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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hunter Valley May 29th 2017

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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hunter Valley March 16th 2016

Enjoying "The Hunta" wine, food, and views!... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hunter Valley February 5th 2016

Left the campsite at blackheath early in the morning-started to rain so hoped to leave the bad weather behind us!the drive down from the blue mountains to hunter valley was pretty but took 3 hrs to get there!thankfully with our camper van we were able to make our own lunch on the way!checked into the big 4 hunter valley campsite just on time before being picked up for out half day wine tour by the 2 fat blokes van!6 other people on the tour and Brian the tour leader drove us to 3 different wineries (Eden hill, 2 fat blokes and first cape) to sample a number of wines!we were told to swirl the wine first which allowed vapour into the wine and it made it taste better and released a smell-actually worked!the second stop at ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hunter Valley July 3rd 2015

We should have taken more notice, when our first purchases “on the road” were a new set of wiper blades and a tarp, but off we headed oblivious and full of excitement about our adventure back to the centre of oz. Waving goodbye to Windella and our good mates Madge & Mick & and shedding an inner tear leaving our beloved cats behind for a month (thanks also to Kate & Mark Simpson & team of Sugarloaf Animal Hospital for ranga-sitting!!) our first stop was Dubbo where we arrived after dark, promptly found the nearest pub for a feed and set up the tent for the first chilly night of about zero degrees! Waking to a sunny morning we continued west camping in road side stops the next couple of nights, with a quick tourist detour ... read more
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Bakers Falls near Armidale
Birthday girl waiting for the spa to heat up

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hunter Valley May 19th 2015

Well well well! It's been more than a year since our last blog, I think we lived in Clare still, and were expecting visitors for Easter 2014! We did indeed welcome many visitors for that Easter, with Tab's parents Scott & Maria coming along with their friends Wendy & Grazer, their son Dustin & his wife Michelle, along with their two young boys as well, plus Scott & Maria's friends from WA Marilyn & Dennis. We squeezed in some wineries, a trip to the gee-gees and a few meals around the fire, with our little 2 bedroom house bursting at the seams with peeps! Was great to see everyone, and just in time really, as I think we had our garage sale a week later & had moved out within 2 weeks During our time in ... read more
a bunch of burra's near Echuca
A familiar story
ahhhh, kisses on the deck Emmylou overnight cruise 9th May 2015

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hunter Valley February 13th 2014

Hunter Valley was our first destination along our trip along the east coast and it was a great first stop! We were in separate accommodation as we didn't know if we'd have the campervan or not, but our hotel was only 5 minutes from the others. It was such a beautiful place to visit, vineyards for miles with amazing scenery! There were even wild kangaroos outside the little cottage Kerry Dave Margaret and Keith were in! It was like something you see in magazines or on TV ! We got there by mid morning so unpacked and headed out to do some wine and cheese tasting :-). Yes the 2 nights there included lots of wine tasting, perfect!! We bought some cheese and bread for our lunch and headed back to the cottage for a mini ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hunter Valley January 2nd 2014

They call it the Lucky Country. Or at least they used to. Once upon a time this wide-open land offered almost endless opportunities, with space aplenty for the few scattered souls to enjoy. Even now there are still a few secluded spots out there for the dreamers if you know where to look. For those in the towns and cities, though, the modern western malaise of sky-high real-estate, overcrowding and too few hours in the day is almost as bad on these Fatal Shores as anywhere else. And that’s why this festive season we chose to fly to Sydney, in my view the finest city in the world, and then drive straight back out again without so much as stopping for a coffee by the Opera House. Instead we simply gave it a cheery wave as ... read more
Look's Like Someone Knew I Was Coming
My Kind of Scene
Simply Not Cricket

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hunter Valley January 25th 2013

Today I had to wipe my 'I only drink Pinot Grigio and it has to usually cost more than £8 but be on a half price special' slate clean, or should I say palette clean! We headed into Australia's finest Hunter Valley for a vineyard tour and some wine tasting. We picked one of the oldest vineyards in the region, McWilliams Mount Pleasant and had a very interesting tour. We were able to pick a grape, see the wine-making process in action and learn all the tips and techniques that they use. The Hunter Valley is famous for its Semillon (white wine), Merlot and Shiraz red wines. We had a very comprehensive tasting session. Grandad - James highly recommends the Mount Pleasant Rose Hill Shiraz! We also had a try of some sparkling wines and dessert ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hunter Valley October 3rd 2012

3RD October 2012, Spent the night at a road side camping ground, enroute to the Hunter Valley. Was woken to bacon and eggs by Daniel and the girls in bed (my tent!!!). Arrived at Crowne Plaza resort in the Hunter, what a beautiful resort. The girls are loving having their own rooms and the pool. Went out to dinner with Pete, Jen, Alek and Emily to celebrate my birthday. Went back to the Hayes apartment for cake and some drinks. Special thanks to the Hayes for a lovely evening.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hunter Valley January 20th 2012

Strewth! We are painfully aware that we've taken a rather long artistic pause since last sharing our adventures in the amazing land Down Under with you dear friends. Fear not, neither have we left you out in the cold nor have we completely indulged in idleness, latter only on a part-time basis. We have done a couple of short expeditions that we are about to tell you, have had some major festivities to celebrate and left Sydney behind us and got a new home on wheels. After ten highly enjoyable days of worldly pleasures in Sydney, it's time to take our first walk on the wild side and head to the bush. The bush, the hinterland, in the broadest Aussie sense is anywhere beyond one's backyard, more strictly speaking, anywhere outside of a town. At some ... read more
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