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elcome to the first issue of Profile for 2018! We hope you’ve all enjoyed the holiday season and are ready for another great year ahead. The new year is always a time of excitement and new beginnings, whether it’s starting that exercise program you put off last year, finding a new career path, going back to study, or travelling more, it’s an ideal time to put those plans into action. Speaking of which, we have lots of exciting things in store for you throughout the following months, as we continue to deliver more of the great stories you love as well as more great events and an even bigger digital media presence, watch this space! This month, Profile turns its focus to travel, and what better way to kick off the year than to be transported around the globe through the eyes of the locals we showcase in this month’s issue. Someone who has more travel stories to share than most, is our cover star Jacinta Blundell. Intrepid traveller and owner of Helloworld Travel Buderim and Caboolture, Jacinta shares her

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love of exploring this big wide world as well as her passion to share her wealth of knowledge with others through her business. We also introduce you to Ian Mansfield, whose 40-odd years with the Australian Army and United Nations saw him visit over 80 countries, and boy does he have a tale to tell! Eighty-year-old local Neil Dougherty proves age is no barrier when it comes to holidays of a more adventurous kind. Having already walked the Kokoda Trail and Camino, Neil is now gearing up for a 1000 kilometre walk across France. Talk about inspirational. Nicole Fuge chats with Kerry Phairs to discover how she is preparing to go into space with Richard Branson and Caitlyn Spanner shares her experience of travelling through Africa last year. Plus, being the month of love, we have the perfect wedding guide for the bride-to-be. Until next month, here’s to 2018. May it be your best year yet!

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Visiting a new city or country or returning to your favourite stomping ground evokes a delicious sense of whimsy, where it almost feels like time stands still as you escape normality for a moment and truly relax and immerse yourself in your surroundings – a beautiful feeling we should express more in our everyday life.

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very morning and every afternoon, I drive past the Big Pineapple, where more often than not there are groups of people gathered at its base, posing for a photo at this iconic landmark and tourist destination. It’s so easy to become complacent when you see or do something on a regular basis, that all it takes is someone to point out its beauty or spectacle to snap you back to reality. Living here on the Sunshine Coast, which is one of the most lust-worthy travel destinations in Australia, we are surrounded by this; from the picturesque coastline, lush hinterland, and everything in between. We are so lucky to call this place home, it’s important not to ever forget that. Think about when you’re on a holiday, you soak up every tiny detail – light coming through the trees, the doorway to a beautiful home, a bucket of flowers out the front of a shop, a man sitting on the bench reading the newspaper – all things that could easily exist in your own hometown, which you most likely pass by without even realising. Avid users of social media, or keen photographers, take this one step

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further, often snapping a photo of the aforementioned details to share with their friends, family, followers. It’s a reminder to ‘stop and smell the roses’ and appreciate the beauty that surrounds, no matter whether you’re on that long-awaited vacation or on your way to work, be grateful and truly live in the moment. Fall back in love with life, every part of it, and you’ll be surprised how much your whole perspective changes. Actively acknowledge those moments, people and things you’re grateful for, and your overall perspective changes, rather than dwelling on things that may not have gone your way and letting that negativity overrule your whole day. I recently read a retrospective letter by a young lady whose life was cut too short and in it she talked about just that, how important it is to appreciate life and all

Appreciate the BEAUTY that surrounds, no matter whether you’re on that long-awaited vacation or on your way to work, be grateful and truly LIVE in the MOMENT.”

the precious gems within it, it’s a reminder to squeeze everything out of every day – we all have 24 hours a day, what do you choose to do with those hours and how does that correlate with what you want out of life? And do those things you’re always talking about doing, stop making excuses – invite your friends over for that home cooked meal, finish that book you’re halfway through, and go on that holiday you’ve been dreaming of ! profilemag.com.au


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Janice Mastin has cemented herself as one of the go-to eyelash extension stylists after just several months on the Sunshine Coast. Profile speaks with the extension extraordinaire, to discuss the secret to perfect lashes and how she transitioned from teacher to stylist while living in the Middle East.

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ith her telltale mix of Australian, British and Middle Eastern accents, Janice Mastin has seen a good part of the world, all through some very impressive eyelashes, of course. The eyelash artist has been working internationally as an extension stylist for 11 years and has recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast to focus on her business Blink! The Eyelash Expert. What is now a thriving business actually came into Janice’s life by chance. “I’m a Brisbane girl and like lots of Australians do after highschool, I went off to the UK for a year and that year turned into 20,” she explains. One day while working in finance and studying to be a teacher in the UK, Janice noticed her friend’s eyelashes and was immediately fascinated. “I hadn’t seen her in a while and I remember looking at her eyelashes thinking, ‘Oh my goodness! I didn’t know she had the most amazing eyelashes. How have I missed that before?’” They turned out to be extensions, and Janice knew she had to get some for herself. The self-confessed addict developed a great relationship with her stylist over time, who then started training her in the art of extensions. Janice says it was this fabulous opportunity that eventually turned into her calling in life. But eyelash extensions were just a sideline to her primary school teaching career

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for several years, and it wasn’t until she moved to the Middle East for work that she discovered she had a real talent. “I ended up doing them for a couple of friends at school. Then the head teacher’s wife wanted them done and she actually gave me a shout out to all her friends and it grew from there.” Once Janice was in demand, she set up a Facebook page to see where it would go. Today, the reviews speak louder than words and she has a 100 per cent five-star rating on Facebook. So, what is the secret behind her glowing reviews? While she’s incredibly humble, Janice says it’s probably due to the years of reflecting and changing her technique to find her ideal way of doing the extensions. “In the same way a good hair stylist would tailor your hair to suit your face, that’s what I do with the lashes,” she explains. Some of Janice’s clients have been brides and bridesmaids who were originally skeptical about eyelash extensions. “The good thing about my extensions is, although they’ll look great on the day, they’ll also look fabulous and not too over the top on your honeymoon,” she says. Janice specialises in creating a natural look that makes your eyes pop. It’s that fine line between natural and obvious extensions that keeps her clients coming back for more, and also gains her more clients through referrals. That coupled with a good, creative eye has made her a sought after stylist at her new home on the Coast. She relocated to Australia in 2017 to create the business and lifestyle of her dreams. While setting herself up in a new country has been challenging at times, Janice says it’s very exciting and she’s optimistic for 2018. She’s focusing solely on getting Blink! off the ground, and has developed some lifelong relationships with her clients. “I have been incredibly blessed to make

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Jacinta Blundell was born to travel. Some of her earliest and fondest memories are of exploring this great Earth and it’s a passion she has taken great pride in making a successful career from; imparting her knowledge and experience onto others, who dream to see it all.

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rom the sound of the children’s laughter echoing as they dog sled their way through tundra meadows, to sharing a bottle of fine wine with her husband beside a roaring fire; this is what truly warms Jacinta Blundell’s heart. “I don’t ever take work or groups to the snow, every trip to the snow is my personal time, and I travel so often that there’s a rare moment it can be called a holiday, so I really keep snow as our family holiday,” she says. “Watching the kids grow up, racing around on the snow together and playing games as a family, that’s what I love because it doesn’t matter how old they become, when they have kids, a family ski trip will always be a family ski trip.” That sentiment captures the true essence of travel for Jacinta, who evaluates her favourite destinations based on the memories they evoke. “I have a lot of great memories of different destinations, but I think it’s about the rare moments that stay with you that make a place special,” she says. “I have a pair of castanets from when I was a little girl and an old gypsy man in Spain taught me how to play them. Every time I think about Spain that’s the memory I have and I still have those castanets in my treasure box, so it’s those types of things.”

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When asked of her favourite country, Jacinta, who has conquered all seven continents, quips it’s like being asked to choose her favourite child; but after careful consideration, settles on three destinations. “The most amazing place I’ve ever been in the entire world is Antarctica, it’s like nowhere else, it’s like you’re not even on the planet,” she says. “I love Spain because I love the people and the diverse culture regardless of where you go, you can spend a week in one area and then it’s like being in a totally different country if you went into another area and I like that. “And then there’s Africa, but Africa to me is; we’re in the Serengeti and I am watching this mother cheetah teach

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her five cubs how to hunt. So when I’m talking to people about Africa, that’s what I think about, everybody has a different experience.” And that’s the beauty of travel; it’s what captivates you, has you beaming with joy and can have you experience a unique adventure every time you go. “I could not tell you any destination that was exactly the same as the last time we were there,” says Jacinta. “We were in Alaska and one lady was after a piece of their local jewellery. I said to her, ‘Wait for Ketchikan, that’s going to be the place to buy it’, but the seas were that rough we didn’t get into Ketchikan (so we’ve renamed it Ketchikan’t) but it made me realise very early on, if there is a moment, take it now. “It’s like when people want to do the dog sledding in Alaska on the glaciers, of the five times I’ve been, I’ve only managed to get up there once because of weather, so just do it. If something is on your bucket list, start ticking off those goals, there may never be another right moment.” Jacinta says she now endeavours to explore the outer regions of countries she’s already been to, taking the road less travelled – but not in a backpacking “off the beaten track” sense, while maintaining an element of luxury of course. “I like going to places where people say, ‘Where is that?’ Where you’ll still get an authentic cultural experience and feel like you’re the first people who have ever been there, but not the intrepid traveller of hiking 20kms a day; I’m happy to be profilemag.com.au


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active, but preferably where you go back at the end of the day and have a champagne and don’t have to put a tent up,” she says with a smile. Jacinta’s first travel memory is from when she was three years old and her mum, dad and older brother moved to London on a “working holiday adventure”. “The first part of the voyage was on a ship called the CTC Turkmenia. Whenever you cross the equator they have a big show and re-enactment – where King Neptune comes out of the ocean and ‘sacrifices’ bikini-clad women. At the end, when all of the kids went up to get their certificate and scroll for crossing the equator, there was no way I was going anywhere near him,” she says with a laugh. “I don’t know whether they still do that on cruise ships, but I’ve specifically never done a voyage to cross the equator again. It’s burnt into my memory!” Jacinta’s family spent four years in London, where she started school and was

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introduced to the wide world of travelling through European escapades. “That’s where travel started for me, for my entire life I was brought up travelling,” she says. Having grown up in Kilcoy, Jacinta’s family moved to the Sunshine Coast when she was in her teens, and upon graduating high school, became a trainee in an accountancy firm. “I have a huge love for figures and thought, ‘This is my path’, and I was in the classroom one day, and next door they were learning the cryptic flight reservation coding and I realised I love coding more than I love figures, so I politely excused myself and joined the other class,” she says.

I have a lot of great MEMORIES of different destinations, but I think it’s about the RARE MOMENTS that stay with you that make a place special.”

“It’s really difficult to get into a retail travel agency because of the uniqueness of the programs and the coding, so I started at the bottom, like many of my industry colleagues, doing unpaid work experience and stamping brochures. But the strong and really customer service-focused agents survive and I was 25 when we bought a Harvey World Travel franchise in Caboolture. “It was a huge leap of faith for Mum and Dad, while they loved to travel, they knew nothing about the travel industry. I was the youngest franchisee within the network then and I was on the Harvey World Travel Franchisee board for many years and was very much an influencer within that group during that period. Harvey World Travel Caboolture changed over to Helloworld Travel during the merger just over four years ago, proudly making us the longest

serving Helloworld Travel in Queensland.” Jacinta also identified a gap in the market, a niche for people wanting to book a holiday with someone they can trust and have them handle everything; where all they need to do is turn up. In 2009, Small Group Journeys by Jacinta was born, predominantly catering to 40 to 80-year-olds. “It’s really difficult to give what I need to if I’m the only host, so in most cases, there is always two of us. That’s why my husband, Brad, got involved, and our other host is my dad, Geoff. Brad is also involved in the wine industry, so that’s why there’s often an optional wine component in our tours,” she says. Continuing to keep the love of travel in the family, Jacinta and Brad’s son, Jadyn, is a professional snowboard and ski instructor now working in Canada, and their daughter, Chloe, joined Helloworld as a consultant four years ago. “She’s been involved in the office since she was two and everyone has known her and grown up with her,” says Jacinta. “The majority of my team in Caboolture have been trained by me, so everything they say, do and teach is what has come through from me, so when clients walk in and I’m not there, they know profilemagazine

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I love the STORYTELLING of travel, being an agent isn’t just about booking a flight, a hotel or a tour, it’s about talking to people and TELEPORTING them to that destination.”

they’ll be looked after to the same level.” Living on the Coast and already possessing a strong home consulting clientele, in 2016 Jacinta was approached to buy the Helloworld branch in Buderim, further solidifying her foothold in the industry, which she has now been a part of for over 25 years. “I love the storytelling of travel, being an agent isn’t just about booking a flight, a hotel or a tour, it’s about talking to people and teleporting them to that destination,” says Jacinta. “You have to travel far and often to be really good at that and I’m not talking about going to an exotic location and hanging out on the beach for a week, it really is about getting in and finding those gems and those unique experiences you can come back and talk about. “I love planning the trip and mentoring my team, I love making them the best they can be and watching that unfold, that’s exciting and rewarding. Being able to see the jigsaw puzzle of a client’s holiday come together, that’s why I not only travel but why I love being in travel.” Jacinta’s itinerary from the past 12 months is dizzying, brimming with bespoke Small Group Journeys, recon trips (also known as a self-famil, where agents visit a place to become familiar with it), working holidays and personal vacations. It started with a small group departure train-cruising across northern Spain, river cruising through France and to the Italian Long Lunch Festival in Italy; then onto Singapore for work; Antarctica for a recon trip; another group cruising the Panama Route via Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the Yucatan Peninsula; then Tasmania; Perth for business and pleasure; New Zealand doubled as a trip to see their son at the snow and a recon trip for their February tour; a team event at Uluru; a tour to Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina; a foodie side trip into Lima and adventure cruising the Amazon; closing with a quick 14

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I love PLANNING THE TRIP and mentoring my team, I love making them the best they can be and watching that unfold, that’s exciting and rewarding. Being able to see the JIGSAW PUZZLE of a client’s holiday come together, that’s why I not only travel but why I love being in travel.”

“But if you haven’t been and you don’t know why, you don’t understand. It comes down to why people want to travel, and it’s every single one of those experiences that can make or break your journey.” Jacinta has also introduced lounge areas at both Helloworld offices in Buderim and Caboolture, where her agents can map out a client’s journey using an iPad and project it onto a plasma screen. “We’re making it about the trip and not about the product, because travel has become way too commoditised,” she says. “It’s about trying to change the way we sell travel, taking the transactional feeling out of it and making it more about the

journey – what do you do when you’re at home and you’re planning a trip? You’re looking at maps, you’re sitting back having a drink and getting excited about what you can see and do, we’re bringing that feeling into our agencies.” Given Jacinta’s experience, she is well equipped to take the readers of Profile Magazine on an intrepid journey each month, through her role as Travel Editor. Just to give you a taste of what’s to come, in the first six months of 2018 Jacinta will jetset to the USA, Iceland, Canada, New Zealand, China, South Australia, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Newfoundland in Canada. Fasten your seat belts!

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weekender cruise with the family. “It’s an interesting life, but I always make sure I’m on the ground for a minimum of six weeks before I’m gone again because I’m really conscious of making sure I’m still one-on-one with my team and clients, all of our passengers’ travel on our Small Group Journeys is arranged by me, so it’s very much that personalised service. I look at myself as being more of a travel concierge than an agent,” says Jacinta. “My favourite Instagram pics to post are #theviewfrommyofficetoday because it’s a lot easier to get around the globe now and still be fully in work-mode, it’s a little challenging in Antarctica and the Amazon, but that’s their appeal I think!” Because not everyone has as much worldly knowledge and experience as Jacinta, she has created destination files for her team, to enable them to best serve their clients. “If they haven’t been somewhere, say to Antarctica, and somebody comes in and asks them about it, I have included the top points, for example, ‘Always find the purpose for this trip’. Do they want a soft adventure cruise and Antarctica is the bonus, or do they want to go to Antarctica? “A lot of the landing points don’t allow more than 100 passengers ashore per landing, so if they are wanting multiple landings per day and to immerse themselves into the destination, it has to be on a boat with less than 100 passengers.


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It’s no surprise the Sunshine Coast is a stunning place when you have your feet firmly planted on the ground, but have you ever wondered what it’s like to gander from above? Having seen the region’s beauty in all its glory, I can tell you, it’s truly magical.

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iving on the Sunshine Coast for 30 years, I thought I’d managed to soak up most of our beautiful surrounds, but I was wrong, because it’s impossible to truly appreciate its beauty until you see it from the vantage point of a helicopter. At 1000ft in the air, to the right is the sparkling turquoise ocean, ahead is 30kms of stunning golden sandy beaches and to the left is green hinterland as far as the eye can see. It truly is breaktaking. This was only my second time in a helicopter and as I edged closer to the machine on the tarmac, I realised I had forgotten how small these incredible beasts are – which is what makes them so desirable when travelling. As our pilot Clinton Brisk says, “You can see the whole

world in front of you and that’s the special thing about a helicopter, and that’s what makes it enjoyable to fly”. Clinton is the owner of Airborne Solutions’ Sunshine Coast Helicopter Tours and has more than 35 years experience in the cockpit. For the past 30 years, he has been based in the Northern Territory, where he began in aerial agriculture, mustering and fire fighting, before moving into the tourism sector, offering a unique perspective of stunning locations, such as Kakadu National Park. Being up in the helicopter exudes glitz and glamour, it really does have a celebrity feel to it – upon taking off from the Apollonian Hotel in Boreen Point, people were taking photos of us and waving goodbye. The chopper also has the added benefit of covering so much of the Coast in such little time. On the day of our trip, we travelled from Eumundi to Montville in 15 minutes, a journey which would have taken 42 minutes by car. “That’s one of the most amazing things about it, one minute you can be on the beach and the next minute you’re in the mountains,” says Clinton. My experience with Sunshine Coast Helicopter Tours was a delicious taster of their new tour

offerings, which include heli pub crawls, vineyard adventures, high tea and spa experiences, and romantic sunset getaways. “I’m trying to add a bit of flavour by allowing the opportunity to land at a pub or other location, rather than just go for the fly – extending the experience without extending the cost, because once I land the helicopter, while it’s not turning a blade it’s not costing anything, and it makes the trip more enjoyable and extends the experience,” says Clinton. Whether you’re a long-time local looking for the adventure of a lifetime, or are here just visiting and want to soak in your surrounds, seeing the Sunshine Coast from the sky is a truly unique experience. Sunshine Coast Helicopter Tours specialises in luxury touring and scenic adventures, with an extensive range of experiences to cater to your individual interests and budget.

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One-in-four Cambodian women experience domestic violence, but it wasn’t until 2005 that the country made domestic violence against the law. For Sally Jane Douglas, these statistics are unacceptable and what motivated the Sunshine Coast woman to spend more than five years in Siem Reap empowering women for a brighter future.

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he city passes by in a blur of colour, sound and smell. Tourists are lured from the pulsing streets by passing restaurants, as the ever welcoming locals proudly share their culture. From the back of her tuk tuk, Sally Jane Douglas takes it all in. It’s hard to imagine that less than 40 years ago Cambodia was devastated by genocide. From 1975 until 1979, the Khmer Rouge regime instigated the Cambodian genocide, claiming the lives of one-anda-half to three million people. But it’s the country’s resilience, despite its tragic past, that really struck Sally, 35, on her first visit and ultimately led her to spend more than five years working to support and empower Cambodian women through the Women’s Resource Centre. “These people have lived through so much, but they have such an appreciation for life and so much resilience and love for their country,” says Sally. “The people are always smiling and so welcoming, they want to be happy and they want to keep going.” Sally has always had a love for travel; when she was 23 years old she circled the globe, ticking an enviable 35 countries off her bucket list. Upon returning to Melbourne, the social worker felt many people had lost touch with the true meaning

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of life, and longed to fulfil her dream of living and working in a developing country. She returned to Cambodia, where a chance meeting led her to the Women’s Resource Centre: an organisation providing women with the resources and education they need to improve their lives for the better. “My teenage dream had been to go and work in a developing country, and I happened to meet a woman starting an organisation I knew everything about,” she explains.

These people have lived through so much, but they have such an APPRECIATION for life and so much resilience and LOVE for their country.”

“The Women’s Resource Centre offers counselling support for women – in Melbourne I was working for WIRE, one of the largest telephone and support referral organisations in Victoria for women.

“So they needed me, and I wanted them.” The Women’s Resource Centre mainly works with women who have experienced domestic violence, as well as running educational workshops on women’s health, financial security, parenting, domestic violence and women’s rights. “They’re really those basic life skills you or I would take for granted, that Cambodians aren’t really taught in the home,” says Sally. For five-and-a-half years Sally helped profilemag.com.au


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build the centre from the ground up and today remains on the board of directors. Her role was to not work with the Cambodian women directly, but to support and educate the centre’s local employees behind the scenes, as well as raising crucial funds to keep the facility’s doors open. “My goal was to basically be made redundant, get to the point where I was not needed anymore and the staff could continue on without me,” she says. Sally was based in Siem Reap, a 10-minute drive from the incredible temples of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. “It really was a lovely town to live in, everyone’s incredibly warm and friendly, that’s the main compliment people give the country,” she says. She urged anyone travelling to Cambodia to not only visit Siem Reap, but experience all the country has to offer from Mount Kulen to the islands off the coast, including her favourite island Koh Sanloem. february 2018

“There’s not just Angkor Wat, they actually discovered new temples in 2016 which was pretty exciting,” she says. “Thailand gets all the credit for the islands, but Cambodia is just as beautiful.” Sally left Cambodia early last year, before settling in Moffat Beach on the Sunshine Coast, where she now runs her own self-titled wellness coaching practice for women. She credits her time abroad for having a greater appreciation for people of all cultures, and says she no longer stresses like she used to living and working in Australia. “It’s made me a lot more patient, I’ve learned not to sweat the small stuff,” she says. “There’s so much community living in developing countries, the family unit is very strong and they often have an outdoor lifestyle where everyone gets together. “I really love that, and I love being in Moffat Beach as it has that country town feel and community mentality. “I’ve really grown as a person spending time overseas, there’s no better classroom than travel.”

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In 1991, Ian Mansfield and his family left Australia for a one-year assignment to Pakistan, training Afghan refugees in landmine-clearance procedures. He didn’t return home for 20 years. Throughout Ian’s 22-year service with the Australian Army and subsequent 20-year career with the United Nations and other international organisations, he has visited over 80 countries, living and working in eight of them.

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ravel has underpinned Ian Mansfield’s illustrious career, from inhabiting war torn and impoverished nations due to service with the Australian Army and the United Nations, to affording the luxury of “breakfast in Switzerland, lunch in France and dinner in Italy” while working in Geneva. Having grown up in Ararat, a small town in Victoria, Ian hadn’t even been on a plane until he was 17, which he says wasn’t unusual in those days. It wasn’t until he joined the army as an engineer officer, after attending the Royal Military College, Duntroon, that he truly tasted travel through postings in Papua New Guinea, the United States of America and Canada. “I started to enjoy travel and in the army you do move a lot, the average posting or assignment is two years,” he says. In 1991, having served for two decades, his final posting was as a commanding officer of the Australian Army Training Team in Pakistan, tasked with assisting the United Nations in establishing a civilian program to clear landmines in Afghanistan for humanitarian purposes. His actions were later awarded with the Conspicuous Service Cross and saw him honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia. “After World War II, destroying landmines and explosives was seen as a military thing, the army cleaned up, and then in the 1950s and ‘60s there were all these civil wars in Africa and Asia, but no one cleaned up the mines,” he says. “It was only when the Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan in 1989, leaving behind a

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deadly legacy of millions of landmines, that the UN saw this huge humanitarian crisis looming; there were three million refugees in Pakistan, two million in Iran and they were expected to flood back home and everyone would get blown up and it would be a disaster. “So for the first time ever, the UN appealed for money to train civilians to clear landmines for humanitarian purposes, not for military purposes. I was right there at the start of this change in approach, it was new ground and we were making it up as we went along.” Ian’s final post doubled in a United Nations appointment and he left the army and went on to spend 20 years working in the mine-action sector, setting up new programs in Laos and Bosnia and working at the policy level at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

I went to my window and saw the second plane hit the building, it was such a clear beautiful day you could easily see it. We just COULDN’T BELIEVE it was HAPPENING.”

“After any war there is always a percentage of ammunition that doesn’t go off, like bombs, rockets, grenades. In some ways that’s easier because you can see them, but then you don’t know what condition they’re in; the slightest knock and they go off or they could be safe to pick up, so you need people who are trained to be able to deal with this,” he says. “The philosophy is to train local people to clear the unexploded ordnance because they are stuck with the problem, it gives them employment and gives them the capacity to deal with it for years to come.” Landmines are small devices (about the size of a coffee cup) buried under the profilemag.com.au


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ground, which are activated when stepped on, there are varying types of landmines and their damage also differs, some are deadly, while others are designed to maim. “They’re nasty weapons and that’s the point, they’re indiscriminate; the war is finished, the troops go home, but the mines are left behind and I’ve seen them in Afghanistan 20 years later and they’re in perfect condition,” he says. Ian says it takes about five weeks to train a local person to clear landmines. As they are buried, often with no maps, a metal detector is used, which is time consuming given they are scouring battlefields littered with scrap metal from bullets, shrapnel and fragments. Once a landmine is found, it is safely blown up with a stick of dynamite and rendered inactive. By the late 1990s, civil society was pushing to ban landmines, a movement heavily supported by Princess Diana’s visit to Angola and Bosnia, just weeks before her death. In December 1997, the Ottawa Treaty to ban landmines was signed and the campaign organisers subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. “At a political level, people said, ‘This weapon is bad, it’s indiscriminate and should be banned’, and the treaty has been very successful, even though some countries haven’t signed it, the new use of landmines has pretty well stopped because of the moral pressure, the US no longer use them, and neither do Russia and China,” he says. There are about 70 countries still affected by landmines, bombs or cluster munitions, some on a larger scale such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, Laos, Iraq, Vietnam, Bosnia and Angola, while others are more confined. “The UK is officially declared mine affected because of the Falkland Islands, they had a war with Argentina in the ‘80s, so there are still some minefields on the Falklands. The borders between Peru and Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia right up in the Andes are still mined, in a lot of those countries it’s confined to a certain area. You read in the paper they still find bombs in Germany from WWI and WWII,” says Ian. In 2002, Ian was working in New York and witnessed the terrorist attack on 11 September from his office on the 20th floor of the UN headquarters, less than five kilometers from the Twin Towers. “My wife Margaret and I were walking to work and we heard this plane go across february 2018

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Through my work I saw the AFTERMATH of three WARS at close hand … the conclusion I came to is that no-one wins a war.”

and we stopped and remarked that it was so low, but thought nothing more of it. Then when we were at work, she rang me and said, ‘It’s on the TV, a plane’s hit the World Trade Centre’,” he says. “I went to my window and saw the second plane hit the building, it was such a clear beautiful day you could easily see it. We just couldn’t believe it was happening. We all got evacuated. That sticks in your mind.” That same year, Ian was appointed deputy director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, a role he held until retiring in 2011. Since then, Ian has kept himself busy writing a book and doing consulting work in countries like Lebanon, Jordan, Tajikistan, and more recently Palau and the Solomon Islands, to help organise the clean up of bombs from WWII. “In the Solomon Islands I’ve been running workshops to develop legislation to make it illegal for people to touch bombs because of the ‘dynamite fishermen’,

people who deliberately go looking for the bombs, try and crack them open to get out the explosive, put it in a soft drink bottle and throw it in the sea. It explodes and stuns and kills the fish and they scoop them up, but it damages the fish and reef, so we need to make that illegal,” he says. “But it’s more than that, five to 10 people a year are killed or injured by these bombs.” Ian’s book, Stepping into a Minefield is a personal account of his expeditions and pioneering humanitarian efforts. “Through my work I saw the aftermath of three wars at close hand … the conclusion I came to is that no-one wins a war,” he says. “It’s sad to see people try and scratch out an existence to stay safe and feed their family, just because of the violence and lack of opportunity they have, but then it’s heart-warming when you go to places that have recovered and see what can happen. “Mozambique, for example, was heavily affected after their civil war with lots of landmines, they’ve since cleared all their mines and it’s one of the success stories in southern Africa. It’s encouraging when you’ve been part of that, made it safe for them to go back home.” After four decades living and working overseas, Ian has finally returned to his home on the Sunshine Coast, having bought his first property here from a photograph while having dinner with friends one night in Islamabad in 1993; but that’s another story for another day. profilemagazine

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Most of us love to travel, but for some it’s their life calling, a true passion. This is the lifestyle of the travel advisors at Barrett, Rogers & Turner Travel Associates in Maroochydore, who live and breathe travel, not just for themselves but for their loyal clients who come to them for a world of experience.

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he team at Barrett, Rogers & Turner Travel Associates in Maroochydore know that travel is one of those things that enriches our lives, broadens our world view and helps us to aspire to be better versions of ourselves – both personally and professionally. They know this because they have experienced it and are passionate to share all the wonders and benefits of travel with their clients. This group of passionate travel advisors are the lifeblood of the office that has recently changed its name to reflect the arrival of senior travel advisors Amanda Barrett and Fiona Rogers. The co-managers made the move from Flight Centre to Travel Associates in April 2017. To complement their wealth of experience and to ensure great local knowledge of the community, they handpicked the team of highly

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experienced travel advisors from all over the Sunshine Coast, to form the nine strong team at Barrett, Rogers & Turner Travel Associates. The team of travel advisors are all Sunshine Coast locals, and each of them has worked in travel at Flight Centre stores in the Coast area, some of them for over two decades. The combined travel industry experience is over 140 years and between them, they have travelled to all corners of the globe. Within the team they have experts in all aspects of the travel industry from dedicated cruise experts to Dutch and German speaking advisors, exclusive luxury travel gurus and corporate travel and event specialists. The team at the Maroochydore branch of Travel Associates are confident that they have a highly knowledgeable expert for any destination that any client would ever want to explore.

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With almost 60 countries stamped in her passport, it’s no wonder that comanager Amanda Barrett is a specialist in detailed airfare itineraries. She loves putting together round-the-world fares and prides herself on finding the best value and shortest route. Amanda’s business partner and comanager Fiona Rogers grew up in Fiji, has backpacked through Europe for several years, and has worked for over 14 years with Flight Centre. This wealth of knowledge blends perfectly for Fiona and Amanda to inspire the team to deliver superb travel experiences. Melissa Madigan, a Senior Travel Advisor and previous manager of the business, has enjoyed 20 years in the travel industry where she ensures that her clients come first and foremost. “Our biggest priority is our clients, and our service reflects that by delivering for each and every client, a very personalised service and a unique travel experience,” says Melissa. Graham Thams with 26 years experience has seen it all, and he brings this experience to craft all kinds of travel itineraries whilst also specialising in sporting events and cruising. With more than a decade in the travel industry Nicky Chapman has the professional know-how to pull together itineraries for her clients with expert precision. With multiple industry accreditations, Nicky specialises in the ever-expanding cruise industry. Then there is Lisa McKinley, approaching 20 years experience in designing client travel, Lisa’s real love is to create personalised itineraries for South America and Europe. For the foodies, travel advisor Julie Bailey says there’s nothing like a cooking

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class to help you immerse yourself in local wisdom. Her vast knowledge includes special insider tips like where to find the best snorkelling on Gili Trawangan, a small island off Lombok. For Bree Lizemore, despite the countless countries she has visited, it is Europe that still holds a special place in her heart. Bree started travelling at 16, a passion she turned into a career well over a decade ago. To complete this hub of travel gurus is Dutch-born Brenda Koning. Brenda is multi-lingual and enjoys engaging with her clients in the local Dutch and German communities. While the Travel Associates store has been on the Coast since 2006, it might not be as recognisable as some of the other travel agencies in the area. The nature of the business is repeat and referral customers, meaning word of mouth is the preferred way of reaching out to old and new clients. Travel Associates is the premium retail brand of the Flight Centre Travel Group and only employs advisors who have worked in the travel industry for over a decade. This year Travel Associates celebrates its 20th year and it’s that longevity, experience and knowledge that makes booking your travel a breeze.

If you’d like learn more about Barrett, Rogers & Turner Travel Associates, visit the website to get further information on the store and the individual Travel Advisor profiles.


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From one of the world’s largest slums to stunning tropical beaches and the great migration season on safari, Kenya is a country filled with culture and insurmountable beauty. It is also a destination not often considered when it comes to travel, which is why I feel lucky to have spent a month in the diverse and unexpected travel destination in 2017.

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s someone consumed by wanderlust, I have a neverending list of places I hope to visit one day – with Japan, Italy and India taking pride of place at the top. So when my dear Swedish friend, Lina, and I decided to meet up for an adventure last year, I was hoping she was thinking along the same lines as me. Our budget was modest and I knew Lina wanted to go somewhere tropical (Sweden spends a good part of the year in darkness, after all), but when she asked, “How about Kenya?” it caught me unawares. I had never really considered Kenya to be a travel destination. South Africa, maybe. Morocco or Egypt, for sure! But as a student of social work, Lina wanted to gain experience in her field, volunteering in women’s education through an organisation called International Volunteers Headquarters (IVHQ).

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At that time, the women’s marches were happening around the world and I felt there wasn’t much I could do for the cause here in Australia, so I thought, “Why not?”. While I’m not an overly political person, I felt like this was a good opportunity to show solidarity and physically do something to help my fellow woman. After several months of planning, I set off to Kenya for two weeks of volunteering and two weeks of travelling the country. We were posted to the Gihon Women’s Empowerment Centre in a town called

Kitengela on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi and just a short drive from the world’s second largest slum, Kibera. Because the population has grown exponentially in recent years, drought, poverty and gender-based violence is rife. The centre was founded in 2015 by an incredible local, Agnes Gitonga, and her mission is to empower women and address the issue of gender-based violence – a problem that is rationalised and accepted by both men and women in the area. Located on the edge of town in a small dusty lot, the centre houses several tiny profilemag.com.au


rooms that are used for educating about 50 school children and provide meeting places for the women. They hand-make and sell beautiful beaded jewellery to generate income and support their families. The centre is also a place for general education, covering topics such as health, sex, hygiene, parenting, social skills and farming. The women leave the centre with the skills to start their own businesses and while it’s an around the clock, non-paying job, watching their development is something that keeps Agnes going. Agnes has the stamina, drive and intelligence of an international CEO in a country that runs on ‘Kenyan time’ – meaning things are never done in a hurry. She’s a natural-born leader who has changed the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of women and children in a society based on misogynistic and patriarchal traditions. Upon opening the centre, Agnes received death threats from local men, but once she educated them on what she was trying to achieve, she quickly became a revered member of the community. I was lucky enough to be present during the centre’s second anniversary. We helped Agnes organise a two-day celebration for the community, which saw prominent figures from the area sharing knowledge with new and old members of the centre. Agnes signed up several new ladies and even educated a couple of men about the centre’s mission along the way. Something I came to realise is that volunteering can be met with a lot of different opinions and sometimes criticisms. I know some people questioned my motives for doing it; that it was just a self-fulfilling trip. But really, most of those who volunteer simply want to give back in some way or another. I went into it thinking I wouldn’t make too much of a difference because of the february 2018

TOP RECOMMENDATIONS FOR KENYA: • Stay at the Kibo Safari Camp, Amboseli National Reserve • Get up close and personal with orphaned animals at The Nairobi Animal Orphanage • Tour Mombasa Old Town • Stay at Voyager Beach Resort, Mombasa • Eat farmed crocodile at Carnivore Restaurant, Nairobi • Take a safari tour of the Maasai Mara • Kiss a giraffe at the Giraffe Centre, Nairobi • Cuddle baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust • Volunteer with IVHQ in Nairobi • Visit a Maasai tribe and learn about their culture

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corruption and poverty blanketing Kenya. But I left realising even the simplest of gestures can have flow on effects throughout communities – all it takes is asking what you can do to help. After teary goodbyes, we left Gihon and set course for a week on safari. As a ‘90s baby, my favourite movie was The Lion King and with areas in Kenya that are the inspiration for the movie, you can imagine my excitement. I’d also been very interested in the Maasai culture ever since writing an assignment on the tribe in Grade Four at school, so I was very keen to meet a Maasai warrior in real life. We travelled around the south of the country with an amazing tour guide and a van all to ourselves, visiting the Maasai Mara, Amboseli National Park, and Lake Nakuru. We saw elephants, cheetahs, lions, giraffes, zebras, hippos and rhinos across different environments from the dry, dusty plains of the Amboseli, to the green and vast pastures of the Maasai Mara. The only animal we didn’t see was the elusive leopard, but that didn’t put a dampner on the magical experience. After the splendour of safari we were en route to Mombasa, a beach town on the south-east coast of Kenya. While the thought of Kenya conjures up images of vast plains filled with wild animals and acacia trees, there is also an unmissable coastline brimming with beautiful beaches and fascinating history.

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Had we have known there was a brand new rail line running from Nairobi to Mombasa, we wouldn’t have endured the eight-plus-hour bus trip with no air conditioning at a constant speed of 60km/ hour. However, it’s these moments that you can always look back on for a laugh. Mombasa seemed like a million miles away from the scenes we’d witnessed in Kitengela, so we were feeling part guilt, part gratitude for the amazing experience we had there. Because of its ideal location for ports and trading, the area is rich with history and culture. There are Middle Eastern and Portuguese influences in Mombasa’s old town, so we spent a lot of time wandering the streets taking in the cultural references in the architecture and markets. Turquoise waters juxtaposed against the white sands and old buildings provided the most tranquil and relaxing backdrop to end a once-in-a-lifetime trip. As Kenya is a developing country, it is advised to do your research before you go and be sure to check websites such as smarttraveller.gov.au to know the safe areas to travel to. I never imagined visiting Kenya, but it turned out to be a truly captivating and broadening experience that I will never forget. Whether you’re thinking about volunteering, or you dream of seeing lions in the wild – I highly recommend you add this unique and culture-rich country to your bucket list.

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When Kerry Phairs was a young girl, there were three pictures on her wall; the Great Wall of China, New York and space. With the first two ticked off her bucket list, Kerry has put her money where her mouth is to see the final goal to fruition; buying a US$250,000 ticket on Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

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ow do I get on your spaceship?” Kerry Phairs boldly asked Sir Richard Branson, who was enjoying a tall glass of champagne at his bar on Necker Island. “Are you serious?” Sir Richard asked, to which Kerry replied, “I’m scared, but I’m prepared for the opportunity”. Kerry wrote her email address onto a napkin and gave it to Sir Richard, and upon returning home to the Sunshine Coast she found an email from the man himself outlining the information for his historic voyage. Kerry was on her way to conquering her biggest goal yet – to go into space. “I’ve always been interested in the moon and on my wall when I was a kid there was SIR RICHARD BRANSON AND KERRY PHAIRS PHOTO BY ROSANNA

The Great Wall of China, New York, and space, so I’ve always said I’m going to go there and still today, I have a fascination with the moon,” she says. “It’s always been on my agenda, I’ve achieved all of my big goals, except going into space.”

I believe, as does Sir Richard Branson, we need to go to SPACE to learn how to fix the Earth, so we can see the damage we’re doing environmentally and to our MIND.”

In 1995, Kerry came as close as most of us will ever get to feeling like an astronaut, while she was working for Optus Communications. The company ran a competition, whereby their top 10 sales people in Australia would win a trip to America. They visited Los Angeles, the Nokia Network in Dallas and then went onto Houston, where the space centre is located. “The rockets go from Cape Canaveral

in Florida, but the astronauts live in Houston, Texas and that’s where they do their training. We had three days of going through part of their training,” says Kerry. “We got to go in the simulator, if you see the movie Apollo 13, that’s what we were in, and because I’m a scuba diver, I was able to go into the tanks to do the manoeuvres they have to learn. Back then, there was no way of simulating the weightlessness they experience in space.” Then in 2002, while working on Hayman Island, Kerry met a husband and wife who she bonded with over their shared interest in goal setting. Unbeknownst to Kerry, he was the head physicist with the team going to Mars, and told her about the problems the passengers will face physically. But the chance encounter only spurred on Kerry’s ambition, which reached its peak while on Sir Richard’s Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands early last year. “Everyone was asking entrepreneurialstyle questions like where he gets his innovation, inspiration and drive from, and I said to a colleague sitting next to me, ‘I want to know how to get on his spaceship’ and he said, ‘Well this is your chance to ask him’,” she says. Since buying her US$250,000 ticket for the two-and-a-half-hour trip (with six minutes of weightlessness), Kerry has been working with Stephen Attenborough, who is heading the Virgin Galactic mission. “Now I’m an astronaut in training,” Kerry says proudly, explaining she has to undergo intense mental and physical training, and hopes to drop 30kgs in the process. profilemag.com.au


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“I need to have my body, not in peak athlete condition, but healthy. Also my mind, because listening to a lot of podcasts from astronauts returned, your mind changes when you’re up there and your perspective changes; and the social aspect of life changes. “I’m also using a lot of mindfulness because I believe, as does Sir Richard, we need to go to space to learn how to fix the Earth, so we can see the damage we’re doing environmentally and to our mind. “Because I’m so involved in the brain, that’s where my interest lies, I’m kind of sending myself as a guinea pig, and I’m working a lot with emotional intelligence so I understand how my brain works with february 2018

Everyone was asking entrepreneurial-style questions like where he gets his innovation, inspiration and drive from and I said to a colleague sitting next to me, ‘I WANT TO KNOW HOW to get on his SPACESHIP’ and he said, ‘Well this is your chance to ask him’.”

my emotions. I’m expecting it’s going to be a very emotional thing.” Kerry is the founder of the Beyond Brilliant Foundation, a charitable organisation supporting people with brain tumours, which launched in 2015 after losing her husband Mark to the insidious cancer in 2014. “I’m hoping to use the knowledge from this experience to build awareness and I’m hoping to monetise it and speak, so I can raise the money to build a research centre for brain cancer, that’s the ultimate aim,” she says. More than 600 people have already signed up to be part of the historical trip on the Virgin Galactic, with only six passengers on each flight. Having undertaken rigorous research and test flights since announcing the mission in 2009, Sir Richard has publicly said he hopes for the first flight to take off this month, and it will be another three months before he is in space. Taking off from Mexico, Kerry is one of the first people in line and anticipates she will be called up in 2019 or 2020. “We have meet ups around the world leading up to it and the week before our launch, our team will meet and go through

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rigorous training, it will be a bit like Space Cowboys and Armageddon, when the astronauts go through the training. They need to make sure our hearts are right, our lungs are right,” says Kerry. “The enzymes start to break down and our bone density decreases, so we’ve got to have good calcium levels and our bones need to be strong, because something happens in the atmosphere, I’m not sure if it will for us given we’ll be in a spaceship, I think it’s more when they step out, but we have to be prepared for that. So it’s a huge risk.” profilemagazine

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I need to have my body, not in peak ATHLETE CONDITION, but healthy. Also my MIND, because listening to a lot of podcasts from astronauts returned, your mind changes when you’re up there and your perspective changes; and the social aspect of life changes.”

Mid last year Kerry survived a heart attack, which is why she has a specialised medical team looking after her, including a cardiologist, psychologist, dietician and a gym instructor, to make sure she is as ready as physically possible. “I’m extremely excited, mentally I need to be prepared I may not come back, but you take that risk every time you get into a car,” she says honestly. With the countdown now on until Kerry fills her bucket list, she has sage advice for anyone daring to dream big.

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“Don’t let go of your dreams, don’t miss an opportunity, don’t think you’ll never get that opportunity,” she says. “And be careful what you wish for because you might just have to go through with it. Like me now, I’ve literally had to put my money where my mouth is, but it’s a childhood dream.” Bon voyage Kerry.

UP, UP AND AWAY • Virgin Galactic space flights will normally take place at the first light of day. • WhiteKnightTwo is a custom-built, four-engine, dual-fuselage jet aircraft, designed to carry SpaceShipTwo up to an altitude of ~50,000 feet for safe and efficient air launch. SpaceShipTwo is a reusable, winged spacecraft designed to repeatedly carry as many as eight people (including two pilots) into space. • Once WhiteKnightTwo has reached altitude, SpaceShipTwo will accelerate to about three-and-a-half times the speed of sound, producing moderate G-forces and propelling the vehicle into space. • There is no physical boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space, although different organisations have named different altitudes to codify space’s official border – NASA and the US Air Force use the threshold of 80 kilometers to award astronaut wings, meanwhile the Kármán line of 100 kilometers is also used, particularly outside of the USA. SpaceShipTwo is designed to reach altitudes above these thresholds. • As SpaceShipTwo coasts up into space, astronauts will leave their seats and experience true weightlessness and have the best view of Earth and the blackness of space from the vehicle’s 12 large cabin windows. After several minutes of weightlessness, astronauts will return to their seats to prepare for re-entry into the atmosphere. profilemag.com.au


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At a time of life when most of us are thinking about slowing down, 80-year-old local Neil Dougherty is just warming up! Currently in training to walk the 1000-kilometre Via Podiensis across rural France in May this year, he is testament that age is no barrier when it comes to following your dreams.

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t’s not the first time the former physical education teacher of almost 50 years has tackled what would be considered a daunting feat for someone half his age. In 2008, at the ripe old age of 70, Neil Dougherty fulfilled a lifelong ambition to walk the gruelling Kokoda Trail and at age 77, he and his wife Michele completed the iconic Camino Francés across northern Spain to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Fighting fit and having just turned 80, Neil is ready for another challenge, when he and Michele take on another section of the Camino Francés walk in May. “I remember when the opportunity came up to walk the Kokoda Trail with some mates who were ex-Vietnam vets I jumped at it straight away,” says Neil. “I was excited about the walk but more importantly I had utmost respect and admiration for the Japanese and the Australians for what they did and they had

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to do so lugging all their weapons for 50 miles. How they did it I will never know.” Despite being very well organised and having done his research on the terrain, Neil describes Kokoda as something you can never be truly prepared for. “I remember we were a bit late leaving Kokoda on the first day, so by the time we crossed the river, it was almost black, there was a torrent, the rain was pelting down and we had to hook ourselves to a wire to cross it. I remember hiking up hills and all I could see were the heels of the person in front of me. It was hot and sticky and we slept in tents in the pouring rain. “The first day when we crossed the rivers I would take my boots off, but after that, I just emptied them out, wrung out my socks, put them back on and kept going.” But it was an Anzac Day ceremony at Brigade Hill, that brings tears to Neil’s eyes as he describes the vivid memory.

“Brigade Hill is one of the final stops along the trek, and it sits on a distinct ridge of just 25 metres at its widest point. There were over 200 people. One of them carried the bagpipes all the way and there were three generations who were in the Air Force and the daughter sang the national anthem, it was so moving,” he says. Fast forward seven years and it was time to dust off the walking shoes and backpack, and in 2015, Neil tackled the Camino de Santiago, this time with wife, Michele in tow. “I remember Michele flicked me an email about it and then it kept cropping up everywhere,” says Neil. “They say if you are meant to walk the Camino it will keep hitting you in the face profilemag.com.au


We didn’t go as part of an organised tour. We just walked with a backpack for 1000 KILOMETRES.”

until you do it. Neil plans all the walks to the nth degree, I just go along,” Michele says, laughing. “On that trip, we started with a visit to Gallipoli, then we did a boat cruise from Istanbul to Venice and unfortunately, I got really sick, so when I started the walk I wasn’t in good shape and the first stop is after an 850-metre vertical climb. “I got to the end of the first day and thought there is no way I can do that again tomorrow, so I got a taxi around the mountain and Neil continued the walk over the top of the Pyrenees, but I was okay after that and just walked at a slower pace.” It took Neil and Michele 45 days to complete the walk, averaging 18 kilometres

I remember when the opportunity came up to walk the KOKODA TRAIL with some mates who were EX-VIETNAM VETS I jumped at it straight away.”

a day and staying in basic hostels along the way. “We didn’t go as part of an organised tour. We just walked with a backpack for 1000 kilometres,” says Michele. “We really enjoyed meeting people who were travelling on their own. I remember having a two-hour conversation with a chap from Germany and we communicated by drawing on a coaster, I don’t know how much we all understood but it was such fun! “I walked on my own because I was slower than Neil and I found I was in meditation mode most of the time. Neil used to have a Wallabies cap with a red poppy on it and he would leave that wherever he was so when I came into the next town I could find him.” Neil and Michele are currently back in their walking shoes, preparing for their next big adventure in May. “We are doing the next leg of the Camino, across France,” says Neil. “It’s about the same distance as the last walk, around 1000 kilometres, so we have started walking to build our fitness again. We did the leg work last time so we have to do the same for the next one. We didn’t do enough hills last time so we will be focusing more on that to be even better prepared.” So what’s next for these intrepid travellers?

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NEIL ON THE KOKODA TRAIL

“I’ve told Neil, it’s my turn to book the next holiday and it’s going to be poolside at a luxury resort,” says Michele. Fair call I think.

More importantly I had utmost RESPECT and ADMIRATION for the Japanese and the Australians for what they did and they had to do so lugging all their weapons for 50 MILES.”

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“I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.” - OPRAH WINFREY

LEADING LADIES OF THE SUNSHINE COAST

Nikki Fogden-Moore WORDS CAITLYN SPANNER PHOTOS CULLEN COLLECTION

No stranger to the pages of Profile, Nikki Fogden-Moore graced our cover in January 2015. The entrepreneurial game-changer has since cemented herself as one of the Sunshine Coast’s most influential leaders, which makes it fitting that she is our first Leading Lady of the Sunshine Coast.

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hen I met with Nikki Fogden-Moore at her beautiful Mount Coolum beach house on a seemingly normal Tuesday morning, she could easily have been any professional working from home. But after a run down of her schedule; which included filming her YouTube channel, coaching clients, editing videos, writing articles for her regular magazine columns, meetings, and jumping on a red-eye trip to Melbourne that evening, where she’d be speaking and coaching at events; I realised this was no ordinary human – I was witnessing The Vitality Coach in action. “You’ve got 1440 minutes in a day and it’s how you divide that up and how you work on a daily basis that allows you to have winning weeks, masterful months and remarkable years,” she says, as I sit back in awe. This is just one of the countless ways of thinking that has made Nikki a sought after coach for CEOs and entrepreneurs

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around the globe. After starting her career in global advertising agencies at a young age, she was regularly asked by her international clients about how she stayed so energetic, despite working long hours all over the world. That’s when she decided to share her tips with others. “I started coaching on the blend of personal and commercial, and healthy, wealthy, wise. And making sure that the CEOs and the executive teams were agile mentally and physically,” Nikki explains. For the next 20 years, and across several countries, Nikki fine tuned and perfected this coaching process, all the while juggling a nutrition degree, sporting events, personal training of clients, running her own athlete management agency, ad consulting, running retreats, and writing and training for Women’s Health and Fitness magazine. Nikki has gone on to write two books, Vitality and Fitpreneur, sold worldwide, with two more coming out shortly. She now runs a YouTube channel and podcast, and writes regular columns for The CEO Magazine, Australian Financial Review and Huffington Post. Nikki’s approach to her coaching is based on six pillars of ultimate vitality; administration and productivity, health and wellbeing, friends, family, me time, and giving back. “I specialise in working with people’s personal and commercial landscape. To provide the roadmap enabling that magic profilemag.com.au


LEADING LADIES blend for sustainable success. Ultimate leadership means being the CEO of your business and your life,” she says. The New Zealand-born ‘mojo maker’ attributes her work ethic to her parents, and that Kiwi can-do attitude, but says her approach to life has been with her since childhood. “There are two types of people in life – people that life does stuff to and people who do things with life – I think I’ve always been the latter,” says Nikki. “There are always roadblocks and challenges and the more successful you become, often more responsibility comes with that. It’s crucial to define what your awesome looks like, how to go from chaos to calm and choose your perspective.” A proud resident of the Sunshine Coast, Nikki chose to set her business up here nine years ago and in 2018 is making more time to work with CEOs, founders and high performing companies based here.

“I believe that you need a strong team around you when you take on the responsibility of being a CEO. Part of my strategy was to seek the support of an executive coach as a key member of my support team. I spent some time researching a number of potential executive coaches and was fortunate to locate Nikki here on the Sunshine Coast. I listened to her podcasts and read her books before reaching out to her and engaging her as part of my team. I continue to appreciate her vitality for both personal and commercial success. Nikki is highly experienced, empathic and authentic and she is an essential part of a leader’s dream team.” - Russell Mason, CEO Suncare.

“After doing this work globally and on a national basis for so long it’s important for me to be able to give back, create some great foundations here on the Coast and to work with local businesses and entrepreneurs who are driving to create dynamic high performing results.”

You’ve got 1440 minutes in a day and it’s how you divide that up and how you work on a daily basis that allows you to have WINNING weeks, MASTERFUL months and REMARKABLE years.”

Continuing to divide her time between writing, coaching, speaking, retreats and Corporate Vitality programs, Nikki will also work with hand selected partners to deliver workshops for startups and established entrepreneurs wanting to take their business and brand to the next level, while blending their personal life and creating a sustainable plan for legacy and success. “It will be about giving back to the community. My vision is to be the go-to coach for CEOs, entrepreneurs and people who do things with life,” she says.

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With a vision for nurturing and sustaining local businesses, Nikki hopes to change the mindset that you have to leave the Sunshine Coast to have the best experiences. “There are so many opportunities to build a solid foundation of excellence in business on the Coast and to bring in the ingredients of people, purpose and performance and deliver to global clients,” says Nikki. According to the Queensland Government, the Sunshine Coast region is home to 60,918 small businesses, with 60.8 per cent being sole operators. This is why Nikki says it is crucial to support the founders and businesses to create long term success and growth. “I’m passionate about business on the Coast, I’m passionate about global business being based here, about bringing large companies that I work with to consider having hubs out of here too. We need to stop saying, ‘It’s just the Coast’.” After speaking to 200,000 people and working with hundreds of CEOs all around the world, Nikki Fogden-Moore is about to bring a shake-up to the Sunshine Coast and we can’t wait to see her wisdom benefit businesses and professionals in this burgeoning city. NIKKIFOGDENMOORE.COM THEVITALITYCOACH.COM.AU

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This husband and wife team found their love for collecting vintage pieces during the process of planning their own wedding. Quite quickly, they discovered there was a need for nostalgic, original, vintage wedding products on the Sunshine Coast, so they started building and redesigning preloved quality pieces to give them a new meaning and bring them to couples looking for something unique on their wedding day.

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You may have a vision of what you’d like your wedding day to look like, but the difference between a Pinterest board filled with ideas and the reality of an event comes down to planning, hard work and experience. Enter Mask Events, the Sunshine Coast’s largest event planning company specialising in tailored weddings.

The most exciting day of your life can also be up there with one of the most stressful. From stationery, to catering, music, and everything in between, there are a million things to think of when all you really want is to say “I do” to your partner (then crack a bottle of champers). You’ve decided on the type of flowers you’re after, or the perfect dress, but you still have a thousand other tricky questions like, ‘What lighting is most suitable for a country theme?’ Or, ‘What catering options do I have for an outdoor festival-style wedding?’ Luckily, these questions are easy to answer for the team at Mask Events. The event company, owned by Domenic and Rebekah Fusca, specialises in bespoke experiences for couples looking to tailor their wedding to suit their personal style. “There is almost nothing our team can’t do for our clients. If they want us to book

flights for their families to come up for an elopement, or they want us to take the groom shopping to buy his wife something special that we can deliver on the day, there is nothing out of our realm that we won’t help our clients with,” says Rebekah. After starting out as a wedding photographer, Rebekah has developed over 15 years experience in the weddings and event industries. Her positive vibes and contagious energy built trust in her clients, who saw she had more to offer than just photography. “Quite often I took on the lead of a wedding planner if they didn’t have one. So I would sit with the bride and groom and plan their day and work out their timetable. Being in the industry you just get to know everyone so I was very good at being able to recommend different suppliers,” she says. In 2014 Rebekah and Domenic took over long time events business, Mask Events to provide an all encompassing solution for anyone planning an event on or around the Coast. The business has seen exponential growth since they took the reigns and Mask Events now employs a team of almost 20. They’ve built a community of creatives who love nothing more than coming together and providing a complete service for brides and grooms. Rebekah likes to think of Mask Events as more of a concierge service that brings a team together to produce an unforgettable experience. From caterers, to photographers and graphic designers, they can harness the best of the best to bring your vision to life.

“We’re not just a styling company. We have the largest styling range on the Coast, but the fact that we’re an event management company means that we work with suppliers across Queensland, down into New South Wales,” she says. Rebekah and her team are also over the moon to be able to provide weddings for the LGBTIQ community since the marriage equality bill was legalised in 2017. “It just opens up our clientele exponentially. It means we get to show the Sunshine Coast off to so many more people and show them what we can do,” she says. Having someone by your side to help bring your ultimate wedding day to life takes all of the stress out of planning. Whether it’s a traditional wedding or something totally out of the box, the team at Mask Events can’t wait to help you focus on the ‘I do’s’ instead of the ‘uh-ohs.’ “We want big dreamers, because that’s the stuff that makes us excited to come to work. We want to out-do ourselves every time.” Mask Events has grown so large that the team has now created a brand new Instagram page dedicated purely to weddings. Please follow them @maskeventsweddings

Call us on 5438 8773 or visit maskevents.com.au


HAIR AND MAKE-UP THE BRIDE AND HER BRIDESMAIDS WILL FEEL CONFIDENT WITH THE RIGHT MAKE-UP. WHETHER YOU WEAR A LOT OR A LITTLE, IT’S STILL NICE TO FEEL COMFORTABLE IN FRONT OF GUESTS AND CAMERA FLASHES FOR A FULL DAY. THAT’S WHERE THE EXPERTS COME IN.

Blink! The Eyelash Expert PHONE: 0477 460 603

Janice Mastin from Blink! The Eyelash Expert really is just that – the leading expert in eyelash extensions on the Sunshine Coast. With over 11 years experience in extensions across the United Kingdom and Middle East, Janice can offer you and your bridal party natural-looking lashes that will make your eyes POP without looking fake. Check out Janice’s 5* reviews and photos of her work on her Facebook and Instagram pages @ Blink! The Eyelash Expert. “I HAD MY EYELASHES DONE BY JANICE FOR MY WEDDING AND I WAS SO IMPRESSED! THEY HAD THE WOW FACTOR WITHOUT LOOKING FAKE. BEST OF ALL I WAS FREE TO CRY WITHOUT THE WORRY OF MASCARA RUNNING DOWN MY CHEEKS! THEY’RE SO SOFT – I CAN’T EVEN FEEL THEY’RE ON. EVEN MY NEW HUBBY LOVES THEM!” -CHRISTIE MASLEN

Pure Nava

PHONE: 0432 552 533 PURENAVA.COM

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Pure Nava is a beauty business, offering professional make-up and spray tanning services. Emily has her in-home make-up and tanning room for her clients in Buderim, but can also travel on request throughout the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and nationally. Pure Nava specialises in wedding make-up and tanning, as well as special occasion, formal and photo shoot make-up.

Uptown Hair Studio PHONE: 54412 420 UPTOWNHAIR.COM.AU

Choosing a hairdresser can be a daunting process, especially on your wedding day. But with Uptown Hair Studio there’s no need to worry. They use premium hair colours and solutions and stock only the best hair care products, so your hair is in peak condition. Allow them to get creative with your wedding day look, or simply produce something elegant and traditional.

Melina Dee Makeup Artistry PHONE: 0401 051 793 MELINADEE.COM.AU

Melina Dee is an ABIA award-winning Sunshine Coast-based professional mobile make-up artist with over 15 years experience in the industry in front of and behind the camera. Working in bridal, photography and special occasion make-up, she prides herself on a luminous glowing finish – achieving the perfect balance for photographic perfection without being too overdone on the day. From the trial to your special day, your journey with Melina Dee will be all about you. PHOTO BY CALLI B PHOTOGRAPHY

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CLOTHING YOUR WEDDING GOWN IS POSSIBLY THE MOST EXCITING THING TO CHOOSE FOR YOUR BIG DAY. BUT IT’S ALSO JUST AS FUN FOR BRIDESMAIDS, GUESTS, GROOMSMEN AND MOTHERS OF THE BRIDE TO CHOOSE AN OUTFIT THAT WILL SUIT THE THEME OF THE WEDDING WHILE MAKING THEM FEEL COMFORTABLE AND CONFIDENT.

Veducci

PHONE: 0427 864 236 VEDUCCI.COM.AU

Sphere Collective

PHONE: 5408 6083 SPHERECOLLECTIVE.COM.AU

Sphere Collective is a bespoke boutique in Maroochydore offering brides an exclusive one-on-one appointment and styling session, to allow the time to make that all-important decision – what you’ll wear on your wedding day. With attention to detail and a keen eye for style and a line of unique and sought after designers, you are guaranteed to find the perfect dress.

Veducci is an Australian made and designed label boasting an ECA accreditation and 35 years manufacturing experience. Skilled fashion consultant, Sandra offers Veducci’s collections through in-home presentations and private consultations, meaning you can choose your style, fabric and colour to create totally coordinated and unique pieces for you and your bridal party. Veducci also specialises in mother of the bride and guest outfits.

Julie- Ann Boutique PHONE: 5453 7777

Specialising in exclusive mother of the bride, formal gowns and cocktail wear, Julie-Ann Boutique in Buderim offers stunning collections for brides and bridesmaids who are looking for that something special to wear on the big day. Whether you’re wanting more of a traditional look, want to sparkle from head to toe, or will be wed in a sea of colour, they have something special just for you.

Angie j

INFO@ANGIEJCOLLECTION.COM.AU ANGIEJCOLLECTION.COM.AU

With a passion for satin, Angie j creates elegant, stretch satin and lace pieces for comfort, relaxation and a little bit of luxury. Angie j specialises in beautifully handcrafted bridal packages, made especially for brides and their bridesmaids. Select from their range of gorgeous robes, garters, sleep masks and french knickers.

FOR 10 PER CENT OFF BRIDAL COLLECTION PRODUCTS ADD A COUPON CODE, ‘PROFILEBRIDES’ AT THE CHECKOUT.

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Facial Thread L ift SOFTEN THE SIGNS OF FACIAL AGEING

Introducing Dr Edwina Morgan

Dr Edwina Morgan is a Cosmetic Physician, specialising in the Silhouette Soft Thread Lift procedure. This is a minimally invasive treatment, targeting jowls, facial sagging and volume loss. It is performed in under an hour, giving subtle and natural results.

CALL 0400 400 982 Lavish Platters provide platters and grazing tables for corporate meetings, picnics or special events, catering from as few as two people and tailoring to your tastes or requirements. Start 2018 the right way with a Lavish Platter lavishplatters.com • 0438 222 103 • carly@lavishplatters.com @lavishplatters lavishplatterssc

MD COSMETIC AND SKIN CLINIC 87 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba 3-7 Thomas St Noosaville

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Located in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Flaxton Gardens is an iconic wedding and reception venue where your wedding dreams will become reality. 313 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton, Queensland, 4560 P: 07 5445 7450 | www.flaxtongardens.com.au

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love is in the air

BRIDAL BALLOON, RRP $99.95, BY KATE SPADE AT MRANDMRS.COM.AU

WEDDING INSPO

green with envy

SKYE BRIDAL GOWN, RRP $4665, BY ERIN CLARE BRIDAL IN NOOSA HEADS, 0422 241 909, ERINCLARE.COM.AU

dress to impress

VEDUCCI GEORGETTE DRESS, RRP $139, 0427 864 236

classic statement

ART DECO DIAMOND RING, RRP $7500 AND DIAMOND WEDDER, RRP $1100, FROM AVENUE J COUTURE IN MOOLOOLABA, 5444 6204, AVENUEJCOUTURE.COM.AU

Garden Party

natural scent CHLOE PERFUME, RRP $130, FROM MYER, MYER.COM.AU

take a seat

VINTAGE ARMCHAIR, $80 TO HIRE FROM THE VINTAGE STOCKROOM, THEVINTAGESTOCKROOM.COM.AU

Say I do to the ultimate garden party wedding with bold, bright and beautiful accents

piece of cake

CAKE BY ELIZABETH AND MAY IN MONTVILLE, 0484 846 623, ELIZABETHANDMAY.COM

in good company

NAME CARDS AND HOLDERS RRP $9.99, TABLE RUNNER RRP $19.99, CANDLES RRP $19.99 FOR SET OF TWO, ALL FROM TYPO.

look of love

MAKE-UP BY PURE NAVA, 0432 552 533, PURENAVA.COM

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HEALTHY

TAKE ON BUSINESS

Owners of one of the first Fernwood Fitness franchises at Caboolture, husband and wife team Alexa and Michael Faros-Dowling are delighted to open the doors of their new Noosa branch this month and share the exciting plans they have in store.

own business at the time, so we decided to open a branch at Caboolture so we could still be close to the Sunshine Coast because we just love the lifestyle here.” The innovative couple made Fernwood history, being the first franchisees to offer members 24-hour access. “It was Michael’s idea,” says Alexa. “We decided to trial it and it went really well for us, so as a result most Fernwoods are now 24 hours, we think that’s pretty special.” Having moved the gym to a fabulous new Morayfield location a few years ago, the couple has been eagerly waiting for the perfect opportunity to expand their franchises further up the Coast and jumped at the chance to open at Noosa. “Noosa is so exciting,” says Alex. “The fitout and furnishings are spectacular and we are offering lots of innovative new things.” Services will include air-conditioned 24-hour access, personal training, weight loss programs, a themed RPM room and lots of free parking as well as many new projects centred around holistic health. “We are opening a mind and body

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lexa Faros-Dowling experienced the professionalism of the niche women-only gym firsthand as a member herself some 15 years ago and was so impressed by the ethos behind the business, she prompted her husband, Michael, to consider opening their own branch. “I was going to Fernwood at Carindale at the time and I brought home a book written by the founder of the business Diana Williams about how and why they started the gym and it really resonated with me. I said to my husband, ‘These people are amazing, we should find out more about it’,” says Alex. “My husband was looking to start his

studio in the coming months, which I am very excited about and we also offer complimentary breakfast, lovely change rooms with complimentary toiletries, childcare and Cell IQ , a low level light therapy to help with stubborn spots, which is exclusive to Fernwood.” Join as a foundation member go in the draw to win a Kia Picanto! FERNWOODFITNESS.COM.AU PHONE 0456766689

SAY ‘I DO’ IN

hinterland luxury FORE ST W E DD ING RETREAT IN MALENY

Lush tropical rainforest surrounds, cool hinterland breezes, multiple indoor and outdoor spaces, award-winning food and luxury onsite accommodation . . . all perfect reasons to say ‘I do’ at Spicers Tamarind Retreat. But just as important as what we do is how we do it - with an effortless service, making your special day memorable for all the right reasons.

To view our packages or to arrange a time to visit Spicers Tamarind Retreat, please contact our onsite Wedding Coordinator on 07 5420 5420 or events.tamarind@spicersretreats.com visit spicerstamarindretreat.com 2018 NATIONAL GOOD FOOD GUIDE

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WEDDING INSPO

pretty posy

FLOWERS BY BELLA FLORA FLORIST IN SIPPY DOWNS, 5445 3338, BELLAFLORA.COM.AU

ear candy

ALIX YANG JEWELLERY JANE EARRINGS, RRP $110, ALIXYANG.COM

right foot forward FLORENCE HEEL, RRP $179.95, FROM WITCHERY, WITCHERY.COM.AU

natural beauty

MAKE-UP BY PURE NAVA, 0432 552 533, PURENAVA.COM

piece de resistance

CAKE BY CHOCOLATE2CHILLI, 0409 007 729, CHOCOLATE2CHILLI.COM.AU

silver fox

JADORE DRESS, RRP $550, AT JULIE-ANN BOUTIQUE IN BUDERIM, 5453 7777

Luxury Soiree

Let your childhood dreams of a luxury wedding come true with opulent pieces and classic styling bling ring

18CT ROSE GOLD BRIDAL SET WITH 1.00CT OF WHITE DIAMONDS, RRP $9999, FROM MALENY JEWELLERS, 5494 3477, MALENYJEWELLERS.COM.AU

sign me up

KATE SPADE MR AND MRS CHAIR SIGNS, RRP $49.95, MRANDMRSJONES.COM.AU

mr and mrs

MACARONS BY ELIZABETH AND MAY IN MONTVILLE, 0484 846 623, ELIZABETHANDMAY.COM

say eye do

EYELASH EXTENSIONS BY BLINK! THE EYELASH EXPERT, 0477 460 603, BLINKEYELASHEXPERT.COM

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IF YOU’VE HAD BREAST CANCER WE CAN HELP! WE WANT TO HELP YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE IN YOUR CLOTHES. Tracey G Prosthetics is a one stop shop having the largest range of prosthesis, lingerie and mastectomy apparel available. We have trained fitters who ensure your comfort is achieved first time.

20 MINUTE LED TREATMENT FOR JUST $40

• We help you understand your Medicare paperwork and claims process • Hospital in-service offering correct compression garments fitted for best healing outcomes • Mobile service, we can come to you

Now at the WESLEY HOSPITAL! Call or pop in, we’d love to see you

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20 Minute LED Treatment

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LIKE US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE GREAT OFFERS Phone 07 5474 4522 • Suite 13, Level 1, Cooloola Centre 97 Poinciana Ave Tewantin 4565

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WEDDING INSPO

golden hour

capture the moment

AVERY BY CHOSEN, RRP $3495, FROM SPHERE COLLECTIVE IN MAROOCHYDORE, 5408 6083, SPHERECOLLECTIVE.COM.AU

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY BY JENSEN AND YOUNG, 0432 879 957, JENSENANDYOUNG.COM.AU

don’t get cold feet

PAIGE WOMEN’S STRAPPY HEEL, RRP $99.95, FROM SPORTSGIRL, SPORTSGIRL.COM.AU

embellish a little

LONG BEACH CLUTCH, RRP $120, BY AJIE IN NOOSAVILLE, AJIE.COM.AU

Boho Create an ethereal experience with whimsical flowers, jewels and fashion princess for a day

TIARA BY DECCOANGEL, RRP $90, ETSY.COM/AU/SHOP/DECCOANGEL

marry me

TOURMALINE AND DIAMOND RING IN 18CT WHITE AND ROSE GOLD, RRP $8499, FROM MALENY JEWELLERS, 5494 3477, MALENYJEWELLERS.COM.AU

the mane event

HAIR STYLING BY UPTOWN HAIR STUDIO IN NAMBOUR, 5441 2420, UPTOWNHAIR.COM.AU

take the cake

CAKE BY CAKES BY CAIT, CAITLIN.ASPLAND@HOTMAIL.COM

arbour of love

CUSTOM-MADE ARBOUR BY CREATIVE BOWERBIRD, CREATIVEBOWERBIRD.COM

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love blossoms

FLOWERS BY WILLOW BUD, 0424 542 162, WILLOWBUD.COM.AU

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Bridayl beaut EVERY BRIDE DESERVES TO FEEL HER MOST BEAUTIFUL ON HER WEDDING DAY. AT LA CLINIQUE WE SPECIALISE IN BRIDAL AESTHETIC PACKAGES THAT NOT ONLY PROVIDE A LITTLE MAGIC FOR THE BIG DAY BUT FOR THE HONEYMOON TOO!

GLOWING SKIN

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WE HAVE BESPOKE WEDDING PACKAGES FOR BOTH FACE & BODY TAILOR MADE JUST FOR YOU.

MENTION PROFILE IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY AND RECEIVE

A FREE HYDRATING MASK FOR THE BIG DAY!

CALL 07 5373 7576 AND MENTION ‘PROFILE’ TO BOOK

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GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE


CALI TEE, RRP $59, OUTWITHAUDREY.COM.AU

COASTAL COOL

ZIGGY SWING DRESS IN RUST, RRP $70, OUTWITHAUDREY.COM.AU

STYLE

If a laid back coastal town is your destination, then opt for a light linen dress or shorts. Keep it cool and casual with sandals and a wide-brim hat. JOANNE LINEN DRESS, RRP $260, ZULUANDZEPHYR.COM

DESERT DAZE Channel the palette of the sandy desert with rusty tones and mustard hues. Get the Coachella-look and accessorise with gold jewellery. ALICE STRAW FLOPPY HAT, RRP $20, BOOHOO.COM

THE style EDIT

destination JOHANNA JENSEN-BROWN

PROFILE STYLE EDITOR

You’ve tied the knot and now you’re heading off on the honeymoon of your dreams. But what to wear? Be inspired by wanderlust and explore new destinations and cultures through these lust-haves AVALON TILE PRINT DEEP PLUNGE HALTER SWIMSUIT, RRP $40, BOOHOO.COM

GLOBE-TROTTING GLAM

style

GO TROPPO!

Jet off to the Greek Islands and be inspired by the beautiful colours and spectacular scenery of Santorini. Wide leg pants are ideal for casual wear or to glam up for a night out. TUNIC MAXI IN NAVY, RRP $180, FRANKIEANDDASH.COM

If you’re dreaming of a St. Tropez vacay (aren’t we all) then vibrant hues and patterns are a must. Add pops of colour to your wardrobe and dream away! SAINT TROPEZ FLORENCE JUMPSUIT, RRP $180, MISTERZIMI.COM

MEGAN PINK LENS AVIATORS, RRP $12, BOOHOO.COM

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Caring for Women through all stages of their life. Sunshine Coast Obstetrician / Gynaecologist providing birthing services at the Buderim Private Hospital. Providing a caring and respectful environment to discuss your concerns. Suite 18, Building B, Nucleus Medical Suites, 23 Elsa Wilson Drive, Buderim Phone: 5444 4433 Email: info@drkylieisaacs.com.au

TO MAKE A BOOKING, PHONE 5479 3698

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HEALTH

It’s never too late to start, but the earlier the better. Start with increasing your water intake, assemble the bridesmaids and find ‘YOUR THING’. It might be a gym, a bootcamp, mountain climbing or maybe joining that pole dancing class – a good belly laugh will help grow the abs, right?”

HEALTH EXPERTS

Help! I'm getting married and need some motivation to get fit.

How should I plan my skin treatments so I look perfect on my wedding day? WEDDING PREP

with Dr David Ballantyne This is a question we get a lot from brides, bridesmaids, and mothers of the bride. We’ve simplified it down to the four-three-two-one rule. FOUR MONTHS OUT

This is a great time for a consult to get a personalised skin plan and start on some active skin care. This will allow your skincare two-three skin cycles to work from the inside (12-18 weeks). We recommend the ZO Phase II pack, which is full of vitamins and antioxidants and if your skin needs a bit more help, we can add a strong retinol for night time. If you have troubled skin (acne, pigmentation) come and have your consult a couple of months prior. THREE MONTHS OUT

Now we can start working on issues such as sagging, dull or loose skin, as well as pigmentation and acne scarring. With Sublative RF, skin needling, or elos treatments (depending on your concern) we can get three to four treatments in, finishing three or four weeks before the big day. february 2018

TWO MONTHS OUT

At two months, we address any volume concerns you have. Cheek and lip fillers are very popular to have done at this point and will give you a nice, natural boost without looking overdone. It also allows one month for everything to settle and then we can do a top up treatment in one month, if required, to ensure optimal results. ONE MONTH OUT

Now we can focus on fine lines (think smile lines for the camera and frown lines from squinting) using anti-wrinkle treatments. A review two weeks before the wedding will allow us to ensure results are perfect. BONUS ONE TO TWO WEEKS OUT

This is where we can give the final push if needed. An additional needling session or chemical peel will allow us to help you put your best skin forward. INJECT SKIN 4/106 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore Phone: 54 SKIN 01 injectskin.com.au

BRIDAL BOOTCAMP

with Erin Thiele

While our foundations are based on lifestyle fitness, creating sustainable routines and setting realistic long-term expectations, there’s no denying that a goal will definitely fire up the motivation – and what better goal is there than that dream wedding day body! And who knows, you may vow to your new health and fitness routine – till death do us part. When you say wedding, I hear stress! The benefits of exercise for stress relief are well known, those little feel-good endorphins will melt away the thought of the future mother-inlaw’s ‘helpful advice’, while melting away some unwanted kilos at the same time. It’s never too late to start, but the earlier the better. Start with increasing your water intake, assemble the bridesmaids and find ‘your thing’. It might be a gym, a bootcamp, mountain climbing or maybe joining that pole dancing class – a good belly laugh will help grow the abs, right? Whatever you choose, be consistent. It’s amazing when you start to see and feel the results, just how determined you become to reach the goal and if you can incorporate your new-found fitness routine into your lifestyle, the goal becomes achievable and sustainable long after the honeymoon. HUNTS FITNESS 55 Plaza Parade, Maroochydore Phone: 0488 441 174 huntsfitness.com.au profilemagazine

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PROFILE

INJECTSKIN BY DR. DAVID BALLANTYNE

in love

WITH

TRAVEL VITALITY TIPS WITH NIKKI FOGDEN-MOORE

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HOW DO I FALL BACK IN LOVE WITH TRAVELLING WHEN IT IS PART OF MY JOB?

lending your personal and business travel can be a challenge, especially when you travel a lot for work and don’t have the down time to truly explore and switch off. Last year I spent more time in the Virgin Australia lounge than my own! Here are five tips to fall back love with travel when you’re working:

1. RUN YOUR BODY LIKE YOUR BUSINESS

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR ALL OF YOUR BEAUTY NEEDS? STRUGGLING TO FIND SOMEONE YOU CAN TRUST?

2. USE PLANE TIME AS DOWNTIME – NOT JUST SQUEEZING IN EXTRA WORK

One of the simple pleasures of flying is that you are 30,000 feet up in the air and offline. Stop telling yourself to get that last bit of work done on the plane, instead, use the time to listen to music, meditate or watch a movie and switch off. You could even enjoy a digital detox and read a book.

DO YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR SKIN CONCERN OR ARE YOU JUST LOOKING TO AGE GRACEFULLY?

3. EXERCISE WHILE EXPLORING THE CITY

MEET DR. DAVE…

4. FIND ACCOMMODATION YOU ACTUALLY ENJOY

Providing expert and honest treatment plans and solutions. You can feel confident to rely on Dr. Dave and his team at Inject Skin to take care of all of your skin needs. Whether its wrinkle reduction, plumper lips, pigmentation removal or skin rejuvenation, Dr. Dave has you covered.

Book for your complimentary consultation today! injectskin.com.au 54 SKIN 01 70

Try to keep it simple within your week or look to do something fun in a new city. Integrate your wellbeing as you would on any busy day back at home. Even 15 minutes of fresh air can make the world of difference for your overall mental and physical wellbeing. I like to call these, express sessions – consistency is the key.

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Even if it is ‘to go’, find the best coffee first thing in the morning – look around and go discover the city by foot. Not all travel budgets allow for five-star hotels, but there are many boutique options and chains that now offer great perks, uniquely designed rooms and fun places to stay. Make an effort to search those out.

5. COMBINE CLIENT MEETINGS WITH THE HOT SPOTS TO EAT AND ENTERTAIN

We can’t always control our work environment, but if you can, find the best restaurants and cool spots and combine this with your client meetings – including amazing work spaces with the best views or resources – you’ll find a whole new world of options exist.

Whether you work for yourself, only get one holiday a year or are sent on business trips – fall back in love with the art of travel. THEVITALITYCOACH.COM.AU

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on an adventure PINK TRAVEL WALLET $69.99, PURBLE PASSPORT HOLDER $34.99 AND AQUA LUGGAGE TAG $24.99, WILD CARDS & GIFTS, 5478 3589

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SPOIL THE ONE YOU

Bring out your inner romantic this Valentine’s Day with these thoughtful gifts from Kawana Shoppingworld.

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will you accept this rose? SINGLE LONG STEM ROSE WITH BABY BREATH WRAPPED $20, WISTERIA BLUE FLORIST, 5444 6376

intimate details KIMONO GOWN $24.95 AND SMOOTH LACE TRIM BIKINI BRIEF $9.95, COTTON ON BODY, 5477 6775

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gourmet EDIT

GOURMET

THE

NICOLE FUGE PROFILE GOURMET EDITOR

TASTY TRAVEL INSPO

TASMANIA

When travelling, I find the best way to immerse yourself in a destination is through food. Here are some of my favourite eateries in some of my most treasured places to visit – close enough for a quick weekend escape or an extended stay.

BYRON BAY

A visit to Byron isn’t complete without a stop (or two) at The Farm. Entertain the kids with farm tours and then grab a quick bite to eat at The Bread Social, dishing up freshly baked bread and pastries, or perhaps you’d rather indulge in a relaxing meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner overlooking the green pastures. Other popular eats are Woods Bangalow and their sister restaurant Folk, Harvest Newrybar, 100 Mile Table, Bayleaf Cafe, Combi, Treehouse on Belongil, The Roadhouse Byron Bay and Beach Byron Bay.

Queenstown, New Zealand Bespoke Kitchen and Vudu Cafe, both in the heart of town, and The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown (20 minutes from Queenstown) serve up unique breakfast and lunch offerings, steering away from the traditional menus most of us have become accustomed to. Then for dinner, it’s impossible not to dine at Botswana Butchery, which always comes highly recommended from foodie friends and is perfect for a special occasion or indulgence on your holiday.

The most popular item on any Tassie itinerary is the Salamanca Market, with an abundance of fresh produce; just make sure you allow enough time to properly explore. For craft beer lovers, the Hobart Brewing Company has a great range of local brew on tap, which you can take home (the beers are canned right in front of you) or enjoy a beverage in the courtyard over a woodfired pizza. The best coffee in town is from hole-in-the-wall espresso bar Ecru Coffee, Pilgrim Coffee and Queens Pastry, which also serves tasty sweet treats, as does Daci & Daci Bakers.

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Boasting one of the highest concentrations of coffee shops per capita on Earth, Melbourne knows a thing or two about coffee. My favourites are Brother Baba Budan and Sensory Lab Specialty Coffee, both in the city. For avid Instagrammers, you can’t deny the blueberry and ricotta hotcakes from Higher Ground, Top Paddock and Kettle Black, which are among my favourite brunch locations; as is Auction Rooms and Two Birds One Stone. Zumbo Patisserie and Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio are your go-to for designer desserts, and for more sweet eats, there’s Lune Croissanterie, and Mörk Chocolate Brew House.

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Peter Kuruvita began his love affair with food in the traditional kitchen of his ancestral home in Colombo, Sri Lanka; so it is fitting that after three decades, the award-winning chef and restaurateur returned to his roots through cookbooks, television series and culinary tours.

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plume of steam escapes from the wok as Peter Kuruvita raises the lid and swiftly slides out this morning’s traditional Sri Lankan breakfast – an egg hopper. “It’s a rice paper pancake made in a little wok and you set an egg in it and it’s crispy. The rice has been fermented with coconut water overnight and you make this thin pancake, but in the centre it sets like a crumpet, it’s stunning,” he says. Sri Lanka is a beautiful island off the coast of India, the size of Tasmania and home to 26 million people. It’s an abundant land of tea plantations, world heritage listed ruins and delicious cultural and culinary experiences – all assets which have seen it become a popular tourist destination. In 2011 SBS Food first aired Logiewinning My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita, a revolutionary cooking series taking foodies into the heart (and kitchens) of Sri Lanka. Shortly after, Peter launched his own culinary tours, where people could experience the true taste of Sri Lanka’s melting pot.

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“There is a sunscreen that is available in Europe and whenever I smell it it reminds me of when I was a kid. My mum had lots of German friends and when I smell it it takes me back to 1970s Sri Lanka, which was a massive tourist area then and it’s starting to become that way again now – last year it was voted the hottest tourist destination,” he says. “One of the things I really noticed then and after the war, when the tours started emerging again, is that tour guides travel this well-worn path, it’s quite deep.” Drawing on his local knowledge and adventures filming My Sri Lanka – paddling across rivers to reach a farmer’s house, staying in his 360-year-old ancestral home, and riding in a bullock cart; Peter created experiences to not only take you off the beaten track, but to help benefit the locals. “My tours are a lot about people, I’ve been collecting reading glasses (to take on the next tour) because on the last tour there was an old man sweeping the hay away from the rice and we stopped the bus and I called him on board and gave him

I try and get people to start thinking about their travel and their trip as more – I’m going to give you good food, you’re going to stay in good hotels, but we’re going to meet REAL people and TRY and HELP them.”

a Sinhala (official language in Sri Lanka) newspaper. He couldn’t read the smaller font and then I gave him the glasses, I get goosebumps thinking about it, that’s the kind of tour I want to do,” he says. “The other thing is, we stay in hotels where the amenities are beautiful and are replaced every day, I tell everyone on our tours to gather it all, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shampoo, moisturiser. When we stop at the salt farm, where these people carry 50kgs of salt on their head profilemag.com.au


GOURMET across the salt pan – the salt is white, it’s 40 degrees, and when you ask, ‘If I can get you anything, what would you want?’ the answer is, ‘Moisturiser please’. “I try and get people to start thinking about their travel and their trip as more – I’m going to give you good food, you’re going to stay in good hotels, but we’re going to meet real people and try and help them.” Given Peter’s status as a celebrity chef, the tours also have a strong foodie focus, where he navigates bustling market scenes and spontaneously brings the bus to a grinding halt, to allow passengers to explore rice fields. “There is Pettah Market in Colombo, where pretty much all of the food from around the country will come, and it happens every day. Around the outside are the wholesalers, guys who only sell chillies, onions, lentils, fish, all the dry goods, and the centre is like the farmers market, where everyday folk can go shopping, it’s great fun. And then every town has its own weekend market, called polla,” he says.

“Most people buy for the day and the markets are very important, yes they have a fridge but it’s for the leftover food for the next day, it’s not like us stocking the larder. Even spices, you go to the spice market and you buy a little bag of spices to keep it really fresh. “The market is a great way to start a tour because you show people what produce the country has and then we travel the country and pull it out of the ground from different places. Sri Lanka is abundant with tropical fruits and vegetables, they have 15 varieties of gourds/squash and 38 varieties of bananas.” As Sri Lanka is the mecca of Buddhism (Peter later tells me a story about the tooth of Lord Buddha being smuggled from India into Sri Lanka in the hair of a princess, which is now enshrined in a temple), their diets are richly vegetarian. “It’s very health orientated and we talk about Ayurveda a lot because when I was growing up, every single thing I looked at or put in my mouth was explained. My grandmother would say, ‘That’s a carrot, it’s very good for your eyes and has lots of fibre so it’s good for your digestion’. Why do you think there are curry leaves in everything? Curry leaves are a natural digestif which are very good for your body, as is ginger and chilli. And my grandmother would cook for us according to how we felt, if you had a fever you would never have any root vegetables which were heating, you’d have cooling meals, like green salads and mangoes, but you wouldn’t have green mangoes, you’d have ripe mangoes. So I try and touch on a little of that and explain it and then we start eating.

“We’ll eat Burgher (descendants from Dutch, Portuguese and British settlers in Sri Lanka) food and because the Dutch invaded Indonesia first, they use a lot of belacan (shrimp paste); then we’ll go to a Muslim restaurant and eat biryani, which was created by the Persians 5000 years ago; then you have Tamal and Jaffa food, which is beautifully spicy, and then there is the Senegalese food.” Having spent his formative years in Sri Lanka from the age of four until 12, Peter says his dad was a real adventurer, often taking him on road trips. “Our life in Sri Lanka was full of fun and travel and Dad was always going to new places and showing us new things and even now, I’m learning more and more about the history,” he says. “It’s important to be a good traveller, not just someone who breezes through and takes, takes, takes, if you stop to think for five minutes and understand them, you’ll go away being a much better human being and for me, that’s what travel is all about – respect the country, respect the rules, respect dress.” Returning to Sri Lanka feels like going home for Peter, who has recently taken on a tutor to improve his Sinhala. “I used to be fluent in Tamil, Sinhala, German, English but when we got to Australia in the 1970s, speaking another language or being from somewhere else wasn’t the best thing, so I told my parents to stop, which I regret now, but there was a reason for it,” he says. “I just love the buzz of the place, I know it and I love seeing it evolve, it’s changing, it’s moving forward.” This month, Peter returns to Sri Lanka for his tour with World Expeditions, and will host another in October. profilemagazine

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Wanderlust WORDS INGRID NELSON PHOTOS BLISS PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEAH VENUE THE LOOSE GOOSE

When it comes to travel, our destinations of choice are as unique as we are. I caught up with the ladies over a delicious lunch at the Loose Goose at Twin Waters recently to discover their favourite part of the world and why.

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he world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine Nothing teaches us more about life, people and ourselves than travel. Experiencing different cultures and soaking up the atmosphere of countries or cities other than our own opens our hearts and minds to new adventures and enriches our life in so many ways. Even within this vast land we call home, there are so many wonderful places to explore, not least our own backyard right here in beautiful Queensland. From the romantic cities of Europe to the majestic cultures of the Middle East, there are some destinations that just stick with you and hold a place in your heart forever. Sharing their favourite travel stories with Profile at this month’s Table Talk is Nikki Fogden-Moore, author,

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speaker and global coach; Lee McCarthy, account manager with Profile; Melissa Madigan, travel manager with Madigan and Turner Travel Associates; Morgyn Watling practice manager and dermal technician from Australian Wellness Institute; Casey Macneil of Macneil & Co. Advertising; Carmel Fulton, customer experience manager with Pacific Motor Group and Leah Blissett of Bliss Photography by Leah. PROFILE: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE WORLD TO VISIT? MELISSA: As a travel agent, it’s a question

I’m asked often and although there are plenty of cities in the world that I am fortunate to have been, for me for it would have to be Rome. It’s the culture, the history, the coffee, the wine, the food, the hot Italian men! It really is the eternal city, as they call it.

The Himalayas literally take your breath away. It is INCREDIBLE and EMOTIONAL actually, you are just surrounded by these monster mountains.” - MORGAN

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CARMEL: The Grand Canyon. I went in

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I think it’s important to ENJOY and EMBRACE where you are now and never compare.” - NIKKI

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It has extra SPECIAL MEMORIES for me because I travelled with my best friend and she passed away in 2016. I have great photos of us galavanting around. We pushed the boundaries but it was so much fun.” - CASEY

MORGAN: My favourite place is Nepal. I did a trek up to Everest Base Camp and it’s where I got engaged. The Himalayas literally take your breath away. It is incredible and emotional actually, you are just surrounded by these monster mountains. The culture is also amazing, the Nepalese are the most accommodating and loving people. LEE: I absolutely loved Venice, but if you are talking about an experience, it would have to be Amsterdam. I visited Anne Frank’s house and it was the most emotional experience of my life. It just broke my heart, her story was such a big part of our upbringing. To go inside the house and see where she lived was just amazing. The first time I visited Amsterdam it was winter so everyone was skiing on the canal. Just magical. CASEY: The Middle East. I was about

24 and it was such and amazing cultural difference. I loved Israel in particular. I loved the people and I loved the spirituality of it. Travelling in that area as a young woman was challenging, but such an adventure. It has extra special memories for me because I travelled with my best friend and she passed away in 2016. I have great photos of us galavanting around. We pushed the boundaries but it was so much fun. INGRID NESLON, MORGYN WATLING, CARMEL FULTON, CASEY MACNEIL, MELISSA MEDIGAN, LEE MCCARTHY AND NIKKI FOGDEN-MOORE

NIKKI: I have an eclectic set of favourites. Noosa has to be one of the best places in the world and I am proud to call it home. I love Queenstown, and Fiji – I have been going there since I was 12. My sister is married to an Italian so I spent a lot of time in Italy, and I lived in Amsterdam for 10 years. I have been moving constantly since I was eight. I also have a soft spot for Mill Valley in California and I love the beauty of Aspen. All of these places have a little piece of me. Although I think it’s important to enjoy and embrace where you are now and never compare. LEAH: I recently went to Queenstown and

it was just beautiful, so peaceful. I did a lot of firsts there too. I rode in a helicopter, did jetboating and photographed a samesex wedding on a cliff at Cecil Peak.


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THE LOOSE GOOSE Located on the fringes of the Twin Waters Golf Club and boasting a wide timber verandah overlooking a tranquil pond with relaxing waterfall, the Loose Goose Restaurant & Bar at Twin Waters was the perfect venue to catch up for a leisurely lunch with the ladies. Revered for their relaxed friendly atmosphere and quality Europeaninfluenced cuisine, the Loose Goose offers an exciting and contemporary menu that caters for a wide range of tastes and appetites. Using only the freshest of local ingredients, where possible, each dish is made with love and attention to detail and this is evident on the plate. Exuding a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and offering both indoor and outdoor dining, the Loose Goose is a step above the average. Having dined at the venue a number of times previously, I am yet to come away disappointed with the food or service, which is always top class. On the day of our visit, the chef had prepared a special three-course lunch for the ladies, which really showcased the fresh, quality produce the restaurant is well known for. For entree, we enjoyed a choice of salmon cured in dill and vodka with dashi mayo and pickle salad or gnocchi of pea, orange and taleggio with porcini 78

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crumb. Both dishes got the big thumbs up from the ladies and I can vouch for the deliciousness of the salmon. Cured to perfection, it was the perfect light precursor to the main meal. Mains included either crispy skinned barramundi with cucumber and tomato salsa, gazpacho, herbs and charred asparagus or braised lamb shoulder with hummus, crushed peas, quinoa and tzatziki. The lamb was some of the best I have eaten. Cooked for several hours, it literally fell off the fork and was bursting with flavour. Although the meals are of a generous serving size, I’m glad we left room for dessert, which for me, was the star of the show. The spiced apple pudding with vanilla ice cream, butterscotch sauce and raspberries was to die for, while the chocolate mousse with Turkish delight, lemon gel and salted caramel ice cream looked just as appealing. If the squeaky clean plates were any indication, both choices were a big hit. If you are looking for something a little naughty other than a traditional dessert, make sure you check out the restaurant’s cocktail list which they refer to as “liquid desserts”, a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth. THE LOOSE GOOSE RESTAURANT & BAR 3/175 OCEAN DRIVE, TWIN WATERS PHONE: 5457 0887 profilemag.com.au


RECIPE EMMA ELLICE-FLINT • SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 1 fennel bulb, base and stalks trimmed, first outer hard layer removed, finely chopped • 1 large leek, white part only, finely chopped • 8 green prawns, peeled • 500g white fish fillets, such as snapper or blue-eyed cod, cut into bite-sized pieces • 3-4 chervil and/or tarragon sprigs • 4 ripe roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped • 100ml white wine (optional) • 16 pipis or clams • 1 handful flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, chopped • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and crushed • 600ml fish bone broth, warmed (recipe below) • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to season

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summery SEAFOOD STEW Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium–low heat. Add the fennel and leek and cover with a lid. Cook for 10–15 minutes, stirring occasionally as the leek and fennel soften. Add the garlic and cook for a further 2–3 minutes. Increase the heat to medium and add the prawns, pipis, half the chervil and/or tarragon stalks/leaves and tomatoes. Add the wine and warm for a couple of minutes without the lid on. Pour in the broth and bring it up to a simmer. Once the broth is simmering, add the fish. When the pipis have opened up (an occasional one might not open, just discard), carefully spoon the stew into warmed serving bowls, and pour over the broth. Take care not to pour all the broth out right to the bottom as some grit from the pipis may have gathered at the base of the pot. Scatter over some parsley, chervil or tarragon leaves, add a pinch of salt and a grind of black or white pepper, and serve with crusty bread to dunk into the nourishing broth.

THE BONE BROTH BIBLE, NEW HOLLAND PUBLISHERS RRP $35 AVAILABLE FROM ALL GOOD BOOKSTORES OR ONLINE NEWHOLLANDPUBLISHERS.COM

FAST FISH BONE BROTH MAKES ABOUT 2L

• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 1⁄2 onion, peeled and roughly chopped • 1 leek, white part only, roughly chopped • 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped • 1kg fish bones and heads • A handful of mixed fresh chervil, tarragon and parsley (stalks and leaves) • 125ml white wine or 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar • 1.5L filtered water This bone broth is so fast to make, and trust me when I say it is not at all ‘fishy’ tasting. Often fish heads give out the most healthy gelatine of all the bone types, with so little effort. Heat the oil in a large pot over a medium–low heat. Add the onion, leek and celery february 2018

NOTE: I like to use firm white fish such as snapper and flathead.

and gently cook until the onion is soft. Add the fish bones and heads, crunching them down deeper into the pot. Add the white wine or vinegar, swirling around to reduce slightly and then add the water. Increase the heat and bring the water to the boil, uncovered. Once boiling, reduce the heat to very low so that the broth barely sends a bubble up to break the surface. Cook for about 1 hour. Strain into a glass container through a fine sieve or colander lined with a clean muslin cloth. Discard the bones but, if you wish, pick through the head to remove any of the flesh to eat. Cool, then store in the fridge for a couple of days to use as needed, or freeze. profilemagazine

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Persian Love Cake

2018 WINNER OF AUSTRALIA GOOD FOOD GUIDE BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT SUNSHINE COAST

A fragrant cake with a blend of Middle Eastern spices, rich brown sugar, green pistachios and tart Greek yoghurt

Traditional Farmers Pasta

Malarkey uses Sunshine Coast roasted Guru Coffee to create rich exotic brew. A hidden espresso bar/garden, Malarkey offers a sanctuary to those who need a break and a beautifully crafted artisan coffee with a slice of homemade cake. It’s only four months old and already rated one of Caloundra’s best coffee destinations.

Fresh spaghetti, broccollini, pan seared prosciutto, sweet cherry tomatoes, baby spinach and fresh herbs, topped with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and shaved grana padano (no cream) If you’re hungry for Italian trattoria-style cuisine, discover the AGFG’s 2018 winner for the Sunshine Coast’s best Italian restaurant, All’ Antica Italian Restaurant. Established over 25 years ago, All’ Antica is fully licensed and boasts an authentic menu of traditional dishes from the Northern Alps to the Mediterranean surrounding Sicily. ALL’ ANTICA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 3/115 POINT CARTWRIGHT DRIVE, BUDDINA PHONE: 5444 0988 ALLANTICA.COM.AU

MALARKEY ARTISAN COFFEE 21 OVAL AVENUE, CALOUNDRA PHONE: 0437 986 612

TANTALISE YOUR TASTE BUDS WITH A DELICIOUS DISH OF THE DAY

Guru life Eggs, mushrooms, avocado, salsa, potato rosti, tomato relish, creamed spinach, toast and a side of bacon Sit back and relax while enjoying incredible food, coffee and drinks in the garden restaurant, overlooking the neighbouring duck pond. Boasting a laid back vibe and serving tasty breakfast and lunch options seven days a week, Guru Life also prides itself on providing vegan, gluten free and dairy free options that will satisfy even the pickiest palate. GURU LIFE 522 PETRIE CREEK ROAD, ROSEMOUNT PHONE: 5448 5559 GURULIFE.NET

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Spiced tuna loin, watercress sponge, watermelon radish, orange and smoked capsicum Under the ownership of internationally experienced chef Andrea Ravezzani, the menu at Noosa Waterfront Restaurant is distinctively Italian, while keeping a strong focus on local produce, complemented by an extensive wine list featuring Italian, Australian and international wines. Overlooking the Noosa River, it is a stunning location for weddings and special occasions, open seven days a week for lunch from 12 noon and dinner from 5.30pm. NOOSA WATERFRONT RESTAURANT 142 GYMPIE TERRACE, NOOSAVILLE PHONE: 5474 4444 NOOSAWATERFRONTRESTAURANT.COM.AU 80

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Chocolate buttercream sandwiched between gluten free and vegan chocolate fudge brownies

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Vegan choc fudge brownie sandwiches Zoe Wombwell is a talented local baker making real food with no shortcuts. You can find her treats at various Sunshine Coast cafes and espresso bars including Houston Espresso in Maroochydore, The Shak Organics in Buderim, The Pallet Espresso Bar in Mooloolaba, and Malarkey Artisan Coffee in Caloundra. BLACK LEMONADE PHONE: 0417 610 819 BLACKLEMONADE.COM.AU

Acai bowl Honey roasted granola and acai, topped with seasonal fruit From traditional breakfast offerings to a unique take on your regular lunch menu, Nambour Social serves up delicious food and coffee in an eclectic urban atmosphere. They also have a range of freshly made artisan cakes and pastries, perfect for morning or afternoon tea. Open Tuesday to Friday 8am-2.30pm and 8am-2pm on weekends. NAMBOUR SOCIAL 59 CURRIE ST, NAMBOUR PHONE: 0474 692 170

Smashed avo Smashed avo served with fresh lemon, house made balsamic and dukkah on 2 slices of organic sourdough Glass is a unique space on the Sunshine Coast that offers an environment to relax, enjoy fresh coffee and catch up with friends. Walls decorated with locally manufactured surfboards, regular performances from local musicians, Fonzie Abbott coffee and friendly, chilled vibes make this cafe top of the list for Maroochydore locals and holidaymakers alike. GLASS COFFEE SHOP 4 80-82 SIXTH AVENUE, MAROOCHYDORE PHONE: 0498 484 633

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BROWN BEAR IN CANADA

My ‘WANDER-LIST’ grows and evolves at a speed that exceeds a traditional calendar year, but while it’s important to keep DREAMING and plotting, it’s essential to keep doing also – 2018 and beyond is full of adventures patiently awaiting their tick.”

Jacinta Blundell

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WORDS JACINTA BLUNDELL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

“Explore the world, one continent at a time”, is not only my business motto, but a personal life goal. The more I see of the world, the hungrier I am! The irresistible twitch one feels to rove and explore the globe is wanderlust, but for me, travelling is a magnetic pull; an unseen force that draws me to the obvious must-do’s and the alluring, obscure fringes of the globe.

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hile ticking off all seven continents is a fanciful ambition for many, reaching it only sets the bar higher. Conquering each new elusive landscape or far flung island only creates a thirst for another and an urgency to set off again. Over the years, I have trekked, sailed, sipped, soared, cycled, safari’d, and sat still in some amazing places; immersing in the surrounds and finding those quiet moments to really absorb the beauty, and the achievement is when the next inspiration takes flight. Watching the wildebeest great migration in the Maasai Mara gave wings to my ‘Wander-list’ and a new Attenborough-esque adventure to cross the Northwest Passage, with the beluga whale migration into Hudson Bay headlining the parade.

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Perched high on a snowy cliff marvelling at the sheer expanse of Antarctica (the pinnacle seventh continent moment), a whim to conquer the North Pole was born, thus adding Svalbard and Franz Josef Land to the arctic daydreams. Watching brown bears fishing for salmon in Alaska arouse a necessary visit to their special brothers, the (Kermode) white spirit bears of British Columbia, Canada, and a seaplane flight to a remote fly-in fishing lodge for nothing but wilderness and luxury. And, a recent adventure visiting the cheeky monkeys of the Amazon jungle has me craving a rainforest safari to visit the elusive Ugandan gorillas. My ‘Wander-list’ grows and evolves at a speed that exceeds a traditional calendar year, but while it’s important to keep dreaming and plotting, it’s essential to keep doing also – 2018 and beyond is full of adventures patiently awaiting their tick. I have just returned this month from a winter jaunt exploring the luxury mountain and lakeside lodges of the Rockies and Monashee Mountains in Canada, with the past week in Iceland touring the Blue Lagoon, Húsafell, South Coast and Golden Circle. profilemag.com.au


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WANDERS OF THE WORLD TO INSPIRE YOUR NEXT GREAT ADVENTURE

1. THE FORGOTTEN FAROE ISLANDS

Described by National Geographic Traveler as, “Authentic, unspoiled, and likely to remain so”. Halfway between Norway and Iceland, yet part of Denmark, the natural beauty of these 18 volcanic islands is unrivalled, where puffins flock and the village scenes are straight out of middleearth. They won’t be forgotten for long!

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The remote Tibet-bordering Yunnan province of southwestern China beckons in April, where elusive Shangrila and the ancient Tea Horse Road trading route lead to vibrant minority groups and fascinating culture. In the European spring we’ll sip our way through the vineyards of Italy’s ‘Prosecco Road’, Veneto and sail quietly down the island-dotted Dalmatian coastline of Croatia by luxury private yacht. August brings us to the edge of the Earth in the far Atlantic provinces of Canada, where Newfoundland and Labrador greet us with viking heritage and abundant wildlife, and a stay in a working lighthouse on ‘Iceberg Alley’. Canada’s foodie island, Prince Edward Island, and the Niagara wine region deliver a burst of flavour as we taste our way through craft breweries, vineyards and a traditional lobster boil on the beach. In October, we return to captivating Vietnam and Cambodia for a cultural cruise and foodie experience. And 2019 and 2020 are already pencilled in to see some amazing sights and encounters that will no doubt include food, wine, culture and wildlife. Whether you’re a nomad, soft adventurer, cruise enthusiast, skier, wine aficionado, history buff or simply love to relax and have everything taken care of, anything you can dream is worthy of a ‘Wander-list’. Scribble a few, ‘If money was no object’, dream destinations in an ‘I wish’ column; toss a dart at a world map for some alluring wildcards; scour Instagram for those wanderlust moments; and don’t forget to include your own backyard – Australia is full of Wander-list-worthy excursions. CHEEKY MONKEY OF THE AMAZON JUNGLE

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2. CRUISE THE INLAND PASSAGE

Unique and diverse connecting waterways that lay along the east coast of America. Discover the southern charm as you river cruise through the rich landscapes and a past that has influenced America, where captivating sites, historic mansions and fascinating stories will lead you on an extraordinary adventure. 3. A LUXURY STAY IN A GER CAMP

An experience in Mongolia not to be missed. Camping in a traditional yurt and visiting the annual cultural event known as the Naadam festival. A welcome stop along the ancient Silk Road, as you follow in the footsteps of the famous conqueror, Genghis Khan. 4. TRANSPORT YOURSELF BACK TO THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND

Train through famed Outlander locations on board the Jacobite steam train, also famous for its role in Harry Potter, taking Harry to Hogwarts! 5. PICK A THEME AND CIRCLE THE WORLD FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION Festivals are a huge part of

travelling now, a few lesser known festivals for you to contemplate are Creole Festival in Seychelles, Day of the Dead festival in Mexico, Unknown Festival in Croatia, Mud Festival in South Korea, Underwater Music Festival in Florida, and Mangialonga in Italy. 6. FOLLOW THE SNOW IN AN EVERLASTING WINTER Revel in the excitement of exploring

new ski destinations over the world, and pouring over trail maps looking for those hidden runs. Deciding whether to return to one of your favourites, or off to explore another is the biggest question for any avid ‘winter worshipper’!

7. FOLLOW YOUR PALATE AS YOU TASTE YOUR WAY THROUGH THE VINEYARDS OF THE WORLD

With unique regional varietals covering the globe, it would be a shame to not have experienced the Malbecs and Cabernet Francs of Mendoza Argentina, the Bordeaux blends of Waiheke Island New Zealand, the Pinotage of Franschhoek South Africa, the Cot of Maipo Chile, the Barolo and Barbaresco of Piemonte Italy, the Txakoli of Getaria Spain and the Zinfandels of California (just to name a few!) Fulfilling the biggest bucket list item for any wine lover – making your own blend and shipping that precious cargo home. Salud! profilemagazine

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Canada's Capital Cities

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10 days from AUD$4,990*pp twin share Departures from: 05Jun - 04Oct, 2018

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Immerse yourself in the magic and wonder of Canada's capital cities. Our 10 day Canada’s Capital Cities plus Niagara Falls holiday explores four distinctly different capital cities in eastern Canada – Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, each with its own unique personality and cultural background.

Experience the true hallmarks of the grand days of Europe on our Blue Danube River Cruise. Get an insider’s view of life along the Danube in Vienna, Salzburg, Bratislava and off the beaten path on our 12-day trip featuring a 7-night riverboat cruise and 2-night stays in Prague and Budapest. Starting from $6,740*pp, join us on a private Imperial evening with dinner and music at a palace in Vienna... a wine tasting in Dürnstein... spend a day in Mozart's Salzburg or medieval Cesky Krumlov... take an exclusive private tour of Baroque monastery libraries in Prague... discuss contemporary issues and historic events in Slovakia with a resident expert... and enjoy evenings of cultural entertainment on and off your riverboat. We’re all about taking you to explore the world’s treasures... discover people and cultures you may not have known even existed... and experience extraordinary, life-changing moments.

Multiple-night stays at landmark Fairmont hotels in the heart of the cities allow you more time to explore what makes each city so special. Enjoy a Tauck-Exclusive private, after-hours docent-led tour of the Royal Ontario Museum followed by a reception and dinner, a luncheon cruise along the St. Lawrence River through the Thousand Islands, views of Niagara Falls, a visit to a Quebecois sugar-shack and more …

Departure date: 25 October, 2018

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Venture beyond the tourist trail with food and nature adventures in 2018, designed and hosted by Jacinta Blundell and special guests.

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Regional private touring, Halong Bay deluxe cruising and 7 night luxury Mekong River Cruise Hosted by Jacinta Blundell & Geoff Bell

Newfoundland & Labrador, with Prince Edward Is. & Niagara food/wine extension Hosted by Jacinta Blundell & Kristy Hope

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Discover the hidden gems, cuisine, hill tribes and history of regional Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong.

Set your tastebuds alight with the delicious bounties of eastern Canada's maritimes.

This special cuisine, nature and heritage-themed small group journey explores the authentic and less touristed rural regions and minority villages of central and northern Vietnam and Cambodia, with cooking classes, tai chi, deluxe cruising and immersive experiences throughout. Tour available as an 8 day culinary escape, 2 week land tour or 3 week cruisetour.

Stay in an island lighthouse on Iceberg Alley, step back in time at Battle Harbour and explore the Viking Trail & fjords of dramatic Gros Morne National Park. Taste your way around Prince Edward Island, home to craft breweries, wineries, distilleries and 5 star seaside inns, followed by a Niagara wine sampler. Available tour durations: 10 days, 2 weeks or 3 weeks.

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Combining the latest in maritime design, technology and environmental sensitivity, ships are equipped with 92 staterooms and suites all with private balcony, a fleet of Zodiac®, a modular marina platform, infinity pool and panoramic view sauna. On board enjoy exceptional service, superior comfort, luxury amenities and sophisticated cuisine. Be one of the first to experience our new ships: WONDERS OF THE AMAZON, Le Champlain: 12 nights from $10,700 pp*(1) – 29th March 2019 MEDITERRANEAN ISLANDS, Le Bougainville: 7 nights from $4,540 pp*(2) – 15th April 2019 ICONIC KIMBERLEY, Le Lapérouse: 10 nights from $11,190 pp*(2) – 11th August 2019 HISTORIC BALTIC CITIES, Le Dumont d’Urville: 10 nights from $8,110 pp*(3) – 15th August 2019 There are 85 departures available, please contact us for more itineraries.

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*Fares are cruise onlyper perstateroom) person, in AUD, in complete twin accommodation, lead stateroom categories available at time of publication, discounts, taxes, and port expenses (which are subject to change). commences December 2017 and ends(max. 28 February 2018.per Valid for new bookings and not combinable with any other offer types. Offersnon-refundable, subject to availability. (max. AUD$60 for cruises between 4 and 6 nights;based up toonAUD$50pp (max. AUD$100 per stateroom) for cruisesinclusive betweenof7alland 14 nights; upfees, to AUD$70pp (max. AUD$140 per stateroom) forCampaign cruises 15-28 nights15and up to AUD$100pp AUD$200 stateroom) for cruises 29+ nights. Spending money is or notfare transferable, not Some ^Onboard money isorper stateroom as marked on offer selected itineraries applied to the 2 passengers stateroom. Where applicable, onboard varies by stateroom typetwo andinvoyage as follows: up to AUD$30pp (max.such AUD$60 per stateroom) for cruises between 4 and nights; up to AUD$50pp (max. AUD$100 per up stateroom) oceanview staterooms haveand obstructed redeemable for cash cannotviews. be used at the spending medical centre casino. ‡Wine and Dine allocated oneand perisstateroom forfirst selected cruisesinofa 7+ nights. Where applicable, guestsspending receivemoney a complimentary dinner for one oflength our onboard specialty restaurants, as Sabatini’s, Crown Grill, Bayou Cafe, or6Sterling Steakhouse and a bottle of wine to a for cruises between 7 and 14 nights; up to AUD$70pp (max. AUD$140 per stateroom) for cruises 15-28 nights and up to AUD$100pp (max. AUD$200 per stateroom) for cruises 29+ nights. Spending money is not transferable, non-refundable, not redeemable for cash and cannot be used at the medical centre or casino. ‡Wine and Dine offer allocated one per stateroom for selected cruises of 7+ nights. Where applicable, $30 value per stateroom for guests 18 and over. A wine voucher will be delivered to your stateroom and is redeemable with the Maitre d’ at time of dining. Brand and availability of wine are based on the ship’s inventory and will be allocated at the Maitre d’s discretion. Non-alcoholic beverages may be substituted for wine voucher upon request. Wine voucher must be guests receive a complimentary dinner for two in one of our onboard specialty restaurants, such as Sabatini’s, Crown Grill, Bayou Cafe, or Sterling Steakhouse and a bottle of wine up to a $30 value per stateroom for guests 18 and over. A wine voucher will be delivered to your stateroom and is redeemable with the Maitre d’ at time of dining. Brand and availability of wine are based on the ship’s inventory and will redeemed by 5pm on the last night of the cruise. Restaurants vary by ship. Restaurant and reservation time will be assigned by Princess Cruises. Dining component of the Wine and Dine offer does not apply to special dining events or packages that take place in specialty restaurants. Alcoholic beverages and sodas are not included in Dine offer, and are available at be allocated at the Maitre d’s discretion. Non-alcoholic beverages may be substituted for wine voucher upon request. Wine voucher must be redeemed by 5pm on the last night of the cruise. Restaurants vary by ship. Restaurant and reservation time will be assigned by Princess Cruises. Dining component of the Wine and Dine offer does not apply to special dining events or packages that take place in specialty an additional cost. Dining gratuities in Dining willare beavailable at the guest’s discretioncost. as to which guests are in the booking redeem theItoffers. Dine non-transferable is not redeemable for cash. Princess reserves right to substitute and/or Dineforoffer onboard spending money of equal value which Dine will expire if not usedspending by 10:00money PM onof equal restaurants. Alcoholic beverages and sodasare are included not included in Dineoffer. offer, Itand at an additional Dining gratuities included in Dining offer. will be Wine at the and guest’s discretion as to whichand guests in the booking redeem the offers. Wine and Dinethe non-transferable and isWine not redeemable cash.forPrincess reserves the right to substitute Wine and/or offer for onboard thewhich last will evening cruise. #Stateroom location upgrade iscruise. valid on interior, oceanview and selected stateroomand bookings andstateroom upgradesbookings are allocated atupgrades ship’s discretion. To at beship’s readdiscretion. in conjunction with intheconjunction Booking and Conditions available at princess.com/legal/passage_contract/index. jsp which passengers will will be bound by.by.PR36.3 PR36.3 value expireof if the not used by 10:00 PM on the last evening of the #Stateroom location upgrade is valid onbalcony interior, oceanview selectedonly balcony only and are allocated To be read with Passage the Booking and Passage Conditions available at princess.com/legal/passage_contract/index. jsp which passengers be bound

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Visit the home of Canada's spirit bear, grizzlies and marine life from your remote west coast island lodge, with unparalleled access & viewing.

INCLUSIONS Roundtrip air travel from Entebbe, 7 nights accommodation, transfers, guided tracking, permits, day & evening game drives, wildlife boat cruise, selected meals (7B/6L/5D) & more.

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The Falls Montville is one of those places where time seems to slow down. The award-winning Hinterland retreat is the perfect escape from the stresses of the daily grind and just what the doctor ordered for my husband and I during our recent weekend sojourn to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary.

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The TALENTED couple has created the PERFECT environment for couples seeking respite from the bustle of everyday life.”

difference at The Falls Montville, from the complimentary port and gourmet chocolates to the fresh roses, plush bathrobes, and quality beauty products, nothing has been overlooked. I’m not surprised to discover that The Falls Montville was named Australia’s Best 4.5 Star Hotel in Trivago’s 2018 awards and most recently, TripAdvisor ranked it as the number one Small Hotel in Australia for 2018. From the moment we arrived, owners Alan and Aryna Dryden were the consummate hosts. Since taking over the business four years ago, the charming couple has earnt themselves a glowing reputation for their exceptional service and attention to detail and it’s not hard to see why.

Passionate about delivering a memorable experience for each and every one of their guests, the talented couple has created the perfect environment for couples seeking respite from the bustle of everyday life. As well as the six rainforest cabins available for couples, The Falls Montville also offers a beautiful manor house that caters for groups. Perfect for wedding parties, girls weekends away or corporate groups, the stunning Queenslander is profilemag.com.au


Sitting on the deck, Barossa port in hand, as the RAIN fell softly to the sounds of the local BIRDLIFE, we could have been a million miles from civilisation.”

furnished with period pieces and steeped in history, yet has all of today’s mod cons including WIFI and Foxtel at your fingertips. Accessed via a long and winding boardwalk, our cabin was the furthest from the main house, perfectly positioned overlooking the rolling green hills of the neighbouring dairy farms. Sitting on the deck, Barossa port in hand, as the rain fell softly to the sounds of the local birdlife, we could have been a million miles from civilisation. After settling in with a luxurious spa

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bath before curling up with a book in front of the fire for the afternoon, it was hard to drag ourselves away for our pre arranged anniversary dinner date at Altitude, but it was certainly worth the effort. One of the newest accommodation and dining venues in Montville, the food and service at Altitude was second to none. Offering stunning Hinterland views with ARYNA AND ALAN DRYDEN

Since taking over the business four years ago, the charming couple has earnt themselves a glowing reputation for their EXCEPTIONAL service and attention to DETAIL and it’s not hard to see why.”

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a compact yet delicious menu, it is a must for anyone seeking something a little bit special. We were also able to enjoy a delicious bottle of red over dinner, thanks to a chauffeur-driven ride to the restaurant by Alan and a courtesy bus on our return. But for those who don’t want to leave the comforts of their cabin, and who could blame them, Alan and Aryna can arrange a gourmet barbecue dinner hamper so you don’t have to set a foot outside (bookings required). Having enjoyed a luxurious night’s sleep, we awoke to fresh warm croissants outside our door as promised, which we thoroughly enjoyed along with all the other goodies in our gourmet breakfast hamper including free range eggs, locally smoked bacon, tomatoes, Maleny Dairy yoghurt, several cereals, beautiful local breads, locally roasted fresh coffee, varied teas, orange juice and a selection of fresh fruit! But all good things must come to an end and after a decadent couple of days we reluctantly checked out of our secluded cabin and returned to reality, but not before enjoying one of Alan’s famous coffees he kindly offers guests free of charge during their stay. In fact, he tells me in the four years he has owned The Falls Montville he has made over 10,000 cups of coffee! We continued to enjoy the remainder of our lazy Sunday with a stroll around the vibrant village of Montville, which is just two kilometres away. For those feeling a little more energetic, there are also a plethora of beautiful nature walks to enjoy nearby. It’s only been a couple of days, but my husband and I feel as though we have been away for a week. Hmmm, maybe there’s more to my time theory at Montville after all!


CULTURE

THEATRE: ALADDIN The dazzling new production from the producers of The Lion King and Mary Poppins will wow audiences at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Lyric Theatre in Brisbane from 25 February. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, Aladdin made its world premiere to critical acclaim at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre in 2014. It quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 12 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and welcoming over five million people worldwide. Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.

FILM: RED SPARROW In cinemas 1 March, this action-packed thriller follows the journey of a prima ballerina turned seductive and manipulative agent. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika (Jennifer Lawrence) and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. She finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.

The Australian production boasts an impressive cast of 34 including Gareth Jacobs as Genie, Ainsley Melham as Aladdin, Hiba Elchikhe as Jasmine, and a staggering 337 glittering costumes, featuring 1225 QUEENSLAND different fabrics, PERFORMING ARTS 712 different CENTRE BRISBANE styles of beads WHEN and more from 20 February, 2018 than 500,000 WHERE Swarovski Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Cultural crystals. Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane BOOKINGS qpac.com.au or phone 136 246

DIRECTOR: Francis Lawrence CAST: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons, Mary-Louise Parker, Charlotte Rampling

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The Queensland Triathlon Series is Queensland’s largest triathlon series with the next event coming to Caloundra in February. The Queensland Triathlon Series welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities to compete in a fun, friendly environment. From the Kool Kids seven years+ races, to the beginners getting a feel for a triathlon, to challenging yourself to take on the longer Olympic or sprint distance races, there has never been a better time to tri! qldtriseries.com.au

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23 FEBRUARY - 25 MARCH BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL

See over 70 of the best Aussie and international comics performing across Brisbane Powerhouse, City Hall, and SunPAC. The international line-up includes Jim Gaffigan, Jimeoin, DeAnne Smith, Stephen K Amos, Jeff Green, while some of the Aussie household names include Akmal, Fiona O’Loughlin, Mel Buttle, Wil Anderson, Dave Hughes and many more. Over four weeks, audiences can expect night-afternight of hilariously insightful observations of human nature and unbelievable situational anecdotes way beyond the realms of stand-up.

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17-18 FEBRUARY MOOLOOLABA BEACH FESTIVAL

A weekend celebrating sand, surf and beach culture is coming to the beautiful Mooloolaba Beach. With a program of events that offers a range of experiences, including ocean swims, paddling events that both elites and weekend paddlers will enjoy, there’s something that the whole family can participate in. worldseriesswims.com.au/mooloolaba-beach-festival

24 FEBRUARY FLAME HILL ANNUAL STOMP

Stomp is the annual grape crushing festival, featuring live entertainment, wine tasting, the famous grape crushing festivities and cuisine by Flame Hill vineyard’s award-winning chef, Frank Jasinski. Flame Hill hosts the Stomp festival each year to celebrate the conclusion of another successful harvest. Experience a real harvest on a working farm with friends and family while you overlook the sea and the vines. flamehill.com.au/stomp

31 MARCH KENILWORTH CHEESE, WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL

The Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Festival is back for another year, showcasing the Mary Valley’s finest food and wine. It features a huge range of food stalls, cooking demonstrations and wine tastings plus entertainment, cheese rolling contests and live music. There will be art in the park, camel rides, horse carriage rides, a baby animal farm and petting zoo, an Easter hat parade and an egg hunt for the kids. kenilworthfoodfest.org.au

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catriona rowntree THE LAST WORD

Australia’s queen of travel, Catriona Rowntree has been lucky enough to visit most corners of the globe in her illustrious career. The vivacious travel blogger took time away from her latest endeavour, journeystocome.com to answer our quirky questions for the Last Word.

IF I COULD DESCRIBE MYSELF IN THREE WORDS THEY WOULD BE…

loquacious, inquisitive, Cancerian. I WAS BORN IN… the heart of good ol’ Sydney town. Born and bred baby! MY FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION IS… the next journey I get to share on my travel site, Journeys to Come! I feel rude playing favourites and my bucket list constantly changes anyway. I like to always look forward to the NEXT adventure. ON THE WEEKEND I LIKE TO… be with my boys. Wake up to cuddles and

share a family brekky. Then whip down to the local market for a supply of fresh fruit and veg and an arm full of flowers to fill the house with. A bit of gardening maybe, whip up some Anzacs or packet muffins (I feel no shame) and then I’m happy to be guided by my family. If they’re happy, I’m happy. MY FIRST JOB WAS… out of school, it was as a researcher at BRW. I

couldn’t believe I could be paid to do a job I enjoyed so much. I promptly spent all my first pay on shoes. So worth it! IF I COULD MEET ANYONE IT WOULD BE… the person who for years was

at the top of my list was Jana Wendt, my idol, and when a friend arranged a surprise lunch between just us two, well I couldn’t wish for anything more. She was above and beyond all my expectations. Today, I love that everyday I’ll meet someone who’ll inspire me – a Felucca captain in Egypt, a Buddhist Monk in Bhutan; it’s one of my favourite joys of travel. THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY CAREER SO FAR HAS BEEN… longevity. It took me so long to get in, once I did I was so enthralled by those around me, people like Liz Hayes, Ray Martin and my beloved Jana. MY DAILY ROUTINE CONSISTS OF… I don’t really have one when travelling, it’s nuts. When I’m home, my son wakes me up with a cuddle, the world’s best alarm clock. After my shower I do five minutes of exercise and I hate every minute, then I always sit down for eggs as I can trust them to sustain me until midday. I linger at school drop off, it’s terrible but I love to chat to everyone. Then it’s full on power mode until school pick up. It’s freakish what I can get accomplished so that when I’m with my children they have my full attention. I love it, I’ve created through sheer bloody effort a life I love. MY MOST ANNOYING HABIT IS… I’ve sadly inherited all of my mum’s worst

traits. A shopaholic, who runs late and can’t do fractions. Oh the shame… 98

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Profile Magazine February 2018  

February 2018: The Wanderlust issue. Featuring Jacinta Blundell, Kerry Phairs, Sally Jane Douglas and Ian Mansfield

Profile Magazine February 2018  

February 2018: The Wanderlust issue. Featuring Jacinta Blundell, Kerry Phairs, Sally Jane Douglas and Ian Mansfield