Children’s author to add her own magic to Mary Poppins Festival

Author and illustrator of the Ruby Red Shoes series Kate Knapp will bring her own brand of magic to the Mary Poppins Festival this June-July school holidays in Maryborough.

The Brisbane-based writer and artist was a perfect fit for the festivities,” Fraser Coast Tourism and Events marketing and communications manager Bradley Nardi said.

“Kate creates all of her artwork by hand using pencils, ink, watercolour and a little magic and of course we all know how enchanting the world’s most famous fictional nanny is.

“During the festival, Kate will be exhibiting her work and doing readings.”

Ms Knapp said the main similarity she saw between herself and Mary Poppins author P.L.Travers, who was born in Maryborough, was the desire to tell stories for children.

“Both Mary Poppins and the Ruby Red Shoes books have characters that children relate to and offer them some kind of companionship and teachings,” she said.

“Much of my inspiration comes from my childhood. It was simple and filled with interesting characters. There was plenty of time and space to develop my imagination.

“Plenty of quiet contemplative space, in my experience, is perfect for hatching creative ideas.

“Nature, friends and family, as well as children are a source of many ideas and subject material.”

Storytelling at Maryborough

Ms Knapp said it was a wonderful idea to have a celebration of storytelling in one of Queensland’s historic cities and she was excited to be attending. 

“It makes me feel like a child again,” she said.

“Ruby Red Shoes loves scones with strawberry jam and cream and has her fingers crossed that there will be someone serving them in Maryborough for the festival!”

Ms Knapp has visited Maryborough many times as a good friend of hers lives in the Heritage City.

“It’s a wonderful town and particularly appeals to my love of historical buildings as well as the unique charm of the wide streets, the Mary River, quaint cottages and measured pace of life.”

Mr Nardi said workers renovating the former bank building where P.L. Travers was born had encountered significant unforeseen restoration work while converting it to an interpretive centre.

He said in order to allow repairs to continue and ensure the heritage-listed building is safe and secure for future generations to enjoy, the planned sneak peek at the Story Bank had been removed from the Mary Poppins Festival schedule.

“But visitors will be able to learn about the extensive building restoration works and the plans for the interpretive centre,” he said.

The stately building was purchased by Fraser Coast Regional Council in 2015 and is undergoing a $2.2 million refurbishment with grant funds from the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Program, the Queensland Government’s Building Our Regions Funding and the council.

Mr Nardi said there would still be plenty of other high jinks for festival goers to enjoy from June 29 until July 8 including a creative writing workshop hosted by visiting author of the Extreme Adventure series Justin D’Ath and Kids’ Party Confidential with comedian and author Sean Murphy.

During the festival’s major celebration, A Day in the Park on July 7, everyone can join in the fun of the grand parade, nanny race and chimney sweep challenge.

And that’s just the beginning of the charming fun! Visit marypoppinsfestival.com.au for more details.


Photo by Natalie McComas 2013, courtesy Fraser Coast Tourism and Events.

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Mudgee Wine & Food Festival Dates Announced

The dates of the 2018 Mudgee Wine & Food Festival have been released, with a range of dinners, lunches and tastings set to further establish the region as one of the preeminent food and wine destinations of New South Wales.

The Festival will run from 4th to 23rd September 2018 and include the following key events. Further information on this event will follow.

MUDGEE WINE SHOW 
4 to 6 September 2018

MUDGEE WINE SHOW DINNER 
7 September 2018

GO TASTING 
Saturday 8 September, 5.30pm Australian Regional Education Centre, 267 Ulan Road, Mudgee

This is the public tasting of the wines entered into the 2018 Mudgee Wine Show. Guests can select from over 100 of the best wines in the region and compare their palates to those of the wine show judges. Tickets will be available at visitmudgeeregion.com.au or via the Visitor Information Centre 84 Market Street or phone 02 6372 1020

GO GRAZING 
Saturday 15 September, 6:30pm Mudgee Showground Main Pavilion, Douro Street Mudgee

Enjoy the Mudgee’s best produce prepared by the region’s leading chefs. This three-course dinner comprises a range of bites that highlight Mudgee’s diversity with its food and wine varieties.

FLAVOURS OF MUDGEE 
Saturday 22 September, from 4 pm, Mudgee CBD

The heart of Mudgee comes alive with Flavours of Mudgee. Guests are invited to celebrate Mudgee’s food and wine with all the producers, winemakers and growers offering tastings and dishes along the town’s historic main street.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT WINE 
Wednesday 12 and 26, Roths Wine Bar

For the mid-week guest there will be casual wine tastings at Roths Wine Bar. Wednesday Night Wine is an interactive and engaging tasting hosted by the region’s best wine personalities and includes small bites and share plates.

Tickets and details can be found at mudgeewine.com.au or calling Mudgee’s Mid Western Regional Council on 02 6378 2850

Peel Region’s Magnificent Courses Suit Golfers to a Tee

Just one hour south of Perth, you will find the Peel Region’s golf courses in Western Australia to be listed in the premier category of Great Golf Courses of Australia.

Mandurah and the Peel Region is known as Western Australia’s Golf Coast with a number of superbly designed, challenging courses set in spectacular locations. While all in close proximity to each other, each offers the international golfer unique experiences.

It’s just one of a number of compelling reasons for the avid golfer to visit Mandurah, named Western Australia’s 2017 Top Tourism Town.

The Peel Region is Perth’s natural adventure playground. It has a spectacular coastline, world-class natural beauty, abundance of wildlife and the cosmopolitan City of Mandurah, Western Australia’s largest and fastest growing regional city, set against a backdrop of magnificent beaches and an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour.

With new tourism experiences complementing its superb natural assets, significant redevelopment means you can now also enjoy award-winning waterfront dining, aquatic adventures, and plenty of places to shop.

It is also the perfect base to take day trips to explore the wider Peel Region. In an easy half hour drive you’ll find beautiful wineries, winding waterways, rolling green hills and tiny timber towns nestled in the forest.

Golf courses

The Cut – One the edge of the Indian Ocean, this is Western Australia’s must play golf course. The James Wilcher designed 18-hole course offers spectacular ocean views and has been created to excite and challenge golfers of all abilities.

Mandurah Country Club – This incredible course enjoys an elevated location to offer superbly challenging golf through a parkland setting with majestic trees keeping it interesting all the way.

Meadow Springs Golf and Country Club – This course has proudly hosted seven Western Australian Opens and is your chance to experience immaculate fairways gently meaning through towering tuart trees. This is a course that is both a highly regarded test while also being very playable.

Secret Harbour Golf Links – This links course is inspired by the classic Scottish courses. Designed by golf architect Graham Marsh and crafted into the spectacular ocean side landscape, this course boasts 18 superb holes all set against a breathtaking Indian Ocean panorama.

Pinjarra Golf Club – Dating back to 1912, this historically impressive course offers golfers a fantastic day of play. Hone your skills on the practice fairways, take lessons with a golf pro or simply soak up the charming scenery.

Travel Facts 

Getting there

Mandurah is less than an hour south of Perth. When driving, travel the Kwinana freeway south, easily accessible from many points in Perth, and exit at Mandjoogoordap Drive. Trains and buses operate between the two cities and depart from the Perth city centre. www.transperth.wa.gov.au

Staying there

Mandurah and the Peel Region has a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. There is a choice of resort hotels, caravan and camping facilities, charming bed and breakfast accommodation, self-contained apartments, forest cabins and even houseboats for hire. 

Getting around

Buses operate around Mandurah, but if you want to explore the Peel Region extensively you can hire a car or join a tour. Taxis and Uber drivers are also available in Mandurah.

When to go

The Peel Region can be visited any time of the year. Being on the coast, it’s spectacular in spring and in summer. But during winter, the scenery is amazing. You can find something to do all year around.

Further Information on Mandurah and the Peel Region visit www.visitpeel.com.au