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September 2013

Newcastle and the Hunter

It's Mural Month in Kurri Kurri See page 31

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Local Markets

Regional Map

Arts & Antiques

Places to visit

Food & Drink

Spring 2013 Art Bazaar Page 24

Clans on the Coast Celtic Festival Page 28


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

Get a henna tattoo at Sacred Tree Markets

Hunter Street Markets, Newcastle 5 days every week, Wed - Sun 9am-3pm. Hunter St, Newcastle. Ph 02 9999 2226. The Olive Tree Market First Sat of every month 9am - 3pm. Newcastle’s handmade artisans market. Held at the Junction Public School and operates Rain, Hail or Shine! See p13 for more details. Ph: Justine on 0439 649 058. Cherry Blossom Markets 2nd Sat of every month at Adamstown Public School, Newcastle 9am-2pm, free parking and free entry. A unique, boutique, handmade market that has over 100 stalls. Rain, hail or shine. Free entry and parking. Ph: Todd 0406 422 099 email

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 1st Sun of every month. 9-1pm. Handspun wool & items, jewellery, 2nd hand books, jams, pickles & local produce, ornamental & food plants, exotic soaps etc. Ph 4998 8244. Broke Community Market 1st Sunday of each month at McNamara Park, Wollombi St. Broke. 8am - midday. Books, Bric-a-Brac, Local produce including vegetables, gourmet food, gifts and bargains. Enquiries: Eden 6579 1259. Kurri Kurri Farmers Markets 2nd Sat of month: Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri 8am-1pm. Ph: 4937 2640.

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.

Maitland Harvest Markets Every Saturday 8am - 1pm at Maitland Showground, February 23rd. Boutique Stalls, gourmet food and wine, Fashions on the Field, Free food and rides for the kids, live entertainment. For more information phone 4969 5496 or harvestmarketsmaitland

Nelson Bay Produce & Arts Market 9-1pm on 10th January: Magnus & Stockton Streets, Nelson Bay. This unique new market will showcase the best in produce and quality hand crafted items. No imports and most items are made by stallholders. Ph:  02 4984 4751 or

Maitland Fair Market First Sun of every month (except Jan); third Sun in Oct, Nov & Dec. Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, 8am - 2pm. Over 600 stalls. Australia’s largest and most successful regional Market. 02 4962 5522.

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 4982 9123.


Cessnock Showground Markets 2nd Sat each month at Cessnock Showground. 8am-2pm. Something for everyone. Kids jumping castle and canteen open for breakfast and lunch. Email: Parklea Markets Newcastle Open Sat & Sun 8.30am to 4pm. All the best Australia has to offer under one roof. Ph: 9629 3311

Morisset Showground Markets with poultry and bird auction 1st Saturday month Ourimbah Street, Morisset. Great mix of stalls including fresh produce, craft, bricabrac, fashion and much more. Enquiries: 4973 2670. Email: Singleton Markets 4th Sat of every month from 8am - 1pm at Singleton Showground. Ph: 0459 700 022. Muswellbrook Markets 2nd Sunday of every month (except Jan) at Muswellbrook Showground 8am to 1pm. Home cooking, craft, soaps and second hand goods. Ph 02 6543 1141. Scone Country Markets 2nd Saturday every month. 8.30pm to 2pm outside Scone Visitor Information Centre. Contact Belinda 02 6540 1300. Denman Farmers Market 1st Saturday of each month except May. 8am to 1pm. Lions Park, Denman. Wyee Community Markets 2nd Sat of month, Wyee Hall Grounds, Cnr Wyee Rd & Hue Hue Road. Stall Holders welcome. Ph: Terry Prior 0412 783 296. Quirindi Quota Club Markets Second Saturday in the month at Rose Lea Park, Quirindi. Wide variety of stalls selling plants, cakes, honey, fruit, bric a brac, jewellery etc.  For further information phone Jan Forscutt 6747 1490. Drayton's Family Markets 1st Sat of the month. 9am to 3pm. Bellevue Vineyard, Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin. A mixed market with a range of stallholders. There is something for everyone. Ph 4998 6426. Email: draytonsfamilymarket@ or find us on Facebook. Handmade in the Hunter Markets 2nd & 4th Sat of the month 9am-4pm. At Kevin Sobels Wines (cnr Broke & Halls Rd) Pokolbin. A 100% handmade, meet-themaker market with a wide variety of locallyproduced, quality items. No imported items here.  For more information on extra markets or cancellations visit facebook. com/handmadeinthehuntermarkets  Rotary Markets Last Sat of the the month. New Lambton Public School, Undercover area. New stallholders welcome. Contact: Sacred Tree Markets Every 3rd Sunday 9am-2pm St. Brigid’s Primary School, Branxton. Contact:

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

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Hunter Region Markets

Same place, same time! Rotary Park Kurri Kurri from 8am. Find that unexpected treasure amongst the stocked up tables of the past and present. Kurri Kurri Girl Guides have been operating the markets since 2003 as a fundraising and awareness day. Be early to shop and select your freshly picked citrus fruits straight from the orchard as well as other seasonal fruits and vegetables. Quality homemade preserves, sauces and honey, olives, oils and olive products. Natural soaps, body wash, and pampering potions, quality hand crafted jewellery and handmade crafts plus flowering plants, shrubs, roses, herbs and seedlings. Barry’s fresh oysters will tempt shoppers for a delicious Saturday lunch or relax in the park to enjoy music and coffee with a snack from the Kurri Rotary Van. There are Lucky Shopper draws throughout the morning. Market stall enquiries and local community groups please phone 0409 153 628 to find out about Kurri Kurri Farmers Markets.


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

Saturday 7th September 9am - 3pm Rain, Hail or Shine


Kurri Kurri Mural - 'Sunrise'

From the Editor


September Hello and welcome to the September issue of Newcastle ad the Hunter iMag, your free monthly information guide packed with details on what to do, where to go and what to see throughout the Hunter region. Spring is upon us and this is arguably the most best time of the year to be in the Hunter. The beautiful warm and sunny days, cool nights and exquisite native blooms everywhere you look offer great encouragement to shake off the winter blues and venture outside. So celebrate the art and beauty in the natural world around us and get out there! There is so much to do this month, here is just a little taster… September is Mural Month in Kurri Kurri – why not take a tour and find out more about these remarkable artworks in the town. There’s a Kookaburra in every mural – see if you can find it! See page 31 for more information. The Spring Art Bazaar is being held

Markets Singleton for the first time on September 8th. For more information on this colourful event see page 24. For a day of fabulous family fun, the annual Broke Village Fair takes place on September 8th. There is something for everyone: A show and shine, live music and entertainment and food stalls. All in the picturesque setting of McNamara Park in Broke Fordwich, nestled in the heart of the Hunter Valley. See page 24 for more details.

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Real Coffee Espresso Bar has been at Shop 6/25 Belmore Road, Lorn, for just four weeks. However Real Coffee has been operating for several years now, previously occupying Shop 1/25 Belmore Road, Lorn. James Carter created the Espresso Bar in Lorn so you can join him in the pursuit of the ultimate coffee. Real Coffee serves fresh coffee perfectly prepared, in which ever style you like. The beans are hand roasted by James himself and are available in retail packs. As one of the busiest coffee establishments in the region, Real Coffee focuses on wonderful coffee, machines, grinders and other products, accompanied by vast knowledge and information. Barista Training is held monthly at Real Coffee and suitable for hospitality professionals and curious coffee connoisseurs alike. Due to popular demand James established River Roast, the coffee roasting and wholesale side of Real Coffee winning numerous awards including Champion Of Show at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Competition in 2009. This year Paterson Blend achieved an international standing with a bronze medal at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo Roasters Competition. Real Coffee's new premises is large, cosy, welcoming and wonderful. Enjoy the ambience over your coffee with friends or take advantage of free Wi-Fi. Opening hours 7:45am-3pm Mon to Fri & 8am-12 noon Sat. • • @realcoffeeshop @riverroast FB: / • FB: /riverroast mobile: 0406398001

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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.

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Tasting in the Hunter Goodness Green We’ve been taught from the table as children to ‘eat your greens!’ for the goodness they provide to our bodies. At Goodness Me Organics we are serious about all things goodness! In the Café we include sneaky greens however we can… Our favourites are Kale, Silver Beet and Rainbow Chard all featuring in our café menu wherever possible. The Goodie Green Smoothie blended fresh to order offers fresh leafy greens combined with coconut water and seasonal green fruit and veg like green grapes, kiwi and cucumber….

A shot of housemade green sauce accompanies our Eggs Anyway and is delicious smeared on sourdough toast. Our green salad makes a splash on the colour wheel of our daily rainbow salad bar. Continuing on the green theme we aim to be as sustainable as possible in the products we use and how we dispose of waste. The Green Helping Hand offers just that by taking all our food scraps and composting them into liquid fertiliser. The fertiliser comes in handy on our courtyard kitchen garden growing fresh green herbs to use fresh in the café. Get your green fix in our grocer with Australian Certified Organic Produce

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


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

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

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Newcastle Beaches Newcastle is well-known for its stunning coastline and it is one of the few cities in the world that can say it has eight beaches within five minutes of its city centre. Nobbys, Newcastle, Bar, Dixon Park and Merewether Beach, just to name a few, are


attractive must-see locations for any visitor to the city. June 2007 storms thrust Nobbys Beach into the International spotlight after the grounding of the massive Pasha Bulker cargo ship on its shores. A monument to the event stands at Nobbys Beach and is a stop off point for visitors and locals alike. Nearby is the Harbour break-wall and Nobby’s Lighthouse, perfect for that afternoon stroll and the ideal vantage point to watch 300m cargo ships come into port. Newcastle Beach is known for being one of the best surf locations in Australia along with Merewether Beach, home to the annual International Surfest competition. Adjacent are the Merewether Baths, the largest ocean bath complex in the Southern Hemisphere – there is nothing else like this facility in Australia. The bath is a favourite for locals of a warm summer’s day and

ideal for lap swimmers all year round. One of the city’s most outstanding historic landmarks is the Newcastle Ocean Baths. With its art deco architecture and picturesque views of the ocean, the bath has long been an icon of the Newcastle coastline. Adjacent to the ocean bath is Newcastle Canoe Pool, which once featured a map of the world with small islands representing the continents. The shallow canoe pool is the perfect place for young children to swim in safety away from waves and surfers. A visit to Newcastle is not complete without a day on the beach. So grab a parcel of fish and chips and join the locals on the sand. Don’t forget to watch out for dolphins, a common sight off Newcastle’s beaches. To keep up with the weather, tides and surf check out @NDays on Twitter!

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

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

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Events in Newcastle The BEST way to visit the Hunter Valley Hop aboard the Best Tour bus and we promise a friendly and experienced driver guide. We will take you to boutique wineries, to sit down tastings, a restaurant lunch (prepared while tasting the wine), cheese and chocolate tasting and great views of the Hunter Valley. Half day tours can also be provided. To book, call Bruce on 0437 149 612

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Nobbys Lighthouse Grounds Opening Everyone can now enjoy sweeping views of the city and Pacific Ocean from Nobbys Headland EVERY SUNDAY. Nobbys Lighthouse grounds are open to the public between 10am and 4pm. Entry to the site is FREE. Find out more about Nobbys Lighthouse at: City Evolutions City Evolutions is a landmark contemporary art project featuring a series of interactive digital projections along Newcastle’s oldest street, Watt Street. Take a journey through the fascinating history of this stunning historic and cultural precinct, sunset to 10pm each evening. Where: Watt Street Newcastle. Find out more: Newcastle Panthers, NSW Anberlin. Friday 06 Sept. Time: Doors 7pm, Starts 7:30pm. Floridian 5-piece, Anberlin will celebrate their 10th anniversary by bringing brand new anthems & brilliant international supports to Australia Floyd Mayweather Jnr v Canelo Alvarez Sunday 15 September. Time: Undercard 11am. Two unbeaten boxers are taking each other one for the WBC & WBA Junior Middleweight Title on the big screen NMA" Ultimate Jam Thursday 05 September to Thursday 19 September. Time: 6pm 9.30pm. Presented by Newcastle Music Academy. An open stage for musicians. Open to all ages Akmal Live Sunday 22 September. Time: 8.00pm. Akmal promises this year to deliver a show that is punctual and jampacked with words…some of which he will be using for the first time. Parkway Drive - 10 Year Anniversary Tour Thursday 26 September. Time: Doors 7pm, Starts 7.30pm, Finish 11pm (approx). Undisputed kings of Australian hardcore, PARKWAY DRIVE are set to commemorate 10 years of incredible achievements with a special anniversary tour

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Play School Live in Concert “Humpty’s Showtime” Friday 27 September to Saturday 28 September. Time: Show times: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm. Remaining tickets available both days: 2pm & 4pm September at the Civic Theatre, Playhouse and City Hall Emily Eyefinger For ages 5-10. • XANADU a ROLLER DISCO • Arj Barker Australia’s favourite American comedian • The Festival of Russian Ballet • Jewells Showcase 2013 “Wired for Sound” • Jason Byrne’s Special Eye • Piano Romance by: Newcastle Youth • Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” (The Big Friendly Giant) • THE WHARF REVUE 2013 Making Australia’s political landscape funnier than it already is Find out more at Newcastle Museum History Week 7 - 15 September 11 September: Conserve your precious photos. Learn tips and tricks about how to store and care for your precious old photos. Local Studies Librarian and custodian of Hunter Photobank Sue Ryan will share her decades of experience working with historical photos. When: 10am – 12 noon. Bookings essential 4974 1400 12 September: Unearthing Hunter history through photos: A talk by Greg & Sylvia Ray. When: 5.30 – 7pm. Bookings essential 4974 1400

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Lake Macquarie Spring is the perfect time of year to embrace the great outdoors, and what better natural area to enjoy than Lake Macquarie, with its pristine beaches, mountains and stunning lake centrepiece? Take advantage of the warmer weather and explore the region on foot or by bike. One of the most popular areas is the Warners Bay Foreshore Shared Pathway. The trail leads from Eleebana in the east to the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery at Booragul in the west. The path is flat and paved, making it perfect for an easy stroll, bike ride, or

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kids on scooters or rollerblades. Highlights of the path are numerous. The first is an overwater boardwalk, built out around a small headland known locally as ‘Redbluff’. Next stop is Warners Bay, a bustling town centre with cafes, restaurants and the finest boutique shopping in Lake Macquarie. Warners Bay makes a great stop for lunch, you can dine in one of the eateries or grab some fresh takeaway and head down to the picnic tables by the water. After Warners Bay, the shared pathway continues along the lake’s edge before reaching Speers Point Park. The park is home to the Lake Macquarie Variety Playground, Australia’s largest all-abilities playground and the ‘Best Play Space in Australia’ in 2011. At just under two hectares, the ply ground offers something for every child, with slides, swings, climbing equipment, a water play zone, sensory garden and more. After playtime, parents can recuperate with a cup of coffee at Sals by the Lake café next door. The final stop on the shared pathway is Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. This esteemed regional gallery is home to an ever-changing display of touring exhibitions, as well as the gallery’s impressive collection. Set on expansive leafy grounds, the gallery also features an outdoor sculpture garden and mosaic pathway. Be sure to save some room for the delicious treats of the Awaba House Café. For more ideas on what to see and do, and your FREE Visitor Guides, freecall the Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre on 1800 802 044, or go to

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Living Smart Festival Learn about the latest trends in sustainable living while having fun shopping at eco stalls, listening to live music, feasting on yummy foods and entertaining the children with free games. The Festival will feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, the Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets, a Council native plant giveaway, and more! At Speers Point Park on Saturday 28th September. Ph: Lake Macquarie City Council, (02) 4921 0333,

Tantrum Theatre “House on Fire” August 8 & 9 at 7pm. Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre. In House on Fire, Tantrum Theatre takes a light-heated yet honest look at the chaotic world of teenagers. This refreshing, quirky and witty play will appeal to audiences of all ages. Tickets $10. Ph 02 4921 033. Tickets selling fast. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 228-234 Pacifc Highway, Swansea Ph: 4921 0740 Freecall: 1800 802 044

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MANDALONG GALLERY Lake Macquarie Premier Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery Presenting Quality Investment Paintings, Pottery & Glassware Works from the famous Petyarre sisters, Ronnie Tjampinjimpa, George Ward, Lilly Kelly, Dorothy Napangardi, Gabriella Possum, Minnie Pwerle and many more. Open: Sat & Sun 9am - 5pm or by appointment 29 Little Valley Rd Mandalong Ph: 02 4977 2316

Mind Body Spirit Expo

Join us for our inaugural MIND BODY SPIRIT EXPO at Toronto Workers Club Featuring over 40 businesses showcasing their products and services which can benefit your MIND BODY AND SPIRIT. Also featuring demonstrations, psychic's corner, giveaways and more!

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September in the club auditorium Gold coin donation at the door. All proceeds going to charity.


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57 George St, Singleton New England Highway Ph 0409 773 392 Closed Tuesday

Rustic old wares Tools Old tin signs Vintage & classic clothing Textiles & homewares Laces, braids & buttons

Shed/Yard at Whittingham Ph Roy 0417 446701 Closed Tuesday


Vintage farm machinery Industrial pieces Used furniture Open by appointment

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

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Hunter Antiques and Secondhand Dealers

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

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

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

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

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Open 7 days 10am - 5pm Newcastle's Largest Antique Centre 30 Stores Under One Roof • Old Grocery Store Museum • Buying and Selling Phone: 4926 4537 29 Centenary Road, Newcastle (First right through Civic railway gates)


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

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

⑤ The Old Brush Studio 187 Leiberts Lane, Brunkerville Ph. 02 4938 0288

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

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

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

⑦ Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Cnr. Bridge & Williams Sts. Open: 10am-5pm Tues to Fri, 10am-1pm Sat, 2pm-5pm Sun Ph. 6549 3880. www.muswellbrookartscentre.

Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm Weekends 10am - 1pm Mondays by appointment only Closed Public Holidays

⑧ Upstairs Art Gallery 71 Main St, Murrurundi Ph. 02 5512 9112 or 0427 775 707 ⑨ Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Nelson Bay, at the rear of Neil Carroll Park near the RSL. Open: 10am-4pm, 7 days Ph. 02 4981 3604




Corner of Bridge & William Streets, Muswellbrook NSW 2333 t 02 6549 3800 e arts.centre w muswellbrookartscentre.



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An exhibition featuring works that draw on urban, industrial and domestic themes to question the nature of place and what it means to be ‘settled’. Many of the works also directly reference the Hunter region. A gallery project coordinated by Meryl Ryan and Rob Cleworth

13 September – 17 November 2013



COLLECTIVE IDENTITY(IES): THIS IS THAT TIME This project examines the phenomenon of art-collecting practice in Australia, and how we define our interests as a society. The research has focused on the role played by private collectors in shaping notions of a collective cultural identity. A gallery project curated by Lisa Corsi of Artcell. This exhibition has been assisted by a Curatorial Support Initiative grant. The Curatorial Support Initiative is assisted by the NSW government through Arts NSW and is managed by Museums & Galleries NSW.

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Incredible range of artwork and special craft pieces reflecting the region’s artisans. Open 10am to 4pm 7 days. FREE entry

image from Settled: works from the collection Mini Graff Daily: Lake Macquarie (detail) 2012 ink, gouache on card, 21 drawings, each 11.5 x 16cm, collection Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, donated by Lake Macquarie Art Gallery Society, 2013 © the artist


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



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

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convict history, reflected in the many original sandstone buildings and cottages peppered throughout the area. The Endeavour Museum is a great place to explore local history, located opposite the famous Wollombi Tavern – home of Dr Jurds Jungle Juice. Wollombi is a photographer’s dream with a unique flavour all its own, offering experiences to suit everyone. Here you can enjoy a picnic lunch, a fine dining restaurant or the immensely popular local cafes and shops, everything from a nursery and an antique store to a world class wool store and several quirky gift shops. Accommodation ranges from farm stays and self contained guesthouses to gorgeous boutique B&Bs set amongst the bush. The Wollombi Valley Wine Trail offers a diverse range of locally produced wines and a friendly welcome to all.









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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.

Wollombi is also home to Australia’s largest private sculpture park, Defiance Gallery on a former lavender farm. All are bordered by National Parks with great bushwalking trails, lookouts and aboriginal rock carvings. For more information visit the menu of the following websites: Wollombi is a wonderful place to lose yourself for a day, a weekend or longer.

Whats on in September Concert in Wollombi Counterpoint Chamber Choir will perform in concert at the historic St John’s Anglican Church (corner of Payne’s Crossing Road and Negro Street) Wollombi on Sunday 29th September at 2.30p.m. Formed in Maitland in 1996 to showcase excellence in local performers, Counterpoint Chamber Choir has built an extensive choral repertoire to please any discerning audience member; music genres from sacred to musical theatre; classical to contemporary; spiritual to folk songs. Tickets are priced at $25 for adults, $20 for concessions. 18 year olds and under are free. Ticketed programmes will be sold at the door (cash only) prior to performance. Refreshments will be served in the interval. Proceeds from the concert will go towards the maintenance of the heritage listed building of St John’s Anglican Church. Come along for an afternoon of inspirational choral music in an intimate, resplendent setting.

Wollombi will be in for a wild ride on Saturday 7th September as this exciting mountain bike event to be held in and around Wollombi. Event organiser Paul Humphreys of local sports event company H Events said the event is being held to promote health and fitness “It’s the perfect venue for the event with outstanding scenery, safe but challenging tracks and trails and most of all a welcoming community”. The three course distances are designed for new to experienced riders. The 15km course is designed to attract the novice and family riders who are after a bit of healthy fun. The course is mostly flat with some interesting trails. The 30km course is for a more regular rider who has the fitness to climb up dome difficult terrain and also navigate some rougher tracks and trails. The 60km course is intended for riders who have trained for the event and have some experience in long distance mountain bike riding. A range of event categories will be on offer with medals awarded and local produce up for grabs from local businesses. Staged from the back paddock of the home of the famous Dr Jurds Jungle Juice, The Wollombi Tavern, the post event activities will be as interesting as the ride. Organisers are sure that there are plenty of people who enjoy keeping fit and also play music. “MTB riding is good for your heart and music is good for your soul, we want to encourage both.” says Humphreys. The event compound will be behind the Wollombi Tavern off 2994 Great North Rd with the 75km event starting at 8am. Event information and on line entries are available at or contact H Events on 02 4934 8138.

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Plant Nursery & Gift Shop

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

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

Lola: 0408 412 094

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

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

Knitting classes to suit all skill levels and experience A wide range of yarns to suit all occasions Patterns, books, needles and know-how P: (02) 4998 3153 E: W:

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Wollombi Village Vineyard

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Hunter Valley vineyards

The Hunter Valley

Pokolbin - Lovedale - Broke Fordwich - Singleton To visit the Hunter Valley is to experience and enjoy the good things in Australian life and to reward yourself. The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest and one of its most well-known wine regions. Here you will find world-class Hunter Valley Semillon that has been called “Australia’s unique gift to the world’, great Australian Shiraz that lasts for generations, and generations of family winemakers that are here to tell the tale.  ‘the first and last stop on your visit to the hunter’ Wine Country Visitors Centre   455 Wine Country Road, Pokolbin

ph: 02 4990 7531

carriage or bicycle, limousine or even helicopter.

You will find in Hunter Valley Wine Country one of the most vibrant and relaxing places to visit. There are over 60 restaurants, 120 wineries, 160 accommodation venues, less than two hours drive from Sydney and 45 minutes from Newcastle Airport.

You will also find delicious locally produced olives and olive oil, Hunter Cheeses, home made condiments and sauces, chocolate and fudge. You will find activities like hot air ballooning, horse riding, galleries, antique shops, sightseeing by horse and

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

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Pokolbin Village Pharmacy

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Our friendly, professional staff would love to meet you, so drop in and experience our super specials and great service

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The Hunter’s largest range with over 50 desserts, pastries & Handmade chocolates.

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

Barista made coffee, Gluten free cakes and Light Lunches, for Dine-in or Take away. Open Fridays & Saturdays 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-6pm, Monday (School & Public Holiday only) 10am-4pm

319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale. Ph: 1300 958 850

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

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

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

Ph: 02 4998 7355 Fax: 02 4998 7135

Shop 15, Hunter Valley Gardens Pokolbin 2320

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

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8th Sept 9am to 3pm McNamara Park, Broke

Come along to experience all that is good about Broke Fordwich as the village welcomes visitors from all over NSW to enjoy the beautiful and peaceful setting. Meet the locals – who are sure to give you a warm welcome, try local made produce, kick back and listen to live music and marvel at the colourful street performers. The famous Vintage Car Display brings all sorts of classic cars, motorbikes, trucks & tractors and an amazing array of old but still functioning farm machinery from long ago. The local school, bush fire brigade, churches and Village Hall all benefit from money raised on the day. Allow yourself plenty of time – there is much more than you think to see and do! There is something for everyone with wide variety of market stalls, plenty of food and drink, animals to pat, woodchopping, snakes & lizards ... it’s a fun day out for all the family to enjoy. For more information see the website


Hunter Arts Network (HAN) is excited announce our next Art Bazaar, Spring Art Bazaar, is going to be held in Singleton for the first time. Spring Art Bazaar: Sunday 8 September 10am – 3pm Civic Centre Green, Civic Ave, Singleton Art Bazaars are FREE entry and there'll also be demonstrations, loads of parking, food, coffee and ATM's. Bring your family and friends along and have a great day out. Art Bazaar is in it’s 11th year and since last year is now held four times every year in different locations. 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 & design, including professional practitioners, who will have their work showcased in a supportive and 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 & the Hunter. Enjoy the atmosphere and meet the Artisans of the Hunter. Art Bazaar has developed a loyal following and allows Artisans to exhibit their work outside of a formal gallery.

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Showcasing the Talents of Hunter Artists We rarely see artists combining to display their work as a united entity but from Sept 7 to 22, 14 artists and artisans of the Lower Hunter Art Trail will display their work at the Old Fire Shed Gallery in the heart of Wollombi under the title, ‘CollABORATion’. The Lower Hunter Art Trail has grown over 3 years to incorporate many artists and artisans of the Cessnock/Hunter Vineyards regional area. The Art Trail concept sees artists throw open the doors of their studios to interested members of the public for commissions and personalised sales of their work. Since most studios exist in a combined home/work environment, an appointment is essential to ensure readiness and availability. Artists request visitors please phone ahead to arrange a visit. Since forming the first Art Trail brochure in 2011, united ventures have included a joint exhibition at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery in 2012. Upcoming events include an open day at various venues around the vineyards area in October. Skills showcased in ‘CollABORATion’ include painting, jewellery, mosaics and glass. All works are for sale and with the artists sitting their own exhibition over each of the 3 weekends of Sept 7/8, 14/15 and 21/22. A visitor can also pick up an Art Trail brochure at the exhibition and arrange by appointment to visit any of the participants in their own workplace. This exhibition in Wollombi will afford many of us the rare opportunity to sample the creative talents of the lower Hunter Valley region under one roof – a show not to be missed! CollABORATion / September 7-22 / Open weekends only / 10am to 4pm. View the Art Trail website: Enquiries:

CollABORATion An exhibition by Artists and Artisans of the Lower Hunter Art Trail Where: Old Fire Shed Gallery, Wollombi When: 7 - 22 September, 2013 Open: Weekends only 10am - 4pm More info: Phone: Alison 4998 1069

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

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Meet the Makers October Broke Fordwich

Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th October 2013 ‘Meet the Makers’ is a unique festival and event weekend in the Broke Fordwich wine region. It’s your chance to meet the person who makes the wines, produce, condiments and chocolates. It’s all about being up close and personal, having the opportunity to taste the regions showcase boutique wines, talk to the winemakers, olive growers, chocolatiers and gourmet food providers and hear all about their journey, products and experience. All while being entertained, enjoying a festival feel and loving

the rural ambience of this tranquil escape. There's also going to be live entertainment! Twilight Festival The main event for Meet the Makers is a Twilight Festival held on the Saturday evening/night of the event weekend. The Twilight Festival will be held on the Saturday evening/night of the event weekend from 5pm – 10pm. Located outdoors in the stunning surrounds of the Broken back mountain ranges, in the middle of the vines and overlooking a magnificent view. As the sun sets, the ambient lighting will take over and the evening is complete. Entry is $25, which includes a tasting glass and ten tokens, and you can purchase more tasting tokens for the opportunity to taste the region’s best. Elegant Luncheon Hosted at Margan Restaurant on the Saturday, this will be a formal ticketed event showcasing some of the finest wines and fresh produce of the area.

Wine tasting and masterclasses in wine making The twilight festival will see the regions winemakers all in one place at one time, showcasing their very best just for you. You will ‘Meet the Makers’ and be inspired. You will also get the opportunity to catch from these makers some of their passions in the art of winemaking. Live Entertainment Live music, live kitchen stage with local chefs and celebrity guests. Mark the dates now - Oct 26-27 2013 There will be plenty to see, touch, hear, smell and taste at Meet the Makers, all of your senses will be heightened, and you will get the opportunity to meet the person who actually makes the products you will be tasting. Make sure you pencil the dates in your calendar now!

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14 & 15 September 2013 Richmond Vale Railway Museum are holding their annual Family Fun Fest on September 14 & 15. All full-sized train rides are free after paying your entry fee. After lengthy delays, we are finally able to offer miniature train rides with Thomas the Tank Engine and friends. There will also be other amusement rides and attractions. (These rides incur additional fees.) Steak and sausage sandwiches will be on sale at the canteen, as well as drinks, ice creams, sandwiches, sausage rolls and pies. Picnic areas are always available for the use of visitors, as are toilets and a baby change room. Gates open at 10am each day. The Museum is located on Leggetts Drive, four kilometres south of Kurri Kurri (on the same side of the road as the Hunter Economic Zone) and sixteen kilometres north of Freemans Waterhole. If you paint, sweep, polish, garden or swing a hammer, there’s a job for you: participation is different for each person. Some folk restore trains, some drive them – others help organise, or enjoy a talk with visitors. New members are always welcome, and membership forms are available at the Souvenir Shop. For more information call 40010197 or visit

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Hunter Valley Helicopters is your Scenic Flight, Tour and Charter specialist. Locally owned and operated, your Pilot lives and breathes the Wine Region and can organise anything to suit your needs, from a Scenic Flight, Lunch/Picnic Tour, Wedding Proposal or even a Helicopter for your Wedding. Transfers to both Sydney & Newcastle Airports are also available.

Open 7 Days Cessnock Aerodrome, 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin

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Clans on the Coast CELTIC FESTIVAL

Sat 21st Sept Nelson Bay

Tomaree Sports Complex No.1 Oval Nelson Bay Rd, Nelson Bay Adult $12 Pen $5 Under 18 FREE 8.30am - 4.30pm Mass bands • Entertainment all day Kid Fiddlers • Highland Dancers Stalls East Coast Strongman Championships Aust. Medieval Fight Group Clan Tents Games with prizes to be won Info contact: RON SWAN 0418 495 336 Supporting Cancer Appeal


What's On in the Hunter

For more events and what’s on in the Hunter region, see

1st-30th September Spring Festival of Flowers Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. 7th Sept Big Boys Toys 10-2pm Jefferson Pk, Aberdeen. Ph 6543 8457 7th Sept Wollombi Wild Ride Wollombi – see page 21 for details. 8th Sept Hunter Memory Walk and Jog Speers Point Park, Warners Bay. www. 8th Sept Spring Art Bazaar Singleton. See page 24 for details 8th Sept Broke Village Fair and Vintage Car Display 9am -3pm McNamara Park, Broke Fordwich. 8th September Hunter Paddle Challenge Hunter Wetlands Centre. www. This year the event has been opened up to a wider range of crafts including but not limited to surf boats, dragon boats and outriggers. The Hunter Paddle Challenge offers keen paddlers the choice of full 60 kilometre course or a half 30 kilometre course.

21st Sept – 31st Oct WUPA@ Wanaruah Hunter Resort, Pokolbin. 21st-22nd Sept Maitland Garden Ramble Various Gardens Throughout the Maitland District. pages/events/ 22nd Sept Paterson Classic Car and Bike Show King St. Paterson. Ph 02 4938 5133 28th September The Big Beach Challenge Merewether, Dixon and Bar Beaches. 29th Sept From Russia with Song Sisters of Mercy Convent, Singleton at 2pm. Ph 6572 2398. 30th September – 7th October Mattara Festival Newcastle Foreshore. A celebration of, and by the people of Newcastle and the Hunter, through a diverse range of skills and performances, at the picturesque Newcastle Foreshore. Dance, theatre, sculpture, art, food, music and environmental awareness are all on display in a fun atmosphere.


Abermain Newsagent, Kurri Kurri

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,


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

Open 7 Days A Week From 10am to 2pm Phone (02) 4936 1909 Email:

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

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The Touring Blake Prize

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Don’t miss the touring exhibition of the 61st Blake Prize, at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery until 29th September. Named after the visionary artist and poet William Blake, The Blake Prize is the oldest national prize in Australia dedicated to spirituality, religion and cultural diversity. The prize inspires conversation about the meaning and value of these elements within everyday life, providing an opportunity for artists to be a catalyst for social debate. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Cessnock (Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism Information Centre) Ph: 02 4990 0900 Email:

Australia's national historic treasures. Kurri Kurri is famous for its Murals, they are a wonderful expression of our history and region, and tours are available all year round, we have many coach groups coming into town to view these amazing outdoor artworks and are proud to be the biggest Mural town in Australia. 14th September is Mural Month Celebrations and there'll be lots for visitors to do and see in the area - see advertisement on p31. There are now over 50 murals, making Kurri Kurri the largest mural town in Australia. New murals are currently underway.  Don't forget to look for the kookaburra in every mural, some are quite difficult to find. To book a tour, enquire about projects or purchase Nostalgia dance tickets, contact the Kurri Kurri VIC 4936 1909.

The Touring Blake Prize includes thirty works from the 61st Blake Prize, as well as the winning and highly commended poems from the Blake Poetry Prize. Entry is free.

until 29th September 16 Vincent St Cessnock 02 4991 6619 e:

The exhibition will be followed from 3rd October by Knockout, a photodocumentary on Aboriginal grassroots rugby league by Amanda James.

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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

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

HHHH Quality Wine Country Accommodation in the Hunter Valley Ph: 02 4990 8989

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

Next to Chelmsford Hotel Ph: 4936 4822


For more information visit

The largest antique and secondhand furniture warehouse in the Hunter See page 17

105 Lang Street Kurri Kurri Phone 4936 1511


Maitland Courthouse 1955 Floods

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. It is a destination where you may choose to rejuvenate and enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh locally grown produce, speciality wines and a walking tour of the heritage landscape. Whilst others may choose a faster pace taking an aerobatic or Tiger Moth joy flight, immersing themselves in the local nightlife, sampling a series of local restaurants and cocktails.

16 august 13 october 2013 MAITLAND REGIONAL ART GALLERY (above) David Sequeira, The Zen Picnic, 2006, plastic kitchen ware |


Discover local indigenous history at the Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council at Metford - displaying art, craft and regional archeological treasures or retrace your family history through the Maitland City Library.

What to See & Do ■ Get back to nature and visit the beautiful 135 hectare Hunter Botanic Gardens at Heatherbrae. ■ Maitland Gaol is open for tours, a fascinating, frightening and thought provoking site. ■ The Maitland Mall is a great place to enjoy a coffee or explore the many boutiques and specialty shops.

HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED A STUFFED TOY BOUGHT FROM AN OP SHOP ART? Op Shop is an exhibition which takes over the whole MRAG facility, 11 gallery spaces, featuring artworks from 14 artists, whose artistic practice includes artwork made form materials sourced from op shops. MRAG is situated within a strip streetscape of six to seven op shops. For the artists included in Op Shop exhibition, the ability to acquire reasonably large numbers of similar objects at relatively low cost, the marks on those objects showing former use by anonymous people and reuse of these objects are allimportant components of their practice.  In addition projected video works by Raqs Media collective look at ideas of trade and our relationship to the material world via our possessions developing ideas raised within the previous works.  Fundamentally the exhibition draws attention to the value of the everyday. Op Shop is an exhibition which offers another chapter in the Maitland Stories: projects and invites engagement with different aspects of life in Maitland, past and present.  In the hands of Fiona Davies the exhibition curator, op shop becomes a subject and an exhibition that will enthral the viewer. There is much to see, observe and even listen to. Op Shop welcomes and is a destination. The Artists exhibiting in the exhibition are Nicole Barakat, Cath Bowen, Fiona Davies, Sarah Goffman, Fiona Hall, Donna Marcus, Kiri Morcombe,  Luke Roberts, Surabhi Saraf, Louise Saxton, David Sequeira, Maeve Woods, The Modified Toy Orchestra, Raqs Media Collective, Until 6th October. Everyone is welcome and entry is free.

Taking Maitland’s flood history into the future ‘Carefully cross the road to the Court House. As you cross you’ll be walking through the exact spot where the embankment broke and opened the street to the full force of the flood waters and the devastation that resulted.’ This quote is taken from Maitland historian Peter Bogan’s account of the dramatic events in Maitland in February 1955 and is featured in a new smart phone app, called Flood Walk, produced by the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA). The app features a walking tour Peter has led many times of Maitland’s Court House precinct, one of a series of five tours he has researched and delivered since 2009 with support from the CMA. Peter says the Maitland flood history Walk & Talk tours have been incredibly popular and he hopes the app will allow a greater number of people to experience them. ‘People can download the app and follow the tour around the streets of Maitland, look at the photos on their phone, lining up the old with the new, and hear stories of events that took place in the very spot they’re standing. It’s a very powerful thing to experience,’ says Peter The tour starts on the Hunter River on the Riverside Walkway at the end of St Andrews Street, just a block downstream from the Belmore Bridge, and finishes up at the Court House. Peter’s narration includes his own personal experience of the events of the 1955 and 1949 floods. So many people are fascinated by the dramatic floods that have characterised Maitland’s history. The revisiting and retelling of these events shines a light on the resilience of the people of Maitland and the way they come together to support one another through a crisis. The human stories featured in the Flood Walk app make these events real for us today and also offer a warning of things to come. There’s a very good chance that a flood the scale of the one that occurred in 1955 could occur again in Maitland. The message this app aims to get across is that we need to be prepared when it does. The Flood Walk app is being officially launched in Maitland on 22 August 2013. Search for ‘Flood Walk’ on the Apple App Store, for iOS devices, such as Apple iPods, iPhones and iPads, or from Google Play for Android devices.

239 High Street, Maitland 02 49 345 007

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Nova Cruises at Morpeth Jetty


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

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

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

What's On in Morpeth

Historic Morpeth Cruise Date: 7th, 21st & 22nd September Departs 2 -3 times per month where suitable tides permit see dates and departure times. Boarding at Lee Wharf pontoon, No 5 Honeysuckle Drive, Lee Wharf Adults $89 – Concession $84 – Child (up to 17yrs) $54 Tour includes: devonshire tea, admission to museum, heritage walk guide booklet and local produce

tasting served onboard (wines, fudge, sourdough). Morpeth, situated on the banks of the Hunter River, was once the gateway to inland Australia and one of the busiest trade ports in NSW. Today you can re-live the historic voyage from Newcastle to Morpeth in modern day style and comfort with NOVA Cruises. Contact: Phone 0400381787 or visit


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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Grandma's Feather Bed and Teddy Bears Downstairs

Morpeth Post Office 4/165 Swan Street, Morpeth Phone: 49336242 Open: Monday to Friday 9-5 Saturday 9-12


For all your postal and office stationery supplies. Childrens books our speciality from $4


Teddy Bears, soft toys and Gifts for all occasions!

St James’ Anglican Church Morpeth 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

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

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

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

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

Looking for something fun and different in 2013?

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

Kitchen accessories Cushion covers Tablecloths Gifts for all occasions Gift vouchers

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

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


Thunderbolts Lookout, Barrington Tops © Hamilton Lund; Tourism NSW

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

Paterson has inspired many artists to pick up a brush to try to capture this picturesque Australian country town on canvas. Take the time to look at the many fine old homes, grand commercial buildings, museums, art gallery, pubs, cafes, parks and shops that contribute to Paterson’s unique style. 9km north of Paterson is Vacy, with rugged Mt George to the west. It is well worth a visit to the café, hotel, arts & crafts shop and general store for a taste of country hospitality, great food and quirky crafts. Travel over the Vacy bridge, circa 1898, to Bunna Bunoo olive grove and gift shop. You can see the roof tops of the cabins and lodges such as Banjos Bushland Retreat and Cabins in the Clouds on Mt George, perfect destinations for weekend getaways or a longer stay. The small towns of Gresford and East Gresford are the gateway to Lostock

What's On 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

Paterson Classic Car and Bike Show 22 September, King Street Paterson Phone (02) 4938 5133. The historical town of Paterson will have cars and bikes on display at the Paterson Classic Car and Bike Show. This is the fourth year for this event and it is a must for the car and bike enthusiast. There are all types of models, makes and vintage, and all owners take pride in their machines on show. Make a day of it and bring the family along.

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

What to See & Do ■ Poke around unique shops, museums and art galleries. ■ Treat yourself to Sunday morning brunch at the CBC cafe. ■ Sample superior oils and preserves at Bunna Bunoo olive grove. ■ Experience Camyr Allyn’s inviting cellar door and beautiful surrounds. ■ Pack a picnic and head to Lostock dam. ■ Discover the valley’s many beautiful historic bridges and churches. ■ Book a weekend getaway and take your time to discover the area.

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

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The Ultimate Escape A Magical Retreat ... hugged by bush and wildlife!

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

Bistro at the Beatty

Originally the Paterson Branch of the Commercial Banking Co. of Sydney, this elegant building has changed very little as its beauty and historical elements have been kept while maintaining a comfortable feel. The beautifully renovated interior is heaven for any one passionate about Australia's history. Enjoy our selection of tasty bites in the beautiful historic surrounds of our café. Bookings are appreciated for dinner or small functions.

• Offering just 3 luxury 5 Star lodges (2 - 24 guests) • Exclusive recreational facilities • High energy activities to total relaxation • Come and enjoy our wonderful retreat & fabulous wildlife! Summer Hill Road,Vacy 2421 Ph: (02) 9403 3388 Email:

19 King St, Paterson • Ph: 4938 5767

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









Background photo © Craigmhor Enterprises


Just two and a half hours from Sydney in the Hunter Valley is the Allyn and Paterson River Valleys. Originating in the world famous Barrington Tops the rivers abound with native fish and platypus. For the tourist there are excellent attractions in the surrounding countryside. Visit our website for the attractions and services available to make your stay an enjoyable and memorable one.

Quality, very solid hand-made furniture made to last forever … indoor or outdoor … custom made. Come check out the style of something different in furnishing, some wild, some nearly conventional. All timber used is from ‘dead’ or ‘rescued’ trees and are ‘one-offs’. Want more info? Ring or visit Stephen Wright. He’ll be happy to show your future heirlooms.

Next to the Caltex Garage,

East Gresford

Ph: 4938 9501


Hiking in the Upper Hunter near Scone © Sophie Frazer - Vivid Imagination

Upper Hunter Country

Muswellbrook - Denman - Merriwa - Cassilis - Murrurundi - Scone - Aberdeen

Welcome to Carnivale in Spring …. Muswellbrook has a long and proud history dating as far back as the 1820s. Explorers opened up the unique spaces of this huge coastal valley; pioneering families made the most of the tough times hacking out farms and grazing properties from the virgin bush. In 1833, we were formerly declared a community on the official maps. Over those many years, people from all around the world have come to make Muswellbrook their home. Already populated by indigenous people who lived along the Hunter and Goulburn Rivers since the Dreamtime, they were joined by the English and Scott, Irish and Welsh. Gentlemen farmers had teams of Heinz-variety convicts to do the hard work, farming and fencing, sawing timber, building houses, shearing sheep and mustering cattle and clearing land for expansion. Germans came to provide the Gentlemen with expertise in managing their private vineyards. Chinese came in the Gold Rush days and stayed. Over the decades, as thing got tough in Europe after world wars and life became unbearable in war-torn Vietnam and persecution of race and religion in South America, political unrest, poverty in Africa, folk from all over came to start a new life. It is said that 57 different languages are spoken within our community. It is reasonable to say that possibly the only people we don’t have is Eskimos.


In more modern times, Muswellbrook still attracts newcomers to help us in the Coal Industry and in the Dairy Industry and in the Thoroughbred Horse Breeding Industry. Some communities celebrate Elvis from the US of A or Wine and Food, or Country Music or any of a host of themes. In Muswellbrook we celebrate our people. We celebrate the diversity of the folk who have come throughout the ages, we celebrate the contribution that mixture of race and colour, of cusine and language has made to making Muswellbrook what it is. And so from August each year throughout the Spring, we enjoy a mottled calendar of events we call Muswellbrook Carnivale in Spring – a host of events, some big, some small; some intimate affairs and other big ticket extravaganzas and we invite our friends and our neighbours, our guests and our visitors to enjoy the fun of the festival: arts and theatre, sport, adventure and nature, food and entertainment, community, history and heritage. And so, as you read this, please accept our invitation to join us in Spring, at the races, at the car show or the arts fair, a country dance on a Saturday evening or down at the pub during Ethnic Beer and Tucker Month. Bring the kids to the Creative Arts Fair where they can join Max and Elizabeth in the Kids Artists Funshop (it can’t be a workshop when you are a kid), see the competitors working at fever pitch in the Artists’ Shootout. Someone once said “it’s the vibe” – something you can’t quite put your

finger on but you know it’s there and you know it’s real. Well. here in Muswellbrook we know it’s the “diversity” – that something that sets us apart; all those people over so many generations who have come from all those places who have contributed some much – it’s worth celebrating and we would love you to come along and help us celebrate at Carnivale. See the full programme on

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. ■ Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre for its fine collection of works by regional artists or for coffee & light lunch at the café.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES Denman (65 47 2799); Merriwa (6548 2607); Murrurundi (6546 6446); Scone (6545 1526); Muswellbrook (6541 4050) For your FREE Upper Hunter Country Information package contact: Muswellbrook Visitor Centre, 87 Hill St Muswellbrook NSW 2333

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Murrurundi Frontier Festival Sunday 20th October Murrurundi Photgraphic Prize - RSL Hall Concours d' Elegance - Wilson Memorial Oval Murrurundi Information Centre staff will be pleased to provide full details on 6546 6446.

The festival highlights will be stage and event entertainment and market stalls as well as stage coach hold-ups at the Royal. Program for the Festival: Friday 18th October Murrurundi Photographic Prize - RSL Hall "Fawlty Towers" performed live at St Pauls Anglican Church Hall - 7.00pm Saturday 19th Ocober Murrurundi Photographic Prize - RSL Hall Markets - Entertainment Stage Coach Hold Up Murrurundi 100 years Birthday Party Historic Coach Tours around Murrurndi "Music by the Pages" Live Concert

Murrurundi Frontier Festival

18th to 20th October Join us for good old fashioned hospitality and country charm at the showground, Murrurundi. Special Exhibition: Who's been sleeping in my town? Stage Coach Hold Up Helicopter Rides Markets and Entertainment

The Global Village Motorfest & Fair Sunday 10th November 2013 from 9:00am till 2:00pm at the Muswellbrook Show Ground This event, now in its fifth year is proudly presented by The Upper Hunter Motoring Association Inc. and is part of the Muswellbrook Carnivale in Spring. From humble beginnings in 2009 leading to the formation of The Upper Hunter Motoring Association Inc. in 2010, (now with 85 members), the event has gone from strength to strength with there being over 300 magnificent exhibits from every era last year including cars, boats, bikes, trucks, stationary engines in fact, anything to do with motoring. The Global Village Motorfest & Fair provides a day of fun and entertainment for the whole family with cars, activities, stalls and presentations that will captivate young and old alike in a family friendly atmosphere that is alcohol free. Whilst the kids enjoy FREE rides and presentations, take time to look at the magnificent displays and browse the

many stalls. The event is open to Cars - Motorbikes – Competition - Boats - Trucks Tractors - Stationary Motors - Military Vehicles or anything else to do with motoring. Following on from last year, the Master of Ceremony -The famous PINKY will provide commentary in his inimitable style. Be sure you catch up with these major activities; yy Helicopter joy flights of the area yy Market Stalls: both at the event and at the monthly markets yy Crocstars: Hands on reptile display to entertain and educate yy Murphy’s Puppets: Italian Style Puppetry for all ages yy Megamania: Large Jumping Castle, Small Jumping Castle (under 3yo), Rock Wall yy An alcohol free event. Food and Refreshments: Provided by local Service Clubs ENTRY FEE....It doesn’t come any cheaper at $2.00 per person or $5.00 a

family, all rides (except helicopter) and entertainment FREE. There is no entry fee to show your car, bike, boat etc. only the gate entry cost. All gate takings go to support the wonderful Community services provided by the Muswellbrook PCYC. Proudly supported by: Bengalla Mining Company • Shannons Insurance – Share the Passion • Anglo American • Muswellbrook Steel Supplies • Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce & Industry


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Newcastle & Hunter - September 2013  

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

Newcastle & Hunter - September 2013  

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


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