Welcome to Woollahra Village
Welcome to Woollahra, Sydney’s most beautiful shopping village, a unique collection of fashion boutiques, speciality stores, of Sydney's finest food stores, cafes and restaurants, galleries, hotels and services. With so many quality shops and businesses all within a few minutes walk of each other, Woollahra is the perfect destination for a day out, to shop and meet friends in stylish and relaxed surroundings.
Enjoy the contemporary and heritage architecture in the surrounding streets including Queen St, Moncur St, Holdsworth St, Spicer St, Jersey Rd, Ocean St, John St, Rush St, Wallis St and Victoria Avenue.
Located in the heart of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, Woollahra is only minutes from the Sydney CBD and from Sydney’s North Shore. Un-metered parking is available and public transport can deliver you to the centre of the village – see the location page of this website for further information.
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Meet a local business...
What does Wholefoods House sell?
Wholefoods House stocks a wide range of of organic, biodynamic and whole food groceries, but our speciality is our 100 % organic range of fruit and vegetables. We think of ourselves as a supermarket with an ethical and sustainable bent, so alongside the fresh foods and pantry staples you'll find a range of environmentally-friendly personal care items and cleaning products. Basically, we don't sell anything we wouldn't be happy to use in our own homes!
How long have you been in Woollahra?
We opened in our first premises in 2004, so we're coming up for our 10 year anniversary here.
We understand it’s a family-owned business?
Wholefoods House is a Rickards family affair, with Eliot managing the produce, mum Josie doing the grocery buying and dad Steve consulting on business matters... not to mention the brothers, sisters, partners and cousins who have all pitched in along the way! We're really proud to be a family-owned business, and we love to support farmers and producers who operate independently, too- it's a binding part of our ethos.
How do you find the producers? Do they come to you, or do you have to search for them?
Both. We get plenty of samples coming through, from distributors and from producers themselves, but we're always seeking new products and producers out. We meet them at the organic markets, farmer's markets, and even in the store itself!
What do the terms “organic, biodynamic and whole food” actually mean?
The way we see it "organic, biodynamic and whole foods" are simply foods the way that nature intended them to be eaten: free of chemicals and minimally processed. It's a no-brainer, and no coincident that things taste better in their natural state. From a consumer's point of view, the "organic" and "biodynamic" tags guarantee the ethical and nutritional value of your food, particularly when you're not buying directly from the producer themselves.
How does organic and biodynamic production affect cost?
Organic produce shouldn't cost more but because conventional farming methods set the norm, in reality it does. Organic and biodynamic certification can be costly - this is the big thing. On top of that, farming practices tend to be more intensive and therein more time consuming - properties tend to be smaller and more diverse, and, particularly where biodynamic is concerned, a lot of time and effort goes into naturally fertilising and nurturing the land. At an economic level, the modest size of the organic industry means produce comes at a premium. As people increasingly recognise the value of organic production, things will change... your dollar does the talking!
How does the ‘locavore’ movement figure in what you do? Is it a practical and effective way for consumers?
We're really enthusiastic about the 'locavore' movement, and all our certified organic fresh produce (bar kiwi fruit some of the time) is Australian grown. Locally grown food is typically fresher, more nutritious and more delicious - what's not to love?! We're very lucky in Sydney to have a number of great organic growers very close-by - one of our biggest fruit and veg growers is Dennis Bagnall and he grows a huge variety of produce in Dapto, about 90 minutes away, so we visit him very often.. and have been known to roll up our sleeves and dig in too! Closer to home, we get the most divine 'Elke Honey', harvested from Elke's balcony beehives on Oxford Street and wheeled down to the shop in a custom made carriage!
The Classic Safari Company
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of The Classic Safari Company, one of Australia’s most unique travel businesses. Woollahra Village interviewed Julie McIntosh, founder and director.
Woollahra Village: How has the concept of safari travel developed over the 20 years since you started The Classic Safari Company?
Julie McIntosh: Over that period we have seen a significant increase in families going on safari. The beauty of the African bush is that it is a timeless place and apart from a few new camps opening up, little has changed. The biggest downside with time travelling and the advent of mobile phones is that some remote wilderness areas now have phone coverage, which means people are tempted to ‘stay in touch’ with the outside world and not switch off all together, and this ‘forced’ behaviour is the part of the bush ‘tonic’.
Woollahra Village: The logistics of this sort of travel must be complicated. Can travellers organise these types of safari adventures on their own?
Julie McIntosh: The beauty of what we do is that we take the stress out of the booking process and most of our clients are time poor and once on safari, they don’t want unnecessary down time created by missed transfers or other logistical hiccups. Our customers like to know they will have a hassle free holiday and be ‘escorted’ literally from the point of arrival to when they return home.
Woollahra Village: Does this sort of managed travel mean great expense? Not at all as our commission structure comes out of the ‘Rack Rate’ which is the recommended retail price.
Woollahra Village: What is a typical duration and itinerary for a safari? 2 – 3 weeks
Woollahra Village: Is safari travel in Africa seasonal or is it possible all year round? Regions of Africa are seasonal but you can travel year round pending where you go.
Woollahra Village: So how far ahead do clients have to plan and book with you? We recommend at least 6 – 9 months to avoid missing out of the smaller camps and lodges which only accommodate 16 – 18 guests from around the world, so it doesn’t take much to fill a camp, particularly those in high demand.
Woollahra Village: Are you focused solely on African travel? We also offer tailored journeys to India and most recently Latin America. Our office has dedicated specialists for each of these areas.
Julie McIntosh: Africa is our speciality and over the years and by the request of our customers, we have expanded into bespoke travel to India and Latin America. The essence of what we do is still the same – wilderness, owner-operated properties wherever possible and experiences that are truly authentic.
Woollahra Village: What are the ‘last frontiers’ of safari travel?
Julie McIntosh: There are many parks still ‘untamed’ and this is largely due to either political instability and/or infrastructure. The newest last frontier, which is still a challenge to get to, is the Congo.
Woollahra Village: Some locations in Africa must still be fraught with logistical difficulties and risks...how do you manage this for your clients? Travel within Africa is extremely sophisticated and a pretty well-oiled logistical operation dealing with high end customers from the world over. Safaris set a very high bench mark and more often than not, clients of ours are pleasantly surprised at how easy and smoothly everything works from the meet and greets to the small charter craft arriving at a remote airstrip to facilitate their transfer to the next camp.
Woollahra Village: What is your personal favourite destination? Sausage Tree Camp in the Lower Zambezi River Valley. It is located right on the river overlooking the Mana Pools National Park with a back drop.
Woollahra Village: We notice you often have information evenings and presentations for prospective clients at your Queen Street offices...how can people find out more about these? Contact the office for a private consultation or ring to find out what is coming up in the form of information evenings.
Visit The Classic Safari Company at:
Top Floor, 109 Queen Street, Woollahra NSW 2025. Tel 02 9327 0666
Website: www.classicsafaricompany.com.au Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: 9 am - 5.30 pm Monday-Friday
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