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Escape!

FROSTY THE

SNOWMAN

Give the kids a white

Christmas they won’t

forget in Japan

p.38

The Grab

for the Ashes

Can super-bowler

Mitchell Johnson

swing the cup

home?

p.71

The New

West End

How three art

centres and more

are adding buzz

to Perth

p.62

Naomi

Watts

From here to maternity: life

imitates art for the Fair Game

actress & mother

DECEMBER 2010 2010

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contents.

48

Hang on tight

for heli-rafting

Cover Photo:

NORMA ZUNIGA/CPLA/HEADPRESS

85

Get afl oat on

Sydney Harbour

with a ferry

regulars

2 ceo’s welcome note

4 events

11 10 minutes with...

Washington

13 style fi le for party fun

16 good taste festive feasts

18 cheers to the New Year

20 fi t to go Maria Sharapova

22 green days by bike

24 the biz on MooGoo

27 ensuite at Komune

28 the word on holiday reads

93 brain teasers

in the air

with jetstar 126 your wellbeing

103 jetstar news

onboard

128 international

112 starkids

adventures

117 141 introducing our

domestic airports

120 where we fl y

142 domestic

123 have a bite

destinations focus

features

55

Local delights

reign on the

100-mile diet

38

Snow much

fun in Japan!

30 star struck

Read our Australian exclusive with Naomi Watts on

fame, family and righting history with Fair Game

38 go guide

Head to Japan for a mountain of snow fun with

the family this Christmas

42 hub

Why Launceston is the new land of adventure

48 adrenaline

A chopper and choppy waters combine for a wild

ride in Queenstown

55 eat beat

We get a taste of the good life in Orange and

Mudgee, New South Wales

62 hot spot

Perth goes for gold with a wealth of new projects

71 people

We meet with multi-talented cricketer Mitchell

Johnson as the Ashes series come to town

78 fl y/ride

Take in a new view of Adelaide by boat and bike

85 in focus

The world’s most beautiful harbour is even better

by boat — we ferry our way to the best parts

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CEO’S WELCOME NOTE

Festive Celebrations

Welcome

to Jetstar Magazine. The Christmas and New Year holidays are

already upon us — a great time to visit family and friends, or take

them with you on a holiday adventure with Jetstar. Personally, I can’t think of a better gift for our

customers this festive season than more fl ights to great destinations and more low fares.

This month, we’re introducing new fl ights from Brisbane to Perth, Melbourne to Singapore,

and a tri-weekly service from Melbourne to the ever-popular tourist hot spot Ballina–Byron.

Jetstar is also increasing its services to and from Launceston to Sydney and Melbourne this

month by 40%. Our services from Hobart to Sydney and Melbourne will also increase by 33%

during December.

Similarly, our international services will be extended with four additional weekly services

from Darwin to Bali. At the same time, Jetstar is also fi nalising plans for a commercial launch of

multiple weekly fl ights from Darwin to Manila. While New Zealand-based customers will receive a

Christmas gift of two new daily fl ights from Queenstown to Melbourne, as well as Queenstown to

the Gold Coast.

To access Jetstar’s low fares to these and many other destinations, simply log on to

Jetstar.com to make a booking. With so many new and extended services to choose from, we’re

bound to have something for everyone this Christmas.

Now that you’re onboard, relax with Jetstar Magazine. In this issue, we meet up with Aussie

superstar Naomi Watts in New York for an exclusive interview. Other holiday experiences

featured include adventures from Launceston; the family-friendly ski resorts of Japan; Adelaide

by boat and bike; the many new charms of Perth; and heli-rafting in Queenstown.

On behalf of everyone at Jetstar, I’d like to wish you and your families a safe and happy

Christmas, and a prosperous New Year. Happy fl ying,

Bruce Buchanan

CEO, Jetstar Airways

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Coming Home

One of Australia’s most successful bands,

Human Nature has been busy with a

residency in Las Vegas. Th ey celebrate 20

years together with a fantastic Australian

symphony tour and a new album. Andrew

Tierney (second from left) talks to us.

What hits will the band be singing?

We’ll perform our original hits like “Wishes”,

“Don’t Cry” and “When You Say You Love

Me”, some of the tracks from our Symphony

record, and tracks from our Vegas Motown

show. It’ll also be our fi rst time singing tracks

off the Vegas record — “Viva Las Vegas”,

“Could It Be Magic/Mandy” and others.

Is it hard working with a new symphony

orchestra in every Australian city?

All the symphonies are amazing. It’s cool to

have the experience of working with a new

orchestra each night. We rehearse with them

on the day itself, so the concert is fresh.

How has your Las Vegas residency been?

Amazing and full-on! We’re working harder

than ever before, but it’s a creative career

challenge that we rise to every night. Every

show is a brand-new audience, and I feel

we’ve become better performers and artists.

Tell us about your US fans.

Th e audiences are mostly new to Human

Nature when they walk through the door,

so it’s interesting to see them grow to

like us over 90 minutes. Th e reaction is

overwhelming though — so many fantastic

comments. We get a real buzz meeting them.

What’s next after 20 years?

We feel like we are starting again with our

career launch in America, which will inspire

us to even greater things over the next 20

years. 21 years has just been a warm-up!

Any last words to your Australian fans?

It’ll be a thrill to have fun with the fans back

home again, and we seriously can’t wait.

Human Nature — Direct From Las Vegas —

Australian Symphony Tour is on from 3–18

December. Tickets from Ticketmaster 136 100.

4 DECEMBER 2010

Spirit of the Square

Season’s

Pickings

Celebrate Christmas with

light-ups, music fests and a

host of other exciting events

WORDS BELINDA WAN

Crown’s Christmas

Spectacular

‘TIL 2 JAN MELBOURNE

Crown’s Christmas Spectacular

This Christmas tradition returns to Crown’s

Atrium. This high-tech extravaganza will be a

magical light-up with a six-storey Christmas

tree suspended from the ceiling. Expect a

huge music box with ballerinas and giant

toy reindeers. 8 Whiteman St, Southbank,

Melbourne, tel: +61 (3) 9292 8888.

’TIL 27 MAR SYDNEY

Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s

Life 1990–2005

Showing for the fi rst time in Australia at

the Museum of Contemporary Art, the

show comprises almost 200 images by the

acclaimed photographer, including celebrities,

and her friends and family. 140 George St, The

Rocks, tel: +61 (2) 9245 2400.

Annie Leibovitz:

A Photographer’s

Life 1990-2005

’TIL 1 MAY GOLD COAST

BRISBANE SUNSHINE COAST

Gatorade Queensland Tri Series

Come experience the thrill of this biking,

swimming and running event. There are seven

races and three distances — for entrants aged

13 to 80. Look out for categories like Mates

Wave and Clydesdales. Tel: +61 (7) 3868 2444.

Details on www.usmevents.com.au

1–30 DEC MELBOURNE

Spirit of the Square

Federation Square’s glorious Yuletide party is

held at various times and free to the public.

It holds offbeat surprises like stencil art and a

giant penguin. The Christmas tree remains —

with a chance for visitors to change its lighting

and see their wishes appear on the Big Screen.

Details on www.fedsquare.com


Gatorade

Queensland

Tri Series

6–11 DEC PHUKET

Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

Asia’s biggest regatta, which started in 1987

to commemorate the 60th birthday of the

king, is making its return this month to Kata

Beach. The week-long competition will see fun

parties, heart-stopping sailing and loads of

excitement happening for sailing afi cionados.

Tel: +66 (76) 273 380.

10–12 DEC MELBOURNE

64th Australian

Dancesport Championship

Get ready for three days of unparalleled dance

excitement from the best Australian and

international dancers. They’ll compete for top

honours in this widely anticipated contest at

Hisense Arena on Swan Street, Richmond.

Tickets from Ticketek 132 849.

Voices of Angels

Phuket King’s

Cup Regatta

64th Australian

Dancesport

Championship

15–16 DEC SYDNEY

Voices of Angels

Herald in Christmas to the blissful sound of

the Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana

Voices, as they serenade City Recital Hall

Angel Place. They’ll be accompanied by Lyn

Williams OAM and a chamber orchestra of

some of the city’s best professional musicians.

Tel: +61 (2) 8256 2222.

16 DEC–31 JAN SINGAPORE

Valentino, Retrospective:

Past/Present/Future

A hundred Valentino dresses will be displayed

at Resorts World Sentosa. Developed by the

Paris institution, Les Arts Décoratifs and

Valentino Spa, part of the Valentino Fashion

Group, this is one for the fashionistas. Free.

39 Artillery Ave, Sentosa, tel: +65 6577 8888.

A

Christmas Carol

Inspired by E.T.A. Hoff man’s story,

Tchaikovsky’s Th e Nutcracker is a well-loved

Christmas ballet, now reinterpreted by

Queensland Ballet for Christmas. Queensland

Ballet’s choreographer and artistic director

François Klaus elaborates on the production.

What distinguishes your interpretation

of Th e Nutcracker?

In the fi rst 20 minutes of a traditional

production of Th e Nutcracker, the story is

told through mime, with very little dance.

I think that audiences today can fi nd this

quite disengaging, as most people are not too

familiar with mime. So I have tried to make

my production more lively and theatrical,

expressing the story through dance.

What inspired you with regard to the

artistic direction and choreography?

I’ve tried to inject a little more of the original

tale’s spirit into my production. In the second

act, I’ve transformed Clara’s journey into a

visit to the magical world of theatre, rather

than a trip to faraway lands — so I can

incorporate the traditional national dances

of various countries while paying homage to

Hoff mann, a theatre director.

How do you work with the Queensland

Symphony Orchestra?

We rehearse separately, but our conductor

Andrew Mogrelia attends the ballet

rehearsals, so he’s well-acquainted with the

production. We come together to rehearse

in the theatre during the week preceding the

fi rst performance. Over that week, the ballet

is created on stage with elements of staging

and lighting added, before the dancers

rehearse on stage in costume, and lastly, the

orchestra joins us for fi nal rehearsals.

Th e Nutcracker is… special,as it was the

fi rst of the three “Tchaikovsky ballets” (Th e

Nutcracker, Th e Sleeping Beauty and Swan

Lake) that I created for Queensland Ballet.

Catch Queensland Ballet’s Th e Nutcracker at

the Lyric Th eatre, Queensland Performing Arts

Centre from 11–18 December. Tickets from

qtix 136 246.

DECEMBER 2010 5

EVENTS


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Charms


66th Rolex

Sydney Hobart

Yacht Race

Sand Sculpting

Australia

exhibition —

Creepy Crawlies

18–19 DEC SYDNEY

Handel’s Messiah

Be awestruck by Handel’s famous choral work,

Messiah. Sung by hundreds from the Radio

Community Chest Combined Choirs at Sydney

Town Hall, the performance will be conducted

by Trinity Grammar choir director Tim Chung.

All proceeds go to Sydney’s disadvantaged.

Tickets from +61 (2) 8256 2222.

26 DEC SYDNEY

66th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Head down to Sydney Harbour with 300,000

people to catch this Aussie tradition of high

action on the seas. See up to 90 yachts and

their crews. Watch out for huge 100-footers

like previous record-holder Wild Oats XI and

Loyal, as they race to the fi nish line in Hobart.

Details on www.rolexsydneyhobart.com

Handel’s Messiah

26 DEC–26 APR MELBOURNE

Sand Sculpting Australia exhibition —

Creepy Crawlies

Victoria’s Frankston Waterfront will be full

of creepy sand sculptures (read: giant bugs,

beetles, butterfl ies, spiders and scorpions).

Sand sculptors from Australia, Singapore, UK,

Belgium and the US will bring the critters to

life in 16 days. Tickets from 1300 322 842.

27–31 DEC SYDNEY MELBOURNE

A New Year’s Eve Spectacular

Ring in 2011 with the splendid Australian

Philharmonic Orchestra — and brilliant

musicians like saxophonist James Morrison,

tenor Roy Best and more, who will perform at

Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s State

Theatre. Tickets from +61 (2) 9250 7777

(Sydney) and 1300 182 183 (Melbourne).

Class Act

Le Grand Cirque is back in the Sydney Opera

House this summer with a brand-new show,

Adrenaline. Seasoned performer Noe España

reveals more.

Tell us about the daredevil act that

you’ll be performing in Adrenaline.

I’m in two of the most exciting yet dangerous

acts in the show. Th ey are Th e Th under-dome,

also known as the Globe of Death, which

involves riding motorcycles inside a giant

steel ball, and Th e Sky-Wheel. It involves a

40-foot spinning apparatus, and I’m required

to do somersaults and crazy leaps.

Any good-luck rituals before a show?

I try not to be superstitious. I need to pay

a lot of attention to all my moves and keep

my instinct very sharp, because in my line of

work there is no margin for errors.

Does the circus life run in your family’s

blood, or did some of you develop this

interest gradually?

After fi ve generations in acrobatics and

aerialist work in the family, I think we have to

be born with some type of attraction to the

art. I remember watching my dad performing

high in the air and knowing that I was going

to do that when I grew up. Th at’s already

happening to my own kids.

Do you ever get tired of life on the road

and in the circus?

My mum tells me that the day after I was

born, the show we were in travelled to the

next city. I’ve seen so many wonderful places

in the world and met so many interesting

people. I don’t think I’ll be stopping any time

soon — my kids are just starting to perform,

and will need a coach and my company.

If you weren’t in Le Grand Cirque, what

would you be doing?

I love show business, so when I feel too old

to fl ip in the air , then I’ll direct and produce

shows that I’ve been dreaming about doing.

Le Grand Cirque — Adrenaline runs from

6–16 January at Sydney Opera House. Tickets

from +61 (2) 9250 7777.

DECEMBER 2010 7


Disney Live!

Presents Three

Classic Fairy Tales

MONA

FOMA

Book Now

1–8 Jan

Summadayze 2011

Pharrell Williams, Shae Hayley and Chad Hugo’s infamous

N*E*R*D are returning to rock Melbourne, Adelaide,

the Gold Coast and Perth along with another half-dozen

red-hot acts for what looks to be one of Australia’s biggest

outdoor events.

6–9 Jan

Th e Lancelin Ocean Classic

Stay focused on world number two windsurfi ng champion

Bjorn Dunkerbeck, as he competes in Australia’s longestrunning

eight-leg, 26km windsurfi ng event in Lancelin

(110km north of Perth).

7–16 Jan

Flickerfest Short Film Festival

Regarded as Australia’s foremost international short fi lm

festival, Flickerfest is back to celebrate 20 years of the best

short fi lms at Sydney’s Bondi Beach Pavilion. Party under

the sky with fi lm buff s and celebrities.

8 DECEMBER 2010

The Havaianas

2011 Australia

Day Thong

Challenge

The Taste

Festival

14–20 Jan

MONA FOMA

Th is super-hip music fest will rock Hobart with some

widely acclaimed acts like musician Phillip Glass, Wendy

Sutter and Grinderman. You can also expect dance, theatre

and visual art elements to rock the waterfront venue.

28 DEC–3 JAN HOBART

The Taste Festival

The venue for Tasmania’s largest annual event

will now be a multi-purpose one, instead of a

waterfront shed, and a new program is in place

for participants to sample the best in food with

a new theme — “Sensational Taste”. Look out

for the Taste Theatre, new Brasserie Precinct

and Café District. Tel: 61 (3) 6238 2410.

28 DEC–2 FEB PERTH GOLD COAST BRISBANE

SYDNEY NEWCASTLE ADELAIDE MELBOURNE

Disney Live! Presents Three Classic

Fairy Tales

Watch the stories of three well-loved Disney

princesses — Cinderella, Belle and Snow White

— come alive through the eyes of Mickey and

friends as they go on a magical journey to fi nd

“happily ever after”. Tickets from Ticketek at

132 849 and Ticketmaster at 136 100. Details

on www.disneylive.com.au

31 DEC SYDNEY

Darling Harbour New Year’s Eve Party

For fi reworks and free gigs, head to Darling

Harbour on New Year’s Eve and count down

to the new year. There will be two brilliant

fi rework displays, coloured balloon lights and

free performances by Sol Nation, and acts

from the US and UK on not one, but

two stages, from 7pm. Free. Details on

www.darlingharbour.com

31 DEC SYDNEY

Field Day

Fuzzy’s Field Day will wow Sydney for

the tenth year with a stellar lineup,

top atmosphere and the cleanest,

greenest venue. There’s dance

electronica, indie and hip-hop, and

artistes like Klaxons, Sleigh Bells, Th

e Rapture, Tame Impala, Beardyman

and loads more at The Domain, near the

Royal Botanic Gardens. Details on

www.fuzzy.com.au

The Lancelin

Ocean Classic

26 Jan

Th e Havaianas 2011 Australia Day

Th ong Challenge

Celebrate Australia Day at Glenelg, Torquay, North Bondi,

Cottesloe and Mooloolaba beaches, afl oat a giant infl atable

Havaianas thong. Which beach will break the human chain

record this year? Havaianas will donate AU$10 from each

registration to the local Nippers club.


Washington

She goes by a one-word moniker,

but many are needed to describe the

unique Australian singer-songwriter

talent that is Megan Washington

INTERVIEW JOSIE GAGLIANO

Tell us how you felt when they announced you had won

the Breakthrough Artist award at the ARIAs.

Pretty emotional. I remember attending last year as a

spectator, and so to follow up a year later with my fi rst

ARIAs was really pretty cool.

Your ARIA performance (with song “Sunday Best”) was

a sensational visual feast. How did you plan it?

Well. You dream up big and then you work with the

best. Jason Coleman [So You Think You Can Dance]

choreographed the piece; Chong Lim [Dancing with the

Stars] arranged the big band. Everyone works hard to make

it look so simple.

Was winning Triple J’s “‘Unearthed” in November 2008

the biggest turning point for you?

Yeah. It all started there, really. We won a spot at the

Melbourne Big Day Out as part of “Unearthed” and we

didn’t even have a band at the time. So it forced me to pull

together a band and start working at the live thing.

How did the crowd react to that performance?

No one really knew who I was. So they were um… relaxed.

They seemed to like what they were hearing. It was fun.

When you won the inaugural Vanda & Young

Songwriting Competition for the song “How to Tame

Lions” in December last year, what did it mean to you?

I was pleased that the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy

Australia charity had benefi ted from the competition. It

also means a lot when your peers — such as [Split Enz’s]

Tim Finn, whom I really respect — give you a nod.

When you heard Washington had received six 2010

ARIA nominations, did you feel like you’d “made it”?

Not really. I mean awards are strange, because while it’s

wonderful to be recognised, what is it really worth? We have

some big plans internationally, so I’m not sure when I’ll ever

feel like I’ve “made it”. There’ll always be something new to

aspire to. Something more to create. You know?

What’s next for you?

I’m heading out for international shows this weekend — Los

Angeles, New York, London and Paris — before returning

to Townsville the next weekend for our summer touring

schedule. As for 2011… who knows? I just know it’s going to

be a load of fun.

Washington’s debut album I Believe You Liar is out now.

10 MINUTES WITH…

DECEMBER 2010 11


Model-actress

Megan Gale turns

it up a notch in a

dazzling, stylish

white dress

Party

Time

Rock the house this summer

with a glam dress or a sharp

shirt made for long hot nights

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Summer is about fun festivities, and the perfect

time to add some colour to your outfi t. But if

bright tones are too much for you, stick to the

very popular nude or neutral shades out now,

and opt for a colourful clutch or pair of heels.

Guys, a loud shirt or a cool print T-shirt are

enough to liven up your black jeans or chinos —

put those black shirts away for next year.

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$139.95

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$299.95

PORTMANS CHARM

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MEDUSA

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Sitting over the water at

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Yuletide

Yummies

We asked our favourite celebs where they love

enjoying their family feast on Christmas Day

WORDS ROBERTA MUIR


SY SYDNEY

Quay Q restaurant is the

pick of food-and-wine

broadcaster, author

and presenter, Lyndey

Milan. She says: “If

you’re taking the heat

out o of the kitchen on

Christmas Ch Day, forget

buffets buffe and crowds, and do

something really special. Quay is one of only

four Australian restaurants on The World’s

100 Best list — and there’s also a kids’ menu.”

Quay’s fi ve-course signature Christmas

lunch is AU$275, including a glass of

Bollinger champagne; kids AU$125. Overseas

Passenger Terminal, The Rocks, tel: +61 (2)

9251 5600.

Ormeggio at the Spit is

Aussie Au actor Steve Bisley’s

choice. c “There’s no

better way to spend a

hot Aussie Christmas

Day than on the

water at Ormeggio,

enjoying Alessandro

Pavoni’s P Italian fare

and an fab seafood dishes.”

Ormeggio’s four-course lunch,

including a glass of prosecco, is AU$160;

under 12s AU$65 for three courses. d’Albora

Marinas, The Spit, Mosman, tel: +61 (2)

9969 4088.

Kob Kobe Jones Sydney is

fa fashion designer Tim

O’Connor’s pick for

Christmas lunch or

dinner. He says: “Kobe

Jones is my favourite

Sydney restaurant. It’s

perfect for the family,

as

there’s something for

every everyone on the extensive

menu.” Order à la carte or enjoy the Christmas

Day banquet, a combination of classic

Christmas fare such as turkey and ham,

alongside Kobe Jones’ most popular dishes.

Banquet AU$95 (under 12s AU$45; under 3s

free). 29 Lime St, King Street Wharf, tel: +61

(2) 9299 5290.

ME MELBOURNE

The Middle Park

Hotel dining room is

open for Christmas

lunch, with a menu of

comforting classics

with the Paul Wilson

twist. t Which is why

it’s

TV personality Jules

Lund’s pick for Christmas.

“There’s something about this historic pub

infused with Victorian culture that screams

comfort and warmth. Christmas is all about

family, and this place exudes so much comfort

you could be in your own dining room at home

… but only thing is — the food is cooked by

MAIN: Kobe Jones Sydney is a favourite of

fashion designer Tim O’Connor

THIS PAGE: Quay restaurant in Sydney is

Lyndey Milan’s top pick

Paul Wilson, which is pretty tough to match at

home!” AU$125 for three courses; 5–12 years

AU$62.50. 102 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park,

tel: + 61 (3) 9690 1958.

GOOD TASTE

PE PERTH

Former F West Coast

Eagle player David

Wirrapunda

recommends Frasers

Restaurant for

Christmas lunch. “I

aalways

feel like part of

the

family at Frasers — we

love the consistency in the

food and service, and especially the use of

fresh local WA produce and wine.” Frasers

is offering a breakfast buffet on Christmas

Day (AU$45; under 12s AU$25), as well as a

three-course lunch and dinner, with choices

ranging from the traditional turkey and ham

to barramundi (AU$150 lunch, AU$120

dinner; under 12s AU$75 and AU$60; under

3s AU$20). Fraser Ave, Kings Park, West Perth,

tel: +61 (8) 9481 7100.

BBALLINA/BYRON

Blackboard Bl at the Beach

in i nearby Lennox Head

hits the top spot with

local professional

surfer Adam

Melling, who heartily

recommends their

CChristmas

lunch. This

fea feast is a buffet featuring

fresh local produce.

Melling says: “I love lazing on the café’s

deck with family and friends: sun, surf, great

food and good company, it’s all you need.

They always look after us and have the best

food in town — I eat there whenever I’m home.”

Christmas buffet lunch: AU$69; under 12s

AU$29; under 5s free. 50 Pacifi c Pde, Lennox

Head, tel: +61 (2) 6687 4333.

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Experience a taste of

the good life at Mecca Bah

The aroma and flavours will entice you

as the fresh ingredients, herbs and spices from

all over the world combine to bring

Mecca Bah’s food to life!

Fully Licensed Cocktail and Wine Bar

Mecca Bah’s food is created with everyone

in mind from vegetarians to meatlovers to seafood

seekers. Enjoy wholesome fresh ingredients,

homemade desserts and ice cream.

You too, like others who experience Mecca Bah,

will be calling it "The Ultimate Dining Experience"

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Phone + 61 7 4051 3737

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19-21/1000 Ann Street, Brisbane 4006

www.meccabah.net

Phone + 61 7 5504 7754

18-26 Charles Avenue, Oracle Boulevard, Gold Coast 4218

www.meccabah.net/goldcoast

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New Year’s Eve is a time to

celebrate — and we’ve found

the best cocktail bars around

the country to do just that

WORDS ROBERTA MUIR

SYDNEY

The Loft and Bungalow 8 at King Street

Wharf are among Sydney’s favourite party

destinations. This NYE they come together,

combining The Loft’s stunning 180-degree

view of Sydney Harbour and its Casbahinspired

interior with Bungalow 8’s outdoor

terrace for a party under the stars. Dance in

the New Year with sounds by international

DJs from def mix, DJ SET, Ministry of Sound

and Pacha/We Love Space from 6pm to 4am.

Tickets from AU$79. 3 Lime St, King Street

Wharf, tel: +61 (2) 9299 4660.

CAIRNS

Cairns’ newest bar, LILO... A Wet Bar, is

celebrating its fi rst NYE with great cocktails

and complimentary creations by the kitchen,

served from 8pm to 9pm. Taking its inspiration

from Miami, LILO is already one of the tropics’

hippest “retreats from the streets” with fi ve

intimate lounging areas, including candlelit

poolside cabanas, and a garden terrace and

bar. Resident band Funky Love Tank and

DJ Soljah will keep revellers entertained all

night long — and there’s no cover charge. Lvl

3, Rydges Plaza, cnr Spence & Grafton Sts,

Cairns, tel: +61 (7) 4046 3300.

BRISBANE

See in the New Year at Canvas, which opened

in the heart of Woolloongabba’s Antique

Precinct earlier this year — and which has

already taken out fi rst and second places in

the Queensland heats of the International

World Class Bartender competition. A

large mural by local street artists forms


the backdrop for recycled timber walls and

planter boxes of fl owers and ivy; while vintage

chairs, snug lounges and booths complete the

setting. AU$110 — includes boutique wines,

craft beers, basic spirits, hourly cocktails and

canapés from 8pm to 2am. 16b Logan

Rd, Woolloongabba, tel: +61 (7)

3891 2111.

MELBOURNE

The place to be this NYE

is Neil Perry’s brandnew

The Waiting

Room (TWR), located

in Crown Towers. Two

years in the making,

with Rockpool Group’s

beverage director

Linden Pride touring

the world for research,

TWR is inspired by the

legendary hotels and bars

of Europe and the US. With

antique serving ware, bespoke

cocktails, premium wines, Spanish-

MAIN: The welcoming, and

very party-ready interior of

The Loft and Bungalow 8

INSET: DJ Frankie Knuckles

Sipping

in Style

inspired small plates, and music compiled by

Anton Monsted, who is Baz Luhrmann’s music

supervisor, Perry says TWR is “a place for

people to have fun”. Shop 3, 8 Whiteman St,

Southbank, tel: +61 (3) 8679 1800.

CHEERS

To usher in 2011 at

home, Pete Evans, the

chef and co-owner of

Hugo’s, recommends

this delish summer

cocktail. Called

Mango Sgropino, the drink can be found

in his new book my party (Murdoch Books,

RRP AU$49.95).

Place 180ml mango sorbet, 20ml mango

liqueur, 20ml lemon juice and 240ml

prosecco in a carafe, and stir to combine.

Strain into four champagne fl utes and

garnish each with a mango crisp.

ADELAIDE

Winner of the 2010 AHA Best

Bar and Service award, fi rst

lounge bar & restaurant is

a gorgeous Art Deco space

with a long marble bar,

plush leather couches

and an antique Indian

day bed. Welcome in

2011 with its Jungle

Theme party. From

9pm, there’s a AU$10

cover charge and great

sounds from the resident

DJ. Dinner is AU$120 (three

courses with drinks) and fun

with Zkye and (Damo) Damien

Steele Scott. Hotel Richmond, 128

Rundle Mall, tel: +61 (8) 8215 4444 .

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Serve it Up

We ask world-class athlete

and tennis superstar Maria

Sharapova how she stays

on top of her game

INTERVIEW KELLY IRVING

See Maria Sharapova in

blistering top form at

the ASB Classic and the

Australian Open


Sidebar photo: Getty images

She’s

just 23 years old, but is a

three-time Grand Slam winner

with 22 singles titles to her name and an

explosive serve. Maria Sharapova has sat on

or near the top of the tennis rankings since

2003 — even with a shoulder injury. In

January, she plays the ASB Classic in

Auckland for the fi rst time before arriving in

Melbourne for the Australian Open.

What do you love about playing a

tournament you haven’t competed

in before?

I love playing in new cities and new stadiums.

I can feel the excitement of the crowd.

I enjoy seeing new cultures and meeting new

fans, so I’m really looking forward to playing

in Auckland.

How will you ensure you perform well at

both events?

I have a routine that I always do when I’m

preparing for tournaments, especially Grand

Slams, so I will keep to this routine and hope

that I can play my best tennis.

Who do you see as your biggest opponents

at both events?

I never worry about who I’m playing, I just try

to focus on what I have to do to win.

What keeps you going under pressure?

I think our demanding schedule is what

makes tennis one of the hardest sports in the

world — and it’s what makes it unique as a

sport. You have to be in great shape physically

and mentally if you want to compete at the

highest levels.

Any tips for managing injuries and stress

while on tour?

Invest in a great physio!

Name three things you can’t live without

on tour.

My Sony Ericsson phone, Skype and my pillow.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re

not travelling?

There’s nothing better than being home and

going to my fave coffee shop every morning.

What do you look forward to in January?

I love going to Melbourne. I wish I could get

to see more of the city — I love how friendly

the people are. I don’t know much about

Auckland, so I’m looking forward to taking a

tour of the city.

What are your expectations going into the

two tournaments?

My expectations are always to win!

On Court Action

ASB Classic

3–8 January

ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland

Th is is New Zealand’s largest professional

women’s sporting event — a thrilling

six-day summer showdown. Sit back and

watch the pros battle for the title, or enjoy

the rocking festivities, entertainment and

glamour. www.asbclassic.co.nz

Australian Open Tennis

Championships

17–30 January

Melbourne Park, Melbourne

Australia kicks off the fi rst Grand Slam

tournament for the year. Th ousands of

tourists, partygoers and fans soak up the

sun, strawberries and action alongside

the biggest names in the game. With

internationally ranked and renowned

players vying for the main title, this is

an exciting event not to be missed.

www.australianopen.com

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GREEN DAYS

On Your

Bike

Saddle up with these

green machines —

they’re great for the

environment and

exploring destinations

WORDS LUKE WRIGHT

THE PEDAPOD

Skip the taxi this summer. The

Pedapod, a three-wheeled,

pedal-powered vehicle, is quietly

taking Australia by storm. These

nifty little public transporters have

room for two passengers and a

cyclist (“pilot”), and operate

in the same way as a cab

— minus the petrol, of

course. Flag one down

or pre-book, and off

you go. Your pilot will

roll you around and

even give a guided

commentary along

the way. Look out

for the Pedapod in

Brisbane, Sydney and

Melbourne (arriving

soon in Adelaide and

Perth). Tel: +61 (2) 8005

1804; rates negotiable.

22 DECEMBER 2010

TAGA TIME

Biking with children can involve a few

logistical issues, to say the least. If you

feel like you need eight arms to steer,

check the kids, carry the shopping and

perform other assorted tasks, then

the Taga will make your life a lot easier.

This nifty little Dutch-invented bicyclecrossed-with-a-pram-crossed-with-ashopping-trolley

is designed to make

cycling with the kids a cinch — and fun!

Tel: +61 (2) 9666 1075; AU$2,295.

YIKEBIKE

A UK writer once described the

YikeBike as “the extraordinary

lovechild of a Segway and a

Penny Farthing with dwarfi sm”.

While this contraption might look

a little unusual, it’s worth noting

that its Kiwi inventor Grant Ryan

has plans for the YikeBike to be

bigger than the most commonly

owned transport device on the

planet, the bicycle. This futuristic

two-wheeler has been featured

on Discovery Channel and the

cover of TIME magazine. The

electric YikeBike produces

virtually no emissions, and is as

green as the power used to fuel

the battery. Tel: +64 (3)

281 8842; AU$3,706.

TWO FOLD

Cyclists all know biking about in

a city has a major drawback —

transporting the bicycle itself.

Unless you have a massive vehicle

or a bike rack, getting a bike in

a car is nigh impossible, and

bringing it on public transport

may not be permitted. Enter

the foldable bike. The full-sized

Montague machine (the Boston

costs AU$1,399) unravels into

a 26-inch street bike. Cool!

Tel: +61 (2) 9439 7553.

BAMBOO BICYCLE

Bringing bikes to a new eco high,

the Dylan Bamboo Organic Bike

uses high-strength bamboo

for its frame and recycled

materials. It’s light, strong,

fast, comfortable and dare

we say it, sexy. Available in

small, medium and large.

Tel: 1300 889 470; AU$990.


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THE BIZ

Udderly

Beautiful!

Cows C don’t care about the latest skincare fads, so

why should we? We talk to Craig Jones (inset), the

founder of MooGoo, for some answers

WORDS VANESSA MULQUINEY

How did you come up with the concept

behind MooGoo?

Dairy farmers sometimes apply an udder

cream to a cow’s udder to help the skin repair

quickly after milking. The cream is full of only

quality, skin-repairing ingredients — after

all, cows only need healthy skin, not all the

gimmicks. Because of this, people with skin

problems also use this cream to help repair

their own skin — the only problem being

the cow’s version is very thick and pasty.

Coincidentally, I had a family member who

used the udder cream, and so I learnt how to

make it in our kitchen — but I adjusted it so

that it was no longer greasy. Before long, all

sorts of people started dropping by our house

to pick some up. I found myself spending

the whole weekend making the cream in

our kitchen. At that time. I was also working

full-time as a pilot in the Air Force, so I knew

one of the jobs had to go eventually. Needless

to say, I ditched my Air Force job and took to

the kitchen to further develop MooGoo.

24 DECEMBER 2010

There are so many skincare products on the

market, what makes MooGoo different?

Although there are many different therapeutic

brands available, most use similar formulas

of paraffi n oil, a derivative of petroleum — the

same oil used in paraffi n oil lamps. MooGoo

creams use natural oils combined with

healing ingredients — so obviously people get

more relief from these types of formulas. We

primarily make all the products ourselves. It

just so happens that the type of formula we

want ourselves also happens to be what many

others want. We have an amazing customer

loyalty base and support, which surprises us

every day.

The ingredients listed on products can be

diffi cult to understand. What should we

embrace and also steer clear from?

Ordinary products are given medicalsounding

names and packaging, which can

easily be looked up. Most claim they are

“dermatologically approved” but no such

MooGoo’s many

products are made

from natural oils and

most importantly,

healing ingredients

standard exists, so to most people these

products look like they should work. Forget

this — look at the ingredients and research

them. If an ingredient list looks like a chemical

dictionary, why would you want that on your

skin? Of course, be careful when researching

on the net, but look at information that

comes with references credited to a reliable

source. Try and keep in mind that anti-ageing

advertisements are written by marketing

people, not chemists. Creams cannot “lift the

skin” and cannot be “better than Botox”.

The secret to youthful-looking skin?

No secret — just start with a healthy diet.

And MooGoo’s best-selling product?

We have a few — a balm for eczema, Scalp

Friendly Shampoo, Anti-Ageing Cream and

natural deodorant.

MooGoo products are available at leading

health stores and pharmacies nationally.


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Cafe d’bar and Kirra Surf by Matthew Thomas; Bread and Butter by Marcos Welsh

The beachside

pool is the

centre of the

hotel action

RAISING D’BAR

Perched atop a hill that straddles

Queensland and New South Wales,

Café d’bar offers breathtaking

360-degree views. This hidden

gem oozes old-fashioned

restaurant charm with fresh

seafood and salads, innovative

cuisine and splendid coffee. Eat in

at one of the many nooks or take

away and picnic on the clifftop

across the road. The original

Queenslander-style building (from

1925) also displays a variety of

local artists’ works. The friendly

staff can advise where you can go

to put one foot in each state. 275

Boundary St, Coolangatta,

tel: +61 (7) 5599 2031.

BARREL OF BUYS

Surfi ng fans, make sure you

check out Surf World Gold

Coast — Queensland’s only

museum dedicated to celebrating

the history of surfi ng. There’s a

large collection of surfboards,

photography and memorabilia

dating back to the ’30s. 1st Flr, 35

Tomewin St, Currumbin, tel: +61

(7) 5525 6380. Then stock up at

Gold Coast surfi ng institution,

Kirra Surf, located down the road

from the famed right-hand surf

break, Kirra Point. It’s a one-stop

shop for everything from a stick of

wax to a selection of about 1,000

surfboards. 8 Creek St, Kirra,

tel: +61 (7) 5536 3922.

Overlook the Gold Coast’s

iconic Kirra beach from Komune

Resort and Beach Club — a funky new

style of accommodation offering trendy

design wrapped in a friendly party vibe

OFF TO NEVERLAND

When the Peter Pans and

Tinkerbells of Coolangatta

want a night out, they escape

to Neverland, located in the

heart of the Gold Coast’s surfi ng

mecca. This bar-nightclub’s visual

installations, space spanning

two impressive levels, balcony

with sunset views, plus DJs and

impressive band line-up, will

whisk you away to a long night of

partying. 23 McLean St, Kirra,

tel: +61 (7) 5536 6666.

Riding

a Wave

WORDS MATTHEW THOMAS

BUTTERING YOU UP

Bread + Butter restaurant and

bar brings Europe to the Kirra

beachfront. Whether it’s delicious

wood-fi red gourmet pizzas,

authentic Spanish tapas or

award-winning cocktails, this

quirky little hole in the wall is a

welcome addition. After dinner,

kick up your heels in the eclectic

“op-shop-style” lounge with the

Gold Coast’s best mojitos and

sangria. 76 Musgrave St, Kirra,

tel: +61 (7) 5599 4666.

Komune Resort and Beach Club, 146 Marine Pde, Coolangatta, QLD,

tel: +61 (7) 5536 6764

A beachside resort for environmentally aware travellers with a passion

for surf culture, choose from shared rooms to luxury penthouses.

ENSUITE

DECEMBER 2010 27


DRAMA ON THE HIGH SEAS

Kiwi conservationist Peter

Bethune’s new book Whale Warrior

comes less than a year after his

high-profi le anti-whaling mission

on the Ady Gil in the Antarctic. He

tells us more.

Why did you write Whale Warrior? ?

I was in the middle of a historic year for the

anti-whaling movement. Also, alone in a prison

cell 23 hours per day and not allowed to speak,

I found writing the book a great way to pass the

day and to keep my mind active.

Since we last spoke (Jetstar Magazine, Mar

’08), you’ve piloted Earthrace on its biofuelled

trip around the world. What is the

link between that cause and this one?

After we completed the Earthrace program

mid-last year, I examined other conservation

BEACH PROPS

Th e Traveller’s Guide

to Planet Earth

If you like to plan your next

holiday while you’re on

one, this book will provide

you with all the inspiration

you need. Based on the

BBC’s Planet Earth, the 50

destinations featured come

with tips on how to prepare

for the trip, how to get there

and what to see. Lonely

Planet, AU$34.99,

ISBN 9781741798852.

28 DECEMBER 2010

Holiday Reads

A good book makes a vacation great. Here are

our suggestions for your carry-on

A Waltz for Matilda

Australia’s most famous

poem comes to life in this

story by Jackie French, set

in the year 1894 when a girl

called Matilda left the city to

look for her father. In a time

of bushfi res and fl oods, it’s

the story of one girl’s search

for independence and others

who had nothing to their

name except their dreams.

HarperCollins, AU$19.99,

ISBN 9780732290214.

WORDS ANNE LOH

projects prroj

where we could use the boat

in a positive way. The campaign in

Antarctica A just fell into my lap really —

at the time it seemed like the

best choice.

How H do you hope to inspire

your yo readers?

We all a have something amazing in us. We

just have to believe in ourselves and be part of a

team. I’m ordinary at most things — I only have

a few real skills. And yet I’ve been fortunate to

be part of a couple of extraordinary events. This

is because I team up with others who have skills

that complement my own, and because I am

unafraid of failure. I teach kids the Maori saying

“kia kaha, kia mana”, which translates as “be

strong, stand up for what you believe in”.

Whale Warrior is published by Hodder Moa,

AU$35.99, ISBN 9781869712235.

Sharp Turn

Holidays are perfect for

mysteries, especially those

featuring the lovable heroine

Tara Sharp. Between hunting

down a motorbike saboteur,

teaching body language

reading to bordello girls and

keeping a homeless friend

off her couch, Marianne

Delacourt’s protagonist is

deep in it. Arena (an imprint

of Allen & Unwin), AU$29.99,

ISBN 9781742370033.

Ultimate Surfi ng

Adventures

Have surfboard, will travel.

Th e perfect book for all

surfi ng afi cionados, Alf

Alderson, author of Surfi ng

— a Beginner’s Guide and

Surf UK, has cherry-picked

100 of the world’s top surf

spots with useful information

about getting there, hazards

and après-surf suggestions.

Wiley, AU$39.95,

ISBN 9780470710838.

New Australian

Stories 2

Th is latest compilation

of short stories is just

the ticket while you’re

lounging around in an

exotic location. It features

contributions from

writers across Australia,

revolving around the

themes of mystery, drama

and humour.

Scribe, AU$29.95,

ISBN 9781921640865.

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Talent

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SHE’S ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE DAUGHTERS WHO HAS

become Hollywood’s darling complete with an

OSCAR NOMINATION, BUT BEHIND THE CAMERA, NAOMI WATTS IS

a down-to-earth, doting mother of two

though she has left the men in

her life behind — partner and

actor Liev Schreiber, and their two children

Alexander, three, and 21-month-old Samuel

Kai — to meet with Jetstar Magazine at the

Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, Naomi

Watts appears every bit the devoted mother.

After breezing into the room for our

appointment to talk about her new movie

Fair Game, the conversation soon drifts to

her off-screen joy. “Things have changed now

that I have children,” shares the 42-year-old

Australian, English-born actress. “I don’t put in

the same blood, sweat and tears anymore.

“I’ve always thought of myself as someone

with a great work ethic, and that I’m very

committed to what I do. But I don’t work as

often as I used to now. I used to take my work

home and stay up all night deliberating on it.

“Now the minute I walk in the door it’s done,

it’s fi nished — it’s all about the kids. Children

really pull you into the moment.”

Her latest fi lm Fair Game — co-starring

Sean Penn — is a true story of espionage

and betrayal. Watts plays former undercover

CIA agent Valerie Plame, whose life was torn

apart when her cover was blown by the US

government after her husband — former

ambassador Joe Wilson — criticised the Bush

administration for the Iraq War.

The project came to Watts not long after

she had given birth to her second child.

“It could not have been worse timing,” she

explains. “Basically I gave birth on 13th

December, and the email came on the 26th. I

said, ‘I’m not reading anything right now — I’m

on the two-hour feeding schedule.’ But I knew

the story — I’d followed it in the news at the

time. So I was instantly intrigued, and director

Doug Liman said ‘Just read 10 pages’.”

The rest is history. Watts signed on and

was soon immersed in Plame’s story, whose


Now a mother, the

lovely Watts is back in

the limelight with an

exciting spy thriller

Photo: Norma Zuniga/Cpla/Headpress

STAR STRUCK

NAOMI WATTS

DECEMBER 2010 31


“There’s nothing scandalous or spectacular

about my life

A still from Fair Game,

where Watts portrays

real-life CIA operative

Valerie Plame

RIGHT: Sean Penn (as

former ambassador

Joe Wilson) and Watts

in Fair Game, in which

they act together for

the third time

32 DECEMBER 2010

identity was exposed in a newspaper column

fi ve years ago. An investigation traced the

leak all the way to the White House and it

became apparent this was no ordinary spy

story. Plame’s uncovering had a profound

impact on her family life, which was rocked

by the scandal. Yet portraying someone

who constantly lied to her husband did not

resonate with Watts. “I believe in honesty all

the way,” she admits. “I’m a confessor, Liev

knows everything about me.”

Speaking to us, it’s apparent Watts is careful

about her words, and while our questions

aren’t intrusive, it’s clear in her beautiful

blue eyes that she is considering the words

intensely before they leave her lips. She is

fi ercely private, and although she appears to

be a magnet to paparazzi in New York City

where she and her family are based, Watts

admits she doesn’t love the tabloids, unlike

so many starlets. “It’s a diffi cult thing to be

comfortable with,” Watts says. “It’s not easy

and it’s not my favourite part of the job.” But

she fi nds it manageable as “there’s nothing

scandalous or spectacular about my life.”

Despite having a nanny, Watts and

Schreiber try to spend as much time with

their boys as possible. And she’s already

thinking number three. “I would go a third, it

would be nice to have a little girl,” Watts told

She magazine last year. Until then however,

the star of Mulholland Drive, The Ring I and II,

and King Kong looks set to continue being a

working mother. In fact, Fair Game is already

receiving Oscar buzz because of Watts and

Penn’s stellar performances.

Academy Award-winner Penn, who plays

retired ambassador Joe Wilson in Fair Game,

has won Best Actor awards twice, for Milk

and Mystic River. Watts admits some of her

favourite scenes were alongside Penn, her

21 Grams and The Assassination of Richard

Nixon co-star and friend. “I was so pleased

when Doug said Sean was his fi rst choice.

He asked if I could call Sean and give him

the script. So I did. Sean emailed me right

away and said it was a brilliant script, and a


Watts manages to

gracefully balance a

busy personal life with

a newly reawakened

movie career

necessary story to tell. The preparation time

was very limited and thankfully because Sean

and I had worked together twice before, we

could just launch into it. We didn’t have to be

careful, we just knew and trusted each other’s

processes. We were able to go straight into it

because of our friendship and history, which

was really helpful.”

The roles of Wilson and Plame are as

complex as the historical events linked to

Plame’s outing as a CIA operative. Soon after

September 11, 2001, Plame was chosen to

head the CIA’s joint task force on Iraq. She

juggled her personal life as a wife to former

ambassador Joe Wilson and mother of twins,

with her secret mission to infi ltrate Saddam

Hussein’s weapons programs.

Meanwhile, her husband was chosen by

the US Government to confi rm reports that

Niger had sold large quantities of uranium to

Iraq, to potentially create weapons of mass

destruction. Wilson returned from Niger and

concluded the reports were unfounded. But

the Bush Administration ignored his fi ndings.

34 DECEMBER 2010

Photo: Norma Zuniga/Cpla/Headpress


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Doting parents Watts

and partner Liev

Schreiber take their

boys for a stroll

36 DECEMBER 2010

Intent on setting the record straight, Wilson

went to The New York Times with the editorial

piece “What I Didn’t Find In Africa”. Shortly

after, Plame’s identity as a covert operative

was leaked to another publication, seemingly

by a high-ranking member of the Bush

Administration. With her cover blown, Plame

was forced to resign from the CIA.

The diffi cult roles of these two American

historical fi gures are executed brilliantly by

Watts and Penn, who consulted their onscreen

namesakes while fi lming. So what

was it like to meet Plame in real life? “It was

helpful, but it was also scary,” says Watts.

“Because when you read a script and you like

a character, and say ‘yeah I’m going to play

this’, it’s yours from that fi rst reading. But

Valerie is alive and around, so you feel highly

pressured. Because of the injustice, I felt a

huge responsibility to get this right. I wanted

to be as truthful as possible. I spent time in

paramilitary training — I wanted that tough

exterior, and that cool and calm. With the level

of betrayal that was done to her, the least I

could do was sow her story. That was really

the most important thing. I just hope that our

story will connect with people.”

With all its intensity, and the promise to

bring the truth to light, this fi lm is likely to be a

box offi ce smash — a familiar position for the

Watts-and-Penn double act.

Photo: Getty images


With

its incredible winter cuisine and

beautiful clear skies, the snow

season from November to February is one of

the best times to visit Japan. Laden with

world-class resorts, the snowfi elds are perfect

for both experienced and beginner snow

enthusiasts, with a mind-boggling 500-plus

snow resorts to choose from.

Don’t leave the kids behind though —

you’ll fi nd visiting the peaks of Japan is a

family-friendly experience — with many

activities catering to all ages. Japan is Asia’s

snowboarding and skiing mecca for those

who enjoy stellar snow consistency, gorgeous

landscapes, as well as the obligatory hot

spring soak after a day of boarding.

The cheapest way to go is to fi nd a local

travel agent from any major train station

in Tokyo or Osaka, who will make package

deals that include train and bus travel,

accommodation, ski passes and if needed,

gear rental. Most of the major resorts such

as Shiga Kogen, Naeba, Dynaland and Takasu

offer kids ski schools taught in English.

Niigata, easily accessible from Tokyo and

one of the most mountainous prefectures

in Japan, receives about 9m of snow a year.

Naeba is a little over two hours from Tokyo by

Shinkansen (bullet train) and bus, and is best

known as the site of the Fuji Rock Festival.

Naeba is one of Niigata’s most popular resorts,

with modern facilities, superbly linked runs

and fantastic skiing on its vast slopes.

Niigata also has the most delicious rice and

some of the best sake in Japan, both made

from the water of melted snow. The Uonuma

Koshihikari rice made in Niigata is the only

38 DECEMBER 2010

ON

TOP

OF THE

This year, treat the family to a white Christmas in Japan

where you’ll be king of the mountain

WORDS MANAMI OKAZAKI

rice that many top-tier sushi restaurants will

use. Similarly, many of the premium sake

manufacturers such as Kubota hail from

Niigata, as sake production is particularly

sensitive to the purity of the water.

The kids will enjoy the numerous festivals

that take place during winter in Niigata, such

as the Snow Festival in both Oshima and

Yasuzuka on the same night in late February,

where you can see huge snow sculptures and

roads lit by candlelight. The two cities are

close to each other, so if you’re keen, you can

go to both.

Nagano is only 90 minutes away from Tokyo

and is the other contender for the best ski area

in Japan. Despite it being one of the premier

resorts in Japan, the runs can be unbelievably

quiet during the week. It’s here you can fi nd

the immense Hakuba resort, which comprises

the Hakuba Goryu and the Hakuba 47 resort

areas, both of which offer excellent boarding.

Nagano also offers off-piste attractions,

such as the snow monkeys of Jigokudani who

enjoy soaking in the hot springs. The kids

will love walking through the snow-ridden

mountain trails to see hundreds of peaceful

Japanese macaque monkeys in a permanent

state of hot spring-induced bliss.

Shiga Kogen, which hosted the Winter

Olympics of 1988, is impressive in its

immensity — getting from one side to the

other takes a full day of traversing. With 21

fi elds and 70 lifts, this resort is the largest in

Japan. The fact that it’s less than three hours

from Tokyo makes it an appealing option to

those strapped for time.

The area is also famous for its velvety


Hot spring monkeys and two skiing adults: JNTO; kids playing and Mount Fuji photos: Photolibrary

CLOCKWISE: Tobaganning

is an easy option for the

little ones; take time to

admire Mt Fuji from the

Izu International Park

1,800m-long ropeway; cut

a blazing trail on Niigata’s

slopes; the snow monkeys

of Jigokudani enjoy a hot

soak as much as humans

GO GUIDE

SKIING JAPAN

DECEMBER 2010 39


powder snow — a dry, fl uffy variety of snow

which makes the conditions world-class.

There’s an abundance of major chain hotels

and facilities catering to the international

market, and it’s also wildly popular with

foreign clientele.

The traditional onsen town of Nozawa also

has a highly lauded snowfi eld, and walking

around town in a yukata (traditional cotton

dressing gown) to try out the 13 or so free

bathhouses is a sublime experience.

The Dosojin Winter Fire festival, held here

each year on 15 January, is also not to be

missed. The entire village of Nozawa Onsen

comes alive in celebration, and the burning

of a shrine caps off a night of fi reworks and

raucous partying, while locals dance, drink and

play the taiko drums.

Yamagata prefecture, about two-and-ahalf

hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen, offers

the most amount of snowfall of any region

in Japan, and Mount Gassan is permanently

capped with snow. The ski resort opens late

April and is open right up until mid-year.

Mount Gassan and the neighbouring

mountains of Haguro-san and Yudono-san

make up what is known as Dewa Sanzan. It’s a

sacred region of Japan with the longest history

of animist mountain worship, and the area is

abundant with temples, as well as worshippers

clad in white robes.

One of the lesser-known resorts on the

international circuit, Zao is an easy 40-minute

shuttle bus from Yamagata station, and offers

consistent snow and breathtaking scenery. It

is a well-photographed area and loved by the

Japanese for its “snow monsters” —the trees

that line the runs become covered in a way

that makes them look like zombies. In early

February, there’s even a snow monster festival,

where the trees are illuminated.

Take the kids to the magical Uesugi Snow

Lantern festival in Yamagata in early February.

With 300 snow lanterns lit up, the area takes

on a fairy-tale atmosphere. A trip to Ginzan hot

spring will round off your visit with its romantic

scenery — thanks to its wooden bathhouses

lining the Ginzan-gawa River.

The easily accessible Fukushima resort has

fantastic snow conditions, and is made up of

six areas, including the main Alts Bandai and

Snow Paradise Inawashiro, which both have

gorgeous views of the Inawashiro Lake. It’s an

easy two-and-a-half-hour Shikansen train ride

from Tokyo — and while it’s smaller, it’s perfect

for the weekend and the family, as there are

a number of beginner slopes. The area also

produces fantastic sake.

If hitting the slopes is too adventurous,

indulge in the hot springs and stellar snowy

views from the Izu International Park, just

three hours west of Tokyo. A 1,800m-long

ropeway will take you to a sky deck, where

breathtaking views of the snow-capped Mount

Fuji can be seen, along with the nearby area

that is laden with temples and hot springs.

Osaka’s Biwako Valley in Shiga is great for

families, as there are many beginners’ slopes,

and breathtaking views of Biwa Lake and the

40 DECEMBER 2010

The Dosojin Winter

Fire Festival turns

Nozawa into a place

of celebration set off

by fi reworks

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It’s a beautifully preserved village with

250-year-old cottages, traditional-style living

and steep, thatched roofs. The kids can also

try traditional crafts like weaving, dyeing and

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Soak in the stunning

beauty of Dove Lake

and Cradle Mountain

from a kayak

42 DECEMBER 2010

ISLAND OF

ADVENTURE

As the gateway to north and western Tasmania,

Launceston’s adventure tours take you to its

unrivalled natural attractions

WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY BEN HALL


It’s

a 15m drop to the canopy fl oor, and

from on top of one of the “cloud

stations”, a guide tells me to step off the

platform. My rope and harness feel secure

enough, but this is an ultimate leap of faith.

“Once you get going, lean back and you’ll

go faster, and make sure you look down at the

river as you go,” urges Marc Kilbride. One small

step for adventure junkies, one huge step for

anyone remotely scared of heights (like me).

I’m hurtling across the top of the forest on

a zip line, with 2,000-year-old trees whizzing

by and the Pipers River rushing below. This is

the Hollybank Treetops Adventure, a zip line

near Launceston that offers the adrenalinepumping

experience of traversing the treetops

along steel cables — between platforms high

in the canopy of the serene ancient rainforest.

It’s a three-hour thrill-seeking mission and

eco-adventure rolled into one. While we wait

on the cloud stations, we learn that the reason

this area has such an English feel is that in the

late 19th century, European trees were planted

in the area to produce cricket bats.

“Even on a rainy day, it’s so beautiful up

here,” says guide Jacqui Shelton. “It makes

the zip lines go faster too, which everyone

loves.” It’s just the type of experience that’s

led to Launceston gaining a reputation as an

adventure-lovers’ paradise.

HUB

LAUNCESTON

DECEMBER 2010 43


CLOCKWISE FROM MAIN: Keeper Paul

Ralley and friendly female Tasmanian devil

Ossa; horse riding at Country Club Tasmania

is for all ages; fl y like a bird at Hollybank

Treetops Adventure

On Launceston’s other side, horse riding is a

classic outdoorsy activity. The Country Club

Tasmania does one-hour guided trail rides in

beautiful bushland, and even kids under eight

can go on a pony ride.

You could spend weeks chasing the

adventure trail in northern and western

Tasmania, and barely scratch the surface. The

beautiful Cradle Mountain, home to Cradle

Mountain Chateau and Cradle Mountain

National Park Visitors Centre, is just under

two hours’ drive west of Launceston.

A World Heritage National Park of

unsurpassed beauty, its alpine peaks and

beautiful lakes provide one of the most

stunning bushwalking locations in the world.

Its Dove Lake Walk is widely regarded as one

of the highlights of Tasmania. It’s a three-hour

loop of Dove Lake, but there are numerous

other classic walks ranging from 30 minutes

to three days.

This is also the place where you’ll see

wildlife at its best, with Tasmanian devils,

quolls, wallabies and wombats in their

natural habitat. If you want to guarantee

a devil sighting, the Devils@Cradle is a

sanctuary devoted to the conservation of the

endangered marsupial. Visitors can see and

IT’S IMPORTANT TO INTERACT AND

SEE THE DEVILS LIKE THIS, AS IT SHOWS

THAT THEY ARE REALLY UNDER THREAT

touch a devil, while learning about the current

threats to their existence, including the devil

facial tumour disease that could wipe them

out in just 25 years. “This is a female called

Ossa, she’s pretty chilled for a devil and she’s

okay with being touched by people,” explains

keeper Paul Ralley. “It’s important for people

to be able to interact and see the devils like

this, as it helps promote the understanding

that their existence really is under threat.”

Meanwhile, outside in one of the enclosures,

two of these furry residents, Flynn and Lee,

have decided to put on a show for us in the

snow with a little play-fi ghting and showing off.

Flynn walks up to us and gives a close-up of

his sharp teeth before running off to tackle his

friend yet again.

While Cradle Mountain has a worldwide

reputation as a wildlife and adventure

destination, another one hour south-west

is the tiny Strahan Village, which has been

quietly attracting visitors for decades —

thanks to the fact that it’s the gateway to the

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

This 440,000ha park is part of the

Tasmanian World Heritage Area, and the best

way to be introduced to the wild beauty is on

a Gordon River Cruise aboard the Lady Jane

Franklin II. The cruise takes in the natural

beauty of the Gordon River and its ancient

temperate rainforest — along with the rich

history of its convict past, original settlers and

the defi ning conservation battles of the 1980s

over the planned Franklin Dam project, which

was ultimately rejected.

“My dad was one of the policemen at

the frontline of the Franklin Dam protests,”

explains our skipper Matt Gray. “My mum

was opposed to the construction, which was

typical of how this divided our community.”

DECEMBER 2010 45


But the tour that really captures the region’s

essence is the Piners and Miners Tour out

of Strahan. This full-day tour has it all, and

showcases Tasmania at its very best with

overwhelming wilderness, adventure and

history. It begins with a 36km journey in a

four-wheel drive converted into a rail car along

an original track used by the early miners. The

High-Rail crosses bridges, rivers and railway

stations dating back to the 19th century. At

Lynchford, it converts back to a four-wheel

drive for the journey to the Bird River Track, a

7km walk along another rail line also from the

19th century.

46 DECEMBER 2010

“The two rail lines we travel on were owned

by Irishmen Bowes Kelly and James Crotty,”

says guide Ken Lague. “They ran two separate

mining operations and fought each other for

control. Ultimately their egos and arrogance

ruined them both.”

At the end of the Bird River Track is

confi rmation of the futility of their feud. After

a seafood barbecue lunch, we wander the

abandoned mining town of Pillinger, Crotty’s

pride. The forest is taking over the town after

its abandonment in the 1940s. The old brick

kiln and a damaged boiler remain, but soon

nature will reclaim its hold on the area.

The Piners and

Miners tour will take

you back to life in

the 19th century

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On

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the craggy Southern Alps meet the

banks of stunning Lake Wakatipu, lies

Queenstown. It was settled as a gold camp in

1862, when Chinese prospectors forged tracks

through the canyon walls in the treacherous

peaks above town in search of riches. Even

now, the Shotover River, as it slices through

the deep, sheer-sided Skippers Canyon, is

accessible only by Skippers Road — a narrow

bridle-path wending 70m above the wild river,

hewn by these miners in the 1880s.

In winter, this road is closed, but the town’s

bold whitewater rafting companies just get

creative. If land or water won’t work: try

air! That’s how ‘heli-rafting’ was born, now

available all-year round. Lured by the term, I

signed up with Queenstown Rafting.

The journey to the Shotover begins at the

rafting lodge on the lower river where we

gear up: helmet, lifejacket, wetsuit, spray

vest, gloves and boots. A bus ride deposits

us by a helipad on Coronet Peak. There, our

rafters squeeze into a chopper and whiz over

mountaintops, diving into Skippers Canyon,

48 DECEMBER 2010

1. Stage 1

The

“Shark Fin”

Take one angry river and a dumping of snow,

and prepare for a crazy ride heli-rafting

Queenstown’s Shotover River

WORDS BAZ MCALISTER

skimming the choppy river below. Here, we get

our fi rst glimpse of the upper Shotover.

The helicopter sets us down on “Boulder

Beach”, a pebble island in the middle of the

river. We infl ate the bright rubber rafts and

grab a wooden paddle each. Some eye the

river warily — all but two of us are new to

rafting. There is nervous chatter, and our

breath steams in the cold mountain air.

Our lead guide, a fi t, fl int-eyed woman,

communes with the current and cheerily

explains to us that “the river is in a mood to

fl ip rafts today”. Rafters grade rivers on a scale

of one to six, where six is “unraftable”. Today,

thanks to a late snowfall, the swollen Shotover

is grade fi ve, and a bone-chilling 2ºC. Yet, the

cheerful guides assure us all is well.

With six to a raft, our assigned captain is

“Chief”, a massive, gravel-voiced Maori. We

clamber aboard, perching on the sides, and

push off. There are four rafts, and a rather

incongruously named “safety guy”, a highly

skilled rafter in a kayak. If we fall in, we’re to

swim for the kayak and grab it. Righto.

Borne along at speed, we test the water with

2. Stage 2

80m Oxenbridge

Tunnel

3. Stage 3

3m

Waterfall

Plunge


Photo: Lonely Planet Images

Hurtling down the

Shotover River

in a heli-rafting

expedition is

the ultimate

adrenaline rush

ADRENALINE

HELI-RAFTING IN

NEW ZEALAND

DECEMBER 2010 49


All photos: Queenstown Rafting

our paddles. Chief tells us we’d have to paddle

hard — but he asks our names and teases our

accents, gradually soothing our nerves.

We get our fi rst glimpse of the rapids,

churning like a washing machine. Then we hit

them. After the fi rst bump, and a drenching,

I glance behind me —a girl has already fallen

into the ravenous river. Chief fl ings his rope to

her, as she’s swept down the rapids ahead of

the boat. Once, twice, three times she misses

it, and then she’s out of sight. The raft then

begins to spin.

This is it — what I signed up for. We’re in the

thick of the rapids, and even though we could

be doing better, it’s exhilarating. Humans

against the awesome power of the ongoing

fl ow. The “Shark Fin” heaves into view, a great

triangular rock in the middle of the river,

fl anked by white water. Our revolving craft is

fl ung against the rock like a bath toy. We beach

on a narrow, fl at part of the Shark Fin. Beyond

are the rapids nicknamed “Jaws”.

We catch our breaths collectively as Chief

takes stock of the situation. “You, big fella,” he

says to me, grinning, “we’re going to get out

of the raft and bounce it off this rock.” Either

side of us, there are sheer, grey canyon walls

soaring 60m high. Upstream and downstream,

there is deafening, rushing spray. With

nowhere to go save onwards, I grin back.

Chief and I step knee-deep into the

maelstrom. Together we bounce the raft to

the edge of the rock. Chief’s confi dence is

infectious — it’s scary but I feel invincible, like

an action hero’s plucky sidekick... that is, until

I accidentally miss my footing.

I lock one hand on the rope running round

the raft’s edge. The raft is still foundered on

the rock. No one can pull me in against the

force of the water. Chief thwacks me with his

paddle: rafter’s shorthand for “Let go!”. This

will be OK. I release my grip, close my eyes,

and calmly offer myself to the river.

I would later fi nd some fantastic bruises,

courtesy of the submerged rocks of Jaws.

Next thing I know, I’m in the next stretch

of calm river, being dragged aboard a raft

— bedraggled but feeling deliciously alive —

alongside the girl we lost on the fi rst bump.

I’m not even cold any more. We transfer

back to our own raft, and with a new-found

respect for the Shotover, forge on to the next

rapid, “The Toilet”. In our clumsy attempts at

manoeuvring, we are fl ushed through it.

But we’re getting confi dent. We indulge in

water-fi ghts with the other raft crews. Chief

tells us the other rapids aren’t as bad as Jaws.

He’s right — or maybe we’re all just getting

better and better.

CLOCKWISE: An aerial view

of the Shotover River; a

bus ride will take rafters

to the helipad on Coronet

Peak; a guide gives the

rafters a demo of how to

paddle properly

THIS IS IT — WHAT

I SIGNED UP FOR.

WE’RE IN THE

THICK OF THE

RAPIDS, AND IT’S

EXHILARATING

DECEMBER 2010 51


Take Me There

1 QUEENSTOWN RAFTING

35 Shotover St, Queenstown,

tel: +64 (3) 442 9792

52 DECEMBER 2010

Teamwork is essential

while manoeuvring the

long “Mother” section of

Shotover River

TRIPS: Queenstown Rafting offers short

half-day trips on the Shotover (1½ to

2½ hours) and Kawarau (1 to 1½ hours)

rivers, and longer multi-day trips on the

Landsborough River. Trip durations vary with

river speed, water level and time of year.

Heli-rafting is offered all year round, with

two fl ights a day in all seasons, subject to a

minimum of eight people.

FITNESS: The minimum age for rafting is

13 years, and the minimum weight is 40kg.

There is no maximum age or weight for

rafters, as long as you are active and able

to swim. Rafters on the Shotover River trip

should be “water confi dent” — able to swim

out of one’s depth at sea, in medium waves.

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Our fi nal challenge is the 80m Oxenbridge

Tunnel, blasted through a bend back in the

day by two gold-miner brothers to divert the

river. It’s low, narrow and pitch black. We ease

the raft into position fl awlessly as a team —

one side back-paddling while the others go

forward. As we glide into the tunnel, Chief

orders us to burrow down into the bottom

of the raft, and thwacks our helmeted heads

with his paddle in the gloom. We wait for the

pinprick of light to expand, and the river to

drop away. Emerging, we cascade down a 3m

waterfall into a plunge pool, hanging on tightly

to the raft. This is the end of the road, and now

a pebbly beach awaits us near the lodge.

Later, warmed by a log fi re, sausage rolls,

coffee and wholesome soup, we part our

merry ways. We had swapped tales — we’d run

the gauntlet, battled a force of nature, and won Rafting

— which made life feel like a precious gift.

We return to our normal lives, but for the

Queenstown

superhuman guides, this is normal life. Chief

is still arm-wrestling the Shotover on a daily

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I LOVE THE RICH FRUIT FLAVOURS OF AUSTRALIAN

WINES, B UT I ’M E QUALLY I NSPIRED B Y THE S AVOURINESS

AND ELEGANCE OF EUROPEAN WINES

The

100-mile diet might have originated

in Canada, but its local approach to

eating has been embraced by the picturesque

Central Tablelands of New South Wales, where

the surrounding 100 miles (or 161km) are

packed full of vineyards, orchards, olive groves

and farmland.

To help kick-start your own foodie adventure,

we map out a few of the best places to sample

the local fare in and around the popular country

towns Mudgee and Orange, both an easy

three-and-a-half-hour drive west from Sydney

through the Blue Mountains.

Nestled on the hillside of Apple Tree Flat

outside Mudgee, Peter and Hannah Logan’s

sleek modern tasting room at Logan Wines is

an ideal place to drink in the sweeping valley

views — while sipping a glass of wine from this

boutique winemaker’s Mudgee and Orange

vineyards, and nibbling on a 100-mile platter.

Local cheeses take pride of place, including

the award-winning Jannei goat’s cheese from

Lidsdale and nearby High Valley’s smooth

marinated feta.

“I love the rich fruit fl avours that Australian

wines have become famous for, but I’m equally

TOP/BOTTOM:

At Mudgee’s

Logan Wines;

tasting wines

at di Lusso Estate

inspired by the savouriness and elegance of

European wines,” says Peter. “Rather than make

one style or the other, I attempted to make a

hybrid of the two. So I ended up with something

new — fruitiness with fi nesse.”

Fifteen minutes up the highway is di Lusso

Estate’s cellar door, where owner Robert Fairall

and his team have a knack for making everyone

feel at home. You can either pop by for a tasting

of his Italian-variety wines (“made for food

pairing,” says Robert), olives and fi gs in the

big barn, or head outside to the restaurant on

the lakeside terrace for a “winemaker’s lunch”

of 100-mile pizza straight from the nearby

oven. Be sure to leave room for a slice of sticky

dessert pizza and glass of syrupy Passito —

a favourite of esteemed wine critic James

Halliday, apparently.

Also winning fans is The Farmer’s Pantry,

a fi ve-minute drive away. Head here to fi nd out

what made a London vet decide to become a

pig farmer-cum-café owner in Mudgee (answer:

a good Aussie wife, two small kids and a desire

to live a rural life). James and Georgie Caspar

set up nearby Ormiston Free Range Pork Farm

more than three years ago, followed by the cosy

What makes Mudgee such a special

foodie destination?

“A thriving café culture, vibrant pub scene,

hand-crafted beers, crisp whites and ‘leftfi

eld’ reds — plus friendly locals, a chance to

meet producers at the farmers’ market and

getting down ‘n’ dirty on a farm walk.” Simon

Staines, president, Mudgee Fine Foods

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The Farmer’s Pantry in October last year, as

a place to sell their piggy produce alongside

other local fare.

“Spending so much time at the farmers’

markets impressed on both of us the huge

amount of regional produce that the area has

to offer. We’re passionate about the ‘locavore’

concept, and as we’re also small producers, we

understand it’s hard getting products out to the

general public,” says James.

Pull up a chair at one of the wooden tables

and take your pick from the weekly specials,

or go the whole hog, and order a 100-mile

platter fi lled with Ormiston salami and hams,

High Valley feta and Oakfi eld Estate olives —

accompanied by organic sourdough and salads.

Ormiston Pork can also be found on sale

at the thriving Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers’

Market, held on the third Saturday of every

month (8.30am–12.30pm) in the grounds of

St Mary’s Catholic Church. The market offers

a unique opportunity to meet the leading local

producers all in one place and sample the wide

variety of edible treats on offer.

“No visit to the Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers’

Market is complete without a taste of the

58 DECEMBER 2010

freshest of herbs from Terry Rakis of Vrises

Valley Organic Farm, John Grant’s artisan bread

from Mudgee Sourdough, succulent Ormiston

Pork, For Heaven’s Bake’s handcrafted biscuits,

and the small-batch seasonal preserves of

Angela’s Edibles,” recommends Simon Staines,

the president of Mudgee Fine Foods.

If you’re in search of fi ne dining, then it

doesn’t come much better than Racine @

La Colline, a scenic two-hour drive away in

neighbouring Orange. Set in the pretty La

Colline vineyard with valley views, Racine has

a modern menu that uses symbols to indicate

where the local ingredients come from. “Orange

has such a perfect climate for growing a vast

array of produce, and there are such diverse

and interesting ingredients being produced

here,” says owner-chef Shaun Arantz. “Venison

is a particular favourite, as it’s a great quality

product and comes from just down the road

CLOCKWISE: Indulge in

fi ne dining at Racine @ La

Colline; meet the pigs of

Ormiston Free Range Pork

Farm; Angela of Angela’s

Edibles with her preserves

at Mandagery Creek.” Going full circle, Arantz

also bakes his own bread, and has become a

popular supplier for other Orange restaurants

and shops. One such example is A Slice of

Orange, back in the town centre. This providore

and coffee bar is run by sister act Jess and Lisa

Lovick, who take pride in sourcing the best local

produce they can fi nd.

“A Slice of Orange is like a gourmet tasting

plate of all the region’s fi nest food and

produce,” says Jess. Make a beeline here for

foodie souvenirs, a pre-ordered 100-mile picnic

hamper of goodies, or an espresso made from

Bills Beans locally roasted coffee.

If you’re in town on a Sunday, make the

10-minute drive out of town along the lovely

Borenore road to the Old Convent. Brunch

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Tucked behind a charming and historic little

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big wooden chopping block laden with bowls of

delicious Borenore Berry Farm raspberries and

equally yummy cakes. The emphasis is on good

home cooking, using local suppliers whenever

possible. For those who love tucking into a hot

brekkie, the corn fritters with Trunkey Creek

bacon and roasted tomatoes are defi nitely

highly recommended.

Follow up your brunch with a visit to Small

Acres Cyder’s tasting room, a fi ve-minute drive

away. Owners Gail and James Kendell decided

to get into the business after British-born Gail

couldn’t fi nd a decent cider in Australia. They’re

now passionate about making premium cider

60 DECEMBER 2010

James Kendell

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(pear cider) releases — both fi rsts on the

Australian market.

“The best part of my job is working with my

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1 LOGAN WINES

1320 Castlereagh Hwy, Apple Tree Flat,

tel: +61 (2) 6373 1333

1 DI LUSSO ESTATE

Eurunderee Ln, Mudgee,

tel: +61 (2) 6373 3125

1 THE FARMER’S PANTRY

234 Castlereagh Hwy, Burrundulla,

tel: +61 (2) 6372 7677

1 RACINE @ LA COLLINE

42 Lake Canobolas,

tel: +61 (2) 6365 3275

1 A SLICE OF ORANGE

Shop 2, 200 Anson St,

tel: +61 (2) 6369 0396

1 OLD CONVENT

Convent Ln, Borenore,

tel: +61 (2) 6365 2420

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12 Ackhurst Rd, Borenore,

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62 DECEMBER 2010

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Main photo: Photolibrary; Midland Atelier: Ross Swanborough


TOWN

The west is best, say Perth residents, and with a slew of mega-buck developments

readying for business they certainly do have a lot to look forward to

With

its Mediterranean climate and

pristine beaches, Perth has

always been a magnet for holidaymakers

seeking fun in the sun. But now there’s a new

buzz in this once-sleepy backwater.

Major development projects, including

a state theatre centre and a multi-purpose

sports stadium are taking shape, while across

the city, swanky restaurants and shopping

malls are springing up. Plans for a six-star

hotel are afoot, heritage areas are being

revived and new uses found for neglected city

laneways. Western Australia’s capital is on the

brink of a cultural renaissance.

Next month, it will roll out the red carpet for

the opening of the new AU$91 million State

Theatre Centre. Equipped with the latest

technology, the state-of-the art complex will

have three performance areas, including the

575-seat Heath Ledger Theatre, named after

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the late Perth-born actor.

Nancy Hackett, the marketing and

sponsorship manager for the Black Swan

State Theatre Company — the state’s fl agship

company — says the new centre has already

been described as the best theatre venue in

Australia. “It will be a focal point for arts in the

city and I think its opening will mark the start

of a really exciting time for Perth,” she says.

Similar excitement is building north-east

of the city in Midland, where former railway

workshops are being transformed into a bold

new vision for the arts. “Midland Atelier

will be unlike anything ever seen in Perth or

indeed, Australia,” says manager Jayne Orton.

A centre of excellence and innovation,

the project is bringing together artists and

designers from different disciplines with

unique opportunities for collaboration. One

of the historic buildings, the “Pattern Shop”,

has been refurbished, and a dozen artists

and designers are already in-residence in its

shared workspace. In time, they’ll be joined

by international guest artists who’ll be able

to make full use of the Atelier’s studio and

workshop spaces, original railway workshop

equipment, exhibiting areas and retail outlets.

Perth’s cultural revival has something

for everyone. For sports fans, that means a

striking construction on the western edge of

the CBD — which by 2012 will be a world-class

sports and entertainment complex, with a

retractable roof and a 14,000 seating capacity.

The AU$483 million Perth Arena will

also become the state’s premier indoor

entertainment facility — capable of holding

large-scale sporting and entertainment events

such as the Hopman Cup, basketball games,

rock concerts and even extravaganzas like

Disney on Ice.

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fashion to food,

shopaholics can indulge

at the new enex100

shopping mall; delicious

local produce at Clarkes;

chef Matt Stone visits the

Greenhouse herb garden

Graham Partridge, chairman of arena

owner Venueswest, says Perth Arena aims

to be the fi nest entertainment venue in

Australia. “It has been designed to be a fl exible

building, allowing for many uses with a quick

changeover in between,” he says.

Perth is also set to receive its fi rst six-star

hotel, with the luxurious Aman Resort Group

confi rming its fi rst Australian venture to be

a 46-suite boutique hotel in the CBD’s Old

Treasury Building. Work is expected to begin

late next year and will be part of a major

redevelopment of the St Georges Terrace

Cathedral Heritage Precinct.

For those who love shopping, Perth has a

host of new and revitalised shopping hubs.

Among them is enex100, a new city mall

stretching from Hay Street to 100 St Georges

Terrace. Spread over three levels, enex100

has a range of upmarket fashion outlets like

Lisa Ho, Satch, Calibre, Jack London, Veronika

Maine and lululemon athletica — as well as

businesses offering makeovers, massages,

fashion, food, electronic equipment and more.

Claremont Quarter in Claremont’s western

suburb is yet another hot shopping haunt

in the middle of a massive facelift. Its new

look will be unveiled in three months — but

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shoppers can already visit its wide range of

speciality stores.

For dedicated followers of high-end fashion,

King Street at the western end of the CBD

is the place to shop. Louis Vuitton, Tiffany

& Co, Wheels and Doll Baby, Ruth Tarvydas,

Gucci and Bally are among a swag of luxury

labels that now carry a King Street address,

with Prada enroute. Many cafés and eateries

are also nestled on this semi-cobbled street,

which is lined with Federation-style buildings

dating from the turn of the 20th century.

Perth’s dining scene is set to sizzle with

acclaimed Australian chef Neil Perry venturing

west to give diners a taste of his unique

steakhouse cuisine. Rockpool Bar & Grill

Perth will be located at the Burswood Casino

complex, and both Perry and head chef Dan

Masters say they’re looking forward to working

with fresh West Australian produce.

Also growing in acclaim since it opened

last year is Greenhouse. The European-style

eatery has bars both upstairs and downstairs,

and according to part-owner Paul Aron,

continues to draw plenty of attention with a

façade made up of 3,750 potted ivy plants. But

Greenhouse’s eye-catching exterior, the funky

creation of Dutch-born designer Joost Bakker,

is not its only unusual feature.

A roof-top garden that supplies fresh

ingredients to the bars and kitchen (headed

by chef Matt Stone, Gourmet Traveller awardwinner

for 2010’s best new talent), furniture

and fi ttings made from recycled materials,

and improvised eating utensils guarantee an

unconventional dining experience.

Meanwhile, up the coast, award-winning

Clarkes of North Beach continues to serve

up food fi t for royalty with three-time WA

chef of the year Stephen Clarke designing

menus of creative, modern Australian fare.

British-born Clarke, who really did feed the

royals while working as personal chef to the

Earl and Countess of Leicester in 2000, says

pork dishes are his speciality — with whole

young pigs handpicked from a property at the

foothills of Perth’s Stirling Ranges, a feature.

“We use every bit of the pig, from the head to

the trotters,” says Clarke.

Another feature that distinguishes Clarkes

from other fi ne-dining establishments is its

informal surrounds and BYO status. “A lot of

our customers have amazing cellars, so we

create dishes that they can enjoy with their

beautiful wines in a relaxed and informal

setting,” he explains.

DECEMBER 2010 65


From the Mayor

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffi di on Vision 2029.

“When the latest council and I got elected

in 2007, we undertook the most extensive

public consultation ever undertaken in the

history of the city of Perth. We have so many

forward-thinking, intelligent and wonderful

people choosing to live in the city now, and

they have a right to be heard. We looked at

their views, analysed what we can and can’t

achieve, and from that, we funnelled down to

Vision 2029 — because Perth was founded in

1829, so 2029 will be our 200th anniversary.

“Now there is the commitment to sink

the railway line ‘north bridge link’ (talked

about for over 100 years), the waterfront

redevelopment is already underway (after 20–

30 years of talk); and heritage buildings on

St Georges Terrace, like Th e West Australian

newspapers’ house and the Old Treasury

Building, are being reactivated. Th e City of

Perth has also committed AU$42.2 million to

building a new 3,500m² public lending library.

“Th e waterfront project will connect the city

to the river. When it’s completed, it will create

a very unique image of Perth as a capital city.

It will turn the area between William and

Barrack Streets down to the river, into ‘the

city’s living room’. People can dine alfresco

here for the river ambience, but still remain

connected to the city’s vibe. We’ll bring the

Swan River in, as it was originally — with

buildings on either side and a small island in

the middle. Work will commence early 2012.

“Th ere’s also AU$11 million worth of

streetscaping on St Georges Terrace, creating

greater usage of our streets by pedestrians.

And while Langley Park is sacrosanct and will

never be developed, we are looking at some

garden landscaping around the edges.

“Perth has ranked in Th e Economist’s Top 10

Most Liveable City’s list for the last six years.

We’re coming of age, and there’s a real sense

of purpose and place. Th e best-kept secret in

Australia isn’t so secret anymore.”

Th e Mayor’s favourite CBD spots: Andaluz

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Greenhouse on St Georges Terrace.

CLOCKWISE: Say hi to

Simmo the saltwater

crocodile at Perth Zoo;

endless water fun is in

store at Adventure World;

Breakwater Tavern offers

stunning harbour views

from every seat

Further north, at Hillarys Boat Harbour, a

completely revamped Breakwater Tavern is

also winning new fans and culinary accolades.

Whether upstairs in the sophisticated interior

of Reid’s Lounge, fi ne-dining restaurant Ishka,

or downstairs in the casual Lower Deck, diners

are treated to stunning harbour views.

Even the young, or young at heart, are

reaping the rewards of Perth’s invigoration.

At Perth Zoo, a short ferry ride across the

Swan River, popular resident Simmo is keen to

show off his new digs. The 4.8m-long saltwater

croc moved into new accommodation just

over a year ago, and can now enjoy a heated

billabong and large land area in the sun.

The new exhibit also features a platform

over the pool — where keepers can feed this

550kg hulk in front of visitors in an elevated

viewing area.

Also making a splash is Adventure World

in Bibra Lake, about 20km south of the CBD.

Thrill-seekers can run amok at the new

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pools and water rides without having to worry

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It’s

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reach of your fi rst Test match

hundred. You’re on enemy territory and

Australia needs you. Batsmen are

disappearing at the other end. Tremendous

pressure is mounting.

One of the world’s fastest bowlers has the

ball in his hands and he wants to take you out.

As the ball hurtles towards you, your gaze

turns to steel as you rock back and smack the

ball into the stands to bring up your century.

The Australian dressing room erupts, the

home crowd applauds in respect and you raise

your bat to the sky.

Many an Aussie backyard fantasy has

played out this way, but for Mitchell Johnson

this was a reality and exactly the way he

reached his fi rst Test century. It was in 2009

against South Africa, a tough opponent on

their home turf, yet Johnson sent that ball

into the crowd for a moment that few will ever

experience in their lifetime.

“When I was growing up playing backyard

cricket, I always enjoyed being a batter,” says

Johnson. “In the fi rst Test, I’d gotten stranded

on 96 not out — so when Dale Steyn (South

African pace bowler) was running in to bowl I

thought to myself, ‘There’s only one way I’m

gonna get this.’

“I was just hoping he was going to pitch it a

bit short, so I sat back and I pulled it for six. So,

yeah, it was a pretty amazing feeling. I wasn’t

sure what I was going to do to celebrate it as

well. You see the guys celebrate their hundreds

all the time, and it’s such a different feeling

to getting fi ve wickets or anything like that. I

think I kissed my helmet. It was a very special

moment for me and, yeah, you do dream of

those things when you’re young. So it was

pretty exciting.”

The story of his fi rst Test century is made

all the more special by the fact that Johnson

is not known as a batsman, but rather as a

bowler — and a fast one at that. The 2009

series against South Africa was essentially the

moment Johnson could lay claim to being an

all-rounder. It turned out to be a special year,

as he was also named cricketer of the year by

the International Cricket Council.

Now Johnson stands ready to lead the

Australian bowling charge against the visiting

England team this summer, as Australia

sets out to win back the coveted and hotly

contested Ashes. No doubt his batting will also

come in handy against the English, in what has

become the most anticipated series on the

cricketing calendar.

“The last couple of Ashes series have

been back and forth [between Australia and

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Mitchell Johnson

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fastest bowlers

INSET: The

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189cm and 150k/h

coming at you

DECEMBER 2010 73


I’M A RIGHT-

HANDED TENNIS

PLAYER. IT’S ONLY

CRICKET THAT I’M

LEFT-HANDED AT:

BATTING, BOWLING

AND THROWING

England], which is why I think the tickets have

sold so well,” says Johnson. “People want

to come and see it because it’s been such

entertaining cricket. It will be a fi ery series, like

they always are, but we’re defi nitely looking to

win the series and get back that [Ashes] urn.”

A “left-arm quick” in cricket speak,

Johnson’s talent as a bowler was discovered

by none other than the godfather of Australian

fast bowlers, Dennis Lillee, at a cricket camp

in Queensland when Johnson was a teenager.

Interestingly, Johnson was keen on tennis at

the time, so cricket was not his fi rst choice.

“Tennis was my number one sport and

then cricket sort of came along,” he says. “I

was still playing tennis at the time, going to

tournaments and missing out on cricket trials.

So I never got picked up for any of the country

sides or anything like that.”

Given that as a bowler Johnson can get up

around the 150k/h mark and that he “looked

up to Pete Sampras”, it would be reasonable

to expect that he had a handy serve. Johnson

admits he tried to “hit the ball as hard as I

could”, but this is where a curious fact emerges.

“I’m a right-handed tennis player. It’s only

cricket, really, that I’m left-handed at: my

batting, bowling and throwing,” he reveals.

“I play golf right-handed and tennis right-

74 DECEMBER 2010

MAIN: Johnson is also handy

with the bat and has already

clocked up a century

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handed.” What about writing? “Right-handed.”

The game of cricket is paradoxical in its

own way: the chess-like ebb and fl ow of Test

matches; the quixotic intensity of one-day

internationals; and the adrenaline-charged

whack circus that is Twenty20. Ever the

anomaly, Johnson is master of them all.

“In Tests, it really does test you mentally

and physically,” says Johnson. “You go through

so many different scenarios throughout that

time. Test match cricket is the number one

thing for me. I love it.

“Going into the one-dayers and Twenty20,

you come into more variation with your

bowling. I think the crowds really enjoy having

the one-day World Cup and the Twenty20

World Cup as well. But I still think Test match

cricket and one-day cricket is what I really

enjoy. You still have to be mentally and

physically strong.”

Despite having grown up in Townsville and

played for Queensland, Johnson now calls

Western Australia home. He lives with his

partner Jessica Bratich, who also happens to

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be a black belt karate champion.

“She’s very committed to what she does.

Her preparation is unbelievable and her

determination to do well is outstanding,”

Johnson says of Bratich. “We met in Perth

when I came over for a Queensland game.

That’s probably another reason why I

like Perth so much! I dragged her over to

Queensland for a couple of years. She actually

76 DECEMBER 2010

stopped her karate at that time and then

we moved back to Perth two-and-a-half

years ago.”

Johnson admits he has learnt a lot from

the mental side of Bratich’s sport, which is

something he hopes to take into the Ashes

series. After the recent two-Test series loss

to India, the world’s best-known batsman,

Sachin Tendulkar, told an English newspaper

Mitchell Johnson

on Perth

“When I was living in Queensland, I used to love

travelling to Perth, because it has a similar sort

of feeling to Brisbane — although Brisbane is

more humid. You get some really great days in

Perth through summer. Th e beaches are so nice

and it’s a really laid-back place to visit.”

he fancied England to retain the Ashes this

summer. These words will no doubt stir up

some strong feelings in Johnson.

“I know all the guys are very fi red up for

the Poms. There’s been much talk about it

already,” Johnson says. “It’s going to be a huge

summer.” The last time the England team was

in Australia in 2006, Johnson was carrying the

drinks. Now, he hopes to carry the urn.

Photo: Getty Images; Sidebar photo: Photolibrary


78 DECEMBER 2010

MAIN: Take a cruise on a kayak

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RIDING

HIGH

From kayaking with dolphins to

being chauffeur-driven

by a bikie on a Harley-Davidson,

we test-drive two unique ways to

discover Adelaide’s attractions

WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY CORMAC HANRAHAN

We’re

in the middle of the safety

briefi ng and already I’ve

seen dolphins. A small pod rises to the

surface, their misty breath catching the

morning sunlight, drawing “oohs” and

“aaahs” from our group.

Phil Doddridge, owner of Adventure

Kayaking SA, smiles and pushes on,

explaining how to hold the paddle and fi t the

life jacket, despite knowing everyone’s eyes

are well and truly glued to the water.

Believe it or not, I’m in Adelaide’s

industrial heartland, only 30 minutes from

the CBD, and yet surrounded by dolphins

and mangroves of national signifi cance. “It’s

one of Adelaide’s secret spots, and to have a

recognised dolphin sanctuary and a beautiful

wetland so close to everything is absolutely

amazing,” says Doddridge, as we push our

kayaks into the calm waters surrounding

Garden Island in Port Adelaide.

The island is a remarkable area of

contrasts — it’s home to both dolphins and

a power plant, and was previously the site of

the city’s major rubbish dump. Now it’s being

reclaimed as parkland.

“When people realise what we’ve got,

they’re fascinated. There’s a tropical


forest hidden in an industrial area, shared

with a large population of dolphins who love

interacting with people,” explains Doddridge.

Before too long, the dolphins are back,

criss-crossing around the boats while

members of the group fumble with cameras

or stare gobsmacked at how close they

approach. Eventually, the playful creatures get

back to catching their breakfast and we paddle

our way through the mangroves.

Doddridge explains the importance of the

plants as a “nursery”, whose roots shelter

vulnerable young fi sh. When a break in the

wall of green appears, we follow our guide up a

creek and into the dense green foliage.

Mangrove creek exploration is part of the

tour and after some time in, under and among

these most important of plants, we head out

to see what else we can fi nd: more dolphins.

They really are everywhere and nearly every

group Doddridge takes through has some

contact. “About 3,500 people came last

summer and only fi ve tours were without

dolphins. It’s no guarantee, but it’s pretty

good,” he says.

As we round the other side of Garden

Island, the rusting hulk of what was once a

luxurious steamship looms out of the water.

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As if dolphins and mangroves aren’t enough to

keep you interested, the area is also laden with

a number of shipwrecks, all protruding out of

the water for easy exploration.

The warm and always-calm waters around

Garden Island means Doddridge’s tours run all

year round, and are suitable for any age. The

youngest he’s had was six months, while the

oldest was a 105-year-old Irish lady who had

never seen a dolphin in the wild before.

From the quiet calm of being on water, I then

head for dry land and the distinctive rumble

of a Harley-Davidson. “More likely than not,

you’d get a pool cue broken over your head

DECEMBER 2010 79


Adelaide Hills’ Mount Lofty photo: Photolibrary

here,” says a large man with a long beard and a

penchant for leather and denim, bestraddling

a Harley-Davidson. “It used to be rough as

guts back in the day,” he adds, as we enter

through heavy timber doors.

My informative companion is Gavin, from

ACE Motorcycle Tours, who will take you

anywhere around Adelaide and beyond.

I choose a pub by the beach as our fi rst stop

and despite a colourful past, the Largs Pier

Hotel at Largs Bay is today anything

but rough.

Inspired by the famous Raffl es Hotel in

Singapore, the three-storey establishment

that witnessed the early days of Jimmy Barnes

and AC/DC oozes old-world charm complete

with lots of polished wood, brass fi ttings and

those very colonial swing fans.

I have a beer while Gavin sips lemonade,

then we’re back on the bike, roaring off into

the late afternoon sun. Adelaide, if you listen

to Gavin, is best seen from the back of a

bike. And I must add, the back of a 144cc,

chrome-plated Harley-Davidson is also a

perfect vantage point from which to glare

menacingly at other motorists without fear of

retribution. Try it, and tell me if I’m wrong!

But alas, true to its often-denoted “large

country town” status, Adelaide is largely free

of traffi c, and within minutes we’re zooming

and winding our way up the fi rst of the

Adelaide Hills.

I grew up in Adelaide, so this is something

of a homecoming. However, having left when

I was eight, my knowledge of the city extends

little beyond my backyard and my primary

school, which made Mount Lofty the perfect

place to get my bearings.

We arrive at the peak not long before

sunset (how romantic, Gav!) and just because

we can, drive right up to the lookout’s edge.

From the summit, the whole of Adelaide is

laid out below, and you can see just how

lovely and easy it is to get around. Gavin

points out the direction of my old suburb, and

while I can’t quite pick out my old backyard or

primary school, the city skyline, Adelaide Oval,

surrounding parkland and beaches that make

ADELAIDE IS BEST

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:

Biker-guide Gavin is an impressive sight

on his Harley; only one for the road;

riding into the sunset; take a breather

at Adelaide Hills’ Mount Lofty

DECEMBER 2010 81


Adelaide so enjoyable are all plain to see.

While Mount Lofty is a great place for me

to get my bearings while in town, Gavin’s

motorcycle tours can be completely

customised, like a Harley-Davidson. “Adelaide

is such a great place to ride because it doesn’t

take long to get from the city to anywhere. We

take people to Victor Harbor to see whales,

or the Barossa to the north, or McLaren Vale

to the south if they’re into wines and the

countryside,” he says.

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Indeed, in his line of work, Gavin gets all

sorts of requests, like the time he was asked

to ride into a nursing home and leave with the

retiring matron on the back.

Gavin is right though — the best way to get

around Adelaide is surely on the back of a bike,

and ACE Motorbike Tours does a great job of

accommodating personal needs and travel

plans. With such an easy cruise around town,

coming back for another cool ride is defi nitely

on the cards.

Victor Harbor’s horse-drawn tram

takes you to Granite Island

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ALL ABOARD: COCKATOO

What’s there: Sydney Harbour’s largest island

has a fascinating history and is the only island

where you can sleep over. So bring a tent or

book one of the holiday houses, and wake up

in the middle of Sydney Harbour.

Tell me more: Over the years, Cockatoo

Island has variously housed a prison, an

industrial school, a reformatory and a jail,

before it became one of the biggest shipyards

in Australia. There are unique relics to

explore, from the giant turbine hall to the

World Heritage-listed convict-built sandstone

structures. Kids will love the giant cranes and

machinery, and the spooky convict prison.

Explore by yourself, take a guided tour, or book

the kids for one of the special kids’ activities.

You can even make a night of it staying at

the camping site with fully set-up tents (you

can also bring your own — at just AU$45 a

night, it’s the cheapest harbour view in town).

If you prefer your creature comforts, there are

also four holiday houses and two apartments.

Electric barbecues are available, and there’s a

licensed café on the island.

ALL ABOARD: MILSONS POINT

What’s there: Two of Sydney’s favourite

family destinations: Luna Park and the Art

Deco North Sydney Olympic Pool.

Tell me more: That giant laughing face is

irresistible for kids, and Luna Park remains

a great choice for a family day out. All the

old favourites are here — the Wild Mouse

rollercoaster, the rotor and dodgem cars,

and of course, the mighty Ferris Wheel with

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Luna Park’s iconic

façade always brings on a smile; the carnival

rides of Luna Park are fun for all ages; see

Sydney’s swanky side at Double Bay; Cockatoo

Island is rich with history and heritage

its stunning close-up view of the Harbour

Bridge. Younger kids will love Coney Island, the

1930s-style fun house complete with slides, a

Turkey Trot and Barrels of Fun. Entry is free —

pay per ride, or buy a multi-ride pass.

On a hot day, you can cool off at North

Sydney Olympic Pool right next door. It’s one

of Sydney’s most scenic places to get wet, and

has both an indoor as well as an outdoor pool

— and plenty of places to lounge and watch

the boats sail by.

ALL ABOARD: DOUBLE BAY

What’s there: Double Bay has a reputation

as a princess precinct: it’s full of stylish

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What’s there: Australia’s most scenic zoo

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time to talk to the animals.

Tell me more: If you’re into cute and cuddly

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What’s there: It’s the mother of all ferry trips:

a half-hour journey during which the bays

and beaches of the eastern harbour unfurl in

all their loveliness. However, the real point of

taking a trip on the Manly ferry is the fun you

can have when you get to the other end.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Manly is lined with

great walks; stock up at Transvaal Avenue;

Taronga Zoo is a Sydney must-see; Oceanworld

Manly will make a splash with the kids

Tell me more: Manly has a number of

beaches: the sheltered harbour beach at the

ferry dock, the stretched-out surf beach at the

other end of The Corso, and tranquil Shelly

Beach, tucked away in a leaf-fringed bay at

the other end of the surf beach. Kids also love

the giant waterslides at Manly Waterworks.

They’re right next door to Oceanworld Manly,

where you can come face to face with sharks,

giant stingrays, turtles and other marine life.

DECEMBER 2010 89


Manly and Taronga Zoo photo: TNSW

DURING THE

JOURNEY THE BAYS

AND BEACHES

OF THE EASTERN

HARBOUR UNFURL

THEIR LOVELINESS

boutiques and chic cafés, not to mention

some of Sydney’s best hairdressers. But this

leafy suburb has plenty for the whole family to

enjoy, including its own harbour beach.

Tell me more: If you’re looking for a day

trip with your gal pals, Double Bay is hard to

beat. With leafy streets, alfresco dining and

gorgeous boutiques, the area’s European

vibe begs you to spend a couple of leisurely

hours browsing. Start the day off by booking

yourself in for a cut and colour with one of the

area’s acclaimed hairdressers, such as Andrea

Connolly or Joh Bailey, before stopping for a

cup of coffee in one of the cafés nearby. Then

it’s time to hit the shops. Start at Transvaal

Avenue for stylish homewares and style queen

Belinda Seper’s eponymous boutiques, then

head down Cross, Bay and Knox Streets to

explore the boutiques there.

If you have the kids in tow, your fi rst stop will

be Redleaf Pool, with its netted harbour pool

in a garden setting. Refuel in the courtyard

of the Golden Sheaf Pub, before browsing

through the great children’s stores in the area:

Oscar & Friends for books, Rainbow Puppen

for old-school toys, and all things fairy at As if

by Magic.

TARONGA ZOO

What’s there: Australia’s most scenic zoo

is having a baby boom, so now is the perfect

time to talk to the animals.

Tell me more: If you’re into cute and cuddly

baby animals, Taronga Zoo is the place to

be. The newest arrivals include baby Asian

elephants, a baby pygmy hippo called Kambiri,

and even two baby koalas. There’s also a

new exhibit devoted to Tasmanian devils,

explaining how a fatal disease has wiped out

60% of the world’s Tasmanian devil population

in just 10 years, and a renovated giraffe exhibit,

where visitors can feed the giraffes every day

between 1.45pm and 2.15pm. Add in the bird

show, the seal show, and a regular calendar

of talks by zookeepers talking about their

charges — which includes everything from

gorillas, elephants, big cats and koalas — and

you have a fantastic family day out.

MANLY

What’s there: It’s the mother of all ferry trips:

a half-hour journey during which the bays

and beaches of the eastern harbour unfurl in

all their loveliness. However, the real point of

taking a trip on the Manly ferry is the fun you

can have when you get to the other end.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Manly is lined with

great walks; stock up at Transvaal Avenue;

Taronga Zoo is a Sydney must-see; Oceanworld

Manly will make a splash with the kids

Tell me more: Manly has a number of

beaches: the sheltered harbour beach at the

ferry dock, the stretched-out surf beach at the

other end of The Corso, and tranquil Shelly

Beach, tucked away in a leaf-fringed bay at

the other end of the surf beach. Kids also love

the giant waterslides at Manly Waterworks.

They’re right next door to Oceanworld Manly,

where you can come face to face with sharks,

giant stingrays, turtles and other marine life.

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(the same goes for columns). Now see which

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because they also contain that number. (This

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answers in the corners of individual squares. Once

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each row, column and box.

Good luck! See page 96 for answers.

SUDOKU EASY SUDOKU MODERATE

3 1 4 8

4 7 9

4 6 1 7

7 6 2 3 8

1 6 3 5 8

2 1 4 9

4 9 8 7

5 6

3 8

4 2 9

1 7 5 4 3 9

3 9 6 2 4 8

3 7 8

4 5

9 7

5

BRAIN TEASERS

TRIVIA SUDOKU

QUIZ

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BRAIN TEASERS

CROSSWORD TRIVIA QUIZ

& ANSWERS

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quiz.

1. Which actor stars in the mockumentary

I’m Still Here?

2. Which famous ancient Greek statue in Paris’

Louvre Museum has no arms?

3. Which part of the body is formed by the

gluteal muscles?

4. Who is the Roman goddess of the dawn?

5. What is a cumulonimbus?

6. Grey Goose and Belvedere are both brands

of which alcoholic spirit?

7. How were Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin,

Sammy Davis Jr, Joey Bishop and Peter

Lawford known collectively?

8. Flying Jetstar, which US state would you be

visiting if you landed on the island of O’ahu?

9. Which country makes Gruyère cheese?

10. What is the name of the Aussie singer with

the hit album I Believe You Liar and the hit

song Clementine?

11. Which female celebrity chef was part of

the judging panel on Junior MasterChef?

12. In Greek legend, which prophetess was

fated never to be believed?

13. In computer terminology, what does the

acronym PDF stand for?

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14. What is the upper edge of a boat’s side?

15. What type of animal is the children’s

book character called Curious George?

16. Which TV drama is Jon Hamm known for?

17. Who won this year’s Brownlow medal?

18. What is the Australian arm of General

Motors called?

19. Who is the celebrity partner of male

model Jake Wall?

20. In the fi lm version of Who’s Afraid of

Virginia Woolf?, who played the warring

couple George and Martha?

21. What term is given to the mark on the

side of a ship that’s used to determine

its load, coined after its inventor?

22. What colour are emu eggs?

23. Which worldwide coffee company’s

name is derived from a character in

Moby Dick?

24. Where would you fi nd a Smith machine?

25. What is the English name for the South

Atlantic archipelago known in Spanish

as Islas Malvinas?

26. Which famous modernist painter was artist

Lee Krasner married to?

27. Which type of popular sport is Telemark

a form of?

28. Which gas’ solid form is dry ice?

29. Who wrote the famous poem “The Owl

and the Pussycat”?

30. What is the full title of Oliver Stone’s Wall

Street sequel?

31. Flying Jetstar, which Aussie city would

you be in if you visited Movie World, Sea

World and Dreamworld with your kids?

32. What is the name of Nicole Kidman and

Keith Urban’s daughter?

33. Which language developed from a pidgin

language to become the main language

of a community?

34. What is Katy Perry’s latest album?

35. Who founded the cable news channel

called CNN?

36. Which European countries comprise the

Benelux union?

37. Which character in The Simpsons is the

sworn enemy of Bart and voiced by actor

Kelsey Grammer?

38. Which country’s politics is associated with

The Tea Party movement?

39. What is the well where the water rises

to the top due to high natural pressure

known as?

40. What is the colour of a traditional London

taxi cab?

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CROSSWORD & ANSWERS

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tough

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Harry Potter

actress

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trees

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slumber

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cricketer,

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Aussie

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get involved

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expenses

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Peter

Sellers film

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2 8 1 7 5 4 3 9 6

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viper

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articles

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word

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2. Venus de Milo 3. Buttocks

4. Aurora 5. Cloud 6. Vodka

7. Rat Pack 8. Hawaii

9. Switzerland 10. Megan

Washington 11. Anna Gare

12. Cassandra 13. Portable

Document Format

14. Gunwale 15. Monkey

16. Mad Men 17. Chris Judd

18. Holden 19. Jennifer

Hawkins 20. Richard Burton

and Elizabeth Taylor

21. Plimsoll Line 22. Green

23. Starbucks 24. Gym

(railed barbell machine)

25. Falkland Islands

26. Jackson Pollock

27. Skiing 28. Carbon

dioxide 29. Edward Lear

30. Wall Street: Money

Never Sleeps 31. Gold Coast,

Queensland 32. Sunday

Rose 33. Creole 34. Teenage

Dream 35. Ted Turner

36. Belgium, the

Netherlands and

Luxembourg 37. Sideshow

Bob 38. United States

39. Artesian well 40. Black

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Powderfi nger brings

their acoustic set to

Jetstar passengers at

30,000 feet

INSET: Offi cial tour

blogger Shaun Malseed

BLOGGING THE BAND

One lucky fan got to

chronicle the countrywide

farewell tour as Powderfi nger

bowed out in style earlier

this year. Here, he recounts

his adventures with the

veteran rockers on their

Jetstar-partnered jaunt

WORDS SHAUN MALSEED

Back

in April, Australian

rockers Powderfi nger r

announced that after 20 years of

entertaining the masses, they’d be

touring the country one last time

before calling it quits. With Jetstar

onboard as their major tour

partner, an opportunity was created

for an offi cial tour blogger to join the

band on their fi nal farewell.

Yours truly has just completed the

two-and-a-half-month journey — attending

all 34 shows which covered more than 20

destinations. It’s still hard to believe that I was

chosen; I’m sure it’s the same for the band.

It will probably be years before they realise

what they’ve achieved after all these years.

I was told I had made it to the fi nal three,

but I wasn’t ready for the news I’d won. When

they decided to pick me, it was announced

live on the Nova radio network’s Ryan, Monty

and Wippa show. I think all I managed to say

was “Are you serious?”, over and over.

I left my job at Network Ten’s The 7pm

Project the next day. I even got a shout out

from hosts Carrie Bickmore and Ryan “Fitzy”

Fitzgerald. Then I moved out of my shared house

in Melbourne’s music hub Fitzroy, dumping

my belongings with my family in the Victorian

jetstar news

coastal coast town Portland. It all happened so

quickly, qu so I’m very thankful that everyone

aaround

me was so supportive.

After packing up my life, I fl ew to

Newcastle for the fi rst leg of the tour,

and met the band bright and early on

the tarmac for a photoshoot in front of

ttheir

customised Jetstar plane, which

the

band had dubbed “FINGERBIRD 1”.

The gguys

were all very accommodating,

which hi h was such a relief, and in between them

posing for photos and trying to wrestle me,

they were coming up with possible nicknames.

They eventually decided “Blogsy” should do

the trick, which has managed to stick. As well

as Blogger, Joe Bloggs, and even Snoop Blog!

For the fi rst show of the tour, I took full

advantage of my access-all-areas pass —

watching the band closely from left of stage.

I fi gured it was best to throw myself in at the

deep end and work my way back, so after

seeing how it was all put together, I’d head out

further from the main stage for each show.

It was an impressive set-up, and it was clear

they’d put a lot of time and effort into making

sure each show was one to remember. There

were video elements, lasers, and even a second

stage they’d pop up on halfway during the

night, which would always surprise everyone.

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The crowd go wild

when Powderfi nger performs on the Jetstar

charity fl ight; the band take ‘rocking the airwaves’

to a whole new level; Bernard Fanning at the helm

As part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,

I got to interview not only Powderfi nger, but

also some of the support acts along the way. I

sat down with the likes of Australian favourites

You Am I, The Vines and Jet, as well as upand-comers

like The Vasco Era and Operator

Please. It was like having my own TV show: from

researching the bands, writing questions and

presenting pieces to camera, the experience

was a real learning curve, and became easier as

the tour went along. Watching playbacks of my

early interviews is already making me laugh.

On top of attending all 34 shows across

Australia, I fl ew on the Jetstar charity fl ight

where Powderfi nger played at 30,000 feet in

the air. The mid-air performance raised over

AU$150,000 collectively for the band and

Jetstar’s chosen charities, each supporting

disadvantaged children — Yalari and World

Vision through the StarKids Program. This

added a whole new meaning to the term “infl ight

entertainment”. I kept looking out the window

to remind myself it was really happening.

Although the mid-air performance is one

I’ll never forget, my favourite show of the

tour would have to be the second night at

Brisbane’s River Stage, where it was pouring

with rain. A lot of people were convinced it

was going to be cancelled as the weather was

pretty severe, but the band was committed

to it. With the crowd decked out in colourful

ponchos and the rain pelting down, the vibe

was intense and the band really fed off that.

My birthday would be top of my highlights

list, though. Halfway through the tour I turned

25 and before the band took to the stage

in Sydney that night, they grabbed me for

their pre-show huddle, making me feel as

though I was in the fi lm Almost Famous.

After living out of a suitcase for so long, you’d

think I’d have been happy to return to a normal

life. But the travel bug really got me. I pretty much

had the rock-star thing down pat — checking

in, pulling all-nighters, ordering room service

and fl ying out again. I’ve just sorted out my

passport, and I’m ready to take on the world and

do it all again, except this time without a band!

I’d like to take this chance to thank

everyone who helped me — especially

Jetstar and Powderfi nger. I’ll be sure to

thank you all in my Logies speech!

Shaun’s blogging efforts can be seen

on www.jetstarsunsetstour.com.au

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In the Huong Phung community in central

Vietnam, 11-year-old The Thi feels lucky to live

near a fresh water source. Unlike her neighbours,

The Thi and her siblings don’t have to walk for

hours carrying heavy containers to be able to

cook and clean. However, the stream where

The Thi draws her family’s water is now being

polluted by local industries.

StarKids, a joint initiative between World

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sanitation in Huong Phung.

Families in The Thi’s community face many

diffi culties. Nearly all the villagers in the remote

mountainous Huong Hoa region are suffering

from waterborne diseases. Most live in rundown

wooden houses on stilts without bathrooms

or sanitary latrines. A lack of access to job

opportunities and local health services worsens

the situation. The community also faces food

shortages at least three months of the year,

particularly before the harvest season.

Almost half of the Vietnamese population

live without access to clean water, which

contributes to the spread of infectious

diseases such as malaria, cholera, typhoid and

dengue fever. The Thi’s story mirrors many

others in her community. “My children often

have stomachache and my whole family has

scabies [itchy skin sores caused by bathing in

contaminated water],” says The Thi’s mother.

Buying medicine stretches limited fi nancial

resources. When money is tight, The Thi’s

mother relies on natural remedies, but fi nds that

“the diseases reoccur after we take the medicine

for some days”. In 2009, the entire village came

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The lack of access to clean drinking water and

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For someone as young as The Thi, carrying

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road is not too far, fetching water isn’t an easy

job, especially during hot weather. I don’t want

my daughter to be tired from carrying water,”

says The Thi’s mother.

Unfortunately, the local coffee industry is

contributing to the cycle of illness. Local leader

Ho Van Chin explains: “The companies which are

located in the upper [mountain] reaches directly

114 DECEMBER 2010

discharge their waste water to the stream, our

only water source. The local authorities have yet

to deal with the problem.”

Access to clean and safe drinking water will

transform the lives of people in The Thi’s village.

A StarKids-supported World Vision water and

sanitation project aims to improve Huong

Phung's health and security. Between now

until 2011, the project will support the 1,300

households in 15 local villages by drilling wells,

building water supply systems and installing

hygienic latrines.

A vital component of the project will be

health and sanitation education. “I don’t know

what a latrine is,” The Thi says, shyly. Educating

children is a central aim of StarKids-supported

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The challenges facing The Thi’s village

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With clean water, the villagers will be able to

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clean water will dramatically improve the lives of

people in the Huong Phung community, so kids

like The Thi can have a brighter future.

StarKids, a partnership between Jetstar

and World Vision Australia, raises money

to support various community projects,

including the WASH project in Vietnam's

Huong Phung province.

YOU CAN HELP

Vulnerable children and communities

need our help. The StarKids

partnership between Jetstar and

World Vision was formed to help

children enjoy a brighter future.

You can support StarKids by

donating loose change in the

donation envelope located in your

seat pocket.

Let your small change

create change!

About StarKids

Tim Costello, CEO, World Vision

How did StarKids come about?

StarKids is a humanitarian partnership

between World Vision Australia and Jetstar.

Th e partnership supports community-based

development projects in Australia and across

Asia, and aims to improve the lives of families

living in poverty. It’s about giving children a

brighter future.

What does StarKids aim to achieve?

Th e support given to World Vision through

StarKids will go towards transforming the

lives of vulnerable children.

How can Jetstar passengers help?

Your donations would be most welcome!

Please place your small change (all currencies)

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the safety demonstration prior to take-off.

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• Oestrogen hormone therapy, including

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• Pregnancy

• Tobacco smoking

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• Obesity

• Dehydration

• Heart problems

• Varicose veins

Compression stockings can assist in

preventing swelling of the ankles and feet

and they may improve the blood return

to the body from the lower legs. These

stockings can be purchased from medical

and surgical supply companies and

need to be individually fitted to your leg

measurements. During your flight, move

your legs and feet three or four minutes per

hour while seated and move about the cabin

occasionally.

CABIN PRESSURE

If you are suffering nasal congestion, an ear

infection or allergies, Jetstar recommends

seeking medical advice before flying.

A cold, flu or hay fever can impair your

sinuses. Swollen membranes in your nose

could block the Eustachian tubes between

your nasal passages and your middle ear

chamber. This can cause discomfort during

changes in cabin pressure, particularly

during the aircraft’s descent.

• To “clear” your ears, try swallowing and/or

yawning. This helps open your Eustachian

tubes, equalising the pressure between

your middle ear chamber and your throat.

• When you are flying with an infant, give

them a dummy or feed them during the

aircraft’s descent. Sucking and swallowing

will help the infant equalise the pressure in

their ears.

CABIN HUMIDITY / DEHYDRATION

Humidity levels of less than 25% are

common in the aircraft cabin. This is due

to the low humidity levels of the outside

air supplied to the cabin. Low humidity can

cause drying of the nose, throat and eyes

and it can irritate wearers of contact lenses.

We recommend that you:

• Drink water frequently during flight.

• Drink coffee, tea and alcohol only in

moderation – these drinks act as diuretics,

increasing dehydration.

• Remove contact lenses and wear glasses if

your eyes are irritated.

• Use a skin moisturiser to refresh the skin.

MOTION SICKNESS

This ailment is caused by a conflict between

the body’s senses of vision and equilibrium.

Air turbulence increases its likelihood

because it can cause movement of fluid in

the vestibular apparatus of the inner ear.

If you have good visual cues (keeping your

eyes fixed on a non-moving object), motion

sickness is less likely to occur.

JETSTAR SECURITY POLICY

Jetstar has a strict policy on denying

boarding to any passengers who are

inappropriate in flight or on ground in

comments or behaviour. Jetstar does not

accept any inappropriate comments as

“jokes”. All matters are referred to relevant

authorities for prosecution. Jetstar will seek

to recover all costs incurred as a result of

inflight incidents from those involved.

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Fresh fruit at

the local market

FIJI

This South Pacifi c nation

is a dream with white

sandy beaches, crystalclear

blue lagoons and

lush, tropical gardens —

and warm, friendly people

only too happy to share

their fascinating culture.












FROM THE AIRPORT

Nadi Town 8km from Nadi

International Airport

Travel time Nadi Town is 10–15

mins by car

Taxi FJ$7–$10 (AU$3.84–$5.49)

Airport Shuttle US$10.18

(AU$10.28) per person one way to

Nadi Town

ON THE GO

1. Car hire Cars can be hired at

the airport and you drive on the left

side of the road as in Australia.

2. Taxi Plentiful but you need

to make sure they switch on

the meters.

3. Motorcycle Bright yellow bikes

to rent from Westside Motorcycles.

4. Light plane Getting to

Suva from Nadi could cost you

FJ$86–$103 (AU$47.17–$56.51).

128 DECEMBER 2010

LEE PEARCE

Regional general

manager,

Accor Asia Pacifi c

Best breakfast: A lot of the

time Fiji is about families, but for

a relaxing, adult-only affair, head

to Salt restaurant, which has

introduced a new breakfast just

for grown-ups. It’s located at the

fi ve-star Sofi tel Fiji Resort and

Spa, so you’re guaranteed great

cuisine and a very romantic vibe —

complete with water views across

to the Mamanuca islands.

Must-buy (money no

object!): A massage by a local

spa therapist — I recommend a

Fijian Bobo massage. It combines

the best elements of a remedial

and relaxation massage, and is

unbeatable. Every hotel and resort

has a spa of some sort, and a good

massage is defi nitely the perfect

way to unwind after a day of

activities and sightseeing.

Must-buy gifts: The local Fijians

are extremely talented weavers

and trinket makers. Buy a woven

bag and purse, or a pair of earrings

or necklace made from local shells:

they are beautiful and cost-friendly.

Insider’s tip: When you arrive in

Fiji, you need to go with the fl ow,

leave the hustle and bustle of city

life behind, be prepared to wait an

extra minute or two, and just really

enjoy the Fijian way of life. Things

are a little slower, but believe me

— when you stop rushing and take

some time to really relax, it will

make your trip more memorable.

Local delicacy: Kokoda is a

must. Pronounced as “kokonda”,

this is a dish of freshly caught

fi sh, marinated in fresh lime

and coconut milk. It sounds

adventurous, but you know what

they say about “when in Rome”!

Best place to hang out with

the locals: At Novotel Nadi, of

course! Enjoy the warm welcome

and hospitality of the staff.

Izumo

Taishakyo

Mission

HONOLULU

HAWAII

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Honolulu, on the island of

Oahu, is one of the world’s

most exotic capital cities.

Encapsulating a modern

vitality with the delightful

charm of old Hawaiiana, it

reverberates with aloha —

the spirit of welcome.







FROM THE AIRPORT

CBD 14km from Honolulu

International Airport

Travel time CBD is around

15 mins by car


Taxi Approx US$40 (AU$40.41)

VIP stretch limo From US$70

(AU$70.69) for two people


Airport shuttle US$9 (AU$9.09)

and taking around 20 mins

Bus Every 30 mins at US$2

(AU$2.02) for bus number 19 and

taking around 1hr 10 mins

ON THE GO

Bus There are many hotel

shuttle buses, public buses and

quaint open-air trolley buses —

Oahu has an excellent bus network.

For a fl at fee of US$2 (AU$2.02)

you can easily travel any distance,

including bus changes, to any

attraction you’d like to visit.

KAINOA DAINES

Director of sales/

Cultural director,

The Queen

Kapi‘olani Hotel

Best breakfast: Grand Café in

downtown Honolulu on Pauahi

Street. It’s got a huge variety of

different types of eggs Benedict.

Great place for dinner: Uncle

Bo’s in Kapahulu, just minutes from

Waikiki. There’s delicious food and

a relaxing, casual atmosphere.

Then go across to Side Street Inn.

Must-buy (money no object!):

A Ni‘ihau shell necklace… it costs

quite a bit but it’s worth it.

Survival tip for tourists: Leave

the gaudy fl oral-print clothes at

home, and don’t put plastic fl owers

around your neck. Locals don’t

dress like that, so you shouldn’t.

Must-eat: A plate lunch — a

meal with a type of meat (teriyaki

chicken, hamburger steak, pork

chops, etc), two scoops of rice

and a scoop of macaroni salad. If

gravy comes with the dish, tell the

cashier, “gravy all over”. It tastes

better that way.

Local recreational activity to

watch: Outrigger canoe paddling

off Waikiki Beach, Ala Moana or

the Ala Wai Canal. It’s a Hawaiian

tradition and way of life.

Favourite local festival: The

King Kamehameha Celebration,

with statewide festivities honouring

the great king that united the

Hawaiian islands in 1810. It takes

place on the weekend closest to 11

June with festivals and parades.

Best idea for a family outing:

Pack a cooler full of drinks, pick

up a “plate lunch” from Rainbow

Drive-In in Kapahulu and head to

the beach.

For history: Defi nitely the Bishop

Museum. From Hawaiian history

and science to astronomy and

botany, they have it all!

Fiji photo: Tourism Fiji, Hawaii photo: Tor Johnson/HTA


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A romantic

dinner by

the sea

BALI

INDONESIA

One of Asia’s best holiday

islands, Indonesia’s Bali

has the irresistible allure

of sun, sea, surf and

mountains, along with a

rich cultural heritage. Top

it all off wiith excellent

eating and shopping.

Java

Borneo

INDONESIA

Bali

(Denpasar)

FROM THE AIRPORT

CBD 15km from Denpasar’s Ngurah

Rai Airport

Travel time Kuta Beach is around

10 mins by car

Taxi About IDR30,000 (AU$3.41)

Shuttle bus Most hotels offer

complimentary pick-up

DAMRI Bus IDR15,000 (AU$1.70)

to any city bus station

ON THE GO

1. Taxi Get your hotel to order one

for you and always try to arrange for

a return trip.

2. Hired car The only way to go

beyond the city and into the villages.

Hiring a driver only costs a little bit

more, but is worth the price.

3. Motorcycle For those hardto-reach

remote beaches, secret

surfi ng sites and little lanes.

130 DECEMBER 2010

SIMON DORNAN

Director of operations,

W Retreat & Spa Bali

Best breakfast: Biku in Seminyak

— poached eggs on freshly baked

cheddar cheese and chive scones,

crispy streaky bacon and steamed

asparagus laced with hollandaise

sauce! All topped off with a pot of

Biku-blended black tea.

Great place for dinner: Sarong

in Seminyak: fab location, and

creative fusion and traditional

Asian dishes with Western

techniques. The menu is novel-like!

Best place to party with

the gang: The Living Room in

Seminyak! A great mix of local

residents and expats, plus tourists.

It has an indoor and outdoor area

to chill, and a great central location.

Best night out: A couple of frozen

margaritas at Geger Beach over

sunset, to Sarong in Seminyak for

dinner, The Living Room to sip and

party until late, and then street-side

nasi kunning (rice cooked with

coconut milk and turmeric) on my

way home for brekkie.

Best buy for under AU$50: A

table of 10 (with drinks) at Warung

Sulawesi, Jl Petitenget, Seminyak

for traditional Indonesian cuisine,

Padang-style.

Must-buy (money no object!):

A night in our enormous E-WOW

suite in W Retreat & Spa Bali —

Seminyak. It’s a two-level suite with

a space of 532m², perched on the

highest fl oors of the retreat with

stunning ocean views. Alternatively,

a week on a private yacht from Bali

to Komodo.

Must-buy gift: A “Bintang” beer

T-shirt — seriously, it’s not right

to leave the “Island of the Gods”

without one!

Survival tip for tourists: Always

have a sense of adventure and an

open mind.

JAKARTA

INDONESIA

Indonesia’s capital is the

11th biggest city in the

world, with the hustle

and bustle to match. This

exciting hub combines a

fascinating history with

a vibrant energy, and a

unique island culture.

Jakarta

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INDONESIA

Java

Borneo

FROM THE AIRPORT

CBD 20km from Soekarno-Hatta

International Airport

Travel time Allow at least 40 mins

by car (depending on the conditions

of the traffi c)

Taxi IDR120,000 (AU$13.64) to the

CBD, including charges

DAMRI Bus IDR15,000 (AU$1.70)

to a city bus station

ON THE GO

1. Taxi The most reliable taxi

company is Blue Bird. You can call

+62 (21) 7917 1234 and book one in

advance. Remember to ignore any

informal taxi “agents” who approach

you on the street.

2. Hired car If driving around the

busy city is daunting, ask for a driver

with your car.

3. PATAS These are

air-conditioned modern buses.

Jakarta’s city

skyline

KOMANG ANI

Product manager,

Wotif Group,

Indonesia

Great place for dinner: The

affordable Oasis Restaurant

in Menteng serves a great

Indonesian rijsttafel (rice served

with numerous traditional dishes),

as well as European choices.

You can enjoy great live music

and sometimes even traditional

Indonesian dances while you eat.

Best night out: Grab a cocktail

at the Buddha Bar, set in a heritage

building in Menteng. With beautiful

Asian artifacts, good food and

great lounge music, this is where

Jakarta’s glamorous crowd goes to

see and be seen.

Best buy for under AU$50:

Shop at Tanah Abang Trade Centre,

a famous clothing wholesale

centre. Buy multiple items and you

can get them for under AU$10 per

piece. It’s popular with locals, as

well as tourists from Singapore

and Malaysia.

Survival tips for tourists:

Always use taxis from

recommended companies such

as Blue Bird, Express and Gamya,

and make sure the driver uses

the meter. Keep your bags close

to yourself in public areas, as

pickpockets are everywhere.

And always be sure to bargain at

markets or trade centres.

Must-eats: Sop buntut (oxtail

soup) at Bogor Café in Borobudur

Hotel. This deceptively simple dish

has become a legend at this hotel.

Local delicacies: Gado-gado

(mixed vegetable salad with peanut

sauce), nasi goreng (fried rice) and

satay (barbecued meats on sticks).

These are very common, and can

be found in Indonesian restaurants

or at street food stalls.

Favourite local festival: The

Jakarta Fair, held in June to

celebrate Jakarta’s anniversary.


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OSAKA

JAPAN

Known widely as “the

kitchen of Japan”, Osaka

is also home to modern

architectural wonders,

wild fashion and a prolifi c

creative scene. From here,

discover the breathtaking,

ancient city of Kyoto.

SOUTH

KOREA

Sea of Japan

(East Sea)

Osaka

JAPAN

FROM THE AIRPORT

CBD 38km from Kansai

International Airport

Travel time 50 mins by car

Pacifi c

Ocean

Taxi Approx ¥17,000 (AU$208.47)

Limousine bus Every 45 mins at

¥880 (AU$10.79), takes 50 mins

Nankai Express Train Every 30

mins from ¥1,390 (AU$17.05), takes

30 mins

ON THE GO

1. The subway Easy to use, effi cient

and clean, this mode of transport

will take you everywhere you want to

go in Osaka.

2. Bicycle Many of the hotels in the

Kansai region (of which Osaka is a

part) offer their guests the option

of hiring a bicycle. It’s a good way

to get around the city because of

Osaka’s easy-to-navigate, relatively

safe terrain.

132 DECEMBER 2010

MACHI KIMURA

Concierge,

Swissôtel Nankai

Osaka

Best night out: The Minami

area, which has lots of bars and

nightclubs. Also, the neon signs

lighted along the Dotonbori river

are a famous sight.

Best place to party with the

gang: The American Village — a

very fashionable and exciting area.

Must-buy (money no object!):

The famous kitchen knives of

Sakai city (a city south of Osaka

once known for its samurai

sword production).

Must-buy gifts: The waxmade

food samples seen at

the restaurants in Japan. Small

magnets and keychains are also

nice gifts to bring back.

Survival tip for tourists: The

people of Osaka are very warm and

friendly. Please do not hesitate to

ask for help from the passers-by.

They might even guide you to the

location where you want to go!

Best breakfast: Café Swiss at

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka. You can

try a variety of foods, buffet-style.

Great place for dinner: Minami

in Swissôtel Nankai Osaka. A goodquality

Kobe beef dinner course

is cooked right in front of you and

served as teppanyaki.

Must-eats: Okonomiyaki (a

savoury pancake with bits of meat,

seafood and chopped cabbage) at

Hatsuse, where you can experience

making the local food of Osaka on

your own (the staff will give you

instructions). Takoyaki (octopus

dumplings) at Wanaka restaurant

is a must-try because it’s another

famous local speciality of Osaka.

Local recreational activity

to watch: The exciting baseball

games and the ardent fans of the

Hanshin Tigers, the Kansai team!

TOKYO

JAPAN

Japan’s hippest, most

fascinating and largest city

is nothing short of stunning.

When not discovering

ultra-futuristic sights, you’ll

fi nd many hidden nooks of

history among the narrow

winding streets.

SOUTH

KOREA

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Sea of Japan

(East Sea)

JAPAN

Tokyo

Pacifi c

Ocean

FROM THE AIRPORT

CBD 66km from Narita Airport

Travel time 60–90 mins by car

Taxi Approx ¥20,000 (AU$245.36)

Limousine bus ¥3,000 (AU$36.80),

takes 60–90 mins

JR Narita Express Every 30–60

mins at ¥3,000 (AU$36.80); takes

60 mins

ON THE GO

1. The subway Effi cient and clean,

this transport mode will take you

to anywhere you want to go.

2. Shinkansen (bullet train)

Depending on where you want to

go, this super-fast train is clean and

effi cient. It can takes anything from

minutes to hours to get to another

prefecture. Remember to keep quiet

in the mornings, as offi ce workers

often sleep during their daily

commute to work.

Nezu Shrine

KOHEI MAKINO

Manager,

Horizon Club

at Shangri-La

Hotel, Tokyo

Local delicacy: Ichiran ramen

(Chinese noodles) at Ueno. Ichiran

is one of the few eateries that has

separate counters for each of the

guests, which is a great feature for

a shy lady.

Local recreational activity to

watch: Sumo practices.

Best places to hang out with

the locals: Popular and trendy

districts like Shibuya, Harajuku

and Daikanyama.

Favourite local festivals: The

Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa, or

sakura watching at Ueno in spring.

Best idea for a family outing:

Tokyo Disney Resort. There’s

nothing to say but “just go for it!”

For history: Try visiting the Tokyo

National Museum in Ueno.

Most romantic spot: The

Rainbow Bridge is one of my

favourite places, and the night view

is like a jewellery box.

Most unusual thing to do: Get

dressed up as a geisha or sumo

wrestler for a few hours, and have

your photo taken.

Best place to party with the

gang: Muse in Nishiazabu — three

fl oors of fun, bars, a dance fl oor

and pool tables.

Great place for dinner: Piacere,

the Italian restaurant at Shangri-La

Hotel. You can enjoy exquisite food

and more than 400 different kinds

of fi ne wines with gorgeous views

over the Imperial Gardens.

Must-buy (money no object!):

There’s nothing more Japanese

than green tea-fl avoured Kit Kat!

I love Tokyo because: Tokyo

loves me too!

Osaka and Tokyo photo: JNTO


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AUCKLAND

NEW ZEALAND

Auckland is New Zealand’s

most cosmopolitan

city, and has the largest

Polynesian population.

The “City of Sails” is also

one of the few cities to

have harbours on two

separate bodies of water.

Tasman

Sea

South Island

Queenstown

North Island

Cook

Strait

FROM THE AIRPORT

CBD 20km from Auckland

International Airport

Travel time CBD is around

45 mins by car

Great Barrier I.

Auckland

Wellington

NEW ZEALAND

Taxi From NZ$60 (AU$47.02)

134 DECEMBER 2010

Pacific

Ocean

Shuttle bus NZ$30 (AU$23.51),

taking 45–60 mins

ON THE GO

1. Jafa cabs A bicycle with bench

seats for two; free in the Auckland

central business district.

2. The tram A 25-minute tourist

circuit with 11 stops that passes

through the central city and the

main cultural precinct.

3. The Orbiter Bus service running

every 15 minutes to seven suburban

shopping malls.

4. The city circuit bus Two

bus circuits to the city’s attractions.

On Auckland’s

waterfront

MICHELLE DEERY

Co-owner and

designer,

Hotel DeBrett

Best breakfasts: Apart from

Hotel DeBrett, for the best bircher

muesli in town I head up to Salta in

Three Lamps, Ponsonby. And for

a cooked breakfast, anything from

Ima’s in Fort Street in the CBD will

do nicely.

Great place for dinner: Soto

Japanese Garden Restaurant in

St Mary’s Road in Ponsonby, for a

refreshing and innovative take on

traditional Japanese cuisine in a

beautiful, serene setting. Chase the

great food down with a good sake.

Best night out: Start at

Housebar at Hotel DeBrett. It has

retained all of its original charm,

with an overlay of polish and retro

chic. Dine in at Kitchen under the

Judy Darragh chandelier, then go

upstairs for a soak in a glorious

deep bath, enjoy the Eithne

Curran products, then wrap up in a

luxurious velvet robe for a night in

one of the best beds in town — in a

quirky, colourful suite.

Best buy for under AU$50: A

head, neck and shoulder massage

from Golden Sails Massage in the

Westfi eld Downtown complex —

no need to book, and a fantastic

fi x after a long fl ight, or a day of

meetings. And all for only NZ$20

(AU$15.67), too.

Must-buys (money no

object!): We have an amazing

population of very talented artists

in New Zealand, who seem to thrive

in this geographically isolated

country. I would suggest picking

up something unique — a cast

glass sculpture from Masterworks

Gallery on Ponsonby Road, or a

Judy Miller painting from Gow

Langsford Gallery in Lorne Street.

Must-buy gift: Great Barrier

Island Manuka honey, from the

Saturday morning Britomart

farmers’ market.

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in Christchurch

Tasman

Sea

South Island

Queenstown

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CHRISTCHURCH

NEW ZEALAND

Billed as New Zealand’s

“most English” city with

its fabulous gardens,

Christchurch is the oldest

established city in the

country. It’s also the

gateway to the fantastic

skiing of Queenstown.

North Island

Cook

Strait

FROM THE AIRPORT

CBD 11km from Christchurch

International Airport

Travel time CBD is around

20 mins by car

Great Barrier I.

Wellington

NEW ZEALAND

Christchurch

Pacific

Ocean

Taxi Approx NZ$32 (AU$25.15)

Shuttle bus NZ$12 (AU$9.43),

taking 20–30 mins

ON THE GO

1. The shuttle Free seven-day

central Christchurch bus.

2. The tram A 25-minute tourist

circuit with 11 stops that passes

through the central city and the

main cultural precinct.

3. The Orbiter Bus service running

every 15 minutes to seven suburban

shopping malls.

4. The city circuit bus Two

bus circuits covering major

attractions in and around the city.

HANNAH

WILKINSON

New Zealand

sales manager,

JUCY Rentals

Best idea for a family outing:

You can’t beat heading out to

Hagley Park on a sunny day.

Most romantic spot: At the top

of the Port Hills, where there are

360-degree views. You can see for

miles — across the sea to Kaikoura,

with views over the city to the Alps

and the absolutely stunning views

of Diamond Harbour.

Local delicacy: Drive over the

hill to Akaroa. The fudge from The

Fudge Cottage there will melt in

your mouth, and is well worth the

drive. There’s also the gorgeous

French harbour village to explore

after indulging.

Favourite local festival: The

World Buskers Festival, which is on

for a whole week in January. Entry

is usually by donation.

Best breakfast: To me, there’s

no place like Strawberry Fare on

Peterborough Street, which has the

best French toast ever!

Great place for dinner: The

Headless Mexican in the beachside

suburb of Sumner is a small, cosy

restaurant with great service and

food. Finish up the day where you

started — by having a dessert at

Strawberry Fare!

Best places to party with

the gang: I would defi nitely

recommend SOL Square (South of

Lichfi eld) and Polar Lane with their

great bars, including Vespa Lounge,

Goodbye Blue Mondays, Fat Eddies

and Cartel.

I love Christchurch because:

You’re in such close proximity to

some of the world’s most stunning

scenery and sights. I feel the best

way to describe Christchurch is

actually just a big town with all the

benefi ts of city life — without the

traffi c jams!

Auckland photo: Tourism Auckland; Christchurch photo: Tourism New Zealand


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ION Orchard mall A statue of Ho Chi

Minh in front of the

Reunifi cation Palace

SINGAPORE

A tropical island nation

with a multicultural

society, Singapore is a

sophisticated microcosm

of Asia. The Lion City

buzzes 24 hours a day

with varied dining, nightlife

and shopping options.


FROM THE AIRPORT

CBD 20km





Travel time 20–30 mins by car

Taxi Approx S$20 (AU$15.66)

with a surcharge of S$3–$5

(AU$2.35–$3.91)

Airport shuttle services Most

hotels S$9 (AU$7.04) one way

MRT train Every 10–15 mins from

Terminal 2 and 3 from 5.30am–

11.18pm, takes 27 mins to reach the

city for S$1.70 (AU$1.33)

ON THE GO

1. The Hippo An open-top

double-decker bus that allows you

to hop on and off whenever you like.

S$23 (AU$17.87) for a one-day pass.

2. MRT Air-conditioned

subway throughout the island.

3. Trishaw An old-school threewheeled

bicycle with a carriage.

136 DECEMBER 2010

SUENANNE

MOCKTAR

Singapore general

manager, Haystac

Great place for dinner: I love to

drop by Jumbo’s JPot at VivoCity.

The food is good, the staff are

helpful with suggestions, and the

buffet of condiments with recipes

to guide you is entertaining.

Best night out: It would have

to be at an old favourite of mine,

Timbre at Old School, with live

bands and great pizzas.

Best place to party with the

gang: Beaujolais Wine Bar on

Ann Siang Hill, which has a great

ambience and really tasty bites.

Best buy for under AU$50:

Barbecued sweet meats from Bee

Cheng Hiang, and durians. Not

eaten together, though.

Must-buy (money no object!):

The view from the Sky Park at

the top of Marina Bay Sands, at a

charge of S$20 (AU$15.66).

Must-buy gift: Prima Deli’s

ready-to cook chilli crab sauce.

Insider’s tip: Our MRT (Mass

Rapid Transit) train network is

good, so save on taxi fares and

make sure you enjoy more of our

delicious hawker food!

Survival tip for tourists: Pick up

a guide on Singlish (Singaporean

English) when you arrive here.

Must-eats: Laksa, Hainanese

chicken rice, nasi lemak (a

coconut-fl avoured rice dish) —

they’re all yummy!

Local delicacies: Durian puffs,

otah (barbecued fi sh cake with

coconut milk) and kaya jam toast

bread with half-boiled eggs.

Local recreational activities to

watch: Elderly folk doing morning

taiji in the parks, or families

crabbing at Sembawang Park.

HO CHI MINH CITY

VIETNAM

Vietnam’s largest city

and its economic capital,

this vibrant cultural

hotspot has a population

of high-energy people,

who effortlessly meld the

traditional with the new

and contemporary.


Tasman

Sea


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Christchurch

South Island

Pacific


Ocean

Queenstown

FROM THE AIRPORT

CBD 7km from Tan Son Nhat

International Airport

Travel time CBD is around

20 mins by car


Great Barrier I.

North Island



Cook

Strait

Wellington


NEW ZEALAND

Taxi A taxi voucher from Visitor

Information for US$12 (AU$12.19)

Shuttle bus Most hotels offer

complimentary pick-up

ON THE GO

1. Taxi Ask the drivers to turn

the meters on; there are

taxi-motorbikes as well.

2. Walking This is the best way to

dash up alleys and down one-way

streets, but we only recommend

this for District One.

3. Cyclos This is a one-person

seat that is powered by a cyclist

— prepare yourself for being noselevel

with the exhaust fumes and

frenetic action on the streets.

NANA CHEN

Freelance

photographer/

TV host

Best breakfast: Blue Bar at

Riverside is perfect for a lazy

morning as it’s on Saigon River and

removed from the city’s bustle.

Best night out: Amber Room is a

gorgeous space. It’s cosy and offers

some of the city’s best cocktails.

Best place to party with

the gang: Cepage is the place

to mingle with the local and

international crowd. It’s also a great

place to people-watch after 9pm.

Must-buy (money no object!):

Clothes at SONG Paris by French

designer Valerie Gregori McKenzie.

Look for gorgeous, well-crafted

embroidered tops and accessories.

Must-buy gift: A silver

Vietnamese coffee fi lter at

Mosaique is the perfect gift. It’s

elegant and compact for packing

— much better and classier than its

aluminum counterpart.

Insider’s tip: Cross the street

slowly as you make eye contact

with motorcycle drivers zooming

past you. If you’re too scared, grab

someone next to you and let them

guide you across.

Must-eats: Indoor street food

from Wrap and Roll. You can fi nd

virtually all key dishes from various

regions in Vietnam. There’s also a

monthly special.

Best place to hang out with

the locals: Because most homes

lack air-conditioning, locals often

come out to sit at the parks in

Saigon. They’re the best place to

see locals.

I love Ho Chi Minh City

because: It’s a great mix of East

and West, has a fantastic food

scene and really keeps getting

better by the month! I also love its

fast pace.

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THAILAND

Thailand is a fascinating

country with beautiful

landscapes and

spectacular monuments.

Its capital, the “City of

Angels”, bustles with the

energy and colour of a

metropolis that never rests.

MYANMAR

Andaman

Sea

LAOS

THAILAND

MALAYSIA

FROM THE AIRPORT

CBD 30km from Suvarnabhumi

International Airport

Travel time Around 40 mins

by car

Taxi Approx THB300 (AU$10.23)

Airport Express THB150

(AU$5.11); takes around 60 mins

ON THE GO

1. BTS Skytrain and MRT These

two train systems travel over- and

underground to get you to all the

major points in Bangkok.

2. Tuk-tuk This method of transport

offers an exhilarating ride around

the streets, but is best for short

distances only.

3. Taxi Cabs are usually readily

available, but always ask the driver

politely to have the meter switched

on. A small tip is also always

appreciated as a nice gesture.

138 DECEMBER 2010

Gulf

of

Tonkin

Bangkok

CAMBODIA

Gulf

of

Thailand VIETNAM

MATTHEW VARLEY

Executive general

manager (Asia),

AsiaWebDirect.com

Best breakfast: It’s hard to top

breakfast at the Bangkok Baking

Company at JW Marriott for nice

eggs Benedict and coffee. However,

if you want to go all out on a

Sunday brunch, the Four Seasons

Hotel serves an amazing spread of

food and drinks.

Great place for dinner: Enoteca

— it’s a cosy little Italian restaurant

tucked down a small street

(Sukhumvit Soi 27), which serves

excellent food and wine to match.

Must-buy (money no object!):

A Lamborghini at Siam Paragon

— the whole second level in the

shopping centre is full of luxury

cars — a must-see!

Survival tips for tourists:

Don’t get scammed into visiting a

jewellery shop. And make sure your

taxi driver uses the meter.

Must-eats: Som tam (papaya

salad) with grilled meats, ba mee

(pork noodle soup) and tom yum

goong (spicy Thai prawn soup)

— all comfort food at its best and

tastiest, especially when freshly

made off street stalls.

Local recreational activity to

watch: Public aerobic classes in

Lumpini Park with pumping techno

music, starting at 6pm every

evening. Feel free to join in!

Best places to hang out with

the locals: Thonglor and Ekkamai

have some great bars where you

can fi nd the hippest Bangkok

denizens. Try chilling on the

rooftop at Muse on Thonglor Soi

10, or Shades of Retro, a very cool

vintage bar along Soi Thara Rom

2, between Thonglor Soi 16 and 18.

Everything in it is for sale!

I love Bangkok because: It’s

chaotic, relaxed and friendly all at

the same time. Amazing!

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boat

PHUKET

THAILAND

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Providing a nice contrast

to the capital Bangkok,

Phuket is a beach-lover’s

paradise, and defi nitely a

great place to slow down

and lap up the island life of

the locals — with stunning

scenery to boot.

Gulf

LAOS

of

Tonkin

Great Barrier I.

MYANMAR

North Island

Tasman THAILAND

Sea

Cook

Strait

CAMBODIA

Wellington

Gulf

NEW ZEALAND

of

Andaman

Thailand VIETNAM

Sea

Christchurch

South Island

Phuket

Pacific

Ocean

Queenstown

MALAYSIA

FROM THE AIRPORT

Patong Beach 32km from Phuket

International Airport

Travel time Patong Beach is

around 45 mins by car

Taxi Approx THB400 (AU$13.63)

Shuttle bus Every 30 mins at

THB52 (AU$1.77); takes about

60mins

ON THE GO

1. Motorbike A cheap and

convenient way to explore all the

tiny lanes around the beach — but

drive with care!

2. Tuk-tuk This method of transport

offers an exhilarating ride, but is

best for short distances only.

3. Car hire Really the only way to go

beyond the city. If you want to enjoy

the scenery while on the move,

hiring a driver as well only costs a

little more.

MARK HEHIR

General manager,

Anantara

Phuket Villas

Local delicacies: Kanohm jin

phuket, a noodle that is often

compared to spaghetti served with

a spicy curry sauce, the original

made from fi sh. It’s usually eaten

as breakfast and comes with a

range of fresh vegetables and

boiled eggs. It’s often found with

the fried pastry, pah tong go, and

curried fi sh mousse called hor

mohk. You can fi nd these in Phuket

Town on Tungka Road.

Best ideas for a family outing:

Elephant trekking and looking at

gibbons. Catch a glimpse of rare

birds soaring overhead and watch

the forest come to life during a

morning elephant trek through

the island’s jungles. Take time to

observe the endearing relationship

between the mahout (elephant

caretaker) and elephant.

Best place to hang out with

the locals: One of the many

local beaches with wonderful

national parks, such as Sirinath

National Park which covers 90km².

There you’ll fi nd great beaches,

swimming and picnic areas, and

see the locals enjoying themselves!

Most unusual thing to do:

Go on a canoe expedition with

John Gray to the limestone cliffs

of Phang Nga Bay. Spend the

afternoon exploring the sea caves

and limestone islets by canoe. At

dusk, set adrift fl oating candle

kratongs as the sun sets. Then

tuck into a ravishing Thai seafood

buffet dinner. Round it up with a

moonlight canoe trip into a hong.

I love Phuket because: Of its

rich history. The surrounding

waters contain much varied marine

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ADELAIDE

CBD 6km

Travel time CBD is around

15 mins by car

Taxi Approx AU$18

Skylink Bus Every 30 mins–1hr:

AU$8.50 adult, $3.50 child. Takes

around 35 mins

Airport parking AU$4–$90

(30 mins–72 hrs)

AVALON

Geelong CBD 20km

Melbourne CBD 55km

Travel time 15 mins (Geelong);

40 mins (Melbourne) by car

Taxi Approx AU$45 Geelong;

approx AU$80 Melbourne

Avalon Airport Shuttle Meets

all fl ights. From AU$17 adult, $14

child (Geelong); AU$20 adult,

$10 child (Melbourne)

Airport parking From AU$3 for

the fi rst hour; weekly rate AU$49

BALLINA-BYRON

CBD Byron Bay is 23km;

Ballina is 5km

Travel time Byron Bay is

20 mins by car; Ballina is

7 mins by car

Taxi Approx AU$10–$15

to Ballina; approx $65 to

Byron Bay

Airlink bus Meets most fl ights:

AU$20 adult ($35 return); $12

children under 13 years (oneway).

Takes around 35 mins

Airport parking AU$2–$12

(1 hr–24 hrs)

BRISBANE

CBD 16km

Travel time CBD is around

25 mins by car

Taxi Approx AU$33

Bus Every 15–30 mins: AU$14

adult; $8 child; under 4 years

free. Takes about 30 mins

AirTrain Every 20 mins to CBD:

one-way adult fare AU$14.50;

return $27. Takes about 22 mins

Airport parking AU$5–$30

(30 mins–24 hrs)

CAIRNS

CBD 8km

Travel time CBD takes 10 mins

by car

Taxi Approx AU$15

Australia Coach Shuttle Every

hour: AU$10 adult; $15 couple;

AU$5 child. Takes around

20 mins

Airport parking AU$3–$16

(2–24 hrs)

DARWIN

CBD 13km

Travel time CBD is 15 mins

by car

Taxi Approx AU$27

Darwin Airport Shuttle

Meets all fl ights: AU$10 (adult).

Takes around 20 mins

Airport parking AU$3–$12

(up to 24 hrs)

GOLD COAST

Surfers Paradise 20km

Travel time Surfers Paradise is

around 30 mins by car

Taxi Approx AU$40

Con-X-ion Shuttle bus Booking

required: +61 (7) 5556 9888:

AU$22 adult; $13 child (4–13

years); children under 4 years

travel free. Takes around

45 mins

Airport parking AU$3–$36

(30 mins–24 hrs)

Gold Coast Airport Lounge

For a small entrance fee, check

in for movies, comfy lounges,

newspapers, snacks and drinks.

HAMILTON ISLAND

Travel time From the airport to

your accommodation takes only

a few minutes

Shuttle bus Complimentary for

hotel guests

HOBART

CBD 17km

Travel time CBD is around

20 mins by car

Taxi Approx AU$36–$42

Airporter shuttle bus Meets all

fl ights: AU$15 adult; $8 children

aged 4–15; children under 4

travel free. Journey takes around

30 mins

Airport parking AU$2–$13

(24 hrs)

LAUNCESTON

CBD 16km

Travel time CBD is around

10 mins by car

Taxi Approx AU$30

Airporter Shuttle bus Meets

all fl ights: AU$14 adult; $5 child;

children under 4 free. Takes

around 15 mins

Airport parking AU$2–$15

(25 mins–24 hrs)

MACKAY

CBD 6km

Travel time CBD 15 mins by car

Taxi Approx AU$18

To Airlie Beach Take a taxi to

the bus terminal in Wellington

Street and then a bus service by

Greyhound or Premier; approx

AU$22 one-way adult fare

Airport parking AU$2–$20

(24 hrs)

MELBOURNE

CBD 23km

Travel time 35 mins by car

Taxi Approx AU$55

SkyBus Every 10 mins: AU$16

adult; $6 child (4–14 years). Takes

20 mins

Airport parking Short-term

from AU$3; long-term from

AU$29

NEWCASTLE

CBD 20km

Travel time CBD is around

25 mins by car

Taxi Approx AU$60

Shuttle Bus Door-to-door

service (from AU$35) through

Newcastle Information Services

at +61 (2) 4928 9822. Port

Stephens Coaches (public bus)

every hour: AU$6.50 adult; $3.50

concession. Takes 35 mins

Airport parking AU$2–$25

(1 hr–24 hrs)

PERTH

CBD 12km (domestic terminal)

and 17km (international terminal)

Travel time 30 mins by car

Taxi Approx AU$26 (domestic)

and $33 (international)

Perth Airport City Shuttle Every

30 mins (domestic) and

45 mins (international):

AU$15 adult (domestic),

$20 (international). Journey

takes 15–35 mins

Fremantle Airporter AU$35

(booking required)

Transperth Bus 37 From

domestic terminal to Kings Park

via the city AU$3.20

Airport parking Short-term

carpark from AU$3.70; long-term

carpark from AU$17

ROCKHAMPTON

CBD 5km

Travel time CBD 5 mins by car

Taxi Approx AU$12

Airport parking Free (24 hrs)

SYDNEY

CBD 8km

Travel time CBD around

15 mins by car

Taxi Approx AU$50

Bus Every 20–30 mins: AU$8

adult; AU$4 child. Journey takes

around 30 mins

Trains Every 10 mins

(weekdays) AU$15 adult. Takes

around 13 mins into the centre of

the city

Airport parking AU$7–$52

(30 mins–24 hrs)

SUNSHINE COAST

Travel time Noosa is

30 mins, Maroochydore

is 10–15 mins by car

Taxi Approx AU$56 to travel

to Noosa; approx AU$28 to

Maroochydore

Henry’s Bus Service Meets all

fl ights: AU$20 adult; $10 child;

children under 4 years free.

Journey to Noosa takes around

45 mins

Airport parking AU$4–$18

(2–24 hrs)

TOWNSVILLE

CBD 5km

Travel time CBD around 10 mins;

taxi approx AU$16

Airport shuttle Booking required

+61 (7) 4775 5544 to the Strand

and city, Sunferries, the Transit

Centre and Coral Princess:

AU$8 (adult). The journey

to these destinations takes

approximately 10–15 mins

Airport parking Short-term

carpark, AU$4–$24

(2 hrs–12 hrs). Long-term

carpark, AU$12–$72 (1–6 days);

thereafter AU$10 per 24-hour

period or part thereof

WHITSUNDAY COAST

CBD 30km from

PROSERPINE AIRPORT

Travel time CBD takes around

35 mins

Taxi Approx AU$80

Whitsunday Transit AU$15 adult

share-ride (one-way; $28 return);

$9 child (one-way; $16 return),

children under 4 years travel

free. The Whitsunday Transit

service meets all fl ights. For

further information, call +61 (7)

4946 1800

Airport parking Parking at the

airport is free for customers at all

times (24hrs)

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GUIDE Australians

142 DECEMBER 2010

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MELBOURNE

CHRIS GOSS

Co-founder and director,

Orbit Solutions

Best breakfast: Baker D. Chirico in Fitzroy

Street, St Kilda, is the king of bomboloni! It rivals

any bakery I have been to in Europe — it’s so

Melbourne to me.

Great place for dinner: Hotel Nest in Albert

Park has an extensive tapas menu, bar menu and

nightly specials from the dining room, as well

as 42 beers and great wines. I am a little biased

about the look and feel of the pub though, as

Orbit Solutions designed the interior plans for its

recent redevelopment.

Best night out: Dinner at The Press Club,

followed by drinks at Supper Club.

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pub compared to a stadium. In summer, do get a

ticket to a show in the Spiegeltent.

Must-buy (money no object!): A house down

by the beach in Port Melbourne.

Must-buy gift: A bottle of wine from one of the

many wineries in the Yarra Valley.

Insider’s tip: Spend a day in the city weaving

through the laneways. It doesn’t matter if you

take a wrong turn, because you’ll likely stumble

across great food, coffee, fashion and street art.

Unusual fact: Melbourne was settled from

Tasmania, which technically makes it an outer

suburb of Launceston. I can say this because I

am originally from Tasmania.

Best place to party with the gang: Section

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Best breakfast: Le Sebastian Bakery Patisserie

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Great place for dinner: I can’t go past

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excellent service.

Best place to party with the gang: The Bowery

Bar is always a fantastic place to chill with

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Must-buy (money no object!): I’d have to

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to bump into someone you know. Cheap and

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I love Brisbane because… it’s got a fabulous

chilled-out mood and laid-back lifestyle.

144 DECEMBER 2010

BRISBANE

CARLA SANZONE

Co-director,

Luisa Clare fashion label

FROM TOP: Take it easy in

sunny Brisbane; Sydney

Harbour makes for great

viewing and adventure

SYDNEY

MATT GRAINGER

Managing director,

Manly Surf School and key

cast member of Manly Surf

Best breakfast: North Steyne Emporio. I love

the fruit salad, beetroot juice and pineapple,

all washed down with a double espresso. While

you’re there, say g’day to Jock.

Best night out: Check out Wharf Bar, Steyne

Hotel, Charlie Bar and also 4 Pines — it’s

handcrafted beer at its best.

Must-buy (money no object!): A JS Surfboard

5’8 (Blak Box model) from Timmy H over at

Aloha Surf.

Must-buy gift: A didgeridoo, of course!

Insider’s tip: Shelly Beach is lovely for hanging

out at — and it faces west.

Best place to hang out with the locals: North

Steyne Beach at Manly, for sure!

Favourite local festival: I love heading down to

the Manly Surf Festival in November.

I love Sydney because… it has great beaches,

restaurants and cafés, as well as happy people

who love adventure and the ocean. Especially

Manly Beach, because it’s home to the wonderful

and inspirational people that appear on the

Manly Surf series.

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www.moevenpick-icecream.com

Mövenpick Harbourtown

Shop K07, Harbourtown Shopping Ctr

BIGGERA WATERS QLD

Mövenpick Broadbeach

Shop 107, 89 Surf Parade

BROADBEACH QLD

Mövenpick Cairns

Shop 5a, Trilogy Retail, 95-105 The Esplanade

CAIRNS QLD


Relax, Avis

has your holiday

packed

4 Great rates

4 Great service

4 Free holiday vouchers

4 Optional GPS

Set off with great rates and great service. Plus, at selected locations, receive a

complimentary book of holiday vouchers valued at $300, offering discounts on

cruises, rides, meals and much more. And if you’re travelling to unfamiliar places,

why not add a great-value portable GPS unit to your booking?

Make sure you visit the Avis counter on arrival.

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