselves on making each wedding as special as the next. Any wedding at the Hunter Valley Gardens will be one to remember.” If you fall in love with the Barrel Room or Garden Terrace (which we know you will) and decide to book your wedding reception on the spot, you will receive a FREE wedding ceremony and an issue of Your Hunter Valley Wedding Planner Magazine. Hunter Valley Gardens are also excited to announce that from mid March they will have a new marquee available at Tempus Two or within the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens. This will seat up to 500 guests. Entry into the Open Day is FREE for all wedding couples that have registered online. The first 150 couples to register and arrive at the Barrel Room will also receive a free gift bag. See advert on page 5 for more details.

on this occasion. Clarke is always worth listening to for his wit and humanity, both in his songs and poems.

Country Music Shindig at Lostock Dam 25th February, – 12.30pm until late Lostock Dam Caravan Park It will feature artists such as Miss Alex, Ross Errol Grey "Backyard Balladeer", Paxton Swamp Donkey's (formerly The Timeband), Bush Rock Band and Craig Stewart Band (Toyota Starmaker Finalist).

 Hot food will be available from 12.30pm til late. Cost: Child $5, Adult $10. Contact: 02 4931 7118

The Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival 23rd - 25th March The Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival is coming up very fast and we're very excited about the weekend with an amazing line up of performers and plenty of festival fun throughout the entire weekend. Make sure you grab tickets to one of the many events taking place around the region. Friday 23rd March, we have the Retro High tea at Kurri High school from 1pm - 3pm Murder on the Rock n Roll Express at Richmond Vale Railway from 7pm and Lets blast off at Kurri Workers Club featuring Jumpin’ Juke Box. Saturday we have the High School Prom Dinner dance at Buttai Barn with Juke Box Jive, from 7pm, and Rockabilly Allstars at Weston Workers from 7pm and for all those non dancer who just want to enjoy a great show, why not grabs seats at the Johnny O'Keefe tribute show being staged at Weston Civic Centre from 7pm.

As well as the great range of ticketed events, we have a huge amount of festival fun taking place over the course of the weekend, with something fro everyone. Dad will love the Show shine with up to 400 classis cars and hot rods lining the street on Sunday the 25th, Mum might even get him up for a dance at one of our festival stages and dance floors. There's side show alley for the kids, plenty of retro markets and famous fifties showcase. You'll see Elvis, Marilyn and Johhny O'Keefe perfom and the marching Koalas will take you back to the good ol’ days. We welcome visitors to Kurri Kurri from all over Australia, and can’t wait to see the swing skirts and dancing shoes as we celebrate a weekend of Nostalgia. Polish your car, press your dress and shine your shoes - we're bringing back the good times!

Taste of the World Beer Festival The Taste Of The World Beer Festival at the Newcastle Harness Racing Club is two massive events starting with a Beer Fest Race Night which will be held on Saturday night the 18th February from 6pm-10pm. The following day will be the 2nd annual Taste Of The World Beer Festival from 12pm-5pm which will feature not only the finest craft beer and wines, but also delicious food, celebrity chefs and amazing live entertainment. • Sample international and craft beers

• Experience some of The Hunter Valley’s best wines • Enjoy live cooking demonstrations by Sammy & Bella, the winners of My Kitchen Rules • Tantalise the taste buds with unique flavours from local and international cuisine • Participate in the second annual Sumo Challenge and Putting comp • Lots of prizes and giveaways • Live entertainment from the best local talent Prices range from $15 to $30 including tasting tickets, or $10 for general admission. For more information visit


Valley View, Cessnock

Cessnock Cessnock is a sub-region of the Hunter Valley, 120 kilometres north of Sydney, 40 kilometres west of Newcastle and 30 kilometres from the coast. The Darkinjung people were the major indigenous inhabitants at the time of European contact and the City of Cessnock still abounds in indigenous place names and names with indigenous association such as Kurri Kurri, Laguna and Congewai. Pastoralists commenced settling the land in the 1820’s. The township of Cessnock developed from 1850, as a service centre at the junction of the Great North Road, with branches to Black Creek (Branxton) and Maitland. During the 1860’s, land settlement was extensive between Nulkaba and Pokolbin with wheat, tobacco and grape growing, the main crops. Coal mining was the principal industrial base of the Cessnock area for over fifty years. Changes in mining, including

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automation and the introduction of sophisticated computerised equipment, have lead to the closure of some mines in the area and this, together with the natural ageing of the population, has resulted in a decline in population in some villages over the last twenty years. Consequently many areas have undergone a change in character, with rural residential housing development and weekend retreats becoming popular. The Hunter Valley wine-growing area in Cessnock City is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and one of the most famous with around 4,500 acres under vine. The vineyards of Pokolbin, Mount View and Allandale, with their rich volcanic soils tended by entrepreneurial vignerons, are also the focus of a thriving and growing tourism industry. The town has a number of fine restaurants, guesthouses and galleries.

The Convict Trail is a conservation project that is restoring the convictbuilt Great North Road. This is one of Australia's national historic treasures.

What to See & Do ■ Visit the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery and view their current exhibitions featuring Australian artists. ■ Take in the scenic views from the Bimbadeen Lookout on the Great North Walk. ■ Tour the many local vineyards in the Lower Hunter.

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A Night with The Stars A Tribute concert will be staged at the East Cessnock Bowling Club on Saturday February 11th from 6pm. The aim is to start raising funds for a life size Bronze Statue of Legendary Country Entertainer Reg. Lindsay. The line up includes: Allan Caswell, Wendi Jackson, Bruce McCumstie, The Crosby Sisters, Donita Dey and Adam Harvey. Band members from the Reg Lindsay Homesteaders Showband include: Steve Newton, Eddie Fisher, Alan Tomkins and George Boyer. The night will also include an auction of a Fender Guitar along with a pair of Reg’s stage boots and one of Reg’s Rodeo

saddles…plus loads of prizes and raffles. Cost for the show is $20 and all proceeds will go to the Reg. Lindsay Bronze Trust. Cessnock Mayor Alison Davey is very enthusiastic about the prospect of having The  Reg. Lindsay Bronze erected in Cessnock. The show starts at 6pm at East Cessnock Bowling Club and bookings are advised call the club on 49901444 and for further details call Ros Lindsay 49911585.

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Peter Sesselmann was born in Sydney in 1964 to an artistic family that moved to Norway when he was just two. He has always been interested in music and art and started playing guitar at the age of 10 and built his first guitar just a few years later. At the age of 15 he started training and study to become an Artificial Limb Maker. In 1981 Peter moved back to Australia and completed his studies in Sydney RALAC. At 19 he bought into a small jewellery business in Sydney with his father and brother. Unfortunately, Peter’s father passed away shortly after buying the business. It was a tough time but the business slowly turned around. However, in the early years there had been simply no time to play music or paint. After a while Peter focused more on marketing

and eventually decided to join a band again after many years of silence. This was when he met his wife Anita who was the lead singer. Although the band was not a great success, Peter and Anita’s union is still going strong. After 20 years Peter realised that he could not continue down this path that had taken him so far away from his love of music and art; so he sold the company and now focusses on his passion. He is back to his roots, painting and playing music as well as making musical instruments for musicians all over the world. His Gallery is open most days. 245 Frame Drive, Sawyers Gully (5 mins from Kurri Kurri)

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Friday 24 February 7am start Enjoy the friendly competition of this hugely popular sport! Prepaid entries to Cessnock and District Agricultural Association. To confirm numbers ph: 4998 6138 or 0429 456 309 or All scratchings received after 72hrs will incur a $12 stock levy plus a $20 fine. Number of entries depending on cattle availability. The committee reserves the right to refuse any entries. Bar Outlet and Bistro


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Historic Wollombi

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

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Mountains World Heritage Area. Host to several boutique vineyards, It is the gateway to the Hunter wine area. Wollombi is a place where you can step back in time whilst being pampered in top class accommodation or camp in the wilderness. To get to Wollombi follow in the footsteps of the convicts up the winding Great North Road through a sandstone and well timbered landscape. Take a moment to marvel at the convicts’ work as you enjoy views across farmlands reminiscent of times past. Whether you take a picnic lunch, dine at a high-class restaurant, experience a local pub or explore the Aboriginal heritage there will be something for you in Wollombi. Historically Wollombi has always been an important centre for travellers along the Great North Road. Today it retains its fine architectural

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

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









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

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

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

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

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

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


Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin

The Hunter Valley The Hunter Valley is the perfect destination to relax and indulge in fine wine, fabulous cuisine or do as much or as little as you please. Curl up and relax in front of the fire and melt away the winter blues. With over 120 wineries and cellar doors, Hunter Valley Wine Country has managed to build and maintain the perfect balance of big name and internationally acclaimed labels alongside boutique family run wineries. This will allow you to discover the myriad of varieties that Hunter Valley Wine Country has on offer. An opportunity to savour and indulge in a fine array of gastronomic treasures. With an impressive collection of award winning restaurants, finding the perfect long lunch or that memorable evening feast will be a pleasure.

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

What to See & Do

4 & 5 February, 2pm Indulge your senses – Shiraz & Chocolate Tasting Wyndham Estate Winery, 700 Dalwood Rd, Branxton. $5 p.p. 02 4938 3444 18 February, 4pm-10pm IL DIVO Hope Estate 2213 Broke Road Pokolbin www.hopeestate.

11 February, 5pm-10pm Rod Stewart Hope Estate - 2213 Broke Road Pokolbin

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30 Kurri Kurri and the surrounding towns. Coming up in March 2012 is the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival, running from the 23rd - 25th with a full program and something to suit everyone. This rock n roll festival with classic cars, hot rods, retro markets and lots more, attracts over 35,000 people and is one of the largest in Australia. The full program is on the website ( au), there's plenty of dances, events and entertainment for the whole family. To mention a few we have a Retro high tea at the high school, rockabilly all stars at Weston Workers, High school prom with Juke box Jive at Buttai barn and plenty of free activities, show and shine, side show alley and main stage over the weekend in the Main street and Rotary Park. Kurri Kurri is famous for its Murals, they are a wonderful expression of our history and region, and tours are available all year round, we have many coach groups coming into town to view these amazing outdoor artworks and are proud to be the biggest Mural town in Australia.

In September 2012 we are launching Mural Month, where additional tours will be run, a Mural will be painted and there'll be lots for visitors to do and see in the area - so stay tuned. There are now over 50 murals, making Kurri Kurri the largest mural town in Australia. New murals are currently underway.  Don't forget to look for the kookaburra in every mural, some are quite difficult to find. To book a tour, enquire about projects or purchase Nostalgia dance tickets, contact the Kurri Kurri VIC 4936 1909. Free mural tour maps are available from the Information Centre and some local retailers.

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

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

Kurri Kurri Visitor Information Centre 199 Lang St, Kurri Kurri (near Kurri Workers Club)

Open 7 Days A Week From 10am to 2pm Phone (02) 4936 1909 Mural Tour bookings and information on local attractions

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Leggetts Dr, Richmond Vale 4 km south of Kurri Kurri/Pelaw Main 20 km north of Freeman’s Waterhole Richmond Main: 02 4937 5344


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Ph: 4937 4418 The Edgeworth David Museum at Kurri Kurri, is open to the public on Sun, Wed & Public Holidays from 1-4pm Admission is free. Tours and excursions by arrangement.

Regional history library & Archives is its special attraction.

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Maitland Gaol

Maitland Nestled in the lower Hunter just two hours north of Sydney, 40 minutes from Newcastle and 25 minutes from Wine Country, Maitland, Hunter Valley is a diverse location with a plethora of unique attractions, physical attributes, accommodation options, shopping and dining opportunities which will appeal to all looking for a special place in the Hunter. A stunning blend of “funky heritage” and contemporary style, Maitland, Hunter Valley encapsulates the best of the past and the present. The street scapes of Maitland and surrounds are lined with historical buildings dating from the early 1800s, there are picturesque rural views from a multitude of vantage points and a relaxed environment to enjoy. In stark contrast Maitland is also host to an array of stylish boutiques, pampering service providers, unique guesthouses, eateries and entertainment venues. There is something for everyone within Maitland, Hunter Valley. Enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh locally grown produce, speciality wines and a walking tour of the heritage landscape. Whilst others may choose a faster pace taking an aerobatic or Tiger Moth joy flight, immersing themselves in the local nightlife, sampling a series of local restaurants and cocktails. Discover local indigenous history

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

What to See & Do ■ Visit the 135 hectare Hunter Botanic Gardens at Heatherbrae. ■ Maitland Gaol is open for tours, a fascinating, thought provoking site.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Minister Park, Cnr New England Hwy and High St., Maitland NSW 2320 Ph: 02 4931 2800.

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Marnling Press & Whaling Road Studio – Michelle Perry & Diana Davidson at MRAG

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Survey exhibition ‘MARNLING PRESS & WHALING ROAD STUDIO – Michelle Perry & Diana Davidson’ celebrates two of the most significant Sydney print workshops. Etchings, monotypes, silkscreen and relief prints by artists including Suzanne Archer, Sydney Ball, John Beard, Charles Cooper, Fred Cress, Adam Cullen, Elisabeth Cummings, Steven Harvey, Jasper Knight, Graham Kuo, Alun Leach-Jones, Guy Maestri, James McGrath, David Serisier, and indigenous artists Ada Bird Petyarre, Lily Kelly and Dorothy Napangardi are featured. Also at Maitland Regional Art Gallery during February:

Picture That in Maitland - Curated by Cath Bowen, Picture Editor for the Maitland Mercury: Photos from the Maitland Mercury Collection Signed and Famous - A walk down ‘memory lane’ with this eclectic mix of autographed photographs by famous stars. From the Memorabilia Collection donated to MRAG by collector Pat Corrigan. Riverstories – developed by ABC 1233 Newcastle, Hunter Councils Environment Division, Maitland Regional Art Gallery and ABC Open Hunter to present a multi-faceted exhibition of artworks inspired by the Hunter River. Lucy Barker ‘Lifestyles of the neither rich nor famous’ in the dedicated interactive children’s art space ‘The Art Factory’ MRAG is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am -5pm, 230 High St. Maitland. Visit our shop and Café too!

What's on in Maitland this Month 17-19 Feb Annual Maitland Show At Maitland Showgrounds with loads of special attractions and great show program including: Rodeo - Friday 18th Feb at 6pm; Fireworks - Saturday evening of 19th at 9.15pm; Championship Dog Show - All breeds to be judged at 9.00am on Saturday 19th Feb; Ashton Circus - Monster Trucks. 8 - 25 Feb Secret Bridesmaids' Business Maitland Repertory Society, Repertory Playhouse, High St (Opp Town Hall), Maitland. Wednesday evening (8 Feb) Fri & Sat evening (10-25 Feb) at 8.00pm, Sun matinee (12 & 19) 2.00pm. Cost: Adults $20, Concession $15, Groups 10 + $15. Ph 02 4931 2800


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Healing in the Hunter Bodhi Festival of Music, Yoga and Healing Newcastle, 24-26 February "Bodhi Festival will move your soul, awaken your divine intelligence and bring a sense of renewed energy and hope, for a better life and a better world." ~ Shakti Durga, Spiritual Director Bodhi Festival The Bodhi Festival of Music, Yoga and Healing is an exciting new international festival. Bodhi Festival will feature the finest line-up of international and local kirtan (devotional music) artists ever assembled in this country, including Deva Premal, Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, Sacred Earth, Sri Prahlada, Shakti Durga and Shanti Music, Carmella Baynie & Vanessa Forbes. Venue: Former David Jones department store on the corner of Hunter and Perkins streets in the heart of Newcastle's CBD into "The Abode of Peace", Australia's premiere indoor music, yoga classes, workshops, and healing festival experience. So get in touch with your spiritual side on 25th and 26th. Tickets start at $200 for a one day adult pass and $150 for concession, with two day passes also available. For more information, visit Quirindi

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Quirindi Bowtech Therapy Centre The "Quirindi Bowtech Therapy Centre” (QBTC) has been operating in Quirindi since July 1999. There are 3 treatment rooms available at the Centre and Sandra Armstrong is the Owner / Therapist of QBTC and graduated as a fully qualified Therapist with the "Bowen Academy of Australia" in June 1999. The practice has now over 2600 registered patient / clients and she is treating patients from Quirindi, Werris Creek, Willow Tree, Murrurundi, Tamworth, Gunnedah and surrounding districts. Bowtech has gained popularity because of its non invasive approach on ones privacy and its gentle approach to muscle and tendon manipulation. Bowtech has in many cases, successfully treated people with frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, migraine, back pain-sciatica, knee-neckshoulder problems, and pregnancychildhood disorders. For more information, contact Sandra at the Quirindi Bowtech Therapy Centre, 236 George Street, Quirindi or phone 6746 3093.

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February in your garden

Start your Pest & Diseases Patrol Check your garden for pests & diseases as they spring up when the conditions are hot & humid. If you have roses check for aphids, caterpillars or other pests. Make sure you get rid of any diseased leaves or flowers and bring a sample in to your closest Gardenworld centre so we can diagnose the problem. Check your indoor plants to see if they are surviving the summer as well as they should. Any large shiny leaf plants should be wiped with a mixture of diluted white oil and water, (to help combat scale & mealy bug). They can be moved into a

shadier spot if needed as well as being placed outside in light rain for a couple of hours Weed your garden as they use up valuable water & any nutrients the soil provides. Paths, driveways and paved areas can be sprayed with Zero or similar Glyphosate products. Keep the water up to your garden. After the heat the soil often forms a crust that makes it hard for the water to penetrate. You can aerate your soil with a fork, or even better still use a wetting agent such as Wettasol to help retain any water your garden receives. Particularly at risk are your shallow rooted plants such as azaleas, gardenias & camellias. Lee Rowan's Gardenworld Pacific Highway, Heatherbrae Ph 02 4987 2302



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Art Trail Hunter Valley

Peter Sesselmann Artist Studio and Gallery

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

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① Maitland Regional Mandalong Art Gallery 230 High St. Maitland Open: 10am-5pm Tues to Sun. Ph. 02 4934 9859 ② Vivid Gallery Shop 1, 10-14 North Ave, Cessnock. Open: 9am-5pm Mon to Fri. Ph. 4990 3230 ③ Cessnock Regional Art Gallery 16 Vincent St. Cessnock Open: 10am-4pm Tues to Sat, 12 noon - 4pm Sun. Ph. 02 4991 6619. ④ Peter Sesselmann 245 Frame Rd, Sawyer’s Gully Open: 10am-4pm every day except Wednesday. Ph. 0408 722 092 ⑤ Lake Macquarie City

Art Gallery First St., Booragul. Open: 10am-5pm Tues to Sun. Ph. 02 4965 8260

⑥ Mandalong Gallery 29 Little Valley Road, Mandalong Open: Sat & Sun 9am-5pm or by appointment. Ph. 02 4977 2316 ⑦ Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Cnr. Bridge & Williams Sts. Open: 10am-5pm Tues to Fri, 10am-1pm Sat, 2pm-5pm Sun Ph. 6549 3880.

⑧ Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Nelson Bay, at the rear of Neil Carroll Park near the RSL. Open: 10am-4pm, 7 days Ph. 02 4981 3604

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Incredible range of artwork and special craft pieces reflecting the region’s artisans. Open 10am to 4pm 7 days. FREE entry Ph 02 4981 3604 Nelson Bay, at the rear of Neil Carroll Park near the RSL


Country Scene, East Maitland © Paul Foley Lightmoods


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

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

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


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

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

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

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





Beautifully presented circa 1896 home on 1000 sq metre lot. Consists of 3 large bedrooms, family/lounge, separate dining, quality kitchen, lock up garage with carport, brick & tile workshop with facilities, enclosed greenhouse and large front verandah. Other features include ducted air cond., 3 marble and 1 cedar fireplace, natural gas heating and cooking,12 foot ceilings and much more. One to see!

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 173 Swan Street, Morpeth, NSW 2321 Telephone: (02) 4933 2612

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Morpeth Historic Cruises The historic town of Morpeth, situated on the banks of the Hunter River, was once the gateway to inland Australia and one of the busiest trade ports in NSW. Today you can re-live the historic voyage from Newcastle to Morpeth in modern day style and comfort with NOVA Cruises. Upon arrival wander down cobbled streets to find colonial sandstone buildings occupied by modern and inviting cafes, pubs, galleries, boutiques, antique shops and local businesses. Discover the port’s history at the Morpeth Museum or take a guided tour of the village by horse and carriage led by Juliet the majestic Clydesdale. The tour includes an 8-8.5hr return cruise to Morpeth with a 2 hr stopover to explore, shop and dine, informative

captain’s commentary, the opening of the Historic Hexham lift span bridge, Devonshire morning tea en route, admission to Morpeth Museum, a Morpeth Heritage Walk guide and local produce tasting served onboard. Booking is essential, please call 0400 381 787

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Thunderbolts Lookout, Barrington Tops © Hamilton Lund; Tourism NSW

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

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

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

What to See & Do In November 1874 there was a gruesome discovery in the creek at Tocal. The news soon spread around the district and made headlines in the Sydney papers. Step back into 1874 and experience the excitement, hear what the experts had to say and what the workers around the farm thought about it. Based on a true story this production combines the talents of Upstage Theatre with Tocal's heritage location for a memorable evening.

■ Poke around unique shops, museums and art galleries.

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

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

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

■ Pack a picnic and head to Lostock dam.

Tales of Tocal: Feb 17, 18, 24, 25 6pm at Tocal Homestead, Paterson

$35 per head incl pre-show drink and canapes. Tickets 02 4939 8901 (office hours). The audience will be required to stroll around the site so please wear suitable footwear.



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



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

Bistro at the Beatty Dine in or take away. Open for lunch & dinner Thurs to Mon. Park St, East Gresford Ph: 4938 9451 BusEmail: Bookings Welcome. We now have stocks of scrapbooking & cardmaking supplies.


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

Want more info? Ring or visit Stephen Wright. He’ll be happy to show your future heirlooms.

Originally the Paterson Branch of the Commercial Banking Co. of Sydney, this elegant building has changed very little as its beauty and historical elements have been kept while maintaining a comfortable feel. The beautifully renovated interior is heaven for any one passionate about Australia's history.

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Come check out the style of something different in furnishing, some wild, some nearly conventional. All timber used is from ‘dead’ or ‘rescued’ trees and are ‘one-offs’.

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Singleton In search of relaxation, natural beauty or adventure you’ll discover Singleton is much more than a country town. The intriguing mix of heritage, country charm and modern sophistication allow Singleton to stand out as an idyllic getaway destination for all ages, seeking varied experiences. Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, Singleton is the gateway to all the treasures that this region has to offer- such as wine, fresh produce and much more. As you explore the area you’ll discover hidden gems, friendly locals, and indulgent temptations, complemented by the picturesque backdrop of the expanding countryside. You can plan your journey of discovery with one of our many self guided drives, winding your way through the countryside towards Lake St. Clair, the wine regions or discover rich pastoral areas. Alternatively, you could set foot on a heritage walk through town and unearth a rich historical experience at the Singleton Historical Museum or wander through the breathtaking Sisters of Mercy Convent Chapel. Broke Fordwich is just one of the highlights of this beautiful region and is making history by producing more than a quarter of the Hunters finest quality wine grapes and winning more than their fair share of awards. The unique blend of boutique style vineyards are elegantly intermingled

Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge 16th-18th March, Welsh’s Road, Milbrodale Host to up to 60 of Australia’s toughest terrain vehicles imaginable over a 3 day event. More than just a 4x4 competition it is an enjoyable family weekend away with fun for all. Kids under 11 go FREE. The Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge (TTC) is a three day, hard as they come, competition event and boulders, rock, mud, giant tyres, deep deep holes and ruts make up the terrain. Saturday night


includes a band, and the revelry goes long into the night. Full catering, top camping facilities make this one of the most enjoyed weekends of the year. There are activities for the kids such as wall climbing, face painting etc. Also, on display is mini Tuff Trucks in the RC crawlers. There is the option to take in the vineyards of the Hunter Valley whilst in the area. Contact 0423 679 494 or see the website

with olive groves, orchards and farming land.

Singleton Farmers and Craft Markets 25th Feb - Singleton Showgrounds Singleton Farmers and Craft Markets has around 80 speciality stalls with an amazing range of farm direct produce from local producers to regional NSW farmers including beef, lamb, vegetables, fruit, cheeses, trout, etc. You can buy excellent olive oil and other olive based products here as well. The unique arts and crafts produced by some of the region’s best known artisans and craftspeople will ensure you are spoilt for choice when you visit their stalls. Woodwork, hand blown glass, needlework, latch work rugs, ceramics, to name a few. The markets also have food stalls where you can buy gourmet muffins, quiches, fudge and chocolate as well as hot food. A gourmet day out in a beautiful part of regional NSW and not to be missed for foodies and craft buffs alike! The Singleton Farmers and Craft Markets are held on the 4th Saturday of every month. These exciting new markets open at 8am at the Singleton Showground and finish approximately 1pm.




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Hiking in the Upper Hunter near Scone © Sophie Frazer - Vivid Imagination

Upper Hunter Country

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

What to See & Do ■ Taste test produce from award winning wineries as well as local cheese, olives, olive oils & vinegars. ■ Burning Mountain Nature Reserve – the naturally burning coal seam is thought to have been alight for over 5000 years! ■ Rugged Wollemi National Park & it’s sandstone escarpments along the Bylong Valley Way. ■

Take a guided tour of a horse stud.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES Denman (6547 2799); Merriwa (6548 2607); Murrurundi (6546 6446); Scone (6545 1526); Muswellbrook (6541 4050) Aberdeen (6543 8457) For your FREE Upper Hunter Country Information package contact: Muswellbrook Visitor Centre, 87 Hill St Muswellbrook NSW 2333 Aberdeen Information Centre 22 Moray Street Aberdeen (Inside the Library) aberdeeninfocentre@

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Whats on in Upper Hunter Country Sun 6 February: Upper Hunter Fruit and Vegetable Festival A fun day for the family. Fruit and vegetable displays and auction, market stalls, rides and entertainment. 12pm, Skellatar Park Race Track, Muswellbrook. Gold coin entry, for details including categories, stall holder enquiries call Les on 043 907 6489.



Muswellbrook Australia Day Acquisitive Art Award Corner of Bridge and William Streets, Muswellbrook Opening Hours: Mondays by appointment only. 10am-5pm Tuesday – Friday, 10am-1pm weekends. Closed public holidays. Tel: 02 6549 3880


An exhibition of all the entries. Closing 29 February. Upper Hunter Regional Library, Muswellbrook Branch, 126 Bridge St, Muswellbrook. Mon to Wed 10.30am-5.30pm, Thur 10.30am-8pm, Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-12pm, Sun 2pm-5pm. Call 6543 1325. Pictured: The winning work from the Muswellbrook Australia Day Art Award 2011 Andrew Davis "Eco Operatives" synthetic polymer paint on canvas Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection image used courtesy of the artist.

2012 - The Year of the Farmer Welcome to Upper Hunter Country on The Inland Adventure Trail 2012 is the Year of the Farmer; a year when all Australians recognise the value of farming and agriculture in our daily lives. It is a year when the history and heritage of our rural communities are highlighted, the spirit of communities, large and small, which take flood and drought, bushfires, thunder, lightning and hail and a huge variety of pests in their stride. But amongst the troubled years in our fragile environment,there are many great years with record cereal crops, the fattest cattle, delicious milk, the finest wool, vintage wines and parstures that turn this wide brown land to emerald green. Our farmers work from daylight to dusk and with modern equipment, well into the night to give us the finest produce in the world for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Upper Hunter region is home to the second largest thoroughbred breeding area in the world, the envy of England,Ireland and Europe. Merriwa and Cassilis produce the finest cattle and wheat and are home to the famous Golden Fleece. Muswellbrook and Denman have fertile rive flats that can grow any crop and we are surrounded by hidden valleys with vineyard and olive groves. From the mile high mountain farms of

the Barrington Tops birthplace of the mighty Hunter River, to rich river flats and the wide rolling broad acres of the west, we welcome our visitors and invite you to get to know more about agriculture that is so important to our region, our nation and indeed our global neighbours in far off lands. When you are passing by, stop and have a chat to the folk who have stewardship of some of the most productive farmlands in the world. For a FREE Information Package, contact Muswellbrook Visitor Information Centre, 87 Hill Street Muswellbrook NSW 233. Ph: (02) 6541 4050 Â Fax: (02) 6541 4051 Email: visitorcentre@muswellbrook. and For more information about the Year of the Farmer go to www.yearof

Discover local and exhibiting artists, purchase that special gift and enjoy a coffee break or a luncheon, all in the grounds of Haydon Hall.

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A postcard around every corner Journey through the picturesque Liverpool Plains, stroll through the award winning First and Second Fleet Gardens at Wallabadah Quirindi Rural Heritage Village and stand at the top of “Who’d a thought it” LookOut and gaze out at a mosaic of a myriad of colours made up by fields of corn, sorghum, wheat, lucerne and sunflowers. Have a picnic and enjoy the view with a perfect backdrop of picturesque hills, valleys and plains. Experience the history of our railways at the Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum or relax on the banks of Quipolly Dam and try some Bird watching. You can see some fabulous birdlife whilst hidden in the bird hide there. Stop by the Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre at Willow Tree and

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

What to See & Do ■ 11th February - Quota Markets Rose Lee Park, Loder St, Quirindi. ■ 24th February - Quirindi Cup Races Quirindi Racecourse. Ph: Quirindi Jockey Club (02 6746 2476)

Go racing at Quirindi Akubra Cup Race Day! The Quirindi Akubra Cup Race Day is held Friday 24th February and is a great social event on the local calendar! The Quirindi Racecourse and the Quirindi Jockey Club feature different races each month with the two biggest races being the Akubra Quirindi Cup and G.A. Hill Lightning Handicap. Held in February each year, the 1600m Quirindi Cup is a $25,000 race which features many horses which have competed in the Walcha Cup a week prior. The G.A. Hill Lightning Handicap is a 1100 metre race which follows the Quirindi Cup. The Quirindi racecourse is located on Wallabadah Road in Quirindi and is the show course of country races. Since 1946 the Quirindi Jockey Club has organised all the race meets with this 15 currently organised for each year. The racecourse is graded as a dead 4 track and features starts for 1000m races to 2000m races. For more info ph 0408 461 905.

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

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

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

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Hunter - February  
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