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Pablo Picasso, Deux femmes courant sur la plage (La course) (Two women running on the beach (The race)) 1922, Pablo Picasso Bequest, 1979, MP78; © Succession Picasso, 2011/Licensed by Viscopy, 2011; © Paris, Réunion des Musées Nationaux/ Jean-Gilles Berizzi; © Musée National Picasso, Paris

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Contents 12

4 incredible Sydney experiences

13

Talking to Lee Kernaghan

14 Experience Picasso’s Masterpieces Southern Region

8

Visit Junee & Temora

10

Make it Melbourne

13

North Western Region

18

Discover Moree

19

Hunter Valley Gardens

18

Western Region

20

Bathurst in Summer

21

Bourke, the real Outback NSW

North Coast Region

22

The Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show

24

Kyogle Walks

21

Every Issue

3 Meet the Staff 4

CountryLink Holidays

6

CountryLink Updates

16

Network Map

26 Something New 28

Puzzles

30

Safety & Security

31

CountryLink Carriage Maps

COVER IMAGE: Picasso exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. See Page 14.

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22 If you would like to obtain a copy of XPtraveller call CountryLink Sales on 02 8575 0685 or email sales@countrylink.nsw.gov.au


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ay Albrighton has been with RailCorp for 39 years, first as a junior assistant at Goulburn.

“I started when I was only 17 and have since progressed through a number of roles within RailCorp to hold my current position, which involves basically overseeing the southern and western regions for CountryLink,” Ray says. “In my role I do quite a bit of travelling as my beat covers a large area, approximately 400,000 square kilometres.”

No responsibility is accepted by the publisher or the printer for the accuracy of information contained in the text or advertisements. Advertisements must comply with the relevant Trade Practices Act 1979. Responsibility for compliance with the act rests with the person, company or advertising agency submitting the advertisement. Neither the publisher nor the editor accepts responsibility for advertisements.

Married with six children (including twin girls), Ray says that although at times it can be a challenge to balance work and family commitments, the rewards of the job do compensate. “I can be away from home two to three nights a week so this can sometimes be hard. Obviously, as there is only one of me it can also be difficult to spread yourself over so much area. I would like to visit more stations and depots and stay there longer but on the other hand, the role definitely has its rewards,” Ray says. “There is a lot of variety

in my job, which I enjoy greatly. I also meet so many different people, interact with the public and travel in many areas so there’s always a great diversity.” “What I really enjoy is taking on competitors and beating them at their own game,” Ray laughs. “CountryLink enjoys an unsurpassed reputation in the industry for customer service and safety and this has been recognised by not only our winning awards, but also from the feedback we receive from our customers.” “The passenger side of my role is what I enjoy best,” Ray says. “I always like to have a yarn with as many of them as I can to hear about their travels and maybe listen to their suggestions as to how we can continually improve our service.” “For me there is a certain romance to going by rail that you just don’t get driving,” he continues. “You can just sit back and relax while you chat to friends or simply watch the scenery go by. It’s the ultimate way to go.”

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CountryLink Holidays

CountryLink has a great range of accommodation and package options. Fantastic destinations include Outback NSW, Country NSW, Canberra and the South, Sydney, North Coast and Queensland.

Outback

Experience the real NSW Outback. Wonder at the beauty of the Menindee Lakes, an oasis in the Outback. Explore the many national parks which are rich in Aboriginal culture and heritage and where special tours are run by traditional owners. Broken Hill is home to many famous artists including Pro Hart, Jack Absalom and many more. Relive Australia’s movie history by taking a visit to Silverton which is now only inhabited by a handful of people and marvel at the Mundi Mundi Plains just down the road. At sunset visit the Sculpture Symposium a major attraction within the Living Desert area. Also take a visit to White Cliffs for that ultimate underground experience. There is just so much to see and do.

Canberra and the South

Canberra, home to world class attractions such as the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, National Gallery, Australian Institute of Sport, Questacon and much more. Festivals feature throughout the year such as Floriade which runs from mid September to mid October. Visit the picturesque areas of north east Victoria and explore the natural beauty and famous attractions of the south coast. You might want to take the family to Hanericka to experience, a working farm and for those wanting a more cosmopolitan experience a visit to Melbourne is a must.

Highlights • Day tours and short breaks to areas such as Menindee Lakes, Kinchega National Park, White Cliffs and Silverton • Outbreak Break (7 days/6 nights or 6 days/5 nights) • Classic Corner Country Adventure (7 days/6 nights or 6 days/5 nights) • Flinders Ranges Farm Experience (6 days/5 nights) • Outback Wanderer (9 days/8 nights) • Corner Country & Birdsville Adventure (10 days/9 nights) • Outback to Ocean (9 days/8 nights) • Lake Eyre Discovery (5 days/4 nights)

Highlights • Canberra hotel and apartment style accommodation • Canberra Explorer Bus • Albury – Discover Bright and the Alps (6 days/5 nights) • Merimbula and the South Coast (6 days/5 nights) • Hanericka Farmstay (3 days/2 nights) • Riverina Short Break (3 days/2 nights) • Melbourne accommodation • Gray Line Day Tours • Melbourne sports and shopping tours


Country NSW Travel to one or more of these fantastic regional locations. Dubbo, a historic regional city known for its country hospitality and the famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The Hunter Valley, a producer of fine wines and gourmet cuisine, is the perfect place for that short break. Discover Armidale’s wonderland of World Heritage listed national parks,art galleries and the Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Explore Glen Innes famous for its Standing Stones and Celtic heritage and Inverell where you can step back in time at the Pioneer Village. Moree, known as the spa capital, boasts mineral rich waters which rejuvenate the body and relax the mind.

North Coast Explore the Hunter Valley wineries and ride the dunes at Stockton Beach. Visit the Great Lakes Region, famous for its dolphin watch cruises and charming country towns. The areas of Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour showcase magnificent beaches, sheltered coves, farming country and lush hinterland.

Highlights • Dubbo Zoo (3 days/2 nights) • The Golden West package (3 days/2 nights) • Dubbo accommodation and day tours • Hanericka Farmstay (3 days/2 nights) • Hunter Valley • Armidale accommodation • New England Discovery (5 days/4 nights) • Manilla Farmstay • Moree - Healing Waters Experience (4 days/3 nights) • Riverina Short Break (3 days/2 nights)

Highlights

Visit the Gold Coast area, famous for its white sandy beaches and theme parks with Brisbane a thriving city nestled on the banks of the Brisbane River. Take a leisurely cruise to Moreton Island or hop on a tour with Gray Line.

• Port Stephens Blue Water Paradise (4 days/3 nights) • Great Lakes Experience (7 days/6 nights) • Port Macquarie – Best of the Holiday Coast (6 days/5 nights) • Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie accommodation • Grafton Getaway (6 days/5 nights) • Byron Bay accommodation • The Mid North Coast (7 days/6 nights) • Tweed Heads accommodation • Ballina Northern Rivers Rover (8 days/7 nights) • Gold Coast Explorer and Tweed Coast Escape (8 days/7 nights) • Gold Coast and Brisbane accommodation • Theme park passes • Gray Line Day Tours and Moreton Island Adventure Tours

Sydney

Highlights

There are plenty of fun activities for all, great shopping and fantastic restaurants. The Clarence Valley is a place of great beauty when it bursts into colour during Jacaranda time. Explore the towns of Ballina, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads.

Visit Sydney, a cosmopolitan and beautiful city. Explore famous attractions such as the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Sydney Tower. Browse in the shops and restaurants of Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf and the Queen Victoria Building. Take a harbour cruise, walk the Rocks and picnic in the Botanical Gardens.

Call 13 28 29 or visit your nearest CountryLink Travel Centre. www.countrylink.info

• Hotel and apartment style accommodation • City Sightseeing Bus • Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World and Sydney Tower and Skywalk • Captain Cook Cruises • GrayLine Day Tours to the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Port Stephens and around Sydney.


CountryLink Update North Coast

The fist and only Australian stop of Harry Potter will be at the Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo this summer, offering fans a first-hand look inside the famous wizard’s magical world. On display will be hundreds of authentic film artefacts in settings inspired by locations from Hogwats School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Its your chance to enter the Quidditch and toss a Quaffle, encounter a Hippogriff and look into the eyes of a giant Acromantula spider.

$55 one way

CountryLink will be offering packages to the exhibition with return rail to Sydney, accommodation and entry into the exhibition. For more information, phone 13 28 29.

Renaissance

9 December 2011 to 9 April 2012

Spring into Country NSW

There is no better time to visit Country NSW than during spring when the countryside comes alive with vibrant wildflowers and the sounds of new life on the farms. Treat your kids, and yourself, to life on a real working Australian farm, discover our golden heritage, visit one of the world’s greatest open range zoos or enjoy a taste of the good life on a CountryLink holiday.

From now until 24 November 2011 you can visit the beautiful NSW north coast for just $55 from Sydney. And the best part is you can even take the kids for just $1 each (valid for up to four children 4-15 years from the same household when travelling with at least one full fare paying adult).

Dubbo Zoo: 3 days/2 nights from $394 Farmstay: 3 days/2 nights from $417 The Golden West: 3 days/2 night from $549 Hunter valley: 3 days/2 nights from $324

Picasso – Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso

Dungog Picnic Polo

One of the most exciting exhibitions to hit Sydney with 150 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings on display at the Art Gallery of NSW showcasing the genius of Picasso. These artworks will not be shown anywhere else in Australia, so don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to see this amazing collection.

Looking for something different? Head to Dungog in the upper Hunter on Sunday 23rd October for the annual picnic polo day where some of Australia’s finest polo players will battle out the finals of the Hunter Polo Challenge.

All prices based on per person twin share ex Sydney.

23 October 2011

12 November 2011 to 25 March 2012

CountryLink will be offering packages to the exhibition with return rail to Sydney, accommodation and entry into the exhibition. For more information, phone 13 28 29.

Pictured: Raphael Saint Sebastian 1501–02, oil on wood panel Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, Bequest of Guglielmo Lochis 1866

Harry Potter: The Exhibition 19 November 2011 to 18 March 2012

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra will host this magnificence exhibition of 15th and 16th century Italian paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergam. The exhibition will feature over 70 works by great Italian artists such as Raphael, Botticelli, Bellini and Titain and highlight the amazing art of the early and high Renaissance. Don’t miss this opportunity to see these priceless works, many of which have never left Italy, let alone travelled to Australia. CountryLink will be offering 1 day and overnight packages to the exhibition. For more information, phone 13 28 29.

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Whether you know nothing about polo or are a dedicated follower, Dungog’s day of picnic polo is not to be missed. CountryLink and the Wirragulla Polo Club are offering a fantastic day package which includes return train travel to Dungog, transfers to the field, admission and a glass of champagne, all for just one low price – with discounts available for seniors, pensioners and children. From Sydney $84 From Gosford $66 From Broadmeadow $47 From Maitland $40.50 Email Cameron.nicholls@railcorp.nsw.gov.au for more information.


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Alternatively, take your pick in Sydney from several awardwinning properties including Sydney Central YHA. Why not spend a few days at the heritage-listed Blue Mountains YHA in Katoomba, only minutes from wilderness areas. If you’re bound for the North Coast, relax by the fire at Newcastle Beach YHA’s ballroom. Coffs Harbour YHA is the perfect halfway stopover between Sydney and Brisbane to get your adrenalin pumping with adventure activities. Further north, why not spoil yourself with a little rest and relaxation or year-round surfing at Byron Bay YHA. YHA membership also gets you discounts on tours, museums and activities so jump on board and jump online at www.yha.com.au or join at any YHA. *excludes travel passes

The National Museum of Australia. All photos courtesy of Australian Capital Tourism.

Pialligo Winery near Canberra

Experience Canberra this Summer

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iscover an array of unexpected delights in the nation’s capital where there are plenty of hidden gems to stumble across. One such delight, and not so hidden, is the National Museum of Australia. Here you’ll find plenty to keep the whole family entertained for hours on end. From learning about the journey of our Indigenous people to seeing an original FJ Holden, you won’t be

disappointed with the collections on display. The modern city also offers excellent shopping as well as a bunch of stylish restaurants and bars to choose from. If you’re leaving all that for the evenings when the kids are out for the count, why not spend the day at the National Zoo & Aquarium, it’s fun and educational for all the family. Summer is a great time to experience

National Zoo & Aquarium Tiger feed

Canberra’s outdoors. Check out the purposebuilt cycling facilities at Stromlo Forest Park as well as Canberra’s fantastic cycle path network, or get out and explore Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve or Namadgi National Park. And of course, the warmer months are wonderful for visiting one of the region’s many wineries too. Here you can meet the winemakers and enjoy their delicious creations.

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s o u t h e r n RE G I ON The Round House

Make tracks to Junee Train buffs, chocoholics and ghost hunters... all get sidetracked in Junee

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boasting one of the southern hemisphere’s largest operating railway roundhouses, and its adjunct museum, the Junee Railway Roundhouse Museum – with engines and rolling stock from every era of Australian rail. In addition, Broadway Museum highlights the rich heritage of a rural and railway past and present, the families and their pursuits. The Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory has become a Junee icon, with its specialty organic flours and bread mixes and its flourishing organic licorice and chocolate

unee is tucked into the western folds of the South West Slopes of New South Wales, 30km north of Wagga Wagga and 60km west of Gundagai.

A town built when people travelled by rail, walked to the shops and strolled on Sundays, Junee captures the beauty and history of rural Australia and combines this with modern facilities, fine period and modern homes, rural blocks, and great attractions. Junee has long been a favourite with visitors,

manufacturing business. The coveted Junee licorice can be found in specialty shops and stores around the world. The historic (and some say most haunted house in Australia) late Victorian mansion, Monte Cristo Homestead was the centre of society for the pastoralists and merchants of the bustling town of Junee. Visit www.junee.nsw.gov.au or phone 02 6924 4682 to learn more about the township of Junee, accommodation options and what it has to offer.

Bundawarrah Centre Temora

the rich local heritage scene. The Temora Rural Museum is located at the Bundawarrah Centre and houses a significant collection of farm equipment, vehicles, clothes and household items from the 19th century.

Temora

The home of aviation

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n the heart of the NSW agricultural belt, Temora Shire is a sanctuary rich with heritage and resources. From golden beginnings to high flying achievements, Temora has spread its wings to become more than just another country town. Known for its internationally acclaimed Temora Aviation Museum in a district of

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agricultural excellence, Temora is always reaching for the sky. Founded in the gold rush era in the last part of the 1800s, Temora established a strong trading and banking sector which is still in place today. Wealth allowed the locals to build significant churches and private homes which are still used today and are part of

Also visitors can experience the Temora Aviation Museum which is now world renowned for its extensive collection of flying warbirds, as well as the fortnightly exhibition days and the grand Annual Flying Exhibition in November. These attractions combined with its reputation as “NSW’s friendliest town" make Temora a place where country hospitality rings true. It’s a place to enjoy, a place to relax and a place to inspire. Contact the Temora Visitor Information Centre on 02 6977 1086 or log into www.temora.com.au for further details about Temora.


Award Winning Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory

Award Winning Temora Aviation Museum

Get sidetracked in historic

Junee & Temora Junee will surprise you at every turn with its attractions, services, accommodation and dining.

From golden beginnings to high flying achievements, Temora has spread its wings to become more than just another country town.

A town built when people travelled by rail, walked to the shops and strolled on Sundays, Junee captures the beauty and history of rural Australia and combines this with a sophisticated air and modern facilities. Set in the last gasp of the south west slopes of New South Wales, Junee is packed with historic and quirky attractions, a rolling landscape, plenty of dining options and a beautifully preserved streetscape

In the heart of the NSW agricultural belt, Temora Shire is a sanctuary rich with heritage and resources. Known for its internationally acclaimed aviation museum in a district of agricultural excellence, Temora is always reaching for the sky. And with a reputation as the state’s "friendliest town", Temora is a place

– it certainly is a must see destination. Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory Monte Cristo Homestead - Railway Roundhouse Museum - Historic Museum Monthly Farmers Market - Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival

where country hospitality rings true. It’s a place to enjoy, a place to relax and a place to inspire. So come along and sample Temora’s finest resource – the community, which will welcome you with open arms.

www.junee.nsw.gov.au

www.temora.com.au

The Junee Roundhouse Rail and Transport Museum

Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory

COUNTRYLINK TOUR PACKAGE

Junee & Temora Short Break – 3 days / 2 nights A chance to discover the historic towns of Junee and Temora, with your hosts Terry and Jeanne Kennedy of the historic Belmore Manor Bed & Breakfast.

Bundawarrah Centre and Temora Rural Museum Below: historic Belmore Manor Bed & Breakfast

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Depart Sydney Central Station at 7.42am on board the CountryLink Melbourne XPT train

Travel with Country Car Hire to Temora. Enjoy a self guided tour of the Temora Rural

After breakfast, take a guided tour of the Roundhouse Railway Museum. Tour the Junee

service. On arrival at Junee you will be met by your hosts and transferred to historic Belmore Manor B&B with its beautiful character-filled rooms and old world charm - your home for the next two nights. In the afternoon you will

Museum as you make your way to the internationally acclaimed Temora Aviation Museum. Experience the spectacle as the historic aircraft take to the sky. After lunch visit Houlaghan Valley Wines before heading

Licorice and Chocolate Factory where you can join in for a fun game of vertical licorice bowls and sample their range of innovative, certified confectionaries – a great chance to indulge your taste buds. After lunch at the Railway

be collected by Country Car Hire for your self guided tour of the Monte Cristo Homestead

home to Junee.

Cafe you will meet the 1.52pm train service to Sydney.

and the Broadway Museum.

Price Per Person

Adult

Concession

Pensioner Travel Voucher

Single

$531

$495

$410

Twin/Double

$421

$390

$305

Price Includes: return economy class seat Sydney to Junee with Countrylink, 2 nights' accommodation, all entry fees, transfers, limited meals and touring

For tour information or bookings contact Countrylink on 13 28 29 For tour enquires (excluding Countrylink transfers) contact Belmore Manor Bed & Breakfast on 02 6924 4147 or visit www.belmoremanor.com.au

Junee Visitor Information Centre 181 Lorne Street, Junee Ph: 02 6924 4682 visitors@junee.nsw.gov.au

Temora Visitor Information Centre 29 Goldfields Way, Temora Ph: 02 6977 1086 tourism@temora.nsw.gov.au


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Make it Melbourne...

By Bettina Maniatis

Whether it’s a girl’s weekend, a romantic getaway for two or even a family holiday… make it Melbourne, always a treat

Stay

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins For the utmost in pleasure, there’s no going past this plush 5 Star hotel. From its first class position to the magnificent service and the beautiful design, what better way to kick start your Melbourne stay. Although it’s only minutes from the gastronomic and social delights that Melbourne is renowned for, the restaurants and bars within the Sofitel itself are impressive. NO35 is a seriously elegant dining destination, and a special mention goes to the buffet breakfast. Moet at 9am anyone? There’s also The Atrium Bar on level 35 as well as Sofi’s Lounge located next to the lobby. When it comes to the rooms, the impact

felt from the 180 degree views is rather difficult to describe in words, and not even a picture can do the real thing justice. Come to think of it, that’s one of the best things about the Sofitel; every room has that impact as the room levels only start from level 36! There is of course a slight danger that with all the room’s great features, you’ll be tempted to stay indoors instead of exploring the city and with the tremendous service, this danger is kicked up a notch. You can’t help but smile when everyone greets you with a warm “bonjour”, a reminder of the hotel’s very French spirit. So, for the ultimate in accommodation, spoil yourself and stay at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins – there’s no better way to make it Melbourne. 25 Collins Street, Melbourne 03 9653 0000 www.sofitelmelbourne.com.au

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Eat

Gingerboy

Mamasita

Serving “a modern interpretation of south east Asian hawker style street food,” Gingerboy’s ambience will have you chilling out for hours when it feels like minutes. The warm, funky design is the perfect setting for the taste sensations that unfold!

Just around the corner from the Sofitel is this little gem, Mamasita Mexican Restaurant. In their own words the perception of Mexican food is changing rapidly and no longer do people have to resort to Americanised Mexican food. Mamasita proudly serves “real Mexican tacos and tostadas,” staying true to traditional cooking methods and flavours - a total treat for the tastebuds.

A special mention goes to their char grilled asparagus rice noodle rolls with Japanese pumpkin and chilli vinegar as well as the steamed silken tofu – delicious! Just a word of warning though, Gingerboy has some seriously hot and spicy foods – perfect for those winter Melbourne evenings.

My personal favourite was the taco filled with marinated prawns, habanero chillies and chipotle almond sauce – absolutely divine! The quality tequilas on offer are definitely worth a mention too!

27/29 Crossley Street, Melbourne 03 9662 4200 www.gingerboy.com.au

Level 1/11 Collins Street, Melbourne 03 9650 3821 www.mamasita.com.au

Gingerboy

Play

The Toff in Town OK, it’s party time! And what better place than The Toff, a funky and rich venue where the drinks keep coming and the music sets a mood for fun.

reserve and each can be made super private by closing the doors or even pulling down the blinds! And the drinks? There’s a buzzer for service!

Located a floor above sister venue Cookie, The Toff’s main bar or ‘carriage room’ is very different with a 20th century style train carriage running down the centre. In the carriage, there are booths which you can

Second Floor, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne 03 9639 8770 www.thetoffintown.com

  Join us for a wonderful day out on our heritage Cockatoo Run to the spectacular Illawarra coast and the beautiful Southern Highlands. The journey begins in Sydney and travels along the scenic Illawarra coast to Wollongong. From there the vintage train tackles the steep grade of the Illawarra escarpment through magnificent rainforest, past waterfalls and splendid coastal views, up to the Southern Highlands towns of Robertson and Moss Vale. Take the train on to Moss Vale or alight at Robertson to enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants and explore the town and the historic Robertson Railway Station. Or visit the Illawarra Fly, a breathtaking tree top walk above the Southern Highlands forests. The Cockatoo Run and Tree Top Flyer operate on selected Sundays and Thursdays. Seniors and Group Discounts and Carriage Hire available.

For further information and bookings: 1300 65 3801

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4 Incredible Sydney Experiences SYDNEY TOWER EYE & 4D CINEMA EXPERIENCE Experience the true beauty of Sydney at the Sydney Tower Eye. The breathtaking 360-degree, sky-high view takes in every detail for more than 80km in any direction, from the Blue Mountains in the west and Botany Bay in the south, to Sydney Harbour in the north and the Pacific Ocean in the east - and everything in between. Standing in the tallest building in Sydney, you're 250 metres above Sydney's streets with high-powered binoculars and interactive touch-screens ensuring you don't miss a thing. You'll discover a new dimension to spectacular Sydney with our 4D cinema experience and SKYWALK, an exhilarating outdoor viewing experience. Uncover a new dimension to Sydney with the brand new 4D cinema experience, the first produced in Australia! See what makes Sydney the city it is through a whole new perspective with spectacular footage transporting you across Sydney Harbour, its famous coastline, iconic landmarks and events that are integral to the city. The engaging film experience is taken to the fourth dimension with evocative in-theatre effects including wind, bubbles and fire. The 4D cinema experience is a great way to get to know the inspiring city of Sydney. For more information or to book, please visit www.sydneytowereye.com.au COLOSSAL CRUSTACEANS AT SYDNEY AQUARIUM You won’t believe your eyes! The world’s most intriguing clawed creatures have crawled into town to take centre stage at Sydney Aquarium. The crabs and their many clawed cousins are like marvellous machines, the armoured division of the marine world.

See Bruce the Giant Tasmanian Crab who clocks in at a hefty 10kg, and the Darwin Prawn whose claws change from blue to orange at various states of growth. Also starring in the new exhibit at Sydney Aquarium will be the Murray Crayfish, the Red Bait Crab and the Banded Coral Shrimp. At Sydney Aquarium’s CLAWS exhibit, you’ll see in vivid and spectacular close-up, the wonderful construction of these powerful predators. Find out amazing CLAWS facts and enjoy the fun. CLAWS will really grab you! For more information or to book, please visit www.sydneyaquarium.com.au Emus at WILD LIFE Sydney

between John Morony Wildlife Care Centre and WILD LIFE Sydney. The Centre housed the baby emus throughout their month-long quarantine period with the baby chicks being cared for by John Morony staff and inmates. At the new Australian animal adventure WILD LIFE Sydney, visitors will be taken on an amazing Australian journey as they travel into Australia’s most famous and travelled locations. Walking through eight iconic Australian habitats, this Australian animal adventure takes on average 1.5 to 2 hours from start to finish and will see visitors encounter Australia’s most loved and feared animals as they travel to Kakadu Gorge, The Outback, Gum Tree Valley, Daintree Rainforest, Butterfly Tropics and more. For more information or to book, please visit www.wild-life.com.au SPECTACULAR SAWFISH AT OCEANWORLD MANLY Meet Oceanworld Manly’s newest residents; three young Small Tooth Sawfish. Measuring over 1.5 metres in length, these evolutionary marvels have adapted to live in both salt and fresh water, while their long saw-like rostrum (nose) has evolved to expertly forage for food under the sandy, silty ocean floor.

AN AUSTRALIAN ANIMAL ADVENTURE IN THE HEART OF THE CITY WILD LIFE Sydney has officially launched at Sydney’s Darling Harbour. A new Australian animal adventure in the heart of Sydney, WILD LIFE Sydney takes its visitors on a journey through the iconic regions of Australia and the animals that live within them. To mark the unveiling of the new attraction WILD LIFE Sydney welcomed baby emus to the all-Aussie animal experience.

Temporarily making home in Oceanworld Manly’s Tropical Reef Tank, head to the attraction now to check out the three Sawfish being fed, interacting with the other marine life and swimming around in their new habitat.

The cute, striped baby emu chicks were introduced into their new home in The Outback – one of eight iconic walk-through habitats that make up the new Australian animal journey – following a unique upbringing and very successful partnership

You can see all these incredible experiences for one great value pass by purchasing a combo ticket at any one of the featured websites.

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For more information or to book, please visit www.oceanworldmanly.com.au


Talk Back with Lee Kernaghan OCCUPATION: Singer, lover, Dad. FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION: I took my wife Robby to Broome, WA for our honeymoon back in 1999 and we've just come back from another visit to that magnificent part of Australia. We always pack an esky, a beach umbrella and hire a Landcruiser to get around up there. Of all the places I have been and things I've done, spending time in the sun at Cable Beach, swimming, having a few drinks and staying on to watch the sun sink into the Indian Ocean ranks top of the list. A visit to the famous Paspaley Pearls showroom can be dangerous, but ensures that most blokes who buy these magnificent pearls for their loved one, receive enough "get out of jail for free cards " to last a year or two.

TRAVEL TIP: When travelling overseas, always buy lots of stuff. How hard it is to get back home and think about all the things you wished you'd bought but left behind?

WHAT DO YOU NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT: Here are "some" of the items on my pre departure checklist. My hat, iPod, Etymotic ER6 earphones, running shoes, heart-rate monitor and gym clothes. Vitamins, protein powder, sports supplements, Maui Jim wrap around sunglasses, phone chargers and a good book. I'm always red lining when it comes to excess baggage but it pays to be prepared.

MOST EMBARRASSING TRAVEL MOMENT: Well it involves a long flight to LA, becoming a member of a "certain" club and the cabin crew bringing out a bottle of complimentary champagne to celebrate the special occasion‌ how did they know!!? WHAT'S COMING UP FOR YOU NEXT: This year we'll be out on the road with the Pubs Clubs and Carparks Tour. I also have a lot of song writing planned and head back into the studio in September to record a new album.

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his summer, the Art Gallery of NSW will present the most significant exhibition of Picasso’s art ever held in Australia. Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris will be on show from 12 November 2011 to 25 March 2012 and will feature over 150 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings created by Pablo Picasso (1881– 1973).

National Picasso, Paris – the largest and most significant collection of the artist’s works in the world. Representing seven decades of his work, the exhibition is part of a world tour and exclusive to Sydney.

The exhibition is drawn from the Musée

The exhibition is part of the Sydney

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Above: Pablo Picasso, Le baiser (The kiss) 1969, Pablo Picasso Bequest, 1979, MP220; © Paris, Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Jean-Gilles Berizzi Opposite Top: Pablo Picasso, Les baigneuses (The bathers) 1918, Pablo Picasso Bequest, 1979, MP61; © Paris, Réunion des Musées Nationaux/ Béatrice Hatala Opposite Bottom: Pablo Picasso, Jacqueline aux mains croisées (Jacqueline with crossed hands) 1954, Jacqueline Picasso Bequest, 1990, MP1990-26; © Paris, Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Jean-Gilles Berizzi All images © Succession Picasso, 2011/Licensed by Viscopy, 2011; © Musée National Picasso, Paris

At the Art Gallery of NSW this summer

What’s more, the works on display are ones Picasso was determined never to relinquish as he intended to keep them for himself to shape his legacy.

International Art Series and is expected to bring huge numbers through the Gallery’s doors. It’s with this in mind that tickets to the exhibition are timed to ensure visitors aren’t faced with long queues and waiting times. Tickets are now available to purchase online at ticketek.com.au/picasso For more information about the exhibition, visit www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au


Sydney Events

Harry Potter™: The Exhibition

19 November 2011 to 18 March 2012 Powerhouse Museum – 500 Harris Street, Ultimo Offering fans a first-hand look inside the magical world of Harry Potter, the exhibition gives the opportunity to experience the amazing craftsmanship of hundreds of authentic costumes and props from the Harry Potter films. www.powerhousemuseum.com/harrypotter

Cheese Making Workshop

Until 31 December 2011 Suite 1, Ground Floor 213 Miller Street, North Sydney If you have wanted to see how cheese is made or perhaps you’d like to become the next fantastic cheese maker, then this workshop is a great place to start. The workshops are the way to delve into the world of cheese and explore a gourmet afternoon with three different styles of cheese; Rocotta, Fetta and semi-hard table cheese. www.thecheesemakingworkshop.com.au

Fashion Designer Markets

Until 18 December 2011 Tradies Gymea - 57 Manchester Road, Gymea One of the few places where you can grab a true local designer piece and not suffer the harsh price tag to go with it as these items are reasonably priced designer clothing. The event has morphed into a sophisticated mix of local designers boasting an eclectic mix of designer shoes, bags, accessories and, of course, fashion. www.becsmallbiz.com.au/business/designer-markets.html

Sculpture by the Sea

3 to 20 November 2011 Tamarama to Bondi coastal walk Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, see the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk transformed into a 2km long temporary sculpture park featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world at Sculpture by the Sea. www.sculpturebythesea.com/Home.aspx

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NORTH WESTERN REGION Moree Hot Artesian Pool Complex . Photo courtesy of Tourism NSW.

Ben Quilty Margaret Olley: 2011 Archibald Prize winner

Meander on Over to Moree

ARCHIBALD PRIZE.2011 at MOREE PLAINS GALLERY 17 September – 23 October 25 Frome Street, Moree (02) 6757 3320 moreeplainsgallery@bigpond.com An Art Gallery of NSW exhibition toured by Museums and Galleries NSW

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Situated on the North West line, Moree has many interesting and exciting attractions. GO NUTS Located 35 kilometres east of the town on the Gwydir Highway, the Trawalla Pecan Nut Farm is a wonderful place to visit with its 70,000 trees making it the largest orchard in the Southern Hemisphere. What’s more, a massive 95 per cent of the country’s pecan nut crop is produced by the Trawalla Pecan Nut Farm. TAKE A DIP Originating over 100 years ago, one of the things that Moree is famous for is the hot mineral baths which were actually discovered accidentally when searching for irrigation water. The Artesian mineral waters are believed to have healing powers with a massive 300,000 visitors heading there each year. GET ARTY One of the most important historical buildings within the region is the Moree Plains Art Gallery on the corner of Heber and Frome Street. SWING INTO IT Hailed as one of the best in the state, there’s a par 72 layout picturesque golf course situated on the Mehi River. Why not head over and spend the day on the green. A PRODUCTIVE SPOT The black alluvial soils of the Gwydir Valley are some of the richest in the Southern Hemisphere. What’s more, the Moree Plains Shire is the most productive agricultural shire in Australia, with the region’s major agricultural industries being cotton, beef cattle, pecan-nuts, olives, wheat, sheep wool and cereal crops.


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or the fifth year running, Hunter Valley Gardens is set to host Christmas Lights Spectacular, Australia’s biggest Christmas lights display and the largest display of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. A wonderful experience for the whole family to enjoy, the Gardens will be alive with colour every night from Thursday 10th November, 2011 until Saturday 14th January, 2012 (excluding Christmas Day and Night). Christmas Lights Spectacular has won the prestigious Hunter Region Tourism Award for ‘Best Festival or Event’ for three years running, placing the Hunter Valley Gardens event into the Hall of Fame within this category. This year, make sure to get all your friends and family down to the Gardens to see what all the fuss is about! “It is such an honour to be placed in Hunter Region Tourism’s Hall of Fame,” said general manager, Kyle McKendry. “Each year the event has been getting bigger and more spectacular and we are so excited to share with the public all the new additions to the lights display this year - we can certainly promise that it will not disappoint.” This year’s Christmas Lights Spectacular has an amazing new music and light display as

well as over a million Christmas lights on show throughout designated areas of Hunter Valley Gardens. The event includes a special visit from Santa, with Santa photos available, a range of entertainment, as well as food and beverage stalls. There will also be a number of new and astonishing features including The Twelve Days of Christmas music and light display in the Border Garden, the cactus musical extravaganza, and the three mega trees that are an incredible 12, 9 and 6 metres high. There are also new lights and music displays throughout the Storybook Garden and the greatest story ever told at the nativity scene. Gates will open nightly from 6.30pm, with

pre-lights entertainment and food stalls so that families can make an evening of it. The lights display will commence at 7.30pm. To find out more about the Christmas Lights Spectacular, please visit

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Midstate Motor Park offers a wide variety of accommodation, including cabins, self contained units and overnight caravans. There is also well grassed and shaded powered and unpowered sites.

Extra attractions include a kids playground, putt putt golf and an in ground pool. The park also has a well equiped Kiosk, which gurantees your visit to Dubbo will be more enjoyable at the Midstate Motor Park.

21 Bourke Street, Newell Highway Dubbo NSW 2830 Ph: (02) 6882 1155 Fax : (02) 6884 4120 Email : midstatemotor.park@bigpond.com www.midstatemotorpark.com.au

Bathurst in Summer

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lessed with a spectacular natural landscape as well as magnificent parks and gardens, Bathurst is the ideal spot to discover the wonderful season of summer.

It’s a vibrant regional city and so close to Sydney, so visitors can indulge in a stop over for the day. Bathurst combines the best of country life with the conveniences of city living. And if all that isn’t enough, add historic sites and architecture, cultural facilities, the famous Mount Panorama motor racing circuit and a growing wine industry into the mix. What more could you ask for? When it comes to accommodation, you’re once again spoilt for choice as the wide range of hotels and motels of all styles will give every holiday maker a thrill. Bathurst Visitor Information Centre: 1800 681 000.

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Bourke

Things to do in Bourke

The real outback NSW Venture on the Western Line

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ocated in North West NSW on the banks of the Darling River, Bourke is approximately 772km from Sydney, 1000km from Melbourne, 930km from Brisbane and 1130km from Adelaide. Experience a journey through life in the back country at the Back O' Bourke Exhibition Centre. It allows visitors to rediscover the stories of the bush through modern eyes, from the rich cultural history of the past through to the future of the Australian Outback. Employing a series of interactive installations and stunning visual screen displays, this world-class centre immerses visitors with stories of the Australian Outback, bringing them to life and actively engaging visitors with the area's rich history. Uncover stories of early exploration, the poets, local bushrangers, the grazing industry, our legends and conflicts.

Photo courtesy of Tourism NSW.

If you’re after general information such as road reports, weather reports and do-ityourself Mud Map tours (always popular), the Bourke Tourist Office is where you need to be. For more information, visit www.visitbourke.com

• See the eagles soar at Mount Oxley • Cruise the Darling River on the PV Jandra • Enjoy the hospitality at one of the Station stays • Take a historic guided tour of the town and irrigated properties • Be amazed at the Aboriginal rock art at Gundabooka National Park • Spot a Major Mitchell Cockatoo or a Big Red Kangaroo • Visit the Wharf precinct and hear the chug of the Crossley engine • Discover the stories of the past on the Vision Way, at the Poets Corner, the Old Cemetery and the Nancy Bird air terminal • Do the Darling River Run or visit neighbouring towns • Experience the unique wildflowers in springtime • Have a picnic while visiting the reconstruction of the Fort Bourke Stockade • Open the first lock to be built in Australia • Walk across the Bourke Bridge at sunset • Uncover the legends of the Outback at the Back O'Bourke Exhibition Centre

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Take a bite out of Brisbane at the 2011 Good Food and Wine Show

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ark the date in your calendar and get ready for a tasty treat as the 2011 Good Food and Wine Show will come fresh out of the oven and onto Brisbane plates from the 4th to the 6th November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year, as the Brisbane food and produce industry bursts with innovation and freshness post last year’s floods and cyclone, there’ll be plenty to explore including, for the first time ever, a dedicated gluten free section. Whether you love to cook or simply enjoy discovering something new for your

tastebuds, the show will provide a one-stop opportunity to gather recipe ideas, sample local wines, buy produce and discover new kitchen tools, all while supporting local farms and manufacturers. Celebrity Chef Manu Feildel said Queensland has a soft spot in many chefs hearts because of the unique produce the region yields and the beautiful locations it provides to enjoy food.

“Queensland is a completely different state to any other in Australia and for that reason, you often find produce in Queensland that you can’t find anywhere else - you can discover a totally different style of food.”

“My favourite food from Queensland would have to be the seafood – there is a great variety,” said Manu. “Also, the exotic fruit and vegetables.

Other celebrity chefs to hit the kitchen at the show include Matt Moran, George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Tobie Puttock, plus loads of classes and demonstrations.

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Top tip for Train Travel Stop slouching!

I can imagine your position now; glued to this magazine, relaxed, shoulders slouched, head down and forward, back rounded - relatively comfortable, however somewhat stuck in this position. Remember back when you were a child and you would hear: “Sit up straight! Don’t slouch!”? We have all heard it, but now more than ever before - with over 85 per cent of the adult population experiencing some degree of lower back pain - those words are truer than ever. It’s quite simple - an individual with good posture will be more efficient and waste less energy. An individual with poor posture will waste more energy to perform the same tasks. Here are three simple steps you can follow to immediately enhance your posture and energy: 1) Stretch while you are sitting on the train – Whether you’re on here for an hour or several, remember that even stretching for only one minute every hour, on the hour (8 minutes of average working day) will be more effective than nothing at all. Stretch the neck, upper back and shoulders primarily. 2) Feel the muscles that run either side of your spine. They run from just above your butt all the way up to your neck. Gently press these muscles in your lower back area, with an aim to feel a soft, spongy feeling. If you need to shift your body to adopt this position, do it, and then aim to create this feeling as often as possible. Retest yourself every 30 minutes - the results will be amazing! 3) Stand up and sit down as much as possible – you not only work the muscles to achieve this but also blood flow and nervous activation (ever had a numb butt after sitting too long?)

Adult ticket prices start at $21.50 and a VIP Ticket is available for $98.50 on both days (this ticket includes an exclusive opportunity to meet your favourite chef at a VIP function, front row seats to a Celebrity Theatre Session of your choice, champagne, nibbles and a cook book). Tickets are limited to 50 per day. For those who love their reds and whites, the Winelovers Ticket is available for $75. It includes Show entry, a Riedel Decanter Bar session, a Riedel ‘O’ Series boxed glass, a bottle of wine and a copy of Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine.

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WHAT: The Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show WHERE: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre WHEN: Friday 4 November (10am - 6pm) Saturday 5 November (10am - 6pm) Sunday 6 November (10am - 5pm) TICKETS: www.goodfoodshow.com.au

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“A World Class experience more than a Train Journey”.

Touch and taste rural Australia in your own backyard only 2 hours south of Brisbane. Countrylink passengers travel into the Northern Rivers of NsW through and under World Heritage Rainforests of the Border Ranges National Park via the historically significant Border loop Tunnels and spiral. surrounded by the lush valleys of Gradys Creek in the upper Richmond Valley, your journey to Kyogle will be an experience remembered. An area of significant Natural and Cultural diversity, Kyogle is instilled with the strong culture and values of rural Australia. our small towns and villages offer a strong sense of Community and Belonging. Kyogle maintained the Art Deco character of its main street. Hidden behind these beautiful façades a plethora of shops; café’s, gallery’s, coffee shops and hotels offering the visitor a uniquely Australian experience. Come experience lashings of country hospitality and immerse yourself in everyday rural life.

For more information please contact Kyogle Visitor Information Centre on Ph 02 66322700 or visit www.visitkyogle.com.au ... will take you there!

Kyogle A Walker’s Haven

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hether it’s for the natural beauty, the charming character or the plentiful attractions, you’re sure to love Kyogle and the surrounding villages. Kyogle is particularly enjoyable for the energetic though as there are plenty of walks through the Border Ranges National Park to choose from – both long and short. Walks can be a fantastic way to get to know the area – including its plants and wildlife. The Border Loop is one of the easiest grades and it only takes half an hour to complete. Another easier walk is the Helmholtzia Loop, also only half an hour and a great introduction to the rainforests of Brindle Creek. If half an hour doesn’t quite have you in the fresh air for long enough, maybe an hour trek is more to your liking. The Palm Forest walk is once again an easy grade, starting at Sheepstation Creek camping area. It winds through the palms and rainforests of Sheepstation Creek and a lookout platform provides great views of the waterfall. Getting into the longer and more challenging walks now, the Brindle Creek Walk is medium grade and will take roughly two to three hours to complete. On the way though you won’t be disappointed as the picturesque scenery ranging from creeks to rainforests will put a smile on anyone’s face. This walk actually links the Brindle Creek and Antarctic Beech picnic areas.

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Other longer medium grade walks include the Bar Mountain Loop (2 hours return), Rosewood Loop (4 hours return) and Pinnacle Walk (2 hours return), which gets a special mention as it’s actually the most spectacular walk in the park. If you’re looking to fill a whole day, you can’t beat the Booyong Walk – an 11 kilometre medium grade walk which equates to roughly 6 hours in total. On the way you’ll see gorgeous mountain streams and a diversity of rainforests. It can be walked from two points - either Sheepstation Creek camping area or Forest Top camping area and if you’d like to beef it up even more, a number of side walks may be added. For more information on Kyogle walks as well as anything else on the region, visit www.kyogle.nsw.gov.au


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Coffs Coast Adventure

Hotel in the Spotlight

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hether you’re looking for that actionfilled Aussie adventure, scenic coastal break, or simply need a stopover en route to Sydney or Brisbane, Coffs Harbour is a must on any itinerary.

Hotel George Williams

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ased in the Brisbane CBD, Hotel George Williams offers affordable pricing and 106 accommodation rooms with modern décor and welcoming ambience. What’s more, the hotel’s rooms have a wide range of styles to suit varying needs.

The purpose-built YHA hostel is located close to the jetty and beach and there is a choice of multi-share backpacker rooms and ensuite twin/double room accommodation. The hostel has spacious dining and common rooms, TV, internet, BBQ, pool area. Additionally, there are hostel surfboards, body boards and bikes available.

The hotel is located in an unbeatable location in the heart of the retail precinct and is only a minute walk to the Queen Street Mall and 10 minute walk to Southbank. The restaurant, 325 on George, has a vibrant atmosphere with an a la carte menu, locally sourced produce and a great selection of bubbly, wines and beers. Take the time to enjoy a relaxing drink after a hard day of work or shopping.

What’s more, there are YHA member discounts for local tours and backpacker activities at hostel tour desk. There are 100 unique YHA properties across Australia providing affordable, quality accommodation with no age limits – everyone is welcome to join!

Images: Coffs Coast Tourism, shutterstock

For the latest hot deals as well as reservations, please visit www.hgw.com.au or call the friendly staff on 1800 064 858.

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RE COFFS COAST ADVENTU Whales, waves and water wildlife - choose your own adventure with this awesome package from Coffs Harbour YHA... l l l

2 night’s accommodation in shared, twin/ double or family room, with breakfast multi-share* from $80 per person 1 hour free internet PLUS choice of: in* 2 hour whale watch cruise; or from $200 per double/tw 2 hour surf lesson; or from $270 per family* Pet Porpoise Pool show.

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 Roma Street Transit Centre - 200m  Queen Street Mall - 100m

*Valid to 30 November 2011. Standard rates listed, YHA members save on these prices. Family room rate based on 2 adults and 1 child. Family of 4 and 5 packages available.

 Stroll to Southbank via the Kurilpa Bridge - 100m

Coffs Harbour YHA T: 02 6652 6462 E: coffsharbour@yha.com.au

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325 George Street, Brisbane Qld or visit our website www.hgw.com.au

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Something New Shopper’s Delights

Plumm Outdoors Plumm Wine Glasses, a new Australian player on the wine drinking scene, has just announced the arrival of the most stylish and surprising range of glasses for the summer – the Plumm Outdoors range. In keeping with their ethos of simplicity and function, Plumm Outdoors features a range of shapes and sizes perfect for entertaining over the long summer ahead. And the big news is that these stylish glasses are unbreakable! Made from durable polycarbonate, this range is dishwasher safe and ideal for drinks by the pool; a float on a boat; perfect for a picnic; beautiful on the beach and comfortable at home relaxing with friends. For stockists, visit www.plumm.com or phone 1300 555 821 REDa, WHITEa, SPARKLING & RED OR WHITE>> RRP $60/4 pack RED+, WHITE+ STEMLESS>> RRP $50/4 pack

Suprem’Essence Easy Wax Strips Supa Secrets Slim Secrets founder, Sharon Thurin recently launched Supa Secrets providing better nutritionally balanced snacks that taste great for kids. For stockists, visit www.slimsecrets.com.au Supa Secrets chips>> RRP $1.50 Supa Secrets bars>> RRP $1.50

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Leave your skin touchably smooth and beautiful when travelling with the new Suprem’Essence Easy Wax Strips from Australia’s leading hair removal expert, Veet. Enriched with luxurious essential oils and a velvet rose fragrance, Veet’s Suprem’Essence Easy Wax Strips are the new must-have beauty accessory for ladies on the move. Suprem’Essence Easy Wax Strips are available now from all leading Australian supermarkets, pharmacies and independent retailers. Suprem’Essence Easy Wax Strips>> RRP $10.99


FF Supertone™ Sneaker FitFlop™ Footwear is proud to announce the launch of a muscletoning, energising, shock-absorbing FitFlop™ with a “shoe” on top. With an ageless, cool, go everywhere style, the FF Supertone™ has been cleverly designed to hide the toning sole so you can wear it everywhere without anybody knowing you’re getting a workout while you walk. Stockists are Rebel Sport, The Athlete’s Foot and David Jones as well of a number of other stockists which can be found here online at www.fitflop.com.au FF Supertone™ Sneaker>> RRP is $199.95

Nudie coconut water Introducing the newest flavour to the nudie coconut water range; pineapple. Pineapple will now be hanging out with likeminded fruity friends, orange and passionfruit to make another tasty coconut water on shelves. The new nudie coconut water with pineapple, orange and passion fruit is just in time for summer and sure to keep you feeling hydrated and refreshed even on the hottest of days. Currently stocked in Thomas Dux, 7-Eleven and independent retailers across Australia, Nudie coconut water is now also available in Coles and BI-LO stores nationally. 350ml bottle Nudie coconut water>> RRP $3.50

Madame Flavour Tea Designed to stimulate the senses, and pretty as a picture, this deliciously delicate iced tea has been created just for you. This easy- to- make recipe is full of white tea antioxidants, beautifully perfumed and deliciously thirstquenching on wilting hot summer days. Served in a pretty jug, garnished with rose petals, it is a perfect warm weather addition to outdoor afternoon parties or relaxing by the pool. Madame Flavour Teas are available at Woolworths, Coles and selected IGA stores nationally. Madame Flavour Tea 18 silken infuser pods>> RRP $5.29

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Puzzles crossword

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7 The star signs (6) 8 Unbroken horse (6) 9 To engrave with an acid (4) 10 The movement of money (4,4) 11 Counselling (7) 13 A movement to deceive (5) 15 Encourage (3,2) 17 The residence of an ecclesiastical dean (7) 20 A device used to tear paper (8) 21 Artful, sly (4) 23 Biological term for sperm or egg (6) 24 Eight times ten (6)

1 Where a boat may dock (4) 2 The beginning of a horse's back (6) 3 A thick cover of ice (7) 4 Heavily overweight (5) 5 A "fuelling" beverage (6) 6 A very tall glass, mostly for beer (8) 12 Large cask (8) 14 Behaviour picked up from another (7) 16 High school exam (1,5) 18 Modern (3,3) 19 Cow's mammary gland (5) 22 Used to form latticework (4)


sudoku

Solutions

Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row, column and 3x3 square must contain one of each digit.

This sudoku is a little more difficult... give it a try!

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Safety & Security Safety & Security Your safety

Trip Tips A guide to making your journey more enjoyable

CountryLink aims to provide you with a safe travelling experience. You can play an important role in ensuring your own safety. Please don’t enter or leave your train or coach or place any part of your body outside a window or door while your service is in motion. Be careful on platforms and stairs and make sure you stay behind the yellow platform line until it’s time to board. Please contact a transit officer or CountryLink passenger attendant any time you are concerned about your safety.

1. Y  ou can check in two items of luggage weighing up to 20kg per item and can also take one 5kg item of hand luggage on board. Customers who prefer to carry their own luggage on board are restricted to two pieces per person weighing up to 20kg per item.

Smoking

4. Make sure you have your ticket and, if booked using a concession card, the relevant concession ID with you during your journey.

CountryLink provides a smoke free environment for both passengers and staff. The smoking of any substance is not allowed on trains or platforms or in booking offices and other enclosed areas. Please don’t leave the train for a cigarette break when it stops during your journey as it may have departed by the time you return.

Alcohol consumption You can purchase a selection of wine and beer on CountryLink services if you are aged 18 or over. Under the Liquor Licencing Act you are not permitted to consume alcohol purchased elsewhere while on a CountryLink service. We reserve the right to refuse to serve alcohol to passengers and can remove intoxicated passengers from services and deny them entry to CountryLink trains and stations. Please consume your drinks in your own seat, not standing in the aisle or vestibule.

Your responsibilities By purchasing a ticket, you agree to CountryLink’s terms and conditions of travel. RailCorp transit officers patrol trains and stations regularly and are authorised to issue on-the-spot fines.

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2. Space is available for accompanied bicycles, surfboards and other large items, however these must be booked in advance and a charge will apply. 3. P  lease arrive at the station at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure in order to check-in luggage and settle in. Luggage check-in facilities are available at most CountryLink stations.

5. Please take care of your ticket and make sure you don’t lose or damage it. Replacement tickets cost $12.10. 6. I f you book online please remember to print out the PDF file you receive as this is your ticket. If you are unable to print the PDF file, you may travel on a printed copy of the e-mail you receive. 7. Check  the service status section of the CountryLink website www.countrylink.info regularly just in case your service has been changed. 8. Remember to include any medication you require in your hand luggage as your checked in bags will be stored in the luggage compartment. 9. If you are travelling with children, don’t forget to take some books, games and quiet toys to help them pass the time. 10. Mind the gap between the train and the platform, especially when you are carrying luggage. 11. Help us keep our trains clean by using the rubbish bins on board. 12. Please consider your fellow passengers and keep the noise down. If you plan on taking a personal CD, tape player or radio, make sure you bring earphones or headphones. 13. Please don’t put your feet on the seats - fines apply. 14. The safest way to get on or off a train with a pram is backwards. 15. When walking through the train, please make use of handrails in passageways, where provided.


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The Southern Spirit New Journey. New Destinations. New Spirit. New Adventures.

Adelaide to Brisbane or vice versa - 6 Days / 5 Nights AdelAide, The GrAmpiAns, dubbo, hunTer VAlley, byron bAy And brisbAne • 5 nights aboard The Southern Spirit, Adelaide to Brisbane or vice versa • The Grampians National Park and Brambuk Cultural Centre • Albury-Wodonga on the Murray River • Dubbo and Taronga Western Plains Zoo • Hunter Valley wineries and gardens

• Port Macquarie historic settlement town • Byron Bay coastal village and pristine beaches • Travel in Platinum and Gold Service, twin share • 5 x breakfasts, 6 x lunches, 5 x dinners • 5 days / 4 night journey, Brisbane to Melbourne or vice versa also available

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Why not add a journey on CountryLink’s XPT to Melbourne or Brisbane to join or travel home from The Southern Spirit.

Call 13 28 29 or visit your nearest CountryLink Travel Centre. The Southern Spirit has set departures operating between November 2011 – February 2012. Fares based on twin share per person with single supplements applicable. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. All fares include fuel price surcharge, and will be subject to availability at the time of booking. Through or stopover fares not applicable with any holiday package unless otherwise specified. All fares and timetables are subject to change without notice. All fares quoted in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply. For general terms and conditions of carriage please visit greatsouthernrail.com.au Travel Agent License No. TTA164190. 01675CDBS


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