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April 2014

Newcastle and the Hunter

The Gum Ball


Featuring the Hoodoo Gurus

11th & 12th April

Local Markets

Regional Map

Arts & Antiques

Places to visit

Food & Drink

Little bit of Italy in Broke Page 22

Newcastle NewRun Festival Page 11

Monthly Markets Guide Hunter Street Markets, Newcastle 5 days every week, Wed - Sun 9am-3pm. Hunter St, Newcastle. Ph 02 9999 2226. Maitland Harvest Markets Every Saturday 8am - 1pm at Maitland Showground, February 23rd. Boutique Stalls, gourmet food and wine, Fashions on the Field, Free food and rides for the kids, live entertainment. For more information phone 4969 5496 or harvestmarketsmaitland Parklea Markets Newcastle Open Sat & Sun 8.30am to 4pm. All the best Australia has to offer under one roof. Ph: 9629 3311 Maitland Fair Market First Sun of every month (except Jan); third Sun in Oct, Nov & Dec. Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, 8am - 2pm. Over 600 stalls. Australia’s largest and most successful regional Market. 02 4962 5522. The Olive Tree Market First Sat of every month 9am - 3pm. Newcastle’s handmade artisans market. Held at the Junction Public School and operates Rain, Hail or Shine! See p13 for more details. Ph: Justine on 0439 649 058. Legacy Markets, Nelson Bay 1st 2nd and 3rd Sunday of every month. 8am-3pm. Neil Carroll Park, Nelson Bay. An interesting mix of arts and crafts fashion food and fresh produce.Something for everyone! Phone 0419 492 009. Dungog Community Markets 1st Sunday of the month, Presbyterian Ch, Cnr Dowling/ Chapman Sts, Dungog. Come for breakfast, come for a browse, come for artisan crafts and seasonal farmer produce. Ph 02 4992 3433, www. Toronto Market Days 1st Thursday of every month 10am-4pm. Discounts, displays, discover, stalls. The Boulevarde, Toronto Saltwater Market 1st Sunday of every month, Swansea Public School. Stalls range from quirky and handmade, recycled and retro, high quality and new, fresh and tasty. Ph 0424 402 150


Laguna Markets 1st Sun of every month. 9-1pm. Handspun wool & items, jewellery, 2nd hand books, jams, pickles & local produce, ornamental & food plants, exotic soaps etc. Ph 4998 8244. greatnortherntradingpost Denman Farmers Market 1st Saturday of each month except May. 8am to 1pm. Lions Park, Denman. 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. 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: Hunter Wine Country Markets at De Bortoli Wines 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd March. Ph 4998 6426. Hunterwinecountrymarkets Medowie Market Second Sat of each month from 8-12.30am outside the Bull & Bush Pub, Ferodale Road, Medowie. For more information please contact the Admin Office on 4982 9123 Kurri Kurri Farmers Markets 2nd Sat of month: Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri 8am-1pm. Ph: 4937 2640. Cessnock Showground Markets 2nd Sat each month at Cessnock Showground. 8am-2pm. Something for everyone. Kids jumping castle and canteen open for breakfast and lunch. Email: Muswellbrook Markets 2nd Sunday of every month (except Jan) at Muswellbrook Showground 8am to 1pm. Home cooking, craft, soaps and second hand goods. Ph 02 6543 1141. Scone Country Markets 2nd Saturday every month. 8.30pm to 2pm outside Scone Visitor Information Centre. Contact Belinda 02 6540 1300.

Wyee Community Markets 2nd Sat each month, in the grounds of Bethshan Ministries, 70 Wyee Rd Wyee. 80+ stalls. Market times 8.30am-1pm. Ph Michael 43571840. Quirindi Quota Club Markets Second Saturday in the month at Rose Lea Park, Quirindi. Wide variety of stalls selling plants, cakes, honey, fruit, bric a brac, jewellery etc. For further information phone Jan Forscutt 6747 1490. Handmade in the Hunter Markets 2nd & 4th Sat of the month 9am-4pm. At Kevin Sobels Wines (cnr Broke & Halls Rd) Pokolbin. A 100% handmade, meetthe-maker market with a wide variety of locally-produced, quality items. No imported items here.  For more information on extra markets or cancellations visit handmadeinthehuntermarkets  Sacred Tree Markets Every 3rd Sunday 9am-2pm St. Brigid’s Primary School, Branxton. Contact: 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. Swansea Market Fourth Sat of the month. Quinn Park, Swansea next to pool. 7:30am - 12:30pm. Stallholders ph Val McCarter 4972 1705. Singleton Markets 4th Sat of every month from 8am - 1pm at Singleton Showground. Ph: 0459 700 022. Rotary Community Markets Last Sat of the month at New Lambton South Public School. New stallholders welcome. E: 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.

Saturday 12th April from 8am to 1pm Operating since 2003. Selling a variety of freshly harvested farm & homegrown produce. Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri.

Nourish the soul





Hunter Region Markets

Why not take a trip to Newcastle on April 5th to visit The Olive Tree MarketNewcastle & The Hunter’s Leading Art and Design market with over 120 contemporary handmade stalls. New Stalls include: Printmaker David Hampton creates amazing hand printed illustrations on paper and ply wood focusing on the industrial creations of the Victorian era. Growing books source old, unused hardcover books from charity shops, school libraries and council pick ups, up-cycling them into waterproofed planters for various succulents and cacti. Photographer Nathan Henshaw creates dramatic photographic prints of the ocean and beauty of Newcastle’s beaches. Don’t forget that Olive Tree has a delicious gourmet artisan produce area! Including Sugar Jones’s amazing lemon meringue cheesecake pots, chocolate salted caramel and hazelnut pots. Each market also features a day-long program of talented local musicians. For further info and to apply as a stallholder go to:

Kurri Kurri Farmers Market


The Olive Tree Market



A Little Taste of Italy in Broke

From the Editor


April Hello and welcome to the April issue of the Newcastle and the Hunter iMag, your free monthly information guide. This month is packed with ideas of what to see, where to eat, what to do across the whole region so pull up a chair, grab a coffee and take your time to read through what’s on this month in the Hunter. NewRun, Newcastle’s running festival is on over the 3rd and 4th April, with the exciting addition of our first marathon! So take the family along and give all the runners your support and make this a fantastic inaugural event for Newcastle. For more information see page 11. For all things Italian, head over to beautiful Broke Fordwich on the 12 and 13th April – the weekend is a celebration of culinary delights, companionship, music and of course… great wine! See page 22 for details.


There are heaps of interesting markets on throughout the region during this coming month, with many putting on something special for Easter, so take a look at the information on pages 2 and 3 and see what’s on near you. April 25th is ANZAC Day and we encourage everyone to find out what services are on in your local area and show our thanks and support for all those who have served and continue to serve so that we may all live in freedom. Lest we forget. Whatever you are doing this month, take care, have fun and tell your friends about iMag!


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the latest from our new website

Spoonbill Café at Hunter Wetlands

You might be forgiven for driving past Entice Café on Ken Tubman Drive in Maitland, we almost don’t want to tell you about it as it’s our little secret….. The café is part of the Quest Apartments building. There is no parking outside the café, so the main car park is a good idea as it is just over the road. The café itself is bright, clean and fresh and the service has always been incredibly warm and welcoming. We first started going there a year ago when our pup was just a few months old as we can sit in the covered courtyard at the front. We now have two dogs and they are always made to feel as welcome as we are. The menu is quite varied, although we confess, the burger and hot chips is a firm favourite. We are creatures of habit! Of course you don’t just have to have breakfast or lunch – with great coffee and tea available and a selection of sweet things we’ve seen many people just drop in for a natter over a slice. It’s our favourite bolt hole in Maitland. We can’t fault the friendly service, good food and central location. They’re open in the evenings too!

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

1 Ken Tubman Drive, Maitland. Ph 02 4988 0550

Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar Hunter Wetlands Centre 412 Sandgate Rd, Shortland Phone 4951 6466 for bookings

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

Coffee Shops in the Hunter

Entice Cafe, Maitland

Bolwarra General Store & Café

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

319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale. Ph: 1300 958 850

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

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


Tasting in the Hunter

Tintilla Estate – where you are always welcome Tintilla Estate is a family-run, 25 acre vineyard in Pokolbin in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine growing area. Olive trees and woods flank the vineyard with its mosaic of vines planted to match the soils and slopes of the property, creating the unique terroir that produces our distinctive, individual, award-winning wines. Our careful attention to the vineyard produces healthy PET FRIENDLY

grapes with optimal ripeness and varietal character. Our low yielding vines produce rich and concentrated fruit with the acidity and tannins that lead to longevity with a softness derived from the unique Hunter climate. So why not come a visit and try our Gold & Trophy winning wines with a cheese platter on the deck. For more info on Tintilla Estate find them on Facebook or see the website and online shop: Wine & Olive Tasting at Tintilla Estate 7 Days 10:30 am - 6:00 pm. Price: Free tasting or $7 for a glass (120mls) on the patio, we now offer cheese platters for $20 Tintilla Estate, 725 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin 2320. Bookings: for groups over six call: 02 65 747 093

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

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: Producers of Distinctive Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vinegar


The only privately owned Artisan Bakery in a gaol.

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

725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin NSW Ph 02 6574 7093


Maitland Gaol, John St, East Maitland Ph Carolyn 0408 305 445

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


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

Pickled & Pitted

Bar Beach Newcastle Nobby's Lighthouse, Newcastle (see p8 for more details)

Newcastle Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city which has everything from world-class surfing beaches, to the emerging food scene, Newcastle has it all. Explore and uncover the flavour and allure of the city’s streetscapes and waterfronts – each with its own feel and character. Five of the city’s pristine beaches are on the eastern side of the promontory. These include; Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle Beach, Bar Beach, Dixon Park Beach and Merewether Beach where there are swimming clubs, kite surfing, rock pools and baths, watching

Newcastle Airport Information Services

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


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

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

...will take you there!

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

Open: Tues - Sun 9.30am to 4.30pm

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


Nobbys Lighthouse Grounds Opening EVERY SUNDAY between 10am and 4pm. Download the free phone app from for all the latest info.


Olive Tree Market

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

April 5


With new Stalls!

City Evolutions City Evolutions is a landmark contemporary art project featuring a series of interactive digital projections along Newcastle’s oldest street, Watt Street. Take a journey through the fascinating history of this stunning historic and cultural precinct, sunset to 10pm each evening. Watt Street Newcastle. Newcastle Youth Orchestra: SAT 5TH APRIL 2PM AT NEWCASTLE CIVIC THEATRE Bring your imagination as we enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music making and giant puppetry! Tickets available through or phone 02 49291977 Newcastle Writer’s Festival: various locations around Newcastle April 4 to 6 at various inner-city venues, though the main festival hub is Newcastle City Hall. Everyone involved in organising the event volunteers their time, including the festival director Rosemarie Milsom. For more information visit Tickets on sale now at Ticketek - 02 49291977 Newcastle RSL – ANZAC DAY, 25th April Dawn Service – 5 a.m. Nobby Beach. RSL Opens for breakfast after dawn service. City March begins at 10.00 a.m. at the Cenotaph and makes it way to Civic Park. For information visit

Newcastle City Farmers Market Buy your produce direct from a Farmer

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

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

Newcastle City Farmers & Makers Market


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


Phone: 4930 5156

Mob: 0427 630 144


Newcastle City Farmers Market


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



E D U C AT E E: P: 49516466 412 Sandgate Road Shortland NSW 2307

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 10

Nova Cruises

Sensational 'God of Carnage' at NTC The comedy of manners without the manners, ‘God of Carnage’, written by acclaimed playwright Yazmina Reza makes its Newcastle debut! March 29 to April 12 Wed, Fri, Sat 8pm, 2pm Matinees March 30 & April 5 After an altercation between two school children that leaves one needing medical attention, the parents of the two children decide to meet up and resolve the issues. After all, adults are not at all like children right? Over the course of this play, it is discovered that the parents may have more issues than simply figuring out who are the better parents. Discussions about how much time they put into their children, what lessons they teach them and arguments about who cares more, escalate. Throw in some alcohol, a bad cake and an argument about a missing hamster into the mix and we see the collapse of everyone on stage. This play was a sensation at it’s Broadway premiere In 2009, where it won best play and best director. Directed by Newcastle director John Wood, making his NTC directorial debut, and starring a stunning ensemble of Linda Read, Michael Byrne, Richard Murray and Rosemary Dartnell. For 90 minutes let ‘God of Carnage’ take you to the surreal, where we will all pretend that we don’t act like this.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Ph 4952 4958. 3pm-6pm Mon - Fri. Book online at

NewRun - Newcastle’s Festival of Running NewRun is Newcastle, Australia’s Festival of Running and offers the opportunity for both Hunter locals and also visitors to participate in one or more of the 6 professionally staged running/ walking events over 4 days. With a goal to become one of Australia’s leading regional running events, NewRun is staged in the most iconic venues in Newcastle and offers plenty of opportunity to test your fitness around this beautiful coastal city. The event is proud to partner with local organisations including Surf Life Saving Clubs, and other running, sport and service clubs. Whether you are an elite runner looking for a new PB or just a novice runner looking for a fitness goal, this Festival of Health and Fitness in Newcastle has an event for you. Check out the events on offer and we look forward to you joining us in Newcastle for our Festival of Running. Events on offer include the Newcastle Marathon, Half Marathon, Newcastle herald Hill to Harbour 10km, Fort 5 (5km) and Hunter Valley Orthodontics 2K4Kids. Entries and race information at


Speers Point Park, Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie Keep the whole family entertained these holidays with a range of activities to suit everyone including discovering the sea caves, boating and kayaking on the lake, exploring the cycle trails or carving up the skate parks. Beaches and Sea Caves Sneak a final visit to one of the beautiful, patrolled beaches before winter starts. Enjoy spectacular coastal walks or catch some waves at a quality surf spot. Caves Beach is a long time family favourite, complete with sea caves, tunnels, and rock pools for the kids to explore on a low tide.

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



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


Speers Point Park Visit the ‘Best Play Space in Australia’, the Lake Macquarie Variety Playground at Speers Point Park. The fully fenced playground spans just under 2 hectares and features a double flying fox, 9-metre spiral slide, wheelchair accessible play boat and much more. In addition, parents can enjoy a quiet break at Sal’s by the Lake Cafe next door. Explore the Lake Take the family out on the water and explore the natural surroundings of Lake Macquarie. Hire a boat for the day and enjoy lunch on the lake, stop for a spot of fishing or take a dip in the water. Alternatively, hire a Kayak and spend a few hours on the water exploring one of the many kayak trails on the lake or take a thrill ride with Jetbuzz and experience the sights of Lake Macquarie on their Jet Boat thrill rides. Discover Scenic Circuits Enjoy the fresh balmy air and hire a bicycle to explore one of the cycling trails in the area. Explore the restored heritage rail corridor stretching over 15 kilometres featuring railway relics along its length from Adamstown to Belmont. Enjoy the brisk lake breeze of the Warners Bay foreshore featuring a 400 metre elevated boardwalk built over the lake at Redbluff, Eleebana, or visit Wangi Wangi Point Flora and Fauna reserve and discover one of the four trails ranging in length from 500-metres to 2 kilometres. Skate Parks Budding skaters will enjoy visiting one of the nine skate parks around Lake

Macquarie to work their skills on the board or in a pair of skates. Swansea is a great choice as the park caters for all skill levels with the southern end of the park suited for inexperienced riders and the northern end offering obstacles that are more challenging. While the kids play, the parents can enjoy the beautiful water views over the Swansea Channel. For more information on things to see and do in Lake Macquarie and to receive your FREE Visitor Guide and Map, contact the Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre: W: P: 1800 802 044 E: A: 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea NSW

What's On in Lake Macquarie Lake Macquarie Classic Boatfest Sat 19 - Sun 20 April, 9am – 4pm Toronto Foreshore, Victory Parade. The Classic Boatfest attracts around 100 classic boats from all over Australia. The event includes live entertainment, marine related stalls and displays, vintage cars, small amusement rides and food. Cost is Free and for more information contact: Nicole Charlesworth 02 4975 5593. Website:

Warners Bay

The Landing Bar and Kitchen The Bar Whether it’s a few afternoon beers in the bustling beer garden, a relaxed cocktail or two in the lounge bar, or a glass of wine overlooking the water, there are plenty of places for a sneaky drink (or a few) at The Landing.  The carefully crafted wine list celebrates the great variety of wines available ‘up the road’, with a few outsiders included to balance it out. All are great with food or just with friends! We have a great selection of Australian and imported beers, and if you haven’t tried a cocktail – do! We think they’re the best in town. Open: Monday – Sunday Midday til Late The Kitchen The Landing Kitchen offers everything from a charcuterie plate or pizza to share over drinks with friends, to something more substantial like a juicy steak, fresh fish or hand rolled gnocchi - perfect for a long lunch or relaxed dinner. Our menu philosophy is all about fresh, simple, seasonal, quality food. Drop in for lunch and drink in the view, or enjoy the sights and sounds of the harbour by night. You can eat with us on any day of the week. ...Introducing! • Monday – Industry Night • Monday to Thursday – Date Night • Friday – Head Start Fridays • Sunday – Weekly Roast The Landing Bar & Kitchen, 1 Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle. Ph 02 4927 1722.

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


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



Chapman Valley

HORSE RIDING Unique and personalised Australian Horse Riding The perfect balance of fun & safety, introducing people to the art of Horse Riding. Offering a personalised experience for all. Chapman Valley Horse Riding is a family owned and run business, leading guided horse rides through the Australian Bush, incomparable to anything else in Australia. With a maximum of 6 people per session you can be sure you will experience a unique and personal horse riding adventure. Ride across sweeping flats, explore scenic valleys and climb majestic mountains, all of the massive 6,500 acre beef cattle farm. Great for beginners right up to experienced riders, there's something for everyone!


Ph: (02) 6579 4593 7054 Putty Rd, Howes Valley NSW

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


Hunter Antiques and Secondhand Dealers

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

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

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

Wholly Relics Quality Antiques

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

99 Newcastle Rd East Maitland (Opposite Maitland Toyota – Parking at rear) Email

Recycling Solutions Australia

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

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


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

Art Trail Hunter Valley


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

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

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

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

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

⑦ Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Cnr. Bridge & Williams Sts. Open: Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm. Weekends 10am - 1pm Mondays by appointment only. Closed Public Holidays Ph. 02 6549 3800 www.muswellbrookartscentre. ⑧ Upstairs Art Gallery 71 Main St, Murrurundi Ph. 02 5512 9112 or 0427 775 707 ⑨ Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Nelson Bay, at the rear of Neil Carroll Park near the RSL. Open: 10am-4pm, 7 days Ph. 02 4981 3604



regional arts centre

The 24th Muswellbrook Photographic Award

Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm Weekends 10am - 1pm

Exhibition: 9 March - 20 April 2014

Mondays by appointment Closed public holidays

Corner of Bridge & William Streets Muswellbrook NSW 2333

First Prize (acquisitive) - $10,000: Edward Gillan for his work Man Taking Photograph (type c print)

t: 02 6549 3800 e: arts.centre @muswellbrook. w: muswellbrook

- 15 June

Annette Bezor - Iconic Works The Kevin Tester Retrospective Selections from the Max Watters Collection Miniatures XVIII



Sawyers Gully

4 5 Booragul


PROGRAM 14 February – 6 April 2014


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


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

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

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


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



What's On in the Hunter 4th-5th April Upper Hunter Regional Show Muswellbrook Showground. 6th April NewRun – Newcastle Foreshore An anticipated 4,000 runners will take part in Newcastle's premier running event. See 11th-12th April The Gum Ball Dashville, Belford in the Hunter Valley. 12th-13th April Maitland Steamfest Maitland High Street. 12th-13th April A Little Bit of Italy in Broke Various venues in Broke Fordwich, Hunter Valley See page 22 for more details. 19th April – Gresford Billy Cart Derby Main Road, Gresford, Hunter Valley. Gresford Billy Cart Derby and Easter Fair is a spectacular day out for all the family, where you will be entertained and kept busy with billy cart racing, market stalls, vintage car displays, children's activities, cake stalls, chocolate wheel and much more. Bring the whole family along for a great day out! The Billy Cart Derby is a great example of how the numerous groups, charities and organisations of Gresford can work together to create a fantastic day and leave a lasting impression for visitors. 19th-20th April Classic Boatfest Regatta Park Toronto See the website

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Saturday 5th July 2014

• Massed Pipes & Drums • Scottish Highland Dancing • Tartan Warrior Strongmen • Celtic merchandise & gift wares • Traditional Scottish and other food stalls • Novelty games, tug-o-war and much more • Followed by a Ceilidh in the evening Jefferson Park, New England Highway, Aberdeen. Ph: 02 6543 8457 Facebook, Twitter, Flickr

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

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

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

What's On in Wollombi

26 April Stonehurst Jazz in the Grove 1840 Wollombi Road, Cedar Creek. Ph: 02 4998 1576. From 11am to 5pm. Enjoy live picnic jazz amongst the poplar grove accompanied with award-winning Stonehurst wines! Featuring Jiri's Harlem Swing and Paul Furniss's San Francisco Jazz Band. Every Friday night Live music @ The Great Northern Trading Post 3718 Great North Road, Laguna. P: 02 4998 8244. From 7pm. www.facebook. com/greatnortherntradingpost




















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20 April Laguna Markets 9 am to 1pm Great Northern Trading Post, 3718 Great North Road, Laguna. P: 02 4998 8244. greatnortherntradingpost. 21 April Wollombi Markets Wollombi Saleyards, Paynes Crosing Road, Wollombi. Ph: 02 4998 3254. From 8am to 1pm. www.


Wollombi P&C Easter Market Mon 21st April 2014

Fresh local produce, Plants, Handmade crafts, Books, collectables & clothing.

02 4998 3229


WHAT'S ON AT GNTP Fri 4 April - A Girl's A Gun Fri 11 April - The Hello Morning & Tim Usher Fri 18 April - Gooooood Friday Dance Party featuring Soda Sun 20 April - Laguna Blues Jam Fri 25 April - Anzac Day Sun 27 April - Acoustic Jam Sesh

Big Easter weekend at Great North Trading Post!

We're gearing up for a huge long weekend at Great Northern Trading Post in Laguna. It's going to be a very Good Friday when we kick off the Easter weekend in our fair valley with SODA, a multi-instrumental electronic dance act comprising of two musicians seamlessly combining live instruments with DJ samples, beats and bass lines. Easter Sunday is the inaugural Laguna Blues Jam, pulling together an array of the finest local blues musicians for a family friendly afternoon of great music, jamming & delicious food with plenty of room to move. The Great Northern Trading Post is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch & dinner offering great coffee, an extensive menu catering to all tastes and budgets and a well stocked general store. You can find information on the Friday night live music, our Tuesday night pool comp and everything in between on our Facebook page at GreatNorthernTrading Post


Join us for a fabulous family day out!

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Little Red Riding Hood Plant Nursery & Gift Shop

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

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

Lola: 0408 412 094

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

Wollombi Village Vineyard Rated HHHH by James Halliday

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

Pokolbin - Lovedale - Broke Fordwich - Singleton

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

antique shops, sightseeing by horse and carriage or bicycle, limousine or even helicopter.

There are over 60 restaurants, 120 wineries, 160 accommodation venues, less than two hours drive from Sydney and 45 minutes from Newcastle Airport. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Hunter Valley Wine Country Visitors Centre, 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin 2320. Ph: 02 4990 0900 Email:

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

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

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

A Little Bit of Italy in Broke The Hunter’s largest range with over 50 desserts, pastries & Handmade chocolates.

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

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

656 Milbrodale Rd Fordwich. Ph: (02) 6579 1334 Website: Email:


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Ivanhoe Holiday Lodge Only 5 minutes from beautiful Stockton Beach!

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

For more info, call mobile 0407 233 323 or 02 4928 4174 or see the website

Quirindi Rural Heritage Village Committee Inc. 16th ANNUAL VINTAGE MACHINERY AND MINIATURE RAILWAY

Rally & Swap Meet MAY 3-4, 2014


Rally grounds, 3 km west of Quirindi on Kamilaroi Highway International tractors, trucks and engines • Army vehicles Operating Blacksmith's Shop • WOODCHOP from 10 am Sunday

yyMiniature Train rides yyVintage tractors, engines, trucks, steam engines, yyCars, Motor bikes & displays yyTractor pull yyMain Street procession Saturday morning

yyWorking demos, tractor events yyArts and crafts, sheep shearing, wood working yyCatering and Bush Camping facilities available. yyRally dinner, entertainment etc Saturday night

Admission $8, (Under 16 $2) swap sites $15 Phone Beryl Mannion 67461479, Sandra Saunders 67462933 Cedric Grayson 67461785, Roger Barwick (trains) 67471264 Email: Like us on Facebook or

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

The largest antique and secondhand furniture warehouse in the Hunter

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

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(near Kurri Workers Club)

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

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105 Lang Street Kurri Kurri Phone 4936 1511 Kurri Kurri Visitor Information Centre 199 Lang St, Kurri Kurri

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Next to Chelmsford Hotel Ph: 4936 4822

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April Exhibitions at CRAG Join Cessnock Regional Art Gallery for Reflections on the Hunter, an exploration of the region by artists Brian Roberts and Shirley Cameron-Roberts. Brian’s luscious oils portray the big picture, with dramatic paintings of sea and land as well as a glimpse of the people and creatures that live there. Shirley’s works concentrate on her immediate surroundings, portray natural forms and the small creatures that inhabit them. Reflections on the Hunter runs until Sunday 13th April. cessnock regional art gallery From Thursday 17th April, drop in and see Reflections on the Hunter Misanthropology, a Until Sunday 13th April retrospective of the ‘world art’ of Adam Rish. Rish strives to reveal the beauty of artforms such as Tongan tapa cloths, Indonesian woodcarving and Middle Misanthropology Eastern carpet matking. From Thursday 17th April Cessnock Regional Art Gallery will be open from 11am4pm on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. It will be closed on Easter 16 Vincent St Cessnock 02 4991 6619 e: Monday & ANZAC Day.

Hunter Valley Steamfest at Richmond Vale Railway Museum The Railway Museum will be open on 12th and 13th April as part of Hunter Valley Steamfest. Marjorie will be providing steam train rides throughout the weekend. Mini train rides will also be available. For more information on the museum, opening times and events you can find them on Facebook or see the website below. The Railway is a non-profit organisation, run entirely by volunteers. Call for details on phone 02 4001 0197 or visit


Groovin: The Story of Groovin the Moo at Maitland Regional Arts Gallery

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

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Groovin: The Story of Groovin the Moo at Maitland Regional Arts Gallery until 25th May Groovin is a multi-media exhibition featuring graphics, objects, video, music, and writings from the archives of the Groovin’ the Moo music festivals. The visually and technically diverse collection of exhibits has been curated by Cattleyard Productions to allow the audience unique insights in to the artistic process that unfolds before, during and after a music festival. It also highlights the dynamic manner in which the separate worlds of festival goers, artists, staff, national media and local residents come together. This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the only Australian regional touring music


unique attractions, physical attributes, accommodation options, shopping and dining opportunities which will appeal to all looking for a special place in the Hunter. A stunning blend of “funky heritage” and contemporary style, Maitland, Hunter Valley encapsulates the best of the past and the present. The street scapes of Maitland and surrounds are lined with historical buildings dating from the early 1800s, there are picturesque rural views from a multitude of vantage points and a relaxed environment to enjoy. In stark contrast Maitland is also host to an array of stylish boutiques, pampering service providers, unique guesthouses, eateries and entertainment venues. There is something for everyone within Maitland, Hunter Valley. It is a destination where you may choose to rejuvenate and enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh locally grown festival that firmly has its roots in Maitland. In 2005 the first Groovin the Moo was held in Gloucester and moved to the Maitland Showgrounds in 2006 from there the regional music event has become a national success. The Art Factory will be hosting a range of exciting workshops in association with the Groovin exhibition. Look at the web site and our face book page for updates of events. In addition to these workshops, MRAG is proud to host a number of events to complement the diversity of exhibitions on display. Meet Me at MRAG ties these activities together, encouraging you to meets artists, meet locals, meet your

produce, speciality wines and a walking tour of the heritage landscape. Whilst others may choose a faster pace taking an aerobatic or Tiger Moth joy flight, immersing themselves in the local nightlife, sampling a series of local restaurants and cocktails. Discover local indigenous history at the Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council at Metford - displaying art, craft and regional archeological treasures or retrace your family history through the Maitland City Library.

What to See & Do

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

friends old and new, family and loved ones. For many of our visitors it can also be about meeting new ideas, passions and above all, meeting lifelong learning, in through and of the Arts, head on. So this Autumn, Meet Me At MRAG by joining in one of the many events on offer: Art and Dementia: 10.30am, Every Tuesday Floor Talk: April 6 11am, Maitland International Salon of Photography Master Class: May 3 Tallulah Cunningham Tailored School workshops: Throughout the Showcase exhibition schools are invited to book a workshop in our Art Factory workshop spaces.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 230 High Street Maitland P 02 4934 9859 | E | Art gallery and shop open Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm

Photo: Sandra Brown

ANZAC DAY in Raymond Terrace Fr Chris Yates from St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church and The Rev. Stephen de Plater from the Uniting Church in Raymond Terrace will be leading the ANZAC day services at the war memorial on the Cnr Glenleg and Port Stephens Sts. The dawn service will be at 6am, followed by a diggers breakfast at the RT Bowling Club. There will also be a second service at 11am. Please do come along and bring family and friends in support of all the armed forces who have served and continue to serve.

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

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

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

What's On in Morpeth

Paintings of Light Horse, aeroplanes from 1st & 2nd world wars and Vietnam war, as a tribute to our veterans. Both original paintings and reproductions of the originals available for sale. Morpeth Art Gallery, 5 Green Street, Morpeth

modern and inviting cafes, pubs, galleries, museums, boutiques, antique shops and local businesses. Enjoy Morning Devonshire tea served on board the vessel and sample some local produce from unique Morpeth businesses including wines from the Morpeth Distillery, fudge from Miss Lilly's Lollies, and sourdough from Arnott's Bakehouse en-route to Morpeth. .COM.AU Phone 0400 381 787 or visit

17th - 20th, 24th - 27th April 'Lest We Forget' ANZAC Art Exhibition


17 & 19th April Historic Morpeth Cruise Voyage from Newcastle to Morpeth in modern day style and comfort with NOVA Cruises. Upon arrival wander down cobbled streets to find colonial sandstone buildings occupied by

What to See & Do ■ Take a Ghost Tour and find out about the real history of Morpeth. ■ 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. ■ Browse over 40 specialty shops and boutiques - gift shops, antique shops, galleries, lolly shops, a tea house, ginger beer factory and bakery. ■ Visit the Morpeth Museum housed in the old Court House built in 1862.

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

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Teddy Bears, soft toys and Gifts for all occasions!

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

Gourmet Cheese Delicatessen Morpeth Post Office 4/165 Swan Street, Morpeth Phone: 49336242 Open: Monday to Friday 9-5 Saturday 9-12 For all your postal and office stationery supplies. Childrens books our speciality from $4

Looking for something fun and different in 2014?

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

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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 towns of Paterson, Vacy, Gresford and East Gresford, ringed by the ancient Moonabung Ranges and criss-crossed by the pristine waters of the two rivers that flow from the Barrington Tops. First stop could be historic Tocal Homestead for tales of the olden days of bushrangers, graziers, and other

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

When you visit Tocal Homestead it’s 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.

Open Sat, Sun & public holidays March to November: 10am - 3pm Tocal Road, Paterson Ph 4939 8901 w/days • Ph 4939 8939 w/ends


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

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

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Bistro at the Beatty

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

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Next to the Caltex Garage,

East Gresford

Ph: 4938 9501


SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix Saturday, 26 April 2014 9 am – 4 pm Prize ceremony: Saturday, 26 April at 5pm The popular 4 and 7 hour racing series by Rocky Trail Entertainment and Round 2 of the 2014 event series will be held at the brand-new mountain bike trail network at the James Estate Winery in Baerami at 951 Bylong Valley Way Baerami, in the Upper Hunter.  Free kids races  Free entry for spectators  All race participants will receive a complimentary bottle of James Estate wine For Event and Entry Information: Organiser 02 4353 3961 Email: For more information visit: For more information on James Estate

Newcastle and the hunter iMag - April 2014  

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

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