700 metres up – on top of The Great Divide

4.53pm, Wednesday 1st June, Platinum Motel, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
Here we are on the crest of The Great Divide, folks, in Toowoomba – home town of super special stage and screen actor Geoffrey Rush. (Just finished on the boards in Sydney in ‘Diary of a Madman’ – now running around like a mad thing promoting the new ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4 – On Stranger Tides’ movie.)Why are we up here? Because we have a whole swag of seriously supportive Yalumba people up this way, and we’ll be showing a group of them our new Rare & Fine wines tonight over dinner in the Coorey family’s ‘new’ dining room at The Spotted Cow (est 1892).

Dinner at The Alex

Before we get to that, though, I wanted to give a special mention to the folks at The Alex Surf Club (local shorthand for “The Alexandra headlands’), est 1924 on the Sunshine Coast. We dropped in there early for dinner last night after a big day playing castaways with excellent wines on the beach at Caloundra. Good thing we got there early! By the time we left at 7.30pm, the place was more than full. All tables occupied and a long long line of patient locals waiting to dine. And with the meals they’re doing at The Alex, I can definitely see why this happens most nights! Here’s the ‘small’ roast beef special plate of the day – couldn’t help myself for the huge sum of $11! Janey has our Y Series and Oxford Landing wines all over the wine list – so you can eat and drink really well without paying the earth for it. I think I may have to become a member – just to do the right thing and support the Surf Club right back. And did I mention that the dining room is right on the beach? Probably not. You get used to all this beachfront dining up and down the Queensland coast – it definitely won’t be like this back in the landlocked Barossa! Thanks Alex Surf Club – we’ll defintely be back.

OK folks – off now to The Spotted Cow (est 1892). See you tomorrow when I’ll let you know what Di (the mum Coorey!) put on the menu with the wines.

PS Toowoomba “The Garden City” is also the birthplace of another of my heroes – champion North Queensland Cowboys half back Jonathan Thurston.

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