Monday, 25 June 2012

Kulpara 5555 - Chateau Tanunda - Falls Creek Snow Dump

Travel Briefs
A big surprise at Kulpara
Where the heck is Kulpara I hear you say! I came across this tiny town with the magnificent postcode of 5555. From what I could see, there is only a handful of abodes that make up this village.. That, plus the location which is home to one of the best coffee shop on tap. Mark and Vicki Lomman are mine hosts.  Their business also supports a corner store (without the corner), once a school (or was it originally a church). Check them out.  Also they offer the passing traffic laser and Etching services.  Should you be travelling that way sometime in the future, telephone (08) 8827 3228. I just had to stop en route to the Yorke Peninsula to check out this unique coffee 'stop'.
It's not only wine here
On my recent tour of the Barossa, I was able to fill in some of my holiday time playing croquet on the green at Chateau Tanunda. To book your spot on the green,  telephone (08) 8563 3888. Or go visit Gibson Wines and show your form on the petanque court.  For that one, call (08) 8562 4224. After all this sport, go grab a Hutton Vale lamb or a beef pie.  Almost as famous as the Charles Melton's  fine Barossa red wine.
Augurs well for skiing season
My good friend Ian Talbot reports that as from July 8 there may be some difficulty in targeting accommodation on the mountain.  If you are quick, there is currently a window of opportunity prior to the busy busy season.  Should you just be interested a wee bit, make the call and  'chuck a snowie'.
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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Hans Heysen - Ballarat - Daydream Island - Myras Moonta Retreat

Travel Briefs
John Crook

Welcome to the home of Sir Hans Heysen
The generations who follow in the footsteps of South Australia’s favourite son ensue that this great contributor to the cultural scene of South Australia. The historic homestead remains in the family, with many paintings of the Australian landscape on display throughout the family home, and in his studio. The Cedars Hans Heysen is but one of the attractions on offer in the town of Hahndorf. Plenty of dining and coffee shop options. Park the car and walk the main street. For an up to date report on Hans Heysen’s house telephone (08) 8388 7277.

Or, check out this artist
Whilst I was checking out the scene in rural Victoria, Ballarat to be precise I came across a real surprise. An artist of renown, unique in character is James Egan. He is known to sleep in a coffin. He has paintings all over the world including Buckingham Palace, the Kremlin and the beauty of this man is that he wants to share his life’s work. Hundreds of pieces adorn the walls of EVERY room in his Addington home. And, the welcome mat is out for those who want to pop in and spend some time chatting when he’s home’ Here is his number, (03) 5343 5082 or visit his website

Escape the winter of the south
Interested in visiting Queensland? Well, try this. Daydream Island has just released three nights on this tropical island, from just $350 per person twin share,- with bookings made by 30 June 2012. For reservations call 1800 075 040. I’ve spent a couple of nights on this magical island and can’t wait until I make a return. The current packages are valid for travel up until August 31 2012.

Myras Moonta Retreat
Back to South Oz, and g’day Clare. Here is a coastal stay with a difference. On the Yorke Peninsula this retreat offers accommodation to suit a family, with three large bedrooms ad two bathrooms. The retreat is but a short walk from Moonta’s main street and a five minute drive from Moonta Bay. Visit Myras Moonta Retreat.

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