Wander, Explore, Discover Your Very Own Backyard
Posted on July 22 2020
2020 has been a pretty crazy year for Australia, with the bushfires wreaking havoc through January, and then COVID-19 leading us into lockdown in March.
The resulting closure of our Australian borders may be a blessing in disguise for our country and coastal communities affected by the bushfires. As we start to venture out of isolation, now is the time to start exploring the wonders we have right on our doorstep, rather than heading off for a European Summer. A slower pace and getting back to nature may just be what we all need! And there is the added benefit of spending our money locally and supporting small businesses.
So why not pack up the car and get exploring this beautiful country of ours for a long weekend or a week away? Read on to find out where we have ventured to recently.
Just under 3 hours drive from Sydney, Jervis Bay is an idyllic spot to spend a few days. Hyams Beach with it’s glorious white sand and crystal clear blue waters is a must visit, and Huskisson Hotel is a great place to enjoy a meal with a view.
We stayed in a beautiful cabin at The Woods Farm. The farm is the perfect place for kids, with a playground, daily animal feeding and wood fires to toast marshmallows. And for the adults, cozy up with a glass of red on the porch and watch the sunset at the end of the day.
Just over 3 hours drive from Melbourne, Paynesville is located on the Gippsland Lakes. Catch the ferry across to Raymond Island for some Koala spotting, hire a boat and cruise the canals, try your hand at fishing or spend the afternoon wine tasting at nearby Nicholson River Winery. We were lucky enough to stay with friends but there are plenty of airbnb’s and accommodation options.
On the NSW Central Coast you’ll find Daleys Point. Surrounded by Bouddi National Park and sparkling Brisbane Waters it's a perfect quick escape. With plenty of walking tracks and picturesque beaches it really does have everything you need for a great time with friends and family.
I was lucky enough to escape the kids (and the bustle of Sydney) for my first ever girls weekend since becoming a mother of two - needless to say I had a brilliant, yet relaxing time. Highlights included Killcare Beach, indulging in fresh oysters from Mick the local oyster farmer and watching the sunset as we drank champagne from our pier.
The Hunter Region is a 3 and a half hour drive from Sydney. While you may naturally think it’s only wineries and not for kids, the Hunter Region has something for everyone and is a great spot for a family getaway.
We stayed at an Alpaca Farmstay, and with self contained cabins, beautiful views and Alpacas to feed, it’s the perfect family escape. The Hunter Valley Gardens are an easy drive, as is the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company and Smelly Cheese Shop. Pick up some goodies throughout the day and set yourself up a picnic to watch the sun go down.
Wander. Explore. Discover.