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January 2013

Newcastle and the Hunter Inside: ■

Holiday Markets

New Year Celebrations

Regional Map

Arts & Antiques

Places to visit


Dining out in the Hunter Pages 6 - 8

Newcastle Maritime Festival 25th - 27th January

Visit Lovedale Page 30


Monthly Markets Guide 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! See p25 for more details. Ph: Justine on 0439 649 058. Cherry Blossom Markets 2nd Sat of every month at The Newcastle Harness Racing Club 9am-2pm, free parking and free entry. A unique, boutique, handmade market that has over 100 stalls. 4th Sunday of month at Lindemans Wines, 119 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin 10am - 4pm. Next market 26 Aug. Rain, hail or shine. Free entry and parking. Ph: 0406422099 Todd 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. Nelson Bay Produce & Arts Market  9-1pm on 10th January: Magnus & Stockton Streets, Nelson Bay. This unique new market will showcase the best in produce and quality hand crafted items. No imports and most items are made by stallholders. Ph:  02 4984 4751 or 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 49829123. 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 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 3rd Sunday of each month from 9.30-1pm. All local produce as well as hand spun wool, jewellery, vintage linen, bric-a-brac, second hand books etc. Phone 4998 8244 or see the website 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. Gresford Community Markets Third Sun of each month, new stallholders welcome. Ph: 4938 9488. 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 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. 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 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 at Singleton Showground. Ph: 6574 5390.

Singleton Farmers Markets 4th Saturday of each month from 8am1pm held at Singleton Showground. Buy direct from quality NSW farmers and producers. Phone 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. Scone Country Markets 2nd Saturday every month. 8.30pm to 2pm outside Scone Visitor Information Centre. Contact Belinda 02 6540 1300. Scone Homegrown + Handmade Market Next Market: January 12th - 8am to 2pm. Kerv Cafe, Liverpool Street, Scone. Enquiries + stallholder bookings ph Amelia Wilkinson, 0400099761 or email 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. Handmade in the Hunter Markets 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month @ 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. Rotary Markets Last Sat of the the month. New Lambton Public School, Undercover area. New stallholders welcome. Contact: Sacred Tree Markets Every 3rd Sunday 9am-3pm St. Brigid’s Primary School, Branxton. Contact: info@ sacredtreemarkets.

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Hunter Region Markets

Cherry Blossom Markets is a handmade, boutique and unique marketplace located in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. With a large range of high quality stalls ranging from children’s and adult clothing, homewares, jewellery, gourmet foods, art and everything in between. Mix that in with delicious food vendors and glorious coffee and it’s a great day out for the family. They operate on the second Saturday of every month at The Newcastle Harness Racing club behind Hunter Stadium, from 9am - 2pm and on the 4th Sunday of every month at Lindemans Wines, McDonalds Road, Pokolbin from 10am - 4pm. Both markets offer free parking and entry and run rain hail or shine. For further information contact Todd on 0406 422 099 or find them on Facebook.


Local farm produce Toys Plants Craftwork Gifts Gourmet food Jewellery Jams and pickles Books BBQ Bric-a-Brac Antiques

McTaggart Park

Broke Village

Opp the Broke Store

8 am - 1 pm 1st SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH 65791259

Kurri Kurri Farmers Market 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.


Hunter Wetlands National Park. Photo © Susan Davis/NSW Government

From the Editor


January Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our readers and advertisers in Newcastle and the Hunter. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, making the most of everything the Hunter region has to offer. If you are looking for things to do over the holiday period and you are interested in the arts then you are in for a treat! There are lots of great exhibitions on in our art galleries throughout the region – details are available throughout the magazine and see the individual gallery websites for opening times. The holidays are the perfect time to get back to nature with the kids – take a day out at the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens (pg 11) or try a wildlife adventure at Hunter Wetlands (pg 12). Turn to page 24 for information on local retailers of antiques – if retail therapy is for you why not spend the day browsing the amazing array of collectibles and maybe pick up a bargain or two!

Markets Coffee in the Hunter Australia Day celebrations are taking place across the region on the 25th and 26th so take a look at our What’s On This Month in the Hunter listings on pages 18 and 19 to see what festivities are on where you are. The holiday season is a time for family, friends and fun so enjoy bringing in the New Year with your loved ones and spending time out and about either in town, by the beach or in the valley. Whatever your plans are, remember to be sun safe and if you’re intending having a little tipple, nominate someone as your designated driver!


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Bolwarra General Store & Café

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Open 7 days for breakfast and lunch. Affordable prices, friendly staff with a takeaway menu. Shop 15, Hunter Valley Gardens Pokolbin Ph: 4998 7355

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 Monday 7am - 3pm, closed Tuesday, Wed to Sun 7am - 3pm. Breakfast all day 6 days. 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.

Coffee Shops in the Hunter

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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

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Tasting in the Hunter Garlic harvest is here! It’s getting hotter and it’s a sure sign that garlic is ready to harvest. All your hard work getting them to this stage is coming to fruition (excuse the pun!) The first signs you’ll see when garlic is ready to harvest is the drying out and dying of the leaves. This process will start at the lowest leaves, and then make their way up the stem. The bulbs should be picked with 2 or 3 leaves still green. You can also feel the garlic while it’s in the ground. Just wipe the soil back to reveal the bulb but try not to disturb the roots. If the bulb feels hard and cloves are making the bulb look a little lumpy, then it’s another sign that the garlic is ready. If you’re digging them out by hand, try not to hit the garlic with any digging tools as it might bruise or even penetrate the garlic, which will

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:


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lead to rot and allow disease and insects to attack. Most growers hang their bulbs (bulb down) in bunches of 6-8, however, we cut the leaves and the roots off, and then allow them to dry on a rack. Either way, allow them to hang in a dry, well ventilated area. The drying process should take 3-4 weeks or until the outer skin comes away easily in your hand. Now comes the fun bit; eating it! For more info or recipes visit

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Snails - the European experience! For most of us, snails are considered a bit of a delicacy – indulged by Europeans and possibly not something we’d consider trying at a restaurant in the Hunter, thousands of kms away from were the French first thought of turning these odd little molluscs into fancy fine dining. You may not know but snails are grown right here in the Hunter by Helen and her dedicated team of farmers at Snails Bon Appetit. That means that if they’re on the menu in this region then they most likely come from right on our doorstep! So why not give them a go? Sure, they can be a bit tricky to manage depending on how they are served of course, but for that truly authentic European experience try them at La Belle Epoque – the new French restaurant in Newcastle.

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Specialty Beers on Tap The Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co. microbrewery is located at the Commercial Hotel Morpeth: 127 Swan St Morpeth. At Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co we are passionate about brewing according to artisan principles, and aspire to produce all natural beers from the finest quality ingredients free of additives or preservatives and without resorting to filtration, added flocculants or forced-carbonation. This is pure beer, naturally carbonated in the keg - a beer that we believe is more flavoursome, wholesome, intricate and appealing than mainstream beer. It is Beer As It Should Be! We have at least four beers on tap with three permanent brews Close Call Pale Ale, Mullet Run Maple Porter and Big Hitter Special Bitter and one or more changing styles! All have been named with reference to Morpeth’s rich history. Additional beers on tap are seasonal or themed so there is always something new to try. There are bistro meals to compliment the beers and takeaway bottles available. Come into the hotel to see the microbrewery onsite; join in the free tastings and information sessions with the brewer held every Saturday from 12pm – 1pm; and sample some lovely bistro fare that has been matched with the beers on tap. For more info: Call (02) 4934 5316 visit: or Find us on Facebook: Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co. / Commercial Hotel Morpeth

Red Ripe Strawberries... Summer brings to mind a colourful array of delicious fresh fruit. Strawberries are a favourite and our Miss 3 has been enjoying (impatiently) the pleasure of watching our fledgling strawberry plant flower and grow fruit. Slowly turning from green to red and when the sun has warmed it perfectly….plucking it with her tiny fingers and popping it in her mouth! It’s hard to consider ever buying them again. Warmed by the sun, big, red and juicy is the best way to enjoy strawberries. Local Adamstown gardener, Peter, took us on a tour of his backyard garden and we sampled 3 varieties of strawberries straight from the bush. The ‘Juliette’, ‘Hokowase’ and ‘Sumo’ were all equally delicious and we left Pete’s with an arm full of freshly picked strawberries, tomatoes and a jar of homemade strawberry jam. The darker side of these red luscious gems is that conventionally grown strawberries are sprayed with pesticides and are on the ‘dirty dozen’ list of fruit and veg with the highest pesticide residue. Washing doesn’t necessarily remove all of these pesticide residues. Organically grown strawberries are the best way to avoid pesticides. Choose Organic Strawberries or better yet… grow your own! Goodness Me Organics


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

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Visit our Tasting Rooms today to taste the complete range of Olive oils, Vinegars and other Gourmet products.

Denman Tasting Room & Grove 1440 Denman Road, Muswellbrook Open 7 Days 9:30am-4:30pm T: 02 6547 1055

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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

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Newcastle Beaches Newcastle is well-known for its stunning coastline and it is one of the few cities in the world that can say it has eight beaches within five minutes of its city centre. Nobbys, Newcastle, Bar, Dixon Park and Merewether Beach, just to name a few, are attractive must-see locations for any visitor to the city. June 2007 storms thrust Nobbys Beach into the International spotlight after the grounding of the massive Pasha Bulker cargo ship on its shores. A monument to the event stands at Nobbys Beach and is a stop off point for visitors and locals alike. Nearby is the Harbour break-wall and Nobby’s Lighthouse, perfect for that afternoon stroll and the ideal vantage point to watch 300m cargo ships come into port. Newcastle Beach is known for being one of the best surf locations in Australia along with Merewether

Beach, home to the annual International Surfest competition. Adjacent are the Merewether Baths, the largest ocean bath complex in the Southern Hemisphere – there is nothing else like this facility in Australia. The bath is a favourite for locals of a warm summer’s day and ideal for lap swimmers all year round. One of the city’s most outstanding historic landmarks is the Newcastle Ocean Baths. With its art deco architecture and picturesque views of the ocean, the bath has long been an icon of the Newcastle coastline. Adjacent to the ocean bath is Newcastle Canoe Pool, which once featured a map of the world with small islands representing the continents. The shallow canoe pool is the perfect place for young children to swim in safety away from waves and surfers.

A visit to Newcastle is not complete without a day on the beach. So grab a parcel of fish and chips and join the locals on the sand. Don’t forget to watch out for dolphins, a common sight off Newcastle’s beaches. To keep up with the weather, tides and surf check out @NDays on Twitter!


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STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING? Come along to one of our upcoming Events! • Saturday 3 November 2012 – Family Flat Water Demo Day + BBQ @ Warners Bay • Saturday 24 November 2012 – Paddle Surf Comp + BBQ @ Dixon Park • Saturday 15 December 2012 – Xmas Arvo Paddle Surf Comp + BBQ @ Dixon Park All levels, all welcome! Boards & gear provided.

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The National Maritime Festival has evolved into one of the largest Maritime events in Australia; and the people of Newcastle and the Hunter Region have continued to support and celebrate this rich and diverse maritime heritage each year. The Festival provides a link between Newcastle's maritime heritage and an opportunity for active participation with benefits for education, cultural integration and community involvement. At its simplest, the National Maritime Festival provides a welcome spectacle and a day of entertainment and involvement for many, many thousands of Novocastrians as well as visitors from interstate and overseas. This year’s (2013) National Maritime Festival will have a strong ‘need for speed’! Top of the agenda is the Australian Water-ski Championships. The Royal Australian Navy will be showing off two of their Mine Hunters (built right here in Newcastle!) Of historical interest is the Heritage Express Train departing Sydney at 9am on the 26th and arriving in Newcastle at 11am (who remembers the Newcastle Flyer? Well this is it!) Tickets are still available but be quick! The all time favourite; Tug Ballet will be dancing with Newcastle’s School of Dance & Baby Ballerinas. The Quick and Dirty Boat Building Competition that produced record crowds in 2012 is set for another challenge – Noakes Newcastle are the current trophy holder. So grab your flag and head on down to the foreshore for the biggest Maritime event in NSW!!

La Belle Epoque

French Restaurant & Bar

Open for Lunch & Dinner Licensed & BYO Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am to late Sunday breakfast/lunch/dinner: open from 9am to late French chef and all French staff Make your reservation today 8 Bolton Street, Newcastle. Ph 02 4929 5575


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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'S ULTIMATE CRUISING EXPERIENCE HISTORIC MORPETH CRUISE (8hrs) Departures: 2013 12th, 26th & 28th January. 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 walk guide booklet and local produce tasting served onboard (wines, ONLINE fudge, sourdough). BOOKINGS Adult $79, Concession $74, Child (up to 17yrs) $54 available

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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Experience the wonder of the Egret Breeding Season this spring at the Hunter Wetlands Centre Hundreds of Egrets flock to the Melaleuca Swamp every year to create our own mini Kakadu. Whether you are a bird lover or just enjoy natural beauty, this is an event not to be missed! • Photography Competition Sept – Nov • Walking Tours • Canoe Tours and Hire • Bush Tucker Garden • Bird Hides Hunter Wetlands Centre Only 10 mins from the heart of Newcastle • Open 7 days Off the roundabout, 412 Sandgate Rd, Shortland. Ph: 4951 6466


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Standup Paddle Boarding







The Newcastle StandUp Paddle Club (NSPC) has just completed its second year of operation. With over 50 financial members, ranging from learners and families to highly elite surf and race competitors, the club has been growing steadily, reflecting the general appeal of the fastest growing watersport in the world - SUP!   NSPC holds a variety of monthly events including surf contests, stillwater races, downwinders, family fun days and social events.  NSPC also hosted the recent ASI Titles in Newcastle this year, and its likely that this event will be held again in Newcastle in early 2013. So if you’re interested in joining the excitement that is standup paddle boarding, feel free to “like” us on Facebook at Newcastle SUP Club, or check out our website for upcoming events.  We have members who are only to pleased to be able to introduce new members and friends to this exciting, fun and fitness- friendly activity. See you on the water!



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FAMOUS TRAM Come join us on a fabulous tour of Newcastle including a visit to the historic Nobbys Lighthouse 11am & 1pm Week Days Only Ph: 0418 307 166

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

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.

Open: Tues - Sun 9.30am to 4.30pm

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



Nobbys Lighhouse Grounds Opening

Events in Newcastle Nobbys Lighthouse Grounds Opening Everyone can now enjoy sweeping views of the city and Pacific Ocean from Nobbys Headland EVERY SUNDAY until March 2013. Nobbys Lighthouse grounds are open to the public between 10am and 4pm. Entry to the site is FREE. National Maritime Festival 25th, 26th & 27th January Newcastle’s annual Australia Day celebrations will combine with the National Maritime National Maritime festival. Grab a flag and head on down to the Newcastle foreshore for an action-packed program of events. The excitement continues all day on the Harbour and along the Harbour Foreshore. Heritage Express Journey to the National Maritime Festival Enjoy an express heritage train journey and great river views on one of NSW’s most scenic rail rides - Sydney to Newcastle harbour foreshore. Speed through the Sydney suburbs, over the hills to Hornsby, along the scenic Hawkesbury waterways and into the Central Coast. Settle back in stylish carriages dating back to the 1920s and enjoy the views. www. The Big Draw - Newcastle 25th January 10am - 4pm The Big Draw is the world’s biggest celebration of drawing. It has grown into a month-long festival running throughout October all over the UK. Every year more people across the world join in Big Draw events and in 2013 Newcastle will attempt the first largescale collaboration of a Big Draw event in Australia. The Big Draw Newcastle will take place

painful past; nor do they suspect that his own place in the world is in jeopardy. movie/13409/Monsieur-Lazhar For more information visit newcastle-livesites

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at various locations in Newcastle so visit art_and_culture/cultural_development/ the_big_draw_newcastle for more information. Summer Cinema @ The Lighthouse The Other Film Society is excited to announce the films for “Summer Cinema @ The Lighthouse”. January 19, 2013 – Monsieur Lazhar Synopsis: The beloved teacher of a year 6 class in Montreal has abruptly passed away. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar (Mohand Saïd Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, makes his way to the school and offers his services as a substitute teacher. The gap between Lazhar and his new class is immediately apparent, but little by little, Lazhar comes to understand this motley but endearing group. Yet while the class begins to heal, nobody in the school is aware of Lazhar’s

Every Friday in January there will be live music in Pacific Park, Newcastle from 6.30pm-8pm from various vocalists, this is a free event so bring the family along and a picnic blanket and enjoy the music.. 4th Jan - Scott Gelzinnis 11th Jan - Chris Issac 18th Jan - Karen Soper 25th Jan - Matt Purcell


The Olive Tree Market reopens in February The Olive Tree Market will take a break over January and will be back in 2013 on February 2nd. 2012 was a busy and successful year for The Olive Tree Market Artists & Designers! The market grew in stall numbers and saw some amazingly talented artisans join the market. Including stylish home wares from surface designer 4 Leaf Clover, beautiful jewellery from silversmith Natalie Kube, funky art works featuring vintage record graphics from Safety Pin Design and beautiful illustrations in cards and prints by Wisteria Designs. The Olive Tree Market is Newcastle & The Hunters Leading Art & Design Market and home to over 120 local artisans. Visit one of the regions best kept secrets, discover high quality work from the hands of the maker, wander amongst vibrant and unique stalls, take home gourmet produce from our artisan makers and listen to the sounds of talented local musicians! See you under the Olive Tree! Rain, Hail or Shine. For more information go to Stall enquiries:


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until 4 February 2013

④ Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery First St., Booragul. Open: 10am5pm Tues to Sun. 02 4965 8260

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

BIG SCOPE: PAINTING AND PLACE An exhibition of large-scale works exploring the dynamic nature of our relationship to landscape and place, presenting the viewer with an exhibition that is both visually dynamic and thought provoking. Includes work by Robert Boynes, Peter Daverington, Sally Gabori, Una Rey, Gordon Rintoul, Paul Uhlmann, John R Walker and Catherine Woo.

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

② Cessnock Regional Art Gallery 16 Vincent St. Cessnock Open: 10am-4pm Tues to Sat, 12 noon - 4pm Sun. Ph. 02 4991 6619.

A gallery project curated by Rob Cleworth

⑥ Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Cnr. Bridge & Williams Sts. Open: 10am-5pm Tues to Fri, 10am-1pm Sat, 2pm-5pm Sun Ph. 6549 3880. www.muswellbrookartscentre.

③ Defiance Sculpture Park at The Gate Gallery 2480 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi Open: 10am-3pm or by appt. Ph 02 4998 3370

GLENDON SCHOOL: BIG Glendon School caters for primary students diagnosed with moderate, severe and multiple disabilities. This exhibition, the fourth in the gallery’s annual series, is selected from artworks the students have created throughout 2012 in response to iconic works by Picasso, van Gogh, and Nolan. A gallery project in collaboration with Glendon School

⑦ Upstairs Art Gallery 71 Main St, Murrurundi Ph. 02 5512 9112 or 0427 775 707

background image from Glendon School: BIG Jake Rounsley (aged 5) Sunflowers #10 (detail) 2012 mixed media on canvas, 45 x 36cm © the artist GALLERY OPEN TUESDAY TO SUNDAY 10AM–5PM ADMISSION IS FREE FIRST STREET BOORAGUL NSW 2284 T: 02 4965 8260 E: ARTGALLERY@LAKEMAC.NSW.GOV.AU W: ARTGALLERY.LAKEMAC.COM.AU

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




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Choice of locally crafted art glass, ceramics, and jewellery. Also stocking a wide range of unique cards, books, scarfs, bags and homewares.




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

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am - 4pm Sunday 10am - 3pm Closed on Mondays 16 Vincent Street, Cessnock NSW 2325 Telephone: 02 4991 6619


This Month in the Hunter Whats on in January

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular! Over 250,000 lights have been added to this year’s Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens ensuring that the event, with over 1.25 million lights in total, will be the best yet! The Gardens will be filled with vibrant colour, incredible light and sound displays every night until Saturday 26th January, 2013 (excluding Christmas Day and night). In its sixth year, Christmas Lights Spectacular is the largest lights display in the Southern Hemisphere, making it a must see for the entire family and a great way to kick start that festive season. The much anticipated event has won the prestigious Hunter Region Tourism Award for ‘Best Major Festival or Event’ for 2009, 2010 and 2011 earning it a place in the Hall of Fame within this category. Hunter Valley Gardens General Manager, Kyle McKendry says, “This year will be bigger, brighter and better than previous years. We’ll have live entertainment for all ages, delicious food and wine and more Christmas lights than ever.” The Twelve Days of Christmas music and light display in the Border Garden, the cactus musical extravaganza and the three mega trees that are an incredible 12, 9 and 6 metres high are sure to amaze visitors. There are also light and music displays throughout the Storybook Garden and the greatest story


ever told at the nativity scene. Embrace the Christmas spirit with harmonious tunes, millions of glittering light displays showered across the spectacular grounds of Hunter Valley Gardens and jolly visits from Santa, (photos available). Gates will open nightly from 6.30pm, with pre-lights entertainment and food stalls. The lights display will commence at 7.30pm. Entry to Christmas Lights Spectacular: Adult $20.00 Children (4-15 yrs) $15.00 Children 3 yrs & Under FREE. Each child will receive a FREE glow stick. Family (2ad+2chd) $60.00 Extra Child (with Family Pass) $5.00 Day/Night (Return) Adult $35.00 Day/Night (Return) Child $15.00. Annual Pass (unlimited entry to Hunter Valley Gardens) Adult $85.00 Family (2ad+2chd) $225.00 Child (4-15 yrs) $60.00 To find out more about the Christmas Lights Spectacular, please visit or call 02 4998 4000. In the event of wet weather, visit our Facebook or Twitter page or contact Hunter Valley Gardens for opening times. Christmas Lights Spectacular accommodation packages are available. For bookings and enquiries please contact Harrigan’s Irish Pub and Accommodation on 1800 800 522.

28th Nov 2012 to 5th Feb 2013 Paradise at the Port Port Stephens Community Arts Centre, Nelson Bay 9th w 2012 to 26th Jan 2013 Christmas Lights Spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens. 4th , 11th, 18th and 25th Jan Friday Chill Pacific Park, Newcastle newiefridaychill 6th Jan Broke Community Markets McTaggart Park, Broke Fordwich 11th and 18th Jan Summer Night Flicks, Maitland Gaol summernightflicks 12th, 26th and 28th Historic Morpeth Cruise 19th Jan Summer Cinema @ The Lighthouse movie/13409/Monsieur-Lazhar 25th-26th Jan National Maritime Festival, Newcastle 20th Jan 9.30am to 1pm Laguna Markets, Laguna 26th Jan Australia Day at Dungog Ph 4995 7777 26th Jan Australia Day in Maitland Park

Newcastle Youth Orchestra’s launch in 2013 Distinguished Newcastle Conservatorium of Music alumni and students of Newcastle’s ‘hay day’ of classical music remember fondly the afternoons spent in rehearsals in the city’s youth orchestras. The social buzz, the inspiring teachers and musicians who would often volunteer their time to foster a love of the most challenging orchestral repertoire. Sadly, Newcastle currently lacks an ensemble to rival the nation’s leading youth orchestras. Not for lack of talent either. Fortunately, in 2013 the Newcastle Youth Orchestra will be launched for

a season of four public concerts. It will feature musically gifted students between the ages of 14 and 25 who are currently being recruited from schools all around the Hunter region. Interested musicians can apply by emailing or finding the Newcastle Youth Orchestra on Facebook. The Newcastle Youth Orchestra is also seeking sponsorship and donations from musically appreciative members of the greater community! Don’t let the opportunity to support this emerging ensemble slip away!

Celebrate New Years Eve 2012 at d’albora Marinas Nelson Bay! d’Albora Marinas Nelson Bay will once again stage NYE Celebrations by hosting the NYE Fireworks display for the Port Stephens Community and visitors to the bay! Ka-boom Fireworks will fill the sky with a “Spectacular” display at 9pm. Focus being “Family Fun”. This well established event will play host to many amusements located on the marina, Aerojump, Sand Art, Jumping Castles which will certainly keep the kids amused. Live Entertainment! Local performer Mick Jones will play from 12:00 – 3:00pm. Mick a local resident of the bay and has a great following playing a wide range of popular songs from the 80’s to today’s top hits! The Fruit Trees are a folk group from the Hunter Valley NSW and will be performing from 6pm until the 9pm fireworks. Their acoustic melodies are made up of originals and covers. Together they offer a unique combination, making for a friendly, relaxed evening of entertainment. For those interested in enjoying the festivities in style the marina has a large selection of eateries and restaurants which offer fine dining and amazing views. Tables are filling up fast so make your booking today! Simply visit Retail outlets will be open with selected stores selling NYE promotional items. See in the New Year with d’Albora Marinas Nelson Bay!


Catherine Hill Bay, Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie Summer in Lake Macquarie revolves around the water. A natural aquatic playground, Lake Macquarie is twice the size of Sydney Harbour, bordered in the east by over 30 kilometres of pristine coastline. There’s nothing like a refreshing swim as 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:

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:


Redhead Named for its distinctive red rocky headland, a widely recognised feature of Redhead is its historic shark-lookout tower. A great beach for families, Redhead has a popular kiosk that overlooks the surf. Treat the kids to an icecream with a view. Blacksmiths Blacksmiths offers the best in both fishing and beach going; its southern end is a long breakwall dividing the beach from the Swansea Channel. Anglers can fish from one side, while others will enjoy the patrolled area, home of one of the strongest surf lifesaving clubs in the area. Caves Beach Caves Beach is home to the magical sea caves and rock pools, known for providing hours of amusement and exploration for youngsters. The best time to access the area is on a low tide – you can pick up a free tide chart from the Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre in 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 old coal-loading jetty; a photogenic reminder of the area’s mining history. With 174 kilometres of foreshore, there are also plenty of spots to get your feet wet around the lake. The eastern shores around Swansea, Pelican and Marks Point are home to secluded, sandy bays and beautiful, clear blue water. The western shores are quiet and tranquil, with bushland running right up to the water in many places.

A must-do activity while visiting the area is hiring a boat and exploring the islands and lake foreshore from the water. For more information on Lake Macquarie, and for your free copy of the Lake Macquarie Visitor Guide, free call 1800 802 or visit the website,

What to See & Do 22nd - 27th Jan: Greater Building Society Men's Lake Macquarie International Golf tournament Belmont Golf Club - Ph: (02) 4945 4348, email:, or 8th - 25th Jan: Lake Macquarie Summer 2013 Coastal Activities A range of coastal activities around Lake Macquarie for children and adults, including walking and kayaking tours, fishing, art workshops, lectures and film nights. Contact: Lake Macquarie City Council – (02) 4921 0333 or www.lakemac. Every Friday night, 6pm – 9pm Music in the Podium Live outdoor concert series featuring different artists each week at Warners Bay foreshore. Ph: 0458 549 222 Southlake Christmas Spectacular Carols, food and market stalls, amusement rides, Santa and a grand firework finale at Morisset Showground, Ourimbah Street Morisset on Saturday, 22 December, 4pm – 9pm. Ph: 0458 733 483 VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 228-234 Pacifc Highway, Swansea Ph: 4921 0740 Freecall: 1800 802 044

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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 (5 mins from Morisset F3 Interchange)

Ph:0249772316 Fax: 0249773788

Holiday Dialysis (Mid North Coast) Everyone needs a holiday, and now you don’t have to let health concerns stop you from taking that trip of a lifetime. If you require renal dialysis during your holiday, contact Mayo Private Hospital in Taree and make a booking today. We know it can be stressful to be away from your regular dialysis unit. The staff at the Mayo provide quality care in a relaxed, supportive environment, where your health and comfort is our prime concern. The unit is staffed by trained registered nurses, with on-site access to the full resources of the Mayo Private Hospital – including doctors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Who can use this service? • Any member of the community with private health insurance • DVA war veterans • Those who are self-funded For more information and to make an appointment, phone 02 6552 0040 or email: Mayo Private Hospital – Potoroo Drive, Taree NSW


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



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4932 7989 14,000ft: Hunter Valley & Newcastle’s Highest Skydive Open 7 Days Tandem Skydive Group Discounts & Packages Student Discounts Learn to Skydive (AFF Course) Free fall Photography Options Amazing Facilities


• Including BBQ, Pool, Children’s Playground and undercover Back Deck to watch all the action!

Theatre Room Enjoy watching your professionally edited skydive DVD with your family and friends, moments after you land on the BIG screen in our dedicated theatre room. Then take it all home with you on the day. Twin Caltex Service Stations, Tourist Information, Food Outlet (both sides of the F3 Freeway)

Maitland Airport 604 New England Highway Rutherford


Wholly Relics Hunter Antiques and Secondhand Dealers

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

340 sq metres of antiques, collectables & bric a brac! 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 Phone: 4926 4537 29 Centenary Road, Newcastle (First right through Civic railway gates)

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


Wollombi Markets

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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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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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.

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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 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


Visit historic Wollombi on Australia Day for this great market of over 100 stalls, including local produce and crafts, plants, clothes, tools, bric-a-brac and much more. This market attracts thousands of visitors to the beautiful countryside of the Wollombi Valley in the lower Hunter. Wollombi is just over an hour from the outskirts of Sydney and Newcastle and 30 minutes from Cessnock. As each market is run by

volunteers from a different local community group, they benefit a cross section of this small rural community, including the Wollombi Bush Fire Brigade and Wollombi Public School P&C.




Defiance Sculpture park at the Gate Gallery




2480 Wollombi rD, Wollombi nSW 2325

Wollombi Village Vineyard Rated HHHH by James Halliday


Phillip King (Courtesy of DG) Robert Klippel (Courtesy of A Private Collection) Bronwyn Oliver (Courtesy of A Private Collection) Ian Mckay (Courtesy of Defiance Gallery) Paul Hopmeier (Courtesy of DG) Ian McKay (Courtesy of DG) Kevin Norton (Courtesy of DG) Paul Selwood (courtesy of Watters Gallery) Jan King (courtesy of King St Gallery on William) Campbell Robertson-Swann (Courtesy of DG) Russell McQuilty (Courtesy of DG) David Wilson (Courtesy of DG) Tim Kyle (Courtesy of Ray Hughes Gallery) DG = Defiance Gallery

DeFIANCe GAlleRy 47 enmore Rd Newtown NSW 2042 Director Campbell Robertson-Swann Manager lauren Harvey gallery hours wed-sat 11-5 ph (02) 9557 8483 web

THe GATe GAlleRy 2480 Wollombi Rd Wollombi NSW 2325 Directors Willem and Caroline Van Zanten gallery hours fri-sun 10-3 or by appt ph (02) 4998 3370

CellAR DOOR Grays Inn, 2884 Wollombi Rd Wollombi NSW 2325 Phillip, Michael and Peter Noyce ph (02) 4998 3483 or 0416 245 655

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

Noyce Brothers Wines

Bohemia Natural Therapies Rooms Now Open Massage, Mani’s & Pedi’s, Reiki, Flower Essences NLP, Hypnotherapy, Tarot, Astrology & more!

By appointment on 0413 185 666

2881 Wollombi Rd – Open Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun

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Cellar Door: Grays Inn 2884 Wollombi Road, Wollombi 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.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights

The Hunter Valley Spring is in the air, and the vines are starting to come to life, with Bud Burst the name given when the vine buds start to appear at this time of year. With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to explore all that is on offer on your doorstep. The Hunter Valley has something to please everyone, so take the time and come and visit. As well as the wonderful wines, the Hunter Valley now supports an olive industry with olive oil and other olive products. You will also find delicious Hunter Cheeses, home made condiments and sauces, chocolate and fudge. If you are looking for something new to do, you may wish to experience a wonderful sunrise from a hot air balloon, horse ride through a vineyard, browse through galleries, antique shops, or see the Valley by horse and carriage, bicycle,

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

ph: 02 4990 7531

limousine or even helicopter. Did you know that the Hunter Valley has various sub regional areas including: Lovedale • Wollombi Valley & Surrounds Pokolbin & Rothbury • Broke Fordwich Greta-Branxton-Luskintyre & Surrounds Cessnock & Districts • The Upper Hunter Region including Singleton

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Hunter Valley Wine Country Visitors Centre, 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin 2320. Ph: 02 4990 0900 Email:

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What's On in the Hunter Valley NEW YEARS EVE at Harrigan’s Irish Pub One of Australia’s most recognised bands, THIRSTY MERC will bring 2013 in with a bang this New Years Eve at Harrigan’s. You should book early as this could be a sell out event. Visit www.harrigans. for more information NEW YEARS EVE at Hunter Valley Gardens Enjoy New Year’s Eve with your family at the Hunter Valley Gardens. Have fun at the Christmas Lights Spectacular, enjoy live entertainment, amusement rides for the children and a superb firework display. Visit Broke Community Markets With over BROKE fifteen V I L L AG E stalls and growing, this little market is a must-see.   Set in the beautiful, sheltered  park in the main street of Broke, the market is a relaxing way to add to all that Broke Fordwich has for visitors and locals. A perfect addition to your wine tour experience. The first Sunday morning of every

month - From a stall providing a BBQ to gourmet food products.  Even the kids get a look-in with a great range of toys from hand made timber toys to kites and games.  A selection of jams and pickles as well as a presentation of gourmet food products adds to the diversity of this great little market. Now that the Council have installed a state of the art set of swings and climbing frames, the kids can have a ball while mum and dad take their time bargaining for bargains!


Take a flight over the Hunter Valley with Balloon Aloft!

Balloon Aloft Sunrise Flights Flights and Gift Vouchers Call 1300 723 279 • Over 30 years experience flying over the Hunter Valley vineyards. • Gourmet champagne breakfast at Peterson’s Champagne House following all flights. • Book online for the best price available.

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Multi-award winning Balloon Aloft has been ballooning in the Hunter Valley since 1980. Located just two hours north of Sydney and forty-five minutes from Newcastle, the Hunter Valley - Australia’s premier vineyard region - offers the perfect backdrop for the flight of a lifetime. We can cater our daily sunrise balloon flights for individuals, corporate groups or intimate VIP flights. For special occasions our open dated 12 month Hunter Valley Balloon Ride Gift Vouchers make the ideal gift. Our dedicated team of professionals will help deliver the perfect hot air ballooning experience as well as offering advice on where to stay and play! Anyone who loves the thrill of flight already knows that gliding over vineyards and native bush at this height is a special memory. Award winning Balloon Aloft has provided this experience for thousands of travellers. Ask about balloons sizes for your group, large or small. They can carry between two and 16 passengers, and are flown by experienced pilots. Pricing and bookings are all on Balloon Aloft’s website

Hands on Pasta & Sushi Classes

Garden PASTADUVIN setting Pasta Making and Sushi Classes Mediterranean Price $125.00 per person BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Sandalyn Estate has for many years hosted the Hunter Valley’s influence Fuchs & Sandalyn Wines and Olive Oils for tasting Personalised friendly service Meet “Hunter” our Maitr’e de

only hands on pasta making classes in our underground cellar in the unique atmosphere of Wine and Olive Oil production, all set in the grounds of one of the Hunter Valley’s beautiful boutique vineyards. Presided over by experienced presenters and combining the character and diversity of Hunter and Regional Olive Oils and Wine with the art and craft of traditional hands on pasta making blending the skills of the winemaker with that of the creator of fine Mediterranean cuisine in an atmosphere not unlike southern Europe. Bookings can be made by phone/fax 02 49307611 Beginners - Master Classes - Corporate Classes - Gift Certificates

Sandalyn Wilderness Estate 162 Wilderness Road Rothbury/Lovedale Phone/Fax: 02 4930 7611 Email:


The Australian

Alpaca Barn

Rosamund House Fully renovated 4 bedroom luxury farm home on 30 acres.

Hunterstay Accommodation

Visit the Australian Alpaca Barn at Morpeth and at Peppers Creek Village in Pokolbin for beautiful quality Alpaca garments, coats, vests, jumpers, throw rugs, scarves, socks, gloves, beanies and knitting yarn. Open 7 days a week from 10 to 5pm Morpeth 02 4933 5787 Peppers Creek Pokolbin 02 4998 6669

Open 7 days for Breakfast and Lunch Picnic Hampers, Gourmet Pizzas, Fresh Salads, Sandwiches, Take Aways and Pasta

Ph: 02 4998 7355 Fax: 02 4998 7135

Outstanding homesteads and cottages. Surrounded by acres of idyllic vineyards, mountain ranges and forests An unforgettable stay in an unforgettable region. Choose from 4 bedroom homesteads to 2 bedroom cottages in the beautiful Broke Fordwich Wine Growing Region in the HUNTER VALLEY.

HUNTERSTAY Phone: 02 6579 1259 Book online at


HUNTERSTAY Rosa House Private country home on 10 acres of farm and bush land.

Visit our new Cellar Door on Hermitage Road to discover that welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, along with something a little different. We have a wide selection of wines on offer for tasting from our Verdelho, Petit Verdot, Shiraz and something a little bit sweet we like to call Vitai. Free Tastings Cellar door is open 7 days 10am to 4:30pm 1210 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320 P: 02 4998 7992

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Lovedale Lovedale is a beautiful part of the Hunter Valley. Only 2 hours from Sydney and close to Pokolbin it is a peaceful haven of visual, culinary and fine alcoholic pleasures. The area boasts a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets, plenty of activities for all the family and of course the very best in food and wine all served up with the warmest welcome and outstanding service. Spending a little time in Lovedale lets you truly unwind whilst offering the perfect opportunity to delight (and indulge!) the senses. Take your time to savour the exquisite wines at Gartelmann’s or relax as you sample the delicious desserts at Sabor’s Dessert Bar… We recently dined at Emma’s of Lovedale with our family and knew we were on to a winner as soon as we walked through the door. We were made to feel instantly at home and throughout the evening nothing was too much trouble, even though the restaurant was very busy. We loved the menu – the Bavarian Pan went down a storm at our table – and then to sit outside in the early evening cool breeze overlooking the gorgeous gardens enjoying delicious desserts and cheese with friendly banter all around was simply the best way to end a perfect evening. This is definitely a hidden gem in Lovedale and gets our “Editor Recommends! seal of approval. For the full review see our website au and look out next month for information on our visit to Gartelmann’s Vineyard.


Fourteen outstanding wines

Fourteen outstanding wines Cellar door open daily, website open 24/7

701 lovedale road lovedale hunter valley p 02 4930 7113 w

Cellar door open daily, website open 24/7

701 lovedale road lovedale hunter valley p 02 4930 7113 w

Classical and seasonal desserts paired with wines and ports from the Hunter region Multi-award winning desserts, cakes & pastries, hand-made chocolates and gourmet ice cream. We also have a Gluten free range, barista made coffee and teas to take away or enjoy on our informal alfresco patio. Open Fridays & Saturdays 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-6pm, Monday 10am-4pm (unless sold out)

319 Wilderness Road, Lovedale. Phone: 1300 958 850

Call 02 4998 7333 Emma's Cottage Vineyard Wilderness Road, Lovedale Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday Lunch: Thursday to Sunday Dinner: Thursday to Saturday

Kurri Kurri Mural - 'Bullocky'

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. 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 TRAIL OF ART, which opens at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery on Thursday 24th January 2013, is a multidimensional exhibition that showcases the combined talents of eighteen local professional artists who together form the Art Trail network. This community of painters, jewelers, printmakers, glassblowers, silversmiths and ceramicists stretches across the Lower Hunter Valley from Rothbury to Ellalong. They recently joined forces to create a linked trail of open art studios across the Valley’s vineyards. The Lower Hunter Art Trail presents an opportunity to experience the vast range of processes and techniques that

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 and do in Kurri Kurri ■ Kurri Kurri is famous for its murals, which are a wonderful expression of the region’s history. Tours are available all year round. Kurri Kurri is the biggest mural town in Australia. Don’t forget to look for the Kookaburra in every mural – some are quite hard to find. To book a tour contact the VIC on 4936 1909. ■ Richmond Vale Railway Museum runs trains on the first three Sundays of each month from 10am. ■ Kurri Kurri farmer’s market is held the second Saturday of each month.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Cessnock (Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism Information Centre) Ph: 02 4990 0900 Email:

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they have developed over many years of full-time professional arts practice. Artists in Trail of Art include well known regional painters, Diana Baker, Megan Barrass, Dorothy Compton, Les Elvin, Chris and Frances Fussell, Julie Lau, Sue Linton, Sally Matthews, Peter Sesselmann, Dorothy Wishney, Ann Grace-Smith and Karen Malmgren along with ceramicist Adrienne Crouch, textile artist Alison Green, jeweller Gabby Horvath, glassblower Setsuko Ogishi and printmaker Rebecca Rath. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see such a diverse collection of work in the one gallery space. Free Entry. All Welcome. Works for Sale

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Sarah Smuts-Kennedy Pyramid Scheme

24th January to 24th February Official Opening: 6pm, Thursday 24th January 2013 by the Mayor of Cessnock, Cr Bob Pynsent 16 Vincent St Cessnock 02 4991 6619 e:


Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival 22nd – 24th 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. 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 and Shine with up to 400 classic cars and hot rods lining the street on Sunday 24th. You never know, 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 plenty more performers take to the stage and the street, taking 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! For more information visit


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

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


richmond vale railway and mining museum Leggetts Dr, Richmond Vale 4 km south of Kurri Kurri/Pelaw Main 20 km north of Freeman’s Waterhole Richmond Main: 02 4937 5344


For more information visit

Summer Stock arriving weekly! Fully stocked with summer schoolwear

DECEMBER ONLY 30% OFF Summer Stock

The largest antique and secondhand furniture warehouse in the Hunter See page 39

105 Lang Street Kurri Kurri Phone 4936 1511

Excluding formal and schoolwear Large range of 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

New Years Eve Festivities, Maitland

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

New exhibitions at MRAG On show at Maitland Regional Art Gallery until mid February 2013 along with 5 other stunning and beautiful exhibitions is the exhibition GW Bot: the long paddock A 30 YEAR SURVEY.

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 ■ New Year's Eve in Maitland City Centre with a spectacular fireworks display for families at 9pm & midnight. Local entertainment and plenty of activities for the kids from 3pm!

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

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GW Bot has a close connection with the Australian landscape and uses her own personal language as a means to depict it. The garden is an important aspect of her work “all of my work is intimately interrelated thematically and essentially deals with questions of environments - personal and public - and an individual›s path through these environments as an allegory for a person›s passage through life. Much of my work is involved in a conversation between private landscape cultivated, enclosed, full of possibilities and the wilderness - infinite, wild and unpredictable. The paddock forms a curious middle ground.  I am particularly interested in ‹entrances› into the landscape as a passageway between worlds.” The exhibition GW Bot: the long paddock A 30 YEAR SURVEY is a touring exhibition developed by Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and curated by Peter Haynes.   While her earlier works contained motifs and symbols, her recent work has evolved from the more literal figurative representations of the 80s to the almost pure ‘glyph-marking’ that we see now.

16 NOVEMBER 2012 - 17 FEBRUARY 2013 GW BOT, A Traveller’s tale, 2006, linocut on Magnani paper, 69 x 100cm, private collection

The exhibition showcases prints, paintings, artist’s books and sculpture and is a ‘must see’ exhibition for artists, students, printmakers and art collectors as well as the general public interested in art. Everyone is welcome at the art gallery and entry is free. | 230 High St Maitland | 4934 9859


TWIG & MOSS gallery · bespoke living 319 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 Ph: 0432 206 202 Like us –

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Maitland Leagues Club 10/24 Bulwer St, Maitland Ph: 02 4933 5377

Exotic Living @ Affordable Prices Fashion Accessories, Scarves, Gifts and Homewares from around the world. Jewellery made to order by our in-house designer.

Formerly known as Covelli Boutique and Shoes

415 High St, Maitland. Ph: 4934 6662 Just bring in this advert, buy 1 Pair Earrings and get 1 FREE storewide!


Present this advert for $10 off your purchase in store!

Morpeth 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 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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Swan St. Realty


One of Morpeth's Best

Selling Range: $840,000 to $875,00 Enquiries: 149A Swan St. Morpeth Ph: (02) 4933 7377


MORPETH One of Morpeth’s finest buildings circa 1881 now for sale. Set on a 1200sq mtr lot with both side and rear access. Features ducted air con, beautiful original timber floors and timber stairwell, ornate fireplaces in most rooms, 3 verandas and heaps of space for swimming pool or other out houses. This lot also has subdivision potential. This is a rare opportunity to buy a quality building of this age.


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Grandma's Feather Bed and Teddy Bears Downstairs St James’ Anglican Church Morpeth


Order on line by the end of JANUARY and mention the words "MY TEDDY" to get FREE POSTAGE!

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


Alpaca Barn

Open 7 days 10am – 5pm

Plan a joyous, happy wedding celebration in the lovely sandstone church of St James Anglican Church, Tank Street, Morpeth. For bookings or information contact (02) 4932 6078, or  visit

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

Kitchen accessories Cushion covers Tablecloths Gifts for all occasions Gift vouchers

Visit our advertisers online for the convenience of shopping at home. Tintilla Estate Olive Products (p6) Bunna Bannoo Olive Grove (p 7) Noyce Bros Wines (p 26) Australian Alpaca Barn (p 29, p36)

159 Swan St, Morpeth Ph 4934 8892 Open every day 9am – 5pm

Grandma's Feather Bed & Teddy Bears Downstairs (p36) Camyr Allyn Wines (p38) Adina Vineyard (p40)

Gourmet Cheese Delicatessen • 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

Specialising in Australian Alpaca 135 Swan Street Morpeth 02 4933 5787 Peppers Creek Pokolbin 02 4998 6669


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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

COMMUNITY MARKETS Next Market: Sunday 20th January High quality stallsproduce, craft, plants etc - in unique garden setting, good food, a great day out. Ph: Belinda Richards 0249389488

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,

Natural crafted furniture Steve at Natural Furniture Works in Gresford is a true Australian artisan, making classic custom furniture and furnishigs for over 20 years. He and his team of specialists cut logs into slabs, dry the timber out for years then hand craft it into unique and interesting pieces of practical Art, Furniture and Furnishings including: Complete Bedroom Settings, Bookshelves, Desks, Tables, Chairs, Coffee Tables, Dining Tables, Business Signs, Shelving, Buffets, Hutches and a variety of other one-off custom made beautiful items made of old growth timber.  There are also hundreds of amazing smaller items such as beautiful chopping boards, wooden jewellery and trinket boxes. For more info see the website at

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 information visit VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Gresford General Store, Durham Street Open: Mon-Tues 7am-6pm Wed-Thurs 7am-7pm Fri-Sun 7am-8pm

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




The Ultimate Escape

The Ultimate Escape

• Offering just 3 luxury 5 Star lodgesB&B (2 - 24 guests) • Exclusive recreational facilities Hosts Ellis & Belinda Richards welcome • High energy activities to total you to historic Clevedon. Open from 10amrelaxation to 5pm, visitors can browse • Come and enjoy through the many quality our items in the shop,wonderful tour the house and gardens, or retreat & fabulous enjoywildlife! morning or afternoon tea or a light lunch. Guests at Clevedon, can enjoy Summer HillofRoad, Vacy 2421 panoramic views the surrounding Ph:Bed (02)and9403 3388available. countryside. Breakfast

• 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



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 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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Gresford Road, East Gresford (Entrance in 80km zone) Ph: 4938 9488 E:

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


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.

19 King St, Paterson • Ph: 4938 5767 www.

Background photo © Craigmhor Enterprises

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

Upper Hunter Country

Singleton - Muswellbrook - Denman - Merriwa - Cassilis - Murrurundi - Scone - Aberdeen Long summer days by a stream or lakeside… Upper Hunter Country is just perfect for a laidback bush getaway - shorts, t-shirt and thongs – and the blokes can dress down, too. For caravanners, motorhomes, campervans and those who want the sheer luxury and freedom of a tent, there’s are so many places to just pull up and relax for a few days. Upper Hunter Country covers both Upper Hunter Shire and Muswellbrook Shire with access to the Wollemi National Park, Lake Liddell Recreation Area, Towarri National Park, Barrington Tops National Park, Lake Glenbawn and Goulburn River National Park and a host of tiny villages and friendly little towns on the edge of the bush. To help find a spot to unwind, listen to the birds, count the stars or throw a stone in the creek, you might like to check out some of our friendly Parks

and Camp Grounds: Riverside Caravan Park at Muswellbrook Ph: 65 41 2535; Denman Van Village Ph: 65 47 2590; Sandy Hollow Tourist Park Ph: 65 45 4575; Lake Liddell Recreation Area Ph: 65 41 2010; Moonan Flat Camp Ground Ph: 65 46 3130; Cassilis Caravan Park Ph: 63 72 1002 (After 5.00pm); Pages River Caravan Park (Murrurundi) Ph: 65 46 6288; Lake Glenbawn Ph: 65 43 7193; Scone Caravan Park Ph: 65 45 2024; Highway Caravan Park (Scone) Ph: 65 45 1078; Merriwa Caravan Park Ph: 0418 668 402. And there are some really great spots for camping in our National Parks for those who want the real “dinky di” roughing-it experience. Come along and enjoy our bush; stretch out under the cool night sky; listen to the rustle of the she oak trees; keep an eye out for tiny wrens, crimson parrots and

birds of prey. But please take care this summer – extreme caution with camp fires (Log on to the Rural Fire Service website Love our National Parks and Bushland; keep it clean; if you pack it in, please take it home. For assistance in planning your BUSH ADVENTURE in Upper Hunter Country,contact Muswellbrook Visitor Centre Phone: 65 414 050; Email: au; or Web:

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

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 St Aberdeen (Inside the Library) aberdeeninfocentre@upperhunter.

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Corner of Bridge & William Streets, Muswellbrook NSW 2333 t 02 6549 3880 e w Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm Weekends 10am - 1pm Mondays by appointment only. Closed public holidays



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Contemporary CafĂŠ Menu at cafĂŠ prices

Saltimbocca Slow cooked Duck leg with speck and cannellini beans House made Tiramisu


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