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We are delighted to announce the winner of the Paul
Henningham Award for Literary Excellence: Anna Hamers
from Hallidays Point Probus Club. Here, she shares the
story of her childhood in the Netherlands.
’m a child of a flat, green country,
Surrounded by water and crowned with low skies,
Where in autumn the leaves are the colours
Where in w intry fog ever y single sound dies.
I still see myself as a child picking daisies,
I still see myself go to school on my bike
In the strong winds that seem to be always against me.
And in summer I walked with my love on the dike.
I will always remember my sweet little country
As it was in the days when I was still young.
My country that gave me a feeling of comfort,
A feeling that said: here is where you belong.
The meadows have gone, and so have the daisies.
There's houses and highways, it’s progress, you know.
And the fog is now caused by boxes on wheels;
They have come a long way and got nowhere to go.
The street where I lived and that once was my playground
Is now the domain of McDonalds and Co,
Crowded with people from faraway places.
There's no quiet dikes now for lovers to go.
I will always remember my sweet little country,
But it's different now from when I was young.
So I burnt all my bridges in crossing the ocean
To this wonderf ul country that says, ‘ you belong’.
We are now taking submissions for the
2017-2018 Award for Literary Excellence.
Would you like to enter?
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WANGARATTA, Beechworth & Bright
BELLINGEN & the Coffs Coast
Experience the spring blossoms or the rich autumn
leaf displays. Sample local gourmet produce, the
local wines & visit the nearby heritage towns. Explore
Beechworth, Bright, Milawa, Yarrawonga & Glenrowan.
Stay at the luxurious award winning Quality Hotel
Wangaratta Gateway & enjoy the superb facilities,
delicious meals & outstanding service.
Bellingen has a rich diversity of stunning scenery.
Explore Bellingen nestled in the heart of the Bellinger
Valley between the Coffs coast & the Dorrigo Plateau.
Visit Dorrigo & the Rainforest Skywalk, Coffs Harbour,
Grafton, South West Rocks & the outstanding new Slim
Dusty Centre. The peaceful Bellingen Valley Lodge is
set on 16 acres overlooking the lush countryside to the
6 days departing Sydney $998 ppts & single supplement $300
6 days departing Sydney $995 ppts & single/s $250
WINGHAM & the Manning Valley
WAGGA WAGGA, Tumut,Temora & Junee
Stay in historic Wingham at the picturesque,
award winning Golf Club Motor Inn overlooking
the greens. Explore Wingham & visit Forster,
Gloucester, Harrington and Port Macquarie.Cruise
on Wallis Lake, visit a working country property &
Lorne Valley Macadamia’s.The Manning Valley is
an undiscovered region of NSW with something
special for everyone to enjoy.
Wagga Wagga on the banks of the beautiful
Murrumbidgee River is a vibrant country city &
the ideal base for exploring the Riverina region,
Explore Wagga Wagga & visit Junee, Temora &
Cootamundra. Enjoy the Horse & Cattle Dog show
when you visit the high country around Tumbarumba
plus Batlow & Tumut. Stay In style & luxurious comfort
at the centrally located Mercure Hotel Wagga Wagga.
6 days departing Sydney $1025 ppts & single /s $250
6 days departing Sydney $1075 ppts & single/s $325
PARKES & the Golden West
MERIMBULA & the Sapphire Coast
Explore the Golden West of NSW.Stay in Parkes
at the Bushmans Comfort Inn with all ground floor
accommodation & experience outstanding friendly
country hospitality.Visit the “Dish, the Henry Parkes
Centre & the Elvis Museum. Enjoy a guided tour of
Dubbo Zoo & visit historic Forbes & the stunning
gardens in Cowra.
Merimbula is the perfect location to explore the
stunning far south coast of NSW. Cruise on Two
Fold Bay at Eden, see the lush Bega Valley &
visit Mogo Zoo & the Sapphire Coastline from
Bermagui down to Mallacoota. Enjoy friendly
country hospitality at the Comfort Inn Merimbula
ideally located in the centre of town.
6 days departing Sydney $1055 ppts & s/s $275
6 days departing Sydney $995 per person twin share, single/s $250
MUDGEE, Gulgong & Hill End
ORANGE & the Central Tablelands
Indulge your senses and enjoy local wine,
honey and cheese and visit country museums,
the incredible Gooree Park Horse Stud & the
historic country villages of Gulgong & Hill
End. Stay in style & luxury at Parklands Resort
providing superb accommodation, delicious
meals & friendly country hospitality.
Orange and its fertile surrounds produce some of
the best regional food and wine in Australia. The
city is rich in local history with elegant streetscapes
& beautiful parks and gardens. Explore Orange
& visit the nearby towns of Manildra, Molong,
Millthorpe, Bathurst plus Mayfield Gardens.
Superb accommodation at the Central Caleula
Motor Lodge in the heart of town.
6 days departing Sydney $1045 ppts & s/s $300
6 days departing Sydney $1055ppts & s/s $275
GRIFFITH & the Riverina
Discover Canberra’s latest attractions of your
choice including the new Arboretum. During
spring visit spectacular Floriade plus the
amazing Tulip Tops Gardens just north of the
city. Stay in style & luxurious comfort at the
centrally located Best Western Garden City
Hotel at Narrabundah.
Explore Leeton, Griffith & Narrandera. Sample
the produce and enjoy an incredible diversity
of scenery, historic landmarks, vineyards, orchards
and rice farms. See how the introduction of
water and irrigation transformed these once dry
western plains into an agricultural oasis. Stay
right in town at EconoLodge Griffith Motor Inn.
3 days $545 ppts ,single/s $140 or 4 days $755ppts , single/s $210
6 Days departing Sydney $985ppts & single /s $225
MILDURA, Mungo & Broken Hill
BENDIGO Ballarat & the Goldfields
Experience Mildura & the Murray Outback
including historic Wentworth, fascinating Mungo
National Park plus an extra new day to Broken Hill.
Enjoy a lunch time cruise on the Murray,sample
the local produce & wine. Stay in style & comfort
at the Quality Resort Inlander in Mildura &
overnights provided each way in GrIffIth & Albury.
In the 1850’s when people flocked to Bendigo in
search of gold they left a stunning heritage of art
& culture, grand architecture, beautiful gardens
& intriguing stories for you to discover. Explore
Bendigo, Ballarat, the Goldfields Villages & the
historic Port of Echuca on the Murray. Stay at the very
comfortable Quality Inn Colonial Bendigo & overnight
each way at the Quality Resort Siesta, Albury.
NOW 8 DAYS departing Sydney $1475 ppts & single/s $350
7 days departing Sydney $1198 ppts, single/s. $330
MONTVILLE & the Sunshine Coast
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Perched on the edge of the Blackhall Ranges, Montville
is a charming mountain village offering visitors a unique
experience & a wonderful place to stay. Visit the Eumundi
Markets, the entertaining Australia Zoo, Noosa Heads & the
hinterland as you enjoy the comfort & the friendly country
hospitality at the Montville Mountain Inn along with delicious
meals at the adjoining Montville Bar & Grill.Overnights each
way provided at the Bellingen Valley Lodge
Travel along the stunning Great Ocean Road. Witness
the rugged splendour of the remaining “12 Apostles”.
Stay in Geelong , overlooking the foreshore at the Qual-
ity Hotel Bayside. Explore Geelong & the nearby Bellar-
ine Peninsula. Catch the vehicle Ferry from Queenscliff
across Port Phillip Bay to the Mornington Peninsula &
visit Portsea & Sorrento. Overnights provided in Albury
at the Quality Resort Siesta
7 Days departing Sydney $1225 ppts & $300
7 days departing Sydney $1225 ppts , single/s $390
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