The North



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Eight million metric tonnes of plastic goes into the ocean each year. That’s about 250kg a second, or 16 shopping bags full for every metre of coastline. Pretty depressing for an ocean-loving crowd like us. In this day and age, you’d have to be living under a rock to not to be aware of this problem, but sometimes it takes these kinds of harsh statistics to reignite the need for real action and change. Given Australians’ love for the ocean and our predominately coastal way of life, we have some fantastic local initiatives and organisations that have been cleaning, educating and fighting the good fight against plastic pollution on our shores for many years.

Corona’s passion for beach, surf and ocean culture has led the brand to partner up with Parley for the Oceans, an organisation and collaborative network that raises awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans by uniting creators, thinkers and leaders in projects that make an impact at a global level. By implementing the Parley AIR strategy (Avoid, Intercept, Redesign) Corona pledges to protect 100 islands around the world by 2020. The project will transform communities worldwide by implementing educational programs and sustainable infrastructure, removing plastic from beaches and making sure they stay that way forever.

By making a simple pledge to remove one type of plastic from your daily life, you can help take that first step and build the momentum within a larger global movement. We’ve designed four pledges on the following pages that will help get the ball rolling, so we would love you to pick the one that resonates with you most, write your name on it and get someone to take a photo of you holding it up. Then share the photo to Instagram with @north_journal @coronaextra_au and #100islandsprotected. The best 10 photos will receive a Corona X Parley reusable drink bottle in a custom North canvas tote. Be the change you want to see in the world today.



1.     Grab a copy of NORTH #16 and choose your preferred plastic free pledge from the pages.
2.    Share a photo of you holding your pledge to instagram with: @NORTH_JOURNAL
       @CORONAEXTRA_AU #100islandsprotected


Our guide to summer at The Newport

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Arguably the best spot for a drink in Sydney is The Newport, and we have suspicions that they know it too. But not one to rest on their laurels however, the jewel in the Northern Beaches’ crown has ramped up the action again this summer, bringing you more live music, films, and culture than you thought humanly possible. And because we’re suckers for a deal (see also, free) we’ve gone and handpicked exactly what you should be turning up for, because those long steamy nights weren’t made for sitting inside on your phone. Cold beer and hot pizza not mandatory, but recommended. 


Monday: Cinema By The Sea

Going to the movies ain’t cheap anymore, unless you’re heading along to The Newport on Mondays that is. A free film every week, accompanied by a million dollar backdrop and a cold beverage - need we say more?

Big Tuesdays with Jack McCoy

Renowned surf filmmaker Jack McCoy handpicks the best in the surf world to showcase up on the big screen, from cult classics to the must-watch films courtesy of the next gen. The full lineup, in here.

Wednesday: New Talent Night

They say that mistakes are the portal of discovery, so make the mistake of being at The Newport every Wednesday to get acquainted with the best local musicians you’re yet to hear of. Live music is better, in here:

For more information head HERE or follow @thenewportsyd

Rosa Maria – Girl in 507

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Rosa Maria are one of those bands that are hard to define. Blending elements of Surf, Psych, Garage & Blues, Rosa Maria create a distinct brand of Rock ‘n’ Roll that is uniquely their own. Combine that with an insatiable lust to entertain and an endless list of new material, Rosa Maria are fast becoming one of the best live bands around.

They’ve just unveiled their new single and film clip ‘Girl in 507’ ahead of the release of their debut album and tour in December.


The single ‘Girl in 507’ is loosely based on the short story ‘A Perfect Day for Bananafish’ by J. D. Salinger, which follows a young couple beset by tragedy. The track oozes with the reverbed vibes of 60’s psych laced with something a bit more sinister.

The song has already received praise from Garage Rock veterans Los Tones who remark, "There's no one out there that can grapple a style and seize attention in the same way like Rosa Maria - a dynamically perfect song."

The clip itself is a callback to American TV variety shows of the 50’s and 60’s with a contemporary twist. It was recorded in a day by Tom Atkins and Josh Martin. This year has seen Rosa Maria play with some of the country’s wildest acts including The Murlocs, The Pinheads & The Delta Riggs and they recently performed to a full house at the King Street Crawl.


The five-piece have a string of show’s coming up including their single launch at Leadbelly this Friday and a support slot with Peter Bibby at The Captain Cook Hotel next Saturday. Check out the dates below:

Friday 6th October – Leadbelly Newtown
Girl in 507 Single Launch with Natalie De Silver and The Satanic Togas

Saturday 14th October – The Captain Cook Hotel
Peter Bibby’s Medicine Tour with Peter Bibby, Pist Idiots & Buddy Dingo

Sunday 15th October – North Wollongong Hotel
With Jesse Porsches, Stumps & Pacific Avenue

Friday 10th November – Oxford Art Factory (Gallery) 
Crocodylus EP launch with Crocodylus, Nick Nuisance & The Delinquents & Archy Punker


TRAVEL – Wellington, New Zealand.

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Celebrated as New Zealand’s creative and culinary centre, Wellington is the world’s southernmost capital city. Perched on the bottom tip of the North island, Wellington is home to a working harbour, picturesque waterfront promenade and a thriving cafe, restaurant culture. The locals have a contagious energy for their corner of the world, manifesting in a welcomeness to share its secrets. 

Not long off the tarmac and we’re tasting our first collection of hops at the latest brewery bar to open, ‘Husk’, where ‘Choice Bros’ brew everything around the theme of David Bowie. The kettles extend from ‘Ground Control’ to ‘Major Tom’ with results such as ‘Serious Moonlight’ and ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’.

Being a true walking city, we wander the buzzing Friday night streets in search of ‘Matterhorn’, originally a 1963 Swiss coffee house now turned bar, restaurant, supper club. I’m told Frodo Bagins (Elijah Wood) had his 21st birthday here during the filming of Lord of The Rings… (Tick). The food is delicious and the whole scene has me feeling like we’ve been transported upside down to the northern hemisphere, aprés skiing.


At first light, and after some local espresso we’re greeted by Kent Clark, our Seal Coast Safari super hero. We’re off on a 20km long drive on the beach, over rocks, around the bays and headlands with the ocean lapping at our Land Rover ‘seal mobile’. It’s uncanny how close to the city we are, yet it feels a million miles away, standing on the rugged shore amongst a colony of New Zealand fur seals. Most of them seemed bemused by us, more concerned with ‘living in the now’, saluting the sun and generally doing an amazing job at looking slothfully relaxed. 


Up into the hills we’re living out most european car commercials along the sweeping roads, against the backdrop of steep grassy knolls and towering wind turbines. It’s the remote hillside batches (cabins) that catch my eye and have my mind wandering off into thoughts of filing for sabbatical leave and spending the rest of the year painting, writing and drinking whisky by the open fire inside.

We were dropped back on to bustling Cuba Street in the centre of town, left to explore the winding back alleys, following our nose to the Wellington Chocolate Factory, KeepING it to a fleeting visit, so as not to spoil lunch. we ducked down another alley to one of the citY’s coolest new restaurants, Egmont Street Eatery. Starting with a Bloody Mary, because… Saturday, we then tucked into a Cajun Chicken feast, slowing us up just enough to justify an afternoon nap.


Early evening we decided to stretch our legs some more and walk over to ‘Garage Project’ brewery, described in the media as the ‘darling of the craft beer scene’. Sampling a quick tasting flight before an amazing Italian dining experience at the restaurant, ‘Obra’, back over on Cuba street. ‘Louis Baker with Band’ rounded out the night at ‘San Fran’ Bar with a few night caps and a glimpse at the HEART of live music in the city. 

Sunday morning was filled with shopping for records, sifting through thrift stores and imaginary doomsday prepping at the local army surplus. After lunch, we took a guided tour of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, introducing us to the natural environment, history, and Maori culture collections.

One thing left on our list was the cable car ride up to the botanical gardens on 25 hectares of land on the side a hill in central Wellington, which was up there with the best in the world. We were happily wandering through the meandering gardens for over an hour until we realised it was time to fly home. 


We’d like to thank  for organising the fantastic trip and highly recommend it for a long weekend or if you have the time, much, much longer.


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This five word truth has inspired a 100% independent arts festival that uses death to shift our perspective on fear, and the role it plays in all our lives.

This year I've been working on a project with a good friend of mine, Stefan Hunt. It's called We're All Going to Die. Sobering stuff I know, but turns out it happens to us all one day. This project is about letting go of your fears and diving head long into what you really want to do in life.

I designed the hardcover book for the project around Stefan's inspired illustrations and poem. It's available for pre purchase now through a donation to campaign via the projects Kickstarter page. Here: Which has loads of other benefits including tickets to the festival of the year on the 17th November.

Thank you for your support.

Matt Pike, NJ

Greetings from... TCSS

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Greetings from... TCSS

The Critical Slide Society – Winter/Summer '17

Sharing our love of travel, adventure and a self confessed desire to piss-off for the weekend, the gang at TCSS have just dropped a new collection of threads to support our collective habit. Running away is in our DNA... patent pending (coughs).

We've attached a few of our favourite items below, which I'm sure I'll grow to regret posting once I walk down barefoot boulevard in Avalon sporting said ensemble, as a much cooler Av Cat walks past and 'wears it better'. Shop it HERE.


"How Can I"
Written and Performed by The Ruminaters
Courtesy of The Sunball Machine
Licensed Courtesy of PEERMUSIC Australia

Benjy Fodor
Featuring Kai Ellice-Flint & Paul Nunn

By Arswandaru Cahyo



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For our fourth and final adventure, we decided for an all-girls affair.  We grabbed a bunch of classic Kombis, and armed with a sweet girl gang we headed south to the Great Ocean Road. We crossed borders and met up with old friends while making some new ones along the way. The swell forecast was not looking great for the ocean, so we decided to make the most of the awesome vehicles and clock up some serious kilometres. After all, if there is anywhere in Australia that makes driving long distances entertaining, it’s the stunning Great Ocean Road.

Check out the full journey, here: Corona Extra Australia


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For our third and slightly different adventure we have hit the great western highway and rolled up into the mountains. This is an ode to fresh water swimming holes, huge waterfalls and giant cliffs. The Blue Mountains in summer is a very special place and was nice to escape the coastal crowds and explore the bush. Presented by Corona Australia and supported by our friends Bear Rentals.

Check out the full journey, here: Corona Extra Australia


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Presented by Corona Extra Australia

The south coast of Sydney is kind of like your mate’s younger sibling. You know they exist, but it’s only once you get to a certain age that you realise they’re looking pretty great, and maybe it’s a good idea?  A lot of peopledon’t consider the south coast, tending to head north in search of slightly warmer water, weather, and a few familiar spots that get pretty slammed in the summer time. For this journey, we wanted to pick a spot we could reach in a few hours for a quick, inexpensive adventure, and we wanted to head south. The beauty of the south coast can’t be faulted - calm inlets, long stretches of beach bordered with national parks, powerful reef breaks, lakes and acres of farmland. 

The actual journey to the south coast trumps heading up north every time. Once you hit that long, sloping hill down into Wollongong you’ll be greeted with your first surf check and from there the drive is a breeze. Less ugly highway, and more bushland will welcome you all the way down, as you drive through everyone’s favourite pit stop, Berry (if you don’t stop at Milkwood Bakery for a bacon and egg roll you’re mad), and then onwards to wherever you want to set up camp: Mollymook, Sussex Inlet, Bendalong, wherever. We decided to pull up stumps around Bawley Point, a sleep little coastal town with a population of around 600 people. From there we could explore the area around Shoalhaven, visiting a few favourite spots in and around Ulladulla, and discovering some new spots. Thanks to North Journal and Bear Rentals we ended up having a damn good time as well, so we thought it was only fair to sprinkle the knowledge dust a little further.

Check out the full journey, here:

KEEP ROLLING (1/4) – Crossing Borders

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When we think of adventure, we tend to think of hours behind the wheel; days spent in transit and countless kilometres covered. These long trips can leave the weary traveller feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and penniless. Long winded, expensive and well thought out adventures have their place, but it is important to remember the value of being able to load up the car on a Friday after work and just taking off. Exploring your backyard without a map and making the right-hand turn where you usually turn left.

This trip on the QLD and NSW border was a last minute idea, one without much planning besides a brief look at a map and scouring over some towns we had never heard of. Throw a bag of ice, an esky full of food and beer, a bunch of surfboards and some hiking boots in the back of the truck and we were set. There was no huge convoy of mates or chasing any swell up and down the coast like we so often do, just a couple of friends with the plan to stop having so many plans.

The fellas, Rad Dan and Nicka, were straight into solving the first dilemma: to head west or stay on the coast? Rad Dan won the coin toss, so we decided to head inland over the mountains in the distance, then once sufficiently lost and ocean hungry, head back to the coast. It’s important on these impulse trips to not waste too much time making decisions – a good old coin toss should become the chief decision maker. A rough mental map was drawn in our heads, and we took off following roads we knew existed but had never driven. For a group of guys who have collectively seen a lot of the world, it was surprising we had never explored what was across the street.

Read the full story at Corona Extra Australia

Corona Extra x NORTH – Summer Journey Competition

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Corona Extra x NORTH – Summer Journey Competition 

Thanks to our friends at Corona Extra, we have an amazing prize to give away this Summer.

All you have to do to enter is share your Summer Journey with us by uploading a photo from your latest adventure to Instagram. Tag 3 friends and @coronaextra_au & @north_journal in the caption and hashtag #CoronaJourneys for your chance to win the ULTIMATE Corona Journeys prize pack including:

1 x Bear Rentals Camping Package, 1 x Poler 2-Man Tent, 1 x Dead Kooks Custom Surfboard, 2 x Poler Napsacks, 2 x Poler Rucksack Bags, 1 x Poler Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 2 x Poler Camp Vibe Mugs, 1 x Corona 120L Esky, 2 x Corona Towels, 2 x Corona Caps.

Thanks to our friends at @coronaextra_au @poler_australia, @bearrentals, @deadkooks

Issue 11 Launch

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We all know you like to drink free beer and wine, but we also know you like to look at nice pictures created by cool people. Come down this Saturday to do just that and also be the first people to walk away with issue 11. 

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Part 5 in our mini web series about our Coast to Coast journey across Australia, brew a cup of tea, put your feet up and see the printed images from issue 10 come to life.

Sydney Design School Open Day

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Our good friends over at the Sydney Design School have their open this Saturday the 18th of June. 

Just like us here in the North Journal office, the creatives over at Sydney Design School believe in the power of classy and beautiful aesthetics, especially in the field of Interior Design. 

So head along this weekend for the chance to Immerse yourself in the exciting world of interior design and kick start your career. The school's Director, Amanda Grace, will be giving a 30 minute presentation at 11am covering everything you need to know about our career courses and flexible learning options. To attend, simply head to their website and register your details.


The Wanderer

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Our friend and classy picture taker Kat Parker has just released a collection of her stunning images for purchase on her website

Do yourself the pleasure of watching the video here to see what it's all about