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Preview Who to see, what to buy and where to go



Out & About Calendar of events for June and July

Art Department

Art on Show – 6 stunning exhibitions from around the nation

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Attitude Bryan Matthews has the shakes

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Feature 30 Tiffany & Co. – an icon of style Headline Act 34 Artistic Director François Klaus is raising the barre Fashion First 36 Introducing the Versace Collection Concept Stores 39 Covet 40 Oceans eleven – a collection of 42

marine-inspired accessories For the B(u)oys – nautical gifts & gadgets

Man of Style 45 Peter Brampton showcases his corporate look Looking Good 46 Celebrities share their diet secrets 48 Sea spa – beauty products from the bottom of the sea 50 A new dynamic – fitness in Sanctuary Cove Village News 52 Winter Festival 2011 54 Who’s new in The Marine Village 56 A sign of the times See & Be Seen 58 Photographs from local cultural events

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82 Contents Out of Africa

Cove Cuisine 64 Heston Blumenthal drops by 66 Highlights from the annual Candles & Cuisine event 70 Hooked on seafood 72 A sensational recipe from Cru Bar + Cellar 74 Chef’s Choice 75 Bookshelf


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Rum Rebellion – the story of Charles Tobias & Pusser’s Rum 78 Message in a bottle 80 Barrels and bubbles




Well Travelled Out of Africa – Cove Travel’s African adventure 86 Sweet retreat – relax and recharge at Gaia Retreat 88 Island-hopping with Coral Princess Cruises 90 Set sail – 6 special cruise offers

At the Wheel Q&A – the engineering of Audi 94 Jaguar’s sports model



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On the Water 96 Maritimo A50 Aegean – combining speed and elegance

98 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 102 WOW – acknowledging the increasing role of women in boating

103 A fishy tale – introducing skipper David Patane Sport 104 Tennis ace India Warren 106 Golfing gurus – Brett Lenertz, Michael Jones and Bob Weir

Cove Living 108 Nic Graham is creative by design 111 Mood board Developer News 114 International property expert Andrew Winter – an ambassador for all seasons

116 Waterfront living 118 Introducing Ray White Sanctuary Cove Brainfood 124 Take the challenge Stars 126 Horoscopes with Jackie Pope Cove Comment 128 Patsy Rowe cleans up her act

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While there is a definite nautical theme running through the pages we certainly haven’t forgotten our ‘landbased’ readers.

From the Editor Welcome aboard the 2011 Boat Show edition of the Cove. Every year around this time thousands of visitors descend upon south east Queensland for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show – and we get to showcase our magazine to an even bigger local and international audience than normal. Fittingly, in this issue we step onboard the stunning Maritimo A50 Aegean, we take a look at the increasing role women are playing in the marine industry and we share a delicious seafood recipe from the Cru Bar + Cellar in Brisbane. There are also six great cruises on offer from Cove Travel … and a host of other ‘fishy’ stories for you to enjoy. While there is a definite nautical theme running through the pages we certainly haven’t forgotten our ‘land-based’ readers. Our feature in this issue looks at the history of

cover Tiffany & Co. This iconic brand was established by two enterprising young men in 1837 and continues to set the benchmark for fine jewellery. Read more on page 30. We also have articles on fashion, cars, travel, golf, homes and books, to name a few, so I’m sure you will all find something to pique your interest. We are also offering one lucky reader a fabulous Autumn Oasis getaway at Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove. See page 17 for details. Finally, and most exciting of all, the Cove has embraced the social networking phenomenon and now has a Twitter account and Facebook page – search for The Cove Magazine. So whether you are visitor to our shores, or a regular reader of the Cove, we hope you enjoy Issue 25 as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

photographer: Mark Burgin location: Aboard Maritimo A55 Aegean

the cove team publisher Clare E. Urwin – Sanctuary Cove Publishing editor Rhonda Oxnam art director Sandra Teissl designer Saida Anderson business manager Yvonne Gramstad sales & marketing executive Jacqui Forrester group journalist Susan Lang-Lemckert photographers Mark Burgin, Rhydian Lewis, Paul Fletcher

fashion contributor Henrietta Dups contributors Denby Browning, Linette Gramstad, Tony Harper, Bryan Matthews, Media Hunt, Chris Nixon, Patsy Rowe, Courtnee Waterson

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Feedback “What a delightful surprise to discover the Cove magazine with a pleasant mixture of informative articles and advertisements. It is definitely essential reading!” Merv Hazel

I love flicking through Cove magazine (even though we’re based in Melbourne). You always do such a lovely job with editorial. Allisha Crowther

Don’t know if the competition is still open, but in any event, I thought I would tell you why it has taken me so long to send this e-mail to tell you how GREAT the Cove magazine is. It’s because every morning I go in for my coffee at M70 and I keep getting distracted by the fabulous articles. Of course (being a boy), on day one I immediately turned to the cars (Hmmm – German brilliance or Italian passion? – the decisions!), but then there was so much more. So, how do I think your magazine is doing? Fantastic! I can’t wait for the next issue to appear there.

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Brunch time Brunch at Vie Bar + Restaurant at the beautiful Palazzo Versace at Marina Mirage on the Gold Coast is the perfect way to spend your Sunday. Between 10.30am and 3pm enjoy culinary delights from the a-la-carte menu including classics such as blueberry pancakes and exciting new dishes ranging from Wild Welsh Rarebit to Confit of duck leg. Priced at $49 for 2 courses or $59 for 3 courses (includes a welcome drink and tea and coffee). +61 7 5509 8000 or

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Naturally smooth Char-grill An exciting new steak house is opening soon in The Marine Village Sanctuary Cove. With gorgeous water views and a mouth-watering menu, anyone who enjoys a good Australian steak will want to try this new restaurant. Watch this space!

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Reel time Enchanted forest Australian designer Lisa Brown has just unveiled her beautiful new winter collection entitled ‘Enchanted’. The range, inspired by a mysterious fantasy forest, showcases feminine draped and ruffled designs, intricate hand braiding and gorgeous fabrics of silk habitué, tulle, chiffon, tweed and embroidered silk.

Ryobi’s new Carnelian 10000 and 12000 spin reels are engineered and designed in Japan. These reels are ideal for big-fish tasks such as jigging with 80lb braid for kingfish, samson fish, amberjack or dogtooth. The Carnelian has a tough all-metal body featuring a rubber-sealed side plate, waterproofing it from saltwater intrusion. The solid all-metal rotor has a stainless steel cover plate and a unique one-piece bail arm.

Question time Looking for a fun, social night out? Josie Alexander hosts Josie’s Trivia at three different locations within The Marine Village Sanctuary Cove. There are generous prizes to be won so why not put a team together? Golf & Country Club: 1st Monday of the month. Cost $3. T 07 5699 9000 Bubbles on Cove: Every Thursday from 6.30pm. Free to play. T 07 5577 9669 Café St Tropez: 2nd Wednesday of the month. Free to play. T 07 5577 8379

Fashion fix EEV and VEE Fashion in The Marine Village Sanctuary Cove are combining forces to become one fabulous fashion house. Commencing in August, owner and manager Jilly Jewson will be offering a personal shopping experience at the new two-level boutique, which will be located at the current VEE site. EEV Fashion will continue to stock your favourite brands such as Mela Purdie, Harry Who, Elisa Cavaletti and many more, as well as offering the existing alteration service. (07) 5514 8858 or (07) 5577 8287

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June 4-13 June

10-13 June

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Blue Water Country Music Festival

The 2011 Melbourne International Jazz Festival brings you some of the masters of jazz in a twoweek celebration across the city. The festival boasts more free events this year, as well as a master-class series and late night rendezvous, The Cave. Headlined by Sonny Rollins and located at the most prestigious venues across Melbourne.

Port Stephens, on the New South Wales North Coast, is the home of the Blue Water Country Music Festival. The festival takes place across many venues in the Port Stephens region. Entertainment includes country music cruises, ute muster, bus brewery tours, bush poets, boot scooting and square dancing.

8-19 June

17 June-1 July

Sydney Film Festival

Fiona Kennedy-Altoft: All Beak Less Bark

In its 58th year The Sydney Film Festival is one of the longest-running events of its kind in the world. Bringing the best new films to Sydney, the festival will feature around 120 premiere screenings including brand new features from over 40 countries, the festival screen shorts, Australian films, documentaries and restorations. or (02) 9690 5390

This exhibition at Retrospect Gallery Broadbeach highlights Fiona’s exploration of anthropomorphic animals, which began with her whimsical playful dogs. Recent artworks portray hybrid birds, which are based on observations of the people around her and the animals she sees in them. Her humorous imaginative paintings have won several awards and will definitely bring a smile to your face.

9 June High Tea Meets High Fashion Emporium Hotel in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley presents BIFFI, Maryons and McKinneys Jewellers in the Cocktail Bar for an exclusive viewing of the latest fashions. Enjoy a delectable high tea platter, which includes sweet and savoury delights, tea and coffee as well as a glass of MUMM champagne on arrival. Ticket $49 per person. Bookings essential.


24 June Red Nose Day or (07) 3253 6918

Red Nose Day, held annually on the last Friday in June, is the major fundraiser for SIDS and Kids. Funds raised through Red Nose Day activities assist in providing vital services and programs. Donations are tax deductible and will assist the SIDS and Kids organisation nationally.

10-12 June

26 June

The Little Mermaid, QPAC Brisbane

2011 Perth Winter Track Cycling Grand Prix

The kind-hearted Little Mermaid rescues a Prince during a storm at sea, and so begins a journey that takes her far from her home beneath the waves. This much-loved story from Hans Christian Andersen is more than a simple fairy tale. François Klaus’s charming and poignant ballet explores the nature of longing, how making choices may have lasting consequences, and how goodness can be rewarded in unexpected ways.

Track Cycling WA’s Perth Winter Grand Prix announces UCI Category 3 status in 2011. The historic ‘Westral Wheelrace’, a highlight at this year’s event, is the oldest wheelrace in Australia. While the Grand Prix events take place on the 250m track, the perimeter is host to a Cycling Trade Show displaying goods, services, health club contacts and food stalls.

Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar

Melbourne Jazz – Sonny Rollins Photo John Abbott

Sydney Film Festival – Even The Rain

Queensland Ballet – The Little Mermaid

July State of Design – Melbourne Open House

Flamenco sin Fronteras The Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company

Sawtell Chilli Festival Photo Daniel Darwin Photography

2 July

20-31 July

Sawtell Chilli Festival 2011

State of Design Festival

The Festival showcases the humble chilli; the hot, the very hot and the not so hot. Tingle your tastebuds and enjoy the intense flavour that chilli adds to any dish. Sawtell’s First Avenue will be lined with stalls selling chillis, spices and much more. Enjoy live music, roving entertainment and plenty of activities throughout the day.

This innovative design festival held in and around Melbourne was established in 2004 to create and promote innovative design and sustainability. The festival demonstrates the design capability and benefits of the Australian design professions, improving living conditions and creating development opportunities.

8-15 July

22 July

Cirque du Soleil Saltimbanco

Flamenco Sin Fronteras

Cirque du Soleil is recognised for its high quality, artistic performances of circus arts and street entertainment. Saltimbanco, a Cirque du Soleil signature show, is the latest instalment to hit Australian shores. The show explores urban experience and takes spectators on an allegorical and acrobatic journey to the heart of the city. Showing at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in July.

The Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company will perform at The Arts Centre Gold Coast with their new production Flamenco sin Fronteras. Featuring three Flamenco dancers and eight virtuoso musicians and singers, Peña looks at how the music and dance styles that emerged through the migration of Spanish performers to Latin America in the early 1900s have had a significant impact on flamenco today.

10-11 July Chocolate Winterfest Chocolate Winterfest is Latrobe’s wickedly delicious festival celebrating all things chocolate. A lantern parade and fireworks display will launch the festival, with events such as a chocolate high tea, treasure hunt and chocolate sculpture trail taking place the following day. Enjoy roving entertainment throughout the weekend.

14 July Bastille Day

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach – Bastille Day

Indulge in an opulent evening of French elegance as Room81 at Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach brings its French heritage to life for a lavish Bastille Day celebration. Enjoy champagne on arrival, a divine five-course tasting menu and matching French wines. Former Moulin Rouge star, Marissa Burgess, will perform live with her cancan dancers backed by three-piece French band, Fox Lane. $195 per person. Bookings and prepayment essential. or (07) 5592 2250

23 July Bulls on the Beach The McDonald’s Bulls on the Beach Rodeo brings a traditional country rodeo to the Gold Coast. See some of the nation’s top bull riders compete for their title, as well as bareback bucking bronc riding. The jumping castles, children’s entertainment and the mechanical bull make this a fun-filled evening for all the family.

28 July – 14 August Sydney Winter Festival The Sydney Winter Festival aims to recreate the feeling of a true alpine winter with stylish bars, an open-air ice rink, ice shows, delicacies from around the world and musical entertainment. The 2011 winter festival provides a unique environment and experience with new attractions, hospitality areas and stylish fire-warmed bars.


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Art on show Peter Walker


Fluid and Hollow Wooden Surfboards

Gerry Wedd

Pacific Arts from the Solomon Islands

RIP Surf and Sea Ceramics 28 May – 10 July 2011

Until 29 May 2011

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Take a fresh look at surfing culture with these distinct but connected exhibitions. Furniture maker and designer Peter Walker presents a new series of beautifully-crafted wooden surfboards, while artist Gerry Wedd presents ceramics referencing both ancient and contemporary myths and legends of the perils of the sea and the underbelly of the surf world.

This is the first major exhibition in Australia to bring together the finest traditional arts from the Solomon Islands. The Solomons have an incredible history of warfare and art, with early European accounts noting the artistic attention given to the decoration on weapons and raiding canoes.

“There’s no retirement for an artist, it’s your way of living so there’s no end to it.” – Henry Moore

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Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture


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28 May – 21 August 2011

Cairns Regional Gallery

Gallery of Modern Art

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Stanley Place • South Bank QLD

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Menagerie features 33 established and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, who have each produced outstanding sculptural works depicting a variety of animals. The groundbreaking exhibition is the result of a unique collaboration between Object Gallery and the Australian Museum and is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program.

An initiative of the Department of Education and Training (and supported by the Queensland Art Gallery and Museum and Gallery Services Queensland), the annual ‘Creative Generation Excellence Awards’ recognises the outstanding achievements of art students from secondary schools throughout Queensland, including those in regional and remote communities.

A guide to six stunning exhibitions from around the nation.

Contemporary Sculpture

The Joseph Brown Collection

Michael Vaynman

Permanent Display

28 May – 15 June 2011

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Soho Galleries Sydney

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The Joseph Brown Collection tells the story of a man who made an enduring difference to the culture of this country. This extraordinary collection was donated by Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE – the most generous single gift of works of art ever made to a public gallery in Australia.

Born to a family of artists, Michael Vaynman has participated in exhibitions since the age of ten. While he excelled in sculpture, printmaking, painting and drawing, sculpture became his focus ten years ago and he has never looked back – a highlight being the selection of his sculptures to feature in the film Mao’s Last Dancer.



No great shakes ... Bryan Matthews doesn’t mean to be anti-social – he’s just not sure where your hands have been. For the record, I am among only 66 per cent of men who, recent research indicates, really do wash their hands after using the bathroom (congratulations to the 88 per cent of ladies serious about their ablutions; shame on the dirty dozen per cent). This is just one reason why I’m looking for an alternative to the handshake. I’m not alone. There are websites dedicated to stamping it out. Donald Trump thinks it’s grubby (which is OK because if ever we meet I’d like both hands free to lift the flaps on his ridiculous hairdo). Even George Washington – supposedly a man of the people – eschewed it as a ritual for common folk. The Queen does it a lot but, I assume, only because it comes with the job. Apparently – and not many people know this, according to Michael Caine in his autobiography – she pushes your hand back at you so you know when to

can require that you up the pressure. Eyeballto-eyeball, it becomes a Mexican stand-off and pushing back like a queen may not help. (Note: the perpetrators are often American, introduce themselves far too loudly – turning a restrained ‘Hi, I’m Bob’ into an alarming ‘HI, I’M BAAHB!’ – and usually order mineral water with lunch when you really fancy a beer). The handshake originated among medieval European knights demonstrating they were unarmed. A nice parallel today would be to show you’re not holding a Blackberry and are actually prepared to sit through a meeting without taking a call or sending a text. (Twenty years ago did anyone pull out an envelope mid-conversation and say ‘It’s ok I’m listening but I’ve just got to read this letter’?) In the pursuit of exchanging greetings without the risk of embarrassment or disease, I’m looking for options.

disengage. Plus she wears gloves which I suspect are immediately incinerated so she doesn’t catch the plague or something similarly awful. To be honest, however, my issues run deeper than some germ-phobia. Maybe it’s my eye-hand co-ordination but often I completely misjudge the docking manoeuvre – coming in too high and grasping only a thumb. In the past, this just required an awkward re-shuffle and re-engagement. Today,

infiltrated this tradition creating an awkward hybrid somewhere between a robot dance and those nodding dogs you used to see on the back shelves of cars. True blue Aussies can get away shake-less with a ‘G’day’ delivered with a slight head movement, cock-eyed smile and/or wink. Poms attempting the same look like cringeworthy Crocodile Dundees. I had for quite some time been strongly averse to the man-hug. Generally, I don’t like being embraced by blokes – especially, as is so often the case now, when this somehow inspires them to say uncomfortable stuff like ‘I love you man’. Even so, compared to the handshake, it is relatively uncomplicated and reasonably hygienic. And if you’re very careful you can do it without putting your drink down. I’ve thought about a little wave but it looks

The handshake originated among medieval European knights demonstrating they were unarmed.

a bit camp (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Or a native American salute (did they really say ‘how’ and if so, why?). Star Trek used to showcase a variety of alternatives, but while most organisations are quite strict about workplace prejudice, it’s probably still not a good career move to be mistaken for a Klingon. Or maybe we could just touch fists like boxers. Or lean back nerdily and do an exaggerated double

embarrassment can escalate when my misplaced The Hindus favour namaste – hands at chest height and palms pressed together. Similarly, the ‘wai’ among Thais, Cambodians and Laotians looks ever so peaceful and polite. The higher the hands the more reverential the greeting. Hence, if the tips of your fingers are near your chin you’d be acknowledging, say, your mum or Bert Newton. If they’re down by your belly button, then maybe Robert Mugabe has entered the room. I could only seriously consider adopting the


Some people take the handshake very

wai if I were genuinely to convert to Buddhism.

indicating a failed one; i.e. a minimum cheek-to-

seriously. I accept that a firm grip, eye contact,

Absent of a shaven head and orange robe, I’d feel

cheek proximity or ‘mwah’ decibel level).

and forward body positioning will score points

about as sincere as those Hollywood-types who

If we could agree to keep our distance then I

for technique but I’m wary of zealots who

have hijacked the gesture to give the impression

could buy into faux cheek contact in lieu of real

think an evangelical stare, maniacal smile and

that they are ‘beautiful human beings’ (deflecting

palm contact.

testosterone-driven pumping are the mark of a

attention from their tantrums when organic

Otherwise – short of entering social settings

real man.

cranberry juice is unavailable or their hotel suite

with fingers pointed upwards like a freshly

mitt is assumed to mark the first move in some ubercool trendy greeting (followed by a clasp, some choreographed grip changes, and possibly a gentle collision of fists). A funny handshake used to be something only masons had to worry about. The rest of us could go about our business without any secret finger formations or suggestive palm-tickling. Now, we’re all expected to be experts in rituals once exclusive to pimps and drug-dealers.

One sanitary option could be acceptance of the air-kiss among heterosexual males who (together with the biker-type of lesbian), are one social group still disinclined to go ‘mwah!’. The European approach – is it two kisses between French monsieurs or three? Or is that Belgium? – still makes me a trifle queasy but the air-kiss increasingly involves no physical contact at all (though there must be some kind of protocol

is the wrong shade of white); the kind of stars who

scrubbed surgeon – I’m at a bit of a loss. Maybe


make speeches about peace and global warming

‘the 66 per cent’ can come up with a nod, a wink

towards yours. Even if you brace yourself and

when what they’re really thinking is ‘hey, I won

and a simple, secret handshake. The rest of you:

engage with a reasonable PSI, a miscalculation

the Oscar’.

back off.

Extremists raise their elbow shoulder-high before


In Korea and Japan, bowing was an option until – damn our Western ‘culture’ – the handshake




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Kate Duryea Media & Public Relations Manager. Words Rhonda Oxnam Photography Rhydian Lewis

“One of the things I love about my job is that every project is different and every company is different.” “One of the things I love about my job is that every project is different and every company is different,” explains Kate, whose business handles everything from media campaigns to web strategy. Her client list is as varied as the tasks she performs for them, and while Kate doesn’t classify herself as a ‘boatie (red wine, fine food and a good book are more her style) much of her work now revolves around the marine industry. For the past nine years she has worked on the media and PR for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, and says the show is one of the highlights on her annual calendar. “The picturesque location and the wide range of vessels set Sanctuary Cove apart from other boat shows,” Kate says. “Over the years there has been great continuity within the team, as well as a large number of repeat exhibitors, and I think that is why the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is so successful.”

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When it comes to media and public relations there is not much Kate Duryea, proprietor of Kate D Enterprises, hasn’t done. She has read the news on Cairns Radio 4CA, worked on a number of in-flight magazines; written feature articles for The Sunday Sun; and taught at several universities including Griffith and QUT, to name just a few of her projects. Born and raised in Brisbane, Kate’s work has taken her from Mt Isa to Calgary … and many places in between. Now based in Adelaide, where she resides with husband Stephen Grano, Kate says one of the biggest changes she has seen over the course of her career is the introduction of the Internet. “It’s amazing how close it makes the world,” she says. In fact, on one particular project, which lasted several months, Kate didn’t even get to meet her employer. “He was based overseas so everything was done via email,” she says. “I think we spoke by phone twice.

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Tiffany blue Tiffany & Co. have been setting the benchmark since 1837 – and continue to do so. Words Susan Lang-Lemckert

Tiffany Yellow Diamond bracelet stack


Think Tiffany & Co., and you’ll think of luxurious jewels and timepieces; or Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn. Or Truman Capote’s novel, which inspired the film; or perhaps the distinctive blue boxes that are an intrinsic part of the giving – and receiving – experience of Tiffany treasures. Icons all (and more about those later). But what of the enterprising twentysomethings who started it all – whose innate talent, vision and market savvy would be the envy of many of today’s Business degree holders? Ironically, the story of how they nurtured one of the most innovative design houses in history has become overshadowed by the success of their artistic output … so I’m putting that to rights here. When Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B Young first established Tiffany & Young, a ‘stationery and fancy goods emporium’, in New York’s Broadway in 1837, it’s unlikely they had any idea of the impact their work would have on the world … or maybe not. These natural entrepreneurs were men of extraordinary vision who introduced groundbreaking innovations – like the non-negotiable selling price, which was so revolutionary it made headlines. And the development and trademarking of Tiffany Blue – the distinct shade gracing the company’s promotional material, shopping bags, and of course those distinctive little boxes. Their exceptional creativity also infused their pieces with a uniqueness that provided a refreshing alternative to the more traditional European style of the day.

With its renown constantly growing, Tiffany & Co. (as it became in 1853, when Charles Tiffany assumed control of the company) received numerous prestigious commissions over the years – like the design of a presentation pitcher for President Lincoln’s inauguration and the revising of the Great Seal of the USA (which can still be seen on the one dollar bill). And during the American Civil War – not the best of economic climates – the ever-adaptable Tiffany & Co. kept the Union Army supplied with swords, flags and surgical implements. The company’s history boasts an impressive list of firsts – for instance, Tiffany & Co. was the first American company to use the 925/1000 sterling silver standard, which was later adopted as the US standard – largely through the efforts of Charles Lewis Tiffany. Again breaking new ground, the company became the first jewellery firm to retain an in-house gemologist – Dr George Frederick Kunz – who would later be instrumental in the international adoption of the metric carat as a standard gem weight. And in 1926, Tiffany & Co.’s standard of purity became the official standard for platinum in the United States. With politics and science well represented, you might be wondering about art and sport. As you might expect, Tiffany & Co. has seen plenty of action in those arenas, too. While the unique design of Tiffany & Co. pieces created a market niche from the beginning, the firm has also collected enviable artistic distinctions along the way – it was the first American design house honoured by a foreign jury by winning the grand prize for silver craftsmanship at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1867. And the first American school of design was – you guessed it – the Tiffany & Co. silver studio.

The Tiffany Blue Box The Tiffany Blue Box synonymous with the exclusive jewellery store is a specific shade of pale blue trademarked as Tiffany Blue by the company in its founding year of 1837. The shade, which is used on all Tiffany & Co. promotional material including the famous Tiffany Blue Book catalogue and the store’s shopping bags, is produced using the Pantone Matching System – and its reference number is 1837.

The firm has long recognised the magic, and marketability, of combining designers’ names with its own – hence the opening of Jean Schlumberger’s salon in the Tiffany store in 1956, and the release of collections from luminaries like Elsa Peretti, Paloma Picasso, and Frank Gehry – a Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect by profession, who had designed the Nationale-Nederlander in Prague. But beauty transcends all realms – even the rough-and-tumble of competitive sport, and the design of trophies for notable individuals and events – like Sir Thomas Lipton, whose tenacious (but ultimately unsuccessful) pursuit of the America’s Cup was acknowledged with an 18 carat gold trophy from the New York Yacht Club – is yet another Tiffany & Co. specialty. Indeed, when the National Football League awarded the first Super Bowl trophy in 1967, it was a Tiffany & Co. design. Part of the fabric of American life for more than 173 years, Tiffany & Co. is now, thanks to its expansion into the world market, a part of Australian life as well. In fact, Australia plays a key role in the creation of one of Tiffany & Co.’s newest collections, the Tiffany Yellow Diamond Collection. These extraordinary pieces feature rare yellow fancy diamonds sourced through an exclusive agreement with Gem Diamonds’ world-renowned Ellendale mine in Western Australia. Described as being as warm and pure as sunlight – and, with only one in 10,000 diamonds meeting Tiffany & Co.’s exacting standards – these are placed among the world’s finest and most sought-after gems. Combining the heritage of Tiffany & Co. with the best in modern design, the Tiffany Yellow Diamond Collection has something – or better still, lots of things – for everyone. Today Tiffany & Co. is not only an icon of design and style, but also an exemplar for commercial success that is renowned equally for innovation and consistency. One thing’s for sure – there’s always something new and exciting going on at Tiffany’s … even if it’s not breakfast. >>


Paloma Picasso Originally a theatrical costumier and stylist, Paloma Picasso turned her talents to jewellery design, complementing her natural flair with formal training in the craft. Ms Picasso’s designs are world-renowned for their bold use of colour, shape and scale.

Elsa Peretti Credited with taking Tiffany & Co. into a new era in design innovation, Elsa Peretti’s creations include stylised jewellery and sterling silver flatware, and the revolutionary Diamonds by the Yard now synonymous with both Tiffany & Co. and the designer herself.

Frank Gehry In 2006 award-winning architect Frank Gehry launched a jewellery and home collection through Tiffany & Co. that showcases his inventive style and love of all things aesthetic. Unusual materials, flowing forms and interlocking structures infuse his work with a stylistic vibrancy all his own.

Part of the fabric of American life for more than 173 years, Tiffany & Co. is now, thanks to its expansion into the world market, a part of Australian life as well.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s was published in 1958 to great acclaim and the occasional exasperation of Tiffany’s staff, who to this day field requests for breakfast reservations. The story chronicles the friendship between the narrator and one Holly Golightly, a sophisticated young woman of humble origins rumoured to be based on various women including Gloria Vanderbilt and Oona Chaplin, although the more likely muse was Capote’s mother Nina. The 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn became an all-time classic whose golden anniversary was recently marked by the release of Breakfast at Tiffany’s – The Official 50th Anniversary Companion. Featuring photographs from the film, stories from the set and much, much more, this volume will delight new fans and aficionados alike.


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Raising the barre Introducing François Klaus – Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet. Words Susan Lang-Lemckert Photos courtesy of Queensland Ballet

François Klaus didn’t embark upon his impressive career because of early advice, but despite it. “In my first lesson,” he explains, “I was at the barre behind a little girl who I was trying to copy, and I was having all the trouble in the world. “In those days the political correctness of today was not there … people didn’t hesitate to tell you what they thought. And toward the end of the lesson, the teacher said ‘I think he is stupid!’ “I was upset, and said to my father: ‘I never want to do that [again] in my life!’ “But my father said: ‘Do three weeks of it. You must not give up because you have been upset on your first lesson’. And in those three weeks, the passion [for ballet] kicked in,” he says. That passion ignited a career that saw François join first the Stuttgart then the Hamburg Ballet – as Principal Dancer with the latter, under the direction of John Neumeier, where he created many of the male lead roles for the company’s repertoire. In those heady days, François moved within rarified artistic circles as he toured the world bringing such a variety of magical roles to the stage that today he finds it impossible to pinpoint a favourite. “There were many highlights,” he says, “like dancing with the London Philharmonic [Orchestra]. But I didn’t realise just how special it was at the time … when you are moving in those circles, it all seems normal. “The classics – like Taming of the Shrew – are lovely to dance, but it’s the creation of a role – like with King Arthur – that’s most satisfying. And it’s often the dramatic roles that leave you with the strongest memory … when you look back, those are the roles that are meaty on stage.” During his illustrious career François collected numerous honours – including the [Swiss] Doron Cultural Price and being cited as Most Outstanding Performance of the Year by


Dancemagazine. His powerful desire to create then forged his transition from dancer to Artistic Director with Switzerland’s Bern State Ballet. Next came the establishment of his own company Ballett Art, and since his arrival in Australia he has been at the helm of the Queensland Ballet, a role he finds tremendously fulfilling. “I love to work with the dancers – I’m interested in the teaching and coaching, and most of all in creating the repertoire,” he says. “I don’t specially enjoy the power of being Artistic Director in the sense that I do not enjoy authority for the sake of authority. “If I was one of those directors who only directs in the sense of giving the job to the teachers and choreographers, I probably wouldn’t do it. I’m only interested in being ‘hands-on’,” he says. “The most rewarding thing about my current role is the opportunity to create,” François continues, “because you create two things – part of the repertoire, and the [ballet] company as well. It’s wonderful to see the dancers developing and discovering more about themselves through ballet.” And the role of Artistic Director also provides him with ‘a way to create my own world’. “Trying to create the environment in which you want to work is easier within Australian ballet companies than within those in Europe (particularly Continental Europe),” says François, “because there’s a different tradition. “As the European companies are embedded in the theatre, if a ballet is less successful, the opera company will give more performances [to fill the venue]. “But here the ballet companies are independent, and everything depends on us – it’s our business. So if we’re not happy with something, we change it, though of course, you have to do shows that people like – so there is that pressure to be successful.

François Klaus

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“It’s very much like a game of chess,” he says. “You have a certain amount of money and so many things to do, and to progress you have to play a particular piece without neglecting the others. “Running a ballet company requires you to consider its operations across many levels. We have relationships with internal and external groups, such as our government funding agencies, our Board, and of course, our audience. Any decisions or choices we make require weighing up, because there are always negatives as well as positives.” His days on stage trained François well for his present role of grooming a new generation of dancers, as has the passing of time. “As you get older,” he explains, “you understand more. You have so many more layers, more distance … and you understand your craft better, too.” According to François, it’s a craft like no other. “There’s a world of fantasy there, and energy and hard work,” he says. “It’s a bit crazy sometimes. “But ballet brings a great joy of human nature, because you have to analyse yourself so much to be good at it. And dancers are very close with each other – you can really see our personalities when we perform – in a sense we are naked in front of our colleagues, which doesn’t happen in an office. To learn to open yourself in that way is quite a journey,” he says. And one François is glad to have chosen for his career, particularly in light of the illfounded discouragement he received at his first ballet lesson. “I think my father was absolutely right,” he says. “You should not give up.”

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The changing face of Medusa Donatella restructures the face of luxury with the launch of the Versace Collection Concept Stores. words Henrietta Dups

The Versace Famiglia reads like a modern day

In 2000 Jennifer Lopez was catapulted to iconic

mythological Roman tragedy. Its hero, designer

status when she attended the Grammys in a sheer

Gianni Versace, founded the house of Versace in

green jungle-print navel-baring décolletage

1978 when his first boutique opened in Milan’s

dress designed by her friend Donatella. The

Via della Spiga to instantaneous success. It was

house of Versace became as much about the

Gianni’s older brother Santo who, along with

dramatic lives of the key celebrity characters

Gianni, founded the Versace trademark in 1977.

surrounding the label as it was about the fashion.

From then on Santo played a pivotal role in the

Donatella’s and Santo’s lives came crashing

success of the Versace brand, overseeing all areas

down on July 15, 1997 when Gianni, their beloved

of business.

brother and creative genius of the Versace label,

Gianni’s little sister, the diminutive peroxide

was cruelly gunned down on the steps of his

blonde Donatella, was Gianni’s muse (he

Miami beachfront mansion by spree killer Andrew

created the fragrance Blonde after her) – and

Cunanan. Donatella was reluctantly thrust into

the reluctant heroine of this family tale. Together

the limelight. Formerly the vice-president, she

the three siblings from Reggio Calabria, in the

bravely stepped out of her brother Gianni’s

far south of Italy, moved to Milan and built the

shadow to become the creative director and

Versace Dynasty into a global luxury company

face of Versace, and Santo became CEO. To the

generating over $1 billion per year in retail sales.

fashion world’s surprise Donatella was actually

The trio had it all, fame, talent, success, riches

a talented designer in her own right, and

and a lavish lifestyle no doubt born from their

together the two Versace siblings brought the

Calabrian heritage with truly Neronian tastes and

house of Versace into the new millennium with

impulses that would have brought on the ire and

great success. When asked by the New York Times about her

wrath of Zeus himself in ancient times. Early on Donatella realised that the potent mix

brother’s death and her own metamorphosis to

of celebrity and eroticism enticed consumers to

designer and face of the label, Donatella said ‘It

purchase the products – the house of Versace

was not easy to believe in myself or the future.

was the forerunner for this new form of marketing

Everyone was looking at me like a saviour, and

in the fashion industry enlisting A-list celebrities

I had to have this image of this powerful strong

including Madonna, Demi Moore, Britney Spears,

woman, which I am not’.

Christina Aguilera and Halle Berry to endorse and became

Inadvertently Donatella had become a celebrity

synonymous with red carpet stunt dressing. Liz

in her own right, at times better known for her

Hurley was made famous at the premiere of Four

wild partying ways than her designs.



Inevitably the cracks in both Dontella and the Medusa logo’s masks began to show.

be the face of the label. Versace


Weddings and a Funeral in 1994 when she wore

Then the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) hit. The

that black gown held together by gold safety pins.

luxury market took a nosedive and in late 2009

Early on Donatella realised that the potent mix of celebrity and eroticism enticed consumers to purchase the products ...

Versace announced it would cut 26 per cent of

on-site tailor, alliances with drycleaners (to

its worldwide workforce (as many as 350 jobs),

ensure your designer garments are treated

and projected a loss of $45 million in 2009 with

with the utmost care) and a mobile service. The

no return to profitability before 2011.

mobile service is pure genius, and will bring

Mere mortals would be excused for crumbling after a barrage of such ill-fortune. Not Donatella, however. Time and time again she has shown the world her true Calabrian mettle. As she so succinctly put it during a trip to New York in late 2009: ‘I am a survivor’.

a capsule collection of the store to your own home with a stylist in tow, travelling as far north as Noosa and as far south as Byron Bay. Given the Versace label’s history with red carpet dressing, it is apt that the store will carry

In the face of adversity, the GFC and changes in

more dresses for every occasion than any other

consumer habits, Donatella has had the tenacity

boutique in the state, making certain that we will

to adapt her product to meet the current market

have the ‘best dressed’ women in the country.

and mood face on. Which brings us to the Versace Collection. This is a brand new line for the house of Versace, and falls neatly between Versace Mainline (runway) and Versace Jeans. It is a premium brand offering affordable luxury products, all manufactured in Milan using Italian fabrics and

Catering to both men and women, the store will also encapsulate the entire spectrum of fashion from casual to corporate, cocktail to formal, including leather accessories, luggage and footwear. It seems that for now our inimitable heroine

designed by the Main Versace house team. In the

has conquered all her demons and peace and

marketplace it will sit alongside brands such as

prosperity beckon at the horizon. During an

Burberry Prorsum and Ralph Lauren Collection.

interview with the New York Times Donatella

With the Versace Collection, Donatella has

sagely quipped ‘For me life is about chapters.

successfully pulled off the hat-trick of retaining

Die and born again, die and born again … it’s

its luxury allure while attracting new consumers

the story of my life’.

with affordable products. Not only has Donatella sustained the label creatively, she has also helped navigate it to profitability. Versace and its Medusa logo will soon revisit our Queensland shores with the opening of the first Versace Collection Concept Store in Australia at the Hilton Hotel in Surfers Paradise. The store will offer an end-to-end, all-inclusive service to its customers including private stylists,

Fact File Versace Collection Shop G03/04 Hilton Hotel, Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 T 07 5680 8968 E


boutique collection

Ollie & Lloyd

Mitchell Ogilvie Menswear

The extraordinary new Dinosaur Designs range is now in store at Ollie & Lloyd. Inspired by the wings of nature, the collection features homewares and stunning jewellery. The vibrant colours complement the already extensive collection of Dinosaur Designs as well as new season Missoni Home.

Mitchell Ogilvie’s vision to bring the very best in menswear to Brisbane became a reality 30 years ago with the opening of his first signature store. Renowned for superior customer service and an extraordinary array of business and casual attire, Mitchell Ogilvie Menswear stocks a wide range of quality labels including Brioni, Canali, Brunello Cucunelli and Etro.

Emporium T 07 3666 0155 Shop 64, 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley QLD

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Sanctuary Style

This contemporary boutique provides a wide selection of beautiful products, their quest being to bring luxury and lasting value to the homes of their customers. Sanctuary Style also stocks a multitude of treasures including the wellknown Trollbeads. Renowned for their top-quality range of glass beads and sterling silver chains, Trollbeads provides each customer with a uniquely beautiful piece of jewellery designed to reflect their individual style. And if you’re not quite sure what you’d like, Sanctuary Style prides itself in offering assistance to customers in creating their personal masterpiece.

Sanctuary Cove T 07 5577 9007 Shop 2, Masthead Way, Sanctuary Cove QLD 38

Emporium T 07 3666 0328 Shop 5, 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley QLD

The Patio & No. 1 at Evergreen

Discover a contemporary collection of fashion and accessories at Yvonne Manning’s Evergreen boutiques. No. 1 at Evergreen is Australia’s largest stockist of Canadian range Joseph Ribkoff. Other labels include Verge, Andiamo, Loobies Story, Dusk and Dusty Yorke. The Patio stocks well-known labels Visage (NZ), David Pond (NZ) and Bleu Rouge (France), and is also the exclusive Gold Coast stockist of French label diego reiga.  Together, these two stores offer clients a comprehensive selection of styles from casual to eveningwear.

Evergreen Lifestyle Centre T 07 5538 8216 Shop 1 & 3, Cnr Ashmore & Bundall Road, Sorrento QLD

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Covet Words Henrietta Dups

East meets west

A rare vintage

Local designer Salita Matthews’ third collection ‘Vanitas’ offers an eclectic collection of vintage appeal presented in a modern silhouette. Autumnal-hued silks in a palette of saffron, rust and gunmetal were sourced in Bangkok’s heaving fabric markets, no doubt inspired by Salita’s east -meets-west upbringing. The truly standout piece in this collection is the Conceited Deceit Dress in saffron cinched in at the waist with the Ephemeral Obi in gunmetal.

Belinda Humphris is a devoted specialist of 80s and 90s fashion. Her online store Claire Inc stocks a frequently rotated, tightly collated collection of iconic on–trend vintage designer pieces. From the classicism of a Chanel blazer (‘every girl should own one’) to the outrageously witty designs of Moschino by Franco Moschino himself, Claire Inc offers rare investment pieces of cultural significance. The garments are in immaculate condition, and are surprisingly modern when styled with new season accessories and separates.

Top gunn Be the envy of every shoe addict this season and pick up a pair of gorgeous gold leather and nappa style work boots from local design duo Tom Gunn. Combining comfort with style, these boots were made for walking the high street rather than working on a building site and can be styled with a maxi dress, shorts and a blazer or a pair of jeans and a white t-shirt. My advice – buy two pairs which you can wear on rotation, as you will not want to be seen in anything else this season.


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Ocean’s eleven 1. Blue and white shoes $1,210 – Prada +61 2 9223 1688 2. Leve collection ring $2,850 and bracelet $8,750 – Cartier +61 7 5592 3744 3. Chance Eau de Toilette 100ml $184 Chanel – +61 2 9900 2944 4. Sunglasses $652 – Ic!berlin +61 2 9960 7766 5. Diamond and Pink Tourmaline cocktail ring in platinum P.O.A. – Tiffany & Co. 1800 731 131 6. ‘Lady Dior’ bag in natural and wild rose tweed cannage with blue jean crocodile handles $5,900 – Christian Dior +61 7 3210 1055 7. White ‘Ludi’ Bag $2,359 – Hugo Boss +61 3 9474 6310 8. Animal World Owl watch P.O.A. – Chopard 9. Mother Earth’s Magic pink diamond and platinum ring P.O.A. – Calleja +61 7 5528 3666 10. Diamond and Sapphire Boat Charm in platinum $1,700 – Tiffany & Co. 1800 731 131 11. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Mother of Pearl dial set with 10 diamonds $38,795 – The Hour Glass +61 7 5592 3104


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For the b(u)oys 1. Montblanc 101654 Watch $4,010 – Montblanc 1300 364 810 2. 27-inch Apple LED cinema display P.O.A. – Forest Computers +61 7 5514 0455 3. Cotton handkerchiefs with nautical motifs 3-pack $39.95 – Bon Genre +61 7 5528 5002 4. Men’s AW11 collection – Bally +61 7 3018 9065 5. V8 Vantage S Coupe $275,000 – Aston Martin 6. Alaska 46 Sedan from $799,000 – 7. Henri Lloyd Octogrip Stealth shoe $159.95 – Decked Out +61 7 5514 8099 8. Lace up sneaker in blue calf & mesh $460 – Gucci 1300 442 878 9. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II $44,580 – The Hour Glass +61 7 5592 3104 10. Lalique cufflinks in sterling silver or gold plate $685 – Bon Genre +61 7 5528 5002


man of style

Peter Brampton

General Manager Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

ME Dream vehicle: Porsche 911 Targa.

SEE A must see: The Rolling Stones.

Favourite gadget: For now it’s my coffee roaster.

Favourite performer: Buddy Guy (74 year old Blues legend).

Mac or PC: PC for work, but I now have an iPad for home.

Most admired artist, sculptor or photographer: Musical artist – Eric Clapton.

Favourite colour: Navy. PLAY Favourite sport: Friday night football – go the Titans!

Favourite discovery: With three young children I have rediscovered the joys of Lego, Batman and Barbie!

Best read: Life – Keith Richards.

WEAR Jeans: Country Road.

Do you mow the lawn? The Pink Ladies will kill me if I say that I do!

Most desired watch: One that’s accurate.

Best dance move: Leaving the dance floor to go to the bar.

T-shirt: Ralph Lauren.

Favourite movie: Wall Street & Scorsese’s Shine a Light.

Boxers or Briefs: You can’t be serious!

Run or Walk: I walk every morning.

SPIRIT Who inspires you? My beautiful wife Helen and my parents.

Crossword or Sudoku: Neither.

Favourite charity: The Clown Doctors.

EAT Favourite restaurant: Benihana Japanese Steakhouse. Best comfort food: Lamb shanks. Home signature dish: My Sunday roast lamb. Shaken or Stirred: Preferably decanted!

How do you unwind? Lego, Batman & Barbie – or a good glass of Shiraz. Creed/Motto: I have two – 1) You get out of life what you put in; and 2) The things that come to those who wait may be the things left by those who got there first!


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Sea spa The sea is one of the most therapeutic places on earth for the mind, body and soul. Words Linette Gramstad

The ocean contains thousands of nutrients and minerals that nourish the skin in a natural, yet powerful, way. As a result, marine-based beauty products, which contain algae and seaweed, are very beneficial to the skin. Algae, a plant that lives mainly underwater, assists in detoxifying the body, helps to protect the cells and improves circulation. Seaweed is a rich anti-oxidant packed with vitamins and minerals. It is often used in cooking (it is especially popular with the Japanese) and also in tea. Marine-based products will list both algae and seaweed, or one or the other. When you use marine-based cleansers it is as if you have added a fresh burst of minerals to your face, and when you apply marine-based serums and creams your skin instantly looks and feels more hydrated.

Pevonia Pevonia is a Swiss product line based on plant and nut-derived essential oils, but also includes a great range of marine-based facial and body treatments. Pevonia is widely used in spas across the world and is environmentally friendly. Pevonia seaweed exfoliating cleansing bar: This is a fantastic bathing product that has exceptional benefits such as stimulating circulation, aiding in breaking down cellulite and promoting the elimination of toxins. The cleansing bar also contains citric oils that exfoliate and brighten skin, and shea butter for hydration. Pevonia age-defying marine collagen moisturiser: This moisturiser is packed full of marine collagen and hyaluronic acid and is great on dehydrated, prematurely-aged skin and mature skin, as the hyaluronic acid aids in plumping the cells while the marine collagen stimulates the collagen in the skin. The product works on a deep cellular level, so results will be both seen and felt.

Thalgo Thalgo is a French product range based on marine mineral ingredients. Thalgo cleansers: There are three types of cleansers – the Purity range, the Rejuvenating range and the Comfort range – one to suit each skin type. All are based on the powerful marine ingredient red algae, and also contain Gelidium sesquipedale, which increases hydration. Thalgo shower gel: This shower gel contains red algae, and is extremely refreshing and soothing. It is excellent on all skin types (including sensitised skin) as it has a neutral ph. Thalgo shower gel cleanses, removes impurities, hydrates and normalises skin. Available in 300ml or 1 litre bottle.


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Algologie & Fleur De Mer Algologie is another French product range based on marine ingredients. They have a broad range of products and treatments, and a sister company called Fleur De Mer. Algologie fresh seawater mist: This mist is cool and refreshing and is ideal for rehydrating the skin during the day. Containing filtered seawater, it is an ideal product for combination/acne skin as it is anti bacterial. Fleur de Mer sunblock in foundation cream SPF 30+: This awardwinning tinted sunscreen covers the skin like foundation. It contains four excellent sun-blocking ingredients including zinc oxide, which is also healing. Available in three shades – light, soft medium and medium.

Marine treatments available: Thalgo, Mer & Sens hot stone massage treatment: This is a truly relaxing treatment that can be done on the face and body using warm volcanic stones and cool marine stones. The stones are applied to pressure points as well as massaged into the body using Thalgo products which include marine algae. Hot stone massage is excellent for muscle aches and pains, circulation problems and relieving stress. Therapists are able to decongest using the heat of the volcanic rocks, while the coolness of the marine stones stimulates the body. Available at selected Thalgo stockist salons. Pevonia Detox Thallasso wrap: Being cocooned in this warm seaweed wrap can eliminate everyday stresses and toxins. The wrap promotes circulation, making it ideal for someone with sluggish circulation and fluid build-up. The wrap also improves moisture in the skin, so it is excellent for dry skin sufferers. A course of these treatments, along with exercise and a well-maintained diet, could also help with weight loss. It is recommended you have a full body exfoliation prior to this treatment to maximise results. See a Pevonia salon near you to discover this treatment. Pevonia myoxy caviar mask facial: This is the ultimate in luxurious facials, and is particularly good for anti-ageing. Based on the high-end marine ingredient caviar, which is full of protein, the treatment also uses pearl extracts that are high in amino acids to increase collagen stimulation. A thermal masque is used in the treatment, as well as highly concentrated product; therefore life is brought back to the skin, circulation is improved, and the skin is hydrated and plumped. Available at selected Pevonia stockist salons.


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looking good

A new dynamic Richard Salmon, proprietor of Apollo Dynamics, introduces a new form of fitness to Sanctuary Cove.

The brochure claims that Madonna, Tom Cruise, Sting and Tiger Woods all have enjoyed the benefits of GYROTONIC® exercise. Tennis legend Pat Cash and PGA Tour Instructor David Rasmussen also seem to be fans … and when you hear GYROTONIC® Instructor Richard Salmon of Apollo Dynamics talk about it, you can’t help but think there must be something to it! The GYROTONIC® method of exercise was developed by an ex-Hungarian dancer, Juliu Horvarth, as he succeeded in repairing the injuries he had sustained as a professional dancer. He wanted to develop a system of exercise that anyone could perform, regardless of age or state of health. Combining elements of dance, gym, yoga and tai chi, GYROTONIC® training is designed to improve your balance, flexibility and co-ordination. Not to be confused with Pilates (as it often is), the GYROTONIC® method creates circular motions that incorporate an entire body movement.

Combining elements of dance, gym, yoga and tai chi …

Photography Rhydian Lewis


Richard Salmon

At Apollo Dynamics, Richard’s client list includes amateur golfers, tennis players and rehabilitation patients recovering either from sporting injury or surgery. He believes that golfers in particular have found the training improves flexibility and therefore their swing, while their overall game is enhanced through better tempo, rhythm and flow. The Apollo Dynamics studio is tucked upstairs in The Marine Village, and this is where Richard instructs his clients on the many benefits of this increasingly popular form of exercise. Richard enjoys working one-on-one with his clients and is a welcome addition to The Marine Village – after all, Madonna, Sting and Tom Cruise can’t all be wrong! For more information or to book a consultation contact Richard Salmon on 0406 364 804.

Photography courtesty of Limetree Events

2010 Sanctuary Cove Winter Festival


James Morrison, 2010 Sanctuary Cove Winter Festival

village news

Festival fever The Sanctuary Cove Winter Festival – a celebration of fine art, food & fashion.

2010 Sanctuary Cove Winter Festival

2010 Sanctuary Cove Winter Festival

From 4-19 June, Sanctuary Cove will host a two-week program of events celebrating the exciting world of art, food and fashion. Sanctuary Cove’s Winter Festival will commence on 4 June with an Art Weekend. For two fabulously creative days, The Marine Village will be transformed into an art-lover’s oasis with exhibitions, workshops, activities and entertainment to suit all ages. The Sanctuary Cove Gallery will exhibit a diverse range of up to 150 artworks including landscapes, still life, sculpture and photography. All pieces will be for sale and have been submitted by established and emerging artists with varying prices up to $5,000. Outside the gallery a series of ‘Artists in Residence’ will demonstrate their artistic talents. For the young and young-at-heart inner artist in everyone, there will be a choice of classes and interactive workshops at various waterside locations in The Marine Village led by established local artists from South East Queensland, while Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove will be the venue for a two-day Master Art Class. For budding young creatives, the winners of the Schools Eco Art Competition, open to all students from Prep to Year 12 from many schools in the Brisbane and Gold Coast Regions, will be announced. Throughout the art weekend there will be roving entertainment and school band performances. The Village Green will be transformed into a ‘Kids Art Precinct’ as children participate in art workshops and paint a series of murals that will be hung in The Village Theatre foyer. The Art Festival will be open from 10am to 4pm. Tastebuds will be tingling from 12 noon until 4pm on Sunday 12 June, as Sanctuary Cove celebrates the region’s vibrant food and wine culture. There will be the opportunity to talk with wine merchants, and sample fine wines, local produce and diverse offerings from the many restaurants within The Marine Village. Located in the Festival Marquee on the Rotunda

Lawn, an array of ‘live’ entertainment will provide the perfect ambience for the four hour event. Tickets are just $49 and are now available via the website ( These ‘all inclusive’ tickets are exceptional value and offer non-stop wine tasting, food sampling, music and entertainment! Throughout the two-week festival, there will also be a selection of events, including presentations and parades, to please every fashionista. Following the recent success of the BusinessGC Swim@Sanctuary Cove event in early March, a ‘Ready to Wear’ event showcasing new collections from emerging local designers is scheduled, and promises to be a great success. Separate student designer and bridal events are also planned. Miss Universe Australia has recently confirmed that they will hold their Queensland state final during the festival, with an afternoon tea function in the Festival Marquee for up to 150 guests on Wednesday June 8. King of Couture, Alex Perry, will turn up the heat on 17 June when he visits Sanctuary Cove and unveils his sultry collection Cuban Princess at an exquisite gala dinner for the charity AEIOU Foundation – for children with autism. Fine food, wine and music will set the tone for the evening which will transform the Festival Marquee into the simmering melting pot that is Havana, Cuba. Now in its sixth year the AEIOU Alex Perry Gala Dinner has become an institution in Brisbane, and this is the first time the event will be hosted on the Gold Coast. To close Sanctuary Cove’s Winter Festival, the children will take centre stage. The extremely popular Mummy Tree Markets – a gorgeous designer market showcasing unique boutique products and services for all the family – will be held on 18 and 19 June. In addition to the wide range of products, fashions and accessories available for the kids, free children’s entertainment will be provided by the fabulous Pineapple Productions. Love Festival Fever – Live Sanctuary Cove


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It’s a pleasure doing business Staying true to the village lifestyle that embodies the Sanctuary Cove way, The Marine Village precinct offers an array of amenities to suit everyone’s needs. Dine, shop or unwind ... The Marine Village

Bronson Financial Services* has taken up

who have chosen The Marine Village as the

at Sanctuary Cove houses a wide selection of

residence in The Marine Village and specialise

place to do business, Decked Out has joined

retail and specialty stores, as well as a variety of

in personalised wealth management, asset

the fashionable combination of chic boutiques,

commercial tenants, making it perfect for those

planning, estate planning and self-managed

seeking a one-stop destination.

superannuation strategies. Likened to having

luxury designer stores and specialty retailers at

From architects to accountants, The Marine

your own private Chief Financial Officer, this elite

Village offers a number of commercial services

personal financial services company specialises

and is the ideal place to do business. Over the


past few months several new and exciting tenants

wealth management needs now and for future

have joined the neighbourhood.


Apollo Dynamics offers a truly unique training





Visit for

more information.

a stylish range of labels including Blazer, Gant and R.M. Williams. Also check out the ‘Decked Out at Sanctuary Cove’ range of products, that perfectly reflect the Sanctuary Cove lifestyle. Doggy Divas has recently opened, offering

programme called GYROTONIC® exercise. The

Franchising International is bringing one of

everything you could possibly need to spoil

studio is tucked upstairs in The Marine Village and

Britain’s award-winning and fastest-growing

your beloved pooch. Whether it’s bling collars,

is run by instructor Richard Salmon. Stimulating

franchise businesses – thebestof – to Australia.

delicious home-made doggy treats or Juicy

all of the biological systems in the body,

Max Collins, Managing Director of Franchising

Couture bags that can be converted to water

GYROTONIC® exercise strengthens muscles,

International, says: “There is absolutely nothing

bowls, Doggy Divas is destined to make fashion

relieves stress and promotes an overall sense of

like it in Australia, and I know there are people

faux-paws a thing of the past! And for the more

well-being. To find out more about the benefits

who want to become their own boss that

adventurous, Doggy Divas offers an impressive

of GYROTONIC® exercise, contact Richard on

this franchise will be perfect for.” Log on to

0406 364 804. Sessions by appointment only. to find out more.

range of swimming goggles and life jackets – perfect for life on the open sea.

The highly talented and experienced team from

Another exciting addition to The Village is

Limetree Events is now based at Sanctuary Cove.

MobiMedia, an innovative mobile advertising

With over twenty years’ experience in the events

and media agency that engages consumers via

industry, this team prides itself on designing and

the mobile channel and captures their interest

delivering quality event and project services.

with creative concepts. With an established base

Their extensive and diverse portfolio includes

of high-level brand-name clients, MobiMedia

focus on life at The Marine Village and fall in love

the Australian Beach Volleyball Championships,

advises on mobile strategy and tactics as

with the relaxed way of life. You simply have to

Fashion TV’s Fashion Show and the Sanctuary Cove

well as devising and implementing holistic

experience it for yourself.

Christmas Concert. Limetree Events will continue

mobile campaigns. For more information visit:

to bring their expertise to the many events

happening around Sanctuary Cove this year.



Sanctuary Cove. This new menswear store houses

In addition to these new commercial tenants

As The Marine Village continues to offer visitors a wealth of wonderful resources, it’s easy to see why it truly is a one-stop destination. Sanctuary Cove invites you to discover a fresh

*Bronson Financial Services Pty Ltd ABN 12 126 883 538 is a Corporate Authorised




ABN 50 116 900 362 AFSL Lic. No 297239




For all bookings please contact:

+61 7 5577 9211

Jabiru House, Masthead Way Sanctuary Cove, QLD 4212 Email: Fax +61 7 5577 9928

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The right direction New signage in The Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove is pointing people in the right direction.

Most residents know The Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove like the back of their hands. They are totally familiar with the layout – where to park the buggy, moor the boat or find their favourite shops and restaurants. However, first-time visitors, tourists and newcomers may occasionally need assistance to get their bearings and navigate their way around. With that in mind, new way-finding signage has been installed in the village. Late last year, Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited employed the highly-talented services of design company, Dot Dash, to review the existing signage in The Marine Village.

A consistent and uniform design was developed to ensure all visits to the village would be effective and enjoyable.


New Marine Village signage

Photography Mark Burgin

Dot Dash felt it was necessary to create a new signage system for those arriving at the site by car, on foot and by boat. A consistent and uniform design was developed to ensure all visits to the village would be effective and enjoyable. Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited then enlisted the help of Digi Corporate to produce the signage from Dot Dash’s conceptual drawings. Now the final stage of the way-finding signage is nearing completion and The Marine Village looks like it’s had a bit of a make over. New maps, directories, tenant listings and directional signage have all been installed – bright, shiny and new. The signage also complements the street furniture installed in the village last year. Now, getting lost in Sanctuary Cove is something that everyone chooses to do!

New Marine Village signage

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see & be seen

Art in Broadbeach


& Emily Wu

Where: Sofitel Gold Coast, Broadbeach When: 11 March 2011 What: Special guests of Sofitel Gold


Coast Broadbeach and Astras Galleries gathered to view the award-winning works of European artist Tony Duarte. Fine art, wine and canapés – simply magnifique!




Astras & Kobi Facto

Hayes, Jennifer Wright & Nick Clarke

Duarte & Monika Stefani


Crowther & Eve Morten


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& John Rowles


Navarro with Paul & Emma Navarro

AFTERNOON DELIGHT Chocolate High Tea Buffet

photography Rhydian Lewis

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& Jill Price


A little bit refined - that’s what it’s all about! It’s a traditional, elegant, romantic high tea spread with a decadent twist of fate – What’s not pure chocolate is chocolatey, or goes so well with chocolate that it might as well be… chocolate, of course! It’s Brisbane’s finest high tea indulgence, and you’ll be served alfresco on The Brasserie’s river-view terrace. Available Saturdays and Sundays 3 - 5pm I $42 per person For reservations phone 07 3221 1999

The Brasserie on the River Stamford Plaza Brisbane Cnr Edward & Margaret Streets Brisbane, QLD 4000

see & be seen

Jewellery and the city

▼▼ Cathy McCabe, Jacqui Cooper & Stephanie Heeren

Where: The Patio, Evergreen Lifestyle Centre When: 29 March 2011 What: The Patio hosted a cocktail party to launch the new Otazu jewellery collection. Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés while marvelling over this stunning collection which includes pieces from the ‘Otazu for Sex and the City 2’ range. ▼▼Elli


Olssen, Jane Cox & Yvonne Menning


Molloy & Estelle McKinnan



Drummond & Alice Drummond

MacRae & Margaret Ellis



O’Donnell & Vicki Carter


& John Clark with Daniela Torretta


Hawley, Lyn Barton & Janet Bell


Boath & Debbie Wren

photography Rhydian Lewis

photography Rhydian Lewis


McIntyre, Molly Warren & Angie Rodley


Johnson & Dorothy McCormack


& Michael Gillham

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see & be seen

Legs & legends


& David Dyer

Where: The Grange, Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove When: 8 April 2011 What: The legendary Rhonda Burchmore joined host Patsy Rowe and fellow guests at the Ultimate Luncheon. The effervescent author and entertainer enthralled the audience with stories of her illustrious career, before launching into a fabulous song and dance routine. Rhonda also signed copies of her new release, Legs 11.













Bass, Gwen Skinner & Jan Gibson

▲▲ Helen

McParlane, Rhonda Burchmere & Linda Kirby


Bezanson & Sharon Houghton

▼▼ Mary Dickinson, Lady Beverley Ward & Manoela Nott

Joseph & Maria Zoller

▲▲ Mary

Hinves & Maureen Callander

photography Helen McParlane

▼▼ Ivana


& Angela Gnapp


Burchmore & Patsy Rowe


cove cuisine

Heston Blumenthal

Heston drops by World renowned chef Heston Blumenthal certainly made an impression during his recent visit to Sanctuary Cove.

“Heston is a trailblazer. The kitchen is his playground and he has inspired thousands through his imagination and raw enthusiasm for food and cooking …”


Saturday 19 March 2011 was a rainy day at Sanctuary Cove, which added to the intimacy of In Conversation with Heston Blumenthal. This exclusive event, held at a private home behind the gates, offered guests the opportunity to meet Heston and learn about his unique philosophy and approach to cooking, taste and flavour. With his thick black-rimmed glasses and casual London attire, Heston had guests entranced as he spoke for more than two hours about his wizard-like approach to food. He showcased the techniques used in the kitchen of his restaurant, The Fat Duck, and spoke about how it all started – and how in the same week he received his second Michelin star, he was on the brink of closing the restaurant – and what’s

next in store for guests to The Fat Duck in Bray. “It’s not surprising that The Fat Duck receives over 20,000 calls a day and only opens the reservations book three months in advance,” said one guest. “He is extraordinary. It’s like theatre. Actually, it’s better than theatre.” Fifty chefs work in the kitchen of The Fat Duck, a 40-seat restaurant, which gives you an idea of the detail and preparation required for each dish. Like a mad professor set loose in a kitchen, Blumenthal has made his name blowing up, reducing, foaming, freezing, deconstructing and reconstructing what most of us see as every day food – creating a new realm of cuisine where boundaries simply don’t exist. Heston is able to interpret and apply science


Ewan Berry serving the guests

Heston chats with a guest

Guests at In Conversation with Heston Blumenthal

Dinner preparation

Alison Quinn with Heston Photography Mark Burgin

to his cooking; isolating essential flavours and understanding the way ingredients behave when cooked. He essentially throws conventional logic out the window when it comes to fashioning his creations. Through a simple experiment with an olive and vanilla pod, guests learned first-hand the difference between taste and flavour and how our mind and memories can play tricks with our taste buds. “I always thought vanilla was sweet,” said another guest. “It’s actually very bitter and quite horrible tasting, but from all those years of eating vanilla ice-cream and smelling perfume, my mind has been tricked.” “Food is such a major part of our lives and is

integral to our memories and experiences at all ages,” Heston says. “It’s not just about cooking, it’s about using all your senses to create that perfect dining experience.” Alison Quinn, Executive General Manager Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited, said it was an honour and thrill to host Blumenthal’s visit. “Heston is a trailblazer. The kitchen is his playground and he has inspired thousands through his imagination and raw enthusiasm for food and cooking. His zeal is simply infectious.” The day concluded with a dinner hosted by Heston, and prepared by the Golf & Country Club excutive chef and his team. “I can’t tell you how great it is to have someone

else cook for me,” Heston said. “You know, chefs are probably the easiest people to cook for, because it’s just so nice to relax and not be in the kitchen for a while. “I really enjoyed joining the other guests for dinner.”

Dinner By Heston Blumenthal In late January 2011 Heston Blumenthal opened his new London restaurant Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park. The restaurant pays homage to the flavours of Britain’s gastronomic past.


photography Mark Burgin


Candles & Cuisine 2011

cove cuisine

A star-studded event

The annual Candles & Cuisine event transformed The Marine Village Sanctuary Cove into a candlelit restaurant precinct.

Miss Universe Australia entrants

African drummers

At midday on 26 March 2011 – the date of the annual Candles & Cuisine event – the clouds in the sky were looking slightly ominous and the wind was blowing down Masthead Way in The Marine Village Sanctuary Cove. As a highly efficient team of people started to set the 200-metre long table for Candles & Cuisine’s 500 guests, nobody dared suggest that it was going to rain on their parade. (Although a wet weather plan was firmly in place, just in case!) And, like the weather, the event turned out perfectly. As the candles were lit at 6pm, guests enjoyed pre-dinner bubbles from Bimbadgen Estate. Stilt walkers, fire twirlers, acrobats and African drummers entertained the crowds, who marvelled at the totally transformed Marine Village. To add to the glamour of the night, the evening began with the judging of a Miss Universe Australia regional final. All of the girls looked gorgeous (and tall!) and it certainly must have been difficult to choose the finalists. Seven entrants made it through to the state finals to be held later this year. >>

Stilt walker


2011 Candles & Cuisine

Fire twirler


Entertaining the guests

2011 Candles & Cuisine

Stilt walkers, fire twirlers, acrobats and African drummers entertained the crowds, who marvelled at the totally transformed Marine Village.

At 7pm guests took their seats to enjoy the gastronomic delights from five of Sanctuary Cove’s leading restaurants – Café St Tropez, Mexis, Bahia, ioesco and Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove. Guests enjoyed dining under the stars as roving entertainers performed on stages along The Promenade, and sang from balconies above. The photo booth was also a great hit. After dinner, many danced the night away to popular band, Sakura. The sell-out event, now in its second year, was spectacular. Showcasing the Sanctuary Cove lifestyle, Candles and Cuisine has become an annual event not to be missed. Ticket sales increased by more than 30 per cent this year and the event is well on its way to reaching a target of 1000+ guests dining at tables covering every square inch of the paved streets throughout The Marine Village.

Sparkling wine

cafe cucina bar Sanctuary Cove

Genuine Italian cuisine made with passion and served with sophistication and warmth... Max and Amanda Alfieri welcome you to ioesco... Modern Italian food steeped with tradition – coupled with our stylish ambience, harbourfront location and attentive staff – are just some of our secrets. Unwind with friends over the very best coffee, dine alfresco in the sunshine – one of the locals favorites...

Ciao a tutti! See you soon!

3a Masthead Way, Sanctuary Cove t. 07 5577 8800 e. Open Tuesday – Sunday (Monday’s available for private functions) Italian Cooking Classes – for more information visit:

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King of the sea

Tony Harper is hooked on the delicious flavours of the Hiramasa Kingfish.

Rhett Willis is Head Chef at Jellyfish Restaurant in downtown Brisbane, and he’s a chap who knows his way around a fish. It’s the sort of innate understanding that makes a world of difference to what ends up on your plate. I’ve had the joy of eating fish from his kitchen a number of times, but the most exotic and thrilling was an extraordinary meal based around a whole Hiramasa Kingfish. It was a great concept: four diners commit to a whole fish and Willis and his team turn it into a sixcourse degustation menu that uses every morsel of the fish and concludes with a consommé made from its bones. Soft Fish Tacos are crafted from the upper belly; Thai Style Larp (served with a fresh wasabi leaf) from below the belly; Crispy Fried Salt & Pepper Wings with Chilli Jam & Coconut Sauce from the collar; Fragrant Red Curry from the tail and then that Consommé Shot from the frame. But the point of this ramble is the first course – Sashimi of Hiramasa Kingfish taken from the shoulder. Raw fish isn’t a food to be dallied with if the quality of the flesh isn’t tip-top. The age and condition of the fish have a bearing on its suitability for sashimi, it needs to be ultra-fresh, and the fish should be killed with as little stress as possible. So when it comes time to take the fish from the water, the Hiramasa guys use a technique known as ‘ikijimi’ to kill them. It is the Japanese method of spiking the brain, and it is widely considered (and by a significant margin) the best way to kill a fish for eating. It is relatively humane, fast and efficient, and it preserves the quality of the flesh.


If fish are treated to more conventional methods (clubbing or simply being tossed into an ice slurry) they die more slowly and with greater trauma, which causes the release of enzymes that deteriorate the meat and erode the eating qualities. It’s a problem that exists with wild-caught fish; the line-caught guys struggle against the inevitable pull to the surface, while the netted guy stays (sometimes for hours) imprisoned with sharks and other warlords of the ocean; like a citykid spending a night in a Harlem prison. But the Hiramasa fish are sort of like free-range birds: their territory is reasonably spacious, but they are accustomed to people feeding and herding them. So when it comes time to make the journey from ocean to plate, they are relatively complacent – less stress, less enzymes, better eating! Hiramasa farm the kingfish in the waters of the Great Southern Ocean. They are natural waters to the kingfish, but they were chosen for the project because of their pristine nature allowing for the rearing of disease-free fish. The farming system allows for them to be fed a diet designed to bring about the perfect fish. And they can be culled at just the right weight and development. Leaving the propaganda aside for the moment, I reckon there is a whisper of artificiality and manipulation about the whole thing. The early 2010s (particularly where food and booze are concerned) have found us obsessing over the religions of natural-sourcing and the regression of processing and technique. And I’ve been a fisherman for long enough to have heard rants from some well-informed guys on the disease dangers of aquaculture.


“There is a certain joy to be found in tasting the subtle differences in foods from different fields or wild fish from different waters.” There is wisdom in the cause, especially coming off a few decades of science and manufacturing shaping our lives and our foods. And there is a certain joy to be found in tasting the subtle differences in foods from different fields or wild fish from different waters. But sitting down to a plate of the Hiramasa fish – or in this instance, six plates of the fish – objecting from a ‘back to nature’ point of view seems a little daft. The proof is in the pudding (or, I guess, in the sashimi) and the Hiramasa Kingfish are nothing short of impeccable. And I’ve also been a fisherman for long enough to know our wild populations can’t sustain our population growth and voracious appetites. If aquaculture, as some folk suggest, endangers the wild populations with disease and questionable genetic material, then I reckon we need to refine the art … not try to stop it.

The Hiramasa guys say they have already refined things quite well. The farms are located in pollution- and disease-free waters – one at Port Lincoln and the other at Whyalla – and the environment is constantly monitored: “The challenge we accepted as an aquaculture industry operating from these shores, was not to interfere with the perfection of Mother Nature, but to improve on it.” If time proves them correct then it can only be of benefit to our oceans and plates. It is catching on. Hiramasa is taking its place on an increasing number of menus and it seems likely that, because the product is so damned good, as more people taste it, demand will increase exponentially. Rhett Willis and his team at Jellyfish have finished the Hiramasa degustation (more’s the pity) but for me at least the meal was a success … I’m hooked.


cove cuisine

Cru – zing Paul Hoffman – owner and operator of Cru Bar + Cellar – serves up a seafood sensation. Salmon and Shell Scallops on Skordalia and Avocado Salsa with Caper and Mustard Vinaigrette Ingredients

Originally from Darwin, Paul Hoffman relocated to Brisbane following the devastation of Cyclone Tracy. He then trained and worked as a chef for several years before moving to Sydney to expand his horizons and further hone his craft. Several establishments he has worked in during his career have collected awards – including the first of his own restaurants, Epicurians, which took out two prestigious Chef’s Hat Awards within three months of opening its doors. Accolades aside, it’s the service aspect of running a restaurant that Paul finds most satisfying. “Customer relations is what I love most,” he says. “I have an open kitchen, and I love talking to customers. It’s wonderful to be able to share my interest with them.” When it comes to cuisine style, Paul favours a fresh approach, which is perfectly suited to Brisbane’s climate. “That’s how I like to design my menu,” he says. “Nothing too fiddly or fancy – just nice and fresh and light.”

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Skordalia 260g peeled Nicola potato, cooked
 60g unsalted butter ½ large brown onion, very finely diced 3 medium cloves garlic, crushed
 4 tablespoons cream 4 tablespoons milk
 4 tablespoons aioli 
 ½ lemon, juiced

Photography Paul Fletcher

Photography Paul Fletcher

Seafood 4 x ½ shell scallops (Hervey Bay) 4 x 160g salmon portions

Avocado Salsa
 2 medium avocadoes, diced
 ¼ bunch coriander, chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil ½ lemon, juiced 2 tablespoons capers Caper and Mustard Vinaigrette
 3 egg yolks
 120ml vegetable oil 2 tablespoons capers, chopped
 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
 ½g saffron threads, softened
 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

“I have an open kitchen, and I love talking to customers. It’s wonderful to be able to share my interest with them.”

Method Skordalia 1. Make a basic potato mash by combining cooked potato, butter, cream and milk together. 2. Once cooled, add brown onion, garlic, aioli and lemon juice. 3. Season with salt and pepper and set in fridge, covered. Avocado Salsa 1. Fry capers in oil for 2 minutes to open up and crisp. 2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, taking care not to mash the avocado. Caper and Mustard Vinaigrette 1. Make an emulsion by whisking egg yolks and slowly adding oil. 2. When thickened, add water and wine vinegar. 3. Add saffron, mustard and chopped capers. 4. Season to taste. Cooking method
 1. Season each piece of salmon and all scallops with cracked pepper and flaked salt. 2. In a heavy pan add 2 tablespoons olive oil and turn on to a medium heat. 3. Place salmon (skin side up) in the pan and cook for approximately 1½ minutes. 4. Turn skin side down and cook for approximately 2½ minutes. 5. Add scallops and cook for another 30 seconds. 6. Take off heat, cover with foil and let rest for 1½ minutes. To serve 1. On four large plates divide skordalia and place off centre. 2. Spoon the avocado salsa on top of the skordalia 3. Place a piece of salmon on top and place the scallops on the salmon. 4. Drizzle vinaigrette around each dish. Serves 4







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Culinary events 3-27 June Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month Taste and smell freshly pressed olive oils, learn the art of cheese making, dine in award-winning restaurants and sample the Hunter Valley’s many delicacies along with its premium wines.

11-13 June Kyneton Olive Oil Open Weekend Located in Central Victoria, Kyneton Olive Oil invites you to sample their new season products including fresh extra virgin olive oils, table olives and tapanade. Enjoy a tour of the processing facilities and sample local wine and produce.

18-19 June Yarra Valley Smaller Wineries Shortest Lunch Join the Yarra Valley’s smaller winemakers for this moving feast of entree-size meals – a perfect way to wander around the boutique wineries, while enjoying great food, wine and music.

Chef’s choice Kitchen solutions RACO has been supplying Australia with kitchen solutions for over 50 years. With products ranging from cookware, bakeware, utensils and electrics, RACO is sure to make your life easier. The range includes a high quality stainless steel garlic press and pizza cutter, the perfect addition to any modern home.

Good as gold Fennel Pollen Spice is the dried, tiny flower petals of wild fennel plants. However you use this gourmet ‘gold-dust’, its elusive taste and mysteriously familiar aroma will add to the flavour of any dish. Fennel Pollen Spice is trans-formative and can disguise itself as curry, anise, licorice, and saffron. Try Tortellini with Fennel Pollen Cream Sauce or Roasted Pork with Fennel Pollen.

25-27 June Tastings at the Top This gourmet three-day food and wine extravaganza at Cradle Mountain Lodge allows culinary connoisseurs to celebrate the finer things in life by sampling the very best in Tasmanian produce.

2-3 July Victorian Truffle Festival The Truffle Festival will combine the region’s most suitable wines with a unique truffle experience, including truffle cooking demonstrations and sessions with some of Australia’s experts on how to grow and produce truffles.

16 July Brisbane French Festival Celebrate all things French this Bastille Day at South Bank. Sample French cuisine and gain an insight into the French culture and language. With plenty of entertainment, this is a fun day for the whole family.


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Tea time Tea is the time we take to pamper ourselves and relax. Rejuvenate with this compendium of teas from herbal expert Margaret Roberts. By combining herbs and spices, we can choose a healthy cup of tea to be enjoyed morning, noon and night. Each recipe includes the health and wellbeing results derived from one simple cup. From calming or energising teas to infusions to solve kidney, liver, skin and hair problems, this is the release for anyone who loves a cup of tea! Tea by Margaret Roberts New Holland Publishers RRP $24.95



It’s all Greek


Welcome to Mary Valle’s Greek kitchen, a place to share simple food, warm laughter and tradition. Indulge in the fresh scents of oregano and lemon; lamb roast; sticky baklava and light almond biscuits; and the tender juiciness of a great moussaka. Mary’s passion for the food of her childhood is in every one of these classic recipes, handed down through generations and enlivened by her own modern twists. With personal memories and stunning images, this is the cookbook to begin your journey into Greek food.




My Greek Kitchen by Mary Vale New Holland Publishers RRP $40

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Rum rebellion Charles Tobias, founder of Pusser’s Rum, is an extraordinary man who has lived an extraordinary life. Words Tony Harper

Today Charles Tobias is best known as the

Just how Charles Tobias made the leap from

founder and chairman of Pusser’s Rum: that in

Los Angeles corporate to seafarer and finally to

itself is a fascinating tale and one that we will

rum producer only he knows. But at one stage

get to. But before Pusser’s Rum there was The

during the voyage he states ‘The sea is teaching

Way of the Wind – a seafaring odyssey spanning

me how little I need, not how much’, which I think

five years and fifty-thousand kilometres through

speaks volumes about the changes going on

some of the world’s most beautiful places.

inside him.

Let’s rewind back to 1972.

The film is coloured with the occasional tot of

Charles (Chuck) Tobias lived in the corporate

rum, and perhaps it was on the ocean that he

world of Los Angeles – there was plenty of

first hatched his plans for a rum brand of his own.

money and even more work. But success can be

When he had finished making the movie,

a succubus, and he awoke to the realisation that

Charles purchased the rights and the blending

there must be something more to life than the

information from the Admiralty and set about

grind of the city and the relentless pressures of

creating Pusser’s Rum.


It was a cunning move. In 1980 he launched

So Charles Tobias escaped.

a conundrum: a brand-new rum with more than

He assembled a crew of three more men and

three centuries of history behind it!

Tommy – his pet chimpanzee – and set sail on

‘Rum and the sea are inseparable, and no

Mar: a 76 foot Staysail Ketch with a larch-wood

rum is more akin to the sea and the sailor than

hull. Destination – the Aegean and a magical spot

Pusser’s Rum – the Original Navy Rum. For more

called Kapi Cove.

than 300 years, from the earliest days of wooden

The journey was documented on film and was

ships and iron men, sailors of Great Britain’s

made into a movie entitled The Way of The Wind.

Royal Navy were issued a daily ration – or ‘tot’

It meanders through the Panama Canal, the

– of rum by the ship’s ‘Purser’ (corrupted by the

stunning San Blas Islands, Grenada and Antigua

sailors to Pusser’s). Prior to 1740, the men’s daily

in the West Indies, the Bermuda Triangle then

tot of Pusser’s Rum was a pint a day, which they

across the North Atlantic.

drank neat – that is without water! Before battle,

In the middle of the North Atlantic lie the Azores, and there Charles joined a group of the


Charles Tobias aboard Mar

they were issued a double ‘tot’, and always after victory for a job well done!

local men on a sperm whale hunt using a hand-

From 1655 to the 19th century, Pusser’s Rum

thrown spear from a wooden row-boat. It’s raw,

was one of the few daily comforts afforded to

primeval stuff lifted from the pages of Moby Dick,

those early seamen of Britain’s Navy as they

and a far cry from the mechanised slaughter that

fought around the globe to keep the Empire

put the whales on the endangered list.

intact and its sea-lanes open.

Then it was on to Malta and on to the Aegean

It was not until 31 July, 1970 that the Admiralty

Sea, stopping at Cleopatra’s Island before finally

Board abolished the daily issue of Pusser’s Rum.

setting anchor at Kapi Cove.

‘Times had changed’, they said as they concluded

Mar off Rhodes

that ‘in a highly sophisticated navy no risk for margin of error which might be attributable to rum could be allowed’. And so it was that the daily issue of Pusser’s Rum, which had stood the test of time as the Navy’s longest serving tradition for over 300 years, was cast aside like a piece of flotsam and jetsam where it lay quietly until 1979.’ In buying the rights, Charles also purchased the story, the recipe, the ancient wooden Admiralty stills, and the ability to resurrect the famous drink. As a tribute to the Royal Navy and its traditions, Pusser’s donates a portion from the proceeds of each bottle sold back to the Royal Navy Sailor’s Fund (the Tot Fund), and today is the fund’s largest source of income apart from the founder’s original bequest. These days Pusser’s is a rum that captures in equal parts the scent of the Royal Navy and the spirit of the West Indies. The rum itself is terrific. It’s a dark rum, but not ultra-heavy or strong as some navy rums tend to be, and it is soft and smooth enough to drink on its own. The secret lies in its production. The original Admiralty wooden stills Charles purchased back in 1979 remain in use today and

Charles Tobias

impart their own unique character, the wood capturing the ghost of every batch that has ever passed through them and adding their remnants to every new batch. These are the only two production-capacity wooden pots remaining in the world, and the 200 years of esters are what make it possible to reproduce those distinct Pusser’s flavours. Pusser’s is also the only rum in the world prepared to the exact Admiralty specifications – the same blend of five West Indian rums as was issued on board British warships – and, unlike other rums, is 100 per cent natural, using no flavouring agents. It’s an expensive way to make rum, but the complexity and depth gained by the process makes the effort worthwhile. Then there are the decanters. Pusser’s bottles a portion of its rums into an array of fabulous, ceramic ship’s decanters. They head a range of ceramic hip flasks and flagons, are both ornamental and eminently practical and each features a different nautical theme. For a rum that has only been in existence for a smidge over 40 years, Pusser’s is rich in history and tradition, and it’s all thanks to the spirit, dreams and efforts of Charles Tobias and the seeds that were sown on his five-year odyssey aboard the Mar.

The rum itself is terrific. It’s a dark rum, but not ultraheavy or strong as some navy rums tend to be, and it is soft and smooth enough to drink on its own.


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Message in a bottle Pusser’s Rum Decanters have a rich history. words Susan Lang-Lemckert

Nelson’s Blood Made with Pusser’s Rum Ingredients

As well as being one of the world’s most unique rums – being made in 200 year-old wood stills to the original specifications of the Admiralty – Pusser’s Rum is also presented in an exquisite decanter befitting its long and distinguished history. Hand-cast from porcelain and rich with [British] Royal Navy insignia, these beautiful decanters enhance the experience of serving this exceptional spirit, or presenting it as a gift to someone special. History is also the source of the distinctive c olo ur a nd s ha p e of t he d e c a nte r s – predominantly royal blue with the traditional broad base introduced to ensure stability when at sea. While the general shape of ship’s decanters was developed during the latter part of the 18th century, they were little-known before being introduced at a victory celebration for The Moonlight Battle and The Battle of the Saints by a British Admiral named Rodney. The Admiral’s decanters were particularly broad-based – some up to 12 inches in diameter – and the true test of a ship’s decanter (said to be when the shortest distance from the outer edge of the pouring lip to the edge of the base is equal to or greater than the outer circumference of the


pouring lip) became known as ‘the Rodney test’. The decorative features gracing the Pusser’s Rum decanters include The Admiral Lord Nelson Cameo, The Rule Britannia Cameo, The Seven Seas Cameo and The Royal Navy Traditional Toasts Cameo. The Royal Navy Traditional Toasts Cameo commemorates the officers’ ritual practiced to this day whereby dinner at noon is accompanied by a toast to the reigning monarch, followed by the toast of the day. The toasts are: Monday: Our ships at sea Tuesday:

Our men

Wednesday: Ourselves Thursday:

A bloody war and quick promotion


A willing soul and sea room


Sweethearts and wives … may they never meet


Absent friends and those at sea

But you don’t have to be a sailor to appreciate Pusser’s Rum – even confirmed landlovers could adapt these toasts in order to inject some of the romance of our seafaring history into their own special occasions.

60ml Pusser’s Rum 3-4 dashes Angostura Bitters 45ml Cranberry juice 45ml Orange juice Fresh lime wedge

Method Coat an old fashioned glass with 3-4 dashes of Bitters, fill with ice, Pusser’s Rum, cranberry juice and orange juice. Garnish with a squeeze of fresh lime.



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Barrels & bubbles

2011 Bimbadgen vintage Report Sarah Crowe – Senior Winemaker

The growing season was a challenging one for the vineyard team. Back in November when harvest seemed years away, they were working tirelessly to keep disease at bay. We had the wettest November in years with 156mm or 20 per cent of the yearly average. The weather forecast threatened to cancel harvest altogether throughout December and January, but those rains never came. In the three months since, we have had a total of only 90mm. We now need rain to help our fruit-bare vines store their reserves for the coming 2012 vintage. We are all aware of the devastation in Queensland throughout those months, and we were just plain lucky that it didn’t push further south. The first fruit to come off on Saturday 22 January was Semillon which was destined for the ever-popular Sparkling Semillon. This start date was back to ‘normal’ and coincides with some of the great vintages in the Hunter. Once we began, the fruit kept on coming – Palmers Lane and McDonalds Road Semillon on 23 January and all Estate Chardonnay on 24 January. A steady stream of Semillon followed from selected Hunter


Valley vineyards, along with some beautiful Chardonnay and tropical Verdelho. The pride and joy in the winery is a 2000 litre oval oak cask – a surprise for the winery crew who didn’t mind manoeuvring it into place at the end of a long day crushing. We call ‘him’ McPherson in recognition of Jock McPherson who planted the first vines at Bimbadgen in the late 1960s. Some Australia Day-picked Chardonnay was slipped into the cask for a two week fermentation, and now McDonalds Road Shiraz rests in there for 12 month’s maturation. During the vintage there was a string of 40 degree days, which meant no break between whites and reds. As the Shiraz harvest began on 5 February we were whole-bunch pressing the last Chardonnay. The colour and flavour in the Shiraz is amazing, with perfect sugar levels resulting in alcohols of between 13 and 14 per cent. The last Hunter red was our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. I had to call in the big guns for this one with office, restaurant, cellar door and winery staff helping the vineyard guys bring in the last harvest. They were so fast that next year I’ll have to find them a bigger block to tackle! At the time of writing all Estate wine is picked and we have had a short break from fruit. All of the Hunter whites are packed up safely in tank or oak and reds are making their way to barrel for maturation. Adam has headed to New Zealand to do vintage all over again so we are back to core staff. I’m now on the road travelling between vineyards checking fruit maturity for our Regions range of wines and Museum of Contemporary Art series. Mudgee will be first, harvesting Barbera, closely followed by Orange with Gewurztraminer. Hilltops Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Barbera will follow. It’s going to be a toss-up between Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris and Tasmania Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir for last in the door! Congratulations to our vineyard team who delivered very high quality fruit to the winery this year.

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Out of Africa Fine food and wine, luxurious travel, wonderful company and the ‘Big Five’ made the Cove Travel Passage to Africa a holiday to remember. Words Terry Hopley Photography Vanessa Allaway

Our recent ‘Passage to Africa’ trip was a huge success with a group of 24 adventurous travellers enjoying a varied and exciting itinerary arranged for them by the team at Cove Travel. The three-week holiday began in the island paradise of Mauritius where the group settled down to some serious relaxation intermingled with golf at the luxurious Paradis Hotel. From there they joined the luxurious Silver Wind for a ten-day cruise that took them to some memorable ports of call. First it was Madagascar, a fascinating experience for a one-day call but not a place you would choose for your next vacation. Then it was on to Richards Bay, South Africa, where the group left the ship temporarily for an overnight safari at Phinda Game Reserve. Luckily all the ‘Big Five’ were spotted on afternoon and early morning game drives and there was still plenty of time to enjoy the facilities of one of the world’s leading private reserves. The accommodation was in stunning individual lodges spaced out along slightly nerve-wracking paths through the reserve, while the food was truly outstanding. Dinner was an outdoor affair – with ample screening from the wild animals – and breakfast was taken in the lodge before the group reluctantly waived goodbye to Phinda to rejoin the ship. The Indian Ocean could have been kinder during the cruise but despite a few days of choppy seas the group enjoyed their calls at Durban and Port Elizabeth, as well as the renowned Silversea cuisine and complimentary wines, before disembarking at Cape Town for what many described as the highlight of the trip. >>

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Table Bay Hotel was the Cove Travel recommendation for the final part of the holiday – and they could not have chosen better. The hotel is situated right on the Victoria and Alfred waterfront and has wonderful views of the Indian Ocean and Table Mountain. After an orientation tour that included a ride on the famed cable-car and lunch at Groot Constantia, the group enjoyed their first night at Table Bay Hotel with the best still to come. Breakfast at Table Bay Hotel is a truly memorable experience and is regarded by many experts as the finest in the world. Imagine, for instance, a choice of nearly 30 different kinds of yoghurts, 40 varieties of fruit and specialities from all over the world as well as local oysters and seafood. And all that before you even reach the main traditional breakfast buffet! The five-day stay in Cape Town included golf at Royal Cape and Pearl Valley plus a full day excursion to Stellenbosch and the surrounding winegrowing areas and ended with a memorable sunset cruise into the bay. Those of you who missed out on this exciting adventure, don’t despair … the team at Cove Travel are busy working on the itinerary for the next group trip. Watch this space.

Guest Comments “A wonderful experience, especially spending quality  time with and getting to know our fellow companions.  We had a great journey – thank you for organising everything so well Cove Travel.” Graham and Annette McKenzie One of the ‘Big Five’ at Phinda Game Reserve

• “We were shown how compellingly captivating the African continent is. We just loved the whole trip.”  Brian and Gaye Heldon • “From island palms to exciting wildlife safaris and  valleys of vineyards – it was a wonderful adventure.”  David and Helen Ashton • “Fantastic trip. Wonderful group of people. Cape Town and staying at Table Bay Hotel was definitely a highlight.”  Peter and Trish Threlkeld •

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“Our first ever trip to this part of the world was  made all the better by the professional planning  and attention from Cove Travel.” Harry and Brenda Malone • “The adrenalin rush of being escorted through the Phinda Game Park bush to our cabin, knowing that earlier that evening  we had seen many wild animals, including the Big Five,  close to the resort was a magic moment.”  John and Margaret Hill • “The best thing about Cove Travel’s three-week South African tour was the people we met. We had a lovely time.”  Stanley and Fiona Law


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Gaia Retreat and Day Spa, in the Northern NSW hinterland, is the perfect place to relax and recharge. words Rhonda Oxnam

Kukura House

Like many others, my 2011 got off to a pretty stressful start. Work deadlines, family commitments, concerns over friends and loved ones caught up in the floods and cyclones all took their toll, so the chance to spend two nights relaxing at Gaia Retreat and Spa promised a welcome respite. Set on 25 acres of stunning bushland in the Northern NSW hinterland, Gaia is probably as well known for its high profile owner, Olivia NewtonJohn, as it is for its luxurious surroundings. However, as co-owner and General Manager Gregg Cave jokingly explains ‘it’s not all about the blonde girl’. It is also about redheads and brunettes, men and women, couples and individuals … it is, in fact, about ‘you’ (or in this case, me). My journey began with a leisurely drive down the Pacific Highway (but if you are arriving from further afield you can fly to nearby Ballina or Gold Coast airports and be transferred to the retreat in air-conditioned comfort). On my arrival I was immediately captivated by Gaia’s soothing aura. The recent rain that


devastated Brisbane had left the countryside lush and green, and the air crisp and clear. The buildings blend discreetly with the surroundings; the staff and guests go about their business in a relaxed manner; and a sense of tranquillity permeates the atmosphere. However, while there is no disputing the beauty of the setting or the calming ambience of the retreat it is the little things that really set Gaia apart … like the home-grown rose that sits in a vase next to the bed; the individual handwritten cards that list your schedule for the following day; the meal that comes out minus the broccoli (because you mentioned to the chef that you don’t like green stuff!). The property itself started out as a health farm back in the 70s. Over the past four decades it has had many reincarnations – including being used as a wedding venue, a hotel and a recreation camp. The estate had been standing derelict for several years when Gregg and Olivia discovered it by chance in 2004 and immediately realised they had found their personal Nirvana. Selflessly, the pair decided to share it with others and Gaia

Massage at Gaia

Retreat and Spa was born. Gregg, an art dealer in a former life, took on the role of Project Manager and has had a hands-on role in the rejuvenation. “The basic buildings were here but we have refurbished and redecorated the entire property,” Gregg explains. “The name Gaia means ‘at one with Mother Earth’ and the idea was to create a place that would nourish the mind, body and spirit of our guests.” Now a member of the Healing Hotels of the World, Gaia certainly achieves that aim – there are no TVs, no phones, no distractions – just the chance to relax and recharge, as I quickly discovered. Day one was spent reading by the pool, wandering along the walking tracks and enjoying the delicious organic food on offer. Chatting to my fellow guests at the communal dining table I quickly discovered their reasons for being there were as diverse as the ladies themselves. From the young mum who needed to re-energise to the business woman recharging before her next foray into the corporate world; from the healer who was celebrating her fiftieth

... there are no TVs, no phones, no distractions, just the chance to relax and recharge ...


birthday to the city doctor needing a break from the stresses of her workplace – all these ladies had their own personal agenda, and were able to tailor their stay accordingly. “It’s all about choice,” Gregg explains. “We offer individualised treatments that allow guests to walk away from mental stress and reconnect with themselves. Whether you are looking for weight-loss, detox or just a chance to unwind … we have focus packages to suit. The key element is ‘it’s your choice’.” For the record, I had trouble deciding between a nanna-nap on the daybed or snoozing on the hammock; a morning yoga session or a sleepin; a rejuvenating facial or an alternative therapy treatment ... Luckily on my second afternoon the decision was taken out of my hands when I was treated to a relaxation massage in the ‘Sacred Garden’. A part of the Gaia Day Spa, this open-air treatment room is set among the rainforest and is home to twin massage tables and a luxurious bathtub. Initially, I was a little daunted by the exposed nature of the setting, however, my discomfort was quickly overcome by the sheer bliss of the experience. In addition to the well-appointed day spa, Gaia also boasts a fitness centre, swimming pool, tennis court and walking track so guests can be as active or inactive as they choose (again it is entirely up to the individual). On a personal level, my time at Gaia Retreat allowed me to unwind and de-stress; professionally, I returned to work refreshed and refocussed. A win-win situation really!


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Oceanic Discoverer – Papua New Guinea

Island-hopping Travelling to Papua New Guinea and Melanesia with Coral Princess Cruises promises an experience like no other.

Fact File 12 nights – Papua New Guinea Departing from Cairns and Rabaul on 3 November and 15 November 2011. Save up to 25% (for Coral Princess Cruises past guests) or 15% for first-time guests. Single travelers can receive their own room at the twin share price – no single supplement. 15 nights – Melanesia Departing Cairns to New Caledonia on 28 November 2011. Save up to 25% (for Coral Princess Cruises past guests) or 15% for first-time guests. Single travelers can receive their own room at the twin share price – no single supplement. For further information please  contact Cove Travel on +61 7 5577 9211 or email


Papua New Guinea and Melanesia offer travellers culture and mystery, romance and treasure, tropical jungle and beautiful beaches. And cruising aboard Coral Princess Cruises’ Oceanic Discoverer is the perfect way to discover these two exotic, rarely visited locations. The 12-night Papua New Guinea expedition from Cairns to Rabaul is full of scenic highlights and cultural experiences. Greeted by a flotilla of traditional ocean going canoes as they approach Dobu, guests learn of the Kula Ring of Trading, see traditional welcome dances performed by the local primary school children and visit the spiritual Dei Dei Hot Springs. The expedition takes guests on an islandhopping adventure. Discover the Trobriand Islands, known as the ‘islands of love’ and visit the idyllic island of Tuam – where welcome dances, prized trinkets and village hospitality are exceptional. Aboard Oceanic Discoverer you will cruise 100km up the mighty Sepik River to the villages of Bien and Angoram, famous for their intricate wood carvings. Uninhabited

Crown Island is well known as a turtle nesting ground, as well as a key spot for snorkelling in the beautiful tropical waters. From here guests enjoy a day cruising the New Britain coastline then onto Kimbe Bay. Kimbe Bay has one of the world’s richest and most diverse coral systems inhabited by more than 400 species of coral and 860 species of tropical fish. Finally, guests cruise around the islands known as ‘The Beehives’ before concluding their expedition in Rabaul. The 15-night Melanesia expedition from Cairns to Noumea offers guests the opportunity to visit some of the most remote and fascinating regions of the South Pacific. Throughout the cruise guests will discover PNG, the exotic Solomon Islands, tropical Vanuatu and the French colony of New Caledonia. In Papua New Guinea, discover historic Alotau, experience the cultures and scenic beauty of Egum Atoll and the remote Laughlan Islands, where guests will be welcomed by villagers in seagoing canoes. Cruising through

Papua New Guinea

the Solomon Islands, expeditioners will discover tiny Kennedy Island, named in honour of John F Kennedy who swam ashore to the island after his boat PT-09 was struck by a Japanese destroyer during WWII. The cruise continues to the Arnavon Islands, the only Marine Reserve in the Solomons and Santa Ana and Nendo islands.

Papua New Guinea and Melanesia offer travellers culture and mystery, romance and treasure, tropical jungle and beautiful beaches … In Vanuatu, a cruise into the cone of Ureparapara Island’s volcano is a highlight, as is the opportunity to swim and snorkel at Vanuatu’s famous Champagne Beach. Before disembarking in Noumea, guests will enjoy a visit to Tanna Island, joining a tour to the caldera of the active volcano Mt Yassur, a once in a life time experience for even the most well travelled guest. Coral Princess Cruises’ Oceanic Discoverer offers the ultimate in expedition cruising in the South Pacific. Accommodating a maximum of just 72 like-minded guests, you will travel in total comfort and unrivalled style. While enjoying the ship’s state-of-the-art facilities and the finest of local dining, the all-Australian staff will look after your every need and the team of naturalists and guest lecturers will ensure that you make the most of every minute of your South Pacific adventure.


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Set sail... Marina

River Countess

Welcome aboard Oceania

See Europe with Uniworld

Oceania Cruises offer an unrivalled combination of elegant accommodations, personalised service and great value. The ships exude an inviting ambience, almost like being in a private country club where everyone knows your name, but without any pretension or the need for tuxedos and evening gowns.

Experience the best of Europe with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Includes captivating shore excursions hosted by the best local guides in the industry; all meals onboard with complimentary European wines, choice of beer and soft drinks during dinner onboard; airport transfers on arrival and departure days; and so much more.

Marina – Barcelona to Istanbul – 2012 Sailings on selected dates 25% off Early Bird savings on now (includes one night pre-cruise hotel)*

River Countess – European River Cruise – Basel to Vienna Departing 6 November 2011 – 15 Days from AUD$2,566 per person*

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15 day package from AUD$5,385 per person

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

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Seven Seas Voyager

Silversea luxury

The Regent Experience

Step on board a Silversea luxury cruise ship and sense how time pauses, letting you breathe. Renowned for extraordinary worldwide voyages aboard intimate, all-inclusive ships, Silversea is a luxury cruise line that offers unparalleled service and superlative comfort. Discover the art of luxury travel as perfected by Silversea Cruises.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises provide guests with unsurpassed levels of luxury and cater for travellers who yearn for true exploration and discovery. These mid-size ships have the ability to visit more intimate ports that cannot be accessed by larger vessels.

Silver Wind – Athens to Venice – Departing 24 September 2011 7 days from AUD$3,258 per person (includes onboard credit USD$500pp)* For more information contact Cove Travel

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Seven Seas Voyager – Singapore to Dubai – Departing 17 Dec 2011 22 days from AUD$14,995pp (includes on board credit USD$500pp) Package is inclusive of economy class airfares, 2 nights accommodation Singapore/Dubai, cruise and complimentary shore excursions.* For more information contact Cove Travel T 07 5577 9211 E

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Le Levant

Seabourn Sojourn

Cruising with Compagnie

Seabourn Sojourn

Compagnie Du Ponant Yacht Cruises presents the pure sophistication of Le Levant. Carrying just 90 guests, this stylish yacht has won many admirers. The intimate size of Le Levant affords guests a personalised service and allows those on board to feel like they are sailing on their own yacht.

Cruising on The Yachts of Seabourn is unlike any other form of travel. Seabourn yachts attract travellers who seek to share experiences beyond the expected, in places beyond the ordinary, and their acclaimed staff offer a unique style of heartfelt hospitality that is sincere, thoughtful and personal.

Le Levant – Venice round-trip – Adriatic itinerary – various departure dates*

Seabourn Odyssey – Istanbul to Athens – July/Aug 2011 departure dates*

7 days from AUD$2,780 per person

7 days from USD$2,999 per person

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at the wheel

Q&A Chris Nixon test-drives the new Audi A1 and Audi Q7.

Audi’s marketing slogan for its new A1 hatchback, ‘the next big Audi’, explains exactly what the German maker’s ambitions are for this car. It hopes the A1, which takes over the role of the least expensive Audi, will attract a new group of buyers – and that this car will be their first in a lifetime of happy Audi ownership. The new car matches modern trends. It embodies Audi qualities of design and engineering, but in a low-cost, compact package aimed at those who do most of their driving within cities; who may be downsizing late in life; or who simply desire prestige at an affordable price. The A1 comes in two versions: Attraction, from $32,250, and the aptly-named Ambition, from $35,000. These prices do not include on-road costs. But be warned that in the tradition of German prestige makes, this is only the start of a steep fiscal slope. Optional features, the kind many buyers would expect as standard in traditional more expensive Audis, could easily add $10,000 to the price. For instance, should you want different trim on the air-conditioning vents – well, who wouldn’t? – it will cost $305 on the Ambition. The models share a 1.4-litre, 90 kiloWatt turbocharged petrol engine and the choice of sixspeed manual or seven-speed twin-clutch auto transmission. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the Audi’s powertrain and chassis platform come from its Volkswagen group sibling, the Polo, World Car of the Year. The similarities pretty much end there, as the A1 takes a more upmarket road to attract its owners. It’s really about the presentation and the experience, rather than a load of equipment. The A1 is specified adequately in base form, but you’re not getting more than you would in any other $32,250 car. But the basic exterior and interior design shouts Audi quality. The most distinctive design features include a brushed stainless-steel trim that clads the roof arch from front to rear and eyebrow-shaped LED front daytime running lights. The high-visibility


Audi A1

The new car matches modern trends. It embodies Audi qualities of design and engineering…

Audi Q7

Audi Q7 interior

lights will be touted as a safety feature and indeed they are, but one suspects their true purpose is to signal ‘here comes another Audi’. Sharing mechanical components across makes and models in a multibrand group such as Volkswagen is common. The challenge is, how to achieve a difference. The Audi A1 does well here. It’s a lively, enjoyable drive – the engine’s a beauty with plenty of ready power despite its modest output. I dislike the fuel-saving auto-stop feature, which switches off the engine at idle, because it’s sometimes too tardy to re-start. But if you can live with it, the fuel consumption comes down to a measly 5.3 litres per 100 kms. The cute, stylish and handy A1 is like a mere tender to the land-yacht that is the Audi Q7 SUV. The Q7 has been on sale for five years, but recently received an update including a new 3.0 litre turbodiesel engine. Disguised by clever design, the Q7 is a behemoth – 5089 mm long and 1983 mm wide (with the side mirrors folded!). It feels it, too, but it will carry seven people and gets along indecently well. The new V6 diesel produces 176 kW and a massive 550 Newtonmetres of torque. Notwithstanding a kerb weight of 2.3 tonnes, it reaches 100 kmh in 8.5 seconds – that’s faster than the nimble A1 – and returns 9.1 litres per 100 kms fuel consumption. From its diesel engine to the quattro all-wheel drive system, sumptuous comfort and generous equipment list, the Q7 embodies Audi values. Sitting high on 18 inch wheels, it has an imposing road presence. That stance should be popular with the Tedder Tractor set, but the Q7 is easy enough to drive and park. Thanks to a range of electronic traction aids, it also has impressive ability off-road and should you want to venture on to the beach, be reassured that its steel body is galvanised. The 3.0 TDI, priced from $88,614, is the most popular and practical of a four-model range. Also available are a V6 petrol ($93,814), V8 diesel ($127,814) and a thumping 6.0 V12 diesel ($154,814).


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Sports model

Jaguar XKR-S

Jaguar’s point of difference continues to be its sporty nature. Words Chris Nixon

There’s no doubt Jaguar’s Indian owners have spiced up the iconic British make. Some sub-continental pragmatism blended with traditional engineering flair is ensuring the brand looks stronger than it has in decades. Tata, a giant Indian industrial corporation, is ensuring Jaguar and its stablemate Land Rover have the investment to keep rolling out new cars – and, yes, they are still made in England though Jaguar’s outdated factory in Brow’s Lane, Coventry, has been closed. Fans are now offered the XK sports car, the XF executive sedan and the XJ limousine in various versions. There are expectations the company will also come out with a replacement for the compact X-Type sedan and an all-new sports car. Nonetheless, the Jaguar sports car mantle will continue to be carried by the XK, and fittingly the company has just launched its most potent model yet in the 50th anniversary year of the magnificent E-Type.


The E-Type, regarded by many as the most beautiful car ever, astonished the motoring world at launch with its claimed 150 miles an hour (240 kmh) top speed.

The appeal of E-Type transcended the automotive world … and its influence is still apparent in Jaguar’s modern range. The XKR-S’s 300 kmh max would have been uninamaginable then, as would many of it’s other features. It has a supercharged aluminium V8 engine producing 400 kiloWatts, more than

twice the E-Type six’s output. Its bodyshell is all aluminium – light and strong – and the car is loaded with electronic performance and safety features that starkly demonstrate society’s transition from analogue to digital technology in those 50 years. The venue for the launch of the XKR-S was the Geneva Salon, the annual Swiss motor show that also hosted the E-Type’s debut. The appeal of E-Type transcended the automotive world. It is a permanent exhibit in New York’s Museum of Modern Art and its influence is still apparent in Jaguar’s modern range. “It is impossible to overstate the impact the E-Type had,” Jaguar’s Design Director Ian Callum said in Geneva. “Here was a car that encapsulated the spirit of the revolutionary era it came to symbolise.” Indeed, the E-Type’s unique blend of good looks, high performance and competitive pricing made it an icon of 1960s motoring.

on the water

Smooth seas

Maritimo A50 Aegean – where speed combines with elegance. Words Denby Browning Photography Mark Burgin

The Maritimo A50 Aegean is the very latest in a series of models that began with the A60 in 2008. Named after the sparkling Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, the A50 Aegean Enclosed has genuine long-range cruising capabilities. Designed with an advanced variable deadrise hull, engines and fuel tanks over the centre of buoyancy, and a shaft angle of just nine degrees, the A50 Aegean Enclosed has effortless poise and balance – and is incredibly fuel-efficient as a result. While it is a relatively compact model, the A50 Aegean enjoys one of the significant features of larger boats in the Aegean and Sports Cabriolet ranges – a garage under the cockpit capable of housing a tender and other water toys out of harm’s way. In fact, the cockpit area of this model is identical in size and shape to the larger A60. At the push of a button, the cockpit sole rises


and the transom opens to reveal a space large enough to house a 3.4-metre RIB complete with outboard motor. The cockpit also features a barbecue and sink built into the transom, seating forward of the transom, and a shower with hot and cold water to rinse off after a swim. And, of course, there is a generous-size swim platform moulded into the structure of the boat. With the tender stowed in the garage, the foredeck – employed on most other craft to cradle a tender – has been left free for a luxurious sunlounge. This Aegean employs the walk-around side decks which have become a mark of Maritimo styling. Through frameless sliding glass doors, the open-plan saloon offers stylish singlelevel living. It features a comfortable U-shaped lounge complete with a dinette table and a wellfitted cocktail cabinet for entertaining.

The starboard-side aft galley is a prime example of clever thought and attention to detail, with ample fridge and freezer space, microwave, electric cooktop and a dishwasher, as well as plenty of benchtop for food preparation. Forward of the galley, a stainless steel and teak stairway leads to the flybridge. No matter whether you choose the Euro-style open flybridge or enclosed, the helm offers sweeping 360-degree views. The enclosed option offers helm and companion chairs facing a wide dash with electronic engine controls and monitors and plenty of room for two large navigation displays. A lounge spreads across the back of the flybridge with a second lounge to starboard and a wet bar with sink and drainer on the port side. Like its larger sibling, the A50 Aegean Enclosed features an electrically-operated sunroof allowing

A50 galley

A50 stateroom

those aboard to take full advantage of the fresh air and sunshine. The lounge in the open option sweeps across the aft section under a targa and around the starboard aft quarter. A second lounge on the port side is forward of the wet bar. Forward and below the main saloon, the accommodation suite offers sleeping berths for five adults in three cabins. The master stateroom with its own ensuite bathroom is to port, and is flooded with natural light through a large portlight in the hull. The bathroom, too, bathes in light from a round deck hatch. The VIP stateroom is forward with its own access to the main bathroom and a third single-berth cabin to starboard also benefits from a large portlight.

... the A50 Aegean Enclosed has genuine long-range cruising capabilities. Access to the cavernous engine room is through a hatch in the galley floor. With near full head height, this area makes maximum use of available space. Standard power for the A50 Aegean comes from a pair of proven Cummins QSC8.3 marine turbo diesel engines, each rated to 600hp. They are capable of pushing the variable deadrise hull through the water at more than 30 knots and cruising across hundreds of nautical miles with a 2,600 litre fuel capacity and 800 litres of fresh water. Whether you love soaking up the sun on deck or speeding across crystal blue waters in the security of an enclosed, air-conditioned bridge, the Aegean flybridge boats from Maritimo will suit you down to the waterline.


Photography Mark Burgin


2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

on the water

Sanctuary Cove Marina

Marine life Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show celebrates its 23rd year.

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

In a recovering economic climate, SCIBS is

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even more important for companies as a means

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the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

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entertain clients, meet with suppliers and

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prospective business partners and consumers.

network with other exhibitors. Many exhibitors

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Marine businesses can also view what is on offer

also hold their dealer conferences or VIP events

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in the market, check out competitors and learn

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marine product and service launches.

about new developments.

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invested in international marketing to gain its

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2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Several years ago, a study by Griffith University’s Centre for Tourism, Sport and Service Innovation evaluated the marketing and economic impact of SCIBS for the Gold Coast region. That research report found a direct economic impact of SCIBS at more than $A310 million. Estimated sales and orders from exhibitors accounted for more than $A276 million of that total. The show’s importance is also borne out by exhibitors’ own comments. Just days after the 2010 SCIBS, Maritimo released a public statement reporting an excellent result for the show describing Sanctuary Cove as ‘a strong gauge for the market’. Prominent Australian company Riviera also made public statements after the show, stating 19 new boats had been sold at the 2010 event with a total value of more than $A20 million.

Quality brings quality – that’s why so many leaders in the marine industry exhibit at or visit the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

2010 Exhibitor

Where the marine business does business


As usual, this year’s event draws a huge range of exciting new displays. World launches are too numerous to list, but they cover the widest span of the marine sector with superyachts, luxury power vessels, engines and high-technology ware. Responding to exhibitor feedback, the show has again maintained the Sea Trial area which was an Australian initiative in 2010. This dedicated display within the marina allows companies to demonstrate their vessels to prospective buyers. The Prestige Brokerage and Charter display will again feature in 2011. This year SCIBS acknowledges the role of women within the marine sector with a Women on Water program. Of interest to the industry is the invitation-only luncheon which will feature a panel of high-achieving women from the marine sector. Friday’s Australian Marine Industry Breakfast staged at Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove is expected to draw crowds with guest speaker, President Monte Carlo Yachts S. p. A Carla Demaria. And in 2011, the show introduces VIP packages for visitors seeking luxury accommodation, helicopter transfers and even pampering packages for partners. Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show’s small but dedicated team wish the marine industry a very successful 2011 show. Visit for a full list of activities, events and ticket options.







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on the water

Women on Water Tricia Wheeler

“Research shows women are an increasingly important marketing sector for consumer spending and wealth,” says Sanctuary Cove General Manager Events and Marketing, Sue Thomson. “The Boston Consulting Group has found women control $US20 trillion in consumer spending around the world and the figure is growing annually. The study found women take care of household finances in many instances,” she said. Other research indicates disposable incomes are highest among women aged 45 to 54 years in the US and in the next decade, US women will control two-thirds of the consumer wealth in that country. Recognising the increasing role women are playing in the marine industry, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has this year introduced a new series of activities especially for women. “Our Women on Water program recognises the role of women in decision making – whether it be expenditure on a new boat or the trend for women to set up their own businesses,” said Sue. “This initiative reflects changing market trends.” The Women on Water program, to be held over the four days of the show, includes seminars, fashion parades, skipper training for women by a qualified female skipper and special lunches with entertainment and giveaways. Tricia Wheeler, a very experienced skipper from Queensland Marine Training Services, will provide two sessions each day for women. Tricia holds the formal qualifications of a Master Five, Master Four (restricted) and a Marine Engine Driver 2.

photography Mark Burgin


This year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will acknowledge the increasing role of women in boating.

Aerial shot, 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Each training session aboard the Steber 43 will include departing, leaving a dock or jetty; stopping the vessel, basic engine controls; person overboard; anchoring techniques; returning to the dock and firefighting.

“Our Women on Water program recognises the role of women in decision making…” Tricia has certainly had many experiences at sea. It all started when she cashed in a flight to Europe to buy a position on a schooner as trainee crew. She didn’t make it to Europe as she succumbed to the lure of the sea and the South Pacific islands. Tricia loved the freedom of being able to sail to exotic locations such as Bora Bora, Tonga, Fiji, Lord Howe Island and other amazing places and anchor up. She lived on her 25-foot sailing boat in Manly Harbour for a number of years and started teaching recreational sailing about 17 years ago. She has taught at various TAFE institutions and more recently joined QMTS at Southport as a commercial instructor. As well as having extensive experience and knowledge to pass on, Tricia also has many amusing stories to tell. For more information on the 2011 Women on Water program visit

on the water

A fishy tail You can now find the freshest seafood at Sanctuary Cove. What better way to celebrate the start of the weekend than with fresh prawns and a chilled glass of white wine? Or perhaps barbecued prawns washed down by a cold beer? Every Friday morning local residents and those in the know start to queue at the marina in Sanctuary Cove. They’re waiting for the arrival of David Patane with his trawler full of the freshest seafood – prawns, fish, crabs and bugs – straight from the sea. In particular, David’s delicious prawns have seafood lovers across the region rejoicing! David moors his trawler at The Marine Village from Friday through until Sunday and he brings in his catch daily to sell at Sanctuary Cove. A fisherman since the age of 17, David is also quite a local identity, and if you chat to him for long enough, he may tell you a tale or two. He may even share his story of survival when his prawn trawler capsized in the 80s. Stranded for nine hours at sea, he and fellow fisherman Scott Medcalf survived the ordeal by clinging to a 40kg gas bottle until they were rescued by the crew of a passing Japanese freighter. Nowadays, David is the skipper of a new trawler, Saint Omer, and is keen to provide the residents and visitors of Sanctuary Cove with his catch of the day. David’s enthusiasm and undying passion for bringing Sanctuary Cove residents the best quality prawns is sure to keep seafood lovers coming back for more.

David Patone

photography Mark Burgin

Saint Omer moored at Sanctuary Cove



Tennis ace Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited is proud to officially announce its sponsorship of elite junior tennis player India Warren.

Alison Quinn with India & Edwina Warren

A dedicated supporter of local talent, Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited recognises the importance of supporting young people in sport, and has committed to helping local resident India Warren in realising her dream of becoming a world champion. India’s tennis career kicked off on the courts at Sanctuary Cove where she picked up her first tennis racket. She played her first game at the young age of four and at age seven, she competed in her maiden tournament under Coach Chris Walsh.

“I am grateful for this opportunity, and hopefully I can keep going and bring home lots of trophies.”

India Warren as a young girl at Sanctuary Cove


Focused and determined, India has put her big dreams into action by rising through the ranks and establishing a covetable national ranking of 427 at the age of thirteen. Training full time at the Pure Tennis Academy with coach Marc Kimmich, India has won multiple Singles and Doubles tournaments. In 2010 she was the Toowoomba Singles and Doubles Age Champion (Age 16yrs and under), and in Doubles

her wins included the Australian National Championships and Rod Laver Championships. The aspiring athlete has proven to be a fierce competitor within the junior tennis circuit and has an exceptionally promising career ahead of her. She now competes in Open events, which means she will play opposite players of all ages and rankings. India is truly dedicated and passionate about her sport – and Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited is particularly excited about this new partnership. “Our young people are our future and we are overjoyed to be able to offer the support they need to succeed,” said Executive General Manager, Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited, Alison Quinn. “We believe that sponsorship is a powerful way to contribute, nurture and support the community that is Sanctuary Cove.” India is also excited about the support she is receiving from Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited. “I am grateful for this opportunity, and hopefully I can keep going and bring home lots of trophies,” she says. Mulpha Australia prides itself on providing support to a wide portfolio of organisations, events and individuals who help shape their community, including children’s charities, medical research, Great Barrier Reef scientific projects, education and the arts in Australia.

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Michael Jones, Bob Weir & Brett Lenertz

Golfing gurus Meet the talented trio of golfing professionals at the Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club. Words Media Hunt Photography Mark Burgin


Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club is the ideal place for members, guests and corporate groups to perfect their swing – the coaches are qualified, ranked, experienced and professional, giving players the know-how and confidence to reach their golfing goals. A couple of months ago, a new golfing guru joined the Club. We’d like to introduce Brett Lenertz, as well as his long-standing Sanctuary Cove colleagues Michael Jones and Bob Weir.

Brett Lenertz – Corporate Golf Manager

Michael Jones – Golf Instructor

He’s given lessons to cooking royalty in celebrity

When Michael Jones talks about golf, people

television chef Matt Moran, and Sanctuary

immediately stop to listen – and Michael can talk

Cove Golf and Country Club’s newest addition

about it in either English or Japanese, whichever

to the coaching team comes with a pedigree

is your language of preference.

equivalent to Australian golf royalty.

Between 1993 and 1999, Michael competed

Brett Lenertz has worked at Sydney’s most

on the Asian Tour, Canadian Tour and the

prestigious private golf club, The Australian,

Australasian PGA Tour, and has the maximum

for the past 15 years (five of those as the

possible AAA Ranking Professional with the

Operations Manager).

Australian PGA.

Now he has moved to the world-class

As a teacher at Sanctuary Cove since 2001, he

Sanctuary Cove golf courses as the Corporate

says many of the drills he has developed and taught

Golf Manager and coach, as well as being an

came from watching some of the best players.

accredited club fitter. “After 15 years I was looking for a new direction and a fresh start,” said Brett.

“My philosophy to teaching is ‘simple advice produces clear results’,” said Michael. “I am well-educated in the areas of golf anatomy and

“I’ve always been aware of Sanctuary Cove

golf-specific fitness analysis, so I can pinpoint the

and believe it is similar to The Australian in many

positive aspects to a player’s game – not just

ways – in fact, around 15 people are members of

their swing or physical faults.”

both clubs.

Michael uses a variety of coaching techniques,

“Particularly with the new layout of The Palms,

including video analysis/swing drills/golf specific

there is no other golfing facility in the Southern

fitness exercise programs to help his students

Hemisphere that offers the diversity of play and

achieve their finest results.

unique natural surroundings of Sanctuary Cove,

Michael has also introduced specialised golf

and I’m really enjoying playing and teaching on

clinics and playing lessons to improve course

both The Pines and The Palms.”






which he says helps clients who cannot always reproduce what they learn in lessons in a

… the coaches are qualified, ranked, experienced and professional …

game environment. He is currently coaching Australian Tour Professionals Brad Kennedy (2010 WA Open winner), Michael Wright (top ten OneAsia Tour money list) and Matthew Millar (2011 British Open entrant).

Bob Weir – Head Golf Professional If you haven’t seen Bob Weir on television golfing shows, or giving out tips in national

Brett will be teaching members as well as corporate golfing groups, and believes golf is an excellent way of building camaraderie whether people are seasoned players or not. “Most people are familiar with the game, and many organisations view recreation as an important aspect of team-building. “Golf in particular comes with an elite status and it’s a brilliant way of injecting some life into a corporate function, which can sometimes be a bit mundane if you’re just locked away in a room all day.” As an accredited club fitter with Titleist, Brett says the beauty of Sanctuary Cove is that you can

golfing magazines, you may well have seen him at Sanctuary Cove – he’s been associated with the Golf and Country Club for more than 20 years. Bob has a well-established list of credentials, including being ranked No.3 in the 1999 Senior Tour, as well as No. 2 in the Australian Senior PGA Championship the same year. He has coached two Australian representatives as well as countless PGA Tournament winners and district and club champions. The former President of the PGA Queensland and former Board Member of PGA Australia says he’s been blessed to have successfully combined teaching and playing over a long period of time. “Obviously I love the game and have had some

have your clubs fitted and tried on a real course

success on a professional level, but I enjoy passing

– a benefit that golfing shops alone cannot offer.

on my knowledge to my enthusiastic students just

“Aside from correctly fitted clubs, the best

as much,” he said. “In my new role as Head Golf

thing you can do to lower your handicap is

Professional in charge of Golf Operations, my

practice your short game,” said Brett.

teaching time is a little more restricted, but I still

“Most people tend to practice and become

enjoy staying in touch with my long-term clients.”

impressed by how far they hit the ball, but

Bob has also published a two-volume coaching

chipping, putting and bunker play is what really

DVD that received high praise from the Australian

improves your score.”

golfing industry.

The Palms golf course


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Creative by design Who says you can’t carve a serious and successful career from creativity? Not Nic Graham. words Susan Lang-Lemckert

The Lawn Lounge, QT Hotel Gold Coast


As an interior design wizard and principal of Nicholas Graham and Associates, Nic’s impressive CV of design projects includes Hong Kong’s W Hotel, the Tea Bar and Cricketers’ Bar at Melbourne’s Windsor Hotel, and the QT Hotel on the Gold Coast. “I’d always been artistic – I wanted to be a chef early on,” he explains. “I was always good at art and painting, and both a careers advisor and my mother thought I should channel that into something I could create a career from, rather than being a struggling artist. “So I studied the Bachelor of Arts of Interior Design course at RMIT in Melbourne,” he says, “which wasn’t widely heard of back then – everyone knew about Interior Decoration, but Interior Design had only been operating for about four years, alongside the Architecture Unit.” The strong relationship between the disciplines of architecture and design has been a constant of the projects Nic has undertaken over the

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years – along with numerous other variables that must be factored into any design task. Apart from the client’s own ideas on what they’re seeking, there’s time and budget to be considered, management of construction and contractors and, in the case of Heritage-listed buildings, specific restrictions and guidelines. “And you’ve always got rain and weather, and those other aspects that are uncontrollable, and push out a timeframe,” says Nic. “That can make things tense.” But it’s an uncommonly rewarding profession – particularly as it provides rich opportunities for collaboration between different skill bases, both within the studio and on site. “I try to put an individual slant on everything I do,” says Nic, “so I like finding new product or new artisans to do something that’s unique. That might involve doing a painting for a room myself, or finding an artist to do something sculptural or photographic … we tend to do that a lot in this office.” >>

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cove living Indeed, Nic’s Redfern studio – Nicholas Graham and Associates – is located within a collaborative space with colleagues skilled in a range of disciplines like graphic design, landscape design and architecture. As a boutique-type practice, Nic and his team believe good design is best generated by smaller, flexible, focused groups. And as with all things artistic, the hard work at the core of any project is bookended by

is something that, to do properly, you live and dream it in a way that there’s no such thing as downtime – you’re always looking at ways to better something. And working under pressure gives me a clearer picture of that. “The first few weeks of a project are spent resolving issues and doing things that can appear to yield nothing, but all the time you’re doing that, the ideas are mulling away quietly.

the intensely creative phases inherent to the

per cent of the job – is always exciting because you have your juices flowing and your creativity is really working,” he says. “Then when it gets signed off, it’s a case of ‘now – how do we make this work?’ when you’re developing the design and working out how it will be done. “The last ten per cent of the project is seeing it come to fruition on site. Though I’ve been in the industry for a long time, I still find checking

“Design is something that, to do properly, you live and dream it in a way that there’s no such thing as downtime ...”

year), furniture design, interior design projects, concept designs, fitouts and refurbishments, and suite upgrades to a variety of private and commercial premises throughout Australasia. Never a dull moment – but that’s how Nic likes it. “I work well under pressure,” he says. “Design

Private dining room, W Hotel, Hong Kong


to handle aspects like invoicing and people management, I was able to focus purely on design and design management, so it was intensely creative.” Two of Nic’s current projects also involve the

a sister hotel in Sydney, which is located within a Heritage building. His dream project would also be a hotel. “Not a huge hotel,” he says, “say 150 rooms maximum – probably coastal – and I’d do it with an intense artistic flair and extensive use of natural materials. “Hotel [design] work calls for particular requirements – like changing the lighting and mood completely from morning to night,” he says. “That’s a skill that can pose difficulties big windows, but where it’s important that the

of work.”

(with a group exhibition planned for later this

in both Hong Kong and my studio in Sydney

in a space like a restaurant where there are

– it’s one of the best aspects of doing this type Nic’s professional experience runs from

“And as I had a great support mechanism

Coast (formerly the Gold Coast International) and

out the finished project a very pleasant surprise

creating original artworks for private commissions

one than initially planned.

refurbishment of hotels – the QT on the Gold

beginning and end. “The start of any project – say the first 15

and our role ended up growing into a much larger

And in the last phase of the project you draw on that bank of experience that’s been developing in the back of your head.” While he’s enjoyed all of his past projects, Nic found working on the W Hotel in Hong Kong particularly memorable. “With that project,” Nic explains, “we were brought in to bring a different vision to the job, which another designer was already working on,

mood is uplifting in the morning when people are having breakfast, and can be transformed into something more sultry and ambient in the evening. “Within a hotel environment, people want to be uplifted and, to a certain degree, transported from their day-to-day lives into something they haven’t experienced before. And that’s what we do.”

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An ambassador for all seasons Internationally renowned property expert Andrew Winter shares his expertise with Sanctuary Cove. words Media Hunt

Andrew Winter has been all around the world inspecting prestige properties and lifestyle destinations, but it seems he has found his own utopia at Australia’s premier masterplanned community, Sanctuary Cove. The property guru and television personality, who hosts the popular Selling Houses Australia on the LifeStyle Channel, has moved to Sanctuary Cove with his family. Sanctuary Cove owner Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited has appointed Andrew as the new ambassador for the resort community as it embarks on an exciting new transformation phase. Andrew will be an advocate for Sanctuary Cove as the community continues to deliver elements of the masterplan including the delivery of a diverse new range of residential options within the resort. Andrew said the $2 billion masterplanned community was unique to any resort he had seen in his career. “I’ve seen a lot of residential product in my career, but very few offer the lifestyle benefits and diversity of lifestyle options that are available at Sanctuary Cove,” said Andrew. “It is a truly unique community that is in reality irreplaceable – the cost of emulating a resort with such magnificent infrastructure would make it impossible to recreate today. “One of the most important elements of Sanctuary Cove is its ability to evolve through the enhancement and investment undertaken by Mulpha to keep it continually ahead of its peers.” In 2011 Sanctuary Cove will have one of the

most significant years in its history, as it delivers the largest portfolio of new product ever released in a single year. Andrew said the diversity of product now available at Sanctuary Cove catered for a wide variety of buyers.

“I’ve seen a lot of residential product in my career but very few offer the lifestyle benefits and diversity of lifestyle options that are available at Sanctuary Cove.” “There is stunning waterfront land, hillside land and golf course land available, plus house and land packages which start from the $1 million mark,” he said. “When you combine that with access to a world-class marina, two championship golf courses, quality dining at Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove, boutique retail stores and a 24-hour land and water security team, the value is unrivalled. “I could live anywhere in the world, and I chose Sanctuary Cove.” Mulpha has spent in excess of $250 million developing the masterplan for the resort since its purchase in 2002.

Improvements to the community have included: a new entry boulevard, a revitalised Marine Village including the creation of new tenancies, a new $13 million golf clubhouse, increased landscaping and recreational open space areas, the creation of an integrated trail system for buggies, bikes and pedestrians, and increased security in residential areas. Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited Executive General Manager Alison Quinn said Andrew’s endorsement of the community was hardly surprising given the unparalleled quality of the resort’s infrastructure and lifestyle options. “It’s great to have someone with Andrew’s background endorsing this community. He is certainly well credentialed to make judgments about the uniqueness of Sanctuary Cove, and the fact he lives here is an endorsement that speaks for itself,” said Alison. “Very few property experts have the knowledge, experience and public speaking abilities of Andrew Winter and we are absolutely delighted to have him represent Sanctuary Cove,” she said. Andrew began selling real estate in the United Kingdom at the age of 17, then later went on to host his own highly successful property show named Selling Houses. He now hosts the local version, Selling Houses Australia, on the LifeStyle Channel which airs every Wednesday at 8:30pm. Andrew has already hosted a promotional DVD for Sanctuary Cove which residents can view at Jabiru House, or at the Sanctuary Cove website


developer news

The T3 precinct Waterfront living at Sanctuary Cove. Words Media Hunt


Over the past 18 months, Mulpha Sanctuary Cove has released a series of new residential offerings from spectacular waterfront house and land packages to picturesque hillside land parcels. Included in this diverse property portfolio is the exclusive Tristania precinct (otherwise known as T3), a region with a unique north-east facing aspect, moments from the Broadwater, and offering a rare and distinctive sense of privacy and tranquillity. Sales and Marketing Manager for Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited John Hughes says it may be the last chance to buy affordable waterfront property behind the gates at Sanctuary Cove. “T3 contains some of the last waterfront land to be released at Sanctuary Cove, and with house and land packages starting from $1.595 million it is certainly competitive value,� he said.

Edgecliff front view

There will be two stunning display homes available to view in T3 – the single-storey ‘Delmar’ and the double-storey ‘Edgecliff’ both of which have been tailored to suit the locational attributes of the land. Renowned Gold Coast designer Jared Pool has designed the homes to specifications – taking full advantage of their natural surroundings. The Delmar is an architecturally designed, open-plan home capturing the cool breezes of the Broadwater during summer, and in the winter, a strategically placed courtyard will welcome the warmth of the winter sunrise (perfect for those who love breakfast alfresco). This home will also boast three spacious ensuited bedrooms, a media room and two outdoor areas in which to enjoy balmy summer evenings. It is also fully air-conditioned and landscaped. The second display home, Edgecliff, has been designed so the living rooms and bedrooms are

“T3 contains some of the last waterfront land to be released at Sanctuary Cove, and with house and land packages starting from $1.595 million it is certainly competitive value.”

strategically placed to work with the rising and setting of the sun. This two-storey home boasts many features including three ensuited bedrooms and a media room, as well as air-conditioning and landscaping. Plus, those who enjoy a swim will be delighted with the year-round sunrise over the pool. John says the privacy and security that comes with living in the stunning Tristania precinct at Sanctuary Cove is also a major drawcard. “Sanctuary Cove offers round-the-clock land and water security so that residents can rest easy knowing their property is in safe hands,” he said. T3 is only a five-minute boat ride to the Broadwater, or a short golf buggy trip to all of the fantastic facilities and entertainment the residential resort has to offer. T his includes two world-class golf courses, The Palms and The Pines, as well as the brand new recreational club with a pool, gym and tennis courts.


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Introducing... Ray White Sanctuary Cove Property owners at Sanctuary Cove are now plugged into national and international networks under the renowned Ray White brand. Words Media Hunt

Greg Bell, Andrew Bell and Alison Quinn


Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited recently instigated a move which rebranded and reinvigorated the resort’s real estate business, merging with the Ray White Surfers Paradise Group. Executive General Manager Alison Quinn said she wanted Sanctuary Cove residents to have the very best service in the property market to assist in the re-selling of their homes and investments. “With that in mind we reviewed options to secure the top performers in the operation of a realty office,” she said. “We went around the nation to search for the best and found them in our backyard with the Ray White Surfers Paradise Group. “The Group has consistently been the top performer nationally in marketing and selling homes, and it is that level of service and commitment we want our residents to have access to.” Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell said he was pleased to provide a wider range of prestige services to the Sanctuary Cove community. “In addition to sales, we have a property management component to our prestige team which deals exclusively with upmarket property,” he said. “We have a special portfolio handling these properties, where our clients receive incredible personal service from the industry’s most experienced and well-trained property managers, and behind these property managers is a back-up team of 27 people.”

“We went around the nation to search for the best ...”

Meet Ray White Sanctuary Cove’s Prestige Property Sales Agents

Glenys Pitkin

Matt Gates

Glenys Pitkin’s addiction to renovating led her

Sanctuary Cove real estate agent Matt Gates’

to a long-standing and highly-acclaimed career

habit of scouring the property pages as a child

in real estate.

have paid off, with $20 million worth of sales

Glenys began selling prestige property in Melbourne’s inner suburbs. After moving to

The 25-year-old has recently set a new

the luxury areas of Sanctuary Cove and Ephraim

benchmark for the highest priced property

Island, before going out on her own to start an

ever sold in Sanctuary Cove at $7.2 million, and

extremely successful boutique real estate agency in the region.

Andrew said the Ray White brand was locked

property throughout her career, and of her

into the prestige marketplace on a local, national

most memorable sale to date Glenys says she





has to name three. “I moved residents of a

managers and landlords to take advantage

waterfront apartment into a waterfront house,

of the renowned profile and wide range of

and then moved the waterfront house residents

resources available.

to a dry block house, and then the dry block

In addition, the holiday letting business previously available at Sanctuary Cove has continued, and is set for growth. “We aim to expand the holiday letting business using the international networks Ray White can provide,” he said. Andrew explained the merger was part of the company’s ongoing expansion into the northern Gold Coast which was the city’s major futuregrowth precinct. “We are delighted to be partnering with Sanctuary Cove to offer another value-add to

history in tow.

Queensland in 2000, she opened restaurants in

Glenys has sold close to $400 million in


already under his belt for 2011 and a stellar career

house residents went into the aforementioned waterfront apartment. “It truly was a remarkable occurrence; three people swapping houses in the one day.” Glenys brings her reputation as the top independent sales agent in the region to her new role at Ray White Sanctuary Cove. “I live in Sanctuary Cove, I breathe it, it’s where my friends live, it’s where I shop,” she said. “I want people who live behind the gates to hold the Ray White brand in the same high regard that I do.”

is currently marketing another stunning multimillion dollar mansion expected to fetch up to $5 million. But the young gun says there are no secrets to his success and credits his results to a lot of hard work and some great guidance. “Real estate has been in my family’s blood for generations so I’ve seen how it’s done from a very young age. “From as early as I can remember I have devoured the real estate sections in every possible paper I could get my hands on,” he said. “I’ve been lucky to get a lot of solid advice from some of the best real estate agents in the country and I am still regularly mentored by them.” Matt estimated he has sold almost $300 million worth of real estate since beginning his career straight after high school, and he sees a long future at Sanctuary Cove. “I only sell property at Sanctuary Cove now –

clients looking to buy and sell in what is still

Like any good real estate agent Glenys wants

I’m incredibly proud of the product available here

one of Australasia’s most desirable residential

to win the business. “But I work all day every day

and believe wholeheartedly that Sanctuary Cove

destinations,” he said.

because I genuinely love what I do,” she says.

offers a lifestyle like no other,” he said.


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Four large ensuited bedrooms Master bedroom options on both levels Fully equipped theatre Spacious double office Gym, billiard room, butlers pantry Integrated fridge and freezers Instant chilled and boiling water Built-in stainless-steel wine fridges The finest of fixtures and fittings which have been extensively used throughout.

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Captivating Views on Main River This home is breathtaking and so is the view, it just cannot be repeated, in fact it has panoramic 180 degree views of the Coomera River. Designed to take full advantage of the glorious vista this prestige abode offers the perfect north aspect and seamless indoor/outdoor living areas making this home the perfect entertainer. A fabulous poolside cabana is a haven for summer days or warm cosy nights. Architecturally designed with inviting interiors and a essence of stylish comfort, with stone and timber floors, stucco walls and cedar doors, offering a wonderful air of livability. This property demands your inspection! Located in what has long been considered one of Sanctuary Coves best waterfront streets and this house in situated in a prized position to get the best of the full river views.


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Natural stone and timber finishes Extensive use of bi-fold doors, high ceilings Three/four bedrooms plus study Media room and gym Formal/informal lounges and dining room 23m water frontage, pontoon

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Breathtaking Harbourfront Mansion This iconic luxurious home has been built to the absolute highest standard and sits proudly on a perfect North to water 1600m2* double block with 43m* of deep water frontage, taking in views of the open harbour through to Main River. This very special, very classy and very unique residence offers elegant formal and every day informal living areas which provide brilliant versatility for all ages simultaneously. Arrive to a central gatehouse flanked by Phoenix Palms and a circular driveway providing an impressive and special street appeal onto this grand 100 square residence. Furnished option available on request. Make no mistake, this residence is very special and words do not do it justice – seeing is understanding.


• Three metre high solid rosewood double doors open to a grand foyer • Classic curved double staircase and dazzling crystal chandelier • Formal lounge, elevated games room and dining room, all with water views • All rooms serviced by a bar-servery and temperature controlled wine • Open plan kitchen, with numerous casual dining and lounge areas • Alfresco entertaining complete with outdoor kitchen and BBQ – all with superb water views! • Award winning cinema with 9 individual luxurious recliner armchairs

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Ticket $65 and a complimentary copy of A Whole Load of Front RRP $32.95 The name Maria Venuti is synonymous with words like fabulous, vivacious and vibrant, and most readers would have grown up with Maria. Her book is every bit as fabulous as she is and while it’s got all the glitz and glam you’d expect from Maria, it also shows a side of Maria that the public have never seen. Delving into her family history, the heyday of Kings Cross and her tour of Asia, Maria is undoubtedly an Australian icon.

RRP $60.00 HB

Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove Prizes & giveaways: $1000 worth of beautiful books and stationery! Bookings: Brenda Bezanson 5501 9821 or email

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2011 RRP $24.95 PB Richard Wilkins


Horoscopes by Jackie Pope

aries 21 March – 20 April


22 June – 23 July

You are in a very good mood indeed. The focus will be on having a wonderful time and checking in with people that you have not seen for a while. A great deal of planning is the theme for this time but the payoff is excellent. An acquaintance may make you feel a little uncomfortable; listen to your intuition, you will soon find out why you are not happy. Other than that – a smooth couple of months.

leo 24 July – 23 August

sagittarius 23 November – 22 December

If anyone should take a risk right now – it is Leo! What is the worst that could happen? If the worst case scenario is acceptable go for it … but do know the worst will not happen. If you live near the water – spend a little more time in it, or on it. If not – head for the beach; water is great for balance and clearing the mind.

Unsolicited advice is not appreciated! However you do have to treat the matter a little delicately. You will not wish to offend the person giving it but they are going to find out when you take a different pathway. You are very level-headed right now and nothing can throw you off track. You will be inspired and motivated.

virgo 24 August – 23 September

capricorn 23 December – 20 January

So many people want a piece of you that you will have to share yourself around! The thing is that some people will not be happy with the amount of time you allocate to be with them, you will have to be flexible and diplomatic! If single you will attract a lot of attention. Enjoy every minute of it, but do understand there is no serious relationship on the horizon at this time.

Being supportive is something you do not mind doing but within a couple of weeks you will be totally over it because the object of your support is not appreciative. Take a step back and ascertain if they really need you – do not be afraid to withdraw your support. Other than this small hiccup life is good emotionally, materially and physically.

libra 24 September – 23 October

aquarius 21 January – 19 February

There have been changes, and there are more to come. If you look at this time as a hiatus before the next round of changes then you are on track. Rest up as much as you can, get all those small chores out of the way so you are ready to focus. You are moving into a productive phase of the year, and this is where you can maximise your financial base and widen your network.

It is time to clear out all those things that take away from the quality of your life; or simply do not interest you anymore on all levels – physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual. Once you have stripped away those things you will find you have a huge amount of time and energy to put into something completely different, bringing into your life interesting opportunities.

scorpio 24 October – 22 November

pisces 20 February – 20 March

Technology is not your friend. Check your emails

You are someone who does not count their chickens! You have an expectation, and if life or situations exceed that, you are happy. Right now though you should be pushing a little harder. The higher the bar, the higher the achievement. This is especially relevant if you are building your career/business and life base. Those older and in the quieter years, can relax.

and texts before you send them, just to make sure that the message is ok to send, or whether a face to face meeting is a better option. Compliments are the order of the day; enjoy them because you deserve them. Along with a compliment comes a gift, and you will realise how much that person holds you in regard.


You have a sense that there is something you are not being told. You are quite right, so listen to your intuition. Do not assume this is a negative thing, it isn’t. There is an opportunity being put together. Whatever it is – it is a good thing, and you will be absolutely delighted. A word of warning! Take care of small valuables – check they are in a safe place and in good repair.

taurus 21 April – 21 May There is a new perspective on life to consider. You may not necessarily take it on board, but you will certainly give it serious thought. This is very much relevant for people moving from one phase of life to another. The transition will be smooth, simply because you know exactly what you want. A colleague shows his respect, although you will wonder what his agenda is … your instincts will be right.

gemini 22 May – 21 June There is a sense of knowing what you want; however, there is some fine tuning to be done to your thinking and planning, and when those small details are sorted you will be ready to let people know where you are at. Socialising will be important; one of the contacts made has a rather interesting financial venture. If you decide to take this further, make sure you have an equal share – no less!




SUDOKU answers



Time for Ten answers 1 Blade: Trinity. 2 Frederick Forsyth. 3 Blacktown Olympic Park. 4 Oysters. 5 Pacific. 6 Indianapolis 500. 7 Governor-General. 8 Equatorial Guinea. 9 True. 10 Fidelity.

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A clean start words Patsy Rowe

It’s taken me weeks to find a new cleaning lady.

I interviewed several candidates but wasn’t able to meet their conditions: no starts before 9am, no animals in the house during cleaning hours, no cleaning of ovens, windows or outside terraces. I can tell you, I very was relieved when Marj accepted the job. She’s been with me for a few weeks now and although she constantly tells me ‘I’m no whipper snapper these days’, she’s doing all right. Mind you, she’s got a gammy knee that makes it difficult for her to climb the step ladder, so I go up to do all the high stuff. And she finds it hard to bend down since the last op on her hip (‘it gives me curry when we have a cold snap’) so I do all the low stuff as well. Then, three weeks ago, she ‘done me back in’ at her daughter-in-laws, so unfortunately she hasn’t been able to do much at all since then. Her heart’s in the right place though, I decided to get her to do the ironing. Not that I need an ironing lady, but I couldn’t part with her even if I wanted to because her husband Alf hasn’t worked in years. “Doesn’t even like to hear the word, ‘work’, he doesn’t. Hurt his back ten years back. ‘What about my back?’ I keep saying to him. ‘Nope, afraid me working days is over’ he says. But he manages to get to the club, doesn’t he? It’s only work he can’t get to.” When Marj talks about Alf it often leads to a paroxysm of coughing. I sit her down and make her catch her breath but she always manages to gasp, ‘Me cough’s worse since I went to the doctor’. Marj doesn’t like doctors. “None of the other ladies I work for are married to doctors,” she says accusingly so I try to keep Bill in his study when she’s here. Also, unusually for a woman, Marj can’t do two things at once. I feel rude walking away when she obviously needs a shoulder to cry on, so it’s often mid-morning when we get started. Marj’s father lives with them. “Dad’s been no good since Mum passed over. Before she died, they went to the club every day at 10 o’clock when it opened, and never left before it closed. It was real sad when Mum went. Those doctors, they killed


her, you know. Got no time for doctors, I haven’t.” She steers well clear of Bill if ever he ventures out of his study. “I don’t like a doctor reading my mind,” she says. I’ve tried to assure her on several occasions that Bill can’t read her mind, but she is unconvinced. Her other topic is her daughter’s marriage. “Carmel had a nice boy what was sweet on her, Wayne, a police constable. Did she marry Wayne? Not her. She goes and marries Luke. No job, no work. Only work he does is on his muscles at the gym. Anyway, Luke shot through last month with one of the young trainers from the gym.” Carmel is Marj’s only child and since her marriage with Luke has broken up, she and her three kids have moved back home. I try to keep Marj from talking about Carmel as I always fear she’ll burn something … she’ll iron and wheeze, and iron and cough, banging the iron down on Bill’s shirts as she thinks about what a good catch Wayne would have been. Imagine, a policeman for a son-in-law? “That Wayne did good for himself too. He’s a sergeant now up Alice Springs way.” Anyway, at least Marj doesn’t gossip about ‘her other ladies’. My last cleaners regaled me with stories of their clients’ dirty bathrooms, and kitchen sinks they couldn’t scrub clean. I used to try to keep their cleaning morning free so I could do a light clean ahead of them. In any case, it made the whole cleaning exercise quicker if I moved the furniture so they could vacuum. I used to lift the waste bins up onto the desks, wheel the office chairs out into the hall and put as much furniture up as I could to give them a clear go. It’s surprising how many cleaners have bad backs. Then I’d go round after them and put everything down again. And I always did the bath to save any bending! Even doing the ironing Marj gets herself into a state, gasping for breath, coughing, (‘I never had a cough before I stopped smoking. These doctors ...’) so I try to bring the washing in off the line to help. But she’s honest and means well, I just hope her family situation settles down. In the meantime the main thing is to keep both the dog and Bill out of sight.


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Issue 25 June | July 2011  

Boat Show edition