Monday, 9 July 2012

Castlemaine - Indigenous Top End - SeaDream Aussies


John Crook

Castlemaine its gold
I fist visited Castlemaine back in 1963, as the host of a TV series (yep, in the black and white days).  More recently just a week ago.  Then, I called in to check on dining options.  I was most impressed with one restaurant in particular.  Full makes to  Alexander Perry. This young chef has turned the town upside down.  So good, I will return. It does under the name of The Good Table.  Local produce to the fore.  Served  Tapas style, so  share if the sensible approach.  Should your dining partner prefer to be boring and prefer to go solo, then he/she can be catered for.   Bookings recommended.
Telephone The Good Table (03) 5472 4400.

Top End tourism

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What a colourful group. With thanks to
(Photograph: PLEASE CREDIT Wayne Quilliam Photography / Yothu Yindi Foundation.  Yolngu people preparing for traditional ceremonies at the 2011 Garma Festival in Arnhem Land.)

SOMEONE obviously forgot to tell a group of Australian holidaymakers aboard the world's highest-rated boutique passenger vessel earlier this month that we're supposed to be tightening our economic belts – Aussies were the biggest group by nationality and made up more than a quarter of all passengers on a sailing aboard the maximum-112 guest SeaDream I from Rome's Civitavecchia to Venice.

With a total of just 100 guests and 95 crew on this sailing, Australians numbered 26, followed by 18 from Brazil, 14 the UK, 12 Norway, 11 the USA and with the remainder from various other countries.

SeaDream Yacht Club's President, Bob Lepisto said he wasn't surprised at Aussie's outnumbering all others aboard the Civitavecchia-Venice sailing. "Since 2003 Australians have jumped from under one per cent of our guests, to now close to 10 per cent annually on SeaDream I and SeaDream II," he said.

Maybe its because all 5-star gourmet dining, wines with lunches and dinners, and that drinks from the open bars are included in the price, together with nightly cocktail gatherings, use of a 30-course golf simulator, power and sail watersports (in ports where permitted,) mountain bikes for shore excursions, and even onboard gratuities.

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