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July 2013

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Aberdeen Highland Games

Local Markets

Regional Map

Arts & Antiques

Places to visit

Food & Drink

Coal & Allied Hunter Valley Running Festival Page 24

July 6th 2013

Singleton Arts Festival Page 26


Monthly Markets Guide contact the Admin Office on 49829123. Toronto Market Days 1st Thursday of every month 10am-4pm. Discounts, displays, discover, stalls. The Boulevarde, Toronto

Draytons Family Market Pokolbin

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 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. 4th Sunday of month at Lindemans Wines, 119 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin 10am - 4pm. 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


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. Ph 4998 8244 or visit www. 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 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 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. Drayton's Family Markets 1st Sat of the month. 9am to 3pm. Bellevue Vineyard, Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin. A mixed market with a range of stallholders. There is something for everyone. Ph 4998 6426. Email: draytonsfamilymarket@gmail. com or find us on Facebook. 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 Markets Last Sat of the the month. New Lambton Public School, Undercover area. New stallholders welcome. Contact: Sacred Tree Markets Every 3rd Sunday 9am-2pm St. Brigid’s Primary School, Branxton. Contact:

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.

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

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Hunter Region Markets

A visit to the Farmers Market on the 2nd Sat of the month gives you the opportunity to purchase farm fresh produce harvested ready for market day. They start at 8am in Rotary Park which is opposite the Kurri Workers Club. The Rotary van is onsite ready to serve shoppers with their ever-popular egg and bacon rolls. Combine that with a freshly made coffee and you are set for a search of the market stalls to select fresh fruit direct from the orchards, and vegetables harvested for market day. Also check out the fresh and potted herbs, plants and seedlings, a range of quality homemade preserves, sauces and dressings, as well as olives and oil products. Natural soaps with delightful fragrances delight the senses, with stalls selling gorgeous pampering potions to revitalize your body and soul. Each month there is a selection of quality handcrafted items made by stall holders. Everyone has the opportunity to participate in the Lucky Shopper draws.

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Singleton Arts Festival - Sculpture Exhibition

From the Editor


July Welcome to the July issue of the Newcastle and the Hunter iMag. Winter is here and despite the cold and wet weather the Hunter region is bursting with events again this month. Singleton is holding its biennial Arts Prize this month as part of the Arts Festival throughout the town. The competition attracts great artists from all over Australia and it’s only just over an hour’s drive from Newcastle so well worth the day out. See the advert in the Hunter Valley section for more information. If you’re just a big kid at heart then you’ll be pleased to know that you can take the family along to see Santa at Richmond Vale Railway Museum near Cessnock on the 13th July. All aboard! See page 31 for more details. Nature lovers and outdoorsy types will no doubt be looking forward to The Hunter Wetlands canoeing adventure days, breakfast with the birds and midnight prowl during July.


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See our “What’s on this month in the Hunter” page for dates and contact information. Of course we can’t forget that Aberdeen is hosting the annual Highland Games on 6th July. A great fun day out for all the family – fabulous marching bands, community atmosphere and the chance to see our local strongmen put through their paces. The crowds love it! See the editorial on page 39 on what to expect. Have fun this month – remember you can keep up to date with what’s on by visiting our website www. au, finding us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

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Tasting in the Hunter How do you store your garlic? Have you ever wondered what the best way to store garlic is? I know I’ve been asked this question many times! A lot of people (even wholesalers of fruit and veg) think that garlic is best stored in the fridge. This is wrong. This will only encourage the garlic to think that it’s time to sprout again, as garlic will sprout with the onset of the cooler winter months. Some people have tried to freeze garlic, but this does not seem to work either. Though it might prolong the life of garlic, it tends to lose its flavour. Vacuum sealing the garlic might help, but my experience says that it doesn’t as the garlic exudes a gas that deteriorates the garlic. The best way to store garlic is in a dry environment, well ventilated and at a comfortable room temperature (i.e. from

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Savoury and sweet crepes are on the menu at Cupz N' Crepes in Morpeth where diners can choose from an amazing variety of traditional and surprising fillings. The crepes are made to order using an old-fashioned pan flip style in a building constructed in the 1850s as part of the Central Inn and Mews. Some of the delicious fillings include garlic prawns in a hard crepe basket, chicken and mushroom, chicken tropicana, steak Diane, barbecue pork, as well as vegetarian options and almost all are available gluten free. For sweet lovers, try crepes filled with caramel and banana, mixed berry and Dutch apple. The cafe serves a huge selection of hot and cold drinks, Amanti coffee, tea, cakes, freshly baked scones, fondue for two with strawberries, fruits and marshmallow skewers coated with chocolate from a fountain, along with

Say Cheese! This incredible wedding tower by Britt at Gourmet or Glutton in Morpeth is made of cheese! Yes cheese! We didn’t know that savoury options like this existed for weddings and other functions, or that they could look so incredible! Britt has a real passion for cheese and her flair and enthusiasm shine through. Want something different? As she says, “Keep these pillars of awesomeness in mind for any special occasion, they can be tailored to any taste and budget.” Why have cake when you can have cheese? Gourmet or Glutton is Maitland's only dedicated cheese delicatessen and has now opened in Morpeth. They are passionate about their cheese, whether it be Australian or an international favourite, and are always willing to help find the perfect cheese for you. Love your olives? Marinated or stuffed, you'll be spoilt for choice, along with antipasto, charcuterie and gourmet crackers. They also stock a range of cheese boards, knives and other accessories. So whether you consider yourself a Gourmet or a Glutton, come for a visit and get excited by some Seriously Sensational Cheeses. See Gourmet or Glutton’s ad on page 34.


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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

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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!

Winter Market at the Olive Tree Market The Olive Tree Market will hold a winter market this July 6th from 9am - 3pm at the Junction Public School, full of beautifully crafted handmade art & design with a strong array of winter focused products. Including: gorgeous children’s quilts in bold contemporary designs from Oliochi, crocheted scarves, hats and blankets in vibrant colours from Chompa, women’s winter fashion from Floral & Spot & Wanderlust Clothing Grevellia Designs & Frankie Small, beautiful wall prints from Wisteria as well as jewellery, home wares, painting, illustration, fashion & design, beautiful winter bags from Frejj & stylish winter hats from Ike & Fly & coffee from Marmont Coffee Take home handmade gourmet artisan food products to stock your winter pantry. Including: spicy chai from Bon Chai, Oils & Vinegars from River Flats, chutneys dukkahs & spice blends from A Taste of the Bush and wines by Millcreek Vineyard. Warm up with delicious winter chai blends from Bon Chai, coffee & hot chocolate from Sprocket & Marlmont Espresso, and winter lunch menus from a variety of foods from around the world. Don't forget that the Olive Tree Market has also opened a retail space Olive & Co three days per week in the heart of Newcastle. For more info on The Olive Tree Market and Olive & Co go to: E: F: W: Blog:

Saturday 6th July

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.

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For Chinese Food Lovers! Events in Newcastle Nobbys Lighthouse Grounds Opening Everyone can now enjoy sweeping views of the city and Pacific Ocean from Nobbys Headland EVERY SUNDAY. Nobbys Lighthouse grounds are open to the public between 10am and 4pm. Entry to the site is FREE. Find out more about Nobbys Lighthouse at: www.

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The Wiggles - Taking Off 2013 12.30pm at Newcastle Panthers, NSW 12:30pm, Fri 19th July, 2013 After 21 years of entertaining children around the globe, it’s the beginning of an exciting new era for The Wiggles as they head out on their ‘Taking Off’ tour. All of your Wiggly friends, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus, will be along as well to dance and sing along to Hot Potato, Rock-a-Bye Your Bear and all your favourite Wiggles hits. July at the Civic Theatre, Playhouse and City Hall This month the Civic Precinct offers six fantastic events for everyone to enjoy. From Bugsy Malone to Englebert Humperdinck, there is something for everyone this July. The 2013 season is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Find out more at http://www. Bugsy Malone - Playhouse - Thu 4th to Sat 6th July 2pm Classic slapstick musical comedy spoof! Happy As Larry - Civic Theatre Sat 13th to Sat 13th July 2pm Intoxicating, free-flowing mix of ballet, break-dance, acrobatics and highly physical contemporary dance. Englebert Humperdinck - Civic Theatre Newcastle - 3 July International music legend Engelbert Humperdinck returns to Australia in July on the Greatest Hits & More tour. Delectable Shelter - Civic Theatre - Fri 19th to Sat 20th July 8pm In a bunker deep under the Earth’s surface, the last five humans are left after `the end of the world’. This is a laugh-out-loud funny production that speaks directly to our modern society in a sharply clever way. Bernard Fanning - Civic Theatre Tue 30th July 7:30pm. With Special Guests: Big Scary and Vance Joy Highlights for July

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City Evolutions Coming in July a series of buildings within Watt Street will be lit up every night between sunset and 10pm, featuring a range of creative, interactive works. The Olive Tree Market The Junction Public School, Union St, The Junction - First Sat of month Professional Bull Riders Australian Cup Series Newcastle Entertainment Centre - 6 July Experience a showcase of one-tonne bucking bulls, athletic bull riders and intense action from the best bull riders from Australia, Canada and the United States, supported by a spectacular pyrotechnics displays, video screens and a pumping sound system. Musica Viva presents Jian Wang and Bernadette Harvey Newcastle Conservatorium of Music - 14 July Prodigious Chinese cellist joins with ardent Australian pianist in wild and passionate works by Brahms, Bach, Vine, Puts and Schnittke. More info

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Insuring your treasured artworks ... is it necessary ? Many clients have asked whether they should insure their art? i.e. past, recently purchased or those gifted or inherited. My response is certainly; if you want to protect its replacement value in the event of a loss! Ask yourself, "Can I afford not to insure my art?" - not just for financial reasons but am I comfortable with accepting a loss. Whilst losses are usually identified as material or financial; consider the sentimental! A current valuation within the past two years will need to be furnished to your insurance company for you to claim a loss or damage to your artwork at either your home or business. Your artwork must be individually listed within your “Contents Section� of the

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.

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Insurance Policy when it is over a ceiling value. Each insurance company has varying limits/dollar value which you will need to understand to assess if the artwork does require a valuation anyway. Valuations must clearly state the name of artist, title, year, size, medium and have a recently insured value. Furthermore they need to be prepared by an acknowledged professional who is involved with the art market. What Art is Insurable? Insurance valuations are designed for original works of art, not manufactured prints, general photos, tapestries made by the family etc. In other words it is for the protection of a more valuable asset, which has a recognised market value and demand. My advice is, seek a professional opinion from one who understands and is involved with the Australian art market. A valuer should also be able to give advice as to authenticity! Mark Widdup Director, Cooks Hill Galleries


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Newcastle Theatre Company is celebrating 55 years of bringing quality live theatre to Newcastle & the Hunter with “Private Lives” by Noel Coward opening on June 29 - July 23. ....1931....The Parisienne Riviera. A moonlit night. A sparkling sea. Two starcrossed lovers - once married - are reunited whilst honeymooning at the same hotel with their new spouses. The encounter is cataclysmic and the ripple effect chaotic. Our production of this “jewel in the crown” piece by celebrated British playwright, Noel Coward features NTC’s talented husband and wife team, Rosemary Dartnell and Richard Murray in the roles of Amanda and Eliyot, joined by Dale Raftery as Sibyl and Carl Gregory as Victor. In the cameo role of Louise we have the multilingual Carol Hong. Directed by Barbara Delaney (Shadowlands, Hotel Sorrento). David Murray as Assistant Director makes his NTC directorial debut. Online booking will be available for both productions. Newcastle Theatre Co. 90 De Vitre Street, Lambton Ph/Fax: 4952 4958

START ANY MONDAY! “Before starting my course at Hunter TAFE ELICOS, I had a different idea of what it would be like. When I arrived, I soon realised the place was wonderful. Newcastle is not only a beautiful city to study in, but also ELICOS is a unique language centre. They gave me great support, always helped me with my needs as well as giving me assistance in the first steps to finding a job in Newcastle. We also had a great time with a variety of excursions provided by the team of teachers. It was definitely an unforgettable experience.” Alexandre Cesar de Moura Affonso, Brazil Hunter TAFE, Newcastle Campus

“Studying English at ELICOS in Newcastle has been a perfect experience for me because every teacher has a lot of patience to speak with you and teach you this language. If I could talk to people about this, I would say that it is an amazing experience and if other people from other countries have the same interest in learning English, ELICOS at Hunter TAFE is the perfect place. Not only do you learn English, you also meet people from different cultures while enjoying the experience.” Sabrynny Neves Esteves, Brazil Hunter TAFE, Newcastle Campus

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Lake Macquarie Warm up with some winter walking Take advantage of the crisp air and cooler temperatures of winter by exploring one of Lake Macquarie’s stunning walking trails.

In sunny weather, the Lake Macquarie Variety Playground at Speers Point Park is sure to be a hit. At just under 2 hectares, the park is the biggest and best all abilities playground in Australia, awarded ‘Best Play Space’ in the country by Parks and Leisure Australia in 2011. Organised school holiday activities are another great idea sure to keep the kids entertained. Creative kids will love the art and craft workshops at the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, while the outdoorsy types will enjoy the range of activities at the Hunter Wetland Centre.

What's On in Lake Macquarie Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards 20th July 6pm Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club. Cost: $98 or $89 for members of Business Growth Centre. The Lake's best and brightest are honoured in this night of nights recognising business excellence.

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.

Visitors can discover 20 of the best in the Lake Macquarie Walking Trails Guide. Stop in at the Visitors Centre in Swansea to pick one up or call to order your free copy. Choose from a relaxing meander along the lake’s edge to a challenging hike in the Watagan National Park. A perennial favourite is the Caves Beach Coastal Walk, an easy track that takes walkers along the cliff tops with stunning ocean views. A great walk for whale watching during these cooler months. Winter school holiday ideas It may not be swimming weather, but there’s still plenty to do in Lake Macquarie these school holidays.



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

For more information on things to see and do in Lake Macquarie, and your FREE copy of the Visitors Guide, Map and Walking Trails Guide, contact the Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre on 1800 802 044, or visit the website, 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 Ph: 02 4977 2316

WINTER HOLIDAY FUN FOR CHILDREN Paint a T-shirt Referencing William Yang’s Australia Now interactive installation, children will create a portrait on their own t-shirt using a range of art-making techniques. Kes Harper 10.30am–12.30pm Tuesday 2 July $22 per child Materials: included, bring your own shirt Level: ages 6–10years

Chinese Characters Based on William Yang’s Australia Now installation and Chinese zodiac characters, children will paint their portraits using a range of techniques. Kes Harper 10.30am–12.30pm Tuesday 9 July $22 per child Materials: included Level: ages 6–10 years


The Rainbow Connection

Fun with Clay

This popular holiday session gives toddlers their own gallery experience, including storytime and craft activities. Carers are encouraged to learn alongside their children.

Children always enjoy building their own artworks with clay and this workshop makes hand-building and decorating easy for little hands. The gallery will arrange firing of the finished work.

Kristy White 10–11.30am Wednesday 3 July $16.50 per child/adult couple ($8.25 participating sibling) Materials: included Level: ages 3–5 years

The Rainbow Connection This popular holiday session gives toddlers their own gallery experience, including storytime and craft activities. Carers are encouraged to learn alongside their children. Kristy White 10–11.30am Wednesday 10 July $16.50 per child/adult couple ($8.25 participating sibling) Materials: included Level: ages 3–5 years

Jo Davies 10.30am–12.30pm Thursday 4 July $35 per child Materials: glazes and firing included Level: ages 9–12 years

Chinese Dragons Children will make 3-dimensional dragon puppets using a range of materials and assemblage techniques. Ken O’Regan 10.30am–12.30pm Thursday 11 July $22 per child Materials: inlcuded Level: ages 9–12 years



Art Trail Hunter Valley

The Gallery Shop

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: 10am-5pm Tues to Fri, 10am-1pm Sat, 2pm-5pm Sun Ph. 6549 3880. www.muswellbrookartscentre.

Open : Tue > Sun, 10am > 4.30pm


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


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


Opening Hours: 11am - 4pm Tuesday to Sunday 16 Vincent Street, Cessnock NSW 2325 Telephone: 02 4991 6619



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Reflecting on the complexity of the Chinese diaspora in Australia, curator Greg Leong has selected work that explores how individual processes of acculturation have impacted on a diverse group of well-known Chinese-Australian artists. Exhibition includes work by William Yang, Lindy Lee, Lui Xiao Xian, Aaron Seeto and Jason Wing among others. Curated for Salamanca Arts Centre and toured by CAST, this exhibition is supported by the Contemporary Touring Initiative.



WILLIAM YANG: AUSTRALIA NOW An installation of William Yang’s work, Australia Now, encourages children to connect with Yang’s interest in autobiography by drawing selfportraits, writing stories from their lives and discovering their Chinese zodiac animal sign. The piece was first commissioned by GoMA, Brisbane, for The China Project for Kids in 2009, and shown at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, in 2011.

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

image: installation of William Yang’s Australia Now (detail)


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


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Vintage farm machinery Industrial pieces Used furniture Open by appointment

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

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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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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

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 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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Australian Home Cheese Making Workshop at Laguna 13-14th July This course is intended to be relaxed yet informative, and we hope a lot of fun! Theory and practical skills of each cheese prepared on this course will be discussed during the waiting stages of the cheese making and a mixture of theory and hands-on practical work will be accomplished allowing familiarisation with needed equipment, techniques and practical know-how. The aim of the workshops is to be as hands on as possible as the organisers

believe the best way to learn is through participation. All ingredients will be provided for the workshop. Light lunch and refreshments is included in the course fee. For more info see


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:

Little Red Riding Hood Plant Nursery & Gift Shop

• Native & Cottage Garden Plants • Fruit Trees • Veggies & Seeds • All Garden Needs • Gorgeous Gifts

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

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


Wollombi Village Vineyard Rated HHHH by James Halliday

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

The Wollombi Wool Store has been selling quality yarns, needles and accessories for nearly 2 years. A new, purpose built Studio for workshops and classes has been opened at 2855 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi. Classes and workshops for 2013 are beginning from mid-May, starting with the very popular Confidence Builder set of classes (commencing 30 May ), Knit to Fit and Flatter (commencing 2 June), Crochet for Beginners (15 June) and Sock Workshops in July. If you are interested in some crochet fun you may want to sign up for the Amigurumi workshops in June and July. Lace workshops will commence in July. Workshops are held on Saturdays, except for the Confidence Builder classes which also run on Thursdays from 11am. Knitting clinics are on Sunday afternoons from 2pm and private lessons are available for up to 4 people. For more details phone (02 4998 3153) or email (enquiries@wollombiwoolstore. If you are driving through Wollombi you might like to call in to discuss your needs. New shipments of beautiful yarns have started to arrive and there is an extensive range of high quality and luxury yarns including Rowan, Filatura di Crosa, Debbie Bliss, Noro and Jo Sharp. Further shipments from the USA of specialty yarns will arrive soon. We also have cashmere, seasilk, and organic yarns available for the discerning knitter. The latest patterns are in stock, either in book or downloadable format as well as wonderful needles, and finishing touches such as unique buttons. Happy Knitting! Noyce Brothers Wines

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.

What's On in the Hunter

For more events and what’s on in the Hunter region, see 3rd: TJupi Band, Cessnock Performing Arts The Tjupi Band play energetic and emotive desert reggae. Singing in Luritja (as well as in English), their music epitomises Central Australian desert reggae - sparse upbeat, driving kick and snare, in-language; the songs are about loneliness for country, love lost , listening to Elders, following tradition, social issues, skin pride, tribal unity and, most importantly, pride of culture. Ph: 4990 7135 6th: Aberdeen Highland Games Jefferson Park, Aberdeen. See page 39 for more details. 6th and 20th: Canoeing adventures on the amazing Ironbark Creek Hunter Wetlands Centre. 14th: Musica Viva presents Jian Wang and Bernadette Harvey Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. Bookings 4929 1977 14th: Breakfast with the birds Hunter Wetlands Centre. 19th-24th: Singleton Art Prize Singleton Civic Centre. Contact: 0429 775556

20th: Spotlight prowl at Hunter Wetlands Centre Hunter Wetlands Centre. 20th: Pigsty in July “Dashville”, Lower Belford.

3rd July: TJupi Band Cessnock Performing Arts

21st: Coal and Allied Running Festival Hunter Valley Hunter Valley Gardens. 25th-27th: Maitland and Coalfield District Orchid Society Inc Winter Show Cessnock Market Place. Contact: 4932 8220 28th: Peek into the Past Tocal Homestead.

July 2013: City Evolutions Coming in July a series of buildings within Watt Street will be lit up every night between sunset and 10.00pm, featuring a range of creative, interactive works that reflect in different ways on the history of Watt St and its place within the wider development of Newcastle as a city.

Getting healthy in the Hunter! With recreational running now back to the popularity levels of the 80’s, this year’s Coal & Allied Winery Running Festival – Hunter Valley, expects to attract more than 4000 participants. The unique participant sports event has grown on the back of the interesting and picturesque course. With six running and walking events on offer, the event caters for novice and serious participants. Races include the Pacific Smiles Dental Kids Marathon or Storybook2k, to the 5km Hunter Valley Gardens Winery Wander run/walk, 10km run and Coal & Allied Half or full Marathon events. The event draws one of the biggest spectator crowds seen at regional running events in Australia, with more than 5000 spectators expected to visit the Hunter Valley Gardens village on race day, 21 July 2013. Spectators will enjoy one of the best Running Festival venues in Australia, which adjoins 32 acres of international standard themed gardens and a tourist village brimming with cafes, restaurants and shops. The event offers a carnival atmosphere with sport/health and local produce exhibitors and live entertainment. A unique aspect of the event is the course, which meanders through or past Tallawanta, Audrey Wilkinson, Brokenwood, McGuigans, Pooles Rock, Mcleish, Tullochs and Lindemans vineyards. The day will be a celebration of the healthy lifestyle on offer in one of Australia's most picturesque tourism areas. Enter online today by visiting

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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.  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, limousine or even helicopter.

As with the great cultures of the world, family, friends, food and wine are the staples that make for a happy and balanced life, full of love and laughter.

Add to this a wide array of traditional and contemporary delights expected of a world famous wine region, as well as a myriad of surprises, a rich diversity of pursuits and people and you will find in Hunter Valley Wine Country one of the most vibrant and relaxing places to visit. There is no shortage of choice with over 60 restaurants, 120 wineries, 160 accommodation venues and a vast range of activities. Less than two hours drive from Sydney and 45 minutes from Newcastle Airport, the destination is easily accessible from anywhere around the world.

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

So come and discover all that the Hunter Valley has to offer. 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 6 & 7th July Hunter Valley Gardens Chocolate Festival Pokolbin Contact: 49984000 This amazing event will immerse you in a chocolate experience you will never forget while enjoying family fun activities and information inspired by chocolate. The Hunter Valley Gardens Chocolate Festival will inspire, inform, surprise, entertain and celebrate chocolate - an indulgent escape everyone deserves once in a while. The Hunter Valley Gardens Chocolate Festival will host display stalls with free entertainment, demonstrations, activities, competitions and prizes for the whole family. Don't miss out on this chocolate delight! For more information visit


22nd June to 28th July Singleton Arts Festival The second biennial Singleton Arts Festival will be held at various locations in the Singleton area and will host a variety of events for all ages • Sirius Chamber Ensemble Concert will perform at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, Sacred Spaces • View the talent on show at the annual Singleton Art Prize • Fabulous music, great wine and good company at Jazz at Catherine Vale Wines • The Lonsdale Galleries open weekend showing works of the talented Vivien Dwyer • Kids school holiday activities and workshops including dance, cheerleading and drama • Workshops for all ages including embroidery, writing and quilting. Ph: Kellie Jordan, Festival Coordinator 6575 3904 or visit

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

ph: 02 4990 7531

The Coal & Allied Singleton Art Prize

Southern European Landscape by Ken Whisson Courtesy of the Singleton Art Collection

Opening Night & Winners announced Friday 19th July 2013 $25 per head including finger food, wine & entertainment Viewing 6pm • Opening 7pm • Prize Winners announced 8pm Wines courtesy of Mistletoe & Catherine Vale Wines Music by Cavalier Acoustica Open daily ($2 entry fee) 10am to 6pm Saturday 20th July, Closing 12 noon Wednesday 24th July Singleton Civic Centre Queen St Singleton NSW 2330 Ph Andrew Levick 0429 699 997 or John Drinan 0418 976 283

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

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

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

Lovedale Hunter Valley: wine, dine, stay and play Lovedale is one of the oldest wine growing regions of the Hunter Valley. It is abundant with wildlife, our roads are less travelled, there are beautiful sunsets, our night skies are starrier, and we ooze class and characters. Our small population of around 2000 is an eclectic mix, some born and bred in the Hunter region and some who have come for a ‘tree change’. Located just north of Cessnock, Lovedale is only 2 hours from Sydney. When the new Hunter Expressway opens in December this year, just follow the Hunter Expressway signs to Lovedale, you will arrive in the heart of Wine Country. During your visit you will sip some delicious wines; you may meet the winemaker or the grape grower; you will taste local produce that is cooked by passionate chefs. Choose to stay in Lovedale accommodation, there is much to suit your taste & budgets. Indulge in a massage, wander about a gallery, float in a hot air balloon, enjoy a game of golf, challenge or discover yourself with a sunset horse-ride. Party with your family or friends at the Lovedale Long Lunch or at your wedding, we have some stunning venues. Experience the generous community spirit that exists in Lovedale, come and join us, most of us like to talk and have a sip or two.

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

Closed 18th July to 2nd August

The Hunter’s largest range with over 50 desserts, pastries & Handmade chocolates. Barista made coffee, Gluten free cakes and Light Lunches, for Dine-in or Take away. Open Fridays & Saturdays 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-6pm, Monday (School & Public Holiday only) 10am-4pm

319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale. Ph: 1300 958 850

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the heart of the Hunter Valley Easy access with the new Hunter Expressway (opening Dec 2013)


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

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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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Steel Seams A collaborative show between two of the Lower Hunter’s most exciting and progressive emerging sculptors and installation artists, Joanna O’Toole and Maggie Hensel-Brown. This exhibition is at the leading edge of contemporary sculptural practice, and features paintings and small works in addition to a major installation within the gallery. Dheo-Ka From 18th July until 11th August, as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations. Dheo-ka is a stunning exhibition from Aboriginal artists across the Hunter Valley and beyond. Works will include traditional

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narratives of the seasons, locations, food chains, customs and ceremonies along with astrological and spiritual themes of the Dreamtime. It will combine this with works examining 21st century social and racial issues. The term Dheo-ka can mean meeting place or coming together, and the exhibition’s curator, highly respected Wonarrua elder, artist and teacher Les Elvin brings together an amazing group of work from a diverse and talented group of Indigenous artists. Steel Seams runs 13th June – 14th July, Dheo-Ka runs 18th July – 11th August. Entry to both exhibitions is free.

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


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Richmond Vale Railway Museum Christmas in July Santa Claus is coming to town, well Richmond Vale Railway Museum. Christmas in July will be held on Saturday 13th July and features a steam train ride and Christmas dinner. Dress up in your warmest Christmas outfit for a night of fun with friends, Christmas carols and more. Through the efforts of all the volunteers the Museum is able to have the Richmond Vale site open on the first three Sundays of each month (plus for school holiday Sundays). Volunteers form the backbone of the

whole project – without the volunteer work there is no significant funding available. Money from the gate takings, canteen and souvenir sales benefit the whole Museum complex. While some financial support comes from individual donations and a small amount from grants when they are available, the main source of funding comes from the open days manned by the volunteers. Tickets available: email rvrminfo@ or phone 40010197.

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105 Lang Street Kurri Kurri Phone 4936 1511

Orangevale at Mount View

Beautifully refurbished holiday cottage situated in 150 peaceful acres overlooking the surrounding valleys 0428 913665

WINTER 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

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Maitland Regional Art Gallery


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. 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.

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7 June – 28 July ARTEXPRESS is an annual collaborative exhibition that aims to highlight exceptional works of art from graduating students of government and non-government high schools in NSW. For the first time ever, Maitland Regional Art Gallery is proud to host ARTEXPRESS and display 35 of these selected works from 2012 Higher School Certificate with 18 of the exhibited artworks created by students from schools in the Hunter-Central Coast Region. Each ARTEXPRESS exhibition is unique as it reflects the students’ individual explorations of concepts such as culture and personal identity presented in a wide variety of expressive forms. Having ARTEXPRESS at MRAG is a great opportunity for all our local and regional students to see this internationally renowned exhibition. Come to our opening on Saturday 15 June from 3-5pm and see these exceptional artworks for yourself. MI TALI T L L E RY MA AL NA D NRDE GRIE OG N IAOLNAARLT A GR AT L LG EA RY In conjunction with the ARTEXPRESS exhibition, MRAG will be hosting two Artists’ Forums on Sunday 16 June and Sunday 28 June from 2-4pm with several exhibiting artists attending. This is a great chance to come and HEAR some of the ARTEXPRESS artists from this exciting exhibition. ARTEXPRESS is a joint initiative of the Department of Education and Communities and the Board of Studies hosted by Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

What's On in Maitland 25, 26 & 27th July: Winter Orchid Show Maitland & Coalfields District Orchid Society Inc Cessnock Market Place, Cessnock. Contact: 4932 8220. The winter show is the second show of the year. Orchids are benched and judged by judges from the Australian Orchid Council. First & second prizes are awarded in each class, from these further awards are made for various champions. There will be various orchid plants for sale and experienced orchid growers available to give advice on orchid culture. 26 July – 10 August: Maitland Repertory Reamus Youth Theatre presents – Much Ado About Nothing Repertory Playhouse, High Street, Maitland. Ph: 4931 2800 In this comedy about two pairs of lovers the first couple, Benedick and Beatrice, are engaged in a very "merry war"; they are both very glib and proclaim their scorn for love, marriage, and each other. In contrast the second couple, Claudio and Hero, are sweet young people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another.

Exotic Living @ Affordable Prices Fashion Accessories, Scarves, Gifts and Homewares from around the world. Jewellery made to order by our in-house designer. 415 High St, Maitland. Ph: 4934 6662 Just bring in this advert, buy 1 Pair Earrings and get 1 FREE storewide!

Did you miss The Gum Ball? Then don’t miss this! Dress up in your finest attire & indulge in an array of splendid food & beverages, suitably accompanied by a fine selection of live entertainment. +18 EVENT FULLY LICENSED, NO BYO FOOD & DRINK

Indulge in the good life, beside Dashville's fire. FEATURING



DRESS CODE 2nd hand formal TICKETS $60 each or buy 10 get 1 free TIME 20th July, 12pm til 10pm LOCATION Dashville 103 Kirkton Rd, Lower Belford 2335 GETTING THERE Grab a seat on the bus service, see FURTHER INFO See website or phone 0459 991 257


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

What's On in Morpeth

Nova Cruises at Morpeth Jetty


11th & 25th July Historic Morpeth Cruise Departs Lee Wharf, Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle. Phone 0400381787 or visit Morpeth, situated on the banks of the Hunter River, was once the gateway to inland Australia and one of the busiest trade ports in NSW. Re-live the historic voyage from Newcastle to Morpeth in modern day style and comfort with NOVA Cruises.

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Grandma's Feather Bed and Teddy Bears Downstairs Looking for something fun and different in 2013?


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

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.

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

Morpeth Post Office 4/165 Swan Street, Morpeth Phone: 49336242 Open: Monday to Friday 9-5 Saturday 9-12 For all your postal and office stationery supplies. Childrens books our speciality from $4

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

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

Gourmet Cheese Delicatessen

St James’ Anglican Church Morpeth

• 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

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

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


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

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

Peek Into The Past at Tocal Homestead on Sunday 28th July. It’s an old fashioned family day out, when the historic Tocal farm is once again bustling with the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear.

vines in 1843. Here you will discover the geographically blessed towns of Paterson, Vacy, Gresford and East Gresford, ringed by the ancient Moonabung Ranges and criss-crossed by the pristine waters of the two rivers that flow from the Barrington Tops. First stop could be historic Tocal Homestead for tales of the olden days of bushrangers, graziers, and other characters who inhabited one of the greatest Australian cattle and horse studs of its time. Have a look at the rare architect-designed barn built around 1867, and the gracious Colonial Georgian country house. Tocal Homestead is a very popular venue for weddings and milestone celebrations. Paterson has inspired many artists to pick up a brush to try to capture this picturesque Australian country town on canvas. Take the time to look at the many fine old homes, grand Have a cart ride with Bill the Clydesdale or watch the sheep being shorn in the traditional way with hand shears. The blacksmith will be hard at work at his forge and the old wood stove will be turning out fresh scones for the Devonshire teas.  Try your hand at croquet or watch the spinners making a fine yarn or find out how to separate milk..  Talk to some of the crafts people and artisans about their specialties and don’t forget to have a piece of the fresh baked damper drizzled all over with golden syrup. There’s something for every member of the family - nostalgia, history and curiosities.  Gates open 10am - 3pm and children are free.  Adults $10 and Concession $8.   For more details call 4939 8901.


commercial buildings, museums, art gallery, pubs, cafes, parks and shops that contribute to Paterson’s unique style. 9km north of Paterson is Vacy, with rugged Mt George to the west. It is well worth a visit to the café, hotel, arts & crafts shop and general store for a taste of country hospitality, great food and quirky crafts. Travel over the Vacy bridge, circa 1898, to Bunna Bunoo olive grove and gift shop. You can see the roof tops of the cabins and lodges such as Banjos Bushland Retreat and Cabins in the Clouds on Mt George, perfect destinations for weekend getaways or a longer stay. The small towns of Gresford and East Gresford are the gateway to Lostock Dam, Mt Allyn and the Chichester State Forest to the north. Take the Allyn River Road drive past homesteads set among rolling green hills and granite outcrops. Visit Clevedon craft shop, Natural Furniture Works, the Beatty Hotel and Camyr Allyn winery. History lovers will enjoy a drive to St Anne’s Anglican Church and suspension bridge, and St Mary’s on Allyn at Allynbrook. For more information on the Allyn & Paterson River Valley, please go to

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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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


Upper Hunter Country

Muswellbrook - Denman - Merriwa - Cassilis - Murrurundi - Scone - Aberdeen A LETTER HOME…To England, on a Rainy Sunday Morning Poe arranged for me to have a flight Time has really gone fast since I arrived over the Upper Hunter in light aircraft in Muswellbrook. The Rugby team I – we took off from Scone airport and play with are called the “Heelers” after cruised around at 3,000 feet for over the Australian Cattle Dog known here an hour. The Hunter Valley is beautiful as “Blue Heelers”. Muswellbrook is from the ground but at 3,000 feet, only small by English standards with it is just magnificent. It was a little about 12,000 residents but because bumpy at first but I had an awesome of the Coal Mining, Racehorse Studs afternoon in the air. We were able to and Vineyards in the area, we have see where the rivers flow, all the little blokes in our team from New Zealand, towns and villages, the giant Open Cut USA, England, Fiji and Ireland. After Coal Mines, farm lands and a fantastic yesterday’s win, our circle of rugged National Parks – The 1st Grade side is leading the Barrington Tops, Towarri, Goulburn competition with seven wins from River and the huge Wollemi National eight games. Park. My good mate, Poe who enticed me I went to Newcastle a couple of weeks to come to Australia for the Rugby ago – there are some great surfing season has taken me on some great beaches there but I was just happy adventures in the Upper Hunter take in the sights. One day, I might area. We went “four-wheel driving” have a go at riding a board. in the Barrington Tops. They are an I have been able to get work at the amazing Mountain Range about 2 Ford Motor Dealership. Selling cars, hours from Muswellbrook and rise up which along with the sighting of the over 5,000 feet. It is where the mighty Kangaroos is also a first for me. In my Hunter River starts a journey from the spare time not working or involved mountains winding its way over 400 with Rugby, the lads have taken me to kilometres to Newcastle where it flows sample some of the local wines around into the Pacific Ocean. It is a World the Denman area about 20 minutes Heritage Wilderness area and because away. of the height, it can get bitterly cold and lots of snow falls over the winter I was going to play golf today but months. The views are just incredible it’s raining so I’m off to see American and the mountains seem to go on for classical pianist ever. Roman Rudnytsky at the Upper I saw my first kangaroo on my trip to Hunter Conservatorium of Music in “The Tops” as the Barringtons are called Muswellbrook. in Muswellbrook. We were above the I have only a few months before I go clouds but we were able to venture home but there are still a few things to right into the mountains and looked accomplish: down into some jaw-dropping valleys.


Help Muswellbrook Heelers win the Rugby competition; go to Fraser Island on the Barrier Reef; have a couple of weeks in New Zealand and most importantly, see the British & Irish Lions annihilate the Wallabies 3 -0 in the Test series. Regards to all James Crowther Heelers Halfback and Ilkley, UK

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 Library) aberdeeninfocentre@upperhunter.nsw.

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Thousands of visitors expected at the Aberdeen Highland Games The Aberdeen Highland Games is set to offer yet another exciting programme of events this year when clans, bands, dancers and warriors from near and far gather on Saturday 6 July to celebrate Scottish heritage and tradition in the town of Aberdeen, located in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales. The annual event attracts thousands of locals and visitors each year with its programme of over 23 events offering a variety of entertainment, games and competitions for the whole family to enjoy. The magnificent opening ceremony featuring the massed pipe bands and the colour of the many clans represented will leave spectators breathless and in awe. President of the Aberdeen Highland Games Committee, Barrie Lawn, said, “We are very fortunate to be able to present a massed band display of this size and calibre; the equivalent only seen in major cities”. “As the massed pipe bands begin to play and march down the grounds, the crowd becomes silent and in awe of this great spectacle of colour and sound. It still affects me, even after 13 years,” he said. The opening ceremony is followed by a lively programme of Scottish music, Highland dancing, traditional Celtic strongman and tug-o-war competitions, novelty games and races for the kids, as well as access to an extensive range of stalls offering delicious food, historical and clan information, as well as Celtic gifts and merchandise. A traditional Ceilidh in the evening completes the day’s festivities. This is a separate ticketed dinner event and bookings are essential. The Aberdeen Highland Games is a full day of culture and entertainment and offers visitors to the area an opportunity to make a weekend of it by staying one or two nights, or more if desired, in the picturesque Upper Hunter Valley, where there is much to see and plenty of accommodation available. Tickets are now available via TryBooking event ticketing at For further event information please visit www. or contact 02-6540 1300.


Jefferson Park, New England Highway, Aberdeen NSW • Massed Pipes and Drums • Scottish Highland Dancing • Tartan Warrior Strongmen • Celtic merchandise and gift wares • Traditional Scottish fare and other food stalls • Novelty games, tug-o-war and much more • Followed by a Ceilidh in the evening

For tickets or information Ph:

02 6543 8457


Est. 1973 “The friendly family winery in the beautiful Upper Hunter Valley”

Fine Verdelho, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Shiraz Come and visit us in the winery and taste our wines, and perhaps enjoy the experience of bottling some of our bulk wine. Visitors are welcome every day from 9am 5pm

5052 Golden Highway, Denman 2328 Ph. 02 6547 1088


Newcastle and the Hunter - July 2013  

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

Newcastle and the Hunter - July 2013  

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