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ISSUE 3 - WINTER 2013 08 Winter Calendar What to see and do in Sydney 12 VIP: First Class Flying It's better than ever


Cate Blanchett The face of the Sydney Theatre Company.


18 Runway Ready

53 Fashion The best fashions of the season are now available at Sydney Airport

People at the airport

20 Cover Feature: Cate Blanchett

24 On The High Seas Cruising is back in vogue

28 Northen Territory

63 Men's Accessories 64 Women's Accessories 65 Watches Beautiful timepieces

32 Snow Patrol Experience a ski holiday

36 NSW Road Trips A road tripping adventure

38 The Road Less Travelled Unusual Sydney tours

42 Wide World Of Sports Sporting tours around the world 44 Right This Way Sydney Airport's Gold and Red Ambassadors 46 Foodie Favourites Sydney's best restaurants 48 Time To Declare Travel advice

66 Fragrances 68 Cosmetics Skincare products for all seasons 70 Winter Warmers Shake things up with these delicious winter cocktails 72 Australiana 73 Winter Books


74 Technology The latest arrivals in tablets, shavers, speakers, headphones and more 76 Puzzles

51 Healthy On Holiday


80 Airport Maps Your one-stop guide to the wealth of retail stores and world-class eateries available at Sydney Airport 86 The Last Word... With ex-Wallaby, Matt Burke

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RUNWAY READY A parade of travellers through Sydney Airport show off what they are wearing and where they going.







a Tim Stein, flying Virgin to Noumea. Vintage Hawaiian shirt, black skinny jeans. b Andrew Robertson, flying Qantas to Dallas. Shirt by Marcs, jacket by Bossini, hat by Jeff Banks.


c Francesca Thurlow, flying Virgin to London. Top by Zara, jacket from Pyrmont boutique, jeans by Bershka.

d Rachel Morgan (left) Scarf and jacket by Zara. Angelique Angelo (right) Black dress from Paddington. Both flying Qantas to Las Vegas. e Jill Mills (with son Oliver), flying United to Denver. Top and pants by Banana Republic. f Arun Kanakarajah, flying Malaysian to Sri Lanka. All garments were a gift.


Share your adventures with us on Instagram as you travel with COMPANION. Simply tag your photos with #companionmag and you may be lucky enough to see your photo in our spring edition.Take a look at some recent Instasnaps by some COMPANION readers.



g Juliette Russell, flying Qantas and American to the Caribbean. Jeans by Noisy May, jumper by Mickles, bag by Country Road. h Amanda Jorgensen, flying Qantas and American to San Francisco. Jacket by Forever New, scarf by Country Road, bag by Coach.


She may be an Oscarwinning movie star to the rest of the world, but to locals, Cate Blanchett has become the face of the successful Sydney Theatre Company.


ate Blanchett was born and bred in Melbourne, but these days, Sydney claims the Oscar winner and theatre maestro as its very own. And it is not too surprising, as Blanchett is the woman whose impact on the city’s arts scene in recent times can best be described as ‘enormous’.



In 2008, she took control of the Sydney Theatre Company (STC) as creative director (along with playwright husband Andrew Upton) and has appeared on stage there every year since. In the process, she has become a passionate advocate for arts in Sydney and strengthened the STC’s reputation as the city’s premier theatre company. She only stepped down from this role recently to spend more time with her family, but her husband will continue in the role alone for another three years. The Sydney Theatre Company is where Blanchett can be currently found



treading the boards in the classic play, The Maids, starring alongside French screen legend Isabelle Huppert. While Cate, 44, has called Sydney her home for well over two decades, it has been in recent times that she has left a profound impact on the city. After her biggest screen successes in the 1998 biopic Elizabeth and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, she then won an Oscar for The Aviator. In 2007 and 2008, she was nominated again for Notes on a Scandal, I’m Not There and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. It was while on this dream run, that Blanchett announced she would be returning home to spend more time with her family and to run the STC. This unexpected career move raised more than a few eyebrows. Blanchett, however, never saw the decision to stay in Sydney as a courageous act and focused her energies on taking charge of the prestigious theatre company. “It's not that I didn't want to make films, it was that I wanted to make theatre and this was an experience too good to turn down,”

Cate with husband Andrew Upton

“Sure, there are things I wanted to do that I haven’t been able to but I have also been able to do fantastic things at the Sydney Theatre Company. I wouldn’t swap a moment of that.” Cate explained to the UK film magazine, Empire, in a recent interview. “It wasn't a decision to leave filmmaking. That makes it sound like running away from something. I was walking with huge, confident strides toward the company. "I went to drama school to work in theatre and Andrew and I met in the theatre. There's an extraordinary talent base in Australia, so returning to that and being part of other people's work has been a fantastic opportunity,” she said. In doing so, Blanchett helped put the STC on the world map, attracting the likes of Oscar-winning actors and directors including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Steven Soderbergh and William Hurt to Sydney, and taking STC productions to the world with regular tours to New York.

While she has never turned her back on the movie cameras, the Sydney stage has remained Blanchett’s passion. “Sure, there are things I wanted to do that I haven’t been able to but I have also been able to do fantastic things at the Sydney Theatre Company. I wouldn’t swap a moment of that,” she said. Blanchett has also been an active advocate for the arts and engaged with the City of Sydney, in an effort to help transform inner-city Millers Point into a lively arts precinct. Not only does the area house the STC, but also the Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Australian Theatre For Young People. “It’s hard to believe Sydney Theatre Company was once a solitary outpost of the arts in Walsh Bay,” she told CNN Travel, which declared Blanchett and the STC had turned ‘Walsh Bay into Sydney’s West End’. Cate continued: "Now with so many artists and companies already resident and more


the next installment of The Hobbit series, the drama Blue Jasmine and the romance Knight of Cups. The star is also set to make a return to the small screen in a real-life TV movie titled Cancer Vixen: A True Story. It will be her first TV drama appearance in almost 20 years, and marks her debut as a feature film producer. While she continues to be in demand all over the world, it is a sure bet that Blanchett will always be found regularly around Millers Point, either on the stage, behind the scenes or in the audience at her beloved STC. “There's not a long, entrenched tradition of theatre-going in Australia,” she explained to Interview magazine. “I think Australians are great entertainers. But there's this patina of weariness regarding any theatrical endeavour, so I think our job has been to kind of enhance the event atmosphere, bring excitement around actually coming to the theatre.”

on the way, the development and enhancement of this growing precinct can be a great economic driver in positioning Sydney as a multi-dimensional global city.” Blanchett has stated her intention for the former wharfside area is to be a world leader as an arts precinct that is environmentally sensitive. “Walsh Bay is perfectly placed to be the world’s first green arts precinct and the beating heart of a cultural area stretching all the way from Barangaroo through to the Sydney Opera House,” she enthused. Aside from being mother to three young children and resident player on the stage in The Maids, she will be back on the screen this year in a number of new roles, including


THEATRE FOR EVERYONE The Sydney Theatre Company is the largest theatre company in Australia, established in 1978. It hosts over 1,000 performances a year in venues at Sydney Theatre and The Wharf at Millers Point, as well as the Sydney Opera House. As part of a push to make theatre available to people from all backgrounds, Blanchett and Upton recently announced a special deal of selected tickets priced at $20 for almost every performance at the STC. “Many people see theatre as too expensive or exclusive,” Upton said at the announcement. “But for $20 it's a chance, for basically the price of a cinema ticket, to say to yourself, 'I'll see that play.''' More information on the offer is available at


HIGH SEAS Cruising is back in vogue – in a big way. The number of Aussie travellers taking to boats and ships for their holidays has doubled in the past four years.


or a long time, cruise holidays battled with an image problem, either considered floating retirement homes or dance parties on the high seas. How times have changed. These days, cruise holidays are top of the agenda for many Australians, with an estimated 700,000 cruise holidays taken last year. And it is predominantly families who are heading up the gangplank and on board for their holidays.


“Not only is cruising the travel industry’s fastest growing segment globally, but Australia is leading the charge,” says Monique Van Gelder, national marketing manager for Flight Centre’s Cruiseabout.




Look beyond the cultural clichés to discover the many facets of Australia’s spectacular Northern Territory.


rom the casual, laid-back harbour city of Darwin to the pristine natural splendour of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land, the Top End offers a diverse range of travel experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life. Stay in a luxurious safari camp in the remote Kimberley; dine under the stars next to Uluru in Alice Springs; explore Kakadu and Arnhem Land by helicopter; meet the colourful locals at Darwin’s famous outdoor cinema; and take a sunset cruise to remember.


El Questro Wilderness Park


STAY: El Questro Wilderness Park Occupying an incredible one million acres in the east Kimberley, El Questro Wilderness Park combines the finest luxury accommodation with a natural experience beyond peer. From rugged sandstone ranges and deep gorges to pockets of rainforest and roaring waterfalls, you’ll explore the diverse landscape of the Top End by helicopter, 4x4 and on horseback, all within easy reach of your luxury accommodation. Choose from five-star accommodation in the lavish homestead, or roll out your swag under the stars at Emma Gorge where you’ll enjoy safari-style tented cabins with all the trimmings.

EAT: Sounds of Silence You’ve never been to a restaurant quite like this. Begin with champagne and canapés as you watch the setting sun cast long shadows over Uluru in the heart of the Australian outback. Then, when the stars come out to illuminate the night sky, you’ll retire to an open-air dining room where the warm desert breeze carries the rich aromas of your coming meal. Feast on a barbecued selection of exotic Australian bush meats including kangaroo, emu and crocodile, or stick to the famous local barramundi and bush salads for a fresh taste of the Top End. Of course, your meal will be accompanied by the finest Australian wines, followed by dessert and mulled wine around the campfire. Sounds of Silence


WATCH: Deckchair Cinema For an iconic Darwin experience, you must spend at least one evening at the historic outdoor Deckchair Cinema. Set under the night sky on the edge of Darwin Harbour, locals and tourists alike arrive early to enjoy their picnic dinners as the sun sets over the ocean. Then, as the stars come out, fold up your picnic blanket and head to your custombuilt deckchair to watch a film on the big screen with a glass of wine in hand and the evening breeze in your hair. Visit during September for the annual Darwin International Film Festival that showcases award-winning films from around the globe.

EXPLORE: Lords Safaris Arnhem Land is a lost world of towering red escarpments, serene billabongs, soaring waterfalls, plentiful native wildlife and ancient Aboriginal rock art that has been protected from the ravages of the modern world. Explore this remote natural paradise on an extensive safari with award-winning local guides while enjoying the comfort of luxury four-wheel drive vehicles with custom-made trailers and built-in fridges. Choose from a range of itineraries that include highlights such as seeing crocodiles at feeding time; bushwalks through stunning Barramundi Cove; visits to peaceful Leaning Tree Lagoon; stunning sunset cruises in Kakadu; and time to reflect at the majestic Koolpin Gorge.

CRUISE: The Spirit of Darwin Darwin is a vibrant modern city that lifts your spirit as laughter spills from the crowded bars and aromatic restaurants of Mitchell Street, and fishing boats and cargo ships glide along the horizon of Darwin Harbour. The Spirit of Darwin has been chugging up and down the harbour since 1982, and a sunset cruise aboard the iconic ship is a must-do while in town. Sip champagne as the cruise takes you from Stokes Hill Wharf past lush mangroves and into position for a breathtaking natural display as the setting sun casts its golden glow over the distant city skyline.

On your way home through Sydney Airport, get the outback look at R.M. Williams, pick up some hardy Aussie apparel at Adventure Australia or grab some outback souvenirs at Dreamtime Spirit. All at T1 International.


The First State

After one of the best ski seasons on record in 2012, the ski fields of New South Wales are shaping up for an even bigger year.  THREDBO In the tradition of ski-in, ski-out European alpine villages, Thredbo has a boutique atmosphere where chic restaurants, bars and hotels are all within stumbling distance of the major ski slopes. It’s also worth venturing further afield to the summit of Mt Kosciusko via the convenient Kosciusko Express Chairlift.

 CHARLOTTE PASS Australia’s highest ski village is one of the best-kept secrets of the New South Wales Snowy Mountain region. It is accessible only by over-snow transport from Perisher Valley Skitube terminal and serves up spectacular alpine scenery in the midst of Kosciusko National Park. It offers a far more intimate experience than better-known skiing sites.

 PERISHER ▲ If Thredbo is the sophisticated professor of the ski slopes, then Perisher is the energetic student. Dominated by the wide slopes of 2,054-metre Mount Perisher, more than 50 ski lifts whisk skiers to a wide variety of terrain to suit all skill levels. When the sun goes down, the popular bars and restaurants provide a casual, vibrant nightlife.

Cool Victoria

Australia’s great southern state serves up some of the best skiing – and incredible alpine scenery – that the country has to offer.  MT BULLER

 FALLS CREEK This is where the real-deal snow warriors come to play. Falls Creek boasts Victoria’s largest snow-making facilities so you’re guaranteed a prime on-piste experience even when Mother Nature doesn’t show up to the party. You’ll also find the state’s steepest runs here, along with a wide selection of on-mountain accommodation.

 MT HOTHAM ▲ Widely regarded as Australia’s ‘powder capital’, Mt Hotham regularly posts Victoria’s highest annual snowfall. You’ll find plenty of terrain here to put your snowboard through its paces, and it also offers some of the state’s best trout fishing if you prefer a more serene pastime.



Just a few short hours' drive from Melbourne, Mt Buller is Victoria’s most accessible ski resort. The charming on-mountain village is above the snow line and boasts a collection of friendly ski lodges and five-star accommodation to suit every budget. And the views of the Victorian high country and neighbouring Mt Hotham are truly breathtaking.

The OPEN ROAD Go west – or north or south – out of Sydney for a great road tripping adventure.



f you’re after a winter day trip or weekend away, then look no further than the Blue Mountains, a winter wonderland located just a 90-minute drive from Sydney. “The Blue Mountains has many things to offer Sydney, four of which we also offer uniquely to the world,” boasts Randall Walker, chair of Blue Mountains Tourism. “Firstly, there is the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, the closest wilderness to any major city in Australia. Then there is the Wollemi Pine, said to be the world’s oldest species of the tree, and Jenolan Caves, the oldest cave system in the world. “Then there is Yulefest through winter, a festival that began right here and has people coming back every year,” he says. With towns like Katoomba and Leura situated 1km above sea level, the Blue Mountains offers a different climate to the coastal city of Sydney. Yulefest is a red letter event on the Blue Mountains calendar, as hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and cafes across the region celebrate the trappings of a northern hemisphere white Christmas in the Australian winter months.


The traditional Christmas fare of hearty roasts and warm puddings are perfectly suited for the mists,

The Blue Mountains


ice and snow that are a part of the Blue Mountains landscape throughout July and August. “In Yulefest, we serve up the best of the Christmas season foods at the right time of the year for Australia,” Randall says. “We often hear visitors say, ‘Yulefest is the Christmas I actually enjoy.’ The mountains has the winter season for it and captures people’s imagination.” Legend has it Yulefest began 33 years ago, as Irish visitors were relaxing in front of a roaring fire at Katoomba’s Mountain Heritage Hotel and snow began falling against the window. It was when one of the guests said celebrating Christmas with traditional fare in the heat of an Australian summer did not feel quite right that the idea for Yulefest was born. Today, Yulefest packages are offered in iconic Blue Mountains locations like the Carrington Hotel, Redleaf Resort and the Fairmont. The Clarendon Guesthouse also offers special Christmas-themed shows along with accommodation deals. “Several properties do Yulefest really well and are worth seeing just for the decorations and effects,” Walker says. “This is a great way to enjoy two festive seasons in the one year.”

Within EASY REACH Wollongong Art In The Park Steel City Wollongong turns on the winter charm with the outdoor art exhibition, Art in the Park, which is held every third Sunday of the month. Located in Belmore Basin on Wollongong Harbour, it features works from the artists of the region. Make the most of the 70-minute trip south to ‘the Gong’ by taking the Lawrence Hargrave Drive through the Royal National Park, and across the world-famous Seacliff Bridge, where the Grand Pacific Drive travels over the Pacific Ocean.

Mudgee Readers' Festival One of the newest writers’ events on the calendar, the Mudgee Readers' Festival on August 10 and 11 attracts a range of talented authors to the country town, located just over three hours west of Sydney. Mudgee has become one of the most popular boutique towns of the Central West for its lush setting and range of excellent vineyards. The best produce of the region is on show from September 13 to 29 at the Mudgee Food and Wine Festival.

Newcastle All That Jazz The beach city of Newcastle comes alive with the sound of music at the weekend Jazz Festival at the Broadmeadow Racecourse from August 23 to 25. Among the jazz stars headlining are Andy Firth, George Washingmachine Quartet and crowd favourites Galapagos Duck. Newcastle is a two-hour drive north from Sydney, with the journey taking in the beauty of the Hawkesbury River and the Brisbane Water National Park. The Hunter Valley wine region is just a short drive to the west of Newcastle.


The Road


Get a fascinating insight into what makes the Harbour City tick through some of its more offbeat tours.


hile the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Manly Ferry are top of the list for visitors, there are a number of other tours that may not be as picture perfect but reveal Sydney’s secret side. Some, like the Tank Stream Tour, are only held twice a year, but have thousands lining up for a chance to go underground and see where Sydney began. Others, like South of the Border, show off revitalised areas of the inner city,

Tank Stream Tours You need to go three metres beneath the surface of Sydney to find where the city started: the Tank Stream. Buried beneath Sydney’s streets, the popular Tank Stream tour will take you on a journey through time.


In 1788, First Fleet Captain Arthur Phillip chose Sydney Cove to establish the new colony, based on the fresh water supply of the Tank Stream. For an estimated 5,000 years before that, it had been the main water supply for the Gadigal Aboriginal people of the region. More than 200 years since settlement, the Tank Stream is still running, but encased deep below the city’s busiest streets and tallest skyscrapers. Twice a year, thousands of people go into a ballot to be selected to pull on gumboots and hardhats before heading down to see along 100


while Razorhurst reveal its dark, dangerous past. “There is an appetite for a different experience because people are more likely to remember a great story about a place rather than an overload of facts and figures,” says Ryan Mossny who runs the Kings Cross Razor-hurst tour. “Tours that take you off the beaten track to some of the key places where significant events actually happened help you understand why things unfolded the way that they did.” metres of the stream between George and Pitt streets. The next Tank Stream tour day, run by Sydney Water and Living Sydney Museums, is scheduled for September. “Many people have no idea the original stream is even still here,” says Yvonne Kaiser-Glass, Sydney Water’s heritage adviser. “What I always hear from people after the tour is they are amazed there is something this beautiful under the city. “The city is buzzing above but you have no idea as you have taken a step back in time into this place unlike any other in Sydney. It is walls and floors of beautiful yellow honeycombed sandstone block with the sound of water trickling through it. “I have done this tour hundreds of times, and I see something new every time. I love it.” The tour begins near the base of the Australia Square tower, the site where the original tanks of the Tank Stream were dug out of the banks to ensure a supply of fresh water for the early settlers.

a storm water channel with fresh water collected from the original bore and the city streets. “Down there, you get a real insight into the changing nature of the city,” Yvonne adds. “If people can walk away from this tour and are able to imagine what the landscape looked like back in 1788, then we have done our job.” Tank Stream Tours,

The Many Faces Of

SYDNEY Tank Stream

The tour also offers an insight into the original landscape of the city, with the Tank Stream once beginning at Hyde Park near Park Street, and running down to the harbour through a valley and across a number of waterfalls. “Where the convicts laid the stone floor of the stream is one of the few places that still exists of Sydney from the 1780s,” Yvonne explains. “Then there is the sandstone arch which was built in 1860 and the most modern stretch is from 1965. The deep level of the stream demonstrates just how much the city’s landscape has changed over the past two centuries.” While the Tank Stream was vital for the new colony, it was rendered unusable due to pollution within 30 years and was covered up in 1860. Today the stream is not part of the sewer system, but is

Sydney With Conviction Follow the path of the original Tank Stream at street level and see how a stream that became the life source for a city impacted on its changing face in this tour that meanders from The Rocks all the way to Hyde Park. It tells a shocking and fascinating history of the convict days of the settlement in a warts-and-all account.


Kings Cross Razor-hurst South Of The Border The outrageous and deadly antics of 1920s Sydney crime queens Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh were the basis for the recent TV series, Underbelly: Razor. Take a walk on the wild streets of Darlinghurst and Kings Cross to see where these women once ruled with an iron fist and sharpened razors as their vice gangs ran rife through the inner city. In their time, the formidable Tilly and Kate had Sydney running their way.

Once one of the city’s more volatile areas, Redfern is undergoing rapid change and is now a dynamic precinct for art, food, theatre and shopping. This new tour takes in the rich history of the innercity suburb, from the years of market gardening through to the industrial changes and the impact of the Aboriginal community across generations. Locals lead the tour, share their own stories and offer an insight into local gems.

Tilly Devine

Ghost tours


The Rocks Ghost Tours Step behind today’s friendly façade of The Rocks, the birthplace of modern Australia, to the many tales of woe from its troubled past, and learn of the haunted spirits said to still inhabit the area. The Rocks was formerly the home of slums, opium dens, brothels and warehouses of drunken sailors, and this tour takes you back to tell of the famous and infamous characters who may not have yet crossed over to the other side.

Quarantine Station

Quarantine Station

One of the most beautiful locations on Sydney Harbour, the Quarantine Station at North Head is also said to be one of the most haunted. Once the quarantine centre for new arrivals, it also became the site of numerous deaths from various illnesses. The Quarantine Station housed people for an indefinite period and many never left. Its ghost tours offer tales of unexplained phenomena with visits to some of the most haunted buildings such as the hospital, morgue and the notorious shower block.




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he greatest show on two wheels traverses the French countryside from June 29 to July 21 and you can help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France from the sidelines. Experienced guides reveal all the best vantage points from which to watch all the action and help you get the most of your French experience with side trips to seaside Nice, the Pyrenees and Mont Ventoux.


ustralian cricket captain Michael Clarke will lead his troops to England this July and August to win back the Ashes from our fiercest rivals, England. You can soak in all the history, passion and excitement in the spiritual home of cricket on a fully escorted tour. Not only will you score priority seating at England’s greatest cricket cathedrals to watch our boys in action, but you’ll also be treated to the highlights of the mother country as well as side trips to Paris, Amsterdam and the Scottish highlands.


ritish tennis star Andy Murray and US queen of the court Serena Williams will return to New York from August 26 to September 9 to defend their titles in one of tennis’ greatest grand slams. You can be there to fly the green and gold for Bernard Tomic and Sam Stosur on an unforgettable tennis tour. You’ll stay at your choice of three-, four-, or fivestar hotels, enjoy private coach transfers to the US Open each morning, score Broadway theatre tickets and tickets to an exclusive cocktail reception.


his trans-Tasman rivalry is one of world rugby’s greatest shows and Australia’s Wallabies are ready to take on the might of New Zealand’s All Blacks from August 17 to 24. The boys in green and gold will make the trip to Wellington with the hope to claim the trophy that has been firmly held in Kiwi clutches since 2002, and you can be there to witness the action on a stellar sports tour. Enjoy private car transfers to the match, meet the players at an after-match party, and get your hands on exclusive Bledisloe Cup merchandise.


fter a relatively poor performance at the London Olympics, the Australian swimming team has a point to prove at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona from July 19 to August 4. Our stars of the pool will be diving in deep alongside the world’s greatest swimmers as you catch all the action from a poolside seat. Between races, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to explore one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.


he titans of rugby league clash in this ultimate contest of state pride. Can New South Wales finally break Queensland’s seven years of dominance, or will the sunshine state reign supreme once more? Find out in Sydney on July 17 as part of the vocal crowd that will cheer one team on to victory. Choose from a range of accommodation and ticket packages that will put you in the centre of the action for a game that could go down as one of the greatest in rugby league history.


Christine Brown wears her gold coat as a Sydney Airport Gold Ambassador with pride, but she is also continuing a legacy in the role.

At the Airport Name: Christine Brown Role: Gold Ambassador Team Leader On the airport beat: Five years Best advice: “If you are lost, always look up. It never fails – be it at Sydney or any airport. All the signs you need are usually right above.”




y father Alan Anderson was one of the original intake of Sydney Airport Gold Ambassadors in 1999, just before the Olympic Games. The ambassadors were part of a scheme to prepare the airport for the influx of people arriving for the Olympics, and proved so successful, it continued. I joined in 2008.

of people who come through the airport. I think that everyone who works as an ambassador becomes a little bit addicted to the excitement of the place.

"The role of the ambassador is to help people with any and every question they may have. You get all kinds of questions – some people are excited to be flying out, and others are lost and upset – and so we work to help them in the best way we can.

"I was working in the arrivals area, and coming towards me was a bride in the full outfit."

"We get asked just about everything, but the three main questions in departures are where are the toilets, where is check-in, and where is the post office? In the arrivals area, it is about taxis, the train station and finding a local SIM card for a phone. "My dad became addicted to the job. He just loved it, particularly the cross section


"I worked for Qantas at the airport 30 years ago, and then moved away to Canberra and

worked in a number of other areas. When I finally retired from work in 2008, I knew I wanted to do volunteer work. Sadly, my dad had passed away the year before. "So I put my name down to work here, was accepted, and began as a Gold Ambassador in September 2008. I discovered a lot had changed here in 30 years. It was a much smaller building in those days, long before all the additions and new renovations. So in that first year, I just learned where everything was. "I do two shifts a week, one on Tuesdays and on Thursday; I am Team Leader. I am on the early shifts starting at 6am, and I love that time of the day as so many people are departing and arriving at the one time. There is so much going on. "I often say we have seen everything, but there are still times when something happens that just floors us. One day in 2010, I was

working in the arrivals area, and coming towards me was a bride in the full outfit, including a veil. She looked lost, so I asked her if I could help. It turned out she had just arrived from Lebanon and was going to Christchurch, New Zealand, to marry and the ceremony was right after she got off the plane. I think she had worn the dress for the entire flight. Well, she didn’t realise she was in Sydney and had to change planes, so I directed her back to transfers, and helped her through. The sight of the bride turned all eyes that day. "There are 120 ambassadors working here, and some are still the original ambassadors from 1999. I know how much Dad loved the camaraderie and it is the same for me. We all love the interaction with the public and as volunteers, we often get a lot of gratitude. I just hope people feel they can approach to help out. This is all about giving the airport a friendly face.�


Town Red

In the lead-up to Chinese New Year in 2012, the Red Ambassador scheme was introduced at Sydney Airport, in which Mandarin-speaking ambassadors were available to assist with the numbers of visitors from China. So successful was the project, the Red Ambassadors now have a continuing presence at the airport, assisting Chinese travellers with directions and advice.



DECLARE Navigating through Australian Customs can be a smooth process, as long as you follow some basic rules.


ith more people travelling through Sydney Airport than ever, there is a raft of rules that everyone must adhere to when going through Customs.

“Modern travellers have certainly improved, with the increased awareness of what can and can’t come into the country as well as the role of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and other border agencies,” says an ACBPS spokesperson. “Additionally, technology has given passengers more information than ever about preparing themselves for overseas travel via the website.” Here are some tips on the dos and don’ts on your next journey.



A lack of awareness of the allowances or what to declare to the ACBPS can hold up your journey. “It’s best to declare the items, as some items require permission to be imported and may be subject to other import requirements such as unique serial numbers and safety testing,” a spokesperson says.

PASSPORT CONTROL “Australian or New Zealand ePassport holders, who are aged 16 years or over, can expedite passport control using the self-service


ePassport data and facial recognition technology called SmartGate,” the spokesperson says. Sydney Airport is working with Customs to install more SmartGates for our inbound customers in both piers of T1, which significantly reduce the time it takes to do passport checks, as well as trialling the use of SmartGates on departures.

ON THE CARD During those long hours on the flight back to Australia, use the time wisely to read through every word on the Incoming Passenger card and ensure every answer you provide is complete and accurate.

WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG The ACBPS is faced with unusual situations every day. One such experience was when a female passenger travelling from Singapore attempted to import 51 live tropical fish concealed in her skirt. “During the search of her baggage, the officers heard ‘flipping’ noises coming from the vicinity of her waist,” confirms the spokesperson.


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Taking a trip? One natural superfood may help you ward off bugs – and keep you in tip-top shape while you’re away.


ne of the joys of travel is experiencing foreign countries, new cultures and different cuisines. It is an escape from everything that is so familiar and diving into the unknown – and having the adventure that goes with it. Experiencing the new sights and sounds, exotic foods, unique architecture and meeting the locals are fascinating, but it's often tough keeping up with the pace of a busy itinerary. All that excitement can put real stress on even the strongest people.

it is a good idea to pack a jar of Wealthy Health Kangaroo Island Pure BeeHive Eucalyptus Organic honey in your checked luggage. For the traveller, honey’s sleep-inducing amino acids are a potent cure for insomnia and jetlag, helping to recalibrate after crossing too many timezones. It also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal qualities and promotes energy, can heal wounds when applied to the skin and may even help the symptoms of gastrointestinal issues.

Which is why it is more important than ever when taking off on a trip to consider boosting the immune system in the weeks before, and then maintaining a health supplement regime once the holiday has begun. Many reports have shown that boosting the intake of certain superfoods like honey can have powerful benefits on your health and immunity. Rich in vitamins and minerals, honey has proven to help relieve cold and flu symptoms. That is why

IS ALL HONEY CREATED EQUAL? It’s really all about where the honey is harvested. Kangaroo Island in South Australia is the world's oldest bee sanctuary, and home to the last remaining pure strain of Ligurian bees. The honey made there is free from pollution, disease, additives or antibiotics, and has a high 16+ antibacterial rating, certified by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA). Wealthy Health organic honey contains pure honey only, so it does not deteriorate with age or expire.

TRAVELLING WITH HONEY Many countries will allow you to travel with food if the item is in unopened, commercially packed containers. Always check with the customs websites of the countries on your itinerary before taking off.

Wealthy Health Kangaroo Island Pure BeeHive Eucalyptus Organic honey can be purchased at Guardian Pharmacy, located in TI International (before Customs) opposite check-in J, on the way to Gate 24, near gates 55 & 56 and in T2 Domestic before Gate 32.





Matt wears Guess shirt $89.95 RRP French Connection tee $22.68 tax free ($24.95 RRP) French Connection jeans $81.77 tax free ($89.95 RRP) Samsonite suitcase $269 RRP at Rolling Luggage Guess boots $249 RRP Swarovski watch $1090.91 tax free (RRP $1200)


Natalie wears Witchery collar $69.95 RRP Seed top$63.59 tax free ($69.95 RRP) Camilla cape $726.36 tax free at Podium Mavi denims $139.99 RRP at Edge Mimco wristchain $89.95 RRP Witchery boots $229.95 RRP Tax free prices apply to international travellers only.



Natalie wears Forever New jacket $130 RRP Witchery dress $129.95 RRP Witchery cuff $39.95 RRP Edblad necklace $129.95 RRP at Bijoux Collection Pandora sterling silver pavĂŠ heart ring $71 tax free ($79 RRP) Ferragamo bag $1,860 tax free at Podium Nine West heels $149.95 RRP


Tax free prices apply to international travellers only.

MattR.M.wears Williams shirt $104.54 tax free ($115 RRP) Zegna Sport jumper $465 tax free at Podium Rip Curl chinos $81.80 tax free ($89.99 RRP) Bally shoes $795 tax free Bally iPad wallet $680 tax free Samsonite bag $349 RRP at Rolling Luggage Bering watch $250 RRP at Bijoux Collection


Natalie wears Burberry trench $1,695 tax free Emporio Armani top $340 tax free Emporio Armani shorts $315 tax free Coach orange bangle $110 tax free Coach black bangle with gold tree $225 tax free Swarovski bangle $181.82 tax free ($200 RRP) Nine West shoes $149.95




Natalie wears

Camilla dress $726.36 tax free at Podium Emporio Armani bangle $310 tax free

Matt wears

Emporio Armani suit $1,485 tax free Emporio Armani shirt $270 tax free Zegna tie $218.18 tax free at Podium


AIRPORT SH SHOP OPPE OP PER PE R Swarovski watch $1,681.82 tax free ($1,850 RRP) Thomas Sabo ‘Rebel at Heart’ leather bracelet $444.55 tax free Thomas Sabo ‘Rebel at Heart’ beaded bracelet $144.55 tax free Emporio Armani cufflinks (black) $195 tax free Emporio Armani cufflinks (silver) $340 tax free Swarovski USB pen $118.19 ($130 RRP) Zegna bag $1075 tax free available at Podium


Tax free prices apply to international travellers only.

Left Pandora sterling silver ring with blue topaz $99 tax free ($109 RRP) and sterling silver ring $44 tax free ($49 RRP) Thomas Sabo ‘Special Addition’ turquoise beaded bracelet with pendants $525.45 tax free Thomas Sabo ‘Special Addition’ silver beaded bracelet with pendants $415.46 tax free Mimco bracelet $89.95 RRP


Pandora sterling silver September birthstone ring $53 tax free ($59 RRP) and sterling silver floral ring $44 tax free ($49 RRP) Thomas Sabo ‘Glam & Soul’ snake ring $503.10 tax free Coach bangle $170 tax free Swarovski watch $718.18 ($790 RRP) Pandora sterling silver bracelet $80 tax free ($89 RRP), blue Murano glass charms each $44 tax free ($49 RRP), blue flower Murano glass charms each $35 tax free ($39 RRP) and sterling silver sphere clip charm each $35 tax free ($39 RRP)


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All available at SYD Airport Tax & Duty, located at T1 Sydney International Airport, except Victoria’s Secret fragrances, available in their stores at both T1 and T2. Duty free allowances apply. Tax and duty free prices apply to international travellers only.


Wallabies rugby jersey $171 tax free

Nike Men’s Miler SS UV running shirt $43 tax free



British Lions jersey $120 tax free

Nike Women’s Miler running shirt $43 tax free

All available at Sportsarena, located at T1 Sydney International (after customs) on the way to gate 24.

It’s a well-known fact that Aussies love their sport and fitness. Whether you’re just visiting or a local going on holiday, support your favourite team by grabbing their jersey or pick up some great fitness gear and souvenirs.

Nike unisex featherlight tennis hat $28.70 tax free

Nike men’s woven running shorts $38.40 tax free

Nike ladies' woven running shorts $44.95 tax free

All Blacks rugby jersey $150 tax free

British Lions rugby ball $30 tax free

All Blacks beach rugby ball $27 tax free

Wallabies rugby ball $65 tax free


WINTER READS When the weather turns nasty, curl up in your favourite armchair and hibernate with these stellar winter reads.

THE PATRON SAINT OF LOST DOGS By Nick Trout Dr. Cyrus Mills is a reclusive pathologist who is more at home in a cold lab environment than with human interactions. But when he is forced to return to his small Vermont hometown to revive his deceased father’s veterinary clinic, his lovable new patients begin to teach him how to feel. Soon – with the help of his eccentric new mentor, Doc Lewis – Cyrus emerges from his shell and begins to confront the difficult childhood memories that still lurk in the shadows. And with a Golden Retriever named Frieda faithfully at his side, Cyrus finds the courage to forgive the past and embrace the future.

RRP $29.99

INFERNO By Dan Brown


The king of the bestseller returns with the fourth book in the Robert Langdon series. The Harvard symbologist once again finds himself immersed in intrigue as he is drawn deep into the secret world hidden within Dante’s Inferno. Dante’s novel is considered one of the finest masterpieces in the history of literature, but as Langdon reveals the codes and symbols hidden within its prose, he opens the door to a harrowing world that is as rich, complex and shocking as those Brown created in The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.

This astonishing true story is set in the harsh rural landscapes of northern Iceland in 1829. Agnes Magnusdottir is sentenced to death for the murder of two men and is sent to the district officer’s family farm to await her execution. At first, the family shuns the convict and only the young assistant priest assigned to her care is willing to hear her side of the story. However, as the harsh winter forces all the residents of the farm to work side by side to survive, the family members can’t help but get to know their misunderstood guest.

RRP $39.99

RRP $32.99

REVENGE WEARS PRADA: THE DEVIL RETURNS By LaurenWeisberger Millions of readers stuck by young magazine assistant Andy as editor-from-hell Miranda Priestly made her life a waking nightmare. In the hotly-anticipated sequel, Andy has gone on to bigger and better things and is now a successful editor in her own right. However, Miranda doesn’t forget old grudges easily and seizes an opportunity to once again become a major thorn in Andy’s side. Suddenly, Andy finds herself back at the mercy of the unreasonable demands and wild whims of her former boss. And this time, it’s personal.

RRP $29.99 A variety of books are available at WHSmith, Relay and Newslink stores at T1 Sydney International and T2 Domestic terminals.




All available at SYD Airport Tax & Duty Free, located at T1 Sydney International. Duty free allowances apply.Tax and duty free prices apply to international travellers only.

Tablets are taking the world by storm, offering a complete entertainment and home computer package in one that can stow neatly into the plane seat’s pocket. Why not use the tax free opportunity to join the revolution?

Samsung Galaxy Note 8" 16GB A great mid-sized tablet for professionals on the go, it offers all the benefits of the Android OS, a truly amazing screen and it fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the way it uses the S-Pen styluss that makes it i stand out, allowing allowing you to literally a write ally notes, appointments, oiintments, emails and more on the m screen. ree ee $415 tax free

Sony Xperia Tablet Z 16GB WiFi


This rugged all-purpose tablet has a powerful Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and a quality 8MP camera that leverages the technology from Sony. It has a high resolution screen and the tablet itself is an incredible 6.9mm thin and weighs only 495g. Plus, you can use it underwater! $489 tax free


Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7” 8GB

A great way for the thrifty shopper to get into the tablet space, this offers a smooth Android 4.0 experience on a neat, sexy little screen. It has an edge over similar tablets thanks to added features like dual cameras, expanded memory and the ability to use your tablet as a television remote. $189 tax free

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1” 16GB A truly excellent tablet, and despite its raft of features, the Galaxy Tab 2 motors along as the fastest Android tablet out there. Samsung’s design is sleek and comfortable, too, while the inclusion of the S-Pen stylus y gives g it great g flexibilityy if you yyou’re re not a fan of touchscreen typing. $459 tax free



All available at SYD Airport Tax & Duty Free, located at T1 Sydney International.. Duty free allowances apply. Tax and duty free prices apply to international travellers only.

Isn’t it funny how great ideas can inspire even more excellent creations? Whether you already own the latest and greatest technology or are planning to use your tax free benefits to snap up something as you move through the terminal, there’s always a great accessory that can make your life better.

Marley Smile Jamaica In Earphones With the Smile Jamaica in ear headphones, what you see is what you get. Built using natural materials and recycled plastics. Storage case included.Three button mic cable. $44.95 tax free

Braun Series 3 Shaver Stop that three o’clock shadow dead in its tracks with the triple action, free float system of the Braun tech rich shaver. Solidly built and comfortable to hold, it’s happy to work in wet or dry conditions and adapts to the landscape of your face. $149 tax free

Bose® QuietComfort ® 15 Noise Cancelling® Headphones Fantastic for those long-haul flights, these Bose noise cancelling headsets deliver 35-hours of quiet comfort with easily replaceable AAA batteries. They’re super comfortable, provide Bose’s usual high standard of audio quality and have a built-in mic for hands-free phone capabilities. $359 tax free

Beats By Dr Dre Executive Headphones

Legendary Hip Hop mogul Dr Dre has released a new noise cancelling line of his popular headset range that sacrifice none of the brand’s brilliant, bass-driven sound while giving it a premium finish. $359 tax free

Sony Wireless Micro


Cancelling Headphones

For the very best in noise cancelling headsets, you can’t go past these beauties from Sony. They have two microphones inside and outside the cup so that it can accurately use its Digital Noise Cancelling Engine to get the silence middle-of-the-night quiet. twenty two hours of battery and great sound quality, too. $449 tax free


This wonderfully neat accessory from Sony uses One Touch technology to pair with NFCenabled devices and proceed to deliver surprisingly solid sound. A built-in, 5-hour rechargeable battery, speakerphone capabilities, 360 sound output and even an auxiliary port sweeten the deal. $69.95 tax free

Sony MDR1RNC Noise


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BURKE Most recently, I was in Canada. It was 15 hours across the Pacific and then four hours across Toronto. I love flying, and on this occasion, I was up the very front. I loved that! What I learned from the years of travelling the world with the Wallabies was not getting caught up watching all the movies! I would be like a kid in a candy store, when what I needed was to get as much rest as possible.

The Wallabies legend reveals his guilty pleasures when flying overseas.

pictures everywhere you go, as you look back at those images and the memories flood back.

My favourite spot in Sydney is Palm Beach. Being out in the surf is always fun and the salt water is good for you. Otherwise, I love to jump on a ferry, walk across the bridge.

Keeping fit these days takes more work, as I am no longer playing. So I always watch how much goes in – it is that simple. It is all about intake and expenditure. If you indulge, be sure to do the work to burn it off.


"YOU SHOULD TAKE PICTURES EVERYWHERE YOU GO, AS YOU LOOK BACK AT THOSE IMAGES AND THE MEMORIES FLOOD BACK." It is important when flying to be comfortable, so I always carry something casual to change into. I also always wear compression socks as the threat of deep vein thrombosis is always there, and drink as much water as I can. I always pack a camera. I learned this later in my career when the digital age arrived. You should take


What I love about the Rugby Lions tour are the tourists who come to visit. They make the Lions series tick and they get into all the festivities.

Matt Burke is a commentator for Network Ten’s coverage of the 2013 Rugby Lions Tour. He also appears on The Clubhouse on

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Sydney Airport COMPANION Winter 2013  

The official magazine of Sydney Airport

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