This Winter, we packed up our kids, plenty of warm layers and our old caravan and headed west on a two week road trip in country NSW.
I shared a few snapshots on Instagram stories and received a surprising amount of messages about our trip so I thought I would share a few of our favourite places we stopped along the way here on the blog. Some spots are favourites of ours and others were discovered for the first time on this trip.
Our favourite village in the Blue Mountains and a great base for some mountain exploring.
I highly recommended:
A guided bush walk with Evan Yanna Maru of Blue Mountains Walkabout (discovered via Marcia Langton's 'Welcome to Country')
Dinner near the fire at the Gardeners Inn
Afternoon tea at the Hydro Majestic
Coffee at Anonymous
Book shopping at Gleebooks Blackheath
If it is open, the Blackheath op shop and artists collective are worth checking out (west of the railway track)
We stayed in our van, but have stayed in this cosy cottage before and loved it.
We love the landscape around this area and are going to head back next Autumn during mushroom season.
We made a quick pit-stop at Bathurst and wandered the streets looking at all the original old houses.
We had already run out of books and needed an extra blanket for the car (it was chilly!) and the Bathurst op-shops did not dissapoint.
We stopped for coffee at Piccolos on William and stocked up on some caravan pantry staples at Pear Tree Wholefoods.
This was our first trip to Orange and we're already planning our next. We'd reached the stage of a road trip where everyone has begun to exhale a little slower and deeper, the backseat bickering was subsiding (a little) and our kids had settled into 'downtime'. We did a lot of driving checking out the surrounding towns of Millthorpe, Carcoar and Blayney - it was truly landscape you can get lost in.
I loved watching my daughters captivated by simple things like a lone bird in flight, high in the sky. I know for me, this is usually the indicator that I have begun to slow down enough to really notice all the beauty that surrounds me.
We fell in love with Carcoar (especially Belinda's store Tomolly), stocked up on great food at Racine and Cured in Orange and had a brilliant day out in Millthorpe. Hot tip - let the kids buy lollies at Dolce Sweets and Treats on Pym Street and then tuck them into the lounges in the corner at Tamburlaine Organic Wines Cellar Door in Millthorpe (a few shops down) to eat said lollies while you do an organic wine tasting. Win win for everyone.
We balanced out all that wine with hearty hot soup from Millthorpe Providore.
Part 2 coming soon...