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On September 24th 1990 I became a publican. I was 24 years old and the new licensee of the historic Grace Darling hotel on Smith Street, in the heart of Melbourne’s Collingwood. One week later the Collingwood Football Team won the Grand Final.
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By Kay O’Sullivan, SMH Traveller
Read more about Cabarita Ocean Retreat

Australia is to get a new health retreat with the opening of the Cabarita Ocean Retreat at Casuarina in northern NSW scheduled for the end of September. Overseeing operations is Brook Ramage, who was the general manager of Queensland’s Golden Door Health Retreat for 17 years. Ramage was also involved in the early days of Camp Eden, which, like the Golden Door, is situated in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Joining him at the beachfront retreat will be nutritionist/chef Samantha Gowing, who has worked at Gwinganna and Gaia and at health retreats in Sri Lanka and Bali. Previously, Gowing owned the Grace Darling Hotel, the hotel where the Collingwood Football Club was formed and which she took to one-hat status in The Age Good Food Guide during the 1990s.

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