Spring in the Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains tours
Spring is a great time for Blue Mountains tours. The weather is usually temperate without much rain – ideal for hiking – and many wildflowers are out. Tourists and locals visit the ever-popular Leura village, where you can see the cherry blossom on The Mall throughout October. Many Blue Mountains cafes and restaurants have outdoor seating, so […]

Sydney Walks – Barangaroo Reserve

Sydney Walks - Barangaroo Reserve
The new Barangaroo Reserve is a great new public space beside Sydney Harbour.  The park is a peaceful place to relax and watch the boats passing by. The opening of the newly constructed Wulugul Walk means you can now walk along the waterfront from the Opera House and Botanic Gardens all the way around to […]

Hunter Valley vineyards

Hunter Valley vineyards
Budburst! The season is underway in the Hunter Valley, with new shoots appearing on the vines. Leaf growth will continue over the next couple of months to produce a nice green canopy. Great for those photos when on tour!

Hunter Valley Wine Show 2016

Hunter Valley Wine Show 2016
The 2016 Hunter Valley Wine Show was held earlier this month and the results are in. It was good to see many of the smaller wineries doing well. The full results and more information on the show can be viewed here: http://hunterwineshow.com.au/

Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival 2016

Shoalhaven coast winter wine festival
Looking for something to do this long weekend? The South Coast’s annual wine festival runs from 11 to 13 June. Nine cellar doors will be participating, with wine tasting, gourmet food, live music and more. For more information on the region and the festival, see the website: http://shoalhavencoastwine.com.au/shoalhaven-coast-winter-wine-festival/

Hargraves Lookout, Blue Mountains

Hargraves Lookout, Blue Mountains
Hargraves Lookout is a bit of a way further out from the well-known spots around Katoomba, but it’s one of my favourite viewpoints in the Blue Mountains. Particularly delightful in the late afternoon-early evening (as many places in the Blue Mountains area), this lookout affords great views of the Megalong and Kanimbla Valleys. Cleared land is […]

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, near Gosford NSW
Conveniently located just off the motorway between Sydney and the Hunter Valley wine region, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is a worthwhile stop-off on the way to the wineries. Set on 80 acres of protected land, the park has a nice open plan setting with many animals free to roam. There is a wide range of […]

New Hunter Valley Winery, Eagles Rest Wines

The Hunter Valley’s newest cellar door, Eagles Rest Wines, is now open. It’s centrally located on Oakey Creek Road with nice views across the vineyards. The winemaker is P.J Charteris, who was previously a winemaker at Lindeman’s, Penfolds and Brokenwood. The wines are made on site, and while there is a strong focus on the […]