There are few better places in Australia to partake of some munga and woobla, whether dining beside the lake or on the shady verandah of the clubhouse.
Just because you are a glider pilot, there is no reason not to eat decent munga This is one we prepared earlier. Like gliding, we take munga and wobble very seriously. As many-times world gliding champion George Moffat said, 'A club with a good bar cannot fail.' I think he forgot about the kitchen bit because he was speaking in the UK.
The munga at LKSC can be top notch. Fush caught fresh from the lake by New Zealanders…
And at Easter, hottex buns straight from the oven…
Most events such as the regatta and comps are catered but it is not uncommon for those who enjoy cooking to serve up some amazing food to all takers. This doesn't happen every day, but you never know!
The clubouse at LKSC is the centre of apres-gliding activities. Outside the clubhouse, there's a BBQ area, tables and chairs where people get together as the sun goes down to discuss the events of the day, often well into the night.
Inside the clubhouse, there is a full kitchen, fridges, a dishwasher, stoves and microwave ovens. Most evenings you'll see a lot of pilots engaged in experimental cooking of one sort or another. It's normal for one person to do the cooking and experiment on serveral others. This experimental desert went down very well indeed.
One club member commented that he learned most about flying around the big table in the club house, so it is a great place to be on a good night.
The best plan is to go to the supermarket in Scone, Tamworth or Gunnedah before arriving and stock up with food. You can make a dash into Tamworth or Gunnedah to pick up what you have forgotten, but with a flight briefing starting at 9.30 and thermals starting on most days around 11.30, the days are fairly busy and you don't want to be spending your time in a supermarket when you could be in the air, do you?
The Kiosk at the Lake Keepit Caravan Park (3km away) is a source of fresh milk, bread and such food as you would expect to find at a local store. If you're you're not coming by car you'll always find someone making the trip for provisions.
Country Australia has not got the long tradition of food that continental Europe has. In most country towns, people expect to eat around 6.30 and the visitor can be surprised at finding the kitchens closed by 8pm. However this is changing, and while we are not going to see too many Michelin stars given to restaurants in the region, the munga is getting a lot better.
The Royal Hotel Manilla (aslo known as the Ian Duncan Home for Bewildered Single Men) (25km away) is always a favourite for a good dinner. It is the home away from home for many hang glider and paraglider pilots. Tom and Vic have been running the place for ages and always make flying people welcome.The Royal can get very busy on weekends when there's a competition on at Mount Borah. Phone on 6785 1017 to check what's on.
Another good place for munga is:
Park View Hotel Gunnedah (40km. Ph 422212?) Restaurant food at pub prices. Highly recommended. Expect to pay $10 to $20 plus excellent pudding. Open till 8.30 (and they don’t mind if you’re 15 minutes late if you let them know).
The pub is in Woolworth's Supermarket Car Park, and Woolies are open till midnight (or 9pm Saturday) so you can shop while you wait for dinner.
Tamworth is also a place where you can get good food. Increasingly cosmopolitain, there are more restaurants in Tamworth every month.
*Webmaster's note. This is the page which was formerly titled Munger and Woobla. It's been determined by experts that the correct spelling (can slang have a correct spelling) is munga. A long time ago in 1969, when the I (webmaster) was a "new Australian" working with some real Aussies, I saw in the local paper a cartoon which featured Bonza Bill's Bonza Munga. KFC wanted to open an junk food outlet in the attractively know Perth suburb of Dog Swamp and the local council objected on the grounds that the KFC building did not suit other buildings in the area. I was baffled about Bonza Bill's Bonza Munga and it was explained to me that Munga was the traditional Aussie word for food.
Munga and Woobla*
(These are Australian words to describe food and drink. Munga almost certainly came back from France with soldiers returning after the Great War and would be derived from the French word "manger" meaning "to stuff your face". So, for example, if you had eaten on of Allan Buttenshaw's curries one night at the clubhouse, you might reply "Bonzer munga mate!" or not as the case might be.
The word woobla normally means cheap wine, often in flagons, but can be any type of alcohol. Typical usage would be "Have some woobla boss. Make you feel glad plenty quick." With wine in flagons being hard to come by and so much cheap, drinkable wine around at the moment, especially cleanskins, almost any wine can be referred to as woobla. Nick Singer organises most of the reasonably priced woobla which is for sale at the clubhouse.)