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FUNNY MAN COMES TO TOWN Rob Schneider is heading down under

TRAVEL BUG BITES Visit the world of Oamaru


Former Olympian Elka Whalan shares her secrets

AMERICA: PAINTING A NATION A voyage through American history, landscape and into the minds of the American people


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North Coast Region

Western Region

10 Coast Trek Meet the woman behind the




11 Art Gallery of NSW

Funny man Rob Schneider comes down under

Central Tablelands

America: Painting a Nation

A natural beauty

Rob Schneider

Southern Region



Travel bug bites Oamaru, New Zealand

Get gourmet The Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show

24 Travelling with kids

16 Sydney dining

Former Olympian Elka Whalan shares her tips


Daylesford Delightful gardens in bloom

A different culinary vacation

25 Manage your stress

North Western Region


Take control for a calmer life

18 Tamworth

26 Get fit

Take some time in the

Sterling & Hyde

Improve your health

country music capital

Meet the designer

Every issue

3 NSW TrainLink updates 16 NSW TrainLink train and coach network

28 Talkin’ Technology 30 Puzzles 31 NSW TrainLink carriages layout

On the cover

11 America: Painting a Nation at the Art Gallery of NSW

Three Sisters at Echo Point, Katoomba, Blue Mountains. Photo courtesy James Horan Destination NSW

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and The Link magazine

Rob Schneider is heading down under

TRAVEL BUG BITES Visit the world of Oamaru


Former Olympian Elka Whalan shares her secrets

Welcome to the new NSW TrainLink


A voyage through American history, landscape and into the minds of the American people

On the Cover: Henry Inman No-Tin (Wind), a Chippewa Chief 1832–1833 (detail) oil on canvas, 77.5 x 65.4 cm Los Angeles County Museum of Art Gift of the 2008 Collectors Committee M.2008.58


PUBLISHER Inflight Publishing Pty Ltd For XPTraveller Patrick McElligot PO Box 6133, Buranda Qld 4102 Ph (07) 3891 7793 Fax (07) 3891 7702 Advertising Sales Roze De Jong Ph (07) 3891 7793 Editor Lahnee Pavlovich Design & Production Lawrence Borchers All Enquiries & Advertising Contact Inflight Publishing PO Box 6133, Buranda Qld 4102 Ph (07) 3891 7793 Fax (07) 3891 7702 Printing Disclaimer: Views expressed in the The LINK magazine are not necessarily endorsed by the Publisher. No responsibility is accepted by the publisher or the printer for the accuracy of information contained in the text or advertisements. Advertisements must comply with the relevant Trade Practices Act 1979. Responsibility for compliance with the acts rests with the person, company or advertising agency submitting the advertisement. Neither the publisher not the editor accepts responsibility for advertisements.

How we’ve changed If you travel by train regularly, you will have already seen that what used to be CountryLink is now NSW TrainLink. It represents more than a name change. In addition to our Regional services, we now also provide the Intercity services that connect Sydney to Newcastle, the Lower Hunter, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and the Illawarra. In turn, Intercity services seamlessly link with the new Sydney Trains. It means we now open up even more destinations throughout the state – from day trips from Sydney to the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, to longer journeys to Broken Hill and Byron Bay, even Melbourne and Brisbane. This is part of a state-wide overhaul of public transport from the coast to our northern, western and southern borders, in country and city. New South Wales’ train, bus, ferry and even light rail services are now integrated, with a stronger commitment to getting you where you need to go as smoothly as possible. Please let us know how we can continue to improve your journey.

Events coming up Climb on board for a knock out month of sport with NSW TrainLink, you’ll be guaranteed to hit a six in Brisbane at the first test of the Ashes series, go for gold at the Special Olympics in Newcastle, hit a hole in one during the Australian Open in Sydney and back a winner at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. For something a little more cultural why not visit the Queensland Art Gallery to view the wonders from the Silk Road and Afghanistan’s Hidden Treasures. Kids for $1 It is a little known fact that up to four children can travel anywhere on the NSW TrainLink Regional network for just $1 each one way. The catch? You have to go with them. Take a tour to some great child-friendly destinations on page 6, and think about where else you could take the kids in this great state. There’s plenty more to keep you occupied in this issue of The Link, with stories from every colourful region. Happy reading and I hope you enjoy your journey with NSW TrainLink. Where can we take you next? Rob Mason Chief Executive, NSW Trains



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The streets of Sydney will host the ultimate V8 Supercars Championship finale at the Sydney 500, December 6 - 8. Experience the first finale of the new V8 Supercars era as four manufacturer’s battle through Sydney Olympic Park to lay claim to the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship. Be trackside for a weekend fuelled with action on track and off as Ford, Holden, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG take the grid for the final time this year. Winding its way around the Sydney Olympic Park complex which hosted the 2000 Olympic Games, the Sydney venue is a real mixture of corners and track surfaces. Its designers, including five-time series champion Mark Skaife, have focused on creating a real challenge for the drivers, with a variety of bumps, camber changes and fast and slow corners making it difficult to complete the perfect lap. The Disney-Pixar Fun Zone will make its final pit stop for 2013. See a brand new world of activities including Woody and Jessie’s Lasso Challenge, Monsters University maze and the Finding Nemo

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Your editor Lahnee Pavlovich had a bit of a chat with V8 Driver Will Davison about cars, life and the event! Tell me a bit about yourself and how you got into the V8’s? I come from a rich family history of motor sport and I suppose you could say I'm a third generation race driver. It started with my grandfather who won the Australian Grand Prix four times, my dad and a few of his brothers raced through the 70’s and 80’s with great success. I was brought up around the race track and so I developed a great passion for it. I always wanted to do it

You have a pretty impressive resume, what has been your biggest accomplishment so far? I spent a bit of time racing Formula ones in Europe which was tough but a huge highlight for me. It’s such a buzz being in such fast cars. In terms of V8’s though, to become a pro driver, win the Bathurst 1000 in 2009, being awarded the Barry Sheen medal, and then winning the Clipsal 500 and Gold Coast 600 was a huge achievement.

3D Movie Dome, making it massive interactive experience for the whole family. Kids 12 and under receive free general admission with a paying adult. Don’t miss the 2013 V8 Supercars Season Grand Finale at the Sydney 500, December 6 - 8.

This is a pretty big event, not only is there the race but days and night filled with entertainment, what can people expect to see and hear this year? The event has everything! It’s a great day out with entertainment for everyone. I’m a race man

at heart, I want to be sitting in the stands with the fans watching the incredible drivers, the carnage; it’s awesome! It’s one of those events where you can get up close and personal with the crowds; it’s so much fun for everyone.

There is the constant Ford vs. Holden debate in Australia, what do you have to say on the matter being part of the Ford Racing Team? This is what the V8’s is all about. It’s part of Australian culture and history and I'm still constantly blown away by the passion of the fans when it comes to the cars. There are die hard supporters on both sides; it’s amazing how much that blue oval means to them or that red lion. As a Ford driver I feel the weight of their passion and you want to win for the fans as much as yourself and your team. I love a healthy fight! I love getting booed by the Holden fans, cheered by the Ford fans; it’s what it’s all about!

Tell me about the person we don’t see out on the track, what do you like to do for fun? I'm an adrenaline junkie at heart. I love taking the dirt bike out, going for a cycle, it’s like mental therapy. But on the flip side I also like to just shut down and be a bit of a softie. The simple things like hanging out with family, walking my dog or playing a hit of golf are just as fun for me. au/events/sydney-500 •



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With a NSW TrainLink Kids for $1 ticket you can choose from loads of kid-friendly destinations all over NSW, and you can get the kids there for – well – just $1! It’s incredible value for you, and the kids can find themselves in all sorts of interesting places.

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Would they fancy a chat with a cheetah? Dubbo Taronga Western Plains Zoo Like the idea of a zoo with no cages? Kids get a kick out of going on safari at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The 300-hectare zoo is home to hundreds of animals, including the rare Sumatran tiger, black and white rhinos, African elephants and, of course, lions and giraffes. Bike hire (with optional tows or cabooses) lets you get around with kids of all ages, or you can hire electric carts. Stay overnight and have a totally wild overnight experience at the new Billabong Camp.

can get up close and personal with penguins, trained seals and a bunch of super talented dolphins. A highlight for kids is assisting with the aquatic show and getting to smell real fish breath from a lovable, whiskery sea lion. But there is something very special about a dolphin planting a big wet one on your cheek for free. Find out more at

Find out more at taronga-western-plains-zoo

Darling Harbour, Sydney Madame Tussauds

Coffs Harbour Pet Porpoise Pool When people think of Coffs, they think of the iconic Big Banana – but don’t forget the Pet Porpoise Pool. Kids

Up to four children from one household can travel anywhere on the NSW TrainLink Regional network for just $1 each, one way. They simply need to be travelling with at least one full-fare paying adult, also from the same household. Additional children are charged at the usual child fare. To qualify, children must be aged 4–15. Secondary school students 16 and over with an NSW or Victorian school pupil identification card are also eligible.

How about meeting their all-time hero?

Do they dream of a kiss from a porpoise?

Where can you take kids for just $1?

If you’re coming to Sydney you probably already know there are loads of things for kids to do. But imagine introducing them to Spiderman, large as life. At Madame Tussauds their jaws will drop at the sight of Wolverine and Iron Man, Don Bradman and Layne Beachley, Angelina Jolie and Johnnie Depp, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and Kylie Minogue. There are more than thirty interactive experiences in nine themed zones, with sporting stars, movie celebrities, historical figures and world leaders. Find out more at •

Kids for $1 is not available: • For sleeping berths • For travel on Sydney Trains or NSW TrainLink Intercity services • To groups in which all adults are travelling on concession or employee passes • In conjunction with other promotions Pick any Regional destination on the NSW TrainLink network and book •

Visit tick the ‘All passengers are from the same Household/ Family’ box when you book online

• Call 13 22 32 • Go to any NSW TrainLink Travel Centre. •



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ROB SCHNEIDER The LINK Editor Lahnee Pavlovich has a chat with funny man Rob Schneider about his upcoming Live tour around the land down under. And yes, he is just as lovely and just as hilarious on the phone as he is on the screen! Rob, thanks for having a chat with me today. Now you are bringing your Live Stand-Up tour to Australia in October, you have visited us before, what do you think of the place? Australia is actually one of my favourite places to go and one of the only places my wife gets excited about visiting. It’s like the size of the US with the

population of Los Angeles. The food is nice, the people have a great sense of humour. Actually most of the artwork I own is from Australia; I have quite a few pieces of Aboriginal artwork. They are so beautiful. And I love the adventurous spirit Aussies have. Only about 20% of Americans have a passport, pretty much every Aussie has one. They have this sense of travel. I’ve never been to a place anywhere in the world and not

ran into an Aussie. In fact, I was literally on a glacier in Iceland, on a snow mobile, covered in ice gear and this guy comes up to me and says ‘how you goin mate, you know where we can get a good beer around ere?’. It’s great!

And do you have a favourite place to visit? Australia is just so enormous. There’s a lot I haven’t seen yet but I'm really excited to perform at the Opera House,

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it’s an iconic venue and you have to be an accomplished performer to get the chance to perform there so that’s a big honour. Sydney Harbour is one of the prettiest in the world. I also love Perth, the people are great and Melbourne is good too because it’s one of the only places I can buy a suit that fits me. There are so many short Greeks in Melbourne, wide and short like me – so the suits fit perfectly! Brisbane is also very lovely.

You are probably best known for your comedic acting roles, you’ve done movies like Deuce Bigalo, Grown-Ups, The Animal – what has been your favourite role to play and why? Duece Bigalow was a lot of fun. Big Stan, the prison movie was great and I think doing 50 First Dates was probably one of my favourites. The Hot Chick was pretty funny playing a teenage girl. I don’t think I could do any of that again though. It will actually be pretty fun when my little girl grows up and gets to see those movies – but not until she’s about 15.

This month you are in Australia with your Live tour, what can we expect to see? The show is really just different forms of midlife crisis. Stuff people can relate to. I mean my wife and I had an accidental baby 10 months ago and it turned out to be one of the best things to happen in my life. Most accidents are. And of course there are a lot of jokes in the show.

The types of characters you play are pretty out there and very funny, is your stand-up similar? I think the stand-up has aged better; it’s a little more mature but still inane, a bit dirty and naughty. It’s hard to shock people anymore, they see so much, but I want people to laugh, and have a laugh at themselves as well. I try to mix it all up and have a bit of fun.

You started off doing comedy as a teenager then moved into the big films, but went back to stand-up in 2011 was it?

“What is the real Rob Schneider like, well I'm smarter, better mannered, more handsome. I think I'm probably a bit more serious, dry, shorter!” It was actually 2009 but I’d gotten good at it by 2011.

And what do you prefer, stand-up or film? I really enjoy doing stand-up; it’s challenging performing to a live audience. And it’s wonderfully contemporary. No show is the same and you have this amazing chance to connect with the audience and bring them together. Then with film, there is something immortal about it. The magic of film is that the cameras capture these legends and you see a reflection of them on the screen, even after they are long gone. If you can make people laugh in film, that’s a rare thing, and people remember it for ever. And you have the ability to enhance the experience with music, editing, and other actors. It’s an incredible process, and you know they say if Shakespeare was alive, he’d be a film maker. The downside to film is that it’s expensive, has its ups and downs and

it can break even the greatest. Show business is tough. Stand up is rewarding, you are standing in front of an audience that are all excited to see you.

What about the Rob Schneider we don’t see on stage or on the big screen? Well hopefully I'm smarter, better mannered, more handsome. I think I'm probably a bit more serious, dry, shorter than on screen.

What can we expect from you in the future? I want to do a few more movies, but I don’t feel a crushing determination like when I started out. There are still things I want to try and accomplish. But hanging out with my wife and daughter is my top priority. They are coming on this tour with me. I'm really excited about that; getting to share this experience with my family. In fact, this may just be my last Live tour. I'm doing it out of love to the fans in Aus who have always supported my movies. •



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Ruth describes her experience with the Fred Hollows Foundation as inspiring.

What would inspire someone to trek 100km with a bunch of wild women? Coastrek ambassador and daughter of Fred Hollows, Ruth Hollows, shares her inside secrets… Coastrek is an annual team trekking challenge where the Wild Women On Top work to motivate women of all ages to get involved with a fundraising initiative. The cause? To raise funds for the Fred Hollows foundation to help work towards ending avoidable blindness in Indigenous Australia and developing countries around the world. “Coastrek is such an interesting way to raise money,” Ruth Hollows said. “Everyone is so friendly and it’s not just a competition, it’s about the experience.” Sydney Coastrek has come a long way since its launch in 2009. Over $1.8 million

“I’ve seen the change, the people, the projects and I’ve seen sight restored in twenty minutes,” Ruth said.

Julie McCrossin, Gabi Hollows and Ruth Hollows

was raised this year and the goal for 2014 is $2.5 million. Despite how challenging a thirty-six hour trek could be, Ruth explains how it’s a great goal to work towards. “Being able to say you’ve done it is just incredible,” Ruth said. “We have trekkers of all ages and abilities, and it’ll wear you out, but you’ll be glad you did it.”

“Sight is the single thing that means so much to a person and through Coastrek we’re working together and committing ourselves.

“Walking the trek is what I can do and that really is nothing.” Ruth is aiming to take part in the 100km trek next year and Coastrek’s target is to restore sight to 100,000 people through the work of the Fred Hollows foundation. Registrations for Coastrek are open now. Visit Events begin Friday February 28 2014. •

the LINK Most of the works have never been seen in Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales is the only Australian venue for this exhibition. Michael Brand, director, Art Gallery of New South Wales said he was delighted to give audiences in Sydney greater access to American art and culture. “And nothing could be more important than this first major survey of American painting to be shown in Australia,” he said. “We are deeply grateful to our partner institutions in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia for lending such brilliant examples of American painting from the mid-18th century to the 1960s.


Edward Hopper House at dusk (1935) Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, John Barton Payne Fund © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Painting a Nation

“I know this exhibition will both open a window on the grand narrative of American painting and hold up a mirror against which we can further explore our own art history.” America: painting a nation is part of the Sydney International Art Series, bringing the world’s outstanding exhibitions to Australia.

This summer the Art Gallery of NSW will present the most ambitious exhibition of American art ever held in Australia. America: painting a nation will be on show from 8 November 2013 to 9 February 2014 and will cover more than 200 years of American art, history and experience. With many masterpieces shown here for the first time, the exhibition brings together over 80 works from major artists, including James Whistler, Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollock. The exhibition is a voyage through American history, across the American landscape and into the minds of the American people. It begins in the 18th century, among pious farmers and republican merchants. It traverses the continent, alongside Native Americans and frontiersman. It explores the great cities, and the lives of workers and bohemian artists. Answering the question, ‘What makes Americans American?’ is complex, but these paintings are a guide, revealing the self-reliance and communal beliefs, optimism and anxieties, that makes America tick. This exhibition will reveal the breadth of American history, the hardy morality of

Jackson Pollock No 22 (1950) Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Albert M Greenfield and Elizabeth M Greenfield Collection 1974-78-41 © Pollock Krasner Foundation, ARS, licensed by Viscopy.

Fact Box Georgia O’Keeffe Horse’s skull with pink rose (1931) oil on canvas, 101.6 x 76.2 cm Los Angeles County Museum of Art Gift of the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation 1994.159.1 © 2012 Museum Associates/ LACMA

the frontier, the intimacy of family life, the intensity of the 20th-century city, the epic scale of its landscape and the diversity of its people. The works have come from four major institutions in the USA: The Terra Foundation, Chicago; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has lent its major work, Edward Hopper’s House at dusk 1935.

8 Nov 2013 - 9 Feb 2014 Daily 10am–5pm (closed Christmas Day) Art After Hours: Wednesdays until 10pm Tickets $20 adult $16 concession $12 member $10 children (5–17yrs) $50 family Combine your ticket with the official audio guide. Buy online or in person: •



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in Brisbane

The Good Food & Wine Show is returning to Brisbane from 8-10 November!

A dream day out for food fanatics and wine connoisseurs alike - hundreds of the country’s finest food producers, wineries and chefs come together for one sensational weekend. With a line-up that will leave you hungry for more, one day may not be enough! There’s a magnificent menu of things to see, taste and do - so be sure to check the website to find out what’s on. How much fun can you handle? The Link Editor had a chat with celebrity chef Miguel Maestre, who will be sharing his culinary tips at the show!

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You have had a long journey as an award-winning chef, author, tv presenter how did this all begin for you?

people think of what you do as you don’t see their reactions. The Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show allows you to see people face to face, which I love. The live cooking demonstrations bring you so close to everyone that it’s very overwhelming and exciting.

Love and passion for food and family has got me to where I am today. When I was working in a kitchen, my head chef used to film his TV show and the producer asked me to be part of the show as he thought I would be good on television and now the rest is history.

What can we expect from you at the show?

Tell me how you bring your Spanish background into your cooking and life here in Aus? I think Australian and Spanish cultures are very similar - we both love to share special moments with friends and family so it has been very easy to incorporate my Spanish soul into my Australian life. Another thing I do is solely speak Spanish to my daughter so she will be bilingual and able to speak to my parents in Spain. Eating churros for breakfast and having a siesta on a Sunday are still my two favourite things.

These days you are probably best known as a celebrity chef and host on The Living Room, what has this experience been like for you? Being on The Living Room has really changed my life. I love working with Amanda, Chris and Barry Amanda is a super woman, Barry is the most inspirational person I have ever met and Chris is my brother from another mother. I love my food segment on The Living Room as I get to show Australia the fun side of food - where it comes from, how it’s cooked and all the different cuisines around the world.

Tell me about the Miguel we don’t see on camera – what do you love to do in your spare time? I am always the same person on camera and off camera. If I am not travelling around I will be cooking in

the kitchen or spending time with the family or playing European Handball. I love going fishing to catch a flathead as well.

In November you will be heading to the Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show, what are you looking forward to most about this? Working on TV you always wonder what

I am showcasing in the Celebrity Theatre what I cook for my family - my wife and daughter. In the Chefs Table from Lifestyle Food, I am cooking a bulletproof dinner that will allow people with allergies to cook the perfect three-course meal with lots of flavour, colour and easy cooking techniques. I will be signing books, hanging out with all our fans and friends and enjoying a never-ending list of tasty things to eat and delicious wine to drink.

You cook, and eat, many different recipes. What is your all-time favourite meal to cook? And what is your favourite meal to eat? My favourite thing to cook is my Paella a La Maestre and I love to eat it as well as its great for sharing and it really represents all the flavours of Spain.

What does food mean to you? Food is my life. I dream food and live food, I am food. What would this world be like without beautiful food and family to share it with?

What can we expect to see from you throughout the rest of 2013? I am working on massive projects in the restaurant industry and another year spending every Friday night in your living room with series three coming soon. I also have lots of live cooking demonstrations around the country so keep an eye out on my website. Visit for more information and tickets. •


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SYDNEY DINING Feature By Maddi Johnston

The Spice Cellar

Everybody loves a holiday right, but unless you’re Richard Branson it’s not that easy to jet set off around the world whenever you feel like it! However, with Sydney’s huge selection of exotic restaurants, you can choose a different culinary vacation every night of the week! We’ve searched far and wide to find you three of the best new restaurants in town, each with their own unique style and flavour form the far reaching corners of the globe!

Miss Peaches From the bayou swamps of Louisiana comes on of Sydney’s most anticipated new eateries, Miss Peaches. Located on Missenden Road in the heart of Newtown, Miss Peaches is a blues infused bar offering music, rustic cocktails and




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an authentic menu of home cooked southern soul food! With an eclectic mix of vintage lounges, patchwork print banquettes, traditional paintings and neon signage, Miss Peaches brings you the down and dirty grit of Bourbon Street’s most authentic drinking establishments without the 17 hour flight. Miss Peaches shares plenty of her

secret family recipes in a menu that’s filled with fried maple goodness, two things that are synonymous with the ol’ US of A! Everything’s covered in Miss Peach’s soul kitchen from the quintessential fried chicken and grits and gravy to gumbo, po’boy sliders and okra jambalaya. There are even vegan options if you fancy, but make sure you leave some room for a slice o’ sweet pie at the end. If a drink is what you’re after , Miss Peaches has got you covered there too with an excellent selection of bottled beers and wine, mostly hailing from California and New York, with a couple of Aussie favourites thrown into the mix. It’s the cocktails though, that really set this place apart. From the rum and raisin root beer float, grape drank, Atlanta Fanta

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and hot buttered pumpkin rum, each one needs to be sipped to be believed! Miss Peaches also has a DJ booth with handpicked and dance floor tested tunes spun by the likes of DJ Grits, which are sure to get you stompin’and wailin’. So come on down to Miss Peaches and soak up some of that Southern Hospitality!

The Spice Cellar If a little European jaunt is more your style, why not take a trip to The Spice Cellar. Nestled within the basement of the Overseas Union Bank building in downtown Sydney lies this unique underground oasis dedicated to late night drinking, dining and entertainment. Inspired by the tapas eateries in Barcelona, cocktail bars in Amsterdam and nightclubs in Berlin, The Spice Cellar seamlessly fuses music, drinks, art, fashion, design and food. The Spice Cellar is a playground for adults, transforming from lounge and tapas bar during the week to a pulsing nightclub over the weekend with high profile DJ’s mixing from the booth. The venue itself is a Pandora’s Box of nooks and casual settings, with scattered lounge seating and coffee tables offering a wide variety set up’s for events or parties with food and drink menus customised to every budget and scale. For the midweek dining crowd, all drinks run two-for-one from 5pm to 7pm daily, offering the perfect after work destination. All cocktails are made

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from only the finest and freshest ingredients including home-made ginger beer and fresh juices. Whether you’re stopping by at 4pm or 4am, chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for! You might not know it’s there from the street, but perhaps as you walk by you’ll catch a sniff of spice-laden air or a hint of jazzy tunes wafting up from the basement to the sidewalk. The Spice Cellar’s secrets are out, come downstairs and taste them.

Afous If you’re craving something a little more exotic, and don’t mind a bit of a drive from downtown, Afous is the restaurant for you! Boasting an enviable position on the The Spit in Mosman, Afous is the latest culinary vision of reknowned restaurateur Omar Maldji. Seamlessly blending the sensual flavours’ of North Africa with the sumptuous savoury style

A Berber name hailing from Omar’s parents’ tribe in Morocco, Afous literally means “perfume of life” – an apt name for the aromas wafting from the kitchen! There’s a range of tapas options for light eaters such as Moroccan meatballs or herb scented tomato bread and for those with a more hearty appetite try the seafood paella, the fish tanjine or the lamb, slowly simmered in spices and honey. Yum! The deserts offer another sensory vacation with exciting twists on some old favourites like the orange blossom panna cotta! Enveloped in a warm fit out, rich in recycled wood, Afous prides itself on the old world charm and eco-friendly details of the restaurant. No detail is left out, from entrance through a beautiful reconstructed church door down to the business cards which are printed on recycled paper. Starting in July, Afous also introduced candlelight nights every Tuesday of the month to save energy – and create the perfect atmosphere for a date night! Omar’s recreation of the authentic Moroccan experience through the design, the food and the service is all part and parcel of why Afous ranks among the best. Book now for a memorable dining experience, complete with flavours straight from a foodie’s dream! •

Welcome to Homestead Hospitality Good Old Fashion Country Hospitality at its Best

Cherrabah Resort sprawls across 5086 acres of a very peaceful mountain perched almost 3000 feet above sea level, overlooking the picturesque Elbow Valley and the Great Dividing Range. Facilities - 3 star motel accommodation 40 (twin/triples) 4 family rooms, Camp grounds (powered and unpowered sites). Alfresco dining on the terrace overlooking the swimming pool and the view of the valley. Dining in the homestead restaurant with a capacity of 150 people. Lounge bar with open fire place, dance floor and karaoke. tennis court, and swimming pool. Under cover equestrian centre. Plus a sealed air strip.

Phone (07) 4667 9177



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Take time in

Located in North-West New South Wales, Tamworth is most typically described as your friendly, easy going country town. Within the Tamworth region, you will be able to lose yourself in many of the big experiences on offer, savour some of the tantalising home grown and local produce, marvel at the history and heritage and escape in the natural wonders of the picturesque rural setting.

TAMWORTH Known as the ‘Country Music Capital of Australia’, each January Tamworth opens up its heart and soul to welcome Australia and the world to the biggest and best 10 day celebration of country music. Tamworth also has a wealth of natural attractions for the year round traveller. Tamworth’s Oxley Lookout provides a unique bird’s eye view of the whole town and the distant Peel River and Liverpool Ranges. The city has a number of open parks and play areas for the young, and young at heart. The parks provide the perfect scene to relax and stretch your legs, while watching the kids run and play. There are historical walks and scenic drives all designed to help you on your journey of discovery, not to mention the Country Music attractions, such as the Big Golden Guitar, Australian Country Music Foundation Museum and Walk a Country Mile located in the guitar shaped Visitors Information Centre. The award winning Walk a Country Mile interpretive museum narrates the story, music and artists that have shaped Australian Country Music. The interactive display provides a unique understanding of Australian heritage, with documentation of historic events through the sweet sounds of country music. One of the most thriving and tasty sectors is the tantalising agricultural and hospitality sector. The food in the Tamworth Region is world class, and award winning with Michelin Star chefs and culinary Olympians preparing local and fresh trout, beef, chicken, pasta and dairy. Choose the treelined Peel Street, with its cosmopolitan look and feel to sit back, relax and let time pass you by. Kamilaroi Aboriginal legend suggests that Tamworth is a meeting place that people are drawn to. Tamworth’s array of sporting, equine, musical, dance, theatre, exhibition and conferencing facilities will give you an unforgettable experience. For more information visit or when in Tamworth, call into the Tamworth Visitors Information Centre. •

Photo courtesy Evolving Images Destination NSW

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Orange Taxi Wine Tour available, so you can be chauffeured around while you relax and sample the delectable flavours of the area’s finest produce.

Fancy a getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life? Do you dream of leaving it all behind and heading off on the open road to enjoy a scenic adventure? Well why not visit New South Wales’ Central Tablelands! The Tablelands, located around a 4 hour drive West of Sydney, are home to a collection of iconic Australian towns such as Orange, Bathurst, Oberon and Katoomba where you’ll find a wealth of Colonial history and beautiful heritage buildings. The area is also intersected by The Great Dividing Range, and boasts spectacular views of The Blue Mountains. The Central Tablelands are easily accessible, with several main routes passing through the region. There’s so much to see and explore throughout The Tablelands that there’s really something for everyone and you’ll find yourself hard pressed to fit it all in. For families, why not take the time to explore the many chic country towns in the region. Their wealth of interesting museums, art galleries, gardens, parks and wildlife will have the family entertained for days. Most

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towns also offer horse trail rides and some great bushwalking tracks which the kids are sure to love! Feeling a bit more adventurous? For the girls, why not take a ride hot air ballooning at sunrise, complete with a champagne breakfast at Balloon Joy Flights in Canowindra. Or for the boys, try a couple of rounds of paintball Skirmish at Fireball Paintball in Hartley, or an off-road 4WD adventure at Simmo’s Off-Road Tours in Orange. If you’re after something a little more upmarket, there are over 50 wineries you could stop into throughout the Central Tablelands, including the world renowned Phillip Shaw Kooloomooloo Vineyard in Orange. There’s even an

The Tablelands offer a wide range of accommodation choices. There’s everything from budget to luxury with Bed and Breakfasts, self-contained apartments, motels, farm stays and cottages. You can even go camping at one of the many sites around the region if you feel like getting close to nature. It can be a bit chilly throughout Winter, so one of the best times to visit The Tablelands is in Spring, where you can watch the countryside literally bloom into life! Be sure to also check out The Tablelands in Autumn, when the seasonal trees alight the landscape in a stunning display of colour! Another autumn attraction is the Orange FOOD Week, held in April, where all you foodies have the chance to sample some exceptional rural flavours. With so much to see and do right at Sydney’s doorstep, what are you waiting for? •



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DAYLESFORD Two great gardens, two worthy causes – a double treat for all gardening enthusiasts Two prestigious private gardens, Paul Bangay’s Stonefields and Stuart Rattle’s Musk Farm will open to the public on Saturday November 23 and Sunday November 24 near Daylesford. Every two years, Paul Bangay, regarded as one of Australia’s foremost garden designers, opens his beautiful country garden Stonefields to raise money for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program. This has proved to be a hugely popular event with over 6000 people attending in 2011. Funds from the Stonefields open garden will help the Foundation support the delivery of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program in participating primary schools across Australia.

A short trip from Melbourne is the town of Daylesford where you can find breathtaking scenery, a myriad of historical wonders, natural mineral springs and a number of spa retreats and holistic health services.

A selection of books by Paul Bangay and Stephanie Alexander will be available to purchase at Stonefields, personally signed by the authors. This year garden enthusiasts are in for a double treat as Stuart Rattle, one of Australia’s leading interior designers, is also opening his country garden Musk Farm on the same weekend.

Whether you visit for a romantic getaway or a session of relaxing massage, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs has everything to make for a perfect holiday. The town boasts a variety of accommodation for holidaymakers. There are several places where you can take a rest and have yourself pampered at the in-house spa, such as Samadhi Spa & Wellness Retreat and St Andrew, where you can also enjoy wonderful sceneries straight from your window. Daylesford still maintains the character of early Swiss-Italian miners and, with its high rainfall, has a constant lush green look. All of which lends itself to a relaxing or romantic getaway. If you find yourself there on a Sunday, make a beeline for the popular Daylesford Sunday Market where you can dig through other people’s trash to find your own treasures.

Daylesford is also home to many interesting, hidden gems that will fascinate visitors. Daylesford Historical Society Museum features impressive showcases on the city’s history, the Aboriginal and the colonial past. Known to be the most beautiful spot in town, the Convent Church is an iconic landmark in downtown Daylesford while the Cricket Willow, an English-style cricket ground, is also worth a visit. Other attractions include the botanic gardens, galleries and great shopping opportunities. Or you can take some time out in the local gardens. •

Just 20 minutes’ drive from Stonefields this beautiful garden has been open previously to great acclaim and, each time, has raised significant funds to support worthwhile local causes. As well as a beautiful garden to explore there will be a gourmet BBQ, boutique wines, local produce, Vittoria coffee, home-baked cakes, plants from Lambley Nursery and more available. Proceeds from Musk Farm go towards the restoration of the Rotunda, Rustic Cascade and Fern Gully in the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, Daylesford. Online tickets to view ‘Stonefields’ and further information is available through the website:

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STERLING AND HYDE The Link editor Lahnee Pavlovich chats to Sorrento based designer Amy (Richards) Singe from Sterling & Hyde about her life and her dream job! So, you were a lawyer up until a few years ago, why did you decide to change your career and create Sterling and Hyde? Well a few things happened; first of all I had a 30 year midlife crisis. I was a HR Director for a manufacturing business and I was great at my job but I was getting bored and felt unfulfilled. I thought about studying but I’d always wanted to start my own business as well. Around the same time my now husband had a near fatal dirt bike accident and was in a medically induced coma. He had serious injuries and huge amounts of intensive rehab. After that he felt very claustrophobic in the city and wanted to get out. I actually always had a passion for fashion and used to design my own leather bags and have them made in Asia. My friends kept telling me how great I was at it and

that I should start my own business doing that. Then on a trip to Sorrento one Christmas we saw a shop up for sale and threw caution to the wind and bought it. Sterling & Hyde was created about four months later.

Was it a tough decision to make? I was a little scared, but I just kept thinking ‘what’s the worst that could happen’. If it doesn’t work out, I move back and get a new job. After the accident we re-evaluated our lives and thought we may as well give it a try.

These days, what is a typical day in the ‘office’? Well it depends if I'm in the store or working from home. I start at about 7am and finish around 6pm when the hubby calls me for dinner! I'm most creative in the mornings so I do some designing then, liaise with the

We work on functionality first and think about our clients and what they want and need. Are the bags for traveling, work, fitness, do they need certain elements. Then we look at the colour. We produce two main ranges each year with a few others injected into the mix. They are all designed in Australia then manufactured overseas with the highest quality Italian leather. And initially they were all named after influential women in my life. Then we designed so many I started naming them after the loyal customers as well.

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What is your favourite Sterling and Hyde Bag and why? My favourite is always changing. My husband says I have too many now! But at the moment it’s Robin; it comes in 3 different colours, it’s highly functional. It’s definitely a very popular bag!

What’s coming up for Sterling and Hyde? We are all about providing a very personal experience for our customers and offer them a warm and inviting environment to shop. For the future, we want to keep working on this, we are happy to stay small, and expand our online store so women can have the convenience of jumping online after the kids are asleep with a glass of wine. And we want to expand distribution into other boutique shops across the country. •



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OAMARU He’s wearing full Victorian-era get up, standing in the doorway of Oamaru Cycle Works with a casual hand rested on his Penny Farthing. He’s looking at us bemused. And we’re looking back at him in his double-breasted suit uncertain if folk here dress like that for fun or its some unfortunate costume he’s instructed to wear. As he wanders over smirking at us, we can’t help but giggle at him. We’re two young Australian females, in the middle of New Zealand, and our rental van has a potentially very serious issue. It occurs to me that we do look fairly amusing ourselves. We’ve just driven three hours from Christchurch where we picked up ‘Juicy’ for our big two-week voyage and pulling into a rather stunning looking Oamaru is our first stop. We have tools scattered on the ground from the emergency tool kit and what we’re about to tackle isn’t fun. At the van’s side we can’t unlock, let’s politely call it, the ‘bathroom’s courtesy cube.’ But David, rather than try to sell us

a ride on one of his esteemed Penny Farthing’s is kindly wandering over like one of our fathers to show us how it’s done. He tosses the manual back on the driver’s seat, pulls a few magic leavers, and in seconds our confused frowns are replaced by gracious smiles. We’ve met our first Oamaru pal. How could we not ask for a ride from this kind, well-dressed handyman with manners from yesteryear? Now I’ve never ridden a Penny Farthing, and as I hurtle towards the scenic foreshore at a height that is certain to result in more than a scraped knee, I realise that I haven’t engaged a foot brake in many years. “That’s it,” yells Michael encouragingly, “mind our precious yellow eyed penguins, people come from across the world for those fellows. And watch the tourists to your left….” His voice trails off. Something else has already caught my eye; a whisky cellar door. Tucked in amongst the most unique collection of Victorian buildings in Australasia is a whisky haven.

By Alice Hansen Who would have thought we’d stumble across a whisky cellar door in New Zealand, while riding a Penny Farthing? Obviously, I’d heard and tasted many a New Zealand wine, but whisky? The New Zealand Whisky Company certainly hadn’t made my travel to-do-list. We wander into the grand bond store by the seaside and are delighted with our find. With risk of drinking and riding at a lofty height (near the ocean) out of the question, we politely accept a Whisky Flight. Out come two paddles with four little half nips neatly lined up on each. There’s DoubleWood, Single Malt, Cask Strength and whiskies ranging from 15 to 26 years. With each sip we are pulled deeper into the fascinating tale of this whisky’s past. “Whisky distilling in New Zealand begins with the arrival of Scottish settlers in the 1830s,” begins Kay. “The industry thrives until the 1870s when onerous government rules essentially shut it down. Scottish banks agree to fund the country’s

the LINK railway expansions, conditional on the government legislating against local distilling.” We’re told how the whisky industry struggles through the decades and in the 1990s, the last New Zealand distillery is shut down. A whisky legacy had seemingly come to an end in New Zealand, just as New World whisky was finding favour; with Japanese, Irish and Tasmanian whiskies growing their market share around the world. Just when I thought the New Zealand whisky story was done and dusted, I glance across at a dusty barrel and know there’s more to the tale. Kay senses my anticipation and offers another tasting. As it turns out, some 433 barrels were set aside to mature and sweeten in this very seaside bond store. The barrels were later bought by some Tasmanian folk and the New Zealand Whisky Company is born. Who would have thought that this whisky would have a Tasmanian connection? Not to mention that Oamaru, like Tassie, appears to be home to the nation’s whisky revival as well as the National Penny Farthing Championships. “We believe New Zealand can support a trail of regional distilleries

producing world class whiskies just like Tasmania,” says company CEO Greg Ramsay. “Bill Lark has reminded the world how great whiskies can be handmade, and we’ve got a great team in New Zealand who are dedicated to crafting their own style of Single Malts, and the world market are lapping up both New Zealand and Tasmanian whiskies now.” Since then, this long-forgotten whisky has been winning awards across the world. In 2013 alone, it’s already picked up gongs at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the World Whiskies Awards in London. “With the barrels maturing right here on the waterfront, the seaside

atmosphere imparts a lovely tang to the whisky, which comes through on the back palate,” smiles Kay. “I, like many locals, am hopeful that the delights from these barrels will ignite the revival of New Zealand distilling once more.” And as I pour my own bottle straight from the barrel, I’m certain there are many more treasures to uncover. Already Kay has insisted that we try the artisan Whitestone cheeses and stop in to view the handy work of an antique bookbinder. Then we’ll head 40 minutes’ up the road to some rather big pebbles that go by the name of the Moeraki Boulders. •

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By Elka Whalan

Elka is a dual Olympian, wife to four time Olympian Thomas Whalan and proud mother to two young children. Every parent has some interesting stories of traveling with children. Many people see travelling with their kids as stressful before they even board the flight, but if you go in with that attitude how can you have a positive and healthy mindset - or a positive trip? Be honest with yourself knowing that having kids in tow will certainly be more challenging than travelling alone, or with other adults. When packing your bags think about what type of things you will need on the plane to entertain them - books, a charged up iPad with a few of their favourite shows, and some snacks. It doesn't matter where you sit in the plane, honestly children will not know the difference of their noise levels. Sometimes it's harder sitting up the front knowing people pay top dollar for peace! You can never guarantee the noise level with children, especially little ones. My husband often brings spare ear plugs along and hands them

difference between day and night.

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out to people sitting near us as a little consolation. The simplest tips I can recommend for super small bubs is make sure you have an extra pillow if you are breast feeding, and if you bottle feed then have the bottle ready to go so you just add water. Be organised and prepared. When it's sleep time, use your blankets and build a cubby house over them so it shuts out all lights and they know it's lights out time. Let them know the

For active children give them time to walk up and down the aisles, there are certainly times for stimulation and other quiet times as well. They will need to release their energy at some point. Be patient and endearing, and whilst it seems you may be on that flight forever, you wont be! Remind yourself that every minute you are closer to reaching your destination. Find a flight attendant you like and build a relationship with them. Also say yes to anyone willing to cuddle or entertain your children if it's your kids' awake time! Above all, try to relax yourself, try to sleep when your kids do. Know that they are children, they're not understanding of time differences or how long they are on that plane. Don't be nervous. Be organised and ready for anything and try to have fun and let the journey of flying be fun, not fiery! •

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KEEP CALM AND TAKE CONTROL By Mareike Bout, There's not a person alive who hasn't experienced stress. For many, stress is so commonplace that it becomes a way of life. Work, family, financial obligations, and our own expectations of ourselves can place difficult demands on our time and resources - causing us to feel pressured, frustrated and trapped. While some stress can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best, constantly "running on adrenaline" can lead to eventual breakdown – physically, mentally and emotionally. But by understanding what stress is, and recognising the signs of stress, you can protect yourself from burnout by taking steps to reduce its harmful effects. So what is stress? Stress is any thing, place, situation, thought, interaction, and so on that causes the body to respond by releasing stress hormones. Whether the stress is physical or emotional, the response is the same. A gland called the adrenal cortex increases secretion of the hormone Cortisol, and the activity of the sympathetic nervous system is increased, resulting in increased adrenaline secretion from the adrenal medulla. The response of the sympathetic nervous system is commonly called the "fight-or-flight" response because the physical affects allow us

“For many, stress is so commonplace that it becomes a way of life.” to physically fight or flee, and these symptoms of stress can actually be helpful. When a physical danger occurs, the body needs the fight-orflight response to survive. For example, if you step into the street and see a car rushing toward you, the stress response allows you to have the strength and energy needed to leap out of the way. But what happens when a normal, natural function then becomes problematic? Chronic stress can have detrimental effects on the body by interfering with the way the body is meant to function. Physical symptoms are usually the first warning sign that stress is starting to become overwhelming. Some common ones are: • Headaches • Digestive problems • Neck or back pain • Changes in sleep patterns • Muscle tension

Emotional symptoms, such as feelings of hopelessness, irritability, and anger are also common stress symptoms, which can impact on our quality of life, and that of our families. Managing stress We can’t always control the amount of stress we have in life, but we can control the way we respond to it. Managing stress is all about taking charge: of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. Stress management involves changing the stressful situation when you can, changing your reaction when you can’t, taking care of yourself, and making time for rest and relaxation. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing activate the body’s relaxation response, a state of restfulness that is the opposite of the stress response. When practised regularly, these activities lead to a reduction in your everyday stress levels and a boost in your feelings of joy and serenity. They also increase your ability to stay calm and collected under pressure. Another quick and easy way to relieve stress is simply this: talk to someone! Talking about your stress with a calm and balanced listener will make you feel better instantly. Although it’s not always realistic to have a friend close by to lean on, building and maintaining a friendship network is ultimately good for your mental health. Between the above mentioned stress relief techniques and good listeners, you’ll have all your bases covered. •



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4 KEY PILLARS TO HEALTH SUCCESS With Steve Roberts Studies of obesity and diets are all very important; however do they really give us an answer to get the results we want? Truth is that you can only get out what you put in as the saying goes. There is no “silver bullet”. By focussing on these four behaviour changes in equal parts every day, you will have a greater chance of losing weight and keeping it off. 1. Before and After Assessment Finding a starting point will help you see what you want to achieve in numbers. Research underscores the need to determine baseline scores and follow up measurements to set goals and be accountable. Seek out the truth and find out how fit (or unfit) you really are. 2. Self-Monitor Stop and question your health every day. Are you doing healthy things like getting your 30 minutes of organised

exercise? Are you eating at least 2 fruits and 5 vegetables each day? Are you moving at work? Before you go to have lunch, ask your-self “is this healthy?” 3. Keep track Behavioural studies have found both low-tech paper logs and wireless monitoring systems to be a benefit to tracking your health. It’s about setting and monitoring healthy eating, physical activity, recording body weight, recording foods eaten and logging exercise that provides objective feedback on how well you are changing your habits. Keep it real and keep honest. 4. Support Groups Studies document the benefits of encouragement by others. Being part of a group, whether an exercise group, a formal support group or even a virtual group help you share triumphs, bemoan setbacks and strategies solutions.

HOW TO GET FIT IN 3 MINUTES New research revealed on a BBC TV Horizon programme broadcast in February 2012, suggests it is possible to improve some measures of fitness with just 3 minutes of exercise a week using High Intensity Training (HIT). But first let’s uncover some core discoveries about exercise. First truth: one size does not fit all when it comes to exercise. Genetic variations explain why some individuals never seem to outwardly benefit from a strict exercise regimen while others seem to benefit from much less. For those that don’t benefit from exercise, there is hope in the following two truths.

Second truth: three 20 second bursts of extreme cardiovascular exercise three times a week may be all most individuals need to lower levels of blood lipids, glucose and cholesterol while increasing aerobic capacity. Try it yourself for 4 weeks and see how you feel. While this seems ‘not enough’ it has to be taken in context with the third truth listed below to be effective.

The challenge is finding opportunities and strategies that can keep an ever growing sedentary population in motion. As Aristotle says “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”.

Truth number three: overall health and longevity is dependent upon continuall daily movement. As long as one stays moving throughout the day their body and mind have a much greater opportunity to remain healthy.

understands the importance of good health

Steve Roberts is an Exercise Physiologist and with more than 15 years’ experience, he is an identified leader in corporate health. As a former professional athlete, Steve and its link to performance. He’s played over 200 games of rugby in four countries and was a top 20 undefeated professional boxer. Steve’s Personal Mantra: “You only get out what you put in!” •

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Fast track remedies to reduce headaches, migraines, bone aches, lack of energy, high blood pressure, bad moods and more. By Karina Stewart, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Kamalaya Co-founder ( FAST TRACK REMEDIES TO: Reduce headaches: •

Magnesium is a muscle relaxant and headaches are often caused by tension, take 500mg, 3 times a day if you feel stressed, anxious or tense in the body.

Headaches are often due to dehydration, so avoid diuretics such as alcohol and coffee and consume filtered water throughput the day, you should have at least 1500ml daily and more if you are exercising or perspiring excessively.

• Massage away the tension in your neck and shoulders; a good foot massage can also bring relief. • Detox once or twice a year, cleansing the liver alleviates many headaches. • Practice relaxation techniques, simply becoming mindful of your breathing can help. Bone aches: •

Take a warm bath with a cup full of epsom salts, magnesium sulphate, to soothe aches. 1/2 cup of dried ginger in a warm bath is also extremely beneficial.

Consider a calcium supplement with vitamin D. 1000mg of calcium hydroxyappetite taken at night is best for carrying calcium into the bones.

Lack of energy: •

Avoid the great temptation of a ‘quick fix’, that is no sugar or caffeine, this will give you a false energy for a short time and deplete your vitality even more. Eat three regularly timed meals and keep them balanced, mostly a plate of

fresh, colourful vegetables, a small portion of protein, approximately 100g and some whole grain once a day. •

Take a multi vitamin and mineral supplement with breakfast; these contain the full range of B vitamins that will give you a boost.

Practice some qi gong to boost energy rather than push yourself to do a work out and deplete your energy stores further.

High blood pressure: • Sustain your optimal weight with a balanced diet, regular meal times and regular exercise. •

Practice meditation daily, or any other stress management strategies that work for you, just be consistent in practicing them.

Calcium rich foods to incorporate into your diet include seaweeds, wheat or barley grass; nuts, seeds, quinoa, beans, greens, fish and

chicken. • Increase your intake of potassium. Potassium helps to balance out the sodium in the body. Bad moods: •

Consume a whole food diet taken at regular intervals, ensure some quality protein is taken with an array of vegetables and a small portion (1/2 cup) of whole grain, this is to provide an even blood sugar level in addition to nourishing the nervous system.

Avoid sugar and other stimulants such as caffeine as these set of the ‘blood sugar rollercoaster’ and the mood changes go with it.

Avoid alcohol and other toxins which burden the liver, a toxic liver will create irritability, moodiness and sometimes depression.

• Practice meditation daily or other stress management strategies that work for you. •


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Jabra SOLEMATE Jabra SOLEMATE is a portable Bluetooth speaker that’s shock, dust, sweat and splash resistant, with size and weight comparable to a 500ml bottle of water for easy portability. SOLEMATE is a highly durable speaker designed to withstand the wind and weather while providing the freedom to listen to music and take calls in high quality stereo with anyone, anywhere, anytime.


RRP $199

Navman Wireless Qube 4 Qube 4 is a GPS fleet tracking unit and satellite communications module. It enables fleet managers to more quickly and accurately track, locate and response to drivers anywhere, anytime. Time is a critical factor for drivers that travel long distances over remote areas, so the real-time fast data sharing capability of Qube 4 allows managers to provide a safer workplace for their staff.



Jabra REVO The durable Jabra REVO Wireless and Jabra REVO headphones are specifically designed to withstand the rigors of regular use, built with an aluminium frame, steel hinges and a shatter-proof headband for extreme flexibility. The REVO products also have padded headbands and plush memory foam ear cups for a tailored fit. For the first time, this new range of Jabra products includes Dolby® Digital Plus technology to further improve the listening experience. RRP REVO $199.99 and REVO Wireless $299


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The ASUS Fonepad is a handheld device with all the features of a smartphone and the versatility of a seven inch tablet. For those who use their smartphone in most part for consuming social media, playing games and other online activity, Fonepad provides a larger screen that’s ideal for this type of activity, whilst still having the capability to makes calls. It’s a great combination of a tablet and phone in one single device.


RRP 8GB version $329 and 16GB version is $399

D6300 WiFi Modem Router The NETGEAR D6300 is perfect for gadget-lovers who have to have the latest gear. Offering next-generation WiFi speeds of up to three times faster than current networking equipment, the D6300 creates the fastest and smartest home network in the neighbourhood. Ready for the NBN as well as future smartphones, tablets and laptops, the D6300 is ideal for those who want to future-proof their home network.

NETGEAR Push2TV Wireless Display Adapter (PTV3000) With a form factor smaller than a deck of cards, the sleek new Push2TV wireless display adapter is the ideal way to take your home theatre experience to the next level. The Push2TV is designed to wirelessly mirror content such as videos, photos, apps or websites from your compatible smartphone, tablet or laptop to the television. With simple setup and no need for any cables or wires, the Push2TV is a perfect way to enjoy your favourite content and travel snaps. RRP $89



RRP $399

Jabra PLAY BT Stereo headset The Jabra PLAY BT Stereo headset acts like a remote between your phone and headset, connects to your device via Bluetooth and you can just clip it to your shirt and control playback, volume, etc without having to touch your phone. RRP $59.99



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COVER GIRL Name: Brianna Scott Age: 23 Occupation: Office Manager for a group of Property Development and Construction Companies. Why did you choose to get into the construction industry? It was always my ambition to study law. However, after working in the legal industry for a couple of years, I could not foresee my future practising law. I felt that something was missing and that a lot of my capabilities were not being utilised to their full potential. So I took (what I considered) a brave step away from what I thought was my long term goal, to work in a position where it could possibly give me an opportunity to ‘have it all’ - a variety of legal, finance, HR, construction, property development and management in one role. And I certainly haven't looked back.

role has complemented my Law and Business Management and Finance degrees, so it is great to know that my studies and hard work are paying off. Can you tell me a bit about the company you work for and what they do? The GDL Group has been a leading developer and construction

What do you like about it? I love the pressure and rewards of a project - everything from analysing budgets to ensuring compliance of contract conditions. It requires creativity and an ability to think outside the square to come up with innovative ways to meet project goals. The fast paced environment and disputes are challenging, but I thrive on keeping up and thinking ahead to meet deadlines. My current



company in its chosen European markets since 1997, and is now embarking on a range of quality projects in Australia, including; residential, retail and mixed use ventures. Currently we are constructing the Fish Lane Apartments and Laneway Retail in South Brisbane and now have several other innercity projects underway. The GDL Group has a focus on designing and constructing projects that fit perfectly within their intended market and that are well built and are a positive addition to the streetscape. Can you describe a typical work day? At the moment we are preparing for Development Approval for a new project while simultaneously proceeding with the construction of Fish Lane Apartments. I am constantly alternating between the two projects while managing the general duties which concern the running of our office. It can be exhausting and challenging but most of all, very rewarding. Is it tough working in a male dominated industry? Growing up in a family construction business in Mackay gave me enough insight to not shy away from any challenge or to feel intimidated as a female in this industry. While working with only men, except for my assistant, I have learned that I have strengths that complement men's strengths. It has been a matter of demonstrating my abilities through performance and in return, my male colleagues have trusted

“Don’t be afraid to do things that you never thought you would or could do.” me. I have developed a thick skin and adjusted to the male-orientated culture by understanding their sense of humour. It is also encouraging to see organisations such as NAWIC creating awareness of women working in male dominated industries. NAWIC events such as the October Crystal Vision Awards gives us a platform where we can be recognised for our achievements in the construction industry and encourages fellow women to pursue a career in these fields. Hopefully this will create lasting change. What’s your advice for other females wanting to get into the industry? I think times have changed, but perhaps not everyone realises it. For any woman hesitating to seek a career in a malecentric company, know that the current climate is in your favour. It is essential to establish solid relationships with your male colleagues and it is equally as paramount to take the time and make the effort to understand how the industry works and to not be afraid to do things that you never thought you would or could do. T



DID you know, women currently make up only 13% of trade apprentices and trainees in NSW, with most women opting to pursue apprenticeships in areas such as hairdressing and catering. Less than 2% of automotive and engineering and construction and electro-technology trade workers in NSW are female.



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