Mt Gower Challenge | Son Claims Father’s 18-year Record

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Posted on 7th January 2014 by capella in Community | Lord Howe Experiences | News

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Lord Howe Island resident Ollie Whistler has made local history and taken title of the Mount Gower Challenge, beating his father’s 18 year held record by just 47 seconds.

The annual challenge draws crowds of islanders and visitors as onlookers, but the course itself is for the intrepid only, as it rises 600 metres above sea level along narrow tracks and sheer cliffs to reach the summit of the extinct volcano.

Recovering from a dramatic collapse just 50 metres short of the finish line, Ollie made the 13km race in 1:40:23.

It was a day of wins in the Whistler family, as in the women’s event, Michelle Whistler set the first official time of 2:30:54.

Big Congratulations to Ollie from all at Capella Lodge!

You can read the whole ABC news story here:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-05/son-breaks-fathers-18-year-old-mountain-marathon-record/5185288

Latest Luxe | News from Baillie Lodges

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Posted on 30th June 2013 by capella in News

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Welcome to the June edition of Baillie Lodges’ luxessentials* – read all the latest news from Capella and Southern Ocean Lodge, as well as updates for the hottest property coming to town, Baillies Sydney…

To read luxessentials* in full, click on the image, or right here . Enjoy!

I WISH | Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island

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Posted on 6th February 2013 by capella in Media

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The Australian’s monthly WISH Magazine is full of things to add to your wish-list, and here in this month’s edition is … the magic Lord Howe Island. Capella features (naturally!) along with a host of things to enjoy whilst on the world’s most subtropical coral island…

Read the full story here, and keep adding to that bucket list!

http://lordhowe.com/press/Wish-StephenBrook-Feb2013389.pdf

Popular Food Blogger Not Quite Nigella Visits Capella

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Posted on 5th February 2013 by capella in Food and Beverage

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Taken on a Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS lens, focal length 35 mm, ISO 100, 1/500s.

I am the world’s worst meditator. Alas it’s simply a skill that has until now, completely eluded me. It seems ironic that after all of these years, meditation should suddenly come to me. I am sitting on a balcony, on soft cushions framing my buttocks with a landscape of Kentia palm trees and blue water facing me. The weather is a pitch perfect 23 degrees Celsius and a gentle breeze is blowing the branches and leaves of the trees in faint orchestral background. It’s hypnotising and every time the breeze blows, I angle my cheek to receive a caress. I sat there for at least a good ten minutes in silence and couldn’t even contemplate getting up. And I suddenly realise that this is what a meditative state is.

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There’s a knock at the door as a member of Capella Lodge’s seamless staff enters carrying a bottle of Petaluma Croser and that’s the only thing that breaks my reverie. We’re in the Catalina room at Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island. The island is two hours by plane from Sydney and with a total of 300-400 residents including staff, it’s a popular destination for honeymooners. Or first time meditators ;)

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Lord Howe Island, Australia’s first World Heritage listed island, is eleven kms in length and two kms wide. It was created seven million years ago when a large shield volcano erupted from the floor of the Tasman sea and was then forty times larger than its current size. My first impression is that it reminds me of the lush green-ness of Hawaii and in fact, two thirds of the island is covered in forest.

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There are no holiday homes on Lord Howe Island and any home owners must live on the island-this is to encourage a vibrant community there. At any one time, they can only have a maximum of 400 visitors to the island. The speed limit on the roads is 25kms per hour and the island has one policeman. There are cars but the preferred mode of transport is bicycle. There is one hospital and one doctor who is on call. There is no mobile phone reception at all on the island and internet is intermittent and slow, which frustrates locals more than holiday makers.

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World’s tallest rock-Balls Pyramid

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Capella Lodge in the Southern side or “spiritual side” of Lord Howe Island and is situated just above Lover’s Bay near to Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird, the two volcanic mountains that dramatically face the lodge. The luxury lodge is part of the Baillie family property portfolio which also includes its “big sister” property Southern Ocean Lodge. Nine suites make up this private couples only luxury lodge and personalised and accommodating service is what it is also known for along with expansive views and a luxurious suites.

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We were picked up at the airport by Libby who along with her gregarious husband Mark, manage Capella Lodge. In a synchronised fashion, she gives us a cheerful mini tour of the island in the car on the way to the lodge while Mark takes care of the bags and they arrive in our suites in time for our arrival.

capella lodge lord howe island

capella lodge lord howe island

The first order of the day once you arrive is to relax. There are no distractions apart from the view and when they bring you a welcome tea and some nibblies, all you can do is surrender to island time.

 

Our suite is a Lagoon Loft which has a lounge area below with a bedroom upstairs, both levels with a balcony to make the most of the view. The bottom floor features a long L shaped lounge, a BOSE music system, a large flat screen television, complimentary soft drinks and a mini bar with a range of gourmet snacks. Teas are by T-bar and there is an extensive range of loose leaf teas that can be provided to suit your taste. A plate of mini lemon meringue tarts awaits and the balcony beckons. And that’s where I got lost for a while…

capella lodge lord howe island

capella lodge lord howe island

Upstairs, the mezzanine bedroom with the king sized bed sits in front of stunning water and mountain views. The sheets are silky smooth and the bed temptingly comfortable. There are a range of goose and duck down pillows along with a pillow menu and it is the perfect place to lie down and watch the palms dance or you can plonk yourself down on one of the chairs on the mezzanine balcony and sip the sparkling wine.

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The bathroom downstairs is modern and all dark colours in basalt stone. There is a large, modern shower with two shower heads: a monsoon and a massage head but no bath (water is from rainwater tanks). I’m pleased to see that there are their own house body products which we tried at Southern Ocean Lodge. From a vanilla ginger lily shampoo, jojoba conditioner, lime cassis body wash and a soap, hand wash and body lotion, all products are made specially for them and are superb. There are also cotton tips and pads, shower caps and a loofah tucked away in the drawers.

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Luxurious bathrobes, low rise pillows, leather slippers and a safe are in the cupboard and the resort is a keyless resort but there is a lock if you want to lock the doors from the inside. Backpacks and bikes are provided as guests are encouraged to explore the island during the day and breakfasts and dinners are included in the tariff. The lodge gets up to 50% of its water from collected rainwater tanks and uses solar power for the hot water systems.

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Woodhen

After a bit of time enjoying the room (and tell me, do you just enjoy staying in a hotel room as much as I do?), we go downstairs to the main building to have pre-dinner drinks that start every evening at six pm. On the way, we spot some of their protected Woodhens, who make a lovely little squeaking noise. There’s a family of them at Capella and they are all tagged and are surprisingly tame.

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Each evening, “the girls” which is the team of wonderful all female lodge staff that are gentle and intuitive, design a new cocktail. This evening is a hazelnut cocktail with the distinct, rich and sweet aroma of hazelnuts. Each guest is known to the staff and everyone is on a first name basis.

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Goat’s cheese, olive and prosciutto

Canapes also feature in the nightly ritual and the fried dumplings are filled with slow cooked beef and a spoonful of goat’s cheese, prosciutto and olive.

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Deep fried beef dumplings

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Usually, guests can have dinner whenever they please but as it is a Friday night, tonight’s dinner is a degustation whereas the other evenings of the week have a la carte menus. We make our way to our tables and ours faces the stunning view of the headland that seems to have its top permanently shrouded in fog.

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House made bread comes to the table and there’s a white roll with black sesame seeds and a brown rye bread. Both are excellent and served with a choice of Lomondo olive oil from Mudgee or butter.

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Balmain bug broth, kaffir lime, lemongrass, chilli served with Freycinet Riesling Tasmania

Capella Lodge have their fish caught by local fisherman with almost daily deliveries straight to the lodge. The menu details the provenance of much of their produce. The first course comes out quickly and it’s a shallow dish filled with a rich, salty and strong Balmain bug broth flavoured with kaffir lime, lemongrass and chili as well as tender pieces of balmain bug and mushroom. The flavour is strong and bold and it is perfectly matched with the wine.

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Cured kingfish, blood orange, pickled fennel, watercress, chilli oil served with Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ

The king fish is cured two ways, with beetroot and with blood orange. It is served with thin slices of pickled fennel and fronds of watercress. It’s a well balanced dish and the thin slices of chilli at good-at first…I warned Mr NQN just in time for the thinly sliced Jalapeno chillies which are actually from their garden. Our waitress tells us that they started off mild but by now, they’re quite strong and I find myself reaching for the bread to dampen the heat.

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Sunset

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Ginger and lemongrass sorbet

The ginger and lemongrass sorbet balls are refreshing and sweet and strong in both flavours.

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Slow cooked duck breast, raspberries, local rocket, grapes, apple, jus served with Amisfield Pinot Noir, Central Otago, NZ

The slow cooked duck breast came out as three pieces of pink cheeked duck breast with a nice edge of juicy skin around one side. Served with fresh raspberries, sprigs of local rocket, halved grapes and paper thin slices of apple and some raspberry and duck jus, it was a good alternative to duck with cherries. Interestingly, since the boats only bring supplies of food once every two weeks, these picture perfect fresh raspberries were the result of a recent delivery.

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Wagyu tenderloin, oxtail tortellini, asparagus, tomato, pecorino served with Henschke Henry Shiraz, Grenache Viognier, Kyneton, SA

The wagyu tenderloin is served medium rare and is tender and sumptuous and comes with two oxtail tortellinis, slender white and green asparagus, sweet tomatoes and pecorino. And while there were plenty of courses, they weren’t too heavy and quite a neat portion size.

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Will Studd Brillat Savarin, dried fig, strawberry, rosemary flatbread

A deliciously runny number, the Will Studd Brillat Savarin cheese came with house made rosemary flat bread, a dried fig and half a strawberry.

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Doughnut, Belgian chocolate , hazelnut ice cream served with De Bortoli Noble one Botrytis Semillon, Bilbul, NSW

Our dessert was a cinnamon sugar dusted doughnut filled with a centre of Belgian chocolate. To the side was a hazelnut ice cream served on chocolate crumbs. The doughnut was freshly fried and satisfying.

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Chocolate and peanut butter truffles

Last and surprisingly, one of the richest offerings were the truffles. These were dark chocolate truffles filled with peanut butter. It’s a perfectly decadent end to the meal. When we get back to our room, turndown has been performed and an essential oil is burning in the oil burner and music is playing.

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The next morning, we wake and go to the main building for breakfast. Again, it’s a perfect 23 degree day. Breakfast is served between eight to ten am which ends perhaps a little early for those wanting to have a long sleep in on the weekend. Although, it’s probably a good thing because it allows us time to see the island although I’ve come down with Mr NQN’s throat infection and all I want to do is sleep, a feeling made that much stronger with the comfort of the bed. One thing that means a lot to me is cleanliness and housekeeping at Capella Lodge is excellent and amongst the best I’ve experienced and they clean the rooms thoroughly each day and tidy up everything. Mr NQN stopped by while they were cleaning to pick up his sunglasses and he said to me “they’re even cleaning all the blinds!”

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Breakfast consists of a cold buffet selection with poached pears, yogurts, Carman cereals, bircher muesli, friands, breads with three types of Hank’s jams (triple berry, marmalade and apricot-the first two being my favourite), honeydew, rockmelon and blood orange.

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On the a la carte menu are about half a dozen hot items and each day there is a drink and hot food choice made up for the day. Today’s  selection is a mango smoothie and a poached egg with olives and local tomatoes. Mr NQN goes for that while I choose an omelette.

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Local egg omelette with goat’s curd, local rocket and blood orange oil

They arrive and the omelette is soft cooked, just the way I like it, with button mushrooms, goat’s curd, local rocket, caramelised eschallots and blood orange oil.

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Toast with poached local egg, tomato, and olives

Mr NQN’s toast is a thick piece of toast with a freshly poached local egg, tomatoes and olive slices. As my throat feels like I’m swallowing razors, I ask for a honey and lemon drink and one of the lovely girls also suggests their extensive range of  infusions and teas. We watch as the clouds lift off the headland outside and decide that it’s time to explore the island! Armed with a golf buggy, we set out to see what else this captivating island has to offer. Stay tuned Dear Reader…

So tell me Dear Reader, where did you go for your honeymoon? And for those of you that have yet to go on one, where is your dream honeymoon destination?

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NQN and Mr NQN travelled to Lord Howe Island as guests of Destination NSW, Capella Lodge and Lord Howe Island Tourism.

Capella Lodge

Lagoon Road, Lord Howe Island

http://www.lordhowe.com/

Tel: +61 (02) 9918 4355

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http://www.notquitenigella.com/2013/01/25/capella-lodge-lord-howe-island/

A spectacular sunset for a special occasion…

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Posted on 15th July 2012 by capella in Images

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Congratulations to Sara and John, from everyone at Capella!

Fly free to Lord Howe and Escape to Capella Lodge

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Posted on 16th May 2012 by capella in Packages | Press Releases

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Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island, celebrated as the first luxury lodge in the world’s last paradise is excited to announce its popular free return flights to Lord Howe offer as part of its Cool Capella Deals 2012.

The Fly Free Stay 7 Pay 6 package is valid in conjunction with a seven night stay in relaxed luxury in any suite at Capella 28 July – 30 September 2012 inclusive. There’s never been a better time or reason to explore Lord Howe this cool season.

 

Lord Howe is a sub-tropical ‘treasure island’ lost in time, a short flight from Australia’s east coast. The gentle season from end July – September offers visitors a chance to reinvigorate as the spring season approaches and witness great activity as rare sea birds arrive to nest on this island paradise, home from their adventures overseas.

With Capella as a luxe base camp, guests re-energise on treks with breathtaking views to the horizon along magnificent ridges and clifftops with hidden caves, or explore fascinating walking tracks through tranquil palm forests and beneath the mysterious canopy of ancient spreading figs.

The world’s southernmost coral reef beckons, with the chance of an unforgettable encounter with a Green Sea Turtle, to explore an abundant submarine life by snorkel or glass-bottom boat.

Guests might make an easy friend of the large kingfish who swim thrillingly amongst knees and calves in order to grab a proffered snack.

Return to Capella to enjoy fine wine and world-class cuisine in great company.

The Fly Free Stay 7 Pay 6 Cool Capella Deal offers a sky-high saving of up to $4,400 per couple including one bonus night’s accommodation and two return Qantaslink flights from Sydney or Brisbane. A week’s stay at Capella from just $3,900 per person twin share with flights booked for guests makes a Lord Howe getaway so easy! Conditions apply as below*.

Take off to Capella Lodge this season; fly free and take it easy!

*Fly Free Conditions

  • Offer available for new bookings only, subject to availability.
  • Booking must be prepaid at time of reservation. This is then fully non refundable.
  • Payment must be made by credit card and incurs a 2.5% surcharge.
  • Return airfares are included on a single or twin share basis; free airfare offer does not apply to additional persons.
  • Flights to Lord Howe Island are operated by QantasLink from Sydney or Brisbane (direct flights only on a Sunday).
  • Pro rata fare surcharge applies from other ports.
  • Fly free offer is based on seat class availability; an additional surcharge may apply for travel on certain flights.

We recommend travel insurance.

Reservations: T (61) 2 9918 4355 | E reserve@baillielodges.com.au | W capellalodge.com.au

Media Enquiries: media@baillielodges.com.au | W baillielodges.com.au/media.asp

Images: A selection of Capella Lodge images is free for download

Editors Notes:
Baillie Lodges is a collection of intimate luxury lodges in unique wilderness destinations. Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island launched the portfolio and continues to capture guests in its magic. Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s first true luxury

 

Lord Howe Island Nominated as the Getaway Best Family Experience in Gourmet Traveller Awards 2012 + Vote for Southern Ocean Lodge!

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Posted on 22nd April 2012 by capella in Awards | Southern Ocean Lodge News

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The champion of all great dining and travel experiences, Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine, has announced its finalists in the 2012 Travel Awards.

Now six years in the running, the Awards are designed to recognise outstanding destinations and operators, those dedicated to showcasing Australia’s best tourism assets.
Baillie Lodges is thrilled that Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island has been selected as a finalist award nominee for the third year running in the Awards’ Best Resort/Lodge Category.

Last year over 25,000 readers voted in the GT Travel Awards, please join in (again!) this year to see Southern Ocean Lodge hit its stride as one of the nation’s finest luxury lodges.

The subtropical beauty of Lord Howe Island, home to sister property Capella Lodge has been nominated in the Getaway Best Family Experience, so Baillie Lodges is excited to be represented in two major GT Award categories again for 2012.

Nominees for each award are selected by an esteemed panel of travel writers, reviewers and industry experts, and the baton is now passed to you, our Lodge friends to get the winners across the line! There are great prizes for voters, including the chance to win an exotic trip for two to Shanghai, staying at The PuLi Hotel and Spa! It’s easy to vote here online for Southern Ocean Lodge to reclaim the ‘Best Lodge’ title for 2012 and here for Capella Lodge/Lord Howe Island.

Voting is live now and ends at midnight, Sunday 6 May 2012, with the winners announced in the June edition of Gourmet Traveller. Do vote now for your favourite Lodge…or two!

Thank you for your generous support,

James and Hayley Baillie & the Baillie Lodges team

 

Baillie Lodges luxe_essentials Autumn Edition

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Posted on 13th April 2012 by capella in General

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Click here to read the full luxe_essentials*

It’s all about the azure on Lord Howe | A kingfisher calls into Capella

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Posted on 18th March 2012 by capella in Lord Howe Nature

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We had a visitor to the lodge this morning. A beautiful Sacred Kingfisher, its azure blue feathers matching the subtropical Lord Howe lagoon called into visit, thinking the reflection in the lodge’s floor-to-ceiling windows meant more blue skies and ocean stretching out before him. Though tempted by the luxurious surrounds, he took a moment to recover before flying back to join the abundant birdlife on the island.

 

 

 

Big Music Rocks Lord Howe Island

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Posted on 11th March 2012 by capella in Lord Howe Experiences | Press Releases

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A weeklong rockfest of free concerts and entertainment for locals and tourists, and music tuition for school students

Big Music Australia, Sydney’s leading one-stop music shop today announced it’s taking enough professional audio equipment, musicians, bands, crew and music teachers across the Tasman Sea to provide a weeklong rockfest of music and entertainment for the Lord Howe Island community in late March 2012.

“Lord Howe Island is excited to play host to Rockfest in March. Due to our remote location and logistical issues we often lack cultural opportunities otherwise available on the mainland. We are grateful to Big Music Australia for their generous level of support for the event as it will provide a unique opportunity for islanders to participate in a special musical experience,” said Stephen Wills, CEO Lord Howe Island Board.

Receiving enormous support from the locals, the Big Music ‘Lord Howe Island Rockfest 2012’ is a FREE event and runs from 25-31 March 2012. Open to the entire community, the Rockfest comprises a week of live Rock ‘n’ Roll concerts and popular music at a variety of locations on the Island, including an outdoor concert on the main street on 25th March, and another on the LHI Golf Course on 30th March. Between the main concerts, there will be smaller acoustic shows at Island cafes and resorts, including The Anchorage Restaurant on 27th and 28th March.

Entertainment includes live music from Dave ‘The Balladier’ Bonnin, Rock Bottom (playing covers, Beatles, Eagles, Stones and Classic Gold Hits), The Lounge Sweets, and the B!G House Band.

The bands performing on the Island are a mix of talented music teachers, professional artists and accomplished student musicians – all from the Big Music Band Program – an initiative that teaches people who can play an instrument, how to apply their musical skills and perform in a band. For the talented students performing ‘live’ with professional musicians, to an appreciative audience, at a location as idyllic as Lord Howe, is an experience that will make their lifelong musical dream a reality.

Nicky Scali from Nick Scali Furniture, and advanced guitarist in the Big Music Band Program said: “The Rockfest is such a fantastic initiative. I’m 100% behind this event and look forward to sharing my dream and performing at one of the concerts on the Island,” Mr Scali added.

The Rockfest also brings music to school children on the Island who do not have access to a music teacher. Lord Howe Island Central School students will be treated to free music tuition, as well as lessons in percussion, ukulele and singing by Big Music’s qualified music teachers. Later in the week, they will participate in the final Rockfest concert, supported by a professional band, and sing a popular song for everyone on the Island to join in and enjoy.

The generosity of Big Music to bring their music, tuition and expertise to our school, will add enormous value and support to our student cohort who really love music. This is a positive experience for all students, and an offering beyond our capabilities. We are very grateful for this wonderful opportunity and look forward to facilitating further music programs from this experience into the future,” said Julian Mostert, Principal of Lord Howe Island Central School.

Big Music is about making musical dreams come true. It’s committed to increasing music participation in the Australian community, including sub-tropical Islands such as Lord Howe.

Big Music is the ultimate music destination. It gives everyday people the opportunity to fulfil their musical dreams and “do it for real”. Big Music brings music lovers’ dreams to life – more  www.bigmusic.com.au