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January 2014

Newcastle and the Hunter

Get back to Nature at Hunter Wetlands See page 27

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Local Markets

Regional Map

Arts & Antiques

Places to visit

Food & Drink

Olive Tree Market Page 8

Newcastle Maritime Festival Page 18 1

New Year Markets Guide Toronto Market Days 1st Thursday of every month 10am-4pm. Discounts, displays, discover, stalls. The Boulevarde, Toronto Saltwater Market 1st Sunday of every month, Swansea Public School. Stalls range from quirky and handmade, recycled and retro, high quality and new, fresh and tasty. Ph 0424 402 150 Hunter Street Markets, Newcastle 5 days every week, Wed - Sun 9am-3pm. Hunter St, Newcastle. Ph 02 9999 2226. 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! See p13 for more details. Ph: Justine on 0439 649 058. Cherry Blossom Markets 2nd Sat of every month at Adamstown Public School, Newcastle 9am-2pm, free parking and free entry. A unique, boutique, handmade market that has over 100 stalls. Rain, hail or shine. Free entry and parking. Ph: Todd 0406 422 099 email Newcastle & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Market Last Sunday of the month Wickham Park Islington. 7am - 1pm. Over 230 stalls - Large variety. Hot food and drinks available. New stalls welcome. Ph Pat Burke 0413 333 165. Ph 4951 2666 (Mon & Thur 9am-1pm) Fax 4951 2633. Legacy Markets, Nelson Bay 1st 2nd and 3rd Sunday of every month. 8am-3pm. Neil Carroll Park, Nelson Bay. An interesting mix of arts and crafts fashion food and fresh produce.Something for everyone! Phone 0419 492 009 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. 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 4982 9123.


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 1st Sun of every month. 9-1pm. Handspun wool & items, jewellery, 2nd hand books, jams, pickles & local produce, ornamental & food plants, exotic soaps etc. Ph 4998 8244. Broke Community Market 1st Sunday of each month at McNamara Park, Wollombi St. Broke. 8am - midday. Books, Bric-a-Brac, Local produce including vegetables, gourmet food, gifts and bargains. Enquiries: Eden 6579 1259. Kurri Kurri Farmers Markets 2nd Sat of month: Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri 8am-1pm. Ph: 4937 2640. Maitland Harvest Markets Every Saturday 8am - 1pm at Maitland Showground, February 23rd. Boutique Stalls, gourmet food and wine, Fashions on the Field, Free food and rides for the kids, live entertainment. For more information phone 4969 5496 or harvestmarketsmaitland 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. 02 4962 5522. Cessnock Showground Markets 2nd Sat each month at Cessnock Showground. 8am-2pm. Something for everyone. Kids jumping castle and canteen open for breakfast and lunch. Email: Parklea Markets Newcastle Open Sat & Sun 8.30am to 4pm. All the best Australia has to offer under one roof. Ph: 9629 3311

Morisset Showground Markets with poultry and bird auction 1st Saturday month Ourimbah Street, Morisset. Great mix of stalls including fresh produce, craft, bricabrac, fashion and much more. Enquiries: 4973 2670. Email: Singleton Markets 4th Sat of every month from 8am - 1pm at Singleton Showground. Ph: 0459 700 022. 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. Scone Country Markets 2nd Saturday every month. 8.30pm to 2pm outside Scone Visitor Information Centre. Contact Belinda 02 6540 1300. Denman Farmers Market 1st Saturday of each month except May. 8am to 1pm. Lions Park, Denman. Wyee Community Markets 2nd Sat of month, Wyee Hall Grounds, Cnr Wyee Rd & Hue Hue Road. Stall Holders welcome. Ph: Terry Prior 0412 783 296. 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. Hunter Wine Country Markets at De Bortoli Wines 4th and 8th January. Ph 4998 6426. Hunterwinecountrymarkets Handmade in the Hunter Markets 2nd & 4th Sat of the month 9am-4pm. At Kevin Sobels Wines (cnr Broke & Halls Rd) Pokolbin. A 100% handmade, meet-themaker market with a wide variety of locallyproduced, quality items. No imported items here.  For more information on extra markets or cancellations visit facebook. com/handmadeinthehuntermarkets  Rotary Community Markets Last Sat of the month New Lambton South Public School New stallholders welcome Contact: Sacred Tree Markets Every 3rd Sunday 9am-2pm St. Brigid’s Primary School, Branxton. Contact:

Broke Community Markets

2nd Saturday of every month from 8am to 1pm. Operating since 2003. Selling a variety of freshly harvested farm & homegrown produce. Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri.

Nourish the soul






Kurri Kurri Farmers Market

Hunter Region Markets

The little market with great stalls - for the community by the community. You will find everything from local gourmet produce, back-of-ute veggies, toys, handmade gifts, collectables and pre-loved trinkets - even sample some local prize-winning wines. A barbecue and coffee is available and the parking couldn’t be easier. Set in the beautiful location of McTaggart Park in the heart of Broke Fordwich. Just 10 minutes drive from Hunter Valley Gardens on the first Sunday of every month. For more info see

At the Junction Public School Newcastle's Independent Design & Art Market The launching pad for over 100 creative minds

Saturday 1st February 9am - 3pm

Rain, Hail or Shine


Bar Beach Newcastle

From the Editor



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers! ‘Tis the season to be jolly and with so much going on around the region in the coming weeks, there are plenty of reasons for residents and visitors in the Hunter to be celebrating this year. If you want to get into the true Christmas spirit then check out our website for details on special carol services or traditional Christmas celebrations at your local church January brings it’s own special celebrations too – as the next few weeks are a busy time for all the teams organising Australia Day celebrations across the region for January 26th. Newcastle is hosting the National Maritime Festival, which is promising to be a fantastic day out for all the family. See page 18 for more information on the exciting program of events planned for the 2014 extravaganza!

If you are looking to make some New Year’s resolutions, why not think about bringing more art and culture into your everyday? The art galleries around the region have some inspiring exhibitions on over the coming months and as most are free entry, it will be good for the pocket too! Check with the gallery first if entry fees are applicable. From everyone on the team at the Newcastle and the Hunter iMag we wish you a safe and happy holiday and look forward to sharing more of what’s on, where to go and what to do in the region in 2014!

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Coffee in the Hunter


Tasting the Hunter


What's On this Month



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Antiques & Secondhand


Art Trail Hunter Valley


TOWNS Newcastle

7 - 11

Lake Macquarie

12 - 13

Wollombi Valley

19 - 20

The Hunter Valley

21 - 23

Cessnock & Kurri Kurri

24 - 25


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The Allyn & Paterson River Valley

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Coffee Shops in the Hunter

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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.

319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale. Ph: 1300 958 850

Club Café 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 Monday 7am - 3pm, closed Tuesday, Wed to Sun 7am - 3pm. Breakfast all day 6 days. 22 Paterson Rd, Bolwarra. Phone: 4930 0988

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


Tasting in the Hunter Hampers from Gourmet or Glutton Those clever people over at Gourmet or Glutton in Morpeth have teamed up with Tamburlaine Organic Wines to create a couple of lovely hampers. A perfect New Year Christmas or New Year gift – or even better, treat yourself! The Gourmet Hamper includes: Maxwell Williams insulated Basket Tamburlaine Organic Bubbles or Rose 
Bamboo cheese board Cheese knife Charcoal Lavosh or Oat Crackers

100gr Shropshire Blue 150gr Daffinois 
 100gr Reypenaer VSOP (Aged Gouda) Fuchs Fruit Paste Lovedale Terrine, or flavoured smoked trout fillet Semi dried tomatoes Muscatels 2x Champagne Flutes or White Wine Glass PET FRIENDLY

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 - 4pm Other days and group tours by appointment

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:

Bunna Bunoo Olive Grove 237 Fishers Hill Rd Vacy NSW 2421 Ph: 02 4938 8086 Fax: 02 4938 8157 Mob: 0412 256 616 Producers of Distinctive Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vinegar


The only privately owned Artisan Bakery in a gaol.

Visit our Tasting Rooms today to taste the complete range of Olive oils, Vinegars and other Gourmet products. Denman Tasting Room & Grove 1440 Denman Rd, Muswellbrook Open 7 Days 9:30am-4:30pm T: 02 6547 1055

725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin NSW Ph 02 6574 7093


Maitland Gaol, John St, East Maitland Ph Carolyn 0408 305 445

Pokolbin Tasting Room 2347 Broke Rd, Cessnock Open 7 Days 10:00am-5:00pm T: 0408 144 149


Olive products on sale from our Cellar Door and online shop A selection of Hunter regional oilve oils on tasting at the cellar door.

For contact information for Gourmet or Glutton see page 29

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 where there are swimming clubs, kite surfing, rock pools and baths, watching hang-gliders and surfing lessons. The Café culture is emerging with the most popular food areas in Darby Street in Cooks Hill; The Harbour waterfronts including Honeysuckle, Beaumont Street in Hamilton and The Junction. 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

Open: Tuesday To Sunday 10am To 4pm

...will take you there!

Excitement & 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.

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


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With new Stalls!

Nobbys Lighthouse Grounds Opening Enjoy sweeping views of the city and Pacific Ocean from Nobbys Headland EVERY SUNDAY between 10am and 4pm - Free entry. www. For all the latest information, download the free phone app from City Evolutions: A landmark contemporary art project featuring a series of interactive digital projections along Newcastle’s oldest street, Watt Street. Take a journey through the fascinating history of this stunning historic and cultural precinct, sunset to 10pm each evening. Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars – FREE! Saturday, 18 January 2014 2014 at King Edward Park, Newcastle. Back by popular demand. Despicable Me 2 (PG) will screen at our Newcastle event this year to be held at King Edward Park. Entertainment starts at 5.30pm and the movie will screen at sundown (approximately 8pm - depending on where you are). Food can be purchased when you get there! Visit for more information and movie previews. Ph: 13 19 87. Find us on Facebook or Friday Chill – Music in Pacific Park: Continues through until 21st February; 6:30pm-8:30pm Mrs Potters House: Open 1pm-4pm second Sun of the month Newcastle Organic Food Market: Hunter Street Mall, every Thursday to Saturday Jazz at The Grand Hotel Underground: Tues night 7:30pm

For information on more events in Newcastle, visit

Newcastle City Farmers Market Buy your produce direct from a Farmer

Newcastle City Farmers and Makers Market brings together local farmers and producers just like markets of days gone by. Our gourmet food producers have an amazing tasty array of foods to sample and buy. You get to chat to the farmer, find out where your food is made, how to cook it and even taste-test while you shop in the pavilions and around the village green atmosphere of the

showground. Along with food you will find artisan stalls selling the Hunter's best range of quality goods, from clothing made from vintage material to potters, jewellery makers and painters. Everything you need to feed, clothe or surprise your family can be bought at the Newcastle City Farmers and Makers Market and you know it's all been made with care.

Newcastle City Farmers & Makers Market


WHEN: Most Sundays - Please check dates on our website WHERE: Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow (Griffiths Rd entry please) TIME: 8.00am till 1.00pm - Rain, Hail or Shine


Phone: 4930 5156

Mob: 0427 630 144


Newcastle City Farmers Market

Newcastle Jazz Club Newcastle and Hunter Jazz Club presents Mainstream and Traditional Jazz on the last Sunday of each month at The Adamstown Club, 2.30-5.30pm. Entry $12/$15 - pay at door. 26th January - Australia Day Jazz Band 23rd February - Andy Firth’s ‘Dixie Nova’ 30th March - ‘Hot Jazz Alliance’ [USA and Melbourne] 27th April - New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra Special Holiday Jazz- Thursday 9th January 2pm - 5pm, from Melbourne ‘Shirazz’.  

Open: Mon to Fri 9-5pm Sat 9-3pm


All Ground Floor Units • Swimming Pool Free WiFi • Foxtel • Ample Off Street Free Parking Close to Hospitals (Hospital Discounts Offered) Licensed On Site Restaurant Mon - Thurs from 6th Jan 2014

Barb & Garry would like to welcome you. Call 02 4968 4405 or email Present this advertisement upon booking and receive FREE Continental Breakfast for duration of stay.


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 Nova Cruises


Sleuth at Newcastle Theatre Company Two men, one woman, hundreds of thousands in jewellery… and a gun. But the only thing that matters to mystery writer Andrew Wyke is the game. And he’s about to play his biggest game yet. Milo Tindle (hairdresser and lover to Wyke’s wife) has been invited to Andrew’s mansion to talk – but is that all there is to it? The board is set, and the pieces are falling into place. Are you ready to play? Carl Gregory marks his directorial debut at Newcastle Theatre Company with Anthony Shaffer’s effortlessly entertaining Sleuth, a play that deftly mixes the dark and dangerous with the downright comical – the results of which will leave audiences utterly shocked. Spawning countless theatrical adaptations (and two feature films), Sleuth has cemented its place in theatre history as the ultimate battle of wits, with the audience walking away as the one true winner. The only mystery left to solve is why you haven’t booked your tickets already! BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Ph 4952 4958. 3pm-6pm Mon - Fri. Book online at


AMAZING VALUE : HUNTER WETLANDS Special Offer! Only $2 entry person!

The Hunter Wetlands Centre The Hunter Wetlands Centre is a great destination for anyone based in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie or Port Stephens area over the summer holidays. Centrally located just behind Newcastle University, the centre offers the seclusion and serenity of a beautiful natural environment in combination with activities that will keep the younger set occupied and engaged. A range of walking tracks cover the 45 hectare site and walking tours operated by the centre give a fascinating insight into the its unique history - a story of community spirit and dedication that has rehabilitated disused sporting fields and a rubbish dump into a Ramsar listed wetlands of international significance. Kids can enjoy the discovery playground and discovery trail and everyone can join in a reptile tank talk featuring a range of our residents - blue tongue lizards, turtles, water dragons and even our fresh water crocs!

The Spoonbill cafe also offers a fresh and simple food with beautiful views from the deck. The centre is celebrating the ‘un-shrouding’ of its entry from roadwork fencing that has finally reached its completion after 18 months with an invitation to locals and visitors (and locals

to bring their visitors) to explore the wetlands for only $2 entry per person!* (Adult entry to the centre is normally $10.) This is amazing value for a day out at one of Newcastle’s best kept secrets. * Contact the centre for terms and conditions

$2 WETLANDS ENTRY JANUARY 2014 Wildlife • Walking Trails • Segway Tours • Dipnetting • Children’s Discovery Zone and Playground • Guided/Self Guided Tours • Canoes • Gift Shop • Picnic/BBQs • Function Facilities • Feeding Talks • Spoonbill Cafe And much more... something for everyone E: P: 49516466 412 Sandgate Road Shortland NSW 2307





Catherine Hill Bay, Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie Summer in Lake Macquarie revolves around the water. A natural aquatic playground, Lake Macquarie itself is twice the size of Sydney Harbour, with over 30 kilometres of pristine coastline. A refreshing swim is the perfect antidote to a hot summer’s day; Lake Macquarie has an abundance of places to go for a dip, including four patrolled, family-friendly beaches. All of them offer something unique, so be sure to experience each one while you visit! Redhead Named for its distinctive red rocky headland, a widely recognised feature

The Brighton is situated on Toronto’s foreshore, offering glorious views of Lake Macquarie and surrounding parkland. The Brighton is perfectly located just minutes off the freeway and within reach of many wonderful day trip destinations. Designed for both corporate and leisure travellers, The Brighton offers a choice of tastefully appointed 1 and 2 bedroom apartments or hotel style studio rooms.



157 Brighton Ave Toronto 2283 Ph: 02 4935 8888 Fax: 02 4935 8899 Email: web:


of scenic Redhead is its historic sharklookout tower. A great beach for families, Redhead has a popular kiosk that overlooks the surf. Treat the kids to an ice-cream and take in the view. Blacksmiths Blacksmiths offers the best in both fishing and beach-going; its southern end is a long breakwall separating the beach from Swansea Channel. Anglers can fish off one side, whilst on the other families can enjoy the safe, patrolled swimming area. Caves Beach Caves Beach is home to sea caves and rock pools, known for providing hours of amusement for youngsters. The best time to access the area is at low tide – you can pick up a free tide chart from the Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre in nearby Swansea. Catherine Hill Bay Popular with local and visiting surfers, Catherine Hill Bay is a picturesque beach with rock platforms to explore at both ends. A unique feature of ‘Catho’ is the heritage coal-loading jetty; a photogenic reminder of the rich area’s mining history.

The Lake With 174 kilometres of foreshore, there are also plenty of spots to dip your feet around the lake. The eastern shores of Swansea, Pelican and Marks Point are home to secluded, sandy bays and clear blue water. The western shores are quiet and tranquil, with bushland growing right up to the lake in many places. For more information on things to see and do in Lake Macquarie, and to obtain your FREE copies of our Visitor Publications, contact the Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre: W: P: 1800 802 044 E: A: 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea NSW

What's On in Lake Macquarie Music in the Podium Every Friday, 6pm – 9pm Warners Bay Foreshore, Warners Bay 2282 Free outdoor concert series, BYO picnic and enjoy the tunes as the sun sets over the lake Contact: Warners Bay Chamber of Commerce - 0458 549 222 Lake Macquarie Festival January 26 (Australia Day) Speers Point Park, The Esplanade, Speers Point 2284 Celebrate Australia Day by the lake, with live entertainment, market and foods stalls, kids activities and more. Cost: Free Contact: Lake Macquarie City Council Warners Bay – (02) 4921 0333

Swansea Carols by Candlelight Saturday 21 December 2013 5.30pm – 9.30 pm Swansea Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the 2281 Combined Churches has successfully held the annual Carols by Candlelight event in Swansea for over 10 years and every year sponsored by Delta Electricity. This event is now so popular that it was moved last year to a new bigger venue at the Thomas Humphreys Reserve (adjacent to Coon Island). Come along for an evening of family festive fun. The event will also include Christmas stalls, food vendors, activities for children and amusement rides and a spectacular fireworks display at 9.15pm! For more information on the event, please contact Swansea Business Chamber of Commerce on 4971 6282 or 0404 902 043.

FIG DESIGN GALLERY Jewellery and Art Gallery 236 Watkins Road Wangi Wangi 2267 0409 153 115

Handmade Jewellery and Artworks by Local Artists


Near Historic Dobell House - the Heart of Art in Lake Macquarie Opening Hours: Wednesday and Friday 9 - 4pm Saturday 9 - 2pm Please ring for appointments outside these hours and for extended Christmas Trading Hours.

MANDALONG GALLERY Lake Macquarie Premier Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery Presenting Quality Investment Paintings, Pottery & Glassware Works from the famous Petyarre sisters, Ronnie Tjampinjimpa, George Ward, Lilly Kelly, Dorothy Napangardi, Gabriella Possum, Minnie Pwerle and many more. Open: Sat & Sun 9am - 5pm or by appointment 29 Little Valley Rd Mandalong Ph: 02 4977 2316


newcastle kayak tours

Enjoy a leisurely guided kayak tour of Newcastle’s world renowned harbour. See the actual workings of the world’s largest coal export port, also the many natural features on display during our 2.5 hour or 3.5 hour guided tours. Newcastle Kayak Tours are relaxing, fun and safe for the whole family, ages from 5 – 80. No experience is required, and minimal fitness is necessary. Tours begin at either 8am or 11am each day. Family (2 adults, 2 children) and group (8+ persons) discounts are available, please enquire. Also, we do offer sunrise and sunset tours on demand (min two paddlers). Launch locations are adjusted according to weather conditions and tides, and safety equipment is provided. We kayak in most weather conditions except for strong winds. Newcastle Kayak Tours operate all year round. We even conduct Moonlight tours during the full moon! Minimum group: two paddlers with maximum group numbers being 15 paddlers (plus guide).

Newcastle Kayak Tours

0468 929152



Azalea Cottage Pet friendly accommodation in Old Bar

• Spacious self-contained cottage situated on open acreage • Overlooking our 3 par golf course • Pet friendly • Wheelchair facilities

Ph: 02 6553 6636


Multi-Sport Bay Adventure 15th February 2014 Shoal Bay The swim, mountain bike, kayak and run changeover is all at the new compound of Halifax Reserve Gowrie Ave/Beach Rd right next to the Holiday Park. This is approx. 600m further along Shoal Bay beach than last year and offers a lovely reserve with plenty of shade to stage the event. The finish line will be the main compound in the same area. This is an Adventure Race where participants must compete as an individual completing all 4 legs, or a relay team of 2 to 4 completing 1 or 2 legs of the course. We expect the fastest participant to take 3 hours to complete the course and the slowest 5 hours. Visit


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


Hunter Antiques and Secondhand Dealers

Come on in... Always buying antiques and secondhand furniture

Open 7 days: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-3pm • Sun 10.30am-3pm

The largest antique & secondhand furniture warehouse in the Hunter 105 Lang Street Kurri Kurri. Phone 4936 1511

Wholly Relics Quality Antiques

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

99 Newcastle Rd East Maitland (Opposite Maitland Toyota – Parking at rear) Email

Recycling Solutions Australia

34 Rural Drive, Sandgate NSW. Phone Kathie 0412 630 011 Trading Hours: Wed, Thurs & Fri 8am to 4pm. Sat 8am to 2pm

Open 7 days 10am - 5pm Newcastle's Largest Antique Centre 30 Stores Under One Roof Old Grocery Store Museum • Buying and Selling Ph: 4926 4537 29 Centenary Road, Newcastle (First right through Civic railway gates)


340 sq metres of antiques, collectables & bric a brac!

Art Trail Hunter Valley ① Maitland Regional Art Gallery 230 High St. Maitland Open: 10am-5pm Tues to Sun. Ph. 02 4934 9859.

⑤ The Old Brush Studio 187 Leiberts Lane, Brunkerville Ph. 02 4938 0288

② Cessnock Regional Art Gallery 16 Vincent St. Cessnock Open: 11am-4pm Tuesday to Sunday. Ph. 02 4991 6619.

⑥ Mandalong Gallery 29 Little Valley Rd, Mandalong Open: Sat & Sun 9am-5pm or by appt. Ph. 02 4977 2316

③ Defiance Sculpture Park at The Gate Gallery 2480 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi Open: 10am-3pm or by appt. Ph 02 4998 3370 ④ Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery First St., Booragul. Open: 10am-5pm Tues to Sun. 02 4965 8260

⑦ Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Cnr. Bridge & Williams Sts. Open: Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm. Weekends 10am - 1pm Mondays by appointment only. Closed Public Holidays Ph. 6549 3880 www.muswellbrookartscentre.


Desiderius Orban, Genesis 1968, mixed media on foil on 1972, The Muswellbrook

John Ogburn, Stubble Time 1962, oil on hardboard; Purchased Open Art Prize 1962, The Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection. 1

John Olsen, Joie de vivre 1964 - 65 woollen tapestry

Opening Night: 6pm Friday 31 January 2014 REBECCA RATH A Country Drive

⑧ Upstairs Art Gallery 71 Main St, Murrurundi Ph. 02 5512 9112 or 0427 775 707 ⑨ 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





Sawyers Gully

Exhibition dates: 10 January - 2 March 2014 Rebecca Rath, New England Highway Muswellbrook to Singleton 2013, oil on ply.

OPENING HOURS Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm. Weekends 10am - 1pm Mondays by appointment only. Closed Public Holidays Corner of Bridge & William Streets, Muswellbrook NSW 2333 t 02 6549 3800 e w


until 9 February 2014


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Exhibition dates:

February - 2 March 2014

4 5 Booragul

I Spy: windows and doors in art acknowledges the compelling quality of the portals we encounter every day, with works by Jane Burton, Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy, Georgina Cue, Dong Yuan, Kirrily Hammond, Roger Hanley, David Lawrey and Jaki Middleton, Callum Morton, Scan, Justine Varga, Craig Walsh, and Yuendumu Door artists Paddy Jupurrurla Nelson and Paddy Japaljarri Stewart. A gallery project curated by Meryl Ryan and Stephen Goddard 23 November 2013 – 9 February 2014



NEWCASTLE JUNIOR SChOOL: ENVIRONMENTAL VIEWS Newcastle Junior School caters to the needs of local primary students with a moderate or severe intellectual disability. The school believes in a quality art education program to encourage and develop students’ skills. This exhibition is selected from works the students have created around sculpture, the gallery’s sculpture park and the theme of the lake. A gallery project coordinated by Jody Tydd and Rob Cleworth 6 December 2013 – 9 February 2014

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

From I Spy, David Lawrey and Jaki Middleton Wormhole 2011 (detail) sculptural diptych: mirrors, timber, polyurethane, paint, polymer clay, copper, LEDs, glue 2 pieces, each 60 x 60 x 100cm image courtesy the artists and Gallery 9, Sydney


Ph 02 4981 3604 Nelson Bay, at the rear of Neil Carroll Park near the RSL



What's On this Month 21st December Carols by Candlelight, Swansea

21st Dec Carols by Candlelight Thomas Humphrey Reserve, Swansea, 6-9.30pm. Fireworks at 9.15pm. See page 13 for more details. 29th Dec Laguna Markets 8am to 1pm Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna. Contact: 4998 3261

31st December NYE Fireworks Newcastle Foreshore

31st Dec Newcastle Foreshore NYE Fireworks 9pm to midnight. Newcastle Foreshore 31st Dec Fireworks Maitland Riverfront at 9pm and Midnight 31st Dec Paterson New Year’s Eve Celebrations Tucker Park, Paterson. Contact: 4938 5767

11-12th January Taste of the World Beer Festival

Australia Celebrations 26th January: Australia Day National Maritime Festival Newcastle Harbour and Foreshore au/ Australia Day Big Breakfast and Official Ceremony 7-11am East End Oval and East Cessnock Bowling Club Australia Day Celebrations 11am-1.30pm Civic Green Singleton Contact: 1800 449 888

11-12th January Taste of the World Beer Festival Newcastle Harness Racing Club, Broadmeadow

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Comfortable, Central and Quiet The Australian Reptile Park is bringing the beach to the bush these summer holidays with a giant water slide in operation from Boxing Day through to January 27th 2014. The Tropical Slide will operate between 10am – 4pm daily and is FREE after Park entry! Our baby animals are also a feature as we introduce our baby koalas, our orphaned ring tail possum Poppy and Ruby our young wombat. Our Tasmanian devil joeys are growing by the day and will be available for an up close encounter during our photo sessions. We are launching a special new show featuring Komodo dragons and Bilbies! Keep an eye out for the Animal All-Sorts show, on every day of the summer school holidays, you never know who you’ll meet! Every day you can watch Elvis the monster crocodile leap for his lunch at 1.30pm, walk with Hugo the giant Galapagos tortoise at 11.30am and watch our team feed the American alligators from the jetty in the lagoon at 12noon. Kids will love our new Nature Walk with Noctarium and exciting new playground with a reptilian theme. Wildlife shows run every day along with photo sessions with a giant Burmese python, Tasmanian devil joeys, baby wombat, koala or alligator. Join us for summer fun at the Australian Reptile Park – the hands-on zoo!!! Ph: 02 4340 1022


Licensed bar & restaurant Air-conditioned Wireless broadband Business services Tour booking facilities Austar Reservations and Enquiries Ph 02 6545 1700 Fax 02 6545 3130

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Wollombi Valley Wollombi Valley is nestled between the Watagan Forests and Yengo National Park, just an hour and a half from Sydney at the gateway to the Hunter Valley. Wollombi has a rich 1. Millbrook Estate 2. Stonehurst Cedar Creek Wines 3. Defiance Sculpture Park at Gate Gallery 4. Wollombi Wines 5. Capers Guesthouse 6. Noyce Brothers Wines 7. Wollombi Village Vineyard 8. Undercliff Winery and Gallery 9. Wollombi Tavern 10. Guesthouse Mulla Villa To Cessnock

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to gorgeous boutique B&Bs set amongst the bush. The Wollombi Valley Wine Trail offers a diverse range of locally produced wines and a friendly welcome to all. Wollombi is also home to Australia’s largest private sculpture park, Defiance Gallery on a former lavender farm. All are bordered by National Parks with great bushwalking trails, lookouts and aboriginal rock carvings. For more information visit the menu of the following websites: Wollombi is a wonderful place to lose yourself for a day, a weekend or longer.

What's On in Wollombi

Great Northern Trading Post is the hub of the Laguna community & a unique place to have a meal or a drink & listen to great live music. Our regular Laguna Market Day showcases our fine local produce & craftsmanship on the 1st Sun each month. GNTP boasts great food and exceptional coffee & is open for dinner 7 nights a week. We also have a wellstocked general store and GNTP is the only petrol station in the Valley. What’s On in Jan @GNTP Friday 3rd: Mick Daley & the Corporate Raiders Sunday 5th: Laguna Market Day Friday 10th: Three Shades Friday 17th: DJ Dance Party Friday 24th: Kellie Cain Friday 31st: Eddie Boyd & the Phatapillars Find us on Facebook at GreatNorthernTradingPost

New Years Eve at the Wollombi Tavern Tuesday, 31 December 2013 Time: 8pm - 11:59pm Wollombi Tavern, Wollombi NSW Live music from 8pm till late. Fantastic fireworks display at 9pm. Food available till late. Camping available. No BYO. Phone the Tavern on 02 4998 3261 for more information.



convict history, reflected in the many original sandstone buildings and cottages peppered throughout the area. The Endeavour Museum is a great place to explore local history, located opposite the famous Wollombi Tavern – home of Dr Jurds Jungle Juice. Wollombi is a photographer’s dream with a unique flavour all its own, offering experiences to suit everyone. Here you can enjoy a picnic lunch, a fine dining restaurant or the immensely popular local cafes and shops, everything from a nursery and an antique store to a world class wool store and several quirky gift shops. Accommodation ranges from farm stays and self contained guesthouses






Little Red Riding Hood Plant Nursery & Gift Shop

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


Explore the historic Wollombi Valley A great new Wollombi Map and Business Directory is now available. You can plan your trip to Wollombi and find out where everything is around the Valley. You can pick up the map at the General Store, Cellar Doors along the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail, or from your Accommodation if you are staying in the area. Another map to download is the ‘ART FOOD WINE’ Trail map covering the “Heart and Soul of the Hunter Valley” For more information about Wollombi and to download the maps visit

Come in and ask about the native growth mapping of your area, diseases and pests. Order the plants you want!

Lola: 0408 412 094

Open Most Days Walk through 'Noyce Brothers' Cellar Door 10 Negro Street, Wollombi

Knitting classes to suit all skill levels and experience A wide range of yarns to suit all occasions Patterns, books, needles and know-how P: (02) 4998 3153 E: W:

Wollombi Village Vineyard

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Hunter Valley vineyards

The Hunter Valley

Pokolbin - Lovedale - Broke Fordwich - Singleton To visit the Hunter Valley is to experience and enjoy the good things in Australian life and to reward yourself. The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest and one of its most well-known wine regions. Here you will find world-class Hunter Valley Semillon that has been called “Australia’s unique gift to the world’, great Australian Shiraz that lasts for generations, and generations of family winemakers that are here to tell the tale.  You will also find delicious locally produced olives and olive oil, Hunter Cheeses, home made condiments and sauces, chocolate and fudge. You will find activities like hot air ballooning, horse riding, galleries, antique shops, sightseeing by horse and

carriage or bicycle, limousine or even helicopter.

You will find in Hunter Valley Wine Country one of the most vibrant and relaxing places to visit. There are over 60 restaurants, 120 wineries, 160 accommodation venues, less than two hours drive from Sydney and 45 minutes from Newcastle Airport. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Hunter Valley Wine Country Visitors Centre, 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin 2320. Ph: 02 4990 0900 Email:

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

ph: 02 4990 7531

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The Hunter’s largest range with over 50 desserts, pastries & Handmade chocolates.

Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday Lunch: Thursday to Sunday Dinner: Thursday to Saturday

Barista made coffee, Gluten free cakes and Light Lunches, for Dine-in or Take away. Open Fridays & Saturdays 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-5pm, Public Holiday Mondays only 10am-4pm

319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale. Ph: 1300 958 850

Call 02 4998 7333 Emma's Cottage Vineyard, Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

Simply D'vine. Much, much more than a nursery.

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151 Wine Country Drive Nulkaba NSW 2325 Ph 02 4990 4291

Hunter Valley Helicopters is your Scenic Flight, Tour and Charter specialist. Locally owned and operated your Pilot lives and breathes the Wine Region and can organise anything to suit your needs, from a Scenic Flight, Lunch/Picnic Tour, Wedding Proposal or even a Helicopter for your Wedding. Transfers to both Sydney & Newcastle Airports are also available.

Open 7 Days Cessnock Aerodrome, 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin

Call Jay on 0488 711 778 22 SYDNEY/HUNTER VALLEY

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More than just a day out! Vine Link offers daily local wine tours. Vine link offers Sydney/Hunter/Sydney day tours by charter arrangement-all size groups catered for.

If you prefer / enjoy your scenic wine tour to be with a smaller group, plus have an experienced operator as your tour guide. Then upgrade with Bradley now TIME IS NOW THE LUXURY, DONT WASTE IT Discover the difference. Est. 2000 All of our wine tours are lead by Bradley, who is a knowledgeable viticulturalist.

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle that the city brings with it, then let us show you some of the Hunter Valley’s wonderful sights on one of our special day tours. “Hi Bradley, just wanted to say a big thank you for hosting such a terrific tour for us.” A Campbell “Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful half day tour… everything was perfect, your transport, your choice of cellar doors and of course you and your knowledge. Thanks again for a great day.” P Smith

Hunter Valley Vine Link Tours Wilderness Cottages Lovedale 2320 Tel: +61 (0)2 4930 7689 Mobile: 0411 628 752

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Cessnock & Kurri Kurri Cessnock is a sub-region of the Hunter Valley, 120 kilometres north of Sydney, 40 kilometres west of Newcastle and 30 kilometres from the coast. Pastoralists commenced settling the land in the 1820’s. The township of Cessnock developed from 1850, as a service centre at the junction of the Great North Road, with branches to Black Creek (Branxton) and Maitland.


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 Email:

During the 1860’s, land settlement was extensive between Nulkaba and Pokolbin with wheat, tobacco and grape growing, the main crops. Coal mining was the principal industrial base of the Cessnock area for over fifty years. Changes in mining, including automation and the introduction of 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. 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. 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. 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 contact the Kurri Kurri VIC 4936 1909.

richmond vale railway and mining museum

The largest antique and secondhand furniture warehouse in the Hunter See page 16

105 Lang Street Kurri Kurri Phone 4936 1511


SUMMER Stock arriving weekly! Large range of summer schoolwear, casual and formal clothing in sizes 6-26. Wide range of accessories including shoes, hats & handbags. 128 Lang St, Kurri Kurri

Next to Chelmsford Hotel Ph: 4936 4822

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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VINTAGE: THE LOST WORKS OF MAX DUPAIN Cessnock Regional Art Gallery presents Vintage: the lost works of Max Dupain. This exhibition brings together two glorious collections of forgotten images of wine grape vintages in the Hunter - heart of Australia’s wine world in the mid-20th century by the legendary photographter Max Dupain. Presented together the Mount Pleasant and Tulloch photographs reveal a little known part of Australia’s farming past and the labours of love which produced some of the most memorable wines of the early 1950s. Dupain took the photographs on commission as part of his commercial practice, and his skill in capturing the arcadian beauty of the everyday work of vignerons, grape harvesters and cellar hands represents a sublime encounter cessnock regional art gallery between the world of art and the world of wine. VINTAGE: Vintage runs until 19th THE LOST WORKS January, and will be followed from 23rd OF MAX DUPAIN January by An Open Secret: repositioning abstraction. An Open Secret presents works from the Pandora Group of female artists from the Lower Hunter. This exhibition features works by Sally Bourke, Helen Dunkerley, Annemarie Murland, Until 19th January Linda Swinfield, Lezlie 16 Vincent St Cessnock 02 4991 6619 Tilley and Patricia e: Wilson-Adams.

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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.

Current Exhibitions at Maitland Regional Art Gallery Masterpieces: from the Peter Elliott Collection Curated by Lou Klepac OAM 6 December - 9 February Harriet Scott, Zeuzera macleayi. Current name: Endoxyla eucalypti (Herrich-Schäffer), Cossidae. watercolour and ink © Australian Museum Archives

Alan Jones | Paper and wood: collecting ideas 13 December - 23 February Barbara Licha: chaos and order – urbanised 13 December - 23 February  R.D.Fitzgerald’s Australian Orchids: from the MRAG Collection  Curated by Davina Pellatt 13 December - 23 February

Charles Blackman, Jumping Children, 1961, oil on canvas, 86 x 102 cm

Beauty From Nature: art of the Scott sisters Exhibition Developed & Toured by the Australian Museum 13 December - 23 February Exposed: from the MRAG Collection curated by Liesl Harvey and Justine Malinowski 13 December - 9 February

Alan Jones, Figure #2, 2004, oil on linen, 130 x 96 cm


One summer’s day: from MRAG Collection 20 December 2013 – 2 March 2014

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. It is a destination where you may choose to rejuvenate and enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh locally grown produce, speciality wines and a walking tour of the heritage landscape. Whilst others may choose a faster pace taking an aerobatic or Tiger Moth joy flight, immersing themselves in the local nightlife, sampling a series of local restaurants and cocktails. 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 ■ Get back to nature and visit the beautiful 135 hectare Hunter Botanic Gardens at Heatherbrae. ■ Maitland Gaol is open for tours, a fascinating, frightening and thought provoking site. ■ The Maitland Mall is a great place to enjoy a coffee or explore the many boutiques and specialty shops.

Celebrate with us this Christmas!

Join us over Christmas at St. John’s Anglican Church in Raymond Terrace. We have a wide variety of services on over the festive season – special family services and traditional mass, even carols round the camp fire! 22nd December: 6pm, Carols around the campfire with the Raymond Terrace Scouts 24th December: 6pm, Crib service for children 24th December: 11.30pm, Midnight Mass 25th December: 9am, Christmas Day Mass To stay up to date on what’s going on at St. John’s find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

239 High Street, Maitland 02 49 345 007


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

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

What's On in Morpeth

1 November - 31 December 2013 Christmas Nativity at Morpeth Gallery Discover hundreds of nativities in all shapes & sizes, made from all manner of materials – glass, wood, resin, tin, ceramic, pottery. Light ups, musicals, modern & traditional. Open Thursday to Sunday.

Newcastle to Morpeth in modern day style and comfort with NOVA Cruises. Departs 2 -3 times per month where suitable tides permit see dates and departure times. Boarding at Lee Wharf pontoon, No 5 Honeysuckle Drive, Lee Wharf Adults $89, Concession $84, Child (up to 17yrs) $54. Phone 0400381787 or visit

19th January 2014: Morpeth Historic Cruise Re-live the historic voyage from


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

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

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Grandma's Feather Bed and Teddy Bears Downstairs


Sweet and Savoury Delights at Cupz n’ Crepes Delicious savoury and sweet crepes are on the menu at Cupz N’ Crepes where guests can choose from an amazing variety of traditional and surprising fillings. They’re made to order using an oldfashioned pan in a building constructed in the 1850s as part of the Central Inn and Mews. The cafe serves a huge selection of hot and cold drinks, Amanti coffee, tea, cakes, freshly baked scones, fondue for two with strawberry, fruits and marshmallow skewers coated with chocolate from a fountain, along with liquor and handmade chocolates.

Teddy Bears, soft toys and Gifts for all occasions!

Opening Hours 10.30am to 4.00pm - 7 days (see website for public hol. trading)

164 Swan Street Morpeth 2321 Ph: 4933 9794 - Fax: 4930 0486

Cupz ‘N’ Crepes Sweet & savoury crepes, desserts and coffee. Breakfast available. Extensive gluten free menu. 137 Swan Street, Morpeth Ph 4933 0649

La Belle France Beautiful colours and designs from France to give your table a taste of Europe…

Looking for something fun and different in 2014?

Try Dragon Racing with Hunter River Dragons! Training from the public boat ramp Queens Wharf Road: Wednesday 6pm - 7:30pm Saturday 7-9am; Sunday 7-9am PH 0404 468 433 to book a seat.

Kitchen accessories Cushion covers Tablecloths Gifts for all occasions Gift vouchers 159 Swan St, Morpeth Ph 4934 8892 Open every day 9am – 5pm

Gourmet Cheese Delicatessen

Morpeth Post Office 4/165 Swan Street, Morpeth Phone: 49336242

• Seriously Sensational Cheeses • Fine Italian antipasti • Olives • Artesan salamis • Gourmet crackers Australian and international favourites, we are passionate about our cheese. Opening Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm

Open: Monday to Friday 9-5 Saturday 9-12 For all your postal and office stationery supplies. Childrens books our speciality from $4

Shop 2, 129 Swan Street 
Morpeth 2321. Ph 02 49335233


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 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. 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 please go to

What to See & Do ■ Treat yourself to Sunday morning brunch at the CBC cafe. ■ Sample superior oils and preserves at Bunna Bunoo olive grove. ■ Experience Camyr Allyn’s inviting cellar door and beautiful surrounds. ■ Pack a picnic and head to Lostock dam. ■ Discover the valley’s many beautiful historic bridges and churches.

What's On Paterson New Years Eve Celebrations 31 December 2013 Open every weekend until Nov 30th 10am – 3pm. When you visit Tocal Homestead its not hard to imagine days gone by. Tales of architects and graziers, bushrangers, businessmen, social reform and philanthropy are woven through the highs and lows of life on this unique property. Tocal Road, Paterson Ph: 4939 8901 w/days; 4939 8939 w/ends

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Tucker Park Paterson. Ph: 4938 5767 Paterson New Years Eve Celebrations is a family event with food and drink, stalls and fireworks. Come along and join in the fun and celebrations to bring the New Year in. Bring along a blanket or chair, watch the fireworks and have a good time. It will be a great atmosphere with lovely surroundings near the river. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Gresford General Store, Durham Street Open: Mon-Tues 7am-6pm Wed-Thurs 7am-7pm Fri-Sun 7am-8pm ...will take you there!



The Ultimate Escape A Magical Retreat ... hugged by bush and wildlife!

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

Bistro at the Beatty

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. Enjoy our selection of tasty bites in the beautiful historic surrounds of our café. Bookings are appreciated for dinner or small functions.

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

19 King St, Paterson • Ph: 4938 5767

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









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Just two and a half hours from Sydney in the Hunter Valley is the Allyn and Paterson River Valleys. Originating in the world famous Barrington Tops the rivers abound with native fish and platypus. For the tourist there are excellent attractions in the surrounding countryside. Visit our website for the attractions and services available to make your stay an enjoyable and memorable one.

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

Next to the Caltex Garage,

East Gresford

Ph: 4938 9501


Newcastle and Hunter - January 2014  

iMag is a full colour guide of what to see, what to do and where to go in the Newcastle and Hunter region.