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Arj Barker AMERICAN STAND-UP COMEDIAN COMES TO AUSSIE SHORES
WHERE YOU SHOULD HOLIDAY THIS WINTER SEASON
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ARJ BARKER American stand-up comedian and actor, Arj Barker is heading to Australia for a whirlwind tour
17 CAVALIA A magic bond between horse and human 20 LEGALLY BLONDE Hit musical turns Brisbane pink 24 WINTER HOLIDAYS FEATURE Where you should holiday this winter season
TAKE A BITE Food, glorious food events across Queensland
23 TEE OFF IN VEGAS Golf with the pros in sin city 44 GIRL POWER Fast Femme steps up to the plate 45 WANT AN E-CIG? Want to give up smoking â€“ try this out
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ave you ever read about a 24-year-old on an average salary who owns four investment properties? Or the single mum who bought her first property out of desperation for a better life and accumulated a $5 million portfolio within a few years? How are some people able to achieve what so many others can’t? Why have they been successful beyond the wildest dreams of many in the same situation? Data from the Australian Tax Office shows that more than 1.2 million people own an investment property, but the number of investors who own five properties drops dramatically to less than 14,000 and a few own more than 50 investments. RUN Property is Australia’s largest metropolitan real estate agency managing properties valued at more than $10 billion. Surveys of our database show that investors own an average of 1.2 properties each. Despite more than 90 per cent of investors saying they thought property was a good investment for them, most have been unable to focus on expanding their portfolio. Why?
Create a burning desire Whether you are an aspiring Olympic athlete, an artist or property investor, desire is an intriguing aspect of the ability to achieve greatness. Some people are born with extraordinary natural talents, but on the whole, I believe that if the desire is strong enough, anything is possible. I love the saying, “necessity is the mother of all invention” and I think this can be applied to wealth creation. If your need is strong enough you will find a way to change your circumstances. The reverse is also true. If you are comfortable in life with a fair paying job and food on the table, it can be difficult to create a strong desire to get out and take action. Many people I speak with who have successfully built large property portfolios have either had, or been able to create, a burning desire for success. The first and most important step in setting a path to create wealth is to determine what will fuel your desire. You must be able to clearly visualise and describe what success looks
like for you and not let go of that picture. The stronger your emotional responses to this vision, the greater chance you have of being able to break through and achieve it.
Develop a plan To fail to plan is to plan to fail. More than 1.5 million Australians own investment properties. Many of them are what I call “accidental investors”. You could argue they are not investors at all – they just happen to own an investment property. It is remarkable how many Australians own an investment due to circumstances. For example, they may have got married and their partner also owns a property so they rent out one and live in the other. Or they might have inherited the property. There is nothing wrong with being an accidental investor. In fact, it can be a great opportunity to turn one property into many more. But if you plan to use property as a vehicle to create wealth then you need to develop a plan to achieve your investment goals. The plan needs to cover: • What is your current reality? • What is your desired outcome? • What actions do you need to take to move from your current reality to your desired reality? These need to be specific, measurable, realistic and set against timeframes. • How are you going to measure and report on your overall success? • What support, education and resources do you need to meet your plan?
your portfolio. Hasten slowly, but be flexible enough to move quickly if the right opportunity comes along. Learn from your mistakes. Consider them not as a cost but as an investment in your future success. Be determined to make up for mistakes with future decisions that will more than compensate for the earlier failure. View finance as a tool, not a burden. Property is a product and financial arrangements and the ability to leverage through equity helps you to use it to maximise your advantage. Work to your strengths. If you find a property sector that works for you, stick with it and don’t listen to the doomsayers if your experience says what you are doing works for you. Exploit your risk profile. If you are an aggressive investor, maximise your borrowings with a clear conscience, but make sure the “sleep at night” factor is balanced with the reality of your cash flow. Look and listen. Not all successful investors were a success when they started but they learned how to improve their chances of winning while reducing their risks.
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Too often I hear phrases such as “I would never invest in the current property market,” “interest rates are going up,” “I don’t have enough time,” “some people have all the luck,” and “I should have bought that property five years ago.” Some of my favourite sayings are: “There is no time like the present,” “Nothing ventured nothing gained,” “If you want something done, give it to a busy person,” “Create your own luck,” “You miss 100 per cent of the shots you never take,” and “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” If there is one action I urge you to take, it is to set some time aside each week to focus on your property investing activities. View property investment as a business, not a spare time hobby. RUN Property is Australia’s largest metropolitan real estate agency which manages property valued at more than $10 billion and has a dedicated team of sales specialists in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. RUN Property – sales, leasing and management. For more information, visit www.run.com.au. n
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How much did you have to change your approach, content, and delivery to appeal to an Australian audience and how different Australian humour is to US humour? I don’t change my humour! If you think about your sense of humour, everyone has one sense of humour. So I don’t change that! The only thing I would worry about is references. Something poignant. In our country right now, gun control is a hot topic because of the terrible events recently. And I have some material about that, actually which I wrote this summer, so I was working on this material and it’s fairly relevant here although I don’t really know if it’s as relevant there because I don’t think you guys have a gun issue.
ast time I spoke with you, you were just winding down from your last Australian tour – what are you up to now? I’m just doing some final preparations for my tour and my next visit to Australia. And also visiting family and all that sort of stuff. Taking a little time off but also working and preparing my new show. You’ve been to Aussie shores a couple of times now - what brings you back here? House payments! (Laughs) I seem to have a great rapport with the public there and I like it there! It’s too tempting I can’t stay away. What can the Australian audience expect for your next tour? Jokes and humour - and I always like to spice up my shows with a little surprise. You know with other shows I’ve used the guitar, harmonica, short film. So I have a little something musical in store with this show too but I don’t want to give away the surprise. It’s a solid show. The main thing to expect is an hour of stand up and if you like my stand up then that’s what you’d expect to enjoy! There are all different subjects you know, from things that have happened to me, to the state of the world, to politics and various issues so it’s got a wide range of subjects – something for everyone! What’s your writing/producing process for your shows? I don’t have a way to ensure that I think of something hilarious. But I try to write through something. So I might just write about my day. I like to just try to loosen things up in my mind and then hopefully I think of stuff. But also things just happen in life and then you go, “Oh, that’s it!” You’ve been doing stand up for many years now, but Flight of the Concords gave you a whole new audience - how did you get involved with those guys? The same way I meet so many comedians throughout the years, touring. They’re just your colleague. And that’s the same way I met them. We were working together in Auckland NZ - and when I say working together, we were sharing a venue. They’re really friendly. And you know, they’re Kiwis so they said ‘we know a few people in Auckland,’ they introduced me to their friends. That’s how all good friendships start! Are you still working with them? No that show’s finished. I recently toured Australia and New Zealand with them as their support act during their big stadium tour. We’re still great friends. I’m sure I’ll work with them again in the future; I just don’t know what it’ll be. Maybe it’ll be something Flight of the Concords related, or something else.
So it all boils down to references and how relevant, and what your subject matter is. But I don’t change my approach or how I tell a joke or my sense of humour. It is what it is, I can’t change it. I only have one personality. Unfortunately that’s what I’m stuck with! (Laughs) You travel a lot obviously – do you have any travel tips for our frequent flyers? Hold on tight! It gets bumpy on those small planes!
“I always like to spice up my shows with a little surprise.”
…you did an interview for us a couple of years back and mentioned you got into a bit of trouble from a flight attendant thanks to a certain video? Oh yeah! That was when I was watching an adult film! I couldn’t believe that! I was just so bored I’d been travelling for like 20 hours and I was on my third flight. And I was just watching it on my iPod just to kill time - I wasn’t going to do anything untoward or anything, and the guy scolded me! There was no one sitting behind me either! I was alone in the row. I still don’t know how he saw it to this day, but I don’t know.
What kind of things do you like to do in your down time? I’m a very active guy. I like mountain biking in California and I did learn to hang glide in 2012, but I’m still a beginner. But I did do two solo flights. That was a life-long dream, at least 20 years I planned to do that. Bit of a Daredevil are you? It’s quite a safe sport actually, if it’s done carefully. In fact I think mountain biking is more dangerous. Everyone who does mountain biking long enough crashes. Most hand gliders have never had a serious crash because that’s quite serious if you do. And let’s see what else, what else do I like? Just trying to stay healthy takes up a lot of my time. Looking after this and that, travelling. I went to China and did some sight seeing, I saw the Great Wall. I like to mix touring with enjoyment too.
So can we take that as your travel tip? No dirty movies? Oh yes. No adult movies on the airplane, they don’t like it. Also, get to the airport on the early side rather than the late side because you save yourself a lot of stress. It’s better to be there a little too early and have a coffee than to be there a little too late and stress about whether you’ll make it through the queue in time. That’s a big one. That’s my favourite travel thing is I always leave early for the airport. It keeps my stress levels down. OK well thank you Arj, we look forward to seeing you in Australia very soon! Yes I’m definitely going to come around to a lot of the cities so I look forward to seeing all you guys! n To book your tickets to see Arj in Australia, visit www.arjbarker.com
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Horse and human, a magical encounter CAVALIA: A MAGICAL ENCOUNTER BETWEEN HUMAN AND HORSE GALLOPS DOWN UNDER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2013 WITH BRISBANE PLAYING HOST TO THE PREMIERE SEASON.
rom March 6 – April 7 the grand-scale multi-media and multi-disciplinary production created by one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, Normand Latourelle, will light up the White Big Top near the DFO in Brisbane. Enjoyed by some 3.5 million people across North America and Europe, Cavalia is a lavish production involving 50 magnificent horses and featuring 42 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from all over the world. Founder and Artistic Director Normand Latourelle said the art of Cavalia was truly a universal language and he couldn’t wait for Australians to experience its magic. “We are thrilled to announce our first ever Australian tour and it is an honour to bring this show, an idea that started in Canada, to a country which has such a great affinity with both the performing arts and the horse,” he said. A show unlike any other, Cavalia celebrates the relationship between humans and horses. In Cavalia, horses cavort with the many artists in front of a constantly changing digital background projected onto a 60 metre-wide screen drawing spectators into dream-like virtual environments. Unlike traditional horse shows, Cavalia’s audience faces a single 50 metre-wide stage which allows the horses space to gallop at full speed, at times running completely free, unfettered by bridles or halters. Cavalia bareback, tricks and dressage performer Katie Cox said the show was unlike anything else she had been involved in.
“Most of the artists in Cavalia have had a passion for horses since the very beginning,” she said. “Cavalia is different from most other shows involving horses because the focus really is on the bond between horse and rider. It is not just a circus where you come to watch the horses
do tricks, you come to experience the beautiful interactions between human and horse. “As a performer, because you are not riding in the normal fashion, you have to have a special connection with your horse because they learn to recognise your voice, the sounds you make, movements and gestures and there is a huge amount of trust between you and the horse.” Cavalia Roman rider and tricks performer Fairland Ferguson said when you had a job that incorporated your passion and your skills it was a real blessing. “Working on Cavalia is exactly that for me - a blessing. I get to combine a love of horses and a love of performing,” she said. “And as an audience member you really get the feel of how much the horses are loved. “Cavalia is so different because we invite the audience in and show them just how much we value the connections we have with the horses. “There are two different VIP tickets you can purchase where you can actually go backstage after the show and interact with the horses. It’s a special experience to be up close with them like that.” And even if you don’t have a love of horses, Cavalia offers something special for everyone. Tickets for Cavalia are priced from $39.00. Special pricing is available for children (2-12), juniors (13-17), senior citizens (65+) and for groups. Visit www.cavalia.com.au for more information. n
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rom Kenilworth to Kingaroy, Brisbane to Ballandean the next few months in Queensland will be all about food and wine… and lots of it! During your travels be sure to check out one, or all, of these events made for the foodies of the world.
Ballandean Opera in the Vineyard
MARCH Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Fest March 30 Where: Kenilworth A day out for the whole family, the Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Fest celebrates the best produce from the renowned Mary Valley. There’s cheese making demonstrations for the foodies, a Cheester Egg Hunt for the kids and a cheese-rolling competition for the young at heart. Nosh your way through a wide variety of local produce including nougat, fresh fruit and vegetables, pizza, fruit wine, port and liqueurs, dessert sauces and Turkish, German and Japanese fare. www.kenilworthfoodfest.org.au
APRIL Feast of the Senses April 12-21 Where: Innisfail Innisfail celebrates the produce of the tropical north with a strong focus on rare and exotic fruits of the region. During the festival, enjoy food events, farm trails, art, photography and cooking competitions and don’t forget to attend the huge market day extravaganza on the final day of the festival. www.feastofthesenses.com.au
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this year include the Asian, seafood and hinterland food trails, the theatrical chef’s demonstrations accompanied by the Queensland Virtuosi Orchestra and appearances by celebrity chefs Poh Ling Yeow, Adriano Zumbo and Matt Moran. www.noosafoodandwine.com.au Paniyiri Greek Festival May 18-19 Where: West End Embark on a gastronomical tour of Greece at Paniyiri, home to 200,000 honey puffs, 500 kilograms of haloumi and much more. Sample treats from the Aegean, Mainland Greece, Cyprus, Chios, Crete and Rhodes at the 30+ food stalls or join the Greek olive and honey puff eating competitions. There will also be live entertainment including traditional Greek dancing and music, cultural lectures, plate smashing, amusement rides, and fireworks. www.paniyiri.com Noosa Food & Wine Asian Food Trail
Felton Food Festival April 14 Where: Felton The Felton Food Festival is back for its second year in 2013, just 30 minutes southwest of Toowoomba. Celebrity appearances include Chef Alistair McLeod, who will be leading cooking demonstrations and competitions, and gardener Costa Georgiadis of SBS TV’s ‘Costa’s Garden Odyssey’ fame, who will be sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for homegrown cooking. www.feltonfoodfestival.org.au
MAY Opera in the Vineyard at Ballandean Estate May 4 Where: Ballandean What began as a popular pastime between two friends has become one of South East Queensland’s premier cultural events. Since its inception, the black tie charity event has raised almost $1 million for charity and continues to offer world class performers, award-winning wines, a sumptuous sit down lunch and a gala dinner dance. www.ballandeanestate.com/OperaInTheVineyard.aspx Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival May 5 Where: Paddington Drawing crowds of 15,000 in 2012, the Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in the Brisbane foodie calendar. Cars are kept out of the street to make way for a full day of live music, market stalls serving up fresh seafood cooked every way imaginable, and special menus from the restaurants along the strip. www.caxtonstseafoodandwinefestival.com Noosa International Food & Wine Festival May 16-19 Where: Noosa Heads Returning with the most impressive program yet for its 10th anniversary, the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival continues to celebrate Noosa as a premier food and wine destination. Not-to-be-missed events
Hampton High Country Food & Art Festival May 19 Where: Hampton Support the Darling Downs’ food and creative arts at the annual Hampton Food & Arts Festival. Enjoy sampling local foods and talking with farmers to gain insight into regional food production. Sit in on cooking demonstrations lead by celebrity chefs and enjoy taste sensations from the restaurant, winery and market stalls at the festival. www.hamptonfestival.com Port Douglas Carnivale May 17-26 Where: Port Douglas Head to the tropics and get involved in one of the biggest events to hit Port Douglas each year. Feast at the Longest Lunch, sit seaside under the palm trees and indulge in food, wine, a taste of port, book tickets to the degustation delight, Palates of Port, and enjoy a packed program of yacht racing, wine tastings, a golf tournament, music festival, and much more. www.carnivale.com.au Goomeri Pumpkin Festival May 26 Where: Goomeri Leave the masher at home and roll a pumpkin down Policeman’s Hill in Goomeri, north of Kingaroy, instead. The competition is fierce with the chance to take home up to $1000 in prize money. The competitive spirit doesn’t end there, with pumpkin shot put, pumpkin bowls and a competition to judge the biggest pumpkin. Street markets and live music bring the festival spirit alive during this intense one-day event. www.goomeripumpkinfestival.com.au Italian Week May 26 – June 2 Where: Brisbane Embrace and celebrate all corners of Italy with a week of delectable food markets, master classes, film screenings, language lessons and of course, plenty of traditional Italian cuisine. Check the website closer to the date for updates on the 2013 program. www.italianweek.com.au n
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f there is ever a time to bring out your inner goddess and pink it up – it’s to go and see Legally Blonde the Musical. So at the premiere of the international awardwinning hit stage show on March 12 at QPAC, Brisbane; this is exactly what your editor did! Rocking the pink tulle frock, pink nails and 5 inch heels I embarked on a night filled with pink champagne, and an overload of song and dance as Elle Woods and the gang tore up the stage letting the audience relive their favourite scenes from the movie Legally Blonde. To start the night in style my bestie and I attended Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) newest bar, the Bend & Snap Bar, open exclusively for the Brisbane season of Legally Blonde. The pre-show soiree under a pink marquee included a selection of De Bortoli sparkling and still wines, Skinny Girl white cosmos and canapés specially prepared by QPAC Executive Chef, Anthony Fullerton. And, if that wasn’t enough reason to head to the pre-show event, there were hairdressers and makeup artists on hand under the ‘pink top’ give your look a few finishing touches before you took your seat in the Lyric Theatre. Legally Blonde has been a smash hit musical in New York for two years and for three years in London where it won the coveted Best New Musical Award. Legally Blonde the Musical is an awardwinning production of effervescent fun. From start to finish, the crowd of sorority sisters (and brothers) that attended the Brisbane Premiere were crying with laughter, shimmying in their seats and swooning over the
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UPS delivery guy. Do yourself a favour, gather up some friends, or fellas show how much you care by taking your other half along, and follow Elle Woods (Lucy Durack) as she packs up her Chihuahua Bruiser, trading the social whirl of Californian campus life for Harvard Law School to win back her man, Warner (Rob Mills). With the help of her new found friends, Paulette (Helen Dallimore) and Emmett (David Harris), Elle realises that staying true to yourself never goes out of style. Led by Tony Award-winning director and Olivier Award-nominated choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray), this all Australian cast will have you singing along in no time. As Elle would say, watching the show was “just like senior year only funner!” To secure your ticket to the Bend & Snap Bar book at qpac.com.au or phone 136 246. Limited tickets may be available for purchase on the night at the QPAC box office. Visit www.legallyblonde.com.au for more information. n
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olor Run is rolling into QLD to spread its multi-coloured magic across the Gold Coast on April 14. The five kilometre fun run with a colourful twist will see participants of all ages and fitness levels covered in colour, food grade corn starch with added food colouring, by the time they’ve completed the course. Inspired in part by the Hindu Holi festival, with its tradition of welcoming Spring by throwing natural coloured powders, The Swisse Colour Run will see more than 250 volunteers squirt, throw and shower runners with around 3,000kg of colour as they hit each kilometre mark on the course turning their pristine white attire into a rainbow explosion of colours. Affectionately known as ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’, The Swisse Color Run marks the launch of Swisse’s new national community program. Donating through its Celebrate Life Foundation, Swisse hopes to generate more than $1 million in charitable contributions over the next 12 months through this event and other fundraising efforts. The Foundation, in conjunction with The Swisse Color Run, will make a donation to a selected charity at the conclusion of each event. National Manager Luke Hannan said he was delighted to bring this truly unique event to QLD. “The Swisse Color Run is not a race – it’s not about competing or running a personal best, it’s about connecting with friends and
family, being active and enjoying yourself,” he said. Once runners complete the course, the fun and festivities continue with the Finish Festival; a coloured extravaganza of epic proportions featuring music and a familyfriendly party atmosphere with celebrations culminating in a mass throw of colour powder packets. Color Runners can enter as individuals, or register as a team of four or more. Entry fees of $55 per person ($50 per person for a group of four) include: • White T-shirt • White sweatband • Race bib number • The Color Run temporary tattoo • 1 x colour powder packet for Finish Festival Events: Gold Coast – Sunday, April 14, 2013 Newcastle – Sunday, May 5, 2013 Adelaide – Sunday, May 19, 2013 Sydney (2nd event) – Sunday, August 25, 2013 Brisbane dates TBA Visit www.theswissecolorrun.com.au for more details and to register. n
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fter four years of playing sold out runs in cities around the world including New York, Madrid and Buenos Aires, it's now Australia’s turn to experience the global phenomenon - Momentum. With an international cast of performers who are not only masters of their own skillset but also flexible and coordinated enough to adopt other abilities with a sense of mischief, spark of madness and a special glow, Momentum is an intoxicating blend of unstoppable beats and rhythm, live music, humour, stunning visuals and daredevil dance routines that come together in a high energy spectacle. Created by Eylon Nuphar and Boaz Berman, the artistic force behind the Mayumana Group, Momentum premiered in Madrid in 2008 and has since enjoyed a sold-out run on Broadway. Momentum is a 90-minute full scale stage production with a specially designed clock set and is based on a precisely timed dialogue that will spark
your curiosity and alter your perception of time. Movement sensors activate sound and light effects, live sampling and synchronised video segments are created and edited during each show, 3D depth sensing technology responds to movement and gestures, and touch screens establish a dialogue with the audience through playful interactions. The sophisticated systems create an ever-changing experience, ensuring no two shows are ever exactly the same, which means Momentum is made by the talented performers and you. Acrobats become singers, singers become actors, actors become beat-boxers, beat-boxers become dancers and dancers become drummers…and all possess mandatory rhythm! See Momentum from March 1 – June 16 2013 exclusively in the Jupiters Theatre on the Gold Coast. Visit www.ticketek.com.au or phone 132 849 to book. n
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or those of us who know what it means to hit the ‘sweet spot’ or ‘drive the ball across the fairway’, maybe even score a ‘birdie’, the idea of tee-ing off with some of the world’s best golfers may sound like an experience not to miss. So Wilcox Events are offering avid golfers this very opportunity with a unique eight day Ultimate US Masters Tour via Las Vegas. The tour is a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone from the novice to the expert golfer. It has been set up to allow keen golfers
the chance to enjoy exclusive access to Las Vegas’ most luxurious, private golf courses reserved only for members and high rollers where they can battle it out during 72 holes of golf over four rounds played on the Anthem Country Club, Cascata Golf Club, Rio Secco Golf Club and TPC Summerlin Golf Club. A visit to attend the final two rounds of the US Masters at the famed Augusta National Golf Club will also be included, as will the chance to rub shoulders with current and former USPGA Tour players and attend a private dinner in Augusta with cricketing legend Brian Lara. Founder and Director of Wilcox Events Adam Wilcox said this was an extremely unique tour. “We strive to provide experiences that one wouldn’t think possible,” he said. “Our aim for this tour is to ensure guests
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Winter Holiday Ideas
elcome to winter in Australia. Those few months of the year where the days get cooler, the sun
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slip away, winter brings its own dose of fun to those who dare to enjoy it. The next six pages are dedicated to winter holidays in Australia. Pull out the winter woollies for a trip to the snow after reading all about the NSW ski fields with firsthand accounts
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from our writers, cruise the Kimberlyâ€™s on a fishing adventure with K2O or explore Australiaâ€™s magnificent coastline. No matter how you choose to spend your winter, get out and about and enjoy what this country has to offer. n
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Are we there yet? “It is a place of legends and memories, many which can be revisited by ongoing generations who create their own legends in their own time.”
ll Mums and Dads in Australia are bound to have heard these words whilst travelling on a road trip with their kids. Maybe it’s not moaned as much these days with mini TVs and DVDs strategically placed for smaller passengers in the rear. iPads, iPods, smart phones, and a plethora of computer games have replaced ‘eye spy with my little eye’ and ‘Spotto’ but combined these distractions do give a vague glimmer of hope towards arriving at your destination without hearing those four little words, “Are we there yet?” Family road trips, the good and bad, hold a special place in our memories. Times we shared, argued, laughed, and explored all in the comfort of our tight family unit away from the responsibilities of school, work, and home. For the older among us, it was the old family valiant and the bare essentials. They were sunny days filled with adventure and exploring nooks and crannies along the quieter villages and towns, beaches, lakes, rivers, rainforests, and mountains on the north coast NSW. It was a special, quality time. Memories were made as we reconnected with our families and friends lolling on the beach, enjoying a casual meal, or sitting round a campfire. They were great, relaxing times, savoured and favoured with many families choosing to do the same trip to the same place year after year to enhance memories, create new experiences, and carry the sights, smells and tastes of that time to adulthood with sighs of nostalgia. This is why The Legendary Pacific Coast is called just that because it is a place of legends and memories, many which can be
revisited by ongoing generations who create their own legends in their own time. There is so much to explore spreading across the 930km between the cities of Sydney and Brisbane and there is something for every member of the family. Beaches for the kids, fishing for the boys, and best of all the great outdoors. The good news is with much of the highway now upgraded you don’t have to drive too far to stunning locations whether it’s a few hours or a day to travel to your destination.
See where it takes you – to a State Forest or two? For a new experience, why not try visiting some of the 12 State Forests located along the drive? Here you can enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors with amenities, including picnic and camping areas – and it’s absolutely free! It’s an ideal opportunity to pack up the electronic equipment for a few hours or a few days and enjoy places such as the beautiful Strickland State Forest on the Central Coast. Walk through wildflowers and forest on tracks purpose-built by the Friends of Strickland. Just north are the State Forests of the Watagan Mountains, where
visitors can picnic under towering pines. Adventure activities are welcome, with mountain bike, trail-bike, horse-riding, and hiking experiences on offer. Wang Wauk State Forest located near Wootton, north of Bulahdelah, showcases beautiful rainforest via the Wootton Historical Railway Walk. Follow the remnants of an old logging railway from Sam's Camp Picnic Area, through 6km of rainforest and cleared, grassy areas used by logging vehicles in the early 1900s. The walk includes bridges over waterfalls, bubbling creek crossings, gully rainforest, and magnificent regrowth flooded gums. A trip north to Coffs Harbour on The Legendary Pacific Coast wouldn’t be complete without visiting Orara East State Forest, only 5km from Coffs Harbour. This unique forest is home to Sealy Lookout and the spectacular Forest Sky Pier - an impressive structure stretching out over the forest canopy, offering panoramic views over the Coffs coastline and mountain ranges. And best of all it’s free! For information visit www.pacificcoast.com.au/must-see-and-do n
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s a kid I always believed those dreamlike faraway lands in fairy tales were real. And after spending seven days at Charlottes Pass in NSW, I know for sure. Charlottes Pass is a small snowfield located 10km from Perisher Valley in NSW. To get there you catch a snow cat from Perisher which is exactly what my husband and I did. Our journey into the towering mountains began and it was unlike anything we’d ever seen before; snow covered hills and gigantic boulders of all shapes dusted with white powder; snow gums covered in icicles that looked like someone had actually painted on the bark the colours were so perfect. 30 minutes through windy roads passed and our snow cat pulled up out front a magnificent building made of wood and stone. This was our stop, ‘Snowbird Lodge’, and it was beautiful. Our first day was spent exploring the village. Holding only 600 people at any one time including the hundred or so staff members,
Charlottes Pass is the perfect place for quiet time and to get back in touch with yourself and nature. A few little lodges similar to ours, the big castle-like Kosciusko chalet, two restaurants and bars and that’s about it besides the glorious white mountains stretching as far as the eye can see. The next few days were spent carving up the slopes on our boards for the first time. It was so many things all at once, fun, scary, hard, and a damn good workout. The ski slopes at Charlottes Pass are quite small compared to some of the other ski resorts in the area but that makes them perfect for beginners and people wanting to get away from the crowds. Another great reason to visit Charlottes Pass is to do some back country hiking. The village is surrounded on all sides by lofty mountains including Australia’s tallest peak, Mt Kosciuszko. We started off our hiking day bright and early after a delicious brekky. Backpacks filled with the safety essentials, boards strapped to our backs we took the chairlift to the top of the slopes for a cheat start up the mountains. The view from the top of the chairlift was breathtaking with nothing but white powdery snow in all directions, soaring peaks, and icy cliffs. It’s a long hike to the top of Mt Kozzy and not for the faint hearted. But when you reach the top you will not be disappointed and the snowboard or ski back down the few kilometres you’ve just walked is very rewarding and an absolute blast. It was another day well spent in our snow covered fairy land and with a hot cup of chocolate in hand sitting in the onsite spa we thought to ourselves that this was not a bad way to finish off our winter holiday. n
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How to handle Gen Y BY LAHNEE PAVLOVICH
t is a common perception that Gen-Yers are selfish, lazy and hard to get along with. GenYers are said to have no interest in hard work and are typically a “me” generation interested only in themselves and what they want. Elements of this statement are definitely true and, of course, there are always bad eggs. But Gen Y is also a smart breed and, if you get them onside, a loyal breed. Being a member of this generation myself, I feel now is a good time to come clean about how we work and what makes us work better. I put in the hard yards, worked for free for many years with many companies and now I am a 25 year-old Editor here at Inflight Publishing and testament to the fact that we Gen-Yers do have it in us to succeed. The truth is Gen-Yers are both highperformance and high-maintenance. With high expectations of both themselves and of their employers, the Gen Y employee will work hard and fast if they feel they are getting the respect and recognition they deserve. A simple “well done” is often enough; we are not really that hard to please! Gen-Yers crave creative challenges and will actively seek to be engaged in everything they can be, so as an employer of this generation,
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Want an E-cig? WANT TO QUIT SMOKING BUT STILL ENJOY THE PLEASURE?
ou want to quit smoking, but as any smoker knows, it’s not always that simple. Nicotine, a stimulant that causes us to temporarily feel good or energised, is highly addictive. It causes the release of natural chemicals in the brain called beta-endorphins. These chemicals calm and soothe and provide a short boost to the users’ mood. The problem is that the effects only last a short time so the body wants more nicotine which leads to addiction. But nicotine itself is not what makes cigarette smoking so harmful. The smoke from cigarettes is a complex mixture of more than 7,000 chemicals produced by the burning of tobacco and its additives including about 60 chemicals known to cause cancer. In fact an average cigarette only yields about 1 mg of absorbed nicotine. But even that amount is enough to make smoking a highly addictive habit. That along with the fact smoking is a learned behaviour meaning the habit of holding a cigarette can also become addictive. This is why e-cigarettes might just be one of the best ciggy kicking methods available. Electronic cigarettes deliver the experience of smoking while eliminating the smell and health risks associated with tobacco smoke. Each e-cig is powered by a small lithium battery that atomizes a propylene glycol/nicotine solution. The substance, which is inserted into the e-cig in liquid form, is inhaled and then exhaled as a vapour that looks almost like fog and contains a dosage of nicotine which can be controlled. Over time the user might use no nicotine at all. The e-cigs are battery powered, charged by a battery pack with a USB port. There are even solar charged battery packs available. The e-cig batteries range from 650 milliamps which stays charged up to 24 hours; 1100 milliamps which stays charged up to three days to 1300 milliamps which has up to one week of power. There is a safe start-up procedure to activate the E-cigarette and because there is no flame, and no smoke or toxic chemicals released, you have the convenience of ‘lighting up’ anywhere. And it is only when you actually draw on it that the e-cig is activated. The cost of having your e-cig equates to about 60c per day as opposed to around $20 per day for a pack a day smoker. And although the jury is still out on long term effects, researchers believe there is little to no risk associated with e-cigarettes if the nicotine dosage is kept at an acceptable level. Because you are still holding something in your hands and going through the motions of ‘having a cigarette’ this becomes an effective way of slowly kicking the habit for good. For more information and to purchase your e-cigarette with battery pack visit www.shopping.inflightmagazine.com.au n
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CAMERON DADDO OCCUPATION? Entertainer, part story teller, part salesman; mostly survivor and thriver. There's never a dull moment because everything is always changing. FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION AND WHY? Australia! I have yet to see all of our country. I tend to find a new location and have to keep going back. I am slow to move on. There's so much to discover here. WHAT WILL YOU NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT? Toothbrush and toothpaste, I hate that furry feeling! TRAVEL TIP? Wherever I land, I always get out and into the fresh air as soon as possible. It really helps me with the jetlag, and so does a swim. Must be the oxygen. WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING TRAVEL MOMENT? More excruciating than embarrassing - getting stopped by a stranger on an aeroplane as we crossed paths in the aisle. He wanted to congratulate me on my series on TV. Problem was, it wasn't my show and I wasn't Julian McMahon, but try telling that guy! WHATâ€™S COMING UP FOR YOU IN 2013? More Legally Blonde in Brisbane and Melbourne and radio on SMOOTH FM. And maybe some more surprises.... I am very excited for this year. n
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
REGIONAL QUEENSLAND LIFESTYLE EXPO 16th & 17th July, 2013 Are you a Regional community or business undergoing a skills shortage or requiring investment? Do you want to attract more tourists to your area?
If the answer is yes, then this is the Expo for you to showcase country life by bringing your assets to the city for the residents of South East Queensland to see. King George Square, Brisbane. 16th & 17th July, 2013. Trade Booth SpeciďŹ cations and Sponsorship Opportunities are outlined in a prospectus which is currently available.
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