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Catriona Rowntree on A Grandmother’s Wisdom

There’s a special bond between a grandparent and a grandchild that sets their relationship apart from any other. Catriona Rowntree knows this first hand. Recognised as ‘Australia’s most travelled woman’ thanks to her role on Channel Nine’s Getaway, Catriona has seen the world a hundred times over. But it’s the world through her Nan’s eyes that has really changed her life …


Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speaker’s Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.

Featuring some of the most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.

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Portrait of Catriona Rowntree

Catriona Rowntree

As ‘Australia’s most travelled woman’, Catriona Rowntree earned this title after more than 16 years at the helm of Australia’s favourite travel show, Getaway, on Channel 9.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.


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