Cheers to a Country Mudgee Escape

Lowes Winery Mudgee

A lot of us look to destinations across the globe when we think of travel. But if you reside in Sydney and want a relatively quick escape to a friendly country destination, look no further than Mudgee. Recently, I ventured a few hours hours west of Sydney and found a town filled with welcoming locals. There’s also plenty to do. This particular weekend featured the Mudgee Show and the Charity Shield. But there’s also the museums and to top it off, Wine Tours! Connoisseur or not, there is a service available that takes care of everyone.

See the Land and Taste the Wine Through a Country Escape Tour

You might have a group of friends that want to see a bit of the local landscape and also taste the “fruits” of Mudgee’s wineries. But which ones are the best? When are they open and more importantly, who will drive? Country Escape Tours have the solution and offer comprehensive wine tours with a difference. We were treated to not only to the best of Mudgee’s wineries, but also to a friendly and professional service.

Mudgee Wine Tours with a Difference

Country Escape Tours offer outstanding customer service and are completely focused on delivering a wonderful day out. You can choose a full or half day tour  where you will discover award winning wineries that are immersed in breathtaking vineyards. All of which are carefully organised by two experienced guides in Sandy and Maritza. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the beautiful array of wines and ports!!

Flexible Tours That Cater for Everyone

Also on offer, is a trio tasting tour, where you can sample not only wine, but beer and spirits as well. Or perhaps you’d prefer to “saddle up”. The horse riding tour includes a horse ride, lunch and a half day Mudgee wine tour. For the undecided there’s the “Mudgee Hopper”. This is the tour where you can hop on and hop off at whichever destination you choose.

Create Your own Mudgee Wine Tour

If you have particular wineries that you’d like to visit in mind, why not create your own tour. The available options are endless and include not only wineries, but cheese tastings, honey tastings, a distillery, craft beer, local produce and more. The fun is guaranteed!

Country Escape Tours will collect you from your accommodation and groups are kept to a maximum of 11 people. You will receive a personal and knowledgeable service that will create a Mudgee Moment that you and your friends will remember forever. I know we will. Private tours are also available.

A Story With A Kick To It

Taekwondo

Taekwondo is the Korean style martial arts that was developed in the 1940’s and 50’s. But Taekwondo is very different from other martial arts. Physically, it is very dynamic with active movements that include a mirage of foot skills. The principle physical movements are in simpatico with the mind and life as a whole.

The Student

2nd DAN Black belt
Sam Evans 2nd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo

Since he was just seven years old, Sam Evans has had a passion for martial arts and the a fore mentioned elements is what attracted him to Taekwondo. Six years later and Sam is now a second DAN black belt who has represented Australia in the Oceania Championships in Fiji where he took the silver medal. But the awards and victories don’t stop there. Sam has won the New South Wales State and Gold Coast championship titles in his division for the past two years.

Sam’s record

2018 NSW State Champion

2018 Gold Coast Champion

2017 Sydney Taekwondo Championships, Gold Medal

2017 Cool Climate Classic Canberra, Gold Medal

2017 Gold Coast Champion

2017 NSW State Champion

Sam trains at, and is a member of the Five Dock based Musa Taekwondo club. The club proprietor Alex Sootho is a 5th Dan black belt and has also coached at national level. Alex and the tutors under him, offer a range of coaching techniques that suit any age. The club has a disciplined, yet relaxed environment and an atmosphere that inspires students like Sam to perform and succeed.

While most of his opponents are of similar weight, Sam often encounters taller competitors. But as he pointed out, that while height is not intimidating it sometimes means a change in tactics. A lot of his mental preparation starts the night before a tournament. Sam has learnt the standard of discipline needed to be completely focused on how he sees the fight playing out. So come tournament day, Sam is completely in tune with his coach’s instructions and ready for action.

A lot of Sam’s inspiration is simply staying fit, but he also likes to set new goals and face new challenges. Of course, representing his country has been a major achievement and a proud moment for Sam. But returning with a medal really put the icing on the cake. However, Sam still has both feet firmly on the ground and explained, “this all came about through the discipline and self-belief that I’ve learnt through practicing Taekwondo”.

Sam also credits his chosen sport for gaining valuable skills that assist in his everyday life. The discipline and restraint of knowing when and how to react in different situations. Taekwondo has introduced Sam to new friends and it’s also given him the opportunity to give back to the community. When he’s not preparing for upcoming tournaments, Sam passes on the skills that he’s acquired to younger students through teaching.

So while Taekwondo is an effective form of self defence, it’s also an opportunity for young people like Sam to gain self confidence and achieve personal goals. Sam Evans has already done his country proud, through his own personal efforts. But in turn, he also offers his knowledge to help others achieve their goals and that makes him a real winner!

Taekwondo champion Sam Evans

Brobes Keeps You In The Picture

Paradise Waters

Paul Broben is a freelance photographer based on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia. With an outstanding career spanning over 30 years’ Paul has become one of Australia’s most respected and sort after photographers. Early in his career Paul “Brobes” cut his teeth as a Gold Quill and Walkley award-winning media and press photographer. With his work regularly enhancing front page news headlines all over the world. His obvious talent quickly gained him respect and notoriety, which pushed him onto film and television sets. Whether it was capturing the subtlety and nuance in an actor’s expression or the sheer scale and magnificence of a Hollywood explosion, Brobes’ became an expert in telling the story.

Aria Las Vegas
Aria Las Vegas

In the years that followed, Brobes’ built a career in an industry that has seen some major advancement in technology, making it an environment where only the best survive. He boasts a wide range of national and international clients that have built their visual identity on the imagery that he produces. His areas of speciality and service include (but, are not limited to) commercial, architectural, film and television production stills, editorial, advertising, culinary, product, event and conference photography as well as mining and general industry photography. One-on-one tuition and training is also available as well as short video production.

Gwinganna
Gwinganna

One Hell Of A New Toy

It doesn’t matter what walk of life you’re from, most of us at some stage want that special item. That gift that takes a life time to acquire and is often only dream’t about. Lets face it, life is short and most of us have worked all our lives just to get the basics. So if the opportunity arises where you can purchase that special something, boat, car, a yacht perhaps, then do it! Recently, a friend of mine took such an opportunity, with the result being a brand new Ford Mustang GT Coupe with the 5.0 litre V8 engine. Of course these cars have changed quite a bit since the actor Steve McQueen sent one down the notorious Lombard Street in San Francisco. The modern Mustang is beautifully appointed, with a superb sound system and luxurious interior. This particular model has a six speed auto transmission but also offers manual shift panels on the steering wheel. In addition, the instrumentation is the first all LCD ever offered on a Mustang. It’s easy to view, fast and responsive.

Mustang 2017 GT Coupe
Real performance machine

Just talk to it and the technology does the rest. There’s the obvious abundance of power, 339KW to be precise and when you couple this with handling that feels like your driving on rails, you have one hell of a machine. It’s true that these cars have come along way since the one featured in the movie “BULLITT” which was made in 1968. But there is still one key ingredient that makes every Mustang model closely related. The sound!! They still sound like a V8 should. Rich and mellow at the idle. Then ruthless and deadly as the pedal hits the metal. To my mate and his wife: I hope this car takes you both to the edge of your dreams and may you both enjoy it for all eternity.

Mustang GT Coupe
A speed and style combination.