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March 2014

Newcastle and the Hunter Inside:

Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival

Local Markets

Regional Map

Arts & Antiques

Places to visit

Food & Drink

Little bit of Italy in Broke Page 21

Bringing back the good times! See page 18 and 25

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Monthly Markets Guide Hunter Street Markets, Newcastle 5 days every week, Wed - Sun 9am-3pm. Hunter St, Newcastle. Ph 02 9999 2226. www.organicfoodmarkets.com.au 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 facebook.com/ harvestmarketsmaitland Parklea Markets Newcastle Open Sat & Sun 8.30am to 4pm. All the best Australia has to offer under one roof. Ph: 9629 3311 www.parkleamarkets.com.au 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. www.maitlandmarkets.com.au 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. Legacy Markets, Nelson Bay 1st 2nd and 3rd Sunday of every month. 8am-3pm. Neil Carroll Park, Nelson Bay. An interesting mix of arts and crafts fashion food and fresh produce.Something for everyone! Phone 0419 492 009. Dungog Community Markets 1st Sunday of the month, Presbyterian Ch, Cnr Dowling/ Chapman Sts, Dungog. Come for breakfast, come for a browse, come for artisan crafts and seasonal farmer produce. Ph 02 4992 3433, www. standrewsdungog.org.au/dungog-markets Toronto Market Days 1st Thursday of every month 10am-4pm. Discounts, displays, discover, stalls. The Boulevarde, Toronto www.toronto.com.au 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 www.facebook.com/refreshingexperience

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Laguna Markets 1st Sun of every month. 9-1pm. Handspun wool & items, jewellery, 2nd hand books, jams, pickles & local produce, ornamental & food plants, exotic soaps etc. Ph 4998 8244. Facebook.com/ greatnortherntradingpost Denman Farmers Market 1st Saturday of each month except May. 8am to 1pm. Lions Park, Denman. www.denmanfarmersmarket.com.au 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. www.brokefordwich.com.au 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:  morissetshowground@yahoo.com.au Hunter Wine Country Markets at De Bortoli Wines 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd March. Ph 4998 6426. https://www.facebook.com/ Hunterwinecountrymarkets Medowie Market Second Sat of each month from 8-12.30am outside the Bull & Bush Pub, Ferodale Road, Medowie. For more information please contact the Admin Office on 4982 9123 Kurri Kurri Farmers Markets 2nd Sat of month: Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri 8am-1pm. Ph: 4937 2640. 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: cessnockshowground@yahoo.com.au 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.

Wyee Community Markets 2nd Sat each month, in the grounds of Bethshan Ministries, 70 Wyee Rd Wyee. 80+ stalls. Market times 8.30am-1pm. Ph Michael 43571840. 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 & 4th Sat of the month 9am-4pm. At Kevin Sobels Wines (cnr Broke & Halls Rd) Pokolbin. A 100% handmade, meetthe-maker market with a wide variety of locally-produced, quality items. No imported items here.  For more information on extra markets or cancellations visit facebook.com/ handmadeinthehuntermarkets  Sacred Tree Markets Every 3rd Sunday 9am-2pm St. Brigid’s Primary School, Branxton. Contact: info@sacredtreemarkets.com.au 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. rtcommunitymarkets@bigpond.com Swansea Market Fourth Sat of the month. Quinn Park, Swansea next to pool. 7:30am - 12:30pm. Stallholders ph Val McCarter 4972 1705. Singleton Markets 4th Sat of every month from 8am - 1pm at Singleton Showground. Ph: 0459 700 022. Rotary Community Markets Last Sat of the month at New Lambton South Public School. New stallholders welcome. E: rotarymarkets1@hotmail.com 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. www.nclvets@bigpond.net.au


Hunter Wine Country Markets is a boutique market with an eclectic mix of local Hunter Valley Artisans and Growers held on the first and third Saturday of the month. Plus special events in the Hunter.

We are located in the beautiful grounds of De Bortoli Wines, where you can taste superb Hunter Valley vintages including single vineyard wines from Murphy's and Will's Hill.

Nourish the soul

ORGANIC • INSPIRATION • ARTISAN • FOOD HANDMADE • PRODUCE • ENTERTAINMENT

OLD ST BRIGIDS SCHOOL GROUNDS

CNR STATION ST AND NEW ENGLAND HWY, BRANXTON

THIRD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH 9AM - 2PM

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NEXT MARKET MAR 16

Keep up to date with all out news and happenings on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/Hunterwinecountrymarkets

Kurri Kurri Farmers Market

Hunter Region Markets

This market has something for everyone, ladies fashion, oils, olives, beautiful handbags, local pottery, jewellery, soy candles, wonderful soap products, amazing hand turned wood items, hats, scarves, soft furnishing, plus lots more.

Saturday 8th March from 8am to 1pm Operating since 2003. Selling a variety of freshly harvested farm & homegrown produce. Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri. www.kurrikurri.com

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

Saturday 1st March 9am - 3pm

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Nostalgia Festival, Kurri Kurri

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March Hello and welcome to the March issue of the Newcastle and the Hunter iMag – your free monthly information guide. As usual your magazine is packed full of great things to see and do, the best places to eat and drink, where to stay throughout the beautiful Hunter region – so grab a coffee and a seat and take a bit of time to flick through the pages and see what’s on in your area! Calling all Rockabillies! Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival is on this month! A whole weekend of classic cars and hot rods, dance competitions and fabulous fashions – see page 25 for more information.

Markets The delectable chocolates are a perfect gift – for someone else, or for yourself as a naughty bit of indulgence. Why not? You’re worth it!

Sweets for the sweet – the new chocolate shop is now open on Honeysuckle in Newcastle – see the back page for details.

Whatever you are doing this month, take care and have fun.

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In the region on holiday? A local who has a night out planned? Looking for reliable childcare for that special occasion? Try the Hunter region’s own agency Kiddicare – the perfect solution – more info on page 27.

March is also the month for people of all ages interested in heath and fitness to get along to the sporting events in Newcastle – a women’s Triathlon, a 5k run/ walk along the Foreshore (for those of us who might need persuading) and even a children’s event! See page 11 for more info.

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Real Coffee Your Coffee Retail Shop and Espresso Bar Specialising in Gourmet Coffee and Equipment including Bodum plungers and Professional Espresso Machines and Grinders for Home. Open 8 - 3 Mon-Fri, 8 - 12 Sat. Shop 6/25 Belmore Road, Lorn www.realcoffee.com.au E: bean@realcoffee.com.au M: 0416 004 586

Coffee Shops in the Hunter

We love this café! Nestled in the heart of Maitland om the atmosphere and m enda smiling faces in this eclectic make you feel at home the minute you walk through the door. The coffee is great and there are plenty of tasty temptations on offer if you’re feeling hungry. The relaxed feeling just keeps coming as you curl up with one of the books from the shelves surrounding you and the intimate setting means that you can go in on your own and not feel at all out of place. It’s a home from home. But, as all with good things, the experience is best shared with a friend, so the next time you fancy kicking back with a good friend over a cuppa…pick the Favourite Chair Café and tell them iMag sent you! 344 High Street, Heritage Mall, Maitland Ph 0407 910 978 www.facebook.com/favouritechaircafe

Serving delicious food from 9am till 3pm daily with a unique view over the Hunter Wetlands. Lunch 7 days till 3pm• Sunday Breakfast from 8.30pm • Dinner every Friday night (bookings essential).

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

319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale. Ph: 1300 958 850 www.saborinthehunter.com.au

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

Southern Cross Needlework and Quilting/ Café and Tea Rooms Come in and take a peek at our charming quilting heritage shop. Behind in the courtyard we have our lovely Café. Home made food and preserves, organic, allergy friendly. Try our High Teas for any occasion. Café open Tues- Fri 10am-3pm Sat 10am-12pm 94 Melbourne St, East Maitland (02) 4936 6600

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Tasting in the Hunter Hunter Distillery Visit Hunter Distillery the first 100% organic distillery in the southern hemisphere, home of the award winning world renowned Valli vodka, winning Gold in the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Silver at the London International Wine and Spirit Competition. Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley at Pokolbin you can taste the distillery’s unique range of organic vodka,

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schnapps and liqueurs. Taste Australia’s first organic gin, take a tour of the distillery or learn how to become a distiller. The distillery produces an extensive range of infused gin, vodka, schnapps and liqueur products to meet the needs of the Australian high end bar market together with specialised spirits for the Asian market and limited release of custom spirits from our Master Distiller Range. The distillery can even design your own private label spirits customised to your needs. Truly a unique experience not to be missed. See page 23 for more information or check out the Hunter Distillery website at www.hunterdistillery.com.au

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

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

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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: marian@riverflatsestate.com.au www.riverflatsestate.com.au Producers of Distinctive Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vinegar

ARTISAN BAKERY

The only privately owned Artisan Bakery in a gaol.

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

725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin NSW Ph 02 6574 7093 www.tintilla.com.au

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Maitland Gaol, John St, East Maitland Ph Carolyn 0408 305 445 baker@blackbirdartisanbakery.com.au

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

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

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Bar Newcastle CityBeach Evolutions, Newcastle (see p10 for more details)

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

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 www.newcastleairport.com.au

www.hunterimag.com.au www.hunterimag.com.au 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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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 www.famous-tram.com.au

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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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

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Nobbys Lighthouse Grounds Opening EVERY SUNDAY between 10am and 4pm. For all the latest information, download the free phone app from www.newcastleseechange.com. au.

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Olive Tree Market

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At The Junction Public School – From 9am to 3pm

March 1st& April 5th With new Stalls!

Olive Tree Market Saturday 1st of March, 2014, 9am to 3pm at The Junction Public School. The Olive Tree Market is Newcastle's Handmade Artisan Market. Come along and spend a few hours exploring stalls, meeting the artisans and uncover fantastic locally handmade wares! Stalls include: printmaking, jewellery, design, handmade toys, fashion, photography, ceramics and more! There is also delicious food, organic bread, coffee and plants. Local musicians, including Samba Frog and Fode Mane, play at each market. Buskers are welcome! www. theolivetreemarket.com.au City Evolutions City Evolutions is a landmark contemporary art project featuring a series of interactive digital projections along Newcastle’s oldest street, Watt Street. Take a journey through the fascinating history of this stunning historic and cultural precinct, sunset to 10pm each evening. Watt Street Newcastle. www.cityevolutions.com March at the Civic Theatre, Playhouse and City HalL Comedy’s newest mountaineers will aim for the stars as they climb the peak of Newcastle open mic - RAW Comedy. Confronting the cliff face joke by joke, they’ll have their eyes permanently set on the summit that is 2014 Heat Champion and a place in the NSW Finals in Sydney. Come prepared for an avalanche of laughs.The Playhouse, Civic Theatre Newcastle, Saturday 1 March 2014 at 8pm. Ticket Prices: Adult $24.90 Concession $19.90 Junior (2 – 16 years) $19.90 Student $19.90 For information visit www.newcastlenow.org.au

Newcastle City Farmers Market Buy your produce direct from a Farmer

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

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

Newcastle City Farmers & Makers Market

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

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Ivanhoe Holiday Lodge Only 5 minutes from beautiful Stockton Beach!

• Sleeps 6-8 • Eat-in kitchen and dining • Separate dining room • Laundry with washing machine • Air conditioning in loungeroom • Foxtel • BBQ • All linen is provided

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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

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World Premiere Mr Bennet's Bride at NTC Written by Emma Wood & directed by Julie Black Performances: Wed, Fri, Sat at 8pm March 8-22 2pm Matinees Sunday March 9 and Saturday March 15 A PREQUEL TO PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Award winning playwright and director team up with a stunning cast to present the year’s most hotly anticipated show… Mr Bennet’s Bride, a new play by Emma Wood, is an original period comedy, based on two much-loved characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Fans of the novel, film or mini-series, will remember with fondness the parents of Elizabeth Bennet – Mr and Mrs Bennet. This play explores these characters earlier in their lives, particularly concerning itself with how this ill matched couple met and decided to marry.

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In the late eighteenth century, marriage is a business transaction as much as a love affair – the family all take a part in the proceedings! With the shadow of the entail to the Collins family looming large, pressure mounts on the young Mr Bennet to find a suitable match – but his unwillingness to play by the rules sets in motion a series of events that are both comic and at times moving.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Ph 4952 4958. 3pm-6pm Mon - Fri. Book online at www.newcastletheatrecompany.com.au

Sparke Helmore NBN Festival 14-16 March For over 21 years the Sparke Helmore NBN Triathlon has been Newcastle’s premier participant sporting event, raising in excess of $450,000 for the Newcastle based Hunter Medical Research Institute and other local sport and service groups. The main triathlon event regularly attracts close to 3000 novice and serious competitors, with an additional 5,000 spectators and volunteers joining in a celebration of sport and healthy lifestyles.

Foreshore5 14th March This running/walking race will be the opening event of the Sparke Helmore NBN Triathlon Festival. It will be staged from the main event compound at Shortland Lawns.

TriJunior – Triathlon for 7-13 yo 15th March The Eyeline TriJr Triathlon for Juniors will take place at 10.30am. The event is being staged to give Hunter and Central Coast juniors the opportunity to race in a professionally run triathlon event that encourages them to get fit and have fun.

Westfield Kotara Hunter Diamonds Triathlon 15th March The Westfield Kotara Hunter Diamonds is a womens ONLY event that will take place on 15th March at 8.00am. This event aspires to give female competitors an opportunity to try out an enticer distance triathlon as an individual completing the whole event or part of a team. For more information on all these events see www.hevents.net

Hunter Wetlands Centre Wildlife • Walking Trails • Segway Tours Dipnetting • Children’s Discovery Zone and Playground Guided/Self Guided Tours Canoes • Gift Shop • Picnic/BBQs Function Facilities • Feeding Talk Spoonbill Cafe And much more... something for everyone

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Gap Creek Falls, Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie Autumn in Lake Macquarie marks the arrival of glorious weather. Sunshine with a gentle breeze is the perfect combination for exploring the natural beauty and spectacular surroundings of Lake Macquarie’s Watagan Mountain Range. Spanning 7,751 hectares the ‘Watagans’ offer stunning views, bluegum forests, rainforest gullies and peaceful picnic areas with gas and wood barbecues for you to relax after hiking one of the many existing trails. Each trail offers 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.

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Boarding House Dam A popular trail with families featuring a picturesque creek and dam closeby, this track passes through cool gully rainforest and takes a brisk 20 minutes to complete. The kids will love exploring the 110-metre long moss covered rock wall and the unusual sculptured rock formations. Enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch or cook up a feast on one of the barbeques available at the Boarding House Dam picnic area. The Gap Creek Falls Trail Commencing from the Gap Creek picnic area, this track will lead you to an impressive waterfall with a sheer drop of 40 metres while passing through cool rainforest with fascinating features such as red cedars and a large Illawarra flame tree. This trail will take approximately one hour to complete and offers a sheltered picnic area, free gas and wood barbeques and camping so you can enjoy the natural surrounds overnight. Muirs Walking Trail Taking approximately one hour to complete this 1.5 kilometre trail leads through beautiful blackbutt and bluegum forests and rainforest gullies. Pack a light lunch to enjoy at the Muirs picnic area before starting your journey. The Pines Trail Passing through remarkable Aboriginal grinding grooves in sandstone this track features areas with moist eucalypt and rainforest and an exquisite rock pool. Starting at the Pines Picnic area the whole family will enjoy exploring the natural surrounds of this 1.1 kilometre track.

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Watagan Trail Indulge in some of the best forest scenery and vantage points in the Watagans on this 8 kilometre trail from Heaton Lookout to Mcleans Lookout. Pass through the gorgeous mosscovered overhangs and rainforest plants at Wallis Creek Canyon and enjoy breathtaking views over the Hunter Valley from the Hunter Lookout. For more information on things to see and do in Lake Macquarie, and to obtain your FREE copies of our Visitor Publications, contact the Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre: W: www.visitlakemac.com.au P: 1800 802 044 E: tourism@lakemac.nsw.gov.au A: 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea NSW

What's On in Lake Macquarie Music in the Podium Every Friday, 6pm – 9pm Warners Bay Foreshore, Warners Bay 2282 Free outdoor concert series, BYO picnic and enjoy the tunes as the sun sets over the lake Contact: Warners Bay Chamber of Commerce - 0458 549 222 Warners Bay Rotary Loop the Lake March 9 Speers Point Park, The Esplanade, Speers Point 2284 Enjoy a Family fun cycle around Lake Macquarie with the Rotary Club of Warners Bay. Cost: Adult $60, U16yr $30 Warners Bay Website: www.loopthelake.com.au


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

Handmade Jewellery and Artworks by Local Artists

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

Download the new Swansea iPhone and Android Apps!

Find out about Swansea – the app features locals beaches, attractions, events, and a business directory. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, a great café or restaurant, walks or rides around the area or where to shop then this is for you! Download it from iTunes or Google Play.

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 www.mandalonggallery.com.au

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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

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Helen Hising Marriage Celebrant

• Wedding • Baby Naming  • Reaffirmation of Vows  • Commitment  Ceremonies

The inspiration to create a beautiful day for you, your family and friends Ph 0417 677 668 helenhising@gmail.com www.sweetmemoriesoflove.com.au

The perfect location for Weddings

in the heart of the lower Hunter

Looking for a beautiful location for your wedding?

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Twin Caltex Service Stations, Tourist Information, Food Outlet

St John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Raymond Terrace has it all…a stunning gothic stone built church steeped in local history, beautiful gardens and grounds for those memorable photos, plenty of parking and a large modern ministry centre with a professional kitchen to cater for your function – large or small. Make your day truly special – call the church office on 02 4987 1474, or better still, pop in on Sunday 8am and experience the history and hospitality for yourself!

(both sides of the F3 Freeway)

47 Sturgeon Street, Raymond Terrace, NSW 2324 Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

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Hunter Antiques and Secondhand Dealers

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

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

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

Wholly Relics Quality Antiques

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

99 Newcastle Rd East Maitland (Opposite Maitland Toyota – Parking at rear) Email whollyrelics@hunterlink.net.au

Recycling Solutions Australia

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

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

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

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

⑤ The Old Brush Studio 187 Leiberts Lane, Brunkerville Ph. 02 4938 0288 www.theoldbrush.com.au

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

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

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

⑦ Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Cnr. Bridge & Williams Sts. Open: Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm. Weekends 10am - 1pm Mondays by appointment only. Closed Public Holidays Ph. 02 6549 3800 www.muswellbrookartscentre. nsw.gov.au

The Three O’s ORBAN, OLSEN & OGBURN

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

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

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

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

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WOOD: art design architecture explores innovative and outstanding uses of wood in contemporary Australian art, design and architecture. The exhibition showcases unique works by contemporary Australian artists, designers and architects engaging with the material qualities of wood. It represents a cross-section of current creative practices, modes of thinking and relationships to this fundamental material. WOOD: art design architecture is a JamFactory and Botanic Gardens of Adelaide touring exhibition. WOOD: art design architecture is supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Contemporary Touring Initiative and is principally sponsored by Wood. Naturally Better.

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YOUR COLLECTION: CHARLES COLLIN The silver gelatin photographs by English-born Charles Collin reveal his work in the Hunter region between 1930–1960s. This selection of photographs, based on the theme of architecture and industrial structures, was drawn from the larger collection given to the gallery by the Newcastle Photographic Society. A gallery project coordinated by Rob Cleworth

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Incredible range of artwork and special craft pieces reflecting the region’s artisans.

Christina Waterson, Colony 2010 (detail), Agathis Australis – Kauri pine 82 x 157 x 9cm, Photo: Jon Linkins

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 WWW.ARTGALLERY.LAKEMAC.COM.AU

Open 10am to 4pm 7 days. FREE entry Ph 02 4981 3604 Nelson Bay, at the rear of Neil Carroll Park near the RSL

THE HUNTER’S ONLY WATERFRONT GALLERY

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Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival 28-30th March The Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival is in its 11th year and is recognised as a NSW Tourism Flagship Event. The weekend attracts over 40,000 people to the region and town centre and is all about Rock n Roll, Classic Cars, Hot rods, Fashion and the 50’s and 60’s. There are lots of great ‘rock n roll’ and ‘rockabilly’ dances put on throughout the local clubs and pubs and on Saturday and Sunday the main street and Rotary park is transformed into all the glory of a bygone 50’s and 60’s era There’s a classic car and hot rod ‘Show and Shine’ both Saturday and Sunday with over 400 cars on display, entertainment, rock n roll dance workshops, main stage entertainment, talent quests, feature bands, markets stalls, Vegas wedding renewals, side show alley and much more. Many local businesses, community groups and volunteers join forces to make this event the success it is, bringing over $3 million into the local economy and district over the weekend. The Main Street, Kurri Kurri. www.kurrikurrinostalgiafestival.com.au

Hunter Mutual PBR Scone 2014 Sat 8th March 2014 1-30 White Park, Scone Gates open 5.30pm PBR starts 7.30pm

Comfortable, Central and Quiet

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

Online booking: www.colonialmotorlodge.com.au Find us on Facebook Valley 2 Vineyard Trike Tours Food & Wine Tours, Corporate Tours, Party Service www.v2vtriketours.com.au 0438 621 411

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Buckle up for the thrills ‘n’ spills as on March 8th as the Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Series returns for the Ultimate Showdown of Man Versus Beast at the Hunter Mutual PBR 2014. Forty of Australia’s most accomplished bull riders representing NSW, QLD, VIC and the NT will converge on Scone. It’s a tough competition and will come down to the last rider and bull on the last night before the event champion will be decided. It’s not like your traditional rodeo. Each PBR event features the best bull riders in the country matched against the toughest bulls. The show itself features many great match ups, Mega Replay screen with multiple camera angles that take the audience behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders get ready for their 8 second ride to beat the clock - it’s quite a show! These guys give it their all as they strive to climb the PBR Rankings ladder and leave the audience on the edge of their seats. Buckle up in SCONE this March – this is an event you do not want to miss! Tickets will be offered for pre-sale via www.upperhuntertourism.com.au or through the Scone Visitor Information & Horse Centre or just get them at the gate. For more information call Upper Hunter Shire Council Tourism Co-ordinator Belinda McKenzie on 02 6540 1300.


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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Laguna Markets 2 March Great Northern Trading Post, 3718 Great North Road, Laguna. P: 02 4998 8244. From 9am to 1pm www.facebook.com/ greatnortherntradingpost Laguna Markets are held on the first Sunday of the month from 9am. Local providores and artisans showcase their wares.  Stop for breakfast and then meander through the stalls. Finish off your weekend in style with our FREE acoustic Sunday Session from 3pm.

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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

Art Exhibition - ‘Little Works; it is all in the detail’ 28 February - 9 March Wollombi Cultural Centre, 2888 Wollombi Road, Wollombi Weekends from 10am to 4pm. OPENING NIGHT 5.30pm Friday 28th February. www.wollombi.org A selection of small works, oil paintings of the valley, to Alice in Wonderland inspired imagery, by Julianne Ross Allcorn.

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The Great Northern Trading Post

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!

Lola: 0408 412 094

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

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an eclectic, unique place to have a drink, a feed & listen to great music, GNTP is only an hour from Newcastle & the Central Coast or just over that from Sydney. Featuring live bands every Friday night, our local musos jam night on the last Friday of the month and our regular Laguna Market Day & Acoustic Jma on the first Sunday of the month, GNTP showcases the best this region has to offer. February’s feature act is Music Oz 2012 Blues & Roots Artist of the Year, Marshall O’Kell (pictured) who always delivers a blistering live show. To date Marshall has released three albums, two EP’s and been through five tour vans. This promises to be a cracker. GNTP boasts great food and exceptional coffee & is open for dinner seven nights a week. They have a well stocked general store, whether you are stopping in for a last minute ingredient or to throw together a picnic (or a meal). GNTP is also the only petrol station in the Valley and also restock gas and ice if you need it. GNTP is open seven days (and nights) a week - find them on Facebook for their regular updates on what’s on the menu and who’s on stage. https://www.facebook.com/ GreatNorthernTradingPost

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 www.wollombivillagevineyard.com.au License no 24014169

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: enquiries@wollombiwoolstore.com.au W: www.wollombiwoolstore.com.au

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The Great Northern Trading Post has been revamped since new owners John & Rose took over last year. Truly


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The Hunter Valley

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

Enjoy all the Fun and Gusto at the Hunter Valley's Italian Festival! Rejoice in all that is A Little Bit of Italy in Broke. Indulge in the bella Broke Fordwich Wine Region for fun and gusto at this two day event that gives visitors to the little known and tranquil destination the opportunity to enjoy a great Italian fiesta and experience mouth watering gourmet delights, which have long been the world’s envy! It’s Italy without the airfare! Broke is like a secret, one you can’t wait to share; it’s romantic, sophisticated and worth the trip (approximately two and a half hours from Sydney, or 15 minutes west of Hunter Valley’s main hub).

carriage or bicycle, limousine or even helicopter.

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

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Now in its 7th year, the festival that started out as a private dinner catered by an Italian chef has grown into a celebration of all that is wine, food, music, family and community, coloured by the enthusiasm associated with the Italians' enjoyment of these things. Starting at the "Passport Office" in the main street of the village of Broke, visitors receive their passport and begin their journey. The price of entry is the $5 purchase of a souvenir tasting glass, which is used at each venue for a free sample of the local wines. The passport lists the twelve participating venues and the food and entertainment to be found there. As the visitor travels from venue to venue they can get their passport stamped, allowing them to go into the draw for over $2,000 worth of local premium wines, gourmet produce and accommodation. Over 3,000 people each year enjoy this event, many returning over and over again.

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

ph: 02 4990 7531

www.winecountrycafe.com.au

Situated in the broad valley of the Broke Fordwich Wine Region, the area is a registered sub-region of the Hunter Valley, with its producers committed to the veracity and integrity of their quality wines. Although exclusively a 'boutique' wine region, there is no lack of prize winners. In the last decade local wines have won many hundreds of prestigious prizes both in Australia and overseas and the reputation continually grows. Here is an opportunity to discover 'The Tranquil Side of the Hunter' for yourself, and form a relationship with the friendly owners of some of the Hunter's best cellar doors, in one of the most picturesque regions in Australia. Che sta per essere un buon weekend! Buon Appetitio!! (It’s going to be a good weekend, have a great meal!) Visit www.brokefordwich.com.au

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Simply D'vine. Much, much more than a nursery. Café Now Open! The Hunter’s largest range with over 50 desserts, pastries & Handmade chocolates.

Open Monday-Friday 8.30am to 5pm, Saturday 8.30am to 4.30pm, Sunday 8.30am to 4pm, Public Holidays 9.00am to 3pm

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

319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale. Ph: 1300 958 850 www.saborinthehunter.com.au Closed 31st Dec and re-open 17th Jan

151 Wine Country Drive Nulkaba NSW 2325 Ph 02 4990 4291 www.simplydvine.com.au

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A Little Bit of Italy in Broke Nirvana Vista Estate

Hunter Valley Weddings And Accommodation Nirvana Vista Estate is a magnificent 54 acre property in the “Sweetwater” district of Hunter Valley Wine Country. On the top of the hill, with panoramic views, is the spacious 7 bedroom, 4 bathroom homestead, featuring 2 spa baths, billiard room, vast tiled living and dining areas, well stocked and functional kitchen, and wrap around verandahs. The “bridal suite” has a king bed, and its own en suite featuring a huge circular spa. The other six rooms have a queen and single, so the homestead can sleep up to 20 guests. We have an in-ground swimming pool and 8 person outdoor hot-tub. As well as providing short stay accommodation, Nirvana Vista Estate is a gorgeous wedding venue, with extensive well manicured landscaped gardens, a wedding marquee that can have up to 120 guests for a sit-down function, and a huge wedding pagola with 360 degree views for ceremonies. The homestead is perfect for accommodating the wedding party, and you have exclusive use and privacy for the duration of your stay at Nirvana Vista. For information, quotes and bookings, email mail@nirvanavista.com.au. or phone Dennis 0409461711. www.nirvanavista.com.au

Catherine Vale Wines Sat 12 and Sun 13 April 2014 10am – 4pm

• Italian varietal wines • Live music • Italian cooking demonstrations • Food and market stalls • Bocce courts • Classic cars and motorbikes • Saturday Night Dinner @Catherine Vale. Catered by Silvio’s, Dancing & Music $95.00 per head. Bookings essential 6579 1334.

656 Milbrodale Rd Fordwich. Ph: (02) 6579 1334 Website: www.catherinevale.com.au Email: wine@catherinevale.com.au

"The Vodka Place"

Makers of premium organic Vodka, Liqueurs, Schnapps and Gin. Sales and tastings available 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm Mention this

1686 Broke Road ad and get 10% Pokolbin off full price NSW 2325 purchases Ph: 02 4998 6737 e: info@hunterdistillery.com.au www.hunterdistillery.com.au

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

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

Open 7 Days A Week From 10am to 2pm Phone (02) 4936 1909 Email: vic@kurrikurri.com

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During the 1860’s, land settlement was extensive between Nulkaba and Pokolbin with wheat, tobacco and grape growing, the main crops. Coal mining was the principal industrial base of the Cessnock area for over fifty years. Changes in mining, including automation and the introduction of sophisticated computerised equipment, have lead to the closure of some mines in the area and this, together with the natural ageing of the population, has resulted in a decline in population in some villages over the last twenty years. The Hunter Valley wine-growing area in Cessnock City is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and one of the most famous with around 4,500 acres under vine. The vineyards of Pokolbin, Mount View and Allandale, with their rich volcanic soils tended by entrepreneurial vignerons, are also the focus of a thriving and growing

tourism industry. The town has a number of fine restaurants, guesthouses and galleries. The Convict Trail is a conservation project that is restoring the convictbuilt Great North Road. This is one of Australia's national historic treasures. Kurri Kurri is famous for its Murals, they are a wonderful expression of our history and region, and tours are available all year round, we have many coach groups coming into town to view these amazing outdoor artworks and are proud to be the biggest Mural town in Australia. There are now over 50 murals, making Kurri Kurri the largest mural town in Australia. New murals are currently underway.  Don't forget to look for the kookaburra in every mural, some are quite difficult to find. To book a tour, enquire about projects contact the Kurri Kurri VIC 4936 1909.

richmond vale railway and mining museum

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

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

Next to Chelmsford Hotel Ph: 4936 4822

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

OPEN FIRST THREE SUNDAYS OF EACH MONTH

For more information visit www.rvrm.org


March Exhibitions at CRAG Our latest exhibition Maps - you are here, is a unique display of embroidered maps from eleven of our finest female practitioners that runs until 16th March. This exhibition marks a revival of the craft of map embroidery, a popular pastime for women and children until the middle of the nineteenth century.Captain Cook’s wife Elizabeth was a keen embroiderer of maps and it was her depiction of the Western Hemisphere, held by the cessnock regional art gallery Maritime Museum in Sydney, that provided Reflections the impetus for this on the Hunter exhibition. This exhibition will be followed by Reflections on the Hunter, an exploration of the region by artists Brian Roberts and Shirley CameronRoberts. Join us for the free opening of Reflections on the Hunter on Saturday 22nd March at 2pm, or drop in anytime to view From 22nd March the exhibition. For more information visit www.crag.net.au

16 Vincent St Cessnock 02 4991 6619 e: info@crag.net.au www.crag.net.au

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Maitland Nestled in the lower Hunter just two hours north of Sydney, 40 minutes from Newcastle and 25 minutes from Wine Country, Maitland, Hunter Valley is a diverse location with a plethora of unique attractions, physical attributes,

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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”

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám: Work by Tallulah Cunningham

This remarkable exhibition combines two passions of the artist: that of sharing the Rubaiyat itself and that of illustrating the natural world. These exquisite illustrations are hand drawn onto two four metre length scrolls. They offer a visual translation, set for the first time in the Hunter Valley, based on the poems of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám, translated in the Victorian Age by Edward FitzGerald – a feat unto itself! From Newcastle Harbour, inland through wineries and agricultural plains, through the national parks and mining towns, detailed depictions of lizards and flowers endemic to the landscape brush shoulders with weed species and landmark buildings. In so doing they give new visual symbols to poems that have inspired for generations. The subject of Tallulah Cunningham’s PhD in Natural History Illustration at Newcastle University, these scrolls have been delicately made in Japan using traditional techniques. This is a rare opportunity to not only learn poetry through the fine arts, but to also be inspired by the extraordinary workmanship that has gone into their fabrication. Image: Moving Finger (detail) from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám by Tallulah Cunningham.

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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.


Post Office Box 22, Lochinvar NSW 2321 P: 1300 875 557 M: 0400 008 683 W: www.kiddicare.com.au E: michele@kiddicare.com.au

Call Kiddicare for all your Childcare needs: ✦✦ Mature, experienced, qualified Carers who are meticulously screened through the NSW Government 'Working with Children Check' to provide your children with safe, friendly and reliable care each and every time. ✦✦ Current Senior First Aid Certificates ✦✦ Professional Indemnity Insurance ✦✦ In Home Care - Nannies/Carers on a Casual, Part-Time/Full-Time basis, day or night. ✦✦ An Award Winning Agency, with mature, responsible and trustworthy staff. A service perfect for that special dinner, wedding, party, wine tasting & lunch or just break to relax.

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!

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Casual Classy Homewares  Fine Foods For Entertaining Quality Linens And Nightwear  Classic Furniture For Beautiful Living 437 High StREET Maitland 2320 Ph: 4934 2505 (Maitland’s most charming building)

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Morpeth

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

craftspeople have their wares for sale throughout the town. You will have the opportunity to taste locally made fudge and sip ginger beer. Fine fashion, teddy bears, art and craft, tempting treats to take home, beautiful jewellery, home furnishings and objects of interest, we promise that you will find them in Morpeth. A range of restaurants and cafes offer al fresco dining, river views, heritage surroundings and a cosmopolitan standard of menu. Grab a bottle of the finest wine available for tasting from the local wine cellar then select your café, even the most finicky of foodies will find something to their liking. Morpeth does have its own museum, a service that traces family names and shields, St Johns Theological college and is home to the beautiful St James church to name but a few of the significant buildings throughout the town. Just down the road a way is a structure of a different nature. The infamous Maitland Gaol is now open to the public, experience what it's like to walk in the footsteps of some of Australia's

most notorious criminals. Morpeth, the town, the heritage, the buildings and carriage ways make this a place to not only visit but make a regular event.

What's On in Morpeth

1, 2 & 16 March: Morpeth Historic Cruise 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. Upon arrival wander down cobbled streets to find colonial sandstone buildings with modern cafes, pubs, galleries, museums, boutiques, antique shops and local businesses.

Boarding at Lee Wharf pontoon, No 5 Honeysuckle Drive, Lee Wharf Adults $89, Concession $84, Child (up to 17yrs) $54. Phone 0400381787 or visit www.novacruises.com.au

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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 www.morpethwinecellar.com.au

...will take you there!

2 March: Morpeth Motorama A gathering for all motoring enthusiasts in the beautiful grounds of Closebourne House. Closebourne Village, 365 Morpeth Road, Morpeth. Ph: 0411 118 673


Grandma's Feather Bed and Teddy Bears Downstairs

ARE NOW ONLINE! VISIT OUR WEBSITE ON www.teddybearsdownstairs.com.au

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 info@teddybearsdownstairs.com.au

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

Looking for something fun and different in 2014?

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

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

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Gourmet Cheese Delicatessen

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

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

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

Shop 2, 129 Swan Street 
Morpeth 2321. Ph 02 49335233 www.gourmetorglutton.com.au www.hunterimag.com.au

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

of bushrangers, graziers, and other characters who inhabited one of the greatest Australian cattle and horse studs of its time. Have a look at the rare architect-designed barn built around 1867, and the gracious Colonial Georgian country house. Tocal Homestead is a very popular venue for weddings and milestone celebrations. Paterson has inspired many artists to pick up a brush to try to capture this picturesque Australian country town on canvas. Look at the many fine old homes, grand commercial buildings, museums, art gallery, pubs, cafes, parks and shops that contribute to Paterson’s unique style. 9km north of Paterson is Vacy, with rugged Mt George to the west. It is well worth a visit to the café, hotel, arts & crafts shop and general store for a taste of country hospitality, great food and quirky crafts. Travel over the Vacy bridge, circa 1898, to Bunna Bunoo

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

What to See & Do ■ Treat yourself to Sunday morning brunch at the CBC cafe. ■ Sample superior oils and preserves at Bunna Bunoo olive grove.

What’s on at the James MARCH 6 Thur - 9.45am 'Love is a Many Splendored Thing’ Down Memory Lane 8 Sat - 9am Flickerfest James Theatre - 6 Brown St, Dungog www.jamestheatre.com.au Find us on Facebook!

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

■ Experience Camyr Allyn’s inviting cellar door and beautiful surrounds. ■ Pack a picnic and head to Lostock dam. ■ Discover the valley’s many beautiful historic bridges and churches.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Gresford General Store, Durham Street Open: Mon-Tues 7am-6pm Wed-Thurs 7am-7pm Fri-Sun 7am-8pm ...will take you there!


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

Bistro at the Beatty

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: bookings@banjosretreat.com.au

19 King St, Paterson • Ph: 4938 5767 www.cbc-bedandbreakfastandcafe.com.au

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

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

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Easter Saturday April 19 Park St. East Gresford Races: 9.00am to 1.00pm

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Newcastle and the Hunter - March 2014  

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

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