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PICK YOUR PRODUCT Check out some of the interesting products that have caught our eye this edition and enter to win some great prizes!


FOR HIM We caught up with footy stars Will Genia, Billy Moore and Ewen McKenzie for a chat about sport, beer and Origin. And Australian Olympic weightlifter Damon Kelly talks gym and nutrition; just for the boys!


FOR HER It will be a fashion frenzy in Brisbane this August when the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival returns to town. We chat to some of the designers and sponsors who share their top tips for spring fashion; just for the girls!


GREAT ESCAPES From snow covered hills to Italian villages, elephants on the Sunshine Coast and delectable dining in Brisbane, these travel pages have it all.

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GYMPIE MUSTER Get out your boots, dust of your hat and roll on down to the Gympie Music Muster for a boot scootin good time.


WHY IT’S GREASE LIGHTNING GREASE is still the word as Australian theatre producer John Frost presents his new multimillion dollar production of GREASE. We caught up with Anthony Callea who will be playing rock-star student at Rydell High, Johnny Casino.


48 HOURS IN... Take the family to the Sunshine Coast for a weekend away. Get wild at Australia Zoo and take some time out in Twin Waters.


TAKE A BITE Brisbane is the place to be this winter and here are some suggestions on where you should eat out while you are here.


A LIFESTYLE EXPO The Regional Queensland Lifestyle Expo is set to bring the country assets to the city on July 16/17.

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Welcome to Townsville Airport PUBLISHER Patrick McElligott

EDITOR Lahnee Pavlovich

DESIGN Lawrence Borchers

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irports are all about connecting people and places. That’s our core business. Everything we do is about getting people to and from our facility with as little fuss as possible, and we want to make it a positive experience. The arrival and departure gates at an airport are places that are filled with emotion for some visitors, and are a gateway for all our passengers. So at the Townsville Airport, we’ve been rethinking and rearranging things to help our passengers make their connections. We’ve changed our car parking, so that locals on day trips, or short trips, can get in and out of our airport at less than the price of a taxi fare, and without needing a friend or family member to make the airport run. We’ve upgraded our facilities to make them more comfortable and we’ve introduced new signage to help things flow smoothly. We’re also into connecting people with their friends and have just finished our latest competition called TAKE OFF, which saw one lucky winner collect a $1,000 Escape Travel Voucher to visit their friend outside of Townsville. To stay up-to-date with all of our airport news, visit our Facebook page – Yours in aviation, Kevin Gill Chief Operating Officer Townsville Airport


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ustralian culinary darling Maggie Beer will return to sunny Townsville this winter with a star-studded line-up of the country’s finest chefs to host the Chefs in the North dinner, the sumptuous prelude to the prestigious Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Together with ABC Classic FM presenter Damien Beaumont, the pair will host the fine food and fine music event of the year where chefs from across Australia join chefs from Townsville’s best restaurants collaborating to create a superb five-course degustation menu presented on the lawns of Jupiters overlooking Magnetic Island. Returning as Executive Chef for the evening is David Pugh, Head Chef and owner of Restaurant Two (Brisbane), who will be joined by renowned chefs from across the country, including Huxtable Restaurant Head Chef and owner Daniel Wilson (Melbourne), XO Group Executive Chef Brendon Barker (Noosa), Coco Chu Executive Chef Adam Woodfield (Hamilton Island) and Restaurant Two Pastry Chef Tom Newman (Brisbane). “The dates go into my diary the moment they are announced, there is so much to look forward to. The Chefs in the North dinner is such a grand occasion and the camaraderie amongst the chefs makes me envious I’m not actually in the kitchen cooking,” Maggie Beer said. The evening is a celebration of North Queensland's outstanding local produce accompanied by the best Australian wines, complemented by performances from the Festival’s worldrenowned classical musicians. “But it’s not just the food. I have the fun of sparring with my co-host, the velvet voiced Damien Beaumont, as I talk about the dinner and chat with the chefs, never quite knowing where the conversation will lead,” Maggie said. “What I love most of all is escaping into the festival, which is all about the music and the artists. The memories I have of the last two seasons are absolutely unforgettable, they’ll stay with me for life.” Held annually, The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) is recognised as Australia’s most prestigious international chamber music event. Celebrating its 23rd year, the Festival runs over nine days from 26 July – 3 August, presenting performances from acclaimed musicians from across Australia and overseas in a range of chamber music styles. AFCM made its debut in Townsville in July 1991, initiated through the vision and commitment of the former Vice Chancellor of James Cook University, Professor Ray Golding and the Festival's previous Artistic Director, Theodore Kuchar. Held annually in August, the Festival was established to enhance the cultural environment of Townsville by presenting internationally acclaimed classical musicians. The Festival is held over ten days with about 30 chamber musicians appearing in over 30 concerts presented in a variety of venues around Townsville. As part of the Festival's commitment to regional Queenslanders, concerts and performances are also held in surrounding centres with past concerts taking place at Charters Towers, Mount Isa, Karumba, Magnetic Island and Orpheus Island. n

Chefs in the North dinner Where: Jupiters Townsville Hotel and Casino When: 6:30pm, Thursday, 25 July 2013 Tickets: 1800 449 977 Dress: Black Tie Cost: $295 per person, $2,850 for tables of ten

Australian Festival of Chamber Music: 26th July – 3rd August 2013

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THANKS FOR CHATTING WITH ME WILL, TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOUR EARLY DAYS, GROWING UP IN PNG, MOVING TO AUSTRALIA AND PLAYING RUGBY. I was born in Port Moresby and grew up there until I moved to Brisbane in 2000. That was when I was really introduced to rugby because the school I went to was really big on the sport. I was 12 when I started playing and I guess I just fell in love with it. My passion developed pretty young and I’ve been playing ever since.

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o rugby, or sporting team for that matter, would get very far without the help and support of a coach. So let’s chat to Queensland Reds Coaching Director Ewen McKenzie about what it’s like to be a coach.

SO HOW DID YOUR CAREER DEVELOP FROM THERE? Well I was always part of the A teams in school and then got selected for the Australia 'A' Schoolboys team in 2005 and then I was part of the Australian Under 19 rugby team that won the IRB World Championship in 2006. In 2007 I was picked up to play for the QLD Reds.

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU LOVE ABOUT PLAYING RUGBY? I love the game and everything about it. I think the best thing for me is being part of a team and relying on each other to work together to achieve a common goal. When you achieve that goal it’s so satisfying and it takes everybody doing their job properly to get there.

AND WHAT ABOUT THE LONG TRAINING SESSIONS, LATE NIGHTS, TIME AWAY FROM HOME. HOW DO YOU HANDLE THAT? I love what I do and I love the sport which makes the early mornings and late night training sessions all worth it. When you are passionate about something everything seems easier to cope with.

“Although I live and play in Australia, PNG is always home for me. It’s such a laid back country and the type of untouched place that makes you just want to turn off the tv and phone and get outdoors, play some touch footy, go fishing and just be outside. I’ll always love PNG.” the teams it’s going to be a full on year with the Super Rugby series finishing up in midJuly then the rugby championships between Australia, NZ, Argentina and South Africa and an end of season tour of Europe.

YOU LIVE IN QLD AUSTRALIA BUT YOU WERE BORN IN PNG, HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET BACK? Although I live and play in Australia, PNG is always home for me. I go back at least twice a year to see family and friends. It’s such a laid back country and the type of untouched place

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR BIG ACHIEVEMENTS? I have been lucky enough to win a rugby title, rugby world cup and play all over the world. I was the 78th Test captain of the Wallabies and led the side against the USA Eagles at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. That was a great experience. And to play with such a great team is a big achievement as well.

IN APRIL 2012 YOU SIGNED ON FOR ANOTHER THREE YEARS WITH THE REDS. HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THAT? I love the team and I’m really excited for what’s ahead. If I’m lucky enough to get picked for

that makes you just want to turn off the tv and phone and get outdoors, play some touch footy, go fishing and just be outside. I’ll always love PNG.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE WANTING TO GET INTO THE GAME? My advice for anyone who loves rugby and wants to play is to just have fun with it. There is too much emphasis on playing sport to become a professional player. When I was young I played for passion and that’s why I have got to where I am today. My advice, play

So how did you start out in Rugby Union? I started playing professionally as prop for the New South Wales Waratahs in 1987 then I played for the Brumbies and in the 1997 final against the Auckland Blues. I have played in France, England, all over the place. I got into coaching in the late 90’s coaching the Waratahs; I even spent some time coaching the Paris side State Francais before starting with the Reds. You are now in your fourth and final year with the Reds, where to next? It’s been a great experience and I’ve met some great people along the way. I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Reds. Helping a team go from the bottom to the top of the ladder is a great feeling. In 2011 the team won the Super Rugby Grand Final. Every coach wants to do it but to be able to make it happen is a great achievement. And it’s a team effort, everyone has to do their part and it’s my job to get everyone pointing in the right direction and to find the right talent to make it happen on the day. As far as what’s next, just watch this space. I’m looking at what’s out there in the rugby space and I’m looking for something that suits my skill set. We’ll see what happens. What’s the best thing about coaching? I think to be a good coach you need to understand the elation of success and the downs of losing. Coaching is about being able to find the right types of players and helping them on their journey. Not just through their rugby career but in life as well. It’s a great feeling to see the boys reach their full potential and to see the joy they get from the sport. The professional sporting scene is loaded with expectation and sometimes what the boys need is a balance in their lives and that’s another part of my role as coach. And what does a Coaching Director such as yourself do in your downtime? I don’t get a lot of spare time as a coach, everything is about rugby and if I get some time to read a book or watch a movie I’m happy. As a coach you become completely absorbed by the work. You need the downtime when you get it. You learn to appreciate the simple things in life. n

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o commemorate its 23rd year sponsoring the Queensland State of Origin team, XXXX is launching a special “XXXX Proudly QLD Origin Collector’s Edition can” across XXXX GOLD and XXXX Bitter. Every one of the special edition cans will also bear the signature of Maroons legend Billy Moore, who has teamed up with XXXX to bless every single drop with his signature war cry ‘Queenslander’. Geoff Cockerill, XXXX Regional Director said the group had been passionate supporters of rugby league and in particular, State of Origin for more than two decades. “We love to share our passion for this great team with all Queenslanders and what better way to do this than to bring on board the man than made the Queenslander cry famous – Billy Moore,” he said. Moore played 17 times for the Maroons between 1992 and 1997. “We all remember that iconic moment when Billy started the Queenslander chant as motivation for his team mates as he headed down the tunnel at the Sydney Football Stadium in 1995,” Cockerill said. XXXX and Billy Moore will support the release of the XXXX Proudly QLD Origin Collector’s Edition cans through a variety of activities including the release of unique video footage of Billy blessing the beer. “I come from a country town on the QLD, NSW border with about 300 residents. So the rivalry between states has been in my blood from the get go. Anything where there was a clash between the states became very passionate,” Billy said. “I’m absolutely delighted to be involved in the XXXX Queenslander State of Origin campaign this year. State of Origin has been part of my life for such a long time; one of the first things I ever wanted to do was play for the Maroons, I saw my first game when I was nine and I was 20 years old when I was picked for my first Origin game. “Now I am still so proud to be involved and have the Queenslander name attached to me. Most importantly, I’m so proud to be able to drum up the support of Queensland people with XXXX. “I think this year we have one of the best Origin teams in history with a hunger to win and Mal is great at keeping the team focused. The senior players are hungry to continue the winning streak. They don’t want to be the team to lose the winning run. I think some of the players might have even forgotten how to lose. “Go the XXXX Maroons!” Visit n


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ow did you get into weightlifting? I began weightlifting when I was in year 10. One of my friend’s dad’s was a former weightlifter and he started up a weightlifting club at school. So my friends and I thought we would give this a go. From there on in I did weightlifting. My coach Miles Wydall has been training me since the beginning. Can you tell me a bit about your journey so far in the sport? It began initially to help out with rugby and athletics but after doing weightlifting for a few months I found out what a fantastic sport it is. I really enjoyed the challenge of learning the technique and discipline. I still remember the day I qualified for the first Junior World Championships in 2001 held in Thessaloniki, Greece. From there I was hooked. I loved competing on the international stage. I have represented Australia at a variety of championships, Junior World and Oceania, Senior World, University and Commonwealth and Olympic Games. The sport has taken me all over the world.

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What’s involved in being a weightlifter – what sort of training, nutrition, time do you put in? Weightlifting is a training intensive sport. Generally we build up for 12 weeks just to lift in a competition for 6 lifts. So plenty of time is spent in the gym. We are all strength and conditioning. Currently I am training 9 times per week. The intensity of each session varies but we generally have 3-4 heavy sessions a week with the remaining sessions on the medium to light side. Nutrition plays a big part in all sports. I eat so that my body has all the nutrients it requires for recovery. I try and have a well-balanced diet that contains all kinds of meat, fruit, vegetables, dairy and carbs. Maybe my diet would have a bit more protein in it than your normal everyday person just to help my muscles recover and get stronger. I try and eat about 6-7 times a day. That way my metabolism speeds up and my body has all the energy it needs for the training sessions. Can you describe your schedule/meal plans leading up to an event? I weigh around 145kg and my weight class is anything over 105kg. So coming up to a

competition I try and keep my diet fairly similar to when I am in full training. In the lead up to heavy session or competitions I will try and have more carbohydrates the day before and day of the competition. In weightlifting we weigh-in 2 hours before the competition starts, so after weigh-in I like to have something to eat. During the competition I will also have some lollies to help keep me going. What has been your most proud moment in your career so far? It's a tough one. To me two moments stick out. Qualifying for my first Olympic Games in 2008 was very special. Australia only qualified to send one male and one female lifter to the 2008 Olympic Games so it was very cut throat. The second would be winning my gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games. I came through and lifted 221kg to win the gold and break a Commonwealth Games Record. This was made even more special by having my mum and dad in the crowd to share it with me. What are you doing these days? I am still competing. I am in full training, building up for selection for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games where I hope to defend my gold medal. I am also enjoying being a new dad. Visit to find your local weightlifting association or club. n

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ets face it, a day in a life of our Australian miners can be tough, to say the least. They are working long hours, mostly in the heat and the dust and as if these conditions aren’t hard enough for them, many are not looking after their nutritional needs. To be a top performer under these conditions, looking after health is of utmost importance. How can miners improve their performance? Well luckily it’s not rocket science. Simply making small lifestyle changes and being prepared can lead a healthier life - with little effort. What are the benefits? Well besides feeling more energetic and performing better, good nutrition can give us more confidence and self esteem - simply because we look and feel better. Good nutrition can lower risk of developing a range of chronic disease. For example, eating less saturated fat may lower the risk of heart disease. Good nutrition and good eating habits will contribute to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight as well. A well balanced diet should consist of a wide variety of nutritious foods. To get the right balance, we need to eat plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruits. Plenty of cereals (including breads, rice


pasta and noodles), preferably wholegrain. Make sure to include lean cuts of meat, fish, poultry and/or alternatives, reduced fat varieties, where possible. Choose low-fat and fat-free dairy products.

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Breakfast We all know that starting the day with a good wholesome breakfast is a must. Skipping breakfast only results in lack of concentration and filling up on junk at morning tea time. Your day should consist of three healthy main meals, and three nutritious snacks for morning tea, afternoon tea, and supper. Nuts, yoghurts and fruits are good choices for snacks and let’s face it, even the busiest people can’t use the excuse that they don’t have time to pack snacks like these.

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Lunch Nutritious easy lunches should consist of salad sandwiches and rolls, with low fat meats, fish or poultry, such as lean ham, tuna, or salmon. Or lean chicken, or turkey breast. To keep food fresh and cool, pack lunches and snacks in small eskies with ice packs.

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Dinner Low fat cuts of meat, like lean steak, chicken breast or fish, with a side serve of salad,

baked potato, are good choices. And if you are going out to the pub or a restaurant to eat, that’s fine. Most venues these days are catering for the health conscious. They will happily grill fish instead on the side, and ask them to replace chips with a larger serving of vegetables or salad. The other thing to do is watch your portion sizes. The result of overeating only leads to weight gain, tiredness and feeling sluggish. Another good tip for miners who live onsite is to share the cooking with other miners, sort of like car pooling. Agree to have a nice nutritious meal together a couple of times a week and agree to try out healthy meals and share the cost instead of dining out. That situation of eating the wrong things but you might pick up some new cooking skills on the way as well. If these tips don’t help you and you really feel like you need some expertise, you can always contact me directly by email or phone, and I now consult via Skype. So what are you waiting for? Feel better today, and for the rest of your life!


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he Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane is back, fresher and fiercer than ever for 2013. Teaming an iconic new venue, the City Hall, with the hottest Spring/Summer collections, MBFF has hit refresh for its return to the River City from Sunday 25 – Friday 30 August. The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane is Queensland’s standalone, major runway programme and Australia’s foremost consumer fashion event showcasing Spring/Summer collections. Featuring some of the most desirable labels in Australian fashion alongside the best of local Queensland designers and retailers, the Fashion Festival presents a tantalising cross-section of the season’s hottest trends and aweinspiring showpieces. Last year, the Festival hosted some 7,000 fashion fans, with 12 of the 14 ticketed events across the week completely selling out. And, the Fashion Festival showcases new-season collections as they drop in-store, meaning that every item seen on the runway is available to buy. The pattern has been cut for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane. Continue reading over the next few pages for designer profiles and event information.

Emerging designer: Begitta Stolk (Begitta)

and career. She adores glamorous styling and dramatic silhouettes.

Shows: Emerging Designer Group Show, Tuesday August 27, 8.00pm, tickets from $37.

Q. How would you describe your style? A. Feminine, fun, a little daring, whimsical, outrageous (occasionally), classic (sometimes), pretty (always).

Q. Tell me a bit about yourself, where you are from and how you got started on this journey into fashion. A. When I was nine, my aunty bought me a pink plastic sewing machine for Christmas and I made hats and dresses for all my dolls and teddy bears. I guess I have always been drawn to theatrics and pretty things. I started a business degree at Bond University but felt that it was a little too corporate for what I wanted, to start a fashion label, so I left and completed my studies in fashion in Australia and most recently in Paris. Q. What do you love about fashion and the industry? A. The industry is ever moving, ever changing and ever creative. We can express ourselves by what we wear and the perfect dress can make any woman feel like a goddess. Q. What made you want to get involved in bridal fashion? A. I adore weddings, weddings are a time to celebrate the love that you have for the man (or woman) of your dreams, a time to be excited and to share your love with the world.


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Q. Can you describe your latest collection and where your inspiration came from? A. The Collection will be full of lace, draping, beading, colour and excitement. We’re going for something slightly off-beat to the previous collections, a little shock factor. Q. What is you’re the one garment you couldn’t live without? A. A pretty little tea dress perfect for both day and night - add heels a sparkly clutch and you’re set!

It is such a beautiful thing to be able to take part in someone’s dream. Q. Who is your target market and why? A. The Begitta girl is feminine, elegant and

Q. What are your plans for the future? A. The future has endless possibilities and so many exciting things to come. We’re working with lots of gorgeous Brides and Bridesmaids over the coming months to make their dream gowns and we have big plans for a few new exciting projects which can’t be revealed just yet!

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Q. Fashion tip? A. You can never be over dressed!

Couture Designer: Paul Hunt (Paul Hunt) Shows: Group Show, Thursday August 29, 8.00pm, tickets from $52 Q. You are celebrating 10 years in the game this year, how quickly has the decade gone by and as a designer how have you changed or evolved? A. It’s a strange feeling. We start our 10th year in August, so it's great that it coincides with MBFF. Sometimes it feels like yesterday and other times it seems an age and longer. But I’m happy to still be in business. Everything has changed over the years. The styles have naturally changed, people have changed their spending habits, people are more savvy about what to buy and when. Ten years ago online shopping was a new thing, now it's a part of life. The Internet has also meant we can now see the latest styles from the runway as it happens. People want and they want it now. It's a new playing field. Q. You have been in MBFF Brisbane since its inception in 2006, why? A. MBFF is great for the Brisbane fashion scene. The punters and consumers get a first had look at what's in, what's in store, what they

need. Plus it's a great event. Fashion parades and parties are made for each other. Q. You are closing the Festival this year, is that significant to you and if so why? A. It's great honour to close the week. I think it's a little scary; hopefully the collection will live up to the expectations. Q. What will we see on the runway from you this year? A. This year there is a little something for everyone. Fun summer prints, a little slinky shiny. And a softer romantic longer look. Q. You are also featuring in the bridal group show, which is appearing for the first time in the Festival program. How well do you think that show will be received? A. Bridal isn't traditionally shown in a fashion event. It's more of a standalone show. But I think it's great we are presenting a bridal showing. These days it's one of the biggest dressing events in a person’s life. I think it will hit the soft spot and go off. Everyone loves a bride.

Myer Designer: Wayne Cooper (Wayne Cooper) Shows: Myer Spring Summer 14, Monday August 26, 7pm, tickets from $52 Q. Tell me a bit about yourself, where you are from and how you got started on this journey into fashion. A. I was born in London, finished a law degree, but was always more interested in fashion so I decided to do an around the world trip, settled in Sydney, and started my own label in 1991.

Q. What has been the best experience for you in this journey so far? A. I have experienced many amazing things, met so many interesting people, including having Bono from U2 turn up to one of my after show parties. I have worked with amazing models like Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell, showed at New York Fashion Week etc.


Q. How would you describe your style? A. I like clean lines and strong silhouettes, sexy/ sensual styles and most of my designs are event driven. • Large 2 & 3 bedroom apartments

Q. Can you describe your latest collection and where your inspiration came from? A. My summer collection, ACOUARELLE is a modern sportswear collection, full of colour.

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Q. What do you love about fashion and the industry? A. I love that every day in fashion is never the same. You are always working on something new and exciting and trying to design the perfect collection.

Q. Who is your target market and why? A. My target market is quite wide these days. When I started, my customer was younger but they have grown up and still want to wear my clothes. So now it ranges from 18 years – 50 years. But really my customer could be any age. My collections aren’t really limited by age, they are about a state of mind.

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Men’s Wear Designer: Mark Ferguson (Wil Valor) Shows: Group Show, Thursday August 29, 8.00pm, tickets from $52

Bridal Deisgner: Tammie Nitschke (Elizabeth De Varga) Shows: Bridal Showcase, Tuesday August 27, 6.30pm Q. Tell me a bit about yourself, where you are from and how you got started on this journey into fashion? A. I’m from a small country town, raised on property with no shops for miles. Many of my clothes were hand me downs or homemade so when I got to an age where I could operate a machine by myself I would deconstruct and adapt, alter and remake the clothes my way! When I finished school I went to University to study Agricultural Economics. I ended up in a small mining town in WA, far away from anything fashion orientated – unless we are talking steel caps and kaki overalls. This is where I realised that I needed to go and pursue my love of fashion. Q. What do you love about the industry? A. I love fabrics and all things pretty. The industry is tough and the competition is fierce. Each day is different for me; I could be in the store designing and liaising with clients, fitting or merchandising. I could be on location at a photo shoot, I could be on a flight on my way to a store to sell the collection or in the studio viewing new fabrics, deciding on marketing, developing samples and new styles. Q. How would you describe your style? A. Stylish, distinctive, romantic. Detail is key in all of our gowns, be it a simple elegant sheath or a full princess gown. It’s all in the detail. Q. Can you describe your latest bridal collection and where your inspiration came from? A. Our latest collection combines romance and glamour. It’s a love affair of texture and detail. Our fabrics are key elements of inspiration. Sourced from the world’s great lace companies combined with silks, quirky intricacies of tulle and Swarovski pearls and crystals, hand crochet and diamante belt details. The palette is soft hues of shell pink and blush through to antique silks and magnolias. Q. What are your plans for the future? A. World Domination LOL! As our focus is high end Australian made couture bridal gowns it’s only natural to want to share my love of fashion and the label with the entire market so there is discussion around a ‘ready to wear’ line to appeal to all budgets. Q. Fashion tip for brides? A. Be true to your style. If you love all things big and bold then be that. If you love clean lines and sophistication then be that. Talk to an expert – get their opinions, utilise their knowledge. But ultimately you decide!


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Menswear fashion label Wil Valor is planning to slam dunk Spring/ Summer fashion in its second appearance at this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane. The creator of the Wil Valor label, Mark Ferguson has made the most unusual of moves into the industry going from pro basketball to fashion player. At 195.5cm (6”5’) and playing for the Townsville Crocs in the NBL,(National Basketball League) he was continually frustrated that he couldn’t find clothes to fit. On a basketball trip to Hong Kong and China with the Cairns Taipans in 2004 Mark returned home with a suitcase of clothes tailor-made to fit his lengthy, athletic form and decided not only was there a demand for quality custom-made clothing for the discerning man, but that he was the one to do it. Starting out in Townsville, his clientele were other professional athletes, including Croc teammates and NRL players from the North Queensland Cowboys including Luke O’Donnell, Josh Hannay and Paul Bowman. The demand soon stretched to other sporting codes and he dresses the likes of accidental gold medallist Steven Bradbury and former Australian wicket keeper Ian Healy. It’s a far cry, from the boy who was born in Bundaberg and grew up thinking fashion was an ensemble of basketball shorts, shoes and singlet with a number on it. Mark says his life is now fabric, design and fashion and his label reflects the direction and message he wants to portray. “Valor is all about the gentlemanly qualities of courage, style and chivalry and my label is designed to inspire the modern man to reclaim those attributes, starting with how he presents and what he wears,” he said. n


Summer bright



dorne shares some tips on what’s on trend in the world of accessories. You can see Adorne’s pieces gracing the models at the MBFF this year.


Blue hues

Summer Bright’s - A great way to throw an eclectic mix of bright multi colours and textures to create a fun, effortless holiday look. Monochrome - Though it is sleek with its black and white colour pallet, we have thrown in pops of yellow to compliment the bold stripes for a fresh new season look. Blue Hues - Layer up the blues for a tone on tone look, layered beads and woven textures in clutches and baskets are a great addition for this summer’s weekend wardrobe.




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Inflight Publishing gets the latest hair trends from Laura MacLeod for Schwarzkopf Professionals.

Crystals - It’s this seasons new black in evening wear! Keep it simple with crystal bling for a wow statement for those special events. Architectural - Architectural is a bold statement for both day and evening accessorising, build the look - pardon the pun - with sleek chunky metals, straight edges and smooth surfaces. Wear with an oversized clutch in a patent finish. n


e’re seeing a few key hair trends this season, each with a distinctive feel and personality, but all are fashionforward looks that translate catwalk trends to wearable everyday styles. One of the big trends in hair is still coming from the sixties influence, which is a fashion trend continuing to make its presence felt across runways internationally. This fashion trend translates to hair with rounded fringes, clean contours and contrasting shades. This trend is about simplistic beauty – beautiful hair, beautifully cut and styled, and beautifully coloured. The punk, rock side of the sixties trend is also being seen in hair, but these looks have a little more edge. We’re seeing mismatched lengths and pastel tones that create a bit of a rebel look – totally street wear! On the flip side to this, what we call Glam Chic is also a big trend, with beautiful browns featuring heavily. The styles are about total modern luxe; hair is tousled and undone but totally glamorous, and is influenced by the mixing of masculine tailoring with feminine materials. And of course we have the big colour trends! Big, bright, bold colours with graphic lines and panels are making equally big statements in hair. Violets, coppers and reds are centre stage! You will see Laura’s work on the MBFF Icon Image for 2013. n

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Boot scootin fun in Gympie W

elcome to the Gympie Music Muster; a phenomenal experience honouring the true spirit of country

Australia. Held over four action-packed days and nights from August 22-25, set in one of Queensland's most beautiful and normally peaceful National State Parks, the Gympie Music Muster is set to be bigger and better this year. With acts like The Mavericks, Troy CassarDaily, Jimmy Barnes, Adam Brand, Jasmine Rae, Russell Morris and Mental as Anything gracing the stage, the boots are sure to get stomping. Amamoor Creek Sate Forest Park, located just outside of historical Gympie, creates a picturesque home site for one of Australia's largest outdoor music festivals, entrenched in community spirit far removed from ties, clocks, suits and schedules. Thousands of festival goers are attracted every year by the smorgasbord of diverse programs rich with our country's finest musicians, the bush land setting laced with inviting whiffs of campfire cooking and fresh bush eucalypt, the easy camaraderie created by companionable patrons all set to simply enjoy themselves. There are no strangers at the Muster, only friends you haven't met yet!


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Over the course of the past 30 years, the growth of the Muster has enabled the entertainment line up to diversify into an exciting mix of musical and entertainment genres while still maintaining strong country roots. As well as traditional and modern country music, entertainment within 10 venues and 8 bars include an aural collage ranging from folk, bluegrass, balladeers, the gospel, blues, bush poetry, clogging, line dancing, music industry forums, a celebrity guest debate and the momentous competition of the

Maton Talent Search where future careers are established. The Muster is more than just a spectacular celebration of music - over 50 community groups and 2000 volunteers annually help the Gympie Muster team stage this non-profit community-based festival to raise funds for charities Australia-wide. Since its inception, the Muster has raised over $14M for charities. Inflight Publishing Editor caught up with two of the acts, Adam Brand and Russell Morris. >>

Adam Brand

Q. How did you get into music? A. Music was always going to be a big part of my life. My dad and uncle had a band; in fact my first time on stage was with dad’s band. I started playing drums early and always wanted to be on the stage. I discovered rock first, dad was influenced by Elvis, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, and then I discovered the likes of Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac. I guess what I got into was a bit of rock with country on the side. I really enjoy the fusion of rock, country and blues. Q. What’s been the most exciting moment for you during your career? A. Awards are really great but they aren’t the things that fill your heart. Those special moments like when kids draw pictures of me playing a guitar and give the pictures to me at the concerts – those things stick with me. I guess I'm just lucky to be doing what I love. Q. You have recently toured with Taylor Swift, what was that like? A. That was a really different experience. It certainly opened up a whole new audience for me. But honestly, I just love playing at home for my fans. Q. Are you looking forward to performing at the Muster? A. This is an iconic show. I love playing there. It’s a weekend of great music and one of my favourite destinations to play. I’ll be playing a mix of old and new songs, people can expect to see us hitting the stage running.

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Russell Morris

Q. How did you get into music? A. It was sort of an accident. I was doing a Diploma in Economics and some friends had a band. Their singer got poached and they asked me to fill in for the summer. I did some gigs, had some fun and I’d always intended to just enjoy the summer and go back to my degree but I never did. Q. What’s been the most exciting moment for you during your career? A. There are so many perks like when you hear yourself on the radio for the first time, when you get your first number 1 song, your first record, and for me, getting to write songs for the great Australian movie The Dish, winning song writer of the year, and most recently, Sharkmouth, my new album went to number 6. Q. Tell me about your new album Sharkmouth? A. The new album is really different. I have been quite well known for my older music, particularly the hit single The Real Thing which came out in 1969. Sharkmouth is bluesy and about Australian History. I didn’t ever expect it to go commercial. It’s gone Gold and still selling which is great news. Q. Are you looking forward to performing at the Muster? A. I love the Gympie Muster. It’s a really well run event and the people are great to work with. I'm really looking forward to preforming all the new blues stuff. n

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he National Theatre of Great Britain and Global Creatures are proud to bring the multiple Tony and Olivier Award-winning War Horse, to Australia. On New Year’s Eve, the internationally acclaimed critical and box office hit War Horse premiered in Melbourne before moving on to Sydney. And from Saturday July 6, the show will finally hit Brisbane to end their Australian tour at the Brisbane Lyric Theatre. Since its 2007 world premiere in London, War Horse has won numerous prestigious awards including two Laurence Olivier Awards, five Tony Awards and four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards. The Handspring Puppet Company has also won many accolades including a 2011 Special Tony Award. Nick Stafford’s stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s beloved book, War Horse is an imaginative drama filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. War Horse tells the story of Joey, the cherished horse of a young man named Albert, who is cruelly sold to the cavalry at the outbreak of World War I and shipped to France. Caught up in the drama and danger of enemy fire, fate takes hold and leads Joey on an extraordinary journey where he is forced to serve on both sides of the war before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, too young to enlist, never loses hope that one day he will find Joey and he


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embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. This heart wrenching story is brought to life on stage in spectacular fashion. South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage — their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. These astonishing puppets are strong enough for men to ride, and the actors working with these dynamic puppets will lead Australian audiences on an emotionally-charged journey through history. The Anzac spirit is deeply entrenched in the Australian ethos and as such this dramatic tale will resonate strongly in this country. “The themes of the land, loss and the ultimate triumph of friendship have a special place in the Australian psyche. We are proud to produce this highly acclaimed show with the National Theatre,” CEO of Global Creatures Carmen Pavlovic said. Producer, National Theatre of Great Britain Chris Harper said War Horse was a life affirming story about friendship, courage and family, which appealed to all ages. “This is a production that brings the family together, we get people coming back again and again, and they always have the same reaction. It awakens something in you,” he said. For more information visit n

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REASE is still the word as Australian theatre producer John Frost presents his new multi-million dollar production of GREASE. In the lead roles of Danny and Sandy are musical theatre favourite Rob Mills and rising star Gretel Scarlett. Rob Mills made a name for himself in musical theatre performing Fiyero in the Broadway blockbuster Wicked. Gretel Scarlett has played support roles in Wicked and Mamma Mia! and is excited to take on her first starring role.

Bert Newton returns to his radio roots to play the role of slick veteran disc jockey Vince Fontaine, while Todd McKenney dusts off his dancing shoes to star as Teen Angel, the goodlooking, falsetto-voiced, Fabian lookalike. The role of All-American, rock-star student at Rydell High, Johnny Casino, has gone to Anthony Callea. John Frost said GREASE was one of his favourite musicals. “And with this top draw cast of musical theatre stars I have no doubt it will again be

everyone’s favourite party musical.” He said. “What can I say about this cast – You’re The One That I Want!” GREASE will open at Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre on August 27, with seasons at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from October 13, and at her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne from January 2, 2014. So get ready to dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as “bad boy” Danny and “the girl next door” Sandy fall in love all over again. n

Inflight Publishing Editor Lahnee Pavlovich chats to Anthony Callea about Grease You started off in the public eye on Australian Idol in 2004, what has the journey been like for you since then? I’m very lucky to be able to wake up everyday and call myself a singer and it’s my job. With any nine year period, there’s always going to be ups and downs but I’ve performed in some amazing places and venues, met and toured with singers like Celine and Whitney and have released my third studio album THIRTY in April this year, so I can’t complain. Your debut single, The Prayer, was a huge hit. How did that feel? To start off your career which such a successful first single was quite surreal. This song is what really kicked it off for me and still to this day it’s a privilege to sing The Prayer.

You’ve sung alongside some big international artists, who has been your favourite person to perform with over the years? To tour with Celine Dion was amazing; technically, she would have to be one of the best singers of our time. Singing with Tina Arena was also a beautiful experience. I understand you entered the world of musical theatre five or six years ago, how is it different to singing on stage at your own concert? It’s very different but it’s a form of entertainment that teaches a performer certain skills. And from an audience point of view, it brings so much joy seeing some of your favourite stories come to life in front of you.

What do you love most about performing? Singing live with my band, there’s nothing better! I love studio work, nothing beats the feeling of an audience in front of you. You are playing the role of Johnny Casino, how do you get in character for this? I think just to be vibed and be in a good mood! He’s such an energetic character and the Hand Jive is a high energy number in the show which will no doubt be a feel good moment in the show for the audience. You’ll be dancing in your seats! What is the best thing about performing this show? I think just being able to live and breathe the music from Grease. I haven’t come across anyone who doesn’t like Grease.

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e arrived at Falls Creek at 3pm. Shortly before, we were slowly climbing the mountain, each metre higher bringing more and more snow cover. Finally, we pulled into the village and, pardon the cliché, but it really was like a winter wonderland. Snow coverage everywhere - and not icy either!! Beautiful soft powdery snow. The shuttle took us to our accommodation, Tracker Lodge, and we met Brian who showed us around. There's a kids room, common lounge and kitchen area as well as a warm quaint bar too. This area looks out onto the slopes and the fireplace cozily crackles away. As Tass puts it, this is the stuff of movies! That afternoon we took a walk, explored the slopes and watched the other boarders and skiing, excited that would be us tomorrow. That evening a sumptuous 3-course set menu awaited us back at Trackers. After a cozy night’s sleep, Tass and I were up super early. We enjoyed breakfast at Trackers before heading down to Falls Creek Sports to pick up our equipment. It didn’t take them long to get us sorted with boots, skis, poles and a snowboard. We made our way up to the very top of the mountain on the Falls Express ski lift where Tass had his lesson outside the Snowsports School. It was his first time in the snow but I’d been skiing a while so I went off to enjoy the intermediate slopes. We were very lucky with the weather and there was already excellent coverage thanks to some overnight snowfall. I spent the next few hours exploring the

many runs and 15 ski lifts – the three hours of Tass’s lesson flew past, and I whizzed back to our meeting point so we could head out

together to try his new skills. That night, we were off to Elk Restaurant for dinner. It was only a short walk to Elk, as it is with most of the restaurants and bars in the village. The ambience from the moment we set foot in the door was electric as our eyes were directly drawn to the unique 360 degree fireplace in the centre of the room, crackling away with a roaring fire. The wooden feature wall and rustic setting made it the perfect retreat from the cold snowfall outside. We met Barry Iddles, owner of the restaurant, as well as another in the area Winter Haven Resort. An award-winning chef, Barry now takes the chefs in his restaurants all around the world for inspiration. He told us of his most recent trip with his staff to India to learn of the flavours of the streets. The food at Elk was absolutely divine – in fact we enjoyed it so much we had to go back the following day for breakfast! The following couple of days were spent in much the same way – exploring the many slopes and ski lifts as well as the bars and restaurants. There are so many on the mountain it’s easy to forget which ones you’ve been down so it’s like discovering a new slope over and over again. All in all, we had a truly excellent trip, and I’m glad we picked Falls Creek for Tass’s first snow experience. For more information visit n

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Viva Italia

hink about the Italy of your dreams; where life moves at a slower pace, grape vines and olive trees sprawl across the landscape, rugged mountainous terrain envelopes the Adriatic coastline and everywhere you look traditional village life unfolds before your eyes. Welcome to Abruzzo! Bordered by the dramatic snowcapped Apennine Mountains is the unspoilt Abruzzese province of Teramo. And it is here that Brisbane born couple Luciana Masci and Michael Howard spend six months of the year taking tourists on a tour like no other – an Abruzzo Tour. Luciana, a physiotherapist by trade, always had a soft spot for her family’s Abruzzese heritage. It was this love of Italy and Abruzzo that inspired her to set up Abruzzo Tours. “My heritage and cultural ties remained strong throughout the years. I would visit my family in Abruzzo often and kept fluent in the regional


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dialect and Italian,” Luciana said. “After I re-met my husband Michael in 2001, he was actually my first boyfriend when I was 19 but we lost touch and then miraculously reconnected at one of his shows in Brisbane, we decided to leave our safe life behind and embark on a new journey together.” Since 2006 the couple have been sharing the treasures of Abruzzo with others. Luciana said her and Michael loved being able to share the rich culture of the region with travellers who were keen to explore a more traditional Italy without the crowds. “Abruzzo is a stunning region and we take pride in being able to create and share magical moments with our guests,” she said. “We believe food brings people together, and with the rich traditional culture and history of Abruzzo, our tours certainly create a once-in-alifetime experience.

“Abruzzo is where my family is from, it’s off the beaten track, it’s remote and the tourism infrastructure isn’t there, but it’s in Abruzzo where you see the real Italy. The culture and the life there is as authentic as it gets. Often tourists go to Italy but they don’t see the country as the locals do. So we let them in and relive the traditions of our forefathers. “We indulge in not only gourmet foods but also the musical, artistic and cultural sides of Italy. Our cooking classes merge into singing classes and Michael, an international operatic tenor, will always give a private concert. There is something so surreal about the aroma of food, taste of wine and the sound of the opera in the Italian countryside. It makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.” Abruzzo Tours are all-inclusive and include accommodation, all meals and drinks, wine, olive oil and cheese tastings; fully escorted by Luciana and Michael. >>

Take a tour:

With Absolutely Abruzzo Tours, guests experience guided walks through stunning mountain scenery, hands-on Italian regional cooking with village women using authentic recipes passed down through generations, shopping at outdoor fresh food markets, visits to centuries-old frescoes in quiet medieval churches, private operatic performances in centuries-old castles and above all get to share the Italian love of great food, wine and culture.

Gourmet Getaway to Abruzzo:

Guests can explore the northern hilltop town of Civitella del Tronto and the gems the region has to offer whilst being wined and dined in an authentic village experience. The tour runs over four days (three nights) for AU$2150 per person twin share.

Tastes of Abruzzo:

This tour focuses on the culinary skills shared by local ladies and acclaimed local chefs. Guests spend four days (three nights) indulging in hands on cooking and preparing traditional and modern dishes with fresh, local produce. Tour cost is AU$2150 twin share.

Medieval Magic of Abruzzo:

breathtaking scenery of the Gran Sasso, visits with local cheese and winemakers and you will explore ancient Norman castles and silent monasteries where you can admire timeless frescoes and sample life in medieval villages. Tour cost is AU$4700 twin share.

Along the Shepherds Tracks:

Be enchanted on this eight-day (seven nights) tour. Relive the colourful pageantry of an ancient joust, complete with flag throwers and medieval musicians. The tour explores the l’Aquila province and includes walks through

This tour takes guests through the Chieti and Pescara Provinces at a leisurely pace. They stay in the tranquil countryside of Abruzzo for eight days (seven nights) and experience central Italy at a slower pace, including a private cooking

class with local Abruzzese women. The tour costs AU$4700 per person twin share. Day tours and custom tours are also available upon request. Visit, email or call 1800 641 136 for more information and dates for 2013 and 2014. n


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Hanoi to the deep valleys of Mai Chau for a school community project, travellers will be immersed in all the wonderful rich culture Vietnam has to offer. A key hands-on highlight of the tour will be cooking classes with Madam Anh Tuyet, highly regarded as Hanoi’s best chef. Visiting the local market, travellers will learn all about Vietnamese ingredients and herbs before returning to her kitchen where Madam Anh Tuyet will demonstrate how to cook traditional dishes before serving them up as a tantalising lunch menu in her esteemed restaurant. At the Hoa Sua Vocational Training School where disadvantaged youth learn hospitality and educational skills, reminiscent of “Jamie’s Kitchen”, travellers will be taught by the school’s teachers to cook delicacies such as lotus root and shrimp salad, fresh spring rolls with shrimp and pork, char grilled pork balls with rice noodle and sweetened lotus seed doughnuts. Other food experiences include dining at the 400 year old Dinh Bang Communal House and Mau Dich Restaurant, as well as visiting the empowering Muong Culture Space,

Temple of Literature and Do Temple. The ultimate kitchen activity, however, will be on the final two days of the tour when the group will help to build a kitchen for a remote Vietnamese kindergarten. This community kitchen will stand as a permanent reminder of the nine unforgettable days for the travellers and of course, the local children who will benefit from it for years to come. The cost for this all-encompassing Vietnamese adventure is from $3,250 which includes return economy international flights from Sydney to Hanoi with airport transfers, excursions, meals and accommodation. In addition, Travellers have a minimum fundraising goal of $3,000 which will be used to purchase a Sunshine Coach for a school in Dubbo (rural NSW) which supports 265 students, 67% of which are aboriginal and 26 have special needs. The Sunshine Coach will be used to transport children to school (ensuring they attend) and to extra-curricular activities that they would otherwise miss out on. Visit or contact Lucy Rae on 9819 1014 for details. n

Bruny Island Long Weekend BY ALICE HANSEN


s we make our way down the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, we have a sense of heading toward the edge of the world. Wild, raw, and ruggedly beautiful. Our voyage is aboard a high-speed catamaran with latte in hand. Our Bruny Island Long Weekend has begun. Just 45-minutes from the bustle of early morning Hobart commuters, we set foot on Bruny Island. Rob, owner and creator of Tasmania’s latest luxury guided walk, has a twinkle in his eye that tells us his island has magic in store. Today we are venturing up to Queen Elizabeth Cape, a 12 kilometre trek that promises beach walking, coastal heath and Eucalypt forest. Cheery chatter echoes down the line of walkers falling into comfortable stride (no more than eight and an intimate group of five for us), as we climb Mars Bluff and Alex points out endemic green rosellas and Yellow-throated Honeyeaters. We catch first glimpse of Miles Beach down below. It’s glorious, untouched and entirely void of

human life. The pace quickens as we head down the dunes knowing today it will be ours. Barely a breath of wind, we begin our final leg through Eucalypt forest, across delicate Mutton bird rookeries, and up to Queen Elizabeth Cape. The return trip is equally special. Touching down on Miles Beach once more, Rob insists we hand over heavy boots and as they dangle from his pack, we enjoy kicking through ankle-deep shallows for the length of the beach. A leisurely five hours later we arrive back at the van, intrigued by the talk of our next destination. We are fitted with stylish wetsuit booties and are promptly reversed down a dusty driveway, curious as to where we are rolling…backwards. As the trees clear, an oyster farm reveals itself in glistening low-tide waters. The sight is as refreshing as the elderflower and sparkling water, topped with ice that is placed in our weary hands down by the water. The perfect pick-me-up as the gentle hum of an oyster

farmer’s boat fills the air. Sam, of Bruny Island Marine Farm, left behind his stockbroker’s suit for waders and his blissfully relaxed nature mirrors his new office space. As warm water swirls about our ankles, we each enjoy a freshly shucked beauty straight from the farmer’s hand. Making the most of the island’s bounty, we then make a pit-stop at the Bruny Island Cheese Company for a tasting and select two fine cheeses to accompany us back to our camp. Towering Blackwoods, Dogwoods, tall Stringy Barks and ferns hug the edges of our luxury camp. Stylish tents line the right side. It’s by night our guides really turn on the

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weekend, well its impact can be told in the little tear that appeared as I saw the last tip of Bruny disappear out the plane’s window. It can stand proudly in its logo that promises four key elements- gourmet food, guided walking, luxury camping and plentiful wildlife. It certainly over-delivered in all.



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other’s Day was fast approaching and I wanted to find a suitable resort where I could go and spoil my mother’s – the two most important people in my life; my own mother, who I virtually owe everything to, and my wife, the mother of my children. What I needed was somewhere my mum and dad could have the peace and quiet they wanted, with access to the children but an escape from them as well. As a family man I needed somewhere my wife could relax, the children could be entertained and have the option of doing things in a safe environment. The whole lot had to be close so we could all enjoy mother’s day together. I did a bit of research and discovered that the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast, coupled with the Novotel Apartments fit the bill. My mum and dad checked into the Novotel Holiday Apartments on one side of the lake, my wife, myself and the two children into the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the other side of the Lake. The Holiday apartments had fantastic views of the lake and came complete with a kitchen so mum could cater to dads little speciality requirements, a by-product of his old age. My wife and I enjoyed unspoilt views of the lake and easy access to the swimming pools, beaches, free sports equipment and tour desk. Oh I forgot to mention the Circus School, kids club, learn to surf, mini golf, fish feeding and the segways – a real treat for the kids. With the children happy and content, now I could embark on my important mission, to spoil my mother and my wife. First cab off

the rank was the day spa for mum, and the personal trainer for my wife. The kitchen was a thing of the past for this weekend. Dinner that night was at the Nouveau Restaurant, and the choice of food could not have been more perfect than if I had employed a personal chef. We enjoyed a seafood buffet complete with deserts and all the ice cream flavours you could ask for. Sunday morning, the ladies decided to enjoy some peace and quiet and sleep. Dad and I found some easy walking tracks on the way to the beach and spent some valuable time with the children building sand castles and splashing each other in the shallow waters of the beach. Mother’s Day Breakfast was perfect; the children were well behaved and the mothers were thoroughly spoilt by the staff of restaurant Nouveau. Sunday afternoon number one son and number one husband snuck away to the local golf course for a bit of R&R; a fitting end to an absolutely fantastic weekend. n



remember the last time I went to Australia Zoo. I was about 8 years old and it was a big family outing. We got to watch the incredible Steve Irwin himself brave the crocodiles before a cheering crowd. And I was chosen to feed Harriet, the Giant Galapagos Land Tortoise. It was a special day! And when I returned to the home of the Crocodile Hunter this year, a good 18 years later, so much had changed. But that special feeling you get walking through the gates, sitting in the Crocoseum, admiring the many animals that call the Zoo home – that hadn’t changed at all. A little exploration: When you walk through the gates at Australia Zoo you are greeted by the big smiling face of Steve and his family and although he may have left this world, his spirit and his legacy lives on at Australia Zoo. It’s exciting wandering the pathways taking in the Aussie creatures going about their merry way – like the Tasmanian Devils who scatter around their enclosure before they ‘splat’ on a nice warm rock to bask in the sun. Or the dingoes who watch you curiously walk on by. The kangaroos reminded me of my dog, napping under the trees oblivious to the hordes of tourists gathered wide eyed to watch them. Bring on the crocs: At 12pm you can be sure the grounds will be empty as the crowds all head to one place – the Crocoseum – to watch the some serious wildlife action at the Australia Zoo Wildlife

Warriors show. The keepers, with that Australia Zoo enthusiasm you just don’t find anywhere else, take you on a journey of discovery where you are left in awe at the incredible world of giant snakes, colourful, soaring birds and those prehistoric legends, the big saltwater crocodiles. Into Africa: The newest addition to the wonderful world of Australia Zoo is the open-range exhibit - Africa! Giraffes, rhinos and zebras are now just a hop, skip and a jump away from the main zoo and to see them in a habitat close to their homeland is remarkable; grazing away in a savannah under the hot Queensland sun. As wild as life gets: If you are feeling really wild, you can even get up close and personal with some of the animals in a special animal encounter. During my visit I just couldn’t resist feeding the two Asian elephants Sabu and Bimbo. Feeling their rough skin as they take the food

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A picture of Scarlett Johansson about to pop the lid off some bubbly greets you and an eclectic array of furniture and nic-nacs including an old school mini library await. The lighting is in a green hue which gives off a great effect. Needless to say an apple martini or two were had in this room. The guest rooms, we were in a one bedroom suite, were just as nice. Some of the rooms have bright coloured feature walls. The beds are comfortable and the view looks out of the city and the Roma St Parklands. In every direction we had a stunning outlook of the beautiful city that is Brisbane. We stayed at Hotel Urban for two wonderful nights and it was the perfect location to get around the CBD without a car. Queen St Mall was only a 10 minute walk away. So taking full advantage of this,

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we decided to take a walk after a big breakfast, fresh cooked bacon and eggs and an array of continental buffet goodness, on the second day of our stay. After a look around the mall, a few purchases and a movie we made a bee line for a quaint and somewhat hidden gem, Spring Restaurant. It was a lazy Saturday afternoon, the air outside was crisp and the ambience inside Spring was cozy and oh so inviting. We were here for the High Tea, a delicious tower of tasty treats including my favourite, a chocolate cup banoffee. My husband, who had never experienced a high tea before, or even ever wanted to, was sold the moment the delicacies were set down on the table. Sandwich slices with everything from the traditional cucumber and baby herbs to smoked salmon or organic egg with ortiz anchovy, petit fours, macarons, scones… it was heaven on a plate. Paired with a glass of bubbly followed by coffee, the afternoon was a winner. And the décor made you feel as though you were in someone’s (very well decorated) kitchen. Creams, teal, olive green and wood teamed to create an ambient space that made you feel as though you were sitting in a café somewhere in Europe. Big wooden tables and chairs, fresh produce at the sprawling counter. It was just beautiful. The stroll back to the hotel was just what we needed to work off some of the food we just ate (you would be surprised just how much food you get at a high tea). It was time for some relaxation before cocktails in the outdoor dining area back at the hotel. Gazebo Bar & Restaurant merges into the Green Room on one end and a relaxing alfresco dining space made warm by the glow of the heaters. It was on a comfy couch here we sipped martinis, mojitos and Moet letting the world go by around us before heading indoors to our table for a two course dinner. Turkish bread and freshly made dips, salad of roasted duck, fresh coconut, mango, cherry tomatoes, tamarind dressing, 200 gram Sondella 120 day grain fed red Angus eye filet and 250 gram New England gold free range pasture fed rack of lamb. Delicious. The next morning it was time to check out but it was not goodbye, it was see you later. n

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e prepared to return to an era of speakeasies and forbidden mischief. Walk across the threshold at Next Door Kitchen and Bar take a trip back to the 1920’s, a time where life and change, class and sophistication, hidden desires and mischievous fun was all the rage. Tucked away in Brisbane’s cultural South Bank, Next Door Kitchen and Bar is a combination of the fine art of mixing drinks and the fusion of good food and good times. The menu is share plates, the cocktails some of the best I’ve tasted and the vibe… truly fitting of the décor. And it seems to be the little things that count here, the finer details, like the way the Mojito is served in a jam jar, or the fact that the menus each have different quirky sayings and pictures on them. Dark timbers and warm lighting give the effect of being in some back in the day hideaway in New York City. The

music croons to you while the world walks by on the footpath near the outdoor tables. And it’s a treat to eat there. We devoured our share plates; golden fried polenta chips, salsa verde, sour cream and pickled eggplant;

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crushed Wagyu meat balls, provolone and sticky onion jam; garlic prawns, green onion pilaf, green butter and snail beignet; twice cooked duck leg, spiced beet puree, Gluhwein poached pear and roast spuds and onions. And then went back for more - dark chocolate marquis and salted caramel and to finish off, a deconstructed lemon curd cheesecake, fresh berries, vanilla and cotton candy…mmmm! Visit n


ostadas, enchiladas, empanadas – everyone loves a bit of Mexican flavour and at The Jubilee Hotel in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane – this is exactly what you get. The Jubilee Hotel is a recently refurbished pub but maintains all of its old school charm. Boasting one of Brisbane’s best, and biggest, beer gardens it really doesn’t feel like your typical pub anyway, but throw in Street Food Sundays and the ever popular Sunday Fiesta’s and you have one hell of a hot spot reminiscent of a bustling Mexican cantina. This place has taken Mexico into its veins and pumps the vibe around every day of the week. On weekends especially the place is packed with people wanting to get a taste of real Latino comida (food) from La Cocina (the kitchen). Washed down with Coronas while listening to some Latin beats by their resident DJ and it’s party time. The vibe is chilled out; everyone goes to The Jubilee Hotel for a good time. The crowd wants to eat, sip on Mexican beer and just be. And the food here really takes you on a journey through the streets of Mexico. Tacos, Fajitas, big bowls of guacamole, black beans and rice…. Your mouth waters just thinking about it! But don’t take my word for it, next time you’re in Brisbane, go see for yourself… Visit n

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t’s like stepping out of one world and into another. It’s like throwing a whole heap of old and a whole heap of new all in one place, wrapping it up with some glitz and glamour and saying voila! It’s the Brisbane Powerhouse and it’s probably my favourite building ever. There’s no escaping the striking architecture of Brisbane Powerhouse, a pre-war industrial power station turned iconic art centre. And the atmosphere in here matches the charm of the old building. The shows you come to see here are the icing on the cake. The industrial red brick façade, interior steel beams, gantry, generator and cement floors are remnants of Brisbane’s tram days; when, in the early-mid 1900s, the city was serviced by a bustling tram system. In the 60s, a new crowd moved in. Hordes of squatters and artists made their home among dangerous industrial structures, and left a legacy of aerosol art. Today Brisbane Powerhouse is a home for arts, culture and creativity. Still, the building pays tribute to its older days, exuding the rustic charm and modern grunge of its time. The glitz I mentioned really comes from the shows you see here; everything from music to theatre, photography and art exhibitions, dance and other visual performances. From alternative acts to mainstream singer/songwriters, comedians and literally everything in between, you really can’t visit Brisbane and miss a chance to see this slice of wonder. Best thing is, you can be entertained here, and grab a bite to eat here. And not just any old bite to eat, there are two restaurants, Bar Alto and Watt Restaurant and Bar and they are top notch. Watt Restaurant & Bar is where my partner and I indulged in some three course decadence after seeing a risqué Boylesque show Briefs; The Second Coming. We sat in the downstairs restaurant by a glowing heater and looked out over the Brisbane River, perched comfortably on a cushioned booth complete with arm rests. Our waiter Daniel was wonderful; friendly, attentive and happy to offer up recommendations which we were happy to take. We started with the “small plates” as they are called which I suppose are like entrees. Mushroom and Chorizo soup, chermoula roasted prawns, za’atar crumbed haloumi with a parsley & lemon salad. Then moved on to the “big plates”, a delectable twice cooked duck leg, crushed potatoes and sautéed spinach for me and beer battered fish & chips, lemon and remoulade for the hubby. And let me tell you they were no ordinary fish & chips! They were amazing! Accompanied by some delicious cocktails and wines this feast was a real treat. And the desserts, chocolate & raspberry brownie, raspberry ice cream and hot fudge sauce and the passionfruit curd meringue sandwich, glazed nectarines, saffron floss – wow! We could barely move at the end. The Brisbane Powerhouse has a range of shows on every day, the food is always delicious and the wine always flowing so do yourself a favour and drop by next time you are in Brisbane. Visit, and n



hat happens when some of the world’s most talented classical and contemporary dancers perform to the infectious rhythms of Latin-America and No 1 hits from the likes of Usher, Shakira, Beyonce, Enrique Iglesias, J-Lo, Prince, Chris Brown, Ricky Martin and more? Well you get a ballet revolucion - an explosive, intensive, sensual and impressively athletic performance, full of raw energy with a distinctly Cuban Flavour. And that pretty much sums up the show I was lucky enough to witness at QPAC in Brisbane last month. After its acclaimed world premiere tour throughout Australia in 2011 and then subsequently sold out seasons in London, Paris, Zurich, Berlin, Frankfurt and Vienna in 2012, the international Cuban Ballet Revolucion has returned to Australia. And it’s bigger and better than ever. Watching the long extensions, the pointed toes, incredible flexibility, strength and uniquely Latin flare of the dancers there really isn’t another word I would have chosen to describe the show then its name, Ballet Revolucion.

Because that’s what it is; it’s ballet but it’s so much more and whether you know your arabesque from your pirouette, you will enjoy this show. Ballet Revolución‘s young Cuban dancers let their athletic bodies do the talking and it’s easy to see why audiences can’t get enough of their exuberant energy. Ballet Revolución mixes the dynamics of contemporary dance, ballet, powerful street dance and hip hop with breathtaking twists, daring jumps and sensual moves creating some kind of ballet with attitude. Not to mention that they dance to music performed by a live Cuban band who share

their stage. Australian Producer and Creator of Ballet Revolucion Mark Brady said so many things had happened to the show since the World Premiere in Australia 2 years ago. “We have toured many countries around the world and had the amazing honour of being invited to perform in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II for the Royal Variety Concert in 2012. Internationally the show continues to wow audiences no matter where we perform, so bringing the show back to Australia is very exciting,” he said. “The dancers are all trained at one of the world’s most prestigious dance institutions in their home country, the Escuela Nacional de Arte, and at the famous Escuela Nacional de Ballet for classical dance. Dance training is strongly promoted in Cuba, because dance means more than art on the Caribbean island, it means life.” Boundless passion, attractive sensuality, stunning athleticism and exuberant joy of lifeBallet Revolución combines it all in a fireball of emotions that no one can escape. Go see for yourself, n

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he inaugural Regional Queensland Lifestyle Expo (RQL) produced by Trade Show Organisers and Inflight Publishing will be held at King George Square, the heart of Brisbane City July 16-17, 2013. The concept of the Regional Queensland Lifestyle Expo is to bring the country assets to the city - for the residents of South East Queensland to view the options; the tourist attractions and available lifestyle in regional Queensland. From 9.30am – 6pm over two days in July, the newly re-designed King George Square, adjacent the Brisbane City Hall, will be brought to life with exhibitors ranging from tourism operators to mining and resource providers, QLD councils and government departments to regional community members and businesses. Trade Show Organisers CEO Patrick McElligott said he was pleased with the response from exhibitors and government officials in relation to the inaugural expo. “It is an expo to showcase what regional QLD has to offer,” he said. And Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has put his support behind the expo. “I am very pleased to lend my support to the Regional Queensland Lifestyle Expo,” he said.

“Living and working in Brisbane, we sometimes forget that there is more to our state than what we see on our daily commute to the office. “Having the country pay our CBD a visit reminds us that Queensland is brimming with beauty, diversity, adventure and opportunity. “Every region has its own distinct character and every country town has something unique to offer the traveller who decides to pull up for a while or for good. “The aim of this expo is to show us 'city slickers' the many reasons why we should put an outback Queensland holiday or a move to regional Queensland on our must−do list.” Visit the expo on July 16 and 17. For more information visit

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actose intolerance is Australia’s most common food intolerance, with approximately 1 in 4 Australians experiencing uncomfortable digestive symptoms after consuming dairy. Many people with lactose intolerance either reduce their intake of dairy significantly, or avoid eating dairy altogether to escape the discomfort of bloating, wind, cramps and diarrhoea, increasing their risk of calcium deficiency. Lactose intolerance occurs when the body does not produce enough lactase enzymes to break down the lactose consumed in dairy foods. Physical symptoms can include bloating, excessive wind, cramps or abdominal discomfort, and diarrhoea. Manager Health and Wellness at Iridium for Life Ashleigh Jones said lactose intolerance could make eating out a chore. “Sufferers need to constantly check that their meals do not contain excess lactose or otherwise face embarrassing ‘gassy’ situations,” she said, While the social implications of lactose intolerance are obvious, many sufferers do not realise they risk calcium deficiency. Dairy products are a major source of calcium, which is vital for the growth and repair of bones, healthy gums, lowering cholesterol, muscle growth and the

prevention of muscles cramps. “As we get older, a shortage of calcium may lead to osteoporosis, causing thin fragile bones that break easily,” Ashleigh said. “Other risks of a low calcium diet include brittle nails, eczema, hypertension, insomnia, nervousness and tooth decay.” In order to absorb the required intake of calcium safely, people with lactose intolerance can follow some basic strategies: • Eat calcium-rich foods such as leafy green vegetables, almonds, blackstrap molasses, apricots, broccoli, and salmon. •

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allowing for better blood flow because of the flavonoids. This type of antioxidant acts as a blood thinner and can stimulate insulin production. Anti-oxidants are also thought to reduce the incidence of free radicals in the blood stream, one of the main causes of ageing. For the skin, it has long been thought that chocolate has beneficial qualities in nourishing the skin from the outside as well as from the inside. Some beauty therapists will use chocolate facials and chocolate body wraps in their treatments not only because of the luxurious nature of the smell and feel of chocolate but also because of these properties. Chocolate massage is a rare style of massage, mostly found in Europe. Here the therapists warms chocolate and uses it during the massage, sometimes thinned with warmed massage oil. Chocolate massage couples all the

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ail Townsville, a first of its kind in Queensland, is a ten day international sailing regatta and festival which will certainly be a highlight on the Queensland and Sailing events calendar. This exciting annual regatta will be a culmination of SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week, Townsville Alive Festival, and a MultiClass dinghy Regatta. From August 24 - September 3 the pristine waterways of Townsville will be filled with competitors and spectators enjoying the atmosphere of Sail Townsville. Sail Townsville is open to all off the beach classes and 2013 events include the Queensland F18 State Championships, Queensland Taser State Championships, Kite Townsville International Regatta, Sail Townsville Open Dinghy Regatta, the North Queensland Youth Championships, as well as a Discover Sailing Week for the community. In coming years National and International Sailing events will also be held in conjunction with Sail Townville to build on the event from year to year, leaving a lasting legacy for sailing, tourism and events in North Queensland. Competitors have already registered from several states across Australia and expressions of interest have been received from New Zealand and some South East Asia countries. It is estimated that over 2500 competitors,


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family members, support crew and officials are expected to flock to Townsville during these events to contribute significantly to the success of the event and have a positive economic impact on the North Queensland region. The Discover Sailing Week will give more

than 500 primary school children, as well as members of the community an opportunity to experience how safe and fun sailing is. Yachting Queensland will be facilitating Discover Sailing experiences at the Townsville Sailing Club and invites everyone to come and have a go. Allowing opportunities for local children and families to rub shoulders with some of the best sailors in the world is just as important as the on water competition. Sail Townsville is about engaging the community, as well as promoting how inclusive sailing is. Yachting Queensland and the Townsville sailing community invite everyone down to the Strand to walk through the equipment, meet the sailors and discover what sailing is all about. Joy rides and learn to sail opportunities will be available along with information on all forms of sailing and details of affordable club membership. The Notice of Race for Sail Townsville events along with the online entry is now available at au, email Lyndsey at sportdevelopment@ for more information. Visit to find your nearest club or contact Yachting Queensland for more information or log on to Facebook for regular information and updates, n

AIMEX 2013 reflects the changing face of mining suppliers


s equipment suppliers from “non-traditional” regions eye off the lucrative Australian mining market, some previously unknown names and makes will be seen for the first time at AIMEX – Asia Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition, in Sydney in August. AIMEX, which returns to the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park from August 20-23, is the largest mining exhibition in the AsiaPacific region. New names on show will include GE Mining, Belaz from Belarus and the world’s second-largest manufacturer of mining trucks, underground coal mining specialist CME (part of China Coal), and XEMC, which has signed an agreement with Rio Tinto to supply a fleet of 230 tonne haul trucks to the Mt Tom Price mine in the Pilbara. “Around the world, the names and brands at leading international mining exhibitions are changing with both new and established global manufacturers using these events as opportunities to launch into new markets – and AIMEX is no different,” Reed Mining Events director Paul Baker said. “For visitors, AIMEX 2013 will be a unique opportunity to see new brands of equipment which are launching their products on the Australian market – and are determined to become a significant part of the mining industry here. “Over the past decade, AIMEX has seen significant growth in international pavilions from countries such as China, India, South Africa and Chile, as well as increasingly larger stands taken by global manufacturers from these countries, along with regions such as Eastern Europe and other parts of Asia.” Baker said that while AIMEX 2013 would strongly reflect this changing face of the mining equipment and service suppliers market, established and well-recognised makes would still be there in force. AIMEX 2013 is on track to attract more than 600 exhibitors, reflecting the very latest developments in mining technology – across all aspects of mining. “Following the outstanding success of AIMEX 2011 in Sydney, we have moved to further develop the coverage of the exhibition, so it reflects all areas of the mining sector. “This will include underground coal and hard rock mining, as well as all types of surface mining. For more information email or visit n

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n the realm of luxury SUV motoring, the new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class cuts a lonely figure. The second generation instalment from Mercedes-Benz breaks new ground for seven-seat SUVs, combining supreme comfort with breathtaking performance. Complementing the wellestablished GL 350 BlueTEC and GL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY variants, Mercedes-Benz also introduces a new AMG model for the Australian market, the GL 63 AMG. Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific Mr Horst Von Sanden said the GL-Class represents luxury SUV motoring, combining cutting-edge technology and driver assistance systems with uncompromised comfort, “The new GL-Class is comprehensively equipped with safety and convenience features that provide exceptional value to customers,” he said. In order to deliver significant reductions in fuel consumption while enhancing performance, the ‘S-Class of SUVs’ harnesses a new engine line-up from the previous generation. Priced from $129,900 excluding on road costs, the GL 350 BlueTEC is equipped with a turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 diesel BlueTEC engine, producing 190kW of power while consuming just 7.7L/100km. The excellent fuel economy is underpinned by a comprehensive package of BlueTEC measures and state-of-the-art engineering. At $154,900, the mid-range GL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY is characterised by an outstanding level of comfort. The AMG exterior sports package, leather upholstery and heated front and second row seats


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ensure optimal driving conditions are always met, whilst the powerful 4.7 litre twinturbocharged petrol V8 engine confirms that no compromises have been made in terms of performance. At the top of the range, the imposing road presence of the GL 63 AMG is fused with the powerful AMG Bi-turbo engine to deliver a maximum output of 410kW and up to 760Nm of torque. The 5.5 litre engine in combination with the performance oriented AMG 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive system as standard, leads to extremely dynamic performance: the GL 63 AMG accelerates from 0 – 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds, while its top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited). A host of exceptional features come standard on the GL 63 AMG including: 21” Wheels, AMG sports suspension, Harman Kardon® Logic 7® surround-sound system, AMG sports seats and AMG sports pedals. In addition to 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, Eco Start / Stop function

and the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, a number of integrated Mercedes-Benz driver assistance systems are offered as standard across all three GL-Class variants. The DISTRONIC PLUS Driving Assistance Package utilises radar technology to automatically monitor and adjust cruise control. The inbuilt 360° camera in combination with the Active Parking Assist System facilitates seamless reverse-parallel and 90 degree parking, while the Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE-SAFE® Brake systems constantly monitor the external environment and provide feedback to the driver. The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is currently on sale to customers in Australia. For more information on the new GL-Class please contact your nearest MercedesBenz dealership or visit the Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific website, n

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…

nope it’s a LYNX Lunar Buggy!


ynx are sending 22 people from all over the world (including one Australian) to space. And as part of this crazy comp, they have created a fully operational, one-of-a-kind custom moon buggy. While it may not be quite the highperformance vehicle you're used to, the buggy based on a modified VW Beetle is the perfect vehicle to get around in at zero gravity with a 160hp engine and a 0-60 speed of three seconds sharp. A scandalous fuel economy and unlimited headroom make this the ultimate interplanetary indulgence. Inflight Publishing Editor Lahnee Pavlovich had a chat to the creator of the LYNX Lunar Buggy. Tell me a bit about yourself and your background? I'm Paul McKinnon from Evolution Motorsport. I started racing go-karts when I was 11 and then graduated to cars - did

rallying and circuit racing when I was 17. At Evolution Motorsport we specialise in race car fabrication as well as one-off custom fabrication like the LYNX Lunar buggy.

How much work went into making this from concept to finished product? It was 3 months of about 60 hours a week of me and my apprentice working on it.

Where did the idea for the LYNX Lunar Buggy come from? The LYNX Lunar Buggy was created as part of a global competition Lynx are running where 22 people from all over the world will get to go to space. Four Aussies will also get to go to space camp in Florida with the best performer winning a place on the Lynx shuttle.

What was the cost to make it? I can't reveal that but anyone who wants a moon buggy for themselves will probably need to save up for a while!

How did you turn the idea into reality? Lynx showed me what they wanted to do through a rendering of the mobile game they created which was along the lines of how they wanted it to look. We did it in accordance with the Australian Design Rules so we could get it registered. We used a Volkswagen 1974 Beetle floorpan and built the buggy up from scratch with all custom-made fixtures and fittings to turn it into a moon buggy.

Tell me a bit about what this buggy can do? It can reach speeds of over 160 kph. It's quite recreational it flies across the sand; it can jump because it's so light. It could actually drive on the surface of the moon if it weren't for the lack of oxygen! What are the plans for the buggy? I can't say what will happen with the buggy at this stage but hopefully I'll get to keep driving it as it's a lot of fun to drive and you always get a good reaction from people. To win a place at the Lynx Space Academy and have a chance to go to space head to n


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KAISER BAAS DIGITAL PHOTO KEYRING The Kaiser Baas Gigital Photo Keyring has a Premium 1.5" LCD panel, includes built-in software and stores over 100 photos. Visit RRP $9.28


The new iPod nano is the thinnest iPod® ever featuring a 2.5-inch Multi-Touch™ display; convenient navigation buttons; built-in Bluetooth for wireless listening; and the new iPod nano comes in seven gorgeous new colours. Visit RRP $154.00


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HKC TABLET The crystal clear 7” capacitive touch screen is great for watching movies, reading books, surfing the web, video conferencing online and more. With Google Play can take advantage of more than 600,000 apps and games, as well as the world’s largest collection of eBooks, millions of songs, thousands of movies, TV shows and magazines. Designed to enhance your entertainment experience at home or on the go. Visit RRP $129.00

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GOLFBUDDY VOICE The game changing GolfBuddy Voice – the world’s first talking golf GPS – is back with new features and better functionality. By dispensing essential distance information, the Voice+ is the only golf GPS that really walks the walk and talks the talk. Likened to having a caddy in your pocket, the Voice+ enhances the playing experience and includes new features including a wristband and more GPS functionality. Still only as big as a golf ballthe Voice+ is changing the state of play. Plus it’s easy to use and is designed to be operated and enjoyed by golfers at any level and of all ages. It is even used by blind golfers. Visit RRP $220

PURE MOVE 400 Pure Move 400D is a great option if you’re considering switching to digital. This little unit is rechargeable, compact and rugged. Move 400D will work as a digital or FM radio in metro areas, and as a traditional FM radio in regional areas. Its alarm comes with automatic time zone adjustment, so you’ll never have to worry about missing a plane or train again. It’s small enough to throw in your suitcase, backpack or even your handbag. You’ll get up to 60 hours of awesome digital radio, it also boasts enhanced audio, adjustable bass and treble, a sleep timer, 20 presets (10 digital, 10 FM) and scrolling text showing track titles, station information and news. Visit RRP $179.00.

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OCCUPATION: Veterinarian WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION AND WHY? The Greek Islands - it's the right balance of relaxation, good food and holiday vibe. I love Mykonos for its beautiful beaches and delicious cuisine. Santorini has the most spectacular views and is the perfect place to unwind while watching that breathtaking sunset. CAN YOU GIVE OUR READERS YOUR TOP TRAVEL TIP? It sounds a little daggy, but use your compass on your smart phone! It's particularly helpful for navigating the narrow disorganised streets of old towns in Europe. All you need is your city map and compass and you'll find your destination while avoiding the roaming charges that come with using Google maps (and don't forget to turn off data roaming!). WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING TRAVEL MOMENT? Many years ago I was lying by the pool in Cape Town South Africa. As many women do, I had untied the straps of my bikini top to avoid getting those 'awful' strap-marks. We ordered food by the pool, which was soon delivered on heavy ceramic plates. For some reason, whether it was heatstroke or just a 'blonde' moment, I stood up on the sun lounger to take the food from the waiter - the next minute the whole thing flipped upside down and I went crashing to the ground. Not only did the plate smash and food went flying everywhere, I was lying on the floor in a very crowded pool area topless and in agony after falling on my knee. Those strap-marks I was so worried about never became an issue because I spent the rest of my trip in a hotel room on pain killers icing my knee (and hiding from sheer embarrassment). It goes to show that there really is nothing to gain from a tan! WHAT’S COMING UP FOR YOU IN 2013/14? We are expecting a new human family member so have no immediate plans for travel at this stage. The thought of travelling with a young child is terrifying to say the least. Spending time at home with the new addition and my dogs seems pretty appealing! n

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Townsville Airport Magazine Issue 28  

Townsville Airport Magazine Issue 28

Townsville Airport Magazine Issue 28  

Townsville Airport Magazine Issue 28