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A few thoughts about the Hunter's
top 10 tourist attractions.
From a Harry Potter exhibition to
Gresford Rodeo, from aircraft
innovations to wine and food in
Mudgee, it's all in travel news. Page 5
Come on a hunt for the elusive
barramundi on the South Alligator
River in the Northern Territory. Page 12
Wild Bill Hickok drew his last breath in
Deadwood, USA, and his legend is now
helping bring tourists to the town. Page 14
You can find bliss in the Cook Islands,
somewhere between the chickens
and the coconuts.
Yellow brick road
This yellow brick road takes you
through Pokolbin's vineyards, rather
than the land of Oz.
Take a look at the wonders
of Kiami from its forest
From around the nation
and the world, there
are plenty of travel
deals on offer. Page 22
TELEVISION PRESENTER Maeve O'Meara
has many strings to her bow and they nearly all involve food
The award-winning food and cooking author, journalist,
broadcaster, television producer and presenter has spent two
decades travelling the globe discovering food.
She is the co-author of 12 books on food and co-created and
presented various television shows, including the new SBS One
series French Food Safari.
The nine-part series filmed in Australia and France proved a
food lover's feast celebrating exquisite cuisine, as did earlier
shows in the food safari series.
What's your favourite holiday destination?
Broome, Western Australia.
What do you do there?
I found this beautiful place when I was sent to cover a story
long ago and have found clever ways of returning there
almost every year. At the moment I'm leading Girls and Pearls
Gorgeous Safaris there (my own company) -- a single perfect
week for women during the winter so we can bask in the warm
sunshine, revel in lovely spa treatments and take camel rides
along the beach, watch the magnificent sunsets, explore some
great food, learn about and try on many, many pearls, meet
some interesting locals and spend time in a truly unique part of
Australia that has had people from many different races settle
there. It's our own Creole mix and it's all set against this fantastic
red earth and blue sky. When I'm not there I have a photo as the
screen saver on my phone of the red-dirt road and that sky . . .
it has stirred something special in me . . . and in a strange way I
feel vaguely homesick for it.
When is the best time to go?
The depths of winter in the southern states mean magic
weather in Broome. I often see that big sun symbol on the TV
weather at night as we shiver in low temperatures. I'm told the
wet season is spectacular too, but so far I've gone there to thaw
and relax and show others the special places I have discovered.
What would you recommend people do there?
Walk miles along those great beaches -- you do feel like you're
in a picture postcard . . . the wash of the waves reflects the sky
-- sometimes I feel like I'm in a beautiful pearl shell the colours
are so magnificent around sunset. Swim in that warm, clear
water, find some locals to take you fishing and crabbing, taste
the local fish -- blue bones and threadfin salmon -- go to the
Broome markets and buy dried mango and fresh mango ice-
cream, go to the Broome races with all the locals, see a film at
the outdoor cinema Sun Pictures, visit the pearl shops and try on
the exceptional pearls from Broome.
They're world-famous and world-class and every woman looks
better in pearls. And if you can time it -- as I do with our trips --
be there for the breathtaking natural phenomenon the Staircase
to the Moon . . . the full moon rises and at low tide it makes
the water in the mudflats look like a set of shimmering golden
stairs. Hire a 4WD and hit the dirt to drive to Cape Leveque and
see what a sky full of stars really looks like. I've made friends in
Broome who are wonderful musicians -- the Pigram Brothers --
who have a lovely song about their mother's cooking -- really
charming -- but it has a line "I'd rather be dreaming in Broome".
And I think I would rather be dreaming in Broome.
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WILD BILL S
KIAMA, NSW SOUT
TELEVISION PRESENTER, AUTHOR AND BROADCASTER
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