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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

PENRITH White­wa­ter Sta­dium, at the foot of the Blue Moun­tains west of Syd­ney, was the site for ca­noe and kayak slalom events at the Syd­ney 2000 Olympic Games, and is the only man-made course of its kind in the south­ern hemi­sphere. A half-hour drive from the city, it’s a pop­u­lar year­round venue for cor­po­rate events as well as ex­treme-ac­tion birth­day par­ties and Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions. Those keen to test their met­tle can try a half-day sam­pler (three hours of in­struc­tion for $77 a per­son), but the se­ri­ous ad­ven­ture starts on an ad­vanced week­end — two days for $280. More: pen­rith­white­wa­ter.com.au. ARM­CHAIR TRAV­ELLER Mag­nif­i­cent Ob­ses­sion: Rock Hud­son is at his brood­ing best in this 1954 tear-jerker, play­ing a dash­ing rogue who wrecks his speed­boat and is re­vived by res­cuers us­ing bor­rowed equip­ment; as a re­sult, its owner, an em­i­nent doc­tor, dies with­out his re­sus­ci­ta­tor. Jane Wy­man is the stoic love in­ter­est. To­day, 7.30pm, Fox Clas­sics. Eat Pray Love: Hated the self­sat­is­fied El­iz­a­beth Gil­bert book, first watched this Ju­lia Roberts movie on a plane (heck, it was free), and just how dread­ful could it be with Javier Bar­dem smoul­der­ing away and Bali look­ing all lush? Not dread­ful but un­speak­able. Sun­day, 8.30pm, Show­time Pre­miere.

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