World Cup: experts choose the best cafes – and coffees – around the world

A sublime brew at Prufrock cafe in London. Photo: Supplied

Ten Belles cafe, Paris. Photo: Tim Geraghty-Groves

Tim Wendelboe, at his coffee roastery in in Oslo, Norway. Photo: Benjamin A Ward

Kaffeine cafe, London. Photo: James French

Prufrock cafe, London.

A sublime brew at Prufrock cafe in London. Photo: Supplied

A sublime brew at Prufrock cafe in London. Photo: Supplied

Here in Australia we’re used to good coffee, so when caffeine-lovers venture overseas it’s understandable they can get a little tetchy hunting down a good cafe after the long haul flight. But there are ways of finding the perfect brew.

“I do my research, map everything on my smart phone, and make the coffee stop the high point of my morning, going out of my way to find a great coffee, rather than finding a great coffee near where I am going,” says food writer and author Jill Dupleix.

Toby Smith from Toby’s Estate travels overseas frequently and believes the standard of coffee is improving remarkably.

“America has actually had great coffee for quite a few years but it takes a while for everyone here to get that perception,” he says.

“London is the same sort of thing, they’ve got lots of High Street chains, if you went there and didn’t know you could get the wrong impression – it’s just about knowing where to go.”

Toby is just one of the Australians making a big impact overseas in changing coffee culture, his Toby’s Estate Espresso Schools in New York and Singapore train baristas on the foundations of good coffee from ethically sourcing beans to mastering the pour.

But a good cafe experience is not just about great coffee and food. Lingering in a cafe also allows insight into a country’s culture, and the opportunity to commune with locals.

“Local cafes get the good, bad and ugly of the local gene pool all crammed in to one place; [it’s] an instant snapshot of the area you’re in,” says Jill who is a firm believer in asking ask restaurant waitstaff, chefs and bar staff –  people who know good coffee – where to go.

“I just love the whole cafe experience – meeting people over coffee, talking about coffee, telling our stories over coffee. There is something about a good cafe that makes you part of the neighbourhood for the price of a coffee, wherever that neighbourhood may be.”

With the help of our expert caffeine-addled panel, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of cafes to visit when travelling overseas so you may never need to complain again about not be able to find a decent coffee.



Jill Dupleix is a food writer, restaurant critic and author of  16  cookbooks. Formerly cookery editor of The Times in London, and founding editor of the Sydney Morning Herald Good Cafe Guide, Jill is currently is co-director of Australia’s Top Restaurants, and is obsessed with having one great coffee a day, no matter where she is. Jill’s coffee of choice is a double ristretto piccolo.  See jilldupleix杭州夜网m


Founder of Toby’s Estate, Toby Smith is a passionate roaster, barista and coffee artisan. He has specialty Toby’s Estate Cafes, Espresso Schools and Roasteries around Australia and the world including New York, Singapore and Manila and has a coffee plantation in Panama. Toby’s cup of choice is rare coffee blend, Gesha,  cold brewed using a Chemex. See www.tobysestate杭州夜网


Since opening their Cornersmith cafe in 2012 husband-and-wife team James and Alex have received a number of accolades including being listed multiple times in the Top 20 SMH Good Food Guide cafes list. Their sustainable philosophy is simple:  they work with the seasons and support small-scale producers. They’re also about to launch a cookbook in October. Alex enjoys a good flat white every morning while James is a filter and espresso drinker. He travels with an aeropress, a set of scales and a hand grinder, just-in-case. See www杭州夜网rnersmith杭州夜网


Rolando Schirato is managing director of Vittoria Food & Beverage, a third-generation family business that now exports to more than  20 countries worldwide with recent expansion into the United States.  Rolando likes cappuccinos in the morning and espressos after dinner but a good piccolo is his go-to cup of choice. See www.vittoriacoffee杭州夜网m


Together with Fleur and Will Studd, Jason founded Melbourne’s Market Lane Coffee in 2009. Their goal is to offer only the highest quality coffee, in a transparent and accessible way. They now have three more cafes. He prefers sweet and clean coffees from El Salvador, Guatemala and Ethiopia. See marketlane杭州夜网m.auTHE CAFES 


Sant’Eustachio, Rome, Italy

THEME Classic

WHY WE LOVE IT: “It’s the perfect old-school Italian cafe, just around the corner from the Pantheon,” says Jill.

“Dating back to 1938, it is famous for its wood-roasted coffee and no-peeking security screen, so nobody can discover the true secret of their trademark rich, thick crema.”

WHAT TO ORDER: The “Gran Caffe” and the Nutella-filled aragosta pastry.

INSIDER TIP The Italian way to drink espresso is “al banco”, standing at the counter.

ESSENTIALS: Piazza di Sant’Eustachio, 18 +39 06 6880 2048  Coffee from 1.20 EU

Johan & Nystrom, Stockholm, Sweden


WHY WE LOVE IT “I’ve just come back from Sweden and this cafe is my home away from home,” says Toby.

“They have really good baristas and they’re really nice people always asking how your day has been.”

WHAT TO ORDER Try their Signature Origin Series, flavours range from red berries to smooth milk chocolate.

INSIDER TIP They’re tea merchants as well, offering a full range of assortments.

ESSENTIALS Swedenborgsgatan 7, Stockholm Coffee from 28 Swedish Kr.

KronoTrop, Istanbul, Turkey

THEME Al fresco

WHY WE LOVE IT:  “KronoTrop is an innovative coffee shop with multiple brew options from cold drip to cortado – and a genuine ambition to make real Turkish coffee relevant today,” says Jill.

Toby Smith is also a fan.

“I have just visited to do a talk and Turkey is turning the corner in terms of coffee,” says Toby.

“This cafe is my favourite there.”

WHAT TO ORDER: Turkish coffee, brewed in the traditional copper pot, and dereotlu kurabiye (cheese and dill pasties).

INSIDER TIP: The Sultanahmet branch is very close to the famous sixth century Basilica Cistern, and has a dreamy shaded courtyard.

ESSENTIALS: Hadim Hasan Pasa Medresesi 15, Sultanahmet, Istanbul +90 9241275 www.kronotrop杭州夜网  Coffee from 6 Turkish lira.

Fondation Café, Paris, France


WHY WE LOVE IT “After a wild goose chase with Google Maps and stopping twice to bribe whinging children with chocolate eclairs we finally found it – a perfect Sydney-style cafe fix  (the owner/barista is Australian),” says James from Cornersmith.

“Alex almost cried into her flat white!”

WHAT TO ORDER Try their iced lattes in summer.

INSIDER TIP Word is that this is the only cafe in Paris with a steel Kees van der Western Spirit coffee machine.

ESSENTIALS 16 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Paris, https://www.facebook杭州夜网m/fondationcafe An espresso is 2.50 Euros

Lantana, London, UK

THEME Al fresco

WHY WE LOVE IT “It’s enough to bring a homesick tear to the eye of an expat Australian in London; from the beautifully nutty, smoky coffee to the cool crowd chilling over sweetcorn fritters, and lamingtons,” says Jill.

WHAT TO ORDER Caffe latte, made with beans from Coffee Alchemy in Sydney.

INSIDER TIP Yep, there’s Vegemite on the menu.

ESSENTIALS http://lantanacafe杭州夜网.uk 13 Charlotte Place, Fitzrovia, plus two other locations. Coffee from 2 pounds.

Monmouth Coffee, London, England

THEME Classic

WHY WE LOVE IT “My most vivid cafe memory is here,” says Jason.

“They sat me down on a coffee sack, and over the next couple of hours made me samples of every one of the single estate coffees they had, it was the first time I had tasted two different coffees side by side, and it was a revelation.”

WHAT TO ORDER Ask them which blend they would recommend.

INSIDER TIP Head to the Covent Garden location and sit in one of the tiny booths, you are likely to strike up a conversation with someone interesting each time.

ESSENTIALS 27 Monmouth Street Covent Garden, London WC2H 9EU monmouthcoffee杭州夜网.uk, Cappuccino AU$4.95

Harry’s Bar, Venice, Italy

THEME  Historic

WHY WE LOVE IT This is the birthplace of bellinis and carpaccio but many go just for the atmosphere.

“I love it because it’s rich in heritage and tradition,” says Rolando.

WHAT TO ORDER Order a coffee and some biscotti – keep it simple, otherwise it can be expensive.

INSIDER TIP Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote and Orson Welles all dined here.

ESSENTIALS  Calle Vallaresso, 132, Venice, Italy harrysbarvenezia杭州夜网m, Coffee 5 euros.

Coffee Collective, Copenhagen, Denmark

THEME: Artisanal

WHY WE LOVE IT “Because it’s all about the coffee,” says Jill.

“The owners are dedicated to the search for the perfect coffee and equally determined to make sure the coffee farmer can enjoy the same living conditions as a grape-grower for fine wine.”

WHAT TO ORDER Let them decide for you; have a chat about the sort of coffee you like, and they will prescribe, like a Dr Coffee.

INSIDER TIP “My favourite Coffee Collective in the Torvehallrene – the food market – the openness and cohesion of this space in the market is truly special,” says Jason.

ESSENTIALS Jaegersborggade 10, Copenhagen  www杭州夜网 Coffee from 200 Dkr

Kaffeine, London, England


WHY WE LOVE IT “Because this always rocking Australian/New Zealand co-production is full of life, colour, movement, energy,” says Jill.

WHAT TO ORDER A flat white, or cold-brew Kenyan coffee from Notes Specialty Coffee, with a Portuguese tart.

INSIDER TIP Kaffeine is the official coffee supplier to Lords Cricket Ground during the Ashes.

ESSENTIALS: 66 Great Titchfield Street London W1 +44 20 7580 6755 www.kaffeine杭州夜网.uk Coffee 2.90 pounds

Café Mulassano, Turin, Italy

THEME Historic

WHY WE LOVE IT “Because it is so painfully beautiful; a tiny, five-tabled treasure-box of carved wood and marble dating back over 150 years, with exquisite coffee,” says Jillian.

WHAT TO ORDER Order an aperitivo and a coffee, with potato crisps.

INSIDER TIP The ancient bronze water fountain on the bar dispenses filtered water.

ESSENTIALS Piazza Castello, 15. Turin +39 011 547 990. www.caffemulassano杭州夜网m  Coffee 5 Euros

Ottolenghi, Islington, London

THEME Modern

WHY WE LOVE IT “On a recent trip to London we ended up having a late breakfast at Ottelenghi in Islington,” says Cornersmith’s Alex.

“We then decided to have a glass of wine and then moved straight into lunch. We left well-caffeinated and well-fed, it was awesome.”

WHAT TO ORDER Everything is freshly-made and free from preservatives and colouring.

INSIDER TIP There are five branches of Ottolenghi in London.

ESSENTIALS 287 Upper St, London N1 2TZ, ottolenghi杭州夜网.uk Single espresso costs 1.95 pounds.

Prufrock, London, England


WHY WE LOVE IT “Prufrock is very casual but they are very serious about their coffee,” says Toby.

“They’re big educators in coffee, ex-World Barista Champion Gwilyn Davies is helping to make London a better coffee place.”

WHAT TO ORDER The food here is also great, they work with some of London’s best producers including Neal’s Yard Dairy and Ben’s Fish.

INSIDER TIP Their online blog offers tips and tricks on becoming a master of coffee.

ESSENTIALS 23-25 Leather Lane, London, www.prufrockcoffee杭州夜网m Espresso costs 1.50 pounds

Stern Café, Paris France

THEME Designer

WHY WE LOVE IT: “It’s an Italian in the heart of Paris, a collaboration between top Italian chef Massimiliano Alajmo of Le Calandre, and top roaster Gianna Frasi from Verona,” says Jill.

“It also has enchanting, evocative interiors by Philippe Starck.”

WHAT TO ORDER: An espresso or Campari spritz at the coffee counter.

INSIDER TIP: It’s open all day, try the croissants for breakfast and cicchetti (Venetian antipasti) for lunch.

ESSENTIALS: 47 Passage des Panorames, Rue Vivienne, 275002, Paris.  Coffee from 1.5 Euro

Rose Bakery, Paris, France

THEME Healthy and home-style

WHY WE LOVE IT “Rose Bakery cookbooks are a staple in our kitchen at home they have been part of the inspiration for Cornersmith,” says Alex.

“It was really exciting to finally visit.”

WHAT TO ORDER Try the carrot cake or lemon pound cake with your coffee.

INSIDER TIP Go for brunch or lunch when a full array of food is available.

ESSENTIALS 46 rue des Martyrs, 75009, no website, Latte 3.50 euros

Java, Oslo, Norway


WHY WE LOVE IT “Java is a small coffee bar in a small retail shopping neighbourhood,” says Jason.

“You can tell there has been a lot of care put in to each detail of this space, and their coffee is no exception either.”

WHAT TO ORDER There’s an aeropress and siphon brewers here as well as a full espresso bar.

INSIDER TIP Grab a coffee here and order a sweet treat at the nearby Pascal patisserie and sit in St. Hanshaugen park across the road.

ESSENTIALS Ullevålsveien 47, 0171 Oslo, Norway Cappuccino AU $6.31

Holybelly, Paris, France


WHY WE LOVE IT “After spending a lot of time overseas learning about food and coffee service (NYC, Canada, Melbourne) the owners have brought the best of all these places to one cafe,” says Jason.

WHAT TO ORDER Jason recommends trying everything

INSIDER TIP The menu changes monthly depending on what is in season.

ESSENTIALS 19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris, France,, Espresso 2.50 Euros.

Tim Wendelboe, Oslo, Norway


WHY WE LOVE IT “After winning the World Barista Competition, Tim went on to open a true micro-roastery in a small space shared with a reasonably large vintage Probat coffee roaster,” says Jason.

“Watching the coffee being roasted is part of the charm.”

WHAT TO ORDER Try the iced Kenya coffees with a splash of vinegar.

INSIDER TIP They host public cuppings every Saturday, book online.

ESSENTIALS Grüners gate 1, 0552 Oslo, Norway,, Cappuccino $7.47


Intelligensia, Silver Lake, Los Angeles

THEME Al fresco

WHY WE LOVE IT “When you’re in this industry, you’re constantly hearing from your friends about ”bloody American coffee’, says Toby.

“But Americans are starting to get into the combination of really good food with coffee as well and Intelligensia is one of the best,” he says.

WHAT TO ORDER Order your coffee and take a seat outside, all LA locations are al fresco.

INSIDER TIP There are locations also in Chicago and New York.

ESSENTIALS www.intelligentsiacoffee杭州夜网m

JOE NYC, New York

THEME Classic

WHY WE LOVE IT “The first and best of the 10 Joe’s in NYC, the West Village location is housed in a cutesy-pie cottage, with bicycles inevitably chained to the front picket fence,” says Jill.

WHAT TO ORDER Coffee is serious, as are the small cakes and breads.

INSIDER TIP Schedule a private lesson at Joe’s to learn or improve the coffee-making skill of your choice, there are class descriptions on their website.

ESSENTIALS 14 Waverly Place, West Village, NYC, 10014 212 924 6750 and various locations NYC. www.joenyc杭州夜网m. Cortado, US$3.

Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco


WHY WE LOVE IT “It’s your perfect Mission District cafe, the music is vinyl, a poster advises against discussing Annoying Hipster Topics, and the roaster is a vintage four-barrel Probat,” says Jill.

WHAT TO ORDER Signature ”Friendo Blendo” espresso with an apricot and cardamom Dynamo doughnut on the side.

INSIDER TIP: There are two coffee bars, one fast and one slow, so choose accordingly.

ESSENTIALS  375 Valencia St., San Francisco +1 415 252 0800

www.fourbarrelcoffee杭州夜网m Coffee from US$3.50

Dante, New York

THEME Classic

WHY WE LOVE IT  “This has an old school Italian vibe and is one of the oldest operating cafes in the city,” says Rolando.

“And it’s now being managed by an Australian.”

WHAT TO ORDER Try the cappuccino Dante.

INSIDER TIP Vittoria’s famous Al Pacino coffee ad was shot here.

ESSENTIALS  79-81 Macdougal Street, New York City www.dante-nyc杭州夜网m, Coffee is US$3

Cafe Grumpy, New York


WHY WE LOVE IT “Cafe Grumpy have been operating out of their Brooklyn roastery since 2005,” says Jason.

“The owners have worked hard to create a real community around their café and it has some of the longest-term staff of any cafe that I know of, a testament to the supportive environment.”

WHAT TO ORDER Try their Colombian and Ethiopian ‘Heartbreaker’ espresso blend.

INSIDER TIP There are now seven outlets of Café Grumpy throughout New York.

ESSENTIALS 193 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn cafegrumpy杭州夜网m, Cappuccino $5.40

Heart Coffee Roasters, Portland


WHY WE LOVE IT “Heart Coffee Roasters embodies what is great Portland,” says Jason.

“They take their coffee extremely seriously, travelling to coffee producing countries to ensure quality several times a year.”

WHAT TO ORDER Try their double espresso or a cup of drip coffee.

INSIDER TIP They have two cafes, one on the eastside of Portland, the other on the west.

ESSENTIALS 2211 E Burnside St, Portland Oregon,  www.heartroasters杭州夜网m, Cappuccino $5.40


The Lokal, Singapore

THEME: Neighbourhood

WHY WE LOVE IT: “It’s just like being in Melbourne’s Fitzroy or Sydney’s Surry Hills, with share tables, a caring barista and smashed avocado and ricotto on toast from Tetsuya-trained chef and part-owner Darren Farr,” says Jill.

WHAT TO ORDER A robust, fragrant flat white with a slice of whatever cake is cooling on the kitchen pass.

INSIDER TIP There’s a special roast every Sunday (Not coffee, food – like roast pork belly and gravy.)

ESSENTIALS 136 Neil Road, Singapore, www.facebook杭州夜网m/thelokalsingapore  Coffee from Sing$4.

The Cupping Room, Hong Kong, China

THEME Boutique

WHY WE LOVE IT “Because they take their beans, their machines and their coffee seriously, yet there’s a recognisably relaxed cafe vibe,” says Jill.

WHAT TO ORDER House blend macchiato and an omelette sandwich.

INSIDER TIP There’s a second branch in Wanchai.

ESSENTIALS 299 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, HK. https://www.facebook杭州夜网m/CuppingRoomHK  Coffee from HK$40.

Fuglen, Tokyo, Japan


WHY WE LOVE IT  “Fuglen is a beautifully designed small slice of Scandinavian style based close to Yoyogi Park in the heart of Tokyo,” says Jason.

WHAT TO ORDER Pair your coffee with homemade ice cream made with Norwegian brown cheese.

INSIDER TIP It’s a great place to hang out during the day or the night, which is unique amongst cafes.

ESSENTIALS https://www.facebook杭州夜网m/Fuglen.Tokyo 1-16-11 Tomigaya Shibuya, Tokyo Cappuccino – AU $6.81

Switch Coffee, Tokyo


WHY WE LOVE IT “Switch Coffee is located in the Meguro neighbourhood of Tokyo,” says Jason.

“Masa, the owner lived in Melbourne for quite a while, and became a good friend of Market Lane, we love their onsite roasting style.”

WHAT TO ORDER Masa will talk you through the selection of beans available so you can choose the perfect blend.

INSIDER TIP Switch also hold workshops regularly.

ESSENTIALS www.switchcoffeetokyo杭州夜网m, Cappuccino AU $3.85


Toru, Auckland

THEME  Industrial

WHY WE LOVE IT “It’s a great place to people-watch,  it has a warm, vibrant ambience with consistently great coffee,” says Rolando.

WHAT TO ORDER You can’t go past the ricotta pancakes, served with whipped salted caramel butter and vanilla sugar.

INSIDER TIP Get up early on a Sunday morning, go for a quick walk around Victoria Park and whip up the hill to get a table before 9am – it fills up quickly.

ESSENTIALS Shop 3, Ponsonby Central, 136-138 Ponsonby Road, Auckland ,NZ, www.toru杭州夜网.nz, Coffee $ 4.50NZD for a double shot flat white.

Floriditas, Wellington

THEME  Classic

WHY WE LOVE IT  “A Wellington institution, this is a beautiful, sophisticated cafe,” says Rolando.

WHAT TO ORDER They are renowned for their eggs benedict.

INSIDER TIP  The coffee comes from roasters Coffee Supreme.

ESSENTIALS 161 Cuba Street, Wellington , NZ, www.floriditas杭州夜网.nz,  $4.50NZD for a flat white  IF YOU MUST TAKE TEA

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Mariage Freres, Paris, France

“Nobody does a ‘salon de the like the French, and Mariage Freres have it done to a fine art, with menus of tea cuisine’, and an accompanying tea museum,” says Jill. www.mariagefreres杭州夜网m

Song Tea, San Francisco, USA

Peter Luong’s family has been in the tea business for many years, and since he has stepped out into specialty teas the results have been amazing. “He finds some truly special teas,” says Jason.  https://songtea杭州夜网m

Fortnum & Mason, London, England

When it opened three years ago, the Queen was on hand to sample some of the 80 teas on offer at Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon on Piccadilly. Ask a “tea-rista” to talk you through the stellar range. fortnumandmason杭州夜网m

The Tea Room, Savannah, Georgia, USA

They take their tea seriously in the south, come here to try their peach iced tea (Georgia is the “peach state”) or liven things up with a cup of “flaming tea” featuring a blazing brandy-soaked sugarcube. http://www.savannahtearoom杭州夜网m

Sketch, London, England

“The room is a fashionista’s fantasy of fairy-floss pink; the art is by David Shrigley, the 20 fragrant teas are by Jingand  and the crockery comes with its own hand-written captions,” says Jill.

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sit down for a traditional afternoon tea and finger food in the conservatory overlooking frangipani trees for a slice of colonial-style splendour. http://www.raffles杭州夜网m/siem-reap

Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

Try their signature Mount Nelson Tea, a blend of Darjeeling, Kenya, Assam, Keemun, Yunnan, Ceylon, and rose petals from the property’s garden. www.belmond杭州夜网m

Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Crowds congregate at the Lobby Lounge for an afternoon tea featuring the usual three-tiered tray of delights. What really makes this venue standout is the choice of 40 Ronnefeldt blends. www.ritzcarlton杭州夜网m/KualaLumpur

Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow, Scotland

Guest have been taking tea in these rooms for 111 years. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the art nouveau style, there’s also a gift shop onsite. www.willowtearooms杭州夜网.uk

The Langham Xintiandi, Hangzhou, China

Any high tea at a Langham hotel is going to be an occasion but the Langham Xintiandi steps it up by offering jewellery-inspired treats such as edible chocolate diamond rings and stilettos. www.langhamhotels杭州夜网m/en/the-langham/shanghai/

Maitland Pickers legends acclaimed at gala dinner

MAITLAND PICKERS TOP 20Front: Terry Pannowitz, Fred Brown, Merv Wright, Don Adams, Brian Burke, Brett Christiansen.Back: Robert Finch, David Trewhella, Barry Campbell (cousin of Noel Pidding), Gary Collins, Milton Burrows, Ray Wawskzowicz, PJ Ellis.The Pickers unveiled their top 20 players of all time at Maitland Leagues Club on Saturday night, but it uncovered much more than that.

Six Australian representatives, three Maitland premiership-winning captains and a countless number of grand final victories spread over almost a century of rugby league history in the city helped make up a star-studded list of individuals to represent the Pickers’ best.

But the event itself brought together families, friends and supporters from across the com­munity, many of whom hadn’t seen one another since their playing days in the famous black and white colours.

“It was a fantastic,” event organiser and Maitland Leagues Club general manager Glen Whaler said. “I was overwhelmed by the crowd and to have close to 300 in that room was really exciting.

“To think we had all those great players in the one room was amazing and for a lot of them it was the first time they had seen each other for 20 or 30 years or even more.

“There was a lot of emotion there, you could feel it, some of those players and relatives had tears in their eyes because it meant a lot to them.”

Don Adams, John Graves, Jim Morgan, Terry Pannowitz, Noel Pidding and David Trewhella were the Australian representatives leading the list, with NSW pair Brian Burke and Gary Collins not far behind.

Pannowitz (1965, 1969, 1971, 1973) doubled as one of three premiership-winning captains to get the nod alongside Robert Finch (1983)and PJ Ellis (2011).

Multiple premiership-winning Maitland captain-coaches Paddy Maher (1933-1934) and Fred Brown (1956-1958) were named asco-coaches of the side.

The 1960s and 1970s were heavily repre­sented with the likes of Max Bailey, Warren Bell, Max McMahon, Ray Wawskzowicz and Merv Wright among familiar faces.

Maitland Pickers name their top 20 players | PHOTOS Don Adams: Barnstorming premiership winger, better known as “Bandy”, played 191 games for Maitland in the 1950s and represented Australia from Country.

MAX BAILEY: Policeman at Tarro who delivered an ­outstanding performance at lock to help a depleted Maitland side claim the 1965 grand final over Souths.

WARREN BELL: Better known as “Dinger”, Bell scored a try in the winning 1965 decider and was part of Newcastle’s famous all-conquering State Cup side from 1964.

BRIAN BURKE: Pickers halfback during five straight grand finals between 1969 and 1973 after debuting in 1965 premiership, also four-time NSW representative.

MILTON BURROWS: An uncompromising front-row forward who played 208 games for the Pickers, including the 1983 grand final triumph, and represented Newcastle.

BILLY CALLINAN: A fleet-footed winger who played during golden era of 1950s, long held Newcastle try-scoring record, Western Suburbs Magpies premiership winner 1952.

GARY COLLINS: Better known as Bimbo, a fullback with a long stride and ability to kick long-range field goals, played 158 games for Maitland and represented NSW in 1967.

BRETT CHRISTIANSEN: Better known as “Critto”, represented Newcastle, Country and NSW during ­some of the club’s darkest days in the 1990s.

PJ ELLIS: Frontman of Pickers most recent success in 2010 and 2011, an NRL journeyman who has been inspiration both on and off the field as a player, captain and coach.

ROBERT FINCH: Australian Schoolboy, first grade at Maitland when 16, played 118 games for St George, including two premierships, and 1983 Pickers premiership captain-coach.

JOHN GRAVES: Better known as “Whacka”, a Maitland winger who scored 553 points in six ­seasons at Souths between 1947 and 1952, represented both NSW and Australia.

GORDON HARLEY: An uncompromising forward who played 122 games for Maitland, which included a premiership treble between 1956 and 1958.

MAX McMAHON: Western Suburbs junior who played during successful period of 1960s and 1970s. Honest second-rower who later received life membership at the club.

JIM MORGAN: Maitland junior who played in Newcastle’s famous 1964 State Cup win, contested Sydney grand finals at Souths and Easts, represented Country, NSW and Australia.

TERRY PANNOWITZ: Played 270 times for Maitland in a career that included five straight grand finals as captain-coach between 1969 and 1973, Country, NSW and Australian representative.

NOEL PIDDING: Maitland fullback/winger who went to St George in 1947 and set several point scoring records at club and representative level. He was a World Cup player in 1954.

FRANK THRELFO: One of the city’s greatest products, a talented centre who went on to play for South Sydney in the 1953 premiership. He returned for more grand final success at Maitland.

DAVID TREWHELLA: An East Maitland junior who played at lock in the Pickers 1983 title. He went to Sydney where he played 66 games for the Roosters and represented NSW and Australia.

RAY WAWSKZOWICZ: A long-striding and outstanding second-rower who was part of the 1973 grand final success against Wests. He also represented Newcastle.

MERV WRIGHT: A household name during the 1960s, he arrived in Maitland for the 1965 premiership and never left. He was a winger with a wonderful ability to score and tackle front on.

FRED BROWN (Co-coach): A NSW representative who led the Pickers to three consecutive premierships between 1956 and 1958 after 116 games for Manly, including the 1951 grand final.

PADDY MAHER (Co-coach): Strapping centre who arrived in Maitland in 1933-1934 after playing for South Sydney and representing Australia. He guided the Pickers to their first premiership.


Mauritius honeymoon paradise: Love is in the air

The two young women frocked up in wispy white wedding dresses giggle as they skip across the volcanic rock, jumping puddles where necessary while looking for that postcard picture. Both have resorted to heels off and thongs on for the seaside photo shoot. The two men also laugh, enjoying watching their new wives parade about in the same dresses they wore at their weddings a few weeks ago in Beijing. Donning casual attire and taking the photos, they know that today it’s about getting the perfect post-wedding shots … and that these same photographs will be plastered all over Weibo within a few hours.

Mauritius is considered one of the top destinations in the world for weddings and honeymoons (Mauritius won “World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” in 2014 and “Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” in 2015 at the World Travel Awards). The idyllic island-country ranks high in the romance stakes for a number of reasons: year-round balmy weather, the hospitable nature of the Mauritian people, the plethora of hotels and resorts that specialise in romance packages, and plenty of picturesque sites, such as Cap Malheureux​.

Located on the northern tip of Mauritius, the sleepy fishing village is most famous for its red-roofed Roman Catholic Church. The charming building is surrounded by lush green grass and is situated just a few steps from the outrageously turquoise sea. Any tourist undertaking a tour of the north will stop at the church – I’m one of many here today.

In recent years China’s overseas honeymoon holiday sector has grown immensely. Mauritius is a popular destination not only because of the setting; it also offers Chinese visitors a free visa on arrival. Between 2012 and 2013, the influx of Chinese tourists doubled, and there was just over 50 per cent growth the following year – a substantial number of these honeymooners.

The loved-up foursome are not the only ones snapping away. By the church, groups of friends are jumping in unison with a photographer who is endeavouring to snap them mid-flight. A young father attempts to photograph his family using the self-timer, but trips as he runs into the shot. His wife and toddler daughter collapse beside him in a laughing heap. A large group of tourists in a hotel minivan pull into the car park and join in, posing cheerfully in front of the church.

I mooch about, slyly snapping shots of the photo-takers. It’s as if I’m invisible. Everyone is in his or her little bubble and I’m the voyeur, gliding through, observing and chronicling the spectacle that is holiday life.

As I turn back to the water the newlyweds have changed locations and the women are again wearing their glittery high heels. They’ve changed positions, too, and are now concentrating on couple shots. The husbands look a little underdressed in their casual attire compared to the women in their now-wet wedding dresses, but it doesn’t matter. A holiday here is about slowing down and enjoying the moment – and clearly everyone at Cap Malheureux is doing just that.

The writer was a guest of Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority and Air Mauritius.

Family Court bombings: The detectives that never gave up

NSW Police Detective Inspector Pamela Young. Photo: Wolter PeetersAs Leonard John Warwick was being questioned by detectives at a south-western Sydney police station over a series of attacks he allegedly carried out three decades ago, Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas wanted to send a message.

“If you have been involved [in] … a murder that may be historic, you need to realise the door will never be closed on an investigation,” Mr Kaldas, a former homicide chief, told reporters.

Wednesday’s charging of Mr Warwick, 68, followed three years of intensive detective work by the NSW police’s elite homicide squad led by Detective Superintendent Michael Willing.

Within that squad exists the unsolved homicide unit, guided by Detective Chief Inspector John Lehman, that was established in 2004 to review cold case investigations.

The unit reviewed the evidence in the Family Court bombings in June 2012, and decided it should recommence the investigation into the series of crimes, including four murders.

A room within Parramatta’s police headquarters was dedicated to the case. At any time, between 23 and 35 homicide detectives were working on the investigation under the guidance of the meticulous Detective Chief Inspector Pamela Young and the hard-working officer in charge, Detective Sergeant Matt Russell.

“The tenacity of the detectives involved, the professionalism and commitment that’s been shown by the team led by detective inspector Pam Young has been outstanding,” Mr Kaldas said.

“This is demonstrated proof of the persistence and focus of the detectives on this team; like all NSW Police Force investigators – they never gave up.”

Detectives re-interviewed witnesses and spoke with new ones who had not talked to police before, either because they thought their evidence was insignificant or they were too scared to do so.

New methods and technologies allowed the unsolved homicide squad to re-examine the previously collected evidence.

Detective Superintendent Willing said Wednesday’s arrest would not have been possible without the excellent work carried out by police three decades ago.

The crimes were the subject of a joint federal-state police investigation which lasted for five years.

“We have built on the work that they’ve done,” Detective Superintendent Willing said.

“I want to commend those investigators from 30 years ago who were some of the best that we’ve had and I’m glad to say that their work has been followed through by some of the best we have now.”

Detectives on Wednesday appealed for anyone else who has information about the investigation, and who had not yet spoken to police, to come forward.

Hardened James Pattinson steps up his return

James Pattinson leaves for India this week believing his body has been sufficiently hardened following a variety of recent challenges – and his potency undiminished by them – and confident he will soon force his way back into the Australian team.

The Victorian fast bowler joins the 50-over leg of an Australia A tour of the sub-continent feeling upbeat that a remodelled, side-on action adopted in a bid to avoid further back stress fractures hasn’t dulled either his pace or ability to swing the ball away from right-hand batsmen.

A strong showing in India would leave the 25-year-old well-placed to join the first-choice team at the tail-end of the Ashes series, when Australia plays England in a late-August T20 and five one-day internationals in the first fortnight of September.

“I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve spent pretty much the whole time in Brisbane training up there (at the National Performance Centre), playing some games, then coming back here this week to prepare to head off to India,” Pattinson said.

“It’s been a fair while, obviously with injuries the last couple of years haven’t been great. But I’ve done some good work, with my body I’m comfortable with where I’m at. Hopefully I can go over there and play some good cricket.”

Pattinson first suffered stress fractures at the end of Australia’s last tour of England two years ago and a recurrence in his only subsequent Test, in Cape Town 18 months ago. Changes to his action geared to prevent further problems led to hamstring issues; he has played just three first-class games for Victoria since.

“Last year I was probably still thinking about my action,” he said. “Obviously when you do make changes it affects other parts of your body – with those changes I made my hamstring went. I’ve done a fair bit of work trying to strengthen that up as well.

“I’m trying not to think about my action too much, just let it go. I’m really comfortable with that. It’s just about playing games now and getting some consistency.”

Concerns that a more side-on delivery stride would imperil his outswinger are yet to be realised, while Pattinson said his pace was “getting better” and he was confident it would continue to increase as he found the rhythm that will come with regular cricket.

“I’m still swinging it in the nets which is a good sign. More so I’ve just gotta make sure I finish off a bit more now that I am side-on. Hopefully it won’t affect my outswinger; it hasn’t yet.”

Pattinson said he hadn’t been available for selection when Pat Cummins, who was training alongside him in Brisbane, was called up to replace Ryan Harris at the start of the Ashes. “My loads weren’t high enough, I had to pass a few tests with my hamstring as well,” he said, adding that all boxes have since been ticked.

He reported having been up until the tea break most nights during the first two Tests and enjoying watching Australia’s fast bowlers attack the England batsmen. With patience and perseverance, he hopes he can be back with them for many years to come.

“Hopefully now that I’ve tipped over the other side of 20 I can stay on the park and get some good luck.”