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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. www.organicfoodmarkets.com.au The Olive Tree Market First Sat of every month 9am - 3pm. Newcastle’s handmade artisans market. Held at the Junction Public School and operates Rain, Hail or Shine! See 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 info@cherryblossommarkets.com.au 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. www.nclvets@bigpond.net.au 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 admins@nelsonbaybusiness.com Raymond Terrace Market Third Sat of every month at Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace 9am to 2pm. Free entry. Selling a variety of fresh locally grown produce and handmade products.
 Enquiries: 0412 721 723. rtcommunitymarkets@bigpond.com 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 www.toronto.com.au Saltwater Market 1st Sunday of every month, Swansea Public School. Stalls range from quirky and handmade, recycled and retro, high quality and new, fresh and tasty. Ph 0424 402 150 www.facebook.com/refreshingexperience

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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 www.wollombimarkets.com Broke Community Market 1st Sunday of each month at McNamara Park, Wollombi St. Broke. 8am - midday. Books, Bric-a-Brac, Local produce including vegetables, gourmet food, gifts and bargains. Enquiries: Eden 6579 1259. www.brokefordwich.com.au 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. www.maitlandmarkets.com.au 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 www.parkleamarkets.com.au Morisset Showground Markets with poultry and bird auction 1st Saturday month Ourimbah Street, Morisset. Great mix of stalls including fresh produce, craft, bricabrac, fashion and much more. Enquiries:  4973 2670. Email:  morissetshowground@yahoo.com.au 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. www.megamarkets.com.au 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, info@theeventstoreroom.com.au www.theeventstoreroom.com.au Denman Farmers Market 1st Saturday of each month except May. 8am to 1pm. Lions Park, Denman. www.denmanfarmersmarket.com.au 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. handmadeinhunter@iprimus.com.au Rotary Markets Last Sat of the the month. New Lambton Public School, Undercover area. New stallholders welcome. Contact: rotarymarket1@hotmail.com Sacred Tree Markets Every 3rd Sunday 9am-3pm St. Brigid’s Primary School, Branxton. Contact: info@sacredtreemarkets.com.au


Salt Water Market A refreshing experience!

9am to 2pm

At The Newcastle Harness Racing Club Open rain, hail or shine on 2nd Saturday of every month. Free parking and entry

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 www.facebook.com/refreshingexperience

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. www.kurrikurri.com

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: info@cherryblossommarkets.com.au

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Nourish the soul

At the Junction Public School

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

Saturday 1st and 15th Dec 9am - 3pm

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

Rain, Hail or Shine

THIRD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH 9AM - 3PM

OLD ST BRIGIDS SCHOOL GROUNDS

CNR STATION ST AND NEW ENGLAND HWY, BRANXTON

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Saturday 9th, 16th Dec

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

Hunter Region Markets

A community initiative, raising the profile of the destinations of Swansea and Lake Macquarie, increasing community spirit and providing opportunities for small businesses and local charities.  Based in the beautiful grounds of Swansea Public School, Salt Water Market has a vibrant atmosphere with free live music from house band "Masterclass". With more than 80 market stalls ranging from quirky and handmade, recycled and retro, high quality and new, fresh and tasty. Each market hosts a charity bbq and free busking opportunities for under 18’s to express themselves! First Sunday of every month from 9am to 2pm, with free entry and parking.  Salt Water Market, Rawson St, Swansea. Contact The 3 Mermaids at: saltwatermarket@hotmail.com or 0424 402 150 or find us at www.facebook.com/ refreshingexperience

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Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights

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Contents

December Welcome to the Christmas issue of your Newcastle and the Hunter iMag. ‘Tis the season to be jolly and our beautiful region has plenty of reasons to rejoice this December! If you are still looking for great bargains or unique Christmas gifts then take your family along to one of the colourful markets this month, on throughout the region. Many of our local artisans sell their handcrafted wares at the markets, plus there’ll be good food and live music to get you in the Christmas mood. See pages 2, 3 and 18 for information. Newcastle is a city of fun and excitement as usual this month – with a whole host of live events and special exhibitions and across the city. See Newcastle Now on page 17 for more details. If you are looking for a culinary experience in the Hunter Valley, why

Markets

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Tasting the Hunter

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This Month in the Hunter

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Art Trail Hunter Valley

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Antiques & Secondhand

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Map

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Buy Online

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TOWNS Newcastle

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Lake Macquarie

23 - 25

Wollombi Valley

30 - 31

The Hunter Valley

32 - 37

Cessnock & Kurri Kurri

38 - 39

Maitland

40 - 41

Morpeth

42 - 43

The Allyn & Paterson River Valley

44 - 45

Upper Hunter Country

46 - 47

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not take a trip to Lovedale? There can be nothing better than trying out the good food, fine wines and friendly hospitality on a sunny afternoon. See page 25 for a few suggestions of where to try. We wish you a happy, healthy Christmas time in Newcastle and the Hunter this month and whether you are a local out with friends or a visitor to our beautiful region – don’t forget to tell people where you found the information!

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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 www.thewinnerisoscars.com.au

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 www.saborinthehunter.com.au

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 www.realcoffee.com.au E: bean@realcoffee.com.au M: 0416 004 586

Great Coffee • Café style brunches Open 7 days 1 – 7 Darwin Street, Cessnock Ph: 4993 2655 Fax: 4991 1506 enquiries@cessnockleagues.com.au

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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: marian@riverflatsestate.com.au www.riverflatsestate.com.au

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 baker@blackbirdartisanbakery.com.au 6

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Garlic has flowers? Sounds funny, but it’s true that garlic sprouts a flower. It’s quite attractive when in bulb but comes into its own when it will eventually blossom, opening up to reveal a beautiful mauve, pink flower. These flowers start to appear when the garlic is approaching maturation and it’s a signal that the garlic is about ready to harvest. Different varieties of garlic will produce different styles of flowers. Some will look curly while others will be straight and harder. Unfortunately, they are not so friendly to your garlic in the ground. Most growers agree that the flower will take energy away from expanding the bulb, so the bulb may suffer in size or even have a hollow centre when harvested. So, cut the flowers off as soon as they appear and pop them into a vase with water. Don’t worry, they have a very mild garlic fragrance! And they last for a long time! For more info, recipes or to contact us, please visit: www.huntervalleygarlic.com.au

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Specialty Beers on Tap The Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co. microbrewery is located at the Commercial Hotel Morpeth: 127 Swan Street 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! Our three permanent beers on tap are the Close Call Pale Ale, Mullet Run Maple Porter and Big Hitter Special Bitter. 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. 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: www. commercialhotelmorpeth.com.au or Find us on Facebook: Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co. / Commercial Hotel Morpeth

Refreshing ideas for Christmas Christmas – a time for family, friends, good food and even better wine. What a terrific opportunity to enjoy an Australian Champagne or fresh Semillon; in fact the world’s best Semillon in 2011 was from the Hunter Valley. For a warm Australian Christmas here are some Christmas wine ideas… Sangria is a Spanish favourite and very refreshing. Ideal wines as a base are sparkling Shiraz or Sangiovese. Add lemonade and lots of orange and apple. Frizzante - a sparkling Semillon served with lemon is really refreshing and low in alcohol. When it comes to food nothing can beat matching a Pinot Grigio paired with a Waldorf salad, or grilled prawns with a light salad drizzled with a good caramelised balsamic vinegar. Still on food, lightly baste your BBQ fish with lemon myrtle infused olive oil as this will give you a light lemon tang and help stop the fish drying out. For the perfect finish to a special meal try a chilled liqueur Muscat with Christmas pudding. It will ensure a pleasant Christmas day afternoon with a little nap to end the day. Wherever you are, remember wine is for sharing, enjoying and complementing great food - not for excess. (Also worth remembering - your News Year’s resolution made under the influence is non-binding!)

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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

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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

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PUKARA ESTATE

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

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Lovedale (Factory)

820 Lovedale Road Lovedale Ph 4930 7388

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For that special Hunter taste sensation...try

Hunter Valley Snails The Australian Escargot from Snails Bon Appetite

Une Nouvelle Belle Epoque dans Newcastle! Calling all francophiles! There is a new taste of France in Newcastle. Husband and wife team Angela and Dominique Wehrle have opened French restaurant and bar “La Belle Epoque” on Bolton Street offering a varied menu of new and traditional dishes for lunch and evening meals. With a French chef and French staff, together with delightful French décor created by Dominique there is a real continental feel about it from the moment you walk through the door. There is something for everyone on the menu or if you just want a little taste of European “café culture” why not chat with your friends over the “Café Gourmand” special – coffee and two petits fours. La Belle Epoque is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am

ails! n S r u o y d e e n We ...Call Helen Snails Bon Appetite Ph: 0419 291 866 info@snails.com.au www.snails.com.au

to late and also for Sunday breakfast, so come along to experience un peu de la vrai vie francaise à Newcastle! Make your reservation today. Angela and Dominique also own La Belle France in Morpeth – see page 43 for more information. La Belle Epoque French Restaurant and Bar, 8 Bolton Street, Newcastle. Ph 02 4929 5575

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 www.tintilla.com.au

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December: The month of survival If you are looking for the Perfect Christmas Living Gift you can’t go past red poinsettias. They celebrate Christmas in the office, or at home, like no other plant. Keep your lawn longer. It will protect the roots of the grass, especially in the summer heat. Water plants deeply in the early morning preferably, before the day starts to warm up or early in the evening. Daily watering is needed if the weather is hot & dry for all your veggies & annuals, as well as any new plants or plants in pots. We recommend you add a wetting agent such as Wettasoil to both your garden & lawn to make the most of any water they receive.

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of your plants as well as deter the growth of weeds. Water first and then again after mulching, making sure to keep the mulch away from the stems of your plants. Although we offer several varieties of Mulch, Lee Rowan’s Rich Mulch is our exclusive blend to help reduce evaporation and add nutrient value to your soil. Available by the bag or bulk for larger areas. Lee Rowan's Gardenworld Pacific Hwy, Heatherbrae. Ph 02 4987 2302 www.leerowans.com.au

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The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles is presenting “TEXTILE WORKS” an exhibition of Textile based HSC Major Projects. We have invited the local secondary schools and colleges to nominate their students who have submitted a major project from the subject areas of Textiles and Design, Design Technology and Art for our inaugural and hopefully yearly exhibition Textile Works. The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles felt that our local students should be given an opportunity to have their wonderful pieces of work put on display in a local setting, giving parents, family, and friends and local schools and students studying textiles the opportunity to view a great range of textile based designs locally. The exhibition will open mid- December and run until early March. The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles is located in John Street, East Maitland. Open Thursday and Saturday 10am -3pm and Friday 10am – 2pm. Contact Lynette McDowell on 4930 9051. For group bookings: Stephanie Rogers on 0403 652 550. AMCAT (Thursday and Friday): 0458 505 280 Email: janiceamcat@gmail.com Web: https://sites.google.com/ site/amcatmuseum

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Newcastle Beach

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

www.hunterimag.com.au hang-gliders and surfing lessons. The Café culture is emerging with the most popular food areas in Darby Street in Cooks Hill; The Harbour waterfronts including Honeysuckle, Beaumont Street in Hamilton and The Junction. Newcastle is a city that embraces and nurtures creativity, and holds local arts practitioners in high esteem. Newcastle is host to a colourful and expansive array of art galleries, including the Newcastle Region Art Gallery, one of Australia’s leading

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!

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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 info@moonshadow.com.au www.moonshadow.com.au

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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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French Restaurant & Bar www.theolivetreemarket.com.au

Open for Lunch & Dinner Licensed & BYO Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am to late Sunday breakfast/lunch/dinner: open from 9am to late French chef and all French staff Make your reservation today 8 Bolton Street, Newcastle. Ph 02 4929 5575

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

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Art in the Park Daylight Saving Written by Nick Enright following the successful Venetian Twins, this award winning Australian comedy was published in 1990 after its first staging in 1989 by the Ensemble Theatre, Sydney. The play is set in a house overlooking Pittwater, north of Sydney, over two weekends in March. The second weekend the clocks are set back one hour as daylight saving ends. Flick is a successful restaurateur trying to cope with a 'gay chef' crisis. Her husband Tom will be absent on their wedding anniversary managing a young neurotic tennis pro, Jason. Jason is having trouble with his psychic. Josh, an ex-boyfriend of Flick's, is in town and gets an invitation to dinner. A stressed neighbour, Stephanie, keeps dropping in. Bunty, Flick’s nosy mother, is being difficult to get out of the house. These are the tasty ingredients to the play that won the Gold Awgie as well as Best Stage Play at the 1990 Awgie Awards. After a 20 year gap, Newcastle Theatre Company is revisiting this wonderful comedy. Noel Grivas, who played Josh in the 1992 production, is directing after honing his skills by staging Ray Lawler’s ‘Doll Trilogy’ at Maitland Repertory Theatre over the last three years. NTC’s production of Daylight Saving by Nick Enright opens on Saturday 19 January 2013 and plays Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights until 2 February 2013. There are matinees on Sunday 20 and Saturday 26 January.

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Come and join in the fun of a new event, Art in the Park being held in conjunction with Hunter Arts Network’s (HAN) 10th Summer Art Bazaar. Artists are being encouraged to leave their studio and come set up their art practice at Art in the Park on Saturday 1 December at Civic Park, Newcastle from 9am to 3pm.   HAN has been running Artist demonstrations for a few years now as part of Art Bazaar which has proved to be popular & now Artists can use the crowds from Art Bazaar for inspiration. Celebrate the Hunter’s vibrant Art Community by joining other artists in a Civic Park first. Artists – professional, student, community or dabbler, in all mediums, are invited to share their talent with the community and inspire budding Artists to create. The City of Newcastle will help provide art materials for children to encourage families to come and make art.  Art tables for children will be set up through the Art Bazaar with Artists on hand to supervise and help children on their Artistic adventure.  We will also have some visual art diaries and pencils to give away to anyone who wants to give it a go. Do your Christmas shopping at the same convenient location at Summer Art Bazaar,

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Located in arrivals, the Newcastle Airport Information Services desk can: > book your airport transfers, including hire car / limousine and door-to-door shuttle bus services > book your accommodation, including negotiated hotel rates > provide information on local attractions, and tour bookings > provide brochure and map distribution, and > provide train and public bus timetables. For more information, contact (02) 4928 9822 or visit www.newcastleairport.com.au

the Hunter’s premier art & design market place.  This year is our biggest yet with over 100 stalls and over 200 Artists selling their creations in the beautiful surrounds of Civic Park.  It's a great opportunity to see Art outside of a formal gallery setting and meet the Artisan behind the work. Register your interest on Facebook to hear about more details and giveaways as the day gets closer: fb.com/hunterartsnetwork. www.hunterartsnetwork.org

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

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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

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Events in Newcastle

International Spacetime Concerto Experience history in the making. The International Space Time Concerto Competition concert series consists of two unique events on Friday 30th Nov and Sunday 2nd of Dec. CONCERT 2 - Sunday 2nd December The second night of the International Space Time Concerto Competition series will be held at the University of Newcastle’s Harold Lobb Concert Hall. Virtuoso performances from the Romantic and 20th Century periods for the piano, trombone and violin will run alongside innovative new compositions involving light sculptures, video projections and jazz improvisation. For more information and tickets visit www.spacetimeconcerto.com

Waste Knot – One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure See the possibilities for recycled waste as it is transformed into a treasure trove of art at Waste Knot - a free outdoor

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exhibition on display at the Honeysuckle Promenade on Honeysuckle Way Newcastle Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December. Sponsored by the Hunter Development Corporation and the Hunter Water Corporation, the exhibition will feature large artworks made by local artists, highlighting how discarded materials can be used in the making of art. Prize money of $8000 is on offer to the artists which is sure to attract widespread interest. Art Bazzar and Art in the Park Saturday 1 December, Civic Park, 9am -3pm. Original handcrafted goods from over 100 local Hunter Arts Network artists. Meet artists & designers from the Hunter & enjoy the 10th Summer Art Bazaar at Civic Park, in the heart of Newcastle, adjacent to the gallery precinct and close to Darby Street. www.hunterartsnetwork.org Nobbys Lighthouse Grounds Opening Everyone can now 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 (4th November and 18th November) between 10am and 4pm. Entry to the site is FREE. www.newcastlenow.org.au/ newcastle-livesites A CHRISTMAS CAROL - A Play to Raise the Spirits! Civic Theatre On the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens birthday HRDS presents the world’s most loved tale of the stingy, sour and tight-fisted miser Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge’s misery, the deadening chill as he meets the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, the merriment in Bob Cratchit’s home and Scrooge’s final, joyful celebration of Christmas are all brilliantly brought to life in this wonderful adaption by much celebrated Australian playwright David Holman. Directed by Victor Emeljanow and staring Tim Blundell, Linden Mullard, Simon Morgan, Luke Quinn, Claire Thomas, Michael Smythe, Patrick Campbell and a talented line-up from within the HRDS ensemble. For more information visit www.newcastlenow.org.au/ newcastle-livesites

An Interview with Prof. McMillen Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University 1. What motivates and inspires you? Working in an environment focussed on supporting people from all backgrounds to achieve their potential through education is a daily motivation and seeing the pride on the faces of graduates and families on Graduation Day is an inspiration. Discussing research with staff who are world leaders in their field is always a privilege –seeing their tireless commitment to improve the world in which we live is inspiring. 2. What do you do to relax? Walking around Newcastle - along the harbour, out to the Breakwall or along to Merewether Surf Club on a Sunday for a (very) late breakfast with my husband. A quiet double shot cappuccino at 23 Hundred on Scott St with the Herald in the early morning – and you can’t beat a book and 20 minutes of really bad TV at the end of a long day. 3. What's next on the horizon for you? The next year at the University will be one where build on our great performance and work to strengthen our global reputation. We will engage with the world’s best in education and research and attract bright and talented minds to Newcastle and our regions- to talk, work, study, create and engage with our University and our communities. 4. What does it mean to you to be a Novocastrian? I was born in the great harbour city of Belfast and grew up in a ‘steel town’ in Northern England – and feel absolutely at home in Newcastle. I have found Novocastrians to be welcoming, grounded - and smart. As a ‘rookie Novocastrian’ I am proud to be in a city which is resilient, creative and has a strong sense of social justice. 5. What do you love most about Newcastle? Working in one of the most interesting universities in the country alongside staff who are passionate about what they do and with bright students who challenge and inspire. And at the end of a long week - sitting on the veranda, looking out across the harbour lights and watching the tugs work alongside the magnificent coal ships would have be one of the best views on the planet.


The Olive Tree Market Christmas Market Festivals Newcastle's & The Hunters Dedicated Contemporary Handmade Art & Design Market will come alive at the most anticipated market of the year this December 1st! If you love unique high quality handmade work come and wander amongst over 140 vibrant stalls. Visitors have the opportunity of meeting Newcastle's most talented makers and buying unique high quality gifts from the hands of the people who make them! The Olive Tree Market features beautifully handmade items from an eclectic mix of stalls including: printmaking, painting, illustration, jewellery, fashion, home wares, ceramics, children's products, textile arts & more from practising & emerging artists. You may be lucky enough to snap up the work of a talented newcomer before they become famous! 

Listen to the sounds of talented local musicians, enjoy delicious food from around the world and find the freshest Christmas Produce straight from the kitchens of our artisan makers. Meet with family and friends for brunch or an early dinner in the beautiful grounds of The Junction Public School. Plus! Christmas Paper Workshops with Renew Newcastle project The Chop Chop Clinic, Artists Demonstrations, Strip of a Lifetime Photo-Booth & lots more! Extended Christmas Hours from 9am-5pm for relaxed Christmas shopping. Full list of stallholders, musicians & program published November 19th: http://theolivetreeblogspot.com or visit www.theolivetreemarket.com.au Send gifts from the hands of the makers

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YOGA loft Luxury Newcastle’s only luxury eco yoga studio & spa with stunning ocean views! In the heart of Newcastle, overlooking the majestic foreshore and Newcastle beach, transform your body, mind and spirit at the amazing new YOGA loft! With state of the art facilities, inspiring internationally trained teachers, organic day spa and a beautiful YOGA loft community, get ready for a yoga experience like no other! YOGA loft provides a huge variety of heated and non-heated classes including the fastest growing yoga in Australia - hot power yoga. Other yoga classes include restorative, beginners, prenatal, kids, dance, meditation and core training. They also feature a free community class every Wednesday, with all donations going to a local charity each month! YOGA loft trial offer just $20 for 10 days of unlimited yoga! YOGA loft features: • Over 45 heated and non-heated classes a week

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• Open 7 days a week. 6am – 8pm weeknights • FREE community class, all proceeds go to local charities • Massage & beauty room with views of Newcastle Beach • Workplace, schools & ambassador programs BENEFITS OF YOGA Want to sleep more deeply than you have since your teens, concentrate more easily at work, minimise aches and pains, have smoother skin and a better outlook on life? Once you begin to practice yoga regularly, you are likely to notice these transformative changes. • Happier Mood • Decreased Back Pain • Weight Loss • Enhanced Athletic Ability • Better Focus at Work • More Energy, Vitality • Improved Sleep • A Calmer, Quieter Mind • Balanced Mood • FlexibilitySprout

YOGA loft Kids Yoga – SPROUT  - A super fun, imaginative and energetic class for ages 4 – 10 designed to help children build strength, flexibility, and concentration. See your little sprout grow in body and mind at the YOGA loft. The classes go for 45mins. Bookings essential for Sprout classes. Mama Bump Pre-natal Yoga for expecting yummy mummies who want to stay fit and healthy during their pregnancy. A beautiful class to nourish, strengthen, relax and give expecting mum’s the opportunity to let it all go on the mat! 60 minute class. Non heated. YOGA loft | Open 7 Days a Week,  Level 5, 50 Hunter Street Newcastle (beach end of Hunter Street). www.yogaloft.com.au Call 4927 1010 or Email info@yogaloft.com.au


This Month in the Hunter Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular!

Over 250,000 lights have been added to this year’s Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens ensuring that the event, with over 1.25 million lights in total, will be the best yet! The Gardens will be filled with vibrant colour, incredible light and sound displays every night from Friday 9th November, 2012 until Saturday 26th January, 2013 (excluding Christmas Day and night). In its sixth year, Christmas Lights Spectacular is the largest lights display in the Southern Hemisphere, making it a must see for the entire family and a great way to kick start that festive season. The much anticipated event has won the prestigious Hunter Region Tourism Award for ‘Best Major Festival or Event’ for

2009, 2010 and 2011 earning it a place in the Hall of Fame within this category. Hunter Valley Gardens General Manager, Kyle McKendry says, “This year will be bigger, brighter and better than previous years. We’ll have live entertainment for all ages, delicious food and wine and more Christmas lights than ever illuminating the Gardens.” The Twelve Days of Christmas music and light display in the Border Garden, the cactus musical extravaganza and the three mega trees that are an incredible 12, 9 and 6 metres high are sure to amaze visitors. There are also light and music displays throughout the Storybook Garden and the greatest story ever told at the nativity scene. Embrace the Christmas spirit with harmonious tunes, millions of glittering light displays showered across the spectacular grounds of Hunter Valley Gardens and jolly visits from Santa, (photos available). Gates will open nightly from 6.30pm, with pre-lights entertainment and food

stalls. The lights display will commence at 7.30pm. Entry to Christmas Lights Spectacular: Adult $20.00 Children (4-15 yrs) $15.00 Children 3 yrs & Under FREE. Each child will receive a FREE glow stick. Family (2ad+2chd) $60.00 Extra Child (with Family Pass) $5.00 Day/Night (Return) Adult $35.00 Day/Night (Return) Child $15.00 Annual Pass (unlimited entry to Hunter Valley Gardens) Adult $85.00 Family (2ad+2chd) $225.00 Child (4-15 yrs) $60.00 To find out more about the Christmas Lights Spectacular, please visit www.hvg.com.au or call 02 4998 4000. In the event of wet weather, please visit our Facebook or Twitter page or contact Hunter Valley Gardens to find out if the Christmas Lights Spectacular will be open. Christmas Lights Spectacular accommodation packages are available. For bookings and enquiries please contact Harrigan’s Irish Pub and Accommodation on 1800 800 522.

Whats on in Dec

St James Anglican Church Morpeth Advent Procession St James’ will welcome the season with Favourite Advent carols on Sunday 2nd Dec at 4.30pm with our Advent Procession. This service is part of the long tradition in the English Church of vivid Advent services. 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

1st Nov to 31st Dec Christmas Nativity Exhibition Morpeth Gallery 9th Nov to 26th Jan 2013 Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular Pokolbin. www.hvg.com.au 1st Dec Outdoor Cinema Night 5.30pm Wollombi Public School 1st Dec – Summer Art Bazaar Civic Park, Newcastle www.hunterartsnetwork.org.au 5th, 6th and 12th Dec Gold n’ Yule Royal Exchange Salon Newcastle 6th to 10th Dec Special Olympics Newcastle University www.specialolympics.com.au/juniorgames 9th Dec Carols by Candlelight Rugby League Sports Ground, Kurri Kurri Ph 4932 5906 13th Dec Rotary Carols at All Saints Church High Street, Singleton. Ph 6572 2883 14th Dec Carols at Closebourne 6-9pm Closebourne House, Morpeth. Combined Churches of Morpeth present the Annual

Carols at Closebourne. 6pm: Bring a picnic and sit on the grass in front of Closebourne House. Sausage Sizzle,  Glowstix! 7pm: A full programme of traditional Carols led by: Morpeth Primary School Choir, Maitland City Choir, featuring by popular request Simon Militano - Guest Artist from Lend Lease. Face Painting! Surprise Visitor! 16th Dec Annual Nobby’s to Newcastle Ocean Swim www.hevents.net 31st Dec NYE Fireworks 9pm and Midnight Newcastle Foreshore 31st Dec – NYE at Wollombi Tavern www.wollombitavern.com.au

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Celebrate New Years Eve 2012 at d’albora Marinas Nelson Bay! d’Albora Marinas Nelson Bay will once again stage NYE Celebrations by hosting the NYE Fireworks display for the Port Stephens Community and visitors to the bay! Ka-boom Fireworks will fill the sky with a “Spectacular” display at 9pm. Focus being “Family Fun”. This well established event will play host to many amusements located on the marina, Aerojump, Sand Art, Jumping Castles which will certainly keep the kids amused. Live Entertainment! Local performer Mick Jones will play from 12:00 – 3:00pm. Mick a local resident of the bay and has a great following playing a wide range of popular songs from the 80’s to today’s top hits! The Fruit Trees are a folk group from the Hunter Valley NSW and will be performing from 6pm until the 9pm fireworks. Their acoustic melodies are made up of originals and covers. Together they offer a unique combination, making for a friendly, relaxed evening of entertainment. For those interested in enjoying the festivities in style the marina has a large selection of eateries and restaurants which offer fine dining and amazing views. Tables are filling up fast so make your booking today! Simply visit www.dalboramarinas.com.au. Retail outlets will be open with selected stores selling NYE promotional items. See in the New Year with d’Albora Marinas Nelson Bay!

Special Olympics National Junior Games From 6th - 10th December 250 athletes between the age of 8 - 15 years will come to Athletes Olympic Village situated at Newcastle University to compete in the 3rd Junior National Junior Games. competing in Swimming, Cricket, Basketball, Tennis and Soccer with Skills programs in Gymnastics and T-Ball. This is part of the Special Olympics Movement, an organisation that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability. The Junior National Games are held every four years and are specifically designed to provide an opportunity for athletes under 16 to experience quality competition and for the majority of these children it is the first chance they have to leave home on their own and compete at a National Level. The Opening Ceremony of the Games will be held at the Newcastle Basketball Stadium on the 7th December and will showcase the athletes, local dance and performance groups, the Police Law Enforcement Torch Run and country music talent Amber Lawrence. Come along and support these inspirational athletes and share the joy and excitement. Tickets at www.proticket. com.au $25 p.p/ $70 for the family. For a schedule see www.specialolympics.com.au/juniorgames

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Warners Bay, Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie Lake Macquarie comes alive this festive season with carols, fireworks, live music and more. One of Lake Macquarie’s most beloved Friday night traditions, Music in the

Swansea Carols by Candlelight “A Christmas Carol”

Saturday 15 December 2012 4pm – 9.30 pm Swansea Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the 2281 Combined Churches has successfully held the annual Carols by Candlelight event in Swansea for the past 10 years. As the event attracted around 3,000 people to last year’s Carols, this year the venue has moved from Peel Street Reserve (adjacent to the RSL Club) to the Thomas Humphreys Reserve (adjacent to Coon Island). This year’s theme will be “A Christmas Carol” and artists include Taga Paa, well known for his performance on The Voice, and some great local talent, Matt Purcell and Kirsty Larkin together with the Jitterbugs children’s entertainment. The event will also include Christmas stalls, food vendors, activities for children and amusement rides and a spectacular fireworks display at 9.30pm! For information ph Swansea Chamber of Commerce on 4971 6282 or 0404 902 043.

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Podium, is back for another year. Held every Friday night throughout the summer, bring your picnic blanket and dinner down to Warners Bay Foreshore and soak up the fabulous live music and gorgeous sunset views from 6pm till 9pm. This year there are two fabulous events to celebrate Christmas in Lake Macquarie, Swansea Carols by Candlelight and the Southlake Christmas Spectacular. The Swansea Carols will be held on Saturday the 15th of December at Thomas Humphrey Reserve in Swansea, while the

What to See & Do

The Brighton is situated on Toronto’s foreshore, offering glorious views of Lake Macquarie and surrounding parkland.

Music in the Podium Live outdoor concert series featuring different artists each week at Warners Bay foreshore. Every Friday night, 6pm – 9pm. Ph: 0458 549 222 or email: chamber@warnersbay.net.au

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.

Southlake Christmas Spectacular will be held a week later on Saturday the 22nd at the Morisset Showground. Both events will feature Christmas carols, live entertainment, food and market stalls, an appearance by Santa and amusements for the kids. The night at Swansea will finish off with a bang, a fireworks finale lighting up the sky over Swansea Channel. At twice the size of Sydney Harbour, Lake Macquarie is one of the largest permanent coastal saltwater lakes in the Southern Hemisphere. Visitors can enjoy boating, kayaking, wakeboarding, windsurfing and more, as well as swimming and surfing at the pristine beaches, or bushwalking and picnicking in the Watagan Mountains.

Southlake Christmas Spectacular Carols, food and market stalls, amusement rides, Santa and a grand firework finale at Morisset Showground, Ourimbah Street Morisset on Saturday, 22 December, 4pm – 9pm. Ph: 0458 733 483 or email coordinator@southlakemac.com

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Swansea Carols by Candlelight Carols, food and market stalls, amusements and Santa at Thomas Humphrey Reserve, Swansea on Saturday, 15 December, 4pm10pm. Ph: 0409 902 043 VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 228-234 Pacifc Highway, Swansea Ph: 4921 0740 Freecall: 1800 802 044 www.visitlakemac.com.au

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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)

Ph:0249772316 Fax: 0249773788 www.mandalonggallery.com.au

Holiday Dialysis (Mid North Coast) Everyone needs a holiday, and now you don’t have to let health concerns stop you from taking that trip of a lifetime. If you require renal dialysis during your holiday, contact Mayo Private Hospital in Taree and make a booking today. We know it can be stressful to be away from your regular dialysis unit. The staff at the Mayo provide quality care in a relaxed, supportive environment, where your health and comfort is our prime concern. The unit is staffed by trained registered nurses, with on-site access to the full resources of the Mayo Private Hospital – including doctors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Who can use this service? • Any member of the community with private health insurance • DVA war veterans • Those who are self-funded For more information and to make an appointment, phone 02 6552 0040 or email: Mayo.Dialysis@healthecare.com.au Mayo Private Hospital – Potoroo Drive, Taree NSW

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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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Art Trail Hunter Valley

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14 December 2012 – 3 February 2013

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

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

BIG SCOPE: PAINTING AND PLACE An exhibition of large-scale works exploring the dynamic nature of our relationship to landscape and place, presenting the viewer with an exhibition that is both visually dynamic and thought provoking. Includes work by Robert Boynes, Peter Daverington, Sally Gabori, Una Rey, Gordon Rintoul, Paul Uhlmann, John R Walker and Catherine Woo.

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

② Cessnock Regional Art Gallery 16 Vincent St. Cessnock Open: 10am-4pm Tues to Sat, 12 noon - 4pm Sun. Ph. 02 4991 6619. www.crag.net.au

A gallery project curated by Rob Cleworth

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. nsw.gov.au

③ Defiance Sculpture Park at The Gate Gallery 2480 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi Open: 10am-3pm or by appt. Ph 02 4998 3370 www.thegategallery.com.au

GLENDON SCHOOL: BIG Glendon School caters for primary students diagnosed with moderate, severe and multiple disabilities. This exhibition, the fourth in the gallery’s annual series, is selected from artworks the students have created throughout 2012 in response to iconic works by Picasso, van Gogh, and Nolan. A gallery project in collaboration with Glendon School

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

background image from Glendon School: BIG Jake Rounsley (aged 5) Sunflowers #10 (detail) 2012 mixed media on canvas, 45 x 36cm © the artist GALLERY OPEN TUESDAY TO SUNDAY 10AM–5PM ADMISSION IS FREE FIRST STREET BOORAGUL NSW 2284 T: 02 4965 8260 E: ARTGALLERY@LAKEMAC.NSW.GOV.AU W: ARTGALLERY.LAKEMAC.COM.AU

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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Wholly Relics Quality Antiques

Open ThuRS, Fri, Sat & Sun 10am to 4pm

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

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340 sq metres of antiques, collectables & bric a brac! 34 Rural Drive, Sandgate NSW. Phone Kathie 0412 630 011 Trading Hours: Wed, Thurs & Fri 8am to 4pm. Sat 8am to 2pm

Open 7 days 10am - 5pm Newcastle's Largest Antique Centre 30 Stores Under One Roof • Old Grocery Store Museum • Buying and Selling Phone: 4926 4537 www.centenarycentre.com.au 29 Centenary Road, Newcastle

Hunter Antiques and Secondhand Dealers

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

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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 www.hunterimag.com.au

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newcastle kayak tours

Enjoy a leisurely guided kayak tour of Newcastle’s world renowned harbour. See the actual workings of the world’s largest coal export port, also the many natural features on display during our 2.5 hour or 3.5 hour guided tours. Newcastle Kayak Tours are relaxing, fun and safe for the whole family, ages from 5 – 80. No experience is required, and minimal fitness is necessary. Tours begin at either 8am or 11am each day. Family (2 adults, 2 children) and group (8+ persons) discounts are available, please enquire. Also, we do offer sunrise and sunset tours on demand (min two paddlers). Launch locations are adjusted according to weather conditions and tides, and safety equipment is provided. We kayak in most weather conditions except for strong winds. Newcastle Kayak Tours operate all year round. We even conduct Moonlight tours during the full moon! Minimum group: two paddlers with maximum group numbers being 15 paddlers (plus guide).

Newcastle Kayak Tours

0468 929152

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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

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• 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

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

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

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.

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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 December Friday December 1 Outdoor Cinema Night Held at Wollombi Public School, this is a community fundraiser for their new playground. Gates open at 5.30pm, with the feature starting at 7.30pm. Bring your own beanbag, blankets or pillows. A great night for all the family. Sunday December 16 Laguna Markets Open from 9.30am, you can browse through a range of local produce, including veggies, free range eggs, fruit, herbs, plants, flowers, tubestock, olives, olive oil, preserves, lavender products, as well as: hand spun wool / beanies / scarves, jewellery, vintage linen, bric-abrac, secondhand books and more. Monday December 31 New Year's Eve at Wollombi Tavern Kicking off at twilight, NYE at The Tav is not be missed. Featuring great live music & an astounding fireworks display. For more information, visit www.visitwollombi.com.au or find us on Facebook at Wollombi Valley Tourism


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Wollombi Village Vineyard Rated HHHH by James Halliday

ENJOY THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW OVER 40 OUTDOOR SCULPTURES BY AUSTRALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS YEAR ROUND AT AUSTRALIA’S PREMIER PRIVATELY OWNED COMMERCIAL SCULPTURE PARK & GALLERY IN WOLLOMBI VALLEY

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 www.defiancegallery.com

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 www.thegategallery.com.au

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

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

Noyce Brothers Wines

Bohemia Natural Therapies Rooms Now Open Massage, Mani’s & Pedi’s, Reiki, Flower Essences NLP, Hypnotherapy, Tarot, Astrology & more!

By appointment on 0413 185 666

2881 Wollombi Rd – Open Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun

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Find us on FB: Bohemia @ Wollombi

Cellar Door: Grays Inn 2884 Wollombi Road, Wollombi www.noycebros.com.au 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.

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Hunter Valley Vineyard

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,

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

ph: 02 4990 7531

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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

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VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Hunter Valley Wine Country Visitors Centre, 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin 2320. Ph: 02 4990 0900 Email: info@winecountry.com.au www.winecountry.com.au

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What to See & Do 20 December Jack Newton Celebrity Classic Hunter Valley The Jack' pro-am 36 hole golf tournament combines 50 celebrities ranging from sporting greats, comedians, entertainers, film stars and television personalities with 50 professional golfers. The tournament offers a unique opportunity for amateurs to play with their golfing heroes and celebrities. Whilst the celebrity-heavy tournament prides itself on promoting a fun, relaxed vibe for its participants, there is a real purpose behind it - with all proceeds duly donated to the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation and Diabetes. 9 November – 26 January 2013 Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular Lights display from 7.30pm. Cost: Adults $20.00 | Children (4-15) $15.00
Children 3 & under enter FREE
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $60.00
Extra Child Family Pass $5.00. Open every night, a magical event the whole family will enjoy! With exciting new displays of over a million lights plus festive food, beverages, Children's entertainment and Santa! Village Shopping and Cafes open later on selected evenings.

8 December Simple Minds & Devo - A Day on the Green 12 3pm-10pm, Bimbadgen Estate Pokolbin. They defined a generation, are revered by critics and adored by fans.  In an epic career spanning 30 years and more than 60 million albums sold, Simple Minds travelled from the streets of Glasgow to become one of the world’s biggest bands with a musical majesty that still inspires awe. www.adayonthegreen.com.au

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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 www.balloonaloft.com

Boutique Wines and Olive Oils

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. www.balloonaloft.com

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: Sandalyn@hunterlink.net.au www.sandalyn.com.au www.hunterimag.com.au

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The Australian

Alpaca Barn

Rosamund House Fully renovated 4 bedroom luxury farm home on 30 acres.

Hunterstay Accommodation

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 www.australianalpaca.com sales@australianalpaca.com

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

Outstanding homesteads and cottages. Surrounded by acres of idyllic vineyards, mountain ranges and forests An unforgettable stay in an unforgettable region. Choose from 4 bedroom homesteads to 2 bedroom cottages in the beautiful Broke Fordwich Wine Growing Region in the HUNTER VALLEY.

HUNTERSTAY Phone: 02 6579 1259 Book online at www.hunterstay.com.au

HUNTERSTAY Rosa House Private country home on 10 acres of farm and bush land.

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

www.jamesestatewines.com.au

Shop 15, Hunter Valley Gardens Pokolbin 2320 www.thewinnerisoscars.com.au

Show this voucher for a FREE coffee with every Oscars breakfast purchased Not accepted in conjunction with any other offer

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HUNTERSTAY

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


9 NOVEMBER 2012 - 26 JANUARY 2013

Visit Australia’s Biggest Christmas Lights Display! With exciting new displays including over 1,250,000 lights, sound and light displays plus festive food, beverages, children's entertainment and Santa. This is a magical event the whole family will enjoy!

GARDENS ENTRY 6.30pm - 10.00pm • Adults $20.00 | Children (4-15) $15.00 • Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $60.00 • Day/Night Passes available

• Children 3 & under FREE • Extra Child with Family $5.00 • Annual Passes also available

BUY EXPRESS ENTRY TICKETS - www.hvg.com.au

If you have visited the Gardens throughout the day, entry to the Christmas Lights Spectacular is just $10.00 per adult and free for children with your receipt as proof of entry. Gardens open 9-4pm. Closed 25 December. This event will not open in adverse weather conditions.

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Lovedale Gourmet Delights in Lovedale Gartelmann wines, Sabor in the Hunter and Emma's of Lovedale are typical showcases of passion and excellence for businesses in the beautiful Lovedale area of the Hunter Valley. Founded in 1996 by Jorg and Jan Gartelmann specialising in hand crafted wines and are justifiably proud of their award winning wines. Sabor in the Hunter offering an abundance of classical and seasonal desserts and are Australia wide regarded for their multi award winning Portuguese chocolate mousse. Being the new kid on the block Emma's of Lovedale is making already a name for itself by introducing a modern European gourmet menu with unpretentious pricing being located at the magnificent Emma's Cottage Vineyard. Emma's of Lovedale is open from Thursday to Sunday for Lunch and Dinner and also on Saturday and Sunday for breakfast from 8 am. Please phone 49987333 for reservations. 438 Wilderness Road Lovedale

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Fourteen outstanding wines Cellar door open daily, website open 24/7

701 lovedale road lovedale hunter valley p 02 4930 7113 w gartelmann.com.au

Cellar door open daily, website open 24/7

701 lovedale road lovedale hunter valley p 02 4930 7113 w gartelmann.com.au

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 www.saborinthehunter.com.au

Call 02 4998 7333 Emma's Cottage Vineyard Wilderness Road, Lovedale Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday Lunch: Thursday to Sunday Dinner: Thursday to Saturday


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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.

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■ 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: info@winecountry.com.au www.winecountry.com.au

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Whimsical new exhibition at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery HOME brings together four female artists, winners of the 2011 Sculpture in the Vineyards CRAG Award. The exhibition explores the idea of home: is it safe? Is it warm and comforting? But the more you explore this exhibition, the more you realise that nothing is ever as it seems. The JaM collective combines a soundscape with an eerily swaying, suspended room, asking visitors to question the very fabric of places which were once that of solace.

What to see and do in Kurri Kurri

Dr Melissa Laird creates shrines of eerily assembled mementos, pieced together from found objects to create a Grandma’s cabinet of hoarded trinkets. Specimen-like organs by Tammie Castles capture memories of Cessnock’s coal mining past, questioning what happens when a community loses the industry that created it. Home opens 24th November, and runs until 21st December at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, 16 Vincent St Cessnock 02 4991 6619 e: info@crag.net.au www.crag.net.au


Karen’s Krafty Kreations the perfect gift this Xmas, or anytime! December 9th

Carols by Candlelight Carols By Candlelight will be held on Sunday afternnoon 9th of December at the Kurri Kurri Public School, Lang Street, Kurri Kurri. Gates are open from 5.30pm. Entertainers are all local people. This annual event is organised by the Rotary Club of Kurri Kurri. You can contact club member Rod Porter on 4932 5906 for further information

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

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

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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 www.kurrikurri.com

Handmade and personal unique signature albums for that special occasion including birthdays, the birth of a baby, weddings, remembering a loved one. Each item is made with loving care and is totally unique. Karen’s Krafty Kreations signature albums can be made on just about anything, all you have to do is send photos by email, by post on a disc or a memory stick (which can be returned with the completed album). We love a crafty challenge so contact us and we'll come up with the right signature creation for that special person for that special day for a gift that will always be treasured. We are on Facebook so check out what we have created already. We also make beautiful unique greeting cards as well as invitations for special occasions.

We are taking orders for Christmas so call or email us with your order at kazzaskraftykreations@hotmail.com or ph 0404 485 662 for more information.

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

OPEN FIRST THREE SUNDAYS OF EACH MONTH

For more information visit www.rvrm.org

Summer Stock arriving weekly! Fully stocked with summer schoolwear

DECEMBER ONLY 30% OFF Summer Stock

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105 Lang Street Kurri Kurri Phone 4936 1511

Excluding formal and schoolwear Large range of casual and formal clothing in sizes 6-26. Wide range of accessories including shoes, hats & handbags.

128 Lang St, Kurri Kurri

Next to Chelmsford Hotel Ph: 4936 4822

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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

www.hunterimag.com.au 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

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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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Morpeth

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

place to match our beautiful Morpeth. As you stroll through the cobblestoned village you will notice that Morpeth has everything from art galleries to specialty shops to a Trading Post and even a Bazaar. Local artisans and craftspeople have their wares for sale throughout the town. You will have the opportunity to taste locally made fudge and sip ginger beer. Fine fashion, teddy bears, art and craft, tempting treats to take home, beautiful jewellery, home furnishings and objects of interest, we promise that you will find them in Morpeth. A range of restaurants and cafes offer al fresco dining, river views, heritage surroundings and a cosmopolitan standard of menu. Grab a bottle of the finest wine available for tasting from the local wine cellar then select your café, even the most finicky of foodies will find something to their liking.

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Selling Range: $840,000 to $875,00 Enquiries: 149A Swan St. Morpeth Ph: (02) 4933 7377

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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.

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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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VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 173 Swan Street, Morpeth, NSW 2321 Telephone: (02) 4933 2612 www.morpethwinecellar.com.au

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

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

Order on line by the end of DECEMBER and mention the words "MY TEDDY" to get FREE POSTAGE!

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

164 Swan Street Morpeth 2321 Ph: 4933 9794 - Fax: 4930 0486 info@teddybearsdownstairs.com.au

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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,  stjamesweddings@gmail.com or  visit stjamesanglicanchurchmorpeth.com.au

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

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

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Visit our advertisers online for the convenience of shopping at home. Bunna Bannoo Olive Grove (p 7) www.bunnabunooolives.com.au The Hunter Valley Chocolate Co (p8) www.hvchocolate.com.au Noyce Bros Wines (p 31) www.noycebros.com.au Australian Alpaca Barn (p 34, p43) www.australianalpaca.com Grandma's Feather Bed & Teddy Bears Downstairs (p43) www.teddybearsdownstairs.com.au Camyr Allyn Wines (p45) www.camyrallynwinesonline.com.au Adina Vineyard (p48) www.adinavineyard.com.au

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

Specialising in Australian Alpaca 135 Swan Street Morpeth 02 4933 5787 Peppers Creek Pokolbin 02 4998 6669 www.australianalpaca.com

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

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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

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 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 www.apvt.com.au 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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Natural crafted furniture 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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Steve at Natural Furniture Works in Gresford is a true Australian artisan. He has been making classic custom furniture and furnishigs for over 20 years.  He and his team of specialists cut logs into slabs, dry the timber out for years then hand craft it into unique and interesting pieces of practical Art, Furniture and Furnishings including: Beds and Complete Bedroom Settings, Bookshelves, Desks, Tables, Chairs, Pews, Bench Seats, Coffee Tables, Dining Tables, Hall Stands, Business Signs, Surfboards, Shelving, Buffets, Hutches and a varitey of other one-off custom made beautiful items made

of old growth timber.  Want something different as a Xmas gift? Then go along to the workshop, see Steve at work and choose from hundreds of amazing smaller items such as beautiful chopping boards, wooden jewellery and trinket boxes all hand crafted and at great prices. They make the perfect Aussie gift! For more info see the website at www.naturalfurnitureworks.com


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BANJOS

The Ultimate Escape

The Ultimate Escape

• 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

• 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

BUSHLAND RETREAT

Clevedon

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

bookings@banjosretreat.com.au BusEmail: Bookings Welcome. We now have stocks of scrapbooking & cardmaking supplies.

BUSHLAND RETREAT

A Magical Retreat ... hugged by bush and wildlife!  

Email: bookings@banjosretreat.com.au

Gresford Road, East Gresford (Entrance in 80km zone) Ph: 4938 9488 E: sianda@bigpond.com

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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.

Background photo © Craigmhor Enterprises

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.

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

Next to the Caltex Garage,

East Gresford

Ph: 4938 9501

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Upper Hunter Country

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Singleton - Muswellbrook - Denman - Merriwa - Cassilis - Murrurundi - Scone - Aberdeen Long summer days by a stream or lakeside… Upper Hunter Country is just perfect for a laidback bush getaway - shorts, t-shirt and thongs – and the blokes can dress down, too. For caravanners, motorhomes, campervans and those who want the sheer luxury and freedom of a tent, there’s are so many places to just pull up and relax for a few days. Upper Hunter Country covers both Upper Hunter Shire and Muswellbrook Shire with access to the Wollemi National Park, Lake Liddell Recreation Area, Towarri National Park, Barrington Tops National Park, Lake Glenbawn and Goulburn River National Park and a host of tiny villages and friendly little towns on the edge of the bush. To help find a spot to unwind, listen to the birds, count the stars or throw a stone in the creek, you might like to check out some of our friendly Parks

and Camp Grounds: Riverside Caravan Park at Muswellbrook Ph: 65 41 2535; Denman Van Village Ph: 65 47 2590; Sandy Hollow Tourist Park Ph: 65 45 4575; Lake Liddell Recreation Area Ph: 65 41 2010; Moonan Flat Camp Ground Ph: 65 46 3130; Cassilis Caravan Park Ph: 63 72 1002 (After 5.00pm); Pages River Caravan Park (Murrurundi) Ph: 65 46 6288; Lake Glenbawn Ph: 65 43 7193; Scone Caravan Park Ph: 65 45 2024; Highway Caravan Park (Scone) Ph: 65 45 1078; Merriwa Caravan Park Ph: 0418 668 402. And there are some really great spots for camping in our National Parks for those who want the real “dinky di” roughing-it experience. Come along and enjoy our bush; stretch out under the cool night sky; listen to the rustle of the she oak trees; keep an eye out for tiny wrens, crimson parrots and

birds of prey. But please take care this summer – extreme caution with camp fires (Log on to the Rural Fire Service website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au). Love our National Parks and Bushland; keep it clean; if you pack it in, please take it home. For assistance in planning your BUSH ADVENTURE in Upper Hunter Country,contact Muswellbrook Visitor Centre Phone: 65 414 050; Email: visitorcentre@muswellbrook.nsw.gov. au; or Web: www.muswellbrook.org.au

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

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES

Corner of Bridge & William Streets, Muswellbrook NSW 2333 t 02 6549 3880 e arts.centre@muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au w muswellbrookartscentre.com.au Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm Weekends 10am - 1pm Mondays by appointment only. Closed public holidays

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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 visitorcentre@muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au www.muswellbrook.org.au www.upperhuntercountry.com Aberdeen Information Centre 22 Moray St Aberdeen (Inside the Library) aberdeeninfocentre@upperhunter. nsw.gov.au

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Christmas Bells + Summer Shineshine at Scone Homegrown + Handmade Market Why not do all your Christmas Celebration Shopping this year at the popular Scone Homegrown + Handmade Market and support local producers and suppliers with your purchases. The Christmas / Summer market will be held on Saturday 15 December at Kerv Café with extended market trading hours by request from 8am to 2pm. There are a range of new initiatives for stallholders and market goers alike. They include a Handmade Creations Fashion Parade where stallholders will showcase their Summer fashions, jewellery, hats and hair accessories. A variety of new stallholders will showcase their wares at the Spring Market and market visitors will discover more local produce and food as well as locally made and handcrafted gifts, clothing and accessories not only for the girls but for the boys as well. Market EFTPOS facilities will again be on offer and the EVENT storeroom will run

four Market Money Competitions on the day with four $50 draws to be made for lucky market goers; "So don't forget to fill in the entry forms available at each stall site!" advises Amelia Wilkinson, market organiser from the EVENT storeroom. The laid back ambience of Kerv café doesn't just cater for the adults attending the market; young visitors can look forward to free face painting and colouring in activities.For questions regarding the Christmas/ Summer market please contact Amelia Wilkinson, the EVENT storeroom on 0400 099 761 or info@ theeventstoreroom. com.au.

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. 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 (10am - 4:30pm daily) for a self-guided walk. 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 info@theeventstoreroom.com.au www.theeventstoreroom.com.au

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V I N E Y A R D

Award Winning

Wine

Contemporary CafĂŠ Menu at cafĂŠ prices

Saltimbocca Slow cooked Duck leg with speck and cannellini beans House made Tiramisu

Olives

Shiraz Sangiovese Pinot Grigio

Dine Extra Virgin Olive Oils Tapenades Caramalised Balsamic Fresh Olives Dukkah

492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale 4930 7473 www.adinavineyard.com.au


Newcastle & The Hunter - December 2012