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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Feb-March 2013
Helen Reddy on Norfolk Celebrate Christmas in July with Helen Reddy and fellow Probus members on Norfolk Island, with an exclusive tour to the tiny island where the ‘Queen of 70s pop’ has made her home. Guests will visit Helen Reddy’s home during a progressive dinner, indulge in the island’s famous fish fry and convict settlement tour, listen to carols during Christmas lunch, and of course, see Helen Reddy live in concert. T: 1800 645 103 WALK THIS WAY By Richard Cann Lake Parramatta Circuit, Sydney Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 4.2km You don’t have to leave the big smoke to enjoy the bush. Hidden in the geographical centre of Sydney sits a forgotten sanctuary and slice of history. Once one of Sydney’s busiest swimming holes, Lake Parramatta now offers several shady bushwalks. Beyond the lake’s picnic area and cafe sits the first arch dam built in Australia, remarkably only the second constructed in modern times and the twelfth since Roman times. Follow the path clockwise around the lake towards the dam. The 155-year-old, 15 metre-high sandstone wall holds back a lake that covers 10 hectares and provided Parramatta’s drinking water until 1909. The Lake Circuit starts off easily enough, but to pass the dam you’ll need to take a steep descent into a shady gully. Once you’ve crossed over stepping stones and climbed to the other side of the lake, the path winds gently around the lake. Shooting off from the main Lake Circuit, the 2.5km Banksia Trail takes you through a canopy of Grey Gums and Red Bloodwoods, while the 1.5km She Oak Track passes Sydney Red Gums, Blackbutt and, of course, She Oaks. Once back at the cafe, you’ll deserve a slice of cake. But don’t dawdle, it closes by 2.30pm during the week and 4pm on the weekend. Lake Parramatta is 2km north of the Parramatta CBD. Visit www.131500.com.au for public transport options. Pearls of the Orient China’s giant pandas, the ancient Terracotta Warriors and historic Great Wall of China are highlights of a new 24-day cruise and land tour of Asia departing Australia on 2 October 2013. From $7990, the package includes 54 meals, tours at each destination and port, as well as return flights. The ‘Wonders of China and Pearls of the Orient’ tour begins with three nights in Beijing, where visits to the Great Wall, Ming Tombs and Forbidden City are included, and two nights in Xian to see giant pandas at the Shaanxi Wild Animal Rescue and the Terracotta Warriors. The escorted tour then moves to sea with a 17-night voyage from Tianjin aboard the Diamond Princess to Singapore via Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong and Shanghai. T: 1300 764 509 W: www.cruiseexpress.com.au GET THE DAILY NEWS Visit the probus website each morning to stay in touch with the latest world news. W: www.probussouthpacific.org Active RetireesTM | 11 Getty
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