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Newcastle and the Hunter info guide NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2015

The glorious colours of Christmas in the Hunter!

Arts & Antiques in the Hunter Valley

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

Creativity at the Port Stephens Community Arts Centre

② Cessnock Regional Art Gallery 16 Vincent St. Cessnock. 11am-4pm. Tues to Sun. 4991 6619.

See an incredible range of artwork and special craft pieces reflecting the skills of the region’s artisans. The Garden Café is open at the weekends offering tea or coffee, fresh home-made cakes and light lunches. Paintings - All Media • Pottery, Mosaics, Handicraft China Painting, Cards • Patchwork, Printing, Bonsai Paper Tole, Woodturning • Spinning, Weaving & Knitting • Creative Textiles, Embroidery All items are for sale and everyone can join the group activities. Just call in at the Centre for more info. Ph: 02 49813604. Open Daily 10am to 4pm Off Shoal Bay Rd, Nelson Bay (Back of oval, near R.S.L.) Port Stephens

③ Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery First St., Booragul. 10am-5pm Tues to Sun. 4965 8260. ④ The Old Brush Studio 187 Leiberts Lane, Brunkerville 02 4938 0288. ⑤ Mandalong Gallery 29 Little Valley Rd, Mandalong. Sat & Sun 9am-5pm or by appt. 02 4977 2316.

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Open 10am to 4pm 7 days. FREE entry. Garden café. Ph 02 4981 3604 Nelson Bay, rear of Neil Carroll Park near RSL

⑥ Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Cnr. Bridge & Williams Sts. Tues to Fri 10am - 5pm. Weekends 10am - 1pm. Mondays by appt. only. Closed Public Hols. 02 6549 3800

⑦ Upstairs Art Gallery, Murrurundi 71 Main Street. 02 5512 9112 or 0427 775 707 ⑧ Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Nelson Bay, at the rear of Neil Carroll Park near the RSL. 10am-4pm, 7 days. 02 4981 3604





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HERMITAGE ROAD ANTIQUES OPEN 7 DAYS We take Cash, Eftpos, Visa & Mastercard. Ph: 02 6574 7333 Mobile: 0411 731 880 E:

712 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin Find us on Facebook.


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

Open 7 days 10am - 5pm Newcastle's Largest Antique Centre 30 Stores Under One Roof Old Grocery Store Museum Buying and Selling Ph: 4926 4547 29 Centenary Road, Newcastle (First right through Civic railway gates)

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Always buying antiques & secondhand furniture

The largest antique & secondhand furniture warehouse in the Hunter 105 Lang Street Kurri Kurri. Phone 4936 1511 Open 7 days: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm • Sat 9am-3pm • Sun 10.30am-3pm

(Opposite Maitland Toyota – Parking at rear) Email


Christmas Markets in the Hunter From the Editor Hello and welcome to the November and December issue of the Newcastle and the Hunter iMag, your favourite print and online resource for what’s on in the Hunter region this holiday season. There is so many different events and places to see in the coming months during the run up to Christmas and the New Year. Check out our what’s on page on page 27 or log on to our website for a complete listing of local events in the area. Motor enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the Global Village Motorfest and Fair is on again in the Upper Hunter on Saturday 8th November at Muswellbrook showground. See page 16 for full details and take the family! Another date for the diary is Hunter Arts Network Art Bazaar on 29th November at Lambton Park in Newcastle. Check out the


details on our art trail on page 2. If you are looking for that special shopping experience, want to find the just right gifts for family and friends then pop along to one of the region’s markets this season. Details of all the markets are on pages 30 and 31 or on our website Whatever you do this Christmas and New Year, we at Hunter iMag wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you in 2016. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Contents Arts & Antiques in the Hunter


From the Editor


Coffee in the Hunter


Tasting in the Hunter


Regional Map

16 - 17

What's On in November & December

26 - 27

Markets Guide

30 - 31

The Olive Tree Market

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Coffee Shops in the Hunter

What is a single origin coffee? On a broad level the country of origin could define Single Origin. A coffee may be known as a Colombian or a Brazil for example. You can then complicate matters by breaking the origin down to a region of the country, the village, the estate or the lot (as in auction lot). It is generally agreed that beans produced in the following ‘Origin’ countries have a typical flavour - Kenyan is winey, Indonesian is earthy, Ethiopian fruity, citrus. Why do we blend coffee? A single origin coffee rarely offers the complexity required for Cafe style coffee, so we blend several

Real Coffee Your Coffee Retail Shop & Espresso Bar Specialising in Gourmet Coffee and Equipment including Bodum plungers and Professional Espresso Machines and Grinders for Home. Open 8 to 3pm Monday - Friday, 8 to 12pm Saturday.

Shop 6/25 Belmore Road, Lorn E: Phone (02) 4934 7463 6

origin coffees. The blend should be robust enough to provide flavour when drowned in milk and subtle enough for a shot of short black (espresso). By tweaking your blend by as little as 5% you can alter the flavour from bold enough to punch through milk to as flat in flavour as a chip with no salt. Is there really that much difference between the coffees? Not only is there a difference between coffees, there are distinct flavour profiles produced by the same coffee across different brewing methods and water temperature. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe (which has as many letters as pronunciations) is one of the few Single Origin coffees that carries itself across many methods including the drowned cafe drinks referred to earlier. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is equally at home in a French Press, Pour-Over and Cold Brew. Top Tip When blending coffee it is important to know what brewing method you are blending for. Like a good curry the individual flavours need to marry so no one flavour dominates. James Carter Real Coffee

Sabor in the Hunter

POKOLBIN Closed Xmas Day Open Boxing Day LOVEDALE Closed from 21Dec

Dessert Bar Barista made specialty Glinelli coffee and selection of teas. The Hot Chocolate is to die for - using warm, decadent melted Callebaut chocolate. SABOR LOVEDALE - Ph: 1300 958 850 319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale Saturday & Sunday 10am-4.30pm SABOR POKOLBIN - Ph: 1300 958 939 2342 Broke Rd, Pokolbin (at Lambloch Estate) Thurs 10am-4:30pm, Fri & Sat 10am-9:30pm Sun & Mon 10am-4:30pm

Freshness, flavour and quality are the characteristics that set Pukara Estate apart. Founded in 1999 by Bruce Eglington, who planted the first olive trees on a property at Denman, located in the Upper Hunter Valley, New South Wales. Since then Pukara Estate has established itself as a leading supplier of extra virgin olive oils, vinegars and gourmet condiments throughout Australia. The success of Pukara Estate’s products can simply be accredited to a few simple attributes - quality regional produce, innovative flavours and an aim to exceed expectations at every level. All oils and vinegars are stored and packaged on site to ensure

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

the freshest product is delivered directly to our loyal customers throughout the seasons. To add to the extensive offering of oils and vinegars, Pukara Estate have a range of gourmet condiments that include tapenades, relishes and mayonnaises made with our own extra virgin olive oils and vinegars, as well as a unique range of salts, dukkahs and savoury jams. Pukara Estate has five tasting rooms located around Australia where the full range can be experienced. Pukara Estate’s Denman Tasting Room offers a truly unique experience where you can find flavours to suit your palate!

Tasting in the Hunter

Pukara Estate

Producers of olive oils, vinegars and condiments that deliver absolute freshness, innovative flavour and consistency. Our range is testament to the creativity, passion and commitment of our entire team. For tastings and sales visit one of our Hunter Valley Providore Stores. FLAVOUR – OUR PASSION DENMAN PROVIDORE STORE – Ph: 02 6547 1055 1440 Denman Road, Muswellbrook POKOLBIN PROVIDORE STORE – Ph: 0408 144 149 Shop 5, Peppers Creek Village 1946 Broke Rd, Pokolbin Open 7 days

725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin NSW Ph 02 6574 7093



Christmas Markets

Growing urban and rural culture, breathtaking scenery, endless opportunities of retail therapy and dining options, history and monuments that have stood the test of time and the home of some of the most influential acclaimed music artists. Where, you ask, could you find all this and more? The city of Newcastle. The city, with its delightful mix of today’s modern and vintage scene nestled into a backdrop of rich history and culture, invites you to step into a world of beautiful white sand beaches, emerging scenes of Café and cuisine atmosphere and an array of both modern and vintage retail and art prospects. One of the most visited and most-appraised examples of Newcastle’s tourism industry is the surfing, swimming, sun-lover’s haven known as the beach. Newcastle is home to five of the most popular and pristine beaches, favourites among both the locals and tourists: Dixon Park Beach, Newcastle Beach, Bar Beach, Nobby’s Beach and Merewether Beach. These beaches hold numerous propositions for enjoyment, including kite surfing, rock pools and baths or even just a


relaxing swim or surf. The areas and streets of Newcastle have a wide and colourful array of cuisine options. The four main and most known areas in the food culture are: The Harbour waterfronts including Honeysuckle, Darby Street in Cooks Hill, Beaumont Street in Hamilton and The Junction. These areas all have a wide variety of dining options culminating from various cultures to suit any group’s or individual’s taste palette. Newcastle plays host to an ever- expanding scene of art galleries and new and upcoming artists, whilst still keeping the grander and spectacle of previous and recent galleries. The Newcastle Region Art Gallery, one of Australia’s leading regional art galleries also finds its home in Newcastle. This lively and exciting city, with its daily hustle and bustle and continual growth into the expectations and needs of today’s society, holds ventures and scenery that appeal to tourists and locals alike, proving to be an essential place to experience. By Aleksa Schofield

What to See & Do Discover the local beaches. Try the spectacular East Heritage Walk with a comfortable 1½ to 2 hour self-guided tour. Breakfast and boutique shopping on Darby Street. Visit the Newcastle Art Gallery which has the second largest collection of art in NSW. Enjoy dinner and live music at Lizottes at King's Theatre.

Newcastle’s Maritime Heritage Open Tues - Sun 10am - 4pm Guided Tours Shipwrecks  Art Educational Displays The Working Harbour Gift Shop  Functions

Visitor Information Centre The Maritime Centre, 3 Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle, open Tues - Sun 10am-4pm. Ph: 1800 654 558

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, > provide train and public bus timetables. Contact (02) 4928 9822 or visit

3 Honeysuckle Drive , Newcastle P: 02 4929 2588 F: 02 4929 5457 W:


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


Hunter Region Botanic Gardens Over 130 hectares of natural bushland, wetland habitats, rare and endangered plants and botanical themed gardens. • Visitor Centre - Gallery & educational displays • Gift shop • Kookaburra cafe • Wildflower walks/ trails Open 9am to 4pm 7 days 2100 Pacific Hwy, Heatherbrae Ph 02 4987 1655

Photos of Wildflowers by Richard Taylor CC by 2.0. Over 20 aircraft on display Sit in a real jet fighter

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Opening November 2015

Welcome to Quest Newcastle West Stay at Quest Newcastle West – brand new serviced apartment accommodation in Newcastle and the second property for Quest in Newcastle. Business or leisure travellers looking for Newcastle

accommodation will enjoy superbly furnished, fully equipped serviced apartment accommodation. Choose from 78 studio, one, two and three bedroom serviced apartment accommodation. This purpose built property is a great alternative to your traditional hotel, featuring kitchen and laundry facilities, separate living/dining area, LED Smart TV, WIFI, Foxtel, car parking, BBQ area, gymnasium and conference room facilities.

‘BEYOND THERAPY’ by Christopher Durang Come along on a journey to Manhattan New York in 1980 and meet a bizarre group of people; Bruce is a lawyer, with a brief, failed marriage behind him (and now has a ‘live in’ male lover named Bob).

Bruce knows that he is looking for more from life, and visits a psychotherapist, Charlotte, who suggests an ad. in a magazine and a date, where he meets the lovely, if slightly erratic and insecure, Prudence, also looking for more from life and also in therapy, with a sex addicted fantasist, called Stuart. Bob is not at all happy with Bruce’s pursuit of ‘happiness and babies’ with Prudence and, as usual, turns to his mother for help and advice. This racy kaleidoscope swings from comedy to absurdist farce as the characters become enmeshed in their own selfish search for satisfaction, most of this takes place in a slightly surreal restaurant. Restaurants are places where people often play out the dramas in their lives; trust me, I know,

I used to own two in London in the 1980s. The restaurant in Beyond Therapy is no exception, it is a crazy place where the waiters are more interested in one another than giving service. Director: Howard Rawlinson When: Fri 20 Nov to Sat 5 Dec Where: Newcastle Theatre Company, 90 De Vitre Street Lambton NSW 2299 Times: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Nights 8pm, Sunday Matinee 2 pm Nov 22 & Saturday Matinee 2 pm Nov 28 Tickets: $22 Conc. and $28 Adult. Group Bookings special prices.

Box Office: (02) 4952 4958 3-6pm Monday – Friday.



Cruising Newcastle & The Hunt NEWCASTLE DINNER CRUISE (3hrs) Jan-Oct: Adults $69, Concession $64, Child (up to 17 yrs) $45, Family 2 Adults & 2 Children (up to 17yrs) $186 Nov-Dec: Adults $79, Concession $74, Child (up to 17 yrs) $45, Family 2 Adults & 2 Children (up to 17yrs) $203 • Departs Saturday evenings 6pm standard time and 7pm during daylight savings. Additional cruises Friday evenings during Nov/Dec. Cruise, dine and dance aboard our new vessel “The Princess” whilst taking in the stunning back drop of Newcastle Harbour. Enjoy appetisers on arrival our gala buffet dinner and desserts accompanied by live entertainment with licensed bar on board. NEWCASTLE HARBOUR LUNCHEON (2.5hrs) Family 2 Adults & 2 Children (up to 17yrs) $143 • Departs every Sunday at 12 noon Discover the inner workings of the worlds largest coal exporting port and take in the sights of the vibrant and ever changing foreshore. Indulge in our buffet lunch of smoked and roasted meats, local seafood and gourmet salads. Have a complimentary cuppa with a range of petit fours for dessert. NEWCASTLE WHALE WATCHING CRUISES (2.5-3hrs) $60 Adults, $55 Concessions, $35 Child (3-17yrs) Family (2Ad+2Ch) $155 • Departs 10am Wed, Sat & Sun Jun - early Nov (Everyday during school hols) Join Newcastle’s most experienced crew on-board NOVA Cruises for an unforgettable ocean voyage and witness the amazing migration of over 20,000 Humpback whales passing Newcastle’s scenic coastline.


HUNTER RIVER DISCOVERY CRUISE (5.5hrs) Family 2 Adults & 2 Children (up to 17yrs) $197 • Departs 10am Sundays (except Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct) Marvel at the dramatically changing landscape on our return journey from the city hustle along Newcastle’s foreshore, through the Kooragang Wetlands and upstream on the Hunter River to the “Junction Inn Hotel” at Raymond Terrace for lunch. HISTORIC MORPETH CRUISE (8hrs) $89 Adults, $84 Concession, $54 Child (3-17yrs) • Departs 2015: Nov 13, 14, 28; Dec 12 Morpeth, situated on the banks of the Hunter River, was once the gateway to inland Australia and one of the busiest trade ports in NSW. Today you can re-live the historic voyage from Newcastle to Morpeth in modern day style and comfort with NOVA Cruises.

Nova Cruises

Our mission is to provide a beautiful shopping experience for all ages. Priding ourselves on old fashioned service and exceptional product knowledge. Styling ladies from sizes 6 to 26. Also catering for varied price ranges. If you are looking for a sophisticated dress for a wedding or a quirky day dress we have you covered. Positioned in a beautiful 1900 year old building in Tighes Hill, we have 2 storeys of beautiful product on offer. Open: Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 10am-5 pm, Thurs 10-6pm, Sat 10am-4 pm, Sun 10am-2pm

LADIES & MENSWEAR 15 Elizabeth Street, Tighes Hill, NSW, Australia Phone: 0249613909 Email:

Scan the QR code with your smart phone and visit our website


Lake Macquarie

Summer in Lake Macquarie As Summer approaches and the days become warmer, it creates the perfect opportunity to soak up those sun rays and embark on one of the many walking tours Lake Macquarie has to offer. Green Point Foreshore – situated between Belmont and Valentine, this foreshore reserve harvests one of the most scenic natural attractions. Spend the day enjoying a 7 kilometre lakeside stroll and enriching yourself with the history of the area, or challenge yourself with one of the other tracks that lead off the main trail. Don’t forget to pack a picnic as there are picnic area facilities and gas barbecues located along the trail. Wangi Wangi Point – this recreational track is the perfect place to take the kids and the bikes and enjoy the surrounding environment, taking in the lush greenery and 14

warm spring air. A perfect weekend activity for the whole family, there are picnic areas and two lookouts to see expansive views of the lake. Watagan National Park – the Watagans provides several walking tracks for both the experienced and inexperienced walkers. Take in the impressive rainforest surroundings, educate yourself on the Aboriginal sandstone groovings and discover several lookouts that provide breathtaking views of the extensive mountain ranges. For more information on the Watagans walking trails contact the Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre on 1800 802 044. Warners Bay Foreshore – commencing at Eleebana, this walking track follows the foreshore through Warner’s Bay, The Esplanade and Speers Point before concluding at Booragul. This easy walk will

What to See & Do Indulge in delicious cuisine while you take in the magical view at Warners Bay. Belmont has many entertainment venues and restaurants and the hub of all sailing and boating activities on the lake. Explore the sea caves at low tide on Caves Beach. Visitor Information Centre For your FREE Visitor Guide and Map, contact the Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre: 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea NSW. Ph: 1800 802 044 E:

entice all senses as you take in the beautiful lakeside surrounds, listening to the hustle and bustle of the foreshore and take in the wonderful aromas of the many restaurants and cafes located along The Esplanade. Caves Beach Walk – embark on this track to follow the cliff line along Spoon Rocks to Quarries Heads and from the moment the car is parked in the Caves Beach car park, you will be spoilt with spectacular ocean views. Also, this spot is said to be great for whale watching and dolphin spotting. For more information on Lake Macquarie and the Walking Trails, including free copies of the Walking Trails Guide, contact the Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre on 1800 802 044 or download the web app at

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



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


2015 GLOBAL VILLAGE MOTORFEST & FAIR Muswellbrook Showground - Sunday 8th November Great family event featuring around 250 motoring displays consisting of cars, bikes, boats and farm machinery of all era’s, new and old, anyone is welcome to bring anything to do with motoring along and enter on the day, if you are interested in it then so is someone else so come and display it. There are market stalls, trade stands and for the kids there will be FREE jumping castles and face painting, two performances by Dennis Murphy and his puppets, a Punch and Judy style puppeteer, Derek and Karen from the popular Crocstars will display reptiles. You could also take a joy flight with the guys from Hunter Valley Helicopters and food, coffee and cold drinks will be available from a variety of specialised and community group outlets. All this great entertainment for the whole family and entry for the day still only costs $2.00 per head or $5.00 per family. There is also a Dinner/Dance on Saturday 7th at the Muswellbrook RSL Club, featuring live Rock’n’Roll music by Jumpin Jukebox, with an appearance by Elvis, a two course meal, raffles and an auction of memorabilia. This years theme is from the movie ‘CARS’ so get some friends, family or workmates together and come dressed as your favourite Cars star or just smart casual. Tickets are only $50 per person and are available by phoning Geoff on 0407 247 998.



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


Kurri Kurri and Cessnock to Wollombi

Courtesy of Cessnock City Council and the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre © Peter Mc Neill- Natural Lightscapes

A rich wine growing area 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. 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 convict-built Great North Road. This is one of Australia's national historic treasures. 18

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.

Historic Wollombi The 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 aboriginal and colonial history, including the convict-built Great North

What to See & Do Visit the Richmond Main Mining Museum for a view into the past. Ride on a steam train at Richmond Vale Railway Museum. Take a guided tour of the murals at Kurri Kurri. Historic Marthaville Guildry Craft & Gift Centre showcases local art.

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

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 pre1860's buildings including the Endeavour Museum.


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Road, museum, and is reflected in the many original sandstone buildings and cottages peppered throughout the area. 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 friendly welcome to all. Wollombi is also home to Sculpture in the Vineyards (www., an annual exhibition of large scale outdoor sculpture which spectacularly transforms the village and surrounding wineries.


The Hunter Valley Courtesy of Cessnock City Council and the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre © Peter Mc Neill- Natural Lightscapes

Covering Pokolbin, Lovedale, Broke Fordwich Singleton & the Upper Hunter The Hunter Valley, home to some of the most acclaimed and distinguished wine country as well tainly announced its arrival and the last autumn leaf has turned, many of the Hunter Valley’s recognised reds, such as Shiraz, Sauvignon, Cabernet and Merlot are starting to tempt the Hunter’s visitors, as they experience the countryside or settle down in front of a fireside mantel. If the Hunter’s expansive and wide array of wineries appeals, the tours and tasting of the vineyards and wineries are a must. These tours can be travelled either by your own form of transport, as a group or even by horse and carriage. Recognised family names such as McWilliams,


Tyrrells and Tullochs are all a part of the fabric of the Hunter valley region. As well as producing high quality wines, the Hunter Valley also plays host to a wide variety of families who sell and manufacture cheese, chocolates and sweets and other means of fresh local produce. The Smelly Cheese Shop, Sabor In the Hunter and Hunter Valley Chocolates are prime examples of the quality produce made in the Hunter. The Hunter Valley also holds experiences such as antique shops, tours, day spas, golf, historic sites and museums, markets and the opportunity to trade travelling in your car for a horse, hot air balloon, bicycle, carriage, limousine or even a helicopter. With over 60 restaurants, 120 wineries and 160 accommodation venues, the Hunter Valley caters for all your food-fuelled desires and cravings, whether it be wine, cheese or chocolate your taste-buds dream of, the Hunter is the place to go. By Aleksa Schofield

What to See & Do Visit the vineyards or take a guided wine tasting tour. Take time to meet the makers in Broke Fordwich - the vignerons, the olive growers, the winemakers and farm gate producers.

POKOLBIN Closed Xmas Day Open Boxing Day LOVEDALE Closed from 21Dec

Spend the day in the Hunter Valley Gardens - over 25 acres and 10 stunning feature gardens. Visitor Information Centre Hunter Valley Visitor Centre, 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin 2320. Ph: 02 4993 6700

The Hunter’s largest range with over 50 desserts, pastries & handmade chocolates. Barista made coffee, gluten free range for Dine-in and Take away. SABOR LOVEDALE 319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale Sat & Sun 10am-4.30pm Ph: 1300 958 850

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

SABOR POKOLBIN 2342 Broke Rd, Pokolbin (at Lambloch Estate) Thurs 10am-4:30pm, Fri & Sat 10am-9:30pm, Sun & Mon 10am-4:30pm Ph: 1300 958 939

9 Guernsey Street Scone 2337 Bookings: Find us on Facebook VALLEY 2 VINEYARD TRIKE TOURS Food & Wine Tours, Corporate Tours, Party Service 0438 621 411


Homewares • Gifts Art • Collectables On the scenic route to and from the Hunter Valley. An eclectic mix of gifts, arts & collectables, new and recycled furniture, unique outdoor furniture & ornaments and locally made sculptures and furniture. Directly behind Jerrys kitchen "Kulnura One Stop" popular for great food and coffee. Wed - Fri 10am-4.30pm; Sat, Sun, public hols 9am-5pm

1154 George Downes Drive Kulnura. Ph 02 4376 1266

A true country experience - festivals, food, wine and wilderness

2016 Upper Hunter Events Calendar King of the Ranges......................... 25-28 February Blue Heeler Film Festival... April (school holidays) Upper Hunter Wine and Food Affair.............7 May Scone & Upper Hunter Horse Festival...... 5-15 May St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Day.......... 21-22 May Festival of the Fleeces................................ 11 June Aberdeen Highland Games ...........................2 July Merriwa Springtime Show................ 17 September Bottoms Up Festival ............................... 1 October Scone Literary Long Weekend .............1-3 October Greeny Arty Crafty Party ........................2 October Like us on Facebook @UpperhunterC #comeonup! #upperhunter


No visit to the Hunter Valley would be complete without visiting the accredited Hunter Valley Visitor Centre located just outside of Cessnock. The Centre rests at Wine Country Drive Pokolbin, at the same entry to Cessnock Airport; and is your gateway to all information about the Hunter Valley. The Hunter Valley Visitor Centre can meet your information needs when booking Accommodation, Tours and Experiences, Attractions, Tickets, Services, Dining, Wineries and Cellar Doors. Whether just driving through, planning a boys or girls weekend, a romantic getaway, or seeking something special to entertain the family, the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre can assist. The Centre is managed and operated by Cessnock City Council servicing the needs of visitors to the Hunter Valley, pertaining to Cessnock local government area and surrounds. The Centre has an excellent range of local produce, artisan products and Hunter Valley souvenirs available in its Gift Shop. Hunter Valley Visitor Centre Ph: 1300 MY HUNTER (1300 69 486 837) or 4993 6700 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin NSW 2320 Email: Facebook:

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Maitland & Morpeth

Jacaranda over rail bridge, East Maitland, Daughter of The King Photographer-Michelle Morgan Ward

Maitland - a picturesque and sophisticated city 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 many unique attractions, 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 24

service providers, unique guesthouses, eateries and entertainment venues. Maitland 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 or take an aerobatic or Tiger Moth joy flight, enjoy the local nightlife, or dine out in the many local restaurants . 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.

The heritage of Morpeth Not far from Maitland, Morpeth was once a busy river port and frontier town established during the late 1820's. Set along the banks of the Hunter River, the popular cobblestoned village is home to many local artisans and

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. Visitor Information Centre Maitland Visitor Information Centre, Cnr New England Highway & High Street, Maitland NSW 2320. Ph: 02 4931 2800. Email:

craftspeople. You can also taste locally made fudge and sip ginger beer, discover fine fashion, teddy bears, art and craft, tempting treats to take home, beautiful jewellery, home furnishings and objects of interest. 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 has its own museum, a service that traces family names and shields, St Johns Theological college and is home to the beautiful St James church one of the significant buildings throughout the town. Morpeth, the town, the heritage, the buildings and carriage ways make this a place to not only visit but make a regular event.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Maitland Regional Art Gallery has an award winning reputation, not just for its programming but also for its architecture. In September MRAG, as it is fondly referred to by locals, was announced joint winner Lower Hunter Urban Design Awards – Heritage category, shared with Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Many artists respond to the architecture of the building in creating artwork for exhibitions there, such as Heather Ellyard’s continuum – uncertainties, above and below which runs until 29 November, as does Olivia Parsonage’s soft scape patchwork cities on throughout November and December. Stephen King’s sculpture will play up to the building to dramatic effect when it opens on 5 December. Stephen King is perhaps best known for his work in Sculpture by the Sea both in Bondi, Sydney and Cottesloe WA, where he has been invited to exhibit for the past 15 years and awarded the main prize in 2013 for his work Fallout. King lives on his family property in Walcha, with farming playing a huge role in his work “the land seems to imprint something on what you are doing.” King states “Australia itself affects what artists do. Living with the land, you are a bit closer to whatever that is”. King employs humour and storytelling in his work to address the more serious questions about our relationship with the environment. As a grazier King has become interested in genetics and the continuum of life. Moving from carving into lino to using a chainsaw to sculpt logs; the land continues to influence his art. This exhibition looks back at 30 years of work and showcases the achievements of an artist who has quietly achieved prominence through commitment and dedication to his practice. Horse and rider III , stringybark, 80x70x30, 2012 Stephen King

Maitland Regional Art Gallery 230 High Street Maitland P 02 4934 9859 | FREE ENTRY Art gallery and shop open Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm Café open 7.30am - 4.30pm


WHAT'S ON or Glutton


31st October-29 November SCULPTURE IN THE VINEYARDS

Wollombi, Hunter Valley


7 & 8 November RELAY FOR LIFE

Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale For Life is a fun and moving experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Glendale community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.

Gourmet Cheese Delicatessen • Seriously Sensational Cheeses • Fine Italian antipasti • Olives & Artesan salamis • Gourmet crackers Australian and international favourites, we are passionate about our cheese Opening Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm Shop 2, 129 Swan St 
Morpeth Ph 02 49335233


Exotic Living at Affordable Prices Fashion Accessories, Scarves, Gifts and Homewares from around the world. Jewellery made to order by our in-house designer. Hunter Mall, 405 High St, Maitland Ph: 4934 6662 Just bring in this advert, buy 1 Pair Earrings and get 1 FREE storewide!


Leggetts Dr (Main Rd 135), Richmond Vale

See Santa Claus arrive by historic train, then walk over to the Mining Museum where he will meet with all the children. With Mrs Claus he'll give out balloons, lollies and activity bags. Great fun for all the family.


Rail Motor Society Depot and Museum, Paterson


Lambton Park, Newcastle see p 2 for details.


Speers Point Park, Warners Bay. The Lake Mac Point to Point is a 5km and 10km fun run starting from Speers Point Park in NSW to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute.



Pokolbin Celebrate the start of the New Year, 2016, with entertainment, amusement rides, fireworks display and our fabulous Lights Spectacular.


Central Maitland Riverfront, Maitland. Things will kick off at Central Maitland Riverfront with a range of children's activities. Taste buds will be tantalised by a variety of local caterers offering international dishes along with all the party favourites and live music will add to the atmosphere.


Tocal Road Paterson. Contact: 02 4938 5767 Paterson New Years Eve Celebrations is a family event with food and drink, stalls and fireworks. Come along and join in the fun and celebrations to bring the New Year in. Bring along a blanket or chair, watch the fireworks and have a good time. It will be a great atmosphere with lovely surroundings near the river.

11th – 15th December LOOK HEAR FESTIVAL

Newcastle. Since 2009 Newcastle's Look Hear has transformed from a series of casual design talks at a local pub to a collection of high scale events featuring some of Australia and the world's finest in creative industries. With a focus on art and design through to fashion and photography and everything in between, Look Hear embraces creative ideas and the people that make them happen. The aim of Look Hear is to inspire, engage and foster creativity and to nurture those who appreciate the imagination and its possibilities through a range of high quality presentations, world-class exhibitions, creative workshops, supreme live art and much more.

12th December WANGI CAROLS

Dobel Park, Wangi There is a great line up of entertainment with a pre show by Kahibah Funky Brass and Exploding Happiness starting at 4 pm when the markets kick off. Carols start at 6.30pm.

Looking for something fun and different in 2016? 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.


The Allyn & Paterson River Valley

Upper Hunter horses courtesy Muswellbrook Shire Council

Tocal, Paterson, Vacy, East Gresford & Gresford Just two and a half hours’ drive from Sydney, an hour from Newcastle, 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 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 28

up a brush to try to capture this picturesque Australian country town on canvas. The fine old homes, grand commercial buildings, museums, art gallery, pubs, cafes, parks and shops contribute to Paterson’s unique style. Vacy is well worth a visit 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. 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 area visit

What to See & Do

Taste the history...

Treat yourself to Sunday morning brunch at the CBC cafe. Sample superior oils & preserves at Bunna Bunoo olive grove. Experience Camyr Allyn’s 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 Gresford General Store, Durham St Open: Mon to Tues 7am-6pm Wed to Thurs 7am-7pm Fri to Sun 7am-8pm

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

19 King St, Paterson • Ph: 4938 5767

In the foothills of the Barrington Tops CAMYR ALLYN NORTH East Gresford, Hunter Valley Ph: 02 4938 9576

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

Dine in or take away. Bistro at the Beatty Open for lunch &

dinner Thurs to Mon.

Park St, East Gresford Ph: 4938 9451


MARKETS GUIDE 3 Peas Markets

2nd Sunday of the month at Teralba Public School, 9am2pm. Fresh, funky, creative & local. Unique stalls, fine foods & live entertainment. E:

Denman Farmers Market

1st Saturday of each month except May. 8am-1pm. Lions Pk, Denman.

Gosford City Farmers Market

Weekly every Sunday 8am till 1pm (Commencing May 3rd at The Entertainment Grounds (Gosford Racecourse), 4 Racecourse Rd, Gosford West.

Handmade Hunter Markets

2nd & 4th Sat of the month 9am-3pm. At Kevin Sobels Wines (Broke and Halls Rd), Pokolbin. Discover the variety and quality of 100% handmade goods grown, made and crafted by Hunter Valley artisans. Facebook https://

Healing Haven Market

3rd Saturday of each month from 9-2pm. This market is unique in the sense that it has been created around Wellbeing, Fair trade, Sustainability. You will find stalls to browse, fresh produce, entertainment, workshops, speakers, interactive children’s activities (such as weaving and yoga) and more. Held at Corner Ocean & Boundary Street, Dudley.

The Olive Tree Market Festive Dates! November and December will see four fantastic market dates of The Olive Market in the lead-up to Christmas. Nov 7th, Nov 21st Dec 5th and Dec 21st. Saturday December 5th will see The Olive Tree Market come alive at a Christmas Market Festival with over 180 stalls showcasing the unique work of almost 200 of Newcastle’s most Talented Contemporary Handmade Artists & Designers. Market Organiser Justine Gaudry said, “This Christmas we are encouraging customers to make a conscious choice to shop local and handmade. Give gifts that are made by with love by talented local artisans. There are also many well-known artists who only attend once a year with special limited edition work. It really will be a visual feast! Stalls at The Olive Tree Market Christmas Market festival will include: contemporary silver jewellery by Jackie Smallcombe, hand screen-printed textiles and home wares by Publisher textiles, paintings by Indigenous artist Thomas Croft, contemporary wooden food display boards by Houtenplank and modern ceramics in


Ph: 0416 776 032 Email:

Laguna Markets

Third Sunday of the month Open from 10am out the Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna. Jewellery, homemade and artisan crafted wares, plants, food.

Maitland Harvest Markets

Every Saturday 8am - 1pm at Maitland Showground. 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

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. 4962 5522.

Rotary Community Markets

Last Sat of month at New Lambton South Public School. New stallholders welcome. E:

Saltwater Market

1st Sunday of every month, Swansea Public School. From handmade, recycled to new & fresh. 02 49 720506.

Sacred Tree Markets

Every 3rd Sunday 9am-2pm St. Brigid’s Primary School, Branxton.

Japanese inspired glazes from Clay Canoe. Don’t miss the work of a collective of well-known local illustrators and printmakers. Discover fantastical Victorian-era inspired work by David Hampton and vibrant patterns and colours block printed and stenciled on home wares and accessories by Miranda Earle. A beautiful array of hand illustrated and designed Christmas Cards and Christmas Paper will be available from Blessing and Honour, Lauren Merrick Illustration and Teapealala. Don’t let it be said there is nothing for the guys! Cool handmade gifts for the men in the family including T-shirts with illustrated prints by Outside the Five, books with a difference by Growingbooks and photographs of the ocean by talented local photographer Nathan Henshaw. Stock up for Christmas with gourmet artisan produce including award winning puddings from Pudding Lane, olives from Riverflats Estate, Nougat from Nougat Limar, Organic Muesli from The Muesli Man and much more! There will be a daylong program of special activities including workshops and a fantastic music line up Visit for information on each market date and to apply to become a stallholder.

The Entrance Farmers Market

1st & 3rd Saturday each month 8am till 1pm, Memorial Park, The Entrance

The Olive Tree Market at Civic Park Newcastle

Newcastle’s Leading Contemporary Handmade Art & Design Market. Music, Gourmet Food and More! 1st Saturday of the month & 1st & 3rd Saturday of November & December. Civic Park. Newcastle.

The Olive Tree Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery Discover a curated line-up of 80 stallholders from Newcastle’s Leading Art & Design Market. Plus gourmet food & music at the award winning MRAG. 4pm-8pm Nov 28th.

Kurri Kurri Farmers Market Saturday 14th Nov and 12th Dec 8am - 1pm

Operating since 2003. Selling a variety of freshly harvested farm & homegrown produce. Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri.



Nov 1st and Dec 6th from 8am-1pm

Gourmet foods • Wine • Farmers Produce Novelties • Handmade gifts • BBQ




Single Vineyard Wines

CELLAR DOOR at Gabriel’s Paddocks 463 Deasys Road Pokolbin P 02 4998 7645 OPEN Thursday to Sunday 10-4pm

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