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Active Retirees : Active Retirees April-May 2012
Active RetireesTM | 11 The Fifth International Samoan Tatau Festival, a celebration of the importance of the Tatau, or Tattoo, in the Samoan culture, will run from 30 May to 2 June. The event also coincides with the 50th anniversary of Samoan independence. Located just five hours from Australia’s east coast, Samoa boasts a 3000-year- old tradition called Fa’a Samoa (The Samoan Way), considered the essence of Samoan culture. The Tatau is one of the most important features of this culture and is considered a rite of passage in a person’s life, marking their personal and spiritual maturity and commitment to Fa’a Samoa. The tradition has remained unbroken for thousands of years and is now considered one of the finest traditional art forms worldwide. Travel guide What: Fifth International Samoan Tatau Festival Where: Samoa When: 30 May W: www.samoa.travel WALK THIS WAY By Richard Cann The Cascades and Middle Harbour Creek, Sydney Length: 10km (one-way) Difficulty: Moderate W: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/ parkWalking.aspx?id=N0076 You don’t have to travel for hours into the faraway wilds to escape the hustle of the city and reconnect with nature. Australia’s cities hide myriad hidden tranquil bushwalks. Halfway along Stone Parade in the sleepy Sydney suburb of Davidson you’ll find the start of the Cascades fire trail, which takes you down into the surprisingly peaceful Garigal National Park. After about 30 minutes you’ll reach the Cascades, a series of small waterfalls and rockpools that cut through a large rock platform, making a great place to stop to eat and explore. To really escape the city though, continue downstream on the left bank. The narrow track meanders through the shade alongside Middle Harbour Creek for about 9km all the way to Davidson Picnic Area under Roseville Bridge. For the three to four hours this walk takes, you’ll feel a million miles away from Sydney’s CBD, which is in fact only 10km away. If you are leaving cars at both ends, prepare to pay for parking at Davidson Picnic Area. And prepare to linger after your walk and enjoy the waterfront barbecue area’s carefree beauty. Experience the Samoan Way
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