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Newcastle and the Hunter

Tastes at the Bay


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Monthly Markets Guide Hunter Street Markets, Newcastle 5 days every week, Wed - Sun 9am-3pm. Hunter St, Newcastle. Ph 02 99992226. The Olive Tree Market First Sat of every month 9am - 3pm. Newcastle’s handmade artisans market. Held at the Junction Public School and operates Rain, Hail or Shine! See p25 for more details. Ph: Justine on 0439 649 058. Cherry Blossom Markets 2nd Sat of every month at The Newcastle Harness Racing Club 9am-2pm, free parking and free entry. A unique, boutique, handmade market that has over 100 stalls. 4th Sunday of month at Lindemans Wines, 119 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin 10am - 4pm. Next market 26 Aug. Rain, hail or shine. Free entry and parking. Ph: 0406422099 Todd email Hamilton Clocktower Market Every Saturday 8am-2pm. Find us on Facebook or contact Kerrie Beer for further information on 0404 409160. Newcastle & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Market Last Sunday of the month Wickham Park Islington. 7am - 1pm. Over 230 stalls - Large variety. Hot food and drinks available. New stalls welcome. Ph Pat Burke 0413 333 165. Ph 4951 2666 (Mon & Thur 9am-1pm) Fax 4951 2633. Nelson Bay Produce & Arts Market  9-1pm on 17 Nov & 15 Dec: Magnus & Stockton Streets, Nelson Bay. This unique new market will showcase the best in produce and quality hand crafted items. No imports and most items are made by stallholders. Ph:  02 4984 4751 or Raymond Terrace Market Third Sat of every month at Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace 9am to 2pm. Free entry. Selling a variety of fresh locally grown produce and handmade products.
 Enquiries: 0412 721 723. Medowie Market Second Sat of each month from 8-12.30am outside the Bull & Bush Pub, Ferodale Road, Medowie. For more information please contact the Admin Office on 49829123. Toronto Market Days 1st Thursday of every month 10am-4pm. Discounts, displays, discover, stalls. The Boulevarde, Toronto Saltwater Market 1st Sunday of every month, Swansea Public School. Stalls range from quirky and handmade, recycled and retro, high quality and new, fresh and tasty. Ph 0424 402 150


Swansea Market Fourth Sat of the month. Quinn Park, Swansea next to pool. 7:30am - 12:30pm. Stallholders ph Val McCarter 4972 1705. Laguna Markets 3rd Sunday of each month from 9.30-1pm. All local produce as well as hand spun wool, jewellery, vintage linen, bric-a-brac, second hand books etc Phone 4998 8244 or see the website Broke Community Market 1st Sunday of each month at McNamara Park, Wollombi St. Broke. 8am - midday. Books, Bric-a-Brac, Local produce including vegetables, gourmet food, gifts and bargains. Enquiries: Eden 6579 1259. Gresford Community Markets Third Sun of each month, new stall-holders welcome. Ph: 4938 9488. Kurri Kurri Farmers Markets 2nd Sat of month: Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri 8am-1pm. Ph: 4937 2640. Gloucester Farmers Market 2nd Saturday of each month from June until 10th December. A selection of fresh fruit and vegetables together with olives, jams, honey, wine and other tasty foods! 8:30am til 12:00noon. When there is an opportunity, buy some fresh and tasty lunch to enjoy in the park! Ph 6538 5250 Maitland Fair Market First Sun of every month (except Jan); third Sun in Oct, Nov & Dec. Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, 8am - 2pm. Over 600 stalls. Australia’s largest and most successful regional Market. Ph: 02 4962 5522. Parklea Markets Newcastle Open Sat & Sun 8.30am to 4pm at corner Sunnyholt and Old Windsor Rds, Parklea. All the best Australia has to offer under one roof. Ph: 9629 3311 Morisset Showground Markets with poultry and bird auction 1st Saturday month Ourimbah Street, Morisset. Great mix of stalls including fresh produce, craft, bricabrac, fashion and much more. Enquiries: 4973 2670. Email: Morisset Mega Markets Open Saturdays and Sundays from 8.30am to 3.00pm. Off the F3 Freeway, Morisset exit. 3 acres undercover - 100’s of market stalls. Singleton Markets 4th Sat of every month at Singleton Showground. Ph: 6574 5390. Singleton Farmers Markets 4th Saturday of each month from 8am-1pm

held at Singleton Showground. Buy direct from quality NSW farmers and producers. Phone 4930 5159. Muswellbrook Markets 2nd Sunday of every month (except Jan) at Muswellbrook Showground 8am to 1pm. Home cooking, craft, soaps and second hand goods. Ph 02 6543 1141. Scone Country Markets 2nd Saturday every month. 8.30pm to 2pm outside Scone Visitor Information Centre. Contact Belinda 02 6540 1300. Scone Homegrown + Handmade Market Summer / Christmas Market Saturday 15 December 2012 - 8am to 2pm. Kerv Cafe, Liverpool Street, Scone. Enquiries + stallholder bookings ph Amelia Wilkinson, 0400099761, Denman Farmers Market 1st Saturday of each month except May. 8am to 1pm. Lions Park, Denman. Thornton Markets 3rd Nov in church grounds on the cnr of Taylor Ave and Gov’t Rd. 8am to 1pm. Huge variety of stall- craft, cakes, plants, bric-a-brac, jewellery and BBQ. For info: 4966 3335. Wyee Community Markets 2nd Sat of month, Wyee Hall Grounds, Cnr Wyee Rd & Hue Hue Road. Stall Holders welcome. Ph: Terry Prior 0412 783 296. Quirindi Quota Club Markets Second Saturday in the month at Rose Lea Park, Quirindi. Wide variety of stalls selling plants, cakes, honey, fruit, bric a brac, jewellery etc. For further information phone Jan Forscutt 6747 1490. Handmade in the Hunter Markets 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month @Kevin Sobels Wines (cnr Broke & Halls Rds) Polkolbin. 9am-4pm. Wide variety of unique items that are all 100% handmade and homegrown in the Hunter area by Hunter residents. Rotary Markets Last Sat of the the month. New Lambton Public School, Undercover area. New stallholders welcome. Contact: Scone Homegrown and Handmade Market 8am-12 noon. Next market: 15th Dec. Kerv Café, Liverpool Street, Scone. Over 40 stalls, variety of fresh produce and locally designed wares. Ph Amelia on 0400 099 761 Sacred Tree Markets Every 3rd Sunday 9am-3pm St. Brigid’s Primary School, Branxton. Contact:

Saturday 10th and 24th Nov

Cherry Blossom Markets

9am to 2pm

At The Newcastle Harness Racing Club Open rain, hail or shine on 2nd Saturday of every month. Free parking and entry Also visit new market at Lindemans Wines, McDonalds Road, Pokolbin on 4th Sunday of every month. 10am till 4pm rain, hail or shine. Free entry and parking. Ph Todd: 0406 422 099 E:

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

Stalls range from quirky and handmade, recycled and retro, high quality and new, fresh and tasty. Not just a market, it’s a local monthly event for family and friends to enjoy. Ph 0424 402 150

Nourish the soul

At the Junction Public School

Newcastle's Independent Design & Art Market The launching pad for over 100 creative minds

Saturday 3rd and 17th Nov 9am - 3pm Rain, Hail or Shine






A refreshing experience! 1st Sunday of every month, Swansea Public School

Hunter Region Markets

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


Hunter Valley Gardens Rose Spectacular

From the Editor



Hello and welcome to the November issue of iMag – your free monthly information guide for the Newcastle and Hunter region. Spring is now well and truly sprung and with it comes many of the outdoor events we all love to attend. What could be better than an afternoon in the sun enjoying the very best of what the Hunter has to offer? Here are a few of the many local events on throughout the region. The Hunter Valley Gardens will be awash with colour with the annual Rose Spectacular until the 15th November – a must see for all keen gardeners and rose enthusiasts. If you are heading up to the Upper Hunter this month and looking for something to delight and entertain Dad – then take a look at the Global Village Motorfest and Fair in Muswellbrook – a great value family event - one not to miss!

Tasting the Hunter

Markets Coffee in the Hunter

The fabulous Tastes at the Bay festival is on in Nelson Bay the 2-4th of the month. It’s a weekend packed full of entertainment, good food, great music, competitions and so much more and all in the beautiful setting of Nelson Bay Foreshore. For more information on what’s on in Newcastle and the Hunter this month see our website www.hunterimag. Be sunsafe! Don’t forget to wear a hat and sunscreen when you are out and about.

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Publisher/ Editor: Michaela Sorensen Phone: 02 4988 7246 Mobile: 0487 295 679 Email: Address: PO Box 240, Raymond Terrace 2324 Administrator: Angela Wyatt Graphic Designer: Liz French


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Bolwarra General Store & Café

And the Winner is...Oscars

Anoushka’s Cafe Relax in our quiet courtyard. Serving Gourmet Sandwiches and Wraps, Homemade Cakes, Slices, Jams, Pickles and Sauces. Gluten free bread and cakes including Diabetic fruit cake. Belaroma coffee plus a variety of freshly brewed tea in a pot (our tea doesn’t jiggle.) Open Monday 7am - 3pm, closed Tuesday, Wed to Sun 7am - 3pm. Breakfast all day 6 days. 22 Paterson Rd, Bolwarra. Phone: 4930 0988

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

Coffee Shops in the Hunter

Café & Restaurant Open 7 days 9am-7pm Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm Sat/Sun, serving breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Affordable prices, friendly staff with a takeaway menu. Shop 15, Hunter Valley Gardens Pokolbin Ph: 4998 7355

Anoushka’s Cafe is East Maitland’s ‘hidden treasure’. Anoushka’s serves true homemade meals and desserts, most of which are gluten free and seriously great coffee. Open Thursdays to Sundays 9am to 3pm-ish 9 Day St, East Maitland Reservations: Ph 4936 6867

319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale. Ph: 1300 958 850

Real Coffee

Club Café

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 1/25 Belmore Road, Lorn E: M: 0416 004 586

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


Tasting in the Hunter Pickled & Pitted Producers of fine Hunter Valley olive oils, vinegars, relish, chutney, pickles, mustards, metwurst, pesto and pasta. Open Thursday - Monday 10am - 5pm or by appointment. 67 Wollombi St Broke NSW 2330 Ph: 02 6579 1063 Fax: 02 6579 1363 Email:

ARTISAN BAKERY The only privately owned Artisan Bakery in a gaol.

At Maitland Gaol, John Street East Maitland Ph Carolyn 0408 305 445 or email 6

Garlic is coming out! Say it loud and proud! Garlic is loving the springtime and is growing tall and strong (see photo). By now, garlic should have 10 leaves stretching upright but then bending over at about half the length along. The bottom leaves may be already (or soon should) start to die off. This is natural and normal. It’s the plant saying “I don’t need to grow up any more, but I do need to direct my energies to creating the bulb”. Hence, above the ground, the plant will die off over the next month or two but, below the ground, the bulb will be growing and this will be a good thing! The best time to pick garlic from the ground is when about 6-8 of the leaves have died off. This gives as much time as possible to let the bulb grow big and full, without letting it over-ripen or split open. For more info, recipes or to contact us, please visit:

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Enjoying wine and other things

Beer as It Should be

Last month saw the first Lovedale Polo Championships. It was a great day, a sunny afternoon with beautiful horses and, of course, Champagne, Pinot Grigio finished with a rich Hunter Shiraz. The Adina team was the winner of the inaugural trophy. The boys had the incentive of a box of the Adina silver medal 2011 Shiraz - not sure if bribes are ok but it seemed to work. Here’s the thing with Lovedale - There is so much happening: Polo, music most weekends, the best dessert bar in the world, horse riding, a number of restaurants with breakfast and Champagne, Tapas, an annual long lunch and award winning wines like this month’s near summer focus: Semillon. Jancis Robinson, an English wine critic, reportedly one of the world’s leading wine writers, said: “Hunter Semillon is the best in the white wine in the world.” Semillon, with its honey and lemon aromas and its crisp clean fruit style is perfect with seafood. The lovely citrus aromas and low acidity makes it the perfect summer wine. In keeping with the Polo theme this month’s quote is a revamp of an earlier one: “ Water is for horses and wine is for man” “Drink Champagne when you are happy, Champagne when you are sad and Champagne to celebrate life and your friends to celebrate your death”

At Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co we are passionate about brewing according to artisan principles, and aspire to produce all-natural beers from the finest quality ingredients, with no additives or preservatives. Our beers are naturally carbonated which means that the ‘life’ in the beer is the result of secondary fermentation in the keg, rather than by forced-carbonation as is commonly used by the big breweries. We believe that natural carbonation results in a more flavourful, complex and interesting beer. To ensure the ultimate in flavour we do not filter our beers ‘across the board’ as is the practice with the big breweries. We strongly believe that the filtration process removes much of the flavour and goodness from beer – including nutritious vitamin B – and so we prefer to allow our beers to clarify naturally. The traditional method of priming the beer and letting the yeast work its magic over the course of several weeks may be slow and inefficient by today’s standards, but we’ll take it gladly if the end result is beer we are proud to brand as ours. The Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co. microbrewery is located at the Commercial Hotel Morpeth: 127 Swan Street Morpeth NSW 2321. Ph: 02 4934 5316. Find us on Facebook: Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co. / Commercial Hotel Morpeth


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

319 Wilderness Road, Lovedale Phone: 1300 958 850

Authentic Italian Home Cooked Food to takeaway 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


Tasting in the Hunter

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

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

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


Producers of Distinctive Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vinegar

For Chinese Food Lovers!

restaurant Lunch • Tuesday to Friday Dinner • Monday to Saturday WINNER: Best Chinese Restaurant in the Hunter for 9 years Best Chinese Restaurant in Regional NSW 2005 & 2009

02 4926 2333

326 King Street, Newcastle (cnr Union Lane)

THE HUNTER VALLEY CHOCOLATE COMPANY Hunter Valley Chocolate Factory - Located in the heart of the magnificent Pokolbin district – The original Hunter Valley Chocolate Factory & Fudge Factory is one of the areas popular destinations. To further the indulgence of your Hunter Valley experience we offer a tantalizing range of premium hand made chocolates, chocolate & fudge products. Open 7 days 9am to 5pm

One of the area’s most popular destinations

Specialising in beautifully boxed wedding chocolate

Elegantly wrapped for that someone special

Hunter Valley Gardens Village Broke Road, Pokolbin. Ph 4998 7221 Petersons Champagne House Broke Road, Pokolbin. Ph 4998 7301


Lovedale (Factory)

820 Lovedale Road Lovedale Ph 4930 7388

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Hunter Valley Snails The Australian Escargot from Snails Bon Appetite

Did someone say Macaroon? Exquisite Cakes by Lennert’s gourmet range of Macaroons are available to order anytime, or why not pop in and see us at one of the local markets, either Hand Made in the Hunter @ Kevin Sobel’s Winery 2nd & 4th Saturday or Cherry Blossom @ Lindeman’s Winery 4th Sunday of the month. Macaroons are available either individually or in mixed boxes of 6 for $16 or 12 for $30. With Christmas just around the corner now is the time to start thinking about those special little gifts and table decorations. This year we are having 3 different gift boxes, each lovingly filled with exquisite treats to savour, the biscuit box is perfect for those who love a bickie or two, the Christmas box is a selection of

exquisite treats generally saved for the festive season, and the Mega Box is for every sweet fan out there comprising of over 50 items it will surely keep anyone happy on Christmas day. Prices start at $25. Follow us on Facebook to be informed of our latest creative piece that we are working on which is our Macaroon Christmas Tree – available in 2 sizes to go on your Christmas table or the ideal gift for a macaroon fan. Pictures and details will revealed, just as soon as we have the OK from Santa himself. Orders for Macaroon Trees and gift boxes are being taken now and will close on 20th December. Corporate bulk discounts are available. Visit for more information

ails! n S r u o y d e e n We ...Call Helen Snails Bon Appetite Ph: 0419 291 866

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

725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin NSW Ph 02 6574 7093


November: Time to plant your Christmas flower display

Replace your spring annuals with some bright Begonias, Marigold, Petunias and Impatiens to give you a festive display of colour for Christmas. Plant trees, shrubs, climbers and groundcovers while the weather is so receptive to new growth. Plant your tropical plants & fruits now. Make sure to provide good drainage for palms and adequate shade for your ferns, creepers & orchids. Mangoes, lychees and custard apples are all best planted this month. Check your garden for erosion. A thick layer of mulch will help prevent this and protect any shallow rooted plants. There

are many different types of mulch, whatever one you choose will help combat erosion. Trim your wattles, this will result in an even healthier plant next year. Remove any scale patches on leaves by rubbing off or spraying with white oil. Don’t do this in the heat of the day! Liquid fertilise your green vegetables every 2 weeks. Lee Rowan's Gardenworld Pacific Hwy, Heatherbrae. Ph 02 4987 2302



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Boutique accommodation at Paterson Gallery A recent addition at Paterson Gallery are lovely homestay rooms available for accommodation at the Historic Paterson Post Office, located on the same lot as the Gallery. If you are looking for a place to stay in Paterson then why not consider a visit to this beautiful residence. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, accommodating up to seven guests, with prices from just $70 per room per night. All bedrooms are upstairs and feature great views of Paterson and the valley. Off street parking is also provided at no extra cost. Please call or email Cath Ph: (02) 49 385 632 Mob: 0435 180 141 Email:




Lone Surfer, Newcastle

Newcastle Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city which has everything from world-class surfing beaches, to the emerging food scene, Newcastle has it all. Explore and uncover the flavour and allure of the city’s streetscapes and waterfronts – each with its own feel and character. Five of the city’s pristine beaches are on the eastern side of the promontory. These include; Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle Beach, Bar Beach, Dixon Park Beach and Merewether Beach where there are swimming clubs, kite surfing, rock pools and baths, watching hang-gliders and surfing lessons. The Café culture is emerging with the most popular food areas in Darby Street in Cooks Hill; The Harbour waterfronts including Honeysuckle, Beaumont Street in Hamilton and The Junction. Newcastle is a city that embraces and nurtures creativity, and holds local arts practitioners in high esteem. Newcastle is host to a colourful and expansive array of art galleries, including the Newcastle Region Art Gallery, one of Australia’s leading

regional galleries. Much creative talent has originated in the city including the world-renowned band, Silverchair. Newcastle is all about the experience of different cultures and magnificent scenery. It is a place of attraction that can be enjoyed by everyone. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE The Maritime Centre 3 Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle (City Centre, open 9.30am-4.30pm Tues-Sun) Free call: 1800 654 558

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

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

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


Cruise into Christmas with Moonshadow Cruises GOLD WINNER Best Major Tour Operator 2012 Hunter & North Coast Tourism Awards! Moonshadow Cruises is the perfect place for your celebrations this coming festive season. Take in the lights and sights of Port Stephens or Newcastle Harbour as the sun sets. Enjoy appertisers on arrival, a gala buffet dinner with fresh local seafoods and Hunter meats (as well as vegetarian options) and tempting desserts. Sit back and enjoy live entertainment or dance the night away.

Port Stephens Harbour Dinner Cruises $69pp for the 2.5hr cruise on Wed nights. Departs from D’Albora Marina Nelson Bay. Newcastle Harbour Dinner Cruises 16th Nov- 22nd Dec. $69pp for the 2.5hr cruise on Thurs nights. Departs from Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. Newcastle Lunch Cruises 16th Nov22nd Dec. $59pp for the 3hr cruise which departs on Saturday & Sunday on demand with midweek availability for large group bookings. Specialising in dolphin watching, whale

watching, dinner cruises and Broughton Island Cruises, Moonshadow Cruises was WINNER of 2011 NSW TOURISM AWARDS for Best Major Tour Operator. The Moonshadow V vessel features 2 bars, three levels of outside viewing decks and a dance floor. All food is prepared fresh by our top class Chefs onboard the boat. Book today:(02) 49849388 or email

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

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Hunter Region Botanic Gardens Over 130 hectares of natural bushland, wetland habitats, rare and endangered plants and botanical themed gardens. • Visitor Centre with Gallery and educational displays • Gift shop • Kookaburra cafe • Wildflower walks/ trails Open 9am to 4pm 7 days 2100 Pacific Highway Heatherbrae Ph 02 4987 16 55


NEWCASTLE'S ULTIMATE CRUISING EXPERIENCE HISTORIC MORPETH CRUISE (8hrs) Departures: 2012 November 3, 17. December 1, 13, 29. Morpeth was once the gateway to inland Australia and one of the busiest trade ports in NSW. Re-live the historic voyage from Newcastle to Morpeth in modern day style and comfort with NOVA Cruises. Tour includes: cruise, devonshire tea, admission to museum, heritage walk guide booklet and local produce tasting served onboard (wines, ONLINE fudge, sourdough). BOOKINGS Adult $79, Concession $74, Child (up to 17yrs) $54 available

HUNTER RIVER DISCOVERY CRUISE (6hrs) Departs 10am the last Sunday of each month (Aug-May) and 10am the second Sunday of each month (Nov-May). A 6 hour expedition through Newcastle Harbour, the Kooragang Wetlands and Hunter River via Hexham to Raymond Terrace. Enjoy Devonshire morning & afternoon tea on each leg of the voyage and a Sunday Roast Lunch at the Junction Inn Hotel on the river bank at Raymond Terrace. Adults $69, Concession $64, Child (up to 17yrs) $49 NEWCASTLE HARBOUR LUNCHEONS (2.5hrs) Departs 12pm the first and third Sunday of each month (Nov-May). Enjoy a 3 hour cruise on Newcastle Harbour extending to the Kooragang Wetlands then anchoring for a buffet lunch in the peaceful waters of the Hunter River. Indulge in our freshly prepared Summer Season buffet lunch consisting of seasoned roasted chicken, smoked leg ham, fresh local king prawns, & selection of salads to compliment. Adults $49, Concession $44, Child (up to 17yrs) $35.

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


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An Absolute Turkey by Georges Feydeau. Adapted from Le Dindon and translated by Nicki Frei & Peter Hall. Directed by John McFadden Georges Feydeau, master of French farce, wrote a succession of popular 'boulevard' plays in late 19thC to early 20thC. An Absolute Turkey provides true escapist pleasure. Everything plays out at double speed spinning to a surrealistic climax of complications and demonstrating the hypocrisy of human behavior. No one will ever feel sorry for the characters as they thrash about, caught in a nightmare of entanglements, a group of aspirant adulterers, rampant egotists and females bent on revenge all converging on room 39 in Hotel Terminus. Newcastle Theatre Company, 90 de Vitre Street, Lambton from 17 Nov -1 Dec. Call Viv 3-6pm for bookings on 02 4952 4958. Concessions/Group Bookings are available.

Wander through the colourful and vibrant Civic Park, Newcastle on Saturday 1 December from 9am – 3pm and discover the work of more than 100 designers and artists. Fulfill your Christmas shopping at the home of the original Art Bazaar with unusual gifts and one-off pieces. Art Bazaar features a variety of premium handmade products including fashion, jewellery, accessories, fine art, photography, sculptures and homewares. Art Bazaar is the ideal platform for the community to invest in locally produced visual arts, craft and design, including professional practitioners, who will have their work showcased in a supportive and

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

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

creative atmosphere. Shoppers will enjoy meeting the artists and designers who have carefully created for the reputable event providing access beyond the boundaries of the gallery. The warm and friendly setting allows for stallholders to always be approachable to chat about their work. It is an affordable opportunity for both the public and the creative people of Newcastle and the Hunter. Enjoy the atmosphere of a world class Gallery and meet the Artisans of the Hunter. The Art Bazaars are FREE entry including demonstrations. Committee members volunteer their time to organise these great events and work to keep costs low for the benefit of stallholders and enjoyment of visitors.

Excitement and Real Ships Explore and experience the rich maritime history of Newcastle and the Hunter river, and learn about the Ports importance to the development of Australia. This innovative, world class Maritime Centre with the port as its backdrop, will transport you via a series of exciting interactive exhibits into the story of our harbour and the people & events.

Open: Tues - Sun 9.30am to 4.30pm

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



Events in Newcastle Nobbys Lighthouse Grounds Opening Enjoy sweeping views of the city and Pacific Ocean from Nobbys Headland. Nobbys Lighthouse grounds are open to the public on the first and third Sunday of each month (3rd November and 17th November) between 10am and 4pm. Entry to the site is FREE. East End Carnivale Come and dine out in Newcastle’s East End on a fantastic 7 course Degustation Meal brought to you by 7 local Restaurants, to raise money for the Soul Café. You will also get to enjoy 7 wines specifically chosen to compliment the food from the award winning Tamburlaine Winery. 11th Nov 12 noon to 4pm. Where: Under a marquee tent in Hunter Street, outside the Lock-Up in Newcastle East. $150.00 per head - limited to 200 people. To book phone 4926 1758. Payments can be made to LifeShapers.

Variety Santa Fun Run Newcastle There will be a sea of red, white, and smiles along Newcastle's Foreshore as hundreds of Santa’s walk, hop, skip or wheelchair from Newcastle Yacht Club, where there will be a free sausage sandwich and a soft drink, courtesy of

the Queen’s Wharf Brewery. The Variety Santa Fun Run is the perfect opportunity for you, your family, your friends and your work colleagues to make history whilst raising money for children in need! You must do it in a Santa suit which is included in the affordable registration fee, so no excuses for not getting into the Christmas spirit on the day! You can enter as an individual, as a family, team or with your friends. Your entry includes a 5 piece Variety one size fits most Santa Suit. 25th November 8am – 9.30am check in with a 10am start. $25 per person, $50 per family. Children 5 and under free and will receive a Santa Hat Dancing in the Streets Newcastle L!vesites continues to bring our local streets to life with their FREE outdoor dance classes; “Dancing in the Streets”. The evening of Sunday 20th November, will see Honeysuckle Promenade shaking and grooving with a colourful, high energy performance from Afro Moses and his ten piece band! Afro Moses is a multi-award winning international artist. Urban legend says that he was noticed by one of Bob Marley’s tour managers when he was a wee boy living in Ghana, West Africa. He later went on to tour Europe (and the world) appearing as a guest artist with the Wailers. L!vesites is an initiative of The City of Newcastle, Hunter Development Corporation and Newcastle NOW. For more information visit newcastle-livesites International Space Time Concerto The 60th anniversary of the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music will be celebrated with a cutting-edge event: The International Space-Time Concerto Competition - a dynamic, three-day international event from 30th Nov to 2 Dec, 2012 with a total prize pool of $50,000. Musicians from all genres include, but are not limited to, virtuoso classical instrumentalists, orchestral players, jazz, contemporary bands, electronic and new media artists. See the finalists perform at a free community concert to Civic Park on the evening of Friday 30th November, 2012. For more information visit newcastle-livesites

An Interview with Mark Stratford Major Tourism and Event Developer NSW Government City of Newcastle 1. What motivates and inspires you? People motivate me. I love helping, and making people happy, its very satisfying. I am inspired to be successful in my job by my family and by the love I have for Newcastle. 2. What do you do to relax? I love music, either listening to or watching live performances. I also like to read autobiographies about musicians and celebrities. 3. What’s next on the horizon for you? I am currently working on attracting some major international events to Newcastle. Our city has matured into being recognised as one of the world’s best festival and event locations. We recently won a global award presented by The International Festival and Events Association (IFEA). 4. What does it mean to you to be a Novocastrian? Novocastrians have been described as hardworking and genuine people. They are reliable, friendly and down to earth, and possess a never-give-up, nevergive-in attitude. I am proud to be a Novocastrian. 5. What do you love most about Newcastle? Newcastle offers a great outdoor lifestyle. I think we have one of the best coastlines in the world, which includes a wonderful working harbour and your choice of so many naturally beautiful beaches. It offers imagination, sophistication and a laid back surf culture it has all the services that larger cities do without the grief of crowds and traffic congestion. It also has a vibrant live music scene. 6. Do you have a favourite place to eat, a favourite watering-hole or place just to hang out? Favourite place to eat is Bocado’s Spanish restaurant in King Street. I love their Paella, Pan con Tomate and the Patatas Bravas. As far as watering holes are concerned there are so many good ones, favourites would have to include The Albion Ale House, The Clarendon and my local the Prince of Wales Hotel. For live music it’s hard to go past the Wickham Park Hotel and The Lass O’Gowrie.


Getting ready for Christmas... Extra Markets for the Olive Tree! An exciting two months is coming up at The Olive Tree Market with extra markets and the Christmas Market Festival! Olive Tree will have two markets this November- November 3rd & 17th! 2012 has seen The Olive Tree Market grow considerably with a new group of talented artists & designers joining the Olive Tree Community. The market now has over 120 high quality stalls representing categories including: printmaking, fashion, painting, illustration, home-wares, textile arts,

photography, jewellery, children’s clothing & handmade toys, woodwork and more! There is also a bustling gourmet produce section in addition to the delicious food stalls with delicious cuisine from around the world to enjoy on market day! December will see The Olive Tree Market’s Christmas Market Festival this December 1st! This is the biggest and most anticipated market of the year with more stalls, entertainment and lots of surprises! It is also the perfect

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opportunity to support Newcastle & The Hunters contemporary artists & design this festive season by purchasing unique high quality handmade gifts directly from the hands of the makers! There will be a second Christmas Market held on December 17th to give the last minuter shoppers the opportunity of buying fantastic locally made work. The will be a talented collection of local musicians and performers featured at each market. Including: Grace Turner, Jack Dawson, GeorgieRose Kefecek, Sorella Strings, Earthen Rhythms and more! Stallholder enquiries are welcome for the Christmas Market Festival and the November markets at: enquire@ More information on all things Olive Tree at: www.theolivetreemarket. or http://theolivetreemarket. See you under the Olive Tree!

The Hunter Valley Family Show

Friday 16th November to Sunday 18th November Tarro Recreation Area, Newcastle The Hunter Valley Family Show kicks off in style on Friday 16th November with a spectacular concert featuring Justuce Crew, Jessica Mauboy and Johny Ruffo. Gates open at 2.30pm, main show starts at 6.30pm with KaBoom Fireworks Spectacular at 9pm. Great things to do at the Show! • Bushwhacker Bonanza Lumberjack Show • Creating fun in your backyard • Live music • Circus • FREE activities for the kids

• Australia’s Got Talent Flair Riders MotoX stunts • Carnival rides and much much more! Over the weekend the show is host to a wealth of events and great Aussie talent – this family friendly event includes something for everyone, including stalls and displays, an animal farmyard, plenty of food and drink (please note this is a no alcohol event), face painting, lots of free activities for kids, live music and entertainment such as magic shows and Newcastle’s own professional troupe Circus Avalon. To add to the fun there are family and thrill-seeker rides and many exciting demonstrations like the Australia’s Got Talent Flair Riders MotoX stunts and the Bushwhacker Bonanza Lumberjack Show – a spectacle that never fails to leave the audience clamouring for more!

If that hasn’t whet your appetite for good family fun then you can always pop along to the Health Expo for some ideas on health and wellbeing for you and your family and friends. Raising money for Ronal McDonald House, this weekend of fun promises to be the family event of the year in Newcastle! For more information on juts how much there is to see and do see the website www. or to buy your tickets go to Find us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter


This Month in the Hunter Take time to smell the roses at Hunter Valley Gardens Rose Spectacular this spring!

Whats on in November 1st Nov – 31st Dec - Christmas Nativity Exhibition Morpeth Gallery, Morpeth 2nd-3rd Nov - Tastes at the Bay Nelson Bay. 3rd Nov - Catalina Festival Rathmines Park 10am-3pm 3rd-4th Nov - Bitter & Twisted International Beer Festival, Maitland Gaol 3-4th Nov Wollombi Village Country Fair 9.30am-1pm Wollombi 9th Nov Drumbeat St. James Church, Muswellbrook 6th Nov - Melbourne Cup Day 12pm to 4.30pm at Merewether Surfhouse 9th Nov to 26th Jan 2013 - Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens 11th Nov Global Village Motorfest and Fair Muswellbrook Showground 13th Nov 8pm - Caravan Burlesque Cessnock Community Performing Arts Centre 17th-18th Nov - Grand Southern Cross Model Aero Rally Luskintyre Airfield. 18th Nov - Gresford Christmas Fair East Gresford 24th Nov - Historic Movies Under the Stars Calicoma Hill Eco-Cabins, Carrowbrook 25th Nov - Newcastle Santa Fun Run 10am start, Newcastle Yacht Club 25th Nov - World’s Biggest car Boot Sale 9am-2pm Hunter Stadium Car Park 1st Dec Art in the Park Civic Park Newcastle


From October 15 to November 18 2012, visitors to Hunter Valley Gardens will be greeted by an incredible sensory explosion of colour and fragrance as they view 35,000 rose bushes with hundreds and thousands of roses in bloom as part of the annual Rose Spectacular. Garden enthusiasts and those who enjoy nature will be able to experience all the activities and interactive presentations about the history of roses and how to successfully plant and grow their very own. This incredible experience shows visitors that anyone can grow a beautiful rose garden with the correct knowledge. Tips on planting, treating pests and diseases, how to use fertilisers and pruning methods will all be addressed to show that roses are actually easier to grow than many other flowers. All you need to do is follow a few simple rules. Entry to the Gardens is $25.00 per adult, $15 for children between 4 – 15 years of age with children 3 years and under admitted free. For further information about the Rose Spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens visit or call us on 02 4998 4000

Heelers Community Tree Planting at Highbrook Park A Family Tree Planting and BBQ lunch to be held on 18th November - 1pm at the Tree Planting Highbrook Park Precinct, B.B.Q Heelers’ Clubhouse, Highbrook Park. Each tree will have a small disc attached to it showing the name of the person who planted it and the date planted. Highbrook Park has been home to the Heelers for many years and it is our aim to assist in making the area attractive for the years to come. Ph: Tim Pike 6543 3277, Planting Coordinator Kevin Doherty 65412 012
 Cost: $25.00 per Tree (Adults), $5.00 per Tree (School Children), $5.00 per person (of all ages) for the B.B.Q

St James Anglican Church Morpeth Advent Procession St James’ will welcome the season of Advent with a joyous celebration of Favourite Advent carols on Suinday 2nd December at 4.30pm with our Advent Procession. This service is part of the long tradition in the English Church of vivid Advent services, whose purpose is to help us as we prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and for his coming in glory. Much of the service is drawn from ancient sources. One of the year's most dramatic services; the procession moves from darkness to light whilst words and music focus on the Advent themes of life and death, time and eternity, judgement and healing. Admission is free, and will be followed by a light supper. ALL WELCOME

Titillate Your Tastebuds at Tastes at the Bay November 2-4 For twelve years Tastes at the Bay has been providing visitors to the region an amazing sampling of local food great wine and fine jazz entertainment. This year you can titillate your tastebuds with fine Hunter and Regional NSW wines, amazing cooking samples from local vendors and enjoy the fine food of a range of gourmet stalls including fantastic local produce. This year enjoy free entertainment on 5 stages with artists including Wizard and Oz, Half Nelson and Jan Preston, kids can let lose at the dedicated Kidz Zone stage with Clown and animal shows, musical performances and more. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and free wine appreciation classes with fifth generation wine maker Stephen McWilliams presented by the McWilliams wine academy. With 16 wineries participating in the event, including Mt Pleasant Wines, Peppertree Wines, Constable Estate, Briar Ridge, Allandale Wines, Wynwood Estate, Peterson’s and Peterson’s House, and more this year this is one event that is sure to get your senses satisfied. In 2012 Tastes at the Bay is supported by Tourism NSW as a Regional Flagship Event, Sponsor include Port Stephens Council, d’Albora Marinas, Mt Pleasant Wines, Murrays Brewery and KOFM.

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Silent Films come to James Theatre Remember the days of Silent Films? Come and relive that experience or enjoy it for the first time at the historic James Theatre, 6 Brown St, Dungog on Saturday 17 November ‘Australia’s silent film Festival’ and the ‘Friends of the James Theatre’ are delighted to present Silent Films with Live Music @ 2pm Comedy Classics: Charlie Chaplin in The Adventurer Charley Chase in Mighty Like a Moose Buster Keaton in Cops @$4.30pm Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail Ticket Prices $15 per session or Festival Pass to both sessions with afternoon tea $35 Tickets available from Dungog Newsagency & Visitor Information Centre or phone Liz on 02 4992 3825 or Robert on 02 4995 9399. James Theatre is only a short walk from the railway station - come and experience the charm and friendliness of a country town. You will be supporting efforts to rejuvenate the historic James Theatre and keep films screening and community events happening there.


Lake Macquarie

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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With summer and the silly season almost upon us, things are really heating up this month in Lake Macquarie, including the warm weather. Lake Macquarie’s largest community festival starts November off with a bang. The annual Catalina Festival at Rathmines celebrates Lake Macquarie’s rich war history at the former site of the largest flying boat base in the Southern Hemisphere. The festival involves flyovers from various aircraft including the RAAF Roulettes, market stalls, live entertainment, historical displays, kids activities and of course, the famous Catalina Seaplane. Popular weekly event Music in the Podium also makes its return this month to the Warners Bay Foreshore. Held every Friday night until the end of March, bring along a picnic rug and relax by the lake with some great live music for company. Best of all, it’s free. Lake Macquarie is Australia’s 8th largest city, but you wouldn’t know it visiting. Lacking a traditional CBD, the area comprises of small town centres and villages spread across the stunning coastal environment. The region’s namesake forms a stunning water centrepiece; at twice the size of Sydney Harbour the lake supports a diverse range of marine life and many recreational activities, including boating, fishing, watersports, kayaking and swimming. For more information on Lake Macquarie’s beaches, and to obtain your FREE copies of our Visitor Publications, contact the Lake Macquarie Visitor Centre: 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea NSW

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What to See & Do Catalina Festival Saturday 3 November, 10am – 3pm Rathmines Park – Stilling Street, Rathmines Celebrate Lake Macquarie’s rich war history with flyovers from various aircraft including the RAAF Roulettes, market stalls, live entertainment, historical displays, kids activities and the famous Catalina Seaplane. $5 per adult Music in the Podium Weekly, Friday 6pm – 9pm Warners Bay Foreshore – The Esplanade, Warners Bay BYO picnic rug or chairs and enjoy the sunset over the lake, accompanied by live music from a different local band each week. This is a FREE event!

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 228-234 Pacifc Highway, Swansea Ph: 4921 0740 Freecall: 1800 802 044

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1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month 10am-4pm Quality handmade and unique products and/or produce to complement our vibrant village Free parking available all day at LMCC car park levels 6 & 7

Stall Holders Encouraged! Cost is $11 per month (subject to change) Cost includes a business profile on and full Chamber member offers and benefits Must have current Public Liability Insurance up to 20,000,000 and be a registered business.


The BEST way to visit the Hunter Valley Wineries Hop aboard the BEST TOUR bus and join a small group tour, showing you the beautiful Hunter Valley Wine country and tasting some of the best wines that the Hunter has to offer. BEST TOUR is family owned and operated, and has been giving the BEST escorted small group tours of the Hunter Valley Vineyards since 2001. Your driver guide is friendly, flexible and knowledgeable. Your tour bus is modern, airconditioned and has adjustable seating.

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MANDALONG GALLERY Lake Macquarie Premier Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery Presenting Quality Investment Paintings, Pottery & Glassware. Works from the famous Petyarre sisters, Ronnie Tjampinjimpa, George Ward, Lilly Kelly, Dorothy Napangardi, Gabriella Possum, Minnie Pwerle and many more.

Open: Sat & Sun 9am - 5pm or by appointment 29 Little Valley Rd Mandalong (5 mins from Morisset F3 Interchange)

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Lake Macquarie Natural Memorial Reserve The recently opened environmentally-conscious natural burial and cremation area is a first for the Lake Macquarie-Hunter region. Lake Macquarie Memorial Park’s Natural Burial Reserve fosters the sustainable use of land and features native vegetation.

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Win with iMag! Monthly iMag is 20 years old this year and to celebrate we are running a huge prize giveaway competition over the next 7 months. There are heaps of amazing must-have prizes to be won. The total prize pool is worth around $9000! All you need to do is log on, tell

us how you read your copy of the iMag and you will be automatically entered into the prize draw. We have a fantastic prize to giveaway each month from now until New Year PLUS! each entrant will be entered into our Grand Prize Draw on December 31st to win a luxury holiday for four in the Hunter Valley courtesy of

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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).

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


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

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

Maitland Airport 604 New England Highway Rutherford


Wollombi Main Street © John L Coombes Photography

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

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

Defiance Sculpture Park at The Gate Gallery The Gate Gallery and Defiance Gallery, run by Campbell Robertson-Swann and Lauren Harvey, have established a permanent sculpture park of national significance. Forty outdoor works by prominent and emerging Australian sculptors are placed throughout the beautiful gardens of The Gate Gallery. Visitors will be able to enjoy wine tasting at The Gate Gallery during Gallery opening hours. All exhibition openings at The Gate Gallery, Wollombi and Defiance Gallery, Sydney are sponsored by Noyce Brothers Wines. The Gate Gallery 2480 Wollombi Road Wollombi Ph: (02) 4998 3370 Gallery hours: Fri - Sun 10am - 3pm or by appt. Sculpture Park open daily.

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

What’s On November Wollombi Valley Country Fair: 3 - 4 Nov A weekend of local market stalls, wine tasting, street & musical entertainment, the spectacular Lantern Parade throughout the Village culminating in a bonfire & light show. Melbourne Cup Luncheon: 6 Nov At the Wollombi Tavern. Valley Artists presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged): limited season from 9 Nov At Laguna Hall. Three men, one dead playwright & 37 plays all condensed into 90 minutes of high speed, over the top hilarity. Tickets are limited & on sale through Valley Artists. Laguna Markets: Sunday 18 Nov Old Northern Trading Post, Laguna Ph: 02 4998 8244. Veggies, free range eggs, fruit, herbs, plants, flowers, olive oil, preserves, lavender products, as well as: woollens, jewellery, vintage linen, bric-abrac, secondhand books, and more. Sculpture In The Vineyards: Nov Runs throughout Nov along the Wollombi Wine Trail. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook at Wollombi Valley Tourism


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

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

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

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

2971 Payne’s Crossing Road Ph: 0419 997 434 Open every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 9am - 4pm. As well as Chardonnay, Shiraz, Rose & Fortified wines, we specialize in Limoncielo, Dolzetto, Amaroe, Caffé, Chocolatte and Passione liqueurs, and also have a variety of seasonal liqueurs and a range of Digestive liqueurs. Tastings available at the Cellar Door License no 24014169

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The perfect country escape

We cater for 8-25 people on a beautiful 100 acre property A relaxing, inexpensive retreat with plenty to do for all the family Please visit our website for more detailed information and don’t forget to like us on facebook. www.wollombi 02 4998 3221 2674 Paynes Crossing Rd Wollombi NSW

Cellar Door: Grays Inn 2884 Wollombi Road, Wollombi Our Cellar Door is in a beautiful Georgian building in the centre of the historic Wollombi Village. Whilst escaping to the Wollombi Valley, enjoy lovely and distinctive Hunter wines including wonderful semillon, shiraz, verdelho, chardonnay, and sparkling, all made from grapes grown in our Wollombi vineyards.


Hunter Valley Gardens

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

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

9th November – 26th January 2013 Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens A wonderful experience for the whole family to enjoy, the Gardens will be alive with colour every night. Displays of over a million lights, plus festive food, beverages, children's entertainment and, of course, Santa!

Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens

Wine Country Visitors Centre   455 Wine Country Road, Pokolbin

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

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What to See & Do

November 18, 10am-4pm Cherry Blossom Markets at Lindemans Estate Lindermans Estate, Pokolbin. The fourth Sunday of every month marks Lindemans Estate Market Day,

‘the first and last stop on your visit to the hunter’

a marketplace full of the gorgeous handmade and unique and boutique products. Surround yourself with talented designers as they showcase their wonderful products. www. December 1, 2012 3pm-10pm George Michael at Hope Estate George Michael triumphantly returns to Australia in November and December 2012, with his Symphonica Tour. unmistakeably George Michael, but not as we've ever known him. Experience the concert in style with a Hope Estate Hospitality packages, available on Ticketek.

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

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

Hands on Pasta & Sushi Classes

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

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

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


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Great Coffee • Fresh Local Produce • Wood fired Pizza Oven • Sweet Treats • Wine by the Glass or Bottle • Indoor and Outdoor Dining • Children's Menu • Lindeman's Cellar Door

Alpaca Barn

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

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

Ph: 02 4998 7355 Fax: 02 4998 7135

1843 Café is a dedication to our founder, Dr Henry John Lindeman who established his first vineyard at Cawarra in 1843. Café 1843 is the must visit destination to share hearty wholesome food, beautiful wine and moments of happiness with family & friends.

Lindeman's Wines 119 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320 T: 02 4993 3711 F: 02 4993 7324 E: W:

OPEN DAILY 10am - 4pm

(Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day & Good Friday)

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

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At James Estate, we enjoy the simple life...smiles, laughs, friends and fresh air... wine is a bonus!

Take t he op p o r t u n i t y t o s e e Hu n te r Va lle y Gardens ro s e s a l l i n b l o o m th ro u g h o u t t he annual R o s e S p e c t a c u l ar. • 10:30 am – Rose Garden The Story of the Rose

• 11:30 am – Rose Garden Hunter Valley Gardens Rose Talk

• 12:00 pm – Rose Garden The Story of the Rose

• 2:30 pm – Amphitheatre The History of Hunter Valley Gardens

15 O C T to 18 NO V 2012

G ARDEN O P E N S From 9am daily – Admission charges apply.

02 4998 4000 ~ ~ Broke Road Pokolbin


Kurri Kurri Mural - 'Bullocky'

Cessnock & Kurri Kurri Cessnock is a sub-region of the Hunter Valley, 120 kilometres north of Sydney, 40 kilometres west of Newcastle and 30 kilometres from the coast. Pastoralists commenced settling the land in the 1820’s. The township of Cessnock developed from 1850, as a service centre at the junction of the Great North Road, with branches to Black Creek (Branxton) and Maitland. During the 1860’s, land settlement was extensive between Nulkaba and Pokolbin with wheat, tobacco and grape growing, the main crops. Coal mining was the principal industrial base of the Cessnock area for over fifty years. Changes in mining, including automation and the introduction of sophisticated computerised equipment, have lead to the closure of some mines in the area and this, together with the natural ageing of the population, has resulted in a decline in population in some villages over the

last twenty years. Consequently many areas have undergone a change in character, with rural residential housing development and weekend retreats becoming popular. The Hunter Valley wine-growing area in Cessnock City is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and one of the most famous with around 4,500 acres under vine. The vineyards of Pokolbin, Mount View and Allandale, with their rich volcanic soils tended by entrepreneurial vignerons, are also the focus of a thriving and growing tourism industry. The town has a number of fine restaurants, guesthouses and galleries. The Convict Trail is a conservation project that is restoring the convictbuilt Great North Road. This is one of Australia's national historic treasures.

cessnock regional art gallery

THEREABOUTS: Until 18th November, the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery will present a collection of landscape paintings by Central Coast artist Robyn Bellamy.   Robyn's painting is the product of intense observation of her immediate environment, from the coastal fringe near her home at Pearl Beach, the Hawkesbury River and central Australia to the countryside of Italy, Spain and France. 


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LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS BY ROBYN BELLAMY 19 October - 18th November 2012 16 Vincent St Cessnock 02 4991 6619 e:


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

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

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The central focus of her work is the role of nature and humankind's position in it, with mood and atmosphere created through the interplay of light and shadow, tone and colour. Roadways twist

and taper off into an unknown future where rooftops and buildings impose themselves upon rural backgrounds at differing stages of domestication.  This is a substantial exhibition of over sixty works, ranging in size from classical miniatures to large canvases, and is sure to delight audiences from across the region.  HOME: From 23rd November, an exhibition by four sculptors: Tammie Castles, Melissa Laird, Jane Theau and Mandy Pryse-Jones.  These artists won the 2011 Sculpture in the Vineyards Cessnock Regional Art Gallery prize.  Together they explore and question the concept of home, using installation and sculpture to look beyond the surface of the material and immaterial structures in their lives.

‘Santa Special’ at Richmond Vale Railway Museum See “Santa Claus” arrive by train at the Santa Special at Richmond Vale Railway Museum, to be held on Sunday 18th November. With his helpers he’ll distribute balloons, lollies and activity bags. Free full sized train rides are available after entry payment. The Croc Stars Reptile Show will begin at 1.30pm. Children’s activities will be held during the day. Miniature train rides with Thomas the Tank engine will be available ( extra fee required). Gates open at 10.00 am and Santa arrives around noon. Entry fees are Adults $15; Concession $10; Children (10-15 Years) $7. Children under 10 are free. For the big kids (over 18s only) there is the adult Santa night. This will be held on Saturday 24th November. Tickets are $20 per person and are available


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

Open 7 Days A Week From 10am to 2pm Phone (02) 4936 1909 Mural Tour bookings and information on local attractions

Kurri Kurri are proud of our Murals - which now number 52 We welcome visitors to see the colourful artworks. Call now to book your tour 4936 1909

by phoning 40010197. Park at the old Pelaw Main Colliery and catch the train to the old Richmond Main Colliery. Santa will join you in the Board Room for Christmas nibbles, music and dancing. Dress up in your best

Christmas gear and bring your own drinks for a Yuletide night out with a difference. For more information see our website www.richmondvalerailwaymuseum. org or phone 40010197.

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


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Grant Street, Maitland © Paul Foley Lightmoods

Maitland Nestled in the lower Hunter just two hours north of Sydney, 40 minutes from Newcastle and 25 minutes from Wine Country, Maitland, Hunter Valley is a diverse location with a plethora of unique attractions, physical attributes, accommodation options, shopping and dining opportunities which will appeal to all looking for a special place in the Hunter. A stunning blend of “funky heritage” and contemporary style, Maitland, Hunter Valley encapsulates the best of the past and the present. The street scapes of Maitland and surrounds are lined with historical buildings dating from the early 1800s, there are picturesque rural views from a multitude of vantage points and a relaxed environment to enjoy. In stark contrast Maitland is also host to an array of stylish boutiques, pampering service providers, unique guesthouses, eateries and entertainment venues. There is something for everyone within Maitland, Hunter Valley. Enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh locally grown produce, speciality wines and a walking tour of the heritage landscape. Whilst others may choose a faster pace taking an aerobatic or Tiger Moth joy flight, immersing themselves in the local nightlife, sampling a series of local restaurants and cocktails. Discover local indigenous history

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 ■ Visit the 135 hectare Hunter Botanic Gardens at Heatherbrae. ■ Maitland Gaol is open for tours, a fascinating, thought provoking site.

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

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Bringing the creative best to Maitland

[above] Lionel Bawden, Trance-muter, 2011, coloured Staedtler pencils, epoxy, incralac on perspex shelf, form: 32 x 26 x 7.5 cm, shelf: 7.5 x 30 x 30 cm © courtesy of the artist and Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne. Photo: Craig Bender



Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) along with Maitland City Council is showcasing some of Australia’s most successful visual artists. Inspiring artists: recipients of the Pat Corrigan Artists’ Grant is an exhibition which looks at the long term positive and in some cases dramatic effects on artists who early in their careers were the recipients of small grants. For fifteen years more than one thousand artists were awarded with a Pat Corrigan Artists’ Grant. The grant scheme, managed and promoted by NAVA (the National Association for the Visual Arts), assisted artists in the early stages of their artistic careers, subsidising the costs of public presentation of their visual arts, crafts and design work. Many of the grant recipients have gone on to achieve national and international success as artists. This exhibition is a small selection of Pat Corrigan Artists’ Grant recipients. Pat Corrigan is still a patron of NAVA and also one of two MRAG Patrons. Awards such as this, although not huge in monetary value, provide needed encouragement and boost an emerging artists confidence, provides validation and inspiration to continue in a profession which provides rewards in unique and unusual ways. Many of the artists went on to develop substantial artistic and creative careers contributing to the long term cultural Australian landscape. The artists represented in the exhibition include Lionel Bawden, Nike Savvas, Patricia Piccinini, and includes local artists Brett Alexander Braddon Snape, Michelle Brodie and Nell who recently reatured in a solo show at MRAG. The exhibition runs from 9 November 2013 – 17 February 2013 with the opening celebration 17 November - everyone is welcome and entry is free.

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

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

26 October – 9 December 2012

LOOK CLOSELY NOW Things are not quite what they seem in this exhibition. Drawn from an international field of artists – Susan Collis, Bill Culbert, Honor Freeman, Mandy Gunn, Maria Kontis, Otto Künzli, Ken O’Regan, Tim Silver, Niomi Sands, Alexander Seton, Emma White and Jason Wing – these artworks confound, surprise and enchant.

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

② Cessnock Regional Art Gallery 16 Vincent St. Cessnock Open: 10am-4pm Tues to Sat, 12 noon - 4pm Sun. Ph. 02 4991 6619. ③ Defiance Sculpture Park at The Gate Gallery 2480 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi Open: 10am-3pm or by appt. Ph 02 4998 3370

A gallery project curated by Meryl Ryan

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

SURFACE SEEKING The surfaces of artworks can be as compelling and impressive as the ideas behind them. Featuring the work of Hunter-based artists Debra Byrnes, Jonathan Hardy, Frank Murri and Alison Smith, this exhibition explores the processes artists use to create their surfaces.

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

A gallery project curated by Ahn Wells

background image from Look closely now Niomi Sands take some more tea II (detail) 2011–12 Pears soap, tables installation dimensions variable © the artist

⑧ Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Nelson Bay, at the rear of Neil Carroll Park near the RSL. Open: 10am-4pm, 7 days Ph. 02 4981 3604






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Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Incredible range of artwork and special craft pieces reflecting the region’s artisans. Open 10am to 4pm 7 days. FREE entry Ph 02 4981 3604 Nelson Bay, at the rear of Neil Carroll Park near the RSL


Cath Varcoe specialises in Dog Portraits. The perfect gift for someone with a much-loved pet. Drawn in full colour pastels and framed for $200 (approx size 40x50cm) Open Thurs-Sun 10am to 4pm 21 King Street, Paterson. Ph 02 4938 5632

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Over 50 years Knowledge and Expertise For Good Old Fashioned Service, call Ruth Melehan: 4933 4966

(First right through Civic railway gates)

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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


Morpeth Morpeth is an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers a great experience for everyone who enjoys the pleasure of a walk in a country village with the opportunity of shopping and dining in unique style. It's a little place not far from Maitland, with a history to make us all proud. Morpeth was once upon a time a busy river port and frontier town established during the late 1820's. The Heritage buildings and Bond Stores stand in testament indeed, Morpeth was the largest inland seaport of the new Australian colony and commercial icons Brambles, Simsmetal, Arnotts and Soul's Pharmacy were born in this magnificent place. Set along the banks of the Hunter River, the drive to Morpeth is an added attraction. The green fields stretch for miles and the weeping willows sway in the breeze. It is very hard to find a place to match our beautiful Morpeth. As you stroll through the cobblestoned village you will notice that Morpeth has everything from art galleries to specialty shops to a Trading Post and even a Bazaar. Local artisans and craftspeople have their wares for sale throughout the town. You will have the opportunity to taste locally made fudge and sip ginger beer. Fine fashion, teddy bears, art and craft, tempting treats to take home, beautiful jewellery, home furnishings and objects of interest, we promise that you will find them in Morpeth. A range of restaurants and cafes offer al fresco dining, river views, heritage surroundings and a cosmopolitan


standard of menu. Grab a bottle of the finest wine available for tasting from the local wine cellar then select your café, even the most finicky of foodies will find something to their liking. Morpeth does have its own museum, a service that traces family names and shields, St Johns Theological college and is home to the beautiful St James church to name but a few of the significant buildings throughout the town. Just down the road a way is a structure of a different nature. The infamous Maitland Gaol is now open to the public, experience what it's like to walk in the footsteps of some of Australia's most notorious criminals. Morpeth, the town, the heritage, the buildings and carriage ways make this a place to not only visit but make a regular event.

What to See & Do ■ Morpeth is National Trust classified, so take one of the Heritage Walks enjoy the colorful history of Morpeth and its characters - in a living museum of Australia’s past. ■ The streets of Morpeth are home to over 40 specialty shops and boutiques. Browse the gift shops, antique shops, galleries, lolly shops, a tea house, ginger beer factory and bakery. ■ Visit the Morpeth Museum housed in the old Court House built in 1862.

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

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

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


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

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


Alpaca Barn

Open 7 days 10am – 5pm

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

Visit our advertisers online for the convenience of shopping at home. Bunna Bannoo Olive Grove (p 7) The Hunter Valley Chocolate Co (p8) Noyce Bros Wines (p 29) Australian Alpaca Barn (p 32, p41) Eastern Dreaming (p 41) Grandma's Feather Bed & Teddy Bears Downstairs (p41) Camyr Allyn Wines (p43) Adina Vineyard (p48)

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Thunderbolts Lookout, Barrington Tops © Hamilton Lund; Tourism NSW

The Allyn & Paterson River Valley Tocal - Paterson - Vacy - East Gresford - Gresford There is a lot on offer for visitors to the Allyn & Paterson River Valley, just two and a half hours’ drive from Sydney, an hour from Newcastle and where Dr Henry Lindeman planted his first grape vines in 1843. Here you will discover the geographically blessed towns of Paterson, Vacy, Gresford and East Gresford, ringed by the ancient Moonabung Ranges and criss-crossed by the pristine waters of the two rivers that flow from the Barrington Tops. First stop could be historic Tocal Homestead for tales of the olden days of bushrangers, graziers, and other characters who inhabited one of the greatest Australian cattle and horse studs of its time. Have a look at the rare architect-designed barn built around 1867, and the gracious Colonial Georgian country house. Tocal Homestead is a very popular venue for

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weddings and milestone celebrations. Paterson has inspired many artists to pick up a brush to try to capture this picturesque Australian country town on canvas. Take the time to look at the many fine old homes, grand 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 market is a great place to meet friends for a chat, have a morning tea or lunch and experience the buzz of attending a market. Stallholders have something for everyone and offer natural foods, health and beauty products, cards, plants and produce from the local community and much more. There are all types of items found amongst the bric-a-brac you just have to hunt for them to find them.

The small towns of Gresford and East Gresford are the gateway to Lostock Dam, Mt Allyn and the Chichester State Forest to the north. Take the Allyn River Road drive past homesteads set among rolling green hills and granite outcrops. Visit Clevedon craft shop, Natural Furniture Works, the Beatty Hotel and Camyr Allyn winery. History lovers will enjoy a drive to St Anne’s Anglican Church and suspension bridge, and St Mary’s on Allyn at Allynbrook. For more information on the Allyn & Paterson River Valley, please go to VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Gresford General Store, Durham Street Open: Mon-Tues 7am-6pm Wed-Thurs 7am-7pm Fri-Sun 7am-8pm

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



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

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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 Dine in or take away. Open for lunch & dinner Thurs to Mon. Park St, East Gresford Ph: 4938 9451 BusEmail: Bookings Welcome. We now have stocks of scrapbooking & cardmaking supplies.


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

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

Want more info? Ring or visit Stephen Wright. He’ll be happy to show your future heirlooms.

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.

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Come check out the style of something different in furnishing, some wild, some nearly conventional. All timber used is from ‘dead’ or ‘rescued’ trees and are ‘one-offs’.

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

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Singleton In search of relaxation, natural beauty or adventure you’ll discover Singleton is much more than a country town. The intriguing mix of heritage, country charm and modern sophistication allow Singleton to stand out as an idyllic getaway destination for all ages, seeking varied experiences. Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, Singleton is the gateway to all the treasures that this region has to offer- such as wine, fresh produce and much more. As you explore the area you’ll discover hidden gems, friendly locals, and indulgent temptations, complemented by the picturesque

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backdrop of the expanding countryside. You can plan your journey of discovery with one of our many self guided drives, winding your way through the countryside towards Lake St. Clair, the wine regions or discover rich pastoral areas. Alternatively, you could set foot on a heritage walk through town and unearth a rich historical experience at the Singleton Historical Museum or wander through the breathtaking Sisters of Mercy Convent Chapel. Broke Fordwich is just one of the highlights of this beautiful region and is making history by producing more than a quarter of the Hunters finest quality wine grapes and winning more than their fair share of awards. The unique blend of boutique style vineyards are elegantly intermingled with olive groves, orchards and farms.


■ Visit the heritage precinct of Tocal Homestead. ■ Singleton Historical Museum Open Tues 10-1pm, Sat & Sun12-4pm ■ Sisters of St. Mercy Convent Chapel Bookings essential, contact Sacred Spaces Office, ph 6572 2398 ■ Lake St. Clair Entry and camping fees apply, ph caretaker 6577 3370 ■ World Heritage National ParksWollemi, Yengo and Mt Royal ■ Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre Free Tastings of local produce held every weekend!

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Townhead Park, New England Hwy, Singleton 2330. Ph: (02) 6575 3907

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What’s On in Singleton this Month November 24th Historic Movies under the Stars Callicoma Hill Eco-Cabins, 529 Mt Royal Rd, Carrowbrook. Join

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Callicoma Hill for a unique evening of historic movies under the stars in the Hunter Valley. Entertaining and historic films include short films from the 1920s to the 1950s, plus the classic 1946 Australian feature film 'Bush Christmas'. The films are all suitable for children. The films will be screened on a

traditional reel to reel projector with the surrounding forest providing a fitting ambience. Bring your own drinks, comfortable chairs or rugs to sit on the grass, plus supper to share. Tea and coffee will be provided. You can also bring a picnic or barbecue dinner to enjoy before the movies begin. Bookings are essential. Camping is available if you wish to stay at Callicoma Hill overnight.

New Hunter Valley Spring Sports Festival 9-11th November: 3 days – 6 events Singleton will this year play host to a vibrant new sports festival aiming to promote the importance of a healthy work life balance to the industrious city. Set to run on the 9th11th of November 2012 the Hunter Valley Coal Belt Multisport Festival will run over the course of 3 days and include 6 diverse events of varying difficulty aimed at getting citizens off the couch and into an active weekend. Novice and recreational athletes are invited to enter the Singleton Sunset Twilight Fun Runs on the evening of Friday 9th November. Event organizers are offering two very achievable distances (4km and 8km), both set to take athletes on an enjoyable track through the scenic civic precinct on Singleton. Families and walkers are also encouraged to enter. On Saturday the 10th November the Festival will pick up its pace with an early morning Royal Pain 57km Mountain Bike Race into Mountain Royal National Park, Saintly Swim -1500m Open Water Swim at

Lake St Clair and 20 and 10km Kayak Cove Races. In the afternoon all children are invited to enter the Country Kids Triathlon, and give multisports a go! On Sunday 11th November the main event, the Hunter Hillyman Triathlon, will take place at Lake St Clair. The course will live up to its name with a challenging cycle course. The triathlon event will offer an Olympic Distance (1500m swim, 40km Cycle and 10km Run) and also an Enticer Distance (300m swim, 10km Cycle and 3km Run) catering for both amateur and elite athletes. It is expected that a large number of the Hunter and intestate triathlete community will attend, guaranteeing a challenging competition for all entrants. Festivals of this nature are increasing in popularity among the multisports community and have proven themselves to be a great medium to provide an event catering to all athletes, novice or elite. The event website is www.

The Australian Infantry Museum

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Captain John Land with one of the Museum's exhibits

The Australian Infantry Museum will be closed to visitors from the 8th June 2010 to the 31st August 2011. For further details contact the Museum Manager Captain John Land. The Royal Australian Infantry Corps Museum was established in 1911. The Royal Australian Infantry Corps Museum has undergone many changes over its 97 years. Now located within the School of Infantry, the museum tells the story of the Infantry Soldier from colonial days through to current operations. The Infantry Corps new $13m museum showcases its history, equipment and contribution to Australia’s heritage. The building was opened by CDF Gen David Hurley at Singleton on September 1, coinciding with the anniversary of the centenary of the School of Infantry's opening. Six-weeks of bad weather hampered the completion of the museum and

pushed back the opening of the galleries to late October. The site displays the Infantry Corps’ extensive collection of 5500 catalogued items, including equipment, weapons, battlefield artefacts, training documents and soldiers’ stories. Throughout the galleries and exhibitions the profile of the Australian Infantry Soldier is displayed with actual weapons, uniforms, equipment, maps, medals, pictures, stories, personal letters and videos, as used during these operations. Other significant exhibitions include a historical display of the Royal New South Wales Regiment and the Royal Australian Regiment. Closed from 8th June 2010 to the 31st August 2011. Singleton Army Camp Lone Pine Barracks, Singleton Phone: (02) 6575 0257


Upper Hunter Country

Muswellbrook - Denman - Merriwa - Cassilis - Murrurundi - Scone - Aberdeen Wine, Walking and Mountain Biking: The word is out ! The Bylong Valley Way has been named in the TOP TEN Tourist Drives in Australia. We knew it all along but now, it’s official – The Bylong Valley Way joins this illustrious company of magnificent road adventures such as the Great Ocean Road, The Snowy Mountains and roads in the Great Outback, way out West and the Top End. The Bylong Valley Way is a key tourist route linking the Big Skies of the New England Northwest, the Wineries, Mountains and Valleys of glorious Upper Hunter Country to the gobsmacking icons to the south – Capertee Valley, the Blue Mountains through Lithgow, Jenolan Caves and onwards to our National Capital via the Tablelands Ways. From Brisbane to

Melbourne, along this off-the-beatentrack, a network of exciting real life adventures unfolds; all sealed for your comfort and all jam-packed with seriously magnificent scenery at every turn. No longer do you have to put up with the boredom of the Freeway - now there is a genuine alternative through the Inland Adventure Trail and the Bylong Valley Way is smack bang in the middle. And it just keeps getting better. James Estate Wines at Baerami at the northern end of the Bylong Valley Way in the Upper Hunter, has recently opened a new walking track and 12 ks of mountain bike trails on the property which borders the wilderness of the Wollemi National Park. So, those who are over sitting in the car taking photos, you can be in the picture, a part of the action. Bring the hiking boots and the throw the mountain bike of the roof – turn your


27 October - 18 November

Opening Night Friday 6pm 26 October

Including guest speakers Bruce Tindale, Manager of Michael Reid @ Murrurundi & Roger Skinner, collector and donor. An exhibition of works recently gifted, purchased, loaned or acquired from exhibitions, prizes, collectors and artists to enrich our wonderful collection, from the past two years. Corner Bridge & William Streets Muswellbrook NSW 2333 t 02 6549 3880 e w Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm Weekends 10am - 1pm Mondays & Public holidays closed



Peter Griffen, Nude By A Window, acrylic on paper 2012. Gift of the artist

Ex pa nsi on & Con soli dat io n

What to See & Do ■ Taste test produce from award winning wineries as well as local cheese, olives, olive oils & vinegars. ■ Burning Mountain Nature Reserve – the naturally burning coal seam is thought to have been alight for over 5000 years! ■ Rugged Wollemi National Park & it’s sandstone escarpments along the Bylong Valley Way.


regional arts centre

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potential adrenalin rush into a kinetic experience. For more information on the Inland Adventure Trail, The Bylong Valley Way or James Estate’s new tracks and trails, contact Muswellbrook Visitor Centre Phone: 65 414 050; Email: visitorcentre@muswellbrook.; Web:

Denman (6547 2799); Merriwa (6548 2607); Murrurundi (6546 6446); Scone (6545 1526); Muswellbrook (6541 4050) Aberdeen (6543 8457) For your FREE Upper Hunter Country Information package contact: Muswellbrook Visitor Centre, 87 Hill St Muswellbrook NSW 2333 Aberdeen Information Centre 22 Moray St Aberdeen (Inside the Library) aberdeeninfocentre@upperhunter.

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The Global Village Motorfest & Fair Sunday 11th November 2012 Commencing at 9am at the Muswellbrook Show Ground and proudly presented by The Upper Hunter Motoring Association Inc. Welcome to this wonderful collection of magnificent vehicles of every era, old and new, of every make and model, from all parts of the world - now in Muswellbrook and from elsewhere in Australia. Keep the kids amused with FREE entertainment, wander through the market stalls or enjoy a gourmet coffee.

• MegaMania Amusements: Large Jumping Castle, Rock Wall, etc • Murphy’s Puppets: Italian Style Puppetry for all ages This will be a really exciting family friendly day and great value at $2.00 per person or $5.00 a family, all rides and entertainment FREE. Gate takings go to support the services provided by Muswellbrook PCYC. This is an alcohol free event. For more information contact the Secretary on 0407247998 or visit

• Open to Cars - Motorbikes – Competition - Boats - Trucks - Tractors Stationary Motors - Military Vehicles or anything else to do with motoring. • Master of Ceremony -The famous PINKY will keep you informed and entertained with his broadcasts • Shannons Super Rig: Come and share the passion with Shannons • Wine Country Helicopters: Helicopter joy flights of the area • Market Stalls: both at the event and at the monthly markets • Crocstars: Hands on reptile display

The James Estate Ridge Walk The track to James Estate starts along the great Bylong Valley Way 15 mins from Denman. The Ridge Walk showcases the natural beauty of our region with commanding views in all directions, overlooking James Estate winery, the Goulburn River Valley and our highest peak Mount Dangar. The full trail is a signed four km (return trip) Grade 3 walk. To fully appreciate the experience it is best to allow 1.5 hours for the walk from the James Estate Cellar Door.

9th November 10:30am CUSA Hall, St James Church, Muswellbrook In an energetic demonstration of drum techniques and styles, Tony Azzopardi and Mark Stewart present a history of percussion through the ages, using a large range of drums and hand percussion. The program features rhythms and patterns used in all types of music and includes a student participation segment for which there is no shortage of volunteers. This concert is designed for the youngest students of the Upper Hunter Conservatorium – those studying Early Childhood Music. We are pleased to welcome back the sensational performers of Drumbeat to the Upper Hunter for a concert in both Muswellbrook and Scone. Cost: $5 Child $10 Family Contact: 6541 4888

For the less energetic there is a shorter walk available that still affords spectacular views across the valley. The Ridge walk is open during Cellar Door hours (10:00am – 4:30pm daily) for visitors to do a self-guided walk. For more information please contact James Estate on 6547 5168 or call into the Cellar Door at 951 Bylong Valley Way, Baerami.

Scone Homegrown+Handmade Summer/Christmas Market Saturday 15 December 2012 8am to 2pm Kerv Cafe, Liverpool Street, Scone • Free childrens face painting • $200 in market money prize draws • Summer creations fashion parade • Coffee, catering available • EFTPOS facilities available For market enquiries + stallholder bookings contact Amelia Wilkinson, 0400099761



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Emma Hamilton Sultry blues and jazz fresh from the Newcastle Jazz Festival and an international tour with Tommy Emmanuel. Only $59 per person including four course lunch BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale 4930 7473

Hunter - November 2012  

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