The Road Ahead : 01-Aug-2011
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 4 THE ROAD AHEAD AUG/SEP 2011 EXEC. MANAGER, PUBLISHING Jim Mathers EDITOR Barry Green JOURNALISTS Belinda Peters Deb Eccleston GRAPHIC DESIGN Bonita Russo ENQUIRIES, CLASSIFIED ADS Jenie Maloney 07 3872 8653 DISPLAY ADVERTISING Kelley Wiseman 07 3872 8640 ADDRESS PO BOX 4, Springwood Queensland 4127 FAX 07 3257 1863 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHER The Road Ahead Publishing Co Pty Ltd (ABN 72 009 716 465) CIRCULATION (CAB) 919,782 Plus 155,000 digital. COPYRIGHT No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the publisher's written permission. CONTRIBUTORS The views expressed in The Road Ahead by external contributors and advertisers are not necessarily those of the RACQ. Additional magazine photos from Thinkstock, Tourism Queensland. ADVERTISING: All advertisements in The Road Ahead are the responsibility of advertisers. Advertising is accepted on the understanding that it does not contravene the Trade Practices Act. Responsibility is not accepted by The Road Ahead Publishing Co Pty Ltd or the RACQ for statements made or the failure of any product or service to give satisfaction. Inclusion of an advertisement should not be construed as an endorsement by The Road Ahead or the RACQ. For the latest lifestyle, travel and motoring news, visit our website, www.roadahead.com.au. THE ROAD AHEAD AUG/SEP 2011 Cover: All the colour and fun of the Ekka. Design by Bonita Russo. Images courtesy of the RNA. FEATURES contents 28 europe's winter wonderland A pre-Christmas visit to Europe opens the door to a veritable fairyland of festive lights, sights, sounds and tastes. 8 SPECIAL REPORT The RACQ Foundation is assisting Queensland community groups to get back on their feet. 17 animals' best friend Queensland Interview puts some questions to the RSPCA's Michael Beatty. 26 not for the faint- arted Take a look at Tasmania's world-class Museum of Old and New Art and the Island State's many festivals. 32 don't bypass quaint byfield Byfield is home to some unexpected attractions. 35 brisbane lights up Brisbane Festival is about to ignite the city's streets and creative spaces with a fusion of high art and pop culture. . FREE TO RACQ MEMBERS road ahead THE TRAVEL LIFESTYLE MOTORING RACQ MEMBER ESSENTIALS + MORE winter AUG/SEP 2011 racq .com NEW 4WD SUVS COMPARED: TERRITORY, GRAND CHEROKEE, CAPTIVA 7 BRISBANE -- WE LOVE IT FESTIVAL AND SHOW TIME IN THE RIVER CITY WINTER WONDERLAND CHRISTMAS IN EUROPE WIN A SCOOTER WIN A $10,000 KIMBERLEY WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE 36 brisbane competition Novotel Brisbane is giving three lucky RACQ members the chance to win a family package. 38 win a kimberley wilderness adventure Beinthedrawtowinan eight-day APT small group four-wheel-drive tour valued at more than $10,000. 49 driving your dollar further Choosing a car wisely can have a big impact on what you will pay for ownership and operating costs. 51 medium offerings served well done We compare three new 4WD SUVs -- Ford Territory, Holden Captiva 7 and Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. 68 journey to a better place Victims of road trauma now have somewhere to go and know they are not alone. 69 new skipper at the helm Meet the RACQ's new president and vice-president and hear their vision for the Club's future. 73 lest we forget As dawn broke over the Rhine River on Anzac Day, a group of RACQ members held their own service aboard the MS Amadagio. 75 animal magnetism RACQ Insurance will help bring a little early spring magic to the Brisbane Ekka once again this year.