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Lifestyle : NSW Tourism Awards 2011
1HERSA1 V006 AG4678777AA-201111 Re e e e s an ar a l le el e s as well as a nal w en an r se r r ern H lan ra el e ween 28 e er - 11 e e er!! sale, we w ll als e ers nall es r n a sele n er r ses n 2012 s are l n ra el w e - n an n ar , a s e al nner an s e ne a se n s re e rs n sele n, en ne r es r e rs s er e r . Macquarie Waters is an award winning 4.5 star boutique hotel complex conveniently located in the CBD of Port Macquarie, 4 hours north of Sydney, featuring stylish hotel rooms and self contained apartments. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, we offer the most contemporary hotel & apartments • Hotel Rooms, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom Apartments • FREE Broadband Internet • FREE Secure Undercover Parking • Heated Pool & Spa • Hot Tub & Viewing Deck • Unique Dive In Theatre • Corner Restaurant: Open 7 days from 7am • Room Service at no extra cost Facilities Include: 11 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie NSW 2444 | 02 6584 5755 | www.mwaters.com.au The award winning Tathra Beach House Apartments are superbly located directly opposite Tathra s famous surfing beach. The self contained apartments & villas are set in beautifully landscaped grounds featuring swimming pools, spa pools, native gardens, ponds and water features. Ph 6499 9900 firstname.lastname@example.org Tathra is an idyllic coastal village located half way between Sydney & Melbourne on the beautiful Sapphire Coast. On the headland at one end of Tathra Beach you will find the historic Tathra Wharf at the other end is the mouth of the Bega River. Surrounding Tathra you will find forests and pristine National Park beaches. www.tathrabeachhouse.com.au The NSW Accredited Visitor Informa on Centre Network is proud to support all entrants in the 2011 NSW Tourism Awards showcasing NSW Tourism Industrys Finalists & Winners The yellow on blue italicised i brands the NSW Accredited Visitor Informa on Centre (AVIC) Network; a Network of 176 Centres throughout NSW where you can talk to a local & collect your free NSW AVIC Pocket Guide. Need info now? Go to: www.visitnsw.com/visitor-informa on-centres AVIC Network Program is supported by Mooing with d Kate Cox feels her cares fall away as she ascends the ramp to Moo Manor at O Country comfort . . . Moo Man left, a rustic interior. IT IS so easy to get caught in the drudgery of life's treadmill that before you know it the only conversations with your partner are about whether the garbage is taken out, why there's no milk left, or where the kids' shoes are. Caught in this wake-work-sleep cycle, I start dreaming about a weekend away, somewhere else for the family to rejuvenate and bond. Somewhere clean. Naturally, our schedule is full of kids' parties and long-booked dinners with friends. We have but one night, a Sunday, without commitments. It's only five days before said Sunday but two cottages -- Moo Manor and the Worker's Cottage -- at Old Leura Dairy are free. But when I ring to book, Linda can't decide which is best, even after a heated conference with her co- workers. It seems all six cottages (which sleep from two to 11 people) on the site are pretty fabulous. It feels slightly naughty to announce to our brunch companions that ''we're off to the mountains for the night'' (''of course you are'' is the response) and take off to the hills. And from the moment we walk up the slightly wonky wooden ramp (it's an old shearing shed floor) and into Moo Manor, we collectively relax. It could be the low ceilings, or the casual decor of the two- bedroom country-style cottage. It could be its quirkiness -- inexplicably, for example, there are three bathrooms. Or is it from basking in the reflected glory of all the wholesome materials? Owners Shaina and Michael Hennessy certainly wear their sustainable credentials proudly. The couple bought Moo's original sad and ugly building in 2005 then completely rebuilt it -- mostly with recycled materials -- to look like a quaint heritage cottage, even covering the old carpet with rustic floorboards. Rusty old tubs, fence palings, old ovens, ancient cream urns and petrol bowsers have become bathroom sinks, decorative items and tables. There are recycled doors and furniture, pressed-tin splashbacks, a well-used butcher's block as a kitchen island and wrought iron candle holders. Particular attention has been paid to insulation, with solar passive design principles promoting natural heating, cooling and light. In the flourishing garden, Michael has crafted huge iron chess pieces for the outdoor chessboard. Nearby, the Dairy's public hot tub has been converted from a milk vat. The couple has created their own special essential oils for the bath and shower and use only environmentally friendly cleaning products and toilet paper. A book about sustainable living has been left open on the kitchen bench, in case we want a read while we're preparing our organic 100-mile breakfast -- locally made Whisk & Pin muesli, wildberry yoghurt, home-made jam, fresh bread and fruit. ''We are lucky,'' the attached note says, ''up here mountains, to have a cultur appreciation, the belief of 'Y what you eat'. And healthy f taste so good''. As can fresh air. We head out to watch the over the Three Sisters from Sublime Point -- with most o crowd gone home, we nearl them to ourselves -- then lob Leura Garage for a glass of w some yummy tapas. We talk about the views, f sights, and totally forget abo domestic treadmill. The next morning, we sin car all the way home. Who k that just one night away cou so invigorating? Old Leura Dairy rates from $ night for a two-night midwe booking in the Studio to $99 Straw Bale House. Moo Man $380. 61 Kings Road, Leura, (02) 4782 0700, oldleuradai The writer was a guest of Old Leura Dairy. 6 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2011 THE SUN-HERALD travel nsw tourism awards spe A feel for hospitality Growing up a country publican's daughter, Lori Modde, pictured, had a feel for regional hospitality from a very early age. Named the winner of Outstanding Contributor to Regional Tourism in the Tourism NSW Awards, the 38-year-old chief executive of the tourism and events company Lorick Management is clearly putting that to good use. After beginning her career in marketing for Country Comfort hotels, Modde then spent six years working for Tourism NSW. During a short break from her career to have a baby, she began to ruminate over what she perceived as a shortcoming. ''There was a definite disconnect between what happened at an industry level and on the ground level in some regions, in terms of leadership and guidance,'' she says. So she set up her company to supply much- needed services to regional tourism organisations. ''We are able to offer economies of scale to them,'' Modde says. ''Often, the money that's available to these bodies for marketing functions is only enough to employ one person. But along with the five people in my office, we can give them a range of sk services.'' Her clients now the NSW south co Outback NSW and Hills Hawkesbury. Services range fro strategic planning to-day advice. She the most surprising developm this year has been finding her developing eight iPhone apps clients. ''We've done five for t south coast, one for Hills and Hawkesbury and one for Bou she says. ''They're going to pl part in future visitation.'' Julietta Jameson
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