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CAS e-Newsletter May/June 2015
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CAS e-Newsletter                                             May/June 2015

Welcome to our combined May/June newsletter.
 
We hope you enjoy reading about our new and old members. 

Please take the time to look at their pages on our website as well as their own websites.
 
As always we welcome and appreciate your comments and feedback.
 
Best wishes
John, Kim and the CAS Team

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DIARY DATES
 
13-14 June 2015 – Rockhampton QLD
Rockhampton Heritage Festival
Telephone: 07 4936 8687
www.rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au
 
July Greyhound Racing Carnival, Grafton
2-12 July Horse Racing Carnival, Grafton
Clarence River Visitor Information Centre, 
Grafton     p: 02 6642 4677    
www.clarencetourism.com

9, 16 & 23 July 2015 – Catherine Field NSW
Christmas in July @ Gledwood Homestead & Winery
$30.00 per person
Traditional Christmas lunch & wine tasting
Bookings: 02 9606 5111
Email: info@gledswood.com.au
 
15-27 September 2015 – Bowral NSW
Tulip Time – Corbett Gardens Bowral
Telephone: 1300 657 559
Email: tuliptime@wsc.nsw.gov.au
 
September 2015 – Alstonville NSW
Summerland House Farm Country Fair
1 Day Festival of food, music and comedy
Telephone: 02 6628 0610
www.summerlandhousefarm.com.au
 
26 September 2015 – Cowra NSW
Cowra Japanese Gardens
Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival)
www.cowragarden.com.au

3-4 October Grafton Bridge to Bridge Ski Race, Grafton to Harwood bridges
4 October Australian Goanna Pulling Championships, Wooli
31 Oct – 8 Nov Jacaranda Festival, Grafton
Clarence River Visitor Information Centre, 
Grafton     p: 02 6642 4677    
www.clarencetourism.com 

November 2015 – Snowy Mountains NSW
Snowy Mountains Sprint Car Race
www.visitcooma.com.au


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MEMBER PROFILES

ACT Canberra
Belconnen Way Motel


The Belconnen Way Motel and Serviced Apartments offers central accommodation in Canberra. The Belconnen Way forms part of the Hawker Shopping Centre which includes the Belconnen Soccer Club and a variety of shops including 5 restaurants.
 
All our motel rooms are under the one roof with elevator access and have been recently renovated with new Queen Beds, wardrobes, ensuites and 32inch TV’s with free Foxtel.
 
The Motel is the best value in providing quality accommodation in Canberra.
 
More info:





 
VIC Phillip Island/Cowes
Tropicana Motor Inn


The Tropicana Motor Inn provides superb Phillip Island accommodation centrally located in a quiet area of Cowes, Phillip Island.

Being only minutes’ walk to the beach, restaurants and great shopping we are your perfect Phillip Island destination
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Choose from a variety of quality guest accommodation set among some of Phillips Island’s most lush tropical gardens.
 
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NSW Coffs Harbour
Dolphin Marine Magic/Pet Porpoise Pool


‘be touched by magic’
 
Dolphin Marine Magic is the only zoological park in NSW exhibiting dolphins and the two daily presentations are the Coffs Coast region's star attraction.
 
Through the fun and educational 'hands-on' experience we offer with our animals, Dolphin Marine Magic hopes to inspire life changing habits within our guests which will make a real and measurable difference in the conservation of the marine environment. 
 
All the dolphins in our care have either been born right here at Dolphin Marine Magic or are animals that have been rescued with debilitating injuries that meant they would have been unable to survive in the wild.
 
More info:
 
NSW Griffith
Altina Wildlife Park

White Lion Cubs Born at Altina!
 
There are only 300 white lions in the world; with the birth of 2 males and 2 females late last year, Altina now has 6 white lions.
 
This outstanding Safari Park, cradled amongst majestic River Red Gums, has unique personalised tours, accomplished in style via Personalised Cart Tours, furnished with comfortable seats.
 
The highlights of the tour are the exotic animals that roam in large open styled enclosures which are very content to feed near the cart as we stop for a closer look. 

For something a little more exciting try our ‘Behind The Scenes Tours’ where you feed and have the ultimate close up encounter with your chosen animals. 
 
More info:
 
NSW Manildra
Amusu Theatre & Movie Poster Museum


The art deco theatre in Manildra near Orange, Central West NSW, is a rare purpose built theatre that has been operated by the same family since it was built in 1936.
 
It has been described as "a living icon of the importance of film and cinema in the course and pattern of NSW's cultural history".
 
There are only a handful of early theatres remaining in NSW and the AMUSU is an extremely rare example of one that has operated continuously.
 
Few, if any, cinemas possess the memorabilia and moveable heritage that is found at the AMUSU.
 
More info:
 
QLD Hervey Bay
Tasman Venture / Whale Watching


‘The most breathtaking Hervey Bay whale watching experience’
 
Hervey Bay is ideally located just 3.5 hours’ drive north of Brisbane and is renowned for its beautiful beaches, fine dining, boutique shopping, wineries, Water Park and markets.
 
Tasman Venture is a fast and luxurious 20 metre catamaran, carefully designed in 2004 with respect to the specific local weather and ocean conditions.  The vessel is purpose built, offering speed and comfort to cover the coast line, and beyond, in luxurious style.
 
Lloyd and Robyn Burgess  offer a unique Hervey Bay whale watching and Hervey Bay dolphin watching experience which is both up close and personal, and environmentally responsible.
 
More info:


 
SA Peterborough
Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre


Each night, beneath the stars of the Southern Flinders, a light begins to glow beneath a mighty steam train. There’s a hiss of piston, a rush of steam, the cry of a guardsman – and an incredible industrial legacy slowly comes to life.
 
Peterborough’s Steamtown was once a vast rail operation where over 100 steam locomotives passed through each day before heading to all corners of Australia.
 
Today, that legacy is preserved – and you’re invited to experience it for yourself.

In daylight hours, you’ll tour the sheds and the extraordinary heritage-listed ‘Roundhouse’ before getting hands-on with heroic locos and luxury carriages.

And at night, you’ll thrill to the award-winning ‘Sound and Light Show’, when this powerful story plays out on a stage like no other.
 
More info:

 
VIC Bendigo
Hotel Shamrock


The Hotel Shamrock is a grand 19th century hotel in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia situated on Pall Mall, the city's main street.  The current Shamrock building is a major landmark of Bendigo and is of historic and architectural significance to the nation.
 
The Shamrock Cafe & Bar is located on the ground floor of the majestic Hotel Shamrock with views of Bendigo’s Rosalind Park and is the perfect location for your coach or tour group to have lunch or dinner, or just a snack.
 
The elegance continues inside with traditional decor and walls lined with historic Bendigo photographs, well worth the visit.
 
More info:
 
WA Kalbarri
Rainbow Jungle


‘walk on the wild side’
 
Rainbow Jungle is regarded as Australia's most beautiful parrot habitat. Described as one of the wonders of Western Australia, this is a unique complex with a genuine touch of magic.
 
You will find one of Australia’s largest free flight areas in the country, with the biggest flock of Purple Crowned Lorikeets in the world and other brightly coloured Australian parrots.
 
Wander through beautiful landscaped tropical gardens, past waterfalls, fountains, gargoyles and lily ponds.

Enjoy close encounters with black, red, yellow and local white tailed Cockatoos.

Around every corner there are parrots in all colours of the rainbow.

more info:
 
NSW Wagga Wagga
Allonville Gardens Motel


The Allonville Gardens Motel is set in beautifully landscaped gardens and is conveniently located on the Sturt Highway. 
 
The rooms and grounds have recently been refurbished.
All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and are air conditioned. 
There is also a guest laundry, pool and beautiful gardens.
 
Their new manager Helen Lindsay is waiting to welcome your coach or tour group.
 
More info:

 
NSW Bulli Tops
Sublime Point Restaurant/Function Centre


‘The crown jewel of the Illawarra Escarpment’
 
Situated in Bulli Tops, Sublime Point showcases all that the Illawarra Escarpment has to offer, not the least, its impressive cliffs and vegetation.
 
Guests of Sublime Point Restaurant are treated to 180 degree ocean views stretching from Kiama in the South, to Southern Sydney in the North.
 
Not your average view.
Not your average breakfast or lunch.

Let our professional chefs and staff ensure that your experience at Sublime is one that will keep you coming back for more than just the view.
 
More info:

 
NSW Dubbo
Taronga Western Plains Zoo


Taronga Western Plains Zoo is an open range Zoo and home to around 700 animals.

The Zoo is the only place in Australia to hold three species of Rhino and Africa Elephant.
 
Whether you fancy getting up close to a big cat, dropping in on the Meerkats at meal time, or learning why Hippos are such good swimmers, our keeper talks and animal encounters offer visitors truly special experiences with our amazing animals.
 
More info:








 
NSW Jindabyne
Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery


The award winning Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery Door and Café is open all year round.

Situated between Jindabyne and Thredbo in Australia’s Snowy Mountains, the relaxing distillery and café are surrounded by an expansive sculpture garden.

Sit in the cosy interior beside the schnapps still or outside on the sunny deck.
 
There is always something new at the Distillery – exhibitions, new releases or simply the changing seasons.
 
More info





 
NSW Singleton
Sacred Sisters / Sisters of Mercy

In 1995 the Sisters of Mercy Singleton commenced "Sacred Spaces" to open their extensive buildings and spacious gardens for the use and enjoyment of the wider community for activities embracing the Mercy values of spirituality, service, hospitality and culture.
 
The story of this convent is first and foremost the story of a dedicated, intelligent and enterprising group of women whose influence spread well beyond their established roots.
 
In its grounds, buildings and contents it holds the memory of a way of life for Catholic women that was once quite common, but is now rapidly disappearing – the life of “the nun”. Its story is representative of the stories of founding convents of nuns throughout the state.
 
 
More info:


 
QLD Townsville
Reef HQ Aquarium


Reef HQ is the largest living coral reef aquarium. It is located in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. The aquarium was built as a Bicentennial Commemorative project and is a part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
 
The Coral Reef Exhibit has 130 coral species and 120 fish species along with hundreds of species of sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, brittle stars, feather stars, snails, worms and sponges.
 
Complimentary guided tours for pre-booked groups of 10 people or more are available with advanced bookings.

Our team of enthusiastic and committed volunteers are ready to be of service to those visitors who prefer to explore the aquarium independently.
 
More info:


 
TAS Stanley
Highfield Historic Site


Highfield is unique amongst early colonial residences in Tasmania. 

It is a rare example of domestic architecture from the Regency period (1811-1820). 

The style is characterised by refined decoration that is geometric yet elegant.
 
Highfield offers one of the most significant intact colonial farm complexes in Australia.
 
Our guide will meet your group in full period costume and provide an introductory welcome before you start your self-guided tour of the homestead.
 
More info:










 
VIC Wallan
 Hogans Hotel


Hogans Hotel is situated in the Melbourne highlands at Wallan.
 
Hogans Bistro is sure to impress, with cathedral ceilings, large dining areas and cosy booths, you would be forgiven for thinking you were in the heart of the CBD.
 
Our impressive food and beverage menus are arguably the best in the region.  With our gourmet ingredients from local producers, teamed with a highly skilled team of chefs, we aim to give you a dining experience to rival Melbourne’s best!
 
More info:



 
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