News

Tweed homecoming for X-Factor host Jason Dundas

Jason Dundas loving life on the Tweed. The X-Factor host was at Cabarita today as part of the launch of Holden's new cars.
Jason Dundas loving life on the Tweed. The X-Factor host was at Cabarita today as part of the launch of Holden's new cars. Melissa Belanic

IT WAS a homecoming of sorts for X-Factor host Jason Dundas as he took to the pristine beaches of Cabarita today as part of a national media launch.

Dressed in his own designer-label fitness clothing, the hunky model led a group of media-types from Sydney and Melbourne on a beach workout session, as part of the launch of two new Holden vehicles.

For Dundas, who divides his time between Sydney and Los Angeles, returning to the Tweed was a bit of a treat.

"My dad was born in Mullumbimby and for the first 20 years of my life we would travel every Christmas up to Mullumbimby and spend holidays in Byron,” Dundas said.

"And all of my extended relatives live in Tweed, so there is a huge connection to this part of the world.

"Once you get past Lennox Head and Mullumbimby, all these hills have this kind of nostalgic kind of home-feeling about them. It's really weird, I've travelled to like 100-and-something countries with travel TV shows and once I get here I get this feeling like home.

"It's incredible, there is nothing else like it. I live in LA and I describe it to my friends, the clarity of the water is azure blue and the sand is talcum powder and the sky is rich but they don't get it. When you get here there is this sense of beauty.”

Dundas, who is enjoying spending more time in Australia this year as part of his duties for Channel 7's X-Factor show and as an ambassador for David Jones, was only in the Tweed for one day before he was due to return to Sydney for rehearsals.

"This time I get to come back for a good five or six weeks and I can really bring my family and friends to the show and we can hang out,” he said.

"We can have time for dinners and hanging out instead of just rushing around, so it is fun. I really like it.”

Spending the night at Cabarita's Halcyon House - which is fast becoming a favourite jaunt of Australia's rich and famous - Dundas said he was keen to return.

"It's so beautiful, I was looking at real estate last night thinking how can I buy here?” he said.

"I used to live in New York for four years and I'd spend summers in the Hamptons and it has that kind of American-cool vibe.”

Dundas was in the Tweed as part of a national tour of Holden's new vehicles, the SUV Trailblazer and high-tech truck Colorado.

The vehicles, which were unveiled to the motoring industry some weeks ago, are travelling around the country as part of an extended tour.

Amelinda Watt, GM Holden Lead Development Engineer
Amelinda Watt, GM Holden Lead Development Engineer Melissa Belanic

For GM Holden's Amelinda Watt, who spent three years working as the lead development engineer in the design of the new Colorado, the launch was a celebration.

"Part of my role is to make sure the voice of the Holden customer is heard with the global team who are doing the bulk of work on these,” said Ms Watt, a mother-of-two.

"The Australian team has had a lot of involvement in the way the car drives and what is in it.

"You don't want to get into the car and feel like it is hard work, you need to feel confident and move around easily. You want to do the school run, get to work and then get out and about.”

Ms Watt said Holden had chosen Cabarita to launch their vehicles as it epitomised the Australian spirit for which the brand is so well known.

Topics:  cabarita beach halcyon house holden colorado x-factor



Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

THE last season of GoT finally uttered the words we’ve been waiting six seasons to hear and now that the weather has cooled down in Brisbane, “winter is here.”

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

How to push your happiness buttons

BRAINY BOOST: Exercise is a natural way to boost your endorphins and happiness.

Manipulating the neurotransmitters that make you feel good.

Local Partners

Charity has grand plans to help people help themselves

A charity that helps homeless and needy has opened a new shop in a bid to raise money to fund a venture that will feed and skill the very people it supports.


What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Gig guide: Get the blues in Broadbeach

Russell Morris will perform at The Star Gold Coast as part of Blues on Broadbeach on Friday, May 19

Festival fun and top shelf gigs

Tweed's weekend gig guide

Wally and the Gators play Club Banora on Saturday night

What's on in the Tweed

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

SUNSHINE Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice nearly saw her form a duo with her battle round opponent.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!